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  1. #11

    Re: Harbour Centre-Taguig Batang Global

    TAGUIG CITY – On their third appearance in a leg championship game, the Quezon Red Oilers finally emerged victorious by exacting revenge on the MP Warriors of GenSan, 82-71, in the process taking home the Taguig City Leg of the 2009 Smart Liga Pilipinas Conference II at the C. P. Tinga Memorial Hall Saturday evening (February 2.

    Mark Magsumbol converted eight free throws in the fourth period that held off the rally attempts of the Warriors of boxing champion Manny Pacquiao. The Warriors also compounded their woes by going sans a field goal in the last 4:50. Ramsey Williams put a cap on the victory with a triple at the one-minute mark, 82-69. Two free throws by Louie Medalla settled the final count. The day earlier, the Warriors whacked the Red Oilers in double overtime, 103-90.

    Magsumbol also gave the Red Oilers good momentum entering the fourth period by following up a missed shot by Williams at the third period buzzer for a 59-66 lead. For his weeklong efforts in leading the team, point guard Roberts Labagala was named as the Taguig City leg’s Most Valuable Player. The championship allowed the Red Oilers of Gov. Raffy Nantes and Coach Oliver Bunyi to vault all the way to in a tie with the Manila Capitals for Third and Fourth Place in the Liga Tour standings with 29 points. The Warriors wrapped up their Tour Phase with 17 points, good for Seventh Place in the conference generously supported by Smart, ML Kwarta Padala, Air 21, Accel, Burlington, Laptop Phoneshop Exchange, Nature’s Spring and Molten and sanctioned by the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP)..

    Williams topped the Red Oilers with 15 points and six assists followed by Magsumbol with 14. Jethrone Recustodio paced the Warriors with 17 markers while Medalla chipped in 11.

    Meanwhile the battle for Third Place saw the Taguig Batang Global getting back at the Ilocos Sur Bravehearts, 67-54.

    With the Bravehearts threatening, 47-48, Marvin Ortiguerra hit a basket and a triple to ignite a 17-3 run that gave the Batang Global a 65-50 lead at the 36-second mark. Despite the win, Taguig remained outside of the playoff hunt in Ninth Place with 14 points while the Bravehearts dropped to Fifth Place with 24 points.

    Ortiguerrra scored nine of his 13 points in the fourth period to lead the Batang Global. Erwin Sta. Maria followed with 10. Nat Cruz led the Bravehearts with 14 while Ismael Junio added 10 in the low-scoring contest. Ilocos Sur beat Taguig the other day, 68-65, to deny the hosts entry into the leg finale.

    Cebu City and the defending National Champion M. Lhuillier-Cebu Ninos will host this week’s games from March 4 to 7 at the New Cebu Coliseum. Coming over are the Smart-Pampanga Buddies, Meteors, and Batang Global. The Ninos stake their unblemished record at home dating back to last conference and at the same time become the first team this conference to win the same leg they hosted.

  2. #12

    Re: Harbour Centre-Taguig Batang Global

    FEBRUARY 25 SCORES

    First Game

    * * *QUEZON (74) – Mondragon 19, Magsumbol 16, Raymundo 12, Pinera 9, Williams 5, Guiyab 4, Macanig 4, Labagala 2, Canizares 2, Regalado 1, Orias 0.

    * * *ILOCOS SUR (6 – Cruz 25, Baluyot 9, Junio 7, Valderama 6, Cabatu 6, Galapon 4, Serios 4, Yambao 3, Musni 2, Alberto 1, Gonzales 1, Santos 0, Arce 0, Bautista 0.

    * * *Period Scores: 19-11, 31-32, 56-50, 74-68.

    Second Game

    * * *TAGUIG (81) – Marquez 14, Ortiguerra 12, Gatumbato 11, Zagala 8, Sta. Cruz 6, Reguera 6, Sta. Maria 6, Tolomia 5, Gamboa 4, Vijandre 3, Butel 2, Burtscher 2, Kiram 2, Adolfo 0.

    * * *GENERAL SANTOS (6 – Ilanga 13, Farochillen 12, Gonzaga 10, Recustodio 9, Mejorada 6, Mendoza 4, Coronado 4, Tadena 3, Sagad 3, Callo 2, Locsin 2, Ramos 0, Medalla 0, Omandam 0.

    * * *Period Scores: 25-20, 45-29, 60-46, 81-68.

    FEBRUARY 26 SCORES

    First Game

    * * *GENERAL SANTOS (85) – Ilanga 23, Medalla 15, Coronado 10, Gonzaga 8, Locsin 7, Farochillen 6, Recustodio 6, Tadena 3, Sagad 3, Omandam 3, Callo 1, Mejorada 0.

    * * *ILOCOS SUR (67) – Cruz 19, Valderama 16, Bautista 8, Junio 7, Yambao 5, Alberto 5, Baluyot 3, Arce 2, Gonzales 2, Musni 0, Cabatu 0, Galapon 0, Santos 0.

    * * *Period Scores: 17-13, 40-24, 61-41, 85-67.

    Second Game

    * * *QUEZON (93) – Canizares 22, Labagala 13, Williams 13, Magsumbol 10, Macanig 10, Pinera 8, Mondragon 6, Garcia 4, Orias 3, Guiyab 2, Raymundo 2, Mendoza 0, Regalado 0, Panzo 0.

    * * *TAGUIG (81) – Tolomia 17, Zagala 16, Marquez 9, Sta. Maria 9, Sta. Cruz 8, Gamboa 8, Gatumbato 6, Ortiguerra 4, Adolfo 2, Reguerra 2, Butel 0, Burtscher 0.

    * * *Period Scores: 19-23, 38-35, 66-54, 93-81.

    FEBRUARY 27 SCORES

    First Game

    * * *GENERAL SANTOS (103) – Gonzaga 28, Coronado 20, Medalla 16, Recustodio 11, Callo 9, Ilanga 8, Locsin 4, Mejorada 4, Farochillen 3, Tadena 0, Sagad 0, Omandam 0.

    * * *QUEZON (90) – Magsumbol 21, Labagala 16, Canizares 16, Williams 13, Pinera 7, Orias 5, Raymundo 5, Regalado 3, Mondragon 2, Macanig 0.

    * * *Period Scores: 25-12, 37-32, 53-54, 76-76 (reg.), 84-84 (OT), 103-90 (2OT).

    Second Game

    * * *ILOCOS SUR (6 – Cruz 15, Bautista 13, Junio 13, Baluyot 7, Valderama 7, Musni 6, Gonzales 3, Santos 2, Arce 2, Yambao 0, Alberto 0, Galapon 0.

    * * *TAGUIG (65) – Sta. Maria 16, Marquez 14, Zagala 11, Reguera 7, Sta. Cruz 6, Adolfo 4, Gamboa 4, Gatumbato 3,* Butel 0, Ortiguerra 0, Burtscher 0, Tolomia 0, Kiram 0.

    * * *Period Scores: 15-15, 34-28, 47-52, 68-65.

    FEBRUARY 28 SCORES

    For Third Place

    * * *TAGUIG (67) – Ortiguerra 13, Sta. Maria 10, Zagala 8, Adolfo 8, Gatumbato 8, Reguera 6, Gamboa 6, Butel 5, Marquez 2, Sta. Cruz 1, Tolomia 0, Kiram 0, Vijandre 0.

    * * *ILOCOS SUR (54) – Cruz 14, Junio 10, Bautista 7, Alberto 5, Yambao 4, Musni 4, Galapon 4, Cabatu 3, Baluyot 2, Santos 1, Valderama 0, Arce 0, Gonzales 0.

    * * *Period Scores: 15-17, 29-23, 44-39, 67-54.

    Championship

    * * *QUEZON (82) – Williams 17, Magsumbol 14, Raymundo 13, Canizares 12, Labagala 8, Regalado 6, Orias 5, Mondragon 5, Guiyab 2, Macanig 0, Pinera 0.

    * * *GENERAL SANTOS (71) – Recustodio 17, Medalla 10, Farochillen 9, Locsin 9, Sagad 6, Callo 6, Coronado 6, Gonzaga 3, Tadena 3, Mejorada 2, Ilanga 0.

    * * *Period Scores: 18-14, 39-40, 59-56, 82-71.

  3. #13

    Forward Taguig

    TAGUIG CITY – Host Forward Taguig gave expansion team Cebu Landmaster-Mandaue a rude 75-66 welcome beating at the start of the Taguig City Leg of the Smart Liga Pilipinas Conference III at the C. P. Tinga Memorial Hall Wednesday evening.

    Making their debut in the community-based league backed by Smart, Accel, Molten, Calcium-Cee, Gatorade, Air 21 and Molten, the Mandaue quintet managed to tie the game for the third and last time on a triple by Ronald Bucao, 65-65, and three minutes to play.

    Taguig’s Lou Gatumbato and Nat Cruz then combined for the game’s next five points as Mandaue’s offense suddenly went cold, with Enrico Llanto accounting for a lone free throw. Paul Reguera then sealed the win with a triple at the 20-second mark, 73-66. Harold Sta. Cruz settled the final tally with a steal and lay-up at the buzzer.

    Cruz topped Taguig of with 13 points followed by Gatumbato with 12. Jercules Tangkay paced Mandaue with 17 points and 11 rebounds while Jerome Cenita added 13 markers.

    In the first game, the Smart-Pampanga Buddies flirted with disaster but held on to put away the gritty Zamboanga Uno Latinos, 96-81.

    Leading by as much as 16 points at the halftime break, 50-34, the Buddies allowed the Latinos to slowly inch closer. A barrage of triples from Jonathan Parreno and Christopher Concepcion put the Latinos at their closest, 79-86, and 2:37 remaining.

    A 10-0 run powered by Nino Gelig, Adonis Sta. Maria and Al Magpayo preserved the win as the Buddies’ defense also managed to hold the Latinos scoreless for the next two minutes.

    Gelig led the Buddies with 15 points while four teammates – Claiford Arao, Chester Taylor and brothers Anthony and Alwin Espiritu – all submitted 13 points each. Parreno was the high man for the Latinos with 19 points followed by Concepcion and Jayson Rebollos with 16 apiece.

    The games of Liga Pilipinas Conference III are shown over Solar Sports every Wednesday and Thursday at 2:00 PM and every Friday and Saturday at 4:00 PM. Selected games are also shown over Viva Prime Channel.

    How They Scored:

    First Game

    PAMPANGA (96) – Gelig 15, Arao 13, Taylor 13, Al. Espiritu 13, An. Espiritu 13, Sta. Maria 11, Magpayo 6, Aldave 5, Villamin 3, Tan 3, Thiele 1, Saguindel 0.

    ZAMBOANGA (81) – Parreno 19, Rebollos 16, Concepcion 16, de Castro 14, Tajonera 7, Merced 4, Alvarez 3, Dais 2, Cordero 0, Climaco 0, M. Lozano 0, Bolias 0.

    Period Scores: 28-21, 50-34, 71-59, 96-81.

    Second Game

    TAGUIG (75) – Cruz 13, Gatumbato 12, Larong 10, Ortiguerra 10, Leynes 9, Reguera 8, Sta. Cruz 5, Moody 4, Alfad 4, de Leon 0, Marquez 0.

    MANDAUE (66) – Tangkay 17, Cenita 13, Solis 9, Llanto 7, Alcaraz 5, Cavan 5, Latonio 4, Bucao 3, Mercado 3, Tiongson 0, Aying 0, Gabas 0.

    Period Scores: 12-13, 37-30, 49-46, 75-66.

  4. #14

    Re: Forward Taguig

    TAGUIG CITY – Host Forward Taguig and the Smart-Pampanga Buddies arranged a championship showdown for the Taguig City Leg of the Smart Liga Pilipinas Conference III by registering contrasting wins at the C. P. Tinga Memorial Hall Thursday night (August 27).

    Forward Taguig cruised to an easy victory over the Zamboanga Uno Latinos, 83-70, while the Buddies needed an extra period to subdue Liga newcomer Cebu Landmaster-Mandaue, 79-76. Both teams thus grabbed their second win in as many games in the tournament supported by Smart, Accel, Molten, Calcium-Cee, Gatorade, Air 21 and Burlington. They will meet for the leg championship this Saturday. Zamboanga and Mandaue will play for Third Place.

    After a tight first half where they led by only three points, 40-37, Taguig blew the game wide open with a 28-5 run started by Ardy Larong and sustained by Lou Gatumbato, Harold Sta. Cruz and Nat Cruz to begin the third period en route to erecting their biggest lead, 68-42.

    Zamboanga managed to stage a 15-0 run in the fourth period that lessened the deficit with four minutes to go, 64-74. However, Taguig held on as Sta. Cruz and Nino Marquez shot well from the free throw line to preserve the victory.

    Paul Reguera led Taguig with 17 points on five triples all converted in the first half. Gatumbato followed with 14. Christopher Concepcion topped the Latinos with 20 points while Jonathan Parreno added 11.

    In the first game, Earn Saguindel lifted the Buddies with a teardrop shot that shattered a 76-76 tie with 44 ticks to play in overtime. Jercules Tangkay, who had forced the last deadlock with a three-point play off Al Magpayo, then threw the ball away and was forced to foul Chester Taylor who split his charities for the final count with five seconds remaining.

    Jerome Cenita forced the overtime via a long triple with 33 seconds left in regulation, 71-71. Landmaster was well in control of the game until the Buddies came roaring back, capped by an acrobatic shot by Nino Gelig followed by two Saguindel free throws off Ronald Bucao at the 47-second mark for a 71-68 cushion before Cenita’s heroics.

    Adonis Sta. Maria led the Buddies with 14 points while Anthony Espiritu added 11. Cenita paced Mandaue with 17 points. Tangkay finished with 13 markers.

    The games of Liga Pilipinas Conference III are shown over Solar Sports every Wednesday and Thursday at 2:00 PM and every Friday and Saturday at 4:00 PM. Selected games are also shown over Viva Prime Channel.

    How They Scored:

    First Game

    PAMPANGA (79) – Sta. Maria 14, An. Espiritu 11, Magpayo 10, Gelig 10, Tan 10, Saguindel 8, Arao 5, Taylor 5, Al. Espiritu 5, Villamin 1, Thiele 0.

    MANDAUE (76) – Cenita 17, Tangkay 13, Cavan 10, Aying 8, Llanto 6, Solis 6, Bucao 5, Mercado 5, Alcaraz 4, Latonio 2, Tiongson 0, Gabas 0.

    Period Scores: 18-18, 30-36, 55-55, 71-71 (reg.), 79-76 (OT).

    Second Game

    TAGUIG (83) – Reguera 17, Gatumbato 14, Marquez 10, Sta. Cruz 9, Larong 7, Moody 6, Cruz 6, Leynes 6, Ortiguerra 4, Alfad 2, Vijandre 2, Biala 0, de Leon 0, Deximo 0.

    ZAMBOANGA (70) – Concepcion 20, Parreno 11, Bolias 9, de Castro 6, Dais 5, Tajonera 4, Climaco 4, Alvarez 3, M. Lozano 3, Merced 3, Cordero 2, Md. Lozano 0, Rebollos 0.

    Period Scores: 18-24, 40-37, 70-46, 83-70.

  5. #15

    Re: Forward Taguig

    TAGUIG CITY – Host team Forward Taguig swept the preliminary round of the Smart Liga Pilipinas Conference III Taguig City Leg with an 85-73 thrashing of erstwhile fellow undefeated team Smart-Pampanga Buddies Friday evening at the C. P. Tinga Memorial Hall.

    From the game’s last deadlock at 59-59 early in the final period, Taguig of Mayor Freddie Tinga and Coach Bing Victoria turned to veteran forward Marvin Ortiguerra and rookie point guard Rex Leynes to deliver the crucial scores. Taguig’s defense also went to work, holding the Buddies without a field goal for a six-minute span. The Buddies also did not help their own cause by shooting miserably from the free throw line, making five out of 10 tries.

    Coach Allan Gregorio then reinserted Chester Taylor, who quickly dropped six points to put the Buddies within striking distance entering the final two minutes, 70-74. Again, the Taguig defense clamped on the Buddies resulting in an 11-3 windup highlighted by a series of triples by Paul Reguera, Nat Cruz and Lou Gatumbato.

    Ortiguerra tallied 21 points to lead Taguig followed by Leynes, a recruit out of Saint Francis of Assisi College, with 13. Anthony Espiritu led the Buddies with 13 markers while Taylor finished with 11.

    Despite the results, Taguig and Pampanga will still duke it out for the leg championship and the corresponding10 Liga Tour Points in the overall team standings. The runner-up will get five points, third place three points and the last placed team a single point in the innovative tournament supported by Smart, Accel, Molten, Calcium-Cee Gatorade, Air 21 and Burlington and sanctioned by the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP).

    In the curtain-raiser, Cebu Landmaster-Mandaue notched their franchise’s first-ever win in Liga Pilipinas with a hard-earned 71-64 shellacking of the still winless Zamboanga Uno Latinos.

    With Zamboanga threatening for the last time, 59-61, John Paul Alcaraz bucked early foul trouble to return in the fourth period and scatter eight points all within the game’s final five minutes to quash the Latinos’ hopes.

    Jerome Cenita again set the stage as he powered Mandaue to a 38-29 edge at halftime. Zamboanga countered with a third period explosion off the bench by Joemie Alvarez that gave them their last taste of the lead, 45-44. Ronald Bucao then took over the leadership role for Mandaue as he starred a late run that restored the lead at the end of the third canto, 54-48.

    Cenita, who played varsity ball at San Sebastian College-Recoletos de Cavite, paced Mandaue with 16 points. Alcaraz followed with a total of 14. Alvarez was the best scorer for the Latinos with 17 while Jonathan Parreno supported him with 13 markers.

    The games of the Smart Liga Pilipinas Conference III are shown over Solar Sports every Wednesday and Thursday at 2:00 PM and every Friday and Saturday at 4:00 PM. Selected games are also shown over Viva Prime Channel.

    How They Scored:

    First Game

    MANDAUE (71) – Cenita 16, Alcaraz 14, Llanto 9, Bucao 7, Solis 6, Latonio 5, Aying 5, Tangkay 4, Cavan 3, Mercado 2, Tiongson 0, Gabas 0.

    ZAMBOANGA (64) – Alvarez 17, Parreno 13, Concepcion 10, de Castro 8, Rebollos 8, Bolias 6, Tajonera 2, Cordero 0, Climaco 0, Dais 0, M. Lozano 0, Merced 0.

    Period Scores: 18-16, 38-29, 54-48, 71-64.

    Second Game

    TAGUIG (85) – Ortiguerra 21, Leynes 13, Cruz 10, Gatumbato 8, Larong 7, Marquez 6, Moody 5, Sta. Cruz 5, Reguera 5, Alfad 5, de Leon 0.

    PAMPANGA (73) – An. Espiritu 13, Taylor 11, Thiele 8, Saguindel 8, Gelig 7, Magpayo 6, Arao 6, Sta. Maria 4, Tan 4, Villamin 3, Al. Espiritu 2, Nicdao 1.

    Period Scores: 18-26, 32-35, 54-52, 85-73.

  6. #16

    Re: Forward Taguig

    TAGUIG CITY – The home team continued to rule as Forward Taguig crowned itself as the champions of the Smart Liga Pilipinas Conference III Taguig City Leg with a pulsating 74-71 escape over the Smart-Pampanga Buddies last Saturday (August 29) at the C. P. Tinga Memorial Hall.

    Taguig of Mayor Freddie Tinga thus swept all their four games in the tournament to earn the maximum 15 Liga Tour points, giving their new head coach Bing Victoria a fitting debut in the league backed by Smart, Accel, Molten, Calcium-Cee, Gatorade, Air 21 and Burlington and sanctioned by the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP). SBP President Manny V. Pangilinan and Vice-Chairman Ricky Vargas joined the big crowd in attendance.

    Down by 13 after three periods, 53-66, the Buddies of Coach Allan Gregorio suddenly came alive at the start of the final period with Anthony Espiritu hitting back-to-back triples that sparked a 12-2 salvo that cut their deficit to three, 65-68.

    Marvin Ortiguerra, who would later be named tournament MVP, doused the Buddies’ rally with a triple followed by a basket by rookie guard Rex Leynes for more Taguig breathing space, 73-65. Not easily giving up, the Buddies kept the pressure with an Al Magpayo three-point play off Harold Sta. Cruz and an Anthony Espiritu basket at the 36-second mark, 71-73.

    Paul Reguera then drew a foul but missed both his gift shots. Luckily for Taguig, Sta. Cruz came from nowhere to pluck his 15th and most crucial rebound, quickly passing the ball to Lou Gatumbato who was then sent to the free throw line. Gatumbato missed his first then made his second free throw to raise their lead to three, 74-71.

    With no more time outs to call and eight ticks remaining, the Buddies sent the ball across the center line but Anthony Espiritu dribbled on his foot, sending the ball rolling into Taguig territory. “I have great confidence in my players,” said winning coach Victoria, a former varsity star at UP-Diliman. “Even if the Buddies were rallying in the fourth period, I know that they could hold on to our lead.”

    Gatumbato finished with 21 points to lead the way for Taguig followed by Leynes with 13 and Ortiguerra with 12. Anthony Espiritu still topped the Buddies with 13 points. Magpayo chipped in 11 markers.

    Earlier in the day, expansion team Cebu Landmaster-Mandaue ended their first Liga campaign on a positive note by defeating the Zamboanga Uno Latinos for Third Place, 91-79.

    Jercules Tangkay gave another mighty performance as he starred for Mandaue with 14 points followed by Francis Mercado with 11. Christopher Concepcion and Joemie Alvarez led the winless Latinos with 13 and 11 markers respectively.

    Next week’s Liga Pilipinas action shifts to the Holy Angel University Gym in Angeles City starting Wednesday with the Buddies hosting Taguig, Trace-Laguna Stallions and debuting Bacolod (formerly the Iloilo Mang Inasals).

    The games of the Smart Liga Pilipinas Conference III are shown over Solar Sports every Wednesday and Thursday at 2:00 PM and every Friday and Saturday at 4:00 PM. Selected games are also shown over Viva Prime Channel.

    How They Scored:

    For Third Place

    MANDAUE (91) – Tangkay 14, Mercado 11, Cenita 10, Llanto 9, Solis 9, Alcaraz 8, Bucao 7, Latonio 7, Gabas 7, Cavan 5, Aying 4, Tiongson 0.

    ZAMBOANGA (79) – Concepcion 13, Alvarez 11, Rebollos 11, Tajonera 10, de Castro 9, Parreno 9, Bolias 8, Cordero 6, M. Lozano 2, Dais 0, Merced 0.

    Period Scores: 23-15, 50-32, 69-56, 91-79.

    Championship

    TAGUIG (74) – Gatumbato 21, Leynes 13, Ortiguerra 12, Sta. Cruz 8, Cruz 6, Reguera 6, Larong 4, Moody 2, Alfad 2, de Leon 0, Marquez 0.

    PAMPANGA (71) – An. Espiritu 13, Magpayo 11, Arao 10, Gelig 9, Sta. Maria 8, Al. Espiritu 8, Taylor 7, Villamin 3, Saguindel 2, Thiele 0, Tan 0.

    Period Scores: 22-16, 47-34, 66-53, 74-71.

  7. #17

    Re: Forward Taguig

    TAGUIG CITY – Host and fifth seed Forward Taguig and the visiting sixth seed Trace-Laguna Stallions dispute the fifth and final seat in next week’s Super Leg as the Smart Liga Pilipinas Conference III Wild Card round continues tomorrow (November 17) at the C. P. Tinga Memorial Hall starting at the 4:00 PM.

    Both teams split their previous encounters in this conference made possible by Smart, Molten, Accel, Calcium-Cee, Gatorade, Air 21 and Burlington with the sanction of the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP).

    The Stallions of Atty. Erwin Genuino and Coach Nomar Isla won over Taguig in their first meeting, 73-66, last September 3 at the Holy Angel University Gym during the Pampanga Leg. However, Taguig of Mayor Freddie R. Tinga and Coach Bing Victoria got back in the next game, 77-74, in a game that booted the Stallions out of the championship game of their own Laguna Leg held at Trace College last October 2

    A big minus for the Stallions is that the players responsible for their success in the early stages of the conference are now playing elsewhere. They were in contention for one of the two outright Super Leg spots until the sudden loss of manpower caused their poor finishes in their last two legs at home and at Apayao to tumble all the way to Sixth Place.

    “If we have to pass through the eye of the needle to get to Cebu then we shall,” said Coach Isla. “We just hope that our new players have settled down.” If the Stallions emerge victorious tomorrow, the rubber match will be played Wednesday at the same venue.

    The Stallions finished with an overall 8-8 win-loss card and 26 tour points, carting away the Pampanga Leg. Taguig boasts of a better record at 10-6 and 32 points, annexing their own Taguig Leg via a four-game sweep.

    Taguig has also been the subject of a lot of player movements throughout the conference but has managed to play consistently. Coach Victoria in his first conference at the helm also guided the team to runner-up finishes in Laguna and Mandaue.

    Already in the Super Leg are the undefeated M. Lhuillier Kwarta Padala-Cebu Ninos, Smart-Pampanga Buddies, Quezon Red Oilers and the defending National Champion Misamis Oriental Meteors. The Ninos and Buddies earned outright spots whereas the Red Oilers and Meteors eliminated the MP Warriors of GenSan and Cebu Landmaster-Mandaue respectively in separate series last week.

    The complete Liga Pilipinas Playoffs up to the Super Leg will be aired on Solar Sports starting this week. Liga Pilipinas Classics are also seen daily on Viva Prime Channel. The league’s official website is at www.ligapilipinas.net.

  8. #18

    Re: Forward Taguig

    TAGUIG CITY – The visiting sixth seed Trace-Laguna Stallions forced a winner-take-all game for the last seat in this weekend’s Super Leg by upsetting fifth seed Forward Taguig, 83-79, in their Smart Liga Pilipinas Conference III Wild Card game Tuesday evening at the C. P. Tinga Memorial Hall.

    With their conference on the line, the Stallions of Atty. Erwin Genuino and Coach Nomar Isla banked on the combined 15 fourth period points of guard Alex Angeles and the returning Leo Losentes plus crucial baskets by Alfie Grijaldo to pull off the victory.

    With Taguig constantly threatening, Grijaldo, Angeles and Losentes banged in a triple each that erected an 81-74 Stallions advantage with 1:13 to play. Angeles and Losentes then split their separate trips to the free throw each to ensure the win at the 41-second mark. Jeff Sanders settled the final tally with the game’s final five points.

    Angeles, RB Mangahas and Ron Capati gave Laguna their biggest lead of the contest, 43-33, early in the third period. Taguig of Mayor Freddie R. Tinga and Coach Bing Victoria slowly closed in, with Michael Gonzales giving them the lead for the first time via a three-point play with 8:16 remaining in the final canto, 58-56.

    After a deadlock and four lead changes, Grijaldo followed a Jan Villaver triple with a basket that gave the Stallions the lead for good, 68-67, and 3:59 to play. A good first period worked wonders for the Stallions as Capati and Rob Sanz quickly found their scoring touch for a 19-14 advantage.

    “Cebu City, we’re getting there,” said an exhausted Coach Isla. “After the Apayao Leg, we held team meetings and the team vowed to work very hard at practice as we prepared for Taguig.” Taguig’s twice-to-beat advantage is now history and both coaches have less than 24 hours to make adjustments for the rubber match to be held still at Tinga Hall.

    Angeles had a good all-around game with 14 points, six rebounds and five assists in 34 minutes of play. Sanz followed with 12 points. Sanders paced Taguig with 22 points while Nino Marquez chipped in 14.

    The five-team Super Leg is scheduled for November 22 to 29 at the New Cebu Coliseum and will determine the next Liga Pilipinas National Champion. Already earning their tickets are the undefeated M. Lhuillier Kwarta Padala-Cebu Ninos, Smart-Pampanga Buddies, Quezon Red Oilers and the defending National Champion Misamis Oriental Meteors.

    The Liga Pilipinas Wild Card games and the whole Super Leg will be aired on Solar Sports starting next week. Liga Pilipinas Classics are also seen daily on Viva Prime Channel. For more information, visit www.ligapilipinas.net. Liga Pilipinas Conference III is made possible by Smart, Molten, Accel, Calcium-Cee, Gatorade, Air 21 and Burlington and sanctioned by the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP).

    How They Scored:

    LAGUNA (83) – Angeles 14, Sanz 12, Losentes 9, Estrada 8, Capati 8, Villaver 8, Mangahas 7, Grijaldo 7, Pradas 6, Musni 2, Legaspi 2, Anquilo 0.

    TAGUIG (79) – Sanders 22, Marquez 14, Gatumbato 11, Gonzales 8, Sta, Cruz 6, Moody 5, Araman 4, Baluyot 4, de Castro 3, Reguera 2, de Guia 0, Kiram 0.

    Period Scores: 19-14, 31-29, 53-53, 83-79.

  9. #19

    Re: Forward Taguig

    TAGUIG CITY – The Trace-Laguna Stallions claimed the fifth and last slot in next week’s Smart Liga Pilipinas Conference III Super Leg in Cebu City by stopping Forward Taguig, 70-68, in a dramatic contest Wednesday at the C. P. Tinga Memorial Hall.

    Ironically, it was a Cebuano in forward Jan Villaver who engineered the victory, hitting a long triple with 1:35 left in the contest that returned the lead to the Stallions of Atty. Erwin Genuino and Coach Nomar Isla for good, 69-68. Earlier, Jeff Sanders and Erickson Araman put Taguig on top for the last time via consecutive three-point plays, 68-66, and 2:26 to go.

    After Villaver’s triple, Taguig’s offense suddenly went cold. Christopher Baluyot was forced to foul Alex Angeles, who split his free throws for the final tally with five seconds to play. With Coach Bing Victoria out of timeouts, Taguig rushed down the court but Villaver managed to bat the ball away. Nino Marquez briefly recovered the possession, only to be stalled by Angeles at the buzzer.

    It was a sad loss for the fifth seed Taguig of Mayor Freddie R. Tinga, who entered the series armed with a twice-to-beat advantage. Sixth seed Laguna leaned on the all-around play of Angeles to take the opener last Tuesday, 83-79.

    The Stallions led by as much as 13 markers in the third stanza, 55-42. A seven-point cluster by Billy Moody signaled Taguig’s comeback, cutting the deficit entering the fourth period, 54-59. Unlike the other day, Taguig started strong to take the first period behind Ariel de Castro and Sanders, 21-18.

    Villaver, originally from Talisay City, led all scorers with 22 points on five triples. Alfie Grijaldo followed with 11 points and six rebounds. Sanders paced Taguig with 13 points while de Castro added 11.

    “My challenge to the team was for the former bench players to prove they can play as starters,” explained winning coach Isla. “Today and yesterday, they passed the challenge so hopefully this will continue up to the Super Leg.”

    The Stallions will join the defending National Champion Misamis Oriental Meteors, Smart-Pampanga Buddies, Quezon Red Oilers and the undefeated M. Lhuillier Kwarta Padala-Cebu Ninos in the five-team, seven-day tournament that will crown the next Liga Pilipinas National Champion of the league supported by Smart, Molten, Accel, Calcium-Cee, Gatorade, Air 21 and Burlington and sanctioned by the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP).

    The Liga Pilipinas Wild Card games and the whole Super Leg will be aired on Solar Sports starting next week. Liga Pilipinas Classics are also seen daily on Viva Prime Channel. For more details, check out www.ligapilipinas.net.

    How They Scored:

    LAGUNA (70) – Villaver 22, Grijaldo 11, Sanz 10, Losentes 9, Estrada 7, Angeles 6, Capati 2, Mangahas 2, Legaspi 1, Tolentino 0, Musni 0, Pradas 0.

    TAGUIG (6 – Sanders 13, de Castro 11, Marquez 10, Moody 9, Baluyot 6, Araman 5, Sta. Cruz 5, Reguera 3, Gatumbato 3, Gonzales 3, de Guia 0, Kiram 0.

    Period Scores: 18-21, 41-36, 59-54, 70-68.

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    Re: Forward Taguig

    Note: The following articles are from independent external sources and does not necessarily reflect the official stand of Liga Pilipinas, Pinoy Basketbol Incorporated (PBI) and Pinoy Basketbol Management Incorporated (PBMI).
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    Forward Taguig rips Lyceum in MBL opener
    (The Philippine Star) Updated April 10, 2010 12:00 AM


    MANILA, Philippines - Forward Taguig lived up to its high billing by beating defending champion Lyceum-Showa, 78-63, at the start of the 2010 MBL Open basketball championship at the Lyceum gym in Intramuros, Manila.

    Former University of Santo Tomas standout Jemal Viscara and St. Benilde guard Lou Gatumbato provided the 1-2 punch for Forward Taguig, which needed only a decisive scoring run in the third quarter to score the breakaway victory.

    Viscara scattered 18 points, while Gatumbato added 13 points for the Mayor Freddie Tinga-supported Taguig, which outscored Lyceum-Showa, 28-8, in the third period to erase a 33-35 halftime deficit and take a commanding 61-43 lead going into the payoff period.

    Ex-pro Niño Marquez added nine points and Boyet Bautista and Jeff Tajonera contributed seven points apiece for Taguig of coach Bing Victoria.

    Hans Thiele, a 6-5 mainstay of Cossack Vodka in PBL, carried the fight for Lyceum-Showa with 14 points.

    Rich Guevarra finished with 13 points, Victor Medina Jr. added 11 and Mark Fampulme had 10 for Lyceum-Showa, which was handled by assistant coaches Billy Reyes and Alex Brower in the absence of head coach Bonnie Tan.

    Former PBA coach Turo Valenzona made the ceremonial toss during a simple opening ceremony.

    The two-month long tournament supported by Smart Communications, Dickies Underwear, PRC Couriers and Santillan Beach Resort resumes on Tuesday with four more teams making their debut.

    Last year’s MBL Open runner-up UST takes on Foscon Ship Management at 6 p.m., while perennial CUSA titlist Manuel Luis Quezon University tests the mettle of PJS Law Firm at 7:30 p.m.
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    Forward Taguig in big start
    by People's Tonight
    Friday, 09 April 2010 20:36

    Games Tuesday: (Lyceum gym)

    6 p.m. – Foscon vs. UST
    7:30 p.m. – MLQU vs. PJS Law Firm


    FORWARD Taguig lived up to its high billing by beating defending champion Lyceum-Showa, 78-63, at the start of the 2010 MBL Open basketball championship at the Lyceum gym in Intramuros, Manila.

    Former University of Santo Tomas standout Jemal Viscara and St. Benilde guard Lou Gatumbato provided the 1-2 punch for Forward Taguig, which needed only a decisive scoring run in the third quarter to turn what started as a close contest into a rout.

    Viscara scattered 18 points, while Gatumbato added 13 points for the Mayor Freddie Tinga-supported Taguig, which outscored Lyceum-Showa, 28-8, in the third period to erase a 33-35 halftime deficit and take a commanding 61-43 lead going into the payoff period.

    Ex-pro Niño Marquez added nine points and Boyet Bautista and Jeff Tajonera contributed seven points apiece for Taguig of coach Bing Victoria.

    Hans Thiele, a 6-5 mainstay of Cossack Vodka in PBL, carried the fight for Lyceum-Showa with 14 points.

    Rich Guevarra finished with 13 points, Victor Medina, Jr. added 11 and Mark Fampulme had 10 for Lyceum-Showa, which was handled by assistant coaches Billy Reyes and Alex Brower in the absence of head coach Bonnie Tan.

    Former PBA coach Turo Valenzona made the ceremonial toss during a simple opening ceremony.

    The two-month long tournament supported by Smart Communications, Dickies Underwear, PRC Couriers and Santillan Beach Resort resumes on Tuesday with four more teams making their debut.

    Last year’s MBL Open runner-up UST takes on Foscon Ship Management at 6 p.m., while perennial CUSA titlist Manuel Luis Quezon University tests the mettle of PJS Law Firm at 7:30 p.m.

    Tournament director Albert Andaya said the top two teams after the elimination round will advance to the semis outright with twice-to-beat incentive.

    The next four teams will then dispute the remaining semis berths in a pair of knockout matches.

    The top two teams in the semis will dispute the title in a winner-take-all encounter.

    The scores:

    Forward Taguig (7 -- Viscarra 18, Gatumbato 13, Marquez 9, Bautista 7, Tajonera 7, Dela Cuesta 5, Sta Cruz 4, Cacha 4, Moody 4, Lumungsod 3, Cuan 3, De Castro 2, Guiyab 0, Kiram 0, Medina 0.

    Lyceum-Showa (63) -- Thiele 14, Guevarra 13, Medina 11 Fampulme 10, Anacta 9, Aqualaful 4, Raymundo 2, Abaya 0, Mendoza 0, Lacap 0.

    Quarterscores: 16-16, 33-35, 61-43, 78-63.


 
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