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    2009 PBL PG Flex Unity Cup

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    Some news: regarding this:
    taken from: http://www.ngetstudio.com/PBL/news/?...b-6e2be9e045dd
    and www.gmanews.tv

    The Philippine Basketball League's upcoming season will only have five teams but commissioner Chino Trinidad said that despite the low turnout, he still expects an exciting conference.

    "Though we have only five teams the show must go on. Looking on the positive side, all five teams have equal chances of winning the title since they have all the tools to be a contender," said Trinidad.

    The country's top amateur league, which opens its season-ending conference on April 16, lost two teams due to the decision of Toyota Otis and Burger King to take leave of absence.

    The five participating teams are Magnolia Purewater, Hapee Toothpaste, Pharex, Bacchus Energy Drink and Oracle (formerly Harbour Centre).

    Magnolia will have in its arsenal former San Beda star Ogie Menor and University of the East' Marcy Arellano, who both played for Burger King in the last conference.

    Expect a solid conference for Magnolia because of the addition of Menor and Arellano to the team which already has amateur standouts Al Magpayo, Neil Raneses and rising star Dylan Ababou.

    But Happe will also have a star-studded line up with the acquisition of former La Salle ace JV casino and Jose Rizal University's James Sena.

    "We have a very competitive team this time but I hope we can translate it to victories," said team manager Bernard Young. "JV has already started practicing with us."

    Casio and Sena will be playing with former UAAP MVP Jervy Cruz of University of Santo Tomas and ex-Ateneo star Chris Tiu.

    Oracle, known before as Harbour Centre Batang Pier, will still bring it its never say die attitude into the conference with the likes of Rico Maierhofer, Edwin Asoro and Jonathan Fernandes in their fold.

    Far Eastern University stars Mark Barroca, JR Cawaling, Aldrich Ramos and Mark Baracael, and Letran's RJ Jazul will also be playing for Oracle.

    Bacchus also strengthened its squad with the acquisition of former Letran center Brian Faundo, San Sebastian's Jason Ballesteros, and UST's Christian Luanzon and Brian Ilad.

    Pharex, on the other hand, got the services of La Salle's James Mangahas, San Beda's Dave Marcelo, Nestor David and Fil-Am Joey Deas. GMANews.TV

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    Oracle faces Licealiz in PBL opening
    (April 7, 2009)

    Source:http://pbl.org.ph/news.php

    Two of the three teams that will carry new names take the spotlight on April 14 when they slug it out in the opening of the 2009 PBL PG Flex Unity Cup at the San Juan gym.

    Oracle, which is out to extend the winning tradition of sister team Harbour Centre, tackles Licealiz (formerly Hapee Toothpaste) at 4 p.m. to cap what is expected to be another explosive opening day of the country’s premier amateur basketball league.

    The 2 p.m. encounter between last conference finalist Magnolia Purewater and Pharex is likewise worth watching as both teams have beefed up their line-ups to boost their respective title campaigns in the season-ending tournament.

    Harbour Centre, the flagship company of PBL chairman Mikee Romero, was officially retired two months ago after extending its championship run to six, a feat that is likely to stand for years or decades to come.

    Oracle, however, is hard-pressed to follow the footsteps of Harbour Centre since the four other teams, including Cobra (formerly Bacchus Energy), now have what it takes to challenge its dominance.

    Coaches and team officials are in one in saying that the race for the championship this time round will be a lot more interesting and emotional than in the past tournaments.

    Even Romero admits that it’s going to be an uphill climb for his team this time, saying: “There will be no room for complacency this time since all teams are very strong.”

    PBL Commissioner Chino Trinidad said the format that rewards the top three finishers after the double-round elimination outright semis berths will only make each more exciting.

    “That’s the beauty of the format that we’re going to use this conference, every game counts his time,” said Trinidad.

    The last two placers after the elims will face each other in a best-of-three quarterfinal series. The No. 1 team, on the other hand, can choose its semifinal opponent among the third, fourth and fifth placed teams after the classification round.

    Cobra, composed mostly of star players from University of the East, sees action on Thursday against Oracle. The Lawrence Chongson-mentored squad was the tournament’s biggest revelation last conference after barging to the semis for
    the first time.

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    Re: 2009 PBL PG Flex Unity Cup

    HERE IS THE SCHEDULE FOR THE DOUBLE-ROUND ELIMINATIONS OF THE 2009 PBL PG FLEX UNITY CUP:

    2009 PBL PG-FLEX UNITY CUP

    Elimination – 1st Round

    Apr 14 (Tue) – San Juan Gym
    Game Nos. 1) 2:00PM MAGNOLIA PUREWATER vs. PHAREX (C/S9)
    2) 4:00PM LICEALIZ vs. ORACLE TITANS

    Apr 16 (Thu) – San Juan Gym
    Game Nos. 3) 2:00PM ORACLE TITANS vs. COBRA ENERGY DRINK
    4) 4:00PM LICEALIZ vs. MAGNOLIA PUREWATER

    Apr 18 (Sat) – Ynares Sports Center, Pasig City
    Game Nos. 5) 2:00PM PHAREX vs. ORACLE TITANS
    6) 4:00PM COBRA ENERGY DRINK vs. LICEALIZ

    Apr 21 (Tue) – San Juan Gym
    Game Nos. 7) 2:00PM COBRA ENERGY DRINK vs. PHAREX (C/S9)
    4:00PM ORACLE TITANS vs. MAGNOLIA PUREWATER

    Apr 23 ( Tue) – Ynares Sports Center, Pasig City
    Game Nos. 9) 2:00PM PHAREX vs. LICEALIZ
    10) 4:00PM MAGNOLIA vs. COBRA ENERGY DRINK

    Elimination – 2nd Round
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    Apr 25 (Sat) – San Juan Gym
    Game Nos. 11) 2:00PM LICEALIZ vs. ORACLE TITANS
    12) 4:00PM COBRA ENERGY DRINK vs. PHAREX

    Apr 28 (Tue) – San Juan Gym
    Game Nos. 13) 2:00PM PHAREX vs. LICEALIZ (C/S9)
    14) 4:00PM MAGNOLIA PUREWATER vs. COBRA ENERGY DRINK

    Apr 30 (Thu) – San Juan Gym
    Game Nos. 15) 2:00PM ORACLE TITANS vs. MAGNOLIA PUREWATER
    16) 4:00PM LICEALIZ vs. COBRA ENERGY DRINK

    May 2 (Sat) – San Juan Gym
    Game Nos. 17) 2:00PM ORACLE TITANS vs. COBRA ENERGY DRINK
    1 4:00PM PHAREX vs. MAGNOLIA PUREWATER

    May 5 (Tue) – San Juan Gym
    Game Nos. 19) 2:00PM MAGNOLIA PUREWATER vs. LICEALIZ (C/S9)
    20) 4:00PM PHAREX vs. ORACLE TITANS


    Source: http://pbl.org.ph/schedules.php

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    Re: 2009 PBL PG Flex Unity Cup

    Oracle, Magnolia favored
    (April 9, 2009)


    Licealiz may have some of the finest players in its fold right now but in the eyes of Magnolia Purewater coach Koy Banal, Oracle, formerly Harbour Centre, is the team to beat in the 2009 PBL PG Flex Unity Cup which fires off on Tuesday at the San Juan gym.

    Looking at the championship experience of Oracle, Banal believes the Mikee Romero-owned team will be hard to beat owing to its time-tested chemistry.

    “They are almost intact as they lost only two players in Al (Vergara) and Reed (Juntilla), so they remain highly competitive,” said Banal, who selected San Beda’s Ogie Menor, University of the East star Marcy Arellano and Jose Rizal University’s Marvin Hayes during the dispersal draft to boost their title bid this time.

    One of the leading products of San Miguel Corporation, Magnolia Purewater, however, is determined to end a three-year title drought this conference after losing to Harbour Centre in the finals last conference.

    While Banal acknowledges that his team now has depth and maturity with the acquisition of Menor and Arellano, he said they have to come out and play with much passion and athleticism to achieve their goal this time.

    “Everybody has equal chances but for us to advance to the finals and win the championship, we have to commit ourselves in playing our best each game. We have to build a new character that will help us beat the odds this time,” said Banal.

    Banal’s observation that Oracle enjoys a slight edge in experience over the rest was shared by Pharex coach Carlo Tan and Cobra assistant coach Joel Palapal.

    “I think the league is stacked with potential champions, but Oracle is still the team to beat. They have the experience and cohesion for winning the last six championships,” said Tan, who picked up young talents in La Salle’s James Mangahas, San Beda’s Dave Marcelo, Nestor David and Fil Am Joey Deas as a way to challenge his current players to become more assertive.

    “They also have the height, so kumpleto pa rin sila in every position. I think sila ng Magnolia ang top favorites ngayon,” said Palapal.

    Oracle team manager Erick Arejola, however, downplayed their chances this time since five of their players, including new recruits RJ Jazul and Mark Baracael, are members of the Philippine team under the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas.

    “What if they (RP team members) are out of the country, that’s our predicament right now,” said Arejola. “What we can only promise to our fans is that we will play as hard as we can and bring our never-say-die attitude to another level.”

    Arejola, on his part, rated Magnolia high in his list of favorites along with Licealiz (formerly Hapee Toothpaste) due to their solid line-ups.

    Licealiz will be bannered practically by the finest stars of UAAP led by Ateneo’s Chris Tiu and La Salle’s JV Casio. Aside from the two, the Lamoiyan franchise owned by Dr. Cecilio Pedro has also former UAAP MVP Jervy Cruz and JRU’s James Sena to lean on.


    Takem from: http://pbl.org.ph/news.php


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    Re: 2009 PBL PG Flex Unity Cup

    wow...talk about "lean and mean". i don't recall the PBL having 5 teams in the past...6 teams yes, but i think this is the fewest teams ever in a PBL conference...
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    Re: 2009 PBL PG Flex Unity Cup

    MAs marami pa ata teams yung WPBL ;D

    I just hope more teams would join kasi I think 5 teams is really not that exciting. What would be the format. At best 6 teams na sila.
    "The end justifies the means"-from Machiavelli? Nope.  :D

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    Re: 2009 PBL PG Flex Unity Cup

    Dapat siguro mag merge na lang sila with LIGA Pilipinas and do away with the age limit. Retain the home away format to sort of relive MBA days. The PBL is skating on thin ice now. Tsk tsk.

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    isa sa dahilan kya nabawasan ang team dahil sa age limit na in-impose ng PBL, walang nang makuhang de-kalidad na player mga team kya nag-leave nlng karamihan ksi lagpas na mga player nila sa age limit. kya ayun naglipatan sa mga team Liga Pilipinas. hindi kya pinapasikat ng PBL ang Liga!?

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    Re: 2009 PBL PG Flex Unity Cup

    What's wrong with having an age limit? Mas mabuti nga yon para hindi nagkakaagawan ng players. This is more in line with the PBL's thrust of developing the next pool of players. Nagkataon lang na nasagasaan na rin ng mga preseason collegiate tournaments yung current PBL conference.

    Maybe some adjustments should be done.

    Then again, maybe merging with Liga Pilipinas might not be a bad thing after all. :lol:

    On second thought, Chino hates Eala's guts for calling on his refs in the NCAA finals. Sucks to be him then. :D


 
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