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    Golden Stags In The PBL

    let's have a thread dedicated to the golden stags players who are competing in the PBL.

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    Re: Golden Stags In The PBL

    Excel Roof stuns Ascof in PBL opener

    Excel Roof leaned on the players who led San Sebastian College to the NCAA title in hacking out an 82-73 upset win over Ascof Lagundi in the opening game of the 2010 PBL PG Flex-Erase Placenta Cup Tuesday at The Arena in San Juan City.

    NCAA Finals MVP Jimbo Aquino fired 12 of his game-high 17 points in the second half as fellow Stags Calvin Abueva, Ronald Pascual and John Raymundo ran rings around their defenders, giving coach Renato Agustin a rousing debut as a mentor in the PBL.

    “We prepared for this tournament for at least three weeks and I was not really expecting to win in our first game. That is why I was surprised to see how the players responded since I told them that this is not the same level as playing in the NCAA or the Collegiate Champions Cup. This is the PBL which is [more] physical," said Agustin.

    The game saw sixth deadlock and three lead changes with Excel Roof eventually getting the better of Ascof (formerly Pharex), a pre-tournament favorite owing to its runner-up finish to Oracle Residences in the last Unity Cup wars.

    Rookie Abueva added 13 points and nine rebounds while fellow neophyte Pascual chipped in 11 points. The 5’9" Raymundo, surprisingly produced the tournament’s first double-double game with 10 points and 10 rebounds plus five assists.

    As insurance, veteran Gilbert Bulawan added 11 points for Excel Roof.

    JR Gerilla and Mark Canlas led the way for Ascof with 13 and 11 points, respectively, but they failed to get the needed support from their teammates.

    Excel Roof took the first two quarters at 20-17 and 40-32 but Ascof Lagundi fought back, opening the third canto with a 13-3 blast to ice the count at 45-all.

    Aquino, however, scored his second triple in the quarter and joined hands with Pascual and Raymundo in a 17-8 exchange that upped their lead to nine, 62-53.

    Excel Roof enjoyed its biggest lead at 11 points, 80-69, on a drive to the basket by Abueva.

    Agustin lauded the team’s tenacity under the boards, which he said was the key for his young wards, who had a 53-35 advantage in the rebounding department, including a 23-11 edge in the offensive glass.

    “Our target is to make it into the Final Four. But we have to really work hard for it and should take it one game at a time," Agustin said. - GMANews.TV

    The scores:

    EXCEL ROOF 82 - Aquino 17, Abueva 13, Pascual 11, Bulawan 11, Raymundo 10, Sangalang 6, Bagatsing 4, Agustin 4, Mendoza 2, Delgado 2, Suguitan 2, Villanueva 0, Del Rio 0.

    ASCOF LAGUNDI 73 - Gerilla 13, Canlas 11, Mazo 7, Labagala 7, Lanete 6, Aguilar 6, Uyloan 5, Bustos 5, Co 4, Bauzon 4, Melegrito 3, Leynes 2, Cole 0.

    Quarters: 20-17; 40-32; 65-60; 82-73.

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    Re: Golden Stags In The PBL

    [b]Power Rankings #1: Paul Lee wows everyone
    (February 22, 2010/

    The 2010 PBL PG Flex-Erase Placenta Cup got underway last week and it turned out to be a huge week for Cobra Energy Drink's Paul Lee. But there were nine others who brought some good performances for their respective teams as we bring to you our Power Rankings for Week 1.

    10. JR Gerilla (Ascof Lagundi)
    Last Week: N/A
    Stats: 15 points and two rebounds vs. Excelroof

    Gerilla played a pivotal role in Ascof Lagundi's (formerly Pharex Bidang Generix) derailed bid towards ending the title reign of Oracle Residences in the Unity Cup last June. He is somehow one of the most underrated big men in the amateur ranks, he can score down low or on the outside and play defense.

    In their only game last week, the former FEU Tamaraw had 15 points in the Cough Busters' 72-63 defeat at the expense of Excelroof. But Gerilla managed to put the Pascual Laboratories-owned franchise in the thick of the fight when at one point he scored consecutive layups at tied the score midway into the third quarter.

    It will be a tough stretch for Ascof Lagundi this conference. With top point guard and last year's Most Valuable Player already plying his trade in the pro ranks, Gerilla will tasked to lead this retooled squad in their quest of winning the team's first-ever crown.

    9. Allen Maliksi (AddMix)
    Last Week: N/A
    Stats: 19 points, 3-of-9 3pt FG shooting and five
    rebounds vs. Cobra

    Maliksi, who suit up for University of Santo Tomas in the UAAP, produced big numbers in his PBL debut as he was one of the bright spots of the Transformers near-upset of Cobra last Thursday.

    The 6-foot-4 forward shot 8-of-19 from the field but made a number of outside shots that gave AddMix an eight-point lead in the second half before losing in the end no thanks to an explosive performance by Paul Lee.

    In order for AddMix to win its next assignments, Maliksi along with forward Jan Colina will have to get some help from the likes of Raffy Ynion, Gio Ciriacruz, TG Guillermo and even Alex Nuyles, among others.

    8. Pari Llagas (Cobra Energy Drink)
    Last Week: N/A
    Stats: 18.5 points and 6.5 rebounds last week

    For a guy who is on a squad loaded with some of the top collegiate players, it's amazing that the rugged Llagas was able to put those big offensive numbers.

    He's not going to be the team's first option but the 6-foot-4 big man will make his baskets off picks and assists from the likes of Paul Lee, Jai Reyes and Patrick Cabahug, especially in the free wheeling offense of coach Lawrence Chongson.

    Expect similar numbers from Llagas during the rest of the tourney.

    7. John Wilson (FERN-C)
    Last Week: N/A
    Stats: 26 points, 8-of-26 FG shooting, eight
    rebounds, three assists and two steals vs. Cossack Blue

    Wilson, the NCAA Most Valuable Player for Jose Rizal University last season, showed why he is one of the fast rising amateur cagers today when he lit up for 26 points for his new team FERN-C.

    But despite that performance, the Ferntastics succumbed to the unheralded Cossack Blue squad by four points. In that contest, the 6-foot-2 spitfire shot a dismal 2-of-15 from beyond the arc, most of those muffed shots came in the final quarter.

    This, however, is not an indication that Wilson will miss a lot of shots every game. It's too early to tell and besides, he has the capability of producing the number he showed in the NCAA. That will be a crucial for FERN-C in this tournament.

    [color=gold][b]6. Calvin Abueva (Excelroof)
    Last Week: N/A
    Stats: 10.5 points and 6.0 rebounds in two games

    Abueva showed why he was an integral figure in San Sebastian's NCAA title conquest of San Beda last October as he had a rousing PBL debut for Excelroof last Tuesday against Ascof Lagundi.

    In that match, the 6-foot-4 forward from Pampanga made 13 points and nine rebounds but the impressive thing was that he was all over the floor, diving for looseballs, hustling for the boards and cutting inside to grab passes for inside plays that wowed the crowd.

    Despite having only just eight points and four rebounds in the 25ers' next outing opposite Agrinurture (winning by a wide margin of 83-59), it is enough to give Abueva a nod in this week's rankings.

    5. JR Taganas (Cossack Blue)
    Last Week: N/A
    Stats: 11 points and 17 rebounds vs FERN-C

    Earn Saguindel, Paul Zamar and Raffy Reyes led the Spirits with 13 points each but Taganas starred in their four-point triumph against fellow the newcomer FERN-C Ferntastics last Tuesday despite the absence of main gunner James Martinez.

    He had 11 points and 17 boards, most of them during the second half that kept Cossack Blue's lead intact until the final buzzer. And coach Rene Baena is glad that Taganas, whom he called "Baby Shaq" since coaching him with the San Beda Red Cubs, is part of his squad.

    With the Spirits being labeled as one of the unheralded teams this conference, the 6-foot-3 Taganas will have to work doubly hard each game since he is the team's lone big man who will be tasked to bang bodies for 40 minutes.

    4. Patrick Cabahug (Cobra Energy Drink)
    Last Week: N/A
    Stats: 18.0 points on 13-of-30 shooting last week

    So far, the former Adamson guard, who is a deadly scorer but at times can be inconsistent, has been shooting pretty well from the field (43-percent clip) and is one of the bright spots of Cobra Energy Drink's strong start.

    In Cobra's conference-opening win against AddMix, the 6-foot-2, 26-year old Cabahug fired 21 points on 8-of-16 shooting as he was able to make several of those shots in the first three quarters before Paul Lee took over down the stretch.

    In a follow-up showing opposite Pharex B last Saturday, he shot just 5-of-14 from the field but made seven points in the second quarter, then made a huge shot with just 25 seconds remaining. Down by four, Cabahug threw a fadeaway trey off Woody Co that cut the deficit to a point that enabled the Ironmen to eventually steal the game away from the Maroons.

    [b]3. Jimbo Aquino (Excelroof)
    Last Week: N/A
    Stats: 17.0 points on 13-of-31 FG shooting

    The NCAA Finals Most Valuable Player showed no signs of slowing down, months after powering the Stags to the NCAA title.

    Aquino scored similar 17-point games on 41-percent shooting against Ascof Lagundi and Agrinurture, respectively, as the 25ers suddenly became of the title favorites in this season-opening tournament. He had 14-first half points in Saturday's blowout win over ANI-FCA.

    He is so blessed to be on this squad. Although Aquino will be tasked upon to lead the squad offensively, Excelroof has a deep bench consistent of some of the best players in the recent UAAP and NCAA seasons so his numbers could possibly make a minimal drop as the conference progressed.

    2. Vic Manuel (Pharex B-Complex)
    Last Week: N/A
    Stats: 16.0 points and 11.5 rebounds in two games

    Of all the players listed, Manuel is biggest surprise of the first-week of the conference. He debuted with a 17-point, nine-rebound performance in just 19 minutes as the Fighting Maroons walloped Agrinurture, 82-62, last Thursday.

    And if many think that it was just a fluke that he came out with a big showing, then they were all wrong as the 6-foot-4 forward followed it up with a double-double performance of 15 points and 14 rebounds even against the star-studded Cobra frontline led by Pari Llagas. Too bad, Pharex B suffered a heartbreaking defeat.

    To give you a background, Manuel was a former standout of the PSBA Jaguars in the UCAA and NCRAA tournaments. During his time, he was capable of scoring 30 points and make numerous rebounds (although only points were recorded by statisticians in those tournaments). He was then a late draft pick in the 2008 draft and saw very limited action for Burger King in last year's first conference.

    Let's see if Manuel can keep this impressive showing.

    1. Paul Lee (Cobra Energy Drink)
    Last Week: N/A
    Stats: 24.5 points, 9.5 rebounds, 4.5 assists and
    2.0 steals

    If there's anything I can say about Paul Lee's performance this week, it's just three letters - W-O-W!!!

    Showing how he dazzled UAAP fans with his cat-quick moves that earned him a Mythical Five selection for runner-up University of the East, the 6-foot-1 Lee has put himself as the early favorite to bag the Best Player of the Conference honors after leading Cobra to a 2-0 start.

    Lee began the tournament by firing 18 points in the payoff period as the Ironmen came back from an eight-point deficit to defeat AddMix, 81-77. In that contest, he finished with 25 points, eight rebounds, five assists and two steals.

    But that was just the beginning as he once played hero's role again for Cobra two days later by hitting a go-ahead layup off a steal in the dying seconds to lift his team past Pharex B-Complex, 78 77. Lee wound up with 24 points (12 in the first quarter, 14 at the half and eight in the payoff period), 11 rebounds, four assists and two steals in 34 minutes.

    We believe that the best has yet to come for this Cobra spitfire as the tournament progressed and it will be interesting to see what will he put up in succeeding game aside from hitting outside shots with a man on his face off risking himself of going down hard on a driving layup.

    Honorable Mention: Pamboy Raymundo (Excelroof), Ford Arao (Pharex B-Complex), Mark Canlas (Ascof Lagundi), Jan Colina (AddMix), James Sena (Agrinurture)

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    Excelroof Enters Semis

    Abueva shines as Excelroof’s gain share of PBL lead

    Calvin Abueva provided the spark in the final period as Excelroof hacked out an 89-82 win over Cossack Blue in Saturday's 2010 PBL PG Flex-Erase Placenta Cup at the Emilio Aguinaldo College Gym.

    The 6'3" Abueva showed tenacity on both ends of the floor and this rubbed off on his teammates like Jimbo Aquino, John Raymundo and Marc Agustin as the 25ers gained a share of first place with Pharex B Complex with a 5-1 win-loss record.

    “Iba talaga kapag nasa loob si Calvin (Abueva). Ang ipinakikita niyang intensity at aggressiveness ay nakakahawa sa kanyang mga teammates," coach Renato Agustin said of Abueva, who posted a double-double output of 13 points and 14 rebounds.

    Jimbo Aquino topscored with 19 points, including nine in the final period, and his third triple of the game iced the score at 65-all.

    Aquino, joined hands with Raymundo, Agustin, and Abueva in a 13-3 bomb to give Excelroof an 80-71 advantage inside the last 60 seconds of the game.

    “We talked about the importance of winning this game. If we lose, we will go down to third and fourth place but if we win, we will be up there with Pharex. So hindi talaga bumigay ang mga bata," Agustin said.

    Raymundo who finished with 11 points, also had seven assists and two steals while Gilbert Bulawan added 11 points to go with 11 rebounds. Marc Agustin fired all his six points in the final period, including an alley-hoop play from Aquino to highlight Excelroof’s run.

    Saguindel finished with 29 points for Cossack while JR Taganas was a monster underneath the goal, grabbing 21 boards, just four rebounds short of tying the league-record 25 posed by Paul Asi Taulava of Blu Detergents in 1998.

    But the team's offense broke down in the crucial stages of the contest with Saguindel even committing two costly turnovers.

    The loss dropped the Vodka Spirits to 4-2 and booted them out of the race for the top two spots and the coveted twice-to-beat advantage in the semis.

    James Martinez added 13 points but he only scored three in the second half that hurt Cossack's campaign. - GMANews.TV

    The Scores:

    Excelroof 89 - Aquino 19, Abueva 13, Bulawan 11, Raymundo 11, Sangalang 7, Mendoza 7, Agustin 6, Pascual 6, del Rio 4, Bagatsing 3, Delgado 2, Taylor 0.

    Cossack Blue 82 - Saguindel 29, Martinez 13, Simpson 11, Taganas 9, Morillo 7, Canizares 6, Afable 5, Reyes 2, Zamar 0, Etrone 0, Duran 0.

    Quarters: 22-18; 37-39; 58-58; 89-82

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    Re: Golden Stags In The PBL

    Newcomer Excelroof forces rubber match

    Pharex B Complex will have to wait for its finals opponent after rookie squad Excelroof forced a you-or-me showdown against seasoned-rival Cobra Energy Drink.

    Five players of coach Renato Agustin scored in double figures but limiting their turnovers keyed Excelroof’s win as they stayed in the hunt for a finals berth in the season-opening conference.

    The 25ers’ six turnovers were the same recorded by Ateneo Pioneer in 2001 and the 1998 Harbour Centre squad.

    "Turnovers have been our problem. So I challenged my players to limit our turnovers. We already had seven turnovers in one of our games in the elimination round so I told them we can do it again," said Agustin.

    Aquino finished with 21 points while John Raymundo added 16 more to lead the 25ers’ scoring.

    Aquino and Raymundo even combined for 20 points in the fourth period as Excelroof survived the challenge put up by Cobra, which luckily holds a twice-to-beat advantage in the semifinals.

    Aquino and Raymundo alternately punctured the hoops to counter Paul Lee’s three straight three-pointers to keep the Ironmen at bay.

    Lee’s two free throw had Cobra threatening at 70-69 but Raymundo sank two free throws and Aquino scored six straight in an 8-2 exchange to make it 78-71 entering the final two minutes of the contest.

    The Ironmen still managed to trim the deficit to four, 82-78, but the 25ers survived the rally as Ian Sangalang, Gilbert Bulawan, Aquino and Raymundo combined for 7-of-8 at the free throw line to secure the win for Excelroof.

    Lee had 29 points on 9-of-17 shooting while Pari Llagas and Patrick Cabahug finished with 18 and 15 markers. Lee, Llagas and Cabahug also combined for 14 errors.

    The three failed to get the ample support from their teammates as the entire Cobra bench combined for 19 points.

    Starting point guard Jai Reyes was a non factor in the game and was held scoreless on just two attempts from the field. – GMANews.TV

    Excelroof 89 – Aquino 21, Raymundo 16, Abueva 14, Sangalang 13, Pascual 10, Mendoza 4, Taylor 4, Del Rio 3, Bulawan 2, Suguitan 2, Agustin 0, Celada 0.

    Cobra 81 – Lee 29, Llagas 18, Cabahug 15, Mangahas 5, Hayes 5, Fampulme 4, Sarangay 3, Aguilar 2, Barua 0, Reyes 0, Torres 0.

    Quarter scores: 19-18; 40-34; 60-58; 89-81.

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    Re: Baste/Excelroof in The PBL Finals

    Excelroof earns right to face Pharex in PBL finals

    Excelroof squeezed out an 81-75 win against Cobra Energy Drink to grab the second finals berth in the 2010 PBL PG Flex Erase Placenta Cup in Tuesday’s sudden-death match held at The Arena in San Juan City.

    The 25ers leaned on San Sebastian veterans Jimbo Aquino, Calvin Abueva, Ian Sangalang and John Raymundo against the Ironmen, who squandered their twice-to-beat edge in the semifinal round.

    "This is a knockout game so I reminded my players maintain their composure, limit our turnovers and tighten our defense. They have done everything what I told them," said coach Ato Agustin.

    Aquino scored 19 points behind an 8-of-14 field goal shooting while Abueva, who once again provided the spark, tallied 17 markers and 13 rebounds.

    Sangalang, 6-foot-6, finished with another double-double output of 11 points and 10 rebounds while Raymundo chipped in 11 markers and had eight assists.

    Abueva made 13 points in the fourth period and took charge when Cobra threatened to steal the game in the final 53 seconds of the match.

    Holding on to a slim 76-75 lead, Abueva scored from underneath to give Excelroof a 78-75 edge and getting a foul from Marvin Hayes in the process.

    The 6-foot-3 Abueva failed to convert the free throw but made up for the miss by blocking Jai Reyes’ potential game-tying three-pointer at the other end.

    He then grabbed the loose ball and drew a foul from Mark Fampulme that resulted to two free throws for an 80-75 cushion with 18 ticks to go in the game clock.

    It was a disappointing finish for the Ironmen as they were favored to face Pharex in the PBL finals after earning the No. 2 seed in the semis.

    Lee had 19 points while Reyes, who was scoreless in Cobra’s 89-81 loss last Saturday, added 16 points behind four three-pointers.

    But Patrick Cabahug was held down to just 13 points while Narciso Llagas, who averaged close to 20 markers, was limited to just seven the whole game. – GMANews.TV


    Excelroof 81 – Aquino 19, Abueva 17, Raymundo 11, Sangalang 11, Bulawan 8, Paacual 4, Mendoza 3, Celada 3, del Rio 2, Taylor 2, Suguitan 0.

    Cobra 75 – Lee 19, Reyes 16, Cabahug 13, Fampulme 9, Llagas 7, Sarangay 3, Aguilar 2, Torres 2, Mangahas 2, Barua 2, Hayes 0.

    Quarter scores: 18-15, 34-32, 53-55, 81-75.

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    Re: Golden Stags Took Game 1

    [font=Verdana][size=14pt]SSC-backed Excelroof takes PBL finals opener :D

    [font=Verdana]Excelroof showed championship poise in the stretch to hack out a 97-87 come-from-behind overtime victory against Pharex B Complex in Game 1 of the 2010 PBL PG Flex-Erase Placenta Cup on Thursday at The Arena in San Juan City.

    The 25ers, with members of NCAA Season 85 titlist San Sebastian in their roster, used their championship experience to move closer of claiming the season-opening crown.

    Even though facing a 17-point (48-31) deficit early in the third quarter, Excelroof was never unfazed and slowly chip away Pharex’s lead behind the combined efforts of Jimbo Aquino, Calvin Abueva, Gilbert Bulawan and John Raymundo.

    "Since I used most of my players are from San Sebastian, we managed to capitalize on our championship experience," said Excelroof coach Ato Agustin.

    "Our shots were not falling in the first half. My players never gave up and their efforts helped us win this game."

    Aquino and Bulawan teamed up to trim that Fighting Maroons lead in the third while Raymundo engineered the 25ers’ fourth-quarter comeback to force the extra five minutes.

    Abueva then went to work in overtime toying with his defenders while also holding the fort for Excelroof to spoil Pharex’s every scoring attempt.

    Aquino fired a game-high 27 points while Bulawan added 24 aside from a conference-high 17 rebounds. Abueva tallied 20 points and grabbed 11 rebounds.

    Raymundo only scored eight points but six of it came in the final period during the time the 25ers were making a comeback.

    Regulation ended at 83-all with Marlon Adolfo forcing overtime after scoring on a reverse lay-up as the buzzer sounded.

    The 6-foot-2 Abueva made his end-game heroics even though he is in foul trouble providing the spark that rubbed off to his teammates.

    Abueva scored six straight points in a closing 11-0 exchange in overtime and even blocked a Mark Lopez jumper to seal Excelroof’s win.

    Pharex, which topped the elimination round with a league-best 6-1 card, missed the services Vic Manuel, who hurt his knee after colliding with Abueva to sit out the final 32 seconds of regulation.

    Agustin and his 25ers aim to close out the short best-of-three series on Saturday also at the The Arena.

    "I expect Game 2 to be tougher and harder since we’ll both make adjustments. But if we remain to play at this level we can sweep the series," said Agustin, who steered the Golden Stags to the NCAA and CHED National Games basketball crowns. – GMANews.TV

    Excelroof 97 – Aquino 27, Bulawan 24, Abueva 20, Raymundo 8, Bagatsing 7, Sangalang 6, Pascual 3, del Rio 2, Delgado 0, Celada 0, Taylor 0.

    Pharex 87 – Co 16, Adolfo 13, Manuel 10, Lopez 10, Arao 10, Braganza 8, Reyes M. 7, David 6, Tecson 5, Hipolito 2, Reyes E. 0, Sison 0.

    Quarter scores: 12-17, 31-39, 54-62, 83-83 (OT), 97-87.

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    Re: Golden Stags In The PBL

    Bilib ako sa puso ng Excelroof/Baste. Sobrang malas ng laro nila pero nagpursige talaga sila. Kaunti lang pahinga ni Jimbo Aquino. Ang galing magset ng play ni Pamboy.

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    Re: Golden Stags In The PBL

    Quote Originally Posted by Sam Miguel
    Pharex B-UP had the big lead and looked headed for a Game 1 victory. Until Calvin Abueva, Jimbo Aquino and Gilbert Bulawan came alive in a fiery fourth-quarter rally. Down as much as 17 points early in the second half, Excel Roof plastered Pharex 97 - 87 in overtime, moving one win away from the second straight major title for young mentor and PBA legend Ato Agustin.

    Aquino, Abueva, Bulawan and pointguard Pamboy Raymundo, all teammates on the reigning NCAA champion San Sebastian Golden Stags, knotted the count at 81-all with barely a minute left in regulation, then even went ahead 83-81 on an Aquino basket with only 2.5 seconds left. However, Pharex would not go down so easily as former FEU mainstay Marlon Adolfo nailed the tying basket to force the extension.

    That was about as good as it got for the B Complex though, as the 25-ers went on a tear in the overtime. Abueva had a clutch of baskets including a crucial three-point play to make it 96-87 for Excel Roof. Pharex just could not get going in the extra time, especially with MVP candidate and main man Vic Manuel hobbled by a knee he sprained with some three minutes left in regulation and subsequently fouling out.

    Aquino had a game-high 27 points, Bulawan had 24 with a game-high 17 boards, while Abueva had 20 and 11.

    Woody Co led Pharex with 16 markers, while Ford Arao had 10 and 11 rebounds. Manuel was held to only 10 points.

    Game 2 is set for this Saturday at the Arena in San Juan. The conference awarding ceremonies will come at 2:45 and Game 2 comes at 3:00.
    From Boss Sam Miguel.

  10. #10

    Re: Golden Stags In The PBL

    Jimbo Aquino had a Game 1 performance for the ages. As much as I would love to have Vic Manuel win the MVP award, it looks like Aquino just made the strongest case for himself in Game 1. While my personal favorite Manuel was held by the trademark tough and unrelenting San Sebastian defense to only 10 points, Aquino went on a tear and quite literally shot and shot and shot Excel Roof to the Game 1 victory.

    Aquino was not a strong contender for the MVP award this conference until after the Final 4 with his so-so play throughout the eliminations. He picked up slightly in his last three games. Up to the Final 4 it was mostly still a two-man race for MVP between Manuel and Cobra's Paul Lee, with another Cobra man, Pat Cabahug coming in at just an arm's length behind the two at third place.

    Now however, it looks like the man who did not get his NCAA MVP award will wind up getting something just as good: a PBL MVP award.

    And maybe even a PBL championship.

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