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    Pinto powers Cagayan’s rise

    Gems bounce back, spill Oilers

    By June Navarro

    Philippine Daily Inquirer

    10:21 pm | Tuesday, November 5th, 2013

    John Pinto left his college teammates frustrated as he led the Cagayan Valley Rising Suns to an emphatic 92-75 demolition of Arellano U-Air21 yesterday in the PBA D-League Aspirants Cup at Filoil Flying V Arena in San Juan.

    Pinto, Arellano’s starting point guard in the NCAA, delivered 23 points on 8 of 12 shooting in a highly physical encounter that saw the unbeaten Rising Suns score their third win.

    Ahead by seven points at halftime, Cagayan cut loose in the third period behind Pinto’s heady play.

    The shifty 5-foot-11 had six points and combined well with Don Trollano and Adrian Celada in attack as the Rising Suns erected a 74-60 lead after three periods.

    “We focused on defense in the third quarter and it clicked,” said Cagayan assistant coach Toto Dojillo. Head coach Alvin Pua snubbed the post-game interview.

    In the other game, Ralph Olivares unloaded 11 of his 13 points in the second period to set the tone for Cebuana Lhuillier’s 88-60 rout of Derulo Accelero.

    The 6-foot-2 Olivares went three-of-five from beyond the arc during that span as the Gems built a lead the Oilers never bridged.

    James Martinez shot 15 points and Paul Zamar added 14 for the Gems, who chalked up their first win following a 67-70 defeat to Cafe France last week.

    Pinto, who was whistled for a technical along with Arellano’s Levi Hernandez for a verbal skirmish late in the third, also issued five assists.

    The scores:

    First Game

    CAGAYAN VALLEY 92—Pinto 23, Trollano 17, Celada 14, Foronda 12, Ighalo 9, Mabulac 7, Bringas 3, Saycon 2, Caperal 2, Melano 2, Jamito 1, Mercader 0, Canta 0, Dela Cruz 0.

    ARELLANO-AIR21 75—Rogado 17, Bangga 15, Jalalon 10, Cortes 9, Ciriacruz 9, Hernandez 5, Acidre 4, Agovida 3, Lapuz 2, Fran 1, Bartolo 0.

    Quarters: 24-17; 49-42; 74-60; 92-75

    Second Game

    CEBUANA LHUILLIER 88—Martinez 15, Zamar 14, Olivares 13, Banal 11, Aguilar 8, Javier 7, Dizon 6, Alas 5, Leynes 5, Casajeros 2, Flores 2, Noble 0, Paredes 0.

    DERULO 60—Soyud15, Manuel 10, Juruena7, Wong 6, Jeffries 6, Corpuz 4, Morillo 4, Bautista 3, Importante 3, Dilay 2.

    Quarters: 19-18; 41-31; 62-44; 88-60

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    Ex-pro Codiñera is new Arellano coach

    By Jasmine W. Payo

    Philippine Daily Inquirer

    11:00 pm | Thursday, December 12th, 2013

    Jerry Codiñera gets another shot at coaching as the Arellano Chiefs named the former pro star yesterday as its new head coach.

    Codiñera takes over from Koy Banal, who steered the Chiefs to an 8-10 record for a sixth place finish in the last NCAA men’s basketball season.

    A member of the PBA’s 25 All-Time Greatest Players, Codiñera struggled in his coaching debut with his alma mater University of the East. The Warriors had a dismal 3-11 record in the UAAP in 2011 and had only one win to show at the end of the first round the following year before Codiñera got the boot mid-season.

    Codiñera said he hopes to do better with the rebuilding Chiefs.

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    Codinera keen to complete 'unfinished business' as he takes over Arellano coaching job

    From: Snow Badua

    December 12, 2013, 03:13 pm

    PBA great Jerry Codinera has been named the new head coach of the Arellano Chiefs, giving him the chance to take care of unfinished business after a short-lived coaching stint with alma mater University of the East.

    Codinera, 47, takes over from Koy Banal as he tries to turn the Chiefs into title contenders in the NCAA - a task he never got to achieve at UE after he was unceremoniously replaced by Boycie Zamar in 2012.

    “Yun nga eh. Sana ito na yung continuity nung nangyari sa akin sa UE," said the former Purefoods star. "Hindi ko ma-describe nangyari sa akin dun eh. Pero the pressure was tremendous.”

    Describing his ill-fated stint at UE, Codinera said: “They (UE management) wanted to compare the team to other UAAP teams. So na-pressure talaga ako nun."

    That the Red Warriors failed to reach the Final Four in Zamar's first full season at the helm is validation the team was still a couple of players short of being a title contender, Codinera added.

    "And the way I look at it on hindsight… hindi rin naman nila nakuha. So meaning, talagang kulang pa (sila),” he said. “Pero hindi ko na babalikan pa yun. Nasabi ko lang.”

    Codinera now sees his assumption to the Arellano top job as a fresh start to his coaching career, but cautions that he doesn't expect a turnaround to happen overnight.

    The PBA great said he is looking to recruit more players as he looks to beef up a team led by Nard Pinto, Prince Caperal, Nichole Bangga and Fil-Am Zach Nichols that finished joint sixth with Lyceum in the NCAA last season.

    “I hope the recruitment stage will fill the void. Mapunan kung ano ang kulang and hopefully in my first two years … we can have the recruits and the team will perform,” he said.

    Aside from the knowledge he can impart, Codinera hopes the legacy he created as a many-time member of the Philippine team, a two-time UAAP champion with UE, and a pro career spanning 17 years will help inspire his players to reach for new heights.

    “Nung dumating nga ako kanina sa gym, andami agad nagtakbuhan sa akin na mga players. Yung iba kasi dun nakakalaro ko din sa legends game. Kaya sana maging maganda this time ang pag-upo natin,” said Codinera.

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