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PBA: Blackwater achieving goals despite losses, says Bong Ramos

It has not been a great Commissioner's Cup for Blackwater. They had fired long-time coach Leo Isaac at the start of the conference, the only coach they had known since they had entered the league in 2014, and replaced him with Bong Ramos. Since the firing last May, Ramos has incurred a 1-5 record, including an upset win over Magnolia last Wednesday. Despite the record, believe it or not, Blackwater has slowly been achieving goals, says Ramos. The newly-installed coach cited having an 11-point lead versus top-seeded Rain or Shine, before collapsing and eventually giving the game away. "Actually, mahirap talaga talunin ang Rain or Shine, malaki e. Although yung game plan naman namin ok naman di lang talaga masustain. Ang importante sa akin dun na meron pa kaming naachieve na goal. Kung tatanungin ninyo, siyempre building up character," the mentor said after the game. Losing import Henry Walker to a shoulder injury in the first quarter, the Elite banked on an All-Filipino lineup, and almost completed the upset against the top-seeded team of the conference.  But Chris Tiu happened. "Nasunod naman. Kaya nga naka-control kami. Kaya lang, siyempre, sabi ko nga pagdating sa endgame, pag naka-dikit kami may tsamba kami. But na-hit kami ni Chris Tiu ng apat or limang three points, kung talagang titignan mo meron sana kaming tsansa." "Pero ok lang, part of building the character yan e. Pero nakikita ko na nagiging balanse na kami. Yun kasi ang una kong ginawa binalanse ko yung lineup eh." Now eliminated from playoff contention with a 1-8 slate, Ramos could only hope his team shows the same amount of grit against the San Miguel Beermen and the Meralco Bolts to bring end their campaign with a bang in the mid-season tournament. "At least, hindi sa umpisa umaayaw na so hopefully against Meralco and San Miguel next sana lalaban pa din kami. Pag lumaban pa rin kami dun sa dalawang yun kahit na di kami manalo basta lumaban yung team na yan, that means we're on the right track." __   Follow this writer on Twitter, @philipptionary. .....»»

Category: sportsSource: abscbn abscbnJun 8th, 2018

Real Madrid fires coach Lopetegui after big loss to Barca

By Tales Azzoni, Associated Press MADRID (AP) — In just months, Julen Lopetegui has lost two of the most high-profile coaching jobs in the world. Lopetegui was finally fired by Real Madrid on Monday, less than five months after he was sacked by Spain before the World Cup for not telling federation officials he accepted the Madrid job. The latest firing followed a meeting by the club's board of directors on Monday, a day after the team was crushed by Barcelona 5-1 at Camp Nou Stadium. Santiago Solari, coach of Real Madrid B, will take charge for the Copa del Rey match against third-division club Melilla on Wednesday. Spanish media speculated Solari, a former Madrid player, was in the running for the permanent job along with former Chelsea manager Antonio Conte and Belgium manager Roberto Martinez. The firing caps a horrible few months for Lopetegui and is likely to deal a significant setback to his career. After doing well with Spain's youth teams, he had a lackluster stint with Portuguese club Porto, but gained prominence after revamping Spain and turning it into a contender entering the World Cup. "I want to thank the club for the opportunity it gave me and the players for their effort," Lopetegui told the local news agency EFE. "I wish the team the best for the rest of the season." Madrid said in a statement it sacked 52-year-old Lopetegui to "change the team's dynamic while all of its objectives for the season were still reachable." The board of directors believed there was a huge difference between the quality of the squad and the results it was achieving. The board noted the team has eight players nominated for the Ballon d'Or award, something unprecedented in the club's history. They have lost five of their last seven matches. "We know that results are important for a coach," Madrid captain Sergio Ramos said after the Barcelona match. Lopetegui, who led the team practice on Monday morning, was hired by Madrid to replace Zinedine Zidane, who quit after leading the club to the last three Champions League titles. Losing the clasico left Madrid ninth in the Spanish league, seven points behind leader Barcelona after 10 rounds. It hasn't won in five straight league matches, with four losses, and recently reached its worst scoring drought ever. The club had a decent start to the season but things went sour as the squad struggled to produce goals in its first season without Cristiano Ronaldo in nearly a decade. Madrid didn't replace the superstar; its only high-profile signing was goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois. In 14 matches with Lopetegui, Madrid won six, lost six, and drew two. After the Copa match on Wednesday, Madrid hosts Valladolid in the Spanish league, and visits Viktoria Plzen in the Champions League. "We have to move on as soon as possible because there is a lot of season left," Ramos said. To make things worse, veteran left back Marcelo is expected to be out for a few weeks because of a muscle injury. Forward Mariano Diaz is also injured and is likely to be out for at least a week. Solari, aged 42, is a former Argentina midfielder who played for Real Madrid in the early 2000s and helped the team win the 2002 Champions League. He also played for Atletico Madrid and Inter Milan. He has been coaching Real Madrid B since 2016, taking over not long after Zidane left to coach the main squad. Lopetegui is the second La Liga coach to be fired. The first was Leo Franco of promoted club Huesca, currently last in the 20-team standings......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsOct 30th, 2018

Despite slim chances, Blackwater not bowing out just yet

Blackwater coach Bong Ramos felt relieved after his team finally broke through for its first win in the 2018 PBA Commissioner's Cup. But despite that, Ramos already appeared resigned to the idea that the Elite are no longer in play for a playoff spot after digging themselves a deep hole with seven straight losses to open the conference. "I know we're now uninvited guests but I believe we're still here and unlike others, we're not here to just be on vacation," Ramos told reporters in Filipino after a 86-84 squeaker over Magnolia on Wednesday. JP Erram, import Henry Walker and the rest of the Elite, however, aren't planning to coast through their last three games. "We're go...Keep on reading: Despite slim chances, Blackwater not bowing out just yet.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJun 6th, 2018

Parks slot in Elite

TRADE NIXED Blackwater is tipped to tap Ray Parks as second overall pick in the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) Annual Rookie Draft next Sunday at the Midtown Atrium of Robinson’s Place in Manila. Head coach Bong Ramos made the assurance after receiving reports that Columbian Dyip will make collegiate sensation CJ Perez as the top […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated News19 hr. 54 min. ago

PBA: Underperforming bench dooms Blackwater vs Alaska

Blackwater Elite head coach Bong Ramos admitted that his bench had lacked effort in their 116-109 loss against the Alaska Aces at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum, Sunday evening. Of the Elite's 109 points, his players off the bench only provided 19 markers compared to the Aces' 37. The coach pointed out several instances in the game where his team fought back their opponents' runs but as his starters rested, the lead somehow ballooned once more for the now 7-2 squad. "Every time nagro-rotate ako ng player medyo gumegewang kami. Di kami naging consistent. Start of the game we controlled the game -- siyempre kailangan ko ipahinga yung starters ko -- pag-rotate ko medyo gumewang kami," the mentor said. Ramos also rued some calls which did not go Blackwater's way, which definitely left a bad taste in their mouths for the remainder of the contest. With the tough loss, all the team wants is to regroup and take on the next challenge as they face the upset-conscious Columbian Dyip at the Alonte Sports Arena in Binan Saturday afternoon.  The Johnedel Cardel-led team is coming off an upset win against Rain or Shine last Friday with sky-high morale on their minds. In facing the 1-9 team, guards will not be let down in order to avoid a second-straight party spoiler by the cellar dwellers.  With a potential victory, the team will inch ever closer once again to a coveted twice-to-beat advantage in the quarterfinals, a distinction held by the top four teams of the Governors' Cup standings.  "Wala naman kaming mahinang kalaban kasi kulelat kami noong nakaraang conference so that means yung Dyip, malakas pa rin yun. Kailangan talunin namin, kailangan trabahuhin namin. We cannot get Dyip on a silver platter or spoon na ibibigay lang sa amin." __ Follow this writer on Twitter, @philipptionary. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsOct 21st, 2018

Elite squad

Blackwater plays a third game in six days Wednesday night, and after having assured itself of its best-ever performance thus far in any elimination round of a PBA conference, one might think that the Elite can afford to look at the bigger picture as far as the Governors' Cup playoffs go. Not coach Bong Ramos, though. "We're at 6-1 (in second place at the moment), and this seldom happens in our franchise," Ramos told the Inquirer, a few hours after preparing his Elite for another clash with a heavyweight, Magnolia, set at 7 p.m. at Cuneta Astrodome in Pasay. "All we want to do is grab the opportunity and enjoy the moment." Blackwater is just half-a-game out of the lead being held...Keep on reading: Elite squad.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsOct 9th, 2018

Nasa Diyos ang awa nasa tao ang gawa

NARIRINIG pa ba ninyo ang matandang ka­sabihang ito? Sa hard earned victory ng Blackwater kontra sa Meralco, 94-90, noong Miyerkoles, mu­ling sinariwa ito ni coach Bong Ramos. “We got favor from the Lord,” salubong na salita ni Ramos pag-upo niya sa loob ng press room sa post game interview. “I have to decide between Zamar (Paul)… link: Nasa Diyos ang awa nasa tao ang gawa.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilainformerRelated NewsOct 9th, 2018

PBA: Zamar’s clutch three lifts Blackwater past Meralco

Paul Zamar hit a triple with 7.9 seconds left on Friday night that sealed a come-from-behind win by Blackwater over Meralco, 94-91, which put the Elite back on track in the PBA Governors' Cup eliminations at Smart Araneta Coliseum. But more than that, coach Bong Ramos is seeing something that is a cause for more elation. "The players are developing character and I just hope that we continue to do that," Ramos said after the Elite climbed to a momentary tie for the lead at 5-1 by roaring back from 10 points down in the final seven minutes. "It was a great bounce back, a great come-from-behind win for us." Ramos pushed all the right buttons when the chips were down and put all...Keep on reading: PBA: Zamar’s clutch three lifts Blackwater past Meralco.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsOct 5th, 2018

Poy Erram a DNP in first Blackwater loss

MANILA, Philippines – Blackwater center Poy Erram failed to see action due to illness as the Elite absorbed their first loss following a blistering 4-0 start in the 2018 PBA Governors' Cup.  Head coach Bong Ramos bared that his prized ward was rushed to the hospital the night before ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsSep 26th, 2018

PBA: Blackwater s next assignment is to bounce back after first loss, says Ramos

With that first loss out of the way, head coach Bong Ramos and the Blackwater Elite now have their next assignment, and that's to bounce back.  The Elite went on a surprising 4-0 tear to begin the 2018 PBA Governor's Cup, but unfortunately for the team that were in last place during the prior conference, that fairy tale run came to an end at the hands of the NLEX Road Warriors with a 124-106 loss, Wednesday night at the Araneta Coliseum.  Ramos, who was quick to take responsibility for what he called an all-around off night for the Elite, made sure to tell his players not to dwell too much on the loss and focus on the next task at hand.  Next up on their schedule is a showdown the the Meralco Bolts, who currently have a 1-3 record.  "Diyan namin ngayon susubukan, do we know how to bounce back?" Ramos said after their loss, Wednesday night.  The veteran coach is confident that his boys have what it takes to get the job done, but was sure to remind them that wins don't come easy, especially in the PBA.  "Character, I’m sure we developed character na maganda dahil naka-4-0 kami eh, and hindi naman ordinary yung tinalo namin na teams." Ramos said, "Sabi ko nga sa mga players, we cannot get our fifth win in on a silver spoon. Tandaan niyo, wala pa tayong na-pprove, kasi nga kulelat tayo last conference eh, so lahat ng kalaban natin malakas,"  In their first four wins, Blackwater took care of business against Talk N' Text, San Miguel, Northport, and defending champions Barangay Ginebra. Quite the impressive resume so far.  Ramos believes that against Meralco and the rest of the challenges that lay in front of them, they'll be able to take care of business as well.  "I believe that we have to re-group. Mag-reregroup kami.".....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsSep 26th, 2018

Elite shock Beermen

Games Sept 19: (Smart Araneta Coliseum) 4:30 p.m.-- NorthPort vs. Blackwater 7 p.m.-- Phoenix vs. Meralco ANOTHER game, another upset for Blackwater. And Blackwater coach Bong Ramos had a ready answer for the Elite’s king-size ipset win. “Defense. Our game plan really is to play defense. If we can defend….....»»

Category: newsSource:  journalRelated NewsSep 5th, 2018

Blackwater coach moved to tears after breakthrough win vs TNT

MANILA, Philippines – The victory so overwhelmed Blackwater head coach Bong Ramos that it moved him to tears. The Elite tactician, who's just in his second conference, couldn't hide his emotions following the Elite's breakthrough 104-98 win over the TNT KaTropa in the 2018 PBA Governors' Cup on Friday, August 24.  "Haba ng talo namin sa second conference, ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsAug 24th, 2018

SUPER 8: No regrets for Blackwater after super effort in Macau

MACAU --- As far as Blackwater is concerned, the foreign training in preparation for the PBA Governors' Cup is still a success. The Elite failed to advance to the semifinals of the Summer Super 8 tournament here, finishing third in Group B behind China's Guangzhou Long Lions and Korea's Samsung Thunders. However, Blackwater split its games against both teams, beathing Samsung and dropping one against the Lions. All three teams ended up with identical 2-1 records and the Elite barely missed out on the semis due to inferior quotient. Thursday in the final day of Group play, Blackwater handled its business, dominating Rizing Zephyr Fukuoka of Japan, 90-66, but it wasn't enough to make up the quotient deficit. "Okay lang, basta kami na-achieve namin yung dalawang panalo," head coach Bong Ramos said. "Ako naman, sabi ko lang sa mga players, 'you did your part,'" he added. In Blackwater's foreign buildup for the next PBA conference, the Elite won a pocket tournament in Indonesia and played well here in Macau. That's a success for the Elite. "Syempre marami pa kaming kailangan improve, although meron ng mga points na nag improve ang team pati yung adjustment nila sa sistema na ginagawa ko, offensively and defensively, and naiintindihan na nila kung bakit ako nagagalit," Ramos said. "Chemistry maayos na, siguro yung toughness na lang mentally, isa yun sa mga dapat improve, tapos yung level ng energy and enthusiasm sa loob," he added. For now, it's time for some proper rest for Blackwater before heading back to work. "Break kami mga one week kasi di naman kami nagpahinga," Ramos said. "Pero active rest yun," he added.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJul 20th, 2018

SUPER 8: Long Lions dominate Elite after Blackwater goes cold in fourth quarter

MACAU --- Good start and even better finish for the Long Lions. Guangzhou shut down Blackwater in the fourth quarter, rolling to a convincing 88-69 win Wednesday in the Summer Super 8 tournament at the East Asian Games Dome here. Up by only one entering the final 10 minutes, 59-58, the Long Lions opened the fourth with 13 straight points. That was part of a larger 22-1 run to put the game on ice. Guangzhou's defense was merciless and it helped that the Elite missed easy shots all through the fourth quarter. Blackwater was scoreless in the first five minutes of the final period and didn't score a field goal until the 2:11 mark via a triple from Mike Digregorio. "Actually ang nangyari, ang dami naming atake na libre na di na-covert," head coach Bong Ramos said. "Basketball is a game of moments, they [Long Lions] momentum and naka-kuha sila ng three points, yun di na kami naka-score," he added. Five players scored in double figures for the Long Lions led by captain Ju Mingxin with 21 points. Guo Kai added 16 points while Shirelijian Muxtar and 7'1" center Zheng Zhun were good for 14 points each. Digregorio led the Elite with 13 points.   The Scores: GUANGZHOU 88 – Jing 21, Guo 16, Shirelijian 14, Zheng 14, Gu 10, Tian 5, Wang 3, Yao 3, Heng 2, Song 0. BLACKWATER 69 – DiGregorio 13, Jose 11, Maliksi 11, Sumang 8, Erram 6, Palma 6, Javier 5, Pinto 5, Banal 2, Belo 2, Zamar 0. Quarters: 24-21, 46-37, 59-58, 88-69.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJul 18th, 2018

Ramos blasts listless Blackwater: We didn t play with any effort

Blackwater is already eliminated in the race for a quarterfinals spot in the PBA Commissioner's Cup but for head coach Bong Ramos that is no excuse for them to stop playing proper basketball......»»

Category: newsSource:  philippinetimesRelated NewsJun 16th, 2018

Bong Ramos to Blackwater: Para akong binitawan sa ere

MANILA, Philippines – Blackwater head coach Bong Ramos did not mince words after his Elite succumbed to a 27-point beating from the Meralco Bolts on Friday, June 15. The Elite, now out of playoffs contention after falling to a league-worst 1-9 record, could have at least played spoiler in Meralco's ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJun 15th, 2018

Ramos blasts listless Blackwater: We didn’t play with any effort

Blackwater is already eliminated in the race for a quarterfinals spot in the PBA Commissioner's Cup but for head coach Bong Ramos that is no excuse for them to stop playing proper basketball. Although talking in a calm and posed way, Ramos' words ripped at his players after the Elite lost to Meralco 102-75 Friday at Mall of Asia Arena. "We didn't play with any effort today, it's as if we didn't even show up for the game," said Ramos in Filipino. "That's all I can say, we didn't show anything for this game. They seemed content with their performances in our previous games and it seems they left me hanging in midair." The Elite settled for a disappointing 1-9 record in the con...Keep on reading: Ramos blasts listless Blackwater: We didn’t play with any effort.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJun 15th, 2018

PBA: Blackwater banking on Henry Walker for inspiration

Blackwater is once again leaning on Henry Walker to save its conference. After a 0-6 start in the 2018 Commissioner's Cup, the Elite are bringing back "Mr. Inspiration" himself as they try to get anything going in the mid-season joust. Agent Sheryl Reyes, who represents Walker, confirmed the development Monday. Hey blackwater fans his back #teamreyes HENRY WALKER pic.twitter.com/8dpH8skTbn — Sheryl Sanchez Reyes (@FemaleAgentSR) May 21, 2018 Blackwater is dead last in the standings and is on the brink of elimination even before the All-Star break officially started. The Elite already changed coaches, replacing Leo Isaac with Bong Ramos and now, the Ever Bilena franchise is letting go of Jarrid Famous in favor of Walker. Walker was put in a similar position last season after Blackwater had a 0-3 start in the Governors' Cup. The team rallied behind Walker and made the playoffs as the no. 8 seed. They came minutes away from upsetting no. 1 Meralco in the quarterfinals. Walker should be available for the Elite right after the All-Star break.     --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMay 21st, 2018

PBA: Blackwater fails to take advantage of import-less TNT

If the Blackwater Elite were to take any advantage against any opponent, it would be the import-less TNT KaTropa. Unfortunately for the now 0-6 Elite, the well-oiled machine that is the KaTropa flexed their muscles and blew out their opponents, 120-101.  For coach Bong Ramos, facing their import-less opponents was more of an advantage for the veteran-laden team, as their engines seemed to hum better after ousting import Jeremy Tyler. "Mas maganda pa nga silang walang import kasi they are easy to ano, kabisado nila yung sistema, yung import nila, nawawala e di ba?" Ramos said after the game.  "Matatawag nila yung plays nila na ginagamit nila sa all-Filipino na hindi nila ginagamit, limitado because they are adjusting to their import." With their struggles, import Jarrid Famous didn't help the cause, only scoring 11 points on a two out of five shooting clip. Despite the loss against an import-less squad, Ramos admitted that there were various kinks left to be straightened, as they could not match the offensive schemes TNT exhibited, which is virtually an All-Filipino team. "Kaya kung titignan mo, merong time na okay kami. Pag-rotate ko, bigla kaming bumabagsak. Doon makikita mo, hindi kami fluid. Wala kaming, yun nga. Hindi kami consistent." With the looming All-Star week starting Monday, the Elite will get some well needed rest -- and time to enhance their plays.  Ramos will certainly make the team work for the entire week, as they continue to search for the elusive win.  Despite their winless record, they could still theoretically make the playoffs if they win five straight, but if not, the newly-installed mentor will have just to promise another thing.  "Kung wala naman, we will still continue to play hard. Kasi nag-aaral kami. Yun naman ang sinabi ko. It's ano e. Work in progress kami. Kung ano man ang gagawin namin ngayon, ano na yun, tuloy-tuloy na yun for next conference."   __     Follow this writer on Twitter, @philipptionary. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMay 18th, 2018

PBA: Blackwater coach wants Elite defense

Bong Ramos is no stranger to the PBA brand of basketball and recently got a new lease when he was named the new head coach of the Blackwater Elite. However, he is aware that taking over from Leo Isaac will not be easy. PBA: Blackwater coach wants Elite defense By Brian Yalung Bong Ramos is… link: PBA: Blackwater coach wants Elite defense.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilainformerRelated NewsMay 13th, 2018

PBA: After scuffle with Slaughter, Belo feels the love from Ginebra fans

BINAN, LAGUNA - In a rare show of emotion, Mac Belo had some sort of intense interaction with Greg Slaughter on Friday at the Alonte Sports Arena here.  Late in the third quarter of their matchup, Blackwater's Belo and Ginebra's Slaughter got entangled during a rebounding sequence.  Afterwards, the two exchanged words before walking away from one another.  Not long after, though, Belo went right back at Slaughter and the former flashed fingers – the particulars of which are up for debate – right at the face of the latter.  The Elite sophomore was slapped with a technical foul for second motion.  Asked about the intense interaction after the game, the usually stoic Belo answered, "Part of the game na lang. Siyempre, malaki siya so siguro, napasok lang sa isip ko na kasi, siyempre, natamaan din ako e."  He made it clear, however, that even with the Gin Kings all-out domination that eventually ended as a 105-91 win, what happened on the court stays on the court. "Yun lang yun. Wala lang yun," he expressed.  Still, right after the intense interaction and right until the final buzzer, Belo became the target of jeers from the obviously pro-Ginebra crowd.  And so, each and every time he touched the ball, several hecklers could be heard shouting sweet nothings at him. Reacting to all those, he said, "Wala. Hindi ko na pinansin. Nag-ano lang naman sila..."  He then paused before finishing his sentence, "...Paglalambing lang."   What matters for the Blackwater star now is that he and his side finally get going as they are winless through five games. "Ngayon, kailangan namin I-build yung character namin as winners. Kailangan naming mag-improve as a team with (new head coach) Bong [Ramos]," he said.  He then continued, "Kailangan buo kami, nasa isang page lang kami. Yun yung iwo-work namin."  ---  Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMay 11th, 2018