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PBA: Ginebra’s new weapon could mean trouble for the rest of the league

Well, it looks like both Ginebra and Northport won the blockbuster PBA trade last week. At least for conference with imports, the Gin Kings have perhaps the most explosive duo in the league in Justin Brownlee and Stanley Pringle. If you’re looking for the most simple comparison, think Golden State’s Steph and KD but with a local twist. “When you have two guys like that it’s like a Steph Curry and a Kevin Durant, I mean, who do you guard?” Ginebra head coach Tim Cone said of his new power duo. “That’s what we envision,” he added. For the pair’s first game together — a strong win against NLEX in Batangas — Brownlee dropped 39 points while Pringle had a cool 16 on 60 percent shooting. It’s certainly encouraging for Ginebra that Brownlee can still get his numbers and usual impact even with a new star alongside him. Now it’s just matter of getting Pringle more comfortable with Ginebra. The Gin Kings have a new super weapon and they’ll utilize him for sure. “We have to find different ways to get him in iso’s cause he’s such a great one-on-one player, and we have to find ways to get him in the post,” Cone said of Pringle. “So there’s still a lot to [do]. Right now, he’s just trying to figure out where he’s supposed to be in the triangle, which is difficult when you only had a couple days of practice. But he’s a special player and he picked it up very well,” Cone added.   — Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated News8 hr. 15 min. ago

NEXT IN LINE? Yeng Guiao sees Kiefer Ravena as a successor to elite Filipino point guards

The Philippine Men’s National Basketball Program has seen a number of elite playmakers during its time, and in recent memory and in recent memory, the likes of Jimmy Alapag and Jayson Castro are top of mind. Alapag helped lead the Philippines to their first FIBA World Cup berth in 2014, and starred in a number of big-time moments for the tri-colors Like Alapag, Castro has also excelled in international play and is widely regarded as Asia’s Best Point Guard. But as the Philippines gears up for another FIBA World Cup appearance this year, the program has seemingly lost the services of their chief playmaker, with Castro begging off from National Team duty to focus on his family. With the 2019 FIBA World Cup just around the corner, Gilas is now searching for their next floor general, and while Castro and his presence is undeniably irreplaceable, head coach Yeng Guiao believes that there is enough new blood that can help fill the void. “Wide open yan talaga, they have to earn that spot,” Guiao told ABS-CBN Sports, referring to Gilas' starting point guard spot.  While there is indeed a talented crop of point guards in the Philippines, Guiao has pinpointed Kiefer Ravena as a strong candidate, but maintains that it is still something that he needs to earn. “Although of course, Kiefer is a high likelihood that he’s going to be in the regular team, earning the number one spot is a different case. He has to fight it out with Paul, with Mark Barocca, even with the new guys, hindi natin alam kung ano ipapakita niyan.” Ravena rejoined National Team practice Monday evening after sitting out for nearly a year and a half due to a FIBA-imposed suspension. The suspension will be lifted on August 24th, a week before the start of the FIBA tournament. Guiao is confident that Ravena and the other Gilas hopefuls can step into the role that Castro has given up. “Tapos na ng suspension niya by August 24 eh, so ang calculation ko is yung spot ni Jayson, as much as we will miss him, as much as he has contributed a lot to the cause of the National Team, these are able guys, Kiefer particularly, who will show their true worth in the absence of Jayson. Kahit na malaki yung void na naiwan, I think these young guards coming in, especially Kiefer, are going to be able to fill it out.” The veteran mentor even believes that Ravena has what it takes to follow in the footsteps of other elite Filipino point guards such as Alapag, Castro and the ones that have come before. “For sure. I have no doubt, he is going to be the successor to those guys.” “Number one, he is smart. He has a very high basketball IQ. Number two, he has leadership qualities, yung nakikinig sa kanya yung mga kasama niya, as young as he is, he is relatively young, nakikinig sa kanya pati yung mga beterano. Number three, he has the physical tools,” Guiao explained. “I would have wanted him to be two or three inches taller, pero kahit na hindi, I think he has the tools to play that position as well, and I think he is as big or a littler taller than Jayson, so wala tayong problema sa physical tools niya.“ Apart from missing Ravena’s services in the National Team, Guiao has also missed the former UAAP champion and MVP’s services in the professional ranks with the NLEX Road Warriors. Having Ravena back on the floor, even just for practice for now, Guiao says, is definitely a welcome sight. “I saw him play, this is what we’re missing in NLEX. This is what we’re missing in the National Team. He could have played side-by-side with Jayson actually kung available siya. Nung nakita ko siya now, after not playing for one-and-a-half years, and he’s still this good, can you imagine kung naka-laro lang siya? Gumaling pa sana siya.” Ravena will be back with NLEX for the PBA's third conference, the Governor's Cup later this year. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJun 25th, 2019

Kiefer Ravena looking forward to Governor s Cup as he re-joins NLEX in practice

Just hours after his first practice back with the National Team, Kiefer Ravena also re-joined his mother team, the NLEX Road Warriors, for practice, Tuesday morning at the FCL Center in Katipunan.  The 25-year old Ravena, the number two overall draft pick in the 2017 PBA, had his stellar rookie campaign cut short after being handed a suspension by FIBA for failing a random drug test in 2018.  The suspension encompassed not only Ravena's international play, but also his professional play here at home.  Now, with just two months left before his suspension is up and three months to go before he can return to the court with NLEX, Ravena is treating his first practice back like it was his first ever practice with the team.  "I treated it as a normal practice, just like my first day last year," Ravena shared with the media during a post-practice scrum. "I want to make it routine as possible, to hasten the process, to get back to my rhythm, especially, ibang team ‘to eh, NLEX ‘to eh, so every time na nandito ako, yung priority ko is to really think about what’s happening now first, and then pag nasa Gilas, sa hapon, yun naman ng pino-proseso ko." Apart from being able to return to basketball activities, Ravena said that he can also finally watch games as well, and he will be in the house on Friday when his Road Warriors take on Rain or Shine this Friday at the Araneta Coliseum.  "It was a good practice, we have a game on Friday against Rain or Shine. I’m excited to watch, it’s been a while since I’ve watched a basketball game. I’ll be there to watch and support the team." More than just finally being able to run with his squad, Ravena said he just missed simply being around his NLEX family.  "Yung trabaho mismo, yung pupunta ka dito, yung pupunta ka talaga dito mismo to practice, talk to your teammates, do something that I love doing, which is play basketball, just being around my teammates, yun yung pinaka-namiss ko." With the Road Warriors sitting at the bottom of the standings with a 1-7 slate and just three games left in the ongoing 2019 PBA Governor's Cup, it's highly unlikely that NLEX makes a playoff push. As early as now however, Ravena and the team are already getting ready for the third conference, the Governor's Cup.  "Again, it’s more than three months until I get to play with them kasi sa September pa, we’re preparing early for the third conference, so hopefully, ngayon pa lang, good start na sa amin." By the time the Governor's Cup rolls in, Ravena hopes to have with him a fully healthy NLEX squad. Right now, the team has been ravaged by injuries, with their other key playmaker Kevin Alas being sidelined with another ACL injury and veterans in Larry Fonacier, JR Quinahan and RJ Jazul still working their way back.  Ravena is also excited to finally share the court with new faces in Jericho Cruz and Poy Erram. Import Olu Ashaolu is also back with the Road Warriors and is expected to debut on Friday as part of their preparation for the third conference.  "With Jericho coming it, healthy si Poy, healthy is JR, with Olu, me and Kevin, si Jazul, he’s healthy, si Larry pa nandiyan, I think we’re ready to take steps back," said Ravena. "Our goal is to really win it all in the third conference, but we have to take it a day at a time." With three months to go before he makes his long-awaited NLEX return, Ravena is making sure that the team gets into a groove before the start of the Governor's Cup. Being away from the team and not being able to contribute was a difficult experience, Ravena said. Now, he's happy to be able to help the team out, even if it's just in practice for now.  "Siyempre, medyo mahirap, kasi parang medyo helpless ka, nanonood ka lang sa TV, wala kang magawa para makatulong, kahit gustong-gusto mo maka-tulong." Soon enough, 'The Phenom' will be back on the floor, and that can only mean good things for the Road Warriors.  "Pero at the end of the day, tapos na ‘yon, ilang buwan na lang aantayin ko, at least ngayon, eto, makakatulong na ako sa practice. Ito na yung quote-unquote ambag ko sa kanila to make us better for the next three games." "Again, it’s more than three months until I get to play with them kasi sa September pa, we’re preparing early for the third conference, so hopefully, ngayon pa lang, good start na sa amin," he added. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJun 25th, 2019

Kiefer Ravena back at Gilas practice after long layoff

MANILA, PhilippinesKiefer Ravena is back after being out for over a year. Ravena on Monday made his first basketball appearance since May 2018 after being suspended by FIBA for unknowingly taking a pr.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philippinetimesRelated NewsJun 25th, 2019

Ravena, Perez, Bolick boost Gilas Pilipinas practice

MANILA, PhilippinesYoungbloods CJ Perez and Robert Bolick as well as Stanley Pringle joined Gilas Pilipinas practice on Monday at Meralco Gym in Pasig. Perez and Bolick are the only PBA rookies part o.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilanewsRelated NewsJun 25th, 2019

Kiefer Ravena returns to National Team practice for the first time since FIBA suspension

Kiefer Ravena takes another step towards his on-court comeback after re-joining the Philippine Men's National Team practice, Monday evening at the Meralco Gym in Ortigas.  Ravena has been serving an 18-month suspension imposed by FIBA for failing a random drug test back in 2018. The suspension began on February 25, 2018 and since then, Ravena has been barred from participating in basketball-related activities, including playing for his NLEX squad in the PBA.  The good news for Ravena is that the suspension is set to be lifted on August 24th, 2019, just in time for the upcoming 2019 FIBA World Cup in China on August 31st.  Joining Ravena in Monday night's practice were June Mar Fajardo, Paul Lee, RR Pogoy, Poy Erram, and Japeth Aguilar, Mark Barroca, Marcio Lassiter and Troy Rosario. Also present are Robert Bolick, Stanley Pringle, and CJ Perez. Bigman Raymond Almazan is also present but is not participating in the practice proper.  Veteran Marc Pingris also dropped by to watch the National Team put in work. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJun 24th, 2019

Kiefer Ravena’s return highlights Gilas’ ‘best practice so far’

The Philippine Men’s Senior National Basketball team continued their preparations for the upcoming 2019 FIBA World Cup in China this August with another training session, Monday evening at the Meralco Gym in Ortigas. While the highlight of the scrimmage was the return of playmaker Kiefer Ravena, who has been serving an 18-month suspension handed down by FIBA back in 2018, another positive was the number of players who participated in the practice. A total of 13 players were present in practice, and National Team head coach Yeng Guiao was happy to see enough bodies to be able to hold a proper 5-on-5 run. “We had enough people to go 5-on-5, this is our first complete actually, it’s our best practice so far,” Guiao told the media during a post-practice scrum. National Team vets such as Paul Lee, RR Pogoy, Marcio Lassiter, June Mar Fajardo, Japeth Aguilar, Poy Erram, and Mark Barroca were on hand to participate in the drills and the 5-on-5 scrimmage, while Raymond Almazan was also in attendance but did not join the practice proper. Apart from Ravena, other new faces for this training camp included PBA rookies Robert Bolick and CJ Perez, and Guiao was delighted to see them come out. “We’re very very appreciative of the guys who came in, si CJ atsaka si Robert, and of course, Kiefer,” the long-time mentor said. “For the first time, he’s able to practice and witness kayo, for the first time after more than one year and six months. Siguro part of the excitement why we had a really good practice today, we’re just excited to play with each other.” Guiao explained that Bolick and Perez, former NCAA stars, were invited because of their initiative to try their luck with the National Team pool. “Actually, in the case of Robert and CJ, sila yung nag-initiate na makapag-practice sila, that’s why we invited them, so nagparamdam sila na gusto nilang mag-try ng luck nila to be in the to be in the pool.” As for Ravena, Guiao was pleased to see that his NLEX playmaker was in tip-top shape, even after the time off. “Si Kiefer, nakakausap ko naman yun, so he’s really excited to be part of the National Team, at least pool, although sabi ko naman his chances of making it are really good,” Guiao stated. “You saw him in practice today, it’s just like he did not miss the last, or he was not suspended, for the last one and a half years. His sharpness is there, his stamina is there, he does not look like he’s heavy, that’s his natural body, so things are looking good at this point.” Guiao also expressed his appreciation for Stanley Pringle, who joined the practice. Pringle and the Gin Kings took on Guiao’s NLEX Road Warriors in Batangas the night before Gilas practice. “Si Stanley, again, he’s one of the guys that volunteered himself, just in case we need an extra body. Galing yan sa Batangas, kalaban namin kahapon, so he’s just offering his services just so we have people who can play roles in practices so mas maganda yung practice natin.” Being designated as a naturalized citizen by FIBA, The newly-acquired Ginebra Gin King is unlikely to crack the lineup with big man Andray Blatche expected to suit up for the National Team. Guiao is, however, looking to add Pringle to the training pool for their training camp in Spain this August. “I’m also thinking of bringing Stanley to Spain, if Ginebra is not playing in the Finals, kasi may dalawang team na maglalaro ng Finals, siguradong may member ng National Team, so when we go to Spain, we can only take the players of the ten teams that are not involved, so may mawawala talaga, so kailangan pag-isipan kung sino ang isasama.” The 2019 FIBA World Cup kicks off on August 31st in China, with the Philippines joining Angola, Italy, and Serbia in Group D. Guiao hopes to be able to release a final lineup by next month. “Pag-dating ni Blatche, I think July 8, siguro by July 15 mayroon nang final lineup.”.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJun 24th, 2019

Locsin calls Robredo boba, apologizes

Foreign Affairs secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr. called Vice President Leni Robredo “boba” (stupid) after the latter slammed the Department of Foreign Affairs’ decision to cancel courtesy diplomatic passports issued to former officials and diplomats......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJun 24th, 2019

Locsin calls Robredo boba, apologizes

Foreign Affairs secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr. called Vice President Leni Robredo “boba” (stupid) after the latter slammed the Department of Foreign Affairs’ decision to cancel courtesy diplomatic passports issued to former officials and diplomats......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJun 24th, 2019

Kiefer Ravena marks basketball return by joining Gilas practice

MANILA, Philippines – Kiefer Ravena returned to basketball for the first time in more than a year as he nears the end of his FIBA-imposed suspension. The 25-year-old guard joined Gilas Pilipinas in its buildup for the 2019 FIBA World Cup at the Meralco Gym in Pasig City on ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJun 24th, 2019

San Benildo upsets Xavier to bag Filoil 11-U crown

The Colegio De San Benildo Blazing Wolves opened Championship Sunday of the Filoil Flying V Preseason Cup with a stunning upset over the undefeated and highly fancied Xavier Golden Stallions, 41-39......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJun 24th, 2019

Del Rosario: DFA cannot cancel diplomatic passports

"... to discredit the bearer [of a diplomatic passport] is to discredit the republic.".....»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJun 24th, 2019

New Orleans welcomes Zion Williamson

The practice gym was filled with team employees and executives eager to welcome the player who has infused the franchise with so much more promise than it appeared to have when six-time All-Star Anthony Davis requested a trade five months ago......»»

Category: newsSource:  tempoRelated NewsJun 23rd, 2019

Kiefer starts practice with Gilas today

Ravena will take part in Gilas Pilipinas’ preparation for the FIBA World Cup at the Meralco Gym where he’ll be able to train without any limitations before his lengthy ban ends on Aug. 24......»»

Category: newsSource:  tempoRelated NewsJun 23rd, 2019

PBA: Pringle has “wonderful experience” in Ginebra debut

BATANGAS CITY — Stanley Pringle’s Ginebra debut is a success. Playing his first game as a Gin King since the blockbuster trade from Northport, Pringle started for the barangay and saw almost 36 minutes of action against NLEX here for the 2019 PBA Commissioner’s Cup. Stanley shot 60 percent for 16 points to go along with eight rebounds, three assists, and two steals in a Ginebra win. “Oh it’s great, wonderful experience,” Pringle said of his Ginebra debut. “Great group of guys, great team, great coaching staff. I’m just glad they all welcomed me,” he added. Pringle has less than a week’s worth practice with the Gin Kings but he says he’s getting along with his new team quite nicely. As he settles into the barangay, Stanley says he’s just there to contribute in whatever way he can to the defending champs. “The whole time, everybody’s just teaching me everything about the team, about offense and defense so it was really easy,” he said. “It's a great organization, a great fanbase. I'm just here to help the team be the best team they can be and just help the team however I can,” Pringle added.   — Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJun 23rd, 2019

DFA cancels diplomatic passports of ex-chiefs, envoys

The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said it would cancel all courtesy diplomatic passports issued to former officials and diplomats, including that of former secretary Albert del Rosario......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJun 23rd, 2019

Kiefer Ravena tougher, wiser heading to basketball return

MANILA, Philippines – Kiefer Ravena said he has come out from his FIBA-imposed suspension a better person and athlete as he nears his basketball comeback.  Ravena, who has not played in the PBA and for Gilas Pilipinas since May 2018, will return to practice on Monday, June 24 – ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJun 22nd, 2019

PBA: Pingris on basketball return: “Gusto ko magwala”

Marc Pingris was out for 473 days and missed 66 games for the Hotshots as he recovered from an ACL injury. For the first time since Game 1 of the 2018 PBA Philippine Cup semifinals, Ping made his official return to Magnolia Saturday, playing against Phoenix in the 2019 Commissioner’s Cup. Pingris was on the court for almost eight minutes and missed his only shot at goal for zero points but he did have three rebounds. More than his stats, it was the fact that he finally played a game again that got the veteran forward excited and emotional. “Kagabi talagang inayos ko na gamit ko eh, excited talaga ako,” Pingris said. “Kanina nung naglaro ako, parang gusto ko magwala eh. Parang gusto ko sumigaw, gusto ko kunin yung bola tsaka ibato. Nakakatuwa lang, nakaka-miss maglaro,” he added. With a long road back to basketball, Pingris admitted there were times that he gave up, with a grueling rehab making him tap out multiple times. But with support from his family, mainly his wife Danica, Ping was able to have enough strength and patience to get through and actually return after almost one and a half years of being out. “Sa workout pa lang, yung five hours a day tapos one year mo ginagawa talagang nakaka-burn yun eh. Sobrang magsasawa ka,” Pingris said. “Minsan give up na ako pero kinakausap ako ng wife ko, sobrang salamat ko sa kanya, sinasabihan niya ako na patient lang. Binibigay niya yung lakas ng loob ko,” he added. Now that he’s actually back, Pingris will take things slow as regains his spot in Magnolia’s rotation. “Kay coach na yun, kasi kailangan ko rin ipakita sa practice na karapat-dapat ako,” he said. “Na-appreciate ko rin yung ibang big man namin sa team, time nila maglaro ngayon dahil ako ang tagal ko rin nawala sa team. Ayaw ko rin naman na pagdating ko aagawin ko lang playing time nila, makaka-sira sa team. Pinaghirapan nila yun eh, sa kanila yun,” Ping added.   — Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJun 22nd, 2019

Yoga: Indian practice turned global phenomenon

RANCHI, India – The Indian discipline of yoga, involving spiritual and physical practices, is followed in myriad forms today by millions of people worldwide, with an entry in UNESCO's intangible cultural heritage list. Here is some background for International Yoga Day, marked on Friday, June 21 ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJun 22nd, 2019

DFA cancels all courtesy diplomatic passports after Del Rosario incident

MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) will cancel all courtesy diplomatic passports issued to former foreign affairs secretaries and ambassadors, following an incident in Hong Kong where former foreign secretary Albert del Rosario was barred entry. “The DFA Office of Consular Affairs ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJun 22nd, 2019