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‘Muscle Man’ powers Alaska over Rain or Shine

PBA Images Streaking Alaska handed Rain or Shine its first loss Thursday night after escaping with an 89-88 win in the PBA Philippine Cup at the Angeles University Foundation Sports and Cultural Center in Angeles City, Pampanga. Vic Manuel flashed his pre-pandemic form when it mattered, hitting 10 of his 18 points in the fourth quarter as the Aces rallied from being down 75-68 midway in the period before enduring excruciating moments in the end to pick up their third straight victory after a 0-2 start. Jeron Teng had 13 points and eight assists while Abu Tratter and rookie Barkley Ebona added 10 points apiece for Alaska, which has been playing sound basketball following losses to TNT and Meralco. “When things didn’t go our way, we went back to just doing things we know we could do well that is defending and improving that aspect. We felt that would make it easy on the offensive end,” said Aces coach Jeffrey Cariaso. Alaska has limited its opponents to 83.7 points during the three wins, including against Rain or Shine. Manuel’s jumper and a running one-hander gave the Aces leads of 85-80 and 87-83 under the last two minutes, but his clutch shots nearly went for naught when the Elasto Painters gave them a scare. Beau Belga cut the gap to a point 89-88 with 7.3 seconds left, then forced Alaska guard Jvee Casio to lose the ball out of bounds off Teng’s inbound, giving Rain or Shine a chance to steal the game. Rey Nambatac, who came through in the clutch against San Miguel Beer and NorthPort, tried to do it again when he used a Belga pick to go for a driving layup. But Nambatac missed a finger roll against two defenders before time expired. The loss denied Rain or Shine a 4-0 start and a share of second place with idle Barangay Ginebra San Miguel. It also spoiled a career game from Sidney Onwubere, who topscored for the Elasto Painters with 16 points. The former Emilio Aguinaldo College standout was averaging 1.4 points in 20 games last season. Javee Mocon and Adrian Wong, the first Rookie of the Week winner of the PBA Press Corps, added 14 and 12 points for Rain or Shine. The scores: ALASKA 89 — Manuel 18, Teng 13, Tratter 10, Ebona 10, Herndon 9, DiGregorio 7, Brondial 7, Casio 5, Ahanmisi 5, Galliguez 3, Ayaay 2, Marcelino 0. RAIN OR SHINE 88 — Onwubere 16, Mocon 14, Wong 12, Torres 10, Belga 10, Nambatac 7, Norwood 5, Yap 5, Doliguez 3, Rosales 2, Ponferada 2, Rivero 2, Tolentino 0. Quarters: 22-18, 38-41, 61-63, 89-88......»»

Category: newsSource: mb.com.ph mb.com.phOct 22nd, 2020

Alaska nakatakas vs RoS

PAMPANGA – Naitala ng Alaska Aces ang kanilang unang panalo matapos putulin ang three-game winning streak ng  Rain or Shine, 89-88 sa elimination round ng PBA Philippine Cup. Nanguna sa panalo si Aces muscle man Vic Manuel na umiskor 18 points kung saan anim dito ay krusyal na puntos sa huling minuto ng regulasyon na […] The post Alaska nakatakas vs RoS appeared first on REMATE ONLINE......»»

Category: newsSource:  remateRelated NewsOct 23rd, 2020

PBA: Steady Banchero is Player of the Week

Chris Banchero is fast emerging as Alaska’s newest take-charge guy. Blessed with good looks, the Fil-Italian guard made the Aces look even good when their campaign in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup was on the line. Banchero came through in the clutch for Alaska in its do-or-die encounter with Meralco for the last berth in the quarterfinals, and then delivered anew as the Aces stunned top seed TnT Katropa to force a do-or-die encounter for a semifinals slot. The 30-year-old Banchero averaged 14.5 points, 4.0 rebounds, and 6.0 assists in the two crucial sudden-death victories that earned him a unanimous choice as PBA Press Corps-Cignal Player of the Week for the period July 15-21. Banchero received nine out of the total 13 votes tallied for the weekly citation, with the rest of the votes going to Alaska teammate Vic ‘The Muscle Man’ Manuel. Another Alaska player in Simon Enciso was also nominated for the individual honor along with Barangay Ginebra’s Stanley Pringle and Japeth Aguilar, June Mar Fajardo and Chris Ross of San Miguel Beer, and Rain or Shine’s Ed Daquioag and Rey Nambatac. Manuel finished with a team-high 23 points as the Aces survived Meralco in overtime, 108-103, but it was Banchero who kept the team alive in the waning seconds of regulation. Down by four in the final 20 seconds, Banchero scored Alaska’s last five points, including a pressure-packed jumper with three seconds left that sent the game into overtime, 96-all. Given a new lease of life, the Aces again leaned on Banchero’s strong start that set the tone for the team’s 108-72 blowout win over the Katropa in their quarterfinals series in what was the worst defeat of TnT in its entire playoffs history. Alaska and TnT tangle anew on Wednesday for the right to advance in the best-of-five semifinals......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJul 23rd, 2019

Meralco inungusan ang Terrafirma, Blackwater durog sa RoS

Mga laro ngayon (AUF Arena) 1 p.m. – Phoenix vs. Blackwater 4 p.m. — Alaska vs. NLEX 6:45 p.m. — Ginebra vs. Terrafirma CLARK – Pasok ang tira ng Bolts na si Christ Newsome bago tumunog ang buzzer na siyang tumalo sa Dyip, 95-93, habang dinurog naman ng Rain or Shine ang Blackwater sa score […] The post Meralco inungusan ang Terrafirma, Blackwater durog sa RoS appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsNov 8th, 2020

Nambatac redeems self, helps ROS beat Ginebra in OT

      By JEREMIAH SEVILLA         SMART CLARK GIGA CITY – Rey Nambatac made sure to bounce back from a sorry miss the last time out. After a botched game-winning layup against Alaska, Nambatac redeemed himself and drained a trey to send the game to overtime as Rain or Shine went on to […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  tempoRelated NewsOct 28th, 2020

Belga stars in OT as Rain or Shine continues good run inside bubble

Beau Belga delivered when it mattered most in the overtime period. (PBA Images) Beau Belga had the last laugh with a stirring performance Tuesday night as Rain or Shine grinded out an 85-82 overtime win over Barangay Ginebra San Miguel in the PBA Philippine Cup at the Angeles University Foundation Sports and Cultural Center. Belga scored five of his 20 points in the five-minute extension, a follow-up after missing a layup and a three-pointer that gave the Elasto Painters an 83-78 lead, and added 10 rebounds and four assists as the Elasto Painters pulled out a win while handing the Kings a second straight loss following a 4-0 start. But Rain or Shine needed one lucky break to secure its fourth win in five games inside the bubble known as Smart Clark Giga City after Ginebra cut the deficit to 83-80. Jewel Ponferada retrieved the ball after Rey Nambatac slipped before hitting a running one-hander for his only points with five seconds to go to make it an 85-80 lead for the Elasto Painters. Rain or Shine bounced back after falling short against Alaska, 89-88, last week while needing an extra day of rest when Sunday’s game with Blackwater was cancelled due after one of the Elite’s players initially tested positive for COVID-19. No one motivated coming into the game more than Belga, who was out to prove something after seeing a social media comment earlier in the day. “May isang hater na binatikos ako sa social media na puro pananakit lang daw ginagawa ko sa PBA and I just to prove him wrong,” Belga said during a postgame interview on One Sports. Coach Caloy Garcia was also glad that Belga was not the only player to step up for the Elasto Painters. Mark Borboran scored 16 points and grabbed five rebounds while James Yap earned a starting role and produced a season-high 13 points. Nambatac only had eight points, but produced one of the game’s biggest shot with a three-pointer that tied the knot at 76-all with 2.1 seconds to go in regulation. Kris Rosales also scored all of his eight points in the first quarter that saw Rain or Shine take a 24-15 lead and forced Ginebra to play catch up throughout. Ginebra had to slowly inch its way back from being down 39-24 in the second behind Stanley Pringle and Scottie Thompson. Pringle’s jumper put the Kings ahead, 74-73, with over two minutes remaining in the fourth before Borboran missed two free throws and Gabe Norwood muffing a medium-range jumper. LA Tenorio got fouled and made a pair of charities for a three-point Ginebra lead before Nambatac continued his knack to have the ball in the clutch with the game-tying triple on the next play. Thompson finished with 21 points, 10 rebounds, five assists, two steals and two blocks and Pringle had 20 points, seven rebounds and six assists but Ginebra couldn’t recover from Sunday’s loss to sibling rival Magnolia. The scores: RAIN OR SHINE 85 — Belga 20, Borboran 13, Yap 12, Nambatac 8, Rosales 8, Onwubere 3, Norwood 3, Ponferada 2, Wong 0, Torres 0. GINEBRA 82 — Thompson 21, Pringle 20, Aguilar J. 13, Tenorio 10, Devance 6, Caperal 5, Mariano 3, Chan 2, Dillinger 2, Tolentino 0. Quarters: 24-15, 45-36, 61-57, 76-76 (Reg), 85-82 (OT)......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsOct 27th, 2020

PBA: Ginebra earliest to start practice under 'new normal'

For the first time in months, PBA teams were able to take the court to start official workouts. Armed with government approvals and favorable COVID-19 test results, teams have started practicing, albeit on a limited basis. Under the PBA protocols, only six people are allowed at facilties at a given time, making teams do their workouts by batches. As of Tuesday, a handful of teams are already breaking sweat. "Nag-practice na kanina, pinaka-maaga Ginebra alas-syete," PBA Commissioner Willie Marcial said on the recent Philippine Sportswriters Association forum. Back to work ? @barangayginebra @bayanngrosoffcl #PBAat45#PBATayoAngBida pic.twitter.com/qw6MGFQxAU — PBA (@pbaconnect) August 25, 2020 "Kaninang alas-otso ang Rain or Shine. Tapos Alaska, Blackwater 9 [am], San Miguel 10 [am]. TNT [tomorrow], kasi yung iba kaka-ano lang nung hospital-standard na disinfection, kasi 24-48 hours yun kaya nale-late practices nila," he added. As PBA teams have started their respective practices, the league guidelines are also already in effect. The PBA will implement its strict protocols in order to keep its plans for a restart intact. "May surprise inspection kami, may teams na kaming naiikot," Marcial said. "May video kami sa mga teams and log sa mga players. Yun mga gagawin namin, kapag nahuli sila malaking fine ang aabutin," Commissioner Willie added.   — Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsAug 25th, 2020

LIST EM: Modern PBA Commissioner s Cup Best Imports

The PBA going back to a three-conference format in the 2011 season meant the return of the Commissioner's Cup and the Governors' Cup. For the first time since 2002, the two conferences returned, paving the way for a number of memorable imports to enter the league as a result. For this latest entry of List 'Em, we focus on the imports that came to play in the Commissioner's Cup. The best ones actually. The PBA typically allows teams to employ imports with a 6'10" height limit for the mid-season joust, but Best Import winners in this conference have come in all shapes and sizes. Let's go through each and every one of them.   2011 Commissioner's Cup Best Import: Nate Brumfield, Ginebra < In 2011, Ginebra's Nate Brumfield got the honor of being the first Commissioner's Cup Best Import since Talk 'N Text's Jerald Honeycutt in 2002. Ironically, Brumfield beat a TNT import for the award, outlasting Paul Harris for the win. Brumfield had the Gin Kings in the Finals of the Commissioner's Cup, losing in six games to Harris and the Tropang Texters. 2012 Commissioner's Cup Best Import: Denzel Bowles, B-Meg Derby Ace Denzel Bowles winning Best Import in 2012 gets lost in the mix because he actually did greater things during his first time playing in the PBA. With B-Meg trailing by two in Game 7 of the Finals against defending champion Talk 'N Text, Bowles went to the line with 1.2 seconds to go for a chance to tie. He calmly made both to force OT. In extra time, Bowles led the Llamados to the championship, sealing his place in league history with one of the most clutch plays ever. 2013 Commissioner's Cup Best Import: Robert Dozier, Alaska Rob Dozier fit right in with the Aces in the 2013 Commissioner's Cup and Alaska went on a tear, finishing as the no. 1 seed with a two-game lead from second place. Dozier was a beast on both ends, proving to be sturdy foundation to Alaska's impressive playoff run. The Aces only lost once in the playoffs, securing the title with a Finals sweep of Barangay Ginebra. 2014 Commissioner's Cup Best Import: Richard Howell, Talk 'N Text There was really no doubt on who was the Best Import in the 2014 Commissioner's Cup. Richard Howell put up monster numbers and led the Tropang Texters to an undefeated streak through the semifinals. Unfortunately, Howell's Talk 'N Text became the third victim during San Mig Coffee's Grand Slam run. 2015 Commissioner's Cup Best Import: Wayne Chism, Rain or Shine Rain or Shine sure aced its import choices in the early 2010s with Wayne Chism becoming the third Best Import winner for the Elasto Painters since 2011. Chism's versatility allowed ROS to make it to the Commissioner's Finals against Tropang Texters. In Game 7, Chism and the Elasto Painters finally surrendered the title after two overtimes. 2016 Commissioner's Cup Best Import: Arinze Onuaku, Meralco Meralco's ascent as a contender in import conferences started in 2016 when the Bolts brought a dominating presence in Arinze Onuaku. Onuaku powered his way to a Best Import win and had Meralco on the verge of its first-ever Finals appearance. Alaska put a stop to those plans as the Aces took out Meralco in the semifinals. 2017 Commissioner's Cup Best Import: Charles Rhodes, San Miguel The Beermen finally got an import to stay in the passionate Charles Rhodes. Rhodes delivered a first performance to remember, taking out longtime rival Ricard Ratliffe and the Star Hotshots in the semis before outlasting TNT in the Finals. San Miguel ended a near two-decade title drought in the Commissioner's Cup with Rhodes as Best Import. 2018 Commissioner's Cup Best Import: Justin Brownlee, Ginebra Justin Brownlee's lone Best Import win came in the Commissioner's Cup, not even his original conference. Wearing throwback inspired jerseys, Brownlee had the Gin Kings in the Finals to challenge defending champion San Miguel Beer and old pal Renaldo Balkman. Ginebra got its third title with JB with a six-game decision over the Beermen. 2019 Commissioner's Cup Best Import: Terrence Jones, TNT Terrence Jones took the PBA by storm last year and led the TNT juggernaut all the way to the Finals. In the semifinals, Jones and the KaTropa handed Brownlee his second-ever series loss in the league and effectively ended a two-way race for Best Import. However, the former Houston Rocket was grounded in the Finals, with San Miguel Beer frustrating the top-ranked KaTropa to win the title after six games.   — Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8 .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMay 7th, 2020

TNT, Bolts, Gilas, and 'block' on LeBron: Ranidel De Ocampo s PBA career in retrospect

Ranidel De Ocampo is retiring from basketball. Maraming salamat Panginoon! ???????? pic.twitter.com/LUeVDMAWVG — Ranidel De Ocampo (@jutaca33) April 13, 2020 Appearing on the 2OT podcast of PBA broadcasters Magoo Marjon and Carlo Pamintuan Monday, RDO made the surprise announcement about his career. "Marupok na eh, wala na. Dun na rin ako papunta eh, retire na," De Ocampo said. "Nagpapa-salamat ako kay Lord na binigyan Niya ako ng magandang career. Siguro time na para matapos na yung pagiging player," he added. Struggling with injuries, RDO only appeared in 19 games last season for the Meralco Bolts. He averaged 7.2 points, 4.5 rebounds, and 2.2 assists. De Ocampo will retire as a six-time PBA champion, two-time Finals MVP, one-time BPC, and winner of two silver medals with Gilas Pilipinas in the FIBA-Asia Championships. To celebrate of one of the very best power forwards in PBA history, here are some key moments in RDO's almost two-decade career. 2004 PBA Draft RDO was drafted 4th in the 2004 Draft, joining his older brother Yancy in the old FedEx Express. 2008 Fiesta Conference RDO joined a loaded Express team that was the no. 1 seed and saw action in the 2008 Fiesta Conference Finals. Unfortunately, RDO would lose his first Finals as Air21 failed to get the job done against Ginebra in Game 7. 2009 Philippine Cup Midway through the 2009 All-Filipino, TNT landed RDO in a trade. Talk 'N Text would be Ranidel's home for the bulk of his PBA career, and on his first conference as a Tropang Texter, he also won his first of six PBA titles after a 4-3 win over Alaska in the Finals. Gilas Pilipinas RDO made the lineup of the first three iterations of Gilas Pilipinas and played in the FIBA-Asia Championships. De Ocampo won two silver medals with the national team in 2013 and 2015. RDO also went to the FIBA World Cup in between in 2014. 2015 Commissioner's Cup RDO would win his final championship with TNT in the 2015 Commissioner's Cup. Facing Rain or Shine, De Ocampo took over in the second overtime of Game 7, leading the Tropang Texters to victory. Averaging over 24 points in the series, RDO won Finals MVP for the second and final time of his career.   Trade to Meralco In 2017, RDO was dealt to Meralco in a three-team trade. While he provided immediate help for the Bolts, even helping the team make a second straight trip to the Governors' Cup Finals, a strained calf sustained against Ginebra in the title series would prove to be the start of his battle with injuries that would ultimately force him to retire three years later.   "Blocking" LeBron James Also in 2017, RDO tried to block LeBron James from dunking when the King visited Manila and played an exhibition game at the MOA Arena. "Sa tingin ko, naging popular si LeBron dahil sa’kin," he said. Have a Ranidelightful retirement, RDO. [Related: RDO on failed block on LBJ: Naging popular si LeBron dahil sakin]   — Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsApr 15th, 2020

TNT, Bolts, Gilas, and 'block' on LeBron: RDO s PBA career in retrospect

Ranidel De Ocampo is retiring from basketball. Appearing on the 2OT podcast of PBA broadcasters Magoo Marjon and Carlo Pamintuan Monday, RDO made the surprise announcement about his career. "Marupok na eh, wala na. Dun na rin ako papunta eh, retire na," De Ocampo said. "Nagpapa-salamat ako kay Lord na binigyan Niya ako ng magandang career. Siguro time na para matapos na yung pagiging player," he added. Struggling with injuries, RDO only appeared in 19 games last season for the Meralco Bolts. He averaged 7.2 points, 4.5 rebounds, and 2.2 assists. De Ocampo will retire as a six-time PBA champion, two-time Finals MVP, one-time BPC, and winner of two silver medals with Gilas Pilipinas in the FIBA-Asia Championships. To celebrate of one of the very best power forwards in PBA history, here are some key moments in RDO's almost two-decade career. 2004 PBA Draft RDO was drafted 4th in the 2004 Draft, joining his older brother Yancy in the old FedEx Express. 2008 Fiesta Conference RDO joined a loaded Express team that was the no. 1 seed and saw action in the 2008 Fiesta Conference Finals. Unfortunately, RDO would lose his first Finals as Air21 failed to get the job done against Ginebra in Game 7. 2009 Philippine Cup Midway through the 2009 All-Filipino, TNT landed RDO in a trade. Talk 'N Text would be Ranidel's home for the bulk of his PBA career, and on his first conference as a Tropang Texter, he also won his first of six PBA titles after a 4-3 win over Alaska in the Finals. Gilas Pilipinas RDO made the lineup of the first three iterations of Gilas Pilipinas and played in the FIBA-Asia Championships. De Ocampo won two silver medals with the national team in 2013 and 2015. RDO also went to the FIBA World Cup in between in 2014. 2015 Commissioner's Cup RDO would win his final championship with TNT in the 2015 Commissioner's Cup. Facing Rain or Shine, De Ocampo took over in the second overtime of Game 7, leading the Tropang Texters to victory. Averaging over 24 points in the series, RDO won Finals MVP for the second and final time of his career.   Trade to Meralco In 2017, RDO was dealt to Meralco in a three-team trade. While he provided immediate help for the Bolts, even helping the team make a second straight trip to the Governors' Cup Finals, a strained calf sustained against Ginebra in the title series would prove to be the start of his battle with injuries that would ultimately force him to retire three years later.   "Blocking" LeBron James Also in 2017, RDO tried to block LeBron James from dunking when the King visited Manila and played an exhibition game at the MOA Arena. "Sa tingin ko, naging popular si LeBron dahil sa’kin," he said. Have a Ranidelightful retirement, RDO. [Related: RDO on failed block on LBJ: Naging popular si LeBron dahil sakin]   — Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsApr 13th, 2020

Whatever happened to Gilas Pilipinas 1.0?

Since program’s inception, Gilas Pilipinas has been the name associated with the Philippine men’s basketball team. It gave the national team the identity it has used for a decade already. Gilas has gone through many iterations, but the current lineup, regardless of who the players are, only go by the general “Gilas” term. But early in the program’s history, each team went by a specific number, unofficially used by pretty much everyone to distinguish the teams that competed in different tournaments. It made sense too, since each team had a completely different identity. In later years, Gilas has improved in using the program as a way to ensure national basketball continuity. Nevertheless, each of the earlier Gilas versions had their success and failures. Here’s what happened to each of them.   Whatever happened to Gilas 1.0? Main tournament: 2011 FIBA-Asia Championships @ Wuhan, China Prize: 1 automatic ticket to the 2012 London Olympics Result: 4th place (lost to Jordan in semis, lost to South Korea in bronze medal game) Head coach: Rajko Toroman Coach Rajko’s previous history before becoming the first coach of the Gilas program was leading Iran to its first-ever Olympics appearance in Beijing just four years prior. Toroman was tasked to lead another national team to the Olympics, but his Philippine team mostly made up of amateur stars fell two wins short of London. Coach Rajko’s Gilas stint ended after the 2011 Asian Championships. He’s still recently connected to the Philippine team, albeit this time as an opponent. He now coaches Indonesia and his national team took on Gilas last December in the SEA Games in in the 2021 FIBA Asia Cup qualifiers last February.   The Players: #4 Mark Barroca After his unceremonious exit from FEU, Mark Barroca was selected into the original Gilas team and was a major revelation especially during the national team’s earlier tune-up games against PBA teams and when they actually went to the semifinals of the 2011 Commissioner’s Cup. After their semifinals stint in Wuhan, Barroca was part of the loaded 2011 Gilas Draft, picked 5th by Shopinas before being shipped to B-Meg. Barroca has stayed with the Purefoods franchise since, a 6-time PBA champion and two-time Finals MVP. He won the Grand Slam with the team in 2014. #5 Asi Taulava Asi was one of the PBA players chosen to reinforce a mostly-amateur Gilas team in 2011. At the time, Taulava was a Meralco Bolt but would become an ABL MVP and champion with San Miguel Beer in the ABL two years later. The 2011 FIBA-Asia Championships was Asi’s third straight appearance in the tournament. He was with the 2007 team in Tokushima and was also part of the 2009 team that competed in Tianjin. While Taulava was already almost 40 here, it won’t be his last stint with Gilas Pilipinas just yet. #6 Jvee Casio The former La Salle star was one of the main pillars of the original Gilas team, putting off the PBA Draft for two years in order to play for the national team. Proof of Casio’s standing in the original Gilas team was him being selected first overall during the 2011 Draft. With the Powerade Tigers, Casio, with Gilas teammate Marcio Lassiter, made the Philippine Cup Finals as a no. 8 seed in 2012. In 2013, Casio won his first and so far, only title in the Commissioner’s Cup with the Alaska Aces. #7 Jimmy Alapag Alapag was one of the three TNT players in the original Gilas team. It was Jimmy’s first stint in the national team since 2007. He was not chosen for the 2009 FIBA-Asia Championships. Jimmy didn’t see heavy minutes with the original Gilas, but he was the national team’s most reliable marksman and shot 40 percent from deep. Seeing action in 2011 means that Alapag is a Gilas original, and his first appearance with the program would not be his last, it’s also not his best. #8 Chris Tiu Arguably the face of Gilas Pilipinas when the program first started, Chris Tiu went from a successful UAAP career in Ateneo to being captain of the national team. Tiu didn’t play the most minutes and didn’t have the best numbers, but he probably put in the most work out of everyone for the original Gilas team. After Gilas, Tiu joined the PBA Draft in 2012 and was selected by Rain or Shine. He won the Commissioner’s Cup title in 2016 and retired from basketball after the 2018 season. #9 Japeth Aguilar Japeth Aguilar was still pretty raw during 2011 for the original Gilas team. In Wuhan, he played the least out of all the players, appearing in only five games. Nevertheless, Aguilar would become a constant for the national team after his first stint in 2009. Aguilar would find his way to Ginebra in the PBA and won four of his five titles with the team. He’s the league’s most recent Finals MVP and is still playing for Gilas Pilipinas. #10 Mac Baracael Mac Baracael making the original Gilas team was a miracle all in itself. After being shot in the back as an FEU Tamaraw, Baracael made a full recovery and was selected into the national team and was a role player in the 2011 Asian Championships. Baracael was taken 6th by Alaska in the 2011 Draft and had a short but mostly solid but forgettable career in the league. #11 Marcus Douthit Marcus Douthit was the solid rock that formed the foundation of the original Gilas Pilipinas team. After a long search, the national team tapped the former Providence center as naturalized player and in his first Asian Championships, Douthit didn’t disappoint. “Kuya Marcus” led the tournament in both points and rebounds, averaging 21.9 points per game and 12.2 rebounds. He was also tied for third in blocks with 1.7 rejections per outing. Douthit was already 31 at the time, but he most definitely proved that the Gilas program can work and the national team can be successful if you put a solid anchor around the country’s most skilled players. #12 Kelly Williams In his first and only stint with Gilas Pilipinas, Kelly Williams started at power forward. At this point in his career, Williams wasn’t exactly the player that took the PBA by storm and won MVP in his second season, but he was still explosive enough to give the national team quality minutes. Kelly’s role with the original Gilas has mostly mirrored his career in his later years, being the scrappy veteran at forward for teams with younger, faster players. #13 Marcio Lassiter Despite not playing in Gilas’ first two games of the 2011 FIBA-Asia Championships due to eligibility issues, Lassiter ended up as the national team’s second leading scorer behind Douthit. Marcio actually struggled shooting in his Gilas Pilipinas debut, shooting less than 40 percent from the field and a woeful 21 percent from deep. Regardless, he was seen as the future of the national team, and it’s quite unfortunate that it took him a while to get back after his initial stint in Wuhan. In the PBA, Lassiter was picked 4th in the 2011 Draft by Powerade, joining Gilas teammate and no. 1 pick Jvee Casrio. Marcio was later traded to San Miguel and is now an 8-time champion. #14 Chris Lutz Like Lassiter, Chris Lutz missed two games in Wuhan due to eligibility issues. Like Lassiter, Lutz also struggled shooting the ball once he did play and wound up with the least total points for the original Gilas Pilipinas in 2011. Regardless, Lutz was a highly-touted recruit and was picked 3rd by San Miguel (then known as Petron) in the 2011 Draft and went on to average 15.4 points and 3.5 assists in his rookie year. However, Lutz’ career in the PBA ended up being short, as injuries ended up being his downfall. He was officially traded to Meralco in 2017, but is yet to resurface. #15 Ranidel De Ocampo RDO partnered with TNT teammate Kelly Williams to for a reliable power forward duo for the original Gilas Pilipinas. Never the flashy one, De Ocampo would become a reliable contributor for Gilas for years to come, and the 2011 FIBA-Asia Championships was first proof of that. RDO was top-5 in points, rebounds, and assists for Gilas Pilipinas in 2011.   — Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8 .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsApr 6th, 2020

PBA: The best from the 2019 All-Rookie Team

Columbian's CJ Perez is the 2019 PBA Rookie of the Year but he's not the only newcomer who impressed in the league last season. Perez was just on top of a very strong batch of rookies and he's joined in the All-Rookie team by Northport's Robert Bolick, TNT's Ray Parks Jr., Rain or Shine's Javee Mocon, and Alaska's Abu Tratter. All five rookies passed the eye test, but here are their numbers (rankings among rookies in parenthesis) from last season that should be more than enough to prove their place in the All-Rookie team.   CJ PEREZ - Columbian Dyip Drafted 1st by COL 20.8 points (1st) 7.4 rebounds (1st) 3.4 assists (3rd) 1.9 steals (1st) 0.4 blocks (2nd) 37.8 minutes (1st)   RAY PARKS JR. - TNT KaTropa Drafted 2nd by BWE 18.8 points (2nd) 6.3 rebounds (3rd) 3.5 assists (2nd) 1.4 steals (2nd) 0.31 blocks (4th) 37.2 minutes (2nd)   ROBERT BOLICK - Northport Batang Pier Drafted 3rd by NP 13.5 points (3rd) 5.1 rebounds (5th) 4.9 assists (1st) 0.9 steals (3rd) 0.34 blocks (3rd) 34.2 minutes (3rd)   JAVEE MOCON - Rain or Shine Elasto Painters Drafted 6th by ROS 10.1 points (4th) 6.7 rebounds (2nd) 2.63 assists (4th) 0.6 steals (6th) 0.5 blocks (1st) 27.1 minutes (4th)   ABU TRATTER - Alaska Aces Drafted 7th by BWE 8.7 points (5th) 5.2 rebounds (4th) 0.6 assists (n/a) 0.78 steals (5th) 0.188 blocks (6th) 21.2 minutes (5th)   — Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMar 19th, 2020

Kapamilyas Sarah G and Kathryn lead PBA 45 muses

Star basketball players weren't the only ones that shined in the PBA's opening ceremony for a 45th season. Each of the 12 team's dazzling muses also made sure the spotlight was cast upon them. Here are the complete list of muses for the PBA's 45th season.   Zowie Palliaer - Alaska PBA Season 45 muses (thread) Zowie Palliaer - Alaska#PBA2020 pic.twitter.com/0pD3jhf6Nu — Paul Kennedy Lintag (@paullintag8) March 8, 2020 Sanya Lopez - Barangay Ginebra Sanya Lopez - Barangay Ginebra#PBA2020 pic.twitter.com/oez5mv4tg3 — Paul Kennedy Lintag (@paullintag8) March 8, 2020 Joy Wu - Blackwater Joy Wu - Blackwater#PBA2020 pic.twitter.com/m1XUkTLuNf — Paul Kennedy Lintag (@paullintag8) March 8, 2020 Katrina Llegado - Columbian Katrina Llegado - Columbian#PBA2020 pic.twitter.com/oJG0XItoob — Paul Kennedy Lintag (@paullintag8) March 8, 2020 Kathryn Bernardo - Magnolia Kathryn Bernardo - Magnolia#PBA2020 pic.twitter.com/msfEgh0Y7A — Paul Kennedy Lintag (@paullintag8) March 8, 2020 Mae Bautista - Meralco Mae Bautista - Meralco#PBA2020 pic.twitter.com/9fP4DmFAZV — Paul Kennedy Lintag (@paullintag8) March 8, 2020 Pauline Lopez - NLEX Pauline Lopez - NLEX#PBA2020 pic.twitter.com/VrLgpLkgQE — Paul Kennedy Lintag (@paullintag8) March 8, 2020 Tin Patrimonio - Northport Tin Patrimonio - Northport#PBA2020 pic.twitter.com/wrQFlGlQUL — Paul Kennedy Lintag (@paullintag8) March 8, 2020 Sarah Geronimo - Phoenix Sarah Geronimo - Phoenix#PBA2020 pic.twitter.com/3EN21LtR35 — Paul Kennedy Lintag (@paullintag8) March 8, 2020 Chaiyenne Huisman & Klyza Castro - Rain or Shine  Chaiyenne Huisman & Klyza Castro - Rain or Shine#PBA2020 pic.twitter.com/zTHUNTGEal — Paul Kennedy Lintag (@paullintag8) March 8, 2020 Alyssa Muhlach Alvarez - San Miguel Alyssa Muhlach Alvarez - San Miguel#PBA2020 pic.twitter.com/ZQrJnutUGq — Paul Kennedy Lintag (@paullintag8) March 8, 2020 Ariella Arida - TNT Ariella Arida - TNT#PBA2020 pic.twitter.com/SPbrp9ImHJ — Paul Kennedy Lintag (@paullintag8) March 8, 2020   — Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMar 8th, 2020

FIBA: Wright out of Gilas to start Asia Cup qualifiers

Gilas Pilipinas is officially down one more shooter to start the 2021 FIBA Asia Cup qualifiers. Phoenix's Matthew Wright is out against Thailand and Indonesia next week as he continues to rehab his injured ankle. He dropped by practice Wednesday to talk to program director Tab Baldwin. "Matthew pulled out because he has something wrong with his ankle. He came by to talk to Coach Tab, he said he wanted to join but unfortunately he had to rehab his ankle," team manager Gabby Cui confirmed. "He won't be able to make it," he added. With Wright out of the pool, the addition of Rain or Shine's Javee Mocon makes more sense. Mocon practiced for the second straight day with Gilas and he looks to take over one of the wing spots vacated by the Phoenix star. "He's stepped up and is willing to help the team. Very happy for Javee," Cui said. Other addition for Gilas following recent developments are Alaska's Vic Manuel and Abu Tratter. The pair are yet to show up to practice since the Aces are out on a team building. They're expected to join the national team later this week. "We're waiting for Vic and Abu. They're very willing to help out. I think Abu will be here Friday," Cui said. "Si Vic, congratulations to him I think his wife is giving birth Saturday. Baka he'll be here Sunday. Even on short notice they still want to help," Cui added.   — Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsFeb 12th, 2020

PBA 44 review: Columbian makes a slight jump

You thought the PBA's 43rd season was a long one?  Yeah, the PBA's 44th season had it beat. The 2019 PBA seaspn started at the Philippine Arena on January 13, 2019. It officially ended January 17, 2020 when Barangay Ginebra won the Governors' Cup Finals. Ironically, the Gin Kings won the first and last games of the 2019 season. Anyway, the point is the PBA's 44th season was a marathon. And before a new one starts, it's time to take a look at how all 12 teams fared in the past year. Today, we start with the Columbian Dyip.   THE REAL DEAL...? Last year, we wondered if no. 1 pick CJ Perez was good enough for additional wins enough to take a significant jump for Columbian. The answer for the wins part of the question is technically yes. The Dyip went from just six wins in all of the 2018 season, half of them against Rain or Shine, to 11 wins in 2019. That's almost double. However, the Dyip didn't quite make the jump. Columbian never made the playoffs in Perez's rookie year and while they had many chances to get to the postseason as one of the lower seeds, they never got the wins they needed to advance. Columbian started the CJ Perez era in the Philippine Cup with a big win over then four-time defending champion San Miguel Beer. The Dyip finished with a 4-7 record in the All-Filipino, which would have been good enough to make the playoffs. However, Columbian didn't even play for the 8th spot as the team's quotient was inferior to that of Alaska and NLEX, two teams that also finished with 4-7 records. The Dyip settled for 10th place in the Philippine Cup. Columbian took a step back in the Commissioner's Cup, finishing at 11th place with a 3-8 record. The Dyip had arguably their best team in franchise history in the Governors' Cup with Perez and import Khapri Alston leading the way. Columbian was on the hunt for a playoff spot before their conference fell apart. The Dyip lost five of their last six games for another 10th-place finish with a 4-7 record. The Dyip ended up picking first in the PBA Draft once again, but the team's 2019 season was leaps and bounds better compared to the previous one. Columbian has an actual star in CJ Perez. He's the real deal. As for the whole team, they're just not quite there yet.   Columbian DYIP in the PBA's 44th season Philippine Cup: 4-7 (10th place) Commissioner's Cup: 3-8 (11th place) Governors' Cup: 4-7 (10th place) Overall: 11 wins and 22 losses. Zero playoff appearances.   OUTLOOK: Columbian added Roosevelt Adams from the PBA Draft, he should pair up quite nicely with CJ Perez. The Dyip also drafted former Ateneo big man Isaac Go but he's officially on Gilas Pilipinas duty. Nevertheless, Columbian now has quite a pile of young and talented players on its roster. How it all turns out for the Dyip should be interesting to say the least.   — Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJan 23rd, 2020

PBA: “Gilas 5” highlight 2019 Draft

Just like in 2016, the 2019 PBA Rookie Draft will be a two-part draft proceeding, with a special draft among Gilas prospects held before the regular draft exercise.  Seventy-one players, in all, hope that their names be called and their dreams come true in the keenly awaited draft exercise set at Robinson’s Place Manila, Sunday starting at 3 p.m. Ateneo players Isaac Go, Matt and Mike Nieto, San Sebastian’s Allyn Bulanadi and UE’s Rey Suerte are five players placed in a special pool for special dispersal to Columbian Dyip, Blackwater, NLEX, Alaska and Rain or Shine. These five players are being eyed by the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas for inclusion in the Gilas program for the next FIBA World Cup the country is hosting in 2013. In 2016, the PBA also held a special draft involving then Gilas cadet players Mac Belo, Matthew Wright, RR Pogoy, Jio Jalalon, Kevin Ferrer, Mike Tolomia, Carl Bryan Cruz, Von Pessumal, Ed Daquioag, Russel Escoto, Arnold Van Opstal and Alfonzo Gotladera. In the regular draft then, Raphael Banal was the top choice by Blackwater. The Dyip, the Elite, the Road Warriors, the Aces and the Elasto Painters will get cracks at Go, the Nieto twins, Bulanadi and Suerte. But the teams will only hold rights on these players, and get to enlist them only once they are released by the SBP from Gilas service. With Go in the special draft and out of the regular pool, the guessing game is who will be bestowed the honors of being the top of the 2019 draft class. Columbian owns the rights for the first pick. The complete draft order in the first round is Columbian at No. 1 followed by Blackwater at No. 2, NLEX at No. 3, Alaska No. 4, Rain or Shine Nos. 5 to 7, NorthPort No. 8, Magnolia No. 9, Barangay Ginebra No. 10, TNT KaTropa No. 11 and Columbian No. 12. In the second round, it is Ginebra, Blackwater, NLEX, Alaska, Alaska, Meralco, Rain or Shine, NLEX, Magnolia, Ginebra, Rain or Shine and NorthPort. Two other Ateneo stalwarts in Adrian Wong and Vince Tolentino, Adamson’s Sean Manganti, Letran’s Jeric Balanza and Bonbon Batiller, twin brothers Jayvee and Jaycee Marcelino of Lyceum, William McAloney of EAC, Cris Dumapig of CEU, Gwen Combo of FEU, Kid Montalbo of La Salle, Michael Salado of Arellano, Christopher Bitoon of St. Clare and Rian Michael Ayon-ayon of PCU are among the notable hopefuls.  .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsDec 7th, 2019

Columbian Dyip nips Phoenix Pulse,106-104

Games Saturday (Smart Araneta Coliseum) 4:30 p.m. — Alaska vs Blackwater 6:45 p.m. — Ginebra vs Rain or Shine By JONAS TERRADO Columbian Dyip overcame the explosive debut of new import Alonzo Gee and defeated Phoenix Pulse, 106-104, to snap a two-game slide in the PBA Governors’ Cup at the Smart Araneta Coliseum. Import Khapri […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  tempoRelated NewsOct 25th, 2019

House on fire as Alaska nabs first win

MANILA, Philippines – Frank House unleashed a huge double-double as the Alaska Aces finally scored a breakthrough win in the 2019 PBA Governors' Cup, 78-71, over Rain or Shine on Sunday, October 13, at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.  Frank House led the Aces with a double-double of 22 points and ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsOct 13th, 2019

PBA: Cariaso on first win as Alaska coach: “It means a lot”

It took him a while but Jeffrey Cariaso finally has his win as Alaska head coach. Starting the 2019 PBA Governors’ Cup with five straight losses, Cariaso and the Aces scored a breakthrough Sunday, taking down Rain or Shine, 78-71. “Was it always this hard to get a win? Seemed so hard,” Cariaso said. “It means a lot. I think I just wanted to get that first win to get it out of your system. The more you didn't get it, the more pressure I put on myself. It was only me putting the pressure on myself,” he added. After such a rough start to their conference, Cariaso said that they had to simplify their approach a little bit heading into Sunday. Doing enough to finally win, the challenge for the Aces now will be how to get better in order to sustain winning. “But I think I'll never forget the words of one of my favorite coaches: 'When things are going bad, you go back to basics.' Yun ang ginawa namin this week,” Coach Jeff said. “We're not perfect in all aspects, but I think for today we did enough to win. But it needs to be better,” he added.   — Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsOct 13th, 2019

PBA: Champion Hotshots go for back-to-back wins

The time is now for defending champion Magnolia to build momentum in the 2019 PBA Governors' Cup. After smashing Northport for their first win, the Hotshots (1-1) look to make it two in a row Friday against Rain or Shine at the MOA Arena. The Elasto Painters are up-and-down to start the Governors' Cup and currently sport a 1-2 mark after a loss to TNT in their previous outing. Tip off for Magnolia-ROS will be at 7:00 p.m. right after the 4:30 p.m. showdown between Meralco (1-1) and Alaska (0-3). Also seeing action are NLEX (3-0) and San Miguel (2-0) at the Coca-Cola Arena in Dubai. Tip off will be at 8:00 p.m. (12:00 a.m. Saturday in Manila).   — Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsOct 3rd, 2019

Ikalawang panalo asinta ng NLEX, Meralco

Mga Laro Ngayong Biyernes (Sept. 27) (Smart Araneta Coliseum) 4:30 p.m. NLEX vs Meralco 7 p.m. Magnolia vs NorthPort Team Standings: TNT (1-0); Barangay Ginebra (1-0); San Miguel Beer (1-0); NLEX (1-0); Meralco (1-0); NorthPort (1-0); Rain or Shine (1-1); Columbian Dyip (1-1); Magnolia (0-1); Blackwater (0-1); Phoenix Pulse (0-2); Alaska (0-2) MAKUHA ang ikalawang […] The post Ikalawang panalo asinta ng NLEX, Meralco appeared first on Bandera......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsSep 26th, 2019