By June Navarro
Last updated 09:58pm (Mla time) 09/21/2007
MANILA, Philippines -- PUREFOODS encountered rough sailing before blowing away Talk 'N Text in extra time, 111-105, Friday night to seize the solo lead in Group A of the 2007-08 PBA Preseason Tournament at the Blue Eagle Gym in Katipunan.
James Yap bailed the Giants out of trouble by tossing in seven straight points and handed a nifty feed to Jondan Salvador for the insurance basket that neutralized the onslaught of the Phone Pals in overtime.
Though the Giants notched their third win in four games, it was an ugly one considering the chances they wasted in regulation.
For a three-minute stretch in the fourth period, the Phone Pals dissolved an 80-65 Purefoods lead to a single basket following two free throws by Asi Taulava.
Yap ended the drought with a short jumper off the glass before June Peter Simon's three-point play gave the Giants a 92-85 cushion.
Jay Washington knocked in a three in another Talk 'N Text assault as the Phone Pals pulled within 92-94 with 43 ticks remaining.
Yap had the chance to seal the deal in regulation as he drove through the teeth of the Talk 'N Text defense, but Washington swatted away the 2005 MVP's floater.
Jimmy Alapag fetched a foul off a loose ball scramble and then sank two free throws to forge extra period.
[b][size="5"][color="blue"][b] PBL season glimmers with college stars
By Jasmine W. Payo
Last updated 05:35am (Mla time) 10/12/2007
MANILA, Philippines -- A league rookie takes on a veteran crew when the Philippine Basketball League (PBL) First Conference kicks off on Oct. 20 at The Arena in San Juan City.
Newcomer Pharex and San Mig Coffee (formerly San Miguel-Magnolia) will clash at 2 p.m., followed by the 4 p.m. dispute between Toyota Balintawak and Bacchus Energy Drink on the first day of the season opener.
PBL commissioner Chino Trinidad expects “a wide open race for the championship” since the league loaned several of its stars -- including back-to-back Most Valuable Player Jason Castro -- to the Harbour-RP team set to see action in the Southeast Asian Games.
But more standouts are expected to emerge from the new batch of rookies led by 6-foot-5 Fil-Am guard Gabe Norwood and San Beda College’s John Hermida of Hapee, Ateneo de Manila University center Ford Arao of San Mig Coffee, University of the East’s James Martinez of Bacchus and Jose Rizal University’s James Sena of Toyota Balintawak.
“The endearing exploits of some of the finest collegiate players are expected to spill over in the PBL considering that most of them will see action,” said Trinidad.
According to executive director Butch Maniego, the league will also hold a one-week tournament which will pit the Harbour-RP team against a foreign team and other invited squads.
Aside from missing Castro, three-time champion Harbour Centre will have to do without Beau Belga, Jonathan Fernandez and Chad Alonzo, while newcomer Lina Group of Companies also loaned a prized recruit -- UAAP MVP Jervy Cruz of the University of Santo Tomas -- to the national five.
James Yap is one of my favorite player in the PBA and at age 25 yrs.old, He is probably one of the most successful PBA Player of all time.
Just check his awards, stats and accomplishment in the the 1st 3 years of his proffessional career.
James Yap is lethal in the open court and very dangerous with his jumpshots and devil drives towards the hoop... a cross between Samboy Lim and Allan Caidic... a second MVP award for the Escalante, Negros Occidental native could be in the offing but he must practise consistency and learn to take charge for the Giants.
2003 UAAP Most Valuable Player (MVP)
2003 UAAP First Five Mythical Team member
2003 Philippine Sportswriters Association/PSA major awardee (amateur basketball ranks)
2003-2004 PBL Mythical First Team member
2005-2006 PBA Most Valuable Player (MVP)
2005-2006 PBA Mythical First Team member
2006 PSA major awardee (professional basketball ranks)
4-time PBA All-star starter (2004, 2005, 2006, 2007 -- South Team)
2002-2003 Collegiate Champions League champions
2003 Southeast Asian Games Gold Medalists
2004 Philippine Basketball League (PBL), first-runners up
2005-2006 PBA Fiesta Conference, first-runners up
2005-2006 PBA Philippine Cup champions
Versatile guard Brandon Cablay, the small man with a big package, is the newest Giant in Purefoods.
Cablay’s transfer was formalized yesterday after months of speculations.
The 5-11, Fil-Am guard will fill in the void left by Noy Castillo, who injured his toe during the pre-season.
“He was introduced to the team kanina and I think he will play a valuable role for us,” Purefoods coach Ryan Gregorio told People’s Tonight. “He’s a versatile player and I think he can help us on both guard spots.”
Cablay was taken in by Purefoods from Red Bull. He was traded to the Bulls in the off season as part of the package in the Larry Fonacier trade.
But with the Bulls already loaded with guards – Cyrus Baguio, Jojo Duncil, Celino Cruz, Topex Robinson and Junthy Valenzuela, Cablay may not shine as a player with a lot of potential.
With Purefoods, Cablay provides the kind of player Gregorio wants to have on his team – flexible, athletic and capable of playing solid on both ends of the court.
Meanwhile, teams in the coming PBA season were presented yesterday at the Sofitel Philippine Plaza.
Alaska, the Fiesta Cup titlist, parades an intact line-up and a beefier frontline.
San Miguel, already an explosive squad, has added more firepower while sister team Ginebra is expected to become the fastest gun in the tournament with the addition of two spitfires.
But the team out to make a strong, wide signal covering the entire season is Talk N Text.
“They have a deep bench and they have three starters returning in their fold,” Red Bull coach Yeng Guiao said, referring to the three national team members making their comeback this season.
“They managed to enter the championship round last conference even without these three players and now, they have no reason not to be up there.”
The three players Guiao was referring were Asi Taulava, Ren-Ren Ritualo and Jimmy Alapag, who are returning to help the Phone Pals nail the big one.
For Gregorio, the Phone Pals are indeed one of the two super powers aside from San Miguel.
“Definitely, they’re the top two teams in terms of manpower,” said Gregorio, whose team is out to reclaim the Philippine Cup crown. “They are capable of fielding in a strong five even those coming off the bench. But still, it’s not about who comes up with the best five, but which best five fits better.”
Fonacier’s entry coupled by the acquisition of Samigue Eman and Jonas Villanueva from the draft certainly made the Beermen the odds-on pick this season.
Of course, the Gin Kings, with the Fast and the Furious all set to make the season ablaze with their fiery brand of play and the inclusion of Kid Lightning Paul Artadi, will be more fun to watch this season.
The Aces have become bigger and better. Ken Bono and JR Quiñahan will play huge roles for coach Tim Cone’s squad’s quest for greatness.
Air21 to Jaworski: Coaching job is yours for the taking
by Noli Cortez
October 11, 2007
The job is his for the taking—if the Living Legend wants it.
This, according to Air21 president and team manager Lito Alvarez, was the guarantee he gave former senator Robert Jaworski who is being courted by the Express to take over the coaching job from Bo Perasol.
"Basta ang sinabi ko sa kanya, any time na gusto niyang hawakan ang team, kanya ‘yun," Alvarez related yesterday, adding he talked to Jaworski before the latter left for the States last week.
"Ang sabi naman niya, ipatuloy na muna daw ke coach Bo (Perasol) and once na naayos na niya ang mga dapat niyang ayusin sa US, mag-uusap ulit kami ng formal."
The four-time PBA champion coach, according to Alvarez, is attending to various business concerns in the US, which explains why they can’t sit down long enough to discuss Air21’s offer.
This means Perasol will continue handling the Express, at least in the season-opening Smart Philippine Cup that kicks off this Sunday at the Araneta Coliseum.
"Sabi ni coach Sonny, magaling naman daw si coach Bo at kaya niyang hawakan ang team. Ang sabi ko naman, ‘miss ka na ng mga (PBA) fans mo,’" Alvarez said.
For now, Air21 will remain intact, notwithstanding some tantalizing offers from some teams.
Talk N Text had reportedly offered one of its centers for a two-player combination among Arwind Santos, Ranidel de Ocampo or KG Canaleta.
Although his team needs a center to provide back-up for Homer Se, Alvarez said he needs more time to think about the Phone Pals’ proposal.
"Sa ngayon kasi, ang tingin ko masisiyahan na ang mga fans sa team namin. Mga bata kasi ang mga players namin, kayang-kayang ibigay ang klase ng Air21 game na fast-paced at pressure defense," he explained.
The Express will try to prove Alvarez right when they square off with Magnolia (formerly San Miguel Beer) in the lone opening game this Sunday.
The PBA Opening Ceremony would start at 4:00 pm while the actual game will begin at 6:30 pm.
Magnolia Beverage Master 2007-08 Roster
# Player POS Hgt Wgt College
27 Willie Wilson F 6'2" 215 De La Salle University
30 Lordy Tugade F 6'3" 185 National University
88 Chris Calaguio G 6'1" 185 Letran College
42 Danny Seigle G-F 6'5" 205 Wagner
10 Danny Ildefonso C-F 6'6" 210 National University
7 Dondon Hontiveros G 6'1" 175 University of Cebu
4 Dorian Peña C 6'5" 235 Coppin State
17 Olsen Racela G 5'9" 165 Ateneo de Manila University
15 Wesley Gonzales F 6'2" 180 Ateneo de Manila University
2 Gabby Espinas F 6'3" 191 Philippine Christian University
6 LA Tenorio G 5'8" 151 Ateneo de Manila University
77 Enrico Villanueva C-F 6'3" 210 Ateneo de Manila
Newly Acquired/drafted players
Larry Fonacier G 6'1" 170 Ateneo de Manila
Samigue Eman C 6'8" 252 University of Mindanao
Jonas Villanueva G 5'11" 180 Far Eastern University
Head Coach: Chot Reyes Asst. Coach: Siot Tanquincen, Nash Racela, Biboy Ravenas, Alfredo Jarencio and Aboy Castro.
C- Samigue Eman (6'8")- the 2nd overall pick in the 2007 PBA Annual Draft. Eman is big, athletic for his size, can run on the break and block shots. I do not know if he will be starting on today's game but due to the recent injury of Dorian Pena. I can see Coach Chot Reyes giving him the green light to start for the Beverage masters.
F- Danny Ildefonso (6'5")- The Demolition Man was a former 2 time PBA player MVP after winning the award back in the 2000 and 2001 PBA Season. He also lead the SMB Frachise to countless PBA Championship after he was selected as the no.1 overall pick in the 1998 PBA Draft ( Shell) and his draft rights was traded to the 2nd overall pick in the draft the 5'11 Gunner Noy Castillo. Since then he is the heart and soul of this franchise, I think in this game he will be an important factor when he faces the young frontline of KG Canaleta, Arwind Santos and Ranidel De Ocampo.
F Danny Seigle (6'5") - one of the most dominating player in the PBA today, he is also the former PBA Rookie of the Year in 1999. Last Years All Filipino Conference he is the 2nd leading scorer in the tournament after averaging 21.6 PPG in 15 games. He will be an important factor in this game because along with 37 yrs.old Olsen Racela, he is one of the oldest and most experienced player in their lineup.
G- Donaldo Hontiveros- (6'1") He is the league’s 2nd best shooter almost automatic from downtown. You can’t give him space on the perimeter because he can also drive to the hoop. At 6'1 Hontiveros is an average defender with great basketball fundamentals. His experience as a member of the RP National Team would be beneficial for his team.
G- LA Tenorio- (5'7") - He is one of the best Point Guard in the amateur rank spend his 5th year playing for the Ateneo Blue Eagles in the UAAP. He is a great backcourt general with sweet outside shooting and mature PBA player for his age. Tenorio was selected as the 5th overall pick in the 2006 PBA Draft and apparantly he is groom to be Olsen Racela's successor when he finally retired as a PBA player.
19 Wynne Arboleda G 5'9" 180 Manuel L. Quezon
26 Ryan Bernardo C-F 6'4" 230 University of Sto. Tomas
9 Niño Cañaleta F 6'5" 185 University of the East
20 Gary David G 6'1" 175 Lyceum
33 Ranidel de Ocampo F 6'4" 210 St. Francis
88 Aries Dimaunahan G 5'11" 185 University of Sto. Tomas
29 Arwind Santos F 6'4" 170 Far Eastern University
16 Homer Se C-F 6'5" 215 San Sebastian College
Newly Acquired/drafted players
Ervin Sotto C 6'5" 210 St. Francis
Chris Baluyot F-G 6'1" 190 San Sebastian College
JC Intal F 6'3" 190 Ateneo de Manila
Doug Kramer F 6'4.5" 210 Ateneo de Manila
Marvin Cruz G 5'7.5" 165 University of the Philippines
RJ Masbang F 6'2" 190 University of the East
Paolo Hubalde G 5'10" 170 University of the East
Jec Chia G 6'1" 180 Ateneo de Manila
Head coach Bo Perasol Assistant Coaches Allan Gregorio
C- Ranidel De Ocampo (6'4") one of the best shooting big men in the PBA today have a career best 13.3 PPG in the 2006-07 PBA Season. He is also hitting 37.3 percent from the 3 point line. He might be only 6'4" but he play bigger than his natural position. He is also a product of St. Francis of Assisi, who produces some of the best big men in the amateur and proffessional rank.
F- KG Canaleta (6'5") is a 3 time PBA Slamdunk Champion and one of the rising Superstar in the PBA. He have a very good performance in Air 21's China Trip and lead his team in scoring. I expect a bigger year for KG because he is one of the most promising athlete in the entire league.
F- Arwind Santos (6'4")
Arwind Santos who has won every available award there is in the amateur ranks… UAAP ROY, two-time UAAP MVP and one-time PBL MVP… drafted 2nd overall in the 2006 PBA Annual Draft.
At 6'4" he is one of the most versatile player in the league today. A product of the FEU Tamaraws he won several championship as the main man of this squad. Arwind Santos is one of the best player in the Air 21 Express roster, he quite made a huge impact in his rookie season, averaging 14.03 PPG, 8.2 RPG, 1.8 BPG in 42 Regular Season games.
He ranked first among rookies in scoring during the Philippine Cup and almost led the Express to a quarterfinals appearance only to fall to the Sta. Lucia Realtors in a knockout match.
That is an amazing performance from last years outstanding rookies that came from the UAAP. He is also a member of the current PBA Mythical 2nd team, which is a sign that he can be the franchise player of Air 21 once that ball hogged Gary David is gone from their lineup
G- Gary David (6'1")- is former PBL Most Valuable player of the year and one of the best scorer in the PBA today. Last year was a career highlight for Gary Davis as he win the PBA Most Improve Player of the Year and earn the spot in the Mythical 1st team.
G- Wyne Arboleda (5'9")- One of the best defensive PG in the league after leading the PBA in steals in the 2007 PBA Season. He is widely known as the snatcher and he is also a Mythical 2nd team member in the 2006-07 PBA Season. I am sure he will give the Magnolia Beverage backcourt some problems because of his aggressive defense and Never Say Never Attitude.
Congratulations to the Magnolia Beverages as they defeat the Air 21 Express 121-112.
Best Player of the Game:
Danny Seigle 28 points, 7 rebounds, 10/16 FG
KG Canaleta lead the Air 21 Express after scoring a career high 32 points. The Magnolia Beverages just dominated the 2nd half as their 3 wingmen lead by Tugade, Fonacier and Seigle are just too much for the Express to handle.
Enrico Villanueva is just a monster of the board and he literally destroyed the 6'5" Ervin Sotto with his 1 on 1 power moves.
Samigue Eman have a very memorable PBA Debut after scoring 5 points and blocking the shot of Arwind Santos in the 2nd quarter, which is one of the highlight of the match up after Santos block him in the early part of the game.
Overall the Magnolia Beverages are one of the best team this conference and they are a much deeper team compare to last years All Filipino Cup.
Arwind Santos also have a very great game i think he score more than 20 points with his outside shoots and some hang time moves like that put back dunk he did in the later part of the game. I still think that the Air 21 Express needs to adjust in the upcoming games because their team chemistry is not yet intact. I predict that once this team jell expect them to make it in the semi finals round of the ALL FILIPINO CUP.
JC Intal, Marvin Cruz and Douglas Kramer contribute in their 1st game but they need to remain consistent the whole time and Cruz needs to stop forcing some stupid shoots, when he can just pass the ball to his open teammates.
Faster-paced ballgame leads to highest-scoring season curtainraiser since ‘92
Sunday, 14 October 2007
Dondon Hontiveros picked up his offensive rhythm in the third quarter and the Magnolia Beverage Masters took the cue to mount a second half charge that keyed a 121-112 victory over the Air21 Express Sunday night in the opener of the 2007-08 Smart PBA Philippine Cup at the Araneta Coliseum.
Hontiveros, cold as ice in the first half with only two points, drove the Express crazy in the third that saw him scattering 12 points on 4-for-4 shooting from the perimeter and 4-of-5 from the stripe.
His explosion practically changed the complication of the game and put an end to the Beverage Masters' three-game losing spell at the hands of the Express last conference.
Hontiveros, who missed the entire 2007 Fiesta Conference along with Danny Seigle to serve the RP Team, finished with 15 points. He tied the game at 67 midway in the third with two free throws, then completed a three-point play 13 seconds later as Magnolia took the lead for good at 70-69.
"The basics are all there but when the going gets tough we can always count on Danny Ildefonso, Danny Seigle and Dondon Hontiveros,” said Magnolia coach Siot Tanquingcen of their second half surge.
"We had to deal with it. We have to play the way the refs call it. Everybody's playing with the same set of rules anyway," offered Tanquingcen when asked to comment on the new rules implemented by the league this season.
The implementation of the new rules quickened the flow of the game, and the big opening day crowd lapped up every moment of the action-packed encounter.
It also opened a lot of offensive opportunities for both teams and the result was a high-scoring curtainraiser that featured a combined 17 triples and 30 fast break attempts and nearly 50 percent shooting from both teams.
The league's highest scoring opener was established in 1992 when Presto defeated Swift, 120-118.
Seigle scored 28 points on 10-of-16 shooting and Enrico Villanueva had 21 points for Magnolia, which had six players scoring in double digits.
Larry Fonacier, Lordy Tugade and Ildefonso each had 11 points for the Beverage Masters who shot 48 percent from the field.
Ervin Sotto pulled the Express within 89-93 early in the fourth quarter but Magnolia quickly countered with a 10-0 run to ripped the game apart.
Air21 actually dictated the tempo in the first half due largely to the 3-point shooting of Nino Canaleta and Aris Dimaunahan, who both went 3-for-4 from the trifecta zone.
Their tireless effort to run the court also paid handsomely for the Express, who enjoyed a 56-52 lead at halftime.
But things turned sour for Air21 in the third quarter as the Express began missing from the field and eventually drowned in a series of turnovers.
Canaleta led all scorers with 32 points and Arwind Santos added 21 points for the Express, who committed 20 turnovers. (DBC)
Magnolia 121 - Seigle 28, Villanueva, R. 20, Hontiveros 15, Fonacier 11, Tugade 11, Ildefonso 11, Tenorio 9, Racela 8, Eman 5, Gonzales 3, Wilson 0.
Air21 112 - Canaleta 32, Santos 21, Arboleda 15, Dimaunahan 9, Se 8, Cruz 7, Sotto 6, Intal 5, de Ocampo 4, Kramer 3, Baluyot 2, Chia 0.
IGEE KING. Both the given name and surname are familiar.
The 15-year-old boy standing at 6-foot-1 happens to be the son of former cage great Abe King, whom he named after his former team manager at Great Taste and Presto, Ignacio ‘Iggy’ Gotao.
“Bata pa, pero he’s improving,” said King, the former Toyota Corolla resident power forward who flew to town Saturday night from Washington D.C. and made a special personal appearance in the PSA Forum yesterday at the Shakey’s United Nations Avenue branch.
The young King is currently playing for the Gig Harbor High School in Seattle, and was part of the 8th grade team that recently won the Hoopin’ for Life basketball tournament in the US.
Abe, now 50 but whose presence remains noticeable with his height and stocky build, also dreams to see his son play in college �" and hopefully pro ball �" in the Philippines, although he stressed studies should remain his priority.
After playing for San Beda during his college years, King turned pro and suited up for Toyota, Great Taste and Purefoods, rising to become one of the best power forwards in the history of the PBA.
Not to demean the kind of talent in the league today, but King believes he can hold a candle to pro players of today if he’s at the prime of his career.
In between laughs, he said, “magiging mayabang ako nito. Pero kung inabot ko ang basketball ngayon na ganyan kalinis, palagay ko makakalamang ako ng maraming beses.”
“Tingnan ninyo nga ang mukha ko ngayon, mukhang boksingero na,” he said, pointing to the cuts and bruises in his face that had been the result of the long, tedious 18 years he spent in the PBA from 1977.
A one-time Mythical team member known for his rebounding and defensive prowess, King once scored 60 points for the Tamaraws in 1979.
King retired in 1995 after winning a championship with Purefoods, an experience which he considers as very, very painful. “Mahal ko kasi ang PBA,” he said