Great Game for both teams in the start of the conference and It is a come from behind victory for the TJ Giants lead by James Yap, who scored 29 points and help the TJ Giants to beat the Sta. Lucia Realtors after PJ Simon was thrown out in the game after committing 2 technical fouls in the 2nd half.
Overall the Purefoods TJ Giants are one of the most underrated team this conference but they added some nice acquisition like Rookie Robert Franz, Ardy Larong and 5'10" PG Chico Lanete.
Nice game also from Roger Yap who added 16 points and facilitate Purefoods offense since the start of the ball game.
Purefoods debuts with come-from-behind win over SLR in a highly physical match
Wednesday, 17 October 2007
Purefoods Tender Juicy stood its ground versus Sta. Lucia Realty in a virtual wrestling duel, scoring a 96-89 win to start its campaign in the 2007 Smart PBA Philippine Cup at the Araneta Coliseum Wednesday night.
The Giants gave some and took some along the way as they went roaring in the fourth quarter, pulling off a come-from-behind victory in the extra-rugged contest marred by no less than nine technical fouls – the most in a game in at least the last two seasons -- and two player ejections.
Hard fouls came aplenty with Purefoods’ Peter June Simon and Sta. Lucia’s Norman Gonzales thrown out for flagrant infractions.
"My battle cry in every timeout was that talo ang pikon sa laban na ito. Obviously, mas napikon ang Sta. Lucia dahil noong huli mas marami silang second motion," said Purefoods coach Ryan Gregorio.
"Madali ang away dito. But the officials want this kind of officiating and I’m fully supporting it. We just have to adjust with it," added Gregorio, noting a big difference on how the refs call the game from before to the present. "The difference is heaven and earth."
James Yap had a taste of this kind of officiating with the RP team in the Jones Cup but himself blew his top in a collision with Gonzales.
"First time kung napikon sa laro. Pero sino ang hindi, kung babanatan ka," said Yap.
"Yung pinakamabait kong player na si June Simon first time ma-thrown out," Gregorio offered.
The Giants, the preseason tournament champion and Philippine Cup titlist two seasons ago, toughened up in the fourth quarter, overcoming a 77-66 deficit at the start of the period.
Sta. Lucia coach Boyet Fernandez rued his team backed down from the fight in the fourth quarter.
Trailing by as many as 16, the Giants opened the payoff period with a swashbuckling 18-4 run to surge ahead to stay at 84-80.
The Realtors, who got tremendous boost from their new recruits, took control for most of the first three periods, sitting on a 52-47 cushion at halftime.
But the Giants never shied away from the highly physical battle, going to their veterans as they stemmed the tide in their favor in the fourth quarter.
The two teams engaged in a nip-and-tuck duel in the opening period with Yap, the 2006 MVP winner, scoring 17 points – the most by any player in a quarter since Mike Hrabak made the same output in the first quarter of Red Bull’s 111-112 loss to Talk ‘N text in Game Five of their Fiesta Conference semifinals showdown last June 29.
Yap ended the 2006-07 season with back-to-back 40-point games against Welcoat and Coca-Cola.
Marc Pingris and Roger Yap came alive in the payoff period and finished with a combined production of 30 points and 14 rebounds. Kerby Raymundo wound up with 13 rebounds and nine points.
Kelly Williams, the 2007 Rookie of the Year, had 19 points and six rebounds for the Realtors who drew significant numbers from new recruits Christian Coronel, Joseph Yeo, Dennis Daa and Ryan Reyes.
Yeo finished with 11 points but had a crucial trey miss with Realtors down by only three at 89-92 with 30 seconds to go. (NC)
Purefoods 96 – Yap J. 29, Yap R. 16, Pingris 14, Simon 9, Raymundo 9, Salvador 8, Adducul 4, Lanete 3, Sanz 2, Larong 2, Evangelista 0.
Thursday, 18 October 2007
Taking into consideration the loss of two biggies provides a not-so-good indication with regards to Barangay Ginebra's aspirations to keep the Philippine Basketball Association's most coveted trophy.
Although Eric Menk and Billy Mamaril is still around to man the front court for the Kings, the absence of energetic power-forward Rudy Hatfield and reserve center Andy Seigle considerably weakened their middle – a key spot that most teams fortified during the off season.
As if losing those two biggies isn't enough, high scoring guard Mark Caguioa reportedly will be missing his team's first two games with a shoulder injury and do-it-all center Rafi Reavis is still listed as doubtful.
With those frustrating developments, the defending champion Kings are bracing for a tough encounter when they make their debut in the 2007-08 Smart PBA Philippine Cup against the equally depleted Red Bull Barakos at 6:30 Friday evening at the Cuneta Astrodome.
But it isn't exactly a hopeless case for the Kings since the Barakos are waging their campaign this season with their three biggest stars – Lordy Tugade, Rico Villanueva and Larry Fonacier – dealt to Magnolia on separate trades last year and during the off season.
Notwithstanding what is left of the two teams, jaded observers believe the Red Bull-Barangay Ginebra encounter still has the trimmings of a championship game, noting the new rules being implemented by the league suits the Barakos’ and the Kings’ style of play.
The Coca-Cola Tigers- Welcoat Dragons game scheduled at 4:35 p.m. also promises to be one heck of an encounter.
After a disappointing first year in the league, the Dragons beefed the team up by landing Fil-Am Joe Devance with their No.1 pick, then dealt shooting forward Junjun Cabatu for veteran forward Nic Belasco..
"We're not yet a championship contender team. But our new recruits made us a competitive team. We'll see how far we can go," said Welcoat coach Leo Austria.
Coca-Cola coach Binky Favis also made some significant moves in the off-season. He netted free agent Mark Telan and then traded Joseph Yeo to Sta Lucia in exchange for Cesar Catli and Mark Isip to shore up his frontcourt and provide Ali Peek the help he needs inside the shaded lane. (DBC)
Kerby-James-Marc troika leads Purefoods to 2-0 start & 7th straight win including preseason
Saturday, 20 October 2007
DUMAGUETE CITY. -- The red-hot Purefoods Tender Juicy team has extended its searing preseason tourney streak into the regular season.
The Giants, who are deadset on regaining the Philippine Cup which they won two seasons ago, must be for real with a two-win start in the 2007-08 Smart PBA Philippine Cup, which comes on the heels of a five-game sweep in the preseason event.
Kerby Raymundo, James Yap and Marc Pingris combined for 64 points, leading the Giants to a stirring 112-97 victory over the Talk ‘N Text Phone Pals in the tourney’s first road showcase at the Lamberto Macias Sports Center here.
“Maybe we’re gaining early success since we started training early. We pitched training camp ahead of the other teams,” said coach Ryan Gregorio as his troops gained the early solo lead in the season-opening tourney.
Raymundo and Pingris also added 15 rebounds each and combined for seven assists.
It was also Purefoods’ first-ever win in seven out-of-town meetings against Talk ‘N Text dating back to 1997, the season when they figured against each other on the road for the first time in Ormoc City.
Purefoods takes a six-day rest before plunging back into action against Magnolia Friday at the Araneta Coliseum.
The Giants overcame a listless start and outplayed the Pals in the last three quarters en route to their second win following a 96-89 decision over the Sta. Lucia Realtors in an extra-rugged encounter Wednesday.
Roger Yap, Chico Lanete, Jondan Salvador and Romel Adducul also played well for the Giants who bucked the absence of Peter June Simon, serving an automatic one-game suspension as a result of his two flagrant fouls in the win over the Realtors.
Down by 11 at the end of the first 12 minutes of play, the Giants drew even, 46-46, at the half and raced ahead, 80-65, in the third period with the team starting to get its game going.
James Yap, the 2005-06 MVP winner, banged away a three-pointer then scored on a lay-up sparking a decisive third-quarter romp that had Purefoods breaking away from a 53-all standoff.
Bad breaks didn’t spare the Phone Pals with Jimmy Alapag accidentally hit in the eye by Roger Yap.
Alapag sat out practically the whole last quarter.
Renren Ritualo carried much of the fight for the Phone Pals as he even engaged James Yap in a torrid shootout. The Tokushima Olympic qualifier veteran led all scorers with 28 points.
Don Allado, Yancy de Ocampo and Macmac Cardona each scored at least 12 for the Pals who debuted in the tourney with a 113-106 win over the Alaska Milk Aces Wednesday. But 2003 league MVP Asi Taulava was held to only five points. (NC)
Purefoods 112 – Raymundo 25, Yap J. 24, Pingris 15, Yap R. 10, Lanete 9, Salvador 9, Adducul 8, Yee 4, Larong 2.
Talk ‘N Text 97 – Ritualo 28, Allado 15, De Ocampo 12, Cardona 12, Carey 9, Taulava 5, Washington 3, Alapag 2.
2.James Yap (6'3" SG; 1982)
Ray Allen, Michael Redd
2007 William Jones Cup RP Team (3rd)
2005-2006 PBA Philippine Cup (Champions)
2005-2006 PBA Fiesta Conference, first-runner up
2004 Philippine Basketball League, first-runner up
2003 South East Asian GAmes (Champion)
2002-2003 Collegiate Champions League (Champion)
4-time PBA All-star starter (2004, 2005, 2006, 2007)
2006 PSA major awardee (professional basketball ranks)
2005-2006 PBA Mythical First Team Member
2005-2006 PBA MVP
2003-2004 PBL Mythical First Team Member
2003 Philippine Sportswriters Association/PSA major awardee (amatuer basketball ranks)
2003 UAAP First Five Mythical Team member
2003 UAAP MVP
PBA Rookie of the Year (2001)
PBA 2-time Mythical Second Team (2005, 2006)
PBA Mr. Quality Minutes (2001)
PBA Best Player of the Conference ('06-'07 Philippine Cup)
2007 William Jones Cup RP Team (3rd)
2007 FIBA Games RP Team
Please do not under estimate these players the way they play in PBA.
They make entertainment in 80 million people in this country alone.
Who knows what will happen if they will be given a chance to NBA.
My comparison is only likeness and similarity but not exact.
Don't react to much, you might kill the dreams of millions of people in the country who wishes a PBA player to play in NBA someday if given a chance.
Please be professional in posting/replying this topic.