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Old 05-12-2007, 12:43 PM   #31
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DANNY I POWERS SAN MIGUEL TO 5TH CONSECUTIVE WIN

Red Bull drops to 4th; Villanueva follows RP-SMC 5 to Iran

Saturday, 12 May 2007


CEBU – Danny Ildefonso gate-crashed and spoiled Red Bull’s sendoff party for FIBA-Asia Champions Cup-bound Enrico Villanueva Saturday night here.

Ildefonso frolicked in the fourth quarter and fuelled San Miguel Beer’s decisive charge en route to a 98-93 spanking of Red Bull in a 2007 Talk N Text PBA Fiesta Conference road game at the New Cebu City Coliseum.
Ildefonso and the Beermen outmaneuvered Red Bull at crunch time, sustaining their searing run to draw closer to the teams in the upper half of the chart.

The Beermen shrugged off a listless start, fought the Barakos toe-to-toe in the two middle quarters before picking up the momentum in the final period to stretch their streak to five games.

Keeping their hot run going, the Beermen, now at 6-7, drew within a game of the fifth running Talk N Text (7-6).

Red Bull, notwithstanding James Penny’s 30-point explosion, slid to fourth place at 9-5.

It was a sorry loss for the Bulls, who were hoping to jack up their record as they’re to lose the services of Villanueva in their next game. Right after their game versus San Miguel, Villanueva left for Manila to catch the 12:20 a.m. Air Emirates flight for Dubai en route to joining the RP team in the FIBA-Asia Champions Cup in Tehran, Iran.

Villanueva scored six points in the contest.

Ildefonso personally spoiled Red Bull’s sendoff party for Villanueva as he sizzled in the fourth quarter, carrying the Beermen to the five-point win.

The two-time MVP winner scattered 11 of his 20 points in the payoff period.

The two teams ended the first half tied at 48-all with Red Bull taking control in the opening quarter and San Miguel making a wild chase in the second period.

The Barakos closed out the opening canto with an 11-to-nothing run while the Beermen drew level with an 11-2 attack to end the second quarter.

Olsen Racela fired two triples and totaled 12 points in the second period with Dorian Pena adding 11. (NC)

The scores:

San Miguel 98 – Ildefonso 20, Pena 17, Young 15, Racela 12, Adriano 8, Wilson 8, Gonzales 5, Tenorio 5, Calaguio 4, Cablay 2, Adducul 2, Espino 0.

Red Bull 93 – Penny 30, Cruz 11, Fonacier 11, Baguio 10, Najorda 10, Alvarez 7, Villanueva 6, Sharma 6, Bugia 2, Yvanez 0, Membrere 0, Hrabak 0.

Quarterscores: 17-28, 48-48, 75-77, 98-93

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TIGERS STUN ACES WITH COME-FROM-BEHIND WIN

Cool Whip spoils return of Cool Cat


Sunday, 13 May 2007

The Coca-Cola Tigers made sure this one wouldn't slip away.



Jeff Varem scored nine of his 22 points in the fourth quarter and Alex Cabagnot had nine assist as the Tigers rallied from a 14-point deficit and dealt the Alaska Aces a 94-90 decision Sunday night at the Araneta Coliseum.


The Tigers capped their amazing comeback with a 12-2 run in a span of two minutes in the fourth period which turned an 81-83 deficit into an eight-point lead that held on to the end.



"This is a great win for us. We hit some good shots in the end and we hung tough with our defense,” said Coca-Cola coach Binky Favis, who shared the victory with his mom Rosemarie and wife Ela as the win came on Mother’s Day.



It was the sixth win in 14 games for the Tigers, who bounced back from a heartbreaking 85-86 cliffhanger against the Air21 Express last Wednesday on a John Arigo turnover in the endgame, keeping alive their slim hopes of earning a free ride to quarterfinals.



"There's still hope (to make it outright to the quarters) although it's kinda slim. But we’ll see what happens," Favis said.



With the Aces up by 13 after three quarters, Favis said he told his players to just keep playing and never lose their focus.



Their patience and perseverance paid off.



In a sudden twist turn of events, Alaska's offense turned sour and the Aces couldn't match up to the Tigers' energy level.



Coca-Cola shot 66 percent in the fourth quarter compared to Alaska's 6-of-22 clip (27 percent) as the Tigers outscored the Aces, 33-16, in the period. During the decisive stretch, the Tigers also outrebounded the Aces, 14-11, and 51-45 for the game.



"I was shocked to see that we managed to beat Alaska off the boards. This was the key for us," Favis said.



Varem, who was virtually unheard of in the first half, also grabbed 18 rebounds including three crucial offensive boards during the team's key run in the closing minutes to keep the Aces at bay.



Ali Peek scored 19 points and “Cool Whip” Cabagnot added 18 – 15 in the second half -- for the Tigers who shot 42 percent for the game and overcame 22 turnovers.



The loss was like a dagger that pierced the hearts of the Aces, who went into game with a chance to tie for the lead and enhance their bid for an outright semifinal berth.




Instead they fell to third place in a tie with Red Bull on their similar 9-5 (win-loss) records.




Rosell Ellis tallied 23 points and Willie Miller, Jeffrey Cariaso and Nic Belasco had 13 apiece show the way for Alaska but none one of them managed to provide a spark when the Aces needed it.




The Aces played so well in the first half they looked to be cruising to an easy win. They led 33-12 after one quarter and were up 74-61 going in the fourth.



Alaska’s loss also spoiled the return of Mike Cortez to active duty after a seven-month layoff due to an ACL injury. The “Cool Cat” finished with four points, a rebound, assist and steal each in 11 minutes of action. (DBC)

The scores:

Coca-Cola 94 – Varem 22, Peek 19, Cabagnot 18, Arigo 18, Antonio 11, Calimag 4, Tolomia 2, Yeo 0, Avenido 0.

Alaska 90 – Ellis 23, Miller 13, Cariaso 13, Belasco 13, Thoss 12, Ferriols 4, Cortez 4, Hugnatan 3, Singson 3, Laure 2.

Quarterscores: 21-33, 38-52, 61-74, 94-90.
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HARDLUCK GIANTS FINALLY NAIL BIG W OVER KINGS

Simon, Yap, Chandler preside over furious offensive onslaught


Sunday, 13 May 2007

Purefoods put up a monstrous game and got away with a convincing triumph after letting three straight pulsating contests slip away.

Drawing 30-point games from three players, the Giants built a 25-point halftime lead and held off the Barangay Ginebra Kings' determined chase in the final half for a 117-105 win Sunday night in the 2007 Talk N Text PBA Fiesta Conference at the Araneta Coliseum.
Peter June Simon fired 31 points while Marquin Chandler and James Yap poured in 30 apiece for the Giants who played with a sense of urgency to check their slump.

"We badly needed that win because we're fighting for survival. We're not yet out of the woods but we're out of that 10th spot at least at the moment," said Purefoods coach Ryan Gregorio.

Dealing the Kings their first back-to-back defeats in the tourney, the Giants improved to 5-10, two wins ahead of the cellardweller Welcoat Dragons at 3-10.

"Tinangal ko na ang pressure sa team. We're no longer looking for the top two nor the top five. We're just looking to survive and make the wildcard. Our sights are now set on that," said Gregorio.

The Kings suffered back-to-back losses to the Alaska Aces and the Giants but remained in the lead at 10-4, half a game in front of the Air21 Express’ 9-4 slate.

Bloodied, hurting and all, Ronald Tubid scored a career-high 30 points but had a big booboo with a technical foul while taking a three-point shot that went in at the height of their endgame uprising.

The three-pointer that should have cut the deficit to 103-107 was nullified for the technical foul he committed for sticking out his left foot on the defending Roger Yap.

The Giants completed what became a four-point swing for the team as James Yap knocked in the technical foul shot, making it 108-100 with time down to 3:21.

The Kings came back into the game behind the guns of Tubid and Rod Nealy after being dominated by the Giants in the first half.

From 46-71 down at halftime, the Kings rallied to within 81-92 at the end of the third quarter on an attack highlighted by 14 points coming from Nealy.

Simon played like a man possessed early on, going 2-of-2 from beyond the arc, 3-of-3 from the stripe and 7-of-10 from the two point zone for 23 points as the Giants raced to a 71-46 bulge at the half.

The Giants struck hard from the outside with Chandler firing five triples and James Yap bombing away three treys as they utterly dominated the Kings in the first 24 minutes of play.

So dominant was Purefoods in the first half that it outscored Ginebra by 10 in the first quarter and by 15 in the second period.

The Giants hit at an impressive 64.3 percent clip in ripping the game wide open right in the opening half. Curiously, they were better from the three-point zone, converting 11 of 15 attempts for 73.3 percent.

Their near-flawless first-half stint saw them commit only two turnovers as against the Kings' seven. (NC)



The scores:


Purefoods 117 – Simon 31, Chandler 30, Yap J. 30, Yap R. 9, Salvador 8, Castillo 4, Yee 3, Evangelista 2.

Ginebra 105 – Nealy 32, Tubid 30, Macapagal 11, Salvacion 9, Chia 7, Mamaril 6, Echavez 3, Santos 3, Holper 2, Seigle 2.


Quarterscores: 34-24, 71-46, 92-81, 117-105.
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HARDLUCK GIANTS FINALLY NAIL BIG W OVER KINGS

Simon, Yap, Chandler preside over furious offensive onslaught


Sunday, 13 May 2007

Purefoods put up a monstrous game and got away with a convincing triumph after letting three straight pulsating contests slip away.

Drawing 30-point games from three players, the Giants built a 25-point halftime lead and held off the Barangay Ginebra Kings' determined chase in the final half for a 117-105 win Sunday night in the 2007 Talk N Text PBA Fiesta Conference at the Araneta Coliseum.
Peter June Simon fired 31 points while Marquin Chandler and James Yap poured in 30 apiece for the Giants who played with a sense of urgency to check their slump.

"We badly needed that win because we're fighting for survival. We're not yet out of the woods but we're out of that 10th spot at least at the moment," said Purefoods coach Ryan Gregorio.

Dealing the Kings their first back-to-back defeats in the tourney, the Giants improved to 5-10, two wins ahead of the cellardweller Welcoat Dragons at 3-10.

"Tinangal ko na ang pressure sa team. We're no longer looking for the top two nor the top five. We're just looking to survive and make the wildcard. Our sights are now set on that," said Gregorio.

The Kings suffered back-to-back losses to the Alaska Aces and the Giants but remained in the lead at 10-4, half a game in front of the Air21 Express’ 9-4 slate.

Bloodied, hurting and all, Ronald Tubid scored a career-high 30 points but had a big booboo with a technical foul while taking a three-point shot that went in at the height of their endgame uprising.

The three-pointer that should have cut the deficit to 103-107 was nullified for the technical foul he committed for sticking out his left foot on the defending Roger Yap.

The Giants completed what became a four-point swing for the team as James Yap knocked in the technical foul shot, making it 108-100 with time down to 3:21.

The Kings came back into the game behind the guns of Tubid and Rod Nealy after being dominated by the Giants in the first half.

From 46-71 down at halftime, the Kings rallied to within 81-92 at the end of the third quarter on an attack highlighted by 14 points coming from Nealy.

Simon played like a man possessed early on, going 2-of-2 from beyond the arc, 3-of-3 from the stripe and 7-of-10 from the two point zone for 23 points as the Giants raced to a 71-46 bulge at the half.

The Giants struck hard from the outside with Chandler firing five triples and James Yap bombing away three treys as they utterly dominated the Kings in the first 24 minutes of play.

So dominant was Purefoods in the first half that it outscored Ginebra by 10 in the first quarter and by 15 in the second period.

The Giants hit at an impressive 64.3 percent clip in ripping the game wide open right in the opening half. Curiously, they were better from the three-point zone, converting 11 of 15 attempts for 73.3 percent.

Their near-flawless first-half stint saw them commit only two turnovers as against the Kings' seven. (NC)



The scores:


Purefoods 117 – Simon 31, Chandler 30, Yap J. 30, Yap R. 9, Salvador 8, Castillo 4, Yee 3, Evangelista 2.

Ginebra 105 – Nealy 32, Tubid 30, Macapagal 11, Salvacion 9, Chia 7, Mamaril 6, Echavez 3, Santos 3, Holper 2, Seigle 2.


Quarterscores: 34-24, 71-46, 92-81, 117-105.
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The entire buzz around the NBA Playoffs is taking out the interest in the PBA. So what better way to stir reaction than to cash in with the PBA’s resident crowd pleasers!

(Surely this should land me some kind of fanbase too, hehe
! ANYWAY!)

Since 1979, the Baranggay Ginebra Kings is undoubtedly the premiere crowd drawer of the league. Superstars like Allan Caidic, Paul Alvarez, Johnny Abarrientos, and Freddie Hubalde suited for the squad at one point of their careers. Powerhouse Benjie Paras tried desperately to opt out of his Shell contract when the Gins called for his services. For budding superstars, if you want to become a great star and have a huge fan following, then Ginebra is your best option.

Gilbey’s Gin started in the PBA with Willie Tanduyan and Willie Generalao leading the charge. Then the team’s fate dramatically changed. As the Toyota franchise disbanded in 1984, most of its players were “sold” to the Beerhausen franchise. Ramon Fernandez was one of the players included in the transfer. However, Robert Jaworski resisted and stated that they were not for sale and they were not “pieces of meat”. This also further exposed the rift involving Jawo and The Franchise. When Ginebra came to the picture, “Jawo”, Arnie Tuadles, and Francis Arnaiz joined the Kings. They also brought the then-Toyota fans to the once talent-plagued squad to further strengthen this budding basketball institution.

Ginebra produced, developed, and created a slew of stars that the fans cheered throughout their Ginebra tenure. Here are the players that best described the celebrated franchise.

Before the list we should mention that Rudy Hatfield, Ronald Tubid, Rafi Reavis, and Billy Mamaril are not included for the reasons that they have yet to have a complete season with the Kings. Special mention from this list were the other players in the 80’s like Cayetano Salazar, Ed Ducut, and Mukesh Advani, 90’s players like Elmer Lago, Mike Orquillas, Macky de Joya, and Dodot Jaworski, and other players like Joey Marquez, Dennis Roldan, Terry Saldana, Willie Generalao, Pongkie Alolor, Bennett Palad, and Ronald Magtulis.

MY TOP 30 (Criteria: Popularity, Stats, and Tenure as a GIN)

30) Wilmer Ong – Long before Junthy Valenzuela, Ong was the most recognized hitman during the 90’s. Whenever Jawo wants a person taken out, Ong will viciously bump and ravage his opponent until he gets pissed with Ong and challenges him to a brawl. He had a long tenure as a King.

29) Benny Cheng – The former NCAA MVP found his way to the Gins via trade for Manny Victorino. He was the team’s starting forward, providing the hustle and the scrappy plays.

28) Sunday Salvacion – Another former NCAA MVP, Sweet Glorious Sunday transformed from a collegiate offensive powerhouse to a multi-dimensioned player. His clutch triple bombs have been one of his strong suits.

27) Willie Tanduyan – Little is known about this player but the former Crispa stalwart was one of Gilbey’s Gin’s first superstars. He was one of the franchise’s pioneers when it debuted in 1979.

26) Rodney Santos – Another former NCAA MVP, the Slasher found himself as a Gin when he was traded alongside Andy Seigle for Jun Limpot. He quickly became part of Kings’ insanely quick backcourt rotation.

25) Manny Victorino – One of the finest centers of the PBA during the 80’s, Victorino was taken from Pepsi in exchange for draft pick Victor Pablo. He played in the team during their championship-less years.

24) Sonny Cabatu – This was his first and only stint as a top guy. Despite playing for a team that desperately needed wins, he was their main man in the paint. He had a double-digit points average while playing as a Gin.

23) Vergel Meneses – This 1-time MVP was so sought after by the Gins that they had to give up popular Gin King Noli Locsin. But when a rookie named Mark Caguioa started his climb to the top, disemboweling his minutes… especially during fourth quarters, he headed to FedEx afterwards. .

22) Rey Cuenco – The former first pick overall in the 1986 Draft found was sent to Ginebra by Shell for Romy dela Rosa. He was an exciting scorer but injury-plagued throughout his career. He was best remembered as the person who ignited the Ginebra walkout (called Anejo then, they protested a foul against Cuenco which led to the stiff 550,000 fine they got from their actions).

21) Joey Loyzaga –He was efficient as a shooter but this wide-bodied talent was also an able defender. He was also part of the Ginebra Bad Boys that shackled every offensive threat that barges in their way. He was also known as a former beau of screen goddess Gretchen Barretto.

20) Dondon Ampalayo
– Called the Magic Man, the former Rookie of the Year could play inside and outside. However, his Ginebra stint was short-lived as the management feared of his effectiveness being injury prone and all. He was sent to Alaska in a forgettable trade, with the Kings getting ‘suppossedly” good Stevenson Solomon.

19) Leo Isaac – If Jawo was Magic Johnson then Isaac was their version of Byron Scott. At that time he was big for his position that on a regular basis, he creates mismatches. He was not much of a speedster but he does what it takes to claim wins. He was part of their championship in ’86.

18) Philip Cezar – The Scholar played his final years as a pro with the Gins. The Tapal King was still controlling the boards like a youngster though. Aligning himself with the Big J was a tough act – since they’ve possibly swung their fists at each other during the Crispa-Toyota Era. However, this unlikely bond prospered after his playing career as he became Big J’s chief assistant during their 1997 title run.

17) Mama Mamaril – Current King Billy should learn a thing or two from his father. Despite his reed-thin frame combining with his 6’6 body, “Mama” was fearless. His unwavering defense, whether against locals or imports, proved vital for his lengthy stay in the majors. He also never backed down from a fight. He finished his career alongside Isaac, with their former rival, Shell.
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16) Rudy Distrito – The legend of the Destroyer came into full throttle with his entry to the Ginebra franchise. Distrito fit with Jaworski’s system where physical play was never outdated and always mandatory. He was a streaky scorer, capitalizing on his unorthodox moves to confuse his opponents.

15) Romel Adducul – He was perceived as the biggest star that has never reached the PBA. That was why the fans were on high hopes when Adducul was taken by the Kings in the draft. However, despite him being an inside threat, his ability to score was non-existent. Nonetheless during his tenure, Adducul proved vital in their string of titles.

14) Jun Limpot – In a blockbuster deal, Limpot was picked up by Ginebra for Marlou Aquino. The Big Deal found a renewed passion that quickly gained them a finals seat against San Miguel (during Mark Caguioa’s rookie year). However, his Ginebra stint was marred with criticisms saying that he has no heart in giving his team titles. He was traded to Purefoods, where he got his first championship despite playing limited minutes.

13) Jayvee Gayoso
– He started out as an upstart during Ginebra’s Dark Ages. He eventually became the thrust of Ginebra’s offense with Cabatu and Jarencio, before the young reinforcements arrived. Mr. Adrenalin, as he was called, did stood his ground to maintain his status in the team by drilling timely triples that would send the Ginebra population at its feet.

12) Pido Jarencio – The former Santo Tomas rifleman went to the Gins via Pop Cola during the team’s Dark Ages. All of a sudden, he became a spectacular scorer (he was Gary David then but he ventured more outside the triple arc). He did soften a bit with the arrival of the new blood but the Fireman became a stellar find that would forever mark the history of the franchise.

11) Eric Menk – With the exodus of Tanduay, Ginebra received the player known to us as Major Pain. But the team waited a year for his services because of his RP Team loan. Regardless, when he entered the team, the team finally had a dominant scoring big man which simply made this adequate team into a superior unit which stands until now.

10) Vince Hizon – The former eighth pick of the 1994 draft came to the Gins via a trade which sent Nonoy Chuatico to Purefoods. The Prince blossomed into a perimeter threat, his bulk gifted with finesse and quickness, launched the Gins during the late 90’s. Hiz-on Fire was also a girl-pleaser, a rarity back then for Ginebra where they paraded hoodlum/stuntmen-looking personnel.

9) Jayjay Helterbrand – His brief stint with the Batangas Blades was enough for him to land a seat with the most popular ballclub. Blessed with speed, Helter-skelter became the new face of Ginebra’s vaulted run and gun backcourt. He took time off because of contract dispute but he returned in due time to rival Jimmy Alapag as the league’s best point guard. Alongside Caguioa, they are collectively known as the Fast and the Furious and the Bandanna Brothers.

Francis Arnaiz – Mr. Clutch played like Vince Hizon. Apart from their good looks, both were outside threats with tendencies to plummet penetrations given the opportunity. For three years, Jaworski’s best friend played back-up for the Living Legend to give the league its biggest backcourt punch in its early years. He left the country in 1986 and has since lived outside the Philippines.

7) Dante Gonzalgo – While he wasn’t quick, he was the Gins third main man behind Jawo and Chito. The Bicol Express proved to be the unsung hero of the team at times when they needed a serious boost to jumpstart their winning ways. Combining hardcourt savvy with an attitude rocked by the Jawo style of play, Gonzalgo stood his ground as one of the finest players the Ginebra fanbase has ever cheered upon.

6) Noli Locsin – Short for his position, he withstand his lack of height for quickness mixed with power. As a Jaworski go-to-guy, he controlled the paint, mauled competition, and strengthened the cause of the Gins’ quest for gold. This was perhaps his strength and also his weakness, as he failed to regain his dominance after he was traded out of the Gins.

5) Marlou Aquino – Coined once as Ginebra’s savior. When motivated he could demolish every competition laid in front of him. The Gins of the 90’s relied heavily on the Skyscraper in bringing the team to the top. Well, he did give the Gins something to cheer about. As the Gordon’s Gin Boars, they performed a dazzling display of tricks that would eventually land them a championship. He became disgruntled though with Jaworski’s ouster and was traded to Sta. Lucia for Jun Limpot.

4) Chito Loyzaga – He was the original Dynamite. Son of acclaimed Hall of Famer Caloy and brother to teammate Joey, he was Jaworski’s key contributor during the 80’s. Displaying an outside touch rare for big men then, Loyzaga has the ability to play all 5 positions in effective fashion when the situation arises. He was not a real offensive threat but he displayed great defensive awareness that helped his team to rise against competition.

3) Bal David – His amazing play with PBL Grand Slam team Stag made him a talent to scour for the La Tondena franchise. He started out just a person to compliment Marlou, he then sprinted to stardom with his innate ability to make clutch baskets. His half court buzzer beater against SMB is one of the 10 best plays of the league and his other buzzer beater made Asi Taulava cry. Just like Jaworski, he left the court not really saying he retired (he just went out of the spotlight but never finalized retiring).

2) Mark Caguioa – A virtual unknown when he applied for the 2001 Draft, many were puzzled how this blond-haired baller could even make an impact. Six years later, he is regarded as Ginebra (or perhaps the league’s) heart and soul. He took the league into greater heights with his amazing array of moves inside and outside the paint. His flamboyant, charismatic, and cocky nature fits him right in the mold of the Big J. His frequent trips to the finals revitalized the fans. The PBA has benefited to his unwavering desire to pick his game up a notch. It is safe to say that he is the next Jaworski of Philippine Basketball.

1) Robert Jaworski – He was the person responsible for creating this phenomenon. Ginebra was a cellar-dwelling team then and with his arrival, not only did he take his brand of game to the team but his hordes of fans flocked and switched their alliances to inspire every Gin cager. His on-court wizardry… and dastardly ploys is forever cemented in the PBA annals as one of the biggest moments that ever happened in sports. He was also a great motivator, still getting the crowd to its feet despite insurmountable odds. The first coach (playing coach) of the team led his group to numerous accomplishments. Because of Jawo, despite leaving the team in ’98, Ginebra is forever regarded as the most popular team in the league.
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COKE TIGERS GET PAYBACK AGAINST STA. LUCIA

Cabagnot, Captain Marbel fly high against former team





Sunday, 20 May 2007






Kenneth Duremdes and Alex Cabagnot delivered standout performances against their former team as the Coca-Cola Tigers dealt the Sta. Lucia Realtors a 114-95 beating Sunday night in the Talk ‘N Text-PBA Fiesta Conference at the Araneta Coliseum.



Duremdes, the 1998 MVP, came off the bench to score 23 points while Cabagnot had 19 and a conference-best 13 assists as the Tigers split their two games against the Realtors and improved to a 7-9 (win-loss) record.


"The outcome may not help us get into the top five (in the standings) but what we learned from playing tonight will help a lot come playoff time,' said Coca-Cola coach Binky Favis. "And tonight we learned how to play together and as a team. If we can play continuously that way in the playoffs we might have a chance."



The Tigers took control early with their running game and led by 16 points midway in the second quarter that saw Duremdes pouring in 11 of his points in that stretch which included a 3-of-6 shooting from the 3-point range.



But when the Realtors rallied and threatened to seize the momentum, Cabagnot came to the rescue by drilling a huge trey that enabled the Tigers to close the third quarter with an 84-81 lead which they never relinquished.



"Alex (Cabagnot) will be filling a huge leadership vacuum in this organization. He has shown a lot of improvement in terms of leadership and I guess his development will be key for us in the playoffs," Favis said.



The Tigers, who lost their first meeting against Sta. Lucia 103-100 last April 11, also a got a big lift from William Antonio, who turned in 19 points including 5-of-9 shooting from the 3-point range. As a team, Coca-Cola went 14-of-27 from long range compared to Sta. Lucia's 3-of-18.



The Realtors, who fell to 5-10, appeared to have gained strong momentum in the third when they rallied from a 61-72 deficit and tied the count at 81-all on a basket by rookie Kelly Williams with 47 seconds left in the quarter.



But they missed their first four shots in the fourth and the Tigers erected a 10-point lead that stood until the end.



Jamaal Williams tallied 36 points and Kelly Williams had 18 for the Realtors, who shot just 41 percent from the field. (DBC)

The scores:

Coca-Cola 114 – Duremdes 23, Varem 22, Cabagnot 19, Antonio 17, Peek 14, Calimag 7, Tolomia 6, Sotto 2, Avenido 2, Arigo 2, Pacana 0.

Sta. Lucia 95 – Williams J. 36, Williams K. 18, Omolon 17, Mendoza 7, Gonzales 5, Isip 4, Miranda 4, Aquino 4, Bughao 0, Catli 0.

Quarterscores: 28-26, 63-57, 84-81, 114-95

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BARANGAY GINEBRA CROWDS ALASKA, RED BULL AT THE TOP
Santos provides heroics, Nealy finishing touches as Kings break 3-game slump

Friday, 25 May 2007


ANTIPOLO CITY – Rodney Santos rekindled flashes of his old form to help Barangay Ginebra snap a three-game slump with an 88-84 victory over the struggling Sta. Lucia Realtors Friday night at the Ynares Center here.



The veteran reserve guard made the most of his limited minutes in the fourth quarter, scoring two key goals in a span of 31 seconds as the Kings seized control of the tension filled quarter.

Santos nailed a 3-point shot with 7:20 to play to tie the count at 74-74 and after Kelly Williams missed his 3-point attempt on Sta. Lucia's possession, Rod Nealy grabbed the rebound with Santos completing the transition play on a running layup for a 76-74 lead.

The Kings never trailed again after that as Nealy provided the finishing touches.

"It's a relief to be able to break out from the slump and keep our distance with the leaders," Ginebra coach Jong Uichico said afterwards. "Now we have just to take care of business in our last two games. If we could find a way to win both we'll be fine."

Neally, Ginebra's do-it-all import, scored 14 of his 38 points in the fourth including his team's last eight points. He also had 19 rebounds and six assists in 43 minutes of action.

Santos, who averaged just 3.1 points before the game, finished with 11 points and Eric Menk added 10 for the Kings, who improved to 11-5, tying the Red Bull Barakos and the Alaska Aces for first place.

Jamaal Williams scored 25 points and Nelbert Omolon had 17 for the Realtors, who melted in the fourth quarter that saw them shooting just 25 percent from the field (5-of-20) while missing five of 12 free throws. Overall, Sta. Lucia missed 15 of 29 free throws.

It was the second loss in a row and 11th in 16 games for the Realtors, who have now lost their last eight meetings with the Kings dating back to last season.

Sta. Lucia dictated the pace in the first half with excellent perimeter shooting and posted several 10-point leads. The Realtors took the half at 47-38.

Sta. Lucia fought hard to keep the lead in the third quarter but slowly lost its grip as the Realtors' offense started to turn sour. Sta. Lucia shot just 29 percent in the third as compared to Ginebra's 42 percent. (DBC)

The scores:

Sta. Lucia 88 –Nealy 38, Santos 11, Menk 10, Tubid 9, Abarrientos 7, Chia 4, Mamaril 4, Salvacion 4, Seigle 1, Macapagal 0, Echavez 0.

Sta. Lucia 84 – J. Williams 25, Omolon 17, Espino 14, K. Williams 9, Aquino 8, Catli 6, Mendoza 3, Miranda 2, Isip 0, Gonzales 0.

Quarters: 17-26; 38-47; 63-66; 88-84.
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On a lighter note dahil I doubt may silbe to sa main forum ex PBA import Henry James nakasuhan, kawawa naman how the mighty have fallen.

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (AP) -- A former NBA player charged with dealing cocaine while his six young children were with him was sentenced to five years in prison.

Henry Charles James, 41, of Fort Wayne, pleaded guilty to one charge of distribution of a controlled substance for selling crack cocaine while on probation for marijuana possession. As part of the plea, prosecutors dropped one charge of distribution.
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James was arrested on Sept. 7 after bringing his six daughters, ages 3 months to 6 years old, to a drug deal, according to police. He sold at least 5 grams of crack cocaine for $400 on two separate occasions, police said.

In U.S. District Court Wednesday, James apologized and thanked his family, friends, coaches and fans for their support.

"I'm going to rebound from this, and I'll be back," he said.

James, a Fort Wayne native and graduate of North Side High School, played professional basketball in the 1990s for several NBA teams, including the Cleveland Cavaliers, Utah Jazz, Los Angeles Clippers, Houston Rockets and Atlanta Hawks.

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HOT, HOT BEERMEN WIN AGAIN
Cablay, Racela lift SMB to 8th win in a row

Sunday, 27 May 2007


Brandon Cablay made the most of his rare start and Olsen Racela sank four free throws in the final 30 seconds as the San Miguel Beermen won their eighth straight.

Cablay had a terrific night, capping it with two key plays in the closing minute to cushion the impact of Barangay Ginebra's desperate rally and led the Beermen to a 101-98 decision over the Kings Sunday in the 2007 Talk N Text PBA Fiesta Conference at the Araneta Coliseum.

After Rod Nealy split his free throws to tie the count at 95-95 with 1:24 to play, SMB called time before Cablay (9 points, 7 rebounds, 3 assists and an ounce of hustle) scored off Ginebra's reserve center Andy Seigle from the right low block. Then on SMB's next possession, the athletic guard grabbed an offensive rebound that paved the way for Racela's two free throws and a 99-95 lead that held on to the end.

"This is a big game for us. It’s tough to beat Ginebra but our guys gave them a heck of a challenge and made key plays in the end game,' said SMB coach Siot Tanquingcen, who is now 9-5 since taking over the coaching chores from assistant Biboy Ravanes.

Their eighth consecutive win improved the Beermen's record to 9-7 and gave them a slim chance of earning a free ride to the semifinals.

"Right now we're not looking elsewhere. Our mindset is focused on Air21. They're our next opponent and we need to win that game badly to improve our chance. If we finish at No. 2 so be it," Tanquingcen said.

Dorian Pena tallied 22 points and grabbed 12 rebounds and Danny Ildefonso added 17 points for San Miguel, which won against Ginebra for the first time since Game 2 of last year's Philippine Cup Finals.

Galen Young turned in 12 points, 10 assists and 10 turnovers for a dubious triple double before fouling out with 84 seconds remaining. Despite his absence though, the Beermen managed to hang tough.

It was indeed a hard earned victory for the Beermen. And they did it by matching the Kings' intensity, grit, determination and tenacity off the boards.

"We never backed off. In the end that was what mattered,' Tanquingcen said.

Ronald Tubid scored 24 points and Nealy added 21 to go with just seven rebounds for the Kings, who picked up their sixth defeat and fell to 11-6 in a tie with Alaska and Talk N Text at second place.

The loss also jeopardized their chances to make the semifinals outright.

The Kings had a chance to force overtime after Racela (10 points) made two free throws to make the count 101-98 with 4.5 seconds. But Sunday Salvacion missed to desperate threes as time expired.

"Those were really good looks. We're lucky they didn't find the mark," Tanquingcen said. (DBC)

The scores:

San Miguel 101 – Pena 22, Ildefonso 17, Young 12, Calaguio 12, Racela 10, Cablay 9, Tenorio 8, Adducul 6, Gonzales 3, Wilson 2.

Ginebra 98 – Tubid 24, Nealy 21, Abarrientos 18, Menk 8, Santos 8, Seigle 7, Salvacion 6, Mamaril 4, Chia 2, Macapagal 0.

Quarters: 25-23, 47-44, 75-71, 101-98.
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JAMES YAP ON FIRE, LIFTS PUREFOODS TO WILDCARD

League MVP scores career-high 41 as Giants eliminate Dragons


Friday, 01 June 2007


ANTIPOLO CITY. -- James Yap erupted for a career-high 41 points and the Purefoods Tender Juicy Giants secured their seat in the wildcard first phase of the playoffs with a 109-97 victory over the Welcoat Dragons Friday night in the penultimate playdate of the 2007 Talk ‘N Text-PBA Fiesta Conference eliminations at the Ynares Center.



To avoid possible complications that might impede their trip to the next round, the Giants took care of business early and never gave the do-or-die Dragons a slim chance to even make a game out of it.


And the league’s reigning Most Valuable Player stood at the forefront of the Giant's awesome performance, accounting for six of the Purefoods' 11 3-pointers while import Marquin Chandler and Rey Evangelista took turns in dominating the boards.



New recruit Romel Adducul and comebacking Marc Pingris didn't produced big numbers but Gregorio said the presence of the two provided inspiration to the team.



"We were very confident. And no one displayed it more than James (Yap). He took a lot of shots (31 attempts) knowing Marc (Pingris) will be there for the rebound," the Purefoods coach said.



The Giants wound up the elimination round with a 6-12 (win-loss) record and need two more victories – both knockout games in the wildcard phase of the playoffs -- to reach the best-of-three quarterfinals.



"I told the players to forget about the elimination round. It's not something that we will be proud about. But if there's one team that has made a good job of surviving, it's us... We have been on the brink of elimination many times this season but we've always found a way to survive," Gregorio said.



"Right now, we fell the conference has just started. And we're confident we'll find a way to get to the next level," he added.



Chandler tallied 23 points, grabbed 15 rebounds and missed a triple double by two assists. Peter June Simon, who was celebrating his 27th birthday, scored 16 points and Noy Castillo added 10 for the Giants, who won for just the second time in their last seven games.



The Dragons hoping to force a playoff for the last wildcard spot, did the best they could but couldn't get the break.



The expansion ballclub finished the conference with a 4-14 mark in the elims and 7-29 for the season.



Welcoat shot 47 percent from the field, slightly better than Purefoods’ 44 percent. But the Giants were steadier from the line hitting 18-of-25 attempts while the Dragons struggled with 8-for-23.



But it was Purefoods' three-point shooting that broke the backbone of the Dragons. The Giants went 11-for-30 from beyond the arc with James Yap going 6-for-14.



Overall, James Yap went 15-of-31 while scoring 28 of his points in the second half. His 3-pointer midway in the third quarter gave Purefoods a 65-38 bulge, the biggest lead in the game.



Wayland White scored 29 points and had 11 rebounds while Alex Compton added 19 for Welcoat, which made just 9-of-25 from 3-point range in what turned out to be the Dragons’ farewell performance for the season. (DBC)

The scores:

Purefoods 109 – Yap J. 41, Chandler 23, Simon 16, Castillo 10, Yap R. 8, Evangelista 8, Yee 2, Adducul 1, Pingris 1.

Welcoat 97 – White 29, Compton 19, Wainwright 16, Cabatu 13, Baguion 7, Gelig 5, Reyes 4, Lopez 2, Sta. Maria 2, Lao 0.

Quarterscores: 25-14, 48-31, 75-57, 109-97
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TUBID MATCHES CAREER-HIGH AS GINEBRA TRIPS AIR21

But Kings’ outright semis hopes still up in the air


Sunday, 03 June 2007


The Barangay Ginebra Kings have done their job. All they can do now – at least for the next two hours or so -- is wait.



Rod Nealy had a terrific first half and finished with 35 points and 13 rebounds and Ronald Tubid matched his career-high with 30 points to power the Kings to a 121-116 victory the Air21 Express Sunday night in the final playdate of the 2007 Talk ‘N Text-PBA Fiesta Conference elimination round at the Araneta Coliseum.



The Kings finished the elimination round with a 12-6 (win-loss) record, tying the Alaska Aces at second place. The two teams will dispute the second outright semifinal berth on Wednesday should San Miguel Beer (9-8) win over Talk N Text (11-6) in the other scheduled game Sunday which was still currently being played.



A victory by TNT will force a three-way tie and eliminate the Kings from the semifinal playoff due to inferior quotient as Barangay Ginebra twice lost to Alaska and Talk ‘N Text in the elims.



"There's nothing we can do about it," said Ginebra coach Jong Uchico. "Earning an outright spot in the (quarterfinals) isn't bad anyway. But obviously, there's a bit of disappointment because we could have been there (in the semis) first if we just worked a little bit more."



After Wynne Arboleda, who had 16 points and five assists, scored on a lay-up to pull the Express to within 68-71 with still eight minutes left in the third quarter, the Kings quickly responded with a 17-12 run to stretch the lead to 88-80.



Eric Menk scored 22 points and Billy Mamaril came off the bench to add 10 for the Kings, who netted 19 points on Air 21’s 20 turnovers.



Ginebra, which won for just the second time in their last six games, appeared to be coasting comfortably home when Ronald Tubid made the count 111-91 with seven minutes remaining.



But the Express, who were seeking to nail an outright spot in the quarterfinals, refused to wilt under pressure. They rallied behind rookie Arwind Santos, Nino Canaleta, Shawn Daniels and Aris Dimaunahan and pulled within to 114-117 on a 3-pointer by Dimaunahan, a former King, with 24 seconds left.



Canaleta came off the bench and led the way for the Express with 28 points. Daniels added 22 points and Santos had 21 for Air21 which would up the elims with 10-8 mark.



In the event, San Miguel wins and tieds Air21 at 10-8, the two teams will also figure in a playoff for the third outright quarterfinal berth this Wednesday.

With Canaleta, Daniels, Santos and Mark Telan combining for 46 rebounds, Air21 outrebounded Ginebra, 58-48 – 22-10 offensively -- and gained a 29-9 edge in second chance points.



But the Express, who played minus the conference’s leading local scorer Gary David (torn ACL), struggled from the foul line, making just 24-of-40 shots compared to the Kings 30-of-40. (DBC)

The scores:

Barangay Ginebra 121 – Nealy 35, Tubid 30, Menk 22, Mamaril 10, Abarrientos 6, Salvacion 5, Santos R. 5, Echavez 4, Seigle A. 4, Macapagal 0, Holper 0.

Air21 116 – Canaleta 28, Daniels 22, Santos A. 21, Arboleda 16, Telan 113, Dimaunahan 11, Se 3, Torion 2, Andaya 0.

Quarterscores: 37-27, 65-60, 97-88, 121-116.
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US-HONED REYES 1ST 2007 PBA DRAFT APPLICANT

Tuesday, 19 June 2007

STRESSING he's ready for the big league, sleeky guard Ryan Reyes made himself available by becoming the first player to apply in the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) Draft on August 19 at Market Market in Taguig.

The 6-foot-2 Reyes, a former high school teammate of NBA three-point champion Jason Kapono of the Miami Heat, is Henkel-Sista's star playmaker in the Philippine Basketball League (PBL) where he steered the Super Sealers to a third place finish in the recently-concluded Unity Cup.

In his stint in the season-ending conference, the 23-year-old Reyes led the Super Sealers in scoring with an average of 11.4 points per game, while shooting 33.3 percent from three-point range and 82 percent from the free throw line.

Reyes, who played alongside Kapono at Artesian High in California, averaged 2.4 steals a game to pace the league, while being named Fantastic Freshman during the PBL's conference awards.

Accompanied by his agent Charlie Dy, Reyes personally visited the PBA Office to submit his application and other pertinent papers.

"Handang-handa na," said the early pro hopeful in straight Filipino. Although raised in the US, Reyes' parents were both still Filipino citizens at the time he was born.

Prior to his PBL stint, Reyes also saw action in the National Basketball Conference (NBC) and played for the Cebuana Lhuillier sponsored national team in 2005.

He is actually among the foreign-honed players being eyed by coach Chot Reyes for inclusion in the RP men's training pool.

As the July 20 deadline for local born players – and June 29 for all Fil-foreigners – nears, more aspirants are expected to follow suit.

Among the players already eyeing to turn pro next year include UAAP Most Valuable Player Ken Bono, Harbour Centre's JC Intal and Ryan Arana, Marvin Cruz of Toyota Balintawak, Cebuana Lhuillier's Doug Kramer, Henkel Sista's Samigue Eman and Burger King's JR Quinahan.

For applicants to become eligible, one must either be 1) 23 years of age by Draft day, 2) a college graduate or 3) a high school graduate or would have at least graduated from secondary level four years preceding this year's Draft.

Aspirants are also required to submit an NSO (National Statistics Office) birth certificate, diploma in case the player is below 23 years old and 2x2 ID pictures.

For Fil-foreign hopefuls, they must submit a certificate of recognition from the Bureau of Immigration (BI), affirmation from the Department of Justice (DoJ), authenticated birth certificate issued by the NSO if he was born in the Philippines or equivalent official agency in country of birth other than the Philippines.

They should also provide authenticated birth certificate of the player's Filipino parent or other valid and authenticated equivalent document acceptable to the appropriate government agency and the marriage certificate of his parents, or in the absence thereof due to circumstances beyond the applicant's control, Legal Recognition by applicant's Filipino father or other proof evidencing filiation such as a will, record of birth or DNA test results.

Duly notarized and/or authenticated Naturalization papers of Filipino Parent, if applicable, and duly notarized affidavits of at least three (3) persons residing in the Philippines attesting to the claim of citizenship of applicant will also be required from the foreign-bred aspirants.

All Fil-foreign players – and their respective witnesses - will also undergo a personal interview to be conducted by Commissioner Noli Eala at least two weeks prior to the Draft.

Finally, they should have played at least 25 games in the Philippine Basketball League (PBL), NCAA, UAAP, National Basketball Conference (NBC), United Regional Basketball League (URBL) and Cebu Basketball Federation (CBF) on the day the league issues the final list of candidates for the Draft.
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