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Old 07-02-2007, 08:45 AM   #61
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Phone Pals arrange Finals showdown vs. Alaska

Monday, 02 July 2007

The reigning champions hit the end of the road, setting the stage for a new rivalry in a PBA finals.

Talk n Text arranged a first-ever title showdown with Alaska Milk as the Pals foiled the Red Bull Barakos' title-retention bid in the 2007 Talk n Text PBA Fiesta Cup.

The Pals rode high on career games of Macmac Cardona and Egay Billones to oust the Barakos, 122-110, in the sixth game of their best-of-seven semifinals showdown at the Araneta Coliseum Sunday night.

Cardona came through with 38 points -- his third career-best output in their last seven games – with
Billones adding also a career-high 18 as the Pals reached the Fiesta Cup finals for the second time the last three years.

The Pals take a shot at a third PBA crown in only their sixth finals appearance in franchise history.
The PLDT ballclub won the 1998 Centennial Cup and the 2003 All-Filipino tourney.

"Losing three key players to the national team, we didn't expect to go this far at the start of the
season. The boys worked hard to make this possible," said coach Derrick Pumaren, who's back in the finals for the first time since guiding the Purefoods Hotdogs to second-place finish in the 2000 All-Filipino.

"Our players who didn't have the opportunity to show their worth before just delivered a message. They showed they have what it takes to lead this team," Pumaren added.

Cardona best fitted the description.

For the nth time in this playoff phase, the former La Salle Archer stood tallest for the team, going
one-of-one from the three-point area, 13-of-16 from the two-point zone and 9-of-13 from the stripe while also collecting six rebounds and six assists along the way.

"It's all because I wanted to win and I wanted our team to make the finals," said Cardona, fast emerging as a strong contender for the Best Player of the Conference award.

Billones proved to be a big help, firing clutch three-pointers that sparked the Pals' decisive run in
the fourth quarter.

By the time Billones left the game on a sixth foul with 2:30 left to play, the Pals had reestablished
control at 111-103.

After Red Bull came within five on three straight charities by Cruz, Don Allado scored on an unmolested layup then Cardona hit two foul shots following a steal off Larry Fonacier as the Pals all but settled the outcome of the game.

Coaches Pumaren and Yeng Guiao had shaken hands at the sideline when a little commotion marred the endgame with J.J. Sullinger figuring in a taunting match with some Red Bull supporters.

Guiao and Sullinger had their own verbal tussle later on.

The proverbial cooler heads intervened and the Pals went on to complete the victory sending them to a first finals showdown with the Aces. (NC)

The scores:

Talk n Text 122 – Cardona 38, Sullinger 25, Billones 18, Carey 11, Belano 11, Washington 8, Allado 8, De Ocampo 3, Santos 0, Fran 0.

Red Bull 110 – Penny 40, Cruz 16, Baguio 15, Fonacier 14, Ybanez 7, Hrabak 5, Najorda 4, Sharma 45, Alvarez 3, Robinson 2, Camaso 0.

Quarterscores: 27-31, 58-61, 90-85, 122-110
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Updated: July 4, 2007

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1. Joe Devance (Welcoat Dragons)

Height: 6-7
DOB: Circa 1983
College: University of El Paso Texas
Amateur Team: Toyota Balintawak
Awards: 2005 PBL Most Valuable Player of the Year, PBL Mythical 5 members (2)

Last year he could have been the top overall pick if he already completes all the major requirements in his citizenship issue. The 6-7 Devance is a former PBL Most Valuable Player Devance is average 15.5 points, 9.2 rebounds and 1.5 assists per game in his last PBL Stint in 2005-06 Seasons. I think Welcoat in order to booster their frontline will select Devance in this year’s draft he will give the young Welcoat franchise some scoring in the low posts and help Jay R Reyes in his rebounding choirs.

Best Case Scenario: Paul ASI Taulava, Ali Peek

Mid Case Scenario: Dorian Pena

Worst Case Scenario: Kevin Ramas

Current PBL Stats (9 Games)

12. 33 PPG, 7.56 RPG, 1.7 APG, 0.7 SPG and 1.7 BPG

Efficiency Rating: 14. 33

2. Daniel Gabriel Norwood ( San Miguel)

Name: Daniel Gabriel Norwood

School: George Mason University

Height / Weight:

6-5 / 190







Gabe Norwood enters his fourth year with the Patriots and is a returning starter in the backcourt... Has an excellent "feel for the game"... Versatile player able to play either guard position and at small forward... Distributes the ball well and has good court vision... Intelligent athlete... Majoring in communication.

2005-06: Played in all 35 games and was sixth on the team in minutes played. Started three contests including a pair of games in the NCAA Tournament... Scored in 27 of 35 games and led the team in bench scoring... Was third on the team in steals and blocks and was fourth on the squad in assists... Was one of two players with more assists than field goals (min. 100 minutes)... Enters his senior year among the top 25 in school history in career assists and career blocks... Is also among the top 30 all-time in career steals... Stretching back to the start of his sophomore season, has had an assist in 55 of the past 64 games... Had season-high nine points against UNC Wilmington (Jan. 21) on perfect shooting... Had four points, four rebounds and two assists in first meeting with Delaware (Jan. 7)... Played season-high 29 minutes against Radford (Dec. 10) and finished with seven points, two rebounds, three assists, two steals and a block... Against American (Dec. 5) had five rebounds, four assists, three steals and a block... Injured against Wake Forest (Nov. 11) and had a streak of 30 straight games with a rebound snapped

Started 24 of 29 games played... Averaged 5.8 points and 3.8 rebounds per contest... Led Mason in assists (74) and steals (47)... Averaged 26.3 minutes per contest... Ranked third on the squad in rebounds per game and blocked shots (16)... Shot 43.8 percent from the floor... Scored in double figures six times, including a career-best 14 points vs. UNC Wilmington (1/8/05)... Collected a career-high nine rebounds at Delaware (1/12/05)... Registered 10 points, five rebounds, four assists and five steals (tying a career-high) against No. 11 Michigan State (12/5/04)... Tallied 10 points, three rebounds, eight assists and two steals at St. Bonaventure (12/22/04)... Led or tied for the team lead in assists and steals 12 times... Ranked 14th in the league in assists per game (2.55) and was fourth overall in steals per outing (1.62)... Recorded a career-best three blocked shots vs. Drexel (1/19/05).

2003-04: Saw action in 29 games, earning one start... Averaged 8.4 minutes per contest... Scored 30 points and added 24 rebounds... Connected on 30.6 percent of his field goals and shot 30.8 percent from beyond the arc... Had 10 steals and three blocked shots... Tallied career bests of nine assists and five steals in 24 minutes at Towson (2/4/04)... Scored five points vs. St. Bonaventure (12/23/03)... Collected four rebounds each vs. Hofstra (1/14/04) and Delaware (2/21/04)... Earned first collegiate start against the Blue Hens (2/21/04).

3.Ken Bono ( Sta.Lucia)

Name: Ken Bono
College: Adamson University
Age: 22 yrs.old
Height: 6’6
Weight: 240 lbs.

the 2006 UAAP Most Valuable player and 1st team Mythical member Ken Bono 6-6 Montana / Adamson. Bono is undeniably, the UAAP's top big man currently. He has great shooting touch that reminds you of Jun Limpot but has the size and the body to bang against anybody. He also reminded us of a young Eric Menk in his PBL Days. The Current UAAP MVP of Season 69 has declare his intention to enter this years PBA Draft.

UAAP Season 69 Stats

21.8 PPG (no.1 in the UAAP)
11.1 RPG (No.2 in the UAAP)
0.3 BPG
0.5 SPG
33.8 MPG
12 Games
12 Games Started

Current PBL Stats (18 Games)

16.11 PPG, 6.33 RPG, 1.7 APG, 0.7 SPG and 1.7 BPG

Efficiency Rating: 14. 33

4.Ryan Reyes (Coke traded to SMB) - Ryan Reyes

Height: 6-2
Weight: 180 lbs
Team: Henkel Sista
Age: 23 yrs.old
Amateur Team: Henkel Sista
Awards: 2007 PBL Mythical 5 members (2)

Reyes is the first rookie to submit his resume before the deadline, they might have selected Reyes 1st first overall in this years draft if big men Ken Bono and Joe Devance will not submit their resume. SMB is in love with Reyes' game - no-nonsense, Court general, loves the dirty work inside and has full of energy, something their current big men lacks. Ryan Reyes is a very special player that has the potential to be one of the best point guards ever, and he captured the nation’s attention as a Rookie when he led Henkel Sista to the Semi Finals of the PBL Tournament.

He has since helped his stock even more. His extreme quickness and slick handle combine to make him possibly the hardest point guard in the country for defenders to stay in front of. He is an unselfish player and gifted passer that drops dimes that no one in the gym sees coming. He is one of the most entertaining players anywhere, because not only is he a slick ball handler and passer, but he has world class hops and the ability to beat his man off the dribble, get into the lane, rise above the opposing forward (and center) and throw down a nasty one-handed-flush that he had cocked back to the moon. You wouldn’t expect to see something like that from a kid as skinny as him, but Reyes plays without fear, and with a lot of swagger.

He is a southpaw with a good outside shot, but played with a pass-first mentality on his arsenal.

Talk about “sky is the limit”.

PBL Stats

11. 40 PPG, 3. 60 RPG, 2.9 SPG, 2.4 SPG, 17 MPG - 10 Games

5.Jason Castro ( Air 21)-

Name: Jason Castro
Height: 5’8
Weight: 170 lbs
DOB: 1986
Age: 21 yrs.old
School: Philippine Christina University
Team: Toyota Balintawak
Award: MVP of the ABC Tournament, PBL Mythical 5 member (2), (2) PBL Most Valuable Player.

The 2007 PBL MVP one of the best combo guard in the NCAA and PBL would be an excellent pick for the young and upcoming Air 21 Express with Winnie Arboleda on the backcourt this will be an excellent run and gun team. With Jason Castro and Chico Lanete producing numbers befitting their status and Ryan Arana providing the needed firepower, the Batang Pier etched their names in the history books when they overpowered Cebuana Lhuillier Pera Padala, 90-75 and completed a swept of the PBL Unity Cup at the Olivarez Sports Center.

PBL Stats

12.28 PPG
5.33 RPG
4.0 APG
1.6 SPG
23 MPG

Jason Castro move


6.Jonas Villanueva (SLR) - Jonas Villanueva 6-0 Magnolia / Far Eastern University. Villanueva has the size and the skills to be an excellent pro. He showed his capability in the current UAAP season heading the Tamaraws' charge with only Chan and a bunch of newcomers. I think that with the departure of Alex Cabagnot and Kenneth Duremdes , I think the management realize that by picking Jonas Villanueva would be a suitable replacement for Alex Cabagnot.


7. Marvin Cruz (Alaska Aces)

Name: Marvin Cruz
Height: 5’8
Weight: 160 lbs
DOB: December 30, 1984
Age: 22 yrs.old
School: University of the Philippines
Team: Toyota Balintawak
Award: MVP of the SEABA Tournament, PBL Mythical 5 member (2)

Alaska is in need of a young PG that will complement Mike Cortez, we might see the 2nd coming of the Flying an in Marvin Cruz who is probably the best PG in the Amateur now. He is now one of the corner stone of the RP Harbour Team which won the 2007 SEABA Championship. In his last UAAP Stint Cruz average, 16.8 Points, 7.9 rebs, 0.2 Blks and 1.8 steals. He is a high energy Point Guard and probably the best PG in the UAAP in the last 5 years.

PBL Stats

10.15 PPG
3.38 RPG
3.30 APG
1.8 SPG
23 MPG

Marvin Cruz Highlights


8 .JR Quinahan (Ginebra) - JR Quinahan 6-6 Granny Goose / University of the Visayas. Big man with nifty shooting and shotblocking will give the Ginebra Gin Kings interior presence underneath. And hey, he's starting to look like Shawn Daniels.

Weight: 220 Lbs.
Age: 22 yrs.old
College: University of Cebu
Team: Burger King

PBL Stats

14. 7 PPG, 8 RPG, 1.9 APG, 0.5 SPG, 2.2 BPG

9.Douglas Kramer (Red bull), it is obvious that the Redbull management will select this 6-4 forward from Ateneo. With half of the lineup coming from Katipunan, I think this will be a reunion of some sort.

10. JC Intal (Air 21) - JC Intal 6-4 Harbour Centre / Ateneo. Intal is a high-flyer and made fame after defeating Nino Canaleta in a dunkoff in the PBL All-Stars. Intal has made tremendous progress from a bit player in the Ateneo roster to the team's main man. JC Intal will be much of a reliever to wingmen Gary David


17.9 Pts, 7.4 rebs, 4.8 assists in 32 Minutes of action

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2nd round

10. Ryan Arana - a great slasher and a scorer this DLSU Greenarchers will probably one of these years steal of the draft. He shows that he can score as he pumps a career best 38 points against the weary Vietnam National Team.

11.Reed Juntilla- - Reed Juntilla- 6-1 Dazz Sing Patak / Mapua. Reed proved in the NCAA's and in the last PBL Cup that he's ripe for the pros. He has the size and the composure to play at 1. He has great tenacity and a winning attitude. Reminds you of Jeffrey Cariaso. Cone will be thrilled to have him.

PBL Stats.

15. 58 PPG, 3.42 RPG, 3.2 APG

12.Patrick Cabahug – a 6-2 scorer from Adamson University another player who can shoots from the outside and slash in the inside. He reminded me of a young Boy Cabahug and Al Solis.

13.Samigue Eman - 6-10 Rain or Shine / University of Mindanao. He was the BIG Ticket Eman is a project but has the best upside among all players in this list.. I think a great coach and a great system will help him to be able to improve his basketball skills.

14.Mark Borboran- he could have been included in the 1st round of the PBA draft but with the over flowing of the talent in this years draft. He could have been an easy 1st round pick in 2005 or 2007. Anyway the team that will pick him will be lucky enough the 6-2 Mark Borboran is a complete player and a decent defensive specialist. Borboran is the reigning PBL Rookie of the Year.

15.Bonifacio Custodio- another player who should have been included in the 1st round of these years 2007 Annual Draft. But like I said in my post about Mark Borboran we have a talent influx this year. Bonbon the 5-11 Gunner from Recto has his best year in the UAAP averaging 16.4 Points in 12 games. He is also a valuable asset to his team in the PBL. Custodio reminds us of a younger version of Vergel Meneses both are a great scorer and defender.

16. Edwin Asoro – the NU Bulldogs top scorer will be a great addition to the team that will select him. He average 15.6 Points in his last years UAAP Season 69. His Body is pro material; remind me of a younger version of Nelson Asaytono in terms of physical strength in the low post.

17. Jonathan Fernandez – 1/2 of the Dynamic NU Duo who is probably the pure scorer among this years draft with 15 PPG. Fernandez will be a great addition to any teams here in the PBA.

18. Nestor David- a 6-3 forward from the UP Fighting Maroons. He averages 11.8 Points, 7.1 rebounds and 3.7 assists. In his last UAAP tenure and is a Mythical 2nd team member in the PBL.

See the Nestor David Move

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19. Yousef Aljamal 6-4 Rain or Shine / San Beda. Aljamal was a different player in the NCAA. He was shooting from everywhere, rebounding with gusto, and played with such great confidence that scouts was looking at him as the best player in the NCAA. Aljamal will be a decent big men and is very coachable.

20. RJ Jazul- a up and coming Pg in the NCAA playing for the Letran Knights.

2007 NCAA Averages

GP Minutes Points Rebounds Assists Blocks Steals 2 31.5 19 4.5 3 0 2

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Teams - ranks in the 2 conferences (PC-Philippine Cup; FC- Fiesta Cup)


= PC-10th, FC-10th
= PC-8th, FC-7th (pick to SMB for the Dale Singson trade)

3. SLR

= PC-6th, FC-9th

4. AIR21

= PC-7th, FC-6th (pick to COKE for the BGK-Air21-Coke trade)


= PC-9th, FC-1st/2nd (final rank to be determined at the end of the Fiesta Finals)


= PC-5th, FC-8th (pick to AIR21 for the Pingris trade)


= PC-4th, FC-3rd/4th (pick to Alaska for the Alvarez trade)

8. TNT

= PC-3rd, FC-1st/2nd (pick to Alaska for the Miller trade)

9. SMB

= PC-2nd, FC-3rd/4th (pick to Redbull for the Tugade trade)


= PC-1st, FC-5th (pick to Air21 for the BGK-Air21-Coke trade)

that means the teams to pick in the 1st round are:

1 or 2. WELCOAT or SMB
3. SLR
6. AIR21
10. AIR21

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wow parang nice work

I would update the NBA mock draft every day if ever i get the final lineup of the players who might enter the PBA Draft next month.
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ALASKA coach Tim Cone is in a quandary on how to stop Talk N Text’s main man Macmac Cardona, who is averaging 27.5 points, 4.8 rebounds, 4 assists and 1.2 steals per game and shooting 57 percent from the field and 41 percent from beyond the arc.

PBA statistician Fidel Mangonan said Cardona equalled his career-high score of 38 points in three of his last seven games and scored at least 30 points in four of the last seven.

“Obviously, Cardona has just exploded on the scene and we have to control him. He is our no. 1 thing,” said Cone.

At the same time, the Alaska coach, who has complained about the touch fouls being called added: “We are going to have to take a look at how the referees are going to call the game. If they are going to make touch calls, it’s going to be tough.”

Alaska may have already lost Jeffrey Cariaso, who was injured in Game 5 of the best-of-seven semifinal series.

Cone said the only player, who could control Cardona was Cariaso and since he is out, he would have to turn to someone else.

“If we look at Mike Cortez or Willie Miller, neither of them are what you call defensive stoppers, so we may have to find it from another guy. I may go with Roselle (Ellis) if he’s going to be that tough, because we play a big lineup anyway.”

The multi-titled coach, who led Alaska to a grand slam in 1996, said they have a couple of days to think about it.

Cone said the big guys of Talk N Text were not physical and didn’t have the power of some of the San Miguel players like Enrico Villanueva, Danny Ildefonso and Dorian Peña, but they “put the ball on the floor better and are a lot quicker, so we are going to have to control that.”

The coach said Ellis had a severe case of food poisoning prior to Game 5 against the Beermen and checked out of hospital at 3 p.m., just hours before the game.

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“Excited ako makalaban ang idol kong si Willie Miller” – Cardona

Thursday, 05 July 2007

Time was when Willie Miller and MacMac Cardona would spend time working on some plays together when the former De La Salle stalwart was still trying to find his way around in the Philippine Basketball Association.

A year later, Miller and Cardona find themselves headed for a great showdown as Alaska and Talk N Text clash in the Finals of the season-ending PBA Fiesta Conference.

The anticipated matchup between two of the league's most explosive guards and leading candidates for the Best Player of the Conference award will be among the highlights on Friday when Game 1 of the best-of-seven title series is played at the Araneta Coliseum.

Funny, but neither of the two stars would have imagined that they would be up against each other in the championship a couple of seasons ago. Back then, they were both donning the yellow-and-blue jerseys of the Talk N Text Phone Pals with Miller tasked to guide Cardona – then a rookie - under his wings.

But fate had something in store for them.

Miller along with forward John Ferriols were traded by the Phone Pals to the Alaska Aces for forward Don Allado and a future draft pick in the summer of 2006 while Cardona slowly blossomed into a certified league superstar on his sophomore year.

As the last two teams standing head for center stage, Cardona admitted he's thrilled no end at the prospect of going up against Miller one-on-one.

"Sobrang excited na ko dahil first time ko ito sa Finals. At the same time, makakalaban ko `yung idol kong si Willie Miller," proclaimed the 6-foot-1 guard dubbed as “Captain Hook.”

Miller, who won two championships with Red Bull and the MVP in 2002, downplays Cardona's insinuation that he idolizes him, although he did remember the time when the Phone Pals guard was still learning the ropes under him.

"Dati kasi sa Talk N Text kami yung nagbabantayan. Ako yung tutor dati tapos siya yung sumusunod sa akin. Ako lagi yung nagsasabi sa kanya ng plays namin.

"Pero sa laro ako yung tinuturuan niya ng hook shot kung papano gawin, " Miller said, referring to Cardona's unorthodox trademark shot.

The demanding task of taking on Cardona at the defensive end loomed for Miller after veteran Jeffrey Cariaso, Alaska's best perimeter defender, hyperextended his calf muscle and won't be able to play at least in the first two games of the title series.

Miller, though, wouldn't comment on his assignment and neither would Alaska coach Tim Cone.

"Without a doubt Jeffrey (Cariaso) is a very experienced defender. He's guarded big time scorers, he's guarded imports throughout his career. Obviously he would be our no. 1 choice to defend MacMac.

"But we just have to get someone else to step up and do that. We haven't decided yet who's gonna do that," the American mentor said.

Whoever that may be will definitely have his hands full.

In the absence of their three stars – Jimmy Alapag, Asi Taulava and Renren Ritualo – are serving the RP Team that is trying to clinch a spot in the 2008 Beijing Olympics, Cardona has assumed the role as the team's go-to guy, more so during the Phone Pals' semifinal playoffs against deposed champion Red Bull.

During that series, Cardona averaged 27.5 points on 56.7 percent shooting from the field. He even recorded a new career-high 38 points in the series clinching Game 6 win.

That easily made him a hot favorite for the Best Player of the Conference plum and perhaps, a first ever Mythical team selection in the league.

Still, Cone doesn't believe the Finals would come down to a “Macmac Cardona Show,”stressing that everything will boil down on what "the five guys on the floor could do."

The Alaska coach, however, can't deny that Cardona will be a marked man this coming championship series.

And, yes, Miller will definitely have his eyes on Cardona. (DBC)
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Mac Cardona lead the BPC Race

Showdown between lead star and former understudy

By Noli Cortez, Malaya Online Edition
July 5, 2007

Stressing team play has always been Willie Miller's strong suit. Things will not be different when Miller and the Aces face the Talk N Text Phone Pals for the Fiesta Cup title in a best-of-seven championship series starting tomorrow at the Araneta Coliseum.

Even with the prospects of earning his second Best Player of the Conference a distinct possibility, the former league MVP is more concerned in helping the Aces cop the title.

"Kung darating iyun (BPC award), okay. Kung hindi naman, okay din, basta manalo kami ng championship," Miller told Malaya yesterday.

While Miller has been steady for the Aces, he has yet to flash his old fiery form. That is a must now, especially since the Aces are ranged against an equally formidable crew in the Phone Pals bannered by red-hot Mark Cardona.

Cardona has blossomed into the Phone Pals' go-to guy in the absence of TNT stars Asi Taulava, Jimmy Alapag and Ren-Ren Ritualo, who are on loan to the national team.

Cardona, who was the understudy of Miller while they were still playing together at the Manny Pangilinan franchise, shone best during the Phone Pals' semifinal playoffs against last year's champion Red Bull, averaging 27.5 points on 56.7 percent shooting from the field, including a new career high 38-point explosion in the 122-110 Game 6 clincher.

In contrast, Miller only averaged 12.7 points in their semis duel with San Miguel Beer, on top of 2.7 rebounds and 4.3 assists.

With those numbers, Willier, the BPC race leader after the eliminations, was relegated to fifth place after the semis with 29.9 statistical points, way below Cardona's front-running 32.3 SPs.

Vaulting into second is Purefoods' James Yap (32.1), followed by Sta. Lucia Realty's Kelly Williams (31.4) and Air21's Gary David (31.1).

Rounding up the Top 10 are SMB's Danny Ildefonso (28.0, Air21's Mark Telan (26.9), Ginebra's Ronald Tubid (26.8), Air21's Arwind Santos (26.3) and TNT's Jay Washington (25.8).

Only the top five candidates are eligible for the BPC award, with the votes coming from representatives of the teams, Commissioner's Office and the media.

In the past, the usual practice is for only the top three to be considered but this may change since Purefoods, Sta. Lucia and Air21 failed to reach the semifinals.

Miller has a good chance of adding on to his first BPC award in the 2005 Fiesta Cup, which will also boost the odds in his bid to bag a second MVP after his first in 2002.

For Miller, however, the title is still the biggest thing up for grabs in the title series.

"Mas hindi nakakasawa ang championship," said Miller, who has already won two titles with Red Bull. "Isa pa, para sa buong team ang championship."
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Aces, Phone Pals both hungry, expect war on the hardcourt

Thursday, 05 July 2007

For Alaska coach Tim Cone, anything short of a championship would mean failure.

"We've gone through the proverbial hell to be here. So we're not going to be happy by just making the Finals. To us there's no second place," proclaimed Cone, who visibly has high expectations on his troops.

The Aces begin their quest for a 10th conference championship against a Talk N Text team that is as motivated and hungry in its pursuit to end a four-year title drought.

Game 1 of the best-of-seven championship series for the 2007 Talk N Text PBA Fiesta Conference diadem is scheduled at 7:20 p.m. Friday at the Araneta Coliseum. It follows the 4:35 p.m. battle for third place between the Red Bull Barakos and the San Miguel Beermen.

For the first time in five years, the league will be staging a title series that doesn't involve either San Miguel or Barangay Ginebra – the PBA's two most popular clubs.

But expect a battle royale series just the same.

"It's going to be a war out there," declared Cone during the pre-Finals press conference last Tuesday.

This marks the fifth meeting between Cone and Pumaren in a championship series dating back to the mid-1990s.

Their last engagement, though, which transpired five years ago wasn't exactly exciting as Alaska practically dominated the series, 4-1, to clinch the 2002 All-Filipino title.

But this series offers a lot of sub-plots enough to make this title showdown unpredictable.

"I'm not happy to be in the Finals. I want to win the championship," said Rosell Ellis, Alaska's hardworking import, who had previously played with Pop Cola, Coca-Cola and Ginebra but is making his first PBA Finals appearance.

"Alaska is a well disciplined team. They (Aces) play with a lot of intensity and capitalize on every break. So we really have to stay focused and match their energy," offered Pumaren, making his first Finals appearance since losing to San Miguel in the 2000 Governors Cup while coaching Purefoods.

Interestingly, Pumaren – seeking his third championship – won his first two titles at the expense of Cone and Alaska in the 1995 All-Filipino Cup and the 1996 Commissioner Cup while still coach of the now disbanded Sunkist franchise.

"We got off to a slow start but we were able to weather the storm. It's gonna be tough, It's gonna be hard. But if we will be able to do the things that we have to do, we can win this championship," said Talk N Text import J.J. Sullinger. (DBC)
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Penny, Baguio sizzle in 3rd place playoff win over SMB

Friday, 06 July 2007

The Red Bull Barakos closed out their season the way coach Yeng Guiao hoped it would as a form of consolation.

Red Bull survived a fiery charged by San Miguel Beer at the end of the third quarter then turned to Cyrus Baguio for the finishing touches as the deposed champions dealt the Beermen a 103-96 decision Friday night to salvage third place in the 2007 Talk ‘N Text-PBA Fiesta Conference at the Araneta Coliseum.
Baguio, who took over the leadership mantle following the loss of star center Enrico Villanueva in a previous trade with San Miguel Beer, scored 10 of his 18 points in the fourth quarter and presided over a decisive spurt that took away the fight from Beermen.

The Beermen were just three points down early in the fourth when Baguio, who shot 5-of-10 from the field and 7-of-12 from the line, scored seven straight points to cap a 9-1 run that stretched Red Bull’s lead to 96-84 with five minutes to go.

After that, San Miguel never got closer than 94-99 after a three-point play by Gabby Espinas with 1:57 remaining.

“I think third place is not a bad finish,” offered Guiao afterwards. The Red Bull coach said clinching their second third place trophy – but first in five years -- is sort of historical for the franchise.

“Finishing the season with a trophy was what I had really hoped. Our achievement at the end of the season is already part of our preparation for next season,” Guiao said.

The fiery Red Bull chieftain also took the opportunity to thank his troops for hanging in out there “despite all the hardships we went through this season.”

In a move that stunned many observers, Red Bull management traded the sweet-shooting Lordy Tugade midway in the season then dealt star center Villanueva to San Miguel for Romel Adducul and a future draft pick during the quarterfinals of the season-ending tournament. The Barakos also lost veteran guard Junthy Valenzuela to an injury midway in the semifinal battle with Talk ‘N Text.

Guiao said at least seven of his players, including Baguio, Valenzuela, Topex Robinson, Carlo Sharma and Larry Fonacier will have their contracts expiring at season’s end.

“But I am confident we’ll be fielding practically the same team next season because we’ll renew the contracts of most of them,” said Guiao.

James Penny led all scorers with 27 points and had 13 rebounds before fouling it with under four minutes remaining. His absence hardly hurt the Barakos with Baguio taking care of business.

Red Bull led 79-61 with 6:30 remaining in the third but went on an offensive meltdown the rest of the quarter.

The Beermen capitalized on the break and clawed back into the game by outscoring the Barakos, 19-2, to trim the gap at 80-81 after three quarters.

But Sharma and Leo Najorda opened the fourth with four quick points to push Red Bull’s lead to 85-80 and the Barakos kept the momentum the rest of the way.

Galen Young wound up his PBA stint by leading San Miguel with a triple double – his third in the conference – to the tune of 18 points, 14 rebounds and 10 assists. Espinas added 15 and Dorian Pena added 13 for the Beermen, who shot just 23 percent from the field in the fourth quarter. (DBC)

The scores:

Red Bull 103 – Penny 27, Baguio 18, Sharma 17, Najorda 11, Fonacier 7, Hrabak 6, Ybanez 4, Alvarez 4, Cruz 4, Robinson 3, Bugia 2, Camaso 0.

San Miguel Beer 96 – Young 18, Espinas 15, Pena 13, Wilson 12, Cablay 12, Villaneva 11, Gonzales 5, Adriano 5, Racela 3, Tenorio 2.

Quarterscores: 30-24, 63-50, 81-80, 103-96.
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JR Quiñahan is from University of the Visayas. Juntilla also played juniors basketball at the University of the Visayas where he was two-time juniors MVP. I think he didn't play at the collegiate level. I was just surprised when I first saw him play in the PBL about 2 years ago.

If I'm not mistaken the PBA's age limit for a draftee to be eligible is 23 yrs. old. Norwood, Castro, and Juntilla are underage, so they're ineligible for this years draft.
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JR Quiñahan is from University of the Visayas. Juntilla also played juniors basketball at the University of the Visayas where he was two-time juniors MVP. I think he didn't play at the collegiate level. I was just surprised when I first saw him play in the PBL about 2 years ago.

If I'm not mistaken the PBA's age limit for a draftee to be eligible is 23 yrs. old. Norwood, Castro, and Juntilla are underage, so they're ineligible for this years draft.

I beg to disagree with you Mr. Jerky the 23 yrs.old limit only apply to those player that are still studying in College and have no Diploma which is one of the Major recquirement in entering the PBA Draft. The rule was also implemented last year but Tenorio and Jay R Reyes was accepted by the PBA because they already finish their collegiate education.

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Aces’ defensive team gets job done, muffling TNT’s guns

Friday, 06 July 2007
Tim Cone turned to his defensive team when everything looked bleak – a brilliant move on the part of the Alaska coach as the Aces rallied from double-digit deficits and dismantled the Talk N Text Phone Pals, 113-85, in the opener of their titular series Friday night at the Araneta Coliseum.

What appeared to be a blowout for the Phone Pals suddenly turned into a nightmare from the moment Mike Cortez, Willie Miller and Alaska import Rosell Ellis got their rhythm going.

After struggling in the first half, the Aces completely dominated the third quarter as Alaska’s Big Three (Cortez, Miller and Ellis) frolicked on the offensive end while the Phone Pals, who started missing their shots, also forgot how to defend.

“It’s a lot harder than it looked,” offered Cone of their come-from-behind victory.

“Our second group carried us and turn the tables on Talk N Text,” he said, referring to his defensive team.

Shooting just 25 percent in the first quarter, the Aces found themselves trailing by 12 at the end of the period. But Alaska recovered its bearings and led at the half, 45-44.

When the Aces couldn’t get out of the tight fix, Cone gave Miller and Cortez a breather and inserted Eddie Laure, Reynel Hugnatan, John Ferriols and Sonny Thoss to team up with Ellis.

Cone’s gambit worked to perfection. His patch-up crew stopped the bleeding with tenacious defense, aggressive rebounding and suffocating hustle that limited the Phone Pals to just 16 points in the second quarter.

“Frankly, I was not pleased the way we played in the first half. We were not ready mentally coming off a hard series with San Miguel. But our second group really bailed us out,” Cone said.

Miller and Ellis scored 22 points apiece and Cortez poured 11 of his 20 points in the third quarter as Alaska outscored TNT, 37-19 and broke the game wide open, 82-63.

“We have nothing to be happy about at this point. Game 2 will be a completely different ball game so we have to be ready,” Cone said.

Game Two of the best-of-seven series for the 2007 Talk N Text PBA Fiesta Conference is set Sunday also at the Araneta Coliseum.

J.J. Sullinger tallied 25 points and cornered 12 rebounds while Mark Cardona, who normed 27.5 points in their semifinal series against SMB, could only muster 13 points for the Phone Pals, who faltered in the face of Alaska’s aggressive defense. (DBC)

The scores:

Alaska 113 - Miller 22, Ellis 22, Cortez 20, Hugnatan 12, Ferriols 12, Thoss 10, Laure 8, Bajar 3, Singson 2, Belasco 2, Aban 0.

Talk n Text 85 - Sullinger 25, Cardona 13, Allado 12, de Ocampo 10, Billones 9, Belano 8, Carey 4, Sanots 2, Washington 2, Fran 0, Noble 0, Pablo 0.

Quarters: 16-28, 45-44, 82-63, 113-85.
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How does PBA teams profit?

How Much are Imports Salary?

How much is the Max Salary for local players?

Is there going to an Expansion team this year?
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