Cardona, Sullinger, Belano carry Pals to equalizer
Sunday, 08 July 2007
Macmac Cardona delivered in the clutch when Alaska threatened in the second half enabling the Talk N Text Phone Pals to post a 120-113 victory in Game 2 Sunday and even their titular series at one game apiece.
The sophomore guard was at his deadliest in the third quarter, banging in 12 points, scoring each time when the Aces seemed to be building momentum.
“I challenged the players after that disastrous game we had Friday. I told them Game Two will be a big test of character for us. I'm pleased with the way the players responded,” said TNT coach Derick Pumaren.
“We showed a lot of intensity and aggressiveness tonight and it helped us to really establish our game early.”
As they did in Game 1, the Aces came charging back in the second half. But they came up short this time as they missed crucial shots and threw away important possessions in the closing minutes.
In a display of excellent shooting, TNT shot 53 percent from the field on 41-of-77 shooting.
“The players were really challenged tonight, specially Macmac,’ offered Pumaren.
Cardona, who managed just 13 points in the opener, redeemed himself by tallying 30 points, going 3-of-9 from the 3-point range. Overall, the Phone Pals went 11-of-23 from downtown as compared to Alaska's 7-of-19.
J.J Sullinger also had a big game, turning in 29 points, including 12 in the fourth to get the job done.
HIs 3-pointer with 7:31 remaining gave TNT a 10-point lead after the Aces pulled within 96-101 on an Eddie Laure basket.
Alaska had its best run early in the second quarter when Rosell Ellis tied the count at 30-all and 32-all two minutes into period. But the Aces couldn't sustain their charge mainly because their shots wouldn't fall when they needed it most.
A 21-10 blast by Talk NText in an eight minute stretch gave the Phone Pals a 53-42 lead and the Aces never got close than five points the rest of the way.
Game Three of the best-of-seven series for the 2007 Talk N Text PBA Fiesta Conference Finals is set Wednesday also at the Araneta Coliseum.
"I'm sure they will make the adjustments. But we'll be ready," Pumaren said.
Rosell Ellis led all scorers with 40 points but he was practically the only Alaska cager who had a consistent effort all night.
Willie Miller added 16 and Mike Cortez had 15, but the latter went scoreless in the fourth as Alaska fell by as much as 16 points several times.
With Donbel Belano running the plays, the Phone Pals controlled the first half as they did in the series opener Friday.
But unlike in Game 1 that had them trailing by one point after two quarters, the Phone Pals managed to hold off repeated rallies by the Aces to take a 60-53 lead going to their locker room.
The veteran guard was practically the man of the hour for TNT in the opening half. He scattered 16 points in that stretch, going 5-for-6 from the field, including 3-of-3 from beyond the arc with two assists and one steal off Alaska guard Mike Cortez.
Belano evetually finished with 24 points on 7-of-10 shooting but it was his hustle, energy and ability to control the game that made the difference for the Phone Pals. (DBC)
Talk N Text 120 - Cardona 30, Sullinger 29, Belano 24, Carey 14, de Ocampo 10, Allado 8, Pablo 3, Washington 2, Billones 0, Fran 0.
idol ko talaga yang si mac cardona... sa UAAP pa yan at PBL unstoppable na... Dito naman sa pba unstoppable parin... pano kaya sa sunod na international championship.... well captain hook beat mark caguioa???? hahahahaha.... im sure that today cardona is not yet at his peak... well wait... ahahahha
Since being dealt to Alaska in the summer of 2006, Willie Miller's game has tremendously soared this season, making him a strong candidate to clinch his second Philippine Basketball Association Most Valuable Player (MVP) trophy.
The flamboyant guard – winner of the coveted award in 2002 and a big reason why the Aces are in the Finals of the 2007 Talk N Text PBA Fiesta Conference – leads five other players in hot pursuit of the league's highest individual honor.
The charismatic Miller, traded along with forward John Ferriols to Alaska by Talk N Text in exchange for Don Allado and a first round draft pick, leads the list of MVP contenders that also includes Sta. Lucia rookie Kelly Williams, the Air21 pair of Arwind Santos and Gary David, last year's winner James Yap of Purefoods and Talk N Text’s Mark Cardona.
The league will announce the 2006-07 MVP before Friday's Game 4 of the Talk N Text PBA Fiesta Conference Finals between Alaska and Talk N Text when it holds its Annual Awards Night to honor the best and the brightest in the PBA's 32nd season.
"This is the time of the year when the PBA honors the best players who shone brightest in the season that is coming to an end," said league commissioner Noli Eala.
Miller was named league MVP in 2002 while he was still with Red Bull, the same team that made him the top overall pick in the 2001 Annual Draft.
Should either Miller or Yap clinch the coveted award, they will join the group of Ramon Fernandez, Alvin Patrimonio, William Adornado, Alberto Guidaben, Benjie Paras and Danny Ildefonso as among the few select players to have won the coveted award more than once.
Interestingly, Miller and Cardona, the rising second-year star who had his breakthrough career this year with the Phone Pals, are hotly contesting the Best Player of the Conference plum to be awarded before Game 3 of the Finals.
Miller and Cardona are also showing the way for possible spots in the Mythical Team selection together with Williams, David, Yap, Santos , Wynne Arboleda, Alex Cabagnot, John Arigo, Jeffrey Cariaso, Ali Peek, Jay-R Reyes, Eric Menk, Yancy de Ocampo, Dorian Pena, Jay Washington, Harvey Carey, Mark Telan, Nic Belasco and Ildefonso.
Williams, the No. 1 pick in the last PBA Draft, is also in top contention for the Rookie of the Year title which he will dispute with Santos, Reyes, San Miguel's LA Tenorio and Welcoat's JunJun Cabatu.
Cardona, who blossomed into a certified star in the absence of Asi Taulava, Renren Ritualo and Jimmy Alapag who are serving the RP Team, heads the Most Improved Player's list that also includes David, Red Bull's Carlo Sharma, Purefoods' Peter Jun Simon, Sonny Thoss of Alaska and Ginebra's Ronald Tubid.
Other awards up for grabs are spots on the All-Defensive Team and the Sportsmanship Trophy.
Perennial members Johnny Abarrientos, Jeffrey Cariaso, Enrico Villanueva and Junthy Valenzuela lead 23 others vying for berths in the All-Defensive Team while Cyrus Baguio, Larry Fonacier, Nelbert Omolon, James Yap, Miller, Thoss, David and Simon are the prime candidates for the Sportsmanship Award. (DBC)
2004 NCAA MVP/ROY TAKING ACT TO THE PROS
Espinas takes game from backcourt to frontcourt
Saturday, 19 August 2006
GABBY Espinas is well aware of the expectations the moment he enlisted for the 2006 PBA Rookie Draft.
His resume says it all – 2004 NCAA Rookie/MVP awardee.
No other player in recent memory came to achieve such feat aside from Benjie Paras, who did the trick with Formula Shell in the 1989 PBA season.
Naturally, comparison between them is inevitable.
"Kaya nga alam ko maraming nakatingin sa akin. Kahit paano may konting kaba dahil ibang level na ito. Professional na ito, e," said Espinas.
But the Philippine Christian U power-forward had always thrived on adversity, in the same manner he justified his individual achievement by steering the Dolphins to their first-ever NCAA men's basketball title with a sweep of the Perpetual Help Altas in the Finals.
Strike while the iron is hot, Espinas, a potential first round pick that has caught the attention of Air21, Coca-Cola and Purefoods, could have done so by easily jumping onto the pro bandwagon.
Loyalty to the school - and the person responsible for bringing him to PCU – prevailed upon him, though.
"Marami ngang nag-sasabi na dapat umakyat na ako sa PBA that time. Pero nag-desisyon na akong tapusin `yung playing years ko sa PCU," said the 24-year old management student. "Nakakahiya naman sa eskuwela. At tsaka kay Atty. Sison na rin."
Atty. Anthony Rene Sison is a provincial board member in Alaminos, Pangasinan and the one who recruited the 6-foot-4 Espinas for the Dolphins after seeing the Fil-Am from Olongapo City play in a basketball tournament in the province.
"Kakilala niya kasi `yung sa athletic department ng PCU. Dapat `yung kapatid ni Jun Marzan ang kukunin niya, pero over na siya sa age limit ng NCAA. Kaya ako na lang ang kinuha," recalled Espinas.
Quick and athletic, Espinas admitted it could be in the genes since his father is a black American who got stationed in Subic a few years ago.
"Kaya talagang Fil-Am ako. `Yung nanay ko Filipina. Pero `yung father ko namatay na five years old pa lang ako," he said.
Espinas played volleyball and track field as a youngster but stuck to basketball later on.
He didn't expect he'll shoot up to 6 feet and he played point guard in his early years with small players such as Johnny Abarrientos and Olsen Racela
for role models.
"Hindi ko akalain na tatangkad ako ng ganito kaya hanggang ngayon marunong akong magdala ng bola," he proudly said. "Kaya nga lang, power at sentro na ang pinalalaro sa akin ngayon, e."
Having been accustomed playing the frontcourt now made him idolize big men Marlou Aquino and Kevin Garnett.
Likewise, that too, made him want to play for either Coca-Cola or Alaska in the pros.
My Suggestion on how the PBA Board Awards the players in the Big league.
I think some of us know that our beloved Mark Caguioa has no chance of winning the 2007 MVP Award because he missed the whole 2nd conference not to point that in our topic pero anu ba dapat ang tamang criteria sa pagselect ng MVP, Rookie of the Year, Mythical 5, All Defensive Team, Defensive player of the Year, Mythical Team, Most Improved and 6th man of the Year.
Eto lang po yung suggestion ng iyong abang lingkod na si Lebron23
Lets go first to the MVP Awards.
1. Most Valuable Player- anu nga ba ang definition ng isang MVP? siya ba yung nagdadala sa team sa regular season, sa finals or even sa championship.
Sa tingin ko dapat pong pagbasahin ang PERS meaning Points, Rebounds, Steals and Assists ng isang player ng sa ganun malalaman natin ang impact niya sa isang team.
Dapat eh yung Points Statistical Average ang gamitin ng makita talaga ng masa kung sino yung nagdodomina na player
Who have been the best players in the PBA thus far? There are several different ways you could answer that. It's all subjective, but to help you out, we've compiled the top 10 players when it comes to PRA, the sum of your points, rebounds and assists per game.
In order to compare the raw stats with how these players affect the score of the game, we also show their Lenovo Stat, along with their league Lenovo rank.
Dapat ganyan sa tingin ko naman eh nung 2003-04 pa Deserving na mag MVP si Mark Caguioa ksi naman eh nag lead siya sa scoring, decent rebounder and assists man.
2. Rookie of the year- I think we must base the individual performance of a Rookie instead of his team success meron na kasi mga players na hinde naging Rookie of the Year dahil yung team nila eh bumagsak.
kagaya na lang nung 1992 ng tinalo ni Bong Ravena ng SMB si Vergel Meneses pero Meneses is averaging 17.7 PPG.
Vergel Meneses was the top pick in the 1992 PBA draft taken in by the Presto Ice Cream (formerly Great Taste Coffee) franchise. At Presto, he played alongside 1990 Most Valuable Player (MVP) Allan Caidic, Chairman of the Board Abe King, many-time Mythical Team member Manuel Victorino and the late 1979 Rookie of the Year (ROY) and Mythical Five Member Arnulfo "Arnie" Tuadles. He averaged 17.7 ppg, 1.6 apg and 2.2 rpg in 39 games during his rookie year but he lost the ROY award to bossom buddy, Ferdinand "Bong" Ravena. But everybody understood that it was simply bacause Ravena's team, San Miguel Beer, had a lot more success than Meneses' Presto team. However, he was named to the All-Star team for the year and also won the first of his back-to-back Slam Dunk trophies.
I do not agree that the factor of a team success would hindrance an individual from winning an award that he deserve.
3. Mythical 10- I think the Mythical team must base their awards at the stats of the player and the impact of the player in the league.
Sana rin per position talaga ang botohan and hinde yung mga players na nag adjust ng position for example Egay Echavez na natural PG pero naka 2 ang nilalaro position
Sa Mythical 5 naman sana yung 2 Best Player of the Conference eh meron automatic slot sa Mythical 5 at yung mismong position niya dapat ang nakalagay dun ng hinde na tayo magkaroon ng mga tainted MVP.
4. Defensive Player of the Year- I think defensive player of the year must be base on the stats of certain players in the league like the League leading in BLocks Per game and Steals Per game, Sana makita din natin ang kaibahan ng great defender sa isang flopper or player who fake a charge na halata halata naman.
Meron isang tao diyan na nagsabi na ang Steals eh hinde part ng depensa because it is very risky hinde lang siya sanay magbasketball but Steals are important in the game than flopping around.
5. Most Improve Player - This award should be give to players who have a major contributions in their team by virtue of a improving his stats and this player just excel in the different aspect of the game.
6. 6th Man of the Year- Player who came off the Bench and contribute saka check din natin kung lagi nga siyang off the bench and hinde nag start this season.
7. Comeback player of the Year- This award must be give to a player who have a leave of Absent in the PBA one or more Seasons.
Rudy Hatfield cameback after a 2 yr. hiatus so deserving siya sa award na ito.
Samboy Lim- After his Knee Surgery eh nakabalik muli siya and pang ALL STAR Caliber ang laro niya.
8. Sporstmanship Award- Gentleman on and off the Court.
TALK N TEXT IN COME-FROM-BEHIND WIN, MOVES AHEAD 2-1
Aces vow to bounce back in Game 4
Thursday, 12 July 2007
What a night for Mark Cardona!
Mark Cardona came to receive the Best Player of the Conference award and then helped Talk N Text pull off a classic act to surge ahead versus Alaska in their title showdown.
Cardona delivered his valedictory address in the form of a 20-point game and the Pals completed his day, hacking out a come-from-behind 95-87 victory that pushed them 2-1 ahead in the 2007 Talk N Text PBA Fiesta Conference best-of-seven Finals Wednesday night at the Araneta Coliseum.
The Pals came out flat but made a big turnaround in the second half, overcoming a 23-point deficit early on.
Talk N Text coach Derick Pumaren believes the tongue-lashing he gave his troops at halftime helped them win the contest.
"I was really pissed and fuming mad at halftime. Alaska showed they really wanted to win and we were not showing any resistance. I’m proud how the boys responded," said Pumaren.
"I told the boys we have 24 minutes to turn it around. They did it in 12 minutes," Pumaren added.
James Sullinger scored 12 of his 30 points in the third quarter with Felix Belano and Yancy de Ocampo adding six and five, respectively, as the Pals made a big run to overhaul a 40-56 halftime deficit.
Down by only one, 67-68, at the end of the third, the Pals sustained their charge in the payoff period as they duplicated the Aces’ Game One victory.
"They turned things on us. They did a good job of coming back and not quitting," said Alaska coach Tim Cone.
"We missed two gimmes and two free throws at the start of the third and that became the turning point. That started their run and that hurt us," Cone added.
Cone, however, made an assurance they would learn from their mistakes and they would come back in Game Four Friday in the same venue.
Trailing most of the way, the Pals surged ahead for the first time at 75-74 on a teardrop shop by Cardona with 7:17 left to play.
Cardona would score six straight points later on, then Belano followed those up with a trey as Talk N Text all but settled the outcome of the game at 92-83.
"I talked to Macmac at the half. I pointed out to him that he’s being terribly outplayed by Willie Miller. He’d just beaten Miller for the Best Player of the Conference honors and I told him he has to prove he deserves the award," said Pumaren.
Miller finished with a personal conference-high 29 points that went for naught.
Rosell Ellis came out strong, firing 19 points in the first half but added only three in the final half. (NC)
Talk N Text 95 – Sullinger 30, Cardona 20, Belano 14, Carey 11, Washington 9, De Ocampo 7, Allado 2, Pablo 2, Billones 0.
Miller named season MVP; Gary David is Most Improved Player, Sportsmanship Awardee
It may have been a Friday the 13th but Willie Miller and Gary David could not have had more fitting birthday gifts on the very same day they were recognized for their exploits during the season.
Miller is the Philippine Basketball Association’s top performer again after being voted Most Valuable Player of the 2006-07 season.
The effort of the cross-dribbling Alaska guard was acknowledged Friday night during the 32nd PBA Leo Awards that preceded Game 4 of the Talk ‘N Text-Alaska Fiesta Conference championship series at the Araneta Coliseum.
Miller, the unanimous choice by sports scribes and his fellow players, garnered 2671 total points to beat TNT’s Mark Cardona (1283) and Air21’s Gary David (1019) for the league’s most prestigious individual honor.
It was redemption of sorts for the charismatic former Letran Knight, who was traded by TNT to Alaska in the summer of 2006. Under the stewardship of head coach Tim Cone, Miller slowly regained his deadly form and became a key component in the Aces’ rotation.
It was the second MVP trophy for Miller, who won his first in 2002 while playing for Red Bull.
The Olongapo City native thus became the first guard in PBA history to win a second MVP, and joined Ramon Fernandez, Alvin Patrimonio, Abet Guidaben, Bog Adornado, Benjie Paras and Danny Ildefonso as the only players to win it at least twice.
Sharing the spotlight with Miller was Sta. Lucia’s Kelly Williams, who was named Rookie of the Year.
The high-flying, slam-dunking Williams, the top pick of the 2006 draft, was the unanimous choice for the ROY award amassing 2951points. He humbled Arwind Santos (677) – the second draft pick overall behind Williams – and San Miguel’s L.A. Tenorio (181) to become only the second Sta. Lucia Player to win ROY after Jun Limpot in 1993.
But the most awarded player of the night was Gary David, who left the Big Dome with four different trophies.
The high-scoring guard of Air21, who went down with an injury late in the season, took the Sportsmanship Award and the Most Improved Player trophy.
The pride of Dinalupihan, Bataan was also named to the All-Defensive Team which also included Air21’s Santos and Wynne Arboleda, Sta. Lucia’s Nelbert Omolon and TNT’s Harvey Carey and made it the First Mythical Team along with Miller, Williams, Talk ‘N Text’s Jay Washington and San Miguel Beer’s Dorian Pena.
The Second Mythical Team was composed of Air21’s Santos Arboleda, TnT’s Macmac Cardona and Yancy de Ocampo and San Miguel’s Danny Ildefonso. (DBC)
bakit 2nd team lang si mac mac???? he propelled TNT without its stars like asi, jimmy and ritualo... si gary david naman malakas kasi ang supporting cast nya... si ranidel lang nawala sa kanila.... at bakit si danny I 2nd rin... mas deserving pa xa kesa kay washington na yan... imagine this guyz si galen young di scorer tapos si danny I yung nagdala sa SMB sa semis....
2001 PBA Draft- Mark Caguioa and Willie Miller Draft Class
Pick No. Team Player
1 Red Bull Willie Miller
2 Shell Velocity Michael Hrabak
3 Barangay Ginebra Mark Caguioa
4 Mobiline Gibert Demape
5 Alaska John Arigo
6 Sta. Lucia Francis Adriano
7 Mobiline Norman Gonzales
8 Sta. Lucia Marvin Ortiguerra
9 Purefoods Roger Yap
10 San Miguel Joey Mente
11 Tanduay Oliver Agapito
12 Red Bull Anton Villoria
13 Ginebra Marlon Basco
14 Pop Cola Jovy Sese
15 Tanduay Ricky Calimag
16 Sta. Lucia Jercules Tangkay
17 Tanduay Charles De Jesus
18 Alaska Kenny Evans
19 San Miguel Jomar Tierra
20 Pop Cola Ato Morano
21 Red Bull Dave Bautista
22 Shell Fernan Dino Manuel
23 Ginebra Marlon Piodo
24 Pop Cola Ramon Jose
25 Mobiline June Longalong
26 Sta. Lucia Michael Almonte
27 Tanduay Joseph Allan Salangsang
28 Alaska Michael Garcia
29 Purefoods Paul Guerrero
30 San Miguel Jeremy Anicieta
31 Tanduay Dominic Uy
32 Tanduay Maoi Roca
33 Pop Cola Rolando Basilides
34 Mobiline Ryan Bernardo
35 Sta. Lucia Francis Zamora
36 Tanduay Jay Magat
37 Purefoods Jonathan De Guzman
38 San Miguel Calijohn Orfrecio
39 Tanduay David Friedhof
40 Shell Arvin Adovo
41 Pop Cola Joshua Lambert
42 Mobiline Jerald Ybanes
43 Sta. Lucia Peter June Simon
44 Tanduay Michael Robinson
45 San Miguel Allen Patrimonio
46 San Miguel Isagani Malindog
47 Mobiline Jonathan Serrano
48 Sta. Lucia Leode Garcia