Donaire TKOs Darchinyan again!

10 11 2013
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Corpus Christi, Texas – After being hit by two catastrophic natural calamities in the past few weeks, the Philippine sports fans received some good news when the Filipino Flash Nonito Donaire defeated Vic Darchinyan via a 9th round TKO.  This bout was rematch for their 2007 tiff that launched the career of Donaire.  Darchinyan was one of the most exciting boxing champions then but got schooled by tactical Donaire.  Donaire’s 5th round demolition of Darchinyan was awarded KO of the Year by the Ring Magazine.   The rematch that took 6 years in the making was a very competitive one and both fighters had their moments.

The bout was quite even until the 6th round. On the 7th and 8th round, Darchinyan was aggressive and was taking alot of punches.  By the end of the 8th round, Donaire was behind in two of judge’s score cards. The 9th round, however, was all Donaire.  He showed what his vaunted left hook can do as  it pounded the Armenian constantly.  One of those left hooks caused the first knockdown of the match but Darchinyan was able to beat the count but was still a bit groggy. Sensing his opponents weakness, Nonito Donaire put on all out attack.  Initially, Darchinyan was able hold on and weather the storm but Donaire kept on with the pressure using a two fisted attack. Two hard left uppercuts forced referee Laurence Cole to step in and stop the fight.  Donaire was by TKO at the 2:06 mark of the 9th round.

The win was a good bounce back win for Nonito Donaire after he suffered just 2nd career loss back in April against the ultra-talented Cuban Guillermo Rigondeaux. The victory could set up a rematch against the person who took his super bantamweight titles. Another option is to fight WBA featherweight champion Nicolas Waiters of Jamaica which is the same as the weight limit for tonight’s bout.  Darchinyan’s road back to a world championship has hit a snag again but he will always be in the discussion as one option for up and coming boxers to fight against because of exciting and aggressive style.  The roads of the two protagonists will once again diverge.





2013 PBA Draft: Barako Bull trades its 3 first round Picks

3 11 2013

The franchise that is known for trading away valuable draft picks outdid itself by trading away all its first round picks in the 2013 PBA Draft. The Barako Bull Energy had the No.4, No.5, and No.6 of the draft but they ended giving it all away for veteran players. Here is what they exchange for the draft picks:

4th Pick – James Forrester (Ginebra) for Ginebra’s Rico Maierhofer and Willy Wilson

5th Pick – Terence Romeo (Globalport) for Magi Sison and Mark Isip of Petron (Yousif Taha was sent to Petron from Globalport)

6th Pick – RR Garcia (Globalport) for Dennis Miranda

The team got 5 veterans for the 3 rookies with some upside. It will be interesting to see how this trade pans out. In a quick glance it looks like the big winner here is the Globalport which will be the home of the FEU Tamaraw guard duo.  Ginebra has now assembled a very athletic young core with Forrester, Aguilar, Ellis, and Slaughter to join forces with Tenorio and Caguioa.  The Barangay would be feeling very confident going into the season.

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Barako Bull Energy logo (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Caloycomment: Now they have Magi Sison, why not hire more UP alums ….. more

 

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2013 PBA Draft Results

3 11 2013

Here are the players drafted in this year’s PBA Draft bannered by 7-foot Greg Slaughter:

First Round

1. Barangay Ginebra San Miguel – Greg Slaughter
2. San Mig Coffee Mixers – Ian Sangalang
3. Rain or Shine Elasto Painters – Raymond Almazan
4. Barangay Ginebra San Miguel (from Barako Bull) – James Forrester
5. GlobalPort Batang Pier (from Barako Bull via Petron) – Terrence Romeo
6. GlobalPort Batang Pier (from Barako Bull) – RR Garcia
7. GlobalPort Batang Pier – Isaac Holstein
8. Alaska Aces – Ryan Buenafe
9. Rain or Shine Elasto Painters – Alex Nuyles
10. San Mig Coffee Mixers – Justin Chua

Second Round

1. GlobalPort Batang Pier – Nico Salva
2. Rain or Shine Elasto Painters – Jeric Teng
3. San Mig Coffee Mixers – Justin Melton
4. Barako Bull Energy Colas – Jeric Fortuna
5. Talk ‘N Text Tropang Texters (from Alaska) – JP Erram
6. Air21 Express – Eric Camson
7. Talk ‘N Text Tropang Texters – Robby Celiz
8. Alaska Aces – Chris Exciminiano
9. Rain or Shine Elasto Painters – Gayford Rodriguez
10. Barako Bull Energy Colas – Carlo Lastimosa

Third Round

1. Air 21 – Joshua Webb
2. GlobalPort – Jopher Custodio
3. Barako Bull- Darwin Cordero
4. GlobalPort (from Ginebra)- LA Revilla
5. Petron – Sam Marata
6. Meralco – Anjo Caram
7. Talk ‘N Text – Eliud Poligrates
8. Alaska – Raymund Ilagan
9. Rain or Shine Ervic Vijandre
10. San Mig Coffee – JR Cawaling

Fourth Round

1. GlobalPort – PASS
2. Air 21 – Angelo Ingco
3. Barako Bull – Jett Vidal
4. Ginebra – John Usita
5. Petron: Nate Matute
6. Meralco: Mike Parala
7. Talk ‘N Text – Oping Sumalinog
8. Alaska – PASS
9. Rain or Shine – PASS
10. San Mig Coffee – PASS

Fifth Round

1. Air 21 -Randolph Chua
2. GlobalPort – PASS
3. Barako Bull – Mike Silungan
4. Ginebra – Alvin Padilla
5. Petron – PASS
6. Meralco – Mark Lopez
7. Talk ‘N Text – Byron Villarias
8. Alaska – PASS
9. Rain or Shine – PASS
10. San Mig Coffee – PASS

Sixth Round

1. GlobalPort – Pass
2. Air 21 – PASS
3. Barako Bull – PASS
4. Ginebra – Jens Knuttel
5. Petron – PASS
6. Meralco – Ron Guevarra
8. Alaska – PASS
9. Rain or Shine – PASS
10. San Mig Coffee – PASS

Seventh Round

1. GlobalPort – PASS
2. Air 21 – PASS
3. Barako Bull – PASS
4. Ginebra – PASS
5. Petron – PASS
6. Meralco – Mark Bringas
8. Alaska – PASS
9. Rain or Shine – PASS
10. San Mig Coffee – PASS

Draftee by Team:

Ginebra

  1. Greg Slaughter
  2. James Forrester
  3. John Usita
  4. Alvin Padilla
  5. Jens Knuttel

San Mig Coffee

  1. Ian Sangalang
  2.  Justin Chua
  3. Justin Melton
  4. JR Cawaling

Rain or Shine

  1. Raymond Almazan
  2. Alex Nuyles
  3. Jeric Teng
  4. Gayford Rodriguez
  5. Ervic Vijandre

Globalport

  1. Terence Romeo
  2. RR Garcia
  3. Isaac Holstein
  4. Nico Salva
  5. Jopher Custodio
  6. LA Revilla

Alaska Aces

  1. Ryan Buenafe
  2. Chris Exciminiano
  3. Raymund Ilagan

Barako Bull

  1.  Jeric Fortuna
  2. Carlo Lastimosa
  3. Darwin Cordero
  4. Jett Vidal
  5. Mike Silungan

Talk N’ Text

  1. JP Erram
  2. Robby Celiz
  3. Eliud Poligrates
  4. Oping Sumalinog
  5. Byron Villarias

Air21

  1. Eric Camson
  2. Joshua Webb
  3. Angelo Ingco
  4. Randolph Chua

Petron

  1. Sam Marata
  2. Nate Matute

Meralco

  1. Anjo Caram
  2. Mike Parala
  3. Mark Lopez
  4. Ron Guevarra
  5. Mark Bringas

 

 





NBA Global Games Philippines 2013 Indiana vs. Houston Blow by Blow

10 10 2013

MOA Arena, Philippines -The game started with Houston Rockerts blitzing with a 12-0 in the first 3 minutes of the game.  Paul George got hot put Indiana within striking distance at 29-21. CJ Watson trimmed down the lead to 5 with a 3-pointer with 34 seconds left in the opening period. Houston had the final possession of the first quarter with James Harden drawing a foul with 1 second left. He made made 2 out of 2 to end the period at 31-24. Harden has been consistent in his ability to draw fouls and get to the line for his points.

2nd Period:

Solomon Hill misses the first attempt in the second period.

10:57 Jeremy Lin draws a foul from Luis Scola. He goes to the line for free throws. He makes both 33-24 Houston

10:31 Watson hits another three point shot. 33-27

10:12 Donatas Motiejunas then Luis Scola answers in the other end. 35-29

9:28 Danny Granger makes as shot off a Watson pass. 35-31

9:00 Aaron Brook makes a nice lay-up and Lin scores after an Indiana miss. 39-31

8:27 Luis Scola And 1 after an offensive rebound. 39-33  Time out. Completes the three[point play. 39-34

7:57 Defensive 3-seconds violation for the Rockets. Granger makes the bonus 39-35

7:45 Scola scores from Granger 39-37

7:33 Brooks scores of an amazing drive plus a foul. 42-37.

7:02 Motiejunas brings the lead back 7. Chris Copeland answers but Motiejunas scores again. 46-39. 11 Fastbreak points for Houston.

6:28 Watson on the line for the Pacers. He makes 2. 46-41 Houston

6:10 Lin another inside incursion. 48-41 Houston

5:57 Omri Casspi scores the free throw line 49-41

5:37 Lance Stevenson on the line after a foul. Both teams on penalty. 49-43.

5:04   David West scores from the inside but missed the bonus free throw. 49-45 Houston

4:16 Patrick Beverley makes 2 FTs 51-45 Houston

3:51 Chandler Parson makes a three. George misses a bonus FT for delay of game. 54-45

3:25 George and Parsons trade baskets. 56-47

Crowd enjoying the entertainment off the time out. The mascots are stealing the show. Delay in the game due to clock malfunction. Clutch and Boomer having fun.  Problem with the scorers table.

George scores 56-49 to cut the lead to 7.

1:47 Jeremy Lin fouled by Stevenson. He goes 2 of 2. 58-49

1:14 Granger scores off a Houston turnover. He makes the bonus. 58-52.

1:00 Harden cleverly draws another foul. He is in the FT line again. He hits 1 of 2. 59-52.

0:47 Stevensons muscles his way for a drive and a foul. He misses the free throw. 59-54.

0:32 Harden again at the line after drawing a foul from West. He makes both Fts. 61-54

0:20 Watson makes a FT. 61-55

0:00 Harden misses three pointer to end the half.

After starting slow, the Indiana Pacers bench somehow gained headway to make the game closer. Harden is showing why he lead the league in FT attempts as he continues to draw falls that lead free throws. Both teams have the potential to go deep in next year’s playoffs.  On paper the Pacers have a better talent than last year’s Eastern Conference finalists while Houston just got more dangerous with the addition of Dwight Howard.

3rd Period

10:42 Harden draws the 4th foul from Hill. He is on the line again. He just hit 1 of 2. 62-55 Houston.

10:20 Terrence Jones rewarded for his defensive effort with a dunk. 64-55.

10:00 Parsons  scores off another Indiana Pacers turnover. 66-55

9:10 West finally scores for Indiana 66-57.

8:46 George reduces the lead to 7. 66-59.

8:00 West scored again but Harden answer. 68-61 Houston.

7:30 West is waxing hot but Parsons answers as well. 70-63

7:00 Gerorge scores in the perimeter but Harden answers with a score in the paint. 72-65.

5:45 Jones draws a foul off a drive. Missed to FTs but awarded another because lane violation. He makes the third. 73-65.

4:35 Hibbert fouled by Parsons. He makes 2 Fts. 73-67

4:18 Beverley for 3! 76-67

4:04 George scores but misses Ft. 76-69.

3:28 Howard on the line. He goes 1 for 2. 77-69.

3:16 Harden travels again. Pacers ball!

2:38 Parsons scores. Hibbert answers 79-71

1:55 Howard scores against Hibbert and West answers for the PAcers. 81-73

0:48 Harden for three! 84-73

0:33 George scores 84-75

End of Third Quarter Rockets 84 Pacers 75

4th quarter

11:10 Orlando Johnson scores 84-77.

10:14 Johnson again 84-79.

9:40 Ronnie Brewer and 1 from a good Lin outlet. 86-79

8:45 Motiejunas scores 88-79.

8:30 Orlando Johnson draws a foul.

8:00 Scola scores 88-81

7:35 Lin scores off a drive! 90-81

7:12 Lin makes 2 FTs 92-81

6:55 Scola at the line makes 1 of 2 92-82

6:30 Houston gets creative. Casspi scores with a foul. Completes the 3 point play 95-82.

6:16 Granger at the line. He just played 5 games last year. He makes 1 of 2. 95-83

6:14 Scola loose ball foul. Lin at the line. 2 of 2 97-83

5:47 Granger on the line. He makes 2 of 2. 97-85

5:02 5-0 for Houston. 102-85. Biggest lead of the game.

4:40 Indiana answers with 2 FTs. 102-87

4:19 Orlando Johnson on the line. Misses both FTs. 21-31 for Pacers in FT line.

3:45 Motiejunas scores and Johnson answers with a trifecta. 104-90.

3:19  Casspi barrels through and gets rewarded with a 3-point play. 107-90

3:00 Motiejunas hook shot and Casspi burns the Pacers with a 3! 112-90!!

1:58  Hilton Armstrong makes 2 Fts 112-92.

o:56 Motiejunas on the line. 2 of 2. 114-92

0:44 Orlando Johnson scores but Casspi answers 116-94

0:16 Johnson on the line 2 of 2. 116-96

The first ever preseason game between 2 NBA teams in the Philippines ends at 116-96 for the Houston Rockets. Both teams will meet again on Sunday in Taipei.

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2013 PBA Governor’s Cup Semi-Finals Recap: San Mig, Petron book seats in the Finals

8 10 2013

It is going to be a battle between sister teams as two teams from the San Miguel Corporation group made it to the finals of the 2013 PBA Governor’s Cup. San Mig Coffee eliminated the Meralco Bolts, 3-1 while the Petron Blaze Boosters crushed the hopes of the Rain or Shine Elasto Painters for a repeat with a similar 3-1 series win.

San Mig Coffee Mixers 3 – 1 Meralco Bolts

The main factor in the series was the ability of the San Mig defenders to limit Bolts import Mario West.  West was limited to a pedestrian 15.25 points per game and 28% shooting percentage.  West averaged 28.33 ppg and a decent 43% shooting in the eliminations.  James Yap, meanwhile raised his scoring average to 15 ppg from just 11.6 ppg in the eliminations. Big Game James capped his brilliant semifinal series with a 19 point performance in the deciding game.

Petron Blaza Booster 3 -1 Rain or Shine Elasto Painters

The streaking Petron Blaze Boosters somehow caught a lucky but could have been unnecessary break as they faced a depleted Rain or Shine Elasto Painters. The Painters were not the type that would just roll over but they just cannot match the intensity and the star power of the No.1 seeded Petron. June Mar Fajardo asserted his dominance in the inside as he dominated the first two games of the series with a massive double-double of 15 points and 17 rebounds in Game 1 and a more impressive 26 points and 14 rebounds  performance in Game 2.  RoS saved some pride by winning Game 3 behind the efforts of Arizona Reid and Jeffrei Chan who combined for 43 points and 22 rebounds.  Petron however, finished them off in Game 4 with a 21-point rout.  Elijah Millsap, Marcio Lassiter, Alex Cabagnot and Fajardo combined for 93 points to outscore the all the players of RoS who just finished with 89 points.

 





Fil-Ams in US NCAA: Jason Brickman and LIU win Northeast Conference tournament; Holt topscores for the Gaels in losing to No.1 Gonzaga

13 03 2013

Filipino-American Jason Brickman and the LIU Brooklyn Blackbirds are going to the big dance once again as they beat Mount St. Mary’s Mountaineers in the finals of the Northeast Conference, 91-70. Brickman, the main playmaker in the team, contributed 7 points, 8 assists, and 2 steals in the victory for LIU (20-13, 12-6 NEC). He is currently averaging 8.5 assists per game which tops the whole NCAA Division I.

Stephen Holt meanwhile, led the scoring for the Saint Mary’s Gaels (27-6, 14-2 WCC) who lost in the West Coast Conference finals against No.1 ranked Gonzaga Bulldogs(31-2, 16-0 WCC), 51-65.  Holt finished with 19 points, 7 rebounds, 2 assists, and 2 steals as he was the only Gaels player who finished in double figures. He is currently averaging 11.8 ppg and 5.4 rpg.  Three of the Gaels losses this season was against division rival Bulldogs.  The Gaels have a good chance to have an at large bid to the prestigious NCAA Tournament.

Last year, the LIU Blackbirds and St. Mary’s Gaels were eliminated in the first round of the Big Dance.





PBA: Renaldo Balkman gets banned for life

11 03 2013

Commissioner Atty. Chito Salud of the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) issued an official statement banning Petron Blaze Boosters import Renaldo Balkman from the league and fining him 250,000 pesos in relation to the incident in last Friday’s game between the Blaze Bossters and the Alaska Aces.  Commissioner Salud considered Balkman’s history in handing down the stiff decision.  Some quarters believed that the penalties imposed by the Commissioner was too harsh.  Petron was even willing to give the temperamental yet effective import another chance.

With Balkman, Petron sits with 5-2 record which is good for 3rd place over-all.  The Blaze Boosters are just a game behind the Aces and 1/2 game behind the Rain or Shine Elasto Painters.  Balkman, a former NBA first round pick, is currently averaging 25 ppg, 13.4 rpg, 2.43 apg, 2 spg, and 2.71 bpg.  The ban on him will leave a big void to fill as the Blaze Boosters will play the streaking Rain or Shine Elasto Painters in their next game.

Commissioner Salud’s statement (via interaktv)

A video of the incident that triggered the ban has reached over 1,000,000 views in Youtube.  The news was also picked up by the international media.  Balkman’s agent Sheryl Reyes is worried that the ban will have negative implications on employment opportunities for her client in other parts of the world. In the video, Balkman is seen arguing the referees.  He pushed assistant coach Biboy Ravanes, teammates Ronald Tubid, and Arwind Santos.  In one of the most unusual scenes in the PBA, the import choked Santos before cooler heads were able to restrain him.

caloycomment: Carry on, Petron! Farewell, Renaldo Balkman!








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