Manny Pacquiao applying for the 2014 PBA Draft

23 07 2014

To make his dream of playing in the PBA a reality, KIA Head Coach Emmanuel Pacquiao is applying for the 2014 PBA Draft.  The Philippine Basketball Association does not allow anyone to play unless he has applied for the draft. Coach Manny Pacquiao has no choice but become a draft hopeful in the PBA.  To be able to play he needs to be drafted or signed as an undrafted free agent by KIA.

caloycomment: KIA is now becoming my favorite team and they are doing the right moves … READ MORE in my Sports Satire Blog! 





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!





Talk ‘N Text complete Philippine Cup finals cast

5 01 2013

alapag direct

The Talk ‘N Text Tropang Texters will have a chance to go for a three-peat in Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) Philippine Cup after beating Alaska in their best of 7 semifinal series, 4-2.  The Texters will be facing the defending Governor’s Cup titlist the Rain or Shine Elasto Painters.

The Texters won Game 6 with the score of 83-78.  The game was a tight affair as both teams were very disciplined in their defense.  The game was marked with several lead changes before the Tropang Texters pulled away in the last few minutes.  Jimmy Alapag, Kelly Williams, and Ali Peek combined to give the defending All-Filipino champions an 80-71 lead with barely four minutes left in the final period.  Jvee Casio gave some life to Alaska’s overachieving campaign with a 4-point play to trim the lead to just 5 points.  A lull scoring happened in the next possessions of either items as it was marked steals, blocked shots, turnovers, and some hurried shots. After Casio missed a three point attempt just over 20 seconds left in the game, the Alaska Aces were not able foul a TNT player allowing Talk ‘N Text to waste some seconds before the Aces stopped the clock.  With 15 seconds left, Alaska sent Alapag to the line and he obliged be calmly hitting 2 pressure-packed free throws to increase the lead to 82-75.  In Alaska’s possession, Dondon Hontiveros hit a three-point shot to trim the lead the 5.  The Aces fouled Ranidel de Ocampo who split his free throws for the final tally as the Texters scuttled Alaska’s final play.

Jason Castro topped the scoring for the Tropang Texters finishing with 16 points, 4 rebounds, and 4 assists.  Alapag and 3 others scored in double figures to backstop Castro.  Rookie sensation Calvin Abueva had a career-high 23 points along 13 rebounds, 3 assists, 1 steal and 1 block to lead the Aces.  Big men Gabby Espinas and Sonny Thoss combined for 24 points and 16 rebounds.  Alaska missed 11 free throws in the game and they allowed Talk ‘N Text to hit 9 long range bombs with 3 coming from Alapag.

The semifinal exit is somehow a big achievement for the rebuilding Aces after finishing near the bottom of the standings in all 3 conferences of last year.  The drafting of Calvin Abueva and acquisition of Jvee Casio has somehow reinvigorated the proud Uytengsu franchise.  Alaska is expected to be a tough contender in the next conferences and with more time together it will not be long that they will be gunning for their 14th title to move to solo second all-time behind the 19 by San Miguel.  Alaska is currently tied at second with the legendary but defunct Crispa franchise.

Talk ‘N Text will try to capture its 4th title in the last 7 conferences. The 3 past titles were with teams handled by now-national coach Chot Reyes.  The Tropang Texters are now being mentored by grand slam coach Norman Black who recently came back pro leagues after leading the Ateneo Blue Eagles to 5 consecutive championships in the UAAP.

The scores: 
TALK N’ TEXT 83 - Castro 16, Alapag 15, Dillinger 11, Williams 11, De Ocampo 11,Carey 6, Fonacier 5, Peek 5, Reyes 3, Raymundo 0, Aban 0.
ALASKA 78 – Abueva 23, Espinas 13, Thoss 11, Casio 10, Hontiveros 7, Baracael 6, Jazul 5, Baguio 3, Dela Cruz 0.
Quarters: 25-18, 42-41, 64-62, 83-78




2013 PBA Philippine Cup Semifinals: RoS finishes off San Mig Coffee in Game 6

3 01 2013
Rain or Shine Elasto Painters logo

Rain or Shine Elasto Painters is in the finals(Photo credit: Wikipedia)

After failing to finish off rivals San Mig Coffee before 2012 ended, the Rain or Shine Elasto Painters made sure that they will start the new year with a big bang by beating the last San Miguel franchise left in this year’s Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) Philippine Cup, 90-83.  The victory prevented a do or die game on Sunday.   The win also meant that the Welcoat franchise is going to its first ever Philippine Cup Finals.

The series loss is San Mig Coffee’s second straight defeat to Rain or Shine after they fell to practically the same team in last year’s Governor’s Cup finals.  Coach Yeng Guiao of the Elasto Painters has a chance to win his first ever title in the All-Filipino conference.  He lost in his other 2 appearances to Purefoods, the franchise that is now carrying the San Mig Coffee Brand.  Guiao looks to add to his 6 PBA titles and should he win the championship he will somehow complete a coaching career grand slam.

Game 6 was a very tight game as the Mixers took the lead at the end of the first two quarters.  Jeff Chan led a spirited rally in the 3rd period to turn a 4 point deficit at the half to a 3 point lead going to the payoff period.  The Painter’s hustle lead to multiple possessions and it was apparent that RoS had the fresher legs in the final quarter as they pulled away.    Peter June Simon singlehandedly tried to rally the Mixers by leading a 7-0 charge to trim a double digit deficit to just 4 points at 80-84 with less than 2 minutes left in the game.  Jervy Cruz quickly responded  for the Painters with an and 1 play to push the lead back to 7.  Chan increased the lead to 9 with less than 40 seconds to go.  Simon hit a three to make it a 2-possession game at 83-89.  The Mixers were forced to foul Beau Belga who managed to get a split for the final score as Chan stole the ball from Mark Barroca to end the game and best of seven series.

Chan led the winners with 27 big points.  He got great support from Paul Lee with 15, Jervy Cruz with 14, and Gabe Norwood with 10.  Simon topped the scoring with 29 while Marc Pingris and Joe DeVance combined for 29 for the Mixers.  James Yap had another mediocre game as he ended up with just 6 points and an unbelievable 20% Ft shooting (1 for 5). The series is probably one of the worst ever for Yap in his PBA career.

Rain or Shine will wait for the winner of the Talk ‘N Text vs. Alaska series. Game 6 of that match-up will be played tomorrow.  A game 6 victory by the defending champion Texters will pit them against the Painters for the 2013 Philippine Cup crown.

The scores:

RAIN OR SHINE 90 – Chan 27, Lee 15, Cruz 14, Norwood 10, Belga 7, Quinahan 5, Rodriguez 4, Tang 3, Arana 3, Ibanes 2, Tiu 0, Matias 0.

SANMIG COFFEE 83 – Simon 29, Pingris 15, Devance 14, Barroca 6, Intal 6, Yap 6, Reavis 4, Villanueva 3, Gaco 0, De Ocampo 0.

Quarters: 19-22, 48-52, 71-68, 90-83





2012 PBA Draft Combine: June Mar Fajardo is tallest and heaviest

17 08 2012
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vector version of this image (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Before this weekend’s PBA Draft, the potential draftees were measured and tested by the Philippine Basketball Association.  The PBA measured the actual heights, weights, and wingspans of the candidates.  During the activity, the potential rookie draftees were also asked to some tests like push-ups, pull-ups, and sprint.  Here are some of the standouts of the pre-draft measurements:

Tallest:

  1. June Mar Fajardo – 6’10”
  2. Gian Chu – 6’8 1/8″

Shortest:

  1. Robby Zablan – 5’6″
  2. Emman Monfort – 5’6 1/16″

Heaviest:

  1. June Mar Fajardo – 268.4 lbs
  2. Christopher Pestano – 259.6 lbs

Lightest: Emman Monfort – 132 lbs

Widest Wingspan:

  1. June Mar Fajardo – 85″
  2. Eric Suguitan – 82.5″

Least Wingspan: Emman Monfort – 66″

Most Sit-ups: Ramon Mabayo – 350

Least Sit-ups: John Aldrech Ramos – 40

Most Push-ups: Emman Monfort – 100

Least Push-ups: Calvin Abueva – 13

Most Pull-ups: Thomas Elliot Tan- 24

Best 50m Sprint time: Christopher Ellis – 5.86 seconds

Worst 50m Sprint time: June Mar Fajardo – 7.16 seconds

Best Leapers:

- 11′ 4″ Cliff Hodge – 11’4″ Christopher Ellis – 11’4″

 

 





2012 PBA Governor’s Cup Finals: Yap and B-Meg equalize

26 07 2012

 

 

SMART-Araneta Coliseum, Cubao, Quezon City – After being outmuscled and pushed in Game 1, the B-Meg Llamados showed more poise in Game 2 to level the 2012 PBA Governor’s Cup Finals best of seven series.  The Llamados hit timely baskets in free throws in the final minutes of Game 2 to pull off an 85-80 victory over the Rain or Shine Elasto Painters.

After trailing in the first period, B-Meg took control in the final few minutes of the first half to take the lead for good.  The last deadlock of the game was 74-all before B-Meg unleashed an 11-6 finishing kick. James Yap hit an impressive fall away shot that took the fight from the pesky Elasto Painters. Yap and import Marcus Blakely combined for 50 of B-Meg’s 85 points. Peter June Simon added 16 markers.

2012 PBA Governor’s Cup Best Import Awardee Jamelle Cornley led the Painters with 18 points and 14 rebounds.  The Elasto Painters lost rookie Paul Lee to injury in the 4th quarter.  Lee re-injured his shoulder after trying to tap the ball from Simon.  A stretcher was needed to bring him to a nearby hospital.  The extent of the injury has not yet been determined. There is a chance that he will miss some games in the series.

Earlier in the evening, Mark Caguioa was awarded the Best Player of the Conference trophy. He and Cornley were the major individual awardees of the final conference of the 2011-12 season.

 

The scores:

B-MEG 85 – Blakely 26, Yap 24, Simon 16, Barroca 8, De Ocampo 6, Villanueva 2, Pingris 2, Reavis 1, Urbiztondo 0.

RAIN OR SHINE 80 – Cornley 18, Chan 12, Lee 11, Cruz 10, Norwood 9, Buenafe 7, Ibanes 7, Belga 4, Arana 2, Tang 0, Quinahan 0.

Quarters: 21-26, 44-41, 65-60, 85-80.





2012 PBA Governor’s Cup Semifinals: Kings eliminates Tropang Texters

19 07 2012

The Barangay Ginebra Kings‘ championship hopes are alive as they ended the 5-conference finals streak of Coach Chot Reyes and the Talk ‘N Text Tropang Texters, 73-71.  The Texters have won 3 of the last 5 PBA conference titles. The loss was a sad farewell for Coach Chot who will be leaving the storied Manny V. Pangilinan-owned franchise for a stint as men’s National team head coach. He will be replaced by Norman Black at the helm of the Tropang Texters in the 2012-13 season.

Last night’s game was close all-throughout.  The first period was a bit high scoring before the game turned into a defensive battle. Ginebra was only leading by 2 at the end of the second, and third quarters. Talk and Text grabbed the lead in the 4th canto at 68-66 after a basket by import Paul Harris. Ginebra fought back with a 7-1 run capped by a Kerby Raymundo three-pointer to grab a 4 point lead at 73-69 with 2:56 left in regulation.  The game went scoreless for over 2 minutes after both teams tightened up their defense. Harris broke the lull by scoring on a drive with 39.9 seconds left to bring the Tropang Texters closer at 73-71.  In the ensuing possession, the Barangay Kings could not make a decent attempt at the basket resulting to a shot clock violation giving the Talk ‘N Text 15.3 seconds to design a play to tie or grab the lead. Harris, however, stepped on the baseline after being hounded by Ginebra import Cedric Bozeman resulting to turnover with 3.9 seconds left.  In the next inbound play, Bozeman was able to find Willy Wilson who ran out the clock by throwing the ball in the air and clinching the win for the crowd favorites.

Mark Caguioa top scored for the Kings with 18 points, a stark contrast to his 3 point performance against B-Meg last Sunday. Raymundo, Bozeman, and Mike Cortez scored in double figures for Ginebra. Harris had a monster 25-point 18-rebound performance for the Texters. No other Talk ‘N Text player scored more than 8 points.

Ginebra will battle B-Meg Llamados for the chance to fight for the championships against the Rain or Shine Elasto Painters. The do or die battle will be played on Friday while Game One of the finals will be Sunday.

The scores:

Barangay Ginebra 73 – Caguioa 18, Raymundo 15, Bozeman 14, Cortez 11, Maierhofer 4, Mamaril 4, Hatfield 4, W. Wilson 2, Villanueva 1, Ababou 0, Helterbrand 0.

Talk ‘N Text 71 – Harris 25, Reyes 8, De Ocampo 8, Castro 7, Alapag 7, Peek 7, Williams 3, Aguilar 2, Fonacier 2, Carey 2, Aban 0.

Quarter scoring: 27-21, 42-40, 61-59, 73-71








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