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

2012 PBA Commissioner’s Cup: Championship down to 6 teams

31 03 2012

It took an extra game day for the 2012 PBA Commissioner’s Cup‘s playoff picture to finalized. The Meralco Bolts eliminated Philippine Cup surprise finalist Powerade Tigers in their do or die battle for the 6th and final slot in the quarterfinals. In the main game today, the Barangay Ginebra Kings toppled sister team B-Meg Derby Ace Llamados to secure the No.2 seeding and outright semifinal seat.

Eliminated Teams:

Rain or Shine Elasto Painters (3-6)

Petron Blaze Boosters (3-6)

Air 21 Express (3-6)

Powerade Tigers (4-5)

Quarterfinal Match-ups:

QF 1: B-Meg Llamados vs. Meralco Bolts

QF 2: Alaska Aces vs. Barako Bull

Final 4 Teams:

1. Talk ‘N Text

2. Ginebra

Winners of the QF match-ups

caloycomment: With 3 Philippine Cup semifinalists ousted, the PBA has achieved some sort of parity between teams… MORE

PBA: 3 cliffhangers so far this weekend

18 02 2012

The 2012 Commissioner’s Cup in its full swing and this weekend is marked with 3 very close encounters. Here are the results of the most recent games in the PBA:

Talk ‘N Text Tropang Texters (1-0) 102 – 96 Meralco Bolts (1-2)

The defending champions Talk ‘N Text started their defense with a win against sister team Meralco Bolts. Import Omar Samhan dominated the boards by scoring 20 points, grabbing 20 rebounds and blocking 4 shots. Samhan actually had a tough debut as he missed his first 9 shots. Meralco import Jarrid Famous had 28 points and 13 rebounds. The game was nip and tuck from the start but the Tropang Texters was able to finally pull away in the overtime period behind Samhan’s 6 points.

Samhan got a lot of local support as Jimmy Alapag, Jason Castro, Kelly Williams, and recent Finals MVP Larry Fonacier scored in double figures. Mark Cardona and Chris Ross combined for 44 points, 14 rebounds, 14 assists, and 6 steals for the losers.

Talk ‘N Text (102) – Samhan 24, Alapag 14, Castro 13, Williams 12, Dillinger 10, Fonacier 10, De Ocampo 9, Peek 6, Aguilar 4, Carey 0.

Meralco (96) – Famous 28, Cardona 25, Ross 19, Hugnatan 10, Borboran 6, Espinas 5, Aljamal 2, Taulava 1, Timberlake 0, Macapagal 0, Artadi 0.

Quarterscores: 19-22; 45-42; 68-68; 92-92; 102-96.

Powerade Tigers (1-0) 122 – 120  Rain or Shine Elasto Painters (0-2)

The Powerade Tigers has once again shown that they have the number of the Yeng Guiao-coached Rain or Shine Elasto Painters. After being down much early in the game, the Tigers unleashed under 4th quarter comeback behind the hot hands of Gary David, rookie Jvee Casio, and import Dwayne Jones. David scored 32 points and hit the game breaking trifecta for a 122-119 lead with 13 seconds left in the game. Rain or Shine only managed to get 1 point in its final possession behind Gabe Norwood‘s free throw.

Dwayne Jones had 34 points 21 rebounds. Painter’s Duke Crewes had 23 points and 12 rebounds. Casio finished the game with 14 points and 13 assists. Marcio Lassiter and reserve big man Ricky Calimag also scored in double figures for the Tigers. Five locals led by Gabe Norwood and Jeff Chan scored more than ten points each for the Painters.

Powerade (122) – Jones 34, David 32, Casio 14, Lassiter 13, Calimag 11, Anthony 9, Vanlandingham 6, Allera 3, Martinez 0, Lingganay 0, Kramer 0, Cruz 0, Adducul 0.

Rain or Shine (120) – Crews 23, Norwood 16, Chan 13, Arana 13, Quinahan 12, Cruz 10, Belga 9, Lee 8, Buenafe 7, Ibanes 7,Matias 2.

Quarterscores: 24-33; 50-59; 83-94; 122-120.

Alaska Aces (2-1) 76 – 74 Barangay Ginebra Kings (1-1)

In the out of town Saturday game, the Alaska Aces made a magical comeback against the Barangay Ginebra Kings in Lucena City. L.A. Tenorio scored 7 points in the last 19 seconds that comprised of a rare 4-point play and a game winning 3-point shot. With the Aces down 69-72, Tenorio made an improbable 3-point shot just as Mike Cortez was trying to foul him. He made the bonus free throw for a 73-72 lead. Kerby Raymundo made a fade-away with 6 seconds left to give back the lead to the Kings. Tenorio, however, was not done as he drilled another three with 2 seconds left to shock the pro-Ginebra crowd. All in all, Tenorio finished the game with 23 points. Cyrus Baguio top scored with 29 points. Mark Caguioa, Mike Cortez and Raymundo combined for 44 points. The imports negated each other as Adam Parada and Chris Alexander only scored 7 points apiece.

Alaska (76) — Baguio 29, Tenorio 23, Parada 7, Baracael 5, Thoss 4, Reyes 4, Bugia 2, Custodio 2, Eman 0, Salamat 0.

Ginebra (74) — Caguioa 19, Cortez 13, Raymundo 12, Ababou 9, Alexander 7, Helterbrand 5, Canaleta 4, Labagala 3, Mamaril 1, Wilson, W. 1

Quarterscores: 18-17, 32-41, 58-56, 76-74

Games today

Barako Bull Energy vs. Air 21 Express

Petron Blaze Boosters vs. B-Meg Llamados

PBA Results November 2, 2011: Cone and Alaska win in the same night

3 11 2011

November 2, 2011 will be remembered as the date when Alaska won its first game in the post-Tim Cone era. The Cone-less Alaska Aces brought back to earth the streaking Barako Bull Energy, 93-72. In the main game, ex-Alaska coach Tim Cone steered his new team B-Meg Llamados to a 76-65 when over Shopinas.com Clickers.

Alaska 93 – 73 Barako Bull

A few days after Barako Bull coach Junel Baculi declared that his team is for real and a big title threat, the winless Alaska Aces showed that it is too early to declare any team as a title contender. The losing streak of the Aces now coached by Joel Banal ends at 5. Center Sonny Thoss led a fiery second half barrage to humble the Barako Bull Energy who were seeking to tie league leaders Rain or Shine Elasto Painters. From being outscored at the first half, 36-40, the Aces turned the tables and routed the Energy 57-32 in the final 2 quarters.

Thoss finished with a career-high 27 markers and towed 3 other Aces players in double figures. Rookie Mac Baracael, point-guard L.A. Tenorio, and swingman Cyrus Baguio combined for 41 points. Rookie Dylan Ababou led Barako Bull in scoring with 19 points while veterans Don Allado and Sunday Salvacion added 11 and 10 points, respectively.

B-Meg 76 – 65 Shopinas.com

Not to be outdone by his former team, Tim Cone made sure that they will win against the winless Shopinas.com. The Llamados relied on a big fourth quarter run to deny Franz Pumaren and the Shopinas.com Clickers their first victory. The win was the third for the Llamados in 7 games while the Clickers fell to 0-6.

The game was pretty tight in the first 3 periods as the Llamados only had 3 point lead at the end of the third period, 51-48. Rookie Mark Barroca starred in an anti-climactic 22-8 run in the first half of the final period to pull away from the Clickers. With a 72-56 lead, B-Meg just coasted to get the victory. Barroca finished with 13 points. Peter June Simon topped the scoring for B-Meg with 18. James Yap had 12 markers in the game. Elmer Espiritu was the lone Clicker in double figures with 13.

The scores:

ALASKA 93 – Thoss 27, Baracael 16, Tenorio 15, Baguio 10, Dela Cruz 9, Reyes 8, Cablay 8, Custodio 0, Eman 0.

BARAKO 72 – Ababou 19, Allado 11, Salvacion 10, Seigle 9, Artadi 6, Miller 5, Salvador 4, Pena 4, Pennisi 2, Arboleda 2, Sorongon 0, Avenido 0.

Quarters: 18-17, 36-40, 61-54, 93-72

B-MEG 76 – Simon 18, Barroca 13, Yap J. 12, De Vance 9, Raymundo 7, Pingris 5, Urbiztondo 4, Reavis 3, Yap R. 3, Maierhofer 2, Acuna 0.

SHOPINAS.COM 65 – Espiritu 13, Sena 9, Jazul 9, Hubalde 8, Duncil 6, Canlas 5, Mirza 5, Ritualo 5, Menor 4, Aquino 1, Sison 0, Hermida 0, Daa 0, Se 0.

PBA 37: Cone gets first win with new team

13 10 2011

After losing his first game with the B-Meg Llamados, Coach Tim Cone won his second game against a very special opponent. Tim Cone got his first with B-Meg by beating the Alaska Aces, the team that he serve for 22 years.  For longtime PBA diehards, it was odd to see Tim Cone in the other side of an Aces defeat.

B-Meg actually started slow, maybe, feeling the pressure that their new coach is facing. Alaska led at the end of the first quarter by 12, 21-9.  The Llamados found their rhythm in the 2nd canto as they outscored the Aces, 26-16, to cut down the deficit to 35-37 by halftime.

The Llamados finally tied the game at 48-all. With score at 52-52, Peter Jun Simon hit a 3-pointer to give B-Meg the lead for good. B-Meg lead for the rest of the game but needed some timely hits by point guard Josh Urbiztondo from long distance to quell the last ditch rally of the Alaska Aces.

Former MVP James Yap led B-Meg in scoring with 20 points. Urbiztondo and Raymundo added 12 apiece while De Vance and Simon also finishing in double figures with 10 and 11 markers respectively. Sonny Thoss paced the Aces against their former coach with 18 points.


The scores:


B-Meg 81 – Yap J. 20, Urbiztondo 12, Raymundo 12, Simon 11, De vance 10, Reavis 8, Pingris 6, Ferriols 2, Barroca 0, Acuna 0, Maierhofer 0, Yap R. 0.

Alaska 75 – Thoss 18, Reyes 15, Tenorio 11, Baguio 10, Dela Cruz 9, Baracael 4, Custodio 4, Eman3, Bugia 1, Cablay 0.

Quarterscores: 9-21, 35-37, 61-56, 81-75

37th PBA Season Preview Part 1

2 10 2011

The new season of the Philippine Basketball Association will start today. The league will once again have ten teams and will play in a 3 conference format. It is going to an interesting season as the 37th season marked the entry of several Smart-Gilas members to the Philippine‘s top basketball league. Here are some of the things to look forward to with the competing teams:

Alaska Aces

Key newcomer: Joel Banal (Head Coach) – After 22 years, the Aces will have a new coach. Banal who was Tim Cone’s long-time assistant is tasked to keep the winning tradition of the Uytengsu-owned franchise.

Key player: LA Tenorio – The PG’s role will now be bigger as he will try to stabilize a team that has a new coach and has big changes in the system. The former Blue Eagle averaged 13.5 ppg and 4.5 apg last season. He is expected to raise those lofty number this year.

Key Game: October 12 at the Araneta Coliseum– The Aces will face their former coach Tim Cone who is now the head tactician of B-Meg.

Wildcard: Julius Pasculado. The Cebuano rookie from Illinois was a big surprise during the rookie camp. His play merited him to be drafted in the second round by the Aces. He could be a big surprise or a wasted pick.

Key Question: How long will the Aces adjust to their new coach?

Barako Bull Energy

Key newcomer: Willie Miller – The former MVP will once again banner a Barako Bull team. He has somehow aged but he is still capable of outplaying many of the younger guards in the league.

Key Player: Danny Seigle – He had a career renaissance last season and is expected to bear the bulk of the scoring brunt for the Energy Boosters. He has to keep himself healthy or else the team will again struggle in close games.

Key Game: October 7 at the Ynares Center. Barako Bull opens the new season against Dondon Hontiveros and the Petron Blaze. It will be a winnable game for them as they battle a Petron 5 that will also play in the prior game date (Oct. 5).

Wildcard: The PGs. Paul Artadi, Winnie Arboleda, and Miller will try to spark the offense of the team. They have the potential to turn this team to be a high scoring club or they could end up making other team’s offense look like an NBA team.

Key question: How long can they keep their players healthy?

B-Meg Llamados

Key newcomer: Tim Cone. Adding a 13-time champion coach can really increase optimism of any contending team. Cone will be bringing his triangle offense to James Yap and company. A lot is expected in the new Llamados offense.

Key Player: James Yap. Will he be the Jordan or the Kobe of Tim’s triangle? The versatile swingman is expected to have a banner year after a season filled with on and off court issues. A new system and a better outlook might bring another MVP award  for the former UE Red Warrior.

Key Game: October 12 at the Araneta Coliseum. The Llamados battles the Aces, two teams with similar systems. They know each other so well that a very dramatic game is expected. Will this be a new PBA rivalry?

Wildcard: The bigmen. Last year, the bigs of B-Meg were saddled with injuries. This year, they have many players back and they play a key role in defense. If the frontline thins out again then the team will not reach its full potential this season.

Key question: Will Cone win his 14th title this season?

Barangay Ginebra Kings

Key newcomer: Reil Cervantes. The rookie forward will try to fit in the Ginebra scheme. He came at a good time when Rudy Hatfield retired and Erik Menk suffering injuries. Cervantes will have a role in this team and the coaches will definitely give him playing time early and try to boost his confidence.

Key player: Mark Caguioa. He had outstanding numbers last season. He is very expected to contend for MVP honors this year as the scoring load is heavier now. He is Ginebra’s main man and only injury can probably prevent him from winning the MVP honors.

Key game: October 2 vs. Rain or Shine. The season opener will test Ginebra as they will face a retooled RoS team. The game could be a semifinal preview.

Wildcard: JJ Helterbrand. He has hinted the media about his plans of retiring after one conference. His play will be critical in the Philippine Cup. Will he still be a part of the dreaded Fast and the Furios or will he give way to players like Rob Labagala?

Key question: How long will Helterbrand last?

Meralco Bolts

Key newcomer: Jason Ballesteros. The 6-7 Smart Gilas reserve center will be manning the post for the young Meralco Bolts. He will try to share time with ageless Asi Taulava, Gabby Espinas, and Mark Isip. The frontline rotation has become one of the biggest league. Ballesteros will be tasked to get the rebounds and be a defensive presence.

Key Player: Mac Mac Cardona. Injuries ended his season last year. He will partner with the bold Sol Mercado to be the Bolt’s 1-2 punch this season. They can be the new Fast and Furios tandem in the league.

Key game: Oct. 7 vs. sister team Talk ‘N Text. It will be a big test for  the team as they would want to know if the current set of players can compete with PBA’s best.

Wildcard: Gilbert Bulawan. The rugged 6-5 rookie will try to be team’s enforcer. He could be given minutes to battle the best forwards and centers in the league. If does well, he will definitely give coach Ryan Gregorio another potent weapon. If not, he will just become a roster filler and a salary cap liability.

Key question: Can Cardona and Mercado co-exist?