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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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





2012 PBA Governor’s Cup Semifinals: B-Meg gains finals playoff berth

17 07 2012

 

 

The B-Meg Llamados ended Barangay Ginebra‘s semifinal winning run by beating their sister team, 82-70, in the main game last Sunday.  The win moved B-Meg to nine wins and just needs just one more victory for an automatic spot in the finals.

B-Meg was able to limit Ginebra’s main scorer, Mark Caguioa to an anemic 3 points. Coach Tim Cone made Peter June Simon Caguioa’s primary defender and his moved proved effective. B-Meg’s big men took over the second half to help the 2012 Commissioner’s Cup Champions move closer to shot for back to back titles.

Marc Pingris led all scorers with 24 points. Marcis Blakely and Rafi Reavis had double-doubles while James Yap finished with 11 markers.  Cedric Bozeman had 22 points for the Gin Kings who will still be able to earn a playoff for the 2nd finals slot if they win their last semifinals assignment against Talk ‘N Text Tropang Texters.

 

The scores:

B-MEG 82 - Pingris 24, Blakely 17, Yap 11, Reavis 11, Urbiztondo 9, Simon 4, De Ocampo 4, Villanueva
2, Barroca 0.

GINEBRA 70 - Bozeman 22, Helterbrand 16, Raymundo 14, Mamaril 4, Cortez 4, Caguioa 3, Maierhofer 2,
W. Wilson 2, Hatfield 2, Villanueva 1, Maliksi 0, Ababou 0, Canaleta 0, Menk 0.Quarters: 19-16, 32-25, 62-51, 82-70




2012 PBA Governor’s Cup Semifinals: Ginebra now 3-0 in the semis

12 07 2012

 

Inspired.  Probably that is the best way to describe the Barangay Ginebra Kings in the semifinals of the 2012 PBA Governor’s Cup. A few days after doing a miraculous comeback in the night that the legendary Robert Jaworski retires, Ginebra defeated the current league leader Rain or Shine Elasto Painters via a 95-86 score.

The Gin Kings started the game as they trailed the Painters by 10 after the first quarter. They however owned the last 3 to win their 3rd game in the semis for an 8-4 overall record. One more win means that they have at least a playoff for a finals berth.  The win also eliminated sister team and defending champions Petron Blaze Boosters from the race for a finals spot.  Ginebra’s last two opponents in the semis will be B-Meg Llamados and Talk ‘N Text Tropang Texters.  Rain or Shine fell to 9-3 overall and 1-2 in the semis.  The Painters need to win one more to assure itself of at least a playoffs for spot in the finals.

In its latest victory, Mark “The Spark” Caguioa exploded for 29 points buoyed by 5 long range bombs.  He scored 20 points in the middle periods to help Ginebra turn a 10 point deficit to a 5 point lead going to the final period.  Import Cedric Bozeman was assigned by coach Siot Tanquincen to hound Paul Lee scored 19 same as the output of the RoS rookie. Jamelle Cornley was limited to 13 points behind the efforts of Ginebra big men Kerby Raymundo and Rudy Hatfield.  If Ginebra continues it marvelous form then they will be the favored to win the season’s last conference’s crown.

 

The scores:

Ginebra (95) – Caguioa 29, Bozeman 19, Raymundo 15, Helterbrand 11, Hatfield 8, W. Wilson 5, Villanueva 4, Maliksi 2, Cortez 2, Wilson 0, Ababou 0, Maierhofer 0.

Rain or Shine (86) – Lee 19, Chan 14, Cornley 13, Norwood 11, Ibanes 9, Cruz 6, Quinahan 5, Arana 4, Belga 3, Buenafe 2.

Quarters: 18-28, 45-45, 70-65, 95-86





2012 PBA Governor’s Cup Semifinals: “Never-say-die” Ginebra pulls off signature comeback in Jaworski’s retirement night

10 07 2012

The legend meets the new-Ginebra squad (pba.ph)

The retirement ceremony of the famed No. 7 jersey of Philippine basketball’s living legend Robert Jaworski became much more memorable to the Ginebra fanatics when the new generation- Barangay Ginebra Kings (7-4, 2-0)won over sister team Petron Blaze Boosters (6-5, 1-1), 87-85.

Down by 11 at the start of the final period, Ginebra took its first lead in the 4th quarter at 81-80 when Mark “The Spark” Caguioa hit 2 of his 3 freebies after being fouled while attempting a three-point shot. Petron’s Chris Lutz answered with a bucket to bring back the lead to the Boosters at 82-81. Cedric Bozeman and Arwind Santos made a free throw each to bring the score to 83-82 in favor of Petron with 41.4 seconds left and Petron having the possession.  Petron Marcus Faison missed in the next play.  Rico Maierhofer was fouled in the rebound but he missed his two free throws. Rookie Dylan Ababou grabbed the offensive rebound and converted a three-point play to give the Gin Kings an 85-83 lead with 25.8 seconds left in regulation.  In the next play, Alex Cabagnot made a clutch drive for Petron to knot the game at 85-all with 15.9 seconds left.  Coach Siot Tanquingcen called a timeout to draw up the final play.  He designed a play for Caguioa, unfortunately for Barangay Ginebra, Caguiao was not able to free himself from his defender.  The ball was left in the hands of Bozeman who waited for the time to go down to just a few seconds before going to the right and making a shot with 0.8 seconds left in the game.   Petron’s final heave missed which led to pandemonium and a magical ending to a memorable night in Philippine basketball history.

The scores:

GINEBRA 87 – Caguioa 25, Bozeman 13, Ababou 13, Maierhofer 10, Villanueva 8, Raymundo 8, Helterbrand 4, Cortez 3, Hatfield 3, Maliksi 0, Wilson W. 0, Mamaril 0.

PETRON 85 – Faison 19, Lutz 17, Washington 11, Hontiveros 11, Santos 9, Yeo 6, Cabagnot 6, Pena 4, Miranda 2, Reyes 0, Ildefonso 0.

Quarter scoring: 15-26, 34-42, 58-69, 87-85





2012 PBA Governor’s Cup Semifinals: Ginebra and Petron win first matches

7 07 2012

Ynares Center, Antipolo City – Sister teams Barangay Ginebra Kings and Petron Blaze Boosters started off their respective semifinal campaigns with wins over the Meralco Bolts and the  league-leading Rain or Shine Elasto Painters.  Both teams raised their records to 6-4 with the wins.

The great night for the San Miguel Corporation-owned teams was started by Ginebra’s win in the opening game.  The Gin Kings took advantage of the Meralco 5 that has to play its second game in 3 nights. They blitzed the Bolts 25-10 after the opening quarter and cruised to an 89-76 victory.  Kerby Raymundo played one of his best games in Ginebra uniform by scoring 16 points, grabbing 13 rebounds, dishing out 4 assists along with making 1 steal and a block.  Ginebra import Cedric Bozeman had a double-double as well with 13 points and 16 rebounds. Twelve Ginebra players scored in the win. The losing team were led by import Mario West and Asi Taulava who combined for 39 points and 20 rebounds.  The win was Barangay Ginebra King’s second consecutive going back to the elimination round.

In the nightcap, sister team Petron Blaze Boostes completed the San Miguel sweep by edging out the Rain or Shine Elasto Painters. Petron stepped on the gas early and took a 56-39 lead at the end of the first half.  Petron was so hot in the first half that they even took a 23 point lead at one point. In the second half, it was different story as Rain or Shine woke up from its slumber and started chipping away from Petron’s lead.  They, however, ran out of time and conceded an 88-90 game to Petron. Rain or Shine just lost for the second time in this year’s Governor’s Cup.  New import Marcus Faison paced Petron by scoring 20 points.  He got great support from the locals with Joseph Yeo (14), Arwind Santos (12), and Jay Washington (11) all finishing in double figures. Jamelle Cornley lead the Painters with 36 points along with 10 caroms and 4 dishes.

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2012 PBA Commissioner’s Cup: Final 4 starts tomorrow

9 04 2012

The quarterfinals ended on Easter Sunday with Barako Bull and B-Meg Llamados carving out victories in their do or die battles with Alaka Aces and Meralco Bolts respectively. Barako Bull will face top seed Talk ‘N Text Tropang Texters in a best of five series for a spot in the finals.  The other match-up will be between sister teams B-Meg Llamados and Barangay Ginebra Kings.

Game Recap: Barako Bull 106-85 Alaska Aces

Undersized Gabe Freeeman showed that he is capable of leading any team to a PBA championship by giving the Barako Bull a 34 point-19 rebound boost to propel the lower seeded Barako Bull to an upset victory over Alaska Aces. Freeman outplayed Alaska import Adam Parada who finished his Commissioner’s Cup campaign with 18 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists. The Barako Bull made their move in the second quarter to pull away from a tight first period. By halftime, they led 55-42 and they never look back en route to another semifinal stint in the Commissioner’s Cup. Veteran guards Ronald Tubid and Willie Miller each contributed 20 points to give Freeman the scoring support that he needed.

Game Recap: B-Meg Llamados 86-76 Meralco Bolts

In the main game, the B-Meg Llamados and Tim Cone resurrected their hopes for a PBA title by rallying against the youthful Meralco Bolts. B-Meg needed a 25-9 wind-up to earn the right to face the Barangay Ginebra Kings in the semifinals. Denzel Bowles had a very productive game finishing with 28 points, 11 rebounds, 5 assists, and 3 blocks. He got scoring support from Joe DeVance  and Peter Jun Simon who scored 15 and 16 markers respectively. It was a sorry loss for Meralco who had monster games from Solomon Mercado (27 pts 5 rebs) and import Earl Barron (23 pts 11 rebs 4 blks). The victory is Tim Cone’s first series victory over former B-Meg coach Ryan Gregorio.

The semifinals will start tomorrow with Barako Bull battling the Talk ‘N Text Tropang Texters at the Ynares Center in Antipolo City. Tip off will be at 6:45 pm.