2012 PBA Governor’s Cup Semifinals: Texters rout Bolts

11 07 2012



The battle between the two MVP (Manny V. Pangilinan)- owned squads turned out to be a rout as the Talk ‘N Text Tropang Texters easily beat the eliminated Meralco Bolts, 108-84.  The Texters who need to sweep all its remaining matches to have a shot for a finals berth, got hot from the the get go and simply overwhelmed the Bolts.  Talk ‘N Text were already leading by 15 after 12 minutes.

The lead ballooned to 21 at the half and 26 by the end of the third period.  In the end, it was a 24 point margin of victory for the Tropang Texters. Ranidel de Ocampo had 24 points and Japeth Aguilar played one of his best scoring games in the PBA with a double-double performance by scoring 20 points and grabbing 10 boards.  Mario West led the Bolts with 21 points.  The Texters raised their record to 6-5 (1-1 semifinals).  Their last 3 opponents would be Petron, Ginebra, and Rain or Shine.


The scores:

Talk ‘N Text (108) – De Ocampo 24, Aguilar 20, Alapag 12, Williams 11, Harris 10, Peek 8, Castro 7, Fonacier 5, Alvarez 5, Raymundo 4, Gamalinda 2, Aban 0, Lao 0.

Meralco (84) – West 21, Cardona 13, Daa 11, Mercado 9, Bulawan 8, Taulava 6, Hugnatan 5, Ballesteros 4, Reyes 4, Borboran 3, Ross 0, Timberlake 0, Artadi 0.

Quarters: 31-16, 64-43, 89-63, 108-84

Philippine NCAA Season 87: San Beda captures 5th basketball crown in 6 years

27 10 2011
Have Courage San Beda! Animo San Beda!

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Manny V. Pangilinan has another collegiate double as San Beda won the NCAA 87 title over rivals San Sebastian Stags, 57-55, for their 5th title in 6 years. MVP also supported UAAP Champs Ateneo de Manila Blue Eagles, who defended their title earlier this month.

Coach Frankie Lim still relied on his second stringers to pull off the win in Game 2. After using guard Mar Villahermosa for the big win in Game 1, Lim used David Semerad to close out the series. Semerad finished 15 points including 7 in the pivotal fourth quarter. Semerad scored the marginal basket with 53.6 ticks left over Season 87 MVP Calvin Abueva. His basket gave the Lions a 4 point lead at 57-53.

Jovit Dela Cruz answered for Baste to trim down the lead to 2 with only 37 seconds left in regulation. The Stags had a chance to tie or grab the lead in its final possession but Ronald Pascual threw an airball from rainbow territory to end the Stag’s season.

It was a tough loss for the Topex Robinson-mentored San Sebastian squad as they zoomed to a 15-0 record early in the season only to lose 5 of their last six games. There were even talks then of a sweep but they faltered to give the roaring Red Lions the top seeding then the Stags lost the first game against Letran in their semifinal series. It is a really bitter pill to swallow as they even captured many of the awards but the biggest award eluded them this year.

As for San Beda, winning their 5th title in 6 years has been sweet as they lost Sudan Daniel before the season even started. This is the first time in their 5 title romp that they do not have a foreign reinforcement. Sam Ekwe led them to three titles while Daniels was with them last year. In the finals, the Lions countered the Stag’s star power with an overachieving bench. Their leading scorers in Game 2 were Semerad, Anjo Caram, Villahermosa and Rookie Baser Amer. The Abueva-Pascual-Sangalang trio led the Stags with a combined effort of 40 points.

Dave Marcelo was chosen as the Finals MVP. He averaged an astounding 13.5 boards per game in the Finals while battling the likes of Abueva and Pascual. Mythical team member Garvo Lanete of San Beda was not a 100% in the finals but the reserve guards filled in nicely.


SAN BEDA 57 — D. Semerad 15, Caram 10, Villahermosa 8, Amer 7, Dela Rosa 5, K. Pascual 4, A. Semerad 2, J. Pascual 2, Marcelo 2, Lanete 2.

SAN SEBASTIAN 55 — Pascual 15, Sangalang 13, Abueva 12, Miranda 5, Antipuesto 4, Dela Cruz 4, Del Rio 2, Vitug 0, Maiquez 0.

Quarterscores: 14-15, 27-32, 48-50, 57-55

2011 PBA Press Corps Awardees

30 09 2011

2011 PBA Press Corps Annual Awards were handed out and here are the recipients:

Coach of the Year (Virgilio “Baby” Dalupan Trophy): Vincent “Chot” Reyes (Talk ‘N Text)

Executive of the Year(Danny Floro Trophy): Manny V. Pangilinan (Talk ‘N Text)

Maynilad Mr. Quality Minutes: Jason Castro (Talk ‘N Text)

Sapal Elastic Sealant and Waterproofer Defensive Player of the Year:  Arwind Santos (Petron Blaze)

Comeback Player of the Year(William “Bogs” Adornado Trophy): Danny Ildefonso (Petron Blaze)

Accel Order of Merit Winner: Mark Caguioa (Barangay Ginebra Kings)

Referee of the Year : Jimmy Mariano

Energen All-Rookie Team: Rabeh Al-Hussaini, Noy Baclao, Rob Labalaga, Sean Anthony and John Wilson