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! 

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.


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!

2012 PBA Governor’s Cup Semifinal Cast Complete: Powerade’s season ends on a sour note

4 07 2012
Meralco Bolts logo

Meralco Bolts logo (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The semifinal cast of the 2012 Philippine Basketball Association Governor’s Cup is complete after the Meralco Bolts eliminated the hard-fighting Powerade Tigers tonight with a score of 94-86.

After being down by a solitary point at half-time, the Bolts took advantage of the fatigue factor by blitzing the Tigers at the start of the second half.  The Tigers were playing in back to back nights after eliminating the Red Bull Barako last night.  Meralco outscored Powerade 25-15 in the 3rd period to built a 9-point cushion going to the final 12 minutes of the game.  Meralco Import Mario West negated the explosive performance of Powerade counterpart Omar Sneed by scoring 26 points. Sneed finished with a double-double by scoring 29 points and grabbing 15 rebounds.  From a 63-76 deficit, the Tigers were able tighten up the score at 86-90 after Sneed hit a three-point shot with 1:32 left in the game.  Mario West, however, scored in the other end to bring back the lead to 6 at 92-86 in favor of the Bolts. A miss by Sneed at the next possession sealed Powerade’s fate as Mac Cardona scored the final basket in the game for the final count.

The loss ended the season of Powerade who had a magical run in this season’s All-Filipino Cup. They finished 2nd to the Talk ‘N Text Tropang Texters in the first conference but they failed to advance in the final 2 conferences of the year. Gary David was a revelation this year as he was practically on fire all throughout the season.  Top pick Jayvee Casio will be a fixture at PG in the years to come.  Powerade traded explosive rookie Marcio Lassiter before the Governor’s Cup started. It was a challenging season for the team management as rumors were spread the team is for sale.  Coach Bo Perasol has been offered to coach the Ateneo Blue Eagles. It will be an interesting offseason for the Tigers.  If they will still remain next year, they will have a good young core composed of Casio, Sean Anthony, James Martinez, Rey Guevarra, and Rabeh Al-Husseinei.

As for Meralco (4-5), they will join early qualifiers Rain or Shine Elasto Painters (8-1), B-Meg Llamados (6-3), Talk ‘N Text (5-4), Barangay Ginebra Kings (5-4), and Petron Blaze Boosters (5-4).  The teams will carry over their elimination round records in the semifinals.  They will play each other once and top 2 teams will battle for the championship. If a team wins 4 of its 5 semifinal matches yet fail to land in the top 2, they will play the No.2 team in a knockout match for the second finals slot.  This incentive means that teams at the bottom of the standings will have a chance to catch up and the set-up assures that there will be no “no-bearing” games in the semis.

The scores:

Meralco 94 – West 26, Cardona 24, Hugnatan 14, Mercado 10, Reyes 6, Taulava 6, Macapagal 4, Ross 2, Artadi 2, Bulawan 0.

Powerade 86 – Sneed 29, David 22, Casio 9, Salvador 7, Anthony 6, Guevarra 4, Tugade 4, Adducul 3, Belasco 2, Martinez 0, Lingganay 0, Vanlandingham 0.

Quarter scoring: 18-25, 44-45, 69-60, 94-86

PBA Philippine Cup Blow by blow: RoS vs. Meralco Scoring plays

19 10 2011

First game result: Barako Bull  upsets Talk ‘N Text

Game starts!

Chico Lanete for 3! 3 -0 for Meralco

Jeff Chan hits the jumper, 3-2 for the Bolts

Jeff Chan drives, 4-2 for Elasto Painters

Mark Macapagal answers with a long jumper, 5-4 for the Bolts

Quinahan ties the game 6-5

Macapagal trifecta 8-6

Asi Taulava scored under the basket 10-6 for Meralco

Larry Rodriguez good inside move 10-8

Macapagal offensive foul

Chan blocked!

Taulava beats the shot clock buzzer, 12-8

Macapagal another three, 15-8

Chan answers! 15-11

Jeff Chan with 7 points

Rain or Shine cannot get the defensive rebound, Taulava is fouled!

Mandatory Timeout!

4:54 left in the first period

Good rebound by Quinahan off a Macapagal miss.

Taulava dives for the ball.

Jireh Ibanez fouls Macapagal

2 FTs made 17-11

Gabe Norwood hits a three 17-14

Espinas fouled by Quinahan while attempting a jump shot

Splits the free throws 18-14

Ibanez and 1 fouled by Espinas

He misses the bonus rebound by Rodriguez 18-16

Quinahan hits a fall-away 18-all

Espinas fouled again by Quinahan. 2nd foul.


Espinas at the line for 2.

He makes 1. 19-18

Jason Ballesteros putback 21-18.

Paul Less is in the game

Mark Yee and Beau Belga as well

Loose ball foul Omolon

Belga hits a long 2. 21-20

Timberlake misses

Paul Lee makes his first attempt 22-21 for RoS

Belga rebounding well.

Illegal pick for Jason Ballesteros.

Lee turn it over.

5 secs left.

Lanete misses long heave.

End of First Quarter.

22-21 for the Elasto Painters

Taulava working hard, fouled.

Misses his first free throw. Makes the second. 22-22.

Belga turns it over. Pass was too high.

Omolon TO. He tried to be fancy.

Arana fights for the rebound.

Belga hacks Omolon. Charities coming up. Makes 2. 24-22.

Bitoy Omolon fouls Lee.

Ronjay Buenafe on the line after getting fouled under the basket. He splits. 24-23.

Buenafe fastbreak lay-up 25-24 for RoS.

Another lay-up by Buenafe. 27-24 now for the Painters.

Timeout is called by Ryan Gregorio.

Foul by Macapagal to prevent another Buenafe lay up

Buenafe makes 2 FTs 29-24.

Mark Isip hits a jumper 29-26.

Arana scores inside 31-26.

Borboran foul.

Belga long shot! Assist by Lee. 33-26.

Borboran travels.

Taulava working hard scores. 33-28.

Arana challenges Taulava. 2 Fts. Hits both, 35-28.

Paul Lee rebound.

Taulava reaches in Matias.


Hits 2 Free throws. 37-28.

Timeout, Meralco!

5 mins left

Espinas elbows Matias. Offensive Foul!

Technical Foul, Yen Guiao!!

FT missed.

Buenafe fancy drive. fouled.

Another set of FTs for Ronjay. He makes both. 39-28.

Espinas scores over Matias. 39-30.

Arana losses the ball.

Espinas abusing Matias. 39-32.

Matias on the line. He makes 2. 41-32.

Espinas vs. Matias again. foul Matias.

Matias and Espinas technical foul!

Macapagal for 3! 41-35.

Lee blocked.

Good defense by Lee vs. Lanete.

Espinas scores under the basket. 41-37.

Espinas rebound!

Macapagal another 3! 41-40!!

Arana misses. Espinas rebound!

Norwood misses.

Espinas vs. Cruz, misses

Timeout Rain or Shine, 59.4 seconds left!

Espinas and Macapagal spearheading the Meralco rally.

Taulava turns it over dribbling to the baseline.

Last shot time.

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PBA 37 Oct. 14: Carey, Ababou tow respective teams

14 10 2011
Talk 'N Text Tropang Texters

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Harvey Carey and Dylan Ababou top scored in the PBA Philippine Cup games held at the Araneta Coliseum Friday night. The first game was won by the defending champions Talk ‘N Text Tropang Texters. The Texters (2-0) beat the Rain or Shine Elasto Painters (2-1), 107-98, behind the 28 points of veteran Harvey Carey. In the main game, rookie Dylan Ababou sizzled for 20 points to lead Baraka Bull Energy (1-1) to a 88-75 win over crowd darlings Barangay Ginebra Kings (1-2)

With a team loaded with offensive superstars, Harvey Carey somehow turned back the clock as he fell two points shy of his career high which he set years ago. He finished with 28 points and he even manage to hit a 3-point shot. He has missed 29 straight 3-point attempts prior to making one in this game.  Carey also finished with 14 rebounds with 8 coming from the offensive end.

The game was close from the get go. The Texters only pulled away midway into the final period. The run made a 79-76 lead into a 99-85 rout going to the last 2 minutes of the game. Four other Texters scored in double figures; Ryan Reyes had 19, Jason Castro added 18, Larry Fonacier finsihed with 13, and Jared Dillinger scoring 11.

Rookie Paul Lee once again led the Elasto Painters with 17 points but he somehow clamped by the different looks that Coach Chot Reyes gave him. 6 other Painter reached double digits. It was a high scoring ball game, Rain or Shine just run out of fire power. Talk ‘N Text was still missing Alapag, De Ocampo, and Williams who are still on vacation after reinforcing the Smart-Gilas in the FIBA-Asia tournament.

The rookies of Barako Bull Energy took turns in giving Lina franchise its first win of the season. Dylan Ababou started his PBA debut by hitting his first seven shots. He hit 3 triples in the first half to help the Barako Bull take 42-38 lead. Ababou had 15 points already in the first 24 minutes of play. Ababou, the 10th pick in this year’s draft passed the baton to the 9th pick Allein Maliksi, who helped widen the gap in the 3rd period. Barako Bull coasted to victory after leading by 16 at the end of the 3rd quarter.

Ababou finished with 20 points. He was supported well by Maliksi’s 13 and the twin digit production of Leo Najorda, Paul Artadi, and Mick Pennisi. Ginebra were lead by substitutes Mark Caguioa (22) and Robert Labagala (12).

Talk ‘N Text 107—
Carey 28, Reyes 19, Castro 18, Fonacier 13, Dillinger 11, Aguilar 7, Peek 7, Aban 4, Raymundo 0, Lao 0.

Rain or Shine 98—Lee 17, Belga 16, Norwood 12, Cruz 11, Arana 11, Chan 10, Quinahan 10, Buenafe 7, Matias 4, Rodriguez 0.

Quarter scores: 22-21, 47-48, 74-69, 107-98.


Barako Bull 88—
Ababou 20, Maliksi 13, Najorda 12, Artadi 12, Pennisi 12, Arboleda 5, Miller 4, Allado 4, Pena 4, Salvador 2, Avenido 0.

Ginebra 75—Caguioa 22, Labagala 12, Canaleta 7, Tubid 7, Mamaril 6, Cortez 6, Helterbrand 5, Intal 3, Villanueva 3, Wilson W. 2, Wilson J. 2, De Ocampo 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