Friday, September 30, 2011

PBA Opening Ceremony Muses

 Every opening day, beside from the return of basketball actions, PBA fans  seem to be most excited about one thing: the  display of the angelic beauties of the muses of each team.

So without further ado, here’s the list of the muses who have been confirmed so far for the opening of the 2011-12 PBA season:

Alaska: Actress-model Bubbles Paraiso

B-MEG: Actress Rhian Ramos

Barako Bull: Filipino-German model Helga Krapf

Barangay Ginebra: Actress-model Solenn Heussaff

Meralco: Bb. Pilipinas International 2011 Dianne Necio and Bb. Pilipinas 2011 Tourism Isabella Manjon

Petron Blaze: Miss World Philippines 2011 1st Princess Helen Nicolette Henson, 2nd Princess Martha 
Chloe McCully and Miss Photogenic Samantha Neville Purvor

Powerade: Actress Maricar Reyes

Rain or Shine: Miss Earth Philippines-Fire 2011 Michelle Gavagan Actress-singer Iya Villania

 Talk ‘N Text has opted to keep secret the identities of their muses for as long as they can. I can give you a clue, though: the Tropang Texters are parading two muses one tall and one petite.
(No, it’s not Japeth Aguilar and Jimmy Alapag, though the disparity in heights could be similar.)
Does anyone still remember last year’s opening day muses? I do.

Air 21 had Daiana Menezes; Alaska had Nancy Castiglone; Barako Bull had Bianca Bauer; B-MEG Derby Ace had Carla Abellana; Baranga Ginebra had Anne Curtis; Meralco got a group of Liwanag Girls from their employees who came with a group of Caritas kids; Powerade had Vice Ganda; Rain or Shine had Coleen Garcia; San Miguel Beer had the trio of Sam Pinto, Isabelle Daza, Georgina Wilson; and Talk ‘N Text paraded Jennilyn Mercado as Rosario — the grandmother of Tropang Texters big boss Manuel V. Pangilinan.


MANILA, Philippines - A glittering opening number, a grand welcome to the new Hall of Famers and the parade of beautiful muses await viewers of the 37th PBA Season tomorrow at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.

Adding to the excitement is the PBA’s new partnership with AKTV on IBC 13, the country’s first free to air sports channel which is fast gaining recognition as the country’s premiere sports channel.

The program will include a tribute to the Smart Gilas team who placed fourth in the recent FIBA Asia Championship, one of the country’s best finishes in the past 24 years.

Making up the fourth batch of honorees into the Hall of Fame are Alvin Patrimonio, Billy Ray Bates, Freddie Hubalde, Tommy Manotoc, Mariano Yenko, Tito Eduque and Bobong Velez.

AKTV viewers who watch the PBA games starting tomorrow until Oct. 19 will also have the chance to win tickets to the Black Eyed Peas concert at the SM Mall of Asia Concert Grounds on Oct. 25, by texting in their answers to trivia questions that will be flashed on air.

You can catch the games live every Wednesdays and Fridays, starting at 5:30 p.m. and on Sundays starting at 4 p.m. on AKTV on IBC 13. For Saturday provincial games, airing begins at 6:30 p.m. Radio listeners nationwide can also get to hear the action on Sports Radio 918 AM.

For viewers in Guam, North Africa, Middle east and Europe, catch the games on AksyonTV International.

PBA summoned Guiao and Reyes for Tune up Tussle

MANILA, Philippines - PBA coaches Yeng Guiao and Chot Reyes are expected to be summoned by the Commissioner’s Office for their verbal altercation that marred the Talk n Text-Rain or Shine tune-up match at the Northeast Greenhills gym in San Juan last Thursday.

“Commissioner Chito Salud has asked the referees who officiated the game to report on the incident. The commissioner intends to summon the two coaches,” said PBA media bureau chief Willie Marcial.

Reports have it that the incident was triggered when TnT rookie guard Pamboy Raymundo threw a punch on Rain or Shine sophomore Jonathan Uyloan.

Guiao allegedly confronted Raymundo then Reyes came to the rescue of his player, leading to a near fight between the two coaches.

The match was later resumed with the Elasto Painters outlasting an undermanned Talk n Text side, 100-96.

Meanwhile, the Tropang Texters appeared to have gained in size and ceiling with the entry of Japeth Aguilar to the team in the upcoming season.

“We see Japeth Aguilar’s size and his athleticism. He brings us up to another level,” said Talk n Text team manager Aboy Castro.

The Texters played minus key players Kelly Williams, Jimmy Alapag and Ranidel de Ocampo, who were allowed a three-week rest after reinforcing Smart Gilas Pilipinas in the recent FIBA Asian Championship meet in Wuhan.

Williams, Alapag and De Ocampo will miss the team’s first three games in the coming Philippine Cup, but team officials are hopeful they can compete with what they have.

“It’s better to rest Kelly, Jimmy and Ranidel or they’ll get burnt out. They’ve been playing basketball without rest the last 11 months,” Castro added.

Williams left for the United States Wednesday night and Alapag followed suit Thursday. De Ocampo will undergo a procedure to repair his broken nose at home.

The Talk n Text team manager said Raymundo will help Jason Castro tend the backcourt in Alapag’s absence.

“Pamboy is a tough point guard and he’s a winner. He won championships with San Sebastian in the NCAA and in the PBL. He’s also with the N-LEX champion team in the PBA D-League,” said Castro.

Meanwhile, sensational import Billy Ray Bates was to fly in from the United States with his wife last night to personally attend his induction into the PBA Hall of Fame Sunday.

Bates, the electrifying player who powered the Crispa Redmanizers and the Barangay Ginebra Kings to championships in the 80s, will go on a mall tour today as scheduled by the PBA marketing team.

Bates, together with Alvin Patrimonio, Freddie Hubalde, Tommy Manotoc, Mariano Yenko, Tito Eduque and Bobong Velez, made the fourth batch of esteemed personages to be enshrined to the Hall during the 37th PBA season inaugural rites Sunday.

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Cyber Fans Day of Alaska Aces

The Alaska Aces reached out to their fans like no other team in the Philippine Basketball Association by holding their 2nd Cyber Fans Day at the Alaska Headquarters at the Corinthian Plaza in Makati last Wednesday.

The team, led by General Manager Joaqui Trillo and Head Coach Joel Banal, sat down in front of PCs fitted with WebCams for two hours to chat and interact with their fans worldwide. More than a dozen PCs were assembled in one of the conference rooms to accommodate the players who each sat in front of his own PC.

Alaska Milk Vice President for Marketing Blen Fernando said the 2nd Cyber Fans Day was a way of thanking the Alaska Aces fans for all their support and attention throughout the years. It wraps up the year-long celebration of the 25 years of Alaska participation in the PBA which concludes with the PBA opening ceremonies on Sunday October 2 at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.

`The players really enjoyed themselves to the point that they opened the Webcams. Dati sa unang Cyber Fans Day nahihiya pa ang players na buksan ang Webcams. Ngayon sila pa ang nagrequest. They even asked to record everything. Kaya nakikita mo na talagang nag respond ang Alaska players. The players really enjoyed the interaction with the fans from all over the world,` she said.

Yveslavedell from Panabo, Davao Del Norte asked coach Joel when the team will play in his hometown. Coach Joel replied: `Sana nga makapaglaro na kami diyan sa inyo para makita ninyo in person ang Alaska Aces pati na rin ang mga new faces sa team.`

‎Jam_box from Marikina and many other fans expressed similar sentiments saying they were elated to have Eric Salamat who compares favorably with another former Alaska Aces great in Willie Miller: `Feeling ko magiging Willie Miller ka dahil pareho kayo ng laro,` said Jam_box.

Eric expressed his gratitude for the comparisons: `Natutuwa ako na kino-compare mo ako sa napagaling na player katulad ni Willie. Sabagay maraming pagkakapareho. Pareho kami ng position. Pareho pa kaming kaliwete. Sana nga maging pareho kami ng laro sa PBA. Maraming salamat,` said Eric.

Paul_Anthony_Florencio, a longtime fan also from Marikina, asked Bonbon Custodio when he would again play in the old neighborhood. `Lumaki ako sa University of the Philippines na malapit lang sa Marikina. Madalas akong maglaro sa Marikina kaya siguro napapanood niya ako doon,` said Custodio.

Many of the fans were almost giddy to just interact with their heroes. AikoOledan from Taguig asked Jayr Reyes what position he played. The Alaska big man plays center and forward. KarenJoy another fan told Jayr she was looking forward to watching the game of Alaska against the BMEG Derby Ace Llamados to be held on October 12.

As luck would have it Ervin Sotto interacted face to face through the Webcam with a province-mate from Cavite. Unicahija_022 was from General Trias, Cavite while Ervin was from Kawit, Cavite. `Pareho kaming galing sa bayan ng mga bayani,` said Ervin. She said she watches Alaska games played at the Cuneta Astrodome whenever her scheduled allowed.

Tony Dela Cruz was invited to the birthday party of a couple from the province which he had to politely turn down because it coincided with an Alaska game.

Cherry from Singapore said she missed her basketball heroes and asked Paolo Bugia when the team would go to Singapore to play in front of the thousands of fellow Filipino basketball fans there.

Brandon Cablay assured a skeptical fan that the entire team did indeed take the time to interact with their loyal fans. He was asked: `Are you for real.` Brandon replied that he was indeed for real while waving at the fan through the Webcam.

Sonny Thoss was pleasantly surprised by a fan BossAnjo5 who asked about his newborn baby. `How`s your baby boy?` inquired BossAnjo5. Sonny replied, `He`s doing great. He`s growing very fast too. I`ll train him to play basketball as soon as he can walk.`

Sam Eman received a lot of questions many from his hometown in Mindanao. Many asked how he was doing and how he was preparing for the coming season. Sam said that apart from the regular Alaska team practices he also engaged the services of a personal trainer to strengthen and bulk up his body. Sam is now up to 250 lbs. and is raring to test his newly built up physique against the other giants in the league.

The Alaska Aces players were all happy and thoroughly enjoyed the attention and interest they received from their grateful fans making the 2nd Alaska Aces Cyber Fans Day a rousing success.

PBA Coach Ryan Gregorio Is Positive on His Players, The " Bakal Boys" of the Meralco Boltz,

POWER has been supplied for Meralco in the coming 37th season of the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA).

The Bolts have beefed up their roster with what coach Ryan Gregorio referred to as his ‘Bakal Boys’ who’s expected to give the team the toughness it lacked the previous season.

The sophomore team landed Smart Gilas stalwart Jason Ballesteros in the first round of the recent PBA Draft (7th overall), along with his San Sebastian teammate Gilbert Bulawan (2nd round). Then the team signed from the free agent market former Letran player Bryan Faundo and the indestructible Mark Yee.

“They are what I call Meralco’s version of Bakal Boys,” said Gregorio, who momentarily left the Bolts’ coaching reins to assistant Ronnie Magsanoc heading into the new season after serving as one of coach Rajko Toroman’s lieutenants at Smart Gilas-Pilipinas in the 26th FIBA-Asia Championship For Men in Wuhan, China.

“I think we’re a much better team physically and mentally this season than last year with these players around.”

Also added into the fold are former Powerade gunners Mark Macapagal and Chico Lanete.

“We’re definitely solid in the 2 spot with the addition of Macapagal and Lanete, and the return of Mark Cardona,” Gregorio noted.

Mark Cardona and Chris Ross missed most of the Bolts’ games in the second and third conferences.

The arrival of Ballesteros, the former NCAA Most Valuable Player (MVP) also gives fresh legs to the Bolts’ frontcourt manned by 12-year veteran Asi Taulava, Reynel Hugnatan and Mark Isip.

Streak shooter Sol Mercado and forwards Nelbert Omolon and Gabby Espinas complete the Bolts’ roster for the 2011-12 season that kicks off on Oct. 2 at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.

“Player per-player we can’t compete yet with power teams like Talk `N Text, Petron or a B-Meg,” Gregorio admitted.

“But as a whole, we’re definitely going to be more competitive this time.”

Rain or Shine Defeat Talk and text in their Tune Up Game Before the opening of the PBA 37th season

Source: AL VIADO Twitter: aldirk41

Two coaches have been at it once again as coach Yeng Guiao and the Rain or Shine Elasto Painters battle coach Chot Reyes and the mighty Talk ' Text Tropang Texters in a tune-up game earlier today. This time, the Elasto Painters got the upper hand against the Tropang Texters via 100-96. And as usual, both of the teams added some color to the tune-up game especially the coaches. Words like, "Bakla" came out flying and all of a sudden a royal rumble happened. Thankfully they were pacified immediately by the officials that's why no one was hurt.

Going back into the contest, the bigger and more athletic guards of Rain or Shine such as Paul Lee did a great job in stopping the guards of Talk 'n Text. He didn't score that much but his aggressiveness and hassle halted TNT's Pamboy Raymundo.

For TNT, Larry Fonacier as usual launched some three pointers to cut the lead of ROS, but in the end his efforts fell short as ROS goes on to win this tough game.

Here are the blow by blow updates of Mr. Al Viado using his Twitter account.

*Coach Yeng and Coach Chot just exchange words, muntik nang magkaabutan ng suntukan

*76 ros 71 tnt end of 3rd. Larry hit a couple of more 3's and Japeth at least 3 dunks at that qtr..ros players trying to distract pamboy.

*I think I heard coach yeng said 'bakla' to coach chot, i dunno kung sinabihan nia coach chot or sinabhan cia ni coach chot. Tsk tsk

*100 ros 96 tnt. Coach yeng did not approach tnt bench. Tsk tsk. I like coach yeng but i think it's a bit unprofessional.

*Pamboy is a good player. Sa kanya ngstart ung gulo kasi nakakagirian nia mga ros players,kaya c coach yeng asar sa kanya and pingmumura cia.

*wow. tune-up pa lang mainit na. mahihirapan talaga ang TnT. twice makakalaban ang SMC at ROS.

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

PBA 37th Season Line-Up of Talk n Text Tropang Texters

PBA 37th Season Line-Up of Talk n Text Tropang Texters

Team Manager - Aboy Castro
Head Coach -  Vincent Reyes
Assistant Coaches
R. Racela
J. Reyes

Jimmy Alapag
Harvey Carey
Ryan Reyes
Larry Fonacier
John Murphy Raymundo
Wiliam Jayson Castro
jared Dillinger
Kelly Williams
Japeth Aguilar
Ranidel de Ocampo
Ali Peek
Richard Alvarez
Aaron Aban
Gilbert Lao

PBA 37th Season Line-Up of Clickers

PBA 37th Season Line-Up of Clickers

Team Manager - Jovvie Sadul
Head Coach -  Franz Pumaren
Assistant Coaches
Daniel Rose
Joshua Villapando

Brian Ilad
jojo Duncil
Mark Canlas
Elmer Espiritu
Magi Sison
Paulo Hubalde
RJ Jazul
Florencio Ritualo
Rogemar Menor
Vaughn Canta
Khazim Mirza
Dennis Daa

PBA 37th Season Line-Up of Meralco Boltz

PBA 37th Season Line-Up of Meralco Boltz

Team Manager - Virgil Villavicencio 
Head Coach -  Ryan Gregorio
Assistant Coaches
Ronnie Magsanoc
Boyet Fernandez

Chris Timberlake
Solomon Mercado
Asi Taulava
Nelbert Omolon
Mark Yee
Yousif Aljamal
Gabriel Espinas
Mark Isip
Mark Cardona
Gilbert Bulawan
Jason Ballesteros
Chico Lanete
Mark Macapagal
Bryan Faundo
Chriss Ross
Reynel Hugnatan

PBA 37th Season Line-Up of Barako Bull Energy Boosters

PBA 37th Season Line-Up of Barako Bull

Team Manager - Raffy Casyao
Head Coach -  Edmundo Baculi Jr
Assistant Coaches
Geraldo Ramos

Dorian Pena
Jondon Salvador
Don Allado
Leo Najorda
Paul Artadi
Willie Miller
Allein Maliksi
Wynne Arboleda
Paul Sorrongon
Dylan Ababou
Danny Seigle
Sunday Salvacion
Mick Pennisi
Leo Avenido

PBA 37th Season Line-Up of Alaska Aces

PBA 37th Season Line-Up of Alaska Aces 

Head Coach -  Joel Banal
Assistant Coaches
Luigi Trillo
Jojo Lastimosa

Julius Pasculado
Cyrus Baguio
Jay-R Reyes
LA Tenorio
Sonny Thoss
Marnel Baracael
Eric Salamat
Bonbon Custodio
Paolo Bugia
Brandon Cablay
Ariel Mapana
Samigue Eman
Wesley Gonzales
Tony Dela Cruz
Hans Thiele
Ervin Sotto

PBA 37th Season Line-Up of Rain or Shine Elasto Painters

PBA 37th Season Line-Up of Rain or Shine Elasto Painters

Head Coach - Yeng Guiao
Assistant Coaches
Caloy Garcia

Jonathan Uyloan
Paul Lee
Larry Rodriguez
Jireh Ibanez
Ronjay Buenafe
Gabe Norwood
TY Tang
Jeff Chan
Ryan Arana
Jervy Cruz
Chito Jaime
Beau Belga
Ronni Matias
Joseph Ronald Quinahan

PBA 37th Season Line-Up of Powerade Tigers

Here are the list of the Line up of Powerade Tigers in the 37th season of PBA (Philippine Basketball Association)

Team Manager - Gerard Francisco
Head Coach - Bo Perasol
Assistant Coaches
 George Ella
Alex Compton
Ricky Dandan
Charles Tiu

Celino Cruz
James Martinez
Francis Allera
Rudy Lingganay
Sean Anthony
Marcio Lassiter
Rommel Adducul
Doug Kramer
Gary David
Joshua Vanlandingham
Recardo Calimag
William Antonio
Joseph Evans Casio
Alex Crisano

PBA 37th Season Line-up of Petron Blaze Booster

Here are the list of Line up of Petron Blaze Booster in the 37th Season of the PBA ( Philppines Basketball Association )

Team Manager - Hector Calma
Head Coach - Renato Agustin
Assistant Coaches
 Gelacio Abanilla
Biboy Ravanes
Pido Jarencio
Olsen Racela
Bobby Ray Parks Sr
Jorge Gallent
Freddie Abuda


Chris Lutz
Marc Agustin
Alex Cabagnot
Rey Guevarra
DonDon Hontiveros
Danny Ildefonso
Rabeh Al-Hussaini
Joseph Yeo
Jay Washington
Siverino Baclao
Arwind Santos
Dennis Miranda
Carlo Sharma

PBA 37th Season Line-Up of Barangay Ginebra Kings

Here are the list of Barangay Ginebra Kings in the PBA 37th Season

Team Manager - Samboy Lim
Head Coach -Joseph Uichico
CO Head Coach Siot -Tanquingcen
Assistant Coaches
Art Dela Cruz
Allan Caidic
Marco Sauler


Mike Cortez
Billy Mamaril
Jimbo Aquino
Robert Labagala
JC Intal
Nino Canaleta
Anthony Helterbrand
Yancy de Ocampo
Reil Cervantes
Rico Villanueva
John Wilson
Mark Caguioa
Ronald Tubid

Reserved List 
Eric Menk

PBA 37th Season Line-Up of B-meg Derby Ace Llamados

Here are the list of B-meg Derby Ace Llamados Lineup in 37th Season of the PBA (Philippine Basketball Association )

Team Manager - Alvin patrimonio

Head Coach - Earl timothy Cone
Assistant Coaches
Enrico Banal
Richard Del rosario
Jeffrey Cariaso
Johnny Abarientos
Dayong Mendoza


Jonas Vilanueva 
Paul Rico Maierhorper 
Joshua Urbiztondo 
Andy Mark barroca 
Rafi Reavis 
Peter June Simon
Roger Yap
Marc Pingris
James Yap
Jerwin Gaco
Kerby Raymundo
Joe Devance
Hubert John Ferriols
Val Acuna

NO MORE QUOTIENT RULE on PBA 37th Season Format

Majority of the PBA Fans weren't happy because of the implementation of the dreaded Quotient System that killed the PBA Finals hopes of the Alaska Aces and the Ginebra Gin Kings.

Every end marks a new beginning. That is exactly what happened to the PBA. After the PBA Season 36 Governors' Cup Finals

Now, as we near the start of the new PBA Season 37 on October 2 (Sunday), the PBA Management decided to change the tournament format. Here's how the new tournament format for the PBA Season 37 Philippine Cup/All Filipino Cup looks like.

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Bid For FIBA ASIA for 2013 , Manny V Pangilinan Revealed Interest

Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas president Manuel V. Pangilinan said the country has expressed interest in hosting the 2013 FIBA Asia Championship for Men.

The business tycoon told FIBA president Ivan Mainini and secretary-general Patrick Baumann about the proposal at the closing of the 26th FIBA Asia Championship for Men in Wuhan, China.

“I told them we will make our bid and I also told them one group is building a new coliseum,” said Pangilinan, who was informed by FIBA that the deadline for the submitting the bid is at the end of September.

He was referring to the MOA Arena, which is scheduled to open in May next year and can house 16,000 fans.

Pangilinan said that with the opening of the new venue and with plans afoot to refurbish the SMART-Araneta Coliseum, the country has a good chance of bagging the rights to host the biennial tournament, which will serve as a qualifying tournament for the 2014 FIBA World Championship in Spain. Three slots in the worlds are up for grab for Asia in the qualifier.

“Kinuwento ko kasi sa kanila that we will refurbish SMART-Araneta so we’ll have two good venues for basketball,” he said.

The SMART-Gilas Pilipinas national team is coming off a heartbreaking campaign in Wuhan. The Filipino dribblers finished fourth, losing to South Korea in the bronze medal game, 70-68, to miss the chance of playing in another Olympic qualifying tournament next year for the 2012 London Games.

Despite this, Pangilinan said he will continue to finance the elite SMART-Gilas program until 2013 to hopefully qualify for the world championship.

The SBP will evaluate the status of head coach Rajko Toroman as well as the composition of the team as members of SMART-Gilas have joined the PBA have turned professionals.

Only naturalized player Marcus Douthit and Chris Tiu are left in the team. Some of the top amateur players like Kiefer Ravena, Greg Slaughter and Bobby Ray Parks, however, are expected to be invited to be part of the SMART-Gilas program.

PBA Latest News and updates as of September 26 2011

GILAS PILIPINAS expected to arrive early morning tomorrow (Sept.27). LASSITER and CASIO will then fly straight to CEBU to join POWERADE team building. for more update visit

BMEG LLAMADOS extended their twice a day practice to WEDNESDAY. Players still catching up on triangle routine. JEFF CARIASO joins team.

No sightings yet of MARK BORBORAN in BMEG LLAMADOS practice.

HOMER SE, JAMES SENA practicing/ trying out with CLICKERS.

POWERADE TIGERS dominated CEBU TOURNAMENT sans MARCIO LASSITER & JV CASIO. Hope they continue the winning ways in the ALL PINOY.

JAPETH AGUILAR & RANIDEL de OCAMPO to re-join TNT practice ASAP. Last thing I heard, JIMMY ALAPAG & KELLY WILLIAMS given a few more days.

POWERADE TIGERS rule the CEBU TOURNAMENT with a 105-90 win over the ALASKA ACES. They end up with 2-1 record, same with victim CEBU NINOS.


DONDON HONTIVEROS will don his favorite number 7 jersey anew. NOY BACLAO will use 27.

MERALCO BOLTS to tally 8 pre-season tune-up games. Theyeither face BMEG or PETRON this week. Finally, with ASI and BALLESTEROS in the team.

Aside from SOLOMON MERCADO, another injured key MERALCO BOLT is REYNEL HUGNATAN. He's already undergoing knee strengthening.

SOLOMON MERCADO did not join team's last 2 games in CEBU after suffering a knee injury. He was sent back to MANILA for MRI SCAN.

NOTE: I DID NOT post any trade update the past 2 weeks. Whoever started that hoax is only using my name to destroy my reputation.











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PBA Coach Yeng Guiao on Smart Gilas Pilipinas

As a coach, Yeng Guiao does things differently from the rest of his colleagues. His unique approach to the game has made him one of the PBA’s best coaches, with a reputation for leading unheralded teams that always seem to overachieve.
So when it comes to the SMART-Gilas Pilipinas national team, it shouldn’t come as any surprise that Guiao, the coach of the 2009 team that represented the Philippines in the FIBA Asia Championship, has an opinion that differs from conventional wisdom.

SMART-Gilas was originally conceived as a three-year program to develop some of the best amateur cagers in the country into a fighting unit to try to qualify for the 2012 London Olympics. Tapped to handle the squad was Serbian mentor Rajko Toroman, a veteran international coach who coached Iran to the title in the 2007 edition of the Asian championship.

But Guiao thinks that neither of those two elements was the most important factor for the success of SMART-Gilas, which placed fourth in the recently-concluded FIBA Asia championship, the Philippines’ best finish in the biennial competition in 24 years.
“[Naturalized center] Marcus Douthit is the biggest reason for the success of the SMART-Gilas program,” Guiao told InterAKTV. “He is the ideal big man, a player who can pass, defend and score — the type of player we were looking for two years ago.”

The fiery Rain or Shine coach added that the addition of PBA players to bolster the team proved that the PBA is still “the best source of talent” when it comes to basketball.

“The idea of having collegiate and amateur players representing the country in elite tournaments had already been defeated as early as last year when SMART-Gilas decided to ask for reinforcements from the PBA,” he added. PBA players Kelly Williams, Jimmy Alapag, Asi Taulava, and Ranidel de Ocampo ended up joining SMART-Gilas, while another pro, Dondon Hontiveros, reinforced the team for several tournament before leaving for personal reasons.

“Ganun din pala gagawin nila eh, they will ask help from the PBA, so why stop the idea of having our bets players playing for the country? In fact, yung mga nakita nating naglalaro now for the FIBA Asia are mainly pro players. Maraming mga nawalan ng pwesto because PBA players were able to take their spots. Nawala na sina Dylan Ababou, Jason Ballesteros, and then hindi na rin nagagamit halos sina Japeth [Aguilar] and even Mark Barroca.”

Top priority

Despite the uncertain future of Toroman with the team, Guiao said the priority for the program should be finding a replacement for the other foreigner on the team: Douthit.

“Let’s face it, Marcus Douthit is 31 years old and is at the peak of his career, but we don’t know if he will play with the same effectiveness two years from now,” he said. “So, it would be more important to search for someone who will take his place the moment he retires.”

He added that it’s paramount for the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas, the country’s basketball federation, to work together with the PBA to form a fighting team.

“Parang similar dapat sa USA Basketball where the creating body will be asking for help from the NBA, ganun din naman ang nangyayari dito  sa Pilipinas. They are asking help from the PBA,” said Guiao.

“May conflict na agad sa schedule considering the fact that we’ve already went back to a three-conference format,” he noted. The league had earlier adjusted its calendar to play only two conferences to allow players to compete for the national team in the offseason, but went back to the traditional format with the formation of SMART-Gilas

“But the PBA should think about their involvement. They’re already involved in a way by loaning some of the league’s best players,” added Guiao.

PBA involvement

Still, some members of the league’s Board of Governors welcome the possibility.
Powerade governor JB Baylon has been one of the most outspoken members of the board when it comes to the issue of lending players to the national cause. He earlier said that his team will allow rookies Jayvee Casio and Marcio Lassiter, two SMART-Gilas stalwarts, to play for the Philippine squad in the future if asked.

“The PBA must always be open to the idea of helping the national team,” said Baylon.
Former league chairman Rene Pardo, for his part, said that the league remains open to the idea.
“The PBA has always been supportive of the national teams in the past and will continue to support in the future,” he said.

But league chairman Mamerto Mondragon wouldn’t give a definite answer when asked whether the pro league is willing to once again lend its players to the national cause.

“There are two basic conditions that should be considered before we can lend our players to the national team – conformity of players’ team and if the tournament has no conflict schedule with the PBA,” he said. “This has been the policy of the league.”

But with the PBA back to playing three tournaments a year, a major adjustment would be needed to accomodate the national team.

Philippines Ranking in FIBA World

A pair of fourth-place finishes in two tough FIBA tournaments put the Philippine men’s basketball team in the top 50 in the latest ranking of FIBA.

The Philippine five, known as the the SMART-Gilas Pilipinas national team, jumped from 53rd to 45th (10.8 accumulated points) in the latest ranking by the world governing body in basketball.
That was a +8 jump by the Filipino dribblers who finished fourth in both the FIBA Asia Champions Cup, which the country hosted, and the recently concluded FIBA Asia Championship for Men in Wuhan, China.
The country’s rise in the ranking was the third highest among the affiliate members of FIBA.
The Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia was the best mover with +14, jumping from No. 47 to No. 33 (25 pts) while Great Britain had a +13 increase in its ranking to occupy the No. 43 spot (12 pts) , only two spots ahead of the Philippines.
United States of America remains the No. 1 ranked basketball team in the world followed by FIBA Europe champion Spain. Argentina occupied the third spot.
The country’s significant move in the FIBA ranking showed the efforts being done by the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP) to put the country back as part of Asia’s elite.
SBP is being headed by Manny V. Pangilinan, who made a bold announcement that he won’t stop in chasing the Olympic dream as his gift for the basketball-loving nation.
Though they fell short in their target in the 26th FIBA Asia event, the SMART-Gilas quintet gained the respect of the field with including the top FIBA officials led by President Ivan Mainini and Secretary-General Patrick Baumann.

PBA Players Will Back up Smart Gilas Pilipinas In Asian Games

Big names from the Philippine Basketball Association could soon find themselves playing for the national team anew, especially in elite Asian basketball tournaments like the FIBA Asia Championship, the qualifying event both for the Olympics and the World Championship and the Asian Games.

PBA commissioner Chito Salud vowed that the pro league will keep its doors open when it comes to serving the country by representing the national team in international tournaments.

“All (the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas) should do is inform us about the calendar and the league will make adjustments on the schedule,” Salud told InterAKTV. “We will sit down with the SBP to discuss the plans. The PBA’s door is always open when it comes to serving the country and we’re mandated to support the SBP.”

The PBA is one of the stakeholders of the SBP and part of its commitment is to help the national team in the elite tournaments.
Yeng Guiao, former head coach of the Powerade Team Pilipinas, which represented the country in the FIBA Asia tournament two years ago, earlier urged the PBA to get itself more involved in the creation of the national team.
“They’re involved in a way, and most of the players who played for (the SMART-Gilas Pilipinas national team) in the recent FIBA Asia Championship are playing in the PBA,” said Guiao.

Tim Cone, coach of the Philippine Centennial Team to the Asian Games in 1998, believes the PBA should help out but not get themselves “more involved” in the formation of the national team.

“We would help them, but not disrupt them,” said Cone. “The Gilas program is a successful program, which is why they have overachieved in the FIBA Asia Championship.”

“And I don’t see any reason why we should change a successful program. Changing Rajko Toroman as coach means changing the whole program. It’s a program designed of training and developing players. That’s why the likes of Jayvee Casio, Mac Baracael, Marcio Lassiter and Chris Lutz were developed and became better players. I expect Gilas to become better in the next two years,” added Cone.

Jong Uichico, head coach of the all-pro national team to the 2002 Busan Asian Games, believes the PBA cannot avoid helping the national team, especially in major international tournaments like the FIBA Asia Championship.
“Hindi natin maiiwasan ‘yan. The bulk of talented players are playing in the PBA,” said Uichico. “I believe it’s only ideal to have the core of the squad to be back in the next two years, possibly a team composed of PBA players and a mixture of a few young players from the collegiate and amateur level.”

“Gilas will certainly need PBA’s reinforcements. Hindi nga nila kinaya in their three-year program, what more in the next two years,” added Uichico.

Monday, September 26, 2011

2011 FIBA Asia Championship Awarding (Mens Division)


1. China (Gold) - 2012 Summer Olympics - London
2. Jordan (Silver) - 2012 FIBA World Olympic Qualifying Tournament
3. Korea (Bronze) - 2012 FIBA World Olympic Qualifying Tournament
4. Philippines
5. Iran
6. Lebanon
7. Japan
8. Chinese Taipei
9. Syria
10. United Arab Emirates
11. Malaysia
12. Uzbekistan
13. Indonesia
14. India
15. Bahrain
16. Qatar

FIBA Asia All-Star/Mythical Five:
Daghles (Jordan), Kawamura (Japan), Bahrami (Iran), Yi Jianlian (China), Haddadi (Iran)

FIBA Asia Most Valuable Player:
Yi Jianlian (China)

comments from team captain Chris Tiu and coach Toroman

rom @charlestiu: "They made Marcus Douthit go to the awarding and he didn't have an award!What on earth! Oh well, one last night together as a team. It was a gr8 ride"

from Coach Rajko Toroman: “Everything was a disaster in the last three minutes, We were so close to the qualifying tournament for the Olympics and we didn’t make it. We’re not an experienced team—these guys are just first-timers in Fiba, but at least we made an impact. In future tournaments, we’ll get better and better”

Friday, September 23, 2011

PBA Tune up Game Result as of September 24 2011

 here are the PBA(Philippine Basketball Association) Tune up games before the start of the 37th season.

B-meg Llamados def. Barako Bull Energy (83-70)
Petron Blaze Boosters def. Brgy. Ginebra Kings (112-91)

PBA Awards for Press Honors

MANILA, Philippines - The PBA Press Corps, made up of sportswriters who regularly cover the PBA games, is all set to stage its annual awards on Sept. 30 at the Topaz Room of the Gateway Suites in Cubao, Quezon City.
The awarding of the Virgilio “Baby” Dalupan Trophy to the Coach of the Year and the Danny Floro Trophy to the Executive of the Year will be the highlights of the semi-formal affair set to start at 7 p.m.

Also to be feted are cagers to be named Mr. Quality Minutes, William “Bogs” Adornado-Comeback Player of the Year, Defensive Player of the Year, All-Rookie Selection, Referee of the Year, and Order of Merit winner.

Members of champion teams Talk n Text and Petron Blaze are tipped to dominate the awards in the affair presented by Talk ‘N Text, San Miguel Corp. and Powerade.

Coach Chot Reyes, who steered the Tropang Texters to a near grand slam, is the leading candidate for the Coach of the Year award.

Reyes, currently in Wuhan, China serving as assistant to coach Rajko Toroman in the 26th FIBA Asia Championship, previously won the coveted award in 1993, 2002, 2003 and 2009.

A major breakthrough for his team likewise makes Talk n Text team owner Manny V. Pangilinan the leading candidate for the Executive of the Year award.

Dave Floro, son of the late Crispa team owner, is expected to be on hand to personally award the Danny Floro Trophy.
PBA commissioner Chito Salud, board chairman Mert Mondragon and other PBA officials are also expected to grace the affair to be hosted by Sev Sarmenta and Patricia Bermudez-Hizon.

Meralco coach Ryan Gregorio is the current holder of the permanent Dalupan Trophy.
If he fails to retain the Coach of the Year award, Gregorio turns over the permanent trophy to his would-be successor. The Coach of the Year winner also gets a replica of the permanent ware.

The other 2010 awardees were Alaska Milk owner Wilfred Uytengsu as Executive of the Year, Gabe Norwood as Defensive Player of the Year, KG Canaleta as Mr. Quality Minutes, Kelly Williams as Comeback Player of the Year, Manolito Quilinguen Referee of the Year and Rico Maierhofer, Josh Urbiztondo, Jervy Cruz, Ronnie Matias and Ogie Menor making up the All-Rookie Team.

Thanks to Ranidel De Ocampo of PBA, Smart Gilas Pilipinas is Now in Semi finals IN FIBA ASIA

WUHAN (FIBA Asia Championship) – Ranidel De Ocampo has produced the game of his life at the right time, helping guide the Philippines past a determined Chinese Taipei and into the FIBA Asia Championship Semi-Finals for the first time since 1987, and a step closer to their first Olympics since 1972.

The 29-year-old power forward had 12 points, three rebounds, two assists and a blocked shot in less than 10 minutes as the Philippines turned a nine-point deficit into a 54-48 lead. De Ocampo would finish with 18 points, five rebounds and three assists in what he rated as perhaps his best ever performance for his country.

“If it’s not the best it’s definitely one of the best,” said De Ocampo, who is playing at his first continental championship after debuting with the national team in 2001.

“I am just so happy to be playing at a FIBA Asia Championship, and I am so happy for my country.”

De Ocampo had been a solid contributor for his country over the first six games of the tournament, averaging 6.5 points and 4 rebounds per game in nearly 17 minutes per contest.

But with Taipei looking on the brink of a big upset in the second quarter of their Quarter-Final, De Ocampo decided it was his turn to step up.

He said it was a scenario he and the team were well prepared for.

“We talked before the game, no matter what happens – we go down by six or we go down by eight – we have to stay focussed and keep our composure,” he explained.

He and his teammates did exactly that, overwhelming Chinese Taipei 95-78 to book a date with Jordan in the Semi-Finals.

As always, Marcus Douthit led the way for the Philippines with 37 points and 10 rebounds, while Marcio Lassiter accumulated 13 points and eight boards. Tseng Wen-Ting (20 points), Chen Hsin-An (14 points) and Lin Chih-Chieh (10 points, seven rebounds, five assists) never stopped trying for Chinese Taipei, who will now face Iran in a classification game.

The first quarter was a see-sawing affair played at breakneck speed, with Taipei taking a 23-19 first quarter lead despite 10 points from Douthit. Chen had eight points of his own in the first term, and big man Tseng joined the party, racing to nine points and giving Taipei their 37-29 lead.

De Ocampo lifted and Joseph Casio proved the spark the Philippines needed, scoring two quick baskets to launch a 16-5 run to finish the half and give his team a three-point lead.

When De Ocampo scored seven quick points to start the third quarter the game quickly got out of Chinese Taipei’s reach. The margin was 13 at three quarter time before the Philippines comfortably saw off every Taipei challenge in the final quarter.

De Ocampo said another thing driving the team on is all the support they are receiving from back home.

“I want to thank all the Filipino supporters and basketball fans,” he said, before sending a message back to the Philippines.

“Nothing is impossible. We just have to keep praying and hoping that we make it to the finals.”

And what about the Olympics, dare he think of London just yet?

“That would be great. Everybody in the world knows about Filipino boxers, then they would find out about Philippines basketball too!” he said proudly.

“You never know. Even though we are an undersized team we have the heart.”

Paulo Kennedy


Thursday, September 22, 2011

Borboran may play in Bmeg Derby Ace Llamados in the PBA

According to the source, The Derby Ace Llamados basketball team have one more spot left to complete their final roster. Tim Cone and the entire B-meg will be glad to have a service of a wingman who knows the triangle very well.

Governor Rene Pardo said ,


Nangako kasi si COACH TIM CONE na hindi siya kukuha ng existing players ng ALASKA. Kaya kung bibitawan si MARK BORBORAN, saka lang.
Pag hindi pinapirma ng ALASKA si MARK BORBORAN. Pwedeng kunin namin iyan.

Smart Gilas Pilipinas will Collide with Chinese Taipei for Final Four Berth in Fiba Asia (Live Stream)

It's do-or-die for Smart Gilas-Pilipinas when the quarterfinal stage of the 26th FIBA-Asia Championship For Men begins Friday at the Wuhan gymnasium in China.

The Nationals will be up against Chinese Taipei at 6 p.m., one of four knockout matches set for the day. Winners will advance to a similar do-or-die encounter in the semis on Saturday.

As the second-ranked team in Group F, the Nationals earned the right of facing the Taiwanese, who finished third in Group E. Chinese Taipei has not won over the Philippines in the last two years.

Gilas swept Chinese Taipei in the four games they played, including two in this year's Jones Cup basketball tournament where they won by an average of 11.0 points, the last of which an 82-72 decision in the battle for the bronze.

Despite the Nationals' winning record against the Taiwanese, coach Rajko Toroman believes Chinese Taipei remains a dangerous foe. "You'll never know what will be going on with Chinese Taipei."

Toroman said Chinese Taipei appeared to be a better team today compared to last month's Jones Cup, having finished third in Group E after the second round for a 3-2 (win-loss card).

Still, he remains wary of what the Taiwanese could do. "If their outside players started to shoot the ball well, we'll be in trouble," the Serbian coach said.

On top of Totoman's radar are star player Lin Chih-chieh and inside banger Wen-Ting Tseng, both of whom are playing in the Chinese Basketball Association (CBA).

The 29-year-old Lin, as a testament to his playing ability, just finished a two-year contract with CBA team Zheijang Lions, who signed him in 2009 for a monthly salary of $15,000 (roughly P630,000).

Toroman said he believes Gilas has the right tools to contain Chinese Taipei's streak-shooting forward just what like they did to prolific Japanese shooter Takuya Kawamura, who has limited to 12 points on a 3-of-11 clip in the Nationals' 83-76 win.

"This is the reason why I'm optimistic, although the most important thing now is still the quarterfinals," said the 52-year-old Toroman, who guided Iran to the 2008 Beijing Olympics after winning the FIBA-Asia championship a year before.

A win by Gilas meant surpassing the eighth place finish of the Philippine team during the 2009 staging of the tournament and marked the first time in a long while the country will be in the Final Four.

A win will also put Gilas and Toroman in a showdown against his former team Iran, if the two-time defending champions get past Jordan, in the next round.

The other knockout matches feature two-time defending champion and Group E top team Iran against Jordan, South Korea versus Japan, and Group F No. 1 squad and host China opposite Lebanon. — JVP, GMA News

Uichico, Tanquingcen in sync to steer banged up-Ginebra for another run in the PBA

After breaking up practice at the Xavier School gym, the Barangay Ginebra coaching staff huddled for lunch and a short discussion on what had just transpired.

Occupying each side of the table was Siot Tanquingcen and Jong Uichico, two champion mentors caught in a vortex of questions after being named recently as “co-coaches” of Barangay Ginebra.

The phrase “two heads are better than one” immediately comes to mind. Still, there is a confusion that needs to be sorted out. How will both thrive under an equal-billing title? With the game on the line and a play needs to be diagrammed, who will call the shots?

It looks like the two have figured things out already. They will enter games with a singular strategy and when a crucial decision needs to be made, one will defer to the other.

“The main thing between coach Jong and me is that we don’t really have problems with the situation,” Tanquingcen, who is expected to take the lead in making final decisions in the team, told the Inquirer. “The title is nothing and ultimately we’re both worried about how we can make the team better.”

Uichico, who steered the Kings to a strong finish last season, including a Finals appearance in the Commissioner’s Cup, said there was hardly anything new in the way things are running in the Ginebra camp.

“The only difference now is that the roles have been reversed when it comes to final decisions,” said Uichico. “In any organization, at the end of the day, there has to be that one person who will make a final stand and right now, that job falls on Siot.”

Barangay Ginebra opens the new PBA season on Oct. 2 when it faces Rain or Shine at the Smart Araneta Coliseum and on top of everybody’s mind when it comes to the Kings is how they will work around having two head coaches.

“I will defer to Siot and I don’t see any problem with that,” said Uichico, the eight-time champion mentor who had stints with Ginebra and San Miguel Beer (now Petron).

Still, there is a delicate balance that needs to be preserved for the situation not to turn prickly and as luck would have it, the personalities of both coaches allows for such a balance to exist.

Tanquingcen is a mercurial mentor who won’t hesitate to explode into a sideline-stomping display of verbal fireworks. Uichico is the cool-as-cucumber coach who rarely gets worked up. The two have a remarkable working relationship, forged through championship successes and frustrating flops.

They had long found a working dynamic that has been in place since they first paired up at the San Miguel Beer bench, their roles reversed.

“The reason why we won’t have any problems is before every game and every practice, coach Jong and I meet with the rest of the staff and discuss every detail of the game plan already,” said Tanquingcen, a three-time champion coach. “If we have our disagreements, we discuss it already and work it out until we come up with one common plan.

“And then we live and die with that plan.”

Even the players don’t feel anything new.

“We’re running the same system we’ve been running for a long time so it doesn’t matter what the coaching situation is,” said veteran superstar Mark Caguioa. “We have one goal. We won our last championship in 2008 and for me that’s like forever.”

“We all want to win another title soon.”

Getting Caguioa comfortable in a system is a victory in itself. Last season, Caguioa went on national TV to say he was disappointed at the direction the team was taking and seemed at a loss as to how he fitted into Ginebra’s scheme of things.

This season, the 6-foot guard has seen things clear up.

“Actually, in the third conference of last season, things were pretty much stable already,” said Caguiao. “I was just frustrated in the middle of the season because we really did not know who was going to play, what roles we would play. In the third conference, we were pretty much settled already.

“Right now, things have cleared up and we know our specific roles. All we really want to do is compete.”

The Kings are headed for a tough season. They will parade basically the same roster from last year, except that Rudy Hatfield is gone and his spot in the roster will be taken up by rookie Reil Cervantes of FEU.

“He can play on both ends of the floor,” Caguioa said.

But he’s still not Hatfield. Plus, the core is aging and susceptible to injuries. Caguioa is turning 32 this year. Several big men are nursing pains and aches which Tanquingcen hopes will be chased away when the season starts. The window certainly isn’t getting any bigger for the Kings as they are now.

“It’s the same old song,” Uichico said. “But we never give up. We will always battle.”

Tanquingcen echoed the sentiment: “That’s what Ginebra has always been about. We fight the odds.”

Even in separate interviews, they are in synch. They should be. Because there is another saying that comes to mind that the co-coaches hope to avoid this season.

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