PBA agrees to release Gilas members to RP Team
TAIPEI – PBA commissioner Chito Narvasa announced on Tuesday that all the PBA teams have agreed to release Gilas pool members to the national team that will vie in the 2017 FIBA Asia Cup in Lebanon on Aug. 8-20.
This means coach Chot Reyes will have at his disposal all the players he named to the 24-man Gilas team from which the Final 12 will come.
Recent SEABA campaigners June Mar Fajardo, Japeth Aguilar, Raymond Almazan, Allein Maliksi, Troy Rosario, Calvin Abueva, Jayson Castro, Terrence Romeo, Jio Jalalon, Matthew Wright and RR Pogoy lead 19 PBA players in the 24-man roster.
Other PBA players in the list are Gabe Norwood, Norbert Torres, Kevin Alas, Baser Amer, Mac Belo, Kevin Ferrer, Chris Tolomia and Carl Bryan Cruz.
Naturalized player Andray Blatche, Fil-German Christian Standhardinger, Bobby Ray Parks, Kiefer Ravena, and Kobe Paras complete the list.
The release of the PBA players to the Gilas pool will be in accordance with the memorandum of agreement between the PBA and the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas – 30 days before the tourney among the Gilas cadets and 15 days among the PBA veterans.
Narvasa said they will try to find a way to settle the conflict of the PBA Governors Cup schedule with that of the Asia Cup.
“It always affects the PBA whenever there is a change in (FIBA) schedule. We’ll discuss it with (SBP president) Al Panlilio and coach Chot Reyes,” said Narvasa.
The PBA has made the necessary adjustments in its 2017-18 season to give way to the numerous window periods of the FIBA Asia world qualifiers.
One adjustment is the season opener set in December.
“No specific date yet. We want to know the exact dates of the FIBA games first,” said Narvasa.(PBA)
Jeff Chan’s take-charge mentality was evident on Holy Wednesday when defending champion Rain or Shine registered a grind-out 96-94 come-from-behind win over Phoenix.
With his team down by as many as 17 points, Chan willed Rain or Shine back to life with baskets from inside and outside, the last, a three-point play off Mark Borboran with 7.7 seconds to go to push the Elasto Painters ahead for good, 95-94.
The left-handed sniper from Bacolod finished with 24 points, 12 coming inside the final six minutes as Rain or Shine snapped a two-game skid to improve to 4-2 overall.
The 34-year-old Chan’s hot-shooting performance earned him the Accel-PBA Press Corps Player of the Week for the period of April 10-16, besting a tough host of candidates led by San Miguel Beer’s Chris Ross, Meralco big man Kelly Nabong and wingman Jared Dillinger and GlobalPort Fil-American guard Stanley Pringle.
Rain or Shine took a long break during the Holy Week but is expected to go all-out in practice as the Elasto Painters gear up for their much-awaited clash with unbeaten San Miguel Beer (3-0) on April 22 at the Mall of Asia Arena. (pr)
^ Cignal 8 1
^ Racal 7 2
* Cafe France 6 3
* Tanduay 6 3
AMA 5 4
JRU 4 5
x Batangas 4 5
x Wangs 3 6
x Victoria 2 7
x Blustar 0 9
^ – outright semis
* – twice-to-beat
x – eliminated
(Ynares Sports Arena, Pasig)
* – twice-to-beat
3 p.m. JRU vs Cafe France*
5 p.m. Tanduay* vs AMA
Mark Cruz delivered the goods for Tanduay, dropping 20 points to help his side score the slim 73-69 win over Jose Rizal University Tuesday at JSCGO Gym in Cubao and go on to the 2017 PBA D-League Aspirants’ Cup quarterfinals as the fourth seed.
The diminutive playmaker fired 12 of his team’s final 14 markers, while also adding seven assists, and two rebounds to keep the Rhum Masters’ winning streak alive at three and close the eliminations out with a 6-3 record.
“Live and die ako sa kanya,” said coach Lawrence Chongson of Cruz. “Maybe it’s also a good thing that I don’t have other playmakers and his minutes are getting extended.”
The former Letran star carried Tanduay in the fourth quarter as it shrugged off its early struggles in the second half and fought back from a nine-point hole, 38-29, early in the third period.
Jaymo Eguilos registered 14 markers and nine rebounds, Jerwin Gaco added a double-double of 12 points and 10 boards, and Bong Quinto got 11 markers and five rebounds for the Rhum Masters.
Tanduay will now meet AMA Online Education in the quarterfinals, with the former enjoying the twice-to-beat edge.
JRU, meanwhile, will be at sixth, bracing for the threat of three-seed Cafe France in their own series.
Joseph Marquez paced the Heavy Bombers (4-5) with 15 points and 10 rebounds, while Tey Teodoro and Jhaps Bautista both got 15 markers in the loss.
In the first game, Victoria Sports-MLQU got itself the silver lining it hoped for, turning back Blustar Detergent, 85-76.
Fighting for pride, Victoria banked on Robbie Herndon to carry the load, finishing with 19 points and 13 rebounds to snap its three-game losing skid and finish the conference with a 2-7 record.
“Sabi ko sa players na tapusin namin ng maganda yung liga. Kahit na winless yung kalaban, hindi namin sila dapat binabalewala,” said coach Jinino Manansala.
Michael Ayonayon chimed in 14 markers and 10 rebounds, Ryusei Koga added 11 points and four assists, and Jayson Grimaldo had 10 markers and nine rebounds for Victoria, which missed the services of Aris Dionisio who was out due to personal reasons.
Already eliminated from the playoff race, Victoria stamped its class over the Dragons, slowly pulling away before establishing a 17-point edge, 65-48 with 8:17 remaining in the fourth quarter.
Despite the exit, Manansala can take pride knowing that his players made the most of their experience.
“This was really a good experience for us. Mahirap tanggapin yung laging talo, pero malaking bagay na yung experience na nakuha namin dito,” he said.
Tristan Perez wound up with 19 points and nine rebounds for the Blustar squad, which went winless in its nine games this conference.
VICTORIA 85 – Herndon 19, Ayonayon 14, Koga 11, Grimaldo 10, Lao 9, Nicholls 9, Ragasa 7, Bitoon 6, Baliday 0, Cariaga 0, Dela Cruz 0, Puspus 0, Rivera 0.
BLUSTAR 76 – Perez 19, Ang 12, Choong 11, Mak 10. Melano 10, Kwaan 7, Heng 3, Liaw 2, Chin 2, Ong 0.
Quarters: 20-15, 42-31, 61-48, 85-76.
TANDUAY 73 – Cruz 20, Eguilos 14, Gaco 12, Quinto 11, Sanga 10, Santos 5, Sollano 1, Stevens 0, Varilla 0, Vigil 0, Villamor 0.
JRU 69 – Bautista 15, Marquez 15, Teodoro 15, Amboludto 9, Grospe 8, Poutouochi 5, Lasquety 2, Dela Virgen 0, Publico 0.
Quarters: 16-14, 29-35, 56-57, 73-69.
Rookie forward Mac Belo underscored his readiness in the pro level after leading Blackwater to a franchise-best 2-0 start in the season-opening PBA Philippine Cup.
Playing like a grizzled veteran, the 6-foot-4 Belo averaged 21 points, 7.5 rebounds and 1.5 steals in the Elite’s back-to-back victories over Phoenix and 2016 Governors’ Cup runner-up Meralco to start the season.
His sterling effort made him the hands-down choice for the Accel-PBA Press Corps Player of the Week for the league’s 42nd season.
The former Far Eastern University standout bested a bevy of candidates for the weekly award led by three-time PBA MVP June Mar Fajardo and Alex Cabagnot of San Miguel Beer, GlobalPort’s high-scoring guard Terrence Romeo, TNT’s Ranidel de Ocampo, sophomore big man Bradwyn Guinto and Sean Anthony, both of NLEX.
Snagged by Blackwater during the special draft for Gilas players, Belo wasted no time proving his worth after debuting with a near double-double effort of 17 points and nine rebounds to help Blackwater register a 94-87 win over Phoenix last Wednesday.
Four days later, the pride of Midsayap, Cotabato up the ante of his game by banging 25 points, to go along with six boards, three steals and two blocks as the Elite scraped past the Bolts, 86-84.
Belo though insists they are still far from their goal for the season.
“Kailangan lang patuloy yung pag-improve namin. Kailangan din patuloy lang magpakundisyon kasi mai-scout din tayo ng ibang teams,” said the 23-year-old Belo.
SEOUL, Korea – With a performance to remember in the World Cup, entry of three new teams and a slew of promising rookies, the Philippine Basketball Association marks a grand milestone – Year 40 – with a fitting season of celebrations starting Oct. 19 at the Philippine Arena in Bocaue, Bulacan.
It’s a 10-month season calendar kicked off by an exciting double-header on opening day pitting expansion teams Kia Motors versus Blackwater Sports and old rivals Barangay Ginebra and Talk n Text.
The season proper will be ushered in by the Chairman’s Ball on Oct. 14 at the Resorts World Manila – a blue-ribbon affair gathering together PBA officials, players and their families.
Coinciding the event is the premier showing of the PBA documentary titled “A Nation’s Passion.”
PBA board chairman Patrick Gregorio and commissioner Chito Salud announced the season calendar after Day One of their planning session at the Novotel Ambassador Gangnam Hotel here.
“It’s an exciting season,” said Gregorio presiding the summit also attended by vice chairman Robert Non of San Miguel Beer, San Mig Coffee’s Rene Pardo, Ginebra’s Alfrancis Chua, Meralco’s Al Panlilio and Ryan Gregorio, Globalport’s Erick Arejola, Alaska’s Dickie Bachmann, Barako Bull’s Manny Alvarez, Rain or Shine’s Mert Mondragon, NLEX’s Ramon Fernandez, Kia’s Ginia Domingo and Blackwater’s Dioceldo Sy, Silliman Sy and Wilbert Loa.
In the sideline of their planning session, the PBA officials watch some of the 17th Asian Games competitions participated in by Filipino athletes.
On Tuesday night, they were to cheer for Filipino boxers under the Amateur Boxing Association of the Philippines where Gregorio serves as secretary general.
Upon their return to Manila, the PBA board faces the sports media in the media launch of PBA Season 40 at Shangri-La Edsa Hotel on Oct. 7.
And on Oct. 19, the much-awaited PBA Season 40 finally gets underway, a yearlong celebration also highlighted by grand festivities on April 8 where the league honors its 40 greatest players of all time.
The league is sticking with its three-conference format starting with the Philippine Cup followed by two import-laced tourneys.
A new innovation is a handicapping system for imports in the Commissioner’s Cup and in the Governors Cup.
The top eight after the elimination round of the Philippine Cup will be playing with imports with a height limit of 6-foot-9 in the second conference. The bottom four will be allowed imports of unlimited height.
For the Governors Cup, the handicapping will be based on the performances of the teams in the first two conferences. The top eight will play with imports with a height ceiling of 6-foot-5. The bottom four are allowed imports of unlimited height.(pr)
PBA Press Corps holds Willie Caballes Sportswriting Contest for students
College students looking to embark a career in sportswriting will have the perfect avenue this school year as the PBA Press Corps hold the “2014 Willie Caballes PBA Sportswriting Contest” on June 15 and 16, the last two play dates of the elimination round of the PLDT Home Telpad Governors’ Cup.
The PBA Press Corps, which is currently being headed this year by its president Barry Pascua of Bandera, is inviting all college students and campus journalists to take part in this two-day event being supported by the Office of Senator Sonny Angara, sports agent Charlie Dy and the PBA Commissioner’s Office.
Participants will be tested in doing actual coverage of a PBA game live. They will be allowed to watch a scheduled game and attend the post-game interview. The second part of their test is to showcase their abilities in deadline writing as they will be tasked to write their stories based on the actual coverage under a prescribed time limit.
After the two-day competition, the PBA Press Corps’ panel of judges will select the top three winners, who might be given a chance to work in major print publications or online media in the future.
The champion will receive P7,000. Second placer will get P5,000 while the third placer will be given P3,000. All top three winners will likewise get gift certificates from the PBA. They will be honored during the annual PBA Press Corps Awards Night.
Registration for the “2014 Willie Caballes PBA Sportswriting Contest” is now ongoing. Interested participants can call Hazel Ancheta, PR/Liason Officer of the Philippine Basketball Association, at tel. no. 470-2768 to 70 loc. 110.
The PBA Press Corps will accommodate only the first 40 participants. Deadline for registration is until June 11.(pr)