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PBA agrees to release Gilas members to RP Team

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)


PBA marks grand milestone with fitting season of celebrations

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)

Player of the Week: Jason Castro


The road to a fourth straight Philippine Cup crown won’t be easy, but cat-quick guard Jason Castro is ready to face the challenge.

Dishing off the gutsy all-around performance he’s known for amid some injuries to key personnel, the 5’8” Castro stood tallest despite the opposition to tow the Texters to three straight victories in a span of six days.

The former Philippine Christian University standout said playing without the team’s top defensive player Ryan Reyes for much of the conference has served as a motivation for him to level his game up further in what coach Norman Black labeled as “hell week”.

Castro, last season’s Philippine Cup Best Player of the Conference tallied 13 points, grabbed three rebounds and dished off three assists combining with fellow Gilas Pilipinas stalwart Ranidel de Ocampo in the second half to turn back Rain or Shine, 90-87.

The 27-year-old Castro then exploded for 23 points, six rebounds and nine assists three days later, in the absence of backcourt mate Jimmy Alapag, leading Talk ‘N Text to an 87-80 overtime victory over a tough Barako Bull side.

On Sunday, Castro remained in command, using his quickness to outwit his defenders en route to the Texters’ 87-82 win over the Air21 Express.

Castro’s 21-point, six-rebound effort against the Express completed Talk ‘N Text’s tough but gratifying week that saw the three-time all-Filipino conference champion improve its record to 6-2.

“Sinabi ni coach na kailangan ko mag-step up every game. Wala kasi si Ryan since the start of the conference so kailangan every game, nandun ako lagi,” said a soft-spoken Talk ‘N Text guard, whose sterling performance earned him the Accel-PBA Press Corps. Player of the Week for the period of December 15-22, edging out Barangay Ginebra’s athletic forward Japeth Aguilar.

Castro said despite their three-game winning roll, the Texters will have to guard themselves from complacency as they continue in  their quest for a league record fourth straight all-Filipino title this season.(pr/photo by kc cruz)

Go-to guys, Alex and James as Accel-PBA Press Corps Co-Players of the Week

EVERY team needs somebody to take charge in the games that mattered most and Petron Blaze and San Mig Coffee certainly had plenty willing to don said mantle of responsibility.
None more so than Alex Cabagnot and James Yap, who were adjudged the Accel-PBA Press Corps Co-Players of the Week for the period Sept. 30 to Oct. 7 after leading their respective teams to the finals of the PBA Governors Cup.
Cabagnot was the most consistent for the Boosters in the week that was with four-game averages of 15.5 points, 5.25 rebounds and 4.25 assists, including 23 markers and eight dimes in a deciding 110-89 victory over last year’s champion Rain or Shine last Monday.
Yap, who was similarly cited by the scribes for the period Sept. 2 to 8, was not too far behind with three-game averages of 15.0 points and 5.3 rebounds, including 19 points in the finals seat-clinching 79-73 win over Meralco last Sunday.
Mixers guard Alex Mallari also came up big by coming off the bench and scattering 23 points in a 94-87 victory last Friday that put the Bolts’ back against the wall and Boosters counterpart Marcio Lassiter torched the Elasto Painters for 27 points and 12 rebounds also last Monday.
It is undeniable, however, that Cabagnot and Yap left their own indelible prints throughout the tough semifinals series, enabling their respective teams to close out the best-of-five matchups on identical 3-1 counts.
Their latest performances did not go unnoticed by their coaches. 
Especially San Mig tactician Tim Cone, who continues to marvel at the steady evolution of Yap from being a mere scorer into a more all-around player. 
“I think everyone rates James’ game based on whether he is scoring, but he is bringing a lot more to the table than just that,” contended Cone. 
“His devotion to the defensive side and on the boards has really taken our ‘team’ basketball to another level. His mindset right now is doing whatever it takes for us to win, whether it be to score or take on the tough defensive assignment or whatever.”
Ditto for Cabagnot, whose game has taken an upward turn in the playoffs, especially at times when import Elijah Millsap struggled.
“Alex has taken it upon himself to be the leader of this team and I’m happy for him,” said Petron coach Gee Abanilla.
“He’s now more of a table-setter for his teammates, picking his spots and basically becoming more efficient as a result.”(pr)

PBA, TV5 agree to air games on IBC-13

The Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) and TV5 agreed Monday to continue airing the PBA games on IBC-13 under the original schedule laid out by the league for the 2013 Governors’ Cup, which starts on August 14 and ends October 25 at the latest.

In opting not to change the fans’ viewing habits and the schedule of games that have resulted in record gate receipts and TV ratings this season, both the PBA and TV5 have placed public interest above all other considerations.

“We value our relationship and recognize TV5’s role as a positive factor for the league,” said PBA commissioner Chito Salud. “The PBA and TV5 are one in upholding the interest of our basketball fans.”

In the meantime, TV5 will review the current terms of its coverage contract with the PBA and submit its proposal to the PBA Board of Governors for the purpose of determining how best to further improve the relations between the two parties.

“I’m very happy that the Governors’ Cup will be enjoyed by the fans, especially coming from a basketball high with the FIBA Asia tournament,” said TV5 president Noel Lorenzana. “We’re happy to bring the games to everyone’s homes and we look forward to continuing our partnership with the PBA.” (pr)

Gilas aims to put RP back on world stage

A ROSTER packed with enough talent to get the job done.
That is how practically all observers look at the Gilas Pilipinas team aiming to put the country back on the world basketball stage through the FIBA Asia Championship set Aug. 1 to 11 at the MOA Arena and Ninoy Aquino Stadium.
No less than well-traveled coach Rajko Toroman heads those who opined the Nationals have the depth, shooting touch, height and speed and quickness that should earn them one of the top three tickets the continental tourney is offering for the World Cup next year in Spain.
“We have everything,” said the Serb who steered the Philippine team to a fourth place finish in the 2011 edition of the Asian tourney.
“We have the size, the speed, shooters and, having been together for three months now, chemistry,” added Toroman.
Indeed, Gilas coach Chot Reyes’ team is one of the tallest national squads ever with a frontline led by 6-11 Marcus Douthit, 6-10 June Mar Fajardo and 6-10 Japeth Aguilar. Ranidel de Ocampo, Marc Pingris and Gabe Norwood stand at least 6-5 while the likes of Jimmy Alapag, LA Tenorio, Jayson Castro provide the flash and Larry Fonacier, Gary David and Jeff Chan are sure to lead in the sniping department.
With such a stacked arsenal, Reyes’ focus of late has been on how to defend the likes of defending champion China, Iran and the other Middle Eastern teams, which boast of much taller and heftier players, and the speedier crews from Korea and Chinese-Taipei.
That is where agility and quickness come in, as Reyes himself had previously laid bare when he started naming his pool last February. 
“We need to be very versatile, we can play up-tempo, we can go down low if we need to. But we  have to have a lot of speed, quickness and athleticism and a lot of outside shooting,” said  and I think the lineup bears that.” 
Tim Cone, whose Centennial Team won the bronze in the 1998 Asian Games, said the presence of Alapag, Castro and Tenorio in Gilas should put pressure on the opposing teams on both ends of the floor.
“I will say I’m not surprised. I expected them to keep their three point guards because I know Chot Reyes likes to play small at times,” said Cone upon learning of Reyes’ final lineup bared last Thursday.
“He can play them at same time, put a hard pressure on the other team and all are great shooters,” added Cone. “They also have the opportunity to go big. I think Japeth gave them a little bit more athleticism, length and quickness on the floor.”
For coach Yeng Guiao, who can’t help but compare the current RP Team to the one he mentored in the 2009 FIBA Asia, there are several factors going Reyes’ team’s way.
“Expectedly, they should be able to address the size differential better and they also have a lot of outside shooters, so that is another concern that has been addressed,” said Guiao.
The Middle eastern teams’ slow turnover of talent should also work in Gilas’ favor, added Guiao.  
“Iyung mga regular superstars or key players nila mas matanda kesa sa atin dahil nga mas mabagal ang pag-ikot ng talent nila, di kasing-bilis ng China, Japan, Korea or the Philippines,” noted Guiao.
“So I think it will just be a matter of some psychological or mental questions na lang on our part, but nandiyan din ang homecourt advantage kaya all signs are pointing towards the attainment of our objective,” noted Guiao.(pr)

PBA-Accel POTW: L.A. Tenorio

THEY don’t call LA Tenorio “Showtime” for nothing.

The heady point guard was unanimously chosen as the Accel-PBA Press Corps Player of the Week after consistently stepping up when needed, enabling Barangay Ginebra to overcome the odds against a very formidable foe and advance to the PBA Commissioner’s Cup Finals.
In back-to-back wins over Talk N Text in the week that was, Tenorio averaged 22.0 points, 7.0 rebounds and 6.5 assists, propping the Kings’ charge from a 1-2 deficit in the best-of-five semifinals duel which only three teams have previously come back from in league history.
What makes Tenorio’s performances more noteworthy is the fact he dished those off despite a sore right elbow and being under the weather at times.
“The last two games talagang naka-focus ako,” said the 28-year-old. “I motivated myself in a lot of ways para lang talaga makatulong ako sa team na manalo. Kasi wala pa akong nilalarong maganda sa semis. Hindi ko iniisip na may injury ako o may sakit, basta focus ako to get Games 4 and 5.
“S’werte naman and God is good talaga dahil he gave me strength and wisdom nitong last two games. Credit also to my teammates and coaching staff sa tiwalang ibinigay nila sa akin. Kaya I want to share this citation with my team.”
Ginebra coach Alfrancis Chua said Tenorio picking up the cudgels for the team that is sorely missing the services of injured reigning MVP Mark Caguioa is astounding in itself. 
“Siya talaga ang nagdadala ng team. Parang siya ang naging heart and soul ng team nu’ng mawala si Mark,” said the pony-tailed strategist. 
“Ang maganda nito, nire-respeto siya ng mga teammates niya at siya din ganu’n. At Iba talaga ang kinikilos niya, especially kapag crucial na.”
Tenorio showcased that most in the deciding match last Sunday, when he scored 12 of his teamhigh 28 points in the fourth quarter to prop Ginebra’s stand against repeated fightbacks by TNT and into a 111-103 victory.
In what would be his best game yet in the team which acquired him from Alaska only before the season started, Tenorio also finished with six rebounds and five assists despite being in foul trouble from the third quarter on.
Tenorio already gave a glimpse of what was to come right in Game 4, when he notched 16 points, eight rebounds and as many assists for a 104-101 nail-biter of a win that tied the Cebuana Lhuillier-sponsored series at two games apiece.
Prior to that game, Tenorio was averaging just 8.6 points, 3.0 rebounds and 3.6 assists, and those were jacked only by his 10, 4 and 5 in an 80-98 game 3 loss last Wednesday.
Those victories gave Ginebra the right to face Tenorio’s former team in the best-of-five title duel starting Wednesday and Chua can’t help but make another pitch for the man also dubbed “The Lieutenant.”
“Malaking plus talaga iyung may LA ka sa team,” said Chua. “Kaya nga para sa akin hindi lang siya pang-Player of the Week. Pang-Best Player of the Conference siya.”(pr)