HITS AND MISSES: WNBA Finals, Three FIBA Slots, UAAP-NCAA News and Joe Lipa Sacked
September 21, 2007 by Sydrick Salazar
SEPTEMBER 20, 2007
The cage-gods have bestowed the precious FIBA-EUROPE CROWN to Russia, led by Utah star Andrei Kirilenko. Now as weâ€™ve read in Claysiusâ€™ blog, AK-47 wants out. I have to agree with this statement. Kirilenko is a natural power forward despite his size and his strengths are being wasted playing outside his comfort zone. Pinning it on Jerry Sloan though makes me cringe. Sloan, an NBA fixture for more than four decades is virtually untouchable. Making him sound like a devil incarnate is not great for his image. One can wonder if this public bashing will affect his chances to upgrade his last season performance.
WELCOME TO HITS AND MISSES.
1) THE EAGLE HAS LANDEDâ€¦ PERMANENTLY
Andy Seigle tore his ACL attending the Red Bull camp, which could very well mark an abrupt end of his injury-plagued career. The former rookie of the year was released by Ginebra when he asked for a maximum pay salary despite his weakened status. Well, if this was Seigle circa late 90â€™s, the Gins would have surely signed him. Yeng Guiao, the Red Bull coach recalled Seigle as an out-of-shape talent because of his injuries. He could have had a career rebirth since the Barakos are looking for size to fill in the center spot. Heâ€™ll join the likes of Jun Limpot, Vic Pablo, and Poch Juinio as former stars without a team.
2) WNBA FINALS: PHOENIX MERCURY SHOCKS DETROIT
Diana Taurasi and company climbed from a 1-2 deficit to claim the WNBA title in their Best-of-Five Showdown against the Detroit Shock. This marks the resurgence of the Western Conference dominance in the WNBA. Previous winners include the Cynthia Cooper, Tina Thompson and Sheryl Swoopes-led Houston Comets, Lisa Leslieâ€™s LA Sparks, Yolanda Griffithâ€™s Sacramento Monarchs, Sue Bird and Lauren Jacksonâ€™s Seattle Storm, and now, Taurasiâ€™s Mercury. The Eastern Conference has had a crack in the crown due solely to the Shock.
3) UAAP: MADRAMANG ENDING
UST clinched over FEU while La Salle overcame Ateneo. DLSU gets the twice-to-beat edge over the UST-Ateneo winner, setting up an intense drive to thwart UEâ€™s unbeaten season. DLSU will play minus Brian Ilad, whoâ€™ll end his UAAP career in dismal fashion. Ateneoâ€™s loss to NU could have given the Eagles a safe ride but instead theyâ€™ll have to grind against the ever-so-dangerous UST Tigers. Surely UE must be sitting pretty on top but the long rest could make or break their teamâ€™s chances. UST, DLSU, and ADMU will go all out against each other and will go ALL OUT against a UE sweep.
4) THREE VACANCIES LEFT
The World Olympic Qualifiers has yet to set a place but mark July 7, 2008 on your calendars. This will feature the runner-ups from the recently held FIBA tourneys. Greece, Germany, Croatia, and Slovenia will represent Europe while Puerto Rico, Brazil, and Canada will play for the Americas. Cameroon and Cape Verde will star for Africa as Lebanon and Korea battle out for Asia spots. New Zealand will represent Oceania.
As it stands nine of 12 teams have gotten through the Olympic stage: China qualified for being the host country while Spain got in via the 2006 World Championships. Other teams that already qualified are Argentina, Russia, Lithuania, Australia, Iran, Angola, and of course, TEAM USA.
5) DO OR DIE: NCAA VERSION
After going head-to-head for three quarters, Letran succumb to the stronger San Beda squad in the NCAA Best-of-3 Finals. Rogemar Menor took over the scoring chores backed up by main men Sam Ekwe, Pong Escobal, and pro-bound Yousif Aljamal. Frankie Lim took just three men off the bench to support his starters â€“ a ploy that could eat them up if the Lions used the same ploy in their next game. Anyway, RJ Jazul and company must rise to the occasion to avert the fatal Lion win.
6) JOE LIPA SACKED
After leading the Maroons to their worst season ever, the UP management fired legendary tactician Joe Lipa. Steering the school to their lone title in 1986, Lipa had no Benjie Paras, Ronnie Magsanoc, Eric Altamirano or Joey Guanio on his side. Instead, he had to convince himself that Woody Co, BJ Serios, and Migs de Asis can carry the team alongside rookies Mike Gamboa, Mark Lopez, and Soc Rivera. The Result? 0-14. Had Marvin Cruz stayed, Nestor David didnâ€™t graduate, and UP developed talents rather than acquiring them (like DLSUâ€™s Mika Vainio and Mike Gavino) this would have been a somewhat better story. With the school nearing its 100th Anniversary, the Fighting Maroons could rely on Altamirano and Magsanoc to lead them in the next season.
So this ends the third installment of the new H and M. This should be seven butâ€¦
Tinatamad nako eh!
SEE MY DEDICATION HAHA!
By the way on my next TOP 30, try and guess whoâ€™ll make the PUREFOODS LIST. Will Alvin Patrimonio make the list? Will Freche Ang make the list?
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