PBA D-LEAGUE’S EXPOSURE AND INCOMING COMPETITION

April 5, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

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In a world where money talks, the last thing you want is to lose money. This is a pretty simple predicament that will have a long-term effect on the Philippine Basketball Association Developmental League if they fail to resolve this.

According to Spin.ph, there’s apparently an impending revolt because there are various D-League teams that are mulling pullout because they are stuck on UHF land and has zero chances of breaking to the main channels.

Here’s the thing: while fans can or will never understand why TV5 is making the PBA look like filler programming, the D-League is well… expendable.

Aimed to become the launching pad of incoming PBA superstars and possible new franchises, this league is also home to substandard players and franchises with unsure participation. The league itself has a ridiculous format in which there are college squads as PBA team affiliates and most of the teams are not using the recall and send down options.

To further prove a point. I will latch on former Petron Blaze import Henry Sims as an example. He signed with the Cleveland Cavaliers before the season began and since they have a lot of players hindering his growth, the team assigned him to their NBA D-League affiliate Canton Charge (Sims has since been recalled and has been traded by the Cavs to the Philadelphia 76ers). The league has reverted back to old PBA Draft format where a team is rewarded with unlimited picks. While I believe that the rookies will have a hard time displacing the veterans (especially the third rounders and down), the team that drafted these players should automatically have the right of assign them on their farm squad.

For example, here are the current PBA D-League squads and their current PBA affiliates:

PBA
D-LEAGUE TEAM
PBA
AFFILIATE
PLAYERS
THE PBA TEAM DRAFTED / SIGNED DURING THE 2013 PBA DRAFT
BLACKWATER
Barangay
Ginebra
San
Miguel
San
Mig Coffee
Greg
Slaughter
Ian
Sangalang
James
Forrester
Isaac
Holstein
Sam
Marata
JR
Cawaling
John
Usita
Nate
Matute
Alvin
Padilla
Jens
Knuttel
CAFÉ
FRANCE / CEU
Rain
or Shine
Raymond
Almazan
Alex
Nuyles
Jeric
Teng
Gayford
Rodriguez
Ervic
Vijandre
DERULO
ACCELERO
Alaska
Ryan
Buenafe
Chris
Exciminiano
Raymond
Ilagan
NLEX
/ SAN BEDA
Meralco
Anjo
Caram
Mike
Parala
Mark
Lopez
Ron
Guevarra
Mark
Bringas

Okay. It’s stupid to put Slaughter, Sangalang, and Almazan now because truth be told they are owning their PBA foes but for the rest of the cast, a spot in the D-League can give them minutes other than bench warming to boost their confidence. If James Forrester can’t have the minutes in Ginebra, how about sending him down to Blackwater to further cultivate his stock. The league can exempt PBA veterans with zero playing time like Alaska’s Eddie Laure and Nic Belasco and let them work in Derulo Accelero because technically they are still under contract with the Aces. In return Derulo can sign the drafted players that were unsigned (whether a one-year or one-conference deal). In this way, they will still have a certain future to check out. Citing the example of Forrester, if Ginebra sees his upgraded game, then they can just recall Forrester from Blackwater. These players can also pull off double duties (playing for the PBA and the D-League at the same time) with the discretion of the coaching staff. In this way, there will be a better dynamic on the whole affiliates thing.

And isn’t it crazy that amongst the four PBA affiliates, two of them are college-based? And while NLEX has a couple of ex-pros in their stable, what can Rain or Shine elevate to make sense of their allegiance.

Does the Elasto Painters actually acknowledge Café France at all?

According to the PBA D-League page, here are the former PBA players now playing in the PBA D-League. These players range from a couple of years back to just last conference.

Players who logged playing time in the recently-concluded PBA Philippine Cup are in italics.

PBA
D-LEAGUE TEAM
PLAYER
LAST
PBA TEAM
NLEX
Borgie
Hermida
Pamboy
Raymundo
Barako
Bull
Talk
N Text (traded to Air21 but never played)
HOG’S
BREATH
JP
Belencion
Vaughn
Canta
GlobalPort
Barako
Bull
BIG
CHILL
Mark
Canlas
Shopinas
(traded to Meralco but never played)
JUMBO
PLASTIC
Jason
Ballesteros
Barako
Bull
BLACKWATER
Allan
Mangahas
Gilbert
Bulawan
Reil
Cervantes
Meralco
Barako
Bull
Barako
Bull
BORACAY
RUM
Rudy
Lingganay
GlobalPort
CAFÉ
FRANCE
None
None
CAGAYAN
VALLEY
LA
Revilla
GlobalPort
CEBUANA
LHUILLIER
Marcy
Arellano
Bam
Gamalinda
James
Martinez
Brian
Ilad
Air21
Talk
N Text (traded to Air21 but never played)
Powerade
Shopinas
DERULO
ACCELERO
None
None

Okay. I made a lot of points but that is not the issue at hand. The thing is, the loss of AKTV virtually gave TV5 a whole lot of programs with less spots to fill. IBC rented their primetime spots to TV5 with nothing to lose and when TV5’s flagship channel kept getting fewer looks compared to their all-sports channel, one of these babies had to go. ABS-CBN smartly made Studio 23 an all sports channel and while they have their surplus of UFC, UAAP, and NBA action, they will openly accept anything that revolves around Philippine basketball.

One such example is the Countrywide Developmental Basketball League – which is pretty much a direct competitor of the D-League. Aimed to be a better version of the combo of the Metropolitan Basketball Association and Philippine Basketball League as well as its erstwhile predecessors National Basketball League, Mindanao Visayas Basketball Association, and the combination of the first two mentioned – Liga Pilipinas. With Joe Lipa at helm and a channel to back them up, rumor or not, expect a lot of D-League teams to jump ship because of the assured exposure. While the PBA will never go to Sports + Action because of the insufficient reach as well as ratings (although if they continue to receive the same treatment, they will definitely latch on to another alternative), all the PBA D-League as well as the NCAA and the UFL games need is exposure. I guess this is why GMA News TV continues to enjoy the benefits of the Shakey’s V-League because both parties are getting something from the other.

Moving out or not, Commissioner Chito Salud needs to iron out the kinks of the D-League because if it continues to act as some sort of separate entity without the whole affiliates thing working in pristine condition, I doubt if this league will continue with its existence especially with NLEX and Blackwater expected to elevate to the PBA in the incoming season.

ARE IMPORTS TO BLAME?

April 1, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

ARE IMPORTS TO BLAME?

We all know why PBA teams bring in reinforcements, and that’s to not only produce in every statistical category but also to put up the “W’s” in the win loss column. An import is expected to produce astronomical numbers while also leading his team to as many wins as possible. Life in the PBA is tough on imports; they’re only as good as their last game. But what happens when the latter part of that category is not met?

Probably the best example of this argument is Brian Butch and the Meralco Bolts. Butch averaged 27 points and 21 rebounds in his 6 games here; even hitting for 42 points and 24 rebounds and topping even that with 40 points and an eye popping 31 rebounds. Those statistics are almost improbable even by today’s standards. But even with those monster splits, he was still axed in favor of a new import. In his 6 games, Meralco barely scraped being a .500 team going 3-3 to start the conference.

Why would you replace a guy who was playing out of his mind and probably won’t replicate those numbers anywhere for the near possible future? Given the short life span of the current conference, teams are being more results oriented than before. With only 9 games, the marching order for every coach is to win as many games and by all means necessary.

Changing imports in mid-swing is also a hit and miss affair as most teams in the PBA know. But why are imports carrying the load of the blame? Maybe we put them onto a pedestal too high for even them to reach. A player can only produce so much, and with every defensive plan geared towards stopping you, that player will always run into rough spots. The sad reality for imports is, no matter how many points you score or rebounds you pull down, as long as you don’t win it’s going to be your entire fault; which does not always ring true.

Imports should not carry the blame by themselves. You only have to look at the local support a team is getting to know what’s exactly wrong with the team. Take Talk and Text for example, their import Richard Howell averages 22 points and 21 rebounds. Those numbers are beyond respectable, but the biggest reason for their unbeaten streak is the great local support he gets. 2 players average more the 15 points per game, while 3 others average almost 10 points per game. Compare that to cellar dweller Globalport who gets 27 points and 20 rebounds per game from their import Evan Brock, but only 2 locals scratch the 10 points per game mark. Those number splits remain consistent for the bottom 3 teams as well as the top 3 teams in the PBA right now. Barako Bull has the highest scoring import in Joshua Dollard who gets 35 points per game but only ONE local scores in double figures (Willie Miller at 10 ppg) while Ginebra’s Leon Rodgers puts up 33 a game but gets only 10 ppg from both Mark Caguioa and Japeth Aguilar.

Based on the numbers above, do you think imports still deserve all of the blame? As the old coaching cliché goes, basketball is a team sport and one person cannot do it alone. If teams are looking at their numbers, they would know that their imports produce, it’s a matter of the locals being able to support him capably.

In the end, imports are only as good as the number of wins their teams put up and not what their stats say about them. But they do not deserve to be blamed for the short comings of their respective teams; it has to be a combined effort to produce the desired results in such a short conference. Over-reliance on one person makes a team easier to stop; less people involved means an easier time for opposing defenders to stop the imports.

Imports can and will produce, but only when you play as a team will you get your desired results.

ROOKIE RANKINGS: GREG SLAUGHTER AND TERRENCE ROMEO GET THEIR SPOTS BACK

March 30, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

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It’s a very odd PBA coverage this week with the league taking on the playdates that are NOT Friday and Sunday.

I honestly believe it seems like TV5 doesn’t really give a damn here… or the league in general.

Where are the arenas and why isn’t the PBA using them?

Anyway, the abnormal PBA schedule paved for an awkward looking Rookie Rankings. For the first two weeks, Ian Sangalang topped the list with Greg Slaughter tries his best to reclaim his spot.

Game starts now.

2014 PBA COMMISSIONER’S CUP
START TO MARCH 29, 2014
NOTE: ON RED PARTS – PLAYERS
WHOSE AVERAGES DIPPED FROM LAST WEEK
NOW
THEN
PLAYER
PPG
RPG
APG
SPG
BPG
1
2
GREG SLAUGHTER
GINEBRA
9.00
7.00
0.80
0.00
1.20
2
3
TERRENCE ROMEO
GLOBALPORT
10.00
3.17
1.67
0.50
0.17
3
1
IAN SANGALANG
SAN MIG COFFEE
9.25
5.25
0.25
0.00
0.00
4
5
RAYMOND ALMAZAN
RAIN OR SHINE
6.60
4.40
0.20
0.40
0.60
5
9
RR GARCIA
GLOBALPORT
6.17
2.83
1.00
0.33
0.00
6
4
JUSTIN MELTON
SAN MIG COFFEE
4.75
2.50
0.75
1.25
0.00
7
6
ANJO CARAM
MERALCO
4.83
1.00
2.00
0.50
0.00
8
7
CARLO LASTIMOSA
BARAKO BULL
4.40
2.00
1.60
0.80
0.00
9
8
JERIC FORTUNA
BARAKO BULL
4.00
1.33
1.67
0.17
0.00
10
10
JUSTIN CHUA
GLOBALPORT
4.60
2.00
0.40
0.20
0.20

So not only did Ian Sangalang lost his top spot to Slaughter (who boasted 10 points and 8 rebounds in his last two games), his 2-point and 3-rebound output also pulled him a slot lower to make way for Terrence Romeo. Despite GlobalPort’s atrocious record, Romeo is the only rookie to score in double figures as of the moment. Raymond Almazan takes a notch to the top because of the momentum shaft Justin Melton experienced in San Mig Super Coffee’s initial defeat while RR Garcia rode the waves of a conference breakout game and to become the biggest gainer this week.

Finishing off the countdown is Anjo Caram, Carlo Lastimosa (who did a lot of bench time because of Willie Miller’s double-double performance), Jeric Fortuna, and Justin Chua who sat out GlobalPort’s last game.

So with that said…

I actually find it funny that the PBA would do a column checking out the rookie year of Alaska’ Chris Exciminiano. It’s not a bad read… and yes, I believe he deserves an article. I just think he could have used the praise article when he was still being used. Exciminiano together with Ryan Buenafe has yet to log a game in the Commissioner’s Cup no thanks to the current chaos Alaska is experiencing right now. As the reigning and defending champions, they have yet to display the awesomeness they produced the first time they had Rob Dozier as their main man.

For the rookies, getting noticed is seriously important. In the NBA, Giannis Antetokounmpo is getting the media treatment even if Cody Zeller is a tad more productive than the inconsistent Greek Freak. Same goes in the PBA. Terrence Romeo is GlobalPort’s future even if RR Garcia is equally gifted. The difference between the two is that Romeo’s story is a bit more compelling – and I think this is what RR Garcia needs to work on. This is the same thing inside the Rain or Shine camp with celebrity endorser Jeric Teng getting the exposure and the nods despite the fact that Raymond Almazan is easily the team’s best rookie. Carlo Lastimosa is another benefactor of this factoid and he earned this thanks to the surname of his superstar uncle. Even if he’s the last pick of the second round, he was still able to make respectable numbers and minutes compared to names like Teng, James Forrester, and Nico Salva. Like I said – it’s not a bad thing to ride someone else’s wave especially if you step out of it and make a name for yourself then after.

With the eliminations about to end, tune in next week for the rest of the developments!

2014 PBA All Star Snubs

March 21, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

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Barely a week after I made my weekly Power Rankings in which was headlined by everybody’s favorite naturally-made petrified matter, it shocked the hell off me that Asi Taulava missed out of the 2014 PBA All-Star Game.

Let’s forget the fact the players set to teach Gilas Pilipinas a lesson or two are most San Miguel Corporation players. In fact, if you get your fraction tools ready, it’s around 75 percent. But darn it, there were people in that team that barely deserves the distinction. Some of them were shells of their former selves but most of all, there were others in the cast that I really feel fails in comparison with these folks.

7 – CYRUS BAGUIO / ALASKA

We start off with Skyrus. With an experience and repertoire of moves of more than a decade, he might be less acrobatic at the moment but he still packs a serious punch especially when his team needs offensive guidance (something that’s currently lacking on Calvin Abueva). The Philippine Cup gave him averages of 13.7ppg, 3rpg, 3.6apg, and 1spg.

6 – JAYVEE CASIO / ALASKA

Whether you call him Jayvee, JV, or JVee, this former DLSU Green Archer is one of the most underrated guards of his generation. He brings a lot of things in his arsenal that fares a bit better than those of former Gilas teammates Mark Barroca and Chris Tiu (in my opinion). With little fanfare (and antics), Casio rattles his foes with 14.5ppg, 3.8rpg, and 3.8apg.

5 – ALEX CABAGNOT / GLOBALPORT

Okay. With averages of 12.4ppg, 4.3rpg, and 5.7apg, A-Cab virtually gets no love from the Petron fans who cheered away when he got traded for Solomon Mercado (I personally don’t get this because it leaves players like Chris Lutz with little to work with). But agree to disagree, the worst Cabagnot can do is still the best most guards in the league can offer.

4 – SOLOMON MERCADO / SAN MIGUEL

I don’t even need to expand this. It seems like Mercado can get the job done regardless of position or team. But yeah… let’s say he gets lost in San Miguel – then let’s just talk about what he did in the Philippine Cup. Mercado averaged a superb 18.9ppg, 4.0rpg, and 5.1apg for GlobalPort and his final conference with the Batang Pier garnered the second straight post-conference stint of the squad.

3 – JOSEPH YEO / AIR21

With no offense to The Ninja, his PBA career was near bust-like especially when you consider the hype he got playing for the DLSU Green Archers (although his Sta. Lucia years aren’t that shoddy either). What we are seeing from him right now is EXACTLY what the doctor ordered for his legacy and we are seeing Yeo’s career take flight like never before. Since moving to Air21 (a steal especially with how the career of his trade partner Mark Isip turned out), he has become the menacing offensive threat that he was always known for. In the Philippine Cup, Yeo compiled averages of 14.6ppg, 5.3rpg, and 6.4apg.

2 – JAY WASHINGTON / GLOBALPORT

Moving out of Petron after two seasons of pleading, Jay Washington saw basketball rebirth for the Batang Pier. Here he became the team’s scoring leader despite the presence of super scorer Solomon Mercado as well as Terrence Romeo. In 12 games J-Wash averaged 19.2ppg, 9.9rpg, 2.4apg, 1.1spg, and almost one block per game. Not recognizing Washington is like forgetting the fact that he was nominated for the BPC plum last conference.

1 – ASI TAULAVA / AIR21

This article starts and ends with The Lava Man and I have a valid point. In terms of popularity, this guy has been a fixture of the PBA since the days of Paras, Patrimonio, and Codinera. And then in terms of skills, you just can’t have enough of bulky behemoths eager to teach the Gilas Pilipinas boys on the do’s and don’ts of size and strength. Sure, Air21 was eliminated early in the Philippine Cup but Asi averaged 13.2ppg and 14.4rpg in that conference.

But then again, maybe there’s a reason why Asi got the snub. The conspiracy theorist in me is screaming like hell on a bunch of theories that could get me flak. The most logical reason is that unless Air21 wins a semis spot, they will never have the attention that Ginebra, San Miguel, San Mig Coffee, Alaska, and Talk N Text have. The Kings scored three spots because of the fan votes and Greg Slaughter would still participate in the game if he stuck with Gilas Pilipinas. People can say ill about the inclusion of Chris Ellis and Mac Baracael but those two are pretty much the equivalent of as to why James Yap, Mark Barroca, Joe Devance, and Peter June Simon are part of the San Mig Coffee contingent alongside San Miguel’s Marcio Lassiter and reigning MVP Arwind Santos. Nino Canaleta, who was with the team for most of the Philippine Cup, could pretty much be their representative to the festivities.

And yeah, even if Alaska is now the new “evil” of the PBA, Alaska has solid participation headlined by Calvin Abueva and Sonny Thoss.

I guess this is why Air21, Barako Bull, Meralco, and GlobalPort need to raise their game up and win games. If they raise their social class up, then the world would be their oyster. And with the expansion squads hell bent on quickly making a name for their selves, they seriously need to stop their conduit-ness to think of their future awards and accomplishments.

San Mig Coffee – Rain or Shine Game 1 Thoughts

February 15, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

With RoS  being able to enter the finals early, they went to the finals with a week off. I was thinking, there’s no way will RoS be as a sharp as San Mig Coffee coming into Game 1.  That’s just nature at work. Felt like, that’s SMCM big advantage. But to my surprise they were able to keep up with San Mig in the first quarter. It was even them, who were in the attack mode. Rain or Shine, surprisingly, blitzed SMCM with fastbreak attacks. Thought it’ll take some time before they get their playoff legs. Side note, dunno who’s handling Rain or Shine’s conditioning, he must be really good.

Yeng had a plan, putting Paul Lee on JDV.  SMCM took the bait, they went to JDV a lot. It then took away a lot of touches from James Yap and Jun Simon, both needing touches and big starts. Eventually, JDV got his numbers through constant SMCM feeding. Also surprise move by Yeng, making Jeric Teng a starter, he delivered some needed points at the time when Lee was off. Speaking of Jeric Teng, what’s Jeric Teng’s ceiling? Will he be happy to have a career like that of Peter Jun Simon. Can he even do a 14 year solid Peter Jun Simon career?

On the other hand, great tactic too by coach Tim Cone, putting big player, Marc Pingris, on Lee. It worked (it always works BTW, that’s why previously, urging Ginebra to put Ellis on Barroca full time, they did not), Lee had an awful shooting but the birthday boy, saved his best for last. He scored the game winner off a great find by Gabe Norwood and great play by Yeng Guiao (he’s a master of few seconds plays).

The play previous to that, SMCM missed a potential game winner. Barroca, game tied, he didn’t pass to James, and another bad decision, attacked too early, giving Rain or Shine 1.6 secs, enough for that Paul Lee game winner. BTW, whats that SMCM timeout for? San Mig had 22 seconds, run it to about 8 secs, Barroca about to do the play when they called their last timeout. It just gave Mark time to think, decide to shoot it himself. And when they needed a timeout for the last play of the game, they had none.

Mark Barroca decided to take matters when the play was for a handoff for James Yap. Yes, same James Yap who fired a game winner in game 5 versus Ginebra. And same Yap, who connected 2 long shots inside two minutes.  Mark Fired. Mark Missed. ROS 1 – SMCM 2.

Ready? Restart, Reboot, and Refresh in time for Summer

February 15, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Nestea Apple 500mL FA Nestea Lemon 500mL FA Nestea Lemon Ice 500mL FA

Summertime is about planned getaways, scheduled leaves, and organized itineraries. But the season, just like the weather, is often unpredictable, and the key to enjoying the heat despite its unpredictability is being prepared with whatever comes your way.
These three Rs will definitely help you ride through life with a smile on your face.

Restart

When something unexpected comes up, it’s important not to panic. Whether it’s bumped off flights or full hotels, take a deep breath and simply restart. See what went wrong in the situation, and then decide what steps to take next. By restarting, you are giving yourself the chance to see it from a different perspective.

Reboot

After you’ve evaluated the situation, you can now see how you can make the situation better. Rebooting your summer plans means making better choices in travel companions, hotels, and even locations. As you open yourself to the possibilities, you become intimidated by the situation you are in, and start enjoying the change even more.

Refresh

Sometimes, all it takes to be ready for any challenge summer throws your way is by simply resting. All it takes is a break to get ready to enjoy the heat again. Instead of going full force into organizing yet another trip, take a break and just stay in on weekends with friends while munching on your favorite treats.

A drink that will definitely refresh you in all the right places is Nestea in a Bottle. Making a comeback from the 90s, the well-loved drink that is available in three flavors, Lemon, Apple, and Lemon Ice, makes it easy to take the plunge anytime, anywhere.

Rain or Shine vs Petron Blazeboosters Game 5 Tweetcap

February 8, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Feb 4

Rain or Shine is mentally tough, they’ll even use this suspension as motivation. Expecting no letdown from RoS, Petron better be prepared.

Feb 4

apet jao – caidic, cardel – jolas, patrimonio – asaytono, meneses – duremdes. too similar to co-exist. lassiter – lutz?

15h

Doug peaked as a center power / forward player for like only 2 games, that’s last year.

15h

Bono drafted ahead of Quinahan? Quinahan still at it. Bono still with SMCM, just cant get in, in the deep frontline of SMCM.

15h

Ganda ng skying layup ni Arwind, nabawasan ng 2 ang haters nya dun. :)

15h

Woah! There’s RoS utility or staff on the floor holding a cellphone, talking to?

14h

Hitting a jump shot is 50% confidence, and 50% muscle. In the case of Quinahan, 50% confidence, 20% muscle, 30% fat.

14h

this game is important for JMF w/ rgds to the BPC. what if petron goes down 1-4 and Japeth’s BGSM-SMCM goes full 7…

14h

wifey said: energetic yung tabaching-ching (si belga).

14h

Pag nabali ang play ng Petron going to Fajardo wala na. #wasak

14h

RoS shine painting Petron’s life blue and black.

14h

Rain or Shine in the finals? Rain or Shine in the finals? Rain or Shine in the finals? Rain or Shine in the finals!

14h

Jeff Chan grabbed the ball from Belga. Does it add up to his statline as “steal?”

13h

2 straight finals appearances for Jeric Teng, UAAP and the PBA

13h

Mga katanungan para sa Petron… Ano ba kulang sa Petron? Or may sobra? Kulang ba sa puso? Bakit naka-Amerikana si Todd Purves eh ang init?

2h

Good morning Petron fans, oh, SMB Fans! It’s a new beginning… #rename #reboot #rebuild

 

Yeng Guiao fined P100,000 and suspended one game

February 5, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

We’re one of first few who tweeted about the sideline dirty finger by coach Yeng Guiao.

 

It was directed towards the commisioner’s area and technical committee. Also, it’s not the first time that Yeng flipped the birdie. Thus, hefty fine of P100,000 and a 1 game suspension was given.  Thing is, P100K is huge but Yeng and Ros can handle it. Also, the Rain or Shine is mentally tough, they’ll even use this suspension as their motivation. I’m expecting no letdown from RoS, Petron better be prepared.

 

Following this morning’s meeting with Coach Yeng Guiao regarding his use of a dirty finger pointed toward the commissioner’s and tech committee table, this Office hereby metes out on Coach Guiao the penalty of one (1) game suspension and a fine of one hundred thousand pesos (Php 100,000.00) for persistent conduct unbecoming of a Coach exhibited in a manner positively indicating disrespect, if not disdain or scorn, for the league as an institution and its fans. I would like to state unequivocally that this disciplinary sanction cannot fully convey the sense of regret of this Office for the insulting and unsavory antics Coach Guiao continues to display and foist on the players, the referees, his peers and the entire viewing public of the PBA, especially the youth, despite repeated well-meaning advice and counsel from this Office in the past. I invite him to reflect upon his responsibility to the public, the league and the Rain or Shine organization which he represents, even as I reiterate that the PBA will fulfill its own responsibility to tirelessly uphold the principles of decency and sportsmanship.

Via PBAconnect

ADIDAS TRANSFORMS THE ICONIC SUPERNOVA GLIDE WITH BOOST

January 17, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

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ADIDAS TRANSFORMS THE ICONIC SUPERNOVA GLIDE WITH BOOST

Herzogenaurach, Germany (December 2013) – adidas has launched the
Supernova Glide BOOST™, a combination of the precision crafted Supernova
system and the revolutionary energy return of BOOST™ technology.

Launched earlier this year, BOOST™ provides a higher energy return than
any other foam cushioning material in the running industry. The Supernova
Glide has endured as one of adidas’ most successful technical running
shoes, highlighted by adidas’ Torsion System, a Continental rubber outsole
and an engineered mesh upper. With the addition of adidas’ BOOST™ superior
cushioning, the latest edition of Supernova Glide is built to provide
runners with the ultimate experience.

“It was a natural next step to combine the highly effective running
technology of BOOST with the trademark Supernova line,” said Andrew Barr,
Senior Product Manager, adidas Running. “The Supernova Glide is regarded
as the runners’ shoe. Adding adidas BOOST™ technology will help take this
iconic shoe and the runners who wear it to the next level.”

The engineered mesh upper ensures movement feels natural and provides
support where needed. A full-length stability Torsion System allows the
runners’ heel and forefoot to move naturally while the mid-foot remains
flexible and stable. Ultimate grip for better traction in all weather
conditions is provided by a high performance Continental™ rubber outsole.

“The Supernova Glide BOOST provides runners with a strategic compilation
of our most innovative technology,” said Barr. “adidas has once again
expanded the boundaries in the running category with the launch of
Supernova Glide BOOST.”

The Supernova Glide BOOST™ 6 is available for purchase at leading adidas
Sport Performance and Runnr Stores in the Philippines with a recommended
retail price of PHP 5995.

Ginebra may have exposed weakness as GSM ruled over Global Port

November 29, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Ginebra may have exposed weakness as GSM ruled over Global Port.

Mark Caguioa is still the reigning king for Barangay Ginebra as he finished off with a superb 29 point explosion against the rumoured heir to his throne, super rookie Terrence Romeo.  The two spit fire guards were like top rank boxers at the MOA arena having a virtual shoot out that started in the fourth quarter. Eventually, Ginerba won 109 – 103 Thursday night.  Romeo finished with 27 points after a sterling 34 point performance last week.

The match was initially hyped not by Romeo-Caguioa head to head but rather the Gin kings against its long time big man Erick Menk who now wears a different jersey on a deal that allowed Major Pain (from ABL) to play for Global Port this season.

The game started with the Gin Kings’ frontal assault of its arsenal with Japeth Aguilar, LA Tenorio and Mark Caguioa.  The Gin Kings led by as many as 21 points in the 2nd quarter only to lose this in a 20 – 8 barrage by Global Port headed by their all star rookies, specifically Romeo.

In the rotation of Coach Ato Agustin, the Gin kings did not start off with Slaughter and in his place is JR Reyes who is proving his worth as a Gin King providing the necessary rebound, toughness in defense plus a good stroke from the outside.  As the kings were leading all the way throughout the first 3 quarters, it seems that coach Ato has been experimenting on his line-up.  He was going big, with the twin towers of Aguilar and Slaughter and at one time he was also going small with Slaughter at center, Baracael and Ababou at the forward spots while Helterbrand and Monfort at the guard spot.

Just how did Global Port overcame that huge 21 point lead?  They were playing more with heart, intensity in both ends of the court and Ginebra seem to be lost without their solid five on the court.  Even though Japeth and Greg were alternating at the center and forward position as well as LA and Mark were sharing the scoring load, it seems that they were struggling without their starting five.  Ginebra came out with the win thanks to the heroic effort of Mark the Spark but, they may have exposed their weakness:  their bench.  After the solid five (Aguilar, Slaughter, Ellis, Caguioa and Tenorio), there is only the tried and tested Jay Jay Helterband to provide spark and production to the Ginebra crew while they rest their starters.  Dylan Ababou and Mac Baracael should be more consistent provided that they are given the playing time to dust off the rust especially for Dylan who has recovered from his ACL injury.   Ginebra are always known for their pesky guards but Josh Urbiztondo and Eman Monfort should also choose their shots carefully.  During this game, the ball stayed with Monfort and Urbiztondo for about 14 seconds while directing traffic instead of moving the ball around for a more fluid offense.  Coach Ato should plot a different pick and roll play with Slaughter at the top of the key hole, since the defense already knows where that play will end up.

Richie Ticzon and his wards proved once again that they are no push overs this season.  They surely gave the number one seed Ginebra a scare going into the dying minutes of the game.  It will just be a matter of time, when this team will be in the same caliber as that of Meralco and Rain or shine.  If Enrico Villanueva gets healthy, this team will be complete as they will have a stronger presence at the post; definitely a welcome for Erick Menk who is their only option inside. Plus they can get their running game with RR Garcia and Romeo at the same time, whom others believed to be the next Fast and the Furious.  Add to that the veteran leadership of Sol Mercado and the improving Jay Washington who seem to be comfortable with his new home.

PBA coaches and scouts are for sure studying and searching for that loop hole in this Ginebra line up. They might have an idea in last night’s game.  But for the Gin kings, the coaching staff should work more on their second stringers to have a good set of guys coming off the bench to provide consistency in their offense.  This is going to be a long season.  Anything can happen to your line up.  Players may get injured, suspended or what have you and it is a coach’s dream to have their role players ready to step up and understand the system when needed.
Unless Mark Caguioa will be there to save day…..every day.

Del League Finale

The 3rd Del League finally came to a close last Tuesday with Hobe Bihon defending their championship in a close fight with Marlou Aquino led Sky Force 97 – 94 at the Marikina Sports Park Gymnasium.  This tournament’s MVP and former  PBA best import awardee Janelle Cornley led the offensive for the Bihon makers with 38 points and 13 rebounds.  The Sky force team proved their worth in the championship and was bannered by former Letran star guard Ronjay Enrile with 21 points followed by Marlou Aquino with 14.
In the battle for 3rd place, home grown Marikina talent Harvey Gomez came with his best performance of the season to help Kiko Adriano and Sta. Lucia retain their 3rd place finish 125 – 1117 against PL Antipolo.  The Marist Alumni finished with a career high 28 points and threw 4 out of 7 from the beyond the arc to an almost no relief effort to clobber the mighty PL Antipolo squad.  Kiko Adriano paced Sta. Lucia with 43 points while Vice Leyva led PL Antipolo with 36.

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