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.
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.
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.
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.
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 is mentally tough, they’ll even use this suspension as motivation. Expecting no letdown from RoS, Petron better be prepared.
apet jao – caidic, cardel – jolas, patrimonio – asaytono, meneses – duremdes. too similar to co-exist. lassiter – lutz?
Doug peaked as a center power / forward player for like only 2 games, that’s last year.
Bono drafted ahead of Quinahan? Quinahan still at it. Bono still with SMCM, just cant get in, in the deep frontline of SMCM.
Ganda ng skying layup ni Arwind, nabawasan ng 2 ang haters nya dun. :)
Woah! There’s RoS utility or staff on the floor holding a cellphone, talking to?
Hitting a jump shot is 50% confidence, and 50% muscle. In the case of Quinahan, 50% confidence, 20% muscle, 30% fat.
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…
wifey said: energetic yung tabaching-ching (si belga).
Pag nabali ang play ng Petron going to Fajardo wala na.
RoS shine painting Petron’s life blue and black.
Rain or Shine in the finals? Rain or Shine in the finals? Rain or Shine in the finals? Rain or Shine in the finals!
Jeff Chan grabbed the ball from Belga. Does it add up to his statline as “steal?”
yeng guiao actually predicted the result of this series, 4 is to 1, here… pic.twitter.com/rVMBSWT8n9
— Hoo.ph (@hooph) February 7, 2014
2 straight finals appearances for Jeric Teng, UAAP and the PBA
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?
We’re one of first few who tweeted about the sideline dirty finger by coach Yeng Guiao.
On the way out, coach Yeng Guiao with a sideline dirty finger there.
— Hoo.ph (@hooph) February 3, 2014
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.
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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.
Who will dominate the AFC?
By Erick Aromin
It’s just 3 days to go before the new PBA season unfolds. Coming off a banner season in which we saw 3 different teams winning each of the conferences, this will surely be hard to top. After a successful rookie draft held the previous week, there were also a lot of teams that retooled their lineups and even their coaches. So the talk of the basketball town is who will rule the AFC?
I have read a lot of articles that the Barangay Ginebra Kings will rule the entire season. This is favourable for me, since I am a die hard Ginebra fan since Robert Jaworski wore the GSM jersey. But it doesn’t mean acquiring a 6’11 rookie and a couple of role players, will guarantee them to win the cup. As what coach Chot Reyes said, Ginebra looks good on paper but the game is played on the hardwood.
So Ginebra upgraded their line-up in acquiring Slaughter and Forrester to plug in new blood plus Jayr Reyes, Bryan Faundo to bolster their front court and signing Eman Monfort to bolster their back court. However they also gave away some key role players in Rico Maierhofer , Rob Labagala and Willy Wilson. Chemistry and health of their old reliables will be the key to their success. I would like to see Ginebra run since they have more height in collaring rebounds and they became quicker with Monfort, Helterbrand and Caguioa.
On the other end there are a couple of teams that have also strengthened their line ups while others kept their core intact. There’s Petron who has not signed up any rookie and just started practicing this week as well as Meralco who did not bother shaking their roster that much. Going out of these teams, I would like to zoom in on the probable dark horses this conference: Air 21 and Barako Bull. Reviewing their submitted line up, I think Coach Franz has a lot more talent at his disposal. I see this team to run more with the transfer of Mac Cardona partnering with Joseph Yeo. Wow it looks like DLSU all over again! Add to that is the 3 point shooting of Ren Ren Ritualo and the improving Simon Atkins. Then there’s the rock; Asi still manning the paint and continues to be a threat at the low post. They were also lucky in signing talented rookies that can make this team start winning more games at least on my opinion.
Barako bull is also creating some noise this preseason. Getting rid of Rajko Toroman reacquaints coach Bong Ramos with his former players. Sharing wisdom with the team is assistant Koy Banal who also steered the Arellano Chiefs in the NCAA to a good finish. I see this team as a pretty balanced, well rounded team. There’s youth with their rookies in Fortuna, who is known to be a good scorer and point producer in UST and Carlo Lastimosa who was a scoring machine then in Benilde. Plus Gilas and former King Red Lion Dave Marcelo. Then they’ve added the Ginebra connection of Maierhofer, Wilson and Labagala. This should be the Ginebra team B. Majority of their players wore a Ginebra jersey before: Intal, Villanueva, Macapagal, Maierhofer, Wilson, Labagala, Jensen and Willie Miller (Welcome Back). In offense, I would see more of JC Intal or post plays for Enrico Villanueva. On the other hand they can provide isolation to the explosiveness of Willie Miller or Buenafe. And yet this is without Danny Seigle on their line up. As of this writing, Danny Siegle does not have a contract with any PBA team yet together with Danny Ildefonso from Petron.
I can’t wait for the new season to start. I hope this will be the season finally for Ginebra, regardless of what conference. If they win a championship am pretty sure that the record gate attendance last season will be broken. On the other hand, it seems to be a pretty balanced tournament and anybody can win the championship for the AFC. The question now is, who’s the hungrier and more prepared?
— Hoo.ph (@hooph) November 10, 2013
Per Coach Chot Reyes, Gilas Pilipinas players collectively donated 100K to the Yolanda relief efforts by TV5. Coach Chot announced it on live TV, on Ogie Alcasid – Sharon Cuneta show, currently airing the telethon and fund drive.
BTW bunch of Gilas Pilipinas players and other basketball personalities are helping out and doing the telethon. Seen are Chris Tiu, Larry Fonacier, coaches Chot Reyes, Norman Black, Richard Del Rosario and Ryan Gregorio, TV guys Dominic Uy & Jason Webb and more. As of this posting total donations already P20,000,000. The drive is jumpstarted by MVP group of companies (mother company of TV5), donations from MERALCO, Maynilad, etc. were in millions of pesos.
Salute to the Gilas Pilipinas, PUSO on and off the court.
MVP group of companies pouring millions in the relief funds. Tycoon > Typhoon.
— Hoo.ph (@hooph) November 10, 2013
Per @richava, Mikee Romero is hiring Ritchie Ticzon as interim head coach of the Globalport team. No doubt about Ticzon’s ability to coach. He’s paid his coaching dues. He’s been an assistant for years. But what I am concerned about is Globalport mix, composed of players of different characters. They loaded the team with quality rookies and new recruits. Now they have a decent lineup but then, they are getting a a coach on interim basis. It doesn’t make sense to me. You need stability ASAP. Remember the Olsen Racela coaching situation with Petron?
New players are Nico Salva and Terrence Romeo (they have twitter war history), add RR Garcia, not really Romeo’s best friend. Add the trio to the line up that has the likes of Jay Washington and Solomon Mercado. It’s a volatile lineup where a coach really needs to be firm and at the same time, be able to massage player’s egos.
It remains to be seen if Ticzon will adopt Baculi’s system, or Baculi’s sunglasses, or both. Seriously though, this is tough job but hey, as I’ve said, coach Ritchie Ticzon has been around, he may have the tricks of the trade to have the Globalport Batang Pier players in sync and behaved. If he can coach this team as smoothly, or as close as his smooth shooting touch, he may well remove that “interim” on his calling card. We’ll be rooting for The Velvet Coach!