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Bong Ramos to Blackwater: Para akong binitawan sa ere

MANILA, Philippines – Blackwater head coach Bong Ramos did not mince words after his Elite succumbed to a 27-point beating from the Meralco Bolts on Friday, June 15. The Elite, now out of playoffs contention after falling to a league-worst 1-9 record, could have at least played spoiler in Meralco's ........»»

Category: newsSource: rappler rapplerJun 15th, 2018

PBA: Allein Maliksi learning the ropes as Blackwater s leader

For 31-year old Allein Maliksi, taking the daunting task of being the Blackwater Elite's locker room leader will be no walk in the park, but he is willing to take charge. His team showed promise against the hobbled Alaska Aces Wednesday evening at the Mall of Asia Arena, going down by as much as 13, 63-50, midway through the third quarter before closing in on the lead and eventually taking the lead in the fourth. Although Blackwater exhibited grit, the inexperience of a young team became speed bumps down the stretch as the veteran Aces escaped with a 103-101 win. Maliksi led the Blackwater offense with 25 points, five rebounds, three assists and several clutch jumpers, as he became a much-needed driving force for a team that features five rookies and a handful role players. "Wala yung teamwork. So kailangan talaga namin mag-build ulit ng magkakasama kami ng matagal, so kumbaga medyo parang naging rookie team ulit yung team ko so para sa akin as a leader nila na nilo-look forward," said the former Growling Tiger.  "I'm always trying to take charge na ma-encourage sila, fix their mindset na this game, we need to be smart." Maliksi previously thought that being a leader was to sacrifice one's indivudual game for the overall well-being of the squad, but as coach Bong Ramos made him realize, that was far from being a leader. "Sabi ko sa kaniya, 'ba’t ayaw mong tumira?' 'Kasi, coach, diba ako ang leader,' sabi niya, 'eh gusto ko sakin magsimula yung nagfi-feed, yung nagpapasa.' “No,' sabi ko, 'not because you’re trying to be a leader or you’re the leader of the team, hindi ka na titira," Ramos said. "That is not your game. Your game is to score, maging agresibo ka umopensa. Hindi pupwede yung ganiyan. Eh yung mga kasama mo inaasahan shu-shoot ka eh. Biro mo four attempts ka lang sa Ginebra,'" he added. By being the team's designated scorer, Maliksi noted that aside from the points, he had also set an example for the team in other aspects of the game, such as precise passing and defending. That could serve as a great start for their talented rookies in Paul Desiderio, Abu Tratter, and Diego Dario, along with newcomers Joseph Eriobu and Gelo Alolino. "[Medyo proud ako sa mga teammates ko and sa team ko. Kasi, kahit nalalamangan kami ng double-digit, nakakabalik kami. And yung sa dulo, medyo breaks of the game, di kami naka-depensa. Naka-shoot si Banchero at si Sonny Thoss sa huli. So, yun nga, sabi ko sa kanila, after the game, proud ako sa kanilang lahat kasi hindi tayo nag-give up." Staring at a record which is unlikely enough for a playoff run, all Maliksi wants the team to do is to hang their head high for the season isn't over in the first conference. "Iniisip lang namin every game magimprove kami. Every game lumalaban hindi yung lopsided na tambak talaga kami -- yun yung talagang iniiwasan namin eh. Though hindi kami ganun kabeteranong team kasi mga rookies and mga ngayon lang halos nabigyan ng playing time yung iba,"  "We need to be patient about it. Hindi pwede mawalan ng pasensya -- ako hinahabaan ko rin kasi minsan gusto ko na mainis pero hindi pwede kasi hindi ka pwede bumigay as a leader." __ Follow this writer on Twitter, @philipptionary. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsFeb 13th, 2019

Poy Erram hopes to help NLEX become a top-tier team in the PBA

Newly-acquired NLEX center Poy Erram knows just how much the Road Warriors needed to give up just to be able to bring him in.  Erram was the focal point of a three-team trade between NLEX, Talk N' Text, and Blackwater that saw the Road Warriors part ways with draft picks Paul Desiderio and Abu Tratter, as well as rotation big men Dave Marcelo and Mike Miranda in order to land Erram from the Elite, along with Philip Paredes from the KaTropa.  In Erram, NLEX finally gets a star bigman that they've always wanted to pair with their loaded back court that includes playmakers Kevin Alas and Kiefer Ravena among others.  Already, Road Warriors head coach Yeng Guiao is happy with what he's seeing with his new star center.  "We’re very happy. It gives us a deeper front line, our system is well-fitted to his style, he can step out and shoot the outside shots, he’s also not a slow big. Big siya pero may speed and quickness for a big, then he can post-up, he can use his length there," shared Guiao. "He’s going to be an impact player, he’s going to make an immediate impact on our team, and I think yung complementary yung game niya to Asi [Taulava], to JR [Quiñahan], and to our other bigs, so we’re hoping that we’re proven right with the decision that we made," he added.  #PBA2019 | New NLEX big man Poy Erram getting shots up. Erram was sent to NLEX via a three-team trade in exchange for first round picks Paul Desiderio and Abu Tratter. | @abscbnsports pic.twitter.com/Vyt2HJd4ef — Santino Honasan🎈 (@honasantino) January 7, 2019 For the 29-year old former Ateneo de Manila standout, knowing how much NLEX was willing to deal for him is part of the motivation to do well and make an immediate impact with the Road Warriors.  "Yung pressure, hindi naman mawawala yun, andiyan lang naman talaga yan. Number one motivation ko siya kasi yun nga, marami silan binitawan na players para sa akin, and then, ayoko din isipin na andito ako para naka-center sa akin yung [attention], hindi naman ganun eh, siyempre matagal na silang magkakasama, kailangan ko mag-adjust sa sistema ni Coach Yeng, siyempre kailangan ko mag-adjust sa players, sa mga characters ng mga players," Erram shared with ABS-CBN Sports.  Erram adds that he also relishes the opportunity to be able to play with veterans, the likes of Taulava, Larry Fonacier, and Quiñahan, among others, a luxury that he didn't necessarily have during his time with Blackwater.  "Motivation din kasi kailangan ko pang mag-improve, kasi marami pa akong i-improve eh, and I think this is the best team for me, kasi I have Asi Taulava, I have JR Quiñahan, I have Kuya Larry, Kuya Cyrus [Baguio], veterans na sadly wala dun sa team namin noon sa Blackwater before. For me ito yung best chance ko mag-improve and mag-grow pa yung skills ko and yung talent ko and yung attitude ko towards the game." Having already played for Coach Guiao before with Gilas, Erram says that the transition period wasn't as difficult.  "In terms of transition, hindi naman ako nahirapan kasi naging coach ko din si Coach Yeng sa Gilas, so most of the system na tinatakbo dito sa NLEX, tinakbo niya sa Gilas, so when it comes to mga set plays, defense, hindi naman na ako nahirapan. May mga kaunti lang kasi siyempre hindi naman niya masyado dinetalye nung sa Gilas. Dito mas detalye talaga eh, so mas kaunting adjustment, kaunting-kaunti lang, madali ko lang din naman na ma-gamay dahil yung teammates ko nga, tinutulungan din nila ako, and then yung iba naging teammates ko nung college."  Plus, it also helps, Erram added, being able to play with fellow former Blue Eagles, especially guys like Emman Monfort and Juami Tiongson, whom he got to play with back in the UAAP.  "Laking tulong kasi sila Emman, sila Juami, nakakasama ko yan sa labas eh, kahit magkakalaban kami, lumalabas kami, so pagdating dito, ang laking tulong kasi alam na nila kung paano ako maglaro, alam na nila ugali ko, kung paano yung work ethic ko sa game, alam na nila and then when it comes to adjustment naman, ang dali din kasi sobrang approachable ng mga tao kasi same school kami, so mas madali na may mag-ga-guide sa akin na same school ko tapos nakalaro ko pa." "Ang laking tulong, and excited ako kasi for the first time, makakasama ko si Emman ulit after college, and si Kuya Larry, never ko pa nakasama, so ang laking bagay nun para sa akin," Erram added. Obviously, the Road Warriors expect Erram to become an integral part of their team starting this season, otherwise they would not have pulled the trigger on the deal.  The six-foot-eight slotman, however, doesn't want to overestimate what he brings to the table for NLEX. Instead, he maintains that he's here to do what he's asked for.  "[Kung anong madadala ko for NLEX], hindi ko pa masasabi for now, kasi hindi pa ako naglalaro eh, hindi pa nakikita ng tao na naglalaro ako with NLEX, so ang mindset ko is every game, every practice, gagawin ko yung mga pinapagawa ni Coach, kung anong kailangan gawin, and kung ano man yung kailangan kong i-improve na aspect ng game ko, yun yung i-improve ko para mas makatulong ako sa team," With the arrival of Erram as well as the return of play maker Kevin Alas, Guiao is confident that NLEX has a chance at once again being a contender in the Philippine Cup, much like they were a season ago, when they made it all the way to the semifinals.  If Erram does help NLEX to a similar deep run in the season-opening conference or if he gets to help them over the hump, then well and good, he expressed.  "If ever man na malampasan namin and magawa namin yun, makatulong ako sa team na magawa namin yun, maganda yung nilalaro ko, for me it’s a plus na eh, kasi siyempre hindi naman ito naka-center sa akin. We have Larry, we have the veterans, tsaka si Kiefer darating pa, si Kevin andiyan na, itong team na ‘to contender na sila bago pa ako dumating. Para madagdag ako, hindi ko alam, titignan natin kung anong maitutulong ko sa team." Being a definite presence inside the paint, his defense is the one thing that Erram is sure of, as far as what he brings to the table is concerned.  "Matangkad ako eh, siguro ang maibibigay ko sa team ay yung defense ko, yun talaga yung calling card ko every time I play, so for now yun lang muna siguro ang alam ko na mabibigay ko sa kanila, kasi when it comes to offense, maraming offensive player dito eh, mabibigat yung pangalan nila, yung kalibre ng player," he stated. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJan 7th, 2019

PBA: Blackwater not waiting on Ray Parks for now

Until there’s an actual trade approved, Bobby Ray Parks Jr. is headed to Blackwater after he’s done with San Miguel-Alab Pilipinas. That’s only natural since the Elite used their no. 2 pick from the 2018 Draft to take Parks. However, there was a reported three-team trade that has Parks land at Meralco though that deal is yet to officially receive a go signal from the PBA. And so, Parks is headed to Blackwater until other things become official. Elite head coach Bong Ramos is not waiting on it though. “[Management] na kausap nila diyan, pag dumating siya nandiyan siya. Wala pa, naglalaro sa ABL eh,” Ramos said as Parks is still in the middle of his third season with Alab Pilipinas. “Kung sino ibigay sakin ng management, my job as a head coach is mapa-takbo ko yung team,” he added. Blackwater head coach Bong Ramos on the Bobby Ray Parks Jr., the Elite’s no. 2 pick from the 2018 PBA Draft. Parks is yet to join the Elite and a reported 3-team trade that has him landing at Meralco is yet to be approved#PBA2019 | @abscbnsports pic.twitter.com/mWxJo52j8v — Paul Kennedy Lintag (@paullintag8) January 5, 2019 Regardless if they keep Parks or not, the Elite will definitely add some talent to their backcourt rotation. But until that happens, Ramos will keep things grounded and not wait on people who could be at least a couple of months away at the very least. “Ayoko yung tinitignan mo kaagad yung malayo, vision na yun eh. Dream mo na yun,” Ramos said. “Kailangan para makarating ka dun, na-achieve mo na yung goal mo dito, yung ngayon. Pag nakuha mo yun, lumalapit kana dun sa dream,” he added.   — Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJan 5th, 2019

Rookie Desiderio to have long PBA career, says Blackwater coach

MANILA, Philippines – It may be too early for now but Blackwater head coach Bong Ramos has vouched that Paul Desiderio will stay in the PBA for a long time. Ramos heaped praises on his prized rookie for showing heart even after Blackwater was blown out by Phoenix by ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsFeb 1st, 2019

PBA: DiGregorio stresses consistency moving forward after point dip

ANTIPOLO CITY -- Blackwater Elite guard Mike DiGregorio says he needs to find the middle ground in his shooting after a slump Friday evening. The Filipino-Italian sharpshooter was red-hot in the Elite's first victory Wednesday at the Cuneta Astrodome, swishing seven triples in ten attempts, a far cry from his five-point showing in the blowout loss against the now 4-0 Phoenix Fuel Masters.  Phoenix' stifling defense made him a marked man, the team's best defenders looking for him at every stop down the floor, only allowing him to make a single field goal in ten attempts. Despite all that, DiGregorio still let it fly, but unfortunately for him and his team, the shots did not fall through the nylon. "But I never lose confidence in myself. There were a lot of shots that I shot that rolled in and out and hung on the ring a little bit and then fell out. I think every shot I take is going to go in so it's not going to derail me from the confidence I have and the work I put it. If I miss 5, 6 or 7 in a row, I think the 8th and 9th are going in. It's not going to stop me," shared the sharpshooter.  Trailing by as much as 37, the now 1-3 Elite put up their last hurrah and cut the lead to as low as 17 in the fourth, which heaped praise from coach Bong Ramos. "Just that showing character. Playing the lead down. I don't even know what the lead was. From 30-something to just being 17 or 16 at one point. I mean obviously he was upset with the effort that we had. All you can do from these games is learn from it, watch film and see what you can do better," DiGregorio shared. Just like what his new shooting coach, three-time PBA MVP Bogs Adornado said, shooters need to find consistency with their shot, to which the 27-year old agreed. "The confidence, like I said, with the shooting, it doesn't waver. You can't get too high or too low. Wednesday's game was an extreme high, and this one's an extreme low," said DiGregorio. Even though they're sitting near at the bottom of the early standings, DiGregorio is optimistic that Blackwatwe can still bounce back and make a run at the playoffs if they could stay true to their goals. How? Well here's his answer. "Staying level-headed and just watching the film and see what we can correct before getting back to work."   __   Follow this writer on Twitter, @philipptionary.  .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsFeb 1st, 2019

PBA: Mike DiGregorio’s hot hand helps Blackwater to first win

Blackwater leaned on the torrid shooting of Mike DiGregorio to frustrate Rain or Shine and finally notch its first victory in the 2019 PBA Philippine Cup, 111-99, Wednesday night at Cuneta Astrodome. DiGregorio shot 7-for-10 from downtown and finished as the Elite's top scorer in their third outing in the All-Filipino conference. Backing up DiGregorio was an equally heady performance from gunslinger Allein Maliksi, who finished with 23 points, seven rebounds and three assists. "Naka-isa rin, sa wakas," said Elite head coach Bong Ramos. "We were well-prepared [tonight]. And we executed the defense we wanted to play. I just told the players to do and trust the system," he a...Keep on reading: PBA: Mike DiGregorio’s hot hand helps Blackwater to first win.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJan 30th, 2019

Something to prove

For someone picked fourth in a draft that was supposedly lacking in depth, Paul Desiderio will have some of the spotlight trained on him. Most of it will be residue sheen from his stint with University of the Philippines in the UAAP, where he capped a career that took on folk hero proportions by leading the Maroons to their first Finals stint in decades. But he doesn't feel the pressure, just the challenge. "At this point, all I really want to gain is the experience," Desiderio told the Inquirer during the recent PBA media day. He knows he has to find his niche in Blackwater coach Bong Ramos' system, a search that should be easier after the Elite dealt away Paul Zamar. Des...Keep on reading: Something to prove.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJan 16th, 2019

PBA: Poy Erram happy to be playing alongside Kuya Asi Taulava

Already, Poy Erram has found himself a mentor in his new NLEX team.  The six-foot-eight center who was acquired from Blackwater via a three-team trade, immediately found himself relishing playing alongside a "big brother" of sorts in 20-year veteran Asi Taulava.  Taulava, of course, has been a key rotation big man for NLEX since 2014, but more importantly, the 16-time PBA All-Star has become one of the young team's locker room leaders.  His presence is also something that Erram mentioned right off the bat when asked what he has liked about NLEX so far.  More than on-court advice, Erram says that Taulava has also been a big help with life advice as well.  "Malaking tulong kasi makikita mo yung work ethic niya, yung mga natutunan niya throughout his career, yun din yung tinuturo niya sa akin, hindi mo mababayaran yun eh," shared Erram. "Katulad sa akin, nagsisimula pa lang yung career ko, ngayon pa lang ako narerecognize ng mga tao, ang laking tulong na nandiyan si Kuya Asi para bigyan ako ng advice when it comes - kasi hindi na tulad nung college na yung responsibilites ko mababa lang eh, ngayon yung responsibility ko ang laki na eh, compared sa dati. Ngayon responsibility ko yung team, yung pamilya ko, and then yung pangalan ko, responsibiity ko din, na ang dami nilang binitawan para sa akin, para mapunta ako sa team na ‘to." Erram has been in the PBA since 2014, and as he said, it's only now that he's getting recognition, especially after Gilas Pilipinas stints and career-best outputs with Blackwater last season.  Taulava has been one of the PBA's most recognizable men in the middle for the better part of the last two decades, and the wealth of knowledge that he has is something that Erram is grateful to be on the recieving end of.  "Ang laking tulong na may mag-aadvice, kasi napagdaanan na lahat ni Kuya Asi yun eh, so laking tulong na andiyan siya, binibigyan niya ako ng advice." For his part, the former Ateneo de Manila standout knows that he will also need to take those bits of advice to heart as well, to be able to reach the level of tenure and respect that Taulava has.  "Kailangan ko i-absorb lahat yun, kailangan ko matuto, kailangan ko i-improve yung sarili ko para dumating ako kung nasaan siya ngayon, sa posisyon niya," said Erram. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJan 7th, 2019

Ex-PBA star Adducul joins Blackwater as ‘teacher’ for Elite big men

Blackwater is faced with an "interior" dilemma following JP Erram's exit and the absence of Rabeh al-Hussaini.   But like it has done in the past, the Elite will make do with what they have when the 44th season of the PBA comes off wraps next week.   Rookie Abu Tratter, acquired in the deal that shipped out Erram, is projected to start at center for Blackwater, and a very familiar face will help his transition to the pros.   Rommel Adducul, one of the finest big men to ever set foot in the PBA, has been tapped to help the big men of the Elite sharpen their skills.   "He's been with us since even before Dec. 27," coach Bong Ramos told report...Keep on reading: Ex-PBA star Adducul joins Blackwater as ‘teacher’ for Elite big men.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJan 6th, 2019

CJ at No. 1?

Blackwater still needs a solid point guard to become a legitimate contender, coach Bong Ramos believes, but the Elite would likely not get the chance to sign up the man that they need when the 2019 PBA Rookie Draft unfolds Sunday at Robinson's Place Ermita.   For a good reason.   "There's no way we are going to pass up on Ray-Ray Parks," Ramos told the Inquirer over the phone on the eve of the rookie proceedings as the son of a seven-time Best Import winner, the late great Bobby Parks, would most likely land in the lap of the Elite as the second overall pick.   Columbian owns the top overall selection, and Ramos believes that the Dyip will go for form...Keep on reading: CJ at No. 1?.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsDec 16th, 2018

Parks slot in Elite

TRADE NIXED Blackwater is tipped to tap Ray Parks as second overall pick in the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) Annual Rookie Draft next Sunday at the Midtown Atrium of Robinson’s Place in Manila. Head coach Bong Ramos made the assurance after receiving reports that Columbian Dyip will make collegiate sensation CJ Perez as the top […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsDec 9th, 2018

I feel like Im dreaming, Revilla says on his acquittal | Inquirer News

MANILA, Philippines --- "Para akong nananaginip (I feel like I'm dreaming)." An emotional Ramon "Bong" Revilla Jr. said this on Friday after leaving the Custodial Center at th.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philippinetimesRelated NewsDec 8th, 2018

PBA: Underperforming bench dooms Blackwater vs Alaska

Blackwater Elite head coach Bong Ramos admitted that his bench had lacked effort in their 116-109 loss against the Alaska Aces at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum, Sunday evening. Of the Elite's 109 points, his players off the bench only provided 19 markers compared to the Aces' 37. The coach pointed out several instances in the game where his team fought back their opponents' runs but as his starters rested, the lead somehow ballooned once more for the now 7-2 squad. "Every time nagro-rotate ako ng player medyo gumegewang kami. Di kami naging consistent. Start of the game we controlled the game -- siyempre kailangan ko ipahinga yung starters ko -- pag-rotate ko medyo gumewang kami," the mentor said. Ramos also rued some calls which did not go Blackwater's way, which definitely left a bad taste in their mouths for the remainder of the contest. With the tough loss, all the team wants is to regroup and take on the next challenge as they face the upset-conscious Columbian Dyip at the Alonte Sports Arena in Binan Saturday afternoon.  The Johnedel Cardel-led team is coming off an upset win against Rain or Shine last Friday with sky-high morale on their minds. In facing the 1-9 team, guards will not be let down in order to avoid a second-straight party spoiler by the cellar dwellers.  With a potential victory, the team will inch ever closer once again to a coveted twice-to-beat advantage in the quarterfinals, a distinction held by the top four teams of the Governors' Cup standings.  "Wala naman kaming mahinang kalaban kasi kulelat kami noong nakaraang conference so that means yung Dyip, malakas pa rin yun. Kailangan talunin namin, kailangan trabahuhin namin. We cannot get Dyip on a silver platter or spoon na ibibigay lang sa amin." __ Follow this writer on Twitter, @philipptionary. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsOct 21st, 2018

Elite squad

Blackwater plays a third game in six days Wednesday night, and after having assured itself of its best-ever performance thus far in any elimination round of a PBA conference, one might think that the Elite can afford to look at the bigger picture as far as the Governors' Cup playoffs go. Not coach Bong Ramos, though. "We're at 6-1 (in second place at the moment), and this seldom happens in our franchise," Ramos told the Inquirer, a few hours after preparing his Elite for another clash with a heavyweight, Magnolia, set at 7 p.m. at Cuneta Astrodome in Pasay. "All we want to do is grab the opportunity and enjoy the moment." Blackwater is just half-a-game out of the lead being held...Keep on reading: Elite squad.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsOct 9th, 2018

Nasa Diyos ang awa nasa tao ang gawa

NARIRINIG pa ba ninyo ang matandang ka­sabihang ito? Sa hard earned victory ng Blackwater kontra sa Meralco, 94-90, noong Miyerkoles, mu­ling sinariwa ito ni coach Bong Ramos. “We got favor from the Lord,” salubong na salita ni Ramos pag-upo niya sa loob ng press room sa post game interview. “I have to decide between Zamar (Paul)… link: Nasa Diyos ang awa nasa tao ang gawa.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilainformerRelated NewsOct 9th, 2018

PBA: Zamar’s clutch three lifts Blackwater past Meralco

Paul Zamar hit a triple with 7.9 seconds left on Friday night that sealed a come-from-behind win by Blackwater over Meralco, 94-91, which put the Elite back on track in the PBA Governors' Cup eliminations at Smart Araneta Coliseum. But more than that, coach Bong Ramos is seeing something that is a cause for more elation. "The players are developing character and I just hope that we continue to do that," Ramos said after the Elite climbed to a momentary tie for the lead at 5-1 by roaring back from 10 points down in the final seven minutes. "It was a great bounce back, a great come-from-behind win for us." Ramos pushed all the right buttons when the chips were down and put all...Keep on reading: PBA: Zamar’s clutch three lifts Blackwater past Meralco.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsOct 5th, 2018

Poy Erram a DNP in first Blackwater loss

MANILA, Philippines – Blackwater center Poy Erram failed to see action due to illness as the Elite absorbed their first loss following a blistering 4-0 start in the 2018 PBA Governors' Cup.  Head coach Bong Ramos bared that his prized ward was rushed to the hospital the night before ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsSep 26th, 2018

PBA: Blackwater s next assignment is to bounce back after first loss, says Ramos

With that first loss out of the way, head coach Bong Ramos and the Blackwater Elite now have their next assignment, and that's to bounce back.  The Elite went on a surprising 4-0 tear to begin the 2018 PBA Governor's Cup, but unfortunately for the team that were in last place during the prior conference, that fairy tale run came to an end at the hands of the NLEX Road Warriors with a 124-106 loss, Wednesday night at the Araneta Coliseum.  Ramos, who was quick to take responsibility for what he called an all-around off night for the Elite, made sure to tell his players not to dwell too much on the loss and focus on the next task at hand.  Next up on their schedule is a showdown the the Meralco Bolts, who currently have a 1-3 record.  "Diyan namin ngayon susubukan, do we know how to bounce back?" Ramos said after their loss, Wednesday night.  The veteran coach is confident that his boys have what it takes to get the job done, but was sure to remind them that wins don't come easy, especially in the PBA.  "Character, I’m sure we developed character na maganda dahil naka-4-0 kami eh, and hindi naman ordinary yung tinalo namin na teams." Ramos said, "Sabi ko nga sa mga players, we cannot get our fifth win in on a silver spoon. Tandaan niyo, wala pa tayong na-pprove, kasi nga kulelat tayo last conference eh, so lahat ng kalaban natin malakas,"  In their first four wins, Blackwater took care of business against Talk N' Text, San Miguel, Northport, and defending champions Barangay Ginebra. Quite the impressive resume so far.  Ramos believes that against Meralco and the rest of the challenges that lay in front of them, they'll be able to take care of business as well.  "I believe that we have to re-group. Mag-reregroup kami.".....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsSep 26th, 2018

Go ready for Senate probe

Special Assistant to the President Christopher “Bong” Go yesterday asked Senator Antonio Trillanes IV to start “as soon as possible” the Senate hearing on the alleged “billions of pesos” worth of projects that his family’s firms bagged in Davao City. “Kahit bukas agad pwede akong sumalang sa Senado, para naman… Source link link: Go ready for Senate probe.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilainformerRelated NewsSep 10th, 2018

Elite shock Beermen

Games Sept 19: (Smart Araneta Coliseum) 4:30 p.m.-- NorthPort vs. Blackwater 7 p.m.-- Phoenix vs. Meralco ANOTHER game, another upset for Blackwater. And Blackwater coach Bong Ramos had a ready answer for the Elite’s king-size ipset win. “Defense. Our game plan really is to play defense. If we can defend….....»»

Category: newsSource:  journalRelated NewsSep 5th, 2018