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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

SUPER 8: No regrets for Blackwater after super effort in Macau

MACAU --- As far as Blackwater is concerned, the foreign training in preparation for the PBA Governors' Cup is still a success. The Elite failed to advance to the semifinals of the Summer Super 8 tournament here, finishing third in Group B behind China's Guangzhou Long Lions and Korea's Samsung Thunders. However, Blackwater split its games against both teams, beathing Samsung and dropping one against the Lions. All three teams ended up with identical 2-1 records and the Elite barely missed out on the semis due to inferior quotient. Thursday in the final day of Group play, Blackwater handled its business, dominating Rizing Zephyr Fukuoka of Japan, 90-66, but it wasn't enough to make up the quotient deficit. "Okay lang, basta kami na-achieve namin yung dalawang panalo," head coach Bong Ramos said. "Ako naman, sabi ko lang sa mga players, 'you did your part,'" he added. In Blackwater's foreign buildup for the next PBA conference, the Elite won a pocket tournament in Indonesia and played well here in Macau. That's a success for the Elite. "Syempre marami pa kaming kailangan improve, although meron ng mga points na nag improve ang team pati yung adjustment nila sa sistema na ginagawa ko, offensively and defensively, and naiintindihan na nila kung bakit ako nagagalit," Ramos said. "Chemistry maayos na, siguro yung toughness na lang mentally, isa yun sa mga dapat improve, tapos yung level ng energy and enthusiasm sa loob," he added. For now, it's time for some proper rest for Blackwater before heading back to work. "Break kami mga one week kasi di naman kami nagpahinga," Ramos said. "Pero active rest yun," he added.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated News15 hr. 17 min. ago

SUPER 8: Long Lions dominate Elite after Blackwater goes cold in fourth quarter

MACAU --- Good start and even better finish for the Long Lions. Guangzhou shut down Blackwater in the fourth quarter, rolling to a convincing 88-69 win Wednesday in the Summer Super 8 tournament at the East Asian Games Dome here. Up by only one entering the final 10 minutes, 59-58, the Long Lions opened the fourth with 13 straight points. That was part of a larger 22-1 run to put the game on ice. Guangzhou's defense was merciless and it helped that the Elite missed easy shots all through the fourth quarter. Blackwater was scoreless in the first five minutes of the final period and didn't score a field goal until the 2:11 mark via a triple from Mike Digregorio. "Actually ang nangyari, ang dami naming atake na libre na di na-covert," head coach Bong Ramos said. "Basketball is a game of moments, they [Long Lions] momentum and naka-kuha sila ng three points, yun di na kami naka-score," he added. Five players scored in double figures for the Long Lions led by captain Ju Mingxin with 21 points. Guo Kai added 16 points while Shirelijian Muxtar and 7'1" center Zheng Zhun were good for 14 points each. Digregorio led the Elite with 13 points.   The Scores: GUANGZHOU 88 – Jing 21, Guo 16, Shirelijian 14, Zheng 14, Gu 10, Tian 5, Wang 3, Yao 3, Heng 2, Song 0. BLACKWATER 69 – DiGregorio 13, Jose 11, Maliksi 11, Sumang 8, Erram 6, Palma 6, Javier 5, Pinto 5, Banal 2, Belo 2, Zamar 0. Quarters: 24-21, 46-37, 59-58, 88-69.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJul 18th, 2018

Ramos blasts listless Blackwater: We didn t play with any effort

Blackwater is already eliminated in the race for a quarterfinals spot in the PBA Commissioner's Cup but for head coach Bong Ramos that is no excuse for them to stop playing proper basketball......»»

Category: newsSource:  philippinetimesRelated NewsJun 16th, 2018

Ramos blasts listless Blackwater: We didn’t play with any effort

Blackwater is already eliminated in the race for a quarterfinals spot in the PBA Commissioner's Cup but for head coach Bong Ramos that is no excuse for them to stop playing proper basketball. Although talking in a calm and posed way, Ramos' words ripped at his players after the Elite lost to Meralco 102-75 Friday at Mall of Asia Arena. "We didn't play with any effort today, it's as if we didn't even show up for the game," said Ramos in Filipino. "That's all I can say, we didn't show anything for this game. They seemed content with their performances in our previous games and it seems they left me hanging in midair." The Elite settled for a disappointing 1-9 record in the con...Keep on reading: Ramos blasts listless Blackwater: We didn’t play with any effort.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJun 15th, 2018

PBA: Blackwater achieving goals despite losses, says Bong Ramos

It has not been a great Commissioner's Cup for Blackwater. They had fired long-time coach Leo Isaac at the start of the conference, the only coach they had known since they had entered the league in 2014, and replaced him with Bong Ramos. Since the firing last May, Ramos has incurred a 1-5 record, including an upset win over Magnolia last Wednesday. Despite the record, believe it or not, Blackwater has slowly been achieving goals, says Ramos. The newly-installed coach cited having an 11-point lead versus top-seeded Rain or Shine, before collapsing and eventually giving the game away. "Actually, mahirap talaga talunin ang Rain or Shine, malaki e. Although yung game plan naman namin ok naman di lang talaga masustain. Ang importante sa akin dun na meron pa kaming naachieve na goal. Kung tatanungin ninyo, siyempre building up character," the mentor said after the game. Losing import Henry Walker to a shoulder injury in the first quarter, the Elite banked on an All-Filipino lineup, and almost completed the upset against the top-seeded team of the conference.  But Chris Tiu happened. "Nasunod naman. Kaya nga naka-control kami. Kaya lang, siyempre, sabi ko nga pagdating sa endgame, pag naka-dikit kami may tsamba kami. But na-hit kami ni Chris Tiu ng apat or limang three points, kung talagang titignan mo meron sana kaming tsansa." "Pero ok lang, part of building the character yan e. Pero nakikita ko na nagiging balanse na kami. Yun kasi ang una kong ginawa binalanse ko yung lineup eh." Now eliminated from playoff contention with a 1-8 slate, Ramos could only hope his team shows the same amount of grit against the San Miguel Beermen and the Meralco Bolts to bring end their campaign with a bang in the mid-season tournament. "At least, hindi sa umpisa umaayaw na so hopefully against Meralco and San Miguel next sana lalaban pa din kami. Pag lumaban pa rin kami dun sa dalawang yun kahit na di kami manalo basta lumaban yung team na yan, that means we're on the right track." __   Follow this writer on Twitter, @philipptionary. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJun 8th, 2018

Despite slim chances, Blackwater not bowing out just yet

Blackwater coach Bong Ramos felt relieved after his team finally broke through for its first win in the 2018 PBA Commissioner's Cup. But despite that, Ramos already appeared resigned to the idea that the Elite are no longer in play for a playoff spot after digging themselves a deep hole with seven straight losses to open the conference. "I know we're now uninvited guests but I believe we're still here and unlike others, we're not here to just be on vacation," Ramos told reporters in Filipino after a 86-84 squeaker over Magnolia on Wednesday. JP Erram, import Henry Walker and the rest of the Elite, however, aren't planning to coast through their last three games. "We're go...Keep on reading: Despite slim chances, Blackwater not bowing out just yet.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJun 6th, 2018

PBA: Beau and Nabong lead list of new challengers in Obstacle course

BATANGAS CITY, Batangas --- This should be interesting. Adapting the NBA Style, the Obstacle Challenge in the 2018 PBA All-Star Games will feature 12 big men in a competition that's usually reserved for guards. Rain or Shine's Beau Belga leads the list of participants in this unique PBA Obstacle challenge and he's eager to see how he will do in the competition. "Siguro para maiba lang, makikita mo yung mga big men na nagdi-dribble, pumapasa, nagko court-to-court. Kaya tingin ko magiging masaya itong All-Star," Belga said in a previous statement. "Marunong naman akong mamasa, pero dribbling na zigzag, never ko pa na try. Nakaka pagdala ako ng bola ng straight lang, pero zigzag hindi pa,” he added. Competing against Belga are Sonny Thoss, JP Erram, Kelly Nabong, Russel Escoto, Raymond Aguilar, Ken Bono, Doug Kramer, Yousef Taha, JP Erram, Aldrech Ramos, Gabby Espinas, and Asi Taulava. Also a highlight in the main leg of this year's All-Star festivities is the Slam Dunk challenge where Chris Newsome will defend his title against former champion Rey Guevarra and Matt Ganuelas-Rosser. Marion Magat, Renz Palma, Jackson Corpuz, and rookie Lervin Flores will also see action in the dunk contest. All side events are set for Friday at the Batangas City Sports Center here.   --- Follow this writer, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMay 24th, 2018

PBA: Blackwater banking on Henry Walker for inspiration

Blackwater is once again leaning on Henry Walker to save its conference. After a 0-6 start in the 2018 Commissioner's Cup, the Elite are bringing back "Mr. Inspiration" himself as they try to get anything going in the mid-season joust. Agent Sheryl Reyes, who represents Walker, confirmed the development Monday. Hey blackwater fans his back #teamreyes HENRY WALKER pic.twitter.com/8dpH8skTbn — Sheryl Sanchez Reyes (@FemaleAgentSR) May 21, 2018 Blackwater is dead last in the standings and is on the brink of elimination even before the All-Star break officially started. The Elite already changed coaches, replacing Leo Isaac with Bong Ramos and now, the Ever Bilena franchise is letting go of Jarrid Famous in favor of Walker. Walker was put in a similar position last season after Blackwater had a 0-3 start in the Governors' Cup. The team rallied behind Walker and made the playoffs as the no. 8 seed. They came minutes away from upsetting no. 1 Meralco in the quarterfinals. Walker should be available for the Elite right after the All-Star break.     --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMay 21st, 2018

PBA: Blackwater fails to take advantage of import-less TNT

If the Blackwater Elite were to take any advantage against any opponent, it would be the import-less TNT KaTropa. Unfortunately for the now 0-6 Elite, the well-oiled machine that is the KaTropa flexed their muscles and blew out their opponents, 120-101.  For coach Bong Ramos, facing their import-less opponents was more of an advantage for the veteran-laden team, as their engines seemed to hum better after ousting import Jeremy Tyler. "Mas maganda pa nga silang walang import kasi they are easy to ano, kabisado nila yung sistema, yung import nila, nawawala e di ba?" Ramos said after the game.  "Matatawag nila yung plays nila na ginagamit nila sa all-Filipino na hindi nila ginagamit, limitado because they are adjusting to their import." With their struggles, import Jarrid Famous didn't help the cause, only scoring 11 points on a two out of five shooting clip. Despite the loss against an import-less squad, Ramos admitted that there were various kinks left to be straightened, as they could not match the offensive schemes TNT exhibited, which is virtually an All-Filipino team. "Kaya kung titignan mo, merong time na okay kami. Pag-rotate ko, bigla kaming bumabagsak. Doon makikita mo, hindi kami fluid. Wala kaming, yun nga. Hindi kami consistent." With the looming All-Star week starting Monday, the Elite will get some well needed rest -- and time to enhance their plays.  Ramos will certainly make the team work for the entire week, as they continue to search for the elusive win.  Despite their winless record, they could still theoretically make the playoffs if they win five straight, but if not, the newly-installed mentor will have just to promise another thing.  "Kung wala naman, we will still continue to play hard. Kasi nag-aaral kami. Yun naman ang sinabi ko. It's ano e. Work in progress kami. Kung ano man ang gagawin namin ngayon, ano na yun, tuloy-tuloy na yun for next conference."   __     Follow this writer on Twitter, @philipptionary. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMay 18th, 2018

PBA: Blackwater coach wants Elite defense

Bong Ramos is no stranger to the PBA brand of basketball and recently got a new lease when he was named the new head coach of the Blackwater Elite. However, he is aware that taking over from Leo Isaac will not be easy. PBA: Blackwater coach wants Elite defense By Brian Yalung Bong Ramos is… link: PBA: Blackwater coach wants Elite defense.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilainformerRelated NewsMay 13th, 2018

PBA: After scuffle with Slaughter, Belo feels the love from Ginebra fans

BINAN, LAGUNA - In a rare show of emotion, Mac Belo had some sort of intense interaction with Greg Slaughter on Friday at the Alonte Sports Arena here.  Late in the third quarter of their matchup, Blackwater's Belo and Ginebra's Slaughter got entangled during a rebounding sequence.  Afterwards, the two exchanged words before walking away from one another.  Not long after, though, Belo went right back at Slaughter and the former flashed fingers – the particulars of which are up for debate – right at the face of the latter.  The Elite sophomore was slapped with a technical foul for second motion.  Asked about the intense interaction after the game, the usually stoic Belo answered, "Part of the game na lang. Siyempre, malaki siya so siguro, napasok lang sa isip ko na kasi, siyempre, natamaan din ako e."  He made it clear, however, that even with the Gin Kings all-out domination that eventually ended as a 105-91 win, what happened on the court stays on the court. "Yun lang yun. Wala lang yun," he expressed.  Still, right after the intense interaction and right until the final buzzer, Belo became the target of jeers from the obviously pro-Ginebra crowd.  And so, each and every time he touched the ball, several hecklers could be heard shouting sweet nothings at him. Reacting to all those, he said, "Wala. Hindi ko na pinansin. Nag-ano lang naman sila..."  He then paused before finishing his sentence, "...Paglalambing lang."   What matters for the Blackwater star now is that he and his side finally get going as they are winless through five games. "Ngayon, kailangan namin I-build yung character namin as winners. Kailangan naming mag-improve as a team with (new head coach) Bong [Ramos]," he said.  He then continued, "Kailangan buo kami, nasa isang page lang kami. Yun yung iwo-work namin."  ---  Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMay 11th, 2018

Ramos tries to right Elite ship

It’s not easy taking over as head coach of the PBA’s doormat team in the course of a conference but Bong Ramos said yesterday he welcomes the challenge of turning the Blackwater Elite around with a personal goal of qualifying for the Commissioner’s Cup playoffs......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsMay 7th, 2018

GlobalPort keeps cruising, sends Blackwater to 0-4 start

ANTIPOLO, Philippines (UPDATED) – GlobalPort spoiled Bong Ramos' head coaching debut for Blackwater as the Batang Pier repulsed the Elite, 117-106, in the 2018 PBA Commissioner's Cup at the Ynares Center here on Wednesday, May 2.  Sean Anthony finished with a near-triple-double of 29 points, 13 rebounds, 8 assists and ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsMay 2nd, 2018

E Painters target No. 3 vs Moultrie, Warriors

Rain or Shine seeks to sustain a two-game romp against NLEX and new import Arnett Moultrie while Blackwater plays its first game under new coach Bong Ramos as it tangles with GlobalPort in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup at the Ynares Sports Center in Antipolo tonight......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsMay 1st, 2018

Slumping Blackwater fires Isaac

The Blackwater Elite ball club fired longtime coach Leo Isaac and replaced him with former assistant Bong Ramos after a poor 0-3 win-loss start in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsApr 30th, 2018

Abueva after finally showing up to practice: Part parin ako ng Gilas family, kaya ito ako

The Beast finally speaks. A week after being cut from Gilas Pilipinas, at least for the upcoming window of the 2019 FIBA World Cup Asian Qualifiers,and two days after he excused himself from Alaska's Philippine Cup showdown against Blackwater, Calvin Abueva attended national team practice for the first time Monday. And he set the record straight. Sort of. "Syempre di ko naman pwede sabihin na totoo sa inyo na lahat na lang. Sakin is family problem yung nangyari kaya di ako nakakalusot dito," Abueva said when asked why he missed Gilas' first three practices this year. "Di ako nakakapunta tsaka sa management ko rin sa Alaska, syempre nanghihingi rin ako ng dispensa sa mga nangyari sakin. Kaya ngayon mas inuuna ko yung career ko ngayon para malinis ko kung ano meron ako ngayon," he added. As for his cut from Gilas for the February games against Australia and Japan, Abueva has accepted his fate. However, he plans to attend more practice sessions now and he plans to make his way back to the team in the near future. "Ako actually, di naman masakit sakin to na di ako makakapaglaro dito eh. Ang ina-ano ko lang makasama ako dito eh diba? Part parin ako ng Gilas family, kaya ito ako. Kahit na di ako makapaglaro dito sa game na to, at least andito ako naka-suporta," he said. "Marami pang window na pwede ako ipasok pero dito sa ano na to, syempre nakakahiya naman sa mga nauna na nag-ensayo tapos bigla akong papasok. Parang unfair naman yun diba. Kaya ngayon ang ginagawa ko is nagpakita ako ngayon para i-prove ko sa kanila na nandito parin ako at part parin ako ng Gilas," Abueva added. After everything that went down as far as his personal life is concerned, it appears that Calvin Abueva will be back to doing Calvin Abueva things on the basketball court. And if the Beast is good, that's something to be happy about. "Di na ko problemado, wala na kong iniisip. Ayoko lang madamay itong team na to kasi marami akong iniisip, magulo isip ko," Abueva said   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJan 29th, 2018

Liham Mula Davao ni Jun Ledesma

 ‘Ibon ma’y umaawit matapos ang bagyo’  ANG TREHEDYA na nangyari sa Lungsod ng Dabaw noon bisperas ng Pasko ay pambihira. Maaga pa lang ay itinaas na ang alarma para sa bagyong Vinta kung saan kasama ang lungsod sa mga daraanan nito. Si Mayor Inday Sara Duterte ay maagap na nagpalabas ng mga paalala sa mga naninirahan sa mga  baybayin, tabi ng mga ilog at mga lugar na tinamaan na noon ng mga pagbaha at binalaan na maging mapagmatiyag at lumikas.  Nang tumama ang Vinta sa kalupaan at nananalasa sa Davao, Surigao, Agusan, Compostela Valley province, ang hangin sa Lungsod ng Dabaw ay kalmado at maagang sumikat ang araw. Pinag-isipan ko sanang ipagpaliban ang tradisiyonal na Christmas Party na isinasagawa para sa mga empleyado ng Mindanao Journal kasama ang ilang mga malalapit na kaibigan sa media ngunit dahil nakagugulat na maganda naman ang panahon, ay napagpasyahan naming na ituloy ito. Kasabay nito ang aking biyenan at aking anak na si Kristine at tatlong apo ay nag datingan din para sa aming Christmas reunion.  Ang dalawa kong anak na lalakeng sina Dante at Ferdinand na naninirahan sa Gem Village sa Ma-a, ay kasama namin sa kasiyahan. Bandang 7:00 ng gabi at isang kapitbahay ang nag text sa kanila na ang tubig-baha ay papasok na sa subdibisyon. Ang kaibigan ni Dante ay tumawag din at nag-aalok ng kaniyang sasakyan para mailipat ang mga importanteng gamit sa mas ligtas na lugar. Agad silang umalis sa party at pumunta sa Ma-a at nang sila ay makarating doon hanggang tuhod na ang tubig baha. Ikinarga nila ang lahat ng kaya nila sa van at agad ding umalis.  Ang aking tahanan ay nasa mas mataas na lugar. Mula sa aming kinalalagyan, dinig ang mayat-mayang sirena at pagdaan ng mga rescue trucks at ambulansiya ng 911. Tumawag ako sa 911 upang itanong kung anong nangyayari. Maagap ang kanilang tugon. “Sir pinasok na ng rumaragasang baha ang Jade Valley” at nagpapatuloy ang rescue operations. Inililikas na rin ang mga nasa Gem Village at nagiikot ang mga opisyal ng barangay upang payuhan ang mga residente na agad ng magsilikas.  Nagulat ako. Ang aking mga anak ay nandoon. Kinuha ko ang aking cellphone  at tinawagan sila. “Dito na kami sa harap ng bahay ninyo Pa,” tugon ni Ferdinand.   Nagpatuloy kami sa aming Christmas dinner at exchanged gifts na may kahalong kaba. Kaya’t nag-pasyang maagang magsi-uwian. Habang inihahatid ko ang aking mga kaibigan sa labas nagsimula ng umambon. Maya-maya pa, Si Allan Abais ng dxAB ay nag text at sinabi na si Secretaty Bong Go ay nasa lugar na ng kalamidad sa Jade Valley at tumutulong sa mga na istranded sa baha na mga residente.  Noon pa man si Secretary Bong ay isang magaling na jet skier at laging kasama sa mga rescue operations.  Ang mga anak ko ay bumalik na uli ng Gem Village sa Ma-a pag sikat ng araw ngunit bumalik din kaagad. Ang buong village ay lubog na sa baha at ang mga tao ay hindi na pinayagang makapasok pa maliban sa mga rescue teams. Sikat na ang araw. Maya-maya pa tumawag ang Club Samal, isang resort sa tabing dagat sa Island Garden City of Samal, upang ipaalam sa akin na  kalmado daw ang dagat at pinayagan na ng coast guard na makatawid ang mga ferry sa pagitan ng Davao at Samal. Nawalan na kami ng pag-asa sa bahay ng aking mga anak sa Gem Village, kaya bumiyahe na kami sa Club Samal na isang bagong-gawang resort at hotel na pagmamay-ari ng aking kaibigan at Chairman ng Davao City Water District, Ed Bangayan.  Habang kami ay nagbibiyahe patungo sa  pier upang tumawid sa Samal Island, ang mga balita tungkol sa baha ay nangunguna pa ring balita sa radyo. Ngunit kinalaunan isang ulat ang pumasok hinggil sa nasusunog na NCCC Mall. Sa alam kong laki at lawak ng gusali hindi ko lubos maisip kung bakit ang mga tao sa ika-apat na palapag ay na-trap at hindi makalabas. Sa katunayan ang mga balita sa radio ay nakatuon ng matagal sa mga binahang village kung saan nagpapatuloy ang rescue operations mula pa ng gabi ng ika 23 ng Disyembre. Kayat nakagugulat na marinig na hindi lang iilan ang nasawi.  Si Pangulong Duterte na noon ay nasa Biliran at sa iba pang panig ng Mindanao ay agad na umuwi upang makita ang lawak ng pinsalang dala ng baha at sunog. Talagang hindi kapanipaniwala ngunit kaharap  ko ang  masakit na reyalidad at katotohanan. Sino nga ba ang makapaniniwalang ang dalawang kalamidad na ito ay mangyayari. Maganda ang lagay ng panahon sa Lungsod ng Dabaw. Ang init ng araw ay matindi. At paanong ang isang gusali gaya ng NCCC mall ay magiging nag lalagablab na patibong?  Napaka-pambihira. Pasko sana at maaring mag diwang dahil nailigtas ang lungsod mula sa bagyo at malakas na ulan na nanalasa sa ibang probinsiya at lungsod na dinaanan nito kung saan kasama sana ang Lungsod ng Dabaw. Lingid sa kaalaman  ng MBA Gaga Davao City ang malakas na ulan na bumuhos sa mga kabundukan kabilang na ang nasa karatig na probinsiya ay bumaba at dumaloy sa Tamugan at Davao River na nag dala ng rumaragasang tubig baha sa mga ilog.  At paano naman ang sunog sa NCCC Mall? Wala akong sagot diyan. Ang masasabi ko lang sa ngayon ay isang seryoso at masusing imbestigasiyon ang dapat maisagawa.  Isang napaka-lungkot na bahagi at pangyayari ito upang isulat lalo na at panahon […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  mindanaoexaminerRelated NewsDec 27th, 2017

SUPER 8: Digregorio continues to believe in Blackwater

MACAU --- Late last season in the PBA, Blackwater was seen as a team on the rise. Blackwater was knocking on the door of the semifinals, as the then no. 8-seed Elite pushed no. 1 Meralco to the brink in the quarterfinals. The future looked bright for Blackwater. This current season, the Elite, with a top-5 All-Filipino player in JP Erram, missed the Philippine Cup playoffss due to bad quotient. Still respectable. But things fell apart in the Commissioner's Cup as a plethora of things, including a coaching change, doomed Blackwater. The Elite finished the tournament with a woeful 1-10 mark. They won their only game thanks to a last-second dunk by import Henry Walker. After that terrible stint, the Elite are busy preparing for the Governors' Cup, part of that buildup is the Summer Super 8 tournament here. In two games, Blackwater split its games with teams from South Korea and China. The Elite have the chance to advance against a team from Japan Thursday. The team is confident. "I'm confident. As long as the rims are 10 feet high and the ball still bounces, we're confident," guard Mike Digregorio said. "We have all the confidence in the world to win," he added. The rebuild has been a long process for Blackwater. But the team has more than enough talent to make it work. Digregorio has nothing but overwhelming belief on his team and previous close calls suggest that the Elite are on the verge of a breakthrough. The process just needs a little more push. "Every day is a work in progress. We had a coaching change and the Commissioner' Cup wasn't the conference that we wanted but I believe in this team, I really do," Digregorio said. "Last Governors' Cup we were knocking on the semis, last Philippine Cup we played really well. We're building towards coach Bong's system and adjusting to him. Every day is a learning process but we're getting better and we're working towards success," he added. There's success to be found in Macau and the Elite are one win away from advancing to the next round. They plan on doing so, obviously. "We plan on winning. We didn't come here to not advance. We're gonna come and win. We're building towards the Governors' Cup so I think we have the team to make noise in the Governors' Cup and also advance [here]," Digregorio added.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJul 19th, 2018

‘Kapit lang’

Jolo kay dating Senador Bong... Laban para sa katotohanan Naawa si Lolit Solis kay former Senator Bong Revilla nang dumalo siya sa hearing ng kaso nito sa Sandiganbayan, base sa kanyang Instagram post last Tuesday. Pinuna ng talent manager/columnist ang kabagalan ng justice system dahil apat na taon nang nakakulong….....»»

Category: newsSource:  journalRelated NewsJun 27th, 2018

Diaries from the field: Isang magsasakang edukador

Nagpunta ako sa isang pagtitipon ng magsasaka para makinig sa talakayan hinggil sa kasalukuyang problema ng manggagawang-bukid, manggagawa sa agrikultura at magsasaka sa bansa at sa Cagayan Valley. Dadaluhan ito ng mga lider mula sa iba’t ibang probinsya. Panauhin sa pagtitipon si Ka Daning Ramos, tagapangulo ng Kilusang Magbubukid ng Pilipinas, upang magtalakay kung ano na nga ba ang pagtingin at pagsusuri ng kilusang magsasaka sa rehimeng Duterte......»»

Category: newsSource:  nordisRelated NewsJun 24th, 2018