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Gutsy Batangas crowned as first-ever king of MPBL

On the ground for the very first time in the playoffs of the inaugural Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League (MPBL) Anta Rajah Cup, Batangas wasted no time in standing back up. And not only did they stand up, the Athletics also marched forward, right through overmatched Muntinlupa, 68-66, to claim the throne as first-ever kings of the new national league. Big guns Bong Quinto and Paul Varilla as well as key reserve Moncrief Rogado all came to play and made sure the visitors didn’t waste another shot at history. Quinto wound up with 12 points, Varilla had 10 points and nine rebounds, and Rogado dropped a season-high 14 points of his own. Two days ago, Batangas suffered its first setback in the playoffs and saw their opponents cut their deficit in the best-of-five series to 1-2. “There’s no safe lead. We were up by 15 tapos nawala diba,” head coach Mac Tan said. Indeed, Pari Llagas and Dave Moralde yet again willed the Cagers in this one, rallying them from as much as 15 points down to up 65-63 inside the last two minutes. Quinto and Jhaymo Eguilos had the answer for the Athletics, however, and connived for five unanswered points and a 68-65 advantage in their favor. With 18.2 ticks to go on the clock, the home team still had several shots to force overtime, or even win the game, but Moralde and Llagas combined to convert only one of their four free throws. The clutch makes of Quinto and Eguilos, along with the crucial misses of Moralde and Llagas, proved to be more than enough for Batangas to take home the title. “Ang adjustment namin, yung willingness ng players na ayaw na nilang bumalik pa ‘to ng Batangas,” Tan said. The well-earned win was just the perfect ending for a maiden campaign which saw them romp through the eliminations and rise as the top-seed of the playoffs and the favorites for the title. The Athletics only lived up to the hype, sweeping both the quarterfinals and the semifinals then ringing off back-to-back wins in the championship round before losing Game 3. Bouncing back big-time in Game 4, they cap off their playoff run with a standout 7-1 record. For Muntinlupa, Llagas topped the scoring column with 19 points to go along with 14 rebounds and two blocks. Moralde chipped in 14 markers, seven boards, and two assists. They will be looking back at their woes from the line as the foremost reason why their conference has come to a close. In all, they muffed on 15 of 31 free throws that, without a doubt, would have changed the complexion of the contest. BOX SCORES BATANGAS 68 – Rogado 14, Quinto 12, Varilla 10, Teodoro 9, Eguilos 7, Santos 6, Acuna 5, Olayon 4, Villamor 1, Grimaldo 0, Alvarez 0, Pasculado 0 MUNTINUPA 66 – Llagas 19, Moralde 14, Reverente 12, Mangahas 11, Ylagan 7, Jaime 3, Apreku 0, Vergara 0, Stevens 0 QUARTER SCORES: 16-12, 43-28, 54-47, 68-66 --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Category: sportsSource: abscbn abscbnApr 19th, 2018

Daquigan Philminiracers Classic champ

MANILA, Philippines – Classic car enthusiast Dexter Daquigan was crowned king of the Philminiracers Classic Mini 2016 at the Batangas Racing Circuit recently.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsOct 9th, 2016

PBA: Scottie says Japeth knows where to go for that haircut

Japeth Aguilar’s hair is getting bushier and bushier by the day. Again, the Ginebra star isn’t growing his hair because of a higher meaning. That new ‘do was made possible because he hasn’t found time for a haircut. For that problem, though, a teammate of his has the answer. “Paggusto na niya magpagupit, best barbershop is Thompson’s Sports Hair Shop,” Scottie Thompson said on Sunday at the Araneta Coliseum. The Gin King guard owns a chain of barbershops with branches in Batangas, Bulacan, Cagayan Valley, Davao, and Paranaque. He isn’t about to give his teammate any freebies, however. Asked if he will sponsor Aguilar’s haircut, he answered, through chuckles, “Hindi, hindi.” He was also quick to add, however, “Pero depende rin sa kanya.” Will Japeth take up Scottie on his offer? Only time will tell. --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMay 20th, 2018

At least 24 teams to do battle in MPBL’s second conference

The Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League (MPBL) is just getting started in its aim of giving a bigger stage for players from all over the country the chance to shine. And now, the upstart league will have a 24-strong stable of squads all ready and raring to push it farther. “The vision of the league is to give a chance to homegrown players. Now may 24 teams tayo, we’re still striving to be a place for many more homegrown players,” commissioner Kenneth Duremdes said in the league-wide owners’ meeting on Wednesday at the Raffles Hotel in Makati. Last month, the MPBL closed the curtain on what was a successful first conference with the Batangas Athletics topping nine other teams to win the league’s inaugural championship. Then, the Bataan Defenders (now Risers), Bulacan Kuyas, Caloocan Supremos, Imus Bandera, Muntinlupa Cagers, Navotas Clutch, Paranaque Patriots, Quezon City Capitals, and Valenzuela Classic rounded out the leaderboard. Now, at least 14 new squads will be challenging both Batangas and the already established league hierarchy. Joining the MPBL are the the Cebu Sharks, Davao Occidental Tigers, General Santos Warriors, Laguna Heroes, Makati Skyscrapers, Mandaluyong El Tigre, Manila Stars, Pasay Voyagers, Pampanga Lanterns, Pasig Pirates, San Juan Knights, and Zamboanga Valientes. Rizal and Marikina are also new members of the league, but their monickers are yet to be determined. Meanwhile, Basilan and Sta. Rosa have also signified their intent to compete, but their memberships are yet to be finalized. Whatever the final number of teams is, Duremdes has no doubt that the league will only be bigger and better in its second conference tipping off in June. “You can expect every game to be a full-packed game. Yun yung naging initial success ng liga - yung nakakalaro yung sinasabi nating local heroes,” he said. League owners are still discussing the format, scheduling, and venues of the tournament as of press time. What’s sure is that the games will all be in Luzon. “Big thanks to our teams from the south kasi they all agreed na yung games nila, Luzon muna,” the commissioner said. If and when any from Cebu, Davao Occidental, General Santos, or Zamboanga make the playoffs, though, then the MPBL will have to consider granting them home games. “Kung nakapasok sila ng playoffs, who knows, yun yung chance nila to host home games,” Duremdes remarked. —— Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMay 16th, 2018

MPBL still waiting on Ray Parks Jr.’s papers to see if he’s a local

Whether or not Ray Parks Jr. will play in the Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League (MPBL) is yet to be determined. The 25-year-old star’s stint for the Mandaluyong El Tigre is far from final as the upstart league has not yet decided if he is a local or a Filipino-foreigner. “We would like again to make it straight for everybody and of course, kay Ray na ‘di pa namin nakikita yung papers (niya),” commissioner Kenneth Duremdes said in the league-wide owners’ meeting on Wednesday at the Raffles Hotel in Makati.  The MPBL has instituted a rule that states that only one Filipino-foreigner will be allowed for each team. As such, there is a question if Parks Jr. is a local or a Filipino-foreigner as Mandaluyong also has another Filipino-American in Lo Domingo. Explaining the rule, Duremdes said, “We’re just a growing league. The vision of the league is to give a chance to homegrown players. ‘Di naman natin sinasabi na bawal (ang Fil-foreigners) kaya nga we’re allowing one and 6-4 ang limit sa height.” He then continued, “‘Di naman kasi ganun kalaki ang players sa probinsya kaya ganun. Step-by-step tayo kasi nga we’re striving to be a place for homegrown players.” With that, the El Tigre will have to choose between Parks Jr., if he will be considered a Filipino-foreigner, and Domingo. For the recently-crowned Asean Basketball League champion and back-to-back Local MVP, however, Mandaluyong should not even have to do that. Questioning the controversial rule, he took to Twitter earlier in the day to say, “First time in my life I was considered an American in my own home country. Dito ako lumaki. Dito ako pinanganak. May Filipino passport ako.” Parks Jr. is the son of legendary PBA import Bobby Ray Parks Sr. He was born and bred in Paranaque and eventually suited up for National University in the UAAP. He also had stints with Gilas Pilipinas and the Hapee Fresh Fighters in the PBA D-League before taking his talents to Alab Pilipinas where he played as a local and not an Asean Heritage import. The MPBL made it clear, though, that it wants nothing more than to have the younger Parks playing in the league. “As much as we want Ray to play kasi malaking attraction siya and one of the players, again, meron tayong guidelines na na-set. Kung meron na silang pinasang papers, saka natin malalaman,” Duremdes said. As for when his fate will be finalized, the league commissioner said the deliberations for the lineups of all teams will come sooner than later. “Owners’ meeting ngayon then next nito is coaches’ meeting. Dun na namin ise-set yung technical guidelines,” he said. He then continued, “Dun na namin ise-set yung submission ng final lineup para ma-screen na ng committee.” —— Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMay 16th, 2018

Batangas wants Helterbrand for MPBL

After ruling the inaugural conference of the Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League, the Batangas Athletics are hoping to land ex-Ginebra star and six-time PBA champion Jayjay Helterbrand in its lineup......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsApr 25th, 2018

King of the Road

They call him Tarzan, but he doesn’t swing from tree to tree. Rather, he runs from province to province – Batangas to Quezon, Tagaytay to Rizal, NCR to Camarines Norte – in gruelling marathons that even some of the most committed runners might not dare attempt......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsApr 21st, 2018

Ex-pros power Athletics to inaugural MPBL crown

Former PBA cagers Val Acuña, Lester Alvarez and Jhaymo Eguilos took charge in the stretch as Batangas City survived Muntinlupa, 68-66, to become the first Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League-Anta Rajah Cup champion at the jampacked Muntinlupa Sports Complex late Thursday......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsApr 21st, 2018

Muntinlupa stays alive in MPBL Finals after escaping Batangas in Game 3

Of course, a change of scenery was all Muntinlupa needed to come to life in the Finals of the inaugural Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League (MPBL) Anta Rajah Cup. Buoyed by their loud and proud faithful inside the Muntinlupa Sports Complex, the Cagers held on for a much-needed 82-77 triumph over heavily favored Batangas on Tuesday. Allan Mangahas fronted the all-out attack with 23 points on top of eight assists and was flanked by Pari Llagas who had 19 markers, six rebounds, five dimes, and two steals. It was also Llagas, along with Dave Moralde, who stood strong in the last 49 seconds to tame their opponents’ uprising and tow the home team to cutting their series deficit to just 1-2 in the best-of-five championship round. At the wrong end of convincing victories by the Athletics in Games 1 and 2, the determination was very much evident for Muntinlupa from the get-go as they scored 12 unanswered points to start this matchup and saw it balloon to a 19-3 lead. Mangahas stayed hot from that point and they looked like they were breezing towards a season-saving win as they were still up by 11, 77-66, with four minutes remaining. Bong Quinto and Paul Varilla weren’t going away that easy, though, and shot the visitors to just down by two, 75-77, with under a minute left. They wouldn’t be able to come any closer, however, as Llagas and Moralde hit back-to-back difficult shots to put the game away for good. Moralde wound up with 10 points and Chito Jaime chipped in 10 markers of his own for the Cagers who may now boast of being the only team to have downed Batangas in the playoffs. They try, and need to, do it once more in Game 4 on Thursday still at the same venue. For the Athletics, Quinto topped the scoring column with 14 points while Lester Alvarez and Varilla also added 13 and 11 markers, respectively. Despite the loss, they remain in the lead in the Finals series and remain the favorites to take home the first-ever MPBL championship......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsApr 17th, 2018

Batangas eyes title sweep

Batangas City-Tanduay seeks to cap an incredible season with a title as it clashes with Muntinlupa-Angelis Resort on Tuesday in Game 3 of the MPBL-Anta Rajah Cup finals at Muntinlupa Sports Center. The Athletics pulled off narrow victories in the first two games of the best-of-five series at Batangas City Coliseum and coach Mac Tan expects nothing less than a dogfight as he tries to give Tanduay its first major basketball crown in two decades. Gametime is at 8 p.m. with the Cagers determined to extend the series even with star Chito Jaime banged up after twisting his ankle in their 74-78 loss in Game 2 onSaturday night. "There are no easy games and we can't expect anything less ...Keep on reading: Batangas eyes title sweep.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsApr 17th, 2018

Batangas-Tanduay zeroes in on inaugural MPBL crown

BATANGAS CITY---A Batangas City-Tanduay team that doesn't seem to run out of heroes found another one on Saturday night.   With big man Jhaymo Eguilos seizing the moment this time, the Athletics turned back the Muntinlupa Cagers-Angelis Resort, 78-74, anew to close in on the 2018 MPBL Anta-Rajah Cup at a jam-packed Batangas City Coliseum here.   The former Far Eastern U stalwart hit 7-of-8 shots on his way to a game high 16 points as the Athletics showcased their depth and firepower before surviving another late onslaught by the Cagers for a 2-0 lead in their best-of-five title series.   Just like in the series opener when the Athletics survived, 70-64, t...Keep on reading: Batangas-Tanduay zeroes in on inaugural MPBL crown.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsApr 15th, 2018

Batangas weathers Muntinlupa storm to close in on inaugural MPBL title - ABS-CBN News

Batangas weathers Muntinlupa storm to close in on inaugural MPBL title - ABS-CBN News.....»»

Category: newsSource:  googlenewsRelated NewsApr 14th, 2018

Batangas weathers Muntinlupa storm to close in on inaugural MPBL title

Staying spotless in the playoffs of the inaugural Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League (MPBL) Anta Rajah Cup, Batangas is getting closer and closer to history. Drawing big-time contributions from their bench, the Athletics endured late-charging Muntinlupa, 78-74, on Saturday in their home court Batangas City Coliseum to march forward to a 2-0 lead in the best-of-five Finals. Jhaymo Eguilos topped the scoring column with 16 points and was flanked by reserves Val Acuna and Moncrief Rogado who had nine markers apiece. Top gun Teytey Teodoro also had nine points, including the game-sealing free throws in the last 17 seconds as the home team counted six players who had at least seven points. Still, it was the Cagers who were in command after the opening salvo, leading 14-13. Batangas started the second with nine unanswered points, however, to mount a 22-14 edge they would never relinquish. Fueled by that rush, in all, nine different players got together for a 25-10 quarter and a 38-24 lead. Muntinlupa had for itself an uprising in the endgame and pulled to within 74-75 with 28 ticks to go on the clock, but Teodoro three free throws and a couple of defensive stops boosted the Athletics to the win. Now, the tournament’s top-seed will try to wrap up the series sweep in Muntinlupa’s home court on Tuesday. Chito Jaime paced the Cagers with 18 points while Allan Mangahas and Dave Moralde both chipped in 15 markers. With their rally falling short, however, they are one loss away from being runners-up in the inaugural MPBL Anta Rajah Cup. BOX SCORES BATANGAS 78 – Eguilos 16, Acuna 9, Teodoro 9, Quinto 9, Rogado 9, Olayon 7, Varilla 6, Grimaldo 4, Santos 4, Alvarez 3, Villamor 2 MUNTINLUPA 74 – Jaime 18, Mangahas 15, Moralde 15, Llagas 9, Buenaflor 6, Ylagan 5, Reverente 4, Apreku 2, Vergara 0, Salaveria 0, Stevens 0 QUARTER SCORES: 13-14, 38-24, 60-46, 78-74 --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsApr 14th, 2018

Athletics take opener on Teodoro’s heroics

Teytey Teodoro hit clutch baskets as Batangas City warded off Muntinlupa’s late charge to carve out a 70-64 victory and gain the headstart in the MPBL-Anta Rajah Cup finals at the oven-hot Batangas City Coliseum in Batangas late Thursday......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsApr 13th, 2018

Batangas eyes 2-0 edge

After watching a late lead almost slip away in Game 1, Batangas City-Tanduay knows there's little room for error as the Athletics try to move on the brink of the MPBL Anta Rajah Cup crown on Saturday. Batangas battles Muntinlupa-Angelis Resort anew at Batangas Sports Coliseum, two nights after escaping with a 70-64 win in the series opener. The Athletics looked comfortably ahead at 64-54 in the last four minutes before the Cagers mounted a fightback that fell short....Keep on reading: Batangas eyes 2-0 edge.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsApr 13th, 2018

It s Muntinlupa vs Batangas City in MPBL Rajah Cup finals

MANILA, Philippines – It will be Muntinlupa versus Batangas City for the MPBL-Anta Rajah Cup championship. The Angelis Resort-backed Cagers ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsApr 10th, 2018

Batangas, Paranaque a win away from first-ever MPBL Finals

Batangas remains undefeated in the first-ever playoffs of the inaugural Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League (MPBL) Anta Rajah Cup. Paul Varilla pumped in 17 points and four other teammates joined him in double-digits in an 80-75 decision for home team Athletics over Valenzuela in Game 1 of the semifinals on Thursday at the Batangas City Coliseum. Flanking Varilla were Val Acuna who contributed 15 points; Bong Quinto who collected 13 points, seven rebounds, three assists, and two steals; and Lester Alvarez and Jhaymo Eguilos who chipped in 11 and 10 points, respectively. The home team was on-point from the get-go with a 30-8 start and in all, made good on 11 triples and converted 47 percent of their field goals. Still, they needed until late in the endgame to put away the feisty Classic who were only down by six with 33 ticks to go. Batangas would not let them come any closer, though, as a pair of splits from the stripe by Varilla sealed the deal. Jeff Javillonar dropped a long-range missile in the dying seconds, but it proved to be meaningless as it was the Athletics who were celebrating a 1-0 lead in the best-of-three semis series. This, after they swept Bataan in the quarterfinals. Now, the top-seed in the tournament is a pristine 3-0 in the first-ever playoffs of the inaugural MPBL. For Valenzuela, Adrian Celada topped the scoring column with 23 points. In the other pairing, seventh-seed Paranaque made more magic happen by routing third-seed Muntinlupa, 84-59. The Cagers were in the game for only the first three minutes, up 4-0, before Gab Dagangon and Daniel De Guzman merged for 17 points in a white-hot 27-4 blast that boosted the Patriots way ahead, 27-8. They would never look back as Dagangon and De Guzman wound up with 18 and 14 points, respectively. Ryusei Koga top-scored with 24 points to go along with eight assists and four rebounds. Paranaque was coming off an upset of second-seed Bulacan in the quarterfinals and is now one win away from an improbable Finals appearance. Dave Moralde paced Muntinlupa with 16 points. Muntinlupa and Valenzuela go back to the drawing board as they both try to bounce back in Game 2 on Saturday at the Muntinlupa Sports Complex. Of course, all of the action will still be on S+A and S+A HD. BOX SCORES FIRST GAME PARANAQUE 84 – Koga 24, Dagangon 18, De Guzman 14, Montilla 10, Arboleda 8, Vizcarra 4, Baloria 2, Villanueva 2, San Jose 2, Belorio 0, Flor 0, Del Rosario 0, Vidal 0, Justiniani 0 MUNTINLUPA 59 – Moralde 16, Apreku 13, Mangahas 11, Jaime 10, Vergara 5, Llagas 4, Ylagan 0, Reverente 0, Buenaflor 0, Stevens 0, Salaveria 0 QUARTER SCORES: 27-12, 50-28, 62-46, 84-59 SECOND GAME BATANGAS 80 – Varilla 17, Acuna 15, Quinto 13, Alvarez 11, Eguilos 10, Teodoro 6, Olayon 4, Grimaldo 2, Santos 2, Rogado 0 VALENZUELA 75 – Celada 23, Javillonar 10, Argamino 8, Andaya 8, Ongteco 8, Acidre 6, Hubalde 5, Gimpayan 5, Ruaya 2, Arambulo 0, Carlos 0, Arellano 0 QUARTER SCORES: 30-8, 40-35, 57-51, 80-75 --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsApr 5th, 2018

Batangas-Tanduay gains semis; QC extends series

Top seed Batangas City-Tanduay punched its ticket to the semifinals on Saturday night with another dominant performance, while Quezon City-Royal Manila lived to fight another day after grinding out a stunning 76-68 away win over Valenzuela-Yulz in the MPBL-Anta Rajah Cup at Valenzuela Astrodome. The Athletics rolled past the Bataan Defenders Baishipping, 95-82, behind solid efforts from ex-pros Lester Alvarez, Val Acua and Jhaymo Eguilos to complete a two-game sweep of their quarterfinal series. Unfazed by the lively hometown crowd that cheered on their every mistake, the Capitals turned the tables on the Classic after riding the heroics of guard Alwin Alday. The 5-foot-10 Alday...Keep on reading: Batangas-Tanduay gains semis; QC extends series.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsMar 25th, 2018

Oranza wins ronda title

The Ronald Oranza legend has started. The rider from Villasis, Pangasinan was officially crowned king of the Ronda Pilipinas 2018 presented by LBC by coming through with one of the most dominant performances ever in the race’s eight-year history. The impending victory was long expected of Oranza who went unrelenting….....»»

Category: newsSource:  journalRelated NewsMar 18th, 2018

Batangas City perfect at home; Muntinlupa wins

BATANGAS CITY — No matter how difficult it is, there’s no place like home for the Batangas City Athletics-Tanduay in the MPBL-Anta Rajah Cup. The Athletics struggled in the early goings but recovered their usual deadly form in the second half before fashioning out an 86-75 triumph over the Caloocan Supremos-Longrich at the Batangas City […] The post Batangas City perfect at home; Muntinlupa wins appeared first on BusinessWorld......»»

Category: financeSource:  bworldonlineRelated NewsMar 14th, 2018

Caloocan Supremos try to stay alive vs Batangas City Athletics

MANILA, Philippines — The Caloocan Supremos hope to stay alive as they tangle with the Batangas City Athletics today in a crucial MPBL-Anta Rajah Cup match a.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsMar 12th, 2018