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Hotshots get hot

MAGNOLIA is playing Meralco tomorrow, and the Hotshots seemed to be doing some light workouts on Wednesday at the Smart Araneta Coliseum. The Hotshots destroyed the Columbian Dyip, 126-101, behind an awesome offensive to clinch their second win in three games in the elimination round of the PBA Commissioner’s Cup.….....»»

Category: newsSource: journal journalMay 16th, 2018

PBA: Coach of the Year Victolero wants more: “Napaka-sarap manalo”

Chito Victolero has two seasons under his belt as head coach of Magnolia and he has five semifinal appearances in six conferences. He’s made it to two Finals and after the 2018 PBA Governors’ Cup, coach Chito now has one title. Now, Victolero also as a Coach of the Year award courtesy of the PBA Press Corps. It’s a well-deserved citations for one of the brightest young minds in the league today. “Syempre I’m very happy, ver proud sa blessings na binigay ni Lord sakin,” Victolero said. “I would also like to share this award to my coaching staff, to the whole team, and to the fans na talagang grabe sumuporta samin at magdasal,” he added. As he moves to a third season with the Hotshots, coach Chito is looking for more. His new Coach of the Year award also presents a new challenge for Victolero as he tries to eleveate his game and his team as a whole. “Grabe yung saya sa puso ko,” he said. “But again, this is not the end. I will take it as a challenge, this is only the start. I’ll try to help my team again, kung paano kami mananalo ulit ng championship because napaka-sarap manalo,” Victolero added.   — Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJan 22nd, 2019

Ibibigay ko yung best ko, time ko, puso ko -- Barroca

Magnolia guard Mark Barroca is very much pumped-up to don the national colors once again after eight years. So when head coach Yeng Guiao called for the team’s first training session for the sixth and last qualifying window for the 2019 FIBA World Cup, the 32-year old Magnolia Hotshots backcourt star was one of the early players to arrive at the Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig City. Unfortunately, the training session turned into just an orientation with just 10 players showing up and just six including Barroca participating in a quick shoot around.           But it didn’t dampen Barroca’s return as a member of the national team. “Sobrang excited ako makapaglaro dito. Sabi ni coach kanina ‘yung commitment nga sobrang kung meron pang 200 percent na commitment, ‘yun committed ako, so why not?” said Barroca, a pioneer of the then Smart Gilas program. “Bibigay ko talaga ‘yung best (ko), bibigay ko yung time ko dito ngayon na makapaglaro ulit.” Barroca last played for the national team back in 2011 during the FIBA Asia Championship where the country placed fourth.     “Siyempre as a player, lahat ng players gusto mag-national team so ito napili din ako so ibibigay ko yung best ko, yung time ko, yung puso,” said Barroca. “’Di na rin ako nagi-expect na makuha dito pero kinuha nila ako siyempre sobrang saya ko rin sobrang tine-treasure ko ‘yung pagkakuha nila dito sa akin. Alam mo yun, na-pump up ako e na kinuha nila ako,” he added. Barroca was joined by Roger Pogoy, Marcio Lassiter, Gabe Norwood, Troy Rosario, Jayson Castro, June Mar Fajardo, Poy Erram, Raymnond Almazan and Japeth Aguilar. Paul Lee and Scottie Thompson skipped the first training day while naturalized player Andray Blatche has yet to arrive in the country. Back-up naturalized player Christian Standhardinger has recently stated that he’s focused on recovering from knee injury and playing for San Miguel in the ongoing 2019 PBA Philippine Cup. Gilas is preparing for two must-win games against Qatar on February 21 and Kazakhstan on February 25. The national squad will fly to the Middle East on the second week of Ferbuary for a series of tune up matches. Gilas dropped its last two games on nail-biting fashions – against Kazakhstan (92-88) and Iran (78-70) last December. The national team is 1-3 in the last four games, and the two setbacks dropped the Philippines to fourth place with a 5-5 card in Group F behind Australia (9-1), Iran (7-3) and Japan (6-4).   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJan 21st, 2019

WATCH: Sharon Cuneta ignores bashers as Magnolia muse in PBA

BOCAUE, Philippines – Sharon Cuneta ignored the negative comments made against her following her selection as muse for Magnolia in the opening ceremonies of the PBA's 44th season on Sunday, January 13.  There were violent reactions when the Hotshots announced that the 53-year-old actress and singer would serve as their ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJan 13th, 2019

PBA: Magnolia muse Sharon Cuneta shrugs off online bashers

BOCAUE, BULACAN -- Megastar Sharon Cuneta just shrugged off online bashers critical of her selection as the Magnolia Hotshots muse in the opening of the 44th PBA season here. Cuneta, an endorser of the poultry products of the compan, represented the newly-crowned Governors' Cup champions as they were introduced one by one. When the announcement was made that she would be the muse last Tuesday, an online firestorm erupted, bashing Cuneta for primarily her age. The Megastar Sharon Cuneta with the Magnolia Hotshots! #PBA2019 • @abscbnsports pic.twitter.com/XGqO6Z9dii — Philip Martin Matel (@philipptionary) January 13, 2019 "Nothing. They don't mean anything to me. I'm the one that's here, and I was chosen by Magnolia. I didn't volunteer. I'm their major endorser, and I think that's understandable," the longtime Kapamilya said. The Megastar Sharon Cuneta has a message for her online bashers after a firestorm erupted regarding her selection. #PBA2019 • @abscbnsports pic.twitter.com/30gjB9eTus — Philip Martin Matel (@philipptionary) January 13, 2019 The mother of four also shared that she was friends with several members of the team, including Marc Pingris and Rafi Reavis. "Parang mama nila ako, kapatid – ate, tita, mama. Si Rafi hinahanap ko kasi halos he's my brother na. Si Ping, nandiyan na asawa ni Danica. Sayang wala si Captain Alvin kasi last time na I was a muse for Purefoods, it was the team ni Alvin," shared Cuneta. The 53-year old veteran actress and singer is no stranger to being the muse of the franchise, and accompanied Purefoods back in 1990 when Alvin Patrimonio and Jojo Lastimosa led the charge. It was a star-studded affair for all 12 squads, who brought lovely ladies to accompany them to the makeshift podium at the Philippine Arena floor. Beauty queen royalty graced the courts with 2015 Ms. Universe Pia Wurtzbach representing Ginebra and 2016 Ms. International Kylie Verzosa repping four-time defending champions San Miguel. Queen P with Ginebra! #PBA2019 • @abscbnsports pic.twitter.com/uUzsqHKCV4 — Philip Martin Matel (@philipptionary) January 13, 2019 Former Ms. International Kylie Verzosa with defending champs San Miguel. #PBA2019 • @abscbnsports pic.twitter.com/aMO2w7pFw7 — Philip Martin Matel (@philipptionary) January 13, 2019 Also present was 2018 Binibining Pilipinas-Grand International Eva Patalinjug, who walked with Meralco. Beauty queen Eva Patalinjug with the Meralco Bolts. #PBA2019 • @abscbnsports pic.twitter.com/3i1yTwHdLa — Philip Martin Matel (@philipptionary) January 13, 2019 Rounding up the pageant royalty are Mutya ng Pilipinas 2018 - Tourism International Aya Fernandez and Top 12 finalist Anie Uson. Aya Fernandez with NorthPort. #PBA2019 • @abscbnsports pic.twitter.com/lQzwULCAY7 — Philip Martin Matel (@philipptionary) January 13, 2019 Annie Uson with Rain or Shine. #PBA2019 • @abscbnsports pic.twitter.com/DFnwCNGtMa — Philip Martin Matel (@philipptionary) January 13, 2019 The stars of the small screen also were present, with 'Halik' star Yam Concepcion joining Phoenix, Kelley Day with Columbian, Klea Pineda for Alaska, and Sam Pinto joining TNT. 'Halik' star Yam Concepcion with the Phoenix Fuel Masters. #PBA2019 • @abscbnsports pic.twitter.com/p1ZDEDkyBu — Philip Martin Matel (@philipptionary) January 13, 2019 The TNT KaTropa enter last with Sam Pinto. #PBA2019 • @abscbnsports pic.twitter.com/QYlXmFtdDz — Philip Martin Matel (@philipptionary) January 13, 2019 Kelly Day with the Columbian Dyip. #PBA2019 • @abscbnsports pic.twitter.com/YOY6RLrDdz — Philip Martin Matel (@philipptionary) January 13, 2019 Actress Klea Pineda with the Alaska Aces. #PBA2019 • @abscbnsports pic.twitter.com/D6uAbdc5vs — Philip Martin Matel (@philipptionary) January 13, 2019 Fellow athletes also joined the festivities with PVL MVP Alyssa Valdez leading the way for the NLEX Road Warriors, the team of her beau Kiefer Ravena.  PVL MVP Alyssa Valdez with the NLEX Road Warriors. #PBA2019 • @abscbnsports pic.twitter.com/mubw2mTw0L — Philip Martin Matel (@philipptionary) January 13, 2019 Ravena was not present due to his FIBA suspension. Meanwhile, the duo of Motolite outside hitter Myla Pablo and Olympian swimmer Jasmine Alkhaldi went with Blackwater. Myla Pablo and Jasmine Alkhaldi with Blackwater. #PBA2019 • @abscbnsports pic.twitter.com/6JuTMNJfRf — Philip Martin Matel (@philipptionary) January 13, 2019 __     Follow this writer on Twitter, @philipptionary.  .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJan 13th, 2019

Kings, Hotshots chief contenders

They say that if there’s a team that is well capable of matching up with reigning PBA Philippine Cup four-peat champ, it’s no other than crowd darling and Commissioner’s Cup titlist Barangay Ginebra......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJan 10th, 2019

San Miguel still consensus team to beat for PBA Season 44

To no one's surprise, San Miguel Beer was the consensus choice by team governors as the frontrunner to win the 2019 PBA Philippine Cup. Last season, the fancied Beermen celebrated a historic fourth consecutive championship in the all-Filipino tournament in dominating fashion after beating the Magnolia Hotshots in five games. With its star-studded core led by four-time MVP June Mar Fajardo back, San Miguel is tipped to keep its Philippine Cup dynasty intact and the rest of the league is fully aware of it. READ:Jimmy Alapag joins San Miguel coaching staff "I would still put my money on San Miguel Beer. They really have a strong lineup," said Magnolia governor Rene Pardo during the le...Keep on reading: San Miguel still consensus team to beat for PBA Season 44.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJan 8th, 2019

Paul Lee reflects on career, bares the secret to success in the PBA

When Paul Lee was drafted by Rain or Shine as the second overall pick in the 2011 PBA Draft, he had no time to celebrate. Right after getting selected, the 6'0" shooter out of UE recalled the moment the late Roehl Nadurata, the then-top deputy of Rain or Shine, tapped him and immediately asked: "Condition ka ba?" The question was immediately followed up by a stern command. "Oh, bukas shooting na tayo ha." Lee, of course, obliged. But he was left asking himself "Wala ba kong time na makapagcelebrate muna sa family ko naman?"  The 29-year-old guard from Tondo reflected on his PBA career, and his journey so far during an interview with Mico Halili in The Score. Now entering his eighth season in the PBA, Lee looked back at that conversation and the lessons it carried as one of the defining moments in his career.   "Sobrang laking bagay na nakuha ako ng Rain or Shine tsaka yung nahandle ako ni Coach Yeng [Guiao] at Coach Roehl Nadurata so doon ko natutunan lahat ng sinasabi nilang hard work," he said. Seven years and three championships later, Lee is just thankful for being taught the secret to playing the game within the game, the right way.  "Blessed din ako na umabot ako sa point na nakapag seven years ako sa PBA, then still kicking pa rin habang nasa gitna ng career natin, just continue to work hard, 'yun lang naman sikreto dun," he said. Lee also bared that skill alone cannot guarantee a long and successful career. "Stay humble lang, then marunong kang makisama sa mga teammates mo, coaching staff at sa management. Kasi hindi enough yung magaling ka lang eh," he said. With all of his accomplishments, including that sensational 2018 PBA Governors' Cup championship run with the Magnolia Hotshots and the conference's Best Player award, Lee has one more thing to learn.  "Sana marami pa kong matutunan kila kuya Ping and PJ, kung pano makarating sa ganun kahaba yung career talaga," he said. Check out more from Paul Lee's insightful interview:   .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJan 5th, 2019

PBA 43 Review: Suspended surge at NLEX

The PBA's 43rd season was a loooooong one. Seriously, it started December of 2017 and it ended December of 2018. That's 12 months of almost non-stop basketball. But with the current PBA season finally drawing to a close, it's time we look back at how each team fared in 2018. Today, we take on the NLEX Road Warriors.   SUSPENDED SURGE After a problematic first season under new head coach Yeng Guiao, NLEX hit the jackpot in the 2017 PBA Draft. Armed with the no. 2 pick, the Road Warriors made the obvious choice and took guard Kiefer Ravena, arguably the most PBA ready prospect to make the jump in forever. He was PBA ready alright. Kief wasted little time in helping NLEX turn things around. With Ravena at the lead, the Road Warriors had their best tournament in the PBA so far and made the semifinals of the Philippine Cup, pushing the Magnolia Hotshots to six games. That’s pretty much the best part of NLEX’s season though. The Road Warriors failed to have a strong finish in the semis series against the Hotshots after Kevin Alas tore his ACL early in Game 5. With Alas out, NLEX’s emerging K&K backcourt tandem was decimated. And after Ravena’s shock suspension from FIBA, the K&K, and in essence NLEX’s whole season, was lost. Ravena was slapped with an 18-month ban by FIBA for doping. Ravena took a protein drink with prohibited ingredients prior Gilas Pilipinas’ home win over Japan in the 2019 FIBA Asia Qualifiers in February. The suspension covers all basketball activities, including the PBA. With that development, NLEX naturally spiraled out of control in the Commissioner’s Cup, leading to an early elimination. The Road Warriors did well enough in the Asia League Summer Super 8 in Macau, finishing in the semifinals, to help set up a strong run in the Governors’ Cup. But with most of its key pieces gone, NLEX flamed out in the quarterfinals and a season that started with so much promise ended in bitter defeat. Patience will be a virtue for NLEX moving forward, but once the Road Warriors finally feature a complete lineup, the team’s suspended surge can hopefully continue in 2019 and beyond.   NLEX ROAD WARRIORS in the 2017-2018 PBA Season Philippine Cup: 6-5 (6th place) Commissioner’s Cup: 2-9 (11th place) Governors’ Cup: 5-6 (8th place) Overall: 13 wins and 20 losses. Two playoff appearances, 1 Semifinals.   POST DRAFT NOTE: NLEX used two first round picks to select Paul Desiderio and Abu Tratter. Both rookies didn’t play one game for the Road Warriors. NLEX used the two rookies as trade bait and eventually nabbed center Poy Erram from Blackwater. Erram certainly gives the Road Warriors a top center and he should be instrumental in NLEX as the team waits to feature a complete lineup with the K&K tandem.   — Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJan 1st, 2019

Top sports headliners in the year that was

From the FIFA World Cup to the NBA, the PBA to the UAAP and NCAA, the Asian Games to Manny Pacquiao, volleyball to MMA, the past 12 months truly was a great year for Filipino sports fans.   Here are some of the most memorable sports headliners that bannered the year that was.    San Miguel Corporation dominates PBA San Miguel Corporation owned 2018. For the first time in the history of the Asia’s first professional basketball league one company dominated all three conferences of the PBA. The San Miguel Beermen annexed their fourth straight Philippine Cup title against sister team Magnolia last May, while Ginebra rode on undersized do-it-all forward Justin Brownlee to the Commissioner's Cup title at the expense of San Miguel last August. Then it was Magnolia's time to shine in December. The Hotshots dismantled Alaska in six games to complete SMC’s domination of PBA 2018. Outside of basketball, SMC also made its presence felt in volleyball as Petron bagged the Grand Prix, Challenge Cup (beach volleyball) and the All-Filipino Conference in the Philippine Superliga.   Kai Sotto stands tall as Ateneo takes title vs NU Kai Sotto became a household name in 2018 as the 7'1" wunderkind showed off in the UAAP Season 80 juniors' basketball tournament. The eventual Finals MVP was a beast in Game 1 of the Finals against the NU Bullpups, tallying a triple-double of 22 points, 16 rebounds, and 11 blocks in the 86-70 win, the first of its kind since 2003. Ateneo finished the season almost unscathed at 16-1, with their lone loss in Game 2 of the series, a very chippy one to say the least. In Game 3, Sotto came up clutch, scoring the go-ahead basket, 60-58, with about 30 seconds left as Ateneo came away with the 63-58 win to take the title.  SJ Belangel, Joaqui Manuel, Dave Ildefonso and Jason Credo, and coach Joe Silva all appeared in their last games for the Blue Eaglets.   DLSU completes three-peat; NU dethrones Ateneo  The UAAP Season 80 volleyball tournament was filled with lasting memories that will surely be remembered for a long time. Numerous upsets in the eliminations, great games, and much more were the name of the game for the women's tournament. However, a long-time rivalry was rekindled when two-time defending champs De La Salle Lady Spikers met 29-time title holders FEU Lady Tamaraws for all the marbles last May. Kim Kianna Dy, Majoy Baron, and Dawn Macandili all ended their careers on a high note as they swept graduating Bernadeth Pons and the Lady Tamaraws in two straight games to win their third straight title. Graduating libero Macandili was named Finals MVP for the first and final time in her collegiate career.  Behind their magnificent floor defense and some stellar play from Finals MVP Bryan Bagunas, the NU Bulldogs also swept three-time defending champions Ateneo Blue Eagles to reclaim a title they last enjoyed in Season 76. Espejo, a five-time UAAP MVP, had an awesome performance for the world's record books, scoring a record-55 points to force the FEU Tamaraws to a do-or-die Final Four. The Blue Eagle legend had played his last, and has since suited up for a semi-pro team in Japan's topflight volleyball league.   Alab fends off Mono Vampire to claim ABL title San Miguel-backed Alab Pilipinas were such a glorious sight to see in the eighth season of the Asean Basketball League (ABL) last March. Coached by perennial fan favorite Jimmy Alapag in his very first season, the trio of Renaldo Balkman, Justin Brownlee, and Local and Finals MVP Bobby Ray Parks to their first title in home soil. Alab faced Thailand-based Mono Vampire, who were led by Mike Singletary, towering Sam Deguara, Fil-Am Jason Brickman and Pinoy Paul Zamar. In the very same day as the coronation of the UAAP volleyball championships, Alab took home the crown in a rousing 102-92 victory in Sta. Rosa, much to the delight of the home crowd. Balkman, the league's Defensive Player of the Year led Alab in scoring with 32, while Brownlee added 24 of his own. Parks added 13 markers. The two imports played in the PBA for the Commissioner's Cup, where Balkman (San Miguel) and Brownlee (Ginebra) would face each other in the Finals.   (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio) Warriors send LeBron packing to Los Angeles The Golden St. Warriors and the Cleveland Cavaliers locked horns in the NBA Finals for the fourth straight season after the two teams were pushed to the brink in the Conference Finals. Both teams were down 3-2 and won Game 7 on the road to win their respective conferences, with both teams banking on experience to forge another bout in the championship series. Game 1 was undoubtedly the most exciting game in the series as LeBron James had an epic performance of 51 points, 8 rebounds, and 8 assists.  However, JR Smith's blunder at the end of regulation became the lasting image of that game, as he dribbled out the clock with the score tied at 107-all. The defending champions rode the surge and took the opening game, 124-114. Stephen Curry's brillant performance throughout the series was overshadowed by Kevin Durant's dagger in Game 3, a few feet away from the spot where he launched the go-ahead three in Game 3 of the 2017 NBA Finals. Durant was named as the Bill Russell Finals MVP after norming 28.8 ppg, 10.8 rpg, and 7.5 apg in the four-game sweep, demolishing the Cavs 108-85 in the series finale last June. It would also be the last game LeBron James had in a Cleveland Cavaliers uniform, as he bolted for the Los Angeles Lakers almost a month later.   (AP Photo/Martin Meissner) France rules 2018 FIFA World Cup The most-coveted title of the beautiful game returned to France after two decades. The youthful French squad celebrated their conquest soaked in a downpour in Moscow after a 4-2 victory over first-time finalist Croatia in the 2018 FIFA World Cup last July. Teenager Kylian Mbappe stood out in the French team composed of a bunch of 25 and under players. Speed, strength and youth became France’s biggest asset during the quadrennial football spectacle watched by almost 3.5 billion viewers around the world.  The 19-year-old migrant scored one of the four goals in the championship match to become the second teen to score a goal in the Finals after the legendary Pele back in 1958. France defeated Belgium in the semifinal, 1-0, while Croatia outlasted the favored Russians in penalty shootout, 4-3 (2-2). The French team also displayed diversity, with players born of migrant parents including Alphonse Areola, whose parents are both Filipinos working in France.   Pac on top, The Filipino Flash returns The most-celebrated Filipino athlete continued make the headlines this year. Manny Pacquaio stripped Lucas Matthysse of his WBA welterweight world championship belt with a seventh round technical knockout win in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia in July. Pacquiao split with long-time trainer Freddie Roach during his build up for the Matthysse bout back in April but confirmed their partnership once again for the 40-year old boxer’s title defense against Adrien Broner next year. Nonito Donaire Jr. announced that he would be going back down to super bantamweight after a loss to Carl Frampton in April for the interim WBO Featherweight belt and would be taking part in the World Boxing Super Series' super bantamweight tournament.  Matched up in the quarterfinal round against Ryan Burnett back in November, Donaire scored what many consider an upset, winning via TKO after the Irishman suffered a back injury to snatch the WBA (Super) Bantamweight World Championship.  Up next for Donaire will be WBO Super Bantamweight World Champion Zolani Tete of South Africa in the semifinals.           Pinay power in the Asian Games   The Philippines participated in the 18th Asian Games held in Jakarta and Palembang, Indonesia that ran from August 18 to September 2. A total of 272 athletes that participated in 31 sports represented the country in the quadrennial meet with Jordan Clarkson of the Cleveland Cavaliers and medalist Margielyn Didal marching as flagbearers in the opening and closing ceremonies, respectively. Rio Olympian Hidilyn Diaz gave the PHI its first gold medal in women’s -53 kg. weightlifting. Five days after Diaz’s victory, the trio of Yuka Saso, Bianca Pagdanganan and Lois Kaye Go accounted for the women’s golf team mint. Saso also bagged the individual gold. In Palembang, Didal rolled her way into winning the women’s street skateboard gold. The celebrated men’s basketball team started out strong after routing Kazakhstan but lost by two-points to China in the group stage. The Gilas Pilipinas squad advanced in the quarterfinals but bowed down to South Korea by nine points eventually settling for a fifth spot in the classification phase after wins over Japan and Syria. The PHI finished with a 4-2-15 gold-silver-bronze haul and landed at 19th spot, three places higher that its 2014 finish in Incheon, South Korea.      Red Lions roar, Blue Eagles soar San Beda University continued its mastery over the NCAA as it annexed its third straight title and 22nd overall. The Red Lions grabbed its 11th crown in 13 years at the expense of Lyceum of the Philippines University. It was one-sided championship series – just like in their Finals meeting last year – with the San Beda ripping the Pirates apart in Game One with LPU playing sans its best player in CJ Perez, who was banned for one game after failing to notify the league of his intention to join the PBA Draft. Perez returned in Game 2 but even his presence didn’t stop the Red Lions from painting the NCAA red once again. In probably one of the most memorable UAAP season in recent years, Ateneo de Manila University won its second straight crown. Ivorian tower and Rookie of the Year 6-foot-11 Ange Kouame made an immediate impact for the Blue Eagles complementing the already stacked Ateneo squad led by Finals MVP Thirdy Ravena. But the glory of Ateneo was overshadowed by the Cinderalla story of the team it vanquished in the Finals. Climbing up from the cellar in the past years, University of the Philippines made history by making it in the Finals for the first time since winning it all in 1986. But before their championship stint, the Fighting Maroons ended a two-decade Final Four drought. UP then shocked twice-to-beat Adamson University with both games decided by game-winners. Ateneo came in the series as the title favorites but overwhelming support from a very hungry UP community and underdogs fans backed the Fighting Maroons. But in the end, it was the Blue Eagles championship experience that prevailed.       Pinoys make wave in MMA Fighters under Team Lakay flexed their muscles in One Championship. Flyweight star Geje Eustaquio opened the year with an interim championship win over former champion Kairat Akhmetov in Manila back in January. Eustaquio then defeated two-time champion Adriano Moraes in Macau last July to become the undisputed ONE Flyweight World Champion.  Joshua Pacio earned the ONE Strawweight World Championship last September after a unanimous decision win over two-time champion Japanese Yoshitaka Naito. Kevin Belingon dropped former world title challenger Andrew Leone with a now-famous spinning back kick in April. He followed it up with a dominating win over then-two division world champion Martin Nguyen to capture the ONE Interim Bantamweight World Champion. Belingon ended the five-year reign and seven-year winning streak of of long-time bantamweight king Brazilian Bibiano Fernandes in November via split decision.  Eduard Folayang outclassed Singaporean contender Amir Khan at ONE: Conquest of Champions in Manila in early December to bag the ONE Lightweight World Championship for the second time in his storied career.  BRAVE Combat Federation Bantamweight World Champion Stephen Loman successfully defended his title twice in 2018.  Reigning ONE Heavyweight World Champion Brandon Vera needed only 64 seconds to knockout hard-hitting Italian challenger Mauro Cerilli in Manila early December to remain the king of the ONE Championship heavyweight kingdom.    Petron, Creamline rule respective club leagues Creamline claimed its breakthrough championship in the Premier Volleyball League by sweeping PayMaya in the Reinforced Conference Finals series last July. Alyssa Valdez finally ended a two-year title drought with the Cool Smashers' victory. Creamline opposite hitter Michele Gumabao was named Miss Globe-Philippines during the Binibining Pilipinas 2018 last March. Gumabao represented the country in the 2018 Miss Globe in Albania last October and won the Miss Social Media and Dream Girl awards while landing a spot in the Top 15.     The Cool Smashers completed a sweep of the PVL’s Season 2 after claiming the Open Conference crown at the expense of Ateneo-Motolite via an emphatic series sweep this month. In the Philippine Superliga, Petron reigned supreme in the Grand Prix after taking down archrival F2 Logistics last May. Petron extended its supremacy in the sands after the tandem of Sisi Rondina and Bernadethn Pons defeated Dhannylaine Demontano and Jackielyn Estoquia of Sta. Lucia in the Challenge Cup final last May. The Cargo Movers got its revenge in the Invitational Cup, toppling the Blaze Spikers in a series sweep last July. Petron wrapped the year with the All-Filipino Conference in its pocket. The Blaze Spikers won its first 14 games before dropping Game 2 of the Finals. Petron swept F2 Logistics in Game 3......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsDec 30th, 2018

Basketball in 2018: The San Miguel takeover

It was another good year for basketball in 2018. In the case of the Philippine Basketball Association, they literally took one full year to complete. One year and two days actually. That's a lot of basketball. And that's just one league. Basketball die-hards were truly blessed in 2018. To be honest, some of the things that happened literally only about five months ago, seem like a long time ago. That's how crazy this year has been. In order to try and fit everything together in this year-end review, let's do things by category. Let's play ball.   SAN MIGUEL TAKEOVER Just to be clear here, by San Miguel, we mean San Miguel Corp. SMC teams continued to lord it over in basketball in 2018, at least on this part of the world. The flagship Beermen extended their dynasty in the Philippine Cup, beating Magnolia for a record four straight All-Filipino titles. [Related: June Mar scores 42 as Beermen complete Philippine Cup four-peat] Considering how easy they won this year and with significant upgrades present, it looks like there's still no stopping the San Miguel Beermen in the most prestigious tournament the Philippines has to offer. One team that did stop the Beermen this year were the Gin Kings of Brgy. Ginebra. With super import Justin Brownlee saving the day once again, Ginebra stopped San Miguel's Grand Slam drive for the second straight season, capturing the Commissioner's Cup in six games at the expense of the Beermen. [Related: Gin Kings dethrone San Miguel after sensational Game 6 win] The Gin Kings stay winning with Brownlee, if the guys makes the Finals, he's pretty much right on the money. Ginebra is a perfect three-fo-three in the Finals with Brownlee as import and in five conferences with the super scorer, the Gin Kings have made at least the semifinals each time. In the Governors' Cup, we got Manila Clasico in the semifinals and for a change, it was Magnolia that came out on top in an absolute classic of a series. [Related: Hotshots dominate Alaska to win Governors' Cup] The Hotshots used that momentum to win their first title since their Grand Slam season, completing an SMC Grand Slam in 2018. It's the first time in history all three San Miguel teams won a title in the same year. That alone makes 2018 special.   SAN MIGUEL TAKEOVER PART 2 After Gilas Pilipinas pretty much imploded on its own (more on that later), the San Miguel takeover has finally extended to the national team. [Related: Pressure mounts for Guiao with "best Philippine team ever"] The SMC stars were finally full force with Gilas and while the wins have not come just yet, it's pretty cool to see guys like Marcio Lassiter, Scottie Thompson, Greg Slaughter, and the rest of them play with the Gilas regulars of the yesteryears.   SAN MIGUEL TAKE OVER PART 3 Going away from the PBA a little bit, San Miguel stays winning as Alab Pilipinas brought the Asean Basketball League title back to the Philippine. Alab, with Jimmy Alapag coaching and Renaldo Balkman and Justim Brownlee as lead import, beat Thailand's Mono Vampire in five games for the title. [Related: Alab Pilipinas lights it up for country’s first title since 2013] It's the first ABL title for the Philippines since you guess it, San Miguel Beer's 2013 title with head coach Leo Austria and Asi Taulava.   BASKETBRAWLS Now we're getting to the good stuff. In a year where commotions were a little more common than usual, one very specific commotion managed to stand out. Actually, it was no mere commotion. It was a full-on fight. Back in July, Gilas Pilipinas engaged the Boomers of Australia in a massive brawl that resulted in ejections, suspensions, and fines that cost millions of pesos. [Related: 10 Gilas players suspended for brawl with Boomers] It also led to a national team coaching change and the San Miguel takeover in Gilas that we talked about before. In between, we actually finally saw Jordan Clarkson in Gilas Pilipinas so that counts as a win even though we only placed 5th in the Asian Games. [Related: ASIAN GAMES: Is Clarkson actually worth all that trouble for Gilas?] Ultimately, the sad and unfortunate event that was the Gilas-Boomers brawl casted a bad reputation on the Philippine national team, one that Gilas might take a while to recover from.   DUST-ED Another rather unfortunate event this year was Kiefer Ravena's FIBA suspension. [Related: Kiefer banned 18 months for using PEDs] We all know the story so let's not dwell to much about such a tragic event. Let's just patiently wait for the Phenom's comeback. August 2019 can't come soon enough.   LOOKING AHEAD If you thought 2018 was hectic, wait until we get to 2019. The ABL is already in full swing and Alab's title defense should get into high gear as the new year starts. The PBA opens a new season in January. Also, Gilas still has some stuff on the way with the national team's FIBA World Cup chase. We also host the Southeast Asian Games so that's another two weeks of basketball. Other opportunities include the Asia League, NLEX and Blackwater did well in their Super 8 stints in Macau and it's interesting to find out who's going to represent the country in the emerging power in Asia. [Related: Asia League boss wants more PBA teams in his tournaments] If you thought 2018 was filled with great basketball, you're right. 2019 should be no different.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsDec 26th, 2018

Barroca, Hotshots have little time to rest

Barroca, Hotshots have little time to rest.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsDec 24th, 2018

Hotshots to keep lineup intact

With their champion lineup to be strengthened with the return of Marc Pingris and the addition of draft recruit Mike Calisaan, Magnolia coach Chito Victolero is hopeful of another title run in the 2019 PBA Philippine Cup, which fires off Jan. 13......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsDec 23rd, 2018

PBA: Party time for Magnolia as Hotshots celebrate 14th title

It's officially party time for Magnolia. The Hotshots celebrated with their fans Friday at the San Miguel headquarters in Ortigas, two days after scoring their 14th title in franchise history. Magnolia beat Alaska in six games to win the 2018 PBA Governors' Cup. It was the team's first championship in four years or since the 2014 Grand Slam season. Present in the victory party are all members of the team led by Finals MVP Mark Barroca, Best Player of the Conference, and import Romeo Travis. "Thank you sa mga fans namin na pumunta dito, sana ngayon mag-enjoy lang tayo. Merry Christmas sa inyo and God bless," Barroca said. "Nagpapasalamat ako sa mga boss namin and sa lahat ng fans sa walang sawang suporta, sana hindi ito yung last natin, sana madagdagan pa," Paul Lee added. Lee won his first championship with Magnolia after arriving to the team two years ago via a blockbuster trade for James Yap. Romeo Travis, who also won his first PBA title, had a very short and sweet message. "Maligayang Pasko!" the import said. Magnolia's win allowed the Purefoods franchise to tie Alaska for second-most titles in PBA history with 14 each. San Miguel remains number one with 25 championships.     --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsDec 21st, 2018

After dominant 2018, San Miguel looks to replicate success

p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 12.0px 'Helvetica Neue'} p.p2 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 12.0px 'Helvetica Neue'; min-height: 14.0px} After a dominant showing in sports for 2018, San Miguel is looking to replicate the feat once again for 2019. The San Miguel-backed teams have thoroughly enjoyed success in the sporting scene, taking home championships in both basketball and volleyball. A triumvirate of the San Miguel Beermen, Ginebra Gin Kings, and the Magnolia Hotshots swept the PBA season and took home the three conference championships, a first. Alab Pilipinas, who is also sponsored by the conglomerate, waltzed its way to the ASEAN Basketball League plum earlier this year. Volleyball also saw the coronation of the Petron Tri-Activ Spikers twice in the Philippine Superliga this year. For San Miguel Corp. Sports Director Alfrancis Chua, the unprecedented success of the corporation’s teams were a result of a mixture of good management and relations between none other than SMC Chairman Ramon S. Ang to each of his squads. Also a factor was having an understanding of the sports they handle, which Chua said he did in handling the affairs of the PSL squad. “[H]ands-on talaga si Boss [Ramon S. Ang] eh. Sa lahat ng bagay. Talagang hands-on siya. Pati sa sports, alam niya ang lahat ng nangyayari. Siguro kung wala siya, iba ang mangyayari. Iba ang utak ng tao na yun. Kaya mahal na namin namin si boss RSA,” Chua said at the victory party of the Magnolia Hotshots at company headquarters in Mandaluyong. A continuous plan that has been going on for three to four years now, the conglomerate is now reaping the benefits of success, and aims to continue dominating the Philippine sports landscape for years to come. “We're not going to stop now. 2019, 2020, we have to find ways to make us competive,” Chua assured. “Hindi kami puwedeng tumigil. I told the coaches, I told the managers of the teams, we need to learn more. Lalo pang palakasin and mag-improve ang bawat team. “     ___   Follow this writer on Twitter, @philipptionary......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsDec 21st, 2018

Magnolia celebrates 14th PBA title in another banner year for SMC

The Magnolia franchise celebrated its 14th overall PBA title at San Miguel headquarters in Ortigas Friday night. "Let's just enjoy tonight!" Finals MVP Mark Barroca told the fans, who braved the Christmas traffic just to celebrate with their team. "I hope we partake in more events like this in the future," added coach Chito Victolero. The Hotshots ended a four-year title drought in the PBA at the expense of the Alaska Aces in Wednesday night's Governors' Cup Finals Game 6 in Antipolo. Magnolia's latest crown puts them in the ranks of other San Miguel teams that churned out successful campaigns this year. San Miguel Beer and Petron kicked off 2018 with respective titles...Keep on reading: Magnolia celebrates 14th PBA title in another banner year for SMC.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsDec 21st, 2018

Band of brothers | Inquirer Sports

Romeo Travis helped Magnolia to a hot start. Returning to a venue where he once dropped 50 points, Travis helped the Hotshots to an early 12-0 lead in Game 6 of the PBA Governors Cup Finals. The post.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philippinetimesRelated NewsDec 21st, 2018

PBA: Jalalon after 1st title: 'Ito magpapahaba ng career ko'

After a failed bid in college to give Arellano University an NCAA title, Jio Jalalon finally landed a big one but this time, it's in the PBA. Just before his second full season with the Hotshots ended, Jalalon helped Magnolia win its first championship in four years, beating Alaska in six games for the 2018 PBA Governors' Cup. Jalalon, who has earned his place in this team and in the league, is elated with his breakthrough title. He says this championship will be the key for him staying around for a very long time. "Tingin ko, ito na yung magpapahaba ng career ko," Jalalon said on his first title. "Kahit nakakuha na ako ng Finals, same pa rin. Same pa rin ako hanggang sa pagtanda ko," he added. Jio says this championship is extra special not only because it's his first but because of the struggles they went through as a team to get it. Magnolia missed out on the Finals despite making three straight semis in his rookie year. The Hotshots also got beat rather convincingly by San Miguel Beer for the 2018 Philippine Cup. "Grabe talaga, sobrang sarap pala sa pakiramdam na makakuha ng ganitong panalo," Jalalon said. "Yung paghihirap namin lahat ito na, lagi kami nagse-semis, naka-isa kaming Finals pero di namin nakuha. Pero ngayon binigay ni God, para sa amin na talaga. Yung hard work namin nagbunga na," he added. Now that he won his first title, Jio is motivated to keep working. But his motivations lie not just because he wants more titles, that's a given. Jalalon also wants to make his new-born daughter proud and provide for his growing family. "Yung baby ko talaga sobrang [nag-inspire] sakin. Paglabas niya parang lalo pa akong ganado magtrabaho," Jalalon said. "Para sa kanya, para hindi ko mapabayaan family ko. Thankful ako na dumating siya. Gift ni God para sakin," he added.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsDec 21st, 2018

Small ball scheme works for Hotshots

They call it small ball basketball......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsDec 21st, 2018

Accomplished Travis goes home for Christmas | The Manila Times Online

Magnolia import Romeo Travis is coming home to the United States a happy man to celebrate Christmas. After a forgettable 10-point output in the Hotshots 79-78 win in the previousREAD The post Accompli.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilanewsRelated NewsDec 21st, 2018

‘Why fix it if it’s not broken’: No trade talks for Magnolia after PBA title run

ANTIPOLO CITY---After four years of struggling to return back into its place at the top, Magnolia has finally figured out the winning solution to win a PBA championship. Players have come and go, most notablyfranchise's face in James Yap who was shipped Rain or Shine for Paul Lee, but the Hotshots' core, those who wore the old San Mig Coffee jersey, remained the pillar of success for the team. Mark Barroca won his second Finals MVP after the Hotshots wrapped up Alaska in Game 6 Wednesday while the older veterans Marc Pingris and PJ Simon provided emotional leadership. That's why Magnolia governor Pardo said that management has no plans to trade away its key players especiall...Keep on reading: ‘Why fix it if it’s not broken’: No trade talks for Magnolia after PBA title run.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsDec 20th, 2018