Knights, Supremos trounce MPBL foes

The San Juan Knights trounced the depleted Quezon City Capitals, 68-50, Monday night in the Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League Datu Cup at Filoil Flying V Centre......»»

Category: sportsSource: philstar philstarFeb 12th, 2019

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

Muntinlupa, QC trounce MPBL rivals

Quezon City and Muntinlupa routed their respective rivals on Tuesday night to pick up their second straight triumph in the MPBL Anta-Rajah Cup at JCSGO Gym in Quezon City. The Royal Manila-backed Capitals subdued the Imus Bandera-GLC Truck and Equipment, 84-75. The Cagers of Muntinlupa, being supported by Angelis Resort, dumped the Caloocan Supremos-Longrich, 89-76, in the other game of the tournament organized by Sen. Manny Pacquiao with former PBA MVP Kenneth Duremdes as commissioner. The Capitals turned to ex-La Salle stalwart PJ Barua in the early goings to take a 29-17 lead, then went to big man Jessie Collado in the second half to pick up their second win in as many games ...Keep on reading: Muntinlupa, QC trounce MPBL rivals.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsFeb 7th, 2018

MPBL: San Juan tightens grip on second spot in Northern Division

San Juan pulled off a crucial win over Paranaque, 87-77, last Wednesday to keep a hold of the second spot in the northern division of the 2018 Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League Datu Cup at the Filoil Flying V Arena in San Juan.   Meanwhile, Rizal stunned Imus, 85-73, to keep its flickering hopes for a playoff berth alive.   Despite playing without top gun John Wilson, the Knights showed a lot of firepower left on their arsenal as frontliners Larry Rodriguez and Larry Muyang did most of the damage.   Rodriguez, a PBA journeyman, finished with 18 points and seven rebounds while Muyang had a double-double effort of 11 points and 10 boards as the duo combined forces inside to terrorize the Patriots.   Former PBA champion Mac Cardona had another solid showing by producing 17 markers for the Knights, who picked up their 17th win in 21 games, the same record being held by the Manila Stars.   San Juan, which defeated Manila in the elimination round earlier, will move up to second spot by virtue of the win over the other rule. Only eight teams per division will advance to the quarterfinal round with the top four getting the home court advantage. All playoff matches will be played in a best-of-three affair, which will be paired according to their ranking.   Top teams in the north and south division will play the No. 8 seeds. No. 2 will face No. 7, No. 3 will square off with No. 6 and No. 4 will meet No. 5 in their respective divisions.   The champions in the north and the south will slug it out in a best-of-five series to determine the first ever MPBL National Champion......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJan 24th, 2019

Ababou s Pasig downs Cardona s San Juan in Chooks 3X3 preseason

MANILA, Philippines – Chooks-to-Go continues its inaugural 3X3 venture with the kickoff and preseason of the Chooks-to-Go 3X3 President's Cup at the Ynares Sports Arena on Monday, January 14. In the finals game of the 12-team, single round robin tournament, Pasig Grindhouse defeated the MPBL's San Juan Knights, 21-15. It was a ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJan 14th, 2019

Cocolife Tigers stun leading Knights, 87-75, in MPBL Datu Cup

Cocolife Tigers stun leading Knights, 87-75, in MPBL Datu Cup.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsJan 3rd, 2019

Road to 2020 Olympics via 3x3 basketball now underway

The Philippines' road to the 2020 Tokyo Olympics via 3x3 basketball has started. National team backer Chooks-to-Go, in partnership with the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas, is opening up the first-ever 3x3 league in the Philippines order to help the country pile up points in FIBA competitions. The end result is to have more than enought points to qualify for the Summer Games in 2020. "We are very excited with this 3x3 league backed by Chooks-to-Go. Ito yung unang pagkakataon natin na magkaroon ng liga for 3x3," said league commissioner Eric Altamirano Friday. "Though the point system of FIBA is complicated, it all starts by having a league," added Altamirano. "Then when we have a league, we can now join the World Tour which comprises of forty events. That's where all the points come from." To get the league starting, the first season will have 12 teams in total from MPBL club teams Manila Stars, Go for Gold-San Juan Knights, Bataan Risers, Bacoor Strikers, Valenzuela Classic, Marikina Shoemasters and Bulacan Kuyas. Also committing are the Zark's Burger-backed Quezon City, the Dondon Hontiveros-owned Cebu, and a team from from Davao Occidental and Pasig. The opening season will have six total legs to be played mainly in SM Malls. Each leg will have its own champion and after those six, the 12 teams will be ranked according to points and the top 4 are seeded to the quarterfinals. The rest will then figure in a knockout round. The champion team will win a nice P1,000,000 cash prize and will be given priority for the FIBA tour events abroad to represent the country. Pre-season starts January 14 at Ynares Pasig and in order to help the country earn points, Chooks-to-Go will also sponsore a grassroots program in Cebu early next year.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsDec 21st, 2018

Makati cruises to eighth win in a row in MPBL

Makati kept its streak going and notched its eighth straight win in its last elimination game of the year in the 2018 Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League Datu Cup at the Batangas City Coliseum last Wednesday.   The Super Crunch outplayed the Pasay Voyagers, 67-59, to fortify their chances of moving up further in this tournament. After picking up their 14th win in 18 games, the Super Crunch are now within striking distance of the third-seed San Juan Knights in the northern division. But host team Batangas City was not as successful in extending its winning run, this after Manila played the spoiler’s role.     The Stars turned to Chris Bitoon to lead them in a thrilling 80-79 win over the Athletics that stopped the host team’s seven-game win run.   Bitoon finished with 13 points, including the go-ahead layup that propelled Manilato its 15th win in 18 games, just a game behind tournament leader Bataan Risers.   The loss was the seventh in 18 games for the Athletics.     Bitoon, the spitfire guard, delivered the crucial basket in the last five seconds of the game as his getaway layup proved to be the difference..   The Athletics had one last chance of salvaging a win, but Jhaymo Eguilos missed a jumper, allowing the Stars to snatch their third straight since losing to San Juan......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsDec 20th, 2018

2018 PBA Draft Baller Breakdown: Bong Quinto

Ever since he was a young boy who grew up playing 3-on-3 streetball in Barangay Pasong Tamo, Quezon City, Kierjohn “Bong” Quinto dreamed about making it to the PBA. Tomorrow, his lifelong dream will finally be realized. The only question is, which team will draft the NCAA’s best small forward? STRENGTHS At 6’1”, Quinto was a match up problem for any team that faced the Letran Knights. Because of his strength, there was nobody in the NCAA who could handle him in the post. Quinto would attack the defense any way he wanted. If the defender was smaller, he would usually back him down and shoot a fadeaway. If the defender was bigger, he would face-up and make a powerful move towards the basket. Either way, it was easy money for Quinto. In his fifth and final season with the Knights, Quinto ranked 8th in scoring averaging 15.1 points a contest. He also averaged 8.1 rebounds and 6.5 assists, solid all-around numbers that earned him a spot in the Mythical Five. Prior to participating in Season 94, Quinto helped the Batangas City Athletics win the inaugural MPBL Championship, proof that he is experienced enough and ready for the physicality of the big boys in the PBA. WEAKNESSES At 6’1”, Quinto might be too small to be a forward in the PBA. Right now, he is labelled as a “tweener”. So, assuming he would have to play shooting guard, there’s a lot of aspects in his game that he has to work on. The first and obvious thing would be his shooting. Quinto only took 22 three-point attempts the entire NCAA season and made seven of them. He also rarely took mid-range jumpers because he didn’t have to. His shooting is a huge question mark as of the moment. In order to be effective in the pros, Quinto will have to show everybody that he has a shot because his “bully ball” style of play will not work on every one at this level. Another thing he will have to improve on is his speed. Although Quinto has shown surprising athleticism at times especially when he would dunk the ball during fast break opportunities where he found himself uncontested, his speed does not blow you away. If he really does makes the transition to the two in the PBA, he might have to shed off some excess pounds to be able to keep up with explosive guards like Chris Newsome or Terrence Romeo.    .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsDec 15th, 2018

Caloocan routs Pampanga, keeps hopes alive in MPBL

The chase for a top eight berth in the MPBL Datu Cup remains doable for the Caloocan Supremos and on Wednesday night, the Longrich-backed squad played its best game of the season on its way to a 78-62 win over the Pampanga Lanterns-ADG Construction at the Caloocan Sports Complex......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsDec 13th, 2018


MPBL DATU CUP 2018 Live! #mpbl #DatuCup #LigaNgBawatPilipino December 10, 2018 Venue: PEOPLES CENTER CAPITOL DRIVE, BALANGA CITY, BATAAN 1st Game: General Santos Warriors vs Manila Stars 2nd Game: Bataan Risers vs San Juan Knights The Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League (MPBL) is a regional men’s semi-professional basketball league in the Philippines. The MPBL originated with… link: The MANILA STARS are CAPITALIZING on the MISTAKES of the GENSAN WARRIORS – Manila Video.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilainformerRelated NewsDec 12th, 2018

What the Bataan Risers can learn from their loss to San Juan

The Bataan Risers fell to the San Juan Knights, 67-61, in their MPBL showdown. What happened and how can the Risers learn from this?.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsDec 11th, 2018

Bataan coach Jojo Lastimosa ready for MPBL showdown with San Juan

Bataan's Jojo Lastimosa speaks ahead of the Risers huge clash with the San Juan Knights in the Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsDec 10th, 2018

Makati routs Caloocan; Mandaluyong stuns Bulacan in MPBL

The Makati Super Crunch smothered the Caloocan Supremos, 79-57, on Monday to continue their rise in the Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League Datu Cup......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsDec 4th, 2018

Knights trounce Warriors; Stars too strong for Steel

The San Juan Knights stormed ahead in the third quarter then cruised to an 86-76 conquest of the General Santos City Warriors in the Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League Datu Cup......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsNov 30th, 2018

MPBL: Zamboanga comes from behind to frustrate Caloocan

Zamboanga shackled Caloocan in the last seven minutes as the Valientes were able to hold their rivals without a field goal on their way to a 72-67 come from behind triumph in the 2018 Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League Datu Cup at the Strike Gymnasium in Bacoor. Trailing by seven, 62-55, after Rene Pacquiao scored on a lay up in the 7:08 mark of the final period, the Valientes then worked double time on the defensive end and shut down the Supremos. In between the stops made by Zamboanga, Reed Juntilla caught fire to complete the team’s comeback. The former Barako Bull player nearly single handedly outscored the Supremos  in the entire fourth period as he knocked in 13 of his 18 points. The Supremos could only come up with 13 markers in the fourth and all of their points in the last seven minutes came via free throws before Paul Sanga hit a buzzer-beating triple at the end of regulation for the final tally. With the win, Zamboanga got back on the winning track, picking up its sixth win in 13 games and moving up to the eighth spot of the southern division of this tournament.  The Supremos absorbed their first back-to-back losses since acquiring Almond Vosotros, the tournament’s leading scorer, who was just held to only eight points. They picked up their 10th loss in 14 games to stay at 11th spot. Parañaque survived Imus in a thrilling finish, 82-81, to move up to fifth spot in the southern division. Mac Montilla hit a backbreaking trey while Robin Roño played a career game and made the crucial free throws that ensured for the Patriots their eighth win in 15 games. Montilla’s triple in the 1:48 mark of regulation shoved the Patriots ahead, 80-76. After both teams traded unproductive thrusts, Gab Banal finally stopped the bleeding with a drive to the basket that put the Strikers within a basket. Forced to give up a foul, the Strikers sent Roño, who hit two free throws in the last 19 seconds, but Bacoor refused to quit as Mark Montuano knocked in a triple from deep right, putting his team within striking distance, 82-81, with six seconds to go. Off an inbound play, Montuano forced an error on Roño, who lost control of the ball at the baseline, allowing Bacoor to map up a final play.   Banal, who was playing steadily all game long, turned from hero to goat as he drove to the basket, but decided to pass it out at the last second as time expired......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsNov 16th, 2018

Richard Escoto looks forward to playing for MPBL s Bataan Risers

When his UAAP career is done — whenever it ends — Richard Escoto will rejoin FEU teammates Achie Iñigo and Barkley Eboña as well as former college foes Jeepy Faundo (UST), Vince Tolentino (Ateneo), Jayjay Alejandro (NU) with the Bataan Risers......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsNov 14th, 2018

Bong Quinto returns to MPBL in Batangas takedown of San Juan

Not even a week after his collegiate career came to an end, Bong Quinto has come back to play for Batangas as they ramp up their playoff push in the 2018 Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League Datu Cup. Quinto did not skip a beat and made an immediate impact for the Athletics, backstopping red-hot Jeff Viernes in their statement victory versus powerhouse San Juan, 85-78, last Wednesday at home in the Batangas City Coliseum. The Colegio de San Juan de Letran standout scored 16 points to go along with four rebounds and two assists while Viernes had 21 markers, five boards, and four dimes of his own in Batangas’ seventh win in 13 games. Quinto was a big part of the Athletics’ championship in the league’s inaugural staging before focusing on his final year for the Knights in the NCAA. John Wilson paced the MPBL’s Knights with 16 points. They now stand at 10-3. Meanwhile, Makati bested Bulacan, 99-94, behind Cedric Ablaza. Ablaza posted an 18-point, 11-rebound double-double to lift the Skyscrapers to 8-4 while also dropping the Kuyas to 8-5......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsOct 31st, 2018

Knights frustrate Strikers for 10-2 MPBL record

What was billed to be a tight fight between San Juan and Bacoor turned out to be a show of force for the Knights Thursday night......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsOct 26th, 2018

Knights frustrate Strikers for 10-2 MPBL record - Philippine Star

Knights frustrate Strikers for 10-2 MPBL record - Philippine Star.....»»

Category: newsSource:  googlenewsRelated NewsOct 26th, 2018

Another big game from Vosotros sends Caloocan streaking in MPBL

Almond Vosotros, the newest Supremo, delivered once again to give Caloocan its second straight win in the 2018 Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League Anta-Datu Cup. A longtime member of the Gilas Pilipinas program, Vosotros came away with 21 points, including a free throw in the dying seconds that ensured the Supremos' 74-69 triumph over the Imus Bandera last Wednesday at the Imus Sports Complex. Following back-to-back victories in the tournament, Caloocan has improved its win-loss record to 4-8 in the tough northern division. Vosotros, who had a brief stint playing in the PBA for the Blackwater Elite, made that possible after averaging 22 points per game in his first two outings. The loss was the first at home for the Bandera, who now slipped to 5-6 after suffering their third straight loss. Earlier, Valenzuela got back on the winning track and won its first game under new head coach Eric Samson as the Classic won over the Pampanga Lanterns, 90-82. Paolo Hubalde had a breakout game, finishing with 25 points. He capped his game-long brilliance by adding 10 rebounds to come away with a double-double effort. Kido Cabrera and Chris de Chavez added 11 points apiece while Floyd Dedicatoria and Ford Ruaya chipped in 10 each in a display of balance firepower by Valenzuela.   The win was also a promising sign for Samson, who filled in the void left by former PBA mentor Chris Gavina. Gavina stepped down form his post after the Classic struggled in the elimination round, paving the way for the entry of Samson......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsOct 25th, 2018