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MPBL: Helterbrand never says die as career continues now in Imus Bandera

Jayjay Helterbrand was nearly two years into his retirement from professional basketball. The keyword being, was. That's because the Ginebra franchise icon has decided to play ball once more, this time in the MPBL with the Imus Bandera. And those about to enjoy watching "The Fast" back in the basketball court can thank the UNTV Legends Cup for this development. "I was playing with the legends group and I think that got my juices flowing," he told reporters in the MPBL Lakan Cup's opener last Wednesday. "That made me think I can play again." Indeed, judging from what he has been doing with the Ginebra Legends, Helterbrand still got game. In fact, he even put up a triple-double in their rivalry game opposite the Purefoods Legends last February. The now 42-year-old made it clear, however, that he has never lost his love for basketball. "Actually, I still got the passion for the game. Just to make it simple and sweet, I just miss playing," he said, talking about his decision to suit up yet again. Helterbrand also made it clear, though, that of course, he is far from 100 percent just yet. "As of now, I've only had one practice under my belt. This ain't no joke because you're going to be running up and down the court so there's no way I can be able to keep up after two years," he shared. He then continued, "But it's a long season so hopefully, I can get in shape slowly and surely." Yes, make no mistake about it, the Gin Kings' legend is in Imus to stay. "I'm here for the long haul," he expressed. And he is nothing but grateful for the Cavite-based team for this brand new opportunity. "They were all very supportive. They welcomed me with arms wide open so I'm really excited to play and be part of Imus," he said. For that, Helterbrand promises to do nothing but repay the Bandera's trust. "I told the other guys that I'm just here to help the younger guys. I just want to be a good example to them and guide them," he said. He then continued, "Whatever I can add on the court itself is just a bonus." Jayjay Helterbrands makes his MPBL debut later at 9:00 p.m. against the Caloocan Supremos. Kapamilyas all over the world will be able to witness it on ABS-CBN S+A Channel 23, ABS-CBN S+A HD Channel 166, LIGA SkyCable Channel 86, LIGA HD SkyCable Channel 183, and iWant. --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJun 13th, 2019

MPBL: Big Mac Andaya bringing veteran experience to young Valenzuela

Veteran big man Mark "Big Mac" Andaya is gearing up for his third Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League season, and he'll be suiting back up for a familiar franchise in the Valenzuela Classic.  Andaya began his MPBL career with the Classic in the 2018 Rajah Cup before jumping to Mandaluyong before the start of the 2018-2019 Datu Cup.  Big Mac's stint with the El Tigre didn't last too long, as he found himself headed to the Pasig Pirates midway through the season.  The move to Pasig proved to be beneficial for Andaya, as he saw more playing time, and in turn put up better numbers, averaging 10.5 points, nearly seven rebounds, and three assists in 20 minutes per game.  Andaya's efforts were not able to steer Pasig to a winning record however, as they finished with a league-worst 4-21 record.  Now, Andaya hopes to be able to bring his veteran presence to a young Valenzuela squad.  "Siguro yung postives lang dun is, when I played with another team, nagkaroon ako ng opportunity na mapakita and ma-showcase talaga yung talent ko," Andaya told ABS-CBN Sports. "Siyempre pag-sinabing ex-pro, matanda or mabagal or mahina na, pero dito, nagkaroon ako ng avenue na mapakita sa tao talaga na kaya ko pa maglaro and I’m sure the stats say so. Almost double-double naman ako para sa Pasig, so feel good naman yun para sa sarili ko, na mapatunayan ko sa sarili ko na I can still play, para looking forward to the next season, kung saan man ako maglaro, now sa Valenzuela, ma-carry over ko yung positives na nakuha ko playing for Pasig ngayon sa Valenzuela." Valenzuela finished with a better record than Pasig in the Datu Cup, but still could not crack the top-eight of the Northern Division, therefore falling short of a playoff berth.  With the right mix of preparation and fine tuning, Andaya believes that this Classic squad has what it takes to make a post-season run.  "Ako di umabot ng playoffs with Pasig, yung Valenzuela hindi din umabot, pero I think I know what I can do and bring to the table, na maging stabilizer sa ilalim, rebounds, depensa, and yung leadership, kasi puro bata ang Valenzuela, apat lang ata kami na ex-pro," Andaya explained. "So sana, with kaunting fine-tuning sa play, sa jelling and sa leadership from me and the other veterans, everybody steps up, yung mga kaunting game na kulang pa namin, I’m sure makukuha na namin yung important wins for us to be able to make it to the playoffs." Andaya is one of only three ex-pros on the Valenzuela Classic roster, along with Paolo Hubalde and Hans Thiele.  Expected to step up for Valenzuela this season will be new acquisitions in former Marikina Shoemaster Erwin Sta. Maria as well as Jason Varilla.  Andaya meanwhile noted that Chris and Carlo De Chavez and Kido Cabrera are some of the guys he sees producing quality minutes for the Classic.  "Yung galing America, yung de Chavez brothers, I see a very good potential from them, also si Kido Cabrera, siguro reliever kay Paolo kasi magaling siya sa ball-handling tsaka stabilizer din. So far, yung tatlong yun." The goal for the Classic this season is simply to make the Playoffs, says Andaya. "Napag-usapan namin, maka-pasok lang muna kami sa Playoffs. We have to work hard to make it to the Playoffs, and then from there, let’s see kung saan kami aabot. Yun muna, Playoffs muna.".....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJun 11th, 2019

MPBL: Manila Stars aiming for better finish in Lakan Cup

All things considered, the Manila Stars had a pretty good campaign in the 2018-2019 Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League Datu Cup.  The Stars finished the elimination round with a 20-5 slate and went as far as the Divisional Finals, where they fell to eventual National Champions San Juan Knights in three games.  With their maiden season in the books, Manila is now looking to put on an even better showing in the upcoming MPBL Lakan Cup.  "It was good season for the Manila Stars, lalong-lalo na sa akin, kasi siyempre may Divisional Finals appearance," said Stars playmaker Chris Bitoon. "Makikita mo talaga yung players na gumagaling sa Divisional Finals eh, yung mga nag-iisip." "Sana ngayong dadating na MPBL, makakapag-laro ulit kami sa Divisional Finals, para yung bawat isa sa amin, mag-improve pa," he continued.  Bitoon himself had a pretty good maiden season in the league, averaging just under 15 points, nearly four rebounds, and four assists per game, good for a spot in the All-MPBL First Team.  And while an individual achievement is always nice, Bitoon maintains that it's just a bonus. The main goal remains the same, and that's to go far into the postseason.  "Sa akin, yung pagiging kasama ko sa First Team, bonus na lang ‘yun, talagang ginawa ko lang yung trabaho ko, pero sana ngayon yung expectation is makapag-laro muli kami sa Divisional Finals, ma-feel yung crowd na ganun ka-lakas yung sigawan, sana ma-bless kami ni God na makapag-laro ulit doon." With another Divisional Finals, and even a National Finals stint on their crosshairs, Bitoon says that a 'more organized' Manila Stars squad plans on taking things step by step, and among those steps is adding some depth in their roster.  "Siguro yung Manila Stars ngayon, mas naging-organized, naging organized, nag-recruit din kami ng mga bagong players, mga potential players na alam naman namin na makaka-tulong sa team namin," Bitoon shared. Among those new recruits include former PBA All-Star Carlo Lastimosa, former Mandaluyong standout Gian Abrigo, and former De La Salle Green Archers Jollo Go and Mark Dyke, and former UST Growling Tiger Marvin Lee.  The Stars hope that these additions will more than make up for the loss of forward Riel Cervantes.  "Sana, ngayong darating na season, siyempre step-by-step, makapag-laro kami ng Finals, pero ang nasa isip muna namin ngayon ay bawat game eh, elimination, Divisional Finals, then yung National Finals," Bitoon added.  With so much new blood injected into the Stars' system, Bitoon is confident that he and fellow All-MPBL First Teamer Aris Dioniso will have a lot of help in the coming conference.  "Laging sinasabi ng coach namin na kahit sinong pwedeng ipasok, makaka-contribute eh. Siguro sa amin ngayon, kailangan lang namin na mag-tiwala sa isa’t-isa eh, hindi pwedeng kami lang ni Aris Dionisio, Chris Bitoon. Kailangan lang namin mag-tiwala sa isa’t-isa. Andiyan naman yung mga ex-pro pa namin na maasahan." Right now, Bitoon is relishing the opportunity that the MPBL has given him, and playing for the capital city's home team has given him the perfect avenue to showcase his skills.  "Sobrang saya kasi ultimo mga bata, hanggang sa mga matatanda, mga nanay, talagang naka-support sa amin eh. Pag pumupunta kami sa venue namin sa practice, may mga ‘Idol, idol!’, magpapa-picture sila, kaya sobrang nakaka-proud kasi kahit hindi ka kilala, kahit hindi ka galing sa malaking school, nabibigyan ka ng halaga sa Manila."   The 2019-2020 MPBL Lakan Cup begins on Wednesday, June 12, 4:00 PM at the Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City. Catch it LIVE on ABS-CBN S+A channel 23!   .....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJun 10th, 2019

MPBL: Manila Stars aiming for better finish in Lakan Cup

All things considered, the Manila Stars had a pretty good campaign in the 2018-2019 Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League Datu Cup.  The Stars finished the elimination round with a 20-5 slate and went as far as the Divisional Finals, where they fell to eventual National Champions San Juan Knights in three games.  With their maiden season in the books, Manila is now looking to put on an even better showing in the upcoming MPBL Lakan Cup.  "It was good season for the Manila Stars, lalong-lalo na sa akin, kasi siyempre may Divisional Finals appearance," said Stars playmaker Chris Bitoon. "Makikita mo talaga yung players na gumagaling sa Divisional Finals eh, yung mga nag-iisip." "Sana ngayong dadating na MPBL, makakapag-laro ulit kami sa Divisional Finals, para yung bawat isa sa amin, mag-improve pa," he continued.  Bitoon himself had a pretty good maiden season in the league, averaging just under 15 points, nearly four rebounds, and four assists per game, good for a spot in the All-MPBL First Team.  And while an individual achievement is always nice, Bitoon maintains that it's just a bonus. The main goal remains the same, and that's to go far into the postseason.  "Sa akin, yung pagiging kasama ko sa First Team, bonus na lang ‘yun, talagang ginawa ko lang yung trabaho ko, pero sana ngayon yung expectation is makapag-laro muli kami sa Divisional Finals, ma-feel yung crowd na ganun ka-lakas yung sigawan, sana ma-bless kami ni God na makapag-laro ulit doon." With another Divisional Finals, and even a National Finals stint on their crosshairs, Bitoon says that a 'more organized' Manila Stars squad plans on taking things step by step, and among those steps is adding some depth in their roster.  "Siguro yung Manila Stars ngayon, mas naging-organized, naging organized, nag-recruit din kami ng mga bagong players, mga potential players na alam naman namin na makaka-tulong sa team namin," Bitoon shared. Among those new recruits include former PBA All-Star Carlo Lastimosa, former Mandaluyong standout Gian Abrigo, and former De La Salle Green Archers Jollo Go and Mark Dyke, and former UST Growling Tiger Marvin Lee.  The Stars hope that these additions will more than make up for the loss of forward Riel Cervantes.  "Sana, ngayong darating na season, siyempre step-by-step, makapag-laro kami ng Finals, pero ang nasa isip muna namin ngayon ay bawat game eh, elimination, Divisional Finals, then yung National Finals," Bitoon added.  With so much new blood injected into the Stars' system, Bitoon is confident that he and fellow All-MPBL First Teamer Aris Dioniso will have a lot of help in the coming conference.  "Laging sinasabi ng coach namin na kahit sinong pwedeng ipasok, makaka-contribute eh. Siguro sa amin ngayon, kailangan lang namin na mag-tiwala sa isa’t-isa eh, hindi pwedeng kami lang ni Aris Dionisio, Chris Bitoon. Kailangan lang namin mag-tiwala sa isa’t-isa. Andiyan naman yung mga ex-pro pa namin na maasahan." Right now, Bitoon is relishing the opportunity that the MPBL has given him, and playing for the capital city's home team has given him the perfect avenue to showcase his skills.  "Sobrang saya kasi ultimo mga bata, hanggang sa mga matatanda, mga nanay, talagang naka-support sa amin eh. Pag pumupunta kami sa venue namin sa practice, may mga ‘Idol, idol!’, magpapa-picture sila, kaya sobrang nakaka-proud kasi kahit hindi ka kilala, kahit hindi ka galing sa malaking school, nabibigyan ka ng halaga sa Manila."   The 2019-2020 MPBL Lakan Cup begins on Wednesday, June 12, 4:00 PM at the Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City. Catch it LIVE on ABS-CBN S+A channel 23!   .....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJun 10th, 2019

Cesafi MVP Rey Suerte says he’ll play for Batangas in MPBL

Cebu City, Philippines—Reigning Cesafi MVP Rey Anthony Suerte is in for a busy basketball year as he divulged that he would be playing for the 2018 Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League champions Batangas Athletics once his UAAP stint is done. The University of the Visayas (UV) product recently played for the Chelu Revellers in the PBA […] The post Cesafi MVP Rey Suerte says he’ll play for Batangas in MPBL appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJun 6th, 2019

Derek Ramsay joins Batangas Athletics for next MPBL season

Actor Derek Ramsay will suit up for Batangas City Athletics in the next season of the MPBL. “I love the game of basketball. Joining the team is an honor. I always considered myself an athlete before an actor. I know there will be haters and people who will doubt me, but that’s okay. This is a challenge that I’ve decided to take on. I hope to help the team in any possible way I can,” Ramsay said. This is not the first time for the television and movie personality to play basketball in the big leagues as he was previously with the Kettle Korn team in the now-defunct Philippine Basketball League. “Derek is not only a good actor, but a good basketball player as well. We are happy to have him on our team,” Batangas City team manager Gerry Tee said. Tee said that Ramsay will see action in the opening game of the MPBL at the MOA Arena on June 12. He will also play in their Dubai game in September. The Athletics were crowned the inaugural champions of the amateur league and then reached the South Division Finals in the Datu Cup before falling to Davao Occidental......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMay 25th, 2019

MPBL: Ramsay syut sa Athletics

NAKATAKDANG maglaro ang aktor na si Derek Ramsay para sa Batangas City-Tanduay Athletics sa ikatlong season ng Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League (MPBL).The post MPBL: Ramsay syut sa Athletics appeared first on Abante News Online......»»

Category: newsSource:  abanteRelated NewsMay 24th, 2019

Derek Ramsay pasok sa MPBL

Manila, Philippines – Hindi lang pang-all-star sa galing ang mga manlalaro sa Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League (MPBL) kundi star-studded din dahil madadagdagan pa ng isang artistang manlalaro ang liga. Maglalaro para sa Batangas City Athletics-Tanduay […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  remateRelated NewsMay 21st, 2019

Ex-UAAP standouts Arvin Tolentino, Kib Montalbo join MPBL

    MANILA, Philippines – Former Far Eastern University standout Arvin Tolentino and La Salle captain Kib Montalbo lead the latest batch of collegiate stars set to join the Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League (MPBL). Batangas City Athletics, the inaugural staging champion, tapped the services of Tolentino, while the retooled Makati Super Crunch ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsMay 7th, 2019

Red alert na! Pumapalyang mga planta?

Ni: Louie C. Montemar “Tinatamaan na ng brownouts ang Quezon City, Valenzuela, Navotas, Caloocan, at Malabon. Sumunod sila sa Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, at Bulacan. Dumanas na ng rotating brownouts ang mga lugar na ito at malamang na patuloy pa ang pagdurusa nila sa tag-init.” Nang magsimulang lumabas ang mga yellow alerts, pahayag ng Department of […] The post Red alert na! Pumapalyang mga planta? appeared first on PINAS......»»

Category: newsSource:  pinasglobalRelated NewsApr 28th, 2019

Phelps goes berserk in 4th as Phoenix wards off Star

Game Saturday (Batangas City) 5 p.m. – TNT KaTropa vs San Miguel.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsSep 2nd, 2016

P6.8M halaga ng shabu, nasabat sa Mandaluyong buy-bust ops

Manila, Philippines – Tinatayang aabot sa P6.8 milyon ang halaga ng shabu na nasabat sa tatlong suspek na naaresto sa ikinasang buy bust operation sa isang gasolinahan sa Shaw Boulevard sa Mandaluyong City. Batay sa ulat, inaresto ang mga suspek na kinilalang sina Raihana Pontino, Aliola Sultan, at Assir Panggaga nang bumungad sa pulisya ang […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  remateRelated News8 hr. 33 min. ago

Magsyota huli sa akto: Sakto sa pot session

HULI sa akto ang magsyota habang sumisinghot ng shabu sa loob ng bahay ng isang construction worker sa Caloocan City, kahapon ng madaling araw. Kinilala ang mga naa­res­­tong suspek na sina Monaliza Alapide, 47 anyos, repacker, residente sa Wyoming St., at Cirilo Paz Jr., 50 anyos, ng Santiago St., kapwa residente sa Vista Verde Executive Village Kaybiga, ........»»

Category: filipinoSource:  hatawtabloidRelated News10 hr. 33 min. ago

Davao Occidental, Imus flying to Dubai for MPBL games

MANILA, Philippines – The Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League (MPBL) is going international. Set to play in Dubai on September 27 and 28 are the Davao Occidental Tigers and the Imus Bandera, with a third team yet to be named, which will be part of the Lakandula Cup regular schedule. MPBL Commissioner ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated News12 hr. 20 min. ago

Caloocan cop’s trial for boy’s murder set

The Caloocan regional trial court (RTC) has ordered the trial for murder of a police officer who stands accused of shooting a six-year-old boy......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated News15 hr. 20 min. ago

Barkong pumapalaot malapit sa Reed Bank, nasunog

Manila, Philippines – Nasunog ang isang barko sa karagatang malapit sa Reed Bank noong gabi ng Sabado, ayon sa Philippine Coast Guard (PCG). Buhat sa Singapore at patungo na sa ruta ng Batangas ang barkong MV Diamond Highway, na isang car carrier at pag-aari ng kompanyang K Line, ayon sa pahayag ng PCG ngayong Lunes. […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  remateRelated News20 hr. 46 min. ago

Batangas-bound ship catches fire near Recto Bank

MANILA, Philippines – A car carrier ship was abandoned near Recto Bank (Reed Bank) in the West Philippine Sea after catching fire, the  Philippine Coast Guard  (PCG) announced on Monday, June 17. According to PCG Spokesman Captain Armand Balilo, foreign counterparts sent them an alert that a certain M/V Diamond Highway operated by K-line was "on fire ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJun 17th, 2019

Host Batangas, Nueva Ecija subdue separate rivals

Host Batangas, Nueva Ecija subdue separate rivals.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsJun 16th, 2019

Liza Del Rosario boosts title hopes in Philippine Open bowling

Defending champion Liza del Rosario got off to a rousing start to book a ticket to the women’s open masters championship round of the Philippine International Open Tenpin Bowling Championships at the Coronado Lanes at Starmall, Mandaluyong City......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJun 16th, 2019

Sta. Lucia Realty back in the game

“We did not intend to be in the MPBL right now,” Pasig Sta. Lucia Realtors team manager Buddy Encarnado reveals. “But now that we’re here, we’re here for the long term, out of love for basketball.”.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJun 16th, 2019