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MPBL: Batangas wards off Mandaluyong; Caloocan subdues GenSan 

The Batangas City Athletics flashed vintage form to keep the Mandaluyong El Tigre at bay, 61-57, Thursday night in the Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League Datu Cup......»»

Category: sportsSource: philstar philstarOct 12th, 2018

Bulacan beats Batangas in duel between MPBL pioneers

Jay-R Taganas imposed his will on the undersized frontline of inaugural champion Batangas before carrying Bulacan in keeping in step with the top teams in the 2018 Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League. Taganas only fired eight points, but was a monster on the glass with 17 rebounds as the Kuyas downed the Athletics, 63-54, last Tuesday at home in the Bulacan Capitol Gymnasium. The burly big man was backstopped by Hans Thiele who had 11 points and six boards of his own while Jerrick Canada guided the attack with nine markers and 13 assists. With everybody doing their part, the home team scored their sixth win in eight games – remaining well within striking distance of Northern Division pacesetters San Juan, Bataan, Manila, and Mandaluyong. For Batangas, Moncrief Rogado and Lester Alvarez scored 13 points apiece. They dropped to 2-5 in the season. Meanwhile, Basilan barged back into the win column by dropping Caloocan, 92-84. Dennis Daa was a force with 25 points and nine rebounds to lift the Steel to a 3-4 standing. With the loss, the Supremos fell to 2-5. --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsAug 29th, 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

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

GenSan, Basilan upset Bulacan, Manda in MPBL

It was a night of upsets in the 2018 Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League Anta-Datu Cup last Tuesday as General Santos and Basilan, two teams from Mindanao, pulled off shocking victories over fancied rivals to boost their playoff aspirations. The Gen San Warriors overcame a sloppy first half with a more solid effort in the next 20 minutes to turn back the Bulacan Kuyas in a low-scoring game, 56-43, at the JRU Gym in Mandaluyong. Held to an all-time low 12 points at the half, the Warriors worked double time on the defensive end and limited the Kuyas to only 20 points in the second half. With their defense starting to work wonders, the Warriors then unloaded 24 more points than their rivals’ total second half production to pull off a come from behind victory.  It was the third straight win by Gen San which has now forged a four-way tie for the fourth to seventh spots along with Zamboanga, Bacoor, and Laguna in the Southern Division, all of them carrying 4-4 win-loss slates. Delmar Mahaling finished with 15 points while Marlon Basco chipped in 11 for the Warriors, who held the Kuyas to 43 points, the lowest produced by any team in a game. In playing their worst game ever, the Kuyas absorbed their third loss in nine games. Basilan completed the night of upsets with a stunning 70-68 against of Mandaluyong which lost a game playing in front of its hometown crowd for the first time in the tournament. The Steel came out to spoil the home party as Clark Bautista and Dexter Garcia combined forces in the fourth quarter. It was the fourth win in nine games for the Steel who also dealt the El Tigre their second loss in eight matches......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsSep 19th, 2018

Parks sets MPBL record in El Tigre win; GenSan holds on

Ray Parks notched another double-double and this time, the Mandaluyong El Tigre ended up winning after beating Zamboanga Valientes, 71-61, in the 2018 Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League Datu Cup Saturday night at Imus Sports Complex in Cavite. Parks collected 13 points and an MPBL record 15 assists to lead the El Tigre to their first win. The 6-foot-4 guard's sterling showing came 10 days after recording 21 points and 10 rebounds in his MPBL debut in an 86-74 loss to the Muntinlupa Cagers at Araneta Coliseum. Meanwhile, the General Santos Warriors also chalked up its first victory after holding off the Imus Bandera, 79-73. Leomer Losentes led the way for the Warriors with 20 poi...Keep on reading: Parks sets MPBL record in El Tigre win; GenSan holds on.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJun 23rd, 2018

MPBL inaugural champ Batangas sends statement at expense of QC

Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League inaugural champion Batangas has wasted no time in proving it remains one of the top teams now in the 2018 Anta Datu Cup. Leaning on former pros Bong Galanza and Dennice Villamor, the Athletics fought off a late rally by expansion team Quezon City for a 95-90 decision on Wednesday at the Caloocan Sports Complex. Galanza, who last played for Mahindra (now Columbian), was red-hot in his league debut and wound up with a game-high 28 points while former Ginebra Gin King Villamor had for himself a 20-point, 12-rebound double-double in their season-opening win. It was also those two who connived in the fourth, delivering the clutch makes even as the Capitals had a 31-point outburst in the quarter. The two new recruits were backstopped by a couple of players who had already played for Batangas when they won the championship last conference. Paul Varilla tallied 15 points, seven rebounds, and five assists while Teytey Teodoro chipped in 11 markers of his own. QC was at the losing end in its debut even after ex-PBA D-League standout Jay Collado’s 21-point, 12-rebound effort as well as 19 points from former University of Sto. Tomas hero Jojo Duncil. Meanwhile, home team Caloocan made good use of its homecourt advantage, burying Pasig in the final frame for a 91-81 come-from-behind win. The Supremos (1-0) had six players in double-digits led by Mar Villahermosa who had 18 points on top of six rebounds and three assists. Bernzon Franco paced the Pirates (0-1) with 15 points. --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJun 14th, 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

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 News16 hr. 6 min. ago

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

The MANILA STARS are CAPITALIZING on the MISTAKES of the GENSAN WARRIORS – Manila Video

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

PVL: It will be a hard series -- Almadro

Ateneo-Motolite head coach Oliver Almadro expects nothing but an all-out war when the young and energetic Lady Eagles march into battle against veteran-laden, powerhouse team Creamline Wednesday in Game 1 of the best-of-three Premier Volleyball League Season 2 Open Conference at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan. "The Finals series will be tough for us. We are a collegiate team learning towards the UAAP. It will be hard series," said Almadro, whose wards collide with the Cool Smashers at 6:00 p.m. in the match that will air live on LIGA SkyCable Channel 86, LIGA HD SkyCable Channel 183 and via livestream.  The Lady Eagles took then long route to advance into the Finals, needing to complete a comeback from a 0-1 semis series deficit against seasoned but luckless BanKo. Ateneo-Motolite dropped a five-set series opener before shocking the Perlas Spikers with a dominating sweep in Game 2 last Saturday to force a decider. Just a night after their big win, the Lady Eagles went down to a 0-2 match hole before recovering in the third. Ateneo-Motolite survived an extended fourth set and needed to save six match points in the decider to punch the last championship seat ticket. Almadro said that his team, which he considers as a ‘guest team’ in the season-ending conference for clubs has already overachieved with a Finals stint. The mentor knows that they are facing a tough team composed of established stars in Alyssa Valdez, Jema Galanza, Michele Gumabao, Pau Soriano, a very skilled setter in Jia Morado and libero Mel Gohing, but he wants to treat this series as a learning experience for his team.      "We are just happy that we are here and we will give our best. Creamline is a very disciplined and experienced team. So we will learn from them," said Almadro, who will lean on solid middle blockers Maddie Madayag and Bea De Leon, hitter Kat Tolentino, Ponggay Gaston, playmaker Deanna Wong and rookie Vanessa Gandler. The two teams split their series head-to-head with Creamline sweeping the undermanned Ateneo-Motolite, which played without Gaston, Madayag and Tolentino because of academic requirements, in the first round. The Lady Eagles were able to get payback in the second round in Batangas in five sets with the Cool Smashers missing the services of Risa Sato. Game 2 of the series is on Saturday at Batangas City Coliseum while Game 3, if needed, is at the FilOil Flying V Centre on Sunday.       --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsDec 4th, 2018

MPBL: Batangas Athletics and Makati Super Crunch sustain winning streaks

BATANGAS and Makati cities continued to roll in the MPBL Datu Cup after coming up with similar victories over their respective rivals at the Marist School Gymnasium Monday night......»»

Category: financeSource:  bworldonlineRelated NewsNov 20th, 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

Alvarez propels Batangas past Rizal

Lester Alvarez sparkled with a career-best 23 points as Rajah Cup champion Batangas City outlasted Rizal, 92-90, late Wednesday night for its fourth straight victory in the Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League (MPBL) Datu Cup at Ynares Center in Antipolo.   With top gun Jeff Viernes struggling, Alvarez carried the fight early, hitting six treys, before teammates Bong Quinto and Jhaymo Eguilos finished off the Crusaders, combining for nine of their team's last 11 points.   Makati also continued its winning ways as the Super Crunch used a strong finish to overcome Zamboanga, 77-65, for a third straight victory.   Jeckster Apinan had 19 points off the bench...Keep on reading: Alvarez propels Batangas past Rizal.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsNov 9th, 2018

Laguna, Pampanga survive MPBL rivals in pair of thrilling matches

Home team Laguna and Pampanga pulled off similar thrilling victories over their respective rivals last Wednesday to keep their hopes alive for a playoff berth in the 2018 Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League Datu Cup in the Alonte Sports Arena in Binan.   Raymond Ilagan, a power forward with a decent touch from the perimeter, scored the Heroes’ last four points to tow the Heroes to a pulsating 76-72 triumph over undermanned Mandaluyong El Tigre. With his team clinging to a shaky 73-72 lead, Ilagan received a cross court pass from Michael Mabulac and nailed a mid-range jumper from the right wing with 19 seconds to go. The El Tigre had a chance to knot the count at the other end, but Josan Nimes missed a potential game-tying triple from the left corner as Ilagan pulled down the rebound and was fouled in the process. He split his charities for the final tally. Mandaluyong played without five key players in the lineup who are bound to join Alab Pilipinas in the Asean Basketball league – Ray Parks Jr., Prince Rivero, JR Alabanza, and brothers Axel and Thomas Torres. The El Tigre also played without Mac Cuan, an assistant coach at Alab, and in his absence, his brother Japs took over. Earlier, Pampanga survived Navotas, 89-88, in an equally exciting game. The two teams which figured in a trade a few weeks ago were trying to measure which of them got the better end of the deal and Levi Hernandez, the player whom the Lanterns acquired in a trade with Marlon Gomez, proved his worth. He came up with big plays, including a three-point basket off an inbound play that brought his team back to life from the brink of losing the match. His trey shoved the Lanterns within 88-86 with 20 seconds left. For Navotas, the costly errors and two missed free throws from Jai Reyes led to their endgame meltdown. A backcourt violation on Kris Porter off an inbound play allowed the Lanterns to map up a play and Juneric Baloria, who breezed past Donald Gumaru, picked up a foul from his man, resulting to two free throws that tied the game at 88-all. In the next play, the Clutch turned the ball over and Hernandez, who stole the ball from Ron Dennison, was fouled during a breakaway play. He split his charities for the final tally. But Navotas had several chances along the way as JImbo Aquino, who was fouled in Pampanga’s next play missed both charities and Reyes had to rush to the other end before he was fouled. Reyes, normally a cool and calculating guard, missed both free throws before a jump ball situation was called by the referees during a rebound struggle. The possession arrow went to Navotas, which had the last crack of mapping up a play. The play was intended for Dennison for an alley-oop, but it was tapped and went to Michole Sorela who missed a short stab as time expired.  .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsNov 1st, 2018

Laguna escapes Mandaluyong in MPBL

The Laguna Heroes struggled past depleted Mandaluyong El Tigre, 76-72, Wednesday night in the Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League Datu Cup at the Alonte Sports Arena......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsNov 1st, 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

Struggling Mandaluyong meets Laguna; Navotas, Pampanga clash in MPBL

Tamed in the last four outings, Mandaluyong tries to snap skid as it takes on host team Laguna in the resumption of the MPBL Datu Cup at the Alonte Sports Complex in Biñan, Laguna......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsOct 30th, 2018

Struggling Mandaluyong meets Laguna; Navotas, Pampanga clash in MPBL

Tamed in the last four outings, Mandaluyong tries to snap skid as it takes on host team Laguna in the resumption of the MPBL Datu Cup at the Alonte Sports Complex in Biñan, Laguna. Source link link: Struggling Mandaluyong meets Laguna; Navotas, Pampanga clash in MPBL.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilainformerRelated NewsOct 30th, 2018