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SAP Bong Go to play for Muntinlupa in MPBL opener

BONG GO is set to see action for Muntinlupa in the MPBL opener against a Mandaluyong squad led by Ray Parks on June 12 at the Araneta Coliseum.Special Assistant to President Rodrigo Duterte, Go par.....»»

Category: newsSource: manilanews manilanewsJun 9th, 2018

Gutsy Batangas crowned as first-ever king of MPBL

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

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsApr 19th, 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

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

MPBL warns Parks: Repeat offense may lead to severe sanction

MANILA, Philippines – The Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League (MPBL) Commissioner's Office warned Mandaluyong player Ray Parks on Saturday, June 16, for his disparaging statements after his team lost to the Muntinlupa Cagers during the league opener. Parks, a two-time Asean Basketball League (ABL) Most Valuable Player, took a swipe at the officiating and even ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJun 16th, 2018

Gerald Anderson on MPBL stint: ‘Mas pangarap ko ‘to kaysa mag-artista’

Gerald Anderson was alongside ABL champion and UAAP MVP Ray Parks Jr. as one of the faces of the 2018 Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League Anta Datu Cup. Come opening day on Tuesday at the Araneta Colseum, however, unfortunately, the Kapamilya star was unable to make his long-awaited debut. Anderson stood from the sidelines in street clothes as the rest of the Marikina Shoemakers downed the General Santos Warriors, 88-81. Asked why he wasn’t suited up post-game, he answered, “Yung usual injury ng player. Nagkataon lang na nangyari sa akin week before (first game ng MPBL).” As it turns out, the Ikaw Lang ang Iibigin star suffered a hamstring injury not even a week before the MPBL’s opening day. “Sinubukan ko gawin lahat. Medyo malungkot at broken-hearted nga ako kanina,” he shared. He then continued, “Matagal ko ‘to inabangan, but ganun talaga.” And so, Anderson will have to wait nine more days to finally get to play in the semi-pro league. From now until then, Marikina will do nothing but look for big things from their Filipino-foreigner. As head coach Elvis Tolentino put it, “Aside kay Yves [Sazon], kay Gerald, malaki expectations ko.” The good news for the Shoemakers is that Anderson is only ready and raring to return their trust in him – especially as it is his dream to play with them. “Kung mataas expectation niya sakin, lalo na ako kaya nga kung walang taping, may (training) session ako sa bahay,” he said. He then continued, “Iba na ‘to e. ‘Di ‘to basta-bastang liga. Mas pangarap ko nga to kesa mag-artista e.” Hopefully, his dream finally turns into reality when Marikina takes on Muntinlupa in Laguna on June 21. --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJun 12th, 2018

Bobby Ray Parks, El Tigre make MPBL debut vs Cagers

Bobby Ray Parks debuts for expansion team Mandaluyong as the El Tigre face the Muntinlupa Cagers in an explosive Independence Day opener of the Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League tonight at the Smart Araneta Coliseum......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJun 12th, 2018

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

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

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsApr 17th, 2018

Batangas-Tanduay zeroes in on inaugural MPBL crown

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

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsApr 15th, 2018

Batangas eyes 2-0 edge

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

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsApr 13th, 2018

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

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

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsApr 5th, 2018

Stephens wins battle of frenemies at Australian Open

By John Pye, Associated Press MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Sloane Stephens advanced at the Australian Open at the expense of her former doubles partner Timea Babos in a second-round match the women's tour billed as a battle of the so-called "frenemies." Fifth-seeded Stephens, the 2017 U.S. Open champion, dominated the Rod Laver Arena opener 6-3, 6-1 on Wednesday but Babos kept her working by saving 18 of the 23 break points she faced. The pair combined to win three junior Grand Slam doubles titles — the French, Wimbledon and U.S. Open — in 2010. Stephens said she knew what to expect from Babos but that didn't make it any smoother. "I just had to hang in there and be patient," she said. Stephens will next play No. 31-seeded Petra Martic, who beat Marketa Vondrousova 6-4, 7-5. Under sunny skies and an expected high temperature of 29 Celsius (84 Fahrenheit), local hope Ashleigh Barty was due to play the second match on the main show court against Wang Yafan. This is the first time since 2014 that Stephens has put back-to-back wins together at Melbourne Park. She reached the fourth round in 2014, a year after making a run to the semifinals. "It's tough getting back into the swing of things," Stephens said of her preparation for the season-opening major, which this month included first- and second-round losses in Brisbane and Sydney. "It's a little bit toasty, but a beautiful place to play." In other early women's matches Wednesday, Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova eliminated ninth-seeded Kiki Bertens 3-6, 6-3, 6-3 to reach the third round of a major for the first time since her quarterfinal run here in 2017, and Aliaksandra Sasnovich beat 20th-seeded Anett Kontaveit 6-3, 6-3. No. 19-seeded Caroline Garcia advanced 6-3, 6-3 over Zoe Hives 6-3, 6-3. Defending champions Roger Federer and Caroline Wozniacki were in action later Wednesday, as well the No. 2-ranked players Rafael Nadal and Angelique Kerber......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJan 16th, 2019

Rule of Thirds

The one college season that changed Thirdy Ravena's varsity career forever was the one where he didn't play a single UAAP basketball minute. It was the darkest chapter in his young Ateneo career, and one that seemed to reinforce a popular knock on him: In a family of champions, Ferdinand Ravena III was never the first in line. "I'll be honest with you; I grew up living under Kiefer's shadow and my dad's shadow. Always being compared," Thirdy told the Inquirer. There was no escaping it. Every talk about him inevitably drew out mentions of the successes of his brother Kiefer and father Bong---a former pro who was the PBA's Rookie of the Year in 1992. And that one season cha...Keep on reading: Rule of Thirds.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJan 14th, 2019

Ginebra rolls in 4th, beats TNT in season opener

BULACAN, Philippines---Barangay Ginebra got off to a good start in its 2019 campaign after rolling past TNT, 90-79, in the PBA Philippine Cup opener Sunday night at Philippine Arena. This wasn't the first time the two teams opened a PBA season in the same venue as they also played in the first game of the 2014-15 Philippine Cup with the Gin Kings taking the 101-81 win over the KaTropa. Ginebra had a blistering start in the fourth quarter going on an 18-6 run to take an 81-66 lead after Greg Slaughter's three-point play with 6:26 left in the game. "The opening game is always tough, you can often times start lethargic and we're not in great shape," said Ginebra head coach Tim ...Keep on reading: Ginebra rolls in 4th, beats TNT in season opener.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJan 13th, 2019

Azkals draw strength from Filipinos in UAE | Inquirer Sports

Limited to a cameo in the AFC Asian Cup opener against South Korea, Philippines skipper Phil Younghusband hopes to play a bigger role as the Azkals attempt to reach the next round in the continents bi.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philippinetimesRelated NewsJan 12th, 2019

Makati s MPBL win run goes on; QC gets payback on Manda

Makati picked up where it left off in the latter stretch of 2018 and started the new year on a winning note to extend their streak in the Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League Datu Cup. The Super Crunch outlasted the Pasig Pirates, 76-71, to sustain their winning run and notch their ninth straight victory.  With the win, Makati has improved its win-loss record to 15-4 to climb into a tie for third spot with idle San Juan in the tough northern division of this tournament. But in picking up their latest win, the Super Crunch had to endure a hard test and head coach Cholo Villanueva admitted his squad’s struggles. “You can see that we’re a bit sluggish. This is our first game in three weeks and most of the players are still on a vacation mode,” added Villanueva. “But this win means a lot because we were able to climb to third spot and has a chance to improve further.” Leading the way for the Super Crunch was veteran Mark Isip, who knocked in 11 of his 19 points in the opening quarter to keep a hold of the rest of the team. The Super Crunch extended their winning run to nine a row and they are the second hottest team in the tournament after the Tigers of Davao Occidental, who are having a 12-game winning streak. Joseph Sedurifa added 12 while Jeckster Apinan and John Rey Villanueva had 11 apiece for Makati. Pasig absorbed its 15th loss in 18 games to stay at the cellar. Earlier, Quezon City settled an old score with Mandaluyong by winning, 86-76, in the other game. It was a rematch of the game that was ordered to be replayed after the Capitals filed a protest on the El Tigre for fielding in Ronjay Buenafe, who was ineligible to play......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJan 9th, 2019

PBA: Rookie Bong Quinto looking to make the most of opportunity given by Meralco

Former do-it-all Letran forward Bong Quinto was definitely the surprise of the 2018 PBA Draft.  Not because he was taken too early, but rather because many believe he was taken way too late.  Quinto was expected to be a top-five pick, or at least in the first round, but instead fell to the second pick of the second round, taken by the Meralco Bolts.  Immediately, analysts and experts already labeling him as the year's draft steal.  While being overlooked by the other teams still stings a bit for the former Knight, now it's all about proving that they made a mistake by passing him up.  "Syempre, kahit ako din minsan, iniisip ko na dapat nasa first round ako, pero kailangan mag-move on talaga doon, tapos ginawa ko na lang siyang motivation para i-prove yung sarili ko na deserving din naman ako sa first round," Quinto shared with ABS-CBN Sports.  The important thing is that now, he's on a PBA team, and as expected, there's a bit of an adjustment period.  "Sobrang laking adjustment talaga, kasi yun nga, dito kailangan speed talaga, kailangan mabilis ka." "Sobrang nag-aadjust pa talaga ako, kasi bagong mga teammates, bagong pakikisama ulit, mga bagong coaches, so medyo naninibago ulit ako sa sistema, kasi sa Letran, basa-basa lang. Dito read, tsaka kailangan mabilis ka talaga," he continued.  Back in college, Quinto was a bruising three that could easily play as a four. Now however, he's in the big leagues, and he'll need to adjust to playing a smaller position.  "Sa ngayon, kinakapa ko pa yung movement, yung mga galaw nila, pinag-aaralan ko pa yung skills nila, kung saan sila malakas, ganun. Ako gusto ko i-improve yung passing and yung dribbling, kasi dito mag-guard na talaga ako eh, tres na yung laro ko dito, hindi na ako pwede mag-big man dito. Yung scoring din, kailangan mo i-prove sa kanila na hindi sila nag-kamali sa pag-pick sa akin." More than anything, Quinto is excited to give back to the Meralco side for giving him the opportunity of realizing a dream by playing in the PBA.  "Sobrang excited ko na kasi dream ‘to eh, pangarap ‘to. Panghahawakan ko lang talaga na wag sayangin yung opportunity na binigay nila." "Sana makatulong ako sa team,sa Meralco, kasi siyempre pangarap ko na makapaglaro sa PBA, and sila yung nakapag-bigay ng opportunity sa akin, so bibigay ko talaga yung best ko para makatulong sa team," he concluded. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJan 9th, 2019

Azkals’ realistic goal

DUBAI---Even before the rash of upsets hit the 2019 AFC Asian Cup, the Philippines has already started plotting its way out of the group stage in its debut in the most prestigious football tournament in the continent. On the eve of their Group C opener against South Korea at Al Maktoum Stadium, the Azkals learned that defending champion Australia got stunned by Group B fourth seed Jordan, 1-0, in Al-Ain. Back at the posh Conrad Hotel along Sheikh Zayed Road, where the team is billeted, the Azkals saw India stun Group A second seed Thailand, 4-1, in Abu Dhabi. The Azkals are the fourth seeds in Group C with China and Kyrgyzstan, which play in Al-Ain also on Monday night. A...Keep on reading: Azkals’ realistic goal.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJan 8th, 2019

PBA: Finally, Columbian has a point guard to drive the Dyip

Columbian’s first overall pick in the 2018 PBA Draft was a no-brainer – of course, they were going with former NCAA MVP and do-it-all swingman CJ Perez. However, the Dyip’s second selection in the first round took just about everybody by surprise as they went with pint-sized playmaker JP Calvo. This, with the likes of more heralded Colegio de San Juan de Letran teammate Bong Quinto still on the board. For head coach Johnedel Cardel, though, Calvo’s drafting was a no-brainer as well. “Alam ko kung anong kulang sa team. I have all the scorers so what I need is the one pure point guard who can carry the team,” he said. He then continued, “Kelangan ko yung nag-iisip kung paano ma-run yung team. That’s Calvo.” And in his first game for Columbian, tuneup as it was, the former court general of the Knights wasted no time proving his worth. He scored six points all while spearheading the attack that also allowed teammates such as Perez to shine as they routed Northport, 97-83, at The Hardcourt on Monday. “Calvo nga is a pure point guard so I give all the confidence to him. Sabi ko nga sa kanya, point guard is the problem of the team before,” coach Johnedel said. He then continued, “Walang problema if you’re small, basta you have a big heart.” Indeed, there’s reason for the Dyip to hope that Calvo is the pure point guard they have been missing ever since the days of LA Revilla and Nico Elorde. With the 11th overall pick in the fold, natural off-guards Rashawn Mccarthy and Jerramy King, and even Perez, will no longer be forced to play the point. Even better, Calvo is nothing but ready and raring to take his place as Columbian’s starting point guard. “Ako naman, ready ako lagi. Gagawin ko lang talaga yung best ko para makatulong sa team,” he said. —— Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJan 7th, 2019

Pasig, Muntinlupa win, establish MPBL records

Pasig started the new year with a bang, breaking its losing skid in the MPBL Datu Cup while Muntinlupa completed the night of record-breaking performances Thursday at the Alonte Sports Arena......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJan 4th, 2019

Muntinlupa shackles Pasay; Pasig escapes Quezon City in MPBL

Chito Jaime and Allan Mangahas both reached the 500-point plateau as they powered the Muntinlupa Cagers past the Pasay Voyagers, 80-67, in the Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League Datu Cup......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJan 4th, 2019