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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

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

Djokovic lines up Dimitrov in 2nd round at Queen’s Club

LONDON --- Novak Djokovic's first appearance at Queen's Club in eight years was successful when he put away Australian qualifier John Millman 6-2, 6-1 on Tuesday. Djokovic, entered as a wild card, will play second-seeded Grigor Dimitrov in the second round. Also, Milos Raonic, runner-up to Roger Federer last week in Stuttgart, won his opener when Indian qualifier Yuki Bhambri retired hurt while trailing 6-1, 3-1. Djokovic's comeback from right elbow surgery in January has been gathering pace after reaching the Rome semifinals and French Open quarterfinals. He leads Dimitrov 6-1 in career matchups. Dimitrov, the 2014 Queen's champion, struggled past Damir Dzumhur 6-3, 6...Keep on reading: Djokovic lines up Dimitrov in 2nd round at Queen’s Club.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJun 19th, 2018

After MPBL disappointment, Abu Tratter gets call from Gilas for Asiad

MANILA, Philippines – After a disappointing attempt at the Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League (MPBL), things are looking up for Gilas cadet Abu Tratter. Tratter, who was set to play for the Bataan Defenders, will be a part of the 12-man Philippine team that will see action in the Asian Games ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJun 18th, 2018

MPBL warns Parks after controversial statements

The Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League Commissioner's Office has issued a statement regarding Mandaluyong player Ray Parks' controversial statements right after his team's opening day loss to the Muntinlupa Cagers. In a letter addressed to Parks, MPBL commissioner Kenneth Duremdes told the budding hoops star that he has to abide by the league's rules and regulations now that he is "part of the MPBL family." Duremdes added that repetition of a similar incident would result into a more severe sanction. "While it's true that everyone can express their opinion, please bear in mind that you are now part of the MPBL family. You are now representing the MPBL," Duremdes wrote. ...Keep on reading: MPBL warns Parks after controversial statements.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJun 17th, 2018

Ramos blasts listless Blackwater: We didn t play with any effort

Blackwater is already eliminated in the race for a quarterfinals spot in the PBA Commissioner's Cup but for head coach Bong Ramos that is no excuse for them to stop playing proper basketball......»»

Category: newsSource:  philippinetimesRelated NewsJun 16th, 2018

As Saudis wilt on field, kingdom pursues soccer power grab

By Rob Harris, Associated Press MOSCOW (AP) — The Saudis have ambitions to seize control over parts of international soccer. Losing 5-0 by Russia in the World Cup opener shows they might have bigger problems at home. Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman had to endure the humiliation in the stadium on Thursday, with Saudi Arabia's mauling in Moscow coming at the hands of a side just below the Saudis in the FIFA rankings. Coach Juan Antonio Pizzi studiously sidestepped a question about whether his federation had been distracted lately. But it has. Just when the Saudis had a first World Cup appearance in 12 years to prepare for, the federation has been mounting a power grab of soccer far beyond the kingdom. What appears the creation of just another bureaucratic institution within the sport could actually have wider ramifications. On its face, the establishment of the South West Asian Football Federation by the Saudis, including the United Arab Emirates and Pakistan, to help to develop the game appears a benevolent undertaking, especially when the existing regional governing body is so vast. "Football is about growth and if you don't grow economically, socially, technically, you will not be moving," Saudi federation president Adel Ezzat told The Associated Press. "It's not enough for us to be in the World Cup. "We have a vision that an Asian country will win the World Cup one day, but there must be a start for that. Football is underdeveloped in many areas in Asia." Is the Asian Football Confederation to blame? "Ambitions have to be higher than winning the Asian Cup," Ezzat said. Confederation president Sheikh Salman, a Bahraini, said he "had no objection to the creation of SWAFF as long as it remains as a football body outside of the AFC's zonal structure." Scratch deeper below the surface and the true objectives of the new body seem a little cloudy. It is unclear why SWAFF is required when there are already regional offshoots of the AFC, including the West Asian Football Federation, which is led by Jordan's Prince Ali bin Al-Hussein who resisted an attempt by the Saudis to seize power of his organization before the new regional force emerged. "It will help Asia and it will help FIFA," Ezzat told The Associated Press. "We don't see anything wrong creating that connection between the south and the west. Football needs to grow." Ezzat maintained that SWAFF had followed the right legal steps to avoid breaching the rules of world football's governing body. Ezzat said FIFA governance committee head Mukul Mudgal had been dispatched by FIFA President Gianni Infantino to the SWAFF meeting on May 31 in Jeddah. The Indian judge denied he was in attendance. SWAFF said the founding members also include Pakistan, Sri Lanka, India, Nepal, Bangladesh, Bahrain, Maldives, Yemen, Oman and Kuwait. Oman Football Association General Secretary Said Othman Al Bulushi told the AP his nation was waiting to assess the statutes and legality of the body within FIFA before confirming its membership. The entire Gulf is not in SWAFF. Take a look at the map and three countries in particular are missing: Iran, Qatar and Yemen. "It's not about the geographic map," Saudi federation president Adel Ezzat said. "It's about zones." Could it also be about politics? For three years, a Saudi-led coalition has been trying to drive out Iranian-aligned Shiite rebels known as Houthis from Yemen to break the civil war in the Arab world's poorest nation and restore the exiled government. Across the Gulf, the Saudis are part of a quartet, including the UAE, Egypt and Bahrain, which has spent the last year putting the squeeze on Qatar. Diplomatic ties with the energy-rich country have been severed amid allegations that Qatar supports extremist groups in the region, which Doha denies. The Qataris, though, have plowed ahead with preparations to host an event that will put them at the center of the world's attention: the next World Cup in 2022. Ezzat won't discuss Qatar, or the 2022 World Cup. Turki Al-Sheikh, head of Saudi Arabia's General Sports Authority, has been less circumspect, demanding earlier this year that Qatar be stripped of the hosting rights if corruption around its bid was proven. For now, in Saudi sights is Qatar's flagship sports network, which owns exclusive Middle East and North African rights to the World Cup. The BeIN Sports coverage of the Russia World Cup opener was watched across Saudi Arabia — but on a pirate channel. The beoutQ signal is transmitted by a Riyadh-based satellite provider, whose largest shareholder is the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Still, the BeIN coverage was seized on by Al-Sheikh to threaten legal action against the network for "wrongdoings against KSA, its sports and officials, and for exploiting sports to achieve political goals." In a tweet, Al-Sheikh added Friday that this "proves Saudi authorities' true stance when banning this network from airing on its soil." Soccer's world body, though, is finally intervening. FIFA said it is "exploring all options to stop the infringement of its rights, including in relation to action against legitimate organizations that are seen to support such illegal activities." What FIFA would not say is whether Infantino raised Qatar's concerns when he watched the opener in the Luzhniki Stadium alongside the Saudi crown prince. Infantino has been a keen visitor to Saudi Arabia over the last year, including meeting King Salman, as intrigue has swirled about the country's role in a consortium's plans to underwrite $25 billion to launch a vastly expanded Club World Cup and an international Nations League. "He knows for a fact the importance of Saudi Arabia in the region," Ezzat said. "That's why I believe he is paying a lot of attention to Saudi Arabia. ... That's a very important sign. (FIFA) know this country can play a very important role in the development of football." Infantino, though, said he believed the backing for the new competitions was "not part of a wider Saudi sports grab." The proposals have stalled because of opposition within the council to Infantino's secrecy over the financial backers. Growing football is part of a sweeping "Vision 2030" plan to wean Saudi Arabia off its near-total dependence on oil money. Prince Mohammed is trying to push Saudi Arabia to become a more cosmopolitan nation that appeals to international investors. Ezzat wants to create new soccer competitions under the auspices of SWAFF and invite countries to participate from beyond the region — particularly Europe. "The country is going through an important change," Ezzat said. "Football can be a catalyst for change. The FIFA president I'm sure knows this very well. ... My country can play an important role in football." Just not the Saudi national team at the moment......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJun 16th, 2018

Ramos blasts listless Blackwater: We didn’t play with any effort

Blackwater is already eliminated in the race for a quarterfinals spot in the PBA Commissioner's Cup but for head coach Bong Ramos that is no excuse for them to stop playing proper basketball. Although talking in a calm and posed way, Ramos' words ripped at his players after the Elite lost to Meralco 102-75 Friday at Mall of Asia Arena. "We didn't play with any effort today, it's as if we didn't even show up for the game," said Ramos in Filipino. "That's all I can say, we didn't show anything for this game. They seemed content with their performances in our previous games and it seems they left me hanging in midair." The Elite settled for a disappointing 1-9 record in the con...Keep on reading: Ramos blasts listless Blackwater: We didn’t play with any effort.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJun 15th, 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

MPBL: Marikina, Muntinlupa get opening day wins

Marikina and Muntinlupa were off to a strong start in the Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League Datu Cup after opening day wins at Smart Araneta Coliseum on Tuesday. The Muntinlupa Cagers spoiled the debut of Ray Parks and the Mandaluyong El Tigre, 86-74. Allan Mangahas paced Muntinlupa with 16 points, six rebounds,and five assists, while Parks… link: MPBL: Marikina, Muntinlupa get opening day wins.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilainformerRelated NewsJun 12th, 2018

MPBL: ‘Winning attitude’ carries Marikina s Yves Sazon to career night

In the opening match of the 2018-2019 MPBL Anta Datu Cup, Marikina Shoemasters guard Yves Sazon immediately claimed the spotlight, as he dropped a career-high 33 points to go with ten rebounds, helping lead the Shoemasters to an 88-81 win over the GenSan Golden State Warriors, Tuesday evening at the Araneta Coliseum. For Sazon, the career-best outing was the product of the mentality instilled in them by head coach Elvis Tolentino. “Ang laging sinasabi ni coach, yung mentality naming, kailangan winning attitude.” Sazon said after the opening day win. Tolentino and Sazon both transferred to the Marikina expansion team after representing the Navotas Clutch in the 2018 MPBL Anta Rajah Cup. Sazon also plays for Tolentino with the Philippine Christian University Dolphins. “Yung last season ko, natuto na ako sa mga mali ko. Dito, iniimprove ko yung mga dapat ko gawin, lalo na sa offense and defense.” Sazon added. Early on, it was clear that Sazon had the hot hand, as he finished the first half with a game-high 22 markers. For the 22-year old Pampanga native, getting the opening day win was the motivation for the offensive explosion. “Excited ako maglaro eh, kagabi pa lang.” Sazon said. “Gusto ko talaga manalo, first game. Iba kasi dala ng first game para sa team.” If game one was any indication of who’s going to be the go-to-guy for the Shoemasters moving forward, then it’s pretty clear that Sazon is Marikina’s man. The fact that he’s already familiar with Coach Tolentino’s system surely doesn’t hurt either. “About sa sistema, compatible talaga, sobra, kay Coach Elvis, ganun naman last season kay Coach Elvis, kaya wala naman masyado adjustment sa Marikina.” “Yung pakikisama sa new teammates, okay naman lahat. Sa system, no problem.” Sazon added. Sazon will look to follow up on his career-high outing with another impressive performance as he and the Shoemakers take on the Muntinlupa Cagers on Thursday, June 21st......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJun 12th, 2018

Pacquiao says no imports in MPBL for now until future

The 2018 Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League is underway. This, even after the league encountered much turbulence due to a rule that states that each of its 26 teams could only have one Filipino-foreigner. Amidst all the controversy and criticism, the fledgling league stayed steadfast in its course of action. “We’re just a growing league. The vision of the league is to give a chance to homegrown players,” commissioner Kenneth Duremdes said in the owners’ meeting during the heat of the issue last May. He then continued, “‘Di naman kasi ganun kalaki ang players sa probinsya kaya ganun. Step-by-step tayo kasi nga we’re striving to be a place for homegrown players.” And now, the league is rolling without having to change course. “Balanse yung liga natin kasi istrikto naman tayo (sa) players. Bawal yung Fil-foreigner above 6-4 tapos isa lang bawat team,” founder Sen. Manny Pacquiao told reporters in the opener on Tuesday at the Araneta Coliseum. He then continued, “Wala ring imports.” And for now until the foreseeable future, the MPBL will remain filled with Filipinos. Asked if they have plans to open the door for foreign reinforcements a la the PBA, Pacquiao answered, “Wala muna. Nasasapawan kasi ang mga Pilipino.” That is nothing but good news for the many, many hopefuls in this basketball-crazed country. As the boxing legend put it, “Maraming nakapaglaro (dahil sa MPBL). Actually, nagkaubusan na nga ng players dahil sa MPBL.” --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJun 12th, 2018

Balanced Muntinlupa spoils Ray Parks Jr.’s MPBL debut

Mandaluyong has the brightest star the Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League. In the opening of the 2018 Anta Datu Cup, however, Ray Parks Jr. was no match for the balance and chemistry of Muntinlupa. The Cagers drew contribution from up and down the roster to overwhelm the star-studded El Tigre, 86-74, on Tuesday at the Araneta Coliseum. Chito Jaime topped the scoring column for last conference’s runners-up with 17 points points, but he definitely wasn’t alone as four other players were also in double-digit scoring. It was that all-out effort that erased a nine-point deficit in the second quarter for Muntinlupa and erected a 46-36 advantage in its place at the half. Mandaluyong would not be able to threaten for the remainder of the game as Parks Jr. was slowed down by foul trouble. In the end, Allan Mangahas had 16 points, six rebounds, five assists, and two steals; Felix Apreku had a 10-point, 16-rebound double-double; and Dave Moralde had 12 points and five assists as the Cagers began this conference on the right foot. The same could not be said for the El Tigre who are widely regarded to be one of the contenders in the conference, but stumbled out of the gates. ABL champion and UAAP MVP Parks Jr. tallied 21 points, 10 rebounds, and four assists in his debut. However, only Jeoff Javillonar was there to backstop him with 14 markers of his own. --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJun 12th, 2018

Parks-powered El Tigre debut vs Munti Cagers

Ray Parks sets out for a new challenge as he banners the Mandaluyong El Tigre who are making their debut in the Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League (MPBL) on Tuesday at Smart Araneta Coliseum. Winner of Most Valuable Player awards with National U in the University Athletic Association of the Philippines (UAAP) and Alab Pilipinas in the Asean Basketball League (ABL), Parks shifts his focus on the El Tigre as they tackle the Muntinlupa Cagers at 9:30 p.m. in the opening night of the Anta-Datu Cup. Newcomers Marikina and General Santos City square off shortly after the 7 p.m. opening ceremony. The Shoemakers are pinning their hopes on veterans Warren Ybaez and Erwin Sta. Maria as...Keep on reading: Parks-powered El Tigre debut vs Munti Cagers.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJun 11th, 2018