Ex-Alaska import Chambers helps Pinoy educators in the US

Sean Chambers saw the bulk of his basketball career as an import for Alaska from 1989 to 2001, distinguishing himself as one of the most successful reinforcements in the PBA. Filipinos love him and he even called the Philippines his second home. Even with his jersey long been retired, Chambers is still giving something back to the Filipinos.   Now a middle school administrator back in the States in the Sacramento City Unified School District in California, the 52-year-old former cager is instrumental in helping Filipino educators land teaching jobs. “It’s pretty neat because right now within my district we have brought over 24 Filipino teachers to come work in our schools because we were short of teachers,” Chambers told ABS-CBN Sports on Sunday when he watched the 80th UAAP men’s basketball Final Four match between Far Eastern University and Ateneo de Manila University at the Big Dome. With 81 schools under SCUSD, Chambers said that Filipino teachers are very in demand and in his little way helped pave the way for Pinoys to land jobs as educators. “I was very instrumental to come out and recruit Filipino teachers to come over,” added Chambers, who works as dean of students in Fern Bacon Middle School. The six-time PBA champion, including four straight Governors’ Cup titles from 1994 to 1997, is on a 10-day trip in the country. He is currently working with the Aces as Alaska prepares for the 43rd PBA Philippine Cup on December 17. “I’m gonna be working with some of their bigs, some of the guards, some offensive schematics for a week and a half,” he said. Early Sunday, Chambers paid a surprise visit to the Gilas Pilipinas’ practice at the Meralco gym. “I was able, today, to go workout in the Gilas practice so that was an honor itself to be able to work out with the Gilas and an absolute honor to me,” said Chambers. “I believe the coaching staff led by coach Chot Reyes are doing an amazing thing,” he added. “They pay attention to the details, high level of concentration. The players are playing on a high level of expectations for playing for their country.” Chambers, obviously, rooted for FEU in the UAAP match and was even seated behind the Tamaraws’ bench where his former teammates Jojo Lastimosa and Johnny Abarrientos serve as assistant coaches. His visit was a good one as the Tams forced a do-or-die match in the semis with an 80-67 rout of the Blue Eagles.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles.....»»

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‘Kuya Dray’ Blatche officially back in action with Gilas Pilipinas

Not even after a day after arriving in the country, Andray Blatche went right to work. The naturalized Filipino practiced with Gilas Pilipinas in the morning at the Meralco Gym in Ortigas and then practiced again in the evening at the Araneta Coliseum. This, even though he only arrived in the country late Saturday evening. For the 31-year-old, it was no big deal. “I’m already pretty comfortable with the offense, the defense, the players, and coaching staff so it’s a quick adjustment for me,” he told reporters. Blatche will reinforce Gilas in the upcoming FIBA World Cup Asian Qualifiers. He last wore the flag in the 2017 Southeast Asian Basketball Association Championship last May. According to the six-foot-11 big man, he is all ready and raring for battle. “I’m great. I’m in good shape ‘cause you know, I’ve been playing in China,” he said, referring to his tenure with the Xinjiang Flying Tigers in the Chinese Basketball Association. And when the Philippines finally takes the court against Japan on November 24 before hosting Chinese Taipei on November 27, the goal is quite clear. “I’m just looking forward to winning so wherever we are, the main focus is winning. We’ll go to Japan to get a win and then come back here and get a win,” he expressed. --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogp......»»

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Stocks bounce back; Meralco rises.....»»

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Ginebra, Star face off on Christmas Day

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Cone mum on PBA row

MANILA, Philippines — Ginebra coach Tim Cone, as each and every PBA coach should, is not making public his thoughts on the very sensitive issue troubling the.....»»

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Kia sends disgruntled Revilla to Phoenix for Grimaldo, pick

  LA Revilla is no longer part of the Kia franchise, a team which he had played for the last three years. In a report by Musong Castillo of Philippine Daily Inquirer, Kia traded away its disgruntled point guard to Phoenix for rookie Jayson Grimaldo and a second round draft pick in 2018. "There's no use making things difficult for him," said Kia board member Bobby Rosales of Revilla, who was drafted in 2013. READ:LA Revilla sends out cryptic tweet amid Kia hullabaloo Revilla took to Twitter to show his disgust when the trade sending Kia's no. 1 pick to San Miguel became official on Oct. 27, minutes before tip-off of the seventh game between Ginebra and Meralco in t...Keep on reading: Kia sends disgruntled Revilla to Phoenix for Grimaldo, pick.....»»

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Stock market rallies; Meralco tops gainers

Stock market rallies; Meralco tops gainers.....»»

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Blackwater owner thinks Ellis on his way out of PBA after continued no show

Blackwater owner Dioceldo Sy couldn't be more disappointed with Chris Ellis after the Fil-Am forward refused to report to the squad's practices. Speaking to the media, the amiable executive shared that he thinks that the 28-year-old Ellis is already on his way out of the league. "Actually I think he is on the exit already from the PBA. Otherwise, if you're interested to play, you have no choice but to follow the trade," he said. "So far, in the past three years I'm in the PBA, this is the first time I found a player who doesn't report in a trade. So we won't force the issue." Ginebra shipped Ellis together with center Dave Marcelo to the Elite in exchange for the injured Art...Keep on reading: Blackwater owner thinks Ellis on his way out of PBA after continued no show.....»»

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Market slumps; Meralco advances

Market slumps; Meralco advances.....»»

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Status quo for PBA in 2018

PBA Season 43 is readopting the exciting calendar in the past season that culminated with the Governors Cup finale played before record crowds at the Philippine Arena. The local pro league is also reimplementing the same exciting formats used last season where San Miguel Beer emerged as the Philippine Cup and Commissioner’s Cup champ while Barangay Ginebra came through with a successful title defense in the Governors Cup. This measure was resolved in the last PBA regular board meeting in Manila. The same height limits for imports are set – 6-foot-10 in the Commissioner’s Cup and 6-foot-5 in the Governors Cup. This paves the way for the likely return of topnotch imports Justin Brownlee, Charles Rhodes, Ricardo Ratliffe and Allen Durham in PBA Season 43 set to start Dec. 17. All three tourneys feature a single-round-robin elimination phase, with the best eight teams advancing to the playoffs. Thus each team will be playing a minimum of 33 games in the season. In the all-Filipino and in the Commissioner’s Cup, the Top Two gain a twice-to-beat advantage versus the bottom two in the quarters. The four middle teams, meanwhile, figure in a pair of best-of-three quarterfinals showdowns. In the Governors Cup, the Top Four will all enjoy a twice-to-beat advantage in the quarterfinals versus the next four. It’s No. 1 versus No. 8, No. 2 opposite No. 7, No.3 against No. 6 and No. 4 versus No. 5. The Gin Kings are likely to play Brownlee in both the Commissioner’s Cup and in the Governors Cup like they did last season. Meanwhile, San Miguel and Star are likely to bring back Rhodes and Ratliffe in the second conference while Meralco could lean on Durham again in the Governors Cup. Rhodes and Durham emerged as the Best Imports in the Commissioner’s Cup and Governors Cup, respectively, in PBA Season 42......»»

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Alab burns Gilas in closed-door tune-up game

Does this count as an upset? Alab Pilipinas appears to be more ready than Gilas Pilipinas as the Philippine representative for the Asean Basketball League won its closed-door tune-up game over the Philippine national team Saturday at the Meralco Gym. Alab scored an 81-76 win over Gilas as the team, coached by Jimmy Alapag, continues its prep for its second ABL season. After a third-place finish for its debut season last year, Alab will start fresh and will take on defending champion Hong Kong at the MOA Arena on November 19. Meanwhile, playing with an all-local unit, Gilas Pilipinas dropped its first and only exhibition ahead of the first window of the FIBA World Cup Asian Qualifiers. Jayson Castro, June Mar Fajardo, Calvin Abueba, Gabe Norwood, Matthew Wright, Allein Maliksi, Kiefer Ravena, RR Pogoy, Mac Belo, Troy Rosario, Carl Bryan Cruz, Raymond Almazan, and Kevin Alas suited up for Gilas. The national team opened camp last Nov. 3 and will play its first pair of games against Japan on the road on November 24 and against Taipei at home on November 27. After the Alab loss, Gilas is reportedly headed to Tagaytay next week for a 3-day isolated session. Naturalized center Andray Blatche is expected to arrive Sunday and he should be part of the out-of-town camp. Gilas Pilipinas will leave for Tokyo on November 21.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

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& lsquo;Matilda& rsquo; at Meralco Theater

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Myrtle Sarrosa is 2018 Ginebra calendar girl

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PBA players, Pinoy musicians gather to help Marawi survivors in charity event

Barangay Ginebra assistant coach Richard del Rosario shared the never-say-die spirit with the survivors of the Marawi crisis as he joined some PBA personalities and local musicians who participated in the Musikaramay 3 3 Basketball Para Sa Marawi charity event on Tuesday at the Cuneta Astrodome. “Yun sana nga sa mga tao ng Marawi, ma-adopt […].....»»

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Meralco rates likely to rise in November

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Romeo looking to move on from Globalport?

Terrence Romeo and Globalport might be headed to a basketball divorce. In a report by Musong Castillo of The Philippine Daily Inquirer on Tuesday, it appears that the high-scoring Batang Pier guard is on the trading block. Castillo cited a source that says Globalport has engaged with the Meralco Bolts for a possible trade with the Batang Pier looking at Chris Newsome and Baser Amer in exchange for Romeo. However, head coach Norman Black is hesitant to trade away Newsome, one of his former players at Ateneo De Manila University in the UAAP. Aside from Meralco, TNT has been involved with Globalport regarding a possible Romeo trade but the KaTropa are still hoping that Mo Tautuaa actually plays like a number one pick. Romeo reportedly asked to be traded during the Commissioner's Cup. Despite coming off another impressive individual season by averaging a league-high 23.3 points on top of 3.7 rebounds and 5.5 assists, Romeo's Globalport squad only made little noise in the grand scheme of things. Tha Batang Pier's best conference was in the Philippine Cup where behind Romeo's 28.2 points per game, the team made it to the quarterfinals only to getr swept by TNT, 2-0. Globalport made the quarters again in the Commissioner's Cup as the 8th seed but got dominated by no. 1 Ginebra. In the Governors' Cup, the Batang Pier missed the playoffs altogether.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

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