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Erram going through motions with NLEX

As the wait continues for the approval of the three-way trade proposal that would send him to the TNT KaTropa, NLEX slotman Poy Erram prefers to go about his regular business with his Road Warriors family......»»

Source: Philstar PhilstarCategory: SportsFeb 19th, 2020Related News

PBA: OK kami ni Coach Yeng -- Erram

Poy Erram extinguished rumors that he and head coach Yeng Guiao are not seeing eye to eye amid the trade talks that would ship the NLEX big man to TNT Katropa. The 6-foot-7 reigning Defensive Player of the Year on Wednesday set the record straight that there is no truth in the issue. “’Di totoo ‘yun,” said Erram after the Road Warriors’ 104-89 win over Alaska in a pocket tournament at the Upper Deck in Pasig City. “Basta di totoo yun, OK kami ni Coach Yeng.” “Nagkwentuhan pa nga kami kaninang umaga eh,” he added. “Masaya kaming dalawa. Wala kaming alitan. Never kaming magkakaroon ng ganoon.” Erram is in the midst of a three-team trade talks with TNT Katropa and Blackwater as conduit that has undergone some revisions. Rumors arose that his transfer was due to a falling-out with a very volatile Guiao, who gave Erram an earful in one game last year. “So just to set the record straight, wala kaming pinag-awayan ni Poy,” said Guiao, who said in a previous interview that he doesn’t want to see Erram shipped to another team. “You can ask him if he's happy here or if he's not.” “But we are happy with him, I think he's happy with us. That's not the reason for the trade,” added the mentor. Erram still joined NLEX in their training and tune-up match although he sat out the match against the Aces. “Wala pa rin naming lumalabas na kahit ano kaya hangga’t walang lumalabas pupunta pa rin ako ng maaga [sa practice], shooting. Ginagawa ko pa rin anng daily routine ko” said Erram. “Siyempre ayoko naman na magtanga-tangahan din, maghintay-hintay din [kasi] mawawala rin ako sa kondisyon. Kasi if ever na di matuloy, tuloy ako sa NLEX walang problema.” For Guiao, Erram, who averaged 11.7 points, 7.8 rebounds, and 2.1 blocks in his first year with NLEX after moving from Blackwater, is still a Road Warrior. “We still consider him as part of the team until may final ano na run sa trade. But we're just trying to relish our last few days together,” said Guiao. “Siya talagang nagpupunta siya sa practice, gusto niya pa makasama ‘yung mga teammates niya even though he knows there's a pending development.” “But he comes to practice really just really doesn't miss anything even itong game hindi niya alam kung maglalaro siya o hindi, dumating pa rin siya. This morning we had an 8-10 practice, andun pa rin siya,” Guiao added. Pending the final decision, Erram still knows what team he is with. “Alam ko kung saang team ako, NLEX pa rin ako eh. Yun pa rin ang team na gusyto ko. Yun pa rin ang gusto ni coach Yeng. Hanggang ngayon NLEX pa rin,” he said.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles.....»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsFeb 19th, 2020Related News

Trade kay Erram hinarang ng PBA

NAUDLOT ang pagbabalik ni John Paul ‘Poy’ Erram sa kanyang dating koponang TNT matapos ipag-utos ng namamahalang komite sa Office of the PBA Commissioner ang pagrebisa sa kumplikadong palitan ng mga player sa pagitan ng NLEX Road Warriors, KaTropa at Blackwater Elite......»»

Source: Abante AbanteCategory: NewsFeb 18th, 2020Related News

Parks stays with TNT after signing one-year deal

MANILA, Philippines – Ray Parks and TNT have finally agreed on a deal after more than two weeks of negotiations.  The second-generation star will play for the KaTropa in the upcoming PBA season as he inked a one-year max deal with the team on Monday, February 17.  "It was ........»»

Source: Rappler RapplerCategory: NewsFeb 17th, 2020Related News

PBA: 'Awesome news' as Parks Jr. reaches new deal with TNT

Easily one of the bigger stories of the ongoing PBA offseason was the status of incoming second-year forward Bobby Ray Parks Jr. On Monday, Parks Jr. finally agreed to a new one-year deal to stay with the TNT KaTropa. Pretty much a restricted free agent, Parks Jr. was in negotiations with TNT, which was described to be "95 percent" done as late as last Saturday, Feb. 15. Missing last season's Philippine Cup to complete his ABL duties, Parks Jr. only signed a two-conference contract with Blackwater, the team that picked him second in the 2018 Draft. He was dealt to TNT after one and a half conferences with the Elite. Parks Jr. averaged 18.8 points, 6.3 rebounds, 3.5 assists, and 1.4 steals in 32 games during his rookie season. "I'm just thrilled that he signed," TNT active consultant and interim Gilas head coach Mark Dickel said on the Parks Jr. news. "That's great news for us. Awesome news, it'll be great to have the whole team in practice. It's good stuff," he added. With Parks Jr. finally signed, the opportunity to join the Gilas Pilipinas pools also opens for him again. But with the start of the opening window of the 2021 FIBA Asia Cup qualifiers being so close, he'll have to sit it out for now pretty much. "As far as Gilas goes, these guys [players in practice] are 8-9 days in. Maybe we'll be thinking of next window for him [Ray]," Dickel said. — Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsFeb 17th, 2020Related News

TNT, Parks close in on contract extension

TNT KaTropa believes it is close to reaching an agreement on a contract extension with incoming sophomore Ray Parks Jr. Team manager Gabby Cui said there’s a 95 percent chance that a deal can be reached early this week after the two parties spent the past few weeks trying to reach common ground. “It’s almost […].....»»

Source: Tempo TempoCategory: NewsFeb 16th, 2020Related News

PBA: TNT s Dickel no comment on rumored deal for Erram

TNT needs a big man bad and there are rumors going around online that NLEX's Poy Erram could be on his way to the KaTropa via trade. TNT active consultant Mark Dickel, who now doubles as Gilas Pilipinas' interim head coach refused to comment on the matter when asked Friday. "I cannot comment on anything that I don't know to be 100 percent factual," Dickel said on the rumors of a possible deal for Erram. "That's all I say," he added. While he wouldn't comment on the rumored deal, Dickel has some words about Erram and his possible impact for any PBA team. "However," Dickel said, pausing as if to gather his thoughts afterwards. "I'll say when I know it's for sure. It would be great, no question," Dickel added.   — Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsFeb 15th, 2020Related News

FIBA: Gilas unlikely for Parks with TNT contract up in the air

After playing less than a full conference with TNT, Ray Parks Jr. turned into basically a restricted free agent thanks to the two-conference deal he previously signed with his original team, Blackwater. While the former no. 2 pick can basically sign with any PBA team, the KaTropa hold rights to first refusal. No deal has been made public between Parks Jr. and TNT but the KaTropa are confident they can reach into an agreement soon. "We’re still negotiating his contract. In the TNT side, we’re still negotiating," Gilas and TNT team manager Gabby Cui said regarding Parks Jr. "I think we’re close so hopefully we can come to terms by the end of the week," he added. With Parks Jr.'s contract situation, he's pretty much out of Gilas Pilipinas to start the 2021 FIBA Asia Cup qualifiers. Parks Jr. is included in the original 24-man pool against Thailand and Indonesia but he hasn't been to any practice as of Wednesday. "No word on him joining Gilas," Cui said.   — Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsFeb 13th, 2020Related News

Gilas Pilipinas yet to hear from Parks as TNT negotiation continues

MANILA, Philippines – Gilas Pilipinas has yet to hear from Ray Parks as the TNT guard continues to negotiate with the KaTropa for the upcoming PBA season.  The second-generation star was missing in action when the 24-man national team kicked off its preparation for the first window ........»»

Source: Rappler RapplerCategory: NewsFeb 8th, 2020Related News

FIBA: Can Gilas replace C-Stan, Japeth in February window?

To start the 2021 FIBA Asia Cup qualifiers, Gilas Pilipinas assembled an intriguing lineup that has a mix of PBA and amateur players. But for the 24 players the national team called up, Gilas is already down two star players. Christian Standhardinger and Japeth Aguilar have both begged off for the first window this month due to health and personal reasons. Standhardinger, who just won BPC with Northport in the Governors' Cup is on the mend with knee issues while Japeth, who just won a title with Ginebra, is set to go on his long-delayed honeymoon. June Mar Fajardo, who was not included in the initial 24-man pool, is also out with leg fracture. With three of the national team's tallest players out, Gilas' dynamics changes a little bit for the February games against Thailand and Indonesia. "Losing [Christian and Japeth] is really tough, we have to see what we can do about that," program director Tab Baldwin told ABS-CBN Sports. "Having Poy [Erram] and Ping [Pingris] on the sidelines in street clothes is a big problem," he added. 19 players showed up to Gilas' first practice Thursday but only 15 were active. Included in the inactive list were Poy Erram and Marc Pingris, the other big men who are already in the PBA. "Hopefully we get as many of those guys back healthy as soon as possible," Baldwin said. "Otherwise we're gonna be really small and really fast," he added. As for Standhardinger and Aguilar, Baldwin says they're not quite sure if they can replace those two players in the original 24-man pool. "I don't know if we're allowed to. We had a deadline for submitting 24 names and we did that," he said. "Whether that can be changed or now, we're tying to get clarification," Baldwin added.   — Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsFeb 7th, 2020Related News

PBA 44 review: Northport grinds out best year

You thought the PBA's 43rd season was a long one?  Yeah, the PBA's 44th season had it beat. The 2019 PBA season started at the Philippine Arena on January 13, 2019. It officially ended January 17, 2020 when Barangay Ginebra won the Governors' Cup Finals. Ironically, the Gin Kings won the first and last games of the 2019 season. Anyway, the point is the PBA's 44th season was a marathon. And before a new one starts, it's time to take a look at how all 12 teams fared in the past year. Today, we look at the Northport Batang Pier.   GRIT 'N GRIND Looks like Northport finally found an identity it can embrace in the PBA. All it took was a litte Puso, a little Pride, and a dash of Palaban. The Batang Pier took after their head coach in Pido Jarencio and proceeded to grind out a rather solid season in 2019. Northport was in the playoffs for all three conferences, and if the Batang Pier had some breaks go on their side, they would have been the legitimate surprise team of the year. The Batang Pier snuck into the playoffs in the Philippine Cup, giving no. 2 Rain or Shine a great fight before bowing out. In the Commissioner's Cup, Northport took over the no. 2 seed with a breakout performance, but a bad draw saw them get eliminated by eventual champion San Miguel in the quarterfinals. The true breakout performance came in the Governors' Cup as the Batang Pier once again snuck into the playoffs and became just the fourth no. 8 team to upset a top-ranked squad in the quarterfinals in PBA history. Northport's magical run ended in the semis however, losing in four games to eventual champion Ginebra.   Northport BATANG PIER in the PBA's 44th season Philippine Cup: 5-6 (7th place, lost in Quarterfinals) Commissioner's Cup: 9-2 (2nd place, lost in Quarterfinals) Governors' Cup: 5-6 (8th place, lost in Semifinals) Overall: 19 wins and 14 losses. Three playoff appearances, one semifinals appearance.   OUTLOOK: Northport has one big piece in Christian Standhardinger. As long as the Batang Pier keep him, they'll be contending in the upper half of the standings. Sean Anthony is Northport's heart and soul while Robert Bolick will be a good wildcard for the team. Bolick was a leading Rookie of the Year candidate last season until he injured his knee in the Governors' Cup. His injury coincided with Standhardinger's first game with Northport and so the Batang Pier never really had a chance to see how that combo played out for the rest of the year. Once Bolick comes back healthy, Northport should just get better.     — Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsFeb 4th, 2020Related News

Momentum for Cinderella team

Things are looking up for NorthPort in the PBA. Last season, the Batang Pier compiled a win-loss record of 22-20, the team’s best ever since joining the league in 2012-13. In six previous seasons, NorthPort never broke .500 and never won more than 17 games......»»

Source: Philstar PhilstarCategory: SportsFeb 1st, 2020Related News

Sean Anthony, binigyan ng two-year maximum contract ng NorthPort

Milan – Muling magkakaroon ng commitment ang isa sa mga pundasyon ng NorthPort sa ika-44 na season ng PBA na si Sean Anthony nang pumirma ito ng maximum deal sa koponan. Binigyan siya ng two-year contract ng Batang Pier management at sinabing ito ang gantimpala sa lahat ng pagpupursigi nito sa loob ng isang taon […] The post Sean Anthony, binigyan ng two-year maximum contract ng NorthPort appeared first on REMATE ONLINE......»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsJan 30th, 2020Related News

FIBA: TNT s Dickel is Gilas Pilipinas interim coach for Asia Cup

Now it's official: Gilas Pilipinas interim head coach to start the 2021 FIBA Asia Cup qualifiers is Mark Dickel. Dickel, the former two-time Olympian and current TNT active consultant out of New Zealand, will take over the national team. He will start with preparing Gilas for a pair of games against Indonesia and Thailand in the FIBA Asia Cup qualifiers. "In his short stint in the Philippines, Coach Mark has performed creditably well', said Manny V. Pangilinan, Chairman Emeritus of the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP) in a statement. "We want to hit the ground running for the upcoming 2021 FIBA Asia Cup Qualifiers. We all know what he did to help TNT in such a short span and we’re confident he can also move things quickly as we prepare for the first window this February," MVP added. Dickel has been with TNT since the 2018 PBA Governors' Cup. In four conferences, he's led the KaTropa to the Finals once. For the February window, Dickel will have 24 players at his disposal in Troy Rosario, RR Pogoy, and Ray Parks Jr. from TNT, Kiefer Ravena and Poy Erram from NLEX, Christian Standhardinger from NorthPort, Japeth Aguilar from Ginebra, CJ Perez from Columbian, Mac Belo from Blackwater, and Matthew Wright from Phoenix. Isaac Go, Matt and Mike Nieto, Rey Suerte, and Allyn Bulanadi along with Justine Baltazar, Dave Ildefonso, Thirdy Ravena, Kobe Paras, Juan and Javi Gomez de Liano, Jaydee Tungcab, and Dwight Ramos will come from the cadet pool. After the February window, Gilas will resume the FIBA Asia Cup qualifiers on November. The SBP plans to have a full-time head coach by that time. — Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsJan 29th, 2020Related News

Fajardo, Castro, Standhardinger, Perez dispute PBA MVP plum

The MVP race is down to a four-cornered fight among June MAr Fajardo, Commissioner’s Cup BPC Jayson Castro of TNT KaTropa, Governors’ Cup BPC Christian Standhardinger of NorthPort and Columbian Dyip super rookie CJ Perez......»»

Source: Philstar PhilstarCategory: NewsJan 28th, 2020Related News

An array of MPBL stars have been drafted in the PBA. Who will shine?

A passel of Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League ballers have been drafted into the PBA. These gifted young Pinoys prove that the MPBL is a worthy proving ground for the pro league. We asked a few observers of the league to give their two cents on who they think will fly in the pros, namely commentators Migs Gomez and Martin Antonio as well as league head of ops, Emmer Oreta. Both Gomez and Oreta think that Manila Frontrow Star Aris Dionisio will make the biggest splash in the pros. “Aris Dionisio is the best MPBL player in the (PBA) draft,” says Gomez. “I think his length and athleticism can translate his defensive abilities to the PBA easily. Offensively, he is also capable of running the floor and shooting threes, so converting him from center to small forward will not be a problem.” The 6 foot 5 Dionisio was nabbed by Magnolia with the 9th choice in the first round. “Aris Dionisio is a versatile player who can play a lot of positions, and can also can play off the ball,” notes Oreta. “And the most important thing is he can play defense, for sure.” “Dionisio is next in line to Marc Pingris,” adds Martin Antonio. Oreta and Gomez also agree that Mike Ayonayon will be an impact player immediately in the PBA. The 6-foot San Juan Knight is “a baller, a lengthy swingman who is very athletic and likes the open floor,” says Gomez. The former PCU Dolphin was selected third by NLEX and is etched in league lore because of his Reggie Miller-esque 12-point, two-minute outburst for San Juan that enabled the Knights to a close comeback win versus Bataan earlier in the season. Antonio believes that Ayonayon will thrive and develop under Road Warriors mentor Yeng Guiao. “Ayanayon + Guiao = Killer,” says Coach Hammer. “Yeng Guiao loves players like Mike,” adds Antonio. Gomez even gives the high-flying Antipoleno the ultimate compliment. “I came up with my signature line “Magic in the Air” because of him.” When it comes to sleeper picks and project players, the experts are split. Oreta and believes that Chris Bitoon, Dionisio's teammate in Manila, could be a surprise package. “A late pick, but for sure coach Nash Racela knows this guy well, and he can really play.” The former Manuel L. Quezon University Stallion had his number called in the third round by Blackwater Elite. Also getting drafted by Elite was Richard Escoto, who played for the Iloilo Royals, where Racela was an assistant before getting the Blackwater head coaching job. Gomez believes that Aaron Black is a worthy project for Meralco. The Zamboanga combo guard who also played for QC early in the season was corralled by the Bolts, who are coached by his father, Norman. “The pressure has always been there for Aaron to live up to his last name, but he has embraced it and blossomed in the MPBL,” explains Gomez. “He has a good relationship with his father, and with the skillset and body that he has now, I can only see him improving more and more. Aaron can play point guard and get triple-doubles.” Gomez also throws another name into the ring when it comes to project players: Yankie Haruna. The former CSB Blazer, currently with the Bacolod Master Sardines club, was drafted 9th in the second round by Magnolia. The 6 foot 2 New Jersey-native is an enticing prospect. “He’s tall enough, very athletic, and likes to penetrate with full authority. I think his body can translate into an explosive scorer in the PBA,” explains Gomez. Oreta on the other hand thinks Cris Dumapig can rise up from obscurity to become a PBA player. “He is a workhorse of a big man, for sure this kind of a player Coach Pido Jarencio really wants. I'm hoping he can sign with the team.” Dumapig was taken by NorthPort in the middle of the third round. The rebounding machine is a vital cog for a Basilan Steel Jumbo Plastic side that is third in the South Division as of the writing of this piece. Oreta also thinks another big man can make waves: Cebu Sharks – Casino Ethyl Alcohol's Will McAloney. “Coach Yeng really loves players from the south, playing physical and all-out every time,” said Oreta. The burly homegrown Cebuano was the first of NLEX's two second round selections. There are so many MPBL stalwarts who are testing the waters in the PBA, like Allyn Bulanadi, the stylish scorer taken by Alaska, and Rey Publico, the Iloilo big man also absorbed by the same PBA team. Rey Suerte of Batangas will don the colors of Blackwater after his early selection (Editor's note: Bulanadi and Suerte were selected as part of the special Gilas Draft and will focus on national team duties before suiting up in the PBA). Big names like Prince Rivero and Arvin Tolentino will also attempt to show their wares at the country's highest stage. Most if not all of these players will remain with their MPBL teams until April. Whether it's in the Liga ng Bawat Pilipino or at the PBA, we can expect tons of fireworks from this bumper crop of young Pinoy hoops talent......»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsJan 24th, 2020Related News

Northport ships Mercado to Phoenix

NorthPort made personnel change in the backcourt with rookie sensation Robert Bolick still sidelined by ACL injury, trading with Phoenix to acquire guards LA Revilla and Rey Gueverra......»»

Source: Philstar PhilstarCategory: SportsJan 20th, 2020Related News

Sol Mercado nakuha ng Phoenix Fuel Masters

MULING nagdagdag ng beteranong manlalaro ang Phoenix Fuel Masters para mapalakas ang kampanya nito sa Philippine Cup sa papasok na ika-45 season ng Philippine Basketball Association (PBA). Nakuha ng Fuel Masters ang three-time champion na si Solomon Mercado mula sa NorthPort Batang Pier kapalit nina LA Revilla at Rey Guevarra sa isang trade na inaprubahan […] The post Sol Mercado nakuha ng Phoenix Fuel Masters appeared first on Bandera......»»

Source: Inquirer InquirerCategory: NewsJan 20th, 2020Related News

PBA Finals: Busy season ends with sweet title for Ginebra

It's been a pretty incredible last few months for head coach Time Cone and Barangay Ginebra. With the core of the Gin Kings on deck, coach Tim led Gilas Pilipinas to a gold medal in the 2019 Southeast Asian Games last December. With all of the Gin Kings, Coach Tim led the barangay to another PBA Governors' Cup title to start the year 2020 right. "It was nice because there was a lot on our plates as a Ginebra team," Cone said after Ginebra beat Meralco in Game 5 Friday to win the Governors' Cup Finals. "But you know I think, in many ways, the schedules kinda favored us because each time we had a break to kinda gather ourselves and get back. We were fortunate to have a favored schedule," he added. True enough, the Gin Kings got a favorable schedule on their way to a latest title despite literally being the busiest team all conference long. The PBA took a break to give way for the SEA Games. After the semis, where Ginebra beat Northport after four games, the league took another break for Christmas and New Year. In the actual Governors' Cup Finals, Ginebra also got some lucky breaks, with Meralco's star center Raymond Almazan going down with an injury in Game 3. Ginebra got its breaks and the Gin Kings took advantage of every single one of them. "But then again, you need those kind of things to win a championship," Coach Tim said, who should know since he now has 22 PBA titles. "You need those little breaks to happen for you," he added.   — Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsJan 17th, 2020Related News

Stunning Best Player win for Stanhardinger

By JONAS TERRADO   CHRISTIAN Standhardinger said winning his first Best Player of the Conference award was something he didn’t expect. “It was completely unexpected and really surprised that I got that,” the NorthPort big man said after receiving the award before Wednesday’s Game 4 of the PBA Governors’ Cup Finals at the Smart Araneta Coliseum. […].....»»

Source: Tempo TempoCategory: NewsJan 16th, 2020Related News