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PBA veteran Eddie Laure debuts as coach for VisMin Cup’s Roxas Vanguards

Veteran cager Eddie Laure will be making his head coaching debut for the Roxas Vanguards in the upcoming Mindanao leg of the Chooks-to-Go Pilipinas VisMin Super Cup......»»

Category: sportsSource: philstar philstarMay 25th, 2021

Laure to coach Vanguards in Super Cup

The province of Roxas, Zamboanga del Norte has decided to tap one of their proud sons in Eddie Laure to be the head coach of the Vanguards for the upcoming 2021 Chooks-to-Go Pilipinas VisMin Super Cup-Mindanao Leg......»»

Category: sportsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsMay 26th, 2021

Roxas Vanguards tap ex-PBA player Laure as coach for Super Cup campaign

CEBU CITY, Philippines — The Roxas Vanguards hired former pro basketball player Eddie Laure to handle the head coaching job in their upcoming campaign in the 2021 Chooks-to-Go Pilipinas VisMin Super Cup-Mindanao Leg. The 43-year old Laure, a proud son of the municipality of President Manuel Roxas in Zamboanga del Norte, easily helmed the head […] The post Roxas Vanguards tap ex-PBA player Laure as coach for Super Cup campaign appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsMay 24th, 2021

Computer Specialists, Peace Riders start VisMin Grand Finals battle tomorrow

CEBU CITY, Philippines — Mike Reyes, the veteran and multi-titled head coach of the reigning Visayas leg champions, the KCS Computer Specialists-Mandaue City is upbeat about their title chances in the grand finals of the 2021 Chooks-to-Go Pilipinas VisMin Super Cup in Pagadian City, Zamboanga del Sur. The Specialists already proved that they can topple […] The post Computer Specialists, Peace Riders start VisMin Grand Finals battle tomorrow appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsAug 10th, 2021

Basilan sweeps Roxas to rule Mindanao leg of VisMin Super Cup

CEBU CITY, Philippines– The Jumbo Plastic-Basilan Peace Riders were crowned the inaugural champions of the 2021 Chooks-to-Go Pilipinas VisMin Super Cup Mindanao Leg after winning Game Two of their best-of-three finals series against the Petra Cement-Roxas Vanguards on Monday evening, August 9, at the Pagadian City gymnasium in Zamboanga del Sur. The Peace Riders stormed […] The post Basilan sweeps Roxas to rule Mindanao leg of VisMin Super Cup appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsAug 10th, 2021

Roxas Vanguards march into VisMin Super Cup finals vs Basilan

CEBU CITY, Philippines — The Petra Cement-Roxas Vanguards eliminated the JPS Zamboanga City, 83-72, in their do-or-die Game 3 of the 2021 Chooks-to-Go Pilipinas VisMin Super Cup semifinals showdown on Friday evening at the Pagadian City gymnasium in Pagadian City, Zamboanga del Sur. The Vanguards barreled their way into the much-awaited Mindanao leg finals where […] The post Roxas Vanguards march into VisMin Super Cup finals vs Basilan appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsAug 6th, 2021

JPS sends semis series with Roxas to winner-take-all duel tomorrow

CEBU CITY, Philippines — The JPS Zamboanga City lived to fight another day after beating Petra Cement-Roxas Vanguards, 84-71, to force a rubber match of their best-of-three semifinals series of the 2021 Chooks-to-Go Pilipinas VisMin Super Cup on Thursday, at the Pagadian City gymnasium in Zamboanga del Sur. Their do-or-die Game Three is set for […] The post JPS sends semis series with Roxas to winner-take-all duel tomorrow appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsAug 5th, 2021

Roxas Vanguards take Game 1 via OT in VisminCup semis

CEBU CITY, Philippines — The Petra Cement-Roxas Vanguards outlasted the JPS Zamboanga City, 91-84, in overtime to take Game One of their best-of-three semifinals series in the 2021 Chooks-to-Go Pilipinas VisMin Super Cup Mindanao leg on Wednesday evening, August 4 at the Pagadian City gymnasium in Pagadian City, Zamboanga del Sur. Trailing by as many […] The post Roxas Vanguards take Game 1 via OT in VisminCup semis appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsAug 4th, 2021

Roxas Vanguards outlast Pagadian Explorers in VisMin Super Cup semis

CEBU CITY, Philippines — The Petra Cement-Roxas Vanguards drew first blood versus the Pagadian Explorers,78-67, in game one of their best-of-three semifinal series in the 2021 Chooks-to-Go Pilipinas VisMin Super Cup Mindanao leg on Sunday, August 1 at the Pagadian City gymnasium in Pagadian City, Zamboanga del Sur. Jhong Bondoc led the Vanguards with 21 […] The post Roxas Vanguards outlast Pagadian Explorers in VisMin Super Cup semis appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsAug 1st, 2021

VisMin Super Cup: Basilan sweeps Mindanao leg elims, gains outright finals seat

CEBU CITY, Philippines— The Jumbo Plastic-Basilan Peace Riders stamped their dominance in the Mindanao leg of the 2021 Chooks-to-Go Pilipinas VisMin Super Cup after sweeping the elimination round. Basilan earned its eighth straight win by beating the Petra Cement-Roxas Vanguards, 85-64, in its final elimination match at the Pagadian city gymnasium in Pagadian City, Zamboanga […] The post VisMin Super Cup: Basilan sweeps Mindanao leg elims, gains outright finals seat appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJul 27th, 2021

Roxas Vanguards pad streak to five

CEBU CITY, Philippines—The Petra Cement-Roxas Vanguards crushed the Kapatagan Buffalo Braves, 93-65, to stretch its winning streak to five in the ongoing Mindanao leg of the 2021 Chooks-to-Go Pilipinas VisMin Super Cup, Monday, July 26, 2021, at the Pagadian City Gymnasium in Pagadian City, Zamboanga del Sur. The Vanguards dislodged erstwhile third placer Pagadian Explorers […] The post Roxas Vanguards pad streak to five appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJul 26th, 2021

Roxas Vanguards bury depleted MisOr for 4th straight win

CEBU CITY, Philippines — The Petra Cement-Roxas Vanguards made easy work of the undermanned MisOr Brew Authoritea on Saturday, 113-87, for its fourth straight victory in the 2021 Chooks-to-Go Pilipinas VisMin Super Cup Mindanao leg at the Pagadian City Gymnasium in Pagadian City, Zamboanga del Sur. With the win, the Vanguards dislodged erstwhile fourth place […] The post Roxas Vanguards bury depleted MisOr for 4th straight win appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJul 24th, 2021

Roxas City logs second straight win

CEBU CITY, Philippines —The Petra Cement-Roxas City Vanguards bagged their second straight victory by outlasting the Iligan City Archangels, 84-79, in the Mindanao leg of the 2021 Chooks-to-Go Pilipinas VisMin Super Cup on Monday, July 19, 2021, at the Pagadian City Gymnasium in Pagadian City, Zamboanga del Sur. The Vanguards, fresh from a squeaker over […] The post Roxas City logs second straight win appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJul 19th, 2021

VisMin Super Cup game halted anew

CEBU CITY, Philippines—The league officials of the 2021 Chooks-to-Go Pilipinas VisMin Super Cup decided to cancel a Mindanao leg game between the Jumbo Plastic-Basilan Peace Riders and the Petra Cement-Roxas Vanguards at the Ipil provincial gymnasium in Ipil, Zamboanga Sibugay on Tuesday, July 13, 2021, due to safety reasons. This is the second time the […] The post VisMin Super Cup game halted anew appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJul 13th, 2021

Clarin Sto. Niño unleash Wilson-Lastimosa duo to beat Roxas Vanguards

CEBU CITY, Philippines — The fantastic duo of John Wilson and Carlo Lastimosa put on an impressive show for the Clarin Sto. Niño in beating the Petra Cement-Roxas Vanguards, 72-66, in the 2021 Chooks-to-Go Pilipinas VisMin Super Cup at the Ipil Provincial Gymnasium in Ipil, Zamboanga Sibugay on Sunday, July 11, 2021. Lastimosa scored 22 […] The post Clarin Sto. Niño unleash Wilson-Lastimosa duo to beat Roxas Vanguards appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJul 11th, 2021

Dechos’ triple push Explorers past Vanguards in VisMin Super Cup thriller

CEBU CITY, Philippines — Shooting guard Von Lloyd Dechos sank the go-ahead triple as the Pagadian Explorers scored a pulse-stopping, 82-80 overtime win over the Petra Cement-Roxas Vanguards in the 2021 Chooks-to-Go Pilipinas VisMin Super Cup Mindanao Leg at the Ipil Provincial Gymnasium in Ipil, Zamboanga Sibugay, on Thursday, July 8, 2021. Down by a […] The post Dechos’ triple push Explorers past Vanguards in VisMin Super Cup thriller appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJul 8th, 2021

Always About the People

“Solid!” That was the only reaction, or lack thereof, that I could muster after that first breakaway slam of Kiefer Ravena’s UAAP collegiate basketball career over the outstretched arms of UST’s foreign center, Karim Abdul. Moments before, you could see Kiefer was going to go hard, as it was a one-on-one breakaway and he had the speed advantage over Abdul, who was hot on his heels. Little did I know that he was going to go for that highlight that would announce his entry into college basketball. That reaction, that loss for words, can pretty much sum up my past 10 years of covering college basketball for ABS-CBN Sports.  They first asked me to write about my most memorable UAAP game coverage; but I must confess, I was never really good at remembering exact details of games, unlike some of my fellow sportscasters, or even coaches I know, who remember almost detail for detail, or play by play. My memories come in highlights, or sometimes even just flashes of good or memorable plays.  I remember a 6’8”, 18-year old Ben Mbala, whom we first saw a glimpse of while Anton Roxas and I were covering the CESAFI league in the hot and humid Cebu Coliseum, sometime around 2012. He was playing for the Southwestern University Cobras, wasn’t as built and polished as when he was with DLSU, but you could already see the raw talent and athleticism. Fast forward a few years, I remember well how he took the UAAP by storm, with his monster dunks, and how he piloted La Salle to a championship while winning league MVP in Season 79.  I remember the heralded rookie season of Kiefer Ravena in the men’s division, after a storied juniors career. Kiefer won Rookie of the Year honors and helped lead Ateneo to two more titles to round up their 5-peat, before it was Jeron Teng’s turn to lead the Green Archers to a championship over his elder brother Jeric and the UST Growling Tigers.  I remember Bobby Ray Parks Jr. and his back-to-back MVP seasons. He was arguably the most complete college player during that time. It was painful to see his team fall short especially during his second MVP year. The Bulldogs made history the year after though, with Alfred Aroga, Troy Rosario, and Gelo Alolino now at the helm, winning the school’s first ever championship after more than forty years. I would argue that the past decade saw some of the brightest UAAP college basketball stars, both local and foreign, take to the hard court. It would almost be unfair to start naming them because I’ll surely end up leaving some names worthy enough to be mentioned. But we all remember Greg Slaughter, Ryan Buenafe, RR Garcia, Terence Romeo, Mac Belo, RR Pogoy, Roi Sumang, Charles Mamie, Alex Nuyles, Jericho Cruz, Papi Sarr, Jeron Teng, Jason Perkins, Aljun Melecio, Kiefer and Thirdy, Bobby Ray, Alfred Aroga, Kevin Ferrer, Karim Abul, Jeric Teng, Ange Kuoame, Matt and Mike Nieto, Paul Desiderio, Juan GDL, and the list goes on and on… all of them making their mark in the UAAP the past ten years. Aside from the highlights, there were the more mundane, behind-the-scenes memories, especially covering out-of-town games when we used to do the CESAFI and the PCCL. That was basketball coverage at its purest. There was a time we traveled to Lanao Del Sur to cover the Mindanao regional selection of the PCCL. Lanao was about another two to three hour drive from Cagayan de Oro along a dark highway with trees and mountains all around; and where there was only one mall in the entire town. Or when we traveled by van to La Union to cover the north regional selection of the PCCL… or even staying a whole week at the Cebu Grand Hotel, for the VisMin regional selection. Coverages then were bare bones: no real-time stats or live graphics, and I would even sometimes have to tally the points and rebounds of each player in-game on my notebook just so that I’d have some semblance of stats to mention on the coverage. Still, those games were so much fun because the players, getting their first shot at national TV coverage, would leave everything out on the floor.  In a year or so, both the UAAP and the NCAA will announce their respective new homes, and new broadcast teams will have the privilege of covering the best collegiate basketball players in the country. That’s how the ball bounces. I’m a firm believer that in life there are seasons, and a perfect time for everything. I’m just thankful for the opportunities thrown my way. If you were to ask me why the coverage of the UAAP helped build the league into what it is today, my answer would be simple: it was always about the people. At the end of the day, what makes the UAAP and its coverage great are the stories of the people that play, coach, officiate, cover, and run the games. It’s not really about the championships or the awards, but rather the challenges, hardships, and journeys of each of the individuals that brought them there.  And it is also about the directors, producers, cameramen, reporters and make-up artists that make sure that the audience sees what is supposed to be seen – the winning basket, a fan’s priceless reaction, the agony in defeat, and the glory of victory. It’s what Boom Gonzalez or Mico Halili would always say, that our job as anchors and analysts is to tell the people watching at home the story of what is happening in the game in the best way possible.  I just want to tip my hat to all the people that allowed us to do our jobs the best way possible. From our directors, producers, cameramen, floor directors, fellow panelists, courtside reporters, league officials, statisticians, make-up artists, and all those people behind the scenes whom we worked with, know that we were able to give our best because of you; and the UAAP coverage will not be what it is if not for all of your hard work and dedication.  It was, is, and will always be about the people. Marco Benitez was the team captain for the Ateneo Blue Eagles when they won the UAAP Season 65 men's seniors basketball title in 2002. Marco eventually covered collegiate basketball as analyst for ABS-CBN Sports starting in 2010. He is presently the President of the Philippine Women's University (PWU)......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsAug 23rd, 2020

Basilan, Roxas open VisMin Super Cup Grand Finals series Sunday

CEBU CITY, Philippines — After sweeping the eliminations and taking an 11-day break, the Jumbo Plastic-Basilan Peace Riders return to action tomorrow, August 8, in the much-awaited best-of-3 finals series of the 2021 Chooks-to-Go Pilipinas VisMin Super Cup Mindanao Leg at the Pagadian City gymnasium in Pagadian City, Zamboanga del Sur. The Peace Riders gained […] The post Basilan, Roxas open VisMin Super Cup Grand Finals series Sunday appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsAug 7th, 2021

Computer Specialists tap asst coach to augment depleted lineup

CEBU CITY, Philippines — The KCS Computer Specialists-Mandaue City has tapped its assistant coach, Jabby “Jax” Bautista to play in the grand finals of the 2021 Chooks-to-Go Pilipinas VisMin Super Cup to augment the team’s badly depleted lineup. Bautista, one of the assistant coaches of Mike Reyes of the reigning Visayas leg champions was tapped […] The post Computer Specialists tap asst coach to augment depleted lineup appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsAug 5th, 2021

Roxas, Zambo start best-of-3 semis P2 in Vismin Super Cup

Pagadian, Zamboanga Del Sur—Petra Cement-Roxas and Zamboanga City aim for a head start in their best-of-three semifinals phase two in the 2021 Chooks-to-Go Pilipinas VisMin Super Cup Wednesday......»»

Category: sportsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsAug 3rd, 2021

Roxas routs Kapatagan for 5th win

Pagadian, Zamboanga del Sur -- Petra Cement-Roxas took down Kapatagan, 93-65, to collect its fifth win in a row in the 2021 Chooks-to-Go Pilipinas VisMin Super Cup, Monday at the Pagadian City Gymnasium here......»»

Category: sportsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsJul 26th, 2021