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PBA: MVP teams to undergo COVID-19 tests as well

Following San Miguel, Ginebra, and Magnolia, all three PBA teams under the MVP group will also now undergo COVID-19 tests. Players, coaches, and officials from the flagship TNT KaTropa, Meralco, and NLEX will take the test in order to ensure safety from the coronavirus as the PBA hopes for an eventual return this year following an extended absence. The Bolts were reportedly first to have their COVID-19 tests, taking the procedure Monday during the first day of the general community quarantine in Metro Manila. Up next later this week are the Road Warriors followed by the KaTropa next week. Rivals from the SMC group were already tested for COVID-19 last week, and their results came out negative. [Related: PBA: Beermen, Gin Kings, and Hotshots test negative for COVID-19] Also taking the COVID-19 test but pending official results are all 41 regular PBA employees including Commissioner Willie Marcial.   — Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

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How Hackett and Harris went beyond 100 points

(This story was originally published on June 30, 2016) One-hundred-point explosions are a rarity in professional basketball. Even in the NBA, no one has ever eclipsed Wilt Chamberlain’s 100 points in his game with the Philadelphia Warriors in trouncing the New York Knicks, 169-147, on March 2, 1962. So when you learn that two men, Americans playing as imports in the Philippine Basketball Association, had scored more than Wilt, you’d certainly be awed and astonished that such incredible feats in the history of the sport had actually occurred in our shores. Legends These legends, Michael Hackett, the man-mountain who leisurely takes care of business in the paint while reinforcing Ginebra San Miguel, and Tony Harris, the “Hurricane” who brings down opponents with his devastating scoring sprees through quick, shifty on court moves while playing for Swift Mighty Meaty Hotdogs, definitely left an indelible mark in PBA annals with those historic barrages that surely left everyone, foe or fan, stupefied and dazzled. Hackett, the hulking yet amiable giant, achieved the first-ever milestone on November 21, 1985 as Ginebra faced Great Taste in a battle for third place in the PBA Reinforced Conference.  His burly 6’5” frame would always have its way in the shaded lane, barreling his way through thick defensive walls and converting—all in bewildering succession. He pumped in 48 points at halftime, before scoring another 33 in the third quarter, and swishing 22 in the final period—for an eye-popping record-setting total of 103 points in one game. Breaching the Chamberlain record, Hackett had been praised as pro ball’s greatest scorer ever, even if he had not made the cut in the Los Angeles Lakers’ lineup during the Showtime era after being the 22nd pick in the 3rd round of the 1982 NBA Draft. During that conference, Hackett averaged 50 points, 20 rebounds and 6 assists in 24 games that made him a hands-down choice for Best Import. With this lofty achievement, who would even think, much less imagine that this record would be broken seven years later. Best scorer Perhaps the all-time best performing scorer in the PBA’s history walked into a packed town gym in Iloilo City on October 10, 1992 in the elimination round of the PBA Third Conference to show Robert Jaworski and his Ginebra squad what he’s got. And, it was simply merciless. Scoring relentlessly from the field through lane incursions, midrange jumpers, slam dunks off the fastbreak and baskets from beyond the arc, the Hurricane already reached the highest score anyone could produce at halftime, 59 points. Harris continued his romp in the last two quarters, just leaving the never-say-die squad in the dust with another 46 points, leading Swift to a 151-147 victory and achieving a record-breaking single-game individual score of 105, surpassing Hackett’s record by two points. This scoring record remains to this day. Indeed, a double heartbreak for the country’s most popular team and a historic achievement by the flamboyant and perplexing import. Tough fouls But what was really exceptional was that he accomplished this feat despite Ginebra players fouling him a record 52 times, which he claimed in an NBA Philippines interview two years ago as “tough fouls” with “knees purposely extended to hit my groin, or the spitting on my face.” He was unfazed and this motivated the Monroe, Louisiana native even more by converting most of his points in his amazing 105-point game from the free throw area, where he made 45 out of 53 attempts. But what’s even more mind-blowing about Harris is that this was no single-game fluke or a stroke of luck. He scored 98 points only seven days after his 105-point game to lead Swift to a 157-147 victory over Presto Ice Cream.  Harris also scored 82 points in Swift’s conquest of Purefoods in Davao City a day before that record-breaking feat.  Before all of these scoring exploits, he actually “introduced” himself to the league with an 87-point performance in his debut in routing the San Miguel Beermen, 134-106. He also had 69, 57, and 54-point games throughout the season, ending up with a record 60.4 scoring average. Best achievement The best achievement of them all was that he steered the Mighty Meaties to the RFM franchise’s first-ever PBA championship by sweeping the 7-Up Uncolas in the Finals, 4-0. It was the current Rain or Shine coach Yeng Guiao’s first title. After his high-flying PBA stint, Harris tried his luck in the NBA via short 10-day deals with the Boston Celtics, but fell short with a mere 5-point clip in 14 games—a far cry from the fearsome offensive form he displayed in the PBA. He has since distanced himself from professional play, and now heads a sports apparel, supplies and equipment company in Los Angeles. Hackett, on the other hand, also did not engage in competitive basketball after his spectacular PBA run from 1985 to 1988, although he had once served as an assistant coach for a school in his native Jacksonville, Florida, and is now a sales consultant for a wine and beverage firm. But even if Harris or Hackett’s storied scoring feats and iconic stints did not replicate on their real home courts and since hung their jerseys for other careers, their astounding on-court achievements in the PBA remain an inspiration for greatness in this basketball-crazy nation......»»

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

Kiefer Ravena, Alyssa Valdez take on volleyball-basketball crossover challenge

Kiefer Ravena and Alyssa Valdez celebrated their ‘monthsary’ by flexing their mad hops. The Phenoms took on a ‘quarantine challenge’ with their volleyball-basketball crossover video. Ravena on his Instagram account on Tuesday a video of him dunking off a set from his Creamline Cool Smashers star girlfriend.         View this post on Instagram                   We tried our own thing ???? #QuarantineChallenge #YouCantStopUs . . . . . Advance Monthsary post ???? I love you @alyssa_valdez2 A post shared by Kiefer Ravena (@kieferravena15) on May 26, 2020 at 2:07am PDT Not to be outdone, Valdez tweeted a video of her stuffing an alley-oop jam off a lob from her NLEX Road Warriors beau. EZ ???????? pic.twitter.com/yMX0LPa4sk — Alyssa Valdez (@AlyssaValdez2) May 26, 2020 The couple just celebrated their fourth anniversary last month......»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsMay 26th, 2020Related News

Rivero sees former UE player Pasaol as his basketball influence

Former University of the East star Alvin Pasaol is Ricci Rivero’s spirit animal. The University of the Philippines standout considers the 3x3 basketball sensation as the player who left a lasting impact and influence in his game. Speaking in the ‘Athletes’ Tribune’ podcast, Rivero shared how the burly UE forward pushed him to improve and be better. He recalled how the do-it-all Pasaol gave him fits when the Red Warrior bullied his way to a career-high 49 points three years ago when Rivero was still a part of the then defending champion De La Salle University. “Siguro 1 to 5 si Alvin Pasaol. Kasi grabe ‘di talaga siya yung usual na player eh. I’ll give yung first five talaga kay Kuya Alvin,” Rivero, who celebrated his 22nd birthday on Monday, said when asked about his top 5 toughest UAAP rivals. “Sobrang dami ko ring natutunan sa kanya kung paano yung UAAP career ko lalo na nu’ng nasa La Salle ako.” Known for his quick hands and defense, Rivero was one of the players sent in by then head coach Aldin Ayo to mark Pasaol, who was wreaking havoc for UE on the defensive end that memorable Season 80 match on October 4, 2017. Rivero could only scratch his head while Pasaol effortlessly punched through his defense each time he had to switch to stop the rampaging Red Warrior. “Tsina-challenge ako ni Coach Aldin to try and stop nga si Alvin,” he said. “Parang may time pa ata alam ko na ‘yung most points scored ata sa UAAP kay Pasaol tapos kalaban kami nu’n. ‘Yun pa ata yunng sobrang lakas ng lineup ng La Salle eh.” Indeed, Pasaol was unstoppable that game even for a solid Green Archers side that had former Most Valuable Player Ben Mbala and Abu Tratter. Pasaol connected 20-of-30 from the field and broke the 15-year league record held by NorthPort and Letran assistant coach Jeff Napa, who registered 43 points while playing for National University in 2002. “Nu’ng time na ‘yun ‘di ko talaga alam ang gagawin ko parang dun ko rin nalaman na naggu-grow ako kasi sobrang daming moments na, ‘Ah pwede pala yun?’ Na ‘Oo nga no pwede pala ‘yan. Grabe nagawa niya mga ganun.’ Doon mo mari-realize na parang one step ahead siya sa amin,” said Rivero. Unfortunately, Pasaol’s effort wasn’t enough to lift the Red Warriors as DLSU took the win, 106-100. But it left a lasting impression on Rivero. “That moment na ‘yun pinanood ko ‘yung videos for how many times and I try to understand them kung paano niya ginagawa, paano niya basahin ang basketball niya,” he said. That match turned Rivero into a fan of Pasaol. He saw an inspiration in Pasaol. Rivero learned a lot from him that day. Now playing for the Fighting Maroons, Rivero will always be thankful for the lessons he learned while taking on the Big Red Machine from UE.   “Ang dami kong natutunan sa kanya as a player and as a young boy who looks up to someone na nakalaban niya,” said Rivero.     --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles.....»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsMay 25th, 2020Related News

Benjie Paras: UP s Tower of Power

(This story was originally published on Nov. 30, 2018) He was the dominating center of the San Beda Red Cubs that stoked fear in high school leagues in the early 1980s. And because it will take the Benedictine school two more years to return to the NCAA, Venancio “Benjie” Paras Jr., a lanky upstart with much promise, saw it fit to continue his stride towards basketball superstardom in the UAAP as part of a school already replete of former Cubs—the UP Fighting Maroons, after his high school graduation in 1986. And, it seemed UP head coach Joe Lipa wanted more of San Beda High head coach Ato Badolato’s former wards in Mendiola. In addition to Ronnie Magsanoc and Eric Altamirano running the backcourt, he wanted Paras to man the paint to complete the “San Beda connection”; a missing link he considers in copping that elusive UAAP crown. Who else could be more qualified than Paras, who lorded it over the Red Cubs from 1984 to 1986 from an illustrious start in the defunct Metro Manila Basketball League to several other private school tourneys? As a teener, Paras was awesomely powerful, grabbing rebounds without opposition, and scoring without resistance as he receives the ball in the shaded lane. You would see him score 30 to 40 points a game without letup as opponents offered little resistance, except of course the La Salle Greenhills Greenies, bannered by Binky Favis and Joey Guanio, who dealt San Beda’s painful championship loss during Paras’ last year with the Cubs in the MMBL. Frustrated and heartbroken, Paras vowed to let it all out in the collegiate league, ironically however, with his high school rival Guanio on the same team. And since the 1986 UAAP tournament began, Paras showed his dominance even as a rookie, outplaying defenders with his ferocious tenacity, as he delivered on both ends of the court. With Magsanoc’s on-court wizardry, Paras was unstoppable, scoring and rebounding at will. No one had the might or even the gall to block Paras’s path, except the defending champions UE Red Warriors’ top star and starting center Jerry Codinera.  And, with Codinera leading, UE topped the double round robin eliminations and just needed to beat UP once in the finals to retain the championship. Little did they expect, however, that Paras hasn’t displayed his full arsenal yet. With Magsanoc, Altamirano supporting him and Guanio and all-around performer Joey Mendoza backing him up on the wings, Paras showed Codinera and the rest of the Red Warriors his true mettle as he led the Maroons to a Game 1 blowout, 86-75, to arrange a winner take-all match three days later. And on that day, as they sought to bag their first UAAP title in 47 years, Paras was focused and determined. He ran rings around Codinera, engineering the Maroons’ a game-long dominance of the Red Warriors with almost the entire ULTRA, filled with UP supporters to the brim. With an insurmountable lead going into the dying seconds, it was a dream come true for Paras, seething from a painful setback in his previous senior year as a Red Cub, to now basking in glory giving UP the emphatic title that will forever be remembered in UP and UAAP annals. With a double-double 19 points and 10 rebounds, Paras was named rookie of the year, a feat he will replicate in three years as he marched into the PBA as the “Tower of Power” for Formula Shell.  .....»»

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

The Terrific 12 can be first venue for PBA teams after COVID-19

The PBA's 45th season is currently up in the air for the moment as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to hammer the country. But as a new normal emerges, one of the first places where we might see PBA teams post-pandemic could be in Macau in the East Asia Super League's The Terrific 12 tournament. EASL CEO Matt Beyer says that they plan to push through with a new edition of The Terrific 12 tournament this year. Naturally, the teams will duke it out will come from China, South Korea, Japan, and the Philippines just like previous years. "For this fall, we are planning to have our event in Macau from September 15-20. We're already in the final planning stages with the Sports Bureau in Macau," Beyer said during a webinar hosted by Blackwater's Ariel Vanguardia for Hoops Coaches International. "We are watching the COVID situation and see how it develops," he added. PBA teams have started to compete in tournaments hosted by the East Asia Super League. Blackwater and NLEX were the first teams in the PBA, seeing action in 2018's Super 8 tournament with no imports. The Road Warriors placed 4th. [Related: TERRIFIC 12: SMB looking forward to more international play] Last year, the Elite, together with San Miguel Beer and TNT, played in The Terrific 12. The Beermen, with imports Dez Wells and Lester Prosper, placed 4th as well. For the planned 2020 edition of The Terrific 12, Beyer would once again love the presence of PBA teams if possible. Blackwater, led by team owner Dioceldo Sy, has expressed its intention to join. "If Filipinos can enter Macau, yes, there will be Filipinos involved. I certainly hope so," Beyer said. "Blackwater of course, no doubt. But we've had great PBA teams last time. I think for us, we're blessed with any PBA team that can come. Of course, we want the best teams possible," he added. As it is, the COVID-19 pandemic remains the biggest roadbloack this year for all pending plans for not just basketball but for all sports. Nevertheless, Beyer and his Terrific 12 tournament will be ready to deliver basketball games for fans. "For me, if fans are looking for PBA content and if we're able to be a platform where games can continue to take place [I would love that]," the East Asia Super League boss said. "I think the issue is travel. You have to be able to travel in safe way. For this year, if we are able to get a team safely on and their safely received, then yes, absolutely. Right now, I'm sitting in Hong Kong and I can't even go to Macau. It isn't open right now," Beyer added.   — Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsMay 20th, 2020Related News

UPFRONT: Athletes introduce their furry friends

Meet some of your favorite athlete’s furry friends that keep them company during this quarantine period. In this Upfront episode, host Janeena Chan talked to four athletes who are ‘fur parents’ to their lovely pets. Mel Gohing, Kim Fajardo and siblings Kiefer and Dani Ravena introduced their ‘babies’ and gave some pet care tips. Motolite’s Gohing was with her Welsh Corgis Valentine, Arrow and their pup Cloud. “Everybody’s trying to keep themselves sane. Good thing I have dogs, I have company,” said the De La Salle product and four-time UAAP women’s volleyball champion. Meanwhile, Fajardo of F2 Logistics and also a three-time UAAP champion from DLSU considers her cat Kimber, a Perian Siamese, as her stress-reliever. “Isa siya sa stress-reliever ko,” she said of her three-year old pet. “Kapag malungkot ka nasi-sense nila, dinadamayan ka nila.” The Ravena siblings, who were with Blake, a French Bulldog, and Muning, a Yorkshire Terrier, inherited their love for dogs from their parents, former PBA star Bong and ABS-CBN S+A volleyball analyst Mozzy. “Before pa naman when we we’re kids, when we were growing up mayroon kaming chihuahua,” said Kiefer of the NLEX Road Warriors in the PBA. “Niregaluhan ako ng parents ko ng chihuahua. Before that may dogs na ang parents ko. That’s how it all started.” Kiefer added that there was a time that their dogs numbered more than 20. Aside from keeping themselves fit or bonding with their families, these athletes show that quarantine life is not boring especially with pets around......»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsMay 18th, 2020Related News

LIGA Schedule for Thursday, May 14th, 2020

ABS-CBN S+A may be off the air for now, but don't worry! You can still catch your favorite sports events on LIGA!  Here's what's showing for Thursday, May 14th!    12:00 AM - 2019 SEA Games Swimming 1:30 AM - 2019 SEA Games Women's Football 3:30 AM - LIGA Rewind - NCAA Season 94 Men’s Basketball: Lyceum vs. Perpetual 5:30 AM - Team FitFil 6:00 AM - LIGA Rewind - NCAA Season 94 Men’s Basketball: Mapua vs. San Sebastian 8:00 AM -  Upfront 8:30 AM - Kapamilya Daily Mass 9:00 AM - 2019 PVL Reinforced Conference: BaliPure vs. PetroGazz  11:00 AM - 2019 PVL Reinforced Conference: Motolite vs. Pacifictown Army 1:00 PM - Upfront 1:30 PM - LIGA Rewind - UAAP Season 79 Men’s Volleyball: NU vs. UST 3:30 PM - Team FitFil 4:00 PM - LIGA Rewind - UAAP Season 79 Women’s Volleyball: Ateneo vs. UP  6:00 PM - Upfront 6:30 PM - LIGA Rewind - UAAP Season 81 Men’s Basketball: UST vs. UE 8:30 PM - LIGA Rewind - UAAP Season 81 Men’s Basketball: Ateneo vs. DLSU 10:30 PM - Pinoy Pride Presents: Young Warriors 11:30 PM - 2019 SEA Games Swimming   Catch your favorite sports events on LIGA channel 86 and LIGA HD channel 183 on Sky Cable!  LIGA is also available nationwide thru its 200 Cable affiliates......»»

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

Warriors coach urges players to be smart on virus rules

New Zealand Warriors coach Stephen Kearney warned players Monday not to squander the chance for Australia's National Rugby League to become one of the first sports in the world to restart from coronavirus shutdown......»»

Source: Thestandard ThestandardCategory: SportsMay 4th, 2020Related News

MPBL: Sarangani and GenSan team up to extend help

Besides being busy with their respective squads for the next Chooks-to-Go Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League season, Sarangani head coach John Kallos and GenSan team manager Mermann Flores have joined hands for a bigger purpose. The newly-minted Marlins tactician felt the need of the referees, who are gravely affected by the pandemic, as they are paid on a per-game basis. "Hindi kasi gaano napapansin ang mga referee kaya nagtulong-tulong kami ng coaching staff ko at players sa Sarangani," said the 37-year-old mentor. "Alam din kasi namin na day-to-day basis lang ang salary ng referees, kaya gusto rin namin silang mabigyan ng tulong." The two distributed more than 300 relief packs to groups of referees,and also to the military frontliners in Quezon City, Marikina, and Antipolo. Warriors manager Flores led the relief operations in Antipolo. And they will continue their drive next week in Sarangani and General Santos. "Aabot pa itong mga nalikom natin sa GenSan at Sarangani. Magkakaroon pa ng second at third wave," said Kallos. Sen. Manny Pacquiao, founder of the Chooks-to-Go sponsored league, also donated face masks while lawyer Bong Gacal gave 30 sacks of rice. Aside from relief packs, Sarangani mentor also donated some 20 aerosol boxes to Philippine Children's Medical Center, Philippine Heart Center, and to the local governments of Pasig and Manila. Sarangani finished dead last in the Chooks-to-Go Lakan Season with a 1-29 record while GenSan was swept by Bacoor in the South Division Quarterfinals......»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsMay 2nd, 2020Related News

ON THIS DAY: PVL opens inaugural tournament

The Premier Volleyball League celebrates its third anniversary on Thursday. On this day, the commercial league opened its inaugural Reinforced Conference. Powerhouse Pocari Sweat, BaliPure, Power Smashers, Philippine Air Force, Perlas and new team Creamline were the six teams which participated in the first tournament of the league, which replaced the defunct V-League. The opening day on April 30, 2017 was a triple-bill playdate which pitted Air Force against BaliPure, Pocari Sweat took on the Power Smashers while Perlas faced Creamline. The Water Defenders bested the Lady Jet Spikers, 21-25, 25-19, 25-19, 25-21, with Grethcel Soltones coming up with 16 points while Risa Sato and Jerrili Malabanan added 12 markers each. [Related story: BaliPure grounds Air Force] In the second game, the Power Smashers scored an upset after sweeping past the Lady Warriors, 25-9, 25-22, 25-21, with Regine Arocha leading the way with 12 points. Jovelyn Prado and Dimdim Pacres added 11 and 10 markers, respectively for the Power Smashers. [Related story: Power Smashers stun loaded Pocari Sweat] In the main game, the Perlas Spikers stunned the crowd-favorite and Alyssa Valdez-led Cool Smashers, 23-25, 25-22, 25-19, 25-21. [Related story: Perlas takes down Alyssa Valdez-led Creamline] Amy Ahomiro led Perlas with 17 points while Dzi Gervacio dropped 13 points behind 12 attacks including a facial against former Ateneo teammate Valdez. Valdez finished with 25 points in her first tournament back in the Philippines after her stint with 3BB Nakornnont in the Thailand League. Foreign imports were barred playing in the opening day after delays in their International Transfer Certificates. Pocari Sweat would eventually win the title against BaliPure in the Finals while Creamline finished third......»»

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

Scribes to honor NorthPort’s triple OT win vs NLEX

  By JONAS TERRADO   NorthPort’s victory over NLEX in last season’s PBA Governors’ Cup quarterfinals marked the 13th time in league history that a game needed three-overtime periods to be completed. The eighth seed Batang Pier, mentored by Pido Jarencio, came away with a 126-123 win over the No. 1 Road Warriors last Nov. […].....»»

Source: Tempo TempoCategory: NewsApr 28th, 2020Related News

Top Draft: The Triggerman Allan Caidic and the UAAP s top dogs

The no. 1 pick in every sports draft is significant, the one chosen with the first pick is seen as a can’t-miss star. Sure, it never works out that way every time, but being a top draft pick is an honor anyway. When it comes to sports drafts, the origin of the no. 1 pick can be just as significant. What program wouldn’t be proud to be known as a constant producer of top prospects? In the history of the Philippine Basketball Association Draft, there are only three schools to produce more than one no. 1 pick. All of three schools came from the UAAP. For this limited series, we’ll take a look at each one and examine their top draft picks. [Related: Top Draft: UP Diliman's towering no. 1 pick might be the best in PBA history] In the final entry to this series, we take a look at the no. 1 picks from the rest of the UAAP schools. There are some heavy hitters here that’s for sure.   Top Dogs Allan Caidic (UE) – no. 1 pick, 1987 (Great Taste) Pre-PBA work pretty much guaranteed that Allan Caidic would be a surefire star in the pro ranks. The Triggerman was a UAAP champion with the UE Red Warriors and was already a national-team member before he was picked first by Great Taste in 1987, making him the fist no. 1 pick to come out of the collegiate league. While playing for his original team, Caidic set a PBA record by scoring 79 points on 17 triples in 1991. He would later also play for San Miguel Beer and Barangay Ginebra, becoming a PBA Hall of Famer and member of the pioneer 25 Greatest Players in league history. Jack Tanuan (FEU) – no. 1 pick, 1988 (Purefoods) As the winningest team in UAAP history, it’s quite surprising that the FEU Tamaraws only have one no. 1 pick in PBA Draft history. The honor is for Jack Tanuan, who played for the Tams and won a bronze medal in the 1986 Seoul Asian Games before he was picked first in 1988 by Purefoods, then making their entry in the PBA. Tanuan mostly played back up behind Ramon Fernandez and Jerry Codinera in his first year and would later back up Jun Limpot at Sta. Lucia. He played for six PBA teams and was part of Alaska’s champion teams in 1997, his last in the league. Dennis Espino (UST) – no. 1 pick, 1995 (Sta. Lucia) One of the pillars of UST’s four-peat dynasty in the early to mid-1990s, Dennis Espino was an obvious choice to become Sta. Lucia’s no. 1 pick in 1995. Espino stayed with the Realtors for 15 years and was part of the franchise’s only two championships. As for individual awards, Espino won himself one Defensive Player of the Year and was Finals MVP when Sta. Lucia beat Purefoods for the 2008 Philippine Cup title. Espino was also a four-time All-Star and made the All-PBA 1st team and All-Defensive team twice in his career. Marlou Aquino (Adamson) – no. 1 pick, 1996 (Ginebra) At a towering 6’9”, Marlou Aquino won Rookie of the Year, the fourth no. 1 pick to do so. Rookie of the Year would only be one award in a sensational first season for Aquino. Marlou won Defensive Player of the Year and made the All-PBA 1st team and All-Defensive team in his rookie year. He was also the Best Player of the Conference in the 1996 Governors’ Cup as Ginebra made it all the way to the Finals. Aquino would win a title for Ginebra in his second season. A little later, he would team up with Dennis Espino at Sta. Lucia. Danny Ildefonso (NU) – no. 1 pick, 1998 (San Miguel Beer) Winning Rookie of the Year was the first sign that Danny Ildefonso would be a star for San Miguel Beer. True enough, the Beermen made the perfect choice by picking Ildefonso first in 1998. A San Miguel dynasty would be born with Danny I as the main star. Ildefonso won back-to-back MVPs in 2000 and 2001, the same period where he also won five straight BPC awards. Ildefonso left the Beermen as an eight-time champion and was an obvious choice to be recognized as one of the PBA’s 40 Greatest Players.     — Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8 .....»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsApr 27th, 2020Related News

Sneaker Stories: Paul Lee s ECQ kicks game is very strong

It’s gotta be the shoes. Sneakers are all the craze these days, everyone’s after them whether you’re an actual sneakerhead or just in it for the business of it. Since footwear is pretty big on basketball, some of the more coveted ones are basketball shoes after all, you know, made for actual performance, basketball folks are naturally the source of some heat. It’s been a little difficult with the quarantine life lately, but that hasn’t stopped Magnolia’s Paul Lee from rocking his sneakers. Here are some of the best quarantine kicks from the PBA’s Hotshot.   #StayAtHome Lee opened his quarantine kicks series with the Air Jordan 3 SE that released for the 2020 NBA All-Star Game in Chicago. He was twinning with his daughter Tokyo.         View this post on Instagram                   Day 16 of community quarantine. Twining with tokyo ???? What to do? ???? Maybe I’m starting to post my shoes everyday ???? wala na akong maisip eh. Ayaw ko naman tumambay sa room namin nandun kasi si misis eh ????????‍?????????????? Stay safe everyone ?????????????? A post shared by Paul Lee (@lethalweapon03) on Mar 28, 2020 at 4:48pm PDT Jordan 1s are popular with anyone and Lee is no different. A shoe that would surely match his Magnolia jersey, Lee rocked the Royals very early in his quarantine kicks series.         View this post on Instagram                   Day 20 of community quarantine ???? Good morning everyone ???? habang tumatagal nakaka-boring na ???? buti na lang nandyan si @tokyochualee may kalaro ako sa umaga at nandyan din si misis @rubiechualee may kalaro ako sa gabi ???????????????????? Kamusta na po kayong lahat? Sana sa ngayon ok pa din po kayo ???????? hindi ako magsasawa na magsabi sa inyo na stay home and stay safe, wag na po tayong makulit para matapos na itong nararanasan natin ?????????????????????????? And let’s talk about naman yung kicks of the day namin ng anak ko ???? for me Jordan 1 and for Tokyo naman is Jordan 13 ???????????? A post shared by Paul Lee (@lethalweapon03) on Apr 1, 2020 at 5:10pm PDT After an “issue” with his wife, Lee rocked the Jordan 1 LA to Chicago the next day. All the lols for the Lee family.         View this post on Instagram                   Day 23 of community quarantine ???? Good morning to y’all ???????? For today’s kicks Jordan 1 LA to Chicago ???? didn’t know this one was a heat pair ????????‍?????? #Nike #Swoosh #Jordan1 . . . . Ps: kung nagtataka kayo bakit may band aid yung mukha ko dahil binugbog po ako kagabi ng misis ko ????????‍?????????????? Kala ko Fifty shades of Grey na kagabi kasi may mga candle light, torture na pala yun ???????? yun na pala yung bawi niya dahil sa prank na ginawa ko sakanya ????????????????????‍?? Again STAY SAFE and STAY AT HOME!!!!! Tiis lang po tayo matatapos din ang lahat ?????????? A post shared by Paul Lee (@lethalweapon03) on Apr 4, 2020 at 5:56pm PDT Digging deep into his massive collection, Lee paid tribute to the Black Mamba by unearthing the Kobe 7 in the Laker home colorway.         View this post on Instagram                   Day 26 of community quarantine ???? Good morning sa lahat ng mga kumpadre at kumare ko dyan ?? Medyo malalim yata yung hinukay ng mahiwagang kwarto para makuha itong Zoom Kobe 7 Lakers Home ???? Medyo mahirap yata ito sundan bukas ah ????????????‍?? Kayo mga kumpadre ano favorite kobe shoes niyo? #kobe7 #Nike #Swoosh #JustDoIt #MambaMentality A post shared by Paul Lee (@lethalweapon03) on Apr 7, 2020 at 4:32pm PDT A classic close to his heart, Lee just had to go with the Nike Dunks that pay tribute to the UE Red Warriors, the college team he took to the UAAP Finals.         View this post on Instagram                   Day 32 of community quarantine ???? Good morning sa inyong lahat! ???? For today’s kicks ay SB Nike Dunk High UE Red Warriors Edition ???????? Sobrang solid ng sapatos na ito. Every time na hahawakan ko at titignan ko ito, naaalala ko lahat yung hirap ko noong college. Isa lang masasabi ko talaga kapag may tinanim ka may aanihin ka. Kaya sobrang thankful ngayon ???? #Nike #JustDoIt #SbDunkHigh #DunkHigh A post shared by Paul Lee (@lethalweapon03) on Apr 13, 2020 at 5:36pm PDT Lee posts almost daily on Instagram as he deals with the quarantine period. You can follow him @lethalweapon03. He also has a Youtube page and he talked about his extensive sneaker collection in a recent video, which includes personal pairs that pay tribute to his family.   — Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8 .....»»

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

Training the spotlight on COVID-19 heroes

How do warriors fight a powerful enemy that they cannot see? What are their struggles when they are deep in the trenches of a deadly war zone?  .....»»

Source: Thestandard ThestandardCategory: MoviesApr 24th, 2020Related News

PB(A)BL: Asi Taulava was 'The Rock' again with San Miguel Beer

Not all players take the same route going to the PBA, each player will have his own story to tell. This series will be about those who chose a different path, those who had to hustle overseas at one point in their careers before eventually landing in the PBA. Here, we take a look at current big-name PBA players who spent some time in the other major basketball league with Philippine teams in the region: the Asean Basketball League. They don’t have to play for a Filipino team, after all, the ABL is a great place where Filipino talents can shine even while playing for other countries. [Related: PB(A)BL: Stanley Pringle's Warrior Ways] Today, we continue with Asi Taulava and his detour to the ABL version of the San Miguel Beermen.   Rock On At the peak of his powers, Asi Taulava was one of the most dominant forces the PBA has ever seen. His crowning achievement came in 2003, when Asi was the PBA’s Most Valuable Player and led Talk ‘N Text to the All-Filipino title. Of course, Taulava was Finals MVP and the Best Player of the Conference as well. With big numbers and an even bigger personality, Asi was poised to keep dominating. Unfortunately, issues regarding his eligibility would haunt the Fil-Tongan and he would eventually overstay his welcome with Talk ‘N Text. In 2007, the Phone Pals engaged the Coca-Cola Tigers in a blockbuster trade, shipping Taulava for Ali Peek and a pick that would later turned out to be Jared Dillinger. Asi was refreshed as a Tiger, in his first conference with the team eliminating Talk ‘N Text from the playoffs. After about three seasons however, a slower Asi would be traded to a new team in Meralco. A stint with the Bolts wouldn’t necessarily energize Asi, and his two seasons with the team saw him post career-low numbers. After declining a max extension with Meralco, Taulava’s true career boost would come away from the PBA. Signing with the San Miguel Beermen in the ABL in 2013, Asi would rock on. Taulava averaged a solid 10.9 points and 7.4 rebounds in his debut ABL season and in a close vote, he beat teammate Chris Banchero, Thailand’s Froilan Baguion, Saigon’s Jai Reyes, and Indonesia’s Mario Wuysang to win MVP, 10 years after winning the same award in the PBA. Just like a decade prior, Taulava would pick up a title, as San Miguel Beer swept the Indonesia Warriors in the best-of-5 Finals. San Miguel Beer in the ABL and Talk ‘N Text in the PBA remain as Asi’s only two titles in his career as of this writing. “The best thing about my stint in the ABL was that I got my confidence back,” Taulava told the league website about his stint with San Miguel Beer. “Winning that ABL championship meant a lot to me. It’s something I’ll always look back to,” he added.   ABL back to the PBA Following his ABL championship, a 40-year-old Asi would make his comeback in the PBA, signing with Air21 for the 2013 Governors’ Cup. However, he only played three games to end the season. Boosted by his ABL performance, Taulava would regain some of his lost touch in the PBA in his first full season with Air21. Asi and the Express would eliminate second-ranked San Miguel Beer in the quarterfinals of the Commissioner’s Cup before pushing eventual Grand Slam champions San Mig Coffee to a do-or-die in the semifinals. Averaging close to 15 points a game and 12 rebounds, Taulava battled for the MVP award of the 2014 season, eventually losing to June Mar Fajardo. Asi however, would win Comeback Player of the Year instead. As Air21 was eventually acquired by NLEX, Taulava would continue his strong run even as a Road Warrior, even making the All-PBA 2nd team in 2016. Age has slowed Asi tremendously since but in 2020, he continues to make history. When he plays his first game with NLEX in the new PBA season, 47-year-old Taulava officially becomes the first PBA player to play in the league in four separate decades.   — Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8 .....»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsApr 23rd, 2020Related News

Overseas Warriors- Up close with UAEs Filipino nurses during the pandemic

Overseas Warriors: Up close with UAE's Filipino nurses during the pandemic Rappler.....»»

Source: Manilanews ManilanewsCategory: NewsApr 20th, 2020Related News

Overseas Warriors: Up close with UAE’s Filipino nurses during the pandemic

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates – “Every time I go for duty these days,” Nenita Domingo Tuddao said, “I feel like a soldier going to war.” Tuddao, who has been a registered nurse with the Dubai Health Authority (DHA) for the past 14 years, said she has never been as scared ........»»

Source: Rappler RapplerCategory: NewsApr 20th, 2020Related News

Fight ‘til end

“We are also losing our warriors. Doctors and nurses are still dying, and the new order we are looking forward to welcoming still looks far ahead. The post Fight ‘til end appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Source: Tribune TribuneCategory: NewsApr 14th, 2020Related News

NBA 2K Players Tournament to air on S+A and iWant

Missing the NBA? Well, Filipino fans will finally get some “NBA action” as ABS-CBN Sports brings the first-ever NBA 2K Players Tournament to free TV on S+A this Thursday, April 16, with livestreaming on iWant.  Headlining the inaugural 2K20 tournament organized by the NBA Players Association (NBPA) in partnership with videogame company 2K and the NBA were erstwhile champion and MVP Kevin Durant from the Brooklyn Nets, ice-cold scorer Trae Young of the Atlanta Hawks, All-Star guard Donovan Mitchell of Utah Jazz, former Los Angeles Lakers' big man DeMarcus Cousins, and Phoenix Suns' hot shooter Devin Booker.  Booker emerged victorious in the event for a cause, which brought players and fans together, albeit only online, as the global pandemic caused suspension of sporting events, including NBA games. His $100,000 cash prize went to a charity of his choice.  Watch NBA stars try to replicate their winning ways in the court in the popular video game starting with the first round match-ups at 1:30 p.m. featuring Kevin Durant against Derrick Jones Jr. followed by Patrick Beverley and Hassan Whiteside’s showdown. At 4:00 p.m., it’s Rui Hachimura taking on Donovan Mitchell followed by DeMarcus Cousins against Andre Drummond. The quarterfinal round on Friday at 1:30 p.m. features Hachimura vs. Booker and Jones Jr. vs. Harrell, followed by Ayton vs. Young then Beverley vs. Drummond at 4:00 p.m.  The semifinals match between Booker and Harrell will be on Saturday at 1:30 p.m. followed by Beverley and Ayton clash for the last Finals seat at 4:00 p.m.  The championship round between teammates Booker and Ayton will air on Sunday at 4:00 p.m. The games will also be on replay every weekday at 11:00 a.m. beginning April 23 after “The Score.” .....»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsApr 14th, 2020Related News