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Here’s a no-no – 5-on-5 play in GCQ

The PBA is probing the alleged participation of Barangay Ginebra’s Japeth Aguilar and Rain or Shine’s Adrian Wong in an unauthorized training session and scrimmage during quarantine......»»

Source: Philstar PhilstarCategory: Sports21 hr. 20 min. ago Related News

Ex-Gin King Greg Slaughter trying out for NBA G League?

Speaking during the recent episode of Tiebreaker Vods' Coaches Unfiltered, Ginebra head coach Tim Cone claimed he had heard talks of Slaughter trying out for the G League after his contract expired with the Gin Kings last February......»»

Source: Philstar PhilstarCategory: Sports21 hr. 20 min. ago Related News

Cone: Slaughter not responding to calls

From all indications, Barangay Ginebra coach Tim Cone knows getting Greg Slaughter back is a long shot. “We don’t know if he’s coming back. He has not responded [to calls],” said Cone, referring to Slaughter, who has won four titles with the Gin Kings but ended ties with the league’s most popular club and threatened […] The post Cone: Slaughter not responding to calls appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Source: Inquirer InquirerCategory: NewsJul 3rd, 2020Related News

PBA: Nabong s Pido story has coach asking for a kiss during heated game

Head coach Pido Jarencio is certainly a unique character. Every player he's handled will vouch for him, especially those we were former UST Growling Tigers. Every player will also have his own crazy Pido Jarencio story. One of them is Kelly Nabong, who played for Jarencio briefly in 2018 for the Globalport Batang Pier. Despite the short time they were initially together, Nabong can clearly recall a time that coach Pido pacified him during a heated game against Phoenix. "Last time I was at Northport a couple of years ago, I think I got frustrated in a game once, I think we were playing Phoenix," Nabong told Rain or Shine's Beau Belga on Extra Rice. "I think I was talking to one of the referees and I got hot-headed, as usual sometimes. He grabbed my face and said, 'Kelly! Kiss me, give me a kiss!" Nabong added. Jarencio's surprising request was all that Nabong needed to calm down. [Related: PBA: Return to Northport a positive turn for Nabong after overstaying SMB welcome] The bruising forward, who is back with the Batang Pier this year, adds that the way Jarencio masterfully deals with all the egos in his team makes him a great coach. After all, not a lot of coaches will go ask their players for a kiss mid-game. "Like I can't be mad no more. Okay. Mwah. I'm not mad no more," Nabong said. "That's why I call him a great coach because he knows how to handle every player on that team accordingly," Kelly added.   — Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsJul 1st, 2020Related News

No ‘sixth man’ for Ginebra

If the PBA gets to resume play soon, it will be Barangay Ginebra that will feel the difference of playing in a new normal setting the most......»»

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

Ginebra hopeful mof posting profit amid health crisis

Ginebra San Miguel Inc., San Miguel Corp.’s hard liquor business, expects to still post an income this year despite a challenging business environment......»»

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

PBA players ‘excited, scared’

Barangay Ginebra’s LA Tenorio is not the only one who’s excited and scared with the PBA’s plan to return to action......»»

Source: Philstar PhilstarCategory: SportsJun 23rd, 2020Related News

PBA coaches ask fans to pray, be patient

Barangay Ginebra assistant coach Olsen Racela asked for more patience and prayers from fans who are longing to see the PBA back in action soon......»»

Source: Philstar PhilstarCategory: SportsJun 21st, 2020Related News

Top bands gather on virtual stage to salute frontliners

Every year, thousands of people gather together for Ginebra San Miguel’s Ginumanfest, an annual music festival held in different regions nationwide. .....»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: LifestyleJun 21st, 2020Related News

Topex: Budget a big factor in bubble setup

By JONAS TERRADO       Phoenix Super LPG assistant coach Topex Robinson has expressed reservations about the bubble concept which was proposed by Richard del Rosario of Ginebra. “I’m not sure if it will be applicable in a Philippine setting,” Robinson said. “Obviously, the budget’s gonna be a big factor and yun yung isang […].....»»

Source: Tempo TempoCategory: NewsJun 20th, 2020Related News

The extreme former life of Ginebra star Scottie Thompson

(This story was originally published on February 23, 2017.) For a guard that stands barely above six feet, Scottie Thompson sure has a knack for gobbling up rebounds as if he's five to six inches taller. Through the elimination round of the 2017 PBA Philippine Cup, Scottie averaged 10.4 rebounds per game, good for fourth behind 6'11" June Mar Fajardo (16.0 rebounds), 6'9" Raymond Almazan (11.6 rebounds), and 6'5" Sean Anthony (10.7) rebounds. Again, Thompson stands barely above six feet, and he's a guard. With the sophomore star doing the dirty work down low, among other things, Brgy. Ginebra San Miguel is back in the PBA Finals. And before you accuse of Scottie having special powers or magnets or something because the ball almost always end up in his possession, Scottie does have a strange past that may explain his affinity for the extreme and hauling down rebounds and other stuff for the barangay. We're talking about volleyball, dance, drag racing with motorcycles, and BMX biking. Let Scottie explain for himself. "Varsity ako samin sa basketball pero ang dami kong sports. BMX. Di pa ako mahilig sa basketball nun," Thompson said, recalling his days growing up in Davao del Sur. "Kung ano sinasalihan ko nun—sayaw, volleyball. Kahit ano. Naloko din ako sa motor, sa drag race. Siguro, dun ko rin nakuha yung pagiging versatile ko. Kahit anong nilalaro kong sports dati, ganun kasi sa probinsya kung ano lang uso," he added. Wow Scottie, BMX bicycles? Really? For those who may not be familiar with what those are, BMX bikes are those off-road sports bicycles that people mainly use to do crazy and fancy stunts. Turns out, the typically low-key Scottie was 'bout that life. And he has the scar to prove it. "Dito nga, natusok ako sa manibela," he said, pointing to a scar on his neck. "Wala eh, pinalipad ko. Tapos [inikot] ko yung manibela, pag land ko di na bumalik." "Tapos pag-uwi ko naka [takip damit sa leeg] ako kasi papagalitan ako," he added. After turning his back on the extreme, Scottie has had quite a basketball career, which is good news for Ginebra fans. So far in his young PBA stint, Thompson has been to the Finals in two out of four conferences, hoping to give the barangay back-to-back titles. "Unang-una nagpapa-salamat ako kasi youngest ako dito uli," Scottie said. Panagalawa ko na to, sobrang blessed and sobrang thankful kay God." In the Philippine Cup, the Gin Kings now face two-time defending champion San Miguel Beer, a matchup that hasn't been seen in 10 years or since Mark Caguioa and Jay-jay Helterbrand led Ginebra in a six-game conquest of Danny Seigle and the Beermen. While he was already a basketball fan then, Scottie couldn't even remember if he even watched that series. He was still probably busy with his bike. "Malamang nasa Digos pa ako nun. High School, mga first year pa ako, magse-second year," he said.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

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

Thanks God, NorthPort’s Cruz is virus-free

    By JAN CARLO ANOLIN     NorthPort forward Jervy Cruz revealed on social media that he tested negative for COVID-19 after finding out that two of the six drivers from PISTON 6 he had helped out recently caught the coronavirus. “It is sad to hear that after giving the [P]iston 6 help, 2 […].....»»

Source: Tempo TempoCategory: NewsJun 19th, 2020Related News

Caguioa once granted wish of ailing fan

(This story was originally published last January 6, 2016) Mark Caguioa is an awesome dude on and off the court. Responding to an ailing fan's wish, the Spark went to Batangas to visit a certain Papa Gani, a Ginebra fan dealing with chronic kidney and heart failure. Rachel Reglos-Lim, the daughter of Papa Gani, reached out to the Ginebra star via Twitter last December 28, saying that one of his father's last wishes was to meet him. (function(d, s, id) { var js, fjs = d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0]; if (d.getElementById(id)) return; js = d.createElement(s); js.id = id; js.src = "//connect.facebook.net/en_US/sdk.js#xfbml=1&version=v2.3"; fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js, fjs);}(document, 'script', 'facebook-jssdk')); To all my facebook friends, relatives and other barkada. I am humbly requesting for your outmost help. If there's anyway... Posted by Rachel Ann Reglos Lim on Sunday, December 27, 2015 Papa Gani has been a Ginebra fan all the way from the Robert Jaworski days. The Spark delivered, he together with Jay-jay Helterbrand, sent out video messages just a day later but Caguioa took it a step further and visited Papa Gani in Batangas. (function(d, s, id) { var js, fjs = d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0]; if (d.getElementById(id)) return; js = d.createElement(s); js.id = id; js.src = "//connect.facebook.net/en_US/sdk.js#xfbml=1&version=v2.3"; fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js, fjs);}(document, 'script', 'facebook-jssdk')); I wont let this day ends without posting this video for Papa Gani. I want to thank Our Heavenly Father for making this... Posted by Rachel Ann Reglos Lim on Monday, December 28, 2015 (function(d, s, id) { var js, fjs = d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0]; if (d.getElementById(id)) return; js = d.createElement(s); js.id = id; js.src = "//connect.facebook.net/en_US/sdk.js#xfbml=1&version=v2.3"; fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js, fjs);}(document, 'script', 'facebook-jssdk')); Shout to Paz Franco Dulay and to her husband Edman for requesting his officemate Katrina Marcos for a short but... Posted by Rachel Ann Reglos Lim on Monday, December 28, 2015 (function(d, s, id) { var js, fjs = d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0]; if (d.getElementById(id)) return; js = d.createElement(s); js.id = id; js.src = "//connect.facebook.net/en_US/sdk.js#xfbml=1&version=v2.3"; fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js, fjs);}(document, 'script', 'facebook-jssdk')); Who would have thought that after the video clips sent to me for Papa Gani, a man was surprisingly visited us all the... Posted by Rachel Ann Reglos Lim on Sunday, January 3, 2016 Never say die......»»

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

Workout buddies keep Valdez, Lazaro-Revilla motivated to stay in shape

Even athletes like Alyssa Valdez and Denden Lazaro-Revilla find it hard to work out at home and stay in shape with most of the country still under community quarantine. Three months – and still counting – of not being able to train, practice, do their usual routine and compete can take its toll. “For me it’s really hard because probably sabi mo nga this is the longest time (na di nakakalaro),” said Creamline star Alyssa Valdez in an interview on the Crossover podcast Tuesday night. “Usually, the whole year naglalaro [ako] with PVL, national team all throughout the year. Training twice a day sometimes.” All sporting events were halted last March as the government put Luzon under enhanced community quarantine in an effort to curb the contagion.    “So, sobrang nu’ng start ng quarantine, medyo okay pa eh. May time tayo for rest. Minsan lang ito. You took it positively na, ‘Okay para ito sa katawan ko’,” added Valdez. “But after a while, nu’ng na-extend na siya nang na-extend, parang nade-demotivate ka na rin to workout kasi we don’t know, ‘yung uncertainty kung kailan babalik ‘yung team trainings and tournament.” The newest member of ChocoMucho Lazaro-Revilla shared that although she had experienced taking a year-long hiatus from volleyball before to attend med school, she couldn’t agree more with Valdez’s sentiments. “I have more time on my hands to stay physically fit but then like what Alyssa said, may times na mawawalan ka ng gana because of the situation,” Lazaro-Revilla said. “So much uncertainty and you don’t know when training’s gonna resume, when the tournament’s gonna resume? So there are times na you’ll feel down, parang may times ako na wala akong gana to do anything actually.” Luckily for these ladies, they have the best workout buddies at home. “I think I’m lucky lang din na I’m surrounded by people na sobrang competitive, athletic so napu-push din ako na to really workout every single day,” said Valdez, who during this lockdown is staying at her boyfriend Kiefer Ravena’s house. The former Queen Eagle also has Kiefer’s siblings Ateneo basketball star Thirdy and Lady Eagles libero Dani to workout with.     Lazaro-Revilla, on the other hand, trains with husband NorthPort guard LA.    “Luckily, I have LA na sinasabayan kong mag-workout,” she said. Lazaro-Revilla added that the Flying Titans check and encourage each other to stay in shape via online meetings.   “Buti na lang I have good teammates, we encourage each other when we have team meetings and all that,” she said. Both players stressed that staying in shape and keeping themselves healthy physically and mentally is essential. Especially with the Premier Volleyball League looking at staging the fourth edition of the Open Conference late this year.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles.....»»

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

Farewell, basketball godfather: Danding Cojuangco and his love for sports

Apart from being a basketball patron to his alma mater DLSU in the UAAP, and his three teams in the PBA — San Miguel Beer, Barangay Ginebra San Miguel and the Magnolia Hotshots — the late tycoon also paved the way for the national team near the end of the Marcos regime......»»

Source: Philstar PhilstarCategory: SportsJun 17th, 2020Related News

NorthPort owner chides Ateneo coach

Northport owner and Deputy Speaker Mikee Romero (1Pacman Partylist) is the latest among the growing list of officials and coaches critical to the statements of Gilas Pilipinas program director Tab Baldwin......»»

Source: Thestandard ThestandardCategory: SportsJun 16th, 2020Related News

Northport owner on Tab s PBA comments: 'Sounds like racism'

Ateneo coach Tab Baldiwn sure caused a stir when he made his unfiltered comments about the PBA recently. While many commented Coach Tab for his dose of reality, majority of those who took it another way are big-time PBA names. One of those is Deputy Speaker Mikee Romero of 1Pacman Partylist, who also happens to own one of the teams in the PBA in the Northport Batang Pier. Romero blasted Baldwin and even invoked the race card. "PBA has been very successful since the beginning so he can’t destroy our history in basketball,” Romero said in a statement. “As a guest in the country he has no right to question the format, much more the integrity of the league and its officials. For me it sounds like racism,” he added. Baldwin's comments originated from a podcast when he questioned the PBA's one-import conference format, saying it was a "big mistake." [Related: Unfiltered Baldwin comments on the PBA's "big mistake"] Coach Tab was also critical on the liberties given to the imports who play here, which in turn makes the coaches have "tactical immaturity." Romero says that the PBA's format is tried and tested, and Baldwin is in no position to basically throw his Filipino counterparts under the bus. “PBA has been very successful since the beginning so he can’t destroy our history in basketball,” Romero said. “While he helped steer Ateneo to UAAP championships, he’s not entitled to underestimate the capabilities of our local coaches," Romero added of Baldwin.   — Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

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

Tab s unfiltered comments shook up Philippine coaching fraternity

Reactions to Tab Baldwin's now-controversial unfiltered comments about the PBA come from all sorts of places, but it seems like the general consensus is that he disrupted the Philippine coaching fraternity that's supposedly built on brotherhood. Hoops Coaches International, established by Blackwater's Ariel Vanguardia for webinars featuring local and foreign coaches, issued a statement about Baldwin's comments about the PBA last week. The Ateneo coach called the PBA's one-import tournaments as a "big mistake" and said local coaches as having "tactical immaturity." [Related: Unfiltered Baldwin comments on the PBA's "big mistake"] Hoops Coaches International is focusing on the tactical immaturity part on condemning Baldwin's comments. The very existence of webinars by Hoops Coaches International is to help advance the level of coaches here. Current and former PBA coaches like Tim Cone, Norman Black, Yeng Guiao, Mark Dickel, Jeffrey Cariaso, and Bill Bayno have all appeared in the webinars. A number of foreign coaches have shared their expertise as well. "We have hosted a number of webinars because we are aware that we do not have all the answers. That in order to compete with the best, we have to expose our coaches to a plethora of ideas, theories, and practices from successful coaches that work with all age groups and levels, from all leagues," the statement read. "Only by raising the level of coaching at the grassroots and provincial level can we move the needle," the statement added. [Related: Northport owner on Tab's PBA comments: "Sounds like racism"] Hoops Coaches International acknowledged some of Coach Tab's points but his comments on local coaches seem to have done more harm than good especially with the reaction that followed. "We have long believed that a coaching fraternity is built on a foundation of camaraderie and a free exchange of ideas," Hoops Coaches International said in its statement directed to Baldwin. "So, it is disheartening to hear that instead of helping the Filipino coaching community grow towards a higher standard, you saw it fit to put us down," the statement added.   — Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

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

All that pressure turned CJ Perez, Robert Bolick into diamonds

CJ Perez and Robert Bolick are now the lead guards of upstart teams Terrafirma and NorthPort, respectively. Having wrapped up their first years in the PBA as members of the All-Rookie Team, the future surely shines bright for the former rivals. This, even though Perez continues to juggle five-on-five and 3x3 national teams and Bolick continues to recover from an ACL injury. After all, both of them know rocky roads all too well. Perez was already a shining star in San Sebastian College-Recoletos, but then took his talents to Ateneo de Manila University. However, he fell short of the academic requirements in Katipunan and did not play a single game as a Blue Eagle in the UAAP. Still, he is nothing but glad to share that he became a better player and a better person by the end of his time there. "Kahit sa Team B lang ako nakalaro, parang mas natuto pa nga ako doon kasi ang daming laro, ang daming liga. Feeling ko, mas nakundisyon pa ako," he shared in The Prospects Pod last Friday. He then continued, "Tapos sa aral naman, nung pinaghahabol ako dahil sa bagsak, doon ako natuto talagang mag-aral nang mabuti. Nabilib pa nga ako sa sarili ko kasi kaya ko palang mag-aral nang ganun." Fortunately, the 6-foot-2 guard landed on his feet in Lyceum of the Philippines University and proceeded to win MVP and make school history. He was well on his way to being the top overall pick by the Dyip in the 2019 PBA Draft, but even that didn't come easy as complications arose regarding his application. Apparently, Perez failed to notify the NCAA about his draft application and was suspended for Game 1 of the Season 94 Finals. In the end, he and the Pirates lost anew to San Beda University. Nonetheless, he chooses to see silver linings from that. "Yung mga ganung bagay is a lesson. Para sa akin, natuto ako kung paano yung mga moves bago magdesisyon, kung paano paghahandaan muna lahat para yung desisyon mo, mas mapaganda," he said. While he won three championships in a row as a Red Lion, it was not all roses as well for Bolick. A self-proclaimed "bench player" for two years in De La Salle University, he shared that he felt like he didn't belong in Manila. "Parang feeling ko nun, hindi ko pa kaya yung college kasi never pa ako nakapaglaro nang ganung karaming tao. Dati nga, naisip ko, pagpasok ko ng court, ang laki naman nito, ano ba naman 'to," he said. He then continued, "Dati, kaunting takbo lang, pero ngayon, parang ang tagal bago ka makarating sa kabila." Thankfully, teammate Oda Tampus was always there to lift up the spirits of the 6-foot-1 playmaker. As he put it, "Ang nagbukas talaga ng mata sa akin, si Oda, kaming dalawa lang yung Bisaya sa team ko siya yung kuya ko kumbaga. Siya yung nagturo sa akin ng ropes, ng diskarte sa college." Not long after, he only grabbed the golden opportunity over in Mendiola where he came to be known as "The Bus Stop" and then "Big Shot Bolick" and then "50-point man." And not long after, he was drafted third overall by the Batang Pier. Looking back, the Ormoc native has no doubt that he is where he is today all because of the rocky road he had taken. "Minsan, ngayon, kapag naiisip ko yun, grabe napagdaanan ko yun? Papasok, fa-foul tapos babalik sa bench," he said. He then continued, "Pero dahil dun, tumibay talaga ako." --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

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

Rudy Distrito’s miracle shot in Ginebra’s epic 1991 finals victory

It was a shot heard all over, and it came at the best, most emphatic time anyone could think of. While game winners can be as dramatic and euphoric as they can be, one particular shot in the dying seconds of Game 7 of the 1991 PBA First Conference was even more astounding. It was epic. And it came from one appropriate fella: the Destroyer, who really obliterated the Herculean advantage of the opponent with just one swish off a mind-boggling move into the paint. More than just a winning shot, it practically was an epic ending of his team’s frenzied and scintillating come-from-behind series clincher no one could ever thought was even possible. Troublemaker Before that game, the hotheaded Rudy Distrito was seen as a troublemaker. Who can’t forget his antics and skirmishes on court, brandishing a despicable on-court persona with his notorious trash talk and rugged, and sometimes harmful, play? But even if he had this not so pleasant reputation, Distrito plays ball like a man with a mission, searing Goliath-like defense in the paint with death defying drives in which he finds a way to drill in that twinner. On that hot and humid night on May 19, 1991, the “villain” Distrito had one superb role reversal. As Ginebra was on a two-game winning streak after falling 1-3, playing coach Robert Jaworski’s wards had this chance to make history: being the first team to come from that overwhelming series deficit to win a title. But their adversary that night, Shell Rimula-X, surely won’t allow to let it slip off their hands. It was a nip and tuck affair. A high-scoring, intensely fought, close game that can’t be decided until that fateful last five seconds. Winning play With the score tied at 102-all, Jaworski called on his versatile, fearless trooper to one endgame play for the ages. With his teammates spread-out to arrange the isolation play, Distrito, who was at the top of the key, surprised his defender, Ronnie Magsanoc, with speedy cut towards the shaded line. Beating Magsanoc in the dash towards the basket, Distrito received a sharp, precise inbounds pass from Jaworski. Distrito then surged with a devil-may-care drive against the towering outstretched arms of the double teaming Benjie Paras and Jojo Martin. The trickster that he is, Distrito broke his stride towards the basket, leaving his tall defenders bewildered, and instead leaped for a fade-away jumper. And the ball went in, igniting a tremor in the ULTRA caused by the ecstatic and frivolous folk of Barangay Ginebra rejoicing in unison at that epic moment. Distrito himself screamed in joy over his accomplishment as an equally ecstatic Jaworski hugged him in elation. But the game wasn’t over. After Distrito made that shot, nearly everyone forgot there was one second remaining in the clock. Shell coach Arlene Rodriguez called for time and devised their own final attempt at glory. But unlike Ginebra’s previous play, Shell’s ensuing last-second strategy was somewhat predictable and expected. Romeo dela Rosa heaved the ball to Magsanoc, who streaked towards the three-point area at the left flank. And as he tried to do a difficult turnaround shot from beyond the arc, Ginebra import Jervis Cole’s long arms swatted the ball away, preserving the Ginebra’s 2-point lead as time expired, 104-102, and allowing the never-say-die team to clinch its second championship at the time. Distrito then continued his celebration, stretching his arms up and jumping on the court in utter glee while teammates and supporters hugged and tapped him for an incredible job well done. With that victory, the merciless guy who was up to no good became the hero behind one of the best endings ever in cage championship play......»»

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