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PostPosted: Mon Jun 18, 2018 10:40 am 
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With familiar system in Makati squad, Philip Paniamogan confident he can shine in MPBL
From: Christian Jacinto June 16, 2018, 05:50 pm


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Philip Paniamogan is ready to embrace the role of a gunner anew.


AFTER a short stint in the PBA, Philip Paniamogan is looking forward to impress in the Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League.

The former Jose Rizal University shooter believes that he has so much more to offer and he intends to set the court ablaze for the Makati Skyscrapers for him to be able to prove that.

Paniamogan, left out of the 2014 PBA Draft, played only two games for the Kia franchise in the last Philippine Cup, putting up averages of 11 points, two assists and two steals. Relegated to the bench for the rest of the conference, the 27-year-old guard out of Cagayan de Oro agreed to a buy out from his Kia squad and eventually ended up with the Skyscrapers where he reunites with JRU assistant Cholo Villanueva.

“Nung inoffer sa akin to, di na ako nagdalawang isip pumirma. Yung edad ko, parang sakin gusto ko talaga maglaro. Sabi naman din nila na magagamit din nila ako so okay yun,” said Paniamogan.

That type of familiarity, working with Villanueva and several former teammates such as Jaycee Ascuncion and Gio Lasquety, is something that Paniamogan is banking on entering his debut for the newest regional basketball league in the Philippines.

Knowing that his coach understands his capabilities as a player, Paniamogan is confident that he can bloom further in this league.

“Okay na okay kasi siyempre kilala ko yung coach, yung management, mga kakampi ko din, kilala ko. Hindi narin mahirap sakin makisama dito. Welcome na welcome yung pagdating ko dito. Sobrang bait ng mga manager, lahat,” said Paniamogan.

“Naging madali na lang sakin, nung nagpapadraft ako, sila (Villanueva) ni coach Vergel yung nagmementor sa akin nung nasa JRU pa ako,” he added.

Paniamogan believes that he has improved leaps and bounds in the two and a half years that he has played in the PBA.

More of a volume shooter back in college, Paniamogan said that during his time as a reserve in the pro ranks he has learned to be more patient when it comes to scoring.

Now Paniamogan is ready to embrace the role of a gunner anew.

“Pag dating sa opensa, nakita na nila yung improvement ko, pero nagtatanong parin ako sa kanila. Tinatanggap ko naman yung challenges na yun, pero nakikinig naman ako sa mga ex-PBA players tulad nila Kuya Mark, nagtatanong ako, kung ano yung tama,” Paniamogan said.

Still, the dream for Paniamogan is to get back to the PBA after this stint and to prove that he has a lot more to give.

“Yun naman talaga pinagusapan namin ni coach Cholo. Gusto ko maglaro sa Makati kasi gustong gusto ko pa bumalik sa pro. Baka kasi may kumuha. Sabi ko nga di ko iiwan si coach Cholo dito sa Makati, pero sabi niya, kung may kumuha mas maganda.”

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Mark Isip looking to make impact as mentor to young Makati players in MPBL
From: Christian Jacinto June 16, 2018, 03:09 pm


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While looking to become a mentor to the younger players, Mark Isip is also focusing on giving Makati a championship. Karlo Sacamos


MARK Isip is hoping to help both aspiring pros and former PBA players make it to the big stage as he sees action with the Makati Skyscrapers in the Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League (MPBL).

The 6-foot-5 big man says he isn’t thinking about a return to the big league, but is focusing on being a mentor to the other players.

“Ang hope and wish ko, sila Philip (Paniamogan), sila Rudy (Lingganay), sila Jeckster (Apinan) na saglit lang nakalaro ng PBA, gusto ko makabalik sila,” said Isip.

“Yung mga bata naman na galing lang ng college, D-League lang, gusto ko maprepare sila. Makita nila yung professionalism and what it takes to go there, day in day out, practice everyday. The more na may umakyat sa kanila yun ang hopes natin,” he added.

After spending 11 productive years in the PBA, the 37-year-old Isip said that the biggest contribution that he’ll be bringing to the squad is his experience.

“Whatever wisdom, experience, yung knowledge at know-how sa professional if you want to go there, open book ako sa kanila to any questions.”

Isip is delighted to see a new league rise to provide opportunities to more players.

With 26 teams in the MPBL, more players will get a chance to play, developed and be exposed at the same time – giving them a better percentage of chasing their hoop dreams.

“Naiintriga ako sa competition meron tayo ngayon. Sa past game days, may makikita ka na player na kung wala tong ligang to, di sila mabibigyan ng chance. Sa next level, sa pro, less than one percent na Pinoy ang nakakalaro dun. Dito 500 Filipino players, not bad,” Isip added.

While hoping to be a mentor to the younger ones, Isip is also focusing on giving Makati a championship.

“Very good. Malaki ang chances namin. Ang first goal is to make it to the semis and from there on tignan natin kung sino makakalaban.”

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Levi Hernandez catches fire as Navotas rallies past Pasay in MPBL
From: Christian Jacinto June 16, 2018, 10:10 pm


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Levi Hernandez waxes hot in the third quarter to lead the Clutch.


NAVOTAS leaned on the hot shooting of Levi Hernandez and Rey Publico to shrug off a lethargic start and take an 83-75 win over Pasay in the Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League on Saturday at the San Andres Gym in Manila.

The Clutch trailed early in the first quarter but ultimately got back right at it before halftime behind the hot hands of Publico.

Hernandez then took over in a sizzling third period - firing in 12 in that stretch - as Navotas took control of the game for good.

The Voyagers tried to make a game out of it, but the Clutch had an answer to every little rally Pasay threw - with Kyle Neypes' three pointer in the 39 second mark giving them an 80-73 lead.

"We had a slow start, medyo talagang nangigigil. Buti nalang we were able to recover in the next quarters," said Navotas head coach Ritchie Ticzon.

"We want a system where we can compete even though we're young," he added.

Hernandez, formerly of TNT, led the way for Clutch with 26 points on 4-7 shooting while Publico finished with 22 points and nine rebounds. Monbert Arong added nine points and four assists as Ron Denison filled the statsheet with six points, eight boards, four assists and three steals.

Former San Beda guard Yvan Ludovice led the way for Pasay with 17 points and six boards as RR De Leon added 15 points and five rebounds.

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NAVOTAS 83 – Hernandez 26, Publico 22, Arong 9, Neypes 7, Denison 6, Trinidad 6, Porter 5, Sorela 2, Javelosa 0, Salem 0, Padilla 0, Gumaru 0

PASAY 75 – Ludovice 17, De Leon 15, Alanes 10, Lastimosa 8, Salcedo 7, Jamon 7, Balucanag 6, Vidal 2, Cadavis 2, Mendoza 1, Bartolo 0, Ilad 0

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Proud Philip Cezar says unheralded Aris Dionisio has what it takes to make it to PBA
From: Christian Jacinto June 17, 2018, 05:50 pm


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THERE is little doubt in Philip Cezar’s mind that Aris Dionisio has what it takes to make it all the way to the PBA.

The PBA’s former ‘Tapal King’ gave his longtime ward a stamp of approval, particularly after Dionisio put on a show in Manila–Robust Energy’s 89-82 win over Bataan on Saturday at the San Andres Gym.

Dionisio was effective on both ends of the court as he paced the Stars with 21 points, seven rebounds, three blocks and two steals, leaving his ex-pro teammates in the shade while outdueling his Gilas cadets counterparts.

Asked if the versatile 6-5 forward can go all the way to the PBA, Cezar, a member of the pro league's 25 Greatest Players, said: “I think yes. He will go all the way.”

While many people were surprised by Dionisio’s performance, especially since it’s his first live televised game on free TV, Cezar wasn’t surprised at all.

In fact, the two go a long way back to Dionisio’s early years in the Philippine School of Business Administration – before Dionisio transferred a made a name for himself at St. Clare.


Now that they get a chance to be together again, Cezar expects nothing less from his protégé.

“Expected ko naman lagi sa kanya yan. Everytime na maglalaro yan, binibigay niya 100 percent yan, masipag yung bata. Nakatatak na sa puso niya yan,” said Cezar.

“Napunta pa sa akin, lalong lumakas ang loob niya na magsipag at gawin ang gustong gawin. Binibigay ko sa kanya yung chances na makapaglaro ng 100 percent. Si Dionisio talagang maglalaro yan,” the former Crispa star added.

The only thing that Dionisio needs now is to add more pounds to his lanky frame, considering the physicality that’s required in the pros.

Cezar believes Dionisio’s hard work is more than enough to make up for it.

“Kulang lang alam mo na yung bata medyo payat. Medyo magaan pa para makipagbungguan. Mapapansin mo laging nasa ere yung bata e, talon ng talon. Yun siguro yung kanyang lamang, yung sipag.”

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For unknown Roy Cayanan, reaching the MPBL is one thing; proving yourself is another
From: Christian Jacinto June 17, 2018, 05:19 pm


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A LOT has been said about the opportunities the Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League (MPBL) gives to aspiring basketball players all over the Philippines since opening last January.

But for these players, being named to the squad is just the first part of it – the real meat of the experience comes from the everyday grind, the consistency of the work they put in on a daily basis.

Roy Cayanan, one of the homegrown players of the Makati Skyscrapers, can attest to that.

A high-scoring combo guard who stood out in the recreational and commercial circuit around Manila, it’s no surprise to see Cayanan elevated to his hometown team. But he himself will tell you that there’s a world of difference between playing in bush leagues and the MPBL level.

“Malaki. Sobrang laki,” Cayanan said when asked about the difference between the MPBL and his previous leagues.

The competitiveness starts in practice, with players like himself eager to prove that he’s worth the slot given to him – considering the number of people waiting for the opportunity to get their own shot at this level.

“Dito focused ka dapat, everyday kaming nagpa-practice, yung skills mo kailangan pakita mo sa practice, kailangan ma-impress mo yung mga coaches na nagte-train sayo,” Cayanan explained.

The key for Cayanan is remembering that this is still the same sport that he has enjoyed and played most of his life – only that it’s played at an entirely higher level.

Unlike in smaller leagues, there’s a much larger emphasis on buying into the coach’s system and philosophy and it’s something that Cayanan needs to get used to.

“In-enjoy ko lang yung sarili ko. Basketball pa rin naman. I-play mo lang kung ano yung ginagawa mo dati. Tapos mag-play ka lang more on sa system. Sumunod ka lang ng sumunod sa coach,” he added.

But more than getting a shot at the spotlight, Cayanan is treating this opportunity as a chance for self-improvement.

“Thankful ako sa narating ko ngayon dahil siyempre, ibang level na to. Hindi katulad nung mga nilalaruan ko na commercial leagues. Ito kasi semi-pro. Laking pagkakataon to para sa akin na umangat sa larangan ng basketball,” Cayanan said.

“Binigyan din ako ni God ng pagkakataon na umangat sa sarili, namo-motivate naman ako ng mga coach ko at teammate ko, step up lang pagdating sa practices at sa laro.”

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Makati Skyscrapers rely on Paniamogan, Ablaza in fiery MPBL comeback against Basilan
From: Christian Jacinto June 19, 2018, 09:05 pm


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MAKATI turned to its suffocating defense in the second half for a successful Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League (MPBL) debut as it cuffed fellow newcomer Basilan, 77-65, on Tuesday at the Baliuag Star Arena in Bulacan.

The Skyscrapers forced the Steel to turnover after turnover in the second half as they overcame a 12-point deficit and broke the game wide-open behind a blazing finish.

In all, Makati forced Basilan to 34 turnovers and got 38 points out of it.

Cedrick Ablaza starred in the comeback for the Skyscrapers, kickstarting their counter-offensive before Philip Paniamogan finally got going in the second half.

The former Jose Rizal University standout started out by making just one of his first eight shots, but he rediscovered his touch just in time to fire 14 in the final two quarters.

Paniamogan finished with 19 points albeit on 7-of-21 shooting to lead all scorers. Ablaza added 18 points and seven rebounds as Rudy Lingganay and James Mangahas chipped in 11 points apiece.

Jojo Tangkay, 41, was as lethal as ever as he led the Steel with 16 points, five rebounds and five assists in a losing effort. Ex-Letran stalwart Dennis Daa finished with 15 as Mark Ababon added 11.

The scores:

Makati 77 - Paniamogan 19, Ablaza 18, Mangahas 11, Lingganay 11, Apinan 6, Lasquety 6, Mocon 4, Importante 2, Manlangit 0, Isip 0, Villanueva 0

Basilan 65 - Tangkay 16, De. Daa 15, Ababon 11, Acosta 7, Dumapig 5, Foronda 4, Lusdoc 2, Di. Daa 2, Garcia 2, Bautista 0

Quarterscores: 11-19, 30-33, 51-48, 77-65

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Pacquiao simply doesn't get it
From: Dodo Catacutan June 19, 2018, 03:22 pm


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Manny Pacquiao has defended the MPBL rule putting a limit on Fil-foreigners that the league's 26 teams can sign, saying it's only right to keep out these players because, 'Nasasapawan ang mga Pilipino.' Marlo Cueto


AS a boxer who was without equal, Manny Pacquiao united Filipinos from all over the world with the power of his punches and the overflowing national pride stirred by his victories.

As a politician, he tears us apart by the carelessness of his words and the recklessness of his actions.

Pacquiao has largely been forgiven, even tolerated, for his cringe-worthy comments on a number of national issues. But the champion boxer just keeps stepping in and taking a stand that inevitably divides us.

Days ago, officials in a basketball league Pacquiao owns (eponymously named MPBL) enforced a rule limiting teams to only one Fil-foreign player who could be no taller than 6-foot-4. Meaning, any passport-bearing Filipino player with foreign blood, whether born here or overseas, has to fight for that one spot open in each of the MPBL's 26 teams.

And, should this Fil-foreigner happen to have been sired by a tall dad and had grown a shade over 6-feet-4, sorry na lang siya. That's it for him!

You'd think a two-term lawmaker and now senator of the Republic would be first to recognize that such a rule is plainly and simply discriminatory and would knock some sense into his minions' heads. Unfortunately, not.

Pacquiao not only stood by the rule but also justified it in the most insensitive manner, saying it's only right to keep out these players because "nasasapawan ang mga Pilipino," as though these Fil-foreigners weren't Filipinos.

Fans of both Pacquiao and the MPBL were quick to leap to his defense, saying the senator was only looking after the welfare of homegrown players with little chance to shine in a PBA teeming with Fil-foreign players. Besides, they crow, he owns the league and has all the right to enforce whatever rule he fancies.

His league, his rules, right?


Wrong.

No league, amateur or professional, big or small, can impose rules that trample on people's rights. Fil-foreigners, if Pacquiao bothers to read the constitution that he as senator has sworn to uphold, are guaranteed the same rights as every citizen of this country.

As for his belief that keeping Fil-foreigners out of his league can spur the development of homegrown players, Pacquiao needs only to be reminded that he couldn't have become tough enough to beat Dela Hoya and Cotto and Hatton had his handlers taken the same myopic attitude and cherry-picked his opponents early in his career.

It's time we stop the double standard when it comes to Fil-foreigners. We can't keep rooting for the Jasmine Triases then disown Fil-Ams in the next breath; we can't keep hoping to see Jordan Clarkson play for our national team yet bar Fil-foreigners from our own leagues.

I've been a sportswriter for three decades, and wherever this job has taken me, there have always been Filipinos happy to see a fellow Filipino. Yet I know that these countrymen, wherever they are, inevitably deal with discrimination, in some form or degree, and bear these silently.

That explains why the most ardent Pacquiao fans are likely based overseas. Because, by cheering for the legendary Pacman as he beats the crap out of every foreign opponent, our foreign-based kababayans are, in fact, rooting for Pacquiao to win their battles for them.

I myself lived and worked in Hong Kong for seven years, and one of my proudest moments there came in 2009 when I giddily walked inside a newsroom filled with British workmates, the afternoon after Pacquiao knocked cold a feared brawler from Manchester named Ricky Hatton.

But I, too, have seen discrimination against our kababayans in a foreign land. I know how it feels. It makes you angry. It diminishes your faith in people. It tears at your soul.

I can only imagine the hurt that a Fil-foreigner feels when he is discriminated against in his own land.

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limit of one Fil-Am should be increased to three per team and height unli.

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maybe that ruling will be revised next season... :) :D

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San Juan Knights score huge road win over Pampanga Lanterns in MPBL debut
From: Christian Jacinto June 21, 2018, 10:50 am


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SAN Juan marked a grand return to Philippine basketball after running through home team Pampanga, 93-70, in the Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League on Wednesday at the Angeles University Foundation.

The Knights embarking on a huge assault in the middle quarters to take the fight out of the Lanterns for good.

Ex-pro John Wilson starred in that stretch and the Knights, coached by ex-San Juan guard Randy Alcantara, led by as many as 33 in the third quarter, 76-43, with 3:22 left in the period.

From there, it was all cruise control for the Knights.

Wilson finished with 20 points, going 4 for 7 from beyond the arc to lead all scorers, while CJ Isit had 14 points and four assists.

Larry Rodriguez added 12 points off the bench while rising star Mike Ayonayon added 10 points and three assists. All three came off the bench for the Knights.

Mac Cardona started for the Knights and finished with nine points in less than 15 minutes of action.

Allen Enriquez paced the Lanterns with 20 points and six boards while Michael Juico added 18.

The scores:

San Juan 93 — Wilson 20, Isit 14, Rodriguez 12, Ayonayon 10, Cardona 9, Gabawan 7, Parala 6, Jeruta 5, Rios 3, Ubalde 2, Cortes 2, De Leon 2, Clarito 1, Marquez 0.

Pampanga 70 — Enriquez 20, Juico 18, David 9, De Guzman 7, Pangilinan 5, Aquino 5, Baloria 4, Nacpil 1, Mercado 1, Moraga 0, Ong 0, Gomez 0, Rivera 0, Salonga 0, Lopez 0.

Quarterscores: 23-16; 52-32; 82-54; 93-70.

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Mac Montilla delivers on both ends as Parañaque nips Valenzuela for winning MPBL start
From: Christian Jacinto June 20, 2018, 10:23 pm


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PARAÑAQUE used a methodical attack to open its campaign in the Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League (MPBL) with a win following a 76-73 squeaker past Valenzuela on Wednesday at the Angeles University Foundation Gymnasium in Pampanga.

Mac Montilla came off the bench to spark the Patriots' attack and give their new partners F2 Logistics its maiden victory.

The Cebuano marksman scattered 20 points on 4-6 shooting from downtown, and came up with the biggest plays on both ends down the stretch to fend off the Classic.

Leading by just six and the Classic hot on their heels, Montilla forced a turnover with less than a minute left after reading Mel Mabigat's pass perfectly for the steal.

Montilla then went all the way to give the Patriots a 74-68 lead with 51 seconds to go.

Harold Arboleda's missed free throws opened the doors of a Valenzuela comeback as they trimmed the Patriots' lead to just four, 74-70, but Ryusei Koga put the game away for good with his two foul shots.

Koga finished with 14 points as Ivan Villanueva chipped in 12.

Paolo Hubalde led the way for the Classic with 16 points, eight rebounds and six assists as Rocky Acidre added 14 points and four steals.



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Parañaque 76 – Montilla 20, Koga 14, Villanueva 12, Arboleda 9, Vizcarra 9, Ambuludto 3, Justiniani 3, Alano 2, Allen 2, Sta. Cruz 2, Rono 0

Valenzuela 73 – Hubalde 16, Acidre 13, Mabigat 8, Ruaya 6, Arambulo 6, de Chavez 5, Gimpayan 4, Argamino 3, Dedicatoria 3, De Guzman 2, Ortega 0

Quarterscores: 16-13, 39-34, 59-45, 76-73

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Ex-pros Jaime, Sumalinog deliver the goods as Muntinlupa, Bacoor dispatch MPBL foes
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MUNTINLUPA subdued Marikina, 85-76, to grab the solo lead in the Southern Division of the Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League Datu Cup late Thursday night at the Muntinlupa Sports Complex.

Playing in front of their wildly cheering crowd for the first time since losing Game Four of the best-of-five finals in the inaugural season, the Angelis Resort-backed Cagers needed one big burst in the third period where they unloaded 13 unanswered points to turn a 52-55 deficit to a double-digit lead.

From there on, there was no stopping the Cagers, who picked up their second win in as many games and moved up alone on top.

Chito Jaime, a PBA journeyman, led the way for the Cagers with a double-double effort of 19 points and 10 rebounds. He along with Felix Apreku, who grabbed 16 rebounds on top of eight points combined forces in making Muntinlupa a solid rebounding group.

The Cagers grabbed 51 rebounds, 12 more than their rivals.

Dhon Reverente, an athletic swingman, contributed 13, the same output produced by newcomer Ryan Costelo. Old reliable guard Allan Mangahas chipped in 12.

Earlier, Bacoor survived Cebu in a grueling, intense match, 76-71.

Oping Sumalinog, an Alab Pilipinas standout, paced the Strikers with 22 points, seven rebounds and two blocks. His getaway move in the last 48 seconds put the Strikers on safer ground, giving the team a 74-70 edge.

It was a big win for the Strikers, who are handled by head coach Budds Reyes and managed by long-time basketball executive Buddy Encarnado.

"It's still a long way to go. We just tried to fasttrack our system, but I know we'll play much better in the coming games," added Reyes.

Mark Montuano finished with a double-double, scoring 18 points and grabbing 10 boards.

Ex-pros Mikee Reyes and Gab Banal added 15 and 11 points, respectively.

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Parks flirts with quadruple-double as Mandaluyong blasts Pasig
by REUBEN TERRADO
5 DAYS AGO


Bobby Ray Parks had a triple-double, finishing with 20 points, 11 rebounds, and 10 assists as the El Tigre improved their record to 2-1.

Parks nearly got a quadruple-double as he had a league-record seven steals in the game for Mandaluyong, which led by as many as 50 points in the game.

The El Tigre raced to a 16-0 lead and never looked back.

Despite the lopsided win, Mandaluyong coach Mac Cuan was not entirely satisfied with their sloppy play.

“I’m happy with how we played but I’m far from satisfied,” Cuan said. “We can still improve on that. We had 24 turnovers. We missed 13 free throws. Those are areas we can still improve on. A win is a win. But we have to get better.”

The game also saw the debut of actor Xian Lim, who had six points and six rebounds for the El Tigre.

The Pirates dropped to 0-3.



The scores:

Mandaluyong 98 – Parks 20, Vidal 10, Javillonar 10, Rivero 8, Cunanan 7, Boholano 6, Torres 6, Lim 6, Abrigo 5, Lozada 5, Quiro 4, Alabanza 4, Bonsubre 4, Cauilan 2, Vista 1.

Pasig 55 – Franco 15, Monte 11, Enrile 7, Bautista 5, Melocoton 4, Saquillo 4, Castellano 2, Yasa 2, Gozum 2, Velchez 2, Corongoy 1, Aldave 0, Melegrito 0, Cervantes 0, Monteclaro 0.

Quarters: 25-10; 56-28; 80-43; 98-55.

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Dream come true as Xian Lim makes MPBL debutby REUBEN TERRADO
5 DAYS AGO


IT was a dream becoming a reality for actor Xian Lim when he saw action for Mandaluyong El Tigre in the Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League (MPBL) Datu Cup on Thursday.

The Kapamilya actor had six points and six rebounds when he played for El Tigre in the latter stage of the game when the win was already in the bag.


Mandaluyong trounced Pasig, 98-55, in the match held at the Blue Eagle Gym.

Lim, who will turn 29 next week, said it was a fulfillment of a dream, years after he stepped foot in the Philippines to play basketball for University of the East.

“It’s a dream come true,” said Lim. “Eto ‘yung dahilan kung bakit ako pumunta from States to the Philippines, to play basketball for UE along with (JR) Alabanza. Nakakatuwa na nag-reconnect kami.”

Lim said his first game in the MPBL was in no way easy as he saw first-hand a different level of competition playing with and against players he only watched on television.

“Siyempre mahirap. Etong mga ‘to, rinerespect ko ‘tong mga ‘to. Napapanood ko lang sila sa TV,” said Lim.

Lim said he is starting to get into game shape as he is religiously attending practices for the El Tigre.

“Unti-unti na po. Araw-araw, nagpa-practice ako. Pinapagalitan nga ako ni coach Mac to become a better player,” said Lim.

Mandaluyong coach Mac Cuan lauded Lim in his effort to get into shape and attend practices despite his hectic showbiz schedule.

“In fairness to him, he has been really practicing well. That’s why nagkaroon din ako ng kumpiyansa na gamitin siya. He is a tough kid. You can see, he doesn’t back down. I like players like that,” said Cuan.

Lim said he still has a lot of work to do in order to get into his best shape possible for the MPBL games.

“Siyempre napakarami ko pa pong kailangan kainin na bigas. Napakalaking pasalamat ko siyempre sa mga teammates ko dahil matiyaga sila sa akin lalo na si coach Mac,” said Lim.

Lim also said he is able to balance his schedule, juggling his basketball with his showbiz career.

“Iba ang disiplina ng player. Kapag sinabing 7 ‘o clock ang practice, hindi puwedeng 9 ‘o clock dumating,” said Lim.

Lim admitted he has also spoken to fellow actor Gerald Anderson about playing against each other in the MPBL. Anderson is currently playing for the Marikina Shoemasters. But Lim admitted it will be difficult for the two to get playing time with their respective teams when they face each other.

“Pinag-uusapan namin noong isang araw. Sabi ko, ‘Bro, kailan tayo maglalaro, wala pa tayong schedule.’ Pero pareho kaming nangangamba dahil all the players we are playing with, napakagaling. Me and Gerald to get playing time, si Gerald he is a really good basketball player pero for me and him to get playing time, nilalakasan na lang namin ‘yung dasal namin kay Lord,” said Lim with a smile.

Still, Lim is grateful to the MPBL for making his dream a reality.

“Napaka-gandang opportunity ang MPBL especially for everyone, all the Filipinos who want to play basketball and given a chance to play,” said Lim.

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Levi Hernandez catches fire as Navotas rallies past Pasay in MPBL
From: Christian Jacinto June 16, 2018, 10:10 pm


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Levi Hernandez waxes hot in the third quarter to lead the Clutch.


NAVOTAS leaned on the hot shooting of Levi Hernandez and Rey Publico to shrug off a lethargic start and take an 83-75 win over Pasay in the Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League on Saturday at the San Andres Gym in Manila.

The Clutch trailed early in the first quarter but ultimately got back right at it before halftime behind the hot hands of Publico.

Hernandez then took over in a sizzling third period - firing in 12 in that stretch - as Navotas took control of the game for good.

The Voyagers tried to make a game out of it, but the Clutch had an answer to every little rally Pasay threw - with Kyle Neypes' three pointer in the 39 second mark giving them an 80-73 lead.

"We had a slow start, medyo talagang nangigigil. Buti nalang we were able to recover in the next quarters," said Navotas head coach Ritchie Ticzon.

"We want a system where we can compete even though we're young," he added.

Hernandez, formerly of TNT, led the way for Clutch with 26 points on 4-7 shooting while Publico finished with 22 points and nine rebounds. Monbert Arong added nine points and four assists as Ron Denison filled the statsheet with six points, eight boards, four assists and three steals.

Former San Beda guard Yvan Ludovice led the way for Pasay with 17 points and six boards as RR De Leon added 15 points and five rebounds.

The scores:

NAVOTAS 83 – Hernandez 26, Publico 22, Arong 9, Neypes 7, Denison 6, Trinidad 6, Porter 5, Sorela 2, Javelosa 0, Salem 0, Padilla 0, Gumaru 0

PASAY 75 – Ludovice 17, De Leon 15, Alanes 10, Lastimosa 8, Salcedo 7, Jamon 7, Balucanag 6, Vidal 2, Cadavis 2, Mendoza 1, Bartolo 0, Ilad 0

Quarterscores: 11-20, 32-34, 60-57, 83-75

Follow the writer on Twitter: @CAJacinto11

Read more at https://www.spin.ph/basketball/news/nav ... JT21mP3.99

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