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## OFFICIAL Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League THREAD ##
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Author:  psi [ Wed Jun 06, 2018 4:43 pm ]
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FearNoEvil wrote:
JABEZJ wrote:
FearNoEvil wrote:
Sana mag evolve ang basketbol sa pinas ng katulad ng format sa european football. Like sa england merong Premier League, which is composed of 20 teams. Under ng premier league may championship league, then division 1, then divisio 2. Every year may napropromote na 3 teams from championship league to Premiership. So, 3 teams din ang malalaglag from Premier league.

Pwede talagang mag coexist ang PBA at maharlika league, where in the PBA is the premier league at ang MPBL ang 2nd tier. Mas existing ito kasi may chance na mapromote yung baranggay team nyo sa PBA di ba. Tapos yung talunan sa PBA e malalaglag sa MPBL. Ano tingin sa nyo?

I think this is not wise magkaiba sila...
More than a hundred million pesos ang babayaran ng isang team bago makapasok sa PBA..
Samantalang 20M lang yata sa MPBL...
Ang laki ng disparity...

Yeah hindi nga possible sa ngayon. But I think the PBA concept is getting boring and it's losing its mass appeal (comparing to its popularity during the 80's and 90's). The MBA concept was great kaya lang hindi nila nasustain businesswise. With this maharlika league, mukhang pangmasa talaga. Makakarelate ang mga kabaranggay mo. I hope in the future maipattern natin ang philippine basketball sa format na gaya ng sa european football.

Possible if merged with ABL.

Author:  JABEZJ [ Wed Jun 06, 2018 4:47 pm ]
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Cebuano ace Jaybie Mantilla returns to USJ-R after bid to join Manila Stars ends on baffling note
From: Jonas Panerio June 5, 2018, 03:18 pm

Jaybie Mantilla is settling for a comeback with his alma mater after his hoop dreams in the MPBL failed to pan out. Ron Tolin

CEBU CITY – After falling short in his bid to join the Manila Stars in the Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League (MPBL), reigning Cesafi MVP Jaybie Mantilla has decided to return to the University of San Jose-Recoletos to help the Jaguars contend for a championship in the Cesafi.

Mantilla expressed how disappointed he is with how things turned out for him and the Stars.

“I feel like the sky fell for me. A lot of people were expecting me to take the next step in my basketball career, but unfortunately, there were things that were simply out of my control,” shared Mantilla, who averaged 17.58 points, 7.42 rebounds, 5.25 assists and 2.33 steals en route to being named the Cesafi’s MVP.

Mantilla narrated that he had already been practicing with the Stars for a week but then asked permission to head home to Cebu to settle some school matters and at the same time, attend training for his role as Sangguniang Kabataan chairman in Barangay Suba.

He said that the Stars’ management gave him permission on the condition that he return by May 30. However, a plane ticket to Manila never came, and Mantilla was later told that head coach Philip Cezar had decided to go in another direction.

“After that, I didn’t press on any further since I also understood that I was absent for a week,” shared the spunky 5-foot-8 guard.

The development eventually paved the way for Mantilla's return to the Jaguars, who made it to the semis of the Cesafi last season but got ousted by the University of Cebu inspite of a twice-to-beat advantage.

“I feel comfortable with my decision since there are a lot of familiar faces who have been very welcoming in my return,” Mantilla said. “Now, we just want to not just play in the finals but also take home the championship especially now, that we have a new head coach and a new system that plays to our strengths.”

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Author:  JABEZJ [ Wed Jun 06, 2018 4:48 pm ]
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Prince Rivero using MPBL stint as springboard to PBA after unceremonious La Salle exit
From: Christian Jacinto June 5, 2018, 05:44 pm

After his unceremonious exit from the Green Archers, Prince Rivero is setting his sights on turning pro by way of the MPBL. Jerome Ascano

PRINCE Rivero hopes to make a splash in the Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League with the Mandaluyong El Tigre as he eyes a possible stint in the PBA in the near future.

In earlier interviews, Rivero didn’t discount the possibility of suiting up for another college team after unceremoniously leaving La Salle alongside brother Ricci and their good friend Brent Paraiso.

Now, it’s starting to get clearer that the 6-foot-4 forward is already looking at the big leagues and he hopes to make enough splash for El Tigre in order to reach that.

“I’m trying to play in a different league. I’m trying to move on from college and hopefully I’ll be able to play sa pro after here,” said Rivero.

“Sana maka-help ang MPBL for me in my transition from college to pro,” he added.

Rivero had his best year with La Salle during his sophomore days in Season 79 where he averaged 11.1 points on 55.3 percent shooting and 8.2 rebounds. But his role diminished upon the arrival of Ben Mbala, stalling his progression to being one of the best inside operators in the UAAP.

Now Rivero is treating this stint in the MPBL as a new lease on life in basketball, especially with the growing talent pool and competition that he’s going to face in the 26-team league.

“I’m thankful and blessed na I’m part of this team. Not everyone can play sa team sa MPBL, to be given a chance. It’s a blessing,” Rivero said.

The challenge for him now is familiarity with his teammates, and he won’t have the luxury of time to develop that with Mandaluyong – or any MPBL team for that matter.

Unlike in college where players spend years of training and competition together, Rivero is already getting a taste of what it’s like to be called a “pro” as he’s had to adjust to his teammates despite a relatively short time in practice.

He’s just hoping to make the most out of this new experience and with the people that he’ll be working with in this foray.

“In college you’re gonna be playing with players you’ve been with for the long time. Here some of them come and go,” said Rivero.

“Sana may matutunan ako from them, and from me na makakatulong sa career namin.”

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Author:  JABEZJ [ Wed Jun 06, 2018 4:49 pm ]
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Jai Reyes aspires to be best version of himself as he makes D-League, MPBL comeback
From: Randolph B. Leongson June 5, 2018, 02:45 pm

The returning Jai Reyes proves he still has it. Dante Peralta

SOMETIMES, a little time off can go a long way.

That’s certainly the case for Jai Reyes.

After stepping away from the game for a year, the former Ateneo guard has rekindled his love for the sport and has launched a comeback starting with Go for Gold in the 2018 PBA D-League Foundation Cup.

“Yung thought process ko, sobrang thankful lang talaga na I'm able to play again. And I wanna be competitive again as far as I can make it. Bahala na kung saan ako mapunta,” he said after his first game back in the D-League.

Reyes, 31, won two UAAP championships with Ateneo in college and was drafted 18th overall by Powerade in the 2010 PBA rookie draft. But his pro career with TNT, Meralco and the Tigers has been largely a fight for minutes.

The 5-7 guard has found success as an import in the Asean Basketball League (ABL) but, after a largely uneventful return to the PBA, he decided to walk away from the game and focus on his businesses.

“Dati kasi after college, it’s the PBA or you have no job. So when you get to this age, ilang teams lang sa PBA eh, so sobrang bilis ng turnover ng players," he said.

"Nararamdaman ko na yun with my contract with Talk ’N Text, although I'm playing kinda well before, paikli ng paikli, paunti ng paunti yung amount ng salary, because understandably so, may bagong players eh,” he said.

But a baller will always be a baller and Reyes was unable to resist the itch to come back.

The time off, however, turned into a blessing in disguise for Reyes who in his moments of reflections has seen the need to work on some aspects of his game and improve his conditioning for his comeback.

“With my year off, I was able to step away from the game and I was able to reflect kung ano yung kailangan ko. Na if I wanna be competitive again, I have to work on a couple of things talaga: being in better shape watching my nutrition and everything. Those were the things that I wasn’t doing kahit noong nasa PBA ako,” he said.

“So blessing in disguise din talaga na nakapag-pahinga ako for one year.”

Reyes finally made his comeback on Monday, collecting seven points, four assists, three rebounds, and two steals in his 21 minutes of action in Go for Gold's 88-75 win over Batangas in the D-League Foundation Cup.

“It’s really been a while,” he sighed, knowing that he’s still far from his peak form yet elated with how he was able to return to the court. “Honestly, kinakabahan talaga ako after that year off. Yung parang bago ulit akong naglalaro ng basketball. But I'm just happy to get through this game at nanalo kami. It was a total team effort.”

Realistically, Reyes knows that he’s far from the player that he was back in his Blue Eagles days. And as one of the elder statesmen at Go for Gold, he has embraced a leadership role in the team.

"Ssinabi ko talaga kina coach Charles (Tiu), TY (Tang), and coach Carlo (Tan) na I don't really need to score because this team is really talented. I just wanna be a leader, get my assists up hopefully, and I just wanna put the young guys in place kasi if we play as a team, mahirap kami talunin,” he said.

“My priority for the D-League is to be a leader for this team. I wanna win a championship in the D-League.”

Reyes is also set to suit up for Laguna Heroes in the Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League (MPBL) in what is turning out to be a hectic basketball comeback.

He's excited about that, too.

“Nung nakita ko yung MPBL, I was reminded ng UAAP crowds. So sabi ko, laruin ko na lahat. Andito na rin ako eh,” said the nephew of national coach Chot Reyes and former Alaska guard Gilbert 'Jun' Reyes.

Through it all, what we’re seeing is a better version of Jai Reyes.

“I’m just gonna keep on working hard. I’m just glad to be still playing. Sana, there are better things to come,” he said. “Alam kong malayo pa ako sa conditioning na gusto kong marating, and I can’t say yet na I’m in my peak shape, but what I can say is I’m on the right track.”

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Author:  JABEZJ [ Wed Jun 06, 2018 5:49 pm ]
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SAP Bong Go to play for Muntinlupa in MPBL opener against Mandaluyong
From: The Wires June 6, 2018, 02:39 pm

SAP Bong Go in action during the special shootout of the PBA All-Star Week. Jerome Ascano

BONG GO is set to see action for Muntinlupa in the MPBL opener against a Mandaluyong squad led by Ray Parks on June 12 at the Araneta Coliseum.

Special Assistant to President Rodrigo Duterte, Go participated in the Three-Point Shootout competition of the recent PBA All-Star Game and is now in the 20-man line up for Muntinlupa.

Go confirmed he will play in the 9:30 p.m. main encounter for the team that placed second in the MPBL’s first conference.

Parks moves to the MPBL after an MVP season in the regional league ABL, joining coach Mac Cuan and fellow Alab stalwart JR Alabanza, former PBA player Josan Nimes and former Valenzuela players Mark Andaya and Jeff Javillonar.

Also seeing action for Muntinlupa are former Quezon City Capitals forward Gian Abrigo, John Paul Cauilan, brothers Thomas and Axel Torres and celebrity baller Xian Lim.

Four-time PBA slam dunk king Rey Guevarra and Chester Saldua to join the holdovers led by ex-pros Allan Mangahas, Chito Jaime, Pari Llagas, Dave Moralde, Dhon Reverente and Felix Apreku.

The opening game between Marikina and General Santos at 7:30 p.m. is likewise expected to draw much attention.

All eyes will be on actor Gerald Anderson, who is playing for the Shoemasters.

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Author:  Seven Sigma [ Wed Jun 06, 2018 6:48 pm ]
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Pwede yatang lumaro muna dito si Kiefer Ravena habang banned sa Fiba at PBA?
Tutal di naman uso dito yon roids test di ba?


Author:  JABEZJ [ Thu Jun 07, 2018 8:07 pm ]
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Mark Yee, Leo Najorda make Davao Occidental the team to beat down South in MPBL
From: the wires June 7, 2018, 04:28 pm

Mark Yee leads a handful of veterans playing for Davao Occidental.

TEAMS from the Visayas and Mindanao competing in the Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League, according to PBA legends Kenneth Duremdes and Jojo Lastimosa.

“They’re no pushovers, especially Davao Occidental and Cebu,” said Duremdes, the 1998 PBA MVP and member of the PBA’s 25 Greatest Players who is now commissioner of the MBPL.

Davao Occidental won the championship in the four-team preseason tournament held last month in Polomolok, South Cotabato, and has stacked its line up with ex-pros at the last minute before the submission of lineups.

The Tigers made a last-minute move to acquire ex-PBA champion Leo Najorda, veteran forward Mark Yee and talented guard Bonbon Custodio to join two other ex-pros in the line up named earlier — Bogs Raymundo and Billy Ray Robles.

Cebu Sharks, the lone Visayan squad joining this season, will have four ex-pros backstopping the team, including two-time PBA champion Jondan Salvador, forward Frederick Rodriguez, Cesar Catli and Patrick Jan Cabahug.

The Sharks will be handled by former San Miguel Beerman Gilbert Castillo.

Three more teams from Mindanao — the Zamboanga Valientes-MLV, General Santos City Warriors and the Basilan Steel — are also trying to prove their worth.

The Valientes have ex-Barako Bull guard Reed Juntilla, journeyman Leo Avenido, former Purefoods player Rob Sanz, and comebacking players Jonathan Parreno and Noy Javier in the lineup. The team also had Von Lanete, brother of Garvo and Chico, who are now both playing in the PBA, and former Imus Bandera center Arden Guiyab.

General Santos City Warriors, who will be supported by Golden State College, will be handled by Ramon Pido, who played 20 years ago for the Pampanga Dragons.

Although they only have two ex-pros in Marlon Basco and Jeremy Bartolo, the team is confident in bringing a deluge of homegrown and amateur standouts to carry the forth.

Basilan will be counting on Jojo Tangkay, a tried and tested star guard who played for Sta. Lucia and Rain or Shine in the PBA. He will be supported by the Daa brothers — Dennis, who played for Sta. Lucia and Dino, former swingman of Letran — and will also be counting on its reliable supporting crew headed by Mark Ababon, a crack guard from the south, former Parañaque Patriots center Jonathan Belorio, Mark Acosta and Clark Bautista among others.

“Historically, madaming magagaling na players from the south talaga,” said Duremdes, the pride of Marbel, South Cotabato.

His former Alaska teammate, fellow PBA great and now Bataan mentor Lastimosa, agreed.

Lastimosa was a pride of Cagayan de Oro and was part of the Visayan invasion during the early 80s where he became the star player of Mama’s Love in the old PABL.

“I think most of the guys who are now part of the Vis-Min teams (in the MPBL) have played here in Manila. They’re no different from the players from Luzon,” wrote Lastimosa in a text message.

“They’re at par with the teams here and I won’t be surprised if these teams beat teams from Luzon.”

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Author:  JABEZJ [ Thu Jun 07, 2018 8:19 pm ]
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Here's a comprehensive look at the players to watch in Season 2 of MPBL
From: Christian Jacinto June 7, 2018, 04:42 pm

Ray Parks Jr., Val Acuna, Gary David, Jai Reyes and Philip Paniamogan are just some of the big names seeing action in the second season of the MPBL.

THE second conference of the Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League (MPBL) is right around the corner and fans just can’t help but feel excited after the league expanded to 26 teams, with more cities and provinces all over the Philippines being represented.

Before the conference officially kicks off on Tuesday, June 12th, SPIN.PH examines the lineups of every team and tries to answer questions in fans' minds: Which ex-pro is playing for whom? Where will this rising star land? For crying out loud, is SAP Bong Go really gonna play?

Let’s read on.


Suddenly, the MPBL has a budding ‘derby’ coming up with the addition of Bacoor – the second team from Cavite to join the league. And the team certainly won’t be coming in without firepower.

Asean Basketball League (ABL) champion Oping Sumalinog will look to bring the experience that he got from Alab Pilipinas to this team as he forms a formidable forward tandem with the versatile Gab Banal.

Former University of the Philippines standout Mikee Reyes steps out of the panel booth and returns to the basketball court while former San Sebastian Stag Leo de Vera looks to revive his career with the squad.

Marlou Aquino, formerly of the Bulacan Kuyas, also took a jump to the squad looking to contribute spot minutes off the bench.


The inaugural champions will be coming in with basically the same core, hoping that continuity will work for them this conference.

Still leading the pack are PBA champions Val Acuna and Lester Alvarez alongside the mix of young guns and D-League veterans like Bong Quinto, Tey Teodoro, Dennis Villamor, Moncrief Rogado and Jaymo Eguilos.

That doesn’t mean they didn’t tweak their roster a bit as they added former University of the East gunner Bong Galanza while picking up gems from the NAASCU like Jason Grimaldo, Sandy Cenal and Jason Opiso. Heading into the second conference, Batangas still looks like the team to beat.



Gary David is still the undisputed leader of this Bataan side, especially after carrying the team to a quarterfinal appearance in the inaugural conference. This time however, he’ll have plenty of help.

With the MVP group now joining the fray and backing Bataan through SCTEX, David won’t have to carry the team alone especially with the arrival of former Alab Pilipinas players Pamboy Raymundo and Robby Celiz.

Gilas 23 for 2023 pool member JJay Alejandro and former Jose Rizal standout Byron Villarias are also expected to play huge roles for the squad.

UAAP champion Vince Tolentino and former NCAA stars Gab Dagangon and Ervin Grospe will be bringing in the youth and the vigor to this loaded Bataan squad.


Jojo Tangkay will look to prove that he’s still a potent offensive weapon even at age 41 as he’s expected to lead this low-key Basilan side in their venture in the league.

A slew of former Letran stalwarts from different generations will bolster Balisan as brothers Dennis and Dino Daa forms a frontcourt tandem alongside Jojo Belorio and Hafer Mondragon.

Former UST deadshot Clark Bautista and Macky Acosta of Mapua are also players to look out for in the squad.



The winning tandem of Ogie Menor, Jay-R Taganas and James Martinez – three players who’ve won titles during their high school days with the San Beda Red Cubs - are expected to lead from the front for the Kuyas.

Adamson guard Jerick Canada and two-way big men Hans Thiele and Jason Melano will be joining the core of Bulacan whic is looking to make it even deeper in the playoffs this conference.

Former CESAFI Rookie-MVP Wowie Escosio looks to reinvigorate his career as TIP star Jorey Napoles hopes to showcase what he can do given the higher level of competition.


JR Cawaling and Paul Sanga will once again be teaming up on the wings to lead Caloocan’s attack this conference.

The two played together for Far Eastern University and now they’ll get the chance to form that partnership anew at Caloocan.

The guard spot will be shared by Cedric Labing-isa and former Adamson star Joseph Nalos as Jopher Custodio, Dawn Ochea and Mar Villahermosa will bring depth to the team.


Given its rich history in basketball, expansion club Cebu is expected to be a major player in the MPBL scene.

Minglanilla’s very own Patrick Cabahug will be back home to represent his city after years in the Southeast Asian basketball scene. Joining Cabahug would be tried-and-tested veterans Jondan Salvador, Erick Rodriguez and Cesar Catli.

Their homegrown selections certainly aren’t pushovers with two-time CESAFI MVP Enrico Llanto bannering the pack alongside John Abad and Harold Cortes.


Davao Occidental

PBA veteran Mark Yee will be the focal point of Davao Occidental in their first foray with the MPBL.

Yee, a guy who won’t shy away from getting his hands dirty, is expected to also play a bigger role on offense for this team.

Ex-pros Jopher and Bonbon Custodio (not related) will be given the task to provide the scoring as former San Sebastian star Leo Najorda is out to prove that he still has a lot left in his tank.

General Santos

The hometown players of the league founder will have work cut out for them given the lack of big names. The team only has two ex-pros in Jeremy Bartolo, who briefly played for Kia back when they were an expansion side, and Marlon Basco – a guy who hasn’t been in the PBA for over a decade.

They could only hope to get inspiration from their local players Delmar Mahaling, Christopher Masaglang and Anthony Timon to boost them in this campaign.



The second of the Cavite squads in the league, Imus got a break when Manila let go of PBA grand slam winner Jerwin Gaco. Imus was quick to pounce on the 37-year-old banger pairing him with 6-5 rebounding machine Andre Paras who broke out of the shadows of his younger brother Kobe with an impressive performance in the PBA D-League for Ama.

Youth will be served at Imus with several key players at 25 and under namely Wilson Baltazar, Jom Sollano, Dan Alberto, Francis Munsayac and Carlo Escalambre.


It’s an Ateneo reunion for former Blue Eagles Jai Reyes and Ryan Buenafe at Laguna, one of the dark horses for the conference.

The two played a major role in Ateneo’s fivepeat before having brief careers in the PBA. Now they join hands in trying to steer Laguna to a respectable finish in their debut conference.

Former San Miguel reserve Michael Mabulac will be their cornerstone down low as veteran guard and former PBA champion Denok Miranda is out to prove that he can still play at a high level.



TNT reserves Levi Hernandez and Monbert Arong will be the key players for a rejigged Navotas side that will also have the services of former FEU standout Ron Dennison who’s transformed into a lethal two-way player in his final year for the Tamaraws.

National University stretch forward Matthew Salem will also be joining the squad forming a formidable frontline with Michole Sorela and Kyle Neypes.


Scoring won’t be an issue for Pampanga since it has a three-headed monster to lead the offense. Former NCAA Finals MVP Jimbo Aquino will be joined by gifted scorers Jong Baloria and Michael Juico to lead the proud Pampanga side.

Allen Enriquez, Ed Rivera and Marlon Gomez will now have to work double time underneath to compliment the potency of their scorers and make a deep run in the tournament.



Former NCAA Mythical Team member Harold Arboleda will still be doing it all for Paranaque, and after losing most of his former Perpetual teammates, it’s gonna be even more tougher this time for him.

He will now have to join hands with ex-rival Ryussei Koga of San Beda and hulking Adamson big man Ivan Villanueva to try and make the most out of their campaign this season.


Jaypee Belencion showed before that he can be an able scorer on the professional level. For them to have a shot this season, he needs to take that scoring to the MPBL.

The former Letran Knight will be Pasay’s main source of offense and he will be joined by ex-EAC General Jan Jamon and former La Salle big man Brian Ilad.

Robert Bartolo, who once was the future of the College of St. Benilde program, will be manning the paint for them while ex-Altas gunslinger Jett Vidal looks to continue shooting for Pasay.


It’s another Letran reunion as ex-NCAA champions Boyet Bautista, Ronjay Enrile and Jonathan Aldave team up again for the Pirates.

In their mid-30s now, the trio hopes that their familiarity playing with each other will pay off for a squad that lacks the necessary drawing power that other teams have.

Who knows, the Pirates may have something else up their sleeve.


Quezon City

Quezon City made a surprise run to the quarterfinals last season before losing to the Valenzuela Classic in a three-game grind. Former Barako Bull star Jojo Duncil will be reinforcing pretty much an intact squad rich in homegrown talent.

Ex-Mapua ace Hesed Gabo leads the slew of homegrown stars alongside teammate JR Raflores, Christian Palma, PJ Barua and Raymark Matias. Jeff Morillo and Jay Collado will still be bannering the paint for the Capitals as Andoy Estrella, Joco Tayongtong and Alwin Alday are expected to add further firepower to Quezon City.


The boys from the mountain side can't brag of any pulling power, but they’re hoping that their hardworking veterans would be enough for them this season.

Former UE slotman Kelvin Gregorio will be leading the attack at the frontline alongside bangers Nino Marquez and Mark Benitez. Like some other teams, Rizal will hope to get gems from their homegrown players and build from there.


San Juan

If there’s a team that’s notable for star power alone, then it’s San Juan that first comes to mind.

Embattled cager Mac Cardona will look to leave his troubles behind as he suits up for the Knights alongside capable ex-pros in John Wilson, Larry Rodriguez, Samboy de Leon and Jam Cortes.

While the veterans are already formidable, San Juan also boasts of promising young stars led by Philippine Christian University star Michael Ayonayon, former CEU stud Aaron Jerute and CJ Isit of Mapua.


Like San Juan, Makati has a good core of capable ex-pros led by the high scoring Phillip Paniamogan.

Paniamogan forms an exciting backcourt partnership with PBA and ABL veteran Rudy Lingganay as Jeckster Apinan, James Mangahas and Mark Isip mans the frontline.

Their homegrown talent will also be put on the spotlight, most of which are standouts from various recreational leagues.

Sports reporters will be familiar with Roy Cayanan, a crafty, high scoring guard who’s played with a few ex-PBA players and college stars in his stint as the Scribes’ resident recruit.



All eyes will be on Ray Parks, a two-time ABL Local MVP and a prospective top pick in the PBA. Questions on how he’ll lead his squad will be answered as Parks is set to banner a young team without players with vast PBA experience.

Parks will be joined by ex-Alab teammate JR Alabanza, ex-pro/actor Mac Andaya, Jeff Javillonar and Josan Nimes.

Gian Abrigo takes a jump from Quezon City to the Tiger City as ex-La Salle boys Thomas Torres and Prince Rivero are also expected to produce. Andaya, however, isn’t the only showbiz personality in this team as Xian Lim is set to suit up for El Tigre.


Manila was quickly dragged into the spotlight after a disagreement with Jerwin Gaco which went public. The fact that it let go of Gaco means it has plenty of star power in their rotation.

Three-time PBA champ Roger Yap will be the team’s resident veteran, alongside ex-pros Reil Cervantes, Marvin Hayes and Marcy Arellano. Joseph Yeo was also slated to play for the Stars but was replaced at the last minute by the high-scoring Adrian Celada.

All eyes however should be on former NAASCU MVP Aris Dionisio who’s looking to use the league as a springboard to the pros.



Whether Gerald Anderson - a guy who was reportedly set to play college ball ‘til showbiz came calling – can play at this level will be one of the burning questions for fans of Marikina.

Aside from Anderson, there are still a lot of things to look forward to as Marikina is pinning their hopes on Jackson Corpuz, who still has a live contract in the PBA.

Corpuz’ contract is set to expire this October and all Marikina can do now is to wait until the energetic forward takes a jump from Columbian Dyip to join them.

JP Calvo of Letran will also be available late, with the agreement that the fast-rising guard will play once the Knights’ season in the NCAA is over. Til he comes back, Yves Sazon is expected to play major minutes at the combo-guard spot.

Ex-pros Warren Ybanez, Phillip Butel and Erwin Sta. Maria round up the Marikina lineup.


Yes. Special Assistant to the President Bong Go will be playing for Muntinlupa. Now that we have that out of the way, it’s time to focus on the basketball side of things for the Cagers.

Reigning PBA Slam Dunk king Rey Guevarra will be taking his high-flying act to Muntinlupa, looking to prove that he’s more than just a sideshow.

Sleek scorer Allan Mangahas and Chito Jaime will once again be back for the Cagers alongside their youth movement composed of Dave Moralde, GJ Ylagan, Chester Saldua and Ryan Costelo.

With an intact lineup and the addition of Guevarra and Go (kidding), this team is very capable of repeating its finals appearance in the first conference.



After the Classic ran into a brick wall in their semis match-up with eventual champions Batangas, Chris Gavina is also going with the familiarity route by fielding a basically intact roster heading into the conference.

Paolo Hubalde will still be their main man alongside ex-Adamson star Chad Alonzo. Their younger guys in RJ Argamino, Ryan Arambulo and Ford Ruaya are also names to watch out for as the Classic look to continue their winning ways in the league.


Asean basketball legend Leo Avenido will be taking his act to Zamboanga looking to prove that though he’s pushing 40, he’s still very much capable of weaving his magic in the ABL.

Avenido will be joined by ex-pros Reed Juntilla and Rob Sanz – who was an integral part of the dominant PCU squad early in the 00s alongside Jayson Castro and Beau Belga.

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Author:  JABEZJ [ Sat Jun 09, 2018 5:43 am ]
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Slam-dunk champ Rey Guevarra denies he's taking his high-flying act to MPBL
From: Christian Jacinto June 8, 2018, 10:29 pm

Rey Guevarra says he's under contract with Phoenix until November. Jerome Ascano

REY Guevarra has denied that he’ll be playing for the Muntinlupa Cagers in the Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League (MPBL), saying that he doesn’t have any plans of leaving the Phoenix Fuel Masters.

Reports surfaced that Guevarra was taking his high-flying act to the new league a few days after ruling the PBA’s Slam Dunk title for the fourth time. His name was also included in the lineup of the Cagers which was released by the league last Wednesday, causing further confusion.

Guevarra, however, insisted he’s under contract with the Fuel Masters until November and that he has no plans of leaving the squad where he was reunited with his college coach in Louie Alas.

“Wala yun. Hindi totoo yun. Nagulat nga rin ako sa write-up na hinihintay ko daw sila e,” said Guevarra. “May kontrata ako dito. November ako, end of November. Dalawang conference pa 'yun.”

Guevarra admitted the Cagers reached out to him about the possibility of playing for them, but the 31-year-old forward said he was very clear in saying no.

“Nakipag-usap sila na gusto nila akong maglaro dun pero sinabi ko na na hindi ako maglalaro dun.”

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Author:  JABEZJ [ Sat Jun 09, 2018 5:44 am ]
Post subject:  Re: ## OFFICIAL Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League THREAD

OFW Brian Ilad returns from Dubai for a shot at basketball comeback in MPBL
From: Reuben Terrado June 8, 2018, 12:30 pm

Former D-League player Brian Ilad gets another run with MPBL expansion team Pasay. Reuben Terrado

BRIAN Ilad is back in the Philippines to play professional basketball after over a year working in Dubai.

The 32-year-old Ilad, who last saw action in the PBA D-League with Cebuana Lhuillier in 2014, will play for the Pasay Voyagers in the Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League (MPBL).

Ilad said he regularly played basketball in leagues in Dubai, all the while hoping for a chance for a comeback in the Philippines.

The offer to play for Pasay, one of 16 MPBL expansion teams, came just a few weeks ago.

“Nagba-basketball din ako doon, at the same time, nagwo-work din ako. Pero hinahanap ko pa rin maglaro dito. Iba ’yung level of competition dito compared sa Dubai. Okay din ’yung offer so I decided to come back and play,” said Ilad.

The former La Salle player arrived on May 23 and joined the Voyagers’ practice the next day.

“Overwhelmed ako sa mga teammates ko at sa coaching staff na tinanggap nila ako dito although late na late na ako dumating. Nakapag-practice na sila for two or three weeks. Dumating ako very late na. At least, with open arms nila ako tinanggap sa team. Sa akin, parang blessing para sa akin,” said Ilad.

“’Yung coaching staff, pinupush nila ako na makuha ko ‘yung condition at rhythm ko,” he added.

Ilad is glad former pros like him are getting a second chance in the new leagues.

“Siyempre maraming players na nakapaglaro uli. Siyempre gift sa amin ‘yung bagong liga. Maraming teams. Thankful kami sa MPBL kasi may ganung liga,” said Ilad.

Other former professionals in the Pasay squad are Jaypee Belencion and Jan Jamon, teaming up with former collegiate players Shaq Alanes, Bobby Balucanag, Julius Cadavis and RR De Leon.

“’Yung team namin, hati siya ng mga collegiate at mga ex-pros. Sa team namin, tatlo kaming ex-pros, the rest puro collegiate na mga bata talaga. Ang maitutulong ko sa team, leadership at kapag ginamit ako, ibibigay ko 100 percent ko sa team namin,” said Ilad.

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Author:  JABEZJ [ Sat Jun 09, 2018 5:45 am ]
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Expansion team Cebu Sharks still in 'getting to know you' phase ahead of MPBL debut
From: Gillian Geronimo June 8, 2018, 01:33 pm

The Sharks won't see action until the second week of the tournament. Jonas Panerio

CEBU City coach Gilbert Castillo admits the Sharks are still trying to find their groove but is confident they will ready for the start of the Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League (MPBL) Anta Datu Cup.

The MPBL formally opens on June 12, with Cebu City debuting against the Bacoor Strikers in Muntinlupa on June 21.

The Sharks have played several tuneup games, including a loss to the Pasay Voyagers at the Cuneta Astrodome, and Castillo admits they have a lot of work to do.

"Sa ngayon nag-aadjust pa talaga 'yung team kasi mago-one week pa lang kaming nakakarating sa Maynila eh kasi most of the players ko ay from Cebu. Medyo nangangapa pa talaga kami," said Castillo.

"Unang-una, 'yung depensa namin kailangan ma-improve kasi masyadong malalaki yung mga iniiscore sa'min ng kalaban. Kailangan sa practice trabahuhin na namin yun," he explained.

Cebu is counting on ex-pros Jondan Salvador, Cesar Catli and Erick Rodriguez to lead the team.

"'Yung inaasahan ko sa kanila 'yung leadership nila sa team dahil sila yung mas madami nang nalaro, leadership nila sa mga players na maturuan nila ng mga gagawin pag nasa loob sila," he said.

Rodriguez is returning to competitive basketball after a seven-year hiatus but is feeling good about his form and the team.

"Medyo lack kami sa pag-uusap sa loob kaya pagdating namin [veterans], sana medyo maa-adjust namin sila," explained Rodriguez.

"Malaking adjustment pa 'yung ginagawa namin sa team pero competitive naman sila lalo pa't nakumpleto na kami," he stated.

Author:  JABEZJ [ Sat Jun 09, 2018 5:47 am ]
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Bulacan Kuyas bolster core with Canada and Co. in bid to atone for MPBL playoff letdown
From: Reuben Terrado June 5, 2018, 06:17 pm

Jerick Canada is one of the additions in the Bulacan Kuyas' lineup.

THE Bulacan Kuyas have beefed up their core in the midst of a coaching change as they look to atone for their disappointing playoff performance in the Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League (MPBL)'s debut season.

Bulacan has hired a new coach in Britt Reroma and has kept its core group in Jay-R Taganas, James Martinez, Tep Siruma, Jorey Napoles, Jerome Villanueva, and Wowie Escosio for the Anta Datu Cup.

Reroma said the team also added Jerick Canada, Hans Thiele, Gboy Babilonia, and Jason Melano in a bid to keep up with expansion teams which have also beefed up their respective lineups.

“Dinagdagan lang namin para makapag-compete sa mga stronger teams. Maraming expansion teams like San Juan and Mandaluyong na malakas talaga,” said Reroma, a former coach of the San Beda Red Cubs.

The Kuyas finished second in the elimination round during the league's maiden conference with a 6-3 card, but were stunned by seventh-seed Paranaque in the quarterfinals.

Reroma said the goal is to improve on its quarterfinal finish, but that is easier said than done.

“Everyday, we just want to be better. We want to develop ‘yung chemistry namin. Our goal is to be better everyday. Of course, gusto namin ma-improve namin ‘yung last conference. Quarterfinals kami so we are looking forward to the semifinals.

“But because nag-iba na ng format, maraming teams, kailangang mag-trabaho ng husto sa ensayo. We must be prepared. Ang importante is ‘yung mental approach,” said Reroma.

Reroma said he looks forward to coaching in the MPBL, after he declined an offer to play in the now-defunct Metropolitan Basketball Association (MBA) decades ago.

“Masarap ‘yung feeling. Looking back 20 years ago, I almost played in the MBA. Na-achieve ko ‘yung goal ko na imbes na maglaro sa MBA, ngayon head coach ako ng Bulacan Kuyas.

"Magandang opportunity ‘yung binigay ni Congressman (Jose Antonio) Sy-Alvarado. It’s a great feeling. It’s an honor na makapag-coach sa MPBL most especially sa Bulacan Kuyas,” said Reroma.

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Author:  batang kamuning [ Sat Jun 09, 2018 7:28 am ]
Post subject:  Re: ## OFFICIAL Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League THREAD

Seven Sigma wrote:
Pwede yatang lumaro muna dito si Kiefer Ravena habang banned sa Fiba at PBA?
Tutal di naman uso dito yon roids test di ba?


Punta tayo s NBA, dapat so lebroids James ay itest,cgurado yan lol

Author:  Navy Blue [ Sat Jun 09, 2018 7:48 am ]
Post subject:  Re: ## OFFICIAL Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League THREAD

Seven Sigma wrote:
Pwede yatang lumaro muna dito si Kiefer Ravena habang banned sa Fiba at PBA?
Tutal di naman uso dito yon roids test di ba?


Oo nga, no??!!

Why not!!? 8)

Author:  JABEZJ [ Mon Jun 11, 2018 9:12 am ]
Post subject:  Re: ## OFFICIAL Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League THREAD

Rob Sanz suits up for Zambo seeking redemption after abbreviated stint with Imus in MPBL
From: Christian Jacinto June 9, 2018, 10:00 am

After a fine stint with Bandera before the injury, Sanz believes that he can contribute to the Valientes. Christian Jacinto

FORMER Philippine Christian University star Rob Sanz is eager to show he can still play at a high level after an abbreviated MPBL stint last year.

Sanz played in local tournaments and overseas leagues before finding his way back in the country when he was picked up by Imus in the league’s inaugural season.

His season however was cut short with a nose injury and that’s when Zamboanga offered to take him in.

“Okay naman ang approach at offer nila, so yun ang kinuha ko. Mabilis din naman yung recovery ko,” he added.

After a fine stint with Bandera before the injury, Sanz believes that he can still contribute to the Valientes – particularly with his leadership and his fire to prove that he can still play.

“Ang maibibigay ko yung passion ko sa paglalaro ko ng basketball. Yung kagustuhan kong manalo. Yung leadership ko. Yun naman ang importante.”

Part of the ‘Big Four’ of the Philippine Christian University that won the NCAA title in 2004, Sanz last played in the PBA for Purefoods back in 2008. The 36-year-old gunner said he never really stopped playing, finding bush leagues here and abroad, and was able to see action for Saigon Heat in the Asean Basketball League.

Sanz was the gunner that played for the PCU squad alongside Jayson Castro, Beau Belga and Gabby Espinas that swept the Perpetual Altas in the NCAA Season 80 championship.

“Hindi naman natigil. Nakakapaglaro parin sa ligang labas, out of town, minsan out of the country, tapos nakapag-ABL din ako,” said Sanz.

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