Court Vision is back to provide you the latest in Philippine Basketball! The Philippine Basketball scene is slowly heating up, with the PBA Governors’ Cup games becoming better and better every day, and with the Filoil Flying V tourney games becoming more and more crucial by the day.
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Steve Thomas glad to be back in ‘second home’
Levi Verora Jr, Tiebreaker Times
The scene outside GlobalPort’s dugout, after a 91-89 win over the Star Hotshots, Tuesday mirrors the typical Filipino family reunion, at least for Steve Thomas.
Before exiting the Mall of Asia Arena corridor, a man approached him and asked, “Steve! Do you still remember me?”
To which he responded, shaking hands with the man he met in the archipelago seven years ago, and spending time on where’d-all-the-years-go moments.
After all the trips elsewhere, the 32-year-old center is just glad to return to a special place he calls second home.
“This is like my second home. The PBA is the best league in Southeast Asia,” Thomas said, relating how easy it was for him to decide to take the interim post. Read More!
Kib Montalbo suffers ACL injury, may miss entire UAAP season for La Salle
Reuben Terrado, Spin.phKIB Montalbo suffered an ACL (anterior cruciate ligament) injury on Saturday in what is feared to be a big setback both for the guard and De La Salle‘s campaign in the coming UAAP men’s basketball season.
Japanese import Seiya Ando: it’s faster in Canada, but PBA more physical
Naveen Ganglani, Rappler
MANILA, Philippines – Though he was unable to lead Meralco to a victory on Wednesday night, the Bolts’ new Asian import Seiya Ando made an impression in his PBA debut.
The Japanese player finished with 18 points on 6-of-13 shooting, 3 triples, 3 assists, and 2 steals in 26 minutes and 40 seconds of play against the NLEX Road Warriors.
Meralco suffered their second defeat of the Governors’ Cup, 91-84, but their play should improve over the next few games as Ando gets better associated with his teammates and more accustomed to the gameplan of Head Coach Norman Black.
It also helps that the 6-foot-1 Ando, 23, who’s played in FIBA tournaments and in the National Basketball League in Canada, is a fan of playing in the Philippine Basketball Association. Read More!
Coach Alvin Pua hit with lifetime ban, P500,000 fine by Salud for mauling PBA D-League referee
Reuben Terrado, Spin.ph
THE PBA Commissioner’s Office has meted a lifetime ban on Cagayan Valley coach Alvin Pua for mauling a referee during a D-League game, saying there is simply no room for ‘hotheads and hooligans’ in basketball.
Announcing his decision after a meeting with Cagayan officials which Pua snubbed, Commissioner Chito Salud said Thursday’s incident where Pua punched referee Ben Montero after resenting a call was the ‘last straw’ for a controversial coach with a long history of run-ins with game officials. Read More!
The Night Pacquiao and Ginebra Intertwined
Levi Verora Jr, Tiebreaker Times
On paper, it was an ordinary elimination round meeting. But with bizarre and one-in-a-blue-moon circumstances turning the tides, it became a special night that will resonate among the minds of Filipino sports fans.
It was only fitting that the night cap of the PBA on a humid Wednesday featuring the Kia Carnival and Barangay Ginebra was played inside the Cuneta Astrodome, the league’s home during the 1990s and an arena that served as the venue for many colorful moments not only in the PBA but also in culture, as it hosted religious gatherings, beauty pageants, and talent shows through the years.
The Cuneta was no MGM Grand; there were no luxurious suites, thousand-dollar tickets, pay-per-view subscriptions, fountains, state-of-the-art lobbies, or concierge. There was no beer nor expensive cocktails nor elegant buffets. Instead, there were hotdog sandwiches and buckets of popcorn that barely costed a dollar inside, and a handful of street vendors outside selling variety of street food on an oven-hot afternoon.
On Wednesday, May 13, 2015, the venue graced, in a way, a momentous occasion that will be remembered especially by those who took time to witness what happened on that day. Read More!