Things in the PBA and the UAAP are definitely getting more and more interesting as the weeks go along. The professional league is buzzing with feuding coaches and trade talks while the university teams are constantly treating fans to increadible games and individual performances.
Read on below to get yourself back on track with what’s happening in the local basketball scene.
Rey Joble of AKTV: ““Up by nine with 25 seconds you’re going to call a time out? What is he trying to prove? He’s been saying he loves the Philippines so much then you should know the culture here,” said Pumaren. “You don’t do that here. Even in the NBA you don’t do that.” But Toroman was befuddled by Pumaren’s reaction. “I didn’t want to insult anybody. The time out was called because I was thinking they will foul us and I wanted Michael Singletary to receive the ball,” said Toroman after the game.”
Angel Velasco of Kilikilishot: “Remember when there were those who said the Meralco Bolts’ Cliff Hodge was Abueva’s rival, nay, superior? That the taller Hodge would make a bigger impact in the pros? Well, no one’s putting Hodge in the same boat as Abueva these days (only a complete idiot with little to no understanding of the game would). Abueva has moved on to bigger things. His name is now part of every “Best Player of the Conference” discussions. His name is now part of PBA Most Valuable Player polls. His name, Calvin Abueva, is now being linked to PBA Hall of Famer and only Rookie of the Year-Most Valuable Player Venancio “Benjie” Paras of the late 80s-early 90s Formula Shell fame.”
Aaron Atayde of Slam Online Ph: “Time to look back at some of the trades that were made to see how balanced they really were, based on the talent level of the players that were involved. Who won? Who lost? Why make the trade? And we will be answering most of them with the use of our #PBARank statistics. This is going to get really interesting really fast.”
Snow Badua of Spin.ph: “Multiple sources said Air21 is close to wrapping up the deal that would give them the hard-slashing Yeo, who Express coach Franz Pumaren has long coveted to add to his present crop of former De La Salle stars led by Mike Cortez, Simon Atkins, Renren Ritualo, and Carlo Sharma. More importantly, the former Archers star would give Air21 something that has been sorely lacking in its roster – a legitimate scoring threat in the two-guard position. On the other hand, Air21’s draft pick should come in handy for Petron in the 2014 rookie draft, which should have blue-clip prospects like Parks and the other members of the Gilas Pilipinas cadet pool.”
Camille Naredo of ABS-CBN via micohaliliblogs: “Twelve years later, I still cannot forget what happened. Chris Tan drilled a three-pointer with just three seconds left, and it hit absolutely nothing but net. It was ridiculous. Bedlam – both there on the court and in our house, because my Tatay started jumping up and down and hooting. I remember sitting, staring at the TV. Was it Olsen Racela who missed a potential game-tying three? I don’t remember. What I remember is Tatay pointing at me, telling me to go wash the dishes.”
Tony Atayde Jr. of the Green Mind: “Coach Juno has been the epitome of patience. It’s about time that that the Lasallian community follow his lead just like the players have. From the beginning he believed in the team even as many doubted. He blocked all the negativity and just concentrated on his “work in progress” statement. Again I will say that we may not win all our remaining games (but I hope we do), but we cannot deny the vast improvement of the team. He has been able to get the starters to work together as a well oiled unit. He has developed a bench that has given him a 10 man rotation. All in all Coach Juno and his staff have transformed this team from a group of talented players in a team during the 1st round into a team of talented players in the 2nd round. The keyword is TEAM!”
Reuben Terrado of Spin.ph: “Romeo’s 30-point performance understandably got most of the attention after Far Eastern University’s double-overtime win over University of the East, but there was no way the Tamaraws could’ve won what is considered one of the most thrilling UAAP games in years without the clutch plays of Gryann Mendoza and Mike Tolomia. The Tams were staring at a 77-84 deficit in the final 23 seconds of the first overtime when Mendoza and Tolomia – both having trouble shooting consistently – made their move.”
Rick Olivares of Bleachers Brew: “Personally, I am not sure about the Mammie non-foul. I have to see the video of that. I recall seeing that and I somewhat disagree. But according to UE team consultant Bong Ramos, Mammie even tried to avoid landing underneath Romeo. The Casajeros non-called foul, I saw that happen and wondered why on Earth he even did that. I think Lord can be a terrific player when he wants to be put he just has to get all that dirty play out of his system. I spoke to Loyzaga about his decision and he said that when he saw Casajeros take that shot at Romeo, he thought of the Javillioner hit on Jeric Teng. “I was criticized for only issuing a memo,” said Loyzaga. “Now that I am suspending them and with previous warnings in all the memos, they are upset.” I asked the Commish why other players were not suspended for their closed fist fouls and he said that he issued a memo. To date the players warned for that have not done anything.”
Enzo Flojo of Hoopnut: “At this point, the result was all but certain. The only thing people were waiting for was the final spread, which eventually stood at 92-73. Tiongson scored a career-high 20 points to lead all scorers. He hit 3 triples and dished out 2 dimes. Ravena, meanwhile, canned 18 markers on top of 9 ribbies, 5 assists, and 1 steal. Clearly, when the Phenom is at his best, he and the rest of the Blue Eagles are pretty tough to derail. Newsome also registered a great set of stats with 11 points, 14 rebounds, and 3 assists. As a team, Ateneo shot nearly 60% from the 2-point area, was +16 in rebounds, and +11 in assists. These all offset the Eagles’ horrible free throw shooting – 21/35, which was good for just 60%.”
Adrian Dy of gmanetwork.com: “Whenever Jeric Teng makes a three-pointer, he celebrates by cocking his fingers as if they were pistols, bang-bang-bang, fully embracing his gunslinger/cowboy persona. Shooting was what he did so impressively in the summer, beginning with a 31-point explosion versus DLSU, then compiling three 20-plus point games in a row, before unloading 27 markers against NCAA champions San Beda in the battle for third place. Come the UAAP, he was on his way to doing that anew, starting with a 23-point game in the season opener, followed by a 15-point effort. Cowboys have always been depicted as honorable warriors, the American equivalent to samurai in Japanese culture. And so there’s some irony that Teng was taken out by a blindside to his back by NU’s Jeoffrey Javillonar, causing him to miss his team’s next five games.”
BONUS: Perlas Pilipinas
Reuben Terrado of Spin.ph: “THE Philippine women’s basketball team defeated Gold Coast, Australia, 77-69, on Sunday to top the second Discovery Women’s Basketball Invitational Jesse Robredo Memorial Cup in Naga City. Chovi Borja scored 15 points, Joan Grajales had 14 points, and Cindy Resultay chipped in 13 for the Perlas Pilipinas squad, which swept the double-round robin format tournament. Melissa Jacob also had 10 points for the home team against the Australians, who had three national team players on the roster led by professional cager Bianca Abbott.”