COurtVisionBusy busy week in the Philippine basketball scene so far.

In this week’s Court Vision, we look at some reactions and opinions on the Bo Perasol – JJ Atayde altercation as well as the San Mig Coffee – Globalport brawl. In addtion, we also link you to some well written pieces that were born out of Barangay Ginebra’s recent struggles while also sharing the last blog entry of an institution in the DLSU basketball world.

That and much more, below!


Levi Verora of “And Brondial knows his words aren’t enough to express his gratitude towards Austria, who paved the way for his transition from an inter-barangay league to the UAAP. “Championship game noon, sa may West Avenue. Pinasok ako ng fourth quarter then nanalo kami. Doon ko nakilala si Coach Leo,” shared Brondial, who was invited by Austria to try out for a slot in the Adamson basketball team. “That time nag-try out nako sa FEU, UE, at UST pero hindi ako natanggap. Sobrang payat ko din kasi. Sobrang thankful ako na nakilala ko siya.” For that turning point, Brondial says all the credit goes to Austria. He could even remember when his coach gave him a pair of shoes.”

Adrian Dy of “There’s an alternate reality where the Falcons get a couple of breaks late and don’t lose three straight by a total of seven points. This time next year, there’s one reality where Coach Austria is still barking out commands to the Falcons, and one where he isn’t. Which one is the alternate and which one is real is not yet known.”

Enzo Flojo via “In 99.99999% of the world, when a rule is REPLACED by a new rule, the old rule, quite literally, becomes part of history. Technically, it should have no currency anymore. Kaya nga OLD e — PINALITAN na. Nabura na at pinalitan ng bago. In the UAAP, however, it doesn’t work that way. They had an old residency rule, you see (1-year residency), which was already nonsensical by the way, for kids graduating from one UAAP high school and moving to another UAAP school for college. They REPLACED that rule with the 2-year residency rule, which has just recently been on the receiving end of a Temporary Restraining Order. Instead of the residency rule being snuffed out (albeit temporarily), though, its “older” version gets dug up in its place instead.”

Tony Atayde of “After much thought and soul searching, I have decided that the time has come to retire my blog.  It is a very difficult decision for me as I love writing about the games.  However, certain things are more important. Though my blog is popular among the Lasallian community, it has become a source of many adverse reactions that have been directed not just to me but more importantly to my family.  I can take all that is hurled at me but I will not expose my family to this. From a simple mistake in grammar or spelling to some criticisms that I may write in my blog, it escalates into unprecedented heights.  Since people know that I am not affected by their snide remarks, they then direct it towards my sons and this they do not deserve.  For this I apologize to both my sons.  They do not deserve to receive the brunt of anything I may say.  My family is more important to me than anything else. In addition, I do not want to further expose my family to any more negative publicity.  My cousin Henry is in the UAAP Board and I would not want my blog to be a reason for him to be on the receiving end of criticisms for something I may have written. My blog has gone on for close to 9 years and it is probably the best time to retire.  I am retiring because I am bowing to any external pressure but only to protect my family from any undue pressures.”

Paul Lintag of jumperfromtheleftwing: “After a lackluster first round, Karim Abdul has been absolutely dominant for the Growling Tigers in the second round. The Cameroonian double-double machine has been averaging 21 points and 14 rebounds in the last four games and has been toying with the league’s premier big men. Abdul is back on the MVP race he narrowly lost last year and started his dominant second round surge against Charles Mammie and the University of the East Red Warriors. Though UST lost, 67-68, Abdul finished with 23 points and 20 rebounds while completely outmuscling Mammie in the paint, proving that his career-high 26 points against the very same UE team, but sans Mammie who was out due to suspension in the first round, was no fluke. Abdul followed it up, although came up short once again, against the National University Bulldogs. The 6’6’’ slotman dominated his matchup against Emmanuel Mbe and tallied 18 points and 12 rebounds. In their matchup against the Adamson University led by the hulking Ingrid Sewa, Abdul outclassed his 6’8’’ counterpart and came away with 19 points and 12 boards and a much needed 80-67 victory. And finally against erstwhile league-leading FEU Tamaraws, the “African Tiger” led UST to a pulsating 79-78 win through two overtime periods while playing 46 minutes and battling against the myriad of defenders employed by FEU which were led by Anthony Hargrove, Christian Sentchu and Mac Belo. Abdul finished with a game-high 24 points and grabbed 12 rebounds and came up with two winning plays down the stretch. First a three-point play to give UST the lead and second, blocking Belo’s three-point attempt to seal the win for the Growling Tigers.”


Richard Dy of “After a brief talk and a review of the game tape that took no less than an hour, the amiable chief sent both Nabong and Hayes off with the hope of not seeing them again in his office at the league headquarters in Libis. “Sinabi niya sa akin na ayaw na nya akong makita uli dito (PBA office),” said Hayes, a free agent signing. “Ako din naman ayaw ko nang maulit ito. Gusto ko lang naman maglaro. Nakakahiya din kasi sa mga fans ng PBA.” For his part, Nabong admitted his mistake and vowed not to do the same thing again, saying his action has put his team, his coach, management, and the league in a very bad light. “I kind of worsened the situation,” said the 24-year-old second-round pick and 17th overall in last year’s rookie draft, who was a central figure in the fracas as he exchanged punches with San Mig’s Marc Pingris.”

Alder Almo of “Pingris was so bothered after getting back into his senses especially after his five-year old son called him. “Ina-accept ko yung nagawa kong pagkakamali. Sana hindi lang ako kundi pati rin yung mga ibang players kasi hindi maganda para sa mga batang nanonood,” Pingris told reporters after emerging from their locker room. “Tumawag nga yung 5 years old kong anak eh, si Jean-Michele. Sabi niya, ‘Dad what happened? Bakit niyo sinuntok yung guy,” Pingris recounted. Pingris carefully explained himself to his son and asked for forgiveness.”

Paolo of “Our players health have not been really in our favor for the past conferences. Just when Dylan Ababou is about to make his return, he got injured on one of their tune up games. Kerby Raymundo got injured too, JJ Helterbrand got sick and Mark Caguioa is still getting his form back after missing games for a couple of months. And when everyone’s starting to see how strong the lineup of Ginebra is with the addition of Japeth Aguilar, he was the latest victim of an injury. Even though Japeth is injured, he is still positive about this conference. How about you? Stop doubting and start trusting!”

Romeo Catap via “Bottom line is, I believe it’s high time that our Barangay should live and breathe with basketball excellence, which I believe would mean if you put all of the Spark’s statements from the whole of his career (sans the explicit words). It could mean getting the ball around in a regular nature, having good percentages as normal on the free throw line, giving media people the difficulty of choosing the best player every game because everybody stepped up, or could be, having the management control the perpetual itch to trade somebody. Hello! Ever heard of prioritizing chemistry?”

JC Pelagio via “He loves the ball in his hands because he can orchestrate plays and shoot big baskets when he has to. Fast forward to today, I believe my realizations still hold true.  You know what makes me love Caguioa even more? His walang-keme-honesty. During a halftime television interview in a game against GlobalPort (Ginebra was then in a losing slump at the start of the Chualay Era), he said, “Parang pugot ulo ang laro namin eh”.”

Joaquin Henson of “Abueva said if he’s a tough guy on the court, he’s a softie off the court. “I’m different when I’m not playing,” he said. “Some people misunderstand me because I don’t socialize. I don’t go out of the house much. I like to stay home with my wife and kids. That’s how I am.” Abueva and his wife Salome Alejandra are blessed with three children, Clint, 5, Calvin James, 2 and Deandrei Calvin, four months old. When fans boo him, Abueva said he is challenged to play even harder. “The more they boo, the more I get excited to play harder,” he said. “It’s like I want to show them what I can do. I know if I play my best and we beat their team, they’ll be quiet. For me, it’s just basketball. Nothing personal. If fans boo me, I respect them for that. But if I play harder, they should respect me for that, too. I try not to mind the people and just go hard and focus on playing.”