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2014-15 GlobalPort Batang Pier Primer



2013-14 Standings:

Philippine Cup597thLost to Painters in the quarterfinals (had twice-to-beat disadvantage)
Commissioner’s Cup1810thEliminated in the elimination round
Governor’s Cup184thEliminated in the elimination round


2013-14 Team Leaders
PPGJay Washington15.57
APGAlex Cabagnot6.24
RPGJay Washington7.50
BPGJay Washington0.54
SPGAlex Cabagnot1.26

Players Lost:
Jay Washington (Trade), Rudy Lingganay (Dispersal draft), Val Acuna (Not signed), Erik Menk (Trade), Jondan Salvador (Trade)
2014 Draft Pick: #1 pick: Stanley Pringle
Players Added: Nonoy Baclao (Trade), Mark Isip (Trade), Stanley Pringle (Draft),  Roider Cabrera (Free agent), Jojo Duncil (Free agent)

Projected Depth Chart:

CYancy de OcampoKelly NabongJewel Ponferada
FNonoy BaclaoMark IsipKeith Jensen
FRonjay BuenafeRoider Cabrera
GTerrence RomeoJojo DuncilPaolo Taha
GAlex CabagnotStanley Pringle

The Bandwagon Wire Says:

Mikee Romero is one of the premiere owners in professional basketball. The young entrepreneur is dead set on succeeding in the biggest stage in Philippine basketball. Two years into his entry into the big league, however, the team has been cellar dwellers, which must be driving him and current head coach Pido Jarencio nuts! Both are thirsty for at the very least a playoff run in one of the PBA’s three conferences. The problem though is that the management overhauls the team too much.

Going into GlobalPort’s sophomore year in the league, the prevalent storyline for the team was how they scored a coup during the draft. The team had the bromance triangle of former UAAP MVPs RR Garcia and Terrence Romero, and former UAAP Finals MVP Nico Salva in their lineup and was able to trade away the stiff Isaac Holstein for workhorse Justin Chua.

Then the team started trading away. Here’s a summary of the transactions the team made during the last two conferences of the 39th season of the PBA until now:

#1 Former UST Coach Pido Jarencio replaced Coach Richie Ticzon after one conference
#2 Sol Mercado was traded to the Boosters for Alex Cabagnot
#3 Enrico Villanueva was traded to the Energy for Ronnie Matias and Carlos Sharma
#4 Justin Chua was traded to the Beermen for Yousef Taha
#5 Yousef Taha and Ronnie Matias were traded to the Mixers for Yancy de Ocampo and Val Acuna
#6 Nico Salva and Bonbon Custodio were traded to the Energy for Ronjay Buenafe and a future 2nd round pick
#7 RR Garcia was traded to the Energy for Keith Jensen
#8 Eric Menk was traded to the Aces for two future 2nd round picks
#9 Jondan Salvador was traded to the Energy for Mark Isip
#10 Jay Washington was traded to the Tropang Texters for Nonoy Baclao and a pack of peanuts

That’s 10 transactions in a span of 8 months!

Only Terrence Romeo remains from the crop of rookies they drafted a year ago. In a weird twist of fate, the team drafted another point guard as the #1 overall pick in this year’s draft, Stanley Pringle. Now they have three elite point guards in their lineup once more. Last year they had Terrence Romeo playing with RR Garcia and Sol Mercado; this year Romeo has Stanley Pringle and Alex Cabagnot. This brings us to the Batang Pier’s main storyline for this conference:

Romeo, Cabagnot, and Pringle

Out of the three, Romeo has the best ball-handling skills. Cabagnot spaces the floor well and has the body to bang with larger guards, while Pringle has the height advantage (he stands at 6’1) and is the most athletic. The problem is Romeo, Cabagnot, and Pringle need the ball in their hands all of the time. It might be a struggle for Coach Pido to spread equal quality minutes for his point guards since they are most effective with the ball in their hands at all times. One way to counter this would be to move Romeo and/or Pringle to the 2-spot, which would be fun to watch for a viewers standpoint, but will eventually serve as a liability on defense against teams with taller backcourts, like the Hotshots and the Bolts.
Badass Bigs

Coach Pido’s offense relies heavily on bigs who can both defend and knock mid-range shots. Yancy de Ocampo and Mark Isip are the perfect big men for the offensive system, while the shot blocking prowess of Nonoy Baclao, and the tenacious rebounding of Kelly Nabong (Nabong is a man amongst men) are the skill-sets the team has been lacking since day 1. That’s not to say that all four can replace the excellent offensive skill-set of Jay Washington but it would be set-off by how hard these guys play on defense.

2014-15 Philippine Cup Prediction

It’s hard to gauge the ceiling for this team since Stanley Pringle is a game-changing point guard but shares minutes with two elite point guards. Moreover, the team sorely lacks depth at the wings. Maybe a trade, JUST ONE LAST TRADE, could fix this problem.

Our prediction: 9th place, eliminated in the wildcard

 2014-15 PBA Philippine Cup Primers

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TBT - PBA - Ginebra Gin Kings-01TBT - PBA - Global Port Batang Pier-01
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TBT - PBA - Purefoods Hotshots-01TBT - PBA - Rain or Shine Elasto Painters-01
TBT - PBA - San Miguel Beermen-01TBT - PBA - Talk N Text Tropang Texters-01
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Mixed Martial Arts

Rene Catalan continues rampage with TKO win



Rene Catalan continues to turn critics into believers

Filipino fighter Rene Catalan made his sixth appearance inside the ONE Championship cage at ONE: Kings of Courage, held at the Jakarta Convention Center in Indonesia, Saturday evening. He faced 21-year-old Chinese athlete Peng Xue Wen in the opening main card bout, and leaned on his elite wushu skills to stop the young star at the 4:22 mark of the second round.

The victory improves Catalan’s record to 4-2 (1 NC), extends his winning streak to four, and gives him the first TKO stoppage of his martial arts career, as he bids to climb the strawweight ladder in search of the ONE Strawweight World Championship.

“The Challenger” came out in the southpaw stance to open the bout, throwing big hooks and a head kick that narrowly missed as he established the center of the cage from the start of the contest.

The Filipino landed a host of powerful strikes, including a perfectly-placed uppercut and a melee of punishing leg kicks, but Peng’s conditioning and composure kept him in the match as he looked to stand and trade with the man 18 years his elder.

Catalan picked up where he left off when the bout resumed in the second round, this time operating out of the orthodox stance, landing more leg kicks and continuing to deny Peng any space to work.

Despite his dominance on the feet, there was a brief moment of concern for the Filipino on the mat when he jumped into the Chinese wrestler’s guard mid-way through the second round, and immediately found himself in a triangle choke. But the Filipino kept his composure and managed to work himself free.

Once the fighters returned to their feet, Catalan poured on the pressure in search of a finish, and he got it with just 38 seconds remaining in the stanza.

“The Challenger” scored big with a liver shot, then unloaded a fierce flurry of punches that forced Peng onto his back foot. Another shot forced Peng to the mat, where a salvo of ground and pound from Catalan eventually forced the TKO stoppage as referee Olivier Coste stepped in to halt the contest.

Photo, story, and video from ONE Championship

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Gelo Alolino regrets Phoenix’s failure to close out Hotshots



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Gelo Alolino had his best game for the Phoenix Fuel Masters on Saturday night at the Cuneta Astrodome with 19 points, eclipsing his previous career-high of 16 markers which he made last May 21, 2017 in a loss to the Mahindra Floodbuster.

But his achievement won’t be too memorable, as it went for naught following a 91-97 defeat at the hands of Paul Lee and the Magnolia Hotshots, who have now collected their third straight victory.

For the second overall pick in the regular 2016 Rookie Draft, it was all because of their failure to sustain momentum up until the game’s final buzzer.

“Sayang, nandun na. We felt na sa amin na nung dulo kaso lang ganun talaga,” rued the 24-year-old sophomore after the match, where he shot an excellent 7-of-10 from the floor.

“Breaks of the game napunta sa kabila.”

Phoenix were in contention all throughout the match. In fact, they were even ahead, 89-84, with just three minutes left to play. But the Hotshots’ comeback skills were unleashed, leading to the narrow win.

“Siyempre kami lahat nasayangan. Maganda naman yung team effort talaga namin,” admitted the 6-foot floor general of their end-game collapse, which wasted their efforts in assists (21) and on defense, where they forced Magnolia to 21 turnovers.

“Kami as players talagang gusto namin bumawi coming from a loss last game sa Rain or Shine.

The Fuel Masters have now lost their second straight outing and have dropped to 2-3. And for Alolino, all they have to do is learn as much as they can from this loss, especially now that they are about to face the Barangay Ginebra San Miguel next.

“Yun nga. Medyo masakit para sa’min ‘to,” admitted the National University product.

“All we have to do is magviview ulit kami ng tape para makita kung saan kami mas pwede mag-improve as a team and bawat isa — including me.”

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Glenn Khobuntin repays Ricky Dandan’s trust with end-game heroics



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Glenn Khobuntin can finally say that he had himself a moment in the pro ranks

The National University alumnus proved his worth for the Kia Picanto, scoring his team’s final six points to steer the often-ridiculed club to their first win after a historic 16-game skid, at the expense of the Rain or Shine Elasto Painters, 98-94.

“I knew he would. I knew he would,” lauded Kia head coach Ricky Dandan of the takeover by the six-foot-four forward.

“It was a blessing he didn’t play for the first two quarters because he [came in] fresh at gigil na gigil.”

Khobuntin finished with 11 markers on 5-of-7 shooting — the best game he’s had so far, not because of the numbers he posted but with the way he made them. But the three-year pro does not want to take the spotlight all onto himself.

“Hindi lang din naman ako e, kami ding lahat e,” the 26-year-old shared. “Siguro kumbaga nagka-opportunity lang, napunta sa akin yung bola kasi yun yung nasa scheme ng play so ayun.

“Thankful lang ako na-hit ko yung mga na-design na plays.”

However, the third-year pro admitted that he had been frightened during the game’s final stretch, as Rain or Shine managed to impose a serious threat by coming back from a seven-point deficit, 94-96, with just less than 22 ticks left to play.

“Kinakabahan ako kasi two minutes pa rin yun e tapos Rain or Shine yung kalaban namin,” the native of Cagayan de Oro said. “Nakita ko nakakabalik sila. Thankful lang naman ako na yung game napunta sa amin, at least natapos yung losing streak namin.”

But more than the end of their months-long slump, what Khobuntin is grateful for is the trust given to him by Dandan, who fielded him as a starter in the second half after sitting out the entirety of the first 24 minutes.

“Nag-decide siya na ako yung i-start niya so thankful ako kasi nagtiwala siya sa akin.”

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Justin Brownlee, Alab lock down Knights for fifth win



Paying a visit to Indonesia for the first time this season, Tanduay Alab Pilipinas needed time to figure the CLS Knights out before stifling the hosts in the final frame to take a 92-87 road win, Saturday evening at the GOR CLS Kertajaya in Indonesia.

This is Alab’s second straight win after losing to the Singapore Slingers last January 10.

With the win, the Philippine-based club team lifts its slate to 5-4 for solo fourth. CLS, on the other hand, dropped to 1-7 — just half a game ahead of the cellar-dwelling Formosa Dreamers.

Justin Brownlee displayed his all-around brilliance in the game, leading Alab with 36 points on 15-for-24 shooting to go along with eight rebounds, seven assists, and three steals.

But Alab’s bench could not sustain the effort of the starters, which meant the team was clinging to a two-point lead with 7:06 remaining.

Needing a spark, 40-year-old sniper Dondon Hontiveros provided for Alab, knocking down a triple that proved to be the starting point 14-2 Alab run. A jumper by Bobby Ray Parks, Jr. with 2:57 left capped the rally and gave Alab an 87-73 lead.

Hontiveros scored five of the eight Alab bench points. Fortunately for Alab, Renaldo Balkman and Bobby Ray Parks, Jr. were on point. The former tallying a double-double with 17 points and 13 rebounds, while Alab’s skipper had 14 points, four assists, two rebounds, two steals, and two blocks.

Coach Jimmy Alapag fielded his bench afterwards, but they let the quintet of Brian Williams, Mario Wuysang, Arif Hidayat, Decorey Jones, and Sandy Kurniawan slice the lead to as low as four points. Then free throws by Oping Sumalinog with eight ticks left put CLS away for good.

Williams paced CLS with 22 points and 14 rebounds while Kurniawan added 19 markers. Indonesian legend Wuysang had 17 points and six rebounds in the loss.

Alab ends its road trip on Sunday, January 28, when it takes on the Saigon Heat at the CIS Arena in Ho Chi Minh City.

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