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Chito Narvasa approves revised KIA-San Miguel trade

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The controversial trade between the Kia Picanto and the San Miguel Beermen has been approved, PBA commissioner Chito Narvasa confirmed on Friday evening in a presser held before Game Seven of the 2017 Governor’s Cup Finals.

“The deal has been approved,” said the 55-year-old commish, who’d faced a pressure-packed week, as he had to endure plenty of scrutiny from the league’s fans as soon as the then-proposed deal sprung up last October 21.

With the approval, Kia will give up the first pick of the 2017 Rookie Draft this Sunday, and will then receive veterans Ronald Tubid and Jay-R Reyes; young guard Rashawn McCarthy; and SMB’s 2019 first round pick.

And with this development, San Miguel, winners of two titles this season, will most likely nab Fil-German Christian Standhardinger, the consensus top pick in this year’s Draft thanks to his excellent showings with Gilas Pilipinas.

This will be the second time in three years that Kia have traded their top pick — the first back in 2015, when they shipped second overall pick Troy Rosario through a three-way trade with TNT Katropa and NLEX Road Warriors.

The deal had to undergo three revisions in order to earn a go-signal. And the league commish explained how the deal had finally pushed through, saying that Kia had explained to him that the team is in dire need of veterans and a shooter.

“Jay-R okay tayo diyan, and he’ll be able to guard [June Mar] Fajardo. McCarthy [OK din] because they need a point guard and [somebody who] can guard Chris Ross,” he said. “Next they want is [Keith] Agovida [pero] sabi ko ‘di pwede kasi it came from you na you need veterans. So sabi nila ‘boss, kailangan namin ng shooter’ so kailangan nila si Tubid.”

“Sabi ko mukhang pwede,” continued Narvasa.

Narvasa also told in the presser that he’d also had to consider the sentiments of the fans, and that it was something that he had told San Miguel’s team governor Robert Non while assessing the brow-raising deal.

“Si Robert nakausap ko rin [and told him] na ‘please consider the sentiments of the fans.’ Mahal na mahal natin ang PBA. They also want to see balanced teams, [yung tipong] ‘di alam sino mananalo,” shared Narvasa.

And speaking for Kia’s side, Narvasa said that the three-year old franchise, through new team governor Bobby Rosales, explained to the board on Thursday at the league’s office why they had also negotiated with SMB.

“[Kia said] ‘please understand the first two years, hindi kami talaga naga-arrange. We’re starting from zero so I asked Joe Lipa to guide us where we want to go’. He [Rosales] explained it very clearly in front of the board,” he said, “Sabi naman ng board we will support you.”

Now that the deal has been approved, and with the whole board in full support, all eyes will be on Kia and San Miguel heading into the league’s 43rd season, for how will this trade affect both team’s respective campaigns.

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23 for 2023 cadets fill up Gilas practice

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With just 31 days away from the second window of the 2019 FIBA World Cup Asian Qualifiers, only 10 players from the pool attended the team’s third session, Monday evening at the Meralco Gym.

Suiting up in the session presided over by Coach Chot Reyes were June Mar Fajardo, Gabe Norwood, Troy Rosario, Jio Jalalon, Mac Belo, Kiefer Ravena, Kevin Alas, and Roger Pogoy. Carl Cruz and Jayson Castro were in attendance but was in street clothes.

Not present were Matthew Wright, Japeth Aguilar, and Allein Maliksi. Calvin Abueva and Raymond Almazan have yet to attend practice.

Joining the seniors team to prep them up for the World Cup Qualifiers were 10 players from the 23 for 2023 pool.

Ateneo Blue Eagle Matt Nieto attended his first Gilas practice. Joining him were Ateneo teammates Isaac Go and Thirdy Ravena.

Completing the night’s cast were CJ Perez, Abu Tratter, Will Gozum, J-jay Alejandro, Arvin Tolentino, and Juan Gomez de Liano. Joshua Sinclair watched on the sidelines as he is still recovering from an ACL injury.

Gilas will take on Australia in Melbourne on February 22. The Philippine will then host Japan three days later at the SM Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City.

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Michael Calisaan tows Che’lu-San Sebastian past Perpetual

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Michael Calisaan poured 20 points as he captained newcomer Che’Lu-San Sebastian Revellers to a decisive 83-70 win over the University of Perpetual Help System DALTA Altas to start its voyage, Monday evening at the Pasig City Sports Center.

Doing it all for the Revellers, the veteran forward provided the stability for his side as he shot 8-of-15 from the field while also hauling down nine rebounds, two assists, and two steals in the conference-opening win.

But it wasn’t all Calisaan as Che’Lu got contributions from all over its roster.

Samboy de Leon chimed in 16 markers and nine boards, RK Ilagan went 2-of-5 from threes to collect 13 points, eight dimes, and three rebounds, while big men Alfred Batino and Jeepy Faundo combined for 20 in the victory.

Despite the triumph, coach Stevenson Tiu gave all the praise to his players noting the team’s lack of time preparing for the tourney.

“Nanalo kami dahil sa talent ng players. Medyo mali ko rin kasi nahirapan pa ako mag-adjust sa players. Hopefully, we play much better in the coming games,” he said.

The Revellers used a 16-4 run to finally break away from the Altas, taking a 77-60 lead with 4:03 to play as they punished their foes for their turnovers, turning Perpetual’s 30 miscues to 28 points in their favor.

Prince Eze anchored the Altas with 15 points, 11 rebounds, and seven blocks in their first game under new head coach Frankie Lim.

Che’lu-San Sebastian looks to make it two in a row when it takes on the Wangs-Letran Couriers on Monday, January 29 at 5:00pm. Perpetual, on the other hand, hopes it can notch its first win when it takes on Mila’s Lechon Mighty Roasters.

The Scores:

Che’lu-SSCR 83 — Calisaan 20, De Leon 16, Ilagan 13, Batino 10, Faundo 10, Bulanadi 6, Costelo 6, Calma 2, David 0, Lao 0, Santos 0, Valdez 0.

UPHSD 70 — Eze 15, Coronel 13, Villanueva 13, Jimenez 9, Charcos 7, Peralta 7, Gallardo 5, Pido 1, Antonio 0, Aurin 0, Tamayo 0, Tongco 0.

Quarterscores: 17-22, 34-38, 59-53, 83-70.

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Go for Gold survives Kent Salado injury to turn back Gamboa-St. Clare

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The Go for Gold Scratchers got their act together late as it slipped past Gamboa-St. Clare Coffee Lovers with a 75-68 win Monday afternoon at the Pasig City Sports Center.

It was a total team effort for the Scratchers with veterans Jerwin Gaco and J-Jay Alejandro stabilizing their camp as they closed the game out with a 23-point finishing salvo.

Senegalese center Clement Leutcheu proved to be a solid force for his side as he tallied 14 points, seven rebounds, and two blocks, while Gaco just missed out on a double-double with his 13 markers and nine boards.

Justin Gutang also corralled 10 points and 13 rebounds in the win, while Kent Salado had nine markers, five boards, four assists, and three steals before suffering an MCL sprain on his right knee with 2:48 to play in the third frame.

Despite Salado’s absence in the payoff period, Go for Gold coach Charles Tiu praised his wards for its defensive effort late.

“We cut down our turnovers and we rebounded well, and then we executed very well,” he said.

It was a complete turnaround from the Scratchers’ lackluster start, where they fell behind by as much as 10, 28-18 midway in the second quarter.

We’re a new team and hindi pa kami sanay sa isa’t isa. As you can see in the first half, ang dami naming turnovers because we’re not that familiar with each other,” said Tiu. “But I’m happy naman kasi the guys, we needed a test like this as a young team, to learn how to come from behind against a very good team like St. Clare.“

Aris Dionisio carried the load for the Coffee Lovers with 19 points and 13 rebounds, while Raymond Rubio had 11 markers and six boards in the defeat.

Go for Gold will face a familiar foe in the JRU Heavy Bombers on Tuesday, January 30 at the Ynares Sports Arena. Gamboa-St. Clare, on the other hand, will take on the Batangas-EAC Generals on Monday, January 29.

The Scores:

Go for Gold 75 — Leutcheu 14, Gaco 13, Gutang 10, Salado 9, Naboa 8, Salem 8, Alejandro 5, Dixon 3, Pili 2, San Juan 2, Domingo 1.

Gamboa-St. Clare 68 — Dionisio 19, Rubio 11, Pare 10, Ambuludto 8, Hallare 6, Rebugio 6, Jackson 4, Acuno 2, Bitoon 2, Alcober 0.

Quarterscores: 14-19, 30-33, 52-53, 75-68.

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PBA slaps fines on Yeng Guiao, Chris Ross

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Yeng Guiao and Chris Ross opt to move on

The much-talked about tilt that pitted the San Miguel Beermen and the NLEX Road Warriors last January 18 featured numerous confrontations and exchanges. But none was more heated than what happened between fiery head coach Yeng Guiao and emotional defensive cog Chris Ross.

With 1:46 remaining in that game, Guiao and Ross figured in a verbal altercation that resulted to the latter being slapped with his second technical foul of the contest.

San Miguel head coach Leo Austria alledged that Guiao threw a racial slur at Ross that triggered the Filipino-American.

The league though could not find any hard evidence that this occurred.

“Upon review of the incident, consulting possible witnesses to the event and discussing the matter with both parties, the alleged racist remark attributed to Coach Guiao could not be established,” the league said in a statement. “Coach Guiao has denied such allegation while Chris Ross has opted to move forward and said that he would not want to discuss the matter further. However, Coach Guiao and Chris Ross will be subject to appropriate fines for their respective misconduct.

“As a result, the Office of the Commissioner finds no sufficient basis to discuss the matter of an alleged racist remark uttered by Coach Guiao. It may be recalled that in a previous incident, a heavy penalty was imposed for a racist remark that was clearly proven.

“Rest assured that any act that is racially derogatory and pejorative in nature will be dealt with sternly by the league,” the statement ended.

As a result, Guiao is fined PHP 11,000 for obscene gesture, use of profane language and engaging in a verbal altercation while Ross is fined the amount of PHP 2,600 for incurring two technical fouls, both for verbal altercation.

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