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Hoop Nut One-on-One: How to fix Ginebra



pba19Even before the game between the Ginebra Gin Kings and the Meralco Bolts, the Hoop Nut tag team had a bad feeling about the current situation of the Gin Kings. Alas, the Gin Kings fell to the Bolts during opening day.

Rolly Mendoza
Will a new head coach fix Ginebra?

Enzo Flojo
Of course not because the guy replacing Jeff isn’t new. Ato Agustin as the “new” coach? Don’t make me laugh. Fixing Ginebra isn’t like changing a car’s tail light. It’s more complicated than that. It’s more akin to overhauling an engine. Ginebra has to be patient, which is crazy because they’ve never really been patient. It’s all about instant results.

Rolly Mendoza
So the problem starts at the top. Team management needs to be patient in order to find the right coach. The results will ideally come if a coach is given more than two conferences to instill a new offense.
That being said, Ginebra needs to shuffle their roster. I will let you suggest the players first. Take note: plural form.

Enzo Flojo
Off the top of my head, Ginebra needs to replace LA Tenorio, Chris Ellis, and, honestly, either/both Mark Caguioa and/or JayJay Helterbrand. The Kings need a change in culture and depth. The guys I mentioned haven’t been consistently good this season, and the team’s never-say-die attitude has, well, died.

They need new blood to inject some more passion and complementary talent into the team.

Rolly Mendoza
I’ll go as far as breaking up the twin towers of Aguilar and Slaughter. Height is might but so far it hasn’t worked with the Gin Kings so a change should be explored.

Who should replace the guys we just mentioned? Is there an ideal mold or type of player that should play for the Barangay? How about guys like Belga and Abueva?

Enzo Flojo
I’ll only pick guys from San Miguel Corp teams or teams that have willingly and willfully dealt with San Miguel Corp teams, so…
pba5I’m picking Stanley Pringle of GlobalPort to replace LA Tenorio. Pringle’s athleticism and aggro should give Ginebra a boost. I would maybe also pick someone like RR Garcia as a small-ball SG/back-up PG to replace either Caguioa or Helterbrand. Going by your reasoning, I would also maybe replace Japeth Aguilar with a more aggro stretch 4 like Anthony Semerad or a more in-your-face inside operator like Jake Pascual.

Rolly Mendoza
Since GlobalPort deals with SMC teams…

pba5I like the Pringle-Tenorio swap and I would also trade for Terrence Romeo for Caguioa or Helterbrand. Romeo gives Ginebra playmaking options and he won’t shy away from taking the big shot. Think of him as a better version of Bal David…

As for Aguilar being moved out for a stretch 4 with better range, how about Beau Belga? Now, I don’t know if Rain or Shine will be intetested with such a deal but Belga also reminds me of a former Ginebra player: Noli “The Tank” Locsin.

Enzo Flojo
I’m not sure I see how Romeo’s game is similar to Bal David’s, but I guess their no-fear attitude is fairly the same? Belga could work, but I’m not sure he works well as a PF and, besides, I hardly think ROS would deal one of their Gilas boys to a rival faction, even if the prize is Japeth.

How about this — get Greg outta there and bring in some first round picks for the 2015 draft? If the Kings can swing this, they might get a shot at a tougher big guy. Maybe Moala Tautuaa, or Troy Rosario, or AVO?

Rolly Mendoza
I’ll admit that comparisons to former Ginebra players might be a stretch but I simply want to see a successful run for the Gin Kings. The Slaughter scenario for draft picks might actually work.

uaap17Personally, Troy Rosario would be a nice fit here. He can develop into a solid stretch 4 but needs to work on his outside shot.

Enzo Flojo
Hmm I’d drop Japeth for Troy. I think ROS and Kia have probable top 3 picks next year, so I’d trade Japeth for either team’s pick. What do you think?
ConeOf course, if we’re talking about real overhaul, I’d trade like both Japeth and LA for Tim Cone and Mark Barroca.

Rolly Mendoza
Absolutely agree to change the roster in any shape or form. However, things at the management level and the coaching staff still need more work. I guess they should give Coach Ato Agustin two conferences or less to try and make this team competitive…


  • kangkongking

    naka naman na article to.. hahaha kakatawa nakita lang na malakas si pringle gusto na namang kunin ng mga taga gins.. tssss hehehe kahit sinong ilagay nyo na coach dyan hangga’t nandyan pa si caguiao nakuw di kayo magchachampion, itapon nyo na muna sila tas wag masyadong gahaman sa mga players na magagaling, ang daming napunta sa ginebra na magagaling na players ang nasira ang career isa na si kerby dun.. kaya pls. wag gahaman sa players mga taga gins..

  • Guest

    Too much talent. No direction. Look at Alaska, they build their team the right way. Alaska is the new Ginebra. The real underdog of the PBA.

  • sniperx

    bakit ba pilit natin sinisisi sila caguiao at jay jay.. bakit meron ba ngayon na player sa lineup ng ginebra na pag nasa loob ng court ay buong puso ang binibigay sa ginebra sige nga mag isip kayo kung sino pa ang buong puso maglaro yun pa ang gusto nyo tangalin…bkit di nyo maisip tangalin si tenorio sa ginebra eh si tenorio naman talga ang salarin sa pagbagsak ng barangay. magaling na pointguard ang kailangan ng ginkings like playmaker na si casio , idagdag mo na si abueva para may konting angas…angas ang kulang sa ginebra!!!

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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.

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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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