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Hoop Nut One-on-One: Can the best college teams beat the worst PBA teams?



Rolly Mendoza
The elimination round of the PBA is already past the midway point of the All-Filipino Conference but three teams have two wins or less. I was wondering if it is possible for the best teams in college basketball from the UAAP and NCAA to beat a professional team in a 7-game series?

Enzo Flojo
Oh, I know how this goes. So, say, can Kia, Blackwater, and maybe Barako get beaten by, say, San Beda, DLSU, AdMU, FEU, or NU?

Off the top of my head, in a 7-game series, I think a really good college team can beat, say, Manny P’s Kia two or three times, especially if Pacquiao plays haha!

Rolly Mendoza

On Pac-Algieri: It was super one-sided

On Pac-Algieri: It was super one-sided

Whoa! Lay off the PacMan bashing for a little bit, since he pulverized Chris Algieri as expected. Hehe

A professional team should still win a 7-game series vs ANY college/amateur team because of their supposed advantage in physicality, coaching, and training time. Pros live and breathe basketball, while college guys are expected to still study (ideally). But if it was a one game knockout format, the pros better watch out.

Enzo Flojo
Sorry I had to clean up the cornbits that I spat on the ground after reading how college ballers are supposed to study.

On Pac-Algieri: It was super one-sided, which Manny shouldn’t be surprised about because that’s pretty much what happens in every Kia game anyway.

I agree about how a pro team SHOULD beat any college amateur team, but in the case of Kia and Blackwater, that notion can be challenged because, well, of the following:

Ola Adeogun

Ola Adeogun

Ola Adoegun/AVO > any Kia/Blackwater big
Pic5Mac Belo/Troy Rosario > any Kia/Blackwater forward
Kiefer Ravena/Jeron Teng> any Kia/Blackwater wingman

And, again, c’mon, if Pac-Man plays? Wow, it’ll be a joke.

Rolly Mendoza
On a side note: Manny won decisively which is a good thing although, he did not deliver the expected knockout punch that he also predicted.

Anyway, back to the topic… Since you focused on expansion teams like Kia and Blackwater, it can be argued that they have rosters that are similar to college players in skills and abilities. Thus, premier players in the UAAP/NCAA can and will be able to defeat these expansion teams.

Now, can their UAAP/NCAA school teams defeat a pro team or are we looking at a mash-up of elite college players playing on an All-Star team to defeat Kia and Blackwater?

Enzo Flojo
Oooh, are you suggesting a collegiate all-star team vs. the Kia Sorento?! Oh, man, that would be… a MASSACRE!!!

But who would massacre whom?

I got my money on Kia still beating a collegiate all-star team AT LEAST four times out of ten!!!

pba5Without Manny Pacquiao, of course. WITHOUT MANNY PACQUIAO. If he played, Kia would get beaten… six out of seven?

Rolly Mendoza
Well, if Pac-Man plays major minutes, Kia would undoubtedly lose more games than win. If he decides to coach as well (assuming he is still head coach), Kia will probably not win any games at all versus a collegiate all-star team.

In addition, I definitely will buy a ticket to watch such a game!

Since Kia and Blackwater are very poor professional teams, is it feasible for the PBA to create a “losers’ bracket” to create a game where they will compete versus college teams?

Enzo Flojo
Buy a ticket to watch Pacquiao play ball? You serious? Yikes.

The losers bracket thing is interesting though. What would be the stakes? Winner gets treated to free pizza?

Rolly Mendoza
How about if the losers crawl between the legs of the winners depending on the winning margin? Haha

Or what if the losing team gets replaced by the winning team? Imagine if a college all-star team competed with the better teams in the PBA! I bet that one you and millions more will watch!

Enzo Flojo
Oooh that would be totally impossible (a college team replacing Kia) for many reasons, but also totally entertaining, too! Can we please see Ateneo beat Kia, so Keifer can play in the PBA already? Haha

Rolly Mendoza
I recall the PBA using a type of invitational format/tournament to allow a non-PBA team to compete even for one conference or a few games.

This setup will be beneficial for both parties. The PBA will definitely attract more fans/viewers from the college circuit while the college teams can learn from the exposure

Enzo Flojo
Only for very special cases, but I don’t think they’re going to do that just to see a college team beat Kia… oh wait… I think they SHOULD do that!

In other countries, Pro-Am tournaments are held mid-season, so THAT could be one thing to consider! Man, what I would give for Kiefer or Jeron or Belo to throttle down the lane and get an And 1 against the Pac-Man!!!

Rolly Mendoza
You and I plus millions more would definitely watch that! Hopefully, the PBA concocts such a game maybe during their All-Star weekend.

Enzo Flojo
Ugh… Manny in the PBA All-Star Weekend as an All-Star. That’s going to happen, isn’t it, and there’s no stopping it… #WhatHaveWeDone



Christian Standhardinger goes perfect from stripe in Hong Kong’s rout of Formosa



After going a horrid 5-for-17 from the stripe during their first loss of the season last January 9, Christian Standhardinger made sure to make good on his free throws to power the Hong Kong Eastern Basketball Club to a dominant 99-79 rout of the Formosa Dreamers, Thursday evening in Southorn Stadium.

The 6-foot-8 Filipino-German, who tallied 37 points and 19 rebounds in the overtime loss to Saigon, went a perfect 9-for-9 from the foul line. He finished with 25 points and 10 rebounds.

The contest itself was not close, as the defending champions were able to impose their will on the bottom-ranked squad, leading by as much as 23 points, 93-70, after two free throws by Standhardinger with 2:58 remaining.

If Standhardinger was having a good day with his free throws, the entire Formosa squad could not say the same, going 13-of-27 from the line.

Tyler Lamb had 25 markers as well for Hong Kong, while Marcus Elliott grabbed a triple-double with 19 points, 11 rebounds, and 11 assists.

Lenny Daniel paced Formosa with 25 points and 11 rebounds. World Import Ronnie Aguilar had 14 points and 16 rebounds but went just 5-for-14 from the field.

With the win, Hong Kong goes to 8-1, while the Dreamers fell to 1-8.

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2018 FIBA 3X3 World Cup

Chooks-to-Go President hopes 3×3 World Cup breaks Philippine Arena record



Last October 27, 2017, Game Seven of the PBA Governors’ Cup Finals between heated rivals Barangay Ginebra San Miguel and Meralco Bolts saw 54,083 people troop to the Philippine Arena in Bocaue, Bulacan. The attendance broke all records for both the venue and the PBA.

Come June this year, the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas and Chooks-to-Go are hoping that the upcoming 2018 FIBA 3×3 World Cup will surpass that record.

“We look at 3×3 as our best hope, really, to get a medal in the Olympics. Kami naman sa Chooks, we are behind SBP realizing that dream. Kanina pinag-uusapan na, if we’re going to break the record in attendance,” said Bounty Agro Ventures Inc. president Ronald Mascariñas on Thursday afternoon during a press conference held at BGC High Street in Taguig.

“I think the question there is not if we’re going to break, but how many more times. Because FIBA should see how passionate the Filipinos are about basketball. That’s a given,” one of the patrons of Gilas Pilipinas added.

Besides the event itself, the local government of Bulacan has pledged to make the week of the tournament filled with activities to celebrate the Philippines’ 120th year of Independence.

For their part, Chooks-to-Go vowed to help out the SBP in organizing the event and in building the team.

“We are throwing our support not to improve on our finish, but we want to help SBP organize, to win the championship — not just to improve our ranking,” Mascariñas shared.

And the experience he and his company gained after backing the Pilipinas 3×3 team during last year’s tournament will only help.

“In past tournaments, we’ve lost some games na maninipis lang talaga,” he recalled about the team composed of Kobe Paras, Kiefer Ravena, Jeron Teng, and JR Quinahan that competed in Nantes, France.

“This time around, with five months to go, we need to organize and put in the best t

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Ilocos United takes leave from PFL



Another one bites the dust

After months of speculation, Ilocos United has formally announced their absence from the Philippines Football League for the 2018 season.

A statement signed by Ilocos Chief Executive Officer Tony Lazaro and posted on the club’s Facebook page broke the big news.

“Unfortunately, after months of negotiation, efforts to attract a new naming sponsor for the Team were unsuccessful,” the statement opened. “Consequently, it has become financially prohibitive to continue participation in the PFL.

“Primarily, the lack of broadcasting exposure in 2017 created an apprehension in the corporate community, cascading into a series of afflictions that has ultimately led to our withdrawal from the competition.”

Ilocos finished last during the inaugural season, tallying 1 win, 6 draws, and 21 losses with a -49 goal differential.

Still, Ilocos gave their thanks to those who supported the club during the inaugural PFL season.

“We are cautiously optimistic of a potential return to the PFL for the 2019 season, whereby secured broadcasting exposure will hopefully lead to higher confidence from potential sponsorship partners.”

While their PFL operations will fold for the time being, Ilocos will continue the grassroots programs they have started within the area. ¨In the meantime, the foundation of football development we helped to build in Ilocos will continue, including grassroots initiatives at local schools, women’s futsal, Special Olympics, and, of course, the IUFC Academy.¨

The latest development will be another big blow for the young league. Meralco Manila pulled out of the competition beforehand, and now Ilocos´ absence leaves only six teams in the competition.

Now more than ever, something needs to be done by the PFL or even the Philippine Football Federation to ensure the feasibility of the clubs and the league itself for years to come.

Football is a hard sport to build in the Philippines despite its resurgence since 2010. There are limited corporate boosters for the sport which is in dire need of a financial push to sustain its growth.

Ilocos´ leave and Meralco´s folding now forces local football´s stakeholders to take a step back and examine the next moves to build the sport.

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CJ Perez, Jaycee Marcelino in unison: D-League is a whole other level



After falling just two games short of copping Lyceum’s first-ever NCAA crown, the Pirates went to the PBA D-League to gain experience. However, in their first foray in the second league, the Lyceans realized that it was a whole different beast.

Going up against the veteran-laden Marinerong Pilipino Skippers, the Zark’s Burgers-backed squad suffered a slow start as they adjusted to the tougher calls of the league. The Jawbreakers were down by as much as 17 points early in the third frame, 37-54.

“Yung physicality hindi naman ako masyadong nagulat pero sa mental toughness, yung pagod ka na, tapos may babanggga pa sa ‘yo, ang iniisip ko kailangan mas maging tough,” admitted reigning NCAA Most Valuable Player CJ Perez.

“Nangangapa kami nung una lahat kasi first game namin ito, pati dito sa court na ‘to first game din namin,” added Jaycee Marcelino.

It served as a wake-up call. Adjusting on the fly, Perez and Marcelino rallied the Jawbreakers back — even fashioning multiple attempts to take over the contest late in the game. However, they fell short, 92-94.

“Binalik lang namin yung laro namin dati, pass the ball, hindi yung puro dribble, i-run lang namin yung plays,” shared Marcelino, as he and Perez combined to score 16 points in the final frame.

The 21-year-old Marcelino finished with a game-high 20 points on an efficient 7-of-9 shooting to go along with four rebounds, three assists, two steals, and a block. The 24-year-old Perez added 19 points, five assists, two steals, and a block.

With their first game in the bag, the duo — and the rest of the Jawbreakers — now have the experience under their belts. And they plan to put in the work to prove that they belong.

“Sa NC naman kasi puro ka-level namin kalaro namin, dito puro beterano ang naglalaro,” said Marcelino. “Hindi talaga namin masabi na yung ginawa namin sa NC magagawa din namin dito.

“Mageextra work pa kami para masustain namin kung ano kami sa Lyceum.”

“It’s a good experience. Ibang iba pala talaga yung laro ng D-League sa NCAA,” expressed Perez, who is a consensus top three pick for the upcoming PBA Rookie Draft.

“Sobrang grateful kami na nakalaro na rin kami sa D-League.”

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