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Have patience, Ginebra



The 2015 PBA offseason is just starting, but the league is already witness to the biggest move after the San Miguel Corporation formally announced Tim Cone as the next head coach of Barangay Ginebra San Miguel.

Along with the move is the Star Hotshots’ promotion of Jason Webb to head coach to replace the spot vacated by Cone.

With the announcement, Barangay Ginebra is entering a new era. After years of futility, the team is pinning its hopes on the winningest head coach in league history.

Courtesy of PBA Images

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The good news is Cone is capable of doing that, as he is one of the best in utilizing player strengths and putting it together into a collective whole. He is also a master of the triangle, a system which he used to cop multiple titles in the past.
The thought of Cone now in control of calling the shots for a team having Greg Slaughter, Japeth Aguilar, and LA Tenorio is exciting. The idea of having him long-term and leading a team hungry for success brings positivity.

But the entire Ginebra community — management, players, staff, followers — has to understand that it will take time for all of their dreams to come to fruition; it needs a lot of work to achieve that, and patience.

In his first conference with the B-Meg Llamados franchise after a shocking departure from the Alaska Aces where he established his legacy, Cone led the SMC squad to the top seed of the 2011-12 Philippine Cup.

With the number one seed, the Llamados needed only one win in the quarterfinals where they were pitted against the no. 8 seed Powerade Tigers, but the Llamados faltered in their quest to make the semi-final.

Bannered by Gary David who averaged 34.5 points in the two games, the Tigers stunned the Llamados with back to back wins to eliminate the no. 1 team.

David eventually won the Best Player of the Conference award while Powerade made it all the way to the finals of the Philippine Cup.

While most were shocked by the reality Cone faced in his first conference with the Llamados, the mentor didn’t allow it to create a room for disappointment. It was instead a motivator for Cone, who always believed in continuity.

The Llamados kept their core, and in the next conference, the team won the Commissioner’s Cup title. Still, the B-Meg franchise had to weather short-comings like failing to defend the same title in 2013, and losing the 2012 Governors’ Cup crown.

But through it all, Cone was at the helm of the team and always believed it was part of the process. In the 2013-14 season, the San Mig Coffee Mixers won a rare Grand Slam title that further elevated Cone’s status in Philippine basketball.

It will not come easy for the league’s most popular club team. This is the point everyone needs to be patient. Ginebra fans have endured 8 years of not being in the podium anyway, so they have what it takes to keep the faith.

There will be low points. There will be struggles. But the most important thing for Ginebra is to stick together.

The team has had numerous attempts in the past to bring new mentors and players, treating them as “saviors” but that is not the formula for success.

It does not take overnight to succeed with a new system, but sticking together and putting hard work day after day may lead to an even better result that is worth the wait.

Ginebra has to build on this move. Paninindigan is the Filipino word for it. They brought Cone to the fold, and so they should work hand in hand with him.

Lofty expectations should be set aside for now, but this move brings hope.

This is the time Ginebra needs to be patient the most. This is where they should carry the fight with Cone every step of the way, and never give up.

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  • Edmon Recana

    hay naku, lahat nsa kanila na mga coaching staff ng purefood nun. di lang nakasabay kay cariaso, coz nauna lang c cariaso, ngyn nsa hingihan team na cla coach tim cone, asst coach richard del rosario, at asst coach olsen racela, mga coaching staff ng purefood, hay naku sana matapos na gntong sistema…..


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 Ryan Moss 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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