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San Beda presents NCAA crown to Pres. Duterte

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In what has become a tradition for the San Beda College Red Lions, the reigning NCAA champions presented the NCAA Season 93 Seniors Basketball championship to one of its most beloved alumnus in President Rodrigo Duterte, Friday evening.

During the San Beda Law Alumni Homecoming held at the Manila Peninsula Hotel, the Red Lions, led by team manager Jude Roque and together with the Red Corps, were invited by Pres. Duterte, who was the night’s guest of honor, to the stage.

“It’s a great honor to share the fruits of our labor to the San Beda community, especially to the president,” said Roque. “We are hoping that we could continue to make him proud for the years to come.”

Also at the event were cabinet members and fellow Bedan lawyers Department of Justice secretary Vit Aguirre, Department of Transportation secretary Art Tugad, Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea, and communications and technology Rodolfo Salalima.

The Red Lions swept the Lyceum Pirates to win the crown.

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Yeng Guiao pays tribute to Boyet Fernandez

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Yeng Guiao took over from Boyet Fernandez last October 5, 2016

You have to look back in order to move forward

When the NLEX Road Warriors launched its new shield for the upcoming 43rd season of the PBA, incoming second-year NLEX head coach Yeng Guiao made sure to look back at the history of the four year old franchise.

Prior to the success the team experienced during the 2017 Governors’ Cup, NLEX entered into numerous talks and executed a handful of transactions to build the roster that they have today. But the current iteration of the team could not have been made possible without the vision of the team’s first-ever head coach in Boyet Fernandez.

“I would like to pay tribute to all of our former players and ang dati nating coach na si Coach Boyet Fernandez,” Guiao shared Monday afternoon in an event held at the NLEX headquarters in Caloocan.

“Kung hindi po sa kanila, if they did not lay down that foundation, e baka po one year na ngayon, hindi pa tayo ganito kalakas.”

During the calendar year, the Road Warriors were able to acquire the likes of Alex Mallari, Larry Fonacier, JR Quinahan, Rabeh Al-Hussaini, and Kenneth Ighalo that helped turn around the fortunes of the team that finished dead last in both the 2016-17 Philippine Cup and the 2017 Commissioner’s Cup. The losses the team incurred during the first two conferences also resulted to them being granted the second overall pick in the 2017 PBA Rookie Draft that saw the Road Warriors pick Kiefer Ravena.

“We feel that we are a very competitive team right now because of the work that’s been done previously and we just tried to improve it,” the seven-time PBA champion coach added.

With the Metro Pacific Tollways Corporation focusing all its resources on the Road Warriors, the pressure will be on for Guiao and his troops. And the veteran tactician vowed to make it all worth it come the new season.

“Makakaasa kayo na sa darating na conference, we will make the NLEX company and the MPTC group be proud of this team.”

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Christian Standhardinger brings home second Heritage Import of the Week crown

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Christian Standhardinger was the undisputed Player of the Week

After almost erasing the scoring record for Heritage Imports, Filipino-German Christian Standhardinger of the Hong Kong Eastern Basketball Team was crowned as the unanimous ABL Heritage Player of the Week.

The 6-foot-7 Philippine export averaged 29.0 points, 13.5 rebounds, 3.5 steals, 2.5 assists, and 1.5 blocks during the week that spanned from December 4 to 10, 2017.

Last December 8, the 2017 Southeast Asian Games gold medalist posted a statline of 40 points, 17 rebounds, three assists, and five steals to lead his team to a 112-105 road win over the Mono Vampire Basketball Club.

The 28-year-old big man followed this up with a complete outing of 18 points, six rebounds, three assists, two steals, and three blocks in an 81-77 victory over the Singapore Slingers in the latter’s homefloor.

Standhardinger bested Filipino-American Jason Brickman of Mono Vampire for the crown. Brickman, a floor general, averaged 9.0 points on 50 percent shooting to go along with 11.5 assists, and 3.0 steals during the same span.

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New era dawns for new-look NLEX

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A new journey lies ahead for the NLEX Road Warriors

Four year old PBA franchise NLEX Road Warrriors unveiled a new logo that is inline with the entire Metro Pacific Tollways Corporation, Monday afternoon at NLEX’s headquarters in Balintawak, Caloocan.

The need to rebrand the Manny V. Pangilinan-owned franchise came about after the subsidiaries of the MPTC did so early in the year.

“Yung Metro Pacific Tollways had a rebranding that took a lot of time before we came out with our new identity,” said NLEX alternate governor Rod Franco. “There were new logos for MPTC, for NLEX, for CaviTEX, for SCTEX, and all the members of the Metro Pacific group.

“We had to do that because we wanted to project to the market the complexity of our business and the capabilities that we have as a group.”

With the Road Warriors being the representatives of MPTC in the PBA, the group felt the need to repackage the Road Warriors as well.

“After we had to do that, as I keep telling you, our business includes the Road Warriors.

“The Road Warriors embody the MPTC and the MPTC embodies the Road Warriors. The NLEX Road Warriors is the representative of the entire MPTC family. So we had to rebrand it also,” furthered Franco.

Prior to the change in logo, the Road Warriors experienced numerous changes inside the team. It was sparked by the hiring of seven-time PBA champion coach Yeng Guiao. This was then followed by drastic trades and capped by the drafting of stalwart Kiefer Ravena.

“It’s really an honor to coach the NLEX team. Isang taon na po ang pinagdaan natin dito at napakahirap. This last draft, nakuha natin yung isang magaling na player, si Kiefer Ravena,” recalled Guiao.

“Pero bago natin siya nakuha, mahirap yung pinagdaan natin.”

After all the transactions and acquisitions they made, the Road Warriors will enter the 43rd season of the PBA with high expectations. But for Guiao, what matters most is that they make the MPTC group proud of them.

“We will make the MTPC group very proud of this team,” Guiao said.

“Sa ating mga supporters, we hope that every time that we play, we can show the values that embody this company.”

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AMA Online Education gets first pick in D-League draft

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The AMA Online Education will once again have the luxury of picking the best talent in the 201-man rookie pool at the 2017 PBA D-League Rookie Draft Tuesday at PBA Cafe in Metrowalk, Pasig.

Flanked by hardworking big man Andre Paras, the Mark Herrera-mentored Titans will have the chance to further fortify their school-based core as they prepare for the upcoming 2018 PBA D-League Aspirants’ Cup, which will see 13 teams vying for the title.

This will be the second time AMA will pick at first overall after tapping Jeron Teng in the 2016 draft proceedings.

UE’s Alvin Pasaol and FEU’s Arvin Tolentino are expected to go high up the draft board, as they are set to make their debut in first conference of the eighth season of the developmental league, set to open on January 18, 2018.

Wangs Basketball-Letran and Batangas-EAC are set to pick second and third, respectively.

Eleven of the 13 squads participating this year will be school-based teams, as they make early preparations for their respective collegiate leagues. These include Zark’s Burgers-Lyceum, Gamboa Coffee-St. Clare, JRU, and CEU, and debuting teams Akari-Adamson, Che’Lu Bar and Grill-San Sebastian, Perpetual, and Powerball-St. Benilde.

Only returning Marinerong Pilipino and newcomer Mila’s Lechon are the ones who will not feature varsity crews.

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