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SM Supports the National Basketball Training Center



SM signs an agreement to support the National Basketball Training Center (NBTC) Developmental League.

SM, through its entertainment arm, SM Lifestyle Entertainment, Inc. (SMLEI) has inked a partnership to fully support the NBTC as it develops its grassroots program to build basketball athletes that may potentially excel as the Philippines’ representatives in the global arena. Going beyond monetary sponsorship, SMLEI will be building the awareness and means of stability of the NBTC, so as to lay the foundation of the brand for the long run.

“SM is very proud to support the NBTC.” Says Edgar Tejerero, president of SM Lifestyle Entertainment, Inc. “SM believes in creating opportunities for the Filipino to realize his or her full potential through actively involving our company in sports development.”

The National Basketball Training Center Developmental League, headed by Coach Eric Altamirano, is a nationwide grassroots program that aims to identify, prepare, and develop outstanding players found in public and private schools nationwide. “It is a great honor for the NBTC to partner with a name as highly esteemed as that of SM. The NBTC is fully invested in its vision of Developing Skills, Building Character, and Raising Leaders in young basketball players and coaches nationwide.” says Alex Compton, NBTC National Training Director. “SM has been like minded in its development throughout the Philippines. We foresee a long partnership in trying to bring the best out of the next generation of basketball leaders.”

The league will create learning environment opportunities for players to enhance their individual and team skills through enabled coaches, outstanding examples of graduated players, and challenging competitions that promote the values of leadership, commitment to excellence, and discipline. Alumni of the NBTC are players Kiefer Ravena, Terrence Romeo, Jeric Teng, Kevin Alas, Troy Rosario, and Scotty Thompson.

The NBTC will begin its local city tournaments on January 9, 2016. For more information on the NBTC, follow and like their Facebook page.

2016 NBTC Regional Knockout Phase






Camarines Norte


SOUTH LUZON 2– Batangas vs Quezon

– Laguna (San Pedro, Biñan, Sta. Rosa, Calamba)

FAITH College, Tanauan BatangasFeb 6 or 7


North Cavite

South Cavite

Northeast Cavite

Northwest Cavite

Bacoor Coliseum, CaviteFeb 27
NORTH LUZON 1Angeles Pampanga

San Fernando Pampanga

Hagonoy Bulacan

Malolos Bulacan

Malolos Sports Convention Center, BulacanFeb 20 – 21





UrdanetaFeb 13 – 14




Ilocos Sur

La UnionFeb 20 – 21





Ormoc City SuperdomeFeb 13 – 14
MINDANAO 1Bukidnon



General Santos

Xavier University Cagayan De OroFeb 6 – 7

Zamboanga Sibugay

Z. SibugayTBA

2016 NBTC Semifinals and Finals schedule

CITY / PROVINCECommissionerQuartersSemisFinalsVenue
BATANGASJun Tamayo    
QUEZON NORTHMel VillanuvaJan 16Jan 17Jan 24Punzalan Gym
QUEZON SOUTHAngelo Saavedra Jan 23, 24, 30Atimonan
PALAWANFramel MabangloJan 16Jan 23,30,31Puerto Prinsesa Coliseum
NAGADon RazonJan 9Jan 16,23,30TBA
LEGAZPIRoland JarqueJan 23Jan 24Potenciano Gregorio Gym
SORSOGONMelchor DauisDec 12Jan 9, 10ABC Ideas Capuy Gym
CAMARINES NORTEAllan AugustoJan 17Jan 23TBA
CATANDUANESFelix SoraJan 3Jan 9,10,16TBA
NORTH CAVITEFrancisco ViolaJan 10, 17Jan 24Jan 31New Bacoor Coliseum
SOUTH CAVITEFrederick BaelJan 23Jan 30FEU Cavite
NORTH EAST CAVITEAlvin GuadinesJan 30Jan 30TBA
NORTH WEST CAVITEConrado Laus Jr.Jan 17Jan 23Cavite School of St. Mark
CALAMBA LAGUNAWinston SergioJan 9Jan 16Jan 23TBA
STA. ROSA LAGUNARyan Caimbon   
SAN PEDRO LAGUNAReymund Maurillo    
BIÑAN LAGUNAReymund Maurillo   
ANGELES PAMPANGACheayeanne CuizonJan 16Jan 23, 30, 31SPCF Gym
TARLACBenjamin Soriano    
ZAMBALESChristian EsposoJan 9,10,16,17Jan 23Jan 30TBA
OLONGAPOCesar LobosJan 9,10,16Jan 23Jan 29TBA
BAGUIODanilo SoriaJan 27,28Jan 30SLU or UC gym
LA UNIONPaolo OrtegaDec 26Dec 27Dec 30Ortega Gym
DAGUPANEdilberto AbalosJan 16Jan 23 Chersihed Moments School Gym
URDANETAWalter LumagueDec 27,28Dec 29Dec 30Urdaneta City University Gym
ISABELARodolfo PalmaJan 16Jan 17FLDY Coliseum
TUGUEGARAOGodofredo CaguranganJan 9Jan 10CSU Andrew Campus Gym
BULACAN – HAGONOYChris Baluyot   
BULACAN – MALOLOSToti Villanueva   
ILOCOS SURMarius CabudolJan 3,9,10Jan 16,17,23TBA
BACOLODDennis VelezJan 23Jan 24Bacolod Tay Tung HS
CEBURommel  Rasmo   
ILOILOJA TenorioJan 16Jan 17University of San Agustin Gym
ORMOCRuben CapahiJan 9Jan 10,16,17Brgy Bagong Buhay Covered Court
TACLOBANJerry Abuyabor   
DUMAGUETEJoe GuiritDec 21, 22TBA
BOHOLRodolfo Madanguit   
DAVAONoli AyoJan 16, 17Jan 23Jan 24TBA
CAGAYAN DE OROArvin MartinezJan 30, 31Feb 6Xavier University
BUKIDNONRico OchoJan 10Jan 17TBA
BUTUANJoel CagulanganJan 16Jan 17,23,24TBA
ILIGANFrederick SiaoJan 16, 17, 23La Salle Academy
ZAMBOANGAPedro Alfaro   
IPIL, ZAM. SIBUGAYElmer Ladiero   
TAWI TAWIHatta JumdainJan 16Jan 30TBA
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Composed Ceres-Negros expels Shan United in shootout victory



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2017 AFC ASEAN Zone Champions Ceres-Negros banked on their poise and composure from the spot as they knocked out Myanmar’s Shan United via a 4-3 penalty shootout (1-1 after extra time) triumph, Tuesday evening at the Thuwunna Stadium in Yangon, Myanmar.

The Negrenses punched their ticket to Brisbane, Australia after emerging the better spotkick takers. Four Busmen were on target, while two of their Shan Warriors counterparts fluffed their lines.

The two domestic champions were inseparable after 120 minutes, with the hosts holding their own against the Philippine champions. Ceres-Negros looked the more dominant of the two teams. However, they couldn’t make the advantage count where it mattered, as they failed to breach the sturdy Shan United defense inside the first two regulation halves.

The visitors were visibly more comfortable in the first half, but with the scores staying level at the break, the less-fancied Myanmar champions eventually found their footing in the encounter. While there were several half-chances from either side to open the scoring, both defenses remained defiant en route to unwanted extra time.

“It was a tough game. We weren’t ready to play 120 minutes because we only had four training sessions before the game but everytime we wear this jersey, we represent Ceres, we represent Bacolod, we represent the Philippines, so we have to give our best,” Ceres’ defender Carli de Murga elaborated to the Inquirer after the match. The Asian Football season has yet to start, and with both teams not too busy with pre-season preparations, rust and fatigue in a demanding affair were evident.

Come extra time, Ceres-Negros took the initiative when Stephan Schröck’s deflected effort went past the helpless Thiha Si Thu just three minutes into the first half.

Nonetheless, the hosts refused to go down without a fight, and their resilience was rewarded later in the opening half. Substitute Patrick Asare found the back of the net to restore parity in Yangon.

Another 15 minutes of goalless action took place in the second half as both teams looked more cautious, perhaps with the collective aim of avoiding a costly error or two. Among all the chances, Schröck’s in the 114th minute may have proved to be the closest to changing the scores, as his attempt shaved the post.

Shan United took to the spot first, where Asare made his penalty attempt count. Nay Lin Tun also made his, but not before teammate Chizoba smashed his attempt over Toni Doblas’ goal.

While the hosts squandered a shot, the visitors remained calm in front of a hostile Myanmar crowd. De Murga, Schröck and Mike Ott nailed their turns, with Marañon also not missing a vital kick from 12 yards.

It set up William Biassi Nyakwe, the man credited with the own goal when he deflected Schröck’s opener, with the chance to prolong his team’s campaign in the AFC Champions League. Unfortunately for him, he couldn’t atone for his earlier mistake, as his attempt soared high and wide — much to the delight of the visiting team from Bacolod, the Philippines.

The reward for Ceres-Negros is a trip to Queensland, Australia, where they will seek to do one better than compatriots Global-Cebu. The 2016 Philippine champions also played against the Brisbane Roar, who dealt them a staggering 6-0 hammering this time last year. The match will be held at the Suncorp Stadium on January 23.

As for Shan United, a spot in the AFC Cup Group Stage awaits them and they may not have seen the last of Ceres-Negros just yet. If the Negrenses lose to either Brisbane Roar or Tianjin Quanjian, they will be reacquainted with the Burmese champions in Group F.

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Abu Tratter plans to work his way to 2023 by continuing to do ‘the dirty work’



Abu Tratter may have missed the jersey-giving ceremony that the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas held for the 23 for 2023 cadets last Monday but he made sure to help out when the current batch needed him the most.

After helping the Marinerong Pilipino Skippers win the Sinulog Cup in Cebu a week ago, the 6-foot-7 Filipino-American did not hesitate to heed Gilas’ call, as they were undermanned for their second session in preparation for the 2019 FIBA World Cup Asian Qualifiers.

“I think it’s just an honor to put on this jersey, to be able to represent our country, to possibly represent our country in the future. It’s an honor,” shared the Laguna-native.

The 25-year old, who just celebrated his birthday last January 9, admitted that he was in awe of the talent inside the Meralco Gym. Like a fan, he wanted to take a few photo ops with the senior team’s Gabe Norwood and June Mar Fajardo.

“Actually, at first I was just shocked to see June Mar and Gabe, just to be able to be in the midst of them,” gushed the former DLSU Green Archer, who will suit-up for Marinerong Pilipino in the D-League. “I even asked them for a picture, and hopefully they’ll still give me one.

“It’s just humbling, definitely.”

However, the work has only began for Tratter. With five years to go until the 2023 FIBA World Cup, the two-time UAAP champion plans to continue to do what he does best — be the same scrapper that he is and hopefully catch the eye of Gilas’ brass.

“I think just doing the dirty work, of course. Giving whatever the team needs, rebound or any steals, any thing a dirty player would need to pick up on,” he said.

“That’s how it is, garbage into gold. Get anything, sweep up anything and try to put it back.”

Moreover, he will continue answering the call when Gilas needs him, as he himself is learning a lot from being surrounded by the country’s topflight cagers.

“Whenever I can. I want to be able to absorb all the information coming from here and hopefully apply it in the D-League and hopefully apply it on future practices, future games.”

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2018 FIBA 3X3 World Cup

Terrence Romeo invited to join Pilipinas 3×3 for World Cup



Stronger than ever

Scoring sensation Terrence Romeo has been invited by the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas to join the Philippine team in the upcoming FIBA 3X3 World Cup, according to Philippine Star columnist Quinito Henson.

Romeo, who is currently out due to a right knee injury, has been in rehabilitation and is expected to miss the entire Philippine Cup campaign of the Globalport Batang Pier and the second window of the 2019 FIBA World Cup Asian Qualifiers.

“Baka sa second conference na ko makabalik kasi talagang gusto ko malakas ako pagbalik ko,” the 25-year-old shared during Chooks-to-Go Live last January 2.

SBP Executive Director Sonny Barrios personally met with the 6-foot guard, inviting him to be part of the Philippine team.

Romeo has plenty of 3×3 basketball experience under his belt.

Back in 2014, Romeo was part of the Manila West 3×3 team during the Manila Masters. He was adjudged as the tournament Most Valuable Player.

The 2018 3X3 World Cup will take place from June 8-12 at the Philippine Arena in Bocaue, Bulacan.

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Red Spikers extinguish Blazers for second win



Shaking off a forgettable outing against the Perpetual Help Altas last January 11, the San Beda College Red Spikers vented their ire on defending champions College of Saint Benilde Blazers in four sets, 25-15, 25-16, 23-25, 26-24, and claimed their second win of the season, Friday afternoon at the FilOil Flying V Centre.

“Sabi ng coaches kalimutan na yung talo,” shared captain Lorenze Santos of what transpired after that match.

So, in this game, the San Beda team poured on what they worked hard for to regain momentum. “Binuhos po namin lahat ng ginawa namin sa training [ngayon].”

After tight starts in all the first two sets, the Mendiola-based side pulled away to register the seemingly insurmountable 2-0 lead.

Nonetheless, summoning the heart of a champion and led by seniors Isaah Arda and Jethro Orian, the reigning champions pulled off gritty runs to snag the third set and making a tussle of the fourth.

Ultimately, Adrian Viray virtually ended the match with a vicious serve, which the Blazers failed to convert.

The prolific outside hitter finished with 17 points, 11 coming from attacks and five off blocks. Former skipper Mark Encino also registered 17 markers.

The Red Spikers (2-1) will face the Mapua University, also at 2-1, on Friday, January 19.

Orian was such a presence at the net, ending up with 20 points for the Taft-based squad.

The defending champions Blazers (2-1) will try to bounce back later that day against San Sebastian College (0-3).

The Scores:

SBC 3 – Viray 17, Enciso 17, Santos 11, Patenio 7, Amagan 7, Desuyo 3, Zabala 0, Genobaten 0, Manliclic 0, Casin L.

CSB 1 – Orian 20, Arda 18, Bacani 6, Basilan 4, Bautista 4, Magsino 2, Martinez 0, Garcia 0, San Miguel 0, Saldavia 0, Dy L.

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