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Abueva no regrets on rugged play. Manuel is for fair play. Blackwater to build from draft.



Abueva said the team’s strength is really its rugged play and that the players have no plans on changing the way they play come the World Tour Final. “That’s how we play and even if we’ll be in a different place, we will still play that way,” Abueva said in Filipino. Inquirer


Manuel confronted Marko Savic during the early stage of the final that sparked a near melee before the referees, bouncers, and even security personnel of the Robinsons’ Place Manila stepped in to pacify the players. The Alaska cager said his reaction came after he caught Savic hitting Dehesa in the jaw area. “Sa ilalim nagkabangaan kami. Okay lang nung una pero ‘yung ginawa niya kay Karl Dehesa, sobrang obvious na eh. When asked what he saw, Manuel said: “In-extend niya dito sa panga. Tinamaan. Kaya nagalit ako.”“Sinabihan ko siya na ganyan ba ang gusto mong laro. Kahit nung nasa bench, sabi niya hindi naman niya sinasadya,” he added.


The Elite have also made a questionable transfer of a player they already have, trading away vastly improved rookie guard Brian Heruela to Barako Bull for Carlo Lastimosa in their first offseason move last month. Sy has vowed to put an end to this.“We will be holding on to our draft picks for the next two to three years,” Sy said. “We will no trade any of our draft picks. We will concentrate on building the team.”


Rosario said he is simply making the most out of the opportunity as he prepares for his jump to the PBA, where he is expected to be a Top Two pick in the rookie draft set August 23. “Isang malaking opportunity ito para maglaro sa bansa at makalaban ang ibang bansa,”said Rosario. “Training experience ko na rin ‘to para pag-akyat ko sa PBA, hindi ako mabigla. “Parang ganito lang din sa PBA, ihahanda ko lang din sarili ko.”


“Cebu has the most competitive league outside of Manila and it has produced a lot of exceptional players. There’s June Mar Fajardo right here who’s the league MVP, and in the past I’ve coached Jojo Lim, Peter Naron and Boy Cabahug,” Narvasa recalled.“I expect many more to join very soon.” Narvasa also encouraged the players to appreciate the opportunities given to them, both on and off the floor. “Be grateful to your schools that you are being given this arena to showcase your talents. But also do well in school because this will also open up other opportunities for you,” said the former Purefoods and Shell coach.


The effort, however, was not enough as Guevarra won by a point in the eyes of the judges which include Gilas Pilipinas national coach Tab Baldwin and assistant coach Jimmy Alapag. “Nagulat talaga ako. Di ko alam na ako nanalo. Akala ko siya dahil siya ‘yung mataas na score,” said Guevarra, a stalwart of Manila West who had to compete in the slam dunk contest after coming off a semifinal game against Manila North. “Galing ako sa laro tapos biglang mag-dudunk,” he added. Guevarra said it was an honor facing Maberry in the finals having seen most of his stunt on social media.“Idol ko ‘yun,” said Guevarra. “Fina-follow ko siya sa Instagram. Pinapanood ko ‘yung dunks niya. Mabibilib ka talaga kasi 5-5 tapos nakaka-dunk. Sabi ko nga sa kanya, turuan mo ako.”


If given the chance, Hontiveros said he wouldn’t hesitate to come back and coach in the Cesafi. “It’s a different kind of fulfillment to go down to the kid’s level and start teaching them there. What I would definitely impart on them is that they must have this constant desire to improve. Dapat hindi talaga sila maging kuntento. “They must also crave for competition against better players. Diyan mo lang malalaman kung handa ka na ba for the next level or not,” stressed the former King Webmaster.


Manila North clinched a Final berth after dethroning Manila Masters champion Manila West, 21-18, in the semifinals. “I’m very happy with the performance of both teams especially the North. This team really thrived on effort and hustle,” said Eric Altamirano, who coached both Manila squads. “The competition here is really tough.” Inquirer


In its first outing on Friday (Saturday in the Philippines), Team Nations Select was annihilated by USA 2016 Team Rose, 138 – 69. Paras scored 13 points on four of 12 shooting from the field, including three three-point shots, along with a rebound and a pair of assists in a team-high 31 minutes of action. Team Nations Select performed better in its next game, but it still suffered a 110 – 77 loss to USA 2017 Team Lillard on Saturday (Sunday in the Philippines). Sports-ABS-CBN


Kevin Racal exploded for 24 points, including three treys, and five rebounds as the fifth-year forward posted his best game to date to lead the Knights to a solo first place in the team standings. “We’re so small, I’m using K-Racs (Racal) as a four when he usually plays two or three,” said Ayo. And that was enough for him to take home this week’s ACCEL Quantum-3XVI/NCAA Press Corps Player of the Week award. Sports-ABS-CBN


Blatche was all smiles, giving high fives and posing for photos to everyone requesting for it.  It was just a warmup of the reception he would get during his entire stay in his adopted country. He did not look tired at all.  But come Monday night, the two-hour practice, the first official day of the ‘working’ national pool for the FIBA Asia-bound Gilas Pilipinas, would be more tiring than the 18-hour trip.  “I’m excited and I miss them (Gilas) a lot. We made a quick brotherhood in the short time we had and I can’t wait to see them,” Blatche told a group of media reporters that waited for his arrival late Sunday night. Philstar


The question is who will be the PBA players to be put around Blatche. “PBA chairman Pato Gregorio and commissioner Chito Salud want the best possible team that we can form. But if players are injured or must attend to personal priorities, we’ve just got to learn to cope. We’ll try our best to work things out. We’re not closing doors on anyone,”said Gregorio. Philstar


The Lions, who have another reinforcement in Pierre Tankoua of Cameroon, are seeking a record sixth straight seniors’ title and have won all but one of their outings, running second behind undefeated Letran in the standings. “Look at Rome (dela Rosa), Kyle (Pascual), Anthony and David (Semerad), Anjo (Caram), Dave (Marcelo), and Jake (Pascual) – all these guys I’ve played with,” Adeogun continued. “Jake is playing well in the PBA. I didn’t kill Jake’s talent. Me and Kyle played the same position, but I didn’t kill Kyle’s talent.” “All I tried to do was help these guys get better.” “I’m not killing anybody’s talent,” Adeogun, who turned 24 last month, added. “I’m here to have my education. I’m here to be a better person in life. I’m here to use the opportunity that I have and my talent gave me.”