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LA Tenorio says ‘triangle’ is hard.Abueva is Gilas’ X-factor. HS sensation can’t play for Eagles



League officials will also require applicants to undergo anthropometry drills wherein they will pass through different routines like functional movement screen, single leg hop, performance, agility, speed, endurance and strength tests. PBA operations head Rickie Santos bared that both Tautuaa and Rosario will be excused from the rookie camp since they have been called to duty by the national team. “Excused sila dahil national team sila eh. Pero nakuha na ang mga biometrics nila,” said


The UAAP ruled on Monday that Cani cannot play for the Blue Eagles in the coming season, invoking the league’s two-year controversial residency rule for high school transferees which is set to be outlawed by the Student-Athletes Protection Bill which Cayetano sponsored and pushed in the Senate. However, the league board ruled that the case of Cani, a former high school star at National University who moved to Ateneo last school year, is not covered by the bill which has been passed by both houses of Congress and is only awaiting President Aquino’s signature to become a law. “The UAAP board has once more displayed its arrogance and immaturity by invoking its unjust two-year residency rule against a high school student-athlete who has transferred to a different school in college,” said Cayetano in a statement.


Jet lag is now the biggest enemy for the national players on their way to Estonia, where they will be based for the next six days for training, scrimmages and tuneup matches. The nationals left Manila at around 7 p.m. on Monday, a few hours after their last heavy practice at the Meralco Gym. No wonder the players spent the 11 hours and 15 minutes on the flight from Manila to Istanbul, Turkey mostly fast asleep. “We were so tired. All of us. The practices have not been that easy. It’s crazy, so everyone on the plane were asleep for the duration of the flight,” said Gilas center Asi Taulava.


Gilas coach Tab Baldwin said Abueva truly represents Pilipinas basketball because of the heart, tenacity and flair he shows on the court. “At some degree, I think yeah, he does. He certainly has that buzzed up flair and also that little bit of wildness about the way that he plays. That’s a typical street player all over the world, but there’s more of them here in the Philippines,” said Baldwin. “Calvin has that X-factor and he has tremendous confidence in himself. But you know, he is going to get a healthy dose of discipline and I hope he adopts a lot of that and becomes more self-disciplined in the way that he plays the game. It will be to our advantage and to his advantage,” he added.


CALVIN Abueva is set to play in his first games overseas for Gilas Pilipinas and he can’t hide his excitement as he prepares to measure himself against international competition. On a six-hour layover in Istanbul, Turkey as Gilas Pilipinas makes the trip for a pocket tournament in Estonia, the Alaska forward told he looks forward to showing the world what Pinoy basketball is all about. “Excited na ‘ko. Super. Gusto kong matuto sa b’yahe na ito,” said Abueva, in bright mood despite lack of sleep. “Gusto ko ring ipakita sa kanila ang larong Pinoy. Baka kasi akala nila porke’t maliit tayo eh hindi tayo marunong. Alam mo naman battlecry natin, puso. ‘Yan ang ipapakita natin dun.”


Gilas new boy Calvin Abueva eager to test himself against international competition

Gilas pool member JC Intal said Abueva’s energy is infectious in practice, adding the former PBA Rookie of the Year has become more vocal both in practice and during huddles. “Iba ang energy ni Calvin. Day by bay, pareho ang energy niya, nakakahawa eh,” said Intal. “He gives the team a lot of positives. Intensity siya sa offense and defense. Ngayon nga napapansin ko, he talks on defense and very vocal siya sa teammates. Magandang senyales ‘yun para sa team.”


After just two weeks of practice with Gilas Pilipinas, flamboyant Alaska forward Calvin Abueva felt a marked improvement on his outside shooting as he worked alongside some of the national pool’s top gunners like Jayson Castro, Jimmy Alapag, Terrence Romeo and Aces teammate Dondon Hontiveros. “Parang ang daming nangyari sa akin after two weeks.  Ang daming nagbago like yung shooting ko saka parang mas naging mabilis ako,” Abueva confided to just before leaving with the Gilas squad for Estonia on Monday. Philstar


“The good thing about this is mahaba ang preparation namin before the opening (of the new season). Eh sabi nga ni coach Tim, we’re gonna be quick in learning the triangle but were not gonna be in a hurry,” said Tenorio, who won his only PBA championship while playing under Cone during their time with Alaska in the 2010 Fiesta Conference. Although he played five seasons for Cone during their time at the Aces, Tenorio admitted he isn’t claiming mastery at all of the famed offense invented by Tex Winter. “It’s a process. Long term ang pag-understand ng triangle. I’ve been playing it for five years under coach and hindi ganun kadali,” insisted the Ginebra sentinel, who skipped joining Gilas this year to concentrate on joining Ginebra’s preseason buildup. Philstar


Globalport, however, has to find the perfect bled as Cruz will join Doug Kramer, Billy Mamaril, Mark Isip, and Prince Caperal in a loaded frontcourt rotation. Ponferrada played sparingly for the Batang Pier, but with his addition, the Elasto Painters will get more size. Although Rain or Shine will miss Cruz’s offense, Ponferrada will be a good extra big man to back up the likes of Raymond Almazan, JR Quinahan, and Beau Belga. Moreover, the Elasto Painters can get more depth in using the second round pick, as many backcourt players including a handful of Fil-foreigners have applied for the 2015 PBA Rookie Draft.Tiebreakertimes


The Altas played steadier in extra minutes after Heavy Bomber Dave Sanchez hit a triple with 1.2 seconds left in regulation to force overtime. JRU scored the first five points of the extra period, but the Altas’ Nigerian import was unstoppable down low, hitting the Altas’ next 10 points in the extra period. “Ngayon lang kami nanalo sa JRU mula Filoil,” said Perpetual Help coach Aric Del Rosario. “Mahirap kalaban ang JRU na maraming shooter. Tey Teodoro had 28 points, including 13 in the third period for JRU, which dropped to 5-4.


With all the withdrawals from Gilas Pilipinas, longtime national mainstay Bogs Adornado can’t help but recall their time when wearing the national colors is a badge of honor. “I’m sad and I wonder what’s happening now,” Adornado told The STAR, referring to Gilas players who turned their back on the national team that’s embarking on a quest for a possible berth in the Olympics next year. “I respect the players’ decisions, but I wonder why,” Adornado also said. “Why, because during our time, we would fight and die to make the national team. Every player’s dream then was to wear the national colors.”Philstar


“This (Estonia) trip is a big step forward for our team. It will give us an opportunity to build not only what we’ve been doing the last two weeks, but continue progressing our chemistry and camaraderie,” Alapag said after the team’s Monday practice at the Moro Lorenzo gym in Ateneo. “Trips away are always a big help,” the one-time PBA MVP added, recalling the experiences he had with Gilas during its European sojourn last year that took them to Lithuania, France and Turkey before plunging into action in the FIBA World Cup in Seville, Spain last year. “We’re going to be exposed for the first time, as a team to a pretty tough competition. And we need that,”he added. “It will give us a great gauge for where we are at this point with roughly five weeks before the FIBA Asia.” Philstar


On the other hand, Dondon Hontiveros, one of several veteran players serving the national team, considers his stint with Gilas this year as his swan song before eventually calling it quits. “Malaking bagay para sa akin. Malapit na ako mag-retire, pero nabigyan pa din ng chance na maka-serve, another opportunity na makuha yung goal natin to make it to the Olympics,” shared Hontiveros. whose career with the national team began in the 2002 Busan Asian Games as well as the FIBA Asia men’s editions in 2007 (Tokushima) and 2011 (Wuhan). Philstar


The Gin Kings were supposed to officially open training camp under the PBA’s most successful coach on Monday, but has been moved to Thursday with some players, including star Mark Caguioa, still aboard. Ginebra slotman Greg Slaughter said the opening date may even be pushed back further. “That still might get moved, too,” he said. “I’m not sure.” The situation hardly pleases Cone, according to Slaughter. “He’s not too happy of the delay,” the Ginebra cornerstone said of Cone, who was absent on Monday.


On the other hand, Miranda is expected to add experience and depth to the Talk ‘N Text backcourt and a reliable back-up to Jayson Castro, more so once the proposed three-team trade with NLEX and KIA that involved incoming sophomore Kevin Alas is put to bed. Sources said the deal was finalized on Monday night and the papers will be sent to the PBA Commissioner’s Office on Tuesday. “Pinirmahan na nila ngayong gabi ‘yan,”said the source who is privy to the negotiations.


EVEN with a heavy heart, Jervy Cruz left Rain or Shine with one last request to coach Yeng Guiao. “Sabi ko sa kanya, wag ninyo naman akong tirahin pag kalaban namin kayo. Sabi niya (Guiao), ‘Kaunti lang, titirahin ka ng mga yan pero kaunti lang,’” recalled Cruz in between laughs while pointing at former teammate Raymond Almazan as his possible hitman.


The Barangay Ginebra forward is recovering from surgery on a dislocated pinky on his left hand, an injury he said he suffered while on duty with the national team in an overseas training two years ago. “Masaya ako sa decision ko na magpa-opera this offseason,” Aguilar said after an unofficial workout session with fellow Gin Kings on Monday at the CCF gym.“Sinacrifice ko muna yung ngayon, para … hopefully in the future, (makalaro),” the 28-year-old cager added. “In God’s will, walang major injury na mangyari.”


The Barako Bull wingman denied this, playing down his surprise appearance in an unofficial Ginebra workout session on Monday at the CCF gym in Pasig. “Wala, naki-shooting lang,” Ababou said with a smile.


Guiao, meanwhile, also took time to explain to Cruz the reason why the Elasto Painter had to give him up. “It’s always a sad occasion when you have to trade players, but he is going to a good place with his former college coach, with whom he was very successful. He’s going to an upcoming team, lumalakas at gumaganda ang future ng Globalport,” said Guiao. “Mas maaring mas maging malaki ang papel niya run, na pwede niyang itulong sa team na ‘yun. We’ve been together for four years, no regrets, and I am very happy and very privileged to have coached him,” he said of the former UAAP MVP. “Sabi nya ang dami nyang matutunan. Sana magamit niya yung mga natutunan nyang yun sa ibang teams.”

San Beda shoots for a share of the lead Tuesday as it clashes with Arellano for the first time since last season’s championship series in the 91st NCAA basketball tournament at Filoil Flying V Arena in San Juan. The Red Lions will tie the Letran Knights on top with a victory in their 4 p.m. encounter with the Chiefs who share fourth spot with the Jose Rizal U Heavy Bombers (5-3). Inquirer


Thompson hasn’t been able to fully participate in practice since his injury last Tuesday in a win over Emilio Aguinaldo College. “It’s a high ankle sprain but it’s healing quickly,” Thompson said in Filipino on Monday during the 2015 Draft Suite at Maxims Hotel at Resorts World Manila. “I’m still not sure if I will play tomorrow (Tuesday) because I haven’t had practice yet in the last five, six days.” Inquirer


While most players wouldn’t trade a momentous moment in their basketball careers, Tautuaa and Rosario didn’t even think twice in choosing to play for the national team. “I found out last night that I was going and I asked if I can comeback just for the draft but you know this is what I do, just play basketball. I’m not going to have this opportunity ever again and I’m not also going to get an opportunity to stand in the stage so it’s just what do you want. And I feel like playing is going to be better for me,” said Tautuaa, who has been invited to join Gilas in practice recently as a backup player to naturalized big man Andray Blatche. “It’s going to help me get ready for the PBA, it’s gonna get my conditioning up and like I said I’m learning from the players and now I get to see them in action against a different team and not against myself. Now I can watch and learn and take notes so this is a learning experience,” Tautuaa added.  Inquirer


It’s not the first time that the National University star Rosario will be sacrificing for flag and country. As a key member of Gilas cadets, Rosario also passed up on his graduation day to be with the team which eventually bagged the gold medal in the Southeast Asian Games in Singapore. “It wasn’t a hard decision for me to miss the draft because it has happened before where I had to push my graduation to a later date because of my commitment to Sinag,” Rosario said during the 2015 Draft Suite at Maxims Hotel in Resorts World Manila.Inquirer


“I think it would be an injustice to the guys who are giving their 100 percent at practice to be cynical,”said Baldwin. “The guys are out there doing their best. Would we have a better team if the guys in our wish list were around? We’ll never know. All I know is the guys we’ve got are committed to the cause. I’m really impressed by their sense of selflessness. I’m ready to go to war with these guys. This is a special group of players. They’ve all got a great attitude, they’re coachable. I only hope and pray that we get healthier and that we’re able to make the most of the time we’ve got to get better as a team. I know that with time, we can go far with this team.” Baldwin said Gilas is working hard to generate chemistry from a mix of experience and youth. “We can put five guys on the floor, averaging 36 years old, and they’ll be competitive which is amazing,” he said. “That’s Jimmy Alapag (37), Dondon Hontiveros (38), Asi Taulava (42), Ranidel (33) and Sonny Thoss (33). The new guys are doing well, too. Calvin (Abueva), Terrence and Troy (Rosario) are contributing.  I couldn’t be happier with all of them.” Philstar


And for his father, its just the tip of the iceberg and believes that his son can do more.“Sa akin i-maintain niya lang ‘yun [three-point shooting], improve pa niya and ‘yung dribbling. Of course kailangan pa niya palakasin ‘yung katawan niya,” the elder Paras said, aware that his son is going to be matched up with bigger players in the United States. Sport-ABS-CBN


Rain or Shine is now setting its sights on acquiring the best available swingman in the upcoming 2015 PBA Rookie Draft. Anyone from Chris Newsome of Ateneo, Art Dela Cruz of San Beda and even D-League standout Maverick Ahanmisi can be picked by the Elasto Painters with the third overall pick on Sunday at Robinsons Manila, according to coach Yeng Guiao. Interaksyon