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Manuel, Exciminiano penalized for ‘larong labas’… Akhuetie welcomed at DLSU practice… Yap says he’s ‘moved on’ from Star


“When you violate your PBA contract by participating in ‘larong labas’ there will be consequences,” stressed Alaska governor Dickie Bachmann said on Thursday afternoon.“We will still do everything we can to play hard, play the Alaska way, and honor the game,” he said. ‘I feel bad for our injured players and for the fans. We were hoping to have a real tough, exciting game with SMB.” Fox Sports Asia


Aces head coach Alex Compton on Thursday said power forward Vic Manuel and point guard Ping Exciminiano are suspended for Saturday’s game after the duo played regulation basketball outside of the PBA’s jurisdiction. Dicky Bachmann, the Aces’ team manager, said Manuel and Exciminiano violated their PBA contracts “by participating in ‘larong labas’ (a game outside of the PBA’s control).” “There will be consequences,” said Bachmann.“We need to send a message to all PBA players that violations like these are taken very seriously and have consequences,” said Bachmann.


Akhuetie joked that he was late for the game coming from Las Piñas. “I’m just here to watch the game.” His conspicuous appearance, though, further fueled speculations over his imminent transfer from Perpetual. Akhuetie has been reportedly on the move, with Ateneo, University of the Philippines, and La Salle as his possible destinations.


For the second straight year, Aldin Ayo finds himself at the center of one of the country’s most storied rivalries in the collegiate ranks. “On our part, extra motivated kami because they took something from us,” he told sports scribes inside the press room before La Salle’s training session.“Kasi ‘yun ‘yung mga talo na feeling mo nawala sayo lahat. Sa La Salle kasi, grabe ang expectation, and although isang talo lang namin ‘yun, pero feeling namin, nawala lahat.” “Feeling ko, nawala lahat. Pero ang kagandahan, feeling lang yun. Isang talo lang naman. We have a chance to redeem ourselves, and maganda dahil it’s Ateneo.” Fox Sports Asia



“Naka-move on na ako (I have moved on),” said Yap Wednesday at Ynares Center. “Sa buhay basketball hindi naman natin hawak ang mga ganyang bagay. (That’s the basketball life, we don’t have control on these types of things).” “Pag sinabing Rain or Shine malakas na team yan, championship team yan (when you say Rain or Shine that’s a championship team),” said Yap.“Before, nung wala pa ako dito hirap na hirap kaming talunin, buti na lang kahit papaano napunta ako sa magandang team. (When I was still with my former team, we had a hard time beating them and I’m fortunate I was able to get to a good team).”


“It was a bad fourth quarter for us, we could’ve done better,” said Rain or Shine head coach Caloy Garcia as they improve to 2-0. “We have to show consistency, the way we finished the fourth wasn’t the way we wanted to.” “Kanya kanya na sila, (There was no team play), others were hesitant in taking open shots.”


The way his team practically allowed Mahindra to whittle what once was a 49-point difference in the fourth quarter displeased Rain or Shine coach Caloy Garcia, however. “Poor fourth quarter for us,” said Garcia, whose team got outscored 7-34 in the last nine minutes of the payoff period.  “We could have played better,” he added. “I told them we shouldn’t be looking at the scores because we need to be consistent. Marami kaming turnovers nu’ng fourth and we allowed them to attack the basket with no defense at all. If the game was close we could have lost.” Malaya


“(It was a) poor fourth quarter for us. We could have played better,” Garcia, who got his second head coaching chance after Guiao went to NLEX with an offer that the multi-titled coach could not refuse, said. “I told them (Painters) that we shouldn’t be looking at the score (and the big lead that we had) because we need to be consistent the entire game,” Garcia said. “We just had too many turnovers in the fourth quarter and allowed them to attack the basket with no defense at all.”


“Sinabi namin, di naman dahil di ka (Intal) starter, di ka maglalaro ng major minutes. He was up to the challenge and he responded,” Vanguardia said, referring to Intal’s backup role against the Beermen. “He’s considered the franchise player of this team and he responded.” “JC had a breakout game we’ve been waiting for since he’s coming back from injury,” beamed Vanguardia. “We have him on the bench so nawala yung gigil niya.”“Sa akin kasi we had a bad start nung first game so I think shinuffle ng konti ni coach,” explained Intal. “I respect his decision, I trust his decision na i-off the bench (ako).” Fox Sports Asia


 “Definitely, that (assists) was my focus coming into this game,” Enciso said, after emerging from the team’s dugout. “He gives me a lot of leeway to what I wanna do,” stressed the 25-year-old Fil-Am guard. “He knows my strengths and weaknesses as a point guard.” “It’s unacceptable on my part as a point guard and as a leader on this team, I try to manage my team a little bit better, not to score too much,” he continued. Fox Sports Asia


Phoenix head coach Ariel Vanguardia said their win served a statement that his team can contend with the bigger clubs in the league. “Napatunayan namin sa isa’t isa na kaya pala, (We proved to ourselves that we can) we can contend, we can compete with this team,” said Vanguardia. “When they [the Beermen] switched the switch in the fourth we had a big enough lead.” “We have veterans in the team and we put them inside, and JC hit big shots,” said Vanguardia.


The high-leaping Intal sparkled all game long for the Fuel Masters, finishing with 22 points, while lacing his effort with 4 triples. Playing a key role in Phoenix’s first win for the new season is sophomore playmaker Simon Enciso, who buried five three-point shots to finish the game with 15. Fox Sport Asia


“If they don’t see that we’re the underdogs, they’re blind. We are prohibitive underdogs in this tournament but the confidence that we take from having beaten them once,” said Baldwin, clearly referring to Ateneo’s gigantic 83-71 stunner last November 5 that stopped La Salle’s 12-game winning streak and its bid for a double-round sweep. “I think that we have some momentum,” admitted Baldwin. “We have certainly some inspiration that we’ll take from the win today, and we are going to stand in front of them. We are not gonna bow out of the way, we are not gonna open the door for them. We’re gonna bloody them just like I’m sure they want to bloody us.” “Are we ready for La Salle? We’ll find out. La Salle has to be ready for us. They know that. Well-coached team, tremendously talented team and we look forward to meeting them very, very soon, I think.” Fox Sports Asia


A YEAR after losing to Far Eastern University on Mac Belo’s buzzer-beating putback in the semis, Ateneo watched Ron Dennison go for a game-winning undergoal stab that went in half a second late and finally exacted revenge. “Our shot went down (biggest difference in the game). I don’t think you can separate these two teams,” Ateneo coach Tab Baldwin said. “Out shot went down. We made the last shot. “They (Tamaraws) made the last shot but it was half a second late,” he said of Dennison’s last-gasp basket that referees waived off, disappointing a big FEU gallery that held its breath as the Tamaraws worked on the last shot of the game. Malaya


“What we told our players after was you just have to be proud of yourselves,” Racela told reporters after the Tamaraws’ overtime loss to the Ateneo Blue Eagles in the Final Four. “We know you did your best and you really made it tough for the other team. That’s just how it is, one team wins, one team loses and we were a second or maybe a rebound short but it doesn’t take anything away from all of us.”


His final tour of duty with Far Eastern U didn’t exactly pan out how he wanted it to be, but skipper Raymar Jose has no reason not to hold his head high. After all, the graduating 6-foot-4 big man epitomized FEU’s heart of a champion up until the end. “Masaya ako kasi yung effort ko…alam ko yung team namin, lumaban talaga,” he told sports scribes inside the Big Dome press room, with FEU coach Nash Racela sitting beside him. “Nagpapasalamat ako sa nanood kasi alam namin na kahit ano nangyari, andoon sila para sa amin. Binigay namin ang best namin kaso kinapos lang.” Fox Sports Asia


Austria said that “we needed to win this game badly” and that, despite the credentials of Van Opstal and another rookie, Rashawn McCarthy, and how well they practiced, that he only went for his tested veterans like Fajardo, Alex Cabagnot, etc. “Pasensya na lang sila (I’m just sorry for them),” Austria said.


“Ipu-prove ko yun sa kanila (Mahindra mamagement) at susuklian ko yung pagtitiwala nila. First game lang medyo nakaka-dismaya pero first game lang yan,” David said, still upbeat of his future with the 3-year-old PBA franchise. “Yung rhythm ko sa basketball medyo wala pa ngayon,” explained “El Granada”, who played for San Miguel Beer last season, before being released last month. “Paghahandaan ko yan, tapos kahapon lang ako nag-practice, yung plays hindi ko pa masyadong alam.” Fox Sports Asia


League commissioner Chito Narvasa handed a hefty P15,000 on the 6-foot-5 Villanueva for incurring at least three violations in the course of the Road Warriors’ 99-97 overtime win over the Alaska Aces last Friday. On the other hand, Monfort was slapped with a P10,000 fine for committing an “injurious contact” on the 6-foot-4 Cruz at mid-court in the first half. Rookie Roger Pogoy amassed a fine of P5,000 for “hitting an airborne player with wind-up motion” while TNT sophomore guard Kris Rosales (dress code violation), forward Harvey Carey (technical foul for second motion) and center Mo Tautuaa (pointing an accusing finger towards a game official) were all hit with similar P1,000 fine. GlobalPort big man Rico Maierhofer was also meted with a P3,000 fine for flopping, while NLEX new coach Yeng Guiao had a P1,000 fine for using profane language, a similar amount levied on ageless Road Warriors center Asi Taulava for dress code violation. Fox Sports Asia