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Newsome says Caguioa’s jersey introduced him to PH ball… Cone gives championship promise to Thompson… Brownlee back next year


“Sinabi ko, ‘Okay Chris, I know you don’t want this jersey right now,’ but I promised him that I’d gonna give him my jersey,” said the former league MVP of his post-game gesture to Newsome. “Seeing that jersey kind of introduced me to Philippine basketball,” admitted the 26-year-old Fil-Am from San Jose, California to the amusement of Caguioa. 


“Some people made fun of us, calling us kangkong,” Caguioa said, laughing. “But look at us now. Who’s kangkong now?”


“Man, you better not retire man,” said Caguioa Wednesday night at Smart Araneta Coliseum as he fought emotions. “That’s all I’m saying, that’s why I was crying because we won the championship.” “I was crying because it might be the last time that we’re going to step to the court. That’s why I was sad.”


“That’s the thing when you’re a kid, you know you have the ball in your hand and count down 5, 4, 3, 2, 1 and you shoot it,” said Brownlee, who is reinforcing Ginebra again next season. “I always dreamed and imagined it, but I couldn’t imagine it the way it happened.” “A lot of people, the fans, my teammates, my family depended on me to make that shot and before the play happened I thought about the fans and everybody who supported Ginebra. I’m just very blessed and happy it went in.”


“I told the veterans, ‘thank you, thank you, thank you,’ because they were the ones who really pushed me to be better,” said Thompson Wednesday at Smart Araneta Coliseum after the Gin Kings took a 91-88 victory over the Bolts. “I also hugged coach Tim Cone (out of gratitude) and he told me ‘nice one rook, first championship, more to go.” “This is a dream come true,” Thompson said.


“Sobrang blessed, sobrang saya. Hindi ko alam paano i-describe yung feeling kasi first championship,” said the super rookie, who helped the team break an eight-year dry spell. “Sana more to go,” the former NCAA MVP said.


Jalalon watched Scottie Thompson, a former foe come to his own and become a vital member of the Ginebra lore.


Tenorio earned Finals MVP honors after averaging 17.2 points, 3.8 rebounds, and 4.2 assists per game in the best-of-seven series. Though other players had their shining moments – notably import Justin Brownlee, rookie Scottie Thompson, and the “Fast and Furious” pair of Mark Caguioa and Jayjay Helterbrand – there was no doubt that Tenorio was the most consistent player for the team, and a stabilizing factor for the Gin Kings. LA Tenorio


“LA just took over,” said Cone. “At some point you want to say, he’s not gonna win the game by himself, and there were a couple of times where he maybe tried to do too much, but he kept our momentum going.” “This is not ‘a’ championship,” he said. “In our minds, this is our ‘first’ championship. “This is not the only championship that we’re gonna get. we’re gonna go out and get another one,” he added. “We’re not into just winning a championship, we want to win many. It wasn’t our goal to win a championship, our goal is to win many championships.”


“What can I say, we did it,” said first-year coach Tim Cone, who gave Ginebra its ninth franchise title and also earned his 19th overall as a coach, the best in league history. “It’s been really a tough road for us to get here, but the team really wanted this championship so badly. We wanted to win it for Mark [Caguioa] and Jayjay [Helterbrand]. What an ending. It was pretty much a storybook series.” “Senator Sonny [Jaworski] came to the dugout at halftime and inspired us. He fired up the boys and told them they were tight and they need to loosen up and that started everything. It was a big boost for us,” said Cone of the monumental happenings in the historic Game 6. Manila Standard


“Sometimes players overcome bad coaching,” Cone said. “I wasn’t a great coach tonight.” “In that situation, you feel really bad walking to the other side of the court and shaking the hand of the other coach because there’s just nothing he could have done about that,” he said. “They (Bolts) played it perfectly. They denied (Brownlee), they got the ball far, you know, just a great shot, nothing he could have done and you feel a little bad. “It’s not like, I beat you. I just got lucky.”


Gin Kings coach Tim Cone is hoping his team can make the jump to a consistent championship contender after ruling the PBA Governors’ Cup at the expense of Meralco on Wednesday night to end an eight-year title drought. “We want to come back and we want to try to get to that elite level like some of the other teams have gotten to: San Miguel, recently, Talk ‘N Text, Purefoods,” Cone said. “We would like to get to that level, and that’s what we’re gonna work for.”


JUSTIN Brownlee lived out a childhood dream and, in the process, may have given teammate Jayjay Helterbrand ample reason to re-think his retirement plans. “I’ve never said it was going to be my ‘one last ride.’ I just said I’m not sure what’s going to happen,” Helterbrand insisted amidst the din of the Ginebra celebrations. “I’m still not sure, but if this is the way it ends, you can’t script it any better,” the former MVP added. “It’s awesome. It’s kind of like when Michael Jordan took that last shot and he ended it with a championship. But instead of me taking the shot, Justin Brownlee took the shot for us and for the whole barangay.” Malaya


“I just want to ask all of u for prayers right now and support.. From now on Sol and I are just friends..I am very happy for him! But please don’t tag me first on anything that has to do with him 🙂 we both tried our best thankyou,” the actress posted on her official Twitter account @D_Laurel on Thursday afternoon. The announcement came as a shock, more so for fans who, just a night earlier, had seen Laurel behind the Ginebra bench deep in prayer as the final seconds ticked away in Game Six of the PBA Governors Cup Finals against Meralco.


“My time with Gilas was a dream come true. I learned in my time here the very thing I’ve lived my whole life, that my passion matched the passion of the people of the country,” Baldwin said.  “That’s disappointing when that doesn’t continue. “But having said that, I always believe in Chot (Reyes) as a coach. I’ve observed him up close for two years as his consultant. He is a good basketball coach. He did a great job coaching Gilas and his record before that was outstanding.” Malaya


“Chot’s got my support,” stressed Baldwin, who took over as Gilas coach late in 2014. “It is my job to do the best I can to help him make this program as successful as it can be. He’ll (Reyes) get a hundred percent out of me,” Baldwin added after Ateneo, which he also coaches in the UAAP, humbled University of the East 75-61 last Wednesday at The Arena in San Juan. “I still have an opportunity to work with Gilas. I’m still part of the program. I can’t say anything other than how passionate I am about Gilas being successful. It really doesn’t matter who is at the helm. It isn’t about me or any single individual. It’s about the national team and the national program.” Malaya


“Brownlee hit a tough shot,” was all Durham could say about that iconic shot. “I didn’t see it,” Durham insisted. “I thought it went in and I heard people cheering. I thought it went in, but I was surprised.” “Just some tough breaks down the stretch,” he added. “It’s really a good game. I think everybody gave it their all and it’s disappointing. Congratulations to Ginebra, they played a good series and they won.”


“There are players na nakakaramdam na ng pressure,” Ayo admitted. “Lumalabas na parang ako pa ’yung nagco-counsel sa kanila. Ang sinasabi ko lang, every time you feel the pressure, just counter it with hardwork and continue doing the routine. “Usually, kapag may pressure, to release it, gigimik ka. Kami hindi. The more that we need to stick to our routine — go to classes, rest, east the right food, go to the gym. Although, we allow them to go out, go out with their families and their girlfriends,” said Ayo.


They had routed National U, 113-88, for their tenth win in a row. The Bulldogs, touted as a potential Finals contender ahead of the season, led early but proved almost helpless once the Green Archers started to impose their pace on the game. La Salle led by as much as 27 points; they outscored NU 28-13 in the final frame to break the game open for good. ABS – CBN Sports


Fiba Asia Challenge campaigner Chris Javier, Jonathan Grey, a national team aspirant who missed the cut in the Fiba Asia Challenge roster, and amateur star Gelo Alolino lead the final list of applicants who have submitted their documents for the regular draft at Robinsons Place Manila in Ermita. NCAA standouts Palo Pontejos, Jovit dela Cruz, Jamil Ortuoste, John Tayongtong, Jordan dela Paz, and Mcjour Luib as well as UAAP stalwarts Paolo Javelona, Mikee Reyes, Al Francis Tamsi, Achie Inigo, and Jeoffrey Javillonar have declared for the draft.