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Pingris says Star won’t win in barangay…Compton’s lucky star…RR Garcia dreams of Gilas



Pingris felt the Hotshots failed to play as a unit in the face of a familiar Aces’ fightback in the third quarter where they tied the game at 70-all after being down by 18 late in the second quarter. “Pag nagkanya-kanya, kahit sino, kahit inter-barangay (team), pwede kami talunin,” Pingris said. “Kailangan talaga disiplina.” “Nawala yung discipline at depensa namin,” he added. “Parang nagkanya-kanya ulit kami. Yun yung sakit namin eh pag nahahabol kami.”


It’s going home to a new-born daughter for Alex Compton. The Alaska coach bared the good news after the Aces’ 97-91 win over Star on Wednesday night in Game One of their PBA Governors’ Cup Final Four. “The best thing about today is I have a new baby girl,” said the American tactician, whose wife Michelle gave birth to Annika on Tuesday, an addition to the Compton family that already has two boys in Amen and Eion.


“Dati kasi sanay ako na aasa sa opensa ‘pag andun si Terrence. Ganun naman ako eh. Pag may ka-teammate ako na pumutok, dun ako mag fe-feed ng magfe-feed,” said Garcia. “Noong araw kasi sinasabi nila na mas madalas, taga-hand off ako kay Terrence. Kasi mainit naman lagi sa opensa si Terrence nun,” he said. “Wala sa akin ‘yun. Sa akin pag may pumutok, kailangan tuloy-tuloy (siya).” Garcia also revealed he usually played decoy for Romeo, also a former UAAP MVP, during their together with the Tamaraws. “Decoy lang ako nung araw eh. Kaya madalas, nagki-create lang ako nun (ng play sa mga teammates ko at kay Terrence),” he said.  “Umi-iskor din naman tayo nung araw. Pero ako kasi nun pagdala ko ang bola, kung sino ang mainit sa team namin, dun ako magpapasa ng magpapasa,” stressed the pride of Zamboanga. But that doesn’t mean he’s not licensed to shoot at FEU. “Ginagawa ko naman dati ‘yun (tumira ng tumira) sa FEU. Nagkakataon lang talaga na kailangang may ibang umiskor. Mas komportable kasi ako na i-involve ang mga teammates ko,” added the 25-year-old combo guard.


“So I’m taking off the rest of the year,” he said with a laugh. “That’s how good our coaching staff is for the rest of the year.” Louie Alas and Jeff Cariaso conducted the Aces’ practice. “Nandun naman ang system in place,” Alas said. “Walang kahirap-hirap.”


“Sana nga napapansin nila ako. Kasi gustong- gusto ko lumaro sa national team. Dati akong cadet eh. Pero gusto ko rin siyempreng maranasan ang lumaro sa Gilas mismo,” Garcia candidly said. “Para sa bansa natin ‘yun eh. Iba ang cadet sa Gilas mismo eh. Mas mataas na level ‘yun eh. Pag nakalaro ako sa national team mismo, parang naka-ukit na rin ako ng pangalan sa Philippine basketball talaga nun,” he added.


Garcia said he owes everything to the confidence given him by Barako Bull coach Koy Banal. “Ngayon kasi kaya madalas medyo mataas ang score ko, binibigyan kasi ako ng kumpiyansa (lisensya) ng coach ko na tumira ng tumira,” he said. “Syempre, gusto ko rin ang role ko ngayon. May kumpiyansa ako na tumira. Syempre, ‘pag nakuha ko ang rhythm ko tuloy-tuloy na ‘yun,” he added.
“I think I am staying at Star, wala namang dahilan to leave them. They are preparing a very bright future for me. Kahit na-injure ako, all out sila sa suporta sa akin,” said Sangalang, who is now in the final phase of his recovery from ACL and MCL injuries that forced him to sit out most of the current season.

Ay, very rare gem yang si Ian. He is a big who can post up very well, he is a very good kid and very coachable. He’ll stay with us. His contract extension is now under negotiations,” said Pardo of Sangalang. “He is part of our future. Ian has a very huge role to play in the future of our team,” he added.


“He’s not on the trading block and Tim Cone knows how to use the kid. We’ll keep him,” said Pardo, who bared he immediately talked to Sangalang as soon as the rumors came out. “Nag-usap na kami, actually pati si Allein Maliksi (na nadawit sa trade rumors) eh kinausap ko rin. I told them na hindi namin gagalawin ang team,” he said. “Sabi ko nga sa kanila, nagpapanalo ang team. What’s the purpose of trading players? As long as we are reaping success, we will keep the core of the team intact,” added the amiable Star governor

“As you could see, medyo parang may bunsong kapatid si Beau Belga dito,” said Robinson of Lugo in obvious reference to the heavyweight Rain or Shine big man, drawing laughs from reporters around him. “But I believe in what Noah Lugo can bring to the team.” While his point guard may still need to work on his conditioning, Robinson said he liked how Lugo plays ever since his Red Robin days. “Since I saw him, gusto ko na siya kunin kasi he is a point guard that is willing to gamble. ‘Yung hindi de-kahon. He is going to lose some games for us, but he is also going to win games for us, too,” said Robinson, a point guard himself during his playing days in the NCAA with San Sebastian.


“The (signing is a) big boost financially and psychologically to the Letran community,” Calvo said in a phone conversation straight from Pacquiao’s house in Forbes Park, Makati Wednesday night where the contract signing was held. “Knowing his passion for sports, he will be involved.” The length of the contract was not disclosed, although Ayo is signed on for four years.


Luigi Trillo: “I am simply proud of this team. It is a great ‘stepping stone’ year for us. It is a learning curve and on the first year (with Norman Black) if you will look at the milestones, Meralco has never made the semis and you need to put it in perspective for these guys.” “You cannot climb the mountain without appreciating the climb getting there. There are tough teams. There are deep teams there. We made the semis (against Rain or Shine in the Commissioner’s Cup) but you see the difference in depth. But overall, coach Norman has done a fantastic job of getting guys to play together and defensively.” “Getting guys like John Ferriols who was a bench warmer at Talk ‘N Text, Mike Cortez who was already sitting with Ginebra, overall, you cannot win them all. You have to be patient but you have to like where the team is getting to. People who know basketball will say what an amazing job we have done.” “If you will look at this franchise, we had a lot of trades and we did not have draft picks (for 2014). Now we will have two picks and that is huge. You see what those picks can do to a team. I am blessed to be part of this and I see a lot in what coach Norman is doing. There is growth.” Tiebreakertimes


A team of “blue-collar” workers vs. a larong-mayaman squad. One team built on the strengths of it’s MVP front-line; the other whose leading scorers are it’s Gilas backcourt. One coach, the silent, unassuming, fatherly type; his counterpart, a fiery leader who’s been known to chew out his players day in and day out. Throw in the fact that SMB’s import, Arizona Reid, used to play for the Rain or Shine franchise and we’re looking at potentially great series. Here’s my take on the series and what I think will be the deciding factors that will determine who will come out on top. Tiebreakertimes


As if the strong start to their campaign in the NCAA 91 Men’s Basketball Tournament wasn’t enough, San Beda College can only look forward to being bolstered by the return of their hulking man in the middle. Ola Adeogun is set to take the floor after sitting out the season-opener as the Red Lions take on the Emilio Aguinaldo College Generals on Thursday at the San Juan Arena. Sports-ABS-CBN


The Painters enter the Final Four as the hottest team in the league with a seven-game winning streak. However, it wasn’t too long ago when the Beermen were rolling with their own eight consecutive victories. While Reid and Guiao is the foremost face-off, key match-ups also abound with June Mar Fajardo against Extra Rice Inc. as well as Paul Lee versus Chris Ross and Alex Cabagnot. Sports-ABS-CBN

“We’re playing to win. We want to go to the Finals and I think it’s the same with them. On our part, we just stick with what we do and we want to win,” said the top rookie pick in the 2011 Draft. The former national team member knows the gravity of winning the first game of the series, but Casio knows that the duel is just getting started. “Important naman yung Game 1. You always want to get ahead, but it’s not over and done with,” he said. “We’re looking forward to Game 2 right now. They’re a very good team, very experienced, a champion team, so we really want to take that next game.” Inquirer


“To be honest I was so upset in the first half. At halftime, I told the guys Purefoods (Star) is not our kuyas,” said Compton. “We’re respecting them a lot. We’re a little scared of our kuyas,” Compton pointed out. “I told them we’ll lose some games and we’ll win some games but we have to play who we are.” Inquirer
“Every time we play SMB our biggest concern is the size of June Mar. He’s always been a matchup problem for us,” admitted Guiao. That’s not to say the duel would be a one-sided affair. Although Guiao only has 6-foot-6 Beau Belga, 6-5 JR Quinahan and 6-7 beanpole Raymond Almazan to throw at the 6-10 Fajardo, he draws optimism from the fact he has other tools at his disposal to turn the series in his E-Painters’ favor.”I’m confident we can manage the import match-up and the guard match-ups,” said Guiao. “We concede that they have more talent and a deeper bench but we will rely on our chemistry and experience together.” Inquirer

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