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Pumaren promises crown for Falcons… Guiao leads ‘cultural change’ in NLEX… Nash knows Baldwin’s tricks


Pumaren, though disappointed with an untimely technical foul called on him, nevertheless said it has been a “wonderful run” for the Falcons. “Who would ever imagine or expect us to be in this kind of situation?” he said. “It’s a learning experience for them. I mentioned after the game that I’m so proud of them.” ABS-CBN Sports


GLOBALPORT will have a new coach when it kicks off its PBA Philippine Cup campaign Friday. Team consultant Franz Pumaren will start calling the shots for the Batang Pier in an official capacity when they debut against the Mahnidra Floodbusters at the Smart Araneta Coliseum. No less than team owner and current league chairman Mikee Romero broke the news when he announced on social media Pumaren being formally named as the team’s new head coach before they play their first game in the all-Filipino conference.


“I’ve been in basketball for the longest time. Picking up the ball, technical?” Pumaren said after the Falcons dropped a 64-69 decision that enabled La Salle to get to the finals.”I’m not saying that’s the reason why we lost. All my life as a coach, I don’t complain if my players are so and so, I make the most out of it. But why ruin a beautiful game? Picking up the ball, crucial part, you’ll call a technical foul on me?” “Come on, picking up the ball, calling a technical foul. I’ve talked to the commissioner, sabi ko, ‘You don’t hear anything from me, I don’t complain. But come on, (it’s a) crucial call,’” he added.


“It’s a new beginning for the team,” Guiao said on the eve of the match. “The challenge for us is to take this team to the next level.” “The signs have been promising, but the real test is the actual game, more so versus Alaska,” said Guiao. “We have to have the ability to play under pressure and translate our success in the off-season to the real world.” Malaya


“Calvin will be out and won’t be ready,” Compton told the Inquirer over the phone. “If this was a Game 7, we will inject him with something so he could play.” “If this was a Game 7, we will inject him with something so he could play.”


“You can’t really be intimidating in our league,” Compton told after practice on the eve of the 7 p.m. game. “You’re going to be called for a flagrant, you’re going to get fined.” “I don’t think coach Yeng will be afraid to get thrown out in a game or express his opinion. I don’t think he’s ever been afraid to do that. But that’s his right and his money. He can choose to spend it how he wants,” the American coach added. “I choose not to go that route,” he continued with a smile. “I have three young kids. Every now and then, I feel like I got to defend my guys, but I don’t have the guts and money to do what he does.”


Yeng Guiao will have his first PBA game with NLEX when it squares off against Alaska in the PBA Philippine Cup on Friday. The Road Warriors are hoping to make a splash under the revered PBA coach after failing to make a dent in the past two seasons. However, NLEX will have a serious test against Alaska, a team that has made it to the finals in the last six conferences. ABS-CBN Sports


Last year’s runner-up Alaska opens its campaign with an intriguing test right away when they face the now Yeng Guiao-mentored NLEX. With the disappointment of last year’s finals meltdown still in their minds, the Aces vow to bounce back and have a solid run once again in the All-Filipino conference. Alaska will parade an intact line-up that is still led by veterans Calvin Abueva, Sonny Thoss, Vic Manuel, Jvee Casio, Chris Banchero, Dondon Honveros and RJ Jazul, among others. Manila Standard


“I’ll do my best to change the culture of this team and change it to a winning one slowly but surely,” said Guiao. The fiery mentor will depend on key cogs Asi Taulava, Kevin Alas, Jonas Villanueva, Mac Baracael, Garvo Lanete and Enrico Villanueva. The Road Warriors are also looking to get more help from newcomers Carlo Lastimosa, Bradwyn Guinto and rookie Fonso Gotladera. Manila Standard


“We definitely didn’t do that (get eliminated early) on purpose,” Aces coach Alex Compton said after practice on Thursday. “We thought we had a chance of winning it, but letting the guys have three-and-a-half weeks off was great.” “I think since I’ve been the coach, that’s been the longest break we’ve had in two years,” he added.


FAR Eastern University coach Nash Racela expects a tough coaching battle against Ateneo mentor Tab Baldwin as the Tamaraws look to return to the UAAP Season 79 Finals the hard way. Racela is very familiar with Baldwin, having been his assistant coach during his head-coaching stint with Gilas Pilipinas over the past years while working together on the TNT bench – Racela as assistant and now future head coach; Baldwin as consultant.


“’Yung tatay ko, bumili sa palengke tapos nakita niya sa dyaryo na may tryout. Sabi niya sa akin, pumunta daw ako,” Pogoy said. As it turned out, when he went to the tryout, FEU was already looking for him already. It was then that he realized the work that he put in with UC was already being noticed by scouts in Manila. “Pagpunta namin dun, tinawag ako ng coach ng FEU. Sabi sa akin, ‘Ikaw ba si Pogoy?’ Sabi niya, okay na, alis ka na ng Manila sa Monday kasi Saturday ‘yung tryout,” said Pogoy.


The training in DELTA, which has also produced several PBA players led by Alaska’s Calvin Abueva, was a big boost for Escoto, who was eventually brought to the Tamaraws. “Sobrang marami akong natutunan dun. Dun nag-start ang career ko. Maganda ang programa,” said Escoto. “After nung na-ACL ako, nalungkot din ako pero sabi ko sa sarili ko puntahan ko agad ‘yung doctor para maka-recover at mag-start agad ng rehab. Nung nakakatayo na ako, wala akong ginawa kundi mag-shooting. Lalo pa akong nagkaroon ng confidence sa shooting ko kasi doon ako nag-improve,” said Escoto.



“I don’t care if FEU or Ateneo wins. Bahala silang magpatayan. Pero, kung sino ang mananalo, yun ang kakalabanin namin (They can kill each other. But we will face the team which wins),” said Ayo. The second seeded Ateneo Blue Eagles and the FEU Tamaraws will meet on Saturday for the second finals berth. Manila Standard