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Talk N’ Text trading Ranidel. Globalport will pick big man. Kobe Paras gets props from Brian Shaw

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On the other hand, Pineda stressed that he sees a lot of upside in De Ocampo, a versatile 6-6 forward who is an in-out threat on offense and is at his best whern a game is on the line. But Pineda stressed that they are still in the process of evaluating other options, including the likelihood of getting Gilas cadet Troy Rosario with the No. 2 pick in the 2015 draft. “We’re not playing hardball, but syempre we want to get the best,” he said. “Sabi ko naman sa kanila (Talk ‘N Text), kung ibibigay si Jayson Castro, okay sa akin. Kung ibibigay si Ranidel, okay sa akin. Ibigay sa akin ng Rain or Shine si (Raymond) Almazan, okay sa akin,” he said. “May mga serious talagang iba (na kumakausap sa amin). Sa akin kasi, they know what I need eh and we want to get a big man,” added the longtime Team Pacquiao official.Spin.ph

 

Arejola said Globalport has only one slot in the coming PBA draft, No. 17 in the second round. “We need a big man,” he said. “We were competitive in the Governors Cup because of (Jarrid) Famous who filled our gap at center. But in the All-Filipino conference, we’ll be deficient. The draft has a lot of big guys like Moala Tautuaa, Troy Rosario, Norbert Torres and possibly Arnold Van Opstal. We just don’t know who will still be available when we pick.” Philstar

 

Shaw, who played for University of California and won an NBA championship with the Los Angeles Lakers, has been following Paras’ promising career since he became the talk of the town last year. Paras is coming off a solid stint in the adidas Uprising All-American camp and the summer championships where he helped Compton Magic reached the Elite Eight in the silver bracket of the 17-and-under division. “I’ve watched some videos of his AAU (American Athletic Union) games and I’ve heard a lot about him. I know he has a good size. He’s 6-5 and has done well in some of the camps, the games and the tournament he’s played in. I know he still has one year left in high school so I’m looking forward to see him play in UCLA and see how he does there,” Shaw added. Philstar

 

Thompson politely declined to be interviewed by mediamen after the game, but Del Rosario came to the defense of his top player, saying even veteran players commit mistakes at times. “Hindi naman siya puwedeng sisihin dun,” said Del Rosario. “Hindi naman niya gustong mangyari ‘yun. Okay lang ‘yun. Bawi na lang sa next game kasi kung pagagalitan mo pa ‘yun, (baka mawalan ng kumpiyansa). “Magkakaroon talaga ng pagkakataon na beterano ka, mage-error ka,” Del Rosario added. Spin.ph

 

The veteran mentor said San Beda definitely showed its experience in the endgame, something that is still lacking with the Altas, who dropped a second straight game for a 4-2 win-loss slate. “Siguro sanay sila sa mga ganung sitwasyon. ‘Yun ang kulang namin, ‘yung experience namin sa close game,” said Del Rosario. Spin.ph

 

The lead of the Heavy Bombers grew to as high as 25 points to start the final quarter, 58-33. The Taft-based squad tried to muster a mini spurt to cut the lead but proved too late. The game ended with Jose Rizal holding an 18-point lead, 67-69. “We have a huge chance of winning if we hold our opponents to under 70 points,”JRU mentor Vergel Meneses said. The team held the Blazers to the second lowest-output in the current season with just 49 points. Tiebreakertimes

 

“Well they just kept coming back,” SBC head coach Jamike Jarin said about the Altas. We played a great third quarter and a very good fourth quarter. Both teams played their A-game and we are fortunate to come out the victors.” Arthur De La Cruz led the Red Lions with a huge double-double with 25 points and 17 rebounds. He also added six assists. Solera added 15 points and 10 rebounds. For the Altas, Akhuetie also had 25 points and grabbed 16 boards. Scottie Thompson had 10 points but was just 5/13 from the free throw line; missing five free throws during crunch time. Thompson was 25/30 from the line prior to this game.Tiebreakertimes

 

Watching from the sidelines while still recovering from a dislocated shoulder injury, Baser Amer assumed the role of mentoring his fellow backcourt players to help in his own possible ways.With his vast experience in playing the quarterbacking role, the San Beda Point Guard said he is in charge of giving the younger backcourt players pointers and reminders to carry along the game. “Yung mga point guard, kasi nga hindi ako nakakalaro, ako na ang nagaasikaso sa kanila. Tinuturuan ko sila, binibigyan ko sila ng tips,” Amer said after the Red Lions edged the Perpetual Altas, 83-81. “Kailangan lang nila maging confident and competitive every game.” Tiebreakertimes

 

 

Amer stressed the importance of a group working collectively to succeed even with his absence. “Ang pinakamaganda sa team namin, nagtutulungan talaga lahat. Walang individual players. Lahat kayang mag-contribute,” he said, adding the team should be more consistent towards the end of the game.“Consistency pa (ang kailangan) dahil lamang na siguro kami ng 8 or 10 points, pero nahabol pa.”Tiebreakertimes

 

If ever Terrence Romeo is picked to join the Gilas pool, Globalport governor Erick Arejola said yesterday the franchise will welcome the inclusion as it could only make the PBA’s leading local scorer a better player. “Every conference, Terrence is showing more maturity,” said Arejola. “He’s learning how to play within the team concept. I think playing with Gilas will make Terrence mature even faster. There’s no doubt that he’s a skilled player. The exposure with Gilas will give him an opportunity to test himself against new competition. For sure, when he returns to Globalport, Terrence will be much improved and we look forward to that. But at this point, we still don’t know if he’ll be named to the pool.” Philstar

 

Globalport came close to making it to its first Final Four appearance in the recent Governors Cup but frittered away a twice-to-beat advantage in losing to the Star Hotshots in the quarterfinals. “We finished fourth at the end of the eliminations and were a win away from qualifying for the semifinals,” said Arejola. “But we went up against a team with a lot of veterans and championship experience. We’re still in the learning process, both our players and coaches. We’ll bounce back.” Globalport has played three seasons in the PBA so far. In 2013-14, the rookie franchise posted a record of 7-27. The next season, it was 7-31. Globalport went 5-7 in the Philippine Cup, 4-7 in the Commissioner’s Cup and 7-6 in the Governors Cup for an overall record of 16-20 this year. Philstar

 

Arejola said Globalport team owner Mikee Romero will call a meeting this week to discuss plans for next season.“Boss Mikee wants us to focus on defense,” he said. “Offense is no problem but it’s defense where we need to improve. We’ll also study how to beef up our lineup, maybe through trades. We still don’t know. We’ve got a lot of expiring contracts and some missing pieces so we’ll address those issues.” Among the Globalport players with expiring contracts are Ronjay Buenafe, Paolo Taha, Denok Miranda, Doug Kramer, Keith Jensen and Marvin Hayes. Philstar

 

Pineda has no doubt De Ocampo is exactly what the doctor ordered for a young team like KIA. “It’s like this: I can use my pick kay Troy Rosario, eh between Ranidel de Ocampo and Troy Rosario, kanino ka? Game changer kaagad,” he added. “Our team is young eh, we need a leader, a good veteran leader, someone who can harness our players to play their best.” Spin.ph

 

On the other hand, Pineda stressed that he sees a lot of upside in De Ocampo, a versatile 6-6 forward who is an in-out threat on offense and is at his best whern a game is on the line. But Pineda stressed that they are still in the process of evaluating other options, including the likelihood of getting Gilas cadet Troy Rosario with the No. 2 pick in the 2015 draft. “We’re not playing hardball, but syempre we want to get the best,” he said. “Sabi ko naman sa kanila (Talk ‘N Text), kung ibibigay si Jayson Castro, okay sa akin. Kung ibibigay si Ranidel, okay sa akin. Ibigay sa akin ng Rain or Shine si (Raymond) Almazan, okay sa akin,” he said. “May mga serious talagang iba (na kumakausap sa amin). Sa akin kasi, they know what I need eh and we want to get a big man,” added the longtime Team Pacquiao official.Spin.ph

 

Compton declined to state whether the power forward out of  San Sebastian will be a good fit for the international game, saying his insights are limited to what Abueva has been doing for the Aces in the PBA. “In terms of comments on whether I know he’ll be great or mediocre (in the international game), I don’t know. I’m really glad we have him with Alaska. You guys can see what he can do,” said Compton. “Again, I love Calvin. I’m glad he is on our team. I don’t know the international game being a casual observer as well,” he added. Spin.ph

 

Compton said it will be a great boost for his coaching career if he can learn from a well-travelled coach like Baldwin, more so since the Alaska coach has had no international experience. “It’s just like this (coaching clinic at the NBA Fit Week). If you get a chance to learn from the great coaches, you want to learn. I have zero experience internationally. If I was to be a part of it, I don’t really bring a lot to the table other than how can I help,” said Compton. Spin.ph

 

Although seemingly optimistic in front of his buddy, Gab couldn’t hide his frustration while granting us the interview. A loss is easier to accept when you know you’ve given it your all. But he felt that his team hasn’t been performing their best in the last two meetings. Hindi nagco-contribute yung iba eh. Siguro hindi pa nila nabibigyang kumpyansa sarili nila. O natatakot na kung magkamali, mapapagalitan. Eh kailangan nila maintindindihan na ganun talaga. Basketballpakapalan dapat ng mukha.” Bouncing back is easier said than done and Gab admitted that he doesn’t know where to begin. But he is sure of one thing – the three of them can only do so much. “Kung kahit isa hindi magtrabaho, wala yung buong team.” He hopes that the rest of the Perpetual boys realize that before it’s too late. Sports-ABS-CBN

 

A piece that ran in the Manila Bulletin two days ago reported that the big man’s request to play for the Gilas Pilipinas has been denied. “It’s not [true],” the American-born cager replied to TV host Jinno Rufino’s post on Instragram. The Manila Bulletin report quoted sources as saying that the Chinese Basketball Association’s Xinjiang Flying Tigers “rejected” the cager’s request to play for the Philippines in the Asian tournament slated this coming September. “Not that I heard of lol,” the former Brooklyn Nets big man clarified. Philstar