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The greatest coach to ever grace Philippine basketball passed away Thursday morning. Virgilio “Baby” Dalupan died at his home in Quezon City due to Pneumonia. He was 92. Dalupan made one last appearance as a coach 11 years ago in an exhibition game dubbed as the “Greatest Game.” The Dalupan-coached Touch Mobile Greats defeated the TM Legends, mentored by former senator Robert Jaworski, 96-92. The legend’s body will lie in state at the chapel of the Ateneo de Manila University. Details of the services will follow.
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VIRGILIO ‘Baby’ Dalupan, perhaps the greatest basketball coach in the Philippines, has passed away. He was 92. Persons close to him confirmed the news, with Ricardo Brown, Dalupan’s former player with Great Taste paying tribute to his coach on his Facebook account. “A true, iconic, Philippine basketball legend like no other left us all last evening,” wrote Brown.
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Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP) also condoled with the Dalupan family.
“We in SBP deeply mourn the passing of Coach Baby Dalupan,” the association said in a statement.
“For his coaching wizardry, the sports media aptly gave him the moniker, ‘The Maestro.’ We will miss Coach Baby, but will fondly keep him in our hearts and minds, always remembering his immeasurable contribution to Philippine basketball.”
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The special rite honoring the legendary coach who won 15 league championships will be held just before the game between Barangay Ginebra and Rain or Shine at the Smart Araneta Coliseum. Four players who once played for the legendary mentor in different eras will do the ceremonial buzzer, namely Atoy Co, Allan Caidic, Alvin Patrimonio, and league commissioner Chito Narvasa.
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HE reigned as the country’s most dominant coach long before the digital age, yet his passing has triggered a shower of tributes on Twitter, Facebook and other social media sites. “I’m so heartbroken. We lost a truly good man and the greatest coach. I will miss him terribly,” Ginebra mentor Tim Cone, the only coach who has won more championships than Dalupan, posted on his Twitter account @manilacone.
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Barangay Ginebra coach Tim Cone considered himself “fortunate” to have pitted coaching skills against the legendary Virgilio “Baby” Dalupan when the American was just starting his career with Alaska in 1989. “I was just truly fortunate to coach against him in his last couple of years,” Cone recalled after Ginebra’s practice, as he paid tribute to Dalupan, who passed away early Thursday. “That was my first Finals appearance and it was his last championship so were always been kind of intertwined,” he said.
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As the news of legendary coach Baby Dalupan’s passing broke, tributes poured out from all Philippine basketball circles. “I just now heard about Coach Baby’s passing. I’m so heartbroken. We lost a truly good man and the greatest coach. I will miss him terribly,” he said. Cone had no qualms about proclaiming Dalupan as the “greatest of all time,” even attaching the #GOAT in his series of tweets to honor the late tactician. “What I will remember about Coach Baby is how far ahead of his time he was, and what a wonderful father he was to his daughters,” he said. “All of us in the PBA need to honor Coach Baby. We need to acknowledge how he impacted us all, how he was the father of all us coaches. #GOAT”
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The Philippine Basketball Association honored one of the league’s winningest mentors Virgilio “Baby” A. Dalupan who passed away at the age of 92. “I mourn and grieve over the passing of a great Philippine basketball hero, my coach and mentor, Virgilio “Baby” A. Dalupan,” PBA Commissioner Narvasa said in a statement after the news of Dalupan’s passing broke.
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“To Coach Baby, thank you for all your contributions and for sharing your life with us. May you forever rest in perpetual happiness.” Narvasa also expressed his condolences in behalf of the PBA. “To Tita Nenang and family of Coach Baby, on behalf of the PBA community, please accept our sincerest sympathies on his passing. He will forever be engraved in our hearts as the Father of Philippine basketball coaches.”
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Either Mahindra folds or endures in its coming games. I think now, a lot of teams are definitely preparing their best, so we’re getting the teams’ best now. I think we’re no longer being overlooked,” he said. “Our level of preparation has got to even go higher than how we started when we went 4-0, so it’s a true test of our character right now, so really, that’s how great teams grow. We got to go through these lows to get to the highs.”
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Already short in preparation, Gilas Pilipinas faces another hump with Kiefer Ravena and Ray Parks passing up the opportunity to don the national tri-colors for the 2016 Fiba Asia Challenge Cup.
No less than coach Josh Reyes confirmed the development as the team continued its buildup on Wednesday night. “They weren’t in the practice from day one, so really, all the preparations we’re ready for them to not be a part of it,” he said.
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Three weeks away from the tournament, Reyes believes that the coaching staff has done what it could to implement the system it wants to the pool, which is made up of amateur standouts. “We’ve gotten along as far as we could have. Given the circumstances, we’ve been progressing really well. That’s partly to do with most of the guys have been under me before and most of them are familiar with the system, so that helps a lot,” he said. “Despite all the challenges, I think things are progressing as good as they can be.” Reyes and team manager Butch Antonio said that the 12-man roster will be announced on August 25 before the team flies for Tehran, Iran on September 6.
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Gilas 5.0 interim coach Josh Reyes sees a tougher sailing for the Kiefer Ravena and Bobby Ray Parks-less national team that will compete in the 2016 FIBA Asia Challenge but expects the other players in the pool to step up. Reyes named two players who will be thrust into the leadership role as Ravena and Parks decided to pursue their NBA dreams in the US. “Mac Belo and Kevin Ferrer have been the leaders of this team for quite awhile now,” Reyes told FOX Sports opting not to dwell on the absence of Ravena and Parks.
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Unwanted the past conference, Denok Miranda showed he can still be an asset after making a short yet solid contribution for Blackwater on Wednesday night. “Na-miss ko yung takbo up and down, yung mga sumisigaw na tao, nagpapasalamat rin ako kala coach na nabigyan nila ako ng break, tsaka kay Boss Dioceldo Sy, siya yung kumuha sa akin, na bibigay yung best ko dito sa Blackwater, yun yung isusukli ko sa kanila,” said the former Far Eastern University star.
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In joining a young team, Miranda is a key addition due to his experience and knowledge.
“Gina-guide ko rin yung mga batang point guard kasi nasa attack mode sila sa lahat, kinakalma ko muna sila para ma-set muna namin yung play namin kasi medyo pagpasok ko tiningnan ko muna kasi mga bata yan, gusto lahat magpakita, siyempre sa akin as a point guard ma-set mo yung teammate mo, yung spacing niyo ayos, syempre yung direction kung ano yung gusto ni coach sa loob.” “Pagpasok ko kanina, talagang tinodo ko, seven minutes straight ata, kaso parang kinapos rin ako kaya ako nagpa-sub kay coach. Nagpapa-condition rin naman ako, takbo, weights, pero iba yung basketball, iba yung in basketball shape ang katawan.”
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BINAN—Mac Belo took charge in the second half and carried Phoenix past Tanduay, 84-76, in Game 1 of the 2016 PBA D-League Foundation Cup Finals Thursday at Alonte Sports Arena here. “He refused to give up,” said coach Eric Gonzales of Belo. “Ang pep talk namin kanina is it depends kung sino ang uhaw. Sabi kasi ni coach Lawrence (Chongson), mas uhaw ang Tanduay. I challenged yung mga bata to show it on the court.”
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Mac Belo took over for the Accelerators in the second half to help Phoenix gain a 1-0 lead over the Tanduay Rhum Masters, 84-76, in Game One of the 2016 PBA D-League Foundation Cup Finals Thursday evening at Alonte Sports Arena in Binan, Laguna. Mac Belo took over for the Accelerators in the second half to help Phoenix gain a 1-0 lead over the Tanduay Rhum Masters, 84-76, in Game One of the 2016 PBA D-League Foundation Cup Finals Thursday evening at Alonte Sports Arena in Binan, Laguna. “Ang pep talk namin kanina is it depends kung sino ang uhaw. Sabi kasi ni coach Lawrence (Chongson), mas uhaw ang Tanduay. I challenged yung mga bata to show it on the court,” Gonzales furthered.
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MOHAMMAD Jamshidi’s departure is proving to be a blessing in disguise for Meralco in its PBA Governors’ Cup campaign. Bolts star point guard Alapag felt Jamshidi couldn’t get a rhythm in his stay with the Bolts after arriving late in their campaign following a stint with the Iranian national team. “It’s tough. Anytime you bring somebody new to the team, the camaraderie and the chemistry … and for MJ, the adjustment – it was his first time playing outside Iran – and things happened pretty quickly,” Alapag said after their win that brought them back above water with a 4-3 win-loss card.
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The TNT Ka Tropa have been amazing so far, winning all five of their games heading into this match with PHX, who haven’t been too shabby as well, winning their last two games after a slow start to the conference. These teams on hot streaks are on a collision course here, and the big questions is whose streak will get cut and whose will go on?
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Both GLO & SMB are entering this game straight off separate wins, but only one of them will come out victorious. Will it be the team near the top, or the team dwelling very near the bottom? GLO has had a terrible start this conference,but they got a semblance of positivity after winning against MER in OT. They still have a long way to go to even have a shot at making the next round, but a win over no less than SMB here should prop up their spirits and their odds even more. SMB, meanwhile, has been nearly unbeatable, winning 4 of their 5 contests so far. Their last two were against sister teams STA and GIN, and those should give the Beermen a lot of confidence against GLO today. Of course, they will look to old reliables like AZ Reid, JMF, and Alex Cabagnot to carry much of the load against a dangerous Batang Pier squad.
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Mark Caguioa and Jayjay Helterbrand, the only holdovers in Barangay Ginebra’s last league championship in 2008, were not born yet when Gin Kings statistician Rey Baron began his career in 1975, the year the PBA was established. For generations of PBA fans, who came to watch and personally witness how the game evolved from 1975 up to the present, they probably will never know Baron, who called himself a “small-time” staff member of a pro ball club.
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MAPUA hopes to stay within Final Four range today, while Letran and Lyceum collide in a match with huge postseason implications in the 92nd NCAA basketball tournament at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan. JRU coach Vergel Meneses hopes the victory over San Beda will trigger the much-awaited turnaround for the Bombers just like last year when they went on a tear in the middle of the season to snatch a Final Four berth. “We can’t be at the level of the Final Four teams if we do not play well consistently,” said Meneses.
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Jose Rizal University finally found what was missing in their team in the first round. “Sa akin tingin ko ‘yung desire eh. ‘Yung desire nila to win (ang nawala),” said Heavy Bombers coach Vergel Meneses. Meneses said that he saw in the eyes of his wards the fire that was missing in the first round. “’Yung willingness nila to sacrifice, ‘yung willing sila to share the ball nandoon eh,” the mentor said. “’Yun ang hindi ko makita noong first round. Parang nandoon, wala, nandoon, wala.”
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MJ Ayaay took matters into his own hands with a heroic game-winning basket in the last three seconds to save Lyceum of the Philippines University from revenge-seeking defending champion Letran Knights, 68-66, Thursday in the 92nd NCAA Seniors basketball competition at The Arena in San Juan. “We just fought and slugged it out against one of the best teams and they’re the defending champions and it just says a lot about our character. We were down by 10 with just four minutes, we could’ve just rolled down and find excuses not to compete and we’re just focused in making stops and I think those were crucial,” said Pirates coach Topex Robinson, whose squad scored its second straight win after back-to-back losses.
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Inspired Jose Rizal University stringed its first back-to-back wins in the 92nd NCAA Seniors basketball competition taking down the Mapua Cardinals, 65-60, Thursday at The Arena in San Juan. “Alam naman natin kung ano talaga ang kakayahan ng Teodoro kung ginusto niya di ba? At any given time kung gusto niyang mag-take charge. He will take charge,” said JRU. Ervin Grospe had 14 markers while Paolo Pontejos had eight for the Heavy Bombers, who went in the game with a high morale. “No doubt malaking tulong talaga ‘yung (panalo agaist San Beda) compared na if we came from a loss for sure yung morale ng team mababa,” said Meneses. “Iba yung galing ka sa panalo tapos ang tinalo mo pa goliath.”
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UAAP Juniors champion and Finals MVP Justine Baltazar’s debut in green and white will come earlier than expected. The towering Pampanga native himself confirmed that he will don the green and white for Season 79. “Oo, okay na,” he told ABS-CBN Sports. Asked about the development, however, coach Aldin Ayo did not grant any confirmation, but did say solutions are being tried for whatever problems there are. “Right now, inaayos pa namin yung kay Baltazar,” he said.
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Without a doubt, De La Salle University rookie big man Ben Mbala would be difficult to defend and would pose a problem for just about anybody in the upcoming season of the UAAP. That is exactly why just about anybody would need all the help they could get. In that regard, Far Eastern University – the team most at threat as the defending champions – just may have an ace up their sleeve in the form of Monbert Arong.
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