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Will Paul Lee get traded again?… Menk wants to be ‘King’ once more… PBA Draft hopefuls to get mettle tested

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“If that’s true then it would have to be a long wait before being realized,” said a top Star official, who requested anonymity. “We are looking at Paul as one of the cornerstones of our team in the next six years along with Ian (Sangalang) and whoever it is we pick from Gilas so any trade involving him at this point is farthest from our minds,” the source added.  Malaya

“Of course, Paul and I are very close,” said Guiao, who drafted Lee with the second pick in the 2011 Draft. “I’ve been very close to all my players.” “And if there’s any chance that I can get him, especially wala na siya sa Rain or Shine, wala naman akong agreement or any moral obligation to any other team other than my old team, so if there’s a possibility, we will explore it,” bared the fiery mentor, who Lee asked to be a godfather in his wedding on Tuesday.  Spin.ph

“PBA has to be a habit again,” the incoming league chairman said in his speech during the PBA Press Corps Awards Night on Saturday night at Gloria Maris inside Gateway in Cubao. “Mr. Non is a tough act to follow, so I hope I can also get the support of all team owners and their representatives,” said Romero.  Manila Standard

“We have to go high-tech, that’s the only way we can bring PBA back to the consciousness of every Filipino whether they are in the country or working abroad,” added Romero. “PBA games should be available to everybody because that’s also one way of promoting our country,” said Romero, noting that PBA has also a big number of fans from Taiwan.  Manila Standard

The 55 applicants will be divided into eight teams, composed of six to seven players, for the combine. The players will be measured and will undergo performance tests on Wednesday. They will get their chance to show their skills the following day, as PBA assistant coaches take over and pit them in a single-elimination tournament. Inquirer.net

Jay-Jay Helterbrand, who was turning 40 in the game marked by two scoring upheavals, and Mark Caguioa, 36, recalled their brilliant past and the crowd all but brought the Big Dome down as it roared with approval. Ginebra had leaned on a hot start to lead by 14 points in the second quarter, but Meralco responded with a 39-12 blast to forge ahead at 74-58 at the end of the third period.  Inquirer.net

 

“I’ve had unbelievable support through social media asking me to come back to Ginebra and I appreciate the fans’ support,” said Menk Thursday on Sports IQ, the Inquirer’s omni-platform sports talk show. “Some of the best moments of my career, of my life, were wearing a Ginebra jersey,” said “Major Pain.”  Inquirer.net

 

“To win the All-Filipino, that’s the most prestigious one,” he said. “That series, that whole tournament, that’s the highlight of my career.” “After watching the [Governors’ Cup] Finals, who doesn’t want to play for Ginebra?” he said.  Inquirer.net

 

The Archers trailed briefly early before putting on the heat that left the Growling Tigers dazed as La Salle roared to a 99-56 victory—its 11th straight—at Smart Araneta Coliseum and swept its series with Santo Tomas for the season by a combined margin of 91 points. “We want to play the whole game strongly,” said Paolo Sauler, La Salle’s skills coach who spoke on behalf of Aldin Ayo.  Inquirer.net

 

“Again, we just have to continue improving each game and hopefully we can start the game better, work on the things we need to improve on and continue building our team,” Green Archers assistant coach Paulo Sauler said. “We just wanted to play our hardest and give our best effort out there on the floor, whether the winning margin is big or small,” he added. “We’re taking this one game at a time; we’re not thinking about a sweep, we haven’t achieved anything like what coach Aldin (Ayo) has been telling us.”  Malaya

 

“Nagkahiwalay nga kami ng landas, but not for long,” was how the outspoken coach put it as part of his acceptance speech, adding Lee is welcome in his new team. “Of course, Paul and I are very close,” said Guiao, “and if there’s any chance that I can get him, especially wala na siya sa Rain or Shine. “Wala naman akong agreement or any moral obligation to any other team than my old team, so if there’s a possibility, we will explore it.”  Malaya

 

THE La Salle Green Archers are in the Final Four. ben Mbala and Jeron Teng led the way for La  Salle, which secured the first twice-to-beat incentive in the Final Four semifinals after they smothered the University of Santo Tomas Growling Tigers, 99-56, Sunday at the Araneta Coliseum.  Manila Standrard 

“We just want to play like a team and play defense all-game-long. We want to play hard,” said La Salle Assistant Coach Paolo Sauler, who attended the postgame interview in lieu of the elusive Head Coach Aldin Ayo. Ben Mbala netted his 11th straight double-double game with 21 points and 15 rebounds and added five blocks to lead the Green Archers, while Jeron Teng added 16 markers and four boards. Rookie Justine Baltazar also had a solid game for La Salle, as he chipped in 10 points and 12 rebounds.  Business Mirror

The Green Archers held a four-point lead at the end of the opening canto, 19-15, before they put the pedal to the metal in the second quarter, outscoring the Tigers, 26-8, to take a commanding 45-23 lead by halftime. La Salle continued to pound it on UST in the third period, racing to a 23-14 scoring edge to keep its control of the match. It showed no letup in the fourth period even with its reserves playing much of the time. The Green Archers built their biggest lead of the game of 46 points, 93-47, with two minutes left.  Business World Online

 

Mac Belo drowned out his frustrations that marked his three seasons with the Tamaraws and nailed the crown for them in dramatic fashion, capped by a tremendous defensive effort he had on a fast-breaking Ed Daquioag of the Growling Tigers. “There is a new standard for true grit in college basketball,” I wrote then of Belo. “He was the caped superhero who willed his team back into the game, and on to victory.” “I am very tired of being at the bottom these past two years,”a vocal, frustrated team owner Dioceldo Sy has told the press. He is on a business trip to Vancouver, but his mind was thousands of miles away, contemplating the future of the Elite where Belo could be the centerpiece in his rebuilding program. “I think our time has arrived,” Sy says.  Business Mirror