Wright, Brickman set for PBA D-League debut with Blustar Detergent (April 26, 2016)
Randolph B. Leongson [ Source: Inquirer ]

Westports Malaysia Dragons. Photo from Asean Basketball League Facebook.

Fil-Canadian forward Matthew Wright and Fil-Am guard Jason Brickman are set to make their PBA D-League debut as the reigning ASEAN Basketball League (ABL) champions Westports Malaysia Dragons take their act to the developmental league.

Backed by Ever Bilena, coach Ariel Vanguardia’s crew will be named Blustar Detergent Dragons and will join the field for the 2016 PBA D-League Foundation Cup, set to open in May.

The PBA approved the application on Monday, albeit with some reservations.

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ABL champ eyes D-L stint (April 16, 2016)
Waylon Galvez [ Source: Manila Bulletin ]

PBA D-League

The ASEAN Basketball League champion Westports Malaysia Dragons could play as a guest team in the PBA D-League Foundation Cup after Blackwater owner Dioceldo Sy expressed support in helping the foreign club participate in the tournament which starts next month.

Sy and the Dragons have had initial talks after the plan was broached by Malaysia’s Filipino coach Ariel Vanguardia, who happens to be an assistant coach for Blackwater in the PBA.

Should both parties formalize their tie-up, Sy is willing to shoulder the R400,000 franchise fee while the Dragons could use one of the former’s product which will likely be Blu Detergent.

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Paul Zamar did his mightiest to lift Café France over the hill against the upstart Phoenix-FEU but life isn’t a fairy tale as he still fell short to lead the team in their bid for back-to-back titles.

Café France lost in overtime 88-81, but what was more heartbreaking for Zamar was the fact that he was the lone Baker who managed to score in overtime.

Zamar scored all seven of the Bakers’ points in their 88-81 loss to the Accelerators and he knew one man didn’t make a team.

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Belo, Tolomia dedicate title to teammate Daquioag (April 15, 2016)
Bong Lozada [ Source: Inquirer ]

Mike Tolomia and Mac Belo. INQUIRER.net PHOTO/Tristan Tamayo

Mac Belo and Ed Daquioag may have been on opposite sides in their collegiate careers but in the semi-pro league, the two have become brothers-in-arms.

UAAP rivals became the best of teammates as the two joined forces for Phoenix-FEU Accelerators and Belo is one amazing teammate for Daquioag.

Belo led the Accelerators to its first PBA D-League Aspirants’ Cup title and the victory was even sweeter when he shared it to his former opponent.

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PBA D-League

It took no time at all for Phoenix-FEU to make a mark in the PBA D-League as it took the Aspirants’ Cup title at the expense of Café France, 88-81, Thursday at Ynares Sports Arena.

First-timers they may be in the league, but the Accelerators know how to win even in a pressure-packed overtime situation in the fifth game of a five-game series nonetheless.

It was the Tamaraw trio of Mac Belo, Roger Pogoy, and Mike Tolomia who steered the Accelerators in extra period scoring all of the team’s points.

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Cafe France, Phoenix end D-League clash (April 14, 2016)
Jasmine W. Payo [ Source: Inquirer ]

PBA D-League

CAFE France and Phoenix-Far Eastern University collide one last time in what has been an unpredictable title series in the PBA D-League Aspirants Cup Thursday.

Both vowing to go all out, the Bakers and the Accelerators dispute the championship in Game 5 at 3 p.m. at Ynares Sports Arena.

“You’ve seen two good teams fighting,” said Cafe France coach Egay Macaraya. “No matter what happens, the two teams deserve this series. Hopefully, we’ll be able to beat Phoenix.”

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D-League Finals: Cafe France forces Game 5 (April 13, 2016)
Randolph B. Leongson [ Source: Inquirer ]

Paul Zamar finished the game with 25 points and five rebounds. TRISTAN TAMAYO

Aching to finally win a championship, Paul Zamar refused to let Cafe France sink, downing Phoenix-FEU Accelerators, 100-94 and forcing Game 5 in the 2016 PBA D-League Aspirants’ Cup Finals Tuesday at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.

Zamar played a scintillating second half, pouring 16 in the final two quarters to finish with 25 points and five rebounds, including the huge baskets in the last two minutes to quash the hopes of the Accelerators.

“Paul played superb basketball today and saved Cafe France,” said coach Egay Macaraya.

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