MANILA, Philippines—Kia Motors’ surprise foray into local basketball may even extend to the amateur ranks.
After getting the nod to join the PBA, Kia Motors looks set to also crash the D-League, the pro loop’s farm tournament, when it resumes on Oct. 27.
To be known as Kia Motors/M. Pacquiao, the car company was among the teams listed as prospective entries in the developmental league even as the PBA Commissioner’s Office Monday announced tomorrow’s deadline for interested squads to join.
MANILA, Philippines - The PBA Developmental League will have its own TV coveror beginning with the Aspirants Cup on Oct. 28 with games to be shown at primetime on IBC-13.
“We have worked hard to find a network that will not only cover the games but also share our goals and vision for the league,” said PBA commissioner Chito Salud after sealing a two-year coverage contract with Asian Television Content Corp. and Stoplight Media Group.
Salud came through with TV coverage agreement with ATC@IBC president Reynaldo Sanchez and Stoplight Media Group president and chief executive officer Matthew Yngson.
Ronald Pascual and Jake Pascual combined for 13 points in the fourth period as the NLEX Road Warriors captured its sixth PBA D-League championship with an 81-78 victory over Blackwater Sports on Monday for a sweep of the Foundation Cup at the Mall of Asia Arena.
The Pascuals scored eight unanswered points in the final quarter to seize control of game two. The Road Warriors completed a 13-game sweep of the conference for a fitting send-off before they enter the PBA for the pro league's 40th season.
The Road Warriors wrapped up the best-of-three title series, 2-0.
MANILA, Philippines — Looking to cap a perfect run with a championship, NLEX hopes to come out solid on both ends again in the PBA D-League Foundation Cup Finals Monday.
The Road Warriors, who are vying for a sixth crown before bidding farewell to the league they’ve dominated, hope to down Blackwater Sports one last time in Game 2 of the best-of-three series at 3:30 p.m. at Mall of Asia Arena.
“We’re just up by one, we still have to finish it,” said NLEX coach Boyet Fernandez. “We’re hoping we’ll come out ready again.”
The NLEX Road Warriors took it right at the defending conference champions Blackwater Sports, dispatching them 90-77 in game one of the 2014 PBA-DL Foundation Cup Finals, Friday at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
The two sides, who will both be playing in the PBA next season should plans not miscarry, are looking to go out with another title. NLEX so far has all but one of the league’s championships, the sole exception being last season’s Foundation Cup conference, where Blackwater stunned them with a sweep in the Finals.
The Elite actually had a slim 23-21 lead after the first quarter, but a big 9-2 run in the latter half of the second period helped arm them with a 45-40 lead at the break.
MANILA, Philippines –NLEX will try to inch closer to another perfect title romp, but the Road Warriors have to do it against the only squad that has beaten them in the Finals last year.
The Road Warriors, on track to duplicate their 13-0 championship run in 2012, expect another grueling series against defending champion Blackwater Sports at the start of the PBA D-League Foundation Cup championship playoffs Friday.
“Blackwater is playing its best basketball at the moment, so we have to prepare hard,” NLEX coach Boyet Fernadez said of the Elite, who snatched the crown from his Road Warriors in last year’s season-ending conference.
Kevin Alas hit a crucial triple before Ola Adeogun scored the go-ahead free throws as NLEX survived Cebuana Lhuillier, 62-61, on Tuesday at the Ynares Sports Arena to reach the finals of PBA D-League Foundation Cup.
Alas finished with only seven points but came up with a crucial three-pointer that tied the ballgame at 60 with 1:56 to play, helping NLEX secure its seventh straight Finals appearance in the developmental league.
After Alas’ triple, Adeogun hit two charities off a foul by Brian Ilad with Cebuana Lhuillier in penalty to give NLEX the lead.