At first, it appeared that former Cagayan Rising Suns coach Alvin Pua had failed to heed the summon to appear before PBA commissioner Chito Salud because he was still reeling from the shock of a lifetime ban imposed on him.
Adding to Pua’s woes, he was fined an unprecedented P500,000 for assaulting referee Benjie Montero, whose call he resented during a game against Liver Marin in the PBA D-League last May 14. Any coach, no matter how bad he is, could slip into unfathomable depths of depression.
That was our presumption until PBA media bureau head Willie Marcial told us that the summon was issued the day after the Pua incident.
Roi Sumang nailed the go-ahead basket with 7.3 left in the clock as Tanduay Light sunk KeraMix, 70-69, Thursday in the final eliminations game of the 2015 PBA D-League Foundation Cup at the Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig.
Though KeraMix still had a chance to snatch the game and possibly advance to the quarterfinals, Mike DiGregorio’s drive was blocked by Raymond Ilagan, while Mike Parala and Jamil Gabawan both flubbed their potential game-winners as the Rhum Masters eliminated the Mixers.
Sumang led Tanduay with 16 points while Kris Rosales and Aljon Mariano both knocked down 10 markers apiece.
Jumbo Plastic advanced to the 2015 PBA D-League Foundation Cup playoffs with a 78-72 victory over MP Hotel – Letran Thursday at Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig.
Ex-pro Paul Sanga caught fire in the fourth quarter, dropping all but 2 of his 15 points, to lead the Giants to a fifth-seed with a 5-4 card. He also had seven rebounds.
The Giants now brace for fourth-seed Hapee in the quarterfinals with the Fresh Fighters owning a twice-to-beat advantage.
Jumbo Plastic and Kera Mix shoot for the last quarterfinal spots when they collide against separate rivals at the end of the elimination round of the PBA D-League Foundation Cup today at Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig City.
The Giants need a victory over the MP Hotel Warriors in the 1 p.m. clash while Kera Mix has the same goal against Tanduay Light at 3 p.m.
Jumbo Plastic and Kera Mix are tied with similar 4-4 records. Tanduay is still in contention at 3-5 while MP Hotel is out of it at 1-7.
After a 7-0 start this 2015 PBA Foundation Cup, Cebuana Lhuillier seemed to have hit a wall.
Losing first to Hapee, 71-70, the Gems fell for the second straight game to fierce rival Cagayan Gerry’s, 102-95 on Monday as the top seed stumbled to end their elimination campaign.
Though Cebuana still holds an automatic semis berth as the number one seed, coach Boycie Zamar raised concerns on his squad’s readiness to take on the challenge of being a title contender.
How did Cagayan Gerry’s fare in its first game after the lifetime ban of head coach Alvin Pua?
The Rising Suns seemed to have never missed a step.
Dedicating all of its remaining games to the beleaguered coach, and even having the letters “ATP,” Pua’s initials, inscribed to the jerseys of its players, Cagayan tripped rival and top-seeded Cebuana Lhuillier, 102-95, in its first win in the post-Pua era.
Without head coach Alvin Pua, Cagayan Gerry’s showed that it can still compete at a high level by nipping Cebuana Lhuillier, 102-95, Monday in the 2015 PBA D-League Foundation Cup at the Filoil Flying V Arena in San Juan.
Motivated by their coach’s absence after being banned from the sidelines, the Rising Suns edged their bitter rival Gems and held on despite the rampaging comeback bid from Cebuana in the fourth quarter.
A no-look assist from Abel Galliguez to the streaking Don Trollano in the baseline put the game away, 100-95, with 18.8 seconds left.