AMA holds PBA D-League tryout (February 23, 2015)
[ Source: Philippine Star ]

PBA D-League

MANILA, Philippines - Players interested to join the tryouts of the AMA U Titans competing in the upcoming PBA D-League season are invited to the team tryouts every Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 6 p.m. at the AMA U wooden court in Quezon City.

The tryouts will be conducted by AMA head coach and sports director Mark Herrera, who will be assisted by Benjie Diswe, Edwin Ancheta, Eugene Bautista and Bobby Andaya.

The team is supported by owner Amable R. Aguiluz, manager  Arnel Hibo and assistant team manager Oca de Chavez.

Read more

Star-studded Hapee sets sights on big PBA leap (February 21, 2015)
Jasmine W. Payo [ Source: Inquirer ]

PBA D-League

HAPEE starts its quest for back-to-back PBA D-League championships next month with its team owner setting his sights on another goal—making a big leap to the pro league.

“Our intention, after playing in the D-League, is to go up to the PBA,” said team owner Dr. Cecilio Pedro, the president of Lamoiyan Corp.

With its star-studded crew delivering when it mattered, Hapee survived a gritty Cagayan Valley squad in overtime, 93-91, last Thursday to sweep the title series of the Aspirants Cup.

Read more

Moala Tautuaa exits the court with his head down after Cagayan bowed to Hapee in the finals. BONG LOZADA/

MANILA, Philippines—With just 10 ticks remaining on the clock, he stood at the charity stripe with his team down by one.

Moala Tautuaa, the talisman of the Cagayan Rising Suns, looked at the rim as the scoreboard read 82-81 in favor of the Hapee Fresh Fighters.

Everything was at a stop, Tautuaa pulled his shooting hand to his head, extended it for a shot, and then missed.

Read more

Hapee center Ola Adeogun lifts game 2 hero Scottie Thompson. The Fresh Fighters clinched the 2015 PBA D-League Aspirants' Cup title on Thursday. BONG LOZADA/

MANILA, Philippines—It was a glorious thievery.

NCAA Most Valuable Player Scottie Thompson raised his defense in the clutch to seal the 2015 PBA D-League Aspirant’s Cup title for the Hapee Fresh Fighters as they swept the Cagayan Rising Suns, 93-91, in game 2 of the best-of-three finals Thursday afternoon at the Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig.

Down 90-91, Thompson rose up and stole Moala Tautuaa’s inbound pass and scored on a layup to give Hapee a 92-91 lead with 22.1 remaining.

Read more

Hapee shoots for sweep (February 19, 2015)
Jasmine W. Payo [ Source: Inquirer ]

PBA D-League

MANILA, Philippines—Hoping to celebrate its comeback with a championship, Hapee goes for a sweep of Cagayan Valley in the PBA D-League Aspirants Cup Finals Thursday.

“We have to contain, sustain and do the little things we were able to do in Game 1,” said Hapee coach Ronnie Magsanoc yesterday. “We have to defend them well.”

Game 2 of the best-of-three series is set at 3 p.m. at Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig City.

Read more

Ola Adeogun fights for the rebound. PBA Images/Nuki Sabio

MANILA, Philippines — Hapee avenged its only loss with an 82-74 win over Cagayan Valley to take Game 1 of the 2015 PBA D-League Aspirants Cup Finals Monday at the Filoil Flying V Arena in San Juan.

Nigerian center Ola Adeogun scored 21 points on 11-0f-12 shooting from the free throw line, collared 15 rebounds and had three blocks for the Fresh Fighters, who will shoot for the championship on Thursday at the Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig.

Hapee blew a 20-point lead as Cagayan, behind Don Trollano, pulled to within four, 50-46, with still over five minutes left in the third quarter.

Read more

Newly crowned PBA D-League MVP Ray Parks. PBA Images/Nuki Sabio

MANILA, Philippines — Hapee guard-forward Ray Parks was named Most Valuable Player of the 2015 PBA D-League Aspirants Cup.

The 21-year-old Parks was awarded the MVP trophy at center court before Game 1 of the best-of-three Finals between the Fresh Fighters and the top-seeded Cagayan Valley Rising Suns at the Filoil Flying V Arena in San Juan on Monday.

Parks, a former two-time UAAP MVP as a member of the National University Bulldogs, led Hapee to a 10-1 record in the elimination round with its only loss coming at the hands of Cagayan at the buzzer.

Read more