Former UAAP star Kiefer Ravena. Arvin Lim, ABS-CBN Sports

MANILA – (UPDATED) Police have arrested a man for reportedly trying to extort money from former Ateneo de Manila University star Kiefer Ravena in relation to the basketball player’s alleged photo scandal.

The Philippine National Police Anti-Cyber Crime Group has caught a Kristoffer Monico Ng in an entrapment operation, according to a statement released by Ravena on Wednesday afternoon.

Ravena said Ng threatened to "leak" photos and "tried to extort money from us."

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Kobe, Kiefer in NBA? (March 23, 2017)
Beth Celis [ Source: Inquirer ]

Philippine Hoops

The 50 year-old Rice said this during a three-day viewing party for the first NBA Filipino Heritage Week at Bonifacio Global City in Taguig a few days ago.

He said the games in the NBA have become more uptempo and fast-paced which cater to smaller players like two-time MVP Steph Curry, James Harden and Russel Westbrook, who is now leading the NBA MVP race.

Listed at 6-foot-7, Rice also noted that the current NBA top players are playmakers or point guards.

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Philippine Hoops

The Red Cubs failed in the 2015 and 2016 bids but the NCAA juggernauts, who have won 22 championships in their mother league, were able to exorcise the demons with a masterful showing.

“Of course we’re happy because this has been our goal and we’ve finally achieved it,” said San Beda head coach JB Sison.

San Beda established its lead late in the game when it outscored SHS-Ateneo 31-19 in the third quarter for a 59-47 buffer.

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David Carlos.

Ben Mbala leapt, slammed, and yelled his way to an undisputed MVP award all while bringing De La Salle University to the promised land.

As such, it's safe to say he knows a thing or two about dunking.

And so, when that man - that man who changed the life of broadcaster Mico Halili - gives you a perfect 10 for your dunk, you know you gotta be good.

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Mbala, PBA stars to judge NBTC slam dunk contest (March 16, 2017)
Ricky Olivares [ Source: Philippine Star ]

 Ben Mbala

MANILA, Philippines – If there’s anyone who has produced a highlight reel of dunks during the last college basketball season, it’s La Salle’s Ben Mbala.

Now, the UAAP Most Valuable Player and the uncrowned most ferocious dunker will be judging the slam dunk contest of the annual SM-NBTC National High School Championships.

Competing in the second contest of the SM-NBTC All-Star Day on Thursday are professional dunker Dave Carlos, Bruce Edwards of FilAM Sports USA, Encho Serrano of Adamson University, Juan Gomez De Liaño of UPIS, Matthew Daves of Durham Crossover Canada and Aaron Davis of Camp David New Zealand.

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Jeron Teng inspires future of PH basketball in NBTC (March 14, 2017)
Norman Lee Benjamin Riego [ Source: ABS CBN News ]

 Jeron Teng addresses the teams participating in the NBTC National Finals. Josh Albelda, ABS-CBN Sports

MANILA, Philippines -- The 2017 National Basketball Training Center League National Finals is underway.

With 24 teams, 96 coaches, and 360 players competing, the NBTC will crown one champion each in Division 1 and Division 2 in the tournament that will run from Monday to Thursday at the MOA Arena.

For almost a decade, the program spearheaded by coaches Eric Altamirano and Alex Compton have gathered the best of the best and have given them the brightest stage to showcase their skills.

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San Beda out to end string of bridesmaid finishes in NBTC (March 10, 2017)
Randolph B. Leongson [ Source: Inquirer ]

San Beda coach JB Sison and the Red Cubs. Photo by Randolph B. Leongson

After finishing as runner-up these past two years in the SM National Basketball Training Center (NBTC) League, San Beda wants nothing more than to get over the hump this year.

But Red Cubs coach JB Sison refused to feel confident knowing the stiff competition that awaits in the National High School Championship.

“Every year is a different one. We have to study our opponents first but we know it’s going to be tough for us,” he said.

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