The Alaska Aces acquired forward Vic Manuel from the Air21 Express, in exchange for big man Aldrech Ramos, with the PBA approving the deal, Monday.
The Aces, defending Commissioner’s Cup champions, sought an upgrade at the forward positions, after beginning the conference with a 1-1 record. Air21 has the same record.
The 6’6” Ramos, the fifth overall pick in the 2012 PBA Draft, had fallen out of the Aces’ rotation. To close out the Philippine Cup, he logged just a total of 18 minutes over four games, before failing to see the court in their quarterfinals series versus Ginebra. All-in-all, he normed just 5.29 points, 3.14 rebounds and 0.50 blocks in 16.14 minutes.
Jayson Castro is back with a vengeance just less than two months after failing to lead his team to a fourth straight Philippine Cup title.
The 5’8” guard out of Philippine Christian University opened the Commissioner’s Cup with renewed vigor, averaging 17.0 points, 3.0 rebounds and 2.5 assists to give Talk ‘N Text an early share of the lead in the standings with San Miguel Beer with similar 2-0 records.
The lightning-quick Castro fired 12 points including two three-point shots, keying Talk ‘N Text’s early breakaway to flatten defending champion Alaska, 85-72 at the start of the import-spiced conference last Wednesday.
MANILA, Philippines — This Kevin Jones must be very, very good.
San Miguel Beer Monday put Jones on the active roster and ditched hard-working Josh Boone, the man chiefly responsible for the Beermen’s first two victories in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup that were carved out even with cornerstone June Mar Fajardo still on the injury list.
Jones, listed as 6-foot-8, bounced around in the NBA and NBA D-League after ending an impressive collegiate career at West Virginia, where he led the Big East in scoring with a shade under 20 points and 10.9 rebounds in 33 games in his senior year in 2012.
While team officials of the San Miguel Beermen played it coy on Sunday about the possibility of an import swap of Josh Boone for Kevin Jones, tweets from Boone and team captain Chris Ross on Monday, seem to indicate that it will be Jones who will suit up for the team in their next game.
On Sunday, after a 112-96 win versus Barangay Ginebra San Miguel, Boone tweeted out his thanks to the team’s supporters, adding, “If that’s it for me then thank u!”
He seemed more aware of what was going to happen earlier Monday morning, thanking fans anew and saying, “Unfortunately some decisions are just outside my control. Good luck the rest of the season.”
MANILA, Philippines – The Barako Bull Energy have been pleasantly surprised by the performance of import Joshua Dollard, especially as he came in only as a replacement after Barako’s first choice import encountered contractual problems.
Dollard has been nothing short of sensational in his first two games for Barako despite standing at “only” 6-foot-5, the shortest among imports.
In his debut against Ginebra, he tallied 45 points and 18 rebounds, although he fouled out in their overtime loss. But he made up for it with a 44-point, 19-rebound performance as the Energy upset Rain or Shine in their second game.
MANILA, Philippines - Meralco coach Ryan Gregorio said the other day import Brian Butch’s numbers in the Bolts’ 94-76 loss to San Miguel Beer indicate he’s not the problem but a major part of the solution to bring the team back into championship contention.
Butch, the tallest import in the conference at 6-10 1/4, compiled 29 points and 21 rebounds with three steals and two blocked shots in 42 minutes in his PBA Commissioner’s Cup debut at the Smart Araneta Coliseum last Friday. Jared Dillinger, playing point guard in place of injured Mike Cortez, was scoreless in 25 minutes. The Beermen blew the Bolts off the court with more assists, 27-8, rebounds, 56-49, second chance points, 26-18, three-point shots, 6-3, fastbreak points, 16-6 and steals, 10-7. San Miguel also limited Meralco to 35 percent field goal shooting.
Cortez’ absence was telling. He tore the meniscus in his right knee during a Meralco game against Globalport last Dec. 28 and sat out the Bolts’ last five games of the Philippine Cup. Meralco failed to qualify for the playoffs. Meralco media officer Virgil Villavicencio said Cortez may be back in action within two or three weeks but Gregorio wasn’t too optimistic, listing him as “uncertain” for the Commissioner’s Cup.
While some players from other PBA teams encounter problems with their ballclub when it comes to joining the national team, it has never been a problem for the Rain or Shine Elasto Painters.
In 2012, Gabe Norwood and Jeff Chan formed part of the core of the Gilas Pilipinas national pool. Last year, Beau Belga was added as a member late in the process and proved to be a valuable piece of the team during its buildup, being the last man cut from the FIBA Asia Championship roster.
This year, Paul Lee is the freshest face on the team as one of just a handful of additions selected by Gilas Pilipinas coach Chot Reyes.