MANILA — The Philippine Basketball Association's (PBA) board of governors has agreed to release 15 Gilas players 15 days ahead of the Southeast Asian Basketball Association (Seaba) men’s championship.
According to a report on Spin.ph, the decision was made Wednesday following a special board meeting held at the league office in Libis, Quezon City.
The Seaba tournament, slated on May 12-18 at Araneta Coliseum, serves as a qualifier to the FIBA Asia Cup....
Focus, according to the veteran guard, is on their campaign in the Commissioner’s Cup.
“Tapos na yun e, ang focus na namin ngayon is yung next conference. Of course, paghahandaan namin yun kasi gusto namin maka-pasok uli sa Finals, magkaroon ng opportunity to win another title,” said Tenorio....
Though the timetable for Slaughter’s return has been scheduled in the early part of the Governors’ Cup, there is a possibility for him to play near the end of the Commissioner’s Cup eliminations or in the playoffs depending on his condition.
Slaughter’s absence created a gaping hole in the middle and that was exploited by San Miguel Beer’s June Mar Fajardo during their Philippine Cup finals....
The search for the right import will continue even after the PBA Commissioner’s Cup begins on Friday. The PBA will allow import changes at any time, even for the last game of the Finals. It’s not easy landing an import who fits a team’s style or system. A PBA coach said talent isn’t the problem but the ability to play how and what he’s supposed to.
That’s why six teams are bringing back imports for the second conference. They’ve been scouted and tested. Their return is an indication that they’ve passed the test. The comebacking imports are Mahindra’s James White, TNT KaTropa’s Denzel Bowles (previously played in four seasons with the Purefoods franchise), NLEX’s Wayne Chism (previously played in three seasons for Rain Or Shine, now reunited with coach Yeng Guiao), Rain Or Shine’s Shawn Taggart (played for GlobalPort last season), Barangay Ginebra’s Justin Brownlee (played for Ginebra in the Governors Cup last season) and Phoenix’ Eugene Phelps (played for the Fuel Masters in the Governors Cup last season).
Phoenix coach Ariel Vanguardia settled for the under-sized Phelps, who’s 6-4 15/16, after failing to land 6-10 Jarrid Famous, 6-9 Brandon Costner and 6-9 Ekene Ibekwe. Even former Alaska import Diamon Simpson was on Vanguardia’s wish list but he’s under contract in Israel. Famous’ rights are held by GlobalPort until after this conference. GlobalPort will keep Famous’ rights and call him up in case original pick Sean Williams doesn’t work out. Blackwater also tried to pry Famous out of GlobalPort....
Brownlee returns for Barangay Ginebra San Miguel which is out to rebound from losing to the San Miguel Beermen in the recent Philippine Cup finals and repeat the success they tasted in the successful title run in last season’s Governors’ Cup.
Ginebra is going with the 6-foot-7 Brownlee, whose buzzer-beating three against Meralco in Game 6 of that Governors’ Cup finals ended the team’s eight-year title drought, despite having the luxury of tapping an import with a maximum height of 6-foot-10....
|Team History (Last 10 Conferences)|
|2016-2017 Commissioners' Cup||0||0||0.000|
|2016-2017 Philippine Cup||13||12||0.520||Runner-up|
|2015-2016 Governors' Cup||16||7||0.696||Champions|
|2015-2016 Commissioners' Cup||7||6||0.538||5th|
|2015-2016 Philippine Cup||8||5||0.615||5th|
|2014-2015 Governors' Cup||5||7||0.417||8th|
|2014-2015 Commissioners' Cup||5||7||0.417||8th|
|2014-2015 Philippine Cup||7||6||0.538||5th|
|2013-2014 Governors' Cup||5||5||0.500||6th|
|2013-2014 Commissioners' Cup||3||7||0.300||8th|