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....
Jefferson struggled in the first half before scoring 20 of his 28 points after the break to lead the Aces to their 2nd straight victory. He also grabbed 15 points to duplicate his double-double effort against GlobalPort over the weekend.
“Cory is a great fit for us because he's not a ball dominator, he's a team player. Alam n'yang di kami mananalo kung mag-isa lang siya. I appreciate his character, he wants to defend and move the ball,” Alaska coach Alex Compton said....
The Aces battle GlobalPort in the main game that tips off at 5:15 p.m., right after the Blackwater-Phoenix face-off that starts at 3 p.m.
Octavius Ellis was supposed to suit up for Alaska, but had to return to the U.S. citing personal matters....
MANILA, Philippines – Blackwater team owner Dioceldo Sy is at a loss on who will shoulder now Art dela Cruz’s salary after he went down with a ruptured Achilles tendon while with Gilas Pilipinas in Day One of their three-day training camp in Splendido in Tagaytay Tuesday.
Dela Cruz suffered the injury in a freak accident on a shooting drill and immediately underwent surgery at the Makati Medical Center, a procedure that requires a rehabilitation process of at least four months.
With the sorry mishap, the 6-foot-3 Blackwater forward is out of the Gilas team in the coming SEABA championship and will also be missing his mother team’s campaign in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup that fires off Friday at the Smart Araneta Coliseum....
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....
|Team History (Last 10 Conferences)|
|2016-2017 Commissioners' Cup||0||2||0.000|
|2016-2017 Philippine Cup||5||7||0.417||9th|
|2015-2016 Governors' Cup||1||10||0.091||12th|
|2015-2016 Commissioners' Cup||3||8||0.273||10th|
|2015-2016 Philippine Cup||3||9||0.250||10th|
|2014-2015 Governors' Cup||1||10||0.091||12th|
|2014-2015 Commissioners' Cup||3||8||0.273||12th|
|2014-2015 Philippine Cup||0||11||0.000||12th|