PBA aspirants take one step closer in achieving their dreams as they participate in the 2016 PBA Draft Combine this week.
The two-day camp, which will be held at Gatorade Hoops Center in Mandaluyong starting on Wednesday, will wage all the hopefuls against each other as they try to make an impression in front of PBA coaches and scouts.
The 55 applicants will be divided into eight teams, composed of six to seven players, for the combine.
The players will be measured and will undergo performance tests on Wednesday....
Brownlee, who went from a replacement import to a celebrated hero after his buzzer-beating triple had Barangay Ginebra celebrating its first PBA championship in eight years, doesn’t see himself playing elsewhere than in the Philippines and wearing colors other than Ginebra’s red and white.
“Honestly, I don’t want to play anywhere else besides the Philippines, especially with the fans, how they embrace me, how great of a team Ginebra is. Coach Tim is probably the best coach I ever played for especially professionally,” Brownlee told reporters during the Gin Kings’ victory party for San Miguel Corporation’s employees at their headquarters in Pasig Monday night....
After helping Ginebra end its eight-year title drought by winning the 2016 PBA Governors’ Cup crown on Wednesday, the Finals MVP welcomed his newborn son the following day.
“This is the next big thing na nangyari sa akin after the Jones Cup,” he said. “I think ito na yung pinakasulit na paghihintay. Maraming taong nag-doubt, pero meron talagang kapalit. And in less than 24 hours, nabura lahat yun.”...
After Ginebra clinched the Governors’ Cup title to end an eight-year dry spell, Chua said Mercado finally dispelled talk that he is “bad luck” to any team he joins.
“He played very well, that's why we're here,” Chua said in an interview with Boyet Sison in DZMM’s "Fastbreak" on Saturday. “Sol Mercado hitting the three, Sol defending the import, defending the guys who were killing us. Laging niyang sinasabi, 'I'll defend him, coach,'” he said....
MANILA, Philippines - On his eighth PBA season with his sixth team, Barangay Ginebra guard Sol Mercado finally nailed a championship and took the monkey off his back. Last Wednesday, Ginebra brought down Meralco, 91-88, in Game 6 of the Governors Cup Finals and ended an eight-year title drought with Mercado coming along for the ride.
“It was surreal, the best feeling ever,” said Mercado yesterday. “It didn’t even hit me at first. I had my doubters, guys who thought I’d never win a championship, who questioned my ability, who pointed out that after I got traded, teams would win championships without me. But instead of that talk dragging me down, I took it as motivation to work harder. It can’t get any better than winning my first championship with Ginebra.”
What made the ascent to the throne more special was his mother Rosalie Rayos’ presence. She flew in from Los Angeles last week and was able to watch Games 5 and 6. His mother left last night to go back to her work at the University of California-Davis. Mercado said his brother-in-law Tony texted from Los Angeles to remind him of how proud his late father Aaron must be up in heaven. Mercado’s father, who was Puerto Rican, died of a heart attack in 2012 at the age of 51....
|Team History (Last 10 Conferences)|
|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|
|2013-2014 Philippine Cup||15||8||0.652||3rd|
|2012-2013 Governors' Cup||4||7||0.364||8th|