With its stars back in the groove, powerhouse Talk ‘N Text guns for a share of the lead while trying to bury fading Globalport deeper in the standings when they clash today in the PBA Governors’ Cup at Smart Araneta Coliseum in Cubao.
Jayson Castro is returning from sick bay and Ranidel de Ocampo, after sitting out the first two games, is nearing 100 percent for the Tropang Texters, who are favored in their 7 p.m. battle with the Batang Pier.
While Talk ‘N Text is on a roll, the Batang Pier need a win badly to perk up their spirits after losing their last two games following a franchise-best start of three straight wins.
The Elite will be coming off possibly the most heart-breaking loss in their young PBA participation, a double-overtime 83-76 defeat at the hands of fellow rookie squad KIA Motors last week....
Filipino-Tongan Moala Tautuaa is one of the highly touted prospects this year, so it is no surprise that he is looking forward to join the big boys in the PBA once he applies for the league’s rookie draft later this year.
“I’m excited,” Tautuaa, currently playing for Cebuana Lhuiller in the PBA D-Leage, told InterAksyon.com in an exclusive interview. “I’m excited to be part of the PBA and turn pro.”
This early, 6-foot-8 Tautuaa is already preparing himself for the more physical battles in the PBA. He said he won’t have a hard time adjusting to that style of play....
MANILA, Philippines - Chito Narvasa will become the PBA’s ninth commissioner on Aug. 1 and said yesterday he’s looking forward to improving the game with officiating his priority in making sure the 40-year-old league’s future is secure.
Narvasa, 58, has been involved in basketball from when he began to play the sport as a 10-year-old boy. He saw action for the Ateneo varsity, became a PBA head coach with Purefoods and Shell, served as UAAP and NCAA commissioner for a season each and is the president of the Basketball Coaches Association of the Philippines (BCAP). It’s an enduring love affair that will now reach a pinnacle with the dream job of PBA commissioner.
Because the work is full-time, Narvasa will give up all his current positions, including Vice Chairman/CEO of City State Savings Bank which is owned by Ambassador Antonio Cabangon-Chua. “I’ll be watching games five days a week,” he said. “It’s a full-time commitment. Besides, the Central Bank won’t allow staying with City State anyway. When I was considered for the job, I informed the Ambassador of the possibility of joining the PBA. He knows basketball has always been my love and promised to support and help me in any way he could. I wanted the Ambassador to know about it before he heard it from somebody else. It’s this transparency that I’ll bring to the PBA. That’s how I work. If you’re open with what you’re doing, the work becomes easier. I never hide anything from anyone. What I’ll do as commissioner is for the benefit of the league, nothing else.”...
Rain or Shine Elasto Painters survived a career-high 40 points from Globalport star Terrence Romeo ro eke out a 119-112 win to barge into the win column in Dubai.
Import Wendell McKines scored 28 points and grabbed 13 rebounds while JR Quiñahan scored a career-high 24 points, shooting 4-of8 from beyond the arc and a perfect 6-of-6 from the 2-point region to offset Romeo's career performance.
It was a high-scoring affair right from the get-go as both teams broke the 30-point mark in the first quarter, with the Elasto Painters finishing ahead, 38-32....
JARRID Famous suits up for Globalport today when the Batang Pier, coming off their first loss in the PBA Governors’ Cup, battle a Rain or Shine crew still seeking its first win in the season-ending conference.
Game time is 7:30 p.m. (11:30 p.m. in Manila) at Al Shabab Al Arabi Club in Dubai, the site of the first of two straight games that the Elasto Painters will be playing in their quest to vault back in contention.
Famous planed in late Tuesday night and joined the Batang Pier for practice. Globalport initially fielded the lumbering 7-foor-1 Patrick O’Bryant with Steve Thomas pinch-hitting for two games....
|Team History (Last 10 Conferences)|
|2014-2015 Governors' Cup||4||2||0.667|
|2014-2015 Commissioners' Cup||4||7||0.364||9th|
|2014-2015 Philippine Cup||5||7||0.417||8th|
|2013-2014 Governors' Cup||1||8||0.111||10th|
|2013-2014 Commissioners' Cup||1||8||0.111||10th|
|2013-2014 Philippine Cup||5||10||0.333||7th|
|2012-2013 Governors' Cup||4||6||0.400||5th|
|2012-2013 Commissioners' Cup||2||12||0.143||10th|
|2012-2013 Philippine Cup||1||13||0.071||10th|