South All-Star Joe Devance of Purefoods Star will take over the starting spot vacated by PBA MVP June Mar Fajardo of San Miguel Beer while Talk ‘N Text’s Jayson Castro will be among the North starters following an injury to Ginebra’s Mark Caguioa when the 2015 PBA All-Star Game kicks off on Sunday in Puerto Princesa, Palawan.
PBA operations chief Rickie Santos told InterAksyon.com that Devance, who got the highest vote among the reserves of the South All-Stars, will be inserted into the starting lineup with Fajardo out due to a severe ankle sprain.
The 6-foot-10 slotman got injured in the Beermen’s last game and did not return to action and was limited to just over seven minutes.
Devance will join veteran slotman Asi Taulava of NLEX, sophomore center Greg Slaughter of Barangay Ginebra, James Yap of Purefoods and Mark Barroca of Purefoods in the starting unit of the South squad to be coached by Alaska’s Alex Compton....
The annual showcase tips off with the Skills Challenge set at 4:15 p.m. while the league’s best young players go head-to-head in the Rookies vs. Sophomores Blitz Game at 7 p.m. Both events will be aired live on TV5.
Purefoods Star Hotshots guard Mark Barroca is trying to defend his Obstacle Challenge crown, but he is going to face a tough field composed of former champion Jonas Villanueva of NLEX, Simon Atkins of Meralco, Jayson Castro of Talk ‘N Text, Jeric Fortuna of San Miguel Beer, LA Tenorio of Ginebra, LA Revilla of Kia, RR Garcia of Barako Bull, Chris Banchero of Alaska, Stanley Pringle of GlobalPort and Brian Heruela of Blackwater....
MANILA, Philippines—Meralco gunner Mark Macapagal seeks an unprecedented sixth three-point shootout title while Purefoods Star spitfire Mark Barroca goes for back-to-back crowns in the obstacle challenge as the 2015 PBA All-Star Week gets going Friday in Puerto Princesa City.
Today’s events serve as an appetizer to the annual All-Star Game pitting North versus South on Sunday.
Sharing the crown last year, Justin Melton and Rey Guevarra also headline a strong field that includes Japeth Aguilar and Gabe Norwood in the slam dunk competition....
MANILA, Philippines—Before hitting the court, the PBA All-Stars took the time to reach out to their fans in Palawan and take in the atmosphere of the Philippines’ last frontier.
In the morning, the rookies and sophomores,together with PBA Commissioner Chito Salud, brought smiles to the patients of the children’s ward at the Ospital ng Palawan as they gave away T-shirts and free gifts.
Later in the day, the PBA delegation participated in a tree-planting activity in in Barangay Mangingisda, some 45 minutes away from Puerto Princesa City proper....
Fans anticipating PBA MVP June Mar Fajardo making an appearance for the South All-Stars will have to wait until next year after the San Miguel center was ruled of the 2015 PBA All-Star Game in Puerto Princesa, Palawan by the Beermen’s medical team on Wednesday.
San Miguel team manager Gee Abanilla told InterAksyon.com that Fajardo will definitely not play in the All-Star Game and chances are slim of him even making the trip.
“Hindi na nga nakasama si June Mar kanina doon sa delegation na umalis kanina and I believe baka hindi na rin siya maka-appear before the fans because of his condition,” Abanilla said in a telephone interview....
|Team History (Last 10 Conferences)|
|2014-2015 Commissioners' Cup||2||6||0.250|
|2014-2015 Philippine Cup||17||5||0.773||Champion|
|2013-2014 Governors' Cup||5||5||0.500||5th|
|2013-2014 Commissioners' Cup||7||4||0.636||5th|
|2013-2014 Philippine Cup||13||8||0.619||4th|
|2012-2013 Governors' Cup||15||6||0.714||Runner-up|
|2012-2013 Commissioners' Cup||8||8||0.500||6th|
|2012-2013 Philippine Cup||6||9||0.400||7th|
|2011-2012 Governors' Cup||6||8||0.429||5th|
|2011-2012 Commissioners' Cup||3||6||0.333||9th|