Last Sunday, we reviewed the lineups of Blackwater, Mahindra, Barako Bull, Alaska and Barangay Ginebra for the PBA’s 41st season opening at the Smart Araneta Coliseum on Sunday. We mentioned that during a busy offseason, at least 40 veterans switched uniforms and close to 30 rookies were inked to contracts.
Let’s go over the rosters of the Star Hotshots, San Miguel Beer, Rain Or Shine and Globalport. We’ll discuss the lineups of the remaining teams Talk ‘N’ Text, Meralco and NLEX in tomorrow’s column.
The Hotshots are thrilled to reactivate Ian Sangalang who suffered an ACL injury after playing only one game for the Star last season. New coach Jason Webb has high hopes for rookie Norbert Torres to make a splash as well as veteran recruits Ronald Pascual from San Miguel and Jake Pascual from Barako. Gone from last season’s roster are Joe De Vance (to Ginebra), Don Allado and Mick Pennisi (to Barako Bull).
The Star’s holdovers are Marc Pingris, James Yap, P. J. Simon, Mark Barroca, Allein Maliksi, Justin Melton, Rafi Reavis, Alex Mallari, Yousef Taha, Jerwin Gaco and Lester Alvarez. In Webb’s staff are Johnny Abarrientos, Mon Jose and Tony Boy Espinosa....
Rain or Shine Elasto Painters and the Star Hotshots do battle to open the curtains of the Philippine Cup next Sunday, October 18, at SMART-Araneta Coliseum.
The Rain or Shine-Star tiff is slated at 5:15 p.m. after the opening ceremonies at 3 p.m....
MANILA, Philippines – Coach Yeng Guiao said the Star’s switch from the triangle offense to a fast-paced style under new coach Jason Webb could spell trouble to the rest of the teams because it could draw the best from veteran Hotshots like James Yap, Peter June Simon and Mark Barroca.
Guiao made this observation after learning that Webb has installed his own run-and-gun system into the team to replace the tried and tested "triangle".
The triangle offense produced five PBA championships for Star in the last four seasons under Cone, including the grand slam in 2014....
The Cuneta Astrodome was a perfect stage for a reunion for some of the PBA’s brightest past stars who stole the spotlight in the Grand Slam versus Barangay Ginebra showdown at the Hoop For A Cause benefit game on Friday night.
Four-time Most Valuable Player Alvin Patrimonio was there to play at the venue where he won three of the four MVP plums he collected. There was Johnny Abarrientos, too, who dazzled the crowd with his nifty plays leading the way and joined by his old teammates Jojo Lastimosa, Bong Hawkins and Poch Juinio, all members of that ‘three-peat’ club.
On the other side, was Allan Caidic, representing the 90s Ginebra team and ‘The Triggerman’ was right there hitting his mark, nailing six triples in the game. Marlou Aquino, Noli Locsin, EJ Feihl and Vince Hizon, who drew one of the biggest applause from the crowd despite arriving late in the game, was also an instant hit....
MANILA, Philippines – PBA president Chito Salud is batting for the national cage federation and the pro league to put up a working committee that will study the most viable long-term and sustainable national team program.
“I think the concern is for the SBP and the PBA to sit down, get heads together, take the bull by the horn and move forward,” said Salud with the question of Gilas Pilipinas’ participation in the Olympic world qualifier next year up in the air.
The Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas said it would take the entire Philippine basketball community – its major stakeholders – to form a competitive team for that Olympic wildcard play....
|Team History (Last 10 Conferences)|
|2014-2015 Governors' Cup||9||7||0.562||3rd|
|2014-2015 Commissioners' Cup||15||7||0.682||Runn er-up|
|2014-2015 Philippine Cup||11||6||0.647||3rd|
|2013-2014 Governors' Cup||12||8||0.600||Runner-up|
|2013-2014 Commissioners' Cup||7||8||0.467||3rd|
|2013-2014 Philippine Cup||18||8||0.692||Runner-up|
|2012-2013 Governors' Cup||7||7||0.500||4th|
|2012-2013 Commissioners' Cup||9||7||0.562||5th|
|2012-2013 Philippine Cup||15||12||0.556||Runner-up|
|2011-2012 Governors' Cup||14||7||0.667||Champions|