MANILA, Philippines - San Miguel Beer’s Chris Ross and Rain or Shine’s Jericho Cruz will be among the top awardees in the 2016 PBA Press Corps Annual Awards Night tomorrow at the Gloria Maris restaurant inside the Gateway Mall.
Ross will be this year’s recipient of the Mighty Sports Defensive Player of the Year, while Cruz has been named Mr. Quality Minutes. The affair, presented by Cignal, is scheduled at 7 p.m.
The 6-foot-1 Ross helped SMB win the Philippine Cup, providing the kind of defense that helped the Beermen bounce back from a 0-3 deficit against Alaska in the finals to record a historic comeback and steal the best-of-seven title showdown.
Ross has been named in the All-Defensive team by the PBA, from where the PBAPC picked the winner of the Defensive Player of the Year, which was won last year by another SMB player in June Mar Fajardo....
A special draft for the players included in the Gilas program will be held to pave the way for their entry into the PBA.
In a joint presser Wednesday during halftime of the PBA Finals Game 6, Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas president Al Panlilio and members of the PBA board led by Commissioner Chito Narvasa announced the agreement between two basketball bodies.
“The PBA has shown its commitment to the SBP and its support for the Gilas program,” said Panlilio. “There is full commitment from the two institutions.”...
Newly-installed head coach Chot Reyes made the announcement on Tuesday, shortly after the formal announcement of his appointment.
"I will have to tell you now that the first part of my program of prepping for FIBA competition is to make sure that the players are in the PBA," he told players assembled at the announcement....
Two-time PBA MVP James Yap said he wasn’t informed by Star Hotshots management about trade talks prior to the deal that shipped him off to Rain or Shine last week and admitted that he was surprised when he learned about it.
Yap was traded in a one-for-one swap for Rain or Shine’s star point guard Paul Lee several days ago in a blockbuster deal.
“Hindi ko talaga alam. Nagulat ako,” Yap told InterAksyon.com in a telephone interview....
Beau Belga re-signed for a three-year contract with the Elasto Painters on Monday morning, bringing the bruiser back with the crew which will now be under coach Caloy Garcia.
The Sorsogon native shared that though the team has undergone changes, especially with the departure of coach Yeng Guiao and the blockbuster trade involving Paul Lee and James Yap, Rain or Shine should still be considered as one of the contenders for next season....
|Team History (Last 10 Conferences)|
|2015-2016 Governors' Cup||5||7||0.417||9th|
|2015-2016 Commissioners' Cup||16||7||0.696||Champions|
|2015-2016 Philippine Cup||12||7||0.632||3rd|
|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|