2014-2015 Commissioners' Cup

Team Leaders

PPG: I. Johnson (28.57)
RPG: R. Howell (15.40)
APG: J. Castro (5.05)
SPG: I. Johnson (2.07)
BPG: M. Ganuelas-Rosser (0.78)

April 22, 2015 7:00PM
Smart Araneta Coliseum
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Jordan star Sam Daghles looks forward to teaming up with FIBA Asia rivals in Talk ‘N Text

April 21, 2015

Sam Daghles. FIBA photoJordan national team star Sam Daghles has been through many battles against the Philippines, and he thinks that has helped him settle down in the basketball-mad nation as he takes his talents to the PBA.

Daghles has been tapped by the Talk ‘N Text Tropang Texters as one of their reinforcements for the PBA Governors’ Cup in May. In the third and last conference of the league’s season, teams are allowed to hire a foreign import with a height limit of 6’5″ as well as an additional Asian player with a height limit of 6’3″.

One of the vital cogs for Jordan, Daghles said he didn’t have any second thoughts about playing in the PBA.

“I love the Philippines, I love Manila. I’ve always been a fan of the PBA,” he told InterAksyon.com. “When the opportunity came, I kind of got excited. Usually during the summer I’d like to workout, be in better shape but when the opportunity came I decided to take it.”...

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PBA unveils Herbalife as official nutrition partner

April 21, 2015

 Bong Valenzuela, General Manager, Herbalife Philippines; Dr. Jonathan Yarom, Member, Herbalife Nutrition Advisory Board; PBA Players Terrence, Mark Cardona and Alex Nuyles; and Younghee Chung, Sub-Region Head and General Manager, Korea and the Philippines.MANILA, Philippines -- Herbalife International Philippines, a global nutrition company, was officially unveiled as the nutrition partner of Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) during a press launch at Parmigiano Restaurant in Resorts World Manila over the weekend.

This is first partnership between the PBA, the premier basketball league in the country, and Herbalife.

“We are proud to be the PBA’s Official Nutrition Partner. Herbalife has been active worldwide in promoting good nutrition and healthy, active lifestyle. We sponsor more than 190 world-class athletes, teams and events around the globe, including Cristiano Ronaldo, the LA Galaxy and more champions in many other sports," William Rahn, Herbalife Senior Vice-President and Managing Director for Asia Pacific, said. ...

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Talk 'N Text import Johnson challenged me to fight, says Rain or Shine's Araña

April 20, 2015

There's no love lost between Rain or Shine and Ivan Johnson. KC CruzIvan Johnson allegedly challenged another PBA player to a post-game fight following Talk 'N Text's loss to Rain or Shine in Game Three of the Commissioner's Cup finals on Sunday.

Elasto Painters guard Ryan Arana exchanged words with the import in the hallway of Araneta Coliseum, causing a small commotion after the highly-physical game.

"Sabi niya kanina, 'Let's do it later.' Sabi ko, 'Why later? Let's do it now," Arana told reporters of their encounter during the game....

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Rain or Shine clobbers Talk ‘N Text to seize 2-1 series lead

April 20, 2015

Paul Lee returned in the middle of the final quarter with a tooth missing. Photo from PBA ImagesThe Rain or Shine Elasto Painters may not have gotten off to the best start in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup finals but that won’t mean much now as they breezed past Talk ‘N Text, 109-97, in Game Three on Sunday at the SMART-Araneta Coliseum.

Wayne Chism had 32 points and 15 rebounds and Paul Lee had 17 points and five assists to lead the way for the Elasto Painters, who now lead the series, 2-1, after winning the last two games.

Jericho Cruz and Jeff Chan added 14 and 12 points while Gabe Norwood and Chris Tiu each had five assists in another strong team effort....

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Ivan Johnson’s soft spot for mom

April 20, 2015

Ivan Johnson of Talk 'N Text. Sports5/Paul Ryan TanMANILA, Philippines - Talk ‘N’ Text import Ivan Johnson may be Ivan the Terrible on the basketball floor but off the court, he’s a cool guy with a soft spot for his mother Sandra who died of cirrhosis of the liver in 2007.

Johnson, 30, took his mother’s surname Johnson instead of his father’s Wilkerson because she raised him as a single parent in the rough part of East San Antonio. “She was my backbone,” said Johnson. “(Her death) was a hard hit on me.” Johnson hadn’t made it to the NBA when his mother passed away. Before she died, he promised not to quit until he made the grade. Johnson went on to play two seasons with the Atlanta Hawks in the NBA, becoming a folk hero like Billy Ray Bates with the Portland Trail Blazers.

Johnson was 27 when he broke into the NBA as a rookie in 2011-12. He was never drafted after playing for four schools in a four-year collegiate career that ended with a stint at California State-San Bernardino, a Division II school. Johnson somehow couldn’t stay put because of anger management issues. University of Oregon coach Ernie Kent said his volatile temper was a defense mechanism for survival....

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Team History (Last 10 Conferences)
Conference Win Loss PCT Placing
2014-2015 Commissioners' Cup 13 6 0.684
2014-2015 Philippine Cup 10 7 0.588 4th
2013-2014 Governors' Cup 10 5 0.667 3rd
2013-2014 Commissioners' Cup 14 3 0.824 Runner-up
2013-2014 Philippine Cup 9 8 0.529 5th
2012-2013 Governors' Cup 3 7 0.300 9th
2012-2013 Commissioners' Cup 11 10 0.524 4th
2012-2013 Philippine Cup 21 4 0.840 Champions
2011-2012 Governors' Cup 8 6 0.571 4th
2011-2012 Commissioners' Cup 13 8 0.619 Runner-up