The PBA has approved the proposal to allow Asian cagers to play for the local teams as imports in the 2015 Governors' Cup.
The decision was made final after a unanimous agreement in the PBA Board of Governors' meeting on Thursday, according to the league's official website.
"This is clearly experimental on the part of the PBA, with the end in view of maximizing the marketing value of the PBA, not just within the country, but within the region," said PBA commissioner Chito Salud.
The Asian players will serve as second imports for the 12 teams competing in the last conference of the season. Tapping their services is optional....
MANILA, Philippines - Talk ‘N’ Text guard Jimmy Alapag is still recovering from a calf strain suffered at the recent Asian Games but will resume practice today as new head coach Jong Uichico looks for ways to keep head above water until the Mighty Mouse’s return in at least a week in the PBA Philippine Cup .
Last Friday, the Texters broke into the win column at NLEX’ expense, 103-81, as Uichico booked his first victory at the helm since taking over from Norman Black in the offseason. Uichico, 52, has collected eight PBA titles, six with San Miguel Beer and two with Barangay Ginebra. He was a coaching consultant at Meralco and Talk ‘N’ Text before his elevation to the Tropa’s top bench job.
Uichico could’ve used Alapag on the floor when the Tropa lost a 100-98 decision to Alaska at the Smart Araneta Coliseum the other night. The Texters were on top, 98-96, when rookie Matt Ganuelas-Rosser hastily passed the ball to a streaking Ranidel de Ocampo with 19 seconds left. The ball bounced off De Ocampo’s leg and went out of bounds, allowing the Aces to tie and eventually win on a buzzer-beating layup by Calvin Abueva....
Louie was a former longtime college coach in Letran and Kevin was the team’s star guard.
Louie landed a job in the PBA as one of the Alaska Aces’ assistant coaches and was later joined by Kevin in the pros after being selected second overall by the Rain or Shine Elasto Painters in this year’s draft....
Alaska star Calvin Abueva did everything for his team, scoring 26 points, grabbing 22 rebounds and laying in the game-winning shot at the buzzer as he led his Aces to a 100-98 win over Talk ‘N Text in PBA Philippine Cup action on Tuesday at the SMART-Araneta Coliseum.
The Aces, now a perfect 2-0 to start the new season, trailed by as much as 18 points in the third period before mounting a huge comeback in the fourth period.
The Tropang Texters looked like they were able to withstand the rally, reclaiming the lead at 98-96 with just 36 seconds to go....
Alapag sat out in his team’s first two games of the season, and it looks like it would take a while before the “Mighty Mouse” returns to action.
“There’s no timetable yet for when I’ll come back,” said Alapag. “I’m training now, so hopefully, I’ll be ready to rejoin the team soon.”...
|Team History (Last 10 Conferences)|
|2014-2015 Philippine Cup||1||2||0.333|
|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|
|2011-2012 Philippine Cup||19||8||0.704||Champions|