Long-time back court partners Jimmy and Alapag and Jayson Castro will face each other for the first time when they play for the North and South teams in the 2015 PBA All-Star game this weekend.
The two guards have been teammates for seven years in the Talk 'n Text franchise, and also played together in Gilas Pilipinas at the FIBA World Cup last September.
On Sunday, however, they will stand on different ends of the court to put on show for the league's fans in the annual mid-season spectacle.
"This is my first time na makalaban ko si Jimmy kasi buong career ko, sa practice ko lang siya nakakalaban," Castro said on their impending match-up. "Pero ito parang official game."...
With head coach Alex Compton planning to play the South giants in the point guard position, that left the question of who is going to play center in the All-Star game in Puerto Princesa City, Palawan.
Fortunately for the Alaska mentor, there is one guy in his roster willing to step up to the challenge - retired Talk 'n Text point guard Jimmy Alapag.
"I guess that means I'm playing the center position," the former Gilas Pilipinas captain said after the Tropang Texters whipped GlobalPort on Sunday, drawing laughs from reporters....
Ilang araw lamang matapos mapabalitang naka-life support na si Jam Sebastian ng YouTube sensation na JaMich, bumuhos ang suporta para sa binata mula sa mga kaanak, kaibigan, at maging mga personality sa showbiz, entertainment, at sa sports.
Nitong nakaraang Biyernes, bumisita ang PBA superstar na si Jimmy Alapag at ang kanyang asawang si LJ Moreno sa ospital kung saan naka-confine si Jam.
Ayon sa ama ni Mich Liggayu, fiance ni Jam, fan ng basketball ang binata kaya naman malaking bagay sa kanya ang pagbisita ni Jimmy.
Bukod sa suporta, binigyan rin ng basketball player ng Gilas Pilipinas jacket si Jam. Sinabi rin umano ni Jimmy na ipagpatuloy lang ng binata ang pakikipaglaban sa sakit na lung cancer dahil marami ang nagmamahal at nagdarasal para sa kanya at hinihintay ang kanyang paggaling.
On Sunday against GlobalPort, they made sure to pull out all the stops as they cemented their place atop the PBA Commissioner’s standings.
Several of Talk ‘N Text’s players admitted that the loss to the expansion team was a wake up call for the team, which now sits on solo first place with a 6-2 mark....
Tropang Texters head coach Jong Uichico said the players were “extra motivated” heading into their game but it was not because of their stunning loss to the Kia Carnival last Wednesday but rather due to their previous defeat a little over three months ago.
“They are extra motivated because of last conference when we lost that game [against Globalport].”...
|Team History (Last 10 Conferences)|
|2014-2015 Commissioners' Cup||6||2||0.750|
|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|