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UFC’s Chuck “Iceman” Lidell was surprised during his open workout at the Mall of Asia last September 21, 2008, a Sunday. The Iceman was mobbed and swarmed by thousands of adoring pinoy fans. The Iceman was shocked as he could not believe that the sport is very popular in the Philippines and he could not believe himself that he have a pinoy fan base.

Chuck “Iceman” Lidell who have a record of 21 wins. and packed with 14 big K.O.’s and six losses was in the country together with the big boss of UFC to help promote the Mixed Martial Sports Organization.

 

Possibilities of Live UFC matches to be held in the Philippines will be part of the discussion..

so lets’ get in on!..

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  • San Miguel (99) Beats Red Bull (90) last September 15, 2008, Monday at the start of the PBA Pre-season Tournament. San Miguel’s new recruits, Jay Washington from Talk n Text and Mick Pennisi from Red Bull has prooved their worth. As Jay Wash Scored 18 points while Mick the Slick has 6 points with 5 boards plus 2 assists. Red Bull had lots of match-up problems during the game considering they are now a small team, after lossing key players,.. (Pennisi, Topex Robinson and Kiko Adriano)

SMB – Washington 18, Siegle 15, Gonzales 15, Hontiveros 11, Peña 8, Bono 7, Pennisi 6, Custodio 5, Racela 5, Calaguio 3, Villanueva 2, Pingris 2, Cortez 2

Redbull – Baguio 15, Sharma 14, Alvarez 9, Espinas 9, Membrere 8, Cruz 7, Magpayo 6, Rodriguez 6, Hubalde 6, Ybañez 3, Najorda 2, Hrabak 0, Duncil 0

  • Alaska (90) downs Rain or Shine (77) Last September 17, 2008, Wednesday. As New Recruit Joe Devance and L.A. Tenorio both powered Alaska with 15 points a piece. Rain or Shine’s Gabe Norwood and Solomon Mercado were not a factor during the game. It was T.Y. Tang’s star shined during the 1st quarter of the game where Tang scored all his 9 points in a 14-0 blast to cut down the teams deficit to four points as they ended the first quarter.

Alaska – Devance 15, Tenorio 15, Miller 14, Thoss 12, Cariaso 10, Dela Cruz 9, Fonacier 7, Hugnatan 4, Sotto 4, Quiñahan 0, Ferriols 0

Rain or Shine – Laure 15, Norwood 13, Reyes 11, Tang 9, Andaya 6, Wainwright 5, Dulay 5, Arana 5, Isip 4, Salangsang 2, Lopez 0

  • Singapore Slingers (124) blows out Air21 (86) in a tune up match held over at Singapore’s Indoor Stadium. The 2008 PBA Finalist were no match with the Slingers as they have problems at start of the game as Singapore Dominated through out the whole game. As frustrations set in, Homer Se flared up and lost his concentration and ended up kicking Slinger’s top player named Eric Sandrin.. and He did it twice and was obviously thrown out of the game. Gary David and Egay Billiones was not part of this exhibition as the two players were spending quality time with their respective family. Big contributors to Air21’s cause were Arwind Santos had 24 points, Homer Se had 12,  Cañaleta had 11 and JC intal 10.

Latest updates around the PBA.

  1. Topex Robinson, the pesky guard has officially left the Reb Bull team in favor of joining Purefoods. Unfortunately, Topex was not able to join the team for the invitational practice with the Qatar national team in Qatar and the Singapore Slingers in Singapore since he was a late addition for the team’s rooster.
  2. Red Bull has now officialy signed their 2008 draftees, Larry Rodriguez and Jeff Chan, While Big Mac Marc Andaya was let go by the team and fighting for slots now for the team are Kiko Adriano, Paolo Hubalde and Al Magpayo.
  3. Reed Juntilla will be kick out soon by the Redbull management for being AWOL (absent without leave),  rumor has it that Juntilla is still with his girlfriend in Cebu. and Juntilla has lots of history regarding being AWOL with his previous teams.
  4. Mick Pennisi, the last orginal Redbull will soon leave the the team, completion of deals of the trade is being discuss with San Miguel. Exchange for the trade will be future draft picks. San Miguel on the other hand needs big men hence Danny ILdefonso is still injured and Eman Samigue is strengthening his legs in the US. So it leaves as their only player at center position now is Dorian Peña
  5. Air21’s 2008 draft picks who are Mark Borboran and Cholo Villanueva have officially signed contracts for the team. and they will be keeping JC Intal this season. They have now a total of 12 players on their rooster. And Other news about Jaworski to coach the team is still unclear.
  6. The Singapore Slingers still wants the services of Jason Castro after they released the player to Talk n Text. But Talk n Text Management turns down the offer of the Singapore based team. And Obviously Castro opted out from the Slingers after the Slingers Left the Australlian based Basketball Leauge (NBL)
  7. Over at Barangay Ginebra camp,. the management is still looking for Rudy Hatfield, Rudy left the team to attend his marriage with his girlfriend at US, it has already been more than a season since Rudy Left and he has still a contract left with the team and Ginebra has still rights to Rudy Hatfield..

Air21

  1. Gary David
  2. Arwind Santos
  3. Ranidel de Ocampo
  4. Wynne Arboleda
  5. Doug Kramer
  6. Homer Se
  7. Marvin Cruz
  8. Niño Cañaleta
  9. Paolo Bugia (Pick up from free agent pool, Last played with Redbull)

Draft Pick Ups

  1. Mark Borboran
  2. Cholo Villanueva

Trading Block

  1. Gabby Espinas (sent to Redbull for 1st round pick next year)
  2. JC Intal (no takers as of now)

Alaska Aces

  1. JR Quiñahan
  2. Joachim Toss
  3. LA Tenorio
  4. JunJun Cabatu
  5. Larry Fonacier
  6. Willie Miller
  7. Reynel Hugnatan
  8. Jeffrey Cariaso
  9. Anthony Dela Cruz
  10. John Ferriols
  11. Ervin Sotto (Pick up from free agent pool, Last played with Air21)
  12. Joe Devance (aquired from Rain or Shine Thru trade involving 2008 first round pick Solomon Mercado and veteran Eddie Laure with Two Future draft Picks)

Draft Pick Ups

  1. Kelvin dela Peña

Reserves – A.K.A. (Free Agent)

  1. Edward Juinio

Barangay Ginebra

  1. Billy Mamaril
  2. Rafi Reavis
  3. Ronald Tubid
  4. Paul Artadi
  5. Junthy Valenzuela
  6. Jayjay Heltherbrand
  7. Chris Pacana
  8. Eric Menk
  9. Alex Crisano
  10. Mark Caguioa
  11. Sunday Salvacion
  12. Victor Pablo

Reserves

  1. Macky Escalona
  2. Rodney Santos
  3. Willy Wilson
  4. JR Aquino
  5. Mike Holper

Coca Cola

  1. Nic Belasco
  2. Alex Cabagnot
  3. Cesar Catli
  4. Aris Dimaunahan
  5. Ronjay Beunafe
  6. Mark Telan
  7. Jason Misolas
  8. Mark Macapagal
  9. Kenneth Duremdes
  10. Ronjay Enrile
  11. Ricky Calimag
  12. John Arigo
  13. Asi Taulava

San Miguel (Formerly Magnolia)

  1. Mike Cortez
  2. Jonas Villanueva
  3. Dorian Peña
  4. Dondon Hontiveros
  5. Danny ILdefonso
  6. Wesley Gonzales
  7. Marc Pingris
  8. Olsen Racela
  9. Ken Bono
  10. Chester Tolomia
  11. Samigue Eman
  12. Danny Siegle
  13. Chris Calaguio

Draft / Trade Pick Ups

  1. Jay Washington (aquired from Talk n Text in exchange of 2008 first round pick turns out to be Jason Castro)
  2. Bonbon Custodio (2008 first round pick)

Purefoods

  1. Chico lanete
  2. Jondan Salvador
  3. Peter June Simon
  4. Enrico Villanueva
  5. James Yap
  6. Kerby Raymundo
  7. Brandon Cablay
  8. Beu Belga (2008 first round pick)
  9. Chad Alonzo (From PBL harbour Center)
  10. Aaron Aban (Free agent From Alaska)
  11. Jonathan Fernandez (2008 2nd round pick)

Fighting For Slots

  1. Richard Yee
  2. Ardy Larong
  3. Rob Sanz
  4. Al Vergara (rookie Free Agent)

Retirees

  1. Rey Evangelista
  2. Noy Castillo

Injured List

  1. Rommel Adducul (Cancer Survivor)

RedBull

  1. Reed Juntilla
  2. Celino Cruz
  3. Warren Ybañez
  4. Topex Robinson
  5. Mick Pennisi
  6. Cyrus Baguio
  7. Francis Adriano
  8. Rich Alavarez
  9. Jojo Duncil
  10. Leo Najorda
  11. Carlo Sharma
  12. Mike Hrabak
  13. Mark Andaya

Draft / Trade Pick Ups

  1. Larry Rodriguez (2008 first round pick)
  2. Jeffrey Chan (2008 2nd round pick)
  3. Mark Anthony Cuevas ( 2008 2nd round pick)
  4. Gabby Espinas (from Air21 in exchange of first round pick next year)

Sta. Lucia

  1. Nelbert Omolon
  2. Paolo Mendoza
  3. Philip Butel
  4. Ryan Reyes
  5. Marlou Aquino
  6. Dennis Daa
  7. Dennis Espino
  8. Joseph Yeo
  9. Melvin Mamaclay
  10. Kelly Williams
  11. Norman Gonzales
  12. Dennis Miranda
  13. Christian Coronel

Draft / Trade Pick Ups

  1. Kelvin Gregorio (2008 First Round Pick)
  2. Chito Jaime (2008 2nd Round pick)
  3. Christian Cabatu (2008 2nd Round pick)

Talk n Text

  1. Jimmy Alapag
  2. Harvey Carrey
  3. Jec Chia
  4. Yousif Aljamal
  5. Renren Ritualo
  6. Mark Cardona
  7. Yancy De Ocampo
  8. Egay Billiones
  9. Don Allado
  10. Ali Peek
  11. Jason Castro (2008 First Round Pick, Last played with Singapore Slingers)
  12. Jared Dilinger (2008 First Round Pick)
  13. Rob Reyes (2008 First Round Pick)
  14. Pong Esobal (2008 2nd Round Pick)

Reserves

  1. Felix Belano
  2. Gilbert Lao

Rain or Shine (Formerly Welcoat)

  1. Jay R Reyes
  2. Rob Wainwright
  3. Ryan Araña
  4. Jireh Ibanes
  5. Mark Isip
  6. Froilan Baguion
  7. Joey Mente
  8. Denver Lopez (reactivated from injured list)
  9. Jerome Ejercito (aquired from free agent pool)
  10. Gabe Norwood (1st pick of 2008)
  11. Solomon Mercado (pick up thru trade with Joe Devance to Alaska +plus two future draft picks)
  12. Eddie Laure (pick up thru trade with Joe Devance to Alaska +plus two future draft picks)
  13. Ty Tang (pick fron 2008 draft)

Reserves – A.K.A. (Free Agent)

  1. Estong Balesteros
  2. Donald Dulay
  3. Niño Gelig
  4. Jercules Tangkay
  5. Allan Salangsang
  6. Adonis Sta. Maria

 

PBA 2008 Draft results:

 

1.) Gabe Norwood, Rain or Shine (George Mason University)
2.) Jared Dillinger, Talk ‘N Text (University of Hawaii)
3.) Jason Castro, Talk ‘N Text (Philippine Christian University)
4.) Rob Reyes, Talk ‘N Text (Flagler College)
5.) Solomon Mercado, Alaska (Biola University)
6.) Mark Borboran, Air21 (University of the East)
7.) Beau Belga, Purefoods (Philippine Christian University)
8.) Bonbon Custudio, San Miguel (University of the East)
9.) Larry Rodriguez, Red Bull (Philippine Maritime Institute)
10.) Kelvin Gregorio, Sta. Lucia (University of the East)

11.) John Paul Escobal, Talk ‘N Text (San Beda College)
12.) Tyrone Tang, Rain or Shine (De La Salle University)
13.) Cholo Villanueva, Air21 (De La Salle University)
14.) Chito Jaime, Sta. Lucia (AMA Computer University)
15.) Kelvin dela Peña, Alaska (Mapua Institute of Technology)
16.) Jonathan Fernandez, Purefoods (National University)
17.) Jeffrey Chan, Red Bull (Far Eastern University)
18.) Mark Anthony Cuevas, Red Bull (Los Angeles County College)
19.) — team passed —
20.) Christian Cabatu, Sta. Lucia (College of St. Benilde)

 

 

UNDRAFTED GOOD PLAYERS:

 

1. Mark Yee
2
. Nat Cruz
3. Lawrence Bonus
4. Patrick Cabahug
5. Frank Nailon
6. Kevin Dalafu
7. Nestor David
8. Ryan Regalado
9. Mike Dizon
10. Eder Saldua

 

 

DRAFT GRADES:

Rain or Shine
N
eeds: PG, Go-to-guy
What they got:
Gabe Norwood (1st Pick) TY Tang (12th Pick)
Gabe Norwood is a no brainer, he is a complete package for Rain or Shine, while TY Tang will solve the PG position of the team.
A- Picks are great, but still bench is shallow

 

TNT
Needs: team is full of talent but lacks chemistry
What they got:
Jared Dillinger(2nd Pick) Jason Castro(3rd Pick) Rob Reyes(4th Pick) Pong Escobal(11th pick)
TNT is the Valedictorian of the draft, getting the best talent available.. Jared is still a mystery of Pinoy fans but Scouts says that he is the next best talent to Norwood, Castro is a former PBL MVP and now the first pinoy to get a contract with an NBL team(australia)(but Slingers is not a part of it anymore) Castro can shoot, defend, and pass. Rob Reyes, is the best Big Man of this draft. Pong Escobal can play 1-2 depending on what their coach ask of him.
A+ Picks are great but the team needs chemistry

 

Alaska
Needs: PG, Big Man
What they got:
Solomon Mercado(5th Pick) Kelvin DelaPeña(15th Pick)
Mercado is a big guard that will replace Cariaso if he finally retires, while DelaPeña is a former NCAA MVP, and will definitely play the 1 position for alaska, the spot what alaska really lacks.
B+ still lacks Big Man

 

Air 21
Needs: Big Man, PG
What they got:
Mark Borboran(6th Pick) Cholo Villanueva(13th Pick)
Borboran is a good player and is a leader, he can shoot 3 and post smaller 2guards but he is too slow for 2 and too small for 3. Cholo, like Borboran is a leader for your team he is not a PG and too small for 2guard.
B-did not solve what they really needs

 

Purefoods
Needs: SF, J-yap’s Backup
What they got:
Beau Belga(7th Pick) Jonathan Fernandez(16th Pick)
Belga is the 2nd Best Big Man in the draft at the same time, he is still young and still lot of time to improve. Fernandez is a go-to-guy in college now he is the back-up of James Yap.
B still needs SF

Magnolia
Needs: (do they really need anything?)
What they got:
BonBon Custodio(8th Pick)
BonBon is a great player that can play 1-2 position, he was a beast in UAAP and in Liga Filipinas
B They got J-wash for a minimal prize and they also got a good PG

 

Red Bull
Needs: Big Man
What they got:
Larry Rodriguez(9th Pick) Jeff Chan(17th Pick) Mark Cuevas(18th Pick)
Rodriguez is a hard worker a will fit into Yeng’s system instantly, Chan can shoot the lights out, and most definitely will be another Star Player in the making for RB.
B+ Rodriguez and Chan are both steals

 

Sta Lucia
Needs: 2nd stringers, BIg Man
What they got:
Kelvin Gregorio(10th Pick) Chito Jaime(14th Pick) Christian Cabatu(19th Pick)
Gregorio is a steal for SLR a big man that can shoot 3s, Jaime is a surprise player in the PBL and a good shooter and rebounder. Christian Cabatu is Big man that excels in defense.
B+ Gregorio and Jaime are both upgrades and will definitely help SLR in defending the Philippines Cup

 

Ginebra
Needs: Big Man
What they got:
No Draft Picks
Incomplete

 

Coca Cola
Needs: Young Bigs, PG,
What they got:
No Draft Picks
Incomplete

 

 

TRADES:

 

-TnT’s Jay Washington was moved to San Miguel Beer for 1st round draft rights. 

 

 -Joe Devance of formerly Wecoat, now Rain or Shine was traded to Alaska for first round pick Solomon Mercado and veteran Eddie Laure. 

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Brgy. Ginebra Kings just made another history written in the books. As they took the Championship Crown of the 2008 Smart-PBA Fiesta Conference in Araneta Coliseum, on a 97-84 victory over team Air21 of game seven last wednesday night.

As Ronald Tubid, Eric Menk and Import Chris Alexander Showed the way for the kings to earn the crown during the last five minutes of the game. Making a 12-0 furious rally that seal the deal for the championship. Ronald Tubid has a total points of 22 and is percfect from the free throw line, making 11 out of 11. Eric menk added 21 points and 14 big rebounds. Even both players were coming off from injury, they were able to out perform the whole Air21 and snatched and shared the Finals MVP honors.

Brgy. Ginebra Kings is now the first Team to win the Fiesta Conference in two seperate occasion . And they are now on 5th place for the all time list of championships won pocketing with eight titles.

 

Ginebra (97) – Tubid 22, Menk 21, Alexander 16, Caguio 13, Valenzuela 10, Artadi 8, Crisano 4, Pacana 3, Mamaril 0, Salvacion 0, Reavis 0.

Air 21 (84) – Thomas 24, Santos 19, David 18, Canaleta 8, Billiones 6, De Ocampo 5, Cruz 3, Arboleda 1, Kramer 0, Espinas 0, Intal 0, Sotto 0, Se 0.

Quarterscores: 26-21, 49-46, 72-63, 97-84,,

 

Congratulations!!.. Inuman na!!.. lols