Alaska, San Miguel dominate UNTV Cup PBA Legends Face-off opening
by Aileen Cerrudo | Posted on Tuesday, June 4th, 2019
Alaska and San Miguel dominated the opening games of the UNTV Cup PBA Legends Face-off on Sunday (June 2) at the Pasig City Sports Center.
San Miguel was off to a good start after showing a strong offense against Purefoods. They took the first game, 88-68.
Allan Caidic, Nic Belasco, and Olcen Racela secured San Miguel’s 16-point lead (26-10) during the first quarter with their three-point shots. San Miguel maintained their advantage up to the last quarter, ending the game with 88-68.
Chris Calaguio led the team with 16 points, Danny Ildefonso recorded a double double with 14 points, 10 rebounds, Caidic scored 13 points while Belasco scored 10 points.
Caidic, also known as ‘The Triggerman’ is still unsure if they can secure another win due to other strong opponents. However, Caidic believes their win is a good moral boost for the team.
“Sana magtuloy-tuloy na ito, this is a good start for us and I know malalakas pa iyong mga kalaban so hindi pa rin kami nakakasiguro. A win is a win, magandang moral boosting sa amin ito pero this is nothing kung matatalo kami sa next two, kaya importatnte iyong next game, (I hope this continues, this is a good start for us. I know there other strong opponents so we cannot be sure [of the outcome]. A win is a win, this is a good moral boost for us but this will be for nothing if we lose the next two.The next game is important)” he said.
Kiko Adriano was hailed as the best player of the game after scoring 15 points, 3 rebounds, 5 assists, and 1 steal.
“Sa totoo lang nakaka-miss, the last time I’ve played 2008. So 11 years, pasalamat pa rin sa Panginoon nakakalaro pa rin, (To be honest, I missed this, the last time I played was in 2008. So that’s 11 years, I thank the Lord I can still play)” he said.
For Purefoods’s Jerry ‘The Defense Minister’ Codinera, their team went off to a bad start and admitted San Miguel to be the better team.
Meanwhile, from Alaska versus Ginebra faceoff, Willie ‘The Thriller’ Miller made it rain with five three-points shots and a total of 29 points. Alaska snatched the win from crowd-favorite Ginebra, 90-83.
Johnny ‘The Flying A’ Abarrientos, who scored 16 points with 7 assists and 5 rebounds, is grateful for the continued support of their fans.
“It’s so nice, feeling namin nasa Cloud 9 pa rin kami, with this crowd sobra. Remembering those days na maraming nagmamahal, well until today naman. Salamat sa lahat ng sumuporta especially sa UNTV, kay Kuya Daniel, sobra-sobrang salamat, (It’s so nice, we feel like we’re still on Cloud 9,especially with this crowd. [I’m] remembering those days where we are loved, well we are still loved until today. Thank you for the support especially to UNTV and Kuya Daniel. Thank you very much)” he said.
Eddie Laure’s 12 points, Bong Hawkins’s 10 points and 10 rebounds, and Poch Aquino’s 10 points also helped in securing Alaska’s win.
Ginebra’s Marlou Aquino, meanwhile, scored 24 points while Vince Hizon and Jay Jay Helterbrand scored 23 points and 6 points respectively.
Bal ‘The Flash’ David admits Alaska was more prepared than their team.
“Iyong pattern nila nandoon pa rin, we’re trying our very best na maka-catch up pa rin. I’m sure lahat ng teammates ko lahat gustong bumawi noon, (Their pattern is still there, we’re trying our best to still catch up. I’m sure all our teammates want to recover)” he said.
The UNTV Cup PBA Legends Faceoff will continue on Sunday (June 9) at the Pasig City Sports Center.—(with reports from Bernard Dadis)
by Marje Pelayo | Posted on Tuesday, July 9th, 2019
MANILA, Philippines — Fans went wild at Smart Araneta Coliseum on Monday (July 8) as the Milkmen served the Beermen their first taste of defeat at the conclusion of UNTV Cup Off PBA Legends off-season games.
Even the Legends themselves were amazed to feel their old aggressive self coming back to life just like the good old days as they hit the hardcourt.
“Believe it or not, iyong intensity noong nasa dulo (the intensity through the end of the game) it felt like the 90s again,” exclaimed Alaska’s Jojo “Mr. Clutchman” Lastimosa.
“So it was just like going back in time for the times. We were here 20 years ago, 25 years ago, the feeling was the same although a bit slower but the competition was there, the intensity was there,” he said.
“Sa totoo lang na-miss ko din talaga (Honestly, I missed [playing] so much),” said Kiko Adriano of San Miguel.
“The last time I played siguro 2008. Ito talaga ang ano ng player, iyong pride (This is the pride of a player) although medyo lack kami duon sa players pero up to the last na oras talagang laban pa rin (though we lack players but up to the last hour we continued fighting),” he said.
Basketball fans couldn’t sit still as they watch and shout to the breathtaking exchanges of double and triple shots, minute after minute of the game.
Indeed, a classic match they missed for decades.
Marlon Pangan is from a family of Ginebra die-hard fans. He made sure to witness the comeback of his idol Bal David into the hardcourt as he flaunted an old jersey of David like it was his ‘lucky charm.’
“Since 1994, inabutan ko talaga yung kalakasan nila (Since 1994, I’ve seen them when they were at the peak of their career) – Bal David, Marlo Aquino, Noli Locsin. Natutuwa ako kasi nandito kami. Hanggang ngayon, sinusuportahan pa rin namin mga games nila (I am happy that until now, we’re still here, supporting their games),” he said.
Alaska supporter Jeon Yantada goes all-out for his idol Willie “The Thriller” Miller.
“Parang bumagal na siya lumaki na pero yung tira niya sa labas parang (Stephen) Curry. Hindi naman nagbabago (He seemed to have slowed down a bit but his shots were like Stephen Curry’s. Nothing changed),” the Alaska die-hard fan said.
“Nanonood ako ng PBA kapag may San Miguel fight lang. Nag-cheer ako even pumusta ko sa kanila (I watch PBA only when San Miguel fights. I cheered for them and even placed a bet on them),” said Allan Bernales of his favorite team San Miguel.
It was an intense one hour inside the Big Dome as Alaska Aces hit the hardcourt with a vengeance against the strong San Miguel Beermen who defeated them in February during the Return of the Rivals benefit game with only seven points, 96-83.
The Beermen started strong in the first quarter, leading the ball game with two points, 21-19.
But the Milkmen was also up for the win and led the second quarter with a three-point advantage, 37-34, thanks to Willie “the Thriller” Miller’s 10 points contribution.
San Miguel again dominated the third quarter with an 8-point lead after Chris Calaguio fired four three-point shots, 60-52.
At the beginning of the fourth quarter, the “Flying A” Johnny Abarrientos displayed his ‘deadly crossover moves’, pushing Alaska closer to lead, 70-68.
There was non-stop intensity as John Ferriols added a free throw and Eddie Laure jumped for two.
The Milkmen finally scored ahead of the Beermen, 71-70 as both teams went neck and neck, scoring tied twice at 71 and 72.
At the final one minute and 42 seconds, the Beermen had the chance to win the game when Kiko Adriano stole the ball and attempted a shot but missed.
At 1:03, Miller fired a three-point shot but Allan Caidic couldn’t just watch so “the Triggerman” delivered his ‘shooting touch’ of three, bringing the score to a third tie at 75.
The last 46 seconds of the ball game brought out the best of both teams.
Abarrientos ended the showdown with a final lay up during the remaining 12 seconds, securing Alaska’s championship title, 77-75, while fans singing “Wala pa ring tatalo sa Alaska!” (Nothing can beat Alaska!)
Battle for 3rd: Ginebra vs. Purefoods
Crowd-favorite Ginebra and Purefoods battle for the third place prior to the championship game.
The Gin Kings toppled the Hotdogs in February during the Return of the Rivals benefit game, 97-89.
But it was a complete turn-around as the Hotdogs emerged victorious after defeating the Gin Kings and secured the third spot in the PBA Legends Face Off, 98-75.
Six players from Purefoods contributed double-digit scores – Roger Yap (20); Alvin Patrimonio (16); Tony Boy Espinosa (14); Glenn Capacio (13); Dwight Lago (10) and Jerry Codinera (10).
Meanwhile, leading Ginebra with high scores were Bennett Palad (16); Mike Orquillas (14); and Bal David (11).
The Legends have nothing but praises to the one-of-a-kind charity basketball game organized by UNTV president and CEO Kuya Daniel Razon in cooperation with the PBA Legends Foundation chaired by former Crispa star Atoy Co.
“Congratulations to everybody. Siyempre giving back to the fans din ito, (Of course, this is also giving back to the fans,)” exclaimed Alvin ‘the Captain’ Patrimonio.
“Natutuwa ako sa mga fans kasi grabe yung cheers nila sa amin (I’m amazed with the way the fans cheered for us, so lively),“ he said.
“Congratulations to UNTV for making this event possible. We were very, very thankful hindi lang doon sa mga Legends na naglalaro kundi sa purpose nito (not only to the Legends who played but for the purpose of this game) – to help the Legends,” thanked Purefoods Bong ‘The Raven’ Ravena.
“Aside for the win this is for all the fans. Makabalik man lang kami sa kanila kahit maliit na kasayahan. Malaking bagay sa amin iyon (To give back to them and to be able to make them happy, that means a lot to us),” he added.
“Sana tuloy-tuloy pa at marami pang (ganitong) event (I hope for more of this event in the future). Thank you and all the best. More power Kuya Daniel and sa UNTV,” concluded Ginebra’s Bal ‘The Flash’ David.
The host UNTV has given the four teams P2-M which they donated to the PBA Legends Foundation. – with details from Bernard Dadis
by Aileen Cerrudo | Posted on Sunday, June 23rd, 2019
The Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) and the PBA Legends Foundation officially signed a contact on Thursday (June 20) that seeks to aid former PBA players in need of assistance.
The PBA Legends Foundation will provide financial assistance including medical help to former PBA players. The foundation can also grant assistance for the education of their children.
PBA Board Vice Chairman Dickie Bachman has vowed to support former players. The PBA has also authorized the foundation to use the PBA name and logo.
“We are basically glad that finally now we get organized with the PBA Legend Foundation Inc., and moving forward will support the past PBA players,” he said.
Meanwhile, UNTV Cup Commissioner and PBA Legends Foundation Chairman Fortunato Atoy Co is excited about upcoming projects to raise funds for the foundation.
“Ako po ay malugod na nagpapasalamat sa PBA, kay Commissioner Willie Marcial, kay Dicky Bachman. Pinayagan na rin kami ng PBA na gamitin iyong lumang logo noong panahong naglalaro pa kami, (I am humbly thankful to PBA, to Commissioner Willie Marcial, Dicky Bachman. They also allowed us to use the old PBA logo that was used during our time),” Co said.
Former PBA legends are elated with the news. Ronnie Magsanoc hopes that this will be the beginning of new projects between PBA and the PBA Legend Foundation.
“Ito iyong hudyat ng belief ng tamang pagkakaisa between the league and the players. Sana mabuksan pa ng maraming proyekto, (This marks the belief of proper unity between the league and the players. I hope this opens more projects),” Magsanoc said.
One of the board of directors, Allan ‘The Triggerman’ Caidic hopes that this will also encourage active players to participate in the foundation’s upcoming projects.
“I hope someday we can link the present PBA players, iyong mga active players to join and help this cause. Kasi in the future magbe-benefit rin sila dito. So thank you again sa support ng lahat para mabuo ito, UNTV Group, Kuya Daniel Razon and siyempre mga PBA team, salamat po (Because they will also benefit from this cause in the future. So again, thank you for the support of everyone who made this happen: the UNTV group, Kuya Daniel Razon and of course the PBA team. Thank you),” he said.—AAC (with reports from Bernard Dadis)
by UNTV News | Posted on Tuesday, February 19th, 2019
QUEZON CITY, Philippines — The Big Dome was filled with cheers and thrills as legendary players in Philippine basketball history showed their fans they still have what it takes at Sunday night’s Return of the Rivals benefit game.
The crowd went wild during the Alaska versus San Miguel bout after Alaska Aces managed to lead by one point in the slow and friendly first quarter, 21-20.
And in the second quarter, the Alaska team intensified their triangle offense, leaving the San Miguel Beermen tailing behind by eight points.
The first half ended at 40-32, in favor of Alaska.
But in the third quarter, the Beermen stole the lead, 62-59.
And in the fourth and final quarter, with both teams racing for a win, the game just got even better.
“The Triggerman” Allan Caidic continued to fire up, with four more three-point shots raining down against the Alaska Aces.
And as the final buzzer of the ball game went off, San Miguel won, 96-83.
Allan Caidic was hailed the Best Player of the Game with 26 points, including six treys.
“I thank everyone who came. It’s more than the physical play, and whoever won or lost. What I’m glad about is the solidarity. And we saw our old supporters. It’s overwhelming. It’s a reunion indeed,” Caidic said.
Alaska Aces was led by Willie Miller who bucketed 21 points, and Johnny “The Flying A” Abarrientos who recorded a double-double, 11 points and 11 rebounds.
“The feeling is like returning to the good old days. The starting five, it took them like two, three minutes before they got into the groove. Those on the bench were saying, ‘It’s coming back. It’s coming back.’ They seemed to have amnesia. But the triangle [offense] came back. After that they were having fun,” Alaska Aces Coach Joel Banal said.
“It’s fun. There’s a huge crowd. They [the players] were not like that before. But it’s fun like a reunion. This also helps for a cause. I miss seeing a lot of people,” San Miguel Head Coach Jhong Uichico said.
And in the Ginebra versus Purefoods clash: the Big Dome crowd got even louder with fans cheering for the Manila Classico.
“The Fast” Jayjay Helterbrand and Vince “The Prince” Hizon were both hailed as the Best Players of the Game as they led the Gin-Kings to a win against archrival Purefoods.
Marlou “The Skyscraper” Aquino also contributed 15 points, together with Noli “The Tank” Locsin with 14 points, and Bal “The Flash” David with 12 points.
The Purefoods team, on the other hand, was led by Roger Yap with 27 points together with Paul Artadi and Tony Boy Espinosa who both bucketed 14 points.
Purefoods Head Coach Ramon Fernandez couldn’t help but reminisce the good old days.
“On this court is where I have grown to become a senior citizen. Of course, it’s time to reminisce those days. But what’s more important is that the fans enjoyed it. We did it for the fans, and to help our less fortunate colleagues,” Purefoods Head Coach Ramon Fernandez said.
Each winning team received P100,000 plus other prizes, while each best player of the game received P25,000 and additional prizes.
The players are thankful that the PBA Legends exhibition match for a cause was a success.
“The rivalry lives on indeed. We are blessed that this pushed through. This is for the crowd, for the fans, and of course for the PBA Legends Foundation. I hope there’s a part 2. We will bounce back,” Purefoods’ “The Captain” Alvin Patrimonio said.
While Ginebra’s “The Tank” Noli Locsin expressed, “I want to thank UNTV, and Kuya Daniel for the help you give us and those in need.” — Vincent Arboleda, UNTV News and Rescue
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