DUBAI Kenneth Duremdes (190-F-74) shot the lights out of the Al-Shabab Club basketball stadium, scoring 40 points to bail out a selection of PBA legends 109-105 against a selection of Dubai-based Filipino expatriates on Friday night.
The legends, who fell behind by as much as eight points in the first half, banked on the troika of Duremdes, Vince Hizon and Marlou Aquino (205-C-72) in mounting an 11-0 run at the start of the third period to snatch the lead for good.
Aquino took advantage of his 6-foot-9 frame and produced 20 points, mostly from inside, and controlled the boards to contain the scrappy hosts that included former PBA player Ruben dela Rosa and others who saw action in the defunct Metropolitan Basketball League (MBA).
Duremdes and Aquino led a star-studded legends squad that also included Alvin Patrimonio, Ato Agustin, Jojo Lastimosa, Vince Hizon, Noli Locsin, Bonel Balingit, and Bobby Jose.
Kung laro lang, kaya pa naman natin kaso nauubos tayo sa [daily] practice, Duremdes, the 1998 PBA MVP who retired in 2008, told InterAKTV.
Earlier, the Philippine Expat Basketball Conference (PEBC), which organized the weekend visit of the PBA legends, retired the number 7 in honor of Philippine basketballs living legend, Robert Jaworski.
Mr. Senator, we are officially retiring jersey number 7 which means no one will be allowed to use your legendary number in PEBC-sanctioned tournaments here in Dubai, Gerry Martinez of the PEBC said during the programme that preceeded the exhibition game.
In response, Jaworski whose jersey was retired by the PBA exactly two months ago thanked the organizers and said: OK lang na gamitin ninyo ang number 7 basta sa kabutihan.
Dubai All Stars 105 Nonoy Sayon 16; Al Federiso 15; Jayson Araneta 14; Khalifa Salem 10; Ruben dela Rosa 10; Archie Cruz 8; Lito Callueng 6; Alex Miclat 5; Jeff Roque 5; Alfie Gesta 4; Alwyn Flores 4; DJ de Jesus 4; Roel Hugnatan 2; JR Go 2 Courtesy of:http://www.interaksyon.com
Energy fails bid at semis in Dubai tourney - May 25, 2013
The Barako Bull Energy rammed into a brick wall as it absorbed an 80-91 loss to Hoops Club of Lebanon in the semifinals and ended its title hopes in the 2nd Al Shabab Dubai Basketball Championship last May 24 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.The Energy Cola entered the semifinals on a four-game winning streak behind an average winning margin of 16.5 points [read more]
The Barako Bull Energy rammed into a brick wall as it absorbed an 80-91 loss to Hoops Club of Lebanon in the semifinals and ended its title hopes in the 2nd Al Shabab Dubai Basketball Championship last May 24 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.
The Energy Cola entered the semifinals on a four-game winning streak behind an average winning margin of 16.5 points.
But against the Lebanese club team, they ran into serious trouble especially Barako Bull Energy's big men, according to assistant coach Charles Tiu .
Tiu, one of the trusted deputies of Barako Bull Energy coach Rajko Toroman, said foul trouble among the teams big men and some questionable calls contributed to the Energy Cola's sputtering end.
Barangay Ginebra San Miguel is keen to revive the aborted trade for big man Japeth Aguilar (208-C-85, college: W.Kentucky) as the Philippine Basketball Association's crowd darlings look for ways to shore up their frontline in time for the season-ending Governors' Cup [read more]
Barangay Ginebra San Miguel is keen to revive the aborted trade for big man Japeth Aguilar (208-C-85, college: W.Kentucky) as the Philippine Basketball Association's crowd darlings look for ways to shore up their frontline in time for the season-ending Governors' Cup.
A high-ranking team official who requested that he not be named pending a new round of talks for the athletic Global Port Batang Pier center stressing that they are very interested in acquiring the his services.
The team will also be pursuing other possible movements whose lack of depth in the frontline became exposed in a three-game loss to the Alaska Aces in the last Commissioner's Cup Finals.
Sources learned that just before the Commissioners Cup eliminations came to an end, Ginebra made a desperate effort to swing a trade for Aguilar, offering rookie Yousif Taha, Elmer Espiritu (193-F-85), and Robert Labagala (175-PG-84) for the 6-9 center and two-time Most Valuable Player Willie Miller (180-PG-77).
Even the name of Ginebra veteran Kerby Raymundo (199-C-81) was thrown into the mix at some point during the failed negotiations, sources added.
Aguilar, formerly of the Talk N Text Tropang Texters, was supposed to be shipped to Ginebra early in the season by way of a multi-player, multi-team trade that also involved Global Port guard Solomon Mercado (181-PG-84, college: Biola, CA) and Raymundo, but the deal fell through as a top SMC official pulled the plug on the transaction at the last minute.
Ginebra's shallow frontline was dominated by Joachim Thoss (201-C-81) and Company in the Finals, and the lack of depth is expected to be more pronounced in the Governors' Cup where the Kings cannot avail of the services of a legitimate center like Vernon Macklin (208-F/C-86, college: Florida).
Imports in the season-ending tournament will be no taller than 6-5.
There have also been talks that if the bid for Aguilar fails again, Ginebra may go for ABL's San Miguel Beermen Asi Taulava (206-C-73, college: BYU-Hawaii) and Eric Menk (199-F-74, college: L.Superior), both of whom should be available by the time the Governors' Cup starts in August.
However, any move for Taulava should go through the Meralco Bolts, which still owns the rights to the 40-year-old former league MVP.
The San Miguel Beermen came back strong following a disappointing semifinal opener, trouncing Sports Rev Thailand Slammers, 91-60, on May 25 in Game Two of the ASEAN Basketball League playoffs at the Philsports Arena in Pasig City.The Beermen walloped the Slammers with a strong start and got a big boost from the locals to tie the semifinal series at one game apiece before heading to Bangkok for the next two games.Game Three is set on Tuesday at the Nimibutr Stadium [read more]
The San Miguel Beermen came back strong following a disappointing semifinal opener, trouncing Sports Rev Thailand Slammers, 91-60, on May 25 in Game Two of the ASEAN Basketball League playoffs at the Philsports Arena in Pasig City.
The Beermen walloped the Slammers with a strong start and got a big boost from the locals to tie the semifinal series at one game apiece before heading to Bangkok for the next two games.
Game Three is set on Tuesday at the Nimibutr Stadium.
The ejection of import Justin Williams (206-F/C-84, college: Wyoming) in the third quarter due to a second unsportsmanlike foul hardly mattered as the Beermen already had a huge lead at that point.
The victory was the third largest winning margin in ABL playoff history since the Beermen and the Philippine Patriots posted 34-point victories against the Westports Malaysia Dragons in 2012 and 2010, respectively.
The Beermen raced to a 22-13 lead at the end of the first before a 7-0 run led to a 42-24 halftime advantage. SMB led by as many as 35 points.
The Slammers didnt have a fighting chance in Game Two as only Wutipong Dasom scored in double figures with 11 points.
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