Archive for August, 2008

Thank You, Jack!

by Jose Antonio A. Conde

PASIG CITY–Thank you, Coach Jack Santiago! Without Coach Franz Pumaren, DLSU could still win. The DLSU Green Archers shocked the UST Growling Tigers because of a one player who made the unforgettable shot that would simply never forget, rookie Maui Villanueva.

The DLSU Green Archers won over the UST Growling Tigers, 81-79 in Araneta Coliseum in Quezon City thanks to that shot. It was actually LA Revilla who supposedly made the shot simply because he is a fast PG, but he didn’t made but suddenly Villanueva made that shot and in! Thus, this was the coaching debut of Jack Santiago who temporarily takes over DLSU from Franz Pumaren. Pumaren is in Iran for the RP Youth Team purposed who are playing in a basketball tournament. At first, it was DLSU who ran over the lead but UST fought back in the next period but in the 3rd, both teams have exchanging performances like Jervy Cruz and JV Casio, a strong comeback was made by JV Casio and Maui Villanueva who had superb performances respectively.

Technically, Coach Jack is a Mapua Cardinal. Formerly a successful poing guard in the amateurs, Jack made some noise while playing for the PBA. He played for the Sunkist Orange Bottlers and Sta. Lucia Realtors, he is a member of SLR’s first ever championship in the 2001 Governor’s Cup vs. the San Miguel Beermen, 4-2. He was technically on the bench then. He later eventually retired and joined the DLSU coaching staff in 2002 wherein former SLR assistant Franz Pumaren was the head coach until becoming Franz’s chief assistant in 2005, a poisition he holds up to this day.

Now Jack has proven that he could also do it in the reigns of coaching in college hoops, he may have a bright future as a coach in any schools, either MIT or DLSU. Good luck Jack! And thank you! So well…

Here’s Coach Jack’s Interview (from YouTube) after the game. Thanks to the InboundPASS, a college hoops source.

Small but Terrible!

by Jose Antonio A. Conde

PASIG CITY–Man, he’s small but terrible! Mico Halili, now one of the most aspiring, great, and smart anchor of Philippine sports, either TV or radio.

He is from Ateneo. His experiences include AHS basketball team manager; UAAP, PBL, and PBA anchorman, Haliknu Radio host, One U host, and a teacher of Ateneo Blue Babble Battalion.He is the lovely husband of Pia Archanghel, a newscaster who was then Ateneo’s corutside reporter and a sportscaster just like Mico. His notable partners in the panel include Prof. Randy Sacdalan, Jason Webb, Danny Francisco, Quinito Henson, and others. Ironically, he is small. I observed in some of his pictures that he is physically small in height. No offense.

His greatness in sportscasting was shown when he was with the PBA. He is responsible for the monickers such as “The Man with a Million Moves’ (James Yap), “Kiko Machine” (Francis Adriano), “Red Bullilits” (Red Bull Barako’s backcourt generals with the likes of Topex Robinson and Magnun Membere), “The Fast, The Furious, and The Fearless” (Mark Caguioa, Jay-Jay Helterbrand, and Ronald Tubid), “The Richest Guy in all of Basketball” (Egay Billones), “The Alaminos Assassin” (Lordy Tugade), and “The Championship Capital of the Phlippines” (Araneta Coliseum).

He may be the next Ed Picson, PBA anchorman great. He has everything now in a young sportscaster. Maybe if I were asked what would I call him, I would call him “The Man with a Billion of Monickers”.Hehe.Just joking! Great one!

Hi Papa Boyet!

by Jose Antonio A. Conde

PASIG CITY–Do you know who am I talking about? Boyet Sison; A host, a DJ, a barker and a miraculous voiceover in some commercials and plugs.

Boyet works as a host of ANC’s Hardball together with Jinno Rufino and Bill Velasco and also a pinch-hitter in some ANC shows such as Prime News. He is oftentimes a PBA coliseum barker on Sunday games. He also covers some games for the ABS-CBN Sports, let’s say the NCAA Season 84 as an anchorman.His previous works include a host of Saturday Night Live on 99.5 RT, anchorman of Colegiate Champions League, commentator for the 2005 Manila SEA Games,  host of Gametime on DWRT-AM, and a commentator for the Radyo PBA.

I called him Papa Boyet because some people call him that way. Boyet seems to be a magnet to other people who are enjoying their life in 50s, as he said “Boyet loves life!!!!!!!”.’ Nuff said…

A New Celtics

Request from a Celtic fan.

Inside the Court

by Jose Antonio A. Conde

PASIG CITY–Guys, the defending champions Boston Celtics have now a powerful cast to add mix to the team and to defend the crown and to win back-2-back!

Adding into the mix are Darius Miles, Patrick O’ Bryant, 2008 draft picks Bill Walker and JR Giddens. Expect Celtics win back to back with a powerful force and a new core!Still, the big 3 (Pierce, KG, Allen) is still there.Defend the crown!Go for 18!

USA wins gold medal!

Inside the Court

by Jose Antonio A. Conde

PASIG CITY–Known as the “Redeem Team”; for the first time in years, the USA team won its gold medal defeating the Spanish team, 118-107 in Wukseong Olympic Basketball Gymnasium in Beijing, China with the likes of Pau Gasol and Marc Gasol. The player of the game? Dwayne Wade, with 27 pts.

The USA won its first gold medal since 2000 and just brought home the bronze medal in 2004. USA had a strong force with the likes of Kobe Bryant, Dwayne Wade, LeBron James, Carmelo Anthony, Dwight Howard, Chris Bosh, Tayshaun Prince, Chris Paul, Deron Williams, and others. Their head coach is Duke Blue Devils Head Coach Mike Kryzewski. Winning in Beijing makes Kobe Brayant happy, who was then celebrating his birthday during that day. Did you know in the arena, football superstar David Beckham was there.

Congrats, USA!

Galing mo, gRABEH!

Inside the Court

by Jose Antonio A. Conde

PASIG CITY—This guy maybe the next Chris Tiu, Ateneo superstar center Rabeh Al-H

Here talking to a referee after a foul

ussaini is now a certified UAAP superstar. In this season, instead of Tiu leading the Ateneo Blue Eagles, it was Al-Hussaini who dominated the team, averaging 29.0 mpg, 18.0 ppg, and 13.0 rpg, these stats proved that he can also dominate the league nor the team itself.

Nobody was then happy with Rabeh Al-Hussani. Recruited by ADMU Head Coach Norman Black in 2005, Rabeh was not the Rabeh we all know then, he was always on the bench backing up with the

likes of Clariford Arao and Doug Kramer. Until the departure of these big guys, Norman decided to use Rabeh as a balanced player and he totally became a superstar!

Now Ateneo has been winning because of his performances in the games and the balance of the team wherein every player in the roster with the likes of Nonoy Baclao and Chris TIu are helping the team to win. Ateneo is mighty as  it is, they are currently 11-1 in the team standings which proves that Ateneo is likely going to win the championship, their best record since 2003. Now Rabeh is great as he is! Galing mo, gRABEH!

Catch for my next post!

Here’s The Man In The Huddle! Welcome….

Hi guys!

My name is Pepeton Conde and I am a sportswriter wannabe.This is my site and I hope it touches every basketball fan and for others to appreaciate it. I hope you understand this. Thanks!\

– The Man in the Hudle

August, 26, 2008