Archive for August, 2010


Photo courtesy of Arvin Lim. Posted upon permission.

The 2nd NBA Asia Challenge was a success. Last Friday at the Araneta Coliseum, the game was like an NBA all-star game, wherein most stars scored as many as they can. And one player made the night one of the best nights of the year——-hotshot Allan Caidic. Caidic, who’ s already retired, was still a crowd favorite, still doing what he once did in his stellar PBA career, and even NBA stars Chris Webber, Gary Payton, and Glen Rice praised him and one guy even suggested him to play in the Gilas or NBA.

The scores:
RED 177 (coach: T. Cone)—A. Caidic 54, Lazare 22, G. Rice 19, A. Santos 16, V. Meneses 16, R. Maierhofer 15, McCray 11, A. Co 10, L.A. Tenorio 7, G. Payton 7.
WHITE 167 (coach: B. Tanquingcen)— R. Frahm 24, C.WWebber 24, Tyndale 22,D.  Hontiveros 20, V. Paras 18, R. Magsanoc 18, A. Patrimonio 16, M. Richmond 16, R. Tubid 13.
Quarters: 38-44; 92-94; 124-124; 177-167.



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by JA Conde

The PBA Draft is now over, and to be honest, this draft is the toughest batch in years, with many marquee players entering the league with a big bang. Yesterday, the rookies’ biggest event had been staged at the Market! Market! Activity Center in Bonifacio Global City, Taguig.

This is the first task of new PBA commissioner Chito Salud, who’ll take reins as the head of PBA starting this October succeeding Sonny Barrios, who resigned due to personal reasons. Two new teams will join the PBA, the Meralco Bolts, who joined the league to recapture their once glory days and the Powerade Tigers, who was once known as the Coca-Cola Tigers.

As the draft began, two Ateneo big men in Nonoy Baclao and Rabeh Al-Hussaini headed up the draft as they joined the Air21 Express, who struggled last conference. One report said that Rabeh being drafted to #2 was “unfair”. In order to finish the problem about his controversial statement, Air21 team manager Allan Gregorio said that he’ll approach Al-Hussaini to teach him about the value of humility and will also seek help via his brother Carlo Sharma, who is also in the said team.

Meanwhile, two trades happened, the 4th pick of the Talk ‘n Text Tropang Texters was traded to Alaska Aces for Larry Fonacier (The pick turned out to be UE’s Elmer Espiritu). And also, Air21 traded their once-franchise player Ren-Ren Ritualo and their upcoming pick (who turned out to be Jai Reyes) to Powerade for Air21’s draft pick Sean Anthony.

Here’s the complete draft order:


1. AIR21- Severino Baclao (ADMU)
2. AIR21- Rabeh Ahmed Al-Hussaini (ADMU)
3. AIR21- Reynaldo Guevarra (CSJL)
4. ALASKA (via TNT for Larry Fonacier)- Elmer Espiritu (UE)
5. RAIN OR SHINE- Josh Vanlandingham
6. AIR21- Sean Anthony (later traded to Powerade for Ren-ren Ritualo)
7. GINEBRA- John Wilson (JRU)
8. GINEBRA- Jimbo Aquino (SSC-R)
9. DERBY ACE- Pari Llagas (UE)
10. MERALCO (via ALASKA)- Shawn Weinstein

11. MERALCO- Riego Gamalinda (SMC)
12. GINEBRA- Robert Labagala
13. DERBY ACE- Val Acuna (UE)
14. MERALCO- Ford Arao (ADMU)
16. MERALCO- Khazim Mirza (UST)
17. BARAKO BULL- Borgie Hermida (SBC)
18. POWERADE (via AIR21)- Jose Antonio Reyes (ADMU)
21. ALASKA- Marvin Hayes (JRU)

Note: Out of 59 rookies, only 19 were drafted. San Miguel and TNT didn’t have any draft picks.


Hay, finally, after a week, breaking promises sucks!

Jimena Navarrete of Mexico won the 2010 Miss Universe crown last Monday night (Tuesday morning in the Philippines) at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, NV. She defeated (in proper order): Jamaica, Ukraine, Australia, and the Philippines (with our very own Maria Venus Raj). This is Mexico’s first victory in 19 years. The last one was in 1991 when Lupita Jones brought the crown.

Meanwhile, instead of Miss Mexico making an impact in the pageant, our very own Venus Raj was the center of the attention, bshe was the crowd drawer during the said pageant and is the biggest favorite of the pageant, making her #1 in web surveys, but one answer turned off all the expectations (The guy who asked Ms. Raj is actor William Baldwin):

BALDWIN: “What is the worst mistake you’ve ever done?”

RAJ: “You know what, sir, in my 22 years of existence, I can say that there’s nothing major, major, I mean, problem that I’ve done in my life because I’m very confident with my family, with the love that they are giving to me. So, thank you so much that I’m here. Thank you, thank you so much!”

And the phrase “major, major” became popular among the youth as the phrase, as some predicted, would even defeat Jejemon, a word popularized last May, as the word of the year.

Even her answer was wrong, she bagged the 4th runner up. as it is the highest place of the Philippines in 10 years. The last highest place of Philippines in MU was in 1999. when beauty queen turned host Miriam Quiambao won the 2nd runner up.

BONUS: Here’s a video that became a major, major hit in 1 week. With over two million views, this video is about four guys expressing their feelings about Venus Raj. Here are designer Veejay Floresca and Martin Bautista, along with traveller Lex Librea and real estate agent Aleq Africa to show you what I really meant:

More headlines to come. In just a short while, we’ll feature Nonoy Baclao, Allan Caidic, and Rolando Menoza. So sit back and relax.



Time passes by, for real. It’s time to go farther. After two years, my doubters proved me wrong, yes I had rough start, but I made a point to be updated with each and everyone of you by improving my writing skills and giving you the latest news yet. How far I’ve gone!

It all started one night in 28th of August 2008, when I registered an account here and so the rest is history. Prior to this, I had a Blogspot account which was a failure, until I thought of using this. My blog here was first titled Inside the Court, but fears of a lawsuit forced me to change title in late December the same year and it is still used up to this day. At first, I failed to get the attention of the readers, but when I made an entry on current DLSU assistant coach Jack Santiago and Basketball commentator Mico Halili, my blog started to get immense popularity among students, bloggers, and PExers (whom I’ll give a credit to my success). And throughout the two years, I also had ups and downs after my success with my entry on Jack Santiago.

Generally, I sometimes fail to give my readers an update yet I still did my best by exploring different ways to catch the attention of the readers. And  one more thing that I failed in writing is not writing it a few hours after, instead, I’ll write it a few days. I admit I’m not really a sportswriter, but an aspirant, I’m also sometimes busy, getting busy with other works like computer works and school , so that’s why I usually write some articles in a few days or in a few times, a few weeks. Now, throughout my two years here, many competitors began creating a blog (even mine was a moderate success) and they’ve succeeded me, maybe because they’re older and more obsessed on blogging than me. I guess they just got their right time to be popular. I admit I sometimes feel bad when a blog succeeds my blog, e.g a blog of this sportswriter succeeded me, that made me feel bad. Alright, I’ll do my best, for real, in this year.

Don’t get me wrong, even if this wasn’t really successful, this blog is like my journal, and I always get better as times evolves. I would like to thank to the people who’ve made my blog successful, my loyal readers, and my classmate for giving me an opportunity to join here (She had her WordPress account a few months prior to me). Hindi naman kita ginagaya eh, wala lang curious lang ako. Happy Anniversary to me!

More updates to come! Miss Universe and Rolando Mendoza, up next!




This will happen on August 27, Friday night at the Big Dome (Araneta Coliseum) in Quezon City.

Red Team (coach Tim Cone)
Players: Gary Payton, Glen Rice, Darnell Lazare, Chris McCray, Atoy Co, Vergel Meneses, Allan Caidic, Asi Taulava, LA Tenorio, and Arwind Santos
Players: Chris Webber, Mitch Richmond, Mark Tyndale, Richie Frahm (ex-PBA import), Alvin Patrimonio, Benjie Paras, Ronnie Magsanoc, Ronald Tubid, Rico Maierhofer, and Dondon Hontiveros


Too late.

James Yap won his 2nd MVP in four years. He insisted that his award is is dedicated to Baby James, who is his son with estranged wife First Sister Kris Aquino, whom she have seperated lately. Here’s the complete list of 2010 PBA Leo Awards:

Mythical 1st Team:

James Yap (SG)

Jay Washington (PF)

LA Tenorio (PG)

Arwind Santos (SF)

Sonny Thoss (C)

Mythical 2nd Team:

Asi Taulava (C)

Kelly Williams (SF)

Mark Cardona (SG)

Joe DeVance (PF)

Roger Yap (PG)

All-Defensive Team:

Arwind Santos

Marc Pingris

Gabe Norwood

Roger Yap

Ryan Reyes

Most Improved Player – LA Tenorio, Alaska

Sportsmanship Award – Cyrus Baguio, Alaska

Rookie of the Year – Rico Mairehofer, Derby Ace/PF

Other individual awards include:

Best Player of the Conference – Ranidel de Ocampo, Talk ‘N Text

Best Import of the Conference – Gabe Freeman, San Miguel Beer

And lastly, two teams will change identities for this upcoming conference:

Sta. Lucia = Meralco (bought SLR, new coach: Ryan Gregorio)

Purefoods = Petron (PF bought by Unilab, new coach: Jorge Gallent)


Jeffrey Cariaso wrapped up his career in a celebrating mood. Yesterday, the Alaska Aces won their 13th overall PBA title by defeating San Miguel Beermen with the score of 88-102 at the Araneta Coliseum. LA Tenorio and Cyrus Baguio won the co-Final MVPs during the finals.

After three years of struggles, the Alaska Aces finally climbed to the top, even without former franchise player Willie Miller. Throughout those seasons, some came and go, but majority remained intact. After a bad finish during the last year’s conference, they recruited an underrated import in Diamon Simpson and with him leading the way, the Aces became stronger, so strong they even traded Miller upon his request to Ginebra for Cyrus Baguio.

This 13th title, according to team owner Wilfred Uytengsu, served as a tribute to his late father, who died earlier in this conference

The game scores:

ACES, 102 – D. Simpson 28, C. Baguio 24, J. Devance 14, LA Tenorio 12, J. Thoss 12, M. Borboran 6, L. Fonacier 6, M. Robinson 0, R. Hugnatan 0, J. Cariaso 0.

BEERMEN, 88 – G. Freeman 32, A. Santos 16, M.  Pennisi 12, A. Cabagnot 7, A. Washington 5, D. Ildefonso 5, D. Miranda 4,  D. Hontiveros 4, J. Yeo 3, D. Pena 0.

Quarterscores: 28-19, 52-44, 77-64, 102-88.