Tuesday, July 28, 2009
Marié Digby Meet&Greet/CD Signing Session at The Podium!
Good news everyone from Philippines! Marié Digby meet and greet / autograph signing session at The Podium on Wednesday, July 29th 2009. Make sure grab your copy of Breathing Underwater!! Thanks to Nivekevin for the information.
Marié Digby: Live in Manila! on August 1st 2009 at the NBC Tent 8:00 pm. Tickets are AVAILABLE nationwide @ SM Malls and all ticketnet outlets or call 911-5555 for ticket reservations. :)
Tuesday, July 21, 2009
Tuesday, July 14, 2009
David Noel redeemed himself big time from being the goat the last time, keying a Barangay Ginebra win Monday that sent the Kings to the threshold of the Motolite PBA Fiesta Conference championship.
Noel rifled in six triples and a total of 29 points, with 13 coming in the payoff period, as Ginebra pulled off a 106-98 victory over a stunned San Miguel side for the pivotal 3-2 lead in their best-of-seven championship series.
Jayjay Helterbrand and Eric Menk endured pains and had significant contributions in the crucial Game Five win fashioned out before a crowd of over 12,000 at the Araneta Coliseum.
The Kings become the first team to successfully defend a championship if they can wrap it up in Game Six Wednesday or in Game Seven Friday.
"Game Six will be a hell of a game. For sure, gusto nilang tumabla kami naman gusto ng tapusin ang series," said Ginebra coach Jong Uichico.
The Ginebra players said their biggest motivation is for them to no longer return to practice after Game Six.
San Miguel coach Siot Tanquingcen, however, remained confident they can force a deciding Game Seven.
"I'm still optimistic about it. God gave us the opportunity to be here. The eight other teams would kill themselves to be here. No big reason to feel down. They still need to win a game to get the championship. We just have to get even in Game Six then take it from there," said Tanquingcen.
"Good thing Jayjay (Helterbrand) and Eric (Menk) were able to play. And David, being a real competitor, made up for his crucial free throw misses in Game Four in a big way tonight," said Uichico.
"We like to be up 3-2 but we know what San Miguel is capable of doing. We hope we can play better and be luckier Wednesday," Uichico added.
Outplayed by Gabe Freeman Wednesday, Noel turned things around by stepping up early and playing aggressively throughout this time.
He sent his SMB counterpart to the showers early by fishing his sixth and final foul with 3:01 left in the contest.
"David doesn't want to leave a bad taste in the mouth. He really wanted to redeem himself from that Game Four missed free throws," said Uichico.
Freeman got into foul-trouble situation early and finished with only 16 points and 10 rebounds in only 24 minutes of action.
The Kings, the reigning Fiesta Conference champions, pummeled the Beermen with Freeman on the bench, erecting two 16-point margins before settling for a 56-42 spread at the half.
In the first four games of the series, the biggest lead Ginebra enjoyed in the first half was only 13.
"Basically, everybody were off tonight and we dug a hole so deep for us to overcome," said San Miguel coach Siot Tanquingcen.
The Kings stretched their lead to 18 early in the third quarter and showed great poise and confidence in fending off a San Miguel rally in the final canto.
David saved his best for last, pouring in 13 in the payoff period to personally quash the Beermen's comeback bid.
Noel, Helterbrand, Menk and Chico Lanete combined for a 7-of- 9 three-point shooting to highlight Ginebra's torrid assault in the second period.
Back-to-back treys by Noel and Lanete gave the Kings their first double-digit spread at 44-33 with 2:26 left in the first half.
They went on a roll with the team enjoying a remarkable 61.9-percent field-goal shooting in the second quarter, compared to San Miguel's 38.1-percent clip.
The Beermen, however, waged a searing in the third period, riding largely on the exploits of Bonbon Custodio and Mike Cortez as they charged to within one at 68-69.
They came back to life even as Freeman returned to the bench after picking a fourth foul with 4:42 left in the quarter. (NC)
Ginebra 106 - Noel 29, Menk 18, Lanete 14, Tubid 14, Helterbrand 9, Wilson 8, Mamaril 6, Reavis 5, Salvacion 3, Pacana 0, Baguio 0.
San Miguel 98 - Cortez 23, Freeman 16, Ildefonso 14, Villanueva 9, Hontiveros 9, Pennisi 7, Custodio 6, Washington 6, Pena 5, Racela 3, Gonzales 0, Pingris 0.
Quarterscores: 23-18, 56-42, 71-68, 106-98
Thursday, July 09, 2009
Wed, 07/08/2009 - 22:49 — junior SOURCE: PBA.pH
GABE Freeman is not the Motolite PBA Fiesta Conference Best Import for nothing.
Freeman came up with the most crucial plays down the stretch as San Miguel Beer scored a 106-104 escape over Barangay Ginebra Wednesday to bring their championship series at the Araneta Coliseum to square one anew.
Freeman's basket off his own offensive rebound and pair of charities in the last 13.5 seconds gave the Beermen a 105-101 lead that would prove critical when one is playing a team like the Kings.
And Ginebra reprised its never-say-die attitude once more, with Noel draining a clutch triple off a timeout, putting the crowd favorites within one, still 10.7 ticks left.
Then all went for naught after Mike Cortez split his charities just one second later.
In the frenetic series of events that ensued, Ginebra coach Jong Uichico was not able to call his lone remaining timeout and Chico Lanete and Ronald Tubid, instead of going for a mere equalizer, each missed their respective three-point try.
The victory should be a sweet one for SMB coach Siot Tanquingcen, coming as it did on the heels of a 103-116 loss in Game 3. Yet he first opted to lash out at the game officials for what he termed as being drawn in by the predominantly pro-Ginebra crowd.
“Not taking anything away from Ginebra because they played really hard and they shot very well. But we're not getting any breaks from the refs,” he said, partly referring to the 28 fouls called against them.
“Konting kanti kami, foul agad ang tawag. Pag nakanti mo kahit balahibo lang nila, nasa foul line na sila,” he said. “Pero it's human nature. We just have to deal with it.”
Uichico said it all boiled down to SMB's 24 offensive rebounds which the Beermen translated to 23 points.
“Just take two or four points off those we could have won it,” he said.
Freeman wound up with 23 points and 21 rebounds, with Dondon Hontiveros adding 19 points and Cortez and Danny Ildefonso combining for 33.
Newly-crowned season MVP Jayjay Helterbrand and Noel each had 22 points for Ginebra, although the former had to sit out the game's last three minutes when his injured hamstring acted up, prompting Uichico to rest the newly-crowned MVP.
Noel also had 18 rebounds and four assists, but missed three straight free throws in the last 16.2 seconds, following Freeman's putback.
The game had 18 deadlocks and 17 lead changes, the most in a PBA championship game since Talk 'N Text and Red Bull forged 13 and 23, respectively, in their 2002 Commissioner's Cup finale.
Despite Tanquingcen's post-game insinuations, SMB actually held sway for majority of the fourth quarter, building on what Hontiveros started in the period by posting the game's biggest difference at 99-92, off Cortez's triple, still 3:16 left.
But Ginebra tenaciously crept itself back into the game, led by Eric Menk, who spiked his 21-point output with five points in a 9-2 counter capped by Noel's free throws that tied it up at 101, 37.6 remaining.
“At least we had a shot,” noted Uichico.
Earlier, Hontiveros made a mockery of newly-named All-Defensive Team member Ronald Tubid, hitting three straight triples to rally the Beermen from a 71-73 deficit and propping them to an 81-76 lead.
Sunday Salvacion's triple gave Ginebra a 61-56 lead inside the first five minutes of the third period, but the trend that begun in the first half continued as the two teams remained entangled in a tight embrace.
The return of Ildefonso and Marc Pingris, fined and suspended the last time out for trying to go after a Ginebra fan, was expectedly greeted with derision by the predominantly pro-Kings crowd who repeatedly jeered the two.
Still it was SMB which took the half, 47-46, mainly due to Cortez, who went 2-for-2 from beyond the arc and 3-for-4 inside it for 12 points in the second period.
Freeman was no slouch either as he already teetered on the brink of a double-double with nine points and 12 boards at the half.
Helterbrand and Noel prevented Ginebra from falling too far behind as the former scattered 12 of his 14 first half points in the second period with the latter notching 12 points and eight rebounds.
The Beermen actually led by as much as 22-16 early but no immediate breakaway was forthcoming as the two teams battrled through 10 deadlocks and eight lead changes in the first 24 minutes of play.
San Miguel 106 - Freeman 23, Hontiveros 19, Cortez 18, Ildefonso 15, Villanueva 9, Washington 9, Pena 7, Pingris 6, Racela 0, Pennisi 0.
Ginebra 104 - Helterbrand 22, Noel 22, Menk 21, Tubid 10, Reavis 10, Baguio 9, Salvacion 5, Lanete 2, Mamaril 2, Wilson 1.
Quarters: 24-26, 47-46, 71-73, 106-104.
Monday, July 06, 2009
EVEN when he is not on his usual offensive mode, Jayjay Helterbrand still finds ways to help Barangay Ginebra.
Like what he did Sunday, chipping in a bit of a coaching suggestion which proved crucial and enabled the Kings to fashion a come-from behind 116-103 win over San Miguel Beer in their Motolite PBA Fiesta Conference championshiop duel at the Araneta Coliseum.
David Noel notched a first PBA career triple double with 32 points, 10 rebounds and 11 assists, but Helterbrand's coaxing of coach Jong Uichico to try a defensive maneuver helped Ginebra rally back from what was once a 13-point deficit and into a 2-1 lead in the best-of-seven series.
“I thank him for suggesting we use Willy Wilson on Jay Washington,” related Uichico. “I said yes because what I was doing wasn’t working. He said, 'Let’s play Willie and see what he can do.' So I started him in the second half and it worked out well.”
Excellent, in fact, as Wilson anchored the defense that held Washington to just four second half points after the former already had his finals average of 18 points in the first two quarters.
The Kings' defensive stance also proved critical as they forced the Beermen to commit eight of their total 15 turnovers in the fourth period, all during the quarter's first nine minutes that helped fuel the former's charge.
Offense was simply no problem as the likes of Noel, Cyrus Baguio and Helterbrand joined hands in giving Ginebra as much as a 106-93 lead, a difference they maintained until the end.
Even SMB coach Siot Tanquingcen had to admit those turnovers were costly. So did getting outscored by 68-42 in the second half, inclouding 40-25 in the final period.
“We shot ourselves in the foot. We can't expect to give up 40 points in one quarter and win,” he said.
The defense on Washington, as well as the absence of the suspended Danny ldefonso and Marc Pingris, could also not be used as an alibi, Tanquingcen added.
“If we play our defense, it's not gonna be an issue,” he maintained. “We've got enough people to fill up what is needed. If we, as a unit, don't defend it's gonna be difficult for us.”
As it did so well in the series opener, Ginebra made up for its lack of size with its quickness and speedy ball movement to whittle what was a 13-point halftime lead to the game's first deadlock at 71, before it went into the final quarter behind by just 76-78.
And there was also hustle, which Baguio typified most in the fourth with some looseball recoveries and offensive rebounds that Noel and Billy Mamaril translated into baskets for a 10-0 run.
Helterbrand actually started that surge with a fastbreak basket, before Baguio and Noel each drained a triple and Noel a short jumper for a 90-82 spread, 8:46 left, leaving the predominantly pro-Ginebra crowd of more than 13,500 delirious.
Jonas Villanueva's penetrations usually led to Freeman baskets, but the Kings kept their poise and even stretched their lead to 13 pointson back-to-back treys by Noel and Baguio, only 3:12 left in the game.
Earlier on, Tanquingcen's words about not missing the services of Ildefonso and Pingris, who were suspended for the game and fined for trying to go after a Ginebra fan right after a 95-78 Game 2 win, would be proven correct.
Not with Washington and Mike Cortez inflicting the most damage early, enabling the Beermen to seize control and take a 61-48 lead into the break.
Washington has already reached his average in only 17 minutes of first half action, scoring 13 straight that was spiked by three triples and highlighted SMB's charge from an already imposing 54-48 lead.
Ginebra could have been in a deeper hole if not for Ronald Tubid and Noel.
After not even making any attempt in a six-minute relief stint in the first period, Tubid sprang to life in the second with nine points while Noel mostly carried the fight for the Kings in the opening quarter with 10.
Ginebra 116 - Noel 32, Menk 16, Tubid 13, Baguio 12, Salvacion 11, Helterbrand 9, Wilson 8, Reavis 7, Mamaril 4, Lanete 3, Intal 1, Artadi 0.
San miguel 103 - Freeman 25, Washington 22, Cortez 15, Hontiveros 12, Pennisi 10, Villanueva 9,Pena 6, Gonzales 4, Eman 0, Racela 0.
Quarters: 21-29, 48-61, 76-78, 116-103
Friday, July 03, 2009
Thursday, July 02, 2009
Barangay Ginebra jumped out of the starting gate and sustained a searing pace on a massive offense, hacking out a 102-96 win over San Miguel Beer in the opener of the Motolite PBA Fiesta Conference finale at the Araneta Coliseum Wednesday night.
The Kings converted 40 percent of their shots from the three-point area and outperformed the Beermen on the offensive board to fuel a torrid assault leading to their stirring victory at the start of the race-to-four-game series.
"Naka-swerte. We shot pretty well at the start then our defense worked in the second half. Naka-sagot kami sa opensa ng San Miguel when they started to get streaks," said San Miguel coach Jong Uichico.
"We like that situation na maka-una. Baka hindi kami nakasabay kung sila ang naka start ng malakas," Uichico added.
"We're not mentally prepared to play this game. It's not an excuse. Lahat lang talaga, from the coaches to the players, not prepared mentally," rued San Miguel coach Siot Tanquingcen.
"We let them convert 40 percent from the three-point area and get the offensive rebounds when they missed their shots. Our defense shouldn't stop in having them missed their shots. We should only stop when we already get the ball," Tanquingcen added.
Ginebra came out smoking, led by as many as 18 points and fended off a San Miguel rally at the finish with top gun Jayjay Helterbrand and five other Kings playing key roles.
Helterbrand and Paul Artadi got the team to a big start then Sunday Salvacion, Cyrus Baguio and David Noel took over to sustain the pace before Ronald Tubid had his key contributions helping hold off the SMB chase.
"We're still in the drawing board. It so happened that what we talked about and what we planned works in this game," said Uichico.
"We like this situation, winning Game One. But a first game is just a first game. It takes four games to win and we know the talent of San Miguel. They can be so overpowering that we really need to exert extra effort," Uichico added.
Helterbrand led all scorers with 21 points and added seven assists and six rebounds in a sterling performance in 38 minutes of action.
Baguio, Tubid, Artadi and Noel also scored in double figures for the Kings who surprisingly dominated the favored Beermen, leading by as big as 18 at 81-63.
The Beermen came threateningly close in the homestretch but the Kings stayed intact, holding SMB at bay on clutch shots by Tubid at the finish. Tubid fired seven of his 14 points in the last 32 seconds.
The Kings took an early double-digit spread at 19-9 and led by 17 at 53-36 before settling for a 53-41 spread at the half.
Helterbrand and Artadi started strong with the former going 4-of-7 from the three-point area and totaling 19 points in the first half and the latter knocking in three triples and a total of 11 points in the first five minutes of the contest.
With Gabe Freeman and Jay Washington hitting their strides, the Beermen came within two at 24-26 only to see the Kings make another decisive attack to rip the game apart at 53-36 with 1:54 left in the second quarter.
Helterbrand converted three of four three-point tries in the second period, the last capping the big blast that gave them the 17-point margin.
The Beermen made it a more manageable deficit as they scored seven unanswered points the rest of the first half. (NC)
Ginebra 102 -- Helterbrand 21, Baguio 17, Tubid 14, Artadi 13, Noel 13, Salvacion 9, Lanete 5, Mamaril 4, Intal 2, Menk 2, Reavis 2.
San Miguel 96 -- Washington 19, Villanueva 18, Freeman 16, Cortez 12, Hontivoeros 11, Racela 7, Ilderfopnso 4, Pena 4, Pennisi 3, Pingris 2.
Quarterscores: 26-22, 53-41, 81-65, 102-96
Wednesday, July 01, 2009
When going through the rigorous eliminations of the PBA, there are instances when teams grab our total attention and captivate us with their excellence. Such was the case in the 2009 Motolite Fiesta Conference with both the San Miguel Beermen and the Barangay Ginebra Kings.
In different moments of the near-five-month long tourney, these two talented teams took their games to a different gear with SMB posting a conference best 8-game win streak to start the conference while Barangay Ginebra winning eight out of its last nine games to book the last outright semifinal seat of the Fiesta.
Although teams can run the table in the elimination, it is no assurance that it will reward you a spot in the Finals. Both teams took the court once more in the semis and were tested by pesky counterparts. While Burger King tested SMB all the way to the end, Barangay Ginebra found the answer to Rain or Shine and never looked back, closing the series with three consecutive blowouts.
With the road to the Finals cleared, the two best teams are finally side by side. It’s the quick starting San Miguel Beermen against the late charging Barangay Ginebra Kings in a race-to-win-4. Fittingly, it’s the top two teams of the eliminations battling for the top prize of the conference.
These two teams have had storied campaigns in their years in the PBA with one owning the most crowns in league history while the other being the love of fans for many years now. In a league fueled by testosterone, it is ironic that our Finals protagonists happen to be sister teams. They might be called sister teams in the corporate field but this sibling rivalry has been percolating for many years now. They face each other for the fourth time in the finals and the second time in two years.
As sisters, you might expect these two teams to be identical in many regards. The one thing quite noticeable is that both have nice assets. When you look at them from head to toe, they both are well endowed. The only difference is that one is front-heavy while the other is back-heavy.
Looking at SMB, one thing it has in abundance is size up front. With guys like Dorian Pena, Mick Pennisi, Danny Ildefonso, Jay Washington and Marc Pingris, this is a team that can match up with the best bigs. This crew is so flexible that they have the ability to put pressure on opponents with their offense with one group, while still be able to lock you down defensively with another.
Barangay Ginebra may not have size up front but is well rounded in the backcourt. Owning the league’s top playmaker in Jayjay Helterbrand complimented by guys like Paul Artadi, Chico Lanete, Cyrus Baguio, Sunday Salvacion and Ronald Tubid, really serves to complete their own flexibility at the 1-2 spots.
Their imports may not have been their first choice but both served as the final piece to their puzzle. David Noel’s do-it-all style marked with unselfishness has been the glue that kept the Kings together while Gabe Freeman’s intensity and energy has lit a fire underneath the Beermen. They both have been solid but it looks as if their contribution will cancel each other out. I just can’t see them being the reason why they win this series. But they could become a reason for their team losing the series.
Even though the Fiesta is an import-laden conference, I still believe that the series will be won or lost by the locals.
For the Kings, the speed of Artadi, Tubid, Baguio and Helterbrand will continue to be a problem for the Beermen. The last time these two matched-up in the Finals, Helterbrand destroyed the defense of SMB’s guards. The only foreseeable answer would be the emerging Jonas Villanueva (or Bonbon Custodio, who has already been relegated to the backend of the rotation) who in turn could be key for SMB. Salvacion has always been lightning in a bottle and Coach Jong Uichico is hoping that the rains can bring some lightning for his team. Can’t really see any of their big men taking center stage for them but the Kings’ fans must hope that they can at least play their part.
SMB has many more options offensively and can hurt you in more ways. Their guards will definitely have their hands full against their counterparts but they can definitely score themselves. The wildcard has to be Villanueva who is having his best conference. He has not only supplied offense for his team but he is also currently quickest of foot defensively among their three point guards. While Dondon Hontiveros loves the bright lights and looks to cement his prolific year, Washington is a tough matchup for Barangay Ginebra and could also be a surprise. With the Kings only having Rafi Reavis, Billy Mamaril and Noel with size to defend the post, SMB’s bigs looks to be well fed at the post and should be major problems for the crowd-favorites.
The teacher and the student match-up for the fourth time in a playoff series and strangely, Uichico is still looking for his first series win against his protégé.
While San Miguel Beer and Barangay Ginebra have very little to separate them in terms of personnel, some intangibles may be able to paint a clearer picture.
The key advantage for the Kings has been and will always be crowd support. Nothing can carry better a team than a throng of 20,000 strong pushing you to make an extra play. It delivers an extra gear just when you thought you already put it on fifth. They have survived admirably the loss of three high profile players in Mark Caguioa, Eric Menk and Junthy Valenzuela and that really shows the never-say-attitude of this proud franchise. Count in Rudy Hatfield from the last time these teams figured in the Finals of the 2006-07 Philippine Cup and that’s four quality players right then and there.
San Miguel Beer, with only one title to show in the last 18 conferences, is a team that is out to prove a point. I feel that it is almost a team that is playing with a chip on its shoulder. The last time they met in the finals, they were beaten four straight after taking the first two. SMB has been a top-draw but every time they face its sister team, the outpouring of support for the Kings seem to dwarf them. Of the two, it looks like SMB has more to prove to Barangay Ginebra than the other way around.
Lastly, in terms of personnel, SMB has bona fide post-up players against zero for Barangay Ginebra. I always believe that you need some amount of post presence to clinch a playoff series. The Kings had it last year with Chris Alexander and even Menk had his moments. This year the defending champs have no one to go to at the post and that could be the biggest disadvantage.
While they both have impressed this conference, I believe SMB has a slight advantage in the intangibles and it should be enough to carry them in what is expected to be a long series.
original source: www.pba.ph
by: jason webb