Young Gilas Team dominated Thailand in Bahrain with a 93-61 win

By: Bong Paredes /@hoopslocale   Filipino basketball fans all over the world were keen to see how this young (Rey Suerte being the oldest at 26) team will fare without having a single PBA or Naturalized player on the roster. Thailand also had challenges of their own, having only 10 players at their disposal. They were also without their best player, Tyler Lamb and head … Continue reading Young Gilas Team dominated Thailand in Bahrain with a 93-61 win

Ginebra clinch Finals berth with Thompson 3 at the buzzer

By: Bong Paredes /@hoopslocale   A game that started out slowly as both teams struggled to find any groove turned out to be a thriller that needed a buzzer beater to decide who will face TNT in the 2020 Philippine Cup Finals. Brgy. Ginebra were the heavy favorites to win this series but Meralco’s improved play and impressive individual performances from the likes of franchise … Continue reading Ginebra clinch Finals berth with Thompson 3 at the buzzer

TNT books first Finals ticket with win over Phoenix

By: Bong Paredes / @hoopslocale   It was clear at the start of the game what Tropang Giga’s strategy coming in. Get the ball away from Matthew Wright’s hands. Phoenix, knowing that TNT will play Wright this way, was confident that the rest of the team will pickup the slack as they have been doing all conference long. Unfortunately, they just did not have enough … Continue reading TNT books first Finals ticket with win over Phoenix

Newsome led Bolts even up series with an 18-point win (95-77) over Ginebra:

By: Bong Paredes / @hoopslocale Coming in to the game flat after losing game 1 convincingly wasn’t exactly where Coach Norman Black wanted his team to be, and it looked like they were about to have another long night early on as Ginebra looked good early behind the early efforts of LA Tenorio (16 pts, 4 rebs, 2 asts and 2 stls) that hit 4 … Continue reading Newsome led Bolts even up series with an 18-point win (95-77) over Ginebra:

TNT escaped with a 95-92 Game 1 win over Phoenix

By: Bong Paredes / @hoopslocale   The league’s number 1 team barely got away with the win despite Phoenix losing their best player Matthew Wright early in the 1st with a sprained ankle and with Calvin Abueva playing only 21 minutes because of foul trouble. Phoenix got ahead early behind the efforts of the aforementioned Wright and Abueva and they held on to the lead … Continue reading TNT escaped with a 95-92 Game 1 win over Phoenix

LA Lakers 2019-2020 Season Outlook

Photo from: Sportingnews.com By: Bong Paredes As a prototypical Filipino basketball fan (albeit a bit older than most people), the first NBA team I ever cheered for as a kid outside Robert Jaworski’s Ginebra San Miguel was Magic and Kareem’s Showtime Lakers. Their style of play was so entertaining it’s easy to see how they have endeared themselves to Filipino basketball fans. Well, that and … Continue reading LA Lakers 2019-2020 Season Outlook

Who wins the Christian Standhardinger for Mo Tautuaa trade?

Photo from:  PBA Images as seen on Foxsports.ph By: Bong Paredes Known for some of the most ludicrous and lopsided trades in the history of basketball, the PBA for once gave its fans as fair a trade as you’ll ever see. Ironically, the two players that were traded for each other were both part of the most ridiculous trades in recent years. In 2015, Moala … Continue reading Who wins the Christian Standhardinger for Mo Tautuaa trade?

Alab Reloaded (Jason Brickman and Jeremiah Gray Scouting Report):

By: Bong Paredes Feature Photo by: ASEAN Sports   Entering the 2018-19 season, then defending champions Alab Pilipinas seemed poised to jumpstart their dynasty in the ABL for a couple of reasons. First, the team’s core was intact even though Justin Brownlee won’t be joining them. After all, PJ Ramos will be Renaldo Balkman’s partner and the last time Mr. Ramos played in the PBA, … Continue reading Alab Reloaded (Jason Brickman and Jeremiah Gray Scouting Report):