Caelum Harris might be the most recognizable name and Jared Bahay might be the most sensational, but Jacob Bayla might just be the best of the bunch in 5-10 years. Continue reading Jacob Bayla – Gilas U16’s underrated gem
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
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
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:
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
After a 16 month suspension, The Beast Calvin Abueva has staged a successful return to the PBA . Will it last? Let’s find out! Continue reading The Calvin Abueva Saga – You Could Call it a Comeback!
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?
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):
by: Bong Paredes featured image by: SBP In my last article, I outlined the steps I thought the PBA should consider to prepare us better for the next 4 years. For this second installment, I will go through a high level overview of what I believe the SBP should consider. There is no way for me to outline everything without re-classifying this article into … Continue reading What should a National Basketball Program look like? (Part 2 of 2, Grassroots Development and Feeder System)
by: Bong Paredes Feature Image by: Businessworld Online There are now countless columns and articles on how the SBP should address our recent (FIBA World Cup) and current (FIBA Asia Women’s Cup) struggles in the sport of basketball. I even fell into a rabbit hole of YouTube videos pontificating about the same topic. I’ve seen a lot of good and not so good insights but … Continue reading What should a National Basketball Program look like? (Part 1 of 2, The PBA)