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

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:

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?

What should a National Basketball Program look like? (Part 2 of 2, Grassroots Development and Feeder System)

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)

What should a National Basketball Program look like? (Part 1 of 2, The PBA)

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)

Next Wave of Gilas players (Who should be considered to join Gilas now?)

by: Bong Paredes After reading about members of the Gilas pool withdrawing from the team one after another, from Castro to Parks and now Scottie Thompson, I can’t help but be worried about the makeup and eventual performance of this team. The 2019 FIBA World Cup is just around the corner and while teams like Iran and Australia are getting most if not all of … Continue reading Next Wave of Gilas players (Who should be considered to join Gilas now?)

Part 2: Winners and Losers (Stanley Pringle trade)

photo by: PBA.ph   By: Bong Paredes A lot has been said and written about Ginebra’s acquisition of Stanley Pringle. When pressed for comments, coaches from both sides made sure to express how happy they were with new players got and displayed a lot of class in making sure that they pay tribute to the players they traded away, as they should. Does that mean … Continue reading Part 2: Winners and Losers (Stanley Pringle trade)

Stanley Pringle to Gin Kings (SMC did it again)

photo by: PBA.ph by: Bong Paredes On the heels of the recently concluded 2019 NBA Finals, we just witnessed how a very good and deep team like the Toronto Raptors can ascend to the title by adding a top 3 NBA player in Kawhi Leonard. Warriors fans can point out to the injury woes their team incurred but fact remains that this Kawhi led Raptors are the … Continue reading Stanley Pringle to Gin Kings (SMC did it again)