Philippine Ambassador Cup to tip off next month

Monday, July 30, 2012

  Sunday, July 29, 2012

MORE basketball action is in store for fans next month.

The Filipino Basketball Association (FBA) will be organising the Philippine Ambassador Cup Basketball Competition 2012.

The tournament will see competition in three categories League Division, Tournament Division and 47 & Above Senior Division.

The League Division will pit Class A players against each other and each team is allowed two imports at a time during a game.

A 10-star rule will be enforced to decide the level of the players.

The Tournament Division is for Class B players and the same 10-star rule applies while the latter is for veteran players.

Joining fee is set at $400 per team for the League Division while those interested in the other two division are only required to pay $350.

All managers, players and staff must be a member of the FBA to be eligible to join the competition.

House rules will be discussed on August 5 with the teams that are participating.

Entry forms and more information can be obtained by calling FBA president Mar Porlahe at 8722659, Lito Abat at 8860959, Martin Carreon at 890636, Paul Balios 8903854 or Mark Porlahe at 8790649.

source: The Brunei Times


Welflex reign in battle of the flexes

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Yee Chun Leong

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

WELFLEX Engineering escaped with an 87-85 victory over Flex-Link Enterprise in their Group B encounter of the Sultan's Cup last night at the Brunei Basketball Association court in Batu Bersurat.

The win was their fourth in a row, allowing them to top the group.

Four players hit double figures for Welflex with Jeff Paraiso leading the way with a game-high of 22 points.

Don Mordeno added 19 points while the duo of Marjomar Aying and Allan Caringal chipped in 15 and 11 points respectively in the triumph.

Five players scored in double figures for Flex-Link. The duo of veteran cagers, Rosli Said and Lee Huat Beng, led the way with 17 and 14 points respectively.Tan Ye Wei and Tony Bong each poured in 11 points while Justin Yong added 10 in the loss.

It was a neck-and-neck battle but the game was spinning out of control with the referees making some controversial calls.

It was a physical matchup and it led to confrontations by several players as things got heated up. It remained a close affair and Welflex were up 77-72 midway through the final quarter.

Up by two-possessions, Lee connected on a trey with 30 seconds left to make it 85-82.

Welflex were running the clock down in the next possession and got lucky. Paraiso had his shot roll round the rim and through the hoops just before the 24s shotclock expired to make it a two-possession game.

Flex-Link called a timeout and it worked to perfection.

They got Lee the ball for a quick-fire and he sank another three-pointer with 10s left in regulation.

Stunned by the quick score, Welflex failed to compose themselves and turned the ball over on the inbounds pass giving Flex-Link a chance to take the win.

They put the ball in Lee's hands again but saw his attempt fall short despite calls by his teammates that he was hit on the arm by Paraiso.

In what was a non-bearing match, Welflex did not go all out in the early stages of the game but head coach Michael Juan believes it was important they they ended up with the win.

"We wanted to condition the players as there will be a three-day break before we play our next game," said Juan in an interview with The Brunei Times after the victory.

"We wanted to practice on our defence and run some set plays. It was a sloppy performance because we had no intentions of winning the game," he added.

"It was only in the second half that we wanted to take the win and it was good that we did. We want to carry the momentum into the next round," continued Juan.

The game was equally contested in the early going. Tan doing the bulk of the scoring for Flex-Link early on with nine points in the opening period.

They did however struggle with their passes and their many turnovers saw Welflex cap off the first quarter with a 19-16 lead.

Welflex were piling up the pressure on the Flex-Link ball handlers. They were the better team and opened up a 36-26 midway through the stanza.

Rosli picked up on offence and started a run with a four-point play that allowed Flex-Link to close in to within 45-42 at halftime.

Carrying the momentum into the third period, Flex-Link were in control and were getting their passes inside to their bigs to score.

They grabbed the lead and extended it to as much as seven points.

Mordeno took things into his own hands and sparked a 10-0 run for Welflex. They limited Flex-Link to only one field goal for the last four minutes and Mordeno summed up the stanza with a trey at the buzzer to put Welflex infront 70-67 going into the final period.

The second game saw the SGTB Dragons defeat Pondok Empat Laut 84-69 in Group C.

That concludes the group stages of the competition and the second round featuring the top-two teams from each group separated into another two groups will fight it out for a place in the semi-finals.

The second round is scheduled to tip off on Saturday with two matches.

source: The Brunei Times


WBO concludes Manny Pacquiao topped Timothy Bradley, but Bob Arum still wants investigation

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Timothy Bradley and Manny Pacquiao exchange punches on June 9 (Chris Farina/Top Rank)

Five independent judges hired by the World Boxing Organization became the latest to conclude that Manny Pacquiao defeated Timothy Bradley when they fought for the welterweight title on June 9 in Las Vegas.

WBO president Francisco "Paco" Valcarcel announced on June 13 he would have a panel of what he called "five international judges" review the scoring of the highly controversial bout. Bradley won a split decision and ended Pacquiao's seven-year winning streak in a result that outraged the sporting world. Even Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) said he thought Pacquiao won the fight.
Judges Duane Ford and C.J. Ross each scored the bout 115-113 for Bradley, while Jerry Roth saw it 115-113 for Pacquiao. Ford, ironically, is a longtime close friend of Reid's.

The outrage at the call was so great that less than 24 hours after the bout concluded, Top Rank promoter Bob Arum told Yahoo! Sports he would ask Nevada attorney general Catherine Cortez Masto to investigate the fight. Cortez Masto's office would not confirm nor deny whether an investigation is ongoing, but Arum told Yahoo! Sports on Wednesday that Cortez Masto's chief investigator and the deputy spoke to him in his Las Vegas office.

"I told them they need to interrogate me, they need to interrogate Todd [duBoef, the Top Rank president] and all the people in my office," Arum said. "They have to ask hard questions."
Arum wants the investigation because the public and many boxing web sites have accused him of fixing the fight and having a hand in the judging. Ford told Yahoo! Sports on June 10 that he scored the fight as he saw it and said he felt Bradley gave Pacquiao "a boxing lesson" in the second half of the fight.

The WBO gave Manny Pacquiao a championship ring June 6 (WBO)Valcarcel would not identify the five judges he had review the tape of the fight, but said they were well known, respected officials. He said all five scored it for Pacquiao. One of the judges had it 118-110, or 10 rounds to two. Two of them had it 117-111 (the same that Yahoo! Sports scored it on fight night), one had it 116-112 and the other had it as Roth did, 115-113.

Valcarcel kept a promise not to strip Bradley of the belt. He ordered a rematch, but there was a rematch clause in the contract and Pacquiao has said he wants to exercise it. Pacquiao will fight again on Nov. 10, whether it is against Bradley or someone else, Arum said.

Upon hearing the news of the WBO's reviews, Pacquiao told reporters in the Philippines he was pleased and that he would defeat Bradley in a rematch to regain the title. My supporters shouldn't worry. We're going to get that title.

Timothy Bradley won a questionable decision over Manny Pacquiao (Chris Farina/Top Rank)Arum, though, said he wouldn't agree to a rematch until he spoke with Pacquiao and explained the ramifications. He said he would ultimately honor Pacquiao's wishes, but said he thinks the attorney general needs to complete her investigation and show that there was no wrongdoing.

"Obviously, he's the boss, he's the fighter, and to the extent possible, I'll do what he says," Arum said. "Otherwise, I wouldn't have his loyalty. I have to talk to him, though, and make certain he understands all the ramifications and if he is aware of what the public's perception is. I would have to have, if I were going to do a rematch, an investigation, which is ongoing with the attorney general's office, to clarify the situation.
"If it was simply the incompetence of the judges and a simple mistake, period, which is what you and I suspect, and they determine there is no wrongdoing, that's easy to remedy. All we do is have a rematch with different judges. Absent that, given all this suspicion, no matter how unwarranted, it would be hard to do a rematch.

Half of these websites are saying that the promoter is the one who did this and that I talked to these judges. I had nothing whatsoever to do with picking them and never talked to them."
Arum said if he didn't make a rematch for Pacquiao with Bradley, he'd instead pair him for a fourth fight against Juan Manuel Marquez. He also said he is open to a Nov. 10 fight with Floyd Mayweather Jr., who is currently serving an 87-day jail sentence at the Clark County, Nev., Detention Center, "if we could work that out."

But Arum said the biggest issue is the need for the Nevada Athletic Commission to pick judges from around the country and around the world for major fights, not just from Nevada.
He said he felt that age was impacting the performance of both Roth, 71, and Ford, 74. Arum is 81.
"Of course age is a factor in performance and Exhibit A is myself," he said. "I know that at my age, I can't concentrate as well as I did when I was younger. Watching a fight, 12-round fight, and concentrating over three minutes for 12 rounds really is an exhausting experience, if you're really looking to do it right.

"I don't think any people past a certain age are able to do that, and I mean nothing against them. I'm not able to do that. I know boxing, but if someone said, 'OK Bob, you sit here and judge the fight,' I couldn't trust myself to concentrate that hard for that long."

source:  Yahoo Sports



Saturday, June 9, 2012

SUDDENLY, it has become truly hard finding the real Timothy Bradley.

He has not turned singularly elusive.

He’s always there, very visible with his big shaven head.

But the unbeaten 28-year-old challenger to Manny Pacquiao’s world welterweight crown has also become many fighters all at the same time.


From a flat, small-punching fellow, Bradley has mysteriously reinvented himself into a fearsome giant-killer.

He didn’t even have to throw a single punch.

All he did was tell the world how he would conquer the amazing warrior-lawmaker from the Republic of the Philippines.

Everybody listened and seemed convinced of what Bradley was telling.

It was a hard-sell unmatched and unheard of since Muhammad Ali.


Bradley may have stepped out of bounds in advertising his presumed superiority when he also started selling his promised rematch to Pacquiao in November.

In fairness to Bradley, all these screaming claims could have been sourced from overriding self-confidence.

He must’ve honestly felt at his peak, having trained hardest for this dream bout.

There’s also no reason to suspect these incredible marketing gimmicks were intended to mask his previous worth.


There actually was very little knowledge locally about Bradley’s original caliber.

But on Tuesday, Solar Sports showed a replay of at least three Bradley bouts.

A panel of three, composed of this reporter, side-street fight critic Nick Bruan of Santa Barbara, Pangasinan, and self-taught sociologist Tony Bulatao, watched and sized up Bradley.

What we saw there was a complete contrast of what Bradley has successfully bragged about himself.

If in basketball there’s such a gift as playing tall, Bradley provided the complete contrast in boxing by fighting small.

He had inferior, plodding artillery coupled with suspect defense.
He neither had a solid punch nor a dominant style.


But, thanks to the magic of public speaking, Bradley has been promoted overnight into the worthiest challenger to Pacquiao, who goes for a 16th straight win today.

Bradley had initially claimed he saw no chance for Pacquiao.
Then, in a series of strong, colorful jabs, Bradley also made it known how he would give the eight-division world champion hell.
He first said he would do it through superior counter-punching.
He next said he would lure and trap Pacquiao into a slug-out.
Next heard of, Bradley was saying he would try to slip and use lateral moves to avoid the expected firebombs.


In short, Bradley had invented too many Better Bradleys all at the same time.

His artillery, to put it mildly, has also turned into a confusing jumble of invented abilities.

Meanwhile, Pacquiao trumpeted nothing, although trainer Freddie Roach claimed his most prized warrior would go for a knockout.
Bradley must’ve been targeting the lost, spiritless Pacquiao who had agonized against Juan Manuel Morales last November.

It may be too late, but Bradley must be told Roach has promised the original Pacific Storm, described as a new bullet, to engage Bradley in a duel of durability any moment now.

It’s a must for the invented Tim Bradley to prove he’s for real if he’s to survive.


Pacquiao's Final Run at the UNLV Track Oval

Friday, June 8, 2012

LAS VEGAS - Photos of Team Pacquiao’s final morning run at the University of Nevada- Las Vegas (UNLV) track oval. Pacquiao is set to defend his WBO welterweight title against Timothy Bradley this June 9 (June 10 Sunday in the Philippines) at the MGM Garden Arena. Pacquiao was greeted by fans and members of the sports media. The run was led by his ever reliable pet dog. Team Pacquiao also had a final workout at the Top Rank Gym.



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