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Defending champion Barangay Ginebra and Purefoods TJ Hotdogs will have to stick with their current reinforcements in the Motolite-PBA Fiesta Cup pending their final evaluation.

The two teams, two of three ball clubs owned by giant food and beverage company San Miguel Corp., are struggling in the season-ending tournament but changing import at this time isn’t forthcoming.

“Evaluation continues, but, other import options are not being considered at this point,” said Purefoods mentor Ryan Gregorio, whose team sports a 3-3, win-loss record for a share of fifth place with Philippine Cup champion Talk ’N Text.

“Should the need to make changes present itself in the future, then we will make the necessary moves,” added Gregorio.

The Giants recently snapped a four-game losing skid with an 89-80 win over the Coca-Cola Tigers. It was Purefoods’ first victory since Jhamar Thorpe came in to replace the ineffective Brian Hamilton.

In two games, Thorpe averaged 21.5 points, 7.5 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 1 steal, numbers that Gregorio hopes to improve, saying: “We’re 1-1 with Jhamar. I can see tremendous progress in his game, as well as his ability to jell with his teammates.”

Gregorio also clarified that there’s no ongoing negotiation to acquire former Best Import winner Marquin Chandler.

“Marquin is already done in Korea, although the last time I talked to his agent, Marquin wants a little time to rest in the U.S.,” he said. “There are no formal talks between MC and Purefoods. Right now, Jahmar is practicing hard to secure a slot for us.”

Ginebra has also no plans of dumping import Rod Nealy.

In his second stint with the team, the former Houston Baptist University stalwart is averaging 27.2 points, 16 rebounds, 5.1 assists (No. 1 among imports) and 1.1 steals through seven games with the Kings.

“Wala pa,” Ginebra coach Jong Uichico simply said, adding that Nealy’s status will continue to be evaluated.

Ginebra hopes to get a boost as former Most Valuable Player (MVP) Eric Menk is expected to join the team after recuperating from a foot injury, while spitfire guard Mark Caguioa, who is recovering from knee injuries, is scheduled to return from the United States this month.

Purefoods will next face Burger King on April 15, while Ginebra battles Rain or Shine on April 17.
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Post on Sat Apr 04, 2009 11:02 pm by zhiellah42

RP team toys with Great White Sharks
By Nelson Beltran

MANILA,Philippines - The Powerade RP Team put up a decent showing in its first
public appearance, whipping the Hoopdreamz Great White Sharks, 87-63,
in the first game of the Motolite RP-Australia goodwill series at the
Araneta Coliseum last night.
The Nationals made a big run after shaking off a sluggish start, and
there was no stopping the team in pulling off the convincing win over
the tall but plodding Australian squad.
Gabe Norwood, Kerby Raymundo and Ryan Reyes provided instant offense
coming off the bench, combining for an 18-to-nothing run in a
six-minute stretch bridging the first two quarters to open an early
19-point lead for the RP team at 33-14.
And it was all-RP show from there.
The Nationals took the half at 43-24 and kept comfortable leads all
the way to the finish, running away with the P75,000 cash pot put up by
event sponsor Phoenix Petroleum.
Jared Dillinger scored on a two-handed breakaway jam off his own
steal as the Nationals got their biggest spread at 85-57 with two
minutes left to play.

“I’m a little surprised we got this game a little easy as I expected
a close game. But it’s a good tune-up nonetheless. I’m sure they will
be able to make the adjustments and play better Sunday,” said RP team
coach Yeng Guiao.

“As for our team, though still rough around the edges, we showed a
good sign. This is our first tune-up but we showed we’re adjusting to
the ruggedness and physicality (of international games) and to the
calls of the (FIBA) refs,” Guiao also said.
After the game, PBA officials were talking about possibly
reinforcing the Australian team in tomorrow’s game with imports
currently playing in the PBA Fiesta Conference.
Raymundo, who had thought of backing out of the team but was
prevailed upon to stay, went 4-of-5 from the field and 4-of-4 from the
stripe to pace the Nationals with 13 points.
The Nationals played a balanced offensive game and outperformed the
Aussies on practically all fronts of the game, including rebounding
though being smaller.

Curiously, seven-foot Samoan behemoth Patrick Piliae was the only player from the Australian team to get a single rebound.
Asi Taulava had a rugged match-up with Piliae, winning the battle with six rebounds, four points and one assist.

“This is just an exhibition game, and the big games are coming. We
have to keep on working. The main thing is to keep running the system
and hopefully keep on improving,” said Taulava.
In the curtain-raiser, Marco Cam made 17 points and 18 rebounds with
three of his teammates contributing at least 17 points each as the San
Sebastian Staglets topped the Ateneo Eaglets, 93-88.

Meanwhile, Barangay Ginebra has decided to send home import Rod
Nealy with coach Jong Uichico saying they are looking at five names as
his possible replacement.

“We’ll make the choice before the Holy Week,” said Uichico.

----kakalito naman itong mga news na toh. anoh ba talaga? papalitan o hindi?

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