Monday, October 06, 2008

PBA's 34th Season Opening Weekend

First things first, PBA is now televised on CS9 & BTV as Solar Sports acquired the rights to cover the games.

Good thing they kept the opening ceremony - even the speeches by commissioner & governor - short and sweet. Makisig Morales as the host is too cute, you'll just smile and forgive his misread spiel.

I always look forward on the customary parade of teams, its a chance to see their lineups after a grueling season break acquisitions, wondering how the old reliables will blend with new recruits. I bet guys look forward more on seeing the muses - Coke's muse Pokwang with a big tansan as head dress & Ruffa Mae Quinto as Snow White with seven dwarves stole the show from Brazilian models. For second straight season, Iwa Moto is Ginebra's muse, maybe because she's proactive. I've seen her watching the games live and was even present on the victory party – which I failed to attend because I don't have any stub :( and that's another blog entry

The first game was between Talk & Text & Coca Cola

Its always fun to watch the improved Asi go against his former team. TNT paraded their 6 recruits, the 2 rookies that I remember are Dilinger and Castro. Dilinger is a great fit to the 4 position left by Jay Washington who was traded to SMB. Castro is a great backup pointguard to Alapag.

TNT won the game via a technical FT and Asi missing to release the shot seconds earlier. It was funny how Cardona & Asi were scoffing if the shot should be counted.

Solomon overshadows Norwood

I can't see why they say Solomon and Mercado are Welcoat's version of Ginebra's Fast & the Furious tandem they should be compared to SLR's Williams & Reyes tandem. Norwood is a forward, with playing style that can be compared to Arwind Santos. Anyway they are an exciting guard – forward duo to watch out for. I'm really impressed with Solomon Mercado who scored 19 of 29 points in the first half. No wonder Welcoat, now Rain or Shine, moved mountains (read: last year's number 1 pick Joe de Vance shipped to Alaska) to get him. He was dubbed as a player in Mark Caguioa's prototype - meaning explosive player, scoring machine, can and will take over a game at will. I'm looking forward to their match up but I hope MC47 is healed by that time, he's still undergoing therapy for his injuries. Anyway, I do hope Solomon is no one game wonder – Cabagnot was also compared to MC in his rookie year but to no avail.

Meanwhile Norwood, 2008 #1 draft pick didn't show anything spectacular, maybe that's his game laid back but effective.

It was an intense game with 3 players from Air21, Santos, Arboleda & Homer Se thrown out of the game. Rain or Shine started the Philippine Cup with an impressive win or Air 21.

As for my favorite team, I'm not expecting much in the early round since most players are injured again. Here's Ginebra's game schedule:

Brgy Ginebra Kings Game Schedule

Oct 08 (Wed) 7:30pm Sta Lucia vs Ginebra Araneta Coliseum
Oct 12 (Sun) 6:30pm Ginebra vs Air21 Araneta Coliseum
Oct 19 (Sun) 6:30pm Ginebra vs Red Bull Araneta Coliseum
Oct 22 (Wed) 7:30pm San Miguel vs Ginebra Araneta Coliseum
Oct 26 (Sun) 6:30pm Purefoods vs Ginebra Araneta Coliseum
Nov 02 (Sun) 6:30pm Ginebra vs Alaska Araneta Coliseum
Nov 05 (Wed) 7:30pm Rain or Shine vs Ginebra Araneta Coliseum
Nov 08 (Sat) 2:30pm(?) Ginebra vs Coca Cola Lucena City
Nov 12 (Wed) 7:30pm Talk N Text vs Ginebra Cuneta Astrodome
Nov 16 (Sun) 4:00pm Ginebra vs Purefoods Cuneta Astrodome
Nov 21 (Fri) 7:30pm Red Bull vs Ginebra Cuneta Astrodome
Nov 27 (Thu) 3:00pm(?) Ginebra vs Coca Cola Olivarez College Gym
Nov 30 (Sun) 4:00pm San Miguel vs Ginebra Ynares Center
Dec 05 (Fri) 5:00pm Ginebra vs Air21 Ynares Center
Dec 07 (Sun) 6:30pm Sta Lucia vs Ginebra Cuneta Astrodome
Dec 13 (Sat) 5:00pm Alaska vs Ginebra Cagayan de Oro City
Dec 17 (Wed) 5:00pm Ginebra vs Rain or Shine Araneta Coliseum
Dec 25 (Thu) 5:30pm Ginebra vs Talk N Text TBA


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