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Drive By Dunk Challenge

Here’s one of the craziest fads on the planet now! Do you find it entertaining or whatever you may wanna call it but for those whose rims, basketball goal’s that were broken just bring the tapes to them and let them pay for the repair and challenge them 1 on 1 for the love of the game.

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Have you heard of the drive by dunk challenge? You probably have, it’s kinda a big deal right now. If you aren’t aware of what it is, let me summarize it for you. The drive by dunk challenge is basically in the title. You drive around until you find somebody’s basketball hoop you can dunk on, and then you dunk it and then drive off. It seems pretty stupid right? Well, it is, but it’s also very entertaining. Especially when people fail and the whole thing is caught on tape.

Here is a clip of some drive by dunks gone wrong…

If you ever walk outside and see that your basketball hoop is shattered, or hanging by a thread, then look no further than a failed drive by dunk! Hope you enjoyed!

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How a Sacrifice won a Championship

The Philippine Basketball Association’s Philippine Cup was won by the powerhouse San Miguel Beermen with 4-1 of the best of seven series. What was significant for this series are three things. The perpetual trophy, the runner up’s huge following with their never say die spirit and the back to back finals MVP, SMB point guard Chris Ross.

After receiving his MVP award from Cignal HD representatives, he was asked for some words for the PBA fans especially those rooting for San Miguel Beermen. He goes on to say that it was through great sacrifices of each fifteen members of the team that made it possible…to achieved two things… one in winning the championship trophy and next is why he won the MVP in a back to back fashion. And that everybody made the needed adjustment for him to be in a position to contribute more in scoring, share the ball more often and run the floor in a seamless offensive manner that made the team’s dynamism as a force to reckon with  and maximize their unique potentials both inside the paint and beyond the arc positions in beating the crowd favorite Ginebra San Miguel.

A team built around sacrifices has a greater chance of winning a championship.  – Paquito

Meralco Bolts vs Barangay Ginebra, The PBA Governor’s Cup Finals It’s NSD team in Game 7

Hello my dear reader’s and all of you who are fans of the PBA, the most followed sports finale in the Philippines has come to it’s awaited stage of games the Governor’s Cup best of seven game series featuring two totally different teams that were both come out battle scarred by repulsing the powerhouses defending champion San Miguel Beermen and the Tropang Texters both are MVP and SMC group teams respectively that has deep history of winning championships.

Two great american coaches will try to outmatch each teams defense and offense but the sixth man’s presence will play a greater role inside the venue who happens to be the thousand of strong fans rooting for the “masses team” Barangay Ginebra which has gained its popularity during the time of one of the 25 Greatest PBA Hall of Fame awardee the former senator Robert “Big J” Jaworski.  Mr 100% multi-awarded former Best Import head coach Norman Black have made his way to the championship with a core of young players. Meralco Bolts leader or a force to offer on the court is none other than Jimmy Alapag and their import Allen Durham 30 points 15 rebounds per game averages. The championship series will see the former Gilas members and the exciting ball rotation that Barangay Ginebra masterfully played against the San Miguel Beermen.

It’s a tossed between who will sustain the run and gun scheme and the most defensive tenacity centered team,  obviously have the advantage in every possession and execution of plays where we are all eager to see how the rookie Scottie Thompson will go against Chris Newsome, Sol Mercado and LA Ternorio pitted with the Mighty Mouse Jimmy Alapag. The Meralco Bolts has the import advantage while GSM has the ceiling at the center position. And with this cards on the table it is pretty obvious that the team that can distribute the ball consistently will surely establish the mastery of the seven game dates with the Never Say Die team emerging victorious in the final sound of the buzzer of the seventh game. Enjoy the game.

With the same target in sight, one who has the discipline, distribution of ball and  defensive stock normally end up with the hardware. – Paquito

 

Why Do We Love the PBA 

This is the game we all admire in the country! Everyone plays basketball, from streets, gyms and even in top clubs. Nobody get to retire to play the game at his own will. A group of four young men who travel all the way from Central Luzon just to watch their hoop professional idols Beau Belga of Rain or Shine – Mark Benedict Castro-19, PJ Simon of Star Hotshots- Raven Bergonia-18, former MVP James Yap-Leenard Daroy-22, Paul Lee of Rain or Shine- Mark Aguinaldo-18 in the ongoing 2016 PBA Governors Cup at Araneta Coliseum in Araneta Center Cubao QC.

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Seeing the game live is far different from watching it on television and that we also wanted to see in between timeouts and feel the energy and intense game inside the venue. said Raven who plays small forward in their school STI College – Sta Maria Bulacan School. And seeing the 8 Division World Champion boxing icon Manny Pacquiao serves as a bonus in our experience. Meanwhile Rain or Shine leads Mahindra Enforcers by 4 at 48-44 with 10:34 to in the 3rd quarter in the featured game of Wednesday’s twin biller where Phoenix Fuelmasters beats Purefoods Star Hotshots 106-93.

While the Pambansang Kamao entered the game late in the 3rd quarter getting the loudest cheers from the fans till the half of the last quarter after a hustle and some floor drop defensive stop underneath the basket. This is the PBA.

Once an experience always spells a difference. – Paquito 

USA Dream Team FORMALIZED GOLD at Rio 2016 Olympics Men’s Basketball game, Demolished Serbia Team Final Score 96-66

The team USA entered the game focused, skilled and smarter with the planned strategies. Coach Mike Krzyzewski’s game plan made the Serbian team paid for it, applying the trojan horse technique effectively masking early in the First quarter lead of Serbia by sending their bigs in foul trouble paving the way inside the paint a bit wide easier for the USA team offensive attack.  Serbia stayed in the game till the early Second quarter until the US started launching points after points and slowly put away the Serbians on their way to its 25th olympic basketball game consecutive win.

As advertised prior to the opening of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, Kevin Durant showcased what he got by scoring a total of 30 points on a 10/19 field goals and 5/11 at three point line in a little over 30 minutes of playing time contributing a point in every minute and showed why he was the highest paid athlete in the 2016 Rio Olympics beating Serbia with a final score of 96 – 66 as traditionally done ever since the pros were allowed to compete in the most important games in the history held every four years. Demarcus Cousins held his own inside the paint scoring 13 points and grabbed a huge 15 rebounds against Serbia’s Miroslav Raduljica, Nikola Jokic, Milan Macvan, Vladimir Stimac and Nikola Kalinic who fouled out of the game in the early half.

Defense played a big factor in this US dream team win as Serbia’s gunner Milos Teodosic were limited to only 11 field goal attempts for  messy 9 total points far from his 22 points performance against Australia in the semis game, the same with Miroslav Raduljica. The final game were witnessed by a total of 10, 658 sports fans inside the Carioca Arena 1, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. And the US dream team once again shouted to the world who’s the best in the basketball planet that even Zika virus took a resounding backseat with a victory more meaningful for the USA where the game originated 125 years ago.

And the Star Spangled Banner were raised to its designated place on top of Serbia and Spain who finished Silver and Bronze medals respectively. Team to watch in 2020 Tokyo Olympics is Serbia, the youngest basketball team in the competition who made it to the olympics via a Qualifying Tournament and winning against China and Venezuela in the preliminaries and knocked out Lithuania and Australia, but that needs to be seen as the US Dream Team will surely field their best and protect its status as the best basketball team in the world.

Mastery requires patience, Victory requires respect. – Paquito

 

Exciting Rio 2016 Olympic Men’s Basketball Semis Games

Surprisingly Serbia basketball team becomes the team who has nothing to lose in the odds while setting its sights on silver medal finish and if they still packed with a lucky punch in the unpredictable finals game could be the happiest hoops team in this tournament. That is after, if they’ could’ve hurdle past Andrew Bogut’s Australian Boomers team who are eyeing a repeat date with the USA Dream team.

The NBA superstars are entering the semis with an average high at 105 points to an equally distant advantage of 16 against Australia, 18 vs Spain who are mixing it up with a deep historic background and both are expected to carry their very best for the last in order to play for the gold game, and a wide 21 point disparity if pitted against the rugged Serbia men’s team based on the stats sheet and its far from the actual actions on the court.

My prediction is this, if Andrew Bogut, Patty Mills and Matthew Dellavedova plays with a better tenacity and intensity against the Serbian they’re in for the finals game and vice versa as Serbia is also a stronger team from all position, meaning this matchup is also a championship like caliber game. On the other side, US dream team have regained their old self as seen how they’ve hold up Argentina even with Ginobili, Scola, Nocioni and Campazzo gave their best still the US played the most important ingredient of their game which is man to man defense and all is history such as leading by below 30 points credible advantage. I consider Spain as the darkhorse at this moment in time as the spaniards have timely regained their old form at the expense of Tony Parker and Boris Diaw France team.

We are about to witness the USA getting their 15th Gold , Australia at Silver and Spain for Bronze. Serbia has the consolation of getting this far and a force to reckon with come 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games in Tokyo Japan.

Gold, Silver and Bronze are all the same in terms of memorable records as the good and the better is as important with the best in determination of excellence in performances executed thru the beauty of a teamwork  perfection – Paquito

 

Winning by 33 or 3 is a Still Win ! Rio 2016 Olympic Games

The 2016 Rio Olympic Games is on its twelfth day of the nineteen day schedule for all sports lined up and we are witnessing the history of sports in its highest forms where world records are smashed and replaced by the outstanding performances of super athletes. And the pre-opening scare of dreaded zika virus a thing of the past, spectators are embracing several selected games where local heroes Rafaela Silva, Gold medal for Women’s 57Kg Judo; Felipe Almeida Wu, Silver for 10m air Pistol Men’s Shooting and Rafael Silva, Mayra Aguiar Bronze medals for Judo Men 100kg & Women 78 kg respectively for a total of 4 medals for the 2016 Olympic host Brazil.

While some of the super athletes are living the dream to its realistic performances, fans and spectators of this samba country are seeing the opposite in one of the most popular sports in the Olympics since the entry of professional basketball players spearheaded by NBA millionaires player in the person of Kevin Durant, Carmelo Anthony, Klay Thompson, Kyrie Irving, Paul George, De Andre Jordan, DeMarcus Cousins, Kyle Lowry, DeMar Derozan, Draymond Green, Harrison Barnes and Jimmy Butler whom are criticises for choosing stay in a cruise ship instead of the olympic athletes village that to some are missing the true olympic spirit. Pau Gasol of Spain Basketball team is heading to a wild ride to make it to the medal race the same with France who will be playing the USA tomorrow at 1:15am .  People expectations drew a lot of dynamics in terms of how they’ve viewed the past 4 games of the USA Dream Team where twice they’re threatened with games against Australia and Serbia. The USA basketball team more than 30+ points winning average advantage entering the 2016 Rio games are now flexing extra muscle to notch those important wins in the eliminations to ensure they’re on track to get that 15th Gold medal and maintain the tradition of basketball excellence and ranking around the globe.

The very big difference of the 2016 Rio Olympic basketball story as compared to 1992 Barcelona Olympics is the influx of European players mixing it up with the best of the NBA as seen in the two exciting games. Andrew Bogut, Matthew Dellavedova, Patty Mills of Australia and Bogdan Bogdanovic, Miroslav Raduljica, Nikola Jokic, Nemanja Nedovic of Serbia have been rubbing elbows with NBA’s best in the past seasons. China and Venezuela are the only teams with no current NBA  active players in the rosters but has previous engagement with several NBA teams respectively. This alone has dabbles the scientific approaches of team plays where European,Asian , Oceania and African players are more attuned.

And with the basketball nearing its vital quarterfinals and semifinals game, we have nothing to expect but a more thrilling and exciting match-ups of the powerhouse now battling equally for the Silver medal and an exclusive chance to play the bunch of NBA stars as winning by 33 or 3 is still a win for the USA Dream Team.

Either by a mile or an inch a win is still a win – Paquito

Rio Olympics 2016 – Chronology of Events/Games

3. Opening Ceremonies , After Egypt, The Republic of the PHILIPPINES ! then France….

2. The South Koreans Men and Women Archery team became the first winners of the Olympic Games in Rio 2016 even the official opening hasn’t been started!

1. With a week to go , the focal point of every country from the seven continents of the world will be in Rio De Janeiro Brazil in south america. The city of samba, home of football crazy people, the famous copacabana beach and the arms spreading statue of Jesus Christ the Redeemer. Doping scandal hounding the Russian Olympic Team, Zika conscious athletes decided to stay home and might watch the games live telecast at their living rooms. Rio Olympic local organizers are bombarded by set of criticism regarding the athletes village for the whole duration of the games that according to several people are “not yet ready” or maybe several small details are needing immediate attention.

Join me in the next couple of days as we cover from a spectators point of view the happenings and record breaking performances of the best participating athletes from around the globe as they compete in Rio Olympics 2016. Paquito

The 2016 version USA Dream Team

As I was watching the on-going USA Basketball showcase being held across the US there is one thing I’ve interestingly notice, that teams from the around the globe have evolved positively at least for their home team benefits in terms of height and heft. Still, in the US where the competition is getting notches higher every 4 years and in time for the Olympic Games. A lot of debate can be found in any part of the globe as to who is the most talented, strongest team ever assembled by the US and there are of course discussion of great importance seemed they’re missing. Patriotism in the heart of the twelve professional NBA players donning the flag jersey and dedication in their heart to fulfill the obligation of a good US citizen for his country.The biggest challenge the 2016 USA Dream team has to face is the the fatal threat of the dreaded ZIKA Virus.

I consider them as the toughest when it comes to their courage to not let the USA be a a laughing stock should they end up not in any podium finish for the basketball medal game. Powerhouse lurking around are set to send in their best to at least wound up a Silver finish.

With the high probability of acquiring or getting bites of an insect numbering more than the projected sports participants attendees, this is a serious case they’re facing with rather than the opponents at helm. The teams are now warming up prior to travel to Rio, Brazil though there were news circulating that the Australian Olympic team has deferred its move inside the Olympic village after the Australian officials condemned it as “not safe or ready” where problems include issue surrounding sanitation and utility failure after running a “stress test” whereby a simultaneous run of faucets failed and electrical short circuits were recorded this made them to stay in their hotel for the meantime.

It’s not the competition that is threatening great athletes of professional level but the environmental and health issues which is a small but a high impact one and merits the reasons behind of those who decided to forego this chance to compete in the Olympic. I salute the 2016 USA Basketball Team including its coaching staffs and whole organization for the decision to preserve the Olympic spirit through firm participation and commitment of its NBA professional basketball players.

 Your thoughts are highly valued. Thank you. 

The Unforgettable  FIBAOQT Manila Experience

We were part of the historic basketball Olympic Qualifying Tournament and witnessed the A1+ game of TP09 in booking the last tix to Rio Olympics.

The recently concluded FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournament held at the fabled Mall of Asia Arena has brought a lot of questions than answers for our own team Gilas Pilipinas. It was the largest by far as for basketball event ever held in the Philippine soil which were attended by current NBA superstars with Tristan Thompson , Tony Parker , Hamadi Ndiaye , Joel Anthony , Cory Joseph , Boris Diaw , Omer Asik and Euroleague MVP Nando De Colo who was also named the tournament MVP. The short but very important competition have the best ingredients for success our fellow countrymen are looking for in a prestigious basketball game where it is treated like religion in terms of popularity of the sports.

Though our bet Gilas Pilipinas were unable to notch a decent win, all loses ended in a single digit deficit against World power France and New Zealand who’ve played better team plays in both ends of the court. The thrill of getting into lead for a certain quarter somehow gave us the notion of getting to almost at their level of competitiveness. Andray Blatche played his best but come up short for a victory as his team mates were overpowered either by height and heft that will make our bunch of coaches to ponder the idea of getting taller and more agile players in the future.

Once more the tourney results and competitive level showed us the virtue of teamwork, the importance of cohesiveness, the beauty of familiarization of each member of a team that makes the execution of every play to run with a gentle and suave approach even in times of great pressures. The speed versus height and the outside shooting against clogged inside lanes balances the competition.

With my twin-brother Nando and youngest brother Chris who once played for FEU Basketball Team B. Both are still active competitively and bowed to extend their playing years after getting inspired by cat-quick moves of TP09

The strict adherence to games schedule made me consider to improve my time management in whatever situation I will be which were boldly felt inside the venue. No fancy or elaboration in the timely chronicles of each nation team movement to and from the Soffitel Hotel to the playing venue MOA Arena with high regard to being on-time attitude. The evident display of seriousness to win the lone pass to the ultimate basketball tournament which is the Olympics are traceable to their faces and body language.  Pride, Respect and History are the invisible part of the price at stake making these famous players played their heart out.

We were able to witnessed the different style of ball rotations, mind boggling passes making one player get open shot at the basket in the full view of the spectators drawing awe and screams of surprised crowds of the six nation inside the arena. And we were treated to several razzle dazzle moves by Jason Castro William the Gilas Pilipinas point guard and once again proves to us why he was the Asia’s Best Point Guard speeding fast his defender play every play and provided the needed points in coming up short in both losses.

The FIBA Officials led by President Patrick Bauman expressed his honest opinion of contentment with the way it was handled by our countrymen spearheaded by SBP Manny V. Pangilinan and SM Hans Sy and the PBA Officials . It was indeed world class.

Seeing our Philippine Flag side by side with the worlds best makes me prouder than ever.

Even after bowing out in two games of the Gilas Pilipinas, Filipino hoop fans with the mix of the visiting teams nationalities the arena were filled to rafters as the tickets sold on line was gone in a couple of hours after it was offered. This only shows the spectrum of basketball polarity with the US and Europe basketball remarkable following. The games popularity were felt by the visiting players as Tony Parker of French Basketball team said in an interview “we were like rockstar” indulging to selfies with his fans before boarding the teams designated bus going back to hotel.

Games souvenir from every sponsors were on display for sale ranging from one of the most expensive timepiece Tissot watch and TP09 official sponsor PEAK rubber shoes. Petron Tri Activ booth offers great prices if you can make 5 free throws in 30 seconds bringing you the pressure of making free throws within the time limit makes you experience how it is with FIBA in the international arena.

Chris Santiago of ANZ Bank calmly sank 5 consecutive freebthrows to win a Petron item shown here with Petron Tri Active ambassador.
FIBA OQT 2016 Manila leg sponsors

We are all witness to the level of game the tournament made of and it is with a positive thought that we must embrace to make it in the Olympic Games the basic and proven approach to the game that no team can win a game without playing solid defense, orchestrated offense and fluidity in motion in running our plays from both ends of the hardcourt within the whole 40 minutes duration. This experience have taught us the virtue of dedication to practice, the commando attitude we need to firmly stay focus throughout the tournament and ultra ordinary experience for the team, the players and the coaching staffs including the media and the die hard fans who will always believe in the talent of our countrymen who’ve made sacrifices to their respective family’s and love ones in serving our flag.

This is just a beginning of the next big thing in the history of the Philippine basketball, a teaser for the 2019 World Cup and eventually by Gods grace and players infinite admiration to serve and share their talent once more to elevate our level in the halls of basketball greatness if not supremacy in the heart of Asia.

#LabanPilipinas will always be our word of motivation and earn the respect of the basketball word .

Thank you for all the sponsors for treating us to an unforgettable experience we have never imagine could happen in our life, thank you for bringing the best of the basketball world. Smart , Meralco , PLDT , Petron Tri Activ , TPB Philippines , Tissot , Peak , Molten , Japan Airline , ChampionWanda Group and Nanjing Beer.

Thank you FIBA for reading my blog. Paquito