In Huddle

Magsanoc, Lastimosa awe viewers


For the next 48 hours following Game 3 of the PBA Philippine Cup best-of-7 championship series, I had been trying to track down Ronnie Magsanoc and Jojo Lastimosa.

I was watching these two PBA legends on AKTV Central  and was terribly impressed with  their insights and analyses of the games between Talk ‘N Text and Rain or Shine.

It’s very rare that technical talk on any sport catches my interest, much less hold it, but one time—I think it was Game 2—I found myself transfixed as I listened intently  to the duo’s highly perceptive exchange.

Jolas and Ronnie talked both from a player and a coach’s point of view and everything they said made a lot of sense. For the first time, I enjoyed listening to technical basketball analysis. The Ronnie/Jolas tandem helped the ordinary viewer understand what was going on in the game.

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What I had wanted to ask Ronnie and Jolas, or at least one of them, was an evaluation of the officiating in Game 3, which Rain or Shine coach Yeng Guiao said had been lopsided in favor of Talk ‘N Text.

Yeng said Rain or Shine had the chance to win the game but the referees spoiled their chances.

“There were several calls which I thought we could have gotten.  Ranidel (de Ocampo) hit Gabe (Norwood) in a rebound, but no foul was called. There was also no call on Jayson Castro’s last steal  from Chris Tiu. Ryan Reyes’ attempt on Paul Lee was called as a foul. We felt that Ryan had initiated the contact, pero hindi ito binigay sa amin.”

“Those situations, malaking bagay sa amin yun. They didn’t give it to us. We tried our best, but the refs ruined our chances.”


It is in this frame of mind that Yeng goes into Game 4 of the title series,  which could also be the last of the series.

Some scribes felt that Yeng had thrown in the towel when he muttered  during the post-game interview last Sunday that the Elasto Painters were just trying to delay the inevitable. Or words to that effect.

When another scribe asked if  an unprecedented comeback from a 0-3 deficit to seize the title  was still possible,  Yeng was in no mood to be optimistic.

“Eh hindi pa nga maka-isa, four straight pa?” he muttered.

Anyway, although Yeng made it known that he is not filing a formal complaint against the refs (“because it’s useless”), PBA commissioner Chito Salud said the officiating has been “fair and square, with no team receiving help from the referees. The players will decide the game.”

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Reacting to the proposal of commissioner Salud for Smart Gilas to get at least one player from every PBA team, SBP vice chair Ricky Vargas sounded happy over the offer.

“Beggars can’t be choosers,” he said, “but the proposal has been very encouraging because the PBA, its owners and officials have committed to the objective of forming not only the best but the most competitive team to represent our country.

Should other teams want to lend more than one player to Smart Gilas, Salud said they are free to do so.

The Fiba-Asia Championship, which we last won in 1987, is the qualifier for the 2014 Fiba World Cup, which will be held in Spain.

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  • Roy Chua

    basta wag lng isama s line up c JAMES YAP walang kuwentang player yun masiyadong pa star!!!

  • kentjohn

    i agree with the technical point of view of jolas and ronnie are clear to understand to the basketball panatics fans..theres no question that they are good players during there heydays..

  • FREE Pinoy TV Online

    It’s AKTV Center not Central.

  • azkal futbol

    sending pba players to smart-gilas will ruin the success of the pba commercially. for the first time in years, i see enthusiastic groups waiting and planning to watch the pba games. this never happened before. it only means, the ordinary filipino already accepted the fact that we are not meant for the big league. we can play our own league, make it fun and entertaining but there is no way we can outplay the chinese or even the middle-east teams. send the youth team to have exposure and experience but not the pro – we already have a league of our own.

    • ElScorcho

      Says the supporter of this team that isn’t even in the top ten in Asia.

    • jhayz

      Wake up Mr. Azkal Futbol! Your post is against every aspiring sports organization’s dreams. Tell you what…Do speak for yourself but not for everybody else.

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