If They Could Only Play That Way More Often

Tonight, Talk N’ Text beat Alaska at Game 7 for the KFC Philippine Cup Championship. For Talk N’ Text, this marks coach Chot Reyes’ 3rd Championship for 3 different clubs, the only coach to be able to do so. This marks also the coming – of – age for the lightning quick rookie Jason Castro (19 pts., 8 rebs., 8 ass.) and sweet revenge for MacMac Cardona after losing out to eventual Series MVP Willie Miller. For Alaska, it’s also a coming out party for Larry Fonacier (10 pts., 2/5 3s), as well as an impressive showing for Reynel Hugnatan (17 pts., 6/11 FGs).

I’ve always liked Hugnatan and I like the way Fonacier shut me up today with his tough showing. But before I go on, there are two things I’d like to make clear. One, this is one of the best PBA games I’ve ever seen in my life.. While it’s entirely possible that it’s been so long since I’ve enjoyed a PBA game that this one gem of a game stood out, I’m coming clean regardless, and admit it out: WHAT.A.GAME. It was exciting, it was down the wire, both teams executed, Alaska almost died several times but kept coming back so well and so often that they were never really out of the picture until the dying seconds. That was a great game 7. Congratulations to both teams and the PBA.

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Switching Places

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This is just in. LA Tenorio and Larry Fonacier have been traded by the Magnolia Beverage Masters to the Alaska Aces for Mike Cortez and Ken Bono. My gut feel is that there’s more to come. Alaska became a much faster team (and probably more feisty) with the entry of ex-Ateneo alums Tenorio and Fonacier. Fonacier will give the Aces something they needed for a long time – a pure outside shooter who can play defense and doesn’t choke in the clutch. He may just be the doctor ordered for the Aces. Fonacier could very well essay the role played by Jojo Lastimosa during his heydays. It has been no secret that Alaska coach Tim Cone had his eyes on Fonacier since draft day 2005 (only Red Bull beat them to the draw) and now that he has him, expect a lot of things in store for the 6’1″ Quezon City native. Tenorio’s addition will give the Aces a younger (and probably) better player at the point. Only 5’8″, Tenorio makes up for his deficiency in size with spunk and court savvy.
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Another ADMU – DLSU Showdown. Yeah sure why not. *updated

The first PBA Ateneo – De La Salle Showdown is upon us on March 23, 2008, 4PM (Sunday) at big ol Araneta Coliseum Cubao. Seat and prices are as follows:

Courtside (Reserved Seating) – P640
Patron A (Reserved Seating) – P530
Lower Box A (Reserved Seating) – P480
Lower Box B (Reserved Seating) – P425
Patron B/Lower Box C (Reserved Seating) – P425
Upper Box A (Free Seating) – P115
Upper Box B (Free Seating) – P55
Gen. Admission (Free Seating) – P22

Astute readers might glimpse a tinge of sarcasm in my choice of title. If you do, then you won’t mind if I go right ahead and say what’s on my mind, which is: ‘Showdown na naman?

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