Darius proves there is no rice shortage in the country

He was good as advertised. Scouting reports pegged him as a cold-blooded scorer, one of the best pure shooting strokes outside of the NBA, and they were right. Darius Rice‘s 56 points on 6 of 17 shooting from deep 3 was reminiscement of his 52-point outburst in the NBDL championship game last year. Rice scored the marginal basket – a breakaway side-stepping move – to give the Giants a 127-126 double OT win over the new-look Magnolia Beverage Masters.
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Giant steps for Purefoods

purefoods_tj-giants.gifThe fanatics of the Purefoods TJ Giants received quite a jolt in the offseason involving its two top frontcourt stars. Rommel Adducul will be sidelined for the remainder of the season to undergo treatment for nasopharyngeal cancer while energetic forward Jean Marc Pingris has been traded to Magnolia for Enrico Villanueva to fill the void at the center position. As of presstime, the Giants have been trying to lure Rich Alvarez out of Red Bull to replace Pingris’ slot but it appears that the Barakos have other plans (at least not in exchange for Richard Yee).
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Scoring demon to reinforce Purefoods

Darius Rice If there is one thing Darius Rice can do best on the basketball court, it’s putting the ball inside the hoop. The 6’10” 222-lb Rice is known as a dangerous offensive player with a knack for hitting shots from way beyond the three-point arc.

In the championship game in the NBDL last year, Rice put on one of the best, if not the best, scoring performances in league history. He exploded for 52 big points, highlighted by 11 triples – including one that sent the game into overtime with four seconds left. The Dakota Wizards went on to win the title after dominating the overtime period. Rice copped the finals MVP trophy.

It’s the kind of performance the Purefoods TJ Giants hope to see when Rice puts on the team jersey in the 2008 PBA Fiesta Cup. The team is in the midst of finalizing contract details with the ex-Miami Hurricane standout and if the negotiations pull through, the Giants will have in their hands, a certified scorer who can shoot the lights out in any given day. It will not be surprising if Rice goes on to average 60 points a game because that’s what he do best. With James Yap, Peter June Simon, and Rice, Purefoods will have the best perimeter weapons in town.
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