New look Beverage Masters out for redemption

magnolia_beverage_masters.gifThe Magnolia Beverage Masters tried to assemble the old Ateneo team who won the 2002 UAAP championships and when they finally did, they hurriedly disposed them to other teams. LA Tenorio, Larry Fonacier and Enrico Villanueva are all gone. They were traded in the offseason to Alaska and Purefoods. They got ex-La Salle standout Mike Cortez, a former UAAP MVP in Ken Bono, high-flying Chester Tolomia and a former Most Improved Player in Jean Marc Pingris.
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Shocking PBA trade: Villanueva to Purefoods, Pingris to Magnolia

pingris.pngIt’s a sad day to be a Purefoods fan. The TJ Giants have just traded the exciting Jean Marc Pingris to Magnolia for center Enrico Villanueva. As part of the deal, Magnolia will also received Chester Tolomia from Coca-Cola. The Tigers will receive shooter Mark Macapagal (and a future draft pick) from Brgy. Ginebra while the Gin Kings got the bull-strong Willie Wilson from Magnolia.

The trade was spurred by the sidelining of Purefoods center Rommel Adducul. The 6-6 ex-San Sebastian standout is currently undergoing chemotherapy and radiation treatment after having been diagnosed with nasopharynx cancer. The timetable for his return is still indefinite and will depend on how well he responds to treatment.
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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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The imports are coming!

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With only a few weeks to go prior to the start of the 2008 PBA Fiesta Cup (League opens on March 29 in Panabo City, Davao del Norte), teams are in frantic search to acquire highly-talented imports overseas to beef up their lineup. The height restrictions for foreign reinforcements have been scrapped to give way to mastodons such as ex-Red Bull and now Miami Heat cager 7’0″ Earl Barron to play in the league. Three years ago when the same system was implemented, Talk N Text’s 6’8″ Jerald Honeycutt stood tall against the giants and copped the PBA Best Import trophy, while leading the Phonepals to a second place finish.

In addition, the league also gave a concession to the Welcoat Dragons and the Coca-Cola Tigers (for finishing 9th and 10th at the end of the classification) to bring in another import standing not lower than 6’1″.
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