Phonepals get some beef

talk-n-text_phonepals.gifThe Phonepals are in the doldrums and are searching for an identity after a series of bad management moves made them the league’s newest cry baby. Gone is coach Derrick Pumaren who was exiled to the land of the unknown and the never before heard. In comes former National team mentor Chot Reyes and the huge expectations that accompanies his leadership ledger.

They’ve added Jec Chia and Gilbert Lao – two old Chot Reyes reliables back at the old Coca-Cola days. While their contributions are expected to be minimal, they both make Reyes feel comfortable especially when the going gets tough for him taking control of ultra-talented players in the roster. The trade of Asi Taulava was a thing that would make the team later on regret but Reyes did attempt to bring back the prodigal son but he was nixed. Coca-Cola claimed finders’ keepers, and losers’ weepers.
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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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