Highlights: Gilas Team Pulled off the Win Against the Luzon Squad

The young guns proved something after winning the second leg of PBA All-Star against the veterans in Quezon Convention Center, Lucena City.
It was the Gilas who heated up early in the game, but Arwind Santos from All-Star Luzon was the one who ended the first quarter at 34-30 with his trademark spider dunk.
With Abueva, Aguilar and Lassiter scoring double digits, the lead was with the Luzon team until 3rd quarter.
Torres’ back to back points made the momentum shift to Gilas in the last quarter. Cabagnot however, was unstoppable and scored 8 straight points for his team.
Tables were turned in the last minutes of the match. CBC, Ferrer, Grey and Rosario amazingly scored consecutive points and completed the Gilas’ comeback.
Gilas won over the powerhouse Luzon All-Stars at 122-111 with Jonathan Grey leading the team at 19 points.
Matthew Wright earned his second 2017 PBA All-Stars MVP award with 15 points and 7 assist in the match.

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Must Watch: PBA All-Star Mindanao and Gilas Pilipinas Pre-Game Dance

One of the highlights of the first leg of PBA All-Star series was the dance showdown of both teams before the start of the game.
Gilas troop composed of Fajardo, Terrence Romeo, LA Revilla, Mike Tolomia, RR Pogoy, Matthew Wright, Kevin Ferrer, Carl Bryan Cruz, Alfonso Gotladera and Bradwyn Guinto first ruled the dance floor with their own rendition of Juju On That Beat.
Followed by Coach Chito Victolero’s team who grooved to a remix song, Lastimosa, Jalalon and Khobuntin of All-Star Mindanao was determined to put up a good show to the CDO folks, together with the other players Cyrus Baguio, Mark Barroca, Scottie Thompson, PJ Simon, Rafi Reavis, Sonny Thoss, Baser Amer, Moala Tautuaa and Troy Rosario.

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Highlights: PBA All-Star Mindanao and Gilas Pilipinas Ends the Game in a Weird Tie, 114 all

It was a tightly contested match up in the first game of PBA All-Star week at Xavier University Gymnasium in Cagayan de Oro.
Gilas Pilipinas and All-Star Mindanao ended the first quarter with 24 points. It was PJ Simon who scored the first point of the match.
Troy Rosario however, led the All-Star team in the first quarter while Terrence Romeo from Gilas contributed most of the team’s point.
In the second quarter, Gilas heats up  early and took over the lead 34-31 courtesy of Matthew Wrights’ back to back points. Pogoy with the offensive board wows the crowd as he hangs in the air for a putback.
Rosario pulls up for a tripple off the glass shots and bring back the lead to Mindanao 59-55 in the end of first half.
Romeo attacks and scores quickly to start the second half while Tolomia took over his business and bring Gilas’ biggest lead 81-74, with 3:48 seconds left in the 3rd quarter.
Carl Bryan Cruz throws some power shots and made huge deficit against Mindanao, 91-79.
The third quarter ended with 93-86 score in favor of Gilas.
All-Star Mindanao continous to trim off deficit by 5, 90-95 early in 4th quarter. Gilas on the other hand, bounce back with an 8-0 run, 103-95 lead with 5:46 seconds left in the clock.
Fajardo with a one-hander clutch, scores 114-111. Mark Barroca boost his commendable play and scores a three point shot and  ties the game at 114 all.
As Romeo missed the shot and Mindanao screwed the chance also in the overtime, the first game of the PBA All-Star week ends with a tie, 114 all.
Troy Rosario of Team Mindanao with 28 points and Matthew Wright of Team Gilas with 22 points hailed as co’ MVPS of 2017 PBA All-Star CDO leg.
The PBA All-Star Luzon game will be on April 28 in Quezon Convention Center, Lucena City.


Mindanao PBA All Stars 114 – Rosario 28, Simon 14, Barroca 13, Amer 10, Lastimosa 9, Baguio 8, Tautuaa 8, Jalalon 6, Khobuntin 6, Reavis 5, Thoss 4, Thompson 3, Belo 0.

Gilas Pilipinas 114 – Wright 22, Romeo 18, Fajardo 16, Pogoy 14, Cruz 11, Revilla 10, Tolomia 10, Ferrer 7, Torres 2, Gotladera 2, Guinto 2, Pessumal 0.

Quarters: 24-24, 59-55, 86-93, 114-114.


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PBA All-Star Supporters: What to Experience After the Game?

The PBA All-Star Week is done annually by the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA). And this year’s 2016-2017 season of PBA’s All-Star Festivities will be held from April 26 to 30, 2017 on three different venues in Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao.
Three PBA All-Star teams, one each with players representing the Philippines’ three major islands will battle up against the Gilas Pilipinas, the country’s national basketball team.
Tremendous amount of people from different parts of the country are expected to come and witness the nerve-wracking match up of each team. PBA All-Star Mindanao was just held yesterday at Xavier University Gymnasium in Cagayan de Oro, PBA All-Star Luzon will be on April 28 in Quezon Convention Center, Lucena City and PBA All-Star Visayas will be held on April 30 in Hoops Dome, Lapu-Lapu city, Cebu.
It would be indeed an unforgettable experience for those die-hard basketball supporters to watch the thrilling games. And what more relaxing and better way to do after it is to roam around the place and try some exciting stuff.
Cagayan de Oro, which is the first venue, is filled with outstanding scenic places ranging from beaches, mountains, limestone caves, rivers, historical landmarks, timeless churches and fancy restaurants.
If you are planning to stay in CDO and looking for a hotel with golf estate, Hotel Koresco is the one for you. It has an 18-hole golf course located at Pueblo de Oro Golf Estate.
One of the best places to eat in CDO is at Peking House Restaurant. It offers authentic Chinese dishes which is located in Gaisano Mall. Sentro 1850 and Kagay-anon restaurant is also a must place to eat.
If you’re looking for an adventure, Whitewater Rafting, Tubing and Kayaking are some of the activities you can also experience in CDO.
Lucena City offers a lot of beautiful places to visit. Some of it is Lucena Cathedral, Botanical Garden & Arboretum, Dalahican Beach Resort, Talao-Talao Beach Resort and St. Ferdinand Cathedral.
A place where you can eat and chill is at Buddy’s Pizza. It ranked number one among the thirty restaurants in Lucena city. Followed by the best RestoBar in Town, which is the Sadik Resto Bar.
The last venue for PBA All-Star is at Lapu-lapu City Cebu. Basketball fans can roam around the city after the game but they might have a hard time deciding where to go or what to do first since there’s a lot to choose from.
Activities like City Tours, Nature & Wildlife Tours, Canyoning & Rappelling Tours, Dolphin & Whale Watching, Scuba diving, Snorkeling, Parasailing & Paragliding, Waterskiing & Jet skiing, Dolphin & Whale Watching and many more are what Lapu-lapu city has to offer.
Loyal fans deserve to relax and enjoy after they root for their favorite players. Whatever the fans desire to do, there will surely be something that will best suit their interests in these three beautiful venues.

Watch: Gilas Pool gears up for PBA All-Star Week!

Gilas Pool gears up for PBA All-Star Week!
A couple of weeks away before the SEABA Championship, the Gilas Pilipinas will have a chance to compete against some of the brightest stars of PBA in the upcoming All-Star week as part of their preparation to defend the SEABA title.
They will have an exhibition match up with the three PBA All-Star teams representing the country’s three major islands. Gilas will face the PBA-All Star Mindanao on April 26 in Cagayan de Oro, PBA All-Star Luzon on April 28 in Lucena City and PBA All-Star Visayas on April 30 in Cebu.

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Video: 2017 PBA Slam Dunk Competition: Who’s Your Champ?

The contest that everyone has been waiting for. The main event of the all the side events.

This year the Slam Dunk contest will be more interesting as it features some well known name in the dunking class. 

Let’s take a look at the list of the young hoppers who will bring excitement in this years slam dunk contest. 

Moala Tautuaa
Gabe Norwood
Arnold Van Opstal
Justin Melton
JC Intal
Chris Newsome
Rey Gueverra
Japeth Aguilar
James Forrester
Calvin Abueva

Who will be the Slam Dunk King?