Ginebra Let go of Joe Devance, Now a Free Agent and can sign with Other Teams

What should Joe Devance do now?

While we were a bit surprised of the move, we also think that this will also be temporary and that we would see Joe Devance back in the line up in the second conference.
The 35-year-old Joe Devance and the first overall pick in 2007 has played very well under coach Tim Cone and during those times the duo has produced a total of 8 championships dating back when the two was with Star Hotshots.

Times are changing for Ginebra

Ginebra in the past years has made a lot of big moves and through the years it has changed faces. Joe Devance was instrumental in the championship run of Ginebra and while he is not exactly at his prime anymore, his skills and size are hard to come by in the PBA.  Other teams can surely lure him as most of the teams needed size in their frontcourt.
The absence of Joe Devance will give more opportunities to Raymond Aguilar and Jarvy Cruz.

It’s Official: Jett Manuel is Now Part of the Ginebra San Miguel Roster, Contract Signed

The Jet is ready to take off with Ginebra after signing a one-year rookie contract

Jett Manuel shook hands with Alfrancis Chua 

The 12th pick of 2017 PBA draft by the Ginebra San Miguel has been signed to a one year contract.

The former UP Maroons is ready to prove that he belongs to the most popular ball club in the PBA Barangay Ginebra. Jett Manuel posted on his Twitter account earlier today a photo of him with SMC sports director and Barangay Ginebra board of governor Alfrancis Chua with the caption.

The twitter post officially confirmed that he is now a part of the Barangay Ginebra. 

Can Ginebra Force a Rubber Match on Monday?

Another do-or-die situation for the crowd darlings, Ginebra. Can they force a rubber match on Monday? Here’s some key points for them.
1. Ball Movement
Ginebra is the best team right now in sharing the ball. And they are unstoppable if they are doing it right. LA Tenorio, Scottie Thompson and even Justin Brownlee should take charge.

2. Justin Brownlee Should Dominate
The leading candidate for the Best Import Award should dominate the game not just in scoring and rebounding. He should take charge also in defense and in ball movement.

3. Rebounding
Rebounding is the difference in every game they played. Who wins the rebounding department wins the game.

Brgy. Ginebra San Miguel Official Roster | 2017 PBA Commissioner’s Cup

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The Barangay Ginebra San Miguel is a professional basketball team in the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA). It is currently the most popular PBA team and has won nine PBA titles. The team is owned by Ginebra San Miguel, Inc. (formerly, La Tondeña Distillers, Inc.), a subsidiary of the San Miguel Corporation (SMC). The team is one of three PBA ball clubs currently owned by the SMC group of companies, along with the Star Hotshots and the San Miguel Beermen.
La Tondeña Incorporada (renamed, La Tondeña Distillers, Inc., after SMC acquired majority control in 1987) joined the PBA in 1979 as an expansion team. After some rough times during their first few seasons, their fortunes changed when Robert Jaworski and Francis Arnaiz arrived in 1984, following the disbandment of the famed Toyota Super Corollas. As player-coach, Jaworski steered the franchise to four PBA titles between 1986 and 1997. In the post-Jaworski era, coaches Jong Uichico, Siot Tanquingcen and Tim Cone with the players led by “The Fast and The Furious”, Jayjay Helterbrand and Mark Caguioa led the franchise to five more titles.

Players Position
Aguilar, Japeth F
Brownlee, Justin F
Caguioa, Mark G
Cruz, Jervy F
De Guzman, Jericho C
Devance, Joe F
Ellis, Chris G
Ferrer, Kevin F
Helterbrand, Anthony G
Jamito, Raymond F
Marcelo, Dave C
Mariano, Aljon F
Mercado, Solomon G
Taha, Paolo G
Tenorio, LA G
Thompson, Scottie G
Cone, Earl Timothy Head Coach

(youtube by: Basketball World; source: Wikipedia)

Will the 2016 Manila Clasico christmas showdown break another gate attendance record?

Can’t get enough of the holiday treats? Here’s another one!

PBA is going to put up another entertaining Christmas showdown, as they bring the Manila Clasico rivalry on Christmas Day. As another season unfolds, the PBA board decided to bring this another historic match up in Philippine Arena.

With Star hotshots currently having difficulties in trying to fit into Coach Chito’s system, and Ginebra also struggling when it comes to their consistency, this game will be another test for each squad as they fight for a win in front of an estimated 50,000 crowd of PBA faithfuls.

Every Manila Clasico showdown is historic, that makes each upcoming Ginebra-Star game a highly anticipated event as PBA try to bring the best basketball games to the fans, the management has decided to accommodate more fans on this day by getting a bigger venue that also held the most number of gate attendance in the history of the league in the past Manila Clasico match up conference opener which has recorded a total of 52,612 fans.

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Terrence Romeo spoils Ginebra come back, gives the kings second loss

Photo by PBA Media Bureau

Terence Romeo again proved how he has matured in terms of how he plays the game in the professional league from being just one of the new comers in the country’s biggest basketball stage.

Globalport Batang Pier held the Barangay Ginebra squad through out the whole game having them play catch up in most part of their showdown in Sunday at the Araneta Coliseum.

Japeth Aguilar led the Barangay Ginebra in trying to get back in the game being the only player to get double figures during the 3rd period but somehow gets some support from their main play maker LA Tenorio who sinked some jumpers and tripples that closed the gap.

Romeo and the rest of the Batang Pier players made it hard for Ginebra to continue their momentum as they outscored Ginebra in the payoff period having Romeo to score 15 points in a single quarter that spoiled the known Ginebra comeback and ended the game with a season high record of 35 points disappointing Aguilar and Tenorio’s output at 23points a piece

The scores:

GLOBALPORT 91 – Romeo 35, Quinahan 15, Pringle 12, Canaleta 10, Mamaril 6, Cortez 6, Urbiztondo 3, Pennisi 2, Maierhofer 2, Semerad 0, Pessumal 0

GINEBRA 84 – Aguilar 23, Tenorio 23, Devance 9, Mariano 8, Cruz 6, Mercado 5, Thompson 4, Caguioa 2, Ellis 2, Taha 2, Ferrer 0, Helterbrand 0

Quarterscores: 23-22, 53-36, 68-65, 91-84

Is it going to be a battle of guards? or battle of bigmen? PBA Season 42 Analysis

After the trimming and building of each PBA teams making the most out of the PBA off-season in trying to showcase a strong line up, we are left clueless of the way this upcoming season is going to be.

As each team wanting to get their line ups filled with new faces considering the size and talent after different star player switches and key player trades, it is going to be an anticipated All Filipino Cup again. After the 41st season’s governors’ cup, every one woke up in a surpise after hearing about a report that involves Star Hotshots’ Star player and the former MVP Paul Lee of the Rain or Shine Elasto Painters. This might be considered as the biggest blockbuster trade in this generation as Star Hotshots acquired the rights to Paul Lee and RoS to James Yap.

This was just one of those trades that happened, after a successful campaign in the Governors’ Cup, the Barangay Ginebra San Miguel the previous conference’s champion traded their back ups such as Nico Salva, Dennice Villamor and Franklin Bonifacio. Just when everyone’s expecting for an intact core for this ballclub after a championship they eventually released some of their players due to an overcrowded roster after drafting 3 more bigmen in the latest PBA Rookie Draft. Ginebra picked Kevin Ferrer a University of Sto. Tomas cager and a gilas cadet. They also acquired the rights to sign Jam Jamito of St. Claire college and their former practice player Jericho De Guzman.

San Miguel Beermen also acquired another bigman Van Opstal as a backup of Junmar Fajardo who has a potential to be a threat inside the paint. The beermen then released Gary David from their roster after having some difficulties meeting it’s salary cap and also because of multiple players with the same position as David.

There are lots of trades that involved guards and centers and it’s too many to mention but is this season going to be a battle of fronliners? or a backcourt competition?

Based on what each teams are trying to achieve, San Miguel Beermen’s Junmar Fajardo has been the benchmark. Trying to match up this former MVP is the goal of every team in this conference as they will not have any reinforcement until the 2nd and 3rd conference. Play making is one of the key factors to consider too but the focal point of this new season is building a strong frontline roster for each team to be able to overcome and surpass what Fajardo is producing. With the addition Arnold Van Opstal in the Beermen’s frontcourt, it will be hard for any teams to battle inside the paint.

Well for me? It’s going to be a battle of the goliaths. Having a very skill and size filled rookie class, it will certainly be a matter of who will dominate the paint than who can make plays in the back court.

Mark Caguioa extends ties with Ginebra, signs two year deal

The Barangay Ginebra San Miguel Franchise player renewed his ties with the PBA’s crowd darling after signing a two year contract extention.

After a successful conference in the last PBA season where they won the title, Mark Caguioa decided to continue his journey in the PBA after Jayjay Helterbrand discontinued his retirement plans after winning a championship.

Joe Devance and Dave Marcelo were also reported to have signed their respective contract extensions with the Governors’ Cup Champion team.

"Tayo naman ang manloloko, Sinong kangkong ngayon?" Mark Caguioa to Fans

As a sign of relief after making the fans proud again after a long title-drought, The Fast and The Furious tandem could not thank the fans enough for their undying support. The Company behind the Barangay Ginebra San Miguel Franchise threw an awesome victory party that obviously catered the fans and made sure that everyone’s safe and taken cared of.

With tons of freebies and food given away by SMC marketing, the team treats the fans by going directly to the crowd and have a meet and greet with their beloved supporters.

Jayjay Helterbrand gave his cap to a fan who unhesistantly asked for it. The whole Barangay Ginebra team went to the crowd for autograph signing and photo op which definitely completed the reason why these fans came in early and waited for the San Juan Arena to open.

Mark Caguioa, former MVP and ginebra veteran had his speech and bid his gratitude to the Ginebra Fans.
“Maraming maraming salamat sa mga naghihintay mga umiiyak pagkatapos ng laro. Pero ngayon tayo naman ang manloloko, sinong kangkong ngayon.?”

Ginebra will be back on the hard court after a short break to start their campaign in the All Filipino Cup on November 20.

Al Francis Chua "Ang di sumayaw walang bonus". Ginebra Victory Party

A very short preparation that resulted to an epic celebration, the Barangay Ginebra San Miguel has thrown their appreciation to the fans after being on stage screaming out their gratitude to everyone who supported the ball club through out the years until they finally got a grasp on their latest title win.

Each players expressed their gratitude to the Ginebra supporters by giving them the strength to carry on and win every game.

“I told the team from the start, we are not to win only one championship, we are off to win many championships.” Tim Cone said in speecg in front of thousands of Ginebra Faithfuls.

And when the crowd was teasing the players to dance on stage and some of them hesitated to do so, the team Governor of the Barangay Ginebra San Miguel held the mic and said “Ang di sumayaw, walang bonus.” Then everyone rushed to the front stage and dances in front of their fans.

Barangay Ginebra gives back to fans by throwing a Victory Party.

Coming off a huge success in the PBA Governors’ Cup, the third conference champions will give back to the fans who supported them all through out their 8-year campaign in the PBA before having another touch on the championship trophy.

After a clutch triple of the Ginebra reinforcement Justin Brownlee that led the team in to a title, the SMC management organized a victory party to be held in the Fil Oil Flying V arena in San Juan on Sunday, October 23 at 12pm. The most anticipated event will cater thousands of Ginebra faithfuls and could be one of the SMC’s ways of giving thanks to their fans after staying with them through our their ups and downs and struggles during the times that they weren’t able to have the championship trophy.

It is expected to be blockbuster event they way the fans shares their excitement in social media. A weekend event of the SMC management will definitely attract a lot of people so we advise everyone to get there early and earn your slot as this huge event commence. Giveaways and freebies are expected to be given away by the ball club as part of their appreciation to the undying support of the fans to the most popular ballclub in the history of Philippine Basketball.

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Former Barangay Ginebra players congratulates the Kings in social media.

After 8 years of title-drought, the Barangay Ginebra San Miguel finally got the gold in their hands as they beat Meralco in an epic game 6 win with their import Justin Brownlee’s clutch triple.

Social media exploded with a huge volume of trending topics about this historic win and known personalities and former Ginebra players are one of the thousands who celebrated this championship and greeted the ballclub with a well deserved crown.

Ginebra hits champion’s stage after Justin Brownlee’s buzzer-beater trey.

Barangay Ginebra San Miguel ended the 8 years of title-drought after sending Meralco home in game 6 of the PBA Governors’ Cup Finals. It has been a tight series and it is an unpredictable match every game between this top two teams who faced each other for a title bet.

LA Tenorio started the run of Ginebra after being down by more than 10 points and continued being in deficit entering the second half of the game 6.

The presence of the Ginebra Legend and the man who patented  “Never Say Die” battle cry of the franchise fired the ballclub up which made the team going as they came back after being down in most part of the game.

In the second half the Ginebra squad continued to play catch up and inched their way back in the driver’s seat though Meralco did not make it easy for the Ginebra stars to get this game.

After a missed lay up of Allen Durham in the final seconds of the game that could have gave them the lead after being tied at 88 a piece, Ginebra called a time out with 5.5 seconds left on the clock, Sol Mercado dished his inbound pass to Brownlee who tried to create space and took a three point shot right before the clock expires and hits it from downtown which causes the win and be crowned as the 2016 PBA Governors’ Cup Champion after a long wait, ups and downs and a lot of bashing, the Ginebra is now back on top and proved everyone that they are not the “kangkong” team no more.

Tim Cone is thankful for Helterbrand and Caguioa’s rescue. "They pretty much saved our series."

Coach Tim Cone admitted that he had no idea what to do and had a lousy coaching night but is so thankful that his two veterans also known as the Fast and the Furious tandem went out there and helped them get the win to even out the series.

Ginebra could not sustain their intensity entering the second half after a very good performance in the 1st and 2nd quarter of game 4. Jayjay Helterbrand and Mark Caguioa entered the hard court under two minutes left in 3rd quarter with a huge deficit caused by a run of Meralco. Tim Cone decided to let his back court tandem to continue playing to somehow catch up with how the Bolts are playing.

“That was a story book game, having Jay and Mark out there and do their game it was amazing, we were swinging in the wind I dont know, we were just doing nothing.” The Barangay Ginebra coach said.

“They are great players they made up for a lousy coaching they came out and did really great things.”

“Pretty much saved our series.” Cone explains how relieving it is to see his two veterans to come out of the bench and help them get the win that they needed for the series after being down in the series by one before heading to the 4th game of the finals.

Now the Ginebra coaching staff will try to look for more minutes for Helterbrand because of his huge performance that turned the table for them in getting their 2nd win. “This has been Jay’s first meaningful minutes and he’s got skills as we all know, he’s an MVP he knows how to play these big moments and we gotta take a look and try to maybe find some more minutes for him as we progress with the series.”

Helterbrand brings back glory days as birthday game resulted to a win for Ginebra

Photo by PBA Media

Barangay Ginebra gives Meralco a first half beating as they go back to Coach Tim’s triangle offense. Their impressive defense evidently affected the game, limiting Meralco to only 13 points in the first quarter.

Sol Mercado who struggled in game 3 who was on the bench after getting fouled out and had limited minutes after getting into foul trouble went perfect from the field in the first half with 2 convereted three pointers. Ginebra out rebounded Meralco in the first half with Brownlee and Aguilar controlling the boards.

At the second half,  Meralco continued to play catch up and eventually gained the lead having the 3rd quarter points production at 39-12 points after the Meralco run lead by Durham and Hodge.

Tim Cone turns the table around in the fourth quarter by making Mark Caguioa and Jayjay Helterbrand take over the guard spots and eventually turning it  into a success. Jayjay Helterbrand made three 3 point shots that get the things going for Ginebra overcoming a huge deficit gained in the 3rd quarter and played a great defense cancelling out Durham in the pay off period. Ginebra’s five on the floor did a great job in defending the outside shooters of Meralco. Ginebra had 5 points ahead of Meralco in the last few minutes of the 4th quarter after meralco ties the ball game. Ginebra regained the lead at 2 points and L.A got fouled and missed his two charities which gave Meralco 7seconds left on the clock. Norman Black called a time out to plan things up but the play executed by the team on shot of Chris Newsome was not converted into 2 points that ends the regulations with Ginebra with just a possession away to win game 4 at 88-86

Helterbrand scored 11 points that helped Ginebra in to this win despite Justin Brownlee’s poor production. The series is now tied at 2 a piece heading into game 5 to get the 3rd win before entering game 6 who might be the deciding match to get the most anticipated season ending conference crown.