SIC Shirts Clothing at Manila Sneaker Expo, A Brand of Passion.

It was a great experience getting along with different sneaker enthusiasts and streetwear fanatics in Manila Sneaker Expo 2017.

Getting through the crowd of sneakerheads there are these new and upcoming brands that you may not know existed. They have the sickest concepts and designs and the minds behind it are too passionate about what they do. One of these brands is SIC shirt clothing line, a very simple kind of brand that makes you wanna ask yourself “why?”, “why are they so passionate about getting into the streetwear industry?”. Luckily we had the chance to talk to the owner of SIC, Mr. Jeosh Gutierrez, and asked him questions about the streetwear industry and many more..

I am personally curious about the name of the brand so I asked why he came up with it.

SIC stands for Stunning impresive  Clothing. Came up with the name because in our culture now a days when we see something nice or something cool we tend to use “Sick” or “that’s Sick” . I want my customers to have an impression that whenever they wear my brand their fit will be SIC and will stand out the crowd.” Mr. Gutierrez explained.

It make sense now that the reason why this clothing line is now emerging to the top is because it has a back story and somehow gives a lot of people the curiousity on why they have this kind of name,it’s a kind of topic that you wanna share with your peers when you talk about streetwear.

Streetwear scene has been booming in the country right now and we asked SIC’s owner about how he see the current streetwear game in the country.

It’s great more and more brands are uprising the likes of Sole stax Urbanwear, Caerus Clothing ,DBTK , Drone ,  ,Daedelus LTD ,Goons, Progress and a lot to mention. Hopefully one day one of the brands here in the Philippines will be recognized internationally and can compete with such famous brands like Supreme, ASSC , The life of Pablo etc.”

 With so much excitement on how the scene will turn out in to, SIC’s owner sees the industry to get it’s place in the hype market one day and hopes for the best for every brand and probably getting their own into that level of branding.

In this kind of country, streetwear has not been so easy to sell to the masses, so we asked Mr. Gutierrez about the inspiration that made him get into this kind of business.

Simple I like to wear shirts ! I used to buy shirts almost three times a month just for me not to wear the same shirt over and over again for such night outs and parties and believe me it costs a lot to do that . One day I thought of why not make something that I can wear and be the only one who has that design. My friends told me that the design is cool it’s lit and very unique . They asked me to print shirts for them so basically my very first customers for the SIC og logo tee are friends and families. A lot of people has requested to have atleast a piece since they saw pics of myself and friends wearing the shirt on Facebook , Instagram and Twitter. Its an overwhelming feeling for me when people tend to order and reconize the brand itself.”

With the kind of inspiration and drive that Jeosh and SIC brand is showing out in the open, he and other brands are the ones who will slowly emerge and make this culture known to the market and make people aware that streetwear is not only a fashion trend, it is a lifestyle. And his message to those aspiring clothing brands and people who are planning to get into this kind of business?

Never give up chase your dreams. Don’t stop until you reach your ultimate goal. Be influencial to the people who buy your clothes to support local streetwear brands always.”

Being successful isn’t a one-two-punch combo and it requires hardwork, passion and dedication on what you do, Mr. Jeosh Gutierrez of SIC Shirts is one great example of an individual who strives to bring the culture up while loving what he do.

Check out their Social Media Accounts:

FB: https://www.facebook.com/sicshirtsest2015/

IG: https://www.instagram.com/sic_shirts/

Kicks and Cause: Shoefiend Los Angeles’ Owner Talks About The Sneaker Scene

So what role does the sneaker game play in our community? Does it really help us become more inspired to grind hard to get what we really want in life like fashion and stuffs we didn’t get to have when we were young? Or is it just for flexin? How does the American sneaker scene influences the Pinoy sneaker fashion? These are the questions that typical people have in mind and we’re lucky that we had a chance to somehow clear the smoke and enlighten the minds of these people who believe that sneaker game is just a fashion.

Earl John Verzo, owner (CEO) of SHOEFIEND LOS ANGELES one of the most trusted sneaker dealers in the US and in the Philippines and also the trusted reseller of Pinoy Celebrities like Vice Ganda, Vhong Navarro, Teddy Corpuz and many more, gave us some words to actually explain how diverse the sneaker game is and how he and the brand that he represents overcome some challenges and how they give back to the community, proving that wearing something that looks good on feet doesn’t mean you just wanted to flex and show off but it is to inspire the people around you and educate these innocent minds about the Sneaker Game.

For a guy who spent most of his life collecting sneakers in the Philippines and in the US, we asked EJ about the difference between the sneaker scene abroad and locally.

“The difference would be the extravagant shoe collections in the US. There is nothing like it compared to what the Philippines has to offer. Numerous selections and variety of shoes. hands down US  still has the best sneaker scene World Wide. But the Philippines has the potential to match that because Filipinos are hard working and ambitious 40% of the sneakerheads on the events are Filipino. Imagine bumping to a filipino sneakerhead every 5 minutes. Trust me we’re getting there. “

With the wide range of available varieties in the US, I must agree that they’ve got the best sneaker culture in the world but like what EJ said, Filipinos are everywhere and I won’t be surprised if one day we’ll be recognized as one of the world’s biggest sneaker community, maybe not the top but being known as one of them is something to be proud of.

One more question that we asked EJ is, how he and his brand overcome challenges like explaining to people that sneakergame is not pure luxury.

Powcast.net : “How hard it is to change the mentality of other people who are not into sneakers and looks at sneakerheads as luxurious individuals? “

“It’s quite challenging because you’re selling an idea that you believe in and most people don’t see that vision. Empathize with them, Let them have a glimpse of your life. show them your love and desire, establish to the people that what you wear reflects who you are as a person. Let them know that the first thing a person will notice are your shoes, make them realize that its not all about the luxury of shoes. It involves meeting new people who shares the same interest as you. A community, a family. The key ingredient is consistency and persistence, Influence them.” Mr. Verzo explained.

How does this brand actually helps the community? Is ShoeFiend LA your typical sneakers dealer? We asked the brand CEO Mr. Verzo about the things they do to pass on the inspiration to other people and how important it is for them to give back to the people around them by practicing the brand’s “Shoefiend LA Mentality”.

“We give back to the community by Inspiring people thru words and actions. We use the #shoefiendlamentality.
This is how you can turn negativity into positive and it’s satisfying to see a person being inspired
Whenever I see people who really appreciates the shoe culture I tend to give in to that emotional state.
Two weeks ago a friend of my uncle stayed at our house, he was a tall Indonesian basketball player. We shared the same passion for basketball and was able to talk about his love for the shoes as well, It is essential when you play basketball. Which led to us talking about my shoe collection. I gave him the opportunity to witness my collection and saw excitement in his eyes. I eventually end up giving him a limited edition Shoe for a have the price because I felt that he deserved it.
Another way we give back is by posting positive way of thinking that will help you achieve your desire and goals in life that will boost determination.
We also hand out toys to the street children on Christmas Eve. Along with my Brother In law who runs a local clothing brand prime wear. 
Furthermore letting them understand that Shoe Fiend Los Angeles is more than just a brand. It’s a life style.” SFLA said.

Well, there you go. It is not all about showing off for this brand, it is to inspire people that if you work hard, you’ll eventually get what you want and deserve while getting other people involved and inspired to do more too. Earl John Verzo, one perfect example of a sneaker enthusiast turned businessman who inspires people with his brand’s #ShoeFiendLAMentality.

Check out their social media accounts:
https://www.facebook.com/ShoeFiendLA/
https://www.instagram.com/shoefiendla/

Cone Wants Japeth And Joe To Get Their Offense Going.

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Barangay Ginebra San Miguel is off to a great start after falling behind in their first game of the conference against the Phoenix Fuel Masters in an out of town game. The country’s most loved ball club who had a very impressive performance in their last conferences, clinching a title in the Governors’ cup in the previous season and made another finals appearance in the season opener conference against the tough contender San Miguel Beermen.
Cone and the rest of the squad is on a mission again this conference to try and bring the glory to their country-wide-known franchise as they prove that they can beat elite teams such as Star Hotshots who they previously gave a beating in a Manila Clasico showdown in MOA arena in front of an expectedly huge crowd.
The most winningest coach was left impressed with how their import was able to battle head to head with tall imports. Barangay Ginebra brought back their Governors’ Cup hero Justin Brownlee as their reinforcement into this conference which allows each team to bring in an import with the maximum height limit of 6’10”. The Ginebra management chose familiarity over size to try and clinch another title. But the most successful coach still wants Japeth Aguilar and Joe Devance to find their tempo and get their offense going given that they are the ones banging their bodies inside the lane with the role to fill the shoes left by Greg Slaughter.
As the Ginebra squad tries to figure out a way to get everybody involved, it is probably one of the best start in their franchise history that will eventually lead them to another Finals appearance without the help of the tallest player in the PBA, Slaughter who is expected to suit up next conference in another import-laiden conference.

A Brownlee Night Gives Ginebra Another Manila Clasico Win (Powcast Video Highlights)

Barangay Ginebra San Miguel once again took that game away from Star as they come back from a huge deficit. Scottie Thompson, one of the key players who made their come back possible had an impressive night, dishing key passes that made all of his teammates involved in their successful offensive execution.

“He did a spectacular job” Cone stressed in the post game interview.

Justin Brownlee, the man who made that key shot in Ginebra’s championship campaign last season proves his worth in the crowd darling’s line up after making another epic performance against the undefeated Star Hotshots.

The Ginebra hero in last Season’s governors’ cup contributed an impressive 30 point performance with 15 boards output that left the most winningest coach impressed.

“Justin causes alot of problem to alot of people, you know he can play in and out, make great passes he’s a great defender, and we kinda see him play how we envisioned him playing” Cone said on how they were able to beat star though they’re parading a small reinforcement in the conference.

Ginebra gives the Star Hotshots their first loss in the conference, in another successful come from behind win bringing them up a notch in the standings with 2 wins and a loss.

The scores:

GINEBRA 113 – Brownlee 33, Tenorio 21, Mercado 15, Aguilar 12, Thompson 8, Ferrer 8, Devance 7, Caguioa 6, Ellis 4, Marcelo 2.

STAR 98 – Mitchell 22, Maliksi 17, Lee 11, Jalalon 10, Barroca 9, Ramos 7, Brondial 7, Mendoza 6, Simon 5, Reavis 4, Sangalang 0.

Quarterscores: 26-24, 51-53, 82-75, 113-98

Tomato Kicks Celebrates Their One Year Anniversary With A Bang! Get Your Tickets Now!

Tomato Kicks, one of the top sneaker retail stores in the country will be celebrating their first year anniversary this coming April 9, 2017, 6pm and this is not just one ordinary celebration.

Being one of the most trusted retailers in the sneaker game, Tomato Kicks was able to establish and still continuing to maintain their topnotch customer experience through their excellent customer service leaving each one of their buyers with a smile on their faces.

The Philippine Sneaker scene has been growing and having this kind of store that provides you with basically all kind of kicks you need, from “hard-to-find” heat pairs or even lifestyle shoes, they all have it in store for you in a very reasonable price.

As they celebrate their store’s first anniversary, Tomato Kicks’ brand ambassadress Kim Domingo will be joining the Tomato Kicks’ staff and management to entertain the crowd and customers also to give thanks to a fruitful year of sneaker game and that’s not all..

 They will also be giving away pairs of expensive sneakers to raffle winners with a chance to take home some Adidas heat, Jordan and Nike pairs and many more! For only Php200 you will have a chance to take home expensive sneakers to be added in your collection.

"Joe Devance Is The Best Player For Me" – Leo Austria

Another frustrating day for the Ginebra fans as they listed another setback after being down with as much as 26 points. Coach Leo Austria said in a post game interview that when they have a good start, they win the game. “If we have a good start, most probably kaya namin ipanalo. We had a dominant 26 point lead.” 
After a threatening last stretch run of Ginebra, Leo Austria thought that Joe Devance is the best player of the game. “For me si Joe Devance yung best player of the game but fortunately we won so it’s being awarded to us.” Pointing out the huge contribution of the Devance who’s playing in the series in pain and getting pain relievers in each game just to be able to help the Ginebra team. 
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“For me sya (Devance) yung reason kung bakit nakahabol sila, they were successful dun sa run nila but the time wasn’t enough”.

Austria and the rest of the Beermen will try to bag the PBA’s All Filipino Cup Perpetual trophy on Sunday at Smart Araneta Coliseum in front of an expectedly sold out Sunday.

Score 94 – 85

Caguioa and Maliksi’s Social Media Comment Exchange

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The PBA Finals stage is set after Barangay Ginebra San Miguel booked the last Philippine Cup Championship slot. Barangay Ginebra defeated the Star Hotshots in game 7 of the All Filipino Cup in front of a huge crowd and in front PBA Legend Coach Sonny Jaworski. 

Allein Maliksi a former Barangay Ginebra player who got traded by the Barako Bull to Barangay Ginebra in a three team trade with B-Meg Llamados on November 2011 has always looked up to his former team mates especially Mark Caguioa, the heart of the Barangay Ginebra San Miguel who guided Maliksi through is campaign with the most popular ballclub. 

Through the conflicts that the fans had during their series, these folks have maintained the respect and sportsmanship after a well fought semi finals series that Ginebra eventually won to have the rights to get the title against the San Miguel Beermen. 

In an Instagram post of Allein Maliksi courtesy of Sports5, Mark Caguioa has shown respect and has stated his encouraging words to his former team mate by putting up a good fight and praising Maliksi of what a player he has become. These players fight like warriors inside the court but at the end of the day, they all have the same respect for each other and that friendship remains on and off the court.




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Tim Cone still Scared to Play San Miguel But Promised to Figure out How to Limit Junmar

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The short manned Ginebra Roster will be needing more than guts and heart to be able to stop the San Miguel Beermen in this Finals series as they face the star studded Beermen lineup with Junmar Fajardo as the focal point.
Tim Cone has figured out to outplay several tough teams in the PBA through their intensive defensive style. Ginebra defeated San Miguel in the semis last conference where Ginebra was hailed champions after defeating Meralco Bolts in game 6 of the Governors’ Cup Finals. It was an import laid conference and this current series? It’s gonna be a different story. With Greg Slaughter out of the picture and Joe Devance currently hurt, Ginebra would have to rely on Tim Cone’s “Next Man Up” challenge.
“I think my team can match up everybody, it does hurt that we can’t have Greg Slaughter for Junmar, and then Joe Devance should be here, he was invited to come but we wanna keep him off the street cause he’s got an injured feet he’s on a rehab right now ” Tim Cone’s answer when asked on how they can stop Fajardo.
“I believe in our guys, we will try to find ways to compete with this team, we’re still in shock that we’re 5 wins to 1 against san miguel but that’s the plan would be. “
“I have not watched San miguel play in about three weeks, I dont like to watch other series while we’re focusing on this one, we focus on what we have.”
Coming off a tight series, Cone has yet to review the tapes to prepare for the Finals showdown but he assured that he will get in to it after the Press Conference held at Sambokojin in Eastwood City Libis.
“I don’t really even have a plan yet to stop Junmar, I’m not even sure if there is a plan to stop Junmar and I don’t even think coach Jackson could figure out how to stop Junmar”.

Ginebra Goes Back To The Finals After a Dominating Game Seven Against Star



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To get to the finals again, it has not been easy for the league’s most popular ball club to book that ticket. After being through 5 do-or-die match ups in their campaign this conference, the Never Say Die attitude has been put to a test as they all succeeded in overcoming all these challenges. 
Barangay Ginebra San Miguel finally gets the chance to have a back to back finals appearance beating Star Hotshots in a dominant performance on Tuesday at the Mall of Asia Arena in front of a mammoth crowd listed at approximately 20,000 gate attendance and in front of the PBA basketball legend and former Playing Coach of the Ginebra Franchise, Sonny Jaworski. 
The whole squad dominated the first quarter ending it with 10 point lead led by their gunners Joe Devance, Japeth Aguilar, Sol Mercado and LA Tenorio. 
Sol Mercado who recorded a new season high 23 points and 5 assists led the Ginebra Squad with his hot beyond the arc conversions coupled with inside the basket penetration that leaves the Star Defense weightless. 
Marc Pingris, who played his heart out during the last part of the match was not able to sustain his energy although Allein Maliksi who also had an awesome performace also could not make it all for the Hotshots after scoring more than 20 points from his three point attempts. 
Star, was able to play catch up and even inched the lead to within three points but Ginebra has managed to find a way out of this collision after pulling away and gets 13 point lead at the end of regulation. 
The scores: 
GINEBRA 89 – Mercado 23, Tenorio 21, Aguilar 19, Thompson 10, Devance 7, Cruz 6, Ferrer 2, Marcelo 1, Caguioa 0, Ellis 0. 
STAR 76 – Maliksi 22, Pingris 17, Ramos 14, Barroca 8, Reavis 5, Lee 4, Jalalon 4, Melton 2, Simon 0, Sangalang 0, Dela Rosa 0. 
Quarterscores: 26-16, 45-36, 65-61, 89-76.

Is Ginebra’s Fourth Quarter Benching in Game Five a Strategic Approach of Tim Cone?

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After being trailing with as much as 17 points in game 5 against the Star Hotshots, Ginebra players are hopeful that the move that coach Tim Cone did in the final quarter will pay off on their game 6 mission. Creating a huge surprise for the PBA viewers, Ginebra primary point guard LA Tenorio is confident that preserving them for the next game will definitely help them to gain enough thirst for a win in game 6 win or go home showdown.
It has been a tried and tested strategy of Tim Cone to spare his starters from a game that he knows is already slipping off their hands. This has been proven by some of the Star Hotshots’ players like Marc Pingris who played under Coach Tim Cone for a while and he is a living proof that this strategy has helped them gain enough energy going to the next game especially after having only one day off every game.
Tim Cone utilized his bench role players during the 4th quarter with Sol Mercado only played 20 seconds in the final quarter while Japeth Aguilar, LA Tenorio and Jervy Cruz are on the bench watching their bench players do the job for them who also did an awesome job in cutting the lead down to 7 in the dying minutes of the payoff period from being down with as much as 17 points.
Seeing the frustration on Tim Cone’s face, he had his assistant coach to call the plays for Ginebra in the fourth quarter while he let’s his players figure out what to do as he sat on the bench giving a dagger look to the table officials making them realize how frustrated he was with the calls but knowing the most winningest coach in the PBA, this is just his way of sending a message to his people that they need to come out there and play their best like there is no tomorrow.
Ginebra will try to live another day and force a do or die match up against the Star Hotshots on Sunday in Araneta Coliseum.

Star Hotshots: A Win Away From Finals Appearance After a Two Game Losing Streak

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The Star Hotshots bounces back from their two game losing streak after defeating the Barangay Ginebra San Miguel in game 5. March Pingris who said that Star Shotshos will be back strong after their two defeats lived up to his promise despite getting limited minutes due to foul trouble. Stepping up in the absence of the “Pinoy Sakuragi” is their main center Rafi Reavis who took over the rebounding and scoring department along side Allein Maliksi who was the missing link in their two losses. 
Barangay Ginebra rallied during the second half of the ball game after being down with as much as 16 points in the payoff period but the Star Hotshots’ defense is just good enough to limit the scorers of the league’s most popular ball club. 
Caguioa and the rest of Ginebra’s bench role players continued to play catch up during the last 2 minutes of the game chopping the Hotshots’ lead to 7 points from 16. This rally has woken up the Ginebra Faithfuls as the fast and the furious showcased their never say die run once again but couldn’t sustain the intensity with limited time on the clock. After benching his starters, Tim Cone has made a decision to carry on with his bench players to finish the game who did a great job in cutting the lead during the dying seconds of the 4th quarter. 
Rafi Reavis who was hailed as the best player of the game recorded a double-double performance with 17 points and 13 boards. 
The scores: STAR 89 – Reavis 17, Barroca 12, Lee 10, Maliksi 10, Simon 8, Brondial 8, Melton 7, Pingris 6, Sangalang 5, Jalalon 2, Ramos 2, Dela Rosa 2. 
GINEBRA 80 – Aguilar 13, Mercado 9, Ellis 9, Caguioa 9, Helterbrand 6, Cruz 6, Taha 5, Thompson 5, Tenorio 5, Ferrer 4, Mariano 4, Marcelo 3, Devance 2. 
Quarterscores: 21-22, 49-45, 71-55, 89-80

PBA Fans Continues Social Media Debate About Maliksi’s "Cooking" Gesture

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Social media is now going crazy about Ginebra and Star hotshots’ game 4 showdown. Two teams who currently have the most number of fan base in the country’s biggest league are in a series to get that Championship spot in the All Filipino conference, their fans are all over the internet debating about officiating and Allein Maliksi’s “cooking” gesture.
PBA fans call out Maliksi’s gesture to be an action against the league’s policy and might put a stain on the league’s integrity due to irresposible reaction to a call.
PBA is one of the oldest and the most trusted league in Asia and it has maintained a very good reputation when it comes to officiating games. Now people wants the PBA management to put a fine on this player’s gesture and even compared it to Don Allado’s incident in 2012 when Don Allado tweeted a response to a game saying that the games in the PBA are fixed.

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“#PBA games are fixed. They control who is in & who is out. It’s a disgrace to be in this league. I am bitter about losing. Not to Powerade, but to #PBA. In my opinion, this league has little credibility left.” Says Allado on his twitter account and was fined by the league.
Fans does not believe the alibi of Allein Maliksi that it’s just a hand sign for a defensive play or approach. But on a report, Commissioner Chito Narvasa already told the media that he’ll be issuing fines to the Star individuals who are involved  in the said issue.
What we’re sure about is that this series will be a tight one for each team as they compete for a finals berth.

Dont Be Surprised! TNT Now Leads the Series With Three Wins to Two Against the Beermen

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A dominating Junmar Fajardo seems not enough to get the San Miguel Beermen the lead in the series. Being the top seed in the PBA Philippine Cup elimination round, the Beermen are off to a test as they go against the former top seed last season the TNT Katropa.
Kelly Williams who scored 8 of the last 12 points of the Katropa who scored 18 points in game 5 that helped out the squad in bagging their third win in the series to pull off an advantage against the Beermen.

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Jason Castro also contributed 18 points along side Yancy De Ocampo with the identical production. Junmar Fajardo has been limited to 13 points only in this showdown while Santos dominated the scoring department with 18 points but lacked support from his team mates aside from Cabagnot and Lassiter who scored 17 and 16 respectively.
The TNT Katropa will have a chance to take the finals spot on game 6 at the Mall of Asia Arena on Saturday.

Star Hotshots Admits Excellent Ginebra Defense Took the Game Away from Them

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After a display of their own version of defensive approach, the Barangay Ginebra San Miguel had a great control of the game limiting the game to a low scoring match against the Star Hotshots. Known to be the master of the Triangle Offense, Tim Cone is also an expert of making adjustments before and during the game depending on what should be done and shouldn’t be done.
The Star Hotshots admits that the excellent defense execution of Ginebra is the reason why they were below their average point production and had them go over their average turn overs. They average 13 turnovers per game but during their game on Wednesday, it increased to a number that they’re also surprised about and ended up realizing that it was the tight defense of Ginebra that caused them to turn the ball over.
Players like Marc Pingris, Paul Lee and Maliksi admitted that Ginebra’s defense has given them a hard time executing what they draw on the boards during their practice and had the rattled in getting people In their right places.
As expected, Ginebra coach Tim Cone said that the major adjustments have developed during their viewing and has taught them that if they were beaten by Star two times in a row, they can definitely do it to them as well. As the Star Hotshots continue their quest in finally getting another finals appearance they will have to figure out a way and an antidote to this Ginebra stops and provide necessary adjustments in game.

Jervy Cruz Lifts Ginebra Passed the Star Hotshots to Tie the Series at 2-2

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Another good day for Barangay Ginebra San Miguel faithfuls as their favorite team tackled their way into tying the series with 2 wins a piece after being down by 0-2.
Star Hotshots who struggled in game 3 which caused them the game due to the excellent Ginebra defense finds their way back in the losing column after being outscored by the Barangay Ginebra squad led by Jervy Cruz.
Cruz scored a total of 21 points, recorded as his season high coming off the bench to fill the spot of Joe Devance who saw limited minutes but provided quality looks and also contributed 4 points despite the current injury he’s nursing. This loss of the Hotshots can also be attributed to foul trouble as they had 4 players nursing 4 to 5 fouls including Mark Barroca who fouled out with only 4 points on the board.
Defense was the key to the Ginebra’s campaign in the conference and in this series holding off the Star hotshots from getting open looks also limiting them to get attempts inside the paint with their double team and help defense.
Barangay Ginebra will be seeing action again this coming Friday at the Mall of Asia Arena to try and get their third straight win to lead the series at 3-1 while Star Hotshots will be back on the drawing boards to prepare for this rematch and increase their chances of shaking the Ginebra defense off to get the same goal as Ginebra.
The scores:
GINEBRA 93 – Cruz 21, Aguilar 18, Ellis 10, Ferrer 9, Mercado 9, Tenorio 8, Marcelo 5, Caguioa 5, Thompson 4, Devance 4.
STAR 86 – Maliksi 18, Jalalon 16, Reavis 13, Lee 9, Pingris 9, Melton 7, Barroca 4, Ramos 4, Sangalang 4, Dela Rosa 2, Simon 0.
Quarterscores: 21-23, 48-41, 65-62, 93-86.

Barangay Ginebra San Miguel Rides Sol Mercado’s Heroics to Get Their First Win in The Series

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After being down by 0 to 2 in the series against the Star Hotshots in the first two games of the best of seven semis, The Barangay Ginebra San Miguel finally got their first W after a successful fourth quarter run.

Ginebra dominated most of the quarters, but again found themselves trailing after a huge run by the Hotshots. Paul Lee, the hero of the first two games had a hard time sinking his shots but eventually converted his three pointers during the final stretch.

Sol Mercado, the key player of this game sank three point attempts during the crucial moments of the final quarter along side Japeth Aguilar who surprisingly made a shot from beyond the arc that took the game away from their long time rival Star Hotshots.

With less than two minutes left in the pay off period, Ginebra led with as much as 13 points. Coach Chito Victolero has decided to call the game off by sending his starters back to the bench obviously surrendering from this huge deficit to preserve and prepare his players for game 4 on Wednesday at the Araneta Coliseum.

Barangay Ginebra stayed alive in the series after a possible 3-0 series lead by Star Hotshots. People are not surprised that Ginebra could comeback in the series as they’ve been to a lot of the same scenarios and eventually emerged victorious.

The scores: 

GINEBRA 73 – Mercado 16, Aguilar 15, Caguioa 8, Tenorio 7, Thompson 7, Ferrer 6, Devance 6, Cruz 3, Marcelo 3, Ellis 2, Mariano 0, Helterbrand 0, Mariano 0. 

STAR 62 – Pingris 12, Melton 8, Jalalon 7, Lee 7, Barroca 6, Sangalang 6, Simon 5, Maliksi 4, Reavis 3, Abundo 2, Dela Rosa 2, Brondial 0, Ramos 0. 

Quarterscores: 21-10, 33-29, 50-51, 73-62.

Fatigue Factor Started to Kick in for Ginebra After Losing Against Star in Game Two.

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Another frustrating night unfolded for Tim Cone and the whole Ginebra nation as the crowd favorite gets another loss against their long time rival Star Hotshots.
Ginebra continues their struggle in containing Star Hotshots’ offensive approach as Japeth Aguilar and LA Tenorio still find it hard to convert shots and could be considered as the missing pieces in this Ginebra campaign.
Paul Lee, the hero of game 1 continued his mission in taking over the offensive attack for the Hotshots as he knocks down key shots during the pay off period inclusing a fastbreak point that gave them a 4 point lead during the dying seconds of the last quarter.
Fatigue is one of the most noticable factors that keeps Ginebra from executing their defense. The squad who dominates the rebounding department throughout the conference are now struggling to get boards because of the Hotshots’ excellent gang rebounding style.
With Joe Devance out in the rotation, Cone has no choice but to extend the playing time of his big men that consumes most of the players stamina.
Star Hotshots is in the lead with 2 wins away from getting their finals appearance after a while. Game 3 will be on monday at MOA Arena as Ginebra tries to come back from this series deficit.

The scores:

STAR 91 – Lee 17, Maliksi 14, Melton 11, Pingris 10, Jalalon 9, Reavis 9, Barroca 8, Sangalang 6, Ramos 5, Dela Rosa 2, Simon 0, Brondial 0.

GINEBRA 89 – Ferrer 25, Thompson 17, Aguilar 16, Tenorio 8, Mariano 7, Mercado 6, Cruz 2, Caguioa 2, Ellis 2, Taha 2, Helterbrand 2, Marcelo 0, Jamito 0.

Quarterscores: 27-23, 50-45, 72-69, 91-89.

Paul Lee and the Rest of the Star Hotshots Bags First Win Against Ginebra

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Star Hotshots who had a hard time to overcome Ginebra’s defense draws first blood against one of the toughest team to beat Barangay Ginebra San Miguel.
On a Thursday night in Araneta Coliseum, another Manila Clasico has concluded in front of a huge crowd. Ginebra led by as much as 11 points during the first half but suddenly lost control during the 3rd quarter after a lot of turnovers that resulted to converted points by the Star Hotshots who successfully executed their plays.
Both teams have had different lead changes and deadlocks during the game but Paul Lee and the rest of the Star squad found their rhythm during the pay off period. Paul Lee clinched a key shot to give them a safe cushion to take the game away from the crowd favorite.
With 4 points apart, Ginebra tried to take a quick three pointer during the last 30 seconds but missed it. It was an off night for both Aguilar and Tenorio who could’ve changed the game but promised to get back stronger on their next match on Saturday in Mall of Asia Arena.


The scores:

STAR 78 – Lee 18, Barroca 17, Pingris 9, Sangalang 8, Maliksi 7, Jalalon 6, Reavis 5, Melton 5, Dela Rosa 2, Ramos 1, Brondial 0.


GINEBRA 74 – Aguilar 11, Ellis 12, Cruz 10, Mercado 10, Tenorio 8, Thompson 7, Ferrer 7, MArcelo 5, Mariano 4.


Quarterscores: 14-19, 37-38, 60-58, 78-74.



Alaska’s Advantage Went Down the Drain as Ginebra Gets Last Semi-Final Berth

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Barangay Ginebra San Miguel ousted the Alaska Aces after two straight games against the number two seed Alaska Aces.

Alaska’s edge went to waste after being behind during the second half. Ginebra’s big men stepped up to fill the shoes of the missing link Joe Devance, Aljon Mariano, Kevin Ferrer, and Scottie Thompson among the young guns provided a boost to the Ginebra rally after being down during the first half.

LA Tenorio, contributed 31 points to anchor the win for Ginebra along side Aljon Mariano who scored a career-high of 20 points with 7 boards.

Ginebra will be facing the Star Hotshots for a Manila Clasico best of seven semi finals on Thursday to try and clinch a back to back finals appearance. Apparently three SMC teams are now officially in the Semi Final round.

The scores: GINEBRA 108 – Tenorio 31, Mariano 20, Ferrer 15, Thompson 10, Mercado 9, Ellis 9, Marcelo 7, Cruz 5, Aguilar 2, Helterbrand 0, Caguioa 0. ALASKA 97 – Abueva 29, Manuel 23, Casio 10, Racal 8, Pascual 6, Galliguez 6, Exciminiano 5, Thoss 4, Cruz 3, Dela Cruz 3, Hontiveros 0, Jazul 0, Magat 0, Mendoza 0. Quarterscores: 21-25, 51-53, 82-71, 108-97

Fans Scream for Manila Clasico Best of Seven Semi-Final Match Up

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As another semi-finals stage unfolds, another possible Manila Clasico showdown is one of the anticipated match-ups to look out for as Star books their ticket to the 2017 Philippine Cup semi-finals.
Ginebra who just recently won their first outing against Alaska in the Quarter Finals, where they must win twice to advance to the next round will try to knock Alaska twice in a row. In the same bracket, Star Hotshots is waiting for these two teams’ winner at the Araneta Coliseum on Tuesday at 7pm.
Alaska Aces dominated the first couple of quarters against the League’s crowd favorite but Ginebra rallied back and overcame a 17 point lead after Sol Mercado and LA Tenorio’s huge third quarte run.
Fans wants the Star Hotshots and Barangay Ginebra San Miguel to clash once again in the best of seven series semi final round. A Manila Clasico semi – finals that has not happened for a long time.
We will be witnessing an action packed game at 7pm as the Aces claims the rights for the final semi-finals berth against Barangay Ginebra San Miguel.

Injury Update: Will Joe Devance be available on their do-or-die match with Alaska?

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During a huge rally in the second half, Joe Devance who has been one of the players stepping up to get that run going wrongfully landed on his heel.

Joe was able to get back on defense on that last sequence but eventually laid on the floor holding on his foot.

It was reported that he already had an injury on the particular spot and was taken immediately to the hospital. Devance was screaming in pain in the dug out during the Ginebra run which they eventually won but is uncertain if he will be available to play on their do-or-die game against Alaska on Tuesday.

Statement has yet to be released by the Ginebra Camp regarding Joe’s condition after a good news of winning the game, this could be a huge let down on their next game.

Big guys such as Marcelo, Cruz and Ferrer will need to fill his shoes if he will not be available to play on their game in the Araneta Coliseum on Tuesday at 7pm

Barangay Ginebra overcomes huge deficit. Books do-or-die game with Alaska

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Barangay Ginebra displayed their never day die angst once again. As they bounced back from a huge deficit against the Alaska Aces.

The crowd favorite trailed with as much as 17 points in the third quarter then finding themselves in the passenger seat after a 25-4 run in the same quarter.

Sol Mercado who scored a couple of three pointers sparked the engine up for the Barangay that ignited their mammoth crowd leading them to executing different key stops.

Ginebra led with as much as 9 points in the final period but Alaska fought their way back in a mission to swat that lead back but fell shortly after Mercado and Ferrer’s connection that gave Ginebra a 4 point lead.

A couple of three point exchanges happened before this sequence. Mercado had a chance to extend the lead to 7 but failed to make both free throws. Tenorio also split his charities giving them 4 point advantage. Ginebra ending up winning the face-off that makes it another day of sunlight for the Barangay Ginebra San Miguel as they play against Alaska on Tuesday at 7pm in the Araneta Coliseum for a win or go home battle for the semi finals berth.

SURPRISING FACTS: Things You May not Know About Barangay Ginebra Franchise

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This topic will benefit the millenials, or if you don’t know things about the Ginebra history, then this article will make you understand more about your favorite team. Known for being the most popular ball club in the country, Ginebra has a lot of accomplishments behind them which why you are probably asking yourself “Why?”.
Why are they so popular?
Before we answer that question, let’s go through some facts that you may not know about Ginebra first.
Gary Granada, a known Philippine OPM icon who’s been a Ginebra fan wrote a popular song which you guys might have sang on their last Championship. But, that is not the only song he wrote, he composed and recorded 4 songs for this franchise to show his love for his favorite ball club. 1st song would be “Ginebrang Ginebra” then, “Kapag Nananalo ang Ginebra”, “Kapag Natatalo ang Ginebra” and the song that popularized after the squad after the 2007 Philippine Cup Championship, “Yan ang aming barangay.”
Did you know that Ginebra is the first of only one of 2 teams to ever come back from a 1-3 deficit in a best of seven showdown which they did first way back 1991 season opening conference against Shell and the other one was their battle against Alaska during the semi finals series in the 2005-2006 Philippine Cup.
Ginebra will be battling Alaska for a semi-final berth and it won’t be an easy path to take as they have a twice-to-beat disadvantage, but are you guys confident they’ll pull it off? I believe YES. Way back 2008 in an import spiced conference the Barangay Ginebra started the conference with maybe the worst win-loss record at that period but still went to the championship and eventually won the title.
So why are they so popular again?
Why were they called a Never Say Die team?
Here’s the answer, they have been around the PBA for quite some time now and considerably one of the oldest franchise in the PBA history, and through all of it, they’ve done a lot of miracles, well should I say they’ve turned tables multiple times, making an unfavorable game and standing eventually turns their way. Senator Robert Jaworski, the former Barangay Ginebra Playing Coach who is also and still the face of Ginebra and you might agree that he’s considered as the Michael Jordan of the Philippines of his own time. Well, he started it all, let’s go back in time during their game against the Northern Consolidated Cement. Jaworski was taken out of the court after he took an elbow that needs to be treated.
Minutes later, the living legend made a surprise come back with a taped lip and eventually made a miracle again after leading the team to a victory that day.
Never Say Die attitude compliments the Filipino culture and attitude that’s maybe why people loves them so much. They make sure that they win for the fans, they dive and die for the ball and never gives up until the final buzzer. They made history and maybe that’s enough, but here they are still entertaining the Filipino Basketball lovers. They sold out tickets in every Arena they played in and they show goodness to their fans. They sign autographs and have pictures taken with the fans and wanted to finish all of it as much as they could.

"It’s an advantage to have a twice-to-beat, it’s not an advantage to play Ginebra" – Compton


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A huge comeback happened that made Alaska claim the second spot overall in this conference standing and Compton still can’t comprehend that they clinched a win against Rain or Shine after being down in the most part of the game.
Though second spot gives them a twice to beat advantage, Compton doesn’t savor the edge that  they have after getting the news that they’ll be facing Ginebra in the quarter-finals.
“It’s an advantage to have a twice-to-beat, it’s not an advantage to play Ginebra”. Says Compton in a post game interview.
Ginebra and Alaska had some history of playing in the playoffs and last conference was the recent one where
Ginebra is the one with an edge of having beaten twice to advance but now is a different situation as the Alaska Aces gets this edge in the season opening conference.
Compton calls for a practice 24 hours after they get the 2nd seed in this conference as they will have to prepare for their next assignment. Ginebra is a hard shell to crack as they’ve been into situations where they had disadvantages but still managed to get over it and even win Championships.
“We need to prepare for Ginebra, it’s playoff time we dont rest.” Compton stressed.
Ginebra will be coming off a week of rest before their face-off against Alaska and will try to win their first game in the quarterfinals to inch closer to the next level.

Alaska Secures Second Spot for Twice to Beat Advantage. Sets face-off with Ginebra

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Alaska has been consistently getting playoff spot in most of the conferences in the PBA under Compton but can’t seem to clinch consistency on getting that championship. They’ve also seen multiple finals appearances but always falling short everytime, but this season they are off to prove something and break that spell that they’ve been on in the last few tourneys.


In this game against Rain or Shine who was on a mission to crack that final spot in the quarter finals, was not easy for the Aces as Calvin Abueva was limited to more than 12 minutes only due to foul trouble.

They’ve been trailing in most of the quarters specifically during the first 36 minutes of regulation but managed to get back in the game after a huge run led by their key players such as Casio, Eximiniano and the rest of the guys who took over after Abueva was sent to the bench due to 6 fouls in the fourth quarter. Casio listed a huge 25 point performance that lifted the Aces to get that the solo second spot in the standing with (7-4) win-loss record who obviously took the responsibility to steer their way on the passenger seat despite of Abueva’s short playing time limited to only 12(minutes) due to foul trouble who eventually fouled out.
Star Hotshots and the Aces are technically tied at the second spot after the final games in the elimination but the Aces emerged and claimed the slot next to the Beermen via the Win-over-the-other rule in this Philippine Cup format.
Alaska will be facing Ginebra with a twice to beat advantage but this edge does not guarantee them a semi-finals berth due to a lot of things to consider. Alaska is currently nursing some injuries while Ginebra has a healthy roster and deep bench as their arsenal who just recently won against NLEX with a huge turn around after also being down in most of the game.
The scores:

ALASKA 94 – Casio 25, Thoss 13, Manuel 13, Jazul 12, Mendoza 8, Exciminiano 6, Racal 5, Hontiveros 5, Abueva 4, Galliguez 2, Cruz 1, Pascual 0.

RAIN OR SHINE 89 – Norwood 16, Yap 16, Cruz 12, Chan 10, Tiu 9, Washington 8, Belga 6, Ponferada 6, Ahanmisi 4, Trollano 2, Matias 0.

Quarters: 17-19, 43-45, 66-71, 94-89