|Photo by Aldrin Alejo|
We usually look out for the gowns and men outfits during the Oscars, SONA and etc worn by different artists and icons. But like the NBA we also watch out for the kicks that our PBA players will rock during the All Star Game.
Japeth Aguilar of the Barangay Ginebra San Miguel arrived at the Araneta Coliseum before the game rocking an Air Jordan 4 White Cement but eventually uses his AJ 6 during the game.
RR Garcia of the Star Hotshots also played on his Kobe XI USA that he usually wear during the regular games.
Paul Lee of Rain or Shine Elasto Painters sports his Kobe XI “Redhorse” during the game.
Chris Ross stuns everyone as he rocks a custom made Air Jordan 6 during the All Star game with White and Gold colorway.
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The All Star Weekend kicked off with a blast as the PBA fans witnessed another historical achievement as Rey Guevarra gets his 3rd Slamdunk Championship Trophy.
Competing against the PBA’s top high flyers, Rey Guevarra almost lost the chance to defend the title in a close fight against his teammate Chris Newsome. Before the final showdown, Franklin Bonifacio of the Barangay Ginebra San Miguel and James Forrester of NLEX Road Warriors got eliminated in the first round getting 80 points for Bonifacio and 74 for Forrester.
Newsome scored 96 points in the final round, his first attempt was a rare dunk where he juggled 3 balls and chose one on air for a self alley-hoop dunk which gave him 46 points while his second one was a backboard pass from Scottie Thompson which he finished with a 360 slam that earned him 50points. While Guevarra scored 50 points on his first dunk and needed atleast 47 points on his second dunk to eliminate Newsome which he got by jumping over his two bigmen teammates, Almazan and Jericho Cruz.
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“The Rock” Asi Taulava is set to rewrite his record as the oldest All-Star starter after he was named to start for the South team in the PBA All-Star Game which set on August 7 at the Smart Araneta Coliseum. He will be replacing Greg Slaughter who top the fan balloting after the Ginebra slotman became unavailable due on ankle injury.
|Japeth Aguilar will be one of the starters for the North on the coming 2016 PBA All-Star Game|
4:00 PM | Meet & Greet: Gateway Cineplex Lobby
5:00 PM | Meet & Greet: Farmers Plaza
10:00 AM -12:00 NN | Meet & Greet: Ali Mall
4:00 PM | PBA SKILLS CHALLENGE (Obstacle, 3 Point Shootout & Slamdunk) – Smart Araneta Coliseum
7:00 PM | Blitz Game (Greats vs. Stalwarts) – Smart Araneta Coliseum
4:00 PM onwards | Basketball Fair: Food Park (Red Gate Smart Araneta Coliseum) w/ Meet & Greet + Outdoor Party!
5:00 PM | PBA ALL STAR GAME (Shooting Stars, Women’s 5on5 & North vs. South All Star Game) – Smart Araneta Coliseum
Everyone’s excited about the upcoming PBA All Star Weekend, the most thrilling thing about it is it will be held in Manila on August at the Smart Araneta Coliseum. PBA stars like, James Yap, Mark Caguioa, Junmar Fajardo and Greg Slaughter will be playing in front of the manila crowd in this annual event.
What’s unusual? A rookie from the Barangay Ginebra San Miguel squad was voted to be part of this all star exhibition game between the North and the South All stars along side the biggest names in the PBA. Scottie thompson is that guy and with the performance he has been showcasing for the gin kings’ games, the ginebra fans are convinced that this guydeserves a spot in this years All Star Game. The player himself could not believe he’ll be part of it as he knew he’s just a new guy in the league and he has less expecations of it.
But never the less, this event will surely start to ignite those fan base and will help out the PBA to have more followers who will consistently support the professional league. This said event is scheduled to commence on August 5 and 7.
Casio, the hot-shooting playmaker of Powerade, had the most number of votes so far among the RSJ players with 30,544 to pace four other guards, which also include No. 2 overall pick Paul Lee of Rain or Shine (29,763) and B-Meg’s Mark Barroca (20,067).
Fans still have one week to vote to determine the three frontliners and two guards that will start for both teams in the mid-season classic scheduled on May 13, the final day of the All-Star festivities.
Last day of voting is on March 28.
Powerade coach Bo Perasol will call the shots for RSJ, while Chot Reyes handles the Veterans. The two coaches earned the right to handle the two squads for steering the Tigers and Tropang Texters to the Finals of the Philippine Cup.
Petron’s Chris Lutz, the No. 3 pick behind Casio and Lee, leads the RSJ center/forwards in voting with 29,018, followed by Marcio Lassiter of Powerade (27,347), Japeth Aguilar of Talk `N Text (23,418), and Ginebra’s Dylan Ababou (23,021).
All four, incidentally, are former teammates with the Smart Gilas-Pilipinas team.
Meanwhile, consistent fan favorite James Yap of B-Meg and Mark Caguioa of Ginebra are on top among veteran guards. Yap accumulated 23,430 votes, while Caguioa is next with 18, 635.
Running third behind them is Powerade gunner Gary David (14,293).
Others getting the fans nod are Alaska forward Mac Baracael (14,752) and guards Rob Labagala (9,479) and John Wilson (9,002).
For the Veterans, in contention for a starting job are forwards JC Intal of Ginebra (17, 614) and Petron’s Dondon Hontiveros (15,753), along with playmakers Jayjay Helterbrand of Ginebra (13,287), and reigning league MVP Jimmy Alapag of Talk `N Text (12,728).
All PBA head coaches will select the seven other players that will complete the RSJ and Veterans teams.
July 24 – Smart Gilas vs NBA selections (1:00pm) + Dunk contest / 3pt shootout + a lot of activities
NBA Selections Line up:
Kobe Bryant (Los Angeles Lakers) *playing coach for NBA Selections
Chris Paul (New Orleans Hornets)
Tyreke Evans (Sacramento Kings)
Deandre Jordan (Los Angeles Clippers)
James Harden (Oklahoma City Thunder)
Derrick Williams (2011 No. 2 Draft Pick- Minnesota Timberwolves)
Derek Fisher (Los Angeles Lakers)
plus 1 more “superstar”….. =)
PBA selections roster:
J.Yap, Pingris, Caguioa, Intal, Santos, Al Hussaini, Cabagnot, Castro, Ryan Reyes, Fonacier, Thoss, Tenorio, Mercado, David, Norwood, Seigle (Coach: Chot Reyes)
TICKETS: Sold Out
Lower Box: P3,800
Upper A: P1,500
Upper B: P800
TV Coverage: LIVE on AKTV via IBC 13 (produced by tv5)
What was expected to be a battle royal in the slamdunk contest turned to be a ho-hum event.
It was a virtual no-contest as both Gabe Norwood and Jay Washington didn’t show up and those who did just couldn’t put up a good fight no matter how hard they tried.
A routine dunk was all Williams needed to seal the win, sending him in the company of KG Canaleta and Vergel Meneses as among the only players to rule the event more than once.
Losing finalist Rey Guevarra practically handed the crown to Williams on a silver platter as the rookie Petron Blaze forward — a champion dunker in his college days with Letran — failed to execute his final dunk.
Williams converted a two-handed jam from a pass by Jimmy Alapag all the way from the stands to highlight his tricks in the night.
Guevarra gained the right to challenge Williams in the finals after garnering a total score of 95 points from a cradle dunk and a 360-degree slam.
Failing to make it past the eliminations were Ronald Tubid, Elmer Espiritu, JC Intal and Josh Vanlandingham.
But to the credit of all the participants, they tried to be creative in a bid to wow the crowd.
“I would have wanted KG (Canaleta) and Gabe (Norwood) to be part of it. Still, it’s sweet to win the contest,” said Williams, reclaiming the slamdunk championship he won in 2008.
“It’s a blessing to be a part if it. Two years ago, I didn’t think I can do it again,” added Williams, back in awesome form after his recovery from a blood disorder problem.
Norwood, the 2009 winner, wasn’t able to take a shot at a second crown due to an injury. Washington, meanwhile, was simply a no-show.
Macapagal and Villanueva extended their reign in their respective events but not after facing tough fight from their challengers.
Macapagal poured in 17 points, beating Ronald Tubid by one and Jimmy Alapag by two as he became the league’s fourth back-to-back winner of the three-point contest after Allan Caidic, Jasper Ocampo and Boyet Fernandez.
The Powerade wingman remained the league’s best pistolero, topping a crack field that also included Dondon Hontiveros, James Yap, Joe Devance, Macmac Cardona, Sunday Salvacion and Ronjay Buenafe.
“Ang sarap ng panalo. Of course, honor ito para sa akin,” said Macapagal.
Actually, Macapagal barely made the finals with 12 in the elimination round as against the 14s of Tubid and Alapag.
Salvacion had 11, Cardona 10, Hontiveros and Buenafe nine apiece, Devance 8 and Yap 7.
For his victory, Macapagal won an amount for his home province of Pampanga from the sponsoring Maynilad Water Services Inc.
“It’s important that we take part in nation building. More than providing water, Maynilad also
wants to make sure that we are champions of the environment, protecting water resources,” said
Patrick Gregorio, Maynilad’s commercial and marketing senior vice president.
Villanueva had his moment earlier in the night, successfully defending his crown in the Coca-Cola
The B-MEG Derby Ace guard submitted an all-time fastest winning time of 29.5 seconds and became the
third player to emerge as Obstacle Challenge repeat champion after Rob Johnson and Willie Miller.
“Ang hirap mag-defend ng title. Ang taas ng pressure,” said Villanueva, earning P20,000 for his
Rain or Shine’s Ronjay Buenafe finished second at 32.1 seconds and Chris Ross third at 33.5.
Out after the elimination round were Josh Urbiztondo (43), LA Tenorio (30.1), Miller (31.5), Alex Cabagnot (32.1), Sean Anthony (40.1), Jimmy Alapag (42.3). Ross topped the eliminations at 28 seconds, followed by Villanueva at 29 and Buenafe at 29.7.
Villanueva ended Miller’s three-year title reign last year, ruling the event in 31.7 seconds. Miller finished second at 34.7 and Buenafe third at 37.1.
The PBA All-Star Week is presented by Smart, Accel, Molten, Islander, Rain or Shine and Powerade and sponsored by Coca-Cola, Meralco, Alta Vista Boracay, Talk n Text, Puma and Maynilad. (SB)
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