FEU forces do-or-die game versus Ateneo with a 80-67 win.

The fourth-seeded Far Eastern University Tamaraw showed their composure by beating the top-seeded Ateneo Blue Eagles 80-67 on their UAAP Season 80 Semifinals match-up at the Smart Araneta Coliseum. 
Ron Dennison led the Tamaraws with 17 points and 8 rebounds. 
Blue Eagles have the edge coming in the Semifinals Round  with a twice to beat advantage. But the Tamaraw forces a do-or-die game on Wednesday 4:00PM at Mall of Asia Arena.

Boxscore:

FEU Tamaraws 80 – Dennison 17, Tolentino 13, Cani 11, Orizu 10, Escoto 9, Inigo 8, Trinidad 5, Parker 4, Ebona 3, Comboy 0, Bayquin 0, Ramirez 0, Stockton 0, Tuffin 0.

ADMU Blue Eagles 67 – Ravena 17, Mi. Nieto 13, Ma. Nieto 11, Go 9, Tolentino 5, Mendoza 4, Asistio 3, Tio 3, Verano 2, Ikeh 0, Black 0, Mamuyac 0, Mallillin 0.

Quarters: 21-15, 38-35, 59-48, 80-67.

Ben Mbala playing on a higher level towards Final Four

UAAP reigning MVP Ben Mbala of De La Salle University Green Archers is living up to the expectations from the green side by posting incredible numbers towards entering the Final Four on UAAP Season 80. Mbala posted a double-double performance by scoring 28 points and grabbing 19 rebounds to lead the Green Archers with a win over arch-rivals Ateneo Blue Eagles on their second round meeting at the Araneta Coliseum. Mbala also added 6 steals and 6 blocks on the defensive end.

The Archers won 79-76 over the Eagles. The win avoided Ateneo in sweeping the UAAP Season Elimination round. La Salle ended Ateneo’s 13-game winning streak. Mbala made sure that a Final Four will happen this season and no step ladder to Ateneo straight to the Finals.

The UAAP Season 80 Final Four is now set. The #2 seed DLSU Green Archers will face the #3 seed Adamson Falcons on Nov 18 Saturday at Araneta Coliseum. While the top seeded Ateneo Blue Eagles will face #4 FEU Tamaraws on Nov 19 Sunday at Araneta Coliseum.

Ateneo Drops 9 Threes to Defeat Archrival De La Salle

The Ateneo Blue Eagle needed 9 triples to defeat archrival De La Salle Green Archers with the score of 76-75 in UAAP Season 80 Men’s Basketball at MOA Arena. The win secured the top seed for the Blue Eagles and sweeping the first round of the elimination with an undefeated record 7-0.

 Matt Nieto was named best player of the game, scoring 16 points in the win.

Combined 9 threes from Anton Asistio (4), Matt Nieto (3), and Jolo Mendoza (2), the Blue Eagles started the game with a 28-16 scoring in the 1st quarter mostly hitting from the three-point line while De La Salle Green Archers only shot 6/23 FG from the three-point line. 

Johnson Told Lakers to Take $500K Tampering Fine out of his Paycheck

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The National Basketball Association issued a fine to the Los Angeles Lakers for violating the NBA’s anti-tampering rule after general manager Rob Pelinka was found to have had contact with Paul George’s agent after the team had already been warned.
The fine was $500,000.00 as a penalty for anti-tampering rule.
Lakers’ president of basketball operations Magic Johnson took full responsibility for the teams tampering fine and said he told owner Jeanie Buss to take the money out of his paycheck.

“I apologize to Jeanie, and that was the main thing. I told her she could take it out of my salary because I don’t want the Lakers to be paying that fine. I don’t want her spending $500,000, because she didn’t do anything. That’s on me.” Johnson said..

Houston Rockets Sold for $2.2 Billion

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“I am truly honored to have been chosen as the next owner of the Houston Rockets”. These are the words from Houston businessman Tilman Fertitta who agrees to buy Houston Rockets for $2.2 billion. “This is a life-long dream come true.” Fertitta added.
The sale is pending approval by the NBA’s Board of Governors. Fertitta is a native of Galveston, Texas, and has had courtside seats at Rockets games for the past several years.

Ice Cube’s BIG3 Sued for 250M by CBL

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Champions Basketball League (CBL) founder Carl George filed a $250 million lawsuit against the Ice Cube’s BIG3. 
In the report, George alleges Ice Cube and BIG3 co-founder Jeff Kwatinetz consulted with members of the CBL and proceeded to lift ideas from the CBL to incorporate into BIG3. 
In the suit, George’s lawyers wrote, “When certain players expressed their desire to participate in the CBL games, Mr. Cube confronted the players personally about playing in the CBL and threatened the players that they would be fined, not allowed to participate in the 52 percent of revenues bonus pool, or replaced on their teams”. 
George contended the BIG3 signed players to exclusive contracts that precluded them from playing in another league.

Lebron James: Strive For Greatness Tour Photos & Post Updates

Last night was one of the memorable nights in my life. Lebron James just shake my hand before the leaving the MOA Arena of his Strive For Greatness Tour in Manila. This is already the 3rd time James went here in the Philippines. The experience was overwhelming since I was not expecting that I will have a close encounter with the best player in the planet.

The Strive For Greatness Tour features a game between Gilas Young Bloods versus Old Guys. Players from Young Bloods were led by Kiefer Ravena, Ray Parks, Matthew Wright, RR Pogoy and Raymond Almazan. One notable player that played last night for Young Bloods was Kai Sotto. A 14-year old 7 footer which has a lot of potential for our basketball especially playing International competition.

Gilas Old Guys were led by LA Tenerio, Japeth Aguilar, Paul Lee, Jason Castro, Jeff Chan and Ranidel De Ocampo.

The game is a 30 minute game only. Lebron James played in the final 3:52 of the game to the delight of the fans. You can hear non-stop cheering every time Lebron touches the ball. As usual, Lebron did not disappoint his fans by giving powerful dunks and alley-oops passes.

The Gilas Young Bloods won over Gilas Old Guys 92-71.

The event ended by giving away autograph basketballs to the fans.

Here are some photos on last night’s Strive For Greatness Tour:

Irving – Thomas Blockbuster Trade Officially Completed

It’s official, the Boston Celtics is sending their 2020 2nd round pick to the Cleveland Cavaliers. The 2020 2nd round pick was acquired by Boston from Miami. Less than 12 hours before the trade deadline, the Celtics and Cavs have agreed to complete the trade that would send Isaiah Thomas, Jae Crowder, Ante Zizic, 2018 1st round pick (from Brooklyn), and the 2020 2nd round pick (from Miami in exchange for Cavs All-star point guard Kyrie Irving.

Ben Mbala to Miss Highly Anticipated Game Against FEU to Play for FIBA Afrobasket

The defending UAAP Mens Basketball Champions De La Salle Green Archers will play against Far Eastern University Tamaraws without their Cameroon star player Ben Mbala on September 10 2017. Mbala is in Brazil for Cameroon’s training camp in preparation for FIBA Afrobasket.
The game between the Green Archers and Tamaraws will be highly anticipated game coming off a heated brawl of the two teams in Davao.
Mbala is the reigning UAAP MVP averaging 20 points and 16 rebounds per game last season.
FIBA Afrobasket will run from September 8 – 16. 
Mbala will also miss the game on September 16 against the National University Bulldogs. 

Nerlens Noel Reportedly Signs 1 year, $4.1 Million Contract with Mavs

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Nerlens Noel reportedly signs 1 year, $4.1 Million contract with Dallas Mavericks

Noel was traded last On February 23, 2017 to the Dallas Mavericks from Philadelpia 76ers in exchange for Justin Anderson, Andrew Bogut and a 2017 protected first-round pick. He made his debut for the Mavericks two days later, recording nine points and 10 rebounds off the bench in a 96–83 win over the New Orleans Pelicans. On March 3, 2017, in his first start for the Mavericks, Noel tied a career high with 17 rebounds while scoring 15 points in a 104–100 win over the Memphis Grizzlies.
Noel played 22 games with the Mavericks and averaged 8.5 points, 6.8 rebounds, 1.1 blocks  while shooting 57.5 percent from the field. Noel was starter on 12 of 22 games with Mavs.

Cavs Coach Lue Scouting Former NBA Player McCants

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Cleveland Cavaliers head coach Tyronn Lue was allegedly at the BIG 3 Championship scouting out talent Rashad McCants.
McCants was a first round pick back in 2005 when the Timberwolves selected him fourteenth overall.
On April 30, 2017, McCants was selected as the No. 1 overall pick in the 2017 BIG3 Draft by Trilogy (basketball). On August 26, 2017, Trilogy won the first-ever Big3 League Championship. McCants had 22 points on 55% shooting and was named Championship MVP.
McCants is free agent and can add depth to Cleveland Cavaliers bench.

Cavs Could Veto Blockbuster Trade to Celtics

The completion of the blockbuster trade between Cleveland Cavaliers and Boston Celtics will wait until Wednesday (US Time) after the physical exam results. It’s common practice for teams to perform comprehensive medical exams on players with prior medical issues. Isaiah Thomas is nursing with hip injury and the Cavaliers are said to be interested in acquiring additional assets before exchanging Kyrie Irving.
Cavaliers initially offered their premier point guard Irving for Thomas, forward Jae Crowder, big man Ante Zizic, and the Brooklyn Nets 2018 first-round pick.
The Cleveland Cavaliers is now asking for either rookie Jayson Tatum or Jaylen Brown but Boston Celtics has consistently remained unwilling to add either of the two.
The Cavaliers could veto the blockbuster trade if Celtics don’t revise the trade.

Dwyane Wade Conflict with Young Bulls Players

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The young players on the Bulls really can’t stand Dwyane, and it’s like a little secret in Chicago.
The Chicago Bulls brought Dwyane Wade to provide veteran leadership to young Chicago Bulls players, but it seems everything have backfired.
“He didn’t practice. But they really got upset because he called them all out in the media. And he said, ‘You guys aren’t working hard enough.’ And then they had a big team meeting the next day, and they said, ‘Who are you to say we’re not working hard? Because we’re out there every day busting our butt.’ So there’s a lot of friction there, a lot of tension.” told by Nick Friedell on his appearance on ESPNs The Jump.
Wade did indeed make some very harsh comments about his younger teammates in January and it’s easy to see how they’d come off badly with the knowledge that Wade wasn’t even practicing.
Bulls are reportedly in buy-out talks with Wade’s contract. Making noise as possible destination after buy-out would be Cleveland Cavaliers to team-up with good friend Lebron James. Miami Heat also showed interest to have Wade back at Miami.

OJ Mayo Wants a Comeback to Play for the Bucks

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With his 2-year ban on the NBA for violating the league’s substance abuse policy, former NBA player OJ Mayo wants a shot of comeback to play again with the Milwaukee Bucks.

“I want to go back to what I left [in Milwaukee]. I was real close with [coach] Jason Kidd. I had great relationships with Giannis [Antetokounmpo] and Khris Middleton. I was comfortable there. I felt like I let them down, cheated them for two years. They paid me $8 million to be, in my eyes, a subpar player. They invested millions of dollars for me to be on top of my s—, and when you’re not on top of your s—, it shows. I’ll be 30 next summer. If they just give me the chance, I can make it up. I owe them.” Mayo said.

Mayo said that the drug that triggered the discipline was not a hard drug but said he smoked marijuana and abused a prescription pain medication.
Mayo entered the 2008 NBA draft and was selected by the Minnesota Timberwolves with the third overall pick. He was later traded to the Memphis Grizzlies, with whom he played four seasons. In 2011, he tested positive for a banned steroid and was suspended by the NBA for 10 games. Mayo signed with the Dallas Mavericks in 2012, and then with the Milwaukee Bucks in 2013. On July 1, 2016, Mayo was dismissed from the NBA for violating the league’s anti-drug program.

Cavs Isaiah Thomas May Not Play on Season Opener Against Former Team

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President and General Manager of Boston Celtics Danny Ainge said that Isaiah Thomas probably will not play at the start of the season due to an ailing hip that he got from the Eastern Conference last season.

“There’s going to be probably a little bit of delay for Isaiah as he starts the season this year. But I think that Isaiah should be fine and healthy as the season goes along.” said Ainge.

Thomas was slowed down by the same injury in the last playoffs, which caused him to play in just the first two games of the Eastern Conference Finals series against Cleveland. Thomas has no set date yet for a return.

The Boston Celtics will visit Cleveland Cavaliers on both teams’ NBA season opener on October 17.

Who Won on the Celtics-Cavs Trade?

Does the Boston Celtics make the right move in trading Isaiah Thomas, Jae Crowder, Ante Zizic and the Brooklyn Nets’ 2018 unprotected first-round pick to the Cleveland Cavaliers in exchange for Kyrie Irving?
The Celtics got a 25-year-old four-time All-Star with an NBA title and an Olympic gold medal on Irving. A player who demanded to be removed from the shadow of the best player in the league, so he can show that he is ready to be the face of another franchise.
The Cavaliers on the other hand, got a two-time All-Star who led the Eastern Conference in scoring and finished in the top five of the MVP voting in Thomas.
A big factor on the trade was the inclusion of Boston’s 2018 first round pick from Brooklyn.
Celtics will start the season with their own Big 3 in Kyrie Irving, Gordon Hayward and Al Horford. Then Cavaliers will test their new backcourt with the addition of Isaiah Thomas and Derrick Rose to team-up with Lebron James and Kevin Love.

Powcast Event: Powcast.net Year-End Party ( Video)

Team Powcast celebrated its Year End Party last December 29, 2016 at MegaPro Family KTV in Makati City. Powcast.net is fast growing community of sports enthusiasts. Built for people with passion for different sports. Founder Mr. Pow Salud led the event by giving major raffle prizes. Vision for 2017 is to expand and continue to promote sports in the country by providing quality coverage to our supporters and the entire community. 
Food and drinks were served for the members. 

Some of the major raffle prizes

Partnership/ Inquiries please email at : inquiry@powcast.net

Dream match Ateneo vs La Salle Men’s Basketball Finals Preview on UAAP Season 79

College archrival De La Salle Green Archers and Ateneo Blue Eagles will add another history to their UAAP Men’s Basketball rivalry as they face once more on UAAP Men’s Basketball Season 79 Finals.

Heavily favored Green Archers to win the crown will depend on their Cameroonian big man Ben Mbala who led the Green Archers to an outstanding 13-1 standings at the end of the elimination round. Mbala tallied 20.6 points, 16.0 rebounds, and 2.4 blocks  this season. Season 79 will also be the last season for King Archer Jeron Teng, who wants to give La Salle a championship before leaving his UAAP career. Green Archers is known in deploying mayhem defense by pressuring opponent’s offense.

On the blue side, Ateneo is coming in to the Finals with more confidence and momentum since they are the only team to deal Green Archers their only loss of the year.

But Ateneo’s Head Coach Tab Baldwin know that with the title on the line, this will be more difficult to accomplish.

The Blue Eagles needs to rely on their backcourt offensively and their big men defensively.

With Ateneo’s Aaron Black back and healthy on their line up, Thirdy Ravena’s all around game and court general John Wong presence, Ateneo will surely give a great match up to La Salle’s backcourt.

Isaac Go and Chibueze Ikeh should play-up tight and straight up defense on La Salle’s Center Ben Mbala to control the game.  

Ateneo Blue Eagles won 3 out of 4 match-ups against La Salle Green Archers on their UAAP Finals history.

1988 – Ateneo defeated La Salle
2001 – La Salle defeated Ateneo
2002 – Ateneo defeated La Salle
2008 – Ateneo defeated La Salle  

The UAAP Finals Game 1 showdown will be held today at SM Mall of Asia Arena at 3:00 PM.

Ateneo ends La Salle’s winning streak to 12 by winning over archrival 83-71.

Ateneo ended De La Salle’s 12-game winning streak on an epic battle between the two archrivals at Smart Araneta Coliseum on the UAAP Men’s Basketball Season 79 Second Round of elimination round. Ateneo overcome La Salle’s pressing defense to defeat the Taft based school with a 83-71 victory.

Many have thought that the De La Salle Green Archers will sweep the elimation round, coming into the game with 12-0 record. But the big men of Ateneo played outstanding defense to La Salle big man Ben Mbala forcing him to commit 7 turnovers. La Salle’s Jeron Teng played his last elimination game versus their nemisis Ateneo Blue Eagles. Teng led the Green Archers with 18 points. Mbala also contributed 17 points and 15 boards for the Archers.

Ateneo was led by Aaron Black with 16 points and 7 rebounds. Aaron was coming from an injury. He is the son of Meralco Bolts head coach Norman Black. Matt Nieto and George Go also contributed 15 and 10 points respectively. Ateneo is now on a three-game winning streak and now secured a spot for UAAP Season 79 Final Four.

Durham won Best Import Award but Brownlee leads Ginebra on a critical Game 2 win to tied the series at 1-1

Meralco Bolts import Allen Durham won the best import award over Finals counter part Barangay Ginebra Gin Kings import Justin Brownlee before the Game 2 of 2016 PBA Governors Cup started at Smart Araneta. Durham led the Bolts to their first PBA Finals appearance. But Brownlee had the last laugh after the Gin Kings won the critical Game 2 of the PBA Finals over the Bolts 82-79. Brownlee scored 32 points and grabbed 12 rebounds for the Gin Kings. Series is now tied at 1-1.

Allen Durham scored 22 points and 15 rebounds on Game 2 for Meralco whose coming from a monster game one performance with 46 points.

Jason Castro also won the Best Player of the conference. Winning his fourth BPC award over San Miguel’s June Mar Fajardo, Global Port’s Terrence Romeo and Stanley Pringle and Alaska ‘s Calvin Abueva.

FEU defeated UE 67 – 59 on UAAP Season 79 Men’s Basketball

The Far Eastern University Tamaraws defeated the University of the East Red Warriors 67 – 59 earlier today at the Smart Araneta. The Tamaraws was lead by Raymar Jose scoring 11 points and grabbed 22 rebounds. Monbert Arong also helped FEU by contributing 16 points.

The Red Warriors was lead by Mark Olayon with 12 points. 

4th Powcast Fantasy Basketball Awarding Ceremony

The 4th Powcast Fantasy Basketball awarding ceremony was held last September 10, 2016 in partnership with Skippy’s Bar in BGC. It is an annual Powcast event were we award outstanding Yahoo Fantasy Sports Managers through Powcast Community. Commissioner on the league is non another than the Founder of Powcast Community Pow Salud. Cash prizes and exclusive apparels from Powcast were given to this year’s winners. Free lunch were also served in partnership with Skippy’s Bar located at 25 Street in Bonifacio Global City.

Winners and cash prizes:

Champion: Playgun (P5,400)

2nd Place: Archeous21 (P2,700)

3rd Place: Team Pow (P900)

Be part of this growing community by signing up at Powcast.net website.

UST defeated UE 88 – 87

The UST Growling Tigers defeated the UE Red Warriors on a down to the wire game, 88-87, held at Smart Araneta Coliseum, Down by three, with the chance to tie the game and force the game into overtime, the Red Warriors wasn’t able to convert a three-point shot at the end of regulation giving the UST its first win of the season. The Red Warriors only scored 2 points on their final play which is not enough to force the game to extra minutes.

Henri Subido lead the Tigers with 26 points and made some key baskets on the second half. While, Nick Abanto and Edison Batiller lead UE with 15 points each.

Stella Artois Philippines set to conquer Regional Draught Masters in Malaysia.

Winners Raniel Dy of Draft The Fort Bonifacio, Eduardo Mayani II Mayani and Jordan Barnate from Draft Greenbelt, will now be flying to Malaysia to represent Stella Artois Philippines for the International Draught Masters.
As  a way to celebrate the ceremonious reverence that goes into each carefully poured glass of Stellar Artois, Booze online and Draft Gastropub have also hosted a send off for the team who will represent the Philippines in June 2016.
This will be the first time that Philippines will participate in this event. Each representative have dedicated to practice for this event everyday before and after work. 
During our interview, we were informed that each representative also uses alternative sports such as basketball and billiards as an additional workout to prepare for International Draught Masters.