Courtesy: Boise State Sports Information
Forward - F
Height: 6-6 Weight: 225
College of Southern Idaho
Following the major player movements of the Gin Kings, Purefoods, and Air21 which is now Burger King, teams are certainly busy reshaping, tweaking their rosters. Aside from getting the best import, player movements are very crucial.
Purefoods added offensive threats to address their problem of having Kerby Raymundo and James Yap as their go-to-guys, which made the team's offense so predictable. The new acquisitions also add muscle and experience to the team as both Allado and Canaleta has been in the league for a while now. Canaleta certainly has the potential to be McGrady or Kobe type of player. He's agile, quick, can dribble, shooot, basically can score. I really hope he can finally bloom with Purefoods. Allado, the role player that he is, I'm sure he'll fit in Purefoods.
The Kings get young blood in Intal, Kramer and point guard Lanete. Burger King gets Belga, Alonzo and future draft picks of Ginebra. Well, they already stole Celino Cruz and Cyrus Baguio earlier this season so they are loaded at the guard positions. Belga will fit in.
As of now players are busy watching NFL TV as most team are to start their dirty work by February. NFL TV package, NFL Sunday ticket are up for grabs.
THREE-WAY TRADE SENDS ALLADO, CANALETA TO PUREFOODS
Monday, 26 January 2009
Seven players will be wearing new uniforms when the PBA’s Fiesta Conference opens shop next month.
Purefoods TJ Giants, hampered by injuries to players expected to deliver on offense this season got two talented players in Don Allado and Nino Canaleta from Air21. The Giants had to let go of Beau Belga, Chad Alonzo, Chico Lanete and their 2013 draft pick.
“We have acknowledged identified our weakness in the last conference which is scoring. Those two will definitely help us to more or less address our choke point because they are known as good offensive players,” said coach Ryan Gregorio when contacted by SportsNews.ph.
Gregorio said his team has become predictably a Kerby Raymundo-James Yap team especially down the stretch and now feels his new recruits will help a lot in addressing that problem.
"It will definitely alleviate our problems in relying too much from James and Kerby in scoring. One thing certain is that we will play according to their strengths. KG is probably the best finisher in the open court,” said Gregorio “You give him the ball, he knows what to do with it. We will try not to make things complicated. With them on board it will open up the paint for us.”
The Express meanwhile immediately shipped Lanete along with JC Intal and Doug Kramer to Barangay Ginebra for the Gin Kings 2012 and 2013 draft picks.
“For me it’s not really a blockbuster trade because we feel it will just fill in our injured spots. It’s not really a trade that will turn the team around. It will help the team but it’s more on answering the need to fill in our injured spots,” said Ginebra coach Jong Uichico.
Uichico said Junthy Valenzuela recently underwent operation which the multi-titled mentor refused to divulge. Uichico however said Valenzuela will be out of commission for about six to eight weeks.
Uichico added that they have no idea when superstar Mark Caguioa will be back. Caguioa also underwent knee operation late last year by Los Angeles Lakers team physician Steve Lombardo.
Uichico hopes his two new additions will help solve their needs sooner than expected.
“Doug is young but we’ll see what he can do. For sure it will help our frontline. We really have more five’s than we have four’s,” said Uichico “JC and Doug have good potentials but potential is potential. We still have to see if they will be able to do what I want them to do.”
Meanwhile Gregorio said management have already reached an agreement with their import Reggie Larry, a former Boise State standout who had a short stint with the Golden State Warriors during the league’s summer tournament last year.
In one of the best sudden-death match-ups in the PBA, San Miguel Beermen managed recovered from 21-point deficit in the 3rd to snatch a 98-93 victory over the crowd-favorite Brgy. Ginebra Kings.
Ginebra controlled the game right at the tip-off especially when Olsen Racela was called for a flagrant foul penalty 2 as he placed his foot on the landing lot of Jayjay Helterbrand gunning for a 3-pointer. Racela's ejection led to Helterbrand's rampage scorching SMB from the rainbow country. Helterbrand finished with 30 points but was held down to only 10 in the 2nd half. SMB haunted BGK in the 3rd with their fullcourt press and Dondon Hontiveros turned on his hot shooting. Rookie Bonbon Custodio also stepped up especially in the 4th, tricking Ginebra with his daredevil drives to the hoop.
It's a sour defeat for Ginebra. I could only imagine the misery of the Ginebra fans who were already celebrating in the 3rd when the Gin Kings established huge lead and had their shots falling from everywhere. Then, there came the San Miguel juggernaut.
SMB advances to the semis facing well-rested Talk n Text Tropang Texters. This only shows that the two teams made the right moves during the off-season. Recall that the two got involve on a draft day trade which sent Jay Washington to SMB for SMB's 3rd draft pick. TnT then selected spitfire pointguard Jason Castro.
San Miguel 98 -- Hontiveros 34, Custodio 13, Tugade 11, Seigle 9, Washington 8, Villanueva 7, Pennisi 5, Pena 4, Pingris 3, Baguion 2, racela 2, Gonzales 0.
Ginebra 93 -- Helterbrand 30, Salvacion 17, Menk 9, Mamaril 8, Tubid 7, Pacana 6, Artadi 6, Wilson 6, Valenzuela 4, Escalona 0, Cabatu 0.
Quarterscores: 14-22, 36-49, 67-70, 98-93
"Crab Dribble" is the hottest buzz in the NBA today. Lebron James strongly asserted that his move against the Wizards wasn't a travel. However, the world says otherwise.
I would like to show you this video which shows a similar move by King James which wasn't called for a travelling violation. In fact, the commentators had all praises for the move. Check it out, and compare.
QUARTERFINALS (Best of 3)
(1) Sta. Lucia Realtors vs Rain or Shine Elasto Painters
(2) San Miguel Beermen vs Brgy. Ginebra Kings
SEMIFINALS (Best of 7)
Alaska Aces vs WINNER of (1)
Talk n Text Tropang Texters vs WINNER of (2)
Winners of the semis moves on to the best of 7 finals showdown.