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The best-of-seven Philippine Basketball Association Commissioner’s Cup finals between the San Miguel Beermen and TNT KaTropa came to an end last Friday with the former taking the title in six games; a championship series that was one of the more exciting and engaging ones in the local pro league in recent memory.

Having a blast

Four games have been played in the best-of-seven Philippine Basketball Association Commissioner’s Cup finals series between the San Miguel Beermen and TNT KaTropa and so far it has been an engaging and eventful affair, and something I am having a blast watching.

Solid offering

When ONE Championship came here in April I was not able to cover it as I had something going out of town, which was why for the promotion’s most recent event here on Aug. 2 I made sure if I was available I would go.

A restart

Last Sunday the Philippine Olympic Committee held special elections for top officials aimed at setting the house in order after the organization was rocked by leadership issues recently.

Another chance

The last two months have been a tumultuous one for the Philippine Olympic Committee with the body marred in a contentious leadership quagmire.

Expanded pool

The preparations of Gilas Pilipinas for the FIBA Basketball World Cup in China beginning late next month took further form on Monday night with the naming of the player pool from which the team representing the Philippines will be drawn from.

A case for the Baby Beast

Friends of mine on social media would attest that I am one in supporting the inclusion of Philippine Basketball Association rookie CJ Perez in the Gilas Pilipinas roster competing at the 2019 FIBA Basketball World Cup in China beginning next month.

All that Jazz

National Basketball Association free agency opened frenetically on Monday, July 1 (Manila time), with a lot of players on the move and set to join new teams come the 2019-20 NBA season.

A fair trade

Last week saw a trade in the Philippine Basketball Association which created much buzz over the fairness of it.

Moving on

The long-delayed trade sending National Basketball Association superstar Anthony Davis out of New Orleans finally pushed through at the weekend, with the Pelicans agreeing with a deal with the Los Angeles Lakers.

Import take

Action in the midseason tournament Philippine Basketball Association Commissioner’s Cup is now in full swing with all competing teams having taken the hardwood.

Fines and more fines

The first two weeks of the Philippine Basketball Association Commissioner’s Cup have been eventful in more ways than one.

New twist

Relations within the Philippine Olympic Committee had another twist when top leadership decided to make sweeping changes in the organization early this week.

The future is bright

Their “Kami Naman” (Our turn) push did not go all the way but there is no denying how successful the University Athletic Association of the Philippines Season 81 campaign of the University of Santo Tomas Golden Tigresses was, and how the future is bright for them.

Conference finals

And so another eventful round of the National Basketball Association playoffs drew to a close early this week, setting up the stage for the conference finals, which from all indications point to yet an interesting stretch anew in this season’s postseason.

Unexpected turn

The local club football scene was dealt an unexpected blow recently when the plug was pulled on the rebranded Philippine Premier League (PPL) at the weekend with only one official play date held.

UAAP volleyball Final Four

The elimination round of the women’s volleyball tournament in Season 81 of the University Athletic Association of the Philippines is technical not yet over as two teams are still to dispute the second seed in a one-game playoff today. But the semifinal protagonists are already known and, boy, the Final Four of women’s play should be a good one.

First-round thoughts

The playoffs of the 2018-19 season of the National Basketball Association has been a fortnight old and so far there is hardly any surprises in the first round with teams expected to do well delivering accordingly.

Legends both

The regular season of the National Basketball Association ended last week and while excitement ensued after in anticipation to what is shaping up to be an eventful postseason, some sadness were felt as well as two legends of the game decided to ride into the sunset.

Fuel Masters are legit contenders

For the first time in its young Philippine Basketball Association history the Phoenix Pulse Fuel Masters are in the semifinals of a league tournament.

Tale of two years

The year 2018 was a stellar one for Baguio’s Team Lakay that saw four of its stalwarts being crowned as champions in ONE Championship.

Not bad getting Trae

Heading into the 2018-19 Season of the National Basketball Association, one of the more talked-about player exchanges was that between the Dallas Mavericks and Atlanta Hawks involving rookies Luka Doncic and Trae Young.

No easy road

At the weekend Gilas Pilipinas and the entire nation finally got to know where the country will begin its FIBA Basketball World Cup campaign later this year after the official draw was made in Shenzhen, China.

2-of-3 Fantasy League teams

For most of those playing the National Basketball Association Fantasy League, this week marks the stretch that stakes have been raised with the start of the playoff rounds.

The best 16 teams

The 2018-19 season of the National Basketball Association has entered Week 21 and that means in the next two weeks or so the playoffs are set to be played.

The road taken

The Philippine national men’s basketball team ended its campaign in the FIBA Basketball World Cup Asian Qualifiers with a positive result, earning for the country a return trip to the quadrennial basketball spectacle later this year.

One for defense

For someone who took to liking playing defense during his younger basketball days, I certainly dig the list of finalists for possible enshrinement this year in the Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield, Massachusetts.

Standout trades

The recent player trade stretch in the National Basketball Association proved to be an active one with reports putting it at 57 players changing uniforms by the deadline on Feb. 8 (Manila time). The number beat out significantly the 35 from last year and the previous high of 53 players in 2015.

Wishing Kevin Alas the best

Covering sporting events is surely exciting and fun but once in a while there are moments you just cringe in disbelief, more so if those are in the form of injuries.

NBA All-Star reserves

The 2019 National Basketball Association All-Star Game happens in a couple of weeks in Charlotte, North Carolina, and it took further form last week with the naming of the starters for the Midseason Classic.

One-week look

To be honest, I am one of those who are viewing the 2018 Philippine Basketball Association rookie class with a wait-and-see mindset. It is not that I do not believe in the talent of the latest batch of freshmen in the local pro league but more because I just want to reserve my verdict first before I jump on and say it is a good group of selection.

In to compete

In the lead-up to the 2019 AFC Asian Cup, the Philippine Azkals made known their intention of being not just a participant in their first-ever appearance in the continental football spectacle but a team looking to make waves and go through.

All-Filipino champion

The 44th season of the Philippine Basketball Association rolls off on Jan. 13, beginning with the year-opening Philippine Cup, where the San Miguel Beermen have been dominant being winners of the last four editions of the tournament.

Standout moments (2)

The Year 2018 was also a standout year for female national athletes who made their presence felt in various international competitions.

Standout moments (1)

The Year 2018 is about to end and in hindsight, as a sportswriter, there were a lot of standout moments in Philippine sports to remember.

Christmas sports wishes

In less than week we will be celebrating Christmas; a time to be merry and excited with family and friends and to reflect on life.

NBA quarter look

The 2018-19 Season of the National Basketball Association just moved past the quarter point and so far it has sprung quite a number of surprises on various levels.

Assessment

“Gilas holds off Iran to give World Cup bid a boost.’ Had the head and lead ready with seven minutes left... then found myself backspacing and backspacing some more... ”

Prohibitive favorite

The finals of University Athletic Association of the Philippines Season 81 does not start until Saturday, Dec. 1, but this early the defending champions Ateneo Blue Eagles are creating much buzz of repeating as champs.

Finally back in the Final Four

The long wait for the University of the Philippines Fighting Maroons to get back in the Final Four of the University Athletic Association of the Philippines came to an end last week after it finally broke through with a gallant and impressive victory over the De La Salle Green Archers in an all-important match.

Happy for The Silencer

I have been covering ONE Championship since its establishment at the turn of this decade and I have seen how far it has come and grown, including the athletes under it and the competition.

Off timing

The just-started finals series of Season 94 of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) between the defending champions San Beda Red Lions and Lyceum Pirates got an unexpected twist even before it unfurled with the suspension meted on King Pirate CJ Perez.

Rookie of the Year

Handing of individual awards for Season 81 of the University Athletic Association of the Philippines is still weeks away but this early I am calling the winner for Rookie of the Year.

NBA Fantasy League bid

The new season of the National Basketball Association is a week old and so far it has been an engaging one as far as this writer is concerned.

Predictions (3)

In the last two weeks this space has been throwing its take on the about-to-start 2018-19 season of the National Basketball Association, which from all indications is heading to another interesting run following landscape-altering moves across varying levels in the offseason.