Louie Alas: We have to beat teams we are supposed to beat

Phoenix coach Louie Alas isn’t ready to measure his squad against the top teams of the league just yet.

Right now, he wants to look at the squads his team is realistically competitive against.

“We must be able to beat teams we are supposed to beat,” Alas said in Filipino during the PBA’s recent media day.

“That’s where we will start.”

Phoenix goes into a second season with Calvin Abueva now fully absorbed into its system and with additions Alex Mallari and Dave Marcelo, Alas feels he has the pieces to finally take it to the big guns of the league.

“We’re deeper now,” Alas said in Filipino. “So I guess this season, we can really compete. I always felt that we were three pieces away from competing but now that we have two, we should be good.”

More than the added depth and skill, Alas feels Mallari and Marcelo will bring their winning ways to the Fuel Masters, who were often caught fumbling in tense endgame situations during crucial ballgames.

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End of ‘Spiderman dunk’ as PBA deems ‘monkey ride’ unsportsmanlike

PBA fans may have just seen the last of Arwind Santos’ patented “Spiderman” dunk last season.

While the San Miguel Beer forward could still do it, he risks getting penalized after the PBA issued a memorandum deeming the “Spiderman” dunk or monkey ride as how the league called it in the memo “unsportsmanlike.”

According to the memo, “a player who hangs onto the rim after a dunk and places either or both of his feet onto the backboard, shall be assessed with an unsportsmanlike technical foul.”

The memorandum also cleared that “a player may still hang on to the basket rim, backboard or its support, to prevent injury to himself or another player with no penalty.”

The league said a player is still allowed to “momentarily” hang on to the rim after a dunk.

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Tim Cone sees his former players in Tey Teodoro: ‘He just caught my eye’

Tey Teodoro Barangay Ginebra

Tey Teodoro. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.net

MANILA, Philippines—Teytey Teodoro’s basketball  has come full circle.

From watching Barangay Ginebra as a fan, the gunner out of Jose Rizal University, eventually donned the Gin Kings colors and got his own moment under the limelight in the PBA season opener against TNT Sunday at Philippine Arena.

Teodoro scored four points in seven minutes of play in the Gin Kings’ 90-79 win and he was surprised head coach Tim Cone already trusted him to play in the team’s first game of the season.

“I was super happy because this is just our first game and I’m already playing,” said Teodoro, who checked in late in the first quarter, in Filipino. “I never expected that I would enter the game that early.”

“I was surprised but I kept myself ready because I’m always watching their games and whatever plays they ran. And I think being a fan helped me,” added Teodoro.

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San Miguel still consensus team to beat for PBA Season 44

To no one’s surprise, San Miguel Beer was the consensus choice by team governors as the frontrunner to win the 2019 PBA Philippine Cup.

Last season, the fancied Beermen celebrated a historic fourth consecutive championship in the all-Filipino tournament in dominating fashion after beating the Magnolia Hotshots in five games.

With its star-studded core led by four-time MVP June Mar Fajardo back, San Miguel is tipped to keep its Philippine Cup dynasty intact and the rest of the league is fully aware of it.

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