FINALS: Powerade Tigers 1 - 3 Talk N Text Tropang Texters
Warriors 99, Bulls 91

Monta Ellis scored 26 points, David Lee tallied 22 points and Stephen Curry had 21 points, 10 assists and six steals and to lead the Golden State Warriors to an impressive 99-91 victory over the visiting Chicago Bulls on Monday.

Golden State (1-1) recorded 16 steals in giving Mark Jackson his first career coaching victory and improving to 9-2 in its last 11 home games against the Bulls.

When the clock strikes midnight on December 31, it will have been another year of futility for the UP Fighting Maroons. It has been 25 years since the State University won a championship in the UAAP, and with the way things are going, it might take another 25 years before the UP squad wins the big one again.

The year 1986 seems so many lifetimes ago. It was certainly a different era, far removed from today’s commercialized collegiate basketball scene, where the next generation of hoop stars are recruited — some would say coddled — years before they step into a college campus. Back then, the players recruited each other to play for school pride, instead of perks and allowances.

Arwind Santos, the Petron Blaze Boosters’ double-double machine, emerged as the leading contender for the Best Player of the Conference derby after the quarterfinal round of the PBA Philippine Cup. 

Santos, with his regular double-double showing, leads everybody in the statistical points (SPs) race with an average of 38.63 a game. 

The 6-foot-4 former FEU stalwart is six points clear of chief pursuer Kelly Williams of Talk n Text, giving him a solid chance to become the first player in seven years to win the BPC award in back-to-back fashion.

IF there is one team that badly needs this holiday break prior to the coming PBA Philippine Cup semifinals, it’s no less than the defending champion itself, Talk `N Text. 

Although the Tropang Texters salvaged a twice-to-beat advantage in the playoffs by finishing as the second ranked team at the end of the eliminations, they hobbled for the most part of their 14-game campaign as key players were saddled with injuries one after the other. 

The casualties include the team’s backcourt of Jimmy Alapag, Jayson Castro, Jarred Dilinger and Ryan Reyes, together with big men Ranidel de Ocampo, Aaron Aban and Ali Peek.

CAN’T really blame the Powerade Tigers if they’ll make the most out of their stint in the PBA Philippine Cup semifinals series. 

The Tigers haven’t been this deep into the playoffs since the 2004 Fiesta Conference, when the team was then still known as Coca-Cola and their star player, hotshot Gary David, was about to embark yet on a colorful pro career. 

Curiously, it was David, picked 10th overall by the Tigers during that season’s Rookie Draft, who’s chiefly responsible for all of this.

Norman Black and Frankie Lim will cement their highly-successful coaching campaign in the recent season as they are set to receive the UAAP and NCAA Coach of the Year awards during the Collegiate Basketball Awards on January 21 at the Gateway Suites in Quezon City.

Black steered Ateneo to its fourth straight conquest of the UAAP while Lim powered the Red Lions to their fifth crown in six years making them the hands-down choices for the award to be presented by the UAAP-NCAA Press Corps and SMART.

Black and Lim will share the limelight with Mythical Five members Calvin Abueva of San Sebastian, Bobby Ray Parks of National University, Greg Slaughter and Kiefer Ravena of Ateneo and Garvo Lanete of San Beda.

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Calvin Abueva of San Sebastian and Ray Parks of National University top the list of this year’s Mythical Five in the Collegiate Basketball Awards presented by the UAAP-NCAA Press Corps and SMART to be held January 21 at the Gateway Suites in Cubao, Quezon City.

Abueva and Parks, the Most Valuable Players of the NCAA and UAAP respectively, join Ateneo’s Greg Slaughter and Kiefer Ravena and Garvo Lanete of San Beda on the list for their notable performances this season.

The Mythical Five is one of the major awards in the yearly event presented by scribes from broadsheets, tabloids and online publications covering the collegiate hoops beat.

LeBron James, Carmelo Anthony and Derrick Rose all shined as the NBA tipped off in style on Christmas Day with some sparkling action putting aside memories of the five month long lockout.

The Miami Heat immediately showed why they are title favorites by beating last season’s champions the Dallas Mavericks, while the New York Knicks enjoyed a surprise victory over the Boston Celtics at Madison Square Garden and the Chicago Bulls produced a great comeback to beat the Los Angeles Lakers.

The games were part of a five-game opening day to the delayed and reduced 66-game regular season after the dispute between players and owners over a new collective contract ended earlier this month.
LOS ANGELES — Derrick Rose scored the go-ahead basket with 4.8 seconds remaining as the Chicago Bulls opened their new NBA season with an 88-87 win over the Los Angeles Lakers on Sunday.

While Rose provided the finishing scoring touch, teammate Luol Deng gave the Bulls the fourth-quarter spark they needed to come from behind in front of a Christmas Day crowd of 18,997 at Staples Center arena.

“We showed fight,” said Rose. “We don’t want to be in a situation like that but we got it done.”

Deng scored nine points in the final quarter and intercepted a Kobe Bryant pass then quickly got the ball to Rose who drove to the basket before pulling up and draining a short one-handed lob.

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