Alaska-RoS: The Kontrapelo Matchup

The San miguel beermen are enjoying a 2-0 lead while on the other series the Alaska Aces and the Rain or shine Elasto Painters are really fighting for the lead. Alaska just won game 3 which makes it a 2-1 standing but as far as the matchup is concerned, this won’t be a easy semis for both teams.

Why is that?

First I’m going to give you a brief detail about the Alaska Aces:

Alaska Aces lead by their head coach Alex compton is now using the full court press as their primary defense, at the start of the conference it’s been very evident that Alaska is going for that Press defense against all team and it turns out to be great for the team. Also they have a good bench which produces good numbers even with limited minutes given to them (special mention to Banchero, Eman and Exeminiano). And I would like to mention their offense, their offense is a ‘Free flowing’ style of offense which allows the players to make their decision in the court but having some default plays given by the coach, this would benefit a lot of their players especially Calvin Abueva. Abueva is not the player you would want in the triangle because it’s like you’re putting a chain on him and preventing him to explode. That’s what happened on Abueva during the helm of Coach Luigi Trillo, on the triangle abueva wasn’t able to release the beast because it’s not his gamestyle. Same goes for other players like Baguio and Espinas. Now look at what abueva is doing inside the court, He’s dominating the boards and scoring also providing Alaska a much needed energy and hustles. Now look at where are they now, they’re 2-1 in the semis

But let us not forget their Rivals for this Semi-final matchup, the Rain or Shine Elasto Painters:

After the loss on the last season’s Governors Cup, Rain or shine decided to change their gamestyle from pick and roll, to Run and gun offense. Coach yeng might’ve realize that his men are capable of running (Well let’s exclude the Extra rice Inc.) and they are lacking of height. It was evident during their finals Match against San mig coffee where the big guys of SMC like Devance, Reavis and Yancy De Ocampo are dominating the bigs of Coach yeng. But the change in offense did not boggle Rain or Shine, instead it looked great for them because they finished the elimination rounds in 2nd place earning them the right to automatic Semis. Anyway, This run and gun offense can really compliment RoS because of their lineup with Raymond Almazan (6’9) only their LEGIT big guy and the rest are 6’6 below, They really have no choice but to fasten up the pace of their offense, or else other team who has a lot of big men will just eat them up.

Now why with the Kontrapelo Matchup?

It’s because of their contrasting style, Rain or shine uses the Run and gun as their offense and the Alaska using their Full court press as their defense. When Alaska Presses Rain or shine, the tendency is that Rain or shine will have to slow down because they might force a turn over but there is also a bad effect on the Full court press, If Rain or shine Breaks the press, then some of its players will have a wide space for them to drive or a kick out (if the help defense came) and might leave one RoS Player open for a trey or a easy drive to the basket.

Also it’s the style of both coaches, Yeng Guiao is the type of Coach who would field all of his available players. That is also what Coach Alex’ Becoming, During the Elimination round, we can see Sam Eman, Exemeniano, Banchero and Dela Cruz playing in the court, sometimes not just for a breather but taking over the starting 5 or the second stringers.

Now with the Kontrapelo Matchup, I guess it’s up to the players if they want to win and who has hunger to win but one thing is for sure, It’s going to be a Long series and expect a lot of Physicality and Ejections. Yes, Ejections just like earlier, Coach Yeng and Beau Belga are ejected for receiving 2 Technical Fouls. Now it’s just Game 3 of the series, and Expect more of that in the latter part of this series.

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Is Coach Leo Austria pulling a Alfrancis Chua-ish?

Before the start of this season, San miguel pulled some strings: They’ve assigned Coach Leo Austria to head the San Miguel beermen this Season to replace former head coach Biboy Ravanes.

Some says that Coach Leo will have a hard time on San miguel’s Blockbuster roster. Some also says that he is the right man for the job. But I guess with what San miguel’s showing right now, I think he is the right man for the job

San Miguel Beermen finished 1st in the elimination round this Philippine Cup, now who would’ve thought that Coach Leo, first time on coaching these group of men would steer them in the 1st place in the elimination round? Now his team reached semis and gaining a 2-0 lead in the semis against Talk N Text

With Coach Leo and the Beermen’s performance, I was able compare him on our (Ginebra) Team Governor Alfrancis Chua (Who was our Head coach back in 2012 Commissioner’s Cup)

Coach Al assumed position after a dismal performance by Coach Siot tangquincen, We never really expected much of coach Al and thought that this will be like the normal “Kangkong Chronicles”. Actually we were Kangkong that time But it wasn’t just like other. At that time Ginebra is having a problem on Herbert Hill as our import, he can’t score, he can’t bang bodies, hell he can’t even grab rebounds. So at that time I was like “Ok another early exit”. But our fortunes changed when we changed import, Coach Al used his “Magic bunot” and it turned out well for the team. We have escaped the twice-to-beat disadvantage against Rain or Shine, and we also escaped the Grit and Grind Semi finals against Talk N Text.. but every happiness has its end, we fell short against alaska in the finals and had a 0-3 standing, making Alaska the champion.

What I’m trying to say is that, even with a short span of time Coach Al was able to lead Ginebra in the finals even with a little amount of time given for him to prepare, even with the loss I was able to cherish that moment that we are in the finals and showed everyone that Ginebra still got the “Never Say Die” Attitude.

Now I think Coach Leo is also going to pull what Coach Al did for us, but I hope they will win a championship because they have a healthy roster and they have this great leader who is steering them in the right path.

Why should Ginebra Pick a Forward in this year’s Draft despite of a Guard-laden Draftees

The Rookie Draft is about to take place on August 24 and will be held at the Robinson’s Midtown Manila. A lot of team are speculating who will they pick, Stanley Pringle, Kevin Alas, Chris Banchero, Matt Ganuelas, Jake Pascual and Ronald Pascual.

Most of the names there are purely Guards and as we all know Ginebra is loaded with guards especially now with the Acquisition of Joseph Yeo. Also next season will be the return date of the Injured James Forrester which will load the Guard position more.

If they pick a guard then the coaching staffs will have another hard time deciding on who will they play.
Remember The guard spot of Ginebra is consisted of Mark Caguioa, Jay Jay Helterbrand, Joseph Yeo, James Forrester, Dylan ababou (Who also can play the 3 spot), Emman Monfort, LA Tenorio, Josh Urbiztondo and also the reserved player Jens Knuttel.

Now that’s a lot of Guards, But I guess Ginebra could also pick for a Forward guy because they lack a guy who can play Forward. Their forwards are consisted of Chris Ellis, Mac Baracael (Who plays like a SG), Jay-R Reyes, Billy Mamaril and Japeth Aguilar. Their only LEGIT Center is Greg Slaughter.

Now I guess all Ginebra needs to do is to focus on getting a Forward/Center guy and try to develop it so that they won’t lack people who can bang their bodies inside the rim. Even with the Guard-laden Draftees Ginebra should consider their rosters and who knows? It might be a remedy to some of their problems.

Hidden Message of Pacific Rim

I’ve watched Pacific rim a lot of time and of course I’ve observed something

There is a message in the film, maybe there are really no message and I guessed all of that up but still I can prove my arguments by showing you some explanation

Kaiju = Natural Disasters/Pacific storms

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Kaiju’s they are the big monster who are wreaking havoc in the whole world, now their hidden message is that those Kaiju’s are representing natural disasters of the earth specifically the Pacific Storms.

Kaiju’s are warping in the Pacific area, and in the Pacific area storms are also brewing in that part.

Now the Kaiju’s are attacking the cities near the Pacific (Manila, Tokyo, Australia, Seattle)

Now the Pacific storms are always hitting those area and sometimes does devastating damage like the Kaiju’s

Also Storms are classified as Storm Signals (on how strong the storm is)

Kaiju’s are also being classified by level on how strong they are, 1 being the lowest.

And as times passes by, Kaiju’s are growing stronger to match up the resistance of the Humans. In the storms, they are getting stronger when people are destroying the nature

Jaegers = Things people created to “prevent” climate change and it’s damages

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The Jaegers are the Gigantic Robots who fights the Gigantic Kaiju’s but then in the movie, they thought that the Jaegers are the answers for the Kaiju’s but were slowly eliminated due to the adaption of the Kaiju’s against the Jaegers

Just like in our climate, people are inventing things to prevent it but it’s already too late and we can’t do nothing about it but just to create things to slow down the damage in our nature and the effect of it.

Well I guess those are my observations on the ‘Hidden message’ of the movie. I hope you’ll get the same observation like I did

Being the Good guy

“Nice guys finish last” yan ang pagkarinig ko sa isang kanta, yes I would actually say na totoo yan. Nice guys always gets to be the last Also they are the last options if all else fails.

Pero ayaw niyo yun? nasa inyo pa rin ang huling halakhak. Sabi nga nila “It’s not how you start, but how you finish.”

Nice guys often gets friendzoned by their crushes because some of them thinks that they are boring, pero meron din naman minsan na kahit nice guy they get to have their girl.

Pero it’s nice being the good guy, you’ll have a lot of friends (Syempre kasi mabait ka), many people will respect you and you won’t have a stressful life (well stress do really come in our life pero mas hindi stressful pag good guy ka)

bakit? kasi syempre when you’re a good guy tahimik buhay mo, syempre off the radar ka ng mga tao (well depende sa ibang tao).

Ako kasi I am considering myself as a Good/nice guy. I don’t usually party a lot, I do have a small group of friends (which I totally cherish) and I’m single and always friendzoned lol.

Pero syempre may downside din ang masyadong Nice. You can’t have the girls, kasi as far as I’ve observed, Girls likes the guys who are very mysterious and I guess that’s not the trait of a nice guy like me kasi ako when I like someone, sinasabi ko pero ngayon I’m practicing myself to be ‘mysterious’ lol.

Sa sobrang nice ko nga lagi ako naffriendzone and there was this one time na sobrang na-down ako sa sarili ko kasi na-reject na naman ako ng isang girl. I was really sad na sinisi ko pa sarili ko dahil nice ako pero may na-realize din naman ako. I’ve realized na maybe she is not the girl for me and God is preparing something better for me.

And after that I’ve embraced the reality na ganito na talaga ako and pinasok ko na sa isipan ko na whatever happens, it’s all in his plan and never be sad again.

You see being a nice guy have its upside and downside, lahat naman eh actually, pero nasa atin na yun if we’re going to see the happenings in our life as positive or negative. Kung lumaki ka talagang Nice guy, stay the way you are. kahit ilang beses ka mafriendzone ni girly, don’t fret, just live life and be happy. Spend time with your friends and family. basta mag enjoy ka lang kasi in the end naman we will finish no matter what.

Always remember “Being real is the best thing a person could be”