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With a lockout in effect and NBA players talking about playing in Europe next season, some big stars are getting a taste of basketball overseas.

According to ESPN, league MVP Derrick Rose of the Chicago Bulls, the Los Angeles Lakers’ Kobe Bryant, Kevin Durant of the Oklahoma City Thunder and New Orleans Hornets guard Chris Paul are among those who will be playing exhibition games in the Philippines this weekend, according to multiple media reports.

With the NBA lockout in place, Kobe Bryant, Chris Paul, Kevin Durant and Derrick Rose will go to Manila for exhibition games.

The games benefit the MVP Sports Foundation, which helps youth sports programs.

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Koror, Palau – Two of the Spoilers key players Marvic Ngchar and RB Dorado will be playing in the upcoming Micronesian Basketball Tournament 15-and-under to represent Team Palau.

RB and Marvic of the Spoilers team will represent Team Palau in the upcoming Micro Games

The tournament will be held at the Palau National Gym on June 20-25. The Republic of Palau will compete against visiting teams from Guam and CNMI.

Palau will field in four teams for the said event. Two for the women’s team and two for the men’s squad. (Team Belau and Team Palau)

Marvic and RB of team Spoilers will be playing for Team Palau in the short tourney.

A total of nine teams will see action in the said event which includes three teams from Guam and two teams from CNMI.

The games will be played at the Palau National Gym between 9:00 AM to 9:00 PM.

Team Spoilers is wishing Marvic and RB the best of luck in the upcoming tournament.

Hopefully with the help of their 1-2 punch, Team Palau will bring home the coveted crown. Bring home the bacon boys!

Your Spoilers family are proud of you!

Koror, Palau – The FBL All Star weekend was held last Sunday at the Palau National Gym in celebration of the 113th Philippine Indepedence in cooperation with Philippine Embassy and The Filipino Commumity in Palau.

Boy Gopez of Team Spoilers won the MVP award for the Masters team on All Star Weekend.

The event started with the skills challenge and 3-point shoot out contest, followed by the Rookie-Sophomore game, Masters vs. Juniors and the main event — All Star team 1 against All Star team 2.

In the skills challenge, team Spoilers field in Coco Gonzales and Aries Echanova to represent the team. However, both players are suffering minor injuries that affected their performance.

Junie Samantina of the PNQ Rams won the skills challenge, clocking in the fastest time to complete the challenge at 12.3 seconds. Despite being injured, Gonzales placed second in the said event with a time of 13.1 seconds. Echanova failed to qualify in the final round.

The Spoilers picked Michael Bombita and Marvic Ngchar for the 3-point shoot-out but sadly both of them did not make it to the next round making four and five 3-pointers respectively.

PJ Esguerra of Aloha Maid Choppers won the event hitting nine from beyond the arc.

Things looked bleaked for the Spoilers team until the main games took place.

Mark Pagayanan displayed his inside moves and dominating rebounds helping the Rookie team to edge the Sophomore squad 78-74. Michael Garcia had a great all-around game for the Sophomore’s in a losing cause.

However, Mark Louie Lofranco of Aloha Maid Choppers won the MVP for the rookie-Sophomore game.

The Masters squad defeated the Juniors in dominating fashion 109-80 wherein the Spoilers very own Boy Gopez won MVP honors scoring 20 points for the Masters team. Sarry Maata of team Spoilers also played for the Junior team.

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Behind Coco Gonzales' play-making ability, the Spoilers were able to stretch their winning steak. (Photo by Segundo "Doddie" Pineda)

Koror, Palau – Team Spoilers extended their winning streak to six games defeating the Ilocandia Bulls 107-96

The Spoilers were led by Aries Echanova with 27 points followed by Michael Bombita with 26 points and Coco Gonzales with 24.

Dennis Castro paced the Ilocandia Bulls with 26 points, while Joeger Supnet and Raul Osias added 24 and 17 points respectively.

The Spoilers started the game on a strong note leading 28-19 after the first quarter. The Bulls tried to keep the game close using their fast break attack cutting the Spoilers lead to six points with five minutes left in the second quarter.

However, the Spoilers tried to pull away using a total effort. A give and go by RB Dorado and Marvic Ngchar upped the lead to 55-39 and a strong push to end the first half gave them a comfortable lead 61-42.

But the Bulls weren’t done. Using their physical play coupled with foul troubles from the Spoilers team, the Bulls chipped away the lead slowly. Spoilers’ center Mark Pagayanan fouled out with two minutes left in the third period that fueled a Bulls comeback.

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Spoilers crushed Choppers

Aries Echanova makes this freethrow to complete a 3-point play. (Photo by Segundo 'Doddie' Pineda)

Koror, Palau – Riding high on four game winning streak, the Spoilers wasted little time in dispatching the Aloha Maid Choppers.

They started the game out strong, opening the game on a 16-5 run and never looked back.

The Spoilers attack were simply too much for the Choppers as they found themselves playing catchup throughout the game and trailed 58-25 at half time.

Behind the energetic duo of Michael Bombita and Coco Gonzales, the Spoilers made another push at the start of the third quarter that virtually sealed the win.

Bombita provided much of the scoring, while Gonzales made some great defensive plays on the other end upping their lead to 83-47 at the end of the third period.

Still, the Spoilers did not let up.

Out of a timeout early in the fourth quarter, coach Jun Dela Cruz draw a perfect play that is similar to shot-gun position in the NFL as Marvic Ngchar found himself all alone cutting to the basket.

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Miguel Pineda makes this layup after completing a steal on the defensive end, as Boy Gopez #14 looks on. (Photo by Segundo 'Doddie' Pineda)

I was NOT able to watch the game. However, I have my sources and these are the things you need to know. The Spoilers won the game in easy fashion, defeating the PNQ Rams 113-76.

How easy was it? At one point the lead reached 60 points and Miguel Pineda was able to play in the game scoring four points including a steal and a layup that put the crowd on it’s feet.

This play is a MUST SEE. The Spoilers team on offense finding the open man, that’s what I call teamwork!

Want to see more? Enjoy these Photos from the Spoilers vs. Rams game.

GAME NOTES: Pineda became the youngest player to ever play in the Palau FBL Cup. The Spoilers improved their record to 4-3, they are on 4-game winning streak. Their next game will be against the Aloha Maid Choppers this coming Sunday in the curtain raiser.

Michael Bombita soars high for a finger roll. (Photo by Segundo 'Doddie' Pineda)

Koror Palau – Riding high on back-to-back wins and a revamped roster, the Spoilers started the game well enough and led 25-18 after the first quarter.

The Spoilers featured four new players against Surangel, Mark Pagayanan and George Bernardo bolstered the team’s frontcourt and Michael Bombita and Coco Gonzalez added depth to an already crowded backcourt.

Surangel and Sons tried to play physical to get back in game and perhaps frustrate some of the Spoilers’ players but it back fired.

Some timely baskets from Arnold Undicimo, Eric Manio and Deloy Pingot kept the game interesting. However, the Spoilers proved to be a tough customer and ended the first half leading 48-35 behind Gonzales and Bombita’s 1-2 punch.

The trend continued in the third period as the Spoilers’ lead ballooned to 20 points behind Gonzales’ play making ability, Bombita’s 3-point shooting, and team’s overall energetic play.

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Pacquiao dominates Mosley

Koror, Palau – It was Sunday morning in Palau when a lot of Filipinos gathered in different places to watch their boxing hero Manny Pacquiao fight Sugar Shane Mosley for the welterweight title.

At the time, I was with my wife and in-laws at the Rock Island Cafe to watch the title bout. Personally, I expected to see a great boxing match.

However, by Pacquiao’s standards of exciting fights, it was a disappointment in terms of action.

ESPN’s Dan Rafael breaks it down.

Entering the fight, Shane Mosley was about an 8-1 underdog and fought like one, with the result a lopsided decision for Pacquiao, who retained his welterweight title for the second time in a clinic in front of a sold-out crowd of 16,412 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena.

Pacquiao, with most of the crowd behind him, darted in and out and landed an assortment of straight left hands and generally left Mosley with no idea where he was or how to reach him.

“He is fast. Manny is fast. He is faster than anyone I have ever fought,” Mosley said.

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Happy Mother’s Day!

This is one time of the year that we should all be thankful for our existence here on this earth. At some point in our lives, we all had a caring and loving mother by our side to guide and help us in everything we need. This is their day, let’s make them know how special they are.

With that, let me share you this wonderful poem dedicated to all the mother’s around the world.

M – O – T – H – E – R

“M” is for the million things she gave me,

“O” means only that she’s growing old,

“T” is for the tears she shed to save me,

“H” is for her heart of purest gold;

“E” is for her eyes, with love-light shining,

“R” means right, and right she’ll always be,

Put them all together, they spell

“MOTHER,”

A word that means the world to me.

Howard Johnson (c. 1915)

To my mom, Cynthia Villanueva Lim, HAPPY, HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY! You are the best! May God continue to shower you with blessings and give you more fruitful years to live. I LOVE YOU!

And to all the wonderful and amazing mom’s in the whole wide world, HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY!

Coach Jun Dela Cruz giving instructions to his players. (Photo by Segundo 'Doddie' Pineda)

Koror Palau – After winning their first game against the Slashers last Sunday, the Spoilers go up against the Hanpa Cardinals looking for a second straight victory.

They opened the game strong leading 20-10 after the first quarter.

Nonetheless, the Cardinals did not go down that easily.

Using their inside game, the Cardinals were able to cut the lead to 25-23 in second quarter but a strong finish before half time by Spoilers restored their lead to 38-33 at half time.

In the second half, the Hanpa Cardinals continued to lean on their strength and that is to pound it on the inside. Because of their lack a legitimate center, Felix Masaganda fouled out with 7 minutes left in the 3rd quarter and the Spoilers were already in the penalty. A steal and a layup by Quito  closed the gap to 54-51.

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