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Revisiting the Streets of Hong Kong

I love to travel, it has always been my passion to go to different places and explore.

In the past, I have toured in my home country the Philippines visiting places like Baguio, Davao City and the Bicol region to name a few.

At the Ocean Park entrance

A few years back, I went out of the country and visited Bangkok Thailand together with some of my close relatives which was an awesome experience.

This latest travel, however, meant a lot because it was the first time that me and my lovely wife traveled together outside the Philippine soil.

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Nobody asked me but…

Do you know that Team Spoilers have won 14 straight games at the 2011 FBL Cup?

Also, aside from amassing an impressive 14 straight wins in the FBL Cup, Team Spoilers are also dominating at the 2011 Rudimch Government/Business League tournament where they hold a 9-0 win-loss record beating all their Business League rivals.

(Photo by Segundo 'Doddie' Pineda)

The team now await for the impending cross-over and knockout games at the 2011 Rudimch Cup.

Combining their win totals on both tournaments, Team Spoilers are 23-0 since April 24, 2011.

Nobody asked me either but…

I can’t help but wonder why Western Union and their supporters were somewhat celebrating despite losing 100-93 against the Spoilers.

I no longer play competitive basketball but during my heydays I hate losing.

I take pride in winning, it didn’t matter if it’s backyard basketball, or league basketball, the ultimate goal was to always win the game.

Forgive me for asking this but, have Western Union conceded to the Spoilers?

A lot of people might bash me in the head and say I’m biased but let me get things straight.

I know it’s just one game and the FBL Cup is far from over, but I haven’t seen a team (defending champs no less!) in a jovial mood after taking a critical defeat against a team that could potentially dethrone them as champions.

Have you ever seen Manu Ginobili or Kobe Bryant’s face when their respective teams got beat? (whether if it’s just a regular season game or a playoff game)

If not, you should; because they epitomize what basketball, respect, winning, passion and pride is all about.

If you are happy with your team losing by seven points, something is wrong with you, and someone has to question you’re pride, competitive edge and respect and love for the game of basketball.

Not to boast, but thankfully, Team Spoilers haven’t loss a basketball game in a six-month span.

Here’s to hoping that the trend continues. Go Spoilers Go!

Koror Palau – On FBL Sunday, the top two teams Western Union (15-2) and Team Spoilers (13-3) met for the second time in what could be a preview of the FBL Finals showdown, however, the game did not fit the bill.

(Photos by Segundo 'Doddie' Pineda)

Western Union started the game out strong going on a 5-0 run in the opening minutes but it was short lived.

Michael Bombita went on a personal 7-0 run to put the Spoilers on top 7-5, a lead that his team would never relinquished.

Spoilers’ big man Mark Pagayanan was on early foul trouble but once the Spoilers pushed the button, Western Union didn’t know what hit them and found themselves trailing 36-21 after the first quarter.

In the second quarter, the Spoilers continued to step on the gas and broke the game wide open behind the scoring trio of Bombita, Aries Echanova and Coco Gonzales.

Team Spoilers held a 64-37 lead at half time off a last second put back by Joel Nacionales causing some fans to leave the gym sensing that the game might end up with another blowout victory by the Spoliers.

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Koror, Palau – Team Spoilers had been virtually unstoppable since the Cavalry arrived, they mauled Surangel for their 9th win, and continued on with their winning ways beating the Rangers 83-63 two weeks ago and extended their winning streak to 11 games after dominating the Choppers 108-76 at the 2011 FBL Cup.

As if playing at the Filipino League is not enough basketball for the Spoilers squad, the team joined the Business League to try their strength against teams with Palauan  imports.

So far, the team has been doing great and remained unbeaten after three games in the Business League.

They rolled over the Palau Royals 108-70, on their first game,  routed Palasia 115-66, in their second, and had a tough time dispatching PPR Shark Attack last Thursday 83-69 for their third win as many games.

Their next game will be this coming Tuesday against Mason’s Hardware at 9:00 pm in the Palau National Gymnasium.

Koror, Palau – Two weeks after whipping the Ilocandia Bulls 114-75 in their rematch, Team Spoilers are at it again.

Aries Echanova attempts a 3-pointer while Michael Bombita (#25) and his other teammates looks on. (Photo by Segundo "Doddie" Pineda)

The Spoilers claimed their 9th straight victory on Sunday 131-80 at the expense of Surangel and Sons team.

Team Surangel actually started the game on a 9-4 run and looked convinced that they will finally break the Spoilers’ winning streak.

However, with the energetic play of Coco Gonzales, Michael Bombita and Aries Echanova, the Spoilers went on an 8-0 run on their own to give the Spoilers a 12-9 lead.

The game was actually close during the first half until the Spoilers clamped down on defense and hit their shots from beyond the arc.

Sparked by Mark Pagayanan’s defense of Surangel’s main man, Arnold Undicimo the Spoilers went on to their trapping defense while scoring at will on the offensive end.

Pagayanan blocked Undicimo twice in one possession and continued to alter Surangel’s shots throughout the game. Michael Garcia was his usual self grabbing rebounds and making the little plays for the team.

Echanova and Marvic Ngchar exploded on offense making 3-pointers for team Spoilers while Bombita, Gonzales and RB Dorado make plays for the team.

Because of their imposing lead, the Spoilers managed to use all the active players on the roster including Felix Masaganda who scored four points, Ferdinand Pascual with two and their youngest player Juan Miguel Pineda added six points.

Spoilers veteran play-maker Boy Gopez did not play but will likely see action on the Spoilers’ next game.

As reported by Spurs Nation, the NBA lockout is forcing the league’s players to look for alternate sources of income this summer.

And some appear to be doing quite well, thank you very much.

Three of the league’s biggest stars reportedly made $400,000 apiece for appearances at exhibition games in the Phillipines over the weekend.

SI.com reports that Kobe Bryant, Kevin Durant and Derrick Rose each pocketed the mammoth tax-free checks for playing in exhibition games over the weekend.

The big-money earnings can cut a couple of ways. They are making money after NBA owners have locked them out, making it an “in-your-face statement” to league owners by some of its biggest stars.

But it could also be a devisive element for the players. Some of them will be undergoing financial hardship while the league’s biggest stars will keep rolling in money.  That likely won’t be good for union unity as the lockout continues.

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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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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