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Team Spoilers posed for a picture after winning the 2011 FBL Cup. (Photo by Segundo "Doddie" Pineda)

Koror, Palau – Championship games were supposed to be a  close fight.

With the top two teams  battling for the coveted crown, the games are expected to be exciting and thrilling, but apparently not in this series.

The Spoilers showed the defending champion Western Union team that they were clearly the better team and are head and shoulders above the rest.

During the past two seasons, Western Union was the best and were hailed back-to-back champs.

However, the moment Team Spoilers decided to re-join the FBA League, there was no denying that the Spoilers came back to bring back their glory days.

In their Best-of-3 series format, the Spoilers dominated Western Union winning Game 1, 101-68 and then completed the series sweep to clinch the title by routing Western Union 117-93 in Game 2.

Indeed a new era has just began.

Aries Echanova was named Rookie of the Year and season MVP, Michael Bombita won Finals MVP honors and was named Best Forward, while Coco Gonzales was awarded the sportsmanship award and Best Guard.

All three players were also named to the Mythical Team together with Western Union’s Erwin Senadre and Emerson Patenia.

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.

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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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.

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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