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2012 PBA Draft recap: 4 Cebuanos picked

21 Aug

There were four notable Cebuanos who were picked in the recent Philippine Basketball Rookie Draft. Leading the group is this year’s No.1 overall pick June Mar Fajardo of Pinamungahan. Four picks later, Aldrech Ramos of Balamban was picked by Barako Bull then traded to B-Meg Llamados. In the 3rd round, former Adamson Soaring Falcons point guard Jerick Cañada of Minglanilla was picked by the Barangay Ginebra Kings at No. 28. Five picks later, big man Jan Colina of Mandaue was picked the PBA’s newest team Global Port.

June Mar Fajardo is the No.1 overall pick

Fajardo is Petron’s choice! (Photo care of Cebu Daily News)

No. 1 Pick June Mar Fajardo is the pride of Pinamungahan, Cebu.  He played college ball at University of Cebu.  In his career as a UC Webmaster, he was able to lead his school to 2 titles.  With Fajardo, UC ended the 9-year reign of UV Green Lancers at the CESAFI. Fajardo had a great rivalry with now Ateneo Blue Eagle Greg Slaughter during the time Slaughter was still playing in Cebu. The Pinamungahan native then played for the San Miguel Beermen in Asean Basketball League where he contributed well in helping the Beermen reach the ABL finals in its inaugural season.  He was not planning to enter the draft this year but decided to pursue a PBA career after Petron, ABL San Miguel Beeer’s sister team was able to secure the first over-all pick in the 2012 draft.  Petron picked him to make him their premier big man in the near future.

Aldrech Ramos now a Llamado

No.5 pick Ramos of Balamban (photo from

Aldrech Ramos was originally picked by Barako Bull at No.5.  He switched jackets on the same day as he was acquired by the B-Meg Llamados for Sean Anthony and their 2nd round pick (Dave Marcelo). Ramos was picked higher than what mock drafts placed him.  The versatile big man played college ball for the FEU Tamaraws.  He played for the Smart-Gilas and has represented the country in international competitions. To prepare for his entry to the PBA, he joined the Philippine Patriots for some seasoning at the ABL. At B-Meg or San Mig Coffee (It’s name this season), he will play with Marc Pingris, Joe De Vance, Rafi Reavis, and JC Intal. His addition gives Coach Tim Cone one of the most athletic forward group in the league. B-Meg had injury concerns all-throughout last season and stacking up high quality big men will assure that the team will experience a minimal drop off in performance in case an injury to a front-court player  happens.

Jerick Cañada of Minglanilla was Barangay Ginebra’s 3rd of 6 picks on draft day. The pick is some sort of a move for the future as the Kings are very loaded at that position. JJ Helterbrand, Mike Cortez, and Talisay City’s Robert Labagala currently occupies PG depth chart of the squad. Cañada will be  a some sort of insurance should Helterbrand decides to retire or any of the point guards get injured.  The Kings needed a PG that can manage a run and gun offense as they have drafted highly athletic forwards Keith Jensen and Chris Ellis in the first round.   Cañada not only showed that quality while playing for Adamson in college, he also showed his ability to win in helping Indonesia win its first tile in the ABL.


Jan Colina of Mandaue is Global Port’s 5th of 6 picks.  The former UC Baby Webmaster and Adamson Falcon will try to land a spot in PBA’s newest team. He might be too small to play his natural PF spot in the pros but he has shown his intensity on court against bigger and more talented players in the past.

Among the four, the 2 first-rounders are cinch to play in the PBA in the coming season.  The two former Soaring Falcons face a tall order in order to secure a spot in a PBA team’s rotation. If the two latter picks fail to get a roster spot in the PBA, most likely, they will be playing at the ABL. With so many decent basketball talents in the country, the PBA should consider adding more teams to give more players a chance to strut their stuff in Asia’s first professional basketball league.


2012 PBA Rookie Draft: Petron gets first pick; Junmar Fajardo could enter draft

23 Jul

The Petron Blaze Boosters got a big consolation from a very disappointing year as they are set to pick this year’s No.1 and No.3 overall in the 2012 PBA Rookie Draft. The final 2 spots were decided at half-time of Game 1 of the 2012 Governor’s Cup Finals between Rain or Shine Elasto Painters and B-Meg Llamados. Actually, the winner of the lottery was Air 21 but apparently the rights for their first round pick in this year’s draft was acquired by Petron in a previous trade. Set to pick 2nd is the Alaska Aces.

Many pundits are now waiting for the next move of the big man from Pinamungahan, Cebu Junmar Fajardo.  The former star of the University of Cebu Webmasters told reporters a month ago that he will only enter the draft if Petron gets the No.1 pick this year.  Well, his prayers were answered last Sunday. After a year of seasoning in the ABL playing for the  San Miguel Beermen that finished runners-up in their inaugural season, Fajardo could be another key player for the Petron team that did not get finals slot in all 3 conferences this year despite of its star-studded line-up.  Fajardo’s ceiling is quiet high and he could be the next dominant big man in the PBA but some quarters also feel that he could just be a shade better than Samigue Eman if he falls to the wrong team.

The 2012 Annual Rookie Draft will be held at the Robinsons Midtown Mall in Manila on August 19.

Here is the 2012 PBA draft order:

1st Round

1. Air21 Express (to Petron Blaze Boosters)
2. Alaska Aces
3. Barako Bull Energy (to Petron Blaze Boosters)
4. Meralco Bolts
5. Petron Blaze Boosters (to Barako Bull Energy)
6. Powerade Tigers (to Barangay Ginebra Kings)
7. Rain or Shine Elasto Painters
8. Barangay Ginebra Kings
9. B-MEG Llamados
10. Talk ‘N Text Tropang Texters (to Powerade Tigers)

2nd Round

1. Air21 Express
2. Alaska Aces
3. Barako Bull Energy
4. Meralco Bolts
5. Petron Blaze Boosters
6. Powerade Tigers
7. Rain or Shine Elasto Painters
8. Barangay Ginebra Kings
9. B-MEG Llamados
10. Talk ‘N Text Tropang Texters

ABL: Junmar Fajardo and the San Miguel Beermen earn Finals slot!

9 Jun

The San Miguel Beermen needed a Game 3 victory to clinch a finals slot in the 3rd season of the AirAsia Asean Basketball League (ABL).  They accomplished their mission yesterday as they routed the Wesports Malaysia Dragons, 90-56. After SMB‘s game 2 loss in Malaysia, the Philippines were in danger of sending no representative in the finals after a regular season dominated San Miguel and AirAsia Philippine Patroits.  The Pats were upset by the Indonesia Warriors in two games. San Miguel made sure that the Philippines, SouthEast Asia’s top basketball country, will have a say on who will be this year’s champion.

The victory of San Miguel means that there will be Cebuano faces in the finals. Former University of Cebu star center Junmar Fajardo , and ex-USJR stars John Ferriols and Roger Yap are expected to play good minutes in the finals. In Game 3 of the series against Malaysia, Fajardo made a double-double with 11 points and 10 rebounds in 17 minutes of action. Eight of his rebounds were from the offensive end helping the Beermen dominate with a +22 rebound advantage (56-34). Fajardo was also one of 5 Beermen who scored in double digits. Nick Fazekas (21), Leo Avenido (18), Duke Crews (15), and Chris Banchero (10) were the other players who carried the bulk of SMB’s scoring load.

After a tight first half which ended at 37-35, the Beermen had a 53-21 wind up to embarrass the visitors. Only, Tiras Wade (25) and fellow import Brian Williams (12) finished in double figures for Malaysia. Patrick Cabahug missed all of his 9 attempts to make it more difficult for the Malaysians. Malaysia missed 42 of its 59 field goal attempts leading to its most lopsided loss in the recent months.

The scores:

SAN MIGUEL 90 – Fazekas 21, Avenido 18, Crews 15, Fajardo 11, Banchero 10, Luanzon 7, Dimaunahan 6, Ferriols 2, Yap 0, Fernandez 0, Baguion 0, Gonzales 0.

MALAYSIA 56 – Wade 25, Williams 12, Ng 8, Pacana 5, Loh 3, Belasco 2, Kuppusamy 1, Batumalai 0, Cabahug 0, Chee 0, Kwaan 0.

Quarters: 18-20; 37-35; 66-45; 90-56

Junmar Fajardo in action (ABL website)

ABL Playoffs: June Mar Fajardo scored 11 points in Beermen’s Game 1 win

29 May

The Asean Basketball League (ABL) playoffs has started and the top seeded San Miguel Beermen won Game 1 in their series against the Westports Malaysia Dragons. The Beermen needed overtime to overcome the gritty challenge from the visitors who were led by Brian Williams. After the score was knotted at 95-all at the end of regulation, San Miguel dominated the OT period to win, 111-104.

Cebuano big man June Mar Fajardo scored 11 points in San Miguel’s first ever playoff win.  He managed to reach in double figures even if he just played 9 minutes. He made all 4 of his field goal attempts and he shot 3 of 5 from the line. Fajardo also grabbed 6 rebounds and had 4 fouls in his limited minutes.  Fellow Cebuano Roger Yap had a stat line of 6 points, 5 rebounds, 3 assists, 2 steals, and 1 blocked shot. The two players are expected to have important roles for the Beermen in the coming games. Game 2 of the series will be on June 2 and action will shift to Malaysia.

Game Box Score

Cebuanos in the ABL: Season Stats of Cebuano Beermen so far

8 Apr

After the San Miguel Beermen‘s victory yesterday over the Westports Malaysia Dragons, the Beermen is sitting comfortably in 2nd place of the season standings of the Asean Basketball League (ABL) behind the AirAsia Philippine Patriots.  Here are the stats of the players who played college in Cebu that are now currently in the ABL Beermen line-up:

June Mar Fajardo (6’10” Center University of Cebu)

16 games 4.75 ppg 4.44 rpg 54.6 FG%

The pride of Pinamungahan and former king Webmaster is currently having modest averages. His stint in the ABL gave him experience banging bodies against players that are bigger and taller than his previous competition in college. He is now up and against taller and more experienced imports and so far, he has been performing satisfactorily. He made a game saving block in San Miguel’s victory over the Indonesia Warriors.

Yap will be dangerous once he finds his shooting range (from

Rogelio “Roger” Yap (6’0″ Point Guard University of San Jose-Recoletos)

6 games 3.0 ppg 2.2 apg 1.3 rpg

PBA veteran Roger Yap has not yet established his shooting touch in the ABL. He is currently hitting barely 26% of his shots. San Miguel will rely on his veteran leadership in the coming playoffs. He is known to be a steady guard and a reliable defender. He has been getting minutes in past 2 games as he averages 27.5 minutes a game. Once his shots start falling, San Miguel will become more difficult to stop.


John Ferriols (6’4″ Forward University of San Jose-Recoletos)

8 games 3.1 ppg 1.8 rpg 64.7 FG%

John Ferriols have been efficient in the limited minutes that is given to him by coach Bobby Parks. The former star of the defunct MBA has been relegated to a back-up role in the ABL mainly due to the presence of tall imports in all teams. He is competing for playing time with fellow PBA vets Junjun Cabatu and Norman Gonzales.

B-Meg releases ex-USJR star Roger Yap to San Miguel Beermen

5 Mar

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The B-Meg Llamados has released veteran point guard Roger Yap to SMC’s Asean Basketball League (ABL) team. Yap, a former PBA mythical team member, has been a vital cog in the title runs of the Purefoods franchise in the past few years. At 35, he has seen a decline in minutes as new B-Meg Llamados coach Tim Cone prefer Josh Urbiztondo and rookie Mark Barroca at No.1 slot.

Yap will be joining ABL’s San Miguel Beermen (7-3) which currently ranked second just half a game behind AirAsia Phl Patriots and Malaysia Dragons. He will join fellow ex-USJ-R Jaguar John Ferriols. Ex-pros Froilan Baguion and Leo Avenido are the current main guards of the team. Roger Yap will definitely give the team a veteran presence and a reliable perimeter defender. Also in SMB team is Cebuano big man Junmar Fajardo.

The ABL will be welcoming a proven player that has accomplished a lot in the Philippine Basketball Association.

San Miguel Beermen- Philippines line-up bared: Cebuanos Fajardo and Colina in the line-up

19 Oct
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San Miguel Corporation sports director Noli Eala announced via Twitter that the 2nd Filipino ABL team will banner University of Cebu Webmaster Junmar Fajardo. Here is there initial line-up:

  1. Junmar Fajardo (University of Cebu) – 2011 National College Player of the Year; CESAFI MVP
  2. Junjun Cabatu (De la Salle University) – ex-PBA player; former Philippine Patriots player in the ABL
  3. Hafer Mondragon (Letran) – played for Philippine Patriots; Cebu Ninos.
  4. Jan Colina (Adamson Falcons) – played for the UC Baby Webmasters.
  5. Norman Gonzales (San Beda College) – ex-PBA player played for Mobiline, Sta. Lucia, and Powerade.
  6. Jason Deutchman (San Diego State University) – 6-6 Guard who will most likely play 2,3, and 4 in the ABL.
  7. Marlon Basco (Luzon Colleges) – Liga MVP with MLKP-Cebu Ninos; Played for Mandaue-Cebu Landmasters.
  8.  Chris Banchero (Seattle Pacific University) – 6-1 Guard. 2010 Daktronics NCAA Division II All-West Region Player of the Year . He is one of the best players in NCAA Division II until he tore his ACL to end his college career.
  9. Froilan Baguion (National University) – Ex-PBA Player; quarterbacked the 2011 ABL Champs Thailand Slammers.
  10. Allan Mangahas (Mapua) – former NCAA Rookie of the year
  11. Benedict Fernandez (FEU) – Ex-Philippine Patriot
  12. RJ Rizada (FEU) – Former PBA player
  13. Kelvin Dela Peña (Mapua) – Former NCAA Rookie of the Year; Former NCAA MVP

11th Cesafi: SWU clinches twice to beat advantage

14 Oct
Southwestern University (Philippines)

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The Southwestern University (SWU) Cobras coached by Raul “Yayoy” Alcoseba completed its sweep of the second round of 11th Cebu Schools Athletic Foundation Inc. (CESAFI) basketball season as they beat the defending champions University of Cebu (UC) Webmasters, 71-68. The win clinched the second seed for them and the twice to beat advantage in the semifinals.


There were many heroes in their latest win against UC. Rene Pacquiao made a jumper to tie the game at 68-all. Cameroonian center Justin Aboude hit a rare mid-range shot to take the lead at 70-68 with under a minute left in the game. Eleazar Armecin and Joseph Nalos who made crucial steals at crunch time. Bonifacio Guillena, Jr. scored 20 points to keep up with the Webmasters in the earlier periods. The win was a total team effort and SWU will be up against the University of the Visayas (UV) Green Lancers. They have won their previous 2 meetings with the Lancers.

The loss did not affect UC’s No.1 seeding but it wasted the 28 point effort by behemoth Junmar Fajardo. UC will be enjoying a twice to beat advantage over the 4th seeded University of San Carlos (USC) Warriors.

The scores

SWU (71) – Guillena 20, Pacquiao 20, Aboude 12, Armecin 9, Nalos 4, Ortuyo 3, Arong 2

UC (68) – Fajardo 28, Heruela 13, Mohammad 8, Ampoon 7, Bercede 6, Auditor 4, Batino 2. Pao 0

Halftime: 32-34

2011 CESAFI: UV stains UC’s record

26 Sep

The University of Cebu (UC) Webmasters started the season with a perfect 9-0 record in the college basketball division of the 11th Cebu Schools Athletic Foundation, Inc. (CESAFI) competitions. UC swept the first round and was bent to assert their dominance against rivals University of the Visayas (UV) Green Lancers. UV had other plans as they upset UC,74-69, to give the defending champions their first taste of defeat in the 2011 cage wars.

Guard John Michael Abad and center Adrian Lao combined for 20 points in the 4th period to deny the Webmasters their 10th victory. Lao finished the game with 18 points as he took advantage of Junmar Fajardo’s foul problems. Lao was backstopped by Harold Cincoflores’ 17 and Abad’s 14. UC was once again led by Fajardo who had 22 points. He was supported by former Baby Lancer, John Michael Auditor who finished with 17 points. UV raised its record to 6-2 while UC dropped to 9-1.

The scores

UV (74) – Lao 18, Cincoflores 17, Abad 14, Silva 9, Avillanoza 9, Rios 4, Mercader 2, Saycon 1

UC (69) – Fajardo 22, Auditor 17, Bercede 9, Heruela 8, Pao 7, Mohammad 4, Batino 2 Halftime: 28-25

UC wins over UV

28 Aug

Last year, the University of Cebu Webmasters ended the 9-year reign of the University of the Visayas Green Lancers in the CESAFI senior’s basketball competitions. Yesterday, UC beat UV to cement their status as the favorites in this year’s competition. The 78-67 win hiked up their standing to an immaculate 4 wins with no losses while UV fell to 3-2.  Junmar Fajardo scored 30 points to pace the defending champions while Jerome Silva had 13 markers to lead the Green Lancers.

Other Results:

(Seniors) USPF Panthers (3-1) beats CIT-U Wildcats (0-4), 82-71: James Ferraren (USPF) 23 points

(Juniors) DBTC Greywolves squeezed past USC Baby Warriors, 66-63: Stephen Nierre (DBTC) 25 points

(Juniors) SHS-AdC Magis routs USPF Baby Panthers, 96-43:  Julius Cadaviz (SHS-AdC) 17 points

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