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PBA: All eyes on Ellis

Post by Ginebra Tambayan on Tue Sep 25, 2012 9:20 am

PBA: All eyes on Ellis, 3 other rookies


ROOKIES CHRIS Ellis, Keith Jensen, Vic Manuel, and Jason Deutchman will readily give the fans a glimpse of what to expect from them when they make their professional debuts right on opening day of the Philippine Cup this Sunday at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum.

Ellis, Jensen, Manuel, and Deutchman strut their wares as Barangay Ginebra tests the mettle of newcomer Global Port in the lone opening game set at 6 p.m.

The four are part of the Class of 2012 which not a few had labeled as one of the deepest pool of rookies ever to apply in the Draft.

Both Ellis and Jensen were first round picks by the Kings at nos. 6 and 8, respectively, while the Batang Pier used their consecutive selections at ninth and 10th to select Manuel and Deutchman.

Commissioner Chito Salud said the entry of this new batch of rookies will further stimulate the fans’ interest to the league that is coming off a record-breaking season in terms of gate receipts.

“We do expect another stellar year with a bumper crop of rookies coming in for the 2013 season,” said Salud in a recent guesting at the PSA Forum where he talked about the new season of Asia’s first ever play-for-pay league.

“And together with the innovation that we have in the format for this year, we expect that our fans will have another fun year.”

The season’s second play date on Oct. 3 is definitely as exciting as Petron tangles with reigning Governors Cup champion Rain or Shine in the 7:30 p.m. main game featuring the league’s no. 1 overall pick against the most popular figure hands down, in this year’s Rookie Draft.

The Boosters unveil massive 6-foot-10 center Jun Mar Fajardo and no. 3 pick Alex Mallari against an Elasto Painters side that will parade no. 7 selection and former Smart Gilas-Pilipinas team captain Chris Tiu.

The curtain raiser features Barako Bull versus Air21, and while the two teams had no first round picks -- the Energy chose Aldrech Ramos at no. 5 but traded him away to B-Meg – both have promising rookies in their respective rosters in big men Dave Marcelo (Barako) and the controversial Yousef Taha (Air21).

The weekend of Oct. 5 features Commissioner’s Cup champion San Mig Coffee going up against Alaska in a showdown that will see no. 2 pick Calvin Abueva making his debut for the Aces and Ramos playing his first game for the Mixers.

Also expected to get a piece of the limelight are freshmen Jewel Ponferada for San Mig Coffee and Alaska’s Raphy Reyes, whom a lot has already been tagging as the clear steal of the Draft.

No. 4 overall pick Clifford Hodge plays his first game for Meralco Bolts who battle defending champion Talk ‘N Text in the 5 p.m. first game.

Salud said the fans will definitely get thrilled watching this new batch of rookies.

“They (fans) always want new faces, fresh talent that will continuously challenge the status quo as set by our veterans, and who will continuously elevate the level of play in basketball,” said Salud.


Source: Journal.com.ph

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Re: PBA: All eyes on Ellis

Post by MR. FAST on Tue Sep 25, 2012 9:54 am

ganda ba naman kasi pinapakita sa mga tune up games, tas may IN YOUR FACE DUNK pa

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Re: PBA: All eyes on Ellis

Post by garrett_jax on Tue Sep 25, 2012 10:45 am

sarap manood nyan ................ fafa ellis vs. fafa rey .................. :dunk:

idol mark47 vs. el granada ............... :Mitsuijs:

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Re: PBA: All eyes on Ellis

Post by AngelRose26 on Tue Sep 25, 2012 10:50 am

ganun din sana gawin nya sa actual game

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