Excess imports

first_imgHappily, though, both leagues have come up with rules that will cut the presence of the imports in their lineups. In November 2014, the UAAP started the process of banning foreign players from the league, limiting teams to one import each and stopping the recruitment altogether next season.But Caidic has seen something that makes him believe that the schools will not adhere to the new rule.“When their import is about to graduate, you can be sure that schools are already planning to enroll replacement imports,” he says.“The sad part of it is that these imports don’t have a [playing] career to look forward to here after graduating. They are totally different from the overseas-based players with Filipino roots who can be asked to play for the national team.”As far as these schools are concerned, national team interest and the welfare of the local players seem to have taken the backseat because some of them even have two imports. Take for instance, University of Perpetual Help, which plays 6-foot-8 Bright Akhuetie and 6-11 Prince Eze, both Nigerians.Schools with money to spend gamble on hiring standout imports to power their teams to collegiate titles and thus gain bragging rights to lure more enrollees.Winning championships has been paramount, and from where collegiate greats Cadic, Alas and Ravena sit, it seems that’s the biggest reason of all. Foreign players or imports have gone on to dominate action in the NCAA and the UAAP with impunity. Very recently, reinforcements showed what they could do when they cornered four of the five spots on the NCAA’s Mythical Team, with only Arellano University’s talented Jio Jalalon averting a foreign sweep.Does this augur well for the development of the collegiate leagues, or Philippine basketball for that matter?FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra teammates show love for SlaughterSPORTSWe are youngSPORTSCone plans to speak with Slaughter, agentAllan Caidic, perhaps the next biggest name to don the jersey of the University of the East Red Warriors after the legendary Robert Jaworski; Louie Alas, a standout big guard at Adamson University before knee injuries prevented him from making a lucrative career in the PBA; and Bong Ravena, who took over as King Warrior when Caidic took his craft to the pros, all think that imports in the collegiate leagues are both good and bad.“The presence of these imports has a big negative effect among the local players,” says Caidic, a member of the PBA’s first 25 Greatest Players list and, without a doubt, the best outside gunner UE has ever produced. Chinese-manned vessel unsettles Bohol town “What would you call them otherwise?” says Alas, a three-time NCAA champion coach with Letran (1998, 2003, 2005) when his Knights played without a foreign player. “It would be okay if these players really came to the country to study, got discovered in the school intramurals and improved tremendously enough to make it to their schools’ lineups.“But being recruited abroad to play first and then study later is a different story. I’ve even heard of stories in which some of these players were comparing the allowances they get from their schools.”What happened in the recent NCAA player awards rite has forced the hand of the league’s management committee to come up with a “Best Import” plum for foreigners starting next year. From then on, only Filipino players can vie for the MVP trophy or be voted into the Mythical Team.Apart from Cagayan de Oro’s Jalalon, the best five players in the NCAA’s 92nd Season, were Allwell Oraeme of Mapua, who bagged his second straight MVP award on top of the Defensive Player of the Year plum; fellow Nigerian Bright Akhuetie of Perpetual Help, and Cameroonians Donald Tankoua of San Beda and Hamadou Laminou of Emilio Aguinaldo College.“In a way, the imports’ presence can help the local players improve because they will be playing against bigger and heftier opponents, many of whom are superior talent-wise,” says Caidic. “But at the same time, the slots in the teams these foreigners take deny local players the opportunity to shine.”Caidic echoes Alas’ opinion on foreign student-athletes who play not for financial considerations. He recalls the case of Anthony Williams, the American medical student who powered Far Eastern University to two undefeated seasons.The bull-strong Williams went on to become a physician and now practices in the United States. He was never heard of as a basketball player, though, after ending his collegiate career here.“If that’s the case, it’s good,” Caidic says. “Williams was able to help his school win the championship and become a doctor for which he came here. But I was there [at UE], I think, during the last year of Williams. We couldn’t beat them (Tamaraws). It was both fair and unfair because he was a legitimate student but unlike us, FEU had an import.”Alas blames the lack of talented big men joining the PBA Draft on the presence of these college imports. Alaska, where Alas is a deputy to coach Alex Compton, has the 11th pick in today’s rookie pool but can’t see a big man worth drafting.“The [imports] are taking away the opportunity for local centers to polish their games on the big collegiate stage,” says Alas. “If you’re not playing in the UAAP or the NCAA, where would you get the chance to show your abilities?” 30 Filipinos from Wuhan quarantined in Capas EDITORS’ PICK Mainland China virus cases exceed 40,000; deaths rise to 908 Against all odds Ginebra teammates show love for Slaughter BREAKING: Solicitor General asks SC to forfeit ABS CBN’s franchise MOST READ View comments PH among economies most vulnerable to virus Smart’s Siklab Saya: A multi-city approach to esports Smart hosts first 5G-powered esports exhibition match in PH Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next The NCAA Season 92 Mythical Five Team: Mapua’s Allwell Oraeme, Arellano’s Jio Jalalon, Perpetual Help’s Bright Akhuetie, San Beda’s Donald Tankoua, and Emilio Aguinaldo College’s Hamadou Laminou. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netThree former collegiate basketball greats are missing the good, old days. Not exactly the days when they led their respective schools in the UAAP four decades ago, but the time when play was furious, tight and physical most of the time.And when action was totally homegrown.ADVERTISEMENT For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Taiwan minister boards cruise ship turned away by Japan PLAY LIST 01:31Taiwan minister boards cruise ship turned away by Japan01:33WHO: ‘Global stocks of masks and respirators are now insufficient’01:01WHO: now 31,211 virus cases in China 102:02Vitamin C prevents but doesn’t cure diseases like coronavirus—medic03:07’HINDI PANG-SPORTS LANG!’03:03SILIP SA INTEL FUND We are young Ravena shares Caidic’s view but goes one step further: He believes that imports should not be allowed to play in school leagues.“You can’t show your worth on the floor, especially if you play the same position as your import,” says the father of past and present Ateneo stalwarts Kiefer and Thirdy Ravena. Hindi mo mailabas ang laro mo dahil sa kanila (You can’t play your game because of them).“Imports should be in the PBA, not in college leagues. And just like in the PBA, where height limits [for imports] reinforced, the management committees of both the UAAP and NCAA should do the same.”Ravena, the 1992 PBA Rookie of the Year who is now an assistant coach at TNT KaTropa, says it behooves the two leagues to regulate the participation of the imports—almost all of whom are tall, muscular players from Africa.Alas believes that many of these student-athletes are nothing but mercenaries tapped to enroll and play for their respective schools for pay.ADVERTISEMENT Brad Pitt wins his first acting Oscar as awards get underwaylast_img read more

Messi mesmerizes in Barcelona win over Espanyol

first_imgGinebra teammates show love for Slaughter Shanghai officials reveal novel coronavirus transmission modes Smart hosts first 5G-powered esports exhibition match in PH Chinese-manned vessel unsettles Bohol town EDITORS’ PICK For the second time of the night, the crowd got to its feet and chanted “Messi, Messi.”“In the second half we saw the most spectacular version of our players up front, especially Messi,” Barcelona coach Luis Enrique said. “We shouldn’t stop praising something just because it happens so many times that it looks routine. We shouldn’t get used to it, it’s unique.”Suarez, the league’s leading scorer with 12 goals along with Messi, had opened the scoring in the 18th, while David Lopez netted Espanyol’s lone goal in the 79th.Messi started the remarkable move that led to Suarez’s second goal after a superb run by Andres Iniesta, who had to get past three defenders himself before being able to feed Messi outside the area. Iniesta had also unleashed a spectacular long-range pass to set up Suarez’s first goal on the break.“When we are all playing well as a group, it makes it easier for the individual players to make things happen,” Iniesta said. “Leo is crucial for us.”ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ View comments Senators to proceed with review of VFA Smart’s Siklab Saya: A multi-city approach to esports PH among economies most vulnerable to virus ___DEPORTIVO LA CORUNA 2, OSASUNA 0Deportivo La Coruna defeated last-place Osasuna to move four points clear of the relegation zone ahead of the break.First-half goals by Florin Andone and Ryan Babel secured victory for the hosts, which lie 15th in the 20-team standings.It was the sixth straight loss for promoted Osasuna, which stayed with only seven points from 16 games.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Taiwan minister boards cruise ship turned away by Japan PLAY LIST 01:31Taiwan minister boards cruise ship turned away by Japan01:33WHO: ‘Global stocks of masks and respirators are now insufficient’01:01WHO: now 31,211 virus cases in China 102:02Vitamin C prevents but doesn’t cure diseases like coronavirus—medic03:07’HINDI PANG-SPORTS LANG!’03:03SILIP SA INTEL FUND Neymar didn’t find the net but was still impressive, creating scoring opportunities and entertaining the crowd with his play. The Brazil striker started the move that led to Barcelona’s third goal.“We played well,” Espanyol’s Lopez said, “but when you make a small mistake and give them as much as a meter, they will score against you.”The result ended Espanyol’s nine-game unbeaten streak in the league, leaving it in ninth place after 16 rounds. It had defeated Barcelona’s reserves 1-0 in October to win the Catalan Super Cup, a competition played by Catalonia’s top two clubs.Espanyol’s starting goalkeeper Diego Lopez had to be substituted in the 53rd minute after sustaining a severe cut to his right when he collided with Suarez while making a sliding save inside the area.___LEGANES 1, EIBAR 1Portuguese substitute Tiago “Bebe” Correia scored six minutes after coming on to give Eibar a 1-1 draw at 10-man Leganes.Bebe equalized in the 76th minute with a shot that deflected off a defender and fooled substitute goalkeeper Diego Barrios.Starting goalkeeper Iago Herrerin was sent off in the 26th for a bad foul outside the area while trying to stop a counterattack.Playing in the first division for the first time, Leganes has drawn three in a row and hasn’t won in four rounds. Messi dazzled the crowd at Camp Nou for the first time when he cleared four defenders outside the area — including by rolling the ball between the legs of one of them — before having his shot parried. Suarez pounced on the loose ball to score his second goal in the 67th minute.“That was a PlayStation play by Messi,” Suarez said. “I wish he had ended it with the goal, it would have been one of the best in the last few years.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra teammates show love for SlaughterSPORTSWe are youngSPORTSFreddie Roach: Manny Pacquiao is my Muhammad AliA minute later, Messi used his pace and clever dribbles to get past four defenders again, and then passed for Alba to find the net from inside the area.After nearly scoring following a neat feint that fooled two defenders inside the area, Messi finished the night in style by finding the net from close range after a pass by Suarez in the 90th. Where did they go? Millions left Wuhan before quarantine We are young Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. FC Barcelona’s Lionel Messi reacts during the Spanish La Liga soccer match between FC Barcelona and Espanyol at the Camp Nou in Barcelona, Spain, Sunday, Dec. 18, 2016. APMADRID — Lionel Messi put on a show in Barcelona’s final Spanish league game of the year, scoring once and mesmerizing with his dribbling skills to set up two other goals in a 4-1 win against Espanyol in the city derby on Sunday.Luis Suarez struck the first two goals and Jordi Alba added another in a victory that left Barcelona three points behind leader Real Madrid ahead of the winter break. Madrid, which won FIFA’s Club World Cup in Japan this weekend, has a game in hand.ADVERTISEMENT As fate of VFA hangs, PH and US forces take to the skies for exercise Embiid’s career-high 33 points lift 76ers over Netslast_img read more

Guiao not unfamiliar with early struggles with new team

first_imgEDITORS’ PICK Yeng Guiao shakes hands with his former coaching staff at Rain or Shine. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netFor coach Yeng Guiao, there was no reason to be emotional when he faced off against his former team Rain or Shine on Friday in the 2016 PBA Philippine Cup.Guiao’s only concern was how to get over his current squad NLEX over the hump.ADVERTISEMENT Though he admitted it felt weird being on the other side, Guiao reiterated he has no axe to grind against the Raymond Yu and Terry Que-owned franchise, a team which he steered to two titles in his five-year stay.“I didn’t consider this as a grudge match or some sort of seeking or looking for revenge. I have no grudge against them,” he said. “We parted very amicably. We still remain friends with the management and the players, so there’s no reason for me to feel anything negative about them and I think it’s the other way for them that they don’t have any ill will towards me.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Rain or Shine fights back late, stuns Guiao-coached NLEX “It’s kind of frustrating but that happens. Hindi mo pwedeng ikalburo para mahinog. You have to just go through trials, tribulations, and adversities in order to develop and mold your character,” the coach said.He also likened his situation to his early years in Rain or Shine, which he later on managed to turn into a consistent championship contender.“This is not like it’s the first time this has happened or it’s an unfamiliar territory. It’s really something you need to go through in developing a team.”As for Rain or Shine, Guiao said that whatever outbursts he had on the court will stay on the court and not affect the bond he forged with his former players.“Even if I engaged against them, I guess they’ll understand that I’m just being myself. It does not affect our relationship we built through the years,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT Where did they go? Millions left Wuhan before quarantine Chinese-manned vessel unsettles Bohol town Taiwan minister boards cruise ship turned away by Japan PLAY LIST 01:31Taiwan minister boards cruise ship turned away by Japan01:33WHO: ‘Global stocks of masks and respirators are now insufficient’01:01WHO: now 31,211 virus cases in China 102:02Vitamin C prevents but doesn’t cure diseases like coronavirus—medic03:07’HINDI PANG-SPORTS LANG!’03:03SILIP SA INTEL FUND We are young Chinese-manned vessel unsettles Bohol town Senators to proceed with review of VFAcenter_img Smart’s Siklab Saya: A multi-city approach to esports Smart hosts first 5G-powered esports exhibition match in PH As fate of VFA hangs, PH and US forces take to the skies for exercise Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. PH among economies most vulnerable to virus Shanghai officials reveal novel coronavirus transmission modes MOST READ “I just wanted to end the losing streak and not get to a deeper hole,” he said. “We just approached it as a regular game. I did not mention it to the team that we have to beat Rain or Shine because it’s my former team for it might be additional pressure which will be unnecessary to my team. So that’s how I handled it. I tried to focus on what we needed to do.”With a disheartening four-game skid, NLEX needed a win badly. And it looked like the Road Warriors were on the Elasto Painters after putting a 12-point lead numerous times in the second half.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra teammates show love for SlaughterSPORTSWe are youngSPORTSFreddie Roach: Manny Pacquiao is my Muhammad AliBut the same people who Guiao had molded into the kind of players they are today keyed in his team’s demise as Jewel Ponferrada and Jericho Cruz helped seal the 107-97 victory for Rain or Shine.Guiao and the Road Warriors are heading into a Christmas break carrying a five-game losing skid. View commentslast_img read more