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Friday, October 28, 2011

Nasser Sports edge Kasco 72-70

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KUWAIT CITY, Oct 23: ITHC-Movenpick’s Ken Najera demonstrated his vast supremacy Friday when he scored 36 points and 3 rebounds to catapult his side to halt the winning streak of D’Lush with an 83-66 win, while Safat Al-Ghanim zoomed past FKTC as the 7th Conference of the Philippines Basketball Club in Kuwait (PHILBACK)/ Western Union Basketball Tournament entered week six at the Jawhara Khalijia Arabic School in Riggae.
Led by previous season’s member of the mythical five, Kenneth Najera, Jon-Jon Labadon and Allan Mendiola, MVP for the previous season, the ITHC hoteliers were able to subdue the ever-improving D’Lush, despite a 4-point first quarter lead by the luxury beverage specialists in the early moments of the game.
With the dangerous trio leading the offense, while the rest of their teammates did their share of the defensive chores, the hoteliers did not give the D’Lush scorers much wiggle room to do much damage in registering the win as usual in the Open Division encounter. Najera topped all scorers with 36 markers while Labadan made 18 and Mendiola added 12 for the hoteliers. Norman Rustia and Erwin Bartolome tallied 32 and 20 points each in the losing effort for the D’Lush beverage specialists. Continue Reading on Arab Times

Friday, October 21, 2011

PhilBack: Burger King Tame Parekoy

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KUWAIT CITY, Oct 17: Burger King beat Parekoy 65-55 to register their second victory in as many outings in the league as the 7th Conference of the Philippines Basketball Club in Kuwait (PHILBACK)/Western Union Basketball Tournament entered week four Friday at the Jawhara Khalijia Arabic School in Riggae. Burger King entered the first 5’8 Division game right from the start with a numerical as well as tactical advantage over the Parekoy squad and as such were favored to win. The entire game was dominated by Burger King with E.J. Biado and Jeff Robledo scoring 18 and 10 points each to lead the long list of teammates who also scored single points to contribute to their team’s victory. Continue Reading on Arab Times

Friday, October 7, 2011

Featured Team: United COE, PhilBack Intercompany Division

United COE is a basketball team that recently joined PhilBack (Philippine Basketball Club in Kuwait), seventh season. The players of United COE are mainly Kharafi National Filipino employees that are basketball enthusiasts in their own right.

United COE played the teams first ever game on Friday 23, September 2011 against Nasser Sports. The team defeated by six points in their first outing which is not bad for a very young team against a more compose team, which already played several seasons in the league.

In their second match, against a stronger and bigger Kasco Team (Kuwait Airways) United COE again crushed via a wide margin on September 30, 2011 that prompted the team to practice and talk things over.

The team eventually rebounded from their back to back losses and capture their first win against First Kuwaiti Company on October 07, 2011 in a one sided passion. United COE is now having 1-2 win loss card, and vowed to become more improve and compose in their remaining outings in the eliminations.

For more photos and information about the team you may visit and like their facebook page, click here.

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United COE founding line up. Completing the 18th spot is Paul Mallari who added toughness in the inside for the team.

Angelo Guimbatan
Bryan Ray Dijamco
Felix Escalona
Francis Ryan Patiu
Giscard Abad
Greg Alcayde
Jesus Carreon
Joel Alcantara
Jun Labong
Michael Imperial
Noel Junto
Ramil Cadano
Raul Jimenea
Rey Tecson
Robert Cano
Robert Opena
Romy Navarro

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Manny Pacquiao: Ranking Top Four Career Defining Wins

Manny Pacquiao rise to stardom doesn't come overnight. It is a product of tremendous hard work, discipline and perseverance towards the sport.

Here are the defining top four career wins of Manny Pacquiao wherein he was always considered as the underdog but emerged as the one sided winner.

Number Four. Manny Pacquiao’s US debut against Lehlohonolo Ledwaba.

Pacquiao came into the fight with only two weeks’ notice after Ledwabas's opponent pull out due to an injury. The fight is an under card of Oscar de la Hoya's title defense against Jose Luis Castillo. This fight gives Manny 

Pacquiao opportunity to be known to the vast fan base of Oscar de la Hoya.

Pacquaio's surprised fight fans knocking out the favorite champion inside round six.

Number Three. Manny Pacquiao’s first fight against Marco Antonio Barrera.

Pacquiao personally asked this fight to his late manager Rod Nazario two years back before the fight happened on November 15, 2003.

Pacquaio defeated the Mexican superstar with his lightning fast combination from different angles. Barrera’s corner stopped the fight in round 11 to avoid further beating.

This fight tossed Pacquiao deeper into mainstream boxing fans.

Number Two. Manny Pacquiao’s second fight against Erik Morales.

Morales handed Pacquiao his first loss during their first encounter in 2005. Defeating Morales in the rubber match put Pacquiao once again in the winning tract.

Pacquiao knocked Erik Morales out in round 10.  He give Morales his first ever knockout loss in his entire career.

Number 1 Pacquaio vs. Marlon Carillo.

Surprised about my number one? I choose this fight to be the number one because this fight is right after his first stunning loss to Rustico Torrecampo. Pacquaio, after the Torrecampo fight quit boxing for several month. He eventually went away from boxing thinking of that loss. 

But then destined for greatness Pacquiao came back to fight Marlon Carillo in Ramada Hotel, Malate, Manila. Which is his defining career win that definitely motivate him back to go on fighting. Otherwise if he choose to stay away boxing at that point of time, there could be no Pacman of today. 

The pound for pound king, the boxer of the decade, and Eight division champion, a record that can be equaled but can never be surpassed. A sure hall of fame the only Manny Pacquiao.