There was something different with the episode this week. When I got to the studio someone was visibly missing...it was Tracy Abad. Tracy went to the US apparently because of some family concerns that had her immediately go there. For whatever reason that may be It made me miss her by my side. (Uyyyy) Anyway, Makisig found a suitable replacement in another courtside reporter, Miakka Lim who is a familiar face to PBA fans. Upon talking to her I got to know that her good looks comes from her model mom and famous dad. She is the daughter of Frankie and Olen Lim, a scholastican dazer who found her way to DLSU.
Since its the season ender we finally got the chance to corner one of our presenters and is one of the bigwigs of amateur basketball - Dr. Mikee Romero. Since its a Harbour Centre episode Joe, Miakka and I discussed with Dr. Mikee the five consecutive championships that they harbored! For them the sweetest among the five was the first time they won the championship. In the infancy of the team Dr. Mikee wanted a team that will have the best players in the amateur ranks that time. So what he did was get the players from DLSU Joseph Yeo and Jerwin Gaco and combine them with the players of the Ateneo with LA Tenorio in particular. The team won for them their very first PBL Trophy. According to Dr Mikee each championship had a different story to tell and that they always got their way in getting the best players. Imagine Jason Castro who was playing against them in the finals before and then surprisingly transferred to them the conference after. He gives his congratulations to his coach Jorge Gallent who was his team mate before and to his team Manager Eric Arejola. One important issue that Dr. Mikee answered was that since he was appointed as chairman of the PBL, any plans of going to the PBA would have to wait.
If the Batang Pier team is always updated and so are its coaching staff. The most important addition of the Batang Pier team to their coaching staff is Coach Glenn Capacio. Just recently Harbour Centre partnered with the FEU Tamaraws as their partner school. Dr. Mikee said before that he believes that the players of the Tamaraws are the hottest commodity in College Basketball thus the partnership. That is the reason Coach Glenn was lured to Harbour Centre and he even gave up his Head Coach job for the San Mig Coffee masters. Also added to the Coaching team was former Batang Pier Allan Gamboa. Although the team Head Coach is Jorge Gallent, former Welcoat Head guru Junel Baculi is the team consultant who gives great guidance to the coaches. Rounding up our guests were assistant Coach Ryan Dy and Trainer Senen Dueñas.
ERIC SUGUITAN, RICO MAIERHOFFER, , JERWIN GACO,
JR CAWALING, RHIEL CERVANTES, NICK STEPHENS
After interviewing the Big Boss and their coaches it was now time for the players themselves. They came in full force with Jerwin Gaco leading the way. Jerwin is the man they call the team's franchise player since he has been with the Harbour Centre franchise since its inception and has weathered many storms in surviving in the PBL. One bright note in the interview was Rico Maeirhoffer airing his side on what happened during the UAAP finals when he was slapped a technical foul for showing a dirty finger. He mentioned that he cannot do such a thing to Rabah since he knows Rabah mainly because he is the brother of his friend and former Archer Carlo Sharma. He said that he was looking at JV and calling him and issuing him a signal for the play that was called. At the same time Rhiel Cervantes and JR Cawaling are excited to play for the Batang pier squad since the team was depleted with a lot of players going to the PBA and the transfers that transpired just showed that the team is back to square one. Another intriguing acquisition of the team is Filam Nick Stephens who plays small forward. He will fill in the shoes vacated by Filam Solomon Mercado. Dylan Ababou and Chester Taylor have since transfered to the San Mig team which will parade mostly UST players.
Good luck to the Harbour Centre team as the PBL opens on November 8, 2008 at the Ynares Gym in Pasig, lets see if Six would be a possibility for the Batang Piers.