Manny Pacquiao to feature for Mahindra Enforcers in Dubai

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Nothing but net: Manny Pacquiao playing for Kia Sorento.

Legendary Filipino boxer Manny Pacquiao is scheduled to visit Dubai in November, not to throw punches inside the ring but to trade hoops on the basketball court.

Dubai-based Clique Events Company have confirmed they are bringing the Mahindra Enforcers, who Pacquiao acts as player-coach, to the UAE in the annual PBA Philippine Cup series. 

Carlo Zozobrado, operations manager of Clique Events, told Sport360: “Pacquiao will coach his team Mahindra Enforcers (formerly Kia Sorento) against Alaska Aces on November 6 to play in PBA’s Philippine Cup series in Dubai at either Al Nasr Sports Club or Hamdan Sports Complex.”

Aside from being an eight-division boxing champion, Pacquiao, whose stellar record is 57 wins, six defeats and two draws from 65 fights, with 10 world titles, is also a player-coach in the PBA (Philippine Basketball Association), the second oldest basketball league in the world after the NBA.

The 36-year-old, who stands at just 5ft 6 inches, was selected 11th overall by Kia in PBA’s rookie draft last year and became the league’s ‘oldest’ newbie. He wears jersey No17 and plays at point guard. 

Pacquiao played five games for Kia Sorento in the build-up to his superfight against Floyd Mayweather in May despite concerns over the affect it could have in his preparations for the ring.

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He has referred to basketball as “cross training” and says it’s good for his “footwork and balancing.”

Former Washington Wizards centre Daniel Orton was sacked by PBA team Purefoods Hotshots earlier this year after branding Pacquiao’s basketball skills, “a joke”.

Pacquiao is on Mahindra’s inj-ured list due to the shoulder injury that he suffered in the build-up to his loss to Mayweather so may only assume his duties on the sideline.

Zozobrado added: “It’s definite – we have got confirmation from PBA officials that Pacquiao will be in Dubai.

“This will be one of the biggest sporting events in Dubai before the year ends,” added Zozobrado, whose company also staged two successful PBA games in the emirate in May this year.

“We are expecting not just the Filipino basketball and boxing fans to watch Pacquiao but we’re sure a huge chunk of Dubai’s sports-loving residents will also come to see one of the best sportsmen in the world.”

An official confirmation is expected next week with the line-up and venue finalised. 

Aside from Pacquiao’s team, the PBA will also bring to Dubai the most popular basketball team in the Philippines, Barangay Ginebra, who will play against Alaska on November 7.

The Fighting Pride of the Philippines is also an elected congressman and there is talk that he is setting his sight to run for a senate seat in next year’s Philippine national elections. He is also a recording artist who has released two albums, in 2006 and 2007.

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Kenyans lead Conrad Dubai to big win over Sofitel

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Conrad Dubai (dark blue) retained their title.

Kenyans Martin Okaka and Steve Olweny combined for 48 points to give holders Conrad Dubai a stunning start to their title defence with a 62-47 win over Sofitel The Palm Dubai in the inter-hotel division of the CMP Sports Basketball League at the Jumeira Baccalaureate School.

Both players had a double-double performance: Okaka led all players with 31 points, 15 rebounds and made five slam dunks while Olweny finished with 17 markers and 12 boards.

Conrad Dubai’s strong finish, however, had a lacklustre start.

Player of the match Okaka.

With only seven players suiting up for the game, the defending champions trailed Sofitel 18-14 at the end of the first quarter and were still down by four, 30-26, at the half. They missed the services of point guard JC Morales while Okaka, who played for the first time for Conrad, was still adjusting with his game in the first half.

But Conrad found their rhythm after the break and Okaka used his huge 6’8” frame to become a tough defensive presence inside the shaded lane, limiting the offensive options for Sofitel Dubai.

Conrad Dubai then established a commanding spread at the end of the third period, 46-35, and just maintained their dominance in the final quarter.

"We struggled a bit on offence at the start,” Conrad Dubai coach Brandon Ross told Sport360. “We also missed our playmaker (Morales) and one of our key shooters, Victor Chalfoun, who moved to South Africa.”

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“But we found a good rhythm in the second half and both Okaka and Olweny led the team to victory. It’s an absolute character win for us, as we are sending a strong statement that we are ready to defend our title,” Ross added.

Sofitel’s player-coach Karl Ladera said they had a hard time containing the Kenyans. “They’re tall and quick and they also defended well,” he said.

Reggie Diolazo led Sofitel with 20 points while no other player scored in double digits for the hoteliers at the Palm Jumeirah.

Elsewhere, veteran player Alwyn Flores led Deira Knights to a tough 76-74 win over Pippa Blue in the Above-40 category of the tournament. Manlapig and Erwin Piasan added 18 and 11 markers respectively to give Knights their second win in three games.

Scores:
Conrad Dubai 62 – Martin Okaka 31; Steve Olweny 17; Billy Ondiek 4; Rommel Buna 4; Philipp Villanueva 3; Mark Felebrico 2; Cedric Calusin 1
Sofitel The Palm Dubai 47 – Reggie Diolazo 20; Wilbert Belgica 5; Nick Jabido 4; Penda Kunal 4; Karl Ladera 4; Michael Banzuela 3; Paul Ado 3; Macapagal 2; John Magtangob 2

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Team Malang at the treble to lift Jazzville Cup

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Action at Sports World.

Team Malang fired a barrage of three-pointers in the opening quarter to overwhelm Al Maya Boys 64-50 and grab the Jazzville Basketball Cup at the Dubai Sports World late Monday night.

Player-coach Marvin Malang opened the game with back-to-back triples while Mythical 5 member Rodel Campos converted two more treys to give Team Malang a commanding 19-2 lead in the first five minutes of the championship game.

MVP James Roldan (r).

They continued their superb shooting in the second period and pushed their advantage to as high as 20 points, 30-10, before they slowed down a bit to take a 34-19 lead before the break.

Team Malang maintained their lead in the third quarter behind steady shooting from Season MVP James Roldan (above), Manuel Galope and Adrian Querobin.

Al Maya Boys finally found their rhythm in the final period as they trimmed the deficit to a single digit, 54-46.

But the game was never in question for Team Malang who were not unnerved by Al Maya Boys’ rally as Campos hit another triple to give his team an 11-point cushion, 57-46, going into the final two minutes of the game.

Then Final MVP Joel Urbano, who led all players with 15 points, added another basket and made two free throws to completely dash the hopes of Al Maya Boys to get back into the game and secure the Cup for Team Malang.

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“Our team has been together for quite a long time so whenever we’re on the floor we always have a smooth game,” Team Malang coach Marvin Malang told Sport360. “Al Maya Boys rallied in the fourth quarter but we were never really pressured, we played calm, as time was already running out.”

Al Maya Boys coach Gary Gabriel for his part said: “We were caught flat-footed in the first quarter. They (Team Malang) rained us with triples and they built a huge lead that we just could not overcome.”

Awards
Season MVP
– James Roldan
Final MVP – Joel Urbano
Mythical 5 – Rodel Campos, Jon Lumbres, Marlon Pelone, Ron Jacob, JR Gavero
Best Coach – Marvin Malang

Scores:
Team Malang 64 – Joel Urbano 15; James Roldan 12; Rodel Campos 12; Marvin Malang 10; Manuel Galope 5; Adrian Querobin 5; Dave Tiglao 5
Al Maya Boys 50 – Carlo Catunggal 14; Jon Lumbres 10; Renan Alipio 10; JR Gavero 8; Dhen Lora 2; Malalay 2; Marlon Pelone 2; Tom Sumayo 2

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