The Purefoods TJ Giants will face the red-hot San Miguel Beermen in Friday the 13th. Game time is set at 7:30PM (Game 2), one of the teams will finally taste its first defeat in the 2009 MOTOLITE PBA Fiesta Conference.

San Miguel, despite playing without an import in their first game managed to win over Alaska. Then came Gabriel Freeman as their reinforcement and the Beermen demolished Burger King Titans with Freeman scoring 17 of his 4o points in the final quarter.

Purefoods will have to check Freeman. Looking at his game against Burger King, Freeman is a livewire. He scores in bundles. He can wax hot any moment and his energy seems to be endless. Kerby, Brian Hamilton, and KG Canaleta will surely take turns on defending SMB's import. This game will also highlight backcourt prowess as both teams have strong backcourt: Villanueva-Custodio-Hontiveros for SMB, R. Yap-J. Yap-Simon for Purefoods. In terms of frontline, SMB will mainly rely on Dorian Pena and Jay Washington as their other bigmen are still on sick bay. Rico Villanueva, Don Allado and Rommel Adducul who played well against Rain or Shine will cover the paint for the Giants.

Some players to watch for Purefoods is Dondon Hontiveros and Jay Washington. These two Beermen play well against Purefoods. Purefoods cannot afford to let Dondon wax hot and Washington to operate inside.

It's gonna be an exciting Friday night. Game 1 features Sta. Lucia vs Barako Bull to be followed by Purefoods and San Miguel.

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Full roster of the Purefoods TJ Giants for the 2009 MOTOLITE PBA-Fiesta Conference:

Import: 45 SF/PF Brian Hamilton 6-5 Louisiana-Lafayette

# Name Position Height College
*Jonathan Fernandez
SG 6-1 National University
1 Al Vergara
PG 5-7 University of the Philippines
5 *Salvador, Jondan SF/PF 6-3 De La Salle - College of Saint Benilde
8 Simon, Peter June SG 6-0 University of Mindanao
9 Canaleta, NiƱo SF 6-6 University of the East
10 Adducul, Rommel C 6-6 San Sebastian College - Recoletos
12 Bugia, Paolo PF/C 6-6 Ateneo de Manila University
13 Yap, Roger PG 6-1 University of San Jose - Recoletos
14 Villanueva, Enrico C 6-6 Ateneo de Manila University
17 Aban, Aaron SG/SF 6-2 Colegio de San Juan de Letran
18 Yap, James SG 6-3 University of the East
21 Raymundo, Kerby SF/PF 6-6 Colegio de San Juan de Letran
28 Yee, Richard PF 6-4 University of Santo Tomas
32 Alvarez, Rich SF 6-4 Ateneo de Manila University
32 Robinson, Topex PG 5-7 San Sebastian College - Recoletos
41 Allado, Don PF
6-6 De La Salle University - Manila

* - reserve list

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It took an out of town game and extra five minutes for the Purefoods TJ Giants to finally get a win over Rain or Shine Elasto Painters. Playing without import Brian Hamilton for most of the second half, the Giants managed to drop the Elasto Painters 102-94 in overtime.
Starters for Purefoods against Rain or Shine:

PG Al Vergara
SG James Yap
SF Brian Hamilton
PF Kerby Raymundo
C Rico Villanueva

I really delayed my Saturday night out just to watch the entire game and it was definitely worth it. Brian Hamilton had a disappointing first half with only 5 points and a few boards. He got ejected in the third when he stuck his foot on Rob Wainwright who was sniping for a 3-ball. The Giants leaned on it's ever reliable trio Simon-Yap-Kerby. But the steadying factor the entire game was new recruit Don Carlos Allado. He's the man!

*notes: Rommel Adducul played a few minutes and even scored and grabbed some rebounds. However, it's very evident that he loss his timing and quickness. I'm very glad to see him back in action. Brian Hamilton said he was having a hard time dealing with the heat since the venue in Batangas has no aircondition.

Full article courtesy of

Even with Hamilton ejection, Giants beat Elasto Painters in OT for share of lead
Saturday, 07 March 2009
BATANGAS CITY. – Purefoods duplicated a Coca-Cola feat.

The Purefoods locals rose to the occasion with import Brian Hamilton taking an early exit due to a flagrant infraction, subduing Rain or Shine, 102-94, in overtime in the Motolite PBA Fiesta Conference at the Batangas City Sports Center here Saturday.

The Tigers did the same trick versus the Barako Bull Energy Boosters just 24 hours ago over at the Cuneta Astrodome in Pasay in a 106-103 win.

Tougher was Purefoods’ feat, though, with the Giants needing an extra period to overcome the Elasto Painters.

Purefoods, which beat Rain or Shine for the first time in three conferences, fought back from the brink as it rolled to a second straight win, catching up with Burger King in the lead a week into the tourney.

Rain or Shine blew the opportunity to be the one to tie Burger King in the lead with its bid stymied by missed free throws at crunch time.

The Elasto Painters had a chance to win the contest in regulation play but Rob Wainwright muffed two charities with 2.6 seconds left and the count tied at 87-all.

“As Brian (Hamilton) took the early exit, we just buckled down to work and we showed we have the bigger heart,” said Don Allado who led all scorers with 22 points, his highest output over the last six seasons.

Hamilton took the exit ahead of the others as he incurred a flagrant foul for sticking a foot on a jump-shooting Wainwright with a minute gone in the final half.

But the Giants did play with a big heart, making it two in a row following a triumphant 131-121 debut versus the Talk ‘N Text Tropang Texters last Sunday at the Big Dome.

Allado, Peter Jun Simon, Kerby Raymundo and James Yap delivered the important shots as the Giants survived the ouster of Hamilton in the contest, the second in the “PBA-Phoenix Fuel On Tour.”

After Wainwright missed the potential game-winning free throws, the Elasto Painters failed to recover, continuing to throw bricks in overtime.

Simon made 17 points including a personal five-point binge giving the Giants a 99-93 cushion entering the final minute of the contest.

Raymundo contributed 21 points while James Yap shared 19.

The Giants immediately seized control in overtime with Roger Yap and Allado knocking in three straight charities.

Earlier, the Giants held on despite Hamilton’s exit, erecting two 12-point spreads, 74-62 and 77-65, early in the third.

The Elasto Painters relied on the hot hands of Don Dulay and Gabe Norwood as they made a decisive move in the fourth quarter, surging ahead at 83-81.

Rain or Shine coach Caloy Garcia, however, practically held their punches in taking out Dulay for Sol Mercado entering the homestretch.

Dulay rode the bench even as he was the main responsible in their comeback, rifling in four booming triples.

Mercado failed to deliver, missing a harried three-pointer in the closing seconds of regulation and going 2-of-4 from the stripe in overtime.

It was actually the first time Purefoods defeated Rain or Shine since Garcia took over the Elasto Painters replacing Leo Austria prior to the start of last season’s Fiesta tourney. (NC)

The scores:
Purefoods 102 – Allado 22, Raymundo 21, Yap J. 19, Simon 17, Canaleta 6, Hamilton 5, Yap R. 5, Vergara 4, Adducul 2, Villanueva 1.

Rain or Shine 94 – Norwood 14, Reyes 13, Dulay 12, Clark 12, Mercado 11, Wainwright 11, Isip 10, Arana 9, Laure 2, Andaya 0, Ibanes 0.

Quarterscores: 23-25, 45-40, 68-60, 87-87 (reg.), 102-94 (OT)

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Roster cut

Purefoods will be unloading players in the coming Fiesta Cup after signing up free-agent guard Al Vergara to help bolster their backcourt rotation in the import-laced tournament.

The 5'9" guard was supposed to be included in the roster before the start of the 2008-2009 season, but was bumped off from the team when Topex Robinson was acquired. Vergara then decided to push his luck overseas and ended up playing for the Singapore Slingers, who defeated the Air21 Express twice in an exhibition match last year.

The Giants, one of the few teams who were eliminated early in the Philippine Cup, made themselves busy on the trading table as they took in players like Don Allado and KG Canaleta from the Air21 Express.

The arrival of Allado and Canaleta didn't only provide depth for the Giants. It also made the roster congested and the coach Ryan Gregorio is now on a dilemma of unloading some of his stars.

Gregorio didn't confirm whom he will unload, but a source told Standard Today that some of his key players are now being put on the trading block.

"We will finalize the roster today," said Gregorio in a text message sent to this writer. Rey Joble - Rey Joble, Manila Standard Today

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Brian Hamilton

It's Brian Hamilton. After losing Reggie Larry to index finger injury, the Giants hire NBA D-League standout, Brian Hamilton. Hamilton played for the Utah Flash and lead the D-league in steals department. He also had a short stint with the New Jersey Nets and played a game in the Europe Live NBA tour against Miami Heat.

Name: Brian Hamilton
Height/Weight: 6-6/205lbs
Birthdate: 05/14/1982
Birthplace: Angleton, TX
NBA Experience: New Jersey (2008)
College: Louisiana-Lafayette

Check out some of tapes in youtube.

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