BACK-IN-FORM KINGS OVERWHELM BEERMEN  /  PACMAN:  BOXING, POLITICS DO MIX

MANILA,
FEBRUARY 15, 2007
(STAR) By Nelson Beltran - Rafi Reavis made a big turnaround from being the heel the last outing to be among Barangay Ginebra’s biggest heroes in its conquest of San Miguel Beer last night.

Reavis redeemed himself from his grievous endgame blunders in Game Two with a solid job in one quarter that was enough to give the Kings the momentum on the way to a 131-101 rout of the Beermen in Game Three of their Talk n Text PBA Philippine Cup best-of-seven title showdown at the Astrodome.

The Kings go for the equalizer in Game Four at the Araneta Coliseum at 7 p.m. tomorrow.

The 6-foot-7 Fil-Am forward churned out double-double numbers with 13 points and 10 rebounds in the third quarter as the Kings made a big push from a 56-55 halftime edge to erect a 99-81 lead going into the payoff period.

With Mark Caguioa adding 10 points and the rest of the team combining for 34, the Kings totaled 43 in the third canto – the largest by any team in a quarter in the conference.

The Kings sustained their charge up to the final buzzer as they also finished with a conference-high output in a game, handing the Beermen their worst defeat in more than eight years.

It was a big comeback for the entire Ginebra team after 101-104 loss in Game Two hastened by crucial misses by Reavis in the closing seconds.

"Rafi redeemed himself and the team fought with great resolve with our back against the wall," said Ginebra coach Jong Uichico. "Probably, the boys were challenged. We’re in a foxhole and we have to get out of it."

Uichico said the team playing a balanced game proved to be the key.

"We rediscovered the games we played during the eliminations and the semifinal round. Our starters delivered and our bench also made their presence felt," Uichico said.

Rudy Hatfield and Caguioa scored 28 and 26 points, respectively, to pace the Kings who also drew huge numbers from Ronald Tubid, Jayjay Helterbrand, Reavis and Eric Menk.

The Kings shot 47.5 percent from the field and hauled down 58 rebounds while the Beermen converted just 39 percent of their shots and snared 47 caroms.

Boxing, politics do mix –Pacman By Abac Cordero The Philippine Star 02/15/2007

Manny Pacquiao will not abandon his boxing career even if elected as congressman in the first district of South Cotabato in the coming May 14 elections.

Pacquiao, the 28-year-old knockout artist, made the clarification yesterday amid reports that he’ll give up boxing if he wins in his bid for a Congressional seat.

Pacquiao, through his business manager Eric Pineda, said there’s no such law that would prohibit him from fighting in the ring and at the same time occupy a government position.

"Wala naman batas na ganoon (There’s no such law). Kaya kung papalarin ako sa eleksiyon, magpapatuloy ako sa boxing (So if I win in the election, I will continue to fight)," Pacquiao was quoted as saying.

"Hindi ko tatalikuran ang boxing dahil dito ako nakilala (I will not turn my back on boxing because this is where I was known)," added Pacquiao who is now in Gen. Santos City.

Last Monday, the flamboyant boxer officially announced his bid for a Congressional seat, and said he liked his chances against incumbent Rep. Darlene Antonino-Custodio.

"I like my chances," said Pacquiao who, nonetheless, is expected to face a very strong challenge in the elections which is scheduled exactly a month after his scheduled fight against Mexico’s Jorge Solis.

Last July, it was reported that Pacquiao would be the running mate of Manila mayoralty bet Ali Atienza, whose father, Lito, the incumbent mayor, is one of the biggest supporters of the boxer.

Even as he decided not to run in Manila, Pacquiao has continued to support the bid of Atienza, attending the latter’s proclamation rally last January and joining the Liberal Party.

Pacquiao fights Solis on April 14 at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas.


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