Someone asked me how my blog and newspaper column came to be titled "Bleachers Brew". It's like this, it's an amalgam of sorts of two things: The bleachers area in the stadium/arena where I used to sit when I would watch baseball, football, and basketball games and Miles Davis' great jazz album Bitches Brew. That's how it got culled together. I originally planned on calling it "The View from the Big Chair" that is a nod to Tears For Fear's second album, Songs from the Big Chair. So there.

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

51 hopefuls for how many slots? PBA Rookie Camp opens.

Fifty-one aspirants showed up yesterday at the Club 650 in Libis for the first of three-day PBA Rookie Camp. The camp is an opportunity for PBA coaches to also size up potential draft picks for the upcoming draft.

In the skills competition, Chris Ross made the most number of pull-ups with 29. Kevin White topped the push-up contest with 129. Relative unknown Emmanuel Malasig made the most number of bench presses with 48. And former UE Red Warrior Jorel Canisarez had the highest vertical leap.

The PBA hopefuls are split into four teams and will play in the two-day, four-game schedule at the Caruncho Gym in Pasig City on July 30 and 31.

The complete rookie line ups are as follows:

Group 1Japeth Aguilar, Josh Urbiztondo, Sean Co, Ronnie Matias, Bryan Faundo, Marlon Adolfo, Charleston Bocias, Kim Macanig, Axel John Doruelo, Jim Viray, Luis Palaganas, Leemore Boliver, and Glenn Bolocon.

Group 2Jervy Cruz, Chris Ross, Roel Hugnatan, Filemon Fernandez III, Orlando Daroya, Richard Saladaga, Dino Daa, Robert Labagala, Jonathan Pinera, Jorel Canizares, Gerry Orera, Ramsey Williams, and Jerome Cenita.

Group 3Ogie Menor, Rico Maierhofer, Chris Timberlake, Jonathan Fernandez, John Walsham, Francis Allera, Jemal Vizcarra, Roser Mangahas, Jerby Del Rosario, Charles Water, Floyd Dedicatoria, Edwin Asoro, and Jan Philip Villaver.

Group 4James Sena, Marcy Arellano, Kevin White, Michael Burtscher, Chris Viardo, Howard Saddi, Hafer Mondragon, Raymond Agular, Allan Evangelista, Andro Quinday, Emmanuel Malasig, Jobe Nkemakolam, Mark Benitez, and Jonathan Uyloan.

Thanks to Coach Ramil Cruz for the info.

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