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Sports news March 30
2023 PBA Draft order
Terrafirma and Blackwater are in familiar territory, while Rain or Shine is tagged as the early winner of the PBA Draft in September.
SPIN.ph lead correspondent Reuben Terrado made an unofficial computation of which teams will own the Top 4 picks in the upcoming Season 46 rookie draft that will see the Dyip having a crack at the No. 1 overall pick once again after their woeful finishes in three conferences this season.
The Bossing are set to pick No. 2 overall, while the Elasto Painters have not just one, but two prime picks as they are set to draft Nos. 3 and 4.
Apart from their own pick, RoS has another high pick it acquired after giving up Javee Mocon in a trade with Phoenix last June, putting coach Yeng Guiao in a perfect position to kick off the team’s rebuilding phase.
The draft order is determined through the team’s rankings each conference with 40 percent of the ranking points from the Philippine Cup and 30 percent each from the Commissioner’s and Governors’ Cup.
Read more about it here.
Creamline rules PVL All-Filipino
Creamline delivered when it mattered most, outlasting Petro Gazz, 20-25, 25-20, 25-18, 25-15, in the deciding Game Three of the Premier Volleyball League All-Filipino Conference Finals at the Mall of Asia Arena.
Conference MVP Tots Carlos, Jema Galanza, and Jia de Guzman showed the way for the Cool Smashers, who overhauled a first-set deficit – and 0-1 down in the best-of-three title series.
Creamline won its sixth championship in eight finals appearances and prevailed in the absence of injured superstar Alyssa Valdez.
RJ Abarrientos named KBL Rookie of the Year
RJ Abarrientos stood tallest among freshmen after being named the Korean Basketball League Rookie of the Year.
The 5-foot-11 point guard showed he deserved the award after averaging 13.6 points, 2.7 triples, 4.8 assists, 2.9 rebounds, and 1.4 steals in 29.1 minutes over 51 games in his maiden season in Korea.
The 23-year-old Gilas Pilipinas and Far Eastern University product’s playmaking steered Ulsan Hyundai Mobis to a 34-20 record to secure the fourth seed.