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After shock loss to Blackwater, Slaughter says Gin Kings should always bring A-game

MANILA, Philippines — They’ve been touted as favorites in the PBA Philippine Cup with their towering big man back in the fold......»»

Category: sportsSource: philstar philstarJan 13th, 2018

Blackwater looking for another statement win

After taking down Ginebra, Blackwater is out to pick up another statement win in the 2018 PBA Philippine Cup. The Elite get the main event of a double-header again as they face the up-and-down TNT KaTropa Wednesday at the Araneta Coliseum. Fresh for issuing a beating to the Gin Kings, Blackwater looks to build momentum by shutting down TNT that's reeling from an out-of-town loss to San Miguel Beer. Tip off between the Elite (2-1) and the KaTropa (1-2) will be at 7:00 p.m. In the first game at 4:30 p.m., Phoenix (2-1) goes for three in a row vs. sliding Rain or Shine (1-2).   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated News3 hr. 6 min. ago

The 17 best PBA photos of 2017

Sure, the PBA has seen some trying times this year but to say  that the league is dying would be complete exaggeration. The games were still good. the stories were still compelling, and the stars were still shining bright. Was it a perfect season? Not a chance. But the PBA is still doing relative well. Well enough that everyone was happy. For the most part. And to celebrate a year that has come and gone, here are some of the best photos captured by ABS-CBN Sports for 2017, in no particular order of course but all of them are great. Happy New Year and here's to another great year for the PBA and basketball in general. Let's do this.   James Yap playing outside the Purefoods franchise? Still weird. James Yap and PJ Simon playing against each other? Weirder.   Allein Maliksi is without a doubt the most unapologetic scorer in the PBA. He had a run in the Philippine Cup where he was setting new career highs for every game and Star was destroying opponents by 25 points. He's with Blackwater now though.   2017 was not a good year for Alaska. Still, it's nice to see Calvin Abueva still Beastin' out there. Never change, Calvin.   Now that they're both healthy at the same time, here's to seeing more head-to-head games between this two. The PBA and Philippine basketball in general needs more of June Mar Fajardo vs. Greg Slaughter.   Terrence Romeo: scoring champion, fashion icon, king of swag both on and off the court. My goodness, bro.   You think Justin Brownlee is clutch? Why don't you ask the barangay. Pretty sure they will say hell yes Justin Brownlee is clutch.   This photo pretty much sums up The Rematch for coacn Norman Black and the Meralco Bolts. We need to see a Ginebra-Meralco part 3 in the Governors' Cup for 2018. Please.   The Fast and the Furious forever. There are no words for this. Happy retirement, Mr. Helterbrand.   If everything goes according to plan, we can call this the smiles that launched a Grand Slam. The PBA better be ready for the super, superteam that is the San Miguel Beermen with Christian Standhardinger.   The Gin Kings might as well own the Philippine Arena. Ginebra is setting attendance records left and right at the massive INC facility. More importantly, they keep on winning there. The barangay is 5-1 in Bulacan including one Game 7 win for another championship.   James Yap used to be the face of the Purefoods franchise and Marc Pingris was the team's heart and soul. Now, Ping is all of that and then some.   Taken just moments before the Beermen completed a Philippine Cup hat trick to capture the Perpetual trophy. This San Miguel team is a special group.   Chito Narvasa's highly-controversial term as PBA Commissioner ended this year. However, perhaps his most controversial move was approving the much-maligned Kia-San Miguel trade for the no. 1 pick of the 2017 Draft. This was from the press conference that triggered the PBA Board impasse. Overall just not a good look. It was impactful, but not good.   He might be slowing down a little bit but Jayson Castro is still a force to be reckoned with. The Blur might just get to a new gear in 2018. Watch out.   He finally beat his inner demons and Mac Cardona found his way back in the PBA this year. Welcome back, Captain Hook.   Kiefer Ravena was ready for the PBA two years ago. Two games into his first pro season, the Phenom is already proving his worth. This was his first PBA dunk. There should be more to come.   Nash Racela is one brave soul. He spent the entire season trying to beat San Miguel teams in order to win a title for TNT. The KaTropa didn't end up winning anything but coach Nash sure got into the skin of the SMC teams. Here he is trying to plead for a foul because officials are supposedly favoring Ginebra. While that's not proven, if 2017 was any indication, 2018 should be even more fun for coach Nash and the San Miguel teams.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsDec 31st, 2017

By the Numbers: Christmas Clasico

With all 12 teams finally playing at least one game, the 43rd PBA season is officially here. Like for real. And with that in mind, a brand-new By The Numbers PBA edition is also here. This should be fun. Okay let's do this. Oh Happy Holidays, Kapamilya!   10 Number of Christmas Day wins for Brgy. Ginebra, most in the league and it's not even close. The Gin Kings have made it an annual tradition to win on Christmas Day, losing only once in 11 tries. Ginebra's only Christmas loss came 11 years ago against Talk 'N Text.   4 Number of Christmas Clasico wins by Ginebra in four games. The Gin Kings simply own this Holiday and this rivalry for a couple of years now. Ginebra has three straight Christmas Clasico wins over the Hotshots and since last season, the Gin Kings are 8-3 in Manila Clasico games. This has to be killing Magnolia fans all over.   122 Number of points scored by Ginebra's Mark Caguioa on Christmas Day games, most in the league. The Spark scored seven points in the Gin Kings win over Magnolia, pushing his total to 122 points.   24.5 Average points of Globalport's Terrence Romeo on Christmas Day games (minimum of two games), best in the PBA. However, the Bro sat out the Batang Pier's loss to NLEX this year as he continues to deal with a knee injury.     39 Sticking to scoring on Christmas, the now retired Jimmy Alapag holds the single-game record for most points on Christmas. The Mighty Mouse scored 39 points, 24 from beyond the arc, in 2004 when the then Phone Pals lost to Ginebra on December 25.   2 Number of undefeated PBA teams at the Philippine Arena. NLEX (1-0) joined Kia (2-0) as the only two teams not to take an L at the massive INC-owned facility. The PBA has played six playdates at the Philippine Arena so far. Blackwater (0-2), TNT (0-1), and Globalport (0-1) have yet to win there. Meanwhile, Meralco is 1-2 at the Philippine Arena and Ginebra is 5-1 including one championship.   19 Kiefer Ravena's scoring average so far in the PBA. The Phenom has been living up to hype i nthe big league two games in so far. In his debut game, Kiefer went for 18 points and 12 assists before dropping another 20 points in s a Christmas-day win for NLEX.     --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsDec 26th, 2017

Slaughter didn't look like a Finals rookie for Ginebra Game 1

LUCENA CITY --- If you didn't know any better, you'd think that Greg Slaughter has a wealth of experience playing PBA Finals games. However, the towering former no. 1 pick only played his first game in the Finals Friday at the Quezon Convention Center here, and he certainly belonged. In Game 1 of the Governors' Cup Finals rematch between Ginebra and Meralco, Slaughter came off the bench and made instant impact for the Gin Kings. Not only did he score 14 points and grab eight rebounds in just 21 and a half minutes of play, he also blocked two shots and changed the course of many others as he served as an near-immovable anchor for the Ginebra defense. It was a far cry from his first meeting with Meralco this conference where he also scored 14 points but it came in a 78-93 loss. That was his first game back after 10 months due to injury. 'That was our first game, my first game back. Obviously, it was a big difference, we had to find our chemistry,' he said. 'I think that first game, we didn't wanna step on each other's toes. But got a better idea on what we're running now and how we're gonna be there for each other on defense,' he added. Despite playing in the championship round for the first time in his pro career, Slaughter didn't look bothered at all, mainly because he never forced anything. He stayed true to Ginebra's system and it paid off. 'No, not really [nerves]. I didn't feel too much pressure, we played a good team game today, played good team defense. Everyone chipped in and did their part,' he said. However, it would have been better if Greg's first Finals game came under better circumstances. Both the teams in ths series faces a long road back to the city after Game 1. And there's only one day of break before Game 2 rolls on Sunday at the Big Dome. But still, it's worth it a little bit more because Greg and Ginebra got the W. 'I'm just glad we got the win. It's kinda tough, you got a long ride home, just glad we're coming back with a win,' Slaughter said.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8 .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsOct 13th, 2017

Ex-Ginebra players instrumental in Blackwater’s historic win vs Gin Kings

It might be coincidence, but the Blackwater Elite’s victory over Barangay Ginebra San Miguel was mainly anchored by former players of the league’s most popular team. From head coach Leo Isaac to assistant mentor Aries Dimaunahan down to their key players like Allein Maliksi and Mike Cortez, these former Gin Kings were able to bring […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  interaksyonRelated News22 hr. 40 min. ago

Teng still has Alaska s best interest despite big game

Unlike the his game against TNT late last year, Jeron Teng finally got his big performance and big win Sunday against the overmatched Kia Picanto in the 2018 PBA Philippine Cup. However, the rookie out of La Salle knows that team accomplishments matter over anything so he'll take an Alaska win even if he doesn't put up 23 points and nine rebounds as well as outscoring the opposing team by himseld in one whole quarter. "A win is a win, and we’ll take this one. It’s a good start for us this 2018 dahil we’re 2-0 this year. Sana ma-build up kami from there," Jeron said following the Aces' 102-65 demolition of Kia. In the third period, Teng poured 13 of his total points, which was eight more that the Picanto's output as a team. Alaska outscored Kia, 36-5, in the third to turn the game around. "[Coach Alex Compton] just told us to bring out more energy and outhustle Kia. Nung first half medyo so-so yung nilaro namin. He told us to respect the team and play better," he said. "I think we all played good in this game. We picked it up nung second half. We all kew we had to step up nung halftime to get this win and we needed this win for our next game," Teng added. Speaking of the next game, Alaska has a date against Ginebra up next and Jeron says the Aces are ready for the Gin Kings. "I think were ready for the challenge, we’re up to it. Were practicing really really hard and I think we’ll be ready by that game," he said.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJan 14th, 2018

Clippers get to .500 with 126-105 win over lowly Kings

By Beth Harris, Associated Press LOS ANGELES (AP) — Lou Williams scored 26 points and the injury-depleted Los Angeles Clippers beat the Sacramento Kings 126-105 on Saturday (Sunday, PHL time) to get to .500 at the season's halfway mark. Willie Reed added 14 points and 13 rebounds starting in place of DeAndre Jordan, who has a sprained left ankle. Blake Griffin had 11 points and nine assists as one of eight Clippers in double figures. Their second game in three days against the last-place Kings was just what the doctor ordered for the Clippers. Besides Jordan, they were without Austin Rivers and Danilo Gallinari. Patrick Beverley had season-ending knee surgery while C.J. Wilson is out indefinitely. After the Kings scored the game's first four points, it was all Clippers. They shot 55 percent in building a 21-point lead in the first half, and were up 64-45 at the break. Willie Cauley-Stein had 23 points and 13 rebounds for the Kings in their fourth straight loss. De'Aaron Fox added 17 points and 10 assists. The Kings picked up their scoring in the third, losing the quarter 28-23, but they still trailed 91-68 going into the fourth. Reed and Griffin rested in the fourth, when the Clippers were outscored 37-35. Los Angeles shot 56 percent from the floor for the game and outscored the Kings 60-50 in the paint. TIP-INS Kings: They've lost five in a row to the Clippers and eight of the last nine. ... The Kings lost 121-115 when the teams played Thursday (Friday, PHL time). Clippers: Coach Doc Rivers said he didn't think Jordan will be out long, but added, "I can't guarantee it." ... Williams has scored 20 or more points off the bench in nine straight games, moving ahead of New Orleans' Jrue Holiday for the longest such streak among active players. ... Jordan's next game will tie him with Randy Smith for most played in franchise history at 715. ... Jordan is already the first player in franchise history to be with the team for 10 seasons. UP NEXT Kings: At Oklahoma City on Monday (Tuesday, PHL time). Clippers: Host the Rockets on Monday (Tuesday, PHL time) in Chris Paul's return to Staples Center after being traded in June......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJan 13th, 2018

Blackwater sends Ginebra crashing to earth with stunning win

MANILA, Philippines (UPDATED) - Blackwater sent Barangay Ginebra crashing back to earth as the Elite handed the Gin Kings their first loss of the season with a 94-77 victory in the 2018 PBA Philippine Cup at the Mall of Asia Arena Friday, January 12.  Ginebra trailed ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJan 12th, 2018

Kings seek no. 3

Games today (Mall of Asia Arena) 4:30 p.m. -- Rain or Shine vs. Globalport 7 p.m. -- Ginebra vs. Blackwater BARANGAY Ginebra is facing a team coach Tim Cone said they are ‘leery’ of because his Gin Kings were beaten by that team during a practice game prior to the….....»»

Category: newsSource:  journalRelated NewsJan 11th, 2018

Curry goes off again, Warriors top Nuggets for 5th straight

By Janie McCauley, Associated Press OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) - Stephen Curry scored 32 points and dished out nine assists in another superb performance during his sensational recent stretch, and the Golden State Warriors beat the Nuggets 124-114 on Monday night (Tuesday, PHL time) to avenge an ugly home loss to Denver in late December. Nikola Jokic had his first triple-double of the season with 22 points, 12 rebounds and 11 assists as four players scored 20 points or more for the Nuggets, who were coming off a 106-98 loss at Sacramento on Saturday (Sunday, PHL time). Klay Thompson scored 19 on his bobbblehead night while Draymond Green added a season-high 23 points and 10 assists in the defending NBA champions' fifth straight victory on a night when Kevin Durant sat out his third consecutive game with a strained right calf. In his 12th 30-point game of the season, Curry hit a long three-pointer with 56.1 seconds left in the third and the Warriors led 93-81 going into the final quarter after the Nuggets had fought back to tie it midway through the period. The two-time MVP has scored 29 or more points in seven straight games. In four games before Monday (Tuesday, PHL time), he was averaging 36 points, six rebounds, 4.8 assists and 1.3 steals in 31.8 minutes since returning from an 11-game absence with a sprained right ankle. The Western Conference Player of the Week for last week, Curry strained his left knee in the first half, headed to the locker room to have it taped and then returned. Golden State's David West contributed 10 points, scoring in double figures for a third straight game to go with six rebounds and four assists while becoming the 127th player in NBA history to play in 1,000 regular-season games. Thompson made his initial four shots and Green scored eight quick points, connecting on his first three field goal attempts. He dished out five assists as Golden State raced ahead 27-20 -- a far cry from the Warriors' previous performance in a 96-81 loss to Denver at Oracle Arena on Dec. 23 (Dec. 24, PHL time). The Warriors shot 3-for-27 in that game from three-point range but topped that with four three's in the first quarter Monday (Tuesday, PHL time) and finished 13-for-30 from deep. Thompson's three-pointer with 4:10 left in the third made it 78-71 after Denver had tied the game 89-all at the 6:57 mark of the period. The Nuggets held the Warriors to a season-low scoring performance here last time that snapped their 11-game winning streak. Golden State has won 7-of-8 since. Denver got 22 points from Gary Harris, and 21 apiece from Jamal Murray and Trey Lyles. DURANT UPDATE Kerr said Durant "didn't feel quite right" after going through shootaround earlier in the day. "We're all on the same page that until he feels right, he's not going to play," Kerr said. "Hopefully the next couple of days he'll clear that hurdle and be ready to go." GREEN FINED Green was fined $25,000 by the NBA for publicly criticizing the league's officiating in comments after Golden State's 121-105 win against the Clippers on Saturday (Sunday, PHL time). CURRY THE OWNER? Curry has people helping him explore options to buy into the NFL's Carolina Panthers. Jerry Richardson announced he plans to sell the franchise while he is under investigation for sexual and racial misconduct in the workplace. "It's a pretty interesting opportunity," Curry said after Monday's (Tuesday, PHL time) shootaround. "I've had conversations with plenty of people about the right way to go about it and kind of the different approaches I could personally take. Obviously I have a day job, but I've got people that are plugged in and trying to see how to make that happen. I've had nothing really to say about it besides that I'm very interested and very willing to do what it takes to make that happen." TIP-INS Nuggets: Denver limited its turnovers to 11 after committing a season-high 26 at Sacramento two days earlier that led to 40 Kings points. ... Denver is 3-11 on the road vs. Western Conference teams. Warriors: Andre Iguodala hit his first three-pointer in nine games he's played since Dec. 18 (Dec. 19, PHL time), snapping an 0-for-12 funk from deep when he made one in the first. ... Golden State rookie Jordan Bell took a hard fall in the second quarter and moved gingerly afterward. ... Newly crowned U.S. figure skating national champion and Olympian Nathan Chen attended the game, watched Curry's warmup, and was set to meet him afterward. UP NEXT Nuggets: Host the Atlanta Hawks on Wednesday (Thursday, PHL time). Warriors: Host the Los Angeles Clippers on Wednesday (Thursday, PHL time) seeking a 13th consecutive victory in the rivalry......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJan 9th, 2018

Jarencio laments late-game meltdown in loss to Ginebra

Globalport had Ginebra firmly in its grasp for the most part of the two teams' matchup Sunday in the PBA Philippine Cup. The Batang Pier were holding their fort against the constant charges the Gin Kings did for almost 45 minutes. Then Aljon Mariano connected with Japeth Aguilar for an alley oop dunk with 3:22 left in the game that gave Ginebra a 95-93 lead eventually breaking Globalport's defenses. Aguilar's dunk sparked the Gin King's game-closing 11-4 run to get the 104-97 victory and Globalport head coach Pido Jarencio said those last three minutes were the bane in their loss. "We made mistakes on defense, for sure we have to be consistent," said Jarencio in Filipino ...Keep on reading: Jarencio laments late-game meltdown in loss to Ginebra.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJan 7th, 2018

Lack of experience, chemistry doomed GlobalPort in loss to Gins, says Anthony

Charge it to experience. Sean Anthony opted to look at the positives rather than dwell on the negatives following GlobalPort's 97-104 defeat to Ginebra on Sunday. "We're a young team. We're a new team, and we gotta learn to play with each other still. We have five rookies, four new players, and a new coach, so we're gonna just look at the positives," he said. In control for the first three quarters, the Batang Pier lost grip of the game in the fourth frame as the Gin Kings exploded for 36 points. "We had the lead almost the whole game, up until the end, and we had our spots. We just didn't close it down the stretch," he said. "Our lack of team chemistry and our youth s...Keep on reading: Lack of experience, chemistry doomed GlobalPort in loss to Gins, says Anthony.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJan 7th, 2018

Carter has big fourth quarter to lead Kings past Nuggets

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Forty-year-old Vince Carter scored 10 of his 12 points in the fourth quarter and the Sacramento Kings held off the Denver Nuggets 106-98 on Saturday night (Sunday, PHL time). De'Aaron Fox had 18 points and seven assists, Willie Cauley-Stein added 17 points, and Buddy Hield had 14. Sacramento was up 13 early in the fourth, but Denver rallied and Trey Lyles' layup pulled the Nuggets to 92-89 with 5:22 remaining. Cauley-Stein made back-to-back layups for the Kings and, after Will Barton made a 3-pointer for the Nuggets, Hield made a short jumper and Coleman hit a three-pointer to help Sacramento pull away. The Kings had dropped four straight, including both matchups this season. Lyles led Denver with 19 points, Jamal Murray added 18, and Will Barton and Gary Harris had 17 apiece. The loss capped a frustrating night for Denver, which was playing the second half of a back-to-back. The Nuggets committed a season-high 26 turnovers, missed four consecutive free throws down the stretch and coach Mike Malone — who previously coached in Sacramento — was hit with a technical foul. Sacramento capitalized on almost every mistake Denver made and scored 40 points off turnovers. It was a rough night all around for Malone's club. The Nuggets erased most of an early 12-point deficit but fell apart after going scoreless for 5 1/2 minutes while missing their first nine shots in the second. Denver's frustrations boiled over when Malone, who spent one-plus seasons coaching in Sacramento, picked up a technical foul. Things didn't get much better in the third. The Nuggets, who had 15 turnovers in the first half, made another to open the second half when Cauley-Stein intercepted the inbounds pass at midcourt and drove in for a dunk. Despite all of that, Sacramento led only 79-71 going into the fourth. TIP-INS Nuggets: Denver shot 46.1 percent, slightly better than Sacramento, but never led. Barton didn't score until 1:28 remained in the third. . Kenneth Faried sat out his fourth consecutive game because of coach's decision. Kings: Center Zach Randolph (oral surgery) and guard George Hill (personal reasons) did not play. UP NEXT Nuggets: At Golden State on Monday night (Tuesday, PHL time). Kings: Host San Antonio on Monday night (Tuesday, PHL time)......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJan 7th, 2018

HEADS UP: 10 sporting events to watch out for in 2018

2017 has come and gone, and it delivered some exciting sporting moments that has every sports fan clamoring for more. Worry not, though, as 2018 looks primed to satisfy even the most die-hard Pinoy sports aficionado with its bevy of local and international sporting events. Let's welcome the upcoming year with 10 of the most exciting sporting events to watch out for this 2018.   NCAA 93 & UAAP 80 VOLLEYBALL The cagers are out, and the spikers are in. Volleyball season begins this January 4 with NCAA season 93, followed by the 81st season of the UAAP this February. NCAA volleybelles are once again ready to take center court, and the defending women's champion Arellano University Lady Chiefs, led by heavy hitters Jovie Prado and Regine Arocha are banking on their undisputed team play to propel them to another title. Playing inspired volleyball throughout the season, the Lady Chiefs stunned the thrice-to-beat San Sebastian Lady Stags in the Finals last year, ultimately ending Grethcel Soltones' collegiate career with a dud. Rising stars like San Beda's Ces Racraquin, JRU's Karen Montojo also make the upcoming NCAA volleyball season worth waiting for. UAAP volleyball begins a month later the NCAA tournament, but expect the field to be even more tumultuous. With no clear-cut number 2 team to challenge the two-time defending champions DLSU Lady Spikers, it will be a toss-up against basically the other seven schools to step up. Dangerous squads include the much-improved Adamson Lady Falcons, last year's pleasant surprise UST, the dynastic Ateneo Lady Eagles, and the intact NU Lady Bulldogs and FEU Lady Tamaraws. NBA ALL-STAR GAME & 2018 NBA FINALS The annual showcase of the NBA's brightest stars just got a major revamp. That's right, the league has done away with the traditional East-West teams, and will now have a playground-type pool selection of players between its two captains when the exhibition tips off in Los Angeles. This raises a lot of interesting questions: Will the captains pick their teammates or will they go with a more controversial pick and select a rival? Will we able to know the order of the draft? Will this actually work in making the game better? While answers to those questions might not be answered until a few months, one thing's for sure, the NBA Finals, the spectacle that actually counts, will be epic. Will we be treated to Golden State Warriors vs Cleveland Cavaliers Pt. 4? Or will another squad swoop in to spoil the party? The league has indeed improved, with surprising teams like the Milwaukee Bucks, the Indiana Pacers, the Detroit Pistons out in the East already staking claim to playoff spots, and the Wild, Wild, West staying true to its monicker. The Houston Rockets and the perennial powerhouse San Antonio Spurs are still the favorites to pull the rug under the Warriors, while the Oklahoma City Thunder is right behind. Either way, with months of hoops already invested in it, the NBA Finals will surely be another explosive one, as it always is.   HOMECOMING QUEEN Alyssa Valdez spent the majority of 2017 overseas, spreading her wings in Taiwan with volleyball club Attack Line. This 2018 though, The Phenom plans on staying in the Philippines, armed with two year’s worth of international experience to focus on her home club team in the Creamline Cool Smashers.  "Next year, I'm planning to focus sa Creamline. Just this year, I travelled a lot talaga. They supported me throughout, esepcially doon sa National Team stint ko. They sacrificed a lot for me talaga. I think I have to focus sa team ko talaga,” she said last week.Alyssa Valdez just got scarier.   PINOY HOOP DREAMS: REMY MARTIN, KOBE PARAS  Two proudly Pinoy ballers based in the U.S. set out this 2018 to continue shooting for our island nation’s humble hoop dreams. Kobe Paras is still serving residency this 2017-2018 season with the California State University-Northridge Matadors, but his development is sure to be a joy to watch. The 6’6” Pinoy swingman accomplished a tour of duty with Gilas Pilipinas earlier in the year, and many Pinoys saw why we should all be excited about high-flying forward. Remy Martin, a 5’11” point guard dazzled in his first few games with the Arizona State Sun Devils, with his athleticism, explosiveness and feisty defense. The Filipino-American cager is proud of his roots and hopes to represent flag and country with Gilas Pilipinas in the future.   WHO (OR WHAT) IS NEXT FOR MANNY PACQUIAO? The never-ending saga of what’s next for Manny Pacquiao looks like it'll seep into 2018.  Following a rather controversial loss to Australian boxer Jeff Horn, Pacquiao has been “courting” the likes of Floyd Mayweather Jr. for a rematch, even taking to Instagram to ”greet” MMA superstar Conor McGregor before finally admitting that he’s been in talks with the Irish fighter’s camp. Whether he actually retires from boxing for good, or takes on another foe in the squared circle, one thing’s for sure: we’ll all have our eyes on Manny Pacquiao’s next move.   2018 WORLD CUP RUSSIA™ After four years, the best of world football will once again converge, this time in Russia to crown the Kings of the beautiful sport. The stage is set, the groups are finalized, and the 32 squads are promising the best 30-day football extravaganza in the hopes of dethroning defending champions Germany this June. Some group stage clashes to look out for are Germany vs Mexico, England vs Belgium, Portugal vs Spain, to name a few. June couldn’t come soon enough.   CHRISTIAN STANDHARDINGER'S PBA DEBUT No PBA rookie has probably come into the league as pro-ready as the Filipino-German standout Christian Standhardinger. The 6’9” big man was the consensus top overall pick of the 2017 PBA draft, and was also at the center of the controversial trade that sent Kia Picanto’s rights to the number 1 selection to the already-dominant San Miguel. While the trade did go down, so did former commissioner Chito Narvasa. Standhardinger’s entry to the PBA has come at a cost, but San Miguel is more than ready to wait one more conference to bulk up their already stacked squad. Seeing Standharinger play alongside 6’11” center and reigning MVP June Mar Fajardo, versatile forward Arwind Santos, and the Beermen’s bevy of guards in Alex Cabagnot, Marcio Lassiter, and Chris Ross, is definitely a sight to see, just look at how he's tearing it up in the ASEAN Basketball League.    2018 ASIAN GAMES INDONESIA The Philippines’ less than stellar performance at the 2017 Southeast Asian Games was met with widespread flak. Not directed at our athletes however, but aimed at our sports development and governing body for its subpar work in getting our sports representatives ready. While the 2018 Asian Games isn’t so far away, a handful of Pinoy medalists from the SEA Games are going into the continental meet with high hopes. After dominating the SEA Games’ triathlon event, our Filipino endurance athletes, led by gold medalists Kim Mangrobang, and Nikko Huelgas, are once again primed to take home hardware. Marathoner Mary Joy Tabal, and boxers John Marvin, and Eumir Marcial, all gold medalists at Malaysia, are all bright spots that could soon unravel into full-fledged stars come 2018.   GILAS PILIPINAS IN THE FIBA WORLD CUP QUALIFIERS It’s official, basketball is coming home to the Philippines this 2023 by way of the FIBA World Cup, but Gilas Pilipinas will first have to try its luck in the 2019 meet. After dealing with Chinese Taipei and Japan this 2017 for a perfect 2-0 slate in the qualifiers, Gilas Pilipinas still has to face the Japanese anew, and the powerhouse Australian team early in 2018. A good showing against these squads will help Gilas strengthen its bid to international basketball’s biggest stage before we actually host the event in six years’ time.   UAAP 81 BASKETBALL UAAP season 80 just came to an end, but the next season just got way more interesting. Aside from the title defense of the intact Ateneo Blue Eagles and their ongoing rivalry with La Salle, a certain move by a coach has shaken up the league. With Aldin Ayo reportedly accepting the job as the new head coach of the struggling University of Sto. Tomas, we might just be witnesses to the rebirth of the once proud basketball program under the fiery mentor. That, and the way the DLSU Green Archers can adjust from the departure of Ayo and former two-time MVP Ben Mbala, key cogs to their season 79 championship run. The tight race for the MVP award will also be one to watch, with Mbala gone, it’s up to the local stars to step up to the challenge......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsDec 31st, 2017

Blackwater ends losing skid to RoS, Cuneta Astrodome

The saying, 'there's a first time for everything' rang true for Blackwater. More than winning their first game in the 43rd season of the PBA after a sour start in the Philippine Cup, Blackwater’s 92-87 win over the Rain or Shine Elasto Painters Friday at the Cuneta Astrodome was extra special for the Elite. It took the Dioceldo Sy franchise three years to finally pluck a win over the Elasto Painters in a venue that has been brutal to Blackwater in the past three seasons.     “Parang first time naming talunin ang Rain or Shine. This is our first time na talunin ang Rain or Shine dito sa PBA simula ng pumasok ang Blackwater,” said Elite coach Leo Isaac. “Parang first time din ata naming manalo sa Cuneta,” added Isaac, who himself has a losing 0-18 overall record at the Pasay City venue that started since he coached Barako Bull back in 2009 before the win.  Blackwater dropped its previous 11 matches against RoS since joining the league back in 2014 and were 0-10 overall at the historic Pasay City venue.   But the win in a duel that saw 26 lead changes and nine deadlocks needed a lot from Isaac’s young crew. The game was tight until the last two minutes before Mac Belo, who’s slowly getting his groove back after a tough Season 42 that saw him saddled with knee injury, nailed a triple with under two minutes left to create a 90-85 separation. A stop and a pair of charities by Michael DiGregorio sealed the win for the Elite, who bounced back from an opening day 98-103 loss to Meralco a week ago.        Belo finished with 25 points including a 5-of-9 clip from behind the arc while Digregorio and rookie Raymar Jose scored 23 and 12 makers, respectively. “We’re hoping that we could have a good new year and with this win we hope that that it would boost our campaign here in the All-Filipino,” said Isaac.     --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles  .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsDec 29th, 2017

Ang sarap ng feeling -- Blackwater s Jose on first pro win

Blackwater rookie Raymar Jose was on cloud nine after tasting his first win as a professional player. The third overall pick finished with 12 points and eight rebounds in the Elite’s 92-87 win over the Rain or Shine Elasto Painters Friday in the PBA Philippine Cup at the Cuneta Astrodome. He shot 5-of-11 from the field and even held his own against veteran Elasto Painter bruiser Beau Belga in Blackwater’s first win after two outings. “Ang sarap ng feeling. Ang saya na nanalo kami ngayon and nakapag-adjust kami agad na galing kami sa talo at naka-bounce back kami,” said the former Far Eastern University standout. The win was the franchise’s first against Rain or Shine in 12 meetings since Blackwater joined the league in 2014. It was also the Elite’s first win inside the Pasay City venue after 11 tries. The effort and contribution of Jose, who had a 16-point debut in Blackwater’s opening day loss to Meralco a week ago, drew praises from another former FEU star Mac Belo. “Siyempre masaya ako (na kakampi ko siya ulit) kasi matagal kaming magkasama sa FEU and ngayon magkasama na kami sa Blackwater,” said Belo of his teammate. Belo and Jose were the vital cogs during FEU’s championship run in the UAAP back in 2015. “Alam ko naman kung gaano kalaking contribution ang magagawa niya sa team,” added Belo, who finished with a game-high 25 points. “Minsan sinasabihan ko rin pero alam ko naman na, ano si Toto eh, ‘yung aggressiveness niya, ‘yung effort niya talagang ibinibigay niya every game.”   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsDec 29th, 2017

Chris Tiu calls Rain or Shine s loss to Blackwater a disaster

MANILA, Philippines - Chris Tiu did not mince words after the Rain or Shine Elastopainters absorbed its first loss to the Blackwater Elite , 87-92, calling it a “disaster” of a game. Although the Elite had to endure a tough bout until the final buzzer to win their ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsDec 29th, 2017

‘Disaster’ marks end of Rain or Shine’s year

Rain or Shine's ending to the year 2017 wasn't as colorful as it hoped it would be. The Elasto Painters suffered a disappointing 92-87 loss to Blackwater in a game they could've prevented from getting into the wayside. Point guard Chris Tiu said what they put on the defensive end was a sorry excuse against a team that had already began building confidence in the early stages of the match. "Our defense was spotty today, we gave up a lot of open shots, and most of their shots were unchallenged," said Tiu Friday at Cuneta Astrodome. "Blackwater was already feeling confident and they were shooting well especially in the first half." Blackwater tallied 45.5 percent from the th...Keep on reading: ‘Disaster’ marks end of Rain or Shine’s year.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsDec 29th, 2017

BEST OF 5 PART 2: In 2006, the reign of the Red Lion began

Read Part 1 of ABS-CBN Sports’ Best of 5 series on the San Beda Red Lions here. --- San Beda College is the winningest team in all of NCAA basketball. With 21 championships in the Seniors division, they have four more than second-running archrival Colegio de San Juan de Letran. Almost half of that total comes from the last 12 years where the Red Lions have claimed 10 titles. A dozen years ago, Mendiola having the rightful claim as the winningest all but seemed to be a far- fetched idea. Back in 2005, the red and white only had 11 championships in the Seniors division – way behind what the Knights had. THIS ISN’T WHAT YOU KNOW Then, San Beda was not the dynasty that it is now – and not even one of the top contenders as that recognition belonged to Letran and Philippine Christian University. More than that, they were also right smack in the middle of a 28-year title drought, with their last title coming in the late ‘70s. That 1978 championship was under the guidance of famed mentor Bonnie Carbonell. After him, a number of coaches tried to take home the championship for the Red Lions only to come up short time and again. THEN AND NOW Enter Koy Banal in 2005 and continuing into 2006. And just to give him a good start, he brought along the very same Carbonell who was the school’s last vestige of a championship. “I brought in Freddie Abuda sa coaching staff to add to Chito Victolero and JB Sison who were already there. More important was I also got coach Bonnie Carbonell who was my hero,” he shared. He then continued, “He’s the one who inspired me to coach and he was the last coach who gave San Beda a championship.” As it turns out, Carbonell’s arrival was some sort of premonition as that year was the magical season they had long been waiting for. Even Banal, 11 years since and numerous stints in the PBA and PBA D-League after, could not forget that magical season. As he put it, “That year was really special. That is still in my heart, that is still in my memory. You won’t forget those experiences.” THE EARLY BIRD GETS THE WORM So much so that the now 56-year-old head coach could still narrate what had happened then like it was yesterday. The story of San Beda’s modern-day dynasty starts at the end of Season 81 – following another finish outside of the playoff picture. “Right after our last game in Season 81, I just gave the players one week off,” Banal recalled. “I told them Season 82 is already starting for us.” And so, from October of 2005 onto 2006, they were already gearing up for another shot at ending an almost three-decade long title drought. KINGS OF THE QUEEN CITY OF THE SOUTH That gearing up took them as Cebu where, in Banal’s eyes, all came together for them. “Ang key rito is yung aming preparation. I wanted to create adversity kasi nga I wanted to buil their character kaya we went to Cebu,” he said. He then continued, “’Di lang kami sa isang gym naglaro. Nagpunta kami mismo sa campuses – sa UV (University of Visayas), sa UC (University of Cebu), sa USC (University of San Carlos), USJ-R (University of San Jose-Recoletos. Yun talaga yung key kasi araw-araw na laro tapos may practice pa.” He also added, “Dun talaga kami nag-bond kasi biro mo, magkakasama kami ng one week. Dun talaga nabuo ang San Beda.” Still, all those preparations would have been all for naught without game-changing players. CATALYST FOR CHANGE Fortunately for Mendiola, that time also saw them with perhaps the biggest game-changer in the history of the NCAA. Banal’s very first order of business when he took the job was to bring in a big man – and not just a big man, but a dominant big man. “The primary plan was to recruit a dominant big man because that was the problem of San Beda in the previous seasons. The solution to the problem? A six-foot eight-inch powerhouse hailing from Nigeria. “We brought in Sam Ekwe. I believe his arrival turned the tides for us kasi Rookie (of the Year)-MVP, ano pa bang pwedeng ibigay sa kanya nun,” the mentor said. Indeed, from the get-go, Ekwe proved to be a force the league had not seen before and averaged 10.6 points, 16.5 rebounds, and three blocks. While he has always had the tools, Banal said what made him special was that he was more than willing to know more about how to make good use of those tools. “Very dominant, but willing to learn and listen and follow. Kaya I would like to give the credit to Freddie Abuda kasi siya ang tumutok talaga,” he said. BREAKTHROUGH With Ekwe wowing just about everybody all the way to both the MVP and RoY awards, the Red Lions followed his lead all the way to the championship round. There, they bested the Dolphins – then with future PBA stars such as Beau Belga, Jayson Castro, Gabby Espinas – in an epic three-game series. And it wasn’t even until the very last seconds when Belga’s would-be game-winner clanged off the rim and into the hands of Yousif Aljamal that the decision was definite – Mendiola’s title drought has come to an end. For the head coach who ended it all, even at that moment, he knew full well that it wasn’t about him. “Yung iniisip ko talaga, para sa mga players e. Yung sakripisyo nila, nagbunga kaya kung makikita mo yung video nun, bawat isa, umakap sa akin e,” he said. He then continued, “Special talaga yun, nasa puso ko yun at ‘di makakalimutan. Nothing compares to the championship we all won in San Beda.” FULL CIRCLE As if the good ending needed to be even better, that 28-year wait was tied up neatly by the presence of one Bonnie Carbonell – the head coach of the last title before the drought and a consultant of the first title after the drought. “After winning the championship, kami ni coach Bonnie, may maganda kaming kuha na nag-akapan kaming dalawa. ‘Di ko rin makakalimutan yun,” Banal said. Until now, it’s not just Banal who hasn’t forgotten. Nobody at all will be forgetting about San Beda, winners of 10 of the last 12 championships, anytime soon. --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsDec 29th, 2017

Awra, Thirdy, and the the funniest lookalikes in sports

Everyone out here is unique, don't ever let other people tell you otherwise. However, there are 7 billion people on planet Earth, sometimes you just can't help but find someone that looks eerily similar like you. In sports, it happens more than you think. Which is funnier not only for the sports star but for his lookalike and for us normal people as well. Mga Kapamilya, marvel at the best doppelgängers in the land.   LA Tenorio and "LA Tenorio" The most recent of course is LA Tenorio meeting his well... older brother. Related: Tenorio meets "Tenorio" at the Philippine Arena] At the end of Christmas Clasico this year, the Ginebra leader got the shock of his life when he met Lando Pormento Bago. It was so great even Marc Pingris joined in on the fun and had to take a photo with not one, but two, LA Tenorios.   The Spark Ginebra players have a lot of doppelgangers, tbh. [Related: Caguioa look-alike cherishes end of Ginebra's title drought] After the Gin Kings won their first of back-to-back Governors' Cup titles, the long-lost member of the Fast and the Furious showed up. Alvin Corpuz looks and dresses like Mark Caugioa, He also claims that he plays like Caguioa too. Well, okay then.   Biiiiiimb! First of all, Bimby is a national treasure. You can tell that Ms. Kris Aquino is doing a fantastic job of raising him as a single parent. Second of all, Bimby looks like Thomas Torres. Plain and simple. Come on now, how can you not scream "Biiiiiimb!" everytime you see Torres.   The long-lost Ravena Joke all you want about Awra and Thirdy Ravena being lookalikes but what do you know, the high-flying Blue Eagle knows that too and he more or less thinks the same way. Oh yes he does. Even Awra Briguela is hyped for Game 2 of the #UAAPSeason80 Finals! He wishes Ateneo, La Salle, and especially @ThirdyRavenaaa good luck 😂 pic.twitter.com/V10fRZ9tvc — ABS-CBN Sports (@abscbnsports) November 28, 2017 And no, he does not look like Marlou and/or Xander Ford. Come on now.   Mr. President or Hip-hop star? It's amazing how the nickname "Mr. President" stuck with Gabe Norwood just because he looked a lot like Barack Obama when he first came to the PBA. But guess what, Gabe is no longer rocking the same hairstyle as Obama and they don't really look alike nowadays. If you didn't know much about basketball but you appreciate music, you might wonder my J. Cole is playing for Gilas Pilipinas and Rain or Shine. The resemblance is uncanny right?   Do you know any more sports doppelgangers out there? Come @ us.     --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsDec 29th, 2017