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

Prince Caperal always ready to step up for Barangay Ginebra

MANILA, Philippines – Prince Caperal was one of the few bright spots in Barangay Ginebra's 90-102 Game 1 loss to the San Miguel Beermen in their best-of-7 semifinals series Friday, March 9.  Without star center Greg Slaughter, Caperal provided quality minutes for the Gin Kings as he registered 8 points on a 3-of-6 shooting and 5 ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsMar 10th, 2018

Still no timetable for return of Gregzilla

June Mar Fajardo was limited to a season-low nine points to go along with seven rebounds and three assists in Game 1 of the semifinals in the 2018 PBA Philippine Cup. And yet, San Miguel handily beat Ginebra on Friday with Arwind Santos, Marcio Lassiter, Alex Cabagnot, and even Von Pessumal doing the heavy lifting. Japeth Aguilar and little-known Prince Caperal did an admirable job up against the four-time MVP, but they and the rest of the Gin Kings just could not keep up with the rest of the defending champions. As such, the crowd favorites could have really used the difference-maker they have who can bring the same sort of impact as Fajardo. “He would really help out, obviously,” head coach Tim Cone told reporters post-game, referring to sidelined starting center Greg Slaughter. Slaughter, last conference’s Best Player, has been ruled out for over a week due to an ankle injury. And up until now, his return to action is yet to be determined. As Cone put it, “We don’t know yet. He’s day-to-day and we’re hoping to get him back at some point.” As it turns out, the seven-foot big man is has not even taken the court again ever since suffering the injury. “He hasn’t gotten back on the court yet. At this point, it’s still gonna be a couple of days, at least, before we get him back (on the court),” the multi-titled mentor said. Asked about his status, Slaughter himself said he couldn’t put too much pressure on his foot. “The swelling’s going down, but it’s still very painful. I can’t run or jump right now so obviously, I can’t play,” he said. However, the 29-year-old said he will be back out there to help Ginebra the moment doctors clear him to play. “As soon as I can, when they pain is bearable, I’ll be out there. Now is the time to play so I’m trying to get back in there, maybe (even) force it a little bit,” he shared. He then continued, “As soon as I can, I’ll go out there.” --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMar 9th, 2018

Ginebra survies ROS in triple OT in early playoff preview

In the wildest game of the season so far, Brgy. Ginebra walked away with a win to remember in the 2018 PBA Philippine Cup. The Gin Kings needed 63 minutes to dispose Rain or Shine, taking a tough 100-92 decision in triple overtime Friday at the Big Dome. After Ginebra gave up the first three points of the third overtime, the Gin Kings went on a closing run behind the clutch baskets of Sol Mercado and Jervy Cruz to seal the win. Mercado drilled a tough layup to push Ginebra ahead, 94-92, and after ROS missed four straight free throws in the final 90 seconds, Cruz buried a mid-range J for a four-point lead with 34 seconds to go. Rain or Shine could have ended the game in the second overtime but Raymond Almazan failed to complete an alley-oop play in the final 2.2 seconds. Maverick Ahanmisi also missed the follow up. The Elasto Painters also had the final crack at the basket in regulation and in the first overtime but failed to convert each time. Beau Belga missed a mid-range J and Almazan missed the putback in regulation and Belga also missed a wide-open three at the end of the first overtime session. "This is the first good thing that happened to us all whole conference long -- winning tonight's game -- and it took us triple overtime to do it against a team that's really didn't have much to play for," head coach Tim Cone said. Japeth Aguilar was the high man for the Gin Kings, going for 30 points and 17 rebounds in 51 minutes of play. LA Tenorio added 20 in just under 57 minutes of action while Joe Devance dropped 15 points, 13 rebounds, and seven assists with 49 and a half minutes. Scottie Thompson had a 10-point, 17-rebound double-double in almost 40 minutes. Mercado ended up with 10 points and Cruz was good for six, four in the third overtime. As for ROS, Belga finished with 17 points while Gabe Norwood, the lone Elasto Painter to break the 50-minute mark, finished with 13 points. The loss didn't do much for the Elasto Painters as they already qualified for the playoffs. However, their loss enabled Ginebra to take over the no. 4 spot. Regardless of the result, Rain or Shine and Ginebra will meet in the best-of-3 quarterfinals anyway as the 4th-5th seeds. The Ginebra win also sealed the playoff for 8th between TNT and Phoenix, eliminating Blackwater in the process. If ROS had won, the playoff for 8th would have been between the Gin Kings and the Elite and it was the KaTropa that be dropped.   The Scores: Ginebra 100 - J. Aguilar 30, Tenorio 20, Devance 15, Mercado 10, Thompson 10, Cruz 6, Mariano 3, Caguioa 3, Ferrer 3, R. Aguilar 0. Rain or Shine 92 - Belga 17, Norwood 13, Ahanmisi 11, Daquioag 11, Washington 9, Almazan 8, Trollano 8, Borboran 6,  Ponferada 4,Nambatac 3, Maiquez 2,Matias 0. Quarter scores: 26-20, 46-34, 67-62, 80-80, 85-85 (OT1), 87-87 (OT2), 100-92 (OT3)   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMar 2nd, 2018

Bolts get back at Ginebra in the PH Arena to stay alive in the All-Filipino

BOCAUE, Bulacan --- Meralco and Ginebra delivered another classic at the Philippine Arena here. However, unlike Game 7 of the 2017 Governors' Cup Finals, it was the Bolts that took a crucial win Sunday, walking away with an 84-82 win to stay alive in the 2018 PBA Philippine Cup. Jason Ballesteros played hero for Meralco, scoring the go-ahead putback in the final 36 seconds after Chris Newsome and Reynel Hugnatan failed to find the bottom of the net for the Bolts. He also secured a crucial rebound on the other end and drilled one of two free throws with 17 seconds to go to help Meralco pull through. Japeth Aguilar missed a game-winning triple for the Gin Kings to end the contest. "It's just great effort from the guys just knowing the circumstances that had we lost today, we're out of the tournament," head coach Norman Black said. "The guys just came out there and played to get the win," he added. Coming out of nowhere, Ballesteros played 31 minutes and finished with seven points and a career-high 17 rebounds for Meralco. Meanwhile, Garvo Lanete led the Bolts in scoring with 19 points and Anjo Caram dropped 16, also a career high. Hugnatan and Newsome drilled 12 points apiece for the Bolts who are now tied with TNT and Blackwater for 9th place with identical 4-6 records. As for Ginebra, the Gin Kings failed to punch their ticket to the playoffs and are currently stuck in 6th place with a 5-5 mark. Japeth Aguilar led the way for the barangay with 20 points while Scottie Thompson added 17 and 13 rebounds.   The Scores: MERALCO 84 — Lanete 19, Caram 16, Hugnatan 12, Newsome 12, Ballesteros 7, Salva 5, Amer 4, Bono 4, Canaleta 3, Faundo 2, Sedurifa 0, Tolomia 0. GINEBRA 82 — Aguilar 20, Thompson 17, Slaughter 12, Mercado 10, Caguioa 6, Cruz 5, Tenorio 5, Devance 4, Mariano 3, Ferrer 0, Manuel 0. Quarters: 15-20, 45-38, 67-64, 84-82.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsFeb 18th, 2018

Ginebra snaps 3-game slide, deals San Miguel its 1st loss

Ginebra halted its three-game losing skid and dealt San Miguel its first defeat, 100-96, in the 2018 PBA Philippine Cup Sunday night at Smart Araneta Coliseum. Despite missing Greg Slaughter in the rematch of last year's all-Filipino Cup Finals, the Gin Kings drew huge contributions from Jervy Cruz and unheralded big man Raymond Aguilar while also getting big games from LA Tenorio and Japeth Aguilar. Cruz fired 10 of his 17 points in the fourth quarter while Raymond Aguilar stepped up with 16 points. Tenorio had 23 points, four rebounds and six assists while Aguilar also scored 23 to go along with nine rebounds. "It was tough. Who would've thought that we can come out and wi...Keep on reading: Ginebra snaps 3-game slide, deals San Miguel its 1st loss.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJan 28th, 2018

Ginebra still waiting on Ferrer and Mariano to step up

Kevin Ferrer’s three with 2.8 ticks to go on the clock on Friday pulled Ginebra to within three points of Phoenix which led by as much as 24. In the end, time would run out before the Gin Kings would be able to complete the comeback. And in the end, that triple proved to be the only positive impact Ferrer would have in the game which eventually ended as the crowd darlings’ third loss in a row. The second-year forward scored 11 points, but also committed seven turnovers and was a non-factor in defending the likes of Jeff Chan and Matthew Wright. For head coach Tim Cone, much more positive impact from their wing players is needed if they are to turn it around. “We haven’t played well. We haven’t responded well to being undermanned,” he told reporters post-game. He then continued, “We expected guys to step up, specifically Aljon and Kevin. We wanted them to really step up, but they haven’t been capable of playing at the level that we want them to just yet.” Cone and Ginebra are still missing injured Greg Slaughter and Joe Devance as well as a fully-healthy Sol Mercado. That is exactly why they need many more contributors aside from Japeth Aguilar, LA Tenorio, and Scottie Thompson. Unfortunately, Ferrer has averaged 8.3 points and 3.3 turnovers while Mariano has normed 6.7 points and 3.3 turnovers in their three-game slide. Of course, Cone reminded everybody that Ferrer and Mariano are still youngsters. “They’re still young and we’re putting a lot of pressure on them. Their regular role is to be a support player, but we need them to come out and be one of our dominant players,” he said. He then continued, “Obviously, (that’s) asking (for) too much at this point.” The good news, though, is that the multi-titled mentor saw Ginebra’s famed “Never say die” attitude for the first time in the season in their failed comeback against the Fuel Masters. “I thought that (our) last group today fought well. This is the first time we’ve fought the whole conference,” he said. Now, the Gin Kings are hoping they could only build from this......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJan 26th, 2018

Ginebra s signature NSD didn t work, again

For the fourth straight game in te 2018 PBA Philippine Cup, Brgy. Ginebra trailed by double figures. And for the third straight game, Brgy. Ginebra's "Never Say Die" attitude didn't work. The Gin Kings are now on a three-game slide following an 82-87 loss to Phoenix Friday. The score may indicate a close outing but that cannot be farther from the truth as the Fuel Masters jumped on the Gin Kings in the first half, at one part scoring 23 unanswered points. Phoenix led by as many as 24 in the game. It was only the fourth period when Ginebra fought back for real. It was too late. "We got back in the game a little bit. But Phoenix was never really threatened," head coach Tim Cone said following his team's latest disappointing loss. "Guys really have to step up and they haven’t been stepping up, if they’re not gonna step up then we have to look at somebody else," he added, noting on the fact that the Gin Kings continue to miss Greg Slaughter and Joe Devance and the rest of the team can't pick up the slack. While Ginebra is on a three-game skid entering a heavyweight matchup against defending champion San Miguel, Cone can take solace with the fact that the Gin Kings actually fought back this time around. Ginebra erased a 24-point lead and made it a three-point game in the fourth, albeit with only 2.8 seconds left on the clock. "It’s been a tough stretch, you don’t want to play this badly when you go down a couple of guys, you still want to come out. I thought the last group today fought well," Cone said. "That’s the first time we’ve fought the whole conference," he added.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJan 26th, 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 NewsJan 16th, 2018

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

Portland wins 12th straight with 100-87 victory over Detroit

By Anne M. Peterson, Associated Press PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) —Damian Lillard had 24 points, eight assists and seven rebounds, and the Portland Trail Blazers beat the Detroit Pistons 100-87 on Saturday night (Sunday, PHL time) for their 12th straight victory. CJ McCollum added 16 points for the Blazers, who have the longest current winning streak in the league. It's the longest streak for the franchise since it also won 12 in a row in 2002. Portland (43-26) also earned its season-best ninth straight home win -- a timely streak as it tries to hold on to third place in the Western Conference standings. While the Blazers are soaring, the Pistons are struggling. Andre Drummond had 18 points and 22 rebounds in Detroit's 12th consecutive road loss. Blake Griffin had 15 points. The Pistons (30-39) have dropped eight of 10 overall, and currently sit in ninth place in the East. The Pistons trailed by as many as 19 points in the third quarter, but they closed to 84-74 on Stanley Johnson's dunk with 8:18 left. Evan Turner responded with a jumper for the Blazers. After Luke Kennard was whistled for a technical foul, Lillard made a foul shot and McCollum converted a layup to make it 89-74 with 6:19 remaining. Kennard was a game-time decision with a tight hamstring, but he finished with 12 points. Blazers center Jusuf Nurkic got two quick fouls within the first four minutes of the game, so he was replaced by Meyers Leonard. Portland went up 20-9 early. The Blazers led 60-45 at the break. Lillard led all scorers with 12 points. After extending the lead in the third quarter, Lillard went to the bench to start the fourth and it looked as if he might be done for the night. But he returned when Detroit got within 10 points. TIP-INS Pistons: It was the third of a six-game road trip. ... Forward/Center Eric Moreland played at Oregon State. ... Reggie Jackson, who has missed 35 games with a right ankle sprain, participated in a 3-on-3 optional practice earlier this week. Trail Blazers: Terry Stotts tied Nate McMillan for third-most victories as a Blazers coach. Stotts is 266-213. ... The Blazers had lost five straight to the Pistons. ... All five of Portland's starters scored in double figures. UP NEXT The Pistons visit the Sacramento Kings on Monday (Tuesday, PHL time). The Trail Blazers visit the Los Angeles Clippers on Sunday (Monday, PHL time)......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated News15 hr. 24 min. ago

Coach Tim angry at himself, real proud of his players

Ginebra’s campaign in the 2018 PBA Philippine Cup has come to a close. With no answers for three-time defending champion San Miguel, the Gin Kings fell in the best-of-seven semifinals, 1-4. Still, the crowd favorites come away from this series with their heads held high – just like head coach Tim Cone told them to. “Sabi niya sa amin, he was proud of us. Sa dami ng pinagdaanan namin this conference, we still fought ‘til the end,” Japeth Aguilar told reporters post-game. He then continued, “’Di naman kami nagkulang. Malakas lang talaga ang San Miguel.” Aguilar mentioned how, throughout the conference, they played with key cogs Joe Devance, Sol Mercado, and Greg Slaughter sidelined for spells. In the eyes of Cone, that kind of fight merits much credit. As he put it, “Japeth really stepped up and we also got great performances from Prince (Caperal) and Raymond (Aguilar). Sol (Mercado) played real well tonight and Scottie (Thompson) was just incredible all series long.” Thompson had his second career triple-double in the series-ending Game 5 while Caperal and the two Aguilars did an admirable job in filling up for the injured Slaughter. Still, San Miguel proved to be too much for majority of the series – and the multi-titled mentor was the first one to take responsibility for letting it happen. “I’m angry that I didn’t do enough for them. I’m angry that I couldn’t win the games for them,” he said. He then continued, “I’ll be angry at myself and I’ll be real proud of our guys.” For now, Ginebra will just lick its wounds and head into the next conference hungrier. “Sana ma-maintain namin iyong health ng bawat isa. We're looking forward to Justin Brownlee coming back and ayun, we'll take a break muna and just look forward for the next conference,” Aguilar remarked. --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMar 17th, 2018

Cone ‘angry’ at self but ‘proud’ of Gin Kings after semis exit

Ginebra coach Tim Cone said his team shouldn't be ashamed after bowing out in the 2018 PBA Philippine Cup semifinals at the hands of San Miguel. "I'm real proud of our guys," Cone said after the Gin Kings' 94-100 defeat to the Beermen in Game 5 on Saturday. Without Greg Slaughter, the Gin Kings gave the Beermen all it could handle in the hard-fought series. "Despite not having Greg (Slaughter), I thought we did a great battle and one of the coaches said to me what would it be like if they didn't have June Mar, how hard it would be for them. It was that way for us," Cone said. Save for the blowouts in Games 1 and 4, the Gin Kings were in the thick of the fight. They squ...Keep on reading: Cone ‘angry’ at self but ‘proud’ of Gin Kings after semis exit.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsMar 17th, 2018

Cone says Austria totally outcoached him in Ginebra s Game 4 blowout loss

MANILA, Philippines – Tim Cone admitted he lost the battle of tactics against Leo Austria after Barangay Ginebra absorbed an 81-102 rout from the San Miguel Beermen in Game 4 of their best-of-7 semifinals series Thursday, March 15.  The loss pushed the Gin Kings to the brink of crashing ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsMar 16th, 2018

Pons gets vindication in UST win after futile showing against Ateneo

After a crucial loss, Bernadeth Pons got her vindication against Far Eastern University's all-time rival. In the Lady Tamaraws' shock three-set defeat to Ateneo last week, Pons was held to just five measly points afteraveraging 18.67 points a game in the first round of the UAAP Season 80 women's volleyball tournament. It came like a wake-up call for Pons and vowed to a better player in the Lady Tamaraws' next game as the elimination round enters a crucial stretch. She found retribution when she led FEU to a 25-21, 25-21, 25-23 win over University of Santo Tomas on Wednesday where she finished with 15 points. READ:UAAP Volleyball: Ateneo recovers, stops FEU's winning run ...Keep on reading: Pons gets vindication in UST win after futile showing against Ateneo.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsMar 14th, 2018

Caperal on defending June Mar: Sana man lang mahirapan siya

Prince Caperal has been a revelation for Ginebra so far in these PBA semifinals. A a game after he recorded his career-high in points during a loss in Game 2, Caperal once again shined for the Gin Kings in Game 3, playing a starting role in order to help the barangay contain MVP June Mar Fajardo. It sort of worked and Ginebra is on the board, cutting its series deficit to 1-2 following a gutsy victory. "Syempre ang role ko naman kaya nag-first 5 ako is to defend June Mar, kahit papaano may bumangga sa kanya," Caperal said. "Kahit papaano mahirapan siya. June Mar kasi yun eh, four-time MVP so mahirap talaga bantayan. Naka-ilang score din siya kanina di ba? Grabe talaga. Ayun lang, dapat ready ako sa kanya palagi, sana man lang mahirapan siya, yun lang naman talaga yung role ko." he added of Fajardo. While Fajardo still ended up with 23 points, he was only good for five in the opening half. That's when Ginebra took control of the game, setting the tone for the finish which mirrored that of Game 2 except for the fact that Ginebra actually managed to hold on this time around. And the Gin Kings did, thanks to Caperal again, who drilled a booming three with five minutes to go, stopping San Migue's momentum to turn a three-point lead into six points. After 26 points in Game 2, Caperal finished with a solid 12 points for the barangay in Game 3. "Paubos na shot clock eh, all bets are off na. Titira ko talaga yun. Lucky, pumasok. Parang big shot yun, it feels good na crucial. Buti na lang talaga pumasok," he said.     --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMar 13th, 2018

Arwind after Game 3 loss to Ginebra: Yung lima nagiging walo

Arwind Santos was one of San Miguel's heroes in Game 2 against Ginebra. In Game 3? Not so much. With the Beermen finally losing a game in the PBA playoffs, the ever quotable former league MVP had a pretty interesting take on what went wrong for his team Tuesday at the MOA Arena. "May mga shadow eh. Parang may mga shadow yung mga players kanina eh. Parang yung lima nagiging walo," Arwind said, obviously referring to the officiating. "Parang ganun eh, kaya nahihirapan kami bantayan kasi lima yung kalaban pero nagiging walo. Ewan ko kung sobrang bilis kaya may shadow?" he added, wondering on the mysteries of life. One quick look at the stats will reveal that San Miguel actually shot more free throws than Ginebra, 25 to 16. The foul story was close too, with the Gin Kings called for 18 and the Beermen whistled for 16. But still, Santos maintains his stance about the game. "Ako masasabi ko sa game na to, nakakatawa. Muntik pa sila. Yun lang," Arwind said. Game 4 is set Thursday still at the MOA Arena.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMar 13th, 2018

After resting on their 'lauriat,' Beermen might need Chowking to recover

It appears that for one game, San Miguel rested on its "lauriat." The now infamous mistake from Game 1 has turned into a running joke for Austria and following a Game 3 loss to the Gin Kings Tuesday in the Philippine Cup semifinals, the champion coach says that his wards might need a good serving of Chowking to get their energy back. "Probably, para ganahan itong mga ito. Baka kulang sa protina eh," coach Leo said with a laugh. But turning serious, Austria says that the Beermen need to have better starts against the Gin Kings as this series continues to move forward. For the second straight game, San Miguel failed to jump on Ginebra early. And unlike in Game 2, the Beermen failed to make a comeback in Game 3. "It's obvious that we didn't have a good start and then they capitalized on it," Austria said. "We're no focused. Alam naman namin na ganito mangyayari pero nanyari pa rin." he added. Dropping a game in these playoffs should be a nice wakeup call for the Beermen. And the champs should regain their focus come Game 4. "We cannot always play a perfect game. It happens. I think, it's a good wake up call para sa amin," Austria said. "I hope na marealize ng team namin kung ano iyong kailangan nilang gawin," he added.     --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMar 13th, 2018

Ginebra just finding ways to solve its big June Mar problem

June Mar Fajardo is a handful for most PBA teams. Brgy. Ginebra was supposed to be the one that should match up well with the Kraken with its imposing frontline led by Greg Slaughter. But Greg Slaughter is still out indefinitely with an ankle injury and it's proving to be tough for the Gin Kings to contain the reigning four-time league MVP. In Game 3 of their semifinals series Tuesday, Fajardo went for 23 points, 18 in the second half, on top of 16 rebounds. Fortunately for the barangay, they were able to pull through with a win, cutting their series deficit in half, 1-2. That doesn't mean they've solde their June Mar problem though. "We're throwing everything at June Mar, I mean, our kitchen sink, whatever. Our toilets," Ginebra head coach Tim Cone said. "We're throwing everything at him and he finds a way, it's amazing. He's an amazing player. It's not just that he's good, is just that he's so intelligent. His basketball IQ is just off the charts," he added. Despite June Mar still being a problem, Cone likes the way his team fought in the must-win Game 3. Now he hopes the Gin Kings can continue to momentum as they hope to further extend this series. "Our guys I thought played a special game tonight so hopefully we can carry over," Cone said. "At least we're back in it. Go down 3-0, that was it. This was our do-or-die game, we felt. So we got another do-or-die game on Thursday," he added.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMar 13th, 2018