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Beermen clinch no. 1 behind Arwind's MVP outing

Looks like Arwind Santos is truly serious about challenging teammate June Mar Fajardo for this season's PBA Most Valuable Player award. The 2013 PBA MVP came away with his biggest performance of the 2017 Philippine Cup so far and led two-time defending champion San Miguel Beer past Globalport, 106-100, Saturday at the Hoops Dome in Lapu-Lapu City, Cebu. Santos finished with a season-high 31 points on an efficient 58 percent shooting from the field. The Spider-Man also added 10 rebounds and two dimes as the Beermen won an eight straight game to officially clinch no. 1 with a near-perfect 9-1 record. With the Batang Pier keeping things close, Arwind scored seven points in the last three minutes that helped turn a 95-93 San Miguel lead into a 105-100 advantage with eight seconds left. Aside from Santos, Marcio Lassiter came through for the champs, finishing with 22 points, while Fajardo dropped a 19-point, 15-rebound double-double in front of his hometown crowd. Stanley Pringle led Globalport with 21 points but running mate Terrence Romeo, who came into the game averaging a league-best 27.6 points per game, struggled for only 16 on 4-of-14 shooting. The loss also put a damper in the Batang Pier's quest for a top-2 spot as they are now stuck in a five-way tie behind the Beermen with a 5-4 mark.   br /> The scores: SAN MIGUEL 106 - Santos 31, Lassiter 22, Fajardo 19, Heruela 10, Garcia 8, Tubid 8, Espinas 5, Ross 2, De Ocampo 1, McCarthy 0. GLOBALPORT 100 - Pringle 21, Romeo 16, Canaleta 14, Cortez 11, Aban 10, Quinahan 9, Pessumal 8, Mamaril 6, Urbiztondo 3, Andrada 2, Maierhofer 0. Quarters: 22-21, 51-50, 81-81, 106-100   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8 .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJan 21st, 2017

Batang Pier go for top-2 spot against champion SMB

For the seond straight week, two-time defending Philippine Cup champion San Miguel will face the number 2 team in the PBA. But with the Beermen already secured of a quarterfinal slot and a twice-to-beat advantage, this no. 1 vs. no. 2 matchup is certainly more important for the Globalport Batang Pier who currently hold solo second place in the season-opening conference. Entereing this Lapu-Lapu City matchup as winners of back-to-back games, the 5-3 Batang Pier got solo second after Rain or Shine lost Friday to Meralco. But with teams stacked up with five wins apiece, a big victory by the Terrence Romeo and co. will mean a greater chance for the Batang Pier to secure a playoff bonus alongside the Beermen. However, it's not like the chance have nothing at stake here though. Winners of seven straight and currently holding a league-best 8-1 card, one more win by San Miguel means that the Beermen will be the number one overall seed throughout the playoffs. And as winners of the last two All-Filipino tournaments, number one is something that the Beermen have grown accustomed to. Also, reigning three-time MVP June Mar Fajardo wouldn't want to disappoint his hometown crowd right? Gametime is set the the Hopes Dome in Lapu-Lapu at 5:00 p.m. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJan 21st, 2017

Champion Beermen clash with Blackwater to open 2017

Following a much-needed holiday break, action in the PBA Philippine Cup continues Friday with two-time defending champion San Miguel Beer looking to pick up where it left off from 2016. The champs, with a league-leading 5-1 record, are looking to start the year right against the surprising Blackwater Elite. Winners of their last four, another victory by the Beermen would put them 1.5 games ahead of the nearest competition, making an early run at the playoffs and a twice-to-beat advantage in the quarterfinals. Meanwhile, the Elite are out to bounce back following a Christmas nightmare after losing to the previously winless Mahindra Floodbuster in overtime. A win by Blackwater in that game, which they led by 15 points in the fourth quarter, would have made the Ever Bilena franchise a top 2 team entering 2017. However, the Elite now settle with a 4-3 record heading into a matchup against the red-hot Beermen. Gametime is set at 7:00 p.m. at the MOA Arena. In the first game at 4:15 p.m., both Globalport and Meralco have the chance to erase some bitter holiday memories as both squads sqaure off following separate losing skids. After an impressive 3-1 start, the Batang Pier lost two games over in one week around Christmas that pust back to .500 with a 3-3 record. Meanwhile, the Bolts' Philippine Cup struggles appear to have resurfaced as Meralco has lost three in a row for a 2-4 mark. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJan 5th, 2017

Batang Pier hold off Beermen in Antipolo for second win

The Batang Pier got the start they wanted and just have enough to finish off th defending champs. GlobalPort got its second win in a row after a big 98-92 decision over San Miguel Friday at the Ynares Center in Antipolo for the PBA Governors' .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsAug 19th, 2016

Rejuvenated Batang Pier go for win no. 2 against SMB

Basketball gods are playing all of us if the San Miguel-GlobalPort game goes to double overtime as well. Winners from the PBA's historic playdate last Sunday, both the Beermen and the Batang Pier square off at the Ynares Center in Antipolo Fri.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsAug 18th, 2016

Beermen, Batang Pier prevail in 2 OTs

Beermen, Batang Pier prevail in 2 OTs.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsAug 14th, 2016

PBA: Crucial stretch coming up for Northport says Anthony

For the second time this season, Northport has started a conference with a 2-0 mark. Following a win against NLEX Saturday, the Batang Pier are 2-0 in the 2019 PBA Commissioner’s Cup. Of course, they had the same record in the All-Filipino and then went on to lose six straight games. They ended up missing the playoffs. Northport wants to avoid that this time around. “We just gotta figure out how to keep winning as a team,” forward Sean Anthony said. “Games don’t get easier. We got TNT and then all three San Miguel teams. So it’s gonna be a big stretch for us coming up. We gotta buckle down and just keep getting better,” he added. Against NLEX, Northport had to scramble late just to pick up a win. The Road Warriors were without an import and the Batang Pier were still without star guard Stanley Pringle. “It’s a big win anytime you’re missing your best player and your team can pull off wins,” Anthony said.   — Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMay 25th, 2019

PBA: One game at a time for Anthony, Northport

With a strong opening win, things are looking up for Northport in the 2019 PBA Commissioner’s Cup. However, the Batang Pier are not too high on this one, even if they just blasted a team like the Alaska Aces. Northport also had a strong opening win in the Philippine Cup — the team had two in fact — and then went on to lose six straight, eventually missing out on the playoffs. And so while a 22-point victory against the Aces was nice, the Batang Pier are keeping things grounded. “We just want to take games one game at a time. We don't want to get too up or too down,” forward Sean Anthony said. “We just go back to the drawing board tomorrow and we'll scout this NLEX game on the way home and we'll get ready for them and try to do more of the same stuff,” he added. This early in the new conference, Northport does have some key stuff to capitalize on to avoid a mid-tournament collapse like last time. The Batang Pier were impressive against Alaska even without top star Stanley Pringle and a “decent” game from import Prince Ibeh. Northport’s defense was a bright spot as well. “You saw the ball move to open guys and guys hitting big shots. A lot of assists, a lot of ball movement. But more than that, great defense. I think last conference, we had one of the worst defenses in the league and here, we held Alaska to 81,” Anthony said. “We held a great team like Alaska to that and we made sure we brought in Prince [Ibeh], who stepped up huge and is a great rim protector,” he added.   — Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMay 23rd, 2019

Batang Pier maul Aces for 1st PBA win

Batang Pier maul Aces for 1st PBA win.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsMay 23rd, 2019

PBA: Pringle at “80 percent” after surgery to remove bone spurs

ANTIPOLO CITY, Rizal — Star guard Stanley Pringle was out of Northport’s first win in the 2019 PBA Commissioner’s Cup. Pringle was in uniform and present at the Ynares Center here Wednesday but he didn’t see action as he was still recovering from surgery to remove bone spurs in his foot. Stanley expected to return for the Batang Pier’s next game Saturday but he’ll see how he feels. The Northport guard says he’s about at 80 percent for the moment. “I’m feeling good, I’m already running. I think yesterday I’ve been running full speed. I’m just trying to work on the endurance right now. I got about 2-3 bone spurs removed about four weeks ago,” Pringle said. “I’m about 80 percent right now. I’ll see how it is Saturday,” he added. Pringle revealed that it’s not his first time to deal with bone spurs though this latest one started to cause trouble towards the end of the Philippine Cup. “For bone spurs this is about the third time actually,” Pringle said. “Nothing new. I’m not even worried about it, I’m just waiting for my endurance to come back and I’m ready to go,” he added. — Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMay 22nd, 2019

PBA: Horrible game – Compton on Alaska’s blowout loss

ANTIPOLO CITY --- Alaska head coach Alex Compton didn’t need a long explanation for the beat down the Aces suffered at the hands of NorthPort on Wednesday. He described it in the most accurate and simplest way possible. “Horrible game,” said a very frustrated Compton following Alaska’s 81-103 defeat in the 2019 PBA Commissioner’s Cup at the Ynares Sports Center here.   The Aces looked sluggish the whole game, lacking the energy and intensity they had when they stopped Columbian Dyip in their tracks last Sunday to open the import-laden conference. “I don’t know how that happened. We didn’t have a hard practice. I find no excuse for that. They should’ve been fresh,” said Compton. The Aces shot 31-of-78 from the field and committed 20 turnovers that the Batang Pier converted to 23 points.   And they bricked more than half of their free throws. “I think we’re 10-for-24 from the line,” Compton said. “We had an effort that did nothing in the game.”   NorthPort had an easy time dismantling Alaska in the second half, turning a 51-42 halftime lead to a 103-79 advantage late in the payoff period. Import Robert Daniels led the Aces, whose only taste of the lead is at the start of the game at 3-2, with 21 points and 13 boards while Simon Enciso and Jesper Ayaay were the only locals with significant contributions with 10 markers each.     “Coach Pido (Jarencio) deserves credit. He did an excellent job, really, really great job,” said Compton referring to NorthPort’s great debut. “But I don’t control whatever job he does, I’m worried about us.” Compton declined to answer what he said to his team after the game. “I think I’m not allowed to say that. That’s not the way we play,” he said before excusing himself from the media after just a minute and a half postgame interview.     ---   Follow this game on Twitter, @fromtheriles.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMay 22nd, 2019

PBA: Ibeh wants more after “decent” debut for Northport

ANTIPOLO CITY, Rizal — Northport import Prince Ibeh had a solid PBA debut Wednesday at the Ynares Center here. Suiting up for the Batang Pier to start the 2019 Commissioner’s Cup, Ibeh played 40 minutes and shot 64 percent for 19 points to go along with 13 rebounds, three steals, and two blocks. More importantly, Ibeh got his first PBA win as Northport cruised past Alaska, 103-81. Still, Ibeh says he has some things to improve on for his maiden PBA stint. “Yeah I wanna see more from myself,” he said. “My expectations are higher than the performance I had today,” Ibeh added. Ibeh is confident he can get it going soon enough but for now, he’s okay with his debut performace. It also not that bad since his locals had a nice outing as well with four others getting into double figures led by Sean Anthony’s 22 points. “My teammates did a good job helping me kinda get the feel for pace and the style of fhe league,” Ibeh said. “I think it was a pretty decent game for our first outing,” he added.   — Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMay 22nd, 2019

Aces battle Batang Pier, shoot for 2nd triumph

Aces battle Batang Pier, shoot for 2nd triumph.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsMay 22nd, 2019

Aces go for 2-0 card in Commish Cup

OPENED their campaign in the Philippine Basketball Association Commissioner’s Cup with a victory, the Alaska Aces look to continue rolling when they trek back to the court today and take on the debuting Northport Batang Pier......»»

Category: newsSource:  bworldonlineRelated NewsMay 21st, 2019

PBA Finals: 5-peat is forever for San Miguel Beer

In the PBA, San Miguel Beer’s All-Filipino dynasty will come to an end at some point. The Beermen will eventually lose and they don’t even have to be in the Finals to do so. Nothing in the world lasts forever. Except for San Miguel’s unprecedented record of five straight Philippine Cup titles. The Beermen can never win an All-Filipino title ever but their streak of five straight titles may never get matched much less broken. “This championship is really special because a lot of people thought na the dynasty will be broken. Sabi nga nila, there’s no forever at itong dynasty will not be forever eh,” head coach Leo Austria said. “But we’re so thankful to get this 5-peat. This is the legacy of our team. I cannot explain how happy we are,” he added. The Beermen’s huge feat will be hard to match and surpass but it’s totally not impossible. However, it could take a while and this San Miguel team is perfectly happy to take in all the bragging rights of being a five-peat champion until they  do it again next year and become a 6-peat champ. “Anything could be possible, alam naman natin miracles could happen anytime and I think happened [in Game 7] is really for us,” Austria said. “I don’t think this will be broken in the near future but sabi ko nga eh, a record is there to be broken. But I hope na habang nabubuhay kami, huwag na muna,” Coach Leo added with a laugh.   — Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMay 17th, 2019

Meet the newest basketball brothers: Bradwyn and Jerwyn Guinto

Among the crowd watching the Lyceum of the Philippines University Pirates take on the College of Saint Benilde Blazers was Bradwyn Guinto, who is now plying his basketball trade with the NorthPort Batang Pier in the PBA......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsMay 7th, 2019

Beermen rip B Pier, seal No. 1 position

MANILA, Philippines - Cebuano behemoth June Mar Fajardo, with big help from teammates Arwind Santos and Marcio Lassiter, made a sweet homecoming in his home.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJan 21st, 2017

Elite face biggest Philippine Cup test against Ginebra

If Blackwater is truly serious about being a true PBA contender, then passing a crucial test Friday is going to be big for the Elite. Fresh from winning their fifth game last week, their most in one conference and only two short of their entire total last season, the Elite battle Brgy. Ginebra San Miguel with a chance to go for a top 2 finish on the line. With one playoff bonus still up for grabs, a win by Blackwater certainly gives the Ever Bilena franchise an inside track especially since eight teams basically remain in contention to join defending champion San Miguel Beer at the top. Being one of those eight teams, the Gin Kings would like to further their own campaign by notching what would be their first winning streak for the season. Through eight games so far, the reigning Governors' Cup champions have stumbled to an even 4-4 mark but the team is coming off a huge win over rival Meralco back in Iloilo City. Gametime is set at 7:00 p.m. from the Cuneta Astrodome. Also one of the eight teams in contention for a top 2 spot, Rain or Shine takes on a free-falling Meralco Bolts in the first game at 4:15 p.m., looking to bounce back from a sorry loss at the hands of the Beermen. Armed with a 5-3 record, the Elasto Painters are out to make sure they maintain solo second place for at least a day while the Bolts simply want to arrest a six-game slide. The Bolts are currently tied for last place with a woeful 2-7 card. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJan 20th, 2017

Sumang's surge gets rewarded with POW citation

Roi Sumang is starting to show his true potential after spending much of his rookie season in obscurity. Selected 27th overall by GlobalPort in 2015, the pint-sized Sumang only played 27 games in 8.4 minutes, producing underwhelming numbers of 3.4 points, 0.7 rebound and 0.7 assist with the GlobalPort Batang Pier and late in his rookie year, with the Blackwater Elite. But the former University of the East star seemed right at home now with Blackwater. Coming off the bench, Sumang provided the big spark, firing 17 of his 19 points in the second half as Blackwater pulled the rug from under fancied Alaska, 103-100 on Sunday for a franchise-best fifth win. The 26-year-old Sumang showed quick hands and feet, attacking Alaska’s defense repeatedly with hard drive to the basket to help Blackwater establish a double-digit spread in the final period. Although the Aces came back strong, Sumang and veteran teammate Denok Miranda sank crucial free throws late in the game to seal the win. But more importantly, the native of Tondo, Manila was a steady defensive presence after finishing the game with 3 steals, while issuing 2 assists to seal the win for Blackwater. Sumang’s sterling effort earned him the Accel-PBA Press Corps Player of the Week for the period of Jan. 9-15, beating the likes of Mahindra guard Philip Paniamogan, San Miguel Beer slot man June Mar Fajardo, GlobalPort high-scoring guard Terrence Romeo, Barangay Ginebra forward Joe Devance, Star wingman Allen Maliksi and big man Ian Sangalang as well as Calvin Abueva of Alaska. Although Sumang also took home the Best Player of game honors, the diminutive Blackwater playmaker vows to work harder in practice as the Elite shoot for a playoff spot in the All-Filipino conference.  Blackwater clashes with Barangay Ginebra this Friday, before closing its elimination round assignment against Star on January 25. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJan 16th, 2017

Sumang's surge gets reward with POW citation

Roi Sumang is starting to show his true potential after spending much of his rookie season in obscurity. Selected 27th overall by GlobalPort in 2015, the pint-sized Sumang only played 27 games in 8.4 minutes, producing underwhelming numbers of 3.4 points, 0.7 rebound and 0.7 assist with the GlobalPort Batang Pier and late in his rookie year, with the Blackwater Elite. But the former University of the East star seemed right at home now with Blackwater. Coming off the bench, Sumang provided the big spark, firing 17 of his 19 points in the second half as Blackwater pulled the rug from under fancied Alaska, 103-100 on Sunday for a franchise-best fifth win. The 26-year-old Sumang showed quick hands and feet, attacking Alaska’s defense repeatedly with hard drive to the basket to help Blackwater establish a double-digit spread in the final period. Although the Aces came back strong, Sumang and veteran teammate Denok Miranda sank crucial free throws late in the game to seal the win. But more importantly, the native of Tondo, Manila was a steady defensive presence after finishing the game with 3 steals, while issuing 2 assists to seal the win for Blackwater. Sumang’s sterling effort earned him the Accel-PBA Press Corps Player of the Week for the period of Jan. 9-15, beating the likes of Mahindra guard Philip Paniamogan, San Miguel Beer slot man June Mar Fajardo, GlobalPort high-scoring guard Terrence Romeo, Barangay Ginebra forward Joe Devance, Star wingman Allen Maliksi and big man Ian Sangalang as well as Calvin Abueva of Alaska. Although Sumang also took home the Best Player of game honors, the diminutive Blackwater playmaker vows to work harder in practice as the Elite shoot for a playoff spot in the All-Filipino conference.  Blackwater clashes with Barangay Ginebra this Friday, before closing its elimination round assignment against Star on January 25. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJan 16th, 2017