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Beermen rally to stun KaTropa, seize pivotal 3-2 lead

The Beermen stand on the verge of winning the PBA Commissioner's Cup crown......»»

Category: sportsSource: philstar philstarAug 14th, 2019

Rain or Shine survives San Miguel rally to stun Beermen in Cebu

Lapu-Lapu City, Cebu—Rain or Shine survived a late-game rally to escape with a 91-85 win over San Miguel Beer in a PBA Governors’ Cup game Saturday night, November 9, 2019, at the Hoops Dome here. The Elasto Painters les by as many as 22, 65-43, in the second half but saw that lead cut to […] The post Rain or Shine survives San Miguel rally to stun Beermen in Cebu appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsNov 9th, 2019

PBA Finals By the Numbers: One more to go

San Miguel Beer is pretty much inevitable, right? After Game 5, the Beermen are all of a sudden on the brink of yet another PBA title and they now lead the 2019 PBA Commissioner’s Cup Finals against TNT, 3-2. TNT will now need some Tony Stark level of switcheroo to pull this one off or the Beermen will continue to pad their lead against all PBA teams with an incredible 27 championships. But before that, one last By the Numbers look for San Miguel’s amazing Game 5 win.   19 Total points for San Miguel import Chris McCullough in that incredible fourth-quarter run. C-Mac outscored TNT by himself in the last 12 minutes, 19-14, as he willed the Beermen to victory in the final quarter. His basket over the defense of Terrence Jones late finally pushed San Miguel ahead, 95-94, which would later turn into a 99-94 win.   16 Largest lead of the night for the KaTropa. After scoring the first five points in the fourth quarter, TNT was up by 16, 85-69. It went downhill after that. Chris McCullough scored 19 points and the Beermen went on a 30-9 run to end the game for the win.   96 Combined minutes for imports Terrence Jones and Chris McCullough. The two imports did not rest in the pivotal Game 5 for TNT and San Miguel respectively however, the younger McCullough got the upper hand late as he just had the extra bounce in his step during crunch time. They both scored 35 points each in Game 5.   22 Total points for Terrence Romeo. Bro fired 15 points in the opening period as he kept San Miguel within striking distance of TNT. If the Beermen are to win this championship, Romeo is a darkhorse candidate for Finals MVP, he’s been that impactful off the bench for San Miguel Beer.   14 Total three-pointers for TNT. Despite the monumental collapse, the KaTropa were still on target from deep, connecting 14 treys on 34 percent shooting.  Jayson Castro and RR Pogoy had four triples each while Terrence Jones was good for another three. TNT is still playing well in these Finals, they just have to finish. Game 6 is Friday at the Big Dome.   — Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsAug 15th, 2019

KaTropa know full well they can t keep coming from behind in PBA Finals

TNT ran out of gas at the end of Game 4 of the 2019 PBA Commissioners' Cup Finals, Sunday at Araneta Coliseum. Battling back from being down by as much as 15 in the third quarter, the KaTropa could only come as close as two points for the remainder of the game. And in the end, they only saw San Miguel Beer knot up the best-of-seven championship series at 2-2. Of course, TNT could do nothing but lament the fact that it was at the wrong end of another killer run. "Start ng fourth quarter, ang laki na naman ng hinabol namin. For us to win, dapat 'di kami naghahabol," Jayson Castro told reporters post-game. In Game 4, the KaTropa actually had a one-point lead at halftime before the Beermen used a 12-0 run to mount the lead they would never relinquish. In Game 2, also a loss, the KaTropa also had to chase down a 14-point deficit after two quarters. And even in their Game 1 win, the KaTropa fell behind, 35-19, following the opening salvo. That could not keep happening if the flagship team of the MVP group is to win its first championship since 2015. "I feel like we're putting ourselves in a hole then climbing out of it, win or lose. We have to focus on starting the way we finish," Terrence Jones said. He then continued, "I think we're finishing games with desperation on defense and aggressiveness and everybody's trying to win. If we start games how we played in the second half, I think we'll be good." TNT would hope for just that when they re-engage with San Miguel in the pivotal Game 5, Wednesday still at the same venue. --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsAug 11th, 2019

PBA Finals: Second quarter meltdown buries SMB, 1-2, in Finals series

San Miguel Beer for the first time in the 2019 PBA Commissioner’s Cup Finals series took control of the game early. The Beermen even held a 17-point lead to start the second quarter. Then everything went south from there. SMB squandered a big lead and allowed TNT KaTropa to mount a pivotal counterattack to turn the tables around as they hand the Beermen a 105-115 beating in Game 3 of the best-of-seven series on Friday at the Big Dome. The KaTropa took a 2-1 series lead. The Beermen actually shot better from the field with a 38-of-81 clip compared to TNT’s 35-of-82 but the KaTropa made an amazing 24-0 run in the second quarter that shifted the momentum on their side and SMB had no answer.    “Well ah, if we look at the stats makikita n’yo almost even. Still mataas pa rin kami sa shooting percentage but napabayaan namin ang lead namin nu’ng first quarter,” said SMB coach Leo Austria. “Although, first time namin na nagkaroon ng good start I think lumamang kami ng 16 (sic) but in the second quarter we allowed them to play their game.” The Beermen built their biggest lead, 36-19, off a Terrence Romeo triple to open the second period only to see TNT ignite a blitz. Terrence Jones sparked the KaTropa’s run with a lay-up. The TNT import scored 11 more points in the run capped by a trey that gave KaTropa a 43-36 advantage with just 4:29 left before the half. TNT entered halftime with a 55-50 lead.   “Nagkaroon kami ng kaunting scramble sa offense and defense,” said Austria. The mentor also felt that his wards veered away from their game plan.   “We’re trying to get the ball to June Mar (Fajardo) but something happened kumbaga the players ay talagang may iniisip din na magpapanalo sa team but hindi nangyari yun,” he said. “We’re not able to get some good breaks and a little bit panic siguro noong nakahabol sila,” Austria added. “In the second half they were able to control the game.” TNT also shot better from the outside with 15 triples compared to SMB’s eight. Jones hit 5-of-9 from the outside, Roger Pogoy also had 5-of-9 while Don Trollano nailed three, causing a SMB a big headache that Austria hope they could address in Game 4. “We were able to recover in the third quarter but they were really focused and hungrier. Then some of our shots hindi pumasok eh especially coming from those players na gumawa before,” said Austria. “Makikita naman natin eh. Eight out of 26 three points against (15) of 38. I think that’s one thing na kailangang ma-solve ulit namin.” Game 4 is on Sunday.     --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsAug 9th, 2019

LIVE UPDATES - PBA Governors Cup 2019 Finals: Ginebra vs. Meralco Game 2

For the third time in four seasons powerhouse franchises Barangay Ginebra and Meralco square off in the finals of the PBA's season-ending conference, the 2019 Governors' Cup.  Led by super-import Justin Brownlee and local stars such as LA Tenorio, Scottie Thompson, Stanley Pringle, and Japeth Aguilar, the fan-favorite fourth-seeded Gin Kings bested sister-team San Miguel and NorthPort en route to another Governors' Cup Finals berth.  The second-seeded Bolts, powered by two-time Best Import Allen Durham and the likes of Baser Amer, Raymond Almazan, Chris Newsome and rookie sensation Bong Quinto, took down Alaska and Talk N' Text on their way to another Governors' Cup Finals matchup against Ginebra. Ginebra has had Meralco's number in the last two Finals pairings, with the Gin Kings winning 4-2 back in the 2015-2016 season and 4-3 the following year.  After a 91 - 87 victory in Game 1, can the Gin Kings continue to reign over the Bolts, or will Meralco even up the series?  Game 1 tips off on Friday, January 10th at 7:00 PM, LIVE from the Araneta Coliseum in Cubao, Quezon City.  Join us as we bring you live updates here!  MERALCO SURVIVES GINEBRA ONSLAUGHT END OF 3: The Gin Kings gain ground with a huge run but Meralco maintains an 82-76 lead in Lucena#PBAFinals — Paul Kennedy Lintag (@paullintag8) January 10, 2020   TIED BALLGAME! Brownlee! Tied at 70#PBAFinals — Paul Kennedy Lintag (@paullintag8) January 10, 2020 ???? Brownlee floats it in, TABLA NA!#2019GovsCupFinals #PBAFinals pic.twitter.com/8ICHY3ZupY — PBA (@pbaconnect) January 10, 2020 STRONG START IN THIRD QUARTER BY GINEBRA ???? STANLEY PRINGLE BANGGGGG! Baba sa dalawa ang hinahabol ng Barangay Ginebra!#2019GovsCupFinals #PBAFinals pic.twitter.com/nXWP8EHL7J — PBA (@pbaconnect) January 10, 2020 ???? Stanley Pringle connects on the open corner bomb!#2019GovsCupFinals #PBAFinals pic.twitter.com/0Qd2KZpfMn — PBA (@pbaconnect) January 10, 2020 ???? LA Tenorio takes it away and lays it in! 8-0 run mula sa Ginebra para simulan ang third quarter!#2019GovsCupFinals #PBAFinals pic.twitter.com/zbSVW6BVjP — PBA (@pbaconnect) January 10, 2020   BOLTS STILL ELECTRIC Meralco's Chris Newsome beats the buzzer for a 63 - 46 halftime lead. HALFTIME: Newsome beats the buzzer and Meralco will take a 63-46 lead over Ginebra at the break#PBAFinals — Paul Kennedy Lintag (@paullintag8) January 10, 2020 ALMAZAN RESTORES ORDER Three straight hits for Almazan and it’s 52-40 Meralco. Timeout on the floor#PBAFinals — Paul Kennedy Lintag (@paullintag8) January 10, 2020   GINEBRA MOUNTING A RALLY Caguioa jumper! Meralco lead down to five, 41-36#PBAFinals — Paul Kennedy Lintag (@paullintag8) January 10, 2020 ???? BROWNLEE WITH SOME SAUCE ????#2019GovsCupFinals#PBAFinals pic.twitter.com/axvsdF6GpU — PBA (@pbaconnect) January 10, 2020 ???? Justin Brownlee MONEY on the pull up!#2019GovsCupFinals#PBAFinals pic.twitter.com/KkMHYhD6rz — PBA (@pbaconnect) January 10, 2020 BOLTS WITH 15-POINT BULGE AFTER FIRST Powered by John Pinto's hot shooting off the bench, Meralco posts a 36 - 21 lead over Ginebra after the first period. END OF 1: Bolts unleash a 30-8 run after calling their first timeout of Game 2. Meralco leads Ginebra, 36-21, in Lucena#PBAFinals — Paul Kennedy Lintag (@paullintag8) January 10, 2020 PINTO HITS FOURTH TRIPLE! Pinto hits his third and fourth triples of the opening period in back-to-back possessions. Ginebra calls for time again as the Bolts are now up by 14. 31-17 Meralco with two minutes to go in the first#PBAFinals — Paul Kennedy Lintag (@paullintag8) January 10, 2020   MERALCO GOES ON 10-0 RUN TO SEIZE UPPER HAND 10-0 Meralco run after Pinto hits the corner three. Ginebra calls for time as the Bolts take over, 16-13#PBAFinals — Paul Kennedy Lintag (@paullintag8) January 10, 2020 ???? John Pinto launches and buries his second three of 1Q!#2019GovsCupFinals#PBAFinals pic.twitter.com/SmBapCUIbC — PBA (@pbaconnect) January 10, 2020   GINEBRA IN CONTROL EARLY Six straight points for Brownlee plus a Scottie layup on the break. Early “Ginebra” chants as the Gin Kings lead, 13-6. Timeout Meralco#PBAFinals — Paul Kennedy Lintag (@paullintag8) January 10, 2020 ???? Justin Brownlee spins and scores against Almazan!#2019GovsCupFinals#PBAFinals pic.twitter.com/6wlxeLnVGY — PBA (@pbaconnect) January 10, 2020 ???? Thompson wala, Brownlee on the tip-in! #2019GovsCupFinals#PBAFinals pic.twitter.com/xPPe2HZMl7 — PBA (@pbaconnect) January 10, 2020 8:44 1q Brownlee attacks, gets fouled by Almazan. 2/2 for Justin; 9-6 Ginebra #2019GovsCupFinals — PBA (@pbaconnect) January 10, 2020   BROWNLEE OPENS GAME WITH A TRIPLE 11:38 1q Unang pukol! Baaaaang 3?? Brownlee! #2019GovsCupFinals — PBA (@pbaconnect) January 10, 2020 ???? Brownlee tres ang panimula sa Game 2! #2019GovsCupFinals#PBAFinals pic.twitter.com/PA5eU3dCZX — PBA (@pbaconnect) January 10, 2020   GAME 2 STARTERS Game 2 starters Ginebra ???? - Japeth, Brownlee, Pringle, Thompson, Tenorio Meralco ??- Amer, Newsome, Quinto, Almazan, Durham#PBAFinals — Paul Kennedy Lintag (@paullintag8) January 10, 2020 ALL SET FOR GAME 2 IN LUCENA! COMING UP: Game 2 of the 2019 PBA Governors’ Cup Finals ???? #2 Meralco??vs. #4 Barangay Ginebra ???? Gin Kings lead, 1-0#PBAFinals pic.twitter.com/38f80NEieT — Paul Kennedy Lintag (@paullintag8) January 10, 2020   Magic up-close ?#2019GovsCupFinals #PBAFinals pic.twitter.com/H34JzBXrSw — PBA (@pbaconnect) January 10, 2020 JDV ????????‍?? #2019GovsCupFinals #PBAFinals pic.twitter.com/44NQzRuVvj — PBA (@pbaconnect) January 10, 2020 Tabla 1-1 para sa @MeralcoBoltsPH o 2-0 para sa @barangayginebra #2019GovsCupFinals game 2 sa Lucena! pic.twitter.com/Kf9g8TphmX — PBA (@pbaconnect) January 10, 2020.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJan 10th, 2020

TNT KaTropa, Meralco gun for key win in Game 3

A pivotal lead is at stake when TNT and Meralco resume their fiery semifinal showdown in the 2019 Philippine Basketball Association Governors’ Cup......»»

Category: sportsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsDec 19th, 2019

PBA: Bolts equalize in blowout win

Meralco never lifted its foot from the gas pedal as the Bolts tied the 2019 PBA Governors’ Cup best-of-five semifinals to 1-1  after an emphatic, 114-94, win over TNT in Game 2 on Tuesday at the Big Dome. Allen Durham dropped a triple-double of 44 points, 19 rebounds and 11 assists to lead the Bolts. He shot 15-of-26 from the field and missed only one of his 11 foul shots for an explosive outing as Meralco spoiled KJ McDaniels' 51-point outing.    A big 16-0 run was all that Meralco needed to turn 2-3 deficit into a huge cushion to cruise to an easy victory. “We displayed much better effort tonight, right from the start of the game. We had more focus, more energy. We played a lot more physical than we did in Game One, and we executed well on offense, particularly in the first half,” said Meralco coach Norman Black. “Those are the things that we have to do to beat TNT because they're a tough team and they're very difficult to beat,” he added. “It's not over, it's only the second game, but we needed to win this game to tie the series up because we knew if we went down 2-0, it would be very tough to come back from that.” The Bolts, who bowed down, 94-103, in the series opener Sunday, built a 60-25 separation with 1:27 left in in the second period off a pair of charities by Raymond Almazan.   The pivotal Game 3 is on Thursday. McDaniels was the lone bright spot for KaTropa, who had a quiet night from veteran Jason Castro and Troy Rosario. Castro had seven points while Rosario got nine points before fouling out midway in the payoff period. Ray Parks got 12 points and eight rebounds.   Box scores: Meralco (114) -- Durham 44, Amer 20, Quinto 12, Newsome 11, Almazan 9, Maliksi 8, Caram 4, Faundo 3, Hugnatan 3, Jackson 0, Hodge 0, Salva 0, Pinto 0. TNT (94) -- McDaniels 51, Parks 12, Rosario 9, Castro 7, Digregorio 6, Vosotros 5, Semerad 2, Williams 2, Pogoy 0, De Leon 0, Reyes 0, Taha 0. Quarters: 35-16, 63-29, 89-66, 114-94.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsDec 17th, 2019

PBA: ROS spoils San Miguel’s fun by taking big win in Cebu

Rain or Shine almost lost another big lead to San Miguel Beer. Key word is “almost.” The Elasto Painters withstood a fourth-quarter rally from the Beermen, pulling off a 91-85 win in the 2019 PBA Governors’ Cup Saturday at the Hoops Dome in Cebu. ROS led by as many as 22 points but it evaporated in the fourth as the Beermen came roaring back. San Miguel came as close to two points, 85-87, following a booming triple by Arwind Santos but that proved to be the Beermen’s final score as ROS would be steady from the line to preserve the win. The Elasto Painters avoided the cellar with the victory, improving to 3-7 in the team standings. Meanwhile, San Miguel suffered a crucial loss and dropped to 6-4. If the playoffs start tomorrow, the Beermen will be at 5th place, staring at another opponent with a twice-to-beat advantage. Rookie Javee Mocon and import Rich Ross led ROS with 16 points each in the victory. The two also combined for 26 rebounds. Rey Nambatac and Gabe Norwood, who both sealed the win with separate trips from the foul line, added 15 apiece. The Beermen got 19 points from Chris Ross and 17 from hometown hero June Mar Fajardo. However, new San Miguel import John Holland struggled for only 10 points in his first game.   — Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsNov 9th, 2019

UAAP 82: Lady Falcons soar back from 16-points down to stun UST

Rose Ann Dampios completed Adamson's fightback from 16-points down to stun University of Santo Tomas, 88-86, Wednesday in the UAAP Season 82 Women's Basketball Tournament at the UST Quadricentennial Pavilion. The sophomore buried the go-ahead trey with 16 seconds left as she capped off her 26-point performance on a sensational 6-of-15 clip from deep, while also collecting two rebounds, two steals, and a block to buck the Lady Falcons' slow start to the game. Mar Prado added 18 points, four rebounds, three assists, and two steals, Kat Araja chimed in 16 points, eight boards, six assists, and four steals, and Gerl Anticamara also helped in the rally with her 15 points, four rebounds, and three dimes. Down by as much as 16 points, Adamson clawed back, cutting the lead down to just a solitary point with a minute left after a huge basket by rookie Anticamara. A stop by the Lady Falcons set up Dampios' heroics. It was Adamson's third straight win to rise to 4-1 in the standings, while sending UST to back-to-back losses to fall to 2-2. The Lady Falcons also did a better job defending the paint in the second half even after Grace Irebu uncorked 34 points, 21 rebounds, and three blocks for the Golden Tigresses. "Si Irebu ang heart and soul nila, so sabi ko, patayin natin ang heart and soul nila," said coach Ewon Arayi. "The other players will still do their best pero naniniwala ako na pag sinandalan natin ang sistema, we'll win this game. Tantoy Ferrer contributed 16 points, six rebounds, three steals, and two assists, but committed nine of UST's 32 turnovers in the affair. Lon Rivera also got 13 points and three boards in the loss. The Scores: ADAMSON 88 -- Dampios 26, Prado 18, Araja 16, Anticamara 15, Bilbao 8, Ornopia 5, Tandaan 0, Mendoza 0, Flor 0, Catulong 0. UST 86 -- Irebu 34, Ferrer 16, Rivera 13, Portillo 8, Soriano 5, Callangan 4, Tacatac 3, Panti 3, Javier 0, Gonzales 0, Gandalla 0. Quarterscores: 13-25, 39-46, 59-62, 88-86.   The Scores: ADAMSON 88 -- Dampios 26, Prado 18, Araja 16, Anticamara 15, Bilbao 8, Ornopia 5, Tandaan 0, Mendoza 0, Flor 0, Catulong 0. UST 86 -- Irebu 34, Ferrer 16, Rivera 13, Portillo 8, Soriano 5, Callangan 4, Tacatac 3, Panti 3, Javier 0, Gonzales 0, Gandalla 0. Quarterscores: 13-25, 39-46, 59-62, 88-86.    .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsSep 18th, 2019

UST Tigers buck Maroons comeback to stay unbeaten

      MANILA, Philippines – In a battle of undefeated teams, the UST Growling Tigers weathered a late rally to stun the UP Fighting Maroons, 85-69, and grab the early 2-0 lead in the UAAP Season 82 men's basketball tournament at the Araneta Coliseum on Saturday, September 7. The UST guards – rookie ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsSep 7th, 2019

PBA Finals: Can San Miguel Beer finish off TNT in Game 6?

With Wednesday’s Game 5 win, San Miguel Beer was the first team to get back-to-back victories in the 2019 PBA Commissioner’s Cup Finals. Now looking for a trifecta, the Beermen are out to finish off top-ranked TNT KaTropa. The series between the league’s two flagship teams move on to a Game 6 with San Miguel holding a crucial 3-2 lead. If the Beermen complete the job, it will be the team’s 27th overall title and another shot at a Grand Slam is very much in play. However, TNT is a tough out and the KaTropa should be raring to force a deciding Game 7. TNT is yet to lose three straight games all season and they don’t really plan to do that now especially with a championship hanging in the balance. Game 6 will tip off at 7:00 p.m. Frida live from the Big Dome.   — Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsAug 15th, 2019

PBA Finals: Beermen close in on title after Game 5 win

San Miguel Beer is closing in on another title. The Beermen erased a 16-point deficit in the fourth quarter to take a big 99-94 Game 5 win over TNT in the 2019 PBA Commissioner’s Cup Finals Wednesday at the Big Dome. Chris McCullough made things happen in the fourth as his tough lay-up over Terrence Jones finally pushed the Beermen up, 95-94. San Miguel then got a couple of stops and handled business from the line to take a 3-2 series lead. The Beermen can win the title with Game 6 Friday also at the Big Dome. TNT’s momentum in the third carried over into the early parts of the fourth as the KaTropa established a 16-point lead after a booming RR Pogoy triple, 85-69. But then McCullough went to work, outscoring TNT by himself and San Miguel is now on top in this series for the first time. C-Mac poured 19 of his total of 35 points in the final 12 minutes. For good measure, McCullough also had 22 rebounds, four assists, and three blocks. Terrence Romeo was the top local for San Miguel, finishing with 22 points. TR scored 15 in the opening half to keep the Beermen in the game. For TNT, Terrence Jones scored 35 points to go along with 17 rebounds and eight assists. Jayson Castro added 18 but unfortunately, the pair combined for just six points in the fourth.   The Scores: San Miguel 99 - McCullough 35, Romeo 22, Fajardo 16, Pessumal 9, Ross 7, Cabagnot 4, Standhardinger 4, Santos 2. TNT 94 - Jones 35, Castro 18, Rosario 16, Pogoy 12, Trollano 7, D. Semerad 6, Taha 0, Reyes 0, Heruela 0, Magat 0. Quarters: 22-28, 45-49, 69-80, 99-94.   — Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsAug 14th, 2019

PBA Finals: McCullough on title: “We’re gonna win this s***”

Chris McCullough willled San Miguel Beer to victory in Game 5 of the 2019 PBA Commissioner’s Cup Finals. McCullough outscored TNT KaTropa by himself in the final 12 minutes, 19-14, and San Miguel Beer completed a comeback from 16 points down to take a crucial 3-2 lead in the best-of-7 series for the title. The man was simply on a mission and he wants this title bad. “We’re going to win this s***,” McCullough said repeatedly after they pulled through in Game 5. The young San Miguel import finished the win with 35 points and 22 rebounds. His clutch basket inside the last 30 seconds over Terrence Jones finally pushed the Beermen ahead, 95-94. “I don’t remember it to be honest,” McCullough said of his go-ahead layup. “But coach drew a play and I got a bucket. You do those things in practice and we got the win,” he added. One win away from the title, McCullough is determined to win it all Friday in Game 6. “We'll come ready to play and mentally locked in to get this win, and not let it go to Game 7,” he said.   — Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsAug 14th, 2019

PBA: Terrence Jones pinpoints defense as main issue in TNT collapse

Talk N' Text was essentially 12 minutes away from holding a 3-2 lead in the 2019 PBA Commissioner's Cup Finals.  The KaTropa had a commanding 16-point advantage in the opening moments of fourth quarter and appeared primed to regain the advantage in the conference-ending series.  Instead, Talk N' Text saw that advantage disappear, allowing the San Miguel Beermen to steal Game 5, 99-94, and move one win away from yet another championship.  In the final stretch of the game, with the Beermen breathing down their necks, the KaTropa had a number of chances to create a bit of separation but just couldn't convert on their chances.  What's more is that they could not stop the SMB onslaught on the defensive end, which was the main concern for KaTropa import Terrence Jones.  "We just didn’t get stops when we needed to," Jones said following the loss. "We needed two more stops and we didn’t, so that’s what happens. We lost." Jones, the newly-crowned Best Import of the conference, was his usual dominant self, putting up 35 points, pulling down 17 rebounds, and dishing out eight assists.  In crunch time however, Jones was unable to finish on a couple of chances that could have swung the game in their favor.  "It was a well-fought game. They made their runs and we made ours, we just got to try to make sure we take care of business next game," he added.  When the question of fatigue was brought up, Jones maintained that it was simply all about getting the necessary stops to close out the game.  "I’m not a person that makes excuses, so, it just comes down to stops to win the game, and they scored and we didn’t." "We just didn’t score, man. I mean, I got to where I wanted to, where I’ve been shooting my lay-ups from, on the left side, most of the series, it just didn’t go in, and we didn’t get stops. Winning championships is about defense. We had the lead, and we gave it up by not getting stops. I think that’s what it boils down to, and we got to make sure we take care of that in the entire fourth quarter so it doesn’t come down to that," he continued. In the final period, Jones was held to just three points, and while he did credit the Beermen for their defense, it was the KaTropa's defense, or lack thereof, during the closing sequences that Jones feels needs to be addressed.  "Mainly, importantly to me is our defense. We were up with a double-digit lead in the fourth and gave that away, which even caused us to be in that situation, which is more of the bigger standpoint to me, and hopefully we can take care of that." Now down in a 3-2 hole, the KaTropa are in do-or-die mode from here on out, and the former Houston Rocket made it clear that he wasn't ready to go down.  "Exactly like you said, either win or be done, and I’m not ready to be done. I hope my teammates aren’t ready to be done, and we come in and we play with that attitude," Game 6 will be on Friday at the Araneta Coliseum. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsAug 14th, 2019

PBA Finals: Pivotal Game 5 up next for TNT-SMB series

TNT and San Miguel Beer have fought to a 2-2 stalement in the 2019 PBA Commissioner's Cup Finals. As such, Game 5 will be pivotal for the two flagship teams as their titanic showdown for the title nears its conclusion. The top-ranked KaTropa are yet to trail in this series and they would like to keep it that way. TNT has proven to always be a step ahead in these Finals and after two days to contemplate on a Game 4 loss, the KaTropa are certainly in position for a comeback. However, the Beermen have established a dynasty by winning almost all of the late-series games and a crucial Game 5 seems perfect time for San Miguel to show its superior championship composure. If San Miguel is to make a move and truly turn this series around, the time is now. Game 5 will tip off 7:00 p.m. Wednesday live from the Big Dome with the winner one step closer to the championship.   — Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsAug 13th, 2019

PBA Finals: TNT goes for commanding 3-1 lead

The 2019 PBA Commissioner’s Cup Finals is about to get more interesting. Game 4 tips off Sunday with top-ranked TNT looking to push the Beermen on the brink. The KaTropa erased an early 17-point deficit in Game 3 to score a crucial 115-105 victory. Now, TNT goes for a commanding 3-1 series lead to close in on its first title in four years. Of course, the Beermen have other things in mind and San Miguel looks to answer and reduce these Finals into a best-of-3. Tip off for Game 4 will be at 6:30 p.m. Sunday from the Big Dome.   — Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsAug 11th, 2019

PBA Finals By the Numbers: Making it rain

The 2019 PBA Commissioner’s Cup Finals is heating up. Game 3 didn’t go into double overtime but there were still a ton of things that happened between TNT and San Miguel. Before Game 4, we’ll break some of them down here in By the Numbers.   24 Straight points for TNT in the second quarter. The KaTropa were down by 17 early but then responded with a 24-0 run that completely turned the tide. TNT used that run to power a strong Game 3 win for a 2-1 series lead. TNT’s 24-0 run is the longest in PBA Finals history in 28 years or since Ginebra’s 31-0 run over Shell in Game 5 of the 1991 First Conference Finals.   45 Total free throw attempts for TNT in Game 3, most in the PBA Finals since San Miguel shot 46 in Game 4 of the 2016 Philippine Cup Finals against Alaska aka the game that started the Beeracle run. The KaTropa connected on 30 free throws and the Beermen were called for 30 fouls. Terrence Jones shot the bulk of them, going 14/23 from the line SMB shot 21/28 from the line after 26 TNT fouls.   5 Total players from both teams that had five fouls each. Terrence Jones, Brian Heruela, Don Trollano, Chris McCullough, and Terrence Romeo were all in deep foul trouble, part of the reason wh Game 3 took so long because of all the fouls. June Mar Fajardo and Troy Rosario had four fouls each and in the case of Troy, he already had three in the opening period.   10 Total three-pointers for Terrence Jones and RR Pogoy. After combining for just one triple in Game 2, Jones and Pogoy shot 5/9 each from deep to power TNT’s assault from rainbow country. The KaTropa connected on 15 triples in Game 3. San Miguel was down to eight triples after 18 in Game 2.   18 Total points for Don Trollano, a career-high. Trollano’s production has been incredible in these Finals, making sure that the TNT starters always put up double figures each game. Game 3 was Trollano’s best perfomance scoring 18, eight in the fourth quarter. Game 4 is Sunday still at the Big Dome.   — Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsAug 10th, 2019

PBA Finals: Jones’ 37 leads TNT in Game 3 win

Advantage in the 2019 PBA Commissioner’s Cup Finals goes back to TNT. The KaTropa bucked a slow start before pounding on San Miguel Beer, scoring a 115-105 Game 3 win Friday at the Big Dome. By completing the 27-point turnaround, TNT regained series lead in the best-of-7 showdown, 2-1. TNT was down by as many as 17 points but a sizzling 24-0 run in the second quarter allowed the top-ranked KaTropa to take over. Led by Terrence Jones, TNT led by as many as 15 before cruising for the win. After getting ejected in Game 2, Jones bounced back big in Game 3, leading TNT with 37 points, 18 rebounds, nine assists, and five blocks. RR Pogoy also had a better effort Friday, firing 29 points in the win. Don Trollano was crucial for the KaTropa as well, finishing with 18 points. San Miguel got 27 poits each from June Mar Fajardo and Chris McCullough but the Beermen just couldn’t pull away after that hot start. Game 4 is set for Sunda back at the Big Dome.   — Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsAug 9th, 2019

PBA Finals: Jones keeps mouth shut on Game 3 issues: “I’m not giving credit to any dirty player”

Things are for sure getting interesting between TNT import Terrence Jones and the San Miguel Beermen. In Game 3 of the 2019 PBA Commissioner’s Cup Finals, the Beermen once again tried to get under the skin of Jones. It looked like it worked early as Jones actually gave Chris Ross a headbutt, earning him a flagrant foul penalty 1. However, Jones got the last laugh as he ame back from a mandatory rest period and led TNT’s comeback from 17 points down. With 37 points, 18 rebounds, nine assists, and five blocks, Jones’ powered the KaTropa’s 115-105 win for a 2-1 series lead. Jones has no more words for the opposition’s antics. “I don’t know man. I don’t really got too much to say about it. I’m just here trying to win,” Jones said. “I love this game of basketball, I’m not giving any credit to any dirty player. I want to continue talking about basketball,” he added. While Jones have no mor things to say, Chris Ross had some choice words for his import rival. For the headbutt he got, Ross said that Jones is a “baby” mentally. [Related: PBA Finals: Ross goes off on Jones: “Mentally, he’s a baby”] Again, Jones refused to comment and instead gave credit to his own teammates who helped him won Game 3 of the Finals. “I think Troy had a great game, I think Roger had a great game, I think Don played an excellent game today. And Jayson of course,” Jones said. “I wanna continue talking about basketball and give credit to my teammates on what we’re doing to fight through and continue trying to get wins,” he added.   — Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsAug 9th, 2019

San Miguel, TNT break 1-1 tie in PBA Finals

SAN MIGUEL Beer hopes to capitalize on its escape act the last time and gain 2-1 lead over TNT KaTropa in Game 3 of the PBA Commissioner’s Cup Finals on Friday at the Smart Araneta Coliseum. The Beermen are expected to enter the 7 p.m. game with momentum on their hands after avoiding a 0-2 […].....»»

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