Coach Tim says Ginebra better off if it lost to Global

Despite completing a classic NSD comeback against Globalport to go 2-0 in the 2018 Philippine Cup, Ginebra head coach Tim Cone was not happy about the way his team played Sunday. While his team won the game, Cone had a problem with the Gin Kings having to come back against a Batang Pier crew that was missing Terrence Romeo. "Well that's what teams coming from championships do. This is the way they do it. They sleepwalk for 3 and a half quarters and try to win a game down the stretch," Cone said on Ginebra's 104-97 victory against Globalport.  "That's what we're trying to avoid. In my experience I've seen it. They don't play until they really have to and I'm very distrubed by that," he added. The Gin Kings were lethargic almost all game long as Globalport took control, leading for 33 and a half minutes on the strength of Sean Anthony's offensive explosion and a near triple-double from Stanley Pringle. Cone was visibly upset at the bench as well as the Gin Kings struggled to erase a nine-point deficit before tha brave fourth-quarter stand in the last six minutes and change of the game. The winningest PBA head coach even went ahead and said that Ginebra might have been better long-term if it lost this one. "Happy, I'm not happy. I'm okay with the win, but I'm not happy about the way we played. We need to be better if we're going to make some noise in the All-Filipino," he said. "We might have been better off losing this basketball game to wake us up and realize that we can't do that. Because now, it's gonna encourage us to do it again. We think we can get away with it, and I've just known through experience, you just don't get away with those things over the long haul," Cone added. Ultimately, the champion mentor says that it all boils down to Ginebra beating the teams they're supposed to. With a loaded lineup, the Gin Kings are certainly more than capable of taking down all PBA teams and do it convincingly. "We need to get ourselves fired up right from the very start of the basketball games and play," Cone said.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource: abscbn abscbnJan 7th, 2018

Aldrech after Hotshots take 3-2 lead: Wala pa kami napapatunayan

ANTIPOLO CITY, Rizal --- The Hotshots take a 3-2 lead in the PBA Philippine Cup semifinals, we've seen this before. It didn't end well. Last season, the Hotshots also took a 3-2 lead over Brgy. Ginebra in the 2017 PBA Philippine Cup semifinals only to end up losing in seven games. This season, on their fourth straight semis appearance, the Hotshots are once again up 3-2, this time against NLEX. It feels awfully familiar and the team is hellbent on advancing to the championship round now. "Actually yun yung sinabi ni coach kanina sa dugout, same situation as last year [vs. Ginebra]," forward Aldrech Ramos said Sunday after Magnolia's 87-78 win over the Road Warriors at the Ynares Center here. Ramos fired 12 points in the third period and finished with a total of 15, giving Magnolia a spark on offense in a game that was a defensive struggle right from the start. "Wala pa kami napapatunayan, hindi pa namin nao-overcome yung nangyari samin last year. Wag kami makampante para makuha namin yung Game 6," he added. Following a "Grand Slam" last season in terms of semifinal appearances, Magnolia is hungry for a Finals stint. And after finally reaching this far --- they lost in the Commissioner's Cup, 1-3, and got swept in the Governors' Cup --- the ghost of the 2017 Philippine Cup still haunt the team. Now is the time to get over it and challenge San Miguel for the title. "Malaki to, ilang beses na kami nakatungtong sa semis pero hindi naman ito yung ticket para maka-pasok kami sa Finals di ba," Ramos said. "Kailangan pa rin namin mag-trabaho at hopefully next game, magawa ulit namin, ma-surpass namin yung energy nila at makuha namin," he added.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMar 18th, 2018

Marcio Lassiter, San Miguel steal semis Game 2 from Ginebra

Just like head coach Time Cone said, Ginebra indeed played better in Game 2 of the semifinals in the 2018 PBA Philippine Cup. It still wasn’t enough as June Mar Fajardo, Arwind Santos, and Marcio Lassiter had all the answers from San Miguel in a gutsy 104-102 come-from-behind win in overtime on Sunday at the Araneta Coliseum. Behind the inspired play of Prince Caperal, the Gin Kings got off to a blazing start, using a 14-4 burst to turn a four-point cushion late in the first into a 42-29 edge in the second. They kept giving their faithful many more reasons to cheer as their advantage blew up to as much as 15 in the third. Caperal’s short stab put up the crowd favorites up by nine inside the last five minutes until Fajardo’s free throws and Santos’ big-time three willed the Beermen into tying the tally at 95-all with 13.4 ticks to go in regulation. Joe Devance missed his layup to send the game into overtime and there, Caperal’s short stab fronted a 7-3 run for a 102-98 advantage with 61 seconds remaining. It was at that point that Lassiter was just always at the right place at the right time and got two free throws, an inside basket, and a lucky tip-in that proved to be the game-winner. "I think yung panalo namin is tsamba. We thought from the start na we're losing this game, but maybe because of the pride and the experience of the team, they didn't want to lose because they know the importance of this game," head coach Leo Austria said. Ginebra still had three seconds to make something happen, but Scottie Thompson lost control of the ball to preserve the win and the 2-0 series lead for San Miguel. Lassiter wound up with 25 points, six coming in the last 53 seconds, on top of eight rebounds, four assists, and three steals. Fajardo was brilliant all throughout with a 33-point, 19-rebound double-double. The win wouldn't have been possible, however, if not for Santos' fearless triple, part of his 11 points, 10 rebounds, and five assists. "If not for Arwind, this could have been 1-1 na e," Austria said Alex Cabagnot and Chris Ross also added 11 points apiece to help the Beermen win the first two games of the race-to-four semifinals series. Japeth Aguilar paced the Gin Kings with 28 points and was backstopped by Caperal's career-high 26 markers. BOX SCORES SAN MIGUEL 104 – Fajardo 33, Lassiter 25, Ross 13, Cabagnot 13, Santos 11, Ganuelas-Rosser 7, Heruela 2, Pessumal 0, Espinas 0, De Ocampo 0 GINEBRA 102 – Aguilar J. 28, Caperal 26, Devance 11, Thompson 10, Cruz 10, Tenorio 8, Mercado 7, Mariano 2. QUARTER SCORES: 25-30; 42-55; 70-73; 95-95 (Reg); 104-102 (OT). --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo.  .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMar 11th, 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

Playoff push continues for Globalport

After an impressive win over TNT two days ago, the Globalport Batang Pier's push for the 2018 PBA Philippine Cup playoffs continue Friday at the Big Dome. With sole possession of 7th place with a 4-4 mark, Global can further improve its standing by taking down the reeling Magnolia Hotshots in the main game a 7:00 p.m. The Batang Pier will tie idle Ginebra and NLEX for 5th place with a win. Meanwhile, the Hotshots continue to search for the elusive 7th win in order to bolster their bid for a top-2 spot. Magnolia has lost back-to-back games and is tied for second place with a 6-3 record. In the first game at 4:30 p.m., Blackwater (3-5) battles Kia (1-7)   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsFeb 15th, 2018

Gin Kings overwhelm TNT for back-to-back wins

Brgy. Ginebra's big 3 was in full effect Sunday against TNT. Behind their stars, the Gin Kings overwhelmed the KaTropa in the fourth quarter, rolling to a 93-78 win in the 2018 PBA Philippine Cup at the Big Dome. LA Tenorio, Japeth Aguilar, and Greg Slaughter each scored at least 20 points as the barangay registered back-to-back wins to improve to 5-4 in the standings. "We said before the game that it was a huge game so now that we've won it, it's a huge win," head coach Tim Cone said. "It's the time in the conference that everyone's scrambling for wins, we're looking at the scores and checking out quotient. It's a verys tressful time for coaches, but our guys stepped up today. we were playing okay in the first half, and we do that, but we knew it wasn't gonna be enough to win the game so we elevated our play in the second half," he added. Down 65-67 with 10 minutes to go, Ginebra got right back on track after two triples from Kevin Ferrer gave the Gin Kings a 73-67 advantage with 8:22 left. It was all Ginebra from that point on as the Gin Kings slowly pulled away from TNT. Tenorio was the star of the show for Ginebra, finishing with 27 points on top of five rebounds and 11 assists. Meanwhile, Aguilar was good for 25 points while Slaughter added 20 points and 14 rebounds. For TNT, the KaTropa have now lost three straight to drop 4-5 in the standings, definitely a dangerous place for the flagship MVP franchise this late in the All-Filipino. Kelly Williams scored 17 points and grabbed 15 rebounds for TNT but it wasn't enough. Jayson Castro also scored 17 to go along with six steals while RR Pogoy finished with 16 points. The Scores: GINEBRA 93 — Tenorio 27, J. Aguilar 25, Slaughter 20, Thompson 9, Cruz 6, Ferrer 6, R. Aguilar 0, Caguioa 0, Caperal 0, Mercado 0, Taha 0. TNT 78 — Castro 17, Williams 17, Pogoy 16, Tautuaa 10, Garcia 8, Paredes 2, Reyes 2, Semerad 2, Tamsi 2, Torres 2, Carey 0, Golla 0. Quarters: 22-18, 44-42, 63-62, 93-78.     --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsFeb 11th, 2018

Phoenix turns back TNT

  Phoenix Petroleum brought down another PBA Philippine Cup powerhouse on Wednesday night, but a bothersome concern has tempered coach Louie Alas' celebratory mood. "My main concern is that after winning big, our performance has the tendency to dip (in the next game)," Alas said after Doug Kramer hit the go-ahead one-handed jumper with three seconds left before helping seal a 74-72 win over TNT KaTropa with brilliant defense at Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay. "After winning over (Barangay) Ginebra, we lost by 22 (points) to Alaska," Alas went on, knowing fully well that his Fuel Masters, after rising to 4-4, cannot afford to take another loss with jockeying for a top six b...Keep on reading: Phoenix turns back TNT.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsFeb 7th, 2018

Gin Kings vent ire on hapless Kia to get back on track

Brgy. Ginebra is back on track. The Gin Kings vented their ire on hapless Kia, scoring a dominant 103-77 victory in the 2018 PBA Philippine Cup Wednesday at the MOA Arena. Coming in losing four of its last five games, Ginebra wasted little time in establishing its superiority, unloading a 28-10 bomb in the second quarter to take full control of the game. The Gin Kings simply cruised in the second half with the fourth period essentially being 12 minutes of garbage time. Improving to 4-4 in the standings, head coach Tim Cone is hoping that this big win could spark Ginebra's struggling campaign in the All-Filipino. "It's been such a struggle for us this conference. It's nice to be able to get a win," he said. "We played a complete game and was able to pull away. It was really a struggle for us but it might be the game that helps us turn around," Cone added. Five players scored in double figures for the Gin Kings led by Greg Slaughter with 14 points, 10 in the opening period. LA Tenorio and Japeth Aguilar scored 13 apiece while Scottie Thompson flirted wit ha triple-double, going for 12 points, 14 rebounds, and seven assists. After a competitive first quarter, Ginebra flipped the switch in the second, scoring 13 straight points to open up a 48-31 lead. The Gin Kings led by as many as 29 in the third, 82-53, before taking a little step back in the fourth. As for Kia, the team has now lost three straight for a 1-7 record. Rashawn McCarthy led the way for the Picanto with 15 points while Ronald Tubid fired 13.   The scores: BARANGAY GINEBRA 103 - Slaughter 14, Tenorio 13, J. Aguilar 13, Thompson 12, Ferrer 10, Taha 8, Manuel 8, Caperal 6, R. Aguilar 6, Mercado 4, Cruz 4, Jamito 3, Caguioa 2, Wilson 0. KIA 77 - McCarthy 15, Tubid 13, Corpuz 9, Reyes 8, Jamon 5, Camson 4, Sara 4, Escoto 4, Khobuntin 4, Yee 4, Lastimosa 3, Ababou 2, Galanza 2, Celda 0, Gabriel 0. Quarter scores: 25-24, 53-34, 78-52, 103-77.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsFeb 7th, 2018

Chan on Phoenix playing the dangerous game: Kailangan di kami ma-rattle

Despite picking up a big win against Brgy. Ginebra, Jeff Chan is not too happy about his team's performance Friday in the 2018 PBA Philippine Cup. For one, Phoenix lost a 24-point lead to the Gin Kings and always gave the game away similar to what happened against Magnolia last week. "Actually pangit pa rin eh. I think we were up mga more than 10 pa in the last five minutes pero again, yung finishing namin kailangan i-improve," Chan said after the Fuel Masters' 87-82 win. "Kailangan namin maging smart, kailangan din namin na pag ganun yung lead namin, mas madiinan pa para di na sila maka-recover," he added. With the Fuel Masters learning how to develop a winning attitude under new head coach Louie Alas, Chan is the perfect guy to help speed up that process being a two-time PBA Champion. The veteran sniper does have valuable experience in tense situations. He kinda did just that against the Gin Kings, drilling a clutch jumper with 56 seconds to go to give Phoenix separation before nailing the final two free throws with 2.8 seconds left to seal the win. Chan finished with 19 points total. "Kailangan di kami ma-rattle," Chan said. "Lalo na na-involve yung crowd kanina, nung humahabol sila. Kailangan yung composure nandun," he added.     --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJan 26th, 2018

Gin kings picked

Games today (Smart Araneta Coliseum) 4:30 p.m. -- NLEX vs. Rain or Shine 7 p.m. -- Ginebra vs. Phoenix BARANGAY Ginebra coach Tim Cone doesn’t hide the fact that the Gin Kings lost badly to Alaska for not handling the Aces’ pressure well. Now, exactly a week after absorbing a….....»»

Category: newsSource:  journalRelated NewsJan 25th, 2018

Global stifles Rain or Shine to score first win of the season

In a low-scoring affair, it was one player's offense that stood out the most. Stanley Pringle's early-season tear continued Friday at the MOA Arena, leading the Globaport Batang Pier to a 78-70 win over Rain or Shine in the 2018 PBA Philippine Cup. Pringle fired 29 points, 20 in the first half, to help the Batang Pier scored their first win of the season against two defeats. Losing an early 14-point lead, Globaport's defense held strong in the fourth, limiting the Elasto Painters to only 14 points to hold on for the win. "Lesson learned yung last two games namin," head coach Pido Jarencio said. "We're giving 109 points per game, pinagusapan namin ng nga players na we have to consider na dumepensa kami and tonight we played good defense," he added. Global got off to a fast start behind Pringle, leadin 19-5 in the first quarter before Rain or Shine settled down and made it a game. The Elasto Painter would take over in the second quarter but the Batang Pier recovered quickly, unloading an 8-0 run to take a 38-33 lead and went to on control the game throughout. After Pringle, Kelly Nabong added 12 points and 13 rebounds for Globalport while Bradwyn Guinto was good for 10 points and nine boards. ROS, who now lost back-to-back games for a 1-2 mark, got 15 points and eight rebounds from Gabe Norwood and another 13 from Mark Borboran.   The Scores: GLOBALPORT 78 - Pringle 29, Nabong 12, Guinto 10, Grey 8, Sargent 8, Gabayni 4, Anthony 3, Flores 2, Elorde 2, Arana 0, Juico 0, Taha 0. RAIN OR SHINE 70 - Norwood 15, Borboran 13, Ahanmisi 10, Belga 8, Nambatac 6, Yap 5, Ponferrada 3, Daquioag 3, Trollano 3, Almazan 2, Maiquez 2,  Quarters: 19-18, 41-35, 58-56, 78-70.     --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJan 12th, 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

The unlikely partnership of Alapag and Brownlee

Lost in the return of Renaldo Balkman is the interesting dynamic forged by the unlikely partnership of Justin Brownlee and Alab Pilipinas head coach Jimmy Alapag. You see, both of Brownlee's PBA championships with Ginebra came at the expense of Alapag. In 2016, Alapag was looking to end his magical PBA career by winning a title with the Meralco Bolts. Brownlee's epic "The Shot" moment prevented that from happening. In the highly-anticipated rematch between the two teams, Brownlee and the Gin Kings got the better of the Bolts again where Alapag served as an assistant coach before taking over the Alab job. "Justin and I have personal experience both as a player and a coach," Alapag said of Brownlee after they won their first game together Wednesday, beating Westports Malaysia Dragons, 90-79. "I got burned twice in the [PBA] Finals, really thankful he's playing with Alab," he added. As for Brownlee, whose only coach he's ever known in the PBA is the #GOAT Tim Cone, he's thankful to have the opportunity to learn from Alapag, one of the best point guards to ever play on the PBA. "It was a great opportunity and an honor to be able to play for a guy like him, as intelligent as he is and the type of player he was," Brownlee said on Alapag. "He was a great player in the PBA for many years. Playing for somebody like that with a lot of knowledge in basketball and also a great guy, it's a blessing for me and my career. I'll definitely take advantage of that," he added.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJan 3rd, 2018

Beermen pass Meralco test to gain share of lead in the All-Filipino

ANTIPOLO, Rizal --- If Meralco is San Miguel's first major test in the 2018 Philippine Cup, then the Beermen passed that test with flying colors. The three-time defending champions came through for a big 103-97 win Wednesday at the Ynares Arena here to improve to a 2-0 record to end 2017. San Miguel joined NLEX on top of the standings this early in the All-Filipino. Losing a 22-point lead in the second half, the Beermen had to stand tough in the fourth to avoid yet another meltdown against Meralco similar to their last encounter in the 2017 Governors' Cup. Last season, San Miguel lost a 17-point lead to the Bolts. The repercussions of that defeat were crucial for the Beermen as they missed out on a top-2 seed in the playoffs. The next game, San Miguel lost to Ginebra in the quarterfinals and the team's Grand Slam hopes evaporated into thin air. No such collapse happened thos time as the Beermen knew what to do late in the game and that was to feed their reigning four-time league MV June Mar Fajardo. The Kraken dropped 13 of his 26 points in the fourth quarter as San Miguel managed to hold on despite Meralco's furious rally.  "I'm so thankful that we ended the year with a bang. With this win, I think this will motivate us to play better next time," head coach Leo Austria said. "I told the boys na from the start, we should have a good start ano. I know Meralco, even though they are down 17 or 20 points, I know they will come back ano dahil we lost in our last game against Meralco when we're leading by 17 points that's why I'm very aware of that lead," he added. San Miguel raced to an 18-point lead inthe first half behind the hot shooting of Alex Cabagnot and Marcio Lassiter. Cabagnot fired 12 of his 29 points in the second quarter while Marcio started the game with 10 quick points before finishing with 18. However, the Bolts turned to Mike Tolomia to make it a game in the second half as the second-year guard led a Meralco to a 32-22 third-quarter run where he scored 15 points. He ended up wit ha team-high 21 points off the bench. After Tolomia, KG Canaleta once again proved his spot with Meralco by addinf another 17 points while Reynel Hugnatan was good for 16. Meralco dropped to 1-1 after the loss.   The Scores: SAN MIGUEL 103 — Cabagnot 29, Fajardo 26, Lassiter 18, Pessumal 11, Ross 9, Santos 8, Mamaril 2, Lanete 0, Heruela 0, Ganuelas-Rosser 0. MERALCO 97 — Tolomia 21, Canaleta 17, Hugnatan 16, Newsome 13, Lanete 10, Bono 8, Amer 7, Baracael 2, Ballesteros 2, Caram 1, Faundo 0, Sedurifa 0, Salva 0.  Quarters: 30-18, 59-41, 81-73, 103-97.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsDec 27th, 2017

Now back with Global, Nabong is truly moving on from Meralco

Kelly Nabong was at the center of controversy towards the end of last season when he got himself suspended indefinitely by the Meralco Bolts. It all started in Game 1 of Meralco's Governors' Cup semifinal series against Star. Towards the end of the game and in the middle of a spirited Bolts rally, Nabong got into a heated argument with assistant coach Jimmy Alapag in the team bench. Long story short, Nabong was suspended by Meralco and he never played for the Bolts again. "It's okay, it's okay. Everything happens for a reason. I don't keep any grudges. It's all my fault. I lost my temper a little bit, but that's my fault," Nabong said on the incident that prompted his exit from Meralco. "I'm trying to learn from my mistake, which I did, and I'm trynig to move on from it," he added. While he has since apologized and has signed with a new team, returning to the Globalport Batang Pier, the journeyman big says the Bolts never actually talked to him since. "They haven't made contact with me ever since. They've never called me or anything. But it's okay, it's all right. I hope they forgave me, I forgave them. So it's all right. It's okay," he said. Now back with the Batang Pier, Nabong says his sole focus now is with Globalport. Signing a fresh two-year deal with the team, he's trying his best to finally move on from Meralco and start anew. His first preseason game with the Batang Pier, he scored 14 points and Globalport beat Magnolia, 83-80, Thursday. "I'm in a great position right now with GBP, they got a great management, great head coach, we  got a lot of good guys on the team, lot of rookies. It's gonna be an exciting  season," he said.     --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsDec 8th, 2017

Black fears de Ocampo out of finals with calf injury

Meralco finally won after dropping Games 1 and 2 of the PBA Governors' Cup Finals but lost its starting forward Ranidel de Ocampo in the process. De Ocampo hurt his left calf in the first four minutes of Game 3 and did not return. And by the looks of it, Bolts head coach Norman Black fears de Ocampo could miss the remainder of the series. "We have a little bit of bad news, I think we probably lost Ranidel for the rest of the series with the calf injury," said Black after Meralco beat Barangay Ginebra, 94-81, Wednesday night. "We'll have him checked by a doctor but he doesn't look very good right now," he added. The 35-year-old de Ocampo has been a vital piece to Meralc...Keep on reading: Black fears de Ocampo out of finals with calf injury.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsOct 18th, 2017

Duke, Kentucky again rely on freshmen in NCAA Tournament

By Joedy McCreary, Associated Press DURHAM, N.C. (AP) — Duke and Kentucky are viewed as the masters of the one-and-done era, winning championships with extraordinarily young rosters. Both programs have a chance to do it again. After several potential one-and-done phenoms were bounced from the NCAA Tournament in the opening weekend, the Blue Devils and Wildcats are the teams still playing that have rosters stacked with high-profile freshmen. Duke, the No. 2 seed in the Midwest Region, starts four freshmen — led by Wooden Award finalist Marvin Bagley III — while Kentucky, the South’s No. 5 seed, features Kevin Knox as its centerpiece. The Wildcats (26-10), arguably the biggest beneficiary of a run of upsets in the South, play ninth-seeded Kansas State on Thursday night in Atlanta. The following night, Duke (28-7) faces a rematch with 11th-seeded Syracuse in a Midwest semifinal in Omaha, Nebraska. Hall of Fame Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski said his freshmen are “not afraid of the moment. It’s how much preparation do they have for the moment? “We’re trying to condense about four years into eight months,” he said. “I don’t know how it’s going to turn out. You just kind of live it.” Among the star freshmen who didn’t make it to the tournament’s second weekend were Arizona’s Deandre Ayton, Oklahoma’s Trae Young, Missouri’s Michael Porter Jr., Michigan State’s Jaren Jackson, Alabama’s Collin Sexton and Texas’ Mohamed Bamba. Young and Bamba have already declared for the NBA draft, and Ayton joined them Wednesday . Both the Blue Devils and Wildcats have previously had predominantly young teams cut down the nets at past Final Fours. Kentucky won a national title in 2012 behind top-two draft picks Anthony Davis and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, while Duke’s most recent national title came in 2015 behind three one-and-done freshmen — Jahlil Okafor, Justise Winslow and Tyus Jones. This Duke team has looked capable of joining that squad, with four freshmen averaging double figures in their two NCAA Tournament games, led by Bagley’s 22.0 scoring average. Another of those freshmen, forward Wendell Carter Jr., believes the Blue Devils are “reaching our peak at the right time” and have “developed into a team that can crush another team, our opponent. “I try not to look ahead about this being my last year or anything,” Carter said. “I’m just living in the moment.” The Blue Devils have three players — Bagley, Carter and point guard Trevon Duval — in the top seven members of the 2017 recruiting class, according to 247Sports. The fourth freshman, Gary Trent Jr., was rated No. 17 by the service. The highest-rated members of Kentucky’s class are Hamidou Diallo, Knox and Jarred Vanderbilt — who are ranked 10th-12th by 247Sports — as well as Nick Richards, who’s No. 18. (Point guard Shai Gilgeous-Alexander arrived as a relatively unheralded recruit.) No other top-20 ranked players are still playing in the NCAA Tournament. “No one really cares what the (NBA) is telling you to do, you’ve just got to come out and do what you do best,” Knox said. “And that’s why (coach John Calipari) has sat down with each and every one of us and told us what we need to do for the team, and that’s what we’ve been able to do.” Calipari has said his group “needed to fail as a team” to figure out how to win. The Wildcats in January dropped out of the Top 25 for the first time since 2014, then in February lost four in a row to NCAA Tournament team. But Kentucky enters the Sweet 16 on a five-game winning streak and are the highest remaining seed in the South. Of his group, Krzyzewski said he doubts “they have ever felt pressure.” It showed last weekend when the Blue Devils beat both Iona and Rhode Island by at least 20 points to cruise into their 26th Sweet 16. “It’s not just pressure being off, it’s confidence growing,” Krzyzewski said. “We know (as coaches), if we lose, that’s it. But they don’t look at, ‘That’s it.’ No, the reality is, that’s it, and that’s a different way of looking at it. “Dealing with reality is good. Being nervous about it is not good.”.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMar 21st, 2018

Perez makes sure Jawbreakers stop three-game slide

Zark’s Burger-Lyceum of the Philippines University finally put an end to its three-game slump, holding off Go for Gold 108-94 in the 2018 PBA D-League Aspirants’ Cup on Monday at the JCSGO Gym in Quezon City. CJ Perez poured 23 points, seven rebounds, four assists, and two steals to spearhead the Jawbreakers while Cameroonian Mike Nzeusseu tallied a double-double in the tune of his 21 markers, 11 boards, and three dimes. MJ Ayaay contributed 16 points, six rebounds, and six assists while Jaycee Marcelino added 15 markers, six of which coming in the fourth quarter where Zark’s-LPU put down Go for Gold for good. The Jawbreakers lost hold of a 27-point lead, 81-54, with 3:04 remaining in the third quarter before Matt Salem waxed hot for the Scratchers, helping his side cut the lead down to eight, 83-91, at the 5:35 mark of the fourth. But that was when twins Jaycee and Jayvee Marcelino went to work, scoring six straight points to give Zark’s-LPU a 14-point lead, 97-83, before Ayaay put on the finishing touches late. “Nawala yung joy sa laro namin,” said coach Topex Robinson as the Jawbreakers remain alive for playoff contention at 5-4. “Joy means that you'll make mistakes and learn from those mistakes. I just let them play today.” “Again, we're happy that we got back in our winning ways. We just have to play our game, nothing is gonna change. What’s important is we learn from our mistakes and try to get better all the time.” Salem uncorked 24 points powered by six triples while also grabbing six rebounds and Yankie Haruna just missed out on a double-double with his 22 markers and nine rebounds. Go for Gold bowed for the third straight time and dropped to a 4-6 card. BOX SCORES ZARK’S BURGER-LPU 108 — Perez 23, Nzeusseu 21, Ayaay 16, Jc. Marcelino 15, Pretta 9, Jv. Marcelino 8, Caduyac 6, Baltazar 3, Tansingco 3, Marata 2, Yong 2, Ibañez 0, Santos 0, Serrano 0. GO FOR GOLD 94 — Salem 24, Haruna 22, Leutcheu 12, Desiderio 8, Alejandro 7, Gaco 5, Naboa 5, Gutang 4, Dixon 3, Domingo 2, Ocampo 2, Pasturan 0. QUARTER SCORES: 36-23, 63-44, 83-66, 108-94......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMar 19th, 2018

PBA: Cone blames self for semis exit

Coach Tim Cone put the blame on himself for Barangay Ginebra San Miguel’s PBA Philippine Cup semifinal loss to defending champion San Miguel, pointing out at his shortenings that hastened the team’s downfall in the series which ended in five games. #BeFullyInformed PBA: Cone blames self for semis exit by Jonas Terrado Coach Tim Cone… link: PBA: Cone blames self for semis exit.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilainformerRelated NewsMar 19th, 2018

'We need four wins to go to the Finals' --- Victolero

ANTIPOLO CITY, Rizal --- Magnolia has made it to four straight PBA semifinals and yet the team has no Finals to show for. At least not yet. Despite previous failures that include a blown 3-2 lead to Ginebra and a sweep at the hands of Meralco, the Hotshots are not losing faith. In fact, they are thankful. At least they're in the semifinals all the time. "Actually, hindi naman sawa. Thankful ako lagi nasa semis syempre," head coach Chito Victolero said. The Purefoods franchise's return to prominence after a down time following its Grand Slam season is largely thanks to Victolero. Since he took over for the Hotshots, the team has made it to four straight semifinals. "Bihira naman yung team na nandito. First of all, it's my second year, on my first year very thankful ako kasi lagi kaming nasa semis but yun nga, hindi naman ako magsa-sawa dun," he said.  "We'll just try to push to go to the next level. Yun lang, kung may chance talaga kami, ga-grab namin yun," Victolero added. After their previous semis defeats, the Hotshots have learned a lot of lessons. And now up 3-2 against NLEX, Victolero's crew can apply those lessons starting in Game 6 as they hope to finally get over that playoff hump. "Madami kaming natutunan. We need four wins to go to the Finals. Last season, Philippine Cup, three wins lang kami. 3-2 pa, lamang pa kami. Same scenario against Ginebra," Victolero said. "But na-beat kami ng Ginebra ng twice. Yun ang pwede kong sabihin sa mga players ko. And I think alam naman nila yan. Kasi for the last three conferences, lagi kami nandito but kinakapos kami. Sabi ko nga sa kanila, it boils down to a grind out game so I think yung mental, very important," he added.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMar 18th, 2018

Tim Cone blames no one but self for Ginebra s PH Cup semis exit

MANILA, Philippines – There were a lot of what-could-have-beens after Barangay Ginebra crashed out in the semifinals of the 2018 PBA Philippine Cup but head coach Tim Cone is taking all the blame. Cone expressed disappointment in himself following the  San Miguel Beermen's 100-94 Game 5 triumph over Ginebra on Saturday, March 17, that ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsMar 18th, 2018