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Gilas still waiting on Fajardo, Pogoy, Rosario to come in a day or two

All of June Mar Fajardo, RR Pogoy, and Troy Rosario were expected at Gilas Pilipinas' practice, Monday inside the Meralco Gym in Ortigas. All three, however, were not in action as the Philippine national basketball team went on a three-hour training session with less than two weeks before the 2019 FIBA World Cup. "Actually, I thought they were coming today, pero wala pa rin," head coach Yeng Guiao told reporters. "We were trying to get in touch with them, trying to confirm, but so far, wala pang confirmation." Fajardo is fresh off winning a championship for San Miguel while Pogoy and Rosario were key cogs in TNT's runner-up finish last Friday. "Baka pagod pa sila, pero siguro, bukas, nandito na yung mga yun," the Gilas mentor shared. According to team manager Gabby Cui, Pogoy and Rosario will be in attendance for the next practice on Tuesday. Fajardo, meanwhile, remains a question mark as the Beermen are set for a championship celebration on the same day. Still, coach Yeng said they're giving all of them the benefit of the doubt. "Sayang yung araw, nanghihinayang din ako kaya lang, 'di natin sila mapupwersa o mapipilit. Alam din nating galing sila sa Finals so they know how they feel, what their bodies requires," he said. He then continued, "We're giving them the benefit of the doubt." Nonetheless, the Philippine national basketball team remains hopeful it can be at full strength within the week. As their tactician put it, "We'll wait for them one or two more days, pero pag 'di sila dumating, kailangang magdesisyon na rin tayo." --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Category: sportsSource: abscbn abscbnAug 19th, 2019

Longer, harder practices for Gilas beginning next week

With just a little over two weeks to go before the 2019 FIBA World Cup, Gilas Pilipinas is all set to enter its final phase of preparations. Just two days removed from landing in Manila from a training camp in Spain, the Philippine national team was in practice for the second straight time inside the Meralco Gym in Ortigas on Thursday. And still, head coach Yeng Guiao was nothing but satisfied with their preparations. "Okay naman. At least, we have 11 or 12 guys coming in already and we're still waiting for the three guys playing in the Finals," he told reporters. Indeed, 12 of the 15-man pool were present in the latest training session - and only June Mar Fajardo, RR Pogoy, and Troy Rosario were missing as all of them still had business to take care of in the ongoing 2019 PBA Commissioner's Cup Finals. Whatever happens in the PBA Finals, whether San Miguel wraps up the championship on Friday or TNT forces a winner-take-all Game 7 on Sunday, coach Yeng said Gilas' daily practices will continue. And starting next week, they will be undergoing longer and harder training sessions. "We're just going to wind up this week with regular practices, but next week, meron na kaming extra hour for the shooting drills and another extra hour for video watching every other day siguro," the fiery mentor shared. He then continued, "We're going to add more hours next week so were hoping by that time, ready na rin yung tatlo na galing sa Finals." Along with the extra work starting next week, Gilas is also looking forward to a two-game series against Australian club Adelaide 36ers. "We're hoping to see some improvement once we play the Australian team. After that, final adjustments na lang," coach Yeng said......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsAug 15th, 2019

Gilas Pilipinas holds first practice in preparation for SEA Games

The newly-assembled Gilas Pilipinas squad for the upcoming 2019 Southeast Asian Games held their first practice Monday evening at the Meralco Gym in Ortigas. Present from the 15-man pool were Stanley Pringle, Scottie Thompson, Greg Slaughter, Japeth Aguilar, Vic Manuel, Troy Rosario, LA Tenorio, Jayson Castro, Chris Ross, Art Dela Cruz, Matthew Wright and RR Pogoy.  Present but in street clothes were Christian Standhardinger and Marcio Lassiter. Both San Miguel standouts are still recovering from respective injuries. The lone absentee from practice was June Mar Fajardo, who has some personal issues to attend to. "It just brings back so many memories of 1998 for me," said newly-appointed Gilas head coach Tim Cone. The winningest head coach in the PBA, Cone was tapped to mentor the National Team following Yeng Guiao's departure following the 2019 FIBA World Cup. Cone's tenure however, will only be for the SEA Games.  "You walk into a room with those 15 great players, all of them superstars in their own right...just being around them, having an opportunity to interact with them. I see them from a distance so much, we play against them, we watch them on video, we know their weaknesses and strengths but we don't get a chance to talk and really get to know them, it's a completely different light. That, for me was the biggest impact, just being in the room," Cone continued.  The all-PBA lineup was announced last September 26 and will represent the country in the biennial meet that will take place in the Philippines from late-November to early-December. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsSep 30th, 2019

FIBA: Can Gilas pull the rug from under Tunisia?

It's been very difficult watching Gilas Pilipinas play at the 2019 FIBA Basketball World Cup in China. They've put out the effort, sure, but the execution on both ends has left a lot to be desired and it's pretty clear that the team has paid for the laughably short preparation time they were given. Now let's look at the general positional matchups we can expect against Tunisia. BIGS Philippines: Andray Blatche, June Mar Fajardo, Troy Rosario, Raymond Almazan, Japeth Aguilar Tunisia: Salah Mejri, Mohamed Hadidane, Mokhtar Ghyaza, Makram Ben Romdhane, Mohamed Abbassi If our bigs had a hard time against Yanick Moreira and Valdelicio Joaquim of Angola, then boy are they gonna find the going rough against Salah Mejri of the Dallas Mavericks and Makram Ben Romdhane, who plays for France's Saint-Chamond Basket. The 7'1" Mejri has been an absolute beast in China, averaging around 17 points, 10 rebounds, and 2 blocks per game, and he will give Andray Blatche, June Mar Fajardo, and Japeth Aguilar plenty to handle in the paint. Ben Romdhane has been great, too, as a complimentary piece to Mejri who's able to grab a lot of rebounds.  WINGS Philippines: Gabe Norwood, RR Pogoy, CJ Perez Tunisia: Michael Roll, Ziyed Chennoufi, Omar Mouhli, Radhouane Slimane Maccabi Tel-Aviv wingman Michael Roll will be the one to watch at the perimeter. The 6'5" shooter will be a tough match-up for the struggling Gabe Norwood and RR Pogoy, and I just hope Roll doesn't pop the cap for 20+ points against us. If he does, it'll be another long night for Gilas.  Needless to say, we'll need another big outing from breakout player CJ Perez to keep in-step with Tunisia and be in a position to win when the clock reaches the waning minutes. If Perez gets cold, too, we're an easy KO for Tunisia. GUARDS Philippines: Paul Lee, Kiefer Ravena, Robert Bolick, Mark Barrocca Tunisia: Omar Abada, Nizar Knioua, Mourad El Mabrouk The challenge for our inconsistent guards will be trying to stop the duo of Omar Abada and Mourad El Mabrouk. Abada is a speedster with great court vision, and he has a knack for finding Tunisia's bigs in easy spots to score. As for El Mabrouk, he's a streaky shooter, and if he gets going, we'll be in a world of hurt.  I want to personally see a strong bounce back effort from Kiefer Ravena. He's had a lot of ups and downs in the World Cup, but a breakout performance here will silence the critics and help our chances of maybe still clinching that Olympic berth. COACHING Philippines: Yeng Guiao Tunisia: Mario Palma.  Coach Palma isn't a stranger to Asian basketball. In fact, if memory serves, he's not a stranger to Coach Yeng, too. Both Coach Yeng and Coach Palma were at the 2009 FIBA Asia Cup in Tianjin, where coach Yeng's Philippines lost to coach Palma's Jordan in the KO quarterfinals. Jordan would eventually bag third place and qualify for the 2010 FIBA World Cup in Turkey. If Coach Yeng remembers that, then that would be great motivation to win today and get one back against his former tormentor. OVERALL We are not favored against Tunisia, at least judging by how they very nearly qualified to the second round had they beaten Puerto Rico two nights ago. Mejri will give us a lot of problems, especially if our interior defense remains lethargic, and it'll be a challenge guarding their shooters if our perimeter rotations are still bogged down. Still, a good shooting night and having minimal turnovers will help our chances at springing an upset. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsSep 6th, 2019

TERRIFIC 12: Total of 11 national team players to suit up in Macau post-World Cup

The 2019 FIBA World Cup in China will be the center of the basketball world for two weeks as the planet's very best national teams duke it out for the Naismith trophy. But a week after we see the crowning of a world champion, East Asia will likewise see the crowning of a top club team. Twelve of the top club teams from China, Japan, South Korea, and the Philippines will collide in the 2019 East Asia Super League Terrific 12 tournament in Macau. And much like the World Cup, the Terrific 12 will be filled with national team players, 11 of them actually. Active national team players set to see action in the Terrific 12 are China's Guo Ailun (Liaoning Flying Leopards), Sun Minghui (Zhejiang Guangsha Lions), and Zhao Jiwei (Liaoning Flying Leopards). For Japan, it will be Kosuke Takeuchi (Utsunomiya Brex) and Makoto Hiejima (Utsunomiya Brex). The South Korean national team will be represented in Macau by Choi Jun-yong (Seoul SK Knights), Kim Sun-hyung (Seoul SK Knights), and Lee Jung-hyun (Jeonju KCC Egis). For the PBA and Gilas Pilipinas, June Mar Fajardo (San Miguel Beermen), Roger Pogoy (TNT KaTropa), and Troy Rosario (TNT KaTropa) are all set to suit up in Macau. The Terrific 12 is the FIBA recognized premier preseason event of the summer. hosted at Macau’s Tap Seac Multi-Sport Pavilion this 17-22 September, 2019. San Miguel Beer has defending champion Ryukyu Golden Kings in its bracket while Blackwater also has a top Japanese team in its group in the Chiba Jets. The TNT KaTropa are in an uber-competitive group as they'll take on the Liaoning Flying Leopards in preliminary play.   — Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsAug 30th, 2019

FIBA: Kiefer, Bolick, Perez make Gilas Pilipinas’ World Cup team

The suspense didn’t last long. Gilas Pilipinas’ official lineup for the 2019 FIBA World Cup in China is finally set, as announced by the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas Sunday night. The Philippines will field a team that feature Andray Blatche, Japeth Aguilar, June Mar Fajardo, Gabe Norwood, and Paul Lee, all of who will make a second trip to the World Championships. Gilas will also play Raymond Almazan, Mark Barroca, RR Pogoy, Troy Rosario, Kiefer Ravena, and PBA rookies CJ Perez and Robert Bolick. Yeng Guiao will lead the team to China as head coach. The final cuts from the original 19-man pool that went to training for Gilas Pilipinas were Beau Belga, Marcio Lassiter, Poy Erram, and Matthew Wright. In the case of the last three, they were all nursing injuries. Gilas’ final 12 is the same team that took on Australia’s Adelaide 36ers Sunday in their final tuneup game. The national team lost, 75-85. The Philippines will open the 2019 FIBA World Cup on Aug. 31 against Italy. Gilas then takes on Serbia and Angola on Sept. 2 and Sept. 4 respectively.   — Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsAug 25th, 2019

FIBA: Near triple-double for Blatche as Gilas Pilipinas beats Adelaide 36ers

Gilas Pilipinas gets a huge boost in its preparations for the 2019 FIBA World Cup in China. The Philippine national team beat Australia’s Adelaide 36ers, 92 - 83, in a practice game Monday at the Meralco Gym. It’s the first of two games between the two teams and Gilas improved to 4-1 overall in its tune-ups ahead of the World Championships. Gilas was in control for most of the game until the 36ers’ strong fourth-quarter effort that gave them the lead, 81-80. Fortunately for the national team, Andray Blatche found RR Pogoy for a booming triple with 3:32 to go that sparked a 10-0 run for Gilas, regaining the lead that they’ll never lose until the final buzzer. Pogoy scored eight in that 10-0 run with Blatche assisting on all three baskets. Japeth Aguilar then dropped a two-hand power slam with 35 seconds left for a 92-83 lead that pretty much sealed the win. Blatche posted a near triple-double and finished with 19 points, 18 rebounds, and nine assists. Japeth Aguilar added 17 for Gilas while CJ Perez came off the bench and scored 12 points. RR Pogoy and Paul Lee were likewise in double figures with 10 points each.     The scores: GILAS PILIPINAS 92 - Blatche 19, Aguilar 17, Perez 12, Pogoy 10, Lee 10, Bolick 8, Almazan 7, Barroca 5, Fajardo 4, Norwood 0, Rosario 0. ADELAIDE 83 - Moore 16, Froling 11, Teys 10, Dillon 10, Taylor 9, Griffin 9, Kyei 8, Johnson 6, McVeigh 4, White 0. Quarterscores: 25-16, 50-49,73-68, 92-83.   — Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsAug 23rd, 2019

FIBA: Coach Yeng satisfied with Gilas ahead of 36ers showdown

Gilas Pilipinas is ready for action against Australia’s Adelaide 36ers. As part of the national team’s final preparations for the 2019 FIBA World Cup in China, Gilas will take on the 36ers on two occassions this weekend. The first one is this Friday and Gilas had a meaningful practice Thursday in anticipation of the game. “I’m happy and satisfied with the way we’re moving,” said head coach Yeng Guiao. “We’re going to the homestretch of our preparations. Medyo malalim na yung pina-practice natin,” he added. Coach Yeng is also happy to reveal that June Mar Fajardo, Troy Rosario, and RR Pogoy have transitioned well back to Gilas after playing a grueling PBA Finals series. With the trio back, the national team has been doubling down on the more crucial details in training. “June Mar, Troy, and Pogs are more or less integrated into our system already,” Guiao said. “We’re running our defenses already. We’ve seen the scouting reports so we’re going towards devising our schemes defensively,” he added.   — Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsAug 22nd, 2019

FIBA: Relieved Guiao can finally have Gilas go hard as a complete team

With less than two weeks to go before the 2019 FIBA World Cup, Gilas Pilipinas can finally practice with a full team. The national team is still dealing with injuries, the latest one hurt being Matthew Wright, but Gilas Pilipinas finally has everyone onboard with the return of June Mar Fajardo, RR Pogoy, and Troy Rosario. Gilas can truly grind it out now and the team enters the most critical stretch of its World Cup prep. As it stands, the national teamis not in ideal condition just yet. “Malaking relief actually,” head coach Yeng Guiao said on finally practicing with a full team. “Pero kung tatanungin niyo ako ngayon, di pa tayo handa eh,” Guiao added. The Philippines start the World Cup with an Aug. 31 showdown against Italy and time is running out to get some good practices in. Gilas will make the most of their sessions as they look to get things going with a complete lineup. “Itong last 10 days, importante satin, dahil nga parang sinalpak lang natin yung tatlo kahapon eh. Eh crucial yung tatlo,” Guiao said talking about Fajardo, Pogoy, and Rosario. “Malaki pa matututlong ng mga yun sa team. Kaya tamang-tama na meron pa tayong sampung araw,” coach Yeng added.   — Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsAug 21st, 2019

Fajardo, Rosario, Pogoy rejoin Gilas

As FIBA Basketball World Cup opponents Serbia and Italy got good workouts in the Acropolis cagefest in Greece, Gilas Pilipinas is just beginning to assemble a full complement in its training sessions......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsAug 20th, 2019

Missing Gilas stars finally show up as FIBA World Cup nears

MANILA, Philippines – Gilas Pilipinas is slowly gaining full strength with less than two weeks before the FIBA World Cup, as June Mar Fajardo, Roger Pogoy, and Troy Rosario attended practice on Tuesday, August 20. A total of 15 players showed up at the Meralco Gym in Pasig as ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsAug 20th, 2019

FIBA: PBA Finals trio reports back to Gilas Pilipinas

TNT’s duo of Troy Rosario and RR Pogoy finally showed up to Gilas Pilipinas practice. Coming off a Finals loss to San Miguel Beer in the 2019 PBA Commissioner’s Cup, Troy and Pogoy rejoined the national team in practice Tuesday after missing Monday’s session. Finals winner June Mar Fajardo likewise reported back to Gilas duties. Also in Gilas practice were Andray Blatche, Paul Lee, Kiefer Ravena, Japeth Aguilar, CJ Perez, Beau Belga, Gabe Norwood, Raymond Almazan, Poy Erram, Robert Bolick, and Mark Barroca. As of 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Matthew Wright is out.  The Phoenix shooter suffered a foot injury Monday and is officially listed as day-to-day.   — Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsAug 20th, 2019

Guiao gives missing Gilas stars benefit of the doubt

MANILA, Philippines – Yeng Guiao gave June Mar Fajardo, Roger Pogoy, and Troy Rosario the benefit of the doubt after missing Gilas Pilipinas' latest practice, but cautioned the team has to decide on their status should the 3 remain absent.  The fiery head coach said the trio needs to ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsAug 19th, 2019

Still no Fajardo, Pogoy, and Rosario in Gilas practice

After a one-day break, Gilas Pilipinas went right back to work, Monday inside the Meralco Gym in Ortigas. The usual suspects were back in action for the Philippine national basketball team with Andray Blatche leading a 12-man strong training session as a little less than two weeks remain before the 2019 FIBA World Cup. Alongside Blatche were Japeth Aguilar, Raymond Almazan, Mark Barroca, Beau Belga, Robert Bolick, Poy Erram, Paul Lee, Gabe Norwood, CJ Perez, Kiefer Ravena, and Matthew Wright. Still missing, however, were San Miguel Beer’s June Mar Fajardo and TNT's RR Pogoy and Troy Rosario who had just concluded their Finals showdown in the 2019 PBA Commissioner's Cup three days ago. The three, though, are widely assumed to finally practice with Gilas on Tuesday. --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsAug 19th, 2019

FIBA: PBA Finals trio shoo-ins to World Cup team says Yeng

Gilas Pilipinas is in the most critical stage of its 2019 FIBA World Cup preparations and yet it is still missing three key players. The national team is still without June Mar Fajardo, Troy Rosario, and RR Pogoy as they’re still playing in the ongoing 2019 PBA Commissioner’s Cup Finals. The earliest the trio will be without mother team commitments will be Saturday and the latest will be Monday next week. When Fajardo, Rosario, and Pogoy rejoin Gilas, there’s no doubt about their conditioning. However, it’s going to take a couple of days at least to mentally transition from the PBA Finals to the FIBA World Cup. “The mere fact na yung isip nila ay wala pa sa Gilas ngayon and they’re focused on what they’re doing, meron ding adjustment yon. To refocus their minds and their attention to what we do in the Gilas team,” Gilas head coach Yeng Guiao said. “That’s going to take a few days din, so syempre, lalo na kung nag champion ka or hindi, there’s going to be emotional toll on you,” he added. There’s no doubt about the three’s willingness to play for the national team. Coach Yeng just hopes that they can catch up in time with the rest of the Gilas crew. “I hope di sila matagalan sa adjustment nila. But we all know what they’re going through. It’s a difficult time, but at the same time it’s exciting. All of those will have a toll on their focus and concentration,” Guiao said. “We’re just hoping na in a short time, makaadjust sila agad, makapag pahinga sila agad—makarecover sila agad from the Finals,” he added. As for the matter of coach Yeng naming his Final 12 to China, June Mar Fajardo, Troy Rosario, and RR Pogoy are pretty much shoo-ins he said. It’s just a matter of fitting them back to the lineup after the Commissioner’s Cup playoffs. “More or less they have slots. They’re shoo-ins. My problem is not making the decision on whether they’re in or not,” Guiao said. “My problem is trying to jell them with only a week to go after that. That’s really the problem,” he added.   — Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsAug 15th, 2019

Daily practices for Gilas Pilipinas coming soon

Gilas Pilipinas head coach Yeng Guiao himself admitted that, at present, complete attendance for practices is easier said than done. “I can’t blame them. I know they have responsibilities with their mother clubs,” he said after the Philippine national team’s training session, Monday inside Meralco Gym in Ortigas. “Mahirap talagang maghati ng attention especially at this crucial stage. We’ll just have to manage whatever opportunities we have.” This, after only 10 players were in attendance and nine were in action in the latest practice with just a little over a month to go before the 2019 FIBA World Cup. Of course, the likes of Japeth Aguilar, Robert Bolick, Marcio Lassiter, RR Pogoy, Stanley Pringle, Troy Rosario, and Christian Standhardinger were not present as they had just come off their respective quarterfinals matchups a day ago. “Of course, they cannot focus a hundred percent on what we’re doing because it’s the crucial phase of the playoffs,” Coach Yeng said. In his eyes, though, many players’ schedules with their mother teams would free up sooner than later - meaning Gilas would also have more warm bodies for practices. As he put it, “We’re just waiting until the other guys get freed up and (can) focus on our practices.” He then continued, “Of course, we don’t want them to lose kaya lang, kapag na-out sila, pwede na sila mag-focus dito. Later this week, the PBA Commissioner’s Cup is headed to its semifinals - meaning only four squads would remain. With that, the national team is eyeing holding daily training sessions. “Next week, we’ll practice every day. 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. na tayo Monday to Friday,” their fiery mentor said. Coach Yeng then furthered that when that time comes, the national team already has an understanding with the PBA. “We have an understanding that as soon as players are vacant and their mother teams are no longer playing, we have full control of the players,” he shared. Without a doubt, the Filipinos are gearing up to go full throttle in their preparations for the world meet in Spain in August. —— Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJul 22nd, 2019

PBA: Pogoy shoots way to PoW citation In Commissioner’s Cup

Terrence Jones is not just the sole reason for TnT Katropa lording it over in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup. Roger Pogoy has also stepped up to the plate and been delivering huge numbers for the Katropa, who have consistently managed to stay on top of the mid-season conference standings. The tournament so far has seen Pogoy break his career-best not just once but twice, the last of which came in the team’s 104-96 beating of Barangay Ginebra. Pogoy’s hot-shooting had him emerging as the unanimous choice as PBA Press Corps-Cignal Player of the Week for the period June 10-16. The 27-year-old native of Minglanilla, Cebu beat out TnT teammates Don Trollano and Troy Rosario, Sean Anthony of NorthPort, Alex Mallari of Phoenix, Magnolia’s Ian Sangalang, the San Miguel trio of Marcio Lassiter, Alex Cabagnot, and June Mar Fajardo, and the Ginebra duo of Scottie Thompson and Greg Slaughter for the weekly honor. Pogoy was exceptionally hot against the Katropa’s big win over the Kings, as he torched them for 38 big points, a new career high for the Gilas Pilipinas gunner. The former Rookie of the Year capped off his heroics by firing a total of 10 three pointers. The feat made Pogoy as only the fourth player in league history to sink 10 three pointers, joining an elite company that included Allan Caidic, Kenneth Duremdes, and Marcio Lassiter......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJun 21st, 2019

TERRIFIC 12: Loaded Liaoning is TNT’s first test in Macau

MACAU — If TNT is to break its title drought here for the East Asia Super League’s the Terrific 12 tournament, the KaTropa will have to earn it. The deck has been suddenly stacked for the KaTropa as their first opponent has added major pieces ahead of Group D play. China’s Liaoning Flying Leopards have acquired the services of Lance Stephenson and Salah Mejri to complement a loaded local team led by national team star Guo Ailun. Stephenson played with LeBron James for the Lakers last season and Mejri was last seen by Filipino fans in China, leading African champion Tunisia to a sound beatdown of Gilas Pilipinas in the 2019 FIBA World Cup. The KaTropa are on a collission course against the Flying Leopards Tuesday, with their 9:00 p.m. showdown serving as the main event of a loaded Day 1 slate in The Terrific 12 at the Tap Seac Multi-sport Pavilion. TNT is fresh from a Finals stint in the 2019 PBA Commissioner’s Cup, the team’s first in two years. However, the KaTropa lost that series in six games and their title drought is now at four years and counting. In Macau, TNT can play for a title if it maintains its high-quality of play that ran amok in the PBA but the KaTropa no longer have Best Import Terrence Jones in the fold. They do have the next best thing in KJ McDaniels, who will also suit up for the team in the Governors’ Cup. TNT also has McKenzie Moore for added import firepower. The KaTropa also sill have their local Big 3 of Jayson Castro, Troy Rosario, and RR Pogoy to count on scoring.   — Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsSep 16th, 2019

2019 FIBA World Cup Classification Phase Live Updates: Gilas Pilipinas vs. Tunisia

The Philippine Men's National Basketball Team has bowed out of contention in the 2019 FIBA Basketball World Cup, but their journey is far from over.  Gilas Pilipinas heads to Beijing to compete in two more matches in the classification phase, with the first being against Tunisia.  Follow along as Gilas Pilipinas looks to end their China campaign with a pair of wins.  We've got the LIVE UPDATES for you here:  FINAL: TUNISIA 86, GILAS PILIPINAS 67 FINAL: Tunisia shows Gilas Pilipinas how it’s done. The African champions take an 86-67 win to start the classification phase.Gilas eliminated from the automatic Olympics slot chase. 0-4 record for the Philippines in this World Cup#FIBAWC ???????????????? pic.twitter.com/aXsoJck39o— Paul Kennedy Lintag (@paullintag8) September 6, 2019 BLATCHE, GILAS PUTTING UP A FIGHT IN THE FOURTH Blatche dunk + 3 points. Gilas down, 54-75#FIBAWC ???????????????? — Paul Kennedy Lintag (@paullintag8) September 6, 2019 Kiefer for three. Swish. Rare 5-0 run for Gilas but it’s still 71-49 for Tunisia#FIBAWC ???????????????? — Paul Kennedy Lintag (@paullintag8) September 6, 2019 CJ gets the layup to go. Gilas down, 46-71#FIBAWC ???????????????? — Paul Kennedy Lintag (@paullintag8) September 6, 2019 END OF 3RD QUARTER: TUNISIA 67, GILAS PILIPINAS 39 END OF 3: This game is not even close. 67-39 Tunisia after Slimane beats the quarter buzzer with a triple#FIBAWC ???????????????? — Paul Kennedy Lintag (@paullintag8) September 6, 2019 TUNISIA STILL IN CONTROL IN THE THIRD Abada for three! 63–36 Tunisia#FIBAWC ???????????????? — Paul Kennedy Lintag (@paullintag8) September 6, 2019 Abada steal and layup. 60-34 Tunisia#FIBAWC ???????????????? — Paul Kennedy Lintag (@paullintag8) September 6, 2019 June Mar and Blatche back-to-back hits. Gilas down, 34-56#FIBAWC ???????????????? — Paul Kennedy Lintag (@paullintag8) September 6, 2019 Roll steps in for another triple. Blatche hits a three of his own. 54-30 Tunisia#FIBAWC ???????????????? — Paul Kennedy Lintag (@paullintag8) September 6, 2019   HALFTIME: TUNISIA 46, GILAS PILIPINAS 24 (END OF 2Q) PHILIPPINES - 24 TUNISIA - 46 ???????? Blatche 5, Barroca 5, Perez 4, Lee 3, Aguilar 2, Bolick 2, Fajardo 2, Rosario 1.#FIBAWC Classification Round#PilipinasGotGame #GilasPilipinas ????FIBA pic.twitter.com/gkdJ65tSG0 — Gilas Pilipinas (@SmartGilas) September 6, 2019 HALFTIME: Tunisia all over Gilas Pilipinas. The African champions lead, 46-24#FIBAWC ???????????????? — Paul Kennedy Lintag (@paullintag8) September 6, 2019 Gilas Pilipinas is shooting 27 percent from the field and 2/11 from three. Tunisia is shooting 60 percent#FIBAWC ???????????????? — Paul Kennedy Lintag (@paullintag8) September 6, 2019 TUNISIA EXTENDS LEAD TO 20 POINTS Mabrouk drills another three and Tunisia is now up by 20 points, 33-13#FIBAWC ???????????????? — Paul Kennedy Lintag (@paullintag8) September 6, 2019 END OF 1ST QUARTER: TUNISIA 27, GILAS PILIPINAS 10 END OF 1: Another poor start for Gilas Pilipinas and Tunisia races to a huge 27-10 lead in Beijing#FIBAWC ???????????????? — Paul Kennedy Lintag (@paullintag8) September 6, 2019   QUICK START FOR THE AFRICANS Roll fallaway is good. 18-6 Tunisia#FIBAWC ???????????????? — Paul Kennedy Lintag (@paullintag8) September 6, 2019 Abada high layup is good and it’s 14-3 Tunisia#FIBAWC ???????????????? — Paul Kennedy Lintag (@paullintag8) September 6, 2019 Mejri stretches for the layup over Japeth. 10-3 Tunisia#FIBAWC ???????????????? — Paul Kennedy Lintag (@paullintag8) September 6, 2019 Romdhane scores again, he already has six points. 8-3 Tunisia#FIBAWC ???????????????? — Paul Kennedy Lintag (@paullintag8) September 6, 2019 Gilas loses the jump ball yet again and already has two early turnovers. Tunisia off to a fast 6-0 start, forcing a timeout for the Filipinos#FIBAWC ???????????????? — Paul Kennedy Lintag (@paullintag8) September 6, 2019   STARTERS FOR GILAS PILIPINAS VS. TUNISIA Gilas Pilipinas starters vs. Tunisia: Lee Bolick Norwood Aguilar Blatche#FIBAWC ???????????????? — Paul Kennedy Lintag (@paullintag8) September 6, 2019  .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsSep 6th, 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: June Mar helps carry SMB in huge Game 4 win

We have a series. San Miguel Beer was tough in Game 4 of the 2019 PBA Commissioner’ Cup Sunday, scoring an all-important 106-101 win at the Big Dome. Led by June Mar Fajardo, the Beermen got a strong second-half effort to force a 2-2 tie in the best-of-7 series. After the KaTropa once again unloaded in the second period, San Miguel turned around in the third and pulled away led by June Mar after he scored on five straight baskets. In the fourth, the Beermen hit timely baskets to hold off a comeback attempt by TNT. Three players finished with at least 20 points for the Beermen led by import Chris McCullough with 27 points and 22 rebounds. Alex Cabagnot had 25 while Fajardo finished with 22, 16 in the second half. TNT got 32 points and 16 rebounds from Best Import Terrence Jones and another 24 from Troy Rosario. Best Player of the Conference Jayson Castro scored 17 points to go along with eight rebounds and eight assists. Game 5 is on Wednesday back at the Big Dome.   The Scores: SMB (106) -- McCullough 27, Cabagnot, 25, Fajardo 22, Pessumal 14, Ross 7, Standhardinger 5, Romeo 4, Santos 2 TNT (101) -- Jones 32, Rosario 24, Castro 17, Trollano 16, Pogoy 9, Heruela 3, Carey 0, Casino 0, Magat 0. Quarter Scores: 31-22, 51-52, 82-69, 106-101   — Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsAug 11th, 2019