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Ginebra snuffs Bolts to bag semifinals berth

Barangay Ginebra, behind Justin Brownlee’s huge performance, battered Meralco, 104-90, on Wednesday and cruised to the best-of-five semifinals of Season 43 Philippine Basketball Association Commissioner’s Cup at the Araneta Coliseum. Brownlee tallied 36 points, six rebounds, nine assists and three steals while Greg Slaughter contributed 14 points and 10 rebounds to help the No. 5 [...] The post Ginebra snuffs Bolts to bag semifinals berth appeared first on The Manila Times Online......»»

Category: newsSource: manilatimes_net manilatimes_netJul 11th, 2018

PBA: Brownlee can’t be stopped as Ginebra closes in on Finals

Ginebra’s tidal wave in the first half proved to be more than enough to move it one win away from the Finals of the 2018 PBA Commissioner’s Cup. Justin Brownlee was a man on a mission from the get-go and spearheaded the Gin Kings’ wire-to-wire 75-72 win over Rain or Shine on Saturday at the MOA Arena. The American reinforcement dropped 44 points to go along with 16 rebounds, six assists, and five steals and was an unsolvable riddle for all of Gabe Norwood, Ed Daquioag, and Maverick Ahanmisi. Just in 23 minutes in the first half, he already had 25 points, eight rebounds, and three assists. By himself, he outscored the Elasto Painters who could only muster 23 points as a team. Still, Rain or Shine put up a last stand with Beau Belga’s long-range missile and Reggie Johnson’s short stab pulling them to within 72-74 with 9.8 ticks to go, but LA Tenorio’s split from the stripe coupled with James Yap’s missed triple tries closed the door on them for good. “What a brilliant comeback by Rain or Shine. We played a pretty game in the first half and then we made a bunch of mental mistakes (in the second half),” head coach Tim Cone said. “We just held on by our fingernails.” In the end, Ginebra’s lead that was once at 25 points proved to be more than enough for a 2-1 lead in the best-of-five semifinals. Tenorio was the only other Gin King in double-digits with 13 points to go along with four rebounds and three assists. “We got a little bit too Justin-reliant. We have to be better at responding to what happened in the second half,” Cone said. They try to close out the Elasto Painters and claim the first Finals berth in the tournament in Game 4 on Monday at the Araneta Coliseum. Reggie Johnson paced Rain or Shine with 13 points and 22 rebounds while Raymond Almazan also contributed 12 markers and nine boards. BOX SCORES GINEBRA 75 – Brownlee 44, Tenorio 13, Slaughter 8, Chan 3, Ferrer 3, Aguilar 2, Devance 2, Thompson 0, Caguioa 0, Mercado 0, Cruz 0 RAIN OR SHINE 72 – Johnson 13, Almazan 12, Daquioag 11, Yap 9, Nambatac 6, Belga 6, Tiu 6, Ahanmisi 5, Norwood 2, Washington 2, Borboran 0, Ponferada 0, Torres 0 QUARTER SCORES: 24-10, 46-23, 61-41, 75-72 --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJul 21st, 2018

Kings trip Bolts, gain semis; Beermen also in

Barangay Ginebra summoned all its offensive forces, from its smallest men to its biggest, as it rammed into Meralco’s power station at the height of a blazing run in the second half to fashion out a clinical 104-90 victory and secure a berth in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup Final Four last night at the Smart Araneta Coliseum......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJul 11th, 2018

It’s GSM

Game today (Smart Araneta Coliseum) 7 p.m. -- Talk N Text vs. San Miguel BARANGAY Ginebra barged into the PBA Commissioner’s Cup semifinals in explosive fashion, demolishing Meralco, 104-90 in Game 2 of their best-of-three quarterfinals series at the Smart Araneta Coliseum last night. The Gin Kings swept the Bolts….....»»

Category: newsSource:  journalRelated NewsJul 11th, 2018

Brownlee dazzles as Ginebra sweeps Meralco to reach semis

MANILA, Philippines – For the nth time, Barangay Ginebra proves it has the upper hand over rival Meralco.  The 5th seed Gin Kings advanced to the semifinals of the 2018 PBA Commissioner's Cup by sweeping the 4th seed Bolts, 104-90, in their best-of-3 quarterfinals duel at the Araneta Coliseum on ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJul 11th, 2018

Solo leader RoS targets No. 1 quarters berth

Solo leader Rain or Shine eyes the No. 1 quarterfinal slot and an outright twice-to-beat bonus when it battles Meralco while Barangay Ginebra San Miguel aims to stretch its winning run to four, today, in Season 43 Philippine Basketball Association Commissioner’s Cup at the Araneta Coliseum. The Elasto Painters (8-1 win-loss record) face the Bolts [...] The post Solo leader RoS targets No. 1 quarters berth appeared first on The Manila Times Online......»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimesRelated NewsJun 23rd, 2018

Barangay Ginebra Kings clinch semifinal berth

By Michael Angelo S. Murillo Senior Reporter THE Barangay Ginebra San Miguel Kings booked their place in the semifinals of the PBA Philippine Cup after completing a sweep of the Rain or Shine Elasto Painters in their best-of-three quarterfinal series with a 99-91 win in Game Two yesterday at the Smart Araneta Coliseum. Faced a […] The post Barangay Ginebra Kings clinch semifinal berth appeared first on BusinessWorld......»»

Category: financeSource:  bworldonlineRelated NewsMar 7th, 2018

Player of the Week: Garvo Lanete leading Meralco resurgence

Desperate times call for desperate measures. And for undermanned Meralco, it found a hero in Garvo Lanete, who kept the Bolts' flickering playoff hopes alive in the 2018 PBA Philippine Cup. Dead in the water a week ago, the Bolts somehow, remained in the hunt for a quarterfinals berth thanks in large part to Lanete, who has been leading his team in scoring the past couple of games. The former San Beda star, who has hit seven 3-pointers combined the last two games, averaged 21.5 points in victories over Phoenix and Barangay Ginebra to earn the PBA Press Corps Player of the Week honors. Lanete poured in 24 points on 4-of-9 shooting from beyond the arc in a 92-90 win over th...Keep on reading: Player of the Week: Garvo Lanete leading Meralco resurgence.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsFeb 19th, 2018

De Ocampo down with strained left calf

Meralco forward Ranidel de Ocampo went down with a left calf muscle strain early in the opening quarter and won’t return in Game 3 of the best-of-seven 2017 PBA Governors’ Cup Finals against Barangay Ginebra. De Ocampo aggravated a nagging calf injury he has been nursing since the semifinals with just three minutes in in the opening period Wednesday night at the Big Dome. The Gin Kings lead the series, 2-0. “Naramdaman ko lang nu’ng inatake ko si (Justin) Brownlee,” said the Bolts slot man who added that there was no physical contact when he strained the left side of his calf muscle. He was helped back to Meralco’s dugout with his calf wrapped with an ice pack. De Ocampo admitted that he has been feeling the pain since Meralco’s semis series sweep over Star Hotshots.  "Inilaro ko pa rin. Eto yung ginagamit kong muscle. Yun. Bumigay na siya,” said De Ocampo while talking to a group of reporters inside the Bolts’ locker room. “Mahirap din talaga pag inilalaro ng may injury.” De Ocampo left the venue during the third period. He’s set to undergo further tests at Makati Med.  “Meron eh (pop). Pupunta ako sa doktor ngayon,” he said. “Ngayon diretso na ko doktor. Punta akong Makati Med.” De Ocampo’s return to action is yet to be determined depending on test results. “Malalaman dun sa MRI at depende kung long srries,” said De Ocampo. “Di naman natin alam kung aabot ng Game Seven.” “Depende rin sa bilis ng paggaling,” he added.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsOct 18th, 2017

SWEEP! Bolts advance to the Finals after tough OT win vs. Star

Meralco's revenge tour is almost complete. The no. 1 Bolts advanced the the Finals of the 2017 Governors' Cup following a pulsating 91-88 overtime win over the Star Hotshots Thursday at the Big Dome. Meralco swept Star in the semifinals, 3-0, and will meet either defending champion Ginebra or sister team TNT in the championship round. After fighting through a stalemate in the first 48 minutes, the Bolts founf just enough offense in extra time to end the Hotshots' season. Jared Dillinger hit a booming three to break an 83-all tie before clamping down on defense to deny Star of multiple good attempts at the basket. Ranidel De Ocampo, acquired in a late-conference trade, then scored a long two with 1:21 to go to give Meralco a five-point lead. Cliff Hodge appeared to nail the dagger after hitting a triple with 18 seconds to go but Mark Barroca immediately took it back four seconds later for the final tally. Down three with seven seconds left, Star won a jump ball but Jio Jalalon's final attempt at a game-tying three was way off. Five players scored in double figures for Meralco led by import Allen Durham with 24 points on top of 19 rebounds and six assists. Cliff Hodge added 18 points and eight boards while RDO was good for 13 markers and seven rebounds. For Star, it was Mark Barroca that led the way as the veteran point guard fired 21 points to go along with 12 rebounds and eight assists. Marc Pingris added 16. However, a bummber for  the Hotshots was import Kris Acox who was practically a non-factor after only scoring four points in almost 35 minutes of play.   The scores: MERALCO 91 - Durham 24, Hodge 18, De Ocampo 13, Amer 10, Dillinger 10, Newsome 9, Hugnatan 7, Lanete 0, Tolomia 0. STAR 88 - Barroca 21, Pingris 16, Jalalon 12, Sangalang 8, Ramos 8, Dela Rosa 7, Reavis 6, Acox 4, Gamalinda 3, Melton 3, Simon 0. Quarters: 30-27, 54-43, 69-68, 91-88.   br /> --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8 .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsOct 5th, 2017

Ranking the possible 2017 Governors' Cup Finals pairings

The 2017 Governors' Cup semifinals is starting to take shape, and from the looks of it, things might be over earlier than expexted. That means, the Finals will have an earlier start that usual. Before that happens though, let's take time to rank all possible Finals matchups because that's always fun. Okay, here we go.   strong>1. Ginebra vs. Meralco /strong> Two words: The Shot. A rematch from the 2016 Governors' Cup Finals is the best way to go, simply because there's unfinished business here and both teams seem to genuinely despise each other. Of course, the defending champion Gin Kings remain as the favorites here as all key members returned from last year led by import Justin Brownlee. A big factor, literally, is the return of Greg Slaughter, whose mere presence makes Ginebra the team the that the best frontline in the league. On the other hand, the Bolts have been plotting all year long for this one shot at redemption. No offense to Jimmy Alapag but Meralco now has a better guard rotation with the team trading for Mike Tolomia and Baser Amer taking the next step towards his superstardom. All the key pieces are there too and they all look better than ever. Allen Durham somehow found a way to be even more dominant and Chris Newsome is now a more consistent all-around threat. Jared Dillinger is also back in harness (he missed last year's Finals) and is steady as ever while Ranidel De Ocampo, acquired in trade for the sole purpose of getting over that playoff hump is adjusting quite nicely. If this rematch were to happen, it might be better than last year. And last year was an instant classic.   strong>2. Meralco vs. TNT /strong> Basically all the elements from the first series but add more emotion. Emotion that's not exactly hate. If this series takes place, it should be awkward at first, after all, some of the Bolts key pieces, including their head coach, came from TNT. It's barely been a month since TNT traded Ranidel De Ocampo. Jared Dillinger was drafted no. 2 overall by TNT and he won multiple championships with the team. Assistant coach Jimmy Alapag has his jersey number retired with TNT and coach Norman Black's return to the PBA after his Ateneo dynasty in the UAAP was with the then Tropang Texters. Jayson Castro, Kelly Williams, and Ryan Reyes are the only members of the old TNT dynasty that still see actual minutes for the KaTropa currently. It's like a reunion of that old team but with new stars like Amer, Newsome, RR Pogoy, and Troy Rosario ready to break out. If this series takes place, all games are guaranteed to be emotional and close. Also, it would serve as a final tiebreaker between the two MVP teams. In the 2016 Governors' Cup semis, the Bolts took a 3-1 decision over the KaTropa to make the Finals. In the 2017 Commissioner's Cup, TNT won a 2-1 quarterfinal series over Meralco to make the semis and Finals. Those previous two matchups were yes, emotional and close. Now, imagine a tiebreaker with a title on the line.   strong>3. Ginebra vs. Star /strong> Manila Clasico fans were spoiled this season, as both teams have already played each other ten times. However, Ginebra has dominated the rivalry so far, winning seven of those games. At least for this season, the Gin Kings have proven that they are indeed the better team. And if this were to happen, it might be a repeat of the 2017 Philippine Cup semifinals where Ginebra won in seven games without ever leading the series. That was a close one, but with the way the Gin Kings are built right now and the way Star is playing, a Manila Clasico Finals might not live up to expectations.   strong>4. TNT vs. Star /strong> Again, take all the elements of Manila Clasico and tone them down a little bit. Actually, tone them down a lot. As of right now, this rivalry is dead. Simple as that. Also, both teams might not even get out of the semifinals. TNT is consistently inconsistent, and Star is hurting and has no offense. Sure, both teams are more than capable of rallying and making the championship round but with all the possible Finals pairings, a matchup between the KaTropa and the Hotshots is the least enticing.   br /> --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8 .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsOct 4th, 2017

Bolts gun for finals berth against Texters

Meralco seeks for a first ever finals appearance today when it battles Talk ‘N Text in Game 4 of the best-of-five semifinals of Philippine Basketball Association Season 41 Governors’ Cup at the Araneta Coliseum. Game time is set at 7 p.m. Aft.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimes_netRelated NewsOct 2nd, 2016

Gin Kings battle Aces for berth in semifinals

BARANGAY Ginebra and San Miguel Beer shoot for berths in the next round when they take on separate foes at the start of the quarterfinals of the 2016 Philippine Basketball Association Governors’ Cup......»»

Category: sportsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsSep 22nd, 2016

Kaya FC closes in on Copa semis seat

Streaking Kaya FC Iloilo inched closer to a semifinal berth in the PFL Copa Paulino Alcantara semifinals while struggling Ceres Negros FC kept its own bid alive after scoring close victories over separate foes at the Rizal Memorial Stadium Wednesday......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsSep 20th, 2018

Speights Guangzhou, Ayres Ryukyu seal Terrific 12 semis berths

MACAU – Led by former NBA players, China's Guangzhou Long Lions and Japan's Ryukyu Golden Kings secured semifinals berth in the Asia League Terrific 12.  The Long Lions nipped the Mobis Phoebus, 98-97, to sweep Group B while the Golden Kings thwarted the Xinjiang Flying Tigers, 74-59, to reign supreme ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsSep 19th, 2018

PBA: Elite shoot for share of first place

Already in their best start in franchise history, the Phoenix Fuel Masters go for more as the 2018 PBA Governors' Cup resumes play Wednesday. Phoenix is currently at 3-1 in the standings and the Fuel Masters are out to keep their fire burning, taking on the Meralco Bolts (1-2) in the main 7:00 p.m. game at the Big Dome. With import Eugene Phelps and Calvin Abueva leading the way, Phoenix looks like its finally ready to contend this conference and a win over Meralco, a finalist in the last two Governors' Cups, should help validate the team's status. Meanwhile, the Bolts look to recover from back-to-back defeats. In the first game at 4:30 p.m., Blackwater looks to share first place with two-time defending champion Ginebra. The Elite are 2-0 following victories vs. TNT and San Miguel. Blackwater will have winless Northport (0-4) on deck.     --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsSep 18th, 2018

FIBA WORLD CUP: Slaughter will not be 100 percent for Gilas if he does play

There's still a lot of uncertainly regarding the true severity of his latest ankle injury but one thing is for sure regarding Greg Slaughter exactly one week before Gilas Pilipinas plays Iran in the 2019 FIBA World Cup Asian Qualifiers. If he does play, he will not be at 100 percent. Wednesday in the PBA Governors' Cup, Slaughter tweaked his left ankle in the fourth quarter of Ginebra's win over Northport after landing on Sean Anthony following a rebound play. It's the same left ankle that bothered him towards the end of the 2018 PBA Philippine Cup, causing him to miss the Gin Kings' playoff run that ended with a semifinals defeat at the hands of eventual champion San Miguel. Greg showed up to national team practice Thursday wearing a brace to support his ankle. He did not participate in drills. "No doubt if I play I won't be 100 percent. I'll have to be on some painkillers and everything," Slaughter said. "Right now we're just trying to control the swelling, because when it swells you can't get the range on your ankle to do any jumping or running," he added. Before coming to practice, Slaughter says he spent time getting therapy done on his ankle. However, it's still definitely painful 24 hours after he tweaked it. "We did some needling, try to get some oxygenated blood in to maybe speed up the healing. Right now, my ankle is hurt because I stepped on Sean Anthony's body last night on that rebound. It was really unlucky but I'm still doing everything I can to get back," he said. "I'm gonna go see a doctor tomorrow. Today I was just trying to get some therapy. I really wanted to not be as bad as it is right now because I've really been looking forward to this opportunity, I'm really excited. Right now, it's all about trying to get my ability to run and jump," Slaughter added.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsSep 6th, 2018

UAAP: Intact FEU fueled by last year s close loss to Ateneo

HOW’D THEY DO LAST SEASON? 7-7, lost to Ateneo in Final Four YES, THEY’RE STILL HERE: Hubert Cani, Wendell Comboy, Richard Escoto, Axel Inigo, Prince Orizu, Jasper Parker, Arvin Tolentino, Ken Tuffin WELCOME TO THE FAMILY: L-Jay Gonzales, Clifford Jopia GOOD LUCK ON FUTURE ENDEAVORS: Ron Dennison WHAT SHOULD WE EXPECT FROM FEU? Far Eastern University is mostly intact – with steady guards Hubert Cani, Wendell Comboy, Axel Inigo, and Jasper Parker all back; tireless forwards Russell Escoto, Arvin Tolentino, and Ken Tuffin all returning; and Cameroonian center Prince Orizu all ready and raring for his last go-round. Don’t forget that core was one turnover away from taking down eventual champion Ateneo de Manila University a season ago. Yes, that core was good enough to discard the Blue Eagles’ twice-to-beat advantage and then grant their team an eight-point cushion in the last six of the do-or-die Game 2 of the semifinals – and if not for Isaac Go’s heroics, we would have had a different champion. “Yung learning from that experience last year, it’s going to be a motivation for us.” – head coach Olsen Racela The hope now is that core builds on that and barges into the new season with the same strong showing. A big leadership hole needs to be filled for the Tamaraws, however, as Ron Dennison is no longer there to serve as the pacesetter in terms of effort and energy. “Malaki rin yung nawala sa aming veterans so right now, we’re trying to develop guys who will take their roles.” – head coach Olsen Racela WHO IS/ARE THE PLAYER/S TO WATCH OUT FOR FROM FEU? As has been FEU tradition, expect nothing less than continued development from up and down the Tamaraws roster. In particular, shifty playmaker Parker is primed to take total control of the steering wheel under the guidance of head coach, and legendary point guard, Olsen Racela. “Since ako, I’m a point guard myself, binibigay ko talaga yung responsibility sa point guards when it comes to leading the team.” – head coach Olsen Racela And for sure, stretch big Tolentino is only hungry to bounce back after his disastrous end to last season. As for the rookies, L-Jay Gonzales and Clifford Jopia are as young as they come, but after all, this will just be a season for their adjustment. Sooner than later, know that Gonzales, described as Russell Westbrook-like, will be the next in line of those great guards from FEU. WHY SHOULD WE ROOT FOR FEU? Again, FEU was one turnover away from taking down eventual champion Ateneo. If only that final play in regulation in the do-or-die Game 2 of the semifinals was executed better, the Tamaraws would have charged into the Finals and who knows – they could have also toppled Ben Mbala and De La Salle University. That same squad is still what we’ll see this season and, who knows, things might just go their way this time around. “Yung FEU community naman, they expect us to give our all and give our 100 percent in everything we do. I think the results will follow as long as we put in the effort and five our 100 percent.” – head coach Olsen Racela WHERE WOULD FEU BE AT THE END OF UAAP SEASON 81? FEU will not be assured of a playoff berth – but they will go all-out to make sure they will be back there. Among the Final Four teams from a year ago, the Tamaraws and the Green Archers’ seats have to be the hottest – because the University of the Philippines and National University are coming for them. That doesn’t mean, however, that FEU will just give away its seat that easily. If they play at the level they played against Ateneo in the semifinals last season, then a Finals berth this year also isn’t out of the question. WHEN IS FEU’S FIRST GAME IN UAAP SEASON 81? There is no time to waste for FEU as they have a shot at a statement win right out of the gates when they are pitted against runner-up La Salle on September 8. Of course, It All Begins Here on S+A, S+A HD, LIGA, LIGA HD, and livestream. --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsSep 4th, 2018

PBA: Harris on his Alaska debut: 'It was terrible'

Veteran Mike Harris is not at all impressed with his PBA debut. Playing for Alaska in the 2018 PBA Governors' Cup, Harris scored 23 points and grabbed 15 rebounds in an 80-72 win by the Aces over the Meralco Bolts. Harris says he could have done more. "In my opinion it was terrible," he said when asked on his personal performance in his PBA opener. "It was my first game and I still have some stuff that I gotta adjust to. But it's always good to get a win whether you play good or bad," he added. After making it to the semifinals in the Commissioner's Cup, Alaska obviously wants more in the Governors' Cup. Harris will certainly help in that cause but the veteran reinforcement knows that the Aces still have some work to do. "We're far away from where we want to be but I'd much rather take a win on our first game than a loss," he said. Harris likewise added that he can do better for the Aces on a more personal note. "I know I can be better, I think my teammates have seen it practice," he said.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsAug 24th, 2018

PVL: CSB, Adamson dispute third semis seat

College of St. Benilde and Adamson University battle to formally clinch a Final Four seat in the Premier Volleyball League Season 2 Collegiate Conference men’s division at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan. At stake in the 11:00 a.m. tussle is the right to join unbeaten University of Sto. Tomas (8-0) and National University (7-1) in the best-of-three semifinals and avoid playing in a sudden death for the no. 4 spot. The Blazers and Falcons are tied at third to fourth spot with 5-3 win-loss records. The loser of the match will face the winner between Far Eastern University and University of the Philippines in a playoff for the last semifinals berth. Meanwhile, De La Salle University (2-6) and Arellano University (0-8) cross paths at 9:00 a.m. while University of Perpetual Help (3-5) and San Beda University (2-6) clash at 1:00 p.m.   ---        Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsAug 24th, 2018

Hungry Durham has nothing left to prove but lead Bolts to PBA title

The Bolts were booted out of the finals twice and against just one enemy in Barangay Ginebra, but Durham is hellbent that his third stint with the Bolts is the time they will finally exorcize their.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philippinetimesRelated NewsAug 19th, 2018