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Ginebra struggles for consistency

The competition is past the halfway mark in the single round-robin eliminations of the PBA Philippine Cup with no team out of contention for the playoffs whe.....»»

Category: sportsSource: philstar philstarFeb 9th, 2018

Castro left dumbfounded as KaTropa face blurry playoff outlook

Don't look now but there's a very real possibility that TNT will miss the Philippine Cup playoffs. Crazy, right? That is the current reality for the KaTropa right now as the flagship MVP franchise dropped to 4-5 in the standings following a terrible loss at the hands of Brgy. Ginebra Sunday at the Big Dome. TNT is currently in eight place and if the playoffs started tomorrow, the KaTropa will barely advance. "Hindi kami sanay nang ganito," star point guard Jayson Castro said. "Siguro yun nga, we need to find ways para makabalik sa winning column. Two straight losses, napaka-bigat na sa amin, especially dikit-dikit yung standings," he added. Asked what's wrong with the KaTropa, Castro gave a very simple answer. "Consistency? Wala kaming ganun eh," the Blur said. "Maganda, pangit, maganda, pangit. Siguro at the same time, yung effort namin within one game kasi bigla na lang nawawala tapos nandoon. Parang yun nga siguro," Castro added.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsFeb 11th, 2018

Anthony still makes impact for Batang Pier on off shooting night

Fresh from his career third-best 29-point explosion in the GlobalPort's 97-104 defeat against Ginebra last Sunday, the version Sean Anthony who came to play on Friday had a lot of difficulty putting the ball through the hoop. But rather than mope over his offensive struggles, Anthony put his focus on the dirty work for the Batang Pier. The Fil-Am forward collected a unique assists-rebounds double-double in the win, finishing with 13 boards and 12 dimes, a first since Chris Ross did it in 2010. His role as the stabilizing force allowed GlobalPort to claim the 78-70 breakthrough victory over Rain or Shine in the 2018 PBA Philippine Cup. "Rebounding is always gonna be there ...Keep on reading: Anthony still makes impact for Batang Pier on off shooting night.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJan 12th, 2018

Rice Jr. after crushing Game 1 defeat: It's not one game and lost, it's not the NCAA

Glen Rice Jr. is not losing sleep despite an absolute beating his team received in Game 1 of the Governors' Cup semifinals at the hands of Ginebra. After all the postseason is a marathon, not a sprint. 'It's not one game and lost, it's not the NCAA [Tournament],' Rice Jr. said after the no. 2 KaTropa lost their series opener to the no. 3 Gin Kings, 94-121. TNT also lost its series opener to no. 7 Rain or Shine in the quarterfinals before pulling through to advance. The KaTropa have shown that they can turn things around pretty quickly. Against the Gin Kings, a source of confidence is the fact that its been barely two weeks since TNT blasted the defending Governors' Cup champions, 121-92. 'Even in the first game vs. Rain or Shine, our energy wasn't the best. I think it's something that we need to continue to work on... consistency,' Rice Jr. said. 'We can't have one game when we blow somebody out and in the next game we get blown out,' he added. Despite a lethargic start, the KaTropa still have more than enough time to figure things out. Ginebra's margin of victory still only counts as one win. 'It don't matter how much we lost,' Rice Jr. said. 'We could have lost by a buzzer-beater, we could have lost by 30. It's still a best-of-5 series,' he added.   br /> --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8 .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsOct 3rd, 2017

Ballesteros becomes unlikely hero as Meralco turns back Ginebra

(UPDATED) BOCAUE, Philippines – Jason Ballesteros materialized into the hero Meralco Bolts badly needed as they stayed alive in their playoff hunt with an 84-82 win over Barangay Ginebra in the 2018 PBA Philippine Cup at the Philippine Arena here Sunday, February 18. Ballesteros, who finished with 17 rebounds and 7 ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated News5 hr. 54 min. ago

Familiarity helped Meralco’s Ballesteros in career game vs Ginebra

BOCAUE --- Familiarity was the key for Jason Ballesteros when Meralco met Barangay Ginebra at Philippine Arena. Facing former Gilas teammates and now-Ginebra big men Greg Slaughter and Japeth Aguilar on Sunday, it was like old times once again for the former San Sebastian Stag as he outwitted his younger counterparts on his way to a career-best 17 rebounds with seven points to boot. "I was just lucky," Ballesteros said in Filipino. "In a way, I know how they play because we were teammates before at Gilas." But it was more than luck for Ballesteros as his tireless effort was crucial in the Bolts' 84-82 escape act over the Gin Kings, a victory that kept them in the hunt for a ...Keep on reading: Familiarity helped Meralco’s Ballesteros in career game vs Ginebra.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated News9 hr. 54 min. ago

Meralco spoils Devance’s return with win over Ginebra

BOCAUE --- Joe Devance would have liked to mark his return from a foot injury with a victory. After all, his first game this season was interestingly at Philippine Arena, the site of Ginebra's 2017 Governors' Cup triumph last October, and against their Finals foes in Meralco. But the Bolts had other plans as they came away with an 84-82 win on Sunday night. "I'm just disappointed that we lost, especially since it's my first game back," Devance said. The most important thing is that Devance is slowly but surely getting himself back to his old form. "I'm okay. I still have quite a bit to go," he said after playing for 18 minutes and finishing with four points, three rebo...Keep on reading: Meralco spoils Devance’s return with win over Ginebra.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated News9 hr. 54 min. ago

Caram provides spark to revive Bolts’ playoff bid

BOCAUE --- "Never say die" has always been Ginebra's mantra. But on Sunday, it seemed like the tables were turned when Meralco got one over its rivals. Fighting for survival in the 2018 PBA Philippine Cup, the Bolts clawed their way back from a 69-77 deficit in the fourth period to pull off a thrilling 84-82 victory to stay alive in the playoff race. "We want to be known as a team that doesn't give up even if we're undermanned," said Meralco playmaker Anjo Caram, who was one of the team's unsung heroes. Missing key guys like Ranidel de Ocampo, Jared Dillinger, and now, Cliff Hodge due to an MCL sprain, the diminutive guard proved to be the spark Meralco needed, firing a c...Keep on reading: Caram provides spark to revive Bolts’ playoff bid.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated News9 hr. 54 min. ago

Thompson, Kings quickly set sights on ROS after crucial loss to Bolts

BOCAUE --- Scottie Thompson would have wanted Ginebra to have formalized its entry to the 2018 PBA Philippine Cup quarterfinals with a victory over Meralco at the cavernous Philippine Arena on Sunday. Instead, the Bolts claimed the rematch of last year's finals, 84-82, to stay alive in the playoff race and complicate matters for the Gin Kings. "We really needed this game. This would have assured us in the playoffs, but because of what happened, we need to work harder in our next game," he said in Filipino. The do-it-all guard gave his all as always, and his efforts were mirrored in the stat sheets with 17 points, 13 rebounds, and five assists. Despite his gaudy numbers, T...Keep on reading: Thompson, Kings quickly set sights on ROS after crucial loss to Bolts.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated News9 hr. 54 min. ago

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 News16 hr. 28 min. ago

LOOK: Mitchell bests Nance Jr in 2018 NBA Slam Dunk Contest

MANILA, Philippines – Consistency was the key for Utah Jazz's Donovan Mitchell in beating Cleveland Cavaliers' Larry Nance Jr. in the 2018 NBA Slam Dunk Contest championship round of the NBA All-Stars Weekend on Saturday, February 17.  Following his first perfect 50-point alley-oop dunk with one hand, Mitchell's final and ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated News18 hr. 15 min. ago

Bolts need this one

THE stake is always high every time Meralco and Barangay Ginebra collide at the Philippine Arena. The Bolts and the Gin Kings had their last three games of their 2017 Governors’ Cup best-of-7 finals showdown staged at the huge arena in Bocaue, Bulacan. The Gin Kings beat the Bolts in….....»»

Category: newsSource:  journalRelated NewsFeb 17th, 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

Depressed on Valentine’s Day? ‘Human Library’ aims to clear stigma on mental health struggles

Under the theme "Read my mind," the Human Library is a one-day installation aimed to create public awareness and a deeper understanding of mental health......»»

Category: newsSource:  interaksyonRelated NewsFeb 14th, 2018

These Adamson Baby Falcons are nobodies no more

In the first round of the 80th Season of the UAAP Juniors Basketball Tournament, it was all about fully-loaded Ateneo de Manila High School, powerhouse Nazareth School of National University, awoken giant University of Sto. Tomas, and defending champion Far Eastern University-Diliman. With those four locking down the top half of the standings, the Final Four seemed to be set. Then came the second round and a brand new upstart entered the playoff picture. Competitive in their contests up against the top teams in the first round, Adamson High School built upon that confidence to register a record of 4-3 in the second round. That, along with the Tiger Cubs’ struggles, led to a 7-7 elimination round finish for the Baby Falcons – extending their campaign with a playoff for the fourth-seed. The motivation was pretty simple for the squad nobody thought would be contending this quick. “Ang battle cry namin is we are nobody and we want to make a name for ourselves,” head coach Mike Fermin shared. He then continued, “Imagine, 14 rookies, sino ba yang mga yan? Yun lang nasa utak namin.” Adamson was expected to be rebuilding as it has not even been a year after the departure of former head coach Goldwyn Monteverde along with what was once a championship-caliber core including Gerry Abadiano, EJ Agbong, Forthsky Padrigao, Encho Serrano, and Carl Tamayo. Enter Fermin – and really, his track record of maximizing whatever materials he has should have told us that the Baby Falcons were taking flight sooner than later. The 38-year-old mentor once took over for Kenneth Duremdes and led the Soaring Falcons to a respectable finish. When Franz Pumaren was installed as Seniors head coach, Fermin then took his talents to the Lady Falcons whom he guided to the Final Four. Now, the always amiable mentor has been tasked to make sure that there is wind beneath the wings of Adamson High. And for the third time, the San Marcelino-based school’s faith in Fermin has paid dividends – with the Baby Falcons taking the Tiger Cubs to the limit before surrendering a one-point defeat in overtime in their do-or-die game for the fourth-seed. Of course, it had to help that three of Monteverde’s recruits opted to stay. “Malaking bagay na nandito pa rin yung Doria brothers at yung Sabandal kasi nadadala nila yung leadership on and off the court,” the head coach said, talking about starting forwards Andrey and Adam Doria and lead guard Joem Sabandal. He then continued, “Tapos yung experience nila, malaking bagay rin. Masasabi nilang, ‘Nakapaglaro na kami ng UAAP at mase-share namin yung experience na yun.’” And oh, of course, it had to help that one of those three returnees happened to be a star just waiting for a chance to shine.w Sabandal has been, without a doubt, the breakout star of the second round of the season – and even the entire season because, well, really, CJ Cansino has already been doing CJ Cansino things since a year ago. That was again evident in the fourth-seed playoff as the Cagayan de Oro native almost had a triple-double with a stat line of 20 points, nine assists, nine rebounds, and three steals. While their surprise contention didn’t put them in the semifinals, Adamson will remain intact and reap the rewards of their experience for next season. Without a doubt, nobody could say they are nobodies anymore. --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsFeb 14th, 2018

Belangel dislodges Ateneo teammate Sotto out of top spot in NBTC 24

The UAAP Season 80 Juniors Basketball Tournament closed out its elimination round with a bang, but as the day ended, one student-athlete stood head and shoulders above the rest of the competition. Ateneo de Manila High School's senior floor general SJ Belangel dropped a whopping 31 points against Nazareth School of National University, leading the Blue Eaglets to an immaculate 14-0 record en route to an automatic Finals berth. With this outing and the consistency he showed during the preliminaries, Belangel took over the top spot as the best high school prospect in Week 5 of the National Basketball Training Center Chooks-to-Go 24. The NBTC Chooks-to-Go 24 is a weekly ranking of high school players taking part in the UAAP, CESAFI-NBTC, MMBL, and FCAAF tournaments as well as the recently concluded NCAA competition. Ateneo big man and 23 for 2023 cadet Kai Sotto dropped to second after sitting atop the ladder for the last four weeks. Rounding out the top five are La Salle Greenhills' Joel Cagulangan, Mapua University's Will Gozum, and Far Eastern University-Diliman's L-Jay Gonzales. For dragging University of Sto. Tomas to a playoff match against Adamson High School, CJ Cansino, who is bound to win the UAAP Jrs. MVP, went up to seven.  On the other hand, Baby Falcons ace Joem Sabandal also rose in the weekly rankings, going up to 16. Making the biggest leap this week is CESAFI MVP Alex Visser. Visser rose to 17th, four spots higher than a week ago.  The biggest loser this week is Baby Tamaraws off-guard RJ Abarrientos. The FEU-commit was a non-factor during his team's loss to the Tiger Cubs last Sunday resulting to a drop from eighth to 14th. Here is the complete rankings after Week 5: 1. SJ Belangel, ADMU (2) 2. Kai Sotto, ADMU (1) 3. Joel Cagulangan, LSGH (3) 4. Will Gozum, MU (4) 5. L-Jay Gonzales, FEU (5) 6. Rhayann Amsali, NU (6) 7. CJ Cansino, UST (9) 8. Dave Ildefonso, ADMU (7) 9. Aaron Fermin, AU (10) 10. Clint Escamis, MU (11) 11. John Galinato, CKSC (12) 12. Inand Fornilos, LSGH (13) 13. Warren Bonifacio, MU (14) 14. RJ Abarrientos, FEU (8) 15. Evan Nelle, SBC (15) 16. Joem Sabandal, ADU (17) 17. Alex Visser, SHS Cebu (21) 18. Terrence Fortea, NU (16) 19. Raven Cortez, DLSZ (18) 20. Beirn Laurente, UV (20) 21. Mac Guadana, LPU (22) 22. Joaqui Manuel, ADMU (19) 23. Harvey Pagsanjan, HCHS (23) 24. Maui Cruz, EAC (24) The Juniors stars were ranked using the following criteria: league stats, impact in team, team record, leadership, defense, offense, and level of competition. These rankings will be used to determine the 24 players who will take part in the annual SM-NBTC High School All-Star Game on March at the MOA Arena......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsFeb 13th, 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

Ginebra yet to unlock full All-Filipino potential says Greg Slaughter

After losing four of five games in the middle of the All-Filipino, Barangay Ginebra is back in business, winning back-to-back games to make its push for the playoffs. In particular, the big three of LA Tenorio, Greg Slaughter, and Japeth Aguilar are all playing well at the same time. Sunday during the demolition of TNT, all three stars scored at least 20 points, guiding the Gin Kings to an impressive 93-78 win. And while the Gin Kings are starting to roll, now with a 5-4 record, Slaughter, who dropped 20 points and 14 rebounds against the KaTropa, is confident that Ginebra is not near top condition yet. Scary for the rest of the league. "I don't think we're peaking yet. We still got two more tough games ahead of us. We'll just take it one at a time," Slaughter said. "It's a really nice win over TNT, an elite team, but I can still think of more that we could get better at," he added. Moving forward, Slaughter feels like Ginebra can still get more out of its bench. That and the big 3's continued strong play should unlock the Gin Kings full potential in the Philippine Cup. "It may show up in the stat sheet that we scored a lot of points but there's a lot of intangible plays made by our guys off the bench," Slaughter said. "Kevin had two really big threes. Mark had a lot of taps on loose balls. Scottie with the hustle and rebounds, it was just a team effort. Hopefully we could just gel more and get a little more production out of our bench as the season goes on," he added.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsFeb 11th, 2018

Troy on his health after bad fall: Di naman na ako nahihilo

The last time we saw Troy Rosario in the PBA, he landed face first to the floor and had to be taken out of the arena via stretcher. Fortunately, Rosario ended up being okay and is only undergoing routine tests before he eventually makes his way back to playing. "Okay naman na," Rosario said Sunday following TNT's loss to Barangay Ginebra. "Di naman na ako nahihilo, di gaya nung nakaraan mga araw na nandun pa yung hilo," he added. Despite feeling better overall, Rosario still has no go signal from the doctor to practice, let alone play. That means he might miss the KaTropa's remaining two games in the elimination round and Gilas Pilipinas February games against Australia and Japan in the World Cup Asian Qualifiers. "Check up ko bukas yung sa Ortho, pero yung sa Neuro ko, 15 pa yung check up. Dun malalaman kung bibigyan na ako ng go signal para mag-practice," Rosario said. "Tsaka kung bibigyan man ako ng go-signal, di alam kung pwedeng biglaan yung practice. Unti-unti din eh. Yun yung sabi ng doctor, pero ewan ko baka magbago bukas," he added.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsFeb 11th, 2018

Ginebra bags 5th win, topples TNT behind Tenorio s double-double

(UPDATED) MANILA, Philippines – LA Tenorio waxed hot for 27 points, 11 assists, and 5 rebounds to lead Barangay Ginebra to a 93-78 triumph over the TNT KaTropa for their second straight win in the 2018 PBA Philippine Cup at the Smart Araneta Coliseum on Sunday, February 11. Ginebra's twin towers ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsFeb 11th, 2018

Troy Rosario raring to return for skidding TNT KaTropa

MANILA, Philippines – Troy Rosario said he is already feeling well following his nasty fall last February 7 but that does not mean he will immediately suit up for the TNT KaTropa and Gilas Pilipinas. Rosario, who was reduced to a spectator in TNT's 78-93 defeat to Barangay Ginebra  on Sunday, February 11, shared after the ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsFeb 11th, 2018