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: abscbn abscbnJan 12th, 2018

Yung defense namin parang bata -- Alas on blowout loss

Phoenix’s terrible decision-making on offense and passive defense made Rain or Shine look good. Fuel Masters head coach Louie Alas was furious with his team’s performance as Phoenix absorbed a 99-120 beating against the Elasto Painters in the 43rd PBA Philippine Cup Wednesday at the Big Dome. The mentor admitted that he felt that the game was already out of hand after his squad gave up 39 points in the opening period alone.  “Bad decision-making namin offensively fuels their transition offense,” said Alas. Rain or Shine converted Phoenix’s 19 turnovers to 30 points and outran the Fuel Masters to cop 22 fastbreak points. “First half 72% field goal (ang Rain or Shine), paano ka naman mananalo dyan? Defensive team ang gusto mong maging trademark mo, gi-give up ka ng 39 points in the first quarter, that’s bad,” said Alas, whose squad’s next assignment is on Saturday against Magnolia. “I just told them, ‘If we will have the same attitude on Saturday expect the same score.’ So it will be a test of character.” Ed Daquioag toyed with Phoenix’s defense as he scored 21 points to pace the Elasto Painters while James Yap, who was just averaging 3.3 points in three games, scored 20 points in an 8-of-10 clip from the field. If not for a bad fall on an and-one play off rookie Jason Perkins with 7:33 left in the third, Daquioag, the second-year guard out of UST, would’ve done more damage against Phoenix. He never got to shoot his bonus free throw and sat out the rest of the game. “(Si) Daquioag parang nagra-round robin. Sabi ko, ‘What kind of a defensive team are we? We have to shape up.’ Talagang kapag ang sama ng opensa ko, di kami maka-stop sa depensa,” said Alas. “We've got six keys to win, checkin natin lahat... lahat wala kaming nagawa. Yu’ng pick and roll defense namin, parang bata. Sabi ko. ‘'Yan ba ang gusto niyong defensive identity natin? Giving up 39 points in one quarter? We're not like that,’” he added. The Elasto Painters got their game going to build some separation early, and their lead ballooned to 86-47 in the third. “Nu’ng first three plays pa nga lang, nag-timeout ako ng mabilis eh. Sabi ko, ‘Guys, we're very passive.’ Dalawang TOs agad ‘yun,” said Alas. “First quarter nakadalawang timeouts kaagad ako just to stop the bleeding.” Alas pointed that he has to address the problems they had against the Elasto Painters as they prepare for Magnolia.    “Unang-una ‘yung shot selection namin. Kasi kapag nagmintis ka makikita mo kukunin mo na lang yung inbound su-shoot na yan. We need to adjust that and defensively kailangang pagbutihin namin ‘yung transition defense naming,” he said. “We need to improve on that several notches higher.”   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles.....»»

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Compton vouches for his old MBA coach: I love Coach Ricky

Alaska head coach Alex Compton has a rather long history with Kia's Ricky Dandan. Dandan was Compton's first coach in the old MBA with the Manila Metrostars. The two were also part of the Rain or Shine staff in the PBA back when the team was still known as the Welcoat Dragons. And with the Aces handing the Picanto a sound 37-point beating Sunday, Compton gave some of his thoughts on his former coach. Mainly, he says he understands what Dandan is going through right now taking over the lowly Kia franchise. "Coach Ricky is a good friend, and yeah, I've been as an assistant, in that position, when we started at Welcoat. It's tough, it's really tough," Compton said. "Their guys are working hard, he just took over early in the season so he's trying to put his system in. I know he's got a great basketball mind. He just stepped into a really difficult situaton," he added. As the Picanto continue their unconventional ways, now losers of 16 straight games for the third longest skid in PBA history, Compton is confident Dandan will figure something out. "I love Coach Ricky, and he's just in a tough position," he said. "I'm sure he'll get those guys playing because I know he's a good coach," Compton added.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJan 14th, 2018

Papa Bear Benjie Paras leads first PBA 'Homecourt' visit

PBA fans in three Metro Manila barangays got the surprise of their lives Thursday following the unannounced visit made by Hall of Famer Benjie Paras, Beau Belga of Rain or Shine, and Magnolia’s Rodney Brondial. The three players were accompanied by officials and staff of the PBA led by Officer-In-Charge Willie Marcial during their personal appearances in Barangay Marilag, Project 4 in Quezon City, and Barangays Jesus dela Pena and Tanong in Marikina as part of the new Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) program of the league dubbed ‘PBA Homecourt.’ Belga and Brondial went along with the group as part of their community work after being fined by the Commissioner’s Office for various infractions just before the holiday break. Under the league’s new CSR setting, players are given the chance to write off minor fines through appearances in basketball courts within the metropolis. On the other hand, Paras, the only player to become Rookie-MVP in a season (1989), volunteered to go doing the rounds of barangays as a way of giving back to PBA fans. “Masarap at magaan sa pakiramdam na makita mong napapasaya yung mga fans, especially yung mga bata,” said Belga, who did his share of taking selfies, photos, and autograph signings during the event. A shoot around was held in all three barangay courts, with fans who made the basket receiving gift items, basketball, and select tickets from the PBA. League stickers were also attached to the barangay courts visited by the group. Marcial said the event will be held every other Thursday, or on Saturdays when no out of town games are scheduled. And like in its initial staging, the tour will be held unannounced. “Mas maganda yung ma-surprise mo sila,” said the league OIC.  .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJan 13th, 2018

Globalport nabs first win against Rain or Shine as Pringle erupts for 29

  MANILA, Philippines (UPDATED) - Globalport Batang Pier sailed over the Rain or Shine Elastopainters, 78-70, for their first win of the season at the Mall of Asia Arena, Friday, January 12.  Stanley Pringle made sure his efforts would not go for naught this time as ........»»

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B-Pier score

GLOBALPORT finally barged into the win column last night at the expense of Rain or Shine after eking out a 78-70 victory in the PBA Philippine Cup at the Mall of Asia Arena. The Batang Pier improved to a 1-2 win-loss record tied with the Elasto Painters and snapped their….....»»

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Pringle wants more from Globalport after first win

Globalport just notched its first win in the 2018 PBA Philippine Cup, but skipper Stanley Pringle wants to see more effort from his team in the future games. The Batang Pier took the glow out of Rain or Shine with a 78-70 win Friday at Mall of Asia Arena in a game where defense became the all-encompassing theme. In its first two games, Globalport allowed its opponents to score upwards of 100 points and the 70 points the Elasto Painters scored were a testament to the Batang Pier's improved defense. Pringle, though, wants his team to rebound the ball more despite having a slight 59-56 edge over Rain or Shine in that statistical department. "It was a good win, but we need to...Keep on reading: Pringle wants more from Globalport after first win.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJan 12th, 2018

Blackwater ends losing skid to RoS, Cuneta Astrodome

The saying, 'there's a first time for everything' rang true for Blackwater. More than winning their first game in the 43rd season of the PBA after a sour start in the Philippine Cup, Blackwater’s 92-87 win over the Rain or Shine Elasto Painters Friday at the Cuneta Astrodome was extra special for the Elite. It took the Dioceldo Sy franchise three years to finally pluck a win over the Elasto Painters in a venue that has been brutal to Blackwater in the past three seasons.     “Parang first time naming talunin ang Rain or Shine. This is our first time na talunin ang Rain or Shine dito sa PBA simula ng pumasok ang Blackwater,” said Elite coach Leo Isaac. “Parang first time din ata naming manalo sa Cuneta,” added Isaac, who himself has a losing 0-18 overall record at the Pasay City venue that started since he coached Barako Bull back in 2009 before the win.  Blackwater dropped its previous 11 matches against RoS since joining the league back in 2014 and were 0-10 overall at the historic Pasay City venue.   But the win in a duel that saw 26 lead changes and nine deadlocks needed a lot from Isaac’s young crew. The game was tight until the last two minutes before Mac Belo, who’s slowly getting his groove back after a tough Season 42 that saw him saddled with knee injury, nailed a triple with under two minutes left to create a 90-85 separation. A stop and a pair of charities by Michael DiGregorio sealed the win for the Elite, who bounced back from an opening day 98-103 loss to Meralco a week ago.        Belo finished with 25 points including a 5-of-9 clip from behind the arc while Digregorio and rookie Raymar Jose scored 23 and 12 makers, respectively. “We’re hoping that we could have a good new year and with this win we hope that that it would boost our campaign here in the All-Filipino,” said Isaac.     --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles  .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsDec 29th, 2017

Rosario, TNT spoil Teng s career night with Alaska

Jeron Teng went full Beast Friday but all that went to waste as Alaska absorbed its second loss in as many games in the 2018 Philippine Cup. TNT is on the board for the new season as the KaTropa scored a 106-98 victory over the Aces at the Cuneta Astrodome. With Troy Rosario leading the charge, the KaTropa gained control late in the first half and TNT just managed to keep the Aces at bay in the second to push their record to an even 1-1. Rosario scored 21 points, 17 in the first half, and grabbed eight rebounds as TNT bounced back from a season-opening loss to Rain or Shine last week. Jayson Castro and Mo Tautuaa also had great games for the KaTropa as both players scored 18 apiece. The Blur added another six rebounds and five assists while Mo finished with nine rebounds. RR Garcia returned from injury reserve and put up 11 points for TNT. "It's always hard to get the first win especially with our next game being against San Miguel. At least we got some sort of momentum before we face the best team in the league," head coach Nash Racela said as his team looks forward to a semis rematch against the three-time defending champions when action resumes early next year. Following a high-scoring first quarter, TNT buckled down on defense and limited the Aces to 19 points in the second while scoring 29 to really take control of the contest. Alaska, who still can't seem to find ways to win in the new season, got a monster effort from Jeron Teng, its no. 5 overall pick from the previous Draft. Teng powered his way for 28 points, 10 rebounds, and five assists, and four steals but he couldn't lead the Aces back from a 14-point deficit. Jvee Casio added 17 for Alaska while Calvin Abueva went for 16 points and nine boards.   The Scores: TNT (106) - Rosario 21, Tautuaa 19, Castro 18, Garcia 11, Williams 9, Pogoy 7, Onwubere 6, Reyes 6, Torres 6, Tallo 2, Arong 2, Carey 0. Alaska (98) - Teng 28, Casio 17, Abueva 16, Magat 9, Thoss 6, Galliguez 5, Pascual 5, Banchero 4, Cruz 4, Manuel 2, Racal 2, Exciminiano 0. Quarterscores: 29-30, 56-49, 81-72, 106-98.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsDec 29th, 2017

Belo shines as Blackwater survives Rain or Shine

MANILA, Philippines — As if making up for lost time, Mac Belo led Blackwater to its first win of the season and its first ever over Rain or Shine, 92-87, Fri.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsDec 29th, 2017

Belo leads Blackwater to first-ever win over ROS

After dealing with nagging injuries, Mac Belo has re-introduced himself to the PBA. The true top pick of the 2016 Draft led Blackwater over Rain or Shine, 92-87, Friday in the 2018 Philippine Cup at the Cuneta Astrodome in Pasay. Belo fired 25 points and the Elite got their first win this season for an even 1-1 record. Belo also gifted Blackwater its first win over Rain or Shine in team history. The Ever Bilena franchise lost its first 11 games against the Elasto Painters since entering the league for the 2015 season. It was also the team's first win at the Cuneta Astrodome in 11 tries. Holding on to a two-point lead with less than two minutes to go, Belo fired a booming triple that gave the Elite some much-neede breathing room. Blackwater then just took care of its free throws to seal the win to end 2017. "First time namin manalo against Rain or Shine and to win in Cuneta and we're hoping that we can have a good new year with this win," head coach Leo Isaac said. "Our defense needed to hold to contain the firepower of Rain or Shine. We needed to contain the shooters while we were able to convert on our side," he added. After Belo, Mike Digregorio 23 points for Blackwater including the two insurance free throws while rookie Raymar Jose had 12 points and eight rebounds. Rain or Shine, who dropped to 1-1, Chris Tiu led the way with 14 points. Ed Daquioag and Gabe Norwood added 13 apiece for the Elasto Painters.   The Scores: Blackwater (92) - Belo 25, Digregorio 23, Jose 12, Maliksi 10, Erram 9, Pinto 7, Sumang 5, Sena 2, Cortez 0, Marcelo 0, Javier 0. Rain or Shine (87) - Tiu 14, Norwood 13, Daquioag 13, Almazan 10, Maiquez 9, Belga 7, Borboran 6, Yap 5, Trollano 4, Ponferada 2, Nambatac 2. Quarterscores: 28-25, 47-44, 65-64, 92-87.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsDec 29th, 2017

TNT vet Kelly Williams showing no signs of slowing down

There's an extra oomph in Kelly Williams' game on Friday. Seemingly turning back the hands of time, the 35-year-old was all over the court when TNT opened its campaign in the 2018 PBA Philippine Cup against Rain or Shine, with him skying for rebounds, hustling for loose balls, and even delivering rim-rattling dunks. Williams wound up with 11 points and eight rebounds in 29 minutes on the floor as he was one of the few positives coach Nash Racela can look at for the KaTropa. "Kelly showed it last season. The expectation this conference, this season was to continue what he was doing previously," Racela said. The 2008 PBA Most Valuable Player, however, feels that he's still ...Keep on reading: TNT vet Kelly Williams showing no signs of slowing down.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsDec 24th, 2017

Misfiring TNT fall to Rain or Shine

Jayson Castro couldn't help but be baffled with how the hardworking TNT squad lost its 2018 PBA Philippine Cup season opener to Rain or Shine, 82-79, on Friday given how his team won in almost all statistical departments. "I'm also confused. We won virtually every stats, but we still lost the game," he said after putting up near triple-double numbers of18 points, nine rebounds and 10 assists. The KaTropa's efforts were evident in the game as they dominated the boards, 73-54, had more points in the paint (32 to 20) and second chance points (25 to 14). They also dished more assists (18 to 13) and blocked more shots (eight to five). What Castro failed to mention, however, was h...Keep on reading: Misfiring TNT fall to Rain or Shine.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsDec 23rd, 2017

A win is a win for Tiu

Ugly as the game may have been, Chris Tiu would gladly take a win for Rain or Shine. "It wasn't the prettiest game offensively, but we're happy to win. A win is a win," he said on the heels of the Elasto Painters hacking out a 82-79 victory over TNT to start their 2018 PBA Philippine Cup right. Tiu was one of the key players who delivered the season-opening triumph for Rain or Shine as he contributed 12 points and three rebounds on Friday. His stellar performance, as the former Ateneo playmaker says, was by design as he challenged himself to take a bigger role on the team this season, especially with a number of key cogs of the old champion teams already gone. "I'm trying...Keep on reading: A win is a win for Tiu.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsDec 22nd, 2017

Rain or Shine escapes TNT for season-opening win

MANILA, Philippines (UPDATED) – The Rain or Shine Elasto Painters had just enough gas left in the tank as they eked out an 82-79 win over the TNT KaTropa to open their 2018 PBA Philippine Cup campaign at the Cuneta Astrodome in Pasay City on Friday, December 22. Rain or Shine ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsDec 22nd, 2017

ROS out to make things happen in Season 43

By Michael Angelo S. Murillo Senior Reporter COMING off what they considered to be a “transition year,” the Rain or Shine Elasto Painters look to start making things happen anew as they begin their Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) Season 43 campaign today. To take on the TNT KaTropa in their debut in the season-opening Philippine […] The post ROS out to make things happen in Season 43 appeared first on BusinessWorld......»»

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PBA Season 43 preview: The Pack

Forget the PBA impasse for a second. Seriously, forget it. Why? There are basketball games to be played. That's right, the PBA will push through with the opening of the 43rd season as originally scheduled and before we start what appears to be another long, exciting, stressful (for the good reasons, of course), and eventful year of basketball, let's look at all 12 teams first. We start with "The Pack" in this preview. Special thanks to Alaska's coach Alex Compton for this idea. Okay here we go.   Rain or Shine Elasto Painters PBA Season 42 results: Philippine Cup - Quarterfinals Commissioner's Cup - Quarterfinals Governors' Cup - Quarterfinals PBA Season 43 opening day line up: Gabe Norwood Ed Daquioag Jericho Cruz Dexter Maiquez Maverick Ahanmisi Jewel Ponferrada Mark Borboran Chris Tiu James Yap Don Trollano Raymond Almazan Rey Nambatac Beau Belga Ronnie Matias Jeremy King Injured/Reserve: Jay Washington Head coach: Caloy Garcia The Elasto Painters, after losing so many key peices from their championship team in the previous offseason, didn't exactly have a bad year in 2017. ROS made it to the playoffs in each of the three conferences. However, the Painters failed to advance to the semifinals in all three as well. Rain or Shine is a champion team but the transition period for this franchise might be extended unless they can actually sustain their strong starts to conferences.   NLEX Road Warriors PBA Season 42 results: Philippine Cup - Missed playoffs Commissioner's Cup - Missed playoffs Governors' Cup - Quarterfinals PBA Season 43 opening day line up: Emman Monfort Michael Miranda Juami Tiongson Jansen Rios Kevin Alas Cyrus Baguio Alex Mallari Larry Fonacier Kiefer Ravena Raul Soyud Kenneth Ighalo Rabeh Al-Hussaini Alfonso Gotladera JR Quinahan Asi Taulava Injured/Reserve: Ronjay Buenafe Head coach: Yeng Guiao It took them a while but the Road Warriors finally figured things out under coach Yeng Guiao. And now with a new star at poing guard plus a another offseason of playing together, this season feels like the actual start of the Yeng Guiao era in NLEX. The Road Warriors have a nice mix of young and veteran talent and they have a champion coach at the helm. The potential is there to make noise in the playoffs.   Phoenix Fuel Masters PBA Season 42 results: Philippine Cup - Quarterfinals Commissioner's Cup - Quarterfinals Governors' Cup - Missed playoffs PBA Season 43 opening day line up: LA Revilla Jason Perkins Gelo Alolino JC Intal Joseph Eriobu Justin Chua Marvin Hayes Jeff Chan Doug Kramer Jam Cortez Karl Dehesa Rey Guevarra William Wilson RJ Jazul Matthew Wright Head coach: Louie Alas Phoenix is in it to win it. The Fuel Masters missed the playoffs once for the first time in four conferences and the team literally changed almost their entire coaching staff. Coach Louie Alas will have an interesting squad to work with in his debut season with the team. If Phoenix can avoid a major slide similar to what happened in the 2017 Governors' Cup, expect the Fuel Masters to be featured in the playoff race.   KIA Picanto PBA Season 42 results: Philippine Cup - Missed playoffs Commissioner's Cup - Missed playoffs Governors' Cup - Missed playoffs PBA Season 43 opening day line up: Reden Celda Jackson Corpuz JR Reyes Jon Gabriel Philip Paniamogan Rashawn McCarthy Prince Caperal Eric Camson Jan Jamon Pedrito Galanza Roldan Sara Glenn Khobuntin Mark Yee Dylan Ababou Ronald Tubid Head coach: Chris Gavina Kia's unconventional ways will be tested this season. After basically trading away Christian Standhardinger, people will most certainly watch the Picanto to lose. But you never know with this team, they have a brilliant coach and maybe Kia manages to pull off an upset or two this season. Maybe it's not so bad after all. We'll see.   Meralco Bolts PBA Season 42 results: Philippine Cup - Missed playoffs Commissioner's Cup - Quarterfinals Governors' Cup - Finals PBA Season 43 opening day line up: Bryan Faundo Mike Tolomia Cliff Hodge Nico Salva Baser Amer Chris Newsome KG Canaleta Garvo Lanete Joseph Sedurifa Anjo Caram Jason Ballesteros Jared Dillinger Reynel Hugnatan Ranidel De Ocampo Mac Baracael Injured/Reserve: Ken Bono Head coach: Norman Black For the past two seasons, Meralco has not performed well in the Philippine Cup. Without an import, the Bolts just shut down for some reason. However, the team can build on a more mature set of locals this time around to make some noise in the All-Filipino. And you already know coach Norman Black is not allowing another All-Filipino collapse from his team.   Blackwater Elite PBA Season 42 results: Philippine Cup - Missed playoffs Commissioner's Cup - Missed playoffs Governors' Cup - Quarterfinals PBA Season 43 opening day line up: Mike Cortez Mike Digregorio Ael Banal Roi Sumang JP Erram Mark Cruz John Pinto Mac Belo James Sena Renz Palma Chris Javier Allein Maliksi Dave Marcelo Raymar Jose Kyle Neypes Head coach: Leo Isaac Blackwater has an interesting team. Just looking at their line up from top to bottom, the Elite have all the tools to make a playoff runs this season. Starting with the All-Filipino, Blackwater can finish the job that they failed to do last season. People forget that the Elite, despite missing the playoffs, had a pretty good Philippine Cup last year.   Globalport Batang Pier PBA Season 42 results: Philippine Cup - Quarterfinals Commissioner's Cup - Quarterfinals Governors' Cup - Missed playoffs PBA Season 43 opening day line up: Yousef Taha Julian Sargent Stanley Pringle Terrence Romeo Nico Elorde Sean Anthony Micahel Juico Jonathan Gray Ryan Arana Kelly Nabong Lervin Flores Joseph Gabayni Bradwyn Guinto Injured/Reserve: Arnold Van Opstal Head coach: Pido Jarencio Regardless if its Pido Jarencio or Franz Pumaren coaching this team, things will be hard for Globalport if Terrence Romeo continues to miss time. But looking at it from another angle, maybe Stanley Pringle shows us another level to his game and takes the Batang Pier to new heights. However, Globalport fans would feel more comfortable if the Bro recovers according to schedule and makes his debut sooner rather than later.   Alaska Aces PBA Season 42 results: Philippine Cup - Quarterfinals Commissioner's Cup - Missed playoffs Governors' Cup - Missed playoffs PBA Season 43 opening day line up: Simon Enciso Chris Banchero Sonny Thoss Calvin Abueva Marion Magat Jake Pascual Jeron Teng Chris Exciminiano Carl Bryan Cruz Abel Galiguez Davon Potts Jvee Casio Kevin Racal Vic Manuel Injured/Reserve: Noy Baclao Head coach: Alex Compton It possibly can't get any worse for Alaska this season. After a down year, the Aces are poised for a bounce back season. If Alaska can re-learn how to finish games, the team can absolutely regain its lofty standing on top of the league. The pieces are there, it's amazing how the Aces lost so many games last season. It cannot get any worse.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsDec 15th, 2017

San Miguel, TNT, Ginebra have target on their backs for PBA Philippine Cup

Three-time champion San Miguel is the unanimous team-to-beat as the PBA gears up for its season-opening Philippine Cup. The Beermen were the only ones mentioned by all of the team governors who were asked about the top team in the tournament. “I think it’s still gonna be San Miguel because of its intact lineup,” Meralco alternate governor Ryan Gregorio told reporters in the league’s preseason press conference on Wednesday at the Okada in Paranaque. Indeed, the three-time champions will be parading the same core of four-time MVP June Mar Fajardo, Alex Cabagnot, Marcio Lassiter, Chris Ross, and Arwind Santos. That’s not even counting 2017 PBA Draft top pick Christian Standhardinger who is still fulfilling contractual obligations in the Asean Basketball league. Alaska’s Dickie Bachmann, Blackwater’s Dioceldo Sy, Ginebra’s Alfrancis Chua, Magnolia’s Rene Pardo, NLEX’s Ramoncito Fernandez, Rain or Shine’s Mert Mondragon, TNT’s Magnum Membrere, and even San Miguel’s own Robert Non could only agree with Gregorio. Chua and Pardo, however, explained that the Beermen will not be able to truly take their place as the top team in the tournament as they are yet to have Standhardinger. “SMB, hindi pa malakas yan, wala pa si Standhardinger. Sa second conference pa,” the former said. With that opening for contention, team governors also named Ginebra and TNT as teams to watch. “If you know your basketball, Ginebra ang pipiliin ko,” Pardo said, talking about the Gin Kings of multi-titled mentor Tim Cone, Japeth Aguilar, Joe Devance, Greg Slaughter, LA Tenorio and Scottie Thompson. “Yung TNT, intact yung lineup tapos they also have bigs who can match-up with June Mar,” Non said of the KaTropa mentored by Nash Racela and fronted by Jayson Castro, RR Pogoy, and Kelly Williams. Meanwhile, Terrence Romeo and Stanley Pringle’s Globalport as well as Kevin Alas and Kiefer Ravena’s NLEX are seen as darkhorses in the tournament. The 43rd Season of Asia’s first pay-for-play league commences on December 17 at the Araneta Coliseum. --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsDec 13th, 2017

Rookie Nambatac gets major role as Rain or Shine deals with injuries

Rain or Shine head coach Caloy Garcia said he is entrusting rookie Rey Nambatac with a major role to start the new PBA season with the Elasto Painters dealing with injuries to several of their key players. Nambatac is among the players Garcia is expecting to fill the void as the likes of Jericho Cruz, Jireh Ibaes, Jay Washington and Raymond Almazan recover from their respective injuries. "The only new acquisition that we have is Rey Nambatac. The only thing that we're worried about right now is we still have five to six players recovering from injuries," Garcia told "We're depleted right now and he's going to get his time at the beginning of the season." Nam...Keep on reading: Rookie Nambatac gets major role as Rain or Shine deals with injuries.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsDec 8th, 2017

ROS not too concerned about ongoing PBA impasse

After the initial storm that rocked the PBA to its very core, the whole league impasse and the Commissioner Chito Narvasa issue has been rather quiet as of late. Which can only mean two things, either the two separate blocs are still on a stalemate or the PBA board is on its way to resolving the whole thing. And while most signs point to the latter, the league's 43rd season is still up in the air. The first opening date is supposed to be on Dec. 17 but the league has not said anything official as of press time. There have been rumors about a possible lockout but that's highly unlikely at this point. Despite all of this, teams are busy preparing for the 2018 Philippine Cup including the Rain or Shine Elasto Painters who would rather focus on basketball operations than think about what goes on during board meetings. "Sabi naman ng mga bosses namin, mukhang tuloy naman [PBA opening]," head coach Caloy Garcia said when asked about the state of the league. "Our job is to prepare ourselves. Problema na ng board yun, hindi na namin problema," he added. Off season preparations for the Elasto Painters include a championship in a pocket tournament that also involved the Phoenix Fuel Masters, the Alaska Aces, and the NLEX Road Warriors. With that that out the way, the next focus now for ROS and to get everybody healthy, the team missed six players in the pocket joust, and be prepared for the season-opener. Whenever that is. "Basta  kami we just have to continue working and ayun, we have to be ready against the first [assignment]," Garcia said.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsDec 6th, 2017

Coach Napa: ‘Next year, Letran’s mindset is to become number 1’

After eight years, Rey Nambatac will no longer be in red and blue. That is, in the NCAA, at least, as his new team Rain or Shine sports the same colors. Nonetheless, the Colegio de San Juan de Letran product will be bringing with him his averages of 15.9 points, 8.7 rebounds, and 2.9 assists away fromIntramuros. And yet, even he has no doubt that the Knights will only be a stronger squad next season. “I’m pretty sure they will bounce back hard next year. Para sa akin, ‘di gaano kalaking kawalan na nawala ako kasi ang daming pwedeng mag-fill up ng spot at ng pwesto ko,” he said after their Season 93-ending loss to San Sebastian College-Recoletos a week ago. He then continued, “Kanina, kahit wala ako sa loob, nandoon pa rin yung toughness at intensity nila. Pinakita nila na kaya nilang manalo kahit wala ako.” Nambatac was talking about how, despite him being in foul trouble, Letran still had a fighting chance against the Golden Stags in their do-or-die game. All of that was thanks to the efforts of Bong Quinto and JP Calvo who kept them coming. Both will be back for their final go-round with the Knights next season and will be flanked by fellow returnees Jeo Ambohot, Jerrick Balanza, and Jeremiah Taladua. Those key cogs will then be joined by Jeff Napa recruits in former University of the East standout Bonbon Batiller, former College of St. Benilde tower Christian Fajarito, former De La Salle University power player Larry Muyang, one-time Batang Gilas member Fran Yu, and ex-NAASCU gunner Coy Galvelo. And highlighting just how deep their player pool is, Napa said no one is already certain to be in next year’s NCAA lineup. “Next year, talagang may competition. The talent we have, mabigat yung competition so there’s no assurance kung sino mala-lineup next year,” he said. Still, it’s safe to say that those who made up most of this year’s core in Quinto, Calvo, Ambohot, Balanza, and Taladua along with big-time transferees in Batiller, Fajarito, Muyang, Yu, and Galvelo will be making the cut. And that lineup – with skilled bigs in Ambohot, Fajarito, and Muyang; versatile forwards in Balanza and Quinto; and talented guards in Batiller, Calvo, Galvelo, Taladua, and Yu – is, without a doubt, a force to reckon with. That is exactly why Napa has nothing but high hopes for his third year at the helm in Intramuros. “One thing’s for sure: my target next year is to become a champion. Yun na yung mindset ko,” he shared. He then continued, “Ang mindset ko ngayon is the Final Four. Next year, our mindset is to become number 1.” The same sentiment goes for the now-graduated Nambatac. “Nakikita ko na ngayon yung Team B namin and marami dun, may experience na playing in the big leagues. Sigurado ako, nayon pa lang masasabi ko nang magiging matunog ang Letran next year,” he said. --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

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