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

Scottie leads all PBA All-Stars in first return of votes

Rising star Scottie Thompson emerged as the leading choice of fans in the initial tally of voting for this year’s PBA All-Star week. The Barangay Ginebra third-year guard has so far amassed a total of 17,851 votes from the combined online and in-venue ballots to show the way for the Mindanao selection that will play Gilas Pilipinas on May 23 in Digos, Davao del Sur. Thompson also topped the voting on both online (17,573) and in-venue games (278). Four-time MVP June Mar Fajardo meanwhile, comes a close second behind Thompson with 17,498 as the top vote getter of the Visayas selection which sees action on May 27 in Iloilo also opposite the national team. The 6-foot-10 center of San Miguel Beer is also second to Thompson in online (17,250) and venue (248) voting. Also breaching the 17,000 mark are Magnolia Pambansang Manok’s Mark Barroca and two-time MVP James Yap of Rain or Shine. Barroca, who had the most number of fan votes in last year’s All-Star, tallied 17,377 for third place and second in Mindanao, while Yap totaled 17,006 for fourth place overall and second in Visayas. Meanwhile, Japeth Aguilar also of Barangay Ginebra was the no. 1 vote getter for the Luzon squad with 11,692 followed by Alaska’s Calvin Abueva at second with 10,083. The Luzon selection plays Gilas in Batangas City on May 25. Kiefer Ravena on the other hand, is the only rookie to make it in the Top 10 of all three All-Star teams by emerging no. 3 in the Visayas voting behind Fajardo and Yap. The NLEX freshman guard had 14,550 votes. Voting for this year’s All-Star began simultaneously on social media and the different playing venues last Feb. 16 and ended last March 9 for the initial cutoff. It resumes shortly during the eliminations of the mid-season Commissioner’s Cup. Also getting huge votes from the fans are Magnolia sophomore Jio Jalalon (14,368) and veteran teammate Peter June Simon (13,596), as well as Blackwater sophomore big man Mac Belo (12,192). The three completes the top five choices in the Mindanao team. Greg Slaughter (11,665) of Barangay Ginebra and Globalport’s Terrence Romeo (11,052) are the two other players from Visayas who already surpassed the 10,000 vote barrier. The rest of the Top 10 players in Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao who made it to the initial cutoff are as follows. Luzon – Marc Pingris (8,553), LA Tenorio (7,051), Paul Lee (6,880), Jayson Castro (6,566), Mark Caguioa (5,550), Alex Cabagnot (5,129), Marcio Lassiter (5,093), and Arwind Santos (4,972). Visayas – Joe Devance (8,341), Roger Pogoy (7,467), Jeff Chan (7,386), Chris Ross (6,413), and Aldrech Ramos (4,352). Mindanao – Jaypee Erram (8,342), Baser Amer (7,526), Rafi Reavis (7,331), Cyrus Baguio (7,269), and Sonny Thoss (6,395).  .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMar 11th, 2018

June Mar leaves no room for SMB upset after dominant performance

Despite the top-seeded Beermen having a twice-to-beat advantage in the quarterfinals, it was imperative for the three-time defending champion Beermen to move on in the playoffs after just one game. If not, the San Miguel was looking at a do-or-die game against TNT. And that's not an ideal situation for any team. June Mar Fajardo made sure the champs avoided that situation. The reigning four-time league MVP went off against the KaTropa on Tuesday, making 15 out of 19 shots to finish with a game-high 35 points in the quarterfinal win. He also had 11 rebounds for good measure. "Kailangan naming manalo eh," Fajardo said. "Pag natalo kami, parang medyo mahihirapan kami kasi mapupunta yung momentum sa kabila," he added. As the Beermen made an effort to dump the ball to him down low, Fajardo made sure to make the most out of his opportunities. After June Mar did just that, things opened up for the rest of the team. Marcio Lassiter finished with 20 points, 10 in the third, while Arwind Santos scored 15, 10 in the fourth. "Binibigyan nila ako ng bola eh. Kailangan kong maka-score sa ilalim para lumuwag yung depensa ng kalaban sa itaas," he said. "Yun ang nagawa namin. Ang daming na-shoot na tres ni Arwind kasi lagi syang iniiwan ng depensa," Fajardo added. Making it to another semifinal appearance, the focus for the champs now is to get some rest as they wait for either Ginebra or Rain or Shine. "Kailangan lang namin magpahinga, gamitin ng maayos yung pahinga, at maging ready sa semis kasi di talaga madali yun, mapa-Ginebra o Rain or Shine," Fajardo said.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMar 6th, 2018

Cuban s tanking talk raises key issue for NBA

By David Aldridge, TNT Analyst The NBA fined Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban $600,000 for being honest. Cuban told Naismith Memorial Hall of Famer Julius Erving on Erving’s podcast a couple of weeks ago that he told his players during a recent dinner that “losing is our best option. Adam (Silver) would hate hearing that…(but) we want the players to understand. As a player, you know that even though you may not agree, but at least if you respect the fact that someone took the time to talk to you, and you understood their perspective, you’re going to give me your feedback, but you’re part of the process.” But the league fined Cuban for what it called “public statements detrimental to the NBA” three days later. And Silver sent a memo to all 30 teams last week detailing the league’s position. “Throughout this period,” Silver wrote, “we have been careful to distinguish between efforts teams may make to rebuild their rosters, including through personnel changes over the course of several seasons, and circumstances in which players or coaches on the floor take steps to lose games. “The former can be a legitimate strategy to construct a successful team within the confines of league rules; the latter -- which we have not found and hope never to see in the NBA -- has no place in our game.” Yet Cuban did not in any way, nor has any evidence to the contrary emerged, state the Mavericks were losing games on purpose; that is, players were intentionally missing shots, or not putting forth effort on defense to let the other team score, or anything like that. (Even Silver acknowledged in the memo that the league has “no basis at this time to conclude that the Mavericks team is giving anything less than its best effort on the court, and Mark has assured us that this is not the case.”) So, why the fine? Was what Cuban said so incendiary? ‘’Mark knew his comments were public, so it surprised me that he was so candid, but that's who Mark is,” said one very high-ranking official from another team over the weekend. “To me his comment wasn't indicating tanking as their strategy but more about setting the expectation that playoffs were not a possibility. The only consolation of not making the playoffs is being in the lottery. You can't blame a team from trying to turn the lemon (losing) into lemonade (top 4 pick). The league needs to find a way not to reward losing.” Exactly. What Cuban said was spot on -- losing to improve the Mavericks’ Draft position was, and is, the best and quickest way for Dallas to get better and start winning games again. That doesn’t mean everyone agreed with Cuban being so blunt. “I think it was a totally inappropriate to say that to players,” said another extremely high-ranking team official for another team. “Whatever the team’s strategy may be, I firmly believe that the players should always play to win. The fine is meaningless to Mark; in fact, sometimes I think he enjoys the publicity he gets from the fines.” But. We ask people to be truthful and not lie about their intentions. We tell our kids that no lie is worth telling, and that telling the truth, no matter how painful, is always the best choice. So Cuban is honest and tells the truth, that short-term losing makes more sense for his franchise’s long-term interests, and he’s relieved of 600 large by the league. Meanwhile, the Philadelphia 76ers are lauded -- and revel in their slogan, “Trust the Process,” celebrated by the team’s most ardent supporters -- whose central tenet was to lose, and keep losing, until you could draft a player good enough to build around and win down the road. Which is, exactly, what Dallas is doing now. Indeed, increased tanking is the logical extension of an analytics-dominant league. If three is greater than two -- the reasoning behind the primacy of the 3-pointer in today’s NBA -- then doing anything you can to get more ping-pong balls in the hopper is the correct thing to do. You can’t just embrace the parts of doing it by the numbers that are pleasant. This is the flip side. Burying one’s head in the sand and pretending teams don’t do this doesn’t make sense. Everyone does it in every sport, or don’t you recall “Suck for Luck,” the chant of Indianapolis Colts’ fans before the 2012 NFL Draft? What of Major League Baseball’s Houston Astros losing 324 games from 2011-13? Were they trying to win games, or did we all imagine them going from $102 million in payroll in 2009 to $26 million by 2013? “I resist the word ‘tanking,’ but I’m very pro ‘rebuilding,’ when it’s necessary,” said Los Angeles Dodgers President Stan Kasten, who in a former life ran the Hawks as general manager in the ‘80s and ‘90s, by telephone Sunday. “And, it’s painful,” Kasten said. “You’ve got to explain it to your team, your fans, to your front office, to your coaches, to your wife, to your kids, to the country club. It’s hard. It’s painful. It’s nobody’s first choice. But if it’s necessary, it’s often the quickest way to get the team back to winning. And don’t lose sight of that.” Kasten’s Dodgers lost the World Series to the Astros, who methodically built their team the last four years around young drafted players like Series MVP George Springer, last fall in seven games. But not only is he not angry with Houston for the way management took the franchise’s foundation to the studs -- compared with his high-spending Dodgers -- he admires the speed with which they went from worst to first. “I have real feelings about what they did,” Kasten said. “Because Mark Walter (the CEO of Guggenheim Partners, the global firm that bought the Dodgers in 2012) and I, before we bought the Dodgers, we were looking at Houston. Because they were available. And truthfully, when we looked at where they were, we were going to do the same thing. It had to be done. Because they were not on a track to win. And frankly, I don’t think I could have done it as fast, or as well, as (Astros owner) Jim Crane, or (GM) Jeff Luhnow. Because doing that, to the extreme, takes real intestinal fortitude.” Kasten makes a strong distinction between a team cutting payroll and going young and that winds up losing, and one that’s actively seeking ways to lose more games. “All of these owners are hyper-competitive, and they want to win,” Kasten said. “And truthfully, the quickest way to win, at least if you look at the last three world champions, is to rebuild and get young and get prospects and do it that way. And if you don’t think that’s the better way to go, ask the fans in Houston and Chicago and Kansas City how they feel. You won’t get one fan who disagrees with what is done. It is the quickest way to win.” Please do not misunderstand. I hate tanking. I hate the idea of introducing losing into your shop, even indirectly. It’s like a virus, extremely difficult to get rid of once it gets in a franchise’s bloodstream. A ticket is, in essence, a contract between parties: I pay top dollar, you give me top-dollar product in exchange. When a team tanks, it violates that compact; I don’t recall any team that’s given fans a tanking discount. It is also very difficult to tank effectively in the NBA. The last three teams with the best odds of getting the No. 1 in the Draft going into the Lottery -- Boston (2017), Philadelphia (2016) and Minnesota (2015) -- have indeed won. But prior to that, the team with the best odds didn’t get the first pick for 10 consecutive years, and 22 times out of the last 25 years. And even the teams that did buck the odds and get the first pick often picked wrong, or did I miss Anthony Bennett Night in Cleveland, or the Andrea Bargnani statue outside of Air Canada Centre? “The Draft is often a crap shoot anyway,” the official from the second team said. “So why not give your fans the best product that you can and then draft Donovan Mitchell,” as Utah did this season. The Jazz traded for the rights to the Kia Rookie of the Year candidate, who was taken near the bottom of the Lottery (13th overall by the Denver Nuggets). This came a season after the Jazz went 51-31 and won its first-round playoff series. I agree. Tanking does not reward excellence in team building -- good drafting, good free-agent signings, good player development -- it rewards the exact opposite of that. It’s a Golden Ticket that doesn’t even require you to buy an Everlasting Gobstopper. But, tanking is reality. You can’t pretend it isn’t. And the only way to completely get tanking out of pro sports is to eliminate the Draft in all sports, including the NBA. We don’t want to have that conversation, do we? Personally, I’d love it. Can you imagine the fight that would set up between interested teams -- and who wouldn’t be interested? -- in a certain 7-foot-1 freshman center almost certain to leave school early who currently plays for a school that’s been in the news for all the wrong reasons lately? Would he help the Lakers? The Knicks? The Bulls? The NBA team in the state in which the college player currently plays, which rather desperately needs another star to pair with its one really great player (whose name, if you must know, rhymes with “Nevin Cooker”)? Would he help any team in the league that doesn’t currently employ Anthony Davis, Joel Embiid or Karl-Anthony Towns in the middle? Most assuredly. And if he could control where he wanted to go, and for how much, the process would be must-see TV. Yet, while the real-world implications would be fascinating, I’m not sure how you could eliminate the Draft without loosening the underpinnings of the entire pro basketball enterprise (and, yes, one could make a moral case for doing just that, as it does go against the whole Manifest Destiny thing to artificially bind someone to a company rather than letting them market their services to the highest bidder). If there was no Draft, why would any player with Lottery-level talent go to college? Yes, there would be the occasional Grant Hill/unicorn who wants to go to college to better themselves intellectually and/or embrace the person growth that often comes from being on your own for four years. But, while sad to say, most kids with NBA dreams go to college because that’s the path through which they can ultimately get to the pros the fastest. With no Draft, and few of the top college-age players thus needing/wanting to go to college, you’d have a very different March Madness than you have now. And as that is a multi-billion enterprise, both for the broadcast networks that air it (including Turner Sports, which runs and the colleges that reap the financial deluge it produces, the likelihood of across the board support for a new player acquisition model is slight. Not to mention, you’d have a much different salary structure in the NBA, as there would be no rookie slotting for drafted players. And if you think the game’s superstars would stand idly by and watch more of that cheddar that they helped produce go out the door to guys who haven’t yet done anything … you’d be wrong. So, the Draft isn’t going anywhere. Which means the NBA must decide whether it wants to continue to be shocked, shocked that tanking is going on in its league, or accept the reality that there is not much patience for being in the middle ground in a league where every team is now worth more than $1 billion. There is only, as Pat Riley said a long time ago, winning and misery. Longtime NBA reporter, columnist and Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Famer David Aldridge is an analyst for TNT. You can e-mail him here, find his archive here and follow him on Twitter. The views on this page do not necessarily reflect the views of the NBA, its clubs or Turner Broadcasting......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMar 6th, 2018

Ginebra survies ROS in triple OT in early playoff preview

In the wildest game of the season so far, Brgy. Ginebra walked away with a win to remember in the 2018 PBA Philippine Cup. The Gin Kings needed 63 minutes to dispose Rain or Shine, taking a tough 100-92 decision in triple overtime Friday at the Big Dome. After Ginebra gave up the first three points of the third overtime, the Gin Kings went on a closing run behind the clutch baskets of Sol Mercado and Jervy Cruz to seal the win. Mercado drilled a tough layup to push Ginebra ahead, 94-92, and after ROS missed four straight free throws in the final 90 seconds, Cruz buried a mid-range J for a four-point lead with 34 seconds to go. Rain or Shine could have ended the game in the second overtime but Raymond Almazan failed to complete an alley-oop play in the final 2.2 seconds. Maverick Ahanmisi also missed the follow up. The Elasto Painters also had the final crack at the basket in regulation and in the first overtime but failed to convert each time. Beau Belga missed a mid-range J and Almazan missed the putback in regulation and Belga also missed a wide-open three at the end of the first overtime session. "This is the first good thing that happened to us all whole conference long -- winning tonight's game -- and it took us triple overtime to do it against a team that's really didn't have much to play for," head coach Tim Cone said. Japeth Aguilar was the high man for the Gin Kings, going for 30 points and 17 rebounds in 51 minutes of play. LA Tenorio added 20 in just under 57 minutes of action while Joe Devance dropped 15 points, 13 rebounds, and seven assists with 49 and a half minutes. Scottie Thompson had a 10-point, 17-rebound double-double in almost 40 minutes. Mercado ended up with 10 points and Cruz was good for six, four in the third overtime. As for ROS, Belga finished with 17 points while Gabe Norwood, the lone Elasto Painter to break the 50-minute mark, finished with 13 points. The loss didn't do much for the Elasto Painters as they already qualified for the playoffs. However, their loss enabled Ginebra to take over the no. 4 spot. Regardless of the result, Rain or Shine and Ginebra will meet in the best-of-3 quarterfinals anyway as the 4th-5th seeds. The Ginebra win also sealed the playoff for 8th between TNT and Phoenix, eliminating Blackwater in the process. If ROS had won, the playoff for 8th would have been between the Gin Kings and the Elite and it was the KaTropa that be dropped.   The Scores: Ginebra 100 - J. Aguilar 30, Tenorio 20, Devance 15, Mercado 10, Thompson 10, Cruz 6, Mariano 3, Caguioa 3, Ferrer 3, R. Aguilar 0. Rain or Shine 92 - Belga 17, Norwood 13, Ahanmisi 11, Daquioag 11, Washington 9, Almazan 8, Trollano 8, Borboran 6,  Ponferada 4,Nambatac 3, Maiquez 2,Matias 0. Quarter scores: 26-20, 46-34, 67-62, 80-80, 85-85 (OT1), 87-87 (OT2), 100-92 (OT3)   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMar 2nd, 2018

Casio s triple-double leads Alaska to big win over ROS

Alaska had no chance at getting a shot at a top-2 finish entering the 2018 PBA Philippine Cup playoffs however, the Aces made sure they'll enter the post-season on a high note. Led by Jvee Casio, the Aces survived the Rain or Shine Elasto Painters Friday at the Big Dome, 99-95. Alaska broke the Elasto Painters' three-game winning run all while snapping its own two-game slide, finishing with a 7-4 record in the elimination round. The Aces will now wait for their opponent in the best-of-3 quarterfinals. "What a game. What a game. Awesome game, playoff basketball," head coach Alex Compton said. "I just really appreciate the efforts of our guys to weather the storm and keep coming," he added. The Aces engaged the Elasto Painters in what was essentially a playoff game that was highlighted by 33 lead changes. Down one with 1:30 to go after James Yap's floater, Alaska regained the lead for good after Vic Manuel powered his way for two points with 39 seconds remaining. Casio then sank two free throws in the final 11 seconds to give the Aces a three-point lead. ROS failed to answer on the other end as Mark Borboran missed the game-tying triple from the wing. Casio was big time for Alaska, finishing with a triple-double of 22 points, 10 rebounds, and 10 assists. Rookie Jeron Teng and Marion Magat added 14 each to back him up while Kevin Racal finished with 13 points. Manuel scored 12 for the Aces. As for ROS, Maverick Ahanmisi led the way with 23 points while Yap was good for 17. At 5-4, the Elasto Painters failed to punch their ticket to the quarterfinals. They have two chances left against San Miguel and Ginebra next week.   The Scores: Alaska 99 - Casio 22, Teng 14, Magat 14, Racal 13, Manuel 12, Thoss 10, Enciso 10, Baclao 2, Exciminiano 2, J. Pascual 0, R.Pascual 0, Galliguez 0, Potts 0 Rain or Shine 95 - Ahanmisi 23, Yap 17, Daquioag 14, Almazan 12, Belga 11, Nambatac 9, Borboran 5, Ponferada 4, Trollano 0, King 0, Onwubere 0 Quarter scores: 26-23, 44-43, 72-71, 99-95   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsFeb 23rd, 2018

Fajardo to receive fourth straight PSA Mr. Basketball award

June Mar Fajardo is expected to cast a giant shadow over next week’s staging of the SMC-PSA (Philippine Sportswriters Association) Awards Night at the Maynila Hall of the Manila Hotel. The San Miguel big man will be bestowed the Mighty Sports Mr. Basketball award during the Feb. 27 rites presented by MILO and Cignal TV for another dominant PBA season last year which saw the 6-foot-10 Cebuano pride romp off with an unprecedented fourth straight MVP trophy.  Fajardo became the first-ever player to win the league’s highest individual award four consecutive seasons - and only the third in history to emerge a four-time MVP after legends Ramon Fernandez and Alvin Patrimonio. This will also be the fourth straight time the oldest media organization in the country is honoring the 28-year-old center for excellence in basketball. Last year, Fajardo further established his claim as the biggest name in Philippine basketball today after steering the Beermen to a record-tying three straight Philippine Cup championships that allowed the fable franchise to become only the second team in PBA annals to bring home the June Bernardino Perpetual trophy after TnT Katropa.  The former no. 1 pick out of University of Cebu also proved his worth by leading Gilas Pilipinas to a sweep of the Southeast Asian Basketball Association (SEABA) Championship, and then suited up for the national team in its FIBA Asia Cup campaign despite suffering a strained calf muscle prior to the ballclub’s departure for Beirut, Lebanon. Previous players hailed as Mr. Basketball include Calvin Abueva and Terrence Romeo.  Volleyball players Dawn Macandili and Marck Espejo as well as well as golfer Clyde Mondilla are also recipients of special awards during the affair that has the Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) as major sponsor and backers in the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA), Mighty Sports, Globalport, Rain or Shine, and Smart.  Macandili, adjudged second Best Libero during the 2017 Asian Women’s Volleyball Championships here, will be handed the Ms. Volleyball title, while Espejo is Mr. Volleyball on account of him winning a fourth UAAP MVP trophy after steering Ateneo to a third straight championship.  For topping the Philippine Golf Tour Order of Merit (OOM), Mondilla is Mr. Golf of the year. The four special awardees are part of the total 105 personalities and entities which make up the season’s honor roll list, topped by PSA-Tapa King Athlete of the Year Jerwin Ancajas, Carlo Biado, and Krizziah Lyn Tabora. Agriculture Secretary Manny Pinol, a former sportswriter, columnist, and boxing analyst, will be the special guest of honor of this year’s event......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsFeb 21st, 2018

Rain or Shine survives Magnolia’s late rally in Pangasinan

Rain or Shine banked on the solid performance of Raymond Almazan to ward off Magnolia’ late charge, 101-95, on Saturday in the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) Season 43 Philippine Cup at the Calasiao Sports Complex in Pangasinan. The 6’7 center from Letran notched 10 of his 23 points in the last period on top of six rebounds [...] The post Rain or Shine survives Magnolia’s late rally in Pangasinan appeared first on The Manila Times Online......»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimes_netRelated NewsFeb 10th, 2018

Tiu leads ROS late charge for back-to-back wins

With Chris Tiu hitting clutch shots, Rain or Shine finally got its first winning streak of the season. The Elasto Painters won back-to-back games for the first time in th 2018 PBA Philippine Cup, shutting down Meralco, 90-84, Friday at the MOA Arena. Tiu scored five straight points starting from the 2:19 mark of the fourth, helping ROS turn a dangerous 81-79 lead into a rather safe 86-79 advantage with 36 seconds to go. As such, the Elasto Painters improved to 4-3 in the standings, tied with idle TNT for fourth place......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsFeb 2nd, 2018

Hotshots go for solo first against struggling Elite

Before its sister act against San Miguel, Magnolia looks to actually take over first place first as the 2018 PBA Philippine Cup continues Friday at the MOA Arena. At 5-1, the Hotshots are tied with the defending champion Beermen for the lead at the halfway point of the season-opening joust. And in the opening game at 4:30 p.m. against Blackwater (2-4), Magnolia hopes to regain solo first before taking on San Miguel two days later. Meanwhile, the Elite should have none of that as the team is out to finally register its first win since taking down Ginebra a couple of weeks ago. After that signature win over the Gin Kings, Blackwater has lost three straight games. In the second showdown at 7:00 p.m., Meralco (2-4) will do battle against Rain or Shine (3-3).   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsFeb 2nd, 2018

Akari-Adamson turns it on in comeback victory vs Marinerong Pilipino

Jerrick Ahanmisi was the hero Akari-Adamson University needed as he towed his side to a thrilling 80-75 win against Marinerong Pilipino in its 2018 PBA D-League Aspirants’ Cup opener on Thursday at the Ynares Arena in Pasig. The Filipino-Nigerian guard, who is the younger brother of Rain or Shine playmaker Maverick, secured the game-swinging steal and dished the assist to Simon Camacho who then converted on the three-point play in the final 10.9 seconds as the Falcons grabbed the 78-75 lead. Renzo Subido tried to knot the score at 78, but his trey went way short before Ahanmisi sealed the game shut from the free throw line. Ahanmisi shot 4-of-8 from beyond the arc to lead the flight for Akari-Adamson with 23 points, five rebounds, and four assists. Sean Manganti contributed 13 markers, three boards, two assists, and two blocks while Jerom Lastimosa got nine points for the Falcons. “I don’t know if they underestimated us because we’re a college team,” remarked coach Franz Pumaren about the upset, “but we’re here to prove something and show that we can compete.” Ahanmisi’s stellar sniping accounted for half of Akari-Adamson’s long bombs, as it went 8-of-18 in total from downtown. Billy Robles carried Marinerong Pilipino (1-1) with 13 points, seven rebounds, three assists, two steals, and two blocks while Kyle Toth got 11 markers, on a flawless 3-of-3 shooting from threes, and four boards in the defeat. BOX SCORES AKARI-ADAMSON 80 — Ahanmisi 23, Manganti 13, Lastimosa 9, Catapusan 8, Mojica 7, Hill 6, Buenaventura 4, Sarr 4, Camacho 3, Longalong 3, Bernardo 0, Lojera 0, Macion 0, MARINERONG PILIPINO 75 — Robles 13, Toth 11, Subido 9, Terso 9, Paredes 8, Tratter 8, Ayonayon 4, Banal 4, Babilonia 3, Lopez 2, Pasaol 2, Tolentino 2, Iñigo 0, Olivares. QUARTER SCORES: 19-26, 42-48, 63-65, 80-75......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJan 25th, 2018

Kia keeping its problems internal from now on

A lot of people like to talk about Kia about everything. Whether its questioning roster moves or just criticizing in-game decisions, much has been said about the Picanto and their problems. Well, Kia is on top now for once after the Picanto picked up a gutsy 98-94 win over Rain or Shine Saturday, snapping a record 16-game losing skid dating back to last season. This victory masks some of Kia's woes but it doesn't eliminate them all yet. And after a very public humiliation starting with the controversial trade for the no. 1 pick of last year's draft that ended up being Christian Standhardinger, Kia would like to keep its problems within themselves for now. They know what they are, they would just rather not talk about them. "I'm sorry but those things are internal to us, we would rather keep things internally as a family, we rather not speak about it in public," head coach Ricky Dandan said following Kia's breakthrough win. "But ano ah basketball was not our problem, it's in us. So we identified that. I showed them the Magnolia third quarter and the Alaska third quarter and they all saw it. They saw what happened but I also told them that this is not about technicalities, it isn't about basketball," he added. By now, it's common knowledge that Kiais noy a perfect team. Far from it. The Picanto will not argue but it doesn't wom that their quest for winning and relevance stops. "They accepted the weaknesses and like I mentioned in the previous interview we do have a lot of weaknesses and we will time to strengthen them," Dandan said. "But they accepted all of these problems and they knew how to solve it. It was really solvable amongst us, di kailangan ng external motivation for that, it was really among us, nasa samin," he added.   Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJan 20th, 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.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJan 17th, 2018

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 ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJan 12th, 2018

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….....»»

Category: newsSource:  journalRelated NewsJan 12th, 2018

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