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GlobalPort back to cruising, hands NLEX 4th loss

MANILA, Philippines – GlobalPort vented its ire on NLEX and whipped the Road Warriors by 22 points, 116-94, in the 2018 PBA Commissioner's Cup at the Araneta Coliseum on Wednesday, May 16. The Batang Pier – who rebounded from a sorry loss that snapped a two-game winning run  – proved too ........»»

Category: newsSource: rappler rapplerMay 16th, 2018

PBA: White helps Globalport dominate despite nursing injury

Globalport import Malcolm White has been dealing with back spasms for almost a week now and yet the Batang Pier could have easily gone 2-0 despite their reinforcement being limited. Instead, Global is 1-1 since Saturday with the only loss being a five-point decision to Magnolia last May 12 in Angeles City. White hurt his back the day before. "The bus ride was three hours I fell asleep and I was in a weird position," White recalled Wednesday when asked about his injury. "We got to practice the night before the game and I pulled something in my back. I was not myself in that game [vs. Magnolia]," he added. After scoring only 17 points against the Hotshots, White vowed to bounce back for the Batang Pier. Against NLEX Wednesday, he came through, finishing with 20 points, 14 rebounds, four assists, and four blocks. More importantly, Globalport got the win this time, a dominant 116-94 decision over the Road Warriors. "I told myself I had to bounce back and try to recover for this game [vs. NLEX]," he said. "[I wanted to] give my good performance for this game," he added. White mentioned that his back is still a problem but he's working his way towards peak health again. "It's still a little tight but it's a whole lot better than it was the first time I've done it and I had to go right into the next game the next day with a pulled back. That was tough, really tough," White said. "But today I felt a whole lot better, I was probably 90 percent," he added.     --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMay 16th, 2018

PBA: Meralco’s Onuaku getting back to health after tough start to conference

Meralco Bolts reinforcement Arinze Onuaku is slowly getting back into shape following a rough start to the 2018 PBA Commissioners Cup. Tough in the sense that the former Best Import wasn’t at a hundred percent to start the conference. Onuaku battled a stomach virus before the start of the Commissioners Cup, going in and out of the hospital, but has managed to keep producing for the Bolts, putting up 30 points and 19 boards in his debut - a win over Columbian Dyip - and then going for 21 points and 14 boards in their close loss to Globalport. Friday night at the Araneta Coliseum against the NLEX Road Warriors, Onuaku was again effective for the Bolts as he put up 15 points, pulled down a game-high 23 rebounds to help get the dominant 106-90 victory. After the game, the 30-year old Maryland native said that he was indeed in better shape than the weeks prior. “I feel better, last week was tough, but we had a little time off so I was able to get my body recovered a little bit.” With Meralco improving to 2-1 after Friday’s contest, Onuaku is confident that he and the Bolts are in a good spot to contend for a championship, especially with the right game plan. “We’re gonna be alright, we just gotta continue to put the work in in practice and do what we practiced in the game.” “Today I think we were able to take some things from practice to the game that helped us.” Onuaku added. For the second game in a row, Onuaku wasn’t Meralco’s main offensive threat, as guard Chris Newsome paced the Bolts’ offense with 30 points, but that wasn’t an issue for the six-foot-nine forward. Plus, being tightly guarded all game long likely played a factor as well. “That’s what happens when you got three people on you, you pass the ball, so that’s what I’mma do.” Arinze finished with five assists, just one shy of playmaker Baser Amer’s team-high six. Up next for Arinze and the Bolts will be a showdown with defending champions San Miguel Wednesday, May 9th at the Mall of Asia Arena.       .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMay 4th, 2018

PBA: Injury bug and Asian Games duty hamper NorthPort

ANTIPOLO CITY --  The rebranded Batang Pier is not off to a promising start as they are plagued with a spate of injuries and national team duties. Mikee Romero's franchise, now named NorthPort, debuted their new red-orange color scheme and veered away from the neon green overalls, which they have been using since 2013. Furthermore, they started their duties as the NorthPort Batang Pier with a 123-107 loss against streaking NLEX, also a team without their backcourt, a player, and even their head coach. The Batang Pier are without star guard Stanley Pringle, who is in Indonesia to defend flag and country, while Sean Anthony is nursing a calf injury.  "Wala talaga e. Kahit anong gawin ko, unang una, namiss namin yung dalawa e si Stanley and Sean. For sure, baka mga September okay na yung dalawa. Mga September 1," Batang Pier head coach Pido Jarencio said. Things took a cruel turn as Jeric Teng also tweaked his calf in the second quarter and Nico Elorde seemed to have hurt his back badly after suffering a bad fall. "Kala namin okay lang, pero ngayon di makatayo," the mentor said on Elorde. The fiery coach was certainly unfiltered when he made his remarks on the game. "NLEX played very well, [expletive] they’re making their shots wala na kaming magagawa e. Everybody’s making their shots. Kami naman, di makadepensa. Alam mo naman pag di ka makadepensa, di ka makashoot, frustrations come in. Lahat e. Parang yung mundo ang bigat na." More problems may arise for the Batang Pier as they will face a new-look Phoenix squad next Sunday that will feature temperamental forward Calvin Abueva and sharpshooter Matthew Wright. Jarencio also added that reinforcement Rashad Woods was frustrated with the loss, which was basically a close game until it blew wide-open for the Road Warriors midway through the third quarter. "Nung dumating [si Woods], andun si Sean and Stanley in practice. We played against Magnolia naglaro si Stanley with Rashad kaya nakita niya na, positive siya maganda ang takbo." "Alam mo naman yung dalawa, si Stanley nagpapagaling ng kasama e. Nadadala niya. Yung defense nacocollapse sa kanya. For now, siyempre, wala e. Kailangan magstep up talaga yung players e." __   Follow this writer on Twitter, @philipptionary......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated News3 hr. 51 min. ago

NLEX, Meralco eye early lead

Northern Luzon Expressway (NLEX) and Meralco gun for back-to-back victories when they meet their respective foes tonight in the second day of Season 43 Philippine Basketball Association Governors’ Cup at the Ynares Sports Center in Antipolo. The Road Warriors face Northport (formerly GlobalPort) in the 4:30 p.m. first game while the Bolts battle TNT KaTropa [...] The post NLEX, Meralco eye early lead appeared first on The Manila Times Online......»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimesRelated News21 hr. 51 min. ago

UAAP: Nabalan named 1-on-1 queen

Ria Nabalan of National University was named the first-ever UAAP Season 81 Last One Standing 1-on-1 Hoops Challenge women's division champion Friday inside the Mall of Asia Arena. The Lady Bulldog beat Adamson's Nathalia Prado, 8-6, in the Final. Nabalan came back from a 4-5 deficit with back-to-back treys for an 8-5 lead. Prado scored a basket to close the gap but the Lady Falcon bricked her last two attempts. Prado advanced to the Final after a hard-fought sudden death, 9-8, win over Jhazmin Joson of Ateneo de Manila University. The match was tied after the five-minute regulation. Prado took the win by scoring the first basket in the sudden death. Nabalon took the other championship seat with a 10-8 win over Cristine Cortizano of University of the East. Prado secured a spot in the semis with a 2-1 card in Pool A, winning over De La Salle U's Rossini Espinas, 4-3 and Elondra Rivera of University of Sto. Tomas, 5-3. Prado's lone elims loss came at the hands of Nabalan, 4-5. Nabalan also finished the elims with a 2-1 mark. She defeated Prado and Espinas, 8-6, to bounce back from an opening game 6-8 loss to Rivera. Joson swept Pool B with victories over University of the Philippines' Noella Cruz, 7-4, University of the East's Cristine Cortizano, 7-5, and Far Eastern U's Princess Jumuad, 8-5. Cortizano secured the last semis seat after earning superior quotient over Cruz and Jumuad, who were locked in a three-way logjam at 1-2 cards. --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsAug 17th, 2018

REINFORCEMENTS HAVE ARRIVED

Miss the PBA yet? Don't worry as there's more action coming your way starting Friday at the Ynares Center in Antipolo City. The 2018 PBA Governors' Cup will tip off this weekend and we have prolific imports in town, 12 of them to be exact. Get to know who they are before we start the third and final conference for this season.   Justin Brownlee --- Ginebra By now, Justin Brownlee needs no introduction but here goes anyway for the benefit of those who don't know him for some reason. Brownlee is a three-time PBA champion for the Gin Kings and a one-time Best Import. His first two titles came in the Governors' Cup. The first one was in 2016 when he hit "The Shot" in Game 6. The second one was last year when he led the barangay to a Game 7 win in front of more than 50,000 fans at the Philippine Arena. He's a Ginebra legend.   Allen Durham --- Meralco The reigning two-time Best Import is back for the Bolts and he's looking to complete some unfinished business. Durham has led Meralco to two Governors' Cup Finals in his previous two stints in the PBA but each time, the Bolts lost to Ginebra for the title. Is third time the charm for Allen Durham and Meralco?   AZ Reid --- San Miguel Arizona Reid won two Best Imports back when he was still with Rain or Shine and he won his first Governors' Cup title when he switched over to San Miguel. Now, the high-scoring import is back for the Beermen after a one-year hiatus. He has some business to finish here and at the top of the list is regaining his lost PBA championship.   Eugene Phelps --- Phoenix El Destructor first made a name for himself in the Governors' Cup. The Commissioner's Cup might not be his best cup of tea but when it comes to the season-ending conference, Eugene Phelps has proven before that he's a force to be reckoned with. With an upgraded local lineup and perhaps better durability this time around, El Destructor might just become extra destructive to the oppposition.   Henry Walker --- Blackwater The Elite made their second playoff appearance last year in the Governors' Cup with Henry Walker. As the no. 8 seed, they were a few minutes away from stunning no. 1 Meralco to go to the semis. Mr. Inspiration has provided nothing but positive stuff for Blackwater and with a longer build up, the Elite might be ready to take the next step in the Governors' Cup in order to salvage what has been a lost season.   Mike Harris --- Alaska The Aces are bringing in Mike Harris as reinforcement in the Governors' Cup. Harris has NBA experience with the Houston Rockets and the Utah Jazz. He has tremendous international experience and the PBA is only the latest in his long list of stops. He has a career average of 3.4 points in the NBA, playing a total of 54 games spread across five seasons.   Akeem Wright --- Columbian The Dyip will have 33-year-old Akeem Wright for the Governors' Cup. Wright was undrafted in the 2007 NBA Draft and since then, he's built an international career with stops in the Middle East and Europe.   Romeo Travis --- Magnolia A close buddy of LeBron James, Romeo Travis is back in the PBA. The first time, he played for Alaska and won Best Import but lost in the Finals to San Miguel Beer  back in 2015. Now, Travis will suit up for the Magnolia Hotshots. Travis of course is part of the LeBron's high school team at St. Vincent-St. Mary.   Olu Ashaolu --- NLEX We've seen Olu in the Commissioner's Cup as he played NLEX's last game of the conference as part of the team's prep for the Governors' Cup. Ashaolu played for Lousiana Tech and Oregon and college and went undrafted in the 2012 NBA Draft.   Rashad Woods --- Northport The Batang Pier will go with Rashad Woods for the Governors' Cup. Woods has had memorable stints in Mexico and in the Middle East, where he's known as the "Arab Ace."   J'Nathan Bullock --- Rain or Shine Bullock is back for a second stint with ROS. Last season, Bullock and the Elasto Painters were eliminated in the quarterfinals but not after erasing TNT's twice-to-beat advantage in the playoffs. Bullock will join a ROS team that will be coming off an Asian Games campaign in Indonesia.   Mike Glover --- TNT Glover was Globalport's replacement import for Globalport two years ago but now, he'll start for the KaTropa in the 2018 Governors' Cup. The hulking forward went for 25.6 points and 14.0 rebounds in his first PBA tour.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsAug 16th, 2018

Federer wins, Serena loses in Cincy tourney

MASON, Ohio (AP) — Roger Federer made a successful return to the Western & Southern Open on Tuesday. The day wasn't so great for Serena Williams. Federer advanced to the third round with a 6-4, 6-4 victory against Peter Gojowczyk, and Williams was eliminated by eighth-seeded Petra Kvitova in a 6-3, 2-6, 6-3 second-round loss. Federer and Williams were making their first appearance at the tournament since they each won the title in 2015. Williams opened with a straight-set victory against Daria Gavrilova. After a first-round bye, Federer extended his Cincinnati winning streak to 11 matches since losing to Rafael Nadal in the 2013 quarterfinals. "It doesn't feel like I have been away for so long here from Cincinnati," Federer said. "I guess the wheel keeps turning. It's not like I missed two years of tennis. It was a great pleasure to be back." The second-seeded Federer, refreshed from a month off after losing in the Wimbledon quarterfinals, became the tournament favorite when Nadal withdrew on Sunday night. Williams also was knocked out in her last tournament at San Jose two weeks ago after reaching the Wimbledon final. Cincinnati was her fifth tournament since she had a baby last September. She has dealt with blood clots and recently said she has been struggling with postpartum emotions. "You know, this is a long comeback," she said. "I just began. I just started — definitely at the very, very beginning. I'm getting there, and I'm going to just continue to work hard, and hopefully, I'll start winning more matches." Karolina Pliskova and Nick Kyrgios also advanced Tuesday in early tournament action. Pliskova moved into the second round by snapping a seven-match losing streak against Agnieszka Radwanska with a 6-3, 6-3 win. "It means a lot because it was against her, and, like, you know, I never beat her," Pliskova said. "We played so many times. I think I always played her at her best level the matches before, so it was always tough." Kyrgios, a finalist last year in Cincinnati, overcame physical problems to fight off qualifier Denis Kudla for a 6-7 (2), 7-5, 7-6 (9) victory. "This year has been tough," Kyrgios said. "I started the year very well. Then, obviously, I hurt my elbow. Then I had an ongoing hip injury. We have been definitely thinking about the options with my hip. You know, there is only so much you can do before you have to, you know, I guess, get surgery or something like that. You know, right now I'm just managing it." No. 11 seed David Goffin advanced with a 7-5, 6-3 win over Stefanos Tsitsipas, and Leonardo Mayer became the first player to reach the third round on the men's side with a 7-6 (7), 6-4 victory over 16th-seeded Lucas Pouille. Denis Shapovalov also reached the third round with an upset, knocking off 14th-seeded Kyle Edmund, 6-4, 7-5. Australian Open semifinalist Hyeon Chung won the last five games to beat Jack Sock 2-6, 6-1, 6-2. Sock has lost eight straight matches since winning in Rome on May 13. Two-time Cincinnati semifinalist Milos Raonic advanced with a 6-3, 6-3 win over qualifier Dusan Lajovic. Robin Haase also made it to the second round, defeating Filip Krajinovic 4-6, 6-2, 6-3. Fifth-seeded Elina Svitolina was tested by wild card Svetlana Kuznetsova before reaching the third round with a gritty 7-6 (1), 4-6, 6-4 win. Sixth-seeded Caroline Garcia also reached the third round with a 6-4, 6-5 win over wild card Victoria Azarenka, but 12th-seeded Daria Kasatkina suffered a first-round upset at the hands of qualifier Petra Martic, 4-6, 6-4, 6-3. Elise Mertens scored a 6-4, 6-2 first-round win over Magdalena Rybarikova. Ashleigh Barty stopped wild card Marketa Vondrousova 6-3, 7-5. Maria Sakkari upset Indian Wells champion Naomi Osaka 6-3, 7-6 (8). Ekaterina Makarova cruised past qualifier Ana Bogdan 6-3, 6-2......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsAug 15th, 2018

Asia, prepare for the Pringle-Lee-Clarkson backcourt

A backcourt of Stanley Pringle, Paul Lee, and Jordan Clarkson? Enough to be the best in Asia, if you ask former Gilas Pilipinas coach Tab Baldwin. With the entry of the Cleveland Cavaliers guard to the physical and explosive backcourt of Team Philippiines, the current Ateneo Blue Eagles head coach says that Gilas' opponents would have their hands full in guarding them. "So, you know, this is an exceptionally strong back court. I don't think Asia's seen anything like it, to be honest," Baldwin said in an interview at the ABS-CBN Integrated Sports Office. Even before the inclusion of Clarkson in the 12-man lineup in the quadrennial affair, Baldwin already noted the greatness of the backcourt, which includes the Globalport star, which he calls as 'one of the best point guards in Asia.' "Adding Jordan (Clarkson) will help a lot because it puts a guy in the lineup that can do some hard work in and around the basket. He's a good rebounder, he's got good size, strength and experience. But man, what a back court they have now produced." Asia better be ready for an 'exceptionally strong back court' of Stanley Pringle, Paul Lee, and of course, Jordan Clarkson, says coach Tab. "I don't think Asia's seen anything like it, to be honest."'#AsianGames | @abscbnsports pic.twitter.com/aIB0qjgrD5 — Philip Martin Matel (@philipptionary) August 15, 2018 In addition to calling Pringle, who was a former top pick in the PBA Rookie Draft, as the best in the continent, Baldwin added that the Lee is not too far behind. The American-Kiwi coach cited the intangibles those two possess since they create opportunities not just for themselves, but for the whole team's offense. "So it gives Yeng [Guiao] the luxury of running a pretty basic offensive action, which with the limited time they have to prepare, you're gonna love that. He's gonna love that." Even though Asia is not necessarily known for tough and physical play, having a backcourt like Pringle, Lee, and Clarkson will work wonders for the Guiao-mentored squad, and have a chance to create mismatches for the Philippine side. With that said, in order to win it all, which is not a far possibility Baldwin says, the loaded backcourt needs to be supported by a 'little bit small and thin' front court, with the tallest player being 45-year old 6 foot 9 Asi Taulava with 6 foot 8 Christian Standhardinger, 6 foot 8 Raymond Almazan and 6 foot 8 Poy Erram not too far behind. "I hope and pray that Christian and Beau and Poy and Asi, that these guys will do a good job on the board for us. If they do that, I think they'll be in good shape."   __   Follow this writer on Twitter, @philipptionary......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsAug 15th, 2018

PVL: Tigers stake unblemished card

Undefeated University of Sto. Tomas gets an acid test Saturday in a showdown with another top contender Adamson University in the Premier Volleyball League Season 2 Collegiate Conference men's division at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan. Action begins at 9:00 a.m. The Tigers sport a perfect 4-0 win-loss record at the top spot tied with National University. The duo of Joshua Umandal and Manuel Medina are playing consistent this conference, leading UST to an incredible winning run including a straight sets victory over College of St. Benilde week. The Falcons, meanwhile, hope to bounce back from a sorry five-set defeat at the hands of surging Far Eastern University last Wednesday. Adamson saw its four-game winning streak snapped to slide back at second place. In other games, University of the Philippines and NCAA champion University of Perpetual Help collide at 11:00 a.m. while CSB and winless Arellano University meet in the nightcap at 6:00 p.m.   ---      Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsAug 10th, 2018

NCAA: John Amores, Light Bombers take fight out of Braves

STANDINGS LSGH 5-1 PERPETUAL 4-1 MAPUA 5-2 ARELLANO 4-2 SAN BEDA 2-2 SAN SEBASTIAN 3-5 JRU 3-3 LPU 2-5 LETRAN 1-4 EAC 1-5 Jose Rizal High School is the only team in the 94th Season of the NCAA 94 Juniors Basketball Tournament thus far to have downed both playoff hopefuls Mapua High School and Arellano High School. Behind a scintillating 18-2 surge in the last five minutes, the Light Bombers took down the Braves, 79-64, on Friday at the Filoil Flying V Centre. Of course, John Amores fronted the rally by dropping eight of his 27 points in that pivotal push. “Ang maganda, talaga kasing pinagtatrabahuan ng mga bata e. Gusto talaga nila manalo,” a beaming head coach Vic Lazaro said post-game. Trailing by one with five minutes remaining, the do-it-all swingman got together with John Delos Santos and Gab Baluyut and, all of a sudden buried Arellano in a hole it would never get out of. Amores, the hands-down most improved player in the tournament, also added five rebounds and four assists in JRU’s third win in six games. Delos Santos wound up with 14 points, nine assists, four rebounds, and two steals while Baluyut had 13 markers and three blocks of his own. “’Di kami ganun kalaki so kino-compensate namin sa trabaho, hardwork, hustle, defense,” their mentor said. Behind those three, the Light Bombers scored another upset to add to their takedown of the Red Robins to start the season. Rom Junsay topped the scoring column for the Braves with 18 points while Aaron Fermin posted another strong double-double of 15 points and 20 rebounds to go along with three blocks. Going cold in the last five minutes, though, they fell back to fourth-place now at 4-2. With Arellano’s loss, Mapua seized solo third with a come-from-behind victory versus Emilio Aguinaldo College, 80-79. The Red Robins found themselves trailing by 10 at halftime until Clint Escamis and Dan Arches took over, combining for all but six points in their 29-point third quarter. Those two players outscored all of the Brigadiers in the same timeframe, 23-19. Escamis ended up with 28 points, six rebounds, six assists, and four steals while Arches had 22 markers, five boards, and three steals of his own. Paolo Hernandez joined in on the fun in the final frame, pouring in all of his 12 points to help Mapua fend off its opponent and finalize its ascent to 5-2. EAC fell for the fifth time in six games despite the best efforts of Cjay Boado and JR Ilustrisimo who scored 21 and 15 points, respectively. BOX SCORES FIRST GAME MAPUA 80 - Escamis 28, Arches 22, Hernandez 12, Policarpio 7, Sarias 4, Tagal 2, Dennison 2, Lazarte 2, Smith 1, Chavez 0, Quimado 0. EAC 79 - Boado 21, Ilustrimo 15, Balowa 15, Pascual 12, Encila 5, Lozano 4, Quebral 3, Sanosa 2, Sumagaysay 2, Murillo 0, Rodin 0. QUARTER SCORES: 22-24, 33-43, 62-62, 80-79 SECOND GAME JRU 79 – Amores 27, Delos Santos 14, Baluyut 13, Vasquez 10, Bucoy 7, Dionisio 4, Portales 2, Icban 2, Macatangay 0, Fortuna 0, Ganut 0, Mendoza 0 ARELLANO 64 – Junsay 18, Fermin 15, Sunga 9, Domingo 7, Fornis 6, Nepomuceno 3, Espiritu 2, Tolentino 2, Liangco 2, Templonuevo 0, Sahali 0 QUARTER SCORES: 17-18, 35-30, 50-51, 79-64 --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsAug 10th, 2018

PBA Finals By the Numbers: Ginebra dynasty in the making?

They actually did it, the Gin Kings took down the Death Star to win the 2018 PBA Commissioner's Cup, dethroning San Miguel Beer. Ginebra completed a sensational 4-2 series win Wednesday, capping the performance with a masterful 93-77 victory in Game 6. The Gin Kings are starting to position themselves as a dynasty that rivals that of SMB but before we get way ahead of ourselves, let's take one final look at Ginebra's latest title run before we move on to the next one.   5 Number of losses for Ginebra in its first six games of the conference. Losing back-to-back games when they got Justin Brownlee back, the Gin Kings were in trouble with a 1-5 record. Then they won five straight to make it to the playoffs where they only lost one, to no. 1 Rain or Shine, before meeting the Beermen in the Final. The Gin Kings were down 1-2 following a 38-point loss in the championship series before they pulled off three straight wins to take the title from the Beermen.   3 Number of PBA titles for import Justin Brownlee. Brownlee has been around for four PBA conferences and he has won three titles in three Finals appearances. His only loss was last year in the 2017 Commissioner's Cup when the no. 1 seeded Gin Kings lost in the semis. Still, Brownlee's magic is still as effective as ever and the newly-crowned Best Import shows no signs of slowing down. Is he Ginebra's GOAT Import?   21 Total PBA Championships for head coach Tim Cone. #GOAT   1 Number of Finals losses for San Miguel head coach Leo Austria. His undefeated streak finally came to an end with this 4-2 loss to Ginebra. Coach Leo is now 6-of-7 in the Finals and this is also his first best-of-7 series loss with the Beermen. Ouch.   2 Number of seasons where San Miguel's Grand Slam bid ended at the hands of Ginebra. Last year, the Beermen got eliminated in the quarterfinals of the Governors' Cup. This year, San Miguel couldn't even win two titles in a row as they fall to the Gin Kings again, this time in the Commissioner's Cup.   11 Total combined points for Alex Cabagnot, Arwind Santos, Chris Ross, Marcio Lassiter, and Christian Standhardinger in Game 6. Ross, Lassiter, and Standhardinger went scoreless. In Game 5, the Death Star showed signs of crack and malfunctioned. In Game 6, San Miguel's vaunted weapon of mass destruction completely shut down.   31 Total points for Justin Brownlee in Game 6, 20 in the second half. Brownlee scored 10 points each in the third and fourth quarters of Game 6 and he led Ginebra's pivotal third-quarter run where they outscored San Miguel, 27-8. That was pretty much the game as the Beermen never recovered.     --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsAug 9th, 2018

PBA: Gin Kings dethrone San Miguel after sensational Game 6 win

Hail to the new kings. Ginebra finally knocked out San Miguel Wednesday as the Gin Kings scored a sensational 93-77 Game 6 win at the MOA Arena to claim the 2018 PBA Commissioner's Cup. Down 10 in the first half, Ginebra roared back in the second half, outscoring the Beermen in the pivotal third period, 27-8. San Miguel never recovered in the fourth and the Gin Kings won the best-of-7 series, 4-2. "For tonight, for one night at least we are the best team, I guess, for one night," head coach Tim Cone said. "Tomorrow, they'll be the best team again. But like I was saying earlier, it's just amazing that we were able to come back from that 1-5 start and then be able to match up with San Miguel in the Finals and win it," he added. Up seven in the third period, Ginebra unloaded a 9-0 run to take a 62-46 lead on the Beermen. Justin Brownlee was particularly great for the barangay, scoring 20 points in the second half, 10 each in the third and fourt periods, to help the Gin Kings pull away for good. The league's Best Import finished with 31 points, 19 rebounds, seven assists, four blocks, and two steals. Locals also came through for the barangay with Finals MVP Scottie Thompson scoring 12 points on top of 13 rebounds and five assists. Greg Slaughter (13 points), LA Tenorio (11 points), and Jeff Chan (10) also finished in double figures. In comparison, the Beermen only had June Mar Fajardo (29 points) and Renaldo Balkman (24 points) making an impact on offense. The star-studded local lineup of the Beermen shut down in Game 6. Alex Cabagnot, Arwind Santos, Marcio Lassiter, Chris Ross, and Christian Standhardinger combined for a grand total of 11 points. Ross, Lassiter, and Standhardinger went scoreless. It was also San Miguel's first Finals loss with head coach Leo Austra as the Beermen's Grand Slam bid ends at the hands of Ginebra for the second year in a row.   The Scores:  Ginebra (93): Brownlee 31, Slaughter 13, Thompson 12, Tenorio 11, Chan 10, Mercado 6, Ferrer 5, Devance 4, J. Aguilar 1  San Miguel (77): Fajardo 29, Balkman 24, Heruela 11, Cabagnot 6, Santos 5, Pessumal 2, Ross 0, Lassiter 0, Rosser 0, Vigil 0, Standhardinger 0  Quarterscores: 14-17, 35-38, 62-46, 93-77   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsAug 8th, 2018

PBA: SMB blowout loss dampens Fajardo s milestone night

San Miguel Beer big man June Mar Fajardo reached a couple of milestones Friday in Game 4 of the 2018 PBA Commissioner’s Cup Finals at the Big Dome. The behemoth snagged his seventh Best Player of the Conference award before tipoff and then joined the elite 5,000-point club. But his supposedly celebratory mood was dampened with the Beermen being on the receiving end of the unusual blowout trend of the best-of-seven Finals series, now tied at two games apiece. Fajardo finished with 15 points and 14 rebounds but even his inspired effort was not enough to save SMB from a 100-130 revenge beating at the hands of the Barangay Ginebra Gin Kings. “Wala ang isip ko doon (sa award) pero blessed ako na nanalo ako ng BPC,” said the 28-year old Fajardo. “Thankful ako kay God, thankful ako sa teammates ko, sa coaching staff, credit ko sa kanila yun kasi di ko naman yun magagawa kung di dahil sa kanila,” added Fajardo. The big man also tallied his 5,001 points after making a layup with just 7:54 left in the fourth period. Unfortunately, Fajardo’s last marker of the night all but chipped a morsel of the Gin Kings’ 111-85 lead before head coach Leo Austria waived the white flag by pulling out his center.         “Tapos na ‘yun talo kami sa game kailangan mag-regroup, kailangan bounce back next game,” said Fajardo. Game 5 is on Sunday. “Kailangan naming manalo next game kasi mahirap kasi best-of-3 na lang yung series,” Fajardo said.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsAug 3rd, 2018

Major grudge match for Garbrandt, Dillashaw tops fight card

By Greg Beacham, Associated Press LOS ANGELES (AP) — Cody Garbrandt and T.J. Dillashaw have one of the UFC's most compelling feuds of recent years. This beef is rooted in betrayal and tribalism, and it led to the demolition of a once-cordial relationship between training partners. The feud persisted even after Dillashaw knocked out Garbrandt and took his bantamweight title belt last year, following months of verbal sparring and pre-fight scuffling. Their rematch at Staples Center on Saturday night is the main event of UFC 227. It's also the chance for a particularly personal victory for both men, who declined to shake hands at their ceremonial faceoff Thursday in downtown Los Angeles. "I prefer to be respectful," Dillashaw said Thursday. "I prefer to be a martial artist, so I like a respect level, but I don't mind the drama, either. I'm going to use it to my advantage." Garbrandt (11-1) and Dillashaw (15-3) actually have plenty in common. They're both well-conditioned, gifted strikers who became elite competitors at Team Alpha Male, Urijah Faber's famed gym in Sacramento. They've also both become first-time fathers in the nine months since their last bout. But they simply haven't gotten along ever since Dillashaw won the bantamweight title and also left Alpha Male in 2014. To make an epic story short, Dillashaw says he was thrown out because he wouldn't break ties with coach Duane Ludwig, who had just split acrimoniously from Faber. Several Alpha Male fighters, including Garbrandt, say Dillashaw turned his back on them. "Let him say what he wants, but that motivates me," Garbrandt said. "If you say you're going to ruin my career and basically take food out of my child's mouth, that's fine. I didn't need any more motivation with my new son, and while I'm coming off my first loss, I've been more motivated than I ever have out of any win." Any viewer of the pay-per-view show can't miss the clear contrast between Garbrandt, the rural Ohio product with prominent neck tattoos, and Dillashaw, the clean-cut college graduate with a California surfer look. But the rematch primarily is a collision of two fighters with legitimate reason to think they're the best in the 135-pound division. Garbrandt rocketed to the top of the class, winning the belt less than two years after entering the UFC. He lost his title in equally stunning fashion last November to Dillashaw, who reclaimed the strap he had lost to Dominick Cruz nearly two years earlier. During his ascent, Garbrandt appeared to be the archetype of the most compelling lighter-weight fighters. He was slick, athletic, stylistically well-rounded and powerful enough to generate knockouts — and he looked the part of a mixed martial arts star, right down to those tattoos that spread down his resplendently multicolored arms. Garbrandt's neck is covered by large wings flanking a diamond, with the words "SELF MADE" atop his sternum. He seemed ticketed for superstardom — until Dillashaw, the former Cal State Fullerton wrestler whose only losses in the last six years were on debatable split decisions, wrecked the narrative with his fists. Immediately after their bout at Madison Square Garden, Garbrandt claims he tried to quash their grudge, but Dillashaw rejected him. Dillashaw says he isn't to blame for not wanting Garbrandt around him. "You've got me by the throat before, and that pushed me overboard," Dillashaw said, recalling a past scuffle between the two. "What's changed now? Just because I slapped you upside your face, what's different? Why have you got to be fake?" While Garbrandt doesn't accept the blame for this state of affairs, he insists he has grown and changed since his wife, Danny, gave birth in March to their first child, a son named Kai. But Garbrandt also angrily declined to apologize this week for a series of racially insensitive tweets from his early 20s. "I've never felt entitled to anything in my life," Garbrandt said. "I feel like everything happens for a reason. I've been given second chances my whole entire life. ... T.J. is a tough adversary. He's skilled. He's a good competitor. He doesn't like to lose either. That's what's great about this rivalry.".....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsAug 3rd, 2018

Cignal claims third place

Dethroned Cignal saved some sense of pride after copping a podium finish with a 25-15, 22-25, 25-20, 25-18, victory over Smart-Army in the 2018 Philippine Superliga Invitational Conference battle for third at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan Thursday. Skipper Rachel Anne Daquis turned back the hands of time as she displayed her vintage form with an all-around performance for the HD Spikers. The Far Eastern University product finished with 18 points anchored on 14 kills with two aces and two kill blocks. Daquis also played well on defense with 22 digs to give Cignal a bronze medal finish. Despite losing the crown in the semifinals at the hands of F2 Logistics, head coach Edgar Barroga praised his wards for good run in the tournament.   Cignal fielded a relatively new lineup after loss of stars Jovelyn Gonzaga, Honey Royse Tubino, Paneng Mercado, Chie Saet and Maica Morada. “Actually masaya kami kasi actually ito lang ‘yung talagang ine-expect namin, makapasok lang kami sa top four since ‘yung lineup namin is sabihin na nating hilaw pa,” said Barroga. “So sa ganda ng ensayo namin kaya naging confident kami and inasam namin na ma-finals.” “’Yun lang makikita mo talaga na imature pa ‘yung mga players pagdating sa ganyang bagay, bumibigay,” he added. “So we are really happy na naka-medal kami.” Mylene Paat, who was elevated into the main roster of the national team, finished with 15 while Cherry Vivas got 13 for the HD Spikers. Joanne Bunag scored 10 points while Dimdim Pacres and Nene Bautista combined for 15 markers for the Giga Hitters.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles     .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJul 26th, 2018

SUPER 8: Long Lions survive Thunders to win crown in Macau

MACAU --- Guangzhou gets back at the only team to beat them in the Super 8 tournament. The Longs Lions took the title in Macau Sunday, surviving the Samsung Long Lions, 78-72, at the East Asian Games Dome here. Guangzhou lost a 16-point lead and was only up two on the Thunders in the final minute. However, the Long Lions had superior composure and made the needed free throws down the stretch to keep Samsung at bay. The Long Lions finish the tournament with a 4-1 mark, with the lone loss coming from the Thunders to end group play earlier this week. Guangzhou also beat the Blackwater Elite and the NLEX Road Warriors on their way to the title. Ju Mingxin led the Long Lions with 25 big points followed by Zheng Zhun who had 13 points and seven rebounds. For the Thunders, it was Lee Gwan Hee, a former PBA import for Phoenix, that came through, firing 34 points on 50 percent shooting.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJul 22nd, 2018

NLEX settles for 4th place after loss to Korea’s Etland anew in Macau tilt

MACAU---NLEX dropped out of the podium after losing to Korean Basketball League's Etland 67-62 in the bronze medal game of the Asia League Super 8 Sunday at Macau East Asian Games Dome here. The Elephants trudged through a highly-physical game that saw two injury scares when Kenneth Ighalo lay on the floor early in the fourth quarter after getting hit in the thigh. Park Bong Jin was also knocked down after Dave Marcelo elbowed him in the jaw that got him a trip back to the Road Warriors locker room. Etland held a 65-56 lead with 1:42 left to play after Jung Young Sam's three-point play but the Road Warriors made a late-game 6-0 run that cut the deficit to 65-62 after Ighalo'...Keep on reading: NLEX settles for 4th place after loss to Korea’s Etland anew in Macau tilt.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJul 22nd, 2018

SUPER 8: Coach Yeng misses Kiefer, Kevin

MACAU --- NLEX has performed well enough in the Super 8 tournament to find themselves competing for a podium finish. To wrap up the games at the East Asian Games Dome here, the Road Warriors will have their rematch against South Korea's Etland Elephants for third place. But in NLEX's week-long journey in Macau, it would have been better if the team had its handful of superstars who are currently out of rotation. "In this situation you kinda miss Kiefer, Kevin, Alex, and Larry," head coach Yeng Guiao sadid. Guiao of course, is talking about Kiefer Ravena, Kevin Alas, Alex Mallari, and Larry Fonacier. However, Ravena is in middle of serving his 18-month FIBA ban, Alas is out for the season with an ACL injury, while Mallari and Fonacier are back home both nursing nagging injuries and sickness. Any of the four, or all of them, could have greatly helped the Road Warriors during the team's previous loss to the Elephants or NLEX's failed comeback bid vs. the Guangzhou Long Lions in the Super 8 semis Saturday. "You kinda miss those guys," Guiao said. Regardless, coach Yeng is happy with NLEX's stint in Macau as it gave some of his young guns to shine. Mac Tallo and Kenneth Ighalo are just some players that have shined for the Road Warriors in the Super 8. "But again, it's also good for these young guys that they're able to experience something like this," Guiao said.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJul 22nd, 2018

SUPER 8: Korea s Etland Elephants continue to roll in Macau

MACAU --- China and Korea were the two big winners or Day 2 of the Summer Super 8 tournament at the East Asian Games Dome here. South Korea got the first pair of victories Wednesday as the Etland Elephants beat the NLEX Road Warriors, 75-60. The Elephants took over solo lead in Group A with a 2-0 mark and are essentially through to the next round. After a beating at the hands of Blackwater in Day 1, the Samsung Thunders bounced back by surviving the Rizing Zephyr Fukuoka in the second game of the day, 68-63. The other PBA team in the Macau invitational, the Blackwater Elite, took a 69-88 beating at the hands of the undefeated Guangzhou Long Lions in the third game. Blackwater was only down one after three quarters but the Long Lions dropped a 22-1 run in the fourth to seal the victory. In the last game of the day, the Xinjiang Flying Tigers made quick work of the Formosa Dreamers, 94-57, for the first win. After the days, the Super 8 standings is as follows: Group A Etland 2-0 Xinjiang 1-1 NLEX 1-1 Formosa 0-2 Group B Guangzhou 2-0 Blackwater 1-1 Samsung 1-1 Fukuoka 0-2 Only the top-2 teams from each group will advance to the crossover semifinals set this weekend.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJul 18th, 2018

PVL: Para kaming nakulam – Gorayeb on Game 1 loss

PayMaya head coach Roger Gorayeb had a hard time putting into words the disappointing four-set loss of the High Flyers at the hands of crowd-favorite Creamline in Game 1 of the Premier Volleyball League Season 2 Reinforced Conference best-of-three Finals. The multi-titled mentor just made his sense of humor work.     “Alam mo kasi di ko malaman kung ano, para kaming nakulam,” Gorayeb joked after PayMaya’s 21-25, 25-22, 20-25, 19-25 loss to the Cool Smashers Sunday at the MOA Arena.  Coming off a grueling three-game semis series including back-to-back five-sets matches against BanKo to advance in the Finals, the High Flyers lacked the energy and drive they had in their previous outings. Their pace was slow and almost playing under the tempo dictated by Creamline. “Alam mo ang problema sa amin ‘yung nilaro namin kanina parang hindi championship ‘yung laro namin,” said Gorayeb. “Parang mas maganda pa ang mga nilaro namin sa previous games, bakbakan talaga eh.” “Wala kaming backline attack, wala kaming kombinasyon na atake, service namin ganoon pa rin. Lamang naman kami eh,” he added. “Sabi ko nga sa kanila ‘wag nyo sabayan ang laro. Medyo mabagal yung laro ng Creamline kanina eh. Kaya lang di ko malaman ba parang pagpupuntos na kami biglang may magi-error, yung mga simpleng errors.” American Tess Rountree poured 26 points while Grethcel Soltones and Jasmine Nabor added 11 and nine markers, respectively. However, PayMaya threw away 29 points off errors coming – mostly coming from the crucial stretch of each sets.  For Gorayeb, the bottom line of their loss was that the High Flyers didn’t play their usual game. “Nakakahiya man sabihin, hindi namin nilaro ang kailangan naming laruin,” he said. “Championship na yan dapat hindi ganyan ang level ng laro namin.” Game 2 of the Finals is on Wednesday. Gorayeb hopes that they can regroup in time to extend the series. “Sabi ko sa kanila hindi na natin pag-uusapan ang laro ngayon kasi all of you are old enough to know how you played tonight, sabi ko. Isipin na lang ninyo yun and bumawi na lang tayo next Wednesday,” said Gorayeb.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJul 8th, 2018