Hotshots brace for Aces fightback

Despite their lopsided triumph Wednesday, the Magnolia Hotshots are keeping their mindset and bracing themselves for a grind-out battle versus the Alaska Milk Aces in Game Two of their PBA Governors Cup best-of-seven title playoff tonight at the Smart Araneta Coliseum......»»

Category: newsSource: philstar philstarDec 6th, 2018

Magnolia overcomes late Alaska run, stays on top

Magnolia turned to their guards to hold off a late run by Alaska, 83-73, and stay in first place in the 2018 PBA Governors' Cup Sunday night at Smart Araneta Coliseum. Romeo Travis was solid anew with team-bests of 19 points and 17 rebounds but it was the guard play of Jio Jalalon, Paul Lee and Mark Barroca that proved crucial for the Hotshots amid the fiery fightback by the Aces. "Our guards have been playing really well the last few games and again Jio stepped up, Mark played good defense against Banchero and Paul on offense," said Magnolia head coach Chito Victolero after his squad improved to 7-1. Jalalon followed up his triple-double performance with 18 points, nine rebounds an...Keep on reading: Magnolia overcomes late Alaska run, stays on top.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsOct 14th, 2018

UAAP Season 81: Lady Maroons survive opening day scare

University of the Philippines weathered University of the East’s upset scare with a hard-earned, 25-12, 22-25, 23-25, 25-19, 15-12, opening day win Saturday in the UAAP Season 81 women’s volleyball tournament at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan.   The veteran duo of Isa Molde and Tots Carlos delivered the goods for the Lady Maroons, who are considered as one of the top contenders after winning two pre-season titles, in the fifth set to silence the feisty Lady Warriors.   "They are very good five sets. We played as a team that is why we we're able to get the last two sets. As I said before nothing comes easy. We win but we struggle some times," said UP head coach Godfrey Okumu. "The sets we won we won with ease but the ones we lost, we lost terribly. I hope we put this behind us and move forward to our next game."     Molde posted 23 points off 19 kills, two aces and two kill blocks to pace the Dilima-based squad. The Season 78 rookie of the year added 10 excellent receptions for the Lady Maroons.  Carlos chipped in 17 markers icluding 15 off spikes while Justine Dorog added 12 points for UP, which landed 61 spikes behind setter Ayel Estranero's 44 excellent sets. The Lady Maroons recovered from a 1-2 match deficit to force a deciding frame but found the Lady Warriors a tough nut to crack. UP went up 13-9 before  UE answered with straight points. Dorog put the Lady Maroons at match point , Judith Abil saved a point for the Lady Warriors before Jessma Ramos sealed the win for UP with a strong swipe off UE's block.        The Lady Maroons survived a scare in the fourth set, staving off the Lady Warriors’ charge from a nine-point deficit, 1-10. UE chopped its deficit to 14-16 behind Judith Abil and Me-Anne Mendrez’s heroics but UP answered with a scorching rally to force a deciding frame.       Judith Abil led the Lady Warriors’ fightback in the third set after trailing, 13-19. The graduating hitter Abil tied the frame at 21. Both squads traded points in the next plays before Mariella Gabarda pushed UE at set point. The Lady Warriors stole the frame after Marist Layug’s soft shot went out.     Abil got 20 points and 21 excellent receptions while Mendrez had eight markers for UE. Prized libero Kath Arado tallied 32 digs and 18 receives in a lost cause.    --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles  .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsFeb 16th, 2019

Waiting for Aces, Hotshots

Since the PBA’s 44th season started before 23,711 fans at the Philippine Arena in Bulacan last Jan. 13, the pro league has staged 16 games over nine playing days......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJan 29th, 2019

PBA: Magnolia muse Sharon Cuneta shrugs off online bashers

BOCAUE, BULACAN -- Megastar Sharon Cuneta just shrugged off online bashers critical of her selection as the Magnolia Hotshots muse in the opening of the 44th PBA season here. Cuneta, an endorser of the poultry products of the compan, represented the newly-crowned Governors' Cup champions as they were introduced one by one. When the announcement was made that she would be the muse last Tuesday, an online firestorm erupted, bashing Cuneta for primarily her age. The Megastar Sharon Cuneta with the Magnolia Hotshots! #PBA2019 • @abscbnsports — Philip Martin Matel (@philipptionary) January 13, 2019 "Nothing. They don't mean anything to me. I'm the one that's here, and I was chosen by Magnolia. I didn't volunteer. I'm their major endorser, and I think that's understandable," the longtime Kapamilya said. The Megastar Sharon Cuneta has a message for her online bashers after a firestorm erupted regarding her selection. #PBA2019 • @abscbnsports — Philip Martin Matel (@philipptionary) January 13, 2019 The mother of four also shared that she was friends with several members of the team, including Marc Pingris and Rafi Reavis. "Parang mama nila ako, kapatid – ate, tita, mama. Si Rafi hinahanap ko kasi halos he's my brother na. Si Ping, nandiyan na asawa ni Danica. Sayang wala si Captain Alvin kasi last time na I was a muse for Purefoods, it was the team ni Alvin," shared Cuneta. The 53-year old veteran actress and singer is no stranger to being the muse of the franchise, and accompanied Purefoods back in 1990 when Alvin Patrimonio and Jojo Lastimosa led the charge. It was a star-studded affair for all 12 squads, who brought lovely ladies to accompany them to the makeshift podium at the Philippine Arena floor. Beauty queen royalty graced the courts with 2015 Ms. Universe Pia Wurtzbach representing Ginebra and 2016 Ms. International Kylie Verzosa repping four-time defending champions San Miguel. Queen P with Ginebra! #PBA2019 • @abscbnsports — Philip Martin Matel (@philipptionary) January 13, 2019 Former Ms. International Kylie Verzosa with defending champs San Miguel. #PBA2019 • @abscbnsports — Philip Martin Matel (@philipptionary) January 13, 2019 Also present was 2018 Binibining Pilipinas-Grand International Eva Patalinjug, who walked with Meralco. Beauty queen Eva Patalinjug with the Meralco Bolts. #PBA2019 • @abscbnsports — Philip Martin Matel (@philipptionary) January 13, 2019 Rounding up the pageant royalty are Mutya ng Pilipinas 2018 - Tourism International Aya Fernandez and Top 12 finalist Anie Uson. Aya Fernandez with NorthPort. #PBA2019 • @abscbnsports — Philip Martin Matel (@philipptionary) January 13, 2019 Annie Uson with Rain or Shine. #PBA2019 • @abscbnsports — Philip Martin Matel (@philipptionary) January 13, 2019 The stars of the small screen also were present, with 'Halik' star Yam Concepcion joining Phoenix, Kelley Day with Columbian, Klea Pineda for Alaska, and Sam Pinto joining TNT. 'Halik' star Yam Concepcion with the Phoenix Fuel Masters. #PBA2019 • @abscbnsports — Philip Martin Matel (@philipptionary) January 13, 2019 The TNT KaTropa enter last with Sam Pinto. #PBA2019 • @abscbnsports — Philip Martin Matel (@philipptionary) January 13, 2019 Kelly Day with the Columbian Dyip. #PBA2019 • @abscbnsports — Philip Martin Matel (@philipptionary) January 13, 2019 Actress Klea Pineda with the Alaska Aces. #PBA2019 • @abscbnsports — Philip Martin Matel (@philipptionary) January 13, 2019 Fellow athletes also joined the festivities with PVL MVP Alyssa Valdez leading the way for the NLEX Road Warriors, the team of her beau Kiefer Ravena.  PVL MVP Alyssa Valdez with the NLEX Road Warriors. #PBA2019 • @abscbnsports — Philip Martin Matel (@philipptionary) January 13, 2019 Ravena was not present due to his FIBA suspension. Meanwhile, the duo of Motolite outside hitter Myla Pablo and Olympian swimmer Jasmine Alkhaldi went with Blackwater. Myla Pablo and Jasmine Alkhaldi with Blackwater. #PBA2019 • @abscbnsports — Philip Martin Matel (@philipptionary) January 13, 2019 __     Follow this writer on Twitter, @philipptionary.  .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJan 13th, 2019

Magnolia celebrates 14th PBA title in another banner year for SMC

The Magnolia franchise celebrated its 14th overall PBA title at San Miguel headquarters in Ortigas Friday night. "Let's just enjoy tonight!" Finals MVP Mark Barroca told the fans, who braved the Christmas traffic just to celebrate with their team. "I hope we partake in more events like this in the future," added coach Chito Victolero. The Hotshots ended a four-year title drought in the PBA at the expense of the Alaska Aces in Wednesday night's Governors' Cup Finals Game 6 in Antipolo. Magnolia's latest crown puts them in the ranks of other San Miguel teams that churned out successful campaigns this year. San Miguel Beer and Petron kicked off 2018 with respective titles...Keep on reading: Magnolia celebrates 14th PBA title in another banner year for SMC.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsDec 21st, 2018

Alex Compton, Alaska fall short once more of grand prize

MANILA, Philippines – If there's one person who understands the pain of repeatedly falling short in the PBA finals, it would be Alaska coach Alex Compton. Compton has now lost 5 straight PBA finals as head coach after the Aces succumbed to the Magnolia Hotshots in 6 games of the ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsDec 20th, 2018

Romeo Travis after first PBA title: 'I wish it wasn t Alaska'

The first time Romeo Travis made it to the PBA Finals, he was with Alaska. They got swept. The second time Romeo Travis made it to the PBA Finals, he was with Magnolia. They beat Alaska for the title. Travis wishes his first PBA championship didn't come at the expense of his old Aces. "Like I said before, I wish it wasn't Alaska," Travis said after his new team Magnolia won the 2018 PBA Governors' Cup in six games. "I have a lot of great friends over there, especially Chris Banchero. I really want him to get a championship," he added. Travis' stint with Alaska three years ago would become the Aces' second Finals loss in a string of diappointments. Counting the loss to the Hotshots, Alaska has now lost five Finals since 2015. Adding to his former team's misery was nothing personal for Travis, he was just doing business. "Unfortunately, it was against us so we had to do what he had to do," Travis said on beating Alaska for the title. "But I really want those guys to really do well and succeed, because I do have friends there and I do wish nothing but the best for those guys. It would have been easier for me to play against somebody else, against not my old teammates and not my old coach. But you can't decide these things, and the cards fell where they did, and we just had to do what we had to do," he added.     --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsDec 20th, 2018

Amazing Hotshots back as champs with 14th title

Four years after their grand slam, the Magnolia Hotshots are back as champs and now tied with their beaten foes the Alaska Milk Aces as the second winningest franchises in the PBA......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsDec 19th, 2018

PBA: Hotshots dominate Alaska to win Governors Cup

ANTIPOLO CITY, Rizal --- The crown jewel has returned. Magnolia ended a four-year title drought in the PBA Wednesday, beating Alaska in Game 6, 102-86, for the 2018 Governors' Cup at the Ynares Center here. The Hotshots took the series, 4-2, and won their first championship since their magical Grand Slam season in 2014. Magnolia wasted little time establishing its dominance in Game 6, opening with a 12-0 blast behind import Romeo Travis. Alaska would recover in the middle of the second quarter but the Hotshots would pullaway again, taking an 18-point lead at the break. The Aces never truly threatened after that......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsDec 19th, 2018

PBA: Finals MVP Barroca says Hotshots still chase SMB, Ginebra

ANTIPOLO CITY, Rizal --- Mark Barroca helped set the tone for Magnolia and after the Hotshots beat the Alaska Aces for the 2018 PBA Governors' Cup, the veteran guard was rewarded. Following Magnolia's Game 6 win for the title Wednesday at the Ynares Center here, Barroca was aptly named Finals MVP, his second for his rather successful PBA career. Barroca posted an average of 11.0 points, 3.2 rebounds, 3.2 assists, 1.8 steals and was easily the most consistent Hotshots particularly on the defensive end. Also, Barroca's down time in the best-of-7 showdown pretty coincided with Magnolia's struggles as a team and when he was playing well, the Hotshots were rolling. "He deserves it," head coach Chito Victolero on Barroca winning Finals MVP. "Mark is our leader, he works hard every day. Ako ang nakaka-kita kung gaano ka-dedicated si Mark sa trabaho niya, very professional. Lagi siyang, hindi siya nagpapabaya. That's why hindi ako nagtataka na makuha niya ang Finals MVP," he added. For Barroca, the Finals MVP is just the icing on the cake, with the championship being the cake of course. This particular one, his 6th, is one of the best ones. "Wala na sa isip ko ang mag-MVP. Nasa isip ko lang manalo. Finals MVP. Kami, nung nakuha namin ito, happy na ako. Nabigyan pa ako, mas happy pa ako," he said. "Sana makabalik kami. Palagi kaming nasa Final Four, isang hump pa lang ang nalagpasan namin. Pasalamat kami doon. So far, rest muna. Stay hungry and stay humble. Wala pa, isa lang ito eh. Ano ba naman yung sa San Miguel, Ginebra, nandyan sila lagi sa taas. Hopefully kami rin, nandoon din kami," Barroca added.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsDec 19th, 2018

PBA Finals: It s Mike Harris turn to chase Alaska for next season

ANTIPOLO CITY, RIZAL -- Whether or not Mike Harris plays for Alaska again in the future is still undecided. The newly-minted Best Import of the Governors' Cup however says he is ready to come back for the runners-up next season and contend once more for a title in the first pro league in Asia. "If they’ll have me back, I’d love to be," the 35-year-old said after the game, revealing that the team had courted for his services for the past eight years before finally saying yes. For his part, Harris posted 26 points, 24 rebounds, and five assists, but it was not enough to keep the Aces afloat in the series as they lost Game 6 and the series to the Magnolia Hotshots, 102-86. Magnolia immediately raced out of the starting gates to take an early double-digit lead in the first quarter, and in every comeback attempt by the Aces, they were stifled every time. "We rushed it and we played their game. We rushed our possessions early. We didn’t really move the ball the way we usually do. We kinda calmed down but the lead was up there and like I said, they did a great job. They didn’t want it to get to a Game 7 and we wanted it," Harris said after the game. The former NBA player also bared that someone from the opposing side made a "gesture that [he'll] never forget," but decided to let it pass since it was probably in the heat of the moment and emotions let the best out of the opponent. "They mocked us. It was just a lack of respect. Total disrespect of character for a person to be like that especially someone of their age and respect in the league, but it’s okay." A man who has seen action in different parts of the globe, Harris brought up another instance wherein he lost a championship series, 4-2, in Puerto Rico but was able to get revenge and won two straight titles after. However, the question that remains, is Harris still in the team's plan moving forward? "[Alaska's] the most professional club that I’ve been with in my career overseas and they treat players like they’re NBA teams. From the staff, the management they have, it’s been nothing but respect and that’s something I’ll never forget if I’m not the guy to come back next year," said Harris. "I love those guys, those guys in the locker room, all 17 of those guys. I’ve made some new brothers and I’ll definitely stay in contact. Like I said, it’s my turn to chase them." As for the gesture, Harris made sure to remember it and will serve as motivation, if he will be able to come back here in the PBA. "But it’s something I’ll never forget and it’s great fuel for next year if they’ll have me back. Shoutout to Magnolia, they did a great job."   __     Follow this writer on Twitter, @philipptionary. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsDec 19th, 2018

Mark Barroca wins PBA Governors’ Cup Finals MVP

Magnolia guard Mark Barroca more than made up for his rough play in Game 4 that nearly cost him a suspension with a Finals MVP performance in the 2018 PBA Governors' Cup title series against Alaska. Barroca, who is now a six-time PBA champion, averaged 11 points, 3.2 rebounds and 3.2 assists and 1.8 steals per game in the championship round. "This championship is special because it's been a long time since we won the championship," Barroca said in a TV interview shortly after the final buzzer of Game 6. The 32-year-old Barroca helped the Hotshots close out the Aces in six games with 13 points, five rebounds, four assists and one steal in a masterful 102-86 victory Wednesday ...Keep on reading: Mark Barroca wins PBA Governors’ Cup Finals MVP.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsDec 19th, 2018

Magnolia 2018 PBA Governor’s Cup champ

Magnolia beat Alaska, 102-86, in Game 6 of their PBA Governor’s Cup finals series to win the title, 4-2, on Wednesday at the Ynares Center in Antipolo City. The Hotshots dominated the Aces throughout the game en route to their first title in four years and coach Chito Victolero’s first. Import Romeo Travis led the […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsDec 19th, 2018

Hotshots out to end drought

Six days before Christmas, the Magnolia Hotshots seek to put the wraps on what could be the best gift they could have as they go for the kill versus the beleaguered Alaska Milk Aces in Game Six of the PBA Governors Cup Finals at the Ynares Sports Center tonight......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsDec 18th, 2018

Hotshots outwit Aces, lead 3-2

In a duel of runs replete with highlight plays, Paul Lee made the biggest of them all, grabbing the loose ball then coolly sinking an eight-footer from the right flank as Magnolia beat out Alaska Milk, 79-78, in a nerve-wracking match to grab the pivotal 3-2 lead last night in the PBA Governors Cup Finals......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsDec 14th, 2018

PBA: Lee drills game winner as Hotshots take crucial 3-2 lead

Leethal weapon indeed. Paul Lee drilled the game winner Friday as the Magnolia Hotshots survived the Alaska Aces, 79-78, in Game 5 of the 2018 PBA Governors' Cup Finals at the Big Dome. Down one with 11 seconds to go, Romeo Travis was blocked by Best Import Mike Harris on his way to the basket. Fortunately for Magnolia, Lee picked up the loose ball and calmly drilled an open baseline jumper for a 79-78 lead with 1.3 seconds to go. Travis then stopped Harris on a fadeaway in Alaska's final possession and the Hotshots moved on to one win away from the title after taking a crucial 3-2 lead. "Aatakihin ako sa puso," head coach Chito Victolero said with a sigh of relief post-game. "It was a great game, one of the classics in terms of the PBA Finals. I want to commend my players for their mental toughness. We are tired but it was all about heart," he added. Magnolia was up eight, 74-66, with less than five minutes to go. However, the Aces would slowly pick up steam and would score 10 straight to take over, 76-74, in the final 1:17. The Hotshtos were in trouble late too but Lee managed to stop a 3-on-1 Alaska break before finding Ian Sangalang for a crucial and-one play with 18 seconds left for a 77-76 Magnolia lead. Alaska would answer back via two Mike Harris free throws, setting up the final Magnolia play that ended with Lee's clutch jumper. Before the wild fourth quarter, Magnolia dominated the first half, leading by as many as 17 points, 51-34, behind a strong second quarter. Alaska would quickly respond to start the second half, firing a 20-2 run for a 60-55 lead in the third period. Sangalang led the Hotshots with 20 points followed by Mark Barroca with 14. Jio Jalalon added 13 in a big bounce back game. Lee finished with 11 points and his game-winner was being his only basket in the second half. For the Aces, Mike Harris led the way with 26 points. Game 6 is set for Wednesday at Ynares Antipolo.   The Scores: MAGNOLIA 79 -- Sangalang 20, Barroca 14, Jalalon 13, Lee 11, Travis 10, Herndon 6, Dela Rosa 4, Reavis 1, Melton 0, Brondial 0, Simon 0. ALASKA 78 -- Harris 28, Enciso 13, Racal 13, Pascual 6, Exciminiano 5, Cruz 4, Banchero 3, Casio 2, Teng 2, Manuel 2, Baclao 0, Galliguez 0. Quarters: 29-28, 53-40, 65-62, 79-78.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsDec 14th, 2018

Down 2-3 in PBA Finals, Alaska out to prove comeback is real

Alaska was 11.4 seconds away from a 3-2 lead in the race-to-four Finals in the 2018 PBA Governors’ Cup. Only, Paul Lee had other plans – steal the win from the Aces and shoot Magnolia one win from the championship. Of course, Alaska only acknowledged that the close loss left a bad taste in their mouths. “It’s always a tough pill to swallow when you lose one. It was so close,” reinforcement Mike Harris, who scored the could-have-been game-winner, told reporters on Wednesday. He then continued, “This one just came down to both teams being hungry and fighting for it.” At the same time, the Aces also only acknowledged the heroics put on by Lee and the guts showed by the Hotshots. “Hats off to them. The ball bounced to them and Paul Lee ends up making the tough shot,” Harris said. He then continued, “Both teams were tough down the stretch and that’s what you want. These are the games you wanna play in. You want everybody sore and barely able to move when you come out of there.” Nonetheless, they are adamant that it ain’t over ‘til it’s over – even though they are in a must-win situation from here on out. As their American import put it, “The good thing is we got another one on Wednesday. We can clear our head.” He then continued, “We’re not looking forward to Game 7. Game 6 is do-or-die for both teams because I’m pretty sure they don’t wanna go to Game 7.” Point guard Simon Enciso could only agree. “This is really nothing new to us. We’re down 0-2 at the beginning of the series so we just really need to go back to the gym and work harder,” he said. Game 6 of the PBA Governors’ Cup Finals is scheduled on Wednesday at the Ynares Center in Antipolo......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsDec 14th, 2018

Compton slams dirty basketball as Banchero sustains low blow

    MANILA, Philippines – Alaska head coach Alex Compton didn't hold back in airing his sentiments after Chris Banchero sustained a low blow as the Aces equalized the 2018 PBA Governors' Cup finals against Magnolia.  Banchero got punched in the groin by the Hotshots' Mark Barroca with under 3 minutes left ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsDec 13th, 2018

PBA: Alaska dominates Magnolia again to force 2-2 tie

Now we have a series. Alaska has tied the 2018 PBA Governors' Cup Finals after dominating Magnolia once again in Game 4,  scoring a 90-76 win Wednesday at the Big Dome. The Aces have fully recovered from an early 0-2 deficit, forcing a 2-all tie in the best-of-7 showdown for the title. Just like in Game 3, Alaska had another strong second quarter in Game 4 to gain some separation. The Aces then weathered a third-quarter storm from the Hotshots before landing the final haymaker in the fourth, reducing this series to a best-of-3. "I thought our defense was great again," head coach Alex Compton said. "Our guys have been playing great defense. I mean, there's ways that they can beat us and stuff, but I think it's really tough. It's really tough to get good shots for either team, actually. It's really tough to get good shots for either team," he added. True enough, Game 4 was another grinding game but it was th Aces that once again found more than enough offense. Best Import Mike Harris was effective anew, scoring a game-high 34 points to go along with 22 rebounds. Chris Banchero was the top local for Alaska with 17 points. For the Hotshots, Romeo Travis fired 29 points from six three-pointers. Best Player of the Conference Paul Lee added 14 points. Game 5 to break the series tie is set for Friday still at the Araneta Coliseum.   The Scores Alaska 90 - Harris 34, Banchero 17, Pascual 9, Racal 8, Teng 7, Galliguez 5, Manuel 4, Cruz 3, Baclao 3, Enciso 0, Exciminiano 0, Casio 0. Magnolia 76 - Travis 29, Lee 14, Sangalang 11, Barroca 8, Jalalon 7, Reavis 4, Brondial 2, Melton 1, Dela Rosa 0, Herndon 0. Quarters: 19-22, 43-32, 63-50, 90-76.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsDec 12th, 2018

Hotshots seek own fightback

It’s the Magnolia Hotshots’ turn to respond or the momentum could completely shift to the other side with the series reduced to a best-of-three affair......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsDec 12th, 2018