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Hotshots too hot for sluggish Kings

Magnolia sprang out of a rut in its head-on matches with fierce rival Barangay Ginebra, banking heavily on the big games of Romeo Travis and Paul Lee to carve out a 106-98 win in Game One of their PBA Governors Cup best-of-five semifinal series at the Ynares Sports Center in Antipolo last night......»»

Category: sportsSource: philstar philstarNov 10th, 2018

PBA: Race is on to which SMC team can win a Grand Slam first

As San Miguel sports director, Alfrancis Chua has perhaps the most high-pressure job in the PBA. It’s in his job description to make sure all three SMC teams are not only strong enough to compete for championships but he has to make sure that all three SMC teams have the capability to become elite PBA champions. That’s exactly not the the easiest job out there and it certainly presents to most pressure. Fortunately for him, the PBA’s 43rd season was a banner year for the San Miguel group as it was the first time in history that all three SMC teams won a title. The flagship Beermen of San Miguel defended their Philippine Cup title while Ginebra and Magnolia won the Commissioner’s Cup and the Governors’ Cup respectively. By virtue of that accomplishment, Chua was aptly named Executive of the Year by the PBA Press Corps. “Hanggang ngayon, I never thought or wala sa utak ko na executive ako eh,” Chua said. “I just talk to the players, the coaches, the managers, the governors of the teams telling them to keep on working hard to develop—na don’t stop, porket nagchampion sila—learning doesn’t stop. Recruiting. At yung mga kailangan ng teams,” he added. As he looks to somehow top 2018 with even better results, boss Al just reminds the teams under the SMC group to keep their edge and put the work in. He’ll handle the team-building duties and if there is a deal to be made, Chua will make it happen. “Siguro nakatulong sakin dito is knowing the game. I’ve been coach for how many years in the PBA. And I can feel ‘yung kailangan ng mga players, mga coach, at  nararamdaman ko yung mga problema ng mga coach at kung ano yung mga needs nila ‘cause I was there before,” he said. “Yung mga players naman, nararamdaman ko rin kung ano nafifeel nila. Saan sila nahihirapan. So every conference na natatapos, I always talk to the coaches, asking them ano pa kailangan nila. And then I’m gonna try my best to trade, to get na makakatulong sa kanila,” Chua added. After a banner 2018, the marching order now for the Beermen, the Gin Kings, and the Hotshots is to win a Grand Slam. Of course only one can do that in one particular season. The race is on. “I tell them it’s just one conference. Get every conference. Sabi ko ang aim niyo dapat is sino maka-Grand Slam sa inyo. Our teams are all level,” Chua said. “Itong All-Filipino, balikatan to. Sinasabi nila na SMB ang lakas, eh tinalo nga ng Columbian eh. Depende yan eh. Bilog bola. Basta kailangan lang wag silang wag ma-kumpyansa, I keep on telling the players wag kayong ma-kumpyansa sa an mang team na meron tayo. Pag wala na hardwork, tapos na tayo,” he added.   — Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJan 22nd, 2019

Kings, Hotshots chief contenders

They say that if there’s a team that is well capable of matching up with reigning PBA Philippine Cup four-peat champ, it’s no other than crowd darling and Commissioner’s Cup titlist Barangay Ginebra......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJan 10th, 2019

Basketball in 2018: The San Miguel takeover

It was another good year for basketball in 2018. In the case of the Philippine Basketball Association, they literally took one full year to complete. One year and two days actually. That's a lot of basketball. And that's just one league. Basketball die-hards were truly blessed in 2018. To be honest, some of the things that happened literally only about five months ago, seem like a long time ago. That's how crazy this year has been. In order to try and fit everything together in this year-end review, let's do things by category. Let's play ball.   SAN MIGUEL TAKEOVER Just to be clear here, by San Miguel, we mean San Miguel Corp. SMC teams continued to lord it over in basketball in 2018, at least on this part of the world. The flagship Beermen extended their dynasty in the Philippine Cup, beating Magnolia for a record four straight All-Filipino titles. [Related: June Mar scores 42 as Beermen complete Philippine Cup four-peat] Considering how easy they won this year and with significant upgrades present, it looks like there's still no stopping the San Miguel Beermen in the most prestigious tournament the Philippines has to offer. One team that did stop the Beermen this year were the Gin Kings of Brgy. Ginebra. With super import Justin Brownlee saving the day once again, Ginebra stopped San Miguel's Grand Slam drive for the second straight season, capturing the Commissioner's Cup in six games at the expense of the Beermen. [Related: Gin Kings dethrone San Miguel after sensational Game 6 win] The Gin Kings stay winning with Brownlee, if the guys makes the Finals, he's pretty much right on the money. Ginebra is a perfect three-fo-three in the Finals with Brownlee as import and in five conferences with the super scorer, the Gin Kings have made at least the semifinals each time. In the Governors' Cup, we got Manila Clasico in the semifinals and for a change, it was Magnolia that came out on top in an absolute classic of a series. [Related: Hotshots dominate Alaska to win Governors' Cup] The Hotshots used that momentum to win their first title since their Grand Slam season, completing an SMC Grand Slam in 2018. It's the first time in history all three San Miguel teams won a title in the same year. That alone makes 2018 special.   SAN MIGUEL TAKEOVER PART 2 After Gilas Pilipinas pretty much imploded on its own (more on that later), the San Miguel takeover has finally extended to the national team. [Related: Pressure mounts for Guiao with "best Philippine team ever"] The SMC stars were finally full force with Gilas and while the wins have not come just yet, it's pretty cool to see guys like Marcio Lassiter, Scottie Thompson, Greg Slaughter, and the rest of them play with the Gilas regulars of the yesteryears.   SAN MIGUEL TAKE OVER PART 3 Going away from the PBA a little bit, San Miguel stays winning as Alab Pilipinas brought the Asean Basketball League title back to the Philippine. Alab, with Jimmy Alapag coaching and Renaldo Balkman and Justim Brownlee as lead import, beat Thailand's Mono Vampire in five games for the title. [Related: Alab Pilipinas lights it up for country’s first title since 2013] It's the first ABL title for the Philippines since you guess it, San Miguel Beer's 2013 title with head coach Leo Austria and Asi Taulava.   BASKETBRAWLS Now we're getting to the good stuff. In a year where commotions were a little more common than usual, one very specific commotion managed to stand out. Actually, it was no mere commotion. It was a full-on fight. Back in July, Gilas Pilipinas engaged the Boomers of Australia in a massive brawl that resulted in ejections, suspensions, and fines that cost millions of pesos. [Related: 10 Gilas players suspended for brawl with Boomers] It also led to a national team coaching change and the San Miguel takeover in Gilas that we talked about before. In between, we actually finally saw Jordan Clarkson in Gilas Pilipinas so that counts as a win even though we only placed 5th in the Asian Games. [Related: ASIAN GAMES: Is Clarkson actually worth all that trouble for Gilas?] Ultimately, the sad and unfortunate event that was the Gilas-Boomers brawl casted a bad reputation on the Philippine national team, one that Gilas might take a while to recover from.   DUST-ED Another rather unfortunate event this year was Kiefer Ravena's FIBA suspension. [Related: Kiefer banned 18 months for using PEDs] We all know the story so let's not dwell to much about such a tragic event. Let's just patiently wait for the Phenom's comeback. August 2019 can't come soon enough.   LOOKING AHEAD If you thought 2018 was hectic, wait until we get to 2019. The ABL is already in full swing and Alab's title defense should get into high gear as the new year starts. The PBA opens a new season in January. Also, Gilas still has some stuff on the way with the national team's FIBA World Cup chase. We also host the Southeast Asian Games so that's another two weeks of basketball. Other opportunities include the Asia League, NLEX and Blackwater did well in their Super 8 stints in Macau and it's interesting to find out who's going to represent the country in the emerging power in Asia. [Related: Asia League boss wants more PBA teams in his tournaments] If you thought 2018 was filled with great basketball, you're right. 2019 should be no different.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsDec 26th, 2018

After dominant 2018, San Miguel looks to replicate success

p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 12.0px 'Helvetica Neue'} p.p2 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 12.0px 'Helvetica Neue'; min-height: 14.0px} After a dominant showing in sports for 2018, San Miguel is looking to replicate the feat once again for 2019. The San Miguel-backed teams have thoroughly enjoyed success in the sporting scene, taking home championships in both basketball and volleyball. A triumvirate of the San Miguel Beermen, Ginebra Gin Kings, and the Magnolia Hotshots swept the PBA season and took home the three conference championships, a first. Alab Pilipinas, who is also sponsored by the conglomerate, waltzed its way to the ASEAN Basketball League plum earlier this year. Volleyball also saw the coronation of the Petron Tri-Activ Spikers twice in the Philippine Superliga this year. For San Miguel Corp. Sports Director Alfrancis Chua, the unprecedented success of the corporation’s teams were a result of a mixture of good management and relations between none other than SMC Chairman Ramon S. Ang to each of his squads. Also a factor was having an understanding of the sports they handle, which Chua said he did in handling the affairs of the PSL squad. “[H]ands-on talaga si Boss [Ramon S. Ang] eh. Sa lahat ng bagay. Talagang hands-on siya. Pati sa sports, alam niya ang lahat ng nangyayari. Siguro kung wala siya, iba ang mangyayari. Iba ang utak ng tao na yun. Kaya mahal na namin namin si boss RSA,” Chua said at the victory party of the Magnolia Hotshots at company headquarters in Mandaluyong. A continuous plan that has been going on for three to four years now, the conglomerate is now reaping the benefits of success, and aims to continue dominating the Philippine sports landscape for years to come. “We're not going to stop now. 2019, 2020, we have to find ways to make us competive,” Chua assured. “Hindi kami puwedeng tumigil. I told the coaches, I told the managers of the teams, we need to learn more. Lalo pang palakasin and mag-improve ang bawat team. “     ___   Follow this writer on Twitter, @philipptionary......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsDec 21st, 2018

Curry, Thompson help Warriors beat Kings 130-125

By Michael Wagaman, Associated Press SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Klay Thompson made a go-ahead three-pointer with 38.5 seconds left, Stephen Curry added four free throws down the stretch and the Golden State Warriors ended the game on a big run after a sluggish start to the fourth quarter, beating the Sacramento Kings 130-125 on Friday night (Saturday, PHL time). Curry finished with 35 points, seven rebounds and six assists. Thompson had 27 points and nine rebounds while Kevin Durant added 33 points, eight rebounds and eight assists. Two days after a 20-point home loss to NBA-leading Toronto, the Warriors put up 103 points through three quarters, went stagnant for more than eight minutes in the fourth before outscoring the Kings 17-2 over the final 3:03. Durant had 13 points in the fourth quarter, including eight of the first 10 during Golden State's late surge, but Thompson came up with the biggest shot with his fourth three-pointer of the night. The Kings repeatedly left Thompson unguarded throughout the game and paid for it in the end when his 27-footer put the Warriors up 126-125. After De'Aaron Fox missed a jumper, Curry made two free throws with 14.8 seconds remaining. Buddy Hield's desperation three-point try also missed, and Curry added two more free throws to close out Golden State's second win over Sacramento this year. Draymond Green had 14 rebounds and 10 assists for the Warriors. Hield scored 27 points for the Kings. Fox had 25 points, nine assists and six rebounds. Willie Cauley-Stein finished with 22 points and 11 rebounds. The wild ending was in stark contrast to the first half when Golden State controlled the pace and the flow while leading by 16. The Warriors came out much crisper and sharper offensively than they had been in their 113-93 loss to the Raptors two nights earlier. Curry, Durant and Thompson combined for 51 point and nine triples, and Golden State had a 13-2 run late in the second quarter to go up 76-64. TIP-INS Warriors: Andre Iguodala (sore right hip) was held out for a third consecutive game, although coach Steve Kerr is hopeful that Iguodala will play against the Memphis Grizzlies on Monday (Tuesday, PHL time). ... Shaun Livingston did not play after suffering a pelvic contusion in the fourth quarter of Wednesday's (Thursday, PHL time) loss to Toronto. Kings: Marvin Bagley III left in the first half with a left knee sprain and did not return. UP NEXT Warriors: Host Memphis on Monday night (Tuesday, PHL time). Kings: Play at Dallas on Sunday night (Monday, PHL time)......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsDec 15th, 2018

Hotshots pound sluggish Aces in best-of-7 opener

Magnolia pounded and pummeled an Alaska Milk team that came out sluggishly from a 17-day breather, and fashioned out a wire-to-wire 100-84 victory in Game One of the PBA Governors Cup best-of-seven finale last night at the MOA Arena in Pasay City......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsDec 5th, 2018

Rubio gets Jazz off and running in 133-112 win over Kings

By Michael Wagaman, Associated Press SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Rudy Gobert had 18 points and 15 rebounds, Ricky Rubio scored 27 points and the Utah Jazz beat the Sacramento Kings 133-112 on Sunday (Monday, PHL time). Joe Ingles added 18 points, Jae Crowder had 14 and Derrick Favors 11 to help the Jazz snap a three-game losing streak. Utah won handily despite playing without leading scorer Donovan Mitchell, who sat out with bruised ribs. Four days after losing to the Kings in Salt Lake City, the Jazz bounced back behind a fast start from Rubio then pulled away for their eighth consecutive road win in Sacramento. Rubio repeatedly got open looks and made 10 of his first 12 shots while scoring 23 points in the first half to help make up for Mitchell’s absence. He finished with five assists and seven rebounds. Rubio cooled off in the second half after picking up his fourth foul early in the third quarter but Utah got a big lift from Gobert and Favors to hold on. Gobert scored 11 of Utah’s first 13 points in the third quarter, including a pair of thunderous two-hand dunks in a 60-second span. Favors had seven points early in the fourth and made a big block on a baseline drive. The Kings, playing the second half of a back-to-back, couldn’t keep up. Sacramento was sluggish early and trailed by 28 in the second half. It was a far different look for coach Dave Joerger’s team, which lost 117-116 at Golden State on Saturday (Sunday, PHL time). The Kings were outrebounded 49-36 and went 23-of-31 at the free throw line. Bogdan Bogdanovic scored 20 points in his first start this season for Sacramento. Marvin Bagley III added 18 points and six rebounds. TIP-INS Jazz: Rubio took only four shots in the second half. . Mitchell was injured early in the second quarter of Friday’s (Saturday, PHL time) loss to the Lakers. Kings: Harry Giles, who sat out all of last season with a knee injury, had his most effective game this season with 10 points, eight rebounds, six assists, four steals and two blocks. . Sacramento hasn’t defeated Utah at home since Dec. 8, 2015. . Iman Shumpert (load management) and Kosta Koufos (right calf strain) were held out. UP NEXT Jazz: Host Indiana on Monday (Tuesday, PHL time). Kings: Host the Los Angeles Clippers on Thursday (Friday, PHL time)......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsNov 26th, 2018

PBA: Travis, Lee and the text message that won Manila Clasico

It's late one Wednesday night and Romeo Travis casually avoids the media for an interview after Magnolia's Game 3 loss to Brgy. Ginebra in Manila Clasico. Travis is usually one of the last to leave the Hotshots locker room after each and every game. Usually, he's with his whole family as he exits the arena. He's usually also very approachable and is a joy to talk to, giving great answers to basketball questions and even the occassional life lessons here and there. Yeah none of that happened on this particular Wednesday night. Travis, with an in-ear headset on and a baseball cap, walks with a Magnolia staffer. The two of them casually side-step the media, using another player being interviewed as a sort of a hard screen in order to get free and get away. No one will get to talk to him until two days later.   SO WHAT HAPPENED AGAIN? After back-to-back monster games for Magnolia and a 2-0 lead in Manila Clasico, Travis had his worst PBA performance ever in Game 3. Travis struggled for 12 points, a career-low. While he scored consecutive lay-ups late in the fourth quarter to give the Hotshots the lead, the veteran forward fumbled an offensive rebound following a wild miss from Paul Lee. [Related: PBA: Brownlee scores 46 to save Ginebra's title] If he grabbed that rebound under the basket, it would have been easy two points for Travis. It would have been an easy two points and a tied game with four seconds to go in regulation. Magnolia lost by four instead. And while the Hotshots remained ahead in the series, 2-1, the Gin Kings were charging. Justin Brownlee just tied his career-high of 46 points in the win and it felt that Ginebra, the reigning two-time champions of the Governors' Cup, was actually up in the series and was ready to roll to another Finals appearance. Also, while it was no excuse, Travis turned out to be injured in Game 3, dealing with a bum hamstring. No one would know officially until two days later.   THE REVEAL "It's a grade 2 hamstring injury, since yesterday hirap na siya," Magnolia head coach Chito Victolero said of Travis two days later, right after the Hotshots recovered and beat Ginebra in Game 4 of the semifinals, sealing a Finals appearance. "I trust him, I believe in him. After that Game 3, ibibigay niya lahat. I love this guy and from the beginning, ibang klaseng leadership binigay niya sakin. Grabe ang puso nitong si Romeo," Victolero added of his import. Despite a bum hamstring, Travis soldiered on in Game 4 of the semifinals. Coming off a terrible Game 3 performance, it was actually Travis that carried the Hotshots. He had 11 points in the first quarter alone, one shy of his total the game before. [Related: PBA: Hurting Travis delivers game of his life with 50 points in Manila Clasico win] He had 29 after three quarters and finished things off with the first 50-ball of his whole career, leading a last-minute rally for the Hotshots to finally dethrone the Gin Kings. Fifty points from Romeo Travis was the reason that Magnolia won in Game 4, but it was an early-morning text that won Manila Clasico for the Hotshots.   THE TEXT "Me and Paul [Lee] talked this morning. Paul texted me at 6 a.m. and asked me if I was going to play," Travis said of the conversation he had with his star guard in the morning of Game 4. "I told him if I can play, I was gonna play. He was like if, 'you're playing, I'm playing.' We both decided at about 7:30 a.m. that we were gonna play and give it a go," he added. Over the course of the next 14 hours or so, Travis got clearance and dropped 50 points in a Magnolia win. Lee, bum right knee and all, didn't have the best of games by his standards but his clutch gene came through again, scoring big free throws late to make sure Travis' earlier work will not be wasted. "I texted him asking how he feels. He said he was gonna play so I was like let's go, let's get it," Lee said of the conversation he had with Travis prior to Game 4. "If you have an import like Romeo na he keeps on battling the pain, there's no reason na mag-give up ka kaagad, alam mo yun? (there's no reason you should give up that easily, you know)" he added.   A CHANCE FOR REDEMPTION After his 50-ball and big win over Brgy. Ginebra, Romeo Travis was noticeably emotional after Game 4. How can he not, he could barely walk the day before and he hasn't run since the win. "When you have a lot of pain and it's worth it [you become emotional]," Travis said. "I went through a lot of pain to play and it was worth it. That was emotional, to be able to make it through, get through the pain and make it worth it. It meant a lot to me," he added. Lee, who sent the text that won Manila Clasico, doubled down on his effort to back up his import. If Travis can play through his injuries and come through, he can too. "Kung makikita mo yung import mo na ganun, lumalaban, there's no reason to give up. Lahat lang kami kumuha ng lakas ng loob sa kanya," he said. Now that he's made it back to the Finals, Travis can win a title for Magnolia, something he didn't do three years ago when he was still suiting up for Alaska. [Related: PBA: Romeo Travis should be ready for Game 1 of Finals for Magnolia] Ironically enough, the Hotshots will face the Aces in the best-of-7 Finals set to start in two weeks. "Last time I was here I laid an egg, I played very bad last time I was in the Finals," Travis said. "I want redemption, that's why I came back," he added.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsNov 23rd, 2018

PBA: Justin Brownlee goes viral anew after celebrating fiesta with locals

If you needed even more reasons to love Ginebra Gin Kings' reinforcement Justin Brownlee, look no further. The do-it-all import for Brgy. Ginebra lived up to his distinction as a crowd favorite in the PBA by making a surprise appearance at a fesitval in Ugong, Pasig City, Sunday. Brownlee has never been shy about professing his love for Filipino culture, even going as far as wanting to become a naturalized Pinoy.  In Facebook videos captured by users Symeon Martin Santos and Ronald Celestra, the 6'7" forward clad in a throwback Magic Johnson jersey is seen standing head-and-shoulders above the other celebrants, but nonetheless looked right at home as he joined a lighthearted egg-throwing competition. He even gifted some fans with countless selfies. While his Barangay Ginebra Gin Kings just came from a conference-ending PBA Governors' Cup semifinals loss at the hands of the Magnolia Hotshots, the 30-year-old import was still all smiles surrounded by his adoring Pinoy fans. This isn't the first time Brownlee went viral for his random encounters with his Pinoy fans. Earlier this year, he was seen playing 1-on-1 basketball on a makeshift court in San Juan......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsNov 19th, 2018

Paul Lee in no mood to celebrate despite semis win: Job is not yet done

Game 4 provided the perfect opportunity for Paul Lee to bounce back from his crucial blunders in Magnolia's loss two days ago. In Game 3,Lee had a couple of late-game blunders against the Gin Kings, a turnover and a missed three in the final 30 or so seconds, paving way for Ginebra to extend the series to a fourth game. But when Lee stepped up to the line for two crucial freethrows, that107-103 loss was far from his mind. "Last game was over," said a stoic Lee in Filipino after he and the Hotshots vindicated themselves from that Game 3 loss with a 112-108 Game 4 win to eliminate Ginebra Friday at Ynares Center in Antipolo. Lee was able to right his past mistakes when his ...Keep on reading: Paul Lee in no mood to celebrate despite semis win: Job is not yet done.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsNov 17th, 2018

Romeo Travis drops 50 as Magnolia ousts Ginebra to enter PBA Finals

ANTIPOLO---Magnolia silenced the crowd and eliminated Barangay Ginebra, 112-108, in Game 4 to advance to the finals of the 2018 PBA Governors' Cup Friday at Ynares Center here. Import Romeo Travis unleashed 50 points, 21 in the fourth, and 13 rebounds to help Magnolia dethrone the Gin Kings, who have ruled the third conference for two straight years. The Hotshots recovered from their 107-103 loss in Game 3 and will face the winner in the other semifinals matchup between Alaska and Meralco. READ:Magnolia nears finals, overcomes Ginebra It took several pulsating moments for the Hotshots to finally oust the Gin Kings and it featured an irate Chito Victolero getting called fo...Keep on reading: Romeo Travis drops 50 as Magnolia ousts Ginebra to enter PBA Finals.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsNov 16th, 2018

PBA: Brownlee after saving Ginebra again: 'We ll be all right'

Justin Brownlee was the personification of the "Never Say Die" attitude Wednesday for Game 3 of the 2018 PBA Governors' Cup semifinals. Ginebra's super import scored a career-high tying 46 points, 18 in a pivotal third quarter run, to will the two-time champion Gin Kings back from the dead in Manila Clasico. Brownlee almost single-handedly brought Ginebra back from an 18-point second half deficit and the Gin Kings' bid for a three-peat is still going. "I don't know man," Brownlee said, almost in disbelief of his own superhuman effort to save the series for Ginebra. "That's Never Say Die attitude. The fans, they got into the game and they gave us a boost of energy. We just wanted to keep it going, it's fortunate that we got the win, that's the most important thing," he added. Thins were not looking pretty for Ginebra at halftime. Mark Barroca scored 12 points to spark a late rally for Magnolia late in the second period and the Hotshots took full control of the game. Brownlee was the only one keeping Ginebra at that point, scoring 19 at the break. At the end of the third period and another 18 points later, he brought Ginebra back. To cap it all off, it appeared that Brownlee had a hand in Paul Lee's game-winning triple for the Hotshots. "We just find out if we stick together and stay positive," Brownlee said. "I think, we'll be all right. We'll overcome any adversity we have," he added.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsNov 14th, 2018

Kings halt Hotshots, reduce gap to 1-2

Barangay Ginebra simply refused to die, with Justin Brownlee sparking a siege in the third quarter then LA Tenorio and Jeff Chan joining the fray in the crunch as the Kings lived to fight another game with a breath-taking 107-103 come-from-behind win over the Magnolia Hotshots at the Smart Araneta Coliseum last night......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsNov 14th, 2018

Tenorio, Brownlee push Ginebra past Magnolia to avoid PBA semis sweep

LA Tenorio made the game-winning basket while Justin Brownlee matched his career-high and reigning two-time champion Barangay Ginebra escaped Magnolia, 107-103, in Game 3 to stay alive in their 2018 PBA Governors' Cup semifinals series Wednesday night at Smart Araneta Coliseum. Tenorio hit a floater that put the Gin Kings in front for good, 105-103, with 14.9 seconds left before the Hotshots failed to score on the other end after Paul Lee's deep 3-pointer hardly hit the front of the rim. Brownlee led the Kings' comeback from 18 points down in the third quarter en route to a 46-point night on top of 19 rebounds and three blocks while Tenorio unleashed 11 of his 14 points in the four...Keep on reading: Tenorio, Brownlee push Ginebra past Magnolia to avoid PBA semis sweep.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsNov 14th, 2018

PBA: Hotshots take commanding 2-0 lead in Manila Clasico

Two-time champion Brgy. Ginebra is officially down for the count. No. 4 Magnolia landed another haymaker Monday, taking a commanding 2-0 lead in the 2018 PBA Governors' Cup semifinals following a 101-97 win over the Gin Kings in Game 2 at the Big Dome. Surviving a late flurry from the Gin Kings, the Hotshots are now one win away from the Finals and ending Ginebra's two-year reign in the Governors' Cup. Similar to Game 1, the Hotshots were in control for most of the game, frustrating the Gin Kings and making them play their game. Magnolia took multiple double-digit leads and had an answer for Ginebra anytime the champs tried to mount a rally. The Gin Kings only really had it going in the fourth after head coach Tim Cone was ejected for a pair of technical fouls. Ginebra cut the deficit down to just three points with 24 seconds to go but LA Tenorio and Justin Brownlee each missed game-tying triples. Romeo Travis then scored one free throw on the other end to seal the final tally.   The Scores: Magnolia 101 - Travis 25, Sangalang 17, Lee 14, Dela Rosa 11, Barroca 9, Jalalon 8, Reavis 6, Melton 5, Simon 5, Herndon 1. Ginebra 97 - Brownlee 31, Tenorio 15, Aguilar 15, Slaughter 14, Thompson 7, Mercado 7, Mariano 4, Chan 2, Caguioa 2, Ferrer 0. Quarters: 21-18, 47-46, 75-68, 101-97.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsNov 12th, 2018

PBA: Just like old pal LeBron, Travis thankful for second chance after botched clutch free throws

Late in the Lakers' home game against the Atlanta Hawks Monday morning in Manila, LeBron James found himself at the foul line to shoot two clutch free throws. If the King makes two, the Lakers take the lead. If he makes one, game is tied. James missed both. Fortunately, Kyle Kuzma ended up with the offensive rebound and while the second-year forward also ended up missing his go-ahead floater, LeBron slammed the follow up to finally put the Lakers up one. [Related: James' dunk lifts Lakers to 107-106 win over Hawks] Los Angeles ended up winning the game to be above .500 for the first time in the current NBA season. Later that day in Manila, LeBron's old buddy Romeo Travis found himself at the foul line late in Game 2 of the 2018 PBA Governors' Cup semifinals against Ginebra. Romeo makes two and the Magnolia Hotshots take a five-point lead to ice the game. If he makes one, his team is still up by two possessions with four seconds to go. Travis missed both. Fortunately, the former Best Import somehow found himself grabbing the offensive rebound and he was fouled again. Travis missed the first free throw anew but made sure to make the second one. Magnolia ended up winning the game and the Hotshots are now up 2-0 in the best-of-5 semis against the reigning two-time champions. "Yeah, I actually watched the game. I may have jinxed myself. He [LeBron] had a second chance, I had a second chance. He made the most of it and I made the second free throw and we ended up winning the game," Travis said of his trips to the foul line. "I just missed them you know? I thank God for second chances. I missed three and luckily they came in pairs and I'm thankful to make the last one to seal the game. I'm just thankful for second chances. Everybody don't get them so I'm thankful for the second opportunity to seal the game," he added. Save for some spotty moments late in Game 2, Magnolia's composure has been incredible so far in this series. The Hotshots have weathered multiple storms from the Gin Kings and now they find themselves on the brink of the Finals. As long as Magnolia keeps playing to win, there should be no reason why they can't advance, especially after putting up back-to-back masterful performances against Ginebra. "They're just a resilient team and they have great players so they'll always make a run. We just have to stay composed," Travis said of the Gin Kings. "Late in the game we got out of our sets, I believe we were trying to not lose instead of winning the game. When you start playing to not lose, you get a little tight. We didn't run our offense the way we should and so that's how they were able to make a run," he added.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsNov 12th, 2018

PBA: Game 3 of Manila Clasico is 'most important of the year' says Travis

Magnolia now has the opportunity to become only the second PBA team to win a series against Justin Brownlee and Brgy. Ginebra. After Monday's win, the Hotshots have taken a commanding 2-0 lead in the Manila Clasico semifinals of the 2018 PBA Governors' Cup. On the brink of a second Finals appearance this season, Magnolia is going for it in Game 3 set for Wednesday. "It's of utmost importance [to win Game 3]. That team is amazing, that's a great team, perennial champions. You don't wanna keep playing them," Hotshots import Romeo Travis said of the Gin Kings, the reigning two-time champions of the Governors' Cup. "You don't wanna keep giving them opportunities so this is the most important game of the year for us. That's just what we wanna do, you don't wanna give this team chances," he added. Since Justin Brownlee entered the scene, Ginebra has won three PBA titles in four conferences. The only miss was in the 2017 PBA Commissioner's Cup when the TNT KaTropa used a 2-0 lead to win their semifinal series against the Gin Kings, 3-1. The Hotshots are looking to do the same now, but preferably they win this series in three. You don't necessarily want Ginebra to go on one of those "Never Say Die" runs. "We just don't want to give them opportunities to beat you. They're a really good team and if we have a chance to beat them, to move on, that's what we're trying to do," Travis said. "We're not going to a game and say we're going to lose. We're going to try and close out the series the best way we know how and just keep playing Hotshots basketball, which is team. Team above all. Our new mantra is believe, and that's what we're trying to do, just believe," he added.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsNov 12th, 2018

Magnolia nears finals, overcomes Ginebra

Chito Victolero and the rest of his Magnolia Hotshots remember things perfectly well, and it is bitter memories against Barangay Ginebra that is driving this upset machine in this side of the PBA Governors' Cup's Final Four. With a defensive game that refuses to budge an inch and an efficient offense that has befuddled the Gin Kings, Magnolia took a 2-0 lead over defending champion Ginebra after a 101-97 victory on Monday night at Smart Araneta Coliseum in Cubao, with the Hotshots getting three match points for redemption. "My players still remember that, we were 2-0 (up) in the Philippine Cup (semifinals last year)," Victolero said. "That is our inspiration---to get that third win. ...Keep on reading: Magnolia nears finals, overcomes Ginebra.....»»

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PBA: Gin Kings fell right into Magnolia s trap says Brownlee after Game 1 loss

Brgy. Ginebra is an overwhelming force, the Gin Kings can certainly take over a game in a snap. The reigning two-time champs displayed that kind of explosiveness in Game 1 of the 2018 Governors' Cup semifinals Saturday at the Ynares Center in Antipolo. With Justin Brownle scoring 20 points, the Gin Kings fired 39 points in the opening period to start Manila Clasico. It was all Ginebra. The only problem was it was all Magnolia the rest of the game and the Hotshots actually pulled through for an early 1-0 lead in the best-of-5. "Man, kind of fell into a trap tonight. Give credit to Magnolia, they came out and played an incredible game," import Justin Brownlee said after the Gin Kings dropped the opener. "I think we fell into the trap of playing their game. I think we just gotta get back into playing our game," he added. After an explosive first quarter for Ginebra, Magnolia's signature defense kicked in and dominated the Gin Kings. When that happened, Brownlee felt that Ginebra became a little stubborn and tried to force the issue on offense instead of responding to the Hotshots and turn the game into a defensive struggle. "I think we got dependent on our offense. We didn't focus on our defense anymore," said Ginebra's super import. "I think we juts fell in love with our offense because we were scoring so well. But we gotta remember we're a defense-first team and I think that was just the biggest difference after that first quarter," Brownlee added.     --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsNov 11th, 2018

Paul Lee downplays Magnolia s rare Clasico win over Ginebra

    ANTIPOLO CITY, Philippines – Magnolia may have snapped a seven-game losing skid against Barangay Ginebra, but Paul Lee downplayed the Hotshots' achievements, knowing full well the sleeping bear they just poked awake. “That's nothing. The job is not yet finished,” said Lee after the Hotshots downed the Gin Kings,  106-98 , to ........»»

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