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MPBL: Nimes, Teng and Manalang step upi to give Pasig big road win

The Pasig Sta. Lucia Realtors thwarted a determined Quezon City Capitals WEMSAP with a 91-82 victory in Wednesday night's main clash of the Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League Lakan Season. The crowd at the Jesus Christ Saves Global Outreach Seed Dome witnessed the Realtors obtain bragging rights over Corinthian Gardens in a game that saw great offensive performances, but was soured by an ill-tempered ending. The game was played in JCSGO instead of QC's usual home court, the Blue Eagle Gym. Pasig enjoyed big nights from three of their stars, with Robbie Manalang pumping in 22 points, Josan Nimes contributing 18 points and 6 assists, and Jeric Teng providing 17 markers as the club goes to 6-5. Black topscored for the Capitals with 21, followed by Santos with 16. Quezon City's record is now 6-4. "(We won because) we had a sense of urgency. It was the way we practiced after the loss (to Batangas last week). We put in the hard work," said Nimes.  Both offenses were in a rhythm in the first half as Pasig led QC 51-45 after 20 minutes. In the third the Capitals twice got to within two on a pair of Tweety Santos buckets but at the end of the period Pasig still had the advantage, 68-62. Santos and Mark Carongoy began the fourth with triples to tie the game but Teng answered with a triple of his own to spark a 15-3 run that put Sta. Lucia back in the driver's seat, 83-71. Tonino Gonzaga and Aaron Black put up some resistance to get to within 9, 87-78, but another Teng three-bomb in the last 3 minutes was the dagger to give the visitors an unassailable 90-78 lead. Teng was dribbling the ball out with mere seconds to go when QC's Joco Tayongtong rashly hacked at him. The former UST Growling Tiger took exception to the contact, and barked out at Tayongtong. Tayongtong was slapped a regular foul and both players, and members of the staffs of both teams were given offsetting technicals. Since Teng had fouled out, Pasig sent in Tristan Medina for the charities. After missing the first, QC player Jonathan Boholano appeared to chirp aggressively at the Pasig bench, drawing a technical and reigniting the hard feelings. Medina seemed to deliberately miss the next two free throws and Sta Lucia played no defense as QC scored an uncontested lay-up as time ran out. There were no handshakes between the two sets of players after. In the second match-up of the evening Makati Super Crunch stunned the Pampanga Giant Lanterns - ADG Group of Companies with a come-from-behind 96-94 win. The hero for Makati was Kib Montalbo, who produced two nearly-identical 17-foot jumpers, one to knot the game at 94-all with 27 seconds left and another to win it as time expired. The Giant Lanterns controlled the game for much of the second half and with four minutes left in the final quarter led 92-82 thanks to a Reil Cervantes triple and a split from the line from Mark Cruz. But triples from John Rey Villanueva and Josh Torralba, plus a lay-up from Joseph Sedurifa, helped Super Crunch claw to within two at 94-92, setting up Montalbo for his game-winning clutch baskets. The ex-Green Archer contributed only five points for Makati, but Josh Torralba hung up 27 points, a career record, to lead all scorers. Pampanga's John Maiquez led his club with 18 points and 11 rebounds. Pampanga coach Bong Ramos will rue the fact that his side had five players in double digits and still lost. Makati's slate is a gaudy 7-1 while Pampanga goes to 6-4. The match day opened with the Caloocan Supremos - Victory Liner coasting to a 90-75 victory against Paranaque Patriots - Yabo Sports. Almond Vosotros left spectators slack-jawed with a mammoth 35-point outing, shooting 12 for 16 from the field and 6 for 9 from three-point land. It's a new career-high for the former DLSU star. Incredibly he was also able to dish out 7 assists and 4 steals. Caloocan led by as much as 26 in the game and won all three quarters comfortably. Only late garbage time production from the Patriots kept the score respectable. Damian Lasco continued his fine form for Caloocan with 13 points. Yabo Sports did, however enjoy a breakout game from James Abugan, who came up with 23 points, more than quadruple his average for the season. The Supremos level their record at 5-5 while Paranaque go to 3-7......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated News8 hr. 13 min. ago

San Beda drubs LPU in finals rematch, Stags deny Knights in OT

MANILA, Philippines – The dynastic San Beda Red Lions reasserted their mastery over finals foes Lyceum of the Philippines University (LPU) Pirates with an 88-67 blowout win in the NCAA Season 95 tournament at the FilOil Flying V Centre on Tuesday, August 20. Off a close 70-64 lead midway through the 4th quarter, San Beda emphatically proved ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsAug 20th, 2019

EGS Elite recaptures Men s Open crown in NBA 3X PH 2019

NBA PH press release Manila, Philippines, Aug. 4, 2019 — Cavite-based EGS Elite celebrated on court as MPBL player Mark Anthony Doligon, made the final shot in the Men’s Open division to beat the TVL Cavs, 22-14, and reclaim the Men’s Open title in NBA 3X Philippines 2019 presented by AXA to secure their fifth title in six years. In the Women’s Open Division, National University Uno defeated National University Dos to win the NBA 3X title for National University (NU), which was previously held by Perlas Pilipinas in 2018. Returning for the ninth consecutive year, NBA 3X Philippines were headlined by Denver Nuggets’ Monte Morris, NBA Legend Muggsy Bogues and 2019 NBA Champions mascot, the Raptor. The 3-on-3 tournament featured more than 1,000 participants representing 260 teams across divisions for boys (under-13, under-16, under-18, and open category), girls (under-18 and open category), Celebrity Division featuring local personalities, and AXA Division. In the Celebrity Division, Team Uy Uy Uy, composed of Dominic Uy, Vince Hizon, Yuri Escueta and Miko Abello, defeated Calix, comprised of Xavy Nunag, Nikko Ramos, Jutt Sulit and Marxx Monterola. The AXA Division saw Bank Assure: Born Ballers outlast AAA2 of Head Office in their finals. In addition, SKAPRO, Caloocan Supremos and Caloocan Supremos 1-A emerged as winners in the Boys Under-13, Under-16, and Under-18 Divisions, while FCPC captured the Girls Under-18 title. NBA 3X Philippines presented by AXA follows the launch of AXA’s newest brand campaign, “Know You Can,” which reminds its customers that a better life is within reach if they believe it can be achieved. Aligned with AXA’s mission of empowering people to live better lives, the campaign will feature a prominent sports figure who embodies self-belief on and off the playing court. AXA Philippines is the presenting partner of NBA 3X Philippines 2019. In addition, Gatorade, Nike, PLDT-Smart, and Vivo will serve as official partners. Official NBA broadcast partners are ABS-CBN S+A, Basketball TV, and NBA Premium TV. For more information on NBA 3X Philippines 2019 and the registration process, fans can visit www.nba3x.com/philippines and follow on Facebook and Twitter. For more details on AXA Philippines and their product offerings, visit www.axa.com.ph and follow on Facebook. The following is a complete list of division champions of NBA 3X Philippines 2019 presented by AXA:.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsAug 5th, 2019

San Beda-Letran must-see of all must-see matchups from August 6 to 10

These are the NCAA 95 Men's Basketball Tournament games from August 6 to 10 all of us just CAN NOT miss! TUESDAY, 10:00 a.m., Red Cubs vs Red Robins This will be a clash between the two teams that have dominated the NCAA Jrs. in the last five years. San Beda is, as expected, at the top of the standings in its quest for its first championship since 2015 – and only hungrier after suffering its first setback in the season. Just as hungry, if not more, is Mapua which is in unfamiliar territory at the bottom third of the standings – but is nonetheless coming off a breakthrough win. The Red Cubs and the Red Robins do battle and y'all can watch VIA LIVESTREAM. TUESDAY, 12:00 p.m., Letran vs CSB The hottest team in the tournament up against one of the two perfect squads in the league. Letran puts its five-game win run on the line against a CSB side which will also have to stake its spotless slate. The Knights and the Blazers do battle and y'all can watch on ABS-CBN S+A Channel 23, ABS-CBN S+A HD Channel 166, LIGA SkyCable Channel 86, LIGA HD SkyCable Channel 183, and iWant as well as livestream. THURSDAY, 2:00 p.m., Jr. Altas vs Jr. Pirates Perpetual and LPU are the two upstarts that have the confidence and capability to finally break through to the top tier of the NCAA Jrs. A statement win is at hand when the Jr. Altas led by super scorer Emman Galman and the Jr. Pirates captained by do-it-all Mac Guadana wage war in Las Pinas. The Jr. Altas and the Jr. Pirates do battle and y'all can watch VIA LIVESTREAM. THURSDAY, 4:00 p.m., Perpetual vs LPU Right after their little brothers wage war, Perpetual and LPU’s Srs. squads also figure in a heavyweight bout. A year ago, the Altas got one over the CJ Perez-fueled Pirates and the former is only hopeful for a repeat right on its home floor in Las Pinas. The Altas and the Pirates do battle and y'all can watch on ABS-CBN S+A Channel 23, ABS-CBN S+A HD Channel 166, LIGA SkyCable Channel 86, LIGA HD SkyCable Channel 183, and iWant as well as livestream. FRIDAY, 2:00 p.m., CSB vs JRU Youth will be served in this duel between upstarts. Both CSB and JRU can make a claim that they are the most pleasant surprise in the season. The two teams also have even more surprises in store when they are pitted against one another. The Blazers and the Heavy Bombers do battle and y'all can watch on ABS-CBN S+A Channel 23, ABS-CBN S+A HD Channel 166, LIGA SkyCable Channel 86, LIGA HD SkyCable Channel 183, and iWant as well as livestream. SATURDAY, 4:00 p.m., San Beda vs Letran Finally, San Beda and Letran can do battle once more in a storied venue. The fierce foes will stand opposite one another at the Cuneta Astrodome in Pasay for a special Saturday showcase in NCAA 95. “Bandana Bros.” James Canlas and Evan Nelle vs Jerrick Balanza and Bonbon Batiler. Donald Tankoua vs Larry Muyang. Calvin Oftana vs Jeo Ambohot. Boyet Fernandez vs Bonnie Tan. This right here is, without a doubt, the most anticipated matchup in all of the first round. Age-old rivals Red Lions and Knights do battle and y'all can watch on ABS-CBN S+A Channel 23, ABS-CBN S+A HD Channel 166, LIGA SkyCable Channel 86, LIGA HD SkyCable Channel 183, and iWant as well as livestream......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsAug 5th, 2019

MPBL: Undefeated Knights are a cut above the rest

Experience. Cohesiveness. These factors have led to the San Juan Knights-Go For Gold's stellar start in the MPBL Lakan Season as they remain undefeated after seven games.  Coming off a big five-game championshiop series win in the Datu Cup, the Knights' confidence is sky high, but they admit that this season has been tougher. “Mas focused kami now sa team defense.  Malalakas at mas magagaling ang mga teams at players now," shared veteran John Wilson. With 31 teams and longer gaps between games, it has been a little tougher to get one’s groove on a consistent basis. Because of their championship experience, they’ve been able to will through tough games.  According to MPBL anchor and journalist Cedelf Tupas, a big factor to the Knights' unblemished record is their finals stint. “Guys like Jhonard Clarito and Mike Ayonayon really made a leap as far as their development as players following the finals and they've carried that over this season. While other teams seem to fold in crunch time, the Knights look more and more comfortable. They embrace the challenge when games go down the wire,” observed Tupas. Credit the early achievement also so far to San Juan's leadership and team chemistry. “They've got a great mix of vets and young players in the squad who have embraced the system of coach Randy Alcantara, who despite his achievements remains one of the most underrated coaches in the country,” added Tupas. True enough, their experience in the clutch helped them escape with a one-point victory over the Bacoor Strikers to open the season, a two-point triumph over the Pasay Voyagers and an overtime win over the Bataan Risers.  Larry Rodriguez is still a force wherever he goes. Former NCAA MVP Wilson has always been consistent for the Knights, as he averages 16 points and six boards a game. Journeyman and Datu Cup Game 5 Finals hero Jhonard Clarito has been likewise a reliable scorer on offense, averaging 12 points in seven games.  As the team is continuing to getting better, the Knights have recruited young and experienced guard Andoy Estrella, who also played under Alcantara back in the NCAA. He is reunited with his Mapua teammate CJ Isit, who has been playing quality minutes this off-season. Estrella and Isit came out big against Pasay, with a combined 23 points and eight rebounds, while Rodriguez had a big double-double of 12 points and 16 boards against the Strikers. The next game of the San Juan Knights will be on August 5, against the dangerous Quezon City Capitals. The Capitals (4-3) are also a steady team, with four players averaging in double figures: Clark Derigue (13.3 ppg), Joco Tayontong (12.6 ppg), Tonino Gonzaga (11.6 ppg), Aaron Black (11.4 ppg) On the other hand, the Knights have also been consistent. Besides Wilson and Clarito averaging 16 and 12 a game, respectively and Mike Ayonayon putting up 12 markers an outing, Rodriguez and Mac Cardona both average close to 10 points per game. Wilson adds, they have no problem on offense as they let the game come to them. “Go with the flow lang with our offense. And sometimes, kung sino mainit, dun naming binabagsak ang bola.” If you are or have been in basketball for quite some time, all these quotes said by Wilson and Tupas are not new. But it’s easier said than done, it’s all about putting in to action what a team needs to do inside the court to get the job done. But more than finishing the work, it’s about cementing a reputation that experience pays off by focusing on the tiniest of details. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsAug 3rd, 2019

MPBL: Pasay stuns Bacoor to end 4-game skid

The Pasay Voyagers vanquished the Bacoor Strikers 83-78 in front of a raucous crowd at the Cuneta Astrodome in Thursday night's main game at the Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball Lakan Season. The win finally concludes a four-game streak of heartbreaking losses for Pasay, and pushes their record to 4-5. "Gustung-gusto naming bumawi sa mga sunud-sunod na talo na dikit," said player of the game Raymund Ilagan, who was influential all night long with 16 points, 7 rebounds and 8 assists. Pasay took a 46-36 lead into the locker room at the half, buoyed by Jan Jamon's 12 first-half points, including a corner three as time expired in the second quarter. The Strikers gained some ground in the third with nine points from 6 foot 9 Matthew Aquino. This despite a pair of treys from Pasay skipper Jaypee Belencion. The score stood at 67-61 at the start of the fourth. In the final period, Ilagan and Jamon delivered the big baskets to keep Pasay in front. Bacoor missed several close range attempts and committed key turnovers down the stretch. An RJ Ramirez triple in the last two minutes cut the Pasay lead to 81-78, but the ghosts of previous late-game collapses were laid to rest thanks to a Dhon Reverente steal and split from the line that confirmed the victory. At the final buzzer dozens of Pasay's long-suffering fans stormed on to the court to celebrate with the players. Pasay's sensational three-point shooting was crucial in their win. The Voyagers hit 13 of 33 three-pointers, just shy of 40 percent. Seven different Voyagers connected from beyond the arc. Ramirez topscored for Bacoor with 15 points as the Strikers absorb a second loss in eight outings. The second game was a tasty battle for bragging rights in the canned fish aisle with Bacolod Masters Sardines eking out an 82-80 win over Zamboanga Family's Brand Sardines. Bacolod homegrown Paolo Javelona had a colossal night, finishing with 27 points. Zamboanga had a 50-38 halftime lead that was decimated by Javelona's 17 third quarter barrage. The third quarter ended with the Negrenses up 61-58. With a minute to go in the game Jopher Custodio buried a triple that put Bacolod ahead 83-78. The cushion was crucial because Javelona committed two turnovers in the last few seconds, but Zamboanga was unable to capitalize on either and Bacolod hung on for the win. The Zamboangueños were led by Leo de Vera's 14 points and Reed Juntilla's 17. Bacolod improves to 3-5 while Zamboanga is back at .500 with a 4-4 card. The afternoon game saw Caloocan Victory Liner overcome Rizal Xentro Malls Golden Coolers 92-78, with Thomas Torres scoring 17 points to lead the Supremos to victory. There was a farcical start to the game when in the very first possession Caloocan player Rene Pacquiao shot into the basket he was supposed to defend. Apparently the players contesting the opening jump ball lined up facing the wrong side to start the game, confusing the other eight combatants. The points were initially awarded to Rizal, but after a delay and discussion, the basket was nullified, clock reset, and game restarted. Once Caloocan figured out which rim to shoot at, they proved to be quite adept at doing so, sprinting to a 21-4 run to start the game. The Coolers battled back in the second and third quarters thanks to Jayvee Vidal's 11 assists and Kelvin Gregorio's offense. Gregorio finished with 28 big points to lead all scorers. Rizal pulled to as close as three, 61-58, but in the fourth quarter Caloocan reigned supreme, with Almond Vosotros hitting ten of his 15 points. Rizal are stuck on one win against six losses while Caloocan advances to 6-1......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsAug 2nd, 2019

MPBL: SJ Knights stay unbeaten

Showing the form that made him the Datu Cup Finals MVP, Ayonayon made all but one of the Knights’ 11-point windup as they overhauled an 11-point deficit with less than two minutes to go to forge extension at 72-72 and keep top spot with win No. 7......»»

Category: newsSource:  tempoRelated NewsJul 29th, 2019

MPBL: Late Ayonayon barrage rescues San Juan in OT win over Bataan

San Juan Go For Gold proved they have the heart of a champion by coming from behind late to beat the Bataan Risers, 87-79, in overtime in Saturday's Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League Lakan Season play date. The crowd at the Ibalong Centrum for Recreation in Legazpi City was treated to a clutch performance by San Juan's Mike Ayonayon, who caught fire late, sealing the victory and keeping their slate spotless at 7-0. "Sobrang pangit ang laro ko noong first half. So pinaninindigan ko lang mga tira ko, bahala na. Eh sakto, na-shoot," said the former PCU Dolphin, who finished with 18 points, 15 in the second half and OT. San Juan took a 34-32 halftime lead thanks in large part to John Wilson's 14 first-half points. The former NCAA MVP nailed half of his eight three-point attempts. Wilson led all scorers with 22 points. Bataan started the third with an 8-0 run to seize the initiative and finished the period 53-46 up with the help of CJ Isit and Jai Reyes. A triple by Reyes and then a bucket by Mar Villahermosa put the Risers up 72-61 with just over two minutes left and San Juan's immaculate record looked in jeopardy. However, Ayonayon answered the call with two triples and nine points in the end of regulation, none bigger than a baseline jumper to knot the game at 72-72 with 3.5 ticks and send the game into an extension. San Juan spotted Bataan a 75-72 lead then bossed overtime with big baskets from Ayonayon and Jhonard Clarito. Meanwhile the Risers wilted in the face of the champs' stifling defense, committing several costly turnovers. Bataan slumps to 3-4. The Risers missed the services of offensive machine Alvin Pasaol, who was unavailable for the game. In the featured game the Iloilo United Royals spoiled the home debut of the Bicol Volcanoes LCC Malls by hanging on for a 77-74 victory. Richard Escoto starred for the Ilonggos, getting best player of the game honors with 21 points. Bicol started jittery and hesitant in front of their home fans, shooting just two  of 20 from the field in the first quarter to fall behind 19-11 after ten minutes. There was more bad news early in the second period when Volcanoes talisman Ronjay Buenafe was called for a third foul while going for a jumper. The early foul trouble meant Buenafe's minutes were curtailed and he never got in sync. The Camarines Sur native missed all nine of his attempts from the field and was a non-factor, his 10 points all coming from the stripe. With 1:28 to go in the half and up 37-29, Royals guard JR Parker was observed striking Volcano Leo Blanca in the face. Parker was called for a disqualifying foul and his Bicol adventure came to a premature end. The visitors took a 44-33 lead into the locker room, with Cedric De Joya pumping in 11 of his 12 points. Key baskets from Jonathan Aldave and Alwyn Alday cut the lead to six, 60-54 in the end of the third. LCC Malls continued to chip away at the lead in the payoff period, and an Aldave triple with 48 seconds left brought them within one, 75-74. With 15 seconds left and up 76-74 Richard Escoto had two charities to ice the game. He flubbed both but with no timeouts to call Bicol ran a poor play, with Raffy Gusi missing a wild attempt then getting called for a kick ball. A Samboy de Leon free throw iced the contest for the Royals, sending the big Bicolano crowd home disappointed. Iloilo wins despite shooting 37 percent from the field, two percentage points better than their foes. Bicol's topscorer was Aldave with 18. Iloilo improves to 4-3 while Bicol's four-game win streak is history and their slate is now 5-3......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJul 28th, 2019

Pasig, Mindoro too much for MPBL foes

Robbie Manalang came away with another productive game, finishing with 18 points while unheralded Richard Velchez missed a rebound away from completing a double-double with 11 points and 9 boards as the Realtors improved to 3-2......»»

Category: newsSource:  tempoRelated NewsJul 24th, 2019

Derek nagpakitang-gilas agad sa MPBL

Nagpakitang-gilas agad ang Kapuso hunk na si Derek Ramsay sa unang paglalaro niya para sa Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League (MPBL). Isa si Derek sa mga player ng Batangas Athletics-Tanduay na siyang nanalo sa laban last Thrusday kontra sa Caloocan Supremos-Victory Liner (80-67). Sigawan ang basketball fans nang umariba ng laro si Derek at maka-score sa […] The post Derek nagpakitang-gilas agad sa MPBL appeared first on Bandera......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJul 21st, 2019

MPBL: Ramsay, Batangas down Supremos

Celebrity baller Derek Ramsay played his first MPBL game late Thursday night and rocked the Batangas City Coliseum as the Tanduay-backed Athletics came away with an 80-67 win over the Caloocan Supremos-Victory Liner,.....»»

Category: newsSource:  tempoRelated NewsJul 19th, 2019

San Juan Knights asam ang CBA Founder’s Cup title

MAIPAGPATULOY ang dominasyon ang hangad ng San Juan Knights sa pagsabak nito sa title series ng Community Basketball Association (CBA) Pilipinas Cup. Masusubok ang katatagan ng Knights, na sumasabak sa iba’t ibang collegiate-based league at sa Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League (MPBL) ngayong taon, sa pakikipagtuos sa South champion Naga sa winner-take-all championship duel ng Founder’s […] The post San Juan Knights asam ang CBA Founder’s Cup title appeared first on Bandera......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJul 11th, 2019

San Juan remains unscathed in MPBL Lakan Cup after trampling Rizal

San Juan had no problems whatsoever in a 101-86 rout of Rizal, Thursday inside Manila's San Andres Sports Complex for its third win in a row to begin its title defense in the MPBL Lakan Cup. John Wilson waxed hot with 25 points, including four triples, to go along with five rebounds and three assists while Mike Ayonayon wound up with 15 markers, five boards, and two dimes. The Knights stampeded their way to a still spotless slate, dominating the paint where they scored 50 points compared to their opponents' 18. In the end, Jhonard Clarito, Orlan Wamar, and Lester Reyes also added eight points apiece to help the defending champions score the 15-point rout. Jansen Rios had 16 points to top the scoring column for the Golden Coolers who absorbed their second loss in three games. In the day's other game, Jan Jamon and Ron Lastimosa joined forces to shoot Pasay over Imus, 82-65. Jamon had 15 points and three rebounds while Lastimosa had 12 markers, four assists, and three boards in the Voyagers' third win in a row following a season-opening loss. For the now 1-2 Bandera, James Martinez was the lone bright spot with 12 points, six rebounds, and five assists while Mark Anthony Doligon chipped in 14 markers, most coming when the game was all but over......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJul 4th, 2019

Teng-led Pasig barges into MPBL win column; Steel stay spotless

Jeric Teng did it all for Pasig in their breakthrough win in the MPBL Lakan Cup, coming at the expense of Caloocan, 89-87, Wednesday at Valenzuela Astrodome. Teng, the pride of University of Sto. Tomas who most recently saw action for NorthPort, waxed hot with 24 points on top of seven rebounds, five assists, and two blocks. Josan Nimes and Jeric Serrano flanked with 16 and 15 markers, respectively, as the Realtors held on for the bounce back win following a season-opening loss. Almond Vosotros showed the way for the Supremos, still winless in three games, with 22 points, eight rebounds, four assists, and four steals. Meanwhile, Basilan sustained its strong start to the season with an 83-74 victory versus Pampanga. Jerald Bautista topped the scoring column with 18 points to go along with seven rebounds and five assists while Arvie Bringas posted an 11-marker, 11-board double-double. The backcourt of Gab Dagangon and Leo Gabo also did their part in the Steel's back-to-back wins as the former finished with 14 points, five rebounds, two assists, and two steals and the latter ended with 12 markers, seven dimes, and three boards. For the 1-2 Lanterns, Levi Hernandez was at the vanguard with 25 points......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJun 26th, 2019

Davao roars to back-to-back wins to begin MPBL Lakan Cup

Davao Occidental scored another convincing victory to commence its campaign in the MPBL Lakan Cup, getting the better of Caloocan, 76-69, Friday at Marist Gym in Marikina. Yvan Ludovice was an efficient machine and wound up with 13 points, five assists, and four rebounds in just 18 minutes of action. Billy Ray Robles and Bonbon Custodio also added 10 markers of their own to help the Tigers roar to back-to-back wins to start the season. Joseph Terso then chimed in nine points as the forward duo of Mark Yee and Marco Balagtas merged for 14 markers and 17 boards. That total team effort was more than enough to put away the Supremos who got a big scoring night from Almond Vosotros who dropped 21 points on top of six assists and five rebounds. That was far from enough, though, from preventing his side from remaining winless in two starts. Avoiding the same fate was Cebu which jumped on home team Marikina onto a 50-42 decision for their first win. Patrick Cabahug showed the way with 14 points and three rebounds as the Sharks bounced back following a season-opening loss. On the other hand, the Shoemasters dropped to 0-2......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJun 21st, 2019

San Juan starts MPBL title defense with thrilling triumph over Bacoor

San Juan wasted no time proving that all those after the MPBL Lakan Cup trophy will have to go through it, silencing fellow powerhouse Bacoor, 77-76, in its home court Strike Gym on Friday. Mike Ayonayon led four Knights in double-digits with 22 points on top of 10 rebounds, four assists, and two steals. John Wilson and Jhonard Clarito then contributed 16 points apiece for San Juan which retained most of its championship core for its title defense. Larry Rodriguez also posted a 12-point, 14-rebound double-double all while punching through a pressure-packed free throw with seven ticks to go that ultimately wound up as the difference between the two teams. For the Strikers, reigning and defending MVP Gab Banal, of course, showed the way with 17 points to go along with eight assists and seven rebounds. Meanwhile, Bulacan was also triumphant in its season debut after rallying by Cebu, 75-71. JR Alabanza topped the scoring column for the Kuyas with 11 points while Dan Sara, Jovit Dela Cruz, and Jhan Nermal all added 10 markers each. William Mcaloney paced the Sharks with 14 points......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJun 15th, 2019

MPBL: Helterbrand never says die as career continues now in Imus Bandera

Jayjay Helterbrand was nearly two years into his retirement from professional basketball. The keyword being, was. That's because the Ginebra franchise icon has decided to play ball once more, this time in the MPBL with the Imus Bandera. And those about to enjoy watching "The Fast" back in the basketball court can thank the UNTV Legends Cup for this development. "I was playing with the legends group and I think that got my juices flowing," he told reporters in the MPBL Lakan Cup's opener last Wednesday. "That made me think I can play again." Indeed, judging from what he has been doing with the Ginebra Legends, Helterbrand still got game. In fact, he even put up a triple-double in their rivalry game opposite the Purefoods Legends last February. The now 42-year-old made it clear, however, that he has never lost his love for basketball. "Actually, I still got the passion for the game. Just to make it simple and sweet, I just miss playing," he said, talking about his decision to suit up yet again. Helterbrand also made it clear, though, that of course, he is far from 100 percent just yet. "As of now, I've only had one practice under my belt. This ain't no joke because you're going to be running up and down the court so there's no way I can be able to keep up after two years," he shared. He then continued, "But it's a long season so hopefully, I can get in shape slowly and surely." Yes, make no mistake about it, the Gin Kings' legend is in Imus to stay. "I'm here for the long haul," he expressed. And he is nothing but grateful for the Cavite-based team for this brand new opportunity. "They were all very supportive. They welcomed me with arms wide open so I'm really excited to play and be part of Imus," he said. For that, Helterbrand promises to do nothing but repay the Bandera's trust. "I told the other guys that I'm just here to help the younger guys. I just want to be a good example to them and guide them," he said. He then continued, "Whatever I can add on the court itself is just a bonus." Jayjay Helterbrands makes his MPBL debut later at 9:00 p.m. against the Caloocan Supremos. Kapamilyas all over the world will be able to witness it on ABS-CBN S+A Channel 23, ABS-CBN S+A HD Channel 166, LIGA SkyCable Channel 86, LIGA HD SkyCable Channel 183, and iWant. --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJun 13th, 2019

MPBL: Beefed Up Bacoor City Strikers looking to go further than Divisional Semis

Considering that they were the final expansion team to be formed for the 2018-2019 Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League, the Bacoor City Strikers did pretty good for themselves, finishing fifth in the Southern Division to clinch a spot in the playoffs, and even going as far as the Divisional Semifinals.  There, the Strikers would fall to eventuall National Finalists Davao Occidental. It may have not been the end to the season that they wanted, but Strikers main man Gab Banal was pretty pleased with what he saw from the team.  "It was an incredible season for me and for Bacoor City, knowing that we were the last team to be formed, and still we were able to reach the semifinals of the Southern Division," Banal told ABS-CBN Sports.  Aside from a playoff berth, Banal also earned MVP honors, finishing with 18.2 points, 8.9 rebounds, and 6.4 assists during the stellar season.  Now, however, Banal and the Strikers are targeting a deeper run in the post-season, and are expecting to do so, now that they've gotten more time to prepare, and they've gotten more talented.  "I guess this upcoming season, we’ve had more time to prepare. We got some new players and we have a new coach also, and the team management, the players, and the coaching staff are more determined to do better than what we did last year," Banal explained. "We had the coaching changes, the decision was made by the management, and we have some new players so that we could beef up and supplement me in terms of our system, offensively and defensively." "I know that all the other teams beefed up also, and there are additional teams in the Southern Division also. It’s going to be tough, but we will just focus on ourselves and we will just go with the flow and mind our own thing, and see how far we can go this time around," he added.  Joining Banal on the Strikers will be ABL veteran Oping Sumalinog as well as Michael Mabulac, Ian Melecio, Paolo Castro, and Matthew Aquino, among others.  "[We've got] Oping Sumalinog, who played for the ABL, is coming back, and we have Michael Mabulac, Paolo Castro, Ian Melencio, and we have other players that we can rely on off the bench, because last year we were the worst in points off the bench," Banal detailed. "This time, because it’s a long season, I think it’s going to last 10 to 12 months, and it’s gonna be tiring so we need some players who can help us give us that relief off the bench." Obviously, the goal for the Strikers, as with all the other teams in the MPBL, is to be able to bring home the championship at the end of the season. Banal however says that they will take the season a game at a time and the immediate goal is to improve on a daily basis.  "Of course, we’re aiming for the championship, but we’re focusing on one game at a time, and let the season flow and just take care of ourselves, we’re being specific rather than focusing right away on a task far ahead, we’re focusing on one game at a time, one quarter at a time, one possession at a time, and eventually that will build up to a win. We just have to be better every day and focus on our immediate goals and we’ll see how far it takes us."   The Bacoor Strikers open the 2019 MPBL Lakan Cup against reigning Datu Cup Champions San Juan Knights at home in Bacoor on Friday, June 14 at 9:00 PM. Catch it LIVE on S+A channel 23 and on iWant Sports    .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJun 11th, 2019

MPBL: Manila Stars aiming for better finish in Lakan Cup

All things considered, the Manila Stars had a pretty good campaign in the 2018-2019 Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League Datu Cup.  The Stars finished the elimination round with a 20-5 slate and went as far as the Divisional Finals, where they fell to eventual National Champions San Juan Knights in three games.  With their maiden season in the books, Manila is now looking to put on an even better showing in the upcoming MPBL Lakan Cup.  "It was good season for the Manila Stars, lalong-lalo na sa akin, kasi siyempre may Divisional Finals appearance," said Stars playmaker Chris Bitoon. "Makikita mo talaga yung players na gumagaling sa Divisional Finals eh, yung mga nag-iisip." "Sana ngayong dadating na MPBL, makakapag-laro ulit kami sa Divisional Finals, para yung bawat isa sa amin, mag-improve pa," he continued.  Bitoon himself had a pretty good maiden season in the league, averaging just under 15 points, nearly four rebounds, and four assists per game, good for a spot in the All-MPBL First Team.  And while an individual achievement is always nice, Bitoon maintains that it's just a bonus. The main goal remains the same, and that's to go far into the postseason.  "Sa akin, yung pagiging kasama ko sa First Team, bonus na lang ‘yun, talagang ginawa ko lang yung trabaho ko, pero sana ngayon yung expectation is makapag-laro muli kami sa Divisional Finals, ma-feel yung crowd na ganun ka-lakas yung sigawan, sana ma-bless kami ni God na makapag-laro ulit doon." With another Divisional Finals, and even a National Finals stint on their crosshairs, Bitoon says that a 'more organized' Manila Stars squad plans on taking things step by step, and among those steps is adding some depth in their roster.  "Siguro yung Manila Stars ngayon, mas naging-organized, naging organized, nag-recruit din kami ng mga bagong players, mga potential players na alam naman namin na makaka-tulong sa team namin," Bitoon shared. Among those new recruits include former PBA All-Star Carlo Lastimosa, former Mandaluyong standout Gian Abrigo, and former De La Salle Green Archers Jollo Go and Mark Dyke, and former UST Growling Tiger Marvin Lee.  The Stars hope that these additions will more than make up for the loss of forward Riel Cervantes.  "Sana, ngayong darating na season, siyempre step-by-step, makapag-laro kami ng Finals, pero ang nasa isip muna namin ngayon ay bawat game eh, elimination, Divisional Finals, then yung National Finals," Bitoon added.  With so much new blood injected into the Stars' system, Bitoon is confident that he and fellow All-MPBL First Teamer Aris Dioniso will have a lot of help in the coming conference.  "Laging sinasabi ng coach namin na kahit sinong pwedeng ipasok, makaka-contribute eh. Siguro sa amin ngayon, kailangan lang namin na mag-tiwala sa isa’t-isa eh, hindi pwedeng kami lang ni Aris Dionisio, Chris Bitoon. Kailangan lang namin mag-tiwala sa isa’t-isa. Andiyan naman yung mga ex-pro pa namin na maasahan." Right now, Bitoon is relishing the opportunity that the MPBL has given him, and playing for the capital city's home team has given him the perfect avenue to showcase his skills.  "Sobrang saya kasi ultimo mga bata, hanggang sa mga matatanda, mga nanay, talagang naka-support sa amin eh. Pag pumupunta kami sa venue namin sa practice, may mga ‘Idol, idol!’, magpapa-picture sila, kaya sobrang nakaka-proud kasi kahit hindi ka kilala, kahit hindi ka galing sa malaking school, nabibigyan ka ng halaga sa Manila."   The 2019-2020 MPBL Lakan Cup begins on Wednesday, June 12, 4:00 PM at the Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City. Catch it LIVE on ABS-CBN S+A channel 23!   .....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJun 10th, 2019

MPBL: Manila Stars aiming for better finish in Lakan Cup

All things considered, the Manila Stars had a pretty good campaign in the 2018-2019 Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League Datu Cup.  The Stars finished the elimination round with a 20-5 slate and went as far as the Divisional Finals, where they fell to eventual National Champions San Juan Knights in three games.  With their maiden season in the books, Manila is now looking to put on an even better showing in the upcoming MPBL Lakan Cup.  "It was good season for the Manila Stars, lalong-lalo na sa akin, kasi siyempre may Divisional Finals appearance," said Stars playmaker Chris Bitoon. "Makikita mo talaga yung players na gumagaling sa Divisional Finals eh, yung mga nag-iisip." "Sana ngayong dadating na MPBL, makakapag-laro ulit kami sa Divisional Finals, para yung bawat isa sa amin, mag-improve pa," he continued.  Bitoon himself had a pretty good maiden season in the league, averaging just under 15 points, nearly four rebounds, and four assists per game, good for a spot in the All-MPBL First Team.  And while an individual achievement is always nice, Bitoon maintains that it's just a bonus. The main goal remains the same, and that's to go far into the postseason.  "Sa akin, yung pagiging kasama ko sa First Team, bonus na lang ‘yun, talagang ginawa ko lang yung trabaho ko, pero sana ngayon yung expectation is makapag-laro muli kami sa Divisional Finals, ma-feel yung crowd na ganun ka-lakas yung sigawan, sana ma-bless kami ni God na makapag-laro ulit doon." With another Divisional Finals, and even a National Finals stint on their crosshairs, Bitoon says that a 'more organized' Manila Stars squad plans on taking things step by step, and among those steps is adding some depth in their roster.  "Siguro yung Manila Stars ngayon, mas naging-organized, naging organized, nag-recruit din kami ng mga bagong players, mga potential players na alam naman namin na makaka-tulong sa team namin," Bitoon shared. Among those new recruits include former PBA All-Star Carlo Lastimosa, former Mandaluyong standout Gian Abrigo, and former De La Salle Green Archers Jollo Go and Mark Dyke, and former UST Growling Tiger Marvin Lee.  The Stars hope that these additions will more than make up for the loss of forward Riel Cervantes.  "Sana, ngayong darating na season, siyempre step-by-step, makapag-laro kami ng Finals, pero ang nasa isip muna namin ngayon ay bawat game eh, elimination, Divisional Finals, then yung National Finals," Bitoon added.  With so much new blood injected into the Stars' system, Bitoon is confident that he and fellow All-MPBL First Teamer Aris Dioniso will have a lot of help in the coming conference.  "Laging sinasabi ng coach namin na kahit sinong pwedeng ipasok, makaka-contribute eh. Siguro sa amin ngayon, kailangan lang namin na mag-tiwala sa isa’t-isa eh, hindi pwedeng kami lang ni Aris Dionisio, Chris Bitoon. Kailangan lang namin mag-tiwala sa isa’t-isa. Andiyan naman yung mga ex-pro pa namin na maasahan." Right now, Bitoon is relishing the opportunity that the MPBL has given him, and playing for the capital city's home team has given him the perfect avenue to showcase his skills.  "Sobrang saya kasi ultimo mga bata, hanggang sa mga matatanda, mga nanay, talagang naka-support sa amin eh. Pag pumupunta kami sa venue namin sa practice, may mga ‘Idol, idol!’, magpapa-picture sila, kaya sobrang nakaka-proud kasi kahit hindi ka kilala, kahit hindi ka galing sa malaking school, nabibigyan ka ng halaga sa Manila."   The 2019-2020 MPBL Lakan Cup begins on Wednesday, June 12, 4:00 PM at the Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City. Catch it LIVE on ABS-CBN S+A channel 23!   .....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJun 10th, 2019