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Lee leads Hotshots to semis after gaining Gilas pool berth

Tuesday night couldn't have ended on a better note for Paul Lee. Magnolia, after some gritty moments, is in the semifinals of the PBA Governors' Cup and the gutsy point guard, who put away Blackwater with two game-cementing free throws, earned another shot at the national team. Romeo Travis' triple-double was the fuel in the Hotshots' 103-99 victory over the Elite but Lee had a hand in the victory as well: He led all scorers with 22 points and plucked a rebound off a missed game-winning triple attempt by Blackwater's Nards Pinto before knocking down the two free throws that put the game beyond reach. Magnolia will have its hands full in the semifinals, with No. 1 Barangay Ginebra, ...Keep on reading: Lee leads Hotshots to semis after gaining Gilas pool berth.....»»

Category: newsSource: inquirer inquirerNov 6th, 2018

PBA: Lee welcomes double duty with Magnolia and Gilas

After a dud in the Commissioner's Cup, the Hotshots are officially back to competing for titles. Magnolia beat Blackwater Tuesday to advance to the 2018 Governors' Cup semifinals. It's the fifth time in six conferences that the Hotshots have made the semis with Lee. "Happy, we have a chance na makapag-laro ulit sa Finals," Lee said. Magnolia's resident hotshot led the team in scoring against the Elite, pouring in a game-high 22 points. It was Lee that buried the final two free throws to seal a 103-99 victory over Blackwater. "Prepare lang kami ng maiigi," Lee said as he and the Hotshots look forward to the semifinals against either Ginebra or NLEX. It was a big day for Lee as aside from advancing to the semis, it was also announced that he's included in the new 20-man pool for Gilas Pilipinas. Lee welcomes the double duty that should come with playing for Magnolia and competing for a Gilas slot. "Embrace mo lang kasi pag iniisip mong mahirap, lalo ka lang mahihirapan," he said. "Ready lang ako lagi, hintay lang kamo ng call kung kailan start ng practice. Sa ngayon, focus muna ako sa Magnolia," Lee added.     --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsNov 6th, 2018

3x3WC: Gilas shoots for quarters stint in World Cup

MANILA, Philippines --- Gilas Pilipinas will shoot for a quarterfinal berth in the 2018 FIBA 3x3 World Cup. After splitting its day 1 assignments, the Philippines resume pool play Monday with a shot at the next round on the line. Gilas Pilipinas take on the undefeated Canadians first for their first game. The Philippines will have no. 4 Canada on deck at 4:50 p.m. followed by a 7:00 p.m. showdown against Russia. Canada currently leads the Pool C standings with a clean 2-0 mark followed by Mongolia, Russia, and Gilas with identical 1-1 marks. Brazil is winless in two games.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJun 10th, 2018

Romeo Travis channels LeBron James as Magnolia edges Ginebra

MANILA, Philippines – Romeo Travis pulled off a LeBron James as Magnolia moved towards the cusp of clinching a finals berth in the 2018 PBA Governors' Cup.  The American import almost cost the Hotshots their 101-97 Game 2 semis win  over Barangay Ginebra after missing two crucial freebies before making up for them ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsNov 13th, 2018

PBA: No regrets for Vic Manuel as Alaska ousted from Commissioner s Cup

Vic Manuel's magical Commissioner's Cup run is over. Emerging as one of the top offensive threats for the Alaska Aces, he scored 20 points in 11 straight games, including a career-high 35 markers against the Magnolia Hotshots. His flawless moves on the post have been a revelation, mentored by one of the best centers the league has ever had, Danny Ildefonso. During the eliminations, the 'Muscle Man' normed 24.2 ppg on 58.2 FG%, 6.4 rpg, and 0.9 apg, which made him a frontrunner for the Best Player of the Conference award. However, things started to change in the semis where his 20-point streak was cut short abruptly in Game 1 against San Miguel, where he just tallied 16 points.  Not a bad outing, really.  Unfortunately for Manuel, it became a turning point in the race which counts statistics through the semifinals, thus elevating reigning MVP June Mar Fajardo to the overall leader in the tally, including a 26-point, 12-rebound, two-assist, two-block performance in the series closer. For Manuel, an earlier exit than what he had expected was not a problem for him, as he proved himself to one of being the most feared weapons of coach Alex Compton's balanced attack. "Pero yun nga sabi ko, proud talaga ko sa team namin, sa mga teammates ko, lahat kami nagtulong tulong kasi hindi lang naman ako. Lahat kami nagtulong tulong para makarating dito." "Masaya na ako, naipakita ko. Okay na ako doon. Yun nga sabi ko, nakapasok kami sa semis. Kahit na na-short kami. Ayun lang kuntento na ako. Masaya na ako," the hulking forward added after the game. With key guys like Calvin Abueva (suspension), minutes and assists leader Chris Banchero (family emergency) and original import Antonio Campbell (called up to play in the NBA Summer League), Manuel was proud his team was able to hold the fort and fought tooth-and-nail against the reigning champs. Despite the great performance this conference, the 6'4 forward dispelled questions that his showing has elevated him to the upper echelon, vowing to keep grinding until he proves himself otherwise and avoids injury. Being one of the focal points of the Alaska offense in their rough-and-tumble semis, Manuel was given the go-signal by coaches Compton and Ildefonso to pace the attack, and that has given him a renewed sense of pride for himself. Now that his Commissioner's Cup journey is over, Manuel hopes to be included in the national team's replacement squad for the second window of the FIBA Qualifiers and finally don the 'Pilipinas' jersey for five-on-five, full-court basketball. "Bakit hindi? Syempre tutulong tayo sa bansa natin. Ready lang ako kung tatawagin nila ako. Syempre willing naman ako para maglaro sa Pilipinas. Sa 3x3 nga, ininvite nila ako naglaro ako, doon pa sa Gilas? Syempre, mas masarap maglaro sa 5-on-5, alam natin yun." __   Follow this writer on Twitter, @philipptionary......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJul 22nd, 2018

PBA: Arwind Santos, Vic Manuel just waiting for Gilas call

ANTIPOLO, RIZAL -- Have no fear, because Arwind and Vic are here? The two opponents may be at war now, but their hearts have agreed on one thing: suiting up for Gilas Pilipinas.  Commissioner Cup semis opponents Arwind Santos and Vic Manuel have put their names into the proverbial hat of possible Gilas replacements during the second window of the FIBA World Cup Asian Qualifers as 10 different players have been suspended by the world's basketball governing body for a different number of games. The San Miguel forward, who had last represented the Philippines with Powerade Team Pilipinas back in 2009, is very open to the possbility of suiting up again for flag and country. He also relished at the possibility of playing with San Miguel teammates June Mar Fajardo, a current Gilas pool member, and Marcio Lassiter, a member of the first batch of Gilas players. "Okay lang naman ako. Wala namang problema. Lalo na't kasama ko sina Marcio, sina June Mar. Okay sa akin. At saka para sa ano natin. Mga nawala natin. Siyempre, sino pa maglalaro sa atin? Kung kailangan, sige. Nandoon lang naman ako," the 37-year old Santos said.  Meanwhile, for Vic Manuel, the conference's revelation, having 'Pilipinas' emblazoned across his jersey has always been a dream for him much like any basketball player, and with it, the probablity of making it has increased as Alaska head honcho Dickie Bachmann has provided his blessings for him to join the squad if called upon. "Kung mabibigyan ng chance, bakit hindi? Siyempre malaking bagay yon. Siyempre ako rin dream ko rin makapaglaro para sa bansa. Siyempre, ayun, gusto ko rin makatulong sa kanila."   __   Follow this writer on Twitter, @philipptionary......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJul 20th, 2018

Philippines tries to catch quarters bus in FIBA 3x3 World Cup

Gilas faces a tough climb as they shoot for a quarters berth against an unbeaten Canada, followed by third-seeded Russia in the men's FIBA 3x3 World Cup Pool D games Monday......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJun 11th, 2018

Hotshots go for it

Game today (Smart Araneta Coliseum) Game 6, best-of-7 semifinal series 7 p.m. – NLEX vs. Magnolia Score: Magnolia leads, 3-2 MAGNOLIA has never come this close to PBA finals under coach Chito Victolero. The Hotshots try to finish off NLEX as they gun for a finals berth in the PBA….....»»

Category: newsSource:  journalRelated NewsMar 19th, 2018

Hotshots go for it

Game today (Smart Araneta Coliseum) Game 6, best-of-7 semifinal series 7 p.m. – NLEX vs. Magnolia Score: Magnolia leads, 3-2 MAGNOLIA has never come this close to PBA finals under coach Chito Victolero. The Hotshots try to finish off NLEX as they gun for a finals berth in the PBA… Source link link: Hotshots go for it.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilainformerRelated NewsMar 19th, 2018

Blatche leads complete Gilas to practice

An in-shape Andray Blatche has once again led Gilas Pilinas in its continued preparation for Australia and Japan in the 2019 FIBA World Cup Asian Qualifiers. On the second day of the Philippine national team's daily practice session Tuesday at the Meralco Gym, Blatche was at the forefront of a complete Gilas crew, a first in 2018. Blatche was joined in training by team captain Gabe Norwood, June Mar Fajardo, Jayson Castro, Calvin Abueva, Troy Rosario, Allein Maliksi, RR Pogoy, Japeth Aguilar, Matthew Wright, Kevin Alas, Carl Bryan Cruz, and Jio Jalalon. Kiefer Ravena and Mac Belo were also in attendance but didn't partcipate in drills. Unlike their session on Monday, the national team ran more sets Tuesday including a three-team scrimmage. Joining the senior Gilas crew were CJ Perez, Abu Tratter, Arvin Tolentino and Kenneth Tuffin from the #23for23 pool as well as the African selection led by Ateneo center Chibueze Ikeh. The Philippines will face Australia in Melbourne on Feb. 22 before hosting Japan on Feb. 25.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsFeb 13th, 2018

Andray Blatche leads Gilas first closed-door practice of 2018

Ten days before the Philippines challenges Australia in the first round of the 2019 FIBA World Cup Asian Qualifiers, Gilas Pilipinas finally started its closed-door daily training sessions Monday at Greenhills. Led by naturalized center Andray Blatche, who arrived in the country Friday night, the national team went to work as they prepare for the Boomers on Feb. 22. Solo Group B lead will be at stake in that titanic showdown in Melbourne. Joining Blatche for his first full practice with Gilas this year is team captain Gabe Norwood. Also in attendance were Jayson Castro, June Mar Fajardo, Calvin Abueva, Matthew Wright, RR Pogoy, Kiefer Ravena, Kevin Alas, Jio Jalalon, Carl Bryan Cruz, and Abu Tratter from the #23for23 pool. Japeth Aguilar didn't participate in drills but was in attendance as well.     --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsFeb 12th, 2018

Fil-Am Sedrick Barefield leads the way as Utah upsets Remy Martin and Arizona State

Filipino-American Sedrick Barefield's team-high 17 points led the University of Utah Runnin' Utes to another close shave over fellow Fil-Am Remy Martin and the #21 Arizona St. Sun Devils in overtime, 80-77, at the Arizona State University Wells Fargo Arena in Tempe. Barefield wrote the final sentence of the game as he nailed a clutch free throw that put the Utes ahead by three, with 3.0 seconds left in overtime. However, the guard missed his second, which left an opportunity for Arizona State to tie but Sun Devil Trae Holder missed the game-tying heave as time expired. The 6'1" Barefield was clutch throughout the hotly-contested game, nailing a booming triple to knot things up at 69, with 5.0 seconds left in regulation. Barefield finished the game with 17 markers, including a perfect four out of four clip from downtown, along with two rebounds and two assists.  The six-footer Martin, who is part of the Gilas Pilipinas pool for the 2023 FIBA World Cup, meanwhile ended up with 10 points, 4 rebounds, and 3 assists. Martin's teammate Holder was the game's top scorer with 23 points, 10 rebounds, and 4 blocks.  Utah ties the season series with Arizona St., with the Sun Devils escaping the previous match-up with an 80-77 win in Utah. The unranked Utes' locker room was in pandemonium after taking down the 21st ranked college team in the United States. UTES TAKE DOWN NO.21 ASU!! #GoUtes pic.twitter.com/8z4BJrXQJq — Utah Basketball (@UtahMBB) January 26, 2018 Watch some of the game's biggest moments here:.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJan 26th, 2018

Star Hotshots Jio Jalalon back in Gilas pool

MANILA, Philippines — The Star Hotshots sophomore guard Jio Jalalon has been reenlisted in the Gilas Pilipinas pool which will be back in training on Monday.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJan 5th, 2018

Gilas Pilipinas bares 23-man pool for FIBA World Cup qualifier games in November

The Philippine national men’s basketball team has released its 23-man pool for the FIBA World Cup qualifiers which begin in November. Jayson Castro leads Gilas Pilipinas anew while naturalized player Andray Blatche makes his return to the national team after skipping the FIBA Asia Cup last August. Also part of the pool are Calvin Abueva, […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  interaksyonRelated NewsNov 4th, 2017

Lady Tams, Tigresses unscathed heading into marquee match

Reigning women's champion University of Sto. Tomas and Far Eastern University, warming up for this Thursday’s rivalry game, easily prevailed against their respective foes late Sunday in the 80th UAAP women’s beach volleyball tournament at the Sands SM By The Bay.      The Tigresses’ Cherry Rondina and Caitlyn Viray overwhelmed University of the East’s Judith Abil and Angelica Dacaymat, 21-7, 21-9, while the Lady Tamaraws’ Bernadeth Pons and Kyla Atienza scored a quick 21-2, 21-7 win over National University’s Roma Doromal and Audrey Paran.      Both undefeated in six contests, UST and FEU will clash for an outright berth in the best-of-three championship at 3 p.m. on Thursday at the same Pasay venue.  The loser will drop at No. 2 and will hold the twice-to-beat bonus in the stepladder semifinals.      University of the Philippines clinched its first semis appearance in five years as Diana Carlos and Ayel Estrañero beat DeLa Salle’s Tin Tiamzon and May Luna, 21-17, 21-17, for a 4-2 card.      Ateneo's Bea de Leon and Jules Samonte overcame Adamson University’s Bern Flora and Chrislyn Uy, 21-12, 23-21, to keep its semis hopes afloat.      The Lady Eagles booked their second win in six matches, a game behind the Lady Spikers, who are in fourth place with a 3-3 record.      De La Salle and Ateneo collide at 3:30 p.m. on Thursday, with the Lady Spikers gunning for the last semis berth. A win by the Lady Eagles will force a playoff against their fierce rivals for the No. 4 slot in the stepladder semifinals.      In the men’s division, the Bulldogs’ Bryan Bagunas and James Natividad are a win away of gaining an outright passage to the best-of-three Finals.      NU turned back Ateneo, 21-19, 21-16, and De La Salle, 21-17, 21-10, to raise its record at 6-0.  The Bustillos-based duo will go for the championship slot against UP on Thursday.      UST and FEU are in joint second with 5-1 record after sweeping their two Day 4 matches.   The Growling Tigers and the Tamaraws clash for the No. 2 ranking in the semifinals on Thursday.  .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsOct 9th, 2017

AFP clinches first UNTV semis berth

Two-time champion Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) clinched the first outright semis berth with a 79-73 win over Department of Agriculture in the seventh UNTV Cup held recently at the JCSGO gym in Cubao......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsDec 12th, 2018

NU stuns defending champion Thailand at ASEAN University Games

The Philippines, represented by reigning UAAP men's champion National University, stunned titleholders Thailand, 30-28, 25-23, 25-19, in the curtain-raiser of the 19th ASEAN University Games volleyball tournament in Naypyitaw, Myanmar. The shock Pool A win virtually sealed the Filipinos' spot in the semifinals of the five-day event. The Philippines will play Malaysia on the final day of pool action Wednesday, with the Filipinos eyeing to clinch the No. 1 ranking in their group. The Thais ended up with an even 1-1 record following a 25-14, 25-12, 25-21 conquest of the Malaysians on Tuesday. The six teams were divided into two pools in the round-robin preliminaries. Only top two teams from each group in the preliminaries will advance to cross semis, with Pool A winners taking on Pool B second placers and the No. 1 team in Pool B facing Pool A runners-ups. Pool B is comprised of Singapore, Indonesia and host Myanmar.   The Burmese swept the Indonesians, 25-18, 25-16, 25-19, in their opener. The semifinals is set Thursday, while the medal matches will be played on Friday. Volleyball is one of the 17 sports disciplines being contested in the ASEAN University Games which will last until Friday. Two years ago in Singapore, Ateneo’s women’s and men’s volleyball teams clinched bronze medals.  .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsDec 11th, 2018

Yeng wants early training

Gilas head coach Yeng Guiao said yesterday he plans to assemble a pool of a maximum 15 players for the sixth and last window of the FIBA Asia/Pacific World Cup Qualifiers with practice to start early next month for once or twice a week training before embarking on the daily grind......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsDec 7th, 2018

Gilas: Finding the right mix

Gilas Pilipinas coach Yeng Guiao is mulling the fielding of a smaller pool of players after chemistry issues hounded the team in its dismal showing in the fifth window of the FIBA World Cup Qualifiers. Gilas: Finding the right mix Source link: Gilas: Finding the right mix.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilainformerRelated NewsDec 4th, 2018

Azkals bow to Vietnam in Suzuki Cup semis

MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine Azkals failed to capitalize on a home pitch advantage as they fell to Vietnam, 1-2, in the 2018 ASEAN Football Federation Suzuki Cup semifinals on Sunday, December 2, at the Pana-ad Park and Stadium in Bacolod.  Vietnam leads the home-and-away semifinals series and the Philippines ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsDec 2nd, 2018

FIBA WORLD CUP: Gilas hosts Kazakhstan in penultimate home game

The "best Philippine team ever" will finally get its first crack of real action Friday. Gilas Pilipinas plays its penultimate home game in the 2019 FIBA World Cup Asian Qualifiers, hosting Kazakhstan at the MOA Arena. With a unified pool for the first time ever, Gilas has a new lineup featuring four Ginebra players and three from San Miguel. The final Gilas team for Kazakhstan has June Mar Fajardo, Greg Slaughter, Japeth Aguilar, Beau Belga, Alex Cabagnot, JP Erram, Marcio Lassiter, Gabe Norwood, LA Tenorio, Scottie Thompson, and Matthew Wright. Stanley Pringle is the designated naturalized player for the Philippines. Gilas currently has a 5-3 record, good enough for third place in Group F. The Philippines will qualify to the World Cup if it started before the game against Kazakhstan. Tip off for the Philippines- Kazakhstan will be at 7:30 p.m. Friday at the MOA Arena.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsNov 29th, 2018