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LOOK: TNT KaTropa lineup for East Asia Super League Terrific 12 tournament

After coming short in its attempt to win the 2019 PBA Commissioner’s Cup, TNT will try to win a championship abroad. The KaTropa are set to see action in the East Asia Super League’s Terrific 12 tournament set for Sept. 17-22 in Macau. TNT, the no. 1 team in the Commissioner’s Cup, ended up taking a six-game loss in the Finals at the hands of San Miguel Beer. In Macau, the KaTropa will bring back their local core led by The Blur Jayson Castro as well as RR Pogoy and Troy Rosario. [Related: TERRIFIC 12: Castro all set to meet old rival in Macau as TNT grouped with Liaoning] However, absent for TNT in the Terrific 12 is PBA Best Import Terrence Jones. Instead, the KaTropa will have Jones’ former Houston teammate KJ McDaniels serving as reinforcement. McDaniels will play for TNT in the season-ending Governors’ Cup in the PBA. TNT will also have another import for the Terrific 12 in McKenzie Moore. Moore is a journeyman with experience playing in Turkey, Australia, and New Zealand where he was NBL MVP. Most recently, he saw action for Mighty Sports Philippines and won the 2019 Jones Cup. TNT will face China’s Liaoning with Lance Stephenson and Guo Ailun to start Terrific 12 play. The KaTropa will then have a showdown with Japan’s Niigata Albirex to finish group play.   — Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource: abscbn abscbnAug 19th, 2019

TERRIFIC 12: Castro all set to meet old rival in Macau as TNT grouped with Liaoning

Asia League has rebranded to the East Asia Super League (EASL) but it’s still set to hold its crowd favorite tournament coming in the next couple of months. The Terrific 12 will return to Macau on September 17-22 and this time, there’s finally a strong Filipino presence for the week-long joust at the Tap Seac Multi-sports Pavilion. The PBA will send two flagship teams in the San Miguel Beermen and TNT KaTropa. The Blackwater Elite will also make an East Asia Super League return after competing in the Super 8 last year. [Related: TERRIFIC 12: San Miguel Beer takes on champion Golden Kings in Macau] Despite a down year in 2018, the KaTropa remain one of the top crews in the PBA. This season, TNT has slowly bounced back, winning 17 out of 22 regular season games so far and has finally advanced to the semifinals of the Commissioner’s Cup as of press time. In Macau, TNT looks to stamp its class in international play. The KaTropa are certainly more than capable as they have a number of Gilas regulars in their starting lineup. RR Pogoy can shoot with the best of them in the region and Troy Rosario is one of the most versatile forwards in the national team. Of course, the KaTropa are led by Jayson Castro, twice named as the Best Point Guard in Asia. That title has since been taken over by China’s Guo Ailun and in Macau, the Blur is on a collision course against an old rival as TNT is grouped with the CBA’s Liaoning Flying Leopards. Lioaning, the CBA’s top team two seasons ago, is of course led by Ailun, China’s top guard. The Flying Leopards lost their title last season but they were still good for 38 wins and a top-2 seed before falling to Xinjiang for a semifinal finish. The Terrific 12 should be a good prep before Liaoning tries to regain the CBA championship next year. Also part of Group D in the Terrific 12 is Japan’s Niiigata Albirex, the B.League’s no. 3 seed with a 45-15 record in the previous season’s playoffs. Unfortunately, Niigata was taken out in the first round by Alvark Tokyo, who went on to win back-to-back titles in the B.League. Niigata is led by a pair of veteran guards in Kei Igarashi and Shinsuke Kashiwagi which should fit right in this group’s theme in Macau: superior point guard play. The Terrific 12 is a FIBA-recognized basketball tournament and features three clubs from the Chinese Basketball Association (CBA), four from the B.LEAGUE (Japan), two from the Korean Basketball League (KBL) and three from the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA). A Group Stage, Semi-Finals and Finals will play out 16 epic games in total to crown this year’s champion.  In the Group Stage, clubs will be divided into four groups of three, with each team playing two games. The top team from each group will advance to compete in the Semi-Finals following a rest day ?on September 20.? The champion will be awarded USD 150,000, the runner- up will be awarded USD 100,000 and third place will be awarded USD 50,000. TNT will play Lioaning to end Day 1 on September 17. The KaTropa then open Day 3 on Sept. 19 with a showdown against Niigata Albirex.   — Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8   — Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJul 25th, 2019

PBA: Back from Macau, Beermen start Grand Slam bid

After competing in the East Asia Super League’s the Terrific 12 tournament last week, it’s back in the PBA for San Miguel Beer, TNT, and Blackwater. All three teams debut in the 2019 Governors’ Cup Wednesday with the KaTropa starting things off with a 4:30 p.m. showdown against the Elite. TNT played a solid Terrific 12 in Macau, losing a close game to eventual champion Liaoning before beating Niigata Albirex of Japan. The KaTropa will     feature former Houston Rocket KJ McDaniels as import. Blackwater didn’t exactly impress in Macau, losing two games by a combined 56 points. The Elite will go with Marqus Blakely as reinforcement. In the second game at 7:00 p.m., San Miguel Beer will start its Grand Slam bith with Dez Wells against Phoenix (0-1). The Beermen placed 4th in the Terrific 12, also losing to Liaoning in the semifinals.   — Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsSep 24th, 2019

SMB vies for semis slot in EASL

MACAU – San Miguel Beer shoots for a semifinal slot and a shot at the $150,000 grand prize of the East Asia Super League (EASL) Terrific 12 Invitational Tournament Thursday at 7 p.m. at the Tap Seac-Multi-Sport Pavilion here. With the loss of Blackwater and TNT KaTropa in the opening day of the tournament on […] The post SMB vies for semis slot in EASL appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsSep 18th, 2019

TERRIFIC 12: Stephenson leads Liaoning to big win over TNT

MACAU — In the end, TNT couldn’t handle too much of Lance Stephenson. The one-time LA Laker dazzled Tuesday at the Tap Seac Multi-sport Pavillion here, leading China’s Liaoning Flying Leopards to a 96-91 win over TNT KaTropa in the East Asia Super League’s The Terrific 12 tournament. With the game hanging in the balance, Stephenson scored on a powerful one-hand slam to put Liaoning ahead, 83-77. Stephenson then added a steal and an assist on the next play for an eight-point Flying Leopards lead. The KaTropa tried to make one last run at it in the final two minutes but the Flying Leopards would hold on to win this Group D showdown.   — Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsSep 17th, 2019

TERRIFIC 12: Loaded Liaoning is TNT’s first test in Macau

MACAU — If TNT is to break its title drought here for the East Asia Super League’s the Terrific 12 tournament, the KaTropa will have to earn it. The deck has been suddenly stacked for the KaTropa as their first opponent has added major pieces ahead of Group D play. China’s Liaoning Flying Leopards have acquired the services of Lance Stephenson and Salah Mejri to complement a loaded local team led by national team star Guo Ailun. Stephenson played with LeBron James for the Lakers last season and Mejri was last seen by Filipino fans in China, leading African champion Tunisia to a sound beatdown of Gilas Pilipinas in the 2019 FIBA World Cup. The KaTropa are on a collission course against the Flying Leopards Tuesday, with their 9:00 p.m. showdown serving as the main event of a loaded Day 1 slate in The Terrific 12 at the Tap Seac Multi-sport Pavilion. TNT is fresh from a Finals stint in the 2019 PBA Commissioner’s Cup, the team’s first in two years. However, the KaTropa lost that series in six games and their title drought is now at four years and counting. In Macau, TNT can play for a title if it maintains its high-quality of play that ran amok in the PBA but the KaTropa no longer have Best Import Terrence Jones in the fold. They do have the next best thing in KJ McDaniels, who will also suit up for the team in the Governors’ Cup. TNT also has McKenzie Moore for added import firepower. The KaTropa also sill have their local Big 3 of Jayson Castro, Troy Rosario, and RR Pogoy to count on scoring.   — Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsSep 16th, 2019

PBA: Champion Travis leads impressive list of 'balik imports' for Governors Cup

The resident import trend continues in the PBA. Eight of the 12 imports for the season-ending Governors' Cup have previous PBA experience, with five coming back to the same team they played for last season. Former Best Import Romeo Travis returns to Magnolia as the Hotshots look to defend their title. With Travis last year, the Hotshots dethroned Ginebra in the semifinals and took out Alaska in six games to win their first title in four years. Speaking of Ginebra, the Gin Kings will once again run it back with Justin Brownlee. JB has been a Ginebra fixture since 2016 and has three titles with the team. With Brownlee playing, the Gin Kings are always in the semifinals at the very least. After failing to complete a Governors' Cup three-peat last year and missing out on back-to-back Commissioner's Cup titles this year, you better believe that Brownlee and Ginebra are hungry for another championship. Also coming back for another tour of duty is Eugene Phelps for Phoenix. El Destructor has helped power the Fuel Masters to the upper half of the standings since coming over as a scoring and rebounding machine in 2016. After a suffering an upset last year, missing the semis as a top-2 seed, Phelps and Phoenix have some unfinished business in the Governors' Cup. The same goes for Olu Ashaolu and NLEX. Olu simply fits with the Road Warriors but Ashaolu's untimely injury last year robbed him of all the momentum he's built with NLEX. Now fully healthy with top local help in JP Erram and the returning Kiefer Ravena, Olu and the Road Warriors are a solid sleeper pick for the Governors' Cup. Finally, there's Allen Durham, who has even bigger unfinished business in the PBA with Meralco. Durham, a two-time Best Import, had the Bolts in back-to-back Finals, losing to Ginebra both times. Last year, AD powered Meralco all the way to the semifinals, surviving six straight knockout games. Third time wasn't the charm for Durham and the Bolts, maybe a fourth time can do the trick. Also coming back for return stints in the PBA are Mychal Ammons for Northport (formerly with TNT), Joel Wright for Rain or Shine (formerly with Star). Marqus Blakely (formerly with San Mig and TNT) will suit up for Blackwater in the East Asia Super League's Terrific 12 tournament in Macau and the Elite are also eyeing the two-time champion for a Governors' Cup stint following a release from the KaTropa.   — Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsSep 12th, 2019

TERRIFIC 12: Ailun-Castro rematch starts Macau tournament with a bang

The 2019 Terrific 12 tournament is coming and the East Asia Super League is bringing in a dozen club teams from China, Japan, South Korea, and the Philippines to fight over bragging rights and significant amounts of cash prizes. Bringing in that many top club teams to Macau means an endless possibilities for intriguing showdowns. The East Asia Super League has identified three key matchups for the first three days of group play and none is bigger than the upcoming showdown between China’s Liaoning Flying Leopards and the Philippines’ TNT KaTropa. Serving as the main event of a loaded Day 1 slate, the Liaoning-TNT clash should serve as the rematch for old FIBA rivals Guo Ailun and Jayson Castro. As the two best point guards in Asia, Ailun and Castro have met each other before representing China and the Philippines respectively, fighting over FIBA wins and gold medals. Now, they take on each other again as they try to set the tone for their respective club teams in the Terrific 12. Liaoning and TNT also feature quality NBA talent as imports in Lance Stephenson and KJ McDaniels. TNT gets a featured matchup but the KaTropa are not the only PBA team competing in the Terrific 12. San Miguer, gearing up for a Grand Slam chase in the PBA, also wants to make a title stop in Macau, and the Beerme biggest matchup for group play is without a doubt Japan’s Ryukyu Golden Kings. The Golden Kings enter as the Terrific 12’s defending champions. Blackwater is also making a return to the East Asia Super League and the Elite will have their hands full with South Korea’s Seoul SK Knights and Japan’s Chiba Jets. The Terrific 12 will run from September 17-22 at the Tap Seac Multi-Sport Pavilion in Macau.   —   Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsSep 5th, 2019

TERRIFIC 12: Alapag all set for tough Macau tilt after quick “tourist” day

Jimmy Alapag has become some sort of East Asia Super League legend by now. Last year in the Summer Super 8 tournament, Alapag, fresh from an ABL championship with San Miguel-Alab Pilipinas, led the coaching clinic in Macau, sharing his knowledge with over 50 basketball coaches in the region. Just recently, Coach Jimmy was back in Macau to help promote the 2019 Terrific 12 joust. His latest trip was focused on sightseeing, interacting with local fans and enjoying all the tourist attractions that Macao SAR has to offer. Alapag visited the Philippine Consulate, a locally owned Filipino restaurant, hosted Q&A sessions with fans and hosted East Asia Super League merchandise giveaways.   The former PBA MVP and 11-time All-Star kicked off the day by visiting some of the most iconic destinations including Rua do Cunha at the center of Taipa as well as the Ruins of St Paul’s Cathedral. “Macao’s tourism sector is consistently growing and this is a great location for events. People from so many different countries come to visit and enjoy the culture, food and people,” Alapag said. “To bring a big-time sports event like The Terrific 12 to Macao is huge for locals and tourists. There’s a ton of sports fans in the region and they can all converge in Macao to watch their favorite and the best basketball teams fight for The Terrific 12 crown,” coach Jimmy added. With tourist stuff done, Alapag now turns his attention to the actual Terrific 12 tournament where he finally gets the chance to compete in the East Asia Super League. Alapag serves as an assistant coach for the mighty San Miguel Beermen and the reigning five-time Philippine Cup champions are hoping to make a title pit stop in Macau before resuming a Grand Slam chase in the PBA. In the Terrific 12, the Beermen will have defending champion Ryukyu Golden Kings from Japan, and China’s Shenzen Aviators in group play. Aside from San Miguel, TNT KaTropa and the Blackwater Elite will also see action for the PBA. “The Terrific 12 is the best international club to club competition platform in the region and this is something that coaches and players have desired for a long time,” Alapag said. “Playing in this amazing tourist destination against new opponents offers an incredible opportunity for our club and our league to showcase what we can do to basketball fans across the world,” he added.   — Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsSep 5th, 2019

TERRIFIC 12: Lance Stephenson leads NBA talent in Macau

Last year, NBA champion Mo Speights highlighted the former NBA players seeing action in the East Asia Super League Terrific 12 tournament. In 2018, Speights’ Guangzhou Long Lions made it all the way to the Finals before being stopped by Japan’s Ryukyu Golden Kings. This year’s Terrific 12 tournament is once again filled with NBA talent. East Asia Super League will welcome Lance Stephenson to fold, who now plays for the Liaoning Flying Leopards. Stephenson suited up with LeBron James and the Los Angeles Lakers last year and before he brings his signature air guitar move to the CBA, he makes a quick stop in Macau for the Terrific 12. Aside from Stephenson, other former NBA talents seeing action are Shabazz Muhammad and Pierre Jackson for the Shenzhen Aviators, Jameel Warney for the Seoul SK Knights, Aaron Jackson for Zhejian Guangsha, Jack Cooley for the Ryukyu Golden Kings, and KJ McDaniels for the TNT KaTropa. The Terrific 12 is the FIBA recognized premier preseason event of the summer. hosted at Macao’s Tap Seac Multi-Sport Pavilion this 17-22 September, 2019. The event features the top basketball clubs from China, Japan, South Korea and the Philippines all colliding in Macao for their shot at the title and lucrative cash prizes.   — Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsSep 2nd, 2019

TERRIFIC 12: Total of 11 national team players to suit up in Macau post-World Cup

The 2019 FIBA World Cup in China will be the center of the basketball world for two weeks as the planet's very best national teams duke it out for the Naismith trophy. But a week after we see the crowning of a world champion, East Asia will likewise see the crowning of a top club team. Twelve of the top club teams from China, Japan, South Korea, and the Philippines will collide in the 2019 East Asia Super League Terrific 12 tournament in Macau. And much like the World Cup, the Terrific 12 will be filled with national team players, 11 of them actually. Active national team players set to see action in the Terrific 12 are China's Guo Ailun (Liaoning Flying Leopards), Sun Minghui (Zhejiang Guangsha Lions), and Zhao Jiwei (Liaoning Flying Leopards). For Japan, it will be Kosuke Takeuchi (Utsunomiya Brex) and Makoto Hiejima (Utsunomiya Brex). The South Korean national team will be represented in Macau by Choi Jun-yong (Seoul SK Knights), Kim Sun-hyung (Seoul SK Knights), and Lee Jung-hyun (Jeonju KCC Egis). For the PBA and Gilas Pilipinas, June Mar Fajardo (San Miguel Beermen), Roger Pogoy (TNT KaTropa), and Troy Rosario (TNT KaTropa) are all set to suit up in Macau. The Terrific 12 is the FIBA recognized premier preseason event of the summer. hosted at Macau’s Tap Seac Multi-Sport Pavilion this 17-22 September, 2019. San Miguel Beer has defending champion Ryukyu Golden Kings in its bracket while Blackwater also has a top Japanese team in its group in the Chiba Jets. The TNT KaTropa are in an uber-competitive group as they'll take on the Liaoning Flying Leopards in preliminary play.   — Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsAug 30th, 2019

LOOK: San Miguel Beermen lineup for East Asia Super League Terrific 12

Fresh from winning the 2019 PBA Commissioner’s Cup, a Grand Slam is officially in play for San Miguel. But before the Beermen go out and chase a triple crown, the PBA’s most dominant dynasty will look to add a different title first to their ever-growing collection. [Related: TERRIFIC 12: San Miguel Beer takes on champion Golden Kings in Macau] San Miguel is set to make a rare appearance outside the Philippines, with the flagship Beermen suiting up in the East Asia Super League’s Terrific 12 tournament in Macau on Sept. 17-22. The Beermen’s championship core are all listed to play. However, it will be interesting how San Miguel will handle the minutes of June Mar Fajardo, Christian Standhardinger, Terrence Romeo, Chris Ross, Alex Cabagnot, Arwind Santos, and Marcio Lassiter is he’s healthy to play. San Miguel will also debut import Dez Wells in Macau. Wells is the import tasked of leading the Beermen in the Governors’ Cup as the team looks to complete a Grand Slam. The Beermen will also have Lester Prosper as their other import. The towering Prosper played for Columbian in the Commissioner’s Cup. San Miguel has Japan’s Ryukyu Golden Kings in its group. The Golden Kings are the Terrific 12’s defending champions after sweeping the tournament last year. Also in the Beermen’s path in Macau are China’s Shenzen Aviators.   — Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsAug 19th, 2019

TERRFIC 12: Blackwater seeks more growth in return to Macau

Asia League has rebranded to the East Asia Super League (EASL) but it’s still set to hold its crowd favorite tournament coming in the next couple of months. The Terrific 12 will return to Macau on September 17-22 and this time, there’s finally a strong Filipino presence for the week-long joust at the Tap Seac Multi-sports Pavilion. The PBA will send two flagship teams in the San Miguel Beermen and TNT KaTropa. The Blackwater Elite will also make an East Asia Super League return after competing in the Super 8 last year. Blackwater used last year’s Super 8 tournament to prepare for the 2018 PBA Governors’ Cup and the Elite immediately saw the fruits of their labor in Macau once they returned to Manila. Falling literally one basket short of a semifinals stint at the Super 8 last year, Blackwater returned to the PBA and got their best finish ever, losing in the quarterfinals to eventual champion Magnolia. The 2019 Terrific 12 presents a new chance for growth once again for the Elite. While the team is yet to make the PBA semifinals, Blackwater has topped their 2018 Governors’ Cup performance by making the 2019 PBA Commissioner’s Cup playoffs as the no. 3 seed. Blackwater came four points away from making a breakthrough semifinals stint in the PBA. Having a strong Terrific 12 stint could help unlock the Elite’s potential. Having a strong Terrific 12 stint is one thing but having a successful one is another. Put in Group A, the Elite sure have some decorated opponents in Macau. Japan’s Chiba Jets will play Blackwater inthe Terrific 12 and they are the very first Asia League champions from two years ago. The Jets were the top regular season team in Japan with an impressive 52-8 record and they are fresh from a Finals run in the B.League, losing only to eventual back-to-back champions Alvark Tokyo. Also in Group A are the SK Knights from Seoul, South Korea. While they didn’t exactly fare well in the previous KBL season, the Knights won it all in 2018 and the Terrific 12 looks like the perfect place for to start a comeback in preparation for the next season. The Terrific 12 is a FIBA-recognized basketball tournament and features three clubs from the Chinese Basketball Association (CBA), four from the B.LEAGUE (Japan), two from the Korean Basketball League (KBL) and three from the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA). A Group Stage, Semi-Finals and Finals will play out 16 epic games in total to crown this year’s champion.  In the Group Stage, clubs will be divided into four groups of three, with each team playing two games. The top team from each group will advance to compete in the Semi-Finals following a rest day ?on September 20.? The champion will be awarded USD 150,000, the runner- up will be awarded USD 100,000 and third place will be awarded USD 50,000. Blackwater and the SK Knights start the 2019 East Asia Super League Terrific 12 with the very first game on Sept. 17 in Macau.  The Elite then take the court once again the next day when the face the Jets.   — Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsAug 7th, 2019

TERRIFIC 12: San Miguel Beer takes on champion Golden Kings in Macau

Asia League has rebranded to the East Asia Super League (EASL) but it’s still set to hold its crowd favorite tournament coming in the next couple of months. The Terrific 12 will return to Macau on September 17-22 and this time, there’s finally a strong Filipino presence for the week-long joust at the Tap Seac Multi-sports Pavilion. The PBA will send two flagship teams in the San Miguel Beermen and TNT KaTropa. The Blackwater Elite will also make an East Asia Super League return after competing in the Super 8 last year. After dominating the PBA for the second half of this decade, capturing a fifth straight Philippine Cup title early this year, the Beermen are trying to conquer new territory. However, San Miguel should be in for a tough challenge as the Beermen are in Group B in Macau. Also in Group B is Japan’s Ryukyu Golden Kings, the team that swept the tournament last year to win the Terrific 12 title. Full lineups are yet to be released but the Golden Kings brought a pretty imposing team to Macau last year. It wouldn’t be too surprising for Ryukyu to return strong and defend its Terrific 12 title. June Mar Fajardo and the rest of that star-studded San Miguel frontline will surely be challenged. In the last B.League season, the Golden Kings won 40 regular season games and made the semifinals, losing to eventual back-to-back champion Alvark Tokyo. Finally, Ryukyu coach Norio Sassa has been salivating at the chance to go up against PBA teams since last year. His Golden Kings draw the Philippines’ top team in group play this year. [Related: TERRIFIC 12: Ryukyu's champion coach eager to face PBA teams] Also in Group B to challenge the Beermen are the Shenzen Aviators from China. Shenzen won 33 regular season games in the CBA and was a top-4 seed entering the playoffs. They likewise lost to eventual champion Guangdong in the semifinals. The Beermen the Terrific 12 against Shenzen on Tuesday, September 17, followed by a mega showdown against Ryukyu two days later. The Terrific 12 is a FIBA-recognized basketball tournament and features three clubs from the Chinese Basketball Association (CBA), four from the B.LEAGUE (Japan), two from the Korean Basketball League (KBL) and three from the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA). A Group Stage, Semi-Finals and Finals will play out 16 epic games in total to crown this year’s champion.  In the Group Stage, clubs will be divided into four groups of three, with each team playing two games. The top team from each group will advance to compete in the Semi-Finals following a rest day on September 20. The champion will be awarded USD 150,000, the runner- up will be awarded USD 100,000 and third place will be awarded USD 50,000.   — Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJul 23rd, 2019

PBA: No pressure as Wells gears up for Grand Slam bid with SMB

A huge responsibility has been put on the shoulders of Dez Wells at San Miguel Beer. The Beermen are going after a PBA Grand Slam and the first stop to that goal was last week in Macau for the East Asia Super League’s The Terrific 12 tournament. San Miguel, specifically Wells, did well in the tournament, finishing in the top four. The attention now turns to the 2019 Governors’ Cup where the Beermen start their triple crown bid Wednesday. It’s a huge deal especially since San Miguel failed this exact mission two years ago. This is the team’s second chance and the pressure is on. Wells is not about to get overwhelmed by the situation however. “I don’t feel any pressure about anything in my life,” Wells said. “If you see how I grew up and the things I’ve gone through, I feel like everything I’ve been through in my life has brought me to this point to be ready,” he added. As the Beermen start their Grand Slam bid, Wells will be leaning on his team just as much as his team will be leaning on him. Wells is not going to win the Governors’ Cup title and San Miguel can’t win this championship without its new super import. It’s going to be a collective effort on the part of the Beermen to achieve history. “I just lean on my coaches, on my teammates,” Wells said. “They give me all the confidence that I need, when I need to I can lean on them to step up [as well]. Moving forward, those guys have the championship pedigree, putting me in this position or on this team, it just allows things to come together,” he added.   — Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsSep 24th, 2019

TERRIFIC 12: SMB looking forward to more international play

MACAU — After their first international tournament in the East Asia Super League’s The Terrific 12 here, the San Miguel Beermen are looking for more. Despite not winning a championship, the Beermen made a good account of themselves, making it to the semifinals of the Terrific 12 before ultimately missing out on a podium by losing to the CBA’s Zhejiang Guangsha Lions Sunday. It was a golden chance for San Miguel to compete in the East Asia Super League and the Beermen are hoping this year’s tournament is not their last foreign business trip. “We’re so lucky to be invited in this tournament,” head coach Leo Austria said. “And we’re looking forward next year for us to be invited here again,” he added as the Beermen got tested by mostly CBA teams in the Terrific 12. The fact that San Miguel, the top PBA team for almost five years now, got to share the court against strong Chinese squads is already a win. Only good things will come out by exposing yourself to different competition after all. “We’re gaining a lot of knowledge and experience in this tournament,” Austria said. “We’re able to see a lot of good players, especially coming from the CBA, KBL, and [B.League] from Japan. By joining this tournament, you can see your neighbors how good they are and it’s a good opportunity for us to learn,” he added.   — Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsSep 22nd, 2019

TERRIFIC 12: Lance leads Liaoning over Seoul to win title in Macau

MACAU — In his first tournament as a CBA player, Lance Stephenson leads his new team Liaoning to a championship. The CBA’s Flying Leopards escaped South Korea’s Seoul SK Knights Sunday at the Tap Seac Multi-sport Pavilion here, taking a close 83-82 victory to win the Terrific 12 title. In a close game, Stephenson hit back-to-back layups to push Liaoning up, 78-75, with two minutes to go. Despite a final push by the SK Knights, the Flying Leopards would hold on for the victory, becoming the second CBA team to win a championship in the East Asia Super League after the Guangzhou Long Lions in the Super 8 last year. Stephenson led Liaoning with 34 points on top of eight rebounds. Salah Mejri added another 19 points for the Flying Leopards while Mingchen Cong was good for 13. Lance won Most Valuable Player after a sensational week. The Knights got 36 points from Jameel Warney and 26 points from Aaron Haynes. Liaoning also pocketed $150,000 for their title win while the SK Knights settled for an even $100,000.   — Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsSep 22nd, 2019

TERRIFIC 12: Winning culture a priority as SMB takes 3rd place game seriously

MACAU — San Miguel’s title run here ended in the semifinals at the hands of Lance Stephenson and the Liaoning Flying Leopards. Still, the Beermen are out to win third place in the East Asia Super League’s The Terrific 12 tournament. San Miguel is gunninng for a Grand Slam in the PBA and it’s important for the team to carry its momenum and re-establish its winning culture. Getting a podium finish in a strong tournament like the Terrific 12 is a start. “Battle for third place, we will take in seriously,” head coach Leo Austria said. “Because as we said, we’re here not just to participate. At the same time, it will help us a lot. We have to develop the team’s winning attitude. Every game for us is really important,” The Beermen had the chance to make the Finals but the team ran into Stephenson and his Flying Leopards. Lance fired 35 points Saturday an Liaoning dominated San Miguel for a 111-89 victory. The Beermen will take on another CBA team in the Zhejiang Guangsha Lions for the third place game Sunday. “We’re still very proud of our team,” Austria said.   — Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsSep 21st, 2019

TERRIFIC 12: Lance says there’s no beef after minor spat with Beermen

MACAU — PBA players somehow continue to get under the skin of Lance Stephenson in the East Asia Super League’s The Terrific 12 tournament. First it was TNT’s David Semerad and on Saturday during the semifinals against the Beermen, Stephenson got some minor spats with Chris Ross and Kelly Nabong. The Liaoning star was in a trash talking contest with Nabong. Lance was also called for a double technical foul with Ross in the third period after a Stephenson basket put the Flying Leopards up, 55-32. Stephenson is taking a pretty easy approach despite the shenanigans against him though. “I played hard all the time, I did it with the best of them. Other guys will come out there and play their hardest against me,” Stephenson said. “They know they’re playing against me, so I just gotta be smart,” he added. When Stephenson feels like opposing players are out to get him, he will stand up to protect himself. However, he insists he’s not taking things personal and everything’s good after the game. “I gotta protect myself. I don’t want to fight but I’m gonna protect myself,” Stephenson said. “It was no hard feelings, no beef. We shake hands after the game. We’re playing hard to win, once the game is over, shake hands and go our ways,” he added.   — Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsSep 21st, 2019

Leopards end Beermen’s journey

MACAU – Liaoning Flying Leopards drubbed San Miguel Beer, 111-89, to advance to the finals of the East Asia Super League Terrific 12 invitational tournament Saturday night at the Tap Seac-Multi-Sport Pavilion. The 2017 Chinese Basketball Association champion needed a strong finish in the second half to pull away from a tight game and relegated […] The post Leopards end Beermen’s journey appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsSep 21st, 2019

Leopards end Beermen’s journey

MACAU – Liaoning Flying Leopards drubbed San Miguel Beer, 111-89, to advance to the finals of the East Asia Super League Terrific 12 invitational tournament Saturday night at the Tap Seac-Multi-Sport Pavilion. The 2017 Chinese Basketball Association champion needed a strong finish in the second half to pull away from a tight game and relegated […] The post Leopards end Beermen’s journey appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsSep 21st, 2019