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Marcio Lassiter, San Miguel steal semis Game 2 from Ginebra

Just like head coach Time Cone said, Ginebra indeed played better in Game 2 of the semifinals in the 2018 PBA Philippine Cup. It still wasn’t enough as June Mar Fajardo, Arwind Santos, and Marcio Lassiter had all the answers from San Miguel in a gutsy 104-102 come-from-behind win in overtime on Sunday at the Araneta Coliseum. Behind the inspired play of Prince Caperal, the Gin Kings got off to a blazing start, using a 14-4 burst to turn a four-point cushion late in the first into a 42-29 edge in the second. They kept giving their faithful many more reasons to cheer as their advantage blew up to as much as 15 in the third. Caperal’s short stab put up the crowd favorites up by nine inside the last five minutes until Fajardo’s free throws and Santos’ big-time three willed the Beermen into tying the tally at 95-all with 13.4 ticks to go in regulation. Joe Devance missed his layup to send the game into overtime and there, Caperal’s short stab fronted a 7-3 run for a 102-98 advantage with 61 seconds remaining. It was at that point that Lassiter was just always at the right place at the right time and got two free throws, an inside basket, and a lucky tip-in that proved to be the game-winner. "I think yung panalo namin is tsamba. We thought from the start na we're losing this game, but maybe because of the pride and the experience of the team, they didn't want to lose because they know the importance of this game," head coach Leo Austria said. Ginebra still had three seconds to make something happen, but Scottie Thompson lost control of the ball to preserve the win and the 2-0 series lead for San Miguel. Lassiter wound up with 25 points, six coming in the last 53 seconds, on top of eight rebounds, four assists, and three steals. Fajardo was brilliant all throughout with a 33-point, 19-rebound double-double. The win wouldn't have been possible, however, if not for Santos' fearless triple, part of his 11 points, 10 rebounds, and five assists. "If not for Arwind, this could have been 1-1 na e," Austria said Alex Cabagnot and Chris Ross also added 11 points apiece to help the Beermen win the first two games of the race-to-four semifinals series. Japeth Aguilar paced the Gin Kings with 28 points and was backstopped by Caperal's career-high 26 markers. BOX SCORES SAN MIGUEL 104 – Fajardo 33, Lassiter 25, Ross 13, Cabagnot 13, Santos 11, Ganuelas-Rosser 7, Heruela 2, Pessumal 0, Espinas 0, De Ocampo 0 GINEBRA 102 – Aguilar J. 28, Caperal 26, Devance 11, Thompson 10, Cruz 10, Tenorio 8, Mercado 7, Mariano 2. QUARTER SCORES: 25-30; 42-55; 70-73; 95-95 (Reg); 104-102 (OT). --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo.  .....»»

Category: sportsSource: abscbn abscbnMar 11th, 2018

June Mar s 35 points tow Beermen to another semis appearance

San Miguel's pair of Most Valuable Players went to work against TNT. June Mar Fajardo and Arwind Santos teamed up in the fourth quarter to stop the KaTropa, 106-93, in the 2018 PBA Philippine Cup quarterfinals Tuesday at the MOA Arena. With no. 8 TNT looking to steal one over the top-seeded Beermen, Fajardo and Santos put up a strong fourth-quarter perfomance, combining for 16 of San Miguel's 29 points, and the three-time defending champions advanced to yet another semis appearance. The Beermen will now wait for the winner of the Ginebra-ROS series in the next round. It was an emotional win for the team as head coach Leo Austria's wife went through a kidney transplant. Coach Leo's wife is doing well now, fortunately. "First of all I want to praise God. I never had sleep last night because of my wife. She's been under... she undergone a kidney transplant but thank you Lord, very successful operation for her, and I know she's watching right now," Austria said. "We followed our game plan to the letter, and that's the result. Thank you San Miguel, especially my player, for giving this win. Thank you," he added. While the Beermen were in control all game long, the KaTropa fought to the end and the champs didn't pull away until the final two minutes. Fajardo was simply unstoppable, making all but four of his 19 shots to finish with 35 points and 11 rebounds. Marcio Lassister added 20 for the Beermen while Santos scored 10 of his 15 points in the fourth before getting ejected after two technical fouls. Arwind also had seven rebounds, four assists, four blocks, and four steals. For the KaTropa, their All-Filipino campaign ended at the hands of the Beermen yet again. Five players finished in double figures for TNT lead by Jayson Castro and Troy Rosario with 19 points apiece. RR Pogoy and Anthony Semerad dropped 17 and 16 points respectively while Kelly Williams was good for 15.   The Scores: SAN MIGUEL 106 — Fajardo 35, Lassiter 20, Santos 15, Ross 13, Cabagnot 8, Heruela 5, Ganuelas-Rosser 4, De Ocampo 3, Pessumal 2, Espinas 1. TNT 93 — Castro 19, Rosario 19, Pogoy 17, Semerad 16, Williams 15, Cruz 3, Garcia 2, Torres 2, Carey 0, Paredes 0, Reyes 0, Tautuaa 0. Quarters: 31-23, 52-44, 77-72, 106-93.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMar 6th, 2018

PBA Finals By the Numbers: Ginebra dynasty in the making?

They actually did it, the Gin Kings took down the Death Star to win the 2018 PBA Commissioner's Cup, dethroning San Miguel Beer. Ginebra completed a sensational 4-2 series win Wednesday, capping the performance with a masterful 93-77 victory in Game 6. The Gin Kings are starting to position themselves as a dynasty that rivals that of SMB but before we get way ahead of ourselves, let's take one final look at Ginebra's latest title run before we move on to the next one.   5 Number of losses for Ginebra in its first six games of the conference. Losing back-to-back games when they got Justin Brownlee back, the Gin Kings were in trouble with a 1-5 record. Then they won five straight to make it to the playoffs where they only lost one, to no. 1 Rain or Shine, before meeting the Beermen in the Final. The Gin Kings were down 1-2 following a 38-point loss in the championship series before they pulled off three straight wins to take the title from the Beermen.   3 Number of PBA titles for import Justin Brownlee. Brownlee has been around for four PBA conferences and he has won three titles in three Finals appearances. His only loss was last year in the 2017 Commissioner's Cup when the no. 1 seeded Gin Kings lost in the semis. Still, Brownlee's magic is still as effective as ever and the newly-crowned Best Import shows no signs of slowing down. Is he Ginebra's GOAT Import?   21 Total PBA Championships for head coach Tim Cone. #GOAT   1 Number of Finals losses for San Miguel head coach Leo Austria. His undefeated streak finally came to an end with this 4-2 loss to Ginebra. Coach Leo is now 6-of-7 in the Finals and this is also his first best-of-7 series loss with the Beermen. Ouch.   2 Number of seasons where San Miguel's Grand Slam bid ended at the hands of Ginebra. Last year, the Beermen got eliminated in the quarterfinals of the Governors' Cup. This year, San Miguel couldn't even win two titles in a row as they fall to the Gin Kings again, this time in the Commissioner's Cup.   11 Total combined points for Alex Cabagnot, Arwind Santos, Chris Ross, Marcio Lassiter, and Christian Standhardinger in Game 6. Ross, Lassiter, and Standhardinger went scoreless. In Game 5, the Death Star showed signs of crack and malfunctioned. In Game 6, San Miguel's vaunted weapon of mass destruction completely shut down.   31 Total points for Justin Brownlee in Game 6, 20 in the second half. Brownlee scored 10 points each in the third and fourth quarters of Game 6 and he led Ginebra's pivotal third-quarter run where they outscored San Miguel, 27-8. That was pretty much the game as the Beermen never recovered.     --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsAug 9th, 2018

June Mar leaves no room for SMB upset after dominant performance

Despite the top-seeded Beermen having a twice-to-beat advantage in the quarterfinals, it was imperative for the three-time defending champion Beermen to move on in the playoffs after just one game. If not, the San Miguel was looking at a do-or-die game against TNT. And that's not an ideal situation for any team. June Mar Fajardo made sure the champs avoided that situation. The reigning four-time league MVP went off against the KaTropa on Tuesday, making 15 out of 19 shots to finish with a game-high 35 points in the quarterfinal win. He also had 11 rebounds for good measure. "Kailangan naming manalo eh," Fajardo said. "Pag natalo kami, parang medyo mahihirapan kami kasi mapupunta yung momentum sa kabila," he added. As the Beermen made an effort to dump the ball to him down low, Fajardo made sure to make the most out of his opportunities. After June Mar did just that, things opened up for the rest of the team. Marcio Lassiter finished with 20 points, 10 in the third, while Arwind Santos scored 15, 10 in the fourth. "Binibigyan nila ako ng bola eh. Kailangan kong maka-score sa ilalim para lumuwag yung depensa ng kalaban sa itaas," he said. "Yun ang nagawa namin. Ang daming na-shoot na tres ni Arwind kasi lagi syang iniiwan ng depensa," Fajardo added. Making it to another semifinal appearance, the focus for the champs now is to get some rest as they wait for either Ginebra or Rain or Shine. "Kailangan lang namin magpahinga, gamitin ng maayos yung pahinga, at maging ready sa semis kasi di talaga madali yun, mapa-Ginebra o Rain or Shine," Fajardo said.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMar 6th, 2018

FIBA WORLD CUP: Gilas Pilipinas absorbs shock upset from Kazakhstan

MANILA, Philippines --- Obviously, this is not the Asian Games. Kazakhstan scored a big-time upset Friday at the MOA Arena here, beating the Philippines, 92-88, in the 2019 FIBA World Cup Asian Qualifiers. Losing by 37 points to Gilas in Jakarta a couple of months back in the 2018 Asiad, Kazakhstan would frustrate the Filipinos on their home floor, making the Group F race all the more interesting. After Marcio Lassiter hit a triple to put the Philippines within two, 88-90, with 26 seconds to go, Rustam Yergali found Anton Bykov down low for a crucial layup, giving Kazakhstan a two-possession lead. With 12.7 seconds to work with, Gilas got LA Tenorio a wide-open three but the Ginebra playmaker missed. Bykov was fouled on the rebound but ended up missing two free throws as well but Kazakhstan's four-point lead was more than enough to hold on. With the shock win Kazakhstan win, Gilas Pilipinas is now tied with the red-hot Japan for third place in Group F with identical 5-4 records. Australia maintains pole position with an 8-1 mark after a win over Iran and the Boomers are through to the World Cup next year. Iran is second with a 6-3 record and will face the Philippines Monday in another crucial clash while Kazakhstan is fifth with a 4-5 mark with the Akatsuki Five up next in Toyama. Tied at 79 with 2:39 to go, Gilas took the lead after Tenorio buried a quick jumper of a timeout. However, it was quickly answered by Yergali with a triple for an 82-81 lead for Kazakhstan. Pringle pushed the Philippines ahead for the last time, 83-82, following a driving layup but Nikolay Bazhin scored four straight for Kazakhstan and the visitors took over for good. "Well of course we're disappointed," Gilas head coach Yeng Guiao said. "But we still have one game on Monday and we can't feel too negative about ourselves. I think we can salvage the situation if we're able to play a good game against Iran and learn from this game, the lessons from this game," he added.   STAN THE MAN Stanley Pringle carried the Gilas offense for the first five minutes of the third period, at one point scoring seven straight for a 51-50 lead for the Philippines. Pringle would keep the national team afloat, cashing in on two unsportsmanlike fouls from Kazakhstan to give Gilas a three-point lead before he headed to the bench with a minute and change left in the quarter. In total, Pringle scored 14 points in the third but it was not enough as back-to-back triples from Alexandr Zhigulin and Shaim Kuanov pushed Kazakhstan ahead, 65-62.   WE'RE PLAYING DEFENSE It was a slow start for the two teams, with the defense forcing bad shots on both ends. However, Kazakhstan was getting enough to take a 7-2 lead early before the Gilas responded with a 9-0 run sparked by the San Miguel Beermen. Marcio Lassiter first found June Mar Fajardo for an easy layup before Fajardo returned the favor, setting up his shooter for a booming triple. The Philippines took its first lead of the game after a layup from Lassiter and Fajardo scored on a hook shot to complete the run, forcing Kazakhstan to call a timeout down 7-11. Come the second quarter, the Kazakhstan defense swarmed Gilas, forcing a couple of turnovers in the first minute alone. Anton Bykov cashed in twice, giving the visitors a 23-18 lead and forcing the Filipinos to burn an early timeout. Matthew Wright  would then make things happen for Gilas, and his play was good for eight points as the Philippines forced another tie at 26-all. Still, Kazakhstan would keep its cool and back-to-back triples from Rustam Murzagaliyev from pretty much the same spot capped a 9-2 run for a seven-point lead. The Philippines managed to take over late in the first half, 39-38, with Scottie Thompson and Stanley Pringle sparking a 9-0 blitz. However, Kazakhstan managed to beat the clock for a one-point lead at the break. Pringle was the high man for the Philippines with 29 points while June Mar Fajardo finished with a 14-point, 13-rebound double-double. Marcio Lassiter added 13 points for Gilas Pilipinas. For Kazakhstan, it was Alexandr Zhigulin that led the way with a game-high 30 points while Anton Bykov was good for 20. Rustam Murzagaliyev has 11 points and Rustam Yergali dropped 10 points. The Philippines will next host Iran Monday while Kazakhstan is off to Toyama to take on Japan.   The Scores: KAZAKHSTAN 92 -- Zhigulin 30, Bykov 20, Yergali 12, Murzagaliyev 11, Kuanov 8, Bazhin 7, Marchuk 4, Chsherbak 0, Lapchenko 0, Gavrilov 0. PHILIPPINES 88 -- Pringle 29, Fajardo 14, Lassiter 13, Tenorio 8, Norwood 7, Thompson 6, Wright 5, Aguilar 4, Erram 2, Cabagnot 0, Belga 0, Slaughter 0. Quarters: 17-18, 40-39, 65-62, 92-88.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsNov 30th, 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

Sotto welcomes physicality, ready to fight for slot

Kai Sotto may be the youngest among the 20-man Team Pilipinas pool but the Ateneo de Manila University high school center knows that his ‘kuyas’ won’t go easy on him. The towering 16-year old cager boldly said that he welcomes the challenge of going up against experienced pros. Even if it means absorbing the physical nature of their game. “Sana ibigay nila ang lahat nila,” said the lanky 7-foot-1 Sotto. “Dahil siyempre kaya naman ako nandito para maramdaman ‘yung mga bagay na yun. Para ma-experience din kung paano talaga maglaro ‘yung players sa ganitong klaseng level.”      Sotto was one of the 12 players who attended the first practice session of Team Pilipinas, which is preparing for the two home games against Kazakhstan and Iran in the fifth window of the 2019 World Cup Asia Qualifiers. “Sobrang happy and sobrang excited ko na mag-practice rito and makilala yung mga teammates ko rito and looking forward na maraming matutunan sa kanila,” said Sotto, who already donned the national colors under the Batang Gilas banner. Sotto was joined another young player in University of the Philippines Ricci Rivero. Also in attendance were Talk ‘N Text’s Jayson Castro and Troy Rosario, San Miguel Beer’s June Mar Fajardo, Alex Cabagnot, Marcio Lassiter and Arwind Santos, Rain or Shine’s Beau Belga and Gabe Norwood, Phoenix’s Matthew Wright and Blackwater’s Poy Erram. Included in the pool are Barangay Ginebra’s Greg Slaughter, Japeth Aguilar, LA Tenorio and Scottie Thompson and Magnolia’s Ian Sangalang and Paul Lee. The six though skipped practice with their teams clashing in the PBA Governors’ Cup semifinals Game 2.    SMB’s Christian Standhardinger and NorthPort’s Stanley Pringle have yet to arrive for practice as of posting time. Head coach Yeng Guiao said that Sotto and Rivero have the same equal chance as the pros to secure a spot in the final 12-man lineup. “Meron, meron (chance). Actually, the reason they’re here is they’re one of the guys with the opportunity to fight for a slot in the 12-man lineup,” said Guiao. “So kahit na sabihin natin na ang basic purpose natin is for their development, who knows?” “Hindi natin alam baka magpakita sila,” he added. “So I’m not discounting that possibility. It might be a little bit remote but it’s still a possibility.” For Sotto, getting a call up for the pool is already an honor. Whatever the decision of Guiao come the final cut, the experience will definitely improve Sotto’s game for the future.   “Dream ko na makasama sa talagang team and itong pagsama sa pool. Pero kahit ano man ang kalabasan positive lang ako dahil kahit papaano 16 pa lang naman ako,” said Sotto. “Kahit anong mangyari dito alam ko naman na magandang bagay yun para sa akin. Mag-pray lang ako na kahit anong mangyari magiging successful itong Team Pilipinas.”   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsNov 12th, 2018

PBA: On bad knees and feet, Joe Devance still stood tall against San Miguel

If it weren't for the persistence of Joe Devance, Ginebra would have only Prince Caperal as their only big man. The crowd darlings had a glaring shortage of centers and power forwards. Japeth Aguilar and Greg Slaughter, the famed Ginebra twin towers, were missing in action due to injury. Jervy Cruz was also not on the active list as he continues his recovery. Palms sweating, knees weak, Joe Devance provided a huge spark for Ginebra. If it were not for his 17 points, 4 rebounds, and 7 assists, things might have gone differently for the defending champions. Devance was not really going to play, but after Aguilar went down, he came at a crossroads. "It was a few days ago, Japeth got hurt in practice. He got hurt so I was like, ‘Oh man we don’t have any bigs, it’s just Prince’ so I just tried in practice and see how I feel. I just told coach that if I can get through it, I’ll do whatever I can to get through it," the burly big man shared after the game. Facing an equally-hobbled team in San Miguel, who were without four-time reigning MVP June Mar Fajardo and Marcio Lassiter, Devance stood in awe on how his team managed to score their fourth win of the conference. "It feels good to get a win especially against San Miguel. I know they have some guys that are hurt too but, it’s pretty crazy how many injuries we have right now. I think it’s like six or seven or something like that. It’s pretty amazing with just the things we are able to do right now." Despite not having a very positive assessment of his own knees -- which he said was 60 percent fine -- Devance maintained that he will do everything just to help the team, even at the expense of his own body. At 36 years old, the number 1 pick of the 2007 PBA draft is nearing the twilight of his career, and just elects to savor every moment he can while he's playing. "I don’t know if it’s my age or what it is but, I’m just trying to hang on and just keep up with these young guys, you know. I’m still having fun, it’s just when the pain is really bad, that’s when it gets tough." "Now again, it’s kinda hard but I’m hoping I can get back to just at least playing a little bit better. But I’m just proud of the guys. It’s all about the guys stepping up and they have been."   __   Follow this writer on Twitter, @philipptionary......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsSep 24th, 2018

Finals setback will only make San Miguel ‘hungry,’ says Lassiter

There's no doubt that San Miguel has had the most fruitful three-year span in the PBA beginning in 2015 with the team winning six of the possible 11 titles. The Beermen had won four straight Philippine Cups and had one each of the Commissioner's and Governors' Cups, but the league's most successful franchise also had its downs. San Miguel had a chance to take a second straight Commissioner's Cup but that title mission ended in disaster when Barangay Ginebra took the crown in six games punctuated by a 93-77 Game 6 win Wednesday at Mall of Asia Arena. READ:Santos swallows San Miguel's 'painful' loss to Ginebra Shooting guard Marcio Lassiter, who has been with the franchise ...Keep on reading: Finals setback will only make San Miguel ‘hungry,’ says Lassiter.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsAug 9th, 2018

PBA: Marcio knows he wasn’t super in Game 6

Marcio Lassiter was a non-factor as San Miguel surrendered the 2018 PBA Commissioner’s Cup championship to Ginebra on Wednesday. The veteran sharpshooter was off the mark all game long, going scoreless after missing each and every one of his 12 shots. Of course, Lassiter himself was the first to admit that he needs to do better. “Obviously, you want to do better than this,” he told reporters post-game Giving credit where credit is due, though, the Beermen’s swingman said that the Gin Kings’ defense made it a point to shut him down. As he put it, “Credit to Ginebra. They played good defense tonight and they were able to win.” And so, all that’s left for Lassiter is to get to gearing up for redemption in the upcoming Governor’s Cup. “We’re gonna be working hard, we’re gonna be playing how we need to play because we want to make it to the Finals. That’s the goal, every conference, make it to the Finals,” he shared. He then continued, “That’s what we need to do in the next conference – make it to the Finals and then win it.” Chris Ross, who himself went missing with no points in 0-for-5 shooting, could only agree. “Just because we didn’t win the Grand Slam doesn’t mean our season’s not a success. Not every team wins a championship and we’ve already won one,” he said, talking about the Philippine Cup championship they won last conference. He then continued, “We’re looking forward to try to win another one.” --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsAug 9th, 2018

PBA: Gin Kings dethrone San Miguel after sensational Game 6 win

Hail to the new kings. Ginebra finally knocked out San Miguel Wednesday as the Gin Kings scored a sensational 93-77 Game 6 win at the MOA Arena to claim the 2018 PBA Commissioner's Cup. Down 10 in the first half, Ginebra roared back in the second half, outscoring the Beermen in the pivotal third period, 27-8. San Miguel never recovered in the fourth and the Gin Kings won the best-of-7 series, 4-2. "For tonight, for one night at least we are the best team, I guess, for one night," head coach Tim Cone said. "Tomorrow, they'll be the best team again. But like I was saying earlier, it's just amazing that we were able to come back from that 1-5 start and then be able to match up with San Miguel in the Finals and win it," he added. Up seven in the third period, Ginebra unloaded a 9-0 run to take a 62-46 lead on the Beermen. Justin Brownlee was particularly great for the barangay, scoring 20 points in the second half, 10 each in the third and fourt periods, to help the Gin Kings pull away for good. The league's Best Import finished with 31 points, 19 rebounds, seven assists, four blocks, and two steals. Locals also came through for the barangay with Finals MVP Scottie Thompson scoring 12 points on top of 13 rebounds and five assists. Greg Slaughter (13 points), LA Tenorio (11 points), and Jeff Chan (10) also finished in double figures. In comparison, the Beermen only had June Mar Fajardo (29 points) and Renaldo Balkman (24 points) making an impact on offense. The star-studded local lineup of the Beermen shut down in Game 6. Alex Cabagnot, Arwind Santos, Marcio Lassiter, Chris Ross, and Christian Standhardinger combined for a grand total of 11 points. Ross, Lassiter, and Standhardinger went scoreless. It was also San Miguel's first Finals loss with head coach Leo Austra as the Beermen's Grand Slam bid ends at the hands of Ginebra for the second year in a row.   The Scores:  Ginebra (93): Brownlee 31, Slaughter 13, Thompson 12, Tenorio 11, Chan 10, Mercado 6, Ferrer 5, Devance 4, J. Aguilar 1  San Miguel (77): Fajardo 29, Balkman 24, Heruela 11, Cabagnot 6, Santos 5, Pessumal 2, Ross 0, Lassiter 0, Rosser 0, Vigil 0, Standhardinger 0  Quarterscores: 14-17, 35-38, 62-46, 93-77   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsAug 8th, 2018

Brutal Game 1 loss lit a fire in Beermen to even finals series, says Lassiter

Marcio Lassiter. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.net San Miguel's brutal 127-99 Game 1 loss to Barangay Ginebra in the PBA Commissioner's Cup Finals was the Beermen's worst defeat i.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philippinetimesRelated NewsJul 30th, 2018

Beermen get back at Gin Kings with blowout win in Game 2 of PBA Finals

San Miguel Beer returned the favor and ripped Barangay Ginebra, 134-109, in Game 2 to even the 2018 PBA Commissioner's Cup Finals Sunday night at Smart Araneta Coliseum. Alex Cabagnot redeemed himself after struggling offensively in Game 1 with a career-high 33 points that went with four rebounds, nine assists and four steals as the Beermen showed why they're the defending champions. After getting blown out by 28 points, 127-99, in the finals opener, San Miguel came out firing with Cabagnot setting the tone and Marcio Lassiter, who made just two out of his 13 attempts in the previous game, also regaining his touch to finish with 20 points. "We're so sad with what happened the la...Keep on reading: Beermen get back at Gin Kings with blowout win in Game 2 of PBA Finals.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJul 29th, 2018

Brutal Game 1 loss ‘lit a fire’ in Beermen to even finals series, says Lassiter

San Miguel's brutal 127-99 Game 1 loss to Barangay Ginebra in the PBA Commissioner's Cup Finals was the Beermen's worst defeat in the championship round since it lost 146-111 to the Gin Kings in the 2007 Philippine Cup. It was a win that got chalked under the Gin Kings' name, but it proved to be a prelude for the Beermen's merciless vengeance. The Beermen showed no remorse in Game 2 coming away with a devastating 134-109 victory to tie the series up at 1-1, and shooting guard Marcio Lassiter said their first game defeat left a bitter memory within them. READ: Beermen get back at Gin Kings with blowout win in Game 2 "It lit a fire in us and we want to keep making sure that...Keep on reading: Brutal Game 1 loss ‘lit a fire’ in Beermen to even finals series, says Lassiter.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJul 29th, 2018

PBA: Ginusto ko ang bola –- Thompson on nasty rebound over Johnson

It’s rare to hear the crowd roar over a rebound play. And fans inside the Big Dome, especially the Barangay Ginebra faithful, just witnessed one of those moments when Scottie Thompson, a 6-foot-1 guard, soared up high to snatch the rock over a wide-bodied, nine inch taller Rain or Shine import Reggie Johnson. It was a play deserving of a spot in a highlight countdown. Thompson grabbed 10 rebounds including the nasty one with just 1:37 left in the fourth quarter Monday in the Gin Kings’ Finals spot-clinching 96-94 Game 4 nail-biter over Rain or Shine that sealed the 2018 PBA Commissioner’s Cup best-of-five semifinals series at the Big Dome. With the Ginebra protecting a 93-90 lead, Elasto Painters gunner Chris Tiu shot a triple that bounced off the rim. The 290 lbs. Johnson successfully boxed out Gin Kings’ Japeth Aguilar for a spot under the basket to collar the rebound. Just when Johnson thought that he got the ball, Thompson came running down, jumped over his back and snatched the rock with one hand. One could just hear the loud collective ‘oohs’ from the crowd.                 “’Yun lang talagang tinalon ko lang ang bola kasi crucial,” said Thompson, who in the series averaged nine rebounds per game. “Ginusto ko ang bola so buti nakuha ko.” That was his ninth board. A minute after, Thompson again plucked another crucial offensive rebound that led to an LA Tenorio floater that put the Gin Kings up, 95-90. To cap up his night, Thompson sealed the win with a steal off the Elasto Painters’ inbound with just 1.4 ticks left. Thompson may have sacrificed his offense with his effort on the boards and on defense but it’s a role the University of Perpetual Help product learned to embrace. He averaged only 5.4 points in the semis series but his defensive effort earned him a norm of 1.25 steals per game.       “Ang sabi sa amin ni coach Tim (Cone) na be the aggressor lagi kasi kailangan sila ang mag-react sa amin,” said Thompson. “’Yun ang ginagawa namin especially ako, talagang yun ang ginawa ko para makatulong sa team.” And Cone praised Thompson for his work. “A few? It seemed like he was grabbing everything and jumping over everybody, jumping over Johnson, jumping over Almazan. I mean, my gosh, getting that offensive rebound. He is just... he makes me speechless, he really does,” said Cone when asked about his reaction on Thompson’s rebounding. “Those were the plays of the game,” he added. “Joe (Devance) played great, but I thought Scottie was gonna get the Player of the Game just because of the rebounds he got, because they were all super clutch. And if he hadn't gotten a couple of those rebounds, Johnson would have gotten really easy putbacks.” “He did not only denied (Johnson) the rebound, but he denied the easy putback. So he just leaves me speechless some times,” Cone continued. “His timing is otherworldly. That's the only way I can explain that, I've never seen anybody with that kind of timing. Amazing.” Now, playing against a tough opponent in sister-team San Miguel Beer in the best-of-seven Finals starting Friday, Thompson just want to focus on the thing he does best. “Ang akin lang naman stay aggressive lang. Gusto ko lang maging aggressive lagi sa offense, defense especially sa defense kasi yun ang role ko para sa team,” he said.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJul 23rd, 2018

June Mar bags PBA Player of the Week honors

Four-time league MVP June Mar Fajardo’s size, skills and experience worked beautifully for San Miguel Beer, which went on to complete a 4-1 semifinal series win over Barangay Ginebra to march to its fourth straight Philippine Cup Finals stint Saturday night. The 6-10 Fajardo averaged 20.67 points and 12.67 rebounds to earn the PBA Press Corps Player of Week for the period of March 13-18, keying the Beermen’s victories in Games 4 and 5 to keep their All-Filipino conference “four-peat” bid alive. Stung by Ginebra’s 95-87 win in Game 3 last Tuesday, the Cebuano big man finished with a double-double stats line of 14 points and 13 rebounds, engineering SMB’s blazing start as the Beermen hammered the Gin Kings, 102-81 two days later. San Miguel, then finished off Ginebra’s Finals aspirations as the 28-year-old Fajardo barrelled his way in for 25 points on 11-of-18 shooting from the floor, along with 9 rebounds, 3 assists and a block in 100-94 win in Game 5. While Marcio Lassiter, Arwind Santos and Alex Cabagnot also dished off excellent performances in San Miguel’s sensational back-to-back wins, Fajardo earned the nod for the weekly citation. With a league-best 24 PBA titles at hand, San Miguel Beer looks to extend its domination of the Philippine Cup since reigning supreme in the season-opening conference from 2015 to 2017. The 2017 Philippine Cup conquest in fact, gave SMB the Perpetual Jun Bernardino trophy. San Miguel now awaits the winner of the other semifinal series between sister team Magnolia and NLEX. The Hotshots took Game 5 Sunday night, 87-78 to gain the driver’s seat, 3-2. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMar 19th, 2018

Ross says his injury a ‘blessing in disguise’ as other Beermen step up

Chris Ross couldn't be more thankful for his teammates in San Miguel's close out game against Ginebra in Game 5 of the 2018 PBA Philippine Cup semifinals. With the pesky defender under strict minutes restriction since Game 4 due to a strained right thigh, Marcio Lassiter, Alex Cabagnot, and Matt Ganuelas-Rosser picked up the slack for the Beermen and did a tremendous job defending the Gin Kings. READ: San Miguel back in PH Cup Finals, closes out Ginebra "It's kind of frustrating because I can't do what I usually do out there, but the good thing is that Matt is getting a lot of reps and he's getting more comfortable, and Alex is getting a lot more comfortable, and so is Marci...Keep on reading: Ross says his injury a ‘blessing in disguise’ as other Beermen step up.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsMar 18th, 2018

Rest, not Magnolia or NLEX, on the minds of San Miguel

San Miguel Beer is in the championship round of the All-Filipino conference for the fourth time in a row. Already full of confidence from being three-time defending champions and having a four-time MVP in June Mar Fajardo as well as a talented and cohesive core, they will have a week, at the very least, to prepare for their opponents. That’s because in the opposite bracket, Magnolia and NLEX are all even at two wins apiece in the race-to-four series. Asked about their possible foes, San Miguel Beer head coach Leo Austria said, “I’m happy to see both NLEX and Magnolia playing (well), talagang parehas sila halos. You can never know who will be in the Finals.” Austria, though, would rather not name their preferred matchup for the Finals. As he put it, “’Di ko masasabi kasi mahirap mamili dahil deserving sila (pareho) to be in the Finals. Wala kang tulag-kabigin sa kanila.” For the always amiable mentor, the Beermen want nothing more than to just get their wind back. “We don’t want to think about their games. We will think about our preparations and first, we have to take a rest,” he shared. He then continued, “Alam ko ang wear-and-tear nitong mga players ko dahil my starters (have been) playing at least 38 minutes per game. I think they deserve to have a rest.” Indeed, in Game 5 alone, Alex Cabanot and Marcio Lassiter each played 41 minutes, June Mar Fajardo played 40 minutes, and Arwind Santos played 39 minutes. In taking care of Ginebra in just five games, the defending champions have bought for themselves a much-needed and more than welcome breather. “Ang maganda lang talaga sa amin is we have the luxury to prepare because we are the first one into the Finals,” Austria said. --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMar 17th, 2018

San Miguel Beer back in PH Cup Finals anew, closes out Ginebra

San Miguel Beer knocked off Ginebra, 100-94, in Game 5 of their 2018 PBA Philippine Cup semifinals Saturday at Cuneta Astrodome. Four-time PBA Most Valuable Player June Mar Fajardo was unstoppable, finishing with 25 points on 11-of-18 shooting from the field, nine rebounds, and three assists to guide the Beermen to their fourth straight Philippine Cup Finals appearance, 12th overall in the conference. Marcio Lassiter continued his stellar showing with 23 markers powered by five triples, to go with eight boards, while Matt Ganuelas-Rosser added 14 points, eight rebounds, and three dimes. Alex Cabagnot got 12 markers, five boards, and five assists, while Arwind Santos hushed the row...Keep on reading: San Miguel Beer back in PH Cup Finals anew, closes out Ginebra.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsMar 17th, 2018

San Miguel drubs Ginebra in Game 4, moves a win closer to PH Cup finals

MANILA, Philippines – The San Miguel Beermen are a win away from booking a ticket to the 2018 PBA Philippine Cup finals with a 102-81 drubbing of Barangay Ginebra in Game 4 of their best-of-7 semifinals series at the Mall of Asia Arena Thursday, March 15 . Marcio Lassiter ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsMar 15th, 2018

Super Marcio s clutch performance wins him PBA PoW

Marcio Lassiter highlighted his explosive performance in the PBA Philippine Cup semifinals by making the game-winning putback to give San Miguel a 2-0 series lead over Barangay Ginebra. Lassiter’s back-to-back hot-shooting performances earned him the PBA Press Corps Player of the Week for the period of March 6-11. The 30-year-old Lassiter kicked off the All-Filipino conference Final Four by knocking down five triples as San Miguel administered a 102-90 beating of a weary Ginebra side last Friday. The former Smart-Gilas shooter finished that game with 17 points, five rebounds and the same number of assists in 30 minutes as he more than made up for four-time league MVP June Mar Fajardo’s quiet offense in Game 1. Two days later, the PBA’s fourth overall pick in 2011 completed SMB’s comeback from a 15-point deficit by scoring a putback off Fajardo’s missed layup to seal the Beermen’s heart-stopping 104-102 overtime win. The Beermen are now up, 2-0 in the best-of-seven semifinal series against the crowd darlings. Lassiter was on target in Game 2 after firing 25 points, laced with four three-pointers, to go along with eight rebounds, four assists and three steals in 46 minutes of action. “Super Marcio” averaged 21 points, 6.5 rebounds and 4.5 assists in the Beermen’s semifinal victories to beat teammates Fajardo and Arwind Santos, along with NLEX’s Cyrus Baguio and Kiefer Ravena for the weekly citation. The Beermen will be gunning for a commanding 3-0 series bulge come Tuesday when they take on the Gin Kings anew at the Mall of Asia Arena......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMar 12th, 2018