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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

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

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

SMB up 2-0

Marcio Lassiter knocked in San Miguel Beer's last six points, including a putback with 3.4 seconds remaining in overtime, as the defending champion rallied past Barangay Ginebra, 104-102, before a huge Sunday night crowd to gain a commanding 2-0 lead in the PBA Philippine Cup semifinal series at Smart Araneta Coliseum. Lassiter, who finished with 25 points, tipped in a missed layup by teammate June Mar Fajardo for the game-winning basket as the Beermen completed a remarkable comeback from 15 points in the second quarter to move within a win from booking a return trip to the finals. Trailing 98-102 after Joe De Vance's triple with a little over a minute remaining, the Beermen turned...Keep on reading: SMB up 2-0.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsMar 11th, 2018

Beermen stretch lead to 2-0

Marcio Lassiter came to the rescue allowing defending champion San Miguel Beer escape with a 104-102 overtime win against Barangay Ginebra San Miguel in Game 2 of their best-of-seven semifinals in the Philippine Basketball Association Season 43 Philippine Cup on Sunday at the Araneta Coliseum. Lassiter notched 16 of his 25 points in the fourth [...] The post Beermen stretch lead to 2-0 appeared first on The Manila Times Online......»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimes_netRelated NewsMar 11th, 2018

June Mar’s miss paved the way for Marcio’s game-winner

p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 12.0px Helvetica; color: #454545} p.p2 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 12.0px Helvetica; color: #454545; min-height: 14.0px} With the tally tied at 102-all with 15.8 seconds remaining in overtime, San Miguel head coach Leo Austria designed a play for four-time MVP June Mar Fajardo. Of course, the multi-titled mentor went to his most dominant player to try and win Game 2 of the 2018 PBA Philippine Cup Semifinals. Why wouldn’t he as Fajardo remains, far and away, the biggest difference-maker on both teams. And so, in the game’s decisive play, Fajardo screened for Marcio Lassiter and then sliced through the lane. Lassiter then sent a well-targeted pass right to the chest of his 6-foot-10 center. Only, with no one to challenge him, Fajardo botched his layup. Good thing then that right after his pass, Lassiter also went right at the basket and tipped the ball in. 🎥 Lassiter tips it FOR THE WIN! #TatablaOMakakadalawa #GinebravsSMBonESPN5 pic.twitter.com/FAqmHLgXsx — PBA (@pbaconnect) Marso 11, 2018 That proved to be the difference for the Beermen up against hot-starting Ginebra. As it turns out, Austria knew that his sweet-shooting guard was going to do what he was going to do. “Marcio talaga and kukuha ng bola and he executed it well. It happened lang na June Mar, na-miss niya yung layup,” the mentor said. He then continued, “But the presence of mind ni Marcio is always there and na-putback niya. Sabi ko nga, tsamba dahil instinct na ni Marcio yun.” Indeed, Lassiter himself knew that his responsibility didn’t end with setting up the play for their big man. “I found June Mar and I just knew I had to finish the play. If ever they did any switch, he might have gotten blocked or something so I just wanted to be there to tip it in,” he said. Of course, that mentality was established and reinforced by all the battles San Miguel has fought en route to three straight Philippine Cup championships. “We thought from the start na we’re losing this game, but because of the pride and the experience of the team, they didn’t want to lose because they knew the importance of this game,” Austria said. — Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMar 11th, 2018

Coach Tim: ‘We can play better than we did tonight’

Ginebra had won three games in five days to make the semifinals of the 2018 PBA Philippine Cup. The good endings finally ran out on them, however, in their fourth game in seven days. Handily beaten by defending champion San Miguel on Friday, the Gin Kings now find themselves down, 0-1, in the best-of-seven series. “They lived up to their reputation. They played awesome and we didn’t play well,” head coach Tim Cone told reporters post-game. Indeed, the Beermen stamped their class all over their opponents, dominating the departments of threes: 16-5, assists: 34-18, and turnovers: 18-25. With the all-out domination, four-time MVP June Mar Fajardo didn’t even have to do much and only had nine points, seven rebounds, and three assists. In Cone’s eyes, his wards just weren’t able to keep up with all of Arwind Santos, Marcio Lassiter, Alex Cabagnot, and even Von Pessumal. “Physically, we seemed to be okay, but mentally, we were a step slow,” he said. The multi-titled mentor then said that Ginebra just ran out of gas in Game 1 of the semifinals. “We (came off) three grueling games against Rain or Shine. I think that kinda caught up with us tonight,” he said. A week ago, the crowd favorites bested the Elasto Painters in triple-overtime to end the eliminations. Three and again five days later, the two teams also went at it in the quarterfinals with the Gin Kings coming out on top. It didn’t help, either, that Cone didn’t have his full arsenal with him as Greg Slaughter is yet to be cleared to play while Mark Caguioa also sat out of the game. Then during the game, he saw reserve guard Paolo Taha go down with an apparent knee injury. Still, the Ginebra coach is adamant that there is nowhere to go but up from here. “We’re just gonna play through it. We can play better than we did tonight, that’s for sure – with or without Greg,” he remarked. He then continued, “We’re gonna try and catch our breath. I believe we’re gonna play better as the series goes along.” --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMar 9th, 2018

Still no timetable for return of Gregzilla

June Mar Fajardo was limited to a season-low nine points to go along with seven rebounds and three assists in Game 1 of the semifinals in the 2018 PBA Philippine Cup. And yet, San Miguel handily beat Ginebra on Friday with Arwind Santos, Marcio Lassiter, Alex Cabagnot, and even Von Pessumal doing the heavy lifting. Japeth Aguilar and little-known Prince Caperal did an admirable job up against the four-time MVP, but they and the rest of the Gin Kings just could not keep up with the rest of the defending champions. As such, the crowd favorites could have really used the difference-maker they have who can bring the same sort of impact as Fajardo. “He would really help out, obviously,” head coach Tim Cone told reporters post-game, referring to sidelined starting center Greg Slaughter. Slaughter, last conference’s Best Player, has been ruled out for over a week due to an ankle injury. And up until now, his return to action is yet to be determined. As Cone put it, “We don’t know yet. He’s day-to-day and we’re hoping to get him back at some point.” As it turns out, the seven-foot big man is has not even taken the court again ever since suffering the injury. “He hasn’t gotten back on the court yet. At this point, it’s still gonna be a couple of days, at least, before we get him back (on the court),” the multi-titled mentor said. Asked about his status, Slaughter himself said he couldn’t put too much pressure on his foot. “The swelling’s going down, but it’s still very painful. I can’t run or jump right now so obviously, I can’t play,” he said. However, the 29-year-old said he will be back out there to help Ginebra the moment doctors clear him to play. “As soon as I can, when they pain is bearable, I’ll be out there. Now is the time to play so I’m trying to get back in there, maybe (even) force it a little bit,” he shared. He then continued, “As soon as I can, I’ll go out there.” --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMar 9th, 2018

Gin Kings overcome Beermen in wild contest

Down goes San Miguel. In one of the more strainge endings to this season, Brgy. Ginebra snapped a three-game slide by scoring a 100-96 come-from-behind win over San Miguel in the 2018 PBA Philippine Cup Sunday at the Big Dome. Confusion marred the final seconds of the contest. With the Gin Kings up, 98-95, Arwind Santos missed two triples that would have tied the game. However, after the second miss, Chico Lanete was able to draw a foul during the rebound play. That's when the confusion set in because it was Chris Ross that ended up taking the first of the two free throws for San Miguel with 4.5 seconds left. Ross was called for a technical foul obviously but the Beermen point guard argued that it was the refs that handed him the ball to shoot. Replay showed that that was indeed the case. LA Tenorio ended up making the technical free throw for Ginebra and Lanete did take his free throws on the other end. Lanete split and the Gin Kings regained possession after the ball bounced off of Ross' chest in the rebound play. Japeth Aguilar split his final attempts from the line with 1.5 seconds to go to seal the final tally. "It was tough. Who would've thought that we can come out and wiin that game after the way we've played the last three games?" head coach Tim Cone said. "We got ahead and started believing. I think we forget how good of a team we can be," he added. With June Mar Fajardo up front, the three-time defending champions pounded on the Gin Kings early. San Miguel raced to a 23-8 lead after a 13-0 run in the first quarter. Before the period even ended, the Beermen were already on top by 16, 33-17. However, Ginebra got big performances from a number of players by the second half. By the third quarter, Tenorio and Aguilar outscored San Miguel on their own as the Gin Kings too control, firing a 16-0 blast for a 68-61 lead. The momentum continued into the fourth as the barangay led by as many as 14, 80-66, before holding on during the wild finish. Aguilar and Tenorio led the way with 23 points apiece, scoring 13 and 12 points respectively in the third quarter. Jervy Cruz came off the bench to drop 17, 10 in the fourth, while Raymond Aguilar added another 16 points for the now 3-3 Gin Kings. For San Miguel, who saw its five-game run snapped, it was Fajardo that came through, scoring 33 points, 14 in the opening period, on top of 11 rebounds. Ross and Marcio Lassiter had 16 each for the Beermen.     The Scores: GINEBRA 100 — Tenorio 23, J. Aguilar 23, Cruz 17, R. Aguilar 16, Ferrer 11, Thompson 6, Caguioa 2, Mercado 2, Wilson 0. SAN MIGUEL 96 — Fajardo 33, Ross 16, Lassiter 16, Santos 12, Lanete 7, Ganuelas-Rosser 6, Pessumal 4, Heruela 2, De Ocampo 0, Mamaril 0. Quarters: 19-33, 44-52, 75-66, 100-96.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJan 28th, 2018

Heruela s big game steals spotlight from Fajardo s impressive outing

Reserve guard Brian Heruela's big performance in San Miguel Beer's 107-93 win was enough to steal the spotlight from four-time MVP June Mar Fajardo, at least according to their coach Leo Austria. The stocky playmaker had a great showing, scoring 17 points, which is his second-best outing ever, a career-high six steals, five dimes, and two boards, and several key plays in the defending champion's huge game-sealing run in the latter part of the fourth. Fajardo meanwhile had a great all-around game, scoring 34, grabbing 13 rebounds, dishing out three assists, and blocking three shots. The former CESAFI standout stood the tallest among the powerhouse roster, drawing praise from head coach Leo Austria in the post-game presser.  "I’m so happy tonight because of my players off the bench especially Heruela. Talagang inagaw nya yung show kay June Mar and then kay Arwind saka kay Marcio Lassiter," Austria said after the game. With gunner Alex Cabagnot out for about a month due to plantar fasciitis, Heruela expects that his number will be called more than often by Austria. "For us, it was bad news because Alex is a major part of our team. In my part, I am just thankful for the opportunity that coach Leo and the rest of the coaching staff and mangement gave me, the guys, all the bench, we keep on staying ready," Herula mentioned.  As for playing time, Heruela added that he is ready to step up to the challenge, whatever it may be. Now that Heruela has an opportunity to be given a bigger chunk of playing time, he hopes that the Beermen's bench will be up to the challenge and fill the huge void created by Cabagnot's absence.  When asked about Austria's praise for the ball handler, Heruela could only muster appreciation for the positive comments brought up by his coach. "It's a humbling complement from my coach, it's a big boost in my confidence, I just do my job and stay ready, and hopefully help my team for the win." --- follow this writer on Twitter, @philipptionary.      .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJan 24th, 2018

Superteams and superpowers: Basketball in 2017

The common theme in basketball as of late is rather simple: build yourself a superteam and see where it goes. 2017 saw a bunch of superteams take the court in all levels. Some panned out and some did not. Nevertheless, we live in a world of superteams. Either your favorite basketball team is one or it's not.   Warriors World For the 2016-2017 NBA Season, the 73-win Golden State Warriors, a superteam in their own right, added former Most Valuable Player Kevin Durant. Oh my goodness. The Dubs then proceeded to decimate the NBA, winning 67 games in the regular season. Golden State was even better in the playoffs, making a serious play for a postseason sweep before finishing with a 16-1 record and a second title in three seasons.   Seriously, it's a Warriors World that we live in Golden State's success has prompted other teams to try and create their own superteam. Houston snatched Chris Paul away from the Los Angeles Clippers and now the Rockets have a potent backcourt combo that also feature MVP contender James Harden. Oklahoma City completed two incredible trades that made Paul George and Carmelo Anthony members of the Thunder. Oh, OKC also has MVP winner Russell Westbrook running point. The Timberwolves also have something going on in Minnesota as Jimmy Butler joined Karl-Anthony Towns and Andrew Wiggins for a young and intriguing Big 3. The Eastern Conference landscape changed when Cleveland traded Kyrie Irving to Boston. The Celtics previously signed Gordon Hayward and all of a sudden, the winningest NBA franchise is in position to take over the East now and the forseeable future. Speaking of Cleveland, LeBron James is still with the Cavs and they've added Dwyane Wade of all people to join an aging but still scary superteam. The King started this whole superteam craze. Golden State just happened to perfect. We all live in a Warriors World.   Feer the Beer Over in the PBA, the Philippines' premier superteam is still pretty effective despite its stars each playing almost 40 minutes per game. A year removed from the "Beeracle Run," San Miguel made history by being only the second team to capture the Perpetual Trophy following three straight Philippine Cup titles. Then the Beermen, with the top-3 MVP candidates in June Mar Fajardo, Alex Cabagnot, and Chris Ross, plus Arwind Santos and Marcio Lassiter, ended the franchise's 16-year championship drought in the Commissioner's Cup. With the help of import Charles Rhodes of course. San Miguel had legitimate chances to win the Grand Slam of course, but the team ultimately fell short in the Governors' Cup. However, the Beermen did add 6'8" Fil-German Christian Standhardinger to the fold. Superteam.   Return of the Kings It was the perfect set up. Meralco earned the number 1 seed and was rolling all the way to the Finals. Meanwhile, the Gink Kings had to go through yet another emotional and heated series against rival TNT in the semifinals in order to have a chance to properly defend their title. The series before that? The Gin Kings had to end San Miguel's Grand Slam dreams. In the 2017 Governors' Cup Finals, Meralco was in perfect position to take The Rematch and allow the birth of a new PBA rivalry. After seven games, none of that happened and Ginebra won back-to-back titles by virtue of their quote unquote superteam. Greg Slaughter, Japeth Aguilar, Joe Devance, Justin Brownlee, LA Tenorio, Sol Mercado, and Scottie Thompson. How is that not a superteam? The Kangkong jokes sure died a slow death.   Systematic Mayhem Even in college hoops, superteams are the way to go. However, in the amatuers, you just have to recruit your way into building one. La Salle has perfected this method and the Green Archers are certainly the biggest --- and loudest and most aggressive ---- recruiters. The Taft superteam featuring Ben Mbala and co. got the Green Archers to two UAAP Finals and one championship. Only one championship because another superteam, quietly built in Katipunan with surgical, perhaps even robotic, precision, beat them this year. That's right, Big Bad Blue is once again on top of the UAAP as the Ateneo Blue Eagles scored a sensational, near-sweep of UAAP Season 80. Coach Tab Baldwin has a collection of incredible players that may not look like it on first glance but they do certainly qualify for superteam status. Dom't believe it? Maybe you will after they complete a five-peat. It could happen.   Sweep In the other collegiate league, two superteams dominated the NCAA for two separate periods in one season. First, Lyceum, the surprise superteam, made history by completing an 18-game sweep of the elimination round. However, the Pirates ran into the league's decade-old superteam in San Beda and the Red Lions ended up sweeping the Finals for yet another title. Most of the major characters from both squads will return for a new season and if a San Beda-Lyceum rematch does not happen, well, that's just disappointing isn't it?   OVERTIME 2017 also saw the rise and fall and rise of the Gilas Pilipinas program. Well sort of. The Philippines got off to a great star this year by absolutely dominating the SEABA Championships. Then, disaster struck in the 2017 FIBA Asia Cup when Gilas was embarassed by an old foe in South Korea. To end the year, the Philippine national team recovered, albeit in an ugly fashion, to take an early lead in the 2019 World Cup Asian Qualifiers. Gilas is more than capable of forming a Pinoy superteam that could compete, and even beat, the best of Asia. Let's hope we get that in 2018. Finally, 2017 also saw the Civil War PBA edition. It wasn't funny and it wasn't good. Fortunately, it seems that bright and peacuful days are ahead of our beloved league. Let's hope that's the case and let's just leave the bad memories behind this year. Time to move on and forget about that stuff. There are basketball games to be played.     --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsDec 28th, 2017

Beermen pass Meralco test to gain share of lead in the All-Filipino

ANTIPOLO, Rizal --- If Meralco is San Miguel's first major test in the 2018 Philippine Cup, then the Beermen passed that test with flying colors. The three-time defending champions came through for a big 103-97 win Wednesday at the Ynares Arena here to improve to a 2-0 record to end 2017. San Miguel joined NLEX on top of the standings this early in the All-Filipino. Losing a 22-point lead in the second half, the Beermen had to stand tough in the fourth to avoid yet another meltdown against Meralco similar to their last encounter in the 2017 Governors' Cup. Last season, San Miguel lost a 17-point lead to the Bolts. The repercussions of that defeat were crucial for the Beermen as they missed out on a top-2 seed in the playoffs. The next game, San Miguel lost to Ginebra in the quarterfinals and the team's Grand Slam hopes evaporated into thin air. No such collapse happened thos time as the Beermen knew what to do late in the game and that was to feed their reigning four-time league MV June Mar Fajardo. The Kraken dropped 13 of his 26 points in the fourth quarter as San Miguel managed to hold on despite Meralco's furious rally.  "I'm so thankful that we ended the year with a bang. With this win, I think this will motivate us to play better next time," head coach Leo Austria said. "I told the boys na from the start, we should have a good start ano. I know Meralco, even though they are down 17 or 20 points, I know they will come back ano dahil we lost in our last game against Meralco when we're leading by 17 points that's why I'm very aware of that lead," he added. San Miguel raced to an 18-point lead inthe first half behind the hot shooting of Alex Cabagnot and Marcio Lassiter. Cabagnot fired 12 of his 29 points in the second quarter while Marcio started the game with 10 quick points before finishing with 18. However, the Bolts turned to Mike Tolomia to make it a game in the second half as the second-year guard led a Meralco to a 32-22 third-quarter run where he scored 15 points. He ended up wit ha team-high 21 points off the bench. After Tolomia, KG Canaleta once again proved his spot with Meralco by addinf another 17 points while Reynel Hugnatan was good for 16. Meralco dropped to 1-1 after the loss.   The Scores: SAN MIGUEL 103 — Cabagnot 29, Fajardo 26, Lassiter 18, Pessumal 11, Ross 9, Santos 8, Mamaril 2, Lanete 0, Heruela 0, Ganuelas-Rosser 0. MERALCO 97 — Tolomia 21, Canaleta 17, Hugnatan 16, Newsome 13, Lanete 10, Bono 8, Amer 7, Baracael 2, Ballesteros 2, Caram 1, Faundo 0, Sedurifa 0, Salva 0.  Quarters: 30-18, 59-41, 81-73, 103-97.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsDec 27th, 2017

Fajardo's 41 points lifts SMB past upset-conscious Kia

June Mar Fajardo has been under the radar lately with his injuries and all but the Kraken finally made his presence felt again, reminding everyone why he's the reigning three-time MVP of the PBA. Behind a season-high 41 points, June Mar powered San Miguel past the upset-consious Kia Picanto Saturday at the MOA Arena, scoring a crucial 118-112 win in the 2017 Governors' Cup. With the Beermen looking for a twice-to-beat advantage in the quarterfinals, San Miguel needed every one of Fajardo's output to overcome an 11-point deficit in the second half and move up to 6-3 in the standings, becoming the fifth team to clinch a playoff spot in the season-ending joust. Fajardo, who also had 17 rebounds, was two points short of his career-high of 43 set against Alaska two years ago. 'This is an ugly game for us dahil everybody is expecting us to do well because of the last two games namin against Rain or Shine and Ginebra. But this time against Kia, a lot of people, magdududa sila sa nilaro namin kung ganoon ba talaga kami kalakas,' head coach Leo Austria said. 'I think this is a wake up call for us na we cannot take any team for granted. Every team in this league is trying to beat San Miguel. The entire game naghahabol kami eh, kahit masama ito basta nanalo kami okay lang,' he added. With Geron Johnson firing on all cylinders, the Picanto took a 67-56 lead early in the second half and were keeping the Beermen at bay until the fourth period. However, Fajardo would drop 20 in the last 12 minutes and San Miguel outscored Kia, 40-28, to take control and take the win. A final pair of free throws by June Mar gave the Beermen a 114-109 lead with 56 seconds to go and that was all she wrote. Five other players scored in double figures for San Miguel with import Terrence Watson and Marcio Lassiter firing 16 points apiece. Chris Ross and Arwind Santos were good for 15 points each. Johnson led the way for the Picanto with 42 points, 10 rebounds, and eight assists but it wasn't enough to had Kia its first win of the conference. The Picanto are now 0-10 for the Governors' Cup.   The scores: SAN MIGUEL 118 - Fajardo 41, Watson 16, Lassiter 16, Santos 15, Ross 15, Cabagnot 11, Tubid 2, Espinas 2, Heruela 0, Pessumal 0, Rosser 0. KIA 112 - Johnson 42, Yee 18, Corpuz 15, Paniamogan 14, Celda 9, Elorde 7, Salva 3, Camson 2, Ballesteros 2, Jaime 0, Deutchman 0. Quarters: 25-25, 45-50, 78-84, 118-112.   br /> --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8 .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsSep 16th, 2017

SMB-Alaska semis Game 3 postponed

Game Three of the PBA Commissioner’s Cup semi-final series between San Miguel Beer and Alaska on Wednesday has been postponed due to potential severe weather conditions (Orange warning) as announced by NDRRMC. Game 3 will be played on Friday, July 20, at 7 p.m. at the Ynares Center in Antipolo. The Beermen lead the best-of-five series, 2-0. The PBA also cancelled Game 2 of Brgy. Ginebra and Rain or Shine semis series Tuesday because of inclement weather.  The match was rescheduled on Thursday......»»

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PBA: Beermen close in on Finals after 16-point comeback win over Alaska

Chalk this one up as another sensational comeback for defending champion San Miguel. The Beermen erased a 16-point lead Monday at the Big Dome, scoring a 105-94 victory over Alaska in the 2018 PBA Commissioner's Cup semifinals. With the win, San Miguel has taken a commanding 2-0 lead against the rival Aces. This semis series is only a best-of-3. After losing the series opener, Alaska came out hot, scoring 29 points in the opening period for an 11-point lead. The Aces continued to pound on the Beermen and Alaska eventually took a 16-point lead, 41-25, approaching halftime. However, the Beermen stormed back to start the second half with Renaldo Balkman and Chris Ross combining for 25 points in the third period as the champs took over. Alaska responded in the fourth with Vic Manuel at the lead, keeping things close before San Miguel turned to its usual strong finishing kick to secure the victory. "Nahirapan talaga kami ng first half. Buti na lang nag-step up and we realized na threatening ang kanilang nilalaro," head coach Leo Austria said. "Makikita naman natin na all out sila. We’re lucky na we’re able to come back. In this game, especially the end game, na-miss nila sila Banchero at Abueva, but diskarte nila yun. Wala silang magagawa dahil yun ang mga consequences na beyond their control," he added. Balkman led the Beermen with 31 points, 25 in the second half. June Mar Fajardo added 21 points and 18 rebounds while Chris Ross dropped 16 for San Miguel. For Alaska, Diamon Simpson and Simon Enciso scored 19 each but the no. 2 Aces, who are still missing Calvin Abueva (team-imposed suspension) and Chris Banchero (personal reasons) are officially on the brink. Game 3 is set for Wednesday still at the Big Dome.   The Scores: San Miguel (105): Balkman 31, Fajardo 21, Ross 16, Cabagnot 14, Lassiter 8, Santos 5, Nabong 5, Heruela 3, Standhardinger 2 Alaska (94): Simpson 19, Enciso 19, Manuel 15, Teng 13, Casio 12, Thoss 6, Cruz 5, Galliguez 3, Racal 2, Exciminiano 0, Baclao 0 Quarterscores: 18-29, 41-52, 79-74, 105-94 --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJul 16th, 2018