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Meralco keeps Ginebra struggling, spoils Brownlee’s return

  Meralco had no plans of partaking in any welcome celebration for Justin Brownlee as it frustrated Ginebra, 93-82, in the PBA Commissioner's Cup Friday at Mall of Asia Arena. Brownlee returned for his fourth conference in the PBA but his comeback did not make any immediate positive impact for the Gin Kings, who slipped to a 1-4 record. The Bolts, for their part, climbed to the third spot with a 4-2 card. Meralco created space in the third going on a 13-6 run across the middle quarters with Arinze Onuaku's two-hander giving the Bolts a 54-45 lead. Onuaku then gave the Bolts their biggest margin of the game hitting a three-point shot with six seconds left in the th...Keep on reading: Meralco keeps Ginebra struggling, spoils Brownlee’s return.....»»

Category: newsSource: inquirer inquirerJun 1st, 2018

Meralco keeps Ginebra struggling, spoils Brownlee’s return

  Meralco had no plans of partaking in any welcome celebration for Justin Brownlee as it frustrated Ginebra, 93-82, in the PBA Commissioner's Cup Friday at Mall of Asia Arena. Brownlee returned for his fourth conference in the PBA but his comeback did not make any immediate positive impact for the Gin Kings, who slipped to a 1-4 record. The Bolts, for their part, climbed to the third spot with a 4-2 card. Meralco created space in the third going on a 13-6 run across the middle quarters with Arinze Onuaku's two-hander giving the Bolts a 54-45 lead. Onuaku then gave the Bolts their biggest margin of the game hitting a three-point shot with six seconds left in the th...Keep on reading: Meralco keeps Ginebra struggling, spoils Brownlee’s return.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJun 1st, 2018

Brownlee on Ginebra slump: ‘We have to play with sense of urgency’

Barangay Ginebra's 1-4 hole in the PBA Commissioner's Cup isn't exactly the stuff myths are made of. Even the return of beloved import Justin Brownlee couldn't help them rise from the ashes as the Gin Kings' 92-83 loss sent them crashing to the bottom two. Brownlee, who won two Governors' Cups with the Gin Kings, thinks it's time for Ginebra push the panic button if it wants to turn its season around. "We got to be urgent about it, we can't be lackadaisical," said Brownlee Friday at Mall of Asia Arena. "We have to play with a lot of urgency, to be aggressive because right now we're 1-4 and that's a tough spot." READ:PBA: Meralco keeps Ginebra struggling, spoils Brownlee's...Keep on reading: Brownlee on Ginebra slump: ‘We have to play with sense of urgency’.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJun 1st, 2018

Meralco zaps Ginebra, spoils Brownlee s PBA return

MANILA, Philippines – Justin Brownlee made his keenly-awaited PBA return for Barangay Ginebra but Meralco made sure it will have the last laugh. Arinze Onuaku posted another monster double-double to electrify the Bolts to a 93-82 triumph over the Gin Kings in the 2018 PBA Commissioner's Cup at the Mall ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJun 1st, 2018

Sweep by gin kings

BARANGAY Ginebra waxed hot in the second half to finish off Meralco, 104-90, and seal a return trip to the semifinals of the PBA Commissioner’s Cup on Wednesday at the Smart Araneta Coliseum. Justin Brownlee knocked in a game-high 36 points, including 24 in the first half, as he totally….....»»

Category: newsSource:  journalRelated NewsJul 11th, 2018

Justin Brownlee on skidding Ginebra: We can t be lackadaisical

MANILA, Philippines – Even a triple-double from Justin Brownlee won't cut it for the skidding Barangay Ginebra. Brownlee posted 20 points, 16 rebounds and 12 assists in his PBA return but that did not prevent the Gin Kings from absorbing an 82-93 loss to the Meralco Bolts on Friday, June 1. Ginebra has now ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJun 1st, 2018

Brownlee back with Ginebra, Walker returns for Blackwater

Help is on the way for Barangay Ginebra. After a 1-3 start in the 2018 PBA Commissioner's Cup, the Gin Kings have finally decided to bring back Justin Brownlee and replace Chuck Garcia. Agent Sheryl Reyes, who handles Brownlee, announced the return of the two-time PBA champion on her Twitter account. Mga ka barangay it's official Justin Brownlee is back ... ginebra's import once again .. watch him next game woot woot #teamreyes pic.twitter.com/xkdEWipwrx --- Sheryl Sanchez Reyes (@FemaleAgentSR) May 21, 2018 Interestingly, Brownlee's return will be against fierce rival Meralco on June 1 at Mall of Asia Arena. Ginebra and Meralco have faced each other in the last two Governo...Keep on reading: Brownlee back with Ginebra, Walker returns for Blackwater.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsMay 21st, 2018

Old imports suit up for new squads in 2018 PBA Commissioner’s Cup

Old reinforcements return for the 2018 PBA Commissioner's Cup, albeit this time, most of them will be suiting up for another squad. Of the six returnees this conference, only former Best Import awardee Arinze Onuaku of Meralco and Malcolm White of GlobalPort are staying put. Vernon Macklin, who previously suited up for Ginebra, will now be playing for its rival Magnolia in the second conference. Jarrid Famous also makes his comeback as he joins Blackwater in his third foray in the league. Longtime Kia import James White has been tapped by Phoenix, while former Alaska reinforcement Shane Edwards will don the Ginebra jersey while it waits for first-choice Justin Brownlee. ...Keep on reading: Old imports suit up for new squads in 2018 PBA Commissioner’s Cup.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsApr 2nd, 2018

Meralco spoils Devance’s return with win over Ginebra

BOCAUE --- Joe Devance would have liked to mark his return from a foot injury with a victory. After all, his first game this season was interestingly at Philippine Arena, the site of Ginebra's 2017 Governors' Cup triumph last October, and against their Finals foes in Meralco. But the Bolts had other plans as they came away with an 84-82 win on Sunday night. "I'm just disappointed that we lost, especially since it's my first game back," Devance said. The most important thing is that Devance is slowly but surely getting himself back to his old form. "I'm okay. I still have quite a bit to go," he said after playing for 18 minutes and finishing with four points, three rebo...Keep on reading: Meralco spoils Devance’s return with win over Ginebra.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsFeb 18th, 2018

The unlikely partnership of Alapag and Brownlee

Lost in the return of Renaldo Balkman is the interesting dynamic forged by the unlikely partnership of Justin Brownlee and Alab Pilipinas head coach Jimmy Alapag. You see, both of Brownlee's PBA championships with Ginebra came at the expense of Alapag. In 2016, Alapag was looking to end his magical PBA career by winning a title with the Meralco Bolts. Brownlee's epic "The Shot" moment prevented that from happening. In the highly-anticipated rematch between the two teams, Brownlee and the Gin Kings got the better of the Bolts again where Alapag served as an assistant coach before taking over the Alab job. "Justin and I have personal experience both as a player and a coach," Alapag said of Brownlee after they won their first game together Wednesday, beating Westports Malaysia Dragons, 90-79. "I got burned twice in the [PBA] Finals, really thankful he's playing with Alab," he added. As for Brownlee, whose only coach he's ever known in the PBA is the #GOAT Tim Cone, he's thankful to have the opportunity to learn from Alapag, one of the best point guards to ever play on the PBA. "It was a great opportunity and an honor to be able to play for a guy like him, as intelligent as he is and the type of player he was," Brownlee said on Alapag. "He was a great player in the PBA for many years. Playing for somebody like that with a lot of knowledge in basketball and also a great guy, it's a blessing for me and my career. I'll definitely take advantage of that," he added.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJan 3rd, 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

Status quo for PBA in 2018

PBA Season 43 is readopting the exciting calendar in the past season that culminated with the Governors Cup finale played before record crowds at the Philippine Arena. The local pro league is also reimplementing the same exciting formats used last season where San Miguel Beer emerged as the Philippine Cup and Commissioner’s Cup champ while Barangay Ginebra came through with a successful title defense in the Governors Cup. This measure was resolved in the last PBA regular board meeting in Manila. The same height limits for imports are set – 6-foot-10 in the Commissioner’s Cup and 6-foot-5 in the Governors Cup. This paves the way for the likely return of topnotch imports Justin Brownlee, Charles Rhodes, Ricardo Ratliffe and Allen Durham in PBA Season 43 set to start Dec. 17. All three tourneys feature a single-round-robin elimination phase, with the best eight teams advancing to the playoffs. Thus each team will be playing a minimum of 33 games in the season. In the all-Filipino and in the Commissioner’s Cup, the Top Two gain a twice-to-beat advantage versus the bottom two in the quarters. The four middle teams, meanwhile, figure in a pair of best-of-three quarterfinals showdowns. In the Governors Cup, the Top Four will all enjoy a twice-to-beat advantage in the quarterfinals versus the next four. It’s No. 1 versus No. 8, No. 2 opposite No. 7, No.3 against No. 6 and No. 4 versus No. 5. The Gin Kings are likely to play Brownlee in both the Commissioner’s Cup and in the Governors Cup like they did last season. Meanwhile, San Miguel and Star are likely to bring back Rhodes and Ratliffe in the second conference while Meralco could lean on Durham again in the Governors Cup. Rhodes and Durham emerged as the Best Imports in the Commissioner’s Cup and Governors Cup, respectively, in PBA Season 42......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsNov 13th, 2017

De Ocampo down with strained left calf

Meralco forward Ranidel de Ocampo went down with a left calf muscle strain early in the opening quarter and won’t return in Game 3 of the best-of-seven 2017 PBA Governors’ Cup Finals against Barangay Ginebra. De Ocampo aggravated a nagging calf injury he has been nursing since the semifinals with just three minutes in in the opening period Wednesday night at the Big Dome. The Gin Kings lead the series, 2-0. “Naramdaman ko lang nu’ng inatake ko si (Justin) Brownlee,” said the Bolts slot man who added that there was no physical contact when he strained the left side of his calf muscle. He was helped back to Meralco’s dugout with his calf wrapped with an ice pack. De Ocampo admitted that he has been feeling the pain since Meralco’s semis series sweep over Star Hotshots.  "Inilaro ko pa rin. Eto yung ginagamit kong muscle. Yun. Bumigay na siya,” said De Ocampo while talking to a group of reporters inside the Bolts’ locker room. “Mahirap din talaga pag inilalaro ng may injury.” De Ocampo left the venue during the third period. He’s set to undergo further tests at Makati Med.  “Meron eh (pop). Pupunta ako sa doktor ngayon,” he said. “Ngayon diretso na ko doktor. Punta akong Makati Med.” De Ocampo’s return to action is yet to be determined depending on test results. “Malalaman dun sa MRI at depende kung long srries,” said De Ocampo. “Di naman natin alam kung aabot ng Game Seven.” “Depende rin sa bilis ng paggaling,” he added.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsOct 18th, 2017

Ranking the possible 2017 Governors' Cup Finals pairings

The 2017 Governors' Cup semifinals is starting to take shape, and from the looks of it, things might be over earlier than expexted. That means, the Finals will have an earlier start that usual. Before that happens though, let's take time to rank all possible Finals matchups because that's always fun. Okay, here we go.   strong>1. Ginebra vs. Meralco /strong> Two words: The Shot. A rematch from the 2016 Governors' Cup Finals is the best way to go, simply because there's unfinished business here and both teams seem to genuinely despise each other. Of course, the defending champion Gin Kings remain as the favorites here as all key members returned from last year led by import Justin Brownlee. A big factor, literally, is the return of Greg Slaughter, whose mere presence makes Ginebra the team the that the best frontline in the league. On the other hand, the Bolts have been plotting all year long for this one shot at redemption. No offense to Jimmy Alapag but Meralco now has a better guard rotation with the team trading for Mike Tolomia and Baser Amer taking the next step towards his superstardom. All the key pieces are there too and they all look better than ever. Allen Durham somehow found a way to be even more dominant and Chris Newsome is now a more consistent all-around threat. Jared Dillinger is also back in harness (he missed last year's Finals) and is steady as ever while Ranidel De Ocampo, acquired in trade for the sole purpose of getting over that playoff hump is adjusting quite nicely. If this rematch were to happen, it might be better than last year. And last year was an instant classic.   strong>2. Meralco vs. TNT /strong> Basically all the elements from the first series but add more emotion. Emotion that's not exactly hate. If this series takes place, it should be awkward at first, after all, some of the Bolts key pieces, including their head coach, came from TNT. It's barely been a month since TNT traded Ranidel De Ocampo. Jared Dillinger was drafted no. 2 overall by TNT and he won multiple championships with the team. Assistant coach Jimmy Alapag has his jersey number retired with TNT and coach Norman Black's return to the PBA after his Ateneo dynasty in the UAAP was with the then Tropang Texters. Jayson Castro, Kelly Williams, and Ryan Reyes are the only members of the old TNT dynasty that still see actual minutes for the KaTropa currently. It's like a reunion of that old team but with new stars like Amer, Newsome, RR Pogoy, and Troy Rosario ready to break out. If this series takes place, all games are guaranteed to be emotional and close. Also, it would serve as a final tiebreaker between the two MVP teams. In the 2016 Governors' Cup semis, the Bolts took a 3-1 decision over the KaTropa to make the Finals. In the 2017 Commissioner's Cup, TNT won a 2-1 quarterfinal series over Meralco to make the semis and Finals. Those previous two matchups were yes, emotional and close. Now, imagine a tiebreaker with a title on the line.   strong>3. Ginebra vs. Star /strong> Manila Clasico fans were spoiled this season, as both teams have already played each other ten times. However, Ginebra has dominated the rivalry so far, winning seven of those games. At least for this season, the Gin Kings have proven that they are indeed the better team. And if this were to happen, it might be a repeat of the 2017 Philippine Cup semifinals where Ginebra won in seven games without ever leading the series. That was a close one, but with the way the Gin Kings are built right now and the way Star is playing, a Manila Clasico Finals might not live up to expectations.   strong>4. TNT vs. Star /strong> Again, take all the elements of Manila Clasico and tone them down a little bit. Actually, tone them down a lot. As of right now, this rivalry is dead. Simple as that. Also, both teams might not even get out of the semifinals. TNT is consistently inconsistent, and Star is hurting and has no offense. Sure, both teams are more than capable of rallying and making the championship round but with all the possible Finals pairings, a matchup between the KaTropa and the Hotshots is the least enticing.   br /> --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8 .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsOct 4th, 2017

Red-hot Ginebra clinches playoff berth at Meralco s expense

STA. ROSA CITY, Philippines – Barangay Ginebra secured its playoffs seat in the 2018 PBA Governors' Cup following a come-from-behind 111-105 win over Meralco at the Sta. Rosa Sports Complex here on Sunday, October 7.  Justin Brownlee and Japeth Aguilar conjoined for 62 points as the Gin Kings improved to ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsOct 8th, 2018

PBA: Gin Kings keep power shut at Meralco

STA. ROSA, Laguna --- The Gin Kings take the latest round of Ginebra-Meralco showdown in the PBA Governors' Cup. Ginebra, the reigning two-time champions, frustrated rival Meralco Sunday at the City Multi-Purpose Center here, picking up a 111-105 decision. Pulling away in the fourth period, Ginebra improved to a league-best 7-1 in the standings. Down late in the third, the Gin Kings used a flurry from Justin Brownlee to quickly turn the table and take a 75-72 lead entering the fourth. That run was part of a 15-0 bomb that extended to the start of the final period. The Gin Kings ended up leading by as many as 14, 102-88, which they ended up needing as the Bolts tried to steal the win away in the final minute and change. Super import Justin Brownlee and Japeth Aguilar each scored 31 points to lead Ginebra while LA Tenorio added 18 points. The Bolts dropped a fifth straight game for a 1-5 record. Reigning two-time Best Import dropped 36 points, 16 rebounds, and nine assists. Chris Newsome was Meralco's top local with 25 points on top of six rebounds and eight assists.   The Scores: Ginebra 111 - Brownlee 31, Aguilar 31, Tenorio 18, Caperal 8, Thompson 8, Chan 6, Ferrer 4, Mariano 3, Caguioa 2.  Meralco 105 - Durham 36, Newsome 25, Canaleta 11, Salva 11, Hodge 10, Amer 6, Caram 2, Hugnatan 2, Bono 2, Lanete 0, Jamito 0, Tolomia 0.  Quarters: 23-24, 46-48, 75-72, 111-105.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsOct 7th, 2018

PBA: Meralco still looking on the bright side after fifth straight loss

SANTA ROSA CITY -- For the past two Governors' Cup conferences, Meralco and Ginebra have headlined the Finals. In those two years, the fans were given numerous unforgettable moments that are now recorded in the annals of PBA history.  And for this year's Finals rematch, it was the same. Ginebra emerged victorious once again. However, a potential third straight Finals matchup is already on the line since the Gin Kings the Bolts their fifth consecutive loss. For guard Chris Newsome, things are continuing to stay positive in the locker room, despite not having the best of circumstances. Two key cogs in Meralco's rotation are still out. Jared Dillinger and Ranidel De Ocampo, both nursing leg injuries, are seen as veteran presences but are now relegated to mere voices on the bench. Things were actually pretty even for the majority of the game, and then Meralco surged to an eight-point lead, 84-72, in the late stages of the third quarter.  However, Ginebra flexed its muscles and responded with an 11-0 run of their own, and never looked back, much to the delight of the partisan crowd. "We just have to play smarter, those lapses cost us the game. Those lapses cost us the last game also. You know, 10 points with like four minutes to go, four, five minutes to go. We just have to be aware of those lapses, we have to play a solid 48 minutes if we're going to win, they're playing really well," Newsome said after the game. Of course, struggling is not anything new for Meralco, since they usually hover in the bottom half of the Philippine Cup standings. And when they face Northport on Friday at the Mall of Asia Arena, the team will be humming a familiar tune, despite the circumstances. "...[I]t seems such a hard hill to climb now so you know in our locker room, everybody's postitive, trying to keep their heads up. Of course, we're looking forward to brighter days."   __   Follow this writer on Twitter, @philipptionary. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsOct 7th, 2018

PBA: Ginebra meets struggling Meralco in Govs Cup

The latest Ginebra-Meralco showdown sure looks different. Reigning two-time champion and current league-leader Brgy. Ginebra meets Meralco for the first time in the 2018 PBA Governors' Cup Sunday. The Gin Kings are no. 1 with a near-perfect 6-1 record while the Bolts are not exactly sharp as they would have liked at this time of the year, stumbling to a 1-4 mark with four straight losses. Of course, despite their respective record, Ginebra-Meralco games in the Governors' Cup are always expected to pack some fireworks thanks to all the history. The two teams met in the last two Finals, with Ginebra winning in six games in 2016 thanks to "The Shot." The Gin Kings won again in 2017 after seven grueling games. Tip off for the latest installment will be at 6:45 p.m. at the Sta. Rosa Multi-purpose Complex in Laguna. In the first game at 4:30 p.m., Blackwater (5-1) takes on winless Rain or Shine (0-3).     --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsOct 6th, 2018

Mirror, mirror, on the wall…

SEVENTEEN days and 18 games later, the 2018 PBA Governor’s Cup is shaping up to be another exciting and action-packed conference featuring some of the best American imports around. Four former Best Imports winners — Justin Brownlee of defending champion Barangay Ginebra, Allen Durham of Meralco, Romeo Travis of Magnolia… Source link link: Mirror, mirror, on the wall….....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilainformerRelated NewsSep 4th, 2018

Mirror, mirror, on the wall...

SEVENTEEN days and 18 games later, the 2018 PBA Governor’s Cup is shaping up to be another exciting and action-packed conference featuring some of the best American imports around. Four former Best Imports winners -- Justin Brownlee of defending champion Barangay Ginebra, Allen Durham of Meralco, Romeo Travis of Magnolia….....»»

Category: newsSource:  journalRelated NewsSep 3rd, 2018

REINFORCEMENTS HAVE ARRIVED

Miss the PBA yet? Don't worry as there's more action coming your way starting Friday at the Ynares Center in Antipolo City. The 2018 PBA Governors' Cup will tip off this weekend and we have prolific imports in town, 12 of them to be exact. Get to know who they are before we start the third and final conference for this season.   Justin Brownlee --- Ginebra By now, Justin Brownlee needs no introduction but here goes anyway for the benefit of those who don't know him for some reason. Brownlee is a three-time PBA champion for the Gin Kings and a one-time Best Import. His first two titles came in the Governors' Cup. The first one was in 2016 when he hit "The Shot" in Game 6. The second one was last year when he led the barangay to a Game 7 win in front of more than 50,000 fans at the Philippine Arena. He's a Ginebra legend.   Allen Durham --- Meralco The reigning two-time Best Import is back for the Bolts and he's looking to complete some unfinished business. Durham has led Meralco to two Governors' Cup Finals in his previous two stints in the PBA but each time, the Bolts lost to Ginebra for the title. Is third time the charm for Allen Durham and Meralco?   AZ Reid --- San Miguel Arizona Reid won two Best Imports back when he was still with Rain or Shine and he won his first Governors' Cup title when he switched over to San Miguel. Now, the high-scoring import is back for the Beermen after a one-year hiatus. He has some business to finish here and at the top of the list is regaining his lost PBA championship.   Eugene Phelps --- Phoenix El Destructor first made a name for himself in the Governors' Cup. The Commissioner's Cup might not be his best cup of tea but when it comes to the season-ending conference, Eugene Phelps has proven before that he's a force to be reckoned with. With an upgraded local lineup and perhaps better durability this time around, El Destructor might just become extra destructive to the oppposition.   Henry Walker --- Blackwater The Elite made their second playoff appearance last year in the Governors' Cup with Henry Walker. As the no. 8 seed, they were a few minutes away from stunning no. 1 Meralco to go to the semis. Mr. Inspiration has provided nothing but positive stuff for Blackwater and with a longer build up, the Elite might be ready to take the next step in the Governors' Cup in order to salvage what has been a lost season.   Mike Harris --- Alaska The Aces are bringing in Mike Harris as reinforcement in the Governors' Cup. Harris has NBA experience with the Houston Rockets and the Utah Jazz. He has tremendous international experience and the PBA is only the latest in his long list of stops. He has a career average of 3.4 points in the NBA, playing a total of 54 games spread across five seasons.   Akeem Wright --- Columbian The Dyip will have 33-year-old Akeem Wright for the Governors' Cup. Wright was undrafted in the 2007 NBA Draft and since then, he's built an international career with stops in the Middle East and Europe.   Romeo Travis --- Magnolia A close buddy of LeBron James, Romeo Travis is back in the PBA. The first time, he played for Alaska and won Best Import but lost in the Finals to San Miguel Beer  back in 2015. Now, Travis will suit up for the Magnolia Hotshots. Travis of course is part of the LeBron's high school team at St. Vincent-St. Mary.   Olu Ashaolu --- NLEX We've seen Olu in the Commissioner's Cup as he played NLEX's last game of the conference as part of the team's prep for the Governors' Cup. Ashaolu played for Lousiana Tech and Oregon and college and went undrafted in the 2012 NBA Draft.   Rashad Woods --- Northport The Batang Pier will go with Rashad Woods for the Governors' Cup. Woods has had memorable stints in Mexico and in the Middle East, where he's known as the "Arab Ace."   J'Nathan Bullock --- Rain or Shine Bullock is back for a second stint with ROS. Last season, Bullock and the Elasto Painters were eliminated in the quarterfinals but not after erasing TNT's twice-to-beat advantage in the playoffs. Bullock will join a ROS team that will be coming off an Asian Games campaign in Indonesia.   Mike Glover --- TNT Glover was Globalport's replacement import for Globalport two years ago but now, he'll start for the KaTropa in the 2018 Governors' Cup. The hulking forward went for 25.6 points and 14.0 rebounds in his first PBA tour.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsAug 16th, 2018