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MPBL: Asistio and Villarias heat up as Bataan downs Zamboanga at home

In an awesome display of long-range sniping, the Bataan Risers held off Zamboanga Family's Brand Sardines 92-79 in Thursday night's featured game at the Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League Lakan Season. Playing in front of their fans at the Bataan People's Center in Balanga, the Risers shot 50 percent from rainbow country, 13 from 26, to help bury the Mindanaoan team. Their shooting percentage from three-point land was nine percentage points better than their clip from within the arc. Two names stood out for the home team: Byron Villarias and Anton Asistio. Villarias led all scorers with 23 points on six for eight shooting from three point range while Asistio was white-hot in the third quarter, hitting all five of his three-point attempts in a surreal 5-minute span where he picked up all 15 of his points. "Ang confidence ko galing sa coaches at teammates ko. Alam nila na ang strength ko is shooting. Yan ang hinahanap nila sa akin," said the former Ateneo Blue Eagle. Asistio's jaw-dropping outburst early in the third looked to have doomed Zamboanga, who trailed 35-53 at that juncture. But Zamboanga who had shot just 24 percent from the field in the first half, suddenly found their groove and unspooled an astonishing 16-0 run to pull to within two, 53-51. Leading the way was a razor-sharp Ryan Costelo, who detonated with 19 points in the quarter including four triples of his own. Zamboanga scored 35 points in that quarter, 10 more than they amassed in the entire first half. At the start of the fourth, it was anyone's game with Jong Uichico's men in front 64-60. But whatever momentum the visitors gained in the third vaporized in the last period. Buoyed by a throaty Bataeno crowd, Villarias scored eight points early on, Alvin Pasaol conributed seven and Bataan coasted to victory as Zamboanga ran out of steam. Costelo could only add one more point to his tally as he finished with 20 points. Bataan level their record at 5-5 while Zamboanga, still missing injured cogs Harold Aroleda and Joseph Nalos, are at 6-5. In the second match-up of the day new father Jopher Custodio was the hero as Bacolod Master Sardines emerged 69-68 victors over the Binñan City Krah Heroes. Custodio drained a top-of-the-key triple with 44 seconds left that proved to be the game-winner. Custodio only arrived at halftime reportedly because he rushed to Balanga from a hospital in Quezon City, where his wife had just given birth. He finished with 5 points in 17 minutes of action. Pao Javelona topscored for the Negrenses with 22 points along with 10 assists. Outside-sniping Bacolod was level 52-52 with inside-banging Biñan after three quarters. In a battle of former NU Bulldogs, Javelona dueled withy Krah's Kyle Neypes, and with under two minutes to go the score was knotted again at 66. After Custodio's triple, Biñan homegrown Allan Mangahas cut the deficit to 69-68 with an audacious drive down the middle. After Custodio missed on the next possession Macky Acosta flubbed a lay-up, but when the ball went out the refs reviewed the play and gave the ball to Krah with six tenths of a second left. Neypes' catch and shoot was no good and Bacolod escaped with the win to go to to 4-7. The Laguna side slips to 4-9. Neypes paced the Heroes with 20 points. In the first game on the day's schedule Iloilo United Royals used a ferocious fourth-quarter burst to dismiss the Marikina Shoemasters, 70-55. The Mariqueños were competitive through the first 30 minutes, helped by a strong 19-point third quarter that left them level with the Royals at 44-44 entering the final canto. But midway through the fourth Iloilo showed their class and ruthlessly pounded the Shoemasters to submission. Marikina's Daryl Pascual produced a layup to put them ahead 50-46 with six minutes to go. It would be the Shoemasters' last field goal of the game. Iloilo went on a 24-5 run to finish the contest, highlighted by seven points from Samboy De Leon, a triple from Eric Rodriguez, and baskets and dimes from Aaron Jeruta. Meanwhile on the flip side Marikina served up brick after brick. De Leon topped the scoring charts for Iloilo with 14, followed by Richard Escoto's 13. The Mariqueños could only shoot 27% from the field and were led by Yves Sazon's 15 markers. The Ilonggos improve to 6-4 while Marikina continues to languish in the bottom of the North division with a 1-9 slate......»»

Category: sportsSource: abscbn abscbnAug 23rd, 2019

MPBL: Pampanga sends statement at expense of Bulacan

Pampanga gave its home crowd inside the Angeles University Foundation Gym every reason to be happy on Saturday and ultimately took a thrilling 69-63 triumph over MPBL Lakan Cup contender Bulacan. Reil Cervantes was solid as always with 14 points and four rebounds, but it was Mark Cruz and his game-long brilliance that lit the home team for its second win in four games With Cruz steering the ship, Pampanga dominated the final frame and outscored their opponents, 23-15. The forward tandem of Felix Apreku and Michael Juico also had a big role in that, merging for 17 points and 22 rebounds. On the other hand, the Kuyas just ran out of gas in the endgame and succumbed to their second setback in five outings. Dan Sara paced them with 19 points while JR Alabanza also added 16 markers and six rebounds of his own. More importantly, this is the biggest win thus far for a revamped Pampanga side. Meanwhile, Bataan finally got back on track at the expense of newcomer Mindoro, 97-87. Byron Villarias topped the scoring column with 19 points to go along with five rebounds and four assists while Sean Manganti and Anton Asistio delivered key contributions as well with the former finishing with 12 points, five rebounds, and five assists and the latter ending with 10 markers, three dimes, and three boards. The Risers also got strong showings from Alfred Batino who had nine points and 12 rebounds and Santi Santillan who had nine markers and 14 boards to even their standing to 2-2. Also able to register that record is Quezon City which fought off Iloilo, 84-80. John Tayongtong made his presence felt everywhere with 20 points, five rebounds, and four assists while Tonino Gonzaga chimed in 13 markers. With their respective losses, the Royals fell to 2-1 and the Tamaraws fell to 1-2......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJul 6th, 2019

MPBL: Rivero s double-double lets Batangas overcome Gensan at home

The Batangas City Athletics - Tanduay leaned on a raucous home crowd at the Batangas State University Gym on Wednesday to dismiss a gritty Gensan Warriors Burlington side, 85-79, in the Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League Lakan Season. Moncrief Rogado's 14 points led Rum City but Prince Rivero copped the best player of the game award with a sterling 13-point, 11-rebound night. "Inulit-ulit ng mga coaches na pag close game it will come down to our character. They formed us well for that," said Rivero afterwards. Batangas rises to 12-5 in the standings with the win while Gensan drops to 13-6. Batangas took the first quarter while the visitors responded well in the second to take a 41-34 lead at the half. Buoyed by the jam-packed arena the Batanguenos pulled to within 62-60 at the end of the third due to the efforts of Jason Melano and Rogado. In the final canto Rum City reeled off an 8-0 run with baskets from Dan Sara, Rivero, Med Salim and Melano to find themselves up 78-74 with three minutes left. But a Pamboy Raymundo lay-up, two of eight that he scored in the final quarter, plus a Marlon Basco triple pulled Gensan to within one, 80-79 with 22 seconds to go. Rogado split from the line for Batangas then got fouled as he grabbed the rebound on the second attempt. He made both of the ensuing pair of charities to ice the game. Even in defeat, Raymundo was outstanding with 21 points and 10 assists. In the second game of the day, Makati Super Crunch steamrolled the Mindoro Tamaraws, 97-65, to improve to 14-3. Super Crunch got 19 points from Juneric Baloria, 15 of which were in a hellacious 37-point first quarter for Makati. The lead was 57-41 at the half but in the third quarter Makati went for the jugular, unspooling a 12-0 run bookended by triples from Josh Torralba for a 69-41 lead. The Tams could only muster six points in the period as Makati went ahead 86-47. Mark Niel Cruz dropped four straight baskets for Makati as Super Crunch cruised to victory. Cruz finished with 18 points while Torralba has 13. Mindoro's offense was centered on Mark Doligon and Rodel Vaygan who collected 25 and 19 points respectively. No one else in the Mindoro roster hit double figures in scoring as the club slides to 6-12. In the afternoon game the misery continued for the SOCCSKSARGEN Marlins Armor On as Bataan Risers - Camaya Coast dealt them a 17th loss in as many games via a 102-71 scoreline. Byron Villarias was on point for Bataan, winding up with 24 points. The Risers showed their intent early taking a 27-14 lead at the first quarter, with Villarias accounting for 11 of those points and Reed Juntilla with eight. Both teams were in an offensive rhythm in the second period as the half ended with Bataan on top 57-45. The third quarter ended with an 8-0 Bataan spurt for a 77-57 lead. Juntilla and James Castro combined for a similar 8-0 run to begin the fourth quarter, ending any hopes of an Armor On fightback. Bataan goes to 10-8 with the win. The Marlins were led in scoring by Exe Biteng's 20 points......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated News19 hr. 11 min. ago

MPBL: Batino is perfect as Rizal is no match for Bataan

The Bataan Risers continue their revival with a 78-57 home win against the Rizal Xentro Mall Golden Coolers on Saturday night in the Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League Lakan Season. Ryan Batino copped best player of the game honors with 13 points, 5 from 5 from the field in front of the Risers fans in the Bataan People's Center. "Since the last game consistent kami sa pasahan, nagtiwala kami sa isa't isa," said Batino, who co-topscored for Bataan alongside Chito Jaime. Bataan go back above .500 at 9-8 while it's yet another loss for Rizal, taking them to 3-12 in the North Division. The Risers fired in the last seven points of the first half with 5 from Joseph Nalos to take a 37-31 halftime lead. In the third quarter with Bataan up 43-33 Nalos was thrown out of the game for a rash punch at Jack Hoyohoy after the Golden Cooler laid a hard screen on him. Bataan reeled off an 11-0 run late in the period and lead 60-43 going into the fourth. Rizal were unable to mount any challenge in the final period as Bataan cruised to victory. Jordan Rios led the visitors with 12 points. In the opening game of the doubleheader, the Pasig Sta. Lucia Realtors weathered a furious late fightback to trip the Bicol Volcanoes LCC Stores, 75-73. A trio of Realtors provided the bulk of the scoring for Pasig, with Jeric Teng leading with 20 markers and Robbie Manalang and Leo Najorda compiling 17 and 16 respectively. Pasig led a listless Bicol squad 40-32 at the half and when Fonso Gotladera pocketed a jumper for a 71-54 lead for the Realtors five minutes left in the fourth, the game looked done and dusted. But Bicol's Ronjay Buenafe would have nothing of it. The ex-pro connected on four straight three-pointers as part of a stunning 19-2 run capped by a Hafer Mondragon trey to square the game at 73-73. However, Pasig would have the last laugh, with Leo Najorda knocking in a jumper to complete the scoring with 25 seconds left. Buenafe had one last chance to win the game but his last-second three-pointer fell short. Alwyn Alday led Bicol with 21 points. It's a sixth straight loss for Monel Kallos' Volcanoes who are slipping out of the playoff bunch at 8-11. Pasig on the other hand are now sporting an 11-5 card, good for 4th in the North Division.                .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsOct 13th, 2019

MPBL: Balanced scoring helps Bulacan maul Valenzuela

Bragging rights across the Meycauayan river go to the Bulacan Kuyas as they hammered the Valenzuela Classic SPV Top Marketplace 97-79 in Wednesday night action at the Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League Lakan Season from the Bulacan Capitol Gymnasium in Malolos. It was a case of "pick your poison" for the visitors as six different Kuyas breached double figures in points. Bulacan goes to 5-4 with the win while SPV Top Marketplace slides to 4-6. The Kuyas first showed their intent with a 16-0 run in the second quarter to take a 37-30 lead. The Classic responded with a run of their own thanks to an astonishing nine straight points from Jaymar Gimpayan. It was 44-42 at the half for the Kuyas. However, in the third quarter it was one-way traffic for Bulacan as they terrorized the Classic defense with runs of 8-0 and 10-0, the latter featuring back-to-back triples from Dan Sara, who won best player honors with 11 points and 9 assists. Bulacan took a 70-58 lead into the final period and didn't let up even in garbage time. Antonio Bonsubre's 12 points was tops for the Kuyas as Rev Diputado, Jovit Dela Cruz, John Rey Alabanza and Jhan McHale Nermal all got ten or more points. "Kailangan talagang i-defend ang home court namin. Ginagawa talaga namin ang best namin para sa fans sa Bulacan," said Sara after. Britt Reroma's team gets a second straight win while Valenzuela continues their tailspin with a 5th straight loss. Gimpayan topscored for the Classic with 14 markers. In the early evening game Zamboanga Family's Brand Sardines walloped the SOCCSKSARGEN Armor On Marlins 100-75 in a match-up of Mindanao ball clubs. Zamboanga led 56-39 in the half but the Marlins pulled to with 12, 60-48 thanks to Exe Biteng's seven quickfire early third quarter points. Zamboanga's Robbie Costelo replied with several baskets to stretch the lead to 81-61 at the end of the third. Costelo's 19 markers led his team. There was no let up in the fourth as Leo De Vera poured in more output to add gloss to the scoreline. De Vera ended up with 16 points. Zamboanga improves to 5-4 while the Marlins continue their free-fall with a seventh loss in as many games. Jake Diwa led the scoring for SOCCSKSARGEN with 14 points. The day kicked off with Davao Occidental Tigers Cocolife sweeping away the challenge of Navotas Uni-Pak Sardines 94-74. The Tigers exploded with 27 points in the third quarter to put Navotas in the rearview mirror for good. Billy Robles led the Tigers with 14 points while DavOcc also enjoyed a breakout game from Chester Saldua who provided 13 markers. Mark Yee was good for 11 points as last season's finalists up their slate to 7-1. The Tigers were on point from beyond the arc, nailing 9 of 19 for 47 percent. Navotas was fresh from a 125-point outing against Nueva Ecija MiGuard, but were shackled by a determined Tigers D this time around. Jhong Bondoc paced Navotas, who drop to 2-3, with 16 points......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsAug 8th, 2019

MPBL: Late Ayonayon barrage rescues San Juan in OT win over Bataan

San Juan Go For Gold proved they have the heart of a champion by coming from behind late to beat the Bataan Risers, 87-79, in overtime in Saturday's Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League Lakan Season play date. The crowd at the Ibalong Centrum for Recreation in Legazpi City was treated to a clutch performance by San Juan's Mike Ayonayon, who caught fire late, sealing the victory and keeping their slate spotless at 7-0. "Sobrang pangit ang laro ko noong first half. So pinaninindigan ko lang mga tira ko, bahala na. Eh sakto, na-shoot," said the former PCU Dolphin, who finished with 18 points, 15 in the second half and OT. San Juan took a 34-32 halftime lead thanks in large part to John Wilson's 14 first-half points. The former NCAA MVP nailed half of his eight three-point attempts. Wilson led all scorers with 22 points. Bataan started the third with an 8-0 run to seize the initiative and finished the period 53-46 up with the help of CJ Isit and Jai Reyes. A triple by Reyes and then a bucket by Mar Villahermosa put the Risers up 72-61 with just over two minutes left and San Juan's immaculate record looked in jeopardy. However, Ayonayon answered the call with two triples and nine points in the end of regulation, none bigger than a baseline jumper to knot the game at 72-72 with 3.5 ticks and send the game into an extension. San Juan spotted Bataan a 75-72 lead then bossed overtime with big baskets from Ayonayon and Jhonard Clarito. Meanwhile the Risers wilted in the face of the champs' stifling defense, committing several costly turnovers. Bataan slumps to 3-4. The Risers missed the services of offensive machine Alvin Pasaol, who was unavailable for the game. In the featured game the Iloilo United Royals spoiled the home debut of the Bicol Volcanoes LCC Malls by hanging on for a 77-74 victory. Richard Escoto starred for the Ilonggos, getting best player of the game honors with 21 points. Bicol started jittery and hesitant in front of their home fans, shooting just two  of 20 from the field in the first quarter to fall behind 19-11 after ten minutes. There was more bad news early in the second period when Volcanoes talisman Ronjay Buenafe was called for a third foul while going for a jumper. The early foul trouble meant Buenafe's minutes were curtailed and he never got in sync. The Camarines Sur native missed all nine of his attempts from the field and was a non-factor, his 10 points all coming from the stripe. With 1:28 to go in the half and up 37-29, Royals guard JR Parker was observed striking Volcano Leo Blanca in the face. Parker was called for a disqualifying foul and his Bicol adventure came to a premature end. The visitors took a 44-33 lead into the locker room, with Cedric De Joya pumping in 11 of his 12 points. Key baskets from Jonathan Aldave and Alwyn Alday cut the lead to six, 60-54 in the end of the third. LCC Malls continued to chip away at the lead in the payoff period, and an Aldave triple with 48 seconds left brought them within one, 75-74. With 15 seconds left and up 76-74 Richard Escoto had two charities to ice the game. He flubbed both but with no timeouts to call Bicol ran a poor play, with Raffy Gusi missing a wild attempt then getting called for a kick ball. A Samboy de Leon free throw iced the contest for the Royals, sending the big Bicolano crowd home disappointed. Iloilo wins despite shooting 37 percent from the field, two percentage points better than their foes. Bicol's topscorer was Aldave with 18. Iloilo improves to 4-3 while Bicol's four-game win streak is history and their slate is now 5-3......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJul 28th, 2019

MPBL: Newbie Iloilo gets better of Pasaol-less Bataan

Iloilo put forth a shocker for the second straight game in the MPBL Lakan Cup as its balanced offensive put away a Bataan side that was without Alvin Pasaol for an 84-78 decision, Monday inside Blue Eagle Gym in Quezon City. Fiery guard Aaron Jeruta scored 19 points on top of six assists and three rebounds while versatile forward RR De Leon scored 16 markers to go along with seven boards to make sure the rookie team Royals remained unbeaten after two games. Richard Escoto, who hit the game-winner in their season opener, also posted a 19-point, 11-rebound double-double as Iloilo rode a 13-4 run in the middle of the final frame to turn a one-point deficit into an upset win. It didn't help the Risers that they were without the services of super scorer Pasaol who is on his way home from an international 3x3 tournament. Bataan still drew strong showings from Sean Manganti who had 18 points, eight rebounds, and three assists and Alfred Batino who had 13 markers, nine boards, and two dimes. Without an answer for the Royals' fourth quarter flurry, they fell for the second straight time following a win to commence their campaign. In the day's other game, Navotas finally tallied win no. 1 at the expense of newcomer Bacolod, 78-69. Allan Evangelista and Francis Munsayac showed the way for now 1-1 Navotas as the former finished with 14 points and eight rebounds while the latter ended with 13 markers of his own. On the other hand, Bacolod dropped to 1-2 despite the best efforts of Mac Tallo who had 18 points, five assists, and four rebounds......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJul 1st, 2019

Blue Eagles flying to Greece, Singapore, Australia for UAAP 82 preps

With the 2019 PBA D-League championship all wrapped up and headed to Katipunan, Ateneo de Manila University can now set its sights on its title defense for the upcoming UAAP 82.  For that, the Blue Eagles will finally get to leave their nest and get themselves some overseas training. "We're leaving next week and we'll have a training camp in Greece. That'll be pretty brutal to be honest," head coach Tab Baldwin told reporters not even half an hour after they hoisted their trophy in the developmental league, Tuesday at Ynares Center in Pasig.  He then continued, "Then we'll go to Singapore and play against the Singaproe national team before heading down to Australia. We have a few games in Perth and also in Melbourne."  This is the second year in a row that Ateneo will be flying to Greece in preparation for its title defense. Obviously, the last time they did so worked wonders as they won back-to-back championships.  More than that, though, it's the bond between his boys that coach Tab wants to see get better. As he put it, "It's a great experience, I think, for the boys to understand the difficulties that long tours represent. They got to be away from home and get to bond together as a team."  He then continued, "That's where we learn to help each other through everything that we face. And you know, that's a lot when you go on tour."  Along with that, the overseas training will also be the ideal time for the Blue Eagles' coaching staff to see who are more than capable to fill out the rest of their roster – as two spots were vacated by graduated Anton Asistio and Aaron Black who is now starring in the MPBL and two more may be left open by Raffy Verano and Jolo Mendoza who are both dealing with academic deficiencies.  With that in mind, the two-time collegiate champion coach mentioned former NCAA Jrs. MVP Troy Mallillin, former UAAP Jrs. Champion Jason Credo, and Filipino-Kiwi forward Patrick Maagdenberg as Team B players who will be going along to Greece, Singapore, and Australia.  Coach Tab also said that new recruits Dwight and Eli Ramos will also be joining them there. Dwight had been a 23 for 23 Gilas Pilipinas cadet, but will still have to undergo one year of residency while Eli, who most recently opened eyes with FilAm Sport USA in the 2019 NBTC, will be good to go right away.  Still, no roster spot is assured as Ateneo gets down and dirty in preparation for another title defense. "We've had to expand the pool a little bit so we'll take those guys overseas. There, we'll let them fight it out," their brilliant tactician said.  ---  Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJun 25th, 2019

Pasay stays spotless even as Zambo enters MPBL win column

Pasay still stands atop the leaderboard of the MPBL Lakan Cup following a thrilling 76-75 overtime triumph over home team Muntinlupa, Saturday at the City Sports Complex. Jan Jamon showed the way with 15 points to go along with nine rebounds and three assists while Don Reverente punished his former team with a 10-marker, 15-board double-double on top of four assists. Axel Inigo also added 13 points and six rebounds to help the Voyagers move forward to a 2-0 standing. The Cagers, meanwhile, remained winless in two games even after a 22-point, nine-rebound outing from Reggie Boy Basibas. In the other game, Zamboanga made quick work of Pasig, 82-69, to notch its first mark on the win column. Med Salim topped the scoring column with 16 points while Harold Arboleda kept doing it all with 11 markers, 16 rebounds, and three assists as Zambo got a mighty rebound from their season-opening loss. On the other hand, the Realtors dropped their tournament opener despite impressive league debuts from Jeric Teng who had 17 points, eight rebounds, and five assists as well as Josan Nimes who had 12 markers, four boards, and two dimes of his own......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJun 22nd, 2019

Former Cesafi MVP Enrico Llanto signs up with Bataan Risers

Cebu City, Philippines—Former two-time Cesafi MVP Enrico Llanto has found himself a new home as he was signed by the Bataan Risers in time for the Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League Lakandula Cup next month. The 6-foot-2 Llanto was left out of the Sharks’ roster for this upcoming season after his first season in the MPBL […] The post Former Cesafi MVP Enrico Llanto signs up with Bataan Risers appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsMay 29th, 2019

Watson outduels Mahomes, leads Texans past Chiefs

By The Associated Press KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Deshaun Watson threw for 280 yards and a touchdown while running for two more, outdueling Chiefs counterpart Patrick Mahomes in a matchup of former first-round picks and leading the Houston Texans to a 31-24 victory over Kansas City on Sunday. Carlos Hyde added 116 yards rushing and a touchdown against the team that traded him to Houston (4-2) before the start of the season. DeAndre Hopkins hauled in nine passes for 55 yards. None was bigger than his last, when the Texans star made a sliding grab on fourth-and-3 from the Kansas City 27 with just under 2 minutes to go. That allowed Houston to run out the clock and deal the Chiefs (4-2) their second consecutive loss — both at Arrowhead Stadium. Mahomes, who was selected two spots ahead of Watson in the 2017 draft, finished with 273 yards passing and three touchdowns, though he also threw his first interception of the season. Star wide receiver Tyreek Hill returned to action for the first time since Week 1, when he broke his collarbone, to catch five passes for 80 yards and two of the Chiefs' scores. SEAHAWKS 32, BROWNS 28 CLEVELAND (AP) — Chris Carson scored on a 1-yard touchdown run with 3:30 left, Russell Wilson threw two TD passes and ran for one and Seattle rallied past mistake-prone Cleveland, improving to 3-0 on the road for the first time in 39 years. The Seahawks (5-1) gave up touchdowns on Cleveland's first three possessions before storming back. Wilson connected with Jaron Brown for two scores, and Seattle's cool quarterback scampered 16 yards for a TD. The Seahawks last won their first three road games in 1980, when they went 4-12. The Browns (2-4) were hurt by their own miscues. They couldn't overcome four turnovers, a blocked punt or quarterback Baker Mayfield's hip injury and fell to 0-3 at FirstEnergy Stadium. Mayfield threw three interceptions, raising his NFL-leading total to 11. Trying to bring the Browns back late, Mayfield, who went to the locker room in the third quarter to be evaluated, was picked off by Seattle's K.J. Wright with 2:41 remaining. SAINTS 13, JAGUARS 6 JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Teddy Bridgewater found Jared Cook for a 4-yard touchdown early in the fourth quarter, and New Orleans held on to beat Jacksonville and improve to 4-0 without injured starter Drew Brees. Coming off a 300-yard, four-touchdown performance against Tampa Bay, Bridgewater was less effective against the Jaguars (2-4). But he did enough for New Orleans' defense. Gardner Minshew was sacked twice, hurried often and threw his first interception as a starter. The rookie sensation completed 14 of 29 passes for 163 yards and was held without a touchdown for the first time this season. Bridgewater was 24 of 36 passing for 240 yards for the Saints (5-1). Michael Thomas had eight receptions for 89 yards, and Alvin Kamara finished with 31 yards rushing while playing through an ankle injury. 49ERS 20, RAMS 7 LOS ANGELES (AP) — Jimmy Garoppolo passed for 243 yards and ran for a touchdown, and San Francisco remained unbeaten with a dominant defensive performance against struggling Los Angeles. George Kittle had eight catches for 103 yards for the Niners (5-0), who held Los Angeles' once-unstoppable offense to 157 yards in coach Kyle Shanahan's first victory over Rams coach Sean McVay in a game in which both of these NFC West rivals were playing their starters. These longtime coaching colleagues' teams are going in opposite directions after this one-sided showdown at the Coliseum. San Francisco used its possession offense and a sturdy defense to stay alongside New England as the NFL's only unbeaten teams, while the Rams (3-3) are on their first three-game losing streak of McVay's 2½-year tenure. Tevin Coleman rushed for an early touchdown for San Francisco, while Garoppolo was mostly effective despite two turnovers. The Niners didn't score a touchdown in the final 27 minutes, but they're off to their fourth 5-0 start in franchise history, and their first since 1990. JETS 24, COWBOYS 22 EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) — Sam Darnold gave the Jets' struggling offense a huge boost by throwing two touchdown passes in his return from mononucleosis, and New York held on to beat Dallas for its first win of the season. The Jets led 21-9 in the fourth quarter, but Dak Prescott and the top-ranked Cowboys offense stormed back — and had a chance to tie in the closing moments. Prescott ran for a 4-yard touchdown with 43 seconds left, making it a two-point game. Going for the tie, Prescott dropped back and was quickly met by a blitzing Jamal Adams and his pass on the conversion try fell short of Jason Witten in the end zone. The Cowboys (3-3) tried an onside kick, but Demaryius Thomas recovered for the Jets (1-4), who won for the first time under coach Adam Gase. It was the third straight loss for Dallas. Darnold, who missed three games while recovering from mononucleosis, finished 23 of 32 for 338 yards — including a 92-yard touchdown toss to Robby Anderson and a 5-yarder to Ryan Griffin. VIKINGS 38, EAGLES 20 MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Kirk Cousins threw to Stefon Diggs for three of his four touchdowns, racking up a season-high 333 passing yards as Minnesota ravaged Philadelphia's secondary. Diggs scored on plays in the first half that covered 51 and 62 yards, becoming the first player since Randy Moss in 2000 to post two touchdown receptions of 50-plus yards in one game for the Vikings (4-2). His most important catch came late in the third quarter, a double toe tap in the back of the end zone from 11 yards out that pushed the lead to 11 points after Carson Wentz and the Eagles (3-3) had pulled within 24-20 with 17 straight points. Cousins went 22 for 29 with one sack and one interception on a deflected ball. The Eagles have been badly missing starting cornerbacks Ronald Darby and Avonte Maddox, and Cousins took full advantage with a first half that looked at times like passing drills against the scout team. RAVENS 23, BENGALS 17 BALTIMORE (AP) — Lamar Jackson ran for a career-high 152 yards and a touchdown, threw for 236 yards and guided Baltimore past hapless Cincinnati. Jackson carried 19 times, including three kneel-downs, and finished tantalizingly short of Michael Vick's single-game record of 173 yards rushing by a quarterback. Jackson now has three career 100-yard rushing games, tied with Billy Kilmer for most by a quarterback in his first two seasons since 1950. Regardless of where Jackson went, the Bengals (0-6) were usually a step behind. Jackson was also adept when throwing, going 21 for 33 without an interception. Cincinnati jumped on top when Brandon Wilson took the opening kickoff 92 yards for a score, but Jackson responded quickly. Baltimore (4-2) finished with 497 yards of offense, and the Ravens retained sole possession of first place in the AFC North. PANTHERS 37, BUCCANEERS 26 LONDON (AP) — Christian McCaffrey scored two touchdowns and Carolina turned five interceptions by Jameis Winston into 17 points as the Panthers beat Tampa Bay. After starting the season with two straight losses with hobbled Cam Newton at quarterback, the Panthers (4-2) have been on a roll with Kyle Allen at quarterback thanks to McCaffrey's big plays and an opportunistic defense that had a franchise record-tying seven takeaways on the day. Both of those factors came up big on Carolina's first trip to London in front of a large contingent of Panthers fans for what was designated as a home game for the Bucs (2-4). Winston did most of his damage after the game got out of hand late, throwing for 400 yards with a 10-yard TD pass to Cameron Brate in the fourth quarter that gave him 100 touchdown passes in his career. REDSKINS 17, DOLPHINS 16 MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. (AP) — Rookie Terry McLaurin caught two touchdown passes and Washington stopped Miami's two-point conversion attempt with 6 seconds left in a matchup between winless teams. Adrian Peterson more than doubled his season rushing total with 118 yards for Bill Callahan in his first game as interim coach. Washington intercepted Josh Rosen twice and sacked him five times before he was benched at the start of the fourth quarter with the Dolphins trailing 17-3. Rosen's replacement, Ryan Fitzpatrick, sparked a rally and led two touchdown drives, including a 75-yard march that began with 2:02 left. But after Fitzpatrick hit DeVante Parker for an 11-yard score to cut the deficit to one point, rookie coach Brian Flores decided to go for two. Running back Kenyan Drake dropped Fitzpatrick's quick pass with several defenders between him and the goal line. Washington (1-5) looked like a different team after firing coach Jay Gruden, but the caliber of the opposition had something to do with that. The Dolphins (0-5) remained winless under Flores but helped their chances of securing the No. 1 draft pick in April. BRONCOS 16, TITANS 0 DENVER (AP) — Denver's swarming defense sent Marcus Mariota to the bench and Tennessee to its fourth loss in five games. The Broncos (2-4) had seven sacks in a game for the first time since their 2015 Super Bowl season and they picked off three passes. Chris Harris Jr. and Justin Simmons intercepted Mariota, who was sacked three times and was replaced by Ryan Tannehill after Simmons' interception led to a 2-yard touchdown run by Phillip Lindsay that made it 13-0. Tannehill was sacked four times and picked off by Kareem Jackson on Tennessee's final drive, which reached the Denver 5-yard line before two offensive penalties and a sack pushed the Titans back to the 30-yard line. Both Denver and Tennessee (2-4) were 2 of 14 on third down, leading to 17 punts. CARDINALS 34, FALCONS 33 GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Kyler Murray threw for 340 yards and three touchdowns and Arizona built a big lead over Atlanta, lost it, and then rallied to win. Atlanta looked like it would tie the game with 1:53 left after Matt Ryan hit Devonta Freeman on a 12-yard touchdown pass, but 44-year-old Matt Bryant missed left on the extra point, and the Cardinals ran out the clock from there. The Cardinals (2-3-1) took a 34-27 lead with 5:12 remaining on David Johnson's 14-yard touchdown catch from Murray. Johnson made a great adjustment to his route on the slightly underthrown ball, catching the ball between two defenders. The Cardinals won at home for the first time since last Oct. 28. The Falcons (1-5) have lost four straight games......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsOct 14th, 2019

Phillies fire manager Gabe Kapler in hyped season gone wrong

By Rob Maaddi, Associated Press PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Gabe Kapler took the fall for the Philadelphia Phillies. He was fired Thursday, nearly two weeks after a disappointing finish to a season of big expectations highlighted by Bryce Harper's arrival. Kapler went 161-163 in two years, his team unable to deliver following its offseason spending spree. Philadelphia finished 81-81, its first nonlosing season since 2012. "Several years ago, I promised our loyal fans that I would do everything in my power to bring a world championship team to our city. I will never waver from that commitment," Phillies managing partner John Middleton said in a statement. "I have decided that some changes are necessary to achieve our ultimate objective. Consequently, we will replace our manager. I am indebted to Gabe for the steadfast effort, energy and enthusiasm that he brought to our club, and we are unquestionably a better team and organization as a result of his contributions." The Phillies were only two games behind in the NL wild-card standings after beating Atlanta on Sept. 18 but lost eight of the next nine, including a five-game sweep at Washington. They finished eight games behind Milwaukee for the second wild card and 16 behind the first-place Braves in the NL East. Last year, the Phillies had a one-game lead in the division on Aug. 11 before going 15-31 the rest of the way. "When we hired Kap, it was our goal to develop a positive, forward-thinking and collaborative culture throughout the organization that would allow us to compete with the best teams in the league year in and year out," general manager Matt Klentak said. "While we have fallen short in the win column for the last two years, I can confidently say that Kap's efforts have established a strong and sustainable foundation for this organization moving forward." He added that in the coming weeks the baseball operations department will try to "find the right individual to build upon the existing foundation and bring a championship home to Philadelphia." The Phillies are the eighth team changing managers among the 20 that failed to reach the postseason. San Francisco's Bruce Bochy and Kansas City's Ned Yost retired. San Diego's Andy Green, Pittsburgh's Clint Hurdle, the New York Mets' Mickey Callaway and the Los Angeles Angels' Brad Ausmus were fired. The Chicago Cubs and Joe Maddon jointly said he would leave. Injuries were a big reason why the Phillies failed to have a winning record for the first time since 2011. They lost leadoff hitter Andrew McCutchen for the season in June and six of their top seven relievers missed significant time. Free-agent addition David Robertson pitched just 6 2/3 innings and Pat Neshek and Tommy Hunter threw a combined 23 innings. Also, starting center fielder Odubel Herrera played just 39 games before he was suspended for the rest of the season under Major League Baseball's domestic violence policy. The team also announced pitching coach Chris Young, head athletic trainer Scott Sheridan and assistant athletic trainer Chris Mudd will not return. Hitting coach Charlie Manuel will return to his role as a senior adviser. The new manager will inherit the remainder of the coaching staff. Despite adding Harper, McCutchen, J.T. Realmuto and Jean Segura, the offense was inconsistent, and the Phillies couldn't string together more than four victories in a row. Hitting coach John Mallee was fired and replaced by Manuel, a former manager, in August. The Phillies improved but couldn't overcome poor pitching. The starting rotation struggled throughout the season and the injury-depleted bullpen was filled with minor leaguers and castoffs. "We came into 2019 with very high hopes. We fell short of those, and that responsibility lies with me," Kapler said. "The next Phillies manager will inherit a team of talented, dedicated and committed players. There has been nothing more fulfilling in my professional career than the opportunity to work with the players on this team." The Phillies began the season with a three-game sweep of Atlanta, and led the division for two months before falling behind the Braves in June. By the trade deadline, team President Andy MacPhail said he didn't think the club was one or two players away from World Series contention so Klentak made a few minor moves rather than dealing prospects for high-profile players. Kapler wasn't popular in Philly because of his laid-back personality and new-school philosophy. He was heavily criticized for his use of analytics and unfairly ridiculed for being too positive in his assessment of his players. Harper, Realmuto and other players backed their manager but management caved to public pressure. "My hope is that I helped contribute to a developing culture in the organization that flourishes in the years to come," Kapler said. "I've come to care for this franchise and have the best wishes for this group in the future. The passion and devotion of the Phillies fan base both inspired and humbled me daily. It was an honor to grow, develop and learn with this team. I'm looking forward to what the future brings, and I know I'm a better leader and person for having had this opportunity." The team's dismal pitching certainly wasn't Kapler's fault. The Phillies counted on Jake Arrieta, Nick Pivetta, Zach Eflin and Vince Velasquez to fill out a rotation led by ace Aaron Nola. Arrieta struggled and needed elbow surgery. Pivetta was demoted to the minors and moved to the bullpen. Eflin had had ups and downs and Velasquez couldn't pitch deep into games. Even Nola wasn't the same guy who finished third in NL Cy Young Award voting last year. Klentak traded for Jason Vargas and signed Drew Smyly and added other pitchers off waivers. That didn't cut it. Still, Kapler took the fall for the team's shortcomings......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsOct 11th, 2019

MPBL: Mag-isa s superb all-around night lifts Muntinlupa

The Muntinlupa Cagers - Angelis Resort may have found a spark to turn around their subpar season by beating the Biñan City Laguna Krah Heroes 102-90 on Tuesday night's main game of the Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League Lakan Season. Playing at home in the Muntinlupa Sports Complex, the Muntinlupenos gave their home fans plenty to cheer about thanks to 21 points from Ryusei Koga and 20 apiece from Jamil Ortuoste and Edzel Mag-isa. "Hindi niyo kami sinukuan kaya hindi rin namin kayo sinukuan. Inaalay namin ang panalong ito sa inyo," said best player of the game Mag-isa after the game, speaking to the Cagers fans. Muntinlupa gets a badly-needed win that brings them to 4-13 for the season while Laguna skids to 6-10. Leading 48-42 at the half, the Cagers opened up the floodgates in the third with a 36-point barrage that featured five triples from Ortuoste, Koga, and Biboy Enguio. Muntinlupa was brilliant from three-point range, hitting 12 of 20 for a world-class 60-percent clip. Munti led by 16 at one point but at the start of the fourth were up 74-61. In the fourth, a lay-up by erstwhile playing-coach Dave Moralde lifted the Cagers to an 18-point advantage, 93-75 with six minutes left. Binan cut the lead down in the end with triples from Allan Mangahas, Macky Acosta, and Paolo Pontejos, but there would be no denying the Cagers, who get a first win for new coach Bonnie Garcia. Mangahas, a former Cager, led all scorers with 25 points. In the early evening joust the Parañaque Patriots - Yabo Sports leaned on a big third quarter to down Bacolod Master Sardines 82-78. Jemal Vizcarra produced 19 points to lead Yabo Sports, who defibrillate their campaign and jump back into the playoff hunt at 6-10. Bacolod, despite new signings, drop to 6-9. Bacolod had a slim 36-35 lead at the half but the Parañaqueños erupted in the third to take command of the contest. A Vizcarra triple with 2 minutes left in the period keyed an 11-0 run that spilled over into the fourth quarter and gave Paranaque a 67-54 advantage. Paolo Javelona and Jerick Cañada found some shooting rhythm in the fourth quarter to keep Bacolod in the game, but when James Abugan hit a driving layup with 42 seconds left for an 81-73 lead, the Patriots were assured of the victory. Javelona led Bacolod with 20 points while new signing Jessie Saitanan chipped in 12 points for Master Sardines. In the first game of the day San Juan Knights - Go For Gold outclassed Bicol Volcanoes LCC Stores 98-69. John Wilson was his usual imperious self with 23 points as the defending champs go to 15-1. The Knights were hot from the opening whistle, striding ahead 20-7 in the first quarter with Michael Ayonayon and Andoy Estrella providing much of the offense. There was little let up in the second quarter as San Juan took a 41-21 lead into the dressing room. In the third a 7-0 Bicol run drew the Volcanoes within 16, 46-30, but a 13-2 burst by the Knights, featuring a pair of Wilson treys, restored order. Bicol never seriously threatened after that as the benches got plenty of burn in the final segment. LCC Stores dives to below .500 again with an 8-9 slate. Leading the way in scoring for them was Alwyn Alday with 14 points. San Juan were lethal from outside, hitting 14 of 32 three-pointers, or 43 percent......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsOct 2nd, 2019

MPBL- Davao Occidental downs Batangas City in Dubai - ABS-CBN Sports

MPBL: Davao Occidental downs Batangas City in Dubai ABS-CBN Sports.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilanewsRelated NewsSep 28th, 2019

Gian Abrigo and Aris Dionisio shine as Manila are taken to the brink by a fiesty Navotas team.

Manila Stars - Frontrow won the battle for bragging rights across Estero de Marala by defeating Navotas Uni-Pak Sardines 96-91 in Wednesday night action of the Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League Lakan Season. The Stars go to 12-2 in front of their fans in the San Andres Gym, but the home team were pushed hard by a Navoteno side that provided a stiffer challenge than their 3-10 record suggests. "Nahirapan talaga kami sa kanila. Sabi ni coach kailangan talaga natin ng stops, di pwede score lang," said Manila forward Gian Abrigo, who copped the best player of the game award on the strength of his 18 points and 11 rebounds. Aris Dionisio came to the fore in the second quarter for Manila, helping turn an 11-point deficit into a 45-43 halftime lead. The center came off the bench with 12 markers in the quarter including an alley-oop conversion off a Chris Bitoon pass and a slam dunk right after. He also picked up a block in the last possession that led to a Carlo Lastimosa layup. In a high-scoring third quarter Manila's Bitoon stepped up but so did Navoteno Jhong Bondoc. Frontrow led with ten minutes to go, 73-68. The fourth quarter saw the teams trading fire, with Bitoon, Lastimosa and Dionisio battliing mano a mano with Uni-Pak's Bondoc and Algin Andaya. With under a minute to go Bitoon gathered the ball after being blocked and looped in a one-hander for a precious 93-87 advantage. Navotas would score one more field goal, Bondoc completing his team-high 23 points, and Manila settled matters from the free throw line. The Stars win despite shooting a wretched 16 of 32 from the line. They did, however, dominate the smaller Navotas side with 60 points in the paint against 38. Dionisio was a monster with 19 points, 8 rebounds, 4 steals and a pair of blocks.   Cebu Sharks 74 - 70 Zamboanga In the second game of the day the Cebu Sharks - Casino Ethyl Alcohol leaned on homegrown Cebuano center Will McAloney's five-star night to dismiss Zamboanga Family's Brand Sardines 74-70. McAloney led all scorers with 28 points as Casino Ethyl Alcohol concludes a three-game losing streak and keeps their playoff hopes alive with a 5-8 card. Despite 18 turnovers in the first half Zamboanga found themselves tied 25-all at the half with the Sharks. Cebu edged Zamboanga in the third quarter to take a 42-38 lead into the last 10 minutes. In the fourth quarter McAloney rolled up his sleeves and went to work, pounding the Zamboangeno defense with 17 points, many in the paint against the man tasked to stop him, Allan Santos. It was a nervous finish for the Sharks with a series of late turnovers that lead to an 8-0 run with Harold Arboleda coming up with 5 markers in that spell that pulled Family's Brand to within 4, 64-60, but an unsportsmanlike foul on Santos right after was a crucial error for the Sardine Kings. John Reel Saycon made both of the charities and when Harold Cortez also went 2-for-2 from the stripe soon after, Zamboanga's fate was clear. Late Zamboanga baskets made the scoreline more respectable but could not prevent the loss. Despite 21 points from Robin Rono, Zamboanga falls to 8-8.   Gensan Warriors 91 - Pasig Sta. Lucia In the afternoon game Gensan Warriors Burlington turned on the afterburners with a dominant second half performance to take out the Pasig Sta. Lucia Realtors 91-82. Warrior Juju Bautista had a breakout game with 23 points, about 19 more than his season norm, as the Mindanao team goes to 11-4 and ends a two-game losing streak. Burlington were down 45-37 in the half but whatever pep talk coach Richie Alvarez delivered in the halftime huddle must have worked. They blazed past Pasig in the third period with 28 points as John Orbeta chipped in 8 points, Bautista found the hole with ease and Marlon Basco, Pamboy Raymundo, and Daryl Goloran all connected from beyond the arc. Going into the fourth quarter the Warriors led 65-59. In the payoff canto Goloran, Orbeta and Bautista led a devastating 10-0 run to give the Warriors a 78-64 lead with 6 minutes to play. Realtors Jeric Teng and Josan Nimes tried valiantly to dent the lead, but to no avail. Sta. Lucia see their three-game win tear end as they drop to 9-4 despite Teng's 23 points......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsSep 19th, 2019

MPBL: Cañete and Strikers shoot lights out as Bacoor stops Bicol

The Bacoor Strikers leaned on a boisterous home crowd and clutch outside shooting to defeat the Bicol Volcanoes - LCC Stores 84-80 on Wednesday night at the Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League Lakan Season. Triples in the last five minutes from best player of the game Mike Cañete, Oping Sumalinog, Mark Montuano and Ian Melencio powered the Strikers to the win in front of a jampacked crowd at the cozy STRIKE Gym in Bacoor. "Sumunod lang kami as sistema namin at kay coach (Chris Gavina.) At nagtiwala kami sa sarili," said Cañete, who led his team with 16 points and 10 rebounds. Bacoor was in the driver's seat at the half, 40-33 thanks in part to their hitting all nine of their free throws. An entertaining third period concluded with Bicol up 57-56 on a Jerome Garcia triple, his second of the segment. Leo Blanca, Mark Pangilinan, Don Ochea and Ronjay Buenafe also all buried threes in the period. But Bicol began the fourth with an 8-0 run, which was actually the second part of a 14-0 run that straddled the two quarters, to lead 65-56 with 7 minutes left. Bacoor's gunners exchanged three-point fire with Volcanoes Clark Derige and Jerome Garcia over the next three minutes to result in a 77-77 scoreline with just over a minute remaining. Then Melencio knocked in a three, and made a pair of free throws while Garcia and Buenafe misfired from range. RJ Ramirez also went 2-for-2 from the line to give Bacoor an 84-77 advantage that held up in the end. The Cavitenos hit 13 of 30 three-point attempts, or 43 percent, as they improve to 11-4, with the most number of wins in the South Division. Bicol loses a second close game in a row and see their slate dive to 8-7 despite a 21-point offering from Buenafe. In the second match of the day the Quezon City Capitals - WEMSAP earned a big 87-84 win over Caloocan Supremos Victory Liner in the battle for bragging rights across A. Bonifacio Avenue. Dahrrel Caranguian was the talisman for Quezon City with 22 points to lead all scorers. He was the co-best player of the game alongside fellow guard Aaron Black. The Capitals led 44-40 at the half, a deficit the Monumento Boys cut to 60-58 entering the final period. But Quezon City stormed out of the blocks with an 8-2 surge to up their lead to eight. Black and Caranguian both hit triples to keep Caloocan at bay. Caloocan nipped at the heels of the Capitals and got to within four points when Supremo AJ Mandani nailed a three-bomb with just under three minutes to go. With a minute and a half he repeated his feat to pull Caloocan to four once again, 87-83. But a Thomas Torres free throw was all the scoring we would see in the match-up as Paul Sanga, Almond Vosotros and Mandani all fired blanks in the last few minutes. QC edges closer to .500 with the win. They are now at 6-7. Meanwhile the Supremos are now level at 7-7. Vosotros topped all Caloocan scorers with 19 points. In the afternoon game, the Pasig Sta. Lucia Realtors disposed of the Cebu Sharks Casino Ethyl Alcohol 78-68. Jeric Teng led Pasig with 21 points, closely followed by Josan Nimes' 20 markers. The Sharkes were down 62-51 at the start of the fourth period but a Kraniel Viloria free throw capped a mini-run of seven points for the Cebuanos, pulling them to within four wih six minutes left, 67-63. Three minutes later five straight points from Josan Nimes would restore a 10 point lead for Pasig, 74-64, and Cebu was unable to draw much closer. Will McAloney was the top producer for the Sharks with 20 points as his team finished with a subpar 30 percent field goal shooting percentage for the day. While Cebu tumble to 4-8 in the South Division the Pasigueños are now a half-game away from Makati with a 9-3 card......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsSep 12th, 2019

MPBL: Parañaque rebounds with gutsy road win at Batangas

The Parañaque Patriots - Yabo Sports picked up a morale-boosting win on Tuesday, edging past Batangas City Athletics - Tanduay, 61-57, in the Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League Lakan Season. Despite enjoying the support of a partisan hometown crowd at the Batangas City Sports Center, Rum City lost at home for the first time in four games and drop to 6-4. Their three-game win streak is also now history. Amazingly the loss was against Yabo Sports, who were embarrassed by Bacoor by 53 points last week. Jemal Vizcarra's 15 points was tops for Mike Saguiguit's team, who move up to 4-9 and see a four-game skid come to an end. Batangas' punchless offense amassed just 21 points in the first half, including just six in the second quarter, against 28 from Parañaque. In the third, the visitors continued to impress with treys from Josh Almajeda and Vizcarra to lead 47-37 heading into the final segment of play. Parañaque was hot early on in the fourth and a James Patrick Abugan jumper with six minutes left gave them what looked like a solid 58-43 advantage. But an Arvin Tolentino triple keyed a furious 12-0 run that pulled the Athletics to within three, 58-55, and ignited their home crowd. Vizcarra played the role of fireman with a lovely step-back jumper to restore a five-point cushion, but that bucket was negated by a jumper from Jhaymo Eguilos with half a minute left. However, in a turnover-riddled contest it was only fitting that giveaways settled it. Batangas forward Jason Melano relieved Vizcarra of the ball and handed off to Jeff Viernes, but in an instant Viernes himself had the leather pilfered by Almajeda. A free throw from Vizcarra closed out the scoring. Neither club took care of the ball. Parañaque commited 16 turnovers while Batangas City coughed up possession 21 times. "Sabi ni coach, walang bibitaw. It was time to bounce back para ipakita na kahit papaano Kaya namin," said Vizcarra after. In the second game the Pasay Voyagers kept minnows Nueva Ecija ForestLake at bay with a 75-69 triumph. The game was a milestone for Voyager Dhon Reverente, who joined the MPBL's 500-point club with a 10-point, 11-rebound, and 4-assist gem of a performance. Jan Jamon's 13 points was the best for Pasay while Levi de la Cruz and Andrey Armenion led Nueva Ecija with 13 apiece. Pasay had a commanding 54-42 lead after three quarters but the Ecijanos made a game of it with 4 triples in the final quarter, including two by De La Cruz. The second drew ForestLake to within four, 73-69 with still 36 seconds left to play. Axel Iñigo settled it for the Voyagers with two free throws. Pasay is now at 7-5 while Nueva Ecija continues to struggle at 2-9. In the afternoon matchup Rizal Golden Coolers - Xentro Mall delivered in the endgame to beat Bacolod Master Sardines, 89-84. Golden Cooler Joemari Lacastesantos provided five of his 9 points in the final few possessions to help secure the win. He was responsible for the last two baskets of the game. Bacolod squandered a 30-point effort from Jopher Custodio and a 20-point game from Paolo Javelona. Custodio was superb, but only accounted for one field goal and four points in the last quarter. Rizal on the other hand was a model of balanced scoring, with JV Vidal leading the way with 15 points, and three other starters also reached double figures. Xentro Malls trumped Master Sardines 32-17 in bench scoring. JV Gayoso's Rizal picks up it's 3rd win in 11 outings while Bacolod slides to 4-8......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsSep 4th, 2019

Order restored: US beats Canada in pre-World Cup basketball

SYDNEY (AP) — Order restored. After losing for the first time in nearly 13 years two days earlier, the United States rebounded to outclass Canada 84-68 in a pre-World Cup exhibition basketball game Monday. At the same arena where the Americans won Olympic gold at the Sydney 2000 Games, the U.S. never trailed, leading 20-9 after the first quarter and 46-31 at halftime. On Saturday, Australia stunned the U.S. 98-94 before a crowd of more than 52,000 in Melbourne, a result that ended the Americans' 78-game winning streak. The U.S. is missing top NBA players such as LeBron James, James Harden, Paul George and Stephen Curry. It was a dour scoring game after the exciting Saturday result in Melbourne, with both teams committing numerous turnovers Monday. Jaylen Brown had 19 points to lead the Americans, who out-rebounded Canada 55-37. Donovan Mitchell added 12 points and four assists; Kemba Walker scored 12 points and Myles Turner finished with 10 points and 15 rebounds. "We have to speed up that learning curve," Brown said of the Americans with less than a week to go before the World Cup starts. "We have a lot of room for growth. It's going to be good when it comes together, the sky is the limit for this group." Kyle Wiltjer had 21 points for Canada, while Orlando Magic forward Khem Birch — Canada's lone NBA player in the game — had 13 points and six rebounds. "We've got a lot of work to do, but we've enjoyed our time here," Wiltjer said. "Let's not forget these are practice games." Overall, the Canadians shot just 35% from the field and 6-for-23 (26%) from three-point range. Andrew Nembhard, who injured his knee last week, and Kaza Kajami-Keane (ankle) both returned for Canada, while Brady Heslip, a late arrival for the Canadians, played his first game in Australia. The last time the Americans — counting major international tournaments and exhibitions with NBA players on the floor — lost a game was the semifinals of the 2006 world championships. The American program has won gold in every competition since, including three straight in the Olympics and two consecutive World Cup titles. Canada has also been hit hard by missing NBA players, with Miami Heat's Kelly Olynyk the latest big-name player to pull out after sustaining a knee injury. ___ TIP-INS Canada: It was the third head-to-head meeting between Canada coach Nick Nurse and U.S. coach Gregg Popovich. They went 1-1 against each other in NBA play last season, Nurse's Toronto Raptors losing in San Antonio on Jan. 3 but beating Popovich's Spurs in Canada on Feb. 22. Canada finished 4-3 in its pre-World Cup exhibitions, starting with a split of a two-game series with Nigeria before five games in Australia. USA: The Americans finished their four-game World Cup warm-up tour 3-1 after beating Spain and splitting two games with Australia. The U.S. is planning to stay in Sydney until mid-week, then arrive in Shanghai early Thursday. NURSE TOUR Nurse is getting the full tour of the other side of the world this year. The Canadians have been in Australia for a week or so, and now head to China for the World Cup. Then, Nurse will be in Japan when the world champion Raptors (albeit now without NBA Finals MVP Kawhi Leonard) play preseason games against Houston on Oct. 8 and Oct. 10. KUZMA DEPARTURE Popovich was disappointed that Los Angeles Lakers forward Kyle Kuzma's left ankle injury meant he wouldn't be able to compete in the World Cup. The Americans sent Kuzma home Saturday with the injury, a move that finalized the 12-man U.S. roster. They were in Australia with 13 finalists for 12 World Cup spots. "It's a huge disappointment, because he was a young, energetic guy who was really learning and could play a lot of positions for us," Popovich said. "Hopefully he'll heal quickly." UP NEXT Canada: Opens World Cup play Sept. 1 vs. Australia in Dongguan, China. USA: Opens World Cup play Sept. 1 vs. Czech Republic in Shanghai......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsAug 26th, 2019

Pampanga clinches top-seed in NBL 2 playoffs

Pampanga clinched the top spot in the playoffs with a 95-80 win over Zambales Converge last Saturday in the National Basketball League (NBL) Season 2 at Botolan Peoples’ Plaza in Botolan, Zambales. CJ Gania had 20 points and 13 rebounds to lead the Delta to the first-seed in the playoffs as they will have a homecourt advantage until the Finals. Pampanga and reigning champion Paranaque are tied with an 11-3 record but the Delta got the top-seed due to the winner-over-the-other rule. The Delta and the Aces have also clinched the two outright semifinal berths by finishing in the top two. Zambales Converge, meanwhile, completed the cast in the playoffs after beating Imus, 95-79, last Sunday in front of its home fans also at the Botolan Peoples’ Plaza. Allen Fomera had 30 points, as Lyndon Del Rosario added 24 points and 17 rebounds for the Fiber X Men, who improved their record to 9-5. The Fiber X Men clinched the sixth-seed in the playoffs where they will meet Iriga City Oragons in a knockout game for a quarterfinal berth on Sunday. Iriga City clinched the seventh-seed after winning over the Zamboanga Valientes, 97-68, with Paul Guiruela scoring 14 points and grabbing 13 rebounds in the win. Christian Diaz scored the game-winning lay-up as also-ran Quezon City edged Dasmarinas, 81-78. The Rising Stars finished the elimination round with a 6-8 record while also eliminating the Ballers Club from playoff contention. Fifth-seed CamSur will face eighth-ranked Imus in the other knockout game for the quarterfinal spot also on September 1. The winners in the knockout games will face third-seed Taguig or fourth-ranked Laguna in the quarterfinals with the Generals and the Pistons holding a twice-to-beat advantage......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsAug 26th, 2019

MPBL: Nimes, Teng and Manalang step upi to give Pasig big road win

The Pasig Sta. Lucia Realtors thwarted a determined Quezon City Capitals WEMSAP with a 91-82 victory in Wednesday night's main clash of the Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League Lakan Season. The crowd at the Jesus Christ Saves Global Outreach Seed Dome witnessed the Realtors obtain bragging rights over Corinthian Gardens in a game that saw great offensive performances, but was soured by an ill-tempered ending. The game was played in JCSGO instead of QC's usual home court, the Blue Eagle Gym. Pasig enjoyed big nights from three of their stars, with Robbie Manalang pumping in 22 points, Josan Nimes contributing 18 points and 6 assists, and Jeric Teng providing 17 markers as the club goes to 6-5. Black topscored for the Capitals with 21, followed by Santos with 16. Quezon City's record is now 6-4. "(We won because) we had a sense of urgency. It was the way we practiced after the loss (to Batangas last week). We put in the hard work," said Nimes.  Both offenses were in a rhythm in the first half as Pasig led QC 51-45 after 20 minutes. In the third the Capitals twice got to within two on a pair of Tweety Santos buckets but at the end of the period Pasig still had the advantage, 68-62. Santos and Mark Carongoy began the fourth with triples to tie the game but Teng answered with a triple of his own to spark a 15-3 run that put Sta. Lucia back in the driver's seat, 83-71. Tonino Gonzaga and Aaron Black put up some resistance to get to within 9, 87-78, but another Teng three-bomb in the last 3 minutes was the dagger to give the visitors an unassailable 90-78 lead. Teng was dribbling the ball out with mere seconds to go when QC's Joco Tayongtong rashly hacked at him. The former UST Growling Tiger took exception to the contact, and barked out at Tayongtong. Tayongtong was slapped a regular foul and both players, and members of the staffs of both teams were given offsetting technicals. Since Teng had fouled out, Pasig sent in Tristan Medina for the charities. After missing the first, QC player Jonathan Boholano appeared to chirp aggressively at the Pasig bench, drawing a technical and reigniting the hard feelings. Medina seemed to deliberately miss the next two free throws and Sta Lucia played no defense as QC scored an uncontested lay-up as time ran out. There were no handshakes between the two sets of players after. In the second match-up of the evening Makati Super Crunch stunned the Pampanga Giant Lanterns - ADG Group of Companies with a come-from-behind 96-94 win. The hero for Makati was Kib Montalbo, who produced two nearly-identical 17-foot jumpers, one to knot the game at 94-all with 27 seconds left and another to win it as time expired. The Giant Lanterns controlled the game for much of the second half and with four minutes left in the final quarter led 92-82 thanks to a Reil Cervantes triple and a split from the line from Mark Cruz. But triples from John Rey Villanueva and Josh Torralba, plus a lay-up from Joseph Sedurifa, helped Super Crunch claw to within two at 94-92, setting up Montalbo for his game-winning clutch baskets. The ex-Green Archer contributed only five points for Makati, but Josh Torralba hung up 27 points, a career record, to lead all scorers. Pampanga's John Maiquez led his club with 18 points and 11 rebounds. Pampanga coach Bong Ramos will rue the fact that his side had five players in double digits and still lost. Makati's slate is a gaudy 7-1 while Pampanga goes to 6-4. The match day opened with the Caloocan Supremos - Victory Liner coasting to a 90-75 victory against Paranaque Patriots - Yabo Sports. Almond Vosotros left spectators slack-jawed with a mammoth 35-point outing, shooting 12 for 16 from the field and 6 for 9 from three-point land. It's a new career-high for the former DLSU star. Incredibly he was also able to dish out 7 assists and 4 steals. Caloocan led by as much as 26 in the game and won all three quarters comfortably. Only late garbage time production from the Patriots kept the score respectable. Damian Lasco continued his fine form for Caloocan with 13 points. Yabo Sports did, however enjoy a breakout game from James Abugan, who came up with 23 points, more than quadruple his average for the season. The Supremos level their record at 5-5 while Paranaque go to 3-7......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsAug 22nd, 2019

MPBL: Batangas City wins thriller at home versus Bacoor

Batangueños experienced the Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League Lakan Season at its best on Tuesday night when their team, the Batangas City Athletics - Tanduay, came from behind late to snatch victory from the Bacoor Strikers, 68-67. A large and boisterous crowd at the Batangas City Sports Coliseum spurred Rum City to victory despite being down by as much as 16. Mon Rogado's lay-up with 3.5 seconds left in the game gave Tanduay their first lead of the night.  "Ang hirap noong down kami by 16 pero sinabi ni coach na ituloy lang Ang depensa at mga play natin," said Justin Melano, who was named best player of the game for his team-high 20 points and 13 boards. Bacoor were controlling the tempo of a physical and at times ill-tempered contest, largely due to the inspired play of Michael Mabulac, who tallied 16 points. With a minute to go in the third and Bacoor up 52-41, Striker Oping Sumalinog fouled out in unusual circumstances. He was called for a blocking foul, his fourth of the game. The former Blue Eagle protested the call and touched the referee while doing so, which is a technical foul under FIBA rules. That meant a fifth foul and an early shower for Sumalinog. The Athletics clawed back in the fourth but found themselves down, 64-55, with five minutes to go after a jumper from Bacoor's Mike Ayonayon. Then the big guns of Batangas took over. Melano and Jeff Viernes both rifled in triples before Rogado's game-winner sealed a memorable home win. Batangas ended up scoring 11 of the last 14 points. The win catapults Batangas to above .500 on 4-3 while Bacoor lose for only the third time in 11 games. There was another nervy finish in the early evening match-up when Imus Bandera Khaleb Shawarma GLC Trucks and Equipment narrowly defeated Nueva Ecija ForestLake, 75-73, in a see-saw encounter. Three free throws in the last minute by Jayjay Helterbrand gave Khaleb Shawarma a 75-70 cushion. Nueva Ecija could have pulled to within three when Jimbo Aquino was tagged while shooting a triple, but he could only manage to hit one of the three attempts from the line. Aquino made a late lay-up as time expired for the final score. Helterbrand scored 11 points, but former UE Red Warrior James Martinez was Imus' talisman with 12 points. Gerald Anderson had a fair day with 6 points and a pair of assists for Imus. Aquino had the most output for Nueva Ecija with 16. Imus improves to 3-6 while the Ecijanos drop to 2-7. In the afternoon encounter, Basilan Steel Jumbo Plastic gored Navotas Uni-Pak Sardines 113-94 with an awesome display of firepower from start to finish. Gab Danganon led Basilan with 20 points, followed by Arvie Bringas with 19. Hesed Gabo dished out 13 dimes for the Steel. Basilan fired on all cylinders to take a 63-45 lead at the half against a turnover-prone Navotas side. Chris Dumapig's 13 points led Basilan at that point, who shot over 70 percent from two-point range in the first 20 minutes. Basilan's total was two shy of the league record for most number of points in a half by one side. Early in the third quarter Basilan kept up with their relentless offense, unspooling a 13-2 run spiked by back-to-back-to-back buckets from Danganon to open up an 80-51 lead. Navotas then showed a pulse with an 11-0 run to pull to 85-68 at the end of the third. But three quick baskets from Bringas and a three-ball from Danganon gave the stea a 94-73 lead, quelling the insurrection from the Navoteños for good. Basilan ended up shooting 60 percent from the field. Elmer Cabahug led Navotas with 13 points. Navotas suffers a fourth loss in a row to plummet to 2-6 while the Mindanaoans surge to 7-4.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsAug 21st, 2019