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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: abscbn abscbnSep 12th, 2019

MPBL: Wilson establishes new record as San Juan rules North

John Wilson’s milestone game highlighted San Juan-Go-for-Gold’s 109-99 rout of Pasig-Sta. Lucia in the 2019-20 Chooks-to-Go/MPBL Lakan Cup at the FilOil Flying V Centre, Saturday. Wilson, who only needed four points to reach the 1000-point club heading to this game, drained a three-pointer in the 4:35 mark of the first quarter to become the first player to achieve the feat. He now has 1,020 total points in his tally. The product of Jose Rizal University ended the match 24 points, five rebounds, and four assists to help San Juan keep the title as the Kings of the Northern Division with a 22-3 record. “Kay John, siyempre nakita naman namin na talagang masipag yung bata. Talagang tinrabaho niya yung nakuha niya ngayon, he deserves yung pagkakakuha niya sa achievement na ‘yon,” said San Juan head coach Randy Alcantara. After a tight first quarter, the Knights rallied behind Wilson and Mike Ayonayon, who then led a 15-6 swing in the second quarter which proved to be the difference-maker as it helped the home team take an 11-point lead, 56-45, heading into the second half. The Go-for-Gold-backed squad kept their distance from there, dousing water on the Realtors’ comeback attempts. Ayonayon provided 18 points, eight boards, and five assists while Art Aquino and Orlan Wamar added 12 points apiece for San Juan. The Knights also made it rain from deep, shooting 17-of-33 from three-point distance. On the other hand, Jeric Teng’s 31 points, nine rebounds, and six assists went down the drain as Pasig went down to 14-11, tied with Caloocan in the seventh spot also in the Northern Division. In the earlier contest, Bacolod-Master Sardines pumped life into to its playoff chances after outlasting Basilan-Jumbo Plastic, 96-89. Pao Javelona dropped 21 points, five rebounds, and five assists for the Masters Sardines-owned club -- who moved up to the 11th spot of the Southern Division with a 9-16 card, four games behind eight-running Bicol. "We're not thinking of our chances, what we're doing right now is to play and enjoy also to win as much as we can," said Bacolod head coach Vic Ycasiano. Down by seven points in the final canto, Allyn Bulanadi drilled a three-pointer while Jay Collado converted an and-one play to make it a two-point game for Basilan, 75-77, with 5:49 remaining. Through Ben Adamos and Yankie Haruna, Bacolod managed to widen their lead to six points. Bulanadi and Irven Palencia trimmed the deficit to two once more for Basilan, but Jeric Cañada and Javelona drained consecutive three-pointers, 89-81, to fend off the pesky Steel with under two minutes left. Jess Villahermosa had 15 points while Cañada provided 14 markers founded on four triples. Meanwhile, Bulanadi's 33-point explosion went to waste as Basilan went down to 16-10 and is now tied in the fourth slot with Zamboanga, also in the Southern Division. In the first game, behind Gab Banal’s all-around brilliance, Bacoor City stretched its winning streak to six games after dealing Muntinlupa-Angelis Resort a rough 98-67 beating. Banal posted 11 points, 12 rebounds, and 10 assists to help Bacoor tighten its hold of the second spot in the Southern Division with a 21-5 standing. The Strikers opened the flood gates right from the first whistle, taking a 27-14 lead in the opener before ending the first half with a 52-29 advantage. Looking to close things out, Banal ignited a 10-0 run by draining a three-pointer then dishing out a perfect half-court lob to Ian Melencio. Ken Mark Miranda capped off the spurt with a four-point play, chalking up Bacoor’s biggest lead of the game at 34, 98-64 with 3:07 left in the game. “We just need to stay steady, stay humble and hungry, just keep putting the work and trusting the work. The result will show,” said Bacoor head coach Chris Gavina as he hopes that his wards can sustain their momentum throughout the elimination round. Oping Sumalinog and RJ Ramirez added 13 points apiece, with both drilling three three-pointers each while Mark Montuano chipped in 10 markers. Meanwhile, Jamil Ortouste paced the Cagers – who dropped to 7-20 also in the Southern Division – with 21 points on 9-of-20 shooting from the field.   The Scores: FIRST GAME Bacoor City (98) – Banal 13, Sumalinog 13, Ramirez 13, Canete 11, Montuano 10, Melencio 7, Acidre 6, Mabulac 6, Aquino 6, Acuna 4, Miranda 4, Ochea 3, Andaya 2, Malabag 0 Muntinlupa-Angelis Resort (67) – Ortouste 21, Moralde 10, Ylagan 9, Enguio 7, Mag-isa 7, Rebugio 7, Salaveria 2, Pamulaklakin 2, Po 2, Reyes 0, Buenaflor 0, Gonzales 0 Quarterscores: 27-14, 52-29, 77-52, 98-67 SECOND GAME Bacolod-Masters Sardines (96) -- Javelona 21, Villahermosa 15, Cañada 14, Haruna 14, Adamos 11, Camacho 8, Custodio 6, Gayosa 4, Tansingco 3, Charcos 0 Basilan-Jumbo Plastic (89) -- Bulanadi 33, Collado 15, Dagangon 9, Lunor 6, Bautista 6, Palencia 4, Gabo 3, Alanes 3, Sorela 3, Dumapig 3, Hallare 2, Balucanag 2, Manalang 0 Quarterscores: 18-28, 48-53, 72-67, 96-89 THIRD GAME San Juan-Go for Gold (109) – Wilson 24, Ayonayon 18, Aquino 12, Clarito 12, Wamar 12, Rodriguez 7, Tajonera 6, Ubalde 4, Victoria 3, Subido 3, Bonifacio 2, Reyes 2, Isit 2, Estrella 2, Bunag 0 Pasig-Sta. Lucia (99) – Teng 31, Najorda 21, Nimes 17, Gotladera 13, Manalang 8, Mendoza 7, Velchez 2, Medina 0, Chavenia 0 Quarterscores: 25-23, 56-45, 80-69, 109-99.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJan 12th, 2020

MPBL: Pasay stuns Bacoor to end 4-game skid

The Pasay Voyagers vanquished the Bacoor Strikers 83-78 in front of a raucous crowd at the Cuneta Astrodome in Thursday night's main game at the Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball Lakan Season. The win finally concludes a four-game streak of heartbreaking losses for Pasay, and pushes their record to 4-5. "Gustung-gusto naming bumawi sa mga sunud-sunod na talo na dikit," said player of the game Raymund Ilagan, who was influential all night long with 16 points, 7 rebounds and 8 assists. Pasay took a 46-36 lead into the locker room at the half, buoyed by Jan Jamon's 12 first-half points, including a corner three as time expired in the second quarter. The Strikers gained some ground in the third with nine points from 6 foot 9 Matthew Aquino. This despite a pair of treys from Pasay skipper Jaypee Belencion. The score stood at 67-61 at the start of the fourth. In the final period, Ilagan and Jamon delivered the big baskets to keep Pasay in front. Bacoor missed several close range attempts and committed key turnovers down the stretch. An RJ Ramirez triple in the last two minutes cut the Pasay lead to 81-78, but the ghosts of previous late-game collapses were laid to rest thanks to a Dhon Reverente steal and split from the line that confirmed the victory. At the final buzzer dozens of Pasay's long-suffering fans stormed on to the court to celebrate with the players. Pasay's sensational three-point shooting was crucial in their win. The Voyagers hit 13 of 33 three-pointers, just shy of 40 percent. Seven different Voyagers connected from beyond the arc. Ramirez topscored for Bacoor with 15 points as the Strikers absorb a second loss in eight outings. The second game was a tasty battle for bragging rights in the canned fish aisle with Bacolod Masters Sardines eking out an 82-80 win over Zamboanga Family's Brand Sardines. Bacolod homegrown Paolo Javelona had a colossal night, finishing with 27 points. Zamboanga had a 50-38 halftime lead that was decimated by Javelona's 17 third quarter barrage. The third quarter ended with the Negrenses up 61-58. With a minute to go in the game Jopher Custodio buried a triple that put Bacolod ahead 83-78. The cushion was crucial because Javelona committed two turnovers in the last few seconds, but Zamboanga was unable to capitalize on either and Bacolod hung on for the win. The Zamboangueños were led by Leo de Vera's 14 points and Reed Juntilla's 17. Bacolod improves to 3-5 while Zamboanga is back at .500 with a 4-4 card. The afternoon game saw Caloocan Victory Liner overcome Rizal Xentro Malls Golden Coolers 92-78, with Thomas Torres scoring 17 points to lead the Supremos to victory. There was a farcical start to the game when in the very first possession Caloocan player Rene Pacquiao shot into the basket he was supposed to defend. Apparently the players contesting the opening jump ball lined up facing the wrong side to start the game, confusing the other eight combatants. The points were initially awarded to Rizal, but after a delay and discussion, the basket was nullified, clock reset, and game restarted. Once Caloocan figured out which rim to shoot at, they proved to be quite adept at doing so, sprinting to a 21-4 run to start the game. The Coolers battled back in the second and third quarters thanks to Jayvee Vidal's 11 assists and Kelvin Gregorio's offense. Gregorio finished with 28 big points to lead all scorers. Rizal pulled to as close as three, 61-58, but in the fourth quarter Caloocan reigned supreme, with Almond Vosotros hitting ten of his 15 points. Rizal are stuck on one win against six losses while Caloocan advances to 6-1......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsAug 2nd, 2019

Strikers, Steel book semis berths

Bacoor City and Basilan-Jumbo Plastic punched their way to the 2019-2020 Chooks-to-Go/MPBL Lakan Season South Division semifinals after sweeping their opponents Monday night at the Lamitan Gym......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated News16 hr. 52 min. ago

Strikers, Steel close in on MPBL semifinals

Bacoor City and Basilan - Jumbo Plastic made short work of their counterparts and moved on the threshold of the Chooks-to-Go/MPBL Lakan Season semifinals Wednesday night at the Strike Gym......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsFeb 20th, 2020

MPBL: Bacoor breezes past GenSan in Game 1 of quarters

BACOOR CITY -- Playing in front of its home fans, second seed Bacoor City put up an inspired performance, devouring seventh seed GenSan-Burlington, 95-72, to take a 1-0 edge in the 2020 Chooks-to-Go MPBL Lakan quarterfinals, Wednesday at the Strike Gym here. The Strikers were scorching right from the get-go, rolling to a blistering 20-4 start, eight coming from Datu Cup MVP Gab Banal while dishing three dimes, and never looked back, with their advantage never dwindling down to eight points. High-leaping Nick Demusis put the exclamation point in the contest with a one-handed tomahawk dunk to give his side its biggest lead of the game at 23. Reigning MVP Gab Banal top-billed for the Strikers with 20 points, 11 assists, three rebounds, and two steals. "Our last game against GenSan, their guards got going early. That's why we neutralize the ability of their guards to attack us inside," said Bacoor coach Chris Gavina, recalling their hard-fought 87-75 win last January 20. Michael Mabulac added a double-double of 15 markers and 12 rebounds while Oping Sumalinog had 13 points, five boards, three dimes, and three steals. Guards Ian Melencio and RJ Ramirez also contributed 10 points apiece. Robby Celiz paced GenSan with 17 markers and eight rebounds while Pamboy Raymundo delivered 16 points and nine boards. Mikey Williams chalked up 15 markers in 18 shots, to go with eight dimes and five boards. The Strikers look to advance to the next round when they face the Warriors on Monday, February 24, at the Basilan City Gymnasium. The Scores: Bacoor City 95 - Banal 20, Mabulac 15, Sumalinog 13, Ramirez 10, Melencio 10, Montuano 7, Cañete 7, Pangilinan 6, Acidre 3, Demusis 2, Aquino 2, Andaya 0, Destacamento 0. GenSan-Burlington 72 - Celiz 17, Raymundo 16, Williams 15, Cabanag 10, Masaglang 4, Orbeta 3, Mahaling 2, Goloran 2, Basco 2, Bautista 1, Landicho 0. Quarterscores: 24-9, 45-26, 69-54, 95-72......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsFeb 20th, 2020

MPBL: David Carlos is Slam Dunk Champ anew

David Carlos adds yet another Slam Dunk contest trophy to his collection. Carlos, who plays for Makati-Super Crunch, won a second straight slam dunk title in the Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League All-Star Games Thursday at the MOA Arena. For his winning dunk, Carlos dunked over four people, inlcuding MPBL founder and Senator Manny Pacquiao and his son, Jimuel. "I had to pull off something sa bag ko na makuha ko yung 80-90 percent," Carlos said, who got a nice P100,000 for the win. "Maganda naman yung result," he added. On his way to a second straight MPBL Slam Dunk title, Carlos beat Nick Demusis of Bacoor and Chris Lalata of Bicol. Judges for the event were Chooks-to-Go president Ronald Mascariñas, Jimuel Pacquiao, MPBL Commissioner Kenneth Duremdes, Manok ng Bayan Kobe Paras, and Chooks-to-Go Pilipinas spokesperson Mark Zambrano. — Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsFeb 13th, 2020

MPBL: Davao wins fourth straight, spoils Binan s last home game

BIÑAN -- South top seed Davao Occidental-Cocolife spoiled Biñan-Luxxe White's last home game this 2019-20 Chooks-to-Go MPBL Lakan Season, 72-66, Thursday night at the Alonte Sports Arena here. June Mocon registered 15 points -- all from the three-point area -- on top of three rebounds and a steal as the Tigers upped their standings to 25-4, picking up their fourth straight win. Chester Saldua followed suit with 12 markers and seven boards while Marco Balagtas and Emman Calo connived for 21 points. "Biñan's second group played really well. I tip my hats off to them, they really played well," said Davao coach Don Dulay. Jed Mendoza's freebies at the 1:42 mark of the payoff period trimmed the Heroes' deficit to just four, but they missed all but one of their remaining shots. Trailing 47-29 midway through the third period, Biñan launched a fiery comeback, ending the quarter on a 14-1 burst, to cut the deficit to just five, 43-48. Mendoza led Biñan with 18 points, six boards, and six dimes, while Kyle Neypes and James Castañares chipped in eight markers apiece. The Heroes concluded the season at 10th place in the Southern division behind a 12-18 slate. In the earlier contest, Bacoor City trooped back to its winning ways, toppling Iloilo United, 79-68. The Strikers ended the elimination round at second place in the Southern division at 24-6 while the Royals slipped to fifth place in the same conference behind an 18-12 card. "Our players could have easily said that we have number two locked in so we could have an easy night off but there are no nights off to build championship habits," said Bacoor coach Chris Gavina. Mark Pangilinan spearheaded the Strikers with 16 points on 4-of-6 shooting from deep while Michael Mabulac tallied a double-double of 10 markers and 10 boards. Gab Banal also contributed 11 points while Ian Melencio added eight points, seven rebounds, and four assists. Leading by just three in the payoff period, Banal and Melencio connected on back-to-back triples from the top of the arc to give Bacoor the lead for good, 77-68 at the 1:06 mark. Al Tamsi paced Iloilo with 18 points, four rebounds, and three dimes while Richard Escoto and Aaron Jeruta combined for 25 markers. In the first game, Jeckster Apinan went berserk in overtime to lift Makati-Super Crunch over GenSan-Burlington 91-90. Apinan buried the buzzer-beating layin off the dish of Cedric Ablaza to give Makati the much-needed victory after losing four of their last five games. The Jose Rizal University product scored 10 of the 12 Super Crunch points in overtime and ended with monster numbers of 29 points on a 9-of-14 clip, 13 rebounds, five assists, two steals and a block. "Jeckster is one of the leaders of the team. He's been a very good offensive and defensive player. A good attitude on and off the court," head coach Beaujing Acot said. On the other hand, Mikey Williams scored all of the Warriors' 11 markers in extra period to finish with 21 points and seven assists. Tied at 79, Jong Baloria and Cristopher Masaglang exchanged sorry misses to send the game to overtime. Ablaza added 21 points, seven boards, three dimes, two steals and two blocks for Makati while Baloria had 12 markers. Robby Celiz came through for GenSan with 13 points, 17 rebounds, five assists, and three blocks while Pamboy Raymundo just missed triple-double with 13 markers, 10 assists, and nine boards. Makati improved its win-loss record to 22-8, snapping its two-game slump while the Warriors slipped to 16-12, leaving the window open for Cebu-Casino Ethyl Alcohol to enter the post-season. The Scores: FIRST GAME Makati-Super Crunch 91 - Apinan 29, Ablaza 21, Baloria 12, Villanueva 9, Lingganay 6, Cruz 5, Importante 4, Sedurifa 3, Atkins 2, Cayanan 0, Manlangit 0. GenSan-Burlington 90 - Williams 21, Raymundo 13, Celiz 13, Mahaling 12, Masaglang 12, Goloran 9, Orbeta 3, Bautista 3, Cabanag 2, Baltazar 2, Cinco 0, Landicho 0. Quarterscores: 18-17, 36-37, 57-59, 79-79, 91-90. SECOND GAME Bacoor City 79 - Pangilinan 16, Banal 11, Mabulac 10, Melencio 8, Demusis 8, Montuano 7, Cañete 6, Sumalinog 6, Ramirez 5, Aquino 2, Acuña 0, Destacamento 0. Iloilo 68 - Tamsi 18, Escoto 13, Jeruta 12, Publico 7, Jaboneta 5, Gumaru 5, Prado 4, Mahari 2, Golla 2, Rodriguez 0, De Joya 0, Arambulo 0, Racho 0. Quarterscores: 22-14, 31-33, 55-51, 79-68. THIRD GAME Davao Occidental-Cocolife 72 - Mocon 15, Saldua 12, Balagtas 11, Calo 10, Yee 9, Custodio 8, Raymundo 2, Robles 2, Terso 2, Albo 1, Desabile 0, Lamocha 0, Bonleon 0, Gaco 0. Binan-Luxxe White 66 - Mendoza 18, Villanueva 9, Neypes 8, Castañares 8, Acosta 7, Mangahas A. 5, Rosale 3, Justiniani 3, Adorio 2, Parala 2, Stevens 1, Anonuevo 0, Mangahas A. 0, Bautista 0. Quarterscores: 15-12, 38-22, 48-43, 72-66.  .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsFeb 7th, 2020

South teams down counterparts from North in MPBL

SOUTH division teams Bacoor, General Santos and Cebu City bested their North counterparts Wednesday and revved up their playoff drivea in the Chooks-to-Go/MPBL Lakan Season at Cuneta Astrodome in Pasay. The Bacoor Strikers thwarted the Marikina Shoemasters, 100-88, while the GenSan Warriors rallied to down the Pasay Voyagers, 76-69, as they kept their 2-3 spots behind […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  tempoRelated NewsJan 9th, 2020

Bacoor, Cebu Sharks prevail

The Bacoor Strikers and Cebu City Sharks posted contrasting wins in the Chooks-to-Go/MPBL Lakan Season Saturday at SWU-Aznar Coliseum in Cebu City. Up against depleted Makati Super Crunch, the Strikers prevailed, 86-63, while the Sharks needed a fourth quarter surge sparked by Rhaffy Octobre to subdue the General Santos Warriors, 72-66. The Strikers pounded the […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  tempoRelated NewsDec 22nd, 2019

MPBL: Cunanan scores 20 to lead Imus to impressive home win

TEAM STANDINGS NORTH San Juan 20-3 Makati 20-4 Manila 19-4 Pasig 14-8 Bulacan 14-8 Bataan 14-9 Pampanga 14-9 Caloocan 14-10 Pasay 13-10 Valenzuela 9-14 Quezon City 9-15 Parañaque 8-15 Navotas 6-18 Nueva Ecija 5-16 Rizal 4-17 Marikina 4-17 SOUTH Davao 19-3 Bacoor 18-5 GenSan 15-7 Basilan 15-8 Iloilo 15-8 Batangas 13-8 Zamboanga 14-10 Bicol 13-12 Cebu 9-12 Biñan 10-14 Bacolod 8-15 Mindoro 8-17 Muntinlupa 5-18 Imus 6-20 Sarangani 1-22 The Imus Bandera Luxxe Slim put an end to their six-game losing streak by outplaying Navotas Uni-Pak, 86-71, in Monday night's main game of the Chooks To Go Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League Lakan Season at the Imus City Sports Complex. The visitors were without forward Jhong Bondoc, who watched the game in street clothes from the bench. Imus exploited his absence brilliantly, out-assisting their foes 31-13 and never really looking like they would lose. "Sabi ni coach dumepensa lang kami ng maayos at yung opensa, darating," said Jojo Cunanan, who copped best player of the game honors with a 20-point night highlighted by six triples from nine attempts. Led by Jeric Nacpil's 12 points, Luxxe Slim carved out a 50-33 lead at the half. A variety of Navoteños got on the scoresheet in the third and fourth quarters but Cunanan dropped three triples, two in the fourth, as Imus skated to an easy win in front of their fans to go to 6-19. The Bandera played their second game in three days, losing to Biñan on Saturday. Navotas falls to 5-20 despite 11 points from Osama Abdurasad and 10 from Kojak Melegrito. Imus were also without their talisman, Gerald Anderson, who had prior commitments and missed a rare Imus home game in their newly-renovated arena. In the second game, Bacolod Master Sardines took down the Bicol Volcanoes LCC Stores, 76-72, in overtime. Bacolod homegrown star Pao Javelona sent the game into the extension with a daring driving lay-up down the throat of the Bicolano defense with ninr ticks left for 70-70. There was exactly one field goal in overtime, a driving lay-up off the glass from Edgar Charcos that gave Master Sardines a 74-72 lead with 40 seconds remaining. After Volcano Alwyn Alday muffed a fast break lay-up, Javelona iced the game with two free throws. Ramil Tansingco led Bacolod with 15 points as the Sardine men go to 8-15. Alday had a game-high 23 points for Bicol but LCC Stores shoots just 31% from the field and do themselves no favors in the playoff race, stumbling to 13-12. The day began with the Iloilo United Royals shrugging off a gritty Rizal Xentro Malls Golden Coolers team, 71-65. The Royals led by as much as 16 in the third but the Golden Coolers hacked their way back into the game with the steady play of Rommel Saliente. A three-pointer from Kelvin Gregorio pulled them to within six, 56-50, going into the final segment of the game. A Jordan Rios layup with just under four minutes meant Rizal had their nose in front, 63-62. But Jerson Prado scored four straight points and Al Tamsi converted a big triple for a 69-65 lead with a little over a minute to go. United ran out winners to improve to 15-8 despite the absence of center Jay Javelosa, who is out for four weeks with a broken hand. Tamsi led Iloilo with 16 points while Gregorio's 15 markers paced Xentro Malls, who drop to 6-17......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsDec 17th, 2019

MPBL: Sta. Lucia hoops tradition lives on in Pasig

"I am a true basketball man. We were 34 years in basketball. We will represent the city we all love." Those are the words of Salvador "Buddy" Encarnado, the boss of the Pasig Sta. Lucia Realtors of the Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League. For him, this team is more than just a job, it seems to be a calling. The old Sta. Lucia Realtors played for 17 years in the PBA, winning two titles with Encarnado a fixture in the team's leadership. Some of their players are etched into Pinoy hoops lore, like Marlou Aquino, Kelly Williams, Dennis Espino, and MPBL commish Kenneth Duremdes. When SLR departed from the league in 2010, the real estate conglomerate continued to dabble in hoops, fielding teams in amateur leagues. But their takeover of the Pasig franchise in the MPBL represents their biggest hoops project since fleeing the pro league. Sta. Lucia Basketball thus entered a new era. This team is also very close to Encarnado's heart. The GM grew up in Barangay Sumilang, a 13-minute walk away from the Realtors' home court, the Pasig Sports Center. Exequiel "Exy" Robles, the president of Sta. Lucia Realty, is also a native of Pasig. Both were dismayed when the Pasig Pirates finished the Datu Cup in dead last in the table, at 4-21. "As a Pasigueno I could not help but feel bad for the negative image of Pasig with a team that went 4 out of 21," said Encarnado, who has retired as a day-to-day executive of SLR but helps out in their sporting ventures. Sta. Lucia took the reins of the troubled club, rechristened them the Pasig Sta. Lucia Realtors, and quickly moved to upgrade the roster. There wasn't a great deal of time, just two and-a-half weeks before the June start to the season. "We were pressured to make a fighting team in such a short window. It was like being the last in a buffet lunch. We had so few choices," laments Encarnado. Despite the slim pickings Pasig brought in a trio of studs in guard Robbie Manalang, swing man Jeric Teng, and former Mapua standout Josan Nimes. Manalang, a Filipino-American guard from Orange County in California, starred for Adamson but didn't sign with a team in the PBA after being drafted by Rain or Shine in the second round. The Realtors nabbed him on the last day of the preseason transfer period. "The management and team welcomed me with open arms since day one. Playing here has revived my career," says the guard. Manalang is norming just under 14 points per game and is a real weapon from beyond the arc. Encarnado locked down coach Bong De La Paz, who he had worked with in the past. "He knows my standard and my system," says the GM. Richard Velchez and Argel Mendoza were also roped in. In the recent midseason trading period the team strengthened their frontcourt with veteran Leo Najorda and 6'5" former NLEX Road Warrior Fonso Gotladera. "They bring experience and height," says the team chief. Pasig also has a powerful secret weapon: the rabid fans in the Pasig Sports Center. It's a cozy, intimate bandbox of an arena, and Realtors fans regularly fill it to the brim. "Hands down some the best fans in the league, if not the best," says Nimes. "The atmosphere is loud, crazy, and energetic. Almost all our games are jampacked and the fans are always engaged." "I have never seen a whole venue stand up and put three fingers in the air before I shoot a three like the Pasig fans do. I don't think I will ever forget that," says Manalang. "I'm usually the last to leave the dugout after games. And fans will still be there waiting for pictures. It's an amazing feeling," continues the former Soaring Falcon. "The fans relate to people who represent them," explains Encarnado. "Without the fans we are nothing. Basketball is not just basketball. They want to be entertained. The crowds are knowledgeable. They know what they are watching." Pasig is not invincible at home, having dropped games to Batangas and Bacoor. But both were close contests settled in the final seconds. Pasig's home is still one of the league's fortresses. Encarnado is cautiously optimistic about their chances this season. But for the next competition, the expectations will be high. "Next year some of my old players will be free and hopefully they will come back. I expect good things to happen." One thing that will never change is the Sta. Lucia culture, which Encarnado hopes will live on in this team's new iteration. "Ever since it has been about the work ethic of the group. We select people with good values who believe in hard work and have passion." The passion was in full view last Monday when the Realtors tangled with the Iloilo United Royals inn Makati. The Pasigueños battled hard, and Najorda had a superb day including a neat left-handed hook shot in the first quarter. But Pasig once again missed the services of the injured Jeric Teng, and could not neutralize Iloilo's white-hot Al Francis Tamsi, who scattered 26 points. Pasig shot just 34 percent from the field and lost 79-65. Encarnado sat at the end of Pasig bench, dressed in a team-supplied green-and white Sta. Lucia polo jack. He mostly observed the loss with little emotion. But near the end, during a dead ball situation, the boss strolled onto the court, and with glasses in hand, upbraided an official for not calling an elbow on one of his charges. His team falls short but they are still very much in the playoff race. The fire in Encarnado's belly still burns for the game. And it will not be extinguished anytime soon, if his words are to be believed. "I will never retire from basketball.".....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsNov 19th, 2019

MPBL: McAloney stars as Cebu hurdles Bacolod

In the battle for bragging rights across the Tanon Strait the Cebu Sharks - Casino Ethyl Alcohol withstood a late comeback to defeat Bacolod Master Sardines, 85-80, in the Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League Lakan Season on Thursday night. Cebu were the steadier team in front of a partisan crowd in the University of St. La Salle Coliseum in Bacolod. Cebu go to 7-10 and with new coach Noy Falcasantos at the helm, have the momentum for a playoff push. Center Will McAloney spearheaded the Sharks offense with 20 points, and they hung on despite careless play in the endgame. "Noong nag turnover ang mga teammate namin kinakausap namin, chine-cheer up namin, na di pa naman huli ang lahat, lamang pa rin kami, so kailangan pa rin stay composed inside (the court)," said the big man. Bacolod ended the first quarter with an 10-0 run to take a 22-14 lead. Marc Tallo, Pao Javelona and Mark de la Cruz provided the firepower. The second quarter was won by the Sharks, with Nichole Ubalde chipping in six points and homegrown player Ralph Dinolan hitting eight as the teams entered the locker room tied at 37. Cebu silenced the Negrense crowd with a stunning 32-point third quarter marshaled by Patrick Cabahug, Rhaffy Octubre and McAloney. The visitors led 69-57 going into the last 10 minutes. Mar Villahermosa found his scoring touch early in the fourth for Bacolod, but Cebu kept up the pressure and when McAloney laid the ball in for an 84-72 lead with 2:19 left, the game looked over and the Bacolod fans began filing out of the arena. That turned out to be a premature move as the home team produced a 6-0 run that included a steal-and-conversion from homegrown hero Javelona. But Bacolod's shooting touch deserted them in the final seconds and Cebu hung on for the win. Bacolod are now trailing the South Division playoff aspirants with a 6-11 slate despite 15 points from Marc Tallo, who failed in his attempt to defeat the team from his home province. In the undercard a hot-shooting Pampanga Giant Lanterns ADG Group of Companies ended the Bacoor Strikers' seven-game win streak with a stylish 76-69 win. Mark Cruz was adjudged best player of the game thanks to a 10-point, 7-assist game that included two crucial run-stopping baskets in the endgame. The Giant Lanterns turned the first half into a three-point party, scoring four of them in a row to begin the game, courtesy of Mark Cruz, Reil Cervantes, Travis Thompson and Jeric Fabian. In the second quarter Dan Alberto knocked in two triples in a row as Pampanga took a 45-30 lead at the half, hitting 11 of 18 three-point attempts or 61 percent at that point. Bacoor found offensive sparks in Michael Canete and Rocky Acidre, who pitched in two triples as the Kapampangan lead was trimmed to 60-55 at the end of the third. In the fourth the Bacoorenos rallied, and when Michael Mabulac converted a fast break off a steal, they found themselves in front, 63-62 with six minutes to go. At that instant Pampanga's once 17-point lead was a distant memory. But ADG Group of Companies unleashed a quick seven-point run off a Cruz triple for a 69-63 lead. The Strikers would not give up, and Ricky Acidre nailed a three-bomb to level the game. That only prompted Cruz to revert to fireman mode once again, pulling an and-1 off a driving lay-up. Mike Juico and Dexter Maiquez followed up with baskets to put the Cavitenos away for good. Worth noting was league MVP Gab Banal's off-night. The Bacoor ace could only muster three points as he missed all seven of his field goal attempts. The Strikers were without Oping Sumalinog and Rey Acuno who did not make the trip because of unspecified previous commitments. Bacoor slips to 15-4 while the Lanterns snap a two-game losing skid and improve to 11-7......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsOct 18th, 2019

MPBL: Inspired Gensan hands San Juan first loss of season

Gensan Warriors - Burlington shattered San Juan Knights - Go For Gold's air of invincibility by defeating the champs 97-91 in Friday night's second game of the Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League Lakan Season. The crowd at the Muntinlupa Sports Complex saw the San Juaneños lose for the first time since the finals of the Datu Cup to drop to 10-1, while Gensan goes to 9-2. Warrior Robby Celiz was a tower of power for his team, scoring 27 points and hauling down 8 rebounds off the bench. The forward went into the zone in the third quarter with 13 points, including an alley-oop conversion as Gensan produced a 34-point barrage in that segment to lead 70-65 at the start of the fourth. A Mike Williams fadeaway with four minutes to go put the Warriors in front 88-76, but a proud San Juan squad would not lay down. Triples from John Wilson and Mike Ayonayon keyed a breathtaking 12-0 run that squared the match at 88-88 with 2:40 left. However, the Warriors responded with a triple from Pamboy Raymundo and a pair of free throws from Celiz to re-establish their lead. Then with 42 ticks left Celiz put the icing on the cake with an artful fadeaway for a 95-89 lead that locked down the W. Wilson was masterful with 29 points in the loss but his side simply couldn't come up with enough stops. In the featured match,the Bicol Volcanoes LCC Malls showed grit and character in defeating Muntinlupa Cagers Angelis Resort 90-87 in front of a loud Muntinlupeño crowd. It was an entertaining affair right down to the last plays, with Bicol skipper Ronjay Buenafe claiming player of the game honors with 14 points, 9 assists and 9 rebounds. Dave Moralde debuted as the Cagers' playing coach, but he was unable to get a victory. Moralde's team was hampered by the loss of three big men in quick succession. In the third quarter RR De Leon was tossed for a second unsportsmanlike foul in an altercation with Jonas Guerrero. The Volcano was also kicked out of the playing area for picking up an unsportsmanlike along with an earlier technical. Nevertheless, Munti led 72-65 at the start of the fourth. But soon after Edzel Mag-isa was called for a fifth foul and four minutes later Jed Salaveria also graduated. Moralde had to go deep into his depth chart and dust off center Mark Guillen, who chipped in 5 points. Without a strong inside presence from the Cagers, Bicol grabbed a 79-75 lead on a Jerome Garcia bucket with 4 minutes to go. Moralde channeled his inner Bobby Jaworski and inserted himself into the game, delivering 5 points in a 7-0 run. But Bicol fought back, and a stylish Garcia turnaround jumper gave the visitors an 88-85 advantage with 31 seconds left. A Biboy Enguio putback cut the lead to one but the Fil-Indonesian muffed an easy undergoal stab and a late three as Bicol salted away the game from the line. John Ortuoste led Munti with 19 points, one more than Enguio. Garcia matched Buenafe's 14 point contribution. Bicol advances to 7-5 while Muntinlupa slumps to 3-9. In the first game of the tripleheader the Mindoro Tamaraws uncorked a 31-point fourth quarter to deny the SOCCSKSARGEN Marlins Armor On a first win. The Southern Tagalog side led 88-82 with a minute and a half to go when the Marlins mounted a late 5-0 run capped by a Spencer Eman basket to pull to 88-87 with 28 seconds remaining. But Mac Baracael hit a pair of clutch free throws to give the Tams a cushion, then on the next play picked off a loose cross-court pass by Matt Bernabe. Baracael was fouled and a split from the line completed the scoring. Baracael scored 16 and amassed 15 boards but the biggest offensive provider for Mindoro was Francis Camacho, who had a huge 32-point night. Raniel Diwa's 20 points was tops for the Marlins. Mindoro go to 4-7 while SOCCSKSARGEN stay rooted at the bottom of the South Division at 0-9......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsAug 24th, 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

MPBL: Undefeated Knights are a cut above the rest

Experience. Cohesiveness. These factors have led to the San Juan Knights-Go For Gold's stellar start in the MPBL Lakan Season as they remain undefeated after seven games.  Coming off a big five-game championshiop series win in the Datu Cup, the Knights' confidence is sky high, but they admit that this season has been tougher. “Mas focused kami now sa team defense.  Malalakas at mas magagaling ang mga teams at players now," shared veteran John Wilson. With 31 teams and longer gaps between games, it has been a little tougher to get one’s groove on a consistent basis. Because of their championship experience, they’ve been able to will through tough games.  According to MPBL anchor and journalist Cedelf Tupas, a big factor to the Knights' unblemished record is their finals stint. “Guys like Jhonard Clarito and Mike Ayonayon really made a leap as far as their development as players following the finals and they've carried that over this season. While other teams seem to fold in crunch time, the Knights look more and more comfortable. They embrace the challenge when games go down the wire,” observed Tupas. Credit the early achievement also so far to San Juan's leadership and team chemistry. “They've got a great mix of vets and young players in the squad who have embraced the system of coach Randy Alcantara, who despite his achievements remains one of the most underrated coaches in the country,” added Tupas. True enough, their experience in the clutch helped them escape with a one-point victory over the Bacoor Strikers to open the season, a two-point triumph over the Pasay Voyagers and an overtime win over the Bataan Risers.  Larry Rodriguez is still a force wherever he goes. Former NCAA MVP Wilson has always been consistent for the Knights, as he averages 16 points and six boards a game. Journeyman and Datu Cup Game 5 Finals hero Jhonard Clarito has been likewise a reliable scorer on offense, averaging 12 points in seven games.  As the team is continuing to getting better, the Knights have recruited young and experienced guard Andoy Estrella, who also played under Alcantara back in the NCAA. He is reunited with his Mapua teammate CJ Isit, who has been playing quality minutes this off-season. Estrella and Isit came out big against Pasay, with a combined 23 points and eight rebounds, while Rodriguez had a big double-double of 12 points and 16 boards against the Strikers. The next game of the San Juan Knights will be on August 5, against the dangerous Quezon City Capitals. The Capitals (4-3) are also a steady team, with four players averaging in double figures: Clark Derigue (13.3 ppg), Joco Tayontong (12.6 ppg), Tonino Gonzaga (11.6 ppg), Aaron Black (11.4 ppg) On the other hand, the Knights have also been consistent. Besides Wilson and Clarito averaging 16 and 12 a game, respectively and Mike Ayonayon putting up 12 markers an outing, Rodriguez and Mac Cardona both average close to 10 points per game. Wilson adds, they have no problem on offense as they let the game come to them. “Go with the flow lang with our offense. And sometimes, kung sino mainit, dun naming binabagsak ang bola.” If you are or have been in basketball for quite some time, all these quotes said by Wilson and Tupas are not new. But it’s easier said than done, it’s all about putting in to action what a team needs to do inside the court to get the job done. But more than finishing the work, it’s about cementing a reputation that experience pays off by focusing on the tiniest of details. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsAug 3rd, 2019

MPBL: Chad Alonzo finds home with Imus, serves as mentor to younger bigs

Three years ago, Chad Alonzo wasn't even on a basketball team. The former Adamson Soaring Falcon forward was just coming off brief stints with ASEAN Basketball League team MX3 Kings Pilipinas and KIA in the PBA. Now, the grizzled 35-year-old veteran is one of the leaders of the Imus Khaleb Shawarma/GLC franchise in the on-going Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League (MPBL) Lakan Season. "Thankful lang din ako at tinayo ang liga na ito. Everybody, nagkakaroon pa ng chance talaga," said Alonzo, who returned to high-level basketball in 2017 when the MPBL inaugurated. "Yung for the love of the game, andoon eh. Age is just a number. Marami pang mas beterano nga sa atin eh. Pagdating sa MPBL, lahat nabigyan ng chance e. Yung mga bata naman, nakakapag-PBA. Maganda talaga yung programa." It turned out, Imus had always kept their eyes on the 6-foot-4 bruiser. And when the squad had the chance to secure his services, they did. "After ng Bacoor Strikers, free agent ako, and then sinabihan ako ng coaching staff ng Imus, and sabi nila, Chad, punta ka sa amin," shared Alonzo. Liking what they saw, Imus team manager Lou Abad presented Alonzo his new contract. It has not been an easy route so far for the Khaleb Shawarma/GLC crew, faltering in three of their first four outings. But being among the tested veterans on the line-up, Alonzo has been quite a presence in the locker room and in practice. "Medyo nakaka-adjust na lahat. Nagg-gel na yung team kaya unti-unti, maganda na yung tinatakbo kaya maganda rin yung outcome last game," he said. "Ang pagkakaiba dito sa Imus, talagang bago yung team. Lahat ng players bago, hindi kagaya sa mga previous team ko na talagang magkakasama na. Naging responsibility dito ng mga veterans ay tulungan yung mga teammates ko lalo na't mga bago pa sila." With eight years of PBA experience in the bag, Alonzo has served as a leader to younger front-liners like Gelo Vito and Jay-R Ng Sang, and he says he finds joy being that figure for them. "Dito sa MPBL, gusto ko matulungan lang yung ibang mga players. Yung mga gustong makapag-PBA. Mayroon kaming mga gustong magpa-draft," shared Alonzo. "So pwede kaming makatulong nina Jayjay Helterbrand." Not to be outdone, Alonzo even opened up about going toe-to-toe with the youngsters in practice, keeping up with them as he would receive compliments afterwards. "Sinasabi nila, Chad, para kang college lang ah. Paunahan eh, mabibilis, pero nakakasabay pa," recalled Alonzo. "Nakakatuwa talaga kasi karamihan, mga bata. Naishe-share ko sa kanila yung kung anong na-experience ko before sa PBA." Alonzo's last game with Imus was a testament to that, as he scored a double-double performance of 15 points and 12 rebounds in a decisive 82-70 win over the Soccksargen Marlins-Armor On. Such display that he could still be of significance to an MPBL club not only helped Imus, but inspired the rest of his teammates in general to develop winning attitude. "Yung mga bata, kailangan ipakita mo rin eh kasi ikaw yung veteran. Nakakatuwa naman sila kasi ginagaya nila and nagiging habit na nila sa practice. Lahat naman, sa sipag nadadaan eh. Nage-extra na sila after practice," he said. "Kung anong mga pwedeng maitulong sa kanila, ginagawa ko. Minsan nga, ganado pa sila mag-ensayo kasi nakikita nila na nakikipagsabayan ako sa kanila." Alonzo knows it will still be a long road for them in the Lakan Cup, but finding a niche is what's vital in keeping his career going, and perhaps lead him to another championship. "Kung papalarin talaga, sana makukuha rin ng title. Sana malayo ang marating ng Imus," he remarked. About Imus-Khaleb Shawarma/GLC Bandera: Imus-Khaleb Shawarma/GLC Bandera is one of the 10 pioneering teams of the Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League playing in the Southern Division of the league playing at the Imus City Sports Complex in Imus, Cavite, a third-class city in the Philippines. Khaleb Shawarma/GLC hold a 2-3 record in the Southern Division of the Lakan Cup and are undefeated at home. They will next play the Paranaque Patriots-F2 Logistics on July 30 at the Muntinlupa Sports Complex.  .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJul 30th, 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

Strikers tumaas ang kumpiyansa

Nagulat kami sa lakas ng Bacoor City Strikers sa MPBL.The post Strikers tumaas ang kumpiyansa appeared first on Abante News Online......»»

Category: newsSource:  abanteRelated NewsJun 28th, 2019

MPBL: Imus chemistry still in the works, says Gerald Anderson

  MANILA, Philippines – Imus combo guard Gerald Anderson says poor chemistry did them in after his squad recently absorbed a 22-point drubbing against neighbor Bacoor Strikers in the 2019-2020 Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League (MPBL) Lakan Cup. "Tinalo namin sarili namin. Not to take anything from Bacoor na malakas ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJun 22nd, 2019

San Juan starts MPBL title defense with thrilling triumph over Bacoor

San Juan wasted no time proving that all those after the MPBL Lakan Cup trophy will have to go through it, silencing fellow powerhouse Bacoor, 77-76, in its home court Strike Gym on Friday. Mike Ayonayon led four Knights in double-digits with 22 points on top of 10 rebounds, four assists, and two steals. John Wilson and Jhonard Clarito then contributed 16 points apiece for San Juan which retained most of its championship core for its title defense. Larry Rodriguez also posted a 12-point, 14-rebound double-double all while punching through a pressure-packed free throw with seven ticks to go that ultimately wound up as the difference between the two teams. For the Strikers, reigning and defending MVP Gab Banal, of course, showed the way with 17 points to go along with eight assists and seven rebounds. Meanwhile, Bulacan was also triumphant in its season debut after rallying by Cebu, 75-71. JR Alabanza topped the scoring column for the Kuyas with 11 points while Dan Sara, Jovit Dela Cruz, and Jhan Nermal all added 10 markers each. William Mcaloney paced the Sharks with 14 points......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJun 15th, 2019