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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: 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

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

MPBL: Beefed Up Bacoor City Strikers looking to go further than Divisional Semis

Considering that they were the final expansion team to be formed for the 2018-2019 Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League, the Bacoor City Strikers did pretty good for themselves, finishing fifth in the Southern Division to clinch a spot in the playoffs, and even going as far as the Divisional Semifinals.  There, the Strikers would fall to eventuall National Finalists Davao Occidental. It may have not been the end to the season that they wanted, but Strikers main man Gab Banal was pretty pleased with what he saw from the team.  "It was an incredible season for me and for Bacoor City, knowing that we were the last team to be formed, and still we were able to reach the semifinals of the Southern Division," Banal told ABS-CBN Sports.  Aside from a playoff berth, Banal also earned MVP honors, finishing with 18.2 points, 8.9 rebounds, and 6.4 assists during the stellar season.  Now, however, Banal and the Strikers are targeting a deeper run in the post-season, and are expecting to do so, now that they've gotten more time to prepare, and they've gotten more talented.  "I guess this upcoming season, we’ve had more time to prepare. We got some new players and we have a new coach also, and the team management, the players, and the coaching staff are more determined to do better than what we did last year," Banal explained. "We had the coaching changes, the decision was made by the management, and we have some new players so that we could beef up and supplement me in terms of our system, offensively and defensively." "I know that all the other teams beefed up also, and there are additional teams in the Southern Division also. It’s going to be tough, but we will just focus on ourselves and we will just go with the flow and mind our own thing, and see how far we can go this time around," he added.  Joining Banal on the Strikers will be ABL veteran Oping Sumalinog as well as Michael Mabulac, Ian Melecio, Paolo Castro, and Matthew Aquino, among others.  "[We've got] Oping Sumalinog, who played for the ABL, is coming back, and we have Michael Mabulac, Paolo Castro, Ian Melencio, and we have other players that we can rely on off the bench, because last year we were the worst in points off the bench," Banal detailed. "This time, because it’s a long season, I think it’s going to last 10 to 12 months, and it’s gonna be tiring so we need some players who can help us give us that relief off the bench." Obviously, the goal for the Strikers, as with all the other teams in the MPBL, is to be able to bring home the championship at the end of the season. Banal however says that they will take the season a game at a time and the immediate goal is to improve on a daily basis.  "Of course, we’re aiming for the championship, but we’re focusing on one game at a time, and let the season flow and just take care of ourselves, we’re being specific rather than focusing right away on a task far ahead, we’re focusing on one game at a time, one quarter at a time, one possession at a time, and eventually that will build up to a win. We just have to be better every day and focus on our immediate goals and we’ll see how far it takes us."   The Bacoor Strikers open the 2019 MPBL Lakan Cup against reigning Datu Cup Champions San Juan Knights at home in Bacoor on Friday, June 14 at 9:00 PM. Catch it LIVE on S+A channel 23 and on iWant Sports    .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJun 11th, 2019

MPBL: Bacoor s Gab Banal eyeing a different MVP trophy in Lakan Cup

Talk about an impressive maiden season.  Bacoor City Strikers main gunner Gab Banal not only led the expansion team to the Southern Division semifinals, but he was also able to claim Most Valuable Player honors with an impressive 18.2 points, 8.9 rebounds, and 6.4 assists.  Heading into the 2019 Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League Lakan Cup, Banal isn't resting on his laurels and is planning on getting even better.  p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 12.0px Helvetica; color: #454545} p.p2 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 12.0px Helvetica; color: #454545; min-height: 14.0px} "It’s hard to get at the top, and it’s even harder to stay at the top. Everyone’s coming after you," said Banal. "Personally, I made the decision to work harder and work smarter than the previous season. It’s going to be tough, the pressure is on me since I’m the reigning MVP, but I’m just going to focus on the task at hand and enjoy playing the game of basketball and not let other factors affect my game." Banal knows fully well that he will be the primary target for the other teams this coming conference, but with a number of key additions, the reigning MVP is expecting other players to step up.  "It’s going to be there, the pressure, Im going to be on the hit list of the other teams, the number one scouting report is going to be me, but I just have to involve my teammates better and sometimes I just have to be a decoy, because now we have deeper players and even more talented than the last time, so I just have to involve my teammates more, so when you say Bacoor, it’s not just me, but the whole team." For the upcoming season, Banal maintains that the focus is on making it past the Southern Division semifinals and hopefully making the National Finals, and even possibly taking home the title.  "Of course, for me that’s to win a championship. An individual award is a nice feeling, but at the end of the day, when you join a tournament, your focus is to win a championship, not to win the MVP. For me, it’s just a bonus. Right now, our team is really aiming for the championship, so I’ll just do my best to help the team win and if I win another MVP, it’s just a bonus." While being hailed as the league's best player is definitely an amazing achievement, Banal has his sights set on an even more prestigious sort of MVP honor. "I’m aiming for the Finals MVP because that means we’re in the championship. That means that we won, so I’m aiming for that," he concluded. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJun 11th, 2019

Bacoor Strikers powerhouse sa sunod na season ng MPBL

I have but one thing about the newly-formed lineup of Bacoor City Strikers of the MPBL --”powerhouse.”The post Bacoor Strikers powerhouse sa sunod na season ng MPBL appeared first on Abante News Online......»»

Category: newsSource:  abanteRelated NewsMay 4th, 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

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:  abscbnRelated NewsAug 23rd, 2019

MPBL: Pacquiao cousin lifts Caloocan past Bacolod

The Caloocan Supremos - Victory Liner thrilled the home crowd in the Caloocan Sports Complex by putting the hurt on the Bacolod Masters Sardines, 89-74, in Thursday action at the Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League Lakan Season. The victory, a third straight at home, propels the Supremos to 4-5 in the standings while the Negrenses drop to 3-6. Rene Pacquiao's 14-point, 10 rebound night earned him player of the game honors. "Iniisip namin depensa, kase doon kami nananalo," said Pacquiao, who is a second cousin of MPBL founder and Senator Manny Pacquiao. The Supremos held Masters Sardines to just 39 percent from the field. Another key stat of the game was Caloocan outrebounding their foes, 50-33. Bacolod homegrown Paolo Javelona was on song right off the bat with four three-pointers in the first quarter alone. But Pacquiao was in form as well with all of his 14 markers in the first half as the home team led 43-34 at the half. Bacolod suffered a blow in the second quarter when starter Justin Alano picked up a fourth foul in the second quarter, limiting his minutes for the rest of the contest. Caloocan got four quick treys, two from Paul Sanga and two from JC Escalambre, to grab a 68-49 lead with a minute to go in the third period. At the start of the 4th Caloocan led 68-51. From then on Damian Lasco helped confirm the win with ten of his 14 points in the final ten minutes for Caloocan. Bacolod can console themselves with the fact that Paolo Javelona was in beast mode, scoring 30 points, but it just wasn't enough. The middle game featured Basilan Steel Jumbo Plastic smothering the Mindoro Tamaraws, 105-89, with an awesome display of firepower. The Southern Tagalog club has helpless in the face of the Steel's scoring juggernaut, with Shaquille Alanes hanging up 16 points, Irven Palencia contributing 14 and Jerald Bautista good for 12. Basilan showed their intent with a 30-point second quarter to take a 43-35 halftime lead. The Steel turned the screws in the third quarter with production by Palencia and Michole Solera to lead 71-57 at the end of the period. Bobby Balucanag's alley oop was the highlight of that run. Basilan didn't take their foot off the gas in the final quarter as they go to 6-3 while Mindoro suffer a 5th loss in eight. Gab Dagangon was adjudged best player with a dozen points and as many rebounds for the Steel. Mindanao can take solace in the fact that Rodel Vaygan had yet another stellar outing with 28 points and 10 caroms. In the afternoon game Makati Super Crunch dominated the Bicol Volcanoes LCC Malls in the fourth to win, 83-75. Makati delivered a 25-point second quarter to sieze a 36-28 halftime advantage, with Joseph Manlangit pouring in seven points in that period. Bicol showed fighting spirit with back-to-back triples from Alwyn Alday and Jerome Garcia to take a 67-65 lead halfway through the fourth. An Alex Nueva bucket made it 69-65. Then Makati stormed to a 15-0 run including seven straight points by Joshua Torralba to lead, 80-69, while Bicol struggled with poor shot selection in the face of a withering Makati press. With 35 seconds left Volcano Rhaffy Gusi was thrown out of the game with a bizarre hack on Vincent Importante's face while guarding him. It remains to be seen if he will be suspended for the disqualifying foul. Despite poor free throw shooting in the endgame Makati hung on for victory. Jeckster Apinan led Makati with 20 points and 10 rebounds. Chris Lalata's 14 points was tops for LCC Malls. Bicol slump to 5-5 after a third straight setback. Meanwhile Cholo Villanueva's Makati keep pace with the leaders of the North Division with a 6-1 record......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsAug 9th, 2019

MPBL: Voyagers tinisod ang Strikers

NILAFANG ng Pasay Voyagers­ at ng Bacolod Master’s Sardinesang mga karibal sa Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League Lakan Season Huwebes ng gabi sa Cuneta Astrodome......»»

Category: newsSource:  abanteRelated NewsAug 2nd, 2019

MPBL: Bacoor keeps win-run going

Ex-pros Michael Mabulac and fellow All-Star and reigning league Most Valuable Player Gab Banal combined forces while team captain Oping Sumalinog also hit clutch baskets......»»

Category: newsSource:  tempoRelated NewsJul 9th, 2019

San Juan remains unscathed in MPBL Lakan Cup after trampling Rizal

San Juan had no problems whatsoever in a 101-86 rout of Rizal, Thursday inside Manila's San Andres Sports Complex for its third win in a row to begin its title defense in the MPBL Lakan Cup. John Wilson waxed hot with 25 points, including four triples, to go along with five rebounds and three assists while Mike Ayonayon wound up with 15 markers, five boards, and two dimes. The Knights stampeded their way to a still spotless slate, dominating the paint where they scored 50 points compared to their opponents' 18. In the end, Jhonard Clarito, Orlan Wamar, and Lester Reyes also added eight points apiece to help the defending champions score the 15-point rout. Jansen Rios had 16 points to top the scoring column for the Golden Coolers who absorbed their second loss in three games. In the day's other game, Jan Jamon and Ron Lastimosa joined forces to shoot Pasay over Imus, 82-65. Jamon had 15 points and three rebounds while Lastimosa had 12 markers, four assists, and three boards in the Voyagers' third win in a row following a season-opening loss. For the now 1-2 Bandera, James Martinez was the lone bright spot with 12 points, six rebounds, and five assists while Mark Anthony Doligon chipped in 14 markers, most coming when the game was all but over......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJul 4th, 2019

MPBL: Bulacan Kuyas stun Cebu Sharks with come-from behind win

CEBU CITY, Philippines — The Cebu Sharks-Casino Ethyl Alcohol crumbled down the stretch and fell to the Bulacan Kuyas, 74-75, in the Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League Lakan Cup on Friday, at the Strike Gymnasium in Bacoor City. The loss was a nightmare for Cebu, as it appeared they already had the win in the bag […] The post MPBL: Bulacan Kuyas stun Cebu Sharks with come-from behind win appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJun 14th, 2019

Cebu Sharks open bid in MPBL Lakandula Cup on June 14

Cebu City, Philippines—Fans of the Cebu Sharks-Casino Ethyl Alcohol will not have to wait long to see their team get into the action as it debuts in the Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League (MPBL) Lakandula Cup against the Bulacan Kuyas on Friday, June 14, 2019, in Bacoor, Cavite. The Sharks are keen on getting off to […] The post Cebu Sharks open bid in MPBL Lakandula Cup on June 14 appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJun 11th, 2019