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PBA: Balkman s 43 points lift Beermen to crucial win over TNT

Crucial victory for the reigning champions. San Miguel had superior composure in the end, taking a big 99-94 win over rival TNT Saturday in the 2018 PBA Commissioner's Cup at the MOA Arena. The Beermen got 43 points from import Renaldo Balkman and the defending champions avoided back-to-back defeats, improving to a 4-4 record to maintain its playoff spot. San Miguel actually forced a three-way tie with Magnolia and Globalport for the 5th-7th spots. "This a badly needed win," head coach Leo Austria said. "Thankful kami na we were able to survive TNT. They [Beermen] know the importance of this game," he added. [Related: PBA: Romeo, Lassiter ejected from TNT-SMB game for getting into each other's face] The Beermen opened up a 15-point lead in the first half, 42-27, but that evaporated in the fourth as things got heated between both teams. Terrence Romeo and Marcio Lassiter were ejected in the first half for a pair of technical fouls while Arwind Santos and Anthony Semerad were also thrown out in the fourth for getting flagrant 2 fouls. [Related: PBA: Arwind ejected from SMB-TNT game for flagrant 2] Tied at 83 with 7:36 to go, the Beermen mounted an 11-3 run behind Balkman, taking some much-needed cushion to hold on for the win in the end. Balkman led the way with 43 points, 26 in the first half. He also had 15 rebounds and six blocks. Four-time MVP June Mar Fajardo added 19 points for the Beermen. The KaTropa, who took their second straight loss for a 6-3 record, got 26 points and 18 rebounds from import Joshua Smith.   The Scores: San Miguel (99): Balkman 43, Fajardo 19, Cabagnot 12, Ross 7, Lassiter 7, Santos 7, Pessumal 4, Ganuelas-Rosser 0, Lanete 0 TNT (94): Smith 26, Pogoy 13, Trollano 13, Rosario 8, Williams 8, Castro 7, Semerad 6, Reyes 6, Cruz 3, Romeo 2, Garcia 2, Taha 0    Quarter scores: 33-22, 55-46, 79-72, 99-94   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintg8.....»»

Category: sportsSource: abscbn abscbnJun 16th, 2018

Down 3-2, Balkman unfazed ahead of Game 6: ‘Don’t count us out’

San Miguel's Beer run just hit a roadblock and one wrong step could jeopardize its title retention bid in the PBA Commissioner's Cup. After the Beermen crushed Barangay Ginebra with two straight wins in Games 2 and 3, the defending champions suffered the same predicament and lost twice to the Gin Kings dropping to a 3-2 deficit. The Beermen's 87-83 Game 5 loss was the first match in the whole series that wasn't a blowout after the first four games were decided by at least 25 points, but it didn't mean San Miguel's morale took a backbreaking hit. Import Renaldo Balkman is unfazed of the situation and he vowed that the Beermen would lift the title after Game 7. "It's not ov...Keep on reading: Down 3-2, Balkman unfazed ahead of Game 6: ‘Don’t count us out’.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsAug 6th, 2018

PBA: TNT sent back to the ground after two-game win streak

After a two-game win streak that saw the TNT KaTropa defeat the NLEX Road Warriors and the San Miguel Beermen, they looked to cruise to a third straight victory. They were up by 21, 30-9 against the Meralco Bolts in the early stages of the second, but somehow blew it.  For star guard Jayson Castro, who finished with 20 points, that kind of effort is not going to cut it if the KaTropa wants to be recognized as a contender in the 2019 PBA Philippine Cup. "Oo, yun nga sana kasi para na-establish namin sana yung team namin. Unfortunately, talo. Pero marami namang positives, at the same time na-outhustle kami, na-outwork kami. Talagang tinalo nila kami," shared the veteran floor general. The KaTropa, still up by nine at the half, 39-30, only scored nine points in the crucial third frame, surrendering the lead completely by its conclusion, 58-63. And to make matters worse, they only scored two points in the first seven minutes of the payoff period, as Meralco delivered the final jolt that led them to their second win of the season. "Noong start ng 3rd, medyo masama yung defensive ano namin. Hindi namin na-execute gusto naming gawin. At the same time sobrang ano, yung mga miscommunication sa defense. Yun ang nakaano sa amin kaya nakakuha sila ng madaming points," Castro said. Castro also added that he was hampered by the tightening of his quadriceps, but assured that it won't be a major hindrance moving forward. In their game against the Magnolia Hotshots, the playmaker said that he and his teammates are looking forward to a big showdown at the MOA Arena Sunday evening. "Yun naman yung maganda sa team namin ngayon, walang nagpo-point fingers, basta lahat kami positive. Manalo, matalo, team pa rin kami." __ Follow this writer on Twitter, @philipptionary......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJan 30th, 2019

Luka Doncics 32, Maxi Klebler s D and 3 lift Mavs over Pistons | Inquirer Sports

DALLAS Rookie sensation Luka Doncics reputation as a scorer keeps growing. So does Maxi Klebers penchant for blocking shots. Doncic scored 32 points, Kleber hit a crucial 3-pointerafter blocking a sh.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philippinetimesRelated NewsJan 26th, 2019

Luka Doncic’s 32, Maxi Klebler’s D and 3 lift Mavs over Pistons

DALLAS --- Rookie sensation Luka Doncic's reputation as a scorer keeps growing. So does Maxi Kleber's penchant for blocking shots. Doncic scored 32 points, Kleber hit a crucial 3-pointerafter blocking a shot by Blake Griffinand the Dallas Mavericks beat the Detroit Pistons 106-101 on Friday night. Griffin scored 35 for his eighth 30-point game in the past 11, but couldn't get a key bucket when trying to back down Kleber. After Griffin's attempt to save the ball inbounds was collected by Doncic, the 19-year-old found Kleber alone at the 3-point line. Initially, Kleber's fourth 3 gave Dallas a 100-97 lead, but the score changed to 100-95 on the subsequent timeout. The Pistons ...Keep on reading: Luka Doncic’s 32, Maxi Klebler’s D and 3 lift Mavs over Pistons.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJan 26th, 2019

ABL: Malaysia extinguishes red-hot Alab Pilipinas

Just as Alab Pilipinas could not get going the way they usually do, Malaysia just seemed to be able to hit the mark all game long at home in the MABA Stadium in Kuala Lumpur. Torching the nets to the tune of a total of 14 triples before Jonathan Wong took care of the game-winner, the Dragons doused cold water on the defending champions with a well-earned 72-71 win in the continuation of the 2018-2019 Asean Basketball League. The Filipinos were up by five with six minutes remaining and one with 31.6 ticks to go, but Wong kept the home team in the game all throughout with a total of 21 points on top of six rebounds, four assists, and two steals. It was also the Singaporean reinforcement who willed in a layup over Caelan Tiongson to lift Malaysia to just its third win in six games. Still, without a doubt, this is their biggest win of the season – becoming the first team to put a blemish on the Philippines’ record. Of course, Wong was no one-man show as Nnanna Egwu and Chris Eversley also made an impact with 21 and 15 points, respectively. They also combined for five of the Malaysians’ total triples that, in all, frustrated their opponents. Alongside being unable to defend the three-point line, Alab also lacked contributions from its locals as only Puerto Rican reinforcements Renaldo Balkman and PJ Ramos proved effective with the former finishing with 31 points, 14 rebounds, four blocks, and three assists and the latter ending with his own 16-marker, 11-board double-double to go along with five dimes. Back-to-back Local MVP Ray Parks Jr. just had five points to his name as he and his squad suffered their first setback in six games. --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJan 9th, 2019

Top sports headliners in the year that was

From the FIFA World Cup to the NBA, the PBA to the UAAP and NCAA, the Asian Games to Manny Pacquiao, volleyball to MMA, the past 12 months truly was a great year for Filipino sports fans.   Here are some of the most memorable sports headliners that bannered the year that was.    San Miguel Corporation dominates PBA San Miguel Corporation owned 2018. For the first time in the history of the Asia’s first professional basketball league one company dominated all three conferences of the PBA. The San Miguel Beermen annexed their fourth straight Philippine Cup title against sister team Magnolia last May, while Ginebra rode on undersized do-it-all forward Justin Brownlee to the Commissioner's Cup title at the expense of San Miguel last August. Then it was Magnolia's time to shine in December. The Hotshots dismantled Alaska in six games to complete SMC’s domination of PBA 2018. Outside of basketball, SMC also made its presence felt in volleyball as Petron bagged the Grand Prix, Challenge Cup (beach volleyball) and the All-Filipino Conference in the Philippine Superliga.   Kai Sotto stands tall as Ateneo takes title vs NU Kai Sotto became a household name in 2018 as the 7'1" wunderkind showed off in the UAAP Season 80 juniors' basketball tournament. The eventual Finals MVP was a beast in Game 1 of the Finals against the NU Bullpups, tallying a triple-double of 22 points, 16 rebounds, and 11 blocks in the 86-70 win, the first of its kind since 2003. Ateneo finished the season almost unscathed at 16-1, with their lone loss in Game 2 of the series, a very chippy one to say the least. In Game 3, Sotto came up clutch, scoring the go-ahead basket, 60-58, with about 30 seconds left as Ateneo came away with the 63-58 win to take the title.  SJ Belangel, Joaqui Manuel, Dave Ildefonso and Jason Credo, and coach Joe Silva all appeared in their last games for the Blue Eaglets.   DLSU completes three-peat; NU dethrones Ateneo  The UAAP Season 80 volleyball tournament was filled with lasting memories that will surely be remembered for a long time. Numerous upsets in the eliminations, great games, and much more were the name of the game for the women's tournament. However, a long-time rivalry was rekindled when two-time defending champs De La Salle Lady Spikers met 29-time title holders FEU Lady Tamaraws for all the marbles last May. Kim Kianna Dy, Majoy Baron, and Dawn Macandili all ended their careers on a high note as they swept graduating Bernadeth Pons and the Lady Tamaraws in two straight games to win their third straight title. Graduating libero Macandili was named Finals MVP for the first and final time in her collegiate career.  Behind their magnificent floor defense and some stellar play from Finals MVP Bryan Bagunas, the NU Bulldogs also swept three-time defending champions Ateneo Blue Eagles to reclaim a title they last enjoyed in Season 76. Espejo, a five-time UAAP MVP, had an awesome performance for the world's record books, scoring a record-55 points to force the FEU Tamaraws to a do-or-die Final Four. The Blue Eagle legend had played his last, and has since suited up for a semi-pro team in Japan's topflight volleyball league.   Alab fends off Mono Vampire to claim ABL title San Miguel-backed Alab Pilipinas were such a glorious sight to see in the eighth season of the Asean Basketball League (ABL) last March. Coached by perennial fan favorite Jimmy Alapag in his very first season, the trio of Renaldo Balkman, Justin Brownlee, and Local and Finals MVP Bobby Ray Parks to their first title in home soil. Alab faced Thailand-based Mono Vampire, who were led by Mike Singletary, towering Sam Deguara, Fil-Am Jason Brickman and Pinoy Paul Zamar. In the very same day as the coronation of the UAAP volleyball championships, Alab took home the crown in a rousing 102-92 victory in Sta. Rosa, much to the delight of the home crowd. Balkman, the league's Defensive Player of the Year led Alab in scoring with 32, while Brownlee added 24 of his own. Parks added 13 markers. The two imports played in the PBA for the Commissioner's Cup, where Balkman (San Miguel) and Brownlee (Ginebra) would face each other in the Finals.   (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio) Warriors send LeBron packing to Los Angeles The Golden St. Warriors and the Cleveland Cavaliers locked horns in the NBA Finals for the fourth straight season after the two teams were pushed to the brink in the Conference Finals. Both teams were down 3-2 and won Game 7 on the road to win their respective conferences, with both teams banking on experience to forge another bout in the championship series. Game 1 was undoubtedly the most exciting game in the series as LeBron James had an epic performance of 51 points, 8 rebounds, and 8 assists.  However, JR Smith's blunder at the end of regulation became the lasting image of that game, as he dribbled out the clock with the score tied at 107-all. The defending champions rode the surge and took the opening game, 124-114. Stephen Curry's brillant performance throughout the series was overshadowed by Kevin Durant's dagger in Game 3, a few feet away from the spot where he launched the go-ahead three in Game 3 of the 2017 NBA Finals. Durant was named as the Bill Russell Finals MVP after norming 28.8 ppg, 10.8 rpg, and 7.5 apg in the four-game sweep, demolishing the Cavs 108-85 in the series finale last June. It would also be the last game LeBron James had in a Cleveland Cavaliers uniform, as he bolted for the Los Angeles Lakers almost a month later.   (AP Photo/Martin Meissner) France rules 2018 FIFA World Cup The most-coveted title of the beautiful game returned to France after two decades. The youthful French squad celebrated their conquest soaked in a downpour in Moscow after a 4-2 victory over first-time finalist Croatia in the 2018 FIFA World Cup last July. Teenager Kylian Mbappe stood out in the French team composed of a bunch of 25 and under players. Speed, strength and youth became France’s biggest asset during the quadrennial football spectacle watched by almost 3.5 billion viewers around the world.  The 19-year-old migrant scored one of the four goals in the championship match to become the second teen to score a goal in the Finals after the legendary Pele back in 1958. France defeated Belgium in the semifinal, 1-0, while Croatia outlasted the favored Russians in penalty shootout, 4-3 (2-2). The French team also displayed diversity, with players born of migrant parents including Alphonse Areola, whose parents are both Filipinos working in France.   Pac on top, The Filipino Flash returns The most-celebrated Filipino athlete continued make the headlines this year. Manny Pacquaio stripped Lucas Matthysse of his WBA welterweight world championship belt with a seventh round technical knockout win in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia in July. Pacquiao split with long-time trainer Freddie Roach during his build up for the Matthysse bout back in April but confirmed their partnership once again for the 40-year old boxer’s title defense against Adrien Broner next year. Nonito Donaire Jr. announced that he would be going back down to super bantamweight after a loss to Carl Frampton in April for the interim WBO Featherweight belt and would be taking part in the World Boxing Super Series' super bantamweight tournament.  Matched up in the quarterfinal round against Ryan Burnett back in November, Donaire scored what many consider an upset, winning via TKO after the Irishman suffered a back injury to snatch the WBA (Super) Bantamweight World Championship.  Up next for Donaire will be WBO Super Bantamweight World Champion Zolani Tete of South Africa in the semifinals.           Pinay power in the Asian Games   The Philippines participated in the 18th Asian Games held in Jakarta and Palembang, Indonesia that ran from August 18 to September 2. A total of 272 athletes that participated in 31 sports represented the country in the quadrennial meet with Jordan Clarkson of the Cleveland Cavaliers and medalist Margielyn Didal marching as flagbearers in the opening and closing ceremonies, respectively. Rio Olympian Hidilyn Diaz gave the PHI its first gold medal in women’s -53 kg. weightlifting. Five days after Diaz’s victory, the trio of Yuka Saso, Bianca Pagdanganan and Lois Kaye Go accounted for the women’s golf team mint. Saso also bagged the individual gold. In Palembang, Didal rolled her way into winning the women’s street skateboard gold. The celebrated men’s basketball team started out strong after routing Kazakhstan but lost by two-points to China in the group stage. The Gilas Pilipinas squad advanced in the quarterfinals but bowed down to South Korea by nine points eventually settling for a fifth spot in the classification phase after wins over Japan and Syria. The PHI finished with a 4-2-15 gold-silver-bronze haul and landed at 19th spot, three places higher that its 2014 finish in Incheon, South Korea.      Red Lions roar, Blue Eagles soar San Beda University continued its mastery over the NCAA as it annexed its third straight title and 22nd overall. The Red Lions grabbed its 11th crown in 13 years at the expense of Lyceum of the Philippines University. It was one-sided championship series – just like in their Finals meeting last year – with the San Beda ripping the Pirates apart in Game One with LPU playing sans its best player in CJ Perez, who was banned for one game after failing to notify the league of his intention to join the PBA Draft. Perez returned in Game 2 but even his presence didn’t stop the Red Lions from painting the NCAA red once again. In probably one of the most memorable UAAP season in recent years, Ateneo de Manila University won its second straight crown. Ivorian tower and Rookie of the Year 6-foot-11 Ange Kouame made an immediate impact for the Blue Eagles complementing the already stacked Ateneo squad led by Finals MVP Thirdy Ravena. But the glory of Ateneo was overshadowed by the Cinderalla story of the team it vanquished in the Finals. Climbing up from the cellar in the past years, University of the Philippines made history by making it in the Finals for the first time since winning it all in 1986. But before their championship stint, the Fighting Maroons ended a two-decade Final Four drought. UP then shocked twice-to-beat Adamson University with both games decided by game-winners. Ateneo came in the series as the title favorites but overwhelming support from a very hungry UP community and underdogs fans backed the Fighting Maroons. But in the end, it was the Blue Eagles championship experience that prevailed.       Pinoys make wave in MMA Fighters under Team Lakay flexed their muscles in One Championship. Flyweight star Geje Eustaquio opened the year with an interim championship win over former champion Kairat Akhmetov in Manila back in January. Eustaquio then defeated two-time champion Adriano Moraes in Macau last July to become the undisputed ONE Flyweight World Champion.  Joshua Pacio earned the ONE Strawweight World Championship last September after a unanimous decision win over two-time champion Japanese Yoshitaka Naito. Kevin Belingon dropped former world title challenger Andrew Leone with a now-famous spinning back kick in April. He followed it up with a dominating win over then-two division world champion Martin Nguyen to capture the ONE Interim Bantamweight World Champion. Belingon ended the five-year reign and seven-year winning streak of of long-time bantamweight king Brazilian Bibiano Fernandes in November via split decision.  Eduard Folayang outclassed Singaporean contender Amir Khan at ONE: Conquest of Champions in Manila in early December to bag the ONE Lightweight World Championship for the second time in his storied career.  BRAVE Combat Federation Bantamweight World Champion Stephen Loman successfully defended his title twice in 2018.  Reigning ONE Heavyweight World Champion Brandon Vera needed only 64 seconds to knockout hard-hitting Italian challenger Mauro Cerilli in Manila early December to remain the king of the ONE Championship heavyweight kingdom.    Petron, Creamline rule respective club leagues Creamline claimed its breakthrough championship in the Premier Volleyball League by sweeping PayMaya in the Reinforced Conference Finals series last July. Alyssa Valdez finally ended a two-year title drought with the Cool Smashers' victory. Creamline opposite hitter Michele Gumabao was named Miss Globe-Philippines during the Binibining Pilipinas 2018 last March. Gumabao represented the country in the 2018 Miss Globe in Albania last October and won the Miss Social Media and Dream Girl awards while landing a spot in the Top 15.     The Cool Smashers completed a sweep of the PVL’s Season 2 after claiming the Open Conference crown at the expense of Ateneo-Motolite via an emphatic series sweep this month. In the Philippine Superliga, Petron reigned supreme in the Grand Prix after taking down archrival F2 Logistics last May. Petron extended its supremacy in the sands after the tandem of Sisi Rondina and Bernadethn Pons defeated Dhannylaine Demontano and Jackielyn Estoquia of Sta. Lucia in the Challenge Cup final last May. The Cargo Movers got its revenge in the Invitational Cup, toppling the Blaze Spikers in a series sweep last July. Petron wrapped the year with the All-Filipino Conference in its pocket. The Blaze Spikers won its first 14 games before dropping Game 2 of the Finals. Petron swept F2 Logistics in Game 3......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsDec 30th, 2018

UAAP: Now NU s pillar, Carl Tamayo just wanted to watch June Mar Fajardo before

Last season, Nazareth School of National University just had no answer for Kai Sotto. Ateneo de Manila High School’s towering teen, well, towered above all in the three-game Finals series to lift the Blue Eaglets over the Bullpups and onto the mountaintop of the UAAP Juniors. A year later, it looks like Sotto finally has an equal from the blue and gold. In the rematch between NU and Ateneo last Saturday, the 16-year-old, 7-foot-1 generational talent had 23 points, 12 rebounds, four assists, and two steals for the Blue Eaglets. Only, the Bullpups also had a 17-year-old, 6-foot-8 promising prospect who posted a 13-point, 10-rebound to help lead his side to victory. That 17-year-old, 6-foot-8 promising prospect? Carl Tamayo. While the fact that they finally have an equal for Sotto is a welcome development, NU still had to go through a lot for this to happen. Of course, head coach Goldwin Monteverde first had to transfer from Adamson High School – and bring along many of the tantalizing talents he had already recruited. Tamayo, one of those tantalizing talents, wouldn’t have been found, however, if only the Passerelle wasn’t being held in Cebu a few years back. “Galing po ako sa Cebu tapos nung time na yun, Passerrelle Finals sa Cebu. Dun po ako nahanap at nakausap nina coach Gold,” he shared. As it turns out, however, the Cebuano big man wouldn’t have gone with coach Gold to Manila if not for a definite desire to watch his kababayan. Asked how he was convinced to come, he answered through chuckles, “May kwento yan. ‘Di talaga ako dapat sasama nun, pero sabi kasi nila, papanoorin daw nila ako ng PBA.” He then continued, “E sobrang gusto kong manood ng PBA, gusto kong mapanood si June Mar Fajardo, sumama na ako.” Yes, a ticket to a San Miguel game featuring, of course, man in the middle Fajardo, got Tamayo to say yes to coach Gold. The rest, as they say, is history. “Blessed naman na nakarating din ako kina coach Gold kasi sobrang ganda ng program nila,” he said, looking back at his origin story. Until now, Fajardo is apparently playing a big role in Tamayo’s development. In particular, the NU big man is inspired by how, slowly but surely, the Beermen’s franchise player turned himself from a raw talent into a six-time champion and four-time MVP in the PBA. “Nagsimula rin siya sa hindi pa siya ganun marunong maglaro so iniidolo ko talaga siya. Sa kanya ko talaga ginagaya mga galaw ko,” he said. --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsDec 21st, 2018

ABL: ABL: Alab s new recruit Brandon Rosser plays like Jay Washington, says Alapag

Brand new Alab recruit Brandon Rosser announced his arrival in the ASEAN Basketball League with a one-handed buzzer-beating dunk Sunday at the Sta. Rosa Multipurpose Sports Complex. The 24-year-old athlete emphatically cleaned up a Renaldo Balkman shot that was supposed to clank off just seconds before the opening frame ended versus CLS Knights Indonesia. Brandon Rosser ends the quarter with a BANG 😳 #ABL9 pic.twitter.com/d9pw5AAxy7 — ABS-CBN Sports (@abscbnsports) December 9, 2018 "I think that was the first tip dunk I've ever had in a game and I think my first buzzer beater as well so getting it both for the first time is pretty cool," he said while narrating his first ABL conversion after Alab's victory, 94-67, over the Knights. The Fil-Am Rosser, who is the younger brother of San Miguel's Matt Ganuelas-Rosser in the PBA, is one of the several new faces of the young Alab Pilipinas roster. With a brother who already knows the ropes around Filipino basketball, he shared the wisdom that was given to him leading up to his Alab debut. "He said that the Filipino fans really appreciate hardworkers so I just come in and be myself and play for the fans and play for the country," said the younger Rosser whose brothers were present in the game. And hard work was exactly what he did in his first game where he finished with six points, two rebounds, two assists. He held his own while defending against massive opponents from the CLS Knights. Alab Head coach Jimmy Alapag gave high praise for the 6-foot-7 forward, as he likened Rosser to former San Miguel Beermen player and current Rain or Shine Elasto Painter, Jay Washington. "Brandon just gives us so much more versatility. He’s a guy who’s 6-foot-7 but he can shoot it, he can put it on the floor. He reminds me a lot of a young Jay Washington. Somebody who gets to the rim, somebody who can knock down perimeter shots. He’s a tough kid," said the sophomore Alab mentor. When asked to comment on the comparison to a PBA champion, Rosser expressed his excitement to reinforce it. "I've heard that comparison before. My brother actually played with Jay Wash too, so I've seen his game. Coach Jimmy, he's always looking out, anything he says, I listen. If he can say that, I'll just keep on building on that and I'll be game," Rosser said. Rosser started his collegiate career in Central Arizona College and finished at the University of California, Riverside. Playing in the ABL for Alab is his first professional basketball stint. --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @the9cruz.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsDec 10th, 2018

FIBA WORLD CUP: Gilas Pilipinas absorbs shock upset from Kazakhstan

MANILA, Philippines --- Obviously, this is not the Asian Games. Kazakhstan scored a big-time upset Friday at the MOA Arena here, beating the Philippines, 92-88, in the 2019 FIBA World Cup Asian Qualifiers. Losing by 37 points to Gilas in Jakarta a couple of months back in the 2018 Asiad, Kazakhstan would frustrate the Filipinos on their home floor, making the Group F race all the more interesting. After Marcio Lassiter hit a triple to put the Philippines within two, 88-90, with 26 seconds to go, Rustam Yergali found Anton Bykov down low for a crucial layup, giving Kazakhstan a two-possession lead. With 12.7 seconds to work with, Gilas got LA Tenorio a wide-open three but the Ginebra playmaker missed. Bykov was fouled on the rebound but ended up missing two free throws as well but Kazakhstan's four-point lead was more than enough to hold on. With the shock win Kazakhstan win, Gilas Pilipinas is now tied with the red-hot Japan for third place in Group F with identical 5-4 records. Australia maintains pole position with an 8-1 mark after a win over Iran and the Boomers are through to the World Cup next year. Iran is second with a 6-3 record and will face the Philippines Monday in another crucial clash while Kazakhstan is fifth with a 4-5 mark with the Akatsuki Five up next in Toyama. Tied at 79 with 2:39 to go, Gilas took the lead after Tenorio buried a quick jumper of a timeout. However, it was quickly answered by Yergali with a triple for an 82-81 lead for Kazakhstan. Pringle pushed the Philippines ahead for the last time, 83-82, following a driving layup but Nikolay Bazhin scored four straight for Kazakhstan and the visitors took over for good. "Well of course we're disappointed," Gilas head coach Yeng Guiao said. "But we still have one game on Monday and we can't feel too negative about ourselves. I think we can salvage the situation if we're able to play a good game against Iran and learn from this game, the lessons from this game," he added.   STAN THE MAN Stanley Pringle carried the Gilas offense for the first five minutes of the third period, at one point scoring seven straight for a 51-50 lead for the Philippines. Pringle would keep the national team afloat, cashing in on two unsportsmanlike fouls from Kazakhstan to give Gilas a three-point lead before he headed to the bench with a minute and change left in the quarter. In total, Pringle scored 14 points in the third but it was not enough as back-to-back triples from Alexandr Zhigulin and Shaim Kuanov pushed Kazakhstan ahead, 65-62.   WE'RE PLAYING DEFENSE It was a slow start for the two teams, with the defense forcing bad shots on both ends. However, Kazakhstan was getting enough to take a 7-2 lead early before the Gilas responded with a 9-0 run sparked by the San Miguel Beermen. Marcio Lassiter first found June Mar Fajardo for an easy layup before Fajardo returned the favor, setting up his shooter for a booming triple. The Philippines took its first lead of the game after a layup from Lassiter and Fajardo scored on a hook shot to complete the run, forcing Kazakhstan to call a timeout down 7-11. Come the second quarter, the Kazakhstan defense swarmed Gilas, forcing a couple of turnovers in the first minute alone. Anton Bykov cashed in twice, giving the visitors a 23-18 lead and forcing the Filipinos to burn an early timeout. Matthew Wright  would then make things happen for Gilas, and his play was good for eight points as the Philippines forced another tie at 26-all. Still, Kazakhstan would keep its cool and back-to-back triples from Rustam Murzagaliyev from pretty much the same spot capped a 9-2 run for a seven-point lead. The Philippines managed to take over late in the first half, 39-38, with Scottie Thompson and Stanley Pringle sparking a 9-0 blitz. However, Kazakhstan managed to beat the clock for a one-point lead at the break. Pringle was the high man for the Philippines with 29 points while June Mar Fajardo finished with a 14-point, 13-rebound double-double. Marcio Lassiter added 13 points for Gilas Pilipinas. For Kazakhstan, it was Alexandr Zhigulin that led the way with a game-high 30 points while Anton Bykov was good for 20. Rustam Murzagaliyev has 11 points and Rustam Yergali dropped 10 points. The Philippines will next host Iran Monday while Kazakhstan is off to Toyama to take on Japan.   The Scores: KAZAKHSTAN 92 -- Zhigulin 30, Bykov 20, Yergali 12, Murzagaliyev 11, Kuanov 8, Bazhin 7, Marchuk 4, Chsherbak 0, Lapchenko 0, Gavrilov 0. PHILIPPINES 88 -- Pringle 29, Fajardo 14, Lassiter 13, Tenorio 8, Norwood 7, Thompson 6, Wright 5, Aguilar 4, Erram 2, Cabagnot 0, Belga 0, Slaughter 0. Quarters: 17-18, 40-39, 65-62, 92-88.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsNov 30th, 2018

PBA: San Miguel gaining steam after stopping TNT

San Miguel Beer posted back-to-back wins after rallying past TNT, 107-96, in the 2018 PBA Governors' Cup Saturday night at Calasiao Sports Complex in Pangasinan. The Beermen closed the game on a 32-10 surge after trailing by 11 points at the 9:46 mark of the fourth quarter. It was a crucial win for San Miguel Beer, which appeared to have put its early struggles behind. The Beermen rose to sixth place with a 4-4 mark while also stopping the KaTropa's three-game winning run. Kevin Murphy almost had a triple-double with 27 points, 10 rebounds and nine assists for San Miguel while Christian Standhardinger added a double-double with 21 points and 13 rebounds. Marqus Blake...Keep on reading: PBA: San Miguel gaining steam after stopping TNT.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsOct 20th, 2018

NCAA Season 94: Amores rescues Light Bombers

John Amores was at the right place at the right time to lift Jose Rizal University in the NCAA Season 94 juniors basketball competition Thursday. Amores scored the game-winning putback in the last six seconds in the Light Bombers’ 74-73 win over Mapua University at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan. Down by two points in the closing seconds, Amores grabbed the offensive rebound after Thomas Vasquez’s shot was blocked and drilled the crucial basket. JRU forced a turnover on the other end to seal the win. John Delos Santos finished with 19 points, Amores had 13 markers and 19 boards while Vasquez scored 13 for the Light Bombers, who solidified their hold of the fourth spot with a 7-5 win-loss card. The Red Robins absorbed their third loss in 11 games despite the 25-point effort of Dan Arches. Meanwhile, Lyceum of the Philippines University defeated Emilio Aguinaldo College, 72-66. The Junior Pirates improved to 5-7 while the Brigadiers were buried deeper at the cellar with 2-9 mark.   The scores: First Game LPU (72) – Barba 19, De Leon 14, Guadana 9, Nocal 8, Caringal 7, Dejelo 7, Tulabut 6, Cambi 2, De Guia 0, Gudmalin 0, Omandac 0, Santos 0. EAC (66) – Ilustrimo 12, Pascual 10, Boado 9, Murillo 8, Balowa 6, Rodrin 6, Lozano 5, Sanosa 5, Quebral 2, Sumagaysay 2, Mejia 1, Encila 0, Rivera 0. Quarterscores: 13-17, 30-29, 51-40, 72-66   Second Game JRU (74) -- Delos Santos 19, Amores 13, Vasquez 13, Dionisio 11, Baluyot 8, Bucoy 4, Portales 4, Icban 2, Fortuna 0, Ganut 0, Garcia 0. MU (73) -- Arches 25, Hernandez 10, Mariano 10, Diaz 9, Sarias 7, Escamis 6, Policarpio 6, Dennison 0, Smith 0, Lazarte 0, Quimado 0. Quarterscores: 13-18, 28-31, 50-52, 74-73.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsSep 13th, 2018

PBA: Happy for Justin Brownlee, Renaldo Balkman is no sore loser

Renaldo Balkman’s redemption tour with San Miguel in the PBA did not end with a championship. Balkman and the Beermen were at the wrong end of a six-game Finals conquest finished by Ginebra on Wednesday. The Puerto Rican reinforcement had long stated that a championship was the ultimate goal for his return to Asia’s first pay-for-play league. When it didn’t happen, though, he was pure class. “It’s all good, man. It was a hard battle, but they came out with the win and congratulations to them,” he said. Of course, Balkman was feeling pain of losing, but in the end, had nothing but praise for the Gin Kings. “I’m a little frustrated, of course, cause, I mean, we lost a championship game, but at the end of the day, you can’t win them all. I’m not a sore loser, give all credit to them,” he said. He then singled out Ginebra counterpart Justin Brownlee who had 31 points, 19 rebounds, seven assists, four blocks, and two steals in the title-clinching win. As he put it, “Congratulations to my man Brownlee. B and B, you know what they say, well-deserved.” He even told the reporters to pass that message to Brownlee himself. “Make sure he knows that, you know what I mean,” he said. Balkman and Brownlee played together for half a year in Alab Pilipinas where they won a title in the Asean Basketball League. In the PBA, however, Brownlee got the better of Balkman. For the San Miguel import, this is far from the end of the road. “What can I say, man. Maybe next time,” he said. Next time, as in next season? “If I’m available next year and they want me, of course, I have no reason to say no. If I do it, it will be another great year for me to come back and redeem myself,” he said. And if that does happen, Balkman had one promise. “If I come back next year, I’ll be stronger and much better,” he expressed. --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsAug 8th, 2018

PBA: Gin Kings dethrone San Miguel after sensational Game 6 win

Hail to the new kings. Ginebra finally knocked out San Miguel Wednesday as the Gin Kings scored a sensational 93-77 Game 6 win at the MOA Arena to claim the 2018 PBA Commissioner's Cup. Down 10 in the first half, Ginebra roared back in the second half, outscoring the Beermen in the pivotal third period, 27-8. San Miguel never recovered in the fourth and the Gin Kings won the best-of-7 series, 4-2. "For tonight, for one night at least we are the best team, I guess, for one night," head coach Tim Cone said. "Tomorrow, they'll be the best team again. But like I was saying earlier, it's just amazing that we were able to come back from that 1-5 start and then be able to match up with San Miguel in the Finals and win it," he added. Up seven in the third period, Ginebra unloaded a 9-0 run to take a 62-46 lead on the Beermen. Justin Brownlee was particularly great for the barangay, scoring 20 points in the second half, 10 each in the third and fourt periods, to help the Gin Kings pull away for good. The league's Best Import finished with 31 points, 19 rebounds, seven assists, four blocks, and two steals. Locals also came through for the barangay with Finals MVP Scottie Thompson scoring 12 points on top of 13 rebounds and five assists. Greg Slaughter (13 points), LA Tenorio (11 points), and Jeff Chan (10) also finished in double figures. In comparison, the Beermen only had June Mar Fajardo (29 points) and Renaldo Balkman (24 points) making an impact on offense. The star-studded local lineup of the Beermen shut down in Game 6. Alex Cabagnot, Arwind Santos, Marcio Lassiter, Chris Ross, and Christian Standhardinger combined for a grand total of 11 points. Ross, Lassiter, and Standhardinger went scoreless. It was also San Miguel's first Finals loss with head coach Leo Austra as the Beermen's Grand Slam bid ends at the hands of Ginebra for the second year in a row.   The Scores:  Ginebra (93): Brownlee 31, Slaughter 13, Thompson 12, Tenorio 11, Chan 10, Mercado 6, Ferrer 5, Devance 4, J. Aguilar 1  San Miguel (77): Fajardo 29, Balkman 24, Heruela 11, Cabagnot 6, Santos 5, Pessumal 2, Ross 0, Lassiter 0, Rosser 0, Vigil 0, Standhardinger 0  Quarterscores: 14-17, 35-38, 62-46, 93-77   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsAug 8th, 2018

Balkman heads to locker room with ankle injury in 1st half of Game 6

Anxious moments for San Miguel Beer after import Renaldo Balkman hurt this ankle in the waning seconds of the first half in Game 6 of the PBA Commissioner's Cup Finals Wednesday night at Mall of Asia Arena. Balkman tweaked his left ankle after stepping on the foot of Barangay Ginebra import Justin Brownlee. The 34-year-old Balkman immediately limped his way to the locker room with still 13.4 seconds left in the second quarter. The Beermen lead the Gin Kings, 38-35, at the half. San Miguel Beer would need Balkman healthy if it wants to force a Game 7 on Friday night. Balkman is currently leading all scorers with 18 points on top of nine rebounds and three steals....Keep on reading: Balkman heads to locker room with ankle injury in 1st half of Game 6.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsAug 8th, 2018

PBA: Coach Tim sees Thompson averaging 20-14-10 in future

Scottie Thompson put on a rare scoring show on Sunday to shoot Ginebra to a crucial Game 5 victory versus defending champion San Miguel. He more than doubled his scoring average in the conference and had 20 points on top of 11 rebounds and three assists. And so, when asked about Thompson’s scoring show, Gin Kings mentor Tim Cone opted to highlight his prized ward’s overall impact. As he put it, “Scottie had a great everything game. Unbelievable.” Coach Tim went on to point out how the third-year guard, as he always does, battled all those bigs on the boards. “He played Cabagnot all game long and then picked up big, huge defensive rebounds down the stretch because [Renaldo] Balkman and June Mar [Fajardo] were killing us on the boards,” he said. He then continued, “Our big guys were trying to keep them out and it was up to Scottie to go and get to the boards and get the rebounds. He did, amazingly.” While he is already, perhaps, the only player who could make highlights out of rebounds, Thompson is bound to be much, much more than a rebounding machine – if the multi-titled mentor is to be believed. “I think Scottie is going to become a more and more complete player. He’s gonna be a 20-point scorer at some point in his career,” he shared. He then continued, “He’s gonna average eight to 10 assists a game and he’s probably gonna average 12 to 14 rebounds.” Yes, coach Tim says that Ginebra’s young star has a chance to have per game counts of 20 points, 14 rebounds, and 10 assists in his career. Simply put, those are Russell Westbrook-like numbers. “He reminds me of Westbrook. I think he’s gonna end up playing like that eventually,” Cone said. He then continued, “He’s still very young and he’s playing with a lot of veterans. Sooner or later, he’s gonna become the veteran and then everybody will look up to him.” Even with the high praise, especially coming from the PBA’s winningest coach, Thompson, true to form, stayed humble. “Hindi ko po linalagay sa ulo ko. I just keep working hard every time and hindi ako mag-star sa ganun lang,” he said. --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsAug 5th, 2018

Fajardo quick to move on from career night as Beermen enter crucial stretch

June Mar Fajardo is a man of many awards and achievements. He won his seventh Best Player of the Conference award, the most in PBA history, and reached 5,000 career points on during Game 4 of the PBA Commissioner's Cup finals Friday at Smart Araneta Coliseum. Fajardo, however, readily looked past the accomplishments after San Miguel got embarrassed at the hands of Barangay Ginebra, 130-100, and saw the series get tied at 2-2. READ:Fajardo takes home 7th PBA Best Player of Conference award "I have not thought about it," said Fajardo in Filipino about his newly won trophy and career milestone. "But it's been a blessing for me that I won the BPC and I'm thankful to God, to m...Keep on reading: Fajardo quick to move on from career night as Beermen enter crucial stretch.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsAug 4th, 2018

PBA: Balkman and Devance figure in shoving match during halftime of Game 4

A couple of things have remained consistent in the 2018 PBA Commissioner's Cup Finals. The lopsided games persist and the chippiness increase every outing. In the latest scuffle to mark the Finals, San Miguel import Renaldo Balkman and Ginebra forward Joe Devance figured in a mini shoving match at halftime of Game 4 Friday at the Big Dome. After Balkman scored a buzzer beater to end the second period, cutting the Beermen's deficit to 15, 52-67, he bumped into Devance as they made their way to their respective locker rooms. Renaldo appeared to shove Devance twice in an effort to get him out of the way and the whole thing almost escalated into something worse as the players piled up at the narrow tunnel heading to the dugouts. Fortunately, cooler heads prevailed. Game 4 has been interesting enough already with Ginebra jumping to a 17-0 start. The Gin Kings led by as many as 23 points in the first half as they look to tie the best-of-7 series at two games each.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsAug 3rd, 2018

PBA: Game 4 was Ginebra s do-or-die game says LA

Game 4 of the 2018 PBA Commissioner's Cup Finals was Ginebra's do-or-die game against San Miguel. Lose and the Gin Kings go down 1-3 to the Beermen. Not exactly ideal. That's why Ginebra was almost required to have a good outing Friday in order to make these Finals somewhat competitive again and the Gin Kings sure gave a worthy performance powered by a historic start. The barangay started Game 4 with an emphatic 17-0 run and rolled all 130-100 series-tying victory. Now it's back to square one in this epic Clash of Titans for the PBA Commissioner's Cup. "This is our do-or-die game against San Miguel," guard LA Tenorio said. "We all know how strong San Miguel is so going to this game yun na yung mindset namin, do-or-die game na," he added. The great start was crucial for the Gin Kings as each of the first four games of this series ended in blowouts. It was important for Ginebra to set the tone and they did. "Yung start talaga nagse-set ng tone eh, the way we look at the games. We always expect close games every game, di rin namin inexpect na magiging ganito talaga. We just need a one-point win, yun lang kailangan namin. What's important is we get the W," Tenorio said. "[Coach Tim] challenged us. Game 3, talagang pinakita ng San Miguel na mas malakas sila samin," he added. In Game 3, Ginebra locals went AWOL as the Beermen issued a sound beatdown. In Game 4 the local crew showed up to help Best Import Justin Brownlee get the job done. Greg Slaughter and Joe Devance scored 19 and 18 points respectively for Ginebra. Tenorio himself had 17 in a starting role. "We cannot be Justin reliant. Di dapat kami mag-rely lang sa kaniya on offense. He's been great but we can't just rely on that," Tenorio said. "We have to duplicate this game for the next game. This game is not good enough for us to win again, we're expecting a stronger San Miguel tulad nung ginawa nila nung Game 2 at Game 3," he added.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsAug 3rd, 2018

PBA: Beermen destroy Ginebra by 38 points for 2-1 lead

We got our close game alright, for one half that is. San Miguel flipped the switch in the third quarter of Game 3 and went on to destroy Ginebra once again in the 2018 PBA Commissioner's Cup Finals, scoring a 132-94 win Wednesday at the Big Dome. Up by only two at the break, 53-51, the Beermen dropped the hammer on the Gin Kings in the third with Chris Ross and Renaldo Balkman at the lead. After draining four triples in the opening half, Ross added another three treys for the Beermen coming out of the dugout as San Miguel started to created separation. Things got out of hand for the barangay when Balkman went berserk to end the quarter, with a final layup giving San Miguel a 20-point lead, 92-72......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsAug 1st, 2018

PBA Finals By the Numbers: The Empire Strikes Back

After a disastrous Game 1, defending champin San Miguel responded in kind to tie the 2018 PBA Commissioner's Cup Finals at one win each against Brgy. Ginebra. For fans of the Beermen, Game 2 was the performance they probably imagined when the team drafted Christian Standhardinger no. 1 and saw the return of previously-controversial import Renaldo Balkman. San Miguel's Death Star finally fired its first true shot in Game 2 and it was equal parts glorious and destructive and it left the Gin Kings scrambling for answers just mere days after they landed a haymaker of their own by way of a 127-99 win in the series opener. Before moving on to a pivotal Game 3, Game 2 deserves a quick look once again with By the Numbers.     5 Number of San Miguel players with at least 20 points. Oh yes. Four SMB locals chipped in at least 20 points each which hasn't happened since Game 4 of the 1997 All-Filipino Finals when Purefoods (Alvin Patrimonio, Jerry Codinera, Dindo Pumaren, Bong Ravena) did the trick vs. Gordon's Gin. Beermen in Game 2 of the Finals: Cabagnot - 33 points (66% FG) Fajardo - 25 points (71% FG) Standhardinger - 20 points (63% FG) Balkman - 20 points (50% FG) Lassiter - 20 points (50% FG) #PBA2018 | @abscbnsports pic.twitter.com/YTURRmpaA6 — Paul Kennedy Lintag (@paullintag8) July 29, 2018 The five teammates with at least 20 points though, that's the first time it has happened in at least 26 years worth of Finals series in the PBA according to chief statistician Fidel Mangonon III.     33 Total points for Alex Cabagnot in Game 2, a new PBA career-high. Cabagnot tied his previous career high of 29 points in just three quarters against Ginebra in Game 2. More importantly, the veteran point guard set the tone for San Miguel, dropping 22 points and eight assists in the first half alone as the Beermen ran away pretty quickly from the Gin Kings.     134 Total points for San Miguel in Game 2, most in a Finals game in 11 years or since Ginebra beat San Miguel, 146-11, in Game 4 of the 2017 Philippine Cup Finals.     75 Total points for San Miguel in the first half of Game 2, most in a Finals game in 11 years. In the second half of Game 3 of the 2007 Philippine Cup Finals, the Gin Kings also had 75 points on their way to a 131-101 win over the Beermen.     15,042 Total number of fans at the Big Dome who witnessed Game 2, most in the Commissioner's Cup and second most this whole season.     58 percent Total team shooting percentage for San Miguel in Game 2 of the Finals, a LOT better than just 39 percent in Game 1.     --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJul 30th, 2018