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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

PBA: Beermen close in on Finals after 16-point comeback win over Alaska

Chalk this one up as another sensational comeback for defending champion San Miguel. The Beermen erased a 16-point lead Monday at the Big Dome, scoring a 105-94 victory over Alaska in the 2018 PBA Commissioner's Cup semifinals. With the win, San Miguel has taken a commanding 2-0 lead against the rival Aces. This semis series is only a best-of-3. After losing the series opener, Alaska came out hot, scoring 29 points in the opening period for an 11-point lead. The Aces continued to pound on the Beermen and Alaska eventually took a 16-point lead, 41-25, approaching halftime. However, the Beermen stormed back to start the second half with Renaldo Balkman and Chris Ross combining for 25 points in the third period as the champs took over. Alaska responded in the fourth with Vic Manuel at the lead, keeping things close before San Miguel turned to its usual strong finishing kick to secure the victory. "Nahirapan talaga kami ng first half. Buti na lang nag-step up and we realized na threatening ang kanilang nilalaro," head coach Leo Austria said. "Makikita naman natin na all out sila. We’re lucky na we’re able to come back. In this game, especially the end game, na-miss nila sila Banchero at Abueva, but diskarte nila yun. Wala silang magagawa dahil yun ang mga consequences na beyond their control," he added. Balkman led the Beermen with 31 points, 25 in the second half. June Mar Fajardo added 21 points and 18 rebounds while Chris Ross dropped 16 for San Miguel. For Alaska, Diamon Simpson and Simon Enciso scored 19 each but the no. 2 Aces, who are still missing Calvin Abueva (team-imposed suspension) and Chris Banchero (personal reasons) are officially on the brink. Game 3 is set for Wednesday still at the Big Dome.   The Scores: San Miguel (105): Balkman 31, Fajardo 21, Ross 16, Cabagnot 14, Lassiter 8, Santos 5, Nabong 5, Heruela 3, Standhardinger 2 Alaska (94): Simpson 19, Enciso 19, Manuel 15, Teng 13, Casio 12, Thoss 6, Cruz 5, Galliguez 3, Racal 2, Exciminiano 0, Baclao 0 Quarterscores: 18-29, 41-52, 79-74, 105-94 --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJul 16th, 2018

PBA: End-game struggles doom Diamon Simpson, Alaska in Game 2

Looking to even up their 2018 PBA Commissioner’s Cup semifinals series against defending champions San Miguel, the Alaska Aces got off to a strong start, courtesy of import Diamon Simpson. In the opening period, Simpson put up ten points to help the Aces to a 29-18 lead over the Beermen after the first 12 minutes of action. Then, everything began to slip. Alaska saw their lead, which was as high as 16 points at one point, slowly slip away. In the end, the Beermen escaped with a 105-94 win to move within just a win away from another Finals berth. Alaska, once again, was left looking for answers. “Yeah, it was tough, it was a tough game.” Simpson said following the loss. After his ten-point explosion in the first period, six-foot-seven forward out of Los Angeles scored a total of nine points in the final three quarters to finish with 19 points to go with 15 rebounds. “They played really good. That’s a good team. On to the next game.” Simpson added. Throughout the game, things were pretty physical between Simpson and San Miguel import Renaldo Balkman, but says that it wasn’t what caused him to go cold in the last three quarters. It was simply about not making his shots. “Nah, I just, I missed a lot of shots and I could’ve played better, I feel. [Balkman] played well, credit to him.” Now just one more loss away from calling it a conference, Simpson and the Aces will need to find a way to fight back to keep their season alive. “We have to focus more and compete harder. That’s what our goal should be.” Game 3 between Alaska and San Miguel will be on Wednesday, July 18th at the Araneta Coliseum......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJul 16th, 2018

PBA: Beermen erase 23-point deficit to frustrate TNT in series opener

San Miguel was down 23 to TNT to start the 2018 PBA Commissioner's Cup playoffs. The Beermen still won. The defending champions took Game 1 of the best-of-3 quarterfinals in comeback fashion, scoring a 121-110 victory Monday at the Big Dome. Led by the potent twin tower combo of June Mar Fajardo and import Renaldo Balkman, San Miguel completed the rally in the fourth, frustrating the rival KaTropa to take crucial 1-0 lead in the short series. Still down three, 103-106, the Beermen closed with a 16-0 run inside the last five minutes to fully take control of the game, 119-106. San Miguel only took its first lead in the fourth as well, 100-99, following two Balkman free throws. "Well ano that game is really scary. Really scary, we never thought na makakabalik pa kami from that big deficit, and then makikita natin na ang outside shooting nila was very sharp," head coach Leo Austria said. "I have to give credit to my players, naka-focus pa rin sila, ang composure nila andoon and hindi sila nag-give up. Sabi nila let's cut it down to 14 or 15 after the first half, and it happened. Maybe because of the experience of this team, alam nila how to get back from that kind of deficit," he added......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJul 9th, 2018

PBA: Magnolia beats SMB but Hotshots still stuck with 7th seed

At least the Hotshots are on a winning streak heading into the playoffs. Magnolia beat defending champion San Miguel Saturday at the Big Dome, 101-97, but the Hotshots are still stuck with the no. 7 seed in the 2018 PBA Commissioner' Cup. In order to avoid a playoff disadvantage, Magnolia needed to win by at least 14 points. They were 10 points short. Thus, Magnolia (6-5) will have Alaska (8-3) for the quarterfinals starting Monday with the Aces holding a twice-to-beat advantage. The Beermen (6-5) are relegated to the no. 6 seed and will face no. 3 TNT (8-3) in a best-of-3 quarterfinals.  SMB-TNT of course, is a rematch from the 2017 Finals. "Very happy pa rin ako because it affords us momentum going to the playoffs," head coach Chito Victolero said. "Pag nanalo ka naman laging masaya eh. Di mo naman pwedeng sabihin na nanalo kami, di pa kami masaya," he added. Magnolia recovered from an early 11-point deficit to frustrate the champs. The Hotshots took an eight-point lead in the middle of the fourth, which was enough of a cushion to hold on for the win in the end. Wayne Chism led the way with 21 points as he moves to 2-0 in his short Magnolia stint so far. Paul Lee and Ian Sangalang added 14 points each for the Hotshots. San Miguel got 31 points from Renaldo Balkman but it was not enough.   The Scores: Magnolia (101): Chism 21, Lee 14, Sangalang 14, Barroca 11, Herndon 10, Jalalon 9, Melton 8, Brondial 5, Dela Rosa 4, Simon 3, Gamalinda 2, Reavis 0, Ramos 0 San Miguel (97): Balkman 31, Fajardo 18, Santos 13, Lassiter 12, Ross 9, Cabagnot 9, Nabong 5, Rosser 0, Heruela 0 Quarter scores: 29-27, 45-44, 78-76, 101-97   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJul 7th, 2018

PBA: Beermen move to 5th spot, stop Road Warriors

San Miguel Beer sustained its resurgence after turning back a hard-fighting NLEX side, 125-114, in the 2018 PBA Commissioner's Cup Saturday night at Calasiao Sports Complex in Pangasinan. June Mar Fajardo, Renaldo Balkman and Marcio Lassiter did the heavy lifting as they combined for 81 points for the Beermen. Fajardo, the reigning four-time MVP, posted 30 points and 13 rebounds, Balkman collected 25 points, 16 rebounds, six assists and four steals while Lassiter fired 26 points on 6-of-9 shooting from the 3-point line. Alex Cabagnot added 17 points, including back-to-back baskets to slam the door shut on the Road Warriors. The Beermen, who started the conference at 0-3, has now wo...Keep on reading: PBA: Beermen move to 5th spot, stop Road Warriors.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJun 23rd, 2018

PBA: San Miguel takes over solo 5th after overcoming Moultrie s 43 points

The champs avoid disaster. San Miguel beat NLEX Saturday in the 2018 PBA Commissioner's Cup, scoring a 125-114 victory at the Calasiao Sports Complex in Pangasinan. It was back-to-back wins for the Beermen, improving to 5-4 in the standings. San Miguel took over solo 5th with the decision. The champs are now one win away from an automatic quarterfinals slot. June Mar Fajardo led the way for San Miguel, scoring 30 points and grabbed 13 rebounds. Marcio Lassiter added 26 on six three-pointers while import Renaldo Balkman finished with 25 points, 16 rebounds, and six assists. For NLEX, it was Arnett Moultrie that carried the fight with 43 points. The Road Warriors dropped to 2-8 and are out of contention.     --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJun 23rd, 2018

PBA: Stanley Pringle awarded first POW for Comm s Cup

Fil-American guard Stanley Pringle chalked up his first Cignal-PBA Press Corps Player of the Week award following his scintillating performance in GlobalPort’s king-sized upset of defending champion San Miguel Beer. The shifty guard out of Penn State churned out all-around numbers of 22 points, 8 rebounds, 5 assists and 3 steals, leading the Batang Pier to a 98-94 win over the Beermen last Wednesday. Pringle, fresh from representing the Philippines in the recent 2018 FIBA 3x3 World Cup, saved his best in the final period when he scored eight points, grabbed two rebounds and made a crucial steal that led to a Mo Tautuaa basket in the dying seconds to seal GlobalPort’s fourth win in eight matches. GlobalPort is currently tied for fifth to sixth spots with SMB with the PBA Commissioner’s Cup elimination round heading to its last three weeks. Pringle's sterling effort enabled him to seal his first weekly citation this conference, beating Meralco’s Jared Dillinger and KG Canaleta, Rain or Shine’s James Yap and Beau Belga and Ginebra playmaker LA Tenorio. GlobalPort will have two big games coming up this week, starting with Phoenix on Wednesday, before facing Columbian Dyip two days later—the results of which could determine their playoff fate in the mid-season conference. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJun 18th, 2018

Heated duel

Harsh words spoken, elbows thrown and four players ejected. The rivalry between two flagship franchises heated up, with San Miguel emerging from the scrap victorious. The Beermen survived the loss of its two stars by leaning heavily on Renaldo Balkman in a 99-94 victory over the TNT KaTropa in a PBA Commissioner's Cup Petron Saturday Special at Mall of Asia Arena. Renaldo Balkman had 43 points, 15 rebounds, six blocks, and four assists as the Beermen notched their fourth win in five games after opening the tournament with three straight losses. "This was a badly needed win and thankfully we were able to survive TNT," said San Miguel head coach Leo Austria. "They (the KaTropa...Keep on reading: Heated duel.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJun 17th, 2018

PBA: June Mar after meeting Smith again: 'Naawa ako sa sarili ko'

June Mar Fajardo already mentioned how hard it is for him to guard TNT import Joshua Smith. Back in the Finals of the 2017 Commissioner's Cup, the PBA's Most Valuable Player had trouble against the hulking Smith. [Related: Fajardo admits having trouble on Smith: Sobrang bigat niya] A year later, not much has changed. June Mar is still having trouble. "Laki niya, bigat niya. Ang galing," Fajardo said of Smith after the Beermen took a hard-fought 99-94 win over TNT Saturday. "Naawa nga ako sa sarili ko eh," he added with a laugh. Smith and June Mar were battling practically all game long. Fajardo logged 43 minutes while Joshua played for 45. June Mar scored 19 points and Smith responded with 26. For all of his trouble though, Fajardo is relieved the Beermen got a crucial win. A loss would have been disastrous for the defending champions who are already struggling with a .500 record after beating the KaTropa. "Mahirap, di naman siya madali kalaban kasi ang laki niya. Galing niya pumasa pag nasa ilalim kasi ang lapad niya eh, buti nakuha namin yung panalo," June Mar said. "Kailangan namin yung panalo para may chance kami makapasok. At least nasa gitna kami," he added.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJun 16th, 2018

PBA: Smith not too worried about latest loss to San Miguel

By virtue of their classic Finals in the Commissioner's Cup last year, San Miguel and TNT will always have some history in the mid-season conference. However, KaTropa import Joshua Smith has moved on from the loss one year ago. After TNT got frustrated by the Beermen once again on Saturday, taking a 94-99 loss, Smith says he's not worried about any playoff implications or whatever. For one, it's not the playoffs. Not yet anyway. "My thing is... everyone wants to talk about the Finals last year. We're not playing them in the Finals, it's the regular season," Smith said. "The playoffs is a whole new ball game. It's regular season, I'm not worried. They won, credit to them," he added. Against the imposing San Miguel frontline, Smith played  just a shade under 45 minutes, his most since returning to TNT a couple of weeks ago. He scored 26 points and grabbed 18 rebounds. The hulking import doesn't mind the workload, saying he'll play heavy minutes if that's what it takes for the KaTropa to pile up wins. "If I have to play 45 minutes for us to win, I will. I'm all about the team. Whatever they need I'll do it," he said. "It's one of those times that I didn't realize it until I got to the locker room and read the stats. I'm just trying whatever I can to help the team out," Smith added. With a two-game slide, TNT has lost control of the no. 1 spot, going down to solo fourth as the elimination round nears its end. Regardless, Smith says the KaTropa's approach remains the same. Right now TNT is moving on to a crucial showdown with sister team Meralco. "We play hard every game and we're trying to win. We'll focus on what we can control," Smith said. "We're on a two-game slide right now we just gotta lock in and bounce back," he added.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJun 16th, 2018

Fajardo, Beermen make it 3 straight with rout of Dyip

San Miguel Beer stepped on the gas pedal in the fourth quarter to cruise past Columbian, 129-117, and stretch its winning streak to three in the 2018 PBA Commissioner's Cup Wednesday night at Smart Araneta Coliseum. June Mar Fajardo showed why he's the four-time MVP after posting 37 points on 15-of-21 shooting from the field and 18 rebounds to lead the Beermen. Alex Cabagnot added a triple-double with 20 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists while Renaldo Balkman also had a his way with 27 points, 18 rebounds and six assists. "Every time we're facing Kia, I'm really worried because we have a history against this team. Even in the preseason or elimination round, we always have a hard ti...Keep on reading: Fajardo, Beermen make it 3 straight with rout of Dyip.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJun 6th, 2018

PBA: June Mar dominates again as Beermen score third straight win

Columbian just has no answer for June Mar Fajardo. June Mar feasted on the Dyip once again, leading the defending champion San Miguel Beermen to a convincing 129-117 win over the Dyip Wednesday in the 2018 PBA Commissioner's Cup at the Big Dome. San Miguel was only up eight after three but then June Mar happened in the fourth period. The reigning four-time league MVP was simply unstoppable in the final 12 minutes and he ended up finishing with 37 points and 18 rebounds. 17 points came in the fourth period. Renaldo Balkman was right behind him, scoring 27 points on top of 18 boards while Alex Cabagnot had himself a triple double of 20 points, 10 rebounds, and 10 assists. "First of all ano, maraming salamat sa Panginoon at binigyan kami ng panalo. Alam naman natin na napakahirap manalo. And every time we will be facing KIA, I'm really worried because we have history with this team. Even though in the elimination or in the tune-up game, hirap na hirap kami manalo dito," head coach Leo Austria said. "Masaya ko na nanalo kami, pero malungkot ako dahil we gave up 117 points. So, it's not an indication na we're playing well sa defense ano. In order for us to win games, in the next few games, we have to play defense," he added. San Miguel was having trouble putting away Columbian in the first three quarters. But then the Beermen just unleashed the Kraken in the fourth and now the champs have fully recovered from their winless start to the conference. San Miguel is back to .500 halfway throuh its campaign and will work with a 3-3 mark moving forward. The Dyip are a complte opposite as they dropped their third straight game for a 3-5 record. John Fields, Rashawn McCarthy, and Reden Celda each scored 19 points for Columbian in the loss.   The Scores: San Miguel (129): Fajardo 37, Balkman 27, Cabagnot 20, Santos 18, Ross 10, Mamaril 6, Lassiter 6, Pessumal 5, Ganuelas-Rosser 0, Lanete 0, Vigil 0 Columbian (117): McCarthy 19, Fields 19, Celda 19, Ababou 14, Lastimosa 13, Camson 12, Khobuntin 9, Tubid 6, Escoto 6, King 0, Cahilig 0, Corpuz 0, Cabrera 0    --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJun 6th, 2018

PBA: San Miguel outlasts Ginebra in overtime classic

The hype was around Renaldo Balkman vs. Justin Brownlee but locals stole the show in the highly-anticipated San Miguel-Ginebra clash. MVPs June Mar Fajardo and Arwind Santos were crucial for Beermen late as the defending champions outlasted Ginebra in an overtime classic, 104-97, Sunday at the MOA Arena in the 2018 PBA Commissioner's Cup. Fajardo got the lucky bounce on a last-second fadeaway in regulation to force extra time while Santos scored his usual clutch triple in overtime as San Miguel won back-to-back games for the first time this conference. After a 0-3 start, the Beermen are now 2-3 in the standings. The Gin Kings meanwhile, just got buried even deeper and now hold a 1-5 card......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJun 3rd, 2018

San Miguel ends 3-game slump, defeats Phoenix

San Miguel Beer ended its winless start after beating Phoenix, 106-94, in the 2018 PBA Commissioner's Cup Wednesday night at Smart Araneta Coliseum. Renaldo Balkman led the way with 35 points, 17 rebounds and four blocks for the Beermen, who won their first game after dropping their first three. A 3-pointer by Alex Cabagnot and inside basket by June Mar Fajardo capped 15-0 run by the Beermen, who took a 101-88 lead with 1:01 remaining after trailing by two. "First of all, we're so lucky that we're able to snatch this game. in the first half were really struggling and good thing, after the break we realized that this was a very important game and our players stepped up," said SMB hea...Keep on reading: San Miguel ends 3-game slump, defeats Phoenix.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsMay 30th, 2018

Manuel’s heroics save Alaska, send San Miguel to 0-3 start

Vic Manuel saved Alaska from collapse after his buzzer-beating jumper lifted the Aces over winlesss San Miguel, 105-103, in the PBA Commissioner's Cup Saturday in Dumaguete City. Alaska held a lead that ballooned to as much as 22, 72-50, in the third before the Beermen went on a relentless attack and tie the game at 100 on a Chico Lanete three-pointer with 2:05 left in the game. After JVee Casio scored on a jumper to give the Aces a 103-101 lead with 57 seconds left, Renaldo Balkman countered for the Beermen and tied it at 103 just three seconds later. Antonio Campbell made a crucial swipe to steal the ball from Balkman's hands with 19 seconds left on the clock to ensure Ala...Keep on reading: Manuel’s heroics save Alaska, send San Miguel to 0-3 start.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsMay 19th, 2018

PBA: Manuel hits the winner as Aces spoil Balkman s return

Five years later, Renaldo Balkman still can't beat Alaska. The Aces spoiled Balkman's return to the league as Vic Manuel scored a runner to beat San Miguel at the buzzer, 105-103, Saturday in the 2018 PBA Commissioner's Cup. 🎥 Manuel 💪🏻💪🏻💪🏻 game winner! Aces keep SMB winless, 105-103. #WeArePBA pic.twitter.com/QBHEW8zz3c — PBA (@pbaconnect) May 19, 2018 Down by as many as 22 in Dumaguete City, the defending champion Beermen slowly clawed back, eventually forcing a 103-all tie. However, import Antonio Campbell forced a turnover on Balkman with less than 20 seconds to go, giving Alaska a chance to win. Manuel, who is having a breakout conference for the Aces so far, came through. The Muscle Man finished with a team-high 23 points, guiding Alaska (4-1) to a fourth straight win and a share of first place in thd standings. Four others scored in double figures for the Aces with Jvee Casio finishing with 18 while Chris Banchero got 15. Campbell and Calvin Abueva added 13 points each. Alaska was on a roll heading into this game and dominated right from the start. But San Miguel would storm back with Balkman at the lead. The Beermen though, would ultimately come up short and the champs are now buried in a 0-3 hole in their title defense. Balkman scored 32 points and had 13 rebounds in his first PBA game after five years. Top rookie Christian Standhardinger also continued to up his production, this time scoring 22 points. Marcio Lassiter added another 20 for San Miguel in the loss.   The scores: Alaska (105) - Manuel 23, Casio 18, Banchero 15, Campbell 13, Abueva 13, Racal 7, Magat 5, Thoss 4, Exciminiano 3, Enciso 2, Teng 2, Baclao 0, Pascual 0. San Miguel (103) - Balkman 32, Standhardinger 22, Lassiter 20, Santos 12, Fajardo 7, Lanete 6, Cabagnot 4, Ross Quarters: 28-20, 57-43, 81-72, 105-103.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMay 19th, 2018

PBA: After unimpressive start, is Gillenwater in trouble?

Troy Gillenwater might be in trouble. After two largely unimpressive games with San Miguel, the second one ending with a first-half ejection, Gillenwater is officially on the hot seat as the Beermen are starting to weigh their options for import in the 2018 PBA Commissioner's Cup. Gillenwater is averaging 15 points in two games so far but Sunday against Rain or Shine, he was ejected in the first half for initiating contact on a game official. To make matters worse not only for him but for San Miguel in general, the Beermen have lost both games. "Import namin, we'll have to think about it," head coach Leo Austria said. "We have to evaluate. Kahit sinong player, kahit anong team naman, we have to evaluate kung helpful o hindi," he added. Initial evaluation on Gillenwater is not good though. The eye test and the stats prove it. While the Beermen can afford not to get a world destroyer as an import, they can certainly appreciate if Gillenwater can at least match up to the opposition. "Compared to the other imports, we're not impressed. Pero yung first quarter niya, very impressive. First quarter lang," Austria said. "He should last at least 40 minutes per game but nakikita natin, he's so frustrated. What they experience right now is a different ball game. Ina-underestimate yata nila ang PBA eh. We are in a different level. The only lacking in Filipino basketball is the height, but the skills in terms of talent, technical know-how, were at par sa big leagues. Thats why nasu-surprise sila. Yung physicality na sometimes nirereklamo nila, but we have to live up to the kind of basketball kasi dito tayo masaya eh," he added. With Gillenwater underperforming, the clamor to get a replacement has grown exponentially particularly from the team's most loyal supporters. Obviously, San Miguel has options, particularly Charles Rhodes and Renaldo Balkman. Rhodes led the team to the championship last season and Balkman was San Miguel's previously controversial import that has been recently allowed back to the PBA after receiving a lifetime ban. Of the two, Balkman is readily available right now after wrapping up his championship season with San Miguel-Alab Pilipinas in the ABL. But the San Miguel team of the PBA would rather not make a decision right now. "Right now, we don't have any decision, especially in this kind of situation," Austria said. "It should be a collective decision, that's why we came out late and pinagu-usapan namin, not only the import but everything, what went wrong sa game namin," he added.     --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMay 14th, 2018

PBA: Baser-Chris just toppled June Mar-Christian

With San Miguel playing the first game in its title defense and Christian Standhardinger making his long-awaited debut, Baser Amer and Chris Newsome stole the spotlight. Amer collected 28 points, eight rebounds, and three assists while Newsome tallied 23 markers, seven boards, and four dimes as Meralco spoiled the Filipino-German’s welcome party with a 93-85 win on Wednesday at the MOA Arena. Post-game, Bolts head coach Norman Black did nothing but heap praise upon his backcourt. “Of course, our backcourt did very, very well today. They did a great job combining their talents to win this basketball game,” he told reporters. He then continued, “The two of them really made a difference for us.” Indeed, Black’s young guards not only matched their veteran counterparts in Alex Cabagnot and Chris Ross, but actually outworked them – for one night, at least. Cabagnot ended with 16 points, nine rebounds, and seven assists while Ross finished with two markers, four boards, and two dimes. And with those two leading the charge for Meralco, and import Arinze Onuaku as well as key cogs Jared Dilinger and Cliff Hodge doing their part, the highly-touted twin towers of four-time MVP June Mar Fajardo and Standhardinger were unable to lift the Beermen to a win. If his backcourt continues to play this way, the multi-titled mentor has no doubt that they will continue to prove the cornerstones for the Bolts. “Both guys are only in their third year and they’re quite young in the PBA, but they’re very talented and they play well together. They are actually pretty much the future of Meralco,” he said. For Amer, it was all about just stepping up and coming through. “Lagi rin namang sinasabi ni coach na kailangan kami yung maging tandem sa team. Kami yung bata sa team so okay na okay kami ni Newsome,” he said. And the Davao native vows to just keep going. “Siyempre, as a player, challenge yung every game, maging consistent. Sa next game, yung ibang team, prepared na sayo so challenge talaga sa amin lahat kung paano ma-sustain every game yung ganung laro,” he said......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMay 9th, 2018

ABL Finals: Brownlee never says die as Alab fights off Mono in Game 1

STA. ROSA, LAGUNA – Justin Brownlee missed a crucial free throw, but also made the heads-up play that kept the fire burning for Alab Pilipinas in regulation in Game 1 of the 2017-2018 Asean Basketball League Finals. Brownlee’s intentionally botched free throw ended up as a putback for Renaldo Balkman and the two would just keep going in overtime as the Filipinos pulled off an incredible 143-130 come-from-behind victory versus Thailand’s Mono Vampire on Sunday at the Sta. Rosa Multi-Purpose Complex. The two reinforcements didn’t stop battling no matter what and willed the Philippines a step closer to its first championship since 2013. They now lead the best-of-five series, 1-0. Brownlee dropped 10 of his 46 points in the extra period on top of a total of 11 rebounds and nine assists. His scoring output set the record for most points scored in a Finals game by a player. His biggest play, though, was an intentionally botched free throw. The Philippines was chasing down a two-point deficit with four ticks to go and Brownlee fished a foul that sent him to the line. Once there, he muffed his first free throw before making sure his second attempt just grazed enough of the rim. It did and it was again the American import who got the rebound. While his short stab didn’t go in, Balkman was there to clean it up and ultimately forced overtime. There was no stopping the Alab reinforcements in the extra period as they just turned it on, outscoring all of Mono, 18-9, by their lonesome. Brownlee was the star of the show, but his Puerto Rican running mate was not that far behind with 39 points and 15 rebounds of his own. Locals Ray Parks Jr. and Lo Domingo also added 27 and 14 points, respectively, to help the Filipinos overcome a four-point disadvantage with under 20 seconds remaining. They hope to stand at the winning end anew in Game 2 on Wednesday still at the same venue. Of course, all of the action will be on S+A, S+A HD, and sports.abs-cbn.com/livestream/abl. Conversely, Vampire is hopeful  for a different outcome. However, they are also hoping Mike Singletary could build on his 42-point outburst and Filipino reinforcement Paul Zamar could stay hot after pouring in 25 markers. BOX SCORES SAN MIGUEL ALAB PILIPINAS 143 — Brownlee 46, Balkman 39, Parks 27, Domingo 14, Raymundo 9, Javelona 8, Alabanza 0, Celiz 0, Hontiveros 0, Sumalinog 0, Urbiztondo 0. MONO VAMPIRE 130 — Singletary 42, Zamar 25, Deguara 21, Brickman 15, Apiromvilaichai 14, Chanthachon 7, Klahan 6, Boonyai 0, Khukhandin 0, Phuangla 0. QUARTER SCORES: 26-32, 59-58, 87-87, 121-121, 143-130. —— Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsApr 22nd, 2018

3-1 Finals lead for San Miguel after frustrating Magnolia yet again

Magnolia didn't get embarrassed this time around. It didn't matter though. San Miguel took a commanding 3-1 lead in the 2018 PBA Philippine Cup Finals, beating the Hotshots, 84-80, Wednesday at the Big Dome. The three-time champion Beermen rolled to their third straight win in this series and are now a victory away from completing an unprecedented four-peat in the All-Filipino. With nine seconds to go to either win the game outright or at least tie the count at 82-all, the Hotshots never even had the chance to take a shot as Marcio Lassiter and Arwind Santos helped the Beermen force a crucial turnover. Arwind then buried two free throws on the other end with about two seconds left to seal the final tally. "We all know that this game is a do-or-die for Magnolia, credit to their coaching staff, they were able to come up with a good game plan, especially on defense. They shackled us," head coach Leo Austria said. "But my team i really focused on this game, these players have the heart of a champion," he added. With their backs against the wall, the Hotshots came out with intensity, finally avoiding falling into huge deficits. Magnolia was in control in the first half however, San Miguel managed to turn it around in the third as BPC June Mar Fajardo went to work. The Beermen then managed to hold in the fourth to take the crucial victory. Alex Cabagnot led the champs with a brilliant offensive performance, firing a game-high 27 points while Marcio Lassiter added 18. Fajardo finished with 16, nine in the third, and Arwind Santos was good for 13 points. For the Hotshots, Ian Sangalang carried the offense with 22 but it wasnt enough for Magnolia to replicate the result of Game 1. Game 5, the first of three closeout games for the Beermen, is set for Friday at the MOA Arena.   The Scores: SAN MIGUEL 84 – Cabagnot 27, Lassiter 18, Fajardo 16, Santos 13, Ganuelas-Rosser 5, Ross 4, Espinas 1, Heruela 0, Pessumal 0. MAGNOLIA 80 – Sangalang 22, Dela Rosa 15, Barroca 14, Lee 9, Reavis 6, Simon 5, Jalalon 4, Ramos 3, Pascual 2, Gamalinda 0. Quarters: 14-20; 45-46; 69-64; 84-80. --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsApr 4th, 2018