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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

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

PBA: Balkman says it’s hard to stop red-hot Brownlee

Barangay Ginebra import Justin Brownlee and San Miguel Beer reinforcement Renaldo Balkman played their hearts out as the former teammates  led their respective teams Friday in Game 1 of the best-of-seven 2018 PBA Commissioner’s Cup Finals. But it was Brownlee who stood out as he starred in the Gin Kings 127-99 blowout win over the Beermen at the Big Dome. Brownlee was unstoppable as he punched 42 points, 29 in the first half alone, as Ginebra cruised to a surprisingly easy win. “They came out there with a bang. Brownlee had a great game. It's hard to stop a player who's not missing shots,” said Balkman of his partner in Alab-Pilipinas’ championship run in the ABL early this year. Brownlee shot 17-of-19 from the field including a perfect five-of-five behind the arc while adding nine assists and seven rebounds. Balkman himself performed well with 27 points and 13 boards for the Beermen, but his effort went down the drain with Ginebra dismantling them early with a relentless scoring clinic anchored by good buddy Brownlee. Playing in the biggest stage against each other, Brownlee admitted it felt a little weird with Balkman guarding him. “At first, you know cause that’s my boy. We brothers. At first it’s a little different cause friends, when they bump heads, it could get difficult,” said Brownlee, who posted 18 points in the first quarter on an 8-of-8 shooting clip. “But right now, he’s on SMB and I’m on Ginebra. His competitiveness definitely showed tonight and me as well,” added Brownlee. Game 2 of the series is on Sunday.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJul 27th, 2018

PBA: It’s gonna be a show – Brownlee on matchup with Balkman

From being Alab-Pilipinas’ dynamic duo, Justin Brownlee and Renaldo Balkman will be going at each other’s throats when Barangay Ginebra challenges defending champion San Miguel Beer for the 2018 PBA Commissioner’s Cup title.     Brownlee braces for a tough grind when he and the Gin Kings battle the star-studded Beermen led by Balkman in the best-of-seven title series starting Friday. “Balkman, seeing his talent and his skillset, what he can do for them, he's probably one of the best imports to play in this league as well,” said Brownlee, who had 12 points and 17 rebounds in Ginebra’s Finals seat-clinching 96-94 Game 4 win over Rain or Shine in the best-of-five semifinals on Monday. “I know its gonna be tough, it’s gonna be exciting especially for the fans, just gotta be ready for Friday,” added Brownlee. Brownlee and Balkman played together during the 2018 ASEAN Basketball League. The duo helped Alab-Pilipinas capture the crown at the expense of Mono Vampire-Thailand in a thrilling five-game series.   “Man, just a couple of months ago, me and him, was like Batman and Robin,” Brownlee said. “But... Like I said, its gonna be exciting for the fans, it's gonna be a treat for them, and hopefully, like one of his favorite quotes, it's gonna be a show. I hope it will be just that.” Gin Kings head coach Tim Cone expects fireworks when these two imports collide. “Well, I'm sure in the beginning, there's gonna be a little giggles and laughs between the two of them, maybe a few high fives, privately,” said Cone. “But once the series gets going, I tell you, those guys, they're so competitive, the two of them.” “They're gonna be mortal enemies out there by the time it's done and good,” he added. “They're former teammates, but I think they're really gonna go at each other.” One could just imagine what would be the first conversation between these friends who will try to carry their respective teams in the Finals. “I don't know how the first few minutes is gonna be. I'll probably text him later, I don't know how will I text him but I'll just congratulate him and tell him give it his all and I will do the same,” said Brownlee.     --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJul 23rd, 2018

PBA: Balkman inspired SMB to this Finals appearance

San Miguel is yet again in the Finals, this time in the 2018 PBA Commissioner’s Cup. While the Beermen were heavily favored to do so even before the conference began, their spot in the championship round was far from a sure thing – especially after they lost three games in a row early on. “We’re very thankful dahil we were able to catch up at the right time,” head coach Leo Austria said on Sunday, just minutes after he and his boys finished off Alaska, 3-1, in the best-of-five semifinals series. “At 0-3, everybody was so scared and talagang worried about our situation.” The defending champions dropped all of their games up against Meralco, Rain or Shine, and Alaska to start the conference. As it turns out, however, they were merely missing the right reinforcement. Enter Renaldo Balkman, the franchise’s prodigal son, who took over for Troy Gillenwater, ineffective and uninspiring in the first two games. “It (just to happened) na we changed our import and the players started to become inspired because of what he showed in the first game against Alaska,” coach Leo said. In his first game, Balkman had 32 points, 13 rebounds, three assists, and three steals, but still saw San Miguel lose, 105-103. Nonetheless, that immediate impact was more than enough proof for the rest of the Beermen that they have found their missing piece. “Kahit natalo kami, the players, the locals, if they see na there’s somebody who could help the team, everybody will try to do their best to help,” their always amiable mentor said. From there, they have gone on an 11-3 tear en route to a second straight Finals appearance in the Commissioner’s Cup. The Puerto Rican reinforcement is only relishing another shot at a title – just months after winning the Asean Basketball League championship. “I’m really blessed, man. I just won one and to try to come back and win another one right now, that’s my goal,” he said. Along with that, he wants nothing more than to keep proving his worth. “Until now, I wanna show I still got it and I (can) keep playing. I got a lot left in my tank,” he shared. He then continued, “Age is nothing but a number, believe that.” --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJul 22nd, 2018

Beermen back in finals, knock off Aces in Game 4

Defending champion San Miguel Beer withstood a fourth quarter fightback by Alaska, 104-99, to book a return trip to the 2018 PBA Commissioner's Cup Finals Sunday night at Smart Araneta Coliseum. Renaldo Balkman and June Mar Fajardo each had a double-double while guards Alex Cabagnot and Chris Ross hit timely baskets down the stretch for the Beermen, who are making their 40th appearance in the championship round. Fajardo, the reigning four-time MVP, posted 26 points and 12 rebounds while Balkman notched 23 points and 16 rebounds that went with five assists. "Alaska has been one of the toughest teams in the league for the last three years and it was very evident in this series even th...Keep on reading: Beermen back in finals, knock off Aces in Game 4.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJul 22nd, 2018

PBA: San Miguel players sent home early to prepare for Game 4

ANTIPOLO, RIZAL -- The San Miguel Beermen simply lost the will to win in Game 3 of the best-of-five Commissioner's Cup. Pair that with the Alaska Aces' infinite source of energy, it resulted to a Game 4 on Sunday at the Big Dome. Beermen head coach Leo Austria seems to agree with the premise, as he sent home his players ten minutes after the final buzzer to aid them in their recovery for Sunday's big game, which could spell either another conquest of the Aces or a winner-take-all Game 5. Austria knew it was do-or-die for Alaska this time around, but their opponents' energy, motivated by their desire to extend the series, proved to be the difference Friday evening. "In terms of energy, wala talaga kaming energy kanina. It's hard to win all games eh. Considering na Alaska ang kalaban namin, alam namin na this third game na, their backs are against the wall. Ibibigay nila ang lahat ng makakaya nila, and it happens. But on our part, we did not play our game. We played their game. Outhustled kami, outplayed," the multi-titled coach explained. The coach credited Alaska's heart at the Ynares Sports Center, pointing out the most glaring differences in the game: second chance-points and field goal attempts. Alaska scored 33 second-chance points to SMB's 16, while the Aces attempted 103 field goals to the Beermen's 82. "It is a wake-up call for us, because it is an opportunity na hindi namin put into waste. Sabi ko sa kanila, hindi na kailangan ng another conference to recover and to recharge and to regroup, so we still are in a position na may advantage." What also was noticeable in the game was the benching of Renaldo Balkman, who rode the pine for the last eight minutes of the game. The coach explained that he wanted to prevent any sort of injury to the former New York Knick, as his team failed to respond to the Aces' vicious offensive and defensive attack. "He's playing around 42 minutes per game and ngayon lang siya bumaba ng kaunti, which is 37. So I think he needs rest that time dahil for you to come back dahil it requires a lot of energy to pressure, hustle, to rebound, lahat gagawin mo and we're trying to avoid na something might happen, baka mamaya kakapwersa niya, ma-injure pa siya or ganyan." "So I think that's the right thing to do for some of the players to taste some precious playing time for them." The tactician also admitted that overconfidence had crept to their minds, but they were given a rude awakening by their second-seeded opponents by way of an emphatic 21-point victory. Could it be the Aces' last gasp? Austria hopes so, pointing out the team's virtual twice-to-beat advantage for the rest of the series. "We will try to watch what happened tonight and I hope na we come out next game na talagang full of energy. I think na energy-wise, wala talaga kaming energy kanina. I don't know kung nakatulong ba yung 3 days off prior to this game." __   Follow this writer on Twitter, @philipptionary.  .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJul 20th, 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