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PBA: Blackwater fails to take advantage of import-less TNT

If the Blackwater Elite were to take any advantage against any opponent, it would be the import-less TNT KaTropa. Unfortunately for the now 0-6 Elite, the well-oiled machine that is the KaTropa flexed their muscles and blew out their opponents, 120-101.  For coach Bong Ramos, facing their import-less opponents was more of an advantage for the veteran-laden team, as their engines seemed to hum better after ousting import Jeremy Tyler. "Mas maganda pa nga silang walang import kasi they are easy to ano, kabisado nila yung sistema, yung import nila, nawawala e di ba?" Ramos said after the game.  "Matatawag nila yung plays nila na ginagamit nila sa all-Filipino na hindi nila ginagamit, limitado because they are adjusting to their import." With their struggles, import Jarrid Famous didn't help the cause, only scoring 11 points on a two out of five shooting clip. Despite the loss against an import-less squad, Ramos admitted that there were various kinks left to be straightened, as they could not match the offensive schemes TNT exhibited, which is virtually an All-Filipino team. "Kaya kung titignan mo, merong time na okay kami. Pag-rotate ko, bigla kaming bumabagsak. Doon makikita mo, hindi kami fluid. Wala kaming, yun nga. Hindi kami consistent." With the looming All-Star week starting Monday, the Elite will get some well needed rest -- and time to enhance their plays.  Ramos will certainly make the team work for the entire week, as they continue to search for the elusive win.  Despite their winless record, they could still theoretically make the playoffs if they win five straight, but if not, the newly-installed mentor will have just to promise another thing.  "Kung wala naman, we will still continue to play hard. Kasi nag-aaral kami. Yun naman ang sinabi ko. It's ano e. Work in progress kami. Kung ano man ang gagawin namin ngayon, ano na yun, tuloy-tuloy na yun for next conference."   __     Follow this writer on Twitter, @philipptionary. .....»»

Category: sportsSource: abscbn abscbnMay 18th, 2018

Phoenix clinches No. 2 spot, downs Blackwater behind Abueva, Wright

Phoenix flaunts a prolific import in Eugene Phelps but it was the Fuel Masters' star locals who led the way in a crucial game on Sunday. Calvin Abueva and Matthew Wright scored 10 points each in the fourth quarter as Phoenix fended off Blackwater, 97-91, to clinch the No. 2 spot heading into the 2018 PBA Governors' Cup quarterfinals. "I told them during the halftime break that you have to take pride with your defense," Phoenix head coach Louie Alas said. "It was all about the defense." The Fuel Masters, who will own twice-to-beat advantage in the quarters, made crucial stops and big shots late courtesy of Abueva and Wright. Abueva was all over the floor and finished with a game-hig...Keep on reading: Phoenix clinches No. 2 spot, downs Blackwater behind Abueva, Wright.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsNov 4th, 2018

PBA: Blackwater s Walker lets offense carve for himself in perfect shooting night

CITY OF BIÑAN -- The Blackwater Elite are back to their winning ways after dropping two straight games. Now at a 7-3 record, a chance for a top four spot and a twice-to-beat advantage is very much alive for one of the surprise teams of the PBA Governors' Cup. At the thick of it all, the powerful Elite offense went full throttle throughout the game, dropping 120 points on 53.2-percent shooting against the hapless Columbian Dyip. Import Henry Walker benefitted the most from the great offensive display, scoring 26 points on a lights-out display of 9 for 9 shooting from the field, including a perfect 3 for 3 clip from downtown. The former Boston Celtic and New York Knick credited the great offensive sets, and of course his teammates for helping him get the wide-open looks. "I just had some good looks and I was just able to capitalize on, you know, just playing within the offense and basically, today, using my teammates to get myself open instead of me trying to be the hammer at that point. I just let other guys take over and I just found ways to score within the offense," the 6'5" forward said of his shooting display. The longtime import also said that returning to the defensive intensity the team showed in their 4-0 start this Governors' Cup is pretty much his desire down the stretch. Facing the Phoenix Fuel Masters on Sunday, Nov. 4, for their final eliminations game, Walker added that defense will be their mantra in order to have a crack at his former coach Louie Alas, who he accompanied in the Alaska bench a few years back. "He's always ready and he doesn't shy away from competition and neither do his guys. We've got a tough challenge ahead of us." Walker also downplayed his spat with Dyip player Dan Sara midway through a blowout fourth quarter. The reinforcement claimed that the dimunitive San Beda product slapped the back of his head and that caused him to lose his cool.  "I mean, it is what it is. I shouldn't have been in the game at that point. It was over with and he's in there just playing hard. I don't blame him for that. No malice or anything like that but it is what it is. We got through, nobody got injured and everybody straight."   __   Follow this writer on Twitter, @philipptionary......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsOct 27th, 2018

PBA: Banchero after big game: 'I think it was my turn tonight'

After Alaska beat Columbian in the 2018 PBA Governors' Cup, head coach Alex Compton wasn't particularly too happy about his locals. After Alaska beat Blackwater in the 2018 PBA Governors' Cup, safe to say Compton can smile about the way his locals performed. No other Alaska local shined brighter than Chris Banchero against the Elite, as the point guard put up the points in the win over Blackwater. Seriously, a lot of points. Banchero only missed four times and drilled 28 points for the Aces, finishing just behind import Mike Harris who had 38. "We needed to play better basketball than we did against Columbian, I thought we did tonight," Banchero said. "I got it going a little big tonight. I was good. I'm glad I played well, I think it was my turn tonight to score the basketball. I was not realy trying to score, it was just that I kinda got it going," he added. With the win, Alaska has forced a three-way tie for first place in the Governors' Cup with Ginebra and Magnolia as all three have identical 7-2 records. Still, Banchero says the Aces have room to take things to a higher level. "We knew we needed to get that win because top-4 is our goal and we'll make the push from there. Being top-4 is a huge advantage," he said. "I think we still have room to grow," Banchero added.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsOct 21st, 2018

PBA: Alaska s Harris couldn t care less about top-4 finish

The 2018 PBA Governors' Cup standings is pretty top heavy right now, with five teams separated by just one game. Of the five teams, one will not get a twice-to-beat advantage and the top-4 advance to the playoffs with a bonus in hand. However, for Alaska super import Mike Harris, he couldn't care less of a top-4 finish. "People talk about the top-4 and to be honest with you, I really don't care about the top-4," Harris said. "No disrespect to the top-4 but everywhere I play, whether I’m at the top seed or the bottom seed, my objective’s to win. I learned from Greg Popovich, great teams win on the road, doesn’t matter if you’re home or away. Good thing here is all games are neutral games, some teams may get more fans but they’re like neutral side games here. I really like that," he added. Regardless of his feelings of the top-4, Harris' performance sure helped the Aces move closer to finishing as one of the higher seeds come playoff time. Monster Mike had himself a game against Blackwater, finishing with 38 points and 19 rebounds. His clutch four-point play with less than 20 seconds to play helped seal the deal for the Aces. Currently, Alaska is in a three-way tie for first place with Ginebra and Magnolia as all three teams sport identical 7-2 cards. But with about two weeks left of regular season play, Harris' focus is on Alaska's next assignment and not whether or not the Aces are inside the top-4 in the team standings. "You want to take each game one game at a time. We have NLEX next, so the focus is just to beat them," he said. "If you do what you have to do on the court, everything else takes care of itself," Harris added.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsOct 21st, 2018

REINFORCEMENTS HAVE ARRIVED

Miss the PBA yet? Don't worry as there's more action coming your way starting Friday at the Ynares Center in Antipolo City. The 2018 PBA Governors' Cup will tip off this weekend and we have prolific imports in town, 12 of them to be exact. Get to know who they are before we start the third and final conference for this season.   Justin Brownlee --- Ginebra By now, Justin Brownlee needs no introduction but here goes anyway for the benefit of those who don't know him for some reason. Brownlee is a three-time PBA champion for the Gin Kings and a one-time Best Import. His first two titles came in the Governors' Cup. The first one was in 2016 when he hit "The Shot" in Game 6. The second one was last year when he led the barangay to a Game 7 win in front of more than 50,000 fans at the Philippine Arena. He's a Ginebra legend.   Allen Durham --- Meralco The reigning two-time Best Import is back for the Bolts and he's looking to complete some unfinished business. Durham has led Meralco to two Governors' Cup Finals in his previous two stints in the PBA but each time, the Bolts lost to Ginebra for the title. Is third time the charm for Allen Durham and Meralco?   AZ Reid --- San Miguel Arizona Reid won two Best Imports back when he was still with Rain or Shine and he won his first Governors' Cup title when he switched over to San Miguel. Now, the high-scoring import is back for the Beermen after a one-year hiatus. He has some business to finish here and at the top of the list is regaining his lost PBA championship.   Eugene Phelps --- Phoenix El Destructor first made a name for himself in the Governors' Cup. The Commissioner's Cup might not be his best cup of tea but when it comes to the season-ending conference, Eugene Phelps has proven before that he's a force to be reckoned with. With an upgraded local lineup and perhaps better durability this time around, El Destructor might just become extra destructive to the oppposition.   Henry Walker --- Blackwater The Elite made their second playoff appearance last year in the Governors' Cup with Henry Walker. As the no. 8 seed, they were a few minutes away from stunning no. 1 Meralco to go to the semis. Mr. Inspiration has provided nothing but positive stuff for Blackwater and with a longer build up, the Elite might be ready to take the next step in the Governors' Cup in order to salvage what has been a lost season.   Mike Harris --- Alaska The Aces are bringing in Mike Harris as reinforcement in the Governors' Cup. Harris has NBA experience with the Houston Rockets and the Utah Jazz. He has tremendous international experience and the PBA is only the latest in his long list of stops. He has a career average of 3.4 points in the NBA, playing a total of 54 games spread across five seasons.   Akeem Wright --- Columbian The Dyip will have 33-year-old Akeem Wright for the Governors' Cup. Wright was undrafted in the 2007 NBA Draft and since then, he's built an international career with stops in the Middle East and Europe.   Romeo Travis --- Magnolia A close buddy of LeBron James, Romeo Travis is back in the PBA. The first time, he played for Alaska and won Best Import but lost in the Finals to San Miguel Beer  back in 2015. Now, Travis will suit up for the Magnolia Hotshots. Travis of course is part of the LeBron's high school team at St. Vincent-St. Mary.   Olu Ashaolu --- NLEX We've seen Olu in the Commissioner's Cup as he played NLEX's last game of the conference as part of the team's prep for the Governors' Cup. Ashaolu played for Lousiana Tech and Oregon and college and went undrafted in the 2012 NBA Draft.   Rashad Woods --- Northport The Batang Pier will go with Rashad Woods for the Governors' Cup. Woods has had memorable stints in Mexico and in the Middle East, where he's known as the "Arab Ace."   J'Nathan Bullock --- Rain or Shine Bullock is back for a second stint with ROS. Last season, Bullock and the Elasto Painters were eliminated in the quarterfinals but not after erasing TNT's twice-to-beat advantage in the playoffs. Bullock will join a ROS team that will be coming off an Asian Games campaign in Indonesia.   Mike Glover --- TNT Glover was Globalport's replacement import for Globalport two years ago but now, he'll start for the KaTropa in the 2018 Governors' Cup. The hulking forward went for 25.6 points and 14.0 rebounds in his first PBA tour.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsAug 16th, 2018

No. 1 ranking means nothing for Durham and the rest of Meralco.

A year after 'The Shot', Meralco's revenge tour puts the team front and center in the 2017 Governors' Cup after the Bolts earned the no. 1 seed entering the playoffs. However, reigning Best Import Allen Durham says that everything is still practically the same as last year, when he led Meralco to an inspired Finals run as the no. 4 seed. After all, the Bolts are not the only good team in the playoffs now. The no. 1 and no. 7 teams are only separated by two games. 'I think SMB, and Ginebra, and TNT [are] playing good. We're not the only team that's playing good right now,' Durham said after another near triple-double resulted in a big win over the Beermen to wrap up the elimination round Sunday. 'We just gotta keep doing what we do and we can't worry too much about the other teams,' he added. Durham, who poured 35 points, 13 rebounds, and eight assists against San Miguel, says that the real work only starts now in terms of Meralco's title run. No. 1 in the eliminations is good but no. 1 after the playoffs is better. Actually, it's the best. 'It feels good but they don't give you trophies for being no. 1 in the regular season,' Durham said. 'If you wanna be a champion at anything, it's not gonna be easy. Championship is in my mind,' he added. No. 1 Meralco, armed with a twice-to-beat advantage, will open the playoffs against no. 8 Blackwater next Tuesday.   br /> --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8 .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsSep 24th, 2017

ROS scores another big win ahead of PBA playoffs

Now the waiting game starts for Rain or Shine. The Elasto Painters handled their business to end the  elimination round of the 2017 PBA Governors' Cup, scoring a convincing 122-98 win over Blackwater Saturday at the Big Dome. ROS finished with a 7-4 record and whether or not the team ends up with a twice-to-beat advantage in the quarterfinals remains to be seen as there are three games left to play before the postseason unfolds next week. Up by only one at the break, the Elasto Painters turned the corner in the second half, pulling away from the stunned Elite to complete the 24-point win. Behind import J'Nathan Bullock and Raymond Almazan, ROS led by as many as 28 late in the game, 119-91. 'I guess we just wanted it more today. Everybody who came in the game stepped up. Basically I just told them that we have a chance on the top 4, the only way we can have that chance is to win,' head coach Caloy Garcia said. 'In the first half I thought we were just okay offensively but our defense wasn't there. In the second half I think we picked up especially when we went small ball, we started pressurind and they started turning the ball over. From there we got a good lead,' he added. Bullock fired 30 points to lead Rain or Shine on top of eight rebounds while Almazan added 20 points off the bench. Gabe Norwood finished with 15 points.   .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsSep 23rd, 2017

PSG aims to avoid early elimination in Champions League

By Tales Azzoni, Associated Press MADRID (AP) — Paris Saint-Germain's hopes of breaking through in European soccer could end earlier than usual this season. A loss against Liverpool on Wednesday in Paris, coupled with a home win by Napoli over Red Star, would keep PSG from making it out of the group stage in the Champions League. And that would be a significant setback for the big-spending French team desperately trying to assert itself as a world-class club. It would be the first time PSG failed to reach the tournament's knockout round since 2011-12, after Qatar Sports Investments took over the club with the goal of turning it into a top contender. PSG was eliminated in the round of 16 last season, after reaching the quarterfinals four straight years before that. Failure this time would hurt PSG in its second season since signing Brazil star Neymar for 222 million euros from Barcelona in an attempt to increase its chances of succeeding in Europe. PSG enters the crucial match at Parc des Princes with five points in Group C, one behind leaders Liverpool and Napoli. A victory would put the French club back in position to advance depending on its own results. "It's a decisive match in a very, very complicated group," PSG coach Thomas Tuchel told French broadcaster TF1. The good news for Tuchel is that Neymar and Kylian Mbappe, who had been sidelined because of injuries, are expected to be available for the home match against Liverpool. A look at the four Champions League groups on Wednesday: GROUP A Atletico Madrid and Borussia Dortmund lead the group and have a chance to secure places in the knockout round in advance. Dortmund needs a draw at Club Brugge, while Atletico needs a home win against Monaco. Atletico can also advance if Club Brugge loses points against Dortmund, which is coming off a blistering start to the season under new coach Lucien Favre. The only setback for Favre so far was the 2-0 loss at Atletico in the team's previous Champions League appearance. Paco Alcacer, signed on a permanent basis from Barcelona on Friday, scored again on Saturday in a win over Mainz, taking his league tally to nine goals in seven appearances. GROUP B Harry Kane kept Tottenham's Champions League hopes alive with a late double to sink PSV Eindhoven in the last round of games. Now the striker has some back-up as his team tries to complete an unlikely recovery to qualify from Group B. Tottenham has struggled for attacking fluency this season, mainly because attacking midfielders Christian Eriksen and Dele Alli have been missing at times because of injury. They appear to be fully fit now and were superb in Tottenham's win over Chelsea in the Premier League on Saturday, a 3-1 win that might have been its best display of the season. Spurs need to beat Inter Milan at Wembley Stadium on Wednesday to keep alive ambitions of a top-two finish. That would leave the teams tied on seven points. Tottenham would still likely require a win at already-qualified Barcelona to advance, given that Inter closes group play at home to last-place PSV. Barcelona, without Rafinha, Luis Suarez and Arthur because of injuries, has a three-point advantage at the top and will clinch first place in the group with a win over PSV, or a draw if Inter does not beat Tottenham. GROUP C Victories by Liverpool and Napoli would lock up the group which has proven to be the tightest of the Champions League. Napoli, the group's only unbeaten team with three draws and one win, hosts a Red Star team which still has chances of advancing in its return to the tournament's group stage after 26 years. The Serbian club has four points, one fewer than Paris Saint-Germain and two fewer than Napoli and Liverpool. Red Star held Napoli to a 0-0 draw at home in the first round, but then conceded 10 goals in losses against PSG (6-1) and Liverpool (4-0). Liverpool, which beat PSG at home, lost 2-0 to Red Star in its previous Champions League match, but it is coming off two straight wins in the Premier League. PSG, cruising in the French league, beat Liverpool 3-0 the only other time the teams met in Paris, nearly two decades ago. GROUP D Group leader Porto hosts second-place Schalke in a match in which a draw could be enough for both clubs to advance. They would clinch a spot in the knockout stage with a draw if Galatasaray fails to win its match at already eliminated Lokomotiv Moscow. A victory would secure first place for Porto, which has won eight straight entering the match at its Estadio do Dragao. Porto is trying to make it to the round of 16 for the third straight season. The Portuguese champion has 10 points, two more than Schalke and six more than Galatasaray. Porto and Schalke are the only unbeaten teams in the group. Schalke hasn't made it to the knockout stage since 2014-15. ___ Associated Press writers John Leicester, Ciaran Fahey and Steve Douglas contributed to this report......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsNov 27th, 2018

PBA: Alaska s Mike Harris still leads Best Import race

The wild Best Import race of the 2018 PBA Governors' Cup is almost over. And after a wild playoff chase, Alaska's Mike Harris continues to lead all contenders. Harris has his Aces in the Finals and is on the verge of winning Best Import on top of having an opportunity to capture a PBA title. With averages of 30.31 points, 20.69 rebounds, 2.81 assists, 1.13 steals and 1.00 blocks, Harris maintains pole position for Best Import. [Related: PBA: Harris leads Brownlee and Phelps in close Best Import race] Barangay Ginebra’s Justin Brownlee, Phoenix Petroleum’s Eugene Phelps, Meralco’s Allen Durham, NLEX’s Aaron Fuller and Blackwater’s Henry Walker had all been strong bets until their teams moved out of the title hunt one after another. The only one standing in the way of Harris winning Best Import is Magnolia's Romeo Travis. A former Best Import winner, Travis has Magnolia in the Finals to take on the Aces and has averages of 24.5 markers, 14.8 boards, 4.81 assists, and 2.0 steals.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsNov 25th, 2018

PH rice tender fails; price offers too high

The National Food Authority (NFA) has, for the second time this month, failed to secure offers for 203,000 MT of rice it wants to import for the rest of the...READ MORE The post PH rice tender fails; price offers too high appeared first on The Manila Times Online......»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimes_netRelated NewsNov 14th, 2018

Rice import bidding fails anew

State-run National Food Authority has failed anew to secure the 203,000 metric tons (MT) of rice via government to government (G2G) scheme after Thailand and Vietnam exceeded the agency’s reference price......»»

Category: financeSource:  philstarRelated NewsNov 13th, 2018

PBA: Durham s 30-20 carries Meralco back to the semis

That's six straight knockout games surived by Meralco. The Bolts are somehow back in the semifinals of the PBA Governors' Cup after scoring a pulsating 108-103 overtime win over no. 2 Phoenix in the knockout quarterfinals Friday at the Big Dome. Meralco erased the Fuel Masters' twice-to-beat edge in the quarters to make the Governors' Cup semis for the third straight year. Down to 1-6 after six straight losses in the elimination round, the Bolts have turned it around, winning six straight to advance. Meralco will now take on no. 2 Alaska in a best-of-5 series in the next round. Two-time Best Import Allen Durham had a monster game, finishing with 32 points, 21 rebounds, and nine assists. He led Meralco's comeback from a 16-point halftime deficit, allowing the Bolts to be in the game by the start of the fourth period.  Still, Phoenix would regain control and the Fuel Masters were actually up, 91-84, with three minutes to go in regulation but the Bolts unloaded a 10-0 run for a three-point lead with 19 seconds left. Jason Perkins saved Phoenix with a booming triple to tie and the Fuel Masters stopped Durham on the other end to force overtime. In the extra session, Baser Amer drilled back-to-back triples in a sizzling 8-0 start for Meralco. Calvin Abueva responded with five straight points to cut Phoenix's deficit to two points but Durham proved to be steady from the free throw line in the end as the Bolts pulled off the win. "What a hill that we had to climb to get to this point," head coach Norman Black said. "Every game for the last six was pressure-laden. There was not much room for error both on offense and defense. I'm really happy for the players," he added. After Durham, Amer came through for Meralco with 26 points, 23 in the second half and overtime. Chris Newsome added another 19 for the Bolts. For Phoenix, their breakout conference ends in disappointment. Despite taking the no. 2 seed and a twice-to-beat advantage, the Fuel Masters remain winless in the playoffs in their franchise history, going down to 0-6 overall. Perkins led the way with 24 points for Phoenix while Matthew Wright added 20. Import Eugene Phelps scored 18 points to go along with 23 rebounds, and seven assists.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsNov 9th, 2018

Walker: Blackwater wasted 4 months of work after missing win-once edge

MANILA, Philippines – Blackwater missed a chance of boasting a win-once incentive in the playoffs of the 2018 PBA Governors' Cup and import Henry Walker is not amused. The American reinforcement was left disappointed after the Elite absorbed a sorry 91-97 loss to Phoenix on Sunday, November 4, in their final ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsNov 4th, 2018

PBA: Brownlee gets triple-double as No. 1 Ginebra eliminates TNT

Brgy. Ginebra was taking no. 1 regardless but the reigning two-time champions made a strong statement anyway. The Gin Kings sent the TNT KaTropa packing, scoring a 112-93 win in the 2018 PBA Governors' Cup Sunday at the Big Dome. By virtue of Phoenix's win in the first game, Ginebra locked up the no. 1 overall seed. Still, the champs proved a point and ended the elimination round with a 9-2 mark. The Gin Kings now draw NLEX in the quarterfinals where they hold a twice-to-beat advantage. Ginebra slowly pulled the fight out of TNT from the second quarter onwards and the Gin Kings dropped the hammer late in the fourth when they led by as many as 22 points. Justin Brownlee was sensational as per usual, finishing with a triple-double of 31 points, 16 rebounds, and 11 assists. Greg Slaughter was huge too, powering through for 25 points in the win. Playing to stay alive, TNT got off to a strong start and led by eight in the opening period. However, the KaTropa simply got overwhelmed by the Gin Kings and had no answer for the two-time champs in the second half. TNT finished with a disappointing 4-7 mark and missed the playoffs for the first time since the 2015 Governors' Cup. Import Marqus Blakely led the KaTropa with 23 points while RR Pogoy added 22 points.   The Scores: Ginebra 112 - Brownlee 31, Slaughter 25, Thompson 11, J. Aguilar 10, Mariano 9, Ferrer 9, Tenorio 7, Mercado 4, Dela Cruz 3, Chan 3, Caguioa 0, Caperal 0, R. Aguilar 0, Manuel 0. TNT 93 - Blakely 23, Pogoy 22, Castro 12, Rosario 11, Reyes 8, Cruz 7, Trollano 4, Carey 2, Williams 2, Tamsi 2, Golla 0, Taha 0, Garcia 0, Paredes 0. Quarters: 24-22, 54-45, 82-69, 112-93.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsNov 4th, 2018

PBA: TNT facing elimination against champion Ginebra

The 2018 PBA Governors' Cup playoff cast will come down to one game. TNT is on the clock and the KaTropa fight for their season as they take on defending two-time champion Brgy. Ginebra in the last elimination round game Sunday at the Big Dome. At 4-6, TNT cannot afford to lose. If the KaTropa drop this one, it's see you next year. That's it. However, even if the KaTropa beat the Gin Kings, TNT will still have to go through a playoff to make the quarterfinals. A win by the KaTropa sets up a playoff for 8th against the Meralco Bolts, who won over San Miguel Beer Saturday. For the Gin Kings, the champs still have something to play for as a victory officially locks up the no. 1 overall seed. Tip off will be at 6:45 p.m. at the Araneta Coliseum. In the first game at 4:30 p.m., Phoenix (7-3) and Blackwater (7-3) dispute the last twice-to-beat advantage in the quarterfinals.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsNov 3rd, 2018

PBA: Beermen roll to fourth straight win

BINAN, Laguna --- The Beermen are rolling to the playoffs. San Miguel stretched its winning streak to four games Saturday, overpowering also-ran Rain or Shine, 109-97, at the Alonte Sports Arena here. After a 2-4 start, the Beermen are now up to 6-4 to maintain their place in the top-6. The win  put the team in the quarterfinals also allowed San Miguel to keep a slim chance of stealing a twice-to-beat advantage. After a close first half, Christian Standhardinger and Alex Cabagnot led a strong third period for the Beermen where they outscored Rain or Shine, 22-20.  San Miguel turned a four-point lead at the break to 14 heading into the fourth. Then the Beermen pounded on the Elasto Painters, taking a 98-79 advantage before cruising for the win. Import Kevin Murphy led the way for San Miguel with 28 points while Cabagnot fired 24, 10 in the third quarter. Standhardinger had 12 in the third period on his way to 22 points. The top pick of the 2017 Draft also added 18 rebounds and four assists for good measure. ROS got 26 points from Maverick Ahanmisi. The Elasto Painters dropped to 2-8 for the conference after four straight losses.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsOct 27th, 2018

PBA: Momentum on side, SMB welcomes back June Mar with open arms

CITY OF BIÑAN -- Safe to say, the San Miguel Beermen were able to do well without June Mar Fajardo. With the reigning four-time MVP out of action in the first nine games of the 2018 PBA Governors' Cup, the Beermen rose to the occasion and hurdled its obstacles. Losing import AZ Reid to injury, San Miguel called on replacement Kevin Murphy who turned up the heat and became one of the league's best scorers with 31.7 points per game.  This year's top draft pick Christian Standhardinger found his niche and played out of his mind, posting import-like averages of 25 points and 13.3 rebounds in the ten games thus far. Still recovering from a stress fracture in his right foot, Fajardo just played 10 minutes and scored once in his conference debut, a clear indication that there is much more needed before being considered fully recovered. "Nakakakapanibago. Nahahabol na ako ng kondisyon. I mean, syempre ngayon lang ako nakatakbo ulit. Masaya ako nanalo kami. Credit sa mga teammates ko," Fajardo said after the game. In their final game against playoff hopefuls Meralco next Saturday, Nov. 3, Fajardo clarified he does not care how many minutes coach Leo Austria will give him but let out an assurance that he will give 100 percent every time. Coach Austria says Fajardo, who admitted that he was avoiding rough play to avoid re-injury, has a long time to get himself going once more. "Well, it's a good adjustment for us, especially June Mar. He could get back to his usual game. But it's very obvious na wala pa siya doon sa usual game," the three-time PBA Coach of the Year said. The team seemed to have been lost, mired in a 2-4 record, but definitely bounced back due to the stellar play of Murphy, Standhardinger, and snipers Marcio Lassiter and Alex Cabagnot. Standhardinger, who has manned the paint in the Cebu native's absence was ecstatic due to Fajardo's return and ensuing positive effect to the time, returning to their "best basketball." "I mean he's a very important part of the puzzle piece but you still see he's just 10 minutes and he's still a little hesitant I think. So he's not completely back yet. But for the morale of the people, it means a lot for us to see June Mar out there again." If they do not clinch a top-four seed or twice-to-beat advantage, Fajardo expects his team to follow their gameplan to have a chance in advancing to the next round. __   Follow this writer on Twitter, @philipptionary......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsOct 27th, 2018

PBA: Hotshots clinch 2x-to-beat after dominating TNT

ANTIPOLO CITY, Rizal — Magnolia gets its playoff bonus. The Hotshots are the first to clinch a twice-to-beat advantage in the 2018 PBA Governors’ Cup playoffs after a sensational 116-103 win over TNT Friday at the Ynares Center here. Breaking away from a triple-time with Ginebra and Alaska, Magnolia took over solo first with an 8-2 mark. More importantly, win no. 8 formally clinched the coveted playoff bonus for the Hotshots. "Thankful because we’re commited to our game plan, we’re commited to our defense and we are committed to our execution on offense," head coach Chito Victolero said. "I just told to my players that we need to surpass the energy and aggresiveness of TNT. We know that they will go hard for this game. Kailangan din nila itong game na ito, itong panalo na ito. Yun lang, siguro medyo sinuwerte kami," he added. Magnolia started to pull away in the second period, turning to its signature defense after allowing 30 points in a high-scoring first quarter. While the KaTropa would recover to start the second half, the Hotshots landed the finishing blow in the fourth, leading by as many as 18 points to knock out TNT. Ian Sangalang led the way with 28 points while Mark Barroca added 21. Paul Lee flirted with a triple-double with 19 points, eight rebounds, and eight assists. Import Romeo Travis also had a solid all-around performance, going for 18 points, 15 rebounds, and seven dimes. For the KaTropa, Terrence Romeo fired 23 points anD Troy Rosario added 21. Import Marqus Blakely had 17 points, 18 rebounds, and 11 assists in losing effort. TNT dropped to 4-6 with their back-to-back losses and are officially on the brink of elimination.   The scores: Magnolia 116 – Sangalang 28, Barroca 21, Lee 19, Travis 18, Melton 9, Jalalon 9, Reavis 4, Brondial 4, Dela Rosa 2, Herndon 2. TNT 103 – Romeo 23, Rosario 21, Blakely 17, Castro 13, Cruz 8, Trollano 7, Pogoy 6, Carey 4, Williams 4, Golla 0, Garcia 0, Reyes 0. Quarters: 33-30; 62-48; 89-78; 116-103.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsOct 26th, 2018

PBA: Beermen make it three straight after beating Northport

San Miguel Beet coming in hot. The Beermen maintained their winning streak in the 2018 PBA Governors' Cup after surviving Northport, 114-107, Wednesday at the Cuneta Astrodome. Winners of three straight games, San Miguel kept solo 6th place with a 5-4 record and are closing in on a playoff spot. "I know from the start this won't be an easy game," head coach Leo Austria said. "Lumalaban sila hanggan sa huli [Northport]. Kita naman natin kanina," he added. San Miguel led by a many as 19 points but nearly lost all of it as the Batang Pier made their rally in the fourth quarter. Sean Anthony made it a one-point game, 107-108, with 1:46 to go but that proved to be the final basket for Northport as Christrian Standhardinger answered for San Miguel to restore a three-point advantage. Standhardinger and Chris Ross then finished things off from the free throw line to seal the victory. Import Kevin Murphy led the Beermen with 27 points while Standhardinger had another big outing, firing 21 points on top of 22 rebounds. Alex Cabagnot was good for 17 points while Marcio Lassiter added 16. Ross finished with 14 points. The Batang Pier got 24 points from Anthony and another 21 from Stanley Pringle but at 2-8, Northport has been eliminated from the Governors' Cup.   The Scores: San Miguel 114 - Murphy 27, Standhardinger 21, Cabagnot 17, Lassiter 16, Ross 14, Santos 7, Nabong 7, De Ocampo 5, Rosser 0, Heruela 0. Northport 107 - Anthony 24, Pringle 21, Grey 18, Woods 14, Elorde 6, Tautuaa 6, Espinas 4, Gabayni 4, Arana 3, Javelona 3, Guinto 2, Flores 2, Fortuna 0. Quarters: 24-19, 58-52, 88-79, 114-107.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsOct 24th, 2018

PBA: Standhardinger holds down fort as SMB awaits June Mar s return

Obviously, the San Miguel Beermen look like a very different team without reigning four-time MVP June Mar Fajardo. The juggernaut of the PBA without its main man in the middle was to be seen as a challenge for the team, as the prized big man is still down due to a stress fracture in his foot. However, stepping in during Fajardo's absence is #1 pick Christian Standhardinger, who has flourished in the Governors' Cup, posting averages of 25.3 points, 12.7 rebounds, and 1.4 assists in the Beermen's nine outings. Without Fajardo, San Miguel has stayed solid at sixth place with a 5-4 record, and the Beermen may look even better as Fajardo could make his conference debut on Saturday in Biñan, if coach Leo Austria's pronouncement becomes reality. In the Beermen's 114-107 win against the pesky NorthPort Batang Pier, Standhardinger again acted like a second import, scoring 21, and grabbing 22 rebounds in exactly 40 minutes inside the court. "We’ve been playing without June Mar in the last five games so obviously nothing changed in my mindset and the whole team," the Fil-German said after the game. "I think, we did a great job in compensating his big absence and we can’t wait to have him back so we’re gonna be a better team." Despite losing AZ Reid to injury, the team found an explosive scorer in former NBA player Kevin Murphy, who rose to becoming the league's top scorer with 32.4 ppg. In Fajardo's return, the team will have to rework the offense again as the reigning three-time Coach of the Year Austria will be re-inserting the 6'10 giant back into the fold. Quite the problem it would be for the Beermen, who are chasing the twice-to-beat advantage that the top four teams in the standings are awarded to. "...[W] hen June Mar comes back obviously he’s a key player for us so we have to adjust again and that’s gonna be a tough situation for us (but) I think we have high basketball IQ to figure it out." Despite Austria expressing his unapproval of Standhardinger's perceived lack of effort on defense, especially defending the pick-and-roll, which NorthPort used to great effect in mounting a come back, the super rookie gave his two cents. "I just give my best outside and just give my best to hustle and give my best to the team and even he thinks that I didn’t do a good job, then I didn’t do a good job I apologize." __   Follow this writer on Twitter, @philipptionary......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsOct 24th, 2018