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PBA: Durham proud of Meralco s effort in win over NLEX

Meralco has made it to two straight PBA Governors' Cup Finals, but a third straight trip to the title round is probably not in the mind of the Bolts right now. Well for one, Meralco is barely avoiding elimination in the season-ending joust. The Bolts arrested a six-game slide Sunday by beating NLEX and Meralco currently only has a 2-6 mark. They are out of the playoff picture for the moment. With three games left, the Bolts are focused on just staying alive than trying to make a third straight Finals appearance. "We can't really think about playoffs right now," import Allen Durham said. "We just gotta think about getting better, take one game at a time. When we think too far ahead, that's when mistakes happen, your overlook the team, and everything falls from there," he added. Durham, the reigning two-time Best Import, was huge in Meralco staying alive Sunday. He finished with 36 points, 18 rebounds, and seven assists for Meralco. More importantly, Durham's big block on Juanmi Tiongson as time expired preserved Meralco's three-point victory. "It feels great. Even though we won we still didn't play perfect but I'm proud of our guys, they didn't give up. I think we're down 10 or 9 pts with six minutes, but we just showed relentlessness and we just kept fighting," Durham said. "That's what happens when you keep fighting for the whole 48 minutes," he added.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource: abscbn abscbnOct 14th, 2018

Bolts blast Beermen, stay in hunt

Allen Durham and the rest of the Meralco team exerted their best effort with their lives on the line and came through with explosive attacks in the second half to storm to a 111-81 victory over San Miguel Beer and ensure at least a playoff for the last quarterfinals berth in the PBA Governors Cup at the Smart Araneta Coliseum last night......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsNov 3rd, 2018

PBA: Chris Tiu records career-high once again in a Wednesday game at the Cuneta Astrodome

A week after setting a career-high 23 points last Oct. 17 at the Cuneta Astrodome, Chris Tiu once again exceeded his threshold for point production on Wednesday. The Rain or Shine point guard fired for 24 points on 8 for 16 shooting, including a hot shooting display in the second quarter, where he got 11 markers. His team however did not pull away with the victory, as their playoff chances got slimmer after slumping to a 2-7 record. Tiu was hit with a bittersweet moment, but more on the negative side, since the Elasto Painters were not able to carve out a much-needed win against Phoenix. Instead, their post-season berth will not lie in their own hands and instead will rely on the MVP trio of NLEX, TNT and Meralco's performances down the stretch.  "At least I know, I put out the effort and did what I could. Kinapos lang talaga. Wala, ganoon talaga ang basketball eh," the 33-year old said. When asked if the rims of the Astrodome were to his liking, the former Blue Eagle dismissed it as the ball bouncing his way. Playing at an age when many others' basketball careers begin to decline, Tiu stressed the importance of taking care of his body since he still has other committments off the court, which he needs to fulfill. The guard also knows that some of the younger players need to step up eventually in the veteran-laden squad, and knows it is his duty to be a mentor. "[The younger players have] shown a lot of promise and potential this conference despite the standing of our team. I guess, as one of the veterans of the team, I hope I can impart something to them para next time sila naman," Tiu said happily.  Leading by 16 in the third, 71-55, ROS could not sustain their momentum as the Fuel Masters zoomed in the payoff period to wrest away the win. Without the interior presence of prized big men Beau Belga (injury) and Raymond Almazan (team suspension), the team gave away too many rebounds against their liking, as their opponents emerged with 20 more boards. And just like the previous games, their fluid offense seemed to have dried out too early which eventually led to another disappointing L. "We controlled pretty much throughout the game and also some timely turnovers led to transition points that really hurt us. They made shot when it mattered and we couldn't score." __   Follow this writer on Twitter, @philipptionary......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsOct 25th, 2018

Hot-shooting Banchero claims PBA Player of the Week award

Chris Banchero’s scintillating performance in Alaska’s last two games earned him the Cignal-PBA Press Corps Player of the Week for the period of Oct. 15-21 in the 2018 Governors’ Cup. The stocky Alaska guard stood at the forefront of the Aces’ surge to register back-to-back wins, grabbing a piece of the lead in the team standings with Ginebra and Magnolia, while closing in for twice-to-beat edge in the playoffs. The 29-year-old Banchero averaged 19 points, 7 assists and 5.5 rebounds this past week, leading Alaska to victories over Columbian, 104-94 and Blackwater, 116-109 as the Aces forged a three-way tie at the top spot with similar 7-2 records. Alaska’s fifth overall pick in the 2014 PBA Rookie Draft registered a near triple-double effort of 10 points, 11 assists and seven rebounds to serve as a catalyst in their 10-point win over the Dyip. Then last Sunday, Banchero, the third conference’s assist leader, went beast mode on offense, firing a new PBA career-high 28 points on 12-of-16 shooting from the floor to help Alaska outlast Blackwater. The Fil-Italian guard edged Meralco Fil-American players Cliff Hodge and Chris Newsome, as well as San Miguel stalwart Chris Ross and rookie Christian Standhardinger for the weekky citation. Alaska looks to make a strong finish in the elims and formalize its top 4 finish when it faces NLEX this Friday at the Ynares Center in Antipolo, before taking on NorthPort next Sunday at the Smart Araneta Coliseum. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsOct 22nd, 2018

Amer, Durham star as Meralco snaps franchise s longest losing streak

MANILA, Philippines – Meralco halted its longest skid in franchise history in the most dramatic fashion with a come-from-behind 108-105 win over NLEX in the 2018 PBA Governors' Cup at the Araneta Coliseum on Sunday, October 14.  Enduring a 6-game losing streak, the Bolts didn't allow another defeat this time as ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsOct 14th, 2018

Durham, Amer rally Meralco past NLEX

Allen Durham and Baser Amer teamed up in the fourth quarter to rally Meralco past NLEX, 108-105, in the 2018 PBA Governors' Cup Sunday at Smart Araneta Coliseum. Durham and Amer accounted for 12 of Meralco's final 15 points inside the last four minutes as the Bolts came back from 16 down in the final frame to resuscitate their flatlining quarterfinals bid. "We've struggled throughout the game. We've been struggling a lot lately especially when we came back from Thailand," said Meralco head coach Norman Black. "Our defense is really not on point right now but the players did not give up in this game. They kept fighting until the end and the result is we got a win tonight to keep our ...Keep on reading: Durham, Amer rally Meralco past NLEX.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsOct 14th, 2018

Poor guard play highlights absence of Ravena, Alas in NLEX’s ‘bad loss’ to Meralco

NLEX coach Yeng Guiao felt his team committed one too many mistakes down the stretch in a crucial loss to Meralco, a game the Road Warriors initially had in their fingertips but let slip away. NLEX blew a 16-point lead in the fourth quarter after Meralco fought back and pounced on the error-prone Road Warriors behind Allen Durham and Baser Amer. "It's really frustrating. It's a bad loss. It's not that they won the game but we lost it," Guiao told reporters after a 108-105 defeat on Sunday. READ: Durham, Amer rally Meralco past NLEX "Just too many turnovers in a short period of time especially happening in the endgame. Turnovers and I felt the bad calls conspired to turn a win into ...Keep on reading: Poor guard play highlights absence of Ravena, Alas in NLEX’s ‘bad loss’ to Meralco.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsOct 14th, 2018

PBA: Rejuvenated Northport keeps Meralco struggling

Don't look now but Northport is making a late push to the 2018 PBA Governors' Cup playoffs. The rejuvenated Batang Pier scored back-to-back wins for the first time in the season-ending joust, beating Meralco, 99-94, Friday at the MOA Arena. Following six straight losses to start the Governors' Cup, Northport is now at 2-6, keeping its flickering playoff hopes alive. Stanley Pringle and Sean Anthony hit a pair of clutch triples in the final minute for the Batang Pier, helping them hold on against the Bolts. "The players really fought hard for this win," head coach Pido Jarencio said. "Wala ako masabi sa kanila. Total team effort," he added. Indeed, it took the whole team for the Batang Pier to bag this victory over the Bolts. Three players once again scored at least 20 points for Northport led by Sean Anthony with 26 points. Stanley Pringle added 24 while import Rashad Woods fired 20, 15 in the third period. Meanwhile, the Bolts got 37 points, 18 rebounds, and seven assists from two-time Best Import Allen Durham. However, the terrific performance came in a loss once again. After winning their opening assignment, Meralco has now lost six straight for a 1-6 mark.   The Scores:   NorthPort 99 - Anthony 26, Pringle 24, Woods 20, Tautuaa 14, Elorde 4, Arana 4, Espinas 2, Gabayni 2, Javelona 2, Taha 1, Fortuna 0, Guinto 0, Grey 0. Meralco 94 - Durham 37, Tolomia 18, Newsome 13, Hodge 12, Hugnatan 5, Salva 4, Canaleta 3, Caram 2, Lanete 0, Amer 0, Ballesteros 0, Atkins 0, Jamito 0. Quarters: 22-21, 46-41, 74-69, 99-94. --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsOct 12th, 2018

CHAMPIONS CUP: Bolts settle for fourth place after losing to SK Knights

Meralco's rather disappointing stint in the 2018 FIBA-Asia Champions Cup ends on a sour note. The Bolts took another loss in Nonthaburi, this time an 87-91 decision at the hands of the Seoul SK Knights at Stadium 29. Still, Meralco will finish the tournament in fourth place despite a 1-4 record. The Bolts' only win was a dominant victory over Al Riyadi which ended up putting the team in the semifinals. Against South Korea's reigning league champions, Meralco used a furious third-quarter flurry to take the lead. However, as with their other losses in this tournament, the Bolts just failed to sustain the effort in the fourth period. Diamond Stone led Meralco with 32 points and 13 rebounds whil Allen Durham added 21 points. KG Canaleta fired five triples for 15 points. Dajuan Summers topscored the Knights with 26 points while four locals finished in double figures with Youngjun An dropping 17 markers.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsOct 2nd, 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

PBA: Meralco starts revenge tour 2.0

Meralco revenge tour 2.0 will kick off Friday at the Ynares Center in Antipolo. Losers of the last two Finals, the Bolts hope third time is the charm and their latest run will start with a showdown against Columbian to kick off the 2018 Governors' Cup. Reigning two-time Best Import Allen Durham is back to once again reinforce Meralco while Columbian will have Akeen Wright as import. Tip off will be at 4:30 p.m. In the second game at 7:00 p.m., sister teams NLEX and TNT will dispute their first win of the season-ending joust. The Road Warriors will be without head coach Yeng Guiao who is at the Asian Games handling Gilas Pilipinas.     --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsAug 16th, 2018

Bolts tangle with Dyip in PBA Governors Cup opener

Meralco, with two-time Best Import winner Allen Durham, tangles with Columbian Dyip while TNT KaTropa takes on NLEX Road Warriors in the opener of the PBA Governors Cup Friday at the Ynares Sports Center in Antipolo......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsAug 14th, 2018

PBA: Vic Manuel earns Player of the Week honors

Alaska is off to a flying start in the Honda PBA Commissioner’s Cup, thanks to Vic Manuel’s electrifying plays off the bench. Nicknamed the “Muscleman”, the undersized forward has been providing the much-needed offense and hustle for an Aces side that has won their last three games after dropping their opening match against Rain or Shine. The Aces’ latest victory came on Sunday with the 6-foot-4 Manuel at the forefront.  Manuel fired a PBA career-high 29 points, making 12 of his 19 attempts from the field, while hauling down 12 rebounds to power Alaska to a 110-110 win over TNT in their duel in Antipolo. Manuel’s impressive effort earned him the PBA Press Corps Player of the Week for the period of May 7-13, edging out Meralco’s Baser Amer and Chris Newsome, Columbian guard Rashawn McCarthy, Rain or Shine’s Raymond Almazan, Ginebra’s Kevin Ferrer and NLEX big man JR Quinahan. The win, Alaska’s third in four matches, forced a three-way logjam for second to fourth spots with Meralco and TNT, just half a game behind Rain or Shine, which paces the team standings with its 4-1 record. Alaska takes a six-game respite before returning to action on Saturday when it flies to Dumaguete City to face defending champion San Miguel Beer......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMay 14th, 2018

Kiefer would rather not shoot more game-winners anytime soon

On Friday, Kiefer Ravena drilled his very first PBA game winner against Meralco in the 2018 PBA Philippine Cup. Wait, you missed it? Well you can watch it again below. 🎥 KIEFER. ISAAC. RAVENA. FOR THE WIN. #WeArePBA pic.twitter.com/0Lsoz6Cf30 — PBA (@pbaconnect) February 9, 2018 While it's always fun to watch game winners, especially if players like Kiefer are the ones that's taking them, Ravena himself would rather not be forced to go through the entire process if given the choice. It's too stressful. "Honestly no, hopefully not," Kiefer said when asked if the PBA can expect more game winners after his first one. "As the coaches said, for the fans these types of games, it's very good. But for the players and the coahing staff, it's not," he added. Still, despite this rather shocking revelation, Ravena wouldn't mind taking them again in the future. Of course, winning is a priority. And making big-time plays, like the two he did against the Bolts, is his way of respecting the game of basketball. "For me, it's just my way of respecting the game, respecting my opponents kasi you know, you want to give your best every single game. I wanted to help my team win again," he said. Against the Bolts, Kiefer also didn't want to help his team down. After the Road Warriors fought back from being down 18 points, it would have been a wasted if they just lose after taking the lead late. Ravena first drilled a cold-blooder triple with 43 seconds to go to give NLEX and 83-82 lead. However, with his team now up 85-82, Kief gave up a three-point play to Chris Newsome, allowing the Bolts to tie things up. And so, Ravena's fallaway jumper over Newsome to regain the lead with 0.9 seconds to go was his way of not letting his team down. "I was fortunate enough to get it. Hindi mo alam yung outcome nung game hanggang hindi mo sinusubukan itira. Nico was in front of me, played good defense and it could have been a very bad shot if I missed. But sabi ko lamang ng dalawa, let's try to go for the lead. Buti na lang swerte at pumasok," Ravena said on his first clutch hit. "I made a terrible defensive play with Chris and it was very bad for me. Hindi ko ginusto na yung effort ng buong team masasayang dahil sa wrong play ko di ba so I had to make up to the whole team. Buti naman na-shoot yung huling tira ko," he added.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsFeb 9th, 2018

Gin Kings ride big fourth-quarter run to go up 2-0 against Bolts

For the second straight game, it was a big fourth-quarter run that served as the difference for the barangay. Defending champion Bgry. Ginebra flipped the switch in the last six minutes of Game 2 to take a 86-76 win over Meralco in the 2017 Governors Cup Finals Sunday at the Big Dome. The champs, after another strong performance, are now up 2-0 in the best-of-7 series. Down 69-75 with 5:56 to go, the Gin Kings went on a 17-1 closing run to sink the Bolts anew and are halfway there for back-to-back titles. Holding on to a 79-76 lead, LA Tenorio hit a booming three with 1:08 remaining for a six-point advantage. Tenorio then forced a steal on Baser Amer on the other end and buried the insurance free throws as the barangay extended its Finals streak over Meralco to five games dating back to last year. Before Tenorio s dagger three though, the Bolts had the chance to tie but Ranidel De Ocampo and Jared Dillinger missed three of four free throws in one play. Dillinger, in particular, muffed two charities after he drew a loose ball foul on Japeth Aguilar following RDO s earlier split from the charity stripe. 'We took a big punch from them early in the game and kind of survived that and we were able to kind of make it into a possession by possession game,' head coach Tim Cone said. 'Seeing that the opportunity was there for us to win that game. It was a struggle. They’re a tough mental team. They’re mentally very tough. They’re hard to crack. But I’m just truly happy with our guys, just hanging in there, hanging in there, battling and battling and finding a way,' he added. Game 2 was a far cry from Game 1 mainly because the Bolts didn t took one whole half before showing up. Both teams were engaged from the get-go but it appeared that Meralco had things under control following a huge effort in the third behind import Allen Durham. However, Ginebra would complete shut down the Bolts as Tenorio and Justin Brownlee finally got it going and the Gin Kings ended up outscoring Meralco by 15 in the fourth. Tenorio and Brownlee on their own beat the Bolts in the payoff period, 18-14. Brownlee finished with only 19 points but eight came in the fourth. He also had 13 rebounds and seven assists. Tenorio dropped 10 of his 14 points in the final 12 minutes while Japeth Aguilar, despite five fouls, came through for 16. Back-to-back Best Import Allen Durham once again carried Meralco with 25 points, 22 rebounds, and seven assists but his local support remains lacking as De Ocampo and Baser Amer were the only other Bolts to crack double figures with 10 points apiece. Game 3 will be on Wednesday also at the Big Dome   The Scores:  GINEBRA 86 - Brownlee 19, Aguilar 16, Tenorio 14, Devance 10, Thompson 9, Mercado 6, Caguioa 6, Ferrer 3, Slaughter 3. MERALCO 76 - Durham 25, Amer 10, De Ocampo 10, Hodge 9, Newsome 8, Lanete 6, Dillinger 5, Tolomia 3, Caram 0, Hugnatan 0. Quarters: 18-24, 40-37, 57-62, 86-76.   br /> --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8 .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsOct 15th, 2017

Star looking to pounce on Meraclo to start semis

After making back-to-back semifinals this season but with zero Finals to show for it, Star starts its journey to advance to the championship round as it takes on Meralco in the Final Four of the 2017 Governors' Cup. Rested and ready to go, the no. 4 Hotshots look to pounce on the top-seeded Bolts who are coming off a grueling quarterfinals series with an import that's not exactly 100 percent. After taking care of NLEX in just one game, Star had almost a week of rest ahead of the best-of-5 semis matchup agains the Bolts. Meralco had to fight off Blackwater in two games and to make matters a little worse, Allen Durham injured his ankle just last Thursday. Meanwhile, the Hotshots are as healthy as they can be all conference long with Marc Pingris back to peak performance. Import Kris Acox has also settled in quite nicely after coming in late to Star's regular season campaign. Game 1 of this semis clash will tip off at 6:30 p.m. Sunday live from the Alonte Sports Arena in Binan, Laguna. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsOct 1st, 2017

Star makes late play for top 4 after rallying past NLEX

Whether or not Star ends up with a twice-to-beat advantage in the Governors' Cup playoffs, the Hotshots have done everything they can to set themselves up for a playoff bonus. Star got a 101-93 come-from-behind win over the NLEX Road Warriors Sunday at the Big Dome, making the playoff picture of the season-ending conference a lot more compicated that it already is. At 7-4, the Hotshots can sneak into the top four depending on the outcome of the Meralco-San Miguel game. The Bolts (8-2) and the Beermen (7-3) are playing as of press time. The only thing that was certain from the Star win is the fact that defending champion Ginebra earned a playoff bonus, joining TNT with a twice-to-beat advantage in the quarterfinals. 'We have a proper mindset, ang kailangan lang naming gawin is to win,' head coach Chito Victolero said. 'Whatever happens in the second game [Meralco-SMB] is not in our control. Ang control namin is yung game namin and I'm proud of my players, especially in the second half. They stepped up dun sa defense namin plus yung ball movement sa offense gumanda,' he added. Down by as many as 15 points in the first half, Star exploded in the third period to take control of the ball game. The Hotshots fired 39 points in the pivotal quarter, taking the fight out of the Road Warriors behind a balanced attack. Before NLEX scored the game's last six points, Star had its largest lead of the game at 14 points, 101-87. Five players scored in double figures for Star led by PJ Simon's 16 points. Paul Lee adde 15 while import Kristofer Acox was goodd for 14 points and 10 rebounds. NLEX, who also ended up with a 7-4 record but ended up outside of the top 4 with an inferior quotient, got 16 points from Aaron Fuller. Alex Mallari and Larry Fonacier contributed 13 and 12 points respectively.   The Scores: STAR 101 - Simon 16, Lee 15, Acox 14, Ramos 14, Barroca 13, Dela Rosa 8, Melton 6, Pingris 6, Sangalang 4, Jalalon 3, Brondial 2, Reavis 0. NLEX 93 - Fuller 16, Mallari 13, Fonacier 12, Alas 9, Al-Hussaini 9, Quinahan 9, Lastimosa 8, Taulava 5, Tiongson 5, J. Villanueva 3, Soyud 3, Baguio 1, Rios 0. Quarters: 17-25, 36-44, 72-69, 101-93.   br /> --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8 .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsSep 24th, 2017

Bolts gain share of first after pushing Alaska to brink of elimination

After a record 14-game losing skid that spanned two PBA conferences, Alaska was hard-pressed to make it to the playoffs of the 2017 Governors' Cup. Still, after a recent three-game revival, the Aces looked like they could manage to crash the playoff party. Well, their chances just took a major hit again. Meralco delivered a big blow to whatever slim playoff chances Alaska has in the season-ending joust after the Bolts scored a dominant 106-78 win Friday at the Big Dome. The Meralco win put Alaska to 3-7 for the conference, barely holdin on for dear life in the current PBA season. The Bolts, meanwhile, moved to 7-2, tied for first place with defending champion Ginebra. It was the team's first win since acquiring six-time champion Ranidel De Ocampo from sister team TNT. 'It's been an interesting week, picking up Ranidel in the middle of the week and having to try to teach him the system in three days. I thought he did a pretty good job today blending in with the team,' head coach Norman Black said. 'About the game itself, just a good all around effort for the entire team,' he added. Behind the career outing of rookie Mike Tolomia, who the Bolts also traded for earlier this conference, Meralco surged ahead in the first half and took the fight out of Alaska early. Tolomia lead a big run in the second quarter where Meralco outscored Alaska, 30-13, to take a 23-point lead at the break. The former FEU Tamaraw scored 11 of his 24 points in the period and was a perfect 5-of-5 from beyond the arc in the first half. He finished 6-of-6 from deep and was 8-of-9 overall. Aside from Tolomia, import Allen Durham also had a big game, finishing with 26 points, 18 rebounds, and six assists to lead the Bolts. De Ocampo droppe 10 off the bench in his Meralco debut. Falling behind early, Alaska tried to mount a comeback in the third period, coming to within 10 points before Meralco quickly restored order just before the fourth quarter. Things fully fell apart for the Aces in the final period as the Bolts ended up leading by as many as 31 points. Buck Henton led the way for Alaska with 23 points while JVee Casio was good for 18. The Aces will now have to rely on other teams losing to have a chance to sneaking into the postseason.     The scores: MERALCO 106 - Durham 26, Tolomia 24, Amer 17, Newsome 10, De Ocampo 10, Hodge 8, Lanete 5, Nabong 3, Caram 2, Atkins 0, Yeo 0, Sedurifa 0, Hugnatan 0, Faundo 0. ALASKA 78 - Henton 23, Casio 18, Manuel 10, Abueva 8, Racal 8, Enciso 3, Banchero 3, Exciminiano 2, Pascual 2, Mendoza 1, Thoss 0, Baclao 0, Galliguez 0. Quarters: 28-22, 58-35, 78-59, 106-78.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8 .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsSep 15th, 2017

Durham, Dillinger power Meralco over Mahindra for No. 4 spot

Games Friday (Smart Araneta Coliseum) 4:15 p.m. – San Miguel vs NLEX 7 p.m. – Ginebra vs Alaska.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsSep 21st, 2016

Durham, Amer take charge in as Meralco nips NLEX

Games Friday (Smart Araneta Coliseum) 4:15 p.m. – Mahindra vs TNT KaTropa.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsAug 24th, 2016

Kai Sotto forgoes Gilas practice and tune-up game for exam week

Citing academics, Kai Sotto won't be attending Gilas Pilipinas' tune-up game against Jordan at the Meralco Gym Monday evening. Sotto says he will be undergoing exams this week at Ateneo High School, thus not being able to devote his time fully to the rigors of national team training. "Hindi ako pupunta sa practice. Exams namin sa Ateneo. Hindi ako lalaro bukas," the 7 foot 1 center said. Even though he won't be able to attend training for Gilas, Sotto had a show in their 75-59 win against the Adamson Baby Falcons at the Blue Eagle Gym Sunday morning. The slot man had 27 points and 20 rebounds in the victory, with 17 of those markers coming from the free throw line. Even so, new Blue Eaglet coach Reggie Varilla was proud of his boys of towing themselves to the win, days after floor general Forthsky Padrigao underwent an appendectomy and will be out the remainder of the first round. Sotto even dedicated the victory to his recovering teammate who he is proud to be called as his best friend. "Si Forthsky talaga, best friend ko yan. Sobrang ka-close ko yan. Alam ko yung nararamdaman niya na yung parang comeback season niya tapos naputol pa." About his 25 attempts from the line, Sotto expected the swarming Adamson defense to give no inch to him, and took every opportunity to take advantage of the tactic. "Yun talaga gagawin lagi ng depensa. Expected na lagi. Marami rin akong namintis so sayang." __   Follow this writer on Twitter, @philipptionary......»»

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