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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

Meralco's slow and painful All-Filipino growth

After a six-game, mid-conference meltdown almost totally destroyed their playoff hopes, the Meralco Bolts somehow found a way to keep themselves alive in the 2017 Philippine Cup. They did so by upsetting the Rain or Shine Elasto Painters Friday, a win that not only let them regain confindence and remain in the playoff race, but also affirmed that the team is on the right track in a slow, painful growing process. 'I think that's what we showed today, a great team effort. It's just great for the morale of the team to finally get a win, finally get that monkey off our back and know we're doing something right,' second-year forward Chris Newsome said following Meralco's 82-72 victory. 'We already got two wins more than our previous Philippine Cup so I think we're slowly improving,' he added, going back to the fact that the Bolts finished with an embarassing 1-10 record in the same tournament last season. Meralco is still limping with a 3-7 mark this year and the team's playoff hopes almost entirely depends on other teams blowing away their own opportunities to advance but Newsome says that's the least of Meralco's concern right now. The reigning Rookie of the Year emphasized growth on the side of the Bolts and just going for what the team can actually control. And part of the things the team can control is their last regular season game against Star which if they win, should at least give them a better chance to sneak into the playoffs. 'It's a long season so we don't just wanna shut down and let everything that we've done go to waste,' Newsome said who finished with a game-high 19 points vs. ROS. 'The mindset is to control what we can control. The only thing that we're in control of right now is winning our last game against Star and everything else is kinda out of our hands. We just gotta hope for the best situation. We just gotta focus on what we can control and that's our effort in practice and attention to detail when it comes to games,' he added. With Jimmy Alapag retired and Jared Dillinger just returning from a hamstring injury he suffered late last season, Meralco has mostly relied on its young core so far in the All-Filipino. This latest victory, despite the string of defeats that came before it, was a nice boost for the squad that has kept things together pretty nicely this year. 'It's really big for us because the mood in the locker room is pretty heavy whenever you're losing, especially six straight games,' Newsome said. 'We try to stay positive and we really have nothing to lose and everything to gain, that's kinda the approach that we took today,' he added.   br /> --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8 .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJan 20th, 2017

Impressive Phoenix outing puts NLEX on the ropes

The Philippine Cup woes continue for NLEX. Phoenix caught fire in the second half and simply burned the Road Warriors, 102-91, Wednesday at the Cuneta Astrodome. Looking to get out of a four-team logjam for the 6th-9th spots in the standings, the Fuel Masters used a big third-quarter effort to blow the game wide open against a struggling NLEX team that has now lost seven out of its last eight games. With the win, Phoenix created a new three-team tie with Blackwater and TNT for the 4th-6th spots, sporting identical 5-4 marks. But the tie is not a cause for celebration though. 'There's nothing to celebrate pa dahil yung mga ka-tie namin tinalo kami,' head coach Ariel Vanguardia said talking about the Elite and the KaTropa. 'Right now, we are victrually tied with them but we are still in seventh or eight place,' he added. After a rough first half, the Fuel Masters exploded in the third quarter behind the efforts of JC Intal and Simon Enciso and went on to outscore the Road Warriors by 13, 28-15. Enciso finished with a team-high 21 points, built around five treys, five rebounds, and four assists for Phoenix while Intal added 12. Cyrus Baguio came off the bench to drop 13. Rookie Matthew Wright almost had his first career triple-double after posting 12 points, 12 rebounds, and nine assists, and Willie Wilson returned from sickness to chip in another 12 markers. As for NLEX, who now has lost all seven of its games by double digits, only Sean Anthony served as the bright spot as the forward tallied 23 points and eight boards.   The scores: PHOENIX 102 - Enciso 21, Intal 16, Baguio 13, W. Wilson 12, Wright 12, Borboran 7, Lanete 7, Miranda 5, Torres 5, J.Wilson 2, Caperal 2. NLEX 91 - Anthony 23, J. Villanueva 11, Soyud 10, Guinto 9, Alas 8, Rios 6, Lanete 6, Taulava 4, Khobuntin 3, Lastimosa 3, Monfort 3, Camson 2, E. Villanueva 2, Gotladera 1, Baracael 0. Quarters: 20-22, 53-48, 81-63, 102-91 br /> --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8 .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJan 18th, 2017

Beermen clinch playoff bonus on their day off

As proof of their dominance so far in the Philippine cup, two-time defending champion San Miguel Beermen clinched a twice-to-beat advantage in the playoffs despite doing nothing Sunday. Following their seventh straight win just two days before to improve to a league-best 8-1, there was still a slight chance that the Beermen would actually fail to finish in the top two. But with both Alaska and TNT losing their respective games Sunday at the Big Dome, there's no doubt now about San Miguel heading to the playoffs to defend its title with some perks. Head statistician Fidel Mangonon III confirmed that the champs got the first of the two twice-to-beat advantages in the quarterfinals. As for the rest of the field, eight teams are currently separated by one game in the standings. Globalport and Rain or Shine currently share second place with identical 5-3 cards while Blackwater sits alone at fourth with a 5-4 record. TNT, Star, Ginebra, Phoenix, and Alaska are all stuck in the middle at 4-4 while Mahindra, NLEX, and Meralco complete the list with two wins each. Only eight teams advance in the Philippine Cup with the top-2 seeds earning a twice-to-beat advantage. Teams ranked 3rd-6th figure in a best-of-3 series and all ties are to be broken by the quotient system.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8 .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJan 16th, 2017

Star defense provides best game yet

Since Chito Victolero took control of Star, all he's been preaching about is defense. Sure, the Hotshots haven't gone on to the best start under his reign, going 4-4 in eight games so far, but his crew did put up their best defensive effort Sunday, proof that they may be closer to their goal than their record suggests. Facing a TNT squad coming with with a league-best 100.7 points per game, Star shackled the KaTropa to a season-low 77 points on only 40 percent shooting, effectively taking out the flagship MVP franchise's greatest strength. Of course, the Hotshots won. 'Sabi nga ni coach, our defense against their offense so kailangan talaga i-maintain yung depensa namin. Hindi opensa yung magpapanalo sa amin,' forward Ian Sangalang said who led Star with 14 points in an 88-77 win. 'Yun game plan namin, hindi lalagpas ng 90 yung score nila. Much better na 77 lang yun naging score nila,' he added. After allowing Japeth Aguilar, Vic Manuel, and Calvin Abueva go wild on offense in their previous two defeats, Star has definitely learned its lesson of keeping the opponent's main man under control. They did just that on TNT's Jayson Castro, making it easier to pull off the victory against the KaTropa. 'I'm very proud of our guys, they stepped up on defense especially on Castro. We learned a lot from our previous games, I told them yun ang magagamit natin sa mga darating na important games,' Victolero said. The Hotshot's final three games sure are important as Star is currently in a five-team logjam for the 5th-9th places. One will be elimated by the time regular season wraps up. 'Right now, wala pang nakakasigurado, siguro SMB pa lang. Sabi ko sa kanila, one game at a time lang,' Victolero added.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8 .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJan 16th, 2017

Romeo in the middle of Globalport's maturation process

Terrence Romeo is in the middle of the ongoing maturity of Globalport as a team in 2017. Since they suffered a 26-point fourth quarter collapse to Phoenix late last year, the Batang Pier have won back-to-back games, playing well enough in crunch time to hold on for victories even if they still have a tendency to let go of big leads. It's a lesson they would probably take for the rest of their careers. 'Tumatak yun, kasi parang isa yata yun sa biggest comeback eh,' said Terrence Romeo and he's absolutely right as the Phoenix rally was the biggest fourth-quarter miracle in a decade. 'Dapat di na mangyari yun,' he added. In order to not let that sort of thing happen again, Romeo is leading by example for Globalport as the dynamic guard out of FEU has slowly learned to pick his spots in games. Sure, he's still scoring an insane amount of points (27.6 points per game after Friday's 32-point effort), but the Bro is timing his scoring explosions effectively. Romeo scored a season-high 22 points in the first half against the Road Warriors, setting the tone early for Globalport. He then took a backseat in the third perid and allowed runningmate Stanley Pringle do his thing. But when NLEX cut a once 21-point lead to eight in the fourth and final quarter, it was Romeo that put the finishing touches for the Batang Pier, scoring another seven points for good measure. 'Natutunan ko yun nung mga last games ko,' Romeo admits. 'Pagka first half okay laro ko, pagdating ng third and fourth pag pinilit ko pa rin na ako pa rin, masyadong nakatutok sakin yung depensa. Ginawa ko nag spot up lang ako, hinayaan ko sila maglaro.' 'Pero pag tingin ko naman na kailangan nila ako, kukunin ko din ang bola at didiskarte din ako,' he added. Aside from managing his scoring opportunities, part of Romeo and Globalport's maturation process is not to get excited over one big win. With a chance to go for the top-2 spots in the All-Filipino and a matchup against the mighty San Miguel Beer on the horizon, the Batang Pier remain all business. 'Kailangan wag namin isipin yung panalo namin dito, hindi naman sa minamaliit namin yung NLEX pero kailangan yung goal namin is mapunta dun sa number one or number two so hindi kami pwede matuwa dahil natalo namin NLEX. Kumbaga after one day celebration, next day back to focus na kami,' Romeo said.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8 .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJan 13th, 2017

Philippine Cup ghost continues to haunt Meralco

The ghost of the Philippine Cup has come back to haunt Meralco for the second straight season. After faulty effort against Mahindra, the Bolts have now lost five straight games in the All-Filipino, dropping them to last place with a 2-6 mark. This performance comes after Meralco finished 1-10 in the very same conference last season. Naturally, frustration is starting to creep into the franchise. However, the Bolts are not about to be consumed by the dark side just yet. 'Part of the game yun, natalo. Ngayon kailangan namin mag-effort every game lalo on defense,' veteran Reynel Hugnatan said who led the squad with 28 points vs. the Floodbuster. 'Pag natalo ka, lahat ng mali nandun. Try namin mag-focus sa next game,' he added. Fresh from making the Finals in the Governors' Cup, Hugnatan couldn't quite figure out what's wrong every time Meralco plays in a conference featuring only Filipino players. 'Ewan ko, di ko masagot eh. Lahat naman sa practice nakikita ko na parang lahat nagwo-work har. Pagdating sa game ewan ko ano nangyayari,' he said. With three games left in their schedule though, the Bolts' sole focus now is try and sneak into the playoffs as one of the lower seeds. 'I think we have a chance pa. Kaya di namin iniisip kung ano pa mangyayaru basta kami trabaho lang,' Hugnatan said.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8 .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJan 11th, 2017

Paniamogan explodes as Mahindra shuts down Meralco

Oh what do you know, Mahindra is actually on a winning streak in the Philippine Cup. Behind a near-perfect shooting effort from Philip Paniamogan, the Floodbuster got their second straight win in the All-Filipino after torching Meralco, 105-92, Wednesday at the Big Dome. After a Christmas breakthrough, Mahindra started its 2017 by shooting lights out from deep, connecting on 21 treys to send the Bolts to their fifth straight defeat. Paniamogan, the second-year guard our of JRU, accounted for seven of those three-point shots and went on to finish with a career-high 25 points on 9-of-11 shooting. The win pushed the Floodbuster out of the cellar with a 2-5 card, leaving Meralco at the bottom with a 2-6 mark. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJan 11th, 2017

Warriors' Zaza Pachulia has Kerr, not critics, in his head

JANIE McCAULEY, AP Sports Writer OAKLAND, California (AP) — Zaza Pachulia heard all the negative noise from his Golden State Warriors fans, and he began taking it personally. He was the new guy at the start of this NBA season, the lone non-All-Star in Golden State's decorated starting lineup. He was no Andrew Bogut, the imposing big man he replaced, and fans got nasty with their frustration. Now, Pachulia constantly recalls what coach Steve Kerr preaches: The only thing that matters is how the Warriors feel about each other, not what anyone outside thinks or says. Not that it was easy for Pachulia to ignore the scrutiny. 'That was one of the biggest challenges I've had. I've never been in this situation,' he said on Monday. 'It's a lot of responsibility, I understand it. It was very emotional for me at the beginning. I was kind of taking it very personal. But that's where mental toughness kicks in. 'I'm fortunate I have friends who have been in this situation throughout the league, but most importantly, the biggest help came from my coaching staff.' With Kerr in his ear, Pachulia has made an effort to tune out the critics. As expected, the Warriors have needed time to jell this season, and Pachulia's been at the center of the development. Early on, the center from Georgia took a passive approach, and also found himself in subpar shape. Now he's getting more comfortable, and is emerging at the perfect time. The Warriors are headed into the second half, and Pachulia has found his place complementing Stephen Curry, Kevin Durant, Draymond Green, and Klay Thompson. Last month, Pachulia had season-bests of 15 points and 14 rebounds in a win at Brooklyn, and he believes that helped him turn a corner. He has four straight games scoring in double figures entering Tuesday's home matchup with Miami after doing so just twice in his first 32 games. In a victory at Sacramento on Sunday, Pachulia made a jaw-dropping, no-look backward heave that was right on target to Curry and led to an easy basket by the league MVP. 'He's tried some crazy stuff before, but he made a good, timely read as the best way to get me the ball,' Curry said. 'It was right on target, one bounce into my lap and I was able to finish it. I'm sure Coach will make sure he's not experimenting too much more with that.' Pachulia's enjoyed being part of the 'fancy stuff' these pass-happy Warriors get up to — Golden State wracks up 30-assist performances at an astonishing rate. 'Zaza's got a little flair to him,' Kerr said on Monday. 'He likes making plays like that. Not that he's constantly making them, but he's got a little of that in him. I know he had fun with that play.' Never before had the big man been part of a team with so many great players, and finding his way with this group made for a daunting adjustment. That core of talent is the reason he chose to join Golden State for his 14th season. 'No disrespect to Dallas, Milwaukee, but we weren't this type of team. No one was expecting a championship from us,' Pachulia said. 'This team is different, right? Let's be honest. So every time you make a mistake on the court, and that's very normal, especially in the beginning, it looks like 10 times, 100 times worse. 'Fans are spoiled here because of the types of seasons they had — last year, where they broke the record even though they lost in the Finals, it was amazing. The year before they won the championship, so they were feeling really comfortable with the players and the personalities they had.' For Pachulia, the improvements have come from focusing on the small things — such as minor footwork adjustments and working to better defend the perimeter. That has come with a willingness to learn. 'The thing that I'm most proud of in watching him this year is his growth. I'm talking about a guy who's played a lot of basketball,' Warriors assistant coach and defensive guru Ron Adams said. 'The ability to be coached at his age has really been fun. ... He is one of those lifelong learners.' Still, Pachulia knows the compliments from those around him must be earned. From the basketball-crazed Bay Area fans, too. 'My skin got thicker,' Pachulia said. 'I don't listen to stuff from outside or even if I hear or if I read something, I just let it go very easily. It's not bothering me, because the truth is that Steph or Klay or KD or Draymond or Andre (Iguodala), all these guys, they either like playing with me or they don't. That's what matters. The coaching staff is happy with my presence or not. 'Maybe the first day, you're not expecting any of your teammates to give you some good words. We've played enough games that my teammates have a lot of compliments to say about me. My coaching staff has a lot of compliments to say about me. Those compliments don't come just like that. They are professionals and you get a compliment because you deserve it. That means a lot.' .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJan 10th, 2017

NLEX look to ambush TNT in its "home court"

The answer to NLEX's struggles may be found at 'home.' Losers of five straight games by double digits, the Road Warriors are nowhere near the look of contenders in the Philippines Cup. However, Yeng Guiao's boys can start turning things around Saturday as NLEX battles sister team TNT KaTropa in Guiao's home province of Pampanga. Since beating Alaska in overtime to start the season, NLEX has been on a free-fall, a laundry list of disappointments that included injuries and even a trade demand from veteran big man Asi Taulava. But, as the first out of town game of 2017, the Road Warriors can do their coach proud by taking advantage of what should be a home court advantage for NLEX. Standing in their way of redemption is TNT as the flagship MVP franchise look to keep piling up victories to keep in step with Rain or Shine and San Miguel for that twice-to-beat advantage in the quarterfinals. Winning four of their last five games, the KaTropa have adjusted themselves quite nicely in new head coach Nash Racela's system, making TNT fulfill its tag as preseason favorites. Gametime of the MVP sister act is scheduled at 5:00 p.m. at the Angeles University Foundation in Angeles City, Pampanga. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJan 6th, 2017

Memories of recent meltdown fueled Romeo to clutch outing

With memories of their most recent collapse still fresh in his mind, Terrence Romeo made sure no such thing would happen to his squad to open a new year of PBA basketball. The explosive Globalport point guard came through with 12 points in the fourth quarter to help the Batang Pier hold off Meralco Friday in the very first PBA game of 2017, erasing some of the bitter memories from a 26-point meltdown to end 2016. Losing a 16-point lead to the Bolts, it was almost all Romeo in the final 12 minutes as the reigning two-time scoring champion gave the Batang Pier some much-needed lift to keep Meralco at bay. 'Yun yung topic namin, kung paano kami magme-maintain ng lamang namin tapos hindi na mahahabol,' Romeo said who went on and finished with 27 points, five rebounds, and five assists. 'Kasi kagaya niyan, na-sustain lang namin nung last minute. Paano kung hindi na naman namin [napanalo], ang sakit na naman di ba?' he added. Globalport suffered no such heartbreak against Meralco and the victory more importantly put the Batang Pier back in the thick of the playoff race with a 4-3 record. Half a game behind the teams currently sitting with the league's second best records, the Batang Pier are most definitely going for a top two spot and a twice-to-beat edge in the quarterfinals. 'Sabi samin ni coach Franz [Pumaren], hawak pa rin namin. Kung ibibigay yung talagang all out namin, tapos laruin yung tamang basketball, may chance pa rin sa atop 2,' said Romeo. However, Globalport's journey to a playoff bonus is not a walk in the park as the Batang Pier play NLEX, San Miguel, TNT, and Rain or Shine to close out the Philippine Cup. Three of those teams currently sit in the top three in the team standings. Still, Romeo remains unfazed. 'Tingin ko, wag nalang namin sigruo tignan kung sino yung kalaban,' he said. 'Basta pag nandun kami sa court, laruin lang namin yung tamang basketball tapos mangyari na lang kung ano yung mangyayari.' br /> --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8 .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJan 6th, 2017

Meralco Bolts ginapi ang NLEX Road Warriors

Meralco Bolts ginapi ang NLEX Road Warriors.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsDec 3rd, 2016

Newsome erupts for 28 points, powers Meralco over NLEX

MANILA, Philippines – High-flying Fil-Am forward Chris Newsome, the 2015-16 Rookie of the Year, is off to a swashbuckling start in his sophomore season in th.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsDec 3rd, 2016

Newsome and Daquioag team up in Meralco's beatdown of NLEX

The youth movement going on in Meralco is going quite well... at least for this early Saturday game. Rivals back in college, reigning Rookie of the Year Chris Newsome and new recruit Ed Daquioag formed a nice combination in their second game i.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsDec 3rd, 2016

NLEX RULES: Road Warriors outlast Meralco Bolts in OT to top Recoletos Invt’l Cup

NLEX RULES: Road Warriors outlast Meralco Bolts in OT to top Recoletos Invt’l Cup.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsNov 11th, 2016

Meralco's final Game 4 play was intended for Durham

For those wondering about Meralco's final play in Game 4 where Chris Newsome missed the game-tying shot to allow Ginebra to walk away with an 88-86 win, the ball was originally intended to go to Allen Durham. Until it did not. Head c.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsOct 14th, 2016

Game 4: Will Bolts neutralize or will Kings equalize?

With a balanced scoring effort, the Meralco Bolts took Game 3 of the PBA Governors' Cup finals Wednesday, 107-103......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsOct 14th, 2016

‘King-sized’ defense mulled vs Durham

Ginebra braces for Meralco ‘rebound’.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsOct 10th, 2016

Strategy may decide Game 3

Barangay Ginebra San Miguel coach Tim Cone was able to neutralize Meralco import Allen Durham in Game 2 and also to.....»»

Category: newsSource:  mb.com.phRelated NewsOct 10th, 2016

PBA: NLEX and Guiao: Perfect fit – MVP

With veteran coach Yeng Guiao on board, team owner Manny V. Pangilinan expects NLEX to accomplish new heights, similar to what Meralco has done in making its first ever finals stint in the PBA......»»

Category: newsSource:  tempoRelated NewsOct 9th, 2016