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PBA: LA being LA is reason why Ginebra is in the semis

Already having figured in two Finals series that went the full seven-game distance, Ginebra and Meralco were once again pitted against one another in the 2018 PBA Commissioner’s Cup Quarterfinals. The Bolts registered a record of 7-4 in the elimination round and claimed the fourth-seed while the Gin Kings weren’t that far behind with a 6-5 standing and clinched the fifth-seed. Safe to say, just like their meetings in the last two championship rounds of the Governor’s Cup, not much separated the two teams. Ginebra floor leader LA Tenorio had to admit as much. “Talagang we expected that this series is not going to be easy especially against Meralco,” he told reporters on Wednesday. Indeed, Tenorio and company lost an 18-point lead early in the final frame and saw their new-age rivals come as close as 81-87 inside the last five minutes of the second game of their best-of-three quarterfinals series. Justin Brownlee and Tenorio connived for the answer for the crowd darlings, though, as Brownlee’s assist to a Tenorio triple followed by a Tenorio dish to a Brownlee dunk re-established the double-digit lead they would protect for the remainder of the game. “When they were making that run, LA made the shot in the corner for three and got the steal to toss it back to Justin for the dunk,” a much more gleeful than usual head coach Tim Cone said post-game. “That was the game for me.” That is exactly why, for the nth time, the multi-titled mentor had nothing but high praise for his court general. “(That’s) LA just being LA. He’s such a big moment guy and that was a big moment shot,” he said. For his part, though, Tenorio said he was just doing his job. As he put it, “Siguro, pamatay-sunog lang talaga after their big run. Sa akin, sana nga ‘di na umabot sa ganun e.” He then continued, “Pero actually, to be honest, during the game, ‘di ako kumportable e kasi alam kong babalik sila. They did.” Yes, the Bolts did battle back, but at the same time, Tenorio was there to meet them and turn them back. And in the end, the Gin Kings swept the series up against their new-day rivals. The player who made it happen is only hoping that, unlike their previous conquests of Meralco, this is not yet the end for Ginebra. “We still have best-of-five semis na lalaruin and hopefully, we still have Finals to play. Hopefully, ang peak talaga namin is more pa,” he shared. He then continued, “Medyo nagka-climb pa kami (ngayon) ang hopefully, makuha namin in the right timing.” --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Category: sportsSource: abscbn abscbnJul 11th, 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: LA being LA is reason why Ginebra is in the semis

Already having figured in two Finals series that went the full seven-game distance, Ginebra and Meralco were once again pitted against one another in the 2018 PBA Commissioner’s Cup Quarterfinals. The Bolts registered a record of 7-4 in the elimination round and claimed the fourth-seed while the Gin Kings weren’t that far behind with a 6-5 standing and clinched the fifth-seed. Safe to say, just like their meetings in the last two championship rounds of the Governor’s Cup, not much separated the two teams. Ginebra floor leader LA Tenorio had to admit as much. “Talagang we expected that this series is not going to be easy especially against Meralco,” he told reporters on Wednesday. Indeed, Tenorio and company lost an 18-point lead early in the final frame and saw their new-age rivals come as close as 81-87 inside the last five minutes of the second game of their best-of-three quarterfinals series. Justin Brownlee and Tenorio connived for the answer for the crowd darlings, though, as Brownlee’s assist to a Tenorio triple followed by a Tenorio dish to a Brownlee dunk re-established the double-digit lead they would protect for the remainder of the game. “When they were making that run, LA made the shot in the corner for three and got the steal to toss it back to Justin for the dunk,” a much more gleeful than usual head coach Tim Cone said post-game. “That was the game for me.” That is exactly why, for the nth time, the multi-titled mentor had nothing but high praise for his court general. “(That’s) LA just being LA. He’s such a big moment guy and that was a big moment shot,” he said. For his part, though, Tenorio said he was just doing his job. As he put it, “Siguro, pamatay-sunog lang talaga after their big run. Sa akin, sana nga ‘di na umabot sa ganun e.” He then continued, “Pero actually, to be honest, during the game, ‘di ako kumportable e kasi alam kong babalik sila. They did.” Yes, the Bolts did battle back, but at the same time, Tenorio was there to meet them and turn them back. And in the end, the Gin Kings swept the series up against their new-day rivals. The player who made it happen is only hoping that, unlike their previous conquests of Meralco, this is not yet the end for Ginebra. “We still have best-of-five semis na lalaruin and hopefully, we still have Finals to play. Hopefully, ang peak talaga namin is more pa,” he shared. He then continued, “Medyo nagka-climb pa kami (ngayon) ang hopefully, makuha namin in the right timing.” --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJul 11th, 2018

Ginebra is Magnolia s 'Final Boss'

If the Hotshots are to break out of their "Grand Slam" semis hump, they'll have to exorcise their basketball demon that goes by the name of Barangay Ginebra. Since last season, Magnolia is 3-8 in Manila Clasico games and all of the team's wins came during the 2017 Philippine Cup semifinals. Still under the banner of Star back then, the Hotshots took a 2-0 and a 3-2 lead in the best-of-7 series. They lost. Despite the name change to Magnolia, the Hotshots still can't figure out the Gin Kings and took another beating last Christmas. It was Ginebra's third straight Christmas Day win over their fierce rivals. "Yun yung dapat naming tignan sa video kung ano yung mga kulang namin para malaman namin kung saan talaga kami nag-kulang," star guard Paul Lee said. "Kasi mahirap naman magsabi kung ano yung kulang namin, so mas maganda siguro na panoorin namin lahat para maimprove namin as a team," he added. While the Hotshots are still one of the better teams in the PBA, they made it to three straight semis last season for a reason, and are competitive against the other heavy contenders, Magnolia seems to just stumble against Ginebra every single time. And if the team is to win its first championship since the magical Grand Slam season in 2014, the Hotshots will have to figure Ginebra out. Think of the Gin Kings as the "final boss" Magnolia has to take down if this were a video game. "Of course kailangan namin paghandaan -- strong teams yung tatlo [Ginebra, SMB, TNT]. So siguro yun nga one of the humps na kailangan namin lampasan para makapunta kami sa championship," Lee said. "Of course kailangan every game ibigay namin best namin kahit sino kalaban namin. Kasi kung yun lang titignan namin, baka mabalewala namin yung iba," he added.     --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJan 2nd, 2018

Tenorio, Brownlee push Ginebra past Magnolia to avoid PBA semis sweep

LA Tenorio made the game-winning basket while Justin Brownlee matched his career-high and reigning two-time champion Barangay Ginebra escaped Magnolia, 107-103, in Game 3 to stay alive in their 2018 PBA Governors' Cup semifinals series Wednesday night at Smart Araneta Coliseum. Tenorio hit a floater that put the Gin Kings in front for good, 105-103, with 14.9 seconds left before the Hotshots failed to score on the other end after Paul Lee's deep 3-pointer hardly hit the front of the rim. Brownlee led the Kings' comeback from 18 points down in the third quarter en route to a 46-point night on top of 19 rebounds and three blocks while Tenorio unleashed 11 of his 14 points in the four...Keep on reading: Tenorio, Brownlee push Ginebra past Magnolia to avoid PBA semis sweep.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated News14 hr. 48 min. ago

Magnolia escapes Ginebra for 2-0 lead in semis

MANILA, Philippines – Magnolia pulled off an escape act against Barangay Ginebra, 101-97, to gain a commanding 2-0 lead in their best-of-5 semis of the 2018 PBA Governors' Cup at the Araneta Coliseum on Monday, November 12.  The Hotshots saw their double-digit lead vanish late but proved the better team ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsNov 13th, 2018

Romeo Travis channels LeBron James as Magnolia edges Ginebra

MANILA, Philippines – Romeo Travis pulled off a LeBron James as Magnolia moved towards the cusp of clinching a finals berth in the 2018 PBA Governors' Cup.  The American import almost cost the Hotshots their 101-97 Game 2 semis win  over Barangay Ginebra after missing two crucial freebies before making up for them ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsNov 13th, 2018

Magnolia repels Ginebra’s late rally for 2-0 lead in semis

Veteran Peter June Simon of Magnolia tries to score on a floater as Greg Slaughter of Ginebra looks on during Game 2 of their best-of-five semifinals of the PBA Season...READ MORE The post Magnolia repels Ginebra’s late rally for 2-0 lead in semis appeared first on The Manila Times Online......»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimesRelated NewsNov 13th, 2018

Sotto welcomes physicality, ready to fight for slot

Kai Sotto may be the youngest among the 20-man Team Pilipinas pool but the Ateneo de Manila University high school center knows that his ‘kuyas’ won’t go easy on him. The towering 16-year old cager boldly said that he welcomes the challenge of going up against experienced pros. Even if it means absorbing the physical nature of their game. “Sana ibigay nila ang lahat nila,” said the lanky 7-foot-1 Sotto. “Dahil siyempre kaya naman ako nandito para maramdaman ‘yung mga bagay na yun. Para ma-experience din kung paano talaga maglaro ‘yung players sa ganitong klaseng level.”      Sotto was one of the 12 players who attended the first practice session of Team Pilipinas, which is preparing for the two home games against Kazakhstan and Iran in the fifth window of the 2019 World Cup Asia Qualifiers. “Sobrang happy and sobrang excited ko na mag-practice rito and makilala yung mga teammates ko rito and looking forward na maraming matutunan sa kanila,” said Sotto, who already donned the national colors under the Batang Gilas banner. Sotto was joined another young player in University of the Philippines Ricci Rivero. Also in attendance were Talk ‘N Text’s Jayson Castro and Troy Rosario, San Miguel Beer’s June Mar Fajardo, Alex Cabagnot, Marcio Lassiter and Arwind Santos, Rain or Shine’s Beau Belga and Gabe Norwood, Phoenix’s Matthew Wright and Blackwater’s Poy Erram. Included in the pool are Barangay Ginebra’s Greg Slaughter, Japeth Aguilar, LA Tenorio and Scottie Thompson and Magnolia’s Ian Sangalang and Paul Lee. The six though skipped practice with their teams clashing in the PBA Governors’ Cup semifinals Game 2.    SMB’s Christian Standhardinger and NorthPort’s Stanley Pringle have yet to arrive for practice as of posting time. Head coach Yeng Guiao said that Sotto and Rivero have the same equal chance as the pros to secure a spot in the final 12-man lineup. “Meron, meron (chance). Actually, the reason they’re here is they’re one of the guys with the opportunity to fight for a slot in the 12-man lineup,” said Guiao. “So kahit na sabihin natin na ang basic purpose natin is for their development, who knows?” “Hindi natin alam baka magpakita sila,” he added. “So I’m not discounting that possibility. It might be a little bit remote but it’s still a possibility.” For Sotto, getting a call up for the pool is already an honor. Whatever the decision of Guiao come the final cut, the experience will definitely improve Sotto’s game for the future.   “Dream ko na makasama sa talagang team and itong pagsama sa pool. Pero kahit ano man ang kalabasan positive lang ako dahil kahit papaano 16 pa lang naman ako,” said Sotto. “Kahit anong mangyari dito alam ko naman na magandang bagay yun para sa akin. Mag-pray lang ako na kahit anong mangyari magiging successful itong Team Pilipinas.”   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsNov 12th, 2018

Magnolia draws first blood vs Ginebra in Clasico semis

        ANTIPOLO CITY, Philippines – The Magnolia Hotshots held off Barangay Ginebra's late charge, 106-98, to take the opener of their best-of-five Manila Clasico semifinals in the PBA Governors' Cup at the Ynares Center here on Saturday, November 10.  Romeo Travis powered the Hotshots with 37 points, 16 rebounds and 5 assists and Paul Lee ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsNov 10th, 2018

It’s semis or bust for Bolts, Fuel Masters

Meralco and Phoenix Petroleum slug it out in a knockout setto tonight to determine which of them is joining elite teams Barangay Ginebra, Magnolia and Alaska Milk in the PBA Governors Cup Final Four......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsNov 8th, 2018

Kings, Hotshots arrange semis faceoff

Top seed Barangay Ginebra and No. 4 Magnolia finished off their respective quarterfinals opponents both in one game, thus, arranging a highly anticipated Final Four showdown in the PBA Governors Cup......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsNov 7th, 2018

Lee leads Hotshots to semis after gaining Gilas pool berth

Tuesday night couldn't have ended on a better note for Paul Lee. Magnolia, after some gritty moments, is in the semifinals of the PBA Governors' Cup and the gutsy point guard, who put away Blackwater with two game-cementing free throws, earned another shot at the national team. Romeo Travis' triple-double was the fuel in the Hotshots' 103-99 victory over the Elite but Lee had a hand in the victory as well: He led all scorers with 22 points and plucked a rebound off a missed game-winning triple attempt by Blackwater's Nards Pinto before knocking down the two free throws that put the game beyond reach. Magnolia will have its hands full in the semifinals, with No. 1 Barangay Ginebra, ...Keep on reading: Lee leads Hotshots to semis after gaining Gilas pool berth.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsNov 6th, 2018

Ginebra cruises past NLEX for semis berth

MANILA, Philippines – Barangay Ginebra San Miguel trounced the NLEX Road Warriors, 111-75, in the 2018 PBA Governors' Cup on Tuesday, November 6, at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.  Japeth Aguilar led the Gin Kings with a double-double of 18 points and 10 rebounds followed by Greg Slaughter who tallied 16 ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsNov 6th, 2018

PBA: Lee welcomes double duty with Magnolia and Gilas

After a dud in the Commissioner's Cup, the Hotshots are officially back to competing for titles. Magnolia beat Blackwater Tuesday to advance to the 2018 Governors' Cup semifinals. It's the fifth time in six conferences that the Hotshots have made the semis with Lee. "Happy, we have a chance na makapag-laro ulit sa Finals," Lee said. Magnolia's resident hotshot led the team in scoring against the Elite, pouring in a game-high 22 points. It was Lee that buried the final two free throws to seal a 103-99 victory over Blackwater. "Prepare lang kami ng maiigi," Lee said as he and the Hotshots look forward to the semifinals against either Ginebra or NLEX. It was a big day for Lee as aside from advancing to the semis, it was also announced that he's included in the new 20-man pool for Gilas Pilipinas. Lee welcomes the double duty that should come with playing for Magnolia and competing for a Gilas slot. "Embrace mo lang kasi pag iniisip mong mahirap, lalo ka lang mahihirapan," he said. "Ready lang ako lagi, hintay lang kamo ng call kung kailan start ng practice. Sa ngayon, focus muna ako sa Magnolia," Lee added.     --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsNov 6th, 2018

PBA: Ginebra sets up Manila Clasico semis eliminating NLEX

Manila Clasico semis is set. Two-time defending champions Brgy. Ginebra made quick work of no. 8 NLEX Tuesday, taking a 111-75 win in the 2018 PBA Governors' Cup quarterfinals. The top-seeded Gin Kings advance and will meet rival Magnolia in the next round. Ginebra took control early in the game, taking a double-digit lead at the break. However, the Road Warriors came out firing in the second half, cutting a 14-point deficit into just five. The Gin Kings would recover behind import Justin Brownlee, who scored 10 of his 13 points in the third to re-establish control for the barangay. Ginebra would land the knockout blow in the fourth, leading by as many as 36 points late. "I thought we did pretty much what we wanted to do throughout the game except that we came out flat in the second half and they made a nice run at us," head coach Tim Cone said. "No doubt there was some jitters there during the timeouts," he added. Ginebra pulled away behind a balanced effort led by Japeth Aguilar and Greg Slaughter who finished with 18 and 16 points respectively. Sol Mercado added 14 while Brownlee had 13 points, 10 rebounds, and 10 assists for another triple-double. For the Road Warriors, Aaron Fuller scored 25 but no one else cracked double figures.   The scores: Ginebra 111 - J. Aguilar 18, Slaughter 16, Mercado 14, Brownlee 13, Chan 12, Mariano 8, Tenorio 7, Ferrer 7, Thompson 6, Caperal 5, R. Aguilar 3, Manuel 2. NLEX 75 - Fuller 25, Paniamogan 9, Quinahan 9, Galanza 7, Ighalo 6, Fonacier 5, Mallari 4, Rios 4, Monfort 3, Miranda 3, Taulava 0, Tiongson 0, Baguio 0, Tallo 0. Quarters: 26-20, 50-36, 76-62, 111-75. --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsNov 6th, 2018

Kings, Hotshots eye outright semis

Reigning PBA Governors Cup two-time champ Barangay Ginebra and Magnolia, the back-to-back titlist in 2013 and 2014, take their first of two cracks at the Final Four as they tangle with NLEX and Blackwater, respectively, tonight at the Smart Araneta Coliseum......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsNov 6th, 2018

Hotshots, Kings eye semis seats

Barangay Ginebra team steps up its PBA Governors' Cup three-peat drive as the Gin Kings clash with the NLEX Road Warriors in the quarterfinals at Smart Araneta Coliseum on Tuesday. The top-seeded Kings are the heavy favorites in their 7 p.m. clash with their formidable star-studded roster ranged against the eight-seeded Road Warriors. "The real hard work starts," said Ginebra coach Tim Cone. "We know there's no easy way in the playoffs. It's all hard work and it's always a tough route no matter who you're playing." The two-time Grand Slam coach said NLEX is a tough rival because of coach Yeng Guiao. "I think we, coaches, try to avoid certain coaches in the playoffs. And certa...Keep on reading: Hotshots, Kings eye semis seats.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsNov 5th, 2018

Thompson excited to learn from another PBA coach in Gilas stint

Three years ago, Yeng Guiao had the chance to draft Scottie Thompson as the third overall pick by Rain or Shine, but he chose Maverick Ahanmisi instead. Thompson slipped to fifth with Barangay Ginebra winding up with the biggest steal of the 2015 PBA Draft. Two championships and a Finals MVP later, the crafty guard wouldn't have it any other way. "First of all, I think everything happens for a reason. I think it turned out for the better because I'm with Ginebra, the crowd favorite," Thompson said in Filipino. Three years later, Thompson will get to play for Guiao after all after he was included in the 16-man national team pool for the Fiba World Cup Asian Qualifiers. "I'...Keep on reading: Thompson excited to learn from another PBA coach in Gilas stint.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsSep 4th, 2018

PBA Finals By the Numbers: Ginebra dynasty in the making?

They actually did it, the Gin Kings took down the Death Star to win the 2018 PBA Commissioner's Cup, dethroning San Miguel Beer. Ginebra completed a sensational 4-2 series win Wednesday, capping the performance with a masterful 93-77 victory in Game 6. The Gin Kings are starting to position themselves as a dynasty that rivals that of SMB but before we get way ahead of ourselves, let's take one final look at Ginebra's latest title run before we move on to the next one.   5 Number of losses for Ginebra in its first six games of the conference. Losing back-to-back games when they got Justin Brownlee back, the Gin Kings were in trouble with a 1-5 record. Then they won five straight to make it to the playoffs where they only lost one, to no. 1 Rain or Shine, before meeting the Beermen in the Final. The Gin Kings were down 1-2 following a 38-point loss in the championship series before they pulled off three straight wins to take the title from the Beermen.   3 Number of PBA titles for import Justin Brownlee. Brownlee has been around for four PBA conferences and he has won three titles in three Finals appearances. His only loss was last year in the 2017 Commissioner's Cup when the no. 1 seeded Gin Kings lost in the semis. Still, Brownlee's magic is still as effective as ever and the newly-crowned Best Import shows no signs of slowing down. Is he Ginebra's GOAT Import?   21 Total PBA Championships for head coach Tim Cone. #GOAT   1 Number of Finals losses for San Miguel head coach Leo Austria. His undefeated streak finally came to an end with this 4-2 loss to Ginebra. Coach Leo is now 6-of-7 in the Finals and this is also his first best-of-7 series loss with the Beermen. Ouch.   2 Number of seasons where San Miguel's Grand Slam bid ended at the hands of Ginebra. Last year, the Beermen got eliminated in the quarterfinals of the Governors' Cup. This year, San Miguel couldn't even win two titles in a row as they fall to the Gin Kings again, this time in the Commissioner's Cup.   11 Total combined points for Alex Cabagnot, Arwind Santos, Chris Ross, Marcio Lassiter, and Christian Standhardinger in Game 6. Ross, Lassiter, and Standhardinger went scoreless. In Game 5, the Death Star showed signs of crack and malfunctioned. In Game 6, San Miguel's vaunted weapon of mass destruction completely shut down.   31 Total points for Justin Brownlee in Game 6, 20 in the second half. Brownlee scored 10 points each in the third and fourth quarters of Game 6 and he led Ginebra's pivotal third-quarter run where they outscored San Miguel, 27-8. That was pretty much the game as the Beermen never recovered.     --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsAug 9th, 2018

PBA: Happy for Justin Brownlee, Renaldo Balkman is no sore loser

Renaldo Balkman’s redemption tour with San Miguel in the PBA did not end with a championship. Balkman and the Beermen were at the wrong end of a six-game Finals conquest finished by Ginebra on Wednesday. The Puerto Rican reinforcement had long stated that a championship was the ultimate goal for his return to Asia’s first pay-for-play league. When it didn’t happen, though, he was pure class. “It’s all good, man. It was a hard battle, but they came out with the win and congratulations to them,” he said. Of course, Balkman was feeling pain of losing, but in the end, had nothing but praise for the Gin Kings. “I’m a little frustrated, of course, cause, I mean, we lost a championship game, but at the end of the day, you can’t win them all. I’m not a sore loser, give all credit to them,” he said. He then singled out Ginebra counterpart Justin Brownlee who had 31 points, 19 rebounds, seven assists, four blocks, and two steals in the title-clinching win. As he put it, “Congratulations to my man Brownlee. B and B, you know what they say, well-deserved.” He even told the reporters to pass that message to Brownlee himself. “Make sure he knows that, you know what I mean,” he said. Balkman and Brownlee played together for half a year in Alab Pilipinas where they won a title in the Asean Basketball League. In the PBA, however, Brownlee got the better of Balkman. For the San Miguel import, this is far from the end of the road. “What can I say, man. Maybe next time,” he said. Next time, as in next season? “If I’m available next year and they want me, of course, I have no reason to say no. If I do it, it will be another great year for me to come back and redeem myself,” he said. And if that does happen, Balkman had one promise. “If I come back next year, I’ll be stronger and much better,” he expressed. --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsAug 8th, 2018