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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

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

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

Tim Cone least surprised as Devance notches milestone

MANILA, Philippines – There's a reason coach Tim Cone keeps Joe Devance by his side.  Cone has mentored 3 different squads in the past decade – Alaska, Purefoods (Magnolia) and now, Barangay Ginebra – and in all of those teams, Devance has been with him throughout the years.  Together, they have ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJul 28th, 2018

PBA: Ginusto ko ang bola –- Thompson on nasty rebound over Johnson

It’s rare to hear the crowd roar over a rebound play. And fans inside the Big Dome, especially the Barangay Ginebra faithful, just witnessed one of those moments when Scottie Thompson, a 6-foot-1 guard, soared up high to snatch the rock over a wide-bodied, nine inch taller Rain or Shine import Reggie Johnson. It was a play deserving of a spot in a highlight countdown. Thompson grabbed 10 rebounds including the nasty one with just 1:37 left in the fourth quarter Monday in the Gin Kings’ Finals spot-clinching 96-94 Game 4 nail-biter over Rain or Shine that sealed the 2018 PBA Commissioner’s Cup best-of-five semifinals series at the Big Dome. With the Ginebra protecting a 93-90 lead, Elasto Painters gunner Chris Tiu shot a triple that bounced off the rim. The 290 lbs. Johnson successfully boxed out Gin Kings’ Japeth Aguilar for a spot under the basket to collar the rebound. Just when Johnson thought that he got the ball, Thompson came running down, jumped over his back and snatched the rock with one hand. One could just hear the loud collective ‘oohs’ from the crowd.                 “’Yun lang talagang tinalon ko lang ang bola kasi crucial,” said Thompson, who in the series averaged nine rebounds per game. “Ginusto ko ang bola so buti nakuha ko.” That was his ninth board. A minute after, Thompson again plucked another crucial offensive rebound that led to an LA Tenorio floater that put the Gin Kings up, 95-90. To cap up his night, Thompson sealed the win with a steal off the Elasto Painters’ inbound with just 1.4 ticks left. Thompson may have sacrificed his offense with his effort on the boards and on defense but it’s a role the University of Perpetual Help product learned to embrace. He averaged only 5.4 points in the semis series but his defensive effort earned him a norm of 1.25 steals per game.       “Ang sabi sa amin ni coach Tim (Cone) na be the aggressor lagi kasi kailangan sila ang mag-react sa amin,” said Thompson. “’Yun ang ginagawa namin especially ako, talagang yun ang ginawa ko para makatulong sa team.” And Cone praised Thompson for his work. “A few? It seemed like he was grabbing everything and jumping over everybody, jumping over Johnson, jumping over Almazan. I mean, my gosh, getting that offensive rebound. He is just... he makes me speechless, he really does,” said Cone when asked about his reaction on Thompson’s rebounding. “Those were the plays of the game,” he added. “Joe (Devance) played great, but I thought Scottie was gonna get the Player of the Game just because of the rebounds he got, because they were all super clutch. And if he hadn't gotten a couple of those rebounds, Johnson would have gotten really easy putbacks.” “He did not only denied (Johnson) the rebound, but he denied the easy putback. So he just leaves me speechless some times,” Cone continued. “His timing is otherworldly. That's the only way I can explain that, I've never seen anybody with that kind of timing. Amazing.” Now, playing against a tough opponent in sister-team San Miguel Beer in the best-of-seven Finals starting Friday, Thompson just want to focus on the thing he does best. “Ang akin lang naman stay aggressive lang. Gusto ko lang maging aggressive lagi sa offense, defense especially sa defense kasi yun ang role ko para sa team,” he said.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJul 23rd, 2018

Gin Kings try again

Game today (Smart Araneta Coliseum) Game 4, best-of-5 semis series 7 p.m. -- Rain or Shine vs. Ginebra BARANGAY Ginebra tries to finish off Rain or Shine in four games today and seal a spot in the finals of the PBA Commissioner’s Cup in a game that’s easier said than….....»»

Category: newsSource:  journalRelated NewsJul 22nd, 2018

Brownlee erupts for 44 as Ginebra nips Rain or Shine for 2-1 semis lead

MANILA, Philippines – Barangay Ginebra needed every bit of Justin Brownlee's 44 points to eke out a nail-biting 75-72 Game 3 win over Rain or Shine in the 2018 PBA Commissioner's Cup semifinals at the Mall of Asia Arena on Saturday, July 21.  The Gin Kings almost squandered a 25-point ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJul 22nd, 2018

James Yap on crucial missed 3: Hindi naman lagi araw-araw Pasko

MANILA, Philippines – It's all about the law of averages for James Yap. Yap rued missing a potential game-tying trey in Rain or Shine's 72-75 Game 3 loss that gave Barangay Ginebra a 2-1 lead in their best-of-5 semis, but the veteran guard knew he needs to brush it aside and just bounce back.  "Hindi ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJul 22nd, 2018

PBA: Coach Tim says Ginebra cannot be too reliant on Justin Brownlee

Justin Brownlee was two points shy of his career-high on Saturday. Scoring 46 points built on eight triples, Brownlee was the reason Ginebra was able to hold off Rain or Shine and hang onto a 2-1 lead in the best-of-five semifinals series. By his lonesome, in fact, he outscored Rain or Shine in the first half, 25-23, and behind his scorching start, the Gin Kings had a lead of as much as 25. “It was definitely unexpected, but I just wanted to keep staying aggressive,” he told reporters post-game. He then continued, “Every time I shot, I felt it was going in so whenever I feel like that, I just want to stay aggressive and help the team win.” For head coach Tim Cone, though, a bit more balance also would have been a bit better. “I think we got a little bit too Justin-reliant. In that first half, he had 25 points and we just thought it was going to continue to be like that, but they (Rain or Shine) picked up the defense and the physicality and we struggled with it,” he said. Indeed, the lead Brownlee built was almost not enough as the Elasto Painters battled back to as close as two points before time ran out on them. In the second half, the American had 19 of the crowd favorites’ 29 points and LA Tenorio and Greg Slaughter were the only other players to contribute in the scoring column. And in the end, Tenorio was the only other Ginebra player in double-digits. As they try to wrap up the series two days from now, coach Tim is challenging his other guys to step up – especially in the face of a battle-tested Rain or Shine side. “If we don’t come out with a bit more poise and a bit more fight, they’re gonna come out and get Game 4 easy,” he said. --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJul 21st, 2018

PBA: James Yap on botched game-tying triple: Nasa huli ang pagsisisi

"Hindi naman araw-araw Pasko." That's how veteran gunner James Yap described his two missed opportunities to tie the game at 75 to force overtime against the Brgy. Ginebra Gin Kings in Game 3 of the PBA Commissioner's Cup semis at the Mall of Asia Arena, Saturday. Yap, who had buried a dagger three from way beyond just two days before, did not enjoy the same fate this time around as he could not attempt a better shot against the defending Scottie Thompson. Had it gone in, the Elasto Painters could have made things more interesting, considering they had been down by 25, 43-18, in the late stages of the first half.  The two-time MVP, who had been the hero in so many occasions before, said that he realized in the locker room that he should have created more room with a smaller player guarding him. "Wala eh. Nasa huli ang pagsisisi. Dapat ginitigit ko muna. Binaba ko muna. Pero instinct na eh. Tsk. Sayang. Straight na sana eh, short lang. Nangyayari talaga yun. Ganoon talaga. Move on," Yap lamented after the game. His former coach Tim Cone even thought in the post-game presser that his two muffed shots were very makeable, as they were nearer compared to the 35-foot bomb that he successfully launched in Game 3. "James got two cracks at it and he usually makes that shot. I know him. We’re very, very fortunate that he missed that shot. Scottie did a good job in pushing him out a bit farther than where he likes to shoot it, but I’ve seen James take and make shots from that spot at the end of the game all the time. He makes more than he misses." Since missing the shot, 'Big Game' James assured that he had moved on, as he doesn't want to interfere with his thoughts for their do-or-die game against the Gin Kings on Monday at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum.  The guard also expressed disappointment at the team's early deficit, which they had tried so hard to claw back from, which came as close to two, 74-72, with 9.8 seconds left following a quick field goal by Reggie Johnson. "Hopefully sa next game, di na mangyayari yun kasi ang layo ng hinabol namin, sobrang laki. So, muntikan pa, muntikan pa kami tumabla. Dapat hindi na mangyayari dapat yung ganoon. Bounce back na lang."   __   Follow this writer on Twitter, @philipptionary. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJul 21st, 2018

PBA: Coach Tim: ‘We’re very fortunate James missed that shot’

At one point on Saturday, Ginebra had a 25-point lead over Rain or Shine. That didn’t hold, however, as the Gin Kings witnessed the Elasto Painters battle back to just within 72-74 with 9.8 ticks to go. After LA Tenorio’s split from the stripe, Rain or Shine even had a golden opportunity to force overtime, but James Yap's triple try fell short. Import Reggie Johnson got the offensive rebound and passed the ball back to Yap, but time ran out before he could launch another triple try that fell short. In the eyes of Ginebra head coach Tim Cone, that shot looked all too familiar. As he put it, “James got two cracks at it, I don’t know if the second would have counted, and he usually makes that shot. I know him. We’re very, very fortunate that he missed that shot.” Coach Tim and Yap spent years together back in their days in Purefoods/San Mig Coffee. Perhaps, that is the reason why Scottie Thompson’s challenge of the shot proved to be more effective than usual. “Scottie did a good job in pushing him out a bit farther than where he likes to shoot it, but I’ve seen James take and make shots from that spot at the end of the game all the time,” the multi-titled mentor said. He then continued, “He makes more than he misses.” Indeed, Yap missed and his former coach got away with a 2-1 lead in the best-of-five semifinals series. That doesn’t take away the fact that the Elasto Painters didn’t go down without a fight and even came oh so close to causing heartbreak for the crowd favorites. “Yeah, (we’re) a win away, but obviously, we’re coming away from this game with a lot of concerns. They played down the stretch really well, they’re very poised, and they’re a veteran team,” coach Tim said. He then continued, “There’s a reason why they’re the number one seed. Looking at that, we’re happy to be up 2-1.” --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJul 21st, 2018

Brownlee explodes for 44 points as Gin Kings near PBA Finals

Justin Brownlee erupted for 44 points to help Barangay Ginebra deny a fightback from Rain or Shine, 75-72, and push the Gin Kings at the brink of securing a Finals berth in Game Three of the PBA Commissioner’s Cup semis, Saturday at the Mall of Asia Arena......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJul 21st, 2018

Rain or Shine escapes Gin Kings, levels series to 1-1

James Yap and Reggie Johnson delivered in crunch time to lift Rain or Shine to a 109-100 win over Barangay Ginebra San Miguel on Thursday in Game 2 of their best-of-five semis match up in Season 43 Philippine Basketball Association Commissioner’s Cup at the Araneta Coliseum. The series is now even at 1-1. Down by [...] The post Rain or Shine escapes Gin Kings, levels series to 1-1 appeared first on The Manila Times Online......»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimesRelated NewsJul 20th, 2018

Rain or Shine evens semis series, ends Ginebra s 8-game winning streak

MANILA, Philippines – Rain or Shine hit the biggest shots down the stretch to escape Ginebra in Game 2, 109-100, and even their best-of-5 semifinals series in the 2018 PBA Commissioner's Cup at the Araneta Coliseum on Thursday, July 19. Reggie Johnson frolicked in the paint with a near-triple-double of 25 ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJul 20th, 2018

Rain or Shine escapes Gin Kings, levels series to 1-1

James Yap and Reggie Johnson delivered in crunch time to lift Rain or Shine to a 109-100 win over Barangay Ginebra San Miguel on Thursday in Game 2 of their best-of-five semis match up in Season 43 Philippine Basketball Association Commissioner’s Cup at the Araneta Coliseum. The series is now even at 1-1. Down by… link: Rain or Shine escapes Gin Kings, levels series to 1-1.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilainformerRelated NewsJul 19th, 2018

SMB-Alaska semis Game 3 postponed

Game Three of the PBA Commissioner’s Cup semi-final series between San Miguel Beer and Alaska on Wednesday has been postponed due to potential severe weather conditions (Orange warning) as announced by NDRRMC. Game 3 will be played on Friday, July 20, at 7 p.m. at the Ynares Center in Antipolo. The Beermen lead the best-of-five series, 2-0. The PBA also cancelled Game 2 of Brgy. Ginebra and Rain or Shine semis series Tuesday because of inclement weather.  The match was rescheduled on Thursday......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJul 18th, 2018

Ginebra-Rain or Shine semis cancelled because of heavy rain

THE Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) cancelled Game 2 of the best-of-five semifinals series between Rain or Shine and Barangay Ginebra Ginebra San Miguel on Tuesday at the Araneta Coliseum because of continuous rain. “The safety and security of the fans, players and officials are always of utmost importance,” said PBA Commissioner Willie Marcial in a statement to [...] The post Ginebra-Rain or Shine semis cancelled because of heavy rain appeared first on The Manila Times Online......»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimes_netRelated NewsJul 17th, 2018

PBA: Coach Leo on Finals: 'I think it will be a good series against Ginebra'

It's either San Miguel Beer head coach Leo Austria is stressed over the PBA semifinals or he just has a really, really high level of confidence. Or maybe he just thinks in advance. Anyway, it seems like coach Leo is already ready for a Commissioner's Cup Finals against Brgy. Ginebra. After taking a 2-0 semis lead against Alaska Monday, Austria casually mentioned the Gin Kings as their Finals opponents. Take note, San Miguel could still end up losing to the Aces and Ginebra is still only up 1-0 against top seed Rain or Shine in the other series. But asked if he has the championship already in mind with the Beermen one win away from the Finals, Austria is keeping his focus on the present series against Alaska. Can't say the same against the Ginebra-Rain or Shine series. "No, we're not thinking of the championship, dahil kung para sa amin, darating 'yan eh," Austria. "But I think it will be a good series against Ginebra, dahil alam naman natin they are the hottest team in the league right now, eight consecutive wins ano. And makikita mo, nag-beef up sila, so with the addition of Jeff Chan, so probably they are preparing their team for our zone defense against them," he added. It's either San Miguel head coach Leo Austria is stressed over the PBA semifinals or he just has a really, really high level of confidence. Or maybe he just thinks in advance. Anyway, it's funny. That's coach Leo for you. Back to the Alaska series, Austria is still bracing for an Aces comeback. This current rivalry has seen crazier things happen in the recent past. "Well, makikita mo naman talaga, lahat naman sinasabi, sabi nila super team kami against Alaska without Abueva and Banchero. And they keep on fighting back, and in the first half, lagi kaming nalalamangan nila. So I have to admire, 'yung trabaho ng mga coaching staff dahil talagang scouted nila, and alam nila kung anong ginagawa namin, but maybe because of the superior talent we have, 'yun ang nagpe-prevail," Austria said. "But we should not be matuwa dito sa talent na pinapakita namin, dahil come championship game, so it's a different story. And we still have to work hard, especially on defense," he added.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJul 16th, 2018