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PBA: No import, no problem as TNT clobbers Blackwater

The TNT KaTropa played without an import but they didn't need one anyway, at least on Friday. A day after sending Jeremy Tyler home, TNT crushed Blackwater, 120-101, to gain a share of first p.....»»

Category: newsSource: philippinetimes philippinetimesMay 19th, 2018

Beermen near top six finish, rip Elite

San Miguel Beer kept rolling after crushing Blackwater, 115-106, to book a ticket to the 2018 PBA Commissioner's Cup quarterfinals Wednesday at Mall of Asia Arena. It was a collective effort by the Beermen, who had seven players finishing in double-digit scoring led by Arwind Santos' 23 points on 8-of-12 shooting from the field. "That's a very important game for us. We knew we can beat Blackwater but I told them this team is very dangerous because of their import Henry Walker," said SMB head coach Leo Austria. The Beermen notched their sixth win in seven games and their 6-4 record put them in good position to finish in the top six and avoid a twice-to-win disad...Keep on reading: Beermen near top six finish, rip Elite.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJul 4th, 2018

PVL: Not a bad loss -- Valdez

Top spiker Alyssa Valdez and the whole Creamline crew kept their hopes high despite suffering a straight sets beating at the hands of the defending champion Pocari Sweat-Air Force in Game 1 of the best-of-three Premier Volleyball League Season 2 Reinforced Conference Final Four. Rust from a three-week layoff and difficulty in adjusting with their new import were obvious from the Cool Smashers, a weak point that the Lady Warriors took advantage. Valdez was the only Creamline player in double figures with 16 points in the Cool Smashers’ 23-25, 12-25, 23-25, loss Sunday at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan. Creamline was taken out of their comfort zone the whole match but the Tai Bundit-mentored squad remained optimistic of their chances to advance in the championship round. “Natalo, pero it's really not a bad loss for the team. We really have to have and look for that motivation going into Game Two,” said Valdez, who added nine digs. Creamline came off an almost one-month break after claiming the outright Final Four seat. A long layoff that took its toll on the Cool Smashers momentum. “Ang tagal din naming nawala and kailangan din namin ng magfa-fire and magfu-fuel sa amin para makuha 'yung momentum na kailangan naming,” said Valdez. “Sabi nga nila, mas marami kaming matututunan sa mga talo. Hopefully, 'yun 'yung makukuha namin sa talo na 'to.” It also didn’t help that the Cool Smashers had to a adjust with returning American import Laura Schaudt, who replaced Serbian Nina Asceric. Schaudt only had one point in three sets of play. “Laura was there naman last year,” Valdez said. “She knows 'yung goal ng team namin. More than anything, we're gonna accept all the changes and adjustments na needed para maka-survive 'yung team namin.” The Cool Smashers will have their backs against the wall on Wednesday when they try to extend the series and avoid another semis meltdown – a problem that haunted Creamline since last year.           --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJul 1st, 2018

PBA: Hotshots shut down TNT to break 3-game slide

Magnolia was absolutely in the zone in the second half to crush TNT. The Hotshots were on fire on both ends Wednesday, beating the KaTropa, 111-89, in the 2018 PBA Commissioner's Cup at the MOA Arena. Magnolia exploded for 36 points in the third period to turn the game around and then they just shut down TNT in the fourth, 32-16, to break the game wide open. The win finally got the Hotshots back on the winning track, breaking out of a three-game slump to improve to 4-4 in the standings. TNT dropped to 6-2, giving up its hold of the top-2 spot. "For the last two weeks we had different imports so we have a problem with chemistry," head coach Chito Victolero said. "But I told my players to find ways how to win games and I'm very proud and very happy that they responded to my challenge," he added. Magnolia appeared to be in trouble early as TNT opened up a 12-point lead late in the second quarter, 48-36. The Hotshots managed to close the gap before the first half ended, 43-48, setting up their huge rally in the next two quarters. A 12-0 run for Magnolia in the fourth to take a 99-76 lead pretty much ended things. Paul Lee led the way for the Hotshots with 25 points, 17 in the blistering third period as Magnolia started to take control of the game. Import Justin Jackson played his first game for the Hotshots and added 18 points and 19 rebounds. He also had seven assists. Terrence Romeo paced the KaTropa with 17 points and seven assists.   The Scores:   MAGNOLIA 111 — Lee 25, Jackson 18, Brondial 16, Jalalon 13, Barroca 9, Ramos 9, Melton 7, Dela Rosa 5, Simon 3, Herndon 2, Pascual 2, Reavis 2. TNT 89 — Romeo 17, Pogoy 16, Smith 12, Castro 9, Reyes 9, Semerad 7, Williams 6, Rosario 5, Cruz 4, Taha 2, Trollano 2, Carey 0.   Quarters: 18-25, 43-48, 79-73, 111-89. --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJun 13th, 2018

LeBron s free agency decision could swing NBA s balance of power

By Steve Aschburner, NBA.com CLEVELAND -- These combo coronation-funerals can be tricky. Imagine the crowning of a new monarch where the royal subjects couldn’t stop chattering about the freshly deposed or deceased predecessor. Where the traditional cry of continuity and succession, “The king is dead! Long live the king!” got flipped, with what was overshadowing what is. That’s pretty much how it went Friday night (Saturday, PHL time) at Quicken Loans Arena, with the Golden State Warriors’ latest NBA championship having to share the stage with speculation, instantly revved up, about LeBron James and the choice he’ll soon make about his next employer. The Warriors are the kings, claiming pro basketball’s throne yet again by completing a sweep of James’ Cleveland Cavaliers in the 2018 Finals. But of course, James is the King, and as so many of us learned in sophomore English – thanks, CliffsNotes! – “Uneasy lies the head (of those who fret and obsess about the future whereabouts of the NBA superstar) that wears a crown.” Long live the kings! The King is ... gone? There was so much energy before, during and after Game 4 Friday (Saturday, PHL time) poured into the last game/next game conjecture about James, the Cavaliers and seismic shifts in the league’s 2018-19 landscape that even the player’s surprise reveal near the end of the night – a bruised and bandaged right hand – couldn’t derail it. Turns out, as James ‘fessed up, the sore shooting paw was an injury he had been playing with ever since Game 1 in Oakland eight days earlier. He had “self-inflicted” it in a fit of pique when he smacked a whiteboard in the visitors’ dressing room at Oracle Arena after Cleveland’s overtime loss in the series-setter, an outcome driven at least in part by some teammates’ mistakes and an arcane wrinkle in the NBA’s replay rules regarding block/charge fouls. Despite the hordes of media people chronicling every waking detail of the Finals, James had kept the injury on the down-low (along with the possibility that J.R. Smith’s nickname amongst his Cavs teammates might be “whiteboard”). The cameras zoomed in and clicked in a paparazzi frenzy of motor drives every time James raised the hand, wrapped in black tape, above the table during his postgame podium remarks. Whether a legit Page-2-the-rest-of-the-story factor in the championship series or a too-late alibi, the contused hand wound up as a sidebar to where James plans to be using it when training camps open in a few months. As of Friday (Saturday, PHL time), it had been 95 months since “The Decision,” the 2010 announcement that James made in a tone-deaf vanity TV production that he was taking his talents from Cleveland to South Beach. Nearly 47 months had passed since he broke the news of his return in a Sports Illustrated ghost-written essay, envisioning much of what actually has unfolded in the four years since. Now savvy insiders and casual observers alike presume James will be on the move again, pushed to leave the franchise he has defined in an urgent search for more and better talent with which he can compete. As in, y’know, some horses, some horses, his kingdom for some horses. James’ free-agency process next month (he can opt out of a $35.6 million deal in the final season of his current contract) is expected to dictate the market of player movement this summer like an oversized domino. It easily could swing the balance of power, if not quite at Golden State’s lofty level then immediately below it. The monster he helped create Dr. Frankenstein eventually was done in by his macabre creation, and it can similarly be argued that James has no one but himself to blame for the predicament in which he again finds himself. He set in motion the machinery of the super team, after all, when he chose to join forces with Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh in Miami eight years ago. Oh sure, the Boston Celtics in 2007-08 got there first by luring Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen to join Paul Pierce, but that was about knitting together three stars, all age 30 or older, for what would be their last best chance to win in an extremely limited run. That group won one title, went to two Finals in three seasons and was done, Allen leaving to join James & Co. with the Heat while Garnett and Pierce morphed into trade chips for Boston POBO Danny Ainge. When James, Wade and Bosh teamed up, they were in their basketball primes and their initial giddy boasts of “not four, not five, not six” championships turned off fans league-wide as much for its portent as its pretension. That crew went 4-for-4 in Finals, winning two rings before James, nudged by staleness and chafing as well as his grand plan for northeast Ohio, went home. From there, a line can be drawn through the ill-conceived 2012-13 L.A. Lakers of Kobe Bryant, Steve Nash, Dwight Howard and Pau Gasol all the way to this season’s Houston Rockets of James Harden and Chris Paul and the talent-gorged Golden State roster. James was the centerpiece as Cleveland replicated the Big Three concept around him with Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love, two younger, playoff-stymied All-Stars. The new-look Cavaliers went to the Finals in their first season together and clambered atop the basketball world to win the franchise’s first NBA title by the end of the second, becoming the first team in league history to do so after digging a 1-3 hole in the best-of-seven series. In that moment, regardless of the two Finals trips that followed, James’ bill was stamped: Paid In Full. Misguided fans might burn his jersey if he leaves again, but James burned the mortgage after that Game 7 in Oakland in 2016 as far as any remaining obligation to fulfill. “I came back because I felt like I had some unfinished business,” he said after elimination Friday (Saturday, PHL time). “To be able to be a part of a championship team two years ago with the team that we had and in the fashion that we had is something I will always remember. Honestly, I think we'll all remember that. It ended a drought for Cleveland of 50-plus years, so I think we'll all remember that in sports history.” James added: “When you have a goal and you're able to accomplish that goal, it actually – for me personally – made me even more hungry to continue to try to win championships. And I still want to be in championship mode. I think I've shown this year why I will still continue to be in championship mode.” In other words, James intends to sustain his high level of performance. He expects to win. And he presumably will do whatever – and go wherever – is necessary to achieve that. There’s no perfect fit So what does that mean for the NBA’s best player (never mind what the annual MVP balloting says in any given season)? It means this: compromise. There is no ideal situation, certainly no easy answer to the guesswork surrounding James’ looming free agency. He could transform any of the 30 teams, but not without some trade-offs for him, for them or for both. Most of them won’t be in play. Teams in markets such as Indianapolis, Milwaukee, Portland, Sacramento, the Twin Cities and so on can’t scratch James’ itches for either championship-worthy depth chart or spotlight. New York and Chicago, among the biggies, are out of synch with his timeline. Toronto? No way James is resettling his brand north of the border, and given his stated desire for teammates who have not just sufficient basketball skills but also mental toughness, well, the Raptors teams he and the Cavs have dominated do not qualify. The Boston club that stretched Cleveland to seven games in the Eastern Conference finals is built for the long haul and would have to surrender much of that to adjust to James’ career calendar. There’s a little Kyrie problem lurking there and, truth be told, the Celtics look to be on their way and are doing just fine without the 33-year-old heading, one of these years, toward decline. At some point in each of the 2018 Finals’ final three days, James spoke admiringly of the Warriors and the San Antonio Spurs title teams that blocked his path whether in Miami or Cleveland. He was at it again even as the Warriors were dousing the opponent’s locker room at The Q with Moet champagne. “I made the move in 2010 to be able to play with talented players, cerebral players that you could see things that happen before they happened on the floor,” James said. “When you feel like you're really good at your craft, I think it's always great to be able to be around other great minds as well and other great ballplayers. “That's never changed. Even when I came here in '14, I wanted to try to surround myself and surround this franchise with great minds and guys that actually think outside the box of the game and not just go out and play it.” Where might James find that now or recruit that swiftly? Hard to say. There are asterisks and “buts” everywhere: * If he were to sign with the Houston Rockets, James would be hitching his star to Chris Paul, a buddy with an injury history that’s about the mirror opposite of his own. He would be teaming up with an elite coach in Mike D’Antoni, something he’s never had (though Miami’s Erik Spoelstra was just young and unproven, on his way to big things). But it also would require another big ask of James Harden, who had to adapt last summer to Paul’s arrival and need for the ball. * If James chooses the Lakers, he has the chance to hit reset with the league’s glitziest franchise, in a market that can meet his every off-court wish and where he and his family already own one or more ultra-comfortable homes. The Lakers have young talent to help James transition into a lower-usage veteran’s role, favored status as a destination team for other top free agents and the salary-cap space to get it done this summer with the likes of Paul George or his pal Paul. But that roster might not be capable of insta-contending, which could burn a season or two when James’ clock most definitely is clicking. * If it’s San Antonio, James could link up with the elite coach in Gregg Popovich, where the winning culture is in the DNA rather than some acquired taste. The Spurs have talent, particularly if Kawhi Leonard finds happiness again there. But they might not have enough to rattle the Warriors’ cage. And for all their professed admiration, James and Popovich might both fare better by keeping their relationship long-distance vs. the 82-game grind. * If it’s Golden State? Perish the thought. The NBA might have to board up itself if competitive balance were capsized to that extent. And as Draymond Green shrewdly noted on Thursday (Friday, PHL time), if James climbed aboard, it likely would require him and several other Golden State teammates to be dispatched to parts unknown. * If James prefers to stay East, where the winning comes easier, he could pick Philadelphia. The Sixers have two foundational young stars at positions that matter most, center Joel Embiid and point guard Ben Simmons. But Simmons is a non-shooter at the moment, the antithesis of what makes a great complementary LeBron teammate. As for Embiid, James never has had to play off of and service a top center. And Philly might feel like a basketball-only move, with the hungriest and most demanding of any new fan base he would embrace. * If it’s Miami – wait, could it be Miami? Could he go second-home again? The Heat always strive to be competitive and offer a talent base deep enough for the East and lots of familiarity. But they also have players such as Hassan Whiteside and Dion Waiters whose mental approaches don’t seem to fit the model James was cooing about in Golden State and with the Tim Duncan-era Spurs. * That brings us to Cleveland, where it’s possible James might choose to remain. Staying with the Cavaliers, after leading them to four Finals and that heady 2016 title, would be the easiest choice as far as pressure to win. He owes these fans nothing anymore – in fact, had the bargain been offered to them in 2010 (“LeBron will leave and win elsewhere for four years, but will come back and deliver a championship and four Finals trips”), most would have grabbed it. Here, James and the fans who have watched him even through the interruption develop from ridiculously touted high schooler to one of the world’s most famous athletes could grow older together. Then he could partner up and buy the team from owner Dan Gilbert for a long-term future. Certainly, staying has a certain place in his and the rest of the James clan’s hearts. “The one thing that I've always done is considered, obviously, my family,” he said at series end Friday (Saturday, PHL time). “Understanding especially where my boys are at this point in their age. They were a lot younger the last time I made a decision like this four years ago. I've got a teenage boy, a pre-teen and a little girl that wasn't around as well. So sitting down and considering everything, my family is a huge part of whatever I'll decide to do in my career, and it will continue to be that.” It’s worth noting that as James contemplates his options as a modern pursuer of championship excellence, the prospect of him moving again qualifies at some level as a failure. Not just by the support system in Cleveland, where he and Gilbert have their friction and James gets snidely mentioned as the team’s unofficial GM and head coach, but by him too. He’s the one who went off to seek his “college education” in south Florida in what it takes to win, whether on the court, in the front office or in and around the seams 365 days a year, straight out of the Pat Riley handbook. The teams about which James talks so glowingly in Oakland now and in San Antonio then have cultures he covets, stability up and down the flowchart he craves. In Cleveland, for a variety of reasons, his team has been incapable of establishing and maintaining that to a lasting degree. He is part of that missed opportunity and he has to own it, no matter if he goes or stays. James is inseparable from the dynamic of the Cavaliers’ ever-changing and often melodramatic roster maneuvers. Spending big, swapping out draft picks to import current stars and supporting players, and overvaluing secondary guys like Smith and Tristan Thompson are risks the Warriors and the Spurs largely avoided thanks to shrew drafting and laudable continuity. The Cavs’ scrap heap, by contrast, is high with traded picks, scuttled plans, panic deals, short-term patches and folks such as former coach David Blatt and former GM David Griffin. And maybe James could have nurtured a little better relationship with All-Star point guard and 2016 title sidekick Kyrie Irving, enough to have kept Irving from bailing on them all with his trade demand last summer. Now he’s on the verge of casting about again, prioritizing what matters most for however long he continues to play. James is more at peace with it than he was before, particularly in 2010, and surely can enjoy the leverage he wields and the riches it delivers. But there is a burden there as well, one that could be seen as completing a circle. So many of the NBA’s greatest stars have been stuck playing and living in the Age of LeBron, right? Their paths to the Finals blocked, on one whole side of the league, by him and his? Well, LeBron James is stuck now in the Era of the Warriors, freshly swept and anxious to close the gap. What goes around comes around, though the key more pressing of the big W’s now is, where? Steve Aschburner has written about the NBA since 1980. You can e-mail him here, find his archive here and follow him on Twitter. The views on this page do not necessarily reflect the views of the NBA, its clubs or Turner Broadcasting......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJun 11th, 2018

PBA: There’s a bit of clicking in my shoulder -- Walker

Blackwater was left without a reinforcement after the first quarter. The Elite managed to hold the fort for the next two periods with Henry Walker sitting at the bench. Playing limp without their best scorer, Blackwater crumbled in the last 12 minutes of the match Friday to fall out of playoffs contention in the 2018 PBA Commissioner’s Cup. Walker left the game after the first quarter as the import sustained a left shoulder injury in the Elite’s 94-104 loss to quarterfinals-bound Rain or Shine at the Big Dome.    “My shoulder’s just a bit sore. There’s a bit of clicking in my shoulder whenever I try to shoot,” said Walker, who played for only seven and a half minutes. “Been trying to work through it. Today I was shooting before the game and the pain got so bad and I couldn’t help my team.” Walker admitted that he’s been having problems with his shoulder since his first game of the conference in a loss to NLEX and decided not to risk aggravating it further. “Been experiencing it since the first game. Kinda having a little soreness and just getting hit on repeatedly. I just didn’t want to risk it any further,” added Walker, whose only basket came from a driving layup with three seconds left in the first period that gave Blackwater a 28-25 lead. The Elite bowed out of contention with a measly 1-8 win-loss record.  “We got a week so I’ll try to get some treatment,” said Walker. “Rest up and try to rehab. Strengthen the area around it and hopefully be ready for Friday.” With their conference already a bust, Walker and the Elite just want to work on their game and prepare for the Governors’ Cup.      “They’re coming around. They’re realizing they have the ability to play with anybody in the PBA and they’re showing it,” he said. “It took them longer than normal but we’re building towards something. I think in the Govs Cup we’ll see all the hard work pay off.”       --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJun 8th, 2018

PBA: Blackwater achieving goals despite losses, says Bong Ramos

It has not been a great Commissioner's Cup for Blackwater. They had fired long-time coach Leo Isaac at the start of the conference, the only coach they had known since they had entered the league in 2014, and replaced him with Bong Ramos. Since the firing last May, Ramos has incurred a 1-5 record, including an upset win over Magnolia last Wednesday. Despite the record, believe it or not, Blackwater has slowly been achieving goals, says Ramos. The newly-installed coach cited having an 11-point lead versus top-seeded Rain or Shine, before collapsing and eventually giving the game away. "Actually, mahirap talaga talunin ang Rain or Shine, malaki e. Although yung game plan naman namin ok naman di lang talaga masustain. Ang importante sa akin dun na meron pa kaming naachieve na goal. Kung tatanungin ninyo, siyempre building up character," the mentor said after the game. Losing import Henry Walker to a shoulder injury in the first quarter, the Elite banked on an All-Filipino lineup, and almost completed the upset against the top-seeded team of the conference.  But Chris Tiu happened. "Nasunod naman. Kaya nga naka-control kami. Kaya lang, siyempre, sabi ko nga pagdating sa endgame, pag naka-dikit kami may tsamba kami. But na-hit kami ni Chris Tiu ng apat or limang three points, kung talagang titignan mo meron sana kaming tsansa." "Pero ok lang, part of building the character yan e. Pero nakikita ko na nagiging balanse na kami. Yun kasi ang una kong ginawa binalanse ko yung lineup eh." Now eliminated from playoff contention with a 1-8 slate, Ramos could only hope his team shows the same amount of grit against the San Miguel Beermen and the Meralco Bolts to bring end their campaign with a bang in the mid-season tournament. "At least, hindi sa umpisa umaayaw na so hopefully against Meralco and San Miguel next sana lalaban pa din kami. Pag lumaban pa rin kami dun sa dalawang yun kahit na di kami manalo basta lumaban yung team na yan, that means we're on the right track." __   Follow this writer on Twitter, @philipptionary. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJun 8th, 2018

Despite slim chances, Blackwater not bowing out just yet

Blackwater coach Bong Ramos felt relieved after his team finally broke through for its first win in the 2018 PBA Commissioner's Cup. But despite that, Ramos already appeared resigned to the idea that the Elite are no longer in play for a playoff spot after digging themselves a deep hole with seven straight losses to open the conference. "I know we're now uninvited guests but I believe we're still here and unlike others, we're not here to just be on vacation," Ramos told reporters in Filipino after a 86-84 squeaker over Magnolia on Wednesday. JP Erram, import Henry Walker and the rest of the Elite, however, aren't planning to coast through their last three games. "We're go...Keep on reading: Despite slim chances, Blackwater not bowing out just yet.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJun 6th, 2018

Kiefer Ravena-less Warriors repel Elite

The NLEX Road Warriors pulled through in their first game minus rookie hotshot Kiefer Ravena, banking on a 16-3 closing run to repulse the Blackwater Elite and returning import Henry Walker, 93-89, in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup at the Smart Araneta Coliseum last night......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsMay 30th, 2018

Brownlee back with Ginebra, Walker returns for Blackwater

Help is on the way for Barangay Ginebra. After a 1-3 start in the 2018 PBA Commissioner's Cup, the Gin Kings have finally decided to bring back Justin Brownlee and replace Chuck Garcia. Agent Sheryl Reyes, who handles Brownlee, announced the return of the two-time PBA champion on her Twitter account. Mga ka barangay it's official Justin Brownlee is back ... ginebra's import once again .. watch him next game woot woot #teamreyes pic.twitter.com/xkdEWipwrx --- Sheryl Sanchez Reyes (@FemaleAgentSR) May 21, 2018 Interestingly, Brownlee's return will be against fierce rival Meralco on June 1 at Mall of Asia Arena. Ginebra and Meralco have faced each other in the last two Governo...Keep on reading: Brownlee back with Ginebra, Walker returns for Blackwater.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsMay 21st, 2018

Hard-luck Blackwater the latest to change import, taps Henry Walker

MANILA, Philippines – Hungry to notch their first win in the Commissioner's Cup, the Blackwater Elite tapped the services of former import Henry Walker. The former NBA player, who led the Elite to a quarterfinals apperance in the Governors' Cup last season, will replace Jarrid Famous. Walker's agent and representative in ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsMay 21st, 2018

Import-less TNT strolls to 19-point romp, keeps Blackwater winless

MANILA, Philippines – What it lacked in height, TNT compensated with firepower. Despite playing without an import, the KaTropa thrashed the Blackwater Elite, 120-101, to return to their winning ways in the 2018 PBA Commissioner's Cup at the Araneta Coliseum on Friday, May 18.  Seven players finished in double figures as ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsMay 18th, 2018

TNT shouldn t solely rely on import, Jayson Castro says

MANILA, Philippines – With or without reinforcement, TNT proved it is a force to reckon with.  The KaTropa, who played with an all-Filipino lineup after parting ways with Jeremy Tyler , barely needed an import to dispatch the Blackwater Elite , 120-101, on Friday, May 18, to gain a share of the top spot in ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsMay 18th, 2018

Importless Texters mangle Famous, Elite

TNT KaTropa found no need for an import as it went local with a solid, balanced game it enhanced with 16 three-pointers to crush Blackwater and import Jarrid Famous, 120-101, in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup at the Smart Araneta Coliseum last night......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsMay 18th, 2018

Rosario plays like an import when KaTropa needed one

TNT sent Jeremy Tyler packing just days before its game against Blackwater on Friday night. And with replacement import Josh Smith failing to make it on time, the KaTropa had to make do with an all-Filipino lineup versus Jarrid Famous and the Elite. Turns out, TNT, even minus a reinforcement, was good enough after crushing Blackwater, 120-101. "It's nice that the locals were really up to the challenge. Boss Ricky Vargas gave us a good motivation at the start of the game. He told the players that even if they have a 6-10 import and we don't have a 6-10 import, all of you are imports," TNT coach Nash Racela said. Troy Rosario played like one, finishing with 17 points on 7-o...Keep on reading: Rosario plays like an import when KaTropa needed one.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsMay 18th, 2018

PBA: Backup is on its way for TNT

Backup is on its way for TNT. The KaTropa are set to be reunited with import Joshua Smith, the very same reinforcement that had the team in the Commissioner's Cup Finals last season. After letting go of Jeremy Tyler, who was unimpressive in four games with TNT, team manager Virgil Villavicencio confirmed Friday that Smith will play in the KaTropa's next game on June 1. The hulking import is expected to touch down in Manila on May 25. Against the Blackwater Elite, TNT went All-Filipino but it hardly mattered as the KaTropa rolled to a 120-101 win. Head coach Nash Racela also confirmed that Smith's team in Japan has been eliminated from contention. That means unless out of the blue happens, Smith's scheduled should be right on track and he will be available when TNT takes on Columbian two weeks from now. "To tell you honestly, si Joshua Smith had a stint in Japan. Based on his schedule, we’re really looking at end of May, so during the All Star break," Racela said. "Yeah, they’re already out doon sa Japan. Right now, he’s available," he added.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMay 18th, 2018

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

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

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMay 18th, 2018

TNT thrashes BW sans import

TNT KaTropa relied on a well-balanced game to crush Blackwater, 120-101, without an import, gaining a share of the lead in the Philippine Basketball Association Season 43 Commissioner’s Cup on Friday at the Araneta Coliseum. The KaTropa played without an import as they search for replacement for the ineffective Jeremy Tyler who delivered an inferior [...] The post TNT thrashes BW sans import appeared first on The Manila Times Online......»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimesRelated NewsMay 18th, 2018

TNT dumps Tyler, plays all-Filipino vs Elite

TNT KaTropa has decided to terminate the services of import Jeremy Tyler and play with an all-Filipino crew versus Blackwater in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup tonight at the Smart Araneta Coliseum......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsMay 17th, 2018

PBA: Jeremy Tyler out as TNT import

The import shuffling in the 2018 PBA Commissioner's Cup continues. TNT is the latest to make a move as the KaTropa have moved on from Jeremy Tyler. Agent Sheryl Reyes confirmed the development early Thursday, saying the Tyler's outing against Alaska last May 13 was his last game for TNT. Unfortunately with the turn out of events TNT will replace Jeremy Tyler .. that was his last game .. thanks Jeremy we wish you all the best 🙏 — Sheryl Sanchez Reyes (@FemaleAgentSR) May 16, 2018 Despite the KaTropa being 3-1, Tyler has struggled offensively for TNT so far, including posting only two points in a win vs. Brgy. Ginebra. The KaTropa have a game Friday against Blackwater although the team's reinforcement against the Elite has not been confirmed. Import Joshua Smith, who had TNT in the Finals last season, is reportedly still under contract in Japan.     --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMay 17th, 2018

PBA: White helps Globalport dominate despite nursing injury

Globalport import Malcolm White has been dealing with back spasms for almost a week now and yet the Batang Pier could have easily gone 2-0 despite their reinforcement being limited. Instead, Global is 1-1 since Saturday with the only loss being a five-point decision to Magnolia last May 12 in Angeles City. White hurt his back the day before. "The bus ride was three hours I fell asleep and I was in a weird position," White recalled Wednesday when asked about his injury. "We got to practice the night before the game and I pulled something in my back. I was not myself in that game [vs. Magnolia]," he added. After scoring only 17 points against the Hotshots, White vowed to bounce back for the Batang Pier. Against NLEX Wednesday, he came through, finishing with 20 points, 14 rebounds, four assists, and four blocks. More importantly, Globalport got the win this time, a dominant 116-94 decision over the Road Warriors. "I told myself I had to bounce back and try to recover for this game [vs. NLEX]," he said. "[I wanted to] give my good performance for this game," he added. White mentioned that his back is still a problem but he's working his way towards peak health again. "It's still a little tight but it's a whole lot better than it was the first time I've done it and I had to go right into the next game the next day with a pulled back. That was tough, really tough," White said. "But today I felt a whole lot better, I was probably 90 percent," he added.     --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMay 16th, 2018