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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

Elite seek No. 5

Yeng Guiao reunites with his NLEX crew after close to three months, and how Blackwater deals with the national coach's return will determine whether the Elite can extend a franchise-best conference start in the PBA Governors' Cup on Wednesday at Smart Araneta Coliseum. But Guiao is the one who's worried. And he has all the reasons to be so. "I'm excited to get back to coaching NLEX, but the problem is, Blackwater is the hottest team right now," Guiao said after prepping his Road Warriors for the first time since taking on national duty. Unbeaten Blackwater has never had it this good and will be coming into the 4:30 p.m. contest as the solid pick to nail a fifth win using import ...Keep on reading: Elite seek No. 5.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsSep 26th, 2018

PBA: Alaska s Mike Harris still leads Best Import race

The wild Best Import race of the 2018 PBA Governors' Cup is almost over. And after a wild playoff chase, Alaska's Mike Harris continues to lead all contenders. Harris has his Aces in the Finals and is on the verge of winning Best Import on top of having an opportunity to capture a PBA title. With averages of 30.31 points, 20.69 rebounds, 2.81 assists, 1.13 steals and 1.00 blocks, Harris maintains pole position for Best Import. [Related: PBA: Harris leads Brownlee and Phelps in close Best Import race] Barangay Ginebra’s Justin Brownlee, Phoenix Petroleum’s Eugene Phelps, Meralco’s Allen Durham, NLEX’s Aaron Fuller and Blackwater’s Henry Walker had all been strong bets until their teams moved out of the title hunt one after another. The only one standing in the way of Harris winning Best Import is Magnolia's Romeo Travis. A former Best Import winner, Travis has Magnolia in the Finals to take on the Aces and has averages of 24.5 markers, 14.8 boards, 4.81 assists, and 2.0 steals.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsNov 25th, 2018

PBA: Gin Kings fell right into Magnolia s trap says Brownlee after Game 1 loss

Brgy. Ginebra is an overwhelming force, the Gin Kings can certainly take over a game in a snap. The reigning two-time champs displayed that kind of explosiveness in Game 1 of the 2018 Governors' Cup semifinals Saturday at the Ynares Center in Antipolo. With Justin Brownle scoring 20 points, the Gin Kings fired 39 points in the opening period to start Manila Clasico. It was all Ginebra. The only problem was it was all Magnolia the rest of the game and the Hotshots actually pulled through for an early 1-0 lead in the best-of-5. "Man, kind of fell into a trap tonight. Give credit to Magnolia, they came out and played an incredible game," import Justin Brownlee said after the Gin Kings dropped the opener. "I think we fell into the trap of playing their game. I think we just gotta get back into playing our game," he added. After an explosive first quarter for Ginebra, Magnolia's signature defense kicked in and dominated the Gin Kings. When that happened, Brownlee felt that Ginebra became a little stubborn and tried to force the issue on offense instead of responding to the Hotshots and turn the game into a defensive struggle. "I think we got dependent on our offense. We didn't focus on our defense anymore," said Ginebra's super import. "I think we juts fell in love with our offense because we were scoring so well. But we gotta remember we're a defense-first team and I think that was just the biggest difference after that first quarter," Brownlee added.     --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsNov 11th, 2018

Phoenix clinches No. 2 spot, downs Blackwater behind Abueva, Wright

Phoenix flaunts a prolific import in Eugene Phelps but it was the Fuel Masters' star locals who led the way in a crucial game on Sunday. Calvin Abueva and Matthew Wright scored 10 points each in the fourth quarter as Phoenix fended off Blackwater, 97-91, to clinch the No. 2 spot heading into the 2018 PBA Governors' Cup quarterfinals. "I told them during the halftime break that you have to take pride with your defense," Phoenix head coach Louie Alas said. "It was all about the defense." The Fuel Masters, who will own twice-to-beat advantage in the quarters, made crucial stops and big shots late courtesy of Abueva and Wright. Abueva was all over the floor and finished with a game-hig...Keep on reading: Phoenix clinches No. 2 spot, downs Blackwater behind Abueva, Wright.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsNov 4th, 2018

Walker: Blackwater wasted 4 months of work after missing win-once edge

MANILA, Philippines – Blackwater missed a chance of boasting a win-once incentive in the playoffs of the 2018 PBA Governors' Cup and import Henry Walker is not amused. The American reinforcement was left disappointed after the Elite absorbed a sorry 91-97 loss to Phoenix on Sunday, November 4, in their final ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsNov 4th, 2018

PBA: Blackwater s Walker lets offense carve for himself in perfect shooting night

CITY OF BIÑAN -- The Blackwater Elite are back to their winning ways after dropping two straight games. Now at a 7-3 record, a chance for a top four spot and a twice-to-beat advantage is very much alive for one of the surprise teams of the PBA Governors' Cup. At the thick of it all, the powerful Elite offense went full throttle throughout the game, dropping 120 points on 53.2-percent shooting against the hapless Columbian Dyip. Import Henry Walker benefitted the most from the great offensive display, scoring 26 points on a lights-out display of 9 for 9 shooting from the field, including a perfect 3 for 3 clip from downtown. The former Boston Celtic and New York Knick credited the great offensive sets, and of course his teammates for helping him get the wide-open looks. "I just had some good looks and I was just able to capitalize on, you know, just playing within the offense and basically, today, using my teammates to get myself open instead of me trying to be the hammer at that point. I just let other guys take over and I just found ways to score within the offense," the 6'5" forward said of his shooting display. The longtime import also said that returning to the defensive intensity the team showed in their 4-0 start this Governors' Cup is pretty much his desire down the stretch. Facing the Phoenix Fuel Masters on Sunday, Nov. 4, for their final eliminations game, Walker added that defense will be their mantra in order to have a crack at his former coach Louie Alas, who he accompanied in the Alaska bench a few years back. "He's always ready and he doesn't shy away from competition and neither do his guys. We've got a tough challenge ahead of us." Walker also downplayed his spat with Dyip player Dan Sara midway through a blowout fourth quarter. The reinforcement claimed that the dimunitive San Beda product slapped the back of his head and that caused him to lose his cool.  "I mean, it is what it is. I shouldn't have been in the game at that point. It was over with and he's in there just playing hard. I don't blame him for that. No malice or anything like that but it is what it is. We got through, nobody got injured and everybody straight."   __   Follow this writer on Twitter, @philipptionary......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsOct 27th, 2018

Finally, a solution to garbage pileups

Ever Bilena chairman and Blackwater PBA team owner Dioceldo Sy has found a solution to the country’s garbage pile-up problem......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsOct 25th, 2018

PBA: Standhardinger holds down fort as SMB awaits June Mar s return

Obviously, the San Miguel Beermen look like a very different team without reigning four-time MVP June Mar Fajardo. The juggernaut of the PBA without its main man in the middle was to be seen as a challenge for the team, as the prized big man is still down due to a stress fracture in his foot. However, stepping in during Fajardo's absence is #1 pick Christian Standhardinger, who has flourished in the Governors' Cup, posting averages of 25.3 points, 12.7 rebounds, and 1.4 assists in the Beermen's nine outings. Without Fajardo, San Miguel has stayed solid at sixth place with a 5-4 record, and the Beermen may look even better as Fajardo could make his conference debut on Saturday in Biñan, if coach Leo Austria's pronouncement becomes reality. In the Beermen's 114-107 win against the pesky NorthPort Batang Pier, Standhardinger again acted like a second import, scoring 21, and grabbing 22 rebounds in exactly 40 minutes inside the court. "We’ve been playing without June Mar in the last five games so obviously nothing changed in my mindset and the whole team," the Fil-German said after the game. "I think, we did a great job in compensating his big absence and we can’t wait to have him back so we’re gonna be a better team." Despite losing AZ Reid to injury, the team found an explosive scorer in former NBA player Kevin Murphy, who rose to becoming the league's top scorer with 32.4 ppg. In Fajardo's return, the team will have to rework the offense again as the reigning three-time Coach of the Year Austria will be re-inserting the 6'10 giant back into the fold. Quite the problem it would be for the Beermen, who are chasing the twice-to-beat advantage that the top four teams in the standings are awarded to. "...[W] hen June Mar comes back obviously he’s a key player for us so we have to adjust again and that’s gonna be a tough situation for us (but) I think we have high basketball IQ to figure it out." Despite Austria expressing his unapproval of Standhardinger's perceived lack of effort on defense, especially defending the pick-and-roll, which NorthPort used to great effect in mounting a come back, the super rookie gave his two cents. "I just give my best outside and just give my best to hustle and give my best to the team and even he thinks that I didn’t do a good job, then I didn’t do a good job I apologize." __   Follow this writer on Twitter, @philipptionary......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsOct 24th, 2018

PBA: Banchero after big game: 'I think it was my turn tonight'

After Alaska beat Columbian in the 2018 PBA Governors' Cup, head coach Alex Compton wasn't particularly too happy about his locals. After Alaska beat Blackwater in the 2018 PBA Governors' Cup, safe to say Compton can smile about the way his locals performed. No other Alaska local shined brighter than Chris Banchero against the Elite, as the point guard put up the points in the win over Blackwater. Seriously, a lot of points. Banchero only missed four times and drilled 28 points for the Aces, finishing just behind import Mike Harris who had 38. "We needed to play better basketball than we did against Columbian, I thought we did tonight," Banchero said. "I got it going a little big tonight. I was good. I'm glad I played well, I think it was my turn tonight to score the basketball. I was not realy trying to score, it was just that I kinda got it going," he added. With the win, Alaska has forced a three-way tie for first place in the Governors' Cup with Ginebra and Magnolia as all three have identical 7-2 records. Still, Banchero says the Aces have room to take things to a higher level. "We knew we needed to get that win because top-4 is our goal and we'll make the push from there. Being top-4 is a huge advantage," he said. "I think we still have room to grow," Banchero added.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsOct 21st, 2018

PBA: Alaska s Harris couldn t care less about top-4 finish

The 2018 PBA Governors' Cup standings is pretty top heavy right now, with five teams separated by just one game. Of the five teams, one will not get a twice-to-beat advantage and the top-4 advance to the playoffs with a bonus in hand. However, for Alaska super import Mike Harris, he couldn't care less of a top-4 finish. "People talk about the top-4 and to be honest with you, I really don't care about the top-4," Harris said. "No disrespect to the top-4 but everywhere I play, whether I’m at the top seed or the bottom seed, my objective’s to win. I learned from Greg Popovich, great teams win on the road, doesn’t matter if you’re home or away. Good thing here is all games are neutral games, some teams may get more fans but they’re like neutral side games here. I really like that," he added. Regardless of his feelings of the top-4, Harris' performance sure helped the Aces move closer to finishing as one of the higher seeds come playoff time. Monster Mike had himself a game against Blackwater, finishing with 38 points and 19 rebounds. His clutch four-point play with less than 20 seconds to play helped seal the deal for the Aces. Currently, Alaska is in a three-way tie for first place with Ginebra and Magnolia as all three teams sport identical 7-2 cards. But with about two weeks left of regular season play, Harris' focus is on Alaska's next assignment and not whether or not the Aces are inside the top-4 in the team standings. "You want to take each game one game at a time. We have NLEX next, so the focus is just to beat them," he said. "If you do what you have to do on the court, everything else takes care of itself," Harris added.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsOct 21st, 2018

MAJOR POINT: Has the PBA Solved Its Draft Problem?

Late last week on October 12th, the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) made an announcement that the PBA Board of Governors voted and agreed unanimously that starting 2019, the number 1 overall draft pick can no longer be traded and is exclusively for the worst team in the league to pick who they choose. At first glance, the PBA’s announcement looks like a solution to the draft problem that has gone on for over a decade. If you just read the headline or skimmed through the press release or an article written on the subject maybe you think the PBA has found its solution to the draft problem that caused division in the PBA Board and led to the hiring of a new commissioner after another draft debacle last year. Ever the skeptic, I read more than the headlines. Instead of skimming through the press release and articles, I read the fine print. After my readings and a few discussions with basketball people, do I feel the PBA has found a solution to its draft problem? I’m skeptical. I have questions. But before we get to my questions, lets take a look at how the PBA got itself in a situation where they had to make an actual rule that the worst team in the league CAN’T trade the number one overall pick: 2005: Anthony “Jay” Washington gets drafted number one overall by Air21 Express. Washington gets traded on draft day to the Talk ’N Text Phone Pals. Talk ’N Text was second in wins in the PBA in the three conferences leading up to the 2005 draft. 2008: The Talk ’N Text Phone Pals have picks 2 and 4 in the first round of the draft despite being tied for the most number of wins in the 2006-2007 season. They draft Jared Dillinger and Rob Reyes with those picks. TNT trades Jay Washington to the San Miguel Beermen and acquires the third overall pick, which turns out to be Jayson Castro. 2009: Japeth Aguilar is selected number one overall by the Burger King Whoppers. Aguilar plays one game for the Whoppers, before he is shipped to the Talk N Text Tropang Texters in a three-way trade also involving Barako Bull. Burger King was able to get Barako Bull’s 2010 (previously acquired by Talk ‘N Text) and 2012 first-round picks along with Talk ‘N Text’s 2013 and 2014 first-round picks. 2010: Noy Baclao and Rabeh Al-Hussaini are selected first and second overall by Air21 Express. Midway through their rookie season both Baclao and Al-Hussaini along with Rey Guevarra are traded to Petron Blaze in exchange for Danny Seigle, Dondon Hontiveros, Dorian Peña and Paul Artadi. Baclao and Al-Hussaini help the Petron Blaze win the 2011 PBA Governors’ Cup. Al-Hussaini wins Rookie of the Year. 2012: The Petron Blaze Boosters (from Barako Bull via Air21) select June Mar Fajardo number one overall. 2013: Barangay Ginebra (from Air21) selects Greg Slaughter number one overall. Barako Bull had the fourth, fifth and sixth picks in the first round. Barako Bull decides to trade away all three first round picks. The fifth pick turns out to be Terrence Romeo. 2014: Despite winning the Philippine Cup in a 4-0 sweep, Talk ’N Text lands the second and fourth picks overall and selects Kevin Alas and Matthew Ganuelas-Rosser before the 2014-2015 PBA season begins. Alas & Ganuelas-Rosser help Talk ’N Text win the 2015 Commisioner’s Cup. Kia Sorento with their first pick in franchise history selects Manny Pacquiao 11th overall. 2015: Despite winning the 2015 Commissioner’s Cup, Talk ’N Text has the number one overall pick (from Blackwater). Talk ’N Text selects Moala Tautuaa number one and then two days later trade for the number two overall pick, Troy Rosario (Mahindra). 2016: The “Special” Draft. Gilas players are selected behind closed doors. One Gilas cadet per team, not to be traded for two years. Draft order was never released to the PBA fans/public. 2017: The San Miguel Beerman, despite winning two championships, having the most wins and the best win percentage, select Christian Standhardinger number one overall after a trade from Kia. Losing out on the Standhardinger sweepstakes, TNT blasts Commissioner Narvasa for approving the trade. The PBA divides where seven teams declare they have a “loss of confidence” in Commissioner Narvasa. Five teams support Commissioner Narvasa. After a three-month stalemate, Commissioner Narvasa steps down and the PBA Board appoints a new commissioner, Willie Marcial. As you can see, it is a little more complicated than having the number one overall pick protected from a trade. While the number one overall pick has been traded seven times in the last 13 years, which has to be some kind of record, there have been other issues as well. And that is where my long list of questions begins: -    What’s to stop an already winning team from stacking up multiple first round picks other than the number one overall pick, like in 2008 and 2014? -    This "no trading of the top pick rule" becomes effective in 2019. Why the wait? Why can’t it apply this year? Columbian Dyip has the first pick this season. History says they could likely trade that pick to a championship team. Why do we have to go through this make-believe world another year? -    Hypothetically, how would the PBA handle this situation: Phoenix trades an active player to Rain or Shine for ROS’s 2021 1st round pick. Unfortunately, in 2020, ROS has a variety of injuries and acquires the number one overall pick. What happens then? Who gets the first pick? ROS or Phoenix? -    After the first pick is drafted, when does that player selected first become tradeable? Can it be traded after the draft? If not, for how long? Looking at the draft history of the last 13 years, you have to wonder, what were the objectives of teams like Air21, Barako Bull & Kia? Were those teams in the league to form competitive teams? Were they attempting to build championship teams? Why were those teams trading so many of their top picks? Columbian justified its trading of the number pick last year by saying they were going to play in an “unconventional” way. Their unconventional way has led them to five wins in 31 games so far this season. It has also earned them the number one overall pick for the second year in a row. The PBA Draft is supposed to be fun. It used to be fun. Before 2005, the PBA Draft was a legitimate event. It was something to look forward to. The idea of the draft is still special in theory. It’s a day where dreams come true. Drafted players lives change that day. Many times, the lives of a player's family change forever when their son or husband or father is drafted in the PBA. It's an opportunity for teams who have struggled to get better. It's supposed to give hope to teams drafting high and a challenge to teams drafting low. That is how the draft system is supposed to work. Unfortunately, in the PBA that system has been broke for a long time. I like the idea and the spirit of the draft. However, last year on my podcast, Staying MAJOR, I argued that the PBA should scrap its draft. That made me sad. It made me sad because I feel like the spirit of the PBA Draft has been lost. It's been lost by teams manipulating the system for the improvement of their individual team or their team's objective, but not for the betterment of the league. I’m tired of the PBA Draft getting hijacked every year. And now we have to likely go through it again this year. Even after what happened last year. Not being able to trade the number one pick sounds good. It’s a nice blanket statement. I even think it might be a step in the right direction. But, sometimes when you're bleeding, you need more than a band-aid. Fans aren’t naive. They can figure out what’s going on when year after year the rich get richer and the poor stay poor. Maybe some of my questions will get answered here as the draft approaches? Maybe Columbian Dyip won’t trade their pick again? Maybe that’s just wishful thinking on my part? If there is a silver lining, it is at least the PBA and its Board have acknowledged that there is a problem. At least there was an attempt to fix it. I’d say vetting of new potential franchises, so the PBA doesn’t have members who want to trade their draft picks to already successful teams is the bigger issue, but hopefully this is a start of trying to level the playing field. Wouldn’t it be fun to have teams that haven’t won in a while, keep their picks and build contending teams? Or at least not give them to the already strong teams? Wouldn’t that be fun? Wouldn’t it be fun to celebrate the draft spirit of hope on draft day without trying to figure out how the best teams ended up with the top picks again? The PBA is a professional, competitive, sports league. That’s what it’s supposed to be. The PBA is supposed to be fun too. However, it’s NOT fun or competitive when the top teams keep picking high every year. That’s not real competition to me. So will the PBA’s new rule regarding the number one overall pick change anything? This year, no. Starting next year, maybe. I’d like to be optimistic that there will be change or that this rule will initiate an on-going conversation of how to make the draft better. Unfortunately, we still have a full year of waiting before we find out. Eric Menk played in the PBA from 1999 to 2016. Menk is a four-time PBA champion, three-time PBA Finals MVP and one-time PBA MVP (2005). He will be writing for ABS-CBN Sports weekly. Menk also has his podcast Staying MAJOR as welll as his own YouTube channel ......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsOct 19th, 2018

Henry Walker had enough after ejection in blowout Blackwater loss

MANILA, Philippines – After 8 games in the 2018 PBA Governors' Cup, Blackwater import Henry Walker reached his tipping point.  Walker's night in the Elite's 133-99 blowout loss to Magnolia on Wednesday, October 10, ended early after he was tossed out for confronting game officials for what he deemed as non-calls.  "I said nothing ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsOct 11th, 2018

Blackwater holds off RoS, earns quarters’ berth  

NARDS Pinto and import Henry Walker joined forces down the stretch as Blackwater held off Rain or Shine, 99-93, on Sunday to secure a slot in the quarterfinal round of the Philippine Basketball Association Season 43 Governors’ Cup at the Sta. Rosa Sports Complex in Laguna. Despite being shackled by Rain or Shine’s defense particularly… link: Blackwater holds off RoS, earns quarters’ berth  .....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilainformerRelated NewsOct 8th, 2018

Blackwater holds off RoS, earns quarters’ berth  

NARDS Pinto and import Henry Walker joined forces down the stretch as Blackwater held off Rain or Shine, 99-93, on Sunday to secure a slot in the quarterfinal round of the Philippine Basketball Association Season 43 Governors’ Cup at the Sta. Rosa Sports Complex in Laguna. Despite being shackled by Rain or Shine’s defense particularly [...] The post Blackwater holds off RoS, earns quarters’ berth   appeared first on The Manila Times Online......»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimes_netRelated NewsOct 7th, 2018

Comes now the wolf pack

Blackwater never ceased to amaze as it stayed as among the top performers in the PBA Governors Cup – a giant turnaround from its tag as a doormat – that import Henry Walker attributed to “a change in culture.”.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsOct 7th, 2018

PBA: Magic BONOt Ken always ready to heed coach Norman s call

Meralco Bolt bigman Ken Bono says that he is always ready whenever the need arises for the team. The burly Bono scored in a game for the very first time this season, and scored ten big points albeit in a loss against the top-seeded Blackwater Elite at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum. Per PBA head statistician Fidel Mangonon III, it is the highest scoring output the Adamson legend and former UAAP MVP has posted in four seasons. Ken Bono ties the game at 88 for Meralco! Blackwater calls time. 1:05 left in the 4th. #PBA2018 • @abscbnsports pic.twitter.com/oIMX8LpWRV — Philip Martin Matel (@philipptionary) October 5, 2018 Despite even not playing for the Bolts in the FIBA Asia Champions Cup, Bono assured everyone that he is always physically ready, anytime that coach Norman Black calls him. This time, it was Cliff Hodge's finger injury that led Bono to the playing court, putting up a much-needed offensive display in almost 11 minutes of playing time, including a game-tying jumper with 1:05 left in the game.  "Always ready lang naman ako pag binunot ako ni coach. Atsaka importante kasi sa amin ang manalo. Kasi nasa bottom kami ng standing. Mas masaya sana kung nanalo kami," the center said after the game. However, there was a downside in Bono's insertion to the game on the defensive end, which the veteran coach explained.  "The negative is, on the other aside, we had a hard time defending pick and rolls.  But on the offensive end, he really gave us an opportunity to be able to make some outside shots. It’s kinda give and take. Offensively, he did a great job and defensively, we had a little bit of a problem in guarding pick and rolls when Cliff Hodge came out with injury." Just in case the need arises once again, Bono says he is very much ready for the call. "Ako naman, ready naman ako parati. Nagpapakondisyon naman ako. In case na bunutin ako ni coach, ready naman ako pag tinawag."   __   Follow this writer on Twitter, @philipptionary......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsOct 5th, 2018

PBA: Blakely looking at brighter signal with TNT

Looks like brighter signal is ahead for TNT in the 2018 PBA Governors' Cup. New import Marqus Blakely says that chemistry is a bit of a problem for the KaTropa with him being the team's third import in the season-ending conference. That, coupled with the KaTropa having a new head coach in Bong Ravena and a new consultant in Mark Dickel, is making adjustments aplenty for TNT. Still, the KaTropa are 2-0 with Blakely, including 23-point comeback vs. Northport Sunday. "I wouldn’t say it’s too different. I’d just say it's chemistry," Blakely said on the difference between TNT and Magnolia, the previous team he played for in the PBA. "We’ve been together 2, 3 weeks now? In Magnolia,  as soon as you step in the gym, we’d still have the chemistry from 2, 3 conferences ago. That’s something we still have to build on [with TNT] every practice to get better. You could see it. There are ups and downs, there are more so because were not all on the same page. Chemistry is something we could fix over this next three weeks," he added. Despite adjusting on the fly, Blakely and the KaTropa did more than enough to steal a win from the Batang Pier to maintain their now three-game winning streak in the Governors' Cup. Blakely scored 15 points in the fourth quarter against Northport, including the go-ahead layup for the final tally. "I mean we saw two tales for two different teams today. First half, we didn’t play as well as we wanted to," Blakely said. "But what we saw is defense. Defense is gonna get us out of any situation. I think we were down 20, 25 at one point. Coach told us that we weren’t getting stops in transition, and get us more points, easy points, easy buckets in transition—open shots We just focused in on that, we played a hell of a game," he added.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsSep 30th, 2018

PBA: San Miguel pours it in third period to halt Columbian

The San Miguel Beermen showed off their shooting prowess as they drilled 23 three-pointers to down the Columbian Dyip, 143-119, in the continuation of the 2018 PBA Governors' Cup at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum Friday evening. They tie a PBA record for most three-pointers made in a game, achieved twice by the TNT KaTropa franchise, which they last did on Jan. 14, 2009, coincidentally against the Beermen, per PBA chief statistician Fidel Mangonon III.  Down by two in a back-and-forth first half, 64-66, San Miguel exploded in the third quarter, finishing the period on a very high note, as they closed the final 7:28 with a 34-11 blitz and never looked back to improve to a 2-1 record. Columbian meanwhile drops to 0-6. Arwind Santos started off the gates very quickly, scoring 19 points in the opening period on 7/11 shooting, including a scorching 5/8 clip from downtown. The former league MVP finished this outing with 29 markers, and seven threes, coupled with five rebounds and four blocks.  San Miguel's Gilas Pilipinas trio of Marcio Lassiter, Christian Standhardinger, and Alex Cabagnot meanwhile combined for a 61-point effort, including six three-pointers from Marcio and three from Alex.  "That's one thing na sinasabi ko sa kanila. We stressed yung offense. the problem is our defense. In the first half we gave up 64 points and that's not a sign of good D. Fortunately our offense is superb. Happy because we won the game but sad we're not playing good defense," San Miguel coach Leo Austria said after the game.  Jackson Corpuz meanwhile paced Columbian's offense with 28 points, and was followed by import Akeem Wright's 22. Jerramy King and Rashawn McCarthy added 22 points and 18, respectively. AZ Reid meanwhile flirted with a quadruple-double, posting 16 points, 17 rebounds, 11 assists, and six steals.  THE SCORES: SMB (143) -- Santos 29, Lassiter 28, Standhardinger 21, Reid 16, Nabong 14, Cabagnot 12, Pessumal 11, Ross 7, Heruela 5. Mamaril 0, Vigil 0, Ganuelas-Rosser 0, Agovida 0, de Ocampo 0. Columbian (119) -- Corpuz 28, Wright 22, King 22, McCarthy 18, Khobuntin 7, Escoto 6, Cabrera 5, Celda 2, Reyes 2, Gabriel 2, Cahilig 2, Sara 2, Tubid 1, Ababou 0.  Quarter scores: 34-26, 64-66, 107-84, 143-119.  __   Follow this writer on Twitter, @philipptionary. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsSep 21st, 2018

PBA: Elite shoot for share of first place

Already in their best start in franchise history, the Phoenix Fuel Masters go for more as the 2018 PBA Governors' Cup resumes play Wednesday. Phoenix is currently at 3-1 in the standings and the Fuel Masters are out to keep their fire burning, taking on the Meralco Bolts (1-2) in the main 7:00 p.m. game at the Big Dome. With import Eugene Phelps and Calvin Abueva leading the way, Phoenix looks like its finally ready to contend this conference and a win over Meralco, a finalist in the last two Governors' Cups, should help validate the team's status. Meanwhile, the Bolts look to recover from back-to-back defeats. In the first game at 4:30 p.m., Blackwater looks to share first place with two-time defending champion Ginebra. The Elite are 2-0 following victories vs. TNT and San Miguel. Blackwater will have winless Northport (0-4) on deck.     --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsSep 18th, 2018

Robredo: Duterte, aides sowing confusion

LEGAZPI CITY --- Vice President Leni Robredo said conflicting and wrong information from heads of agencies under the Duterte administration was causing confusion and fear among Filipinos, fueling increases in prices of commodities.   She said there were instances when heads of agencies could not get their acts together and create confusion.   She cited as example the rice supply controversy.   Different tunes   While President Rodrigo Duterte denied there was a problem in supply, the National Food Authority Council approved a request to import more rice to boost government stock.   Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piol backed the P...Keep on reading: Robredo: Duterte, aides sowing confusion.....»»

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