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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 News3 hr. 1 min. ago

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.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsSep 16th, 2018

Walker, Pinto continue to push each other to be better

Things won't always be peachy between two competitive players like Blackwater import Henry Walker and star point guard Nard Pinto. The two would push each other to the limit that tempers somet.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philippinetimesRelated NewsSep 7th, 2018

AZ Reid admits San Miguel took Blackwater lightly

In terms of history, no other team in the PBA can match up to San Miguel but for one night in the 2018 Governors' Cup humble Blackwater was able to write its own footnote. The Elite were able to stun the mighty Beermen, 103-100, for their second straight win and import AZ Reid knows why they lost to a team that bears little history. "We took them lightly, we didn't play the way we normally play, like the way we played in the first game," said Reid Wednesday at Smart Araneta Coliseum. "We played around, a lot of smiling, a lot of joking, so we lost." San Miguel was ahead 82-74 heading into the fourth quarter but the Elite chipped away at the margin throughout the peri...Keep on reading: AZ Reid admits San Miguel took Blackwater lightly.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsSep 5th, 2018

PBA: SMB’s first loss no laughing matter for AZ Reid

Up by ten in the third quarter of their 2018 PBA Governor’s Cup matchup against the Blackwater Elite, Wedenesday, San Miguel committed the mortal sin of coasting. As they would come to learn the hard way, a ten point lead with more than a quarter left in the game isn’t always the safest cushion. The Beermen would go on to lose, 103-100 for their first loss of the conference, and for import AZ Reid, that first notch on their loss column is no laughing matter. Speaking to the media following their defeat at the Big Dome, the six-foot-five forward expressed his dissatisfaction with how they approached their opponents. “We took ‘em lightly.” Reid said. “We didn’t play the way we normally play, like the way we played in the first game. We played around, a lot of smiling, a lot of joking, so we lost.” While Reid finished with a team-high 26 markers to go with 12 boards, he feels that as the import, he needs to be the one shouldering the blame. In fact, Reid says he relishes the pressure. “Give me the blame, I like the pressure, it’s fine. Just give it to me, put the loss on AZ. It’s fine.” With about 29 seconds left in the third quarter, the Beermen had their biggest lead of the game, 82-72. Four minutes into the fourth quarter, the Elite were back on top after going on a 14-3 run. For Reid, the blown lead was simply a result of a decline in play as the game progressed. “We stopped doing what got us the lead. We started relaxing, chilling and thinking it’s funny, laughing around and joking.” “It’s unbelievable, man.” Reid added. As Reid and the Beermen head to the two-week break coming off their first loss of the conference, the Carolinian hopes that they can maintain a level of mental toughness and a sense of urgency the next time that they take to the courts. “We lost, okay, cool. It’s tough, it’s a very tough loss, we’ve got a long break, coming in 1-1, this game that we need, we lost. We just gotta regroup and hopefully everyone take it serious next time. We gotta stay tough, mentally tough, get a lead and not fold, not break. We broke tonight, and it resulted in a loss.” Reid added that inside the court, he isn’t about playing games, so to say. “Just play more serious. You saw the game, you see people were laughing and joking, it’s not a laughing and joking matter. If you wanna laugh and joke, you can laugh whenever you go home, but in between them lines, it’s not a game, it’s serious. I’m not gonna play around and joke and laugh with you when I’m out there.” “Like I said, put the blame on AZ. I’m the import, I take the blame, I’m used to it. I can handle it. Give it to me.” he stated......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsSep 5th, 2018

PBA: Champion Ginebra goes for solo first before FIBA break

The protagonists from the 2018 PBA Commissioner's Cup Finals are coming in hot in the Governors' Cup. Two-time defending champion Brgy. Ginebra is off to a 2-0 start in its latest title defense behind the continued brilliance of super import Justin Brownlee. On Wednesday the Gin Kings take on the winless Northport Batang Pier (0-3) as they look to take over no. 1 in the standings before the league goes on a break for the FIBA World Cup Asian Qualifiers. Meanwhile, the Beermen had a rousing debut last week behind the tireless Christian Standhardinger. San Miguel will take on Blackwater as both teams shoot for their second win in as many games. The Ginebra-Northport clash is set for 7:00 p.m. at the Big Dome right after the 4:30 p.m. showdown of the Beermen and Elite.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsSep 5th, 2018

What drives Blackwater’s import

Blackwater import Henry Walker never thought he’d make a living out of basketball when he was a kid......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsSep 4th, 2018

DTI wants to tap state trade firm for rice importation

The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) is proposing to allow a state-owned firm to import rice in a bid to help address the problem on rice supply. Trade Secretary Ramon Lopez said the proposal Source link link: DTI wants to tap state trade firm for rice importation.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilainformerRelated NewsSep 3rd, 2018

DTI wants to tap state trade firm for rice importation

The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) is proposing to allow a state-owned firm to import rice in a bid to help address the problem on rice supply. Trade Secretary Ramon Lopez said the proposal.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philippinetimesRelated NewsSep 3rd, 2018

PBA: Crazy Manila traffic delays Standhardinger s return from Asian Games

German engineering sure is something else. A day after helping Team Philippines achieve its highest Asian Games finish in 16 years, Christian Standhardinger was in Manila, helping San Miguel win its 2018 PBA Governors' Cup opener. Standhardinger was a bit late to the game after going to the Big Dome straight from the import following their trip from Jakarta. Upon arriving at the venue, he quickly changed to his uniform and got out to the court halfway through the opening period. He officially checked in with 3.3 seconds left in the first quarter and proceeded to dominate the rest of the way. NLEX had no answer to the PBA's top draft pick of 2017 as Standhardinger ended up scoring a PBA career-high of 36 points on top of 11 rebounds. San Miguel won, 125-112. "It's all basketball," Standhardinger said. "There's just hard work and then little steps in the right direction. It is hard work and little by little, centimeter by centimeter, you get better and better. Eventually, hopefully, you reach the top or you fall down and you have to crawl up again," he added as his game continues to grow in the PBA for San Miguel and for the national team. With him going straight to the PBA less than 24 hours after the Syria game in Jakarta, Standhardinger has gained that much respect again from fans. Christian says he didn't want to miss the game. And if not for an everyday problem the Philippines experiences, he might have actually made it on time. "I was hurrying up and I'm going to share with you guys something compeletely new, something you've never heard before: Manila has crazy traffic," Standhardinger said. "The traffic is ridiculous, it took me two hours. I was sweating bullets. I didn't want to miss the game but we made it, kind of, on time. I missed the first quarter a little bit but that's okay. My teammates just did a great job of finding me and getting me open. I just finished," he added.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsSep 1st, 2018

TERRIFIC 12: Vanguardia-coached D-League All-Stars start prep for Macau invitational

The lone Philippine team in the upcoming Asia League Terrific 12 tournament is ready to start its preparations. Three weeks before the invitational meet in Macau, Team Philippines will start practice Wednesday as they look to make a splash against the top club teams from China, South Korea, Japan, and Taiwan. The Pinoy crew will be made up of a selection of PBA D-League players from Go for Gold and Che'Lu, the two teams that fought for the recently-concluded Foundation Cup. Handling the team is former Phoenix Fuel Masters head coach Ariel Vanguardia. "Yes, we start practice tomorrow," Vanguardia said in a message to ABS-CBN Sports. Foundation Cup champion Go for Gold will mostly make up the crew of the team listed as IECO Green Warriors with Gab Banal and Jai Reyes leading the way. Also in the team are Matt Salem, Ron Dennison, Kris Porter, and Rey Publico. Che'Lu's Jeff Viernes, MVP of the Foundation Cup, is also in the team. Teams in the Terrific 12 are allowed to have two foreign imports and the Green Warriors will have former PBA Best Import for TNT Richard Howell as the main reinforcement. Sam Logwood is the team's other import. The Terrific 12 is set for Sept. 18-23 at the Studio City in Macau and the Green Warriors will compete against China's Shandong Hi-speed Golden Stars, Zhejiang Guangsha Lions, Xinjiang Flying Tigers, and the Guangzhou Long Lions. Also in the tournament are the Chiba Jets, Ryukyu Golden Kings and the Nagoya Diamond Dolphins from the Japanese B.League, The Korean Basketball League is represented via the Seoul Samsung Thunders and Mobis Phoebus while the Taiwanese SBL will send the Fubon Braves and the Yulon Luxgen Dinos. The Long Lions won the previous Macau tournament this year, the Super 8 back in July, beating both the NLEX Road Warriors and the Blackwater Elite along the way.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsAug 28th, 2018

Import not the problem for reeling TNT, says Castro

MANILA, Philippines – It’s easy to pin the blame on TNT’s reinforcement. After all, its lone win came when the KaTropa fielded an all-Filipino lineup.  But Jayson Castro thinks the import isn’t to blame even as the KaTropa dropped three of their first four games in the 2018 PBA ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsAug 27th, 2018

PBA: Nash satisfied with new import s performance in debut

Despite just arriving yesterday, debuting TNT import Stacy Davis passed the first hurdle for coach Nash Racela in their loss against the Blackwater Elite. In his first game donning the flagship franchise's jersey, Davis scored 23 points and grabbed 16 rebounds in 40 minutes of action but gave away the ball six times and shot only 9/26 from the field. For Racela, it was a satisfying effort for the Pepperdine product, who replaced previous import Mike Glover, who only played one game before getting the boot. "It's not really easy for him. He traveled 22 hours. From the moment he arrived yesterday, 6am he went to fulfill the requirements ng mga medical. He then went to practice, so from the airport to Makati to practice, 12-2, then went to the PBA office for measurement. so, hindi talaga madali for him. I'm sure he'll get better as he plays more," the coach said after the game Racela added that his bad shooting night was understandable since he did not have enough time for his body to recover from the flight. When asked if Davis would also get the pink slip after this one, the former FEU coach emphatically denied it. "Hindi naman kami pwedeng every game magpalit ng import. I think it's not the right thing to do." Meanwhile for the 23-year old import, he rued that the team blew a late four-point lead before collapsing in overtime for the first-ever win by the Elite against the KaTropa in franchise history. "[I]t happens. I think that we did a good job playing as a team, especially with me only having one practice. I think that's something we can build off of. I think if that was the start that we had, losing a close game like that, I think that's a positive to look at," the 6'5 import said. As they face Alaska on Sunday, both hope a more productive effort will stem from the team, since they are staring at a 1-2 record to start the 11-game conference.   __   Follow this writer on Twitter, @philipptionary.  .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsAug 24th, 2018

PBA: Struggle in Govs Cup nothing new for Meralco, says Norman Black

To stumble out of the starting block in Governors' Cup action is nothing new for coach Norman Black and the Meralco Bolts. At a 1-2 record, the veteran coach is not sounding off any alarm. They were in a similar situation in Allen Durham's first stint with the Bolts, where they alternated wins and losses. They started 2-0, then 2-2, 5-3, then 5-5, and won their penultimate game, grabbing the fourth seed. Of course it was not a problem as they went all the way to the Finals, where they would be in the losing end of a Justin Brownlee buzzer-beater in Game 6. In their 80-72 loss against the debuting Alaska Aces, the Bolts were actually in control in the whole first half and the first five minutes of the third, before their opponents unleashed a run to take the lead and never looked back.  "Committed a lot of turnovers which they turned it into turnover points. AD struggled tonight against their defense and I thought their import shot the ball well from the perimeter, did a good job shooting the basketball," Black said after the game. With a very long layoff before their next game on Sept. 19, about a three and a half week layoff, all Meralco needs to think about right now is trying to shake off the rust and get the win against Phoenix at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum. "Scheduling was not perfect but at the same time we just have to get better during the break."   __   Follow this writer on Twitter, @philipptionary. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsAug 24th, 2018

PBA: All-Filipino TNT stops Meralco

ANTIPOLO CITY --- No import, no problem for the KaTropa. The All-Filipino TNT stopped Meralco Sunday in the 2018 Governors' Cup, scoring a pulsating 92-90 victory at the Ynares Center here. Struggling in the fourth period, Jayson Castro got the lucky bounce on a three-point shot to tie things up at 85 with 1:45 to go. After forcing multiple stops, Castro then found Terrence Romeo all alone in the corner for another booming triple, this time giving TNT a 90-85 lead with 21 seconds left. That was enough for the KaTropa to hold on and improve to 1-1 for the conference, the same as the Bolts......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsAug 19th, 2018

REINFORCEMENTS HAVE ARRIVED

Miss the PBA yet? Don't worry as there's more action coming your way starting Friday at the Ynares Center in Antipolo City. The 2018 PBA Governors' Cup will tip off this weekend and we have prolific imports in town, 12 of them to be exact. Get to know who they are before we start the third and final conference for this season.   Justin Brownlee --- Ginebra By now, Justin Brownlee needs no introduction but here goes anyway for the benefit of those who don't know him for some reason. Brownlee is a three-time PBA champion for the Gin Kings and a one-time Best Import. His first two titles came in the Governors' Cup. The first one was in 2016 when he hit "The Shot" in Game 6. The second one was last year when he led the barangay to a Game 7 win in front of more than 50,000 fans at the Philippine Arena. He's a Ginebra legend.   Allen Durham --- Meralco The reigning two-time Best Import is back for the Bolts and he's looking to complete some unfinished business. Durham has led Meralco to two Governors' Cup Finals in his previous two stints in the PBA but each time, the Bolts lost to Ginebra for the title. Is third time the charm for Allen Durham and Meralco?   AZ Reid --- San Miguel Arizona Reid won two Best Imports back when he was still with Rain or Shine and he won his first Governors' Cup title when he switched over to San Miguel. Now, the high-scoring import is back for the Beermen after a one-year hiatus. He has some business to finish here and at the top of the list is regaining his lost PBA championship.   Eugene Phelps --- Phoenix El Destructor first made a name for himself in the Governors' Cup. The Commissioner's Cup might not be his best cup of tea but when it comes to the season-ending conference, Eugene Phelps has proven before that he's a force to be reckoned with. With an upgraded local lineup and perhaps better durability this time around, El Destructor might just become extra destructive to the oppposition.   Henry Walker --- Blackwater The Elite made their second playoff appearance last year in the Governors' Cup with Henry Walker. As the no. 8 seed, they were a few minutes away from stunning no. 1 Meralco to go to the semis. Mr. Inspiration has provided nothing but positive stuff for Blackwater and with a longer build up, the Elite might be ready to take the next step in the Governors' Cup in order to salvage what has been a lost season.   Mike Harris --- Alaska The Aces are bringing in Mike Harris as reinforcement in the Governors' Cup. Harris has NBA experience with the Houston Rockets and the Utah Jazz. He has tremendous international experience and the PBA is only the latest in his long list of stops. He has a career average of 3.4 points in the NBA, playing a total of 54 games spread across five seasons.   Akeem Wright --- Columbian The Dyip will have 33-year-old Akeem Wright for the Governors' Cup. Wright was undrafted in the 2007 NBA Draft and since then, he's built an international career with stops in the Middle East and Europe.   Romeo Travis --- Magnolia A close buddy of LeBron James, Romeo Travis is back in the PBA. The first time, he played for Alaska and won Best Import but lost in the Finals to San Miguel Beer  back in 2015. Now, Travis will suit up for the Magnolia Hotshots. Travis of course is part of the LeBron's high school team at St. Vincent-St. Mary.   Olu Ashaolu --- NLEX We've seen Olu in the Commissioner's Cup as he played NLEX's last game of the conference as part of the team's prep for the Governors' Cup. Ashaolu played for Lousiana Tech and Oregon and college and went undrafted in the 2012 NBA Draft.   Rashad Woods --- Northport The Batang Pier will go with Rashad Woods for the Governors' Cup. Woods has had memorable stints in Mexico and in the Middle East, where he's known as the "Arab Ace."   J'Nathan Bullock --- Rain or Shine Bullock is back for a second stint with ROS. Last season, Bullock and the Elasto Painters were eliminated in the quarterfinals but not after erasing TNT's twice-to-beat advantage in the playoffs. Bullock will join a ROS team that will be coming off an Asian Games campaign in Indonesia.   Mike Glover --- TNT Glover was Globalport's replacement import for Globalport two years ago but now, he'll start for the KaTropa in the 2018 Governors' Cup. The hulking forward went for 25.6 points and 14.0 rebounds in his first PBA tour.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsAug 16th, 2018

PBA: Ginebra now the powerhouse, says San Miguel’s coach Leo

Ginebra put an end to San Miguel’s hopes for a Grand Slam this season. On Wednesday, Gin Kings dethroned the Beermen in six games in the 2018 PBA Commissioner’s Cup. Leo Austria, the head coach of the now-dethroned champions, only had high praises for the new kings of the conference. “We fell short because they played like a well-oiled machine. They kept on running. They kept on passing. They kept on making layups,” he told reporters post-game. The multi-titled mentor then went on to single out Ginebra reinforcement Justin Brownlee who was a thorn on the side of San Miguel all throughout and had 31 points, 19 rebounds, seven assists, four blocks, and two steals in the title-clinching win. “I think the big factor is Brownlee – he can do it all. He can play the 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 (positions),” he shared. He then continued, “Any team will have a problem matching up with him because if you put bigger guys on him, he will play in the perimeter and if you put smaller guys, he will play in the shaded area.” And so, with the Gin Kings winning the Commissioner’s Cup and all set to defend the title in the upcoming Governor’s Cup, for the first time in a long time, the Beermen are seeing another team ahead of them. So much so that coach Leo said that Ginebra is the powerhouse for the next conference. “They’re the team to watch next conference because the import height limit is only 6-5 and they will have a lot of advantage because they have the size,” he said before mentioning Greg Slaughter, Japeth Aguilar, Joe Devance, and even big guard Scottie Thompson as reasons. He then continued, “I’m thinking that they are really a threat. They are emerging as the powerhouse team.” --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsAug 8th, 2018

PBA: Tim Cone knows lights-out Game 1 will stir up the beehive for SMB

Ginebra head coach Tim Cone says that the Gin Kings did everything on their part to steal the first game against the San Miguel Beermen in Game 1 of the 2018 PBA Commissioner's Cup Finals. With such a game plan, Ginebra filled the chambers with 61.5-percent shooting, including a scorching 13 out of 25 from downtown. Even he can't help but marvel at his team's shooting display, opening the post-game press conference with a hint of surprise. "We were firing on all cylinders, and we kinda got them on their heels early and just never let up. Those games happen. They happen in the Finals, they happen any time," the winningest coach in PBA history said. Cone added that the team's fiery offense never stopped from the get-go, as the lead ballooned to as large as 39 (119-80), midway through the fourth quarter, merely cascading their strong start. In a dominating Game 1 victory, the American coach expects San Miguel to come out firing for Game 2 on Sunday, and expects their opponents to launch a haymaker from tip-off. "But all we did basically was stir up the bee hive, and they're gonna be coming back, sting us big time in Game 2. But at least we came out, we were aggressive, and we played with confidence." Cone again was quick to shower praise to versatile import Justin Brownlee, who again did a masterful performance with 42 points on 85.7-percent shooting, adding nine assists, seven rebounds, two blocks and a steal.  "Basically you can't stop him one-on-one, so they're gonna have to get another defender, and we'll have to read that, see where it's coming from, and try to figure out how to battle it." As for Game 2 on Sunday, Cone obviously does not expect the team to be that hot again, but he hopes a little bit of luck come again at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum. The long-time coach even took one of his former team's mantras to the Ginebra locker room, and it could not be more apt.  "Yesterday ended last night. So, this game ends tonight, tomorrow is a whole new day. So we can't let this success here affect the success going forward. It's too easy to think that, 'oh, we've arrived.'" Calling adversary Leo Austria as an excellent one in terms of adjustments, Cone could only hope how his team can do as he expects his opponents shifting to fifth gear next time around. "If I told you I'd have to kill you. Kidding aside, I think that we'll see ... That's the problem with winning a game in a series rather than losing. When you win a game, the reaction all goes to the other team, they make the adjustments, then you gotta come into the game and be ready to adjust to their adjustments." "...But we're not gonna come in doing exactly the same thing, either. We're gonna try to change some things up and try to keep them unbalanced." __   Follow this writer on Twitter, @philipptionary. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJul 27th, 2018