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PBA: Phoenix takes down Meralco for solo third

Phoenix finally ended a long drought in an import-laden conference against Meralco with a 96-86 victory Friday to move up at solo third in the 2018 PBA Governors’ Cup at the Big Dome. The Fuel Masters kept their fire burning with their second straight win for a 4-1 win-loss record and first victory over the Bolts in a reinforced tournament in six meetings. “Before the game lumapit sa akin si (statistician) Fidel (Mangonon) di pa raw kami nananalo with an import against Meralco. So sinabi ko sa team before the game para added motivation and si Eugene (Phelps) medyo na-inspire,” said Phoenix coach Louie Alas. “Sabi niya, ‘coach I’m not included in that import-laden team because last year I was here but I was injured. I’ll make it sure that we will win today,” Alas added. And win they did. Phelps delivered 24 points and plucked 19 rebounds to lead the Fuel Masters. Calvin Abueva and Matthew Wright added 16 markers each while Jason Perkins has 13 for Phoenix. The Fuel Masters dropped 53 points in the middle quarters to take an 11-point lead heading into the payoff period after trailing 21-22 after the first 12 minutes. Phoenix broke the game wide-open, 91-72, with 5:49 left and held on to hand Meralco its third loss in four outings. Chris Newsome led the Bolts with 18 points while Allen Durham posted 16 markers, pulled down 13 rebounds and dished out nine assists for the Bolts.   The scores:  Phoenix 96 - Phelps 24, Abueva 16, Wright 16, Perkins 13, Chua 9, Revilla 8, Intal 6, Jazul 4, Wilson 0, Mendoza 0. Meralco 86 - Newsome 18, Durham 16, Lanete 11, Hugnatan 10, Jamito 8, Caram 7, Salva 6, Amer 5, Sedurifa 3, Hodge 2, Canaleta 0, Atkins 0, Faundo 0. Quarters: 21-22, 47-42, 74-63, 96-86.     .....»»

Category: sportsSource: abscbn abscbnSep 19th, 2018

PBA DRAFT: Perez a lock at number 1 for Columbian?

The PBA takes one last break in the ongoing Governors’ Cup to make way for the 2018 Draft. 48 applicants have made themselves available for all 12 PBA teams this year and for some of them, perhaps even all of them, the dream will come true Sunday. Columbian will pick first this year and many are expecting the Dyip to take CJ Perez number one. The Lyceum star and former NCAA MVP has been the consensus top pick for quite some time now. Also getting considerations for the number 1 pick are Alab Pilipinas’ Ray Parks and San Beda’s Robert Bolick. After Columbian, Blackwater will select second followed by Northport. The rest of the drafting order in the first round has NLEX picking fourth following a trade with Phoenix while Meralco is fifth. Rain or Shine, NLEX, Alaska, Magnolia, Columbian, and Phoniex complete the first 12 picks. The 2018 PBA Draft will start at 4:30 p.m. live from Robinsons Place Manila. — Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsDec 16th, 2018

Ginebra holds off Phoenix, takes solo lead

The Barangay Ginebra Gin Kings go 5-1 in the season-ending PBA Governors' Cup......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsSep 29th, 2018

Phoenix out to keep rolling

Phoenix resumes its winning ways when it takes on struggling Meralco in the resumption of the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) Governor’s Cup today at the Smart Araneta Coliseum. Action starts at 7 p.m. with the Fuel Masters looking to extend their amazing run against the skidding Bolts to remain at the upper half of the […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsSep 18th, 2018

PBA: Smith not too worried about latest loss to San Miguel

By virtue of their classic Finals in the Commissioner's Cup last year, San Miguel and TNT will always have some history in the mid-season conference. However, KaTropa import Joshua Smith has moved on from the loss one year ago. After TNT got frustrated by the Beermen once again on Saturday, taking a 94-99 loss, Smith says he's not worried about any playoff implications or whatever. For one, it's not the playoffs. Not yet anyway. "My thing is... everyone wants to talk about the Finals last year. We're not playing them in the Finals, it's the regular season," Smith said. "The playoffs is a whole new ball game. It's regular season, I'm not worried. They won, credit to them," he added. Against the imposing San Miguel frontline, Smith played  just a shade under 45 minutes, his most since returning to TNT a couple of weeks ago. He scored 26 points and grabbed 18 rebounds. The hulking import doesn't mind the workload, saying he'll play heavy minutes if that's what it takes for the KaTropa to pile up wins. "If I have to play 45 minutes for us to win, I will. I'm all about the team. Whatever they need I'll do it," he said. "It's one of those times that I didn't realize it until I got to the locker room and read the stats. I'm just trying whatever I can to help the team out," Smith added. With a two-game slide, TNT has lost control of the no. 1 spot, going down to solo fourth as the elimination round nears its end. Regardless, Smith says the KaTropa's approach remains the same. Right now TNT is moving on to a crucial showdown with sister team Meralco. "We play hard every game and we're trying to win. We'll focus on what we can control," Smith said. "We're on a two-game slide right now we just gotta lock in and bounce back," he added.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJun 16th, 2018

Painters vs Elite

Games today (Smart Araneta Coliseum) 4:30 p.m. -- Blackwater vs. Rain or Shine 7 p.m. -- Meralco vs. Phoenix CO-LEADER Rain or Shine tests the mettle of a Blackwater team that earned a great deal of respect following its huge upset win last Wednesday, while Meralco takes on Phoenix as….....»»

Category: newsSource:  journalRelated NewsJun 7th, 2018

PBA: Paul Lee bags Player of the Week honors

Paul Lee stood tall in Magnolia's back-to-back wins over Columbian Dyip and Meralco on the way to capturing the PBA Press Corps Player of the Week award for the period of May 14-20. Nicknamed the “Leethal Weapon”, the 29-year-old Magnolia combo guard posted averages of 18.5 points, 7 assists, 2.5 rebounds and 1.0 steal in the Pambansang Manok’s two-win stretch this past week as they head to the PBA All-Star break in high spirits. Magnolia, which now totes a 3-1 card overall for solo fourth spot, hammered the hapless Columbian side, 126-101 last Wednesday as the “Angas ng Tondo” finished with 17 points, eight assists and two rebounds, while knocking down three triples. Lee then, upped the ante of his game by banging in 20 points, built around four three-point shots, issued six assists and added three boards as Magnolia nosed out Meralco, 81-79.  Import Vernon Macklin, who played his farewell game before heading to China, knocked down the game-winning foul shots in the dying seconds for Magnolia. The sweet-shooting Lee beat Magnolia teammate Mark Barroca, last week’s Player of the Week Vic Manuel of Alaska, TNT guard Ryan Reyes, Rain or Shine’s Chris Tiu and Phoenix gunners Jeff Chan and Matthew Wright for the weekly citation. Magnolia heads to the annual PBA showcase with three straight wins and will be back for action on June 2 when it faces league-leader Rain or Shine (5-1) at the Smart Araneta Coliseum......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMay 21st, 2018

PBA: Columbian go for solo lead in Commissioner s Cup

After an impressive opening-day win, Columbian is looking for another one Wednesday in the 2018 PBA Commissioner's Cup. Breaking the Elite's spirit with a 28-point victory, the Dyip now take on the Meralco Bolts in the first game at the Big Dome. Riding the exploits of their now-explosive backcourt, the Dyip shoot for solo lead in the mid-season joust. Meanwhile, Meralco will have the returning Arinze Onuaku to power its campaign this conference. Tip off will be at 4:30 p.m. In the second game at 7:00 p.m., Blackwater will square off with Phoenix as both teams look for win no. 1.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsApr 24th, 2018

Beermen out to join NLEX for early Philippine Cup lead

Philippine Cup action continues in the PBA post Christmas as three-time defending champion San Miguel Beer takes on Meralco Wednesday in Antipolo. Following a big win to open the season, the Beermen look to join NLEX on top of the standings against the Bolts who are out to do the same thing. Tip off between San Miguel (1-0) and Meralco (1-0) will be at 7:00 p.m. live from the Ynares Center. In the opening game. Phoenix and Kia search for their first win of the season after losing their respective first games. Ball will be up at 4:15 p.m.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsDec 26th, 2017

PBA Season 43 preview: The Pack

Forget the PBA impasse for a second. Seriously, forget it. Why? There are basketball games to be played. That's right, the PBA will push through with the opening of the 43rd season as originally scheduled and before we start what appears to be another long, exciting, stressful (for the good reasons, of course), and eventful year of basketball, let's look at all 12 teams first. We start with "The Pack" in this preview. Special thanks to Alaska's coach Alex Compton for this idea. Okay here we go.   Rain or Shine Elasto Painters PBA Season 42 results: Philippine Cup - Quarterfinals Commissioner's Cup - Quarterfinals Governors' Cup - Quarterfinals PBA Season 43 opening day line up: Gabe Norwood Ed Daquioag Jericho Cruz Dexter Maiquez Maverick Ahanmisi Jewel Ponferrada Mark Borboran Chris Tiu James Yap Don Trollano Raymond Almazan Rey Nambatac Beau Belga Ronnie Matias Jeremy King Injured/Reserve: Jay Washington Head coach: Caloy Garcia The Elasto Painters, after losing so many key peices from their championship team in the previous offseason, didn't exactly have a bad year in 2017. ROS made it to the playoffs in each of the three conferences. However, the Painters failed to advance to the semifinals in all three as well. Rain or Shine is a champion team but the transition period for this franchise might be extended unless they can actually sustain their strong starts to conferences.   NLEX Road Warriors PBA Season 42 results: Philippine Cup - Missed playoffs Commissioner's Cup - Missed playoffs Governors' Cup - Quarterfinals PBA Season 43 opening day line up: Emman Monfort Michael Miranda Juami Tiongson Jansen Rios Kevin Alas Cyrus Baguio Alex Mallari Larry Fonacier Kiefer Ravena Raul Soyud Kenneth Ighalo Rabeh Al-Hussaini Alfonso Gotladera JR Quinahan Asi Taulava Injured/Reserve: Ronjay Buenafe Head coach: Yeng Guiao It took them a while but the Road Warriors finally figured things out under coach Yeng Guiao. And now with a new star at poing guard plus a another offseason of playing together, this season feels like the actual start of the Yeng Guiao era in NLEX. The Road Warriors have a nice mix of young and veteran talent and they have a champion coach at the helm. The potential is there to make noise in the playoffs.   Phoenix Fuel Masters PBA Season 42 results: Philippine Cup - Quarterfinals Commissioner's Cup - Quarterfinals Governors' Cup - Missed playoffs PBA Season 43 opening day line up: LA Revilla Jason Perkins Gelo Alolino JC Intal Joseph Eriobu Justin Chua Marvin Hayes Jeff Chan Doug Kramer Jam Cortez Karl Dehesa Rey Guevarra William Wilson RJ Jazul Matthew Wright Head coach: Louie Alas Phoenix is in it to win it. The Fuel Masters missed the playoffs once for the first time in four conferences and the team literally changed almost their entire coaching staff. Coach Louie Alas will have an interesting squad to work with in his debut season with the team. If Phoenix can avoid a major slide similar to what happened in the 2017 Governors' Cup, expect the Fuel Masters to be featured in the playoff race.   KIA Picanto PBA Season 42 results: Philippine Cup - Missed playoffs Commissioner's Cup - Missed playoffs Governors' Cup - Missed playoffs PBA Season 43 opening day line up: Reden Celda Jackson Corpuz JR Reyes Jon Gabriel Philip Paniamogan Rashawn McCarthy Prince Caperal Eric Camson Jan Jamon Pedrito Galanza Roldan Sara Glenn Khobuntin Mark Yee Dylan Ababou Ronald Tubid Head coach: Chris Gavina Kia's unconventional ways will be tested this season. After basically trading away Christian Standhardinger, people will most certainly watch the Picanto to lose. But you never know with this team, they have a brilliant coach and maybe Kia manages to pull off an upset or two this season. Maybe it's not so bad after all. We'll see.   Meralco Bolts PBA Season 42 results: Philippine Cup - Missed playoffs Commissioner's Cup - Quarterfinals Governors' Cup - Finals PBA Season 43 opening day line up: Bryan Faundo Mike Tolomia Cliff Hodge Nico Salva Baser Amer Chris Newsome KG Canaleta Garvo Lanete Joseph Sedurifa Anjo Caram Jason Ballesteros Jared Dillinger Reynel Hugnatan Ranidel De Ocampo Mac Baracael Injured/Reserve: Ken Bono Head coach: Norman Black For the past two seasons, Meralco has not performed well in the Philippine Cup. Without an import, the Bolts just shut down for some reason. However, the team can build on a more mature set of locals this time around to make some noise in the All-Filipino. And you already know coach Norman Black is not allowing another All-Filipino collapse from his team.   Blackwater Elite PBA Season 42 results: Philippine Cup - Missed playoffs Commissioner's Cup - Missed playoffs Governors' Cup - Quarterfinals PBA Season 43 opening day line up: Mike Cortez Mike Digregorio Ael Banal Roi Sumang JP Erram Mark Cruz John Pinto Mac Belo James Sena Renz Palma Chris Javier Allein Maliksi Dave Marcelo Raymar Jose Kyle Neypes Head coach: Leo Isaac Blackwater has an interesting team. Just looking at their line up from top to bottom, the Elite have all the tools to make a playoff runs this season. Starting with the All-Filipino, Blackwater can finish the job that they failed to do last season. People forget that the Elite, despite missing the playoffs, had a pretty good Philippine Cup last year.   Globalport Batang Pier PBA Season 42 results: Philippine Cup - Quarterfinals Commissioner's Cup - Quarterfinals Governors' Cup - Missed playoffs PBA Season 43 opening day line up: Yousef Taha Julian Sargent Stanley Pringle Terrence Romeo Nico Elorde Sean Anthony Micahel Juico Jonathan Gray Ryan Arana Kelly Nabong Lervin Flores Joseph Gabayni Bradwyn Guinto Injured/Reserve: Arnold Van Opstal Head coach: Pido Jarencio Regardless if its Pido Jarencio or Franz Pumaren coaching this team, things will be hard for Globalport if Terrence Romeo continues to miss time. But looking at it from another angle, maybe Stanley Pringle shows us another level to his game and takes the Batang Pier to new heights. However, Globalport fans would feel more comfortable if the Bro recovers according to schedule and makes his debut sooner rather than later.   Alaska Aces PBA Season 42 results: Philippine Cup - Quarterfinals Commissioner's Cup - Missed playoffs Governors' Cup - Missed playoffs PBA Season 43 opening day line up: Simon Enciso Chris Banchero Sonny Thoss Calvin Abueva Marion Magat Jake Pascual Jeron Teng Chris Exciminiano Carl Bryan Cruz Abel Galiguez Davon Potts Jvee Casio Kevin Racal Vic Manuel Injured/Reserve: Noy Baclao Head coach: Alex Compton It possibly can't get any worse for Alaska this season. After a down year, the Aces are poised for a bounce back season. If Alaska can re-learn how to finish games, the team can absolutely regain its lofty standing on top of the league. The pieces are there, it's amazing how the Aces lost so many games last season. It cannot get any worse.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsDec 15th, 2017

Bolts eye playoff against Fuel Masters

MANILA, Philippines -  Meralco tries to formalize a playoff entry as it takes on Phoenix while Blackwater and NLEX face off in a duel of teams fighting for s.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsMay 2nd, 2017

Meralco targets solo lead

5:15 p.m. - Rain or Shine vs Phoenix The unbeaten Meralco Bolts aim to regain sole possession of first place as they go for their third win against the TNT Katropa today in the PBA Governors' Cup.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philippinetimesRelated NewsJul 23rd, 2016

Meralco targets solo lead

Games Today (Smart Araneta Coliseum) 3 p.m. – Meralco vs TNT 5:15 p.m. – Rain or Shine vs Phoenix The unbeaten Meralco Bolts aim to regain sole possession of first place as they go for their third win against the TNT Katropa today in the PBA Governors.....»»

Category: newsSource:  mb.com.phRelated NewsJul 22nd, 2016

Futility in Phoenix wears on Devin Booker

By Shaun Powell, NBA.com He is already a star at age 22 but on this particular play, Phoenix Suns guard Devin Booker had role player instincts Sunday (Monday, PHL time) at Staples Center. The basketball bounced toward the baseline, beyond his reach, and he hustled anyway. And so the predictable happened: The ball beat him off the court and into the first row. Then the unthinkable happened: He grabbed his left leg and bent over in pain. The first player who rushed over to him yelled: “Book! Book! Hamstring?” ]It was thoughtful of LeBron James to check on Booker, even better if LeBron did this last summer as a free agent when Booker really could’ve use a hand. Instead, Booker is not only limping right now -- hopefully just temporarily for the team’s sake -- but also losing, something he has done more prolifically in Phoenix than get buckets. One of the shames of the NBA is how one of its breakout stars and franchise players is stuck on a habitually bad team, with no playoff shine in sight, and mostly invisible. Yes, only LeBron and Kevin Durant have reached 4,000 career points faster than Booker, but neither ever took Ls like this. Booker is now up to 136 in slightly over three seasons and once again the Suns, now 4-19, are on pace to be forgotten by Christmas. You could hardly blame their fans for getting their basketball fix these days by watching Duke games. All roads lead to the lottery, as it has since 2015 when Booker became one of the few draft decisions that actually worked out. But for Booker and the Suns, that’s some tough medicine, playing another 55 games, swallow many depressing nights along the way, and then pray the odds work in their favor come June. It’s fair to wonder how much of a toll this culture takes on Booker, who’s once again a player who demands a double team, averaging nearly 25 points a game and doing decently as a stand-in at point guard. Some perspective is needed, though. Booker signed a five-year, $158 million contract extension in July, giving plenty of living and den space for all the losing he takes home at night. Still, he said, "It sucks." Booker lost 58 games as a rookie, then 58 again, then 61 last year and may reach 65 or more this season. He’s lost 13 straight games twice, and the Suns once lost 28 of 30 with Booker on the floor. In an 82-game season, it shouldn’t be terribly difficult to put together, say, a four-game win streak. Booker is still waiting on that. For years the situation just wasn’t pretty in Phoenix and it’s only slightly less ugly now. Too many poor Draft picks have delayed progress and ruined the team. Former lottery picks Dragan Bender, Marquese Criss and Alex Len couldn’t earn rookie extensions and there was Phoenix's infamous point guard fetish of recent years when they went through Isaiah Thomas, Eric Bledsoe and Brandon Knight for little or nothing in return when they left. Sprinkle in some weird free-agent decisions -- like signing Tyson Chandler only to buy him out three years later -- and hilariously chasing LaMarcus Aldridge and it smacked of a team lacking both direction and a plan. Most of these moves were made by former GM Ryan McDonough and while James Jones represents a refreshing front-office change, he comes with little experience in that role. When you examine the fast-track of Booker, you get the best young scorer the league has seen since Durant and LeBron. You also get these numbers: Two, four and 47. That’s how many general managers, coaches and teammates Booker has had in less than four NBA seasons, heavy turnover storming all around him. “My whole career except for the NBA, I’ve been a winner,” Booker said. “I want to get back to that. I’m done with not making the playoffs.” Well, the circumstances say otherwise. The Suns are essentially holding tryouts for the future now, though. Chandler was the first one thrown overboard and if Phoenix could get anything for Ryan Anderson and his contract, he’d be next. For some reason Phoenix gave a head-scratching $15 million this season last summer to aging swingman Trevor Ariza. He's shooting 37.2 percent and scoring 9.9 ppg, taking minutes from young players. Among rotation players, the lone holdovers from 2017-18 are Booker, TJ Warren and Josh Jackson. Taking some advice he received from Chandler, who became a mentor, Booker believes it’s necessary for him to adopt a more forceful role on the court and in the locker room even if, from an age perspective, he needs more seasoning for that. But what are the alternatives, given the ever-changing lineup? “I’m doing more leading by example and being more vocal about it, holding people accountable and hold myself accountable too,” he said. It’s a chore trying to pick up others when, after taking yearly poundings, you need a hand yourself. This is the mountain Booker is up against. Again. “I know losing is tough on him because last year as a rookie I struggled with it,” said Jackson. “I’m just keeping my head on straight now. We show flashes but we need consistency.” Or you could say they need LeBron. And if Booker misses any extended time with a hamstring that has given him trouble before Sunday, well, as Jackson said: “Everybody knows we need him desperately. The sooner we get him back, the better.” With the possible exception of the Knicks, no franchise has splattered the concrete with the speed and consistency as the Suns. Before Booker was born, the Suns were a destination franchise, a place most players wanted to sign with, get drafted by and be traded to. The balmy winter weather was an obvious attraction but in the mid-1990s with Charles Barkley, and then 10 years later with Steve Nash, the Suns were also entertaining and won everything except a championship. Sellouts were common, the arena was a tough place for visitors and fans frolicked along with the Gorilla mascot. All this happened on Jerry Colangelo’s watch and prosperity under owner Robert Sarver is on hourglass time. At least Booker is locked up for four more years and there’s no danger of losing him, at least to another team, in the immediate future. They could lose him to frustration, though, fairly soon, especially when he sees other teams playing meaningful games and listens to other players during USA Basketball gatherings talk about what he’s missing. “I’ll do whatever I have to do,” Booker said, when asked about recruiting help in the near future. “I think Phoenix is a place where people can see the potential, see our young nucleus.” Unless there’s a reversal of fortune in the near future, Phoenix could remain a basketball wasteland and no player, not even Booker, wants to wallow in that. Problem is, until there’s a positive roster shakeup, the Suns lack enough to convince another superstar to sign up next summer or maybe even by 2020. At least when their lone star falls to the floor, as he did Sunday against the Lakers, Booker carries enough clout and respect to get a hand of a different sort from LeBron James. For now, that must do. Veteran NBA writer Shaun Powell has worked for newspapers and other publications for more than 25 years. You can e-mail him here or 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 NewsDec 3rd, 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

Mike Harris shares blessing after Game 3 win, takes street kids to fastfood joint

https://www.facebook.com/alma.agravantepangaibat/videos/2408431422532810 Alaska import Mike Harris continued winning even after the Aces's 104-102 win over Meralco in Game 3 of the 2018 PBA Governors' Cup Thursday at Cuneta Astrodome. The Aces' import took a side trip to a popularfastfood joint beside the game venue and treated a few street kids to some hot meals. A couple of Facebook users uploaded photos and a video of Harris' touching gesture. https://www.facebook.com/rona.dawisan.9/posts/310764593096946 "Mike Harris with a big heat! Thank you @therealmh33 for treating the street children after the game!" posted Rona Dawisan on her Facebook account. "Small things like t...Keep on reading: Mike Harris shares blessing after Game 3 win, takes street kids to fastfood joint.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsNov 16th, 2018

Alaska takes 2-1 lead over Meralco in PBA Governors’ Cup semis

Alaska moved within a win of a finals berth after withstanding Meralco, 104-102, Thursday in Game 3 of a thrilling PBA Governors' Cup semifinals series at Cuneta Astrodome. The Aces have now won two straight to pull ahead in the five-game showdown after the Bolts took the semis opener last Sunday. Mike Harris had another monster game for Alaska, unleashing 31 points, 24 rebounds and seven assists and. And it was Harris who knocked down the defining shots for the Aces in the clutch, first scoring on a three-point play off of his own missed three-pointer to put Alaska 103-100 with 16.1 seconds left. Allen Durham responded with a quick layup with 11 seconds remaining in the...Keep on reading: Alaska takes 2-1 lead over Meralco in PBA Governors’ Cup semis.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsNov 15th, 2018

PBA: Alaska s Compton to Bolts after Game 1 loss: 'This is not a 7th seed'

The Meralco Bolts are not your average 7th-seeded playoff team. No. 2 Phoenix found out about that the hard way in the quarterfinals and no. 3 Alaska is quick to figure out that the Bolts are going to be a tough out in the 2018 PBA Governors' Cup semifinals despite their team ranking that suggest they barely made the playoffs. While Meralco did just barely make the playoffs, the Bolts won six straight knockout games, including two against Phoenix, to advance to the semis. And while Meralco has taken a break from knockout games, the winning has continued and the Bolts now lead the Aces, 1-0, in the best-of-5 semifinals. "I thought Meralco was great, they deserved the win," Alaska head coach Alex Compton said after Game 1 Sunday in Antipolo. "This team's been to the Finals twice with the Best Import and a great coach. This is not a 7th seed, they just started out slow," Compton added of the Bolts. After eliminating San Miguel in the quarterfinals, things looked like they were starting to fall into place for the Aces. However, Compton insisted that his team would have to play better in order to shut down the Bolts and in Game 1, Alaska didn't deliver. That's why they're now down, 0-1. "We gotta be much better," Compton said. "I felt coming into this series that we had to play better than we did against San Miguel. We just didn't. And [Allen] Durham was awesome," he added.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullitag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsNov 12th, 2018

Red-hot Meralco stuns Alaska, takes semis opener

ANTIPOLO CITY, Philippines – Meralco's resurgence continued as it drew first blood against Alaska, 97-92, in their best-of-five semifinals series of the 2018 PBA Governors' Cup at the Ynares Center here on Sunday, November 11.  Allen Durham delivered all-around numbers of 32 points, 14 rebounds and 6 assists to electrify ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsNov 12th, 2018

PBA: Bolts take break from KO games to start semis vs. Aces

Meralco finally gets a break from do-or-die games. The Bolts start the 2018 PBA Governors' Cup semifinals Sunday against the Alaska Aces. Game 1 of the best-of-5 series will tip off at 6:30 p.m. live from the Ynares Center in Antipolo. Down to 1-6 after six straight losses, Meralco won six straight knockout games, including two against Phoenix in the quarterfinals, to make the Governors' Cup semis for the third straight season. Waiting in the next round are the Aces, who scored an impressive win in the quarters as well, sending San Miguel packing. Finishing as the no. 3 seed with an 8-3 record, it's the second straight semis appearance this season for Alaska after a run for the title in the Commissioner's Cup.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsNov 10th, 2018

Meralco hero Baser Amer gets inspiration from Jimmy Alapag’s text messages

Meralco is having one of the best runs of any team in the PBA Governors' Cup. After starting the season flatly at 1-6, the Bolts won four straight do-or-die matches in the preliminaries and scored two more wins in the quarterfinals against second seed Phoenix. Just one loss in the playoffs would have sent Meralco packing but the two-time runner-up pushed through with a convincing 90-74 win in the opener and a 108-103 overtime squeaker to knock the Fuel Masters out and head to the semifinals. And one man who showed true grit in the Bolts' sixth straight win was point guard Baser Amer. Playing inspired basketball, Amer put in 26 points, five rebounds, and four assists inclu...Keep on reading: Meralco hero Baser Amer gets inspiration from Jimmy Alapag’s text messages.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsNov 10th, 2018