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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

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

Aces, Elite eye solo 3rd

We better be different for it will surely be a hard game for us Games Today: (Smart Araneta Coliseum) 4:30 p.m. — Rain or Shine vs Meralco 6:45 p.m. — Alaska vs Blackwater Playoff-bound Alaska and Blackwater are out to boost their respective chances for a twice-to-beat incentive when they clash in the Philippine Basketball […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated News22 hr. 24 min. ago

PBA: Back-to-back wins for Meralco after stopping no. 1 Magnolia

ANTIPOLO CITY, Rizal --- Power has been fully restored over at Meralco. The Bolts took down no. 1 Magnolia Friday at the Ynares Center here, scoring a 94-88 win in the 2018 PBA Governors' Cup. Winners of back-to-back games, the Bolts improved to 3-6 for the conference and Meralco is still pretty much alive in the playoff race where only three spots remain up for grabs. Five players scored in double figures for the Bolts led by two-time Best Import Allen Durham with 20 points, 17 rebounds, and 8 assists. Four other locals chipped in at least points led by 16 from Baser Amer. It was a tough outing from the start with no team leading by more than eight points. In the end however, the was Meralco's signature defense that allowed them to secure this victory. For Magnolia, their reign as solo no. 1 ends as the Hotshots drop to 7-2, now tied with two-time champion Brgy. Ginebra for first place. The loss also snapped the Hotshots' five-game winning streak. Former Best Import Romeo Travis led the way with a 25-point, 19-rebound double-double but local support wasn't abundant in this one. Paul Lee and Ian Sangalang were the only other Hotshots in double digits with 12 points each.   The Scores: Meralco 94 - Newsome 20, Amer 16, Hugnatan 15, Newsome 13, Hodge 12, Salva 8, Jamito 5, Caram 3, Tolomia 2, Lanete 0, Faundo 0, Ballesteros 0. Magnolia 88 - Travis 25, Lee 12, Sangalang 12, Jalalon 9, Barroca 8, Reavis 8, Brondial 7, Herndon 3, Simon 2, Dela Rosa 2, Pascual 0, Ramos 0. Quarters: 24-19, 43-43, 70-66, 94-88.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsOct 19th, 2018

Cynthia Villar takes top spot in latest senatorial poll

Sen. Cynthia Villar has taken the solo lead in the latest senatorial survey of the Social Weather Stations......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsOct 11th, 2018

Blue Eagles snatch second win in a row for solo lead

Antony Koyfman dropped 16 points to lead Ateneo-Fudgee Barr to a 25-22, 25-22, 22-25, 25-23, win over Instituto Estetico Manila for the Blue Eagles’ second straight in the Spikers’ Turf Open Conference at the Blue Eagle gym. Koyfman scored all of his points from attacks to preserve Ateneo-Fudgee Barr’s unbeaten slate. Ron Medalla got 12 markers and 10 digs while Gian Glorioso and Ishmael Rivera finished with 11 and 10 points, respectively, for the Katipunan-based squad, which swept Fury in the opener last Saturday. The Phoenix Volley Masters gave away 41 points off their errors as they bowed down for the second straight game. Mark Enciso had 13 points while Joven Camaganakan and Jeffrey Jimenez scored 10 each for IEM. Meanwhile, Air Force and Navy pulled off victories in contrasting fashions to join opening day winners Cignal and PLDT at second. The Air Force Agilas bucked the 31-hit explosion of Bryan Bagunas as they bounced back from a fourth set collapse to snatch a 25-22, 21-25, 25-23, 14-25, 15-10 decision over the Sta. Elena Ball Hammers. Howard Mojica came away with a 19 hits while Alnakran Abdilla backed him up with 17 points for the Agilas, who barely nipped the Ball Hammers in spikes, 56-51, bucked their poor service reception that saw them yield eight aces, and overcame their rivals’ edge in blocks, 7-11. It was a sorry loss for Sta. Lucia which came out strong in the fourth to force the decider only to succumb to the Agilas’ strong finishing kick. Navy, on the other hand, dominated Army, 25-23, 25-20, 25-15, with Greg Dolor leading the attack with 11 markers and Jayson Sapida, Razzel Palisoc and Bonjomar Castel scoring eight hits apiece for the Fighting Stingrays......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsOct 9th, 2018

PBA: Ginebra meets struggling Meralco in Govs Cup

The latest Ginebra-Meralco showdown sure looks different. Reigning two-time champion and current league-leader Brgy. Ginebra meets Meralco for the first time in the 2018 PBA Governors' Cup Sunday. The Gin Kings are no. 1 with a near-perfect 6-1 record while the Bolts are not exactly sharp as they would have liked at this time of the year, stumbling to a 1-4 mark with four straight losses. Of course, despite their respective record, Ginebra-Meralco games in the Governors' Cup are always expected to pack some fireworks thanks to all the history. The two teams met in the last two Finals, with Ginebra winning in six games in 2016 thanks to "The Shot." The Gin Kings won again in 2017 after seven grueling games. Tip off for the latest installment will be at 6:45 p.m. at the Sta. Rosa Multi-purpose Complex in Laguna. In the first game at 4:30 p.m., Blackwater (5-1) takes on winless Rain or Shine (0-3).     --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsOct 6th, 2018

Ginebra turns back NLEX; Caguioa gets 10,000 points

Playing an extraordinary third quarter, Barangay Ginebra on Friday night went on to bamboozle NLEX, 106-94, to clinch a playoff berth in the PBA Governors' Cup on a night the Gin Kings celebrated with their biggest local star since the era of the man who gave birth to the never-say-die spirit. Mark Caguioa scored 16 points and joined the exclusive 10,000-point club, helping the team plug the holes made by several injured stars as the Gin Kings won for the fourth straight game to rise to 6-1 at Smart Araneta Coliseum and reclaim the solo lead. "We can now go into (the) Meralco (game) clear-minded and not focus on that anymore," Ginebra coach Tim Cone said as his charges enter th...Keep on reading: Ginebra turns back NLEX; Caguioa gets 10,000 points.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsOct 5th, 2018

US Embassy partners with PSC for basketball clinics

A two-day goodwill basketball camp has wrapped up at the Rizal Memorial Coliseum. The US Embassy, in partnership with the Philippine Sports Commission and the Alaska Aces, concluded a special series of sports clinics Tuesday in Manila. Over the course of three sessions in two days, select Jr. NBA Philippines coaches, with special guests Alana Beard and Cherokee Parks, conducted classes with a couple hundred kids, working on their basic basketball skills. Beard, a four-time WNBA All-Star, and Parks, a former NBA first-round pick, are in the country as NBA Sports Envoys to help out with various programs in coordination with the U.S. State Department Bureau of Education and Cultural Affairs. "In the United States, we know that the Philippines is a big basketball country and we love it. Thank you for having us here, thank you for listening, and thank you for playing hard," Parks said. Parks, who played for a number of NBA teams including the Golden State Warriors, encouraged the kids to keep grinding even though coaches like him are not always around. "Doing it solo, that's when it's difficult but that's what makes you better if you do it by yourself. If you're doing things on your own, you motivate yourself [that's what takes you to the next level]," he added. Beard added that it's important to keep the fire burning and urged the kids to continue with their passion in basketball. "Keep loving the game, keep dreaming big and if you work hard, I promise you can achieve eveything you want in life," she said.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsOct 2nd, 2018

Rockets hope Paul can escape bad luck and help team to title

By KRISTIE RIEKEN,  AP Sports Writer LAKE CHARLES, La. (AP) — Houston Rockets owner Tilman Fertitta said this week that his team was a "hamstring" away from the Western Conference title last season. The hamstring he was referring to was Chris Paul's, with the injury the latest setback for the point guard whose illustrious career at times has seemed cursed. After signing Paul to a four-year, $160 million extension in the offseason, the Rockets hope the bad luck ends this year and he'll help them to their first title since 1995. "Chris deserves a championship," Fertitta said. "It is time. But luck is luck and it just takes a little luck in sports. You have to set yourself up to be one of the best and then you need a few things to fall into place." The Rockets led the Warriors 3-2 in the conference finals last season before Paul's season ended with a hamstring injury in Game 5. Golden State won the next two games to advance to the Finals and go on to win the title. Paul scoffed at the notion that his ill-timed hamstring injury was the worst thing that's happened to him. "If that's the toughest thing, then I'm living a real good life," he said. "But it's definitely up there as far as basketball goes, as far as not being able to influence the outcome. If that doesn't do something to you then you're in the wrong profession." But that disappointing end to Paul's first season in Houston was far from the first time things have gone awry at the worst times for the nine-time All-Star. He was dogged for years about his inability to escape the second round of the playoffs after making nine trips to the postseason without ever reaching the conference finals before finally breaking through with the Rockets last season. Paul looked sure to advance in 2015 when he and the Clippers were up 3-1 over the Rockets in the conference semifinals. But they were routed in Game 5 before squandering a 19-point second-half lead in a loss at home in Game 6 and being eliminated in Houston in Game 7. No one with the Rockets would go as far as to say that Paul might be cursed, but everyone agreed that he's had more than his share of bad luck. Coach Mike D'Antoni feels for Paul. But this isn't the first time he's worked with a superstar point guard with problems such as these. D'Antoni coached Steve Nash for four seasons on those great teams in Phoenix that were never able to win a title. Nash was named MVP twice, but finished an 18-year career without a ring. "(Paul's) had a remarkable career, so I don't know how bad of luck it is," D'Antoni said. "Just sometimes at the end of a season it doesn't quite work out. Steve Nash was that way where he had just weird stuff happen. It happens." "But you keep knocking on the door and eventually it will (open)," D'Antoni continued. So, does Paul spend a lot of time sitting around thinking about what might have been if he'd been healthy for those last two games last season? "It sounds crazy but unfortunately I've had a lot of different adversities and challenges and whatnot," he said. "And I know it sounds cliche, but it only made me stronger mentally and everything like that. So for me ... I don't even think about it now." As the owner of Golden Nugget casinos across the country, Fertitta knows a thing or two about luck. He also knows about heartbreak as a sports fan after cheering on the Houston Oilers for years only to see them fall short of winning a title again and again before leaving for Tennessee. "The Oilers kept trying to kick the door down and it never happened," he said wistfully. That doesn't mean he isn't optimistic that it's time for the tide to turn for Paul, who is entering his 14th NBA season. But Paul doesn't think of it that way. Of course, his goal is to win a title and put his years of coming up short behind him. He just doesn't see it as him being due for some good fortune. "Whatever's going to happen is going to happen and if that's the bad luck that I've had there's some people who have had a lot worse luck than I've had," he said. "So, for me ... whatever happens you move on and you go to the next thing.".....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsSep 29th, 2018

PBA: Blackwater s next assignment is to bounce back after first loss, says Ramos

With that first loss out of the way, head coach Bong Ramos and the Blackwater Elite now have their next assignment, and that's to bounce back.  The Elite went on a surprising 4-0 tear to begin the 2018 PBA Governor's Cup, but unfortunately for the team that were in last place during the prior conference, that fairy tale run came to an end at the hands of the NLEX Road Warriors with a 124-106 loss, Wednesday night at the Araneta Coliseum.  Ramos, who was quick to take responsibility for what he called an all-around off night for the Elite, made sure to tell his players not to dwell too much on the loss and focus on the next task at hand.  Next up on their schedule is a showdown the the Meralco Bolts, who currently have a 1-3 record.  "Diyan namin ngayon susubukan, do we know how to bounce back?" Ramos said after their loss, Wednesday night.  The veteran coach is confident that his boys have what it takes to get the job done, but was sure to remind them that wins don't come easy, especially in the PBA.  "Character, I’m sure we developed character na maganda dahil naka-4-0 kami eh, and hindi naman ordinary yung tinalo namin na teams." Ramos said, "Sabi ko nga sa mga players, we cannot get our fifth win in on a silver spoon. Tandaan niyo, wala pa tayong na-pprove, kasi nga kulelat tayo last conference eh, so lahat ng kalaban natin malakas,"  In their first four wins, Blackwater took care of business against Talk N' Text, San Miguel, Northport, and defending champions Barangay Ginebra. Quite the impressive resume so far.  Ramos believes that against Meralco and the rest of the challenges that lay in front of them, they'll be able to take care of business as well.  "I believe that we have to re-group. Mag-reregroup kami.".....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsSep 26th, 2018