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Elite face biggest Philippine Cup test against Ginebra

If Blackwater is truly serious about being a true PBA contender, then passing a crucial test Friday is going to be big for the Elite. Fresh from winning their fifth game last week, their most in one conference and only two short of their entire total last season, the Elite battle Brgy. Ginebra San Miguel with a chance to go for a top 2 finish on the line. With one playoff bonus still up for grabs, a win by Blackwater certainly gives the Ever Bilena franchise an inside track especially since eight teams basically remain in contention to join defending champion San Miguel Beer at the top. Being one of those eight teams, the Gin Kings would like to further their own campaign by notching what would be their first winning streak for the season. Through eight games so far, the reigning Governors' Cup champions have stumbled to an even 4-4 mark but the team is coming off a huge win over rival Meralco back in Iloilo City. Gametime is set at 7:00 p.m. from the Cuneta Astrodome. Also one of the eight teams in contention for a top 2 spot, Rain or Shine takes on a free-falling Meralco Bolts in the first game at 4:15 p.m., looking to bounce back from a sorry loss at the hands of the Beermen. Armed with a 5-3 record, the Elasto Painters are out to make sure they maintain solo second place for at least a day while the Bolts simply want to arrest a six-game slide. The Bolts are currently tied for last place with a woeful 2-7 card. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJan 20th, 2017

ROS takes over solo second after burning Phoenix

Phoenix appeared to be in the middle of another comeback Sunday against Rain or Shine, cutting a 21-point deficit by more than half with ample time to go in the fourth quarter. However, the Fuel Masters didn't take into account Jericho Cruz suddenly going Splash Brother all over the Big Dome. Cruz fired three straight treys in the payoff period, providing insurance for Rain or Shine as the Elasto Painters scored an impressive 97-82 victory in the 2017 PBA Philippine Cup. With the Fuel Masters gaining momentum behind rookie Matthew Wright, Cruz connected a trifecta on long-range bombs in a span of 68 seconds to turn a nine-point lead into a 90-74 cushion. Cruz ended up with 21 points, 15 from deep, and eight rebounds off the bench, leading the Elasto Painters to their fifth win against two defeats for solo second place. Down one game against two-time defending champion San Miguel, Rain or Shine set up a mega showdown against the Beermen next week for first place. Not playing a game since Dec. 23 of last year, Rain or Shine didn't show signs of rust one bit, scoring 30 points in the first 12 minutes to put up an early double-digit lead. Phoenix cut the deficit to one in the middle of the second quarter before the Elasto Painters recovered and took a 53-45 lead at the break. The game took a turn for worse for the Fuel Masters in the second half as Rain or Shine went on a big 16-0 run to establish the biggest lead of the contest at 21 points, 66-45. Aside from Cruz, Jeff Chan and James Yap also finished in double figures for ROS, going for 12 and 10 points respectively. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJan 8th, 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

PBA: TNT keeps first place after 5th straight win

Columbian put up a fight but TNT’s dominance continues in the 2019 PBA Commissioner’s Cup. The KaTropa were steady in the second half, pulling away late to score a 109-102 win over the Dyip Friday at the Cuneta Astrodome. TNT slowly padded its lead in the fourth period, recovering from a poor stretch in the third where Columbian actually took control of the game. The win was the KaTropa’s fifth straight in the mid-season joust and TNT once again takes over solo first in the Commissioner’s Cup with a strong 7-1 record. Import Terrence Jones once again put up big numbers for TNT, going for 39 points, 17 rebounds, six assists, and seven blocks. Jayson Castro returned from a missed game and dropped 22 points, five rebouds, and six assists off the bench. RR Pogoy was the top local starter with 16 points. TNT had trouble with the Dyip all game long but the KaTropa got a huge run in the fourth, leading by as many as 14 points. For Columbian, Lester Prosper was good for 37 points and CJ Perez added another 22 markers but it wasn’t enough to pick up what would have been a big win. Now losers of back-to-back games, the Dyip dropped to 1-5 in the standings.   The scores:  TNT 109 - Jones 39, Castro 22, Pogoy 16, Rosario 8, Reyes 8, Trollano 5, Taha 4, T. Semerad 3, D. Semerad 2, Heruela 2, Carey 0. Columbian 102 - Prosper 37, Perez 22, Calvo 15, Corpuz 8, McCarthy 5, Celda 5, Khobuntin 4, Cahilig 4, Agovida 0, Reyes 0, Camson 0. Quarterscores: 22-27, 51-50, 73-71, 109-102   — Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJun 21st, 2019

Press isn t dwelling on past miss against Sweden

By Anne M. Peterson, Associated Press LE HAVRE, France (AP) — A devastating missed penalty kick by Christen Press in a loss at the Olympics could have been the lowest point of her career. Instead, it was a motivator and defining moment for the American forward. "I think when I look back on my career, all the moments that I'm most proud of have come after failure," she said. "That's the easiest one to point at and look at, and look at that clear failure, and then evaluate how I did in responding to it. "I think the strength that it takes to step back up and be courageous and let it go, and to continue to fight for your dreams and not let the outside noise affect what you're doing, I am very proud of that." The missed final penalty kick during a shootout against Sweden in the quarterfinals at the 2016 Rio Olympics helped eliminate the United States and a tearful Press was consoled by her teammates. It was the earliest Olympic exit for the Americans. As the United States prepared to face Sweden on Thursday at the Women's World Cup, Press said she's only watched pieces of that match. The Swedes — led then by former U.S. coach Pia Sundhage — bunkered in on defense against the Americans. Tied after three rounds in the shootout, Sweden captain Caroline Seger got past U.S. goalkeeper Hope Solo before Press sailed the Americans' fifth penalty kick over the crossbar. Lisa Dahlkvist wrong-footed Solo to give Sweden the 4-3 shootout victory. Solo infamously called the Swedes "a bunch of cowards" after in alleging they played a defensive match to choke the Americans' chances. The rematch between the two teams is a highlight of four Thursday games in France, but the United States is not interested in dwelling on that defeat as it attempts to win a second consecutive Cup. "I think players and coaches are not focused on what was, we're focused on what will be," coach Jill Ellis said. "That's really where you have to be. You've got to look forward. That's the past." Press played for clubs in Sweden for two years from 2012-14 and again in 2018 between stints in the National Women's Soccer League. She came off the bench in the 13-0 rout of Thailand in the opener, but Press got the start as part of seven lineup changes for the 3-0 victory over Chile on Sunday. The United States has played Sweden six times in the group stage at the World Cup, including a 0-0 draw four years ago in Canada. The only meeting since the Olympics was a 1-0 U.S. win in a 2017 friendly at Goteborg. Press, playing in her second World Cup, admitted Thursday there might be a bit of revenge at play. "Despite the fact that it's been three years, you don't forget the taste in your mouth when you fail and when you lose in a world championship," Press said. "And I think there's a little bit of that that will definitely act as motivation.".....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJun 20th, 2019

BOLTS, ROS WAGI SA THE BIG DOME

Sa pagpapatuloy ng PBA Commissioner’s Cup sa Smart Araneta Coliseum noong Biyernes, Hunyo 7, sa first game panalo ang Meralco Bolts laban sa Phoenix Pulse Fuel Masters 101-95. Pinangunahan ng import ng Bolts na si Gani Lawal, ang laro na nagtala ng 28 points, 26 rebounds at 3 blocks. Habang 20 points si Baser Amer, […] The post BOLTS, ROS WAGI SA THE BIG DOME appeared first on PINAS......»»

Category: newsSource:  pinasglobalRelated NewsJun 17th, 2019

Jones resets career-high as TNT zaps Meralco for solo lead

MANILA, Philippines – Terrence Jones erupted for another 40-point game as TNT gained solo lead in the 2019 PBA Commissioner's Cup with a 104-91 thrashing of Meralco at the Araneta Coliseum on Saturday, June 15. Scoring 18 straight in the final frame, Jones raised his PBA career-high to 49 points ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJun 15th, 2019

PBA: Jones scores 49 and TNT wins fourth straight for solo lead

Terrence Jones and TNT continue to dominate. Jones is back to his scoring ways and he led the KaTropa to another convincing win in the 2019 PBA Commissioner’s Cup, this time a 104-91 beating of Meralco for the Petron Saturday Special game at the Big Dome. After dishing out 16 assists in the win against Ginebra Wednesday, Jones dropped 49 points against the Bolts and TNT took over first place in the mid-season joust with a 6-1 record. It was the KaTropa’s fourth straight victory. Jones scored 18 straight points for TNT to start the fourth period, allowing the KaTropa to finally pull away from the pesky Bolts. On top of scoring a total of 49 points, his fourth 40-point game in the PBA, Jones also had 18 rebounds and four assists and shot 53 percent from the field, including seven of 11 from deep. After Jones, Ryan Reyes fired 19 points off the bench, shooting six of seven from three-point range. Don Trollano added 16 for TNT, filling in on the scoring department as the KaTropa missed the services of lead guard Jayson Castro. The Blur was out as he tied the knot with his long-time partner. “We’re just happy for the win,” said head coach Bong Ravena. “Kahit wala si Jayson, the rest of the guys stepped up, they played hard,” he added. Meralco got a career-high 32 from Chris Newsome but it wasn’t enough to avoid a two-game losing skid. The Bolts dropped to 3-4 with the loss. New import Jimmie Taylor scored 13 poitns and 18 rebounds for Meralco. He replaced Gani Lawal.   — Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJun 15th, 2019

Nationals eye solo second vs Volley Masters

Led by the power-hitting Marck Espejo and Vic de Guzman, the Rebisco-backed Nationals are tipped to get past the IEM Phoenix Volley Masters in the 5 p.m. main dish of another explosive trible-bill in the event also serving as part of the Philippine team’s training for the SEA Games late this year......»»

Category: newsSource:  tempoRelated NewsJun 11th, 2019

Bowles takes over to propel Rain or Shine over struggling Phoenix

ANTIPOLO, Philippines – Denzel Bowles took matters in his own hands in the payoff period as Rain or Shine toppled Phoenix, 89-82, in the 2019 PBA Commissioner's Cup at the Ynares Center here on Sunday, June 9. The former Best Import scattered 16 of his 28 points in the ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJun 9th, 2019

PBA: No excuses as Phoenix fails to rise from the ashes once more

Phoenix Pulse played its second game in a row without head coach Louie Alas and energizer Calvin Abueva, Sunday in Antipolo's Ynares Center. And both times, the Fuel Masters fell short of a win. A week ago, Meralco turned the lights off on them while this time around, Rain or Shine painted a mark on their loss column. All this, coming after their colorful contest up against TNT which ultimately had Alas incurring a two-game ban and Abueva slapped with a fine of PhP 70, 000 as well as an indefinite suspension. As always, however, Phoenix Pulse made it a point to say that they have moved forward from what happened. And whether or not they have their engine in Abueva, they will keep chugging along. "That's 18 points per game and about eight rebounds, but again, we offer no excuse," acting head coach Topex Robinson said, talking about "The Beast's" norms of 14.5 points and 8.5 rebounds. He then continued, "We were good with what we have. We always have to make sure that we let go of that because wala na rin kaming magagawa doon." Indeed, even with back-to-back losses without their shot-caller and energizer, as well as fourth consecutive defeat overall, the Fuel Masters remain upbeat about their chances. "As long as we know in ourselves that we gave our best, we could expect more positivity in our team," coach Topex. That starts with the acting head coach himself who got a taste of calling the shots in the big leagues. As he put it, "Wow, that was a blessing for me. There's room for growth and I'm just savoring this opportunity." He then continued, "Obviously, everybody wanted, I wanted to win, but you don’t always get what you want. As long as I learn from it, I'm happy with it.".....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJun 9th, 2019

Locals power Aces over Bolts

Chris Banchero and the locals responded to the challenge amid the foul woes of import Chris Daniels to power Alaska Milk to a hard-earned 93-89 victory over Meralco and solo third in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup last night at Ynares Sports Center here......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJun 9th, 2019

Meralco zaps Abueva-less Phoenix for back-to-back wins

MANILA, Philippines – Meralco finally got a win run going after hacking out a 101-95 victory over Phoenix in the 2019 PBA Commissioner's Cup at the Araneta Coliseum on Friday, June 7. Gani Lawal imposed himself inside, while Baser Amer had one of his best games of the conference as ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJun 7th, 2019

Lawal piles up 28-26 as Bolts spill FMasters

The Meralco Bolts rode on the monster 28-26 performance of Gani Lawal to score a 101-95 victory over the short-handed Phoenix Pulse Fuel Masters last night in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup at the Smart Araneta Coliseum......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJun 7th, 2019

Phoenix raring to defy odds

Hit hard by suspension of key personnel and injury to its starting import, Phoenix sets out to prove its mettle in the face of adversity as it eyes to rebound against Meralco today in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup at the Smart Araneta Coliseum......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJun 7th, 2019

Stags, Knights push Preseason Cup bids

San Sebastian guns for the solo Group A lead as it takes on Mapua even as Letran seeks to keep the top spot in Group B as it clashes with Adamson today in the Filoil Flying V Preseason Cup 2019 at the Flying V Centre in San Juan City......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsMay 24th, 2019

The Trail Blazers patience has been rewarded

By Tim Reynolds, Associated Press Bravo, Portland. Bravo. Doing the right thing isn’t easy in the NBA, where patience is a rare virtue. The Trail Blazers were swept in the first round of the 2017 playoffs. They got swept again in the first round last season. Portland had lost 10 consecutive playoff games going into this year. Ordinarily, that’s a recipe for firings, trade demands and roster dismantling. Instead, the Blazers stayed the course. And their reward is a trip to the Western Conference final, starting Tuesday (Wednesday, PHL time) against two-time defending champion Golden State. [Watch the Playoffs on NBA League Pass for 30% less with this limited time offer! Select Annual package and use code SAVE30 at checkout to redeem] “It speaks to the character of our organization and what we’ve become,” All-Star guard Damian Lillard said. The Blazers have become a model of consistency. They could have gone the other way. A lot of teams have gone the other way. Neil Olshey, the Blazers’ general manager, took an uncommonly measured approach last season and kept Terry Stotts — currently the fourth-longest-tenured coach in the NBA. Lillard stayed committed and didn’t stomp his feet or force a trade like so many other players in his situation have done or tried to. CJ McCollum, Lillard’s backcourt partner who carried them Sunday (Monday, PHL time) with 37 points, doesn’t mind that he could get more shots elsewhere. “This is arguably the biggest win that we’ve had in the franchise for a long time,” Stotts said after Sunday’s (Monday, PHL time) Game 7 win at Denver — the first Game 7 road win in team history. “To be a part of it, to do it the way we did, I’m thrilled.” In a lot of ways, Sunday (Monday, PHL time) epitomized what the Blazers have done in recent years. They got down 17 early on the road in a Game 7. They battled, chipped at the deficit, eventually found the right combination of things that worked and didn’t panic. “Just stay with it,” Stotts said. “Trust was the biggest thing.” He was speaking of Game 7. He could have meant the last two offseasons. Trust takes time to build, and the Blazers now have it from top to bottom. This is how close-knit they are: After the game, Lillard lauded teammates, coaches, the training staff, the front office, the team’s security and the members of the sports media relations staff. He forgot nobody. “Everybody we see every day, everybody’s invested in what we’ve created,” Lillard said. Some teams should be taking notes. So should some players. This is an era in which teams spend years tanking instead of competing, yet still charge plenty to fans willing to come see their inferior product. An era where a bad team like Phoenix somehow decides after one year that a well-regarded coach like Igor Kokoskov needs to be fired — a move that means Devin Booker will start his fifth NBA season playing for a fifth different coach. An era where an elite player like Anthony Davis can pursue a trade with a year and a half left on his contract in New Orleans, starting a circus that became a massive problem for both the Pelicans and the Los Angeles Lakers. The Blazers didn’t demand that someone else fix their mistakes. They did it themselves. Olshey knew Portland’s roster was flawed after being swept by Davis and the Pelicans last season, that it wasn’t deep enough to handle injury issues. So he took a chance on Seth Curry, Warriors star Stephen Curry’s brother who wasn’t in the league last season, and signed him over the summer. He swung a trade in February and got Rodney Hood to fortify the bench. He fought off plenty of other clubs to sign Enes Kanter when he was freed by the New York Knicks — and that move proved enormous after center Jusuf Nurkic went down with a broken leg. But the moves Olshey didn’t make the last two summers are part of why the Blazers are here now. So are the moves he made three months ago. So, too, are the moves he made four years ago when the Blazers were rebuilders after LaMarcus Aldridge and three other starters left. “We had the roster turnover four years ago and everybody was quick to shoot us down, count us out,” Lillard said. “And at that point, we didn’t know for sure what direction we were going to go in.” Now they know. They’re heading to Oakland and the Western Conference final. ___ Tim Reynolds is a national basketball writer for The Associated Press. Write to him at treynolds@ap.org.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMay 13th, 2019

Batang Pier go for top-2 spot against champion SMB

For the seond straight week, two-time defending Philippine Cup champion San Miguel will face the number 2 team in the PBA. But with the Beermen already secured of a quarterfinal slot and a twice-to-beat advantage, this no. 1 vs. no. 2 matchup is certainly more important for the Globalport Batang Pier who currently hold solo second place in the season-opening conference. Entereing this Lapu-Lapu City matchup as winners of back-to-back games, the 5-3 Batang Pier got solo second after Rain or Shine lost Friday to Meralco. But with teams stacked up with five wins apiece, a big victory by the Terrence Romeo and co. will mean a greater chance for the Batang Pier to secure a playoff bonus alongside the Beermen. However, it's not like the chance have nothing at stake here though. Winners of seven straight and currently holding a league-best 8-1 card, one more win by San Miguel means that the Beermen will be the number one overall seed throughout the playoffs. And as winners of the last two All-Filipino tournaments, number one is something that the Beermen have grown accustomed to. Also, reigning three-time MVP June Mar Fajardo wouldn't want to disappoint his hometown crowd right? Gametime is set the the Hopes Dome in Lapu-Lapu at 5:00 p.m. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJan 21st, 2017

Eagerness to bounce back backfires on Rain or Shine

Losing a heavyweight bout to San Miguel exactly a week ago, Rain or Shine was obviously pumped to bounce back. The Elasto Painters looked like they had the perfect opportunity to do so as they were matched up with Meralco, a team coming in with six straight defeats Friday. However, their eagerness backfired as the Bolts scored an 82-72 upset, dropping ROS to a 5-4 record in the Philippine Cup. Now, instead of solo second, the Elasto Painters figure in a tie with at least two teams in the standings. 'Medyo nag-lack kami sa pag-follow sa sistema ni coach Caloy. Medyo gigil din kami sa talo namin sa San Miguel. Sobrang gusto namin mag-bounce back, bumaligtad,' Jerico Cruz said who was one of ROS' key pieces that struggled all game. 'Like I said after our loss to San Miguel, ang worry ko is who we will come out. And we came out flat. Give credit to Meralco. They played a great game and they play different when they’re complete. We just have to correct the wrong things we had tonight,' head coacj Caloy Garcia added. While they still have a fighting chance to make the top 2, Rain or Shine is more worried on actually staying in the playoff picture more than trying to get a twice-to-beat bonus in the quarterfinals. With teams piling up in the middle of the standings separated by only one game or so, winning out might be the only option right now for the Elasto Painters to avoid a sudden collapse. 'Ang crucial dito, hindi pa kami sure sa quarterfinals. Kapag natalo kami nang dalawang straight, baka malaglag pa,' James Yap, the only ROS player to actually play decent to finish with 17 points, said. 'As much as possible, we want to be in the Top 6. Yung Top 2, saka na ‘yan. If we have a chance, why not? Pero ngayon we’re just looking forward on winning another game first,' Garcia added.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8 .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJan 20th, 2017