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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

10 things to know about NBA All-Star 2019

By Tim Reynolds, Associated Press CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — With All-Star festivities set to officially begin Friday (Saturday, PHL time), here are 10 things to know going into the weekend: BACK TO CHARLOTTE Charlotte hosted NBA All-Star weekend in 1991, and now gets it back a second time to join 14 other cities that can say it hosted the league’s showcase midseason event on multiple occasions. Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Denver, Houston, New Orleans, New York, Orlando, Philadelphia, Phoenix, Seattle, St. Louis, Los Angeles and the L.A. suburb of Inglewood, California, are the other previous multi-hosting All-Star cities. The Bay Area, the Detroit area and the Dallas area are also two-time hosts, though never technically twice in the same city. LEBRON’S RECORDS LeBron James now has the record for most All-Star captaincies: Two. He and Stephen Curry had the jobs last year when the captain’s format was first introduced to the All-Star weekend, and he and Giannis Antetokounmpo have the jobs this year. But James’ records revolving around this game hardly stop there. By starting on Sunday (Monday, PHL time), James will tie Kobe Bryant with 15 starts in the All-Star Game. James will also extend his record of consecutive starts, which will also rise to 15. Some of the other All-Star records James already holds include total points (343), field goals (141) and three-pointers (35). And by playing two minutes, James will increase his All-Star total in that stat to 416 — one more than Bryant for No. 2 on the all-time list. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar has played the most All-Star minutes, 449. FOULING OUT Bold prediction: No one will foul out on Sunday (Monday, PHL time). The last player to foul out of an All-Star Game was Hakeem Olajuwon in 1987. Chris Paul was the most recent to come close, when he was whistled for five fouls in the 2008 game. There have been only 14 instances of someone fouling out of an All-Star Game. Rick Barry and Bob Cousy each fouled out twice; 10 others, including Olajuwon, have done so once. MVPs AT HOME Kemba Walker, the lone Charlotte player in this year’s All-Star Game, has suggested that he’s hoping he can wow the home crowd with an MVP-worthy performance. There’s a history of that sort of thing happening. There have been 14 players who have won All-Star MVP honors in their home cities, spanning a total of 15 games. The list of hometown All-Star MVPs: Anthony Davis (New Orleans, 2017), Kobe Bryant (Los Angeles, 2011), Shaquille O’Neal (Phoenix, 2009 and Los Angeles, 2004), Karl Malone and John Stockton (Utah, 1993), Michael Jordan (Chicago, 1988), Tom Chambers (Seattle, 1987), Jerry West (Los Angeles, 1972), Rick Barry (the San Francisco area, 1967), Adrian Smith (Cincinnati, 1966), Bob Pettit (St. Louis, 1958 and 1962), Wilt Chamberlain (Philadelphia, 1960), Bob Cousy (Boston, 1957) and Ed Macauley (Boston, 1951). AGE MARK Assuming he plays, Dallas’ Dirk Nowitzki — one of the special additions to the rosters by NBA Commissioner Adam Silver, who also added Miami’s Dwyane Wade to the list — will become the second 40-something to appear in the All-Star Game. Nowitzki is 40; Kareem Abdul-Jabbar played in the game when he was 40 and 41. Michael Jordan almost pulled off the feat; he was eight days shy of turning 40 when he last played in the All-Star Game in 2003. Jordan, now the owner of the Charlotte Hornets and the unofficial host of the weekend, will turn 56 on Sunday. Wade, also assuming he gets into the game, will become the 12th player to be an All-Star at 37 or older. Wade turned 37 last month. HEROES Jason Weinmann and James Shaw Jr. might not be “celebrities,” at least not in the classic sense. But the NBA rightly believes they should be celebrated. Weinmann and Shaw were invited to play in Friday’s All-Star Celebrity Game to commemorate heroic acts. Weinmann, a retired Marine, used a military transport vehicle — which he bought at a government auction years ago — during Hurricane Florence last September to help rescue flood victims in North Carolina and bring them to safety. Shaw disarmed a man who had opened fire at a Waffle House restaurant near Nashville last April and has been heralded as a life-saving hero since for wrestling the AR-15 out of the alleged shooter’s hands by the barrel. G LEAGUE FIRST Khris Middleton of the Milwaukee Bucks is the first member of a new club. He’s the first G League alum to become an NBA All-Star. Middleton spent a short time during the 2012-13 season in the G League, before blossoming into one of the league’s best players and a key to Milwaukee going into the break with an NBA-best 43-14 record. There will be plenty of G League graduates participating on All-Star Saturday (Sunday, PHL time) as well — Middleton, Seth Curry, Danny Green and Joe Harris are all slated to be in the 3-point contest. CASH MATTERS There is some money at stake during All-Star Saturday (Sunday, PHL time) events, and everybody gets something. Everyone in the dunk contest will receive at least $20,000, everyone in the skills challenge gets at least $15,000 and all participants in the 3-point shootout take home at least $10,000. From there, prize money varies by finish — the skills challenge winner gets $55,000, the 3-point shootout champion wins $60,000 and the dunk contest winner takes home $105,000. In all, the Saturday night (Sunday, PHL time) participants will split $610,000. EASTBOUND This All-Star weekend is the first of four straight in Eastern Conference cities. Chicago gets it next year, Indianapolis in 2021 and Cleveland in 2022. The site for the 2023 game remains unknown; Salt Lake City and Sacramento are two sites often mentioned as candidates for that year, and Orlando is a likely suitor for the 2024 game. THE REFS Sunday’s (Monday, PHL time) All-Star Game will be officiated by Scott Foster, Curtis Blair and David Guthrie. It’s a home game of sorts for Guthrie, who resides in Charlotte. Foster worked the 2010 All-Star Game in Dallas. It’s the first All-Star Game for Blair and Guthrie. The Friday and Saturday (Saturday and Sunday, PHL time) events will be worked by a crew of newer refs — third-year official Aaron Smith and fourth-year officials Mitchell Ervin and Gediminas Petraitis......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsFeb 15th, 2019

Towering Erram earns PBA PC Player of the Week nod

JP Erram has proven every bit that he deserves the trust NLEX is giving him after emerging as the Player of the Week for the period of Jan. 28-Feb. 3. Acquired by NLEX in an offseason trade with with Blackwater, the 6-foot-8 Erram has served as a solid inside presence for the Road Warriors in the 2019 PBA Philippine Cup. The energetic Erram stood tall on the defensive end, swatting away a potential game-tying basket by Ranidel de Ocampo in the dying seconds to lift NLEX to a pulsating 87-83 win over Meralco Saturday in Antipolo City. NLEX coach Yeng Guiao said he’s no longer surprised to see Erram rise to the occasion, especially on the defensive end. "That's really the role Poy Erram plays for us, defensively. I'm not surprised he did that because that's his role for the team,” Guiao said of their prized offseason recruit. The 29-year-old Erram delivered all-around numbers of 12 points, eight rebounds, seven assists and a game-high five blocks to help NLEX notch its second straight win after a 0-3 start. Erram is averaging 16.6 points, 7.4 rebounds, a conference-best 4.0 blocks and 3.2 assists per game. Erram beat Phoenix forward Calvin Abueva, Ginebra’s Greg Slaughter, along with Rain or Shine’s James Yap and rookie Javee Mocon for the weekly citation......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsFeb 4th, 2019

PBA: Norman Black jokes re brownout: 'I m sure Meralco had nothing to do [with it]'

ANTIPOLO CITY -- Meralco Bolts head coach Norman Black did not find the 15-minute delay in their game between his side and the NLEX Road Warriors funny in any way. Both squads were in the midst of a hotly-contested game with Yeng Guiao's squad on top, 81-78, with 2:57 left. However, in a cruel twist of irony, the lights at the Ynares Center went out, sending the crowd in a frenzy, chanting another team that was scheduled to play next. The lights just went out here at the Ynares Center! #PBA2019 • @abscbnsports pic.twitter.com/7dfDHoz8YE — Philip Martin Matel (@philipptionary) February 2, 2019 After the lights had slowly come back, illuminating the previously-darkened gym, the action resumed, but the Bolts ultimately fell short, 87-83, after Ranidel de Ocampo's potentially game-tying attempt got stuffed by Poy Erram. "Tough game. Tough loss. Had our chances in the end but we couldn't make the shots when it counted. I thought the last play with Ranidel, I thought he was open for a moment then he took too long to shoot the ball and Erram blocked it," Black said. When asked if the unfortunate power outage had affected the teams in any way, Black was quick to dispel any connection with the incident. "Having a brown out is never good. But it doesn't really benefit or hurt either team in a sense that we have to both deal with. Certainly can't use it as any type of excuse. We had our chances. So many easy shots that we missed. I could have put us up, kept us up two, four points," Black explained. Now that they are stuck with a 2-3 record, the amiable mentor knows that they can still salvage a playoff run, and hopes to learn more from crumbling down the stretch multiple times. They had already lost a nail-biter to Phoenix, and now to NLEX, but Black knows they have to draw the line when the going gets tough for his boys. "Coming close is not good enough. We certainly don't feel better because you played a close game. We had our chances tonight. We didn't make the shots, they made theirs." He also added that the spirit in the locker room is still fine, since a positive attitude usually nets more chances of winning for a team such as theirs. But when asked if he found it ironic or funny that a team sponsored by Mega Manila's power supplier, here's how the long-time veteran mentor reacted. "I'm sure Meralco had nothing to do with the brownout. It's definitely not funny. We lost. If we had won, it would have definitely been funny. But we lost. I don't think Meralco had to do anything with the brownout," quipped Black.   __   Follow this writer on Twitter, @philipptionary......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsFeb 2nd, 2019

The torchbearers of PBA Porma : Terrence, Yap, Hugnatan?

Who comes to mind first when it comes to 'PBA Porma'?  The folks over at The Score asked that very question to guests Topex Robinson and Jett Manuel. Topex, an assistant coach for the Phoenix Fuel Masters had James Yap on the top of his list, citing the meticulous attention to detail the Rain or Shine gunner puts into his fits. [READ: Friday in Fashion: James Yap's P27,000-peso masterpiece] Meanwhile, Manuel, a former Ginebra Gin King has the inimitable Terrence Romeo leading his list, mainly because of the San Miguel guard's lavish collection from European fashion brands and how he manages to pull every single look off with ease. [READ: How much does it cost to dress like Terrence Romeo?] For their more 'out there' choices, Topex had, wait for it, Meralco Bolts veteran Reynel Hugnatan, who proves that age is just a number in both age and in fashion sense. From his hair to his 'underrated' sneaker collection, we shouldn't sleep on the long-haired big. Manuel didn't look far for his other choice, naming his former Ginebra teammate Japeth Aguilar as another fashion forward cager because of his lax yet versatile nature when it comes to post-game fits. Check out the hilarious yet insightful discussion here: .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJan 26th, 2019

Rookie Jackson sparks Meralco to 1st win as Blackwater falls anew

ANTIPOLO CITY, Philippines – Rookie Trevis Jackson hit the big shots in the 4th quarter as Meralco struck its first win in the 2019 PBA Philippine Cup after edging Blackwater, 99-94, at the Ynares Center here on Saturday, January 19. Scoreless in his debut in a tight loss to Phoenix, ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJan 19th, 2019

PBA: Wright and Phoenix finally showing maturity

ANTIPOLO CITY, Rizal — Phoenix badly wanted maturity to come with their growth as a team, especially after the Fuel Masters somehow botched a twie-to-beat edge as the no. 2 seed to end last season in teh 2018 PBA Governors’ Cup. Early in the 2019 Philippine Cup, it appears that the Fuel Masters have found some of that maturity and are using that to win close games in the All-Filipino. Two games into the new season, Phoenix already has two overtimes. The Fuel Masters won both, allowing them to take over first place so far. “Phoenix of the past would’ve lost that game,” Wright said of their overtime win against TNT Saturday at the Ynares Center here. “After Pogoy hit that shot to tie the game, we would’ve crumbled by then. But we stuck together, we’re becoming more experience and we’re becoming more of a veteran team,” he added. Another great sign for Phoenix has been the team’s conditioning. Also known as a pressing team, the Fuel Masters have shown great endurance despite playing back-to-back overtime games. Phoenix certainly looked like the fresher team during the extra five minutes in separate wins against Meralco and TNT. “I’m just happy we won, because like you said, back-to-back overtime games. We really have to dig down deep in those kind of situations. I’m happy that we looked like the more conditioned team,” Wright said. “We came off an overtime game so we’re much more experienced in that department than they are. Luckily they’re tired towards the end of the game and they were starting to miss their shots. That’s just credit to our strength and conditioning coaches and how we run our practices. We thought we’re in really good shape today,” he added.   — Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJan 19th, 2019

Bolts zap Elite

Meralco zapped Blackwater, 99-94, to barge into the win column of the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) Philippine Cup Saturday night at the Ynares Sports Center in Antipolo City. After a scoreless debut against Phoenix earlier this week, rookie Trevis Jackson finally had his moment scoring a game-high 19 points on 5-of-8 shooting and two assists […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsJan 19th, 2019

Abueva game-winner lifts Phoenix over Meralco in OT thriller

MANILA, Philippines – Calvin Abueva bucked off a horrendous shooting night with the game-winning bucket in Phoenix's 93-92 overtime win over Meralco in the 2019 PBA Philippine Cup on Wednesday, January 16. With the Fuel Masters trailing 91-92, "The Beast" sent the Araneta Coliseum to a frenzy by hauling ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJan 16th, 2019