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PBA: Rejuvenated Northport keeps Meralco struggling

Don't look now but Northport is making a late push to the 2018 PBA Governors' Cup playoffs. The rejuvenated Batang Pier scored back-to-back wins for the first time in the season-ending joust, beating Meralco, 99-94, Friday at the MOA Arena. Following six straight losses to start the Governors' Cup, Northport is now at 2-6, keeping its flickering playoff hopes alive. Stanley Pringle and Sean Anthony hit a pair of clutch triples in the final minute for the Batang Pier, helping them hold on against the Bolts. "The players really fought hard for this win," head coach Pido Jarencio said. "Wala ako masabi sa kanila. Total team effort," he added. Indeed, it took the whole team for the Batang Pier to bag this victory over the Bolts. Three players once again scored at least 20 points for Northport led by Sean Anthony with 26 points. Stanley Pringle added 24 while import Rashad Woods fired 20, 15 in the third period. Meanwhile, the Bolts got 37 points, 18 rebounds, and seven assists from two-time Best Import Allen Durham. However, the terrific performance came in a loss once again. After winning their opening assignment, Meralco has now lost six straight for a 1-6 mark.   The Scores:   NorthPort 99 - Anthony 26, Pringle 24, Woods 20, Tautuaa 14, Elorde 4, Arana 4, Espinas 2, Gabayni 2, Javelona 2, Taha 1, Fortuna 0, Guinto 0, Grey 0. Meralco 94 - Durham 37, Tolomia 18, Newsome 13, Hodge 12, Hugnatan 5, Salva 4, Canaleta 3, Caram 2, Lanete 0, Amer 0, Ballesteros 0, Atkins 0, Jamito 0. Quarters: 22-21, 46-41, 74-69, 99-94. --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource: abscbn abscbnOct 12th, 2018

PBA: Amer says Bolts going for broke in final three games

Baser Amer went from zero to hero in a matter of days for the Meralco Bolts. Amer scored a grand total of zero points Friday in a Meralco loss to Northport. Sunday against NLEX, Baser was struggling again, good for only five points through three quarters. But then the final period came and it was Hammer Time for Baser, dropping 17 big points including a clutch, game-tying and-one play and the final go-ahead triple as the Bolts stunned the Road Warriors with a comeback win. Amer finished with 22 points for the game, 17 in the fourth alone. "Struggle yung shooting ko from last game pero nandun yung tiwala ng teammates at coaches ko," Amer said. "Of course malaking bagay to samin kasi anim na talo na eh, ang bigat na sa katawan," he added. Now at 2-6 after arresting a six-game slide, the Bolts are barely avoiding elimination in the 2018 PBA Governors' Cup. With three games to go, Meralco is going for broke as they try to sneak into the playoffs. "Last [three] games na lang kami eh, so para sakin di na namin titignan yung standing," Amer said. "Yung last [three] games, look to win kami tapos bahala na kung ano mangyari," he added.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsOct 14th, 2018

PBA: Meralco still looking on the bright side after fifth straight loss

SANTA ROSA CITY -- For the past two Governors' Cup conferences, Meralco and Ginebra have headlined the Finals. In those two years, the fans were given numerous unforgettable moments that are now recorded in the annals of PBA history.  And for this year's Finals rematch, it was the same. Ginebra emerged victorious once again. However, a potential third straight Finals matchup is already on the line since the Gin Kings the Bolts their fifth consecutive loss. For guard Chris Newsome, things are continuing to stay positive in the locker room, despite not having the best of circumstances. Two key cogs in Meralco's rotation are still out. Jared Dillinger and Ranidel De Ocampo, both nursing leg injuries, are seen as veteran presences but are now relegated to mere voices on the bench. Things were actually pretty even for the majority of the game, and then Meralco surged to an eight-point lead, 84-72, in the late stages of the third quarter.  However, Ginebra flexed its muscles and responded with an 11-0 run of their own, and never looked back, much to the delight of the partisan crowd. "We just have to play smarter, those lapses cost us the game. Those lapses cost us the last game also. You know, 10 points with like four minutes to go, four, five minutes to go. We just have to be aware of those lapses, we have to play a solid 48 minutes if we're going to win, they're playing really well," Newsome said after the game. Of course, struggling is not anything new for Meralco, since they usually hover in the bottom half of the Philippine Cup standings. And when they face Northport on Friday at the Mall of Asia Arena, the team will be humming a familiar tune, despite the circumstances. "...[I]t seems such a hard hill to climb now so you know in our locker room, everybody's postitive, trying to keep their heads up. Of course, we're looking forward to brighter days."   __   Follow this writer on Twitter, @philipptionary. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsOct 7th, 2018

Bolts finally end slump, stay alive

The struggling Meralco Bolts ended a long losing spell and they had to struggle for it......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsOct 14th, 2018

San Miguel over the hump?

San Miguel Beer coach Leo Austria said yesterday despite a slow start, there’s still a possibility to finish the PBA Governors Cup single-round eliminations in the top four with a twice-to-beat advantage in the quarterfinals but it will depend on the results of the team’s last four games against TNT, NorthPort, Rain Or Shine and Meralco in that order......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsOct 14th, 2018

Bolts finally end slump, stay alive

The struggling Meralco Bolts ended a long losing spell and they had to struggle for it. Source link link: Bolts finally end slump, stay alive.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilainformerRelated NewsOct 14th, 2018

Durham, Amer rally Meralco past NLEX

Allen Durham and Baser Amer teamed up in the fourth quarter to rally Meralco past NLEX, 108-105, in the 2018 PBA Governors' Cup Sunday at Smart Araneta Coliseum. Durham and Amer accounted for 12 of Meralco's final 15 points inside the last four minutes as the Bolts came back from 16 down in the final frame to resuscitate their flatlining quarterfinals bid. "We've struggled throughout the game. We've been struggling a lot lately especially when we came back from Thailand," said Meralco head coach Norman Black. "Our defense is really not on point right now but the players did not give up in this game. They kept fighting until the end and the result is we got a win tonight to keep our ...Keep on reading: Durham, Amer rally Meralco past NLEX.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsOct 14th, 2018

One last charge

Pido Jarencio is hoping that this sudden burst of brilliance by his NorthPort crew hasn't come too late in the day. "We might just still be able to make it [to the playoffs]," Jarencio said after his Batang Pier weathered several Meralco rallies in the fourth period to carve out a 99-94 decision Friday night at Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay, their second straight win in the PBA Governors' Cup that kept their flickering hopes of advancing past the eliminations alive. "The players worked hard for this. In offense and defense, I just can't ask for more," said the outspoken Jarencio after NorthPort rose to 2-6, still out of the magic circle of eight teams that will march on. "We stil...Keep on reading: One last charge.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsOct 13th, 2018

NorthPort escapes listless Meralco for 2nd straight win

MANILA, Philippines – NorthPort is starting to pick up steam with a second straight triumph in the 2018 PBA Governors' Cup following a gritty 99-94 win over Meralco at the Mall of Asia Arena on Friday, October 12. After dropping their first 6 games, the Batang Pier kept their bid for ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsOct 12th, 2018

PBA: NorthPort wins back to back, hands Meralco 6th straight loss

NorthPort had its first winning run of the conference after beating Meralco, 99-94, in the 2018 PBA Governors' Cup Friday at Mall of Asia Arena. The Batang Pier, who started the conference at 0-6, tacked their second straight win while the Bolts fell to their sixth straight loss for a 1-6 slate. Sean Anthony and Stanley Pringle came up big in the clutch for the Batang Pier after the pair exchanged a couple of huge threes that put NorthPort up 98-91 with 24 seconds left in the game. This came after the Bolts got back from 10 points down, 84-74, to just two, 90-88, after a 14-6 run with 2:05 remaining in the game. "Stanley and Sean are the heart and soul of this team, they ...Keep on reading: PBA: NorthPort wins back to back, hands Meralco 6th straight loss.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsOct 12th, 2018

Anthony, Pringle power NorthPort past Meralco

Anthony, Pringle power NorthPort past Meralco.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsOct 12th, 2018

Stanley Pringle difference maker for struggling NorthPort

Minus Pringle, the Batang Pier lost by an average of 24.6 points in their first three games, including a 41-point beating at the hands of the Phoenix Fuel Masters last August 26.........»»

Category: newsSource:  philippinetimesRelated NewsOct 7th, 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

CHAMPIONS CUP: KG, Garvo light up Al Riyadi as Bolts steal semis slot

Meralco just came out of nowhere to make the semifinals of the 2018 FIBA Asia Champions Cup. The Bolts beat defending champion Al Riyadi,96-63, Saturday at Stadium 29, forcing a three-way tie for second place in Group B in Nonthaburi. With Meralco, Al Riyadi, and Mono Vampire all tied with identical 1-2 records, it's the Bolts that would advance to the second round thanks to superior quotient. Following Mono's eight-point loss to Alvark Tokyo earlier in the day, Meralco needed to beat Al Riyadi by at least 11 points. The Bolts were plus 22 in their goal. Down after the opening period, the Bolts clamped down on defense in the second quarter, holding Al Riyadi to only seven points while scoring 26. After maintaining a good lead through the third, Meralco landed the knockout blow with an 11-2 run to start the final quarter. Struggling in the tournament's first two days, Meralco locals finally showed up in Thailand with Garvo Lanete leading the way with 20 points. KG Canaleta added a cool 18 points in less than 17 minutes while shooting 71.4 percent from the field. KG (four) and Garvo (three) combined to hit seven of Meralco's 10 treys......»»

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

Phoenix continues winning ways, deals skidding Meralco another loss

Phoenix picked up where it left off, repulsing struggling Meralco, 96-86, at the resumption of the PBA Governors' Cup Wednesday night at Smart Araneta Coliseum. Eugene Phelps showed the way for the Fuel Masters, who climbed to 4-1, with 24 points and 19 rebounds. Calvin Abueva added 16 points and eight rebounds while Matthew Wright came off the bench and also scored 16 on 4-of-4 shooting from long range. The Bolts' struggles continued as they suffered their third loss in four games. Chris Newsome had 18 points on 18 shots while Allen Durham was held to just 16 points and 13 rebounds for Meralco....Keep on reading: Phoenix continues winning ways, deals skidding Meralco another loss.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsSep 19th, 2018

PBA: Elite shoot for share of first place

Already in their best start in franchise history, the Phoenix Fuel Masters go for more as the 2018 PBA Governors' Cup resumes play Wednesday. Phoenix is currently at 3-1 in the standings and the Fuel Masters are out to keep their fire burning, taking on the Meralco Bolts (1-2) in the main 7:00 p.m. game at the Big Dome. With import Eugene Phelps and Calvin Abueva leading the way, Phoenix looks like its finally ready to contend this conference and a win over Meralco, a finalist in the last two Governors' Cups, should help validate the team's status. Meanwhile, the Bolts look to recover from back-to-back defeats. In the first game at 4:30 p.m., Blackwater looks to share first place with two-time defending champion Ginebra. The Elite are 2-0 following victories vs. TNT and San Miguel. Blackwater will have winless Northport (0-4) on deck.     --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsSep 18th, 2018

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

FIBA WORLD CUP: Perfect attendance for Gilas a week before Iran clash

Perfect attendance anew for Gilas Pilipinas. Practice resumed Thursday for the national team and all 16 players were present at the Meralco Gym, exactly a week before Gilas starts round 2 of the 2019 FIBA World Cup Asian Qualifiers on the road against Iran. Ginebra's Greg Slaughter, who tweaked his ankle against Northport in the PBA Governors' Cup Wednesday, didn't participate in active drills. He was wearing a brace to support his left ankle. JP Erram also didn't particapte in active practice.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsSep 6th, 2018

Elite shock Beermen

Games Sept 19: (Smart Araneta Coliseum) 4:30 p.m.-- NorthPort vs. Blackwater 7 p.m.-- Phoenix vs. Meralco ANOTHER game, another upset for Blackwater. And Blackwater coach Bong Ramos had a ready answer for the Elite’s king-size ipset win. “Defense. Our game plan really is to play defense. If we can defend….....»»

Category: newsSource:  journalRelated NewsSep 5th, 2018

Magnolia posts 2nd straight win, sends NorthPort to 0-3

Magnolia notched its second straight win after sinking NorthPort, 104-87, in the PBA Governors' Cup Saturday at Smart Araneta Coliseum. The Hotshots took sole ownership of the second seed with a 2-0 record behind the league-leading Aces (3-0) while the Batang Pier are still winless after three outings. After the struggling to shake off the Batang Pier at the start of the fourth, the Hotshots went on a 17-5 run that Mark Barroca capped off with a left corner triple that put Magnolia up 94-71 with 5:26 left in the game. Magnolia played without star guard Paul Lee who served international duty with the men's national basketball team in the Asian Games in Indonesia but head coac...Keep on reading: Magnolia posts 2nd straight win, sends NorthPort to 0-3.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsSep 1st, 2018