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PBA: Red-hot KaTropa go for solo lead in Commissioner’s Cup

TNT will look to take over as the no. 1 team in the 2019 PBA Commissioner’s Cup Saturday. The KaTropa enter their 4:30 p.m. showdown against the Meralco Bolts as one of the hotter teams in the league with a three-game winning streak. With a 5-1 record, TNT is tied with idle Northport for the lead but a win against the Bolts allows the KaTropa to grab solo first in the mid-season joust. Meanwhile, the Bolts are at at even 3-3 after a recent two-game run came to an end at the hands of the Alaska Aces last week. The main game of the Petron Saturday Special is the 6:45 p.m. meeting between Alaska and Phoenix. Also armed with a three-game winning streak, the Aces are at fourth place with a 4-2 mark while the Fuel Masters are at 1-3 with a three-game losing skid.   — Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJun 15th, 2019

PBA: The curious case of Alex Stepheson’s bum stomach part 2

Blackwater missed its “perfect” import Friday in the 2019 PBA Commissioner’s Cup, going All-Filipino against San Miguel Beer. Alex Stepheson missed the Beermen game as he had to quickly fly back to the United States to have a developing stomach ailment checked out by his personal doctor. Without the hulking Stepheson, the Elite promptly took a beating at the hands of San Miguel, dropping to 5-2 following a loss. Fortunately, Stepheson’s absence should be a one-time occurence as he’s supposedly set to be back in Manila next week in time for Blackwater’s crucial game against Northport. “May health problems siya right now and he's being checked,” head coach Aris Dimaunahan said of Stepheson. “So hopefully, in the next coming days, he gets his health back and help the team again,” he added. Stepheson has some history dealing with stomach problems as it also bothered him during his first PBA stint with Meralco two years ago. [Related: The curious case of Alex Stepheson's bum stomach] A key piece in Blackwater’s current run in the Commissioner’s Cup, Dimaunahan is just hoping that his import can get his health and condition back up. “Hats off to the guy sa ganoon na condition niya he still played the way he did sa first six games namin, he’s still a monster,” Dimaunahan said. “Hopefully maging okay na siya and maka-balik siya rito to help our team,” he added. Stepheson remins Blackwater’s top priority as the team has not discussed possible back up plans just yet in case there’s a setback in Alex’s recovery. “As of now, wala pa kaming napagmi-meeting-an kasi all of a sudden yun eh. We still have to talk amongst ourselves kung anong magiging next plan namin,” Dimaunahan said. Stepheson is going for 22.1 points, 22 rebounds, and 2.1 blocks with the Elite this season.   — Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJun 14th, 2019

Blackwater Elite naungusan ang Meralco Bolts sa overtime

Mga Laro sa Miyerkules (Mayo 22) (Ynares Center, Antipolo City) 4:30 p.m. NorthPort vs Alaska 7 p.m. NLEX vs TNT NAISAGAWA ni Bobby Ray Parks Jr. ang kanyang PBA debut at tinulungan niya ang Blackwater Elite na maungusan ang Meralco Bolts, 94-91, sa overtime sa pagbubukas ng 2019 PBA Commissioner’s Cup Linggo sa Mall of […] The post Blackwater Elite naungusan ang Meralco Bolts sa overtime appeared first on Bandera......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsMay 19th, 2019

Struggling Ginebra and Meralco battle in Iloilo City

PBA conferences sure aren't created equal. The first meeting of Ginebra and Meralco since their epic Governors' Cup Finals showdown should be epic but instead, with both teams struggling in the All-Filipino, the anticipation is tamed. Nevertheless, both squads should deliver a show in Iloilo City Saturday as the Gin Kings and the Bolts fight for their respective playoff lives in the 2017 Philippine Cup. Meralco is in a worse situation currently as a five-game losing skid, tied for the longest this conference, has crippled a once promising campaign for the Bolts. As it stands, Meralco sits at the bottom of the standings and the Bolts' climb to one of the lower playoff seeds starts agains their recent Finals tormentor. Speaking of said Finals tormentor, Ginebra hasn't fared that much better with the Gin Kings still struggling with an up-and-down conference after winning their first title in eight years. Ginebra has been stuck in the middle of the pack so far, failing to establish a winning streak halfway through and is just barely surviving with a 3-4 card. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJan 14th, 2017

PBA: Mahindra prevails against Meralco

The patience and perseverance of Philip Paniamogan finally paid off last night as he turned in a career-high 25 points to give the Mahindra Floodbuster a 105-92 victory over the struggling Meralco Bolts last night in the PBA Philippine Cup at the Smart Araneta Coliseum......»»

Category: newsSource:  tempoRelated NewsJan 11th, 2017

Alaska battles Star as both make 2017 debuts

Following a long layoff, the Alaska Aces finally take the court for 2017 as the PBA resumes Wednesday at the Big Dome. After seeing action last Dec. 23, the Aces kickstart the new year against the Star Hotshots who are also making their debut for 2017. Finishing last year with even 3-3 records, the Aces and the Hotshots look to get back to their winning ways and further crowd the Philippine Cup standings. The Aces saw their three-game run snapped by TNT the last time out whil Star fell victim to Ginebra in the Christmas version of Manila Clasico. Gametime is set at 7:00 p.m. In the first game at 4:15 p.m., the Mahindra Floodbuster hope to start a winning streak for the first time this season as they battle the struggling Meralco Bolts. After starting with five straight defeats, Mahindra finally got on the board last Christmas by beating Blackwater while Meralco has suffered four consecutive setbacks so far for a 2-5 card. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJan 11th, 2017

GlobalPort averts disaster, edges Meralco

MANILA, Philippines — GlobalPort avoided a meltdown, this time against an equally struggling Meralco side in the PBA’s first game o.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJan 6th, 2017

10 NCAA players to watch in Season 95

It’s important to note that half of the players who were picked in the first round of the 2018 PBA Draft were products of the country’s first collegiate sports league. CJay Perez and Robert Bolick have immediately become the cornerstones of Columbian Dyip and NorthPort Batang Pier, respectively. Javee Mocon, Jesper Ayaay, Michael Calisaan and JP Calvo have all received high praise from the coaches of their new teams. While last season’s heroes are now living their lifelong dreams in the PBA, new stars are looking to shine as NCAA Season 95 opens on July 7 at the Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City. James Kwekuteye (SBU)   If there is one player worthy enough to succeed Bolick as the King Lion of Mendiola, it’s the 6’3” Fil-Canadian shooting guard, James Kwekuteye. As a rookie, Kwekuteye came off the bench for majority of the season and had limited time to really put his talent on display. But, when he did start, particularly in San Beda’s second round game against LPU, Kwekuteye proved that he could be a major threat as he scored a career-high 18 points for the Red Lions, matching the scoring output of Bolick. In that game, Bolick motivated Kwekuteye by saying, “they can’t stop you.” James Kwekuteye introduces himself to Lyceum with 18 big points! #NCAASeason94 #GalingNCAA pic.twitter.com/OQS5eZBTJL — ABS-CBN Sports (@abscbnsports) October 18, 2018 As the new starting shooting guard of Coach Boyet Fernandez, Kwekuteye led San Beda in scoring in the 2019 Fil-Oil Flying V Pre-season Cup averaging 14.1 points per game.    Evan Nelle (SBU)   Another talented player who didn’t see the floor much last year due to the loaded roster of guards on the San Beda lineup was former NCAA Jrs. Finals MVP Evan Nelle. Evan Nelle repays coach Boyet Fernandez' trust by drilling the early three! #NCAASeason94 #GalingNCAA pic.twitter.com/kpfdsnro2i — ABS-CBN Sports (@abscbnsports) September 11, 2018 Nelle was the fourth string point guard behind Bolick, Jo Presbitero and Radge Tongco in Season 94. But, with the graduation of all three aforementioned players, the keys to the Red Lions’ offense has fallen straight into Nelle’s hands. While sharing the backcourt with Kwekuteye, Nelle led San Beda to the 2019 FilOil Championship and averaged a league-best 4.7 assists per contest.    Donald Tankoua (SBU)   Aside from capturing the title in the country’s most prestigious pre-season tournament, Kwekuteye and Nelle were also named to the Mythical Five along with their starting center, Donald Tankoua.  Donald Tankoua drops 23 points to help San Beda end the eliminations on a high note. #NCAASeason94 #GalingNCAA pic.twitter.com/EUFpXnAt8T — ABS-CBN Sports (@abscbnsports) October 23, 2018 The 6’6” Cameroonian big man has always been one of the most consistent players, year in and year out in the NCAA and will continue to be as he plays out his final year of eligibility in Season 95. Because he’s a walking double-double, expect Tankoua to be the early favorite to win MVP.   Mike Harry Nzeusseu (LPU)   Now, if there is anybody who possesses the physical attributes and the numbers to challenge Tankoua’s MVP campaign, it’s LPU’s Mike Harry Nzeusseu. Mike Harry Nzeusseu gets NASTY ???? #NCAASeason94 #NCAAFinals pic.twitter.com/yEAr0ywBPd — ABS-CBN Sports (@abscbnsports) November 12, 2018 Nzeusseu ended last season without confirming that he would return to play one more year with the Pirates but his participation in the Fil-Oil tournament tells us that he will be back to anchor the defense of Coach Topex Robinson. And without Perez, the 6’6” center from the Republic of Cameroon will also have to do major damage on the offensive end as well.  Jayson David (LPU)   Jayson David picks Robert Bolick's pocket for the transition finish! #NCAASeason93 #NCAAStrong pic.twitter.com/Inl17UZbKq — ABS-CBN Sports (@abscbnsports) November 7, 2017 Back in Season 91, the NCAA added a Most Improved Player trophy to their list of awardees for every basketball tournament. Based on the pre-season, former San Sebastian guard Jayson David has emerged as the frontrunner for that award as he has assumed the starting spot of Perez with LPU. David is no “Baby Beast”, but it seems that Robinson trusts him enough to be a critical piece in the Pirates’ quest to capture that elusive NCAA championship. He averaged 7.3 PPG, 6 RPG and 2.1 APG in the Fil-Oil tourney.   Jeo Ambohot (CSJL)   Another player who seems to have earned the trust of his coach is Jeo Ambohot. Under Coach Jeff Napa, the ‘23 for 23’ Gilas World Cup pool member came off the bench and underachieved, only averaging 7.2 PPG and 7.2 RPG for the Knights in Season 94. Jeo Ambohot can hit this all game long! ???? #NCAASeason94 #GalingNCAA pic.twitter.com/5NCj7tV7Gt — ABS-CBN Sports (@abscbnsports) October 9, 2018 However, under new Letran Head Coach Bonnie Tan, Ambohot was being utilized as the starting center with last year’s Rookie of the Year, Larry Muyang coming off the bench in their pre-season games. Nevertheless, a player like Ambohot should not be happy with his dismal outing last year and should come out stronger in Season 95.    Renato Ular (CSJL)   Here’s a guy you probably haven’t heard about before. His name is Renato Ular. Ring a bell? Probably not. The last time he saw action was during his rookie year in Season 92. Actually, he didn’t even do much back then. He only played in four games in did not score a single point in any of those games. After two years as a spectator, Ular has finally rejoined the Letran lineup and was their best player in the Fil-Oil tournament averaging 9.8 PPG and 8.1 RPG. The last left-handed legend from Letran was Rey Nambatac. This lefty’s got a long way to go to get on the Sting Rey’s level, but expect him to be one of the Knights' primary attackers this year.   RK Ilagan (SSC-R)   RK Ilagan was FEELING IT from downtown, dropping a new career-high 2??6?? PTS vs Mapua! #NCAASeason94 #GalingNCAA pic.twitter.com/SDIaVmtzCF — ABS-CBN Sports (@abscbnsports) October 12, 2018 Speaking of attacking, one player who will be more relentless than he’s ever been this Season 95 is RK Ilagan. The pride of Barrio Fugoso, Tondo, Manila ranked seventh in scoring last year, averaging 15.2 PPG and was the Golden Stags’ leading scorer despite the presence of Calisaan. Coach Egay Macaraya loves a shooter and will continue to give the green light to Ilagan who made more triples (40) than any player in the NCAA in Season 94.    Kent Salado (AU)   Prior to injuring his right knee on October 10, 2017 in an 85-79 Arellano win over SSC-R in Season 93, Kent Salado was one of the most exciting players in the NCAA. The spitfire point guard from Cagayan de Oro was averaging 19.1 PPG (2nd behind Perez) and 5.0 APG (2nd behind Bolick) for the Chiefs, taking over the driver’s seat that Jiovani Jalalon occupied during their run to the Finals in Season 92. Lervin Flores with a nice block, Kent Salado with an even better finish! #NCAASeason93 #NCAAStrong pic.twitter.com/ohK28fFFhS — ABS-CBN Sports (@abscbnsports) September 15, 2017 Now that he’s finally had surgery to repair what was eventually revealed to be a torn ACL, Salado is looking to excite fans anew especially since Arellano University will serve as the host of the NCAA for the first time in league history. Justin Gutang (CSB)   Recently, I asked former Arellano Head Coach Jerry Codi?era who he thought had the makings of a star in the NCAA now that the likes of Perez and Bolick are in the pros. The “Defense Minister” immediately mentioned one name: Justin Gutang. The 6’3” Fil-American forward from San Francisco, California had an impressive rookie season, averaging 13.4 PPG, 6.2 RPG and 4.3 APG for the Blazers and winning the Slam Dunk contest along the way. Although we haven’t heard much from Gutang in the off-season, the fact that a PBA Legend still has him on his radar means that the kid’s potential cannot be ignored. ?Editor's Note: The list is based on pre-season performances of teams. There are some NCAA teams who have not partcipated in pre-season tournaments nor released line-ups.  ?Catch NCAA Season 95 starting July 7, Sunday, 11:30 am LIVE on S+A, S+A HD, Liga, Liga HD, iWant and via livestream.    .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated News2 hr. 18 min. ago

PBA: No fear for Wright as they challenge loaded Gin Kings: 'They have to guard us too'

Getting that first winning streak for the 2019 PBA Commissioner's Cup has been a challenge for Phoenix. At 3-4, the Fuel Masters are having a hard time getting any sort of momentum going. Despite coming off a big win against top-ranked Northport Wednesday, the challenge of getting a winning run won't get any easier for Phoenix as they take on defending champion Ginebra Friday. The Gin Kings are tough enough but they reloaded last week with a blockbuster trade which makes things all the more difficult for the Fuel Masters. "Yeah I heard they traded for some guy, he’s pretty good," Phoenix guard Matthew Wright said on the Gin Kings that now have Stanley Pringle. "Ginebra is Ginebra, you’re gonna have to keep the crowd quiet as much as possible and you’re gonna have to play straight up defense," he added. Now sporting a Brownlee-Pringle duo, Ginebra has become even more dynamic. Wright knows that but he also knows that he and his Fuel Masters are a problem as well. "They’re a big squad now and with Stanley, they’re a lot more explosive and dynamic. We also have to worry about Brownlee as well," Wright said.  "We have our work cut out for us but they have to guard us too," he added   — Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated News2 hr. 18 min. ago

Phoenix rises against NorthPort

Shorthanded Phoenix brought down streaking NorthPort, 97-87, to pick up its third win in seven outings in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup last night at the Smart Araneta Coliseum......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated News14 hr. 51 min. ago

Teng-led Pasig barges into MPBL win column; Steel stay spotless

Jeric Teng did it all for Pasig in their breakthrough win in the MPBL Lakan Cup, coming at the expense of Caloocan, 89-87, Wednesday at Valenzuela Astrodome. Teng, the pride of University of Sto. Tomas who most recently saw action for NorthPort, waxed hot with 24 points on top of seven rebounds, five assists, and two blocks. Josan Nimes and Jeric Serrano flanked with 16 and 15 markers, respectively, as the Realtors held on for the bounce back win following a season-opening loss. Almond Vosotros showed the way for the Supremos, still winless in three games, with 22 points, eight rebounds, four assists, and four steals. Meanwhile, Basilan sustained its strong start to the season with an 83-74 victory versus Pampanga. Jerald Bautista topped the scoring column with 18 points to go along with seven rebounds and five assists while Arvie Bringas posted an 11-marker, 11-board double-double. The backcourt of Gab Dagangon and Leo Gabo also did their part in the Steel's back-to-back wins as the former finished with 14 points, five rebounds, two assists, and two steals and the latter ended with 12 markers, seven dimes, and three boards. For the 1-2 Lanterns, Levi Hernandez was at the vanguard with 25 points......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated News15 hr. 18 min. ago

Phoenix ends NorthPort streak behind hot-shooting Wright

MANILA, Philippines – Matthew Wright carried the scoring cudgels late to propel Phoenix to a 97-87 victory over NorthPort in the 2019 PBA Commissioner's Cup at the Araneta Coliseum on Wednesday, June 26.  Wright scored half of his 28 points in the final frame and hit timely buckets as the Fuel ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated News18 hr. 5 min. ago

Bolick takes on mantle of leadership at NorthPort

Bolick takes on mantle of leadership at NorthPort.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  thestandardRelated News20 hr. 4 min. ago

Wright powers Phoenix over NorthPort, 97-87

Wright powers Phoenix over NorthPort, 97-87.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  thestandardRelated News20 hr. 4 min. ago

Kiefer Ravena set for PBA return on August 24

Ravena's return will surely make an impact for the Road Warriors, who have been struggling in the ongoing Commissioner's Cup......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJun 26th, 2019

PBA Player of the Week Bolick starts NorthPort takeover

Robert Bolick showed he’s ready to take over the mantle at NorthPort following the shock exit of top gunner Stanley Pringle......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJun 26th, 2019

PBA: Clutch Bolick is Player of the Week

Robert Bolick showed he’s ready to take over the mantle at NorthPort following the shocking exit of top gunner Stanley Pringle. Two games since the Batang Pier dealt Pringle to Barangay Ginebra for the trio of Kevin Ferrer, Sol Mercado, and Jervy Cruz, the rookie guard out of San Beda jacked up his numbers in helping the team clinch a quarterfinals berth in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup. Bolick averaged 19.0 points, 7.5 rebounds, and 9.5 assists in an all-around effort to steer NorthPort to back-to-back wins over Rain or Shine and Blackwater and hike its record to a league-best 7-1 slate in a tie with TnT Katropa. The impressive performance earned the 23-year-old native of Leyte his first ever PBA Press Corps-Cignal Player of the Week for the period June 17-23. Also getting a vote from the PBAPC was Bolick’s NorthPort teammate Sean Anthony. Others who contended for the weekly citation were Batang Pier Moala Tautuaa, Jayson Castro and Roger Pogoy of TnT Katropa, San Miguel Beer’s Alex Cabagnot, Paul Lee of Magnolia, Pringle, and Jericho Cruz of NLEX. In NorthPort’s first game without the 32-year-old Pringle, Bolick and Tautuaa carried the fight for the Batang Pier by rallying them from as much as a 25-point deficit to nip the Rain or Shine Elasto Painters in overtime, 107-105. Bolick hit 22 points and fired the pressure-pack three-pointer with 11 seconds left in regulation that sent the game into overtime.     Tautuaa finished with a career-high 34 points for NorthPort, which played with only an eighth-man rotation. Three days after, Bolick was at it again, missing just a single rebound of completing a triple double in the team’s 127-99 rout of the Elite. He finished with 16 points, nine rebounds, and 10 assists in the win that marked the first game of Mercado, Ferrer, and Cruz with the team. Bolick admitted he owed Pringle a lot for making him the player that he is with NorthPort right now. “Gusto ko siyang makasama ng mas matagal. Kaso one conference lang, madami pa sana akong matututunan. Kung ano man meron ako ngayon (sa) laro ko, lahat, sa kanya (Pringle) ko natutunan yun,” said Bolick of the player he considered as his first pro mentor......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJun 26th, 2019

PBA: Ginebra’s new weapon could mean trouble for the rest of the league

Well, it looks like both Ginebra and Northport won the blockbuster PBA trade last week. At least for conference with imports, the Gin Kings have perhaps the most explosive duo in the league in Justin Brownlee and Stanley Pringle. If you’re looking for the most simple comparison, think Golden State’s Steph and KD but with a local twist. “When you have two guys like that it’s like a Steph Curry and a Kevin Durant, I mean, who do you guard?” Ginebra head coach Tim Cone said of his new power duo. “That’s what we envision,” he added. For the pair’s first game together — a strong win against NLEX in Batangas — Brownlee dropped 39 points while Pringle had a cool 16 on 60 percent shooting. It’s certainly encouraging for Ginebra that Brownlee can still get his numbers and usual impact even with a new star alongside him. Now it’s just matter of getting Pringle more comfortable with Ginebra. The Gin Kings have a new super weapon and they’ll utilize him for sure. “We have to find different ways to get him in iso’s cause he’s such a great one-on-one player, and we have to find ways to get him in the post,” Cone said of Pringle. “So there’s still a lot to [do]. Right now, he’s just trying to figure out where he’s supposed to be in the triangle, which is difficult when you only had a couple days of practice. But he’s a special player and he picked it up very well,” Cone added.   — Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJun 26th, 2019

Ravena, Perez, Bolick boost Gilas Pilipinas practice

MANILA, PhilippinesYoungbloods CJ Perez and Robert Bolick as well as Stanley Pringle joined Gilas Pilipinas practice on Monday at Meralco Gym in Pasig. Perez and Bolick are the only PBA rookies part o.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilanewsRelated NewsJun 25th, 2019

NorthPort to live or die with Ibeh

NorthPort head coach Pido Jarencio said yesterday despite import Prince Ibeh’s woeful performance at the foul line and unimpressive offensive stats, the Batang Pier will stick with the 6-9 3/8 center because he’s a perfect fit for the team......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJun 24th, 2019