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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

Now on 2nd year, Nambatac earns stripes for Rain or Shine

MANILA, Philippines – Exposure was the only thing Rey Nambatac needed. The former Letran Knight played a key role in Rain or Shine's come-from-behind 107-100 win over NorthPort on Friday, February 8, that marked the team's fifth win in 6 games in the 2019 PBA Philippine Cup. Struggling for just ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsFeb 8th, 2019

E-Painters seek to preserve clean slate

Rain Or Shine stakes its clean slate versus struggling Blackwater while TNT KaTropa seeks to keep the momentum of back-to-back triumphs as it tangles with Meralco in the PBA Philippine Cup at the Cuneta Astrodome tonight......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJan 30th, 2019

PBA: Patience is a virtue for Calvin, Phoenix

With star forward Calvin Abueva struggling against Meralco, Phoenix head coach Louie Alas could have easily shut down the Beast for the night. In some ways he did, but when Rookie of the Year Jason Perkins fouled out, the Pulse Fuel Masters had no choice but to have Abueva back in the game. It paid off the have the Beast in the end, as Calvin eventually hit the game-winning putback in overtime as Phoenix survived the Bolts in a thriller. Abueva only made two baskets all game, both came in the extra five minutes. Calvin finished wiith nine points on 2/13 shooting. “Really, patience is a virtue. Actually understatement eh, yung masama yung laro. Walang shinoot,” Alas said of Abueva. “Pero good thing yung mga assistant coach ko sabi, ‘coach pagpasensyahan mo, kailangan mo yan sa dulo.’ And it happened, it happened. Sa kanya yung winning basket,” he added. Phoenix looked like it had no business winning the game against Meralco, especially in regulation. The Pulse Fuel Masters lost an early 18-point lead and failed to cash in on multiple attempts to break an 83-all deadlock in the fourth quarter. Come overtime, Phoenix was down one after giving up a clutch three from Chris Newsome with 11 seconds to go. “I have to give credit sa resiliency ng mga players ko,” Alas said. “Siguro isang overtime pa, puro cramps na yan. Sabi nga sa akin ng assistant coach ko, 'coach, tigil na natin yung full court pressure.' But sabi ko, 'doon tayo nagli-live up.' So we just have to finish it. Kahit ilang overtime mangyari,” he added.   — Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJan 16th, 2019

Meralco trades Garvo Lanete before season begins

MANILA, Philippines – Garvo Lanete won't be returning for Meralco when it begins its Philippine Cup campaign in the 44th PBA season. The sharpshooting guard has been dealt by the Bolts to NorthPort for a 2020 second round pick in a trade approved by league commissioner Willie Marcial on Tuesday, ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJan 16th, 2019

NorthPort, Blackwater unveil top rookies

Top draftees Robert Bolick, Paul Desiderio and Abu Tratter make their pro debut even as Nard John Pinto leads a host of players playing for a new team as Blackwater, NorthPort, Phoenix Pulse and Meralco figure in the first twin-bill in PBA Season 44 at the Smart Araneta Coliseum tonight......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJan 16th, 2019

Bolts ship Garvo

The 44th season of the Philippine Basketball Association has yet to heat up but Meralco already made a move in a bid to boost its campaign in the Philippine Cup. The Bolts traded guard Garvo Lanete to Northport for a second-round pick in the Rookie Draft next year. The trade was already filed, but has […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsJan 15th, 2019

PBA: Magnolia muse Sharon Cuneta shrugs off online bashers

BOCAUE, BULACAN -- Megastar Sharon Cuneta just shrugged off online bashers critical of her selection as the Magnolia Hotshots muse in the opening of the 44th PBA season here. Cuneta, an endorser of the poultry products of the compan, represented the newly-crowned Governors' Cup champions as they were introduced one by one. When the announcement was made that she would be the muse last Tuesday, an online firestorm erupted, bashing Cuneta for primarily her age. The Megastar Sharon Cuneta with the Magnolia Hotshots! #PBA2019 • @abscbnsports pic.twitter.com/XGqO6Z9dii — Philip Martin Matel (@philipptionary) January 13, 2019 "Nothing. They don't mean anything to me. I'm the one that's here, and I was chosen by Magnolia. I didn't volunteer. I'm their major endorser, and I think that's understandable," the longtime Kapamilya said. The Megastar Sharon Cuneta has a message for her online bashers after a firestorm erupted regarding her selection. #PBA2019 • @abscbnsports pic.twitter.com/30gjB9eTus — Philip Martin Matel (@philipptionary) January 13, 2019 The mother of four also shared that she was friends with several members of the team, including Marc Pingris and Rafi Reavis. "Parang mama nila ako, kapatid – ate, tita, mama. Si Rafi hinahanap ko kasi halos he's my brother na. Si Ping, nandiyan na asawa ni Danica. Sayang wala si Captain Alvin kasi last time na I was a muse for Purefoods, it was the team ni Alvin," shared Cuneta. The 53-year old veteran actress and singer is no stranger to being the muse of the franchise, and accompanied Purefoods back in 1990 when Alvin Patrimonio and Jojo Lastimosa led the charge. It was a star-studded affair for all 12 squads, who brought lovely ladies to accompany them to the makeshift podium at the Philippine Arena floor. Beauty queen royalty graced the courts with 2015 Ms. Universe Pia Wurtzbach representing Ginebra and 2016 Ms. International Kylie Verzosa repping four-time defending champions San Miguel. Queen P with Ginebra! #PBA2019 • @abscbnsports pic.twitter.com/uUzsqHKCV4 — Philip Martin Matel (@philipptionary) January 13, 2019 Former Ms. International Kylie Verzosa with defending champs San Miguel. #PBA2019 • @abscbnsports pic.twitter.com/aMO2w7pFw7 — Philip Martin Matel (@philipptionary) January 13, 2019 Also present was 2018 Binibining Pilipinas-Grand International Eva Patalinjug, who walked with Meralco. Beauty queen Eva Patalinjug with the Meralco Bolts. #PBA2019 • @abscbnsports pic.twitter.com/3i1yTwHdLa — Philip Martin Matel (@philipptionary) January 13, 2019 Rounding up the pageant royalty are Mutya ng Pilipinas 2018 - Tourism International Aya Fernandez and Top 12 finalist Anie Uson. Aya Fernandez with NorthPort. #PBA2019 • @abscbnsports pic.twitter.com/lQzwULCAY7 — Philip Martin Matel (@philipptionary) January 13, 2019 Annie Uson with Rain or Shine. #PBA2019 • @abscbnsports pic.twitter.com/DFnwCNGtMa — Philip Martin Matel (@philipptionary) January 13, 2019 The stars of the small screen also were present, with 'Halik' star Yam Concepcion joining Phoenix, Kelley Day with Columbian, Klea Pineda for Alaska, and Sam Pinto joining TNT. 'Halik' star Yam Concepcion with the Phoenix Fuel Masters. #PBA2019 • @abscbnsports pic.twitter.com/p1ZDEDkyBu — Philip Martin Matel (@philipptionary) January 13, 2019 The TNT KaTropa enter last with Sam Pinto. #PBA2019 • @abscbnsports pic.twitter.com/QYlXmFtdDz — Philip Martin Matel (@philipptionary) January 13, 2019 Kelly Day with the Columbian Dyip. #PBA2019 • @abscbnsports pic.twitter.com/YOY6RLrDdz — Philip Martin Matel (@philipptionary) January 13, 2019 Actress Klea Pineda with the Alaska Aces. #PBA2019 • @abscbnsports pic.twitter.com/D6uAbdc5vs — Philip Martin Matel (@philipptionary) January 13, 2019 Fellow athletes also joined the festivities with PVL MVP Alyssa Valdez leading the way for the NLEX Road Warriors, the team of her beau Kiefer Ravena.  PVL MVP Alyssa Valdez with the NLEX Road Warriors. #PBA2019 • @abscbnsports pic.twitter.com/mubw2mTw0L — Philip Martin Matel (@philipptionary) January 13, 2019 Ravena was not present due to his FIBA suspension. Meanwhile, the duo of Motolite outside hitter Myla Pablo and Olympian swimmer Jasmine Alkhaldi went with Blackwater. Myla Pablo and Jasmine Alkhaldi with Blackwater. #PBA2019 • @abscbnsports pic.twitter.com/6JuTMNJfRf — Philip Martin Matel (@philipptionary) January 13, 2019 __     Follow this writer on Twitter, @philipptionary.  .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJan 13th, 2019

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

FIBA WORLD CUP: Gilas going Stanley for KAZ; Stan vs IRI

Despite not yet giving a final 12-man lineup for the Philippines-Kazakhstan and Philippines-Iran FIBA World Cup Asian Qualifiers on Nov. 30 and Dec. 3, respectively, Gilas coach Yeng Guiao says the team has made up their mind for their naturalized players. The fiery coach says the team was "90-percent" sure that they would be fielding in explosive guard Stanley Pringle of the NorthPort Batang Pier against Kazakhstan on Friday November 30th, where his scoring is expected to be a factor. Gilas will then be utilizing the services of San Miguel big man Christian Standhardinger to match up with the tall and phyisical Iran frontline on Monday, December 3rd.  Guiao also added that at this point, 10 players have been decided but the last two slots will be still be determined before the submission of the names to the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP) Wednesday afternoon. He further explained that choosing among the most stacked roster the Philippines has seen in recent memory has been quite difficult. "We're trying to cover all the bases at this point. These are the games that will really matter. Importanteng laro na we will be judged, we will be defined by the games that we will play in the next few days," shared the national team coach. The penultimate full practice at the Meralco Gym before Gilas faces off against Kazakhstan was held Wednesday morning and was attended by 17 of the 19 players in the pool, namely Jayson Castro, Matthew Wright, Beau Belga, Scottie Thompson, Ricci Rivero, Gabe Norwood, Marcio Lassiter, June Mar Fajardo, Poy Erram, and Arwind Santos. Also in attendance were Alex Cabagnot, Troy Rosario, LA Tenorio, Paul Lee, Japeth Aguilar, Greg Slaughter, and Pringle. Standhardinger (illness) and Kai Sotto (school) were not present. The final full practice for Gilas before the Kazakhstan tussle will be Thursday evening at the Mall of Asia Arena.  __ Follow this writer on Twitter, @philipptionary......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsNov 28th, 2018

Hot-shooting Banchero claims PBA Player of the Week award

Chris Banchero’s scintillating performance in Alaska’s last two games earned him the Cignal-PBA Press Corps Player of the Week for the period of Oct. 15-21 in the 2018 Governors’ Cup. The stocky Alaska guard stood at the forefront of the Aces’ surge to register back-to-back wins, grabbing a piece of the lead in the team standings with Ginebra and Magnolia, while closing in for twice-to-beat edge in the playoffs. The 29-year-old Banchero averaged 19 points, 7 assists and 5.5 rebounds this past week, leading Alaska to victories over Columbian, 104-94 and Blackwater, 116-109 as the Aces forged a three-way tie at the top spot with similar 7-2 records. Alaska’s fifth overall pick in the 2014 PBA Rookie Draft registered a near triple-double effort of 10 points, 11 assists and seven rebounds to serve as a catalyst in their 10-point win over the Dyip. Then last Sunday, Banchero, the third conference’s assist leader, went beast mode on offense, firing a new PBA career-high 28 points on 12-of-16 shooting from the floor to help Alaska outlast Blackwater. The Fil-Italian guard edged Meralco Fil-American players Cliff Hodge and Chris Newsome, as well as San Miguel stalwart Chris Ross and rookie Christian Standhardinger for the weekky citation. Alaska looks to make a strong finish in the elims and formalize its top 4 finish when it faces NLEX this Friday at the Ynares Center in Antipolo, before taking on NorthPort next Sunday at the Smart Araneta Coliseum. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsOct 22nd, 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