PBA: ROS and Ginebra dispute crucial 2-1 lead

We have a series here. No. 1 Rain or Shine and Brgy. Ginebra meet anew in the 2018 PBA Commissioner's Cup semifinals with both looking for a crucial 2-1 lead in the best-of-5 joust. After a sensational Game 1 win by the Gin Kings, the Elasto Painters regrouped and returned the favor in Game 2 Thursday, taking a 109-100 win. Now, attention shifts to Game 3 where the winner will be one step away from the Finals. Tip off will be at 6:30 p.m. Saturday at the MOA Arena.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource: abscbn abscbnJul 20th, 2018

Game 5 to end series of routs? Kings, Beermen dispute 3-2 lead

For both Barangay Ginebra and San Miguel Beer, it has been a conference of big fightbacks all the way from the elimination round......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsAug 4th, 2018

PBA: San Miguel, Ginebra dispute 2-1 Finals lead

After two blowout games to start the series, the 2018 PBA Commissioner's Cup Finals between San Miguel and Ginebra is due for an actual close game. All signs point to an intense Game 3 Wednesday and it would be a surprise if things are not heated considering the Beermen and the Gin Kings will dispute a pivotal 2-1 lead in the best-of-7 series. Ginebra struck first, landing a haymaker in Game 1 by way of a 127-99 win. The Beermen were unfazed though and promptly returned the favor in Game 2, scoring a dominant 134-109 decision. Games appear to be decided right in the first quarter so far in these Finals and both teams shoud be firing right off the gate. Game 3 will tip off at 7:00 p.m. Wednesday live from the Big Dome.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsAug 1st, 2018

PBA: Ginusto ko ang bola –- Thompson on nasty rebound over Johnson

It’s rare to hear the crowd roar over a rebound play. And fans inside the Big Dome, especially the Barangay Ginebra faithful, just witnessed one of those moments when Scottie Thompson, a 6-foot-1 guard, soared up high to snatch the rock over a wide-bodied, nine inch taller Rain or Shine import Reggie Johnson. It was a play deserving of a spot in a highlight countdown. Thompson grabbed 10 rebounds including the nasty one with just 1:37 left in the fourth quarter Monday in the Gin Kings’ Finals spot-clinching 96-94 Game 4 nail-biter over Rain or Shine that sealed the 2018 PBA Commissioner’s Cup best-of-five semifinals series at the Big Dome. With the Ginebra protecting a 93-90 lead, Elasto Painters gunner Chris Tiu shot a triple that bounced off the rim. The 290 lbs. Johnson successfully boxed out Gin Kings’ Japeth Aguilar for a spot under the basket to collar the rebound. Just when Johnson thought that he got the ball, Thompson came running down, jumped over his back and snatched the rock with one hand. One could just hear the loud collective ‘oohs’ from the crowd.                 “’Yun lang talagang tinalon ko lang ang bola kasi crucial,” said Thompson, who in the series averaged nine rebounds per game. “Ginusto ko ang bola so buti nakuha ko.” That was his ninth board. A minute after, Thompson again plucked another crucial offensive rebound that led to an LA Tenorio floater that put the Gin Kings up, 95-90. To cap up his night, Thompson sealed the win with a steal off the Elasto Painters’ inbound with just 1.4 ticks left. Thompson may have sacrificed his offense with his effort on the boards and on defense but it’s a role the University of Perpetual Help product learned to embrace. He averaged only 5.4 points in the semis series but his defensive effort earned him a norm of 1.25 steals per game.       “Ang sabi sa amin ni coach Tim (Cone) na be the aggressor lagi kasi kailangan sila ang mag-react sa amin,” said Thompson. “’Yun ang ginagawa namin especially ako, talagang yun ang ginawa ko para makatulong sa team.” And Cone praised Thompson for his work. “A few? It seemed like he was grabbing everything and jumping over everybody, jumping over Johnson, jumping over Almazan. I mean, my gosh, getting that offensive rebound. He is just... he makes me speechless, he really does,” said Cone when asked about his reaction on Thompson’s rebounding. “Those were the plays of the game,” he added. “Joe (Devance) played great, but I thought Scottie was gonna get the Player of the Game just because of the rebounds he got, because they were all super clutch. And if he hadn't gotten a couple of those rebounds, Johnson would have gotten really easy putbacks.” “He did not only denied (Johnson) the rebound, but he denied the easy putback. So he just leaves me speechless some times,” Cone continued. “His timing is otherworldly. That's the only way I can explain that, I've never seen anybody with that kind of timing. Amazing.” Now, playing against a tough opponent in sister-team San Miguel Beer in the best-of-seven Finals starting Friday, Thompson just want to focus on the thing he does best. “Ang akin lang naman stay aggressive lang. Gusto ko lang maging aggressive lagi sa offense, defense especially sa defense kasi yun ang role ko para sa team,” he said.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJul 23rd, 2018

James Yap on crucial missed 3: Hindi naman lagi araw-araw Pasko

MANILA, Philippines – It's all about the law of averages for James Yap. Yap rued missing a potential game-tying trey in Rain or Shine's 72-75 Game 3 loss that gave Barangay Ginebra a 2-1 lead in their best-of-5 semis, but the veteran guard knew he needs to brush it aside and just bounce back.  "Hindi ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJul 22nd, 2018

Painters tie series

Don't count out Rain or Shine yet. The Elasto Painters sent this message on Thursday night, gutting out a come-from-behind 109-100 win to level their best-of-five semifinal clash with fan-favorites Barangay Ginebra Gin Kings in the PBA Commissioner's Cup. Import Reggie Johnson and James Yap delivered the crucial jumpers at the crunch in a whirlwind finish that saw the Ginebra offensive machine conking out in the end. Yap again summoned his Most Valuable Player form, pumping in 18 points capped by a long triple with less than a minute left that practically foiled the Gin Kings' bid to gain a commanding 2-0 lead. "Everybody has written us off. Now it's 1-1 and we have time ...Keep on reading: Painters tie series.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJul 20th, 2018

Ginebra rips Magnolia for crucial win

Barangay Ginebra lit its fire back to life after scoring a crucial 104-84 victory over Magnolia in the 2018 PBA Commissioner's Cup Sunday at Smart Araneta Coliseum. The Gin Kings improved to a 3-5 record, overtaking Phoenix for the ninth spot in the standings and maintaining their quarterfinals aspirations while the Hotshots dropped to sixth with a 4-5 card. Justin Brownlee was of pure magnificence in the second half for Ginebra lighting up the scoreboards for 23 points, in the third and fourth quarters alone, as he led the Gin Kings' domination. Ginebra already held a 79-66 lead at the start of the fourth quarter but Brownlee wasn't done giving the Gin Kings an 88-70 lead a...Keep on reading: Ginebra rips Magnolia for crucial win.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJun 17th, 2018

STAR HOTSHOT: Rafi Reavis will be forever relevant

It was early in 2017 when Rafi Reavis proved that he's still relevant. More than just relevant, in fact. In Game 2 of the Manila Clasico semifinals featuring Ginebra and Star, Reavis was the "star" for the Hotshots in the clutch, grabbing two crucial offensive rebounds in the last 20 seconds to deny the Gin Kings any chance of a "Never Say Die" comeback. With seven seconds to go in the ball game, the then 39-year-old Rafi calmly made two pressure-packed free throws and Star took a 2-0 lead in the best-of-7. "I got a lot left in the tank, man. A lot left," Reavis said then. He was right. STAR BOY Literally a week after his heroics against Ginebra in Game 2 of last year's series, Reavis played his best game in a long, long time in Game 5. Rafi dropped 17 points and 13 rebounds, leading the Hotshots to a crucial 3-2 lead. While Star ended up losing in seven games, that was perhaps Reavis' best performance in the last four or five years, including the current year were having right now. And yet even then, the veteran forward was the least surprised. It's as if he knew. He's going to be relevant in the league until he decides he's done. "I'm not surprised at all. That's me," Reavis said in 2017. "That's the way I play. That's what I'm always trying to do, just be a leader, trying to do what's needed. The only thing that matters is the W. However that comes, I'll go with it," he added. ALL I DO IS WIN It's kinda cool for Rafi Reavis to say that he'll go with winning, regardless of how his team gets there. Over the course of his current 16-year PBA career, Reavis has done a lot of winning. Seriously, a lot. Rafi has 10 PBA championships and up until the 2017 Commissioner's Cup, he was the winningest active player in the league. He's won with different teams as well. Reavis picked up his first pair of titles with the old Coca-Cola Tigers before winning another two with Brgy. Ginebra. When he landed at Purefoods, Reavis would win six more championships, including the Grand Slam in 2014. Simply put, Rafi Reavis is an asset to any team. A valuable asset. He's done all that winning in a way only he knows how. "Defense. Defense wins championships," Reavis said. "I don't care about the glamour, the points, the fame. I don't need that,  that's not what gets me paid. Being part of a team that was winning a championship, that's all I care about. I'm team first and I'm all about the big goal, the big picture," he added. PLASTIKMAN Rafi's Twitter handle is @Plastikman. If it sounds familiar, it's almost a play on the local comics superhero "Lastikman" which is a character is most definitely based from Marvel's Mister Fantastic. Fifteen years ago in 2003, "Bossing" Vic Sotto gave the character life in a movie and while this useless rambling doesn't necessarily say and mean that Rafi was inspired by it and put his own twist to the name, it does make some sense. Reavis has some pretty long arms and legs, which come in handy while he's trying to defend the paint. His physical gifts and his brilliant mind make him the basketball player that he is. A player relevant to this day. "He's very smart, ang taas ng basketball IQ niya. Plus the fact na ano siya, hindi siya nagpapabaya. Yung katawan niya, inaalagaan niya talaga," Chito Victolero said of Reavis. Victolero was teammates with Rafi in the old MBA and he was the second overall pick in the 2002 Draft. Now he's Reavis' head coach with Magnolia. "He won a lot of championships and he knows what to do. Siguro mas beterano pa siya sakin in terms of dun sa loob ng court eh. I trust him very much and alam ko kung ano yung ginagawa niya," Victolero added. Sticking with the superhero theme, Reavis wants to add something to his list of achievements that's outside of winning championships. Plastikman wants to outlast the Rock in the PBA. "I'm trying to take care of myself and that guy, he's amazing," 40-year-old Reavis said of 45-year-old Asi Taulava, NLEX's center and the 2003 PBA Most Valuable Player that is still going strong as well. "I think he just had a birthday recently and it's going to make it a little harder for me but I can do it. I'm having fun. And I think as long as I play for a guy like coach Chito, I can meet that goal," he added. BREAKING RECORDS Rafi Reavis was the league's winningest active player up until the 2017 Commissioner's Cup. When San Miguel Beer won last year's mid-season prize, Yancy De Ocampo joined Reavis at the top with 10 titles. Yancy was the no. 1 pick in 2002 and Rafi was second. San Miguel and Magnolia are currently locked in a heated Finals for the 2018 PBA Philippine Cup and either De Ocampo or Reavis will take over as the winnigest active player in less than two weeks time. "None of that really means anything to me," Reavis said, doubling down on his team-first mentality. "I think it will probably mean something when I'm all said and done and my career is over with, but I'm still an active player. I have a duty to perform. It's all great and it's all glory but at the end of the day it doesn't really mean anything," he added. ALL I WANT TO DO IS KEEP WINNING It was in early 2017 when Rafi Reavis made it known that he still has a lot left in his tank. Fast forward to 2018 in Game 1 of the Philippine Cup Finals against San Miguel and Reavis practically won the Purefoods franchise yet another Finals game. With the Hotshots holding on to a two-point lead with 2.2 seconds, Reavis disrupted San Miguel's final offensive possession basically by himself to make sure Magnolia completed a comeback from 20 points down. Rafi first tipped the inbound pass to foil the Beermen's first option for June Mar Fajardo and after Arwind Santos picked the ball up to shoot a game-tying jumper, Reavis was there too to block the shot. Rafi Reavis has won a lot but he wants to keep winning. "We're still  active so we're still out there trying to get one more," he said.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMar 29th, 2018

Caperal on defending June Mar: Sana man lang mahirapan siya

Prince Caperal has been a revelation for Ginebra so far in these PBA semifinals. A a game after he recorded his career-high in points during a loss in Game 2, Caperal once again shined for the Gin Kings in Game 3, playing a starting role in order to help the barangay contain MVP June Mar Fajardo. It sort of worked and Ginebra is on the board, cutting its series deficit to 1-2 following a gutsy victory. "Syempre ang role ko naman kaya nag-first 5 ako is to defend June Mar, kahit papaano may bumangga sa kanya," Caperal said. "Kahit papaano mahirapan siya. June Mar kasi yun eh, four-time MVP so mahirap talaga bantayan. Naka-ilang score din siya kanina di ba? Grabe talaga. Ayun lang, dapat ready ako sa kanya palagi, sana man lang mahirapan siya, yun lang naman talaga yung role ko." he added of Fajardo. While Fajardo still ended up with 23 points, he was only good for five in the opening half. That's when Ginebra took control of the game, setting the tone for the finish which mirrored that of Game 2 except for the fact that Ginebra actually managed to hold on this time around. And the Gin Kings did, thanks to Caperal again, who drilled a booming three with five minutes to go, stopping San Migue's momentum to turn a three-point lead into six points. After 26 points in Game 2, Caperal finished with a solid 12 points for the barangay in Game 3. "Paubos na shot clock eh, all bets are off na. Titira ko talaga yun. Lucky, pumasok. Parang big shot yun, it feels good na crucial. Buti na lang talaga pumasok," he said.     --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMar 13th, 2018

Ross late technical foul vs. Ginebra explained

There was definite confusion to end the San Miguel-Ginebra game Sunday in the 2018 PBA Philippine Cup. With the Gin Kings up, 98-95, Arwind Santos missed two triples that would have tied the game. However, after the second miss, Chico Lanete was able to draw a foul during the rebound play. That's when the confusion set in because it was Chris Ross that ended up taking the first of the two free throws for San Miguel with 4.5 seconds left. Ross was called for a technical foul, but the Beermen point guard argued that it was the refs that handed him the ball to shoot. Replay showed that that was indeed the case. LA Tenorio ended up making the technical free throw for Ginebra and Lanete did take his free throws on the other end. Lanete split and the Gin Kings regained possession after the ball bounced off of Ross' chest in the rebound play. Japeth Aguilar split his final attempts from the line with 1.5 seconds to go to seal a 100-96 Ginebra win. With such a bizarre end, the PBA tried to clear things up post-game with Deputy Director for Basketball Operations Eric Santos explaining why Ross was called for a crucial technical foul in the first place. "[Referee] Noy Guevarra was trying to give the ball to Lanete. Then, Chris Ross, siya yung nag punta sa free throw. So we have a rule before, babasahin ko na para sigurado," Santos said. "A player who deliberately takes the place of the designated free throw shooter, shall be given a delay of game warning. That was before. Then we changed it that rule last December dahil we had an experience before some of the players, pag mahina, poor free throw shooter, na teammate nila, ppwesto sila to take their place. So we countered that.  A player who deliberately takes the place of the designated free throw shooter, shall be given a delay of game warning if the free throw has not been attempted. Any succeeding similar offense shall be result in an unsportsmanlike technical foul. If the free throw has been attempted by the wrong shooter the player shall be assessed an unsportsmanlike technical foul.  That’s why Chris Ross was given a technical foul during that play," he added. Ross argued that it was the referee that gave him the ball to shoot and video replayed clearly showed that the San Miguel point guard didn't necessarily try to attempt the free throws on his own. Basically, Ross was wrong to take the free throw anyway but the game officials were at fault too, something that Santos didn't dispute. "To be honest, meron din kami siguro fault nun dun sa referees namin. I won’t deny it. But again, the players know… alam nila kung sino shooter talaga," Santos explained. Adding more confusion, Ross was never tossed from the court despite his blunder serving as his second technical foul of the game. Asked if the referee will face sanctions, Santos said that the league officials will have to sit down and talk first. "We'll talk about it," he said.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJan 28th, 2018

Defense key to Ginebra arresting slump says LA

Entering its Philippine Cup Finals rematch against San Miguel, Brgy. Ginebra has lost three straight games. In those three games, the Gin Kings trailed by double digits each time and their signature NSD didn't exactly work to get a victory. Against the Beermen, Ginebra was in trouble again as San Miguel raced to a 16-point lead right in the opening period. However, the Gin Kings knew what to do this time around. "Yung mentality namin coming into this game is really to find ways how to… step up our defense namin," LA Tenorio said. "To defend talaga as much as we can. Medyo binagalan namin yung game kasi to help our defense. Nung una medyo nahihirapan kami kasi June Mar, talagang kinakain niya yung lahat ng players namin. Nilaro lang namin. We stayed in the game, inunti-unti lang namin," he added. Aside from erasing an early deficit, Tenorio is proud to see his bench produce this time around. With Ginebra missing Greg Slaughter and Joe Devance, the Gin Kings got big games from Raymond Aguilar, Jervy Cruz, and Kevin Ferrer. This give LA hope that the Gin Kings can only get better once they field a healthy line up. "I think more than the win ngayon, aside from winning against San Miguel, nakita ko dito yung pag step-up ng bench—Raymond, Jervy, sina Kev, ‘di ba? Kasi kailangan talaga namin sila pagdating ng playoffs, or pagdating ng crucial times ng games, ng conference or ng season," he said. "Pag kumpleto na kami, diba, mas lalalim pa yung bench namin. This is really an opportunity for them na mag step up talaga," Tenorio added.     --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJan 28th, 2018

Beermen pass Meralco test to gain share of lead in the All-Filipino

ANTIPOLO, Rizal --- If Meralco is San Miguel's first major test in the 2018 Philippine Cup, then the Beermen passed that test with flying colors. The three-time defending champions came through for a big 103-97 win Wednesday at the Ynares Arena here to improve to a 2-0 record to end 2017. San Miguel joined NLEX on top of the standings this early in the All-Filipino. Losing a 22-point lead in the second half, the Beermen had to stand tough in the fourth to avoid yet another meltdown against Meralco similar to their last encounter in the 2017 Governors' Cup. Last season, San Miguel lost a 17-point lead to the Bolts. The repercussions of that defeat were crucial for the Beermen as they missed out on a top-2 seed in the playoffs. The next game, San Miguel lost to Ginebra in the quarterfinals and the team's Grand Slam hopes evaporated into thin air. No such collapse happened thos time as the Beermen knew what to do late in the game and that was to feed their reigning four-time league MV June Mar Fajardo. The Kraken dropped 13 of his 26 points in the fourth quarter as San Miguel managed to hold on despite Meralco's furious rally.  "I'm so thankful that we ended the year with a bang. With this win, I think this will motivate us to play better next time," head coach Leo Austria said. "I told the boys na from the start, we should have a good start ano. I know Meralco, even though they are down 17 or 20 points, I know they will come back ano dahil we lost in our last game against Meralco when we're leading by 17 points that's why I'm very aware of that lead," he added. San Miguel raced to an 18-point lead inthe first half behind the hot shooting of Alex Cabagnot and Marcio Lassiter. Cabagnot fired 12 of his 29 points in the second quarter while Marcio started the game with 10 quick points before finishing with 18. However, the Bolts turned to Mike Tolomia to make it a game in the second half as the second-year guard led a Meralco to a 32-22 third-quarter run where he scored 15 points. He ended up wit ha team-high 21 points off the bench. After Tolomia, KG Canaleta once again proved his spot with Meralco by addinf another 17 points while Reynel Hugnatan was good for 16. Meralco dropped to 1-1 after the loss.   The Scores: SAN MIGUEL 103 — Cabagnot 29, Fajardo 26, Lassiter 18, Pessumal 11, Ross 9, Santos 8, Mamaril 2, Lanete 0, Heruela 0, Ganuelas-Rosser 0. MERALCO 97 — Tolomia 21, Canaleta 17, Hugnatan 16, Newsome 13, Lanete 10, Bono 8, Amer 7, Baracael 2, Ballesteros 2, Caram 1, Faundo 0, Sedurifa 0, Salva 0.  Quarters: 30-18, 59-41, 81-73, 103-97.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsDec 27th, 2017

Durham goes beast mode to lead Meralco to crucial Game 3 win

Meralco's local support still leaves much to be desired so the Bolts just unleashed Allen Durham. And the newly-crowned back-to-back Best Import for the Governors' Cup delivered. Durham almost single-handedly brought Meralco back to the 2017 Governors' Cup Finals, powering the Bolts to a crucial 94-81 win over Ginebra in Game 3 Wednesday at the Big Dome. The hulking reinforcement fired 38 points and 20 rebounds for Meralco, leading the Bolts' big fourth-quarter run, a barometer so far in this best-of-7 series, to cut their Finals deficit in half, 1-2. Down 75-77 with 6:04 to go, Durham scored nine points in Meralco's 16-3 run to take an 11-point lead with 90 seconds left to secure the victory. The win is Meralco's first in the Finals since Game 3 of last year's championship round and Ginebra previously won five straight over the Bolts to capture the 2016 Governors' Cup and take a 2-0 lead in this series. After Durham, only one local player scored in double figures for the Bolts but Reynel Hugnatan sure came through in the best possible time for his team. All of a sudden playing heavy minutes after Ranidel De Ocampo went down with a calf injury, the ever-reliable veteran dropped 22 points, 21 from downtown, to help spark a fluctuating Meralco offense. Hugnatan buried two triples in the final four minutes, the first to give the Bolts an 83-77 lead with 3:37 to go and the second to seal the game's finally tally. His performance was reminiscent of his Game 3 performance last year when he went a perfect 3-of-3 from deep in the final three minutes. "The game becomes a lot easier if you can make shots, if you can knock down your outside shots. Today we did a good job of making our perimeter shots and a lot of credit goes to Reynel Hugnatan who stepped up and made a lot of threes for us today," head coach Norman Black said. "Our defense was pretty solid, just like it was last game. But the difference is we played the defense for 48 minutes instead of just 44," he added, noting on Meralco's Game 2 collapse. While it was a close game all throughout, it was the Gin Kings who were practically in control until Durham went beast mode in the second half. Faced with a must-win situation, Durham dropped 23 points in the final 24 minutes with 13 coming in the fourth period as the Bolts started to pound Ginebra by almost exclusively relyin on their dominant import. Five players scored in double figures for the defending champion Gin Kings but the team collectively shot only 43 percent from the field as Meralco's defense hanged tough. Justing Brownlee led the way with 15 points but he missed 13 out of 20 attempts from the field. LA Tenorio and Japeth Aguilar finished with 14 apiece for Ginebra. Game 4 is set for Friday also at the Big Dome.   The scores: MERALCO 94 - Durham 38, Hugnatan 22, Dillinger 9, Lanete 8, Caram 7, Newsome 7, Hodge 3, Amer 0, De Ocampo 0, Faundo 0, Tolomia 0. GINEBRA 81 - Brownlee 15, Tenorio 14, Aguilar J. 14, Slaughter 12, Thompson 10, Devance 8, Caguioa 8, Mercado 0, Ferrer 0. Quarters: 21-21, 46-47, 66-64, 94-81.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsOct 18th, 2017

Devance steps up as Ginebra wards off TNT for pivotal 2-1 lead

MANILA, Philippines -- Barangay Ginebra leaned on the heroics of Joe Devance to weather a pesky TNT side, 106-103, and take a crucial 2-1 edge in their PBA G.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsOct 6th, 2017

Fajardo's 41 points lifts SMB past upset-conscious Kia

June Mar Fajardo has been under the radar lately with his injuries and all but the Kraken finally made his presence felt again, reminding everyone why he's the reigning three-time MVP of the PBA. Behind a season-high 41 points, June Mar powered San Miguel past the upset-consious Kia Picanto Saturday at the MOA Arena, scoring a crucial 118-112 win in the 2017 Governors' Cup. With the Beermen looking for a twice-to-beat advantage in the quarterfinals, San Miguel needed every one of Fajardo's output to overcome an 11-point deficit in the second half and move up to 6-3 in the standings, becoming the fifth team to clinch a playoff spot in the season-ending joust. Fajardo, who also had 17 rebounds, was two points short of his career-high of 43 set against Alaska two years ago. 'This is an ugly game for us dahil everybody is expecting us to do well because of the last two games namin against Rain or Shine and Ginebra. But this time against Kia, a lot of people, magdududa sila sa nilaro namin kung ganoon ba talaga kami kalakas,' head coach Leo Austria said. 'I think this is a wake up call for us na we cannot take any team for granted. Every team in this league is trying to beat San Miguel. The entire game naghahabol kami eh, kahit masama ito basta nanalo kami okay lang,' he added. With Geron Johnson firing on all cylinders, the Picanto took a 67-56 lead early in the second half and were keeping the Beermen at bay until the fourth period. However, Fajardo would drop 20 in the last 12 minutes and San Miguel outscored Kia, 40-28, to take control and take the win. A final pair of free throws by June Mar gave the Beermen a 114-109 lead with 56 seconds to go and that was all she wrote. Five other players scored in double figures for San Miguel with import Terrence Watson and Marcio Lassiter firing 16 points apiece. Chris Ross and Arwind Santos were good for 15 points each. Johnson led the way for the Picanto with 42 points, 10 rebounds, and eight assists but it wasn't enough to had Kia its first win of the conference. The Picanto are now 0-10 for the Governors' Cup.   The scores: SAN MIGUEL 118 - Fajardo 41, Watson 16, Lassiter 16, Santos 15, Ross 15, Cabagnot 11, Tubid 2, Espinas 2, Heruela 0, Pessumal 0, Rosser 0. KIA 112 - Johnson 42, Yee 18, Corpuz 15, Paniamogan 14, Celda 9, Elorde 7, Salva 3, Camson 2, Ballesteros 2, Jaime 0, Deutchman 0. Quarters: 25-25, 45-50, 78-84, 118-112.   br /> --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8 .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsSep 16th, 2017

San Miguel, Ginebra break tie

Another down the wire finish is expected between sibling rivals San Miguel Beer and Barangay Ginebra San Miguel as they dispute a 2-1 lead in their best-of-five PBA Governors’ Cup semifinal series today at the Smart Araneta Coliseum......»»

Category: newsSource: NewsSep 29th, 2016

All-Filipino TNT topples Meralco behind Castro, Romeo

ANTIPOLO---TNT didn't need an import to escape Meralco, 92-90, in the PBA Governors' Cup Sunday at Ynares Center in Antipolo. The KaTropa, who sent home underforming import Mike Glover, improved to 1-1 after losing to NLEX in their first game, 103-90, while the Bolts dropped to 1-1. Jayson Castro and Terrence Romeo connected in the game's most crucial plays that allowed the KaTropa to take a massive sigh of relief after the earlier minutes of a tumultuous fourth quarter. With Nio Canaleta guarding him on the right wing, Castro drove to the paint and kicked the ball to the open Romeo, who drilled a three that gave TNT a 90-85 lead with 18.2 seconds left to cap the KaTropa's 8...Keep on reading: All-Filipino TNT topples Meralco behind Castro, Romeo.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated News9 hr. 25 min. ago

Hungry Durham has nothing left to prove but lead Bolts to PBA title

The Bolts were booted out of the finals twice and against just one enemy in Barangay Ginebra, but Durham is hellbent that his third stint with the Bolts is the time they will finally exorcize their.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philippinetimesRelated News22 hr. 25 min. ago

‘Hungry’ Durham has ‘nothing left to prove’ but lead Bolts to PBA title

Is the third time going to be the charm for Allen Durham? Well, the Meralco big man thinks so. Durham has won the Best Import award the past two PBA Governors' Cups, but those individual awards didn't result to titles. The Bolts were booted out of the finals twice and against just one enemy in Barangay Ginebra, but Durham is hellbent that his third stint with the Bolts is the time they will finally exorcize their demons. "Personally, I have nothing to prove," said Durham after their 109-106 opening day win over Columbian Friday at Ynares Center in Antipolo. "I think we need a championship." "It's all about the team right now, I don't have anything to prove. You guys see me play, I...Keep on reading: ‘Hungry’ Durham has ‘nothing left to prove’ but lead Bolts to PBA title.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsAug 18th, 2018

Scratchers, Revellers duel for pivotal lead

Finally unmasking Che’Lu Bar and Grill the last time out, Go for Gold hopes to keep the momentum of its Game Two win as the Scratchers and the Revellers dispute the lead in the PBA D-League Foundation Cup Finals at the Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig today......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsAug 15th, 2018

Game-changing imports who raised the bar in the PBA

Imports are considered not only crowd drawers that invite national attention to the PBA. They are also game changers who raised the bar of play in the pioneering Asian pro cage league, with their incredible skills, breathtaking court wizardry, huge scoring might, and of course fantastic flights of fancy. Through the years, we’ve anticipated only the best from them, and definitely there are a few of them who really made their mark with their names etched in the annals of the league. One of them is Ginebra import Justin Brownlee, who bagged the PBA Best Import Award recently. Not flashy or flamboyant, Brownlee just gets the job done, leading Ginebra to the 2016 and 2017 Governors Cup, and just recently the 2018 Commissioners Cup. Aside from Brownlee, who were the other imports in PBA history that made a huge impact in the league and in the consciousness of this basketball-crazy nation? Here are some of the greatest imports ever to play in the country. 1. Cyrus Mann Cyrus Mann is remembered as one of the first prolific imports that played in the PBA, donning the Crispa Redmanizers jersey during its Grand Slam year in 1976 up to 1979. He provided that imposing presence in the paint with his 6’10” frame and was a monster off the boards, including those killer moves in the paint scoring at will against opponents. 2. Byron “Snake” Jones Memorable for his versatility and workhorse attitude, Byron “Snake” Jones was a journeyman, playing for three different teams in the PBA and leading two of them to championships. He played for the Toyota Comets in the PBA’s maiden season and won the First and Second Conference crowns and then went on to play for the U-Tex Wranglers and help them in bagging their first-ever title in the PBA Open Conference in 1978. He would then end his PBA journey with the Crispa Redmanizers in 1981. 3. Andy Fields Considered the first “resident import” in the league, Andy Fields has been called back frequently to play for his lone PBA team Toyota in his entire stint in the PBA. A feared shotblocker, midrange shooter, and rebounder, Fields led Toyota to three PBA championships, including the 1979 Invitationals, 1981 and 1982 Open Conference titles. 4. Norman Black Norman Black is simply called the import that gives his all in each game, one who was frequently labeled as “Mr. 100%.” He started his PBA career with the Teflin Polyesters in 1981, then began his connection with the San Miguel franchise in 1982 as its main workhorse and scorer, who would guide the Beermen to its second franchise title in the Invitationals the same year. He would then serve as import for Great Taste the next year, played again for the SMC franchise in 1985 under Magnolia Quench Plus, then suited briefly for Alaska in 1986. After returning to San Miguel in 1987, Black would then become a playing coach and eventually a coach who engineered its first Grand Slam in 1989. 5. Billy Ray Bates Billy Ray Bates is considered by many as the “best ever” who would fascinate everyone with monster dunks from the charity stripe years before Michael Jordan. Not only would he run rings around defenders, Bates would soar up, up away to score, and score without letup, hence the title “The Black Superman.” His debut stint with Crispa in its second Grand Slam year in 1983 was astounding and remarkable, as his unstoppable incursions, aerial shows, and powerful slams made him unforgettable to this day. Three years later, he would bring his greatness to Ginebra San Miguel and bag the 1986 Open Conference crown, which was the then-Palanca franchise’s first title. 6. Michael Hackett Loyal and dedicated, Michael Hackett is the gentle giant opponents feared. He is considered one of the most dominant forces in PBA history, who would just power his way through defenders at the paint and score at will. Playing for Ginebra San Miguel, Hackett is best remembered for being the first PBA player to score over a hundred points, 103 points to be exact, in a match against Great Taste in the 1985 Open Conference, wherein he won Best Import honors. In the next year, Hackett and fellow import great Billy Ray Bates collaborated to lead Ginebra to the 1986 Open Conference title.   7. Bobby Parks For most coaches, the late Bobby Parks was seen as the greatest not only due to the fact that he is the most decorated with seven Best Import awards, but also being the most hard working and coachable import ever. A gallant scoring machine yet a silent operator, Parks showed a wide variety of moves in his lane incursions in his prime that would leave defenders helpless, ending in mind-boggling baskets. Apart from his individual skills, Parks really completes his mission, giving championships to San Miguel Beer in the 1987 Reinforced Conference, and then Shell as its resident import with two titles, the 1990 and 1992 First Conference plums.      8. Tony Harris He might not be that much of an obedient trooper, but Tony Harris and his brand of play was simply breathtaking. As Coach Yeng Guiao decided during his time as coach of the Swift Mighty Meaties that they must let him be and ordered his court lieutenants to just pass the ball to him and make him simply wield his magic. And he did leave everyone in awe with his speed, agility, and power to score over all defenders thrown at him, hence the monicker “The Hurricane.” Proof of his incredible abilities is scoring 105 points, the single game scoring record that holds to this day, against Ginebra in the 1992 Reinforced Conference, wherein he would single-handedly cop the title for Swift. 9. Sean Chambers You could be charmed by his beaming smile when you meet him off the court, but when you meet him on-court, prepare for the worst beating. Though he’s not the heavy scorer type of an import PBA fans are accustomed to, Alaska’s “resident import” shows his class and might as a team player. He worked for the Milkmen in 13 seasons, giving them titles 6 times, yet only won the Best Import plum once—in the Reinforced Conference of Alaska’s Grand Slam year in 1996. The memory of what these imports brought to the league continues to delight true PBA fans through the years. And we see their legacy in such players as Justin Brownlee, who continue to show the example, the standard for other foreign players setting foot in the country to follow.     .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsAug 13th, 2018