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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

FIBA WORLD CUP: Gilas Pilipinas absorbs shock upset from Kazakhstan

MANILA, Philippines --- Obviously, this is not the Asian Games. Kazakhstan scored a big-time upset Friday at the MOA Arena here, beating the Philippines, 92-88, in the 2019 FIBA World Cup Asian Qualifiers. Losing by 37 points to Gilas in Jakarta a couple of months back in the 2018 Asiad, Kazakhstan would frustrate the Filipinos on their home floor, making the Group F race all the more interesting. After Marcio Lassiter hit a triple to put the Philippines within two, 88-90, with 26 seconds to go, Rustam Yergali found Anton Bykov down low for a crucial layup, giving Kazakhstan a two-possession lead. With 12.7 seconds to work with, Gilas got LA Tenorio a wide-open three but the Ginebra playmaker missed. Bykov was fouled on the rebound but ended up missing two free throws as well but Kazakhstan's four-point lead was more than enough to hold on. With the shock win Kazakhstan win, Gilas Pilipinas is now tied with the red-hot Japan for third place in Group F with identical 5-4 records. Australia maintains pole position with an 8-1 mark after a win over Iran and the Boomers are through to the World Cup next year. Iran is second with a 6-3 record and will face the Philippines Monday in another crucial clash while Kazakhstan is fifth with a 4-5 mark with the Akatsuki Five up next in Toyama. Tied at 79 with 2:39 to go, Gilas took the lead after Tenorio buried a quick jumper of a timeout. However, it was quickly answered by Yergali with a triple for an 82-81 lead for Kazakhstan. Pringle pushed the Philippines ahead for the last time, 83-82, following a driving layup but Nikolay Bazhin scored four straight for Kazakhstan and the visitors took over for good. "Well of course we're disappointed," Gilas head coach Yeng Guiao said. "But we still have one game on Monday and we can't feel too negative about ourselves. I think we can salvage the situation if we're able to play a good game against Iran and learn from this game, the lessons from this game," he added.   STAN THE MAN Stanley Pringle carried the Gilas offense for the first five minutes of the third period, at one point scoring seven straight for a 51-50 lead for the Philippines. Pringle would keep the national team afloat, cashing in on two unsportsmanlike fouls from Kazakhstan to give Gilas a three-point lead before he headed to the bench with a minute and change left in the quarter. In total, Pringle scored 14 points in the third but it was not enough as back-to-back triples from Alexandr Zhigulin and Shaim Kuanov pushed Kazakhstan ahead, 65-62.   WE'RE PLAYING DEFENSE It was a slow start for the two teams, with the defense forcing bad shots on both ends. However, Kazakhstan was getting enough to take a 7-2 lead early before the Gilas responded with a 9-0 run sparked by the San Miguel Beermen. Marcio Lassiter first found June Mar Fajardo for an easy layup before Fajardo returned the favor, setting up his shooter for a booming triple. The Philippines took its first lead of the game after a layup from Lassiter and Fajardo scored on a hook shot to complete the run, forcing Kazakhstan to call a timeout down 7-11. Come the second quarter, the Kazakhstan defense swarmed Gilas, forcing a couple of turnovers in the first minute alone. Anton Bykov cashed in twice, giving the visitors a 23-18 lead and forcing the Filipinos to burn an early timeout. Matthew Wright  would then make things happen for Gilas, and his play was good for eight points as the Philippines forced another tie at 26-all. Still, Kazakhstan would keep its cool and back-to-back triples from Rustam Murzagaliyev from pretty much the same spot capped a 9-2 run for a seven-point lead. The Philippines managed to take over late in the first half, 39-38, with Scottie Thompson and Stanley Pringle sparking a 9-0 blitz. However, Kazakhstan managed to beat the clock for a one-point lead at the break. Pringle was the high man for the Philippines with 29 points while June Mar Fajardo finished with a 14-point, 13-rebound double-double. Marcio Lassiter added 13 points for Gilas Pilipinas. For Kazakhstan, it was Alexandr Zhigulin that led the way with a game-high 30 points while Anton Bykov was good for 20. Rustam Murzagaliyev has 11 points and Rustam Yergali dropped 10 points. The Philippines will next host Iran Monday while Kazakhstan is off to Toyama to take on Japan.   The Scores: KAZAKHSTAN 92 -- Zhigulin 30, Bykov 20, Yergali 12, Murzagaliyev 11, Kuanov 8, Bazhin 7, Marchuk 4, Chsherbak 0, Lapchenko 0, Gavrilov 0. PHILIPPINES 88 -- Pringle 29, Fajardo 14, Lassiter 13, Tenorio 8, Norwood 7, Thompson 6, Wright 5, Aguilar 4, Erram 2, Cabagnot 0, Belga 0, Slaughter 0. Quarters: 17-18, 40-39, 65-62, 92-88.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsNov 30th, 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:  mb.com.phRelated NewsSep 29th, 2016

PBA: Lee drills game winner as Hotshots take crucial 3-2 lead

Leethal weapon indeed. Paul Lee drilled the game winner Friday as the Magnolia Hotshots survived the Alaska Aces, 79-78, in Game 5 of the 2018 PBA Governors' Cup Finals at the Big Dome. Down one with 11 seconds to go, Romeo Travis was blocked by Best Import Mike Harris on his way to the basket. Fortunately for Magnolia, Lee picked up the loose ball and calmly drilled an open baseline jumper for a 79-78 lead with 1.3 seconds to go. Travis then stopped Harris on a fadeaway in Alaska's final possession and the Hotshots moved on to one win away from the title after taking a crucial 3-2 lead. "Aatakihin ako sa puso," head coach Chito Victolero said with a sigh of relief post-game. "It was a great game, one of the classics in terms of the PBA Finals. I want to commend my players for their mental toughness. We are tired but it was all about heart," he added. Magnolia was up eight, 74-66, with less than five minutes to go. However, the Aces would slowly pick up steam and would score 10 straight to take over, 76-74, in the final 1:17. The Hotshtos were in trouble late too but Lee managed to stop a 3-on-1 Alaska break before finding Ian Sangalang for a crucial and-one play with 18 seconds left for a 77-76 Magnolia lead. Alaska would answer back via two Mike Harris free throws, setting up the final Magnolia play that ended with Lee's clutch jumper. Before the wild fourth quarter, Magnolia dominated the first half, leading by as many as 17 points, 51-34, behind a strong second quarter. Alaska would quickly respond to start the second half, firing a 20-2 run for a 60-55 lead in the third period. Sangalang led the Hotshots with 20 points followed by Mark Barroca with 14. Jio Jalalon added 13 in a big bounce back game. Lee finished with 11 points and his game-winner was being his only basket in the second half. For the Aces, Mike Harris led the way with 26 points. Game 6 is set for Wednesday at Ynares Antipolo.   The Scores: MAGNOLIA 79 -- Sangalang 20, Barroca 14, Jalalon 13, Lee 11, Travis 10, Herndon 6, Dela Rosa 4, Reavis 1, Melton 0, Brondial 0, Simon 0. ALASKA 78 -- Harris 28, Enciso 13, Racal 13, Pascual 6, Exciminiano 5, Cruz 4, Banchero 3, Casio 2, Teng 2, Manuel 2, Baclao 0, Galliguez 0. Quarters: 29-28, 53-40, 65-62, 79-78.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsDec 14th, 2018

PBA: Clutch Paul Lee shows up on both ends to save Magnolia s title chances

Magnolia was on the brink of an epic Finals collapse. The Hotshots have lost all of their 17-point lead in Game 5 of the 2018 PBA Governors' Cup Finals and Romeo Travis' strong drive for a go-ahead layup was emphatically denied by Best Import Mike Harris. Alaska's Kevin Racal has dived for the loose ball but somehow, someway, Paul Lee managed to snag the leather and dribble his way to an open baseline. Lee, the newly-awarded PBA Best Player of the Conference, shot a mid-range jumper in rhythm. He swished it and gave the Hotshots a 79-78 lead with 1.3 seconds to go. It was his only score in the second half as he finished with 11 points and 10 rebounds. Magnolia would go on and win, taking a crucial 3-2 lead in the Finals. "I took the chance eh, kasi wala na eh down kami. Yung small details na ganun, yung mga 50-50 ball, yun yung mga nagpapanalo ng laro. Nakuha and then na-convert ko, so it gave us a win," Lee said on his series-defining save. "Struggle ako buong series offensively, pero yung coaching staff and the whole team, lagi nila sinasabi na next shot, next shot, papasok din yan. Tinira ko lang, luckily yung timing maganda siya. Sobrang bait talaga ni Lord alam mo yun? Sa kanila na eh, tapos ganun yung naging end nung game. Wala na akong hiling, napaka-gandang panalo nun," he added on his version of The Shot. A couple of plays before, Lee had another brilliant save that helped set up Game 5's wild finish. Down two, Lee managed to stop a 3-on-1 Alaska break before finding Ian Sangalang on the other end for a game-turning three-point play. That play gave Magnolia a 77-76 lead with 18 seconds to go. "I won't give up in any play, hanggang walang pito or di stop yung game. Yun naman tinuro samin from the start, hanggang di pumipito or walang deadball, tuluy-tuloy lang," Lee said. "Ayun nag-end up sa magandang play pa ganun lang yung mentality namin," he added. With Game 6 on the horizon, Lee knows it's going to be doubly hard and he wants the Hotshots to try and stay sharp. A title is on the line after all. "It's gonna be hard next game, yun yung pinaka mahirap na game. We need to prepare and of course wag namin kalimutan na mag-enjoy din sa laro," Lee said.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsDec 14th, 2018

PBA: Sangalang on Game 6: 'Pipilitin na namin makuha'

Ian Sangalang sure knows how to time his big performances. In a game where import Romeo Travis had perhaps his worst showing of the 2018 PBA Governors' Cup Finals, Sangalang had his best, leading the Magnolia Hotshots in scoring with 20 points on 61 percent shooting to go on top of six rebounds. More importantly, Sangalang was clutch too as his crucial three-point play inside the last 20 seconds gave Magnolia, 77-76 lead. "Unang-una, nung nandun kami sa court akala mo talo ne eh, pero thankful ako sa mga teammates ko kasi sila yung nagtrabaho dun sa kabilang court eh," Sangalang said, describing the play where Paul Lee had to stop a 3-on-1 Alaska break before he connected on the and-one play on the other end. "Hindi sila nag-give up. Sila yun eh, hindi na ako yun," he added. A win away from clinching the title, Sangalang knows it's going to be harder than ever and so Magnolia has to maintain its level of focus and concentration. The Finals has been marked with intense and physical action on both ends and it's going to take another hearculean effort from the Hotshots to close this one out. "Next game kailangan mag-focus talaga kami, kasi kita niyo naman yung game na yun hindi ganun kadali," Sangalang said. "Tulungan lang kami. Alam kong hindi ganun ka-easy, lalo na kalaban mo Alaska. Hindi ganun kadali pero pipilitin na namin makuha," he added.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsDec 14th, 2018

PBA Draft: Perez or Parks Jr. for 1st pick? Legends debate

Lyceum star CJ Perez and Alab Pilipinas captain Bobby Ray Parks Jr. are the concensus top-two picks for the upcoming 2018 PBA Draft this Sunday. What's unsure, however, is who Columbian Dyip, the owner of this year's top pick, should actually draft. PBA legends Gary David and Dondon Hontiveros were on hand at The Score's studio along with LA Tenorio and Beau Belga last Thursday to break down the exciting rivalry of sorts between Perez and Parks that's been adding spice to the PBA Draft. SPORTS SQUAD RELOADED! @dhonts7, Gary David, @LA_Tenorio, Beau Belaga and @micohalili discuss the possible top picks of the 2018 rookie draft! Who ya got? pic.twitter.com/56urqgJVFD — The Score (@TheScorePH) December 13, 2018 The question: Who should go first, and why? Hontiveros, who now plays for Alab Pilipinas in the ABL, obviously had Parks Jr. as this year's top pick.  The Cebuano hotshot was all praise for Parks Jr. and his ability to take charge and lead the team, which has already been proven with Alab's championship run last season.  David, Tenorio, and Belga, however, are all for CJ being the top pick. They all cited Perez's all-around game, his defense, and his ability to lead by example after two seasons with Lyceum.  What sets his apart, says Tenorio, was his willingness to learn, which is as important as any trait, said the Ginebra guard. Watch the entire breakdown below: .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsDec 14th, 2018