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PBA: San Miguel outlasts Ginebra in overtime classic

The hype was around Renaldo Balkman vs. Justin Brownlee but locals stole the show in the highly-anticipated San Miguel-Ginebra clash. MVPs June Mar Fajardo and Arwind Santos were crucial for Beermen late as the defending champions outlasted Ginebra in an overtime classic, 104-97, Sunday at the MOA Arena in the 2018 PBA Commissioner's Cup. Fajardo got the lucky bounce on a last-second fadeaway in regulation to force extra time while Santos scored his usual clutch triple in overtime as San Miguel won back-to-back games for the first time this conference. After a 0-3 start, the Beermen are now 2-3 in the standings. The Gin Kings meanwhile, just got buried even deeper and now hold a 1-5 card......»»

Category: sportsSource: abscbn abscbnJun 3rd, 2018

PBA: Classic rivalry games on deck for February

PBA basketball will continue even as the league takes a break in mid February to give way for Gilas Pilipinas. A pair of classic games will be played at the Big Dome on February 17 as San Miguel, Alaska, Purefoods, and Ginebra are all set to field a collection of All-Stars from the yesteryears. Four-time PBA MVP Alvin Patrimonio returns to action for Purefoods as they take on ‘90s rival Alaska led by Johnny Abarrientos. Powerhouse San Miguel will have players like Benjie Paras, Danny Ildefonso, and Allan Caidic to go up against Ginebra’s Bal David, Eric Menk, and head coach Sonny Jaworski. The pair of games is organized by the Samahan ng mga Dating Propesyonal na Basketbolista ng Pilipinas (SDPBP) in partnership with the PBA for the benefit of the player’s union. Here are the complete lineups for all four teams: PUREFOODS # 1 Bong Ravena # 3 Bonel Balingit  # 4 Paul Artadi  # 5 Ronnie Magsanoc # 7 Rey Evangelista # 8 Al Solis # 9 Elmer Cabahug # 10 Dindo Pumaren # 12 Glen Capacio # 13 Roger Yap # 16 Alvin Patrimonio # 19 Joey Sta. Maria # 31 Peter Naron # 44 Jerry Codiñera # 55 Richard Yee Coach: Ramon Fernandez ALASKA # 6 Jojo Lastimosa # 7 Roehl Gomez # 9 Rodney Santos # 11 Willie Miller # 11 Eddie Laure # 14 Johnny Abarrientos # 16 Bong Hawkins # 19 Kenneth Duremdes # 22 Jeff Cariaso # 32 Poch Juinio # 33 Bogs Adornado - Captain # 34 Wesley Gonzales # 35 Tony de la Cruz # 55 John Ferriols Earvin Sotto Coaches: Joel Banal/Aric del Rosario SAN MIGUEL # 2 Denok Miranda # 6 Ato Agustin # 8 Allan Caidic # 10 Alvin Teng # 10 Danny Ildefonso # 11 Nelson Asaytono # 11 Biboy Ravanes # 17 Olsen Racela  # 18 Art de la Cruz # 22 Arnold Gamboa # 23 Bong Alvarez # 25 Freddie Abuda # 25 Dondon Hontiveros # 42 Danny Seigle # 88 Chris Calaguio # 14 Benjie Paras Coach: Norman Black GINEBRA # 1 Bal David # 6 Noli Locsin # 8 Bennet Palad # 9 Leo Isaac # 11 JV Gayoso # 12 Vince Hizon # 13 Marlou Aquino # 16 Benny Cheng # 17 Rudy Distrito # 18 Wilmer Ong # 22 Romulo Mamaril # 25 Pido Jarencio # 30 Eric Menk # 32 EJ Feihl # 33 Bobby Jose Coach: Robert Jaworski   — Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJan 31st, 2019

Basketball in 2018: The San Miguel takeover

It was another good year for basketball in 2018. In the case of the Philippine Basketball Association, they literally took one full year to complete. One year and two days actually. That's a lot of basketball. And that's just one league. Basketball die-hards were truly blessed in 2018. To be honest, some of the things that happened literally only about five months ago, seem like a long time ago. That's how crazy this year has been. In order to try and fit everything together in this year-end review, let's do things by category. Let's play ball.   SAN MIGUEL TAKEOVER Just to be clear here, by San Miguel, we mean San Miguel Corp. SMC teams continued to lord it over in basketball in 2018, at least on this part of the world. The flagship Beermen extended their dynasty in the Philippine Cup, beating Magnolia for a record four straight All-Filipino titles. [Related: June Mar scores 42 as Beermen complete Philippine Cup four-peat] Considering how easy they won this year and with significant upgrades present, it looks like there's still no stopping the San Miguel Beermen in the most prestigious tournament the Philippines has to offer. One team that did stop the Beermen this year were the Gin Kings of Brgy. Ginebra. With super import Justin Brownlee saving the day once again, Ginebra stopped San Miguel's Grand Slam drive for the second straight season, capturing the Commissioner's Cup in six games at the expense of the Beermen. [Related: Gin Kings dethrone San Miguel after sensational Game 6 win] The Gin Kings stay winning with Brownlee, if the guys makes the Finals, he's pretty much right on the money. Ginebra is a perfect three-fo-three in the Finals with Brownlee as import and in five conferences with the super scorer, the Gin Kings have made at least the semifinals each time. In the Governors' Cup, we got Manila Clasico in the semifinals and for a change, it was Magnolia that came out on top in an absolute classic of a series. [Related: Hotshots dominate Alaska to win Governors' Cup] The Hotshots used that momentum to win their first title since their Grand Slam season, completing an SMC Grand Slam in 2018. It's the first time in history all three San Miguel teams won a title in the same year. That alone makes 2018 special.   SAN MIGUEL TAKEOVER PART 2 After Gilas Pilipinas pretty much imploded on its own (more on that later), the San Miguel takeover has finally extended to the national team. [Related: Pressure mounts for Guiao with "best Philippine team ever"] The SMC stars were finally full force with Gilas and while the wins have not come just yet, it's pretty cool to see guys like Marcio Lassiter, Scottie Thompson, Greg Slaughter, and the rest of them play with the Gilas regulars of the yesteryears.   SAN MIGUEL TAKE OVER PART 3 Going away from the PBA a little bit, San Miguel stays winning as Alab Pilipinas brought the Asean Basketball League title back to the Philippine. Alab, with Jimmy Alapag coaching and Renaldo Balkman and Justim Brownlee as lead import, beat Thailand's Mono Vampire in five games for the title. [Related: Alab Pilipinas lights it up for country’s first title since 2013] It's the first ABL title for the Philippines since you guess it, San Miguel Beer's 2013 title with head coach Leo Austria and Asi Taulava.   BASKETBRAWLS Now we're getting to the good stuff. In a year where commotions were a little more common than usual, one very specific commotion managed to stand out. Actually, it was no mere commotion. It was a full-on fight. Back in July, Gilas Pilipinas engaged the Boomers of Australia in a massive brawl that resulted in ejections, suspensions, and fines that cost millions of pesos. [Related: 10 Gilas players suspended for brawl with Boomers] It also led to a national team coaching change and the San Miguel takeover in Gilas that we talked about before. In between, we actually finally saw Jordan Clarkson in Gilas Pilipinas so that counts as a win even though we only placed 5th in the Asian Games. [Related: ASIAN GAMES: Is Clarkson actually worth all that trouble for Gilas?] Ultimately, the sad and unfortunate event that was the Gilas-Boomers brawl casted a bad reputation on the Philippine national team, one that Gilas might take a while to recover from.   DUST-ED Another rather unfortunate event this year was Kiefer Ravena's FIBA suspension. [Related: Kiefer banned 18 months for using PEDs] We all know the story so let's not dwell to much about such a tragic event. Let's just patiently wait for the Phenom's comeback. August 2019 can't come soon enough.   LOOKING AHEAD If you thought 2018 was hectic, wait until we get to 2019. The ABL is already in full swing and Alab's title defense should get into high gear as the new year starts. The PBA opens a new season in January. Also, Gilas still has some stuff on the way with the national team's FIBA World Cup chase. We also host the Southeast Asian Games so that's another two weeks of basketball. Other opportunities include the Asia League, NLEX and Blackwater did well in their Super 8 stints in Macau and it's interesting to find out who's going to represent the country in the emerging power in Asia. [Related: Asia League boss wants more PBA teams in his tournaments] If you thought 2018 was filled with great basketball, you're right. 2019 should be no different.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsDec 26th, 2018

Clutch Paul Zamar downplays role in Ginebra overtime stunner

  MANILA, Philippines – Paul Zamar is seemingly carving a reputation as a basketball heartbreaker. Back when he was plying his craft  as an import for Thailand's Mono Vampire team in the Asean Basketball League (ABL), he routinely silenced the home crowds of eventual champion San Miguel Alab Pilipinas with his cold-blooded ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsSep 22nd, 2018

Ginebra logs road win vs NLEX

Justin Brownlee finally pulled off a breakthrough win with the Barangay Ginebra Kings via a 93-85 triumph over the NLEX Road Warriors in a PBA Commissioner's Cup Petron Saturday Special at Ibalong Centrum for Recreation in Legazpi City.   Brownlee's efforts had gone for naught for the Kings in their last three matches, including an overtime loss to San Miguel Beer, and they badly needed this one to keep them in the hunt for a quarterfinal spot.   Greg Slaughter and Japeth Aguilar also delivered for the Kings, who relied mostly on their might in the paint to send the Road Warriors to their sixth defeat in eight games.   The crowd favorites only needed ...Keep on reading: Ginebra logs road win vs NLEX.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJun 9th, 2018

Fajardo overcomes tough week, helps Beermen go on a roll

June Mar Fajardo overcame a tough week to help San Miguel Beer regain its form in the 2018 PBA Commissioner's Cup. Fajardo played through an illness on Wednesday, posting nine points, 13 rebounds, four assists and two blocks in the Beermen's 106-94 win over the Phoenix Fuel Masters. Feeling much better, he followed up his near double-double effort with 24 points and 19 rebounds to power San Miguel past Barangay Ginebra in overtime on Sunday night. He also hit the game-tying jumper over his 7-foot rival Greg Slaughter to send the duel into OT. The four-time MVP averaged 16.5 points, 16 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 1.5 blocks during the stretch to bag his first PBA Press Corps Player of ...Keep on reading: Fajardo overcomes tough week, helps Beermen go on a roll.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJun 4th, 2018

San Miguel picks up momentum, sends Ginebra to 5th loss

San Miguel continued to build momentum after its disastrous start as it scraped past Barangay Ginebra, 104-97, in overtime in the PBA Commissioner's Cup Sunday at Mall of Asia Arena. The Beermen started the conference on a 0-3 spiral but has since won two straight to get to a 2-3 card while the Gin Kings lost back-to-back games and slipped to 1-5 to stay at the 11th seed. Reigning four-time MVP June Mar Fajardo found the lucky bounce in his turnaround jumper over Greg Slaughter to tie the game at 93-93 with 1.1 seconds left in regulation. MVP PLAY! June Mar ties it! 93-93 0.6 seconds left! #PBA2018 pic.twitter.com/lH7Az4iSIP --- Bong Lozada (@BLozadaINQ) June 3, 2018 R...Keep on reading: San Miguel picks up momentum, sends Ginebra to 5th loss.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJun 3rd, 2018

Santos’ OT heroics nothing new to Beermen: ‘He’s a big time player’

Arwind Santos is no stranger to clutch shots. He once hit a high archer to win San Miguel the 2015 PBA Philippine Cup, and on Sunday the 2013 MVP added two more clutch buckets under his name. Santos can be considered as the sole person responsible for burying Ginebra in San Miguel's 104-97 overtime victory as he scored eight of the Beermen's 11 points in the extra period. "Those kinds of shots I'm always ready for those because I always practice it," said Santos in Filipino at Mall of Asia Arena. "I was open so I shot it." Santos' first three-pointer was the opening basket of overtime when he sized up Joe Devance near the right wing with 4:42 on the clock and gave San Mig...Keep on reading: Santos’ OT heroics nothing new to Beermen: ‘He’s a big time player’.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJun 3rd, 2018

Renaldo Balkman wins one over brother Justin Brownlee

MANILA, Philippines – Nothing will break the brotherly bond built between Renaldo Balkman and Justin Brownlee.  Balkman now has one over Brownlee after the San Miguel Beermen proved steadier in the endgame to eke out a 104-97 overtime win over Barangay Ginebra on Sunday, June 3. That, however, will not shroud ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJun 3rd, 2018

Phoenix blows lead, outlasts Ginebra in double OT

Phoenix held on to outlast Barangay Ginebra, 103-98, in double overtime in the 2018 PBA Commissioner's Cup Sunday at Smart Araneta Coliseum. The Fuel Masters improved to 3-2 to get to the fourth spot while sending the Gin Kings to their third loss in four games. With Phoenix protecting a precarious one-point lead, Justin Chua hit a high-arching one-hander over Ginebra forward Japeth Aguilar for a 101-98 cushion with 41 seconds left. Scottie Thompson and LA Tenorio, two of league's premier guards, made back-to-back turnovers off errant passes intended for Joe Devance midway through the second overtime. "We needed that game and that was a big game for us," said Phoenix head...Keep on reading: Phoenix blows lead, outlasts Ginebra in double OT.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsMay 20th, 2018

Undermanned Lyceum outlasts Benilde, nails quarters berth

MANILA, Philippines – Even with the odds stacked against them, Renzo Navarro and the short-handed Lyceum Pirates dug deep, surviving a grueling overtime duel against the St. Benilde Blazers, 73-66, in the 2018 Smart City Hoops Under-25 Summer Classic on Wednesday, May 9, in San Juan City. Navarro ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsMay 10th, 2018

Ginebra-Purefoods, SMB-Alaska reunion games eyed

A classic double-header pitting the old stars of Barangay Ginebra versus Purefoods and San Miguel Beer against Alaska Milk is virtually a done deal......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsApr 13th, 2018

June Mar will never let San Miguel down

San Miguel has its full trust on June Mar Fajardo. And more often than not, the star center delivers for San Miguel. The reigning four-time league MVP once again came through for the Beermen Friday for Game 5 of the 2018 PBA Philippine Cup Finals, leading San Miguel to a fourth straight All-Filipino title. In a double-overtime classic, Fajardo scored a playoff career-high 42 points to go along with 20 rebounds, powering San Miguel's comeback from 23 points down to stun the Magnolia Hotshots. He was named Finals MVP as well. "Ever since, kilala ko si June Mar eh," head coach Leo Austria started when talking about his prized ward. "Sometimes pag tinatanong namin yan, 'June Mar, mananalo ba tayo?' 'Coach, mananalo tayo.' You can see it naman from his facial expression," Coach Leo added. June Mar was practically unstoppable after the third quarter of Game 5. He scored 14 points in the fourth period and another 12 in overtime, eight in the second extra session. "That's the sign na he wants to finish this championship dahil alam niya na pagod na pagod na siya. He wants to have vacation dahil remember guys, during Holy Week, nasa bahay lang kami, kanya-kanyang nagpapa-kundisyon instead of going back to their respective families," Austria said. Fajardo was one of the San Miguel players who didn't get to go home. He stayed in Manila while his parents were in Cebu. Ever the team player, June Mar deflected credit once again despite being clearly the best player on the floor. "Thankful ako sa teammates ko na hindi kami nag-give up," he said. "Hinahanap ako ng teammates ko eh kailangan ko mag-produce, buti pumapasok tira ko. Dami ko mintis nung first half buti pumasok na nung fourth until the end," Fajardo added.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsApr 7th, 2018

PBA Finals Game 5 By the Numbers: Next challengers, please

The latest challenger has fallen. San Miguel Beer extended its All-Filipino dynasty Friday, beating the Magnolia Hotshots in a double-overtime classic foe Game 5 of the Philippine Cup Finals. The Beermen won the series, 4-1. And before we move on to the inevitable Grand Slam talks again, let's take cues from the Beermen themselves and celebrate this title first. And by celebrate, we mean another round of By the Numbers.   4 Number of Philippine Cups won by San Miguel Beer in four years. Literally no team has ever done that before so yes, that's another historic achievement for the Beermen.   25 Total championships for San Miguel, the most in PBA history. No one even comes close to the Beermen. The team's tradition of winning is incredible.   6 Number of titles for San Miguel in the past 10 conferences. This current San Miguel dynasty started when head coach Leo Austria took over, the guy is a perfect 6 out of 6 in the PBA Finals. There's no end in sight for this amazing run for the Beermen.   42 Total points for Finals MVP June Mar Fajardo in Game 5. The Kraken was unstoppable as the Beermen rallied for the win, scoring 14 points in the fourth quarter and another 12 in overtime, including eight in the second extra session. 42 points is also June Mar's playoff career high and most points scored by a local in the Finals since Jayson Castro scored 44 three years ago.   2 Number of steals needed by Chris Ross to complete the first quadruple-double in PBA history. Ross narrowly missed the mark, finishing with 13 points, 11 rebounds, 11 assists, and eight steals.     --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsApr 7th, 2018

Ross hopes to have another shot at historic quadruple-double

Dealing with nagging injury in San Miguel's playoff run, Chris Ross didn't want to extend the 2018 PBA Philippine Cup Finals to a Game 6. That's why he helped make things happen in Game 5, wrapping up the series, 4-1, and giving the Beermen their fourth straight Philippine Cup title. "My gas tank is... no more gas. It's on E," Ross said Friday after San Miguel won a double-overtime classic. "I wanted to end it tonight. My leg's killing me and I just don't want to chance it anymore because it could probably tear more or pop or something. So I really wanted to end it tonight," he added. Ross most definitely did his part in helping San Miguel clinch the title. He finished with 13 points, 11 rebounds, 11 assists, and eight steals in 52 and a half minutes. Ross was two steals short of record the first quadruple-double in PBA history. The stats didn't matter to him though. He just wanted no part of another overtime and Game 6. "Don't tell me that," Ross said of his stat line with a laugh. "Heck no," he added when asked if he wanted a third OT.  "I have all those points... I'm glad we won. You know I'm not the type of guy that cares about stats. I just want to win. But when you tell me that, it kinda hurts my heart. Hopefully, I’ll have another opportunity to do it, that’s all I can say about it," Ross added of the missed quadruple-double. After everything that happened, Ross is just mostly relieved that the whole thing is over. Of course, it helps that they won. Again. "I wanted to cry, man, like tears of joy. How hard we worked over the past four years, the grit we had to overcome the deficit today, and I was just proud of my guys because they didn’t give up," Ross said. "If we lose, I’ll live with it. I was glad that everybody responded and we were able to pull out this win again," he added.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsApr 6th, 2018

Chris Ross’ recovery nearing a ‘hundred percent’

San Miguel is once again embarking on a quest for that elusive PBA Grand Slam and point guard Chris Ross is not missing it for the world. Though he is still recovering from a strained right thigh, Ross is working overtime to return to top form as the four-peat seeking Beermen face a tough challenger in Magnolia. "I'm getting closer to a hundred percent," said Ross durng the pre-finals press conference Wednesday. "I went to practice today and I felt pretty good, so we'll see. I'm going to get treatment after this and I'll get treatment again tomorrow." Ross injured his right thigh in the third game of San Miguel's semifinals series against Barangay Ginebra, but he defied the ...Keep on reading: Chris Ross’ recovery nearing a ‘hundred percent’.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsMar 21st, 2018

Super Marcio s clutch performance wins him PBA PoW

Marcio Lassiter highlighted his explosive performance in the PBA Philippine Cup semifinals by making the game-winning putback to give San Miguel a 2-0 series lead over Barangay Ginebra. Lassiter’s back-to-back hot-shooting performances earned him the PBA Press Corps Player of the Week for the period of March 6-11. The 30-year-old Lassiter kicked off the All-Filipino conference Final Four by knocking down five triples as San Miguel administered a 102-90 beating of a weary Ginebra side last Friday. The former Smart-Gilas shooter finished that game with 17 points, five rebounds and the same number of assists in 30 minutes as he more than made up for four-time league MVP June Mar Fajardo’s quiet offense in Game 1. Two days later, the PBA’s fourth overall pick in 2011 completed SMB’s comeback from a 15-point deficit by scoring a putback off Fajardo’s missed layup to seal the Beermen’s heart-stopping 104-102 overtime win. The Beermen are now up, 2-0 in the best-of-seven semifinal series against the crowd darlings. Lassiter was on target in Game 2 after firing 25 points, laced with four three-pointers, to go along with eight rebounds, four assists and three steals in 46 minutes of action. “Super Marcio” averaged 21 points, 6.5 rebounds and 4.5 assists in the Beermen’s semifinal victories to beat teammates Fajardo and Arwind Santos, along with NLEX’s Cyrus Baguio and Kiefer Ravena for the weekly citation. The Beermen will be gunning for a commanding 3-0 series bulge come Tuesday when they take on the Gin Kings anew at the Mall of Asia Arena......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMar 12th, 2018

SMB up 2-0

Marcio Lassiter knocked in San Miguel Beer's last six points, including a putback with 3.4 seconds remaining in overtime, as the defending champion rallied past Barangay Ginebra, 104-102, before a huge Sunday night crowd to gain a commanding 2-0 lead in the PBA Philippine Cup semifinal series at Smart Araneta Coliseum. Lassiter, who finished with 25 points, tipped in a missed layup by teammate June Mar Fajardo for the game-winning basket as the Beermen completed a remarkable comeback from 15 points in the second quarter to move within a win from booking a return trip to the finals. Trailing 98-102 after Joe De Vance's triple with a little over a minute remaining, the Beermen turned...Keep on reading: SMB up 2-0.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsMar 11th, 2018

Beermen stretch lead to 2-0

Marcio Lassiter came to the rescue allowing defending champion San Miguel Beer escape with a 104-102 overtime win against Barangay Ginebra San Miguel in Game 2 of their best-of-seven semifinals in the Philippine Basketball Association Season 43 Philippine Cup on Sunday at the Araneta Coliseum. Lassiter notched 16 of his 25 points in the fourth [...] The post Beermen stretch lead to 2-0 appeared first on The Manila Times Online......»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimes_netRelated NewsMar 11th, 2018

San Miguel pulls rug from under Barangay Ginebra to go up 2-0

THE San Miguel Beermen did a solid “salvage” job in Game Two of their PBA Philippine Cup best-of-seven semifinals against the Barangay Ginebra San Miguel on Sunday night, claiming a 104-102 overtime victory to move 2-0 up in the series. Played catch-up for much of the contest, the Beermen used a ferocious charge in the […] The post San Miguel pulls rug from under Barangay Ginebra to go up 2-0 appeared first on BusinessWorld......»»

Category: newsSource:  bworldonlineRelated NewsMar 11th, 2018

Lassiter waxes hot in OT as San Miguel goes 2-0 in semis vs Ginebra

MANILA, Philippines (UPDATED) – The San Miguel Beermen overcame a 15-point deficit and eked out a 104-102 overtime win over Barangay Ginebra to go up 2-0 in their best-of-7 semifinals series in the 2018 PBA Philippine Cup at the Smart Araneta Coliseum on Sunday, March 11. San Miguel ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsMar 11th, 2018