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Phoenix braces for duel with San Miguel

Phoenix Petroleum braces for what could be its biggest test in the homestretch of the PBA Governors Cup elimination round today as it faces a San Miguel Beer side aching to snap out of the rut......»»

Category: sportsSource: philstar philstarOct 11th, 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

MAJOR POINT: Has the PBA Solved Its Draft Problem?

Late last week on October 12th, the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) made an announcement that the PBA Board of Governors voted and agreed unanimously that starting 2019, the number 1 overall draft pick can no longer be traded and is exclusively for the worst team in the league to pick who they choose. At first glance, the PBA’s announcement looks like a solution to the draft problem that has gone on for over a decade. If you just read the headline or skimmed through the press release or an article written on the subject maybe you think the PBA has found its solution to the draft problem that caused division in the PBA Board and led to the hiring of a new commissioner after another draft debacle last year. Ever the skeptic, I read more than the headlines. Instead of skimming through the press release and articles, I read the fine print. After my readings and a few discussions with basketball people, do I feel the PBA has found a solution to its draft problem? I’m skeptical. I have questions. But before we get to my questions, lets take a look at how the PBA got itself in a situation where they had to make an actual rule that the worst team in the league CAN’T trade the number one overall pick: 2005: Anthony “Jay” Washington gets drafted number one overall by Air21 Express. Washington gets traded on draft day to the Talk ’N Text Phone Pals. Talk ’N Text was second in wins in the PBA in the three conferences leading up to the 2005 draft. 2008: The Talk ’N Text Phone Pals have picks 2 and 4 in the first round of the draft despite being tied for the most number of wins in the 2006-2007 season. They draft Jared Dillinger and Rob Reyes with those picks. TNT trades Jay Washington to the San Miguel Beermen and acquires the third overall pick, which turns out to be Jayson Castro. 2009: Japeth Aguilar is selected number one overall by the Burger King Whoppers. Aguilar plays one game for the Whoppers, before he is shipped to the Talk N Text Tropang Texters in a three-way trade also involving Barako Bull. Burger King was able to get Barako Bull’s 2010 (previously acquired by Talk ‘N Text) and 2012 first-round picks along with Talk ‘N Text’s 2013 and 2014 first-round picks. 2010: Noy Baclao and Rabeh Al-Hussaini are selected first and second overall by Air21 Express. Midway through their rookie season both Baclao and Al-Hussaini along with Rey Guevarra are traded to Petron Blaze in exchange for Danny Seigle, Dondon Hontiveros, Dorian Peña and Paul Artadi. Baclao and Al-Hussaini help the Petron Blaze win the 2011 PBA Governors’ Cup. Al-Hussaini wins Rookie of the Year. 2012: The Petron Blaze Boosters (from Barako Bull via Air21) select June Mar Fajardo number one overall. 2013: Barangay Ginebra (from Air21) selects Greg Slaughter number one overall. Barako Bull had the fourth, fifth and sixth picks in the first round. Barako Bull decides to trade away all three first round picks. The fifth pick turns out to be Terrence Romeo. 2014: Despite winning the Philippine Cup in a 4-0 sweep, Talk ’N Text lands the second and fourth picks overall and selects Kevin Alas and Matthew Ganuelas-Rosser before the 2014-2015 PBA season begins. Alas & Ganuelas-Rosser help Talk ’N Text win the 2015 Commisioner’s Cup. Kia Sorento with their first pick in franchise history selects Manny Pacquiao 11th overall. 2015: Despite winning the 2015 Commissioner’s Cup, Talk ’N Text has the number one overall pick (from Blackwater). Talk ’N Text selects Moala Tautuaa number one and then two days later trade for the number two overall pick, Troy Rosario (Mahindra). 2016: The “Special” Draft. Gilas players are selected behind closed doors. One Gilas cadet per team, not to be traded for two years. Draft order was never released to the PBA fans/public. 2017: The San Miguel Beerman, despite winning two championships, having the most wins and the best win percentage, select Christian Standhardinger number one overall after a trade from Kia. Losing out on the Standhardinger sweepstakes, TNT blasts Commissioner Narvasa for approving the trade. The PBA divides where seven teams declare they have a “loss of confidence” in Commissioner Narvasa. Five teams support Commissioner Narvasa. After a three-month stalemate, Commissioner Narvasa steps down and the PBA Board appoints a new commissioner, Willie Marcial. As you can see, it is a little more complicated than having the number one overall pick protected from a trade. While the number one overall pick has been traded seven times in the last 13 years, which has to be some kind of record, there have been other issues as well. And that is where my long list of questions begins: -    What’s to stop an already winning team from stacking up multiple first round picks other than the number one overall pick, like in 2008 and 2014? -    This "no trading of the top pick rule" becomes effective in 2019. Why the wait? Why can’t it apply this year? Columbian Dyip has the first pick this season. History says they could likely trade that pick to a championship team. Why do we have to go through this make-believe world another year? -    Hypothetically, how would the PBA handle this situation: Phoenix trades an active player to Rain or Shine for ROS’s 2021 1st round pick. Unfortunately, in 2020, ROS has a variety of injuries and acquires the number one overall pick. What happens then? Who gets the first pick? ROS or Phoenix? -    After the first pick is drafted, when does that player selected first become tradeable? Can it be traded after the draft? If not, for how long? Looking at the draft history of the last 13 years, you have to wonder, what were the objectives of teams like Air21, Barako Bull & Kia? Were those teams in the league to form competitive teams? Were they attempting to build championship teams? Why were those teams trading so many of their top picks? Columbian justified its trading of the number pick last year by saying they were going to play in an “unconventional” way. Their unconventional way has led them to five wins in 31 games so far this season. It has also earned them the number one overall pick for the second year in a row. The PBA Draft is supposed to be fun. It used to be fun. Before 2005, the PBA Draft was a legitimate event. It was something to look forward to. The idea of the draft is still special in theory. It’s a day where dreams come true. Drafted players lives change that day. Many times, the lives of a player's family change forever when their son or husband or father is drafted in the PBA. It's an opportunity for teams who have struggled to get better. It's supposed to give hope to teams drafting high and a challenge to teams drafting low. That is how the draft system is supposed to work. Unfortunately, in the PBA that system has been broke for a long time. I like the idea and the spirit of the draft. However, last year on my podcast, Staying MAJOR, I argued that the PBA should scrap its draft. That made me sad. It made me sad because I feel like the spirit of the PBA Draft has been lost. It's been lost by teams manipulating the system for the improvement of their individual team or their team's objective, but not for the betterment of the league. I’m tired of the PBA Draft getting hijacked every year. And now we have to likely go through it again this year. Even after what happened last year. Not being able to trade the number one pick sounds good. It’s a nice blanket statement. I even think it might be a step in the right direction. But, sometimes when you're bleeding, you need more than a band-aid. Fans aren’t naive. They can figure out what’s going on when year after year the rich get richer and the poor stay poor. Maybe some of my questions will get answered here as the draft approaches? Maybe Columbian Dyip won’t trade their pick again? Maybe that’s just wishful thinking on my part? If there is a silver lining, it is at least the PBA and its Board have acknowledged that there is a problem. At least there was an attempt to fix it. I’d say vetting of new potential franchises, so the PBA doesn’t have members who want to trade their draft picks to already successful teams is the bigger issue, but hopefully this is a start of trying to level the playing field. Wouldn’t it be fun to have teams that haven’t won in a while, keep their picks and build contending teams? Or at least not give them to the already strong teams? Wouldn’t that be fun? Wouldn’t it be fun to celebrate the draft spirit of hope on draft day without trying to figure out how the best teams ended up with the top picks again? The PBA is a professional, competitive, sports league. That’s what it’s supposed to be. The PBA is supposed to be fun too. However, it’s NOT fun or competitive when the top teams keep picking high every year. That’s not real competition to me. So will the PBA’s new rule regarding the number one overall pick change anything? This year, no. Starting next year, maybe. I’d like to be optimistic that there will be change or that this rule will initiate an on-going conversation of how to make the draft better. Unfortunately, we still have a full year of waiting before we find out. Eric Menk played in the PBA from 1999 to 2016. Menk is a four-time PBA champion, three-time PBA Finals MVP and one-time PBA MVP (2005). He will be writing for ABS-CBN Sports weekly. Menk also has his podcast Staying MAJOR as welll as his own YouTube channel ......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsOct 19th, 2018

Calvin Abueva fined for flashing dirty finger

MANILA, Philippines – Apparently, Calvin Abueva's flashing of his middle finger didn't escape the PBA's eyes. The Phoenix forward will be made to pay a total of P10,000 fine after "foisting a dirty finger" during back-to-back games against NLEX and San Miguel last October 10 and 12, respectively.  He was slapped ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsOct 15th, 2018

Standhardinger, SMB respond to regular team comments with rout of Phoenix

Phoenix import Eugene Phelps' statements toward San Miguel might have struck a chord with the Beermen prior to the two teams' matchup on Friday in the PBA Governors' Cup.........»»

Category: newsSource:  philippinetimesRelated NewsOct 14th, 2018

Alas shrugs off verbal spat with Beermen governor Non, coach Ravanes

Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.net The game between San Miguel and Phoenix in the PBA Governors' Cup had it all from blown leads to game-changing runs with a little bit of extra curricular o.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philippinetimesRelated NewsOct 14th, 2018

Murphy on incident with Abueva: I m not a dirty player

Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.net When things flared up between San Miguel and Phoenix in the PBA Governors' Cup, the polarizing and volatile Calvin Abueva was in the middle of it all. The.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philippinetimesRelated NewsOct 14th, 2018

Looking for an edge: Teams trying to turn data into wins

By Tim Reynolds, Associated Press Data is pored over by coaches and staff of the Orlando Magic on a regular basis. They’ll dissect how far a player runs during practice, how quickly that player accelerates and decelerates, how his performance changes as the workout goes along, biometric measurements like his heartbeat or when his workload is particularly heavy. The charts and graphs are detailed and precise. But how it’ll help the Magic win, that’s still an unknown. Wearable technology — chips worn during practice to collect information that analysts churn into reports — has been around the NBA for the past several seasons. It’s not permitted on game nights, and anything specific about processes the 30 teams are using falls into the category of closely guarded secrets. And when it comes to coaches deciding what play to call in the final seconds with a game on the line, it doesn’t seem to have an impact quite yet. “It’s all very beneficial stuff,” Magic coach Steve Clifford said. “But I can only digest X amount of information. And it has to be the right amount of information.” That’s one of the challenges that NBA teams are facing in this information age. Everyone knows analytics can help in countless ways. But the question remains simple: How? “You’ve got to take it and use it as best you can,” said New Orleans coach Alvin Gentry, who said he resisted using some data that he was presented several years ago when he coached in Phoenix — and wound up taking that Suns team to the Western Conference finals. “But at the end of the day, I think the instincts that you have as a coach become just as important, really.” There are some consistencies in what’s being collected. Regardless of what hardware a team is using, everything basically tracks the same things: distance of movement, speed of movement, acceleration and deceleration, workload and heart rate. Teams work on their own, largely without NBA oversight except for some rules laid out in the Collective Bargaining Agreement. It’s already been a boost in how teams monitor a player’s recovery from injury or surgery. But some also have wondered if the data collection is too invasive, or could be used against a player — something that isn’t supposed to happen under league rule. “It seems inherently geared to advantage the team,” University of Illinois law professor Michael LeRoy said in comments posted to his blog last year. “When it’s not linked to performance and not actually linked to injury, just correlation ... it’s hard to see where that data can be used to the advantage of a player.” The NBA has put together a list of what brands (like Catapult and STATSports) and types of products that teams can use, much in the same way it approves knee braces and other accessories. Teams aren’t mandated to share the data they’re collecting from the wearables with the league, although that may change once devices are permitted to be used during games. “Data collected through wearable devices has the potential to have a number of applications to improve player health — but it’s not a silver bullet,” said Dr. John DiFiori, the NBA’s medical director. “Information from wearables can add more detail on each player’s loading, which, together with a team’s overall toolkit, can help develop more individualized injury prevention programs, and assist teams in promoting safe return to play following an injury.” There could be benefits to standardizing the data, but that seems a long way off — especially since teams are still figuring out how to best go forward individually. The league and the NBA Players Association are working on finalizing a validation program will be in place to ensure that devices are measuring what the manufacturers say they’re measuring, and that they do so accurately. Atlanta rookie Kevin Huerter said in his short time as a pro, he’s learned a ton about his body that he didn’t even know because of what he’s gleaned off what his team has collected. “At this level, they worry and care so much more about your body,” Huerter said. “The technology monitors how tough practices are and how tough you’re pushing yourself. It’s a longer season, everybody knows that. So I think a lot of it is making sure guys stay healthy and listening when guys are hurting a little bit one day.” It might extend careers, help with injury management, maybe develop ways to avoid injuries. But whether this data will ever be sharpened to the point of helping a team figure out how to overcome a five-point deficit with 28.2 seconds remaining, that’s anyone’s guess. “Where the league is going, you’re looking for every edge,” Clifford said. “But as a coach, what you can’t do is you can’t stop watching the film. The data, talking to people, the numbers, all that, it’s all good information. But to have the clarity I think you need to make the right decisions, you better have watched enough film because that’s where you can see why, why, why it’s happening.”.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsOct 14th, 2018

Alas contests flagrant foul called on Murphy after choke on Abueva

MANILA, Philippines – Phoenix head coach Louie Alas expressed dissatisfaction on the flagrant foul penalty 1 called on San Miguel import Kevin Murphy after he put Calvin Abueva in a lengthy headlock. Tempers flared with 4:11 minutes left in the 4th quarter as Murphy locked Abueva's head between his arms ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsOct 13th, 2018

Standhardinger fires back at Phelps over regular team comment

MANILA, Philippines – Phoenix import Eugene Phelps had said that San Miguel is just a "regular team" sans superstar June Mar Fajardo, so Christian Standhardinger made sure to remind him that he just got beaten – quite convincingly – by this supposedly average squad.  Standhardinger rubbed salt into the wound ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsOct 13th, 2018

PBA: Standhardinger to Phelps after big SMB win: 'I hope he s okay'

Two days before Phoenix-San Miguel, Fuel Masters import Eugene Phelps already fired the first shot by calling the Beermen a "regular team" without four-time MVP June Mar Fajardo. Following a big win over NLEX, Phelps mentioned that while the Beermen are a great squad, they're not as imposing without their star center. [Related: PBA: SMB just "regular" sans June Mar says Phelps] Well San Miguel heard that shot and the Beermen responded in kind as both teams finally met Friday at the MOA Arena for the 2018 PBA Governors' Cup. San Miguel pulled away in the fourth quarter against Phoenix and the Beermen ended up with a convincing 117-100 win. Top pick Christian Standhardinger, who led the way for San Miguel with 29 points and 14 rebounds, has fired back. "I hope he doesn't take this too tough because he just lost by [17 points] to a regular team," Standhardinger said, addressing Phelps' earlier statements. "I hope he's okay," he added. To be fair, Phoenix did start well against the Beermen, but a poor second quarter allowed San Miguel to make it a game. Phoenix was only trailing by one, 70-71, late in the third but the Beermen just had too much by the time the final period came. And for those wondering, El Destructor had 37 points and 26 rebounds in the loss to San Miguel. "I hope he doesn't feel too bad about this because he just lost by [17 points] against a regular team," Standhardinger continued. "That can be tough for the mental and the psychology behind the player so shoutout to him, I hope he's fine," he added.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsOct 12th, 2018

PBA: Murphy on Calvin incident: 'I didn t choke him'

The end of the San Miguel-Phoenix game Friday was marred by a scuffle. Things started when San Miguel import Kevin Murphy and Phoenix forward Calvin Abueva got entangled on a Fuel Masters possession. As both players crashed to the floor, it appeared that Murphy put Abueva on a headlock, prompting a near bench-clearing affair to try and separate the two. Murphy says he didn't choke Calvin, though he did get a flagrant foul penalty 1 for it. "I mean, it was really just trying to hold him up. It just so happened that my arm was around his neck," Murphy said. "But I didn't choke him, I was just holding him. He just kept pushing me back. So, I mean, I'm not a dirty player, you know what I mean, so it is what it is," he added. It was a physical game throughout and Murphy says he's fine with the bumps that come in a regular game. However, the high-scoring San Miguel import has no business with dirty plays. "I expected it to be physical but my thing is if you play physical, that's cool, but don't do cheap shots," he said. "I'm okay with playing physical, playing hard to compete but my thing is, if you hit me with cheap shots the whole game and the ref just letting it go and stuff like that. I mean, I can play through that but it don't mean that I like it so that's how it was," Murphy added.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsOct 12th, 2018

PBA: Phoenix coach Alas questions Murphy penalty after fight

Coach Louie Alas minced no words on the skirmish involving his player Calvin Abueva and San Miguel import Kevin Murphy at the Mall of Asia Arena Friday evening. Alas' team, the Phoenix Fuel Masters, were down by 17, 105-88, with more than four minutes left in the game, when Abueva and Murphy got entangled on the baseline before chaos ensued. WE'VE GOT A FIGHT! Kevin Murphy with the head lock on Calvin Abueva then chaos ensues. #PBA2018 • @abscbnsports pic.twitter.com/2krPTqaK6P — Philip Martin Matel (@philipptionary) October 12, 2018 More fireworks were unleashed when both camps spewed out unmentionables at halfcourt. Then some more action. Flagrant 1 on Murphy Techs on Doug Kramer Paolo Bugia (PHX team manager) Coach Louie Alas#PBA2018 • @abscbnsports pic.twitter.com/py6z8SaiXR — Philip Martin Matel (@philipptionary) October 12, 2018 In the end, Murphy was slapped with a Flagrant 1, while Kelly Nabong assessed a personal foul for pushing. Meanwhile, Alas, Doug Kramer, Phoenix team manager Paolo Bugia were penalized with technical fouls for entering the playing court.  The veteran coach was simply not happy with the call, and insisted that the opposing import should have been booted for a Flagrant 2. "Talagang sakin F2 yun, pare. That's a choke. I dont know kung ano yung pinanood nila. Lahat nga nagtetext sakin, thats a choke, lahat, sinakal talaga. Pero ganun talaga e. Siguro kung samin nangyari yun baka itatawag nila -- kung di import gumawa itatawag nila. Pero that's not right," an irritated Alas said after the game. Alas also shared that he had a war of words with San Miguel governor Robert Non as the opposing team official allegedly cussed the enigmatic Phoenix forward during another skirmish at halfcourt.  The mentor also took a jab at Beermen assistant Biboy Ravanes for his role in the brawl. "Tapos si Biboy, medyo... siguro wala ng kontrata yun para ano, siya na lang daw. Sabi ko sige, okay lang sakin, anytime." Regarding on how the now 6-3 Fuel Masters prepared the game against the struggling, 3-4 Beermen, the tactician shared that maturity was a major factor in their loss against the more seasoned opponents, noting that his wards weren't relaxed in the game-deciding run to end the third. "Akala ko nga third quarter okay na eh dahil maganda yung adjustment na ginawa namin. In just a span of three minutes, lumamang kami ng two points diba."  "But still, wala kaming -- and I'm still looking for it -- yung talagang may magcocontrol pag may emosyon yung laban, na "okay ibigay niyo sakin yung bola, relax, and just play."  __   Follow this writer on Twitter, @philipptionary. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsOct 12th, 2018

San Miguel ends 3-game skid vs Phoenix in tension-filled clash

MANILA, Philippines – San Miguel capitalized on a fiery fourth-quarter pullaway to breeze past Phoenix, 117-110, and return to the winning track in the 2018 PBA Governors' Cup at the Mall of Asia Arena on Friday, October 12.  Christian Standhardinger, import Kevin Murphy and Marcio Lassiter combined for 81 ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsOct 12th, 2018

Phoenix s Phelps says San Miguel just regular team without Fajardo

Phelps, who is making a case for Best Import of the Conference, may have a point considering how bad the Beermen have been playing so far in the 2018 PBA Governors' Cup. ........»»

Category: newsSource:  philippinetimesRelated NewsOct 12th, 2018

Phoenix, SMB in key faceoff

  Phoenix Petroleum coach Louie Alas knows that San Miguel Beer is the most dangerous team in the PBA Governors' Cup at the moment.   Not only because the Beermen have a loaded local roster despite the continued absence of reigning four-time MVP June Mar Fajardo, and a talented import in Kevin Murphy.   But it is because of something else.   "They're coming off three straight losses, and that makes me worried," Alas said as his rampaging Fuel Masters tackle the Beermen Friday night at Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay where a twice-to-beat advantage could await Phoenix with a win after the 7 p.m. contest.   "Losing four games in a row hasn't ...Keep on reading: Phoenix, SMB in key faceoff.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsOct 12th, 2018

Fuel Masters, ailing Kings duel for lead

Coach Tim Cone calls Phoenix Petroleum a “real deal.” Coach Louie Alas, meanwhile, says Barangay Ginebra is as much a never-say-die team as a “next-man-up” squad......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsSep 29th, 2018

PBA: Paul Lee redeems self with strong effort vs. ROS

After struggling for only eight points in his Magnolia return last week, Paul Lee made sure to bounce back Wednesday for the Hotshots. Lee fired a game-high 22 points in the win against Rain or Shine in the 2018 PBA Governors' Cup, leading the Hotshots to a wire-to-wire win and a 3-1 start to the season-ending joust. On top of his 22 points, Lee also dished out seven assists and had four steals. "I just played my game. I just focused for this game kasi I had a bad game so very important to redeem myself. And of course, very important for the whole team," Lee said. "Masama lang gising last time," he added of his 8-point effort in the loss to leage-leading Phoenix. With the victory, the Hotshots are keeping their position near the top of the standings. The win was also a nice boost heading into their next game against San Miguel. "Very important kasi ito yung mga team na dapat namin i-panalo," Lee said. "Kasi kakailanganan namin to end of the eliminations. Sa San Miguel 50-50 na kami dun," he added.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsSep 26th, 2018

PBA: Elite shoot for share of first place

Already in their best start in franchise history, the Phoenix Fuel Masters go for more as the 2018 PBA Governors' Cup resumes play Wednesday. Phoenix is currently at 3-1 in the standings and the Fuel Masters are out to keep their fire burning, taking on the Meralco Bolts (1-2) in the main 7:00 p.m. game at the Big Dome. With import Eugene Phelps and Calvin Abueva leading the way, Phoenix looks like its finally ready to contend this conference and a win over Meralco, a finalist in the last two Governors' Cups, should help validate the team's status. Meanwhile, the Bolts look to recover from back-to-back defeats. In the first game at 4:30 p.m., Blackwater looks to share first place with two-time defending champion Ginebra. The Elite are 2-0 following victories vs. TNT and San Miguel. Blackwater will have winless Northport (0-4) on deck.     --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsSep 18th, 2018

PBA: Energetic Standhardinger runs away with Player of the Week honors

Tireless San Miguel Beer rookie big man Christian Standhardinger secured his first Cignal-PBA Press Corps Player of the Week following his impressive conference debut in the 2018 Governors’ Cup against NLEX. Just a few hours after landing in Manila following his stint with Gilas Pilipinas in the Jakarta Asian Games, the 6-foot-8 Standhardinger suited up the moment he arrived at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum. His presence no doubt energized a San Miguel side that missed the services of four-time league Most Valuable Player June Mar Fajardo. The Cebuano slotman came in with a protective boot due to a right shin fracture he sustained in the Commissioner’s Cup. But the Beermen hardly needed the services of the SMB star center as Standhardinger pumped in a PBA career-high 36 points, to go along with 11 rebounds as the Beermen clobbered the NLEX Road Warriors, 125-112 on Saturday. The hard-banging Standhardinger showed no signs of fatigue though he was just a day removed from registering 27 points and 13 rebounds for Gilas in its 54-point rout of Syria to finish fifth place in the Asian Games. Instead, the former Nebraska and Hawaii standout came out with a lot of energy, making his first six attempts on the way to finishing 14-of-17 from the field in close to 28 minuets of action. Standhardinger won the weekly citation after beating Ginebra forward Japet Aguilar, Magnolia guard Mark Barroca, Jio Jalalon and Rome dela Rosa, Phoenix forward Jason Perkins, TNT’s Jayson Castro and NLEX’s Ken Ighalo......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsSep 5th, 2018

Aces stake unbeaten slate vs Gin Kings

Alaska guns for an early 4-0 start when it meets back-to-back defending champion Barangay Ginebra San Miguel tonight in the Philippine Basketball Association Season 43 Governors’ Cup at the Araneta Coliseum. The Aces test the reigning champions at 6:45 p.m. Alaska coach Alex Compton, whose team is coming from a 107-98 win over Phoenix recently, [...] The post Aces stake unbeaten slate vs Gin Kings appeared first on The Manila Times Online......»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimes_netRelated NewsSep 2nd, 2018