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

Phoenix, SMBeer seek key victories

  The PBA Philippine Cup is about to plunge into a long conference break to give the national team time to prepare for crucial Fiba World Cup qualifying matches.   And two teams in particular want to enter that rest period carrying some winning feeling. But it's not going to be easy.   Phoenix Pulse looks for a sixth straight victory while defending champion San Miguel Beer tries to keep its slate above .500 when the two teams clash against separate opponents Sunday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.   The Fuel Masters begin feeling out the tougher part of their schedule when they tangle with Rain or Shine, the team nipping at their heels, at 4:30 p.m...Keep on reading: Phoenix, SMBeer seek key victories.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsFeb 9th, 2019

Staying perfect

  Phoenix Pulse coach Louie Alas could only chuckle at the piece of trivia presented to him Friday night.   "Oh my God," he said, when told that the last team to start 5-0 in the PBA Philippine Cup went on to win the crown. That team, of course, is reigning champion San Miguel Beer and the Fuel Masters, most especially their coach, are under no impression that they are at that same dominating level.   Phoenix notched its fifth straight win in as many games after holding off stubborn NLEX, 83-82, at Mall of Asia Arena.   Matthew Wright provided the cushion for the Fuel Masters, ushering the team to a six-point lead going into the homestretch, 8...Keep on reading: Staying perfect.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsFeb 8th, 2019

PBA: Wright on 4-0 start: “I take a lot of pride in that”

ANTIPOLO CITY, Rizal — At 4-0, Phoenix is off to its best ever start in the PBA. The Pulse Fuel Masters, after a convincing win over Blackwater Friday, maintain their hold on first place so far in the 2019 Philippine Cup and look like an actual contender early in the tournament. Matthew Wright, in his third year after being drafted by Phoenix, is taking pride in helping the Fuel Masters unlock a special team achievement in the PBA. “Honestly it’s a great feeling, it’s one thing getting drafted by a great team and then just being a part of history,” Wright said. “It’s another thing to start from the bottom and see it develop and start something brand new. I take a lot of pride in that,” he added. While a 4-0 start in the All-Filipino is a strong indication that Phoenix is off to better things, Wright says they haven’t done anything worth celebrating. Wright looks forward on how they handle the San Miguel teams later in their schedule but for the meantime,  the Pulse Fuel Masters will stay on their toes as they look to extend their 4-0 start even further. “I’m very happy on how we’ve been playing . [But] I think we’re still far from where we should be,” Wright said. “We haven’t done anything yet, we haven’t done anything worth bragging. We haven’t won a playoff game yet, we’re still hungry and motivated. I feel like we’re gonna be something special, we just gotta keep [going] at it,” he added. — Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsFeb 1st, 2019

PBA: Castro’s takeover vs. SMB earns him Player of the Week

Following back-to-back losses to start the season, veteran combo guard Jayson Castro took it upon himself to take the lead, resulting to TNT’s two straight victories and a Cignal-PBA Press Corps Player of the Week to boot in the 2019 PBA Philippine Cup. Nicknamed the “Blur”, Castro averaged 16.5 points, 4.0 rebounds, 6.5 assists and 2.5 steals for the period of January 21-27 to lead the resurgent TNT to victories over sister team NLEX and four-time Philippine Cup champion San Miguel Beer. Castro actually had a rough night versus NLEX last January 23, hitting just 1-of-9 from the floor and turning the ball over five times in over 35 minutes of action. But the 32-year-old Castro showed why he’s the two-time Best Point Guard in Asia during the critical stage of the final quarter, feeding Roger Pogoy for a three-pointer, before following that up with two pressure-packed free throws to seal TNT’s first victory for the season. The many-time Gilas Pilipinas combo guard went on to finish with a stats line of nine points, three rebounds, two assists and a steal. Four days later, the four-time PBA Best Player of the Conference returned with a vengeance, registering all-around numbers of 24 points, 11 assists, five rebounds and four steals as the surging KaTropa knocked down the Beermen, 104-93 in a king-sized upset. The six-time PBA champion took over in the final quarter, dropping eight points and three key assists that turned a shaky six-point lead into a 104-89 bubble late in the game. Aside from pulling to an even 2-2 record in the standings, Castro’s leadership enabled TNT to end a long, nine-game losing streak to San Miguel dating back to Game 5 of the 2017 PBA Commissioner’s Cup Finals. Castro beat teammate Troy Rosario and Ryan Reyes, Rain or Shine’s Gabe Norwood and Mark Borboran, along with Phoenix forward Calvin Abueva, Jason Perkins and Matthew Wright for the weekly citation......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJan 28th, 2019

The torchbearers of PBA Porma : Terrence, Yap, Hugnatan?

Who comes to mind first when it comes to 'PBA Porma'?  The folks over at The Score asked that very question to guests Topex Robinson and Jett Manuel. Topex, an assistant coach for the Phoenix Fuel Masters had James Yap on the top of his list, citing the meticulous attention to detail the Rain or Shine gunner puts into his fits. [READ: Friday in Fashion: James Yap's P27,000-peso masterpiece] Meanwhile, Manuel, a former Ginebra Gin King has the inimitable Terrence Romeo leading his list, mainly because of the San Miguel guard's lavish collection from European fashion brands and how he manages to pull every single look off with ease. [READ: How much does it cost to dress like Terrence Romeo?] For their more 'out there' choices, Topex had, wait for it, Meralco Bolts veteran Reynel Hugnatan, who proves that age is just a number in both age and in fashion sense. From his hair to his 'underrated' sneaker collection, we shouldn't sleep on the long-haired big. Manuel didn't look far for his other choice, naming his former Ginebra teammate Japeth Aguilar as another fashion forward cager because of his lax yet versatile nature when it comes to post-game fits. Check out the hilarious yet insightful discussion here: .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJan 26th, 2019

Belga, Erram name the PBA players who keep them up at night

NLEX's Poy Erram and Rain or Shine's Beau Belga are two of the most formindable big men in the PBA.  Erram, at 6'8", was recently hailed as the Defensive  Player of the Year for 2018, while the hulking Belga has earned a disctincion as one of the most fearsome forwards in the league. So it was just appropriate that the two big men were the special guests for The Score last Thursday, as the topic was the most "nakakapikon", or pesky players in the PBA. Erram had his co-guest Belga on his list. "Before I came to the league, alam ko na ganun yung attitude niya, yung game niya," Erram said. "Mafe-feel mo talaga yung swagger. Pero swagger na maiintimidate ka, matatakot ka na pag-tanggap mo yung bola tapos siya yung bantay mo, matatakot ka agad." Belga's reputation and size adds to the fear factor, added Erram. "Kasi sa katawan pa lang, tapos kung paano siya magsalita. Pano niya dalhin sarili niya, nakakapikon talaga e, diba?" Poy said of Beau, adding "Tsaka nakatikim na rin ako ng siko niya." Belga, meanwhile, had Phoenix's Calvin Abueva on the top of his list. "[It's because of] the way he plays," said Beau. "Kasi si Calvin, kahit sinong katapat niyan, hindi niya sasantuhin. Bago pa lang si Calvin, Diyos ko, talagang sabi ko sa sarili ko. Ito yung taong kaiilangan sa liga." Abueva's sheer unpredictability and relentless motor, as well as his antics keep him on the most pesky players list for Belga and Erram. "Kasi hindi mo alam kung anong gagawin niya na next eh. Sa sobrang galawgaw niya, sobrang likot niya, di mo alam kung tatamaan ka na sa mukha, sa dibdib o ano. Kasi siyampre pag player ka natamaan ka, maiirita ka, mapipikon ka," shared Belga. "Unorthodox siya maglaro e. Yung mga antics niya, dun ka mapipikon eh," Erram chimed. "Yung didilaan niya yung bench. Titingin siya sa bench pag nakagawa siya ng magandang play." Erram and Belga however, acknowledged how much fun it could be playing alongside a baller like Calvin. Kung kalaban mo siya, maiinis ka pero kung kakampi mo siya, matutuwa ka," Erram said.  "Pagsamahin mo kami niyan ewan ko na lang. Ubos ang pera natin sa fines," joked Belga. Another player Beau hates going up against is San Miguel center June Mar Fajardo, and with good reason. "Napipikon ako kay June Mar not in a negative way. In a positive way na ang galing niya," Belga said.  Fajardo instills so much fear into his opponents' psyche that Beau admits to thinking about their match-up as early as the night before. "Kumbaga ako, pinoproblema ko si June Mar, gabi pa lang," Belga admits. But it's not because of his play. Both Erram and Belga said Fajardo plays within the rules. He's just that good. "He knows how to use his body. Ganun ka kalaki, ganun ka kagaling, It's impossible na hindi mo siya i-hate e. Kasi 5-time MVP, tapos sobrang galing pa niya tapos bata pa. Parang andami pa niyang magagawa," Erram said. "Hassle siya sa buhay pag kalaban mo siya," Belga said, perhaps giving Fajardo the ulimate compliment. Erram even went as far as likening his hate for June Mar as the people's hate for retired Los Angeles Lakers legend Kobe Bryant. "Parang sa NBA, you hate Kobe so much pero you love him kasi pano siya maglaro, ganun si June Mar sa PBA." he said......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJan 25th, 2019

PBA: Calvin wants CJ to keep pushing: “Rookie pa lang”

Calvin Abueva is well aware of the Beast and Baby Beast comparisons between him and CJ Perez. He knows it, he sees it. He does not care pretty much, at least on court. Off of it, he’s good with his junior. But once both of them are playing, it’s all business. “Hindi ko naman masa-suggest na ganito gawin mo, hindi naman ganoon. Hindi naman kami magka-teammate di ba,” Abueva said. “Magkalaban kami sa court. Ang akin lang, sa labas, kapatid ang turing ko sa kanya, walang personalan sa akin. Walang personalan. Ang sa amin, sabi ko nga, improve mo pa ang sarili mo, sa laro mo,” he added. CJ Perez sizzled in his PBA debut, firing 26 points, 24 in the second half, as his Columbian Dyip took down 4-time champion San Miguel Beer. Against Phoenix, Perez was limited to 10 points though he did have eight rebounds, six assists, two steals, and two blocks. The Dyip lost however. In their win, Abueva fired 18 points on top of nine rebounds, three assists, and three steals. “Ang sa akin naman, I want to win the game, hindi [match ups] lang ang pinag-uusapan. Eto yung game na mananalo kayo, hindi yung keso ganyan, keso ganito, ilang points ka, ilang points ako,” Abueva said.  “Ang bitter naman siguro noon. Ang ina-ano dito, kung ano yung team na mananalo, di ba?” he added. Still, the comparisons are fair to say the least and Abueva acknowledged it. Well sort of. “Actually, noong college nakikita ko. Pero wag siyang masyadong guarantee sa mga nilalaro niya ngayon,” Abueva said. “Dapat, i-force niya pa, i-push niya pa, para mas mag high level pa yung galawan niya sa loob. Kasi rookie pa lang eh, rookie pa lang. Siyempre marami tayong nai-isip about sa rookie, pero improve mo muna ang sarili mo sa pro, bago ka mag-high level. Okay. Thank you,” Calvin added. — Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJan 23rd, 2019

LOOK: PBA Leo Awards 2018 results

BOCAUE, Philippines – The PBA's best players were once again recognized for their excellence on the hardcourt in the 43rd season Leo Awards on Sunday, January 13, at the Philippine Arena here.  Here are the winners:  Most Valuable Player June Mar Fajardo, San Miguel Beermen Rookie of the Year Jason Perkins, Phoenix Fuel Masters Most ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJan 13th, 2019

PBA: Magnolia muse Sharon Cuneta shrugs off online bashers

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

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJan 13th, 2019

Meet the 2019 PBA Opening Day Muses

The PBA is set to tip off its 44th season this Sunday, January 13th at the Philippine Arena. Before the curtain-raising Ginebra Gin Kings vs TNT KaTropa game, however, the PBA will hold the annual Leo Awards and the opening ceremonies to welcome another season. Making the opening ceremony more colorful during the parade of teams are the muses for each squad, notable women who embody each team's spirit. The PBA has announced some of the team's muses, made up mostly of athletes and celebrities. Muses: Yam Concepcion (PHX) Pia Wurtzbach (Ginebra) Aya Fernandez (NorthPort) Alyssa Valdez (NLEX) Jasmine Alkhaldi (Blackwater) Kylie Versoza (SMB) Sharon Cuneta (Magnolia) Klea Pineda (Alaska) — Philip Martin Matel (@philipptionary) January 8, 2019 From sports stars Alyssa Valdez, Michele Gumabao, and Jasmine Alkhaldi, to high-profile public figures like Sharon Cuneta, Pia Wurtzbach, and Yam Concepcion, let's get a glimpse of each lovely lady ahead of the opening. Yam Concepcion (Phoenix)         View this post on Instagram                       A post shared by Yam Concepcion (@yamconcepcion) on Nov 15, 2018 at 2:37am PST Pia Wurtzbach (Ginebra)         View this post on Instagram                   Sun’s out! Do not disturb - I’m on pool time! 😎 A post shared by Pia Wurtzbach (@piawurtzbach) on Dec 3, 2018 at 7:38pm PST Aya Fernandez (NorthPort)         View this post on Instagram                   2019, are you ready? . . . Creative Director and Stylist: EJ Mondia of EJM Styling @ejmstyling @ejmondia 💄: Thrianne Gellido @makeupbythrianne 📷: Dennis Sulit @dennisulit A post shared by Aya Fernandez (@ayafernandez_) on Dec 31, 2018 at 3:51am PST Alyssa Valdez (NLEX)         View this post on Instagram                   Challenge accepted! Looking forward to learn new things from the #BestBeginsNow challenge! A post shared by Alyssa Valdez (@alyssa_valdez2) on Oct 10, 2018 at 5:55am PDT Michele Gumabao & Jasmine Alkhaldi (Blackwater)         View this post on Instagram                   Today is the day for the Final Show of @themissglobe 2018 ❤️ this was at yesterday's prelims 😘 7pm local time of Albania, livestream is on @themissglobe website 😘 Wearing @soakswimwearph Styled by @gvinsky @mikeeandrei @21wilbur for always helping with my glam 😘😘 Nails @idonailsph A post shared by Michele Gumabao (@gumabaomichele) on Oct 21, 2018 at 1:35am PDT           View this post on Instagram                 happy place 🌊✨ A post shared by Jasmine Alkhaldi (@jazzyalkhaldi) on Dec 23, 2017 at 2:01am PST Kylie Versoza (SMB) Kylie Verzosa will be our Muse on Sunday 🔥 #FearTheBeer 🍻 — San Miguel Beermen (@TheSMBeermen) January 8, 2019 Sharon Cuneta (Magnolia)         View this post on Instagram                 Thank you again so much from the bottom of my heart, Rebisco, for supporting our movie “3 Words to Forever.” Thank you especially to my former neighbors in Wack-Wack Village, the Ng family. May you have a merry Christmas and may 2019 bring you more blessings of prosperity and abundance! God bless you always. (Luwag na damit ko.) A post shared by ActorSingerPresenter (@reallysharoncuneta) on Dec 14, 2018 at 6:13am PST Klea Pineda (Alaska)         View this post on Instagram                 Sometimes, you just have to take a break - have time for yourself away from everything - just be with nature and reflect... #PoweredByNature #RexonaNaturalWhitening A post shared by Klea Pineda (@kleapineda) on Nov 19, 2018 at 4:29am PST.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJan 8th, 2019

Alab braces for busy January | The Manila Times Online

Defending champion San Miguel Alab Pilipinas will have its hands full this January in Season 9 Asean Basketball League (ABL). Alab Pilipinas, currently leading in the ten-team league with aREAD The po.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilanewsRelated NewsJan 3rd, 2019

PBA: Top 5 Blockers in 2018

Despite literally taking over a year to finish, the PBA’s 43rd season was a success. Certain teams continued to lord it over others while there were teams that showed significant improvement, more than enough to have greaters expectations in 2019. There were also teams that almost fell off a cliff and will have some things to work on for the next season. But enough about the teams for a second, individul performances and statistics are just as important too and just before 2018 ends, here are the PBA’s top 5 blockers from the 2017-2018 season.   Top 5 PBA blockers 1. JP Erram, Blackwater - 1.93 blocks 2. Arwind Santos, San Miguel - 1.68 blocks 3. Calvin Abueva, Phoenix - 1.41 blocks 4. June Mar Fajardo, San Miguel - 1.23 blocks 5. Japeth Aguilar, Ginebra - 1.19 blocks Best performances: JP Erram and Arwind Santos, 7 blocks   — Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsDec 30th, 2018

Belga enjoys playing with San Miguel stars in Gilas

MANILA, Philippines – Beau Belga fully enjoyed the San Miguel experience. The burly forward admitted that life has been made easier for him after he played alongside 4 Beermen stars at one point during Gilas Pilipinas' 92-98 tuneup game loss to Jordan on Monday, November 19.  Midway through the duel, Belga was fielded in with San ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsNov 20th, 2018

Sotto welcomes physicality, ready to fight for slot

Kai Sotto may be the youngest among the 20-man Team Pilipinas pool but the Ateneo de Manila University high school center knows that his ‘kuyas’ won’t go easy on him. The towering 16-year old cager boldly said that he welcomes the challenge of going up against experienced pros. Even if it means absorbing the physical nature of their game. “Sana ibigay nila ang lahat nila,” said the lanky 7-foot-1 Sotto. “Dahil siyempre kaya naman ako nandito para maramdaman ‘yung mga bagay na yun. Para ma-experience din kung paano talaga maglaro ‘yung players sa ganitong klaseng level.”      Sotto was one of the 12 players who attended the first practice session of Team Pilipinas, which is preparing for the two home games against Kazakhstan and Iran in the fifth window of the 2019 World Cup Asia Qualifiers. “Sobrang happy and sobrang excited ko na mag-practice rito and makilala yung mga teammates ko rito and looking forward na maraming matutunan sa kanila,” said Sotto, who already donned the national colors under the Batang Gilas banner. Sotto was joined another young player in University of the Philippines Ricci Rivero. Also in attendance were Talk ‘N Text’s Jayson Castro and Troy Rosario, San Miguel Beer’s June Mar Fajardo, Alex Cabagnot, Marcio Lassiter and Arwind Santos, Rain or Shine’s Beau Belga and Gabe Norwood, Phoenix’s Matthew Wright and Blackwater’s Poy Erram. Included in the pool are Barangay Ginebra’s Greg Slaughter, Japeth Aguilar, LA Tenorio and Scottie Thompson and Magnolia’s Ian Sangalang and Paul Lee. The six though skipped practice with their teams clashing in the PBA Governors’ Cup semifinals Game 2.    SMB’s Christian Standhardinger and NorthPort’s Stanley Pringle have yet to arrive for practice as of posting time. Head coach Yeng Guiao said that Sotto and Rivero have the same equal chance as the pros to secure a spot in the final 12-man lineup. “Meron, meron (chance). Actually, the reason they’re here is they’re one of the guys with the opportunity to fight for a slot in the 12-man lineup,” said Guiao. “So kahit na sabihin natin na ang basic purpose natin is for their development, who knows?” “Hindi natin alam baka magpakita sila,” he added. “So I’m not discounting that possibility. It might be a little bit remote but it’s still a possibility.” For Sotto, getting a call up for the pool is already an honor. Whatever the decision of Guiao come the final cut, the experience will definitely improve Sotto’s game for the future.   “Dream ko na makasama sa talagang team and itong pagsama sa pool. Pero kahit ano man ang kalabasan positive lang ako dahil kahit papaano 16 pa lang naman ako,” said Sotto. “Kahit anong mangyari dito alam ko naman na magandang bagay yun para sa akin. Mag-pray lang ako na kahit anong mangyari magiging successful itong Team Pilipinas.”   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsNov 12th, 2018

PBA: Alaska s Compton to Bolts after Game 1 loss: 'This is not a 7th seed'

The Meralco Bolts are not your average 7th-seeded playoff team. No. 2 Phoenix found out about that the hard way in the quarterfinals and no. 3 Alaska is quick to figure out that the Bolts are going to be a tough out in the 2018 PBA Governors' Cup semifinals despite their team ranking that suggest they barely made the playoffs. While Meralco did just barely make the playoffs, the Bolts won six straight knockout games, including two against Phoenix, to advance to the semis. And while Meralco has taken a break from knockout games, the winning has continued and the Bolts now lead the Aces, 1-0, in the best-of-5 semifinals. "I thought Meralco was great, they deserved the win," Alaska head coach Alex Compton said after Game 1 Sunday in Antipolo. "This team's been to the Finals twice with the Best Import and a great coach. This is not a 7th seed, they just started out slow," Compton added of the Bolts. After eliminating San Miguel in the quarterfinals, things looked like they were starting to fall into place for the Aces. However, Compton insisted that his team would have to play better in order to shut down the Bolts and in Game 1, Alaska didn't deliver. That's why they're now down, 0-1. "We gotta be much better," Compton said. "I felt coming into this series that we had to play better than we did against San Miguel. We just didn't. And [Allen] Durham was awesome," he added.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullitag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsNov 12th, 2018

PBA: Bolts take break from KO games to start semis vs. Aces

Meralco finally gets a break from do-or-die games. The Bolts start the 2018 PBA Governors' Cup semifinals Sunday against the Alaska Aces. Game 1 of the best-of-5 series will tip off at 6:30 p.m. live from the Ynares Center in Antipolo. Down to 1-6 after six straight losses, Meralco won six straight knockout games, including two against Phoenix in the quarterfinals, to make the Governors' Cup semis for the third straight season. Waiting in the next round are the Aces, who scored an impressive win in the quarters as well, sending San Miguel packing. Finishing as the no. 3 seed with an 8-3 record, it's the second straight semis appearance this season for Alaska after a run for the title in the Commissioner's Cup.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsNov 10th, 2018

Rise of the Bolts

From way down, in the depths of the No. 7 seed, Meralco completed its rise to reach the PBA Governors' Cup semifinals.   The Bolts scored the first eight points of overtime and then weathered a strong Phoenix fight-back to forge a pulsating 108-103 quarterfinal victory Friday night at Smart Araneta Coliseum.   The Bolts burned through the Fuel Masters' twice-to-beat edge to set a date with Alaska in their half of the semifinal bracket. The two teams kick off their duel on Sunday.   "What a hill we had to climb to get to this point," said coach Norman Black. "There was really not much room for error."   Allen Durham, twice recognized as best...Keep on reading: Rise of the Bolts.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsNov 10th, 2018

PBA: Alaska dominates San Miguel to make semis

Alaska would not be denied this time. The Aces needed only one win to advance and they took care of business Wednesday at the Cuneta Astrdome, scoring a convincing 96-85 win over San Miguel Beer in the 2018 PBA Governors' Cup quarterfinals. After years of frustration against the Beermen, Alaska finally got one over San Miguel and the no. 3 Aces are going to the semifinals. Alaska will wait for the winner of the Phoenix-Meralco series in the next round. "I really didn't want to play Friday, I really don't wanna play them on Friday. That's not a good situation," head coach Alex Compton said on the sudden death showdown that would have happened if they lost. "June Mar is starting to get his groove back and Christian leads the league in scoring for locals. We're not the biggest team so that's not a good situation. We wanted to treat today as a knockout," he added. In an amazing display of impeccable defense, Alaska limited the high-powered San Miguel offense to only seven points in the third quarter and turned a one-point halftime lead into a 15-point cushion entering hte fourth period. The Aces then pounded on the Beermen, leading by as many as 21 points, 75-54, and cruised all the way to victory. Despite making his exit in the final quarter due to cramps, import Mike Harris still fired 25 points, 15 in the first, on top of 17 rebounds. Simon Enciso added 15 points and Vic Manuel was good for another 14. The Beermen, whose season once again ends in the quarterfinals of the Governors' Cup, got 19 points from Kevin Murphy. Christian Standhardinger finished with 18 points and 11 rebounds as San Miguel's top local.   The scores: Alaska 96 - Harris 25, Enciso 15, Manuel 14, Teng 9, Baclao 6, Exciminiano 6, Casio 5, Thoss 4, Banchero 2. San Miguel 85 - Murphy 19, Standhardinger 18, Lassiter 14, Santos 8, Nabong 8, Cabagnot 6, Fajardo 6, Ross 4, Heruela 2. Quarters: 23-19, 43-42, 64-49, 96-85.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsNov 7th, 2018

PBA: TNT facing elimination against champion Ginebra

The 2018 PBA Governors' Cup playoff cast will come down to one game. TNT is on the clock and the KaTropa fight for their season as they take on defending two-time champion Brgy. Ginebra in the last elimination round game Sunday at the Big Dome. At 4-6, TNT cannot afford to lose. If the KaTropa drop this one, it's see you next year. That's it. However, even if the KaTropa beat the Gin Kings, TNT will still have to go through a playoff to make the quarterfinals. A win by the KaTropa sets up a playoff for 8th against the Meralco Bolts, who won over San Miguel Beer Saturday. For the Gin Kings, the champs still have something to play for as a victory officially locks up the no. 1 overall seed. Tip off will be at 6:45 p.m. at the Araneta Coliseum. In the first game at 4:30 p.m., Phoenix (7-3) and Blackwater (7-3) dispute the last twice-to-beat advantage in the quarterfinals.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsNov 3rd, 2018