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Phoenix five shoots for quarterfinal slot

Phoenix five shoots for quarterfinal slot.....»»

Category: sportsSource: thestandard thestandardOct 12th, 2018

Gin Kings brace for ‘big game’ vs Bolts

Barangay Ginebra San Miguel is keeping its eyes on the twice-to-beat bonus heading into the playoff round while Blackwater shoots for a quarterfinal slot, when they collide against separate foes tonight in Season 43 Philippine Basketball Association Governors’ Cup at the Sta. Rosa Sports Complex in Laguna. The Gin Kings will be gunning for their [...] The post Gin Kings brace for ‘big game’ vs Bolts appeared first on The Manila Times Online......»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimesRelated NewsOct 6th, 2018

Batang Gilas seeks World Cup slot vs Bahrain

After toppling mighty China to close out its impressive elims campaign, Batang Gilas shoots for no less than an outright World Cup berth against either Chinese Taipei or Bahrain in today’s quarterfinal round of the 2018 FIBA Asia Under-18 Championship in Bangkok, Thailand......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsAug 8th, 2018

Magnolia tries to firm up bid for playoff bonus vs desperate Meralco

Doing everything right the past three weeks, Magnolia shoots for a quarterfinal bonus in the playoffs on Friday night against a Meralco side that is battling for dear life in the PBA Governors'.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philippinetimesRelated NewsOct 19th, 2018

Phoenix, Phelps gift coach Alas on birthday with win over Alaska

PHOENIX and import Eugene Phelps gave head coach Louie Alas a fitting birthday present. Riding on the 51 points and 20-rebound performance of Phelps, the Fuel Masters gave Northern Luzon Expressway (NLEX) to a 123-97 beating on Wednesday for a spot in the quarterfinal round of the Philippine Basketball Association Season 43 Governors’ Cup at [...] The post Phoenix, Phelps gift coach Alas on birthday with win over Alaska appeared first on The Manila Times Online......»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimesRelated NewsOct 10th, 2018

Blackwater holds off RoS, earns quarters’ berth  

NARDS Pinto and import Henry Walker joined forces down the stretch as Blackwater held off Rain or Shine, 99-93, on Sunday to secure a slot in the quarterfinal round of the Philippine Basketball Association Season 43 Governors’ Cup at the Sta. Rosa Sports Complex in Laguna. Despite being shackled by Rain or Shine’s defense particularly… link: Blackwater holds off RoS, earns quarters’ berth  .....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilainformerRelated NewsOct 8th, 2018

Blackwater holds off RoS, earns quarters’ berth  

NARDS Pinto and import Henry Walker joined forces down the stretch as Blackwater held off Rain or Shine, 99-93, on Sunday to secure a slot in the quarterfinal round of the Philippine Basketball Association Season 43 Governors’ Cup at the Sta. Rosa Sports Complex in Laguna. Despite being shackled by Rain or Shine’s defense particularly [...] The post Blackwater holds off RoS, earns quarters’ berth   appeared first on The Manila Times Online......»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimes_netRelated NewsOct 7th, 2018

ASIAN GAMES: Men s soft tennis team advances to quarters

PALEMBANG — The Philippines swept its first two matches against Laos, 2-1,  and Pakistan, 2-1, to assure itself of a quarterfinal slot in the men’s team event of the 18th Asian Games soft tennis competition at the Jakabaring Sports City Courts on Friday. Relying on the troika Joseph Arcilla, younger brother of  former national player Johnny Arcilla, and Mark Anthony Alcoseba and Noel Damian Jr., the Filipinos outclassed the Laotians and Pakistanis in Group A. They played the Koreans later on Friday and a victory would send the Nationals to the semifinals, while a loss would pit them against the Taiwanese in the round-of-eight on Saturday. The women’s squad, meanwhile, bowed out of the team event after absorbing  identical 0-3 losses to China and Chinese-Taipei, respectively, in its group. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsAug 31st, 2018

PBA: Abueva to debut with Phoenix against Dyip

Calvin Abueva's fresh start will be on Wednesday at the Big Dome. The Beast will debut for Phoenix in the 2018 PBA Governors' Cup, taking on Columbian Dyip in the first game of a double-header. Abueva was traded by Alaska to Phoenix for Karl Dehesa and a first-round pick. The Aces cited that both camps needed a fresh start after Calvin went AWOL for the second time this season early in the Commissioner's Cup. Calvin will joine Matthew Wright with the Fuel Masters, making Phoenix a dark horse pick in the season-ending joust. Tip off will be at 4:30 p.m. In the second game at 7:00 p.m., NLEX shoots for a third win in a row against Magnolia.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsAug 21st, 2018

Quickness, outside shooting PH’s weapon vs China

With the needed victory already secured to virtually seal its place in the quarterfinal round, the Philippine basketball team will be facing powerhouse China on Tuesday seeking another win in the hope of an easy sailing on the way to earning, too, a slot in the Final Four. “China, as always, will be a tough [...] The post Quickness, outside shooting PH’s weapon vs China appeared first on The Manila Times Online......»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimes_netRelated NewsAug 19th, 2018

Aces flog F-Masters

WHO can stop Alaska from clinching the second twice-to-beat berth in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup?Certainly not the Phoenix Fuel Masters. The Aces leaned on a strong start as they routed the Fuel Masters, 114-91, avoiding complications in their bid for the quarterfinal incentive on Friday at the Cuneta Astrodome. The….....»»

Category: newsSource:  journalRelated NewsJul 6th, 2018

Critical stretch

  Phoenix coach Louie Alas understands the importance of getting fully recharged prior to a crucial match. And coming off a 16-day respite, the Phoenix Fuel Masters will face the Alaska Aces on Wednesday replete with energy and vigor in a game that could determine their fate in PBA Commissioner's Cup. "This is our last game, so getting a lot of rest [was] very important for us to attain peak performance," said Alas. The Fuel Masters (4-6) are still in the running for a quarterfinal spot depending on the outcome of the remaining games involving San Miguel Beer (5-4), GlobalPort (5-5), Barangay Ginebra (5-5) and Magnolia (4-6). They remain in the hunt after fixing t...Keep on reading: Critical stretch.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJul 6th, 2018

Solo leader RoS targets No. 1 quarters berth

Solo leader Rain or Shine eyes the No. 1 quarterfinal slot and an outright twice-to-beat bonus when it battles Meralco while Barangay Ginebra San Miguel aims to stretch its winning run to four, today, in Season 43 Philippine Basketball Association Commissioner’s Cup at the Araneta Coliseum. The Elasto Painters (8-1 win-loss record) face the Bolts [...] The post Solo leader RoS targets No. 1 quarters berth appeared first on The Manila Times Online......»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimesRelated NewsJun 23rd, 2018

All-Time NBA Draft: The best pick from every slot

By Tim Reynolds, Associated Press There’s a definitive answer every year to the question of who is No. 1 in the NBA draft. But who is the No. 1 pick of all No. 1 draft picks ever? Or No. 1 among the list of No. 2 draft picks? Those are questions that have no definitive answer, except perhaps in a handful of rare cases. Here’s a look at The Best of The Best — the top all-time NBA picks in each of the top 30 draft spots. The best No. 1 overall pick, the best No. 2 overall pick ... and so on. One note: This doesn’t include the territorial selections that were used through 1965, which ruled out Wilt Chamberlain. The list of top picks in each of the 30 draft slots: 1. KAREEM ABDUL-JABBAR Arguments for the best-ever overall pick could and should be made for LeBron James, Shaquille O’Neal, Oscar Robertson and Magic Johnson, among others. When in doubt, give it to the man who has more points than anyone who ever played the game and who mastered perhaps the most difficult shot to guard in NBA history. 2. BILL RUSSELL You didn’t know Bill Russell was a No. 2 overall pick? Jerry West was too, and he’s The Logo for goodness sake, but the 11 rings make Russell the call here. Also, it’s time to lay off Portland. Sam Bowie wasn’t the biggest “oops” pick of all time. Si Green was picked before Russell in 1956. 3. MICHAEL JORDAN The easiest pick of them all. Except for Portland in 1984, when the Trail Blazers took Bowie No. 2 ahead of MJ. OK, now it’s really time to lay off Portland. 4. CHRIS PAUL Dikembe Mutombo, Chris Bosh and Russell Westbrook were all No. 4s as well, but Paul’s body of work over 13 seasons and counting can’t be overlooked. 5. DWYANE WADE Charles Barkley will think this pick is terrible. So will fellow No. 5s Kevin Garnett, Ray Allen, Scottie Pippen and Vince Carter. Wade’s scoring wins out. 6. LARRY BIRD Second-easiest pick of this process. Only Adrian Dantley comes close, and he absolutely doesn’t come close. 7. STEPHEN CURRY He will be the leader in 3-pointers, by a ton, when his career is over. Fellow No. 7s John Havlicek and Chris Mullin merit consideration, but why wait? 8. ROBERT PARISH As time goes on, people might forget how vital The Chief was to those Celtics teams of the 1980s. That shouldn’t happen. 9. DIRK NOWITZKI Jordan was the only true candidate at No. 3, Bird was the same at No. 6, and Nowitzki stands alone at No. 9 as well. 10. PAUL PIERCE Pierce and Nowitzki have haunted those who made the decisions at the top of the 1998 draft — where Michael Olowokandi, Mike Bibby and Raef LaFrentz went 1-2-3 — for 20 years and counting. 11. REGGIE MILLER Kiki VanDeWeghe was a No. 11 pick and so was Klay Thompson, but Miller is the deserving call here. His shot was art. 12. JULIUS ERVING Drafted in 1972 and didn’t come to the NBA until 1976, Doctor J ekes out the pick here over Chet Walker — a seven-time All-Star. 13. KOBE BRYANT This could easily have been Karl Malone. But Kobe has five rings and an Oscar. 14. CLYDE DREXLER The Glide was automatic for 20 points a night for basically his entire career. Apologies to Tim Hardaway. 15. STEVE NASH Someday, this spot might go to Giannis Antetokounmpo or Kawhi Leonard. But Steve Nash going this low in 1996 should remind everyone how good that draft was. 16. JOHN STOCKTON This is yet another reminder that Sam Bowie wasn’t the only mistake made in 1984. 17. DON NELSON This was a difficult group, and Shawn Kemp was probably the better player. Nellie gets the call on total body of NBA work. 18. JOE DUMARS There are some really good players at No. 18, including Calvin Murphy and the vastly underrated Ricky Pierce. Dumars’ role on the Bad Boys was invaluable. 19. TINY ARCHIBALD When looking at No. 19 picks, two things stand out: Rod Strickland should have been an All-Star, and that Tiny was better than many remember. 20. LARRY NANCE So consistent for so long, and now with his son in the league that means more people will get educated about Sr.’s game. 21. RAJON RONDO Michael Finley and Ricky Davis also went this far down in the draft. Rondo was an absolute steal in 2006 — except he wasn’t a steal for Phoenix, which drafted him and then traded him to Boston for cash. 22. REGGIE LEWIS Still sad. Still missed. 23. ALEX ENGLISH Tayshaun Prince was so good and World B. Free was as much fun as anyone, but English had about a 10-year run where he hardly ever missed a game and dropped about 25 every time he was out there. 24. ARVYDAS SABONIS Officially, the hardest of all 30 picks. Don’t just look at his NBA numbers. Look at his whole career. He did things no big man was doing 20 years ago. Terry Porter, Andrei Kirilenko, Kyle Lowry, Sam Cassell, Derek Fisher, Latrell Sprewell all went No. 24 as well ... good luck to whoever is No. 24 is this year. There’s a legacy to follow. 25. MARK PRICE Jeff Ruland was known as “McFilthy” and became a good college coach, Tony Allen was a true defensive star, but Price’s game is too solid to miss here. 26. VLADE DIVAC Now running the Sacramento Kings, Divac gets to pick No. 2 in this year’s draft. The guy he takes there would be well-served to learn from Vlade. 27. DENNIS RODMAN Before he became a political operative, Rodman was as good at rebounding and defense as anyone in the game. 28. TONY PARKER If he had grown up in the U.S. and played college basketball, there was no chance he would have gone this low in 2001. 29. DENNIS JOHNSON Hall of Famer, five-time All-Star and someone who was as good as there was in the NBA down the stretch of big games. 30. SPENCER HAYWOOD Another Hall of Famer, and every underclassman who gets drafted this year needs to thank Haywood. His suit vs. the NBA paved the way for them. ___ Tim Reynolds is a national basketball writer for The Associated Press. Write to him at treynolds@ap.org.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJun 20th, 2018

Bolts can t go wrong

Games Wednesday (Smart Araneta Coliseum) 4:30 p.m. -- Phoenix vs. Globalport 7 p.m. -- Columbian vs. Ginebra MERALCO put an end to Alaska’s impressive winning run last night via a convincing 89-74 victory to boost its quarterfinal chances in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup at the Smart Araneta Coliseum. The Bolts….....»»

Category: newsSource:  journalRelated NewsJun 17th, 2018

San Beda drubs EAC, books Filoil quarters slot

  MANILA, Philippines – The San Beda Red Lions overpowered the Emilio Aguinaldo College Generals, 75-48, to clinch a quarterfinal berth in the 12th FilOil Preseason Cup on Friday, June 15 at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan. The Red Lions pulled away from the Generals right from the get-go ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJun 15th, 2018

Phoenix faces tough road to playoffs with PBA heavyweights waiting

MANILA, Philippines – Phoenix's bid for a quarterfinals slot in the 2018 PBA Commissioner's Cup just got a lot tougher following a 3rd straight defeat.  The Fuel Masters suffered a 107-115 loss to the Columbian Dyip on Sunday, June 10, for a woeful 3-5 record that put them in a must-win scenario in the ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJun 10th, 2018

3x3WC: Gilas shoots for quarters stint in World Cup

MANILA, Philippines --- Gilas Pilipinas will shoot for a quarterfinal berth in the 2018 FIBA 3x3 World Cup. After splitting its day 1 assignments, the Philippines resume pool play Monday with a shot at the next round on the line. Gilas Pilipinas take on the undefeated Canadians first for their first game. The Philippines will have no. 4 Canada on deck at 4:50 p.m. followed by a 7:00 p.m. showdown against Russia. Canada currently leads the Pool C standings with a clean 2-0 mark followed by Mongolia, Russia, and Gilas with identical 1-1 marks. Brazil is winless in two games.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJun 10th, 2018

The 10 most intriguing free agents of summer 2018

By John Schuhmann, NBA.com The summer of 2018 promises to change the landscape of the NBA. It starts with the best player in the world having the ability to choose his next team, but it continues with good teams in Minnesota, Portland and Washington that might feel the need to shake things up, as well as a situation to monitor in San Antonio. The trade market can be unpredictable. It wasn't until late July last year that we learned that Kyrie Irving wanted out of Cleveland, and it wasn't until late August when he was dealt to the Boston Celtics, who finished the summer with only four players remaining from the team that reached the conference finals. The free agent market is a little more predictable, in that there are only so many teams with the available cap space to sign a premium free agent outright. Most of the big contracts signed in 2016 (when almost every team had cap space) are still on the books and a lot of teams just don't have much flexibility. LOOK: NBA.com Free Agent Tracker But the trade market and the free agent market are tied together. In 2014, the Cavs created the space to sign LeBron James by trading Jarrett Jack and Tyler Zeller. And after signing James, they traded for Kevin Love. With that in mind, the players listed below aren't the 10 best free agents (or potential free agents). They're the 10 most interesting in regard to where they're going and what kind of contract they get. For players to be on this list, there needs to be some intrigue regarding their (and/or their team's) decision this summer. Kevin Durant is the second best player in the NBA and has a player option on his contract, but there appears to be little chance that he's leaving the Golden State Warriors. Re-signing with Houston is probably Chris Paul's best path to another year of contention. It's hard to see Clint Capela or Jusuf Nurkic (both restricted as well) going anywhere. The same goes (to a lesser degree) for Aaron Gordon and Fred VanVleet. There's intrigue in the terms under which Nikola Jokic is in Denver next season - either with the Nuggets exercising a $1.6 million team option or declining it, making him a restricted free agent, and signing him to a new deal - but we can be sure that he will be in Denver next season. The market for centers seems particularly small, taking away some of the intrigue with DeAndre Jordan and Brook Lopez. 1. LeBron James, F, Cleveland (Player option) At 33-years-old and in his 15th season, James remains the best player in the world. Would he leave Cleveland a second time? This is clearly the worst team he's been on since the first time he left the Cavs, and there are teams out there who can give him a better secondary playmaker to take some of the offensive load off his shoulders. Whatever team he's on next season is a contender and if if it's a different team than the one he's on now, it would be fascinating to see what happens with Love. Number to know: James' true shooting percentage of 62.1 percent this season was the third highest mark of his career. 2. Paul George, F, Oklahoma City (Player option) In trading Victor Oladipo and Domantas Sabonis to Indiana last summer, the Thunder knew that they might have George for just one season. There's been speculation about his next destination since he arrived in Oklahoma City, and the Thunder season (which ended in the first round of the playoffs) has to be seen as a disappointment. George's free agency is tied to what happens in San Antonio with Kawhi Leonard, who is eligible for a max contract extension this summer. If that extension doesn't happen (either because the Spurs don't offer it or because Leonard doesn't accept it), Leonard will become a trade target for teams that are also in the market for George. And there are a couple of teams that have the ability to bring two of the George/James/Leonard trio together. Number to know: George ranked second in the league in steals (2.0 per game) and tied for the league in deflections (3.9 per game). 3. DeMarcus Cousins, C, New Orleans Just when the Pelicans were hitting their stride with Cousins and Anthony Davis together, Cousins tore his Achilles. And then the Pelicans hit their stride without Cousins, winning 20 of their last 28 games in the regular season and sweeping the Blazers in the first round of the playoffs. If the Pelicans were to lose Cousins, they don't have the cap space to replace him. But there's obviously risk in giving him a big contract coming off an Achilles tear, and the the Pels' two bigs aren't a perfect fit together. As part of their February trade with Chicago, the Pelicans exercised the team option on Nikola Mirotic's contract for next season. So Mirotic is there as Davis' power forward complement for at least another year. Number to know: Cousins accounted for 47 percent of the fouls that the Pelicans drew while he was on the floor. That was the highest rate among 275 players who played at least 1,000 minutes this season. 4. Julius Randle, F, L.A. Lakers (Restricted) Randle is still just 23-years-old and developed into a pretty efficient scorer in the final year of his rookie deal. Among 126 players with at least 500 field goal attempts in each of the last two seasons, he saw the fifth biggest increase in true shooting percentage (from 54 percent to 61 percent). But the Lakers' have their eyes on bigger names and might have to renounce their rights to the restricted free agent to clear as much cap space as possible. Number to know: Randle ranked fifth with 802 total points scored in the restricted area this season. 5. Marcus Smart, G, Boston (Restricted) Marcus Smart is intriguing more for what his departure would mean for the team he's leaving than for any other team he might join. And it's quite possible that he doesn't have the same value outside of Boston. Putting value on a bad shooter who makes "winning plays" is difficult in the first place. What happens with Smart affects how the Celtics deal with Terry Rozier, who will be a restricted free agent next year and would draw more interest from other teams as a starting point guard (if the Celtics don't give him an extension this summer). It's hard to imagine the Celtics keeping both behind Kyrie Irving long term, but the decision could be delayed a year if Smart were to accept the one-year qualifying offer. Number to know: Smart is one of six players who averaged at least 20 minutes in 40 or more games and with their teams allowing less than a point per possession with them on the floor. 6. J.J. Redick, G, Philadelphia The Sixers are another team that will be big-name shopping in July, which affects the status of Redick, who was signed to a one-year $23 million deal last summer. The Sixers don't have his bird rights, but wouldn't have to pay nearly that much (per year) on a long-term deal. Redick is a terrific complementary player on offense (an aggressive shooter who draws the defense's attention with relentless movement), but can be targeted on the other end of the floor, as was the case in the Eastern Conference semifinals against Boston. Number to know: Redick shot 45.9 percent on catch-and-shoot three-pointers, the fourth best mark among 101 players who attempted at least 200. 7. Derrick Favors, F, Utah There were times this season when the frontline duo of Favors and Rudy Gobert wasn't working out, and Utah had some success with smaller, more versatile players at the four. But overall, the Jazz outscored their opponents by 7.2 points per 100 possessions with the two bigs on the floor together, and having both gives them a rim-protecting center on the floor at all times. Utah could create cap space and go free agent shopping, but that would require them to renounce their rights to Favors and Dante Exum. Number to know: Among 160 players with at least 400 field goal attempts in each of the last two seasons, Favors saw the third biggest increase in effective shooting percentage (from 49 percent to 57 percent). 8. Isaiah Thomas, G, L.A. Lakers Thomas' stock fell precipitously from being a top-five MVP vote-getter last season to being a liability in Cleveland upon returning from his hip injury, and then requiring surgery in March. Still, the Lakers' offense was pretty efficient (scoring 110 points per 100 possessions) with him on the floor and the last time he was healthy, he had a historically good season. There are teams (Orlando and Phoenix, especially) in need of a starting point guard, but Thomas may have to settle for a short-term deal and a bench role in order to restore his value around the league. Number to know: Among 160 players with at least 400 field goal attempts in each of the last two seasons, Thomas saw the biggest drop in both in effective shooting percentage (from 55 percent to 44 percent) and true shooting percentage (from 63 percent to 51 percent). 9. Dwyane Wade, G, Miami No, Wade is not one of the 10 best free agents out there. But he's a future Hall of Famer who has said that Miami is the only team he'll play for going forward. We saw in Game 2 of the first round against Philadelphia that he can win a game for you on any given night. But over a full season, he'd be a much better fit with the Heat (who have a handful of versatile non-shooters) if he had, at some point, developed a three-point shot. That he hasn't increases the chances that his career is over. Number to know: Wade had an effective field goal percentage of 36.8 percent from outside the paint, the second worst mark among 207 players who attempted at least 200 total shots from the outside. 10. Jabari Parker, F, Milwaukee (Restricted) Parker should look much better in the fall than he did in playing just 38 games (including playoffs) after returning from a second ACL tear in his left knee. He has issues to fix on both ends of the floor and isn't an ideal complement to Giannis Antetokounmpo in that neither shoots very well from the perimeter. Parker still has top-two-pick talent, but injury issues and defense issues make him a fascinating case in restricted free agency for a team that's looking to take a step forward with an MVP candidate and a new coach. Number to know: In the playoffs, the Bucks' offense was more than 14 points per 100 possessions better with Parker off the floor (scoring 114.9 per 100) than it was with him on the floor (100.6). John Schuhmann is a staff writer for NBA.com. You can e-mail him here, find his archive here and follow him on Twitter. The views on this page do not necessarily reflect the views of the NBA, its clubs or Turner Broadcasting......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMay 30th, 2018

Phoenix guns for back-to-back wins

Phoenix shoots for back-to-back wins as it goes up against winless Northern Luzon Expressway (NLEX) on Friday in the Philippine Basketball Association Season 43 Commissioner's Cup at the Alont.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilanewsRelated NewsMay 11th, 2018

PH U-16 books World Cup slot

  Batang Gilas booked a spot in the Fiba World Under-17 championships after surviving Japan, 72-70, in the quarterfinals of the Fiba Asia U-16 qualifying on Friday in Foshan, China. The top four teams in the Asian qualifiers will advance to the World Cup slated in June in Argentina. RC Calimag scored the game-winner with 2.3 seconds left to give the Philippines a return trip to the world stage after 2014. In the semifinals, the Philippines will tackle the winner of the China-Lebanon quarterfinal match. Chikara Tanaka, who scored 11 straight points for Japan in the last 3:24, missed a jumper that could've sent the game into overtime. ---BONG LOZADA, INQIURER.NET...Keep on reading: PH U-16 books World Cup slot.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsApr 7th, 2018