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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: philippinetimes philippinetimesOct 12th, 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

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

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

Phoenix s Phelps dismisses Beermen as a regular team sans Fajardo

Eugene Phelps has got a knack for scoring 50 in the PBA......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsOct 10th, 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 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

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

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

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

REINFORCEMENTS HAVE ARRIVED

Miss the PBA yet? Don't worry as there's more action coming your way starting Friday at the Ynares Center in Antipolo City. The 2018 PBA Governors' Cup will tip off this weekend and we have prolific imports in town, 12 of them to be exact. Get to know who they are before we start the third and final conference for this season.   Justin Brownlee --- Ginebra By now, Justin Brownlee needs no introduction but here goes anyway for the benefit of those who don't know him for some reason. Brownlee is a three-time PBA champion for the Gin Kings and a one-time Best Import. His first two titles came in the Governors' Cup. The first one was in 2016 when he hit "The Shot" in Game 6. The second one was last year when he led the barangay to a Game 7 win in front of more than 50,000 fans at the Philippine Arena. He's a Ginebra legend.   Allen Durham --- Meralco The reigning two-time Best Import is back for the Bolts and he's looking to complete some unfinished business. Durham has led Meralco to two Governors' Cup Finals in his previous two stints in the PBA but each time, the Bolts lost to Ginebra for the title. Is third time the charm for Allen Durham and Meralco?   AZ Reid --- San Miguel Arizona Reid won two Best Imports back when he was still with Rain or Shine and he won his first Governors' Cup title when he switched over to San Miguel. Now, the high-scoring import is back for the Beermen after a one-year hiatus. He has some business to finish here and at the top of the list is regaining his lost PBA championship.   Eugene Phelps --- Phoenix El Destructor first made a name for himself in the Governors' Cup. The Commissioner's Cup might not be his best cup of tea but when it comes to the season-ending conference, Eugene Phelps has proven before that he's a force to be reckoned with. With an upgraded local lineup and perhaps better durability this time around, El Destructor might just become extra destructive to the oppposition.   Henry Walker --- Blackwater The Elite made their second playoff appearance last year in the Governors' Cup with Henry Walker. As the no. 8 seed, they were a few minutes away from stunning no. 1 Meralco to go to the semis. Mr. Inspiration has provided nothing but positive stuff for Blackwater and with a longer build up, the Elite might be ready to take the next step in the Governors' Cup in order to salvage what has been a lost season.   Mike Harris --- Alaska The Aces are bringing in Mike Harris as reinforcement in the Governors' Cup. Harris has NBA experience with the Houston Rockets and the Utah Jazz. He has tremendous international experience and the PBA is only the latest in his long list of stops. He has a career average of 3.4 points in the NBA, playing a total of 54 games spread across five seasons.   Akeem Wright --- Columbian The Dyip will have 33-year-old Akeem Wright for the Governors' Cup. Wright was undrafted in the 2007 NBA Draft and since then, he's built an international career with stops in the Middle East and Europe.   Romeo Travis --- Magnolia A close buddy of LeBron James, Romeo Travis is back in the PBA. The first time, he played for Alaska and won Best Import but lost in the Finals to San Miguel Beer  back in 2015. Now, Travis will suit up for the Magnolia Hotshots. Travis of course is part of the LeBron's high school team at St. Vincent-St. Mary.   Olu Ashaolu --- NLEX We've seen Olu in the Commissioner's Cup as he played NLEX's last game of the conference as part of the team's prep for the Governors' Cup. Ashaolu played for Lousiana Tech and Oregon and college and went undrafted in the 2012 NBA Draft.   Rashad Woods --- Northport The Batang Pier will go with Rashad Woods for the Governors' Cup. Woods has had memorable stints in Mexico and in the Middle East, where he's known as the "Arab Ace."   J'Nathan Bullock --- Rain or Shine Bullock is back for a second stint with ROS. Last season, Bullock and the Elasto Painters were eliminated in the quarterfinals but not after erasing TNT's twice-to-beat advantage in the playoffs. Bullock will join a ROS team that will be coming off an Asian Games campaign in Indonesia.   Mike Glover --- TNT Glover was Globalport's replacement import for Globalport two years ago but now, he'll start for the KaTropa in the 2018 Governors' Cup. The hulking forward went for 25.6 points and 14.0 rebounds in his first PBA tour.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsAug 16th, 2018

PBA: John Fields downplays spat with Chris Ross: Both people want to win

For the second straight game, Columbian Dyip found themselves on the wrong end of a blowout, falling to defending champions San Miguel, 129-117, Wednesday evening at the Araneta Coliseum. Throughout the game, Columbian import John Fields and San Miguel guard Chris Ross were going at it, jawing at each other, to the point that both got called for Technical Fouls in the second half. Fields finished with a monster 19 point-22 rebound outing, but it was Ross’ team that ended up getting the W. After the game, Fields talked about the little spat with the former PBA Best Player of the Conference, saying that it was just about competition. “Nah, that’s just water under the bridge.” said Fields. “Chris Ross is a good competitor, and I’m a competitor, it just got heated. Both people wanna win. He’s a good player.” As for the loss, Fields credits San Miguel’s defensive adjustment that ultimately took them off their game. The Beermen built a 69-55 lead at the half before Columbian made it more interesting in the third quarter, even taking a three-point lead. San Miguel ultimately ended the third period on a 14-3 run and ran away with the game in the fourth quarter. “They switched up the zone and got us a little bit off our pace, a little bit off our rhythm.” Fields said. “I feel like we were in the game, had a chance to win it up to that spot where we went scoreless in the zone and we just couldn’t solve it. I’m just a little disappointed.” “Nah, it’s just we didn’t execute on offense, I missed shots that I normally make, nothing bugged me, I just gotta play through the physicality and finish better around the rim.” Fields added. The six-foot-nine Fields also experience going against four-time MVP June Mar Fajardo, who dropped a conference-high 37 points to go with 18 boards. “He’s a good player, good inside moves. Nothing bad to say about the guy, a good person.” Fields said. With three games left, the Dyip will need to win out all three of their matches in order to secure a spot in the postseason. “We need to win all three, or two out of these three to get to the playoffs, you know the team, we just gotta push hard. We got a tough one in Ginebra next, that’s gonna be a challenge. We just look forward to the challenge situations and we gotta get back to work in practice.” Before taking on Ginebra, Fields and Columbian will take on Phoenix on Sunday, June 10th at the Araneta Coliseum......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJun 6th, 2018

Arwind ok with making way for Standhardinger and Balkman

San Miguel had no wins to show after the first three games in its title defense in the 2018 PBA Commissioner’s Cup. Losing to Meralco, Rain or Shine, and Alaska, the Beermen found themselves at the bottom of the standings before finally barging into the win column on Wednesday at the Araneta Coliseum at the expense of Phoenix. “Thankful kaming nakaisa kami,” veteran forward Arwind Santos shared. He then continued, “Meron kaming team bonding, as in players lang, kahapon, and napag-usapan namin na 0-3 na kami at kailangan wag na namin i-allow na maging 0-4 pa.” Of course, the fully-loaded defending champions needed more time than usual to get going. As Santos put it, “Yung combination e. Mahirap pang hanapin ni coach Leo yung combination.” Indeed, head coach Leo Austria already had a battle-tested core of Santos, Alex Cabagnot, Marcio Lassiter, Chris Ross, and four-time MVP June Mar Fajardo, but also had to integrate top overall pick Christian Standhardinger and returning reinforcement Renaldo Balkman. The good news for San Miguel is that for each and every game, that scary seven-man lineup is getting closer and closer to fruition. That was very much evident in their matchup against the Fuel Masters where they went on an 17-1 run for a come-from-behind 106-94 win. “Mabuti naman, kahit papaano, napi-pick up na (ni coach Leo) pakonti-konti,” Santos said. Along with that, 36-year-old Santos said that the players themselves are getting closer and closer to fully accepting what has to be done. “Siyempre, dapat nandudun pa rin yung mentality ng player na dapat, sacrifice talaga. Kagaya namin, siyempre, kailangan hindi kami mafu-frustrate na ‘di napapasok,” he shared. The former MVP continued, “Nakakapanibago pa rin, siyempre, kasi sanay akong nilalaro ko, 4, tapos bigla akong mag-3. Pero kailangan ko talaga mag-adjust kasi dalawa talaga ang nasa 4 – si Christian at si Renaldo Balkman.” And if the Beermen continue to sacrifice for the good of the team, Santos has no doubt that they will reach their goal sooner than later. “Mabuti na yung nakaisa na kami kasi ang goal na lang namin ngayon, hindi na top 1 o top 2 e, dun na sa 3, 4, 5, 6 na lang kami,” he said. --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMay 30th, 2018

Superteams and superpowers: Basketball in 2017

The common theme in basketball as of late is rather simple: build yourself a superteam and see where it goes. 2017 saw a bunch of superteams take the court in all levels. Some panned out and some did not. Nevertheless, we live in a world of superteams. Either your favorite basketball team is one or it's not.   Warriors World For the 2016-2017 NBA Season, the 73-win Golden State Warriors, a superteam in their own right, added former Most Valuable Player Kevin Durant. Oh my goodness. The Dubs then proceeded to decimate the NBA, winning 67 games in the regular season. Golden State was even better in the playoffs, making a serious play for a postseason sweep before finishing with a 16-1 record and a second title in three seasons.   Seriously, it's a Warriors World that we live in Golden State's success has prompted other teams to try and create their own superteam. Houston snatched Chris Paul away from the Los Angeles Clippers and now the Rockets have a potent backcourt combo that also feature MVP contender James Harden. Oklahoma City completed two incredible trades that made Paul George and Carmelo Anthony members of the Thunder. Oh, OKC also has MVP winner Russell Westbrook running point. The Timberwolves also have something going on in Minnesota as Jimmy Butler joined Karl-Anthony Towns and Andrew Wiggins for a young and intriguing Big 3. The Eastern Conference landscape changed when Cleveland traded Kyrie Irving to Boston. The Celtics previously signed Gordon Hayward and all of a sudden, the winningest NBA franchise is in position to take over the East now and the forseeable future. Speaking of Cleveland, LeBron James is still with the Cavs and they've added Dwyane Wade of all people to join an aging but still scary superteam. The King started this whole superteam craze. Golden State just happened to perfect. We all live in a Warriors World.   Feer the Beer Over in the PBA, the Philippines' premier superteam is still pretty effective despite its stars each playing almost 40 minutes per game. A year removed from the "Beeracle Run," San Miguel made history by being only the second team to capture the Perpetual Trophy following three straight Philippine Cup titles. Then the Beermen, with the top-3 MVP candidates in June Mar Fajardo, Alex Cabagnot, and Chris Ross, plus Arwind Santos and Marcio Lassiter, ended the franchise's 16-year championship drought in the Commissioner's Cup. With the help of import Charles Rhodes of course. San Miguel had legitimate chances to win the Grand Slam of course, but the team ultimately fell short in the Governors' Cup. However, the Beermen did add 6'8" Fil-German Christian Standhardinger to the fold. Superteam.   Return of the Kings It was the perfect set up. Meralco earned the number 1 seed and was rolling all the way to the Finals. Meanwhile, the Gink Kings had to go through yet another emotional and heated series against rival TNT in the semifinals in order to have a chance to properly defend their title. The series before that? The Gin Kings had to end San Miguel's Grand Slam dreams. In the 2017 Governors' Cup Finals, Meralco was in perfect position to take The Rematch and allow the birth of a new PBA rivalry. After seven games, none of that happened and Ginebra won back-to-back titles by virtue of their quote unquote superteam. Greg Slaughter, Japeth Aguilar, Joe Devance, Justin Brownlee, LA Tenorio, Sol Mercado, and Scottie Thompson. How is that not a superteam? The Kangkong jokes sure died a slow death.   Systematic Mayhem Even in college hoops, superteams are the way to go. However, in the amatuers, you just have to recruit your way into building one. La Salle has perfected this method and the Green Archers are certainly the biggest --- and loudest and most aggressive ---- recruiters. The Taft superteam featuring Ben Mbala and co. got the Green Archers to two UAAP Finals and one championship. Only one championship because another superteam, quietly built in Katipunan with surgical, perhaps even robotic, precision, beat them this year. That's right, Big Bad Blue is once again on top of the UAAP as the Ateneo Blue Eagles scored a sensational, near-sweep of UAAP Season 80. Coach Tab Baldwin has a collection of incredible players that may not look like it on first glance but they do certainly qualify for superteam status. Dom't believe it? Maybe you will after they complete a five-peat. It could happen.   Sweep In the other collegiate league, two superteams dominated the NCAA for two separate periods in one season. First, Lyceum, the surprise superteam, made history by completing an 18-game sweep of the elimination round. However, the Pirates ran into the league's decade-old superteam in San Beda and the Red Lions ended up sweeping the Finals for yet another title. Most of the major characters from both squads will return for a new season and if a San Beda-Lyceum rematch does not happen, well, that's just disappointing isn't it?   OVERTIME 2017 also saw the rise and fall and rise of the Gilas Pilipinas program. Well sort of. The Philippines got off to a great star this year by absolutely dominating the SEABA Championships. Then, disaster struck in the 2017 FIBA Asia Cup when Gilas was embarassed by an old foe in South Korea. To end the year, the Philippine national team recovered, albeit in an ugly fashion, to take an early lead in the 2019 World Cup Asian Qualifiers. Gilas is more than capable of forming a Pinoy superteam that could compete, and even beat, the best of Asia. Let's hope we get that in 2018. Finally, 2017 also saw the Civil War PBA edition. It wasn't funny and it wasn't good. Fortunately, it seems that bright and peacuful days are ahead of our beloved league. Let's hope that's the case and let's just leave the bad memories behind this year. Time to move on and forget about that stuff. There are basketball games to be played.     --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsDec 28th, 2017

Alas takes blame for Phoenix loss to SMB

Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.net New Phoenix coach Louie Alas took responsibility for his team's 96-104 defeat to San Miguel on Sunday to open the 2018 PBA Philippine Cup. "It's my fault. We knew the ball will go to June Mar (Fajardo), but we still doubled him," he said. With no one to match against the four-time PBA MVP, the Fuel Masters desperately tried to double the behemoth, a move that spaced the floor perfectly for the Beermen and opened their shooters as Marcio Lassiter and Alex Cabagnot punished them from distance late. "From there, the lead got bigger and bigger. I just told my players that next time, I'll be sharper. You can't make mistakes on those situ...Keep on reading: Alas takes blame for Phoenix loss to SMB.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsDec 17th, 2017

Iikutin natin ‘yan (lahat ng teams) -- PBA veteran Daquis

Volleyball star Rachel Anne Daquis should also be labelled as a ‘veteran’ of the PBA. Yes, the Cignal spiker has been a ‘regular’ fixture during the opening rites of the country’s pro basketball league. The 30-year old former Far Eastern University volleybelle was tapped for the third time as a PBA team muse, this time by the NLEX Road Warriors during the kick-off of the league’s 43rd season on Sunday at the Araneta Coliseum. Though she’s been with different teams in GlobalPort, San Miguel and NLEX or walking the hardwood in venues like the Philippine Arena, MOA Arena and the Big Dome, all those stints have one thing in common. “Masakit pa rin sa paa, ang sakit na ng paa ko!” said the stunner, who was joined during the parade by another three-time PBA muse in actress Rhian Ramos who was with Phoenix. For Daquis each stint proved to be a challenge. “Mas mataas ang heels ko ngayon, six inches na. Mas gusto ko pa rin volleyball shoes,” she said. “Noong una three inches, naging four inches, tapos naging six, ‘yun ang pagkakaiba ng tatlong ‘yun,” added Daquis, who jested that she’ll try to make a full round of the 12 PBA squads, “Iikutin natin ‘yan (lahat ng teams), ‘di joke lang, joke lang.” Asked why teams love to get her service as muse, Daquis said she honestly has no idea why. “Hindi ko alam, ba’t ako ang magsasabi nu’n, nakakahiya,” she said laughing.     --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsDec 17th, 2017

FIBA WORLD CUP: Gilas Pilipinas absorbs shock upset from Kazakhstan

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

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsNov 30th, 2018

FIBA WORLD CUP: Gilas hosts Kazakhstan in penultimate home game

The "best Philippine team ever" will finally get its first crack of real action Friday. Gilas Pilipinas plays its penultimate home game in the 2019 FIBA World Cup Asian Qualifiers, hosting Kazakhstan at the MOA Arena. With a unified pool for the first time ever, Gilas has a new lineup featuring four Ginebra players and three from San Miguel. The final Gilas team for Kazakhstan has June Mar Fajardo, Greg Slaughter, Japeth Aguilar, Beau Belga, Alex Cabagnot, JP Erram, Marcio Lassiter, Gabe Norwood, LA Tenorio, Scottie Thompson, and Matthew Wright. Stanley Pringle is the designated naturalized player for the Philippines. Gilas currently has a 5-3 record, good enough for third place in Group F. The Philippines will qualify to the World Cup if it started before the game against Kazakhstan. Tip off for the Philippines- Kazakhstan will be at 7:30 p.m. Friday at the MOA Arena.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsNov 29th, 2018

FIBA WORLD CUP: Gilas going Stanley for KAZ; Stan vs IRI

Despite not yet giving a final 12-man lineup for the Philippines-Kazakhstan and Philippines-Iran FIBA World Cup Asian Qualifiers on Nov. 30 and Dec. 3, respectively, Gilas coach Yeng Guiao says the team has made up their mind for their naturalized players. The fiery coach says the team was "90-percent" sure that they would be fielding in explosive guard Stanley Pringle of the NorthPort Batang Pier against Kazakhstan on Friday November 30th, where his scoring is expected to be a factor. Gilas will then be utilizing the services of San Miguel big man Christian Standhardinger to match up with the tall and phyisical Iran frontline on Monday, December 3rd.  Guiao also added that at this point, 10 players have been decided but the last two slots will be still be determined before the submission of the names to the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP) Wednesday afternoon. He further explained that choosing among the most stacked roster the Philippines has seen in recent memory has been quite difficult. "We're trying to cover all the bases at this point. These are the games that will really matter. Importanteng laro na we will be judged, we will be defined by the games that we will play in the next few days," shared the national team coach. The penultimate full practice at the Meralco Gym before Gilas faces off against Kazakhstan was held Wednesday morning and was attended by 17 of the 19 players in the pool, namely Jayson Castro, Matthew Wright, Beau Belga, Scottie Thompson, Ricci Rivero, Gabe Norwood, Marcio Lassiter, June Mar Fajardo, Poy Erram, and Arwind Santos. Also in attendance were Alex Cabagnot, Troy Rosario, LA Tenorio, Paul Lee, Japeth Aguilar, Greg Slaughter, and Pringle. Standhardinger (illness) and Kai Sotto (school) were not present. The final full practice for Gilas before the Kazakhstan tussle will be Thursday evening at the Mall of Asia Arena.  __ Follow this writer on Twitter, @philipptionary......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsNov 28th, 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

Fifth for Fajardo?

  The curtains may have fallen on powerhouse San Miguel Beer, but the team's main man in the middle is still in the race---very much in front of it, in fact---for the Most Valuable Player trophy.   And it won't be just another MVP win for Fajardo. The 6-foot-10 Cebuano is gunning for a fifth straight trophy, shattering the record of four shared by legends Ramon Fernandez and Alvin Patrimonio.   It took a stress fracture that benched Fajardo for most of the PBA Governors' Cup for a rival to rise and challenge him for the plum.   NorthPort guard Stanley Pringle, the 2015 Rookie of the Year awardee, zoomed to the top in the stats race with a cumu...Keep on reading: Fifth for Fajardo?.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsNov 9th, 2018