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Ginebra struggling with life without Justin Brownlee

Safe to say, Brgy. Ginebra is missing a familiar figure in the 2017 PBA Philippine Cup. A familiar figure that wears jersey no. 32 and goes by the name Justin Brownlee. Struggling to put together a winning streak in the All-Filipino after winning their first championship in eight years during the Governors' Cup, the Gin Kings are longing for their prolific import as they consistently stay inconsistent in the new PBA season. 'Maraming adjustments kasi unang-una, dati si Justin [Brownlee] nandun para sa amin,' Scottie Thompson said after Ginebra lost to San Miguel, dropping its record to 3-4. 'Ngayon wala na si Justin so kailangan namin mag-take over. Siguro yun yung medyo magulo sa team ngayon, yung role namin sa isa't-isa,' he added addressing the locals. Still below .500 with only four games left in the regular season, confidence hasn't left the Ginebra side entirely. Especially with the way they played the champs Sunday night, holding them down to only 72 points and marking three-time Most Valuable Player June Mar Fajardo to single digits. 'Actually, si coach Tim [Cone], sabi niya sa amin kung ganito lang lagi lalaruin namin, siguro darating din ang mga panalo. Okay naman siya, siguro kailangan lang namin yung finish sa bandang huli,' Thompson said.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8 .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJan 9th, 2017

PBA: Terrence Jones carries TNT to big win over San Miguel Beer

ANTIPOLO CITY, Rizal — TNT keeps San Miguel Beer down. The KaTopra were hot right from the jump and had just enough in the end to frustrate San Miguel Beer in the 2019 PBA Commissioner’s Cup, scoring a 110-97 win Saturday at the Ynares Center here. Import Terrence Jones was once again a force on the offensive end, scoring 30 points to lead the KaTropa to another victory. He was also a force on the defensive end, grabbing 18 rebounds and blocking five shots. At 4-1 following back-to-back wins, TNT grabbed a share of second place with idle Northport, just behind leader Blackwater in the team standings.   The scores:  TNT 110 - Jones 30, Rosario 17, Pogoy 15, Trollano 13, A. Semerad 11, Castro 9, Reyes 8, Taha 4, Heruela 3, D. Semerad 0, Golla 0, Casino 0. San Miguel 97 - Pessumal 24, Rhodes 20, Lassiter 16, Fajardo 13, Ross 9, Santos 6, Cabagnot 5, Rosser 2, Standhardinger 2. Quarterscores: 35-20, 57-41, 87-64, 110-97. — Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJun 8th, 2019

PBA: Jones delivers finest defensive performance so far vs. SMB twin towers

ANTIPOLO CITY, Rizal — In five PBA games, Terrence Jones has hit 30 points four times and broke the 40-point barrier thrice. But Saturday at the Ynares Center here, Jones delivered his finest defensive performance so far in leading TNT to a huge win over San Miguel Beer. Jones still got buckets, scoring 30 points, but he also had 18 rebounds and had five blocks. Late in the fourth as the Beermen tried to mount a final rally, Jones protected the paint and at one point, blocked both June Mar Fajardo and Charles Rhodes in one possession. “I think they made a great run in the fourth quarter and you know, that’s where my defensive presence had to take over,” Jones said. “I had to be at the rim protecting and you know, I just happened to have five blocks,” he added. With five-time MVP June Mar Fajardo and former Best Import Charles Rhodes roaming the paint for San Miguel, the Beermen had a dominant frontline more than capable of taking over. While both Rhodes and Fajardo ended up with double-doubles, TNT managed to do a good enough job to limit their offensive production as the two combined barely outscored Jones, 33-30. “They’re both very good big men. We knew we’re gonna have a challenge guarding them just because of how offensively talented both guys are. I knew I was gonna guard JMF most of the time but then [Rhodes] got it going so I had to try to make a switch just to you know, we stay with that lead,” Jones said. “But both bigs are very good, a lot of credit to those guys. They just won a championship so we give them a lot of respect, a lot of credit. We just try to get better as a team each day,” he added.   — Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJun 8th, 2019

Mighty Sports braces for tougher, more competitive Jones Cup

Mighty Sports could be in for a tough competition this time when it represents the country anew in this year’s Jones Cup. The club team will be facing national teams of different countries in the July 12-21 cagefest annually being held in Taipei. National teams of Iran, Japan, South Korea, Jordan, and Tunisia are confirmed to see action in the meet which they are using as part of their preparation for the coming FIBA World Cup in China this August. Their presence will have Mighty Sports hard-pressed to duplicate the same feat the team had in the 2017 edition of the Jones Cup when it won the championship being an impressive eight-game sweep. “The participating teams right now are all strong, national teams lahat. So it’s much more competitive and stronger,” bared Mighty Sports assistant team manager Jessie Angchonghoo at the Philippine Sportswriters Association (PSA) Forum at the Amelie Hotel-Manila on Tuesday. “But we’re ready. We have all the tools to compete with them.” Charles Tiu will call the shots again for Mighty Sports, which will be reinforced by former PBA imports Renaldo Balkman, Zachary Graham, and Eugene Phelps while the local sides are led by Fil-Ams Jason Brickman, Jason Gray, Roosevelt Adams, Mikey Williams, Aaron Black, Gab Banal, and Joseph Yeo. For the 35-year-old Yeo, the stint will be the second time he’ll be playing in the Jones Cup after previously suiting up for the national team under then coach Chot Reyes. “Very excited to be back and represent the country again. At tsaka ang daming nanonood lagi (na mga Pilipino), so parang everybody is cheering for you. Masaya, masarap,” said Yeo, who was also at the session presented by San Miguel Beer, Braska Restaurant, Amelie Hotel, and the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation (PAGCOR). Mighty Sports is also not taking chances as it tapped former Gilas Pilipinas mentor Rajko Toroman as part of the coaching staff. It was Tiu who invited the Serbian coach to come over and help him handle the team. Tiu served as one of Toroman’s deputies during his stint with the original Gilas Pilipinas national squad. “He’s a very experienced coach,” said Angchonghoo of Toroman, who Mighty Sports plans to bring in here around June 25 when the team begins to practice together......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMay 28th, 2019

PBA Finals By the Numbers: FIVE OF EM!

How about that 2019 PBA Philippine Cup Finals game Wednesday right? Game 7 between San Miguel and Magnolia was an instant classic, with the Beermen surviving in the end to score a one-point win for the title. To wrap up these Finals and before starting the mid-season Commissioner’s Cup, a last By the Numbers look for the 2019 PBA Philippine Cup Finals.   31 Total rebounds for June Mar Fajardo. The league’s five-time MVP broke the longest standing individual record in Game 7 by grabbing a total of 31 boards. It’s the most by a local since 7-Up’s Marcelo Simbulan grabbed 29 in 1975. 5 Consecutive Philippine Cup titles for San Miguel Beer. Another record obviously was the Beermen’s incredible 5-peat in the All-Filipino. Literally no team has done that ever and San Miguel is now one championship away from winning a second Perpetual Trophy. That would be another record if the Beermen can accomplish it next year. 17 San Miguel was down 17 in the third quarter of Game 7 to Magnolia and the Beermen had to rally just to make it a game by the time the fourth quarter starter. In the last 12 minutes, San Miguel came through and several key baskets late by the team’s star players were good enough to hold off the Hotshots for the title. 5 Total points for San Miguel Beer in the second quarter of Game 7. The Beermen’s problems in Game 7 can be traced in the second quarter when the Magnolia defense shut down San Miguel’s usually high-powered offense. SMB’s five points in the second quarter was the lowest ever in any quarter for a PBA Finals Game 7. 26 Total PBA championships for San Miguel Beer. That’s it, that’s the entry. See you all after Game 1 of the 2019 PBA Commissioner’s Cup Finals!     — Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMay 16th, 2019

PBA Finals: Arwind finds humor in unfortunate Spider-Man incident

A person dressed as Spider-Man stormed the court late in Game 5 of the PBA Philippine Cup Finals between San Miguel Beer and Magnolia Friday. He ended up colliding with June Mar Fajardo, the league’s five-time MVP andd most important player. It was crazy to say the least. Arwind Santos, the PBA’s self-proclaimed Spider-Man has reacted on the incident, saying the Beermen were pretty angry over the whole incident but had to naturally exercise caution. “Pangit tignan dahil binunggo niya si June Mar, lahat kami gigil na sa kanya,” Santos said. “[Pero] naawa rin ako nung kinukuyog siya sa bench namin. Inawat ko na lang yung mga ibang teammates ko kasi galit na nga,” he added. The incident was a first for the PBA and it was equal parts stupid and even funny. Santos, who’s learned to take things in stride over the latter part of his colorful and magical career, had some things to say to the Spider-Man that stormed the court. “Ibang klase idea niya no? Talagang nakakagulat naman talaga. Wala silang pakealam kung makaka-istorbo sila o makakasira ng ganitong klaseng event,” he said. “Akala ko nga kaya siya pumasok baka tutol lang siya sa pag-ban ng Spider-Man dunk eh,” Arwind added. Turning a little serious, Santos addressed Game 5 for the game it was. The Beermen lost on a buzzer-beater by Mark Barroca. Now, San Miguel’s dynasty is truly in trouble as the team trail the Finals, 2-3. “All in all, sayang yung laro. Siguro talagang para sa kanila. Masakit kasi buzzer beater eh diba? Ang iisipin lang namin dapat samin na yun eh, kung na-shoot lang namin yung ganito ganun. Maraming kasi, kasi, kasi. Pero ganun talaga ang basketball, hindi lahat papabor samin,” he said. “Hindi naman pwede sisihin ang pagkatalo namin kay Spider-Man,” Santos added.   — Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMay 10th, 2019

PBA Finals: June Mar dominates as Beermen take Game 4

Faced with a must-win situation in the 2019 PBA Philippine Cup Finals, San Miguel Beer turned to June Mar Fajardo. The GOAT delivered. June Mar, who earlier in the night won a 6th sraight All-Filipino Best Player of the Conference award, was dominant for the Beermen, leading the four-time champions to a strong 114-98 Game 4 win over Magnolia Wednesday at the Big Dome. Fajardo shot 13/14 from the field for 31 points on top of 14 rebounds, leading San Miguel to a series-tying win in these Finals. “This is the kind of game we are looking for from out team. From start to finish, we’re able to sustain our energy,” head coach Leo Austra said. “What I like from our team is our energy, our focus, and our pride. Yun yung umiiral ngayon,” he added. A very focused Beermen already dropped 54 points at the break as they tried to not fall into a defensive struggle against the Hotshots like in Game 3. Then in the third, with Fajardo scoring 14 points, San Miguel built its largest lead of the night at 17 which would be more than enough to hold off Magnolia in the fourth. After June Mar, Terrence Romeo shot 50 percent for 18 points to go along with five assists.  Four others finished in double figures for the Beermen with Chris Ross scoring 15 and Christian Standhardinger posting 13 points. Magnolia gave up 87 points through three quarters, which was five more than the output they allowed in all of Game 3. It was a top-heavy offense for the Hotshots in the loss with Mark Barroca and Jio Jalalon scoring 22 each. Ian Sangalang added 19 points but the next highest scorer after was Rafi Reavis with just nine. The Scores: San Miguel 114 - Fajardo 31, Romeo 18, Ross 15, Standhardinger 13, Santos 12, Cabagnot 11, Lassiter 6, Rosser 3, Pessumal 3, Nabong 2. Magnolia 98 - Barroca 22, Jalalon 22, Sangalang 19, Reavis 9, Lee 7, Herndon 6, Dela Rosa 5, Calisaan 4, Melton 2, Brondial 2, Ramos 0, Pascual 0. Quarters: 25-27, 56-47, 87-77, 114-98. — Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMay 8th, 2019

PBA Finals: Reavis standing up to June Mar key for Magnolia

In Game 3 of the 2019 PBA Philippine Cup Finals, Rafi Reavis totally outplayed five-time MVP June Mar Fajardo. Well not totally but the veteran Magnolia center sure made the San Miguel star work for his double-double. Add the fact that Reavis almost matched Fajardo’s double-double and he pretty much surpassed all expectations for Game 3. “Just respecting who he is. He's a great player and you just have to do you best and live with the outcome,” Reavis said of his Game 3 defense on June Mar. The result of that was 17 points and 14 rebounds for the MVP. The keys though were June Mar’s six turnovers and only 36 percent total shooting from the field. “Maybe, he just had an off night tonight. I don't know but you just try to do your best,” Reavis added. Aside from playing some tough defense, Rafi also shot 57 percent for 16 points on top of 15 rebounds. But regardless if he leads the team in scoring or posts no points at all, Reavis is more concerned with getting the win. On Sunday, the Hotshots got that win and they now lead the All-Filipino Finals, 2-1. “My thoughts? I dont really have any to tell you the truth. I’m just trying to do my job. I’m just trying to take what comes with it, and also hoping its a W,” he said. “The thing with me one point, 15 points, two rebounds, or 10 rebounds, nothing, it's all the same to me. The only difference is the W and that's all I care about,” Reavis added.   — Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMay 5th, 2019

Batang Pier go for top-2 spot against champion SMB

For the seond straight week, two-time defending Philippine Cup champion San Miguel will face the number 2 team in the PBA. But with the Beermen already secured of a quarterfinal slot and a twice-to-beat advantage, this no. 1 vs. no. 2 matchup is certainly more important for the Globalport Batang Pier who currently hold solo second place in the season-opening conference. Entereing this Lapu-Lapu City matchup as winners of back-to-back games, the 5-3 Batang Pier got solo second after Rain or Shine lost Friday to Meralco. But with teams stacked up with five wins apiece, a big victory by the Terrence Romeo and co. will mean a greater chance for the Batang Pier to secure a playoff bonus alongside the Beermen. However, it's not like the chance have nothing at stake here though. Winners of seven straight and currently holding a league-best 8-1 card, one more win by San Miguel means that the Beermen will be the number one overall seed throughout the playoffs. And as winners of the last two All-Filipino tournaments, number one is something that the Beermen have grown accustomed to. Also, reigning three-time MVP June Mar Fajardo wouldn't want to disappoint his hometown crowd right? Gametime is set the the Hopes Dome in Lapu-Lapu at 5:00 p.m. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJan 21st, 2017

Booker shoot lights out as Suns eclipse Spurs

MEXICO CITY (AP) Devin Booker scored a career-high 39 points for the second straight game in Mexico City and the Phoenix Suns beat the San Antonio Spurs 108-105 on Saturday in the fifth regular-season game in the country. Booker was 12 of 22 from the field, and Eric Bledsoe added 17 points and 10 assists. Coming off a loss to Dallas in their Mexican opener Thursday night, the Suns overcame an 11-point deficit to snap a two-game losing streak. Kawhi Leonard had 38 points for the Spurs (31-9). Booker made two baskets to give the Suns the lead in the last minute, including a dunk off a break with Bledsoe to put them ahead 106-103. Leonard made two free throws to get San Antonio within one. P.J. Tucker made two free throws, and the Spurs' Danny Green missed an open 3-pointer to seal the win for Phoenix. Phoenix is the first team to play two regular-season games in the same season south of the border. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJan 15th, 2017

Popovich's Spurs are back in Mexico after a bad experience

CARLOS RODRIGUEZ, Associated Press br /> MEXICO CITY (AP) — The last time that the San Antonio Spurs visited Mexico to play a regular-season game, the contest was canceled because of smoky conditions from a malfunctioning generator. So probably it's not surprising to find out that coach Gregg Popovich had only one wish ahead of the Spurs' game Saturday against the Phoenix Suns, set to be played on the same venue. 'I just want the game to come along. It felt horrible the last time we were here, everybody did so much work and everybody was excited to see the game and then it didn't happen,' said Popovich upon his arrival at the team's hotel in Mexico City. On Dec. 4, 2013, the Spurs were warming up, around 45 minutes before their game against the Minnesota Timberwolves, when the lights went out in parts of the arena and smoke began coming out of vents in the upper deck. The court quickly became cloudy and players and coaches were rushed outside the arena. The game was rescheduled and played at Minnesota. 'It was nobody's fault but it was kind of depressing for everybody so hopefully this time we get it done and put on a show for everybody', Popovich said. The Spurs have been doing that in the NBA recently. On Thursday night, they beatthe Los Angeles Lakers 134-94 for their largest margin of victory this season. The game was so lopsided that the starters didn't play in the fourth quarter and every player on the roster scored at least two points. 'All of our players will not score every night, I can promise you that', Popovich said. San Antonio arrives to Mexico boasting a 31-8 record, the second-best mark in the NBA just behind the Golden State Warriors (34-6). The game against the Suns will be the fifth regular season game played in Mexico. Phoenix also played in Mexico City on Thursday night, falling 113-108 to the Dallas Mavericks. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJan 14th, 2017

Romeo in the middle of Globalport's maturation process

Terrence Romeo is in the middle of the ongoing maturity of Globalport as a team in 2017. Since they suffered a 26-point fourth quarter collapse to Phoenix late last year, the Batang Pier have won back-to-back games, playing well enough in crunch time to hold on for victories even if they still have a tendency to let go of big leads. It's a lesson they would probably take for the rest of their careers. 'Tumatak yun, kasi parang isa yata yun sa biggest comeback eh,' said Terrence Romeo and he's absolutely right as the Phoenix rally was the biggest fourth-quarter miracle in a decade. 'Dapat di na mangyari yun,' he added. In order to not let that sort of thing happen again, Romeo is leading by example for Globalport as the dynamic guard out of FEU has slowly learned to pick his spots in games. Sure, he's still scoring an insane amount of points (27.6 points per game after Friday's 32-point effort), but the Bro is timing his scoring explosions effectively. Romeo scored a season-high 22 points in the first half against the Road Warriors, setting the tone early for Globalport. He then took a backseat in the third perid and allowed runningmate Stanley Pringle do his thing. But when NLEX cut a once 21-point lead to eight in the fourth and final quarter, it was Romeo that put the finishing touches for the Batang Pier, scoring another seven points for good measure. 'Natutunan ko yun nung mga last games ko,' Romeo admits. 'Pagka first half okay laro ko, pagdating ng third and fourth pag pinilit ko pa rin na ako pa rin, masyadong nakatutok sakin yung depensa. Ginawa ko nag spot up lang ako, hinayaan ko sila maglaro.' 'Pero pag tingin ko naman na kailangan nila ako, kukunin ko din ang bola at didiskarte din ako,' he added. Aside from managing his scoring opportunities, part of Romeo and Globalport's maturation process is not to get excited over one big win. With a chance to go for the top-2 spots in the All-Filipino and a matchup against the mighty San Miguel Beer on the horizon, the Batang Pier remain all business. 'Kailangan wag namin isipin yung panalo namin dito, hindi naman sa minamaliit namin yung NLEX pero kailangan yung goal namin is mapunta dun sa number one or number two so hindi kami pwede matuwa dahil natalo namin NLEX. Kumbaga after one day celebration, next day back to focus na kami,' Romeo said.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8 .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJan 13th, 2017

Mavericks stop slump, beat Suns in Mexico

em>By Carlos Rodriguez, Associated Press /em> MEXICO CITY (AP) — Deron Williams had 23 points and 15 assists, and the Dallas Mavericks defeated the Phoenix Suns 113-108 on Thursday night (Friday, PHL time) in the fourth regular-season NBA game played in Mexico. Williams shot 9-for-15 from the field in a matchup of struggling teams. Harrison Barnes added 22 points and Dirk Nowitzki scored 18 for the Mavericks, who broke a three-game losing streak. Devin Booker scored 29 of his 39 points in the fourth quarter for the Suns. Tyson Chandler had 14 points and 19 rebounds against his former team. Dallas and Phoenix are tied for the worst record in the Western Conference at 12-27. The game was the first of two that the Suns will play south of the border. Mexico is hosting two games in one regular season for the first time in NBA history. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJan 13th, 2017

NBA heads to London, Mexico City

em>By Brian Mahoney, Associated Press /em> NEW YORK (AP) — The NBA has never gone global quite like this. The league will play somewhat of a unique doubleheader Thursday (Friday, PHL time) with games in London and Mexico City, the first time it will stage multiple international games in different countries on the same day in the regular season. Indiana and Denver are the new teams getting to take what's become an annual trip to Britain, while the Phoenix Suns will be hosting the first of a two-game trip south of the border. The NBA has played 165 international games dating to 1978 and during the preseason has had multiple games on the same day from different countries. But this is the first time doing it when the games count. 'We thought having two regular-season global games on the same day for the first time was another great way to celebrate the popularity of our game with fans around the world,' Deputy Commissioner Mark Tatum said. Tatum said the league likes to return to cities that are passionate about basketball and that their players and teams want to visit, and both of Thursday's (Friday, PHL time) cities have become regular stops. The game at the O2 Arena is the seventh in the regular season dating to 2011, when the NBA wanted to increase its popularity in Britain ahead of the 2012 Olympics. All have been sold out. The previous games have all featured an Eastern team with a shorter trip across the Atlantic. This time it gives the Pacers, who have played exhibition games in China, Philippines, Taiwan, Germany and Spain, their first chance to play overseas in the regular season. 'I think it's a great opportunity to go over and represent the Pacers organization and the NBA and play a regular-season game,' said Indiana coach Nate McMillan, a U.S. men's basketball assistant when it won Olympic gold in London. 'Both teams will be playing their guys. It's not like a preseason game.' Mexico also was a preseason-only stop when the NBA first visited there 25 years ago. Now it not only gets official games but this year two of them, as the Suns will host Dallas on Thursday (Friday, PHL time) and San Antonio on Saturday (Sunday, PHL time). 'A new experience, a different culture, different fans, especially all three teams that are going are on the border,' the Suns' P.J. Tucker said. 'So I'm pretty sure there's a bunch of fans down there for each team. Just for us, as a team to go down to another country during the season is pretty cool.' The London game will be played at 3 p.m. EST (4am, PHL time) and the Mexico City contest at 10 p.m. (11am, PHL time) em>AP Sports Writer Bob Baum in Phoenix contributed to this report. /em> .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJan 10th, 2017

Beermen stay hot after surviving Gin Kings in thriller

It wasn't as dominant as their last couple of wins but it was a win regardless. Two-time defending Philippine Cup champion San Miguel pushed its winning streak to six games after surviving sister team Ginebra in a low-scoring affair, 72-70, Sunday at the Big Dome. Already assured of a quarterfinal berth after taking care of Blackwater just two days ago, the Beermen have started their quest for a twice-to-beat advantage in the quarterfinals. The champs also maintained their stranglehold of first place after pushing their record to a near-perfect 7-1. San Miguel appeared to cruise to a victory, leading by eight with two minutes to go but Ginebra got two booming treys from Joe Devance and LA Tenorio to make things interesting. With 11 seconds to go, the Gin Kings had the chance to tie or go for the win after Marcio Lassiter missed two crucial free throws but Tenorio's floater was way short against the defense of Arwind Santos. 'I know from the start na this will be a tight game for us dahil I think the energy of our team has gone down since our last game against Blackwater,' head coach Leo Austria said who once again started his post-game talk with his now infamous 'well ah...' remark. 'Mabuti na lang talagang may kaunti pang Petron na laman ang gas tank ng mga players,' he added finding time to put a little product placement here and there. Despite a broken nose, Alex Cabagnot once again led the Beermen in scoring with 16 points while Santos posted a double-double of 10 points and 12 rebounds. Ronald Tubid came off the bench to add another 10 points for the champs. Meanwhile, Ginebra's up-and-down season continued as the Gin Kings dropped to 3-4 in the Philippine Cup. Japeth Aguilar picked up where he left off from Christmas and paced Ginebra with 17 points.   The scores: SAN MIGUEL 72 - Cabagnot 16, Tubid 12, Santos 10, Fajardo 9, Lassiter 7, Espinas 7, De Ocampo 5, Ross 4, Garcia 2, Heruela 0. GINEBRA 70 - Aguilar 17, Mercado 11, Tenorio 8, Devance 7, Ferrer 7, Thompson 6, Cruz 6, Ellis 2, Mariano 2, Marcelo 2, Caguioa 2. Quarters: 15-17, 32-31, 53-49, 72-70   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8 .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJan 8th, 2017

Red-hot SMB put winning streak on the line vs. Ginebra

After coming out to a relatively slow start by their own awesome standards, two-time defending Philippine Cup champion San Miguel has put together an impressive run as of late, blowing out everybody for a league-leading 6-1 mark. And with a quarterfinal berth already secured following five straight wins, the Beermen start working on taking one of the two playoff bonuses as the PBA continues Sunday at the Big Dome. Standing in their way is sister team Brgy. Ginebra, the same team that elimated them in the semifinals of the past Governors' Cup. Unlike the Beermen, the Gin Kings have suffered a bit of a championship hangover to start the season, stumbling to a 3-3 record so far. However, a big win last Christmas was a boost for Ginebra as they play their first game of the new year. Gametime is set at 7:00 p.m. In the first game at 4:30 p.m., Rain or Shine and Phoenix duel for solo second place, hoping to create some space between them and a crowded set of teams with four victories each. With TNT losing to NLEX Saturday, the Elasto Painters currently sit alone at the no. 2 spot with a 4-2 mark while the Fuel Masters, winners of back-to-back games, enter with a 4-3 record. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJan 7th, 2017

This time around, it was SMB cheering AVO from bench

With June Mar Fajardo holding down the fort and Gabby Espinas and Jay-R Reyes backstopping him, San Miguel’s frontline is all good. As such, there isn’t much opening for Arnold Van Opstal to make his mark. “I keep on telling him every game, be patient, your time will come,” coach Leo Austria said, talking about his rookie center. Van Opstal’s time finally came in the final frame of the Beermen’s matchup with Blackwater on Friday. With under three minutes to go, he scored the first two points of his professional career. “Thanks to Chris Ross. Shoutout to him, he passed me the ball and I just made my move,” he expressed while smiling ear-to-ear afterward. From that first basket, the Filipino-German added four more points to his name to wind up with six points and one rebound in two minutes and 34 seconds on the court. Each and every time Van Opstal sent the ball through the net, the San Miguel players on the bench were up and about in cheering for him. Nothing but appreciative to see that, he expressed, “I love my teammates. They’re really cool guys and I’m really lucky to be on this team.” Of course, having difficulty in breaking through the logjam of bigs in front of him in the rotation, it’s the six-foot-nine rookie who usually finds himself cheering for his teammates. And he has no problem with that at all as he said, “I have a great group of guys here and it’s fun for me, even if I’m playing or not, I’m still having fun cheering guys on.” He then continued, “Whether I’m on the court or not, I’m just here to give positive energy to the guys so we could come up with a win.” Van Opstal then went on to say that having the right attitude is a must especially on a team of high-character guys like the Beermen. “All these guys have names and they’re just so down-to-earth, they’re just so accepting and inviting. That was a learning process (for me) in the sense that the reason they’re so successful is because they don’t let their egos in the way,” he shared. That is exactly why the rookie isn’t expecting more minutes just yet. As he put it, “Whether I get more minutes or not, it doesn’t matter to me.” --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJan 6th, 2017

Beermen crush Elite to book QF berth in the Philippine Cup

The champs are simply running over everybody. Picking up where they left off last year, the San Miguel Beermen basically needed only one half to dispatch the Blackwater Elite in a 118-93 win Friday in the Philippine Cup at the MOA Arena. Winners of the last two Philippine Cup titles, the Beermen wasted little time in showing the surprising Elite who was boss, exploding for 37 points in the first quarter alone to build a 16-point lead. San Miguel didn't let up one bit and entered the half with a 25-point cushion, 65-40. It was pretty much status qou in the second half and the Beermen won their fifth straight game for the season-opening conference. Armed with a 6-1 record, the champs also became the first team to qualify for the quarterfinals. Following a string of relatively quiet performances, three-time MVP June Mar Fajardo reminded everybody why he's the best player in the land and dropped 25 points in just 29 minutes of play. The Kraken likewise grabbed eight rebounds and dished out five dimes in a dominant performance. Gabby Espinas also had himself a big game, scoring 22 points off the bench on 81 percent shooting. Alex Cabagnot, who sported a facial mask due to a nose injury, finished with 14 points while Marcio Lassiter also added 14. .....»»

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PBA: Championship is what counts – SMB’s Fajardo

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