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PVL: Angels shoot for Final Four seat anew

Twice denied of a spot in the Final Four, PetroGazz tries again on Wednesday but the Angels will have to hurdle an Air Force squad also in dire need of a win to fuel its own semis drive, guaranteeing a fierce duel in the Premier Volleyball League Season 3 Open Conference at the Filoil Flying V Center in San Juan. Game time is at 6:00 p.m. and will air live on LIGA SkyCable Channel 86, LIGA HD SkyCable Channel 183, iWant and via livestream. The Angels looked headed to a trouble-free ride to the semis by racking up eight straight victories for a 9-2 card last week but the 10th win that would’ve assured their stint in the next round proved elusive as the Reinforced Conference champions dropped their last two games to the Motolite and unbeaten defending champion Creamline. PetroGazz’s losses enabled PacificTown-Army and Air Force, who are tied at 6-7 slates, to stay in the hunt for a playoff for the last Final Four seat. Army and Air Force need to sweep their last three games and hope that PetroGazz (9-4) and Motolite (9-5) won’t go over nine wins to force a playoff for the last semifinal seat. Jovielyn Prado and Paneng Mercado, who combined for 26 hits in PetroGazz’s losing 1-3 stand to Creamline in Iloilo last Sunday, are again expected to lead the Angels drive along with Cherry Nunag, Jeanette Panaga and Cai Baloaloa with top hitter Jonah Sabeh also out to atone her mediocre four-hit showing the last time out. But the Jet Spikers are also coming into the match upbeat following a four-set win over the Choco Mucho Flying Titans over the weekend that kept the former in the playoff race......»»

Category: sportsSource: abscbn abscbnOct 15th, 2019

Angels take third crack at Final Four

Twice denied of an outright spot in the Final Four, PetroGazz tries anew today but will have to hurdle an Air Force squad also needing to win to fuel its own semis drive, guaranteeing a fierce duel in the Premier Volleyball League Open Conference at the Filoil Flying V Center in San Juan......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsOct 15th, 2019

Angels target semis anew vs Jet Spikers

Twice denied of a spot in the Final Four, Petro Gazz tries again Wednesday......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsOct 15th, 2019

PVL: Cool Smashers shoot for Final Four seat

Fancied defending champion Creamline seeks to formalize its stint in the Premier Volleyball League Season 3 Open Conference semifinals in Iloilo Saturday as it faces a sister team ChocoMucho at the University of San Agustin gym. Game time is at 4:00 p.m. and will air live on LIGA SkyCable Channel 86, LIGA HD SkyCable Channel 183, iWant and via livestream. The Cool Smashers stake their unbeaten 11-0 slate against the surging Flying Titans Though the star-studded Cool Smashers are tipped to repeat their four-set triumph over the Flying Titans last Aug. 31, the latter have shown tremendous improvement and promise after snapping a long skid with a scrambling five-set escape over Chef’s Classics then beating BaliPure, BanKo-Perlas, PacificTown Army and Motolite to bounce back into semis contention. They remain outside of the Magic Four with a 6-6 card but their recent surge has bolstered their chances to grab at least a playoff for the last semis slot with Motolite and BanKo-Perlas just ahead at joint third with 7-5 slates and PacificTown Army at fifth with a 6-5 mark. PetroGazz is a cinch to clinch the second semis seat with an 8-2 mark. But Choco Mucho’s vaunted triple town combination of Kat Tolentino, Maddie Madayag and Bea de Leon must come up with one solid game to neutralize Creamline's vaunted firepower anchored on Alyssa Valdez, Michele Gumabao, Jema Galanza and Risa Sato......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsOct 4th, 2019

PVL: Tigresses force rubber match for Finals seat

Janna Torres delivered when her number was called, leading University of Sto. Tomas to a 24-26, 25-18, 25-17, 25-17, victory over Ateneo De Manila University on Wednesday to force a rubber match in the best-of-three Premier Volleyball League Season 3 Collegiate Conference semifinals at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan. The freshman middle blocker exploded for 14 points as she wreaked havoc at the net with 10 attacks and three kill blocks along with one ace for the Tigresses, who came back from a four-set loss their UAAP Season 81 Final tormentors in the game that saw Torres play only two sets with only one point under her name. UST recovered from a first set meltdown with strong showings in the next three as the Tigresses took advantage of the Lady Eagles’ 38 errors to force a deciding Game 3 on Sunday. Rookie Imee Hernandez added 12 markers while Eya Laure had 10 points including three aces with two coming in the closing stretch of the fourth set for UST. EJ Laure and Rachelle Roldan combined for 14 points for the Espana-based squad. The Tigresses actually had a chance to take the first frame after pushing at set point, 24-21, only to see Ateneo counterattack with five unanswered points. The next two sets were easy picking for the Tigresses, before Ateneo showed tough resistance in the fourth. The Lady Eagles were able to erase a 6-10 deficit and tied it at 10 off an Erika Raagas kill. UST regained the lead but Ateneo rookie Faith Nisperos cut it to 15-14 only to see the Lady Eagles shoot themselves on the foot after giving away five of the Tigresses’ last 10 points off their errors. Vanie Gandler led Ateneo with 15 points including 13 off spikes, Nisperos had 12 markers while Jules Samonte and Raagas got 11 points each. Dani Ravena tallied 22 digs and 10 excellent receptions but committed the last of Ateneo's atrocious errors after pushing the ball out on a broken play.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsOct 2nd, 2019

MPBL: Cañete and Strikers shoot lights out as Bacoor stops Bicol

The Bacoor Strikers leaned on a boisterous home crowd and clutch outside shooting to defeat the Bicol Volcanoes - LCC Stores 84-80 on Wednesday night at the Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League Lakan Season. Triples in the last five minutes from best player of the game Mike Cañete, Oping Sumalinog, Mark Montuano and Ian Melencio powered the Strikers to the win in front of a jampacked crowd at the cozy STRIKE Gym in Bacoor. "Sumunod lang kami as sistema namin at kay coach (Chris Gavina.) At nagtiwala kami sa sarili," said Cañete, who led his team with 16 points and 10 rebounds. Bacoor was in the driver's seat at the half, 40-33 thanks in part to their hitting all nine of their free throws. An entertaining third period concluded with Bicol up 57-56 on a Jerome Garcia triple, his second of the segment. Leo Blanca, Mark Pangilinan, Don Ochea and Ronjay Buenafe also all buried threes in the period. But Bicol began the fourth with an 8-0 run, which was actually the second part of a 14-0 run that straddled the two quarters, to lead 65-56 with 7 minutes left. Bacoor's gunners exchanged three-point fire with Volcanoes Clark Derige and Jerome Garcia over the next three minutes to result in a 77-77 scoreline with just over a minute remaining. Then Melencio knocked in a three, and made a pair of free throws while Garcia and Buenafe misfired from range. RJ Ramirez also went 2-for-2 from the line to give Bacoor an 84-77 advantage that held up in the end. The Cavitenos hit 13 of 30 three-point attempts, or 43 percent, as they improve to 11-4, with the most number of wins in the South Division. Bicol loses a second close game in a row and see their slate dive to 8-7 despite a 21-point offering from Buenafe. In the second match of the day the Quezon City Capitals - WEMSAP earned a big 87-84 win over Caloocan Supremos Victory Liner in the battle for bragging rights across A. Bonifacio Avenue. Dahrrel Caranguian was the talisman for Quezon City with 22 points to lead all scorers. He was the co-best player of the game alongside fellow guard Aaron Black. The Capitals led 44-40 at the half, a deficit the Monumento Boys cut to 60-58 entering the final period. But Quezon City stormed out of the blocks with an 8-2 surge to up their lead to eight. Black and Caranguian both hit triples to keep Caloocan at bay. Caloocan nipped at the heels of the Capitals and got to within four points when Supremo AJ Mandani nailed a three-bomb with just under three minutes to go. With a minute and a half he repeated his feat to pull Caloocan to four once again, 87-83. But a Thomas Torres free throw was all the scoring we would see in the match-up as Paul Sanga, Almond Vosotros and Mandani all fired blanks in the last few minutes. QC edges closer to .500 with the win. They are now at 6-7. Meanwhile the Supremos are now level at 7-7. Vosotros topped all Caloocan scorers with 19 points. In the afternoon game, the Pasig Sta. Lucia Realtors disposed of the Cebu Sharks Casino Ethyl Alcohol 78-68. Jeric Teng led Pasig with 21 points, closely followed by Josan Nimes' 20 markers. The Sharkes were down 62-51 at the start of the fourth period but a Kraniel Viloria free throw capped a mini-run of seven points for the Cebuanos, pulling them to within four wih six minutes left, 67-63. Three minutes later five straight points from Josan Nimes would restore a 10 point lead for Pasig, 74-64, and Cebu was unable to draw much closer. Will McAloney was the top producer for the Sharks with 20 points as his team finished with a subpar 30 percent field goal shooting percentage for the day. While Cebu tumble to 4-8 in the South Division the Pasigueños are now a half-game away from Makati with a 9-3 card......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsSep 12th, 2019

PVL: Cool Smashers eye first round sweep this week

Defending champion Creamline is out to continue its winning romp and complete a first round sweep this week in the Premier Volleyball League Season 3 Open Conference. Parading a perfect 6-0 win-loss record, the Cool Smashers are set to take on PacificTown Army on Wednesday before wrapping up the opening round against BaliPure on Saturday. Three-time Most Valuable Player Alyssa Valdez has been playing consistently in the conference and with a solid backup in Jema Galanza, Risa Sato and Michele Gumabao with setter Jia Morado utilizing Creamline’s full arsenal, the Cool Smashers are favored to come up on top in their last two assignments. But Creamline is sure to encounter tough resistance from both rivals. The Cool Smashers will be tested first by the Lady Troopers, who are raring to halt a two-game slide after starting the season-ending conference with back-to-back wins. Game time on Wednesday is at 4:00 p.m. and will air live on LIGA SkyCable Channel 86, LIGA HD SkyCable Channel 183, iWant and via livestream. Creamline will then face an upset-conscious Water Defenders three days after at 6:00 p.m. in a showdown that will air live on ABS-CBN S+A Channel 23, ABS-CBN S+A HD Channel 166, LIGA SkyCable Channel 86, LIGA HD SkyCable Channel 183, iWant and via livestream. Another streaking team in Motolite (4-1) targets to stretch its winning run to five in a row on Sunday against PetroGazz at 6:00 p.m. But before facing Motolite, the Angels (3-2) get a crack at ChocoMucho which is on a two-game slide for a 2-3 slate on Wednesday. Meanwhile in the Collegiate Conference, unbeaten Adamson University and Ateneo de Manila University dispute the first semifinals seat in Group A when they cross paths at 8:00 a.m. on Sunday. Both squads lead the group with 3-0 win-loss records. In Group B, unscathed University of Sto. Tomas (3-0) tries to secure a Final Four berth in a showdown with Far Eastern University at 10:00 a.m. also on Sunday. Games in the Collegiate Conference are all available via iWant and livestream.   ---   Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles   .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsSep 3rd, 2019

PVL: Angels claim top seed, boot out Motolite

PetroGazz locked the top seeding in the Final Four after showing Motolite the exit door in the race to the Final Four in a 25-19, 25-15, 25-15, victory to close the Premier Volleyball League Season 3 Reinforced Conference elimination round Saturday at the FilOil Flying V Centre in Sa Juan. The Angels forged a best-of-three showdown with No. 4 seed BanKo in the semifinals, which will begin on Wednesday. American Janisa Johnson scored 15 points off 10 attacks and 10 kill blocks and added eight digs and six excellent receptions while Cuban Wilma Salas posted 14 markers with all but one coming off spikes for PetroGazz, which closed the elims with a 9-1 win-loss record tied with defending champion Creamline. The Angels took the no. 1 seed by virtue of higher tiebreak. The Cool Smashers will face PacificTown Army in the other Final Four pairing. Even with the seat in the semis already secured, PetroGazz played with a mindset of building momentum heading into the all-important Final Four series. “Sila (Motolite) ang naghahabol, sila ang may chance na maka-playoff ang BanKo so tayo panindigan natin na tayo ang nasa taas na nasa no. 1 spot going to the semifinals,” said Angels coach Arnold Laniog. “Better na galing kami sa panalo.” Cherry Nunag, who suffered cramps in the second set and sat out the third frame, and Paneng Mercado combined for 10 markers for PetroGazz, who played solid net defense with 11 kill blocks. Motolite came up short of forcing a playoff for the last semis berth with its seventh loss in 10 games. Trinidadian Channon Thompson was the only Motolite player in double figures with 17 points – all from attacks – while compatriot Krystle Esdelle made nine markers and seven digs.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJun 29th, 2019

10 NCAA players to watch in Season 95

It’s important to note that half of the players who were picked in the first round of the 2018 PBA Draft were products of the country’s first collegiate sports league. CJay Perez and Robert Bolick have immediately become the cornerstones of Columbian Dyip and NorthPort Batang Pier, respectively. Javee Mocon, Jesper Ayaay, Michael Calisaan and JP Calvo have all received high praise from the coaches of their new teams. While last season’s heroes are now living their lifelong dreams in the PBA, new stars are looking to shine as NCAA Season 95 opens on July 7 at the Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City. James Kwekuteye (SBU)   If there is one player worthy enough to succeed Bolick as the King Lion of Mendiola, it’s the 6’3” Fil-Canadian shooting guard, James Kwekuteye. As a rookie, Kwekuteye came off the bench for majority of the season and had limited time to really put his talent on display. But, when he did start, particularly in San Beda’s second round game against LPU, Kwekuteye proved that he could be a major threat as he scored a career-high 18 points for the Red Lions, matching the scoring output of Bolick. In that game, Bolick motivated Kwekuteye by saying, “they can’t stop you.” James Kwekuteye introduces himself to Lyceum with 18 big points! #NCAASeason94 #GalingNCAA pic.twitter.com/OQS5eZBTJL — ABS-CBN Sports (@abscbnsports) October 18, 2018 As the new starting shooting guard of Coach Boyet Fernandez, Kwekuteye led San Beda in scoring in the 2019 Fil-Oil Flying V Pre-season Cup averaging 14.1 points per game.    Evan Nelle (SBU)   Another talented player who didn’t see the floor much last year due to the loaded roster of guards on the San Beda lineup was former NCAA Jrs. Finals MVP Evan Nelle. Evan Nelle repays coach Boyet Fernandez' trust by drilling the early three! #NCAASeason94 #GalingNCAA pic.twitter.com/kpfdsnro2i — ABS-CBN Sports (@abscbnsports) September 11, 2018 Nelle was the fourth string point guard behind Bolick, Jo Presbitero and Radge Tongco in Season 94. But, with the graduation of all three aforementioned players, the keys to the Red Lions’ offense has fallen straight into Nelle’s hands. While sharing the backcourt with Kwekuteye, Nelle led San Beda to the 2019 FilOil Championship and averaged a league-best 4.7 assists per contest.    Donald Tankoua (SBU)   Aside from capturing the title in the country’s most prestigious pre-season tournament, Kwekuteye and Nelle were also named to the Mythical Five along with their starting center, Donald Tankoua.  Donald Tankoua drops 23 points to help San Beda end the eliminations on a high note. #NCAASeason94 #GalingNCAA pic.twitter.com/EUFpXnAt8T — ABS-CBN Sports (@abscbnsports) October 23, 2018 The 6’6” Cameroonian big man has always been one of the most consistent players, year in and year out in the NCAA and will continue to be as he plays out his final year of eligibility in Season 95. Because he’s a walking double-double, expect Tankoua to be the early favorite to win MVP.   Mike Harry Nzeusseu (LPU)   Now, if there is anybody who possesses the physical attributes and the numbers to challenge Tankoua’s MVP campaign, it’s LPU’s Mike Harry Nzeusseu. Mike Harry Nzeusseu gets NASTY ???? #NCAASeason94 #NCAAFinals pic.twitter.com/yEAr0ywBPd — ABS-CBN Sports (@abscbnsports) November 12, 2018 Nzeusseu ended last season without confirming that he would return to play one more year with the Pirates but his participation in the Fil-Oil tournament tells us that he will be back to anchor the defense of Coach Topex Robinson. And without Perez, the 6’6” center from the Republic of Cameroon will also have to do major damage on the offensive end as well.  Jayson David (LPU)   Jayson David picks Robert Bolick's pocket for the transition finish! #NCAASeason93 #NCAAStrong pic.twitter.com/Inl17UZbKq — ABS-CBN Sports (@abscbnsports) November 7, 2017 Back in Season 91, the NCAA added a Most Improved Player trophy to their list of awardees for every basketball tournament. Based on the pre-season, former San Sebastian guard Jayson David has emerged as the frontrunner for that award as he has assumed the starting spot of Perez with LPU. David is no “Baby Beast”, but it seems that Robinson trusts him enough to be a critical piece in the Pirates’ quest to capture that elusive NCAA championship. He averaged 7.3 PPG, 6 RPG and 2.1 APG in the Fil-Oil tourney.   Jeo Ambohot (CSJL)   Another player who seems to have earned the trust of his coach is Jeo Ambohot. Under Coach Jeff Napa, the ‘23 for 23’ Gilas World Cup pool member came off the bench and underachieved, only averaging 7.2 PPG and 7.2 RPG for the Knights in Season 94. Jeo Ambohot can hit this all game long! ???? #NCAASeason94 #GalingNCAA pic.twitter.com/5NCj7tV7Gt — ABS-CBN Sports (@abscbnsports) October 9, 2018 However, under new Letran Head Coach Bonnie Tan, Ambohot was being utilized as the starting center with last year’s Rookie of the Year, Larry Muyang coming off the bench in their pre-season games. Nevertheless, a player like Ambohot should not be happy with his dismal outing last year and should come out stronger in Season 95.    Renato Ular (CSJL)   Here’s a guy you probably haven’t heard about before. His name is Renato Ular. Ring a bell? Probably not. The last time he saw action was during his rookie year in Season 92. Actually, he didn’t even do much back then. He only played in four games in did not score a single point in any of those games. After two years as a spectator, Ular has finally rejoined the Letran lineup and was their best player in the Fil-Oil tournament averaging 9.8 PPG and 8.1 RPG. The last left-handed legend from Letran was Rey Nambatac. This lefty’s got a long way to go to get on the Sting Rey’s level, but expect him to be one of the Knights' primary attackers this year.   RK Ilagan (SSC-R)   RK Ilagan was FEELING IT from downtown, dropping a new career-high 2??6?? PTS vs Mapua! #NCAASeason94 #GalingNCAA pic.twitter.com/SDIaVmtzCF — ABS-CBN Sports (@abscbnsports) October 12, 2018 Speaking of attacking, one player who will be more relentless than he’s ever been this Season 95 is RK Ilagan. The pride of Barrio Fugoso, Tondo, Manila ranked seventh in scoring last year, averaging 15.2 PPG and was the Golden Stags’ leading scorer despite the presence of Calisaan. Coach Egay Macaraya loves a shooter and will continue to give the green light to Ilagan who made more triples (40) than any player in the NCAA in Season 94.    Kent Salado (AU)   Prior to injuring his right knee on October 10, 2017 in an 85-79 Arellano win over SSC-R in Season 93, Kent Salado was one of the most exciting players in the NCAA. The spitfire point guard from Cagayan de Oro was averaging 19.1 PPG (2nd behind Perez) and 5.0 APG (2nd behind Bolick) for the Chiefs, taking over the driver’s seat that Jiovani Jalalon occupied during their run to the Finals in Season 92. Lervin Flores with a nice block, Kent Salado with an even better finish! #NCAASeason93 #NCAAStrong pic.twitter.com/ohK28fFFhS — ABS-CBN Sports (@abscbnsports) September 15, 2017 Now that he’s finally had surgery to repair what was eventually revealed to be a torn ACL, Salado is looking to excite fans anew especially since Arellano University will serve as the host of the NCAA for the first time in league history. Justin Gutang (CSB)   Recently, I asked former Arellano Head Coach Jerry Codi?era who he thought had the makings of a star in the NCAA now that the likes of Perez and Bolick are in the pros. The “Defense Minister” immediately mentioned one name: Justin Gutang. The 6’3” Fil-American forward from San Francisco, California had an impressive rookie season, averaging 13.4 PPG, 6.2 RPG and 4.3 APG for the Blazers and winning the Slam Dunk contest along the way. Although we haven’t heard much from Gutang in the off-season, the fact that a PBA Legend still has him on his radar means that the kid’s potential cannot be ignored. ?Editor's Note: The list is based on pre-season performances of teams. There are some NCAA teams who have not partcipated in pre-season tournaments nor released line-ups.  ?Catch NCAA Season 95 starting July 7, Sunday, 11:30 am LIVE on S+A, S+A HD, Liga, Liga HD, iWant and via livestream.    .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJun 27th, 2019

PVL: Cool Smashers seek win no. 8; Lady Troopers try to secure semis spot

Defending champion Creamline eyes to keep its hot streak going as it takes on PacificTown Army on Wednesday in the penultimate elimination round playdate of the Premier Volleyball League Season 3 Reinforced Conference at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan. The semifinals-bound Cool Smashers are riding the crest of their seven-game winning romp including a 25-18, 21-25, 25-19, 26-24, victory over first round tormentor PetroGazz on Saturday. Creamline marches back into action at 3:00 p.m. with hopes of taking a slice of the lead with the Angels (8-1 win-loss record). The match will air live on LIGA SkyCable Channel 86, LIGA HD SkyCable Channel 183, iWant and via livestream. Imports Kuttika Kaewpin of Thailand and Venezuelan Ale Blanco, who showed the way for the Cool Smashers in their rousing win over the erstwhile unbeaten PetroGazz, will again be at the helm of Creamline’s charge together with locals Alyssa Valdez, setter Jia Morado, Michele Gumabao and Risa Sato. Meanwhile, the Lady Troopers try to seal the third Final Four seat to join Creamline and PetroGazz. PacificTown Army holds a 4-4 slate and still in a precarious position in the race for the last two Final Four seats with BanKo (3-5) and Motolite (3-6) still in the thick of the battle. The Lady Troopers are coming off a 27-29, 20-25, 14-25, loss to the Angels last Sunday in Binan, Laguna. PacificTown Army will pin its hopes on Ukrainian Lena Lymareva-Flink, American Jenelle Jordan, Jovelyn Gonzaga, Jem Gutierrez, Royse Tubino and setter Alina Bicar.     ---  Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJun 25th, 2019

PVL: Angels secure at least a playoff for semis spot

Unbeaten PetroGazz picked up from where it left off in the first round as the Angels secured at least a playoff for a Final Four seat after taking down BanKo, 25-23, 25-11, 22-25, 25-20, on Wednesday in the Premier Volleyball League Season 3 Reinforced Conference at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan. The Angels extended their winning streak to six straight – albeit dropping a set for the first time in the import-laden conference – to put a foot inside the semifinals. PetroGazz can formally clinch a Final Four slot with another victory. Imports Wilma Salas of Cuba and American Janisa Johnson carried the Angels to an elims sweep the Perlas Spikers, who showed grit despite playing with an all-Filipino lineup for most of the match with reinforcements American Kia Bright and Yasimin Yildirim logging in limited minutes. Salas finished with a personal league-best 37 points built on 35 attacks and two kill blocks while adding 13 excellent receptions for the Angels. Johnson added 24 markers with all but one coming off spikes laced with 16 digs and 13 excellent receptions for PetroGazz, which punished the Perlas Spikers with 70 attack points with nine kill blocks. Jeanette Panaga had nine markers while Cherry Nunag and Cai Baloaloa combined for 10 points for Angels. BanKo pulled a surprise in the third set as they stunned the Angels early on to build a 15-5 cushion. PetroGazz rallied for a final push in the frame as the Angels saved a set point, 24-22, off a Salas attack but setter Djanel Cheng served short in the next play to surrender the frame. The Perlas Spikers caught PetroGazz off-guard in the opening frame with veterans Nicole Tiamzon, Dzi Gervacio and Sue Roces leading the way to take a 22-17 lead only to see the Angels close it out with an 8-1 blitz. PetroGazz controlled the second frame to cruise to a 2-0 match lead.     The Perlas Spikers suffered their second straight loss for a 2-4 win-loss slate. Tiamzon had 20 points off 16 spikes, three aces and a kill block with 17 digs while Gervacio and Kathy Bersola finished with 13 and nine points, respectively, for BanKo. Yildirim had three points while Bright played for only two sets with only one point under her name for the Perlas Spikers.     --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJun 12th, 2019

Volley Masters shoot for a semis seat

Instituto Estetico Manila guns for a Final Four spot while Philippine Army fights to keep its bid for a seat in the next round alive on Saturday in the 2nd Spikers’ Turf Reinforced Conference at the PhilSports Arena in Pasig City. The cu.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsOct 28th, 2016

Marc Gasol keeps Joel Embiid in check anew

NBA.com staff report Joel Embiid's struggles against Marc Gasol have been well documented, an embarrassing blip for the self-proclaimed "most unstoppable player in the league." Those woes continued Monday (Tuesday, PHL time) in Toronto, where Embiid suffered through the worst outing of his career as the Raptors surged late to beat the 76ers, 101-96, in their first meeting since last year's Eastern Conference semifinals, a seven-game classic in which Philadelphia's All-Star center shot just 37 percent from the floor. That was red hot compared to Monday's (Tuesday, PHL time) rematch, with Embiid failing to score for the first time in 171 career games while bricking 11 shots and three free throws. He became the first NBA player to miss at least 10 shots and two free throws in a scoreless game since Devean George in 2008, and is believed to be the first NBA player to miss at least 10 shots and three free throws in a scoreless game since Arnie Risen in 1954. Gasol was once again the impetus, using his size and savvy to frustrate Embiid while long-armed teammates like Pascal Siakam and OG Anunoby hovered nearby, ready to swoop in with timely help. Embiid at one point attempted to overpower Gasol in the post and nearly knocked himself over in the process as the Spanish veteran stood firm. Embiid ranks eighth in the NBA with roughly 13 paint points per game, but only two of his shots came from that spot, with Gasol blocking both.   It continued an extended nightmare from which Embiid has yet to wake. In addition to last year's playoffs, he shot just 34.4% in five previous regular-season matchups with Gasol-led teams -- roughly 14 percentage points below his career mark of 48.1%. While Embiid did grab 13 rebounds, the lack of scoring production from their leading scorer proved too much for the 76ers to overcome. In addition to going scoreless, Embiid committed four turnovers, including two in the final 2:35 as Philadelphia squandered a late six-point lead. Embiid typically isn't shy about letting opponents know when things are going his way. He was equally ready to accept blame for yet another poor performance against the gritty Gasol. “I can't have this type of production,” said Embiid, who denied fatigue was a factor in Philadelphia's third game in five nights. “I would have never thought I would be here talking about zero points in an NBA game, but it is what it is. Some nights you make shots, some nights you don't. Some nights you're hot, some nights you're cold." Said Sixers coach Brett Brown, "I think you give Marc Gasol, a former Defensive Player of the Year, credit. He's good. It was a long night for Jo.”.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsNov 26th, 2019

Anthony Davis has big 2nd half, Lakers beat Thunder

By The Associated Press OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Anthony Davis scored 24 of his 33 points in the second half to help the Los Angeles Lakers beat the Oklahoma City Thunder 130-127 on Friday night (Saturday, PHL time). Davis also had 11 rebounds and seven assists, and LeBron James added 23 points and 14 assists. The Lakers have won six in a row to improve the best record in the NBA to 13-2. Shai Gilgeous-Alexander scored 24 points and Steven Adams added 22 for the Thunder. They have lost five of six. Los Angeles guard Rajon Rondo was ejected early in the fourth quarter after a kick to Dennis Schroder’s groin area. CLIPPERS 122, ROCKETS 119 LOS ANGELES (AP) — Kawhi Leonard hit a go-ahead jumper with 15 seconds remaining to finish with 24 points and lift Los Angeles over Houston. Russell Westbrook missed at the other end and Paul George got the rebound while getting fouled. He made both free throws with 1 second left to complete a wild finish and help the Clippers improve to 10-1 at home with their fourth win in a row overall. James Harden couldn’t get a shot off on the Rockets’ final possession as time expired. George scored 19 points in his second game playing with Leonard. Lou Williams led the Clippers with 26 — all in the second half. Montrezl Harrell added 18 points. Harden had 37 points and 12 assists for the Rockets. Russell Westbrook added 22 points before fouling out late, and Clint Capela had 17 points and 19 rebounds. MAVERICKS 143, CAVALIERS 101 DALLAS (AP) — Luka Doncic had 30 points and 14 assists with former Dallas teammate Dirk Nowitzki watching as a retiree for the first time. Nowitzki stayed away for the first eight Dallas home games after setting an NBA record of 21 seasons with the same franchise while finishing last season as the highest-scoring foreign-born player in league history. The big German got a standing ovation when shown on the video board in the first quarter from his courtside seat next to owner Mark Cuban. Rookie Darius Garland scored a career-high 23 points for Cleveland. NUGGETS 96, CELTICS 92 DENVER (AP) — Jamal Murray hit two free throws with 1.5 seconds remaining and scored 22 points and the Denver beat Boston in a game overshadowed by a head injury to Celtics guard Kemba Walker. Walker collided with teammate Semi Ojeleye late in the second quarter, striking Ojeleye's abdomen area head-first and going down on to the court in a heap. In a tweet, the Celtics said Walker has been diagnosed with concussion-like symptoms and was transported to a hospital for further evaluation. Nikola Jokic added 18 points, 16 rebounds and 10 assists for the Nuggets. They improved to 8-0 this season when holding an opponent to fewer than 100 points. Jaylen Brown had 22 points and 10 rebounds for the Celtics. 76ERS 115, SPURS 104 PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Tobias Harris scored 26 points, Joel Embiid had 21 points and 14 rebounds and Philadelphia handed San Antonio its eighth straight loss — the Spurs’ longest under longtime coach Gregg Popovich. Ben Simmons had a triple-double with 10 points, 13 assists and 10 rebounds for the 76ers. San Antonio last dropped eight in a row in November 1996 under coach Bob Hill. Popovich was the team’s general manager at the time. He fired Hill later that season and began his long run of success. DeMar DeRozan had 29 points for the Spurs. JAZZ 113, WARRIORS 109 SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Donovan Mitchell scored 30 points and Mike Conley had 27 to help Utah beat undermanned Golden State. About 15 minutes after the game ended, the arena was evacuated because of a suspicious package. Most fans had already left the building when players, coaches and reporters were instructed to leave immediately. Jazz players quickly headed for their cars in the parking lot — center Rudy Gobert was still in uniform as he left. Warriors players boarded their team bus. Salt Lake City police Lt. Carlos Valencia said the suspicious package was a shoebox discovered under a table at a restaurant in the northeast corner of the arena. He said the call came in from a uniformed officer working part-time at the game, and the sellout crowd was already starting to leave when the evacuation began. Arena bomb dogs went near the package and got a hit on it, Valencia said. Bojan Bogdanovic added 17 points for the Jazz, and Gobert had 19 rebounds and seven blocks. Alec Burks scored 20 points for the Warriors. PISTONS 128, HAWKS 103 DETROIT (AP) — Andre Drummond had 23 points and 15 rebounds and Detroit had its highest-scoring first half since 1983. Detroit led 76-57 at halftime, and the Pistons reached 100 points with over 5 minutes remaining in the third quarter. t was the most points in the first half for the Pistons since they scored 77 on Dec. 2, 1983, also against the Hawks. Atlanta has dropped five straight, and the Hawks allowed at least 120 points for the eighth game in a row. Blake Griffin scored 24 points. DeAndre’ Bembry led Atlanta with 22 points. WIZARDS 125, HORNETS 118 WASHINGTON (AP) — Bradley Beal had 30 points and 12 assists, Thomas Bryant added 21 points and 11 rebounds and Washington overcame a 13-point deficit in the fourth quarter to beat Charlotte. Davis Bertans had 20 points, hitting six 3-pointers to help the Wizards win two in a row for the first time this season. Miles Bridges scored a career-high 31 points for Charlotte. HEAT 116, BULLS 108 CHICAGO (AP) — Jimmy Butler had 27 points against his former team and Miami beat Chicago for its fifth straight victory. Butler played for the Bulls from 2011-17. He was 7 of 10 from the field and had seven assists and five rebounds. Bam Adebayo added 16 points and 14 rebounds, and Kendrick Nunn scored 13 of his 21 points in the first quarter to help Miami improve to 11-3. Zach Lavine led the Bulls with 15 points. NETS 116, KINGS 97 NEW YORK (AP) — Spencer Dinwiddie scored 23 points and Joe Harris added 22 in Brooklyn’s victory over Sacramento. Garrett Temple finished with 18 points, Jared Allen had 11 points and nine rebounds, and DeAndre Jordan added 10 rebounds. Harrison Barnes led the Kings with 18 points. Buddy Hield had 16......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsNov 23rd, 2019

Von Tambeling etches his name in Marikina hoops lore with a daring game-winning basket at home.

The hard-luck Marikina Shoemasters nicked Bacolod Master Sardines 67-66 in dramatic fashion in the Maharlika Pilipinas basketball League Lakan Season on Thursday with a game-winning lay-up from Von Tambeling. The win delighted Marikina's home crowd at the Marist School Gym and brings Shoe City to 4-17, a half-game away from second-to-last-place Rizal. The finish was unforgettable. After a pair of free throw misses from Bacolod's Ben Adamos, Tambeling gathered the rebound and had 10 seconds to salvage the game, with his team down 66-65. The former Letran and PCU guard seemed to take an age to bring the ball downcourt. Then with mere seconds left he barreled through the left flank, blowing past a hesitant Bacolod defense, and laying in off the glass with his left hand just before zeroes flashed on the clock. "Nagtiwala lang kami sa isa't isa. At nag focus lang para manalo sa game na ito," said Tambeling after the game. He finished with a team-high 16 points, 6 rebounds and 3 steals. The Shoemasters showed their intent early, finishing the first quarter with an 11-2 run sparked by a Tambeling triple to lead 23-9. In the second quarter Marikina led by as much as 20, with Shoe City eventually up 43-29 at the half. But the third quarter belonged to Bacolod, with Paolo Javelona spearheading a 13-2 run that squared the game at 47-47 with 2 minutes left in the quarter. But the period did end with the Mariquenos reestablishing their lead, 54-48. The fourth quarter was back-and fourth, with Alfred Gayosa tying the game with a stunning banked three-pointer with three minutes left. The final minutes were tense, with Daryl Pascual flubbing twice from the line and Adamos matching the feat, which set up Tambeling's heroic finish. Javelona topscored for the Negrenses with 17 points while Mikee Reyes chipped in 12. Bacolod's slim playoff hopes dim even further as they fall to 6-15, 12th place in the South. In the first installment of the night's doubleheader Richard Escoto provided the clutch baskets as the Iloilo United Royals shut down a pesky Imus Bandera Khaleb Shawarma team 73-69 in overtime. Escoto picked up 22 points and 9 rebounds as the Royals extend their win streak to four. Also delivering the goods for Iloilo was Rey Publico, who served up a double-double, 11 points and 12 boards. Iloilo Coach Eric Gonzales wins despite seeing his charges shoot a horrid 28 percent (26/91) from the field. It was a remarkably close game all throughout until Khaleb Shawarma's Justin Arana and JayJay Helterbrand combined for a 6-0 Imus run for a 64-57 lead with four minutes left. Iloilo responded with a 7-0 surge including a triple from Escoto to tie the game at 64. Both sides had numerous attempts to win the game but fired blanks, forcing OT. The Ilonggos displayed more composure in the extension, with Escoto nailing another three-ball. The Cavitenos scored just one field goal and missed four free throws in overtime. Imus failed to make new coach Raymond Valenzona a winner on his debut and loses for a fifth straight game. Arana led Imus with 17 points......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsNov 22nd, 2019

Clippers outlast Celtics in OT in successful debut of Kawhi, George combo

By Shaun Powell, NBA.com LOS ANGELES -- It took three weeks and 15 games into the season, but better late than never for the Clippers to finally hold their real Opening Night. They were finally whole on Wednesday (Thursday, PHL time) when Kawhi Leonard and Paul George shared the floor together, suiting up against the Celtics. Before that, the only significant time spent in each others company in uniform was last summer when they were introduced as the newest and most important members of the franchise. It was an event that shook the league and made the Clippers the title favorites; given the club’s zero championships, that glowing projection had never been written or spoken by anyone before. And, predictably, the league will not be conquered in a day or more accurately, a night where the Clippers defeated a Boston team holding the best record in the East but did so haphazardly at times before showing enough spunk in the fourth quarter and overtime to confirm their arrival as a team to be believed. Perhaps these sketchy performances will be expected from the Clippers here in the early season because George missed the first 11 games and Leonard six. Therefore, the Clippers will reek of training camp smell until their stars develop better harmony and the rotation gets in sync. Because at times in the 107-104 win over the Celtics, the Clippers passed up shots and were careless with their decision making and also their passing, perhaps in an effort to please one another. George and Leonard are the clear alpha dogs and not only were they too deferential to each other during stretches, so were their teammates, mostly to a fault. “Twenty-three turnovers,” said Clippers coach Doc Rivers, with a sense of resignation. “We were so sloppy. We were trying not to get in each others’ way. We need a lot of work. We’re trying to get the ball to guys instead of trying to score.” It’ll take more practice sessions to clean that up and gain a clearer understanding of roles and situations and flow. Because of injuries, the Clippers, George and Leonard simply haven’t had that chance. “We were thinking in the office earlier today if we ever had two (stars) getting ready to play in a game, and they never had one practice together,” said Rivers. “We couldn’t come up with one.” Well, don’t be misled; the Clippers’ glass is not exactly half empty. There was another aspect to the Clippers in their sneak preview “opener” that left much to be admired. They turn scrappy when cornered and fight when threatened. This was apparent when the Celtics snatched a 10-point lead late in the fourth and were rolling. In these situations, teams tend to discover what’s in their DNA and whether their desire level belongs in elite company, even here in mid-November. Here’s the results, then: George is at the very least Leonard’s equal as a scorer; Lou Williams can take over games even from Leonard and George when necessary; Pat Beverley never runs empty on energy or fire; and Leonard as he showed last spring always seems to deliver in the clutch with a decisive play. “Once we got started,” said Williams, “we saw how special this team can be.” Williams helped erase the Celtics’ lead by scoring 13 of his 27 points in the fourth quarter and caused major problems in the final few moments of regulation. Remember, he’s a lethal scorer in his own right and in last year’s playoffs, without George or Leonard, he carried the Clippers late in games. George finished with 25 points and drew double teams, which created open shots for teammates. It has been a torrid start for him this season since returning from shoulder surgery and rehab; he has 123 points in 110 minutes and hit the game-winner a few days ago against the Thunder. One of those who benefited from the extra attention given to George and Leonard was Beverley. The Celtics picked their poison and their scouting report, no surprise, told them to let Beverley beat them. Ordinarily that’s the proper strategy; Beverley isn’t a scorer nor does the ball usually find him in tense moments. But Beverley punished Boston with four three-pointers (in seven tries) and was an all-around menace, with a career-high 16 rebounds, seven assists and two steals with his 14 points. His feisty tenor set the tone for the Clippers defensively late in the game; the Celtics have the best offensive efficiency in the league yet managed a rather tame 30 points in the fourth quarter and five-minute OT. “They were trying to leave guys open,” said Rivers. “They left Pat open. They took the risk. He single-handedly willed that game for us.” Finally: At the OT buzzer, Leonard reached and deflected Kemba Walker’s potential game-tying shot. The development of the Leonard-George combo obviously will play huge in whatever success the Clippers have this season. It seems a match made in basketball heaven. Both bring similar styles and are unselfish. They can shoot the mid-range or three. They can attack the rim -- see Kawhi’s poster dunk Wednesday (Thursday, PHL time) that set social media ablaze -- and besides averaging over 25 per game, they obviously bring the goods defensively. George is a four-time member of the All-Defensive Team while Kawhi is twice the Defensive Player of the Year. Kawhi and George are no longer assigned the toughest assignment every night. They can take turns guarding the other team’s big scorer; George didn’t have this luxury in Indiana and Oklahoma City, and Leonard for much of his time in San Antonio and all last season with the Raptors. And they can switch on and off in the same game. For example, expect to see this happen Friday when league scoring leader James Harden comes to town. Last week, Harden torched the Clippers for 47 points. This time, he’ll see Kawhi in his grill for stretches and then get George, with a little Pat Bev thrown in for irritant’s sake. The elephant in the room is Kawhi’s health. Nobody expects him to play every game the remainder of the season, but he’s already on pace to miss 30. Last year in Toronto he missed 22. The good news is the Clippers can win without him provided George remains healthy. The better news is the Clippers are finally intact and complete right now, even though there are kinks to straighten and flaws to correct and a system that needs to be reset. “We want to figure out how to win games and then become a good team,” said Rivers. “We’re a work in progress.” Shaun Powell has covered the NBA for more than 25 years. 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 NewsNov 21st, 2019

UAAP Finals: Animam-less Lady Bulldogs close in on another season sweep

For the sixth straight season, National University is on the verge of rewriting history anew, topping University of Santo Tomas, 70-65, in a hardfought Game One of the UAAP Season 82 women's basketball Finals Wednesday at Mall of Asia Arena and move on the cusp of a historic sixth straight championship. Kelli Hayes got things done for the Lady Bulldogs with her 16 points, four rebounds, two steals, an assist, and a block as they had to scratch and claw for this 95th straight win to extend this historic win streak. Her efforts couldn't have come at a better time with Mythical Team member Jack Animam missing the tiff. Animam hurt her right eye after getting elbowed in Gilas Womens' game against Korea last Saturday in the 2019 Fiba Women's Pre-Olympic Qualifying Tournament that kept her in New Zealand. "Everyone has big shoes to fill with Jack, not just Kelli," said coach Pat Aquino, relieved from the efforts that his girls showed. "I'm just happy. What can I say? I'm sad that Jack was not here with us, but happy that everyone stepped up." With NU holding on to a close 67-65 lead, Kaye Pingol buried the crucial three with 1:32 left to make it a five-point affair, before Hayes snuffed Jeorge Panti's drive in the final 37 seconds to quash UST's hopes for an upset. "I know they were going to come back. I just told the girls to keep on playing and don't mind the score and they were able to do so," he said. "I know that UST is going to come back, they've been great this season, but we always have to play NU basketball all 40 minutes." Pingol got her share of 12 points, six rebounds, five assists, and four steals, as Rhena Itesi topscored for the Lady Bulldogs with her 17 points, 13 rebounds, and two blocks. Mikka Cacho also added 11 points and six rebounds as she had two of the three three-pointers for NU as it only shot 3-of-24 from deep. History is once again on the hands of the Lady Bulldogs, with a chance to lock up this sixth straight title in Game Two on Saturday, still at the same venue. Season MVP Grace Irebu bannered the Golden Tigresses with 17 points, 18 rebounds, and five blocks, as Tacky Tacatac collected 10 points, two boards, and two steals in the loss. The Scores: NU 70 -- Itesi 17, Hayes 16, Pingol 12, Cacho 11, Canuto 4, Del Carmen 4, Surada 4, Clarin 2, Bartolo 0, Cac 0, Fabruada 0, Harada 0. UST 65 -- Irebu 17, Tacatac 10, Ferrer 9, Soriano 8, Callangan 7, Gandalla 5, Portillo 4, Rivera 4, Panti 1, Gonzales 0, Javier 0. Quarters: 21-22, 41-38, 57-53, 70-65......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsNov 20th, 2019

MPBL: Sta. Lucia hoops tradition lives on in Pasig

"I am a true basketball man. We were 34 years in basketball. We will represent the city we all love." Those are the words of Salvador "Buddy" Encarnado, the boss of the Pasig Sta. Lucia Realtors of the Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League. For him, this team is more than just a job, it seems to be a calling. The old Sta. Lucia Realtors played for 17 years in the PBA, winning two titles with Encarnado a fixture in the team's leadership. Some of their players are etched into Pinoy hoops lore, like Marlou Aquino, Kelly Williams, Dennis Espino, and MPBL commish Kenneth Duremdes. When SLR departed from the league in 2010, the real estate conglomerate continued to dabble in hoops, fielding teams in amateur leagues. But their takeover of the Pasig franchise in the MPBL represents their biggest hoops project since fleeing the pro league. Sta. Lucia Basketball thus entered a new era. This team is also very close to Encarnado's heart. The GM grew up in Barangay Sumilang, a 13-minute walk away from the Realtors' home court, the Pasig Sports Center. Exequiel "Exy" Robles, the president of Sta. Lucia Realty, is also a native of Pasig. Both were dismayed when the Pasig Pirates finished the Datu Cup in dead last in the table, at 4-21. "As a Pasigueno I could not help but feel bad for the negative image of Pasig with a team that went 4 out of 21," said Encarnado, who has retired as a day-to-day executive of SLR but helps out in their sporting ventures. Sta. Lucia took the reins of the troubled club, rechristened them the Pasig Sta. Lucia Realtors, and quickly moved to upgrade the roster. There wasn't a great deal of time, just two and-a-half weeks before the June start to the season. "We were pressured to make a fighting team in such a short window. It was like being the last in a buffet lunch. We had so few choices," laments Encarnado. Despite the slim pickings Pasig brought in a trio of studs in guard Robbie Manalang, swing man Jeric Teng, and former Mapua standout Josan Nimes. Manalang, a Filipino-American guard from Orange County in California, starred for Adamson but didn't sign with a team in the PBA after being drafted by Rain or Shine in the second round. The Realtors nabbed him on the last day of the preseason transfer period. "The management and team welcomed me with open arms since day one. Playing here has revived my career," says the guard. Manalang is norming just under 14 points per game and is a real weapon from beyond the arc. Encarnado locked down coach Bong De La Paz, who he had worked with in the past. "He knows my standard and my system," says the GM. Richard Velchez and Argel Mendoza were also roped in. In the recent midseason trading period the team strengthened their frontcourt with veteran Leo Najorda and 6'5" former NLEX Road Warrior Fonso Gotladera. "They bring experience and height," says the team chief. Pasig also has a powerful secret weapon: the rabid fans in the Pasig Sports Center. It's a cozy, intimate bandbox of an arena, and Realtors fans regularly fill it to the brim. "Hands down some the best fans in the league, if not the best," says Nimes. "The atmosphere is loud, crazy, and energetic. Almost all our games are jampacked and the fans are always engaged." "I have never seen a whole venue stand up and put three fingers in the air before I shoot a three like the Pasig fans do. I don't think I will ever forget that," says Manalang. "I'm usually the last to leave the dugout after games. And fans will still be there waiting for pictures. It's an amazing feeling," continues the former Soaring Falcon. "The fans relate to people who represent them," explains Encarnado. "Without the fans we are nothing. Basketball is not just basketball. They want to be entertained. The crowds are knowledgeable. They know what they are watching." Pasig is not invincible at home, having dropped games to Batangas and Bacoor. But both were close contests settled in the final seconds. Pasig's home is still one of the league's fortresses. Encarnado is cautiously optimistic about their chances this season. But for the next competition, the expectations will be high. "Next year some of my old players will be free and hopefully they will come back. I expect good things to happen." One thing that will never change is the Sta. Lucia culture, which Encarnado hopes will live on in this team's new iteration. "Ever since it has been about the work ethic of the group. We select people with good values who believe in hard work and have passion." The passion was in full view last Monday when the Realtors tangled with the Iloilo United Royals inn Makati. The Pasigueños battled hard, and Najorda had a superb day including a neat left-handed hook shot in the first quarter. But Pasig once again missed the services of the injured Jeric Teng, and could not neutralize Iloilo's white-hot Al Francis Tamsi, who scattered 26 points. Pasig shot just 34 percent from the field and lost 79-65. Encarnado sat at the end of Pasig bench, dressed in a team-supplied green-and white Sta. Lucia polo jack. He mostly observed the loss with little emotion. But near the end, during a dead ball situation, the boss strolled onto the court, and with glasses in hand, upbraided an official for not calling an elbow on one of his charges. His team falls short but they are still very much in the playoff race. The fire in Encarnado's belly still burns for the game. And it will not be extinguished anytime soon, if his words are to be believed. "I will never retire from basketball.".....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsNov 19th, 2019

Wiggins leads Wolves with 30 points in 129-114 win vs. Spurs

By Dave Campbell, Associated Press MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Andrew Wiggins kept up his early season surge with 30 points on 12-for-23 shooting, and the Minnesota Timberwolves handed the San Antonio Spurs their third straight loss, 129-114 on Wednesday night (Thursday, PHL time). Karl-Anthony Towns scored 28 points and grabbed 11 rebounds, giving Minnesota’s maximum-contract duo a third consecutive game with 25-plus points apiece. Towns and Wiggins are currently the only teammates in the NBA averaging more than 25 points per game. Wiggins, who added eight rebounds and seven rebounds, drained a pull-up 3-pointer from the left wing in the waning seconds of the third quarter to give the Wolves their biggest lead of the night at 106-95 before they breezed through the final 12 minutes. Wiggins, who has shown a sharp improvement in shot selection under coach Ryan Saunders, received a standing ovation when he was removed late in the game. DeMar DeRozan had 27 points and LaMarcus Aldridge added 23 points for San Antonio, with the two stars combining to shoot 22 for 34 from the floor, but the Spurs finished just 3 for 17 from 3-point range. The Spurs, with Tony Parker’s jersey now hanging from their arena rafters next to Tim Duncan’s and Manu Ginobili’s, are well past the glory days of their five NBA championships, but they still, of course, have Gregg Popovich in charge. With the 70-year-old winningest coach in NBA history on the bench and DeRozan and Aldridge in the lineup, though, they’re hardly a pushover, even though Popovich lamented their “really soft” defense after a 135-115 defeat against Boston last week. The Spurs entered this game ranked just 21st in the league in average points against. They weren’t exactly overflowing with intensity on the defensive end in this one, either, squandering a strong start to the second half while watching the Wolves pull away for the third consecutive quarter. Bryn Forbes missed a 3-pointer that would have broken an 83-all tie, and Jake Layman, who was continually slashing to the basket all game, dropped in a finger roll for a lead the Wolves never relinquished. DeRozan picked up a technical foul after arguing a personal foul against him, and the free throws helped the Wolves on their way. TIP-INS Spurs: For the third time in 11 games this season, the Spurs allowed 120-plus points. ... DeRozan and Aldridge each hit the 20-point mark for the second game this season. They did that 24 times during the 2018-19 regular season. Timberwolves: Teague, who missed the last four games because of illness, returned to action in a reserve role, with rookie Jarrett Culver in the starting lineup at point guard for a fourth time in five games. Teague had 18 points and six assists in 23 minutes. ... Backups power forward Jordan Bell (sprained right shoulder) and point guard Shabazz Napier (sprained right hamstring) each had their fifth straight absence. WINNING WITH WIGGINS Towns and Wiggins have 35 games with 25-plus points apiece, the fourth-most in the NBA since Towns was a rookie in 2015-16. Wiggins hit the 30-point mark for the fourth time in five games. LONG RANGE The Timberwolves have been trying to sharpen their 3-point shooting for years, and thanks in part to a 6-for-45 performance from behind the arc on Sunday in an overtime defeat against Denver, they entered this game ranked third-worst in the league at 30.8%. A few minutes after Towns and San Antonio’s Rudy Gay were given double technical fouls for their testy exchange, sparked when Gay fouled Towns while he was shooting, Towns and Wiggins swished 3-pointers on consecutive possessions to break a tie and give the Timberwolves a 57-51 lead. They were 15 for 34 from 3-point range at Detroit in their last game, a season best. ONE-SIDED The Spurs have won the season series in 22 of 30 years since the Timberwolves entered the NBA, with five ties, for an overall record of 89-30. This was the first of four meetings this season. UP NEXT Spurs: Play at Orlando on Friday night (Saturday, PHL time). They have a 43-18 lead in the all-time series with the Magic. Timberwolves: Host Washington on Friday night (Saturday, PHL time), then Houston on Saturday night (Sunday, PHL time) to conclude a stretch with five home games, and six total, in eight days......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsNov 14th, 2019

THROWBACK: The stunning San Beda-Letran Finals face-off in Season 91

With yet another important milestone in its more than a decade-long dominance in the NCAA, the San Beda University Red Lions seek their fourth straight men’s basketball crown in Season 95. But in their roar to four, San Beda would face not just an old rival, but also a heartbreaking tormentor in the Colegio de San Juan de Letran Knights, which denied them a colossal, record-setting six-peat in Season 91.  While carrying a spotless 18-0 slate behind MVP Calvin Oftana, Evan Nelle, James Canlas-Kwekuteye and coach Boyet Fernandez that forced the stepladder semifinals, wherein Letran emerged as the rightful finals contender, carried by skipper Jerrick Balanza, Fran Yu, Larry Muyang, and coach Bonnie Tan, with victories over San Sebastian and Lyceum, San Beda would dread a repeat of that debacle.  But definitely, the veteran Knight Balanza, moreso AC Soberano and Donald Tankoua of the present San Beda roster, along with the 20,158 individuals inside the venue couldn’t forget that long, grueling championship night on October 29, 2015 at the Mall of Asia Arena. Storied nemeses They were already part of their respective varsity rosters, with the Knights coached then by Aldin Ayo and the Red Lions mentored at that time by Jamike Jarin, when the storied nemeses met in Game 3 of the Season 91 Finals that fateful Thursday. In each of their two previous successive Finals meetings in Seasons 88 and 89 with mostly the same lineup, the Knights would bow in three games to the Red Lions, which claimed their third and fourth consecutive titles since 2010. The first San Beda-Letran NCAA Finals match in half a century happened in 2007, with San Beda winning the crown—the Red Lions’ second straight title then after a 28-year title drought. After San Beda took its fifth straight title at the expense of the Arellano Chiefs in 2014, Letran got the chance to face the Red Lions again in the Finals of Season 91, and they would go all-out to stop their bitter rival’s date with history. A six-peat? No way, the Knights would assert in their march onto the Best-of-Three with a more formidable team under the new aggressive young coach Ayo, a former Letran player, in their bid to notch its first NCAA finals victory over the Red Lions since the heydays of the Lauro Mumar vs Carlos Loyzaga duel in the 1950s. And in the Season 91 Finals, Letran took the first game, 94-90, but San Beda emerged victorious in the second, 68-61, arranging the winner-take-all. Moment of truth When that moment of truth came, the Red Lions were reenergized with their Game 2 win and became confident in snagging that sixth straight title. Faced with this, however, the Knights remained solid and unperturbed in their iron-clad “Mayhem” armor. True enough, San Beda was shut out of focus in the beginning, as the Knights romped with a raging run-and-gun, leaving the Red Lions scoreless in a key stretch, 8-0, for a 16-7 early lead. Javee Mocon and Michole Sorela would finally provide the needed stops and lead a spirited comeback for the Red Lions. But Letran’s Rey Nambatac would drop a clutch basket to give the Knights an eight-point advantage at the end of the first quarter, 20-12. JP Calvo would continue Letran’s scorching offense in the second quarter, instigating a 10-0 run in the first minutes. But San Beda will answer a 5-0 spurt of its own behind Tankoua and Soberano’s steady shooting and consistency in the charity lane. The Knights’ high-octane offense held the Red Lions at bay, but the Mendiola dribblers’ 11-of-15 free throws would still keep Muralla cagers within striking distance. By the 1:14 mark, Roldan Sara converted a triple to give San Beda its first taste of the lead, 39-38, but Nambatac provided Letran the marginal lead at halftime with his two free throws, 40-39. See-saw battle The Lions would take over at the start of the third quarter, behind a string of baskets from Mocon and Art dela Cruz. The Knights, however, would answer with a nine-point blitz from Jomari Sollano to wrest the lead back at 51-48. Mocon would extend the see-saw battle with a putback and free throws, 52-51. But a 3-0 spurt, capped off by Kier Quinto’s twinner at the end of the period still placed Letran on top at the end of the third quarter, 54-52. By the first few minutes of the final canto, San Beda seemed frustrated by Letran’s incredible defensive game. And the Knights would dictate the tempo, preventing the Red Lions to wrest control. Letran’s offensive might was also a big factor, with Kevin Racal sinking back-to-back threes, halfway in the fourth.  Graduating players Baser Amer and Ola Adeogun would prevent a Letran pull away, keeping it a manageable four-point deficit, 60-64. But after Racal and Finals MVP Cruz’s assault from three-point land gave Letran what seemed an insurmountable 75-67 lead with 1:53 left, the Knights were silenced by a shocking 8-0 barrage by the Red Lions at the end of regulation, with Amer scoring the equalizer, 13.5 seconds left, to send the game to overtime.  Extended play During the extended play, Amer scored off a gallant incursion to pad an 82-79 lead, 1:28 remaining, setting off wild chants from the San Beda gallery. But these were then muted after four unanswered points coming from Racal’s two charities off an Adeogun foul and Sollano’s midrange jumper after a 24-second violation by the Red Lions, that put Letran in the lead once more, 83-82, with 32.6 seconds left. After successive misses by Amer and Dela Cruz, Adeogun fouled Sollano as the Knights regained possession, and the Letran center marched to the charity lane for two free throws with six seconds left. Sollano would sink the first, and flub the second. In the battle for the rebound, Letran’s McJour Luib and San Beda’s Dela Cruz were then assessed a controversial double-lane violation by referee Nestor Sambrano, who awarded ball possession to the Knights under FIBA rules of “alternating possession.” With 3.7 seconds left to play, and Letran leading at 84-82, Sara had no other choice but to foul Cruz, who would also split his charities.  First title in 10 years, championship steak ended Sorela would then miss a desperation attempt near mid-court as time expired, sending the Letran crowd to a frenzy, with the Knights bagging its first title in 10 years, breaking the hearts of Bedans everywhere as the Red Lions’ five-year championship streak has ended. Racal would top-score for the Knights with 24 markers, most of which in that key stretch in the endgame. Sollano had his career game of 19 points and seven rebounds, Cruz finishing with 14, and Nambatac, 13. Dela Cruz would lead the Red Lions with a near triple-double of 15 points, 13 rebounds, and eight assists. He added a steal and two blocks in his incredible all-around game. Adeogun completed his duty in San Beda with a monster double-double of 13 points and 13 rebounds. Fellow outgoing Lion Amer chipped in 14 points, which was similar to the output of the prolific Mocon. Will San Beda avenge this heartbreaking loss in their first Finals rematch against Letran since Season 91 and assert its remarkable dynasty or will the Knights frustrate the Red Lions anew and waylay them in an NCAA men’s basketball championship series for the second time in a row?  Watch Game 1 of the NCAA Season 95 Finals between the San Beda Red Lions and the Letran Knights starting on Tuesday, November 12, at the Mall of Asia Arena and live on ABS-CBN S+A Channel 23, ABS-CBN S+A HD Channel 166, LIGA SkyCable Channel 86, LIGA HD SkyCable Channel 183, TFC.tv, TFC, iWant and livestream......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsNov 12th, 2019

LOOK: Catriona Gray gives peek into final shoot as Miss Universe

MANILA, Philippines – Reigning Miss Universe Catriona Gray gave a peek into one of her final shoots before she turns over the crown in December . In an Instagram post on Monday, November 4, Catriona wrote: "Feeling a mix of emotions shooting my final photoshoot for @missuniverse today! So excited for you all to see ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsNov 5th, 2019