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PBA: Hindi kami yun -- Victolero on Magnolia s second straight loss

Magnolia’s third quarter collapse was the story of the game for the Hotshots. What started out to be a good first half for Magnolia turned sour in a nightmarish third quarter showing that saw the Hotshots allow Barangay Ginebra to rack up 32 points in the frame. That was enough for the Gin Kings to pull away and cop a 102-81 win Sunday in the 20109 PBA Commissioner’s Cup at the Big Dome. “Medyo we had a bad start sa third quarter. I think they scored more than 30 points in the third quarter,” admitted Magnolia coach Chito Victolero. The Hotshots started off with a 10-0 lead and held a slim 47-46 lead at the half. Then the Gin Kings steamrolled their way to a comfortable cushion behind workhorse import Justin Brownlee, who played a career night with personal-best 49 points coupled by 20 rebounds and seven assists for an almost triple-double performance. “May kaunting problem yung depensa namin. Unang una ‘yung transition defense namin noong third and then nahirapan kami maka-adjust doon sa depensa kay Brownlee – he scored 49 points,” said Victolero. Overall, Magnolia allowed Ginebra to tally 56 points in the second half and even went down to a 102-79 hole in the fourth. The last four minutes of the game became a jam session for the Gin Kings’ Japeth Aguilar, stuffing three slam dunks.   “Hindi kami yun,” said Victolero of Magnolia’s uncharacteristic defensive lapses. “Hindi kami mananalo on any team if they scored 100 plus points. We have to limit our opponents under 90 points.” The Hotshots suffered their second straight defeat to fall to 5-4 win-loss slate. “Medyo mabigat kasi coming from a five-game winning streak and then we have a two-game losing streak naman,” the mentor said. “I don’t want to make an excuse kasi maganda naman ang nilalaro ng mga kalaban namin. Siguro they are more prepared than us. It’s my job now to motivate and push my players.” Magnolia will take on Rain or Shine on Wednesday, hoping to clinch its sixth win to secure a spot in the quarterfinals. “Mas gusto ko ito kasi at least yung chances namin, nandoon pa sa kamay namin. We don’t want na aasa kami sa ibang teams,” said Victolero. “Yun ang maganda lang na we have another chance on Wednesday against Rain or Shine. Ita-try ulit namin. Dalawang try kami, medyo minalas kami, but hopefully on the next time, maging swerte naman.”     --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJul 8th, 2019

PBA FINALS: The Rematch is on between SMB and Magnolia

All roads lead to The Rematch after all. Magnolia takes another shot at dethroning San Miguel Beer as the 2019 PBA Philippine Cup Finals officially tip off Wednesday at the Big Dome. The Hotshots lost last year’s All-Filipino Finals in just five games and despite being the most recent PBA champions, their road in this particular tournament has been tough. Magnolia started the season 0-3 and the Hotshots were down in both their series against Ginebra and Rain or Shine in the quarterfinals and the semifinals respectively. Nevertheless, the Hotshots managed to run it back and they hope for a different result this time. Easier said than done however as San Miguel has since added two key pieces in order to complete as historic 5-peat. After winning a fourth consecutive Philippine Cup last season, the Beermen kept the core and installed Christian Standhardinger and Terrence Romeo to the mix, making an already-formidable unit all the more imposing. Game 1 will tip off at 7:00 p.m. Wednesday live at the Big Dome.   — Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsApr 30th, 2019

PBA: Reavis did the dirty work best in Magnolia’s Game 7 win

Game 7 between Rain or Shine and Magnolia in the 2019 PBA Philippine Cup semifinals was not pretty. Both teams fought to a 55-all stalemate after four quarters and the game ended in overtime with an unsightly final score of 63-60. It was the lowest scoring Game 7, lowest scoring overtime game, and lowest scoring playoff game through three quarters in PBA history. However, there will always be a diamond in the rough and Game 7’s brilliant outing was courtesy of Magnolia center Rafi Reavis. Sure, Reavis only scored eight points but he had three in overtime, including the clutch floater he hit to give the Hotshots a 61-58 lead with less than two minutes to go. More importantly, Reavis had 20 huge rebounds, 10 on the offensive end. In a game where both teams shot 26 percent from the field (ROS at 26.3 percent and Magnolia at 26.2 percent), Rafi giving his team 10 extra possessions was crucial. “It’s just about effort. It’s gonna boil down to who wanted it more, so those are all effort plays the rebounds, the hussle points. There’s nothing glorious about it,” Reavis said. “It’s all about who’s gonna do the dirty work better, that’s what this series was about and that’s what it came down to. It’s just the dirty work and that’s what I’m known for doing,” he added. After overcoming a tough Rain or Shine team, the Hotshots move on to the Finals to once again challenge San Miguel Beer for the All-Filipino title. Last year, Magnolia lost to the Beermen in five games. This time, Reavis has full confidence in his team that the result will be different. “Anytime you reach this stage, you feel like you’re equipped,” Reavis said. “You don’t make it this far without the right pieces. For sure we feel equipped to win this series [vs. SMB],” he added.   — Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsApr 28th, 2019

PBA: No regrets for Yap, ROS after bitter Game 7 loss

Rain or Shine certainly gave its best and so the Elasto Painters have no regrets in losing Game 7 of the Philippine Cup semifinals to Rain or Shine in overtime. However, there are always some key moments where one wishes he could have a second chance. For James Yap, his last shot of the game could have been different if he had another crack at it. Down two with less than 10 second to go, Yap drove the lane and was met with multiple Magnolia defenders at the basket. He missed and Game 7 was pretty much over there. “Mayroon pa rin pumapasok sa isip mo na, ‘Yung last shot ko sayang talaga. Dapt jinumpshot ko yun,’” Yap said. “Basta alam mo sa sarili mo na binigay mo best mo [no regrets]. Siguro hindi lang talaga para sayo,” he added. After a bitter Game 7 loss where they lost a 17-point lead in the second half, Yap says ROS will only grow stronger. If the Elasto Painters find themselves in another Game 7 situation, they can react better after getting a first-hand demonstration of how to get things done courtesy of the Hotshots. “Siguro yung experience malaking bagay pa rin yun kasi sila kaka-champion lang nila so yung experience na kapag gitgitan yung laro, nandoon talaga. Kami, medyo nagpa-panic pa, especially itong Game 7 pa,” Yap said. “Ako happy ako na nangyari din sa amin ito, malaking bagay sa amin ito as a team. Gusto ko yung ganito na natututo yung mga teammates ko and team, dito kami magiging solid pagdating sa mga ganitong laro, kailangan relaxed lang,” he added.   — Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsApr 28th, 2019

ROS takes over solo second after burning Phoenix

Phoenix appeared to be in the middle of another comeback Sunday against Rain or Shine, cutting a 21-point deficit by more than half with ample time to go in the fourth quarter. However, the Fuel Masters didn't take into account Jericho Cruz suddenly going Splash Brother all over the Big Dome. Cruz fired three straight treys in the payoff period, providing insurance for Rain or Shine as the Elasto Painters scored an impressive 97-82 victory in the 2017 PBA Philippine Cup. With the Fuel Masters gaining momentum behind rookie Matthew Wright, Cruz connected a trifecta on long-range bombs in a span of 68 seconds to turn a nine-point lead into a 90-74 cushion. Cruz ended up with 21 points, 15 from deep, and eight rebounds off the bench, leading the Elasto Painters to their fifth win against two defeats for solo second place. Down one game against two-time defending champion San Miguel, Rain or Shine set up a mega showdown against the Beermen next week for first place. Not playing a game since Dec. 23 of last year, Rain or Shine didn't show signs of rust one bit, scoring 30 points in the first 12 minutes to put up an early double-digit lead. Phoenix cut the deficit to one in the middle of the second quarter before the Elasto Painters recovered and took a 53-45 lead at the break. The game took a turn for worse for the Fuel Masters in the second half as Rain or Shine went on a big 16-0 run to establish the biggest lead of the contest at 21 points, 66-45. Aside from Cruz, Jeff Chan and James Yap also finished in double figures for ROS, going for 12 and 10 points respectively. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJan 8th, 2017

ROS set sights on top spot against GInebra

Confident and dangerous, Rain or Shine is out to take solo lead in the 2016-2017 PBA Philippine Cup as the Elasto Painters battle Brgy. Ginebra San Miguel in the main game of Sunday's double-header at the MOA Arena. Currently at 2-0 after impr.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsDec 3rd, 2016

Solo lead asinta ng Mahindra, San Miguel

Laro sa Myerkules (Araneta Coliseum) 4:15 p.m. Mahindra vs. San Miguel Beer 7 p.m. NLEX vs. Ginebra Team Standings: TNT Katropa (2-0); Mahindra (2-0); San Miguel (2-0); Meralco (2-1); Ginebra (1-1); Alaska (1-1); NLEX (1-1); Rain or Shine (1-1); Blackwate.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJul 26th, 2016

Meralco targets solo lead

5:15 p.m. - Rain or Shine vs Phoenix The unbeaten Meralco Bolts aim to regain sole possession of first place as they go for their third win against the TNT Katropa today in the PBA Governors' Cup.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philippinetimesRelated NewsJul 23rd, 2016

Meralco targets solo lead

Games Today (Smart Araneta Coliseum) 3 p.m. Meralco vs TNT 5:15 p.m. Rain or Shine vs Phoenix The unbeaten Meralco Bolts aim to regain sole possession of first place as they go for their third win against the TNT Katropa today in the PBA Governors.....»»

Category: newsSource:  mb.com.phRelated NewsJul 22nd, 2016

PBA: No. 1 TNT ends Ginebra’s title defense with rousing Game 4 win

Brgy. Ginebra’s title defense is no more. TNT landed the final haymaker in the 2019 PBA Commissioner’s Cup semifinals Thursday at the Big Dome, taking Game 4 over the Gin Kings, 103-92. The top-ranked KaTropa unleashed a huge barrage in the second half to completely overwhelm Ginebra, ending the Gin Kings’ title defense in four games, 3-1. TNT also ended a two-year Finals drought with the win as the KaTropa advanced to the title round for the first time since 2017 in the very same conference. Import Terrence Jones shook off a bad shooting night to deliver another triple-double for TNT, scoring 24 points to go along with 13 rebounds, and 10 assists. The Big 3 of locals Jayson Castro, Troy Rosario, and RR Pogoy also had big games for the KaTropa. Rosario led the pack by dropping 22 points. Castro was good for 20 points while Pogoy contributed 14 points, all in a crucial third-quarter run. Ginebra, sizzling hot with 62 points in the first half, got shut down for just 30 in the final two quarters. Justin Brownlee and Japeth Aguilar tried to carry the Gin Kings with 27 points each but it wasn’t enough for the win. TNT will meet either San Miguel or Rain or Shine in the 2019 PBA Commissioner’s Cup Finals. The Beermen lead the other series, 2-1.   — Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsAug 1st, 2019

PBA: ROS finally avoids semis collapse: “Natuto na”

In Game 1 of the 2019 PBA Commissioner’s Cup semifinals against San Miguel, Rain or Shine led by 13 points early. The Elasto Painters lost. In Game 2 of the 2019 PBA Commissioner’s Cup semifinals against San Miguel, Rain or Shine led by 29 points early. The Elasto Painters lost. In Game 3 of the 2019 PBA Commissioner’s Cup semifinals against San Miguel, Rain or Shine led by 18 points early. The Elasto Painters learned their lesson and finally pulled one back this time. “Wala na, natuto na. Dalawang laro enough na yun,” forward Beau Belga said. “Ngayon,  gusto lang ni Coach Caloy na maging pisikal kami para ma-challenge sila samin. Pinanidigan namin, yun lang kaibahan ng laro ngayon. Hopefully the next game, ganun ulit,” he added. While ROS still ended up losing all of its 18 point lead by halftime, one key difference in Game 3 is the fact that the Elasto Painters were more steady after the initial SMB storm. Rain or Shine had 15 turnovers in the first half of Game 3 but turned around to only commit two in the second half. That helped tremendously as the Elasto Painters regained their bearings to stay in this best-of-5 series. “First half kinse [TOs], sabi ko sa mga kasama ko pang-isang laro na yan,” Belga said. “Nung second half, medyo nag-relax kami, dalawang turnover na lang. Medyo naging maganda na. Limit the turnovers and play physical ulit [for Game 4],” he added. — Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJul 31st, 2019

Rain or Shine survives McCullough career night to avert San Miguel sweep

MANILA, Philippines – Rain or Shine wasted a double-digit lead anew but got the job done this time against San Miguel, 112-104, in Game 3 of the 2019 PBA Commissioner's Cup semifinals at the Araneta Coliseum on Wednesday, July 31.  Gabe Norwood and Beau Belga hit crucial three-pointers late as the ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJul 31st, 2019

PBA: It’s a huge meltdown for us -- RoS coach Garcia

Rain or Shine head coach Caloy Garcia was straight with his description of the Elasto Painters stinging Game 2 loss to San Miguel Beer in the 2019 PBA Commissioner’s Cup best-of-five semifinals Monday night.   “Well, it’s a huge meltdown on our side,” said Garcia. What started out as a perfect 16 minutes of action for the Elasto Painters turned into a nightmare as the Beermen methodically chopped away a once imposing 29-point deficit in the second quarter to hand RoS a painful 105-117 loss at the MOA Arena for a 2-0 series lead. The Elasto Painters jumped on SMB early, putting a clamp on the Beermen with their sticky defense and finding their mark to build an 18-47 advantage with 9:28 left in the second period off a Jewel Ponferada connection from beyond the arc.   Then Chris Ross happened. Ross fueled the comeback of the Beermen with his dagger triples – a franchise record-tying 10 treys that highlighted his 34-point explosion. “San Miguel is San Miguel. It’s hard to keep in pace with them, like we started the game on fire, but they were able to pick up their defense and they were able to pick up their shots. It gave us a hard problem,” said Garcia. SMB pulled away, 98-75, early in the payoff period as the Elasto Painters were left scratching their heads. “And same story – turnovers,” rued Garcia of RoS’ 17 errors that the Beermen converted to 29 points. “We were playing good until we started committing turnovers and gave them turnover points. We lost by 16 in the turnover points.” “Yun, I told the players it’s not over. We were able to build that lead, but then, San Miguel will always be San Miguel, like I said. They’re really probably the best team in the league right now. At least the game is over. Now we just have to look at Game 3,” he added. Garcia remained defiant. “Of course, 0-2 pa, ikaw naman, may isa pang game. Ano kami? Hindi kami sisipot?” he said. “Well, like I said, we’re just trying to keep our hopes up right now, try to give ourselves a chance.” Game 3 is on Wednesday at the Big Dome.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJul 30th, 2019

Ross joins elite company in 3-point explosion for San Miguel

MANILA, Philippines – Chris Ross put himself in elite company after catching fire from long distance to help San Miguel move on the verge of reaching the finals. Ross drained a career-high 10 three-pointers as San Miguel demolished Rain or Shine, 117-105 , for a commanding 2-0 lead ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJul 29th, 2019

PBA: Ross scorches from outside as SMB takes 2-0 lead

San Miguel Beer woke up from its scoring stupor in the first quarter and made it rain from the outside to climb out of a 29-point hole and inch closer to Finals seat with 117-105 Game 2 win over Rain or Shine in the 2019 PBA Commissioner’s semifinals Monday at the MOA Arena. The Beermen, who missed their first eight triples, nailed 18-of-40 from the trifecta territory with Chris Ross accounting for 10 of those treys as SMB pushed its best-of-five series lead to 2-0. Ross finished with 34 points including franchise-tying 10–of-16 three-point clip to pace the Beermen, who took the series opener, 111-105, last Saturday. Ross’ 10 triples tied injured teammate Marcio Lassiter’s record set in 2015 Governors’ Cup also against the Elasto Painters. SMB can close the series on Wednesday. Chris McCullough had 22 points, 11 boards and six assists while Alex Cabagnot had 17 markers for SMB. June Mar Fajardo had a double-double with 14 points and 15 rebounds while Terrence Romeo got 12.    Christian Standhardinger had his night finished with seven seconds left in the third period with a disqualifying foul after getting whistled for two technical fouls. Standhardinger had 15 points and four boards for SMB.     “This game is unbelievable,” said SMB coach Leo Austria. “I was really surprised, down by 29 points and all of a sudden we were able to take the lead.” The Beermen trimmed a once imposing RoS lead early in the second frame with scorching counterattack highlighted by a deluge of triples. Down, 18-47, three minutes into the second period after a sluggish start, SMB rediscovered the same energy and intensity it had in the series opener to drop a 31-5 scoring spurt to enter the half with just a three-point deficit, 52-49. The Beermen strung five straight three-pointers in their big scoring swing with Ross nailing three treys with his last pushing SMB within two, 49-51, with 47 seconds left in the second frame. RoS went dry from the field in the last five minutes of the second quarter after import Carl Montgomery connected from the outside with 7:05 left in the frame. From there the Elasto Painters scored only from the line with Javee Mocon splitting his charities before Norbert Torres’ 2-of-2 with 31 ticks left before halftime. “They almost had a perfect game in first 16 minutes but I think nagising ang mga players [ko],” Austria said. RoS found its mark early, taking a 34-13 lead after the first 12 minutes of action. The Elasto Painters extended their lead to 47-18 with 9:28 left in the second period off a Jewel Ponferada connection from beyond the arc.   Montgomery had 24 points and 15 rebounds for the Elasto Painters. Rey Nambatac had 15 points Ed Daquioag had 13 while James Yap scored 12 for RoS.     The Scores: San Miguel (117) -- Ross 34, McCullough 22, Cabagnot 17, Standhardinger 15, Fajardo 14, Romeo 12, Pessumal 3, Rosser 0, Mamaril 0, Santos 0, Tubid 0, Nabong 0, Zamar 0. Rain or Shine (105) -- Montgomery 24, Nambatac 15, Daquioag 13, Yap 12, Ponferada 8, Belga 8, Norwood 6, Torres 5, Mocon 5, Borboran 4, Alejandro 3, Onwubere 2, Rosales 0. Quarters: 13-34, 49-52, 89-73, 117-105.     --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJul 29th, 2019

PBA: Yung spirit ni Marcio Lassiter napunta sa kanya -- Austria on Ross

It seemed like San Miguel Beer barely missed the shooting of injured sniper Marcio Lassiter. Not with Chris Ross around. The Beermen guard picked the right time to explode from the outside as Ross willed SMB back from a 29-point hole to a 117-105 win over the shocked Rain or Shine on Monday night to take a 2-0 best-of-five 2019 PBA Commissioner’s Cup semifinals series lead at the MOA Arena. Ross hit a franchise-tying 10 triples on his way to a 34-point outing for the Beermen. Ross hit of 10-of-16 from down town including three in SMB’s blitz that turned an 18-47 deficit to just a 49-52 gap heading into halftime before the Beermen turned the tables around with a 68-point second half scoring output. “I cannot believe, especially Chris Ross, on his shooting,” said SMB coach Leo Austria. “I think ano eh, 'yung spirit ni Marcio Lassiter napapunta sa kanya ngayon, siya naging shooter namin.” Ross’ 10 triples tied Lassiter’s record back in 2015 Governors’ Cup also against the Elasto Painters. The Beermen lost Lassiter last week to a left knee injury last Thursday in the do-or-die quarterfinals clash against NorthPort. Lassiter was diagnosed with an MCL sprain and will be out for at least six weeks. Austria also credited his other wards for stepping up after a sluggish start. “Not only Chris Ross, everyone stepped up after going 29 points down. And, they know the importance of this game,” said Austria. “So we have to win because if we will make it to the Finals, so at least sana hindi humaba ito.” “Because in the other bracket, makikita natin na baka matapos ng maaga, so we need some time to re-focus, to recharge, because if we will get into the Finals, we're up against a really strong team,” he added. Game 3 is on Wednesday.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJul 29th, 2019

PBA: I don’t really care about records -- Ross

Chris Ross was the latest player to join the elite club of shooters with a performance for the books. The San Miguel Beer guard wrote his name beside PBA greats Alan Caidic, Kenneth Duremdes, teammate Marcio Lassiter and TNT’s RR Pogoy in the list of local players who made 10 triples in a game. Ross’ performance from downtown highlighted the Beermen’s amazing comeback from 29 points down to a stunning 117-105 win over Rain or Shine on Monday to take a commanding 2-0 lead in the best-of-five 2019 PBA Commissioner’s Cup semifinals series at the MOA Arena. Ross shot 10-of-16 from beyond the arc for a personal-best 34 points to go with eight assists and three steals before calling it a night with 1:39 left in the fourth period.    However, Ross was quick to downplay his career shooting night. “Actually, Marcio texted me and said, ‘Man you should’ve gotten one more. You would’ve beat my record.’ But I’m good with just being at 10 as long as we win,” he said. “You know me I don’t really care about records or stats. My goal is to help my team win. No matter if I score zero or I score 40—no matter what—as long as my team wins, I’m happy for us.” Still, Ross felt overwhelmed by the mere mention of his name alongside other great shooters. “It’s amazing to be mentioned with those guys,” he said. “This is a testament to hard work and my teammates believing in me.” Ross’ feat came at the heels of Pogoy’s 10 triples last June 12 in the Katropa’s win over Barangay Ginebra where he finished with a career-high 38 points. Lassiter, who is out for at least six weeks after sustaining a left knee injury last week, did his feat four years ago in Governors’ Cup against the Elasto Painters. Ross got some encouragement from the last SMB player to nail that much triples in a match.     “Actually on my way to the gym I was texting with Marcio, he was just telling me man, ‘Bruh, just shoot the ball, man. Trust your work and just shoot the ball,’” Ross said. “So when you get a text like that from one of the best shooters ever in the history of the league, then you do what he says. So I went out there and just shot the ball, man.” “I put in so much work and I’m confident enough of myself to not to shoot those shots, but while your teammates — Cio, not only Cio but all my other teammates telling me to shoot the ball, it gives me so much confidence in the world,” he added. “Luckily I was able to make a few.” And those ‘few’ just got Ross in into the elite list.     --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJul 29th, 2019

PBA: Beau confident on his ROS crew in semis: “Kaya namin”

Rain or Shine might be the underdog to San Miguel Beer in the 2019 PBA Commissioner’s Cup semifinals but after Game 1, the Elasto Painters proved that they’re certainly not an easy out. ROS played SMB tough in Game 1 and a hot start allowed the team to go off for an early 13-point lead. The Beermen settled down and got the job done in the end but a 111-105 opening win is not a definitive way to judge this series that’s for sure. “Kaya namin,” forward Beau Belga said. “Alam namin na kaya namin, so adjust na lang,” he added. Same with their mentality in the quarterfinals, Beau says that ROS should prove that they belong in the semifinals against the Beermen. The Elasto Painters have worked hard to reach this stage and there’s simply no turning back now. “Nandito na tayo, panindigan natin, and ipakita natin na deserving tayo na nandito,” Belga said. “A lot of teams deserve in the semis pero tayo yung nandito so kunin natin, maglaro tayo nang maayos,” he added.   — Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJul 28th, 2019

PBA: Streaking SMB shoots for 2-0 lead over ROS

San Miguel Beer has been rolling in these 2019 PBA Commissioner’s Cup playoffs. The Beermen have won three straight games and hold a 1-0 lead over Rain or Shine in the best-of-5 semifinals. If San Miguel can continue on its hot streak, they can put the Elasto Painters on the brink of elimination with a commanding 2-0 lead. That’s exactly what ROS is trying to avoid as the series resumes on Monday at the MOA Arena. The Elasto Painters were off to a hot start in Game 1 Saturda but failed to close properly. The team is hoping for a different result to tie things up. Game 2 will tip off at 7:00 p.m. Monday.   — Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJul 28th, 2019

PBA: Streaking SMB rolls to 1-0 semis lead over ROS

San Miguel Beer continues to roll in these PBA playoffs. The Beermen shook off a slow start Saturday to frustrade Rain or Shine, 111-105, in the 2019 PBA Commissioner’s Cup semifinals at the Big Dome. Down 13 early, San Miguel settled down and slowly turned the game in their favor, ultimately taking over late in the third period and early in the fourth quarter. With import Chris McCullough at the lead, the Beermen then hit timely shots in the end to take an early 1-0 lead in the best-of-five series followign a third straight playoff victory. Game 2 is set for Monday at the MOA Arena.   — Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJul 27th, 2019