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Rain or Shine survives GP, secures last semis seat

Top seed Rain or Shine displayed nerves of steel in crunch time surviving GlobalPort, 103-97, on Friday and claiming the last semis berth in Season 43 Philippine Basketball Association Commissioner’s Cup at the Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City. Import Reggie Johnson led Rain or Shine with 29 points, 15 rebounds and six assists [...] The post Rain or Shine survives GP, secures last semis seat appeared first on The Manila Times Online......»»

Category: newsSource: manilatimes_net manilatimes_netJul 12th, 2018

Ginebra sweeps Rain or Shine, books semis clash vs San Miguel

MANILA, Philippines (UPDATED) – Barangay Ginebra claimed the 3rd semifinals seat of the 2018 PBA Philippine Cup following a 99-91 win over the Rain or Shine Elasto Painters in Game 2 their best-of-3 quarterfinals clash at the Araneta Coliseum Wednesday, March 7.  Japeth Aguilar finished with 27 points, 12 rebounds, ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsMar 7th, 2018

TNT and ROS dispute final semis seat in Governors' Cup

After an entertaining first game, no. 2 TNT KaTropa and no. 7 Rain or Shine meet for the last time this season with a Governors' Cup semifinals seat at stake. Forcing sudden death thanks to a close 106-102 Wednesday, the Elasto Painters are out to complete the job and make the Final Four for the first time season. Rain or Shine is 2-0 against TNT in the season-ending joust so far. Meanwhile, the KaTropa eye a bounce back victory to arrange a semis duel with defending champion Ginebra. TNT's twice-to-beat advantage sure came in handy as the team has another chance to advance despite starting the playoffs with a bummer. Tip off for this matchup is at 7:00 p.m. live from the Big Dome. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsSep 28th, 2017

Rain or Shine survives TNT rally to set up do-or-die match for semis spot

Rain or Shine survives TNT rally to set up do-or-die match for semis spot.....»»

Category: newsSource:  interaksyonRelated NewsSep 27th, 2017

World Sports: Star marches to semis vs San Miguel Beermen

THE Star Hotshots became the latest team to book a semifinal seat in the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) Commissioner's Cup after completing a sweep of erstwhile defending champions Rain or Shine Elasto Painters, 84-69, in their best-of-three quarterfinals series yesterday at the Smart Araneta Coliseum......»»

Category: financeSource:  bworldonlineRelated NewsJun 7th, 2017

SMB-Alaska semis Game 3 postponed

Game Three of the PBA Commissioner’s Cup semi-final series between San Miguel Beer and Alaska on Wednesday has been postponed due to potential severe weather conditions (Orange warning) as announced by NDRRMC. Game 3 will be played on Friday, July 20, at 7 p.m. at the Ynares Center in Antipolo. The Beermen lead the best-of-five series, 2-0. The PBA also cancelled Game 2 of Brgy. Ginebra and Rain or Shine semis series Tuesday because of inclement weather.  The match was rescheduled on Thursday......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated News21 hr. 37 min. ago

Ginebra-Rain or Shine semis cancelled because of heavy rain

THE Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) cancelled Game 2 of the best-of-five semifinals series between Rain or Shine and Barangay Ginebra Ginebra San Miguel on Tuesday at the Araneta Coliseum because of continuous rain. “The safety and security of the fans, players and officials are always of utmost importance,” said PBA Commissioner Willie Marcial in a statement to [...] The post Ginebra-Rain or Shine semis cancelled because of heavy rain appeared first on The Manila Times Online......»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimes_netRelated NewsJul 17th, 2018

PBA: Coach Leo on Finals: 'I think it will be a good series against Ginebra'

It's either San Miguel Beer head coach Leo Austria is stressed over the PBA semifinals or he just has a really, really high level of confidence. Or maybe he just thinks in advance. Anyway, it seems like coach Leo is already ready for a Commissioner's Cup Finals against Brgy. Ginebra. After taking a 2-0 semis lead against Alaska Monday, Austria casually mentioned the Gin Kings as their Finals opponents. Take note, San Miguel could still end up losing to the Aces and Ginebra is still only up 1-0 against top seed Rain or Shine in the other series. But asked if he has the championship already in mind with the Beermen one win away from the Finals, Austria is keeping his focus on the present series against Alaska. Can't say the same against the Ginebra-Rain or Shine series. "No, we're not thinking of the championship, dahil kung para sa amin, darating 'yan eh," Austria. "But I think it will be a good series against Ginebra, dahil alam naman natin they are the hottest team in the league right now, eight consecutive wins ano. And makikita mo, nag-beef up sila, so with the addition of Jeff Chan, so probably they are preparing their team for our zone defense against them," he added. It's either San Miguel head coach Leo Austria is stressed over the PBA semifinals or he just has a really, really high level of confidence. Or maybe he just thinks in advance. Anyway, it's funny. That's coach Leo for you. Back to the Alaska series, Austria is still bracing for an Aces comeback. This current rivalry has seen crazier things happen in the recent past. "Well, makikita mo naman talaga, lahat naman sinasabi, sabi nila super team kami against Alaska without Abueva and Banchero. And they keep on fighting back, and in the first half, lagi kaming nalalamangan nila. So I have to admire, 'yung trabaho ng mga coaching staff dahil talagang scouted nila, and alam nila kung anong ginagawa namin, but maybe because of the superior talent we have, 'yun ang nagpe-prevail," Austria said. "But we should not be matuwa dito sa talent na pinapakita namin, dahil come championship game, so it's a different story. And we still have to work hard, especially on defense," he added.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJul 16th, 2018

Brownlee, Chan dazzle as Ginebra frustrates Rain or Shine in semis opener

Barangay Ginebra leaned on the all-around performance Justin Brownlee and the marksmanship of Jeff Chan to dominate Rain or Shine, 102-98, and take Game 1 of their best-of-five semifnal series, Sunday night at the Big Dome. Source link link: Brownlee, Chan dazzle as Ginebra frustrates Rain or Shine in semis opener.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilainformerRelated NewsJul 15th, 2018

PBA: Gin Kings destroy no. 1 ROS to start semis

There's still no stopping Ginebra. The Gin Kings rolled past no. 1 Rain or Shine Sunday to start their 2018 PBA Commissioner's Cup semifinals series, scoring a nice 102-89 victory at the Big Dome. With Jeff Chan firing at will in the fourth, Ginebra finally pulled away to take an early 1-0 lead in the best-of-5 series. The win was also the eighth straight for the Gin Kings dating back to the elimination round where they had to climb out of a 1-5 hole to make the playoffs as the no. 5 seed. Ginebra got off to a fast start, firing a 22-7 run right out of the gate. Rain or Shine settled down after that initial storm from the Gin Kings, keeping things close until the fourth. However, led by Chan's 10 points in the final 12 minutes, Ginebra managed to break the game wide open again by firing a 16-0 blast to take its largest lead of the night at 24 points, 102-78. "Best part about doing this game tonight was being able to do it without Japeth. He's been out of practice since our last game against Meralco, he got hit in his Achilles so he had some significant swelling in his Achilles tendon area," head coach Tim Cone said. "We don't know exactly how long he'll be out, we're hoping he can suit up in Game 2, but we didn't want to risk him tonight with that swelling. He had an MRI, and the initial reading was a slight tear but after review it was swelling. We're being very cautious. We want to make sure he plays in this series. And also he's a national team player, so we don't want to mess with a national team player as well," he added. Import Justin Brownlee was his usual brilliant self to lead the Gin Kings, scoring 35 points on top of 14 rebounds and nine assists. Chan finished with 21 points for his best game for Ginebra so far while Greg Slaughter added another 20 points in a starting role. For ROS, Reggie Johnson carried the Elasto Painters with 30 points and 13 boards while James Yap scored 15 and had eight rebounds. Game 2 is set for Tuesday also at the Big Dome.   The Scores:  Ginebra (102): Brownlee 35, Chan 21, Slaughter 20, Devance 12, Tenorio 5, Thompson 4, Mercado 3, Aguilar 2, Caperal 0, Manuel 0, Ferrer 0, Mariano 0 Rain or Shine (89): Johnson 30, Yap 15, Daquioag 10, Tiu 7, Washington 6, Ponferada 6, Ahanmisi 6, Belga 4, Nambatac 3, Norwood 2, Almazan 0 Quarterscores: 31-27, 52-45, 76-60, 102-89   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJul 15th, 2018

PBA: Yap after Game 1 loss: 'Masaya lahat ng Ginebra fans ngayon'

James Yap loves beating Brgy. Ginebra. That's just a fact. Big Game James relishes in the opportunity to make the legions of Ginebra fans disappointed at least for one night. [Related: PBA: Yap on upcoming semis: "Masarap talunin ang Ginebra"] Sunday is not one of those nights. The Gin Kings demolished Yap's Rain or Shine Elasto Painters to open the 2018 PBA Commissioner's Cup semifinals, scoring a convincing 102-89 decision. As his no. 1 ROS is all of a sudden down in the short best-of-5, Yap will give this night to Ginebra and its fans. "Masarap naman talaga maglaro pag maraming tao. Alam mo naman Ginebra yan eh. Masaya," Yap said on facing an old rival. "I’m sure masaya lahat ng Ginebra fans ngayon," he added. James Yap has had many fierce battles with Ginebra before so you already know he'll be eager to bounce back in Game 2. Yap had a nice 15 points and eight rebounds for ROS in the series opener but obviously, that was not enought. James and the rest of the Elasto Painters have some major adjustments to do in time for Game 2. "Bawi na lang kami next game," Yap said. "Kailangan yung defense namin, yun ang i-adjust namin. Siguro i-execute pa namin yung play namin. Kailangan ma-execute, minsan nagkakanya-kanya kami eh. So medyo walang flow. Yung flow ng offense namin, di masyadong maganda. Sana next game, okay na," he added.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJul 15th, 2018

Despite win, Rain or Shine’s Garcia dismayed over ‘non-calls

Not even a win and a semis berth in the bag can temper the emotions of Rain or Shine coach Caloy Garcia on Thursday night......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJul 13th, 2018

Rain or Shine averts disaster, axes Globalport for semis berth

PBA IMAGES Rain or Shine avoided being on the wrong side of history and knocked out pesky Globalport, 103-97, in the rubber match in the 2018 PBA Commissioner's Cup quarterfinals series Thursd.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philippinetimesRelated NewsJul 13th, 2018

James Yap flashes vintage form as Rain or Shine reaches semis

MANILA, Philippines – James Yap couldn’t have picked a better time to play his best game in a Rain or Shine uniform as the Elasto Painters returned to the semifinals for the first time in two years. The 36-year-old fired 27 points to lift Rain or Shine to a 103-97 win ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJul 12th, 2018

Editorial: Compassion for community and the fare hike

More or less than fifty years ago, it was normal for pupils to walk from home to school and back everyday, rain or shine. In some districts there used to be only three public utility jeeps. The jeeps then can only seat eight adult passengers at a time and fare was around five to ten centavos each. Child passengers are free but have to stand up and hold on the hand bars behind the driver or on the ceiling of the jeepney. But for most kids, it was more fun to walk to and from school and save the fare money for more sweets from the school canteen......»»

Category: newsSource:  nordisRelated NewsMay 21st, 2018

PBA: After unimpressive start, is Gillenwater in trouble?

Troy Gillenwater might be in trouble. After two largely unimpressive games with San Miguel, the second one ending with a first-half ejection, Gillenwater is officially on the hot seat as the Beermen are starting to weigh their options for import in the 2018 PBA Commissioner's Cup. Gillenwater is averaging 15 points in two games so far but Sunday against Rain or Shine, he was ejected in the first half for initiating contact on a game official. To make matters worse not only for him but for San Miguel in general, the Beermen have lost both games. "Import namin, we'll have to think about it," head coach Leo Austria said. "We have to evaluate. Kahit sinong player, kahit anong team naman, we have to evaluate kung helpful o hindi," he added. Initial evaluation on Gillenwater is not good though. The eye test and the stats prove it. While the Beermen can afford not to get a world destroyer as an import, they can certainly appreciate if Gillenwater can at least match up to the opposition. "Compared to the other imports, we're not impressed. Pero yung first quarter niya, very impressive. First quarter lang," Austria said. "He should last at least 40 minutes per game but nakikita natin, he's so frustrated. What they experience right now is a different ball game. Ina-underestimate yata nila ang PBA eh. We are in a different level. The only lacking in Filipino basketball is the height, but the skills in terms of talent, technical know-how, were at par sa big leagues. Thats why nasu-surprise sila. Yung physicality na sometimes nirereklamo nila, but we have to live up to the kind of basketball kasi dito tayo masaya eh," he added. With Gillenwater underperforming, the clamor to get a replacement has grown exponentially particularly from the team's most loyal supporters. Obviously, San Miguel has options, particularly Charles Rhodes and Renaldo Balkman. Rhodes led the team to the championship last season and Balkman was San Miguel's previously controversial import that has been recently allowed back to the PBA after receiving a lifetime ban. Of the two, Balkman is readily available right now after wrapping up his championship season with San Miguel-Alab Pilipinas in the ABL. But the San Miguel team of the PBA would rather not make a decision right now. "Right now, we don't have any decision, especially in this kind of situation," Austria said. "It should be a collective decision, that's why we came out late and pinagu-usapan namin, not only the import but everything, what went wrong sa game namin," he added.     --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMay 14th, 2018

PBA: Almazan wants that Finals feeling once again

Raymond Almazan is a man on a mission in the 2018 PBA Commissioner's Cup. The towering center played his best game in a while for Rain or Shine in the Elasto Painters' beatdown of Brgy. Ginebra, scoring 20 points. Now fully healthy, Almazan wants to bounce back after a relatively ad start to his season. "Siguro injury free lang at healthy na ako ngayon. Last conference, kakabalik ko lang tapos na-injure na naman ako, kahit mga minor injuries, mahirap eh," he said. "Siguro, despite sa mga issues tsaka yung nangyari last conference, sobrang dami nangyari, sana tuluy-tuloy na [good performance]," Almazan added. More than bouncing back, Raymond just wants to win again. He's a man on a mission now. "Sobrang focused ako ngayon," Almazan said. "Gusto ko maganda laro ko this season para matulungan ko yung team. Tsaka matagal na kaming di nag-fi-Finals. Na-miss ko na yung spirit ng Finals eh. So semis muna [goal] bago Finals. Sobrang na-miss ko na yung ganoong pakiramdam," he added.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMay 1st, 2018

For Belga, there s no getting used to Rain or Shine missing the semis

MANILA, Philippines – Beau Belga is starting to feel that PBA quarterfinals are like walls the Rain or Shine Elasto Painters have problems of demolishing.  Rain or Shine missed the semifinals for the 5th straight conference and Belga, who has two PBA titles under his belt ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsMar 8th, 2018

Despite bad back, Japeth plays big time for Gin Kings in sweep of ROS

Japeth Aguilar has been dealing with a bad back even before the first Ginebra-Rain or Shine game that ultimately went into triple overtime. Despite it though, Aguilar has been the key in the Gin Kings sweeping ROS to advance to the semifinals of the 2018 PBA Philippine Cup. Japeth averaged 23.6 points in those three games. He scored 30 in the triple-overtime win to avoid a playoff for 8th for Ginebra and he scored 27 in Game 2 against the Elasto Painters to clinch the semis spot. "I take it day-by-day, going to therapy hanggang sa umokay siya at maka-recover ako," Aguilar said of his bad back. "I just want to win talaga kanina. I want to move on to the semifinals and we all know na hindi madali especially against Rain or Shine, but everyone stepped up actually," he added. Fortunately, it appears that Japeth's back is getting better. Which is going to be crucial for Ginebra as they take on the Beermen in the semis, a rematch from last year's Finals. Greg Slaughter is still out for the Gin Kings with a bad ankle. "There's little stiffness after the game, after practice, but once naka-pahinga na ako, naka-recover na ako," Japeth said. "Coach Tim is already trying to prepare us [vs. SMB]. Earlier in the dugout sinabi niya, 'It’s Mount Everest that we’re going to climb.' Even sila Raymond [Aguilar] and sila Prince [Caperal], he told them to be ready. so we’re trying to prepare na talaga," he added.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMar 7th, 2018

Gin Kings dispose of Elasto Painters in Game 2, march to semis

MANILA, Philippines — Barangay Ginebra pulled the rug on Rain or Shine midway in Game Two of their PBA Philippine Cup quarterfinal series, posting a 99-91 wi.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsMar 7th, 2018

June Mar leaves no room for SMB upset after dominant performance

Despite the top-seeded Beermen having a twice-to-beat advantage in the quarterfinals, it was imperative for the three-time defending champion Beermen to move on in the playoffs after just one game. If not, the San Miguel was looking at a do-or-die game against TNT. And that's not an ideal situation for any team. June Mar Fajardo made sure the champs avoided that situation. The reigning four-time league MVP went off against the KaTropa on Tuesday, making 15 out of 19 shots to finish with a game-high 35 points in the quarterfinal win. He also had 11 rebounds for good measure. "Kailangan naming manalo eh," Fajardo said. "Pag natalo kami, parang medyo mahihirapan kami kasi mapupunta yung momentum sa kabila," he added. As the Beermen made an effort to dump the ball to him down low, Fajardo made sure to make the most out of his opportunities. After June Mar did just that, things opened up for the rest of the team. Marcio Lassiter finished with 20 points, 10 in the third, while Arwind Santos scored 15, 10 in the fourth. "Binibigyan nila ako ng bola eh. Kailangan kong maka-score sa ilalim para lumuwag yung depensa ng kalaban sa itaas," he said. "Yun ang nagawa namin. Ang daming na-shoot na tres ni Arwind kasi lagi syang iniiwan ng depensa," Fajardo added. Making it to another semifinal appearance, the focus for the champs now is to get some rest as they wait for either Ginebra or Rain or Shine. "Kailangan lang namin magpahinga, gamitin ng maayos yung pahinga, at maging ready sa semis kasi di talaga madali yun, mapa-Ginebra o Rain or Shine," Fajardo said.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMar 6th, 2018