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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

PVL: NU clinches semis top spot, FEU secures a playoff for last Final Four seat

National University denied University of Sto. Tomas of completing an elimination round sweep while Far Eastern University kept its Final Four hopes alive in the Premier Volleyball League Season 2 Collegiate Conference. The Bulldogs gave the Tigers a taste of defeat to snap their eight-game winning streak with a 25-22, 18-25, 25-22, 25-20, victory Sunday at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan. NU tied UST with 8-1 win-loss record but the Bulldogs claimed the no. 1 seed in the best-of-three semifinals starting next week by virtue of higher quotient.  NU will face in the Final Four the no. 4 seed playoff survivor between College of St. Benilde and Far Eastern University, which forced a sudden death for the last semis seat after outlasting University of the Philippines in a come-from-behind fashion, 25-21, 22-25, 22-25, 25-17, 15-11. The Tamaraws closed the elims with a 5-4 mark tied with CSB, which they will face in a playoff on Wednesday. JP Bugaoan led FEU with 20 points while Redijohn Paler had 13 markers. Peter Quiel, Mark Calado and Raymond Bautista scored 10 markers each for the Tamaraws. “Ang natatandaan kong sinabi ko, ‘patunayan natin na karapat dapat tayo magsuot ng FEU uniform tsaka karapat dapat tayo sa liga na ‘to,’” said FEU coach Rey Diaz. “Kasi sayang ‘yung pagkakataon buti na lang ‘yung mga bata na-feel siguro nila na kailangan nilang magtrabaho.” “Napakagandang laban ‘yung binigay ng UP kasi. Natutong kumapit ‘yung players namin sa crunch time kasi ‘yung first four sets kung kailan crucial tsaka nagda-drop ball. Kaya sabi ko dapat tumibay yung loob,” he added. Meanwhile, Madzlan Gampong finished with 15 points while Angelo Almendras and James Natividad scored 10 markers each for NU, which played for the third straight game without top hitter Bryan Bagunas who is preparing for the UAAP beach volleyball tournament next month. Genesis Redido led the way for UST with 17 points. Manuel Medina and Jayvee Sumagaysay added 13 and 11 markers, respectively, for the Tigers, who will take on Adamson University in the Final Four.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsAug 26th, 2018

REINFORCEMENTS HAVE ARRIVED

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

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsAug 16th, 2018

PBA Finals By the Numbers: Ginebra dynasty in the making?

They actually did it, the Gin Kings took down the Death Star to win the 2018 PBA Commissioner's Cup, dethroning San Miguel Beer. Ginebra completed a sensational 4-2 series win Wednesday, capping the performance with a masterful 93-77 victory in Game 6. The Gin Kings are starting to position themselves as a dynasty that rivals that of SMB but before we get way ahead of ourselves, let's take one final look at Ginebra's latest title run before we move on to the next one.   5 Number of losses for Ginebra in its first six games of the conference. Losing back-to-back games when they got Justin Brownlee back, the Gin Kings were in trouble with a 1-5 record. Then they won five straight to make it to the playoffs where they only lost one, to no. 1 Rain or Shine, before meeting the Beermen in the Final. The Gin Kings were down 1-2 following a 38-point loss in the championship series before they pulled off three straight wins to take the title from the Beermen.   3 Number of PBA titles for import Justin Brownlee. Brownlee has been around for four PBA conferences and he has won three titles in three Finals appearances. His only loss was last year in the 2017 Commissioner's Cup when the no. 1 seeded Gin Kings lost in the semis. Still, Brownlee's magic is still as effective as ever and the newly-crowned Best Import shows no signs of slowing down. Is he Ginebra's GOAT Import?   21 Total PBA Championships for head coach Tim Cone. #GOAT   1 Number of Finals losses for San Miguel head coach Leo Austria. His undefeated streak finally came to an end with this 4-2 loss to Ginebra. Coach Leo is now 6-of-7 in the Finals and this is also his first best-of-7 series loss with the Beermen. Ouch.   2 Number of seasons where San Miguel's Grand Slam bid ended at the hands of Ginebra. Last year, the Beermen got eliminated in the quarterfinals of the Governors' Cup. This year, San Miguel couldn't even win two titles in a row as they fall to the Gin Kings again, this time in the Commissioner's Cup.   11 Total combined points for Alex Cabagnot, Arwind Santos, Chris Ross, Marcio Lassiter, and Christian Standhardinger in Game 6. Ross, Lassiter, and Standhardinger went scoreless. In Game 5, the Death Star showed signs of crack and malfunctioned. In Game 6, San Miguel's vaunted weapon of mass destruction completely shut down.   31 Total points for Justin Brownlee in Game 6, 20 in the second half. Brownlee scored 10 points each in the third and fourth quarters of Game 6 and he led Ginebra's pivotal third-quarter run where they outscored San Miguel, 27-8. That was pretty much the game as the Beermen never recovered.     --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsAug 9th, 2018

PBA: Ginusto ko ang bola –- Thompson on nasty rebound over Johnson

It’s rare to hear the crowd roar over a rebound play. And fans inside the Big Dome, especially the Barangay Ginebra faithful, just witnessed one of those moments when Scottie Thompson, a 6-foot-1 guard, soared up high to snatch the rock over a wide-bodied, nine inch taller Rain or Shine import Reggie Johnson. It was a play deserving of a spot in a highlight countdown. Thompson grabbed 10 rebounds including the nasty one with just 1:37 left in the fourth quarter Monday in the Gin Kings’ Finals spot-clinching 96-94 Game 4 nail-biter over Rain or Shine that sealed the 2018 PBA Commissioner’s Cup best-of-five semifinals series at the Big Dome. With the Ginebra protecting a 93-90 lead, Elasto Painters gunner Chris Tiu shot a triple that bounced off the rim. The 290 lbs. Johnson successfully boxed out Gin Kings’ Japeth Aguilar for a spot under the basket to collar the rebound. Just when Johnson thought that he got the ball, Thompson came running down, jumped over his back and snatched the rock with one hand. One could just hear the loud collective ‘oohs’ from the crowd.                 “’Yun lang talagang tinalon ko lang ang bola kasi crucial,” said Thompson, who in the series averaged nine rebounds per game. “Ginusto ko ang bola so buti nakuha ko.” That was his ninth board. A minute after, Thompson again plucked another crucial offensive rebound that led to an LA Tenorio floater that put the Gin Kings up, 95-90. To cap up his night, Thompson sealed the win with a steal off the Elasto Painters’ inbound with just 1.4 ticks left. Thompson may have sacrificed his offense with his effort on the boards and on defense but it’s a role the University of Perpetual Help product learned to embrace. He averaged only 5.4 points in the semis series but his defensive effort earned him a norm of 1.25 steals per game.       “Ang sabi sa amin ni coach Tim (Cone) na be the aggressor lagi kasi kailangan sila ang mag-react sa amin,” said Thompson. “’Yun ang ginagawa namin especially ako, talagang yun ang ginawa ko para makatulong sa team.” And Cone praised Thompson for his work. “A few? It seemed like he was grabbing everything and jumping over everybody, jumping over Johnson, jumping over Almazan. I mean, my gosh, getting that offensive rebound. He is just... he makes me speechless, he really does,” said Cone when asked about his reaction on Thompson’s rebounding. “Those were the plays of the game,” he added. “Joe (Devance) played great, but I thought Scottie was gonna get the Player of the Game just because of the rebounds he got, because they were all super clutch. And if he hadn't gotten a couple of those rebounds, Johnson would have gotten really easy putbacks.” “He did not only denied (Johnson) the rebound, but he denied the easy putback. So he just leaves me speechless some times,” Cone continued. “His timing is otherworldly. That's the only way I can explain that, I've never seen anybody with that kind of timing. Amazing.” Now, playing against a tough opponent in sister-team San Miguel Beer in the best-of-seven Finals starting Friday, Thompson just want to focus on the thing he does best. “Ang akin lang naman stay aggressive lang. Gusto ko lang maging aggressive lagi sa offense, defense especially sa defense kasi yun ang role ko para sa team,” he said.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJul 23rd, 2018

PBA: It’s gonna be a show – Brownlee on matchup with Balkman

From being Alab-Pilipinas’ dynamic duo, Justin Brownlee and Renaldo Balkman will be going at each other’s throats when Barangay Ginebra challenges defending champion San Miguel Beer for the 2018 PBA Commissioner’s Cup title.     Brownlee braces for a tough grind when he and the Gin Kings battle the star-studded Beermen led by Balkman in the best-of-seven title series starting Friday. “Balkman, seeing his talent and his skillset, what he can do for them, he's probably one of the best imports to play in this league as well,” said Brownlee, who had 12 points and 17 rebounds in Ginebra’s Finals seat-clinching 96-94 Game 4 win over Rain or Shine in the best-of-five semifinals on Monday. “I know its gonna be tough, it’s gonna be exciting especially for the fans, just gotta be ready for Friday,” added Brownlee. Brownlee and Balkman played together during the 2018 ASEAN Basketball League. The duo helped Alab-Pilipinas capture the crown at the expense of Mono Vampire-Thailand in a thrilling five-game series.   “Man, just a couple of months ago, me and him, was like Batman and Robin,” Brownlee said. “But... Like I said, its gonna be exciting for the fans, it's gonna be a treat for them, and hopefully, like one of his favorite quotes, it's gonna be a show. I hope it will be just that.” Gin Kings head coach Tim Cone expects fireworks when these two imports collide. “Well, I'm sure in the beginning, there's gonna be a little giggles and laughs between the two of them, maybe a few high fives, privately,” said Cone. “But once the series gets going, I tell you, those guys, they're so competitive, the two of them.” “They're gonna be mortal enemies out there by the time it's done and good,” he added. “They're former teammates, but I think they're really gonna go at each other.” One could just imagine what would be the first conversation between these friends who will try to carry their respective teams in the Finals. “I don't know how the first few minutes is gonna be. I'll probably text him later, I don't know how will I text him but I'll just congratulate him and tell him give it his all and I will do the same,” said Brownlee.     --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJul 23rd, 2018

Gin Kings try again

Game today (Smart Araneta Coliseum) Game 4, best-of-5 semis series 7 p.m. -- Rain or Shine vs. Ginebra BARANGAY Ginebra tries to finish off Rain or Shine in four games today and seal a spot in the finals of the PBA Commissioner’s Cup in a game that’s easier said than….....»»

Category: newsSource:  journalRelated NewsJul 22nd, 2018

Brownlee erupts for 44 as Ginebra nips Rain or Shine for 2-1 semis lead

MANILA, Philippines – Barangay Ginebra needed every bit of Justin Brownlee's 44 points to eke out a nail-biting 75-72 Game 3 win over Rain or Shine in the 2018 PBA Commissioner's Cup semifinals at the Mall of Asia Arena on Saturday, July 21.  The Gin Kings almost squandered a 25-point ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJul 22nd, 2018

James Yap on crucial missed 3: Hindi naman lagi araw-araw Pasko

MANILA, Philippines – It's all about the law of averages for James Yap. Yap rued missing a potential game-tying trey in Rain or Shine's 72-75 Game 3 loss that gave Barangay Ginebra a 2-1 lead in their best-of-5 semis, but the veteran guard knew he needs to brush it aside and just bounce back.  "Hindi ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJul 22nd, 2018

PBA: Could we see a Yeng Guiao-Caloy Garcia reunion at the Asiad?

Caloy Garcia and Yeng Guiao may have been coaching their respective teams since 2016, but we may see them back together at the sidelines at the Asian Games in Indonesia late next month. If everything pushes through that Rain or Shine's core will be chosen to represent the country in the quadriennial meet, the Elasto Painters management decided to tap the fiery Guiao to head them once again. Of course, the veteran coach had led the national team before as the mentor for Powerade Team Pilipinas, steering them to an 8th-place finish at the 2009 FIBA Asia Championship in Tianjin, China. For Garcia, he doesn't mind the thought of a reunion with his old partner, even endorsing him for the job if it does happen. "Kung sakali ngang totoo yung mangyayari na kukuha ng mga players sa'min, I think boss Raymond [Yu] wants coach Yeng to call the shots kasi internationally I never handled a team. So it's better to get somebody who has the experience." "Mas gusto ko siya na lang para magkabalikan kami." As for their 75-72 loss against Ginebra that had pushed the top-seeded Elasto Painters to the brink of elimination, the way they had bounced back after digging themselves in a 25-point hole boosted their confidence heading to the do-or-die Game 4,. The Elasto Painters are hoping to force a rubber match for a spot in the Finals against either San Miguel or Alaska. Garcia also praised Ginebra's do-it-all import Justin Brownlee for his efficient game,  scoring 44-points, just two shy of his PBA career high, adding 15 rebounds, six steals and a blocked shot on a scintillating 14/19 shooting clip. "That's the story of the game. Brownlee was on fire today." As for the last play, Garcia explained, that a flare screen was supposed to be set by Reggie Johnson but if James Yap decided that he was open enough to launch it from downtown, he was given the green light to do so. With the past three games exhibiting bad starts for the number-one regular season team, Garcia only could hope that they take the driver's seat as early as tipoff next time. "But really, medyo masama lang loob ko kasi three games na kaming bad start. I think we have to find a way to start better, to keep us in the game earlier, and -- maybe -- have a chance." __   Follow this writer on Twitter, @philipptionary.  .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJul 21st, 2018

Brownlee explodes for 44 points as Gin Kings near PBA Finals

Justin Brownlee erupted for 44 points to help Barangay Ginebra deny a fightback from Rain or Shine, 75-72, and push the Gin Kings at the brink of securing a Finals berth in Game Three of the PBA Commissioner’s Cup semis, Saturday at the Mall of Asia Arena......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJul 21st, 2018

Rain or Shine escapes Gin Kings, levels series to 1-1

James Yap and Reggie Johnson delivered in crunch time to lift Rain or Shine to a 109-100 win over Barangay Ginebra San Miguel on Thursday in Game 2 of their best-of-five semis match up in Season 43 Philippine Basketball Association Commissioner’s Cup at the Araneta Coliseum. The series is now even at 1-1. Down by [...] The post Rain or Shine escapes Gin Kings, levels series to 1-1 appeared first on The Manila Times Online......»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimesRelated NewsJul 20th, 2018

Rain or Shine evens semis series, ends Ginebra s 8-game winning streak

MANILA, Philippines – Rain or Shine hit the biggest shots down the stretch to escape Ginebra in Game 2, 109-100, and even their best-of-5 semifinals series in the 2018 PBA Commissioner's Cup at the Araneta Coliseum on Thursday, July 19. Reggie Johnson frolicked in the paint with a near-triple-double of 25 ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJul 20th, 2018

Rain or Shine escapes Gin Kings, levels series to 1-1

James Yap and Reggie Johnson delivered in crunch time to lift Rain or Shine to a 109-100 win over Barangay Ginebra San Miguel on Thursday in Game 2 of their best-of-five semis match up in Season 43 Philippine Basketball Association Commissioner’s Cup at the Araneta Coliseum. The series is now even at 1-1. Down by… link: Rain or Shine escapes Gin Kings, levels series to 1-1.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilainformerRelated NewsJul 19th, 2018

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 NewsJul 18th, 2018

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