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Revellers blast Titans by 38 points

MANILA, Philippines – Jeff Viernes exploded for 35 points as the Che’Lu Bar & Grill Revellers rolled past the AMA Online Titans, 139-101, in the PBA D-League Foundation Cup on Thursday, July 12 at the Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig City. New recruit Levi Hernandez also came up big for the Revellers, ........»»

Category: newsSource: rappler rapplerJul 12th, 2018

Revellers crush Titans, regain PBA D-L lead

Jeff Viernes exploded for 35 points as Che’Lu Bar and Grill clobbered winless AMA Online Education, 139-101, to wrest the solo lead in the PBA D-League Foundation Cup at the Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig yesterday......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJul 13th, 2018

Revellers cruise past Titans for second PBA D-League win

  MANILA, Philippines – The Che’Lu Revellers banked on a dominant 4th quarter to whip AMA Online Education Titans, 111-95, and improve to 2-1 in the PBA D-League Foundation Cup on Thursday, June 14, at the Ynares Sports Arena.  Chris Bitoon unloaded 23 points to go with 7 rebounds and 5 assists as the Revellers pulled ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJun 14th, 2018

Chris Bitoon carries Coffee Lovers to fifth-seed

Gamboa Coffee Mix-St. Clare snagged the five-seed in the 2018 PBA D-League Aspirants’ Cup playoffs, eviscerating AMA Online Education by 46, 136-90, on Thursday Pasig's Ynares Arena. Chris Bitoon quickly made his presence felt, unfurling 21 of his 31 points in the first half as the Coffee Lovers slowly established the 60-45 advantage. Trevis Jackson joined in the party, missing out on a triple-double after pouring 26 markers, 10 assists, and nine boards. Aris Dionisio also added 13 points, eight rebounds, and two blocks while Raymond Rubio and CJ Catura both had 11. “Maganda ito para sa amin. Ready lang kami kasi alam namin na mabigat ang kalaban sa quarters,” said coach Jinino Manansala. Gamboa-St. Clare actually forced a three-way tie for the fourth spot at 7-4, but will take the fifth-seed due to an inferior quotient to Che’Lu-San Sebastian College-Recoletos. The two teams will meet in the quarterfinals starting Tuesday, with the Revellers owning the twice-to-beat bonus. The Coffee Lovers made the most of their final elimination game as they went on a 49-percent shooting and outrebounded the Titans, 63-49. Kent Lao scored 26 points, on top of two rebounds and two assists. He was supported by Andre Paras’ double-double effort of 17 markers and 13 boards in the AMA defeat. The Titans closed out the conference with a 1-10 record and a seven-game losing skid. BOX SCORES GAMBOA COFFEE MIX-ST. CLARE 136 — Bitoon 31, Jackson 26, Dionisio 13, Catura 11, Rubio 13, Hallare 9, Decano 8, Penaredondo 8, Jumaquio 6, Pare 5, Alcober 4, Fontanilla 4. AMA ONLINE EDUCATION 90 — Lao 21, Paras 17, J. Escalambre 13, C. Escalambre 11, Quijano 9, Velasquez 6, Antonares 5, Carpio 4, Andaya 2, Garcia 2. QUARTER SCORES: 25-27, 60-45, 97-70, 136-90......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsApr 5th, 2018

Falcons blast Titans, soar to solo second in D-League

Jerrick Ahanmisi starred as Akari-Adamson University drubbed AMA Online Education, 100-89, to snag a solo second in the Philippine Basketball Association Developmental League (PBA D-League) Aspirants’ Cup 2018 on Monday at the Pasig City Sports Center. Ahanmisi fired a game-high 26 points built on a fiery 7-of-8 shooting from beyond the arc, propelling the Soaring [...] The post Falcons blast Titans, soar to solo second in D-League appeared first on The Manila Times Online......»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimes_netRelated NewsMar 5th, 2018

Skippers cruise to third win in a row by shutting down AMA

Marinerong Pilipino cruised to its third straight victory in the 2018 PBA D-League Aspirants’ Cup as it drowned AMA Online Education, 109-93, on Monday at the Pasig Sports Center. Gab Banal anchored the victory with 20 points, 14 rebounds, and four assists as the Skippers fired a superb 7-0 opening blast to seize control of the game, 36-16, at the end of the first quarter. They would hold on to that lead, not letting the Titans get to within 10 as they improved to 4-2 in the standings. “The key here is understanding what we want to do, what we want to achieve. Everything just fell into place,” said coach Koy Banal Rian Ayonayon also added 18 markers, six boards, five dimes, and four blocks in the all out attack where all but one of the 14 players who entered the game logged a field goal. Marinerong Pilipino was just stellar on both offense and defense in the tussle, shooting on a 47-percent clip which was bolstered by its 30 assists, while also controlling the boards, 61-44. Arvin Tolentino led AMA Online Education with 18 points and eight rebounds while Robbie Manalang got 15 markers, four boards, and four dimes as the Titans fell to 1-4. BOX SCORES MARINERONG PILIPINO 109 — Banal 20, Ayonayon 18, Lopez 9, Pasaol 9, Eboña 8, Robles 8, Babilonia 6, Subido 6, Toth 6, Tratter 6, Olivares 5, Iñigo 4, Tolentino 4, Terso 0. AMA ONLINE EDUCATION 93 — Tolentino 18, Manalang 15, Cañete 13, Lao 12, Martinez 7, Taganas 7, Celso 6, Garcia 6, Andaya 4, Escalambre 3, Bragais 2, Antonares 0. QUARTER SCORES: 36-16, 61-46, 88-76, 109-93......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsFeb 19th, 2018

Baste-backed Revellers get jump on Titans to get back on track

Che'Lu Bar and Grill-San Sebastian College-Recoletos banked on its veterans late to pull off an 83-79 victory versus AMA Online Education on Thursday in the 2018 PBA D-League Aspirants’ Cup at the Ynares Arena in Pasig.   Former pro Samboy de Leon delivered seven of his 21 points in the payoff period, while also collecting six rebounds and two assists as the Revellers’ bounced back from an 82-83 loss to Wangs Basketball-Colegio de San Juan de Letran three days ago.   Michael Calisaan also provided stability in the paint, racking up 12 markers and 10 boards while Alfred Batino had 11 points and 11 rebounds as Che’Lu Bar & Grill -San Sebastian had to battle back from an early 14-point hole, 7-21.   “We’re supposed to lose with the way we played the game,” said coach Stevenson Tiu, who waas obviously disappointed with the Revellers’ slow start.   “Every game, laging slow start kami. Kahit anong adjustment, ganoon pa rin kaya hindi namin makuha yung rhythm namin,” he said. “We just had the decision to go to the veterans. Thankfully, nag-respond naman sila.”   RK Ilagan shot 6-of-11 from threes to top Che’Lu-San Sebastian with 22 points, five rebounds, and four assists.   The Revellers now rise to 2-1 while dropping AMA to 0-3.   Robbie Manalang saw his sensational debut go down the drain as he tallied 28 points, three rebounds, and two assists in the defeat.   Genmar Bragais added 16 markers and 13 boards while Carlo Escalambre had 13 points and five rebounds for the Titans.   BOX SCORES   CHE’LU BAR AND GRILL-SAN SEBASTIAN 83 — Ilagan 22, De Leon 21, Calisaan 12, Batino 11, Bulanadi 8, Faundo 6, Jeruta 2, David 1, Costelo 0, Santos 0. AMA ONLINE EDUCATION 79 — R. Manalang 28, Bragais 16, Escalambre 13, Matillano 10, Porter 7, Paras 5, Antonares 0, Carpio 0, Garcia 0, Jordan 0, P. Manalang 0, Salonga 0.   QUARTER SCORES: 18-21, 35-39, 56-58, 83-79......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsFeb 1st, 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

Marinerong Pilipino dominates AMA in lopsided fashion

MANILA, Philippines – The Marinerong Pilipino Skippers routed the winless AMA Online Education Titans, 105-80, in the PBA D-League Foundation Cup on Tuesday, July 3, at the Ynares Sports Arena.  Javi Gomez de Liano carried the team with 27 points on 5/6 shooting from downtown to go with 5 rebounds. Robbie ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJul 3rd, 2018

CEU spoils Andre Paras return for hapless AMA

MANILA, Philippines – The CEU Scorpions notched their second straight win by toppling the AMA Online Education Titans, 96-85, in the 2018 PBA D-League Foundation Cup at the Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig on Monday, June 18.  Judel Fuentes unloaded 25 points while Pierce Chan contributed a double-double of 18 ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJun 18th, 2018

Texters, Semerad blast Warriors

Anthony Semerad played his best game in a TNT KaTropa jersey, sizzling with six three-pointers and a career second-best total of 22 points as the Texters held off a depleted but fierce-fighting NLEX side, 117-106, to virtually claim a playoff spot in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup at the MOA Arena last night......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJun 3rd, 2018

Celtics stumble offensively in most costly road loss yet

By John Schuhmann, NBA.com CLEVELAND – The Boston Celtics solved their first-quarter problem in Cleveland, and it didn't matter. In Game 3 of the Eastern Conference finals, the Celtics trailed 32-17 after the first quarter. Game 4: 34-18. And in neither game did they cut the deficit to less than seven points thereafter. So, heading into Game 6, with an extra level of desperation in the Cleveland Cavaliers facing elimination, there was an obvious "survive the first quarter" thought from pundits as priority No. 1 for the Celtics. And they did it. The Celtics scored 11 points on the last five possessions of the period to close it with a 25-20 lead. They survived the first quarter, but they did not survive the second. And after a 109-99 Cavs victory on Friday (Saturday, PHL time), the series is heading back to Boston for a deciding Game 7 on Sunday (Monday, PHL time). A 25-point quarter isn't huge, but in what was a very slow-paced game (89 possessions for each team), it was efficient. The Celtics went to Al Horford in the post eight times in the opening 12 minutes and the Cavs mostly sent an extra defender at Horford, which seemed to play into the Celtics' hands. Horford surveyed the floor, his teammates moved without the ball, and the results were generally good. The first Horford post-up was on the Celtics' second possession. LeBron James joined Tristan Thompson for the double-team and the ball swung to Terry Rozier, who got into the paint and found Jaylen Brown for a corner three. A few minutes later, there was no double-team, but Horford found Brown cutting to the basket for an and-one. Midway through the first, a double-team on Horford resulted in a short jumper for Marcus Morris. Later, Horford found Marcus Smart on a cut, and Smart made a brilliant pass out for another corner three from Brown. On the next possession, Brown snuck behind Kyle Korver on the baseline for a layup. The Celtics didn't score on all those Horford post-ups, but the eight in the first quarter produced 12 points on good shots. Horford didn't score a single point in the first, but having the offense run through him generated a strong quarter on the road against a desperate opponent. "I thought our spacing was excellent," Celtics coach Brad Stevens said of the early execution. "The way we moved it out of the double." The Celtics had a lead after the first quarter and Kevin Love was done for the night after a collision with Jayson Tatum. The door was open for the Celtics to put their postseason road woes behind them and close the series out. Horford was off the floor to start the second quarter, and the Celtics took their foot off the gas. They scored five points on their first three possessions of the period, but the shots weren't good and the ball didn't get into the paint until possession No. 7. Smart took an ill-advised three-pointer and then looked confused when Morris did the same on the very next possession. "We missed some opportunities," Stevens said about the second quarter. "But I thought we also just got lax a little bit offensively. When we get lax offensively, we open up transition opportunities for them, and that's a problem." The Celtics couldn't recapture their first-quarter rhythm, they didn't get Horford in the post once in the second quarter, and a 20-4 Cleveland run was ultimately the difference in the game. "We stopped getting the ball inside," Rozier said. "The second quarter definitely killed us today." James had himself one of those nights, shooting 10-for-17 from outside the paint (where Boston wants him shooting from) on his way to 46 points. He finished the Celtics off with two ridiculous, step-back threes from the left wing. "Hats off," Stevens said of the daggers. "The first one, that was ridiculous." The Cavs scored 89 points on just 67 possessions (1.33 points per possession) after the first quarter and the Celtics couldn't keep up. They didn't try to get Horford in the post nearly as much in the second half as they did in the first quarter. "We weren't looking for them as much as we were earlier," Horford said of the post-up opportunities. A few post-ups did result in free throws, but the Celtics left some points at the line, shooting 11-for-20. "The question about did we go to him enough, probably a good question," Stevens said. "And one that when we review it, we'll look at it and figure out if we need to do more." If you asked the Celtics at the beginning of the postseason if they'd like to have one game on the floor for a trip to The Finals, they'd surely have accepted it. "It's an absolute blast to prepare for as a coach," Stevens said of Game 7, "and to play in as a player." But the Celtics may have let one get away on Friday (Saturday, PHL time), and though they're 10-0 at home in these playoffs, anything can happen in a Game 7, especially with the best player in the world on the other side. James has won the last five Game 7s that he's played in and scored 45 points in Game 7 against Indiana in the first round. Maybe he doesn't shoot so well from the outside on Sunday (Monday, PHL time), but maybe he does. Maybe the Celtics shouldn't even be here, given that they're missing two of their three best players. But they've made it this far, and they'd best keep their foot on the gas on Sunday (Monday, PHL time)......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMay 26th, 2018

W-Defenders blast Angels

BALIPURE-National University outlasted Petro Gazz, 22-25, 25-23, 28-26, 22-25, 15-12, for its first victory in the PVL Reinforced Conference last night at the Filoil Flying V Centre. American Janisa Johnson debuted with 30 points, including a spectacular spike from the center that clinched the win for the Water Defenders. Alexis….....»»

Category: newsSource:  journalRelated NewsMay 16th, 2018

Draw of another title lights postseason path of Warriors

By David Aldridge, TNT Analyst One of the Golden State Warriors’ people, walking out of Smoothie King Center Sunday (Monday, PHL time), summarized the team’s season so far in detailing Kevin Durant’s 38-point performance against the Pelicans in Game 4 of the Western Conference semifinals. “Sometimes, people forget,” he said, a wry smile on his face -- and, yes, they do. With all that has gone on around the league this season, the Warriors’ storyline hasn’t been quite as eyeballed nationally this season compared with previous years. (Not that they should care. It’s just an observation.) The Cleveland Cavaliers blew things up last summer and reformed in the fall, blew it up again in the winter and reformed again in the spring. The Boston Celtics are displaying amazing resilience through seemingly devastating injuries to put themselves on the brink of another conference finals. The Philadelphia 76ers have their Fun Bunch. There was Paul George’s trade to Oklahoma City (and all that entailed, now and later) and the Toronto Raptors’ dramatic and successful changes throughout the year. And, at the forefront, there was the Houston Rockets’ rise as a legit and serious challenger to the Warriors in the Western Conference. During the regular season, the Warriors’ energy and productivity dropped off ever so slightly, like the planet killer in “The Doomsday Machine,” one of the all-time best original “Star Trek” episodes, after the doomed Commodore Decker drove a Shuttlecraft right down its throat. (Of course, Captain Kirk figured out to destroy it. Dude, come on. This is James Tiberius Kirk we’re talking about.) And at the end of the regular season, they were hit with a series of body shot injuries: Stephen Curry’s MCL strain, Durant’s ribs, Klay Thompson’s thumb injury, Draymond Green’s hip, and on and on. Those all sapped their continuity and made them look mortal down the stretch of the 2017-18 season, and the Warriors went 7-10 as the season waned. But, after dispatching the Kawhi Leonard-less Spurs in five games in the first round, and taking a 3-1 lead on the Pelicans now, they’re again on the precipice of the Western Conference finals. A date with Houston is looming and a chance at a third title in four seasons is still on their racket. “I think as the playoffs go on, every series requires a different intensity level,” Green said last week. “I think we met that standard that it takes to win playoff games at the level we’re at right now, which is the second round. It’s not our first rodeo. We’ve been here a lot of times and we know what it takes.” Steve Kerr rolled the “Hamptons Five” lineup out Sunday (Monday, PHL time), the Lineup Formally Known as Death -- Curry, Thompson, Andre Iguodala, Green and Durant. It’s been their trump card for almost two years, the lineup that can’t be solved by the opposition, even as it’s chipped away at most of Golden State’s other conventional units. Durant went for 38, and the Warriors rolled to a 118-92 win and a 3-1 series lead. They didn’t use it much this season -- that quintet only played 127 minutes together this season, after logging 224 minutes last season -- because of all the injuries, because they tried to limit their biggest players’ minutes and because using Iguodala as a starter thins out Golden State’s bench. The Warriors’ most frequently used five-man unit this season featured Zaza Pachulia at center; among five-man units leaguewide that played 200 minutes or more together this season, per NBA.com/Stats, that quintet was third in the league in Offensive Rating, at 118.6. But Pachulia hasn’t played a minute in the playoffs, and if the Rockets are the Warriors’ next opponent, he may not play much then, either, against Clint Capela. Kerr often points out that the Warriors have six centers on the current roster, and most of them have gotten at least a little run at various points. But after JaVale McGee was ineffective in Game 3 against New Orleans Friday (Saturday, PHL time), Kerr pulled his trump card. It’s still a game-changer, and when a season comes down to a best-of-seven series, one game can be the difference. “We all bring the best of each other,” Curry said of the Hamptons unit. “We increase the pace of the game, but the versatility [is] at the defensive end -- Andre, Draymond, KD shoring up the paint, switching a lot of the screens and the action from the offense and Klay doing what he does on the perimeter. I think the biggest thing offensively is that we’re all playmakers, try to look for the best shot, stay within ourselves and just make the right play.” Going back to the old playlist may give the Warriors comfort in what has been another drama-filled season, with the contretemps about being disinvited from the White House by President Trump in September getting things off to a rollicking start. But the end of the season was what raised eyebrows around the league. Curry’s absence down the stretch combined with a teamwide ennui -- “I really don’t like talking about it,” Thompson said -- that gave potential playoff opponents hope they might be able to catch Golden State napping. The Warriors’ boredom showed up most at the defensive end. After being in the top seven in both unadjusted and adjusted Defensive Rating in each of the last four seasons -- including first in the league in both categories in the first championship season of 2014-15 -- Golden State fell to 11th and 12th, respectively, in the regular season. They came out of the All-Star break focused -- they were fifth in the league in Defensive Rating on March 1. But all the injuries blunted their momentum, and the scariest of all -- a serious injury to second-year guard Patrick McCaw in Sacramento March 31 (April 1, PHL time) -- shook the team more than people on the outside realized. “Throughout that time, we had spurts,” Durant said. “We played a great OKC team. We went in there and won. Then we lost to Indiana by 20, and then it’s like, when you’re riding just on emotion a lot, you tend to go up and down. It’s like a roller coaster. I think that’s what it was. We had those spurts where we played well and played a focused game, but then Patty goes out, boom, and there was just so much that went on with that. Then Steph goes out with a freak injury. So much went on with that. I think we were just so up and down emotionally it kind of blinded us from our goal, which was to be good every single night as basketball players.” McCaw’s injury -- a bone bruise suffered when he fell after a dunk attempt against the Kings, which required him to be carried off the court in Sacramento on a stretcher -- hit everyone hard. “When Pat got injured, I think that took a little bit out of us,” Durant said. “It took a little bit out of Steve as well. You could just feel it, when Steph went out, then I went out, then Draymond, then Klay. Our emotions were so up and down. When your emotions are, you have too many emotions in the game of basketball, it can kind of blind you from what you really have to do. This is a technical game. So when you put too many emotions into it, it kind of took us away from what we wanted to do.” McCaw, who played in 57 games this season, was not only a part of Kerr’s rotation. He is also a well-liked person who was getting better on the floor. He was re-evaluated last week and will be checked out again in a month. Though he’s been traveling with the team during the playoffs, his season is almost certainly over. And as his injury came during the Warriors’ many injuries down the stretch, its chilling effect was multiplied. “It definitely got to everybody,” Green said. “Kind of the uncertainty of not knowing what’s going on with him. The rotations. Everybody’s like, ahh, kind of tiptoeing around, trying to make sure you get to the playoffs healthy. A lot of that makes a difference. I mean, that’s our brother. To see him down like that, not be able to walk off the court under his own power, him not being around us for two or three weeks, it was kind of like the unknown. It sucked. And I think it definitely had an effect on everything.” But Durant doesn’t like the metaphor of the proverbial switch being turned on at playoff time explaining the team’s improvement the last couple of weeks. “I don’t like when you call it a switch,” he said. “Because guys come in and get extra work in every single day. They work on their bodies every day, they get treatment. You come in here any time, you see guys in here working on their games. I think when you say ‘a switch turned on,’ if guys went cold turkey on everything as professionals during the season, and just tried to pick it up in the playoffs, I think that’s turning on a switch. Mentally, focus-wise, game plan-wise, I think you can turn on a switch, because you can lock in on an opponent, you know their tendencies, you can just focus in on one group of players instead of one day it’s San Antonio, the next day it’s Phoenix, next day it’s Sacramento. You’re going so up and down. If that makes sense. “So I think everybody’s putting in that work individually all year, and as a team, you know, stuff has to come together. We have to focus in on what we need to do, game plan wise, tendency wise, just try to take away things. I think that’s where you kind of turn it up just a bit.” Golden State has performed in fits and starts in the first two rounds. The Spurs didn’t have enough firepower to be a serious threat, but they played hard and were increasingly effectively on defense as the series went on. The Warriors didn’t really have an answer for LaMarcus Aldridge after Game 1. New Orleans had, until Sunday (Monday, PHL time), been more and more successful at making the Warriors shoot contested shots. That certainly gibes with Curry’s return after five weeks. He’s healthy, but rusty. After his adrenaline-filled return last Tuesday (Wednesday, PHL time) in Game 2 against the Pelicans, he made just 14-of-33 from the floor in the two games in New Orleans. There was talk afterward about breakthroughs for Curry cardiovascularly. The next few games will tell whether Curry is truly recovered and ready to be two-time Kia MVP Steph … or will he just be on the floor (as he was for long and important stretches in the 2016 playoffs after returning from a Grade 1 knee sprain). The Warriors still made The Finals, but Curry wasn’t Curry against Cleveland, and everyone, starting and ending with LeBron James, knew it. No one in NBA history has changed the geometry of basketball more than Curry, and when he’s on the floor, the ball starts flying around. “Our formula is simple: if we out-pass people, we win,” Warriors forward David West said. “Ball movement. With guys going in and out of the lineup, it causes moments where guys try to carry the load, maybe try to shoulder the load individually. But the strength of the group is the group.” But the Warriors can still throw so many different things and people at you. Iguodala shot a career-worst 28.2 percent on three-pointers in the regular season. He’s at 39.3 percent in the 2018 playoffs. Does anyone doubt he was biding his time until the postseason? No one wearing an NBA uniform is in better shape than the 34-year-old Iguodala, no one is smarter about the game or matchups, and no one is a prouder, fiercer competitor. The 2015 Finals MVP brings his bag of intangibles with him on the road even more than at home, as he did Sunday. In that game, he was making life miserable for the Pelicans’ Nikola Mirotic, creating deflections, making the right reads and impacting the game despite scoring just six points. Kerr likened him to Scottie Pippen after Game 4, but Iggy wasn’t buying it -- “Steve just does that to make sure I don’t get mad ‘cause I don’t shots,” Iguodala quipped. He may be right. But Iguodala and Green have a mind meld defensively that’s at the heart of the Hamptons’ effectiveness. “Andre and I, we’re usually on the same page,” Green said. “Two guys who really think the game, especially on that side of the ball. Sometimes we can talk things out and it works perfect and not say a word, and know what each other’s going to do. It definitely helps our team out defensively kind of having two coaches out there on the floor on that side of the ball.” Whether it’s switching to guard each other’s man, running at an open shooter to close before the ball gets there with the other man rotating, they know what the other guy is going to do. And that second or so the Warriors save defensively keeps them from being broken down. “How fast can you make that decision?,” Green says. “How demonstrative are you going to be about that decision? Are you going to second guess that decision? That’s usually when it doesn’t work; if you’re going to go, just go. That’s kind of the motto that Andre and I go by. If you’re going to go, just go; everybody else fall in line and rotate, and we’ll work it out from there.” And while Green and Rajon Rondo have been exchanging pleasantries throughout this series, Green didn’t pick up his first postseason technical foul until Sunday (Monday, PHL time). He’s been under control, coming up to the edge without going over. Someone without access to the internet asked Kerr if he’d ever played with anyone who instigated or tried to get under the skin of opponents. It’s a testament to Kerr’s comic timing that he actually did wait a beat before answering. “I did play with Dennis Rodman,” he said. Never be fooled by Kerr’s overall pleasant disposition and quick-with-a-quip acuity, though. He is a fierce competitor that wants to win big, the same as his current point guard, who is similarly underrated on the competition scale. Kerr has seven rings as a player and coach, and it’s not a coincidence he’s frequently been around teams that got it done in June. But the Warriors are playing for even bigger stakes than just winning the 2018 title. Legacies are created this time of year. A third title in four seasons, with four straight Finals appearances, would put Golden State in very rarified air in the modern game. San Antonio won three titles from 2002-07. But the Spurs, famously, never have won back-to-back titles. The Kobe Bryant-Shaquille O’Neal-led Lakers, which won three straight from 2000-02, are the closest modern-day team to pulling off what the Warriors are trying to accomplish. Before then, you’re talking about the Michael Jordan-led Chicago Bulls, with six titles in eight seasons -- the two non-title seasons coinciding with Jordan’s sojourn to the minor leagues of baseball. Moreover, the Warriors are the hub around which the modern NBA now spins. And that is an even bigger legacy. Almost everyone (hi, Thibs!) tries to play the way Golden State does now -- the quick hitters, ball movement, pace. Teams do it in different ways. The 76ers look very different than the Warriors, with Joel Embiid their centerpiece of operations, and with 6'10" Ben Simmons taking up so much space with the ball in the halfcourt. The Rockets look different still as there’s not a ton of ball movement. There’s just an unending series of screen and rolls with Chris Paul and James Harden with the rock, looking for the inevitable open man in the corner or way, way behind the three-point line. A lot of things have happened the last 15 years to lead us where we are now. The league changed almost all the rules regarding zone defense, and got rid of almost all defensive contact on the perimeter. Rockets GM Daryl Morey and others led the burgeoning analytics movement, which championed shooting more and more three-pointers as a primary means of scoring, not as a novelty. Mike D’Antoni’s Phoenix Suns went with Amar’e Stoudemire at center, surrounding him with four smalls that could all shoot it from deep, and scoring came out of its coma leaguewide. Kerr and Pelicans Coach Alvin Gentry have always been quick to credit D’Antoni’s influence on the modern game, starting in Phoenix and working through his current team in Houston. “He’s the guy that just eliminated the center position -- let’s just go small and fast and shoot more threes,” Kerr said of D’Antoni. “I was inspired by Mike, but I was also inspired by Pop (the Spurs’ Gregg Popovich) and Phil Jackson in terms of basic ball movement, screening. But pace is the name of the game these days, and people go about it in different ways. Ironically, Mike’s team (in Houston) is the slowest team in the league now. I didn’t see that coming.” But no one has put all of it together -- pace, small ball, shooting and defense -- like the Warriors have the last four seasons. The Rockets are the closest thing we’ve seen to Golden State, and they’re hungry, and they’re coming. And the Warriors and Rockets are just a win apiece away from seeing the clash of the Western Conference titans. They are in the middle of it, so they can’t stop and think about what it all means. We get that. But everyone wants to put a marker out there that’s hard to catch. LeBron is chasing a ghost. The Warriors have already made their mark on the game. They’re almost in position to do more. History is forever. “It’s important, because it’s what’s right in front of us,” Curry said Sunday. “We don’t think about the historical context of anything. For us, we have an amazing group of guys, amazing coaches sitting behind us. We’re appreciating the moment. That’s really all it is. You have tunnel vision for Game 5 at home, then a new series, hopefully (after that). The historic context doesn’t really seep into the locker room when it comes to what that means. It’s just about this year.” Longtime NBA reporter, columnist and Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Famer David Aldridge is an analyst for TNT. 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 NewsMay 8th, 2018

Rockets blast Jazz on the road, regain series control

  SALT LAKE CITY, United States (TO BE UPDATED) – The Houston Rockets dumped the Utah Jazz, 113-92, in Game 3 to regain the series lead at 2-1 in the NBA Western Conference semi-final series on Friday, May 4.  James Harden buried 25 points and dished out 12 assists in the Rockets' big ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsMay 5th, 2018

Rondina-Gervacio duo pulls PHI into the quarterfinals

Filipina sand heroes Sisi Rondina and Dzi Gervacio engineered a historic first as the duo advanced in the quarterfinals after hurdling a taller and more experienced Canadian duo in an impressive 21-17, 21-17, Round of 12 win in the FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour Manila Open at the Sands SM By The Bay Saturday morning. The Pinay tandem outdueled Megan Nagy and Caleigh Cruickshank in the second match of the day following the sorry loss of another PHI pair of Lot Catubag and Karen Quilario in three sets against the young Thai pair of Singchuea Thatsarida and Chanthawichai Pawarun, 36-34, 23-25, 15-17. “From the beginning, ganun talaga yung mindset namin. Syempre ayaw din namin mapahiya yung bandera natin, syempre bigay-todo kami. Hindi man sya kailangan, pero sa sarili namin kinakailangan para syempre worth it naman yung pagpunta nila at paggising nila nang maaga,” said Rondina, three-time UAAP beach volleyball champion and member of the national team that participated in the 29th Southeast Asian Games beach volleyball tournament in Singapore. “Syempre sa sarili din namin magiging worth it din yung mga pagod namin.” Rondina and Gervacio, who finished the pool play with a 1-1 win-loss record, will take on seeded Japanese pair of Shinako Tanaka and Sakurako Fuji in the quarterfinals later at 3:30 in the afternoon.    The duo got off to a great start as they built an early 9-3 lead with great ball placements and heady shots that kept the Canadians scrambling on defense. The Canadian tied the frame at 14 before the PHI fired a 6-2 blast with the visiting pair committing crucial errors including a long hit by Cruickshank that put the Filipinas at set point, 20-16. Canada saved a set point but Nagy threw away the frame with a service error. The Canadians held an 11-10 advantage in the second frame before the Filipinas created a sizeable 18-14 lead. Canada cut their deficit to three, 19-16, before Gervacio scored to put the Filipinas at match point. Nagy saved a match point but Cruickshank surrendered the duel with a long service. “Ako hindi ko inexpect na malalayo yung mararating namin, na aabot kami ng Day 2. Kasi ako personally I haven’t played internationally and I know for a fact na matatangkad yung mga kalaban namin,” said Gervacio. Two-time BVR national champions Quilario and Catubag, both policewomen based in Davao, gave their Thai opponents, who were members of Thailand’s junior national team, a match to remember before bowing down. The duo got the crowd on their feet in an incredible display of endurance and will in the opening set. Quilario pushed the PHI at match point, 23-22, after saving three set points but the Thais took the next three points to force a deciding set.     Catubag delivered a huge kill in the tight third set that gave the PHI another chance to wrap the match, 14-13. The Thais tied it at 14 before Pawarun committed a service error that knotted the score at 15. The Thai duo moved at match point as Catubag went down with a cramping right leg that forced the PHI to call a medical timeout. Catubag returned to action but the exhausted Filipinas were slow to recover as the Thais capitalized to steal the win.     --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMay 5th, 2018

PBA D-League: Zark s-LPU rallies past Che Lu to claim championship

Zark’s Burger-Lyceum straightened up its act late and laid claim to the 2018 PBA D-League Aspirants’ Cup with an improbable 92-82 Game 3 victory over Che’Lu Bar and Grill-San Sebastian Tuesday at Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig. CJ Perez proved why he is the Conference MVP as he led the cavalry with his 26 points, six rebounds, eight steals, and two assists as he commandeered the fourth quarter turnaround for the Jawbreakers. “I just told them that love wins, that as long as we love each other and trust each other, we’ll win,” said coach Topex Robinson. Zark’s-Lyceum battled its way back from a 14-point hole, 49-63 at 2:46 mark of the third period and went on a 21-4 run to start the fourth quarter to erect an 85-74 lead with 4:06 remaining. Cameroonian center Mike Nzeusseu was also a force to be reckoned with, tallying 28 points and 18 boards, while MJ Ayaay got 14 points to close out the three-game series. The Jawbreakers’ triumph formalized the team’s place in the PBA D-League history books as they became the lowest-seeded team to win the championship. Zark’s-Lyceum also shook off a terrible first half showing, clamping down on defense and forcing Che’Lu-San Sebastian to 18 turnovers in the second half, taking advantage of those miscues and turning those to 36 points off turnovers. “I just told the players that we know, there are people praying for us. You’re inspiring people and you’re doing that by not just giving up,” Robinson said. Michael Calisaan paced the Revellers with 17 points and six rebounds, while Alfred Batino and Ryan Costelo finished with 12 markers apiece in the tough defeat. The Scores: ZARK’S BURGER-LYCEUM 92 — Nzeusseu 28, Perez 26, Ayaay 14, Jc. Marcelino 7, Jv. Marcelino 6, Caduyac 5, Tansingco 3, Ibañez 2, Serrano 1, Baltazar 0, Pretta 0, Yong 0. CHE’LU BAR AND GRILL-SAN SEBASTIAN 82 — Calisaan 17, Batino 12, Costelo 12, Ablaza 11, Bulanadi 8, De Leon 8, David 6, Collado 4, Ilagan 2, Taganas 2, Siruma 0. Quarters: 21-18, 37-42, 64-70, 92-82......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMay 1st, 2018

Zark s-LPU forces winner-take-all for PBA D-League title vs Che Lu-Baste

CJ Perez proved why he is the Conference MVP as he towed Zark’s Burger-Lyceum of the Philippines University to a 98-90 Game 2 conquest of Che’Lu Bar and Grill-San Sebastian College-Recoletos in the 2018 PBA D-League Aspirants’ Cup Finals. The 24-year-old forward scattered 15 points, seven rebounds, and four assists to anchor the Jawbreakers in forcing the winner-take-all Game 3, slated next Tuesday. “Again, we just have to battle our way. Just to have the peace of mind that we know we did our best, we’ll be at peace whatever the outcome is,” said coach Topex Robinson. Jaycee Marcelino also put up 13 markers off the bench while Cameroonian big man Mike Nzeusseu registered a double-double of 11 points, 11 boards, two assists, and two blocks. MJ Ayaay also wound up with 11 points, six rebounds, and five assists. More than the offense, Zark’s-LPU got things done on the defensive side, holding Che’Lu-San Sebastian to just 37-percent shooting from the field compared to its 44-percent clip. It also helped that the Jawbreakers got off to a strong 21-8 start, setting the tone and taking a 20-point lead by halftime, 52-32. The Revellers did make a run behind Allyn Bulanadi and RK Ilagan in the fourth period, closing in to within six, 90-96, with 6.7 seconds left, but Jayvee Marcelino put the nail in the coffin with his pair of foul shots in the final 5.4 to extend the series to a do-or-die Game 3. “For us, it’s about us inspiring others and we’ll not get away from that. We’ll never get out of our mantra of honoring the game, playing it the right way, value integrity, and do the right things,” he said. Game 3 is scheduled at the Ynares Sports Arena. Bulanadi led Che’Lu-San Sebastian with 23 points and 10 rebounds, while Ilagan shot 2-of-7 from threes to pour 13 markers. Samboy de Leon, the team’s Game 1 hero, was limited to just five points on a 2-of-10 shooting. BOX SCORES ZARK’S BURGER-LPU 98 — Perez 15, Jc. Marcelino 13, Ayaay 11, Nzeusseu 11, Baltazar 10, Yong 9, Pretta 8, Ibañez 7, Caduyac 6, Jv. Marcelino 6, Tansingco 2, Serrano 0. CHE’LU BAR AND GRILL-SAN SEBASTIAN 90 — Bulanadi 23, Ilagan 13, Batino 12, David 12, Costelo 11, Calisaan 7, De Leon 5, Ablaza 4, Siruma 3, Capobres 0, Collado 0, Faundo 0, Taganas 0. QUARTER SCORES: 27-16, 54-34, 75-56, 98-90......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsApr 26th, 2018

Rockets blast off for 50-point third quarter vs T-Wolves

NBA.com staff report Their vaunted offense only sporadically effective against the Minnesota Timberwolves through three-plus contests, the Houston Rockets finally achieved orbit in the third quarter of Monday's (Tuesday, PHL time) Game 4 with 50 points. Yup, you read that correctly: The Rockets blasted off for 50 points in just 12 minutes, more than any of their previous 1,118 playoff quarters, an NBA postseason record for the third period and only one fewer than the overall mark of 51, set by the Lakers all the way back in 1962. Most points in one quarter, NBA playoffs 51 -- Lakers vs. Detroit, 1962 (4th) 50 -- Rockets vs. Timberwolves, 2018 (3rd) 49 -- Cavaliers vs. Warriors, 2017 (1st); Warriors vs. Spurs, 1991 (4th); Lakers vs. Warriors, 1987 (3rd) The record for any quarter is 58, set by the Buffalo Braves in 1972. By matching their first-half total in the third, the Rockets outscored the Timberwolves by 30, finished the quarter up by 31 and cruised to a 119-100 victory to lead 3-1 in the series. "We hit the switch, the switch we've been trying to hit from the beginning of the playoffs," said James Harden, who shook off an 0-for-7 start set an individual team record with 22 points in the period and finished with 36 in 33 minutes. "It's scary what we're capable of. Great quarter for us." Harden's 22 points in the third quarter set a new Rockets record for most points in a quarter in a playoff game. Additionally, his outburst marked the most points scored in a playoff game in the entire NBA since Stephen Curry had 22 points in the third quarter of Game 1 of the 2013 Western Conference semifinals......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsApr 24th, 2018

De Leon steps up even as Che’Lu-San Sebastian loses its leader

Almost everyone already wrote out Che'Lu Bar and Grill-San Sebastian off in the 2018 PBA D-League Aspirants' Cup after it lost leading scorer Jeff Viernes to GlobalPort. But the Revellers showed that they are bigger than just one person, hacking out a 107-103 win over Zark's Burger-Lyceum Tuesday to take Game 1 and move a win away from the championship. "Our mindset was all of us needed to step up because we lost Jeff," shared Samboy de Leon, who was one of the key pieces who helped Che'Lu-San Sebastian take a 1-0 lead in the best-of-three titular series. De Leon, who has been in the PBA before with Star (now-Magnolia), contributed 18 points on a 4-of-5 shooting from downtow...Keep on reading: De Leon steps up even as Che’Lu-San Sebastian loses its leader.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsApr 24th, 2018

Gilas cadets no match for UAAP champion Blue Eagles

Matched up against the Gilas cadets in the 2018 Filoil Flying V Preseason Cup, Ateneo de Manila University just played the same sort of basketball that won them the UAAP championship. Thirdy Ravena showed the way anew, but it was a total team effort for the Blue Eagles that overwhelmed the Kobe Paras and Ricci Rivero-led Philippine national team, 75-69, on Saturday at the Filoil Flying V Centre. Ravena wound up with 16 points, five rebounds, five assists, and three steals while Adrian Wong chipped in 13 markers in his first big game since his ACL injury. It was also Ravena’s thunderous throwdown that detonated the 13-4 blast that blew up a tight 56-52 tiff and turned into a 69-54 advantage in favor of the UAAP champions in the final frame. “We had a good spurt in the fourth quarter. Most of the game, though, I thought our defense had some passion to it,” head coach Tab Baldwin said. They would not look back from there and marched forward to a big-time win to open the preseason. As always, Baldwin got contributions from anywhere and everywhere as Nieto twins Mike and Matt combined for 19 points and five rebounds while big men Isaac Go and Angelo Kouame merged for 12 markers and 24 boards. Still, the mentor they can do far better. As he put it, “Actually, I’m not too impressed. We’re not trying to be anything more than a shadow of what we hope to become.” For the Gilas cadets, Ricci Rivero topped the scoring column with 17 points to go along with seven rebounds and four assists. Paras had 13 markers, three boards, and three dimes in his first big game back home. BOX SCORES ATENEO 75 – Ravena 16, Wong 13, Nieto Mi 10, Nieto Ma 9, Go 7, Kouame 5, White 5, Belangel 4, Maagdenberg 3, Asistio 2, Navarro 1, Mamuyac 0, Credo 0 GILAS CADETS 69 – Rivero R 17, Paras 13, Gomez de LIano 11, Tratter 8, Ambohot 5, Gozum 4, Tolentino A 3, Tuffin 3, Tolentino V 3, Rivero P 2, Desiderio 0, Mocon 0 QUARTER SCORES: 17-16, 29-27, 53-48, 75-69 --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsApr 21st, 2018