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Rosario plays like an import when KaTropa needed one

TNT sent Jeremy Tyler packing just days before its game against Blackwater on Friday night. And with replacement import Josh Smith failing to make it on time, the KaTropa had to make do with an all-Filipino lineup versus Jarrid Famous and the Elite. Turns out, TNT, even minus a reinforcement, was good enough after crushing Blackwater, 120-101. "It's nice that the locals were really up to the challenge. Boss Ricky Vargas gave us a good motivation at the start of the game. He told the players that even if they have a 6-10 import and we don't have a 6-10 import, all of you are imports," TNT coach Nash Racela said. Troy Rosario played like one, finishing with 17 points on 7-o...Keep on reading: Rosario plays like an import when KaTropa needed one.....»»

Category: newsSource: inquirer inquirerMay 18th, 2018

PBA: Balkman s 43 points lift Beermen to crucial win over TNT

Crucial victory for the reigning champions. San Miguel had superior composure in the end, taking a big 99-94 win over rival TNT Saturday in the 2018 PBA Commissioner's Cup at the MOA Arena. The Beermen got 43 points from import Renaldo Balkman and the defending champions avoided back-to-back defeats, improving to a 4-4 record to maintain its playoff spot. San Miguel actually forced a three-way tie with Magnolia and Globalport for the 5th-7th spots. "This a badly needed win," head coach Leo Austria said. "Thankful kami na we were able to survive TNT. They [Beermen] know the importance of this game," he added. [Related: PBA: Romeo, Lassiter ejected from TNT-SMB game for getting into each other's face] The Beermen opened up a 15-point lead in the first half, 42-27, but that evaporated in the fourth as things got heated between both teams. Terrence Romeo and Marcio Lassiter were ejected in the first half for a pair of technical fouls while Arwind Santos and Anthony Semerad were also thrown out in the fourth for getting flagrant 2 fouls. [Related: PBA: Arwind ejected from SMB-TNT game for flagrant 2] Tied at 83 with 7:36 to go, the Beermen mounted an 11-3 run behind Balkman, taking some much-needed cushion to hold on for the win in the end. Balkman led the way with 43 points, 26 in the first half. He also had 15 rebounds and six blocks. Four-time MVP June Mar Fajardo added 19 points for the Beermen. The KaTropa, who took their second straight loss for a 6-3 record, got 26 points and 18 rebounds from import Joshua Smith.   The Scores: San Miguel (99): Balkman 43, Fajardo 19, Cabagnot 12, Ross 7, Lassiter 7, Santos 7, Pessumal 4, Ganuelas-Rosser 0, Lanete 0 TNT (94): Smith 26, Pogoy 13, Trollano 13, Rosario 8, Williams 8, Castro 7, Semerad 6, Reyes 6, Cruz 3, Romeo 2, Garcia 2, Taha 0    Quarter scores: 33-22, 55-46, 79-72, 99-94   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintg8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJun 16th, 2018

PBA: Blackwater fails to take advantage of import-less TNT

If the Blackwater Elite were to take any advantage against any opponent, it would be the import-less TNT KaTropa. Unfortunately for the now 0-6 Elite, the well-oiled machine that is the KaTropa flexed their muscles and blew out their opponents, 120-101.  For coach Bong Ramos, facing their import-less opponents was more of an advantage for the veteran-laden team, as their engines seemed to hum better after ousting import Jeremy Tyler. "Mas maganda pa nga silang walang import kasi they are easy to ano, kabisado nila yung sistema, yung import nila, nawawala e di ba?" Ramos said after the game.  "Matatawag nila yung plays nila na ginagamit nila sa all-Filipino na hindi nila ginagamit, limitado because they are adjusting to their import." With their struggles, import Jarrid Famous didn't help the cause, only scoring 11 points on a two out of five shooting clip. Despite the loss against an import-less squad, Ramos admitted that there were various kinks left to be straightened, as they could not match the offensive schemes TNT exhibited, which is virtually an All-Filipino team. "Kaya kung titignan mo, merong time na okay kami. Pag-rotate ko, bigla kaming bumabagsak. Doon makikita mo, hindi kami fluid. Wala kaming, yun nga. Hindi kami consistent." With the looming All-Star week starting Monday, the Elite will get some well needed rest -- and time to enhance their plays.  Ramos will certainly make the team work for the entire week, as they continue to search for the elusive win.  Despite their winless record, they could still theoretically make the playoffs if they win five straight, but if not, the newly-installed mentor will have just to promise another thing.  "Kung wala naman, we will still continue to play hard. Kasi nag-aaral kami. Yun naman ang sinabi ko. It's ano e. Work in progress kami. Kung ano man ang gagawin namin ngayon, ano na yun, tuloy-tuloy na yun for next conference."   __     Follow this writer on Twitter, @philipptionary. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMay 18th, 2018

Glen Rice Jr. in early foul trouble was bad news for Ginebra

Normally, if your high-scoring import goes down with foul trouble in the first half, your team is doomed. However, TNT is not a normal team. With Glen Rice Jr. whistled for four fouls in the first half of Game 2 against defending champion Ginebra, the KaTropa managed to hold the fort with their locals. And then, the team unleashed Rice Jr. in the fourth quarter and TNT tied the best-of-5 Governors' Cup semifinal series at one game each. 'I think it backfired, putting Glen in foul trouble early, because the locals played well together in the third which gava Rice the whole [period] to rest. He came out fresh in the fourth,' head coach Nash Racela said. Behind Jayson Castro and Troy Rosario, TNT restored order in the third after the Gin Kings grabbed momentum in the secnd quarter with Rice out. 'I wasn't really worried because I believe in the guys and I know they could take it from there,' Rice said. 'Of course you don't wanna be on the bench but I wasn't nervous at all,' he added. With ample to time to rest and watch the game from the sidelines, Rice was let loose in the final period and the second-generation shooter responded in kind, giving TNT the push it needed to level the series. Rice Jr. fired 12 points in the final 12 minutes for the win. 'I didn't play in the third so I had the opportunity to come out there a little fresher,' he said. 'My teammates did a great job of lifting us up. And when I came in the fourth, we were already winning, so it made our job a lot easier,' Rice added.   br /> --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8 .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsOct 5th, 2017

PBA: Brownlee gets triple-double as No. 1 Ginebra eliminates TNT

Brgy. Ginebra was taking no. 1 regardless but the reigning two-time champions made a strong statement anyway. The Gin Kings sent the TNT KaTropa packing, scoring a 112-93 win in the 2018 PBA Governors' Cup Sunday at the Big Dome. By virtue of Phoenix's win in the first game, Ginebra locked up the no. 1 overall seed. Still, the champs proved a point and ended the elimination round with a 9-2 mark. The Gin Kings now draw NLEX in the quarterfinals where they hold a twice-to-beat advantage. Ginebra slowly pulled the fight out of TNT from the second quarter onwards and the Gin Kings dropped the hammer late in the fourth when they led by as many as 22 points. Justin Brownlee was sensational as per usual, finishing with a triple-double of 31 points, 16 rebounds, and 11 assists. Greg Slaughter was huge too, powering through for 25 points in the win. Playing to stay alive, TNT got off to a strong start and led by eight in the opening period. However, the KaTropa simply got overwhelmed by the Gin Kings and had no answer for the two-time champs in the second half. TNT finished with a disappointing 4-7 mark and missed the playoffs for the first time since the 2015 Governors' Cup. Import Marqus Blakely led the KaTropa with 23 points while RR Pogoy added 22 points.   The Scores: Ginebra 112 - Brownlee 31, Slaughter 25, Thompson 11, J. Aguilar 10, Mariano 9, Ferrer 9, Tenorio 7, Mercado 4, Dela Cruz 3, Chan 3, Caguioa 0, Caperal 0, R. Aguilar 0, Manuel 0. TNT 93 - Blakely 23, Pogoy 22, Castro 12, Rosario 11, Reyes 8, Cruz 7, Trollano 4, Carey 2, Williams 2, Tamsi 2, Golla 0, Taha 0, Garcia 0, Paredes 0. Quarters: 24-22, 54-45, 82-69, 112-93.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsNov 4th, 2018

PBA: Hotshots clinch 2x-to-beat after dominating TNT

ANTIPOLO CITY, Rizal — Magnolia gets its playoff bonus. The Hotshots are the first to clinch a twice-to-beat advantage in the 2018 PBA Governors’ Cup playoffs after a sensational 116-103 win over TNT Friday at the Ynares Center here. Breaking away from a triple-time with Ginebra and Alaska, Magnolia took over solo first with an 8-2 mark. More importantly, win no. 8 formally clinched the coveted playoff bonus for the Hotshots. "Thankful because we’re commited to our game plan, we’re commited to our defense and we are committed to our execution on offense," head coach Chito Victolero said. "I just told to my players that we need to surpass the energy and aggresiveness of TNT. We know that they will go hard for this game. Kailangan din nila itong game na ito, itong panalo na ito. Yun lang, siguro medyo sinuwerte kami," he added. Magnolia started to pull away in the second period, turning to its signature defense after allowing 30 points in a high-scoring first quarter. While the KaTropa would recover to start the second half, the Hotshots landed the finishing blow in the fourth, leading by as many as 18 points to knock out TNT. Ian Sangalang led the way with 28 points while Mark Barroca added 21. Paul Lee flirted with a triple-double with 19 points, eight rebounds, and eight assists. Import Romeo Travis also had a solid all-around performance, going for 18 points, 15 rebounds, and seven dimes. For the KaTropa, Terrence Romeo fired 23 points anD Troy Rosario added 21. Import Marqus Blakely had 17 points, 18 rebounds, and 11 assists in losing effort. TNT dropped to 4-6 with their back-to-back losses and are officially on the brink of elimination.   The scores: Magnolia 116 – Sangalang 28, Barroca 21, Lee 19, Travis 18, Melton 9, Jalalon 9, Reavis 4, Brondial 4, Dela Rosa 2, Herndon 2. TNT 103 – Romeo 23, Rosario 21, Blakely 17, Castro 13, Cruz 8, Trollano 7, Pogoy 6, Carey 4, Williams 4, Golla 0, Garcia 0, Reyes 0. Quarters: 33-30; 62-48; 89-78; 116-103.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsOct 26th, 2018

PBA: The story behind Phelps uber-limited LeBrons

Phoenix import Eugene Phelps is quite the player and character. He's a walking bucket, capable of scoring up to 50 points with an additional 20 rebounds or so. His nickname is El Destructor and wears P30,000 Gucci headbands to games while scoring 50. [Related: PBA: Phelps drops a cool 50 points in P30,000 headband] Yep, Phelps is quite the player and character. Recently, Phelps' character has been reflected in his footwear. El Destructor regularly wears heat on his feet and in the current 2018 PBA Governors' Cup, he's been spotted wearing gems like the Nike Kyrie 3 Mamba Mentality. However, the best shoe he pulled out so far has to be the special Nike LeBron 11 "2K14" which he wore for a couple of games in the season-ending joust. The flashy animal-printed shoe was releaed a couple of years back when LeBron James, then with the Miami Heat, graced the cover of the popular basketball video game. Limited to only 2,014 pairs, players had to earn milestones in-game in order to have a chance to purchase the shoes. Overall, about 80 hours was needed in order to complete all tasks. Asked about his uber-limited pair, Phelps told ABS-CBN Sports that he got his 2K14s off the secondary market. Considering he plays actual basketball, he probably didn't have much time playing simulated ball when he's out there doing the real thing. "2014 I think because LeBron was on the NBA [2K] cover. I collect shoes at home and then obviously on the court. I just like shoes," Phelps told ABS-CBN Sports. "I bought them off of eBay I think for like $350 (PHP 19,000) so I got lucky on those," he added. Phelps wears a size 14 and his size is currently listed at $400 (PHP 22,000) at StockX with the last sale going for $600 (P33,000). There's no size 14 listed at Flight Club but pairs at size 13 and 15 are both listed for $600 each. El Destructor certainly got lucky. He's been lucky on-court too while wearing his 2K14s and while he went 1-1 in them, he dropped his second 50-ball this conference while rocking his royal pair. He was supposed to wear them again Wednesday but he took them off. He struggled for only 18 points after he switched to an older pair of Hyperdunks. "First time I wore them I had 50. And then the second time I had 37. But the gym it felt weird, it kept on slipping in the first half so I had to switch them up," Phelps said. A sneakerhead through and through, Phelps is not afraid to wear prized pairs on court. El Destructor mentioned that he once destroyed a pair of Nike Kobe 6 "Grinch" on court and he had to prematurely retire them. The original Kobe Grinch of course, is widely regarded as the best Kobe release from Nike of all time. Those go for anywhere from $900 (PHP 49,500) to over $1,000 (PHP 55,000) in Phelps' size. "My favorites? I played with the Grinches, the Kobe Grinches my first game but they ripped. So I had to throw those away," Phelps said. "I just threw them in my closet because the whole sole is ripped. But I guess I can get them fixed and glued. But if I get them glued obviously I won't play in them again because they might rip again. I'll probably clean them, get them glued together, and walk in them or something," he added. With Phoenix in the playoffs and targeting a breakthrough semifinals appearance in the PBA, Phelps is looking forward to wearing more heat on court. It would be best to start paying attention. "I'll probably get some Kyries or Jordans for the semis [if we make it] but my size is kinda hard to find out here [in Manila]. So probably I'll buy from home and get them shipped. I'll look online to see what I can find. If I can find some heat, I'll get some heat for sure," he said. "I'll probably have some more heat for y'all if we go to the semis. I got heat for y'all," Phelps added.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsOct 25th, 2018

PBA: TNT posts first winning streak after beating ROS

TNT finally looked like TNT for the first time in a long while. The KaTropa beat Rain or Shine Saturday at Passi City, Iloilo, taking a 110-104 win in the 2018 PBA Governors' Cup. In their first game with promoted head coach Bong Ravena and consultant Mark Dickel from New Zealand, the KaTropa picked up their first winning streak of the conference to improve to 3-4 in the standings. Three players scored at least 20 points for TNT led by import Marqus Blakely with 26 points and 14 rebounds. Troy Rosario added 24 while Terrence Romeo was good for 22. Making their conference debut after playing in the Asian Games, the Elasto Painters got 23 points from returning import J'Nathan Bullock. James Yap fired 21 as the top local for ROS.     --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsSep 22nd, 2018

PBA: Nash satisfied with new import s performance in debut

Despite just arriving yesterday, debuting TNT import Stacy Davis passed the first hurdle for coach Nash Racela in their loss against the Blackwater Elite. In his first game donning the flagship franchise's jersey, Davis scored 23 points and grabbed 16 rebounds in 40 minutes of action but gave away the ball six times and shot only 9/26 from the field. For Racela, it was a satisfying effort for the Pepperdine product, who replaced previous import Mike Glover, who only played one game before getting the boot. "It's not really easy for him. He traveled 22 hours. From the moment he arrived yesterday, 6am he went to fulfill the requirements ng mga medical. He then went to practice, so from the airport to Makati to practice, 12-2, then went to the PBA office for measurement. so, hindi talaga madali for him. I'm sure he'll get better as he plays more," the coach said after the game Racela added that his bad shooting night was understandable since he did not have enough time for his body to recover from the flight. When asked if Davis would also get the pink slip after this one, the former FEU coach emphatically denied it. "Hindi naman kami pwedeng every game magpalit ng import. I think it's not the right thing to do." Meanwhile for the 23-year old import, he rued that the team blew a late four-point lead before collapsing in overtime for the first-ever win by the Elite against the KaTropa in franchise history. "[I]t happens. I think that we did a good job playing as a team, especially with me only having one practice. I think that's something we can build off of. I think if that was the start that we had, losing a close game like that, I think that's a positive to look at," the 6'5 import said. As they face Alaska on Sunday, both hope a more productive effort will stem from the team, since they are staring at a 1-2 record to start the 11-game conference.   __   Follow this writer on Twitter, @philipptionary.  .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsAug 24th, 2018

All-Filipino TNT topples Meralco behind Castro, Romeo

ANTIPOLO---TNT didn't need an import to escape Meralco, 92-90, in the PBA Governors' Cup Sunday at Ynares Center in Antipolo. The KaTropa, who sent home underforming import Mike Glover, improved to 1-1 after losing to NLEX in their first game, 103-90, while the Bolts dropped to 1-1. Jayson Castro and Terrence Romeo connected in the game's most crucial plays that allowed the KaTropa to take a massive sigh of relief after the earlier minutes of a tumultuous fourth quarter. With Nio Canaleta guarding him on the right wing, Castro drove to the paint and kicked the ball to the open Romeo, who drilled a three that gave TNT a 90-85 lead with 18.2 seconds left to cap the KaTropa's 8...Keep on reading: All-Filipino TNT topples Meralco behind Castro, Romeo.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsAug 19th, 2018

TNT still on track for playoff bonus after tough win over Meralco

TNT came away with a hardfought91-85 victory over Meralco to boost its twice-to-beat bid in the 2018 PBA Commissioner's Cup Friday night. The KaTropa snapped the Bolts' four-game winning streak and tied them at third place with a 7-3 card behind leader Rain or Shine (8-1) and Alaska (7-2). Troy Rosario willed TNT back into winning track after tough losses to Magnolia and San Miguel with 30 points on 12-of-19 shooting along with 12 rebounds. Veteran guard Jayson Castro backed it up with 20 points and six rebounds while Jericho Cruz had 11 points as the locals stepped up in the clutch with import Joshua Smith out of the game. Smith exited the game midway the third quarter a...Keep on reading: TNT still on track for playoff bonus after tough win over Meralco.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJun 22nd, 2018

TNT regains form, snaps Meralco s 4-game winning streak

MANILA, Philippines – TNT arrested its two-game skid even without import Joshua Smith playing down the stretch as the KaTropa hacked out a 91-85 triumph over Meralco in the 2018 PBA Commissioner's Cup at the Araneta Coliseum on Friday, June 22.  Troy Rosario waxed hot and put up 30 points ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJun 22nd, 2018

PBA: Hotshots shut down TNT to break 3-game slide

Magnolia was absolutely in the zone in the second half to crush TNT. The Hotshots were on fire on both ends Wednesday, beating the KaTropa, 111-89, in the 2018 PBA Commissioner's Cup at the MOA Arena. Magnolia exploded for 36 points in the third period to turn the game around and then they just shut down TNT in the fourth, 32-16, to break the game wide open. The win finally got the Hotshots back on the winning track, breaking out of a three-game slump to improve to 4-4 in the standings. TNT dropped to 6-2, giving up its hold of the top-2 spot. "For the last two weeks we had different imports so we have a problem with chemistry," head coach Chito Victolero said. "But I told my players to find ways how to win games and I'm very proud and very happy that they responded to my challenge," he added. Magnolia appeared to be in trouble early as TNT opened up a 12-point lead late in the second quarter, 48-36. The Hotshots managed to close the gap before the first half ended, 43-48, setting up their huge rally in the next two quarters. A 12-0 run for Magnolia in the fourth to take a 99-76 lead pretty much ended things. Paul Lee led the way for the Hotshots with 25 points, 17 in the blistering third period as Magnolia started to take control of the game. Import Justin Jackson played his first game for the Hotshots and added 18 points and 19 rebounds. He also had seven assists. Terrence Romeo paced the KaTropa with 17 points and seven assists.   The Scores:   MAGNOLIA 111 — Lee 25, Jackson 18, Brondial 16, Jalalon 13, Barroca 9, Ramos 9, Melton 7, Dela Rosa 5, Simon 3, Herndon 2, Pascual 2, Reavis 2. TNT 89 — Romeo 17, Pogoy 16, Smith 12, Castro 9, Reyes 9, Semerad 7, Williams 6, Rosario 5, Cruz 4, Taha 2, Trollano 2, Carey 0.   Quarters: 18-25, 43-48, 79-73, 111-89. --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJun 13th, 2018

TNT shouldn t solely rely on import, Jayson Castro says

MANILA, Philippines – With or without reinforcement, TNT proved it is a force to reckon with.  The KaTropa, who played with an all-Filipino lineup after parting ways with Jeremy Tyler , barely needed an import to dispatch the Blackwater Elite , 120-101, on Friday, May 18, to gain a share of the top spot in ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsMay 18th, 2018

TNT dumps Tyler, plays all-Filipino vs Elite

TNT KaTropa has decided to terminate the services of import Jeremy Tyler and play with an all-Filipino crew versus Blackwater in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup tonight at the Smart Araneta Coliseum......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsMay 17th, 2018

PBA: Aces stop TNT for third straight win

ANTIPOLO CITY, Rizal --- Alaska's winning streak continues at the expense of TNT. The Aces rolled to their third straight victory in the 2018 PBA Commissioner's Cup, stopping the KaTropa, 110-100, Sunday at the Ynares Center here. Alaska improved to 3-1 in the standings, tied with TNT at the top. "I didn't expect that," head coach Alex Compton said as the Aces led by as many as 25 points in the fourth period, 92-67. "I got a little scared at the end but I was very happy with our defensive energy," he added. Vic Manuel's mid-season tear continues, leading Alaska with 29 points and 12 rebounds. This is the second time in three games that the Manuel has set a new PBA career high in points. He scored 27 against Blackwater and 26 vs. Columbian. Import Antonio Campbell was also impressive, finishing with 23 points and 20 rebounds for the Aces. Against one of the league's best offenses, Alaska actually matched TNT on offense, firing 34 points right in the opening period with Campbell leading the way. The Aces then pulled away for good in the second quarter and mostly just the KaTropa at bay in the second half. Five players scored in double figures for TNT with Jayson Castro leading the crew with 18 points and six assists. Terrence Romeo was right behind with 17 markers and eight dimes. Import Jeremy Tyler added 16 points but only three came in the second half. The Scores:   ALASKA 110 — Manuel 29, Campbell 23, Casio 10, Abueva 9, Banchero 8, Racal 8, Enciso 7, Magat 7, Thoss 5, Teng 4, Baclao 0, Exciminiano 0, Potts 0. TNT 100 — Castro 18, Romeo 17, Tyler 16, Rosario 15, Cruz 10, Pogoy 9, Semerad 5, Trollano 5, Reyes 3, Paredes 2, Carey 0, Garcia 0, Golla 0, Saitanan 0. Quarters: 34-26, 59-43, 85-67, 110-100.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMay 13th, 2018

PBA: Castro wills TNT past Ginebra to maintain perfect start

Jayson Castro is still TNT's one true alpha. That got proven again Sunday as the Blur led TNT to a big 96-92 victory over Brgy. Ginebra in the 2018 PBA Commissioner's Cup at the MOA Arena. Castro was the star of the KaTropa offense and TNT maintained its perfect start in the mid-season joust, gaining a share of first place with a 3-0 record. The Blur was brilliant all throughout, scoring a game-high 27 points as he basically took over with his import and his new star runningmate both struggling offensively. Jeremy Tyler only scored two points and Terrence Romeo was no better, finishing with only three markers. Still, Castro's effort was more than enough, with his final two triples in the fourth ending up as crucial baskets that allowed the KaTropa to hold off the Gin Kings. "I think at this point, the nice thing having depth in the guard rotation, when some guys struggle, we could use some of the others," head coach Nash Racela said. After Castro, RR Pogot scored 15 for TNT while Troy Rosario added 14. For the Gin Kings, who now drop to 0-2, Japeth Aguilar and Joe Devance led the team with 19 points each. Import Charles Garcia scored 15.   The Scores:   TNT 96 — Castro 27, Pogoy 15, Rosario 14, Trollano 11, Semerad 7, Taha 6, Cruz 5, Paredes 4, Romeo 3, Carey 2, Tyler 2, Garcia 0, Reyes 0. GINEBRA 92 — J. Aguilar 19, Devance 19, Garcia 15, Tenorio 13, Mercado 8, Caperal 7, Thompson 5, Caguioa 2, Ferrer 2, Mariano 2.   Quarters: 27-22, 51-51, 73-69, 96-92.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMay 6th, 2018

Romeo tows TNT past Phoenix for 2-0 start

TNT pulled away in the second half to beat Phoenix, 106-98, for a 2-0 start in the 2018 PBA Commissioner's Cup Saturday night at Ynares Center in Antipolo. Terrence Romeo led the way with 21 points, doing most of the damage in the pivotal third period where the KaTropa took control. TNT took a 49-47 halftime lead before it got going with Romeo, Troy Rosario and Jayson Castro making significant contributions. KaTropa import Jeremy Tyler also had his moments en route to a 17-point, 15-rebound double-double. Castro added 18 points and seven assists in only 23 minutes while Rosario and Jericho Cruz had 13 and 14 points, respectively. James White paced the Fuel Masters (1-1...Keep on reading: Romeo tows TNT past Phoenix for 2-0 start.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsApr 28th, 2018

TNT ties semis series after big Game 2 win over Ginebra

After being limited by foul trouble in the first half, Glen Rice Jr. balled out in the second, giving TNT the push it needed to level its 2017 Governors' Cup semifinals series against defending champion Ginebra. Rice's fourth-quarter explosion allowed the KaTropa to score a vengeful 103-96 win in Game 2 Wednesday at the Batangas City Coliseum, tying the best-of-5 series at one game apiece. Whistled for four fouls in the first half, Rice was unleashed in the final 12 minutes, leading TNT's bounce back effort after absorbing a 27-point embarrassment in the series opener. With the KaTropa trying to hold off a Ginebra uprising, Rice Jr. fired 12 points in the final period, taking over from the locals who managed to hold the fort quite nicely while he was on the bench. Rice Jr. finished with a team-high 21 points on just 10 attempts from the field, he also had three rebounds and four assists. With Rice Jr. in foul trouble, Jayson Castro did most of the heavy lifting, dropping 20 points on top of 10 assists and four rebounds. Troy Rosario was also effective, contributing 16 points and eight boards. After a flat Game 1 performance, TNT came out sharp in Game 2, taking a 31-14 lead after the opening quarter. However, the Gin Kings would settle down and cut the deficit to just two points at the break. Justin Brownlee was the high man for Ginebra, going for 25 points and 10 rebounds while LA Tenorio had 17. Game 3 is scheduled for Friday at the Big Dome.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8 .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsOct 4th, 2017

Ranking the possible 2017 Governors' Cup Finals pairings

The 2017 Governors' Cup semifinals is starting to take shape, and from the looks of it, things might be over earlier than expexted. That means, the Finals will have an earlier start that usual. Before that happens though, let's take time to rank all possible Finals matchups because that's always fun. Okay, here we go.   strong>1. Ginebra vs. Meralco /strong> Two words: The Shot. A rematch from the 2016 Governors' Cup Finals is the best way to go, simply because there's unfinished business here and both teams seem to genuinely despise each other. Of course, the defending champion Gin Kings remain as the favorites here as all key members returned from last year led by import Justin Brownlee. A big factor, literally, is the return of Greg Slaughter, whose mere presence makes Ginebra the team the that the best frontline in the league. On the other hand, the Bolts have been plotting all year long for this one shot at redemption. No offense to Jimmy Alapag but Meralco now has a better guard rotation with the team trading for Mike Tolomia and Baser Amer taking the next step towards his superstardom. All the key pieces are there too and they all look better than ever. Allen Durham somehow found a way to be even more dominant and Chris Newsome is now a more consistent all-around threat. Jared Dillinger is also back in harness (he missed last year's Finals) and is steady as ever while Ranidel De Ocampo, acquired in trade for the sole purpose of getting over that playoff hump is adjusting quite nicely. If this rematch were to happen, it might be better than last year. And last year was an instant classic.   strong>2. Meralco vs. TNT /strong> Basically all the elements from the first series but add more emotion. Emotion that's not exactly hate. If this series takes place, it should be awkward at first, after all, some of the Bolts key pieces, including their head coach, came from TNT. It's barely been a month since TNT traded Ranidel De Ocampo. Jared Dillinger was drafted no. 2 overall by TNT and he won multiple championships with the team. Assistant coach Jimmy Alapag has his jersey number retired with TNT and coach Norman Black's return to the PBA after his Ateneo dynasty in the UAAP was with the then Tropang Texters. Jayson Castro, Kelly Williams, and Ryan Reyes are the only members of the old TNT dynasty that still see actual minutes for the KaTropa currently. It's like a reunion of that old team but with new stars like Amer, Newsome, RR Pogoy, and Troy Rosario ready to break out. If this series takes place, all games are guaranteed to be emotional and close. Also, it would serve as a final tiebreaker between the two MVP teams. In the 2016 Governors' Cup semis, the Bolts took a 3-1 decision over the KaTropa to make the Finals. In the 2017 Commissioner's Cup, TNT won a 2-1 quarterfinal series over Meralco to make the semis and Finals. Those previous two matchups were yes, emotional and close. Now, imagine a tiebreaker with a title on the line.   strong>3. Ginebra vs. Star /strong> Manila Clasico fans were spoiled this season, as both teams have already played each other ten times. However, Ginebra has dominated the rivalry so far, winning seven of those games. At least for this season, the Gin Kings have proven that they are indeed the better team. And if this were to happen, it might be a repeat of the 2017 Philippine Cup semifinals where Ginebra won in seven games without ever leading the series. That was a close one, but with the way the Gin Kings are built right now and the way Star is playing, a Manila Clasico Finals might not live up to expectations.   strong>4. TNT vs. Star /strong> Again, take all the elements of Manila Clasico and tone them down a little bit. Actually, tone them down a lot. As of right now, this rivalry is dead. Simple as that. Also, both teams might not even get out of the semifinals. TNT is consistently inconsistent, and Star is hurting and has no offense. Sure, both teams are more than capable of rallying and making the championship round but with all the possible Finals pairings, a matchup between the KaTropa and the Hotshots is the least enticing.   br /> --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8 .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsOct 4th, 2017

Gin Kings issue emphatic statement to start semis against TNT

Now, Ginebra is the undisputed team to beat in the 2017 Governors' Cup. The champs issued an emphatic statement to start their semifinal series against no. 2 TNT, scoring a dominant victory Monday at the Big Dome for a 1-0 lead in the best-of-5 affair. Making a late run in the first quarter to create separation, the Gin Kings rode the momentum all the way to the finish, leading by as many 34 points in the second half. 'They beat us up in the elims and we got them today,' head coach Tim Cone said, referring to TNT's crushing 121-92 win to end the elimination round last Sept. 23. 'Game 2 is probably going to be exciting. One way, we're happy that we're able to play like this because we're able to beat them. On the other hand, we just filled their bag with a whole bunch of motivation going to Game 2,' Cone added, already looking ahead for the next game. The Gin Kings unloaded a quick 10-0 run in the first quarter for a 27-19 lead, establishing control over a TNT team that just came from a grueling quarterfinal series against Rain or Shine. Using its superior size, Ginebra pounded on the KaTropa all game long, breaking the game wide open in the third period and early in the fourth. With the final 12 minutes pretty much garbage time, the Gin Kings still managed to put up a 113-79 lead as their defense held the KaTropa to only two points in the first six minutes of the quarter. Import Justin Brownlee led seven Ginebra players in double figures with 21 points on top of eight rebounds and five assists. Joe Devance was the top local with 19 points while Greg Slaughter came off the bench to drop 16 points, seven boards, and five dimes. For TNT, Glen Rice Jr. powered the offense with 26 points while Jayson Castro dropped 16, 11 in the opening period. However, the KaTropa's top-2 weapons combined to commit 13 of the team's 22 turnovers. Game 2 of this series will be on Wednesday at Batangas City.   The Scores: Ginebra 121 - Brownlee 21, Devance 19, Slaughter 16, Caguioa 13, Tenorio 10, Aguilar J. 10, Cruz 10, Thompson 7, Mercado 7, Mariano 4, Taha 4, Helterbrand 0, Aguilar R. 0. TNT 94 - Rice Jr. 26, Castro 16, Pogoy 12, Tautuaa 7, Carey 6, Nuyles 6, Rosario 5, Williams 5, Semerad 5, Hernandez 3, Reyes 2, Chua 1, Golla 0, Lingganay 0, Seigle 0. Quarterscores: 31-22, 60-48, 95-75, 121-94.   br /> --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8 .....»»

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