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Streaking Barangay Ginebra finds no reason to ease up

FIRMLY secured in the semifinals of the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) Commissioner’s Cup and riding a seven-game winning streak, one could not be blamed for taking it easy. But not the streaking Barangay Ginebra San Miguel Kings, who are now more determined to take on the work to go deeper in the tournament......»»

Category: financeSource: bworldonline bworldonlineJul 12th, 2018

Thompson excited to learn from another PBA coach in Gilas stint

Three years ago, Yeng Guiao had the chance to draft Scottie Thompson as the third overall pick by Rain or Shine, but he chose Maverick Ahanmisi instead. Thompson slipped to fifth with Barangay Ginebra winding up with the biggest steal of the 2015 PBA Draft. Two championships and a Finals MVP later, the crafty guard wouldn't have it any other way. "First of all, I think everything happens for a reason. I think it turned out for the better because I'm with Ginebra, the crowd favorite," Thompson said in Filipino. Three years later, Thompson will get to play for Guiao after all after he was included in the 16-man national team pool for the Fiba World Cup Asian Qualifiers. "I'...Keep on reading: Thompson excited to learn from another PBA coach in Gilas stint.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsSep 4th, 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

Tim Cone least surprised as Devance notches milestone

MANILA, Philippines – There's a reason coach Tim Cone keeps Joe Devance by his side.  Cone has mentored 3 different squads in the past decade – Alaska, Purefoods (Magnolia) and now, Barangay Ginebra – and in all of those teams, Devance has been with him throughout the years.  Together, they have ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJul 28th, 2018

PBA: Chan on ROS: 'yung Rain or Shine, I love that team'

Well, it finally happened. Jeff Chan's breakout game with Ginebra finally took place and it came against Rain or Shine of all teams. In Game 1 of the 2018 PBA Commissioner's Cup semifinals featuring the no. 1 Elasto Painters and the streaking Gin Kings, Chan had the hot hand, firing 21 points, 10 in the fourth quarter as Ginebra pulled away for the win. Chan shot 60 percent from the field and drilled three three-pointers, marking his best game in a Ginebra uniform so far. It's safe to say that the veteran sniper is getting more and more comfortable with his new team as his role gets better defined with each passing day. "Masasabi ko lang na medyo kumportable na ako, medyo nakukuha ko na pero not fully. The other day nag-usap naman kami ni coach Tim regarding sa role ko, so medyo nabigyan ng ilaw parang ganun," Chan said. "Parang ngayon alam ko na when and when not to shoot," he added. As for facing the Elasto Painters in the playoffs, the team where he won two titles and one Finals MVP, Chan says those are good memories. However, he's with the barangay now and its time to make new memories with his new team. "Basta ako masaya ako with my new team now. Masaya ako na I'm with Brgy. Ginebra," Chan said. "Masasabi ko lang, yung team na yun, yung Rain or Shine, I love that team. Maraming nangyari dun pero syempre kailangan mag move on. Kung saan ako present now, which is Ginebra, may goal kami dito," he added.     --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJul 15th, 2018

In battle of endurance, Brownlee outlasts Onuaku

In a basketball game that saw two individuals duke out in a marathon, it was Justin Brownlee who passed the tape with the greater of ease. Barangay Ginebra rode the coattails of Brownlee to take the 104-90 win and the sweep Meralco in the PBA Commissioner's Cup quarterfinals Wednesday at Smart Araneta Coliseum. The Bolts, meanwhile, saw Arinze Onuaku run on fumes. For Brownlee, who played 41 minutes and 39 seconds, playing for almost the whole game was a testament to his hard work and discipline. "I pride myself every time I come, I want to be better than the last conference especially with my endurance and just the kind of shape I'm in," said Brownlee who had 36 points, ...Keep on reading: In battle of endurance, Brownlee outlasts Onuaku.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJul 11th, 2018

New Gin King Jeff Chan gets a warm welcome from the Barangay

Just a days after getting traded to the Ginebra Gin Kings, Jeff Chan already got some minutes in for his new team, as the sharpshooter went for four points, three rebounds, and two assists in over 19 minutes of action. The new ka-Barangay was happy to be on the floor with the words “GINEBRA AKO” emblazoned on his jersey. It was also a big help that the pro-Gin Kings crowd gave him a warm welcome to the Barangay. Ginebra, after all, has arguably the largest fanbase in the PBA. “Actually yung kanina nga, pag-pasok ko medyo namalahibo ako, kasi yung crowd, pag-welcome nila sa akin.”  Chan said after his Ginebra debut. “Siyempre masaya diba kasi welcome ako sa kanila, sa mga Barangay, so yun. excited na ulit ako sa next game. Sana nandun sila ulit.” And while it was indeed a warm welcome for ‘The Negros Sniper”, Chan admits that on the court, there was still some adjustment to be done. “I think kailangan ko pang matutunan and mapag-aralan yung system ni Coach kasi one day palang ako nakapagpractice so nangangapa pa ako doon” “Ok naman [yung experience] pero minsan sumisigaw sila sa [mula sa] bench kung saan pwesto ko dapat, kasi agai, di ko pa talaga kabisado. Medyo forgiving pa si coach Tim Cone, alam niya na first day ko palang.” Chan added. As the Gin Kings continue to try and make a push for the post-season, expect the former FEU Tamaraw to ease into Ginebra’s system and provide even more valuable minutes......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJun 20th, 2018

Cone confident struggling Ginebra will turn conference around: We will rise

MANILA, Philippines – There is a reason Barangay Ginebra is considered a powerhouse team and head coach Tim Cone believes it is just a matter of time until they snap out of their slump.  The Gin Kings, after notching their first win of the Commissioner's Cup last week, returned to ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsMay 20th, 2018

Import Shane Edwards rescues Ginebra in tune-up win over TNT

Edwards blows past Tyler for the go-ahead dunk, 99-98, with 27.5 ticks left. Ginebra crowd here at Upper Deck erupts. #PBA pic.twitter.com/5OdqCGRFos --- MG (@MarkGiongcoINQ) April 14, 2018 Barangay Ginebra coach Tim Cone was in a frown, his lips were curled and shook his head repeatedly for the most part of the Gin Kings' tune-up game against TNT on Saturday. Cone, however, still had a reason to smile about. The Kings played catchup nearly the entire second half before outplaying the KaTropa down the stretch to win, 100-98, before a packed crowd at Upper Deck gym. Shane Edwards, who is filling in for Justin Brownlee, scored five of Ginebra's last six points inside the f...Keep on reading: Import Shane Edwards rescues Ginebra in tune-up win over TNT.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsApr 14th, 2018

Ginebra just finding ways to solve its big June Mar problem

June Mar Fajardo is a handful for most PBA teams. Brgy. Ginebra was supposed to be the one that should match up well with the Kraken with its imposing frontline led by Greg Slaughter. But Greg Slaughter is still out indefinitely with an ankle injury and it's proving to be tough for the Gin Kings to contain the reigning four-time league MVP. In Game 3 of their semifinals series Tuesday, Fajardo went for 23 points, 18 in the second half, on top of 16 rebounds. Fortunately for the barangay, they were able to pull through with a win, cutting their series deficit in half, 1-2. That doesn't mean they've solde their June Mar problem though. "We're throwing everything at June Mar, I mean, our kitchen sink, whatever. Our toilets," Ginebra head coach Tim Cone said. "We're throwing everything at him and he finds a way, it's amazing. He's an amazing player. It's not just that he's good, is just that he's so intelligent. His basketball IQ is just off the charts," he added. Despite June Mar still being a problem, Cone likes the way his team fought in the must-win Game 3. Now he hopes the Gin Kings can continue to momentum as they hope to further extend this series. "Our guys I thought played a special game tonight so hopefully we can carry over," Cone said. "At least we're back in it. Go down 3-0, that was it. This was our do-or-die game, we felt. So we got another do-or-die game on Thursday," he added.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMar 13th, 2018

Number one talaga gusto kong mapalapit pa tayo lalo sa mga fans -- PBA commissioner Marcial

Fans, officiating, and a united PBA board are the top priorities of Willie Marcial in his first year at the helm of Asia’s first ever pro league. “Mabalik yung mga fans sa atin, maayos yung officiating, and siyempre, yung sa board,” Marcial enumerated when he appeared once more as special guest in the Philippine Sportswriters Association (PSA) Forum on Wednesday at the Tapa King Restaurant at Farmer’s Market in Cubao. Acknowledging that fans are the lifeblood of the PBA, Marcial said it’s imperative to sustain their support both in the playing venues and on television. It helps too, that the league is coming off a season in which a new record crowd of 54,086 was established during Game 7 of the Governors Cup Finals between Barangay Ginebra and Meralco at the Philippine Arena in Bocaue, Bulacan. “Number one talaga gusto kong mapalapit pa tayo lalo sa mga fans. Malaking bagay yun,” he stressed in the public sports program presented by San Miguel Corp., Tapa King, and the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corp. Marcial disclosed he already talked to some players about trying to accommodate fans as much as possible, citing PBA greats Alvin Patrimonio and former Senator Robert Jaworski as prime examples of those who had truly endeared themselves to the public. “Ang mga players doon naman (fans) nabubuhay. Paano ba sumikat sila Alvin at Senator Jaworski? Yun sana makita ng mga players natin ngayon yun,” he said. He said that’s one of the reasons behind the introduction of the ‘PBA Homecourt,’ where players – including those from the past – join Marcial and his staff in visiting different barangay courts within Metro Manila unannounced. The project also forms part of the league’s Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) program. They say there’s no perfect officiating, but that doesn’t mean the league won’t do everything to improve how officials call the games, he added. On Sunday, Marcial already implemented a way for fans to further understand PBA rules by letting technical director Eric Castro speak during the post-game interview and explain the technicalities involved during the endgame confusion that marred the San Miguel-Barangay Ginebra Philippine Cup encounter. “Basta may controversial call na technicality at hindi judgment call, papupuntahin ko si Eric to explain everything,” said the 56-year-old Marcial, who began his career in the league as statistician and panel scorer back in the 80s. “At least magkakaroon na ng idea ang lahat, including the fans, kung ano talaga ang rules ng liga. Hindi yung puro haka-haka lang,” he added. “But lahat naman yun (calls) ire-review namin kinabukasan.” Marcial, the long-time head of the league's External Affairs and Communications department and former assistant to the commissioner, disclosed he’s set to meet with all 12 coaches within the week to discuss and get their inputs about officiating. And then, there’s the league board. Referred to as the ‘healing commissioner,’ Marcial said among the reason he accepted the job after initially being appointed as officer in charge (OIC) was for him to serve as bridge to bring the board together again following a chaotic offseason that caused divisions within the league hierarchy. It was upon the advice of a board of governor that a reluctant Marcial was convinced to accept the position vacated by Chito Narvasa. “Ikaw ang puwedeng magsama-sama ulit sa board,” said Marcial, recalling the words given to him by the league executive whom he refused to identify. “Doon pumasok sa isipan ko, doon ako nag-decide na kung ia-alok ulit sa akin, kukunin ko yun,” said the commissioner from Batangas......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJan 31st, 2018

Ginebra finds timely heroes in Aguilar, Cruz in ending 3-game skid

MANILA, Philippines – Raymond Aguilar and Jervy Cruz turned from role players to surprise heroes as Barangay Ginebra hacked out a 100-96 win over the almighty San Miguel Beermen Sunday, January 28, to end a 3-game slump. Without Greg Slaughter and Joe Devance, who both were nursing injuries, the Gin Kings ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJan 29th, 2018

Manuel downplays contender tag for streaking Alaska

MANILA, Philippines – The Alaska Aces took down the giants in Barangay Ginebra for their 3rd straight win on Sunday, January 21, but Vic Manuel is not making much of a big deal out of their success. Manuel was one of the key factors why the Aces remained unscathed in 3 ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJan 21st, 2018

Cone assures Devance won’t leave Ginebra

  Barangay Ginebra coach Tim Cone said Joe Devance isn't going anywhere. Devance is out of Ginebra's lineup for the time being due to injury, but Cone assured the versatile forward will stay with the team no matter what happens. "Joe has no reason to go, we know that, and we don't feel he's going to go," said Cone after Ginebra's 104-97 win over Globalport Sunday at Smart Araneta Coliseum. "We talked to him, we're not looking to cut him." Speculations of Devance leaving Ginebra instantly came up when Phoenix head coach Louie Alas said that his team is on the hunt for a big man and Devance's name came up. Devance, however, said he doesn't know anything of what Alas...Keep on reading: Cone assures Devance won’t leave Ginebra.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJan 7th, 2018

Ginebra is Magnolia s 'Final Boss'

If the Hotshots are to break out of their "Grand Slam" semis hump, they'll have to exorcise their basketball demon that goes by the name of Barangay Ginebra. Since last season, Magnolia is 3-8 in Manila Clasico games and all of the team's wins came during the 2017 Philippine Cup semifinals. Still under the banner of Star back then, the Hotshots took a 2-0 and a 3-2 lead in the best-of-7 series. They lost. Despite the name change to Magnolia, the Hotshots still can't figure out the Gin Kings and took another beating last Christmas. It was Ginebra's third straight Christmas Day win over their fierce rivals. "Yun yung dapat naming tignan sa video kung ano yung mga kulang namin para malaman namin kung saan talaga kami nag-kulang," star guard Paul Lee said. "Kasi mahirap naman magsabi kung ano yung kulang namin, so mas maganda siguro na panoorin namin lahat para maimprove namin as a team," he added. While the Hotshots are still one of the better teams in the PBA, they made it to three straight semis last season for a reason, and are competitive against the other heavy contenders, Magnolia seems to just stumble against Ginebra every single time. And if the team is to win its first championship since the magical Grand Slam season in 2014, the Hotshots will have to figure Ginebra out. Think of the Gin Kings as the "final boss" Magnolia has to take down if this were a video game. "Of course kailangan namin paghandaan -- strong teams yung tatlo [Ginebra, SMB, TNT]. So siguro yun nga one of the humps na kailangan namin lampasan para makapunta kami sa championship," Lee said. "Of course kailangan every game ibigay namin best namin kahit sino kalaban namin. Kasi kung yun lang titignan namin, baka mabalewala namin yung iba," he added.     --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJan 2nd, 2018

World Sports: Streaking Beermen, Gin Kings take on struggling opponents

STREAKING teams San Miguel Beermen and Barangay Ginebra San Miguel Kings take on struggling opponents today in a Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) Commissioner's Cup double-header set at the Cuneta Astrodome in Pasay City......»»

Category: financeSource:  bworldonlineRelated NewsApr 18th, 2017

Mr. Purple Heart

There’s a reason why Joe De Vance has been and remains a fixture on coach Tim Cone’s teams from Alaska to Purefoods to Barangay Ginebra in the PBA......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsFeb 27th, 2017

Kings test Elite mettle; Beermen eye rebound

Titleholder Barangay Ginebra and raging Blackwater fight for the solo lead while San Miguel Beer seeks to bounce back from an upset loss the last time out as it tangles with Columbian Dyip in the PBA Governors Cup at the Smart Araneta Coliseum tonight......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsSep 20th, 2018

Duterte hopes communist insurgency over in 2019

MANILA, Philippines – President Rodrigo Duterte finds reason to hope that the communist insurgency, the longest insurgency in Asia, will finally end in 2019. He voiced this hope on Tuesday, September 18, as he spoke to soldiers of the 5th Infantry Division in Camp Melchor Dela Cruz in Isabela.  "I think ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsSep 18th, 2018

Swollen ankle forces Slaughter to miss PH game vs Iran

Greg Slaughter, left, challenges the defense of Barangay Ginebra teammate Japeth Aguilar during national team practice on September 3, 2018, at Meralco Gym. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.net........»»

Category: newsSource:  philippinetimesRelated NewsSep 13th, 2018

Alfrancis Chua asks ‘Why not Justin Brownlee?’

San Miguel Corp. sports director and Barangay Ginebra PBA governor Alfrancis Chua said the other day once Justin Brownlee’s application for naturalization is approved by law........»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsSep 12th, 2018