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Tiu scorches hot in Rain or Shine s romp of NorthPort

MANILA, Philippines – Chris Tiu's career game couldn't have come at a much better time as Rain or Shine thwarted Columbian, 120-98, in the 2018 PBA Governors' Cup at the Cuneta Astrodome on Wednesday, October 17.  Tiu fired a career-high 23 points on top of 3 assists, 2 rebounds ........»»

Category: newsSource: rappler rapplerOct 17th, 2018

Sotto welcomes physicality, ready to fight for slot

Kai Sotto may be the youngest among the 20-man Team Pilipinas pool but the Ateneo de Manila University high school center knows that his ‘kuyas’ won’t go easy on him. The towering 16-year old cager boldly said that he welcomes the challenge of going up against experienced pros. Even if it means absorbing the physical nature of their game. “Sana ibigay nila ang lahat nila,” said the lanky 7-foot-1 Sotto. “Dahil siyempre kaya naman ako nandito para maramdaman ‘yung mga bagay na yun. Para ma-experience din kung paano talaga maglaro ‘yung players sa ganitong klaseng level.”      Sotto was one of the 12 players who attended the first practice session of Team Pilipinas, which is preparing for the two home games against Kazakhstan and Iran in the fifth window of the 2019 World Cup Asia Qualifiers. “Sobrang happy and sobrang excited ko na mag-practice rito and makilala yung mga teammates ko rito and looking forward na maraming matutunan sa kanila,” said Sotto, who already donned the national colors under the Batang Gilas banner. Sotto was joined another young player in University of the Philippines Ricci Rivero. Also in attendance were Talk ‘N Text’s Jayson Castro and Troy Rosario, San Miguel Beer’s June Mar Fajardo, Alex Cabagnot, Marcio Lassiter and Arwind Santos, Rain or Shine’s Beau Belga and Gabe Norwood, Phoenix’s Matthew Wright and Blackwater’s Poy Erram. Included in the pool are Barangay Ginebra’s Greg Slaughter, Japeth Aguilar, LA Tenorio and Scottie Thompson and Magnolia’s Ian Sangalang and Paul Lee. The six though skipped practice with their teams clashing in the PBA Governors’ Cup semifinals Game 2.    SMB’s Christian Standhardinger and NorthPort’s Stanley Pringle have yet to arrive for practice as of posting time. Head coach Yeng Guiao said that Sotto and Rivero have the same equal chance as the pros to secure a spot in the final 12-man lineup. “Meron, meron (chance). Actually, the reason they’re here is they’re one of the guys with the opportunity to fight for a slot in the 12-man lineup,” said Guiao. “So kahit na sabihin natin na ang basic purpose natin is for their development, who knows?” “Hindi natin alam baka magpakita sila,” he added. “So I’m not discounting that possibility. It might be a little bit remote but it’s still a possibility.” For Sotto, getting a call up for the pool is already an honor. Whatever the decision of Guiao come the final cut, the experience will definitely improve Sotto’s game for the future.   “Dream ko na makasama sa talagang team and itong pagsama sa pool. Pero kahit ano man ang kalabasan positive lang ako dahil kahit papaano 16 pa lang naman ako,” said Sotto. “Kahit anong mangyari dito alam ko naman na magandang bagay yun para sa akin. Mag-pray lang ako na kahit anong mangyari magiging successful itong Team Pilipinas.”   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsNov 12th, 2018

PBA: Standhardinger muscles way to Player of the Week

Fil-German rookie Christian Standhardinger captured his second Cignal-PBA Press Corps Player of the Week award for the 2018 PBA Governors’ Cup following another monster effort that helped San Miguel Beer clinch a playoff berth. The 6-foot-8 Standhardinger has been a picture of consistency for the Beermen, who won back-to-back games this past week to stretch their winning run to four en route to sealing a playoff spot. The Beermen currently occupy the sixth spot in the standings with their 6-4 card, behind Barangay Ginebra’s 8-2 record, Magnolia (8-3), Alaska (8-3), Phoenix and Blackwater, which carry similar 7-3 records. Standhardinger, last year’s top overall rookie pick averaged 21.5 points, 20 rebounds and 2.5 assists in San Miguel’s victories over NorthPort and Rain or Shine, respectively the past week. The standout from Nebraska and Hawaii registered 21 points and 22 boards in a scintillating effort to help SMB subdue NorthPort, 114-107 last Wednesday at the Cuneta Astrodome. The 29-year-old Gilas Pilipinas mainstay continued his explosive form after finishing with 22 points, 18 rebounds and four assists in leading San Miguel to a 109-97 spanking of Rain or Shine last Saturday. Standhardinger’s blue-collar attitude bodes well for SMB, which overcame a slow start to make the playoffs.   The SMB freshman beat teammate Alex Cabagnot, Phoenix forward Calvin Abueva, NLEX’s JR Quinahan, Blackwater’s Mark Belo, along with Ginebra’s Greg Slaughter and Sol Mercado for the weekly citation for the period of Oct. 22-28. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsOct 30th, 2018

PBA: June Mar could play in SMB s next game

June Mar Fajardo's return to San Miguel Beer is only a matter of time. Doctors have cleared June Mar from his shin injury and the reigning four-time PBA MVP has recently joined the Beermen in practice. However, Fajardo still didn't play Wednesday in San Miguel's win over Northport in the 2018 PBA Governors' Cup. The wait shouldn't be long though as June Mar can see action as early as Saturday when the Beermen take the court against Rain or Shine. "He's ready to play, maybe on Saturday we'll give him a chance to play but we'll manage his minutes," head coach Leo Austria said. With the Beermen finally on a roll with a three-game winning streak, there's no immediate need for Fajardo to resume his usual load for San Miguel. But with the team closing in on a playoff spot, with a slim chance to steal a twice-to-beat advantage even, the Beermen would still like to give their star center some reps before the postseason starts. "It will depend on the outcome of the other games [San Miguel for top-4] but I think June Mar will play on Saturday," Austria said. Fajardo himself is looking forward to rejoin his teammates. However, his concern is his conditioning after being out for a couple of months. "Masaya ako na nakasama ko ulit mga teammates ko sa court kahit di ako nakalaro," he said. "Sa ngayon, kailangan ko magpa-kundisyon para makatulong ako sa team. Try ko yung best ko. Ibibigay ko pa rin kung ano yung ginagawa ko," Fajardo added.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsOct 24th, 2018

PBA: Beermen inching closer to playoffs

Winners of back-to-back games, San Miguel looks for a third Wednesday as the 2018 PBA Governors' Cup is back in action at the Cuneta Astrodome. Finally back to .500 with a 4-4 mark, the Beermen go for win no. 5 as they look to inch closer to that playoff spot. San Miguel is currently 6th in the standings and they're battling five other teams for the remaining three slots in the quarterfinals. One of those teams is Northport and tha Batang Pier look to improve their 2-7 mark in order to keep their season alive. Tip off for San Miguel-Northport will be at 7:00 p.m. right after the 4:30 p.m. clash of Rain or Shine and Phoenix. The Fuel Masters (6-3) have clinched a playoff spot but their looking to secure a twice-to-beat edge. The Elasto Painters (2-6) meanwhile, are looking to avoid elimination and are in dire need of a victory.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsOct 23rd, 2018

PBA: Back-to-back wins for ROS after sinking Northport

Looks like Rain or Shine is starting to find its groove. The Elasto Painters made it back-to-back wins in the 2018 PBA Governors' Cup, sinking Northport, 120-98, Wednesday at the Cuneta Astrodome. Following a 0-4 start, ROS has now improved to 2-4 and are pretty much in the thick of the playoff race. "We played back-to-back good games," head coach Caloy Garcia said. "Everybody was hitting it from anywhere so I think this is just our day, sana tuluy-tuloy yung ganitong laro namin," he added. Chris Tiu led a balanced attack from Rain or Shine, firing a career-high 23 points, 15 in the final period. Three other players finished with at least 20 points for the Elasto Painters with import Terrence Watson and Beau Belga going for 21 each. Belga didn't miss in eight attempts from field. James Yap added 20 points for good measure. Northport, coming into the game with back-to-back victories, crashed and didn't get anything going from the start. The Batang Pier trailed by as many as 25 points and dropped to 2-7 with the loss. Import Rashad Woods led the team with 30 points.   The Scores: Rain or Shine 120 - Tiu 23, Belga 21, Watson 21, Yap 20, Ahanmisi 13, Norwood 10, Ponferada 5, Borboran 3, Torres 2,Daquioag 2, Washington 0. NorthPort 98 - Woods 30, Anthony 17, Taha 14, Guinto 10, Pringle 9, Javelona 7, Grey 6, Espinas 3, Elorde 2, Gabayni 0, Arana 0, Fortuna 0.    Quarters: 35-19, 63-43, 87-71, 120-98.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsOct 17th, 2018

PBA: Almazan will have to regain spot with ROS says Garcia: 'Magkahiyaan naman tayo'

The Raymond Almazan saga could be nearing its conclusion. Almazan, Rain or Shine's top center, was still a no show Wednesday at the Cuneta Astrodome as the Elasto Painters won back-to-back games in the 2018 PBA Governors' Cup, beating Northport by 22 points. It's been weeks since Almazan went AWOL for Rain or Shine and contact with him has been limited and spotty at best. But with ROS picking up a 120-98 decision over the Batang Pier, pushing the Elasto Painters' record to 2-2 without Almazan and 2-4 for the conference, some light has been shed on the big man's mysterious disappearance. For one, it appears that Almazan is set to finally sit down with team management to sort this one out. "Wala pa ako nababalitaan," head coach Caloy Garcia said. "Actually with Raymond, I think they're having a meeting on Saturday. I haven't talked to him, I think management will talk to him on Saturday," he added. With rumors flying around that Garcia is part of the reason why Almazan decided to go AWOL, the Rain or Shine mentor simply brushed it off. Garcia defended himself, saying that he's only doing his job as head coach and would like to keep things professional overall. "Actually for me, nagulat nga ako dun na ako tinuro eh. At the end of the day I'm just doing my job. There was just a time that I told him... kasi madalas siya mag-absent at ma-late, we're losing and we needed him to come in and work. I didn't know that that's gonna cause this because lahat naman tanggap nila everybody comes in early and works and it's working right now," Garcia said. "If that's the reason why, it's my job to discipline the players. Samin nga wala nga kaming fine eh, so wag naman nila i-ano, sobra sobra naman na alam mo na. Basically we're just trying to be professionals," he added. With Rain or Shine chasing a playoff spot in the Governors' Cup, the Elasto Painters could certainly use the boost that Almazan is set to give once he returns to the team. However, Almazan's actual return will not be as simple as him showing up and being fielded for the rest of Rain or Shine's games this season. "Just be professional, yun lagi kong iniisip. If he shows up in practice and wants to play, then he has to work for it. Basically yun sinasabi ko sa mga players, magkahiyaan naman tayo," Garcia said. "You see players come in and really work hard that I don't even give chances to play. Pero sabi ko nga sa kanila, they should set good examples, especially the veterans. Hopefully, if ever mapa-isip siya maglaro, I hope he comes ready to play as a professional," he added.     --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsOct 17th, 2018

San Miguel over the hump?

San Miguel Beer coach Leo Austria said yesterday despite a slow start, there’s still a possibility to finish the PBA Governors Cup single-round eliminations in the top four with a twice-to-beat advantage in the quarterfinals but it will depend on the results of the team’s last four games against TNT, NorthPort, Rain Or Shine and Meralco in that order......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsOct 14th, 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

E Painters target No. 3 vs Moultrie, Warriors

Rain or Shine seeks to sustain a two-game romp against NLEX and new import Arnett Moultrie while Blackwater plays its first game under new coach Bong Ramos as it tangles with GlobalPort in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup at the Ynares Sports Center in Antipolo tonight......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsMay 1st, 2018

Fajardo to receive fourth straight PSA Mr. Basketball award

June Mar Fajardo is expected to cast a giant shadow over next week’s staging of the SMC-PSA (Philippine Sportswriters Association) Awards Night at the Maynila Hall of the Manila Hotel. The San Miguel big man will be bestowed the Mighty Sports Mr. Basketball award during the Feb. 27 rites presented by MILO and Cignal TV for another dominant PBA season last year which saw the 6-foot-10 Cebuano pride romp off with an unprecedented fourth straight MVP trophy.  Fajardo became the first-ever player to win the league’s highest individual award four consecutive seasons - and only the third in history to emerge a four-time MVP after legends Ramon Fernandez and Alvin Patrimonio. This will also be the fourth straight time the oldest media organization in the country is honoring the 28-year-old center for excellence in basketball. Last year, Fajardo further established his claim as the biggest name in Philippine basketball today after steering the Beermen to a record-tying three straight Philippine Cup championships that allowed the fable franchise to become only the second team in PBA annals to bring home the June Bernardino Perpetual trophy after TnT Katropa.  The former no. 1 pick out of University of Cebu also proved his worth by leading Gilas Pilipinas to a sweep of the Southeast Asian Basketball Association (SEABA) Championship, and then suited up for the national team in its FIBA Asia Cup campaign despite suffering a strained calf muscle prior to the ballclub’s departure for Beirut, Lebanon. Previous players hailed as Mr. Basketball include Calvin Abueva and Terrence Romeo.  Volleyball players Dawn Macandili and Marck Espejo as well as well as golfer Clyde Mondilla are also recipients of special awards during the affair that has the Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) as major sponsor and backers in the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA), Mighty Sports, Globalport, Rain or Shine, and Smart.  Macandili, adjudged second Best Libero during the 2017 Asian Women’s Volleyball Championships here, will be handed the Ms. Volleyball title, while Espejo is Mr. Volleyball on account of him winning a fourth UAAP MVP trophy after steering Ateneo to a third straight championship.  For topping the Philippine Golf Tour Order of Merit (OOM), Mondilla is Mr. Golf of the year. The four special awardees are part of the total 105 personalities and entities which make up the season’s honor roll list, topped by PSA-Tapa King Athlete of the Year Jerwin Ancajas, Carlo Biado, and Krizziah Lyn Tabora. Agriculture Secretary Manny Pinol, a former sportswriter, columnist, and boxing analyst, will be the special guest of honor of this year’s event......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsFeb 21st, 2018

Why surprise moves were made in new Gilas Pilipinas 20-man training pool

Gilas Pilipinas head coach Yeng Guiao has made a number of surprising new choices in the most-recent 20-man training pool for the country’s campaign in the fifth window of the 2019 FIBA World Cup qualifiers. BREAKDOWN: Ginebra: Aguilar, Slaughter, Tenorio, Thompson Rain or Shine: Belga, Norwood SMB: Cabagnot, Fajardo, Standhardinger, Lassiter, Santos TNT: Castro, Rosario […] The post Why surprise moves were made in new Gilas Pilipinas 20-man training pool appeared first on Interaksyon......»»

Category: newsSource:  interaksyonRelated NewsNov 7th, 2018

Tiu notches new career-high to lift import-less Rain or Shine over NLEX

MANILA, Philippines – Chris Tiu notched a new career-high in points as Rain or Shine ended a dismal PBA Governors' Cup campaign on a winning note with a 107-101 win over NLEX at the Araneta Coliseum on Saturday, November 3.  Tiu, who is reported to retire by the end of ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsNov 3rd, 2018

Chris Tiu on potential PBA retirement: Lots of things to consider

MANILA, Philippines – Chris Tiu remains undecided. Even before scoring a career-high in what could have been his final PBA game, Tiu has been mulling whether to hang up his jersey or play one more season. The 33-year-old, whose one-year contract with Rain or Shine expires by the end of the season, said ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsNov 3rd, 2018

LOOK: Pinoy athletes dress up for Halloween

Halloween has been known as more of a tradition in the Western Hemisphere, but in recent decades the Philippines has caught the case of spooky fever. The holiday of course is known to feature people costumed asking for treats, but if denied, give a trick instead. Our athletes of course were not denied a chance to showcase their vivid imagination and stand out for their magnificent costumes. Mel Gohing (Creamline Cool Smashers) as Daenerys Targaryen Creamline libero Mel Gohing decided to wear a costume inspired by 'The Dragon Queen' Daenerys Targaryen in the hit HBO series Game of Thrones portrayed by English actress Emilia Clarke. Gohing, though hastily prepared for the Halloween party of her team over at Luna in Bonifacio Global City, never gave a doubt on who was she going to be. "It seems to me that a queen who trusts no one is as foolish as a queen who trusts everyone." - Daenerys Targaryen Last minute costume for the #CreamlineHalloween 😂 #LunaCoffee pic.twitter.com/OFBlaXN72R — Melissa E. Gohing (@GOHINGMELISSA) October 31, 2018 Michele Gumabao (Creamline Cool Smashers) as Elle Woods (Legally Blonde) The recent winner of Miss Social Media and Miss Dream Girl in the recently-concluded Miss Globe 2018 in Albania, Gumabao dazzled with her looks as lawyer Elle Woods of the Legally Blonde movie series, most famously portrayed by Reese Witherspoon. MG even brought with her the adorable Brie, her super adorable Maltese pupper to go along with the character of Woods.          View this post on Instagram                   Guess who we are !!! @cardybrie and I played dress up at the #creamlinehalloween party at @lunacoffeeph this afternoon and it was so much fun! The whole team came straight from practice and still looked fab 😂😂 Dress by @mikeeandrei Hair by @davegrona A post shared by Michele Gumabao (@gumabaomichele) on Oct 30, 2018 at 3:40am PDT Gabe Norwood (Rain or Shine Elasto Painters) as Mr. Potato Head The Rain or Shine and Gilas Pilipinas veteran and his whole family dressed up for the occassion in their area, with his wife dressed up as Mrs. Potato Head. The children completes the role as Andy's toys from the hit Disney-Pixar film series Toy Story, with one dressed as intergalactic ranger Buzz Lightyear, one as his best friend Sheriff Woody, and their youngest as one of the three-eyed alien toys picked up from a toy crane.         View this post on Instagram                   Andy’s toys are on the move 🎃 A post shared by Gabe Norwood (@gnorwood5) on Oct 29, 2018 at 1:27am PDT Alyssa Valdez and Jia Morado (Creamline Cool Smashers) as sumo wrestlers  The tandem of Alyssa Valdez and Jia Morado seem to be inseparable even when it comes to Halloween parties. Valdez and Morado, who forged their partnership in Ateneo, continue to thrive with the PVL team. Seen through Creamline manager Karlo Santos' Instagram stories, the ladies dressed up as sumo wrestlers and hopped up and down while they showed off their costumes. Jema Galanza (Creamline Cool Smashers) as Stitch The Adamson alumna wore a Stitch costume to the affair, and in full gear. Stitch of course, it the savage, yet lovable alien that crashed in Hawaii in Disney's movie and subsequent series 'Lilo and Stitch'.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsNov 1st, 2018

PBA: Beermen roll to fourth straight win

BINAN, Laguna --- The Beermen are rolling to the playoffs. San Miguel stretched its winning streak to four games Saturday, overpowering also-ran Rain or Shine, 109-97, at the Alonte Sports Arena here. After a 2-4 start, the Beermen are now up to 6-4 to maintain their place in the top-6. The win  put the team in the quarterfinals also allowed San Miguel to keep a slim chance of stealing a twice-to-beat advantage. After a close first half, Christian Standhardinger and Alex Cabagnot led a strong third period for the Beermen where they outscored Rain or Shine, 22-20.  San Miguel turned a four-point lead at the break to 14 heading into the fourth. Then the Beermen pounded on the Elasto Painters, taking a 98-79 advantage before cruising for the win. Import Kevin Murphy led the way for San Miguel with 28 points while Cabagnot fired 24, 10 in the third quarter. Standhardinger had 12 in the third period on his way to 22 points. The top pick of the 2017 Draft also added 18 rebounds and four assists for good measure. ROS got 26 points from Maverick Ahanmisi. The Elasto Painters dropped to 2-8 for the conference after four straight losses.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsOct 27th, 2018

PBA: SMB will be scary in the playoffs with or without 2x-to-beat

BINAN, Laguna --- There's a very slim chance that San Miguel might actually take a twice-to-beat edge in the quarterfinals of the 2018 PBA Governors' Cup. But even if the Beermen ultimately miss out on the playoff bonus, it's safe to say that no team would want to play San Miguel in the first round of the postseason. "I think we're a tough team to play against even if we don't make the top-4," forward Christian Standhardinger said. "We just gotta keep going and work hard and hope that we get lucky, that luck is on our side," he added. After a 109-97 decision over Rain or Shine Saturday at the Alonte Sports Arena here, the Beermen have won four straight games to improve to 6-4 in the standings. Despite struggling earlier in the conference, losing three straight games, the Beermen have powered through. San Miguel also have four-time MVP June Mar Fajardo back, making them even more formidable. Just like in the Commissioner's Cup, where they endured similar early tournament struggles before eventually still making it to the Finals, the Beermen know the time to pick things up. And the time is now. "Last conference we struggled the same way. This is the San Miguel way I guess. I hope I don't eat my words and I can be wrong but normally we play our best basketball at the end of the season," Standhardinger said. "That's where it counts the most," he added.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsOct 27th, 2018

Surging Beermen blast Painters in Fajardo’s return

June Mar Fajardo returned from injury and San Miguel Beer beat Rain or Shine, 109-97, in the 2018 PBA Governors' Cup at Alonte Sports Arena in Bian, Laguna. The game marked Fajardo's debut this conference after missing San Miguel's first nine games due to a shin injury but it was still Christian Standhardinger and Kevin Murphy who led the way for the Beermen. Standhardiner flirted with another 20-20 game after finishing with 20 points and 18 rebounds on top of four assists and a steal while Murphy led all scorers with 28 points, including 5-of-8 from downtown. Alex Cabagnot also starred with 24 points and eight rebounds off the bench. Fajardo, the reigning four-time MVP, did not st...Keep on reading: Surging Beermen blast Painters in Fajardo’s return.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsOct 27th, 2018

San Miguel punches playoffs ticket as Fajardo returns

BIÑAN CITY, Philippines – San Miguel formalized its entry to the quarterfinals of the 2018 PBA Governors' Cup after whipping the also-ran Rain or Shine, 109-97, at the Alonte Sports Arena here on Saturday, October 27.  Three players breached the 20-point mark as the Beermen extended their winning streak to ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsOct 27th, 2018

PBA: Chris Tiu records career-high once again in a Wednesday game at the Cuneta Astrodome

A week after setting a career-high 23 points last Oct. 17 at the Cuneta Astrodome, Chris Tiu once again exceeded his threshold for point production on Wednesday. The Rain or Shine point guard fired for 24 points on 8 for 16 shooting, including a hot shooting display in the second quarter, where he got 11 markers. His team however did not pull away with the victory, as their playoff chances got slimmer after slumping to a 2-7 record. Tiu was hit with a bittersweet moment, but more on the negative side, since the Elasto Painters were not able to carve out a much-needed win against Phoenix. Instead, their post-season berth will not lie in their own hands and instead will rely on the MVP trio of NLEX, TNT and Meralco's performances down the stretch.  "At least I know, I put out the effort and did what I could. Kinapos lang talaga. Wala, ganoon talaga ang basketball eh," the 33-year old said. When asked if the rims of the Astrodome were to his liking, the former Blue Eagle dismissed it as the ball bouncing his way. Playing at an age when many others' basketball careers begin to decline, Tiu stressed the importance of taking care of his body since he still has other committments off the court, which he needs to fulfill. The guard also knows that some of the younger players need to step up eventually in the veteran-laden squad, and knows it is his duty to be a mentor. "[The younger players have] shown a lot of promise and potential this conference despite the standing of our team. I guess, as one of the veterans of the team, I hope I can impart something to them para next time sila naman," Tiu said happily.  Leading by 16 in the third, 71-55, ROS could not sustain their momentum as the Fuel Masters zoomed in the payoff period to wrest away the win. Without the interior presence of prized big men Beau Belga (injury) and Raymond Almazan (team suspension), the team gave away too many rebounds against their liking, as their opponents emerged with 20 more boards. And just like the previous games, their fluid offense seemed to have dried out too early which eventually led to another disappointing L. "We controlled pretty much throughout the game and also some timely turnovers led to transition points that really hurt us. They made shot when it mattered and we couldn't score." __   Follow this writer on Twitter, @philipptionary......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsOct 25th, 2018

Raymond Almazan suspended, to miss rest of Governors Cup

MANILA, Philippines – After missing 7 games, Rain or Shine's Raymond Almazan will sit out the rest of the 2018 PBA Governors' Cup as punishment for his unsanctioned two-week absence . Elasto Painters head coach Caloy Garcia said that "everything's settled" between Almazan and the team but bared that the lanky ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsOct 25th, 2018