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: rappler rapplerMay 18th, 2018

Import not the problem for reeling TNT, says Castro

MANILA, Philippines – It’s easy to pin the blame on TNT’s reinforcement. After all, its lone win came when the KaTropa fielded an all-Filipino lineup.  But Jayson Castro thinks the import isn’t to blame even as the KaTropa dropped three of their first four games in the 2018 PBA ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsAug 27th, 2018

Guiao: play D

JAKARTA-- The Philippines will have to play top-notch defense against a Korean team which does not rely solely on former PBA import Ricardo Ratliffe. Ratliffe, who is now playing as a naturalized player for the reigning Asian Games champions is not only the one delivering the goods for the Koreans.….....»»

Category: newsSource:  journalRelated NewsAug 23rd, 2018

Guiao: play D

JAKARTA– The Philippines will have to play top-notch defense against a Korean team which does not rely solely on former PBA import Ricardo Ratliffe. Ratliffe, who is now playing as a naturalized player for the reigning Asian Games champions is not only the one delivering the goods for the Koreans.… Source link link: Guiao: play D.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilainformerRelated NewsAug 23rd, 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

PBA: All-Filipino TNT stops Meralco

ANTIPOLO CITY --- No import, no problem for the KaTropa. The All-Filipino TNT stopped Meralco Sunday in the 2018 Governors' Cup, scoring a pulsating 92-90 victory at the Ynares Center here. Struggling in the fourth period, Jayson Castro got the lucky bounce on a three-point shot to tie things up at 85 with 1:45 to go. After forcing multiple stops, Castro then found Terrence Romeo all alone in the corner for another booming triple, this time giving TNT a 90-85 lead with 21 seconds left. That was enough for the KaTropa to hold on and improve to 1-1 for the conference, the same as the Bolts......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsAug 19th, 2018

PBA: League invites Gilas players for meeting regarding brawl

The Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) has announced on its Twitter account that it will open up dialogue with the players involved in the fist fight against Australia at the FIBA World Cup Asian Qualifiers at the Philippine Arena. The PBA, which had 11 of 12 players on its activated Gilas roster Monday night, will be conducting a closed-door meeting this Thursday to discuss the incident. Just in: PBA invites Gilas Pilipinas players to a closed-door meeting on Thursday to discuss the incident that happened in their game against Australia.#WeArePBA — PBA (@pbaconnect) July 3, 2018 Nine players from the Gilas roster, including eight PBA players, were thrown out of the game. They were namely: Terrence Romeo, Jayson Castro, RR Pogoy and Troy Rosario of TNT, Carl Bryan Cruz and Calvin Abueva of Alaska, Matthew Wright of Phoenix, and Japeth Aguilar of Ginebra. Andray Blatche, naturalized import was also ejected for his role in the fight, while four-time reigning MVP June Mar Fajardo, Rain or Shine's Gabe Norwood, and Meralco's Baser Amer were retained on the floor for what the referee deemed as 'non-hostile' actions......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJul 3rd, 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

De Castro to new lawyers: Hard work, not politics, will get you ahead

  "Rely solely on your work's merit to get ahead." Associate Justice Teresita Leonardo De Castro relayed this message to 1,724 successful Bar examinees in her speech during their oath-taking ceremony at the Philippine International Convention Center (PICC) in Manila. She told the new lawyers that some people could be promoted ahead of them "because of carefully cultivated, glittering persona and a talent for self promotion and credit grabbing, instead of substantial accomplishment." However, De Castro said they should not be disillusioned because " it is pure folly to build a career on patronage." "Something as simple as diligence helps you to avoid playing politi...Keep on reading: De Castro to new lawyers: Hard work, not politics, will get you ahead.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJun 1st, 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

Castro drops 27 as TNT notches 3rd straight triumph vs winless Ginebra

MANILA, Philippines – The TNT KaTropa remained perfect in 3 games and kept Barangay Ginebra winless, 96-92, in the 2018 PBA Commissioner's Cup at the Mall of Asia Arena on Sunday, May 6.  With import Jeremy Tyler struggling offensively, Jayson Castro carried the scoring load and dropped 27 points to ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsMay 7th, 2018

Castro propels unbeaten TNT past struggling Ginebra

Jayson Castro took the mantle of being the import to power TNT past Ginebra, 96-92, Sunday in the 2018 PBA Commissioner's Cup at Mall of Asia Arena. The spitfire guard unloaded 27 points on top of five assists, and three steals off the bench to make up for the lackluster offensive outing by reinforcement Jeremy Tyler, who only had two points but had 15 rebounds and two blocks. Roger Pogoy added 15 points, including the game-sealing jumper, 91-84, with 48 seconds to go while Troy Rosario got 14 points and seven boards in the win. "It's nice to win games at the start of the conference," said TNT coach Nash Racela as his side preserved its immaculate 3-0 slate. "We'd rather ...Keep on reading: Castro propels unbeaten TNT past struggling Ginebra.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsMay 6th, 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

PBA: Rain or Shine s Chris Tiu named Player of the Week

Rain or Shine got off to a flying start in the 2018 Honda PBA Commissioner’s Cup, thanks to the steady leadership provided by veteran guard Chris Tiu. The 32-year-old Tiu averaged all-around numbers of 14 points, 6.5 assists and 3.0 rebounds as Rain or Shine opened the mid-season conference with victories over Alaska and crowd darling Barangay Ginebra, respectively to become the first PBA Press Corps Player of the Week. The former Ateneo playmaker had 18 points, issued 6 assists and collared 3 rebounds in a productive night to complement hulking import Reggie Johnson’s monster debut as Rain or Shine outlasted a fighting Alaska squad, 109-103 in overtime last Friday. Tiu showed no signs of slowing down as two days later, the ROS guard provided solid numbers of 10 rebounds, 7 assists and 4 rebounds to help the Elasto Painters turn what was expected to be a tight contest into a ghastly rout of the Kings, 108-89. A one-time PBA Three-Point champion, Tiu bested teammate Raymond Almazan, along with TNT guards Jayson Castro, Terrence Romero and Jericho Cruz for the weekly citation for the period of April 22-29. Rain or Shine currently shares the early lead with TNT at 2-0 and will next face NLEX on Wednesday when action shifts to the Ynares Center in Antipolo......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsApr 30th, 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

June Mar still leads BPC race, Durham on track for Best Import

Despite making an early exit in the 2017 Governors' Cup, ruining their chances at a Grand Slam in the process, June Mar Fajardo maintains a healthy lead in the race for the Best Player of the Conference award. In the latest rankings at the end of the semifinal round, the Kraken has compiled an average of 38.455 statistical points, way ahead of no. 2 Jayson Castro who has an average of 33.563 SPs. However, it appears that Fajardo, who is tied with Danny Ildefonso for most BPC awards ever at five, is hardpressed to win the award for the season-ending conference for the sole reason that the Beermen failed to advance past the quarterfinal round. As such, it appears that the BPC award for the 2017 Governors' Cup is a three-man race featuring Castro, Greg Slaughter (3rd with 32.625 SPs), and Chris Newsome (4th with 30.875 SPs). Both Slaughter and Newsome are in the Finals as defending champion Ginebra defends its title against Meralco in a rematch from 2016. Arwind Santos complete the top 5 with 30.583 SPs. In the Best Import race, Allen Durham looks like a lock to win it all for the second straight year after compiling 58.875 SPs. Phoenix's Brandon Brown is second with an average of 54.500 statistical points. Ginebra's Justin Brownlee is at 6th with 48.875 SPs.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8 .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsOct 10th, 2017

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

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

Defense still key to Ginebra's championship chase

After limping to the playoffs, losing two of its last three games, it appears that Ginebra's title defense is back on track. In two playoff games so far, the Gin Kings have a combined margin of victory of 47 points, beating quality opponents. Ginebra crushed San Miguel's Grand Slam hopes in the quarterfinals, taking a 20-point win. To start the semifinals, the Gin Kings dominated the KaTropa all the way to a 27-point decision. The offense looks like its back on track but the change in the level of performance comes directly from the way how the Gin Kings play defense. 'We do a few things differently offensively but I think the main thing is just coming out with a lot of aggression on defense,' import Justin Brownlee said. Against San Miguel, Ginebra practically forced Terrence Watson to beat them. It did not work for the Beermen. Against TNT, the Gin Kings forced the KaTropa's top-2 weapons in Jayson Castro and Glen Rice Jr. to commit 13 turnovers. 'We really wanted to key in on those guys, they do a lot for their team offensively,' Brownlee said. With a clear path the the Finals now in place, the Gin Kings are bent on imposing their will on the non-glamorous side of the court in order to win back-to-back titles. 'We're just trying to get after guys, try to pressure them and try to dictate how we want to defend them instead of them dictating on how they want to attack us,' Brownlee said.   br /> --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8 .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsOct 3rd, 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 .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsOct 2nd, 2017

Rice Jr. saves TNT from Rain or Shine to advance to semis

Two champion teams facing each other in a knockout game. What else did you expect? No. 2 TNT made the plays down the stretch to power through no. 7 Rain or Shine, advancing to the semifinals of the 2017 Governors' Cup after a wild 118-114 victory Friday at the Big Dome. Tied at 114, import Glen Rice Jr. elevated for the go-ahead putback with 10.2 seconds left, cleaning up the miss of Jayson Castro from deep. Holding on to a two-point lead, the KaTropa then forced a Rain or Shine turnover on the other end and Ryan Reyes iced the victory from the free throw line. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsSep 29th, 2017