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James Harden scored 23 points and Chris Paul and Clint Capela had double-doubles as Houston cruised at Memphis, 121-103, in an NBA preseason game over the weekend. Paul had 14 points and 11 assists and Capela 12 points with 13 rebounds. Seven players scored in double figures for Houston, which made 20 of 47 3-pointers. In the Philippines, sports apparel giant Adidas has released the newest signature sneaker of Harden, the reigning league Most Valuable Player. Putting emphasis on balance, stability and traction, the Harden Vol. 3 is designed to suit Harden's game that relies on quick and sudden movement. "This shoe means a lot to me," said Harden. "Our challenge is to come bac...Keep on reading: Expect stronger Rockets.....»»

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LSGH leader Joel Cagulangan holds on to top spot in NBTC NCAA 24

Consistent for the majority of NCAA Season 94 Juniors Basketball Tournament, Joel Cagulangan has decided to up the ante entering the homestretch of the eliminations. The star guard has been on a stupendous tear as of late, being one of the handful of driving forces that keeps the league-leading La Salle Greenhills on top of the standings with its 12-2 card. And it's no different this past week as Cagulangan dropped 10 points, 10 rebounds, seven assists, and two steals in the Greenies' 16-point dismantling of EAC-ICA. That's why it's no surprise that for the second straight week, and fourth time overall, he claimed the top spot in the Chooks-to-Go/NBTC NCAA 24 weekly high school rankings. Chasing him for the pole position are Mapua top gun Clint Escamis, JRU revelation John Amores, LSGH two-way stud Inand Fornilos, and Lyceum super scorer John Barba who all earned spots in this week's top five. Rounding out the top 10 are Lyceum's Mac Guadana, Mapua's Dan Arches, JRU's John Delos Santos, LSGH's RC Calimag, and Mapua's Jonnel Policarpio. Calimag was this week's top mover, jumping 14 spots from last week's 23 to enter the top nine, while LSGH's Joshua David, who dropped from third to 11th, and San Sebastian's Milo Janao, who sunk from 10th to 18th, suffered the biggest drop offs going eight spots down. Here are the complete Week 11 rankings of the Chooks-to-Go/NBTC NCAA 24: 1. Joel Cagulangan (CSB) (1) 2. Clint Escamis (MU) (5) 3. John Amores (JRU) (12) 4. Inand Fornilos (CSB) (4) 5. John Barba (LPU) (11) 6. Mac Guadana (LPU) (9) 7. Dan Arches (MU) (2) 8. John Delos Santos (JRU) (N/A) 9. RC Calimag (CSB) (23) 10. Jonnel Policarpio (MU) (8) 11. Joshua David (CSB) (3) 12. Aaron Fermin (AU) (7) 13. Karl Mariano (MU) (N/A) 14. Rom Junsay (AU) (13) 15. Roseler Sarias (MU) (N/A) 16. Emman Galman (UPHSD) (19) 17. Adrian Balowa (EAC) (N/A) 18. Milo Janao (SSCR) (10) 19. Joshua Lazaro (SBU) (N/A) 20. Lars Sunga (AU) (14) 21. Yuri Kawamura (UPHSD) (18) 22. Jearelan Omandac (LPU) (N/A) 23. Winston Ynot (SBU) (N/A) 24. Kean Baclaan (SSCR) (24) This year, there will be three separate editions of the NBTC 24 – one for the NCAA, one for the UAAP, and one for the CESAFI – to accommodate the Juniors calendar for the whole year.  After all three editions have been completed, a final list composing the top 24 players nationwide will then be chosen to participate in the annual NBTC All-Star Game in March......»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsOct 2nd, 2018Related News

Soldier, pro-IS bandit killed in clash

ZAMBOANGA CITY: Government forces pursuing members of the pro-Islamic State (IS) bandits who took part in the Marawi City siege last year clashed with the group in Lanao del Norte on Monday, killing two, including an Army soldier. Captain Clint Antipala, spokesman for the Philippine Army’s 1st Infantry Division, said the operation targeted members of… link: Soldier, pro-IS bandit killed in clash.....»»

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LSGH, Mapua remain 1-2 now in stretch run of NCAA 94

STANDINGS LSGH 12-2 MAPUA 11-3 SAN BEDA 9-4 JRU 8-6 LPU 6-7 ARELLANO 5-7 SAN SEBASTIAN 5-8 PERPETUAL 5-9 LETRAN 3-10 EAC 3-11 The top two spots in the NCAA 94 Juniors Basketball Tournament remain in the hands of the favorites to go to the Finals. Defending champion College of St. Benilde-La Salle Greenhills and runner-up Mapua High School both protected their inside tracks to a twice-to-beat advantage by pounding on their respective foes on Friday at the Filoil Flying V Centre. The Junior Blazers officially clinched a playoff berth after making quick work of Emilio Aguinaldo College, 77-61. Inand Fornilos led a total of five players in double-digits for the defending champions with 14 points on top of four rebounds, one assist, one steal, and one block. Joshua David and Joel Cagulangan also did their part with the former finishing with 12 points, eight rebounds, and three assists and the latter ending with 10 markers, 10 boards, seven dimes, and two steals. Now at 12-2, CSB-LSGH has assured itself of a spot in the next round. Meanwhile, the Red Robins moved one step closer to their own playoff berth after routing University of Perpetual Help, 96-73. The return of Clint Escamis only energized Mapua as their main man had 16 points, three rebounds, and three assists in just 20 minutes of action. Karl Mariano also scored 16 points of his own as they improved to 11-3. Dan Arches and Roseler Sarias each chipped in 14 points as well while Jonnel Policarpio had 10 markers and seven rebounds all while leading their domination of their opponents in inside points, 50-30. Their respective losses dropped the Junior Altas to 5-9 and the Brigadiers to 3-11. BOX SCORES FIRST GAME MAPUA 96 – Escamis 16, Mariano 16, Sarias 14, Arches 14, Policarpio 10, Hernandez 7, Smith 5, Diaz 4, Tagal 4, Quimado 2, Dennison 2, Lazarte 2, Chavez 0, Fransman 0, Samonteza 0 PERPETUAL 73 – Galman 17, Kawamura 16, Ogunsanya 10, Orgo 9, Galoy 7, Nunez 5, Lauchengco 4, Barcuma 2, Dela Cruz 2, Romilla 1, Defante 0 QUARTER SCORES: 20-16, 43-34, 72-49, 96-73 SECOND GAME CSB-LSGH 77 – Fornilos 14, Lopez 13, David 12, Calimag 11, Cagulangan 10, Morales 6, Mosqueda 5, Valenzuela 4, Palencia 2, Lao 0, Sangco 0, Cortez 0, Arciaga 0, Lepalam 0, Natividad 0 EAC 61 – Balowa 26, Ilustrisimo 15, Quebral 8, Sanosa 4, Boado 2, Pascual 2, Lozano 2, Sumagaysay 2, Rivera 0, Calara 0, Mejia 0, Encila 0, Murillo 0 QUARTER SCORES: 19-16, 36-22, 56-42, 77-61 --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsSep 28th, 2018Related News

Joel Cagulangan comes back with a vengeance as 1 in NBTC NCAA 24

Joel Cagulangan, for the high standards he had set for himself, has been flying under the radar in the NCAA 94 Juniors Basketball Tournament. That was until La Salle Greenhills figured in back-to-back games against powerhouse opponents. Up against Mapua last Tuesday, the graduating guard stuffed the stat sheet with 22 points, 9 rebounds, 7 assists, and 3 steals only to see his team get routed. That is exactly why, just three days later, Cagulangan did even more, firing a career-high 38 markers to go along with 9 boards and 7 dimes to shoot the Greenies over an Arellano side desperate for a win. Throughout that career performance, the pint-sized playmaker hit a dozen triples, with six coming in the third quarter, to turn a close contest into a blowout. That was more than enough to catapult Cagulangan to the top spot of the Chooks-to-Go/NBTC NCAA 24 – a place he had not been for six weeks. That was also more than enough to hold off Dan Arches who averaged 21 points, 3.5 rebounds, and 3.4 assists all while stepping up for the injured Clint Escamis in the Red Robins’ 2-0 record for the week. Following suit are LSGH’ versatile swingman Jason David at third, the aforementioned injured Escamis at fourth, and another Greenie in double-double machine Inand Fornilos at fifth. Completing the top 10 are Mapua’s Paolo Hernandez, Arellano’s Aaron Fermin, Red Robin Jonnel Policarpio, Lyceum’s Mac Guadana, and San Sebastian’s Milo Janao. Last week’s number 1 John Amores dropped to 12 this time around as the JRU lost to the Staglets even after his 16-point, 7-rebound, 3-assist effort. Here are the complete Week 11 rankings of the Chooks-to-Go/NBTC NCAA 24: 1. Joel Cagulangan (LSGH) (4) 2. Dan Arches (MU) (8) 3. Joshua David (LSGH) (3) 4. Inand Fornilos (LSGH) (2) 5. Clint Escamis (MU) (5) 6. Paolo Gernandez (MU) (18) 7. Aaron Fermin (AU) (9) 8. Jonnel Policarpio (MU) (12) 9. Mac Guadana (LPU) (11) 10. Milo Janao (SSCR) (13) 11. John Barba (LPU) (7) 12. John Amores (JRU) (1) 13. Rom Junsay (AU) (14) 14. Lars Sunga (AU) (N/A) 15. Mark Sangco (LSGH) (N/A) 16. Resty Fornis (AU) (N/A) 17. Winderlich Coyoca (SBU) (24) 18. Yuri Kawamura (UPHSD) (N/A) 19. Emman Galman (UPHSD) (N/A) 20. JR Ilustrisimo (EAC) (19) 21. Ezdel Galoy (UPHSD) (16) 22. Neil Guarino (CSJL) (N/A) 23. RC Calimag (LSGH) (15) 24. Kean Baclaan (SSCR) (10) This year, there will be three separate editions of the NBTC 24 – one for the NCAA, one for the UAAP, and one for the CESAFI – to accommodate the Juniors calendar for the whole year. After all three editions have been completed, a final list composing the top 24 players nationwide will then be chosen to participate in the annual NBTC All-Star Game in March......»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsSep 25th, 2018Related News

NCAA Season 94: Red Robins repeat over Greenies

Mapua University completed its elimination round sweep of defending champion CSB-La Salle Greenhills, 93-87, to solidify its hold of the second spot in the NCAA Season 94 juniors basketball competition at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan Tuesday. The Red Robins captured its ninth win in 12 games while handing the Greenies, who remained at solo top spot, their second defeat after 12 outings in a rematch of last year’s Finals.  Dan Arches and Jonnel Policarpio led the charge of Mapua with 23 and 21 points, respectively. Paolo Hernandez finished with 13 points, Clint Escamis had 11 while Roseler Sarias registered 10 for the Red Robins, who held off CSB-LSGH’s second half run after a shaky start. Mapua built a 19-point cushion in the first half and kept their safe distance in the last two quarters to stave off the Greenies’ repeated comeback attempts. Joel Cagulangan came up short of a double-double with 22 points and nine rebounds while Joshua David got 19 markers and 12 boards for CSB-LSGH. Meanwhile, Arellano University defeated University of Perpetual Help, 70-66, to tie its victim at 5-6 win-loss slate. Romuel Junsay and Lars Sunga posted 12 points each while Brian Javier got 10 for the Braves. Yukihiro Kawamura had 21 points while Emman Gaiman had 19 for the Junior Altas.   Box scores: First game: Mapua (93) --- Arches 23, Policarpio 21, Hernandez 13, Escamis 11, Sarias 10, Diaz 7, Mariano 3, Smith 2, Quimado 2, Lazarte 1, Dennison 0, Tagal 0. CSB-LSGH (87) --- Cagulangan 22, David 19, Fornillos 18, Sangco 13, Calimag 9, Valenzuela 3, Cortez 2, Natividad 1, Morales 0, Mosqueda 0, Palencia 0, Lepalam 0, Lao 0. Quarters: 24-19, 51-32, 69-61, 93-87   Second game: AU (70) --- Junsay 12, Sunga 12, Javier 10, Fermin 9, Fornis 8, Espiritu 8, Recto 4, Templonuevo 3, Domingo 2, Sahali 2, Liangco 0, Nepomuceno 0. UPHSD (66) --- Kawamura 21, Galman 19, Galoy 10, Oguinsanya 6, Orgo 5, Barcuma 2, Romilla 2, Nunez 1, Duka 0, Dela Cruz 0, Defante 0. Quarters: 15-14, 33-35, 52-51, 70-66.....»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsSep 18th, 2018Related News

EYES ON YOU, KID: NCAA 94 Jrs. players to watch

The first round of the NCAA 94 Juniors Basketball Tournament is over and done with. And with the second round already underway, we’re getting even more glimpses of the future of Philippine basketball courtesy of these players: CLINT ESCAMIS – Mapua High School (yellow jersey with ball) ROUND 1 AVERAGES: 23.3 points, 46.9 percent shooting, 5.7 rebounds, 3.9 assists, 2.7 steals Clint Escamis has spent his first two seasons under the leadership of the likes of Sherwin Concepcion, Mike Enriquez, Warren Bonifacio, and Will Gozum. Now in his third and last season in Mapua, he is proving that he is no slouch as a leader himself. The league’s top scorer and second-best steal-getter has carried the Red Robins right back up there in the standings – and they are the only team to have downed all f the traditional powerhouses in College of St. Benilde-La Salle Greenhills, Arellano High School, and San Beda High School. This version of Mapua may not be as star-studded as it was in the last four years, but they may just have the brightest star in all of the league in their 6-foot-1 swingman. INAND FORNILOS – College of St. Benilde-La Salle Greenhills (green jersey defending white jersey with ball) ROUND 1 AVERAGES: 11.4 points, 51.8 percent shooting, 10.9 rebounds, 2.0 blocks, 1.0 assist On a team as fully loaded as CSB-LSGH, there has to be a workhorse – and Inand Fornilos has been just that and more. Just like he did in their championship campaign last season, he has been a force to reckon with on both ends of the floor for the league-leading Junior Blazers. The rebounds and defense have always been second nature for Fornilos, but this season, he has become better on offense. In fact, he already has a couple of 20-point games to his name – not bad for an undersized big man at 6-foot-2. Without a doubt, the graduating forward is doing all he can to make his former team regret ever letting him go. JOHN AMORES – Jose Rizal High School (blue jersey with ball) ROUND 1 AVERAGES: 20.1 points, 6.8 rebounds, 2.8 assists, 1.0 steal And all of that is because of John Amores, the second-best scorer in all of the league and the undisputed main man of the daring Light Bombers – the only team that will be sweeping contending Mapua in the elimination round. JRU’s rise from the bottom half of the standings to the top four is nothing short of spectacular and that improvement is best personified by Amores who went from role player a year ago to go-to-guy this season. Give the Most Improved Award to the kid already because he’s ready and raring to take much more than that. JOEL CAGULANGAN – College of St. Benilde-La Salle Greenhills (green jersey with ball) ROUND 1 AVERAGES: 15.3 points, 7.3 assists, 4.7 rebounds, 2.1 steals For the high standards he set a year ago, this season has been a quiet one for Joel Cagulangan. With the likes of Escamis and Amores flying high and CSB-LSGH teammates Fornilos and RC Calimag grabbing more headlines than him, last year’s Finals MVP has been under the radar. Quietly, however, he is actually the Junior Blazers’ leading scorer and the NCAA’s best assistman and fourth-best steal-getter. Yes, that’s just how the 5-foot-9 do-it-all dynamo rolls, making an impact even if everybody else doesn’t feel it. Just don’t forget that he could also choose to make everybody feel his impact, okay? AARON FERMIN – Arellano High School (grey jersey, #18) ROUND 1 AVERAGES: 14.2 points, 53.5 percent shooting, 17.6 rebounds, 1.0 block If not for Arellano’s struggles last season, Aaron Fermin would have been MVP. If not for the Braves’ struggle in the ongoing season, Fermin would have been the league’s most tantalizing talent. Standing at 6-foot-5, graced with a wide frame, having timing on lock, and blessed with a non-stop motor, the graduating big man has all the tools to be a game-changer on both ends of the floor. Indeed, he had a stretch of games of posting a 15-point, 20-rebound double-double. Now, if only he could lift Arellano to much-needed wins and back onto a playoff push. DAN ARCHES – Mapua High School (yellow jersey with ball) ROUND 1 AVERAGES: 16.2 points, 3.9 rebounds, 3.9 assists, 1.8 steals Mapua has long been defined by its talented big men, but now, it’s the guys at the wings who have taken center stage. Escamis has been their main man, but he also has a more than capable running mate in Dan Arches. All Escamis could do, Arches could do as well, only without the same sort of consistency. But hey, this is the first time he has been getting time with in his two years as a Red Robins so there’s nothing that all those reps couldn’t improve. And oh, he also has one thing going for him – a fine floater that he could bust out at any time that somehow, some way, has become automatic. JOSHUA DAVID – College of St. Benilde-La Salle Greenhills (green jersey, with ball) ROUND 1 AVERAGES: 14.3 points, 6.4 rebounds, 3.3 assists, 1.9 steals Imagine the dynamic between Escamis and Arches, and then translate that onto Cagulangan and his own partner-in-crime in Joshua David. Like Cagulangan, David could stuff the stat sheet. Like Cagulangan, David could do whatever CSB-LSGH needs for a win. The only difference is that unlike Cagulangan, David already has the size at 6-feet and a big body to make the same sort of noise in the Seniors. Of course, Cagulangan’s clutch genes are also on another level, but who knows? Maybe David is just waiting on the wings to seize those moments for himself? MILO JANAO AND KEAN BACLAAN – San Sebastian College-Recoletos JANAO’S ROUND 1 AVERAGES: 19.0 points, 5.0 rebounds, 1.0 assist (yellow jersey with ball in first photo) BACLAAN’S ROUND 1 AVERAGES: 15.1 points, 5.1 rebounds, 4.1 assists, 1.8 steals (yellow jersey with ball in second photo) It looks like San Sebastian College-Recoletos still wouldn’t be able to get over the hump this year, but the good news is that they remain on the right track. The even better news is that Milo Janao and Kean Baclaan, the two paving the way for them, are here to stay. That backcourt, by themselves, has fueled the Staglets to four wins – and still in the thick of things. While a long-awaited, much-wanted playoff berth is a long shot this year, perhaps it wouldn’t be so when both Janao and Baclaan get a year older and a year more determined to continue doing it all to win. MAC GUADANA AND JOHN BARBA – Lyceum of the Philippines University GUADANA’S ROUND 1 AVERAGES: 19.5 points, 5.0 rebounds, 1.8 assists (grey jersey with ball in first photo) BARBA’S ROUND 1 AVERAGES: 17.6 points, 6.3 rebounds, 2.7 assists, 1.7 steals (grey jersey with ball in second photo) Batang Gilas member Mac Guadana has become the NCAA’s constant – a 6-foot guard who could score at will while also doing his part in rebounding and playmaking. With him showing the way, Lyceum of the Philippines University has proven to be a far from easy out for three seasons now. They are still a ways away from legitimate contention, but the Junior Pirates have reason to believe that would be sooner than later as teaming up with Guadana is John Barba, a 6-foot-2 forward who just has a knack for willing his way to good looks inside. With those two, the boys from Cavite have two of the top six scorers in all of the league. Now, they just have to find the other pieces of the puzzle for their first-ever playoff berth. ROM JUNSAY – Arellano High School (grey jersey with ball) ROUND 1 AVERAGES: 19.4 points, 4.9 rebounds, 2.4 assists, 1.6 steals Rom Junsay was one of the biggest keys to Mapua’s first-ever championship. That was two years ago, though, and since then, the 5-foot-6 has transferred to Arellano and is now only playing his first and last season there. Nonetheless, in just his first game in blue and grey, he wasted no time in reminding everybody about his talents, dropping a career-high 34 points. He and the Braves have trailed off from there, but just as Arellano is a sleeping giant no team wants to wake, Junsay is an active volcano just waiting for the perfect time to erupt. HONORABLE MENTIONS Jonnel Policarpio – Mapua High School RC Calimag – College of St. Benilde-La Salle Greenhills --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsSep 17th, 2018Related News

JRU takes flight in NCAA just as Amores does so too in NBTC 24

John Amores of the JRU Light Bombers has been hailed the top high school player in Week 10 the Chooks-to-Go /NBTC 24 NCAA edition. The 6-foot-2 swingman is having a heck of Juniors campaign and his exploits have not gone unnoticed. Last Thursday, his herculean effort of 13 points and 19 rebounds paved the way for a 74-73 victory over title-contenders Mapua . That victory finished off an elimination round upset for JRU over the title conteder Red Robins. Amores, who is on his second and final year with the Light Bombers, is having a breakout season. Last year, he had modest averages of 3.6 points and 3.5 rebounds in just 13.4 minutes of play. Now in, Season 94, he amped up his game and has become one of the reasons why JRU is in a position to enter the Final Four as he is currently fourth in scoring with 18.8 points per outing. After being a constant fixture in NBTC 24’s top 20, including going as high as number two twice, Amores has finally earned the coveted number one ranking. Following Amores are three LSGH Greenies after the defending champions downed the San Sebastian Staglets, 76-65, last Tuesday. Inand Fornilos’ double-double of 24 points and 17 rebounds earned him the second spot while Joshua David came in at third following his 19-point, 9-rebound, 7-assist output. Joel Cagulangan is at fourth as he chipped in with eight points, three rebounds, and six assists in the win. Mapua’s Clint Escamis, who ruled the rankings for the past three weeks, settled for the fifth spot after their upset loss. Here are the complete Week 10 rankings: 1. John Amores (JRU) (6) 2. Inand Fornilos (CSB) (3) 3. Joshua David (CSB) (10) 4. Joel Cagulangan (CSB) (2) 5. Clint Escamis (MU) (1) 6. John Delos Santos (JRU) (9) 7. John Barba (LPU) (8) 8. Dan Arches (MU) (7) 9. Aaron Fermin (AU) (11) 10. Kean Baclaan (SSCR) (15) 11. Mac Guadana (LPU) (12) 12. Jonnel Policarpio (MU) (4) 13. Milo Janao (SSCR) (19) 14. Rom Junsay (AU) (13) 15. RC Calimag (CSB) (5) 16. Ezdel Galoy (UPHSD) (18) 17. Thomas Vasquez (JRU) (N/A) 18. Paolo Hernandez (MU) (N/A) 19. JR Ilustrisimo (EAC) 14) 20. Marwin Dionisio (JRU) (N/A) 21. Penny Estacio (SBU) (N/A) 22. Marj de Leon (LPU) (N/A) 23. Andrei Romenez (CSJL) (N/A) 24. Winderlich Coyoca (SBU) (N/A) This year, there will be three separate editions of the NBTC 24 – one for the NCAA, one for the UAAP, and one for the CESAFI – to accommodate the Juniors calendar for the whole year. After all three editions have been completed, a final list composing the top 24 players nationwide will then be chosen to participate in the annual NBTC All-Star Game in March......»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsSep 17th, 2018Related News

Police drug sting fails to nab ex-mayor’s son

TWO PERSONS were arrested in a police buy-bust operation in Jaro, Iloilo City, evening of Sept 12, 2018. However, members of the PNP Regional Drug Enforcement Unit (RDEU)-6 failed to arrest the target personality. Clint Soliva, son of the late Mayor Nilo Soliva of Remedios Romualdez town in Agusan del Norte, was not around during […] The post Police drug sting fails to nab ex-mayor’s son appeared first on The Daily Guardian......»»

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Escamis flies high in NCAA NBTC 24 for third straight week

Clint Escamis of the Mapua Red Robins remained in top form as he conquered the Chooks-to-Go /NBTC 24 NCAA edition for the third straight week.  Escamis led the Red Robins to an emphatic 33-point blowout of the San Beda Red Cubs last Friday.  The spitfire shooting guard put up 21 points, five rebounds, three assists, and added three steals in Mapua’s 91-58 statement win.  La Salle Green Hill’s Joel Cagulangan rose back to number two in the rankings after a near triple-double of nine points, 12 rebounds, and 11 dimes in a win over Perpetual. Rounding out the top five are then teammates of Escamis and Cagulangan. Inand Fornillos and RC Calimag stand in the third and fifth spots while Jonnel Policarpio rose to fourth after his 10-point, 12-rebound performance against San Beda.  John Amores moved up ten spots to number six with his strong outing of 17 points, six boards, and three assists in JRU Light Bombers’ win over the LPU Junior Pirates. Mapua’s Dan Arches, LPU’s John Barba, JRU’s John Delos Santos, and CSB’s Joshua David complete this week’s top ten players.  Here are the complete Week 9 rankings:  1. Clint Escamis (MU) (1)  2. Joel Cagulangan (CSB) (4)  3. Inand Fornilos (CSB) (5)  4. Jonnel Policarpio (MU) (6)  5. RC Calimag (CSB) (3)  6. John Amores (JRU) (16)  7. Dan Arches (MU) (7)  8. John Barba (LPU) (18)  9. John Delos Santos (JRU) (17)  10. Joshua David (CSB) (2)  11. Aaron Fermin (AU) (11)  12. Mac Guadana (LPU) (15)  13. Rom Junsay (AU) (14)  14. JR Ilustrisimo (EAC) (20)  15. Kean Baclaan (SSCR) (10)  16. John Tabajen (CSJL) (N/A)  17. Roseler Sarias (MU) (N/A)  18. Ezdel Galoy (UPHSD) (13)  19. Milo Janao (SSCR) (9)  20. Kai Oliva (SBU) (N/A)  21. CJ Saure (CSJL) (N/A)  22. Emman Galman (UPHSD) (8)  23. Cjay Boado (EAC) (N/A)  24. Michael Diaz (MU) (N/A) This year, there will be three separate editions of the NBTC 24 – one for the NCAA, one for the UAAP, and one for the CESAFI – to accommodate Juniors calendar for the whole year. After all three editions have been completed, a final list composing the top 24 players nationwide will then be chosen to participate in the annual NBTC All-Star Game in March......»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsSep 11th, 2018Related News

Clint Escamis swoops onto NBTC NCAA 24 top spot once more

Game in and game out, Clint Escamis is proving himself to be one of the best players in the NCAA 94 Juniors Basketball Tournament. With another stint atop the rankings of the Chooks-to-Go/NBTC NCA 24, Escamis has yet another proof as to his status. The graduating guard tallied an all-around 24 points, six rebounds, five assists, and four steals in Mapua’s well-earned win over Letran – a win that tightened their grasp on the second spot in the standings at the end of the first round. With that, Escamis now leads all players with the most number one rankings at three – one better than next closest Joel Cagulangan of rival LSGH. Meanwhile, Cagulangan dropped out of the top five and now stands at sixth – his lowest thus far. Conversely, making the biggest leap ever in the rankings is San Beda’s Kent Pelipel. From out of the 24 a week ago, the rookie guard shot to second-place behind per game counts of 23 points and two rebounds in the Red Cubs’ back-to-back wins. That included a 29-point, 9-triple, game-winning masterpiece over modern-day rival Arellano just last Friday. Completing the top five are Joshua David of LSGH, John Amores of JRU, and another Greenie in RC Calimag. Falling behind Cagulangan at sixth are then his LSGH teammate Inand Fornilos, Red Robins Jonnel Policarpio and Dan Arches, and Braves’ pillar Aaron Fermin. Here are the complete Week 5 rankings of the Chooks-to-Go/NBTC NCAA 24: 1. Clint Escamis (MU) (3) 2. Kent Pelipel (SBU) (N/A) 3. Joshua David (CSB) (6) 4. John Amores (JRU) (2) 5. RC Calimag (CSB) (15) 6. Joel Cagulangan (CSB) (4) 7. Inand Fornilos (CSB) (1) 8. Jonnel Policarpio (MU) (5) 9. Dan Arches (MU) (8) 10. Aaron Fermin (AU) (7) 11. Milo Janao (SSCR) (9) 12. Kean Baclaan (SSCR) (11) 13. Joshua Lazaro (SBU) (N/A) 14. Mac Guadana (LPU) (12) 15. Ezdel Galoy (UPHSD) (N/A) 16. Emman Galman (UPHSD) (N/A) 17. John Barba (LPU) (13) 18. Rom Junsay (AU) (17) 19. John Delos Santos (JRU) (18) 20. Justine Sanchez (SBU) (N/A) 21. JR Ilustrisimo (EAC) (14) 22. Lars Sunga (AU) (19) 23. Marwin Dionisio (JRU) (21) 24. Joshua Gallano (UPHSD) (16) This year, there will be three separate editions of the NBTC 24 – one for the NCAA, one for the UAAP, and one for the CESAFI – to accommodate the Juniors calendar for the whole year. After all three editions have been completed, a final list composing the top 24 players nationwide will then be chosen to participate in the annual NBTC All-Star Game in March......»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsAug 28th, 2018Related News

LOOK: Who should rep NBA teams in 3X competition?

With the NBA 3X Philippines Playoffs kicking off this weekend at the SM Mall of Asia Music Hall, the mind inevitably drifts off to imagining how actual NBA players would do in a three-on-three competition. To aid that musing, here are our picks to represent the 30 NBA franchises, should the league decide to have such a tournament. Of course, this was easier for some teams, compared to others, and perhaps that challenge is what makes the mental exercise so intriguing. Disagree with our four-man selections? Let us know in the comments! Atlanta Hawks - John Collins, Taurean Prince, Trae Young, Vince Carter The Hawks go young with their squad, and could have even gone younger, plugging in rookies Kevin Huerter or Omari Spellman into their fourth spot. However, the very chance of 41-year-old Vince Carter dunking on people in a 3X game is too tantalizing to pass up. Boston Celtics - Kyrie Irving, Gordon Hayward, Al Horford, Jaylen Brown The deep, deep Celtics have plenty of ways to go. You could field a defense-oriented squad with Marcus Smart and Aron Baynes leading the way, or go guns-blazing with Jayson Tatum. However, we're opting for a middle-of-the-road approach here, with the established superstars leading the way, plus the ultra-versatile Jaylen Brown filling the fourth seat. Brooklyn Nets - Spencer Dinwiddie, Jarrett Allen, Rondae Hollis-Jefferson, Joe Harris The Nets have acquired plenty of veterans in exchange for draft picks over their rebuilding process, and a Jared Dudley-Kenneth Faried-Allen Crabbe-Ed Davis quartet has some appeal. We're opting for some of their younger stars though, and you could definitely make the argument that D'Angelo Russell should be somewhere in the mix too. Charlotte Hornets - Kemba Walker, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, Cody Zeller, Nic Batum A pretty obvious selection for Buzz City here. We will possibly revise this if Malik Monk makes a second-year leap. Chicago Bulls - Kris Dunn, Zach LaVine, Wendell Carter Jr., Lauri Markkanen Sure Denzel Valentine and Jabari Parker have claims to a spot, but the above four are definitely the pieces Chicago seems to be building around long-term. Cleveland Cavaliers - Kevin Love, Larry Nance Jr., Cedi Osman, Collin Sexton We'll pretend that Jordan Clarkson is off at Gilas practice and unavailable. Also, JR Smith not knowing the score might be more problematic in a 3-on-3 game, so he'll sit this one out. Dallas Mavericks - Dirk Nowitzki, Luka Doncic, Dennis Smith Jr., DeAndre Jordan The Mavericks' two super-kids in Doncic and DSJ are obvious shoo-ins, as is the venerable Dirk. The fourth spot is a bit up for grabs, but I'm opting here for their offseason acquisition Jordan. Harrison Barnes though would be deserving of the spot too. Denver Nuggets - Paul Millsap, Gary Harris, Jamal Murray, Nikola Jokic This is Denver's core and boy is it a powerful one, though Millsap will probably have to take on the bulk of the defensive chores. It's also tempting to figure out a way to add Isaiah Thomas, who has the potential to go off in such a tournament. Detroit Pistons - Andre Drummond, Blake Griffin, Reggie Jackson, Stanley Johnson Detroit's 'Big Three' of Drummond, Griffin, and Jackson are obvious shoo-ins. The question mark is the fourth guy. Henry Ellenson for a little jack-of-all-trades? Luke Kennard for shooting? In the end, I'm going with Stanley Johnson, crossing fingers that under new coach Dwane Casey, his stats will take a leap forward. Golden State Warriors - Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, Draymond Green, Kevin Durant With DeMarcus Cousins still iffy with his achilles tear, we'll have to "settle" for GSW's All-Star quartet. Also, we may have found the thing to start a little in-fighting among the Dubs - figuring out who of the four starts on the bench. Houston Rockets - Chris Paul, James Harden, Clint Capela, Carmelo Anthony Maybe there's a possibility that PJ Tucker would be a better fit than Melo, but Chris Paul says Anthony's in, and who am I to argue? Indiana Pacers - Victor Oladipo, Myles Turner, Domantas Sabonis, Bojan Bogdanovic The Pacers surprised many last season, and this quartet was at the center of their uprising. One extremely hard cut? New signing Tyreke Evans, though he would duplicate a lot of what Oladipo brings to the table. Los Angeles Clippers - Avery Bradley, Danilo Gallinari, Tobias Harris, Patrick Beverley, Injuries aside, this is a very potent four-some from the Clips. The Bradley + Beverley combo should put the clamps on anyone, while freeing up Gallo or Harris from downtown. Los Angeles Lakers - LeBron James, Lonzo Ball, Brandon Ingram, Kyle Kuzma I was tempted to go with a Meme Team lineup of Rajon Rondo, Lance Stephenson and JaVale McGee, along with LBJ (and apologies to Michael Beasley), but let's go with the Lakers kids instead. The mix of youth and James' experience ought to be a potent combo.   Memphis Grizzlies - Mike Conley, Marc Gasol, Chandler Parsons, Jaren Jackson Jr. Once upon a time, a Grit 'N Grind four of Conley, Gasol, Tony Allen, and Zach Randolph probably could have run away with this. Instead, we're hoping Parsons is healthy enough to spread the floor, and that Jackson Jr. is as impressive as he was in Summer League. Miami Heat - Bam Adebayo, Goran Dragic, James Johnson, Josh Richardson There are plenty of ways to go with the Heat. Kelly Olynyk was a great addition last offseason. Hassan Whiteside, despite his clashes with the coaching staff, could still submit a dominant performance. A healthy Dion Waiters is a very 3x3-esque player. Oh, and if the Heat bring back Dwyane Wade, he's got to be a shoo-in. All of that said, I like this mix of players, but you can certainly change my mind. Milwaukee Bucks - Giannis Antetokounmpo, Khris Middleton, Eric Bledsoe, Thon Maker The Greek Freak is the centerpiece of any squad you form out of the Bucks. With the way the court is shrunk, you can be sure Antetokounmpo will be everywhere, on both offense and defense. The challenge is finding guys to complement him. Middleton is the obvious pick, while Bledsoe versus Malcolm Brogdon is a bit of a toss-up. To round out the team, I can't help but give the nod to Maker, you know, just in case we need someone to unleash a Mortal Kombat-esque flying kick. Minnesota Timberwolves - Jimmy Butler, Karl-Anthony Towns, Andrew Wiggins, Jeff Teague Coach Thibodeau wouldn't reallllly consider a Butler-Taj Gibson-Derrick Rose trio right? *pause* Let's move on. New Orleans Pelicans - Jrue Holiday, Anthony Davis, Nikola Mirotic, Julius Randle This is as jumbo a line-up as you can get here, with Holiday being the only real guard, and that's what makes this Pelicans team so intriguing. New York Knicks - Kristaps Porzingis, Frank Ntilikina, Kevin Knox, Tim Hardaway Jr. The Knicks go young with Zinger, Frank and the rookie Knox. The only real question is the fourth player. You could make the case for Enes Kanter, or even the resurgent Trey Burke, but my pick here is for THJ for more perimeter scoring. Oklahoma City Thunder - Russell Westbrook, Paul George, Steven Adams, Andre Roberson When this four-some were on the court last season, the Thunder slapped opposing teams into straitjackets and tossed them away into some dark cell. If Roberson's healthy again, this group will probably do the same in 3X. Orlando Magic - Aaron Gordon, Evan Fournier, Jonathan Isaac, Mohamed Bamba It's all about the wingspan for the Magic. Philadelphia 76ers - Joel Embiid, Ben Simmons, Robert Covington, Dario Saric We're going to trust the process here, and roll out the 76ers' core group. Sure you might want JJ Redick to address the lack of a true knockdown shooter, or roll the dice on the possibility of Markelle Fultz looking like a number one overall pick, but it's hard to argue with the skillset of this four. Phoenix Suns - DeAndre Ayton, Devin Booker, Josh Jackson, Trevor Ariza The first three in the desert are all young and unpolished to varying degrees. That's why we're rounding out Phoenix's squad with veteran Trevor Ariza, in order to show this group how to notch W's. Portland Trail Blazers - Damian Lillard, CJ McCollum, Jusuf Nurkic, Zach Collins Obviously you go with the Dame-CJ one-two punch. Nurkic, after signing his extension, is a lock too. The question comes with the fourth chair. Evan Turner? Seth Curry? Mo Harkless? Ultimately, my pick is second-year player Zach Collins, as the team could use his hustle, and a guy who doesn't really need a whole lot of touches. Sacramento Kings - De'Aaron Fox, Bogdan Bogdanovic, Buddy Hield, Marvin Bagley III We're going young again here, and it's hard to argue with this Kings quartet. However, don't sleep on Harry Giles, who red-shirted what would have been his rookie season last year. He is primed to break out, based on his Summer League performance. San Antonio Spurs - LaMarcus Aldridge, DeMar DeRozan, Rudy Gay, Dejounte Murray The Spurs throw out a veteran squad, with the exception of the long-armed, defensively-stout Murray. Patty Mills might be a better option if you're worried about the team's lack of shooting, and you could certainly debate slotting in Pau Gasol for Rudy Gay as well. Toronto Raptors - Kyle Lowry, Kawhi Leonard, Pascal Siakam, OG Anunoby In the regular season, the Raptors thrived thanks to a deep bench, but that's not an option in 3X. Instead, we'll make defense their calling card, as highlighted by new get Kawhi Leonard. Pairing "The Klaw" with Siakam and Anunoby turns any game into a defensive slugfest, and of course, Lowry is there to run the show. Utah Jazz - Donovan Mitchell, Rudy Gobert, Joe Ingles, Ricky Rubio You could very well make the argument that this is the second-best squad in this field. Washington Wizards - John Wall, Bradley Beal, Otto Porter, Dwight Howard Guys, when even John Oliver is making fun of Dwight Howard, you know we've all gone too far. The views on this page do not necessarily reflect the views of the NBA, its clubs or ABS-CBN Sports......»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsAug 24th, 2018Related News

Mapua’s Clint Escamis reigns anew in NBTC NCAA 24 Week 5

After getting tripped by San Beda, Mapua has taken flight once again in the 94th Season of the NCAA Juniors Basketball Tournament. Of course, at the controls of the Red Robins ascent is Clint Escamis. The graduating guard averaged 26.5 points, 6.0 rebounds, and 4.5 steals in their back-to-back wins over San Sebastian and EAC. Those numbers were, far and away, the best ones any player had for the week. And so, Escamis now finds himself atop the Week 5 rankings of the Chooks-to-Go/NBTC NCAA 24 – the second time he has been there in the last four weeks. Coming next after him is JRU’s rising star John Amores who fired 27 points, five rebounds, and four assists, in their upset of powerhouse Arellano. Amores, the frontrunner as the league’s Most Improved Player, also made one of the bigger leaps in the rankings by moving from 11th a week ago to second this time around. Rounding out the top five are King Brave Aaron Fermin, Perpetual pillar Joshua Gallano, and LSGH lead guard Joel Cagulangan. From outside the rankings, Mapua’s Jonnel Policarpio pumped in norms of 15.0 points and 13.0 rebounds to place at eighth – sandwiched between teammate Dan Arches and Arellano’s Rom Junsay at sixth and seventh, respectively, as well as LSGH’s RC Calimag and Perpetual’s Emman Galman at ninth, and 10th, respectively. Meanwhile, San Sebastian rookie stud Milo Janao and Lyceum stalwart Mac Guadana suffered big drops and now stand at 15th and 18th, respectively. Here are the complete Week 5 rankings of the Chooks-to-Go/NBTC NCAA 24: 1. Clint Escamis (MU) (2) 2. John Amores (JRU) (11) 3. Aaron Fermin (AU) (4) 4. Joshua Gallano (UPHSD) (13) 5. Joel Cagulangan (CSB) (1) 6. Dan Arches (MU) (8) 7. Rom Junsay (AU) (15) 8. Jonnel Policarpio (MU) (N/A) 9. RC Calimag (LSGH) (N/A) 10. Emman Galman (UPHSD) (N/A) 11. Inand Fornilos (CSB) (6) 12. Joshua David (CSB) (5) 13. Penny Estacio (SBU) (18) 14. Kean Baclaan (SSCR) (16) 15. Milo Janao (SSCR) (3) 16. Paolo Hernandez (MU) (N/A) 17. John Delos Sanos (JRU) (22) 18. Mac Guadana (LPU) (7) 19. Kai Oliva (SBU) (20) 20. Kent Pelipel (SBU) (N/A) 21. Cjay Boado (EAC) (19) 22. John Barba (LPU) (21) 23. JR Ilustrisimo (EAC) (9) 24. CJ Balowa (EAC) (N/A) This year, there will be three separate editions of the NBTC 24 – one for the NCAA, one for the UAAP, and one for the CESAFI – to accommodate the Juniors calendar for the whole year. After all three editions have been completed, a final list composing the top 24 players nationwide will then be chosen to participate in the annual NBTC All-Star Game in March......»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsAug 14th, 2018Related News

BLOGTABLE: How many games will Rockets win in 2018-19?

NBA.com blogtable The Rockets led the league with 65 victories last season. How many games do you think they can win in 2018-19? * * * David Aldridge: Fewer, but that's not a big deal. The assumption here is they'll rest Chris Paul more and more going forward to give him the best chance at getting to the postseason, so that may cost them 4-6 meaningless regular season wins. And if you take away another handful because of the dual loss of Trevor Ariza and Luc Mbah a Moute, let's pencil Houston in for 55-57 regular season wins. Don't think that will be a big deal as long as they don't finish fourth in the west and have to face Golden State in the second round. Tas Melas: The general sentiment among basketball fans is that the Rockets will be far worse (the over-under line in Vegas is 55.5 wins!). What actually happened with the roster to forecast such a drop-off? It’s basically Carmelo Anthony and James Ennis replacing the departed Trevor Ariza and Luc Mbah a Moute (leaving out the additions of RJ Hunter, Michael Carter-Williams, Markel Brown and draft picks at this point). Everyone will point to the defensive issues with Melo starting over Ariza. Defense is an attitude. Yes, a coach needs the personnel, but as much as it is about the guys on the floor, it’s also about the locker room, and I still think there’s enough with Clint Capela, Chris Paul and PJ Tucker (Ariza was part of mediocre Rockets defenses the two years before last season, which were also before James Harden improved defensively). And Melo replacing Ariza is why Ennis was signed – to be the defensive yang to Melo’s offensive ying. Melo can play primarily in the 1st and 3rd with Ennis playing the most important defensive minutes in the 4th. Exposing Melo might happen more in the playoffs, but for the regular season, I see this as a 62-win team. They do still realize that they need the 1-seed to beat Golden State. Shaun Powell: I'd go with the under here and say 60 wins for the Rockets, not because they're in for a steep decline. I'm just not sure they're willing to press for wins in April, given the unpredictability of Chris Paul's vulnerable body, which potentially cost them the Western Conference title (and maybe an NBA title) last season. The Rockets needed to get best record and home-court advantage in the West last season for their mental health. That's not necessarily the case now. John Schuhmann: Even if the Rockets kept the same team together and were relatively healthy, another 65-win season would have been difficult in a deeper Western Conference. And the departure of Trevor Ariza and the loss of depth at the forward positions should hurt them, especially on defense, where they ranked sixth last season. They still have a terrific core of five guys -- Harden, Paul, Capela, Eric Gordon and Tucker -- and should be plenty motivated to get back to where they were a few months ago, so I'll guess that they finish with 59-61 wins, which would still be good for the second best season in franchise history. Sekou Smith: I think the Rockets are capable of another 60-win season. But it'll take a monstrous effort to duplicate the season they had a year ago. And I'm not sure it's worth the energy. The Rockets need only maintain an advantage over the Golden State Warriors to ensure that a potential Game 7 in the Western Conference finals is played at the Toyota Center (only this time with a healthy Chris Paul). If the Warriors decide to attack the 2018-19 regular season the same way they did the 2017-18 regular season, the Rockets would be wise to push only hard enough to maintain a reasonable cushion ahead of the two-time defending champs. There's nothing else to prove. We know the Rockets are capable of winning it all. We witnessed it last season, right up until the moment that Paul suffered his injury......»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsAug 11th, 2018Related News

NCAA: John Amores, Light Bombers take fight out of Braves

STANDINGS LSGH 5-1 PERPETUAL 4-1 MAPUA 5-2 ARELLANO 4-2 SAN BEDA 2-2 SAN SEBASTIAN 3-5 JRU 3-3 LPU 2-5 LETRAN 1-4 EAC 1-5 Jose Rizal High School is the only team in the 94th Season of the NCAA 94 Juniors Basketball Tournament thus far to have downed both playoff hopefuls Mapua High School and Arellano High School. Behind a scintillating 18-2 surge in the last five minutes, the Light Bombers took down the Braves, 79-64, on Friday at the Filoil Flying V Centre. Of course, John Amores fronted the rally by dropping eight of his 27 points in that pivotal push. “Ang maganda, talaga kasing pinagtatrabahuan ng mga bata e. Gusto talaga nila manalo,” a beaming head coach Vic Lazaro said post-game. Trailing by one with five minutes remaining, the do-it-all swingman got together with John Delos Santos and Gab Baluyut and, all of a sudden buried Arellano in a hole it would never get out of. Amores, the hands-down most improved player in the tournament, also added five rebounds and four assists in JRU’s third win in six games. Delos Santos wound up with 14 points, nine assists, four rebounds, and two steals while Baluyut had 13 markers and three blocks of his own. “’Di kami ganun kalaki so kino-compensate namin sa trabaho, hardwork, hustle, defense,” their mentor said. Behind those three, the Light Bombers scored another upset to add to their takedown of the Red Robins to start the season. Rom Junsay topped the scoring column for the Braves with 18 points while Aaron Fermin posted another strong double-double of 15 points and 20 rebounds to go along with three blocks. Going cold in the last five minutes, though, they fell back to fourth-place now at 4-2. With Arellano’s loss, Mapua seized solo third with a come-from-behind victory versus Emilio Aguinaldo College, 80-79. The Red Robins found themselves trailing by 10 at halftime until Clint Escamis and Dan Arches took over, combining for all but six points in their 29-point third quarter. Those two players outscored all of the Brigadiers in the same timeframe, 23-19. Escamis ended up with 28 points, six rebounds, six assists, and four steals while Arches had 22 markers, five boards, and three steals of his own. Paolo Hernandez joined in on the fun in the final frame, pouring in all of his 12 points to help Mapua fend off its opponent and finalize its ascent to 5-2. EAC fell for the fifth time in six games despite the best efforts of Cjay Boado and JR Ilustrisimo who scored 21 and 15 points, respectively. BOX SCORES FIRST GAME MAPUA 80 - Escamis 28, Arches 22, Hernandez 12, Policarpio 7, Sarias 4, Tagal 2, Dennison 2, Lazarte 2, Smith 1, Chavez 0, Quimado 0. EAC 79 - Boado 21, Ilustrimo 15, Balowa 15, Pascual 12, Encila 5, Lozano 4, Quebral 3, Sanosa 2, Sumagaysay 2, Murillo 0, Rodin 0. QUARTER SCORES: 22-24, 33-43, 62-62, 80-79 SECOND GAME JRU 79 – Amores 27, Delos Santos 14, Baluyut 13, Vasquez 10, Bucoy 7, Dionisio 4, Portales 2, Icban 2, Macatangay 0, Fortuna 0, Ganut 0, Mendoza 0 ARELLANO 64 – Junsay 18, Fermin 15, Sunga 9, Domingo 7, Fornis 6, Nepomuceno 3, Espiritu 2, Tolentino 2, Liangco 2, Templonuevo 0, Sahali 0 QUARTER SCORES: 17-18, 35-30, 50-51, 79-64 --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsAug 10th, 2018Related News

DA s 2018 NBA Offseason Rankings: The Middle 10

By David Aldridge, TNT Analyst Wonder what the rental market is like in San Luis Obispo, Calif. San Luis Obispo is, give or take a few miles, one of the closest cities that is near the midway point between Los Angeles and San Francisco. Given the events of the NBA’s offseason, it’s not hare to imagine national reporters are going to be spending a lot of time in California next season, bouncing back and forth between the Bay and L.A. Catch LeBron James and the Lakers on Wednesday and then, Stephen Curry, Kevin Durant and the Warriors on Thursday. The Western Conference only got stronger and deeper with James leaving Cleveland for a second time, this time to go to the Lakers. Add four of the top five Draft picks -- including No. 1 overall selection Deandre Ayton (Phoenix Suns), No. 2 pick Marvin Bagley III (Sacramento Kings) and international phenom Luka Doncic (No. 3 pick, acquired by Dallas Mavericks) -- going to Western Conference teams, and the talent disparity between conferences only seems greater. But did Eastern Conference teams take advantage of Cleveland deflating to make their teams better? And how effective were West teams in making their teams better prepared to at least compete with the Warriors? That’s where this year’s Offseason Rankings come in -- big, bold, definitive. You love them, if the amount of hate tweets and e-mails I get after they’re published are any indication. Every year, we rank how all 30 teams have done since the end of their respective seasons. We look at everything -- how they drafted, what trades they made, what players they signed in free agency, and for how much -- or if they didn’t participate in free agency much at all. We look at if they’ve changed coaches, executives, owners, or if they’re moving into a new building that can generate big revenues. And you have to decide which ones you liked the most. Here's what these rankings ARE NOT: A predicted order of finish for next season. It's an opinion that seeks to answer a question: is the team better now than at the end of last season? The ranking reflects the belief on whether, and how much, that is so. (I liked certain guys who were in the Draft more than others, so if your team took them, I probably weighed it more positively. Doesn't mean I'm right.) I do not expect the Suns, for example, to have a better record than the Celtics, just because they had a better summer. It is not a ranking of the teams in order from 1 through 30 right now; I do not believe the Mavericks are now a better team than Rockets. This is just one person’s opinion about offseason moves -- offseason moves only. Is your team better now than it was before? - If your team is ranked in the top 10, it doesn't mean I love your team.       - If your team is ranked in the bottom 10, it doesn't mean I hate your team. It's an opinion that seeks to answer a question: is the team better now than at the end of last season? The ranking reflects the belief on whether, and how much, that is so. (I liked certain guys who were in the Draft more than others, so if your team took them, I probably weighed it more positively. Doesn't mean I'm right.) What plays into the rankings: - This isn’t science. It’s an educated guess, weighing the impact both of the Draft and free agency, but also assessing whether teams got value in their free-agent signings. Overpaying the right player is as much a sin as signing the wrong player. A good new coach can coax some more wins out of a roster. But if a team’s players don’t believe in the system their team uses, the best Xs and Os on earth don’t matter.       - Teams that are rebuilding obviously have different priorities than teams making a championship push. That's factored in. So Chicago, for example, gets credit for adding young, affordable players as it stockpiles its talent -- but that talent has to fit together, as Wendell Carter Jr. does with Lauri Markannen. And a team like the Warriors that shows it’s willing to go deep into the luxury tax -- which most teams try to avoid -- in order to keep winning has to be commended, and its rankings reflect that commendation.       - Continuity matters here as well. The most successful teams usually not only identify a core group of players, they keep them together for a while, finding that sweet spot: everyone doesn’t get a max contract, but most get paid well enough to keep the train moving down the tracks. That reflects both good roster construction and good financial management -- and, again, is rewarded. The explosion in the cap means everyone has to spend; keeping your powder dry for another day doesn’t have as much cache as it used to. But you still have to manage your money wisely. Salary numbers, with a couple of exceptions, come from Basketball Insiders, whose Eric Pincus does the best job of anyone in the game of keeping track of all the moving financial parts, quickly and accurately -- which is why we use him at NBA TV during the Draft and free agency to tell us what the hell this all means. The Middle 10 * * * 11. TORONTO RAPTORS 2017-18 RECORD: 59-23; lost in Eastern Conference semifinals ADDED: Coach Nick Nurse; G Danny Green (acquired from Spurs); F Kawhi Leonard (acquired from Spurs) LOST: Former coach Dwane Casey; G DeMar DeRozan (traded to Spurs); F Alfonzo McKinnie (waived); C Jakob Poeltl (traded to Spurs) RETAINED: G Fred VanVleet (two years, $18.1 million) THE KEY MAN: Nurse. The former Raps assistant has extensive G League head coaching experience. But the NBA isn’t just about a coach’s Xs and Os acumen. We know Nurse can do that. But an NBA coach has to have command presence in a locker room not only full of millionaires, but full of Alpha males who have their own very strong opinions on how they should be used and how their teammates should help them. Nurse will have to show he can put his own stamp on a team that will have some new faces while still having extremely high expectations. THE SKINNY: You may well think Toronto should be higher, based on Leonard’s standing as a top-five player in the league when fully healthy. No matter what you think of DeRozan, a four-time All-Star, no one can realistically say he’s better than “The Klaw” when both are 100 percent. But, of course, we don’t know if Leonard’s 100 percent. And, trading DeRozan, who’d been the franchise’s biggest advocate during his nine seasons there -- and who had led the team to its greatest extended run of success ever -- is not a transaction without consequence for the Raptors. He helped get the best out of Kyle Lowry. He could help recruit free agents. And, the circumstances of his departure have not helped the franchise’s reputation. Still, this is a talent-based league, and Leonard has it. His and Green’s presence on the perimeter gives Toronto the chance to be a switching defensive monster -- and will help the Raptors be able to match up better with the likes of the Boston Celtics and Philadelphia 76ers in a late-May playoff matchup, as long as the Raptors’ young core in which it believes so strongly continues to play as well in reserve as it did last season. 12. MILWAUKEE BUCKS 2017-18 RECORD: 44-38; lost in first round ADDED: Coach Mike Budenholzer; G Donte DiVincenzo (No. 17 pick, 2018 Draft); G Trevon Duval; F Ersan Ilyasova (three years, $21 million); C Brook Lopez (one year, $3.32 million); F Pat Connaughton (two years, $3.2 million); LOST: Former interim coach Joe Prunty; G Brandon Jennings (waived); F Jabari Parker (signed with Bulls) RETAINED: None THE KEY MAN: G Eric Bledsoe. His departure from Phoenix early last season was messy. But once he got to Brewtown, Bledsoe solidified the Bucks at the point, averaging 17.8 points and 5.1 assists per game in 71 starts. At 28, Bledsoe faces the last year of his contract and will have to show a new coach he’s capable of running things long-term and playing alongside Giannis Antetokounmpo through the meat of his prime. THE SKINNY: Budenholzer’s arrival should coincide with an improvement in the Bucks’ defense, something that former coach Jason Kidd could never quite accomplish. Ilaysova’s return for a second tour in Milwaukee should help, with his celebrated charge-taking skill and Lopez’s still-substantial size a double-boon to Milwaukee’s interior D as the Bucks were bottom 10 last season in points allowed in the paint (47.4 per game). If the paint becomes a little tougher to traverse, the Bucks should finally able to use their substantial length on the wing to get back to create deflections and turnovers, and get out in transition, where Antetokounmpo and Friends do their best work and their most damage to the opposition. They’ll do so 41 nights a year for the next couple of decades in the 17,500-seat Fiserv Forum, the Bucks’ new arena that will open in early September with a concert and should pump new revenues into the Bucks’ bloodstream, giving them more financial wherewithal to keep “The Greek Freak” surrounded with high-quality talent. 13. UTAH JAZZ 2017-18 RECORD: 48-34; lost in Western Conference semifinals ADDED: G Grayson Allen (No. 21 pick, 2018 Draft); G Jarius Lyles; G Naz Mitrou-Long LOST: F Jonas Jerebko (waived) RETAINED: G Dante Exum (three years, $33 million); F/C Derrick Favors (two years, $37.6 million), G Raul Neto (two years, $4.4 million); F Georges Niang (three years, $4.9 million) THE KEY MAN: C Rudy Gobert. He’s a monster presence, the hub of the Jazz’s defensive wheel and the reigning Kia Defensive Player of the Year. And he has to take a step back in Utah next season for the Jazz to take the next step forward. He has to understand what Utah has in Donovan Mitchell and let that kid eat. Nobody in the league can do what Gobert does defensively. So embrace that and concentrate on that -- take the Draymond Green attitude about being the “defensive guy” on a great team (not that Jazz fans want you to do anything that Green does). Gobert’s handsomely paid and the DPOY award found him in Salt Lake City; there’s no small-market bias at work here. So let Mitchell and Joe Ingles carry the shooting/scoring load, let Ricky Rubio orchestrate, and snuff out opponent dreams at the other end, night after night. It’s what you were born to do. THE SKINNY: My God, Mitchell had a great rookie season. And Utah brought most of the band back from last season to provide advice and consent for him again, re-signing Favors, Exum and Neto each on very reasonable contracts. Doing so leaves Utah over the cap, still comfortably under the tax, and with nothing on the books that should raise an eyebrow financially. (Utah’s front office should handle my checking account for a while.) Anyway, no reason to expect any backsliding next season with the crew returning, though coach Quin Snyder will surely miss the counsel of his longtime friend Igor Kokoskov, off to run the Suns. 14. ATLANTA HAWKS 2017-18 RECORD: 24-58; missed playoffs ADDED: Coach Lloyd Pierce; F Justin Anderson (acquired from 76ers); G Kevin Huerter (No. 19 pick, 2018 Draft); C Alex Len (two years, $8.5 million); G Jeremy Lin (acquired from Nets); F Omari Spellman (No. 30 pick, 2018 Draft); G Trae Young (No. 5 pick, 2018 Draft) LOST: Former coach Mike Budenholzer; G Antonius Cleveland (waived); G Damion Lee (signed with Warriors); F/C Mike Muscala (traded to 76ers); G Dennis Schröder (traded to Thunder); G Isaiah Taylor (waived) RETAINED: C Dewayne Dedmon (picked up player option) THE KEY MAN: GM Travis Schlenk. The second-year executive will be judged on how well Atlanta uses its trove of Draft picks -- three firsts this year, three firsts next year, two firsts in 2022 -- the next few years. And, ultimately, the Hawks will live or die by whether Young or Luka Doncic becomes the bigger NBA producer. Schlenk’s chances of completing the rebuild may well ride on that. THE SKINNY: The Hawks’ roster teardown is nearing completion, but the renovated Philips Arena will come online faster than the team, which now needs Young to live up to all the hype after his one season at Oklahoma. He has incredible range and great potential, but he’ll be challenged every night to stay in front of the legion of great points in this league. Pierce, the former Sixers’ assistant, is going to have a very tough time melding all the newcomers with the small core of players who survived, including John Collins, Kent Bazemore, DeAndre' Bembry and Taurean Prince. 15. LA CLIPPERS 2017-18 RECORD: 42-40; missed playoffs ADDED: C Marcin Gortat (acquired from Wizards); G Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (No. 11 pick, 2018 Draft); F Johnathan Motley (acquired from Mavericks); F Mike Scott (one year, $4.3 million); F Luc Mbah a Moute (one year, $4.3 million), G Jerome Robinson (No. 13 pick, 2018 Draft) LOST: G Austin Rivers (traded to Wizards); C DeAndre Jordan (signed with Mavs); G C.J. Williams (waived) RETAINED: G Avery Bradley (two years, $24.9  million); C Montrezl Harrell (two years, $12 million); G Wesley Johnson (picked up player option); G Milos Teodosic (picked up player option) THE KEY MAN: F Tobias Harris. He was the key tangible piece of the Blake Griffin trade last season (the intangible being the unprotected first from Detroit in the deal that eventually became Gilgeous-Alexander after a Draft night trade with Charlotte). And Harris played quite well in his 32 games with the Clips, averaging 19.3 points and six rebounds per game. Those numbers could each well go up in a contract year and with few others outside of Lou Williams on the roster that can go get their own buckets. THE SKINNY: Amazing, but true: the Clipper player with the longest current tenure is … Wesley Johnson, who came aboard in 2015. “Lob City” is in the history books and change will be the norm here for a while, including next summer, when the Clippers expect to be a free-agent destination. The Clips did what they could with that not-insignificant restriction, but the best stuff was in the Draft, winding up with a potential long-term point in Gilgeous-Alexander and a two in Robinson that rocketed up the pre-Draft charts. Bradley’s on a very team-friendly and controllable contract, as is Patrick Beverley, whose modest 2018-19 salary isn’t guaranteed until January. Those two and Mbah a Moute can give coach Doc Rivers hope that he can get some stops on the perimeter, because while Gortat is still willing defensively and still takes a bunch of charges, he is not Jordan when it comes to rim protection. 16. BROOKLYN NETS 2017-18 RECORD: 28-54; missed playoffs ADDED: F/C Ed Davis (one year, $4.4 million); F Jared Dudley (acquired from Suns); F Kenneth Faried (acquired from Nuggets); G/F Treveon Graham (two years); F Rodions Kurucs (No. 40, 2018 Draft); F Dzanan Musa (No. 29 pick, 2018 Draft); G Shabazz Napier (two years, $3.7 million) LOST: F Darrell Arthur (traded to Suns); F Dante Cunningham (signed with Spurs); C Dwight Howard (waived); G Jeremy Lin (traded to Hawks); C Timofey Mozgov (traded to Hornets); G Nik Stauskas (signed with Blazers); G Isaiah Whitehead (traded to Nuggets) RETAINED: G Joe Harris (two years, $16 million) THE KEY MAN: Co-owner Joseph Tsai. The Alibaba executive and billionaire has 49 percent of the team, and can buy majority control from Mikhail Prokhorov by 2021. Until then, they’ll run the team jointly, so no matter Prokhorov’s ups and downs, Brooklyn’s financial spigot should never run dry. Tsai reportedly has designs on expanding the Nets’ brand further in China, just as Prokhorov believed the Nets had global reach. They didn’t, at least not the post-KG and Pierce squads. THE SKINNY: If you love Ed Davis like smart people who know basketball do, Brooklyn makes the top half by bringing the ex-Blazer in on a short deal. If he plays great, he’ll cost the Nets a pretty penny in 2019, but Brooklyn has to take chances on guys who can outperform their contracts. The only thing the Nets couldn’t do was take on more ’19 salary when they’ll be in line to potentially add two max players. Won’t be easy to lure the elites, but Brooklyn also has accumulated enough assets to be able to make uneven trades for salaries if need be. In the interim comes next season, with coach Kenny Atkinson needing to continue to develop diamonds in the rough like Graham, who Cleveland wanted and who will help the Nets at multiple positions. 17. CHICAGO BULLS 2017-18 RECORD: 27-55; missed playoffs ADDED: G Antonius Cleveland; C Wendell Carter Jr. (No. 7 pick, 2018 Draft); F Chandler Hutchison (No. 22 pick, 2018 Draft); F Jabari Parker (two years, $40 million) LOST: F Jerian Grant (traded to Magic); G Sean Kilpatrick (waived); G Julyan Stone (waived); F Noah Vonleh (signed with Knicks); G Paul Zipser (waived) RETAINED: G Antonio Blakeney; G Zach LaVine (matched four year, $78 million offers sheet from Kings) THE KEY MAN: G Kris Dunn. As the 24-year-old will be every season he’s in Chicago. The Jimmy Butler trade in 2017 yielded the pick that became Lauri Markannen, and he’s also a key piece to the Bulls’ future. But Chicago won’t ever get elevation again if Dunn doesn’t become an elite point guard in a league full of them. He showed signs last season that he could be just that, most notably a December in which Dunn averaged 14.9 points and eight assists, and the Bulls went 10-6. But a concussion in January derailed Dunn’s progress and his production fell sharply the rest of the season. THE SKINNY: Can Parker play the three, as the Bulls insist he can? There isn’t a ton of evidence suggesting so, and Parker’s hypothesis that he isn’t getting paid to play defense does not provide much comfort. But the Bulls will try him there alongside Markannen and rookie Carter Jr. in what would be a huge frontcourt. Almost $20 million annually for LaVine going forward is also a stretch, but less of one if LaVine comes all the way back from his 2017 ACL tear with a full training camp and season. Carter may be more important to the Bulls’ hoped-for resurgence than Parker and LaVine; the Duke big man has that much potential. 18. WASHINGTON WIZARDS 2017-18 RECORD: 43-39; lost in first round ADDED: C Thomas Bryant; G Troy Brown (No. 15 pick, 2018 Draft); F Jeff Green (one year, $2.5 million); C Dwight Howard (two years, $11 million); G Austin Rivers (acquired from Clippers); G Issuf Sanon (No. 44 pick, 2018 Draft) LOST: C Marcin Gortat (traded to Clippers); F Mike Scott (signed with Clippers) RETAINED: G Jodie Meeks (picked up player option); C Jason Smith (picked up player option) THE KEY MAN: Coach Scott Brooks. Entering his third season in Washington, Brooks keeps saying he wants the Wizards to defend and play fast. But he has to follow that up with action, especially when and if John Wall doesn’t provide the on-ball defense Washington needs to have any chance to unleash a still-potent fast break. Wall is 27 and, if healthy, in his prime. The team takes almost all of its cues from him; when he’s locked in, the Wizards can compete with anyone. But when he’s indifferent, so are they -- as evidenced by their horrible record against bad teams. Brooks has to demand Wall’s best, or be ready to limit his minutes. THE SKINNY: NBA protocol almost demands you hate the pickup of Howard, such is his current perceived valued among many after multiple stops the last few seasons. The guess here is that Howard won’t hijack the Wizards’ locker room, as he had been accused of while in with the Houston Rockets and Charlotte Hornets, especially. Howard’s skill set can help Washington, which fell off defensively last season. But there’s also not much sense he’ll be a significant pick-me-up in D.C., either. He can’t stretch the floor and he’s not especially potent finishing in pick and roll, either. But the Wizards should at least be deeper off the bench with Green, who played well for the Cavs last season, and Rivers, who gives Washington legit guard depth along with Tomas Satoransky. 19. SACRAMENTO KINGS 2017-18 RECORD: 27-55; missed playoffs ADDED: F Nemanja Bjelica (three years, $20.4 million); C Marvin Bagley III (No. 2 pick, 2018 Draft); G Yogi Ferrell (two years, $4.1 million); G Ben McLemore (acquired from Kings); F Deyonta Davis (acquired from Grizzlies) LOST: G Garrett Temple (traded to Grizzlies) RETAINED: G Iman Shumpert (picked up player option); C Kosta Koufos (picked up player option) THE KEY MAN: F Harry Giles. The Kings traded for the one-and-done forward on Draft night 2017 and redshirted him, feeling he needed a year to fully recover from the multiple knee surgeries he’d undergone the last three years. Those surgeries stopped his top-five Draft potential in its tracks, before and after a year at Duke. But Giles is back on the floor, having flashed his skills during NBA Summer League, as Sacramento gushed about his progress. If the 20-year-old is ready to roll come October, he could be an enormous boost. He’ll have to at least become a contributor, lest folks remind the Kings they passed on the likes of Kyle Kuzma and O.G Anunoby to trade for his rights. THE SKINNY: Bagley III has superstar potential, and he better become one, or the Doncic Stans among the Kings’ fan base will have aneurysms. The Kings were all over everyone, seemingly, this summer, dropping sheets on Zach LaVine, almost doing the same with Marcus Smart and Jabari Parker, and going after unrestricted free agent Mario Hezonja. All well and good, and getting Bjelica out from under Philly and prying Ferrell from Dallas were decent late July pickups. But it will be Bagley III who’ll be under the microscope. His skill sets are prodigious and he’s been working out feverishly all summer. And he wants to make a mark in restoring the Kings to where they were on the floor during the Webber Years. He worked out for them. He’s enthusiastic about them. That counts for something. 20. HOUSTON ROCKETS 2017-18 RECORD: 65-17; lost in Western Conference finals ADDED: G Michael Carter-Williams (one year, $1.5 million); G De'Anthony Melton (No. 46 pick, 2018 Draft); F Vincent Edwards (No. 52 pick, 2018 Draft) LOST: F Trevor Ariza (signed with Suns); Luc Mbah a Moute (signed with LA Clippers); C Chinanu Onuaku (traded to Mavs) RETAINED: C Clint Capela (five years, $90 million); G/F Gerald Green (one year, $2.3 million); G Aaron Jackson (picked up team option); G Chris Paul (four years, $159 million) THE KEY MAN: Jason Biles, Joe Rogowski, Keith Jones and Javair Gillett -- the Rockets’ athletic trainers, sports performance and rehab staff. Their only mission next season, should they decide to accept it, is to get Paul through an 82-game regular season and a two-month playoff slog without breaking or pulling anything of importance that keeps him out of key games. Of course, should any of the staff be unsuccessful, the Morey will disavow any knowledge of their employment. Good luck, men. THE SKINNY: We have not yet included Carmelo Anthony, who will be signing in Houston any minute now. When he’s officially on the roster, he’ll certainly help, and we all saw that even Houston can go through extended scoring droughts in the playoffs. Having Anthony around should alleviate that. The Rockets may have had the best signing of the summer, keeping the 24-year-old Capela locked up long-term for $18 million per -- incredible value these days, given the way salaries are skyrocketing. But that was mitigated by the losses of Ariza and Mbah a Moute, who were crucial to the switching defense Houston employed and perfected by the playoffs, which threw sand in the gears of the Warriors’ impenetrable offense and would likely have propelled the Rockets to The Finals if Paul hadn’t gotten hurt in Game 5. Ennis and Carter-Williams will help some in that regard, but they don’t have the resume of Mbah a Moute and Ariza -- which means they sometimes won’t get the benefit of the doubt from refs that the old heads do. Houston’s still the clear number two to Golden State in the West, but the gap between the Rockets and the best of the rest has closed. Longtime NBA reporter, columnist and Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Famer David Aldridge is an analyst for TNT. You can e-mail him here, find his archive here and follow him on Twitter. The views on this page do not necessarily reflect the views of the NBA, its clubs or Turner Broadcasting......»»

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NCAA: A new tower is on the rise for Red Robins

Mapua High School lost its biggest advantage last year when both Season MVP Will Gozum and Mythical selection moved on up to the Seniors. That twin tower pairing powered the Red Robins to a runner-up finish a season ago. Now, the team is being fronted by versatile swingman Clint Escamis as well as fellow guards Dan Arches and Karl Mariano. That doesn’t mean, however, that Mapua has a donut hole in the middle. In fact, slowly but surely, the void left behind by Gozum and Bonifacio is getting filled by rookie Jonnel Policarpio. The 16-year-old forward is giving his all to make sure the Red Robins do not get outworked and outhustled inside. He turned in his best game yet on Tuesday, posting a 23-point, 16-rebound double-double in their 85-77 victory versus San Sebastian College-Recoletos. For Policarpio, it was all just part of the job. “Ginawa ko lang yung sinasabi ni coach [Randy Alcantara] – rebound, depensa. Yun ako inaasahan ni coach,” he said afterward. For Mapua, though, that is exactly what it needs to be able to match up with the frontlines of fellow contenders College of St. Benilde-La Salle Greenhills (Inand Fornilos, Mark Sangco) and Arellano High School (Aaron Fermin, Resty Fornis). Good thing then that their 6-foot-4 talented rookie is taking inspiration from the non-stop motor that Bonifacio, his fellow Kapampangan, had. “Sabi ni coach lagi na dapat, idolo ko si Warren – masipag, rebound lang nang rebound. Wag ko raw isipin na gagawa ng points, basta rebound nang rebound,” he shared. Even better is he has a good friend, and another kababayan, whose footsteps he could follow. “Katropa ko si Serrano,” he said, referring to now De La Salle University prized ward Encho Serrano. Like Serrano, Policarpio hails from Pampanga. Like Serrano, Policarpio plays with heart and hustle each and every second he’s on the floor. Like Serrano, Policarpio needs to play bigger than his size. And like Serrano, Policarpio is relishing his golden opportunity to see action in the big leagues after years of playing in ligang labas. “Nung 13-years-old ako, nag-ligang labas na ako para makatulong sa pamilya. Ibang-iba yung laro rito,” he said. He then continued, “Masayang-masaya akong makapaglaro rito.” --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

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Cagulangan reclaims top spot in Week 4 of NBTC NCAA 24

Joel Cagulangan of La Salle Greenhills has reclaimed the number one spot of the Chooks-to-Go NBTC 24 NCAA Edition.  The graduating guard had an inspiring performance against the JRU Light Bombers last Tuesday.  Held scoreless in the first half on 0-for-7 shooting as struggled to find the bottom of the net, last season’s Finals MVP would not go down with a fight. He lit up the scoreboard for 31 points, 18 coming in the final quarter and two overtime periods, to get the win for the Greenies. Cagulangan followed that feat with an 11-point, 7-asssist in the victory over the Letran Squires, as LSSGH now leads the standings with a 4-1 record.  For the second week in a row, Clint Escamis of the Mapua Red Robins earned the second spot. The Red Robins went 1-1 the past week with Escamis scoring a total of 56 points. Rounding up the top five are Milo Janao of the San Sebastian Staglets, Aaron Fermin of the Arellano Braves, and Joshua David of St Benilde.  Cagulangan's fellow Junior Blazer Inand Fornilos came in at sixth while Mac Guadana of the LPU Junior Pirates made his entry into the top ten to place seventh after putting up 26 points, seven rebounds, and five assists. Mapua’s Dan Arches, EAC’s JR Illustrisimo, and San Beda’s Jade Talampas complete the top ten.  Here are the complete Week 4 rankings of the Chooks-to-GoNBTC NCAA 24: 1. Joel Cagulangan (CSB) (4) 2. Clint Escamis (MU) (2) 3. Milo Janao (SSCR) (11) 4. Aaron Fermin (AU) (1) 5. Joshua David (CSB) (14) 6. Inand Fornilos (CSB) (6) 7. Mclaude Guadana (LPU) (17) 8. Dan Arches (MU) (12) 9. JR Ilustrisimo (EAC) (20) 10. Jade Talampas (SBU) (N/A) 11. John Amores (JRU) (13) 12. Marwin Dionisio (JRU) (N/A) 13. Joshua Gallano (UPHSD) (10) 14. Marlon Espiritu (AU) (N/A)  15. Rom Junsay (AU) (3) 16. Kean Baclaan (SSCR) (7) 17. Karl Mariano (MU) (23) 18. Zach Estacio (SBU) (24) 19. Cjay Boado (EAC) (15) 20. Kai Oliva (SBU) (N/A)  21. John Barba (LPU) (8) 22. John Delos Santos (JRU) (22) 23. Sydney Mosqueda (CSB) (21) 24. Roseler Sarias (MU) (N/A) This year, there will be three separate editions of the NBTC 24 – one for the NCAA, one for the UAAP, and one for the CESAFI – to accommodate the Juniors calendar for the whole year.  After all three editions have been completed, a final list composing the top 24 players nationwide will then be chosen to participate in the annual NBTC All-Star Game in March......»»

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