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Columbian shoots for second win in a row

OPENING their 2019 PBA Philippine Cup campaign in grand fashion, the Columbian Dyip look to build on it when the team returns to action today at the Smart Araneta Coliseum......»»

Source: Bworldonline BworldonlineCategory: News7 hr. 41 min. ago Related News

PBA: Sean Anthony cops year s first Player of the Week award

Fil-Canadian forward Sean Anthony emerged as the first Cignal-PBA Press Corps Player of the Week for the 2019 season after contributing huge numbers in NorthPort’s strong start in the Philippine Cup. A known hardworker on both ends of the floor, the 6-foot-4 Anthony registered averages of 20.5 points 7.0 rebounds, 5.0 assists and 4.0 steals as NorthPort beat Blackwater followed by NLEX in its first two assignments in the All-Filipino conference. In the Batang Pier’s opening game, Anthony came off the bench and scored 19 points, hauled down five rebounds, issued the same number of assists and one steal as they ripped the Elite, 117-91 last January 16. Four days later, the PBA’s sixth overall pick in the 2010 rookie draft sizzled with 22 points, nine rebounds, seven steals and five assists to power NorthPort to a 95-90 win over NLEX. NorthPort’s back-to-back wins marked the franchise’s best season start in two years. “We know Sean, laban lang ng laban,” NorthPort coach Pido Jarencio said after his team’s five-point win over NLEX on Sunday.  “Sixth man nga namin, pero nag-deliver, nag-double double, tapos 'yung hustle di tumitigil.” Anthony bested teammates Mo Tautuaa and Robert Bolick, along with Phoenix’s Jason Perkins, Alex Mallari and Justin Chua for the weekly citation. NorthPort will be gunning for a third straight win this Friday when it collides with Columbian Dyip at the Ynares Center in Antipolo. .....»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsJan 21st, 2019Related News

PBA: Standhardinger on SMB: “When we play hard, it’s hard to beat us“

The real San Miguel finally showed up. After a shock loss to Columbian to start their 2019 Philippine Cup title defense, the Beermen recovered rather quickly, pummeling Brgy. Ginebra Sunday at the Big Dome. While San Miguel once again got a dose of good old NSD late in the fourth period, the Beermen were dominant almost throughout, leading by as many as 23 points. The shock loss to the Dyip didn’t necessarily serve as a wake up call for San Miguel according to forward Christian Standhardinger. It’s just that when the Beermen are playing at least just near to their full potential, they’re almost pretty impossible to stop. They played well enough Sunday and they took down one of their chief contenders to the title. “I don’t know about a wake up call,” Standhardinger, who led all scorers with 26 points, said after the game. “I’m just happy we played good today and we played hard. When we play hard, it’s hard to beat us,” he added. Now missing Alex Cabagnot and Terrence Romeo to injury, the Beermen still had more than enough star power to dominate. And when the remaining stars, which included him with guards Chris Ross and Marcio Lassiter, found their mark against the Gin Kings... well the result speaks for itself. “It was good, as you saw, everyone played hard,” Standhardinger said. “Like I said, when we go hard, it’s hard to stop us. But we do have to go hard everytime andd we have to adjust and sacrifice for the team,” he added.   — Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsJan 20th, 2019Related News

Hamstring injury sidelines San Miguel’s Alex Cabagnot

MANILA, Philippines---San Miguel point guard Alex Cabagnot is out indefinitely after suffering a hamstring injury in the Beermen's previous game in the PBA Philippine Cup against Columbian. Cabagnot said on Sunday that his left hamstring has been bothering him for a couple of weeks and it only got worse in the Beermen's 124-118 loss to the Dyip on Friday. "I hurt my hamstring last game when I dove on the floor but we were trying to catch up so you have to try anything to win the game," said Cabagnot after the Beermen's recent 99-91 win over Barangay Ginebra at Smart Araneta Coliseum. "Whatever happens I just did what I had to do and the worst consequence was I hurt my hamstring ...Keep on reading: Hamstring injury sidelines San Miguel’s Alex Cabagnot.....»»

Source: Inquirer InquirerCategory: Jan 20th, 2019Related News

Chris Ross finds inner fire to light up scoreboard for Beermen

MANILA, Philippines---Looking flat out devastated when he left Cuneta Astrodome following their opening game against Columbian, Chris Ross had this fire in his eyes when he took on crowd darlings Barangay Ginebra. That couldn't be more evident when his sights aimed for the bucket in the third period of the game. Ross, only five points in the first two frames, waxed hot for 12 more that quarter to help the Beermen erect a comfortable lead heading into the stretch. "I knew I had to be a little more aggressive because Alex and Terrence were out," Ross told the press after San Miguel's 99-91 victory over Ginebra in Sunday's nightcap. "I just wanted to get going offensively and m...Keep on reading: Chris Ross finds inner fire to light up scoreboard for Beermen.....»»

Source: Inquirer InquirerCategory: Jan 20th, 2019Related News

No memo will stop Arwind from doing Spider-Man dunk

MANILA, Philippines – A memo and a fine apparently won’t stop San Miguel Beer veteran Arwind Santos from doing his trademark “Spider-Man dunk.” The 37-year-old star made that perfectly clear after SMB absorbed a 118-124 shock loss to the revitalized Columbian Dyip at the Cuneta Astrodome despite Santos tying a career-high ........»»

Source: Rappler RapplerCategory: NewsJan 19th, 2019Related News

Rookie Perez lifts Dyip over San Miguel Beermen

Rookie Perez lifts Dyip over San Miguel Beermen.....»»

Source: Thestandard ThestandardCategory: SportsJan 18th, 2019Related News

Columbian stuns loaded San Miguel in PH Cup debut

    MANILA, Philippines – The rebuilding Columbian Dyip delivered a huge 124-118 upset over the super-loaded San Miguel Beermen in the 2019 PBA Philippine Cup at the Cuneta Astrodome on Friday, January 18. After the Beermen led by 5, 109-104, off an Alex Cabagnot three with 4:33 left in regulation, the Dyip ........»»

Source: Rappler RapplerCategory: NewsJan 18th, 2019Related News

Perez not thinking about Bolick rivalry in stellar PBA debut

    MANILA, Philippines – It seems that the jump from the collegiate ranks to the PBA is turning out to be a breeze for the Columbian Dyip’s top overall pick CJ Perez. After a measly two-point 1st half in his debut against the almighty Philippine Cup champion San Miguel Beer, the Lyceum alumnus ........»»

Source: Rappler RapplerCategory: NewsJan 18th, 2019Related News

Rookie CJ steers Dyip past mighty Beermen

Columbian Dyip, featuring top draft pick CJ Perez and its gritty old bunch led by Jackson Corpuz, scored a huge upset right in its first game in PBA Season 44 with a 124-118 humbling of reigning all-Filipino four-time champ San Miguel Beer at the Cuneta Astrodome last night......»»

Source: Philstar PhilstarCategory: SportsJan 18th, 2019Related News

SMB heavy favorite vs Columbian

SMB heavy favorite vs Columbian.....»»

Source: Thestandard ThestandardCategory: SportsJan 17th, 2019Related News

PBA: Magnolia muse Sharon Cuneta shrugs off online bashers

BOCAUE, BULACAN -- Megastar Sharon Cuneta just shrugged off online bashers critical of her selection as the Magnolia Hotshots muse in the opening of the 44th PBA season here. Cuneta, an endorser of the poultry products of the compan, represented the newly-crowned Governors' Cup champions as they were introduced one by one. When the announcement was made that she would be the muse last Tuesday, an online firestorm erupted, bashing Cuneta for primarily her age. The Megastar Sharon Cuneta with the Magnolia Hotshots! #PBA2019 • @abscbnsports pic.twitter.com/XGqO6Z9dii — Philip Martin Matel (@philipptionary) January 13, 2019 "Nothing. They don't mean anything to me. I'm the one that's here, and I was chosen by Magnolia. I didn't volunteer. I'm their major endorser, and I think that's understandable," the longtime Kapamilya said. The Megastar Sharon Cuneta has a message for her online bashers after a firestorm erupted regarding her selection. #PBA2019 • @abscbnsports pic.twitter.com/30gjB9eTus — Philip Martin Matel (@philipptionary) January 13, 2019 The mother of four also shared that she was friends with several members of the team, including Marc Pingris and Rafi Reavis. "Parang mama nila ako, kapatid – ate, tita, mama. Si Rafi hinahanap ko kasi halos he's my brother na. Si Ping, nandiyan na asawa ni Danica. Sayang wala si Captain Alvin kasi last time na I was a muse for Purefoods, it was the team ni Alvin," shared Cuneta. The 53-year old veteran actress and singer is no stranger to being the muse of the franchise, and accompanied Purefoods back in 1990 when Alvin Patrimonio and Jojo Lastimosa led the charge. It was a star-studded affair for all 12 squads, who brought lovely ladies to accompany them to the makeshift podium at the Philippine Arena floor. Beauty queen royalty graced the courts with 2015 Ms. Universe Pia Wurtzbach representing Ginebra and 2016 Ms. International Kylie Verzosa repping four-time defending champions San Miguel. Queen P with Ginebra! #PBA2019 • @abscbnsports pic.twitter.com/uUzsqHKCV4 — Philip Martin Matel (@philipptionary) January 13, 2019 Former Ms. International Kylie Verzosa with defending champs San Miguel. #PBA2019 • @abscbnsports pic.twitter.com/aMO2w7pFw7 — Philip Martin Matel (@philipptionary) January 13, 2019 Also present was 2018 Binibining Pilipinas-Grand International Eva Patalinjug, who walked with Meralco. Beauty queen Eva Patalinjug with the Meralco Bolts. #PBA2019 • @abscbnsports pic.twitter.com/3i1yTwHdLa — Philip Martin Matel (@philipptionary) January 13, 2019 Rounding up the pageant royalty are Mutya ng Pilipinas 2018 - Tourism International Aya Fernandez and Top 12 finalist Anie Uson. Aya Fernandez with NorthPort. #PBA2019 • @abscbnsports pic.twitter.com/lQzwULCAY7 — Philip Martin Matel (@philipptionary) January 13, 2019 Annie Uson with Rain or Shine. #PBA2019 • @abscbnsports pic.twitter.com/DFnwCNGtMa — Philip Martin Matel (@philipptionary) January 13, 2019 The stars of the small screen also were present, with 'Halik' star Yam Concepcion joining Phoenix, Kelley Day with Columbian, Klea Pineda for Alaska, and Sam Pinto joining TNT. 'Halik' star Yam Concepcion with the Phoenix Fuel Masters. #PBA2019 • @abscbnsports pic.twitter.com/p1ZDEDkyBu — Philip Martin Matel (@philipptionary) January 13, 2019 The TNT KaTropa enter last with Sam Pinto. #PBA2019 • @abscbnsports pic.twitter.com/QYlXmFtdDz — Philip Martin Matel (@philipptionary) January 13, 2019 Kelly Day with the Columbian Dyip. #PBA2019 • @abscbnsports pic.twitter.com/YOY6RLrDdz — Philip Martin Matel (@philipptionary) January 13, 2019 Actress Klea Pineda with the Alaska Aces. #PBA2019 • @abscbnsports pic.twitter.com/D6uAbdc5vs — Philip Martin Matel (@philipptionary) January 13, 2019 Fellow athletes also joined the festivities with PVL MVP Alyssa Valdez leading the way for the NLEX Road Warriors, the team of her beau Kiefer Ravena.  PVL MVP Alyssa Valdez with the NLEX Road Warriors. #PBA2019 • @abscbnsports pic.twitter.com/mubw2mTw0L — Philip Martin Matel (@philipptionary) January 13, 2019 Ravena was not present due to his FIBA suspension. Meanwhile, the duo of Motolite outside hitter Myla Pablo and Olympian swimmer Jasmine Alkhaldi went with Blackwater. Myla Pablo and Jasmine Alkhaldi with Blackwater. #PBA2019 • @abscbnsports pic.twitter.com/6JuTMNJfRf — Philip Martin Matel (@philipptionary) January 13, 2019 __     Follow this writer on Twitter, @philipptionary.  .....»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsJan 13th, 2019Related News

NLEX, Phoenix, Dyip ready vs elite squads?

Officials of the Philippine Basketball Association are one in the belief that the traditional powers would still be there but the league’s young franchises could well provide the excitement in their similar bids for a major breakthrough......»»

Source: Philstar PhilstarCategory: SportsJan 9th, 2019Related News

Columbian rookie Calvo raring to prove self with the big boys

WHILE much attention is being channelled to his rookie teammate and top pick CJ Perez in the run-up to Season 44 of the Philippine Basketball Association, incoming freshman JP Calvo is going about his business as he tries to find his place under the PBA sun and prove he belongs to play with the big boys......»»

Source: Bworldonline BworldonlineCategory: FinanceJan 8th, 2019Related News

PBA: Finally, Columbian has a point guard to drive the Dyip

Columbian’s first overall pick in the 2018 PBA Draft was a no-brainer – of course, they were going with former NCAA MVP and do-it-all swingman CJ Perez. However, the Dyip’s second selection in the first round took just about everybody by surprise as they went with pint-sized playmaker JP Calvo. This, with the likes of more heralded Colegio de San Juan de Letran teammate Bong Quinto still on the board. For head coach Johnedel Cardel, though, Calvo’s drafting was a no-brainer as well. “Alam ko kung anong kulang sa team. I have all the scorers so what I need is the one pure point guard who can carry the team,” he said. He then continued, “Kelangan ko yung nag-iisip kung paano ma-run yung team. That’s Calvo.” And in his first game for Columbian, tuneup as it was, the former court general of the Knights wasted no time proving his worth. He scored six points all while spearheading the attack that also allowed teammates such as Perez to shine as they routed Northport, 97-83, at The Hardcourt on Monday. “Calvo nga is a pure point guard so I give all the confidence to him. Sabi ko nga sa kanya, point guard is the problem of the team before,” coach Johnedel said. He then continued, “Walang problema if you’re small, basta you have a big heart.” Indeed, there’s reason for the Dyip to hope that Calvo is the pure point guard they have been missing ever since the days of LA Revilla and Nico Elorde. With the 11th overall pick in the fold, natural off-guards Rashawn Mccarthy and Jerramy King, and even Perez, will no longer be forced to play the point. Even better, Calvo is nothing but ready and raring to take his place as Columbian’s starting point guard. “Ako naman, ready ako lagi. Gagawin ko lang talaga yung best ko para makatulong sa team,” he said. —— Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsJan 7th, 2019Related News

CJ Perez on first PBA tuneup: Medyo nahihiya pa ako ng konti

After CJ Perez's first taste of a PBA tuneup game with the Columbian Dyip, the first overall draft pick admitted that he is still figuring things out with his brand new team. The Dyip hosted the Northport Batang Pier Monday in their homecourt at the Azure Urban Resort Residences where they got away with a 97-83 victory. Perez finished with six points in the practice match - far from his usual double-double performances in the college ranks. Moments after the game, the former NCAA MVP shared what he thought of his performance. "Nag-aadjust pa, dami pang kailangan i-adjust sa sitwasyon sa laro kasi iba yung depensa dito kaysa doon sa collegiate," said the 25-year-old athlete. "Matic na yan na energy guy [ako] na kahit rookie ako kailangan ko maging leader para maging maganda ang takbo ng team but as of now medyo nahihiya pa ako ng konti," Perez said in between laughs. The 6-foot-1 guard should get over the jitters as soon as possible because as early as his first year, he is primed to be Columbian's ticket out of the cellar. The team finished the last PBA season with a dismal 6-27 win-loss slate with zero playoff appearances. However, things are expected to be better for Columbian with prized acquisitions in Perez and rookie point guard JP Calvo. As head coach Johnedel Cardel put it, "I told the guys that even though you are a rookie, don't act like a rookie. Gusto ko parang veterans. What you did in the amateur, what you accomplished in amateur, dapat maging ganun din kayo dito. Parang noong nasa Lyceum o Letran ka." Safe to say that Cardel has given the go signal for Perez to carry the team and stir them to greener pastures. "Kung kailangan mag bakaw magbabakaw," Perez quipped, "Pero syempre nag-aadjust pa kasi di namin masyado kabisado ang isa't isa kaya nahihirapan pa kami mag execute pero sa mga susunod na practice siguro maeexecute na namin ng maayos yung offense namin." Although a humble victory compared to the rest of the upcoming PBA 44th Season which will start on January 13, Perez and the rest of Columbian will take this tuneup game win as a sign of good things to come. "Malayo pa pero sana itatake namin ito as positive para sa team kasi yun nga nanalo and maganda yung execution kanina, sa defense din maganda kaya sana pagdating ng season maganda yung itakbo namin," he expressed. --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @the9cruz.....»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsJan 7th, 2019Related News

Athletes to Watch Out for in 2019

Remember these names because for sure, they will be making the headlines this 2019. Kai Sotto The 7-foot-2 wunderkind of the Ateneo Blue Eaglets will be making major decisions in 2019. With opportunities opening up for him in Europe and USA, the current Grade 10 student of Ateneo High School has the option to leave the UAAP Juniors early to explore bigger stages. Billed as the nation's best bet to be the first Filipino homegrown NBA talent, there will definitely be a lot of eyes following this young man's every move.   Ricci Rivero and Kobe Paras Former De La Salle Green Archer Rivero and former Creighton Blue Jay Paras are both set to make University of the Philippines' #AtinSeason82 bid more promising, as they finish their residency and finally play for the Maroons in the UAAP in 2019. Both players are expected to make immediate impacts in the history-seeking squad given Rivero's championship experience, Paras' athleticism, and both player's Gilas cadets background.   Kiefer Ravena 2018 was a tough year for national team player and NLEX Road Warrior Ravena after he was slapped with an 18-month suspension in FIBA and the PBA for testing positive for banned substances. Due to the suspension, Ravena has diverted his attention to other interests such as golf and volleyball but his days away from the hard court will be over come August 2019. By then, he will be taking the keys again for NLEX either in the PBA Commissioner's or Governor's Cup.   CJ Perez, Bobby Ray Parks Jr., and Robert Bolick The 2018 PBA Rookie Draft was full of quality guards, and these top three draftees are expected to make immediate impacts in their professional teams. Former NCAA superstars Perez and Bolick both already signed lucrative contracts with Columbian Dyip and Northport. On the other hand, after being drafted in the second pick by Blackwater Elite, the former UAAP MVP and ASEAN Basketball League champion and MVP Bobby Ray Parks Jr. is still in the middle of trade talks and negotiations.   Eduard Folayang, Kevin Belingon, Geje Eustaquio, and Joshua Pacio Team Lakay had a magical 2018 after producing four world champions in the Lightweight, Bantamweight, Flyweight, Strawweight divisions. However, as people say, defending a title is always tougher.  By 2019, all fighters will most likely have the tough assignment to keep their belts in Baguio City.   Manny Pacquiao Philippine sports fans will be treated to world-class boxing by as early as the second week of January, when Filipino boxing legend Manny Pacquiao gets back in the ring to defend his WBA (Regular) Welterweight World Championship against American Adrien Broner. Pacquiao's long-time mentor Freddie Roach will also be back in his corner, serving as a consultant. (AP Photo/Isaac Brekken)   Eya Laure University of Santo Tomas' much needed reinforcement is finally here, with incoming rookie Eya Laure. The former star of the UST girls volleyball team will be making her debut in the senior's division in UAAP Season 81 this February 2019. In the preseason activities for the PVL and the PSL, Laure already proved that she will be a reliable scoring option for the Golden Tigresses - a perfect aid for graduating Sisi Rondina.   Michelle Morente Volleyball fans, it's time to get used to the sight of Morente playing in La Salle green. Last September 2018, the former Ateneo Lady Eagle already played for La Salle during the beach volleyball tournament. If she makes Ramil de Jesus' cut, the feisty scorer will bolster the Lady Spikers' title defense in the UAAP Season 81 womne's volleyball tournament.    Kath Arado La Salle's Dawn Macandili set the gold standard of libero greatness in UAAP. However, in 2019, libero extraordinaire Arado of the University of the East has every chance to prove that she might be the next to take the mantle of Philippine collegiate volleyball's best libero. For her UAAP Season 81 preparations, Arado played in two conferences of the Philippine Superliga at the same time - for UE in the Collegiate Grand Slam and for Generika Ayala Lifesaves for the All-Filipino conference. As a proof of her caliber, she swept all libero awards in both conferences.   Kat Tolentino With Jho Maraguinot's decision to not come back for the Ateneo Lady Eagles in UAAP Season 81, Kat Tolentino is expected to make the leap and be the number one scoring option for the blue-and-white. During their preseason preparations in the Premier Volleyball League under Ateneo-Motolite, rookie coach Oliver Almadro praised Tolentino for embracing her new role as the go-to girl. --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @the9cruz.....»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsDec 27th, 2018Related News

PBA 43 Revew: Columbian should let go of uncoventional ball

The PBA's 43rd season was a loooooong one. Seriously, it started December of 2017 and ended December of 2018. That's 12 months of almost non-stop basketball. But with the current PBA season finally drawing to a close, it's time we look back at how each team fared in 2018. Today, we start with the Columbian Dyip.   UNCONVENTIONAL Columbian's season was doomed before it even started pretty much. In trading away its no. 1 pick in the 2017 Draft, which to no one's suprise turned out to be a stud in Christian Standhardinger, the Dyip sent a signal to the whole country that they're not exactly going after championships. The team passed it off as "unconventional" but as we all know, unconventional simply does not work in the PBA. Sure, the Dyip ended up with a handful of players from the Standhardinger trade but it appears that only Rashawn McCarthy will be serviceable now and moving forward. To be fair, Columbian has some talent in its roster and McCarthy paired with surprise pickup Jerramy King should have the potential to be a solid backcourt rotation in the PBA. Looking at the Dyip, that explosive guard pairing is their foundation for the future. Still, their foundation for the future could have been Christian Standhardinger but that's either here nor there now. Anyway, Columbian's unconventional ways had them go through three head coaches this season, not exactly the most ideal situation for a team that's already lagging in overall talent compared to their competitors. Chris Gavina started the season for the Dyip but he quit after two games. Ricky Dandan took over from him but he quit after the Commissioner's Cup. Johnedel Cardel followed but who can tell if he's going to continue coaching next season as well. To be fair again, Columbian had a nice run in the Commissioner's Cup and they were in the playoff race until the bitter end. Coach Ricky Dandan wanted his boys to be scrappy and defensive minded and it worked for that particular tournament. Still, there's no denying that the Dyip desperately need some talent and they need continuity from their coaching staff. Then again, the franchise seem like they're not the type to display incredible amount of patience, just look at their insane number of name changes in just a couple of seasons and constant shuffling of role players and top picks. Anyway, Columbian picked first once again in the PBA Draft. Maybe this year, try and keep the pick? That's always a nice start to a proper rebuild. In all seriousness, if Columbian wants to truly compete in the PBA, they might want to start with proper team building because their past season was doomed right from the start. It's time for the Dyip to abandon their unconventional ways, it simply does not work... except against Rain or Shine.   Columbian DYIP in the 2017-2018 PBA Season Philippine Cup: 1-10 (12th place) Commissioner's Cup: 4-7 (9th place) Governors' Cup: 1-10 (12th place) Overall: 6 wins and 27 losses. Zero playoff appearances.   POST DRAFT NOTE: Columbian picked CJ Perez first and immediately locked him up with a maximum rookie deal for three years. That's a nice start for the Dyip Is Perez good for additional wins enough to take a significant jump? We'll see but at the very least, Columbian will not be an easy out this season. And that's good.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsDec 26th, 2018Related News

Ermita Robinsons Manila Christmas – Manila Video

Listen to A Himitsu – In Love (feat. nori) by Insight Music on SoundCloud Ride the new aircon Dyip at Roxas Blvd., 11 pesos minimum fare. From Pedro Gil walk towards Robinsons Mall Ermita with dazzling Christmas display. Exit at Adriatico Street to enter Pan Pacific Hotel to view Manila’s skyline at the 11th floor… link: Ermita Robinsons Manila Christmas – Manila Video.....»»

Source: Manilainformer ManilainformerCategory: Dec 26th, 2018Related News

Alab Pilipinas weathers Singapore storm to stay spotless in ABL

Alab Pilipinas may have been the last team to make their debut in the 2018-2019 Asean Basketball League, but once they did, they wasted no time making noise. Fresh off a convincing victory over second-running Formosa, the Filipinos also outclassed third-ranked Singapore with a well-earned 77-71 win on their home floor at the Caloocan Sports Complex on Sunday. With two wins against the erstwhile hottest squads in the span of three days, the Philippines is now off to a 4-0 start in its title defense. This contest was close for the first eight minutes and the Slingers actually led by one until the home team ignited a 13-3 blast that boosted them to a 30-21 advantage in their favor at the midway mark of the second quarter. Singapore would not quit just yet and import John Fields, who once played for Columbian in the PBA, scored eight unanswered points inside the last two minutes to pull them within 71-75 only to see Ray Parks Jr. convert his couple of charities to put the game away once and for all for Alab. Parks Jr., the back-to-back Local MVP, wound up with 18 points, six rebounds, three steals, two assists, and a block to make sure they remained alone atop the leaderboard. The Puerto Rican pair of PJ Ramos and Renaldo Balkman also remained a force for Alab with the former finishing with 26 points, 17 rebounds, and five assists and the latter ending with 20-marker, 16-board double-double to go along with three blocks. The Filipinos now have triumphs over the two teams right behind them in the standings. This, after they had to wait one month since the season started to play their first game. On the other hand, Singapore suffered a second straight setback to fall to 5-3. BOX SCORES ALAB PILIPINAS 77 – Ramos 26, Balkman 20, Parks 18, Tiongson 7, Alvano 4, Rosser 2, Domingo 0, Urbiztondo 0, Javelona 0. SINGAPORE SLINGERS 71 – Fields 35, Young 17, Alexander 10, Goh 6, Ng 3, Low 0, Lim 0, Tay 0. QUARTER SCORES: 22-18, 43-31, 62-55, 77-71. --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsDec 23rd, 2018Related News