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Lakers sting Hornets in own nest

LeBron James and Lonzo Ball gave the Lakers multiple triple doubles in a game for just the second time, and Los Angeles routed the Charlotte Hornets 128-100 on Saturday night for its third win in four games......»»

Source: Philstar PhilstarCategory: NewsDec 17th, 2018Related News

Top draft pick promises hard work

Carving out a name in amateur basketball as an energy guy, CJ Perez promised to do what he always does, exert best effort in every game as the NCAA star formally became the No. 1 draft selection by Columbian Dyip in the 2018 PBA Rookie Draft at Robinsons Place Manila last night......»»

Source: Philstar PhilstarCategory: SportsDec 16th, 2018Related News

Victolero: Game 6 do-or-die for Hotshots

It’s Alaska whose back is against the wall entering Game 6 of the PBA Governors Cup Finals at the Ynares Center in Antipolo on Wednesday but Magnolia coach Chito Victolero said yesterday he’s treating the potential clincher as a do-or-die battle for the Hotshots......»»

Source: Philstar PhilstarCategory: SportsDec 16th, 2018Related News

PBA DRAFT: No pressure for Jackson despite top-5 pick

Trevis Jackson can't wait to get his PBA chance. The scoring guard from Sacramento was taken 5th overall in Sunday's 2018 PBA Draft and Jackson is expected to fight for his slot in a crowded Meralco backcourt filled with other playmaking and scoring guards. Still, Jackson says he's ready, ready to learn and ready to fit in. "First of all, I wanna learn from them, learn the little tricks of the game," Jackson says as he teams up with the likes of Chris Newsome and Baser Amer in Meralco.  "I'll take everything that I can and be ready to play the game I've played my whole life," he added. Landing with the Bolts is also promising for Jackson, saying his workout with the the team before the Draft went pretty well. He's ready to pick up where he left off now that he's part of the team. "I'm ecstatic, I'm so happy. I loved my workout with them and just the atmosphere at that gym, it made me excited to play basketball," he said. "I'm so happy to go there and get ready to work," Jackson added. As a top-5 selection, Jackson says he feels no extra pressure. "No pressure, I just play the game I've loved since day 1, that's the only way I see it. I don't feel pressure, this is what I wanted to do and this is what I've chosen to do and I'm gonna keep going," Jackson said.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsDec 16th, 2018Related News

Team KiefLy crushes first beach volleyball stint together in BVR

Philippine sports power couple Alyssa Valdez and Kiefer Ravena hit the sandcourts together for the first time in the celebrity match of the Beach Volleyball Republic December Open Sunday at the Sands SM by the Bay. They took home a close 23-21 victory in the one set exhibition match versus Charo Soriano and John Vic De Guzman. KiefLy wins the match, 23-21! @abscbnsports #BVRDecemberOpen pic.twitter.com/HS7al1QrCl — Danine Cruz (@the9cruz) December 16, 2018 Both duos put on a fun show for the fans in attendance as they gave an impromptu dance number before the game. The match itself was also not short of entertaining moments especially when Ravena who is known for being a crafty point guard in the basketball court produced most of the points in the sands. "Nakita naman natin na si Kiefer yung player of the game talaga. Service aces, blocks, and mga spikes," quipped former Ateneo beach volleyball player Valdez. This is Ravena's first time to play beach volleyball competitively and it was made more special because it was with beau Valdez. "Beach volleyball is very underestimated, I never thought it would really be this hard. Of course, we play it for fun every time we're on the beach with family but competitively, it's really different," said the sidelined NLEX Road Warrior after the fun game. "I enjoyed it especially playing with my girlfriend, Alyssa, who's really a beach volleyball player, it was nice to pull up a win tonight kahit nag-eenjoy lang din kami," added Ravena. Both shared that they did not do any solid preparation for the exhibition game in order to just enjoy the moment. "Before going here, nanonood na kami ng highlights ng beach volleyball kasi we never trained together," shared the five-time PVL MVP. "We wanted to come out as unprepared as possible to really enjoy it na lang," added the PBA standout. The Phenom's game versus Soriano and De Guzman is also for a good cause. The proceeds of the event will be donated to Mindanao State College of Sports, Physical Education, and Recreation Academy in Marawi City. "It was nice that I played for the BVR family. It's for a cause and it's one great experience especially knowing you're helping a lot of people," said Ravena.  .....»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsDec 16th, 2018Related News

ABL: Balkman, Alab Pilipinas still too hot to handle for Indonesia

Alab Pilipinas put on a show against CLS to commence their campaign in the 2018-2019 Asean Basketball League. On Sunday inside the GOR CLS in Surabaya, Indonesia, it was an encore performance for the Filipinos as they invaded the home stage of the Knights with a gutsy 88-80 decision in overtime. The Puerto Rican pair of Renaldo Balkman and PJ Ramos was still a problem for the Indonesians as the former finished with 36 points and 12 rebounds and the latter ended with a 25-marker, 11-board double-double. Just hours after knowing he had been picked second overall in the 2018 PBA Draft, Ray Parks Jr. contributed 10 points, three rebounds, and two assists to help the Philippines go streaking with two wins in a row to open its title defense. Unlike the last time the two teams met a week ago, Alab had to work for the win. They only had a two-point edge, 75-73, with 37 ticks to go before Wong Wei Long willed a layup through all of Ethan Alvano, Balkman, and Ramos to tie the tally. Neither side would score from there and the game went into overtime. There, Balkman continued working and, by his lonesome, outscored all of their opponents, 8-5. Parks Jr. and Caelan Tiongson also had timely contributions in the extra period as the Filipinos evaded the upset ax. --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsDec 16th, 2018Related News

Pistons roll to snap Celtics streak

      LOS ANGELES, USA – The Detroit Pistons ended the Boston Celtics' league-leading eight-game winning streak – and their own six-game skid – with a 113-104 victory in the NBA on Saturday, December 15 (Sunday, December 16, Manila time).  Reggie Bullock, returning from a five-game injury absence, provided a spark for the ........»»

Source: Rappler RapplerCategory: NewsDec 16th, 2018Related News

Alab survives CLS Indonesia in rematch for 2nd straight win

      MANILA, Philippines – New venue, same result. Sort of. For the second straight game, the San Miguel Alab Pilipinas defeated the CLS Knights Indonesia in a thrilling 88-80 overtime win at Surabaya, Indonesia on Sunday, December 16. The Knights tried to bounce back from a 27-point beating, 67-94 , in their ........»»

Source: Rappler RapplerCategory: NewsDec 16th, 2018Related News

Schofield scores 29, No. 3 Tennessee beats Memphis 102-92 | Inquirer Sports

MEMPHIS, Tenn. Admiral Schofield popped his Tennessee jersey to the Memphis fans who had been screaming at him throughout the game. The rivalry between Tennessees top basketball programs is back on,.....»»

Source: Philippinetimes PhilippinetimesCategory: NewsDec 16th, 2018Related News

Pistons end Bostons 8-game run, beat Celtics | Inquirer Sports

DETROIT Blake Griffin scored 27 points and Andre Drummond added 19 points and 20 rebounds to help the Detroit Pistons beat Boston 113-104 on Saturday night, snapping the Celtics eight-game winning st.....»»

Source: Philippinetimes PhilippinetimesCategory: NewsDec 16th, 2018Related News

WATCH: ‘Dungeons & Dragons’ dice decides winner of electoral tie

In a bid to determine the winner of the electoral tie for the irrigation district's board of commissioners in California, United States, two candidates determined their fates with the aid of a 20-sided "Dungeons & Dragons" dice. The incumbentByron-Bethany irrigation district director Larry Enos and challenger Milan "Pete" Petrovich rolled the dice --- taken from the board game of someone in the office --- three times to determine the winner on Dec. 7, as reported by Mercury News on the same day. Because the county's election code did not specify how to break a tie, they resorted to rolling the dice of the fantasy tabletop role-playing game to resolve the matter. The historical ...Keep on reading: WATCH: ‘Dungeons & Dragons’ dice decides winner of electoral tie.....»»

Source: Inquirer InquirerCategory: Dec 16th, 2018Related News

Petron closes in on duplicating historic feat

Games Tuesday: (Mall of Asia Arena) 4:15 p.m. – La Salle-Dasmarinas vs CSA 7:00 p.m. – Petron vs F2 Logistics   The deadly form that made Petron the most successful club team in the country was in full display when it crushed F2 Logistics, 25-23, 25-12, 25-17, in Game 1 of their Philippine Superliga All-Filipino Conference best-of-three finals series Saturday at the Mall of Asia Arena. But for head coach Shaq Delos Santos, the battle is still far from over. Delos Santos said celebration is not yet on their minds as they expect a furious fightback from the Cargo Movers in Game 2 of this prestigious women’s club tourney Tuesday at the same venue. He said F2 Logistics coach Ramil de Jesus is the best in the business in tweaking his gameplan so he expects Game 2 to be another thrilling showcase of high-flying attacks, great defense and nail-biting rallies from both sides. "Kami, think magandang pahinga, recovery, aral uli, pag-aralan namin sila ulit (sila). Siyempre for sure all out sila pero siyempre kami ready para dun,” said Delos Santos, whose wards moved a win shy of sweeping this tourney. Delos Santos sure knows what he’s talking about. In the Grand Prix last year, the Blaze Spikers hammered a convincing Game 1 win, thanks to the firepower of imports Lindsay Stalzer and Hillary Hurley as well as local stars Frances Molina, Aiza Maizo-Pontillas and Mika Reyes. But the Cargo Movers refused to quit. De Jesus shocked his counterpart when he pulled veteran Cha Cruz from the bench to serve as the starting spiker while moving American Kennedy Bryan back to her original position at the opposite spot. The gamble paid a handsome reward when the Cargo Movers crawled back from a 0-2 set lead all the way to a masterful Game 2 victory. Then, they went for the kill in Game 3 to formally clinch the title of this highly competitive tourney. Delos Santos stressed that de Jesus -- an 11-time champion coach for De La Salle University in the University Athletic Association of the Philippines who also has three crowns in the PSL – won’t simply give up.    "Kilala namin sila alam namin trabaho ni coach Ramil especially sa ganyang sitwasyon pero mas magtatrabaho kami this time," said Delos Santos, who drew firepower from bench player Sisi Rondina and former Far Eastern University stars Bernadeth Pons and Remy Palma in Game 1. Rondina delivered 12 points while Pons and Palma chipped in 10 and nine hits, respectively, for the Blaze Spikers, who are on the verge of duplicating a golden sweep of the conference they first achieved three years ago.          .....»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsDec 16th, 2018Related News

Suns beat Wolves for first 2-game win streak of season

By Bob Baum, Associated Press PHOENIX (AP) — Devin Booker returned from a six-game absence to score 28 points and Phoenix beat the Minnesota Timberwolves 107-99 on Saturday night (Sunday, PHL time), giving the Suns a two-game winning streak for the first time in almost a year. Deandre Ayton had 18 points and 12 rebounds for the Suns, including 10 points and five boards in the fourth quarter, when Phoenix pulled away. T.J. Warren added 21 points for Phoenix. The Suns, coming off a victory over Dallas on Thursday (Friday, PHL time), last won two in a row on Dec. 26-29, 2017. Karl-Anthony Towns scored 28 for the Timberwolves but only seven in the second half. Derrick Rose added 25 for Minnesota, which finished 0-4 on a western road trip and is 2-12 on the road this season. The Suns played without Trevor Ariza after agreeing to trade him to Washington for Kelly Oubre Jr. and Austin Rivers, a person familiar with the deal told The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because it had not been announced by either team. Neither team led by more than six points in a tight first half that ended with Minnesota up 58-56. Booker, who had been out with a strained hamstring, scored the first four in a 6-0 spurt that gave the Suns an 85-77 lead with 1:20 left in the third quarter. Josh Jackson's dunk capped the spurt on a fast break after Mikal Bridges' block of Andrew Wiggins' shot. Dario Saric sank a triple and Wiggins hit a 19-footer to cut the Suns' lead to 85-82 entering the final period. After Rose's basket to start the fourth quarter cut it to 85-84, Phoenix scored 11 straight, including Ayton's three-point play, to lead 96-84 on Warren's bank shot with 6:59 left. Rose scored five straight to make it a seven-point game but Ayton and Warren each scored inside and Minnesota never threatened seriously again. TRADE IN PROGRESS While the Suns wouldn't confirm the trade, Ariza was officially "not with the team." The deal is expected to be finalized on Monday (Tuesday, PHL time), when the Suns are in New York to face the Knicks. TIP-INS Timberwolves: Taj Gibson was out for personal reasons. He had started every game this season. ... Minnesota is 0-11 on the road against Western Conference teams. ... Minnesota's only road wins are at Brooklyn and at Cleveland. ... Minnesota was 2-of-12 on three-pointers in the first half and finished 7-of-35. Suns: Phoenix's victory over Dallas on Thursday (Friday, PHL time) was its first of the season without Booker. ... Booker made seven of his first eight shots and finished 10-of-16. He had seven assists and seven rebounds. ... Jackson missed his first seven shots and finished 2-of-10 from the field UP NEXT Timberwolves: Host Sacramento on Monday (Tuesday, PHL time). Suns: At New York on Monday (Tuesday, PHL time)......»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsDec 16th, 2018Related News

George scores 33 to help Thunder top Clippers 110-104

By Cliff Brunt, Associated Press OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Paul George scored 33 points to help the Oklahoma City Thunder beat the Los Angeles Clippers 110-104 on Saturday night (Sunday, PHL time). It was the fourth time in seven games George scored at least 30 points. Russell Westbrook had 13 points, 12 assists, nine rebounds and six steals for Oklahoma City. Jerami Grant scored 18 points and Steven Adams added 16 for the Thunder, who bounced back from a 109-98 loss at Denver on Friday night (Saturday, PHL time). Danilo Gallinari matched a season high with 28 points, Tobias Harris scored 22 and Montrezl Harrell added 21 for the Clippers. The Thunder led 61-50 at halftime, despite Westbrook going scoreless for almost 22 minutes to start the game. George picked up the slack with 21 points in the first half. Los Angeles' Patrick Beverley got called for a technical foul in the closing seconds of the third quarter, and George made the free throw to give the Thunder an 86-69 lead at the end of the period. Harrell scored, was fouled and made the free throw with just over a minute remaining to cut Oklahoma City's lead to six. With the margin still six, Harrell was fouled by Westbrook on a dunk attempt with 20.7 seconds left. He missed both free throws, and the Thunder called timeout. Oklahoma City got the ball inbounds, and George passed his way out of a trap to find Grant for a dunk that put the game out of reach. TIP-INS Clippers: G Lou Williams missed his third straight game with a sore left hamstring. ... C Marcin Gortat was called for a technical in the second quarter. ... Beverley, long hated by Thunder fans for his numerous run-ins with Westbrook, scored nine points but committed five fouls. Thunder: Forced 26 turnovers, the most for an opponent this season. ... Shot 47 percent from the field. UP NEXT Clippers: Host the Portland Trail Blazers on Monday (Tuesday, PHL time). Thunder: Host the Chicago Bulls on Monday (Tuesday, PHL time)......»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsDec 16th, 2018Related News

Dunn, Markkanen rally Bulls late to beat Spurs, 98-93

By Raul Dominguez, Associated Press SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Kris Dunn scored 24 points, Lauri Markkanen added 23 and the Chicago Bulls rallied from a 21-point deficit in the second half to stun the San Antonio Spurs 98-93 on Saturday night (Sunday, PHL time). The rally snapped Chicago's three-game skid and ended San Antonio's four-game winning streak. LaMarcus Aldridge had 29 points and 12 rebounds for San Antonio, which dominated the first half. DeMar DeRozan added 21 points. Bobby Portis' nine-foot jumper with 1:39 remaining in the game gave Chicago its first lead since a pair of one-point advantages in the opening two minutes of the game. Dunn added six points in the final 40 seconds to complete the come-from-behind victory for a Bulls team that struggled to gain any momentum in the first half. Aldridge scored six of the Spurs' first eight points and reached double figures seven minutes into the game. San Antonio guard Marco Belinelli, who finished with 12 points, made his first four three-pointers and finished 4-of-5. The Spurs led 62-43 entering the second half but promptly committed four turnovers in the opening two minutes of the third quarter. The miscues only trimmed the lead to 64-48, but prompted an early timeout by an agitated Gregg Popovich. The Spurs committed seven turnovers in the second half. Ryan Arcidiacono finished with 12 points for the Bulls. TIP-INS Bulls: Chicago associate head coach Jim Boylen was an assistant coach under Popovich from 2013-15. . Guard Zach LaVine did not travel with the Bulls, missing the game with an injured left ankle. . Forward Jabari Parker was in uniform but did not play. Spurs: Belinelli has twice made seven three-pointers in a game this season, the most recent Nov. 19 (Nov. 20, PHL time) at New Orleans. . They entered the game shooting 83 percent on free throws, which would be the second-best total in league history if it stands. Boston set the league mark by shooting 83.2 percent in 1990. UP NEXT Bulls: Host Oklahoma City on Monday night (Tuesday, PHL time). Spurs: Host Philadelphia on Monday night (Tueday, PHL time)......»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsDec 16th, 2018Related News

Cleveland Browns beat injury-plagued Broncos 17-16

By Arnie Stapleton, Associated Press DENVER (AP) — Baker Mayfield capitalized on Denver's depleted cornerback corps and dubious coaching decisions in leading the Cleveland Browns past the Broncos 17-16 on Saturday night, keeping alive their slim hopes of ending the NFL's longest playoff drought. Mayfield's 2-yard TD toss to Antonio Calloway with just under 12 minutes left provided the winning margin for the Browns (6-7-1). They snapped an 11-game losing streak to the Broncos (6-8). Improving to 3-28 on the road over the last four seasons, the Browns still have a shot at their first winning season since 2007 and even their first playoff berth since 2002 thanks to their first win over Denver since 1990. "I think the tough environment, winning on the road's the most important thing," Mayfield said. "If we don't take care of business tonight — and obviously we have to move on and take care of business next week — none of that matters. "So, being able to win on the road is something we've got to take pride in, going into somebody else's house, our backs against the wall, it's just us and coming out with a win," Mayfield said. "Find a way to win." Combined with their win at Cincinnati last month, the Browns have multiple road victories for the first time since 2014. Calloway's touchdown made it 17-13 and came with safety Justin Simmons in coverage because the Broncos were down five cornerbacks. The Broncos responded with a 13-play drive that ate up more than seven minutes, but after Phillip Lindsay was stuffed for no gain on third-and-1 from the Cleveland 6, coach Vance Joseph sent in kicker Brandon McManus for a field goal instead of going for it. "I wanted points there," Joseph explained. "We had about 4:35 left. We had one timeout and the 2-minute warning. I trust our defense to get a stop there." It didn't happen, at least not right away. Nick Chubb reeled off a 40-yard run on the first play, and on fourth-and-1 from the Denver 10, Cleveland interim coach Gregg Williams went for it — and Chubb was dropped for a 2-yard loss by Adam Gotsis. The Broncos got the ball back at their 13 with 1:49 remaining and reached the 50-yard line with 52 seconds left. But a spike, two incompletions and a sack by Jabrill Peppers all but ended Denver's playoff hopes. They could officially be eliminated with Sunday's slate of games. The Broncos began the night with cornerbacks Chris Harris Jr. and Isaac Yiadom sidelined and they lost Brendan Langley to a concussion in the first half and newly signed Jamar Taylor to an ejection in the second half on the same play Bradley Roby went out with a laceration in his mouth. Roby later returned. With safety Dymonte Thomas, who had his first career interception in the first half, subbing at cornerback, Von Miller broke Simon Fletcher's franchise record of 103½ sacks, including playoffs. Denver's depleted defense, however, was forced right back out onto the field when Case Keenum's first-down heave was easily picked off by T.J. Carrie at the Broncos 48, after just eight seconds had ticked off the game clock. Six plays later, Mayfield put the Browns ahead for good. The teams were tied at 10 after a mistake-filled first half in which both quarterbacks were thwarted by interceptions in or near the end zone. Keenum, who was implored by his coach during the week to let it rip and quit worrying about being intercepted, was picked off for the first time since October when Peppers came down with his 29-yard floater to Courtland Sutton in the end zone. Mayfield had the Browns in field goal range at the Denver 30 in the final minute before halftime when Thomas recorded his first career interception at the 2 on a throw to Jarvis Landry. INJURIES Langley went out in the first half and Roby in the second. Combined with Taylor's ejection — he was signed after Harris fractured his right fibula two weeks ago — and the Broncos were left scrambling in their secondary. UP NEXT Browns: Host Cincinnati Bengals on Dec. 23. Broncos: Visit Oakland Raiders on Christmas Eve......»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsDec 16th, 2018Related News

Meet the UCBL champs Diliman College Blue Dragons

The Diliman College Blue Dragons have just captured the UCBL (Universities and Colleges Basketball League) championship earlier this week beating their counterparts from Olivarez College, 63-57 in Game 3 of…READ The post Meet the UCBL champs Diliman College Blue Dragons appeared first on The Manila Times Online......»»

Source: Manilatimes ManilatimesCategory: Dec 16th, 2018Related News

Petron blitzes F2 in SuperLiga Game 1

Petron stamped its class on rival F2 Logistics in straight sets, 25-23, 25-11, 25-17 to close in on a perfect campaign and back-to-back Philippine Superliga All-Filipino Conference crowns last night at the Mall of Asia Arena......»»

Source: Philstar PhilstarCategory: SportsDec 15th, 2018Related News

Kai Sotto towers above all with 22-point lead in UAAP 81 Jrs. MVP race

Unsurprisingly, Kai Sotto has been putting up the most impressive numbers after the first round of the UAAP 81 Juniors Basketball Tournament. Ateneo de Manila High School’s towering teen has been posting per game counts of 25.3 points, 12.7 rebounds, 3.3 blocks, and 2.7 assists. He is the league’s best scorer, rebounder and blocker. Those numbers have been more than enough to thrust Sotto onto the very top of the MVP leaderboard with 93.3 Statistical Points (SPs). Not only that, he has a 22-point edge over his closest competitor in Mark Nonoy of University of Sto. Tomas who has 70.9 SPs to his name. More impressive, however, is that with the 7-foot-1, 16-year-old fronting the effort, the Blue Eaglets have not skipped a beat as they are in joint second heading into the second round. This, even after losing all of SJ Belangel, Jason Credo, Dave Ildefonso, and Joaqui Manuel. Nonoy is doing his best to chase down Sotto with averages of 18.3 points, 9.1 rebounds, 5.7 assists, and 1.7 steals – nothing short of impressive especially for a first-year player. At third in the MVP race is Ateneo’s Forthsky Padrigao with 70.0 SPs, but his place there is tenuous as he has only suited up for one game in the season. Not counting Padrigao, rounding out the top five are Far Eastern University-Diliman’s do-it-all guard RJ Abarrientos, Adamson High School’s revelation at forward in AP Manlapaz, and Nazareth School of National University’s versatile big man Carl Tamayo. —— Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsDec 15th, 2018Related News

2018 PBA Draft Baller Breakdown: Rodolfo “Jjay” Alejandro

Another former King Bulldog, Jjay Alejandro has always been known as a scorer. Ever since his days with Malayan College, Jjay could light up the scoreboard, connecting from inside and out; while at the same time making a name for himself as a deadly shooter. While he joined the NU Bulldogs primarily as an outside threat, he improved his scoring in the college ranks year in and year out, averaging almost 17 points per game in his final year. Coincidentally, his final year was played under the mentorship of multi-titled coach, Jamike Jarin, who developed Jjay no longer just as a scorer, but more of a playmaker and leader. Not only was he allowed to play point guard more often, Coach Jamike highlighted his leadership, designating him Team Captain in his senior year.   STRENGTHS Season 80 (his final year) saw Jjay’s usage rate skyrocket, logging an average 33 minutes, scoring 17 points, grabbing 6.4 rebounds, and dishing out 6.7 assists per contest. He also shot close to 40 percent from the field and 27.5 percent from downtown, with almost two 3-pointers a game. Most impressive in my opinion was the emergence of his passing ability, which had been underrated throughout his career. With the ball in his hand more often, Jjay was able to create more opportunities for himself and his teammates by getting into the paint, where he showed a lot of craftiness and composure in traffic. As a result, he more than doubled his assist numbers from season 79. AREAS FOR IMPROVEMENT Areas which he will need to improve on as he makes the jump to the PBA are primarily his strength and his defense. While Jjay is a deft pickpocket who can swipe at ballhandlers or play the passing lanes, he will have to hold his own on a nightly basis against stronger and taller guards. That means he’ll have to work on his on-ball defense, whether perimeter or in the post. If he wants to carve out a regular spot in the rotation, he’ll have to play point guard effectively, while polishing his jumper such that he’ll have a quicker release, as defenders are much quicker and smarter in the pros -- think Kevin Alas when he made the jump from college ball. That means tightening his handles, and improving not just his court vision, but his overall control of the game. One thing he’s definitely got going for him though is his ability to make plays in the clutch. Jjay Alejandro has never been known to shy away from big moments, and he will be more than willing to take and make big shots to decide the outcome of a game. That is one thing PBA teams are always on the lookout for.  .....»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsDec 15th, 2018Related News