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Falcons moving on after loss

MANILA, Philippines — Their frustration from the missed opportunity in a Final Four game against La Salle where they felt they got the raw end of the deal in.....»»

Source: Philstar PhilstarCategory: Sports9 hr. 52 min. ago Related News

FEU’s Dennison: ‘Ayoko matapos UAAP career ko na talo’

Ron Dennison has had quite the career in the UAAP. With one championship to go along with five playoff appearances, he has been the constant in Far Eastern University’s consistent contention in recent memory. And in his fifth and final year, the now 23-year-old has posted his best individual numbers with per game counts of 11.6 points in 46.9 percent shooting to go along with 5.1 rebounds, 2.5 assists, and 1.3 steals. Still, Saturday at the Araneta Coliseum could have been his last game in the UAAP as the fourth-seeded Tamaraws had a tall task in front of them – down erstwhile league-leading and twice-to-beat Ateneo de Manila University to remain in the running. For Dennison, the goal for his last game is plain and simple. “Sa akin, yung pagpunta ko pa lang dito sa game, ang mindset ko ay itong larong ito ay para sa pamilya ko,” he said. Indeed, the recruit from Cebu was only going to continue showcasing his skills so that he could also continue giving his family a brighter future. Still, he said that he wanted to keep wearing the green and gold just a little longer. As he put it, “Ayoko matapos yung UAAP career ko na talo kami. Gusto ko pa maglaro sa Finals.” And so, even during practices, Dennison urged his teammates to step up so that all of them would breathe more life into their campaign. “Sa practices namin last week, kinausap ko silang dapat ibigay na namin lahat. Yung takot namin, iniwanan na namin sa practice at puro lakas nang loob ang dinala namin sa game,” he shared. That much was evident as all of FEU just seemed more determined than the Blue Eagles in their matchup. “Buong game, sinasabi kong tulungan nila ako kasi ‘di ko rin naman kaya mag-isa,” he said. Arvin Tolentino and Hubert Cani were only more than willing to heed the call of their floor leader with 13 and 11 points, respectively. Another graduating player, big man Prince Orizu, also made his presence felt with 10 points and five rebounds while energy guy Richard Escoto made an impact as well with nine markers and seven boards. And in the end, the Tamaraws downed Ateneo, 80-67. And in the end, Ron Dennison will have one more game, at the very least, to play in the UAAP. --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: Sports10 hr. 18 min. ago Related News

Ex-Eagles Racela, Tolentino, Cani just lifted FEU over Ateneo

Yet again, Far Eastern University and Ateneo de Manila University are set to go the distance in their semifinals matchup. The Tamaraws and the Blue Eagles, whichever the twice-to-beat team between them is, have gone to a knockout bout four times in the last 17 years. The most recent of which has been set now in the UAAP 80 Men’s Basketball Tournament after the boys from Morayta topped the Katipunan-based team, 80-67, on Saturday. That discards Ateneo’s twice-to-beat advantage and then sets up a knockout bout on Wednesday. Much of FEU’s big-time win was thanks to head coach Olsen Racela and key cogs Arvin Tolentino and Hubert Cani. Racela called the shots for a game plan that outworked all of the erstwhile league-leaders while Tolentino and Cani scored 13 and 11 points, respectively. Those three just so happened to be former Blue Eagles. For Racela, now the Tamaraws’ mentor, facing his alma matter is no big deal. “Wala naman. Nagkataon lang na sila ang kalaban ko sa Final Four,” he told reporters. He then continued, “Pero doesn’t matter kung sino kalaban ko. I’m just cherishing the experience of going up agianst different coaches. It just so happened na Ateneo ang kalaban.” Racela was part of Ateneo’s championship in the late ‘80s. Tolentino only shared the same sentiment. “Wala na rin sa akin yung ganun, (facing my) former team. Kumbaga, natanggal na rin dahil nasanay na ako kasi nakalaban na namin sila sa summer leagues and dito sa UAAP twice (sa eliminations),” he said. The sweet-shooting big man wore the blue and white in Seasons 77 and 78 before transferring to Morayta. And there, Tolentino reiterated that he has found his home. “Sa FEU, yung spirit, na-adopt ko na rin kaya naisip ko nang hindi na ‘to sayang. Hindi na yung, ‘Sayang, sana nandun ako (sa Ateneo),” he shared. He then continued, “Kasi tinanggap ako nang buong-buo ng FEU.” Cani, Tolentino’s teammate both in Ateneo and then in FEU, said their sights remain set on the bigger picture. “Siyempre, masarap yung panalo, pero laging sinasabi ni coach Olsen na next play. Itong game na ‘to, tapos na ‘to at iisipin na namin yung next game,” he expressed. Racela, Tolentino, Cani, and the rest of the Tamaraws figure in a do-or-die matchup with the Blue Eagles on Wednesday at the MOA Arena. --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: Sports10 hr. 18 min. ago Related News

Standhardinger clutch as Hong Kong holds off Alab Pilipinas

Hong Kong Eatern's championship composure prevailed. The defending Asean Basketball League champions scored big road win over Alab Pilipinas Sunday, taking a close 92-89 decision at the MOA Arena to start the league's eight season. Losing 15-point lead, Hong Kong dropped a 9-0 run early in the fourth quarter, turning a 73-74 deficit into an 82-74 advantage to restore order against Alab. The Philippine team tried to rally again in the final two minutes and change, making it to within one point in the last 10 seconds following an and-one play from reigning local MVP Ray Parks Jr., but the Eastern Sports Club managed to hang tough for the victory. Fil-German forward Christian Standhardinger buried two clutch baskets for Hong Kong, the first a jumper to put the champs up, 90-86, and the final one a being layup to seal the final tally. Josh Urbiztondo had a chance to send the game in overtime with five seconds to go but his halfcourt heave went in and out......»»

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Tams stun Eagles to force decider in UAAP semis

MANILA, Philippines — “Lagi kong sinasabi sa kanila, ‘One game. One game......»»

Source: Philstar PhilstarCategory: News10 hr. 52 min. ago Related News

Ex-Blue Eagles Tolentino, Cani star for FEU in Final Four

Arvin Tolentino had his fair share of the spotlight during his time for Ateneo while Hubert Cani had been a prized recruit of the Blue Eagles for Season 78. Both, however, are now under Far Eastern University and the two produced enough moments that caused heartbreak for Ateneo in the Final Four of the UAAP Season 80 men's basketball tournament. Tolentino had 13 points while Cani had 11 pointsin the Tamaraws' 80-67 victorySundayat Smart Araneta Coliseum. READ: Tamaraws force deciding game, stun Blue Eagles For Tolentino, who was the Rookie of the Year in 2014, his time as a Blue Eagle was far behind him and that he's now a full-fledged Tamaraw. "The spirit of FEU, the mentality of...Keep on reading: Ex-Blue Eagles Tolentino, Cani star for FEU in Final Four.....»»

Source: Inquirer InquirerCategory: 13 hr. 18 min. ago Related News

‘Quick adjustment’ for returning Blatche

Andray Blatche may have been away from Gilas Pilipinas for much of 2017, and yet the big man felt like he never left. Gilas held a practice session Sunday at Smart Araneta Coliseum in preparation for its game against Japan in the 2019 Fiba World Cup qualifiers where Blatche is once again the team's naturalized player. "We had practice earlier in the day and I'm pretty much comfortable with the offense, the defense, the players, and the coaching staff," said Blatche, who arrived in the country early Sunday morning. "It was a quick adjustment for me." Blatche was also visibly in great shape, a far cry when he arrived in the country for the last Fiba qualifiers in 2016. T...Keep on reading: ‘Quick adjustment’ for returning Blatche.....»»

Source: Inquirer InquirerCategory: 13 hr. 18 min. ago Related News

FEU pulls off a shocking win over Ateneo, forces semis game 2

MANILA, Philippines (UPDATED) – The Far Eastern University (FEU) Tamaraws stunned the top seeded Ateneo Blue Eagles, 80-67, on Sunday, November 19, at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.  The Tamaraws repeated a page in their Season 79 final 4 story against the Blue Eagles, forcing a game 2 of the semi-finals ........»»

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FEU beats Ateneo to force sudden death

Far Eastern University (FEU) forced a sudden death against Ateneo de Manila after beating the Eagles, 80-67, in the men’s senior basketball of UAAP Season 80 on Sunday. The deciding game is on Wednesday at the Mall of Asia Arena with the winner facing defending champion La Salle in the best-of-three Finals. The Archers came… link: FEU beats Ateneo to force sudden death.....»»

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Irving, Brown help Celtics rally for 15th straight win

ATLANTA -- Kyrie Irving scored 30 points, Jaylen Brown added a career-high 27 and the Boston Celtics won their 15th straight game with a 110-99 victory over the Atlanta Hawks on Saturday night. At 15-2, Boston leads the NBA and matched the best start in franchise history through 17 games. The winning streak is the club's fifth-longest, four behind the 2008-09 team that set the franchise mark. Dennis Schroder had 23 points, and Kent Bazemore added 19 for Atlanta. The Hawks are an Eastern Conference-worst 3-13, but they still had plenty of adrenaline following a 46-point victory over Sacramento -- the biggest in franchise history -- two nights ago The Celtics erased a 16-point deficit to take their first lead on Brown's 3-pointer midway through the third. It marked Boston's fourth win when trailing by at least 16 during the streak. Irving, playing with a protective mask to protect a minor facial fracture, ended the game with a right-handed finger-roll layup, delighting a few thousand Boston fans who were chanting "MVP! MVP!" in the fourth quarter. In 31 minutes, Irving made 10 of 12 shots, including five 3-pointers, and hit all five of his free throws. Irving, frustrated that the mask was affecting his peripheral vision two nights ago, took it off to help Boston beat defending NBA champion Golden State by four points. He scored 16 points, but was just 4 for 16 from the field. Brown was 10 of 13 from the field. The Celtics lead NBA in scoring defense, but they gave up 35 points in the first quarter and trailed by 15 entering the second. Atlanta used a 16-0 run in the first to take a 15-point lead. But fueled by Marcus Smart and other reserves, Boston pulled within four twice in the second and cut the lead to six in the closing minutes on Brown's 3. Marcus Morris and Jayson Tatum each had 14 points for Boston. TIP-INS Celtics: Tatum was scoreless until he stole the ball and dunked to cut the lead to four in the third. The 19-year-old former Duke standout followed with an acrobatic, one-handed dunk on a fast break to make it 75-72 and had another dunk to put Boston up 78-77 near the end of the period. Tatum had all 14 of his points in the third. Hawks: F Taurean Prince is developing into a solid option on offense, spinning for a layup against Shane Larkin and floating a soft assist on John Collins' dunk that put Atlanta up 84-82. But Prince has a substandard reputation as a defender, and coach Mike Budenholzer gave him an earful after calling timeout in the third. Prince had just missed an assignment that left Brown open to hit the big 3 from the left corner. UP NEXT Celtics: Visit Dallas, the NBA's worst team, on Monday night. Hawks: Visit San Antonio on Monday night......»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: Sports22 hr. 39 min. ago Related News

Harden scores 29 to lead Rockets past Grizzlies 105-83

MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- James Harden scored 29 points, Clint Capela had 17 points and 13 rebounds and the Houston Rockets beat the Memphis Grizzlies 105-83 on Saturday night. Houston guard Chris Paul added 17 points and six assists in his second game since returning from a left knee injury. Paul and Harden combined for 10-of-19 shooting from beyond the arc, and the Rockets were 18 for 43 from 3-point range overall. Memphis dropped its fourth consecutive game. Chandler Parsons led the Grizzlies with 17 points on 7-for-9 shooting, and Marc Gasol and JaMychal Green each scored 15 points. Houston was in control the entire game. Memphis led only once, by one point in the first quarter. The Rockets used their normal 3-point shooting prowess to build an 18-point lead in the first half. Houston went 11 of 24 from long range in the half. Memphis pulled within two late in the second quarter, but Houston led 59-50 at the break. TIP-INS Rockets: Eric Gordon converted a four-point play late in the first half. ... Houston has won five straight on the road. ... Houston is 11-1 when leading after the third quarter. ... Capela recorded his 11th double-double of the season. ... Houston made its first 11 free throws before Nene missed one in the third quarter. Grizzlies: It was Parsons' first start of the season. ... PG Mike Conley missed his second game with left Achilles tenderness. Conley was in a walking boot. ... F Brandan Wright left in the second quarter with a right groin injury. UP NEXT Rockets: Host Denver on Wednesday. Grizzlies: Host Portland on Monday night......»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: Sports22 hr. 39 min. ago Related News

Mavericks stop 4-game slide with win against Bucks

DALLAS -- Wesley Matthews scored a season-high 22 points, and the Dallas Mavericks stopped a four-game slide with a 111-79 victory over the Milwaukee Bucks on Saturday night. Matthews also had eight assists while helping Dallas (3-14) to its first win since Nov. 7 at Washington. He had six of the Mavericks' franchise record-tying 19 3-pointers, J.J. Barea had 20 points for the Mavericks, and Harrison Barnes finished with 18. Yogi Ferrell had 16 points and Dwight Powell grabbed 13 rebounds. Milwaukee had won four in a row. Giannis Antetokounmpo had 24 points and 17 rebounds for the Bucks (8-7), and Khris Middleton added 23 points. It was Milwaukee's first loss since it acquired Eric Bledsoe in a trade with the Phoenix Suns on Nov. 7. The Mavericks never trailed after Matthews' 3-pointer made it 22-20 with 3:07 left in the first quarter. Dallas went 19 for 38 from beyond the arc, including a shot clock-beating 3 from near midcourt by Barea that made it 88-64 in the fourth quarter. Milwaukee went 6 of 25 from 3-point range. TIP-INS Bucks: C John Henson went 3 for 10 at the free-throw line. ... Coach Jason Kidd had two stints in Dallas as a player and averaged 10.5 points, 5.5 rebounds, and 8.4 assists in 500 career games with the Mavericks. ... The Bucks host the Mavericks on Dec. 8. Mavericks: C Nerlens Noel only played three minutes. Noel played six minutes in Friday night's 111-87 loss to Minnesota and has been replaced in the rotation by Salah Mejri. ... Dallas still leads the NBA with 14 losses this season. UP NEXT Bucks: Host the Washington Wizards on Monday. Mavericks: Host the Boston Celtics on Monday......»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: Sports22 hr. 39 min. ago Related News

C.J. McCollum scores 25 points, Blazers beat Kings 102-90

PORTLAND, Ore. -- C.J. McCollum scored 25 points, Damian Lillard had 22 and the Portland Trail Blazers handed the Sacramento Kings their ninth consecutive road loss, 102-90 on Saturday night. McCollum hit four 3-pointers and shot 9 of 16 to help Portland avenge an 86-82 road loss to the Kings on Friday night. Lillard had six assists, the Blazers shot 54 percent (38 of 70) from the floor and made 10 of 21 3-pointers. Portland's Jusuf Nurkic, bouncing back from a season-low four-point performance Friday, had 14 points and seven rebounds. Meyers Leonard, in his second game back after missing four weeks with a right ankle injury, hit three 3-pointers and had a season-high 11 points for the Blazers. Shabazz Napier also had 11 on 5-of-6 shooting. Willie Cauley-Stein had 18 points and nine rebounds to lead Sacramento, and Zach Randolph had 17. Neither team had a significant advantage for most of the first half. But Portland, trailing 33-32 midway through the second quarter, finished the half by hitting four 3-pointers during a 21-8 run as the Blazers grabbed a 53-41 lead at the break. Portland widened its lead to 22 points during the third quarter. During a nine-minute stretch, only Randolph scored for the Kings. Lillard scored nine points that fueled an 11-3 run as Portland took a 78-56 lead late in the third quarter. Sacramento never got closer than 12 points the rest of the game. TIP-INS Kings: Buddy Hield, who sprained his ankle in Friday's game against the Blazers, did not make the trip to Portland. ... Vince Carter (kidney stones) missed his sixth consecutive game. ... Randolph, scoreless against Portland on Friday, scored the Kings first four points Saturday. .... Sacramento lost its ninth consecutive game in Portland. Trail Blazers: Ed Davis returned to action after missing Friday's game (ankle). ... Portland heads to Memphis on Monday to start a five-game road trip, tied for its longest of the season. UP NEXT Kings: Host Denver on Monday night. Trail Blazers: At Memphis on Monday night......»»

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Source: Philstar PhilstarCategory: NewsNov 19th, 2017Related News

Irving, Brown help Celtics rally for 15th straight win

ATLANTA — Kyrie Irving scored 30 points, Jaylen Brown added a career-high 27 and the Boston Celtics won their 15th straight game with a 110-99 victory over t.....»»

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Manalang bids goodbye to Adamson after ‘heartbreaking’ loss

It wasn't the ending Robbie Manalang envisioned for himself in his last game for Adamson. The Soaring Falcons lost to De La Salle, 82-75, in the Final Four to end their campaign in the UAAP Season 80 men's basketball tournament Saturday in a game that would forever sting Manalang. "I thought we were going to go all the way," said Manalang Saturday at Smart Araneta Coliseum. "Since day one I believed that, but that's life. Sometimes things don't go your way." Adamson held a 63-54 lead heading into the final 10 minutes of the game but the Green Archers found their rhythm in the fourth period just as the Soaring Falcons faltered. La Salle outscored Adamson 28-12 in the final...Keep on reading: Manalang bids goodbye to Adamson after ‘heartbreaking’ loss.....»»

Source: Inquirer InquirerCategory: Nov 19th, 2017Related News

Foton bounces back, sweeps SLR

Games Tuesday: (Filoil Flying V Centre) 4:15 pm – Generika-Ayala vs Victoria Sports-UST 7:00 pm – Cignal vs F2 Logistics   LIPA CITY --- After suffering a sorry setback, defending champion Foton vented its ire on Sta. Lucia Realty as it pulled off a masterful 25-16, 25-11, 25-16 bounce back victory in the 2017 Chooks to Go-Philippine Superliga (PSL) Grand Prix Saturday at the La Salle Lipa Sentrum here. Jaja Santiago had a brilliant performance while imports Sara Klisura and Dragana Perunicnic carried the cudgels for the Tornadoes. With the win, Foton is now bunched with rival Petron at the second spot with a 5-1 win-loss card behind unbeaten F2 Logistics, which sports a 4-0 slate. Based on the official league format, the top team after the single-round elimination will take on the eighth seeded squad while the second seed will meet the seventh seed; the third seed will clash with the sixth seed; and the fourth seed will battle the fifth seed in the sudden-death quarterfinal encounter. The survivors in the quarters will advance to the semis to determine the protagonists in the best-of-three finals series, which starts on Dec. 12. Foton head coach Moro Branislav knows that every match is important and clinching the top seed will definitely make their road to a three-peat much easier. “This is a very tough tournament and every game is very important,” said the seasoned Serbian mentor. “For my opinion, we can’t take anybody lightly. We always have to be at our best, work hard and go for the win. Today, the girls showed that they really want another title.” Santiago, the reigning Most Valuable Player, delivered 11 kills, two aces and a block to finish with 14 points while Klisura and Perunicnic delivered 17 and 14 markers, respectively, for the Tornadoes, who crushed the Lady Realtors at the attack zone, 42-24. Ukrainian Bodhana Anisova was the lone bright spot on offense for Sta. Lucia with 15 attacks. The Lady Realtors suffered their fourth setback in five matches......»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsNov 18th, 2017Related News

WATCH: Sons grade LeBron James 39-point game vs Clippers

NBA.com staff report LeBron James is 15 seasons into his remarkable NBA career, and he's still going strong.  The future Hall of Famer turned in one of his best games of the young season on Friday (Saturday, PHL time), going off for 39 points on 17-for-26 points with 14 rebounds and six assists as the Cavaliers outlasted the Clippers 118-113 in overtime.  That still wasn't good enough to get a top grade from 13-year-old son LeBron "Bronny" Jr., who marked his dad down for six turnovers and 1-for-5 shooting at the foul line to a mere "A minus, A" after the game.  LeBron's kids grade his 39-point performance 😂 pic.twitter.com/TetsEop0IZ — Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) November 18, 2017 Younger son Bryce was a little more forgiving with a full A plus for Dad. But LeBron was still focused on the blemishes that kept him from a full 4.0.  "They tough on me," he joked after pulling the two onto the court during his post-game interview. "I got the toughest household on the team. If I got an A minus, I need an A plus in Detroit on Monday. Gotta get better.".....»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsNov 18th, 2017Related News

Old School Power Rankings 2017-18: Weeks 3 and 4

By Scott Wraight, NBA.com If you want to bump the King from his throne, you'd better come strong. Real strong. It's true, if you have hopes of ascending to the top of the mountain this season, you'd better turn in some memorable performances, triple-doubles, 40-point efforts and then some. That's what happens when the club opens its doors to "youngsters."  Even if you do all that, there's no guarantee you'll be sitting at the head of the table, not when a certain four-time MVP goes off for 57. Good luck, folks. Notes: - Season statistics are through games of Nov. 2 (Nov. 3, PHL time) - Any player who turns 32 during the regular season can be added to the rankings. 1.  LeBron James (32), Cleveland Cavaliers Previous rank: 1 Last weeks' stats: 7 games, 31.3 ppg, 7.7 rpg, 8.6 apg Season stats: 28.3 ppg, 7.3 rpg, 8.7 apg Anytime you open the two-week period with a 57-point performance, you ain't going anywhere. Period. Mr. James could've put up bagels the rest of the way and it wouldn't have mattered (We say that knowing it never would've happened). And here's the real scary part: LeBron is eclipsing career-highs in FG% (57.9), FT% (81.4), assists (8.7) and blocks (1.3). Like a fine wine, right?   2.  Marc Gasol (32), Memphis Grizzlies Previous rank: 3 Last weeks' stats: 6 games, 19.7 ppg, 8.8 rpg, 4.3 apg Season stats: 20.1 ppg, 9.3 rpg, 3.4 apg It was looking like a ho-hum stretch for Gasol ... until he exploded for 35 and 13 on Wednesday (Thursday, PHL time). Like James, Gasol is setting career-highs in several categories: 9.3 rebounds (would tie his mark set in 2009-10), 1.9 blocks (would tie his mark in '11-12) and 1.6 3-pointers made per game. He's also just four double-doubles away from matching all of last season's total. 3.  LaMarcus Aldridge (32), San Antonio Spurs Previous rank: 2 Last weeks' stats: 7 games, 20.1 ppg, 8.0 rpg, 3.0 apg Season stats: 22.0 ppg, 8.3 rpg, 2.4 apg Despite slipping one spot, Aldridge had a relatively productive period, including a 32-point showing Wednesday (Thursday, PHL time). But the big thing for Aldridge is rest. In three games with no rest, he averaged 14.3 points and 43.2 FG%. In two games with one day of rest, he totaled 23 points and 59.4 FG%. And in two games with two days of rest, Aldridge went for 26 points and 57.1 FG%. 4.  Carmelo Anthony (33), Oklahoma City Thunder Previous rank: 4 Last weeks' stats: 6 games, 16.8 ppg, 8.2 rpg, 1.3 apg Season stats: 20.1 ppg, 6.2 rpg, 1.5 apg Unlike James and Gasol, Anthony is going the other direction in a couple of categories. After shooting just 34.9 from the field over the last two weeks, Anthony is sitting at a career-low 41.8 for the season. His previous low was 42.6 in '03-04, his rookie season. Anthony is also averaging just 1.5 assists, which would be the lowest of his career by a wide margin (2.6 in '04-05 and '12-13). 5.  Taj Gibson (32), Minnesota Timberwolves Previous rank: 8 Last weeks' stats: 6 games, 12.5 ppg, 9.5 rpg, 0.8 apg Season stats: 10.1 ppg, 7.7 rpg, 1.3 apg Maybe the brisk Minnesota air has reinvigorated Gibson, who is putting up career numbers across the board. Playing a career-high 30.5 minutes, he's shooting 53.6 from the field, 83.3 from the line and hauling in 7.7 rebounds -- all career bests. Gibson also already has five double-doubles, putting him on pace to break his career-high of 18 double-doubles in '09-10. 6.  Paul Millsap (32), Denver Nuggets Previous rank: 5 Last weeks' stats: 6 games, 16.8 ppg, 5.2 rpg, 3.7 apg Season stats: 15.7 ppg, 6.4 rpg, 2.9 apg Millsap started to week in grand fashion, pouring in 27 points and nine rebounds on Nov. 3. Unfortunately, he followed that up the next night with six points and zero rebounds against the Warriors. He did, however, bounce back nicely with four straight games of 16 or more points including tying a career high with six blocks on Nov. 9 (Nov. 10, PHL time) against the Thunder. 7.  Trevor Ariza (32), Houston Rockets Previous rank: NA Last weeks' stats: 7 games, 14.0 ppg, 5.4 rpg, 2.1 apg Season stats: 10.8 ppg, 5.2 rpg, 2.6 apg The Rockets put up 142 points in a win over the Suns and Ariza contributed just 11 points? Huh. Despite that showing, it was still a solid two weeks for the small forward, who went for double-digit scoring in five of six games including two steals in four straight. He's also connected on at least three three's in six of his last eight games. 8.  Zach Randolph (36), Sacramento Kings Previous rank: 10 Last weeks' stats: 6 games, 15.2 ppg, 5.8 rpg, 2.3 apg Season stats: 13.0 ppg, 6.1 rpg, 1.8 apg Randolph, who has started every game this season for the Kings while averaging 25.4 minutes, is getting with the times and taking his game out beyond the arc. Before this season, the most three-pointers Z-Bo had made in a season was 25 back in '08-09 with the Clippers. This season, he already has eight (8-for-20), putting him on pace for 40-45.  9.  Courtney Lee (32), New York Knicks Previous rank: NA Last weeks' stats: 6 games, 13.2 ppg, 3.7 rpg, 3.3 apg Season stats: 11.6 ppg, 3.8 rpg, 2.8 apg Lee has been a pleasant surprise so far this season. Starting and averaging more than 33 minutes, he's scored in double figures in four consecutive games while connecting on at least two treys in three straight. In fact, Lee has made at least two three's in 7-of-14 games and is shooting a career-high 47.2 from deep. 10.  J.J. Redick (33), Philadelphia 76ers Previous rank: Just missed Last weeks' stats: 6 games, 17.2 ppg, 3.5 rpg, 5.0 apg Season stats: 14.8 ppg, 3.2 rpg, 4.1 apg Redick started the stretch nicely, snatching his first 30-point game of the season (31 points with 8-for-12 three's). He followed that up with five straight games of double-figure scoring, though two of those (10 on Tuesday, PHL time, 11 on Thursday, PHL time) left much to be desired. Much of Redick's success is tied to his long-range accuracy, which has been off in the early going (35 percent). Just missed the cut: J.R. Smith, Kyle Korver, J.J. Barea, Pau Gasol, Marcin Gortat Will turn 32 this season: Dwight Howard (Dec. 8), Gerald Green (Jan. 26), Rajon Rondo (Feb. 22), Corey Brewer (March 5), Kyle Lowry (March 25), Marco Belinelli (March 25). The views on this page do not necessarily reflect the views of the NBA, its clubs or Turner Broadcasting......»»

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Pumaren adamant officiating was ‘the worst’ in DLSU-Adamson game

Safe to say, Franz Pumaren was not happy with how the referees called Adamson University’s matchup against De La Salle University on Saturday at the Araneta Coliseum. “I don’t want to sound sourgraping, but I guess everybody saw the game,” the head coach told reporters after his Soaring Falcons were downed by the Green Archers, 75-82. “In fact, me, coming from La Salle, even my friends there said parang they can’t even celebrate the victory.” Pumaren called the shots for the Taft-based team from 1998 to 2009 before transferring to San Marcelino in 2016. After the final buzzer, he was clearly heard to be yelling at referees that what transpired was the “worst officiating.” And in the post-game conference, he did nothing but reiterate that. “Talaga. This is the worst,” he told reporters. The Adamson tactician then went on to say that it’s not just his close friends who felt bad at their controversial loss. “You know, stepping out of the coliseum, nahihiya sa akin mga taga-La Salle. Even the coaches of DLS Zobel, they were so embarrassed,” he shared. He then continued, “Even some UAAP coaches have been texting me now, sad day daw for UAAP. I won’t be mentioning the name, but two Final Four contenders and two more coaches, sad day daw.” Pumaren, and all of those he mentioned, disagreed with how the Soaring Falcons were called for 33 fouls compared to their opponents’ 12. Moreover, DLSU was awarded 39 free throws and made good on 27 while Adamson only had five free throws and converted three of those. Talking about that disparity, he said, “Malakas na nga sila tapos diba… The difference… Ewan ko.” For the multi-titled mentor, that disparity barred his players from enforcing their game plan. “We worked hard for this. We prepared for this. It’s so disappointing,” he said. He then continued, “I don’t think I was outcoached. I don’t think we got outplayed. It’s so disappointing.” Still, Pumaren was proud at how the Soaring Falcons were still in the game up until the dying moments. “We could have still beaten them,” he expressed. In the end, however, the coach said he can do nothing but take the loss and just prepare for next season. “For me, okay lang yun. We just have to be tougher next year,” he said. He then continued, firing one parting shot, “I just would have been sweeter if we would have beaten them in spite of all the help.” --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

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