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PBA: “Gilas 5” highlight 2019 Draft

Just like in 2016, the 2019 PBA Rookie Draft will be a two-part draft proceeding, with a special draft among Gilas prospects held before the regular draft exercise.  Seventy-one players, in all, hope that their names be called and their dreams come true in the keenly awaited draft exercise set at Robinson’s Place Manila, Sunday starting at 3 p.m. Ateneo players Isaac Go, Matt and Mike Nieto, San Sebastian’s Allyn Bulanadi and UE’s Rey Suerte are five players placed in a special pool for special dispersal to Columbian Dyip, Blackwater, NLEX, Alaska and Rain or Shine. These five players are being eyed by the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas for inclusion in the Gilas program for the next FIBA World Cup the country is hosting in 2013. In 2016, the PBA also held a special draft involving then Gilas cadet players Mac Belo, Matthew Wright, RR Pogoy, Jio Jalalon, Kevin Ferrer, Mike Tolomia, Carl Bryan Cruz, Von Pessumal, Ed Daquioag, Russel Escoto, Arnold Van Opstal and Alfonzo Gotladera. In the regular draft then, Raphael Banal was the top choice by Blackwater. The Dyip, the Elite, the Road Warriors, the Aces and the Elasto Painters will get cracks at Go, the Nieto twins, Bulanadi and Suerte. But the teams will only hold rights on these players, and get to enlist them only once they are released by the SBP from Gilas service. With Go in the special draft and out of the regular pool, the guessing game is who will be bestowed the honors of being the top of the 2019 draft class. Columbian owns the rights for the first pick. The complete draft order in the first round is Columbian at No. 1 followed by Blackwater at No. 2, NLEX at No. 3, Alaska No. 4, Rain or Shine Nos. 5 to 7, NorthPort No. 8, Magnolia No. 9, Barangay Ginebra No. 10, TNT KaTropa No. 11 and Columbian No. 12. In the second round, it is Ginebra, Blackwater, NLEX, Alaska, Alaska, Meralco, Rain or Shine, NLEX, Magnolia, Ginebra, Rain or Shine and NorthPort. Two other Ateneo stalwarts in Adrian Wong and Vince Tolentino, Adamson’s Sean Manganti, Letran’s Jeric Balanza and Bonbon Batiller, twin brothers Jayvee and Jaycee Marcelino of Lyceum, William McAloney of EAC, Cris Dumapig of CEU, Gwen Combo of FEU, Kid Montalbo of La Salle, Michael Salado of Arellano, Christopher Bitoon of St. Clare and Rian Michael Ayon-ayon of PCU are among the notable hopefuls.  .....»»

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

8 players making 2018 Draft one of most productive ever

By Steve Aschburner, NBA.com Devonte’ Graham isn’t the only member of the 2018 Draft class enjoying a stellar sophomore season. Injuries have held back Phoenix’s Deandre Ayton and Sacramento’s Marvin Bagley, but that hasn’t stopped the Class of ’18 from being one of the most productive and promising in recent NBA memory. With Graham included, here are seven other standouts at the 2019-20 quarter pole: Luka Doncic, Dallas (No. 3 pick overall): Never mind the “super sophs” list -- Doncic is getting All-NBA and even Kia MVP consideration for his breathtaking work for the Mavericks. At 30.7 points, 10.3 rebounds and 9.4 assists per game, he’d be a no-brain No. 1 pick if this group were re-drafted. Trae Young, Atlanta (No. 5): The Hawks are fortunate Young has been so dynamic (28.2 ppg, 8.3 apg) and entertaining, sparing them from the second-guessing that normally might have accompanied their decision to swap picks that night with Dallas. Collin Sexton, Cleveland (No. 8): The Alabama product flew below the radar on a losing team last season before landing on the All-Rookie squad and he’s been doing the same this season. His 3-point shooting and assists are down, but Sexton is taking better care of the ball and is up in most categories (18.1 ppg). Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, OKC (No. 11): It’s to SGA’s credit that Thunder GM Sam Presti, so fixated on Draft picks in dealing away Paul George and Russell Westbrook, saw him as a legit piece for OKC’s future. Gilgeous-Alexander has scored at least 20 points nine times, including 26 in his debut and 28 the next game. Jaren Jackson Jr., Memphis (No. 4): A year ago, Jackson became the first NBA rookie to record at least 50 blocks, 50 steals and 50 3-pointers. This season, he’s back at it, averaging 18.3 ppg in his last 12 games while hitting 43% from the arc. He had 31 points vs. Indiana Monday, picking up slack for injured Ja Morant and Jonas Valunciunas. Wendell Carter Jr., Chicago (No. 7): Carter has stayed healthy so far and looks like a Bulls building block despite the team’s dreary start. He's at 12.6 ppg, 9.7 rpg and 56.6% shooting while showing some of the Al Horford similarities for which he was touted in college. Mitchell Robinson, New York (No. 36): Like Graham, Robinson was a second-round gem. His presence is felt most at the rim and on the glass, where his shot-swatting (1.9 bpg), rebounds (6.6) and efficient offense (67.9% shooting) have kept him out of the blame game for the Knicks’ horrible record. Steve Aschburner has written about the NBA since 1980. 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......»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsDec 5th, 2019Related News

LeBron James keeping Father Time at bay in LA

By Shaun Powell, NBA.com The bearded man in a robe who walks with a slight hunch and carries an hourglass always lurks in the shadows, almost out of view. Nobody is paying him much mind or cares what he has to say -- at least not initially. He’s not on anyone’s radar until he appears and applies a gentle tap on the shoulder (or a violent shove in the back) of the unsuspecting. And that’s when they realize they’ve been paid a visit by someone whom Charles Barkley always says is undefeated. Yes, it is “Father Time,” the mythical creation of the ancient Greeks whose clock is more pronounced than any made in Switzerland. He is, by every metric, always on time, although that seems to vary, depending on his mood. He is gracious and respectful in some cases, unforgiving in others. Ultimately, he and only he decides when your time in sports is up. And so, it’s a matter of when, not if, he’ll throw LeBron James in reverse. But where other stars became role players or transformed into shells of their former selves, LeBron is playing at a high level. He turns 35 later this month and because he’s delivering Kia MVP-quality results here in his 17th NBA season, he is winning against time, and therefore, he is … cheating time. He’s almost at 57,000 minutes played in the regular season and playoffs combined, which ranks fourth behind Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Karl Malone and Kobe Bryant. He should pass Kobe for No. 3 in career scoring (33,643 points) by the All-Star break. The all-time scoring mark and a high ranking on the all-time assists list are in sight, too. Ask him why and how he’s doing it and LeBron is playfully coy and quick to say “fine wine.” He’ll also often credit the extra motivation he acquired last summer, when he watched the playoffs from his sofa, not far removed from a groin injury and a dreadful first season with the Lakers. Those things caused him grief and fueled his desire to reclaim his place. "I put in the work and I trust everything that I’ve done, especially this offseason," James said. "I’ve come in with a great mindset, with a healthy mindset and a healthy body." Considering his middle age, LeBron is putting together a masterful season (25.6 ppg, 7.1 rpg) while excelling as a volume 3-point shooter. His 10.8 apg leads the NBA and his effort defensively -- which was laughable last season -- is laudable now. Nobody at 35 has assembled such numbers in league history. “He’s LeBron James,” said Clippers coach Doc Rivers. “Until he isn’t.” What’s age got to do with it? Well, nothing right now. LeBron is still capable of unleashing a facial dunk, as he did with a smirk against the Kings’ Nemanja Bjelica, who perhaps wisely never bothered to challenge it. He also covers all the court rather than, as some aging players are wont to do, play between the free throw lines. It’s true that soon enough he will wear longer shorts than anyone in the game -- not from faulty tailoring, but from constant pulling and tugging. And while the ball is in play, he will someday hear squeaking on the court and suddenly notice that sound is coming from his joints. “Nobody knows when it’ll happen to him because he’s still playing in the air,” said Hall of Famer Dominique Wilkins. “And even when that goes, his basketball IQ will allow him to stay great on the ground. I mean, who gets triple doubles at his age? Only he knows when his time is up.” When that day arrives -- and assuming he doesn’t first quit while he’s ahead -- how big of a decline will it be for LeBron (and, by extension, for us) to witness? Will he fall prey to nagging injuries, get torched nightly by previously inferior players, or quit playing defense? Here’s how “Father Time” diminished six greats who came before LeBron: 1. Michael Jordan: When he retired for the second time, after his last season with the Bulls, Jordan was still very much a physical marvel and the reigning MVP and Finals MVP (he won five MVPs and six Finals MVPs). He was certifiably great for 13 of his 15 seasons and could’ve been longer if not for three years of college ball, an injury-shortened 1985-86 season and 1.5 missed seasons due to baseball. His body only began to betray him when he un-retired in 2001 to play for the Wizards. At 38, Jordan rarely dunked, wasn’t as sharp defensively and knee issues limited him to 60 games in 2001-02. 2. Jerry West: “The Logo” never had a down year in his 14-year career. He was First-Team All-Defense in 1972-73 as a 34-year-old and was solid in his final season (20.3 ppg, 6.6 apg, 2.6 spg). But he wasn’t at his peak of the late 1960s and opted to quit over pride (and money, when Lakers owner Jack Kent Cooke refused to renegotiate his contract). 3. Bill Russell: His career ended mainly because he ran out of psychological fuel. Russell lost his passion to play at 35, even after winning championship No. 11 in his final season (1968-69). That season, he played 46.1 mpg in the playoffs, averaging 10.8 ppg, 20.5 rpg and 5.4 apg. While those numbers are perhaps skewed by the way the game was played back then, they’re still remarkable. 4. Wilt Chamberlain: A man of astonishing stats, Chamberlain averaged a league-leading 18.6 rpg and shot 72.7% overall in his final season (1972-73). Knee issues had long forced Wilt into being a statue in the paint and a third option on offense. After that final NBA season, he jumped from the Lakers to the ABA for money. San Diego offered him $600,000 to be a player-coach, but his Lakers contract prevented him from playing. Wilt coached instead, doing so with disinterest, often not showing up for games or practice. He quit basketball completely after that season. 5. Kobe Bryant: Those roundtrip flights to Germany to get oil for his knees managed to delay the obvious for a few years, but a torn Achilles in 2013 at 35 was the killer. Kobe, much like Jordan and LeBron, was elite into his 30s. And he’ll always have that 60-point send-off. 6. Karl Malone: He won his final MVP at 35 and was built for durability, never suffering a serious injury. He averaged 20.6 ppg in his final season with Utah (2002-03) as he approached 40. By then, he had morphed into a jump shooter and lost his instincts for offensive rebounding. He bowed out as a ring-chasing role player with the Lakers in ‘03-04. Larry Bird was ruined by debilitating back issues at 32. Abdul-Jabbar often only jogged downcourt his last six seasons. Tim Duncan became a secondary option in his last four seasons while Dirk Nowitzki averaged more than 20 ppg once over his final five seasons. Vince Carter is 42 and proudly still playing, but clearly is 10 years beyond his prime. Allen Iverson was the last to know his quickness was gone. “For me, it was Year 12 when it hit me,” said Lakers great James Worthy, who had knee issues. “My patented move was taking off from somewhere inside the free throw line. I found myself halfway there once and I started to descend before I got close to the rim. I had to do a George Gervin flip instead of a dunk. “It’s different now, with this generation of players. I was eating Burger King before games and working out on Nautilus machines. I went to college with Lawrence Taylor and I remember him telling me, ‘I don’t wanna get hit anymore.’ And he’s a reckless guy. LeBron will wake up one day and he won’t have that drive. He’ll be tired and while physically he’s in such great shape, something will go away, either a move or speed.” LeBron seems determined to be the outlier. He spends, by various estimations, more than $1 million on his body for round the clock therapy and a personal trainer. Last summer, he refused to allow the shooting schedule for the movie “Space Jam 2” to interfere with his schedule, rising at 3:30 a.m. to train before heading to the set. He has more than once fantasized about staying in the league long enough to possibly play against or alongside his son, Bronny (now a high school freshman). “LeBron is not only a great player but a physical marvel,” said Warriors coach Steve Kerr. “Probably the best athlete to ever walk this planet. I’ve never seen anybody in my lifetime in any sport whom I would consider a better athlete. It’s one of his best attributes and the one that goes the least noticed. You just take it for granted that he’s out there every night and still doing his things.” LeBron exchanged playful tweets with Tom Brady last month, with LeBron saying the two are “one in the same.” Brady is a tame comparison to LeBron. Brady doesn’t run 94 feet and back for nine months (playoffs included) and when tired can simply hand off to the running back. Same for NFL legend Joe Montana, who made the Pro Bowl at 37. MLB legend Nolan Ryan threw once every four or five days. Maybe tennis star Roger Federer, who won Wimbledon at 36 and still reaches finals at 38, comes closest. “It wouldn’t shock me if LeBron played until he was 40,” West said. “He’s such a great athlete and knows enough about his body that he’ll probably leave before he declines.” After watching Robert Parish waste away on the Bulls’ bench, Jordan said he’d never allow himself to stay in the game that long. His pride and unwillingness to be seen as hanging on meant he’d walk away first. LeBron doesn’t think of the twilight and given how he’s playing now, that doesn’t appear to be in the future, anyway. “I was with the Nuggets late in my career and the funny thing is I was leading the league in assists,” said Mark Jackson, fourth on the all-time assists list. “There was a loose ball, a deflection, and it’s right here, and I can go get it. I made the move to go get it, and before I could get anywhere near it, a kid out of nowhere, and in a blur, snatched it. Gets the ball, by the time I get to the spot where the ball is, he’d already dunked it. Young kid by the name of Allen Iverson. I knew it would never be the same.” Jackson says LeBron is so multi-gifted that he can endure decline in one area and still flourish in another. “He also has the knowledge, pace and understanding that he’ll still be able to be effective even when he slows down,” Jackson said. “I don’t think it’ll be drastic. He can average a triple-double for the next five years.” LeBron is taking great satisfaction in fighting age while tweaking skeptics, both real and imagined, who wondered if decline was imminent. He cites that “Washed King” nickname -- did somebody actually call him that? -- as motivation. “It’s the personal pressure I put on myself,” LeBron said. Eventually, like everyone, he’ll take the L from “Father Time.” Until then, LeBron is making us wonder if that mythical man exists. Shaun Powell has covered the NBA for more than 25 years. 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. .....»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsDec 5th, 2019Related News

Another loss for the Warriors as Fournier scores 32 to power Magic to victory

ORLANDO, Florida — Evan Fournier’s turnaround season is helping the Orlando Magic in the win column. Fournier matched a career high with 32 points that included the game-deciding basket, lifting the Magic over the Golden State Warriors 100-96 on Sunday night (Monday morning, December 2, 2019). Fournier, who had a dismal shooting season last year, […] The post Another loss for the Warriors as Fournier scores 32 to power Magic to victory appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Source: Inquirer InquirerCategory: NewsDec 2nd, 2019Related News

Harden joins Jordan for 3rd most 60-point games in NBA

Los Angeles, United States—James Harden tied Michael Jordan for the third most 60-point performances in NBA history Saturday (Sunday Philippine time) as the Houston Rockets blasted the last-place Atlanta Hawks 158-111......»»

Source: Thestandard ThestandardCategory: SportsDec 1st, 2019Related News

Honoring environmental warriors, green groups launch Envidefcon

“It is our mission to come together and strengthen our defense of the environment in peril.“ The post Honoring environmental warriors, green groups launch Envidefcon appeared first on Bulatlat......»»

Source: Bulatlat BulatlatCategory: NewsNov 30th, 2019Related News

Hornets complete home-and-home sweep of Pistons, 110-107

By The Associated Press DETROIT (AP) — Langston Galloway’s shot from near midcourt rimmed out at the buzzer, and the Charlotte Hornets held on for a 110-107 victory over the Detroit Pistons on Friday night (Saturday, PHL time). Charlotte completed a home-and-home sweep of the Pistons this week. Detroit must be wondering what it has to do to beat the Hornets. Charlotte edged the Pistons 109-106 earlier in the month and 102-101 on Wednesday night (Thursday, PHL time). This matchup went down to the wire again. The Hornets rallied from an eight-point deficit in the final quarter and led by three with 8.9 seconds left. Detroit inbounded the ball, and Luke Kennard missed a 3-pointer from near the top of the key. Galloway was able to run down the loose ball, and his last-ditch shot looked on line, but it wouldn’t go in. P.J. Washington scored 26 points for Charlotte, and Terry Rozier added 23. The Hornets were without center Cody Zeller because of a left hip injury. Derrick Rose led the Pistons with 23 points. SPURS 107, CLIPPERS 97 SAN ANTONIO (AP) — LaMarcus Aldridge and Derrick White each had 17 points, and San Antonio beat Kawhi Leonard and Los Angeles. The Spurs stopped the Clippers’ seven-game win streak in Leonard’s second appearance in San Antonio as an opponent. Leonard finished with 19 points on 8-for-23 shooting. San Antonio had lost two straight and 12 of 14, but found its footing against Los Angeles. Leonard spent his first seven seasons in San Antonio before demanding a trade. He was shipped off to Toronto and won his second NBA Finals MVP last season before joining the Clippers as a free agent. Leonard’s initial return to San Antonio on Jan. 24 (Jan. 25, PHL time) resulted in thunderous boos and a 125-107 loss for the Raptors. BUCKS 119, CAVALIERS 110 CLEVELAND (AP) — Giannis Antetokounmpo scored 11 of his 33 points in the fourth quarter and Milwaukee held off Cleveland for its 10th straight victory. Antetokounmpo grabbed 12 rebounds and has had double-doubles in every game this season for Milwaukee, at 16-3 the top team in the Eastern Conference. The Bucks hadn't won 10 in a row since the 1985-86 season. Hill scored 18 points, and Middleton, playing for the second time since missing seven games with a bruised left thigh, had 12. Cleveland has dropped nine of 10. Rookie Darius Garland scored 21 points, including five 3-pointers, and Cedi Osman had 20. Tristan Thompson had 11 points and 13 rebounds, including the 5,000th of his career in the first half. Love, who is playing despite dealing with a sore back, had 16 points and eight rebounds in 31 minutes. RAPTORS 90, MAGIC 83 ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Norman Powell scored a career-best 33 points as Toronto won its sixth straight game, beating Orlando. Powell was 7-for-9 shooting in the third quarter, including three 3-pointers. Fred Van Fleet added 22 points for the Raptors, who won despite Pascal Siakam's 4-for-22 shooting. Siakam finished with 10 points and 13 rebounds. Evan Fournier scored 19 points for Orlando, which has lost four of five. Markelle Fultz added 15 points. Aaron Gordon, who played 32 minutes for Orlando after missing three games with a right ankle contusion, had eight points and eight rebounds. NETS 112, CELTICS 107 NEW YORK (AP) — Spencer Dinwiddie had 32 points and 11 assists while Kyrie Irving was again unable to face his former team, and Brooklyn beat Boston to split a home-and-home series. Irving missed his eighth straight game with a right shoulder injury but was at the arena to get an evaluation and watch from the bench along with Kevin Durant as Dinwiddie kept up his strong play in his place. The Eastern Conference player of the week last week matched his highest assist total of the season and was two shy of his best scoring performance of the season. Jarrett Allen added 14 points and 11 rebounds for the Nets, who bounced back from their 121-110 loss in Boston on Wednesday night to win for the fifth time in six games. Jayson Tatum had 26 points and nine rebounds for the Celtics. HEAT 122, WARRIORS 105 MIAMI (AP) — Goran Dragic scored 20 points, Tyler Herro added 19 and Miami remained perfect at home this season. Duncan Robinson scored 17 for Miami, which is 8-0 at home for the second time in franchise history — tying the mark set by the 2012-13 Heat. Robinson and Herro were a combined 10 for 13 from 3-point range. Jimmy Butler scored 16, while Kendrick Nunn and Kelly Olynyk each had 15 for the Heat. Jordan Poole scored 20 for injury-ravaged Golden State, which was playing the opener of a five-game road trip. Eric Paschall scored 17 and Alec Burks finished with 16 for the Warriors. The Warriors are one of four teams without back-to-back wins this season, joining Chicago, Detroit and New York. 76ERS 101, KNICKS 95 NEW YORK (AP) — Joel Embiid had 27 points and 17 rebounds, James Ennis III scored 18 of his 20 points in the second half, and Philadelphia overcame a sluggish start and beat New York. Tobias Harris scored 19, and Ben Simmons chipped in 16 points, including a game-sealing steal and dunk late in the fourth quarter for the 76ers, who have won two straight and six of seven. Julius Randle had 22 points and 10 rebounds, and Marcus Morris Sr. scored 20 points for the Knicks, who have lost a season-high five straight. The 76ers were playing without starters Al Horford (rest) and Josh Richardson (right hamstring injury) and it showed in the first half as their offense struggled. Philadelphia shot 13 for 38 from the field, including 2 for 18 behind the 3-point line. JAZZ 103, GRIZZLIES 94 MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Bojan Bogdanovic scored 16 of his 33 points in the fourth quarter, helping Utah pull away from Memphis. Bogdanovic matched his season-high scoring mark, going 12 of 20 from the field, including 4 of 8 from 3-point range as Utah snapped a two-game losing streak. Donovan Mitchell added 20 points, and Rudy Gobert had 13 points, 13 rebounds and a pair of blocks. Jonas Valanciunas led Memphis with 22 points and 17 rebounds, and Brandon Clarke scored 13 points on 5-of-6 shooting. The Grizzlies have lost six straight. PACERS 105, HAWKS 104, OT INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Jeremy Lamb scored 20 points, T.J. Warren hit a go-ahead 3-pointer and Indiana outlasted Trae Young and Atlanta in overtime. Young matched his career high with 49 points in the Hawks’ ninth straight loss. He was 16 of 28 from the field, hitting 8 of 15 from 3-point range. Lamb got the Pacers started in overtime with a 20-foot jumper and he fed Myles Turner for a 3-pointer. Warren made his only 3-pointer of the game with 1:12 remaining to push the Pacers to their fifth consecutive victory. Turner and Domantas Sabonis each scored 17 points, and Warren and Malcomb Brogdon had 16 apiece. DeAndre’ Bembry and Alex Len added 15 points each for Atlanta. THUNDER 109, PELICANS 104 OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Dennis Schroder scored 25 points, including 12 in the fourth quarter, and had seven assists to help Oklahoma City beat New Orleans. Abdel Nader scored 19 points and Danilo Gallinari had 17 for Oklahoma City (7-11), which had been 1-4 in its previous five games. Steven Adams added 14 points and 12 rebounds for the Thunder, including the final four points in the last minute. Brandon Ingram scored 26 points and had eight rebounds to lead New Orleans (6-13), which lost its fourth straight. J.J. Redick added 16 points for the Pelicans but missed two 3-point attempts in the final 10 seconds. New Orleans had seven players score in double digits. MAVERICKS 120, SUNS 113 PHOENIX (AP) — Luka Doncic tied a career high with 42 points, Tim Hardaway Jr. added 26 and Dallas beat Phoenix. Doncic just missed a triple-double with 11 assists and nine rebounds. Hardaway shot 6 of 9 from 3-point range to help offset a quiet night from Kristaps Porzingis, who finished with two points. The teams entered the final quarter tied at 89. The Mavericks went on an 8-0 run midway through the fourth to take a 104-97 lead and never trailed again. Phoenix has lost six of its last seven games. Kelly Oubre Jr. led the Suns with 22 points and 10 rebounds, and Ricky Rubio added 21 points and nine assists. LAKERS 125, WIZARDS 103 LOS ANGELES (AP) — Anthony Davis had 26 points and 13 rebounds, and LeBron James had 23 points and 11 assists before both superstars took the fourth quarter off in Los Angeles’ 10th consecutive victory. Quinn Cook scored 17 points and JaVale McGee had 15 points and 11 rebounds for the steamrolling Lakers, who have won 17 of 18 to soar to the top of the overall NBA standings. Los Angeles went 14-1 in November, posting the most victories in a month for this 16-time champion franchise since March 2000. The up-tempo Wizards have been one of the NBA’s worst defensive teams this season, and the Lakers’ dynamic offense was far too much for them. Bradley Beal had 18 points and nine assists for the Wizards, who have lost three of four. Washington got off to a solid start and had several good stretches against the Lakers, but committed 19 turnovers and lost for the second time in three stops on a four-game West Coast road trip. TRAIL BLAZERS 107, BULLS 103 PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Carmelo Anthony had 23 points and 11 rebounds and Portland downed Chicago for its second victory over the Bulls this week. Damian Lillard added 28 points for the Blazers, who have won three straight after four consecutive losses. Hassan Whiteside had eight points, 15 rebounds and a franchise-record 10 blocks for Portland. Zach LaVine finished with 28 for the slumping Bulls, who have lost seven of their last nine games......»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsNov 30th, 2019Related News

Eric Paschall scores 25 points as Warriors hold off Bulls

By Janie McCauley, Associated Press SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Eric Paschall scored 25 points and the Golden State Warriors emphatically closed out a tight game after their failure two days earlier, holding off the Chicago Bulls 104-90 on Wednesday night (Thursday, PHL time) for just their second win at new Chase Center. Alec Burks added 23 points, 10 rebounds and seven assists in just the second win in 12 games for Golden State, which squandered a late lead Monday night (Tuesday, PHL time) in losing 100-97 to Oklahoma City while allowing the Thunder to score the game’s final 13 points. The Warriors snapped a three-game losing streak. The Warriors had been down to just eight healthy players Monday (Tuesday, PHL time) but welcomed back one key reinforcement in this one: Draymond Green returned from a three-game absence because of a sore right heel and contributed seven points, eight assists and five rebounds in 24 minutes. Zach LaVine had 36 points, five rebounds and five assists for the Bulls, who now will try to avenge a 117-94 home loss to the Trail Blazers on Monday night (Tuesday, PHL time) when they travel to Portland to play Friday (Saturday, PHL time). Golden State struggled to take care of the ball or make stops down the stretch against Oklahoma City, then worked to be the aggressor in this game. The Warriors jumped in the passing lanes on defense to create transition baskets and plays like Paschall’s timely dunk that put his team ahead 88-83 with 5:17 remaining. Bulls coach Jim Boylen noted before the game Chicago needed to make more shots but the Bulls went 16 for 44 in the first half to trail 53-48 at the break — contributing to Golden State’s 35 rebounds after two quarters, 10 by Omari Spellman in 11.5 minutes. Spellman wound up with 13 points and 11 rebounds off the bench for his fifth career double-double and first with the Warriors. Bulls forward Chandler Hutchison, sidelined for two games last week with soreness in his shins, was in the starting lineup but played only two minutes, not a great sign one game after he came back to score six points and grab three rebounds in seven minutes late in the loss to Portland. TIP-INS Bulls: F Luke Kornet played 10 minutes in his return from an eight-game absence following sinus surgery. ... G Ryan Arcidiacono played after he was a game-time decision with a sprained right elbow. ... The Bulls are now 1-1 on the road vs. the Western Conference. ... G Otto Porter Jr. missed his 10th consecutive game with a bone bruise in his left foot. ... Chicago has been swept in the past two season series vs. Golden State. Warriors: Paschall had his sixth 20-point performance, third-most among rookies. ... Golden State’s rebounding advantage finished at 54-42. ... D'Angelo Russell missed his sixth game in a row with a sprained right thumb but is expected to travel on the team’s upcoming road trip and will be re-evaluated Saturday (Sunday, PHL time). ... Alen Smailagi?, nursing a sprained right ankle that has kept him out all of the preseason and season so far, is practicing with the G-League Warriors and will play for them Friday (Saturday, PHL time). G Damion Lee also was re-evaluated and was scheduled for an X-ray on his non-displaced right hand fracture that would better determine his status. ... G Jacob Evans III (left adductor strain) is scheduled to be re-evaluated Tuesday (Wednesday, PHL time). ... Golden State has won five straight against the Bulls and five in a row at home in the Bay Area. ... The Warriors are 2-7 at home. SIDELINE KLAY Klay Thompson is sidelined recovering from knee surgery and got to work the sideline. The Splash Brother served as a sideline reporter in the second quarter from a table off the end of Golden State’s bench, a new gig for the All-Star guard. General manager Bob Myers, using the foam roller on a mat in the weight room, inquired to Thompson when he entered the locker room. “Hey Klay, you ready for sideline tonight?” Thompson: “Yeah, I’m dropping knowledge.” Before his stint began, he took time to sign a quick autograph, then sat down and settled in as if in his element — sporting a big grin. Thompson had surgery July 2 for a torn ACL in his left knee that he injured in Game 6 of the NBA Finals, when the Toronto Raptors won to clinch the franchise’s first championship. 3-POINT STAT The Warriors went 11 for 29 from 3-point range to the Bulls’ 10 of 29. QUOTEABLE Boylen on the Warriors: "The names maybe have changed but their spirit, their soul and the way they play, the way they compete I don't think has changed at all. So give them a lot of credit for that." UP NEXT Bulls: At Trail Blazers on Friday (Saturday, PHL time) to conclude the season series spanning just five days. The Bulls have lost the last six meetings, including two in a row at Portland. Warriors: At Miami on Friday (Saturday, PHL time) to begin a five-game East Coast road trip that will wrap up a stretch with nine of 11 games away from Chase Center......»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsNov 28th, 2019Related News

PBA: Christmas a little gloomy for Kiefer after NLEX blows top seed with 3OT loss

Kiefer Ravena’s PBA return and NLEX’s dream conference ended in nightmare. The top-ranked Road Warriors started the 2019 PBA Governors’ Cup with an 8-1 record but lost four straight games, three of them to Northport, as they flamed out of the quarterfinals. In the final do-or-die game against the Batang Pier Wednesday, the Road Warriors lost a triple-overtime classic. “Sayang talo. Wala eh, ganun talaga,” Ravena said. “I guess hindi ganoon kasaya ang Pasko. But sabi nga ni coach Yeng, this game will make us better and stronger in the future,” he added. By virtue of being the no. 1 seed, NLEX earned a twice-to-beat advantage against the Batang Pier to start the playoffs. Turns out even that playoff bonus wasn’t enough to advance. Still, Kiefer says the Road Warriors had their chances, especially during the triple-overtime classic Wednesday. NLEX just couldn’t cash in. “We’re proud that we fought that way,” Ravena said. “Everything happens for a reason. I’m proud of my guys. We we’re no. 1 but sadly we couldn’t finish the goal. But then again, we learn from this,” he added.   — Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

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Major upset! No. 8 NorthPort ousts No. 1 NLEX via triple overtime thriller

The NorthPort Batang Pier pulled off a huge upset by defeating the NLEX Road Warriors, 126-123, in a do-or-die quarterfinal match of the PBA Governors’ Cup  on Wednesday night, November 28, 2019, at the Araneta Coliseum.   Christian Standhardinger, Michael Qualls and Sean Anthony played extended minutes and yet, each one managed to deliver as […] The post Major upset! No. 8 NorthPort ousts No. 1 NLEX via triple overtime thriller appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Source: Inquirer InquirerCategory: NewsNov 28th, 2019Related News

New-look Alab nets breakthrough comeback win over Macau

      MANILA, Philippines – San Miguel Alab Pilipinas made sure to bounce back after a horrendous ABL season debut with a thrilling 114-110 overtime win on the road against the Macau Wolf Warriors on Wednesday, November 27.  After being down by as many as 14 points early in the final frame, ........»»

Source: Rappler RapplerCategory: NewsNov 27th, 2019Related News

Bullpups stay spotless, Baby Tams still streaking in UAAP 82

STANDINGS Bullpups 5-0 Baby Tamaraws 4-1 Baby Falcons 3-2 Blue Eaglets 3-2 Tiger Cubs 2-3 Jr. Archers 2-3 Jr. Warriors 1-4 Jr. Maroons 0-5 Nazareth School of National University went all-out to make sure it didn’t suffer the same fate that befell new-age rival Ateneo de Manila High School in the continuing UAAP 82 Boys’ Basketball Tournament. With Kevin Quiambao towering above all and everybody else taking care of their own business, the Bullpups made quick work of University of the East, 91-49, Wednesday at Paco Arena. Quiambao was a force with a 15-point, 15-rebound double-double while Ernest Felicilda and Reyland Torres also added 12 and 11 markers, respectively, to make sure the Bullpups stayed away from the upset ax. Just four days ago, the Jr. Warriors pulled the rug from under the favored Blue Eaglets. There was no such thing happening to National U as Carl Tamayo and Terrence Fortea didn’t even have to do much with all 16 players fielded in by head coach Goldwin Monteverde contributing in the scoring column. Still, coach Gold saw much room for improvement at the other end. “Okay naman shooting namin, but yung defense namin, wala pa dun,” he said. That defense actually suffocated the Jr. Warriors to just 26 percent shooting from the field and yet, the softspoken shot-caller wants much more from his wards moving forward from their 5-0 start to the season. Right behind the Bullpups in the standings is Far Eastern University-Diliman which charged through very game University of Sto. Tomas, 80-73. Penny Estacio stuffed the stat sheet with 21 points, five assists, five steals, and four rebounds while backcourt partner Jorick Bautista had his own 19 markers, six dimes, five boards, and two pilfers. With those two at the controls, the Baby Tamaraws ran circles around their opponents for a 28-6 edge in transition en route to their fourth win in a row following a season-opening loss. Bouncing back onto the win column is Ateneo de Manila High School courtesy of a 99-70 rout of the University of the Philippines Integrated School. Transferees Lebron Lopez and Josh Lazaro were big in the Blue Eaglets’ bounce back to 3-2 with the former finishing with 20 points, three rebounds, and three blocks and the latter ending with 17 markers and 13 boards. In the day’s other game, Adamson High School dropped a 32-point hammer on De La Salle Zobel, 89-57. Marcus Nitura busted out with 21 points to lead the Baby Falcons to back-to-back wins and a 3-2 standing. The Tiger Cubs, who suffered a second straight setback to fall to 2-3, were paced by Jacob Cortez who had 23 points while the Jr. Archers, sporting the same slate, were paced by Kean Baclaan and John Dalisay who had nine markers apiece. Meanwhile, Jericho Montecalvo had 14 markers to front the effort for UE even though they dropped down to 1-4 and Ray Torres showed the way for UPIS with 21 markers even though they remained winless in five games. BOX SCORES FIRST GAME FEU-DILIMAN 80 - Estacio 21, Bautista 19, Sleat 15, Bagunu 7, Remogat 6, Anonuevo 5, Padrones 4, Pasaol 3, Buenaventura 0, Libago 0, Mantua 0, Saldua 0 UST 73 - Cortez 23, Villarez 14, Salazar 13, Escoto 7, Montemayor 6, Bugarin 4, Oliva 4, Maliwat 2, Bautista 0, Biag 0, Calivozo 0, Jalbuena 0, Lina 0 QUARTER SCORES: 21-19, 46-37, 65-59, 80-73 SECOND GAME NU 91 - Quiambao 15, Felicilda 12, Torres 10, Alarcon 9, Abadiano 8, Fortea 8, Laure 6, Abiera 4, Tamayo 4, Mailim 3, Songcuya 3, Duremdes 2, Enriquez 2, Lantaya 2, Tulabut 2, Buensalida 1 UE 49 - Montecalvo 14, Austria 8, San Juan 6, Mara 5, Marasigan 5, Cabili 3, Maximo 3, Cruz 2, Serrano 2, Peralta 1, Caliwag 0, Castillo 0, Montecastro 0, Ortiz 0, Pelipel 0, Tan 0 QUARTER SCORES: 32-16, 53-25, 77-38, 91-49 THIRD GAME ATENEO 99 - Lopez 20, Lazaro 17, De Ayre 16, Padrigao 11, Jaymalin 7, Ladimo 7, Espinosa, Nieto 4, Pangilinan 4, Salvador M 4, Felix 2, Salvador G 2, Corral 0, Diaz 0, Rubiato 0, Santos 0 UPIS 70 - Torres 21, Gomez de Liano 18, Dinaculangan 17, Torculas 8, Canillas 3, Jacob 2, Napalang 1, Armamento 0, Avinado 0, Lopez 0 QUARTER SCORES: 24-17, 46-27, 70-53, 99-70 FOURTH GAME ADAMSON 89 - Nitura 21, Dominguez 10, Hanapi 10, Quinal 10, Abdulla 8, Erolon 8, Figueroa 7, Barcelona 4, Ignacio 4, Tulabut 4, Gonzaga 2, Timbancaya 1, Cosal 0, DLSZ 57 - Baclaan 9, Dalisay 9, Quimado 7, Tupas 7, Villarin 6, Milan 4, Del Mundo 3, Sevilla 3, Unisa 3, Luna 2, Macasaet 2, Omer 2, Cudiamat 0, Lawrence 0, Reyes 0 QUARTER SCORES: 16-18, 32-30, 65-46, 89-57 —— Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

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PBA: Northport outlasts no. 1 NLEX in 3 OTs to make semis

Northport needed extra, extra, extra time to advance in the 2019 PBA Governors’ Cup playoffs. The Batang Pier outlasted top-ranked NLEX in three overtimes, pulling off a historic 126-123 win Wednesday at the Big Dome. Sean Anthony answered Kiefer Ravena with a go-ahead layup of his own, putting the Batang Pier up, 124-123. After Northport got a stop on the other end, Christian Standhardinger went perfect at the line, giving the Road Warriors 1.8 seconds left to force a fourth overtime. The PBA didn’t see it’s first-ever fourth OT though as Ravena missed a final three at the buzzer. WIth the win, Northport became only the fourth no. 8 seed to advance to the semifinals. The last team to do it was Powerade in the 2012 Philippine Cup. Ironically, the Tigers sold their franchise to the Batang Pier the following season. Northport will take on Ginebra in the semifinals after the 2019 Southeast Asian Games. Northport import Michael Qualls and Ravena trade 3/4 free throws in regulation that ended up forcing the first overtime. During the first extra five minutes, the Batang Pier had a chance to win but Qualls missed a putback slam off as time expired. Late in the second OT, Kevin Ferrer put Northport up three with a clutch triple but Philip Paniamogan answered that for NLEX, setting up a third extra session. The Batang Pier had three 30-point scorers in the win led by Standhardinger who had 33 points and 23 rebounds. Qualls also had a 30-20 line with 31 points and 21 boards. Game hero Sean Anthony finished with 30 points. NLEX got 43 points from Manny Harris and 22 points from Kiefer Ravena in a losing effort. After an 8-1 start, the top-ranked Road Warriors lost four straight to end the season. Three of those losses were to Northport.   The Scores: NorthPort (126) — Standhardinger 33, Qualls 31, Anthony 30, Elorde 12, Taha 7, Ferrer 6, Lanete 4, Mercado 3.  NLEX (123) – Harris 43, Ravena 22, Quiñahan 13, Ighalo 12, Soyud 9, Paniamogan 8, Cruz 6, Taulava 6, Miranda 2, Fonacier 2, Alas 0.  Quarterscores: 24-27, 43-56, 70-74, 99-99, 108-108 (OT), 116-116 (2OT), 126-123 (3OT) — Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

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Alab Pilipinas ignites in ABL 10 after Wyatt takeover

Khalif Wyatt was not letting San Miguel Alab Pilipinas commence its campaign in the 2018-2019 Asean Basketball League with back-to-back losses. The American reinforcement came through when it mattered most, Wednesday in Foshan, China and carried the Filipinos from a 10-point deficit in the last five minutes of regulation all the way to claiming a 114-110 come-from-behind overtime victory versus home team Wolf Warriors. Wyatt scored 17 of his 24 points in the final frame and overtime on top of seven assists and six rebounds while Jason Brickman delivered the goods with 14 markers, 12 dimes, and seven boards as the Philippines got going following a season-opening loss. That didn’t look like it was going to be the case in the last five minutes of regulation as they found themselves trailing, 75-85, before Jordan Heading energized them into forcing overtime. In the extra period, Alab was yet again chasing down a three-point deficit, 100-103, before Wyatt’s triples bookended a 10-2 run that put them ahead, 110-105, with under two minutes left. Douglas Herring and Steven Thomas pulled the home team within two, 110-112, before Brandon Ganuelas-Rosser and Brickman completed the comeback once and for all with a chasedown block and a high looper, respectively. BOX SCORES SAN MIGUEL ALAB PILIPINAS 114 - Heading 27, Wyatt 24, King 18, Brickman 14, Gray 12, Vigil 7, Forbes 5, Rosser 5, Domingo 2. WOLF WARRIORS 110 - Boyd 38, Cai 22, Herring 19, Thomas 19, Shentu 10, King 2, Yan 0, Liu 0. QUARTER SCORES: 30-20, 53-45, 65-74, 96-96, 114-110. —— Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

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PBA: NLEX and Northport fight for last semis slot

The 2019 PBA Governors’ Cup semifinals will be set Wednesday. NLEX and Northport will duke it out for the last time this year and the winner will move on to the next round to take on Barangay Ginebra. No. 8 Northport forced a knockout game with a big win to start the playoffs last Monday. The Batang Pier have actually beaten NLEX twice in their last three games. A third win will finally push Northport to the semifinals. The top-ranked Road Warriors are in an actual slump, counting the two losses they already have at the hands of Northport, NLEX has dropped three straight games after an 8-1 start for the conference. Fortunately, NLEX earned a twice-to-beat edge by virtue of being the no. 1 seed, that one win to advance has just proven to be elusive for the Road Warriors for the time being. The final NLEX-Northport game this season is set for 7:00 p.m. live from the Big Dome.   — Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

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Rubber for last F4 SLOT

Will eighth seed NorthPort be top seed NLEX’s bane in the PBA Governors’ Cup? Or will the skidding Road Warriors rise above adversity like they did when they transformed seemingly lost elims ballgames into epic come-from-behind victories?.....»»

Source: Philstar PhilstarCategory: SportsNov 26th, 2019Related News

PBA: Northport wants semis appearance

After failing to advance in the Commissioner’s Cup, Northport has scrapped its way on the brink of a breakthrough in the 2019 PBA Governors’ Cup. After pounding on NLEX for the second time in three games, the no. 8 Batang Pier are close to eliminating the top-ranked Road Warriors from the playoffs. One more win and Northport finally gets to return to the PBA semifinals. “We just came out strong, aggressive, full of energy. Yun lang,” head coach Pido Jarencio said. “Ayaw mag-bakasyon ng mga players. They want to be in the playoffs, sa semis. Wala pa, hindi pa naman tapos eh. First half pa lang. Yung second half, sa Wednesday, okay?” he added. NLEX gets another chance by virtue of its twice-to-beat advantage and the knockout game against Northport is set Wednesday back at the Big Dome. The Batang Pier knew what that got themselves into and now they’re determined to finish the job. Northport finally has an actual chance. “Yung goal is to be in the semis. After the semis, tingnan natin kung paano tayo,” Jarencio said. “At least even na, 1-1. I'm so happy na we came out aggressive, full-force talaga,” he added.   — Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

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PBA: Semis or bust for Northport says Standhardinger

Northport’s hot streak as carried over to the 2019 PBA Governors’ Cup playoffs. The no. 8 Batang Pier upset top-ranked NLEX Monday, scoring a huge 115-90 win to force a direct knockout against the Road Warriors. Northport is now on a nice three-game run and two of those wins came at the expense of NLEX. However, that good work will be undone if the Batang Pier can’t make the semifinals as a no. 8 seed. There’s certainly no reason to celebrate this second win over the Road Warriors. “It was good that we won and my teammates played tremendous. But it means absolutely nothing,” Christian Standhardinger said. “If we lose next game, it means absolutely nothing. We just gotta be strict. We gotta recover now and we gotta take care of business, try to do our best next game,” he added. NLEX worked for a twice-to-beat edge for this specific reason, to get another chance at moving on in case they get ambushed like the Batang Pier did. But for Northport, it’s plan of building a winning culture will get a big boost if they score a breakthrough semifinals appearance with this current group. “We all try to build a winning culture, we all play hard and that helps us,” Standhardinger said. “But like I said, this win means absolutely nothing for us. We just gotta start focusing right now for the next game, what we can do better,” he added   — Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

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PBA: Kiefer on NLEX’s untimely skid: “We have to wake up”

NLEX’s best conference could have a nightmare ending. The Road Warriors picked the worst time to have a losing skid as a third straight loss, second at the hands of Northport, puts top-ranked NLEX’s playoff run in jeopardy. With a big win Monday, Northport has forced a do-or-die with NLEX for the 2019 PBA Governors’ Cup semifinals. “Well, another tough one. Another loss na sayang, kasi this is our best chance of making it to the semifinals once again. But nevertheless, forget about this game, focus on going back again, practice tomorrow and play on,” guard Kiefer Ravena said. “So whatever happens, this is what we worked hard for, the twice-to-beat advantage. Now, we play that card, it's do-or-die. We have no excuses, no reasons not to play our best,” he added. After an 8-1 start, NLEX’s three-game losing skid that has spilled over to the playoffs is certainly not promising. The Road Warriors can’t do anything about it now though. NLEX just has to snap out of it in order to continue the team’s dream run. “I guess we have to wake up, shape up, and just try to grind this one out and then take a long break before going to the semifinals,” Kiefer said. “I guess this is one type of game where you throw away the stats, throw away your standings, just focus on the game plan and focus on what helps your team win,” Ravena added.   — Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

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PBA: Qualls says NLEX player called him the “N word”

Things got heated in the final five minutes of the NLEX-Northport game Monday in the 2019 PBA Governors’ Cup quarterfinals. After a drive, Batang Pier impot Michael Qualls stepped on NLEX’s Paul Varilla as they both fell to the floor. That triggered an incident that ended with Poy Erram and Varilla ejected for separate flagrant foul penalty 2s. Erram was tossed for an elbow to the back of Qualls’ head while Varilla was ejected for pushing Christian Standhardinger to the floor. “One of them players called me the N word and I didn’t like that. Just a couple of racist comments. It really does’t affect me because I love everybody so it’s cool,” Qualls said. “I really don’t know names like that. I think it was like “bariya.” I don’t know somebody. It’s cool. It happens. I won’t let nobody to get under my skin,” he added, possibl referring to Varilla. On him stepping on Varilla that triggered the incident, Qualls says it was unintentional. Replay footage appears to support his cause. “Nah man. I just be trying to get to the basket. He fell then I didn’t want to hurt my legs so I didn’t have anywhere else to step,” Qualls said. “Before I knew, when I was getting up, that’s when I was getting swung on. It is what it is,” he added. Despite the late incident, no. 8 Northport got the win and force a do-or-die for the semifinals against the Road Warriors. Qualls had 39 points and 16 rebounds in the victory. “I just want to win. As long as we win, that’s enough talking,” Quall said.  “They can talk, they want to fight or whatever do whatever outside the court, but other than that, I’m me who I am every night and I’m not going to back down from anybody. Neither is our team,” he added.   — Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

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