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Blackwater makes its final case for All-Filipino playoffs

Blackwater might actually not make the playoffs despite taking a must-win game Wednesday in the 2018 PBA Philippine Cup. The Elite made their final case for the playoffs of the All-Filipino, beating Phoenix, 83-78, at the Araneta Coliseum. Finishing with a 5-6 record, Blackwater is one short of the magic number of six that enables teams to move on to the next round outright. Now, the Elite will have to wait for their finally placing as the rest of the elimination round plays out. Currently, the team is in 8th place. "I don't know the scenarios with regards with the team standings, but we're hoping that the five wins that we are good enough for a spot in the playoffs," head coach Leo Isaac said. "I would just like to commend all the players who gave their best. I won't mention names but it's a team effort. We're looking forward to playing more games this conference," he added. In a close game that was marked by 27 lead changes, the Elite had more than enough in the end to hold off the Fuel Masters. Behind a balanced scoring effort and tremendous defense down the stretch, Blackwater was able to win three of its last four games to make a final playoff push. Mike Digregorio, Mac Belo, and rookie Raymar Jose all scored 14 points apiece to lead the Elite while JP Erram had another monster outing, going for 12 points, 19 rebounds, and four blocks. For Phoenix, it was rookie Jason Perkins that carried the offense and finished with 17 points. The Fuel Masters have lost back-to-back games and are now stuck with a 4-6 record, tied for 9th place.   The Scores:  Blackwater 83 - DiGregorio 14, Belo 14, Jose 14, Sumang 12, Erram 12, Pinto 5, Sena 4, Palma 4, Cortez 3, Cruz 1, Javier 0, Banal 0, Marcelo 0, Neypes 0 Phoenix 78 - Perkins 17, Jazul 13, Chan 13, Kramer 11, Alolino 10, Chua 6, Mendoza 6, Dehesa 2, Intal 0, Wilson 0, Eriobu 0, Guevarra 0, Cortes 0 Quarters: 14-19, 40-41, 65-65, 83-78   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

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NFA supply seen to last by May

    The state-run grains agency's rice supply is bound to be consumed by May, according to its administrator. National Food Authority (NFA) chief Jason Aquino said during the House Committee on Food and Agriculture's hearing on the rice shortage, that the agency's rice supply is on the brink of being used upin three months. "By May, wala ng bigas ang NFA, at darating ang shipment by June," Aquino said as he showed data on the status of NFA's rice supply. The NFA policymaking council recently approved the agency's request for additional rice import of 250,000 metric tons of rice, which is expected to arrive by June. This means no subsidized rice would be av...Keep on reading: NFA supply seen to last by May.....»»

Source: Inquirer InquirerCategory: Feb 20th, 2018Related News

Jason Ballesteros uses Gilas experience to topple Ginebra twin towers

MANILA, Philippines – Jason Ballesteros may not be a part of Gilas Pilipinas anymore but his experiences there came in handy with the Meralco Bolts being in survival mode. The 6-foot-6 big man turned into an unlikely hero as Meralco eked out an 84-82 win over Barangay Ginebra at the Philippine Arena Sunday, ........»»

Source: Rappler RapplerCategory: NewsFeb 19th, 2018Related News

Ballesteros becomes unlikely hero as Meralco turns back Ginebra

(UPDATED) BOCAUE, Philippines – Jason Ballesteros materialized into the hero Meralco Bolts badly needed as they stayed alive in their playoff hunt with an 84-82 win over Barangay Ginebra in the 2018 PBA Philippine Cup at the Philippine Arena here Sunday, February 18. Ballesteros, who finished with 17 rebounds and 7 ........»»

Source: Rappler RapplerCategory: NewsFeb 19th, 2018Related News

Familiarity helped Meralco’s Ballesteros in career game vs Ginebra

BOCAUE --- Familiarity was the key for Jason Ballesteros when Meralco met Barangay Ginebra at Philippine Arena. Facing former Gilas teammates and now-Ginebra big men Greg Slaughter and Japeth Aguilar on Sunday, it was like old times once again for the former San Sebastian Stag as he outwitted his younger counterparts on his way to a career-best 17 rebounds with seven points to boot. "I was just lucky," Ballesteros said in Filipino. "In a way, I know how they play because we were teammates before at Gilas." But it was more than luck for Ballesteros as his tireless effort was crucial in the Bolts' 84-82 escape act over the Gin Kings, a victory that kept them in the hunt for a ...Keep on reading: Familiarity helped Meralco’s Ballesteros in career game vs Ginebra.....»»

Source: Inquirer InquirerCategory: Feb 18th, 2018Related News

Bolts get back at Ginebra in the PH Arena to stay alive in the All-Filipino

BOCAUE, Bulacan --- Meralco and Ginebra delivered another classic at the Philippine Arena here. However, unlike Game 7 of the 2017 Governors' Cup Finals, it was the Bolts that took a crucial win Sunday, walking away with an 84-82 win to stay alive in the 2018 PBA Philippine Cup. Jason Ballesteros played hero for Meralco, scoring the go-ahead putback in the final 36 seconds after Chris Newsome and Reynel Hugnatan failed to find the bottom of the net for the Bolts. He also secured a crucial rebound on the other end and drilled one of two free throws with 17 seconds to go to help Meralco pull through. Japeth Aguilar missed a game-winning triple for the Gin Kings to end the contest. "It's just great effort from the guys just knowing the circumstances that had we lost today, we're out of the tournament," head coach Norman Black said. "The guys just came out there and played to get the win," he added. Coming out of nowhere, Ballesteros played 31 minutes and finished with seven points and a career-high 17 rebounds for Meralco. Meanwhile, Garvo Lanete led the Bolts in scoring with 19 points and Anjo Caram dropped 16, also a career high. Hugnatan and Newsome drilled 12 points apiece for the Bolts who are now tied with TNT and Blackwater for 9th place with identical 4-6 records. As for Ginebra, the Gin Kings failed to punch their ticket to the playoffs and are currently stuck in 6th place with a 5-5 mark. Japeth Aguilar led the way for the barangay with 20 points while Scottie Thompson added 17 and 13 rebounds.   The Scores: MERALCO 84 — Lanete 19, Caram 16, Hugnatan 12, Newsome 12, Ballesteros 7, Salva 5, Amer 4, Bono 4, Canaleta 3, Faundo 2, Sedurifa 0, Tolomia 0. GINEBRA 82 — Aguilar 20, Thompson 17, Slaughter 12, Mercado 10, Caguioa 6, Cruz 5, Tenorio 5, Devance 4, Mariano 3, Ferrer 0, Manuel 0. Quarters: 15-20, 45-38, 67-64, 84-82.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

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

Wes Anderson’s Kurosawa- and Miyazaki-inspired Isle of Dogs opens 68th Berlinale

BERLIN, Germany – Wes Anderson made his Berlinale come back with the first ever animated film to open the festival: Isle of Dogs – Atari’s Rise. Flanked with a stellar cast and fellow storytellers Jason Schwartzman, Roman Coppola, and Kunichi Nomura, Anderson tells a story set ........»»

Source: Rappler RapplerCategory: NewsFeb 17th, 2018Related News

Trail Blazers hold off the Hornets 109-103 in overtime

By Anne M. Peterson, Associated Press PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Jusuf Nurkic had 24 points and 14 rebounds, and the Portland Trail Blazers returned home with a 109-103 overtime victory over the Charlotte Hornets on Thursday night (Friday, PHL time). CJ McCollum added 22 points for the Blazers, who were coming off a winless three-game trip. The victory over the Hornets was their ninth straight at Moda Center. Kemba Walker, who was named an All-Star reserve earlier in the day, scored 40 points for Charlotte. Marvin Williams, who returned after missing four games with a left ankle sprain, finished with 10. Portland pulled ahead 102-100 in the extra period before Dwight Howard fouled McCollum on a three-point attempt. McCollum made 2-of-3 to extend Portland's lead, and Maurice Harkless dunked with 37.4 seconds left to make it 106-100. Walker hit a three-pointer before McCollum's layup on the other end all but sealed it with 12.2 seconds left. After trailing 79-65 heading into the final quarter, Walker's layup got Charlotte within 92-88 with just over five minutes left. Walker pulled the Hornets closer with a pair of baskets that tied it at 95. Michael Kidd-Gilchrist's pull-up jumper tied it at 97 with 1:45 to go, and neither team could score the rest of the way in regulation. At the trade deadline earlier in the day, the Blazers sent forward Noah Vonleh to the Chicago Bulls in exchange for the rights to center Milovan Rakovic. Vonleh, the No. 9 overall pick by Charlotte in the 2014 draft, averaged 3.6 points and 5.1 rebounds in 33 games for the Blazers this season, including 12 starts. The Hornets made a move the day earlier, acquiring center Willy Hernangomez from the Knicks in exchange for Johnny O'Bryant and two future second-round draft picks. Hernangomez averaged 7.1 points and 5.8 rebounds in 98 career games with the Knicks, including 22 starts. Hernangomez was not yet with the Hornets and it was likely he would not be available for Friday night's (Saturday, PHL time) game in Utah. "I'm glad it's over," Portland coach Terry Stotts said about the deadline. "We've been getting ready for Charlotte. It really hasn't impacted what we've done over the last few days. Certainly [GM Neil Olshey] and his staff have spent a lot of time, hours on the phone, in leading up to this. It's probably more of a relief for the players because it is a stressful time." Portland jumped out to a 22-5 lead early, and went into the second quarter up 29-18, led by Nurkic with 10 points and five rebounds. Charlotte got within 44-42 on a pair of free throws and a three-pointer from Walker, but trailed 49-45 at the half after Meyers Leonard hit a three-pointer at the buzzer. Walker finished the half with 17 points, including 15 in the second quarter. Portland stretched the lead to 75-61 on a long jumper from Damian Lillard in the third quarter, and the Blazers kept the margin at double digits into the fourth until Charlotte's late run. Lillard finished with 18 points and eight assists. TIP-INS Hornets: Earlier in the day, Walker was selected as an All-Star reserve by Commissioner Adam Silver, replacing the injured Kristaps Porzingis. "It's surreal. It's my second one. I'm just very fortunate, very blessed," Walker said. Trail Blazers: The Blazers were thought to be considering a big move at the trade deadline, but Olshey, their president of basketball operations, told the team's broadcasters: "We looked into the rental market and as it turned out, a lot of the things on the rumor mill weren't true. Those guys just weren't available." ... Maurice Harkless started for the Blazers at small forward. CONDOLENCES The Blazers were stunned by traffic collision in Houston that claimed the life of R.J. Adelman, the son of former Blazers coach Rick Adelman. R.J. Adelman had been an assistant on his father's staff when the elder Adelman coached the Houston Rockets from 2007-11. He also was player personnel director for the Minnesota Timberwolves when his father coached there. "I would like to send out my sincere condolences to coach Adelman and his family for the tragedy of losing their son. Obviously it took everybody by surprise and certainly it's an emotional day," Stotts said. UP NEXT The Hornets visit the Jazz on Friday night (Saturday, PHL time). The Trail Blazers visit the Sacramento Kings on Friday night (Saturday, PHL time)......»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsFeb 9th, 2018Related News

No major injuries for Troy Rosario, says TNT coach Nash Racela

MANILA, Philippines – Things took a dark turn during the TNT KaTropa-Phoenix Fuel Masters on Wednesday, February 7, as Troy Rosario had to be carried out of the court on a stretcher following an ugly fall. In a rebound play early in the 4th quarter, TNT’s Rosario landed on Phoenix’s Jason ........»»

Source: Rappler RapplerCategory: NewsFeb 8th, 2018Related News

Comelec ‘disqualifies’ Lambunao mayor

THE Commission on Elections’ (Comelec) First Division declared nullified the candidacy of Mayor Jason Gonzales of Lambunao, Iloilo in the May 2016 elections because of residency issues. Comelec granted the November 2015 petition of former Lambunao mayor and defeated vice mayoral candidate Vicente “Bugok” Ramirez to deny due course or cancel the certificate of candidacy […] The post Comelec ‘disqualifies’ Lambunao mayor appeared first on The Daily Guardian......»»

Source: Thedailyguardian ThedailyguardianCategory: NewsFeb 8th, 2018Related News

Balkman, Brownlee carry red-hot Alab Pilipinas to solo third

Looks like Renaldo Balkman has learned how to play Filipino basketball. Matched up against 7-foot-5 Sam Deguara, the Puerto Rican used both his heart and smarts to tow Alab Pilipinas past Thailand’s Mono Vampire, 86-84, on Wednesday at the Baliwag Star Arena in Bulacan. Balkman was brilliant all throughout and wound up with 31 points, including what proved to be the game-winner, on top of 13 rebounds, five steals, and three blocks to lead his team to a sixth consecutive victory and ninth overall in 13 games. He wasn’t alone, though, and had help from Justin Brownlee who had 16 points, 12 rebounds, eight assists, five blocks, and four steals as well as Ray Parks Jr. who scored 10 markers of his own to help the Philippines rise to solo third in the standings. Still, it was the 6-foot-8 reinforcement who finished a sensational setup by Brownlee that won the game for his side. With the two teams tied at 84 with 19.2 ticks to go on the clock, Alab’s imports went to the pick and roll which ended with Brownlee bouncing a pass leading to a Balkman layup. The Thais had 3.8 seconds to make something happen, but Brownlee would close the door on them once and for all by blocking a triple try from Mike Singletary. That sealed the deal in a changeup atop the standings with the Philippines displacing Thailand from the third spot. Now at 9-5, Mono dropped to the fourth-seed despite the best efforts of Deguara who had 21 points and 15 rebounds. Filipino-American Jason Brickman contributed an 11-point, 11-assist double-double while full-blooded Filipino Paul Zamar had 12 markers to his name in the losing effort. --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsFeb 7th, 2018Related News

Giannis dunks over Knicks, who lose Porzingis to knee injury

By Jeffrey Bernstein, Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — Giannis Antetokounmpo scored 23 points, jumping over Tim Hardaway Jr. for one high-flying slam, and the Milwaukee Bucks beat the New York Knicks 103-89 on Tuesday night (Wednesday, PHL time) in a game that featured a knee injury to Kristaps Porzingis. Porzingis was injured after crashing to the ground following a successful dunk with 8:46 left in the second quarter. The Knicks announced that he had a left knee injury and was undergoing further evaluation. Eric Bledsoe also had 23 points and Khris Middleton added 20 for the Bucks, who are a season-high seven games over .500 Yes, #Giannis DID JUMP OVER HIM!! pic.twitter.com/RGa6LsPUg3 — Milwaukee Bucks (@Bucks) February 7, 2018 Antetokounmpo didn't appear bothered by a right ankle injury sustained Sunday (Monday, PHL time), particularly when he leaped to catch a lob pass on a fast break and jumped over the 6'6" Hardaway to slam it down. Enes Kanter led New York with 19 points and 16 rebounds. Milwaukee led 50-46 at halftime and opened the second half with six straight points. The Bucks increased their lead to a game-high 21 points on Marshall Plumlee's free throw with 3:43 left in the third quarter. The Knicks scored the next nine points and pulled within 12 points on a pair of occasions in the final quarter, but never got any closer. Sean Kilpatrick (16) and Jabari Parker (10) also scored in double figures for the Bucks. Courtney Lee added 14 points for the Knicks, who have lost four straight, tying their longest losing streak of the season. TIP-INS Bucks: Milwaukee guard Matthew Dellavedova sprained his right ankle in Sunday's (Monday, PHL time) win at Brooklyn. He underwent an MRI on Monday (Tuesday, PHL time) and subsequent examination by team physician Dr. William Raasch at Froedtert & the Medical College of Wisconsin. The exam confirmed a sprained right ankle that is expected to sideline Dellavedova for up to four weeks. Knicks: New York has dropped 10 of its last 13 games against the Bucks. That streak has cost them the lead in the all-times series, as they now trail 106-101. The Knicks have not taken a season series from the Bucks since going 2-1 against them during the 2013-14 season. NO KIDD-ING The Bucks have posted a 7-1 record since Joe Prunty replaced Jason Kidd as coach on Jan. 22. However, only one of the victories was against a team that was above .500. That was a 107-95 victory over Philadelphia. KAN-DO Kanter has recorded six consecutive double-doubles. It is the longest streak by any Knick since David Lee had seven straight from Feb. 9-26, 2010. IN THE MIDDLE OF THINGS Middleton is the only Milwaukee player to start all 53 games this season. Thon Maker has also played in all 53, but has only started nine times. CITY SWEEP The Bucks have had their way with New York City's NBA teams this season. They are 2-0 against both the Knicks and Brooklyn Nets, with all four wins coming within the last 11 days. UP NEXT Bucks: Visit Miami on Friday (Saturday, PHL time). Knicks: Visit Toronto on Thursday (Friday, PHL time)......»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsFeb 7th, 2018Related News

Another win for delirious Philly: Embiid, Sixers top Wizards

By Aaron Bracy, Associated Press PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Joel Embiid had 27 points and 12 rebounds, and the 76ers helped the city of Philadelphia continue to celebrate by leading from start to finish in a 115-102 victory over the Washington Wizards on Tuesday night (Wednesday, PHL time). Dario Saric added 20 points and J.J. Redick had 18 for the 76ers, who snapped Washington's five-game winning streak while playing in front of a raucous crowd still in a tizzy over the Philadelphia Eagles' Super Bowl win over the New England Patriots. Bradley Beal scored 30 points for the Wizards, who lost their first game since fellow All-Star John Wall had arthroscopic surgery on his troublesome left knee. It looked like half the crowd was clad in Eagles green, and fans broke out into several loud chants of "E-A-G-L-E-S!" as the party continued 48 hours after Philadelphia won its first Lombardi Trophy. Fans gave a standing ovation to Eagles offensive linemen Brandon Brooks, Lane Johnson, Jason Kelce, Halapoulivaati Vaitai, Stefen Wisniewski and Jason Peters when they rang the ceremonial Liberty Bell before tipoff. The 76ers seemed to feed off the emotion. Philadelphia took control early, scoring 22 of the first 29 points, and led by as many as 22 in the opening half before settling for a 65-55 halftime lead. The 76ers pushed the advantage to 19 points on Embiid's three-pointer that made it 78-59 with just under nine minutes left in the third. Washington again pulled within 10 points, 94-84, at the end of the period. But Embiid's outside shooting gave Philadelphia breathing room again when his three-pointer from the top of the key made it 100-84 with 10:16 left. The Wizards managed to get within single digits in the final five minutes, but they never seriously threatened. TIP-INS Wizards: Washington had its streak of getting at least 25 assists snapped at six games. ... Wall is expected to miss 6-to-8 weeks. ... Washington shot 26 percent (7-for-27) from three-point range. 76ers: Embiid and Justin Anderson attended Sunday's (Monday, PHL time) Super Bowl, alternately watching the game from a suite and the stands. ... In addition to the offensive linemen, Eagles cheerleaders and mascot Swoop helped rile up the crowd. ... Philadelphia will play its next four games at home and doesn't hit the road until Feb. 22 (Feb. 23, PHL time) at Chicago. FULTZ SPEAKS Philadelphia rookie Markelle Fultz told TNT's Caron Butler during an in-game interview that he expects to be a better player upon his return from a shoulder injury that has sidelined him for the majority of the season. Fultz's return has been clouded in mystery and the first-round pick's well-documented struggles reclaiming his jump shot have caused concern within and outside the organization. Head coach Brett Brown repeatedly has said that there is no timetable for Fultz's return and, as an injured player, the club doesn't make him available to local reporters for interviews. But Fultz spoke with optimism to Butler. "It's been a slow process," he said. "It's been tough, but at the end of the day I know it's going to make me better." UP NEXT Wizards: Host Boston on Thursday night (Friday, PHL time). 76ers: Host New Orleans on Friday night (Saturday, PHL time)......»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsFeb 7th, 2018Related News

KaTropa halts advancing Kia

MANILA, Philippines — Kelly Williams stepped up in the absence of Moala Tautuaa while RR Garcia took charge at endgame upon the exit of Jason Castro as TNT K.....»»

Source: Philstar PhilstarCategory: SportsFeb 1st, 2018Related News

TNT repulses Kia

MANILA, Philippines — Kelly Williams worked extra hard in the absence of Moala Tautaa while RR Garcia took charge at endgame upon the exit of Jason Castro as.....»»

Source: Philstar PhilstarCategory: SportsJan 31st, 2018Related News

Tap-in birdie makes Jason s day in playoff

SAN DIEGO – Jason Day calmly sank an 18-inch birdie putt at 8:17 a.m. Monday in front of empty grandstands on No......»»

Source: Philstar PhilstarCategory: SportsJan 31st, 2018Related News

Fil-Aussie Jason Day clinches Torrey Pines title via playoff

LA JOLLA — Australia’s Jason Day sank an 18-inch birdie putt on the sixth playoff hole Monday to defeat Sweden’s Alex Noren and win the US PGA Tour’s Farmers Insurance Open. Noren found the water with his second shot of the morning while Day placed his third inches from the cup to seal their fates. […] The post Fil-Aussie Jason Day clinches Torrey Pines title via playoff appeared first on BusinessWorld......»»

Source: Bworldonline BworldonlineCategory: NewsJan 30th, 2018Related News

Jason Day-Alex Noren playoff unsettled; Tiger Woods 23rd

LA JOLLA, United States – Tiger Woods had taken his bow and left the stage when fierce drama unfolded Sunday at Torrey Pines, with Alex Noren and Jason Day l.....»»

Source: Philstar PhilstarCategory: SportsJan 30th, 2018Related News

‘Halal’ internet means more control in Iran after unrest

  DUBAI, United Arab Emirates --- Guns drawn, Iranian intelligence agents rushed into the apartment of a Washington Post reporter and his journalist wife in Tehran.   Threatening to kill Jason Rezaian in front of his wife, Yeganeh, the 20 agents in the July 2014 raid tore through their belongings and rifled through drawers, clothes, and valuables for an hour.   But perhaps their most eagerly sought target was not exactly inside the house: They forced the couple to hand over the passwords to their email and social media profiles.   That raid demonstrated how much of a threat Iran's theocratic government sees in the internet. It has long sought ...Keep on reading: ‘Halal’ internet means more control in Iran after unrest.....»»

Source: Inquirer InquirerCategory: Jan 29th, 2018Related News

5 things about the Pinoy sci-fi movie Instalado

MANILA, Philippines – After its successful run at the 2017 ToFarm Film Festival, independent sci-film Instalado returned to Cine Lokal last Friday, January 26. Directed by Jason Paul Laxamana, Instalado is set at a time where, rather than pay for education, people can have knowledge directly installed into ........»»

Source: Rappler RapplerCategory: NewsJan 28th, 2018Related News