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Versatile Scottie Thompson aiming to be ‘more aggressive’ on offense

MANILA, Philippines---Scottie Thompson's path to superstardom was solidified when he was named the Finals MVP in the 2018 Commissioner's Cup after an already impressive first two seasons with Barangay Ginebra. The Gin Kings' young point guard then, further upped his trajectory when he was awarded as the league's Most Improved Player for the 2017-18 PBA season in the Leo Awards Sunday at Philippine Arena. Thompson, 25, averaged an all-around game with 9.1 points, 9.0 rebounds, 5.6 assists, and 1.4 steals the prior season and those numbers were a bump from his averages of 8.5 points, 7.8 rebounds, 4.4 assists, and 1.0 steals from 2016-17. With a couple of individual trophies u...Keep on reading: Versatile Scottie Thompson aiming to be ‘more aggressive’ on offense.....»»

Source: Inquirer InquirerCategory: Jan 14th, 2019Related News

Off-form Kings whip KaTropa

Coach Tim Cone insisted his team was not in game shape, but the Barangay Ginebra Kings were good enough to fashion out a wire-to-wire 90-79 win over the TNT KaTropa Texters in the opener of PBA Season 44 at the Philippine Arena here last night......»»

Source: Philstar PhilstarCategory: NewsJan 13th, 2019Related News

Ginebra opens new season with bang after toppling TNT

BOCAUE, Philippines – Barangay Ginebra kicked off the PBA's 44th season with a 90-79 demolition of TNT in the 2019 Philippine Cup before a mammoth crowd at the Philippine Arena here on Sunday, January 13.  With 23,711 in attendance, the Gin Kings arrested a meltdown in the middle quarters with a determined ........»»

Source: Rappler RapplerCategory: NewsJan 13th, 2019Related News

Ginebra rolls in 4th, beats TNT in season opener

BULACAN, Philippines---Barangay Ginebra got off to a good start in its 2019 campaign after rolling past TNT, 90-79, in the PBA Philippine Cup opener Sunday night at Philippine Arena. This wasn't the first time the two teams opened a PBA season in the same venue as they also played in the first game of the 2014-15 Philippine Cup with the Gin Kings taking the 101-81 win over the KaTropa. Ginebra had a blistering start in the fourth quarter going on an 18-6 run to take an 81-66 lead after Greg Slaughter's three-point play with 6:26 left in the game. "The opening game is always tough, you can often times start lethargic and we're not in great shape," said Ginebra head coach Tim ...Keep on reading: Ginebra rolls in 4th, beats TNT in season opener.....»»

Source: Inquirer InquirerCategory: Jan 13th, 2019Related News

Jayson Castro upbeat despite TNT loss to Ginebra in opener

BULACAN, Philippines---TNT may have absorbed a disappointing 90-79 season-opening loss to Barangay Ginebra in the PBA Philippine Cup, but Jayson Castro sees positive things for his team. Castro said they've got the system that's perfectly suited for the players and it was just a matter of knocking down shots. The KaTropa employed lineups that featured just one legitimate big with three wingmen and one point guard surrounding him---a gamble considering the Gin Kings have 7-foot Greg Slaughter and 6-foot-9 Japeth Aguilar. "If you can see we are effective with a small lineup because the ball was moving and we were getting open shots to Don (Trollano), Mike (Miranda), and our sm...Keep on reading: Jayson Castro upbeat despite TNT loss to Ginebra in opener.....»»

Source: Inquirer InquirerCategory: Jan 13th, 2019Related News

The Leo, Ginebra, and TNT open 44th PBA season

The PBA is back in action. Sunday marks the official opening of the league’s 44th season and the PBA packed a lot of things at the Philippine Arena in Bulacan. The first game of the new year will feature Ginebra and TNT, an early test for both teams as they look to establish themselves as viable challengers to San Miguel Beer, the team that has won the season-opening joust for four straight years. But before the Gin Kings and the KaTropa take the court, the annual parade takes center stage with all 12 teams and their muses present. Former Ms. Universve Pia Wurtzbach and Mega Star Sharon Cuneta easily lead the list of muses. But even before the actual opening ceremony for the PBA’s 44th season, season 43 comes to a true formal close with the Leo Awards. Last season’s Most Valuable Player, as well as the Mythical Teams, will be presented. — Follow this writer, @paullintag8.....»»

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

Kings upbeat; Texters motivated

he Barangay Ginebra Kings feel good about themselves but are wary of a TNT KaTropa side that they expect to be well motivated and prepared as they clash in the opener of PBA Season 44 at the Philippine Arena in Bocaue, Bulacan tonight......»»

Source: Philstar PhilstarCategory: NewsJan 12th, 2019Related News

MVP Ladder: Giannis bolsters case with key win in Houston

By Sekou Smith, NBA.com Giannis Antetokounmpo doesn’t think he’s quite “there yet” when it comes to the Kia MVP chase. With all due respect, Mr. “Greek Freak,” the basketball world begs to differ. You are definitely there, sir, based on your performance through the midpoint of this NBA season. In fact, if there were hardware to hand out from Kia Race to the MVP Ladder HQ at this point, Antetokounmpo would be the recipient (edging out a crowded field that includes the reigning MVP, James Harden). By the grace of the scheduling gods, the two leading candidates just happened to hook up on Wednesday night (Thursday, PHL time), the official halfway point of 2018-19. And they put on a show worthy of MVP mention, with Antetokounmpo’s Milwaukee Bucks knocking off Harden’s Houson Rockets at Toyota Center. Harden continued his torrid scoring streak, collecting his league-leading 14th 40-point game of the season. In doing so, he tied Tracy McGrady for the second-longest 30-point streak since the ABA/NBA merger at 14. (Kobe Bryant has the record at 16 straight.) But Harden didn’t have his most efficient outing (shooting 13-for-30 overall with nine turnovers) as the Bucks took control late. All Antentokounmpo did was shred the Rockets for 27 points on 8-for-16 shooting to go along with a career-high 21 rebounds, five assists and yet another showcase performance for his MVP resume. (The Bucks pounded the Rockets to the tune of a 70-24 advantage in points in the paint and outscored them 19-2 in fast break points.) The Bucks have won seven of their past eight games heading into today’s game against the Washington Wizards at Capital One Arena. They’ve stormed the top of the Eastern Conference standings and own a 10-5 record over Western Conference opponents with Antetokounmpo as their undisputed leader and, yes, MVP. Not there yet, huh? Yeah, right. * * * The top five this week in the 2018-19 Kia Race to the MVP Ladder: * * * 1. Giannis Antetokounmpo, Milwaukee Bucks Last week: No. 2 Season stats: 26.6 points, 12.8 rebounds, 6.0 assists, 1.5 blocks, 1.3 steals Antetokounmpo seems to be the only person on the planet who isn’t moved by his consistent brilliance this season. If he doesn’t think he’s "there yet," then the rest of the league should brace themselves for whatever comes next. He’s been an unstoppable force on both ends of the floor, but particularly as an offensive catalyst on one of the most improved teams in the league. Doing it without the aid of a reliable long-distance shot is what has made watching Antetokounmpo crush the competition so intriguing. If there was any skepticism about the Bucks being both a legitimate threat in the East and a title contender, that should be vanishing as the second half of the season begins. As long as Antetokounmpo stays focused and healthy (he’s probable Saturday, PHL time, with right quadriceps soreness and a left hip bruise), the possibilities are endless. 2. James Harden, Houston Rockets Last week: No. 1 Season stats: 33.9 points, 8.6 assists, 6.0 rebounds, 2.0 steals Harden has moved into hallowed ground with his current scoring barrage, as his 14 straight games of 30-plus points ties Hall of Famer (and fellow Rockets legend) Tracy McGrady for the second-longest streak since the ABA/NBA merger. Those debates about whether or not Harden is the best offensive player ever aren’t out of line, not when you consider the way he generates offense for himself and his teammates. Harden has a chance to obliterate the record with the Rockets’ friendly upcoming schedule (they play seven of their next 10 games at Toyota Center). The only glitch for Harden as he's hit this nuclear level is the one key flaw in his game is rising, too. He’s averaging 5.7 turnovers this season, which ties his career-high from 2016-17. He's up to 7.3 tpg in his last five games, which he, of course, would point out is world-class nit-picking of a guy playing as well as he is. 3. Stephen Curry, Golden State Warriors Last week: No. 3 Season stats: 28.9 points, 5.5 assists, 5.2 rebounds, 1.3 steals Curry shot a rather un-Splash Brother-ish 5-for-19 in Tuesday’s (Wednesday, PHL time) home win against the New York Knicks, which includes an ugly 3-for-12 showing from three-point range. That was a huge come down from his 42-point outburst (including 10 made three-pointers) Saturday (Sunday, PHL time) in a road win against the Sacramento Kings. But as often happens with a rare rough shooting night for the two-time former MVP, Curry displayed a brilliant floor game against the Knicks. He finished with 14 assists (and just one turnover) while grabbing seven rebounds as Klay Thompson went off for 43 points and Kevin Durant dropped 24. Curry’s had just three hiccups since returning from his 11-game, groin-injury induced absence on Dec. 1 (Dec. 2, PHL time). Over his last 18 games, Curry has failed to score at least 20 points only once. What should worry the Chicago Bulls, who visit Oracle today, is what Curry has done in those other two games after he struggled (averaged 32.0 points). 4. Kawhi Leonard, Toronto Raptors Last week: No. 4 Season stats: 27.3 points, 7.8 rebounds, 3.1 assists, 1.9 steals MVP voters must decide if the work Leonard did while he was playing outweighs how good the Raptors were all season whether he was in or out of the lineup. As convenient as it might be to try to diminish what Leonard has done by knocking him for the games he missed, you’d be wise to pay attention to just how good he's been when he plays. The Milwaukee Bucks can certainly attest to his impact after what Leonard did to them Saturday (Sunday, PHL time). He logged 30 points and a season-high five steals, playing his trademark lockdown defense, as the Raptors won the battle between the NBA’s top two teams (in the standings). Leonard has such tight control over his own game that he continues to play as efficiently as anyone on this list. He has notched eight games this season where he’s scored 30 or more points while shooting better than 50 percent, including his last two games (30 on 50 percent shooting in the win against the Bucks and 31 points on 61.1 percent shooting in their recent win against the Hawks). 5. Nikola Jokic, Denver Nuggets Last week: No. 7 Season stats: 19.2 points, 10.2 rebounds, 7.6 assists, 1.5 steals Jokic continues to deliver for the Nuggets in every category, doing his crafty best to help keep coach Michael Malone’s team at the top of the Western Conference. He notched his 21st career triple-double (18 points, 14 rebounds, 10 assists and two blocks) in Thursday’s (Friday, PHL time) win over the LA Clippers. It was his second straight triple-double, coming two days after lighting up the Heat in Miami for 29 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists. In doing so, he tied Kareem Abdul-Jabbar for the second-most career triple-doubles by a center and can now chase Wilt Chamberlain’s big man record of 78. Jokic will probably dig into that deficit considerably the season if he keeps playing the way he has to kick off 2019 (27.2 points on .523 shooting, 12.6 rebounds, 7.2 assists and 1.4 steals in his last five games). Jokic and the rest of the Nuggets are focused on team goals first, of course. After missing out on the playoffs on the season's final night in 2017-18, they’re making sure to avoid any such drama this time. * * * The next five 6. Paul George, Oklahoma City Thunder 7. Joel Embiid, Philadelphia 76ers 8. LeBron James, Los Angeles Lakers 9. Kevin Durant, Golden State Warriors 10. Anthony Davis, New Orleans Pelicans And five more: DeMar DeRozan, San Antonio Spurs; Kyrie Irving, Boston Celtics; Damian Lillard, Portland Trail Blazers;Victor Oladipo, Indiana Pacers; Lou Williams, Los Angeles Clippers Sekou Smith is a veteran NBA reporter and NBA TV analyst. 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: SportsJan 12th, 2019Related News

Internet goes wild with Tito Boy s newfound basketball stardom

The internet is a wild place. Make that especially wild if you happen to be a public figure, a celebrity of some sort, an icon in Pinoy popular culture so ingrained in Filipinos' psyche that one small moment can catapult you into tons of internet memes and onto people's screens. Such is the case of Boy Abunda, the King of Talk, a veteran host and is considered as one of Filipino television's gems. What started out as a rather pedestrian interview with teen celebrity Grae Fernandez, son of action star Mark Anthony ended with Tito Boy giving the younger Fernandez a basketball as a Christmas gift. The veteran host then immediately showed off his handles --replete with a low and wide stance-- that would eventually spawn all sorts of hilarious memes online. Memes such as this video, which has already garnered over four million views on Facebook, that shows Tito Boy wearing a Gilas Pilipinas jersey dunking all over Ricky Rubio and the Utah Jazz, taking off from the free throw line ala Michael Jordan:  Here's one depicting Tito Boy as he crosses up Chris Paul:  Some memes even crossed Abunda over to anime territory, putting the host in the hit anime 'Kuroko No Basket', all to hilarious results:  Tonight With Boy Abunda's official Twitter and Instagram accounts even joined in, mashing up his name to other popular NBA players and making him a cover of NBA 2K19:          View this post on Instagram                 Change of career ngayong 2019? Why not 😂😂😂 Happy Sunday, Abundants! 💙 📷:ctto A post shared by Tonight With Boy Abunda (@twbaofficial) on Jan 6, 2019 at 5:03am PST LeBoy James, Kareem Abdul Abunda o Lonzo Boy? pic.twitter.com/OHMjlED1Ug — TONIGHTw/BoyAbunda (@TWBAofficial) January 10, 2019 In case you were wondering, yes, the memes have reached the King of Talk himself, and has reacted in stride, even thanking the people behind the memes......»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsJan 11th, 2019Related News

Kings, Hotshots chief contenders

They say that if there’s a team that is well capable of matching up with reigning PBA Philippine Cup four-peat champ, it’s no other than crowd darling and Commissioner’s Cup titlist Barangay Ginebra......»»

Source: Philstar PhilstarCategory: NewsJan 10th, 2019Related News

Cone: Ginebra has better shot than anybody else to dethrone San Miguel

MANILA, Philippines – All signs point to San Miguel extending its title reign in the PBA Philippine Cup to 5 years, but that doesn't mean it's not unbeatable.  That's the approach Barangay Ginebra head coach Tim Cone is taking as the Gin Kings seek to dethrone four-time defending all-Filipino champions Beermen ........»»

Source: Rappler RapplerCategory: NewsJan 10th, 2019Related News

Kings, KaTropa open Philippine Cup action

THE Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) starts its Season 44 this weekend with the opening of the All-Filipino tournament Philippine Cup at the Philippine Arena in Bocaue, Bulacan, on Sunday......»»

Source: Bworldonline BworldonlineCategory: FinanceJan 10th, 2019Related News

Japan Foundation, Manila bring jazz to Xavier, Lourdes - SUNSTAR

Japan Foundation, Manila bring jazz to Xavier, Lourdes Sun.Star JAZZ music will set its noteworthy tune in two of Cagayan de Oro City's pioneering schools - the Jesuit-led Xavier Ateneo and the R.....»»

Source: Manilanews ManilanewsCategory: NewsJan 9th, 2019Related News

Late surge lifts Lakers over Mavs; Bucks down Jazz | The Manila Times Online

LOS ANGELES: Young stars Brandon Ingram and Lonzo Ball answered Los Angeles coach Luke Waltons call for more fire on Monday (Tuesday in Manila), leading the Lakers to a 107-97READ The post Late surge.....»»

Source: Manilanews ManilanewsCategory: NewsJan 9th, 2019Related News

Another solid night for Giannis Antetokounmpo as Bucks trip Jazz | Inquirer Sports

MILWAUKEE After not playing at all in the Milwaukee Bucks previous game, Thon Maker got a chance to shine in a hard-fought win over the Utah Jazz on Monday night. Maker had a season-high 15 points of.....»»

Source: Philippinetimes PhilippinetimesCategory: NewsJan 8th, 2019Related News

Kings enjoy blowout win over Magic to stop 4-game skid | Inquirer Sports

SACRAMENTO, California After four excruciating losses, the Sacramento Kings savored a rare blowout victory Monday night. DeAaron Fox had 20 points and the Kings snapped a four-game skid with a 111-95.....»»

Source: Philippinetimes PhilippinetimesCategory: NewsJan 8th, 2019Related News

Meet the 2019 PBA Opening Day Muses

The PBA is set to tip off its 44th season this Sunday, January 13th at the Philippine Arena. Before the curtain-raising Ginebra Gin Kings vs TNT KaTropa game, however, the PBA will hold the annual Leo Awards and the opening ceremonies to welcome another season. Making the opening ceremony more colorful during the parade of teams are the muses for each squad, notable women who embody each team's spirit. The PBA has announced some of the team's muses, made up mostly of athletes and celebrities. Muses: Yam Concepcion (PHX) Pia Wurtzbach (Ginebra) Aya Fernandez (NorthPort) Alyssa Valdez (NLEX) Jasmine Alkhaldi (Blackwater) Kylie Versoza (SMB) Sharon Cuneta (Magnolia) Klea Pineda (Alaska) — Philip Martin Matel (@philipptionary) January 8, 2019 From sports stars Alyssa Valdez, Michele Gumabao, and Jasmine Alkhaldi, to high-profile public figures like Sharon Cuneta, Pia Wurtzbach, and Yam Concepcion, let's get a glimpse of each lovely lady ahead of the opening. Yam Concepcion (Phoenix)         View this post on Instagram                       A post shared by Yam Concepcion (@yamconcepcion) on Nov 15, 2018 at 2:37am PST Pia Wurtzbach (Ginebra)         View this post on Instagram                   Sun’s out! Do not disturb - I’m on pool time! 😎 A post shared by Pia Wurtzbach (@piawurtzbach) on Dec 3, 2018 at 7:38pm PST Aya Fernandez (NorthPort)         View this post on Instagram                   2019, are you ready? . . . Creative Director and Stylist: EJ Mondia of EJM Styling @ejmstyling @ejmondia 💄: Thrianne Gellido @makeupbythrianne 📷: Dennis Sulit @dennisulit A post shared by Aya Fernandez (@ayafernandez_) on Dec 31, 2018 at 3:51am PST Alyssa Valdez (NLEX)         View this post on Instagram                   Challenge accepted! Looking forward to learn new things from the #BestBeginsNow challenge! A post shared by Alyssa Valdez (@alyssa_valdez2) on Oct 10, 2018 at 5:55am PDT Michele Gumabao & Jasmine Alkhaldi (Blackwater)         View this post on Instagram                   Today is the day for the Final Show of @themissglobe 2018 ❤️ this was at yesterday's prelims 😘 7pm local time of Albania, livestream is on @themissglobe website 😘 Wearing @soakswimwearph Styled by @gvinsky @mikeeandrei @21wilbur for always helping with my glam 😘😘 Nails @idonailsph A post shared by Michele Gumabao (@gumabaomichele) on Oct 21, 2018 at 1:35am PDT           View this post on Instagram                 happy place 🌊✨ A post shared by Jasmine Alkhaldi (@jazzyalkhaldi) on Dec 23, 2017 at 2:01am PST Kylie Versoza (SMB) Kylie Verzosa will be our Muse on Sunday 🔥 #FearTheBeer 🍻 pic.twitter.com/fEJQ08aJrT — San Miguel Beermen (@TheSMBeermen) January 8, 2019 Sharon Cuneta (Magnolia)         View this post on Instagram                 Thank you again so much from the bottom of my heart, Rebisco, for supporting our movie “3 Words to Forever.” Thank you especially to my former neighbors in Wack-Wack Village, the Ng family. May you have a merry Christmas and may 2019 bring you more blessings of prosperity and abundance! God bless you always. (Luwag na damit ko.) A post shared by ActorSingerPresenter (@reallysharoncuneta) on Dec 14, 2018 at 6:13am PST Klea Pineda (Alaska)         View this post on Instagram                 Sometimes, you just have to take a break - have time for yourself away from everything - just be with nature and reflect... #PoweredByNature #RexonaNaturalWhitening A post shared by Klea Pineda (@kleapineda) on Nov 19, 2018 at 4:29am PST.....»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsJan 8th, 2019Related News

Gin Kings look forward to healthy & lsquo;19 campaign

Gin Kings look forward to healthy & lsquo;19 campaign.....»»

Source: Thestandard ThestandardCategory: SportsJan 7th, 2019Related News

END OF CHRISTMAS – The Manila Times

END OF CHRISTMAS  The Manila Times Men dressed as the biblical three kings or the three wise men go around Ermita, Manila on Sunday, the Feast of the Epiphany. To Filipinos, the Three Kings’ Day … Source link link: END OF CHRISTMAS – The Manila Times.....»»

Source: Manilainformer ManilainformerCategory: Jan 7th, 2019Related News

Feast of Epiphany marks end of long Christmas Season Manila Bulletin News

A Catholic Church leader calls on the faithful to follow the example of the Three Kings as a way to Jesus Christ as the Church observes today the Feast of the Epiphany marking the end of the long Chri.....»»

Source: Manilanews ManilanewsCategory: NewsJan 6th, 2019Related News