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Kobe Bryant to attend Fiba World Cup 2019 draw next month - Inquirer Sports

Kobe Bryant, still one of the biggest stars in basketball even years after his retirement, will headline the star-studded Fiba Basketball World Cup 2019 draw on March 16 in Shenzhen, China. The NBA gr.....»»

Source: Philippinetimes PhilippinetimesCategory: NewsFeb 19th, 2019Related News

AMA Online, CEU join early leaders

Games Thursday: (Ynares Sports Arena, Pasig) 12:00 noon -- The Masterpiece-Trinity vs Wangs Basketball 2:00 p.m. -- Metropac-San Beda vs Perpetual 4:00 p.m. -- Go for Gold-CSB vs St. Clare Virtual Reality   AMA Online Education steered past McDavid to take the 80-65 victory Tuesday in the 2019 PBA D-League at Paco Arena in Manila. Franky Johnson played big in this season opener for the Titans with his 24 points, seven rebounds, and two steals. Joshua Munzon also registered a double-double with his 12 points, 10 rebounds, and three assists, as fellow rookie Troy Rike collected 15 points and eight rebounds. "Buti nag-jell kami ng maaga. At least, nag-sama sama sila," said a jovial coach Mark Herrera. Johnson's early spurt allowed AMA to take a 10-0 lead as they went on cruise control in the wire-to-wire victory, annexing the lead to as much as 18, 71-53 early in the fourth period. Meanwhile, Centro Escolar University dealt Diliman College-Gerry's Grill a rude welcome in the 2019 PBA D-League with a 93-76 beatdown. Senegalese big man Maodo Malick Diouf was all over the floor for the Scorpions with 15 points, 17 rebounds, three assists, and two blocks, as Tyron Chan got 15 points, 11 coming in the killer third quarter, on top of six boards, an assist, and a steal. Rich Guinitaran also scattered 13 points, five boards, two dimes, and two steals as he led the game-turning 12-0 run to open the third quarter, 53-37, which ended in a 29-point explosion to grab a 70-49 advantage. Beninese center Kevin Gandjeto led Diliman-Gerry's with 18 points and nine rebounds, while Joseph Brutas got 14 points and five boards. Newcomer Kib Montalbo also chimed in six points and five assists for the Titans, in a game where Andre Paras only saw four minutes of action. McDavid, on the other hand, leaned on Jason Melano who collected 15 points, nine rebounds, and three assists.   Box Scores: First game: AMA ONLINE EDUCATION (80) -- Johnson 24, Rike 15, Munzon 12, Parcero 8, Montalbo 6, Yu 6, Dela Virgen 5, Garcia 2, Bederi 2, Tambeling 0, Estibar 0, Paras 0, Asuncion 0, Liwag 0, Gonzaga 0. MCDAVID (65) -- Melano 15, Martinez 10, Escosio 8, Diputado 7, Canada 6, Sorela 4, Colina 4, Monte 3, Pena 2, Cruz 0, Villanueva 0. Quarters: 21-14, 45-35, 62-53, 80-65.   Second game: CEU (93) -- Diouf 15, Chan 15, Guinitaran 13, Lisbo 9, Uri 8, Rojas 8, Fuentes 7, Diaz 7, Ke. Caballero 6, Intic 2, Formento 2, Ko. Caballero 1, Pamaran 0. DILIMAN-GERRY'S (76) -- Gandjeto 18, Brutas 14, Ligon 12, Cabanag 11, Mahari 7, Bauzon 4, Darang 4, Coquia 2, Enriquez 2, Salazar 2, Bonsubre 0, Melendez 0, Brill 0. Quarters: 22-23, 41-37, 70-49, 93-76......»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsFeb 19th, 2019Related News

10 things to know about NBA All-Star 2019

By Tim Reynolds, Associated Press CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — With All-Star festivities set to officially begin Friday (Saturday, PHL time), here are 10 things to know going into the weekend: BACK TO CHARLOTTE Charlotte hosted NBA All-Star weekend in 1991, and now gets it back a second time to join 14 other cities that can say it hosted the league’s showcase midseason event on multiple occasions. Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Denver, Houston, New Orleans, New York, Orlando, Philadelphia, Phoenix, Seattle, St. Louis, Los Angeles and the L.A. suburb of Inglewood, California, are the other previous multi-hosting All-Star cities. The Bay Area, the Detroit area and the Dallas area are also two-time hosts, though never technically twice in the same city. LEBRON’S RECORDS LeBron James now has the record for most All-Star captaincies: Two. He and Stephen Curry had the jobs last year when the captain’s format was first introduced to the All-Star weekend, and he and Giannis Antetokounmpo have the jobs this year. But James’ records revolving around this game hardly stop there. By starting on Sunday (Monday, PHL time), James will tie Kobe Bryant with 15 starts in the All-Star Game. James will also extend his record of consecutive starts, which will also rise to 15. Some of the other All-Star records James already holds include total points (343), field goals (141) and three-pointers (35). And by playing two minutes, James will increase his All-Star total in that stat to 416 — one more than Bryant for No. 2 on the all-time list. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar has played the most All-Star minutes, 449. FOULING OUT Bold prediction: No one will foul out on Sunday (Monday, PHL time). The last player to foul out of an All-Star Game was Hakeem Olajuwon in 1987. Chris Paul was the most recent to come close, when he was whistled for five fouls in the 2008 game. There have been only 14 instances of someone fouling out of an All-Star Game. Rick Barry and Bob Cousy each fouled out twice; 10 others, including Olajuwon, have done so once. MVPs AT HOME Kemba Walker, the lone Charlotte player in this year’s All-Star Game, has suggested that he’s hoping he can wow the home crowd with an MVP-worthy performance. There’s a history of that sort of thing happening. There have been 14 players who have won All-Star MVP honors in their home cities, spanning a total of 15 games. The list of hometown All-Star MVPs: Anthony Davis (New Orleans, 2017), Kobe Bryant (Los Angeles, 2011), Shaquille O’Neal (Phoenix, 2009 and Los Angeles, 2004), Karl Malone and John Stockton (Utah, 1993), Michael Jordan (Chicago, 1988), Tom Chambers (Seattle, 1987), Jerry West (Los Angeles, 1972), Rick Barry (the San Francisco area, 1967), Adrian Smith (Cincinnati, 1966), Bob Pettit (St. Louis, 1958 and 1962), Wilt Chamberlain (Philadelphia, 1960), Bob Cousy (Boston, 1957) and Ed Macauley (Boston, 1951). AGE MARK Assuming he plays, Dallas’ Dirk Nowitzki — one of the special additions to the rosters by NBA Commissioner Adam Silver, who also added Miami’s Dwyane Wade to the list — will become the second 40-something to appear in the All-Star Game. Nowitzki is 40; Kareem Abdul-Jabbar played in the game when he was 40 and 41. Michael Jordan almost pulled off the feat; he was eight days shy of turning 40 when he last played in the All-Star Game in 2003. Jordan, now the owner of the Charlotte Hornets and the unofficial host of the weekend, will turn 56 on Sunday. Wade, also assuming he gets into the game, will become the 12th player to be an All-Star at 37 or older. Wade turned 37 last month. HEROES Jason Weinmann and James Shaw Jr. might not be “celebrities,” at least not in the classic sense. But the NBA rightly believes they should be celebrated. Weinmann and Shaw were invited to play in Friday’s All-Star Celebrity Game to commemorate heroic acts. Weinmann, a retired Marine, used a military transport vehicle — which he bought at a government auction years ago — during Hurricane Florence last September to help rescue flood victims in North Carolina and bring them to safety. Shaw disarmed a man who had opened fire at a Waffle House restaurant near Nashville last April and has been heralded as a life-saving hero since for wrestling the AR-15 out of the alleged shooter’s hands by the barrel. G LEAGUE FIRST Khris Middleton of the Milwaukee Bucks is the first member of a new club. He’s the first G League alum to become an NBA All-Star. Middleton spent a short time during the 2012-13 season in the G League, before blossoming into one of the league’s best players and a key to Milwaukee going into the break with an NBA-best 43-14 record. There will be plenty of G League graduates participating on All-Star Saturday (Sunday, PHL time) as well — Middleton, Seth Curry, Danny Green and Joe Harris are all slated to be in the 3-point contest. CASH MATTERS There is some money at stake during All-Star Saturday (Sunday, PHL time) events, and everybody gets something. Everyone in the dunk contest will receive at least $20,000, everyone in the skills challenge gets at least $15,000 and all participants in the 3-point shootout take home at least $10,000. From there, prize money varies by finish — the skills challenge winner gets $55,000, the 3-point shootout champion wins $60,000 and the dunk contest winner takes home $105,000. In all, the Saturday night (Sunday, PHL time) participants will split $610,000. EASTBOUND This All-Star weekend is the first of four straight in Eastern Conference cities. Chicago gets it next year, Indianapolis in 2021 and Cleveland in 2022. The site for the 2023 game remains unknown; Salt Lake City and Sacramento are two sites often mentioned as candidates for that year, and Orlando is a likely suitor for the 2024 game. THE REFS Sunday’s (Monday, PHL time) All-Star Game will be officiated by Scott Foster, Curtis Blair and David Guthrie. It’s a home game of sorts for Guthrie, who resides in Charlotte. Foster worked the 2010 All-Star Game in Dallas. It’s the first All-Star Game for Blair and Guthrie. The Friday and Saturday (Saturday and Sunday, PHL time) events will be worked by a crew of newer refs — third-year official Aaron Smith and fourth-year officials Mitchell Ervin and Gediminas Petraitis......»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsFeb 15th, 2019Related News

PBA: Classic rivalry games on deck for February

PBA basketball will continue even as the league takes a break in mid February to give way for Gilas Pilipinas. A pair of classic games will be played at the Big Dome on February 17 as San Miguel, Alaska, Purefoods, and Ginebra are all set to field a collection of All-Stars from the yesteryears. Four-time PBA MVP Alvin Patrimonio returns to action for Purefoods as they take on ‘90s rival Alaska led by Johnny Abarrientos. Powerhouse San Miguel will have players like Benjie Paras, Danny Ildefonso, and Allan Caidic to go up against Ginebra’s Bal David, Eric Menk, and head coach Sonny Jaworski. The pair of games is organized by the Samahan ng mga Dating Propesyonal na Basketbolista ng Pilipinas (SDPBP) in partnership with the PBA for the benefit of the player’s union. Here are the complete lineups for all four teams: PUREFOODS # 1 Bong Ravena # 3 Bonel Balingit  # 4 Paul Artadi  # 5 Ronnie Magsanoc # 7 Rey Evangelista # 8 Al Solis # 9 Elmer Cabahug # 10 Dindo Pumaren # 12 Glen Capacio # 13 Roger Yap # 16 Alvin Patrimonio # 19 Joey Sta. Maria # 31 Peter Naron # 44 Jerry Codiñera # 55 Richard Yee Coach: Ramon Fernandez ALASKA # 6 Jojo Lastimosa # 7 Roehl Gomez # 9 Rodney Santos # 11 Willie Miller # 11 Eddie Laure # 14 Johnny Abarrientos # 16 Bong Hawkins # 19 Kenneth Duremdes # 22 Jeff Cariaso # 32 Poch Juinio # 33 Bogs Adornado - Captain # 34 Wesley Gonzales # 35 Tony de la Cruz # 55 John Ferriols Earvin Sotto Coaches: Joel Banal/Aric del Rosario SAN MIGUEL # 2 Denok Miranda # 6 Ato Agustin # 8 Allan Caidic # 10 Alvin Teng # 10 Danny Ildefonso # 11 Nelson Asaytono # 11 Biboy Ravanes # 17 Olsen Racela  # 18 Art de la Cruz # 22 Arnold Gamboa # 23 Bong Alvarez # 25 Freddie Abuda # 25 Dondon Hontiveros # 42 Danny Seigle # 88 Chris Calaguio # 14 Benjie Paras Coach: Norman Black GINEBRA # 1 Bal David # 6 Noli Locsin # 8 Bennet Palad # 9 Leo Isaac # 11 JV Gayoso # 12 Vince Hizon # 13 Marlou Aquino # 16 Benny Cheng # 17 Rudy Distrito # 18 Wilmer Ong # 22 Romulo Mamaril # 25 Pido Jarencio # 30 Eric Menk # 32 EJ Feihl # 33 Bobby Jose Coach: Robert Jaworski   — Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag.....»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsJan 31st, 2019Related News

Belga, Erram name the PBA players who keep them up at night

NLEX's Poy Erram and Rain or Shine's Beau Belga are two of the most formindable big men in the PBA.  Erram, at 6'8", was recently hailed as the Defensive  Player of the Year for 2018, while the hulking Belga has earned a disctincion as one of the most fearsome forwards in the league. So it was just appropriate that the two big men were the special guests for The Score last Thursday, as the topic was the most "nakakapikon", or pesky players in the PBA. Erram had his co-guest Belga on his list. "Before I came to the league, alam ko na ganun yung attitude niya, yung game niya," Erram said. "Mafe-feel mo talaga yung swagger. Pero swagger na maiintimidate ka, matatakot ka na pag-tanggap mo yung bola tapos siya yung bantay mo, matatakot ka agad." Belga's reputation and size adds to the fear factor, added Erram. "Kasi sa katawan pa lang, tapos kung paano siya magsalita. Pano niya dalhin sarili niya, nakakapikon talaga e, diba?" Poy said of Beau, adding "Tsaka nakatikim na rin ako ng siko niya." Belga, meanwhile, had Phoenix's Calvin Abueva on the top of his list. "[It's because of] the way he plays," said Beau. "Kasi si Calvin, kahit sinong katapat niyan, hindi niya sasantuhin. Bago pa lang si Calvin, Diyos ko, talagang sabi ko sa sarili ko. Ito yung taong kaiilangan sa liga." Abueva's sheer unpredictability and relentless motor, as well as his antics keep him on the most pesky players list for Belga and Erram. "Kasi hindi mo alam kung anong gagawin niya na next eh. Sa sobrang galawgaw niya, sobrang likot niya, di mo alam kung tatamaan ka na sa mukha, sa dibdib o ano. Kasi siyampre pag player ka natamaan ka, maiirita ka, mapipikon ka," shared Belga. "Unorthodox siya maglaro e. Yung mga antics niya, dun ka mapipikon eh," Erram chimed. "Yung didilaan niya yung bench. Titingin siya sa bench pag nakagawa siya ng magandang play." Erram and Belga however, acknowledged how much fun it could be playing alongside a baller like Calvin. Kung kalaban mo siya, maiinis ka pero kung kakampi mo siya, matutuwa ka," Erram said.  "Pagsamahin mo kami niyan ewan ko na lang. Ubos ang pera natin sa fines," joked Belga. Another player Beau hates going up against is San Miguel center June Mar Fajardo, and with good reason. "Napipikon ako kay June Mar not in a negative way. In a positive way na ang galing niya," Belga said.  Fajardo instills so much fear into his opponents' psyche that Beau admits to thinking about their match-up as early as the night before. "Kumbaga ako, pinoproblema ko si June Mar, gabi pa lang," Belga admits. But it's not because of his play. Both Erram and Belga said Fajardo plays within the rules. He's just that good. "He knows how to use his body. Ganun ka kalaki, ganun ka kagaling, It's impossible na hindi mo siya i-hate e. Kasi 5-time MVP, tapos sobrang galing pa niya tapos bata pa. Parang andami pa niyang magagawa," Erram said. "Hassle siya sa buhay pag kalaban mo siya," Belga said, perhaps giving Fajardo the ulimate compliment. Erram even went as far as likening his hate for June Mar as the people's hate for retired Los Angeles Lakers legend Kobe Bryant. "Parang sa NBA, you hate Kobe so much pero you love him kasi pano siya maglaro, ganun si June Mar sa PBA." he said......»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsJan 25th, 2019Related News

Broadway madness

NEW YORK — James Harden inched past Wilt Chamberlain and didn’t stop his latest one-man show until he tied Kobe Bryant. On another spectacular night for the NBA’s most sensational scorer, Harden not only notched his career high with 61 points, but matched Bryant’s record for a visiting player at the current Madison Square Garden. […].....»»

Source: Tribune TribuneCategory: NewsJan 24th, 2019Related News

Nike launches the most scientific basketball shoe ever made

Say goodbye to the common shoelace. On January 16, 2019 at the Nike Headquarters in New York City, the world’s most iconic sportswear brand presented a new platform called Nike Adapt which aims to deliver digitally powered adjustable footwear across both performance and lifestyle categories. Michael Donaghu, VP of Nike Innovation “Our vision for the future is called ‘Powered Athlete’ - A world in which products are intelligent. I’m pleased to say that the first chapter of intelligent Nike products and experiences begins today,” said Michael Donaghu, VP of Nike Innovation. Imagine a shoe that delivers the precise fit you need, when you need it with a push of a button or the swipe of a phone. That’s the kind of revolutionary technology that Nike Adapt presents to athletes and consumers. The first chapter in this innovation of Nike Adapt will feature the game of basketball. “We chose basketball as the first sport for Nike Adapt intentionally because of the demands that athletes put on their shoes. During a normal basketball game, the athlete’s foot changes, and the ability to quickly change your fit by loosening your shoe to increase blood flow and then tighten again for performance is a key element that we believe will improve the athlete’s experience,” explained Eric Avar, Nike VP Creative Director. Eric Avar, Nike VP Creative Director During the process of creating the shoe, the Nike Adapt BB underwent various tests including using the underfoot lacing to lift 32 pounds of force. It’s as strong as that of a standard parachute cord. “This was the most tested shoe in the history of Nike Basketball,” revealed Ross Klein, Senior Designer of Basketball Footwear Innovation. Ross Klein, Senior Designer of Nike Basketball Footwear Innovation Owners of the Nike Adapt BB will have the ability to customize the fit of the shoe and select not just one setting, but different situations be it warming-up or engaging in the heat of the game via an app which controls the FitAdapt tech embedded in the sole of the shoe. “The app makes the shoe that much easier to use and allows you to evolve and update your shoe over time,” explained Michael Martin, VP of Nike Direct Product. “But, that’s just the beginning of an incredibly rich robust roadmap of additional improvements.” Michael Martin, VP of Nike Direct Product Aside from the power-lacing feature, the app also allows you to change the color of the two lights at the base of the shoe to fit your mood. There are 14 colors to choose from. Now, of course, part of the meticulous process of releasing the Nike Adapt BB to the world was getting elite athletes to test it out. That is exactly what Nike did when they brought the likes of Kyle Kuzma, Luka Doncic, De’Aaron Fox and Jayson Tatum to the Nike World Headquarters in Oregon to take the Nike Adapt BB for a spin. It was one intense workout that Tatum, the sophomore star of the Boston Celtics thoroughly enjoyed. “We might have played 5 or 6 games and everybody was going hard. At first, everybody was just going up and down and breaking a sweat, but then, things started to get serious and we’re all competitors, so, we went at it,” said Tatum. Jayson Tatum, Boston Celtics Tatum will be the first NBA player to wear the Nike Adapt BB in an actual NBA game when the Boston Celtics play the Toronto Raptors in their upcoming match-up. The twenty year old forward has been known for wearing Kyrie Irving and Kobe Bryant signature sneakers but he already considers the Nike Adapt BB as his new favorite pair. “They’re now my favorite basketball shoe of all-time,” said Tatum with a smile. The Nike Adapt BB will be available in the Philippines in February at Nike Park Fort, Titan BGC and titan22.com at Php 17,495.00.  .....»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsJan 16th, 2019Related News

Harden eclipses Kobe s scoring streak as Rockets down Grizzlies

MANILA, Philippines – James Harden surpassed Kobe Bryant's record of consecutive 30-point games as the Houston Rockets thwarted the Memphis Grizzlies, 112-94, on Monday, January 14 (Tuesday, January 15, Philippine time).  The reigning Most Valuable Player scorched hot for 57 points for his 17th straight game, with at least 30 ........»»

Source: Rappler RapplerCategory: NewsJan 15th, 2019Related News

Thirdy, Kobe amazed at Sisters of Mary Cebu sports culture

MANILA, Philippines – Thirdy Ravena and Kobe Paras flew to Cebu to share 3x3 basketball and were treated to a rare sight of nuns swishing baskets Sunday, January 13, at the Sisters of Mary School Girlstown in Talisay, Cebu. After two days of promoting Chooks-to-Go and Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas' bid ........»»

Source: Rappler RapplerCategory: NewsJan 14th, 2019Related News

Sweet and unsweet 16 for James Harden on a wild night in Orlando

ORLANDO, Fla. --- James Harden had a game for the history books. That's good and bad. Harden scored 38 points Sunday night in Houston's 116-109 loss in Orlando, marking the 16th consecutive time that he's scored at least 30 or more points --- matching Kobe Bryant for the league's longest such streak since the NBA-ABA merger in 1976-77. But Harden also was 1 for 17 from 3-point range, tying the league's single-game record for most misses from beyond the arc. "They just didn't go in," Harden shrugged afterward. Damon Stoudamire was 5 for 21 from 3-point range for Portland against Golden State on April 15, 2005. Until Sunday, that was the only time a player had missed 16 ...Keep on reading: Sweet and unsweet 16 for James Harden on a wild night in Orlando.....»»

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

Sweet, and unsweet, 16 for Harden on a wild night in Orlando

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — James Harden had a game for the history books. That's good and bad. Harden scored 38 points Sunday night (Monday, PHL time) in Houston's 116-109 loss in Orlando, marking the 16th consecutive time that he's scored at least 30 or more points — matching Kobe Bryant for the league's longest such streak since the NBA-ABA merger in 1976-77. But Harden also was 1-for-17 from three-point range, tying the league's single-game record for most misses from beyond the arc. "They just didn't go in," Harden shrugged afterward. Damon Stoudamire was 5-for-21 from three-point range for Portland against Golden State on April 15, 2005. Until Sunday (Monday, PHL time), that was the only time a player had missed 16 three's in a game. The NBA's greatest shooters have had awful nights from three-point range — Dennis Scott once went 2-for-17, Ray Allen once went 1-for-14, Stephen Curry has an 0-for-11 game on his resume. Harden went 0-for-11 from deep in Game 5 of last year's Western Conference finals against Golden State, and has been 0-for-10 on three other occasions. Houston coach Mike D'Antoni didn't pin the loss on Harden's shooting. He blamed the Rockets' defense, and Harden concurred. "The problem is, you can't rely on him being superhuman every night," D'Antoni said. "We've got to have some contributions from other guys. I just thought they came in with a lack of focus, particularly on the defensive end." Bryant scored 30 or more in 16 straight games from Jan. 29 through Feb. 28, 2003. If Harden scores at least 30 in his next game — that should be Monday (Tuesday, PHL time) against Memphis, assuming he's in the Rockets' lineup — he would top that mark. The last time an NBA player had a longer streak than that was in the 1963-64 season, when Wilt Chamberlain had 20 straight games scoring 30 or more. "He's such a good scorer," Orlando's Nikola Vucevic said of Harden. "You have to stay aggressive but you can't foul him. He's going to score. You're not going to stop him. He has the ball so much and they run everything for him." Even on a night where he got almost nothing from deep to fall, Harden's scoring average rose. Harden is now averaging 34.2 points per game this season, which puts him on a very exclusive pace. In the last 40 seasons, only Michael Jordan (37.1 points in 1986-87 and 35.0 points in 1987-88) and Bryant (35.4 points in 2005-06) have finished with a higher average than Harden has now. Harden was 15-for-16 from the foul line Sunday (Monday, PHL time). He also finished with 12 assists and nine rebounds. "I thought we did a pretty good job on him," said Orlando's Evan Fournier, who shouldered much of the defensive load against Harden on Sunday night (Monday, PHL time). "And then I looked at the scoreboard and he had 38. He's just unbelievable.".....»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsJan 14th, 2019Related News

Fernandez, Paras, Ildefonso laud Fajardo for historic PBA feat

Fajardo has made it five straight. Since his “coming out party” in 2013 during the 2013 FIBA Asia Championships, the 6’10” native of Compostela, Cebu has bagged the award every year while winning six PBA championships with the Beermen......»»

Source: Philstar PhilstarCategory: NewsJan 14th, 2019Related News

Boystown Cebu breaks FIBA 3x3 record

With 1,380 kids signed up in the FIBA 3x3 Play app, the first of the two-day 3x3 basketball fiesta of Chooks-to-Go and the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas Saturday at the Sisters of Mary School Boystown in Minglanilla, Cebu was already a historic one. The feat erased the previous-FIBA record of 1,114 under-18 players. "We at Chooks-to-Go are really elated with the turnout. But this victory is not ours alone. It's the country's achievement," beamed Chooks-to-Go President Ronald Mascariñas, "I would like to express my heartfelt gratitude to the SBP and the sisters from SMS for making all of this possible." Aside from shattering world records, the event gave the Philippines much-needed federation points in FIBA 3x3 to hopefully qualify for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics where the sport will officially be a medal event. SBP executive director Sonny Barrios, Gilas Pilipinas team manager Butch Antonio and Batang Gilas team manager Andrew Teh were in full force for the historic day. "We're glad that we're making history with these young kids," said Barrios, "It's very overwhelming and heartwarming that we got into this partnership with Chooks-to-Go and the Sisters of Mary nuns para magawa natin ito ng sama-sama." College basketball stars Kobe Paras and Thirdy Ravena who are Chooks' main ambassadors of the sport played a pick-up game with some of Boystown's best 3x3 warriors. The basketball operations in all of the 50 half courts in Boystown were headed by SBP's Mark Solano, Ryan Betia, Xander Gubat, Region XIII director Jerry Abuyabor, and Boystown athletic director Van Parmis. But Boystown Cebu, SBP, and Chooks are not done yet. On Sunday, in Girlstown in Talisay, Cebu, they target to completely topple the FIBA record of most 3x3 players regardless of age which was set at 1,898 participants......»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsJan 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......»»

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Antonio Trillanes IV faces grave threat rap

Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV is up for arraignment in the grave threat case filed against him before a Pasay court for allegedly threatening to kill Labor Undersecretary Jacinto Paras......»»

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Cebu event attempts to break 3x3 world record

It's all systems go for Chooks-to-Go and the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas as they are set to break the world record for most number of participants in a FIBA 3x3 basketball tournament in Sisters of Mary School Boystown and Girlstown in Cebu this weekend. Currently, the FIBA-record for kids is at 1,114 participants while the overall record saw 1,898 players. For this two-day event, with 1,100 players from Boystown and 1,500 participants from Girlstown, the Philippines is well on its way to making history. More than breaking the world record, the vision of the event is to add federation points under Philippines' belt in the 3x3 stage. More points in the federation mean more chances of earning a spot in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics where 3x3 basketball will officially be a medal event. As of press time, the Philippines is at 55th place with 545,311 in the Federation Rankings. It has to be at least in the top eight to bolster their chances of qualification in the 2020 Olympics. But the possibility of breaking a record and qualifying for the Olympics is just a by-product, with the grander goal focused on building the foundation for the country's Olympic dream in 3x3 basketball. "With this event, we are hoping for two things," said Bounty Agro Ventures, Inc. president Ronald Mascariñas during the press conference for the event held at Bai Hotel in Cebu City. "One is to teach the sport of 3x3 basketball to these kids. Though it is just like indoor basketball, iba ang rules at skill sets needed for 3x3. And we are hoping to see that the kids of Boystown and Girlstown will grow up and be part of our league Chooks-to-Go Pilipinas 3x3," he shared. "More importantly, we hope that we could instill the importance of pride for country to these kids. With Kobe and Thirdy, both of whom have represented the country well, the participants tomorrow and on Sunday will find their role models in them," he added. Serving as mentors for the event are former 3x3 youth team players Kobe Paras and Thirdy Ravena. "We in the SBP continue to promote the time-tested values given by sports like hard work, respect for authority, following rules and regulations," added SBP executive director Sonny Barrios. "Lahat yun, if you expand and embrace it, the country, we think, will have a good future. It's our way of contributing to nation-building. The youth is the hope of the fatherland and we share this value with Chooks-to-Go.".....»»

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Thirdy and Kobe come home to 3x3

The 3x3 basketball court is home to almost every Filipino who grew up loving the game. This is a narrative that both Chooks-to-Go 3x3 ambassadors Thirdy Ravena and Kobe Paras share as they participate in Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas' attempt to set a world record this weekend in Cebu. Ravena, Paras, and the rest of over 2,000 Students of Sisters of Mary Boystown and Girlstown from Minglanilla and Talisay will simultaneously play 3x3 basketball over the weekend to break the initial record of 1,898 players. "It's truly an honor to be part of something historic," said Paras, "Growing up in 3x3, this brings a lot of memories for me." "Noong bata ako, three-on-three talaga ang nilalaro ko," added Ravena. The pair are set to spend time with the kinds in both campuses. While playing a full game is not set in stone for the two, they promised that they will make sure to make the students happy as they make history together. In addition to setting a world record, the two-day tournament will help the Philippines in racking up FIBA 3x3 federation points to help their bid for a 2020 Tokyo Olympics spot. 3x3 will officially be a medal event in the coming Olympics. This is a fact that both college stars are very thrilled to help with especially that they have both played in the international stage of 3x3. Paras won the gold in the Slam Dunk event in the 2015 FIBA 3x3 Under-18 Championship while Ravena had a chance to suit up in the 2013 FIBA Under-16 3x3 World Cup in Jakarta. "Now that it's a growing sport and an Olympic event, talagang dream come true ito for us," said Ravena......»»

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Trillanes will face grave threat charges filed by Paras

Senator Antonio Trillanes IV said he will face the case of grave threat filed against him in relation to his confrontation with Labor Undersecretary Jacinto “Jing” Paras last year. Trillanes will face grave threat charges filed by Paras Source link: Trillanes will face grave threat charges filed by Paras.....»»

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Trillanes in trouble anew

Senator Antonio Trillanes IV will be arraigned on 15 February over the grave threat complaint filed against him by Labor Undersecretary Jacinto Paras before the Pasay City Metropolitan Trial Court. Judge Joeven D. Dellosa directed Trillanes to appear before his sala on the said date for his plea and the holding of a preliminary conference […].....»»

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Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV is facing yet another case as a local prosecutor charged Trillanes with grave threat from a complaint filed by Labor Undersecretary Jing Paras......»»

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