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Durham s chase for PBA title doesn t end in 3rd heartbreak

MANILA, Philippines – The third time wasn't the charm for Meralco's Allen Durham. But the two-time Best Import will keep on chasing that elusive PBA title even after the Bolts got the boot from the Alaska Aces in 4 games of their best-of-five semifinals series in the 2018 PBA Governors' ........»»

Source: Rappler RapplerCategory: News11 hr. 53 min. ago Related News

Old School Power Rankings 2018-19: Weeks 3 and 4

By Scott Wraight, NBA.com It was bound to happen, right? The King was never, ever going to give up his throne to anyone else. Period. Because of that, we had to separate him from the rest of the field and give out a new ranking: ATHO (All To His Own). So unless something crazy happens during the season -- or an injury -- No. 1 will have an asterisk of sorts. Now that the chase has opened up for everyone else, it should make for an interesting and intriguing run to the finish line, asterisk be damned. Notes: - Statistics are through games of Nov. 15 (Nov. 16, PHL time) - Any player who turns 32 during regular season can be added to rankings. - Check out previous rankings - Send comments to my email. If it's good -- and clean -- it may appear in a future column. Be sure to include your first name and city. ATHO. LeBron James (33), Los Angeles Lakers Previous rank: 1 Latest stats: 6 games, 27.5 ppg, 7.0 rpg, 6.2 apg Season stats: 27.6 ppg, 7.9 rpg, 7.2 apg Wednesday's (Thursday, PHL time) 44-point performance against the Trail Blazers was the one. That was the one that pushed the King into his own tier, his own neighborhood, his own ranking. He just refuses to make it fair for everyone else. That's how good he is. In addition to Wednesday's (Thursday, PHL time) superior effort, James has gone for 25 or more in eight of the last 10. _______________________________________________________________ 1. Marc Gasol (33), Memphis Grizzlies Previous rank: 4 Latest stats: 7 games, 16.4 ppg, 8.9 rpg, 4.6 apg Season stats: 15.9 ppg, 8.5 rpg, 4.1 apg After eclipsing 15 points in just three of the first six, Gasol has surpassed the mark in four straight, which included Wednesday's (Thursday, PHL time) effort in which he tied a career high with six three's. Of course the splits over the last seven left us puzzled. In four wins, Gasol went for 21.0 ppg, 9.8 rpg and 52.2 3PT%. In three losses: 10.3 ppg, 7.7 rpg and 0-for-8 from deep. 2. Chris Paul (33), Houston Rockets Previous rank: 3 Latest stats: 8 games, 16.0 ppg, 4.9 rpg, 7.1 apg Season stats: 17.0 ppg, 5.2 rpg, 7.5 apg We were ready to move Paul to the top of the list until Thursday's (Friday, PHL time) effort: 10 points (4-for-10 shooting) and seven assists against the Warriors. In two previous games, Paul managed 21 and 26 on 15-for-25 shooting. Of course four previous contests saw him combine for just 39 points on 15-for-47 (31.9) shooting. It's been a bit of a roller coaster ride in November. 3. LaMarcus Aldridge (33), San Antonio Spurs Previous rank: 2 Latest stats: 7 games, 14.1 ppg, 12.9 rpg, 1.6 apg Season stats: 17.4 ppg, 11.0 rpg, 2.4 apg He's scoring at home while rebounding on the road. In three home games, Aldridge went for 21.0 ppg and 9.3 rpg. In four road games, he averaged 9.0 ppg and 15.5 rpg. Aldridge has been hot and cold this month, failing to score in double figures in two of seven and scoring 20 or more just twice. One consistent has been the board work, grabbing 10 or more in five straight. 4. JJ Redick (34), Philadelphia 76ers Previous rank: 7 Latest stats: 7 games, 17.9 ppg, 1.4 rpg, 3.7 apg Season stats: 18.2 ppg, 2.5 rpg, 3.5 apg Redick is feeling it of late, pouring in 20 or more points and hitting at least three three-pointers in three consecutive games. Coincidentally, he's started the last three games after beginning the season on the bench. We've also taken notice of Redick's volume of long-range shots, making 3.0 treys a game and attempting 8.3 -- both career highs. 5. Lou Williams (32), LA Clippers Previous rank: Just missed Latest stats: 6 games, 21.3 ppg, 2.7 rpg, 5.7 apg Season stats: 19.4 ppg, 2.4 rpg, 4.1 apg Hello there, newbie. Williams, who just turned 32 on Oct. 27, sprints up the list on the strength of five games with 20 or more points -- all while averaging less than 30 minutes (29.4) per game. In fact, the only game he didn't go for 20, he added 10 assists. Digging deeper, the last time Williams failed to break double-figure scoring was Nov. 20, 2017. 6. Kyle Lowry (32), Toronto Raptors Previous rank: 5 Latest stats: 6 games, 13.7 ppg, 4.3 rpg, 10.0 apg Season stats: 16.1 ppg, 4.2 rpg, 10.7 apg Lowry, who finally saw his streak of games with 10-plus assists end at nine, has been a bit of a road warrior over the last handful of games. In his last three home games, he averaged 9.3 points, 8.7 assists and 40.0 FG%. In three road games, Lowry managed 18.0 points, 11.3 assists and 46.3 FG%. 7.  Wesley Matthews (32), Dallas Mavericks Previous rank: 6 Latest stats: 5 games, 12.4 ppg, 2.6 rpg, 2.4 apg Season stats: 16.2 ppg, 2.6 rpg, 2.4 apg After starting the season with six straight double-figure scoring games, Matthews has gone for 10 or more in just three of the last seven. He missed one game with a hamstring injury and had to leave Wednesday's (Thursday, PHL time) game after just 21 minutes with the same injury, so that'll skew the numbers a bit, which is why he only fell one spot. 8.  Taj Gibson (33), Minnesota Timberwolves Previous rank: NA Latest stats: 7 games, 12.4 ppg, 7.6 rpg, 1.9 apg Season stats: 11.3 ppg, 7.1 rpg, 1.4 apg Gibson started the season sluggishly, failing to score more than 13 points in any of the first 10 games. Since then, the gritty veteran has gone for 15 or more in three of the last five. Also in those first 10 games, Gibson managed to snag nine or more boards just once. He's done that three times in the last five contests. 9.  Dwight Howard (32), Washington Wizards Previous rank: NA Latest stats: 7 games, 12.6 ppg, 9.0 rpg, 0.4 apg Season stats: 12.6 ppg, 9.0 rpg, 0.4 apg After missing the first seven games of the season with a back injury, Howard is starting to get into a groove. In addition to scoring in double figures in four straight, he has snatched eight or more rebounds in five of the last six. His return to the lineup might also be a reason the Wizards have started to turn things around, winning four of their last six. 10. Goran Dragic (32), Miami Heat Previous rank: 9 Latest stats: 4 games, 16.0 ppg, 3.8 rpg, 4.5 apg Season stats: 17.1 ppg, 3.5 rpg, 4.8 apg The theme song from Facts of Life keeps running through my head: "You take the good, you take the bad ..." That rings very true with Dragic, who in his four games had three with 20 or more points and one with a goose egg on 0-for-7 shooting. Now, we won't pile on since we realize he missed a pair of games with a knee injury. Just missed the cut: Paul Millsap, JJ Barea, Dwyane Wade, Al Horford, Jeff Green The views on this page do not necessarily reflect the views of the NBA, its clubs or Turner Broadcasting......»»

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Paul Lee in no mood to celebrate despite semis win: Job is not yet done

Game 4 provided the perfect opportunity for Paul Lee to bounce back from his crucial blunders in Magnolia's loss two days ago. In Game 3,Lee had a couple of late-game blunders against the Gin Kings, a turnover and a missed three in the final 30 or so seconds, paving way for Ginebra to extend the series to a fourth game. But when Lee stepped up to the line for two crucial freethrows, that107-103 loss was far from his mind. "Last game was over," said a stoic Lee in Filipino after he and the Hotshots vindicated themselves from that Game 3 loss with a 112-108 Game 4 win to eliminate Ginebra Friday at Ynares Center in Antipolo. Lee was able to right his past mistakes when his ...Keep on reading: Paul Lee in no mood to celebrate despite semis win: Job is not yet done.....»»

Source: Inquirer InquirerCategory: 21 hr. 40 min. ago Related News

Azkals scramble to 2nd win in Suzuki Cup

KUALA LUMPUR - The Philippines scrambled to a 3-2 victory over Timor Leste last Saturday night to inch closer to the semifinals of the AFF Suzuki Cup at KL Football Stadium here. Goals by Phil Younghusband, Martin Steuble and Carlie De Murga put the Azkals comfortably ahead, before the Timorese side struck twice late on to set the stage for a nervy finish. Azkas defender Paul Mulders conceded a penalty that Timor captain Nataniel Reis duly converted past Michael Falkesgaard, before Joao Pedro completed a swift counterattack to trim the gap to a single goal. It was the Azkals' second straight win in Group B, putting them level with Thailand on six points, although the defendi...Keep on reading: Azkals scramble to 2nd win in Suzuki Cup.....»»

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PBA: Lee after winning Manila Clasico: 'Di pa rin kami champion'

Magnolia finally won Manila Clasico. The Hotshots took down two-time Brgy. Ginebra in the 2018 PBA Governors' Cup semfinals, completing a 3-1 series win Friday. While that's great and all, Magnolia has only accomplished half of its goal. The Hotshots want a championship and they need four more wins. Eliminating the defending two-time champions won't mean much if they don't take the title for themselves. "We beat the defending champion pero di pa rin kami champion," guard Paul Lee said. "Kailangan namin talunin pa rin kung sino mananalo sa kabila," he added. Alaska currently leads Meralco in the other semfinals series, 2-1. The Hotshots will start the Finals against either of the two teams on December 5 at the MOA Arena. "Job ain't finished pa rin," Lee said. "Malaki chance naman pero chance lang yun eh. Hindi ka naman mananalo ng championship ng basta-basta. Laging sinasabi ni kuya Pin [Marc Pingris] na kung gusto niyo manalo ng championship, kunin niyo," he added.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsNov 17th, 2018Related News

Hotshots march to finals, end Kings’ reign

Forty-eight hours from his worst game, Romeo Travis turned in his best, exploding for 50 big points before Jio Jalalon and Paul Lee helped with key charities at the finish as Magnolia repulsed Barangay Ginebra, 112-108, to advance to the PBA Governors Cup Finals at the Ynares Sports Center in Antipolo last night......»»

Source: Philstar PhilstarCategory: NewsNov 16th, 2018Related News

MPBL: Zamboanga comes from behind to frustrate Caloocan

Zamboanga shackled Caloocan in the last seven minutes as the Valientes were able to hold their rivals without a field goal on their way to a 72-67 come from behind triumph in the 2018 Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League Datu Cup at the Strike Gymnasium in Bacoor. Trailing by seven, 62-55, after Rene Pacquiao scored on a lay up in the 7:08 mark of the final period, the Valientes then worked double time on the defensive end and shut down the Supremos. In between the stops made by Zamboanga, Reed Juntilla caught fire to complete the team’s comeback. The former Barako Bull player nearly single handedly outscored the Supremos  in the entire fourth period as he knocked in 13 of his 18 points. The Supremos could only come up with 13 markers in the fourth and all of their points in the last seven minutes came via free throws before Paul Sanga hit a buzzer-beating triple at the end of regulation for the final tally. With the win, Zamboanga got back on the winning track, picking up its sixth win in 13 games and moving up to the eighth spot of the southern division of this tournament.  The Supremos absorbed their first back-to-back losses since acquiring Almond Vosotros, the tournament’s leading scorer, who was just held to only eight points. They picked up their 10th loss in 14 games to stay at 11th spot. Parañaque survived Imus in a thrilling finish, 82-81, to move up to fifth spot in the southern division. Mac Montilla hit a backbreaking trey while Robin Roño played a career game and made the crucial free throws that ensured for the Patriots their eighth win in 15 games. Montilla’s triple in the 1:48 mark of regulation shoved the Patriots ahead, 80-76. After both teams traded unproductive thrusts, Gab Banal finally stopped the bleeding with a drive to the basket that put the Strikers within a basket. Forced to give up a foul, the Strikers sent Roño, who hit two free throws in the last 19 seconds, but Bacoor refused to quit as Mark Montuano knocked in a triple from deep right, putting his team within striking distance, 82-81, with six seconds to go. Off an inbound play, Montuano forced an error on Roño, who lost control of the ball at the baseline, allowing Bacoor to map up a final play.   Banal, who was playing steadily all game long, turned from hero to goat as he drove to the basket, but decided to pass it out at the last second as time expired......»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsNov 16th, 2018Related News

Alaska s Mike Harris all respect for Meralco s Reynel Hugnatan

MANILA, Philippines – Mike Harris engaged in an intense battle with Allen Durham as Alaska moved one win away from the 2018 PBA Governors' Cup finals, but it wasn't just the Meralco import who earned his respect.  Harris tipped his hat to the Bolts' Reynel Hugnatan after the 40-year-old veteran ........»»

Source: Rappler RapplerCategory: NewsNov 16th, 2018Related News

Alaska takes 2-1 lead over Meralco in PBA Governors’ Cup semis

Alaska moved within a win of a finals berth after withstanding Meralco, 104-102, Thursday in Game 3 of a thrilling PBA Governors' Cup semifinals series at Cuneta Astrodome. The Aces have now won two straight to pull ahead in the five-game showdown after the Bolts took the semis opener last Sunday. Mike Harris had another monster game for Alaska, unleashing 31 points, 24 rebounds and seven assists and. And it was Harris who knocked down the defining shots for the Aces in the clutch, first scoring on a three-point play off of his own missed three-pointer to put Alaska 103-100 with 16.1 seconds left. Allen Durham responded with a quick layup with 11 seconds remaining in the...Keep on reading: Alaska takes 2-1 lead over Meralco in PBA Governors’ Cup semis.....»»

Source: Inquirer InquirerCategory: Nov 15th, 2018Related News

Harris gets last laugh vs Durham as Alaska nears finals

MANILA, Philippines – In a dramatic head-to-head battle between two of the PBA's best imports, Alaska's Mike Harris had the last laugh over Meralco's Allen Durham to propel his team on the cusp of reaching the finals.  Harris delivered a near triple-double outing as the Aces eked out a ........»»

Source: Rappler RapplerCategory: NewsNov 15th, 2018Related News

Jett Manuel proud of his boys as UP finally makes UAAP Final Four

Although not being able to personally bring the UP Fighting Maroons to the UAAP Final Four, Jett Manuel was just as happy as he learned of his team's feat. The boys from Diliman have made the postseason for the very first time since 1997, when they were led by the late Bryan Gahol, Joseph "Ogie" Gumatay, and Paolo Mendoza.  Since then, the squad has experienced heartbreak for the next two decades, including a few winless seasons. Manuel, who donned the maroon and white from 2010-16 was not spared from UP's mediocrity, compiling an overall 10-60 record in his five-year playing career, including two 0-14 seasons and the infamous UAAP Season 77 bonfire back in 2014, which celebrated their only win of the campaign. The former team captain admitted that he was following the game while his team, Ginebra, was at shootaround at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum, trying to keep their season alive, facing archrivals Magnolia in Game 4 of the 2018 PBA Governors' Cup semifinals. "Well, I was secretly following the game throughout my pre-game preparation. Di nga ako nag-pre-game shooting para mapanood ko yung game," Manuel shared. UP was already up by 23 when the opening jump took place for Game 3, so Manuel had a good feeling his alma mater had made it and never knew the actual final results until much later. Despite not leaving the bench the entirety of the game, Manuel went home a happy man as the Fighting Maroons downed the DLSU Green Archers, 97-81, while Ginebra forced a Game 4, 107-103. "I’m sad na I wasn’t there in person, but at least I got the win here today." But before some of his former teammates, now the veterans of the squad entered the hardwood, Manuel relayed a good luck message for the team, who were playing at the Mall of Asia Arena. "I spoke to Paul [Desiderio], I spoke to Diego [Dario], to Gelo [Vito] this morning, just telling them good luck, and yung usual ano, I mean, I’m always there for them. I’m just really happy for them. Yun lang talaga." The licensed engineer also shared how he expected that one day his teammates will bear the fruit of his squad's labor, an accomplishment the UP community has eagerly waited for a very long time. "Me personally, leaving UP with that goal na I wanted to leave something behind, leave a culture behind and try to start something, which will eventually lead to this." However, Manuel felt mixed emotions that UP's victory came at the expense of the Green Archers, where his younger brother, Joaqui plays for as a rookie. "...50-50 yung puso ko eh. I’m Maroon-blooded as well as a Manuel. So at the expense of my brother, yeah, I feel sad, but I’m more happy now that finally, finally [UP made it]." __   Follow this writer on Twitter, @philipptionary......»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsNov 15th, 2018Related News

HOAX: US Senator Richard Black calls Duterte a ‘druglord’

Claim: US Senator Richard Black from Virginia supposedly criticized Filipinos for electing President Rodrigo Duterte, whom he called a “very powerful druglord.” Facebook user Paul John posted the claim to group “Freedom Wall (original)" on November 8. The full quote, as placed in a meme graphic with a ........»»

Source: Rappler RapplerCategory: NewsNov 15th, 2018Related News

Juan GDL guaranteed all of this even before UAAP 81

Safe to say, along with ice, Juan Gomez de Liano has confidence running through his veins. That is exactly why the University of the Philippines’ second-year stud had a promise to his fans even before the beginning of UAAP Season 81. “I could say the Final Four is a sure spot for us,” he said then. After a 3-5 record in the first eight games, that looked like a farfetched idea for the Fighting Maroons. But then, something just clicked and they wound up their campaign by winning five of the last six games. For Juan GDL, neither he nor his teammates ever stopped believing. “I knew it was coming. I actually thought na last year pa nga dapat sana, but we fell short,” he said. He then continued, “I promised ever since offseason na we’re gonna make the Final Four. Here we are.” Indeed, with a convincing victory versus De La Salle University, State U booked a ticket into the Final Four for the first time since 1997. And they got it just the way team captain Paul Desiderio wanted them to – “16 Strong.” In the end, Juan GDL had 27 points, four assists, and three rebounds while kuya Javi had his own 19 markers built on five triples. MVP frontrunner Bright Akhuetie posted another double-double of 16 points and 20 rebounds while Desiderio chipped in 10 markers, four rebounds, four assists, and two steals. “We just stayed together as one unit. We never gave up even though there were a lot of struggles and ups and downs,” Juan GDL said. “We just stayed together and that was the most important thing.” --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsNov 14th, 2018Related News

UAAP: Paul Desiderio, the captain who brought UP back to the Final Four

In University of the Philippines' historic Final Four-clinching victory, Paul Desiderio was lit. Atin ‘To Papasok ‘To pic.twitter.com/LhhwhQGX4M — Mico Halili (@micohalili) November 14, 2018 👀 #AtinToPapasokTo pic.twitter.com/kwwtVFjMce — ABS-CBN Sports (@abscbnsports) November 14, 2018 Funny to think that months before UAAP Season 81, UP almost didn't have this man. After Desiderio's spectacular Season 80 filled with buzzer-beaters and iconic mantras, the temptation of foregoing his fifth year and immediately entering the professional ranks was strong. But then, he sacrificed his good numbers and decided to go for his one last #UPFight. "Nag-sacrifice ako noon sa last year ko. Yun nga pinagisipan ko kung babalik ako o hinde. My personal goal, sinakripisyo ko para sa team," he said referring to his lifelong PBA dream. "Pero worth it naman. Kaya sobrang saya," Desiderio said moments after their 97-81 victory over De La Salle University. The road to Final Four of UP was not a smooth ride. Their first round campaign which ended at a 3-4 slate casted doubts on their chances. "Mayroong doubts din noon, pero yun nga, dapat labanan namin ngayon," said the Cebuano standout. But as the season progressed, the Fighting Maroons peaked. It was a spectacular sight for Desiderio. They were crushing a Final Four contender. Their supporters were abounding. The chants were deafening. During the dying moments of the match, Desiderio can't help but rush to his mentor Coach Bo Perasol. With a huge smile on his face, he hugged Perasol so tightly. "Coach Bo parang tatay ko yan. May times nga na nagaaway kami, di naman nag aaway pero di kami nagkakaintindihan tapos may times na kalagitnaan ng season lagi kami nagusap anong gagawin namin so yun, naging successful yung plano namin," he said. From being part of the team as early as the winless days of Season 76, Desiderio is now the captain of the third-seeded team in Season 81. "Syempre napakasarap na start ako ng 0-14, tapos ngayon Final Four may chance pa mag Finals. May chance pang mag champion kung ganun, so buhay pa kami. Buhay pa ang UP," he said. Truly, Desiderio's decision to stay for UP is worth it. --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @the9cruz.....»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsNov 14th, 2018Related News

PBA: Brownlee after saving Ginebra again: 'We ll be all right'

Justin Brownlee was the personification of the "Never Say Die" attitude Wednesday for Game 3 of the 2018 PBA Governors' Cup semifinals. Ginebra's super import scored a career-high tying 46 points, 18 in a pivotal third quarter run, to will the two-time champion Gin Kings back from the dead in Manila Clasico. Brownlee almost single-handedly brought Ginebra back from an 18-point second half deficit and the Gin Kings' bid for a three-peat is still going. "I don't know man," Brownlee said, almost in disbelief of his own superhuman effort to save the series for Ginebra. "That's Never Say Die attitude. The fans, they got into the game and they gave us a boost of energy. We just wanted to keep it going, it's fortunate that we got the win, that's the most important thing," he added. Thins were not looking pretty for Ginebra at halftime. Mark Barroca scored 12 points to spark a late rally for Magnolia late in the second period and the Hotshots took full control of the game. Brownlee was the only one keeping Ginebra at that point, scoring 19 at the break. At the end of the third period and another 18 points later, he brought Ginebra back. To cap it all off, it appeared that Brownlee had a hand in Paul Lee's game-winning triple for the Hotshots. "We just find out if we stick together and stay positive," Brownlee said. "I think, we'll be all right. We'll overcome any adversity we have," he added.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsNov 14th, 2018Related News

Tenorio, Brownlee push Ginebra past Magnolia to avoid PBA semis sweep

LA Tenorio made the game-winning basket while Justin Brownlee matched his career-high and reigning two-time champion Barangay Ginebra escaped Magnolia, 107-103, in Game 3 to stay alive in their 2018 PBA Governors' Cup semifinals series Wednesday night at Smart Araneta Coliseum. Tenorio hit a floater that put the Gin Kings in front for good, 105-103, with 14.9 seconds left before the Hotshots failed to score on the other end after Paul Lee's deep 3-pointer hardly hit the front of the rim. Brownlee led the Kings' comeback from 18 points down in the third quarter en route to a 46-point night on top of 19 rebounds and three blocks while Tenorio unleashed 11 of his 14 points in the four...Keep on reading: Tenorio, Brownlee push Ginebra past Magnolia to avoid PBA semis sweep.....»»

Source: Inquirer InquirerCategory: Nov 14th, 2018Related News

Jamie Dornan hints at a musical project

LOS ANGELES---Jamie Dornan was pretending to be embarrassed. With a smile, he was turning his back halfway on me. I had just told him that I recently heard again his short version of Paul McCartney's "Maybe I'm Amazed" from the "Fifty Shades Freed" soundtrack. I said he has a good voice.   I also told the actor that I Googled him as a singer and got to watch him croon "Fairytale" in a video back when he had a folk band named Sons of Jim with his friend David Alexander and his acting career hasn't taken off yet.   "Don't make me sing that song now," he said with a laugh. Wearing a gray wool sweater with sleeves rolled up and dark pants, the Irish actor sat amid t...Keep on reading: Jamie Dornan hints at a musical project.....»»

Source: Inquirer InquirerCategory: Nov 14th, 2018Related News

PBA: Aces survive Bolts late game scare to tie series, 1-1

Alaska weathered Meralco’s comeback scare to escape with a 100-95 Game 2 win to knot the the best-of-five 2018 PBA Governors’ Cup semifinals series Tuesday night at the MOA Arena. The Aces leaned on the steady hands of JVee Casio inside the last 18.5 seconds of the match to put the game away while Simon Enciso, who waxed-hot in the first half, sealed the win from the line and snap the Bolts' seven-game winning streak.    Game 3 is on Thursday at the Cuneta Astrodome. Mike Harris was a workhorse for the Aces as the reinforcement poured in 37 points on 13-of-21 field goal shooting while hauling down 19 rebounds. Enciso scored 23 points while Chris Banchero flirted with a triple double with 13 markers, 11 rebounds and eight assists for Alaska, which missed only one free throw of its 21 attempts. "A heck of a win. I'm just happy to win. Now we got a best-of-three," said Aces head coach Alex Compton, whose squad rebounded from a 97-92 Game 1 setback.      Allen Durham brought down a once 20-point Bolts deficit to only seven points, 86-79, with just 3:44 left on a lay-in. Mike Harris brought it back to nine, 90-81, with a floater before Chris Newsome completed a three-point play followed by a dagger three-pointer by Baser Amer to breathe down the Aces’ necks, 90-87, with 1:52 left. Newsome was called for a goaltending on the next play, Amer split his free throws before Durham slammed it home to close the gap, 92-90, with 50 ticks left. Harris sank a jumper to put Alaska up by four but Durham quickly answered with a basket off a timeout for a 94-92 count with 28 seconds remaining.         Meralco was forced to give up a foul and sent Alaska’s steady free throw shooter Casio on the line. But Newsome uncorked a corner pocket triple to cut the Bolts’ deficit to 96-95. Casio added two free throws to put the Aces lead back to three with seven seconds left. Amer heaved a long three before Enciso put the icing on the cake from the line.    Picking up from where they left off in the first 24 minutes of action, the Aces went on a tear to open the third period as they opened a 66-46 gap with 4:31 left off a Vic Manuel split from the stripe. Enciso led Alaska’s locals in the first half, scoring 13 points including a step-back jumper over the outstretched hands of Anjo Caram that gave the Aces a 47-40 cushion at the half. Enciso shot five-of-7 from the field including three from beyond the rainbow arc for the Aces, which in the first half shot 20-of-41 from the field compared and forced Meralco to commit 11 turnovers that Alaska converted to 19 markers. Alaska sparked a 13-4 blitz in the last five minutes of the second quarter after trailing, 34-36, with 5:56 left.   The scores:  Alaska (100) -- Harris 37, Enciso 23, Banchero 13, Manuel 7, Baclao 6, Racal 5, Casio 4, Exciminiano 3, Teng 2, Thoss 0. Meralco (95) -- Durham 24, Salva 20, Amer 14, Hugnatan 12, Tolomia 10, Newsome 6, Caram 4, Canaleta 3, Faundo 2, Dillinger 0, Ballesteros 0. Quarters: 23-21, 47-40, 74-60, 100-95.    --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles.....»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsNov 13th, 2018Related News

Sotto welcomes physicality, ready to fight for slot

Kai Sotto may be the youngest among the 20-man Team Pilipinas pool but the Ateneo de Manila University high school center knows that his ‘kuyas’ won’t go easy on him. The towering 16-year old cager boldly said that he welcomes the challenge of going up against experienced pros. Even if it means absorbing the physical nature of their game. “Sana ibigay nila ang lahat nila,” said the lanky 7-foot-1 Sotto. “Dahil siyempre kaya naman ako nandito para maramdaman ‘yung mga bagay na yun. Para ma-experience din kung paano talaga maglaro ‘yung players sa ganitong klaseng level.”      Sotto was one of the 12 players who attended the first practice session of Team Pilipinas, which is preparing for the two home games against Kazakhstan and Iran in the fifth window of the 2019 World Cup Asia Qualifiers. “Sobrang happy and sobrang excited ko na mag-practice rito and makilala yung mga teammates ko rito and looking forward na maraming matutunan sa kanila,” said Sotto, who already donned the national colors under the Batang Gilas banner. Sotto was joined another young player in University of the Philippines Ricci Rivero. Also in attendance were Talk ‘N Text’s Jayson Castro and Troy Rosario, San Miguel Beer’s June Mar Fajardo, Alex Cabagnot, Marcio Lassiter and Arwind Santos, Rain or Shine’s Beau Belga and Gabe Norwood, Phoenix’s Matthew Wright and Blackwater’s Poy Erram. Included in the pool are Barangay Ginebra’s Greg Slaughter, Japeth Aguilar, LA Tenorio and Scottie Thompson and Magnolia’s Ian Sangalang and Paul Lee. The six though skipped practice with their teams clashing in the PBA Governors’ Cup semifinals Game 2.    SMB’s Christian Standhardinger and NorthPort’s Stanley Pringle have yet to arrive for practice as of posting time. Head coach Yeng Guiao said that Sotto and Rivero have the same equal chance as the pros to secure a spot in the final 12-man lineup. “Meron, meron (chance). Actually, the reason they’re here is they’re one of the guys with the opportunity to fight for a slot in the 12-man lineup,” said Guiao. “So kahit na sabihin natin na ang basic purpose natin is for their development, who knows?” “Hindi natin alam baka magpakita sila,” he added. “So I’m not discounting that possibility. It might be a little bit remote but it’s still a possibility.” For Sotto, getting a call up for the pool is already an honor. Whatever the decision of Guiao come the final cut, the experience will definitely improve Sotto’s game for the future.   “Dream ko na makasama sa talagang team and itong pagsama sa pool. Pero kahit ano man ang kalabasan positive lang ako dahil kahit papaano 16 pa lang naman ako,” said Sotto. “Kahit anong mangyari dito alam ko naman na magandang bagay yun para sa akin. Mag-pray lang ako na kahit anong mangyari magiging successful itong Team Pilipinas.”   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles.....»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsNov 12th, 2018Related News

Harden powers Rockets to first home win as Melo situation gets sorted out

LOS ANGELES, USA – James Harden drained 8 three-pointers en route to a season-high 40 points as the Houston Rockets won their first home game with a 115-103 victory over the Indiana Pacers. Harden added 9 assists and 7 rebounds and Chris Paul tallied 26 points for the Rockets, who had ........»»

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