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PBA: Northport barges into playoffs after stopping Ginebra

Northport has clinched its spot in the 2019 PBA Governors’ Cup playoffs. The Batang Pier survived Barangay Ginebra Sunday at the Big Dome, grinding out a 98-96 win. Northport did enough to hold off the Gin Kings and Jeff Chan’s wild attempt for the win with 0.8 seconds to go allowed the Batang Pier to move on. At 5-6, Northport will either be a no. 7 or no. 8 seed but regardless of seeding, the Batang Pier are in the playoffs for the third straight time this season. Ginebra’s final standing is 7-4 but the Gin Kings’ seeding and playoff match-up is not set just yet. The only sure thing for the barangay is the twice-to-beat edge the team clinched earlier this week. Import Michael Qualls was all over for Norhtport, finishing with 30 points, 13 rebounds, five assists, three steals, and two blocks. Sean Anthony had 18 points and Christian Standhardinger had a 17-point, 11-rebound double-double for the Batang Pier. The Gin Kings got 31 points from Justin Brownlee in a losing effort.   — Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

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PBA: Anthony, Batang Pier enter playoffs strong

Northport did it the hard way, but they did it anyway. The Batang Pier are through to the playoffs of the 2019 PBA Governors’ Cup, with back-to-back wins over NLEX and Ginebra. Northport somehow got in despite ending its elimination round schedule against two of the top four teams in the conference. The Batang Pier will be either no. 7 or no. 8 when the quarterfinals start next week. “It’s a tough win. We had to do it the hard way, beating two top teams,” veteran forward Sean Anthony said. “Credit to all the guys, we played great team basketball defensively and moving the ball,” he added. The Batang Pier always seem to get all the bad breaks but despite everything, the team is in the playoffs for the third straight time this season. Looking for a breakthrough semifinals, Northport hopes things are coming together well enough now in order to advance. “There’s a lot of ups and downs in a season. There were injuries, I was out then Bolick got out. New import and some trades with new players. We’re finally figuring each other out and everyone’s kinda healthy now so we’re kinda hitting our stride at the right time,” Anthony said. “We look forward to going into the playoffs with rhythm with back-to-back wins against great teams. Hopefully we’re peaking at the right time now and that’s going to be good,” he added.   — Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

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NorthPort survives Barangay Ginebra to nail playoff berth

MANILA, Philippines – NorthPort punched one of the last two quarterfinal tickets in the 2019 PBA Governors' Cup with a 98-96 win over Barangay Ginebra at the Araneta Coliseum on Sunday, November 17.  Import Michael Qualls shone on both ends with 30 points, 13 rebounds, 5 assists, 3 steals, and ........»»

Source: Rappler RapplerCategory: NewsNov 17th, 2019Related News

NCAA 95: Ginebra’s Tenorio believes Knights have shot at title despite Game 2 collapse

Despite blowing a golden opportunity to take the NCAA Season 95 championship in Game 2 of the Finals Friday, LA Tenorio believes that the Letran Knights still have a good shot at winning the whole thing as the series shifts to a deciding Game 3 next week. Tenorio, a former San Beda High School star and current assistant coach for Letran, missed Game 2 as his Barangay Ginebra team played Columbian in a crucial game in the 2019 PBA Governors’ Cup. After the Gin Kings wrapped up the victory, which allowed them to take a twice-to-beat edge in the quarterfinals, LA talked about the Knights, which were a lay-up away from sweeping San Beda for the title. “Sayang,” Tenorio said. “Kaya naman importante talaga manalo ng first game, I expected San Beda to come out a different team. Nilabas nila yung tunay sa San Beda,” he added. True enough, the champion Red Lions started the game on a 15-0 run and was up 18-3 early. But the Knights responded with a 31-point third quarter and even led by as many as seven points in the fourth. “I’m happy lang about our team, we didn’t give up,” Tenorio said. “I think malaki pa rin chance namin to get this championship. We just have to keep the game close. Mahirap labanan San Beda pag nalamangan ka na,” he added.   — Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

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

PBA: Chan finding his range for Ginebra as Gin Kings gear up for playoffs

Jeff Chan is slowly finding his range consistently for Barangay Ginebra. The veteran sniper was on target for the Gin Kings Friday, firing four out of six triples for 20 points. Chan was one of three 20-point scorers for the Gin Kings as Ginebra clinched a twice-to-beat edge in the 2019 Governors’ Cup quarterfinals with a win over Columbian. “Nice to see Jeff out there, knocking shots down. It’s really fun to watch him shoot,” head coach Tim Cone said. “When he gets going, he really gets it going,” Cone added. Chan, who has battled injuries in his time with Ginebra, hopes to be consistent as the Gin Kings gear up for a playoff run. With a game to spare before the playoffs, getting ready for the next round will be key for Chan and the Gin Kings. “Ayaw namain na maging relaxed going to the playoffs, syempre kailangan mo sa playoffs kumpiyansa mo mataas,” Chan said. “Hopefully lang maging consistent, para makatulong going to the playoffs,” he added.   — Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

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

Barangay Ginebra seals playoff bonus with romp of Columbian

MANILA, Philippines – Barangay Ginebra banked on a fiery fourth-quarter surge to rip Columbian, 113-90, and notch the playoff bonus in the 2019 PBA Governors' Cup at the Araneta Coliseum on Friday, November 15. Squandering a 19-point lead in the first 3 quarters, the Gin Kings pulled away for good ........»»

Source: Rappler RapplerCategory: NewsNov 16th, 2019Related News

Cone laments heavy traffic, barely makes tip-off

MANILA, Philippines – Tim Cone rued the heavy traffic as he failed to give a pregame talk for the first time in his decades-long PBA coaching career.  The winningest PBA mentor came in late for Barangay Ginebra in its Governors' Cup duel against Columbian on Friday, November 15, after spending ........»»

Source: Rappler RapplerCategory: NewsNov 16th, 2019Related News

PBA: Gin Kings clinch playoff bonus with big win over Dyip

Barangay Ginebra has clinched a twice-to-beat advantage for the 2019 PBA Governors’ Cup quarterfinals. The Gin Kings turned it up late and pummeled Columbian Dyip Friday at the Big Dome, scoring a 113-90 win. After Columbian came roaring back to make it a game in the third quarter, the Gin Kings answered in kind in the fourth, dominating the rest of the way to to notch their seventh win. At 7-3, Ginebra keeps fourth place in the standings and is still in play for a top-3 finish. Meanwhile, the Dyip dropped out of the top-8 with a third straight loss. Columbian finish the conference with a 4-7 record and are currently in 9th place. Ginebra had three 20-point scorers led by Justin Brownlee's 26. JB also had nine rebounds and nine assists for almost another triple-double. Jeff Chan and Stanley Pringle added 20 each for the Gin Kings while Japeth Aguilar was good for 19 points. Columbian got 34 points and 22 rebounds from import Khapri Alston in a losing effort.   The Scores: Barangay Ginebra (113) -- Brownlee 26, Pringle 20, Chan 20, Aguilar J. 19, Dela Cruz 16, Thompson 4, Caperal 4, Tenorio 2, Mariano 2, Dillinger 0, Sargent 0, Teodoro 0, Aguilar R. 0, Devance 0, Caguioa 0. Columbian (90) -- Alston 34, Perez 19, McCarthy 12, Tiongson 11, Camson 6, Corpuz 4, Gabriel 2, Agovida 2, Celda 0, Reyes 0, Cahilig 0, Khobuntin 0. Quarters: 28-18, 58-44, 82-78, 113-90.   — Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

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

PBA: Caram’s career game earns him Player of the Week

Anjo Caram’s career game in the PBA couldn’t have come at a better time for Meralco. The wily guard came through with a career-high 30 points in the Bolts’ 103-89 win over NorthPort Batang Pier that solidified their bid to finish as the no. 1 seeded team heading to the playoffs of the Governors Cup. Coach Norman Black described Caram’s performance as ‘awesome’ after going 11-of-15 from the field, including 4-of-6 from three-point range. He scored 16 points in the fourth quarter alone to match his previous career-best of 16. “He really gave us a big lift and pretty much guided us to the victory,” said Black of his prized-guard out of San Beda. “So I gave him a lot of credit for leading the team. He knew going to the game that Baser (Amer) was not 100 percent and Anjo came and really stepped up and made big shots for us.” Not to be denied, Caram emerged as the PBA Press Corps-Cignal Player of the Week for the period (Nov. 4-10). The 28-year-old pride of Iloilo City did the feat by becoming the shortest PBA player at 5-foot-6 to score 30 points in a game as per league chief statistician Fidel Mangonon III. Caram’s offensive explosion helped the Bolts keep their winning streak at five and improved at 8-2 overall for a tie with NLEX on top of the standings with a week to go before the end of the eliminations. The Meralco guard won the weekly citation over NLEX’s Jericho Cruz, who also received a vote for scoring the game-winning basket as the Road Warriors rallied from 26-points down to nip defending champion Magnolia, 86-85. Other players considered for the honor were Caram’s Meralco teammates Raymond Almazan and Chris Newsome, Japeth Aguilar of Barangay Ginebra, Rain or Shine’s Javee Mocon, JR Quinahan of NLEX, the San Miguel Beer duo of June Mar Fajardo and Arwind Santos, along with Magnolia’s Ian Sangalang and Paul Lee......»»

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

NorthPorth ends skid with big win over NLEX

JONAS TERRADO Games Friday (Smart Araneta Coliseum) 4:30 p.m. – Phoenix Pulse vs Blackwater 7 p.m. – Ginebra vs Columbian   NorthPort put a halt to NLEX’s five-game unbeaten run after coming from behind to pull off a 102-94 victory and boost its playoff aspirations in the PBA Governors’ Cup at the Smart Araneta Coliseum. […].....»»

Source: Tempo TempoCategory: NewsNov 13th, 2019Related News

NCAA 95: Coach Bonnie downed San Beda with a little help from his friends

Colegio de San Juan de Letran had gone winless against San Beda University since 2015. That all came to a close, Tuesday at MOA Arena, as the Knights upended the erstwhile undefeated Red Lions. The last time the Intramuros-based squad had triumphed over their archrivals was in Game 3 of the NCAA 91 Men's Basketball Tournament. In Seasons 92 to 94, they then lost all six of their meetings and in Season 95, suffered two more setbacks in the elimination round. On the biggest stage and under the brightest lights, however, Letran came through and pulled off a shocker. And so, the Knights drew first blood in the best-of-three Finals and, most impressively, dealt San Beda its first defeat in the tournament. The man with the plan for that? First-year head coach Bonnie Tan. Of course, the veteran mentor wasn't alone and in fact, had quite a collection of brilliant minds behind him. "Ang laking tulong nun kasi 'di naman ako nahihiyang sabihing this is our first time in the Finals kaya to get some encouraging words and pointers from legends and (former) players for a championship game like this was big," he said. Part of coach Bonnie's staff are Ginebra point guard LA Tenorio as well as seasoned lieutenants Rensy Bajar, Lou Gatumbato, and Raymond Tiongco. Even more were behind the blue and white bench as NorthPort head coach Pido Jarencio and assistant Jeff Napa were also seen sharing their mind with players during timeouts. And alongside Jarencio and Napa? Well, Letran special assistant to the rector for sports development and San Miguel Corporation sports director Alfrancis Chua, NorthPort team manager Erick Arejola, Columbian governor Bobby Rosales and head coach Johnedel Cardel, and Magnolia governor Rene Pardo. Coach Bonnie, ever humble, had nothing but thanks for all those brilliant minds at his back. "In business, you need partners to be successful and in sports naman, we need friends lalo na yung mga may alam kung paano manalo," he said. He then continued, "Friends ko yan lahat so welcome sila - brainstorm and synergy kami. I'm happy that they're supporting the team and supporting me sa pinasukan ko." Still, the Knights' mentor reminded everybody that their job is far from finished. "'Di pa rin tapos 'to. Although we have the momentum, sana 'di na pakawalan ng players," he said. He then continued, "Sila naman naglalaro so kung gusto nila, kunin nila. We're here to guide and motivate them lang - the rest is up to them." --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsNov 12th, 2019Related News

PBA: KaTropa sorely miss Castro after losing another game

TNT is most definitely feeling the absence of Jayson Castro. In basically two games without their star point guard, the KaTropa have lost both games. TNT won seven straight with Castro leading the attack. As such, the KaTropa have lost grip of first place in the 2019 PBA Governors’ Cup, dropping to 7-2 for a share of second place with sister team Meralco. “Malaking bagay talaga, lalo na pagdating sa mga crunch time na ganun, dun mo mami-miss si kuya Jayson,” guard RR Pogoy said after TNT lost by three points to Ginebra Friday. “Pero ganun talaga eh, di naman natin control yan na ma-injure siya,” he added. Outy with a strained muscle, Castro is expected to return to TNT in time for the playoffs. The KaTropa clinched their spot weeks ago, and the only question now is what seed TNT is. If the playoffs start tomorrow, the flagship MVP team is still the no. 2 seed. With two games left in the elimination round, the KaTropa will need to recalibrate to maximize the current pieces they have available. “I think it’s just the guys’ understanding, the shots they’re going to get. That all changed [with Castro’s injury],” active consultant Mark Dickel said. “We desperately need his presence out there and it’s not easy for the other guys when they’ve been used to playing a certain role and now you’re asked to play a different role,” Dickel added.   — Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsNov 9th, 2019Related News

Slaughter out with dislocated finger as Barangay Ginebra hopes for fast return

MANILA, Philippines – It is uncertain when Greg Slaughter will be suiting up for Barangay Ginebra again after suffering a dislocated finger during one of their practice sessions. The seven-foot Slaughter injured his right thumb and was forced to sit out as Barangay Ginebra pulled off a hard-fought ........»»

Source: Rappler RapplerCategory: NewsNov 9th, 2019Related News

PBA: Japeth picks things up as Slaughter gets hurt for Ginebra

Greg Slaughter was a DNP Friday in the 2019 PBA Governors’ Cup as Barangay Ginebra took on TNT in a crucial showdown. Turns out he’s hurt with a finger injury. “We're still unsure how long Greg will be out. He dislocated his thumb. We're hoping it's a few days, but we can't really tell,” head coach Tim Cone said on his 7-foot center. “We didn't see any ligament damage in the MRI. That was a clear dislocation. You could see his finger was dangling when he got hit during practice,” he added. In Slaughter’s absence, Japeth Aguilar took all of his minutes and touches, balling out in the Gin Kings’ big win over the KaTropa. In 33 minutes, Japeth missed only three of his 16 shots and finished with a team-high 29 points on top of 10 rebounds. “I just tried to play hard, play within the system,” Japeth said. “Nagkataon lang talaga na yung bola napupunta sakin. Tinake ko lang mga opportunity na nabigay sakin,” he added.   — Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

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

PBA: Parks Jr. takes blame as TNT loses in his debut game

Ray Parks Jr.’s debut with TNT was pretty much okay. Up against Ginebra Friday in the 2019 PBA Governors’ Cup, Parks scored 17 points in 42 minutes. However, the KaTropa lost a second straight game and it was Parks that missed a long three at the buzzer that would have forced overtime. “Breaks of the game went the other way. I take full responsibility about the loss,” Parks said. “TNT is a great group and I’m still adjusting, but the guys did a great job taking me in. I gotta step into the plate and do better,” he added. With his trade to the KaTropa becoming official just this week, Parks only had a handful of practices before playing his first game with his new team. He gets more time to prepare for the next outing though and Ray vows to be better. “Just getting to know the system more, when to get my shots and when not to. It's more of settling in and trying to get everybody their shots,” he said. “Go back and just watch film, learn from that and learn from my mistakes, learn everybody else and learn the system more and more. It's just more of experience, the X's and O's, and the more you run it, the more you learn how to play with your teammates,” Parks added.   — Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

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

Barangay Ginebra spoils Parks debut for TNT in thriller

MANILA, Philippines – Barangay Ginebra survived by the skin of its teeth and denied Ray Parks a triumphant debut for TNT with a 96-93 win in the 2019 PBA Governors' Cup at the Araneta Coliseum on Friday, November 8.  Import Justin Brownlee and Stanley Pringle delivered the most important buckets ........»»

Source: Rappler RapplerCategory: NewsNov 8th, 2019Related News

Parks takes full responsibility as TNT debut ends in loss

MANILA, Philippines – Ray Parks made his keenly awaited debut for TNT, but it did not end the way he wanted.  The second overall pick saw his 17-point performance go down the drain as TNT absorbed a heartbreaking 93-96 defeat to Barangay Ginebra in the PBA Governors' Cup on ........»»

Source: Rappler RapplerCategory: NewsNov 8th, 2019Related News

TNT unleashes Parks in key duel vs Ginebra

TNT KaTropa let loose trade acquisition Ray Parks as they gun for a bounce-back and a twice-to-beat incentive in the quarterfinals against Barangay Ginebra tonight in a marquee PBA Governors’ Cup slugfest at the Smart Araneta Coliseum......»»

Source: Philstar PhilstarCategory: SportsNov 8th, 2019Related News

PBA: Shocked Trollano learns to accept trade fate

Don Trollano evolved to a strong role player for TNT, perhaps even the KaTropa’s best. He was a revelation in TNT’s Finals run in the Commissioner’s Cup and was set to be another key piece for the KaTropa for their playoff run in the Governors’ Cup. But then he got traded to Blackwater. The playoffs might be next to impossible for him at this point. “Sayang two weeks na lang playoffs na eh. Mas masarap maglaro pag playoffs eh,” Trollano said after he debuted for the last-placed Elite Wednesday, which ended up being an overtime loss to San Miguel Beer. “Yung pressure nandoon. So mas masarap maglaro pag playoffs,” he added. Despite going from first to last in the team standings, Trollano bears no ill towards TNT. As a veteran with a championship, Trollano understands how the PBA business works already. “Sa umpisa syempre na-shock ako, di ko naman akalain talaga,” Trollano said. “Wala eh, buhay talaga ng player na ma-te-trade. Acceptance lang para sakin. Wala namang ano, family pa rin naman sila [TNT],” he added. Now with Blackwater, Trollano says his game will be the same. He’ll remain the tough role player he is. In his first game for the Elite, he came off the bench and scored 14 points. “Same approach naman. Go hard pa rin ako,” Trollano said.   — Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8`.....»»

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

PBA: Manuel muscles way for PoW citation

DESPITE the trade rumors surrounding him, Vic Manuel still proved to be a trooper and played well enough to help Alaska stay in contention for a playoffs berth in the PBA Governors' Cup. Manuel muscled his way for 23 points and 10 rebounds as the Aces turned back NorthPort Batang Pier, 106-99, to win for the third time in their last four outings. It was the first back-to-back victory for Alaska under coach Jeff Cariaso as the team continues its rise in the standings with a 3-6 record after losing its first five games in the conference. The 32-year-old Manuel has a lot to do with that as the forward from Licab, Nueva Ecija has been delivering consistently on both ends of the floor, unmindful of the trade talks involving him. Manuel's numbers in the win over NorthPort clinched for him the PBA Press Corps-Cignal Player of the Week for the period Oct. 28 to Nov. 3. 'The Muscleman' edged rookie teammate Abu Tratter for the weekly honor. Tratter, who also got his fair share of the votes, finished with 17 points and nine rebounds against the Batang Pier. Seven other players vied for the weekly honor namely, Kiefer Ravena, Jericho Cruz, and Poy Erram of NLEX, rookie Bong Quinto, Chris Newsome, and Raymund Almazan of Meralco, and veteran Barangay Ginebra guard LA Tenorio......»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsNov 6th, 2019Related News