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NBA FINALS: Game 5 is all will and grit for Suns coach

PHOENIX (AFP) – Upstart rivals Milwaukee and Phoenix battle in Saturday’s fifth game of the NBA Finals but only one title-hungry team will emerge on the brink of a historic championship. With the best-of-seven series level at 2-2, the Bucks are halfway to their first crown in 50 years while the Suns haven’t won a […].....»»

Category: newsSource: tempo tempoJul 17th, 2021

Japeth flashes old grit as Gin Kings stay clean

Japeth Aguilar scored 20 points for his best outing so far inside the bubble. (PBA Images) Japeth Aguilar and LA Tenorio showed signs of slowly regaining their form Sunday night as Barangay Ginebra San Miguel rolled past Meralco 105-91 for its third straight win in the PBA Philippine Cup at the Angeles University Foundation Sports and Cultural Center. Struggling since entering the bubble days before the start of the season, Aguilar and Tenorio played important roles in Ginebra taking control of the first meeting with Meralco since winning the Governors’ Cup crown last January. Aguilar scored 20 points as coach Tim Cone opted to field him even when the game was already in the bag while Tenorio scored all six points in the second quarter while dishing out four assists as the Kings rejoined the TNT Tropang Giga and Rain or Shine Elasto Painters on top of the standings. Stanley Pringle continued his consistent showing for Ginebra with 16 points, seven rebounds and three assists, Jeff Chan had 12 points and four assists while rookie Arvin Tolentino posted a season-high 11 points in a starting role. It was only the second time that Ginebra started a conference with a 3-0 record since coach Tim Cone took over in the 2015-16 season. Like in the Governors’ Cup Finals, Ginebra was able to take control against a Meralco squad that fell to 1-2 which Cone cited for the way his team’s defensive effort. “I just think that it was really a great defensive effort tonight,” said Cone, who also thought that Ginebra “created a lot of our offense up on our defense.” The lopsided nature of the contest also allowed Cone to insert veteran Mark Caguioa to make his bubble debut and in the process set a PBA record. Caguioa played more than six minutes and scored a basket in the game that made him break the record for most seasons by a player for one team. The 40-year-old officially played his 18th season for Ginebra, breaking his tie with Purefoods legend Alvin Patrimonio and current TNT forward Harvey Carey. Allein Maliksi scored 18 points and Reynel Hugnatan had 16 points and seven boards for Meralco in the loss. Raymond Almazan, whose knee injury during Game 3 contributed to Meralco’s defeat to Ginebra in the Finals, had six points and two rebounds in 12 minutes. The scores: GINEBRA 105 — Aguilar J. 20, Pringle 16, Chan 12, Tolentino 11, Mariano 8, Thompson 7, Tenorio 6, Devance 6, Dillinger 5, Balanza 3, Caguioa 2, Salado 0, Aguilar R. 0. MERALCO 91 — Maliksi 18, Hugnatan 16, Amer 10, Newsome 10, Almazan 6, Jackson 6, Hodge 5, Black 5, Quinto 4, Jamito 4, Jose 3, Pinto 2, Caram 2, Salva 0. Quarters: 20-20, 51-39, 74-60, 105-91......»»

Category: newsSource:  mb.com.phRelated NewsOct 18th, 2020

Philippine Sports History: U-Tex stuns Toyota for 1980 PBA Open Conference title

U-Tex defeated Toyota 99-98 in overtime to capture the @pbaconnect Open crown on this day in 1980. Coach Tommy Manotoc and the Wranglers won despite trailing by four with 16 seconds left in regulation. It was later described as “the PBA’s longest 16 seconds” Tommy Manotoc continues to feel a sense of accomplishment 40 years after steering U-Tex to one of the most incredible title victories in PBA history. “(Beating) Toyota was an achievement that we felt like we did a lot,” Manotoc said in June when he appeared in the Usapang Basketball webinar. The manner by how the Wranglers claimed the PBA Open Conference crown on Aug. 2, 1980 with a 99-98 overtime win at the Araneta Coliseum is a good reason why Manotoc should describe it in such a way. U-Tex was supposed to be on the losing end of the best-of-five series after being down by four points with 16 seconds remaining. But in a stunning turnaround, the Wranglers were able to force the game into overtime where they were able to complete the remarkable triumph. Toyota was supposed to have the title won when Francis Arnaiz scored a layup to make it 94-90. There was jubilation all around the Tamaraws bench and their fans while the Wranglers were on the brink of paying dearly for making a curious gamble in Game 4. U-Tex trailed by as many as 21 points, but tried to mount a comeback by pulling within nine early in the payoff period. But Manotoc chose to do the unthinkable by sitting out his starters, namely Bogs Adornado and even imports Glenn McDonald and Aaron James. Toyota would pull away to force a rubber match while Manotoc dealt with the responsibility of explaining his decision. “The game was totally lost for us and it was useless fighting when I knew we could not win anymore,” said Manotoc after the game, adding that U-Tex management supported his strategy. “I told management that if we could not lower Toyota’s margin to five points early in the fourth quarter, I will be forced to rest my top guns,” added Manotoc, then just 31. “We played badly. I’m happy it happened tonight.” Manotoc, according to newspaper accounts, later said that he quoted a Chinese proverb which stated: “One step backward and two steps forward.” Criticism spilled into the opinions section of the major dailies. “No amount of rationalization will convince basketball ‘aficionados to believe the U-Tex team did not throw the game away for a consideration,” wrote Bulletin Today columnist Jesus Bigornia.  “For their dispirited showing, compounded by the suspicion they have been ‘reached,’ the Wranglers became the butt of jeers and the object of balled-up newspapers thrown onto the hard court. Even the most ardent ‘Wrangler’ fans hung their heads in shame,” added Bigornia. There was determination for U-Tex to silence the critics with a crew powered by Adornado, who was looking to add a championship to his major comeback after joining the Wranglers following a rash of injuries that hounded him during his days with the Crispa Redmanizers. There’s also McDonald, who four years earlier played a key role in the Boston Celtics’ epic triple overtime win over the Phoenix Suns in Game 5 of the NBA Finals, former New Orleans Jazz cager James, ex-La Salle star Lim Eng Beng and Fritz Gaston. But even that determined spirit looked like it would go for naught when Arnaiz’s layup gave he Tamaraws that 94-90 lead. Manotoc, however, was not giving up without trying. “Percentage-wise, medyo tapos na,” he said during the Usapang Basketball webinar. “But I said don’t give up.” James scored a quick basket on the return play to cut the gap to two. Prior to that, Manotoc, known for his emphasis on defense throughout his coaching career, had instructions to wait for the pass and go for the steal, with McDonald tasked to intercept the inbound given his athleticism. And lo and behold, McDonald got the interception off Tuadles’ inbound before getting fouled by Arnaiz, subsequently making two pressure-packed free throws that sent Game 5 into overtime. The Wranglers trailed again in the extension 98-96 but Lim Eng Beng hit a free throw off Ramon Fernandez’s sixth foul before Adornado delivered the go-ahead shot with over a minute to go. Adornado’s basket eventually became the match winner as U-Tex became a two-time champion, repeating the feat after its 1978 second conference triumph where it beat Crispa. Manotoc reflected on the previous game. “Who knows, maybe it was those six minutes of rest which gave my boys the extra strength to pull off that win. The victory certainly was a vindication on our part,” Manotoc said after being given a victory ride. For Toyota import Andy Fields, the loss still lingers to this day. “That was the worst loss in my entire career,” lamented Fields during an episode of An Eternity of Basketball weeks ago. Now 71 years old, it seems that Manotoc couldn’t still figure out how his Wranglers did it in the most unimaginable fashion. “In fairness to Toyota, they thought they had it won, which ordinarily you do with four points and 16 seconds (remaining),” he said, “The basketball gods favored us then. It’s a rarity in basketball, especially at those levels and playing a very high caliber team with very seasoned players.”.....»»

Category: newsSource:  mb.com.phRelated NewsAug 2nd, 2020

Bucks close in on NBA title, rally past Suns

Giannis Antetokounmpo collected 32 points and nine rebounds to fuel the visiting Milwaukee Bucks to a 123-119 victory over the Phoenix Suns on Saturday in Game 5 of the NBA Finals. Khris Middleton added 29 points for the Bucks, who shot a blistering 57.5 percent from the floor to win their third straight game and […] The post Bucks close in on NBA title, rally past Suns appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJul 18th, 2021

Suns not pushing panic button yet as Bucks rebound

Milwaukee—Phoenix won’t hit the panic button after squandering a two-game advantage in the NBA Finals, but the Suns will need improved ball-handling and rebounding to slow the momentum-fueled Milwaukee Bucks......»»

Category: sportsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsJul 16th, 2021

Bucks storm back vs Suns, even NBA Finals series at 2-2

After playing catch-up for most of the game, Middleton's buckets and defensive plays by Giannis Antetokounmpo and Jrue Holiday swung the momentum to the Bucks, who tied the series 2-2......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJul 15th, 2021

Bucks come home desperate for win over Suns in NBA Finals

Giannis Antetokounmpo and the Milwaukee Bucks haven’t been able to beat Phoenix all season. Now they have two days to figure out how or risk being swept in the NBA Finals. The Bucks enter Sunday’s third game in the best-of-seven championship series trailing 2-0 and no team in NBA history has ever won a series […] The post Bucks come home desperate for win over Suns in NBA Finals appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJul 10th, 2021

Suns hold off Bucks for 2-0 lead in NBA Finals

The Suns took Game Two against the Milwaukee Bucks, 118-108, at the Phoenix Suns Arena in Arizona on Thursday (Friday, Manila time) to go up 2-0 in their best-of-seven series......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJul 9th, 2021

Backcourt maestro Chris Paul powers Suns over Bucks in NBA Finals opener

PHOENIX (AFP) – Chris Paul, making his long-sought NBA Finals debut, scored 32 points to lead the Phoenix Suns over the Milwaukee Bucks, 118-105, in Tuesday’s opening game of the championship series. The 36-year-old backcourt maestro, in his 16th season, delivered clutch scoring and added nine assists while Devin Booker added 27 points and 22-year-old […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  tempoRelated NewsJul 7th, 2021

Paul powers Suns over Bucks in NBA Finals opener

Chris Paul, making his long-sought NBA Finals debut, scored 32 points to lead the Phoenix Suns over Milwaukee 118-105 in Tuesday's opening game of the championship series......»»

Category: sportsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsJul 7th, 2021

Chris Paul, Suns close out Clippers in Game 6 to clinch NBA Finals berth

The Phoenix Suns are headed to the NBA Finals for the first time since 1993 and only their third appearance overall......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJul 1st, 2021

George explodes anew, keeps Clippers alive with Game 5 win over Suns

LOS ANGELES (AFP) – Paul George scored 41 points as the Los Angeles Clippers kept their NBA Western Conference finals series alive with a battling 116-102 road victory over the Phoenix Suns on Monday. With the Suns poised to clinch a series victory in front of an expectant home crowd, George once again put the […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJun 29th, 2021

Clippers down Suns in Game 5

Los Angeles—Paul George scored 41 points as the Los Angeles Clippers kept their NBA Western Conference finals series alive with a battling 116-102 road victory over the Phoenix Suns on Monday (Tuesday morning, June 29, 2021, Philippine time). With the Suns poised to clinch a series victory in front of an expectant home crowd, George […] The post Clippers down Suns in Game 5 appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJun 29th, 2021

Fiery Suns sink Clippers with last-gasp Ayton dunk for 2-0 lead

Deandre Ayton dunks the ball over Ivica Zubac in leading the of the Phoenix Suns to a 104-10-3 win over the LA Clippers in Game 2 of their Western Conference finals. (AFP) LOS ANGELES (AFP) – Deandre Ayton made the go-ahead catch and dunk with one second left and a bloodied Devin Booker scored 20 […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  tempoRelated NewsJun 24th, 2021

Can Suns stay hot vs Clippers?

Looking completely comfortable in the moment, the Phoenix Suns can move even closer to their first NBA Finals in 28 years when they host the Los Angeles Clippers on Tuesday (this morning in Manila) in Game 2 of the Western Conference finals......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJun 23rd, 2021

Booker shines as Suns draw first blood against Clippers

LOS ANGELES (AFP) – Devin Booker delivered a 40-point triple double as the Phoenix Suns shook off some playoff rust to beat the fourth-seeded Los Angeles Clippers, 120-114, in the opening game of the Western Conference finals. Booker also had 13 rebounds and 11 assists for his first career triple double as the Suns won […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  tempoRelated NewsJun 21st, 2021

Hawks upset top seeded Sixers, Booker pours in 40 points in Suns win

Kevin Huerter scored a playoff career-high 27 points as the upstart Atlanta Hawks punched their ticket to their first Eastern Conference finals in six years on Sunday, with a 103-96 game seven win over the Philadelphia 76ers......»»

Category: sportsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsJun 21st, 2021

Booker sizzles as Suns beat Clippers in Game 1 of Western Conference finals

LOS ANGELES – Devin Booker delivered a 40-point triple double as the Phoenix Suns shook off some playoff rust to beat the fourth-seeded Los Angeles Clippers 120-114 in the opening game of the Western Conference finals. Booker also had 13 rebounds and 11 assists for his first career triple double as the Suns won on […] The post Booker sizzles as Suns beat Clippers in Game 1 of Western Conference finals appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJun 21st, 2021

Vogel: LeBron looked great in pre-season game

Los Angeles---Los Angeles Lakers coach Frank Vogel liked what he saw from LeBron James in the NBA superstar’s brief appearance in a pre-season victory over the Phoenix Suns......»»

Category: sportsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsDec 18th, 2020

We played our best game so far – Cone

            By JONAS TERRADO           Coach Tim Cone liked the way Barangay Ginebra San Miguel performed in Game 4 of the PBA Philippine Cup Finals that he believes that it was by far the best he ever saw since the bubble began two months ago. “I […].....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsDec 7th, 2020

Revived TNT aims to even series vs Ginebra

AS FAR as TNT coach Bong Ravena is concerned, their Game Three victory would mean nothing if they can’t bring the same tenacity into Game Four and even the series in the PBA Philippine Cup Finals to-night, December 6, at the Angeles University Foundation Sports and Cultural Center in Angeles, Pampanga. “We won this game, […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimes_netRelated NewsDec 6th, 2020