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Pampanga clinches top-seed in NBL 2 playoffs

Pampanga clinched the top spot in the playoffs with a 95-80 win over Zambales Converge last Saturday in the National Basketball League (NBL) Season 2 at Botolan Peoples’ Plaza in Botolan, Zambales. CJ Gania had 20 points and 13 rebounds to lead the Delta to the first-seed in the playoffs as they will have a homecourt advantage until the Finals. Pampanga and reigning champion Paranaque are tied with an 11-3 record but the Delta got the top-seed due to the winner-over-the-other rule. The Delta and the Aces have also clinched the two outright semifinal berths by finishing in the top two. Zambales Converge, meanwhile, completed the cast in the playoffs after beating Imus, 95-79, last Sunday in front of its home fans also at the Botolan Peoples’ Plaza. Allen Fomera had 30 points, as Lyndon Del Rosario added 24 points and 17 rebounds for the Fiber X Men, who improved their record to 9-5. The Fiber X Men clinched the sixth-seed in the playoffs where they will meet Iriga City Oragons in a knockout game for a quarterfinal berth on Sunday. Iriga City clinched the seventh-seed after winning over the Zamboanga Valientes, 97-68, with Paul Guiruela scoring 14 points and grabbing 13 rebounds in the win. Christian Diaz scored the game-winning lay-up as also-ran Quezon City edged Dasmarinas, 81-78. The Rising Stars finished the elimination round with a 6-8 record while also eliminating the Ballers Club from playoff contention. Fifth-seed CamSur will face eighth-ranked Imus in the other knockout game for the quarterfinal spot also on September 1. The winners in the knockout games will face third-seed Taguig or fourth-ranked Laguna in the quarterfinals with the Generals and the Pistons holding a twice-to-beat advantage......»»

Category: sportsSource: abscbn abscbnAug 26th, 2019

PBA: Rejuvenated Castro is Player of the Week

Jayson Castro is back doing what he does best for TnT Katropa. The veteran guard has churned out solid numbers for the Katropa in their last two outings in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup, both blowout wins against Rain or Shine and Blackwater. Castro showed an all-around game with averages of 14.0 points, 6.5 rebounds, and 7.5 assists in the twin victories won by the team behind a whooping margin of 19.5 points. As TnT clinches a twice-to-beat advantage heading into the playoffs, Castro emerged as unanimous choice as PBA Press Corps-Cignal Player of the Week for July 1-7. The two-time best point guard of Asia garnered the most number of votes out of the 12 players nominated for the weekly citation. Others who earned votes from the PBAPC include Reden Celda of Columbian Dyip and Barangay Ginebra’s Stanley Pringle. Meanwhile those who were nominated aside from the three were Roger Pogoy (TnT), Nico Elorde (NorthPort), Mark Borboran (Rain or Shine), Japeth Aguilar (Barangay Ginebra), CJ Perez and Rashawn McCarthy (Columbian Dyip), and Mike Digregorio, Bobby Ray Parks, and Allein Malik (Blackwater). Castro finished three rebounds short of completing a triple-double in the Katropa’s 115-97 rout of Blackwater. The 33-year-old native of Bacolor, Pampanga finished with 13 points, seven rebounds, 10 assists, two steals, and with no turnovers against the Elite. Four days earlier, Castro hit 15 points, six rebounds, and five assists as the Katropa downed the Elasto Painters, 102-81. His heroics had the Katropa stretching their winning streak in the tournament to seven games for a league-best 9-1 (win-loss) record and a shot of clinching the no. 1 seed in the playoffs. TnT plays its remaining game at the end of the eliminations on July 17 against Magnolia......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJul 11th, 2019

From Cellar-Dweller to Contender: Basilan s phenomenal rise in the MPBL

Coming off a rough 2018-19 MPBL Datu Cup campaign, Basilan Steel-Jumbo Plastic has no way to go but up, with the help of Phenom Sports, its new management team. Phenom, led by Jax Chua, took over Basilan late last season when the Steel have already spiraled down to the bottom of the MPBL and finished the tournament tied with Rizal for the last spot of the Southern division behind a dismal 7-18 win-loss record. From there, Phenom rebuilt the team, starting with the coaching staff that has what it takes to maneuver a losing team to a victorious one. “Coming in, ‘yung outlook naming sa team, we want to bring a winning culture ditto sa Basilan. We took the challenge kahit alam naming cellar-dweller noong Datu Cup,” said Chua, who also serves as the general manager of the Steel. Coach Jerson Cabiltes took the helm for Basilan, alongside deputies Noy Catalan, Florian Pineda, Arnold Oliveros, Jinino Manansala, Joseph Guion, Migs Montero, and Dands Javier. Then came the task to build a team that exhibits the same qualities of the Basileños: determined, full of perseverance, hardworking, and has something to prove. Phenom, who also ventured into player management aside from sportswear-making, then made the moves to improve Basilan’s lineup by taking players who are no big names but can contribute in a variety of ways. “To have a winning team, not necessary naman to get big name players. Ang hinanap namin ay mga hardworking players who will buy into the system at magsa-sacrifice talaga,” Chua said. The management retained veteran Dennis Daa for his leadership while activating Cris Dumapis, who has emerged as a reliable force in the paint. They then acquired the services of shifty playmaker Hesed Gabo and sharpshooting big man Jay Collado from Quezon City, marksman Jhapz Bautista from Makati, high-leaping Bobby Balucanag and Shaq Alanas from Pasay, sparkplug Gab Dagangon from Bataan, and Michole Sorela from Navotas. They also signed PBA veterans Jonathan Uyloan and Anthony Bringas alongside Irven Palencia, an integral cog for St. Clare in NAASCU, who is also managed by Phenom. Philip Manalang, Mark Trinidad, Ar Raouf Jilkipli, Junjie Hallare, Darwin Lunor, Jett Vidal, Melgar Murillo, Harold Ng, and Reiner Bazan completed the lineup of Basilan. The Turnaround When the Chooks-to-Go MPBL Lakan Cup opened, the retooled Basilan started on the right foot with two straight wins against Bicol and Pampanga. But when the adrenaline ran out, the Jumbo Plastic-backed squad saw its win-loss standing at 9-8 midway through the season. Then Basilan scorched the league in its remaining 13 games, tallying 11 victories while only losing two matches. The main reason for the brilliant playoff push? The arrival of Phenom-managed collegiate talents in Allyn Bulanadi, NCAA Season 95 leading scorer and San Sebastian College-Recoletos superstar, and Philip Manalang, lead floor general of University of the East. Bulanadi, a 6-foot-3 up-and-coming star, played in the Steel’s last seven games in the elimination round on an impressive 21.71 points on 46 percent clip and 4.5 rebounds averages. Meanwhile, Manalang is a sparkplug off the bench who brings the tenacity on the defense all while contributing on the other end in various ways. Basilan entered the playoffs with a 20-10 record, good for the third spot in the tough Southern division just behind top seed Davao Occidental and second-ranked Bacoor. “Our main goal was to for a competitive team and we want to redefine Basilan through basketball. In this way, I think we have garnered so many fans and inspired yung buong Basilan province that’s why I think we have already succeeded in redefining Basilan,” Chua said. But the grind did not stop for the Steel as they marched into the postseason with the whole Basilan province rallying behind their backs. In the quarterfinals, Basilan swept Iloilo advancing into the semifinals, with a daunting task of beating second seed powerhouse Bacoor City. The Steel survived a grueling three-game series against the Strikers, coming up on top despite having home-court disadvantage for Games Two and Three. In the division finals, Basilan faced the toughest team in the South, the Davao Occidental Tigers. But Basilan showed, again and again, its heart, escaping Game One with a 74-72 victory at the Davao Sports and Tourism Complex in Tagum City. And with a shot to glory and barging into the National Finals, Basilan looked to become South kings in front of their huge following at Lamitan City Gym in Game Two, but the Tigers have other plans, spoiling Basilan’s home court and surviving with an 81-76 win. Game Three was supposed to happen last March 14, but MPBL decided to suspend the Division Finals due to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. “Nandito na rin kami eh, we are not here to participate lang. Given the chance and we will gladly take it. We will go all out to bring more pride to the Basileños and to repay the trust na binigay sa amin ng leaders ng Basilan especially Congressman Mujiv Hataman, Mayor Julz Hataman Governor Jim Hataman Salliman and Councilor Hegem Furigay,” added Chua. Will Basilan Steel continue their astounding playoff run to the National Finals or will Davao Occidental retain its crown in the South? No matter what, Basilan has already won the hearts of the Basileños and the whole MPBL fanbase with its tremendous turnaround from a lowly team in Datu Cup to a powerhouse in the Chooks-to-Go MPBL Lakan Season. More than Basketball But “Redefining Basilan” is more than basketball. Phenom Sports not only wanted to turn around people’s perception of Basilan the basketball team but give Basilan the province the appreciation it deserves. Basilan has been a hotbed of misconceptions due to the armed conflicts that happened there, but those were the days and the province has moved on. “Right from the start na nakapunta ako sa Basilan, sobrang iba nito kasi akala natin magulo ang Basilan, ang mga tao iba ang ugali pero hindi. Basilan has been enjoying a long peace na. For more than 15 years now under the leadership ng mga Hataman, naging maayos, naging focused sila sa peace and progress,” Chua on Basilan province. And basketball has played a huge part in giving the young Basileños a dream to hold on. “Yung mga kabataan, nabibigyan ng chance na mangarap na maging katulad ng idols nila,” said Chua. “They want to be the next Allyn Bulanadi, the next Hesed Gabo, the next Irven Palencia. This is what basketball is giving to the Basilan people.” The Steel has built a cult following in Basilan and it is the best feeling a player could feel. “Paglapag pa lang ng pier, everybody knows the players. They follow them like rockstars, like celebrities. They send food to the hotels, they watch our practices. Ganoon kamahal ng Basilan yung mga players nila. They saw a hardworking team who really represents Basilan’s culture - the determination, the perseverance and the hard work of the Basileños,” Chua concluded. But how did Basilan Steel get popular in the province? Meet the team behind Phenom Sports. Phenom is all-in in redefining Basilan and that’s why they have a team to do so. They have photographers in Marl Castro, Thel Suliva, and Michael Ordoñez who captured in-game pictures and the team’s interaction with the fans. Rion Balin and Jeff Palaganas are the videographers who make the video highlights of the Basilan players for the fans. Juls Claudio and Dands Javier are graphic artists who create the posters and other publication materials to be posted on the team’s social media accounts. The latter also serves as the marketing man of Phenom. Emma Bueno and Joseph Guion complete the team as coordinator and director, respectively. In a span of just a year, Phenom Sports has reached its goal of redefining Basilan, turning it to #BasilanRedefined......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMar 19th, 2020

MPBL: Gary David explodes for Bataan in crucial win

BALANGA, BATAAN -- 1Bataan-Camaya Coast made sure to give Gary David the perfect homecoming, fending off a late rally from the Marikina Shoemasters, 82-76, in the 2019-20 Chooks-to-Go/MPBL Lakan Season at the Bataan People's Center Here, Wednesday. Bataan's prodigal son Gary David, who poured 11 markers in the second quarter, finished the game with 16 points on a 5-of-9 shooting clip. He also buried four triples and two free throws. Behind David, the Risers held a 12-point lead heading into the second half. Facing a huge 21-point deficit in the fourth frame, 52-73, Marikina's Daryl Pascual and Renato Ular kick-started a 23-8 blast to cut Bataan's lead to just six points, 75-81, with 26.4 seconds in the game. But Gino Jumao-as fished a foul from Irvin Mendoza, draining 1-of-2 from the line to bag the game for good for the Risers with 14 seconds left. "Yung Marikina they adjusted, they went with the press and yun yung isang naging problem namin last game against Cebu. So it shows kung ano yung kailangan namin i-work out before the playoffs," said Bataan head coach Jonas Villanueva. Bryron Villarias topped the scoring column for the Risers with 19 points along with eight assists and three rebounds. The Camaya Coast-backed squad ended their elimination round campaign with 20-10 standing to keep the fifth seed in the North. Marikina, who missed the services of Yves Sazon due to flu, was led by Von Tambeling with 19 points and seven rebounds. Pascual scored 13 points and grabbed four boards while Ular had a double-double of 13 points and 12 rebounds. The Shoemasters fell to 6-21 in the South Division. In the earlier game, Cebu-Casino Ethyl Alcohol kept its playoff chances alive, coming out with a 79-70 victory against the also-ran Parañaque-Yabo Sports. Trailing by eight points in the final frame, the troika of Dale Begaso, Rommel Mangalino and Rene Boy Banzali conspired in a 7-0 blast to cut Cebu's lead to two points, 70-72, with 5:07 still on the clock. But that's the closest the Patriots could get, as AJ Coronel sparked a 7-0 fight back for Cebu to end the game. Playing without Kraniel Villoria, Rhaffy Octobre, and Zachy Huang, Cebu guard Bongbong Nuñez was the latest to step up from the Sharks' roster. Nuñez dropped 20 points on an 8-of-17 shooting clip, while also collecting 10 rebounds, five assists, and two steals to push Cebu to a 15-14 slate in the South Division. In order for Cebu to enter the playoffs, it has to win its last game against Batangas-Tanduay and hope that General Santos-Burlington will drop its last two games. "Sobrang halaga kasi may game pa yung Gen San e. So sana, sana matalo yung Gen San twice," said Cebu head coach Noy Falcasantos Jayboy Solis and Dale Begaso both had 12 points apiece for Parañaque with the former grabbing seven rebounds while the latter had six. The Patriots dropped to an 8-21 win-loss slate in the South Division. In the first game, Pampanga locked the fourth seed in the North after a 71-62 victory over Pasig-Sta. Lucia. Up by three points, Mark Cruz orchestrated an 11-5 run capped off by a floater from Larry Muyang to put the Giant Lanterns up by nine points, 71-62, with 59.6 seconds remaining in the game. Cruz's hands were all over the crucial rally, pumping in four points while also assisting on seven baskets in the process. And it proved to be the exclamation point for Pampanga, as Pasig could not overcome the deficit. The diminutive guard out of Letran finished the game with eight points, eight assists, two rebounds, and two steals. "We want to go for a win all the time kasi we're building a character going to the playoffs. Ngayon nakuha pa namin yung number four spot for the advantage sa playoffs," said Pampanga head coach Bong Ramos on his team's seven-game winning streak heading into the playoffs. Michael Juico top-scored Pampanga with 20 points and six rebounds, helping the Giant Lanterns secure the fourth spot in the North with a 21-9 card. Reil Cervantes added 11 points, six boards, and two assists while Dexter Maiquez scored eight points and grabbed 11 rebounds. Meanwhile, Josan Nimes paced Pasig with 17 points, three rebounds, and two assists. The Realtors ended their elimination round campaign at the seventh seed with an 18-12 win-loss slate. The Scores: FIRST GAME Pampanga (71) -- Juico 20, Cervantes 11, Cruz 8, Maiquez 8, Hernandez 8, Muyang 6, Fabian 5, Thompson 3, Apreku 2, Alberto Pasig-Sta. Lucia (62) -- Nimes 17, Teng 14, Najorda 12, Manalang 7, Gotladera 5, Adriano 4, Canon 2, Tamayo 1, Velchez 0, Medina 0, Grealy 0, Chavenia 0 Quarterscores: 15-16, 30-30, 49-49, 71-62 SECOND GAME Cebu-Casino Ethyl Alcohol (79) -- Nuñez 20, McAloney 19, Lao 11, Mantilla 9, Lee Yu 9, Galvez 4, Saycon 3, Coronel 3, Cortes 0, Ubalde 0 Parañaque-Yabo Sports (70) -- Begaso 12, Solis 12, Sunga 11, Vizcarra 7, Saguiguit 6, Abugan 4, Banzali 4, Menguez 3, Antonares 3, Mangalino 2, Lucente 2, Rabe 0 Quarterscores: 18-21, 35-36, 65-54, 79-70 THIRD GAME 1Bataan-Camaya Coast (82) -- Villarias 19, David 16, Jumao-as 10, Llanto 9, Jaime 8, Castro 7, Juntilla 4, Iñigo 2, Espuelas 2, Gozum 0, Nalos 0, Cudal 0, Gallardo 0 Marikina (76) -- Tambeling 19, Pascual 13, Ular 12, Mendoza 9, Española 9, Gines 7, Casajeros 4, Salvador 2, Padua 1, Fortuno 0, Ybañez 0, Dysam 0 Quarterscores: 20-19, 43-31, 61-46, 82-76.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsFeb 6th, 2020

Only 3 playoff slots locked up as NFL goes into final week

NEW YORK (AP) — The NFL goes into the final week of the season with the Baltimore Ravens knowing exactly what lies ahead of them in the postseason. Coach John Harbaugh can rest Lamar Jackson and any other Ravens (13-2), who have already clinched the AFC North along with home-field advantage throughout the AFC playoffs. The Minnesota Vikings (10-5) also are locked in as the NFC's sixth seed, while Buffalo (10-5) is set as the AFC's first wild-card spot in the No. 5 seed. But New England and Kansas City are fighting for the AFC's other first-round bye. Houston hopes to improve its seeding from fourth to third, but only one AFC playoff berth remains up for grabs. In the NFC, it's a battle to the finish with both home-field advantage throughout and both first-round byes yet to be decided. The Green Bay Packers, New Orleans, San Francisco 49ers and Seattle Seahawks all have a chance at a bye and home-field advantage under numerous playoff scenarios released Tuesday by the NFL. Green Bay (12-3) and San Francisco (12-3) need only win Sunday to clinch first-round byes with the 49ers able to clinch home-field advantage throughout by winning in Seattle on Sunday night. Green Bay needs to beat Detroit combined with a 49ers' loss to ensure the Packers don't leave Lambeau Field until the Super Bowl. New Orleans can rest in the first round if either Green Bay or San Francisco loses. The Saints (12-3) need both the Packers and 49ers to lose for home-field advantage throughout the NFC playoffs. Seattle (11-4) clinches the NFC West by beating San Francisco but also will need a Green Bay loss for a first-round bye. The Seahawks will need a victory and losses by both Green Bay and New Orleans to stay in Seattle until the Super Bowl. Then there's the NFC East with Philadelphia able to win the division with a victory over the Giants or even at 8-8 if Dallas loses to Washington. The Cowboys (7-8) must beat the Redskins with an Eagles' loss to win the East. In the AFC, Kansas City (11-4) must beat the Chargers with the Patriots losing to Miami to clinch a first-round bye. New England (12-3) clinches that bye needing only a victory. The Chiefs can clinch the No. 3 seed with a victory, playing an early game that could lock in Houston (10-5) as the No. 4 seed before the Texans kick off against Tennessee. The Titans (8-7) have the easiest path to the AFC's final playoff spot needing only to beat the Texans in Houston. A loss by Tennessee opens up opportunities for both Pittsburgh and Oakland. Pittsburgh (8-7) must win at Baltimore with the Titans losing to get the AFC's second wild-card berth. Oakland (7-8) has the slimmest of chances after having five results fall the Raiders' way last week. Now the Raiders must win at Denver with losses by Pittsburgh and Tennessee and a win by Indianapolis. That would create a four-way tie between Oakland, Pittsburgh, Tennessee and Indianapolis decided by the strength of victory tiebreaker between the Raiders and Steelers, which Oakland would win if any of New England, Chicago, Detroit or the Chargers win their games earlier in the day......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsDec 25th, 2019

Pats, Ravens, Seahawks simply need win to reach playoffs

By The Associated Press New England, Baltimore and Seattle have the simplest NFL playoff scenarios going into Week 14: Win on Sunday and they’re in. The Patriots (10-2) can clinch their 11th straight trip to the playoffs with a victory at home against AFC West-leading Kansas City. The Chiefs (8-4) are in with a win and an Oakland loss. New England reached the postseason in 16 of coach Bill Belichick’s first 19 seasons. The Patriots, a game ahead of Buffalo in the AFC East, have several ways to get in with a tie this week. The Ravens (10-2) have the edge on New England for the AFC’s top seed because of a win over the Patriots. Baltimore clinches a playoff spot with a victory at Buffalo and wraps up the AFC North with a win and a Pittsburgh loss or tie. Baltimore and New England each have a far-fetched scenario to get in with a loss. The Bills (9-3), who have won three straight games, need help to get in this week if they win. The Seahawks and San Francisco are tied for the NFC West lead at 10-2. Both will qualify with victories because Seattle is playing the two-time defending division champion Los Angeles Rams. If the Rams lose, the 49ers are in with a win or tie at New Orleans. The NFC South champion Saints (10-2) are the only team to clinch so far......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsDec 4th, 2019

It s Pampanga vs Taguig in NBL Season 2 Finals

Pampanga and Taguig arranged a titular showdown after winning over separate foes in Game 3 of the National Basketball League (NBL) Season 2 semifinals last Sunday at the Bren Z. Guiao Convention Center in San Fernando, Pampanga. The Pampanga Delta beat the Laguna Pistons, 95-80, and the Taguig Generals won last season’s champion Parañaque Aces, 87-80, to set up a best-of-three clash for the crown of the league for homegrown talents. Bryan Santos had 18 points, five rebounds, and five assists in front of a packed crowd on their homecourt as the top-seed Delta reached the finals in only their first season in the league. Gilbert Ocampo scored 17 points and Mark Tamayo added 15 points, all of which on three-point shots, in the win by the Alan Trinidad-coached Pampanga over No. 4 Laguna. Helino Francisco came away with a big game after making 17 points and 19 rebounds as the Generals, who came into the playoffs as the third-ranked team, advanced to the NBL finals for the first time by dethroning the second-seed Aces. LJ Mayo and Rickson Gerero also contributed in Taguig’s win, adding 11 and 10 points respectively in the rubber match for a spot in the finals......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsOct 7th, 2019

PSI draws first blood in WNBL Finals duel against Taguig

PSI grabbed the finals series opener last Sunday after beating Taguig, 76-73, in the Women’s National Basketball League (WNBL) Season 1 at the Bren Z. Guiao Convention Center in San Fernando, Pampanga. Kat Sandel had an all-around game as she contributed 13 points, 13 rebounds, six assists, and three blocks to propel the Lady Air Defenders to the Game 1 win in the best-of-three finals series. Cindy Resultay topscored for the Lady Air Defenders with 18 points, and Anna Buendia added 16 points in the victory over the Lady Generals, the second-seed team in the playoffs. The fourth-seed Lady Air Defenders, who stunned top-ranked Philippine Navy in the semifinals, will look to claim the crown next week in Game 2 of the championship series. Sandel scored clutch points as she broke a 69-69 deadlock with a free throw, even as Gemma Miranda hit a jumper to increase the lead to three. Sandel also hit two crucial free throws with 13 seconds left to pad the lead again to three, 76-73, before the Lady Air Defenders displayed tough defense in the end game, with Chack Cabinbin’s triple being blocked by Miranda in the final possession. Janine Pontejos had 17 points in a losing effort for the Lady Generals......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsOct 7th, 2019

All-Filipino La Salle all set to cut UAAP 82 rivals down to size

HOW’D THEY DO LAST SEASON? 8-6, fifth, lost to FEU in battle for the fourth-seed YES, THEY’RE STILL HERE: Justine Baltazar, Brandon Bates, Andrei Caracut, Encho Serrano, Aljun Melecio WELCOME TO THE FAMILY: Jordan Bartlett, Joel Cagulangan, Ralph Cu, Joshua David, Keyshawn Evans, Tyrus Hill, James Laput, Kurt Lojera, Jamie Orme, Gian Nazario (coach), Jermaine Byrd (consultant) GOOD LUCK ON FUTURE ENDEAVORS: Mark Dyke, Jollo Go, Kib Montalbo, Taane Samuel, Santi Santillan, Louie Gonzalez (coach) WHAT SHOULD WE EXPECT FROM LA SALLE? La Salle will be going all-Filipino in UAAP Season 82 – and that is nothing but a badge of honor for the green and white. Just two years removed from parading dominant Ben Mbala from Cameroon, the Green Archers will be lone team in the league without a foreign student-athlete. That doesn’t mean, however, that there will be no international experience coming into the Taft-based team as Jermaine Byrd, who made his name as an assistant in the NBA G-League, will now serve as active consultant to head coach Gian Nazario. Active consultant Byrd and coach Gian, himself a longtime assistant in DLS-Zobel, will lean on Mythical selection Justine Baltazar, team captain Andrei Caracut, scoring guard Aljun Melecio, and x-factor Encho Serrano to prove that for La Salle, height is not necessarily might. Even better, those three battle-tested veterans will be flanked by a trio of Filipino-American one-and-done players in 6-foot Keyshawn Evans, 6-foot-7 Jamie Orme, and 6-foot-9 James Laput as well as a trifecta of talented transferees in Jordan Bartlett, Tyrus Hill, and Kurt Lojera. WHO IS/ARE THE PLAYER/S TO WATCH OUT FOR FROM LA SALLE? Baltazar’s rise from rim protector in NU’s champion Jrs. teams to two-way force for La Salle has been nothing short of impressive, but this season will see him carry his heaviest load yet. With Brandon Bates as well as unproven Laput and Ralph Cu the only other big men on the roster, the 6-foot-7 pride of Pampanga will have a golden opportunity to prove he can put a team on his back – even if he is sure to be battered and bruised each and every game by the seven foreign reinforcements he will be matched up with. Fortunately for him, the perimeter remains fiery as ever with Caracut and Melecio ready and raring to raze the nets and Bartlett as well as Joel Cagulangan and Joshua David, prized recruits from LS-Green Hills, out to make an immediate impact. Also, eyes need to be trained on Fil-Am Orme, an athletic and all-around player who has all the potential to be the next big thing from abroad. WHY SHOULD WE ROOT FOR LA SALLE? La Salle is going against the current in not lining up any foreign student-athlete – intriguing considering it experienced one of the most dominant seasons in league history with Mbala patrolling the paint. That means that, game by game, the all-Filipino Green Archers will be David to the other teams’ Goliath – in terms of size, at the very least – and that is always a good story to tell. That also means that, unlike years past, the traditional powerhouse from Taft Ave. is actually some sort of underdog this time around – and that is always a good story to tell as well. WHERE WOULD LA SALLE BE AT THE END OF UAAP SEASON 82? La Salle will be in the thick of things in the playoff picture. It remains to be seen if all of their recruits, Fil-Am or full-blooded Filipino, live up to the hype, but with Baltazar, Caracut, Melecio, and Serrano, the Green Archers will always have a more than capable army to wage war with. WHEN IS LA SALLE’S FIRST GAME IN UAAP SEASON 82? All-Filipino La Salle starts the season by rekindling its rivalry with back-to-back champion Ateneo on September 8 at Araneta Coliseum. Of course, everybody goes All for More and, as always, all of the action will be on ABS-CBN S+A Channel 23, ABS-CBN S+A HD Channel 166, LIGA SkyCable Channel 86, LIGA HD SkyCable Channel 183, iWant and livestream. HERE’S WHAT TO EXPECT FROM THE SEVEN OTHER TEAMS IN UAAP SEASON 82: With its arsenal fully loaded, UE’s ambush good to go in UAAP 82 UAAP 82 one more chance for NU to piece the puzzle together Espana’s hope in UAAP 82? Cansino’s return to form, UST’s return to playoffs --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsAug 30th, 2019

Top seeds eye quick work

Olmin Leyba (The Philippine Star) – November 13, 2020 – 12:00am SMART CLARK GIGA CITY, Pampanga, Philippines — After grinding through the brutal preliminaries of the PBA bubble to get to where they are, quarterfinals top seed Barangay Ginebra and No. 4 San Miguel eye the short route to the next round. The Gin Kings, […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  balitaRelated NewsNov 13th, 2020

PBA playoffs set for tip-off Friday

The matchups for the PBA Philippine Cup playoffs are finalized as the eliminations concluded Wednesday at the PBA bubble in Clark City, Pampanga......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsNov 12th, 2020

Huling playoffs ticket nasungkit ng RoS

PAMPANGA – Nasungkit ng Rain or Shine ang huling pwesto sa playoffs ng PBA Philippine Cup matapos talunin ang TNT Tropang Giga, 80-74, sa bakbakang ginanap sa Angeles University Foundation Sports Arena and Cultural Center sa Angeles, Pampanga. Gamit ang kanyang vintage performance, nanguna sa atake si James Yap sa first half para sa Elastopainters […] The post Huling playoffs ticket nasungkit ng RoS appeared first on REMATE ONLINE......»»

Category: newsSource:  remateRelated NewsNov 10th, 2020

Gin Kings book playoffs ticket

Barangay Ginebra secured playoff berth after it ripped the struggling NorthPort,112-100, Wedesday for back-to-back victories in a grueling schedule of the PBA Philippine Cup at the AUF Gym in Clark, Pampanga. Stanley Pringle starred for the now 6-2 Gin Kings after he dropped 17 points, eight rebounds and three assists as they joined Talk ‘N […] The post Gin Kings book playoffs ticket appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsNov 4th, 2020

Bren coach to NXP: Where’s the ‘new meta’?

Photo from Mobile Legends: Bang Bang Facebook page Bren Esports has already started the word war way before its playoff match against crowd favorite Nexplay Solid in the Mobile Legends: Bang Bang Pro League-Philippines (MPL-PH).  Bren coach Francis “Duckey” Glindro said that the Group B top seed will sweep the Group A fourth-placer NXP in their best-of-five quarterfinal tussle in the MPL-PH playoffs on October 23.  “Gusto n’yo ba real talk? 3-0 definitely for Bren Esports,” said Duckey in the recent Asus ROG Podcast hosted by Dan “Leo” Cubangay on Thursday night.  The M1 world champion coach emphasized two reasons why AkosiDogie’s NXP Solid would not make it past Bren.  “First one, they don’t have their own identity. ‘Monkey see, monkey do.’ What they see, they do it without realizing (that) the dynamics of their team is different,” said Duckey.  “Second point is that majority of their players already reached their mechanic caps. That’s the best that they can perform,” he added.  “Ito na ‘yung Taguro isandaang porsyento.”  Photo from Nexplay Facebook page Duckey, however, saved Renejay “RENEJAY” Barcarse and Tristan “YAWI” Cabrera from his second point. Meaning to say, he was referring to captain Chester “Chester” Gonzales, Bien “Mb” Esquillo and John Paul “H2wo” Salonga, who had one of the highest KDAs in the regular season.  The former EVOS Legends Indonesia mentor even threw some loaded words to Dogie.  “Honestly, I don’t really care how much pronouncements Dogie says like, ‘Babaliin namin yung meta.’ I don’t really care man.” “The only thing that matters to me is if you do it. I haven’t seen them do it. And that’s some real talk Dogie.”  Bren and NXP already engaged in online banters even before their group stage match, which the black and gold squad easily won. .....»»

Category: lifestyleSource:  abscbnRelated NewsOct 18th, 2020

Harden block clinches series for Rockets, sets Lakers clash

James Harden's shooting touch deserted him, but the Houston star came up big on the defensive end in the Rockets' 104-102 series-clinching win over Oklahoma City in the NBA playoffs on Wednesday......»»

Category: sportsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsSep 3rd, 2020

NBA Playoffs LIVE UPDATES - West Round 1: (2) Los Angeles Clippers vs. (7) Dallas Mavericks Game 3

Things are heating up in the NBA Playoffs!  Three of the four Western Conference matchups are tied at 1-1, including the series between the 2-seed Los Angeles Clippers and and the 7-seed Dallas Mavericks!  After the Kawhi Leonard and the Clippers took Game 1, Luka Doncic and the Mavericks bounced back in a big way in Game 2.  The series lead will be up for grabs in an all-important Game 3!  Tip off is on Saturday, August 22nd at 9:00 AM! Join us for LIVE UPDATES. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsAug 21st, 2020

NBA Playoffs LIVE UPDATES - West Round 1: (1) Los Angeles Lakers vs. (8) Portland Trail Blazers Game 1

The playoff picture is set. It's time for the most exciting part of the NBA season!  Back in the postseason for the first time since 2013, the Los Angeles Lakers, led by LeBron James and Anthony Davis, return to the playoffs in style by clinching the top seed in the Western Conference. Looking to continue their Cinderella-run by taking down the best in the West are the eighth-seeded Portland Trail Blazers, who clawed their way into the final playoff spot in the Western Conference thanks to the stellar play of Bubble MVP Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum.  In their three meetings in the 2019-2020 season, the Lakers won twice, both by big margins.  Tip off is on Wednesday, August 19th at 9:00 AM! Join us for LIVE UPDATES! .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsAug 17th, 2020

Toronto s Nurse is most impressive coach says G League s Shaw

The 2018-2019 season was a milestone year for the Toronto Raptors. With Kawhi Leonard leading the way, the Raptors finished with 58 wins for their second-best regular season in franchise in history. In the playoffs, Toronto embarked on one of the most inspiring runs ever. The Raptors culminated their journey with a six-game conquest of the two-time champion Golden State Warriors in the NBA Finals for their first NBA title. A lot of last season's success falls on the players led by Kawhi, but Toronto's championship win also coincided with Nick Nurse's first-year as head coach. This season, Kawhi is no longer a Raptor but Toronto retained the no. 2 seed in the Eastern Conference playoffs on the strength of their best regular season ever as a franchise. Toronto's success in 2020 makes Nurse's impact pretty evident. Despite losing their no. 1 star, Coach Nick still has the champion Raptors as arguably the team to beat in these years playoffs. "Hands down for me, the most impressive coaching job that I've seen this year was Nick Nurse and the Toronto Raptors. I was impressed last year in his rookie season as well," G League Select Team coach Brian Shaw said in an interview set up by NBA Philippines. "I think people expected for the Toronto Raptors to drop off because Kawhi Leonard is not there, but he had them playing competitively all season long. I still think they're the team to beat until somebody knocks them off," he added. Shaw says Nurse's genius lies behind his ability to cook up defenses to go against multiple teams and multiple star players. True enough, the Raptors are second in the NBA in defensive rating. Toronto is also no. 1 in steals among all teams in the NBA bubble. "I was impressed by his schemes, particularly defensively. Nick Nurse has shown the ability to take the other team's stars out of the game by using unconventional methods. I've seen games where he's played box-and-one, triangle-and-two, zone defense," Shaw said. "We know that whoever team's stars can beat you, what he does is throws the whole defense at those guys and see if the rest of the team can beat us. I think he's unique in that way, in some of the approaches he takes on the defensive end," Shaw added of Coach Nurse.   — Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsAug 17th, 2020

Mann leads Clippers over Thunder as stars rest for playoffs

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — Terance Mann hit a go-ahead 3-pointer with 2:30 left in overtime and had 25 points and 14 rebounds for the Los Angeles Clippers, who beat the Oklahoma City Thunder 107-103 Friday night (Saturday morning in the Philippines) in a final seeding game for both teams devoid of stars. The Clippers rested Kawhi Leonard, Paul George and Lou Williams for the playoffs starting next week. They wrapped up the second seed in the Western Conference playoffs with a 124-111 victory over Denver on Wednesday night. “I’m just going to go with rest tonight,” coach Doc Rivers said before the game. Amir Coffey added 21 points for the Clippers while Patrick Patterson had 17 points and 14 rebounds. The Thunder played without Chris Paul (sprained left hand) and Luguentz Dort (sprained right knee). Oklahoma City came into the game locked into a first-round matchup with the Houston Rockets. Hamidou Diallo had 27 points and 11 rebounds and Dennis Schroder 17 points for the Thunder. Mann made a free throw with 1:23 left in regulation to tie it at 87 but missed the second. The Thunder missed three field goals and Joakim Noah had a layup blocked by Devon Hall with 4.8 seconds left. TIP-INS Thunder: Will be either the No. 4 or 5 seed. Clippers: George put the playoffs in perspective when he said, “Seeding doesn’t really mean anything in this bubble. There’s no home-court advantage.” UP NEXT Thunder: Will face Houston in the playoffs next week. Clippers: Will face Dallas in the playoffs next week......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsAug 15th, 2020

Cloud9 earns bye, Dignitas squeezes into LCS playoffs

With the top seed in the playoffs already set, the main drama heading into Sunday's final day of the League of Legends Championship Series' Summer Split regular season involved who would get the secon.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilanewsRelated NewsAug 10th, 2020

Vegas, Philly grab top seeds in NHL playoffs

Montreal, Canada—Alex Tuch’s overtime goal gave the Vegas Golden Knights a 4-3 victory over Colorado on Saturday (Sunday Philippine time) and a Western Conference top seed in the National Hockey League playoffs......»»

Category: sportsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsAug 9th, 2020