PBA bubble: Ginebra seeks 3-0 vs Meralco

      By JONAS TERRADO   Games Today (AUF Gym powered by Smart 5G) 4 p.m. — Blackwater vs NorthPort 6:45 p.m. — Ginebra vs Meralco   Barangay Ginebra San Miguel goes for a third consecutive victory and a share of the lead with idle TNT when it takes on Meralco tonight in the […].....»»

Category: newsSource: tempo tempoOct 17th, 2020

Cone rewards Japeth with more minutes ‘to get him in shape’

Japeth Aguilar topscored Barangay Ginebra with 20 points against Meralco. (PBA Images) Some were probably wondering why coach Tim Cone kept Japeth Aguilar on the floor even though Barangay Ginebra San Miguel already had the game won against Meralco Sunday night. “I left him out there the whole time, just so to get him in shape,” Cone said after Ginebra’s 105-91 victory at the Angeles University Foundation Sports and Cultural Center. Aguilar finished with a game-high 20 points, scoring nine during a nine-minute appearance in the fourth quarter, something Cone said is something he rarely does. But Cone explained that having such exposure even in a blowout contest could bode well for Aguilar in the long run since the Finals Most Valuable Player of last season’s Governors’ Cup entered the bubble only days before the restart. And it has resulted in averages of 9.0 points and 3.0 rebounds in wins over NLEX and Blackwater. “We really don’t have time to get him in shape by working out because the games come so fast,” said Cone.  “Though we have a big margin, I wasn’t taking Japeth out. That’s unusual for me, but I saw it as a purpose and to stay on the floor and keep working. Hopefully that will make him better into our next game.” Ginebra is hoping that would be the case as it enters a stretch of difficult games against tough opponents. The Kings return to action on Wednesday against the Phoenix Super LPG Fuel Masters, who opened the conference with two straight wins. Next is Ginebra’s “Bubble Clasico” showdown with Magnolia on Sunday followed by a clash with another sister team in defending five-time champion San Miguel Beer on Oct. 30......»»

Category: lifestyleSource:  abscbnRelated NewsOct 19th, 2020

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: NewsOct 18th, 2020

Old rivalry renewed as Gin Kings, Bolts clash today

NINE months after their Governor’s Cup title showdown, rivals Barangay Ginebra Gin Kings and Meralco Bolts will collide anew, this time inside the PBA bubble in Clark, Pampanga. The Gin Kings and the Bolts will meet in the 6:45 p.m. main game of PBA Season 45 Philippine Cup at the Angeles University Foundation Sports Arena […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimes_netRelated NewsOct 18th, 2020

Bolts, itinumba ang Aces

Mga laro ngayon (AUF gym) 4 p.m. – Northport vs. Phoenix 6:45 p.m. – Ginebra vs. Blackwater Walang sinayang na panahon ang Meralco nitong Miyerkules upang mabilis na pabagsakin ang Alaska, 93-81, sa pagpapatuloy ng PBA Philippine Cup sa kanilang bubble setup sa Angeles University Foundation gym sa Clark, Pampanga. Pinangunahan ni Allein Maliksi, Baser […] The post Bolts, itinumba ang Aces appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsOct 15th, 2020

Black believes Ginebra’s Brownlee can break his record

          By JONAS TERRADO   Meralco coach Norman Black believes that Justin Brownlee and Allen Durham are capable of joining him as the only imports to reach the PBA’s 10,000-point club. Black expressed gratitude after being informed of the 32nd anniversary of the feat he did as a playing of San […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  tempoRelated NewsOct 24th, 2020

Meralco goes back-to-back

Chris Newsome did an encore of his endgame heroics from Tuesday’s outing and the Meralco Bolts surged to their second consecutive win in the PBA bubble in Pampanga......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsOct 23rd, 2020

‘Muscle Man’ powers Alaska over Rain or Shine

PBA Images Streaking Alaska handed Rain or Shine its first loss Thursday night after escaping with an 89-88 win in the PBA Philippine Cup at the Angeles University Foundation Sports and Cultural Center in Angeles City, Pampanga. Vic Manuel flashed his pre-pandemic form when it mattered, hitting 10 of his 18 points in the fourth quarter as the Aces rallied from being down 75-68 midway in the period before enduring excruciating moments in the end to pick up their third straight victory after a 0-2 start. Jeron Teng had 13 points and eight assists while Abu Tratter and rookie Barkley Ebona added 10 points apiece for Alaska, which has been playing sound basketball following losses to TNT and Meralco. “When things didn’t go our way, we went back to just doing things we know we could do well that is defending and improving that aspect. We felt that would make it easy on the offensive end,” said Aces coach Jeffrey Cariaso. Alaska has limited its opponents to 83.7 points during the three wins, including against Rain or Shine. Manuel’s jumper and a running one-hander gave the Aces leads of 85-80 and 87-83 under the last two minutes, but his clutch shots nearly went for naught when the Elasto Painters gave them a scare. Beau Belga cut the gap to a point 89-88 with 7.3 seconds left, then forced Alaska guard Jvee Casio to lose the ball out of bounds off Teng’s inbound, giving Rain or Shine a chance to steal the game. Rey Nambatac, who came through in the clutch against San Miguel Beer and NorthPort, tried to do it again when he used a Belga pick to go for a driving layup. But Nambatac missed a finger roll against two defenders before time expired. The loss denied Rain or Shine a 4-0 start and a share of second place with idle Barangay Ginebra San Miguel. It also spoiled a career game from Sidney Onwubere, who topscored for the Elasto Painters with 16 points. The former Emilio Aguinaldo College standout was averaging 1.4 points in 20 games last season. Javee Mocon and Adrian Wong, the first Rookie of the Week winner of the PBA Press Corps, added 14 and 12 points for Rain or Shine. The scores: ALASKA 89 — Manuel 18, Teng 13, Tratter 10, Ebona 10, Herndon 9, DiGregorio 7, Brondial 7, Casio 5, Ahanmisi 5, Galliguez 3, Ayaay 2, Marcelino 0. RAIN OR SHINE 88 — Onwubere 16, Mocon 14, Wong 12, Torres 10, Belga 10, Nambatac 7, Norwood 5, Yap 5, Doliguez 3, Rosales 2, Ponferada 2, Rivero 2, Tolentino 0. Quarters: 22-18, 38-41, 61-63, 89-88......»»

Category: newsSource: NewsOct 22nd, 2020

More swab test inside bubble; activities back to normal after disinfection

CLARK FREEPORT–Barangay Ginebra guard LA Tenorio, some PBA staff and members of the media on Thursday underwent their second swab test as part of the tight health measures being implemented inside the bubble.   The procedure was done in a stricter manner a day after the league reported that a referee was found to be a “suspect case”of the deadly virus on his fourth RT-PCR test. Hours later, he came out negative on the antigen test administered upon his arrival at the mega quarantine facility in Capas, Tarlac.  Tenorio and the 14 other delegates had to wait in their respective rooms in Quest Hotel for their turn in the swab testing area.  Alaska and Blackwater also had a second round of test for the week after several players raised concern of having possible contact with the suspected case.  The RT-PCR testing is done to the entire 350-man delegation every two weeks to ensure the safety and integrity of the bubble.  Save for a few late arrivals, all players and staff of the 12 teams already tested negative on their second swab test in the bubble administered last week.  Meanwhile, the PBA has lifted the suspension of activities in the hotel following the full disinfection of facilities.  Swimming, jogging and gym workouts were allowed anew starting on Thursday afternoon. .....»»

Category: newsSource: NewsOct 22nd, 2020

Road Warriors eye win No. 2 vs Bolts in PBA bubble

      BY JONAS TERRADO   Games Friday (AUF Gym powered by Smart 5G) 4 p.m. – NLEX vs Meralco 6:45 p.m. – Magnolia vs Phoenix   NLEX and Meralco look to build on their recent wins when the two MVP Group-owned squads collide Friday in the PBA Philippine Cup at the Angeles University […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  tempoRelated NewsOct 22nd, 2020

Ayonayon, Tolentino head MPBL rookies shining in PBA bubble

NLEX's Mike Ayonayon and Arvin Tolentino of Barangay Ginebra are noteworthy among the newcomers from the country's top regional league......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsOct 20th, 2020

Bolts sinagip ni Newsome

Ipinamalas ni Chris Newsome ang tatag sa krusyal na yugto upang bitbitin nito ang Meralco Bolts sa 109-104 overtime panalo kagabi sa eliminasyon ng 2020 Honda PBA Philippine Cup bubble na ginaganap sa AUF Sports Arena & Cultural Center sa Clark, Pampanga. The post Bolts sinagip ni Newsome first appeared on Abante......»»

Category: newsSource:  abanteRelated NewsOct 20th, 2020

Casio plays hero as Alaska breaks bubble curse

Jvee Casio was excellent in crucial moments. (PBA Images) Alaska bounced back from two losses to open the bubble campaign by grinding out an 87-81 victory over Magnolia Saturday night in the PBA Philippine Cup at the Angeles University Foundation Sports and Cultural Center. Jvee Casio produced some of the keys in the final minutes as the Aces defeated one of the PBA’s top contenders to barge into the win column after falling short against the TNT Tropang Giga and Meralco Bolts. Casio finished with 17 points, including a three-pointer that put Alaska ahead 79-75 with 2:40 remaining in the fourth. He also blocked a rainbow attempt by Jackson Corpuz while the Aces were protecting an 85-81 lead. Jeron Teng scored eight of his team-high 19 points in the fourth quarter, helping the Aces take the lead for good while Mike DiGregorio and Abu Tratter added 10 points apiece. The Aces won in the first game since announcing that forward Kevin Racal will miss the rest of the conference due to an ACL injury he suffered in their 100-95 loss to the Tropang Giga last Oct. 11. That game certainly was still in the mind of coach Jeffrey Cariaso, who told his team to carry a mentality as if the Aces had a 1-1 record. “When you approach that game than being 0-2, I think their mindset’s different,” he said. “We came to this game facing a well-coached and very tough Magnolia team. They have superstars that we really have to worry about and to be able to step up and be better defensively is my biggest take on this game.” Alaska bucked a 39-28 second quarter deficit to inch its way back into the game, cooling Magnolia’s offense after making 63-percent of its shots in the first quarter. Mark Barroca was one of the few bright spots for the Hotshots with 16 points, three rebounds, five assists and two steals. Rookie big man Aris Dionisio scored 10 points in 17 minutes. But Magnolia saw Paul Lee being held to a 4-of-16 shooting despite 14 points, thus falling to a 1-2 record this conference. The scores: ALASKA 87 — Teng 19, Casio 17, Tratter 10, DiGregorio 10, Manuel 9, Herndon 7, Galliguez 6, Ebona 5, Brondial 4, Ayaay 0, Marcelino 0, Publico 0. MAGNOLIA 81 — Barroca 16, Lee 14, Banchero 13, Jalalon 11, Dionisio 10, Sangalang 8, De la Rosa 7, Corpuz 2, Reavis 0, Melton 0, Abundo 0. Quarters: 21-29, 43-45, 62-64, 87-81......»»

Category: lifestyleSource:  abscbnRelated NewsOct 18th, 2020

Tim Cone: The knack of being at the ‘bubble’

Barangay Ginebra coach Tim Cone revealed that entering the bubble was not so much stressful as it may seem. And it is because he has established his own daily workout routine, starting with a good sleep at night, followed by an early morning walk and an hour of laps in the swimming area. “I always […] The post Tim Cone: The knack of being at the ‘bubble’ appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsOct 17th, 2020

Kings thump Bossing, 103-99

CLARK — Barangay Ginebra posted its second straight win inside the bubble after it nipped Blackwater, 103-99, in the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) Philippine Cup at the crowdless Angeles University Foundation gym powered by Smart 5G. Kings forward Prince Caperal exploded with 24 big points including five treys and grabbed six rebounds to lead his […] The post Kings thump Bossing, 103-99 appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsOct 15th, 2020

Virtual audience opens to fans

The PBA’s bubble feature of a virtual audience wasn’t supposed to invite fans until Monday but because of insistent public demand, commissioner Willie Marcial has decided to open it up starting today. Marcial said PLDT chief revenue officer, Smart president/CEO and PBA Meralco governor Al Panlilio called the other day asking if the fans could be included earlier than Monday with clamor in social media reaching high decibel levels......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsOct 15th, 2020

Bolts rebound, repulse aces

Meralco rebounded from its opening booboo in the PBA bubble with a morale-boosting 93-81 triumph over Alaska Milk yesterday in the Philippine Cup at AUF Sports Arena powered by Smart 5G in Angeles City......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsOct 15th, 2020

Alaska nilagok ng Meralco, 81-93

CLARK, Philippines – Naitala ng Meralco Bolts ang kanilang unang panalo sa 2020 PBA Philippine Cup matapos ilampaso ang Alaska Aces, 93-81, sa larong ginanap bubble sa Angeles University Foundation and Cultural Center sa Clark Pampanga. Nanguna sa matamis na panalo ng Bolts si Allein Maliksi na kumamada ng 17 points. Maganda ang naging laban […] The post Alaska nilagok ng Meralco, 81-93 appeared first on REMATE ONLINE......»»

Category: newsSource:  remateRelated NewsOct 14th, 2020

Ginebra overtakes NLEX

THE Barangay Ginebra Gin Kings used a third-quarter boost to overtake the NLEX Road Warriors, 102-92, inside the Angeles University Foundation gym “bubble” in Clark, Pampanga on Sunday night. The Gin Kings stepped on the gas in the third frame, scoring 35 points to break away from the 48-all deadlock at halftime. Aljon Mariano led […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimes_netRelated NewsOct 13th, 2020

Wright on target in Phoenix hot start

Phoenix Super LPG gave interim coach Topex Robinson an auspicious debut in the PBA Philippine Cup bubble as the Fuel Masters zapped Meralco, 116-98, yesterday at the AUF Sports Arena in Angeles, Pampanga......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsOct 12th, 2020

Phoenix giniba ang Meralco, 116-98

MANILA, Philippines – Tinalo ng Phoenix Super LPG Fuel Masters ang Meralco Bolts, 116-98, sa kanilang unang laro sa bubble sa Clark, Pampanga sa restart ng 2020 PBA Philippine Cup. Hindi pa rin pinaglaro ng PBA si Calvin Abueva dahil may ilang pang pag-uusap ang gagawin para muling payagan itong maglaro sa PBA. Nanguna sa […] The post Phoenix giniba ang Meralco, 116-98 appeared first on REMATE ONLINE......»»

Category: newsSource:  remateRelated NewsOct 12th, 2020