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08-14-2013, 09:47 AM
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PBA Govs’ Cup blasts off

Focus on imports as national players could get rest

By Musong R. Castillo

Philippine Daily Inquirer

1:17 am | Wednesday, August 14th, 2013

Arizona Reid will try to plug two holes created by the excused absence of Gabe Norwood and Jeff Chan when Rain or Shine opens defense of its PBA Governors’ Cup title against powerhouse San Mig Coffee today at Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay.

The bull-strong import will anchor the Elasto Painters’ game on both ends in the 7:30 p.m. match as Rain or Shine starts working on their franchise’s first successful defense against one of the fancied teams in the preseason.

Chan and Norwood helped Gilas Pilipinas win the silver medal in the very recent 27th Fiba-Asia Championship and coach Yeng Guiao said that he is open to letting them rest though “winning is important to us because we have a good chance.”

The Painters won this tournament with Jamelle Cornley as an import last year and were set to re-sign the hardworking Cornley before a celebrated incident with three prostitutes about three months ago forced the PBA to suspend him indefinitely.

Marc Pingris will also not play for the Mixers as he needs to let a slightly pulled hamstring heal.

James Yap, the former two-time MVP, will be at the forefront of the San Mig offense with Joe Devance, who recently figured in a near-fistfight with Alaska rookie Calvin Abueva in an exhibition match, also to play a vital role.

Air21 and Globalport clash in the 5:15 p.m. contest with Jay Washington making his debut as a Batang Pier and expected to make it his team.

Washington was involved in a blockbuster trade that also had Japeth Aguilar moving to Barangay Ginebra, and the trade looks like a great fit for the 6-foot-7 power forward because he will be the first option underneath.

Gary David also saw action for the Gilas five and is expected to play minimal minutes if at all, with Sol Mercado and Willie Miller there to take up the scoring slack.

Zach Graham returns for another tour of duty with the Express even as Markeith Cummings makes his debut on Philippine soil with the Batang Pier, who are looking to make it past the eliminations for the first time in their young PBA existence.

Marqus Blakely, a great leaper who had a respectable collegiate career at Vermont, will be San Mig Coffee’s import.

Blakely went undrafted in 2010 and was waived by the Los Angeles Clippers before the regular season began. He went on to the NBA D-League to play for teams like the Iowa Energy and the Bakersfield Jam.

08-14-2013, 11:07 AM
RoS, San Mig Coffee battle in early rematch


Posted at 08/13/2013 10:56 PM | Updated as of 08/13/2013 10:56 PM

MANILA, Philippines – Last year's PBA Governors' Cup finalists will figure in an early rematch when Rain or Shine and San Mig Coffee clash on Wednesday.

The Elasto Painters and the Mixers will meet at 7:30 p.m. at the MOA Arena, which served as a witness to Gilas Pilipinas' successful FIBA Asia Championship campaign.

“In the aftermath of the Gilas glow, it’s hard to put that away and get focused on our own stuff. But we’ll find a way. Hopefully, we’ll live up to their wonderful play,” said San Mig Coffee coach Tim Cone in the PBA website.

“As for Rain or Shine, we couldn’t have picked a tougher assignment.”

The Mixers’ will rest Marc Pingris to allow the player to heal after the latter’s gallant efforts at the FIBA Asia joust despite his injured hamstring.

Cone hopes import Marqus Blakely and James Yap will make up for Pingris’ absence.

“We will play without Ping (Marc Pingris) who we will allow to heal and refresh from his warrior-like Gilas stint, and we will certainly miss him. But with Marqus in tow and a healthy James [Yap], we feel we can hold the fort until Ping’s return in about a week,” he said.

Meanwhile, Rain or Shine mentor and newly-elected Pampanga Rep. Yeng Guiao said they are ready to defend the Governors’ Cup title.

“Our chances are really good. We will try to give our Gilas players some rest whenever we can but winning is still the top priority,” said Guiao.

“Our import is well adapted to the local conditions and I also expect him to step up in the time when we spell our Gilas players.”

Arizona Reid will be making his return to the Elasto Painters since the 2011 Commissioner’s Cup.

Both Rain or Shine and San Mig Cofee figured in a grueling seven-game finals last season.

The Elasto Painters eventually got away with the title by beating the Mixers in Game 7, 83-76.

08-14-2013, 11:07 AM
GlobalPort, Air21 look for early win


Posted at 08/13/2013 9:25 PM | Updated as of 08/13/2013 9:25 PM

MANILA – GlobalPort and Air21 will gun for an early victory when they clash on opening day of the PBA Governors’ Cup on Wednesday.

Batang Pier coach Junel Baculi said that it is important for them to get the early wins as the season-ending conference will use a single-round elimination phase.

“This conference will be a sprint,” Baculi said in the league website. “Our goal is to get W's early on. With new players and our import, we have to work on team chemistry ASAP.”

GlobalPort underwent a roster change for the Governors’ Cup following the acquisitions of Jay Washington, Yousif Taha and Hans Thiele.

Baculi also wants his star player Gary David to undergo a game’s rest following the latter’s emotional stint with Gilas Pilipinas, which finished second in the recent FIBA Asia Championship.

David will also need to familiarize himself with the new line-up after being away from the team in the past last three months.

Air21, on the other hand, has made several changes to prop their Governors’ Cup bid.

Express coach Franz Pumaren brought back prolific import Zach Graham, while acquiring Carlo Sharma and Vic Manuel.

08-14-2013, 11:10 AM
I love tough, relentless players as much as the next guy but Calvin Abueva seems to be making the kind of name for himself that the likes of Rudy Distrito, Onchie Dela Cruz and Jimwell Torion did. And the book on those guys didn't exactly end happily ever after.

Seigle attacks Abueva in Barako-Alaska scrimmage


Posted at 08/10/2013 7:57 PM | Updated as of 08/10/2013 7:57 PM

MANILA, Philippines – A tune-up match between Barako Bull and Alaska turned awry on Saturday when Danny Seigle went after Calvin Abueva following a rugged play.

According to Spin.ph’s Snow Badua, Seigle attacked the prized Alaska rookie after they battled for the rebound in the second quarter.

The 6’6" swingman pushed Abueva to the floor then later held him at the corner of the Gatorade Hoops Center in Mandaluyong.

Cooler heads stepped in to stop the action which led to the ejection of both players.

Barako Bull eventually defeated Alaska, 104-97.

Seigle reportedly claimed that he merely reacted when Abueva elbowed him in several plays before the commotion.

Last week, Abueva was also involved in a near fight with members of San Mig Coffee during a tune-up game.

08-15-2013, 09:28 AM
Globalport sinks Air21 minus David

By Musong R. Castillo

Philippine Daily Inquirer

1:37 am | Thursday, August 15th, 2013

Markeith Cummings scored 37 points and had 11 rebounds and rookie Jaypee Belencion scattered 14 points in the absence of Gary David as Globalport clipped Air21, 101-94, in last night’s start of the PBA Governors’ Cup at Mall of Asia Arena.

The 24-year-old Cummings missed just six of 20 shots from the field and played all but seven minutes in a performance which coach Junnel Baculi said would certainly make the other teams prepare for him in the future.

This marks the second straight conference that the Batang Pier opened up with a win. In the last Commissioner’s Cup, Globalport won its first game and went 2-1 before eventually finishing at the cellar with a 2-12 record.

The Globalport franchise won just three games in its first season in the league, but the acquisition of Cummings and the arrival of Jay Washington from a trade with Petron Blaze have certainly made things look brighter for the Batang Pier.

“I like this team because of the effort that the guys put in,” Washington, the 6-foot-7 forward, said after shooting 15 points that went with nine rebounds, four assists, three steals and a block. “I just think that we have to do a better job at closing out quarters. We had bonehead mistakes out there and better teams will take advantage of those mistakes.”

Globalport was in command all night, even building a 47-30 lead with 5:46 remaining in the second period after one of four triples by Belencion.

The Express were able to prune that down to seven in the fourth, only for the Batang Pier to drop an 11-2 bomb to seal the outcome.

The scores:

First Game

GLOBALPORT 101—Cummings 37, Washington 15, Belencion 14, Miller 10, Lingganay 8, Mercado 8, Hayes 6, Salvador 2, Yee 1, Buensuceso 0, Taha 0, Nabong 0, Alonzo 0.

AIR21 94—Graham 31, Canaleta 19, Isip 13, Menor 9, Sharma 8, Arboleda 7, Sena 2, Custodio 2, Cortez 2, Omolon 1, Manuel 0.

Quarters: 24-20, 53-42, 78-68, 101-94.

08-15-2013, 09:38 AM
From the PBA Web site via Inquirer.net ___


10:59 pm | Wednesday, August 14th, 2013

Arizona Reid marked his return to the Rain or Shine fold with a curious triple-double game of 28 points and 20 rebounds against 10 turnovers, and the Elasto Painters started their PBA Governors Cup title defense with a 79-75 decision over the San Mig Coffee Mixers at the Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City Wednesday night.

Beau Belga, Chris Tiu and Paul Lee hit clutch points as the E-Painters pounced on the Mixers’ faltering windup, pulling through even with Gilas Pilipinas mainstays Jeff Chan and Gabe Norwood sitting out the game.

“I just held back from using Gabe and Jeff. I knew they wanted to play. They wanted to contribute. But we’re looking at the long term. I believe the rest would do good and they did step up,” said Rain or Shine coach Yeng Guiao.

“Noong third quarter nag-isip ako ‘gamitin ko ba?’ They caught up with us, then took the lead. We couldn’t make our outside shots, and Jeff could help us. We couldn’t defend Marqus Blakely, and Gabe could be a good match-up with him,” Guiao also said.

“Nag-alangan ako kung gagamitin ko ba. In the end, I took a gamble,” Guiao added.

Belga, a Gilas reserve, played 22 minutes and contributed to their cause with seven rebounds, five points and one steal against four turnovers.

“Tumaba sa Gilas,” said Guiao.

Belga helped provide toughness at the paint as the Elasto Painters beat out the Mixers in an early rematch of the title protagonists in this conference last season.

Blakely also came through a double-double with 26 points and 20 rebounds and could’ve been a much bigger help for his team if not for his woeful 6-of-19 free throws.

He had missed 10 charities before finally nailing one with 5:07 left in the third period.

Blakely, the same import that brought San Mig Coffee (then known as B-Meg) to the finals last year, spearheaded a key assault that had the Mixers racing ahead at 67-58 early in the fourth quarter.

The Elasto Painters, however, stayed tough under gnawing pressure, salvaging the game on a 10-4 closing run.

Rain or Shine pulled even at 75-all on a drive by Tiu off Mark Barroca and PJ Simon.

And three straight charities by Lee as against a missed three-pointer by James Yap and an error by Blakely had Rain or Shine spurting ahead to stay.

“We just stayed tough all the way to the end. We had scary moments, and it’s the desire of the boys to defend the title that we have that carried us through,” said Guiao. (SB)

08-17-2013, 08:06 AM
Texters trim Energy in OT

Meralco turns back Petron Blaze

By Musong R. Castillo

Philippine Daily Inquirer

1:43 am | Saturday, August 17th, 2013

TALK ‘N TEXT last night survived the first of at least three PBA Governors’ Cup games without its Gilas Pilipinas standouts by trimming Barako Bull, 118-113, in overtime after getting 48 points from import Tony Mitchell last night at Smart Araneta Coliseum.

Mid-conference acquisition Sean Anthony also shone with 23 markers and a lot of the hustle on the other end as the Tropang Texters won a high-scoring game coach Norman Black didn’t expect.

“We were missing a lot of key players, I really didn’t know what to expect,” Black told reporters. “I thought we needed to play good defense to win, and it turned into a shootout.”

Mitchell scored in twin digits in each of the first three quarters and already had 36 of his total entering the fourth, only to sputter like the rest of the team in the stretch that allowed the Energy to forge extension at 101-all.

He redeemed himself in extra time by hitting eight points, including a running jumper that hit nothing but net that touched off a telling 9-3 run and put the game to bed for the Texters.

Black actually missed six players for the game, Gilas boys Larry Fonacier, Jimmy Alapag, Jason Castro and Ranidel de Ocampo, Harvey Carey, who flew to the United States to get married, and the ailing Kelly Williams.

“I give credit to my players who are not in the Philippine team that performed well today,” Black said after getting 19 points from Ryan Reyes and 11 from Jai Reyes.

In the second game, Mario West fired 23 points as Meralco bucked a poor start to subdue Petron Blaze, 89-83.

Veteran Reynel Hugnatan had a throwback performance, notching 20 points as the Bolts spoiled the return of Gee Abanilla as the Boosters’ head coach.

Meanwhile, opening day winners Globalport and Rain or Shine dispute the early lead at 3:45 p.m. today at Ynares Center in Antipolo.

The scores:

First Game

TALK ‘N TEXT 118—Mitchell 48, Anthony 23, Reyes R. 19, Reyes J. 11, Al-Hussaini 8, Aban 7, Peek 2, Raymundo 0, Aquino 0, Alvarez 0, Ferriols 0.

BARAKO BULL 113—Singletary 41, Macapagal 24, Pennisi 13, Intal 12, Monfort 9, Marcelo 4, Seigle 4, Jensen 3, Buenafe 3, Bulawan 0, Weinstein 0, Cruz 0.

Quarters: 26-31, 53-62, 81-80, 101-101, 118-113

Second Game

MERALCO 89—West 23, Hugnatan 20, Ross 14, Salvacion 13, Wilson 9, Reyes 4, Mangahas 2, Hodge 2, Guevarra 2, Vanlandingham 0, Allado 0.

PETRON 83—Millsap 24, Santos 16, Fajardo 12, Lassiter 8, Cabagnot 8, Tubid 7, Lutz 2, Lanete 2, Kramer 2, Miranda 2, Deutchman 0, Yeo 0, Ildefonso 0.

Quarters: 16-28, 39-41, 66-61, 89-83

08-17-2013, 08:07 AM
Meralco leans on ‘old reliable’ to trip Petron in PBA Governors’ Cup

By Celest R. Flores


10:51 pm | Friday, August 16th, 2013

MANILA, Philippines — Meralco fended off Petron’s fightback and nabbed an 89-83 win Friday night in the 2013 PBA Governors’ Cup at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.

Seasoned bigman Reynel Hugnatan pounded on rookie Junmar Fajardo in the fourth quarter as the Bolts kept the Boosters, who even led by 14 in the first half, no closer than five in the last five minutes.

The “old reliable” Hugnatan, as head coach Ryan Gregorio aptly described, had eight of 20 points in the payoff period to lead Meralco on top off 23 points from last-minute import Mario West.

“It’s a nice way to start the conference after all the apprehensions. Everything panned out the right way against the ‘mighty’ Petron,” said Gregorio.

The Bolts blizted to the lead, albeit slim, towards the end of the third quarter, 66-61, and never relinquished it.

“It’s a good thing our ‘old reliables’ led by Reynel Hugnatan and Sunday Salvacion, did a lot of damage offensively after there were scary moments in the third,” Gregorio also said.

The youthful coach also commended guard John Wilson, who suited up for 35 minutes and shadowed the Boosters’ import Elijah Millsap.

Milsap finished with 24 points and 12 rebounds for Petron, while Arwind Santos added 16 points and 11 boards.

The scores:

Meralco 89 – West 23, Hugnatan 20, Ross 14, Salvacion 13, Wilson 9, Reyes 4, Mangahas 2, Hodge 2, Guevarra 2, Vanlandingham 0, Allado 0.

Petron 83 – MIllsap 24, Santos 16, Fajardo 12, Lassiter 8, Cabagnot 8, Tubid 7, Lutz 2, Lanete 2, Kramer 2, Miranda 2, Deutchman 0, Yeo 0, Ildefonso 0.

Quarters: 16-28, 39-41, 66-61, 89-83

08-18-2013, 09:06 PM
RoS rips Globalport

By Musong R. Castillo

Philippine Daily Inquirer

1:52 am | Sunday, August 18th, 2013

ANTIPOLO—Arizona Reid scored 27 points and grabbed 17 rebounds to lead Rain or Shine to a 94-74 drubbing of Globalport last night and stay undefeated in the PBA Governors’ Cup eliminations at the Ynares Center here.

Ryan Arana scattered 21 points and Paul Lee chipped in 15 as the Elasto Painters broke away in the second period to send Batang Pier crashing back down to reality for a 1-1 card.

So in tune were the Painters that Jeff Chan and Gabe Norwood, members of the history-setting Gilas Pilipinas squad, were made to play just a total of 23 minutes combined without slowing Rain or Shine down.

“Getting a 2-0 start in a short conference is important, because you can assure yourself a stint in the next round early,” Rain or Shine coach Yeng Guiao said. “We’re trying to get Gabe and Jeff back to their regular rhythm, and I am sure that we will improve when they do.”

Air21 bounced back from a loss to Globalport Wednesday by turning back San Mig Coffee, 93-82, in the second game.

Globalport, which opened up with a win over Air21 on Wednesday, got 23 points and 14 rebounds from import Markeith Cummings. But after Sol Mercado’s 13 points, no one was able to contribute heavily.

Jay Washington was good for just five points in 35 minutes, a far cry from the 15 and nine rebounds he had in the authoritative win against the Express.

Meanwhile, Meralco tries to pin a second straight loss on Barako Bull and climb into a tie for the early lead with the Painters when the Bolts, who will still be without Mac Cardona, battled the Energy in the 4:15 p.m. game today at Smart Araneta Coliseum.

The Bolts will be coming off an 89-83 victory over Petron Blaze, which can be considered as the first upset of the tournament, on Friday night even with Cardona sitting on the bench because of a leg injury.

The Boosters, on the other hand, will try to bounce back from that setback against debuting Barangay Ginebra and new coach Ato Agustin in the 6:30 p.m. main game.

Japeth Aguilar and LA Tenorio, the Gin Kings’ contribution to the National five, are expected to see action after rejoining the squad for practice on Friday.

Dior Lowhorn debuts as Ginebra’s import, though Mark Caguioa, the reigning MVP, will continue to be the heart and soul of the Kings, the losing finalists to Alaska in the last Commissioner’s Cup.

Elijah Millsap will be the spearhead of the Boosters, who blew a 12-point lead in the first half before tumbling against the Bolts.

Petron is breaking in a new coach in Gee Abanilla and a new consultant in Todd Purvis. But the Boosters were outsmarted in the final three quarters by Meralco’s Ryan Gregorio, who played with a small lineup and chopped down the hulking Boosters.

The scores:


RAIN OR SHINE 94 – Reid 27, Arana 21, Lee 15, Belga 6, Quinahan 6, Matias 5, Rodriguez 5, Chan 4, Ibanes 3, Cruz 2, Tiu 0, Norwood 0, Tang 0.

GLOBALPORT 74 – Cummings 23, Mercado 13, Miller 8, Yee 7, Belencion 6, Washington 5, Hayes 4, Nabong 4, David 3, Buensuceso 1, Lingganay 0, Alonzo 0, Salvador 0.

Quarters: 21-23, 41-33, 71-58, 94-74


AIR 21 93—Graham 38, Cortez 13, Canaleta 12, Manuel 8, Menor 8, Isip 5, Sharma 4, Sena 3, Custodio 2, Omolon 0, Ritualo 0, Arboleda 0.

San Mig 82 —Blakely 37, Mallari 10, Simon 9, Devance 6, Maliksi 5, Acuna 5, Reavis 4, Ponferrada 2, Barroca 2, Yap 2, Alvarez 0, De Ocampo 0.

Quarters: 21-25, 49-46, 75-68, 93-82

08-18-2013, 09:07 PM
PBA: Monfort’s career game lifts Barako Bull over Meralco

By Mark Giongco


6:39 pm | Sunday, August 18th, 2013

MANILA, Philippines — Emman Monfort scored a career-best 22 points as Barako Bull zapped Meralco, 90-89, in the 38th PBA Governors’ Cup Sunday at the Smart Araneta Coliseum in Cubao.

The Energy Cola, who dropped a close decision to the Talk ‘N Text in overtime last Friday, improved to 1-1.

“Ginawa ko lang yung pinapagawa sa akin ni coach,” said the 16th pick in the 2012 PBA Draft Monfort, who also grabbed seven rebounds.

“It was a very tough game for us,” said Barako Bull coach Rajko Toroman. “I hope this win can give us special energy.”

The Bolts, who fell to 1-1 after winning against Petron Blaze, had a couple of chances to win but on both occasions their import Mario West missed on tough-angled runners.

Monfort was huge in the second half with 17 of his 22 coming in the final two quarters including a right elbow jumper that gave his team a 90-87 cushion with only 1:39 left.

West had 33 points, nine rebounds and four assists while Barako Bull import Mike Singletary tallied 28 points and grabbed 14 rebounds but had two turnovers down the stretch.

08-18-2013, 09:08 PM
Diminutive guard Monfort stands tall for Barako Bull

By Mark Giongco


7:56 pm | Sunday, August 18th, 2013

MANILA, Philippines — Perhaps no one expected that Barako Bull point guard Emman Monfort, the fourth shortest player in PBA history, would stand the tallest Sunday.

Not even the five-foot-six Monfort himself, whose dream was simply just to be able to play in the PBA.

“Masaya na ako na yung nasa PBA na ako. Dream ko lang talaga makalaro sa PBA, makatapak lang ako sa court,” said Monfort, who was selected by the Energy Cola as the 16th pick in the 2012 PBA Draft, after breaking out with a career-best 22-point, seven-rebound outing to lead Barako Bull to a 90-89 win over Meralco.

“Overwhelming. Hindi ko pa ma-explain ngayon kung anong nangyari sa game. Maraming salamat sa teammates ko [because] they set me up, Dorian Peña, Mick Pennisi, Danny Seigle ang ganda ng mga screens nila so I was open and sabi ng mga teammates ko just take the shot,” said Monfort, probably a player still unheard of by the league’s followers but is well-known in college basketball as one of the key cogs of the Ateneo Blue Eagles in the UAAP.

Monfort refused to take credit for his sterling performance which was highlighted by 17 second-half points including a clutch jumper from the right elbow down the stretch.

“Iniisip ko lang kung paano matutulungan mga teammates ko.”

He also refused to give up and get discouraged despite dealing with injuries to start his professional career.

“Start of the first conference, I fractured my hand, so I was out four to six months. Start of the second conference, na-refracture ulit. So fifth to the last game na lang ako nakalaro last conference,” Monfort said.

“Malaki paniniwala ko sa Diyos. I know everything happens for a reason. I fractured my hand I didn’t stop, I refractured my hand I didn’t stop. I said na binigyan talaga ako ng Diyos ng pagkakataon and I think this is it.”

08-19-2013, 07:02 AM
Petron slips past Ginebra

By Musong R. Castillo

Philippine Daily Inquirer

1:14 am | Monday, August 19th, 2013

PETRON Blaze put Barangay Ginebra’s run-and-gun game in check in the stretch and pulled out a 101-95 decision of the Gin Kings last night in the PBA Governors’ Cup eliminations before a sizeable crowd at Smart Araneta Coliseum that braved nonstop rains in Metro Manila.

The Boosters held the Kings scoreless for a 2:20 span in the stretch and broke out of a 93-all tie to bounce back from a conference-opening loss and join a big bunch of teams at 1-1.

Ginebra fielded national team standouts LA Tenorio and Japeth Aguilar but its offense later conked out as the Gin Kings missed several shots both from close range and from the outside when they needed them the most.

“I think we played well defensively,” new Petron coach Gee Abanilla said. “Slowly, we’re trying to build the (defensive) system we want to instill in the players.”

Doug Kramer stood out from among the stars on the Petron roster, shooting 17 points that went with 10 rebounds in a splendid job coming off the bench. His last basket—off an Elijah Millsap miss—gave the Boosters a 98-93 lead heading into the final 1:31.

“Doug did a good job on (Dion) Lowhorn (the Ginebra import), who is also a big boy and a tough inside player,” Abanilla said.

Millsap went on to pace the Boosters with 24 points, all but one coming in the first three quarters, before the rest of the team got into the scoring act in the stretch run.

Marcio Lassiter finished with 23 points capped by a three-point play off Mark Caguioa with 1:20 left that opened up a 101-93 lead.

Ginebra pulled level at 93 with 2:22 remaining after two Tenorio free throws before going scoreless.

Petron actually suffered a scoring drought earlier to throw away an 85-80 lead and allow the Kings to forge ahead at 87-85 after a three-point play by Lowhorn off Kramer’s fifth foul.

Alex Cabagnot then pushed the Boosters ahead again with a rare four-point play off Tenorio with 4:35 left.

Lowhorn finished with 29 points and 11 boards for the Kings, the losing finalists to Alaska in the Commissioner’s Cup, with Caguioa shooting 15 and Chris Ellis 12.

Tenorio and Aguilar, vital cogs of the Gilas Pilipinas team that finished with the silver medal in the recent 27th Fiba Asia Championship, combined for 17 points.

Second Game

PETRON 101— Millsap 24, Lassiter 23, Cabagnot 18, Kramer 17, Santos 12, Tubid 5, Fajardo 2, Deutchman 0, Lutz 0, Lanete 0.

GINEBRA 95—Lowhorn 29, Caguioa 15, Ellis 12, Tenorio 9, Aguilar 8, Wilson 7, Mamaril 6, Helterbrand 5, Baracael 4, Urbiztondo 0.

Quarters: 26-29, 45-52, 79-71, 101-95

08-25-2013, 10:36 AM
Tenorio shines as Gin Kings clobber Bolts

By June Navarro

Philippine Daily Inquirer

2:05 am | Sunday, August 25th, 2013

Perhaps, there is something about Meralco that makes LA Tenorio click.

The cat-quick Barangay Ginebra guard pumped in a career-high 34 points as the Gin Kings subdued the Bolts, 98-85, last night for their first win in the PBA Governors Cup at Cuneta Astrodome.

Tenorio drove, hit jumpers, found the open man and was just a nightmare for the Bolts, particularly during the decisive third-quarter run when the Gin Kings began pulling away.

Creating his shots most of the time, Tenorio scored 16 points in the third as Ginebra outscored the Bolts, 33-25, and went on to reward Ato Agustin his first win as coach of the league’s most popular ballclub following a season-opening defeat against Petron.

“Our mindset was to get the first win. We didn’t want to get into a deep hole, this conference is a sprint,” said Tenorio, who helped Gilas Pilipinas secure a spot in the 2014 Fiba World Cup by finishing second in the recent Fiba Asia Championship here in Manila.

Tenorio was perfect from three-point range (5 of 5) and had a 48.1-percent clip from the field to surpass his previous career-best of 33 points, also against the Bolts during the 2011 Commissioner’s Cup.

“It just so happened that I had several good looks. I wasn’t even aware that I already broke my previous record,” said Tenorio.

The Bolts suffered their second defeat in three outings after losing steam in the fourth period. Cliff Hodge tried to revive a Meralco side that was lifeless in the face of Ginebra’s surge, but the Gin Kings had gained enough momentum from Tenorio’s heroics.

After Tenorio swished his last three halfway through the final quarter, Japeth Aguilar, Jayjay Helterbrand and Mark Caguioa also joined the scoring fray as the Kings stormed way ahead, 91-76, in the closing minutes.

“Our offense was fantastic, but it was really putting the stops that helped us get the win,” said Agustin. “If we play good defense, our offense will also click.”

At halftime, Aguilar and Tenorio both received a plaque of appreciation from PBA Commissioner Chito Salud for their contributions to the Gilas Pilipinas program.

Meanwhile, Talk N Text coach Norman Black is confident that his Tropang Texters can overcome the odds against winless San Mig Coffee today at Mall of Asia Arena.

Black will have to do without four key players—Jayson Castro, Jimmy Alapag, Larry Fonacier and Ranidel de Ocampo—who are on-leave after suiting up for Gilas Pilipinas.

“Our remaining players will still be there fighting against a very dangerous SMC team,” said Black. “Protecting the paint will be our main concern because Marcus Blakely has been a monster inside.”

The Tropang Texters opened their campaign in the season-ending conference with a 118-113 overtime win over Barako Bull while the Mixers lost against Rain Or Shine and Air21 with two-time MVP James Yap averaging five points in two games.

Barako Bull takes on Air21 in the other game with the Energy Cola hoping to get another spectacular output from the 5-foot-6 Eman Monfort. The Energy Cola and the Express split their two games.

The scores:

Ginebra 98—Tenorio 34, Lowhorn 17, Caguioa 15, Aguilar 13, Ellis 9, Helterbrand 6, Urbiztondo 4, Baracael 0, Maierhofer 0, Wilson 0, Mamaril 0.

Meralco 85—West 21, Wilson 17, Hodge 16, Hugnatan 10, Ross 6, Timberlake 6, Salvacion 5, Mangahas 2, Reyes 2, Baclao 0, Guevarra 0.

Quarters: 28-19, 43-44, 76-69, 98-85

Sam Miguel
08-27-2013, 08:24 AM
Mixers rout Texters missing 4 Gilas stars

By June Navarro

Philippine Daily Inquirer

9:52 pm | Sunday, August 25th, 2013

Marcus Blakely fell two assists shy of a triple double and he didn’t even have to force the issue in the second half.

It was that kind of dominating night for the San Mig Coffee Mixers, who explosively rebounded from a pair of frustrating losses by jumping on the shorthanded Talk N Text Tropang Texters early and then cruising to a 118-99 win last night in the PBA Governors Cup at Mall of Asia Arena.

Blakely scored 16 of his team-high 24 points in the first quarter as the Mixers built a big cushion for their first victory against a team missing four mainstays of the Gilas Pilipinas team, who were given a well-deserved break after the recent Fiba Asia Championship.

James Yap finally found his range, sinking three of his five three-pointers and finishing with 21 points after two mediocre sniping efforts against Rain Or Shine and Air21 where the two-time league MVP averaged a measly five points.

Back from a brief vacation after also starring for the national team, Marc Pingris provided the backbone the Mixers badly needed inside. The rugged 6-foot-4 forward had 23 points and eight rebounds, six of them offensive boards.

“We caught Talk ‘N Text on a really bad night. With two losses, we just couldn’t take things for granted,” said San Mig Coffee coach Tim Cone without mentioning the absence of TNT stars Jayson Castro, Jimmy Alapag, Larry Fonacier and Ranidel de Ocampo.

The Mixers jumped to an 18-point lead in the first period and kept things under control in the next three quarters.

Blakely also finished with 17 rebounds, eight assists, two blocks and a steal. It was a rare feat for the 6-foot-5 grinder from the Houston Rockets.

Tony Mitchell carried the scoring load with 38 points for the Tropang Texters, who opened the conference with a win over Barako Bull.

The scores:

Second Game

SAN MIG COFFEE 118—Blakely 24, Pingris 23, Yap 21, Maliksi 10, Mallari 9, Devance 9, Barroca 7, Simon 7, Reavis 6, Gaco 2, Alvarez 0, Acuna 0, Najorda 0.

TALK ‘N TEXT 99—Mitchell 38, Anthony 21, Al-Hussaini 10, Reyes 8, Peek 8, Aquino 5, Reyes 5, Aban 2, Carey 2, Raymundo 0, Ferriols 0.

Quarters: 39-21, 60-46, 89-71, 118-99

Sam Miguel
08-27-2013, 08:25 AM
LA Tenorio credits teammates for career game

By Mark Giongco


3:51 pm | Monday, August 26th, 2013

MANILA, Philippines – LA Tenorio made sure Barangay Ginebra San Miguel wouldn’t have to wait long enough to get its first win in the 2013 PBA Governors’ Cup.

Tenorio, the Gin Kings chief playmaker, produced his best game yet to lead his team to a 98-85 victory over the Meralco Bolts and earn the Accel-PBA Press Corps Player of the Week (August 19 to 25).

The Gilas Pilipinas mainstay knocked in a career-high 34 points with seven rebounds and seven assists to boot.

“The team’s mindset was to get that first win. We know that the tournament is short and it would be difficult to get too deep. That’s my mindset,” said Tenorio in Filipino.

“I had been given the opportunity again to take charge of the game and it’s one of those games where the player takes it all the way once he’s on the groove,” Tenorio said of his performance highlighted by a 16-point third quarter.

But as good as his individual stats, Tenorio, the team player that he is, deflects the credit to his teammates with a little attribution to luck.

“Perhaps, there is an element of luck and with the support of my teammates also that’s why I’m able to do these things.”

The five-foot-nine Tenorio, who had nine points and 10 assists in a loss to Petron Blaze, also said that he and fellow national team player Japeth Aguilar have yet to get accustomed to Agustin’s system.

“Japeth and I have been practicing with the team for less than two weeks. We’re not used to the system and rules,” he said.

But despite being still in the process of learning the new system, it didn’t stand in Tenorio’s way to put on a shooting clinic with a perfect five-of-five line from long range en route to a near-flawless game missing only two of his 13 field goal attempts and committing just two turnovers in 35 minutes.

“LA is LA. And we know that he can explode anytime, especially when the team needs it,” said Agustin. “He was very aggressive and took care of the ball so well.”

“They told me at the half that I’m in charge of distribution and to be ready to play for 24 minutes in the second half. I am thankful for the trust (coaching staff),” said Tenorio, whose previous career-high was 33 points also against Meralco as a member of the Alaska Aces back in the 2011 Commissioner’s Cup.

Sam Miguel
08-27-2013, 11:23 AM
Controversial Cornley waits in the wings as he longs for second chance in PBA

By Snow Badua

August 23, 2013, 10:31 pm

A VERY familiar face watched with keen interest as Arizona Reid and the Rain or Shine Elasto Painters battled the Petron Boosters on Friday night.

Jamelle Cornley was among the weekend crowd at the Smart Araneta Coliseum as the Boosters routed his former team, 99-84 in the PBA Governors Cup eliminations.

And from where he sat, Cornley knows very well he can keep up with the batch of imports playing in the season-ending tournament he dominated last year on the way to helping Rain or Shine win a maiden PBA title.

Given another chance, the reigning Governors Cup best import is vocal enough to say he’s ready to suit up in the league again should a team tap his services.

“If there’s a team that’s gonna show interest, I can play," he admitted to Spin.ph.

The former Rain or Shine import said he keeps tab of what’s happening in the league by constantly watching the games, including the ones involving the Elasto Painters.

"I always watch it on TV but it’s my first time here at the venue this conference," said Cornley, who’s been shuttling back and forth between the Philippines and the US and had just come off a short stint in a league held in Mindanao where he played as import.

Asked what he feels watching his former teammates in a tournament where he is supposed to be leading them, the import just shrugged his shoulders.

"I always watch them. I saw most of their games last conference ... You asked me about now? Well, that’s basketball," said the wide bodied 6-foot-5 banger.

Ironically, Cornley sat behind the Petron bench during its game against Rain or Shine.

"I can’t sit there (behind Rain or Shine). They have an import. And besides I am a friend to almost all the imports, like him Markeith Cummings," said Cornley as he pointed to the Globalport import.

A Penn State alumnus, Cornley was all set to return for Rain or Shin until a highly-publicized scandal that saw him run wild in a Quezon City hotel changed everything for Cornley.

“I am not gonna talk about that. I came here to watch basketball," he said, obviously eluding further queries about the case.

Rain or Shine's board representative and former chairman Atty. Mert Mondragon told Spin.ph the Painters' management will not hinder Cornley in his bid to play in the PBA again.

"Walang problema sa amin. Kung may kukuha sa kanya na ibang team, kausapin lang kami. Mapapag-usapan namin ang release niya. Hindi namin haharangin si Jamelle," said Mondragon.

Meanwhile, Cornley refers to Reid, a former Best Import himself, as a steady player who is quite familiar with the league.

"Yeah, he’s steady. He’s good," said Cornley without further elaborating.

"And if you ask me, 'Can he help defend the crown?' Well things changed. They have to play the game. Other teams have improved, new faces in there, so it will be hard to look beyond today," he said.

As of the prospect of playing against Reid and the Elasto Painters one day, Cornley said: "It’s basketball!"

"I do me. I don’t pay attention to who I play against. I just play my game. I can play Kobe Bryant. And I’ll just play mine," he added.

Sam Miguel
08-27-2013, 11:24 AM
Adducul takes new career path as member of Globalport coaching staff

By Snow Badua

August 25, 2013, 01:52 pm

ROMEL Adducul has signed up again with Globalport - not as a player, but as the newest member of the Batang Pier's coaching staff.

The former MBA, PBL and NCAA Most Valuable Player was a can't-miss figure on the Globalport bench during its 91-88 win over the Alaska Aces on Friday night wearing the coaching staff's black and neon green uniform.

Globalport coach Junel Baculi admitted the longtime PBA star from Tuguegarao, Cagayan was reluctant to put an end to his playing career, but was prevailed upon to take on a new career path.

"Mabigat nga sa loob niya na tanggapin pero eventually, napaliwanagan namin siya," said Baculi, who bared how Adducul longed to keep playing at the end of his playing contract with the Batang Pier.

"Alam ko naman yun. A player always wants to be a player. Pero we told him: ’I think it’s time to move on...’ Tapos ayun, tinanggap niya rin ang bagong challenge niya sa career," added the Globalport coach.

The new career path should mark the end of a decorated career that saw the 37-year-old win championships and stand out as one of the most dominant big men in the NCAA, PBL, and MBA.

The former San Sebastian superstar was the consensus No. overall pick in the 1998 PBA draft until he decided to take a different path and instead took his act to the MBA by way of the Manila Metrostars.

He made the move to the PBA only in 2003.

"I told Romel, ’Hindi ka pinalad sa PBA in terms of individual awards. Baka nasa pagiging coach ang calling mo. Bakit di mo subukan?’ Iyon ang sinabi ko," Baculi recalled.

In his first attempt at coaching, Adducul was tasked to mentor the big men of Globalport.

"Effective si Romel maging coach. Nakikita ko maganda ang mga nashi-share niya sa mga bigs namin," said two-time league MVP Willie Miller, once Adducul's rival for individual honors in the MBA.

"Happy ako makita siya sa bago niyang career. Sana mag-succeed si coach Romel."

Globalport big man Brian Faundo said Adducul has the makings of a good mentor.

"Maayos, pwede siya mag-coach. Effective `yung mga tinuturo niya. Pati posting up," said Faundo, pointing to the hook shot he added to his offensive repertoire because of his new coach.

Baculi has high hopes for his new understudy.

“Sana mag-succeed siya. I will be proud of him one day. He can even coach this team one day to the championship, who knows?" said the Globalport mentor.

Sam Miguel
08-29-2013, 10:10 AM
Petron blitzes Air21, grabs solo top spot

By Musong R. Castillo

Philippine Daily Inquirer

12:45 am | Thursday, August 29th, 2013

Petron Blaze was so good on a night Air21 was so bad as the Boosters outplayed the Express, 112-86, for their third straight win in the elimination round of the PBA Governors’ Cup at Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay.

The Boosters answered the second half horn with all guns ablaze, bloating an 11-point lead at intermission to as large as 27 to take the fight out of the Express and rise to 3-1 and gain the solo lead.

Air21 was in total disarray and found it hard to buy buckets in the second half even after coach Franz Pumaren had called three straight timeouts in less than two minutes in the third period to check the drought.

It was the third straight loss for the Express in a 1-3 card and the setback was the ugliest in the young tournament thus far.

Elijah Millsap scored 14 of his 27 points in the breakaway third period for the Boosters, who are involved in several trade rumors that could prove to be blockbuster deals if they push through.

“Wala akong alam diyan (I don’t know anything about it),” Petron coach Gee Abanilla said when asked if talks about Joseph Yeo going to Air21 were true.

Abanilla used Yeo in the last six minutes and the former La Salle gunner in the UAAP still finished with nine points.

June Mar Fajardo tossed in 17 points, the last four coming from two wide-open layups heading into the final two minutes which gave the Boosters a 112-79 lead. The 6-foot-9 rookie also had nine rebounds.

Zach Graham, in his second stint with Air21, paced the Express with 19 points but had six errors and just one assist.

The scores:

First Game

PETRON 112—Millsap 27, Fajardo 17, Lassiter 13, Cabagnot 13, Santos 12, Lutz 10, Yeo 9, Lanete 8, Miranda 3, Deutchman 0, Kramer 0, Tubid 0.

AIR21 86—Graham 19, Canaleta 16, Omolon 10, Cortez 8, Manuel 6, Custodio 6, Sharma 6, Arboleda 5, Ritualo 4, Atkins 2, Sena 2, Isip 2, Menor 0.

Sam Miguel
08-29-2013, 10:12 AM
Alaska rebounds with rout of Rain or Shine

By Mark Giongco


10:09 pm | Wednesday, August 28th, 2013

MANILA, Philippines — Coming off a sorry loss in its first game, Alaska bounced back with a 94-79 win over defending champion Rain or Shine in the 2013 PBA Governors’ Cup Wednesday night at the Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City.

Wendell McKines scored 31 points and grabbed 13 rebounds to lead the Aces, who evened its win-loss record to 1-1 after dropping a close decision to GlobalPort.

“Nice to come back didn’t expect Rain or Shine to be like this,” said Alaska coach Luigi Trillo. “They (Rain or Shine) lost to Petron and I thought we’re in for a battle.”

“Wendell did a good job. He is more of a scorer, he’s bull strong inside. I’m happy we got into the win column. Ngayon there’s a little more fire in our eyes.”

JVee Casio added 21 points, five rebounds and three assists while Cyrus Baguio chipped in with 12 points on two-of-three shooting from long range.

The Elasto Painters import Arizona Reid came away with 22 points but took 23 attempts and missed 15 of them.

Rain or Shine, which suffered its second straight setback after also getting blown out by Petron Blaze by 15 points in its previous stint, got out-rebounded, 47-59.

Sam Miguel
09-02-2013, 11:02 AM
New demands, leaks to the media holding up trade talks, say sources

By Snow Badua

September 02, 2013, 12:40 am

TWO separate trade proposals remain on hold as the teams play hard ball in the negotiations.

No deal has so far been submitted to the PBA Commissioner’s Office on trades involving Meralco and Air21 in one transaction, and Air21, Ginebra, and Petron in another, but only because the teams want to get more for their respective pieces, sources said.

Another team, annoyed that details of the deals are being leaked to the media, is suddenly dragging its feet in the negotiations, another source said.

“Nagpapatigasan pa," said one source. "May iba na may hinihiling na panibago, may iba naman nagagalit kasi bakit daw nagle-leak sa media.”

Spin.ph has reported that the Meralco Bolts and Air 21 Express are looking to strike a deal that will see Mark Cardona and Mike Cortez swap places. (For full story, see Source: Air21 also in talks with Meralco for possible Cardona-Cortez swap)

This trade, however, remains on hold as it still awaits the outcome of another Air 21 deal with the Petron Blaze Boosters and Barangay Ginebra.

Air 21 is reportedly eyeing hard-slashing scorer Joseph Yeo in exchange for role playing big man Nelbert Omolon, which will be followed by the transfer of Ginebra veteran big man Kerby Raymundo to the Express’ side for young center James Sena and a 2014 first-round pick. (For full story, see Air21, Petron, Ginebra agree in principle on tweaked trade for Yeo, Raymundo)

Sources told Spin.ph that Air 21 and Meralco will only consummate the trade deal after the Petron and Ginebra transactions are completed.

“Kadikit kasi yun eh. Dun ang take-off ng trade talaga,” said the source, who revealed that the playing rights of Asi Taulava, which is owned Meralco, has also been made part of the negotiations.

Sources say Raymundo is the centerpiece of the trade agreement.

“Kaso 'yung management dun sa kabila, parang pinapatagal pa,” said a source privy to the negotiations. “Pero hindi rin makakatiis 'yun. Sila naman ang may kailangan ng pick nung kabila.”

The trades all make sense for the teams involved.

Meralco is looking for a veteran guard and Cortez fits the bill, while Air 21 sorely needs the scoring that Cardona and Yeo can provide.

On the other hand, an aging Ginebra lineup needs to inject young blood into its lineup through a 2014 first-round pick, which may turn out to be Bobby Ray Parks, Jr. or any of the marquee Gilas Pilipinas cadets.

Yeo has become dispensable for Petron which has a more pressing need for a hardnosed defender and a dependable inside operator like Omolon.

Sam Miguel
09-04-2013, 09:30 AM
Petron overwhelms Barako Bull for lead

By Musong R. Castillo

Philippine Daily Inquirer

10:07 pm | Tuesday, September 3rd, 2013

Petron Blaze won a fifth straight game by outplaying Barako Bull, 112-87, yesterday and all but clinched a place in the PBA Governors’ Cup playoffs at Smart Araneta Coliseum.

“We played really well tonight,” Petron coach Gee Abanilla said. “(But) it kind of put us in a tricky situation. The danger for me is that if we believe the hype, the things we hear, they could be cause for complacency.

“We haven’t done anything special yet,” the young coach added. “Our goal is to make the semifinals (outright). We need to keep believing in the system, work on our chemistry and stay grounded.”

Elijah Millsap scored 31 points and had nine rebounds before sitting out the last 13:47 for the Boosters, and Arwind Santos had 20 points in 30 minutes as Petron raised its league-leading record to 5-1 while dealing the Energy just a second loss in five games.

In the second game, Meralco rode on Mario West’s big third quarter and put on a defensive show to turn back Alaska, 84-74.

West had 20 of his 32 points in the third period, outscoring the Aces, who had 19 in that stretch, by himself as the Bolts notched their third win in five matches.

Meralco also held Wendell McKines to 13 points and dropped Alaska to a 2-2 slate.

“We did a good job on McKines and we didn’t give him too many open looks,” said Meralco coach Ryan Gregorio.

Petron also made Michael Singletary and Emman Monfort bleed for their points, putting the entire Barako Bull offense in disarray in the early going, and went on top by 29 points in the third period.

The 5-foot-6 Monfort was held to just four points in the first half. He finished with 12 after coming into the game averaging close to 18 points.

Chris Lutz came off the bench and was the third Booster in twin digits with 19, and Abanilla had the luxury of clearing his bench early in the fourth period with the result beyond doubt.

Meanwhile, Globalport tries to nail a third win today when the Batang Pier clash with powerhouse San Mig Coffee at 5:15 p.m. at Cuneta Astrodome in Pasay. Barangay Ginebra tests Air21 right after that.

The scores:

First Game

PETRON 112—Millsap 31, Santos 20, Lutz 19, Kramer 9, Fajardo 6, Lassiter 6, Cabagnot 5, Lanete 4, Miranda 4, Deutchman 3, Yeo 3, Hubalde 2, Sison 0, Tubid 0, Ildefonso 0.

BARAKO 87—Singletary 26, Seigle 18, Buenafe 16, Monfort 12, Pennisi 8, Marcelo 4, Macapagal 3, Jensen 0, Bulawan 0, Weinstein 0, Intal 0, Cruz 0, Pena 0.

Quarters: 24-15, 58-38, 93-69, 112-87

Second Game

MERALCO 84—West 32, Wilson 15, Hugnatan 12, Cardona 9, Guevarra 7, Hodge 6, Reyes 2, Ross 1, Timberlake 0, Artadi 0, Salvacion 0.

ALASKA 74—McKines 13, CAsio 12, Thoss 10, Baguio 10, Abueva 9, Hontiveros 9, Espinas 4, Dela Cruz 4, Jazul 3, Ramos 0, Eman 0, Belasco 0.

Quarters: 14-19, 32-30, 62-49, 84-74

09-05-2013, 10:52 AM
San Mig rips Globalport

By Musong R. Castillo

Philippine Daily Inquirer

11:09 pm | Wednesday, September 4th, 2013

San Mig Coffee got an early boost of brilliance from James Yap as the Mixers got back into the PBA Governors’ Cup mix by leading from start to finish in a fight-marred 102-88 victory over Globalport at Cuneta Astrodome last night.

The two-time MVP tossed in 11 of the Mixers’ first 24 points, ushering San Mig to commanding leads early before a fight ensued with 8:11 left in the third quarter between Kelly Nabong of Globalport and national team standout Marc Pingris.

San Mig opened up leads of as many as 21 points late in the second period and, according to coach Tim Cone, was ready to finish off one of its best games in the conference when the melee happened.

The Mixers rose to 2-3 and tied their victims, with both still out of the top four teams that will get twice-to-beat privileges.

It all started with San Mig import Marqus Blakely and Globalport rookie Marvin Hayes being called for a double foul after taking each other down, 8:11 left and the score at 58-39.

Things got out of hand after that as several players joined the fracas, with Nabong coming to the aid of Hayes and Pingris going after the 6-foot-7 Globalport center.

What the referees disregarded—despite several replays of the game tape—was the cheap shot that Devance dished out on Hayes, which knocked down the Globalport guard for the second time and triggered the free-for-all.

That shot by Devance had Nabong charging into the fray with Pingris coming from Nabong’s blind, left side to throw a right straight that grazed the Fil-American center’s face.

Pingris and Nabong were thrown out for fighting with Hayes slapped a technical for second motion, even after being dragged to the floor face first by Blakely and later on decked by that Devance cheap shot.

Devance got away with just a technical foul.

“I may get in trouble for this, but I thought it (fight) was the fault (of the referees),” Cone said. “There was no call the first three or four times that Marqus and Marvin lay on the floor. I am complaining about the fact that the referees did not control the game early.”

Emi Tankion, Romel Gruta and rookie referee Dax Dacanay called the riotous game.

The scores:

SAN MIG 102—Blakely 25, Yap 22, Maliksi 18, Devance 16, Pingris 10, Simon 4, Reavis 4, Barroca 3, Alvarez 0, Gaco 0, De Ocampo 0.

GLOBALPORT 88—David 27, Cummings 20, Washington 14, Mercado 13, Miller 5, Mandani 4, Belencion 3, Salvador 2, Hayes 0, Taha 0, Nabong 0, Yee 0, Alonzo 0.

Quarters: 28-14, 51-31, 79-66, 102-88

09-05-2013, 10:53 AM
Tim Cone recalls holding back Nabong during Mixers-Batang Pier altercation

By Mark Giongco


9:59 pm | Wednesday, September 4th, 2013

MANILA, Philippines — While most froze and watched as an on-court fight broke out between San Mig Coffee’s Marc Pingris and GlobalPort’s Kelly Nabong, Tim Cone went right into the action.

“I was a little scared getting in the middle of it but that’s basically the coach’s rule he’s supposed to get in there and break it up,” recalled Cone. “I saw them starting to fight, I grabbed Kelly I guess on his arms and then luckily he stumbled over me because he was so strong.”

In some way, Cone managed to hold back the chiseled Nabong as both fell on the hardwood.

“Remember that old shot of Jeff Van Gundy grabbing the foot of Alonzo Mourning so that was what I felt like. I felt like Jeff Van Gundy. I mean I had to do it to the biggest guy on the court. Kelly’s huge,” Cone added.

Cone, the Mixers’ veteran coach, was referring to a memorable NBA moment in the 1998 playoffs when the rivalry between the New York Knicks and Miami Heat was one of the hottest tickets at that time.

“I just kept yelling to Kelly ‘settle down Kelly, settle down’ and then kind of praying that he won’t punch me.”

“Our guys getting into a fight, or our guys getting a little confrontational, I’ll be the first guy in there.”

09-05-2013, 10:54 AM
PBA commissioner to hand out sanctions vs players involved in brawl

By Mark Giongco


9:28 pm | Wednesday, September 4th, 2013

MANILA, Philippines — “Fighting has no place in this league.”

PBA Commissioner Chito Salud on Wednesday said he will make sure that players from GlobalPort and San Mig Coffee involved during a third quarter altercation will be given the “appropriate sanctions.”

Temper after Mixers import Marqus Blakely and Batang Pier reserve Marvin Hayes got tangled up.

A double foul was called against Blakely and Hayes as the game was stopped at the 8:11 mark of the third period with San Mig Coffee leading, 58-39.

“That was correctly called as a double foul. Hayes was also assessed with a technical foul for second motion,” said Salud as he watched the replay of the unfortunate incident during a TV interview.

Things got out of hand after Blakely’s teammate Joe Devance decked Hayes with a shove.

Devance, who came into the picture out-of-nowhere, was given with a technical foul for second motion also and then the fighting began between Nabong and Pingris.

GlobalPort rookie Kelly Nabong went at Devance before Pingris entered the frame in defense to his teammate.

Pingris and Nabong exchanged shots — including punches from Pingris and a knee from the chiseled Nabong before both players were ultimately separated.

National team mainstay Pingris and Nabong, the 17th pick in the 2012 Draft, were both sent out of the court for fighting.

“These players will be called at my office tomorrow precisely for the charges given to them on court. Mind you, these are on-court, in-game findings. The office of the commissioner will review this more thoroughly tomorrow,” Salud added.

GlobalPort players involved in the incident will meet with Salud Thursday morning and San Mig players will be called in the afternoon.

“I was told the last time nagkaroon ng brawl dito sa PBA was back in 2008 but under my term this is the first time so I want to review it closely. You have to go through the due process. We cannot arbitrarily and without the benefit of the review hand out the sanctions.”

09-05-2013, 10:55 AM
PBA fines Ginebra’s Caguioa for ‘critical’ comments on officiating

By Celest R. Flores


12:51 pm | Wednesday, September 4th, 2013

MANILA, Philippines — Ginebra guard Mark Caguioa was meted a fine of P20,000 by the PBA Commissioner’s office Wednesday for his tweets and post-game remarks against officiating last Sunday.

The PBA, in a statement posted on its Twitter account, said Caguioa’s statements were “critical of officiating and considered inimical to the interest of the PBA.”

Following the Kings’ 99-102 loss to Alaska, Caguioa ripped the game officials for what he thought were non-calls in the end game.

The vocal leader of the crowd darling-Ginebra called the referees “blind” in a interview with reporters after the match, and also took to Twitter his frustrations.

“So pwede pala sa PBA yung traveling noh? Ksi d naman nila tinatawag on both teams eh [Didn't know travelling was allowed in the PBA? Because they don't call it on both teams],” Caguioa said in a tweet (@officialMC471).

Caguioa was referring to a play by Aces’ Wendell McKines in the final minute, resulting into a pivotal bucket which ultimately doomed the Kings.

But the league said Caguioa should’ve addressed his concerns directly to the PBA Commissioner’s office.

“As the leader of his ballclub and a stalwart of the league, Mr. Caguioa realized he should have ventilated his issues to the league office directly for proper remedial action which by rule and long-standing policy is the procedure that players, coaches and team officials must observe,” the statement also said.

Dark Knight
09-05-2013, 01:30 PM
A lame punch by Pingris. As if his punch was'nt intended to land on Nabong's face. Just posturing. Hahahahaha..

Let me see you do that in the FIBA World Cup.

Sam Miguel
09-06-2013, 02:27 PM
Pingris, Devance, Nabong suspended; Hayes fined

By Celest R. Flores


10:23 am | Friday, September 6th, 2013

A brawl erupts between players of GlobalPort Batang Pier and San Mig Coffee Mixers during their game at the Cuneta Astrodome

MANILA, Philippines – Kelly Nabong, Marc Pingris and Joe Devance were slapped with suspensions, while Marvin Hayes was meted a fine for Wednesday’s night on-court melee in the 2013 PBA Governors Cup.

League Commissioner Chito Salud announced the sanctions Friday morning after meeting with the erring players in his office in Libis, Quezon City on Thursday.

Nabong and Pingris, who exchanged blows early in the third quarter of San Mig Coffee’s 102-88 win over GlobalPort at Cuneta Astrodome, were both suspended for two games and fined P60,000 each.

Joe Devance, who decked Hayes in a move which sparked the brawl, meanwhile, was meted a one-game ban and a P30,000 fine “for triggering the commotion that led to the fight,” Salud said.

Devance and Pingris, vital cogs for the San Mig Coffee, will miss the anticipated Mixers-Barangay Ginebra clash while the rookie Nabong will not be in attendance in the Batang Pier’s meeting with Barako Bull this Sunday.

Hayes, who got tangled up with import Marcus Blakely, won’t be sitting out any games for GlobalPort, but was sanctioned a P20,000 fine for his “unsportsmanlike conduct, equivalent to a flagrant foul penalty two.”

Salud again stressed that “fighting is not condoned in the PBA. There is absolutely no justification for our players to get involved in fistfights.”

09-06-2013, 02:36 PM
They better watch their tempers. These players are role models. After the success of Team Pilipinas in FIBA Asia lahat nakatutok na sa mga basketball players natin, mas lalo na yung mga kabataan. So they better behave properly. On a side note, the referees did a poor job controling the temper of the players. :(

09-09-2013, 10:32 AM
PBA: Shorthanded San Mig Coffee edges Ginebra

By Mark Giongco


9:11 pm | Sunday, September 8th, 2013

MANILA, Philippines — Minus two of its key players, San Mig Coffee still found ways to beat Barangay Ginebra San Miguel, 89-86, in the 38th PBA Governors’ Cup Sunday night at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.

Marqus Blakely led the Mixers with 30 points but locals Mark Barroca and James Yap also played a crucial role.

“Must win. It could have gone either way,” said San Mig Coffee head coach Tim Cone after his team improved to 3-3. “We more of liked to play with a complete lineup but guys stepped up.”

“Mark (Barroca) did a great job in the backcourt. I don’t know if you noticed but the best defensive player in the court perhaps is James Yap.”

The two-time league MVP Yap, best known for his offensive game, scored 19 points but Cone felt that it was Yap’s play at the defensive end that really stood out.

“He guarded Caguioa tonight and he did a tremendous job tonight. He stepped up on both sides of the court,” Cone said of his swingman.

Caguioa, the reigning MVP, missed all of his 11 attempts from the field en route to just a six-point night.

Barroca, who ended up with 10 points, hit big shots in the final two minutes — sinking back-to-back jumpers — to weather a late Kings run. He buried a jumper from the left elbow to extend the Mixers’ lead back to four, 85-81, with 1:54 to go then sank another one 28 seconds later for an 87-83 edge.

Dior Lowhorn paced Ginebra, which slipped to 2-4, with 29 points and 18 rebounds. The Kings failed to sustain their strong start as their 12-0 lead quickly vanished. LA Tenorio flirted with a triple-double with 17 points, nine rebounds and nine assists.

PJ Simon had 10 while Allein Maliksi chipped in with eight for the Mixers, who missed the services of Marc Pingris and Joe Devance.

“Allein has really been a real revelation for us. He has been playing at very high level,” commended Cone. “Ping really is our energizer. He brings so much energy to the important parts of the game.”

The Kings were also shorthanded without Kerby Raymundo and Japeth Aguilar who are both injured.

09-09-2013, 10:33 AM
PBA: Singletary leads Barako Bull comeback over GlobalPort

By Mark Giongco


7:11 pm | Sunday, September 8th, 2013

MANILA, Philippines — Barako Bull import Michael Singletary erupted for 43 points to lead the Energy to a 98-97 rally past GlobalPort in the 38th PBA Governors’ Cup Sunday at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.

Singletary scored 27 points in the second half, 14 in the fourth quarter alone, as Barako Bull came back from 18 points down, 57-75, late in the third quarter.

“We’re lucky,” said Barako Bull consultant Rajko Toroman. “Global was a better team for three quarters and for three quarters we didn’t play good. We had just one player offensively with Singletary. We didn’t have Emman (Monfort) today and it was very, very difficult to win the game.

Struggling for the first three quarters of the game, the Energy got into the flow of things with Singletary and Danny Seigle, who scored all of his 10 points in the final frame, teaming up to score 22 straight points in the pivotal stretch.

Seigle tied the game at 87 before a triple by Singletary knotted the count anew at 90 with four minutes left.

“We put our big lineup with Michael Singletary at the three and Danny Seigle on four and we made a good run. We won with a big heart. It was almost impossible to win this kind of game,” added Toroman, whose team tied idle Meralco in second place with identical 4-2 records.

But it wasn’t just Singletary and Seigle who did the damage. Mark Macapagal also chipped in a trey that gave Barako Bull a 96-94 cushion, with 1:55 to go.

Emman Monfort, who struggled with just four points — missing all of his five field goal attempts, came up big at the line with two crucial free throws that stretched the Energy’s lead to three, 98-95, with only 43.6 ticks left.

Batang Pier import Markeith Cummings pumped in 40 points while Sol Mercado tallied 16 points. Mercado almost sank a desperation three but the ball went in and out at time ran out.

Singletary also grabbed 12 rebounds and dished out five assists.

Yousef Taha contributed 10 points and 13 rebounds for GlobalPort, which reeled to its third straight setback for a 2-4 mark.

Sam Miguel
09-11-2013, 09:19 AM
Chan sizzles as ROS scores

Painters garner playoffs berth

By Musong R. Castillo

Philippine Daily Inquirer

11:38 pm | Tuesday, September 10th, 2013

Jeff Chan, missing just one shot the entire game, joined hands with Arizona Reid in keying a sizzling-hot Rain or Shine start as the Elasto Painters flogged Barako Bull, 120-93, last night at Smart Araneta Coliseum for a place in the PBA Governors’ Cup playoffs.

The duo set the tone for the rout by combining for 18 first-quarter points in the Painters’ most impressive game so far.

“We finally played well,” coach Yeng Guiao told reporters after his squad improved to 4-3, in a tie with their victims in third place. “I’m just hoping that we could sustain it.”

Rain or Shine, which played without crack guard Paul Lee, has two games left in its schedule, the first against Barangay Ginebra on Saturday and the second opposite Talk ‘N Text next Wednesday.

“I asked the guys to look to score before the game,” Guiao said. “It paid off. Winning big against Barako Bull is important because a lot will be decided by the quotient system (to break ties for rankings in the playoffs).”

Reid finished with 34 points and 10 rebounds and Chan scattered 20, including four triples and a perfect 3-of-3 from two-point zone, in 24 minutes.

Later in the night, San Mig Coffee defeated Alaska, 95-82, in a game that was delayed for at least 30 minutes because of rains that flooded several major streets in Metro Manila.

Alaska guard Dondon Hontiveros, in fact, had to walk from the Corinthian Gardens— which is about five kilometers from the Big Dome—in order to make his team’s call time. The imports of both squads were still not in the venue 15 minutes after the first game ended because of massive traffic jams in areas near and around the coliseum.

Mike Singletary led the Energy with 31 points and 13 rebounds, but scored just eight points in the middle two quarters when the Painters led by as many as 23 points.

Chan came into the game averaging just 5.6 points and was 3-of-25 from three-point range.

The scores:

First Game

RAIN OR SHINE 120—Reid 34, Chan 20, Uyloan 12, Rodriguez 12, Norwood 11, Arana 10, Matias 8, Cruz 7, Tang 4, Ibanes 2, Jaime 0, Belga 0, Quinahan 0.

BARAKO BULL 93—Singletary 31, Seigle 19, Macapagal 9, Jensen 7, Cruz 7, Buenafe 6, Weinstein 5, Monfort 2, Intal 2, Gonzales 2, Pena 2, Villanueva 1, Marcelo 0, Bulawan 0, Pennisi 0.

Quarters: 27-19, 58-40, 86-64, 120-93

Second Game

SAN MIG 95—Blakely 22, Maliksi 16, Barroca 15, Simon 13, Yap 7, Mallari 6, Devance 6, Reavis 6, Ponferrada 2, De Ocampo 2.

ALASKA 82—McKines 32, Thoss 13, Baguio 9, Espinas 8, Abueva 6, Casio 5, Dela Cruz 4, Jazul 3, Hontiveros 2, Reyes 0.

Quarters: 17-22, 48-41, 74-58, 95-82

09-11-2013, 11:08 AM
Sol Mercado on late-game lapse: 'We weren't told about calling a timeout'

From: Richard Dy

September 8, 2013, 09:59 pm

IT all boiled down to a timeout that wasn’t called.

Globalport failed to sue for time when it still had one timeout left in the final seconds, making its 98-97 loss to Barako Bull a bitter pill to swallow on Sunday night during their PBA Governors Cup game.

The Batang Pier made the costly mistake in the final possession of the game they controlled for three quarters, and the outcome of the match hanging in the balance in the waning seconds.

The result had Sol Mercado taking a long, desperate shot from just about mid-court that banked off the board but failed to hit the mark.

The Batang Pier guard later admitted the team wasn’t told about calling a timeout during its last huddle in the final 30 seconds and Globalport just trailing by a single point, 97-98.

“The timeout wasn’t discussed to us, not in my memory, it wasn’t told to us to get a timeout (if we get ball possession back). We should have talked about it,” Mercado told Spin.ph after emerging from Globalport’s gloomy dugout.

Up by one, the Energy Cola were coming off a 30-second timeout with a chance to close out the Batang Pier in the waning seconds when import Mike Singletary bungled a three-point attempt after almost losing the ball off the dribble.

Globalport import Markeith Cummings grabbed the rebound with still four seconds in the game. But instead of calling a timeout, he dribbled the ball and opted to pass it to a streaking Mercado.

“When Markeith Cummings got the ball, my first instinct was to call a timeout, but he didn’t. He was dribbling, dribbling, dribbling so when I got the ball in, I just tried to get the shot. Sayang,” added the 6-foot-1 Mercado, who finished the game with 16 points, five rebounds, and seven assists in Globalport’s third straight loss in the tournament.

Mercado said a loss like that is hard to accept, but at the same time, admitted it exposed the team’s immaturity at this point.

“We’ve got to do better than losing a game like that. It shows the immaturity of the team and it’s a tough game to swallow,” lamented the Biola University standout.

Globalport had everything going for it in the first three quarters as it enjoyed its biggest lead at 75-57 on a three-point shot by Cummings.

The Batang Pier entered the final period still leading, 83-68.

But the Energy Cola outscored the Batang Pier in the final canto, 30-14 to clinch their fourth win in six starts to grab a share of second place with idle Meralco Bolts.

Globalport sunk to 2-5 overall to occupy the eight and ninth spot in the standings in a tie with Barangay Ginebra with three games left in its single-round elimination schedule.

Sam Miguel
09-12-2013, 10:36 AM
Petron Blaze rolls past Talk ‘N Text, seizes twice-to-beat edge in quarters

By Mark Giongco


11:02 pm | Wednesday, September 11th, 2013

MANILA, Philippines—Petron Blaze was at its best while Talk ‘N Text was held to its worst game of the 38th PBA Governors’ Cup Wednesday night.

The streaking Boosters picked the slumping Tropang Texters apart with a masterful 122-88 rout to assure themselves a twice-to-beat edge in the quarterfinals as fans at the Smart Araneta Coliseum left early before a lopsided encounter.

“It was a big game for us because we formally clinched a twice-to-beat advantage; I think that would give us additional chance of making it to the semifinals,” said Petron coach Gee Abanilla. “We played good defense and at one point we held Talk ‘N Text to just seven points.”

Abanilla was referring to the second period where his Boosters pulled away after outscoring the Texters, 28-7, for a 63-37 halftime lead.

Elijah Millsap outplayed his counterpart Tony Mitchell with 25 points, 10 rebounds and five assists. Mitchell had a short night as he was benched in the second half after a poor outing in the first half with seven points on three-of-11 shooting.

Petron, which rolled to its sixth straight win after losing its first game, kept its foot on the pedal in the second half as it padded on to its even more—reaching 42 points, 107-65, at the 8:26 mark of the final frame after a wide-open triple by Alex Cabagnot.

Cabagnot finished with 20 points, eight rebounds and five assists.

Rabeh Al-Hussaini paced TNT, which is in danger of possibly missing the quarterfinal round as it fell to 2-4.

“We just want to try to keep grounded. Learn what we still have to learn. I think right now we could experiment on things we want to do offensively and defensively. I think that’s one luxury that we have right now.”

Sam Miguel
09-12-2013, 10:37 AM
GlobalPort upsets Meralco

By Mark Giongco


8:20 pm | Wednesday, September 11th, 2013

MANILA, Philippines – Just days removed from blowing an 18-point lead, GlobalPort rose from a 20-point deficit to stun Meralco 91-79 in the 38th PBA Governors’ Cup Wednesday at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.

Import Markeith Cummings and veteran guards Gary David and Sol Mercado anchored a big second half by the Batang Pier, who breathed life into their quarterfinals chances after notching their third win in seven games.

“Ginamit naming tamang motivation yon yung our loss on Sunday. It was a won game,” said GlobalPort head coach Junel Baculi referring to his team’s sorry 97-98 defeat to Barako Bull.

Cummings pumped in 22 of his 32 points in the last two quarters, David exploded for 14 of his 21 in the pivotal third period and Mercado blasted his former team with 15 points, all in the second half.

“At least na-break na namin yung two wins lang last two conferences. We just have to learn from every game that we play and hopefully we can be gatecrashers sa quarterfinals,” added Baculi.

“We changed our strategy a little bit from our offensive lineups. Fortunately it worked. Plus we tightened up on defense especially on Mario West. He is a tough import, he is very hard to guard. One thing I admire with this team right now is they are willing to listen and they are ready to take on the challenge.”

Mario West was held to just six points in the third and fourth quarter after scoring 16 in the first half.

GlobalPort once trailed, 20-40, late in the second quarter before its offense clicked. Cummings nailed a triple to give the lead back to the Batang Pier for good, 70-69. Another trey came this time from Mercado before Cummings’ two-handed dunk made it, 75-69, with 4:58 left.

Mac Cardona cut the Bolts’ deficit to four, 73-77, but Mercado sank his second triple of the night before Cummings completed a three-point play to seal the win.

Reynel Hugnatan added 19 points and 13 rebounds for Meralco, which blew a chance to bolster its bid for a top four finish as it dropped to 4-3.

Sam Miguel
09-12-2013, 10:44 AM
‘It felt like I grew up here,’ says Alaska import on his MRT ride on way to PBA game

By Mark Giongco


11:02 pm | Tuesday, September 10th, 2013

MANILA, Philippines – Not even players from Alaska and San Mig Coffee, who were set for a crucial tiff, were spared by the heavy traffic throughout Metro Manila due to the unrelenting rain and flooding that came with it Tuesday.

Stuck along Edsa, Aces swingman Dondon Hontiveros was left with no choice but to walk along with his son from Corinthians just to get to the game at the Smart Araneta Coliseum in Cubao, Quezon City, on time.

Mixers center Yancy de Ocampo too, traveled on foot on his way to the game.

Alaska import Wendell McKines meanwhile, had to squeeze in his six-foot-four, 240-pound chiseled frame at the MRT Shaw Boulevard station.

“It was fun. It felt like I grew up here,” said McKines of the experience. “It was jampacked. There were a lot of people and they were looking at me like why is he not at the Arena yet.”

“It was a fun experience. I got to experience a little bit of the culture,” McKines added with a laugh.

San Mig Coffee point guard Mark Barroca, whom his coach Tim Cone said “is never late for a basketball game” also took the MRT to get to the venue.

“Yancy (de Ocampo) came in with his pants rolled up. First thing he did was take the shower,” said Cone.

Barroca’s teammates Joe Devance and import Marqus Blakely on the other hand, were picked up by one of the team’s ball boys on a motorcycle.

“We picked up Marqus with a motorcycle in the White Plains. We had four players who came in 10 minutes before the game started. Joe was the first of the four to make it.”

Alaska’s star guard JVee Casio was the last one to make it to the venue. He came in midway through the second quarter and it visibly affected his rhythm.

“That was fortunate for us, he (Casio) had to rush himself. People always talk about Calvin (Abueva) but he is always the key to the team. JVee really is the engine that makes that team run,” said Cone after the Mixers won, 95-82.

09-14-2013, 10:11 AM
Petron tabs top spot; Air21 repulses TNT

By Musong R. Castillo

Philippine Daily Inquirer

1:41 am | Saturday, September 14th, 2013

PETRON Blaze gutted out a 103-100 victory over stubborn Alaska to nail the No. 1 spot of the PBA Governors Cup last night at PhilSports Arena.

Marcio Lassiter provided a crucial basket under shotclock pressure while Elijah Millsap added two cushion free throws, but the Boosters had to hold their breath on a triple attempt by Dondon Hontiveros before securing their seventh straight win.

“We just wanted to get the No. 1 spot going into the playoffs,” said Lassiter, who had 19 points and five rebounds.

In the first game, Air21 added new ingredients to its lineup but KG Canaleta proved that he is the Express’ main man, firing 30 points in a 106-102 victory over Talk N Text that kept their playoff hopes alive.

Canaleta scored nine straight points in a crucial run before Bonbon Custodio and import Zach Graham finished the hatchet job as the Express (2-5) snapped a four-game slide.

That is also the same slate now being held by the Tropang Texters, who are now in the bottom of the standings with their third straight loss.

“We were inspired by the sudden shake-up in our lineup,” Air21 coach Franz Pumaren said.

Air21 welcomed veteran Asi Taulava to its fold last night. The former league MVP saw action for the first time in the the PBA in close to a year and played his first competitive game in nearly three months. He had seven points, nine rebounds, six assists and two blocks.

Canaleta poured 14 of his total points in the fourth period, with Graham shooting 27 and Custodio winding up with 12.

Alaska had a lot of chances to avert their fourth loss in seven games, especially after it gobbled up Petron’s 86-76 lead and tied the match at 91 late in the final period.

But the Boosters always seemed to find a way to come through.

Up by two, Millsap nearly fumbled a pass but Lassiter recovered the leather, driving to the hoop and sidestepping the Alaska defense for a 101-97 lead. Millsap added two free throws with 21 seconds remaining after Calvin Abueva’s three-point play pulled Alaska to within a point.

Millsap’s free throws iced the final count, but Hontiveros nearly melted that lead with a triple try that bounced a couple of times on the rim before rattling out.

The scores:

First Game

AIR21 106—Canaleta 30, Graham 27, Custodio 12, Manuel 10, Menor 7, Taulava 7, Atkins 4, Sharma 4, Yeo 3, Salamat 2, Burtscher 0.

TALK ‘N TEXT 102—Mitchell 27, De Ocampo 19, Anthony 16, CAstro 12, Alapag 10, Fonacier 8, Carey 5, Peek 4, Al-Hussaini 1, Aban 0.

Quarters: 22-19, 49-52, 75-75, 106-102

Second Game

PETRON 103—Millsap 35, Lassiter 19, Lanete 16, Santos 10, Fajardo 7, Lutz 7, Tubid 5, Kramer 2, Cabagnot 2.

ALASKA 100—McKines 33, Thoss 17, Abueva 16, Casio 13, Baguio 10, Dela Cruz 6, Hontiveros 4, Eman 1, Jazul 0, Espinas 0.

Quarters: 30-27, 51-45, 79-74, 103-100

09-15-2013, 09:44 AM
Rain or Shine to protest after contentious foul leads to winning Baracael free throws

From: Richard Dy

September 14, 2013, 08:30 pm

MAC Baracael nailed three pressured-packed free throws with 0.3 seconds to play as Barangay Ginebra completed a remarkable fourth-quarter fightback to beat Rain or Shine, 101-100 in a controversial ending which the E-Painters will put under protest.

Rain or Shine appeared to have wrapped up the win after import Arizona Reid nailed a shot clock-beating jump shot off Dior Lowhorn’s tight defense to give the E-Painters a 100-98 lead with exactly two seconds to go.

But coming off a Gin Kings timeout, Baracael took the ball from the inbounds and immediately went for a desperation three-point attempt. Rain or Shine big man Beau Belga challenged the shot but was whistled for a foul by referee Non Quilingen.

The controversial call drew a howl of protest from Belga and the rest of the E-Painters as they claimed there was no contact.

Video replay reveals that, indeed, Belga hardly got into contact with Baracael. The flamboyant Ginebra sophomore forward cooly sank all three free throws with three-tenths of a seconds to go.

Rain or Shine team owners Raymund Yu and Terry Que went to the press room and immediately talked to PBA media bureau Willy Marcial.

Yu said they are officially putting the game protest on Saturday night on the grounds that the referee decided the contest.

“We will file a protest and we will write a letter of protest to the commissioner. We will put the game under protest because the referee decided the outcome of the game,” Yu told the media before leaving the press room in haste.

The win improved Ginebra’s record to 3-4 to forge a three-way logjam at the bottom half of the standings along with Globalport and Alaska.

Rain or Shine fell to 4-4 to share joint fourth spot with Barako Bull, which earlier in the day, lost to San Mig Coffee, 77-81.

The scores:

Ginebra 101 - Caguioa 32, Lowhorn 31, Ellis 11, Baracael 8, Tenorio 8, Maierhofer 6, Helterbrand 3, Mamaril 2, Urbiztondo 0, Wilson 0.

Rain or Shine 100 - Reid 40, Quinahan 12, Lee 11, Belga 10, Arana 8, Chan 5, Uyloan 4, Norwood 4, Cruz 2, Matias 2, Tang 2, Rodriguez 0, Ibanes 0.

Quarterscores: 21-26, 47-49, 70-79, 101-100

Sam Miguel
09-16-2013, 10:09 AM
Salud: Ginebra win stays

By Musong R. Castillo

Philippine Daily Inquirer

11:22 pm | Sunday, September 15th, 2013

RAIN or Shine’s protest of its loss to Barangay Ginebra Saturday night never made it on time to the PBA office yesterday, but league commissioner Chito Salud and his technical staff still reviewed the incident in question and found the crucial foul call a “spot-on” decision.

An official of the Elasto Painters arrived at the league’s offices in Libis, Quezon City, 10 minutes past the 12 noon deadline, and Salud refused to accept the protest, which centered on a foul referee Nol Quilingen slapped on Beau Belga, who was trying to block a three-point attempt by Mac Baracael with three-tenths of a second remaining.

Baracael went on to score all three free throws to lift Ginebra to a 101-100 win.

The commissioner later took it upon himself to watch the tape segment over and over before declaring that referee Quilingen was “spot-on in making the call.”

“That was a correct call; there was contact on the shooter,” Salud said in a conference at the Cuneta Astrodome press room during halftime of the Meralco-Air21 game yesterday. “Any contact on the squared-up shooter that affects ability to make the basket is a foul. He made the correct call.”

Salud and his staff reviewed several angles of the incident, including the league’s “training tape” which a staff member takes every game. The league often turns to this tape to resolve controversies.

“Having been filed out of time, my office has no recourse but to consider this protest invalid,” Salud said in opening. “As such, there is no protest for my office to rule on.”

Rain or Shine owners Terry Que and Raymund Yu were fuming Saturday night when they informed league official Willie Marcial of their plan to file a protest. They said “the referee decided the outcome of the game.”

Coach Yeng Guiao had also said that he and the Painters management were going after Quilingen’s head, saying the referee “has no business officiating in the PBA.”

Rain or Shine lost a two-point lead with two seconds left when Belga was called for that foul, which the PBA said was a tap on the shooting hand of Baracael that caused a change in the three-point attempt of the Ginebra swingman.

Salud also said the table officials made the correct decision of leaving three-tenths of a second on the clock, since the call was made with just two-tenths left.

“The reckoning point was when the whistle was blown, there were 0.2 seconds remaining,” Salud said. “(It was) moved back to 0.3 seconds, as per PBA rules. There was no technical error committed in this game and we are thus upholding the result.”

Sam Miguel
09-16-2013, 10:10 AM
Boosters refuse to relax; Bolts up

By Musong R. Castillo

Philippine Daily Inquirer

11:28 pm | Sunday, September 15th, 2013

PLAYING intensely even though the game had no bearing, Petron Blaze roared past Globalport, 101-90, last night to end its PBA Governors’ Cup eliminations stint with an eighth straight win at Cuneta Astrodome.

With the top seeding already in the bag as early as Friday, the Boosters refused to take it easy with import Elijah Millsap booking the tournament’s first triple double despite the flu.

Millsap, a hot favorite for the Best Import award, had 18 points, 15 rebounds and 10 assists—an effort which made his 10 errors somewhat negligible—as Petron wound up with an 8-1 record, its only loss coming against Meralco early in the tournament.

Earlier, Mike Cortez showed he had fully adjusted to the Meralco game as the Bolts broke away from the Air21 Express in the second half on the way to a 100-91 win that put them closer to a top-four berth.

In just his second game with the fifth PBA team of his career, Cortez exploded for nine of his 17 points in the third period while making the rest of the team look good as the Bolts bounced back from a loss to Globalport last week to rise to 5-3.

Meralco has a game left against San Mig Coffee on Friday in what could be the battle for No. 2 and the second twice-to-beat privilege in the quarterfinals.

Mario West topscored with 29 points, and Cliff Hodge had 24 that went with 13 rebounds for Meralco, which suddenly became a high-scoring team with the arrival of Cortez, the former La Salle ace who debuted in the league with Alaska.

“That’s one important win for us,” said Meralco coach Ryan Gregorio. “We were derailed the last time out (against Globalport).”

Cortez also finished with six assists and won Player of the Game honors in a performance that was a far cry from the one he had against the Batang Pier.

“We’ve been having the reputation of being a good defensive team,” Gregorio said. “But if we want to go deep in this tournament, we need some offense. That’s why we traded for Mike Cortez.”

Marcio Lassiter also had 18 points, and Arwind Santos chipped in with 15 and 11 rebounds for Petron.

“We’re trying to create an image for ourselves,” said Petron coach Gee Abanilla. “We want to play the same way no matter if we’re up or down.”

The scores:

First Game

MERALCO 100—West 29, Hodge 24, Cortez 17, Cardona 7, Wilson 6, Salvacion 5, Reyes 4, Hugnatan 4, Ross 2, Timberlake 2, Guevarra 0, Allado 0.

AIR21 91—Graham 22, Canaleta 15, Taulava 14, Custodio 10, Manuel 9, Yeo 9, Ritualo 6, Sharma 4, Atkins 2, Salamat 0, Menor 0, Burtscher 0.

Quarters: 24-17, 45-41, 77-66, 100-91

Second Game

PETRON 101—Millsap 18, Lassiter 18, Santos 15, Fajardo 13, Cabagnot 12, Kramer 8, Lutz 7, Lanete 5, Deutchman 3, Tubid 2.

GLOBALPORT 90—Cummings 26, Mercado 14, Washington 11, David 11, Taha 6, Nabong 5, Salvador 5, Lingganay 4, Mandani 3, Miller 3, Thiele 2, Belencion 0.

Quarters: 26-23, 54-50, 78-61, 101-90

09-19-2013, 10:37 AM
Alaska nips Barako Bull

By Musong R. Castillo

Philippine Daily Inquirer

2:30 am | Thursday, September 19th, 2013

Alaska took care of business from the free throw line as the Aces eked out a 91-89 victory over Barako Bull Energy Cola last night that put them in the quarterfinals of the PBA Governors’ Cup at Cuneta Astrodome in Pasay.

Wendell McKines hit two charities with 12.9 seconds left to break the game’s final tie as the Aces, who lost super rookie Calvin Abueva with still 6 minutes and 36 seconds left, snapped a two-game slide to improve to 4-4.

The Energy missed five free throws in the fourth period, three of them coming from Ronjay Buenafe, who also had a clear look at the potential game-winning triple that was way off the mark.

It was the third straight loss for the Energy, who closed out their elimination round stint with a 4-5 card and would need to beat a higher-ranked foe in the quarterfinals twice to earn a seat in the Final Four.

“The nice thing about this win is that it set us up for a chance to enter the top four,” said Alaska coach Luigi Trillo, who was slapped a technical foul with 30 seconds remaining, which actually proved to be a blessing in disguise.

Ahead by one at that point, McKines went for a drive only to be stripped of possession by Mike Singletary. And while the Barako Bull import was scampering downcourt for a fastbreak, Trillo was running in the sidelines cussing at the referees, who promptly gave him a T.

That technical foul stopped play and denied the Energy the chance to regain the lead. It also put Buenafe to the free throw line for the last of his three misses. Buenafe also missed a total of three triple tries inside the final two minutes.

“I was just upset, I really saw a foul,” Trillo said when asked if the technical was deliberate or not.

The scores:

First Game

ALASKA 91—McKines 21 , Baguio 15, Casio 14, Espinas 11, Thoss 8, Abueva 7, Hontiveros 7, Jazul 5, Dela Cruz 3.

BARAKO BULL 89—Singletary 38, Buenafe 12, Seigle 11, Weinstein 7, Villanueva 7, Pennisi 7, Intal 3, Macapagal 2, Cruz 2, Marcelo 0, Jensen 0.

Quarters: 20-25, 39-39, 62-64, 91-89

09-19-2013, 10:38 AM
PBA: Rain or Shine puts Ginebra loss behind, holds off TNT

By Mark Giongco


10:37 pm | Wednesday, September 18th, 2013

MANILA, Philippines — Rain or Shine fought off a furious fightback by a desperate Talk ‘N Text side to win, 104-102, in the 38th PBA Governors’ Cup Wednesday night at the Cuneta Astrodome.

The Elasto Painters, who blew a 19-point lead, banked on timely inside baskets from their hurting import Arizona Reid down the stretch to nab a crucial fifth win and assure themselves of at least a playoff for a twice-to-beat incentive in the quarterfinals.

“It was a hard win for us. We expected a hard game today. We know it was an important game for the both of us. Basically it means assuring ourselves a playoff for the top four and for Talk ‘N Text it’s surviving the cut,” said ROS head coach Yeng Guiao.

“With our Ginebra game as the background we felt this is the best way to ease the pain of that loss,” added Guiao, referring to his team’s controversial 100-101 loss. “Winning this game makes it easier to accept. We just look forward to our next games. All we can do now is just wait and see what happens in the next playdates. It’s a big relief just to carve out a win today.”

Reid, who played through pain in the fourth quarter, picked his spots and scored easy baskets off passes from his teammates. He broke a 96-deadlock on an extra pass by Beau Belga with 1:39 to go before laying in another gimme off a drop pass from the driving Jeff Chan that made it, 100-96, with only 22.4 ticks left.

Not even a new import could get the Tropang Texters out of harm’s way as their fourth straight setback moved them closer into possibly missing the quarterfinals since getting the boot back in the 2009 Fiesta Conference.

Courtney Fells, the former NC State mainstay, paced TNT with 28 points on a struggling nine-of-29 shooting. He did though, hit a three that cut the deficit to one, 99-100, with 11.7 seconds remaining before Gabe Norwood and Paul Lee made the most out of their trip at the free throw line to seal the game.

Down 75-86 late in the third period, the Texters rallied behind Gilas Pilipinas stars Ranidel de Ocampo and Jayson Castro to take a 92-86 advantage with 6:33 left.

JR Quiñahan, who added 13 points, ended the Painters’ drought before Chan, Reid and Belga put ROS back in the driver’s seat, 98-96, with 1:39 left to play.

Sam Miguel
09-23-2013, 08:54 AM
Texters alive, rip Gin Kings

By Musong R. Castillo

Philippine Daily Inquirer

11:13 pm | Sunday, September 22nd, 2013

TALK ‘N Text needed a big time player in the clutch last night and Jimmy Alapag, as he has done so many times in the past, was again that man for the Tropang Texters.

The 5-foot-8 veteran drained three straight triples and had 12 points in the final 6:26 as the Texters hacked out a 113-99 decision of Barangay Ginebra to forge another clash with the Gin Kings for the final playoff slot in the PBA Governors’ Cup at Mall of Asia Arena.

Talk ‘N Text actually blew a 14-point first half lead and was dragged into a nip-and-tuck game by the Kings in the fourth before Alapag stepped up with a long-distance shooting performance that has been the trademark of the former MVP’s career.

Ginebra was breathing down the necks of the Texters, 89-92, after LA Tenorio stripped Alapag of possession for a coast-to-coast layup when Alapag asserted himself.

The 2010 MVP immediately redeemed himself by completing a three-point play off Jay-Jay Helterbrand. With the Texters ahead at 98-93, Alapag canned the first of those triples from way, way out, and after Tenorio hit two charities off a Harvey Carey foul, hit two straight in a 25-second span that completely snuffed the fight out of the game Kings, 107-95, 1:35 left.

“He’s come through for us so many times,” Talk ‘N Text coach Norman Black said of Alapag, whose two triples against South Korea helped Gilas Pilipinas bag the silver medal in the Fiba-Asia Championship last month.

Carey was also big for Black, as the burly power forward finished with 18 points and 11 rebounds coming off the bench. He also helped neutralize Ginebra import Dior Lowhorn in the fourth period.

Lowhorn had 31 points to pace the Kings, but was scoreless in the fourth quarter as Black threw several defenders on him.

The Texters and the Kings tangle again today in a KO match for the eighth and last playoff berth. The game is set at 7:15 p.m. at Cuneta Astrodome with the winner advancing to face No. 1 Petron Blaze, needing to beat the Boosters two straight times.

The scores:

Second Game

TALK ‘N TEXT 113—Fells 26, Carey 18, Peek 16, Alapag 15, Fonacier 12, Castro 11, Ferriols 8, De Ocampo 5, Anthony 2, Reyes R. 0, Aquino 0, Reyes J. 0, Aban 0.

GINEBRA 99—Lowhorn 31, Caguioa 29, Tenorio 18, Baracael 7, Helterbrand 6, Ellis 2, Maierhofer 2, Wilson 2, Mamaril 2, Labagala 0, Raymundo 0.

Quarters: 30-30, 62-54, 79-79, 113-99

Sam Miguel
09-23-2013, 08:55 AM
Atkins, Air21 shock Alaska

Rookie shines with six triples

By Musong R. Castillo

Philippine Daily Inquirer

10:09 pm | Sunday, September 22nd, 2013

SIMON Atkins played his career game in the pros last night and helped Air21 post a 121-107 upset of Alaska that gave the Express a very slim chance of closing out their PBA Governors’ Cup campaign on a winning note at Mall of Asia Arena.

The rookie out of UAAP power La Salle hit all his six triple attempts on the way to 22 points—one better than the combined 21 he scored for almost the entire season—as the Express played with complete command against the Aces.

In ending their elimination round assignments with a 3-6 card, the Express have a chance—albeit very slim—of marching into a playoff for the last quarterfinal spot depending on what happens in last night’s second game pitting Barangay Ginebra against Talk ‘N Text.

Alaska closed out with a 4-5 card and will go into the playoffs as the seventh-ranked team with No. 2 San Mig Coffee as a quarterfinal foe. The Aces would need to beat the Mixers two straight games to advance to the Final Four.

For Air21 to keep on playing, the Tropang Texters, the losers of their last five games coming into last night, would need to beat the Gin Kings by at least 23 points for the Express to enter the playoff equation.

A win by Talk ‘N Text by less than that would necessitate a playoff for No. 8 between the Texters and the Gin Kings today, while a win by Ginebra would complete the playoff cast and would leave Air21 and TNT out in the cold.

“Too bad that our destiny right now is not in our hands,” Air21 coach Franz Pumaren said. “We’re hoping for a miracle in the second game.”

Atkins missed just one shot and Zach Graham scattered 27 points that went with 10 rebounds and six assists as the duo led the Express to their highest-scoring game this season.

The 6-of-6 clip by Atkins from beyond the arc also tied the all-time mark being held by the retired Glenn Capacio and Vic Pablo and Alaska’s Dondon Hontiveros and Air21 teammate Ren-Ren Ritualo.

The scores:

First Game

AIR 21 121—Graham 27, Atkins 22, Yeo 21, Canaleta 16, Manuel 12, Custodio 10, Taulava 7, Sharma 4, Menor 2, Omolon 0.

ALASKA 107—McKines 43, Baguio 18, Thoss 17, Abueva 15, Casio 12, Dela Cruz 2, Reyes 0, Jazul 0, Eman 0, Espinas 0, Hontiveros 0, Belasco 0.

Quarters: 35-28, 63-54, 90-83, 121-107

Sam Miguel
09-25-2013, 09:24 AM
Ginebra boots out TNT, makes playoffs

By Musong R. Castillo

Philippine Daily Inquirer

11:54 pm | Tuesday, September 24th, 2013

LA Tenorio got his payback against Jimmy Alapag last night and took Barangay Ginebra along for the ride.

Two nights after being on the losing end in his match-up with the Talk ‘N Text sentinel, Tenorio wrested the endgame spotlight and led the Gin Kings to a 110-102 victory for the last quarterfinal slot in the PBA Governors’ Cup at Smart Araneta Coliseum.

Tenorio hit 10 of his 24 points in the fourth period, including a perfect 8-of-8 from the free throw line, as the Gin Kings won out in an endgame as wild as the one that took place in a TNT win Sunday night that necessitated this KO match.

“I told myself that it’s time that I took charge, like last conference when Mark (Caguioa) wasn’t there,” Tenorio said after the reigning MVP was whistled for his final foul with 2:53 to play.

“I told him, medyo mayabang nga, ‘ako na bahala (it even sounded like a boast, leave it to me),’” Tenorio said with a smile, when asked what he whispered in Caguioa’s ear while the latter walked off the floor.

That final Caguioa foul sent Larry Fonacier to the free throw line for a split that trimmed what was once a 21-point Ginebra lead to 101-98, before Tenorio scored the last five points in a telling 7-0 spurt for 108-98 going into the final 63 seconds.

The victory shoved the Kings into a quarterfinal clash with No. 1 Petron Blaze tomorrow, the first of two games that they have to win in order to make it to the Final Four.

Ginebra is no stranger to such a disadvantage, as it beat Rain or Shine twice in the Commissioner’s Cup quarterfinals before eventually making it to the title series opposite Alaska.

Dior Lowhorn led the Kings with 31 points and 10 rebounds, and Chris Ellis equaled his career-high of 19 that went with 12 boards.

Fonacier fired a career-high 31 points to pace the Texters, with Courtney Fells shooting 26, 19 of them coming in the third quarter where Talk ‘N Text tried to prune down Ginebra’s 70-49 lead.

Meanwhile, the Meralco Bolts gun for their first-ever semifinal stint today when they battle Barako Bull in a game that takes the lid off the playoffs at Smart Araneta Coliseum.

The Bolts have two chances to punch a ticket to the semifinals beginning with the 5:15 p.m. encounter.

San Mig Coffee also takes the first of two cracks it has at the Final Four against Alaska at 7:30 p.m.

The scores:

BRGY. GINEBRA 110—Lowhorn 31, Tenorio 24, Ellis 19, Caguioa 18, Mamaril 8, Wilson 4, Baracael 2, Aguilar 2, Helterbrand 2, Urbiztondo 0, Maierhofer 0.

TALK ‘N TEXT 102—Fonacier 31, Fells 26, Castro 14, De Ocampo 8, Alapag 6, Ferriols 4, Carey 4, Peek 4, Anthony 2, Aban 2, Al-Hussaini 1, Reyes 2.

Quarters: 26-15, 57-41, 87-78, 110-102

Sam Miguel
09-26-2013, 09:24 AM
Meralco ousts Barako Bull

By Musong R. Castillo

Philippine Daily Inquirer

1:15 am | Thursday, September 26th, 2013

Meralco broke away from Barako Bull early and stormed to an 86-68 Governors’ Cup victory yesterday at Smart Araneta Coliseum that shoved the Bolts in the PBA Final Four for the first time in franchise history.

Mario West scattered 25 points and Reynel Hugnatan—who ditched his headband in favor of Power Puff Girls-inspired pigtails to hold his long locks—had 18 points and 12 boards in the rousing win.

The win set the Bolts up to a best-of-five clash with the winner of the San Mig Coffee-Alaska quarterfinal pairing, which went into a do-or-die game after the Aces scored a 112-105 victory later in the night.

Alaska rallied from 12 points down in the fourth period behind Cyrus Baguio before the rest of the gang took turns in hurting the Mixers in the stretch after Baguio stepped out with 1:56 left because of fouls.

Four players finished in twin digits for Meralco, but what clinched the win in an emphatic way was the fashion in which the Bolts shut down Mike Singletary and the entire Barako Bull offense.

The Bolts held Singletary to a paltry nine points, giving the Barako Bull import, who came into the game averaging 36 points on close to 24 attempts from the field, just 10 looks at the basket.

“It is really our defense,” Meralco coach Ryan Gregorio said. “It made our game a lot easier because of the way we limited Singletary to nine points. Our defense held up tremendously tonight.”

Gregorio first gave credit to the multi-titled Jong Uichico for preparing the defensive game plan before praising West later on.

Meralco starved the Energy to 27 first half points and took a 17-point lead into the third.

It was the worst game that Singletary played, as Meralco took him out of Barako Bull’s offensive flow with impunity that he was a non-factor from the second quarter on.

Jared Dillinger saw action for the first time with his new team after a car accident close to five months ago. He sported a full beard and long hair and helped defend against Singletary.

Meanwhile, Ginebra’s LA Tenorio topped the statistical points race for the Best Player of the Conference award, averaging 33.3 SPs to lead Petron’s Arwind Santos (31.1) and Globalport’s Jay Washington (29.4).

The scores:

First Game

MERALCO 86—West 25, Hugnatan 18, Cardona 12, Hodge 10, Wilson 8, Cortez 6, Salvacion 3, Ross 2, Dillinger 2, Sena 0, Timberlake 0, Reyes 0.

BARAKO 68—Buenafe 23, Jensen 10, Singletary 9, Seigle 9, Weinstein 5, Marcelo 2, Intal 2, Macapagal 2, Cruz 2, Villanueva 2, Pennisi 2, Pena 0.

Quarters: 21-15, 44-27, 67-53, 86-68

Second Game

ALASKA 112—McKines 38, Casio 21, Thoss 17, Baguio 17, Espinas 7, Abueva 5, Dela Cruz 4, Jazul 3, Hontiveros 0.

SAN MIG COFFEE 105—Blakely 27, Simon 15, Reavis 12, Yap 11, Pingris 11, Devance 10, Maliksi 8, Barroca 6, Mallari 5.

Quarters: 30-21, 59-58, 81-89, 112-105

Sam Miguel
09-27-2013, 08:58 AM
Painters sink Batang Pier, gain Final Four

By Musong R. Castillo

Philippine Daily Inquirer

12:50 am | Friday, September 27th, 2013

Shrugging off a listless start, Rain or Shine finished big and ended Globalport’s best PBA campaign so far with a 108-106 victory that shoved the Elasto Painters into the Governors’ Cup’s Final Four at Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay.

The Painters trailed by as many as 12 in the third period and it was touch-and-go until Gabe Norwood hit the basket of the night with 17 ticks left that sealed their best-of-five clash with either Petron Blaze or Barangay Ginebra.

Ryan Araña hit 12 of his 16 points in the fourth period, most of them keeping the Painters within striking distance as he earned Player of the Game honors for the second time this conference.

Rain or Shine’s advance also erased bitter memories of a quarterfinal-round collapse in the last Commissioner’s Cup where the Painters, as the second seeds, lost two straight games to eventual finalist Barangay Ginebra.

“There was a little pressure on us,” Rain or Shine coach Yeng Guiao said. “Globalport was really playing well and they had a chance to win the game. That thought (of losing to Ginebra) really bothered us.”

The Batang Pier played the final 14:08 without head coach Junel Baculi, who was tossed out for a second technical foul—in the franchise’s biggest game—after swearing at the referee late in the third period.

“That was a big break for us. Somehow, it was like déjà vu for me. It’s like I was seeing myself being thrown out,” Guiao said with a smile. “We were just able to grind it out against a ballclub that was getting better and better each game.”

Arizona Reid fired 25 points and Paul Lee scored 14 before resting for much of the second half because of pain in his left calf. Jervy Cruz played so well that he kept Beau Belga on the bench, finishing with 12, eight coming in the fourth period.

Markeith Cummings paced the Batang Pier with 29 points and Sol Mercado had 13 of his 22 in the first period which anchored a 34-point opening quarter that had Globalport taking a 34-23 lead.

The scores:

First Game

RAIN OR SHINE 108—Reid 25, Arana 16, Lee 14, Cruz 12, Tiu 10, Norwood 9, Belga 7, Quinahan 7, Chan 6, Rodriguez 2, Uyloan 0, Matias 0, Tang 0, Ibanes 0.

GLOBALPORT 106—Cummings 29, Mercado 22, Washington 18, David 18, Nabong 5, Taha 4, Lingganay 4, Salvador 4, Miller 2, Belencion 0, Alonzo 0.

Quarters: 23-34, 49-53, 77-78, 108-106

Sam Miguel
09-27-2013, 10:30 AM
Petron puts sad end to Ginebra's season after turning back brave fightback

From: Richard Dy

September 26, 2013, 10:10 pm

PETRON Blaze built a huge lead early before surviving an audacious Barangay Ginebra fightback to pull off a 101-94 victory and book a place in the semifinals of the PBA Governors Cup on Thursday night at the Mall of Asia Arena.

The top-seeded Boosters appeared to be coasting to an easy win after erecting a 25-point lead midway through the third period when the Gin Kings summoned one last burst of energy to make a game of it, just moments after losing franchise player Mark Caguioa to a suspected MCL sprain.

Leading Best Player of the Conference candidate LA Tenorio, Mac Baracael and Josh Urbuztondo led the team back with their torrid three-point shooting as the Gin Kings trimmed the Boosters’ lead to just a point, 89-88, at the halfway point of the final canto.

The Gin Kings eventually lost steam in the end as the Boosters exploited their size advantage en route to booking a semifinal date with the Rain or Shine E-Painters.

“We’re very happy about this win. I think we just got lucky because we played a very tired Ginebra team,” said Petron rookie coach Gee Abanilla after the team stretched its winning run this conference to nine.

“We know for a fact they won’t give up, especially in the third quarter. But it’s a good thing our players stayed together, and we’re happy to get this win,” he added.

Import Elijah Millsap led the Boosters with a triple-double performance of 22 points, 11 rebounds and 12 assists, while rookie big man June Mar Fajardo added 20 on a near-flawless nine-of-10 shooting from the field.

Arwind Santos, who leads the MVP race this season, added 17 points, 13 rebounds and four blocks as the Boosters booked their first appearance in the semifinals this season.

Abanilla will be facing his former mentor, Yeng Guiao of Rain or Shine in the best-of-five semifinal series.

Dior Lowhorn had 31 points and 13 rebounds despite playing with a bad back for the Gin Kings, who played their fourth game in six days and paid dearly for their flat start.

Caguioa scored four points before leaving the game for good at the 8:15 mark of the second period.

The scores:

Petron 101 - Millsap 22, Fajardo 20, Santos 17, Cabagnot 12, Lassiter 11, Lanete 8, Kramer 8, Lutz 3, Tubid 0, Ildefonso 0.

Ginebra 94 - Lowhorn 31, Tenorio 20, Urbiztondo 14, Baracael 11, Helterbrand 6, Mamaril 4, Caguioa 4, Ellis 2, Maierhofer 2, Ababou 0, Wilson 0, Raymundo 0.

Quarterscores: 24-25, 58-42, 83-69, 101-94

09-30-2013, 09:52 AM
San Mig Mixers trip Meralco Bolts

By Musong R. Castillo

Philippine Daily Inquirer

11:55 pm | Sunday, September 29th, 2013

Riding a hot closing run in the third quarter, San Mig Coffee tripped Final Four first-timer Meralco, 83-73, last night to gain the headstart in their PBA Governors’ Cup best-of-five series at Smart Araneta Coliseum in Cubao.

The Mixers erased a 10-point deficit early in the period with a 17-5 run and then took the momentum of that splurge into the fourth to gain the all-important momentum heading into tomorrow’s second game.

“We just kind of hung around till we finally got something going at the end of the third quarter,” San Mig coach Tim Cone said after they were nearly buried by the Bolts because of a lethargic start.

“We got some momentum and carried it over to the fourth (quarter),” he added. “We were emotionally drained from our last series. We lacked some energy, to tell you in all honesty.”

Joe Devance scored 10 points in the fourth period and Marqus Blakely hit all but two of his 15 in the final two quarters as the Mixers—the losing finalists to Rain or Shine here last season—put the Bolts away.

Meralco had firm control, even taking a 50-40 lead early in the third period before the Mixers got it going and left the Bolts in their wake.

The San Mig defense actually held the Bolts to just four points inside the final 4:42, when John Wilson beat the 24-shot clock with a triple off the glass that had Meralco coming within 69-70.

Meralco wouldn’t score again until the final 1:01, when Cliff Hodge made it 71-79, before Mark Barroca and James Yap had a free throw each for 81-73 going into the last 26.7 seconds.

Blakely was the coldest among Cone’s boys, going scoreless in the first quarter and then making just two free throws in the second to allow Meralco to take control.

Yap also finished with 15 points in his finest offensive game in recent weeks and Alex Mallari broke up the Meralco defensive plan with some timely outside sniping to finish with 12 built around a 3-of-4 clip from three-point zone.

“It was expected that we would have a hard time scoring tonight,” Meralco coach Ryan Gregorio said. “But this is a series, and no one wins a best-of-five without winning three games.

“We were prepared for James (Yap) and PJ (Simon defensively),” Gregorio added. “But the outside shots of (Joe) Devance and (Alex) Mallari broke up our defense.”

Gregorio rued their poor outside shooting with import Mario West being held to a PBA career-low nine points on a 3-of-16 clip from the field in 42 minutes.

The scores:

SAN MIG COFFEE 83—Devance 17, Blakely 15, Yap 15, Mallari 12, Pingris 8, Barroca 7, Simon 7, Reavis 2, Acuna 0, Najorda 0.

MERALCO 73—Hodge 19, Cortez 12, Wilson 10, West 9, Reyes 6, Cardona 6, Hugnatan 6, Dillinger 2, Salvacion 2, Ross 1.

Quarters: 18-22, 35-38, 57-55, 83-73

10-01-2013, 09:43 AM
Petron pips RoS in series opener

by Waylon Galvez

October 1, 2013

Top seed Petron Blaze matched a franchise best 10-game winning streak as it downed defending champion Rain or Shine, 91-83, in Game 1 of their semifinal series in the PBA Governors’ Cup playoffs last night at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.

Import Elijah Millsap scored a conference-high 41 as Petron extended its winning streak to 10 games to duplicate its 1989 Open Conference feat when the team was still known as San Miguel Beer. That led San Miguel to winning a Grand Slam.

The 6-foot-5 Millsap scored 11 straight points midway in the fourth quarter that began when Ryan Arana gave him a hard foul and he reacted by throwing the ball on the Rain or Shine guard.

Millsap was assessed with an automatic technical foul which rookie Chris Tiu converted that gave the Elasto Painters a 77-73 advantage with 6:52 left in the game.

A 7-2 run highlighted by a three-pointer by Millsap gave Petron the lead back at 80-79.

Although Jeff Chan was fouled by Chris Lutz while attempting a triple at the right corner, he converted just two of three foul shots. Millsap then scored back-to-back jumpers to put the Boosters up by three, 84-81, 3:45 to play.

Rain or Shine trimmed the deficit to one, 83-84, on a jumper by Gabe Norwood, and threatened to retake the lead when Millsap missed a jumper, but Arwind Santos made a defensive stop by deflecting a pass by Chan intended for import Arizona Reid.

Alex Cabagnot then drained a triple to put the game away, 87-83, with 1:19 to play.

“It’s a good thing we won. We’re expecting a close game, remember they’re the defending champion,” said Petron Blaze rookie head coach Gee Abanilla, who is 2-0 this conference against his former mentor and Rain or Shine coach Yeng Guiao.

“I think they (Painters) played pretty well, they matched up well against us. But a win is a win, we have to use this to our advantage (going to Game 2). In a series like this you have to find a formula that works for you,” added Abanilla.

Petron also got 18 points from Cabagnot, while rookie center June Mar Fajardo added 15 markers. The Boosters also controlled the rebounding department, 56-48, with three players finishing in double figures. Fajardo led the top rebounders with 17 followed by Millsap (14) and Santos (10)

Reid led Rain or Shine with 28 points and 11 rebounds, but Chan was the only double-digit scorer for the locals with 16. The Painters were without sophomore playmaker Paul Lee, who is out with right calf muscle injury.

Meantime, Meralco needs to play as one big unit to avoid falling into a 0-2 hole when their own series with San Mig Coffee resumes today at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.

10-02-2013, 08:12 PM
Mario West bwakaw

10-03-2013, 08:39 AM
Now that Petron is 2-0 over Rain or Shine and a win away from making it to the Governor's Cup finals, this is closer for the first time in league history, six different teams played in the finals in each of the three conferences in the season.

Rain or Shine is the only team to have a chance to play in the finals twice this year but are now down two games. TNT, ROS, Alaska, Brgy.Ginebra, and probably Petron and the winner of Meralco-San Mig, 6 of 10 teams playing in the finals, we can now say balance competition.

10-03-2013, 09:17 AM
Petron a win away from return to finals after great escape against Painters

From: Richard Dy

October 2, 2013, 09:42 pm

PETRON survived a relentless endgame comeback by defending champion Rain or Shine to escape with a 90-88 win and move on the brink of making the PBA Governors Cup Finals on Wednesday night at the Astrodome.

The Elasto Painters fought back from an 80-89 deficit inside the final two minutes and had one last chance to send the game into overtime in the final four seconds when Petron import Elijah Millsap split his charities to make it a two-point game for the Boosters.

But Arizona Reid’s driving jump shot over Millsap in Rain or Shine’s final play was long, before Doug Kramer preserved the win for Petron by grabbing the rebound at the buzzer.

The victory gave Petron a commanding 2-0 lead over Rain or Shine in the best-of-five semifinals series. Another win in Game Three on Saturday will have the franchise advancing to the Finals for the first time since the 2011 Governors Cup.

“It’s another cliffhanger from us but from the start we knew Rain or Shine will give us a good fight,” said Petron coach Gee Abanilla afterwards.

Rain or Shine, parading a depleted lineup with injuries to key players Paul Lee (calf), JR Quinahan (Achilles), and Ryan Arana (flu), now needs to win three straight games over Petron to have a shot at defending its title.

“They (E-Painters) pushed us to the limit. But the good thing is June Mar (Fajardo) stepped up today and, of course, our import Elijah Millsap and two more local guys scoring in double figures for us,” Abanilla added.

The 6-foot-10 Fajardo exploded for a career-high 26 points and 14 rebounds in a dominant performance that saw the top rookie pick outplay Rain or Shine counterpart Beau Belga inside.

Abanilla said Fajardo’s aggressiveness was key for the Boosters in the series.

“June Mar has been asserting himself down low for the last few games. He’s a big guy, he’s strong, and has a very good basketball sense. He also got some tutoring from Danny (Ildefonso) and some coaches, and that helped him a lot on the offensive and defensive side,” explained the rookie Petron mentor.

Millsap finished with 19 points and 12 rebounds while Arwind Santos, the leading MVP candidate, chipped in 16, seven boards, and two steals.

Reid led the short-handed Rain or Shine squad with 39 points and 18 rebounds as he had to work double-time for the embattled reigning champions.

The scores:

Petron (90) - Fajardo 26, Millsap 19, Santos 16, Lassiter 13, Lutz 4, Tubid 4, Lanete 3, Cabagnot 3, Kramer 2.

Rain or Shine (88 ) - Reid 39, Chan 11, Cruz 8, Belga 8, Ibanes 8, Norwood 6, Matias 3, Tiu 2, Rodriguez 2, Jaime 1, Uyloan 0, Tang 0.

Quarterscores: 24-26; 42-40; 70-64; 90-88.

10-03-2013, 09:18 AM
Big man Fajardo proud to see hard work with mentor Danny I finally paying off

From: Richard Dy

October 2, 2013, 10:36 pm

MOMENTS after coming through with a career game, June Mar Fajardo was quick to give credit where credit is due.

The Petron rookie said his teammates especially veteran big and two-time PBA Most Valuable Player Danny Ildefonso are a big help in the progress of his game in just barely a season of playing in Asia’s first ever play-for-pay league.

The 6-foot-10 national team mainstay finished with a career-high 26 points, including 14 in the third period, in the Boosters’ 90-88 win over defending champion Rain or Shine in Game Two of their Governors Cup semifinal series on Wednesday night at the Astrodome.

‘”Malaking pasasalamat lang talaga ako sa mga teammates ko saka sa mga coaches ko kasi nagtitiwala sila sa akin, saka binibigyan nila ako ng bola,” said a beaming Fajardo after the Boosters moved just a victory away from a return to the Finals after two years.

Fajardo made special mention of the 6-foot-6 Ildefonso, who has been religiously tutoring him one-on-one to further hone his skills and at the same time, develop his confidence.

“Nakatulong din (tutoring). Malaking bagay `yung ginagawa namin ni Danny I. Pag walang game kinabukasan kasi, may 20 minutes kami na mga post moves, defense, saka more on mental din,” explained the soft-spoken freshman from Pinamungahan, Cebu.

The support being given him by the 36-year-old Ildefonso and the rest of the Boosters bolsters Fajardo's belief that he’ll go places in the league in the future.

“Di ako maliligaw ng landas dito (team) kasi pag nagkamali ako, tinuturuan nila ako. Nakikinig lang ako,” he said.

The top overall pick in last year’s Draft also said the absence of JR Quinahan was huge for him since it meant he only has to deal with Rain or Shine big man Beau Belga inside the paint in Game Two.

“Mabigat din si JR kaya nag-te-take advantage ako dun saka binibigyan nila (Petron teammates) ako ng kumpiyansa para ma-pick up yung game ko,” he added.

Despite a 2-0 series lead, Fajardo said it’s better the Boosters try to end the series in Saturday’s Game Three so as not to give the Elasto Painters any kind of momentum.

“Panalo pero wala pang kasiguraduhan `yun eh (series lead). Dapat maglaro pa kami ng maayos, at mag-pick up pa game namin, then tapusin na namin sa Sabado kasi pag nanalo sila (E-Painters), baka magka-momentum pa sila,” he said.

Sam Miguel
10-07-2013, 10:03 AM
Mixers short-circuit Bolts, gain title slot

By June Navarro

Philippine Daily Inquirer

12:31 am | Monday, October 7th, 2013

Marqus Blakely fired 23 points and grabbed 19 rebounds and James Yap added 16 as the San Mig Coffee Mixers closed out the Meralco Bolts, 79-73, in their best-of-five semifinal series last night to again reach the Finals of the PBA Governors’ Cup at Smart Araneta Coliseum.

Marc Pingris, who does most of the dirty work inside, also shone with 16 points and six offensive boards for the Mixers, who appeared to have sealed the outcome late in the fourth only to find themselves in a grind at crunchtime.

“They put us on the edge of our seats and we don’t want to be there,” said San Mig Coffee coach Tim Cone after they ended the series, 3-1. “It showed how much fighting spirit Meralco has.”

Mario West, Meralco’s never-say-die import, sprained his right shoulder in Game 3 and was doubtful coming into the game. But if he was in pain, he didn’t show it.

West scored 22 points and pulled down 17 rebounds, including a pair of shots when the Bolts narrowed a 10-point gap to just a single basket with just a minute left.

“I thought he (West) was just a decoy when he played in the first quarter,” said Cone, whose team lost three of their first four games before surging to the playoffs. “We didn’t expect to see him much but he played great.”

The Bolts actually gave themselves a chance to reverse the outcome but Chris Ross missed a crucial three-pointer and committed a costly defensive lapse in the end.

Ross helped out in a low-post matchup featuring West and Blakely with 23.2 seconds to go, but left Mark Barroca free underneath. In the next sequence, Ross misfired a three that could have changed the game’s outcome.

“(Meralco) Coach Ryan (Gregorio) coached better than I did but I have more horses,” said Cone on his third Finals stint with the Mixers and 26th overall in the league.

He will now have a shot at tying Baby Dalupan’s all-time best coaching record of 15 championships when the Mixers go up either against Rain or Shine or Petron Blaze in the title series.

Meanwhile, the Painters shoot for the equalizer tonight against a Petron side that will be going for another crack at the Finals, also at Smart Araneta Coliseum.

“I guess we’re just trying to prolong the series and try to make a series out of it,” said Rain or Shine coach Yeng Guiao after his Elasto Painters avoided the broom by winning Game 3, 92-87, Saturday.

“But if we win again on Monday [today], then we would already have a serious shot at the Finals.”
Game 4 of the best-of-five semifinal series is set at 7:15 p.m. with the Boosters still holding a 2-1 lead.

The scores:

SAN MIG 79— Blakely 23, Yap 19, Pingris 16, Barroca 7, Mallari 4, Devance 4, Acuna 3, Simon 3, Reavis 0.

MERALCO 73—West 22, Cardona 13, Hugnatan 13, Ross 9, Dillinger 6, Salvacion 6, Cortez 4, Hodge 0, Wilson 0.

Quarters: 27-16, 45-38, 66-56, 79-73

Sam Miguel
10-08-2013, 08:02 AM
Petron forges title series with San Mig

By Musong R. Castillo

Philippine Daily Inquirer

10:47 pm | Monday, October 7th, 2013

Petron Blaze used a hot second-half start and then hung tough the rest of the way to oust a never-say-die Rain or Shine side, 110-89, last night and nail the second slot in the PBA Governors’ Cup Finals.

Elijah Millsap and Alex Cabagnot presided over a 16-0 run that opened up the third period before Marcio Lassiter put on an outside shooting display in the fourth when the Elasto Painters made their last stand as the Boosters wrapped up their best-of-five Final Four series, 3-1, at Smart Araneta Coliseum.

The Boosters took leads of as many as 70-45 before reaching a best-of-seven title series for the first time in two seasons against sister squad San Mig Coffee, the losing finalist to Rain or Shine last season.

The opener is set at 7:15 p.m. on Friday at Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay.

The Elasto Painters, who won this tournament in seven gripping games against San Mig last season, came within 10 points but Lassiter drilled two straight treys that restored an 86-70 lead with 9:49 to go.

This will be the 27th title series appearance for the Boosters (formerly San Miguel Beermen), who have won 19 of their first 26 stints. The coming championship playoff will also be the first between Petron and the Mixers in 13 years.

“Right now, we’re living the dream, and we can never stop,” rookie Petron coach Gee Abanilla said.

San Mig wrapped up the first title series slot after a 79-73 win over Meralco on Sunday, also for a 3-1 victory.

Millsap, Cabagnot and Lassiter finished with a combined 84 points, just four shy of the Painters’ total for the game.

Meanwhile, Greg Slaughter, one of the tallest players to come out of the amateur ranks, has declared himself available for the PBA rookie draft next month and is expected to be picked No. 1 overall.

The 7-foot former Ateneo ace in the UAAP is one of several big names who have applied to join the rookie pool with Barangay Ginebra and San Mig Coffee disputing the first overall pick in a lottery later this week.

The scores:

PETRON 110—Millsap 34, Lassiter 27, Cabagnot 23, Fajardo 9, Santos 8, Lutz 2, Kramer 2, Miranda 2, Tubid 2, Lanete 1, Isip 0.

RAIN OR SHINE 89—Reid 41, Belga 10, Arana 9, Quinahan 7, Norwood 6, Tang 5, Ibanes 5, Tiu 3, Matias 3, Uyloan 0, Cruz 0, Chan 0.

Quarters: 24-25, 46-40, 80-65, 110-89

10-14-2013, 08:10 AM
Mixers bounce back, deadlock title series

Top plums for Santos, Blakely

By Musong R. Castillo

Philippine Daily Inquirer

10:32 pm | Sunday, October 13th, 2013

Playing inspired ball this time, San Mig Coffee proved in Game 2 of the PBA Governors’ Cup title series that Petron Blaze is beatable.

“After that fourth quarter of Game 1, I began to think that this (Petron) team wasn’t going to lose,” Mixers coach Tim Cone said yesterday after dominating the Boosters in a 100-93 win that leveled their best-of-seven playoffs at 1-1 at Smart Araneta Coliseum.

“It’s good that we were able to come out and dictate the tempo,” Cone said of the victory fashioned practically in wire-to-wire style. “That team doesn’t fall behind too often. I wanted to see them react from playing from behind.”

Best Import awardee Marqus Blakely scattered 23 points that went with 16 rebounds and six assists, and four locals drilled in 11 points or more as the Mixers played a lot harder than in Game 1 to wrest momentum heading into the third game on Wednesday.

“We needed to have our behinds spanked a little bit,” Cone said when asked how he made his wards come out of what he termed Friday night as a lackluster team effort.

“If we were missing one cylinder, we’re not going to beat this team.”

Elijah Millsap scored 31 points and had 10 rebounds for the Boosters, who lost for just the second time in their last 14 games.

The Boosters were doomed late in the game when their three best players—Millsap, June Mar Fajardo and Best Player of the Conference Arwind Santos—fouled out one after the other.

“I’m not taking anything away from San Mig, they played well,” said coach Gee Abanilla said. “But fouling out the best three players of our team damages the way we play. It just changes the complexion of our game.”

Fajardo stepped out with less than a minute remaining after shooting 16 points and snaring down 14 rebounds. Santos, meanwhile, struggled in 27 minutes by shooting just four points—his second-lowest for the season— and grabbing just one rebound, the least he had in the last two years.

Earlier, Santos bagged his second Best Player award, handily beating Petron teammates Fajardo and Alex Cabagnot.

After topping the statistical points race, the media, players’ and PBA votes, the 6-foot-6 Santos tallied 1,202 points with the 6-foot-9 Fajardo garnering 777 and Cabagnot 558.

Santos got a perfect 39 first place votes from the media, with Fajardo garnering 38 second place nods. LA Tenorio of Barangay Ginebra and Jay Washington of Globalport rounded out the field of candidates.

Blakely won the Best Import race for the first time also in runaway fashion over Millsap. Blakely finished second to Rain or Shine’s Jamelle Cornley last season.

The scores:

SAN MIG COFFEE 100—Blakely 23, Yap 17, Simon 16, Devance 15, Pingris 11, Barroca 9, Mallari 8, Reavis 1, De Ocampo 0.

PETRON 93—Millsap 31, Cabagnot 22, Fajardo 16, Lassiter 10, Tubid 5, Santos 4, Miranda 3, Kramer 2, Lutz 0.

Quarters: 30-23, 49-44, 74-62, 100-93

10-17-2013, 09:31 AM
Offensive might too much for Mixers: Petron ablaze, leads 2-1

By Nelson Beltran

(The Philippine Star) | Updated October 17, 2013 - 12:00am

Game tomorrow (Mall of Asia Arena)

6 p.m. – Leo Awards

8 p.m. – Petron Blaze vs San Mig Coffee

MANILA, Philippines - Petron Blaze chief playmaker Alex Cabagnot showed up in crutches with plantar fasciitis (heel injury) but there’s no stopping the Boosters from reasserting themselves and roaring back on track.

Sans Cabagnot, the Boosters hardly had difficulty re-imposing their dominance, pummeling the San Mig Coffee Mixers with their offensive firepower in the second quarter en route to a 90-68 rout and the two-game-to-one lead in the PLDT Telpad PBA Governors Cup best-of-seven titular series at the Smart Araneta Coliseum last night.

Cabagnot went down with an injured right plantar fascia towards the end of Game Two, but the Boosters were undaunted at least in Game Three.

Elijah Millsap and his teammates played with great enthusiasm, putting back in display the form they showcased in their 11-game romp from the elimination round to the first two games of their semifinal duel with Rain or Shine.

It was a virtual no-contest with Petron taking the half at 55-30 and keeping leads of over 20 points throughout the final half.

The shock-troopers of the two teams played the last four minutes of the lopsided game.

“We made couples of adjustments after our Game Two loss and we’re very happy on the way the team responded,” said Petron coach Gee Abanilla.

Abanilla easily filled in the absence of Cabagnot as he started Millsap at the point with Denok Miranda and Paolo Hubalde providing solid relief job.

Millsap finished with a game-high 28 points that went with eight rebounds, three assists and two steals, and Junmar Fajardo, Marcio Lassiter and Arwind Santos added double-digit productions as the Boosters moved within two games of a 20th championship.

“It’s our dream to go all way to the championship. We always want to play hard and give our best, and if there’s the opportunity to get it, we’ll definitely go for it,” said Abanilla.

“Everything went wrong. We accept that and we’re ready to move on,” said San Mig Coffee coach Tim Cone.

“They were great and we’re not. But we’ll throw that out of the window and focus on the next one. It’s a seven-game series. A three-point loss is the same as a 22-point blowout. We win the next game and we would forgot this game,” Cone also said.

With big stops that they parlayed into key transition baskets, the Boosters pulled away at 42-22 on a 14-2 start in the second quarter.

Petron pounced on San Mig badly in the second period that the Boosters sat on a 55-30 cushion at the turn.

The Mixers faded away as they converted just a single field-goal basket, through PJ Simon, in the first eight minutes of the quarter.

Their next field goal came on a jam by Marqus Blakely off an inbound with 3:38 left in the first half.

Towards the end of the first quarter, Petron was actually already in control, taking eight-point spreads at 19-11 and 28-20.

Millsap, Fajardo and Santos produced double-digit outputs right in the first half.

The Petron starters clobbered their San Mig counterparts, 49-25, in the first 24 minutes of play.

10-21-2013, 09:35 AM
Barroca stands 10 feet tall as San Mig beats Petron to move on brink of title

From: Richard Dy

October 20, 2013, 07:32 pm

SAN Mig Coffee relied on the clutch shooting of sophomore guard Mark Barroca to carve out a 114-103 triumph over Petron and move within a win of the PBA Governors Cup title on Sunday night at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.

Barroca earned Best Player of the Game honors for the second straight game and was labelled San Mig's "Energizer bunny" by an elated coach Tim Cone after a Game Five performance that saw him hit a career high-tying 22 points on 7-of-9 shooting to go with 10 assists.

More importantly, the diminutive starting guard provided the hustle and big baskets in a crucial run that allowed the Mixers to peel off from a 54-all halftime count on the way to a 76-69 lead.

The Mixers held on from there to turn the tables on a favored Petron team, taking a 3-2 lead in the best-of-seven series and moving on the threshold of regaining a championship they lost to Rain or Shine last season.

San Mig superstar James Yap also stood up offensively by hitting a shot-clock beating three-pointer as well as a 15-footer to ice the game, 113-102, entering the dying minutes.

“I think the key tonight is we hit shots. Mark Barroca hit big shots and James came late to hit some big shots, too. Again, we’re not truly a big shot team but tonight we were. Of course, James is that type of player,” said a beaming Cone after the game.

San Mig can wrap up the championship - and Cone a 15th career title that would tie him with the legendary Baby Dalupan for the league record - when Game Six is played on Wednesday.

But Cone said he expects Game Six to be far more difficult because the Boosters will try to do everything they can to force a sudden death match on Friday.

“Our mindset is come the next game, it will get harder. We just have to find a way to keep them (Boosters) uncomfortable,” said Cone.

Marqus Blakely led the Mixers once more with 30 points, 15 rebounds and seven assists.

Elijah Millsap paced the Boosters with 37 points and 14 boards, while vastly improved rookie slotman June Mar Fajardo finished with another monster game of 23 points and 16 rebounds.

Starting playmaker Alex Cabagnot returned from a two-game absence for Petron and finished with five points, four rebounds and seven assists.

The scores:

San Mig Coffee 114 - Blakely 30, Barroca 22, Simon 17, Yap 14, De Ocampo 10, Pingris 9, Mallari 5, Devance 5, Acuna 2.

Petron 103 - Millsap 37, Fajardo 23, Tubid 12, Lutz 10, Lassiter 9, Lanete 5, Cabagnot 5, Santos 2, Kramer 0, Hubalde 0.

Quarters: 21-18, 54-54, 87-80, 114-103

10-21-2013, 09:36 AM
Abanilla calls out 'missing' Santos after another woeful performance for MVP

From: Gerry Ramos

October 20, 2013, 08:23 pm

COACH Gee Abanilla just posted a 'missing' sign in search of the player he referred to as 'one of the reasons' why Petron has reached the PBA Governors Cup Finals but has disappeared since.

“We need him in the series,” said Abanilla, short of begging star player Arwind Santos to once more display the kind of game that made him the current league Most Valuable Player.

“He’s one of the reasons why we reached this far. And if he contributes more, it will be good for us.”

Unfortunately for the Boosters, that has not been the case for the lanky 6-foot-4 Santos the past two games of the Finals, particularly Sunday’s Game Five which Petron lost, 114-103, and gave San Mig a 3-2 lead in the best-of-seven series.

The former Far Eastern University stalwart finished with only two points in 18 minutes of play and rode the bench for most of the second half after committing a flagrant foul 1 on Joe Devance early in the third quarter.

He didn’t come back until the final 2:04 and San Mig Coffere already holding a commanding 113-102 lead.

“I thought it was a coaching decision,” Abanilla said of his move not to field in Santos in the late stretch of the game. “I just thought some players were playing really well. It’s just a matter of match-up also because they’re fielding in a small lineup and we felt we need someone who’s quicker.”

The two points of Santos equaled his season low and worse than his four-point performance in yet another loss in Game Four (88-86) on the night he was crowned MVP.

Still, Abanilla said the Boosters remain all-out behind their star forward, who was bashed on different social media networks following his woeful performance the last time.

“Before this game I had a talk with him, we assured him that our confidence remains in him,” said the Petron rookie coach.

“He’s been hearing a lot of things on social media and assured him the team is backing him up and we believe in him. Other people may have some opinion, but for us, he’s a valuable piece of our team and we need him.”

Sam Miguel
10-24-2013, 08:25 AM
Boosters repulse Mixers, forge do-or-die tiff

By Musong R. Castillo

Philippine Daily Inquirer

12:46 am | Thursday, October 24th, 2013

With an effort that downplayed his refusing-to-lose attitude, Elijah Millsap came to Petron Blaze’s rescue when the game was truly on the line last night and set up a fitting end to its PBA Governors’ Cup title playoffs with San Mig Coffee.

Millsap scored nine straight points in the most critical time of the fourth period and the Boosters’ defense did its job on the other end for a 99-88 decision of the Mixers that took this title series into a deciding Game 7 at Smart Araneta Coliseum.

Petron blew a 16-point lead in the first half and an 11-point bubble at the start of the fourth to trail, 82-80, before Millsap went on a tear and carried the Boosters on his broad shoulders on the way to a 3-3 count.

“We didn’t want to lose this game,” Millsap said after shooting 13 of his 30 points in the fourth period that propped up Petron’s offense that was threatening to conk out. “This team is unbelievable. We didn’t take this game for granted.”

With Millsap taking care of hitting the baskets from inside and out, the rest of the gang held the Mixers scoreless for more than three minutes as the Boosters peeled away from an 85-86 game with eight unanswered points for 93-86 going into the final two minutes.

“It’s a Game 7 of the Finals. It’s a dream for every player and a coach to be in a situation like this,” said rookie Petron coach Gee Abanilla as he tries to prevent San Mig counterpart Tim Cone from winning his 15th overall title tomorrow.

For most of the night, it looked like it would be a stroll for the Boosters only for the Mixers to come up with their second win early in the fourth period behind Peter June Simon and Joe Devance.

And after Millsap drained his seventh straight point at the 4:48 mark to make it 87-86 for the Boosters, the Mixers went into that cold spell.

June Mar Fajardo scored 21 points and had 14 rebounds for Petron while Blakely paced the Mixers with 21 points and 11 boards.

10-26-2013, 01:47 PM
Not only did San Mig coach Tim Cone tied Baby Dalupan's 15 championships, both winningest coaches also had the same number of finals appearances with 26, they won 15 and lost 11.

10-27-2013, 11:24 AM
San Mig Coffee clinches PBA Governors’ Cup crown, 87-77

By Celest R. Flores


10:36 pm | Friday, October 25th, 2013

MANILA, Philippines —San Mig Coffee clinched the 2013 PBA Governors’ Cup crown Friday, finishing off Petron Blaze with a valiant effort in Game 7, 87-77, at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.

Showing steely resolve as they faced another winner-take-all match, the Mixers completed their conquest for a 10th championship in the PBA even after trailing the equally talented-Boosters twice in this full length finals series.

It was likewise a historic moment for San Mig Coffee’s head coach Tim Cone, who tied the record of legendary mentor Baby Dalupan with 15 titles in the league.

“I’m just incredibly humbled. He’s my idol,” said head coach Tim Cone of leveling with Dalupan, just moments after achieving a milestone. “Our guys really worked hard for this.”

With neither team giving an inch for the first three quarters, the Mixers pushed the lead on a furious rally to 74-65—the biggest of the game aside from the final score—with 8:50 in the fourth quarter.

But even then, San Mig Coffee had to rely on its swarming defense in the last seven minutes to shackle Petron, which was doomed by poor spacing and offense too centered on Elijah Millsap down the stretch.

Marc Pingris shone for the Mixers in their biggest game, chalking up 19 points, hauling down 17 rebounds along with three assists and four steals and a block — and that’s on top of all the intangibles like his relentless hustle.

Import Marcus Blakely also had 19 points, including a game-changing interception of Millsap’s pass for two points and another bucket which built an 82-77 lead with under a minute to play.

The Mixers seemed impervious to the pressures of a game seven, having eight players who were in the roster the last time they fought in rubber match — against Rain or Shine in last year’s edition of this tournament.

Breaking under pressure, though, were the Boosters, who failed to give their impressive campaign in the Governors’ Cup a fitting ending.

Millsap had 25 points and 11 boards for Petron, but couldn’t reprise the hero role it pulled off in game six. June Mar Fajardo, who showcased tremendous promise this finals, added 20 but just two in the payoff period.

10-27-2013, 11:25 AM
Marc Pingris named PBA Governors’ Cup Finals MVP

By Mark Giongco


11:25 pm | Friday, October 25th, 2013

MANILA, Philippines—With the championship at San Mig Coffee’s fingertips, Marc Pingris, who was about to deliver the last points at the free throw line in the waning seconds of Game 7 against Petron Blaze, clenched his fists as MVP chants rained down on him and through the walls of the historical Araneta Coliseum Friday night.

Pingris had his fingerprints all over Game 7 with 19 points, 17 rebounds and five blocks apart from his defense and hustle that the stat sheet wouldn’t show as he was named the 2013 PBA Governors’ Cup Finals MVP.

“Unang-una nagpapasalamat ako kay Lord. Iniisip ko lang talaga laro lang (First, I thanked the Lord. I was only thinking of our game),” said the six-foot-six center Pingris.

“He was all heart,” said San Mig Coffee head coach Tim Cone referring to Pingris. “He did all the work. Today he played really well in this deciding game.”

The dynamic Pingris averaged 12.5 points, 8.5 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 1.5 blocks per game throughout the championship series, where the Mixers rallied from 1-2 down.

It was Pingris’ second Finals MVP honors after winning the award the first time in the 2006 Philippine Cup.

10-27-2013, 11:26 AM
A victory ride Cone won’t miss

By Musong R. Castillo

Philippine Daily Inquirer

12:06 am | Sunday, October 27th, 2013

NOT only because there wasn’t a traditional victory ride, but this championship will be remembered more than any other as far as San Mig Coffee coach Tim Cone is concerned.

The outspoken American on Friday night steered the Mixers to an 87-77 Game 7 victory over fancied Petron Blaze for the PBA Governors’ Cup title, the championship that pulled him alongside the legendary Baby Dalupan as the league’s winningest coaches of all time.

And unlike the 14 championships—highlighted by the Grand Slam with Alaska in 1996—that came before this, there wasn’t a photo of a victory ride to immortalize this one.

Maybe it was because his Mixers were dog-tired from giving it all they had all conference long.

“They didn’t play perfect basketball, but they played with perfect effort. Tonight was a perfect effort game,” Cone said after the Mixers, with Marc Pingris leading the way, denied the Boosters a 20th title before 21,319 fans at Smart Araneta Coliseum in Cubao.

“I guess we just had a little more left in the tank,” Cone added.

It cannot be denied that this championship is special because it tied him with Dalupan, his boyhood idol whom he used to curse while watching on TV because he was a Toyota fan.

“I used to blame Baby for beating my team,” Cone said of Dalupan, who won a chunk of his titles while handling the now defunct Crispa. “He’s such a humble man, so special. I wish he was here tonight so I could give him a hug.”

“It’s just an incredible journey (for me as a coach),” he said. “Just unbelievable.”

Pingris let it all hang out Friday night and had the entire team following his lead. And if one would talk of effort as far as winning championships are concerned, then this Game 7 would be a perfect study.

The 6-foot-5 workhorse finished with 19 points, 17 rebounds, five blocks and three assists and went on to be named unanimously by the PBA Press Corps as the Papa John’s Pizza-Finals MVP.

“He did all the work,” Cone said. “I did very little coaching tonight and just let my players play out there.”

10-29-2013, 08:28 AM
Is PBA Finals 'scripted' to go the distance? Top SMC official Non issues strong denial

From: Reuben Terrado

October 24, 2013, 03:29 pm

Spin.ph's Facebook and comments pages have been filled with insinuations from fans that the best-of-seven title series was 'rigged' to go seven games, the suspicion only growing after Petron stayed alive by winning Game Six, 99-88, on Wednesday.

THERE is no such thing as 'bigayan' in the PBA.

This was the strong denial made by San Miguel Corp. head of basketball operations Robert Non in the face of mounting accusations from fans that the battle between sister teams San Mig and Petron was 'scripted' to go the distance.

“It doesn’t exist, whether magkapareho ng management or magkaibang teams, there is no such term as ‘bigayan’ or giving away a game,” Non, also the current league chairman, told Spin.ph on Thursday. “There is no such thing as ‘bigayan’ in the PBA.”

Spin.ph's Facebook and comments pages have been filled with comments from fans insinuating that the best-of-seven title series was 'rigged' to go seven games, the suspicion only growing after Petron won Game Six, 99-88, on Wednesday night to level the series at 3-3.

The flames were further fanned by what fans had perceived as a number of calls that went Petron's way in Game Six which left San Mig coach Tim Cone fuming.

Non said he is aware of the insinuation from some fans but said it is simply not true.

“Maraming mawawala sa kanila, prestige kasi ‘yan and pride. At kung nagbibigayan, hindi naman papasukin ng mga fans ‘yan. Minsan nga nagkakaaway din ‘yang mga ‘yan,” said Non.

“May mga instances na dalawang sister teams, naglalaban. At that time, it was San Miguel and Ginebra. But in actual games, buhos lahat. Never ka magbibigay na sasabihin mo isang game or two games, para maghabol lang para mag-Game Seven. I don’t think so,” said Non.

Petron veteran Ronald Tubid backed up Non's claim, saying there was simply too much at stake for the players in terms of pride and bonuses to play around with the results.

Non, who is board representative of Ginebra, also pointed to the injuries suffered by players who continue to play through the pain to help their respective teams win.

“Katulad ngayon, may injury ang Petron (Elijah Millsap, Alex Cabagnot) but they are still fighting. Kung injured ka, mas magbibigay ka di ba?” said Non.

Still, Non said he feels the players are not affected by the comments from fans.

“Hindi naman nila iniintindi ‘yun. Ang concentration nila is nasa game and to win,” said Non.