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10-16-2014, 02:00 PM
Usual suspects: League officials tag SMC teams, Talk 'N Text, Rain or Shine as favorites in unofficial poll

From: Richard Dy October 8, 2014, 02:01 pm

Although San Mig has yet to win after six preseason games, Barangay Ginebra alternate governor Alfrancis Chua says the Mixers have a history of starting slow, only to finish strong in the end.

WITH the PBA’s 40th season less than two weeks away, members of the board of governors are convinced the three teams under San Miguel Corp. umbrella, led by reigning grand slam champion San Mig, along with Talk ‘N Text are the prohibitive favorites this season.

The Mixers are actually eyeing their fifth straight crown this season, starting with the Philippine Cup, considered the most prestigious of the three conferences because it is the tournament that utilizes local players only.

“Tingin ko nasa five teams, No. 1 na diyan ang San Mig dahil grand slam champion sila, then the two others are San Miguel Beer and Ginebra, though Talk ‘N Text is also there,” GlobalPort alternate board governor Erick Arejola said during Tuesday’s press launch at the Edsa Shangrila Hotel in Mandaluyong.

Although San Mig has yet to win after six preseason games, Barangay Ginebra alternate governor Alfrancis Chua said the Mixers have a history of starting slow, only to finish strong in the end.

Fact is, San Mig didn’t even top the eliminations in any of the past three conferences last season, yet the Mixers peaked in time for the playoffs, en route to registering the first grand slam title in the league in 18 years.

Meralco board governor Al Panlilio, Alaska team manager Dickie Bachmann, along with Barako Bull’s board governor Manny Alvarez and Blackwater’s Silliman Sy, all unanimously agreed that San Mig, San Miguel Beer and even Barangay Ginebra rank among the top three due to their solid rosters.

“From our standpoint, obviously, it’s San Mig Coffee as the favorite, followed by Ginebra, San Miguel Beer,” said Panlilio.

“I would say all the San Miguel Corp. teams, followed by Talk ‘N Text and Rain or Shine,” added Bachmann.

“I’ll go for San Mig Coffee, Talk ‘N Text and San Miguel Beer,” said Ramoncito Fernandez, president of NLEX Road Warriors. Sy said he considers San Mig and Ginebra as the two favored teams this season.

10-16-2014, 02:04 PM
PBA slates 10-month, 3-conference season

By Musong R. Castillo |

Philippine Daily Inquirer 2:37 am |

Wednesday, October 1st, 2014

SEOUL, South Korea—The Philippine Basketball Association will have a 10-month season starting Oct. 19 as it accommodates a 12-team field that will play three long conferences beginning with the Philippine Cup.

The league’s board of governors unanimously approved the Oct. 19 to Aug. 7 schedule that will have games scheduled at least four times a week, sometimes five, when out-of-town games are slated on Saturdays.

After the Philippine Cup—the most prestigious title staked every year—the import-flavored Commissioner’s and Governors’ Cups will be played where imports of unlimited height will be allowed for the tail-ending four teams.

The handicapping system for the Commissioner’s Cup will be determined after the elimination round standings of the Philippine Cup where the bottom four teams can enlist reinforcements of unlimited height.

The top eight teams will get imports standing no more than 6-foot-9.

In the Governors’ Cup, the combined standings of the top eight teams in the Philippine and Commissioner’s Cups will mean imports standing no taller than 6-5, with the last four allowed reinforcements of unlimited height.

KIA Motors and Blackwater Elite, the two expansion teams, will slug it out in the first game of a regular double-header at the 50,000-seat Philippine Arena in Bocaue, Bulacan, on opening day.

Talk ‘N Text, which chair Patrick Gregorio represents in the board, also sees action against crowd-darling Barangay Ginebra in the second game.

“It’s going to be an exciting season with the league celebrating a milestone, it’s 40th season,” Gregorio said after the meeting at Gangnam Ambassador Novotel here.

Also on tap is the naming of the next 15 greatest players that will complete the league’s Top 40 on April 8.

All 12 teams were represented with owner Dioceldo Sy, Silliman Sy and alternate member Wilbert Loa attending for Blackwater and Ginia Domingo representing KIA Motors.

10-16-2014, 02:05 PM
From the Inquirer online ___

PBA board favors tapping Asian imports

3:49 am | Thursday, October 2nd, 2014

SEOUL, South Korea—To spice up the coming 40th season of the Philippine Basketball Association, team representatives are exploring the option of tapping Asian imports for the season-ending Governors’ Cup.

This plan was bared by chair Patrick Gregorio of Talk ‘N Text after the board’s series of meetings to plot the direction that the league will take even as commissioner Chito Salud urged the leaders to draw up the eligibility rules.

Initially, Asians standing no more than 6-foot-4 will be allowed to reinforce a squad and he can play alongside the allowable import.

The move is “purely for marketing,” according to Gregorio, who plans to tap the massive number of Asian expatriates in the Philippines to join the local fan base of the league. But naturalized players won’t be eligible as Asian imports.

The 40th season opens on Oct. 19 at the 50,000-seater Philippine Arena in Bocuae, Bulacan, with newcomers KIA Motors and Blackwater Elite slugging it out in the first game and the Talk ‘N Text Tropang Texters clashing with Barangay Ginebra in the second game.

The PBA is one of the highest-paying pro leagues in Asia and tapping Asian imports during the third conference assures that there are no other pro leagues playing at that time of year.

10-16-2014, 02:06 PM
80% of tickets to PBA opener in PH Arena already sold

By Mark Giongco |

INQUIRER.net 12:51 pm |

Monday, October 13th, 2014

MANILA, Philippines — It was deemed as quite a lofty goal but the expectations for the opener of the PBA’s 40th Season could very well be met.

The league had announced that it would usher in the new season in the newly-built Philippine Arena in Bulacan, a venue that could cater 55,000 people — more than the crowd capacity of the Smart Araneta Coliseum and the Mall of Asia Arena combined.

And barely a week left before the opening on October 19, the PBA has reportedly sold 80 percent of the tickets.

“I am happy to report that our opening for the PBA’s 40th season this Sunday is being met with enthusiastic response from our fans,” said league commissioner Chito Salud in a statement Monday. “I have been informed that 80 percent of the venue tickets have been sold, translating to some 35,000 fans already confirmed to attend.”

“This is a huge number by any measure that can only become bigger as we get closer to opening day. But more than the numbers, we in the PBA feel privileged to have this opportunity to give our fans a treat—fans whose unwavering support have brought PBA to where it is today,” the statement read.

New teams Kia Sorentos, with playing-coach and boxing icon Manny Pacquiao, and Blackwater Sports Elite kick off the new season at 3:00pm before rivals Barangay Ginebra San Miguel Kings and Talk ‘N Text Tropang Texters battle in the main game at 5:15pm.

10-17-2014, 08:25 AM
Maegan Young, Alice Dixson, Ellen Adarna, Michelle Gumabao, Ritz Azul lead PBA muses

From: Snow Badua

October 16, 2014, 01:16 pm

Among the beauties parading on opening day as PBA muses are volleyball star Rachel Ann Daquis (GlobalPort), Alice Dixson (SMB), Ellen Adarna (Ginebra), Dianne Medina (NLEX) and Michelle Gumabao (Alaska).

A BEVY of beauty queens, star athletes, television personalities, newsmakers and ageless beauties make up the 40th PBA season muses who will parade on Sunday at the Philippine Arena in Bocaue, Bulacan.

Miss World 2013 Maegan Young leads this season's batch when she joins the Talk 'N Text Tropang Texters while another beauty queen, Miss Universe Philippines 2014 MJ Lastimosa, has been chosen by the re-christened Purefoods Hotshots after an online search.

Miss International 2013 first runner-up Natalie Den Dekker of the Netherlands represents Barako Bull to add foreign touch to the festivities while Mutya ng Pilipinas Cordillera Glennifer Perido will lead the Rain or Shine team in the traditional parade of teams.

UAAP star spikers step on a different court as former La Salle Lady Spiker Michelle Gumabao joins Alaska while GlobalPort is set to choose betwen national volleybelles Rachel Ann Daquis and Cha Cruz.

Television host Ritz Azul has been chosen by the Meralco Bolts while young actress Dianne Medina has been tapped by the NLEX Road Warriors.

Veteran actresses Sunshine Cruz and Alice Dixson will display their classic beauties as they parade for Blackwater Elite and San Miguel Beermen, respectively, while sexy actress Ellen Adarna will be the muse of the league's most popular team, Barangay Ginebra.

However, SMB, insiders said, is also looking to tap Erica Adachi and Alaina Bergsma to join Dixson in the opening rites if the PBA relaxes its one-muse-per-team policy.

Young actress Julie Ann San Jose was supposed to join fellow Ever Bilena endorser Cruz at Blackwater, but commitments to her new show at GMA-7 forced her to beg off at the last minute.

Sarangani vice governor Jinkee Pacquiao has been chosen by Kia Sorento, where her husband Manny is the playing coach , after an earlier plan to tap 'Pac-mom' Mommy Dionisia was ditched.

Sam Miguel
10-20-2014, 08:06 AM
Manny Pacquiao’s Kia debuts with victory over fellow expansion team Blackwater

InterAksyon.com · Sunday, October 19, 2014 · 5:29 pm

Filipino boxing icon Manny Pacquiao and his Kia Sorento squad debuted with a win over fellow expansion club Blackwater Elite, 80-66, to kick off their PBA Philippine Cup campaign on opening day at the Philippine Arena in Bocaue, Bulacan.

Kia, which trailed 34-25 at the half, turned the game around with a 38-point third quarter behind speedy guard LA Revilla, who scored 14 big points in the quarter.

Revilla finished with a game-high 23 points and seven rebounds.

Three other Sorento players finished in double figures with Reil Cervantes and Hans Thiele scoring 13 apiece and Rudy Lingganay added 11.

Playing coach Pacquiao finished the game scoreless after playing in just the first quarter. He did give his team an effective halftime pep talk, however, after a poor offensive first half for the Sorento.

The eight-division boxing world champion, who is used to big crowds, tried to ease his team’s jitters about playing in front of the huge crowd at the arena, which has a capacity of 55,000.

“Sabi ko na wag kayo mailang sa dami ng tao. Nandito sila para i-cheer tayo. Wag kayo ma-pressure, laro lang,” he said.

Kia, with Pacquiao starting the game, got off to a very slow start. They were able to go toe-to-toe with Blackwater in the opening minutes but watched as the Elite extended its lead behind some solid post play from 6-foot-8 center JP Erram.

Pacquiao came out of the ballgame midway through the quarter with his team trailing, 15-6, and never checked back in again.

Blackwater finished the first with a 21-12 lead. Erram finished with eight points in the opening period, at one point having the same output as the entire Kia team combined, 19-8.

The second, meanwhile, was a defensive grind of a quarter with both teams managing to score just 13 apiece.

The Sorento shot just 22% from the field in the first half.

It was vastly different in the third period, though. Kia overmatched Blackwater with its hustle play as their high-motor, run and gun play produced 38 big points in the period.

Revilla used his speed advantage to the fullest, scoring 14 big points in the quarter while Cervantes added nine in a high-energy quarter that saw them forcing turnovers left and right.

When the dust settled, it was a 23-point turnaround for the Sorento, turning an 11-point halftime deficit into a 12-point lead at the end of three.

They carried their momentum over to the fourth, where they extended their lead to a high of 18 points, 75-57, after a three-point play from Lingganay.

The scores:

Kia (80) – Revilla 23, Thiele 13, Cervantes 13, Lingganay 11, Saldua 7, Alvarez 4, Sanga 3, Webb 2, Padilla 2, Buensuceso 1, Ighalo 1, Alonzo 0, Pacquiao 0, Raymundo 0.

Blackwater (66) – Tiongson 10, Erram 10, Faundo 6, Nuyles 6, Menor 6, Cawaling 6, Artadi 6, Salvacion 6, Ballesteros 4, Rodriguez 2, Laure 2, Austria 2, Timberlake 0, Gamalinda 0.

Quarterscores: 12-21, 25-34, 63-51, 80-66.

Sam Miguel
10-20-2014, 08:07 AM
Twin towers Japeth Aguilar, Greg Slaughter lead Ginebra in opening day rout of Talk ‘N Text

InterAksyon.com · Sunday, October 19, 2014 · 8:12 pm

The Barangay Ginebra San Miguel Kings were impressive in an opening day dismantling of retooled powerhouse Talk ‘N Text, 101-81, in PBA Philippine Cup action on Sunday at the Philippine Arena in Bocaue, Bulacan.

Ginebra’s twin towers of Japeth Aguilar and Greg Slaughter had a terrific outing in this game, with the athletic Aguilar finishing with 18 points, 18 rebounds and five blocks while frontcourt partner Slaughter notched a double-double of his own with 16 points, 12 boards and two blocks.

The Kings, coming off an offseason where they were able to continue learning both the triangle offense and the defensive mindset that their coach Jeffrey Cariaso has been implementing, looked extremely sharp on both ends in this one.

The Kings were merciless down the stretch, outscoring their foes 18-5 and pouring it on well after the outcome was decided as the quotient system could come into effect after the elimination round.

Mac Baracael also scored 16 points while longtime Ginebra duo Mark Caguioa and Jayjay Helterbrand added 12 and 10, respectively.

Talk ‘N Text jumped to a 7-2 lead after scoring seven consecutive points early in the opening period. They mostly kept Ginebra at bay, taking a slim 19-18 lead at the end of the first.

But the Kings began to find its range from the outside in the second. They went on a 14-5 run with Mac Baracael connecting twice from long range and Jayjay Helterbrand adding another.

Billy Mamaril capped the run with a three-point play off a beautiful dish from LA Tenorio, giving Ginebra a 34-24 lead.

But the Tropang Texters, despite being undersized against the Kings, continued to pound the ball inside with Harvey Carey, Kelly Williams and rookie Matt Ganuelas-Rosser all hitting key baskets.

Larry Fonacier cut Talk ‘N Text’s deficit back down to just four, 45-41, on a corner triple with 10 seconds remaining in the period.

Slaughter kept Ginebra in the game, scoring the last five of his team’s points in the first half.

Williams and Slaughter each had 11 points for their respective teams at the break.

In the third, more outside sniping from Baracael and some scrappy play from Mark Caguioa sparked a 9-1 blast for Ginebra that pushed their lead back up to double digits, 61-51.

Jayson Castro, who scored 11 points in the third quarter, attacked the basket relentlessly to score six points in a 9-2 Talk ‘N Text blast that got them back to as close as three, 63-60.

But Ginebra was back to its old tricks once Castro returned to the bench, scoring seven unanswered points on a Helterbrand three, an alley-oop finish for Slaughter and tough, off balanced jumper for Aguilar.

Talk ‘N Text rookie Kevin Alas finally got his first points of his PBA career in the fourth quarter and he poured it on, scoring the first seven of his team’s points.

Unfortunately for him, the Ginebra offense was even better during that stretch with Chris Ellis slamming home a highlight reel dunk and Helterbrand knocking down a jumper as the Kings extended their lead even further, pushing it to 13, 83-70, after a putback from Aguilar.

The Tropang Texters made their last stand after that with Williams splitting from the line, Alas knocking down another three-pointer and Williams scoring again to come to as close as seven, 83-76, with 5:43 remaining.

Williams had 20 points and 11 rebounds while Castro finished with 19 for Talk ‘N Text.

The scores:

Ginebra (101) – Aguilar 18, Slaughter 16, Baracael 16, Caguioa 12, Helterbrand 10, Mamaril 8, Yeo 7, Ellis 6, Brondial 4.

Talk ‘N Text (81) – Williams 20, Castro 19, Alas 10, Ganuelas-Rosser 9, Fonacier 9, Seigle 4, Carey 4, Ry. Reyes 4, Ro. Reyes 3, Aban 0.

Quarterscores: 18-19, 45-41, 70-62, 101-81.

Sam Miguel
10-22-2014, 08:58 AM
Asi leads decisive NLEX surge, Road Warriors hurdle B Pier

By Nelson Beltran (The Philippine Star) |

Updated October 22, 2014 - 12:00am

MANILA, Philippines - NLEX carried over its D-League winning ways to its pro league debut, hitting big strides with its veteran recruits in the crunch as the Road Warriors trounced the Globalport Batang Pier, 101-96, in the 2014-15 PBA Philippine Cup at the Smart Araneta Coliseum last night.

The Road Warriors took a quick ride to the win-column as grizzled warriors Asi Taulava, KG Canaleta and Macmac Cardona showed up Globalport and its young stars Terrence Romeo and Stanley Pringle at endgame.

Junmar Fajardo, getting into foul-trouble situation early, returned to deliver the goods in the crunch, and San Miguel Beer marked its first game under coach Leo Austria with an 87-79 drubbing of Rain or Shine later in the night.

“His early fouls turned to be a blessing in disguise. Returning fresh in the fourth, he asserted himself to lead us to the win,” said Austria of Fajardo’s game.

Taulava, the league’s oldest player at 41, played with boundless energy, delivering 12 of his 21 points in the last six minutes of play.

“It’s my whole preparation with my trainer. It helped me kept at a high level,” said Taulava on his smashing debut as a Road Warrior, 15 years after his maiden game in the local pro league with Talk n Text.

“We just believed with one another, especially with this group from our Air21 team. We just knew we can execute,” Taulava also said.

“It’s a four-quarter game. We’re kind of saying ‘let’s see in the fourth quarter if you (the Batang Pier) can still make those treys.’ They lived and died by three-pointers, while we stayed fresh to the finish,” Taulava said in beating out Globalport in the payoff period.

The Road Warriors were still down, 78-87, before working on a key 17-3 run to race ahead with 1:11 left to play then subsequently handed Adonis Tierra a win while coaching the team on an interim basis.

“Honestly, we had a problem with our game plan as we didn’t see them play in the offseason. We relied on videos, and we just saw in the flesh how difficult to match up with their big three,” said Tierra, referring to Romeo, Pringle and Alex Cabagnot.

The dynamic Globalport trio combined for almost three-fourth of the team’s total output but lost their firepower as NLEX shifted to two-three zone in the crunch.

“We just couldn’t stop them on one-on-one defense. Good thing our zone clicked,” said Tierra, a former head coach with the defunct Sta. Lucia Realty team.

Going down the drain with Globalport’s loss was Romeo’s career-high 33-point game.

Cabagnot added 23 points while Pringle, the season’s top draft pick, made heads turn with superb moves that netted him 14 points, five rebounds, five assists and three steals in his PBA debut.

But Taulava put all those numbers to naught as he asserted himself in the closing minutes where he poured in 12 points in their decisive attack.

The one-time MVP winner also grabbed eight rebounds and issued five assists, including kick-outs parlayed by Jonas Villanueva and KG Canaleta to three-pointers.

Cardona came through with 20 points, Aldrech Ramos contributed 16 while Rico Villanueva tossed in 11.

Meanwhile, the Purefoods Star Hotshots, the four-peat winners under the San Mig Coffee banner, tangle with the Alaska Milk Aces to start their campaign in PBA Season 40 at 7 tonight, also at the Big Dome.

With their name change comes a new mindset of being “growth-oriented” more than “goal-oriented.”

Coach Tim Cone explained that they want each member of the team to improve, hoping that the wins will come along.

Meralco and Barako Bull clash in the day’s other game at 4:15 p.m.

Sam Miguel
10-23-2014, 08:19 AM
Bolts outclass Energy in double overtime

By Nelson Beltran (The Philippine Star) |

Updated October 23, 2014 - 12:00am

MANILA, Philippines - Meralco made a triumphant start under coach Norman Black as the Bolts gutted it out through regulation play and in 10 extra minutes to carve out a 112-108 win over Barako Bull in the PBA Philippine Cup at the Smart Araneta Coliseum last night.

Bereft of big stars and composed mostly of scrappy players, the Bolts outclassed the Energy in a double-overtime battle, somehow proving their perfect 6-0 win-loss showing in the offseason was no fluke.

In-between games last night, the league held the ring ceremony for Season 39 grand slam champion Purefoods Star (formerly San Mig Coffee).

Reynel Hugnatan came through with a career-high 28 points with five other Meralco players adding double-digit outputs as they won their first game in this tourney where they finished ninth last season.

“It’s a good start for us, one that we looked forward to,” said the new Meralco bench chieftain, a champion coach with San Miguel Beer, Sta. Lucia Realty and Talk n Text.

“Well-earned victory. We had to work to get the win. Obviously, Barako was very inspired by their new coach. They came out with a lot of fire,” Black also said.

The Energy led by as many as 15 points in the first half but succumbed to lapses and errors in the crunch and thus dropped their debut against coach Coy Banal, a replacement to Siot Tanquingcen on the eve of the season.

Misunderstanding between the management and Tanquingcen reportedly led to the surprise sacking of the coach.

But despite their lack of preparation under Banal, the Energy fought competitively, even getting the chance to win the game in regulation play, but Mick Pennisi blew it away on an errant inside pass in the closing seconds.

In the first overtime, Chico Lanete eluded defender John Wilson with a double crossover move then made an awkward layup off Hugnatan to send the game into second extra period.

Later in the night, Alaska Milk, abandoning the triangle offense for a relentless gung-ho game, humbled reigning four-peat champ Purefoods Star, 93-73, in an impressive season debut.

“It’s a great start obviously. We’re up against a great team under the best coach in the league. But we also have to admit we beat them without Marc Pingris,” said Alaska coach Alex Compton.

Sam Miguel
10-27-2014, 08:57 AM
B Pier bounce back, repulse Barako Bull

By Nelson Beltran (The Philippine Star) |

Updated October 27, 2014 - 12:00am

MANILA, Philippines - Pido Jarencio gained some reprieve, staying on as Globalport head coach as the Batang Pier bounced back from their sorry loss to the NLEX Road Warriors Tuesday with a 91-81 victory over the Barako Bull Energy in the PBA Philippine Cup at the Smart Araneta Coliseum last night.

Alex Cabagnot and top draft pick Stanley Pringle churned out splendid all-around games as the Batang Pier stopped a seven-game slump from last season and, thus, saved their coach from losing his job.

“He’s under assessment. But had we gone 0-2, magkakaalaman agad (we would’ve known the result right away),” said Globalport team owner Mikee Romero.

“I was terribly disappointed in our last game that I scolded each one of them,” Romero also said, believing it’s the reason why words spread around that they’re about to sack Jarencio.

Website reports said Globalport would tap in Franz Pumaren to take over from Jarencio.

“We’ve not decided on anything. Tinakot lang namin dahil talagang disappointed kami in our last game,” said Romero.

The Batang Pier blew double-digit spreads in a 96-101 loss to the Road Warriors.

“Our loss against NLEX is a lesson learned. We had mistakes, and, totally, it’s on me,” admitted Jarencio.

“At least, we’ve overcome the jinx. Yung monkey on our back eh nadulas na,” Jarencio also said after nailing only his third win in 20 games with the team.

Under Jarencio after replacing Ritchie Ticzon, the Batang Pier got identical 1-8 marks in the Commissioner’s Cup and the Governors Cup last season.

“This is for the team management. We owe it to them,” said Jarencio.

San Miguel Beer shrugged off the challenge of the crippled but gritty Purefoods Star side, making it two in a row with an 87-80 win in the nightcap.

Junmar Fajardo delivered 22 points and 15 rebounds while Ronald Tubid, Arwind Santos and Sol Mercado contributed a combined output of 42 points as the Beermen repulsed the reigning four-peat champs minus top gun James Yap and top energy source Marc Pingris.

Sam Miguel
10-27-2014, 09:00 AM
Ginebra rips listless Kia

Cedelf P. Tupas


Philippine Daily Inquirer

12:18 AM | Sunday, October 26th, 2014

BARANGAY Ginebra gave newcomer Kia a rude reminder on what it takes to slug it out with a PBA heavyweight.

The Gin Kings sent the Sorento crashing back to earth with an 87-55 rout last night for their second straight victory in a Philippine Cup road game at Quezon Convention Center in Lucena City.

Twin towers Greg Slaughter and Japeth Aguilar imposed their will with 16 points each as the Gin Kings grabbed the solo lead in the tournament.

The Gin Kings put up a defensive blanket in the first half, holding the Sorentos to just 11 points in each of the first two quarters.

The loss evened Kia’s card at 1-1 counting its opening-day win over Blackwater. The Sorento played without playing coach Manny Pacquiao, who is deep in training for his fight against Chris Algieri next month.

Pacquiao was in General Santos City where he sparred for eight rounds (five with Viktor Postool, three with Stan Martinyiouk).

Along with chief trainer Freddie Roach, promoter Bob Arum and assistant trainer Buboy Fernandez, Pacquiao flew on a private jet last night to Hong Kong, where the eight-division world champion will hold a workout for the Chinese media on Monday.

Meanwhile, San Miguel shoots for a second straight win as it tackles shorthanded Purefoods Star after Barako Bull and Globalport gun for their first victories.

The Beermen and the Hotshots take the floor at 5:15 p.m. with San Miguel trying to follow up its 87-79 conquest of Rain or Shine last Tuesday with another strong performance.

Still missing Marc Pingris, the Hotshots suffered another blow after Ian Sangalang sustained a partial ACL tear in a loss to Alaska last Wednesday.

The scores:

GINEBRA 87—Slaughter 16, Aguilar 16, Reyes 12, Ellis 10, Yeo 9, Mamaril 7, Tenorio 6, Caguioa 4, Helterbrand 3, Forrester 2, Baracael 2, Monfort 0, Ababou 0, Brondial 0.

KIA 55—Lingganay 14, Cervantes 14, Revilla 7, Alvarez 6, Alonzo 3, Raymundo 3, Thiele 2, Ighalo 2, Padilla 2, Buensuceso 2, Saldua 0, Sanga 0, Burtscher 0.

Quarters: 17-11, 43-22, 67-42, 87-55

Sam Miguel
10-28-2014, 08:06 AM
‘Sobrang laking bagay ni Ian’: Sangalang’s absence a big blow to Purefoods’ campaign

Rey Joble, InterAksyon.com · Monday, October 27, 2014 · 12:57 pm

Purefoods Star defensive ace Marc Pingris said that the loss of sophomore center Ian Sangalang to an ACL injury was a major blow to the Hotshots’ campaign and the team will need other players to step up to fill in the void he leaves behind.

“Nag-usap kami kanina ni James sa bench. Sabi ko, kapag kulang-kulang tayo, mukhang mahihirapan tayong pumasok ng semis. Sabi ko lang sa kanya magpagaling siya, pilitin naming maglaro next game,” Pingris told InterAksyon.com in an interview following the team’s loss to San Miguel on Sunday.

“Sabi ko sa kanya, kailangan makahanap ulit tayo ng isang Ian, yung puwedeng pumalit sa kanya. Sobrang laking bagay si Ian sa amin,” he added.

”Masipag, magaling. Nanghihinayang ako sa nangyari sa kanya.”

Sangalang suffered a partial tear of his ACL in the team’s season opener against Alaska, forcing the 6-foot-7 big man to be sidelined for a couple of months.

“Partial tear is the same thing as full tear and they’re gonna have to repair that, so we’re gonna miss him for six to eight months,” said Purefoods coach Tim Cone.

Pingris, though, acknowledged that injuries are a regular occurrence in sports and they just have to work through it as a team.

“Ganun talaga. Injury talaga kalaban ng mga players. Doble kayod na naman tayo,” he said.

Sam Miguel
10-28-2014, 08:07 AM
Veteran Don Allado brought in to help Purefoods’ execution: ‘He understands the triangle very well’

Rey Joble, InterAksyon.com · Monday, October 27, 2014 · 1:18 pm

Purefoods’ new pickup Don Allado, a veteran of Tim Cone’s triangle offense, will not be expected to make up for the loss of injured sophomore center Ian Sangalang but he will be counted on to tap into his vast experience with the system to help the Hotshots execute better.

Allado played his first game with Purefoods on Sunday night’s loss against San Miguel Beer, but coach Tim Cone already liked what he saw.

“Don played well tonight. He’s not gonna replace the youth of Ian, but his ability to rebound and score inside would help us,” Cone told InterAksyon.com after the game.

“Ian is really truly a great player. Even though people are talking about him a little bit, I still think he’s very underrated. But Don will come out and help us with our execution. He understands the triangle very well. He’ll help the younger guys execute.”

In Purefoods, Allado is reunited with his old coach in Cone. The pair won a championship together in the 2003 Invitational as part of the Alaska franchise.

More than a decade later, Cone found himself turning to Allado yet again after Sangalang suffered a partial tear of his ACL that would sideline him for six to eight months.

The Hotshots have also played without defensive ace Marc Pingris for the past two games as Cone decided to rest the hardworking forward, who had played nearly non-stop basketball for about a year due to a Grand Slam run in the PBA and a stint with the Philippine national men’s basketball team in the offseason.

Sam Miguel
10-29-2014, 08:13 AM
John Wilson stars in overtime as Meralco downs Blackwater for second straight win

InterAksyon.com · Tuesday, October 28, 2014 · 6:34 pm

The Meralco Bolts needed an extra period for a second straight game but came up on top yet again as they escaped expansion team Blackwater, 83-75, in PBA Philippine Cup action on Tuesday at the SMART-Araneta Coliseum.

Meralco was forced into another overtime after squandering a 19-point lead in the second half but gunner John Wilson came up big for them, scoring all nine of his points in the extra period to help seal the win.

The Bolts improved to 2-0 for the season while handing the Elite their third straight loss.

Cliff Hodge carried the team with 26 points and 18 rebounds but it was Wilson, who failed to score a single point in regulation, who starred in overtime.

Blackwater gunner Bam Gamalinda scored the first two points of overtime before Meralco responded with five straight points to take the lead back.

Wilson hit a booming three-pointer to give the Bolts a 73-72 lead. On the next possession, Wilson dived to save the ball from going out of bounds and Sean Anthony did the same, finding a streaking Mike Cortez for an easy fastbreak layup to make it 75-72 for Meralco.

Wilson then hit another three off a ballscreen to give Meralco a more comfortable six-point lead, 78-72 with 2:30 left in the extra period.

Blackwater star Alex Nuyles had a chance to cut the lead down after getting fouled shooting a three, but could only hit one of his free throw tries.

Wilson then added a free throw and a fastbreak layup to make it 81-73 for the Bolts with a minute remaining.

Rey Guevarra was the only other Meralco player in double figures with 10 points.

Blackwater started off with an 8-7 lead before Hodge and Guevarra scored all the points in an 11-0 run that swung the game decisively in Meralco’s favor, 18-8.

Later in the period, the Elite got to as close as four points after back-to-back hits from Ogie Menor before the Bolts got It back to six at the end of the first, 26-20.

Hodge scored 12 of his total in the first period.

With the other Bolts contributing on offense, Meralco extended its lead in the second period.

Guevarra, Gary David and Danny Ildefonso all contributed as the Bolts restored a double-digit lead, 44-32, at the halftime break.

Meralco had plenty of easy buckets in the first half, scoring 17 fastbreak points and 20 points in the paint. Blackwater, in contrast, only had six points in the paint and failed to score a single point transition.

Hodge had 16 big points at the half while Guevarra had nine.

Meralco opened the third quarter on a 7-2 run, with Hodge knocking down his second three-pointer in the stretch, as they took their largest lead of 19, 51-32.

But with Menor leading the charge, Blackwater came back to within 14 points, 61-47, at the end of the third.

The Elite flipped the script on the Bolts in the fourth, though. With a stronger defensive effort and some aggressive play attacking the rim, Blackwater crawled right back into the game with a 14-2 blast spearheaded by Alex Nuyles and Paul Artadi.

The pair combined to score 10 unanswered points in the run with Artadi’s free throws after getting fouled in transition bringing Blackwater to within four, 67-63.

Hodge gave his team a momentary breather after hitting a jumpshot that made it 69-63 with 2:58 remaining.

But Nuyles came up big for his squad, knocking down back-to-back jumpers from the opposite corners to carry the Elite back to within two points, 69-67, with under two minutes left on the clock.

Blackwater’s Eddie Laure then got caught taking a shot on pesky Meralco defender Anthony and was whistled for a flagrant foul penalty one. Anthony sank one of his two attempts from the line to make it 70-67 and Meralco got multiple offensive rebounds in the ensuing possession before turning the ball over with 34 seconds left.

The Elite showed some patience on their next offensive, making extra passes until they found gunner Bam Gamalinda with some daylight for a clutch three-pointer that tied the game at 70-all with just 14.8 seconds remaining.

Blackwater caught a break near the end as Reynel Hugnatan’s potential game-winner rolled out after going halfway down and they were able to force an overtime period.

Sam Miguel
10-29-2014, 08:15 AM
Blackwater planning to raise controversial jump ball call to PBA Commissioner’s Office

Rey Joble, InterAksyon.com · Tuesday, October 28, 2014 · 8:00 pm

Expansion team Blackwater is planning on raising an officiating concern to the PBA Commissioner’s Office after the team’s loss to Meralco on Tuesday, saying the referees’ decision not to grant a timeout late in the game cost them a chance for a potential game-winner in regulation.

In the dying seconds of the game, Blackwater’s Jason Ballesteros secured a crucial rebound and immediately used one hand to signal a timeout. But referee Peter Balao didn’t award the timeout to the Elite, allowing Meralco’s Sean Anthony to reach in and force a jump ball.

The call for a jump ball stood even after the referees reviewed the video replay of the sequence.

The 6-foot-7 Ballesteros was then able to tap the ball in the direction of the Elite’s frontcourt but they could not get a decent shot up before the buzzer.

“We’re only hoping to squeeze in a favorable call from Jason Ballesteros. Timeout (dapat) eh. Kung timeout ang naitawag we could have had possession for a game winner, pero hindi naibigay sa amin,” Blackwater head coach Leo Isaac told a small group of sportswriters after the game.

The coach said that Blackwater’s officials are making plans to bring the matter to office of PBA commissioner Chito Salud.

“Team officials are discussing about it and we’re trying to get a copy of the tape,” added Isaac.

Sam Miguel
10-29-2014, 08:16 AM
Calvin Abueva leads Alaska comeback, beats Talk ’N Text with layup at buzzer

InterAksyon.com · Tuesday, October 28, 2014 · 9:29 pm

Alaska star Calvin Abueva did everything for his team, scoring 26 points, grabbing 22 rebounds and laying in the game-winning shot at the buzzer as he led his Aces to a 100-98 win over Talk ‘N Text in PBA Philippine Cup action on Tuesday at the SMART-Araneta Coliseum.

The Aces, now a perfect 2-0 to start the new season, trailed by as much as 18 points in the third period before mounting a huge comeback in the fourth period.

The Tropang Texters looked like they were able to withstand the rally, reclaiming the lead at 98-96 with just 36 seconds to go.

But Abueva knotted the game at 98-apiece with a pair of free throws and, after a late Talk ‘N Text turnover, won the game by running the floor and nailing a transition layup as the game clock expired.

Despite his monster stat line, Abueva got plenty of help from his teammates in this one.

Five other Aces finished in double figures with Dondon Hontiveros leading the rest with 14 markers. Rookie Chris Banchero and JVee Casio added 12 apiece while Cyrus Baguio and Vic Manuel each chipped in with 10.

Talk ‘N Text led by a single point, 48-47, at the halftime break behind their stellar three-point shooting, going 8-for-19 from long range over the first two periods.

In the third, their hot shooting continued with Ryan Reyes getting red-hot, knocking down four threes as he led the Tropang Texters to a double-digit lead, 64-52.

Rookie Kevin Alas, who scored seven points in the first period, joined the party with a trey of his own that sparked a 9-1 run that gave Talk ‘N Text a whopping 18-point lead, 75-57.

The rookie would hit another one from the corner later in the period as he tried to help his team stem an Alaska rally but the Aces would come back to within 12, 80-68, at the end of three quarters.

It was Alaska’s turn to wax hot in the fourth, though.

Abueva hit a jumper to kick things off before Banchero added two more as he got out on the break.

After Abueva hit two more free throws, RJ Jazul found his touch from the outside, drilling in a three to make it nine unanswered points for the Aces.

Ranidel De Ocampo hit a jumper, 82-77, to slow Alaska’s run but Banchero scored again and Abueva earned another trip to the line to come to within a point, 82-81.

After De Ocampo split from the line, Hontiveros and Casio hit back-to-back three-pointers to cap a 19-3 run for the Aces and take an 87-83 lead.

Talk ‘N Text was not ready to lay down, though, with Jayson Castro and Kelly Williams coming right back to tie the game at 87-apiece.

The teams went back and forth, exemplified by a sequence where Baguio drilled in a three and Reyes responded right back with another on the opposite end to tie the game at 94-all.

Sonny Thoss was able to score in the post but Reyes, who missed a three-point attempt, made up for it by grabbing a rebound and going coast-to-coast for a layup to again force a 96-all tie.

Talk ‘N Text made a tough defensive stand on the next play, getting an offensive foul from Abueva, and Williams made a big time play, grabbing an offensive rebounds off a miss from De Ocampo from the corner and drawing the foul for two easy free throws, 98-96.

Abueva then tied the game at 98-apiece with two free throws with 18 seconds left.

Talk ‘N Text had one last shot to win the game but Castro turned the ball over on a drive and Abueva ran the floor to beat the buzzer with a fastbreak layup.

Ryan Reyes scored 24 points to lead Talk ‘N Text while Alas added 15.

The scores:

ALASKA (100) – Abueva 26, Hontiveros 14, Banchero 12, Casio 12, Baguio 10, Manuel 10, Thoss 9, Jazul 6, Exciminiano 1, Eman 0, Dela Rosa 0, Bugia 0, Vanlandingham 0, Dela Cruz 0.

TALK ‘N TEXT (98) – Ry. Reyes 24, Alas 15, Williams 13, De Ocampo 12, Castro 10, Ganuelas-Rosser 8, Washington 5, Espiritu 5, Fonacier 4, Ro. Reyes 2, Carey 0, Labagala 0, Seigle 0, Aban 0.

Quarterscores: 21-28, 47-48, 68-80, 100-98.

Sam Miguel
10-29-2014, 08:18 AM
BEAST UNLEASHED | Calvin Abueva lets ‘Tazmanian Devil’ side loose in free-flowing Alaska system

Rey Joble, InterAksyon.com · Tuesday, October 28, 2014 · 10:51 pm

Alaska star Calvin ‘The Beast’ Abueva has a new moniker from his coach Alex Compton – ‘Tazmanian Devil’ – and it suits him well, particularly in his team’s win against Talk ‘N Text on Tuesday.

Abueva was seemingly everywhere against Talk ‘N Text giving his team monster numbers of 26 points and 22 rebounds as well as the game-winning layup at the buzzer.

“There’s something that Calvin gives us no other player in the league can give us. He’s a Tasmanian Devil that keeps coming up at you. He’s amazing on his ability to get the ball,” Compton said in the postgame interview.

“It’s hard for the opponent to score when you have the ball and we have a better change of scoring when we have the ball.”

But the do-it-all forward gave credit to the new system that’s given him the freedom to do what he’s most comfortable doing.

“Yung sistema namin talagang run and gun na lang. Mas pabor sa akin ito kaysa sa set plays. Mas gumaganda laro namin,” Abueva told InterAksyon.com in an interview.

The Aces have veered away from the triangle offense that the team has employed for over two decades, and that decision has allowed the talented forward to flourish in a more free-flowing style of play.

He scored 19 of his 26 points in the second half on Tuesday and wasn’t even slowed in the slightest despite a scary moment in the fourth period where he went sky high for a loose ball and took a hard fall to the floor.

He looked as if he had hurt his right arm but the former San Sebastian superstar shook it off and went right back to work in his attempt to complete a heroic Alaska comeback from 18 points down.

“After nung nangyari sa akin, sinabi ko sa sarili ko, go lang, fight lang. Tsaka ko na iisipin yung sakit,” Abueva told a small group of sportswriters.

“Tsaka na kapag tapos na yung game.”

10-29-2014, 02:22 PM
Questions swirl after sudden shake-up of Barako Bull management, coaching staff

From: Snow Badua

October 28, 2014, 06:45 pm

Barako Bull has long faced accusations of being a 'farm team' of San Miguel Corp. and the latest round of changes didn't help banish the impression.

QUESTIONS continued to swirl over the massive shake-up of the Barako Bull front office and staff that led to the departure not only of head coach Siot Tanquingcen but also of longtime team manager Raffy Casyao and one of the sons of owner George Chua.

Just days after Tanquingcen was replaced by former assistant Koy Banal on the eve of the start of the season, the PBA ballclub announced that Casyao has been replaced by former University of Santo Tomas player Reymark Rodriguez as team manager. Casyao is one of the most trusted men of George Chua who has been with the team since its Red Bull days.

Aside from that, Spin.ph has learned that three more top officials of a team that has long faced accusations of being a 'farm team' of the ballclubs under the San Miguel Beer umbrella have also been relieved. They include George Chua's son Paul, who used to be part of the team operations.

Also gone are alternate governor Eric Noora as well as assistant team manager Jay Llanos Dee. It was not yet known who will replace the three in the Barako Bull front office.

Asked about the changes, the newly appointed Rodriguez gave no direct answers, saying he has just barely warmed his seat and has yet to get a lowdown on the shake-up.

“Kakaupo ko lang kasi kaya hindi ko pa kabisado ang mga galaw sa team. May ibang development na hindi pa ako privy,” said the soft-spoken Rodriguez, a former teammate of Ginebra alternate governor Alfrancis Chua and current GlobalPort coach Pido Jarencio.

“Please try to understand that I am still settling down,” he added.

Rodriguez also politely declined to comment when asked on who appointed him, but admitted he is not personally acquianted with owner George Chua. “Hindi ko siya kilala eh,” he said.

Meanwhile, Spin.ph has also learned that Barako Bull is leaving the state-of-the-art Gatorade Hoops Center in Mandaluyong and is set to transfer to Green Meadows Gym in Libis, the former practice facility of Ginebra.

“Yes, sa Green Meadows na kami lilipat pero tinatapos pa 'yung contract (sa Hoops Center) saka hinihintay pa yung availability ng Green Meadows,” said Rodriguez.

On paper, George Chua is still the majority owner of the team, which is co-owned by the Linaheim Group of Companies of businessman/sportsman Bert Lina who bought a stake in the company in 2011.

The two teams actually swapped teams during the deal, with Lina taking over the renamed Air21 franchise that was sold last season to NLEX.

From the management staff of Barako Bull last season, the only holdovers are longtime team doctor John Lim, Chua's son Michael as head of basketball operations and governor Manny Alvarez.

10-29-2014, 02:34 PM
PBA board approves plan to honor '40 Greatest Players' on 40th anniversary

From: Gerry Ramos

September 30, 2014, 08:49 pm

Among those considered shoo-ins for the '40 Greatest Players' list are Mon Fernandez, Robert Jaworski, Alvin Patrimonio, Atoy Co, and Allan Caidic.

SEOUL, KOREA - The Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) board has approved a plan to honor the '40 greatest players' of the pro league's first 40 years this season.

The elite list will be unveiled in grand ceremonies in April celebrating the first four decades of Asia's first professional cage league, PBA media bureau chief Willie Marcial confirmed on Tuesday.

However, Marcial said the plan, reported by Spin.ph in March, has just been approved by the board and other details have yet to be laid down, from the members of the selection committee to the criteria for the selection.

"For sure, we will form a selection committee and everything else will follow from there," said Marcial at the end of Day One of the annual planning session of the league's board of governors.

The tribute will come 15 years after the league honored its '25 greatest players' and is seen as a chance for players who stood out over the last two decades to join the esteemed list.

Among those players who should be in the candidates list are two-time MVP Danny Ildefonso, Mark Caguioa, James Yap, Danny Seigle, Asi Taulava, Eric Menk, Dondon Hontiveros, and Willie Miller.

In 2000, a selection committee made up of former league commissioners decided to make all former MVPs shoo-ins to the '25 Greatest' list before deliberating on the rest of the choices.

It will have to be decided if selection for the next honors list will follow the same qualifying rule for former MVPs, or if the members of the '25 Greatest' club will be automatically seeded into the new list.

Member of the '25 Greatest Players' list are Johnny Abarrientos, Ato Agustin, Bogs Adornado, Francis Arnaiz, Ricky Brown, Allan Caidic, Hector Calma, Philip Cezar, Atoy Co, Jerry Codinera, Kenneth Duremdes, Bernie Fabiosa, Ramon Fernandez, Danny Florencio, Abet Guidaben, Robert Jaworski, Freddie Hubalde, Jojo Lastimosa, Lim Eng Beng, Samboy Lim, Ronnie Magsanoc, Vergel Meneses, Manny Paner, Alvin Patrimonio, and Benjie Paras.

If the next selection committee follows the same criteria, players like Caguioa, Yap, Taulava, lldefonso, Menk, and Miller will be seeded into the list along with fellow former MVPs Jayjay Helterbrand, Jimmy Alapag, Kelly Williams, and Arwind Santos.

Also in the frame are now-retired players who were deemed "too young" to be considered for spots in the 25 Greatest Players list, among them Olsen Racela, Jeffrey Cariaso, Marlou Aquino, and Dennis Espino.

A poll ran by Spin.ph titled, 'From the players not on the '25 Greatest' list, who deserves to be on the Top 40 honor roll?, in March had Yap, Caguioa, Ildefonso, Seigle, and Menk garnering most of the more than 71,000 votes cast.

10-29-2014, 02:38 PM
If only to ensure that there is at least an objective measure, tama lang na lahat ng mga naka-MVP pasok na sa 40 Greatest.

Maybe they should also look at the PER of players who were on championship teams, siempre mga top sa PER on championship teams (maybe the Top 5 of each title team) dapat matic na din pasok sa 40 Greatest.

10-29-2014, 02:40 PM
^ Can I just say, I think it would have been better to just wait for the 50th anniversary so that you could name another 25 names to the list of the PBA's greatest players. To me it sounds more like chito salud wanting to leave behind some sort of legacy (at ang legacy lang niya at this point is being an SMC-friendly kume).

10-29-2014, 03:58 PM
My next Top 15 (in addition to the 25 greatest) and not in any order:

Asaytono (he was like the Dominique Wilkins of the NBA 50 greatest, should have been there but probably landed at #51)
D. Seigle
Olsen Racela

Outside looking in:
Arwind Santos

Sam Miguel
10-30-2014, 07:55 AM
Don't mind us, carry on with the 40 Greatest...

Unrelenting NLEX too much in fourth quarter as Ginebra takes first loss

InterAksyon.com · Wednesday, October 29, 2014 · 9:03 pm

The NLEX Road Warriors blew a tight contest wide open in the fourth quarter with an unrelenting offensive attack as they defeated erstwhile unbeaten Ginebra, 97-81, in PBA Philippine Cup action on Wednesday at the SMART-Araneta Coliseum.

After scoring just 34 points in the first half, NLEX broke free with 35 big points in the final period while holding Ginebra down to just 15 as they handed the Kings their first loss of the tournament.

The Road Warriors, who were led by Mac Cardona’s 25 points, picked up its second win in three games.

The early part of the game showcased a virtual duel between Ginebra’s Japeth Aguilar and NLEX’s Mac Cardona.

Aguilar had 15 points in the first half while Cardona, who himself had nine over the first two periods, knocked down hook shot after hook shot in the third to catch up to Aguilar’s output in the third.

But NLEX, in their blistering fourth quarter display, showed that they had much more than just Cardona on offense as the other Road Warriors got into the fray with basket after basket.

KG Canaleta knocked down a three-pointer, his second of the quarter, to kick off a 14-1 NLEX run that did not involve a single point from their leading scorer.

Rookie Juneric Baloria followed it with a layup finish on the break and veterans Aldrech Ramos and Jonas Villanueva both notched baskets to as the Road Warriors took a five-point lead, 76-71.

Ginebra’s Greg Slaughter then hit a free throw on the other end for his 13th point of the game.

But Asi Taulava, seemingly not ready to pass the torch to the next generation of dominant big man just yet, knocked down Slaughter on a post move and stuck in a basket. Villanueva then added a three-pointer to make it a nine-point game for NLEX, 81-72, with 6:15 remaining.

After two points for Ginebra, Cardona got back into the flow, knocking down four straight points before a basket form Jeckster Apinan turned it into a 13-point NLEX lead, 87-74.

Canaleta and Ramos knocked down triples down the stretch to douse any hopes of a late Ginebra rally.

Villanueva finished with 14 points for NLEX while Canaleta had 13. Ramos and Apinan had 10 each.

Ginebra was led by Chris Ellis’ 19 points. Aguilar finished with 17 points, with only two coming after the halftime break.

The first half was a showcase for Aguilar, who scored 15 points, including several crowd-pleasing dunks, over the first two periods.

It was not enough to give Ginebra the lead at the break, though, as the team were tied at 34-apiece.

Cardona began to take over in the third, using his trademark hook shot to not only tie Aguilar at 17 points apiece, but also shoot his team into the lead at 53-51, with about four minutes left in the period.

But Ginebra took control of the game behind an explosive stretch for the high-flying Ellis, who scored 12 of the team’s last 15 points of the quarter.

Ellis used his athleticism to score a pair of tough, hang-time layups to start things off. He added free throws after getting fouled in transition and mixed things up by knocking down a triple minutes later.

He was able to beat the quarter clock, sticking back a missed attempt from a teammate to give the Kings a 66-62 advantage at the end of three.

The Kings could not keep up with the Road Warriors in the fourth, though, as they stumbled to a loss after looking very impressive in a pair of blowout wins to start the Philippine Cup.

The scores:

NLEX (97) – Cardona 25, Villanueva J. 14, Canaleta 13, Ramos 10, Apinan 10, Taulava 9, Baloria 8, Borboran 6, Raymundo 2, Camson 0, Villanueva E. 0, Arboleda 0, Villarias 0.

GINEBRA (81) – Ellis 19, Aguilar 17, Slaughter 13, Caguioa 8, Mamaril 6, Tenorio 4, Urbiztondo 3, Helterbrand 3, Yeo 3, Baracael 3, Brondial 2, Forrester 0, Reyes 0.

Quarterscores: 18-20, 34-34, 62-66, 97-81.

Sam Miguel
10-30-2014, 07:58 AM
Paul Lee returns from injury, leads Rain or Shine to 29-point romp against Kia

InterAksyon.com · Wednesday, October 29, 2014 · 6:20 pm

The Rain or Shine Elasto Painters welcomed the return of star Paul Lee from injury with a 29-point rout of expansion team Kia, 117-88, in the PBA Philippine Cup on Wednesday at the SMART-Araneta Coliseum.

Lee scored 22 points and grabbed four rebounds while Beau Belga added 16 as Rain or Shine picked up a second straight win.

Seven Rain or Shine players finished in double figures in the high-scoring game with TY Tang adding 15 while three players – Jeric Teng, Jervy Cruz and rookie Jericho Cruz – chipped in with 12 apiece. Jonathan Uyloan also added 10 points.

Kia dropped a second straight loss after winning its season opener against fellow expansion team Blackwater.

Rain or Shine did its damage as early as the first quarter, using a 14-6 run – built around three consecutive three-point plays from Jervy Cruz, TY Tang and Jericho Cruz – to take a double-digit lead, 25-13.

They led 59-46 at the halftime break with Tang leading the way with 13 points.

The Elasto Painters extended the lead even further in the second half, with Paul Lee scoring five straight points on a three-pointer and a pair of charities and Cruz adding a layup as Rain or Shine took an 18-point lead, 81-63, late in the third.

Rain or Shine then dominated the fourth period, scoring 10 unanswered points to open the quarter, 91-65.

They pushed it to a 29 points, 96-67, after Lee hit another triple and drove to the rim for two more points.

The Sorento tried to battle back but could not make a dent in the lead in the endgame.

Sam Miguel
11-03-2014, 08:23 AM
SMB still unscathed; Talk ‘N Text prevails

Musong R. Castillo


Philippine Daily Inquirer

2:08 AM | Monday, November 3rd, 2014

MANILA, Philippines — Arwind Santos was near perfect with a 9-for-10 performance from the field and San Miguel Beer stayed perfect with a 103-89 victory over Barako Bull Sunday night in the PBA Philippine Cup eliminations at Smart Araneta Coliseum.

Santos capped off a superlative 27-point offensive night with a triple that beat the clock with 65 seconds left for 94-87 as the Beermen survived a scare from the lowly Energy and rose to 3-0, catching idle Alaska on top.

The Beermen and the Aces dispute the solo lead on Wednesday and San Miguel coach Leo Austria said his team’s anticipation of that match threw off his wards’ concentration against the Energy.

Before slipping to 0-3 like expansion squad Blackwater, the Energy seemed to have a chance of pulling off an upset, leading several times early in the fourth before the Beermen finished them off.

“I’m surprised that our energy level was too low,” Austria said. “Maybe they (his players) were thinking of our next game (versus Alaska on Wednesday).”

Marcio Lassiter hit 10 of his 20 points in the fourth for the Beermen, who also got 18 points and 11 rebounds from reigning MVP June Mar Fajardo and 12 points from Sol Mercado coming off the bench.

Denok Miranda, San Miguel’s former starting point guard, tossed in 17 to lead the Energy, who were down by just one, 82-83, after the first six minutes of the fourth but scored only seven points the rest of the way.

Nelbert Omolon, the veteran who was picked up from the free-agent market and once scored 40 points with disbanded Sta. Lucia, fired all eight of his points in the second half and helped the Beermen finish strong.

Talk ‘N Text later got back on track in a big way by tearing Rain or Shine apart, 99-76.

The Tropang Texters broke away in the second quarter and held on with a lot of character this time as they somehow erased memories of a huge foldup against Alaska last week where they blew an 18-point lead to lose by two.

Talk ‘N Text rose to a level 2-2 slate like the Elasto Painters, who, after a 29-point shellacking of KIA Motors the other day, slipped to poor form and were out of it as early as the third period.

Ranidel de Ocampo fired 20 points and rookie Kevin Alaska had his breakout game with 18 points, six rebounds and four assists, tossing in nine of his total in the third when the Texters totally broke Rain or Shine’s back.

Jeff Chan paced the Painters with 16 points.

Paul Lee limped off the floor for the second time this conference after an accidental collision with Ryan Reyes.
He finished with just eight points in just 13 minutes of action.

The scores:

First Game

SAN MIGUEL 103—Santos 27, Lassiter 20, Fajardo 18, Mercado 12, Lutz 8, Omolon 8, Tubid 3, Semerad 2, Ross 2, Hubalde 2, Chua 1, Pascual 0.

BARAKO 89—Miranda 17, Lastimosa 12, Intal 12, Fortuna 11, Lanete 10, Garcia 8, Pennisi 6, Paredes 4, Wilson 4, Salvador 2, Marcelo 2, Pascual 1, Salva 0.

Quarters: 26-24, 43-45, 70-68, 103-89

Second Game

TALK ‘N TEXT 99—De Ocampo 20, Washington 18, Alas 18, Ganuelas-Rosser 11, Carey 10, Castro 9, Fonacier 5, Espiritu 3, Aban 3, Wiliams 2, Labagala 0, Reyes Ryan 0, Reyes Rob 0, Seigle 0.

RAIN OR SHINE 76—Chan 16, Uyloan 10, Norwood 10, Lee 8, Almazan 8, Quinahan 7, Teng 5, Cruz Jericho 5, Ibanes 2, Cruz Jervy 2, Belga 2, Tang 1, Arana 0.

Quarters: 29-21, 56-45, 83-60, 99-76

Sam Miguel
11-03-2014, 08:25 AM
Aces shoot lights out of Bolts, seize lead

Musong R. Castillo


Philippine Daily Inquirer

3:37 AM | Saturday, November 1st, 2014

FLUID, unselfish and playing with unrelenting killer’s instinct, Alaska dropped Meralco like a bad habit last night and zoomed to the solo lead in the PBA Philippine Cup with the most lopsided victory thus far in the elimination round.

The Aces were in synch all game that they actually found little need for their core of stars to deliver heavily in a 105-64 bamboozling of the Bolts at Smart Araneta Coliseum.

The win was the third straight for Alaska.

“Sometimes it happens—the basket gets really big,” Alaska coach Alex Compton said of their dominating play. “Our guys played fantastic. They (Bolts) just had an off night and my guys played really hard.”

The loss was the first in three games for the Bolts, who came into the contest with a shot at the solo lead after needing a total of three overtime periods to win their first two games.

Meralco didn’t even come close to forging extension on this one.

Alaska opened up with seven unanswered points and never looked back as Vic Manuel cranked up the Aces’ offense with 10 of his team-high 17 points in the first period.

Manuel could have done more damage had he been given more than 18 minutes of play.

So one-sided was the contest early that Compton cleared his bench with still a lot of time left, with all 14 men contributing offensively and Alaska able to get much needed bench time for starters JV Casio, Calvin Abueva, Sonny Thoss and Cyrus Baguio.

Cliff Hodge scored 16 points and Sean Anthony added 11 for the Bolts, who played so bad they had more turnovers than assists, 18-12 while shooting just 23-of-71 from the field for a lowly 32-percent clip.

Alaska was the exact opposite as it made 18 more baskets from the same number of attempts while distributing the ball better by finishing with 30 assists, eight of them coming from rookie Chris Banchero.

The Meralco loss was even uglier than the 32-point blowout that newcomer KIA suffered at the hands of Barangay Ginebra last week. On Wednesday, the Sorento lost a second game, this time by 29 points to Rain or Shine.

The big win also erased bitter memories of Alaska’s 51-point defeat at the hands of Rain or Shine in last season’s Governors’ Cup.

Compton was quick to say that he expects Meralco to bounce back hard.

“I expect Meralco and the character that they have to bounce back strong,” Compton said. “I wouldn’t want to play them next.”

The scores:

First Game

ALASKA 105—Manuel 17, Hontiveros 16, Banchero 11, Abueva 10, Baguio 8, Jazul 8, Exciminiano 7, Eman 6, Dela Rosa 6, Thoss 5, Bugia 4, Vanlandingham 3, Dela Cruz 2, Casio 2.

MERALCO 64—Hodge 16, Anthony 11, Dillinger 9, Hugnatan 6, Buenafe 5, Ildefonso 4, David 4, Morrison 3, Wilson 2, Cortez 2, Ferriols 2, Atkins 0, Sena 0, Guevarra 0.

Quarters: 25-15, 54-37, 76-52, 105-64

Sam Miguel
11-04-2014, 09:47 AM
It has been two weeks, but LA Tenorio says he’s still adjusting from Gilas’ dribble-drive to Ginebra’s triangle

From: Richard Dy

November 3, 2014, 06:40 pm

LA Tenorio is having an excruciatingly slow start to the season with just 4.6 points per game, and he admits he’s still reconditioning his mind to Barangay Ginebra’s triangle offense.

It has been two weeks since the opening of the PBA’s 40th season and the 5-foot-9 guard has yet to regain his rhythm with the Kings having been immersed in Gilas Pilipinas’ dribble-drive offense the past two months playing in the Fiba World Cup in Spain and the Asian Games in South Korea.

“Different role this time so I have to shift, months of training dribble-drive, different system, different tao sa team, kaya it’s hard, lalo na sa position ko, kailangan ko i-shift agad,” said Tenorio, who decided against taking a long break after the Asiad last month.

Tenorio took only a five-day break after the Asiad then rejoined Ginebra to prepare for the new season. “After five days (from the end of the Asian Games), yung mind ko had to shift because this is triangle. It’s no longer run-and-gun, and dribble-drive,” the 30-year-old playmaker pointed out.

Now, Tenorio doesn’t have veteran NBA big man Andray Blatche to collar the rebounds or catch the ball in mid-air for an alley-oop slam dunk after his lob pass. Nor does he have Marcus Douthit who will catch his pass from mid-range and sink a 12-foot jumper. He also doesn’t have Jimmy Alapag, his backcourt mate who could double as a deadly perimeter gunner or facilitator during the game.

“Different personnel, so now I don’t have Andray Blatche, I don’t have Marcus (Douthit), I don’t have Jimmy (Alapag), Gabe (Norwood), so different personnel eh,” he added.

Tenorio stressed the need to be patient, considering that individually-talented teammates like Greg Slaughter, Japeth Aguilar, Chris Ellis and Mark Caguioa are also still learning to understand the “triangle” under rookie coach Jeffrey Cariaso.

“I really have to be patient and makuha ko kaagad (yung adjustment). But what I’m doing, I’m really distributing to the right person like kay Greg, kay Japeth, Joseph (Yeo) and Mark (Caguioa),” said the former Ateneo point guard.

“I’m no longer looking for myself now. Iyun ang sinasabi ko sa team, don’t worry about me, di ko iniisip ang sarili ko ngayon because because at any given time, I know the system at ang kailangan nila ma-feel eh kaya ko silang dalhin,” he added.

Statistically, Tenorio’s average in three games so far is his lowest in his nine-year career in the PBA. But the cat-quick Ginebra guard remains solid in other departments after averaging all-around numbers of 5.6 assists, 4.3 rebounds and a career-best 2.3 steals this season.

Sam Miguel
11-05-2014, 08:03 AM
Mark Caguioa nears scoring milestone as Ginebra cruises past Blackwater

InterAksyon.com · Tuesday, November 4, 2014 · 9:10 pm

The Barangay Ginebra San Miguel Kings bounced back from their first loss of the season with an easy victory over expansion team Blackwater, 100-91, even as veteran Mark Caguioa neared a career scoring milestone in the PBA Philippine Cup on Tuesday at the SMART-Araneta Coliseum.

Caguioa scored 18 big points to come to within a mere 32 points of becoming the 19th player to reach the 9,000 career scoring mark.

‘The Spark’ shot 9-for-14 and had four rebounds and two assists in the win.

Mac Baracael scored 19 points to lead Ginebra.

Greg Slaughter had a double-double of 10 points and 11 rebounds while Japeth Aguilar had eight points and 13 rebounds for the Kings.

Ginebra led by as high as 16 points with four minutes remaining in the game before holding off a late Blackwater rally to improve to 3-1, good for solo third place.

The teams were tied at 9-all early in the contest before LA Tenorio showcased his playmaking, assisting on three consecutive field goals in a 9-0 run that gave them an 18-9 advantage.

Ginebra would push that advantage to as high as 15 points in the first quarter, 33-18, after another 9-0 blast capped by a transition three-pointer by Josh Urbiztondo and a jumper from Caguioa.

Blackwater was able to bring it back down to single digits in the second quarter but caught a bad break after JP Erram, who was leading the team in scoring with 10 points, was whistled for his fourth foul with over five minutes left in the first half.

The Kings outscored the Elite, 13-6, to take a 17-point advantage, 57-40, after the foul.

Ginebra led 59-43 at the halftime break. Mac Baracael was the long King in double figures but they had five other players scoring six or more points over the first two period.

The Elite got to as close as six points, 69-63, after Bryan Faundo scored two straight baskets as part of an 8-1 Blackwater run.

But the Kings would once again dominate the fourth quarter, going on an 11-5 run to open the period and restore a 13-point lead. They would take it back to 16, 93-77, after Baracael hit a three-pointer and Aguilar added two free throws for five unanswered points.

Blackwater had a late flurry of three-pointers, with JR Cawaling connecting twice and Bam Gamalinda adding another as they came back to as close as seven, 98-91, inside the final minute but it was not enough for the Elite.

Sam Miguel
11-05-2014, 08:03 AM
Blackwater coach Leo Isaac calls out underperforming players after loss to Ginebra

Rey Joble, InterAksyon.com · Tuesday, November 4, 2014 · 11:49 pm

Blackwater coach Leo Isaac expressed his frustration after his team’s loss to Barangay Ginebra on Tuesday, saying that some of his players performed like they were “done” and challenging them to prove him wrong.

“What I also said sa mga players kanina, we believe that there’s some more among these players. That’s why we picked them up because we believe na mayroon pang pakinabang ang mga players na ito. But the way they played today, they’re giving us the impression that they’re done,” Isaac told a small group of sportswriters of his team’s emotional postgame pow-wow.

”Medyo masakit yung sinabi ko na yun. Maybe that would serve as a challenge. Maybe we can get out of that fear and doubt, have a good game and get our first win.”

It was the fourth straight game that Blackwater fought hard but ultimately came up empty-handed.

“Totally na-miss out namin yung game preparation namin,” Isaac said.

Issac was frustrated with his team’s effort in the game, especially knowing how hard they have been working in practice.

“It’s frustrating because nakikita namin how the players work during practice pero pagdating ng game day, wala. Sabi ko nga sa kanila kanina, some of the players here sa ensayo, doble, pero pagdating ng laban, bawas na,” said Isaac.

Some of his players – like Paul Artadi, Bam Gamalinda, JP Erram and Bryan Faundo – stepped up to the challenge on Tuesday but several of their mainstays had subpar performances.

“The ideal phrase would be, if we work hard in practice, you will have a good game. If you’re lousy on practice, you’ll have a lousy game. Pero you’re doubling your effort in practice, pero pagdating ng game day bawas na bawas ka. Medyo mali yung approach mo sa game and that’s an individual problem,” added Isaac.

According to Isaac, another problem of the team was their tendency to get intimidated going up against the league’s best players, something that was evident in their game against star-studded Ginebra.

“I’m challenging them to get out of their fear and try to beat anybody whom they meet eye to eye. Parang kanina, Ginebra, andun sina (Mark) Caguioa, sina (Greg) Slaughter, parang nakayuko na mga players ko eh. Pwedeng intimidated,” the coach said.

Isaac added that it’s not likely that they can win a game with that kind of doubt.

“Until we convince ourselves that we can win, that’s the time we can really prove ourselves. Kapag nawala na yung fear niyo, nawala na yung duda niyo, that’s the time we can celebrate the victory,” added Isaac.

Many of Blackwater’s players were taken in the expansion draft after their respective teams left them unprotected.

Isaac said that he just wants to give the players something few have been given – a second chance in the league.

Sam Miguel
11-05-2014, 08:59 AM
GlobalPort comes back against expansion team Kia to notch second win

InterAksyon.com · Tuesday, November 4, 2014 · 6:28 pm

The GlobalPort Batang Pier didn’t get much from their ‘three-headed monster’ but still had enough to put away expansion team Kia, 84-79, in PBA Philippine Cup action on Tuesday at the SMART-Araneta Coliseum.

With Alex Cabagnot sitting out the game and Terrence Romeo struggling with his shot, it fell on the third member of their star trio, No. 1 overall pick Stanley Pringle, to carry the team.

Pringle finished with 13 points, eight rebounds, six assists and three steals but luckily for him, he didn’t have to do it alone.

Ronjay Buenafe led the with 19 points, including four three-pointers, while rookie Anthony Semerad and Mark Isip added 12 and 10 markers, respectively.

Cabagnot was in street clothes for this game while Romeo finished with just two points on 1-for-12 shooting, including 0-for-7 from beyond the arc and 0-for-2 from the free throw line.

The Batang Pier, who improved to 2-2 for the season, had to come back from a double-digit halftime deficit before coming away with the victory.

Kia finished the second quarter with a flourish, outscoring GlobalPort, 14-3, over the last 4:34 of the first half.

They led 47-36 at the break behind a strong performance from Reil Cervantes, who scored 13 of his 15 points in the first half.

But GlobalPort came out of the dugout a different team. They scored the first eight points of the third quarter, with four different players – Isip, Keith Jensen, Buenafe and Yancy De Ocampo – contributing for the Batang Pier.

They would finally take the lead in the midst of a 9-0 run late in the third.

Buenafe knocked down a three-pointer to start the rally. He would take care of a free throw after Kia’s Rich Alvarez was whistled for a technical foul and Isip would hit two more from the line.

Rookie John Pinto split from the line and De Ocampo scored in the post as the Batang Pier pushed their lead up to five, 62-57, heading into the final minute of the quarter.

But Chito Jaime and Cervantes quickly scored a pair of baskets in succession as the Sorento cut the lead down to one, 62-61, with one quarter left to play.

Kia was able to tie the game at 69-apiece on a basket from Alvin Padilla at 6:32 mark of the fourth.

But Pinto knocked down a big three-pointer, Pringle set up De Ocampo on a pick-and-roll and Semerad took care of two free throws as GlobalPort scored seven unanswered points to take a 76-69 lead.

Kia’s Bogart Raymundo then scored all five of his team’s points as they got to as close as four, 78-74.

But Pringle sealed the game with four straight free throws that gave GlobalPort an eight-point lead, 84-76, with just 15 seconds left on the clock.

Hans Thiele finished with 19 points for Kia, which fell to 1-3.

Cervantes and Padilla (11 points) also scored in double digits for the Sorento.

The scores:
GLOBALPORT (84) – Buenafe 19, Pringle 13, Semerad 12, Isip 10, De Ocampo 8, Ponferada 6, Jensen 5, Pinto 4, Taha 3, Romeo 2, Baclao 2, Caperal 0, Nabong 0.

KIA (79) – Thiele 19, Cervantes 15, Padilla 11, Jaime 9, Buensuceso 7, Raymundo 7, Alvarez 4, Dehesa 4, Lingganay 3, Revilla 0, Alonzo 0, Saldua 0, Pascual 0.

Quarterscores: 13-19, 36-47, 62-61, 84-79.

Sam Miguel
11-05-2014, 09:00 AM
Kia continues to improve but still lacking go-to guy, says assistant coach Glenn Capacio

Rey Joble, InterAksyon.com · Tuesday, November 4, 2014 · 8:15 pm

Despite losing its three consecutive games, Kia Sorento assistant coach Glenn Capacio continues to find plenty of positives in his team’s performance.

“Malaki na ang improvement ng team. Na-cha-challenge na sila. Hindi na sila nagugulat o na-i-starstruck. Nung opening game yung mga players halos mabitawan yung bola sa nerbiyos,” Capacio told a small group of sportswriters.

Kia pushed the GlobalPort Batang Pier to the limit, leading the game most of the way before going down, 79-84, on Tuesday.

Capacio, a multiple-time All-Defensive Team member in his playing days, gave emphasis on defense and Kia was able to limit Stanley Pringle to 13 points and Terrence Romeo to just two points.

But he also praised the attitude and spirit of his players in the game.

“Ang gusto natin yung parang never-say-die, yung laging ibinibigay yung best sa laro, physical,” he added.

Another notable improvement in the Sorento’s game is in the way they move the ball. In the absence of a go-to-guy, Capacio is hoping they could get good results from players playing within the system and the team nearly did it against the Batang Pier.

“Itinuro ko talagang maging pasensyoso. Kung hindi ka magiging pasensyoso, ang mangyayari, parati kaming tatambakan,” he said.

“Yung chemistry maganda. Maganda na takbo ng team, maganda na ang samahan, pero wala pa talaga kaming go-to-guy dito. Hinahanap pa namin sino ang go-to-guy namin, lalo na kapag last two minutes na, kanino ba kami pupunta?”

“Pero just the same, basta andun yung effort kada laro, okay lang sa akin.”

11-05-2014, 09:28 AM
GlobalPort's Anthony Semerad given rookie 'souvenirs,' courtesy of KIA's Alonzo

From: Richard Dy

November 4, 2014, 08:24 pm

GLOBALPORT’S Fil-Australian forward Anthony Semerad was no longer surprised when he got elbowed and punched in a PBA match on Tuesday at the Smart Araneta Coliseum. But he never thought it would be this soon.

“It’s (PBA game) definitely physical, but I’m ready to take it all,” said the 6-foot-4 Semerad, who figured in a scuffle with KIA Motors' Chad Alonzo in the Batang Pier's 84-79 win over the Sorento.

Although playing under GlobalPort coach Pido Jarencio, a rugged player during his playing days, the rookie out of San Beda said he was told to just focus on the game and play through the physicality.

Semerad, two weeks removed from helping the San Bed Red Lions win their fifth straight NCAA men’s basketball title, finished with a PBA career-best 12 points, on top of four rebounds. But he ended up with more 'souvenirs' from the match courtesy of Alonzo after the scuffle that erupted with about 50 seconds left in the first quarter.

“My jaw is actually more painful than the bump up there,” the 23-year-old freshman forward added while pointing to a big, reddish lump on his forehead.

Semerad fell on the floor while trying to jockey for position with Alonzo, a former Adamson Falcon. As Semerad tried to get up, it appeared he was tripped by Alonzo who also hit the former Red Lion in the face with his right elbow.

Both players wreslted on the floor, with Alonzo elbowing the GlobalPort rookie in the head and face, before game officials broke up the scuffle.

“The elbow (of Alonzo) was on the jaw and the punch on the ground during scramble or something, but it happened so fast that I couldn’t remember,” said GlobalPort's seventh pick overall in the last rookie draft.

Both players were given technical fouls. The soft-spoken GlobalPort rookie, though, felt what Alonzo got was a mere slap on the wrist, saying it was the KIA enforcer who started everything.

“It (penalty) should have been more, because I got elbowed on the face. I don’t know, but I just have to suck it up. I’m only a rookie, so just continue to play hard, be ready for it (physicality). Don’t stop what I’m doing, that’s all I can do,” he said.

11-06-2014, 07:54 AM
Aces halt SMB, stay unbeaten

(The Philippine Star) |

Updated November 6, 2014 - 12:00am

MANILA, Philippines - Alaska Milk held San Miguel Beer without a field-goal conversion in the last 2:28 of play and went to Jvee Casio for the clutch baskets as the Aces beat the Beermen, 66-63, in a gut-wrenching battle to remain the lone unbeaten team in the PBA Philippine Cup at the Smart Araneta Coliseum last night.

Casio faked off Arwind Santos and knocked in a perimeter shot then canned in two charities off a foul by Sol Mercado inside the last 32 seconds as Alaska upended San Miguel in a tough defensive battle and stayed perfect in four starts in the all-Filipino tourney.

“I couldn’t be prouder of us holding them down to 63 points,” said Alaska coach Alex Compton of their defensive effort, giving the franchise its lowest winning score ever.

“We couldn’t score either. It’s really a defensive battle and I’m proud of the guys in getting the character win,” Compton also said.

The Beermen actually held control most of the way, leading by 11 points once and were ahead by six at 61-55 before failing to score a field goal any longer.

Sol Mercado and Chris Lutz made a free throw each as against Alaska’s 11 points in the last two minutes of play.

Meralco Bolts, jolted by a blowout loss earlier, came back with restored power for 90-75 victory over NLEX last night to move to joint third in the first game.

Handed a nightmarish 64-105 defeat by the Alaska Milk Aces in their Halloween showdown, the Bolts rebounded with an overpowering performance that had them leading by as many as 30 points before cruising to their third win in four games.

Veterans Gary David, Jared Dillinger, Reynel Hugnatan and Mike Cortez carried the load as the Bolts rolled past the NLEX squad fresh from a stirring 97-81 upset of Barangay Ginebra.

The loss dropped the Road Warriors to a four-way tie at fifth with the Globalport Batang Pier, the Talk n Text Tropang Texters and the Rain or Shine Elasto Painters at 2-2.

11-07-2014, 01:32 PM
Fuming Mikee Romero wants ban for referees as Alonzo 'let off easy' after attack on Semerad

From: Snow Badua

November 6, 2014, 03:02 pm

GlobalPort Mikee Romero warns he will elevate the Anthony Semerad issue to the board if no appropriate action is taken by league officials.

GLOBALPORT Batang Pier team owner Mikee Romero has asked the PBA to suspend, atleast for this conference, all three referees who handled - or according to him mishandled - the team's highly physical Philippine Cup game against Kia Sorento last Tuesday.

The businessman-sportsman was left fuming by what he said was the "lenient" approach of the referees after KIA forward Chad Alonzo shoved GlobalPort rookie Anthony Semerad and hit him not once but at least four times with an elbow during a scuffle.

Incensed that the referees called no more than a double technical in the play, Romero has sent his entire coaching staff on Thursday morning to the PBA office to raise the matter before league officials.

“We will not take this sitting down. Masyadong nakawawa ang player namin. If you will only review the video makikita niyo na intentional talaga yung ginawa kay Semerad,” said BJ Manalo, Globalport’s head of basketball operations.

“Hindi lang naman isa o dalawang siko tumama sa ulo ni Anthony. Apat yun. Bilangin niyo. Hindi pwedeng sabihin na hindi sadya 'yun. Plaer ko din dati si Chad. Pero dapat banned ang mga player na gumagawa ng ganun,” added Manalo.

PBA media bureau chief Willie Marcial has told Spin.ph that Commissioner Chito Salud is set to review the video of the incident and hinted that veteran referee Art Herrera and sophomore officials Dacz Dacanay and Bing Oliva are facing heavy sanctions.

The initial technical on Alonzo is likely to be upgraded to flagrant foul penalty 1, he added. But Romero apparently wants more. Romero claimed he felt the compassion for his player upon seeing the bruises and the boxer’s lump on the forehead of the good-looking Semerad right after the game.

A black belter, the Sultan 900 Incorporated president bared he advised Semerad not to sleep the night after the game so as to avoid complications in the event of a concussion.

“Parang boxer talaga na hindi namin pinatulog si Anthony. Kasi lamog ang ulo niya eh. Nabagok talaga. Ako martial artists ako, kaya alam ko ang pwedeng damage na dala nung ginawa ni Chad,” he said.

“Napa-CT scan na namin siya and he is still being observed,” Romero declared. The outspoken team owner also questioned the inconsistent officiating especially on the issue of physicality.

“Bakit ganun? Pag siniko mo sa ulo ng ilang beses 'yung kalaban mo, technical lang 'yun? Pag nasundot mo o nakanti lang, F1 o F2. Pwede ka pang ma-thrown out? Ewan ko ba,” he said.

The longtime basketball patron also stressed that if no harsh penalties are handed out to the three erring refs, he has already advised the team's alternate governor, Erick Arejola, to elevate the matter to the board.

“Hindi ko to tatantanan. Hindi porket nanalo kami sa game na 'yun, hahayaan na namin ang mga ganyan. Delikado sa buhay ng mga players yan. Magkaka-precedent yan,” said Romero.

“Kung lumabas ang desisyon at pakiramdam ko hindi sapat, i-a-akyat namin ito sa board,” added the Air Asia part-owner. “Hindi sapat ang suspension dyan. Dapat ma-ban ang mga yan.”

11-07-2014, 01:34 PM
Stand-in coach Capacio insists Pacman's KIA side neither dirty nor looking to pick a fight

From: Richard Dy

November 4, 2014, 09:34 pm

KIA stand-in coach Glen Capacio says the Sorento are physical but not dirty.

KIA Motors may have one of the world's most popular fighters as coach, but Glen Capacio insisted the Sorento are not looking to pick a fight.

Capacio said the Sorento are not 'dirty players' as he went on the defensive after a 79-84 loss to GlobalPort on Tuesday in a PBA Philippine Cup match that was marred by a couple of dust-ups on the floor.

KIA’s rugged forward Chad Alonzo and rookie Anthony Semerad scuffled on the floor in the first quarter while Sorento big man Reil Cervantes and the Batang Pier’s Jewel Ponferrada clashed early in the fourth period.

“Di naman physical at wala namang dirty player sa amin, but it’s more on body check lang kasi yun lagi pina-practice namin,” Capacio told Spin.ph after KIA's third straight defeat of the season.

Alonzo was caught on television replays elbowing Semerad several times on the head and face while the two jockeyed for position late in the first quarter.

Ponferrada, on the other hand, was hit by Cervantes as he tried to protect the ball near the endline. All four players were assessed with a technical foul each.

Capacio said physicality has always been part of the PBA game and he hopes game officials will give shorter teams like the Sorento more leeway to play more agressively during games.

“Nandiyan na naman ang physicality. Sabi ko nga, di kami pinalalaro ng ganun, eh yun ang style namin,” explained Capacio, a noted defensive player during his prime.

“Iyung last two games namin, medyo manipis ang tawagan, pero ngayon, hinayaan kaming maglaro ng ganun, kaya happy ako. Sana ganun lang, at ganun dapat (ang tawagan).”

KIA hopes to break its three-game slump when it collides with Talk ‘N Text on Friday.

Sam Miguel
11-10-2014, 08:13 AM
Ginebra beats Purefoods by 23 points in first ‘Manila Clasico’ clash of season

InterAksyon.com · Sunday, November 9, 2014 · 7:15 pm

Barangay Ginebra San Miguel came out victorious in the first ‘Manila Clasico’ duel of the 40th PBA season after a 23-point win over Purefoods, 89-66, on Sunday at the SMART-Araneta Coliseum.

Joseph Yeo came up big in his first Ginebra-Purefoods clash, scoring a game-high 17 points, including five three-pointers, and dishing out five assists to lead Ginebra to a 4-1 recods.

Greg Slaughter and Billy Mamaril both had double-doubles in the game with Slaughter finishing with 14 points and 13 rebounds and Mamaril chipping in with 12 and 13.

Mac Baracael scored 13 poits and Japeth Aguilar added 11 points and eight boards for Ginebra.

They dominated the first quarter, 19-10, and the third, 28-17, to cruise to the win.

The Ginebra starting unit of LA Tenorio, Yeo, Aguilar, Baracael and Mamaril got the Kings off to great start, as they scored the first 10 points of the game, all of them on jumpers from the outside.

Purefoods tightened up on the defensive end after those first four minutes, but the entry of Slaughter and Mark Caguioa from off the bench paid off for them as Ginebra closed the quarter on a 7-1 run to lead, 19-10.

But Peter June Simon did his best to keep his team in the game during the second period, where he scored 10 points and assisted on another key basket to lead a Purefoods rally.

Ginebra extended their lead to 14 points, 34-20, after a 13-3 run led by Tenorio, who scored seven of the team’s points in that stretch. Purefoods’ lone basket came courtesy of a triple from Simon.

The Hotshots responded behind Simon, who hit a three-pointer and a floater to cut their deficit down to seven and, after a jumper from Slaughter on the other end, found teammate Joe Devance for a big three-pointer.

He then took advantage of a big defensive play from Mark Barroca, who smothered a pass attempt from a Ginebra player and gave it to a streaking Simon for an uncontested layup in transition.

He scored or assisted on 10 of his team’s points in a 12-2 blast that brought them to within four points, 36-32, late in the first half.

The Ginebra starters came back on as a unit and, with a red-hot Yeo bombing away from beyond the arc, came out of the break in similar fashion, outscoring their opponents, 14-4, to push the lead back up to double digits.

The Kings pushed their advantage to as high as 19 points, 57-38, after Yeo hit his fourth three-pointer of the quarter and his fifth of the game.

Purefoods came back to as close as 12 points in the fourth after a 7-2 start to the final canto.

But Aguilar scored on a three-point play, Yeo found Mamaril for a basket and Caguioa added two more points on a putback as they pushed the lead back up to 19, 75-56,

Ginebra extended their lead to 23 points, 84-61, after Yeo scored on a layup in transition.

Slaughter capped the team’s dominance with a big dunk with 1:22 remaining in the game and Baracael hit a late three-pointer to give them their biggest lead of 25, 89-64.

Simon led Purefoods with 15 points while Joe Devance added 10 and Marc Pingris 10.

Purefoods star James Yap finished with seven points and shot just 2-for-14 in the game. He missed all three of his three-point attempts.

The scores:
GINEBRA (89) – Yeo 17, Slaughter 14, Baracael 13, Mamaril 12, Aguilar 11, Tenorio 7, Caguioa 7, Brondial 6, Helterbrand 2, Monfort 0, Forrester 0, Urbiztondo 0, Reyes 0, Ellis 0.

PUREFOODS (66) – Simon 15, Devance 11, Pingris 10, Barroca 9, Mallari 8, Yap 7, Taha 3, Melton 2, Allado 1, Reavis 0, Holstein 0, Gaco 0, Maliksi 0, Matias 0.

Quarterscores: 19-10, 38-32, 66-49, 89-66.

Sam Miguel
11-10-2014, 08:14 AM
Joseph Yeo admits Ginebra trying to be more like Purefoods: ‘Sila yung perfect example ng team’

Rey Joble, InterAksyon.com · Sunday, November 9, 2014 · 8:45 pm

Barangay Ginebra San Miguel may have been the better team on Sunday night, but Joseph Yeo, the top scorer of the latest ‘Manila Clasico’ clash, says that Grand Slam champions Purefoods is still the team that others should hope to emulate.

“Sila yung perfect example of a team. Sila yung gusto naming gayahin. Maganda na yung itinatakbo nila. Four straight times na silang champion,” said the Barangay Ginebra guard after his team’s 89-66 win.

Purefoods has won four consecutive titles dating back to the Governors’ Cup of the 2012-2013 season. They’ve enjoyed plenty of success using the fabled triangle offense under coach Tim Cone.

That same philosophy is now being embraced by the Kings under Jeff Cariaso, who was an assistant to Cone at Purefoods before moving to Ginebra last season.

Yeo hopes that the team, given the necessary time to learn the offense and play with each other, will begin to exhibit the qualities that Purefoods has been displaying the past few conferences.

“Kung ano yung nangyayaring chemistry sa Purefoods, yun ang gusto naming mangyari,” he said.

According to Yeo, he is even trying to study the games of Purefoods star scorers James Yap and Peter June Simon, in an effort to improve his own game.

“Ako nga personally tinitingnan ko sina James, sina PJ kung paano sila kumukuha ng puntos,” he added.

Yeo got the better of both players on this particular night, though, knocking down five three-pointers en route to a game-high 17 points in the contest.

He also had five assists in the win.

Sam Miguel
11-10-2014, 08:32 AM
Cabagnot leads Globalport in franchise-best win over Blackwater

By Nelson Beltran (philstar.com) |

Updated November 9, 2014 - 6:10pm

Games Tuesday (Smart Araneta Coliseum)

4:15 p.m. – Kia vs Alaska

7 p.m. – Meralco vs Talk n Text

MANILA, Philippines – Alex Cabagnot churned out a remarkable all-around performance in his return from a one-game layoff, providing a big boost as Globalport set new marks in an 87-72 rout of Blackwater in the PBA Philippine Cup at the Smart Araneta Coliseum Sunday.

Cabagnot came through with nine points, nine assists, 11 rebounds and two steals in a heads-up game that rubbed off on his teammates as they pulled off the most lopsided win in franchise history.

Ronjay Buenafe fired four treys and a total of 17 points, Anthony Semerad knocked in two triples and finished with 16 points while Stanley Pringle and Keith Jensen added 14 points apiece as they nailed a second straight win in a follow-up to their 84-79 victory over the Kia Sorento Wednesday.

It’s only the team’s second back-to-back victories since joining the league in 2012.

They hardly felt the absence of sophomore guard Terrence Romeo as they dealt the Blackwater Elite a fifth straight loss.

“Alex Cabagnot’s return got us to a good flow. The rookies stepped up, we played good defense and the confidence of the guys improved,” said Globalport coach Pido Jarencio.

“The confidence of the team really went up especially as we got these back-to-back wins,” Jarencio added. “Yes, it’s against expansion teams, but you can’t take them for granted. They certainly can play.”

Dragged into a battle by the Elite in the first half, the Batang Pier rode on the exploits of Semerad, Cabagnot, Pringle and Jensen as they seized control in the third period.

Globalport built a 70-53 spread in the third and pressed harder as the Batang Pier stretched their lead to 24, 84-60, early in the payoff period.

Sam Miguel
11-10-2014, 08:33 AM
SMB nips NLEX, claims fourth win

By Nelson Beltran (The Philippine Star) |

Updated November 9, 2014 - 12:00am
Games today (Smart Araneta Coliseum)

3 p.m. – Blackwater vs Globalport

5:15 p.m. – Purefoods vs Ginebra

MANILA, Philippines - San Miguel Beer, missing free throws but hustling to get key possessions, turned back NLEX, 79-76, to wrest solo second place in the PBA Philippine Cup at the Mindanao Civic Center in Tubod, Lanao del Norte last night.

On numerous offensive rebounds, the Beermen gained crucial trips to the line, making enough conversions to fend off the Road Warriors’ tough challenge in this Petron Blaze-sponsored road match.

Rebounding from a loss to Alaska Milk the last time out, San Miguel Beer broke off a three-way tie at second place for a 4-1 win-loss card, relegating Barangay Ginebra and Meralco to joint third at 3-1.

NLEX suffered a second straight loss and slid eighth place at 2-3.

The Road Warriors started strong, leading by 10 points at 28-18, but lost steam and firepower in a nip-and-tuck battle at the finish.

They held onto the lead for the last time at 76-75 on a booming three-pointer by KG Canaleta with 3:03 left. They failed to put San Miguel away as Canaleta missed his two succeeding open three-point attempts.

San Miguel went ahead, 77-76, on a jumper by Chris Lutz from the left flank with 2:07 left.

The Beermen preserved the win as Arwind Santos and Chris Lutz split their charities then Jonas Villanueva missed a three-pointer from way, way out at the buzzer.

Santos collected 12 points, 11 rebounds and one block to pace the Beermen.

Meanwhile, Barangay Ginebra and Purefoods Star face off in an elite match-up at the Smart Araneta Coliseum today.

Tickets have been sold out days before this Sunday special also pitting Globalport versus Blackwater.

“(Ginebra-Purefoods) is always a big event and even more so for us because we can’t afford to fall too deep in the standings,” said Purefoods coach Tim Cone.

“We’ve had a week to get James (Yap) and Ping (Marc Pingris) re-acclimated into the lineup and to get Don (Allado) into better game shape. Hopefully, that will make a difference in the game. We know Ginebra is going to be hungry,” Cone added.

“Games like this are reasons why we play this game,” said Ginebra coach Jeff Cariaso.

“It’s gonna be a challenge yet special going up against my mentor, coach Tim. But it’s not about us. It’s about our teams and being prepared for battle,” Cariaso added. “You can assume it will be a very intense game. Emotions will be high.”

Purefoods has won the last three games of this classic match-up, but Ginebra could be very tough now, being very well in sync in its second conference under Cariaso.

In fact, the Kings are off to a better start than the Hotshots, claiming stirring triumphs over the Talk n Text Tropang Texters, the Kia Sorento and the Blackwater Elite. Their lone defeat came at the hands of the NLEX Road Warriors.

On the other hand, the Hotshots have just broken into the win-column via a come-from-behind win over the Globaport Batang Pier. Purefoods lost its first two games against Alaska Milk and San Miguel Beer.

11-12-2014, 09:18 AM
Calvin Abueva sees ‘20-20’ as Alaska foils KIA

Musong R. Castillo


Philippine Daily Inquirer

1:47 AM | Wednesday, November 12th, 2014

MANILA, Philippines — Calvin Abueva worked extra hard for his second “20-20” and helped Alaska stay perfect after five games in the PBA Philippine Cup eliminations with an 85-75 decision of newcomer KIA Motors Tuesday night at Cuneta Astrodome in Pasay.

The league’s smallest power forward at just 6 feet 2, Abueva hit all of his 23 points in the final three quarters and plucked down a game-high 20 rebounds as the Aces survived an awful offensive night.

Abueva chalked up career-highs in points (26) and rebounds (22) in a 100-88 win over Talk ‘N Text last Oct. 28.
He is the first local with two 20-20s since Asi Taulava in 2007.

KIA lost for the fifth straight game after opening up with an 80-66 victory over fellow rookie team Blackwater in the inaugural game last Oct. 19, but the Sorento fought hard in this one against the best team in the league.

“They have a fighting heart,” Alaska coach Alex Compton said. “KIA played harder and pushed us to the limit. If we weren’t able to push turnovers, they would have easily beaten us.”

The Aces actually trailed, 11-18 at the end of the first period before the gung-ho Abueva buckled down to work.
Already with 19 rebounds before the end of the third quarter, he helped offensively when the Sorento threatened in the dying minutes, his short stab making it 83-73, with 2:02 left.

That was enough for the Aces to take the fight out of the Sorento, who are still inside the magic circle of 10 teams that would advance if the playoffs were to happen starting today.

Center Sonny Thoss did not see action because of plantar fasciitis.

Vic Manuel tossed in 15 and Dondon Hontiveros and Cyrus Baguio were also in twin digits for Compton, who said that a 5-0 start doesn’t mean a thing at this stage of the tournament.

“San Mig (now Purefoods), had what, a 1-5 start last year?” Compton said. “And they won the championship by finishing strong.
Five-zero means we can’t lose seven games [in the eliminations] because we only have 11 games.”

Reil Cervantes fired 18 points and Joshua Webb and Kyle Pascual added 13 and 10 for KIA.

Barako Bull gets a shot at barging into the win column when they clash with crowd-favorite Barangay Ginebra Wednesday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.

Globalport, which has its first-ever two-game win streak going under coach Pido Jarencio, battles Rain or Shine at 4:15 p.m.

The scores:

First Game

ALASKA 85—Abueva 23, Manuel 15, Hontiveros 12, Baguio 11, Banchero 7, Jazul 7, Menk 3, Eman 2, Exciminiano 2, Casio 2, Bugia 1, Dela Cruz 0, Dela Rosa 0, Thoss 0.

KIA 75—Cervantes 18, Webb 13, Pascual 10, Buensuceso 8, Jaime 6, Dehesa 5, Raymundo 4, Lingganay 3, Alvarez 3, Thiele 2, Padilla 2, Sanga 1, Revilla 0, Alonzo 0.

Quarters: 11-18, 39-38, 66-52, 85-75

11-12-2014, 09:47 AM
Talk ‘N Text holds on in the 4th to down sister team Meralco

By Randolph B. Leongson

November 11, 2014

MANILA – Talk ‘N Text hammered sister team Meralco in the fourth quarter to escape with an 80-72 victory Tuesday in the 2014-2015 PBA Philippine Cup at the Cuneta Astrodome.

Ryan Reyes led the Tropang Texters with 17 points and five rebounds, as Ranidel de Ocampo chimed in 15 markers.

Jayson Castro also added 12 points, but it was Harvey Carey who carried the defensive load for his squad the biggest, as he finished with seven points, 14 rebounds, and three blocks.

“We weren’t aggressive in the start, so credit to Meralco for their tough defense. We didn’t play the way we should. We gave a lot of offensive rebounds in the first half. Fortunately, we made crucial stops and had second chance opportunities in the end,” said Talk ‘N Text coach Jong Uichico.

With Meralco closing in on Talk ‘N Text after an and-one play from Reynel Hugnatan which cut TNT’s lead down to one, 69-68, in the last five minutes, the Tropa went on a 7-0 tear to grab a 76-68 edge with 2:11 remaining.

Cliff Hodge and Mike Cortez still tried to carry the Bolts back to life with successive hits, but an offensive rebound by Castro from a de Ocampo three-point miss led to Jimmy Alapag canning both of his freebies.

Cortez got fouled in the ensuing possession by Matt Ganuelas-Rosser, but he could not make his freebies. The ball still went back to Meralco after Kelly Williams lost handle of the rock, but Gary David still can’t hit from threes which turned into Ganuelas-Rosser icing the game at the free throw line and Carey putting an understatement in the win with two big blocks in the end game.

David paced Meralco with 17 points, but went scoreless in the payoff period, while Reynel Hugnatan just missed out on a double-double with nine markers and nine rebounds in the losing effort.

Talk ‘N Text moved to solo fourth place with a 4-2 card, and also spoiled former coach Norman Black’s birthday tomorrow. Meralco fell to a 3-2 card. – Rivals 2014

The Scores:

Talk ‘N Text 80 – Ry. Reyes 17, De Ocampo 15, Castro 12, Alapag 7, Carey 7, Fonacier 7, Rosser 7, Washington 4, Alas 2, Williams 2, Espiritu 0, Ro. Reyes 0, Seigle 0, Aban 0, Labagala 0.

Meralco 72 – David 17, Anthony 9, Hugnatan 9, Cortez 8, Dillinger 8, Macapagal 8, Atkins 5, Hodge 4, Ildefonso 2, Caram 2, Ferriols 0, Sena 0.

Quarters: 22-19, 37-33, 53-55, 80-72.

Sam Miguel
11-13-2014, 08:13 AM
Painters buck poor shooting, nip Batang Pier

Musong R. Castillo


Philippine Daily Inquirer

12:47 AM | Thursday, November 13th, 2014

Rain or Shine survived a cold shooting night, riding the crucial hits by Jeff Chan to nip Globalport, 86-83, last night and stay in the upper half of the PBA Philippine Cup standings at Smart Araneta Coliseum.

Chan, the national team gunner, scored 11 of his 16 points in the fourth period, most of them when the game was on the line as the Elasto Painters dodged the upset axe and improved to 4-2 overall.

The loss was the third in six games for the Batang Pier, who played their best game of the young conference and fell just short of a franchise-best third straight win.

Barangay Ginebra shrugged off a wobbly start later in the night and finished off Barako Bull with a flurry, scoring a 94-75 victory to again grab solo second place with a 5-1 card.

Joseph Yeo hit four triples in the breakaway fourth quarter for the Gin Kings, who went on to deal the Energy a fifth consecutive defeat. Yeo, who was also one of the heroes in a win over Purefoods over the weekend, again scored 17 points.

Rain or Shine shot just 38 percent from the field and 61 percent from the free throw line, with five of its 12 missed charities coming inside the final six minutes that allowed the Batang Pier to hang around until the final buzzer.

“We made life difficult for ourselves by missing those free throws,” Rain or Shine coach Yeng Guiao said.

Chan, one of the steadiest free throw shooters in the league, muffed a charity and Beau Belga misfired on four straight as the Painters failed to put the Batang Pier away.

It took three misses by Alex Cabagnot for Globalport inside the final minute to completely doom the Batang Pier, who came into the game riding the heels of their first winning streak under coach Pido Jarencio.

The scores

First Game

RAIN OR SHINE 86—Chan 16, Belga 12, Lee 11, Almazan 11, Cruz Jervy 10, Quiñahan 10, Ibañes 8, Cruz Jericho 4, Norwood 3, Teng 1, Tang 0.

GLOBALPORT 83—Cabagnot 20, Jensen 15, Pringle 14, De Ocampo 14, Semerad 8, Isip 6, Romeo 3, Buenafe 3, Baclao 0, Ponferada 0, Nabong 0, Taha 0, Caperal 0, Pinto 0.

Quarters: 23-20, 49-36, 63-70, 86-83

Second Game

BRGY. GINEBRA 94—Yeo 17, Caguioa 15, Slaughter 14, Baracael 12, Aguilar 10, Ellis 7, Brondial 7, Mamaril 4, Tenorio 4, Urbiztondo 2, Helterbrand 2, Monfort 0, Forrester 0, Reyes 0.

BARAKO BULL 75—Miranda 19, Garcia 10, Intal 10, Pennisi 9, Wilson 7, Lastimosa 6, Pascual 5, Marcelo 3, Hubalde 2, Salvador 2, Salva 2, Paredes 0, Lanete 0.

Quarters: 13-23, 37-42, 64-61, 94-75

11-16-2014, 08:36 AM
Painters shock Bolts; Kings battle Beermen

Musong R. Castillo


Philippine Daily Inquirer

1:26 AM | Sunday, November 16th, 2014

WITH its franchise player healthy and leading the way, Rain or Shine overwhelmed Meralco, 107-79, in a Petron Saturday Special game of the PBA Philippine Cup at University of Southeastern Philippines gym in Davao.

Paul Lee flashed his old bounce and swagger as the Elasto Painters dropped two crippling bombs bridging the middle two quarters to clinch a third straight win and rise to 5-2 overall.

The 6-foot Lee, who limped out in two games this conference, scored the bulk of his night-high 20 points when the Painters scooted away behind their vintage run-and-gun style to close out the first half with a 16-4 tear.

The first run had the Painters zooming to a 51-38 lead at the half and when they returned to the floor for the third period, Lee scored nine straight points as Rain or Shine took a 63-53 lead after just 2:30 of the quarter.

Both runs happened after coach Yeng Guiao was tossed out early in the second period for use of profane language.

The loss put the Bolts at a level 3-3 card. It was the second-most lopsided defeat for Meralco in the conference, counting a 41-point blowout to league-leading Alaska two weeks ago.

Tempers flared several times and the game was stopped for close to five minutes when John Ferriols of Meralco decked Raymond Almazan with a forearm to the back of the head.

JR Quiñahan of Rain or Shine also gave tiny point guard Simon Atkins a cheap shot in the third quarter.

Meanwhile, sister squads Barangay Ginebra and San Miguel Beer square off today for second place even as rookie squad KIA Motors tries to boost its playoff chances when it clashes with Barako Bull.

The Gin Kings will be putting a three-game winning streak on the line against the Beermen in the 5:15 p.m. contest, with a win keeping league-leading Alaska within reach.

The scores:

RAIN OR SHINE 107—Lee 20, Chan 16, Jericho Cruz 15, Almazan 14, Belga 11, Tang 10, Teng 8, Uyloan 3, Ibañes 3, Quiñahan 3, Norwood 2, Jervy Cruz 2.

MERALCO 79—Macapagal 16, Dillinger 12, Caram 11, Hodge 9, Hugnatan 7, Anthony 6, Ildefonso 6, Guevarra 4, David 4, Atkins 2, Ferriols 2, Cortes 0, Buenafe 0.

Quarters: 27-19, 51-38, 87-56, 107-79

11-16-2014, 08:38 AM
Red-hot Aces clobber Elite

Musong R. Castillo


Philippine Daily Inquirer

12:59 AM | Saturday, November 15th, 2014

ALASKA held Blackwater to nine points in the first period and to 20 at the half to cruise to a 69-56 victory last night that extended the Aces’ PBA Philippine Cup streak to six games at Smart Araneta Coliseum.

Save for the first minute where they trailed, the Aces kept their foot on the pedal and never gave the Elite a chance as they sealed their finest start in the post-Tim Cone era while keeping Blackwater winless in six games.

“It’s a good start,” Alaska coach Alex Compton said. “But for me, it’s important that we finish strong.”

Calvin Abueva sustained his relentless effort, shooting 13 points that went with 18 rebounds while former MVP Eric Menk flashed vintage form with 14 points and 12 boards.

The duo’s effort more than made up for the absence of starting center Sonny Thoss, who was out for the second straight game because of plantar fasciitis on his right heel.

Compton knows that because of their winning streak everyone will keep gunning at them.

“All the teams know how we play. What we’re doing is no secret,” said Compton, who rued a 33-percent shooting clip from the field but praised his wards for coming out hard.

Meanwhile, Rain or Shine shoots for a third straight win when the Elasto Painters battle Meralco in a Petron Saturday Special game at 5 p.m. today at University of Southeast Philippines in Davao City.

The Painters are at 4-2, while the Bolts, at 3-2, are reeling from two straight losses.

The veteran Larry Rodriguez paced the Elite with 10 points.

The scores:

First Game

ALASKA 69—Menk 14, Abueva 13, Manuel 10, Banchero 6, Baguio 6, Hontiveros 6, Casio 4, Eximiano 3, Jazul 3, Bugia 2, Dela Cruz 0, Eman 0, Dela Rosa 0.

BLACKWATER 56—Rodriguez 10, Erram 9, Menor 9, Gamalinda 5, Salvacion 5, Artadi 4, Timberlake 3, Tiongson 3, Faundo 2, Nuyles 2, Ballesteros 2, Laure 2, Celis 0, Cawaling 0.

Quarters: 15-9; 32-20; 46-38; 69-56

Sam Miguel
11-17-2014, 08:13 AM
San Miguel weathers late Ginebra rally, moves into second place with win

InterAksyon.com · Sunday, November 16, 2014 · 7:19 pm

The San Miguel Beermen had to weather a big, late rally from never-say-die Barangay Ginebra but came away with a tight 79-77 victory to move into solo second place in the PBA Philippine Cup on Sunday at the SMART-Araneta Coliseum.

Reigning PBA MVP June Mar Fajardo finished with 21 points, 15 rebounds and four blocks while Arwind Santos led the way with 22 points as San Miguel improved to 5-1 for the season.

The Beermen saw their 15-point, fourth quarter lead wiped out by the comebacking Kings but made enough clutch baskets and free throws down the stretch to escape with the win.

Chris Lutz added 10 points while rookie Ronald Pascual had seven, including a big three-pointer in the last two minutes that helped stem the Ginebra rally.

With the loss, Ginebra (5-2) slipped down to third place.

The Kings were led by Greg Slaughter, who had 16 points and 17 big rebounds, and Japeth Aguilar, who scored nine of his 15 points in the fourth quarter.

Ginebra outscored San Miguel, 28-18, in the fourth but fell just short.

LA Tenorio started out with guns blazing, scoring seven of Ginebra’s first nine points.

The teams spent much of the first trading baskets, though, and the Kings ended up with a slim lead at the end of the first after Josh Urbiztondo connected on a heave from halfcourt for a buzzer-beating three-pointer, 17-14.

In the second, Ginebra was able to push its lead to seven points after back-to-back hits from Aguilar and Chris Ellis.

But San Miguel would take control of the contest with a big 13-0 run, kicked off by a pair of three-pointers from Santos.

Chris Ross then set up Pascual for an alley-oop in transition and Fajardo for an easy basket inside.

Lutz then got into the break for an and-one finish that gave the Beermen a 38-32 advantage.

San Miguel led 38-33 at the break with Santos already with 11 points and Fajardo close to a double double with eight points and 10 boards.

The Beermen turned it into a double digit advantage in the third after Santos and Fajardo opened up scoring on a 9-2 run that made it a 13-point game, 54-31.

Santos hit a three-pointer in the final seconds of the third that gave San Miguel a 61-49 lead heading into the final period.

San Miguel led by as much 15 in the fourth quarter, 66-51, before Ginebra’s never-say-die attitude kicked in.

Aguilar carried the load early, scoring nine of the team’s first 14 points of the quarter.

The Kings went on an 11-1 run, including eight straight points, that got them back to within five, 67-62, with 3:05 remaining.

Both teams made some big plays after that.

Jayjay Helterbrand scored five straight points for Ginebra. He hit a three-pointer, recovered a loose ball on the other end, then drilled an open midrange jumper to bring the Kings within two, 69-67.

Pascual, the San Miguel rookie, hit a big three-pointer with 1:29 remaining that looked like it would slow the momentum of Ginebra.

But Slaughter established himself in the post, scoring on a three-point play and another interior basket to tie the game at 72-all.

Fajardo gave the Beermen the lead, 74-72, with a reverse layup deep in the paint and the Beermen hit enough free throws down the stretch to come away with the win.

The scores:

SAN MIGUEL (79) – Santos 22, Fajardo 21, Lutz 10, Pascual 7, Tubid 6, Chua 4, Ross 3, Lassiter 3, Mercado 2, Maierhofer 1, Semerad 0, Fortuna 0, Omolon 0.

GINEBRA (77) – Slaughter 16, Aguilar 15, Tenorio 10, Helterbrand 10, Caguioa 7, Ellis 6, Mamaril 3, Urbiztondo 3, Yeo 3, Reyes 2, Brondial 2, Monfort 0, Baracael 0, Forrester 0.

Quarterscores: 14-17, 38-33, 61-49, 79-77

Sam Miguel
11-17-2014, 08:16 AM
PBA giants Greg Slaughter, June Mar Fajardo happy to entertain fans with rivalry: ‘That’s what we play for’

Rey Joble, InterAksyon.com · Sunday, November 16, 2014 · 8:56 pm

San Miguel center June Mar Fajardo and Barangay Ginebra big man Greg Slaughter may be fierce competitors on the playing court but the two gentle giants admitted that they were happy for the chance to entertain their fans with their colossal rivalry.

“That’s what we play for,” Slaughter told a small group of sportswriters after the game.

“I’m really happy and glad to have this opportunity to have a matchup with June Mar as the fans look forward to see that.”

Fajardo, the reigning PBA MVP, said that he, too, was pleased, although reminded that the game does not revolve around them in particular.

“Nakakatuwa rin,” Fajardo said. “Pero hindi naman ito about sa amin. About naman ito sa team namin.”

Fajardo finished with 21 points, 15 rebounds and four blocks on Sunday while Slaughter had 16 points, 18 rebounds and two blocks.

Fajardo’s Beermen team also came away with the win.

San Miguel head coach Leo Austria said that it was good that Fajardo was finally healthy as the fans got the chance to view a more interesting head-to-head clash between the two big men.

“Makikita mo match na match sila,” added Austria. “Natutuwa yung crowd. Yan ang hinihintay nila. In the previous games, hindi healthy si June Mar. Hindi niya naipakita yung laro niya. This time, makikita mo yung worth niya. Both players talagng kailangan ng team.”

“This is truly the game of the giants.”

Sam Miguel
11-17-2014, 08:17 AM
Rookie Jake Pascual shines as Barako Bull notches first win at Kia’s expense

InterAksyon.com · Sunday, November 16, 2014 · 5:08 pm

Rookie Jake Pascual scored 16 of his 22 points in the first half as he led Barako Bull past expansion team Kia, 87-71, and to the team’s first win in the PBA Philippine Cup on Sunday at the SMART-Araneta Coliseum.

Pascual, the No. 8 pick of the 2014 PBA Draft, shot 9-for-13 from the field and grabbed 12 rebounds in a breakout performance for the Energy Cola.

He had not scored more than five points or grabbed more than seven rebounds in any of their first five games.

Willy Wilson added 11 points in the victory.

With the win, Barako Bull finally entered the win column after starting the season with five straight defeats.

Kia, meanwhile, lost a sixth consecutive game after opening the season with a win.

Barako Bull, buoyed by a 9-0 run, took a comfortable lead in the first period.

But KIa charged right back in the second period behind a string of baskets from Reil Cervantes, who scored six consecutive points in a 13-3 run. The Sorento briefly took the lead, 31-30, after a three-point play from LA Revilla.

The Energy still led, 46-39, at the break with the rookie Pascual leading the way.

Willy Wilson gave Barako Bull a nice lift near the end of the third, scoring six of the team’s points as they closed the period on an 8-0 run and extend their lead to double digits, 66-53.

The Energy pushed the lead to as high as 19, 80-61, in the final period.

The scores:

BARAKO BULL (87) – Pascual 22, Wilson 11, Miranda 9, Lanete 8, Garcia 7, Pennisi 6, Lastimosa 5, Intal 5, Marcelo 5, Hubalde 4, Paredes 3, Salvador 2, Salva 0.

KIA (71) – Revilla 21, Cervantes 15, Alvarez 8, Webb 6, Jaime 5, Buensuceso 4, Lingganay 3, Pascual 3, Padila 2, Dehesa 2, Thiele 1, Sanga 1, Alonzo 0, Raymnundo 0.

Quarterscores: 22-14; 46-39; 66-53; 87-71.

11-24-2014, 08:20 AM
Texters blast Energy; Hotshots edge Bolts

Musong R. Castillo


Philippine Daily Inquirer

12:55 AM | Monday, November 24th, 2014

BIÑAN, Laguna—Talk ‘N Text, with Jason Castro turning in a dominant first-half performance, overpowered Barako Bull, 122-106, yesterday at Alonte Sports Center here and boosted its playoff position in the PBA Philippine Cup.

The 6-foot Castro scored all but four of his 26 points in the first two quarters, 14 of them in the opening period, to jumpstart the Talk ‘N Text offense that had the Tropang Texters leading by as large as 31 points on the way to rising to 5-3 overall.

Talk ‘N Text climbed into a tie for fourth spot with idle Barangay Ginebra, a vital position which the Texters would need to hold on to gain a big advantage in the first round of the playoffs.

Defending champion Purefoods also remained in the upper half of the standings after a close 77-74 decision of Meralco in the second game.

The Star Hotshots got a mammoth lift from unheralded center Yousef Taha in the fourth period to fend off the hard-fighting Bolts and win a third straight game for a 4-3 record.

Despite the win, Talk ‘N Text coach Jong Uichico was hardly impressed.

“We had a good offensive game but we didn’t have a good defensive game,” the multi-titled Uichico, who took over from Norman Black at the start of the year, said. “I have to ask more from them from the defensive end.”

Barako Bull, after two straight victories that included a first triumph over league-leading Alaska by anyone last week, dropped to 2-6 but remained well within the magic circle of teams that will advance past this phase at 10th place.

The top two teams after the single round elimation will earn automatic berths to the Final Four, with Nos. 3-6 earning twice-to-beat privileges against Nos. 7-10 in the first phase.

Taha scored eight points in the fourth, including a string of six during a key stretch as the Hotshots dealt the Bolts a fourth loss in eight games.

The 6-foot-7 center wound up with 14 points and nine rebounds. He shot 6-of-7 from the field in his best game in a Purefoods uniform.

Former MVP Jimmy Alapag finished with 14 points with three others shooting 10 or more in the Texters’ biggest victory this conference.

Paolo Hubalde paced the Energy with 19, with JC Intal shooting 16 like Chico Lanete. The Energy suffered a big dip in performance considering they were coming from that upset of the erstwhile unbeaten Aces.

The scores:

First Game

TALK ‘N TEXT 122—Castro 26, Alapag 14, Fonacier 13, De Ocampo 13, Aban 10, Rosser 9, Washington 8, Reyes Rob 7, Reyes Ryan 7, Alas 7, Carey 6, Seigle 2, Aguilar 0, Espiritu 0.

BARAKO 106—Hubalde 19, Intal 16, Lanete 16, Miranda 12, Pennisi 11, Marcelo 9, Lastimosa 7, Pascual 7, Wilson 7, Garcia 2, Salvador 0, Salva 0, Paredes 0.

Quarters: 40-20, 73-48, 97-79, 122-106

Second Game

PUREFOODS 77—Simon 18, Barroca 16, Taha 14, Yap 11, Devance 7, Pingris 4, Maliksi 4, Mallari 3, Melton 0.

MERALCO 74—David 20, Dillinger 12, Hodge 9, Macapagal 9, Caram 8, Hugnatan 4, Atkins 3, Cortez 3, Buenafe 2, Sena 2, Ferriols 2, Guevarra 0.

Quarters: 18-16, 40-33, 52-59, 77-74

11-26-2014, 09:02 AM
San Miguel hammers GlobalPort to nab share of top spot

By Randolph B. Leongson

MANILA — San Miguel Beer snared a piece of the top spot after an emphatic 95-69 win over GlobalPort Tuesday in the 2014-2015 PBA Philippine Cup at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum.

The Beermen fired 19 unanswered points in the second quarter, 11 coming from Arwind Santos, to swing a 29-23 lead to a 48-23 advantage, and outscored the Batang Pier, 35-12 in the period to take a 56-29 halftime lead.

Santos finished with 19 points and six boards while June Mar Fajardo got a double-double with 17 markers and 13 rebounds.

“I think out of our eight games, this is the best game we had,” said San Miguel Beer coach Leo Austria.

“We never expected that we’ll have a big lead at the start. Maybe because of our intention to get to the top two and GlobalPort is coming off of a road trip, they were not able to have good preparation against us. I think that’s a factor in today’s game.”

Chris Ross and Ronald Tubid added 12 points apiece, even as Chris Lutz and Jeric Fortuna both wounded up with 10. San Miguel got its outside shots in as they nailed 10 of their 19 attempts from rainbow country.

The Beermen pulled themselves closer to clinching one of the top two spots, where they will enjoy an automatic semifinals berth.

“I told the players that we need to win at least three of last four games. We have big hurdles ahead of us,” said Austria.

GlobalPort leaned on Mark Isip’s 12 points and 12 rebounds, as Stanley Pringle and Keith Jensen combined for 22.

The Batang Pier fell to 4-5. — Rivals 2014

The scores:

San Miguel 95 - Santos 19, Fajardo 17, Ross 12, Tubid 12, Lutz 10, Fortuna 10, Pascual 8, Mercado 3, Maierhofer 2, Kramer 2, Omolon 0, Semerad 0, Chua 0.

GlobalPort 69 - Isip 12, Pringle 11, Jensen 11, Cabagnot 10, Romeo 7, Baclao 6, De Ocampo 6, Pinto 2, Caperal 2, Buenafe 2, Taha 0, Ponferada 0, Nabong 0.

Quarters: 21-17, 56-29, 77-52, 95-69.

11-26-2014, 09:04 AM
Rain or Shine pulls off great escape vs NLEX

By Randolph B. Leongson

on November 25, 2014

MANILA — “You can call that a great escape.”

That’s how coach Yeng Guiao described Rain or Shine’s grind-out 95-93 victory over NLEX in the 2014-2015 PBA Philippine Cup Tuesday at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum.

Paul Lee came alive in the end game, scoring 10 of his 27 points in the fourth as he revived the Elasto Painters in the final four minutes of the game to preserve Rain or Shine’s four-game winning streak and improve to 6-2.

The Tondo native shot 8/14 for the game and also had six boards, including a back-breaking three from way out in the last 28.2 seconds of the game as well as the freebies that pushed Rain or Shine back to the lead.

“We had a break with Paul’s three point shot. They zoned our last play, and Paul got lucky that we got a good look there. They came back hard at us, they came back strong at us,” said Guiao.

Firing blanks for the first three quarters, NLEX came alive in the payoff period. After falling behind by as big as 15, 57-42, in the first half, the Road Warriors slowly crept back into the game and when they finally got their groove going, fired a 13-0 blast to take the lead, 81-77, midway in the payoff period.

Riding the hot shooting hands of Mark Borboran and Jonas Villanueva, and the might of Enrico Villanueva, NLEX got an 89-82 lead with 3:52 remaining in the game.

But Lee willed Rain or Shine back in the game, scoring 10 of his squad’s last 15 points to anchor the E-Painters to the victory.

Nino Canaleta missed an alley-oop play, which could have iced the game with 26 seconds remaining, and allowed Lee to take over and swing the lead back to his team’s favor.

Gabe Norwood added 12 points in the game alongside his eight boards, as Beau Belga finished with 11 markers and seven rebounds.

Guiao said, “Maybe it’s just our experience is a little bit more than the NLEX team. We had to go in the end game and pull out the win. But I guess that provided a lot of excitement for everybody because there was not just enough excitement in the Pacquiao fight, so we wanted to make a contribution by making this an exciting game.”

Jonas Villanueva topscored for NLEX with 22 points and nine rebounds, while Canaleta had eight of his 15 points in the fourth.

Asi Taulava was limited to just two points in the payoff period, but still was able to get a double-double with his 14 points and 16 boards, while Mac Cardona also had 14 as NLEX fell to 3-5. — Rivals 2014

The scores:

Rain or Shine 95 — Lee 27, Norwood 12, Belga 11, Ibanes 9, Jc. Cruz 9, Uyloan 7, Quinahan 6, Tang 5, Arana 5, Almazan 4.

NLEX 93 — Villanueva J. 22, Canaleta 15, Cardona 14, Taulava 14, Borboran 11, Ramos 6, Villanueva E. 5, Arboleda 4, Baloria 2, Hermida 0, Raymundo 0, Apinan 0.

Quarters: 25-19, 57-45, 74-65, 95-93.

11-26-2014, 09:07 AM
Lingganay, Thiele now free agents as Kia’s bizarre ways in PBA continues

By Randolph B. Leongson

on November 18, 2014

MANILA – In a shocking twist to what is already a crazy conference for Kia, the Sorento have decided to activate five players in their next game against San Miguel Beer.

Jopher Custodio, Eric Suguitan, and Jonathan Parreno all make their PBA debuts on Wednesday, while Mike Burtscher and Kenneth Ighalo returns to the bench after serving their time in the reserve list.

But what irked a lot of critics is that the guys the Sorento are relegating are contributors for their past seven games.

Rudy Lingganay, Hans Thiele, Chito Jaime, Alvin Padilla, and Chad Alonzo were all sent to the unrestricted free agent list.

Ironically, Lingganay, Thiele, and Jaime are three of the top 7 scorers for Kia so far this conference.

Assistant coach Glenn Capacio said that the move was just to give the other players opportunities in the big leagues.

“We just wanted to give other players chances,” he said.

Custodio was the 22nd pick in the 2013 PBA Draft, taken by GlobalPort last year after seeing action with Jumbo Plastic in the D-League.

Suguitan, meanwhile, was a member of the NLEX Road Warriors in the D-League before seeing action with Blackwater last season.

The little known Parreno is a part of the MP-Gen San Pacman Warriors squad which saw action in Liga Pilipinas.

All three are expected to suit up for the 1-6 Kia in their game against San Miguel Beer on Wednesday. - Rivals 2014

Sam Miguel
11-27-2014, 08:48 AM
Hotshots struggle past inspired Kia

By Nelson Beltran (The Philippine Star) |

Updated November 27, 2014 - 12:00am

Games tomorrow (Smart Araneta Coliseum)

4:15 p.m. – NLEX vs Alaska

7 p.m. – San Miguel vs Meralco

MANILA, Philippines - Just the presence of Manny Pacquiao on the bench proved to be a big boost, inspiring the Kia Sorento to push the reigning four-peat champs Purefoods Star Hotshots hard for over three quarters.

Facing a scare, the Hotshots needed to dig deep in the closing minutes to ward off the Sorento, 88-77, and gain a piece of fourth place in the PBA Philippine Cup at the Ynares Sports Center in Antipolo last night.

“They were certainly inspired. They played an inspired game and they were outstanding through three quarters,” said Purefoods coach Tim Cone.

“It’s tough to match their intensity and inspiration. They had that through the game, and lots of credit to the Kia players, their coaching staff and Manny Pacquiao,” Cone also said. “Three days after the fight and he showed up here, what a man, he’s amazing.”

Pacquiao electrified the venue as he showed up as promised and joined their warm-up, making couples of treys.

Before the match, PBA commissioner Chito Salud and Antipolo Mayor Junjun Ynares presented Pacquiao a commemorative ball in honor of his latest feat atop the ring.

Pacquiao opted not to field himself, but inspired his team nonetheless.

They were still ahead at 63-58 in the last 10 minutes before the Hotshots made a key run anchored on a pressing defense.

In the first game, Barako Bull put a foot into the quarterfinals as the Energy fought with a sense of urgency and delivered the knockout blow on the Blackwater Elite, 97-82.

Stopped on their tracks by the Talk n Text Tropang Texters Sunday, the Energy got going again as they came out strong and played tough through 48 minutes to notch a third win in their last four outings.

“We started strong and we limited them to 30 points in the first half. That’s’ the story of the game,” said Barako Bull coach Coy Banal.

“We brought in tremendous energy and that made the big difference. I hope we can use this as a springboard going to our last two games,” Banal also said.

With an efficient defense, the Energy held the Elite to nine points on a 4-of-18 woeful field shooting in the first quarter.

Barako Bull took the first quarter at 22-9 on a 13-0 salvo and thoroughly dominated the hapless Blackwater to the very end as the Energy eventually slammed the playoffs door close on the Elite.

A champion team in the PBL and in the PBA D-League, Blackwater remained winless through nine games in the pros. The Elite were the first team eased out in the all-Filipino tourney.

Sophomore players RR Garcia and Carlo Lastimosa scored 16 points each while rookie Jake Pascual added 13 for the Energy who chalked up a third win following an 87-71 rout of the Kia Sorento and an 85-78 upset of the Alaska Milk Aces.

Barako lost its first five games in the tourney before going back-to-back against Kia and Alaska. And Talk n Text stopped the Barako charge with a 122-106 demolition Sunday.

Actually, Blackwater outscored Barako Bull, 21-19, in the second quarter, but the Energy stepped on the gas in the third period and pulled away for good at 70-44.

Hardly making a difference were career-best outputs of Bryan Faundo (23 points) and Brian Heruela (19)

The Energy battered the Elite with a remarkable 39 of 69 (57 percent) shooting.

The scores:

First Game

BARAKO 97 – Garcia 16, Lastimosa 16, Pascual 13, Miranda 9, Intal 9, Pennisi 9, Salva 6, Lanete 6, Marcelo 5, Wilson 4, Salvador 2, Paredes 2, Hubalde 0.

BLACKWATER 82 – Faundo 23, Heruela 19, Nuyles 12, Gamalinda 8, Laure 6, Menor 4, Timberlake 3, Erram 2, Rodriguez 2, Ballesteros 2, Celiz 1, Tiongson 0, Artadi 0, Austria 0.

Quarterscores: 22-9, 41-30, 72-48, 97-82

Second Game

PUREFOODS 88 – Devance 16, Barroca 15, Mallari 12, Yap 12, Pingris 9, Maliksi 9, Simon 6, Taha 5, Reavis 4, Melton 0, Gaco 0, Matias 0, Allado 0, Holstein 0.

KIA 77 – Cervantes 14, Revilla 12, Dehesa 11, Alvarez 10, Custodio 10, Pascual 8, Raymundo 6, Webb 4, Burtscher 2, Saldua 0, Buensuceso 0, Pacquiao 0, Ighalo 0, Sanga 0.

Quarterscores: 17-17, 34-34, 51-57, 88-77

Sam Miguel
11-28-2014, 08:26 AM
Pido Jarencio out, Eric Gonzales in as GlobalPort coach

By Paul Flores

on November 27, 2014

MANILA — Globalport coach Pido Jarencio has been replaced and that the Batang Pier will be handled by the former’s chief lieutenant Eric Gonzales.

The surprising move circulated yesterday in social media as management finally decided to act Thursday by shuffling its coaching staff, naming Gonzales as coach although on an “interim basis”, while Jarencio is said to be staying with Globalport as consultant.

Calls to Globalport’s Erick Arejola, the team’s representative to the PBA Board, as well as to team manager BJ Manalo have not been answered as of posting time, but a few league sources said there has been such move at Batang Pier.

Talks of replacing Jarencio actually circulated when the team started at 1-2, but it quickly died down when the team went 3-2.

Although it lost to Rain or Shine (86-83) last November 12, Globalport team owner Mikee Romeo was ecstatic when the team won for the first time in franchise history against Talk ’N Text (105-95) last November 18 that improved the team’s record to 4-3.

However, the team’s back-to-back defeats the past week, opposite Alaska (87-84) and San Miguel Beer (95-69) was said to be the deciding point that led Romero to end Jarencio’s term as coach.

It’s understandable that the team kept Jarencio as consultant since his contract is until the end of the 40th Season.

A former player in the PBA, Jarencio was appointed as head coach of GlobalPort prior to the PBA Commissioner’s Cup last season, replacing then interim mentor Ritchie Ticzon. — Rivals 2014

11-29-2014, 08:09 AM
Alaska, SMB ditch separate foes

Musong R. Castillo


Philippine Daily Inquirer

3:04 AM | Saturday, November 29th, 2014

ALASKA and San Miguel Beer remained tied in their race for the No. 1 ranking in the playoffs after carving out contrasting victories last night in the PBA Philippine Cup eliminations at Smart Araneta Coliseum.

The Aces came charging back from six points down inside the final 2:18 over hard luck NLEX, 90-84, while the Beermen broke away late in the second quarter to hand Meralco a thorough 88-77 beating for similar 8-1 records.

Alaska actually rallied from deficits of as large as 15 points early in the third quarter, with Dondon Hontiveros getting them back in the game before touching off their mammoth finishing kick with a four-point play.

Reigning MVP June Mar Fajardo had another big night with 21 points and 12 rebounds, and rookie Ronald Pascual had a breakout game with 15 as the Beermen handed the Bolts their fifth loss in nine matches.

Meanwhile, Samboy Lim, a member of the league’s 25 Greatest Players, last night collapsed during a legends’ game at the Ynares Arena in Pasig and has remained unconscious for more than two hours at press time.

Allan Caidic, another PBA great, and the other legends who were playing with Lim were still at his bedside at Medical City Hospital.

The scores:

First Game

ALASKA 90—Hontiveros 21, Abueva 16, Baguio 11, Thoss 11, Casio 11, Manuel 8, Jazul 7, Banchero 3, Exciminiano 2, Eman 0, Dela Rosa 0, Bugia 0, Menk 0, Dela Cruz 0.

NLEX 84—Borboran 22, Cardona 14, Villanueva J. 13, Taulava 10, Villanueva E. 9, Arboleda 6, Ramos 4, Canaleta 2, Camson 2, Arboleda 2, Hermida 0, Raymundo 0, Apinan 0, Baloria 0.

Quarters: 23-15, 40-42, 55-58, 90-84

Second Game

SAN MIGUEL BEER 88—Fajardo 21, Pascual 15, Santos 15, Tubid 10, Mercado 8, Kramer 5, Maierhofer 4, Lutz 4, Omolon 4, Ross 2, Fortuna 0, Lassiter 0, Semerad 0, Chua 0.

MERALCO 77—Hodge 19, Dillinger 13, Ildefonso 9, David 8, Macapagal 8, Anthony 7, Cortez 5, Buenafe 3, Wilson 2, Sena 2, Ferriols 1, Atkins 0, Caram 0, Guevarra 0.

Quarters: 22-24, 44-34, 72-59, 88-77

Sam Miguel
12-01-2014, 08:05 AM
10-man Painters trip Hotshots


Musong R. Castillo


Philippine Daily Inquirer

2:18 AM | Monday, December 1st, 2014

Rain or Shine coach Yeng Guiao has always considered Purefoods as one of the hardest teams to beat in the Philippine Basketball Association.

Yet, last night, Guiao had the easiest time coaching his Elasto Painters.

Even with just 10 healthy men, the Painters gutted out an 83-74 decision of defending champion Purefoods that kept them in the hunt for an automatic Final Four berth in the Philippine Cup at Smart Araneta Coliseum.

“Purefoods is just one of the hardest teams to beat,” Guiao said. “It was easy coaching the team tonight because the guys wanted to win. I was just changing tired players on the court.”

TY Tang and Jonathan Uyloan, Rain or Shine’s reserve guards who got to see a lot of time because of injuries to four key men, shone the brightest for the Painters in the stretch as they came up with the night’s biggest buckets.

Rain or Shine won a fifth straight game and stayed in solo third with a 7-2 card, just a full game off leaders Alaska and San Miguel Beer.

Rain or Shine kept in step with the much taller Star Hotshots right from the get-go, steadily built a comfortable buffer in the fourth quarter before fending off Purefoods’ spirited closing surge with some great defense.

Tang was fortunate to even close the game, suffering a nasty fall with 9:22 left after being accidentally undercut by Peter June Simon.

The 5-foot-9 Tang, who returned a few minutes later with a band-aid over his right eyebrow after hitting his head on the floor, followed up his own miss to make it 77-72.

And after Justin Melton and Marc Pingris missed short-range jumpers on the other end, Uyloan drained a cold-blooded triple off a pop-out pass by Paul Lee.

Completely drowned by the Rain or Shine win was the upset 98-77 victory that Globalport posted over Barangay Ginebra in the first game, which knocked the Gin Kings out of the outright Final Four race.

Terrence Romeo scored 25 points, rookie Anthony Semerad added 17 and two others finished in twin digits for the Batang Pier, who won their first game under interim coach Eric Gonzales for a 5-5 slate.

Meanwhile, league legend Samboy Lim’s condition has not improved as of press time. He remained unconscious for the second day at Medical City’s Intensive Care Unit.

Reports reaching the PBA said that Lim’s team of doctors has decided to freeze his brain to determine the extent of the damage.

He collapsed during an exhibition game Friday.

Some of Lim’s former teammates at Letran have organized a vigil that started last night at the school campus.

The scores:

First Game

GLOBALPORT 98—Romeo 25, Semerad 17, Cabagnot 15, Jensen 11, Pinto 5, Buenafe 5, De Ocampo 5, Baclao 4, Caperal 3, Ponferada 3, Pringle 2, Nabong 2, Isip 1, Taha 0.

GINEBRA 77—Slaughter 21, Aguilar 14, Tenorio 11, Baracael 10, Yeo 6, Ellis 4, Caguioa 4, Mamaril 3, Helterbrand 2, Brondial 2, Monfort 0, Forrester 0, Urbiztondo 0, Reyes 0.

Quarters: 24-16, 52-31, 75-57, 98-77

Second Game

RAIN OR SHINE 83—Lee 18, Tang 11, Norwood 11, Quinahan 11, Uyloan 9, Belga 7, Cruz Jericho 6, Arana 6, Almazan 4, Ibanes 0, Chan 0.

PUREFOODS 74—Mallari 12, Yap 11, Devance 10, Simon 9, Melton 8, Barroca 8, Pingris 6, Maliksi 5, Reavis 4, Taha 1, Allado 0, Gaco 0, Holstein 0.

Quarters: 16-17, 38-32, 60-54, 83-74

Sam Miguel
12-01-2014, 08:11 AM
Long journey for Eric Gonzales lands him in GlobalPort coaching job, and an upset victory in his debut

By Randolph B. Leongson

on November 30, 2014

MANILA – An unknown figure in the basketball world, Eric Gonzales entered the PBA press room victorious in his first time out as a PBA coach.

With 7-year-old son Caleb in tow, Gonzales flashed a smile like he just won a lottery.

And why wouldn’t he? He just led GlobalPort to a monumental upset of the crowd favorites Ginebra on Sunday to pull the Batang Pier at an even 5-5 slate.

But without a hint of arrogance, Gonzales thanked the management which put him in this position he never thought he would be.

A teammate of Estong Ballesteros in Ramon Magsaysay High School, the two would eventually enroll in the nearby University of Santo Tomas.

However, they would go on separate ways, as Ballesteros went on to the basketball team and forged his lore, as Gonzales suited up for the track and field team, where he championed in steeplechase, 800-meter, and 1,500-meter races from 1992 to 1994.

“Nag-start ako mag-coach under Binky Favis in 1995,” Gonzales shared, where he acted as an assistant for the UST Tiger Cubs.

From there, he built his resume, acting as deputies in different squads, and eventually to GlobalPort on its earlier years with coach Junel Baculi and Ritchie Ticzon.

He also served as an assistant for coach Nash Racela in FEU for the past two UAAP seasons.

But the Batang Pier called him back again, as he was appointed as the lead assistant for coach Pido Jarencio at the start of the 40th season.

A month and a half after, he was the one calling the shots, as the squad underwent a reshuffle in their bench, which saw Jarencio now become a team consultant.

“After ng game ng San Miguel, nag-meeting kaming coaches and management. Sinabi ni Boss Mikee (Romero) na as interim (coach), hawakan ko lang yung team,” Gonzales recounted. “I’m just following the orders. Basta ako po, gagampanan ko lang yung trabaho ko.”

And the revamp worked wonders after just one game, as the Batang Pier downed Ginebra, 98-77 on Sunday.

Gonzales said that he just instituted the things he learned from a number of coaches to get the victory.

“Madami akong natutunan kay coach Pido. Natuto lang din ako dun sa ibang coaches. Ginagaya ko sila coach Norman Black, sila coach Boyet Fernandez. Sinubukan naming gawin yung ginawa nila na delaying tactics,” he said.

“Yung nakikita namin, mahahaba ang minuto ng mga key players namin so we just kept them fresh.”

But on a personal note, Gonzales said that he’s just happy to get that forst game out of the way.

“I’m very happy, very grateful to God and the management. Constant paguusap namin and this win is really a collective effort from the coaching staff.” – Rivals 2014

12-04-2014, 02:39 PM
PBA, seriously? No Danny Seigle, No Nelson Asaytono in the PBA 40 Greatest?! Kalokohan. I love Ping and Castro but they are way too young into their careers to be included. Just when I am now starting to enjoy the PBA again this thing happens. Nakakawala ng gana.

12-04-2014, 03:16 PM
Sana hinintay na lang yung 50th Anniversary para 50 Greatest yung meron. Eh sa criteria pa lang iilan na lang yung makakapasok na hindi MVP.

12-07-2014, 06:58 AM
Ginebra ends slide, knocks Alaska off perch

Mark Giongco



10:09 PM | Tuesday, December 2nd, 2014

MANILA, Philippines —Barangay Ginebra San Miguel stopped a three-game slide following a 101-92 win over Alaska in the 2015 PBA Philippine Cup Tuesday at the Mall of Asia Arena.

LA Tenorio led the Kings with his conference-best 22 points. He gave Ginebra a 10-point lead on a leaner in the fourth quarter and made sure they would sustain it with another timely basket to make it, 95-85, with 2:18 remaining.

“At certain point you just get tired of losing,” Ginebra head coach Jeffrey Cariaso said. “The guys are really determined tonight. I knew they will be ready facing a tough team.”

“A lot of people have been really hard on him. That’s only because of his status. But even with us being 5-4 and with the three-game losing skid, LA was playing his point guard position where he is initiating, he’s running our offense and getting guys shots. So I wasn’t worrying about him getting his shots,” Cariaso said of his chief playmaker. “LA’s next level is just knowing when your teammates are struggling and that’s when he has to take over.”

Tenorio took matters into his own hands when Ginebra needed that final push to keep Alaska at bay.

The Kings redeemed themselves after losing to the Globalport Batang Pier, 98-77, last Sunday.

“We were sort of desperate because we really want to make sure that we have a good chance of securing a top four,” added Cariaso. “I’m just happy with the way the guys played tonight.”

Mac Baracael added 19 points while Greg Slaughter had 12 points and 14 rebounds for the Kings, who improved to 6-4.

Calvin Abueva recorded game-highs of 24 points and 14 rebounds while JVee Casio tallied 18 points but their numbers weren’t enough as the Aces just weren’t able to solve the Kings’ offense.

Alaska moved to within six, 77-71, after a jumper by former Ginebra big man Eric Menk before Joseph Yeo and Tenorio pushed it back to 10. A 3-pointer by Tenorio gave the Kings an 84-73 lead with 8:28 left.

The loss had the Aces slipping to second place with the surging Rain or Shine Elasto Painters breathing down their necks just a half-game behind looking to steal a top two spot.

12-07-2014, 07:00 AM
Garcia, Barako Bull foil NLEX’s playoff bid

Mark Giongco



7:17 PM | Tuesday, December 2nd, 2014

MANILA, Philippines—RR Garcia made the crucial plays late and Barako Bull formalized its entry in the quarterfinals with a 92-87 win over skidding NLEX in the 2015 PBA Philippine Cup Tuesday at the Mall of Asia Arena.

Garcia grabbed an offensive rebound, made a tough basket, had a steal and a block in the final minute for the Energy, who also foiled the Road Warriors’ bid to clinch a playoff spot.

“Sobrang hirap (it was really hard),” said the former UAAP MVP Garcia. “Grabe pinagtrabahuhan namin sa ensayo (we worked so hard in practice).”

Garcia played a team-high 32 minutes and scored 22 points built on 3-of-5 shooting from the three-point area and had five rebounds.

“Grabe tiwala na binibigay sa akin ni coach (coach has a lot of trust in me).”

With the Energy up by just three, Garcia gave his team extra possession after picking up a miss by Chico Lanete before scoring against Mac Cardona on a tough layup that stretched the lead to five, 86-81, with 29.8 seconds left.

Garcia was far from done as he swiped the ball away from Cardona before rejecting Jong Baloria’s 3-point try that would’ve cut the lead to just two.

“We wanted to use this game as our preparation for the coming playoffs,” said Barako Bull head coach Koy Banal. “Good thing the guys responded well.”

The Energy have now won four of their last five games after dropping their first five starts.

Banal said the coaching staff put a lot of emphasis on the team’s defense after the losses piled up.

“It’s obvious. Crystal clear we were deadlast in defense in our first five games. We thought we’re playing it right but the numbers showed we weren’t. After those losses, we started focusing on our defense,” Banal pointed out.

Lanete and Willie Wilson added 13 points apiece while Mick Pennisi and JC Intal had 12 and 10 points, respectively.

Asi Taulava had 17 points and 15 rebounds for the Road Warriors, who reeled to their third loss in a row that also kept the Kia Sorento alive for a playoff spot.

12-07-2014, 07:02 AM
Meralco blows lead, pulls plug on Kia’s playoff bid

Mark Giongco



7:01 PM | Wednesday, December 3rd, 2014

MANILA, Philippines — Meralco knocked Kia out of playoff contention, 99-93, in 2015 PBA Philippine Cup Wednesday at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.

The Bolts blew a 22-point lead and needed to hold off the Sorento, whose playing-coach Manny Pacquiao suited up for just the second time in 10 games.

“I told my players they had two choices. We could let this go or we could compose ourselves and win the game,” said Meralco head coach Norman Black. “And pretty much, winning the game is the only option.”

Jared Dillinger scored a game-high 25 points while Cliff Hodge had 17, 10 coming in the fourth quarter.

Meralco took a 63-41 lead in the third quarter before getting outscored, 31-8, as Kia got its first taste of the lead, 72-71, after a wild shot by Reil Cervantes went in in the final frame.

Cervantes had 18 points for the Sorento while newly-acquired Eloy Poligrates added 11.

The loss by Kia also sent NLEX into the quarterfinals.

The Bolts missed the services of their veteran big man Reynel Hugnatan due to a swollen knee.

12-07-2014, 07:05 AM
Texters, Bolts score

Musong R. Castillo


Philippine Daily Inquirer

6:11 AM | Thursday, December 4th, 2014

MANILA, Philippines—Talk ‘N Text claimed a twice-to-beat slot and put Purefoods’ title-retention bid in peril after a 100-96 overtime victory last night in the PBA Philippine Cup eliminations at Smart Araneta Coliseum.

Ranidel de Ocampo fired 18 points and Jason Castro added 13, aside from scoring important buckets in extension, as the Tropang Texters improved to 7-3 and dealt the Star Hotshots a second straight loss.

In dropping to 5-5 overall, Purefoods would need to defeat Barako Bull in a Petron Saturday Special game before hoping that Ginebra triumphs over Rain or Shine on Sunday.

If those things don’t happen, the Hotshots will march into the quarterfinals in the bottom half and would need to beat a higher-ranked foe two straight times to make the next phase.

Jay Washington also scored 18 points for the Texters while Larry Fonacier forged the extra period with a layup with six-tenths of a second left for 88-all.

Earlier, Meralco completed the quarterfinal cast after a 99-93 win over KIA Motors.

The Bolts blew a 22-point lead and even trailed, 78-81, early in the fourth before finishing the game the way they started it—hot and composed—to rise to a level 5-5.

Boxing icon Manny Pacquiao played just his second pro game and again wasn’t a factor on the floor, winding up scoreless.

The scores:

First Game

MERALCO 99—Dillinger 25, Hodge 17, Anthony 14, Wilson 11, David 10, Macapagal 8, Morrison 4, Cortez 3, Ferriols 3, Ildefonso 2, Sena 2, Buenafe 0, Guevarra 0.

KIA 93—Cervantes 18, Poligrates 11, Revilla 10, Bagatsing 10, Thiele 9, Alvarez 8, Pascual 8, Dehesa 7, Custodio 6, Webb 4, Burtscher 3, Pacquiao 0, Buensuceso 0.

Quarters: 34-19, 60-39, 73-72, 99-93

Second Game

TALK ‘N TEXT 100—Washington 18, De Ocampo 18, Reyes 14, Castro 13, Carey 9, Alas 8, Rob Reyes 8, Alapag 5, Fonacier 4, Rosser 3, Aban 0.

PUREFOODS 96—Devance 22, Pingris 21, Yap 18, Simon 15, Barroca 11, Mallari 5, Taha 2, Maliksi 2, Reavis 0.

Quarters: 22-22, 39-42, 67-64, 88-88 (reg.), 100-96 (OT)

12-07-2014, 07:07 AM
Rookie Cruz comes up big for RoS as Painters climb to first seed at Aces’ expense

Bong Lozada



7:00 PM | Friday, December 5th, 2014

MANILA, Philippines–He is officially one of the big boys.

Rookie Jericho Cruz was a walking masterpiece as his Rain or Shine Elasto Painters stunned the Alaska Aces, 98-95, during their PBA Philippine Cup matchup at Smart-Araneta Coliseum Friday evening.

Rain or Shine’s only rookie delivered the dagger with 18.5 remaining after he scored on a layup off Jeff Chan’s missed free throw to put the Painters up 96-95.

Elasto Painters head coach Yeng Guiao said the youngster from the Adamson University deserved some praise after Cruz showed the savviness that a veteran has in pressure-packed situations.

“Jericho played like a veteran, he made his free throws, he made the game winner, he made us look goid in the end,” Guiao said as his team stretched their win streak to six games.

As of posting time, Rain or Shine are in solo second and could crack a top spot which would be shared with the San Miguel Beermen if the latter loses and both end up with 8-2 win-loss records.

San Miguel would face Talk N’ Text Tropang Texters in Friday’s second game.

Cruz put the wax on the envelope for Rain or Shine with a breakaway layup with 0.7 seconds remaining off an outlet pass from Paul Lee after Eric Menk botched a potential game-changing running hook.

Guiao anticipated that a match against Alaska would be a tough one and keeping the game close was the way to go.

“We just tried to play tough, all throughout the game we were playing catchup, we felt that if we kept the game close we can do it and we’ll take those chances,” Guiao said.

“I anticipated a fight, Alaska is a different team and you have to be tough to beat them.”

Lee tied the game at 93 with 33.8 remaining off an open three-pointer from the top of the key but Abueva quickly responded with a running shot in the paint with 27.9 left to give Alaska a 95-93 bubble.

Cruz had 16 points, on an impressive 6/7 shooting, six rebounds, four assists and three steals for Rain or Shine.

Lee paced the Painters with 19 points including eight rebounds and five assists as Beau Belga added a nifty double-double of 16 points and 12 boards.

Abueva led Alaska with 18 points and eight boards as the Aces fall to solo second on an 8-3 slate.

Menk also had a near double-double with 16 points and nine rebounds for Alaska.

Rain or Shine 98: Lee 19, Cruz 16, Belga 16, Norwood 12, Chan 8, Quiñahan 8, Tiu 5, Almazan 5, Uyloan 3, Tang 3, Araña 2, Ibañes 1.

Alaska 95: Abueva 18, Menk 16, Baguio 12, Casio 11, Manuel 11, Thoss 8, Hontiveros 6, dela Cruz 4, Exciminiano 3, Jazul 3, Banchero 2.

12-07-2014, 07:10 AM
Caguioa, Yap lead 15 names added as PBA’s Greatest Players

Mark Giongco



7:40 PM | Wednesday, December 3rd, 2014

MANILA, Philippines — Barangay Ginebra San Miguel guard Mark Caguioa and Purefoods Star swingman James Yap head the PBA’s newest members of its Greatest Players.

The PBA on Wednesday officially named 15 players added to the league’s elite club.

Also in the list are Talk ‘N Text’s Jimmy Alapag, Jayson Castro and Kelly Williams, Alaska’s Eric Menk, Ginebra’s Jayjay Helterbrand, San Miguel Beer’s Arwind Santos, Meralco’s Danny Ildefonso and NLEX’s ageless center Asi Taulava.

Former stars Kerby Raymundo, Marlou Aquino, Chito Loyzaga and Willie Miller, a two-time MVP who was surprisingly left without a team this season.

The 15 players made the cut after a two-hour deliberation by a special nomination committee, headed by PBA legends and former senators Robert Jaworski and Freddie Webb.

League chairman Patrick Gregorio of Talk ‘N Text, vice chairman Robert Non of San Miguel Beer, Rep. Elpidio Barzaga, the chair of the Games and Amusements committee, and veteran mediamen Joaquin Henson and Barry Pascua, who is also the president of the PBA Press Corps.

“Forty will never be enough. We’ve had so many great PBA players since 1975,” chairman Gregorio said in an interview posted on the league’s official website. “But to celebrate our 40thseason, we had to do the difficult task of naming the 40 greatest PBA players – the pillars of the league. Mga idolo ng bawat Pilipino (they are idols of every Filipino).”

“We will pay tribute to these distinguished men – the 40 players who have been instrumental in shaping the PBA into what it is today,” said league commissioner Chito Salud. “On that special day, we will also recognize the pioneering beat reporters who covered the league when it started in 1975.”

The PBA will hold an event recognizing the 40 Greatest Players in April next year.

A criteria was also followed in selecting the newest members of the Greatest Players. A player must have played at least five seasons, has won a major award and has had a big impact in the league and in the sport in general.

Sam Miguel
12-09-2014, 08:36 AM
E-Painters overpower Gin Kings


Musong R. Castillo


Philippine Daily Inquirer

12:01 AM | Monday, December 8th, 2014

Rain or Shine scooted away from Barangay Ginebra early and completed its rise from the depths of the standings early in the elimination round to become the first team to gain the Final Four of the PBA Philippine Cup.

The Elasto Painters never trailed, opening up leads of as big as 23 points before holding off the Gin Kings in a 100-90 victory last night to advance to the semifinals with their seventh straight win in the season-opening tournament at Smart Araneta Coliseum.

“The guys really wanted this win, we don’t want to go the long way,” said Rain or Shine coach Yeng Guiao, whose wards opened the conference with a loss-win-win-loss slate. “That (going through the quarterfinals) is a risky proposition.”

Beau Belga equaled a career-high 21 points, shooting nine in the first quarter to help jumpstart the Rain or Shine offense before shooting another nine in the final frame that kept the Kings at bay as the Painters moved closer to a return trip to the Finals.

Rain or Shine finished with a 9-2 record, which San Miguel Beer is expected to match with a win over winless Blackwater tomorrow.

Should the Beermen win, San Miguel will take No. 1 ranking owing to its victory over the Painters in the eliminations.

Three others scored in twin digits for Guiao, including super guard Paul Lee, who fired 11 of his 18 in the third period.

Ginebra couldn’t maximize its advantage in size over the Painters, who ran at every chance and kept their nerves when the Kings crept to within 88-80 in the fourth period.

“That’s our only chance at beating them,” said Guiao. “We need to run.”

LA Tenorio, Greg Slaughter and Japeth Aguilar shot 14 points each to pace the Kings, who wound up with a 6-5 card and could qualify as No. 6 for the quarterfinals at worst.

Team Nos. 3 to 6 will have twice-to-beat privileges over lower-ranked foes in the first phase of the quarterfinals, and Guiao’s remark of this particular phase being risky stems from the fact that those making the second phase will still play KO matches for semifinal berths.

Alaska and Talk ‘N Text will be Nos. 3 and 4 in the event of an expected San Miguel win.

Defending champion Purefoods will be in the bottom half of the standings regardless of the result of its clash with Barako Bull tomorrow as Globalport and Meralco, which both defeated the Star Hotshots, will dispute No. 5.

Meanwhile, NLEX snapped out of a four-game losing spell earlier with a hard-earned 88-80 victory over ousted KIA Motors, which played without head coach Manny Pacquiao.

Asi Taulava fired 19 points and grabbed 14 rebounds for the Road Warriors, who will be No. 8 in the quarterfinals.

The scores:

First Game

NLEX 88—Taulava 19, Canaleta 16, Ramos 11, Villanueva E. 10, Cardona 7, Villanueva J. 7, Borboran 6, Baloria 4, Camson 3, Arboleda H. 3, Lingganay 2, Raymundo 0, Apinan 0.

KIA 80—Cervantes 34, Buensuceso 18, Bagatsing 11, Custodio 5, Thiele 3, Burtscher 3, Poligrates 2, Revilla 2, Pascual 2, Ighalo 0, Dehesa 0, Webb 0, Alvarez 0, Bartolo 0.

Quarters: 21-25, 40-42, 62-57, 88-80

Second Game

RAIN OR SHINE 100—Belga 21, Lee 18, Chan 11, Quinahan 11, Ibanes 9, Uyloan 8, Norwood 8, Cruz Jervy 4, Tiu 3, Arana 3, Cruz Jericho 2, Almazan 2, Tang 0.

GINEBRA 90—Tenorio 14, Slaughter 14, Aguilar 14, Caguioa 10, Mamaril 9, Yeo 9, Reyes 7, Baracael 6, Forrester 5, Brondial 2, Monfort 0, Helterbrand 0.

Quarters: 36-22, 55-41, 84-71, 100-90

Sam Miguel
12-09-2014, 08:40 AM
Nelson Asaytono fumes over non-inclusion in PBA '40 Greatest Players' list: 'That's a lot of bull'

From: Snow Badua

December 3, 2014, 01:10 pm

"Lokohan ba 'yan?" says Nelson Asaytono after once again being omitted from a 'Greatest Players' list put out by the PBA.

NELSON Asaytono had a few choice words to say after learning that he had once again been omitted from a 'Greatest Players' list put out by the PBA, but one line stands out.

"That's a lot of bull," said 'The Bull.'

The 17-year PBA veteran was left fuming after a PBA selection committee led by legends Robert Jaworski and Freddie Webb and columnist Quinito Henson released the latest entries to the PBA '40 Greatest Players' list and he was again not on it.

"Sabihin mo kalokohan 'yan, sila ba marunong ba silang pumili, sabihin mo," said the longtime PBA star in a telephone interview with Spin.ph.

"Ako nag-re-react na ako ngayon kasi nakikita ko naman pare yung mga ibang player kukunin ng (selectors), di ba?" Asaytono, 47, initially sounded calm when he first heard about the snub, saying he has grown so used to being bypassed for top honors after losing the 1992 MVP award to Ato Agustin.

He was also bypassed when the pro league honored the '25 Greatest Players' of its first 25 years back in 2000. But 'The Bull' sounded more pissed when he called up Spin.ph on Wednesday, apparently after getting wind of the reaction of basketball fans who felt he should be part of the 'Greatest' list.

"Ang daming nare-react sa akin, (sinasabi), 'Niyari ka na naman nila… bakit hanggang ngayon,' di ba?" he said. "Ang sa akin lang, bakit ganun ang labanan… e tingnan nila sa stats… tingnan nila sa record namin, matagal din akong naglaro, 17 years din ako naglaro."

Outside of the players voted into the '25 Greatest' list in 2000 and the 10 league MVPs since then, the selection panel, which also included PBA chairman Pato Gregorio, vice-chairman Robert Non, PBA Press Corps president Barry Pascua, and Cavite Rep. Elpidio Barzaga, voted in Jayson Castro, Marc Pingris, Chito Loyzaga, Marlou Aquino, and Kerby Raymundo.

Aside from Asaytono, among those prominently left out of the elite list were Danny Seigle, Abe King, Arnie Tuadles, Olsen Racela, Bong Hawkins, Jeff Cariaso, and Dennis Espino. Part of the initial list of 14 nominees, Asaytono’s name did not even make it to the last eight candidates which the selection panel considered for the five remaining slots in the list.

The San Teodoro, Oriental Mindoro native said the selectors needed only to look at the record books to know what he had achieved in a career that distinguished him as one of the highest-scoring power forwards in the league.

“Pero tingnan mo sa history ng (all time) stats list, tingnan mo kung pang ilan ako,” he said. By statistics alone, Asaytono really stood out. The former University of Manila star is fifth in the PBA all-time scoring list with with 12,268 total points, behind only Ramon Fernandez, Abet Guidaben, Alvin Patrimonio and Atoy Co. Asaytono, in fact, is the only member of the Top 14 all time scorers not included in the '25 Greatest' list.

Asaytono is also No. 4 all time in free throws made with 2,999, 11th in the all-time rebounding list (4,469) and ninth overall in most games played at 820.

"Sabihin mo ganito, maraming nagre-react sa ginawa nila, kalokohan lang yan," said Asaytono. "Lokohan ba talaga? Yung mga ganyan dapat ino-automatic nila y'an, nakikita naman nila e, yung pagsisilbi sa PBA. Lalaki pa ba naman yung stats nila sa akin, kalokohan 'yun."

Asaytono, however, bared that he has become numb when it comes to awards snubs. He only raised his expectations the first time he was in contention for the MVP back in 1992, but has stopped hoping after losing out to Agustin.

“Hindi na ako nag e-expect ng mga award kahit nung naglalaro ako. About sa mga ganyan, hindi ako nag-e-expect, one time lang ako nag-expect ng MVP dati,” he said.

“Nag expect lang ako nung kalaban ko si Ato (Agustin), na talaga namang dapat ako 'yun. First na ano ko 'yun, unang una ko na candidate ng MVP 'yun. After nun, 'pag lumalaban ako ng MVP, wala na lang, balewala na lang.

“Naka-limang MVP nomination yata ako."

Sam Miguel
12-09-2014, 08:45 AM
Controversy over PBA '40 Greatest Players' selections: Let's look at the numbers

From: Spin.ph staff

December 8, 2014, 11:59 am

It wouldn't have hurt if the selection panel spent more time poring over the details and looking at the numbers to make better choices for the PBA '40 Greatest Player' list.

MORE than a week since a PBA selection committee came out with the '40 Greatest Players' list, the furor among fans over controversial entries in the honor roll has shown no signs of dying down.

And understandably so.

Netizens have flooded social media and comments pages with vitriol, not so much for the players who were there but more for those who weren't - former stars named Seigle and King and Asaytono and Racela who they felt deserved a place on any 'greatest' list put up by the pro league.

The anger only grew when the omitted players started speaking up, starting with an agitated Nelson Asaytono who minced no words in expressing what he felt about his snub. Their words were like gasoline thrown into the fire. [See above]

The seven-man panel that made the choices wasn't spared, so much so that some members of the committee themselves soon found themselves under scrutiny, not only for the decisions they made but for their qualifications to make the decision in the first place.

The job was actually made easier for them even before they started deliberating on their choices. With members of the '25 Greatest Players' roll and 10 former league MVPs seeded into the list, committee members needed only to fill five more spots on the '40 Greatest Players' list.

How could they get them wrong, netizens wondered.

The debate, really, isn't on whether Kerby Raymundo, Chito Loyzaga, Marlou Aquino, Jayson Castro, and Marc Pingris deserved to be on the list or not; the bone of contention is on whether the five players deserve to be there ahead of the other great players the committee passed up.

To give you a better idea, here is a detailed table comparing the careers, numbers-wise, of the five players picked with the other candidates bypassed by the selection panel. It shows not just the statistics but also the championships they won in their careers as well as finals appearances and individual awards and All-Star selections garnered.


The manner in which the committee deliberated on the choices has also come under fire. The panel members sat down once, laid down the criteria then voted on a list of eight final candidates right there - all in a span of a few hours. Before you know it, one member released the list the next day without so much fanfare.

No wonder netizens soon started questioning the partiality of the committee. The haphazard selection process inevitably gave the impression that the committee railroaded the decisions.

A a result, questions abound. Did the panel members go over the careers of each member on the shortlist of candidates one by one? Did they seek out a consensus from fans? Did they bother to even look at the numbers?

Unlikely. If they had bothered to look, they will also find revealing statistics like this: Granting the decisions on any 'greatest' list are subjective, it still would have helped if the committee pored over the numbers and took a deeper look at the final candidates' respective careers. It may not have changed their decisions, but at least it could have helped them make a more sound judgement.

Here's one example. Compare the careers of Asaytono and Raymundo and this is what you'll find: It is contentious enough that Asaytono was the only player in the Top 14 on the PBA's all-time scoring list not to make the '40 Greatest Players' list. To compare his numbers - not only the statistics but also championships and awards won - with those of another non-MVP who made it only widens the disparity.

Here's another example. There are those who feel that it's a bit too early in Talk 'N Text guard Jayson Castro's career to be considered for the honor. But granting Castro has done enough to merit inclusion this early, questions were raised on why he was rushed into the 'Greatest' list when there was a deserving Racela simply waiting in the wings. Look at their career numbers.

The same holds true when you compare the career numbers of Aquino, Pingris, and Loyzaga to bypassed players like King, Hawkins, Seigle and Cariaso.

As we've said, coming up with such 'greatest' lists inevitably leads to heated debates. No matter what decisions they made, this PBA committee was bound to face hell from one player and his fans who feel he should be there.

Also, we admit that the arguments put forward in this report did not take into consideration the 'intangibles' the players brought to the table, like Loyzaga and Pingris' defense and Castro's fine performance for Gilas Pilipinas in last year's Fiba Asia championships in Manila.

But allow us to state this: Protests in this case wouldn't have snowballed if the selection was done properly. Looking back at the selection process, it wouldn't have hurt if the PBA panel spent more time poring over the details and looking at the numbers to make better choices.

Numbers, after all, don't lie.

Sam Miguel
12-12-2014, 08:08 AM
PBA scraps SMB-Barako Bull trade; new deal sees Cabagnot’s Beermen return, Mercado joining GlobalPort

InterAksyon.com · Wednesday, December 10, 2014 · 1:33 pm

The PBA on Wednesday vetoed a straight up trade involving guards Denok Miranda and Sol Mercado.

Instead, Mercado, along with two future second round picks, was shipped by the San Miguel Beermen to the GlobalPort Batang Pier for Alex Cabagnot.

In effect, Miranda, who is having a career season, remained with Barako Bull.

The swap between Barako Bull’s Miranda and Mercado was already approved by the PBA Wednesday morning, but commissioner Chito Salud advised the teams to revise it, according to a statement posted on the league’s official website.

The trade will see Cabagnot’s reunion with the San Miguel Beer franchise where he played for four years before being traded to GlobalPort.

Mercado, who is struggling this season, will also be going back to his old squad GlobalPort, teaming up with explosive guards Stanley Pringle and Terrence Romeo.

Apart from Mercado, the Beermen will also hand their 2018 and 2019 second round picks to the Batang Pier.

Sam Miguel
12-12-2014, 08:12 AM
Meralco dethrones Purefoods, knocks out Grand Slam champs in quarters

InterAksyon.com · Thursday, December 11, 2014 · 9:11 pm

The Meralco Bolts put an end to Purefoods streak of four consecutive championships after dismantling the Grand Slam champions, 77-65, in their PBA Philippine Cup quarterfinal clash on Thursday at the Cuneta Astrodome in Pasay City.

Meralco entered the matchup with a twice-to-beat advantage but didn’t even need it after putting away Purefoods in just one game.

Jared Dillinger led the way with 14 points and Cliff Hodge added 12 to lead a balanced effort for the Bolts.

JR Sena scored 11 points, several of those at crucial points for the Bolts, and Mike Cortez added 11 points, including three three-pointers, as well.

Meralco led at the break, 35-30, with Hodge pacing the Bolts with 11, though he had to sit out much of the second half with foul trouble.

Purefoods’ superstar James Yap got himself going in the third, knocking down a three-pointer and finishing on an and one opportunity. He missed the free throw but grabbed the offensive board, with the second chance resulting in a basket from Joe Devance.

The Hotshots tied the game at 44-apiece after an 8-1 run.

But Meralco showed some spirit, with Sena connecting on back-to-back baskets to kick off a stretch with the Bolts scoring eight unanswered points. Cortez drilled in a triple and Dillinger came away with a split from the free throw line to make it 52-44.

The Bolts finished the third leading by eight, 56-48.

Meralco made some big plays in the fourth as they extended their advantage to 15 points after a 9-2 open.

Anjo Caram and Ryan Buenafe both made big shots while Reynel Hugnatan and Gary David knocked down some free throws as the Bolts’ lead ballooned to 65-50 with 8:54 remaining.

John Wilson gave them their biggest lead of 17 points, 71-54, after a big basket with 4:28 remaining.

The Hotshots tried to come back, going on an 11-4 burst that got them back to within 10 points with 1:38 remaining.

But the Bolts showed their desire on a key possession where they outhustled their counterparts for two big offensive rebounds that burned nearly an entire minute from the fast-dwindling game clock.

Sam Miguel
12-13-2014, 07:17 AM
Texters zap Energy; Kings dismiss B Pier

By Nelson Beltran (The Philippine Star) |

Updated December 13, 2014 - 12:00am

Game tomorrow (Smart Araneta Coliseum)

5 p.m. – Alaska vs Meralco

MANILA, Philippines - All “twice-to-beat” holders in the PBA Philippine Cup playoffs took only a game to bundle out their respective foes.

Talk n Text reasserted its supremacy over Barako Bull, 105-76, while Barangay Ginebra walloped Globalport, 95-78, in a game that really mattered as the Texters and the Kings advanced to the knockout stage of the PBA Philippine Cup quarterfinals at the Ynares Sports Center in Antipolo last night.

At the start of the post-elims play Thursday, Alaska Milk and Meralco trounced NLEX and Purefoods Star, respectively, to also march into the next stage.

The Texters and the Kings dispute the right to play the San Miguel Beermen in the semifinals while the Aces and the Bolts face off for the Final Four berth versus the Rain or Shine Elasto Painters.

Asserting themselves mightily in the last 35 minutes of the game, the Texters posted the second most lopsided victory in the tourney on the way to making it 11-1 in their head-on duels with the Energy dating back to 2012.

Ginebra dominated Globalport practically over the same stretch as the Kings avenged a 77-98 blowout by the Batang Pier in their elims setto.

Rookie Matt Rosser topscored with 19 points on 8-of-10 field shooting while Jayson Castro and another rookie Kevin Alas combined for six triples and a total of 28 points as TnT repeated its big win over Barako Bull in the elims and sent the Energy to the sidelines with Blackwater, Kia Motors, NLEX, Purefoods Star and Globalport.

“It’s nice we won, but it just brought us to the next level. There’s still another game that we have to think of,” said Talk n Text coach Jong Uichico.

“I felt Barako just had a hard time coping up with the zone (defense),” said Uichico after their 29-point victory, the second most lopsided in the tourney after Alaska’s 105-64 conquest of Meralco last Oct. 31.

The Texters did employ a tough zone defense and were as devastating on the offensive end as they made it five in a row dating back to the elimination round.

Talk n Text has overcome its slow season start, having won eight of its last nine games.

Another good news for the Texters is that they’re back with a complete lineup.

Uichico broke in Kelly Williams after a five-game layoff, and the former MVP winner chipped in two points and two rebounds in five minutes of action.

Jimmy Alapag also played a few minutes, contributing three assists and three rebounds.

Uichico actually utilized all his 14 players with Larry Fonacier (with11) and Rob Reyes (with 10) ending up the fourth and fifth guys finishing in double figures.

The Texters hardly gave the Energy a chance with an attack coming from all over the floor.

Talk n Text pummeled Barako, 54-32, on inside points; 30-9 on three-point shooting and 12-3 on fastbreak.

The Energy were limited to 3-of-24 clip from beyond the arc, obviously missing the shooting prowess of Mick Pennisi whom they gave up for Isaac Holstein and Ronnie Matias before the playoffs.

Curiously, JC Intal, who just married longtime girlfriend Bianca Gonzalez, paced the losing team with 16 markers.

Talk n Text stoked the fire of its blazing run at the close of the elims, overwhelming Barako Bull with an unrelenting attack and zone defense to pull off a 105-76 rout and book a berth in the knockout stage of the PBA Philippine Cup quarterfinals at the Ynares Sports Center in Antipolo last night.

The Tropang Texters asserted themselves mightily in the last 35 minutes of the match, posting the second most lopsided victory in the tourney as they advanced to the second phase of the quarters versus the winner of the Barangay Ginebra-Globalport matchup.

Talk n Text, a former Philippine Cup three-peat champ, became the third team to move into the KO play after Alaska Milk and Meralco.

“It’s nice we won, but it just brought us to the next level. There’s still another game that we have to think of,” said Talk n Text coach Jong Uichico.

Rookie Matt Rosser topscored with 19 points on 8-of-10 field shooting while Jayson Castro and another rookie Kevin Alas combined for six triples and a total of 28 points as TnT repeated its big win over Barako Bull in the elims and sent the Energy to the sidelines with early casualties Blackwater, Kia Motors, NLEX and Purefoods Star.

“I felt Barako just had a hard time coping up with the zone (defense),” said Uichico after their 29-point victory, the second most lopsided in the tourney after Alaska’s 105-64 conquest of Meralco last Oct. 31.

The Texters did employ a tough zone defense and were as devastating on the offensive end as they made it five in a row dating back to the elimination round. Talk n Text has won eight of its last nine games.

But with a complete lineup, the Texters have become more intimidating.

Uichico broke in Kelly Williams after a five-game layoff, and the former MVP winner chipped in two points and two rebounds in five minutes of action.

Jimmy Alapag also played a few minutes, contributing three assists and three rebounds.

Uichico actually utilized all his 14 players with Larry Fonacier (with 11) and Rob Reyes (with 10) ending up the fourth and fifth TnT guys in double figures.

The Texters hardly gave the Energy a chance with an attack coming from all over the floor.

Talk n Text pummeled Barako, 54-32, on inside points; 30-9 on three-point shooting and 12-3 on fastbreak.

The Energy were limited to 3-of-24 clip from beyond the arc, obviously missing the shooting prowess of Mick Pennisi whom they gave up for Isaac Holstein and Ronnie Matias before the playoffs.

Curiously, JC Intal, who just married longtime girlfriend Bianca Gonzalez, paced the losing team with 16 markers.

The scores:

First Game

TALK N’ TEXT 105 – Rosser 19, Alas 14, Castro 14, Fonacier 11, Reyes R.J. 10, Washington 9, De Ocampo 7, Seigle 5, Aban 5, Carey 4, Reyes R. 3, Williams 2, Espiritu 2, Alapag 0.

BARAKO 76 – Intal 16, Wilson 15, Miranda 9, Paredes 8, Marcelo 7, Lanete 7, Garcia 4, Salvador 4, Lastimosa 4, Matias 2, Holstein 0, Pena 0, Hubalde 0, Pascual 0.

Quarterscores: 23-19, 47-32, 76-52, 105-76

Second Game

GINEBRA 95 – Aguilar 19, Caguioa 15, Baracael 12, Slaughter 11, Mamaril 9, Tenorio 9, Yeo 9, Reyes 6, Monfort 3, Ellis 2, Forrester 0, Helterbrand 0, Brondial 0.

GLOBALPORT 78 – Pringle 26, Romeo 21, Mercado 9, Buenafe 8, Isip 6, Nabong 5, Baclao 3, Semerad 0, Caperal 0, Taha 0, Jensen 0, De Ocampo 0.

Quarterscores: 15-23, 49-35, 74-58, 95-78

Sam Miguel
12-15-2014, 09:02 AM
Alaska trips Meralco, clinches Final 4 spot

Musong R. Castillo


Philippine Daily Inquirer

1:22 AM | Monday, December 15th, 2014

Efficient offensively and unforgiving on the other end, Alaska humbled Meralco, 87-69, again last night to barge into the Final Four of the PBA Philippine Cup at Smart Araneta Coliseum.

The Aces opened up a 15-point lead after the first period and held the Bolts—a team they whipped by 41 points in the eliminations— to a paltry 25 at the half to take a 22-point advantage into the third period.

Up next for the gung-ho Aces is Rain or Shine, the squad which knocked them out of outright Final Four qualification. Their best-of-seven series for a place in the title playoffs could start as early as Thursday at Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay.

Vic Manuel scored eight of his 17 points and Dondon Hontiveros shot six of his 13 in the first period to send the Aces to a rip-roaring start the Bolts were never able to recover from.

John Wilson paced Meralco with 16 points but the other big contributors like Gary David, Jared Dillinger and Cliff Hodge were held to harmless numbers, tallying just a combined 15 points.

“I think the story of the game was our (hot) start,” Alaska coach Alex Compton said. “If in one half, your opponent scores just 25 points and you have a 22-point lead, you have a great chance.

“These guys defended so hard,” added Compton, who was seated beside Calvin Abueva during the customary press-room interview with the game’s winning coach. “That’s how we won the game.”

Abueva, who scored just five points but had nine rebounds, said the Aces’s duel with the Elasto Painters “will be a great series.”

“We were hurt when they took No. 2 slot (in the eliminations),” the former Rookie of the Year added. “We will give it our all to make the championship.”

Talk ‘N Text and crowd-favorite Barangay Ginebra will dispute the last semifinal slot tomorrow, with the winner advancing to face tournament No. 1 San Miguel Beer in the Final Four.

The scores:

ALASKA 87—Manuel 17, Baguio 15, Hontiveros 13, Casio 11, Banchero 8, Abueva 5, Jazul 5, Exciminiano 4, Dela Cruz 4, Menk 3, Dela Rosa 2, Eman 0, Thoss 0.

MERALCO 69—Wilson 16, Anthony 11, Cortez 11, David 8, Caram 7, Hodge 5, Macapagal 4, Buenafe 3, Dillinger 2, Hugnatan 2, Ildefonso 0, Ferriols 0, Sena 0, Guevarra 0.

Quarters: 27-12, 47-25, 64-50, 87-69

Sam Miguel
12-17-2014, 09:23 AM
Talk ‘N Text completes semis cast, eliminates Ginebra

By Randolph B. Leongson

December 16, 2014

MANILA – Talk ‘N Text completed the semifinals cast in the 2014-2015 PBA Philippine Cup with an 83-67 beating of Ginebra on Tuesday, ousting the crowd favorites in the quarterfinals at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum.

Jayson Castro ignited the run with his 23 points, eight in the third, to go with four assists, as the Tropang Texters broke away from the Gin Kings and went on cruise control for the rest of the game.

Ranidel de Ocampo added 17 points and five rebounds, while rookie Matt Ganuelas-Rosser chimed in 13.

“Regardless kung Ginebra o hindi, we needed to win this game to get to the semifinals. It’s just a game that we had to win,” said Talk ‘N Text coach Jong Uichico, as he eliminated his former squad with his team’s sixth straight victory.

He will have a chance to do it again versus San Miguel Beer, a team he led to six championships, in the semifinals which will start on Friday.

“It’s really tough to play Ginebra. We took some gambles,” he added, as he opted to play his starters for longer minutes. “I thought we defended pretty well. We had good offense in the first half, but I think we got better offense in the second half.”

After a close first half, Castro, Ranidel de Ocampo, and Rob Reyes joined forces for the Talk ‘N Text breakaway. It continued in the fourth, as Ginebra was limited to just a single point in the final five minutes of the game.

Uichico said that their early loss to Ginebra was because of their adjustment to his system, saying, “Nangangapa pa sila sa akin. We didn’t know how to play in that first game and our goal then was hopefully, as the season went on, we got better playing together.”

LA Tenorio led the Gin Kings with 15 points, eight rebounds, and five assists, while Joseph Yeo added 10 markers.

The Scores:

Talk ‘N Text 83 – Castro 23, De Ocampo 17, Rosser 13, Alas 8, Carey 7, Ro Reyes 6, Aban 4, Fonacier 3, Washington 2, Alapag 0, Ry. Reyes 0, Seigle 0.

Ginebra 67 – Tenorio 15, Yeo 10, Aguilar 9, Slaughter 8, Caguioa 8, Mamaril 6, Monfort 3, Reyes 3, Baracael 3, Ellis 2, Urbiztondo 0, Helterbrand 0, Brondial 0.

Quarters: 25-22, 40-40, 65-58, 83-67. – Rivals 2014

Sam Miguel
12-17-2014, 09:26 AM
After another ouster, Ginebra’s ‘never say die’ philosophy must be questioned

By Angelo Falcon

December 16, 2014

MANILA — If you took away the box score on your television screens, it was easy to think that it was Ginebra who was well ahead in the dying moments of their quarterfinals game against Talk ‘N Text.

Not because they were dominating on both ends of the court, but because they didn’t show the sense of urgency that a team on the verge of elimination would expectedly show in front of thousands of their supporters.

That was basically the story of the game, the story of the night, the story of the season for Ginebra.

For all the talks about their “never say die” attitude, there’s just one thing that the Gin Kings proved in that game — it’s the fact that it’s hard to revive something that has long been dead.

And no, this loss doesn’t fall on the shoulders of LA Tenorio, who alongside Joseph Yeo, was the only bright spot for the crowd darlings in this game.

This loss falls on the state of the team as a whole, and how far off they’ve fell from the philosophy that Sonny Jaworski and his crew built from the late 80s up until his retirement before the turn of the millennium.

The very same philosophy and image that has endeared Ginebra to the fans back then now only remains as a happy memory to the people who were lucky enough to witness it live.

And now the younger generation of PBA fans must be wondering: “Is this what the fuss is all about? Never say die? The league’s most popular team? You have got to be kidding me. “

That is why it’s just so easy for the so-called “haters” of Ginebra to make fun of the team and its supporters. That kind of performance should remind everyone why the term “Kangkong” was coined in the first place.

Because the Ginebra now is so far off from what the team was during the time of Jaworski, when its popularity was steadily rising.

Because those critics and “haters” never really understood why Ginebra has been popular and why the older generation will literally get into a fight for the team.

Because the team now isn’t really the type of squad that would shut those critics up, and give their ever devoted fans a performance that they truly deserve.

This loss only solidified one thing that Ginebra fans have long denied.

Maybe, just maybe, they’re fighting and cheering for just a memory that will never be revived. — Rivals 2014

Sam Miguel
12-17-2014, 09:28 AM
Ginebra big man Greg Slaughter: We don’t know what our identity is

By Randolph B. Leongson

December 16, 2014

MANILA — On the heels of another disappointing conference, Greg Slaughter thinks that Ginebra is still finding its way to what they first envisioned themselves when coach Jeffrey Cariaso took the helm.

“I don’t know,” the 7-foot center curtly replied when asked what he thinks the team’s problems are.

Ginebra’s seven-year title drought continued as they were booted out of the quarterfinals by Talk ‘N Text, 83-67, on Tuesday.

Still finding the right words to say, the Cebuano giant just gave a glimpse of how gloomy the team’s dugout was after the loss, as he said, “Everyone was down. We’re all disappointed.”

But Slaughter did give a piece of his mind on what he thought was hampering Ginebra’s progress as a team.

“I think we don’t know what our identity is as a team. I don’t think we established our roles on the squad,” he said. “And when the pressure comes, we rely on our talent rather than stick with the team.” — Rivals 2014

Sam Miguel
12-17-2014, 09:35 AM
Jeffrey Cariaso explains what went wrong for Ginebra

By Randolph B. Leongson

December 17, 2014

MANILA — Ginebra is still trying to understand the philosophy of the triangle and coach Jeffrey Cariaso.

That’s how the bench tactician viewed their season after exiting the Philippine Cup in their knockout clash with Talk ‘N Text on Tuesday.

Emerging from the dugout after a long wait, Cariaso said that the coaching staff assessed the conference that was for them in hopes of finding the right solutions for their problems.

“I was really talking to my coaches on everything that accounts to where we are now,” he said. “We have to assess ourselves. You’re short in reaching your goal so we’re reassessing ourselves and hopefully, we get something better next conference.”

He also added that the team has not really gotten the identity he wanted it to be because the team has still yet to fully understand the system.

Cariaso said, “I think they’re not understanding it the way I understand it. We always say time is a factor, also experience. With two conferences in, that’s not enough time. Even my last year in the PBA, I was still making mistakes and still forgetting things, it’s never gonna be perfect. But at this point, not to give excuses, what we envision and what I want them to play is not there yet, so I have to look on what were doing and hopefully, I need them to get there a bit faster.”

The coach though noted a few positive takeaways this conference, saying, “This team is touching on something special. We’re just not getting there yet. How do we deal with it? Move on and learn from it. What else can you do. As disappointing as it is, as heartbreaking as it is, you just have to continue working harder, make them understand the philosophy you’re trying to impose, and hopefully, the results will be different.”

Cariaso rued on some points which he thought should be improved come the Commissioner’s Cup.

“Obviously, our shot selection. Our quality of shots tonight was not very good, we just have to look back on the shots that we are getting,” he said, as Ginebra shot a woeful 29-percent from the field. “And our overall understanding of the triangle needs to get better. Once we understand it, we’ll be more comfortable and better at it.”

“At best, we are a 6,” Cariaso said. “We improved from the last conference, but it’s hard when you’re not fully understanding (the system), it’s hard to trust it, especially when it’s a knockout game. We veer away off from it, and that’s just forcing the nature.”

“I just got to impose our will a bit more, remind them that when we run the triangle, good things happen. It’s pretty much going back to the drawing board now.” — Rivals 2014

Sam Miguel
12-19-2014, 08:38 AM
Fourth-quarter run propels Alaska past Rain or Shine in Game 1

By Rivals PH

on December 18, 2014

MANILA — Alaska went on a searing fourth-quarter run to upend Rain or Shine, 87-80, in Game 1 of their 2014-15 PBA Philippine Cup semifinals Thursday at the Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City.

Trailing 73-77 after Jeff Chan sank two free-throws for the Elasto Painters, the Aces uncorked a backbreaking 12-0 run capped by Calvin Abueva freebies to take the driver’s seat at 85-77 and never look back.

Alaska’s stingy defense kept Rain or Shine scoreless for almost four minutes, with reserve guard Jonathan Uyloan ending the spell with a corner triple that made it 85-80 with 1:35 remaining.

JVee Casio replied with a drive to the basket before Gabe Norwood missed two free-throws that sealed the comeback for the Aces, who rose from 17 points down in the first half.

Sonny Thoss had 16 points and nine rebounds for Alaska, who will gun for a 2-0 lead in their best-of-seven series in Game 2 on Saturday at the Mall of Asia Arena. — Rivals 2014

Sam Miguel
12-19-2014, 08:40 AM
Game 1 win a confidence booster for Alaska, Alex Compton

By Randolph B. Leongson

on December 18, 2014

MANILA — Exorcising the demons of the past, Alaska drew first blood in their best-of-7 semifinals series by scoring an 87-80 victory against Rain or Shine on Thursday.

Coach Alex Compton praised his boys for holding on despite falling behind early by as big as 17, 34-17 in the second quarter.

“I thought early on that Rain or Shine exerted their will on us. We got a little frustrated, they made some shots, and our transition defense has been poor now in our two games against Rain or Shine. They had too many layups,” said Compton.

“That was really some big defensive breakdown on our part in the first half, but I was really proud of our guys that they weathered the storm and at halftime, they chipped away. We finally made some shots and put the frustration aside and just started playing.”

“After that the next story of the game is the big run we had, we forced some turnovers and finally got some stops,” the American coach added.

He also praised the small lineup of Ping Exciminiano, JVee Casio, Cyrus Baguio, Vic Manuel, and Calvin Abueva, which allowed the Aces to pull away late.

“They made some great plays, they showed great energy defensively and got to the basket,” Compton said.

The win snapped Rain or Shine’s seven game winning streak, and Compton believes that this victory is a big confidence boost for his wards.

“We lost to them in the semis last year in a tough conference. We lost to them in a tough game this conference. They have that last-second 52-point shot victory in the eliminations last conference. Rain or Shine has beat up on us a little bit, so getting that confidence win, and the guys came back, it’s good for us,” he said.

“These guys don’t stop. They play hard and that’s what makes them fun to coach. Our guys kept on fighting, kept on bringing the energy come back.”

But despite getting the 1-0 series lead, Compton braces for a tough Rain or Shine fightback come Game 2 on Saturday.

“This first win gives us the knowledge that we can beat them. And it also means that we had some lessons to learn,” he said. “I know they’ll be back ready to play on Saturday.”

Game 2 is on Saturday at the Mall of Asia Arena at 5 p.m. — Rivals 2014

12-20-2014, 04:32 PM
Beermen draw first blood, blast Texters

Musong R. Castillo


Philippine Daily Inquirer

3:29 AM | Saturday, December 20th, 2014

SAN MIGUEL Beer came out of a nine-day break with no traces of rust, making Talk ‘N Text look bad in a 109-86 victory for a 1-0 lead in their PBA Philippine Cup Final Four at Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay last night.

The Beermen closed out the second period with a 19-2 run, turning what had been a tied game at 34 into a comfortable buffer.

San Miguel went on to open up leads of as huge as 30 points several times, the first at the 4:07 mark of the third courtesy of new recruit Alex Cabagnot’s three-pointer for 74-44.

Former MVP Arwind Santos scored 10 of his 21 points in the breakaway second period and June Mr Fajardo did his damage on the Talk ‘N Text defense with 13 of his 23 in the third.

“I was really nervous before the game, also excited, because this is my first game in the semis,” San Miguel coach Leo Austria, who took over at the start of the season, said.

“This is just one game, even if we beat them by 30 or whatever, this is just one game. I’m sure they will bounce back,” he said.

Fajardo also plucked down 10 rebounds and Santos had eight as San Miguel dominated almost every department of the lopsided contest where the Texters’ performance was a huge dip compared to the way they played against Ginebra in the quarterfinals.

Cabagnot finished with 13 points and Marcio Lassiter 10 even as Ranidel De Ocampo paced the Texters with 20 points.

Talk ‘N Text started out hot with De Ocampo shooting 11 in the first period for a 27-20 lead.

Game 2 of this best-of-seven series is set tomorrow also at MOA Arena.

The winner will advance to face the survivor of the Alaska-Rain or Shine setto, which the Aces lead, 1-0, after an 87-80 victory on Thursday.

Alaska will be gunning to make it two straight at 5 p.m. today and deal the Elasto Painters back-to-back losses for the first time in the tournament.

Rain or Shine saw its seven-game winning streak come to a halt in their series-opener.

The scores:

SAN MIGUEL BEER 109—Fajardo 23, Santos 21, Cabagnot 13, Lassiter 10, Lutz 7, Tubid 7, Pascual 6, Kramer 5, Semerad 5, Fortuna 4, Omolon 4, Maierhofer 2, Chua 2, Ross 0.

TALK ‘N TEXT 86—De Ocampo 20, Seigle 16, Washington 9, Alapag 7, Rosser 7, Castro 6, Alas 5, Espiritu 5, Williams 4, Carey 3, Fonacier 3, Reyes R.J. 1, Reyes R. 0, Aban 0.

Quarters: 20-27, 53-36, 81-56, 109-86

Sam Miguel
12-22-2014, 08:37 AM
Painters even series with Aces

Musong R. Castillo


Philippine Daily Inquirer

1:15 AM | Sunday, December 21st, 2014

The only difference was the ending as the Elasto Painters held on to deadlock their best-of-seven series at 1-all after a 102-95 victory over the hard-fighting Aces at Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay.

Rain or Shine opened up a huge first half lead as in Game 1 last Thursday, but was up to the task of staying on top this time as Paul Lee, Jonathan Uyloan and a host of others delivered at the crunch.

From a 19-point lead at the half and 57-36 ahead early in the third, the Painters had to weather a furious Alaska fightback that had the Aces coming to within five points at 85-80 in the fourth.

“We were erratic (in Game 1 when Alaska made a run),” assistant coach Caloy Garcia, who called the shots with Yeng Guiao arriving late because of the holiday traffic, said. “Today, we were able to settle down.”

Guiao made it to the venue at halftime and after seeing his squad holding a 55-36 lead, asked Garcia to continue.

“There were still instances when we turned the ball over (during the height of the Alaska rally) and we will have to take a look at that and address them in practice,” Garcia said.

Lee, the former Rookie of the Year who had just seven points in Game 1, tossed in eight of his 13 points in the fourth, including two triples, and Uyloan finished with a career-high-tying 18.

Game 3 of this series is slated tomorrow at 7 p.m.

Alaska also did not help its cause that much, committing a season-high 25 blunders with former MVP Eric Menk accounting for seven of them and Chris Banchero, Cyrus Baguio and Calvin Abueva responsible for four each.

Jervy Cruz paced the Painters with 19 points with Norwood and Raymond Almazan chipping in 15 and 10, respectively for the Painters, the losing finalists here to San Mig Coffee last season.

Menk led the Aces with 18 with Vic Manuel shooting 17. Baguio had 14 and Abueva 12 but was effectively boxed out all night on the way to just seven rebounds.

Meanwhile, San Miguel Beer shoots for a 2-0 lead over Talk ‘N Text today, having all the momentum going into their 5 p.m. game also at the Arena.

The Beermen will be coming off a 109-86 destruction of the Tropang Texters in their series opener on Friday after peeling away in the second quarter with a series of spurts that left Talk ‘N Text dumbfounded.

June Mar Fajardo and Arwind Santos were the main men for San Miguel in that game, and Talk ‘N Text coach Jong Uichico must find an antidote for the duo if the Texters are to even think of making this game close.

The scores:

RAIN OR SHINE 102—Cruz 19, Uyloan 18, Norwood 15, Lee 13, Almazan 10, Chan 7, Araña 7, Quiñahan 6, Ibañes 5, Belga 2, Tang 0.

ALASKA 95—Menk 18, Manuel 17, Baguio 14, Abueva 12, Banchero 8, Casio 8, Hontiveros 7, Thoss 3, Exciminiano 3, Jazul 3, Dela Cruz 2, Eman 0, Dela Roza 0.

Quarters: 19-16, 55-36, 83-74, 102-95

Sam Miguel
12-22-2014, 08:38 AM
SMB grabs 2-0 lead on Fajardo heroics

Musong R. Castillo


Philippine Daily Inquirer

12:10 AM | Monday, December 22nd, 2014

Shut down practically three-fourths of the way, June Mar Fajardo found ways to shine in the stretch and bail out San Miguel Beer.

The 6-foot-10 Cebuano center hit eight straight free throws late in the fourth quarter and keyed an 87-81 victory over Talk ‘N Text last night that gave SMB a 2-0 lead in their best-of-seven Final Four series in the PBA Philippine Cup at Mall of Asia Arena.

Fajardo, the reigning MVP who tossed in 23 points and had 10 rebounds in Game 1, actually shot 10 straight charities in close to a five-minute stretch as the Beermen held the Tropang Texters at bay.

His endgame heroics again came after he was held to just five points in the first three periods.

“It was a nice game and we were fortunate to snatch this one,” San Miguel coach Leo Austria said. “We knew right from the start of the game that they (Tropang Texters) would be bouncing back after losing Game 1.”

Alex Cabagnot and Arwind Santos carried the fight for San Miguel early on, with Cabagnot hitting his first three triple tries and the Beermen connecting on seven of their first 11 to establish control.

Cabagnot, the perennial all-star who was acquired at the start of the playoffs through a trade with Globalport, finished with 21 points with Chris Lutz adding 14 and Santos 10 in the rugged contest.

“Nothing is sure as of now,” Austria said when asked if a 2-0 lead in a series deemed to be close was insurmountable. “Kapag sugatan ang aso, babalik at babalik ‘yan (A wounded dog will always fight back).”

Meanwhile, Rain or Shine and Alaska break a 1-1 tie in their half of the Final Four today with the Elasto Painters seeking a second straight win in the best-of-seven series.

Game time is 7 p.m. with the Painters enjoying a slight psychological edge owing to a 102-95 Game 2 victory after they led by as large as 21 points and finishing well.

Alaska took the series opener, 87-80, after trailing 17-34 in the second period and rallying mightily in the second half.

Fajardo actually hit all his 11 free throw attempts and also finished with 12 rebounds.

Jason Castro paced the Texters with 26 points with Jay Washington adding 11.

A Fajardo layup made it 78-72 going into the final 5:15 but a Washington triple put Talk ‘N Text back in the fight at 78-75.

That was when Fajardo made those eight consecutive charities, the last two coming with 37.3 remaining that made it 86-81.

The scores:

SAN MIGUEL BEER 87—Cabagnot 21, Fajardo 15, Lutz 14, Santos 10, Lassiter 8, Tubid 7, Fortuna 5, Pascual 3, Maierhofer 2, Ross 2, Kramer 0, Omolon 0, Chua 0, Semerad 0.

TALK N’ TEXT 81—Castro 26, Washington 17, Rosser 11, De Ocampo 10, Carey 6, Fonacier 4, Aban 3, Williams 2, Seigle 2, Alapag 0, Alas 0, Reyes R.J. 0, Reyes R. 0, Espiritu 0.

Quarters: 25-19, 41-40, 63-61, 87-81

Sam Miguel
12-23-2014, 08:03 AM
Jong Uichico disappointed in officiating in loss to former team: ‘It’s a given playing against San Miguel’

Rey Joble, InterAksyon.com · Sunday, December 21, 2014 · 9:11 pm

In his 15-year coaching career, veteran coach Jong Uichico has experienced almost everything – including being on either side of the officiating.

On Sunday’s Game Two of the Philippine Cup semifinals, the current Talk ‘N Text coach felt that some of the calls went against his team in the loss, one that dug them into a 2-0 deficit in the PBA Philippine Cup semifinals.

“Every game is a must-win in a best-of-seven semifinals series. Game One is a must-win, Game Two is a must-win. Game Three is a must-win. Let’s just hope that the refs do a better job,” Uichico told a small group of sportswriters after emerging from the locker room.

He expressed his disappointment at the officiating but said it was not surprising given their opposition in the series. Uichico, who once called the shots for the San Miguel franchise, said that he knew what to expect going into the series.

“Yeah, but it’s a given when you’re playing against the San Miguel group. I’ve been there.”

After getting demolished by over 20 points in Game One, Talk ‘N Text came out with an improved effort in the second game, especially defending San Miguel’s reigning MVP June Mar Fajardo.

They held him to just 2-for-11 shooting in the entire game, limiting the center to just five points over the first three periods.

But Fajardo earned several trips to the free throw line in the fourth quarter, shooting a perfect 8-for-8 from the line in the last six minutes of the contest, to finish with 15 points in the game.

Some of the calls in the fourth drew the ire of the Talk ‘N Text bench, especially a foul whistled on Larry Fonacier late that resulted in free throws for Fajardo.

“We played a lot better than we did the last game,” Uichico said. “We defended pretty well, but they’re a good defensive team also. We just didn’t score enough points.”

“But bottom line, we played a lot better this time.”

Sam Miguel
12-23-2014, 08:03 AM
‘UNFOUNDED, UNNECESSARY, UNFAIR’ | SMB-TNT series turns bitter as word war erupts over Uichico’s comments

Rey Joble, InterAksyon.com · Monday, December 22, 2014 · 6:30 pm

The PBA Philippine Cup playoff series between rival teams San Miguel and Talk ‘N Text took a bitter turn on Sunday after Talk ‘N Text coach Jong Uichico issued some comments about the officiating following an 87-81 loss in Game Two.

The San Miguel Beermen, the flagship team of the San Miguel Corporation, and the Talk ‘N Text Tropang Texters, the flagship of the group headed by Manuel V. Pangilinan, are currently embroiled in a best-of-seven semifinal series, which the Beermen lead 2-0.

Uichico said that he hoped the referees would do “a better job” in the next game and added that officiating concerns were “a given” when playing against teams from the San Miguel group. “I’ve been there,” added Uichico, who coached both the San Miguel and Ginebra franchises before moving to the MVP group.

(InterAksyon.com is the news website of TV5, which is also chaired by Pangilinan.)

But Robert Non, San Miguel’s representative to the PBA Board of Governors, hit back at Uichico on Monday, saying the coach “stooped low” with his comments and accused Talk ‘N Text of playing dirty in the series.

“It is a pity that Talk ‘N Text has resorted to unfounded, unnecessary and unfair complaints about the officiating, which I would say sort of maligning and has put into question the integrity of the PBA as an institution. While San Miguel has been the subject of comments made by the Talk ‘N Text, I am surprised that coach Jong Uichico would stoop so low with his insinuation about how the referees allegedly favored San Miguel Beermen,” Non wrote in a statement to media.

“Normally, I would not respond to such accusations, but coming from Coach Jong Uichico, who was many-time champion coach from his previous teams and a national coach at that, I find his comments unbecoming of a coach of his stature.”

Non added that Talk ‘N Text’s losses were caused not by the officiating but by the shortcomings of Uichico himself.

“To set the facts straight, any basketball fan knows that San Miguel won both Games One and Two fair and square. And who else to be blamed on TNT side, obviously it’s not the referees but their Coach (Jong) who seems at a loss on how his team was beaten twice,” he said.

“But finding solace in blaming the referees is a lame excuse. He should know better that a game is won not by intimidating the officials but preparing your team well. Obviously he wasn’t able to do his part in that respect.”

He also accused the Tropang Texters of playing dirty, citing examples on how they defended June Mar Fajardo and Arwind Santos.

“Playing physical is allowed in the PBA, but not dirty. If you were able to watch the game last night, you can see how they obviously ganged up on Junmar and employed dirty tactics. More fouls should have been called on TNT in Game Two. They tried pulling the jersey of Junmar, poking a finger on Lassiter, tripping Tubid in the sideline and other hard fouls by their players. In Game One, Ranidel De Ocampo almost cost Arwind Santos his playing career with his unsportsmanlike foul as Santos was about to go down after a dunk,” Non added.

He added that the other SMC teams, Ginebra and Purefoods, were both eliminated by MVP group teams Talk ‘N Text and Meralco, respectively, but accusations of referees favoring their foes were never brought up.

Non also called on PBA commissioner Chito Salud to take action on the “unfounded accusations” by Uichico.

“I am calling on Commissioner Salud to look into these unfounded accusations of Coach Uichico in the spirit of sportsmanship that is one of the cornerstones of any sport. In San Miguel, we take pride in doing our business in a manner that is just, fair and transparent, more so in sports,” he said.

Sam Miguel
12-23-2014, 08:04 AM
Talk ‘N Text’s Ricky Vargas on San Miguel’s Robert Non: ‘What is there to hide? Why is he overreacting?’

Rey Joble, InterAksyon.com · Monday, December 22, 2014 · 6:57 pm

Talk ‘N Text executive Ricky Vargas hit back at San Miguel counterpart Robert Non on Monday after Non responded to comments made by Tropang Texters coach Jong Uichico after a Game Two loss.

Uichico expressed his disappointment at how officiating was handled in last Sunday’s game, which Talk ‘N Text lost, 87-81, to fall into a 2-0 hole in their PBA Philippine Cup semifinals series.

“Maybe Robert should look at himself first. He said it’s unbecoming for Jong to issue such statements. What is there to hide? Why is he overreacting?” Vargas told InterAksyon.com on Monday.

According to Vargas, it was Non’s actions, particularly during games, that can be characterized as “unbecoming.”

“He was there on the bench pointing to referees, pointing to the players and shouting at the technical officials,” Vargas said.

The Talk ‘N Text representative said that PBA governors or board representatives should choose to not sit on the bench, especially if they are not able to keep themselves from confronting officials.

Vargas said that those actions may have an “effect on the way officiating is being handled.”

Uichico said on Sunday that he was disappointed in the officiating but that “it’s a given when you’re playing against the San Miguel group.”

Non issued a statement on Monday responding to Uichico’s comments.

“Normally, I would not respond to such accusations, but coming from Coach Jong Uichico, who was many-time champion coach from his previous teams and a national coach at that, I find his comments unbecoming of a coach of his stature,” said Non in an excerpt from his statement sent to mediamen.

Sam Miguel
12-23-2014, 08:09 AM
Aces wrest 2-1 edge over E-Painters

By Nelson Beltran (The Philippine Star) |

Updated December 23, 2014 - 12:00am

Game today (MOA Arena)

7 p.m. – San Miguel vs Talk n Text

MANILA, Philippines - Alaska Milk took control right in the opening period then endured a bruising battle through the next three quarters to subdue Rain or Shine, 94-78, for a 2-1 lead in their PBA Philippine Cup best-of-seven semifinal series at the Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City last night.

Beaten at the start of both Games One and Two, the Aces turned things around this time then held their ground in a rugged showdown that saw tempers flare, elbows fly and bodies sprawl on the floor.

While the Elasto Painters lost coach Yeng Guiao and Beau Belga on technical fouls, the Aces kept their cool throughout the highly physical contest and finished composed to clinch the crucial victory.

Calvin Abueva, Eric Menk, Cyrus Baguio and Jvee Casio composed a Big Four that made the big difference for the Aces.

Abueva delivered a career-high 28 points that went with 14 rebounds, Menk came through with his own double-double game with 13 markers and 11 boards while Baguio and Casio combined for 22 points, six rebounds and five assists.

But for coach Alex Compton, it’s all about defense.

“I thought our defense was really good – sort of the key for us in this conference. Look, we gave up only 27 points in the first half,” said Compton.

From a 10-all count, the Aces unleashed a 14-2 run to take the opening quarter at 24-12 then sustained the charge to go to the halftime huddle with a comfortable 42-27 spread.

There was no stopping Alaska at resumption with the Aces keeping an efficient pressing defense and outgunning the Elasto Painters in the next two quarters.

The Aces didn’t back down from the physical game either.

No easy fouls were given as the two teams engaged in a rugged match from the start.

Three technical fouls were called right in the first half. A few minutes into the third quarter, Guiao and Belga headed to the dugout with their second “Ts.”

Still, the Elasto Painters refused to give up, but neither the Aces who took the third at 65-57 then led by as many as 18 points at 92-74 before completing the win.

With their untiring pressing “D”, the Aces held the E-Painters to a mere 32.9-percent clip.

Alaska’s aggressiveness was also very evident as the Aces battered the E-Painters, 16-2, on offensive rebounds and, 17-2, on second-chance points.

For Rain or Shine, the lone bright spot was sophomore center Raymond Almazan who scored a team-high 20 points.

Alaska could have scored a bigger rout if not for 15 free throw misses.

NOTES: The PBA is giving its fans a special treat on Christmas Day by opening the General Admission section of the MOA Arena for free during Game Four of the RoS-Alaska showdown. Ticket distribution is on a first-come-first-serve basis. “This is one way of saying thanks to the basketball fans. This special free tickets offer is for all of you our beloved fans. Bring the family on Christmas Day,” said PBA board chairman Patrick Gregorio.

The scores:

ALASKA 94 – Abueva 28, Menk 13, Baguio 11, Casio 11, Manuel 6, Banchero 5, Thoss 5, Hontiveros 5, Jazul 5, Dela Cruz 5, Eman 0, Dela Rosa 0, Exciminiano 0.

RAIN OR SHINE 78 – Almazan 20, Lee 14, Belga 9, Norwood 8, Chan 6, Cruz 6, Ibanes 5, Quinahan 4, Uyloan 3, Arana 2, Tang 1.

Quarterscores: 24-12, 42-27, 65-57, 94-78

Sam Miguel
12-23-2014, 08:11 AM
‘I’m not the only one complaining’: Ejected Rain or Shine coach Yeng Guiao raises concerns over semis officiating

Rey Joble, InterAksyon.com · Tuesday, December 23, 2014 · 12:47 am

After missing out the first half of Game Two due to the Christmas traffic, Rain or Shine coach Yeng Guiao once again failed to complete Game Three of his team’s best-of-seven semifinals series against Alaska.

This time, the fiery mentor was ejected in the third quarter as his team fell short against a more determined Aces side, 94-78.

Guiao, though, had a different view of the game – pointing instead to the refereeing as the main culprit in his team’s loss.

“There were a lot of inconsistencies in the officiating,” Guiao told InterAksyon.com. “I thought this is going to be a physical series but all of a sudden the referees were calling touch fouls, especially on our side.”

Guiao mentioned the disparity in the fouls called and the free throws awarded, which frustrated the Elasto Painters to no end.

“In the first half alone, Alaska was given 29 free throws. Katumbas na yun ng dalawang laro. They ended up having 44 free throws and that’s too much,” he said.

But the one that really triggered Guiao’s outburst was the referees’ decision not to slap a heftier penalty on Alaska’s Cyrus Baguio, whom the coach claimed to have intentionally elbowed Paul Lee on the nose.

“He would have gone the entire series with a dislocated nose,” said Guiao. “Although he’s okay now, what I’m after at was the decision of not throwing out Cyrus. He hit Paul on the nose. Eh si (Beau) Belga nga nagkabanggaan lang sila ni (Calvin) Abueva downgraded to technical agad.”

With the loss, the Elasto Painters trailed the series two games to one and while Guiao remained confident in his team’s ability to bounce back in the series, he’s also hoping for better officiating in Game Four.

“I’m not the only one who’s complaining about the officiating. The bad thing is, each time the tournament reaches the semis, tsaka pa nagko-collapse yung officiating,” said Guiao.

“We’re hoping for better officiating because it plays a crucial role in any series. It could tarnish or diminish the beauty of the series only because of inconsistencies in officiating.”

Talk ‘N Text coach Jong Uichico expressed his disappointment with the officiating in the other semifinal pairing, where his team is down 2-0 to No. 1 seed San Miguel.

12-25-2014, 04:26 PM
San Miguel seizes 3-0 lead vs TNT

Musong R. Castillo


Philippine Daily Inquirer

3:24 AM | Wednesday, December 24th, 2014

With a fiery word war off the court providing a very interesting sidelight, San Miguel Beer pushed all the distractions aside and put a foot in the Finals of the PBA Philippine Cup.

Alex Cabagnot scored the marginal free throw in the final 9.2 seconds last night for a 96-95 win as the Beermen moved within another victory of sweeping Talk ‘N Text in their best-of-seven semifinal series at Mall of Asia Arena.

“We were able to salvage this one, a very emotional game,” San Miguel coach Leo Austria said. “I told my players that we should not be affected by what is happening (outside of the court). There is a word war and they can feel it.”

June Mar Fajardo then sealed the win for the Beermen by plucking down the game’s final board, which was off a Ranidel de Ocampo miss with 1.5 seconds remaining as San Miguel put the Tropang Texters into a 0-3 hole for the first time in the history of their franchise.

The potential clincher is slated the day after Christmas also at the Pasay venue at 7 p.m.

Game 3 was easily the best of this series as the game hung in the balance all night.

Arwind Santos, the MVP two seasons ago, scored 23 points despite being saddled with early fouls, and Marcio Lassiter, Fajardo and Rico Maierhofer finished in twin digits in a balanced scoring attack.

De Ocampo paced the Texters with 21 points and Jason Castro added 15.

Talk ‘N Text got a total of five players scoring 10 or more but still couldn’t find a way to stop the Beermen, who won the series opener, 109-86, and Game 2, 87-81, after Fajardo went a perfect 11-for-11 from the stripe on Sunday.

After that game, Talk ‘N Text coach Jing Uichico was quoted as saying that San Miguel was getting favored by the referees, a statement that had SMC governor Robert Non firing back.

PLDT governor Ricky Vargas then joined the fray and questioned Non’s decorum on the bench.

“I just told the players to not be affected by what we have heard or read,” Austria said.

The playoffs take a break today and will resume tomorrow with Game 4 of the Rain or Shine-Alaska series, which the Aces lead, 2-1. That game is slated at 4 p.m.

The scores:

SAN MIGUEL BEER 96—Santos 23, Fajardo 18, Lassiter 17, Maierhofer 10, Cabagnot 9, Lutz 8, Tubid 7, Ross 2, Kramer 2, Omolon 0, Pascual 0, Fortuna 0, Semerad 0, Chua 0.

TALK ‘N TEXT 95—De Ocampo 21, Castro 15, Washington 12, Alapag 11, Reyes R. 10, Rosser 9, Carey 7, Fonacier 7, Aban 3, Alas 0, Reyes R.J. 0, Williams 0, Espiritu 0.

Quarters: 26-28, 49-55, 75-76, 96-95

12-26-2014, 07:54 AM
Painters tie series with Aces again

Musong R. Castillo


Philippine Daily Inquirer

12:20 AM | Friday, December 26th, 2014

Staying focused despite trailing early in a highly physical game, Rain or Shine finished strong to carve out a 98-91 decision over Alaska last night that again tied their best-of-seven Final Four series in the PBA Philippine Cup at 2-all at Mall of Asia Arena.

Jeff Chan fired 25 points built around five triples and fellow Nationals Gabe Norwood and Beau Belga hit crucial buckets in the stretch as the Elasto Painters, the losing finalists here last year, reduced the series into a best-of-three.

Game 5 is set tomorrow with the burden of adjustment falling on the Aces, whose two best big men, Sonny Thoss and Calvin Abueva, failed to finish the game for different reasons.

Thoss, the 6-foot-7 center, fouled out with 3:51 left after shooting 25 points and grabbing 11 rebounds, before Abueva followed suit more than two minutes later after being slapped with a flagrant foul 2 call that merited an automatic ejection.

After Thoss fouled out, the Elasto Painters opened up a 90-85 lead behind Norwood and Belga, but the Aces quickly closed in when Abueva returned, 89-90.

Norwood then drained another jumper and, just as the Aces were to take the ball to their side of the floor, Abueva planted a right hand to the mid-section of Jonathan Uyloan unprovoked—and in front of a game official—that caused his ejection.

“We were helped a lot by the stupid move of Abueva,” Rain or Shine coach Yeng Guiao said. “But we cannot rely on Abueva making his stupid moves (every time). We have to do it on our own.

“We just stayed tough tonight. They had most of the lead,” Guiao added. “Game 5 will be the most crucial.”

Rain or Shine lagged behind by as many as 11 points in the third period but gathered a lot of steam early in the fourth after Alaska coach Alex Compton was forced to rest Abueva because of four fouls.

From 71-78, the Painters dropped a 15-4 bomb to take an 86-82 lead.

Meanwhile, San Miguel Beer tries to apply the broom on Talk ‘N Text today and bag the first championship series slot after their 7 p.m. clash also at Mall of Asia Arena.

The scores:

RAIN OR SHINE 98—Chan 25, Norwood 12, Belga 11, Tiu 10, Lee 8, Quiñahan 7, Almazan 7, Uyloan 5, Araña 5, Ibañes 4, Tang 2, Cruz 2, Teng 0.

ALASKA 91—Thoss 25, Abueva 14, Casio 10, Manuel 9, Menk 8, Banchero 6, Baguio 6, Jazul 6, Hontiveros 3, Exciminiano 2, Dela Cruz 2, Eman 0, Dela Rosa 0.

Quarters: 20-21, 38-41, 64-71, 98-91

12-27-2014, 09:08 AM
San Miguel sweeps off Talk ‘N Text

June Navarro


Philippine Daily Inquirer

1:31 AM | Saturday, December 27th, 2014

San Miguel Beer provided an anticlimactic ending to what had initially been advertised as a superbly exciting series.

June Mar Fajardo was colossal on both ends, unstoppable in the Beermen’s front court and intimidating on defense as they closed out the Talk ‘N Text Tropang Texters, 100-87, last night in the PBA Philippine Cup.

Enjoying too much size and with the 6-foot-10 Fajardo the focal point of their offense, the Beermen easily swept their best-of-seven semifinal playoff for a shot at a fifth all-Filipino crown and 20th title overall.

San Miguel coach Leo Austria said bringing down the star-studded Texters, however, should be attributed to their smothering defense.

“We committed ourselves to playing the best defense against them,” said Austria after the Beermen gained their first Philippine Cup finals appearance in four years.

The victory eased the pain of the Beermen’s defeat at the hands of the Texters in the 2012 Philippine Cup semis. Looking like they were in full control, the Beermen saw their finals’ aspiration vanish after the Texters fought back from a 3-1 deficit and eventually stole the series.

“At the start of the semis, I was not expecting this to happen. I was expecting a lot from Talk ‘N Text and I have to credit my players for doing a good job,” said Austria.

Fajardo had 28 points on 12 of 17 field-goal shooting, mostly done around the rim as he towered above everybody else.

The league MVP also pulled down 16 rebounds, issued five assists and had two blocks in a brilliant performance that made the game easier for his teammates.

“Everybody contributed. Great teamwork, good chemistry and the bench stepped up,” said Fajardo.

Whenever the Texters ganged up on him, Fajardo wisely looked for Arwind Santos, Chris Lutz, Marcio Lassiter and Alex Cabagnot who were efficiently waiting in the wings.

The Texters put up a fight early, trailing by just seven at the end of the first quarter before Fajardo, Santos and Chris Ross had several open looks that pushed the Beermen ahead, 59-45, midway in the third.

It was an all-San Miguel show from there as the Texters put every big man available—Kelly Williams, Ranidel de Ocampo and Danny Seigle—on Fajardo to no avail.

Jimmy Alapag narrowed the gap, 88-77, with 2:38 remaining but Cabagnot made two free throws and Santos punctuated the victory with a jam.

The scores:

SAN MIGUEL BEER 100—Fajardo 28, Cabagnot 16, Lutz 15, Santos 13, Tubid 11, Lassiter 7, Ross 6, Maierhofer 2, Omolon 2, Kramer 0, Pascual 0, Fortuna 0, Semerad 0, Chua 0.

TALK ‘N TEXT 87—Alapag 17, Fonacier 12, Seigle 12, Rosser 11, De Ocampo 11, Castro 6, Reyes R. 5, Williams 5, Washington 4, Alas 4, Carey 0, Reyes R. J. 0, Espiritu 0, Aban 0.

Quarters: 24-20, 49-38, 73-57, 100-87

Sam Miguel
12-29-2014, 01:06 PM
Aces trim Painters, near PH Cup Finals

June Navarro


Philippine Daily Inquirer

3:55 AM | Sunday, December 28th, 2014

Alaska again seized control of its semifinal series with Rain or Shine with a come-from-behind 93-88 win over Rain Or Shine last night in the PBA Philippine Cup.

Pivotman Sonny Thoss came up with huge plays down the stretch but it was their robust defense that brought the Aces back from 19 points down and moved them within a win of arranging a title showdown with the San Miguel Beermen.

“Our guys played with energy and got us back in the game. I expected this kind of game where until the last possession, your heart’s in your throat,” said Alaska coach Alex Compton after the Aces took a 3-2 lead in the best-of-seven duel.

The Aces, who also prevailed in Games 1 and 3, can close out the Elasto Painters in Game 6 on Jan. 4.

There were a lot heroes for Compton—Cyrus Baguio, Calvin Abueva, Vic Manuel, Thoss and on some crucial occasions Eric Menk and Dondon Hontiveros—but he made special mention of the defensive effort of Ping Exciminiano.

“His (Exciminiano) efforts changed the game. He was fantastic,” said Compton.

An energetic defender, Exciminiano hounded Paul Lee throughout, including forcing the Gilas Pilipinas shooter to miss a couple of attempts when the Elasto Painters tried to charge back.

With Rain Or Shine trailing by four inside two minutes, Lee bungled an open three and an easy basket on a break.

But Compton said the series was far from over.

“All we got ourselves was a twice-to-beat advantage. It’s not a guarantee that we’ll get there (to the finals),” said Compton. “At this point, I don’t think anybody’s getting the momentum.”

Alaska simply did its best job of converting defensive stops into quick offense.

After Jeffrei Chan’s three and a short jumper by Jervy Cruz forced the last deadlock late in the third, the Aces rattled off 10 straight points punctuated by an incredible buzzer-beating three off the glass by Hontiveros over Ryan Araña.

The Elasto Painters held sway early at 37-18, after JR Quiñahan scored 10 straight points in an electrifying run capped by Gabe Norwood’s long three.

But the Aces fought back with a 17-0 uprising.

The scores:

ALASKA 93—Baguio 16, Abueva 16, Thoss 13, Manuel 13, Hontiveros 11, Menk 7, Banchero 5, Casio 5, Exciminiano 2, Dela Cruz 2, Eman 0, Dela Rosa 0, Espinas 0.

RAIN OR SHINE 88—Almazan 16, Lee 14, Quiñahan 13, Belga 10, Chan 9, Uyloan 8, Norwood 5, Tang 4, Araña 4, Ibañes 2, Teng 0, Tiu 0.

Quarters: 18-29, 41-47, 76-67, 93-88

Sam Miguel
01-06-2015, 09:07 AM
Aces seal title duel with Beermen

Musong R. Castillo


Philippine Daily Inquirer

12:21 AM | Monday, January 5th, 2015

DONDON Hontiveros bombed Rain or Shine from long range in the fourth quarter and the Alaska defense backed up his heroics for a 79-76 victory over the Elasto Painters last night at Mall of Asia Arena that shoved the Aces into the Finals of the PBA Philippine Cup.

Hontiveros hit five straight triples during the most critical stretches of the final frame before the unforgiving Alaska defense held the Painters scoreless in the last 2:21 to finally put Rain or Shine away with a 4-2 win in the best-of-seven series and advance against San Miguel Beer in the title showdown starting Wednesday.

“As much as I love Dondon, the best thing for me is that we won on defense,” said Alaska coach Alex Compton, who transformed this team into a defensive-minded squad ever since he took over from Luigi Trillo in the Governors’ Cup last season.

Rain or Shine was simply shut down in the dying minutes by the swarming Alaska defense that didn’t yield a single open shot.

And before that, Hontiveros made sure the Aces were not to be denied after the Painters had shot 32 third-quarter points to take the lead going into the fourth period.

“I thought that our defense in the first half was tremendous,” Compton said. “(But) Rain or Shine is so good offensively that, after we gave them just 28 (points) in the first half, they came back at us with 32 (in the third).”

San Miguel Beer has been on a break since sweeping Talk ‘N Text two weeks ago. The Beermen’s title series duel with the Aces will have two of the oldest teams in the league squaring off for a championship.

This will be the 27th Finals appearance for the Aces and just the second in the post-Tim Cone era. The last time Alaska made it to a title series, the Aces won by sweeping Barangay Ginebra in the 2012 Commissioner’s Cup.

Jonathan Uyloan and Jeff Chan hit back-to-back treys that ushered the Painters to a 74-71 lead. Rain or Shine was still ahead, 76-73, with 2:21 to play when Uyloan scored on a layup off a Beau Belga pass.

But Hontiveros drilled in his fourth trey to square things up at 76, before dropping another just 33 seconds later for what turned out to be the final score with 1:03 left.

Calvin Abueva finished with 15 points that went with nine rebounds and a lot of the hustle, while Sonny Thoss was the third player in twin digits for Compton with 11.

Chan led Rain or Shine with 14 followed by Raymond Almazan with 11.

The scores:

ALASKA 79—Hontiveros 17, Abueva 15, Thoss 11, Baguio 6, Manuel 6, Menk 6, Jazul 5, Exciminiano 4, Dela Cruz 4, Casio 3, Banchero 2, Eman 0, Dela Rosa 0, Espinas 0.

RAIN OR SHINE 76—Chan 14, Almazan 11, Uyloan 9, Arana 9, Belga 9, Lee 7, Ibanes 6, Norwood 4, Tang 4, Quinahan 3, Teng 0, Tiu 0, Cruz 0.

Quarters: 20-16, 36-28, 56-60, 79-76

Sam Miguel
01-06-2015, 09:09 AM
Coaching buddies now PBA title rivals

Musong R. Castillo


Philippine Daily Inquirer

1:34 AM | Tuesday, January 6th, 2015

Leo Austria and Alex Compton can’t help but look back at their humble PBA beginning now that they are coaching different teams in the Philippine Cup Finals.

“We had great times back then, even if we weren’t winning too many games,” said Austria, who will call the shots for the favored San Miguel Beermen when Game 1 of the best-of-seven series fires off tomorrow.

“We had decent stints,” Austria added while looking at Compton, who will be on the other bench trying to steer the Alaska Aces to a title in just his second conference as head coach. “We lost very close games during those times.”

Speaking during the championship showdown’s formal launch yesterday at Sambukojin in Eastwood, Austria recalled the times when he and Compton were together on the bench with Welcoat (now Rain or Shine) with Austria as the chief tactician and Compton his assistant and one-time import during the franchise’s early struggles in 2006-07.

The title series opener is slated at 7 p.m. at Smart Araneta Coliseum in Cubao, with Alaska as the underdog after needing six games to close out the Elasto Painters on Sunday.

The Beermen go into the best-of-seven showdown well rested after pulling off a rare four-game sweep of the Talk ‘N Text Tropang Texters in their semifinal series.

Still, the talk centered on the duo’s early partnership and the routes they have taken to get to where they are now.

With little success at Welcoat, Austria drifted away from the PBA and found himself coaching in the UAAP and later on the Beermen in the Asean Basketball League before taking over from Todd Purves in the off-season.

Compton, meanwhile, became an assistant coach of Bo Perasol at Coca-Cola and then as one of the assistants of Joel Banal and later on Luigi Trillo at Alaska. He assumed the reins two conferences ago and has steered the Aces to at least a Final Four appearance.

The American Compton, who speaks the native tongue well, has nothing but praises for Austria.

“Coach Leo could have been Coach of the Year in one of those seasons (with Welcoat),” Compton said. “Although we didn’t have guys who could put the ball in the basket, as an expansion team, we did quite well because of coach Leo’s ability to maximize talent.”

They will be putting their friendship aside starting tomorrow as both squads try to annex the most prestigious title staked for the year with their respective cornerstones also chasing one valuable piece of hardware.

June Mar Fajardo, the reigning MVP, led San Miguel to the best record in the eliminations and paces everyone in the Player of the Conference derby.

Calvin Abueva, who nipped Fajardo for the Rookie of the Year award as the second overall Draft choice in 2012, is running second in the BPC and could win another big individual accolade if Alaska gains control of the series early.

But Fajardo was quick to quash talk of that sidelight.

“You can have the BPC,” Fajardo said in his booming voice in Filipino, looking at the direction of Abueva, who beat the 6-foot-10 Cebuano to a first PBA title when Alaska won the Commissioner’s Cup in 2012. “I’ll take the championship (trophy).”

Sam Miguel
01-08-2015, 08:21 AM
Alaska rallies from 22 down, stuns San Miguel in OT to take Game 1

Mark Giongco



2:22 AM | Thursday, January 8th, 2015

MANILA, Philippines — Alaska had come back from huge deficits before but none bigger than what the Aces had to climb out from on Wednesday night.

The Aces, who won despite trailing by at least 17 points in two semifinals games against Rain or Shine, rose from 22 points down to steal Game 1 of the 2015 PBA Philippine Cup Finals from San Miguel Beer, 88-82, in overtime at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.

Calvin Abueva was all over the floor to finish with 22 points and 10 rebounds while rookie Chris Banchero and veteran swingman Dondon Hontiveros came through with 16 and 15 points, respectively for Alaska, which equaled its franchise low in a quarter after scoring only five points in the opening period.

“I thought that we had about as bad of a start as we could have in the first quarter and I thought that the credit should go to San Miguel,” said Alaska head coach Alex Compton with a hoarse voice. “But we really came out flat, it’s like we were the ones who came from a layoff.”

“But in the second half, that’s what I love about these guys. They just never gave up. They kept on chipping away, chipping away and they turned up their intensity. We got contributions from all around,” Compton added. “We gave up 27 points in the first quarter and we only gave up 55 points the rest of the way and that’s why we won the game.”

Alaska had its first taste of the lead at the midway mark of the fourth quarter after a 3-pointer by RJ Jazul and both teams went back-and-forth from there. San Miguel Beer reclaimed the lead, 70-69, on a 3-pointer by Alex Cabagnot with 3:28 left in regulation and it seemed like the Beermen had taken the momentum back to their favor.

But Hontiveros put the Aces back in the driver’s seat after sinking an open jumper, 74-73, with 40.8 seconds left before June Mar Fajardo split his charities with a free throw with 8.8 ticks to go.

Players from both squads made big shots but there were also quite a number of head-scratching plays down the stretch in regulation.

Cabagnot for instance, turned the ball over on a pass to Fajardo before launching an ill-advised 3-pointer with his team up by one, 73-72. Alaska guard JVee Casio then, took a hurried shot with what was supposed to be the last possession in the final quarter. Chris Lutz too, had a mental lapse when after gaining possession following Casio’s miss, he immediately threw a heave outside the half court line with still over three seconds left and the Beermen having two full timeouts.

“In the last possession [in the fourth quarter], we should’ve called a timeout but sometimes the players fail to see how much time is left on the clock,” said SMB head coach Leo Austria.

Casio chipped in 13 points, highlighted by timely triples in key situations. He broke a 76-deadlock with 3:08 left in extra time before Hontiveros, the deadliest 3-point shooter on the floor with over 990 3-pointers throughout his career, followed it up with his own version for an 82-76 advantage with 2:21 remaining.

Fajardo, the reigning MVP, got off to a solid start with eight first quarter points but scored just six points the rest of the way. The 6-foot-10 center wound up with 14 points and 17 rebounds but looked beat in the fourth quarter and overtime. He played a game-high 47 minutes.

Game 2 of the Finals is on Friday night also at the Big Dome with the top-seeded Beermen, who committed 26 turnovers, looking to avoid a 2-0 series deficit.

Sam Miguel
01-08-2015, 08:24 AM
San Miguel coach Leo Austria reveals why he thinks Alaska won Game 1

by Randolph B. Leongson on January 8, 2015

MANILA — San Miguel coach Leo Austria didn’t mince his words when he said that he was baffled with what happened in Game 1.

“I really don’t know what happened to us,” he said. “We had a good start, but we’re not able to maintain and sustain our intensity.”

After San Miguel led by as big as 22, Alaska slowly chipped away the lead and eventually took Game 1 in overtime, 88-82. And a big part of that fightback came from the Aces’ reserves, where the Beermen were outscored by the bench, 61-20.

“The bench of Alaska, that’s the factor. They scored more than 50 and we committed a lot of turnovers. How can we win in the Finals if we commit 26 turnovers?,” Austria said.

The outspoken coach also credited the tough Alaska defense in the game, which ultimately shut down the free-flowing Beermen offense they had early in the game.

“I have to credit the defense of Alaska. I know situation they’re in. They had swarming defense. Masyadong maganda yung defense nila. Walang foul,” he said.

June Mar Fajardo also had a chance to win the ballgame at the stripe, but he could only muster a split from the line with 8.8 seconds to tie the game at 74.

“Maybe pagod na rin sya,” Austria said.

“We still had a chance to win, and we should’ve called a timeout, but sometimes, di na nakikita ng players yun eh,” he said, noting the glimmer of hope they got at the tailend of the fourth with JVee Casio missing on a floater, but Chris Lutz failed to see at the clock and heaved a ‘Hail Mary’ three that left 1.2 seconds in regulation.

Dondon Hontiveros’ three just rimmed out which sent the game in overtime.

Overall, Austria believes that they have the makings to eventually win one against Alaska, but he said, “I think composure lang kailangan naming i-adjust. We were able to lead by 21 points, and it means we have something in us. We had to take care of our execution, and there were missing links in three guys na inaasahan ko na di nakapagperform.”

“We have to find a way to solve that suffocating defense of Alaska.” — Rivals 2015

Sam Miguel
01-12-2015, 01:08 PM
Incredible Aces turn back Beermen anew

Musong R. Castillo


Philippine Daily Inquirer

12:13 AM | Monday, January 12th, 2015

This time, it was Alaska coach Alex Compton’s turn to tell the media that he doesn’t know what happened out there in Game 3.

The Aces left their coach dumbfounded last night after coming back from a 21-point third quarter deficit to limit powerhouse San Miguel Beer to just six points in the fourth period for a 78-70 win and a 2-1 lead in their bruising PBA Philippine Cup title showdown at Smart Araneta Coliseum.

“I don’t know what to tell you,” Compton told reporters minutes after their latest come-from-behind caper in these playoffs. “I really don’t know what it is. The guys did everything. I didn’t call magical plays out there.”

“I know you (media) are getting tired of this, but everything starts from our defense,” Compton said. “Our defensive intensity in the fourth quarter was overwhelming.”

Alaska stared at a 40-61 deficit late in the third and started the fourth down by 18 before playing all heart on both ends with a 20-1 run that had the Aces wresting a 66-65 lead going into the final 4:57.

The Beermen were held to just one field goal in the fourth period and their six points were an all-time franchise low in a quarter. That total also equaled the second lowest all-time while also setting a franchise mark for the lowest fourth quarter and fewest points in a period in a playoff game for the league’s oldest team.

Dondon Hontiveros hit two of his three triples during that rally and Sonny Thoss had eight of his 10 as Alaska notched a second win in the series that was pretty much in the same way that the Aces carved out in Game 1—coming from a 20-plus-point deficit.

Alaska won Game 1 after surviving a five-point first quarter and a 22-point deficit. In the Final Four, the Aces won two games over Rain or Shine by coming back from 17 and 19 down in the second period of Games 1 and 5, respectively.

Game 4 of this series is slated on Wednesday night also at the Big Dome in Cubao, and San Miguel coach Leo Austria will have to make the adjustments again. But before making the adjustments, Austria owned up to the loss.

“First of all, this is my full responsibility,” Austria said of the loss. “This is all my fault, I wasn’t able to control the game.”

But Austria gave hints that all his instructions weren’t being followed.

“All I can do is let them run the game,” Austria said of his players. “We were trying to get the ball to June Mar (Fajardo) in the shaded area but it just didn’t get there.”

Calvin Abueva scored 16 points, had 15 rebounds and five assists and bloodied Arwind Santos up for the second straight game after landing an elbow on the right eyebrow of the 2012 MVP in the first quarter.

In the fourth period, he outworked the entire San Miguel team off the boards, 10-8.

The scores:

ALASKA 78—Abueva 16, Casio 11, Thoss 10, Exciminiano 8, Hontiveros 8, Baguio 7, Jazul 7, Manuel 6, Eman 3, Banchero 2, Dela Cruz 0, Menk 0, Dela Rosa 0, Espinas 0.

SAN MIGUEL 70—Santos 20, Fajardo 13, Cabagnot 7, Lassiter 7, Ross 6, Semerad 4, Lutz 3, Fortuna 3, Tubid 3, Kramer 2, Omolon 2, Maierhofer 0, Pascual 0, Chua 0.

Quarters: 13-8, 27-35, 46-64, 78-70

Sam Miguel
01-12-2015, 01:11 PM
This should have gone first, but anyway...

Beermen relentless, level series with Aces

By Nelson Beltran (The Philippine Star) |

Updated January 10, 2015 - 12:00am

7 p.m. – San Miguel vs Alaska

MANILA, Philippines - San Miguel Beer shed blood and stayed fearless in the face of a highly physical game to pull off a 100-86 decision over the Alaska Aces in Game Two and leveled their PBA Philippine Cup title series at the Smart Araneta Coliseum last night.

In a volatile contest fraught with drama and rugged clashes, the Beermen kept their focus throughout following a shocking meltdown in an 82-88 overtime loss in the series’ opener Wednesday and went on to forge a tie at one game apiece in their best-of-seven series.

The Beermen sustained a torrid pace behind their superior firepower and didn’t lose their composure in the keenly emotional showdown where blood spilled and bodies crashed from hard fouls dished out by the two camps.

Arwind Santos best typified the kind of gutsy performance put up by the Beermen as the 2013 MVP awardee bucked a nasty cut on his forehead on a wayward elbow by Calvin Abueva in the third quarter and came through with a game-high 22 points on top of four rebounds, two assists and two steals.

San Miguel coach Leo Austria later said they were encouraged by the physicality of the game, noting a flagrant foul by Vic Manuel on David Semerad late in the third quarter sparked their breakaway en route to the win that reduced the series to a best-of-five affair.

True enough, the Beermen made a big run after Manuel’s infraction, leading by as many as 18 at 95-77 before completing the morale-boosting victory.

“The guys rallied behind Semerad, and despite the intensity of their defense, we broke through,” said Austria.

“Arwind played an important role. He dictated the tempo of the game as he met Calvin Abueva face to face,” Austria also said.

Many others stepped up for San Miguel with Chris Lutz put on a rare double-double game with 20 points and 10 rebounds, Junemar Fajardo also churned out a double-double with 15 points and 10 rebounds, and Chris Ross and Semerad chipped in 12 and 10 markers, respectively.

“What Ross did was what I needed from him. He pressured Jvee Casio and denied Alaska’s wingman,” said Austria.

Alaska coach Alex Compton said San Miguel made great adjustments allowing them to avoid falling to a 0-2 hole.

“They killed us on the boards (52-30), they did a pretty good job forcing us to commit turnovers and they got good contribution all around,” said Compton.

It’s actually a close game until the Beermen came up with a 21-7 tear from a 64-65 count.

Returning to the floor after being attended on his cut, Santos immediately rifled in a trey and the Beermen went on a 23-7 roll in the final quarter that gave them a 95-77 buffer entering the last four minutes of play.

Trailing by three, 48-51, at the half, the Aces rode the exploits of Abueva, Cyrus Baguio, Sonny Thoss and Jvee Casio as they seized command at 59-53.

After three game stoppages on player confrontations, the Beermen unloaded a key run to regain the lead at 72-70 at the end of the third.

With fire in their eyes, the Beermen stormed out of the fourth quarter and dominated the Aces the whole payoff period, 28-16.

NOTES: Kia team manager Eric Pineda said they’re studying their options on their first round pick for the 2015 Draft after receiving “feelers” from another team expressing intention to acquire their draft right through a trade deal. An internet report said Talk n Text is willing to give away Jayson Castro for that Kia draft pick which could give the Tropang Texters a shot at players like Bobby Ray Parks, Kiefer Ravena or Moala Tautuaa. “We’ve got feelers at pinagiisipan namin (We’ve got feelers and we’re thinking about it),” Pineda told The STAR. “Sa amin, kung makakatulong why not. Pero mas maganda sana kung samahan nila ng big man (For us, if the deal would help us, why not. It would be more viable if they add a big man on what they offer).”

The scores:

SAN MIGUEL BEER 100 – Santos 22, Lutz 20, Fajardo 15, Ross 12, Semerad 10, Lassiter 8, Cabagnot 7, Omolon 2, Pascual 2, Tubid 2, Kramer 0, Fortuna 0, Chua 0, Maierhofer 0.

ALASKA 86 – Thoss 16, Casio 14, Baguio 13, Abueva 11, Hontiveros 8, Banchero 7, Jazul 5, Menk 4, Dela Cruz 4, Eman 2, Manuel 2, Exciminiano 0, Dela Rosa 0, Espinas 0.

Quarterscores: 32-28, 51-48, 72-70, 100-86

Sam Miguel
01-12-2015, 01:13 PM
PBA slaps P64,600 fine on Alaska, SMB for Game 2 antics

By Nelson Beltran (philstar.com) |

Updated January 11, 2015 - 6:02pm

MANILA, Philippines – PBA commissioner Chito Salud assessed Alaska Milk assistant coach Louie Alas, three Aces and three San Miguel Beermen a total fine of P64,600 in the aftermath of the tumultuous Game Two of the PBA Philippine Cup Finals Friday at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.

Salud deferred decision on SMB staff member Edwin Cortez and Alaska utility Angelo Lorena but have instructed both not to report for Game Three.

Alas, Alaska players Calvin Abueva, Dondon Hontiveros and Vic Manuel and Beermen Arwind Santos, Ronald Tubid and David Semerad were handed fines ranging from P1,000 to P20,000 for their respective offenses in the highly physical and highly emotional game marred by two flagrant infractions and three technical fouls.

Upon review of the clashes Sunday, the league commissioner upgraded to flagrant fouls the double-foul called on Hontiveros and Semerad in their collision in the third quarter Friday night.

Aside from the fines, Salud issued a stern warning to the players.

“Play within the rules, stop all these shenanigans and focus on the game,” said Salud.

Alas drew the heaviest fine of P20,000 as he’s caught physically contacting referee Rommel Gruta.

Tubid and Abueva were slapped a fine of P10,000 each for a flagrant foul and another fine of P3,000 each for flopping. Abueva drew two separate fines of P1,600 and P1,000 for a second-motion technical foul and for engaging Santos in a trash talk. Santos was also fined P1,000 for his verbal tussle with Abueva.

Hontiveros, Semerad and Manuel drew fines of P5,000 each for their own flagrant infractions.

Before Game Three, Salud said the players made a commitment just to showcase their skills.

At SMB, the management was reportedly to impose a lengthy suspension on their erring utility personnel, who has been involved in similar offenses in the past.

Cortez was seen in video hitting Abueva in an incident in front of the SMB bench.

Sam Miguel
01-12-2015, 01:14 PM
Kia mulling options on trading 2015 pick, wants big man

By Nelson Beltran (philstar.com) |

Updated January 9, 2015 - 2:28pm

Game Sunday

(Smart Araneta Coliseum)

7 p.m. – San Miguel vs Alaska

MANILA, Philippines – Kia Motors team manager Eric Pineda said they’re studying their options on their first round pick for the 2015 PBA Rookie Draft as they have received “feelers” from another team expressing intention to acquire their draft right through a trade deal.

An internet report said Talk n Text is willing to give away Jayson Castro for that Kia draft pick which could give the Tropang Texters a shot at players like Bobby Ray Parks, Kiefer Ravena or Moala Tautuaa.

“We’ve got feelers at pinagiisipan namin (We’ve got feelers and we’re thinking about it),” Pineda told The STAR.

“Sa amin, kung makakatulong why not. Pero mas maganda sana kung samahan nila ng big man (For us, if the deal would help us, why not. It would be more viable if they add a big man on what they offer),” Pineda also said.

Pineda said they would assess everything as they’re determined to improve on their 11th place finish in the Philippine Cup in the coming Commissioner’s Cup where they will be reinforced by 7-foot-3 Puerto Rican behemoth Peter John Ramos.

“All I can say is he’s ‘mamang-mama.’ Panoorin na lang nila,” said Pineda of Ramos who has arrived and now practicing with the team.

Ramos, 29, was a member of the Puerto Rico national squad that pulled the rug from under the US team bannered by NBA players, 92-73, in the preliminary round of the 2004 Athens Olympics. He played for the Washington Wizards in the NBA.

After playing over 20 players in the Philippine Cup, Pineda said they now have a core group, including free agent acquisition Mark Yee.

Boxing icon and Kia playing coach Manny Pacquiao intends to be more active on the bench and on the playing court in the coming PBA mid-season tourney.

“Magbabago lang yon (that will change only) if the Pacquiao-Mayweather fight is set,” said Pineda.