Petron Blaze - Talk N Text 94-103 For the nth time, the Tropang Texters of Talk N Text showed they won't just lie down and die. Not with their finals hopes on the line. Not with gusty Jimmy Alapag (177-PG-77, college: CS San Bernar.)-suffering from fever and all-coming up big anew. Despite playing under the weather, Alapag sparked a decisive push in the crunch as Talk N Text essayed a 103-94 victory over archrival Petron Blaze Friday night to keep their finals bid going in the PBA Governors Cup at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum. Arguably the Tropang Texters' heart and soul, Alapag collected 21 points and five assists laced with a handful of momentum-shifting exploits in the payoff period that helped Talk N Text gain its second win in the carry-over semis format and seventh overall in 12 games, good for third spot. 'We're fighting for our life,' noted Alapag, who drained six of his 10 attempts from the field. 'We just have to keep on fighting. We're not going to quit.' Import Paul Harris (193-F/G-86, college: Syracuse) tallied a game-high 31 points, 17 of them coming in the first half, while Ranidel De Ocampo had 19 and Jason Castro 10 for the Tropang Texters, who were coming a convincing 108-84 win over sister team Meralco last Wednesday. 'We're still alive and we're still breathing but it's still a one-miss-you-die situation for us,' noted Talk N Text coach Chot Reyes. 'We're shortening our sights and we're focusing on going up against Rain or Shine on Monday.' Chris Lutz posted 23 points while Danny Ildefonso added 17 for the defending champions but now-fading Boosters, who absorbed their third straight defeat that completely booted them out of contention with a 6-7 record. After trailing 38-49 at the break, the Boosters, leaning mainly on Lutz, Ildefonso and Alex Cabagnot, fought their way back in the third canto, outscoring the Texters 34-21 to gain a precarious 72-70 into the fourth. Both teams traded baskets until the 5-foot- Alapag fully took over in the last eight minutes. After drilling in a trey that put the Texters back on the driver's seat, Alapag saved a loose ball from going out of bounds, stepped on the gas and issued a perfect feed to a speeding Harris, who completed his three-point play that widened their lead to 90-84. While the Boosters suddenly fired bricks, Alapag hit another three that put the Texters in full control with a 93-84 spread time down to just 4:28. Earlier, the eliminated Bolts perfectly played the spoilers' role by stunning the B-Meg Llamados 104-101. Sol Mercado collected 30 points while import Mario West (195-G-84, college: Georgia Tech) added 29 markers for Meralco, which gained its first win in the semis and fifth overall in 13 outings. Marqus Blakely tallied 30 points while James Yap had 22 for the Llamados, who dropped their first game in the semis for an 8-4 record alongside sister team Barangay Ginebra and behind pace-setting Rain or Shine (9-3). *Courtesy of http://ph.sports.yahoo.com
Meralco Bolts - B-Meg Llam. 104-101 Meralco played the role of a spoiler to put a contending team to a dangerous spot. The Bolts' Chris Ross (185-G-85, college: Marshall) stole the ball after Yancy de Ocampo (203-C-80) threw it away with a second left, allowing Meralco to escape with a pulsating 104-101 squeaker over B-MEG for its first-ever win in the semifinals of the 2012 Philippine Basketball Association Governors' Cup at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum last night. Sol Mercado scored a conference-high 30 points, including a couple of crucial buckets down the stretch, while Mario West had 29 to show the way for the ousted Bolts. After seeing their huge lead vanish in the payoff period, Meralco made a huge defensive play, preventing the Llamados from forcing overtime in the final 1.7 ticks. Down by only three, 101-104, B-MEG had a chance to send the game to an extension as it looked for James Yap for a possible three-point attempt. But Meralco's stingy man-to-man defense prevented De Ocampo, the inbounder, from getting a clear look at Yap and he eventually threw the ball away into Ross' hands. The Llamados fell to 8-4 and will now have to settle for a second-place tie with the Barangay Ginebra Gin Kings, who also have the same record. The two teams will play each other tomorrow in a pivotal game that just might reveal one of the two finalists. The Bolts, despite being out of it, improved to 5-8 with their first-ever semifinal win in franchise history. Coach Ryan Gregorio was satisfied with the victory. 'Finally, we won a big one against B-MEG. We've been outplayed really badly in our first three semifinal games. Our character was tested. When nothing is on the line, this team plays really hard and plays to win,'' said Gregorio. Ross added 18 markers and Mac Cardona had 11 for Meralco. The Bolts were actually coasting just fine the entire game as they led by twin-digits for most of the way. They were still ahead by 17, 80-63, early in the fourth, before B-MEG made its rally to make things interesting in the end game. The Llamados once again clawed their way back and found themselves only down by four, 94-98, with 25.4 ticks remaining after De Ocampo's tip-in. After Mercado missed two free throws, Yap scored on a lay-up to slice the deficit to only two, 96-98, before Cardona split his two free throws with 12 seconds left to have the tally at 99-96. *Courtesy of http://manilastandardtoday.com
Asia-Basket.com All-PBA Commissioner's Cup Awards 2013 - May 21, 2013
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Guard of the Year: LA Tenorio (177-PG-84) of Barangay Ginebra; Forward of the Year: Calvin Abueva (191-F-88) of Alaska Aces; Center of the Year: Robert Dozier (206-F-85) of Alaska Aces; Domestic Player of the Year: Calvin Abueva (191-F-88) of Alaska Aces; Import Player of the Year: Robert Dozier (206-F-85) of Alaska Aces; Defensive Player of the Year: Calvin Abueva (191-F-88) of Alaska Aces; Coach of the Year: Luigi Trillo of Alaska Aces; 1st Team: F: Robert Dozier (206-F-85) of Alaska Aces; C: [read more]
Asia-Basket.com All-PBA Commissioner's Cup 1st Team 2013
Guard of the Year: LA Tenorio (177-PG-84) of Barangay Ginebra Forward of the Year: Calvin Abueva (191-F-88) of Alaska Aces Center of the Year: Robert Dozier (206-F-85) of Alaska Aces Domestic Player of the Year: Calvin Abueva (191-F-88) of Alaska Aces Import Player of the Year: Robert Dozier (206-F-85) of Alaska Aces Defensive Player of the Year: Calvin Abueva (191-F-88) of Alaska Aces Coach of the Year: Luigi Trillo of Alaska Aces
Alaska Aces ink Wendell McKines, ex Rouen - May 21, 2013
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Alaska Aces (PBA) signed 25-year old American forward Wendell McKines (198-103kg-88, college: New Mexico State). He just played at SPO Rouen Basket in French ProB. In 34 games he had very impressive stats: 17.3ppg, 8.9rpg and 1 [read more]
Alaska Aces (PBA) signed 25-year old American forward Wendell McKines (198-103kg-88, college: New Mexico State). He just played at SPO Rouen Basket in French ProB. In 34 games he had very impressive stats: 17.3ppg, 8.9rpg and 1.3spg this season. The list of the past achievements is quite long as McKines' college team won WAC Tournament in 2010 and 2012. He was also voted NABC Division I All-District 6 1st Team in 2012. McKines graduated from New Mexico State in 2012 and it is his first season as a professional player.
Jamelle Cornley (196-F-87, college: Penn St.) may no longer be given a second tour of duty by the Rain or Shine Elasto Painters, but it does'nt mean he won't get an opportunity to win a second successive PBA Governors Cup championshipGlobal Port Batang Pier coach Junel Baculi said that the team is now in deep negotiations with the former Best Import awardee, who fell out of favor with Rain or Shine Elasto Painters after getting jailed for going berserk in a Quezon City hotel months ago [read more]
The wide bodied 6-5 forward who led Rain or Shine Elasto Painters to a maiden league championship in the Governors Cup last season has already been informed by Elasto Painters of their decision not to bring him back.
Global Port has returned to practice Monday morning, a day after the end of the Commissioners Cup, and the players are in the process of gaining back their conditioning.
The early practice will also give them ample time to evaluate the team.
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