RAIN OR SHINE ELASTO-PAINTERS over B-MEG LLAMADOS, 91-80
Boy, it certainly is more fun in the Philippines! Only here do you have chairs flying in a Finals series! Wow. Tim Cone didnt take Rain or Shines physical play sitting down (pun VERY INTENDED!) as he hurled a chair towards the hardwood in the second half of B-Megs Game 1 loss.
It didnt really have the intended effect as his team got buried deeper by the determined Elasto-Painters. Jamelle Cornely was a beast in this game, easily outplaying his import counterpart from B-Meg, Marqus Blakely. Cornley also unleashed his beastly side in some instances, just ask Yancy De Ocampo.
If this first game is any indication of how things are going to progress in the 2012 Govs Cup Finals, then hold on to your seats, folks, else you want to see them go a-flying, too.
Rain or Shine made an emphatic debut in the PBA Finals, beating a tired B-MEG Llamados squad, 91-80, at the start of their Governors Cup best-of-seven championship series on Sunday night at the SMART-Araneta Coliseum.
Jamelle Cornley caught fire in the third quarter, scoring 13 of his game-high 25 points in the period where a four-point Rain or Shine halftime deficit turned into a seven-point Elasto Painters advantage.
Im really proud how the boys handled the pressure, the way we played defense in the second half. We lost by 11 rebounds in the first half, but we settled down and the players were able to soak up the atmosphere. From then on, we were OK, said Rain or Shine coach Yeng Guiao.
The victory, he said, was huge for the confidence of his players, none of whom have played in a PBA finals match prior to the game.
I love the way my players handled themselves in the finals, added Guiao. Malaking bagay ito sa kumpiyansa namin.
Cornleys counterpart, Marqus Blakely, struggled against the defense of the Elasto Painters.
He finished with only 12 points and was held to only seven rebounds as his game was completely out of sync.
Rain or Shine broke away completely in the fourth quarter, leading by as much as 18 points. In frustration, B-MEG coach Tim Cone threw a chair into the court, leading to his ejection.
ROS 91- Cornley 25, Lee 14, Norwood 10, Buenafe 10, Belga 8, Ibanes 8, Chan 7, Arana 4, Quinahan 4, Cruz 1. BML 80- Yap 19, Blakely 12, Pingris 12, Simon 9, Gaco 8, Barroca 6, Villanueva 5, Reavis 4, Urbiztondo 3, De Ocampo 2. QS: 18-16, 35-39, 66-59, 91-80
Source: Unless otherwise specified, game recaps were compressed and compiled from InterAKTV. (Writing credit to Rey Joble.)
Energy fails bid at semis in Dubai tourney - May 25, 2013
The Barako Bull Energy rammed into a brick wall as it absorbed an 80-91 loss to Hoops Club of Lebanon in the semifinals and ended its title hopes in the 2nd Al Shabab Dubai Basketball Championship last May 24 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.The Energy Cola entered the semifinals on a four-game winning streak behind an average winning margin of 16.5 points [read more]
The Barako Bull Energy rammed into a brick wall as it absorbed an 80-91 loss to Hoops Club of Lebanon in the semifinals and ended its title hopes in the 2nd Al Shabab Dubai Basketball Championship last May 24 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.
The Energy Cola entered the semifinals on a four-game winning streak behind an average winning margin of 16.5 points.
But against the Lebanese club team, they ran into serious trouble especially Barako Bull Energy's big men, according to assistant coach Charles Tiu .
Tiu, one of the trusted deputies of Barako Bull Energy coach Rajko Toroman, said foul trouble among the teams big men and some questionable calls contributed to the Energy Cola's sputtering end.
Barangay Ginebra San Miguel is keen to revive the aborted trade for big man Japeth Aguilar (208-C-85, college: W.Kentucky) as the Philippine Basketball Association's crowd darlings look for ways to shore up their frontline in time for the season-ending Governors' Cup [read more]
Barangay Ginebra San Miguel is keen to revive the aborted trade for big man Japeth Aguilar (208-C-85, college: W.Kentucky) as the Philippine Basketball Association's crowd darlings look for ways to shore up their frontline in time for the season-ending Governors' Cup.
A high-ranking team official who requested that he not be named pending a new round of talks for the athletic Global Port Batang Pier center stressing that they are very interested in acquiring the his services.
The team will also be pursuing other possible movements whose lack of depth in the frontline became exposed in a three-game loss to the Alaska Aces in the last Commissioner's Cup Finals.
Sources learned that just before the Commissioners Cup eliminations came to an end, Ginebra made a desperate effort to swing a trade for Aguilar, offering rookie Yousif Taha, Elmer Espiritu (193-F-85), and Robert Labagala (175-PG-84) for the 6-9 center and two-time Most Valuable Player Willie Miller (180-PG-77).
Even the name of Ginebra veteran Kerby Raymundo (199-C-81) was thrown into the mix at some point during the failed negotiations, sources added.
Aguilar, formerly of the Talk N Text Tropang Texters, was supposed to be shipped to Ginebra early in the season by way of a multi-player, multi-team trade that also involved Global Port guard Solomon Mercado (181-PG-84, college: Biola, CA) and Raymundo, but the deal fell through as a top SMC official pulled the plug on the transaction at the last minute.
Ginebra's shallow frontline was dominated by Joachim Thoss (201-C-81) and Company in the Finals, and the lack of depth is expected to be more pronounced in the Governors' Cup where the Kings cannot avail of the services of a legitimate center like Vernon Macklin (208-F/C-86, college: Florida).
Imports in the season-ending tournament will be no taller than 6-5.
There have also been talks that if the bid for Aguilar fails again, Ginebra may go for ABL's San Miguel Beermen Asi Taulava (206-C-73, college: BYU-Hawaii) and Eric Menk (199-F-74, college: L.Superior), both of whom should be available by the time the Governors' Cup starts in August.
However, any move for Taulava should go through the Meralco Bolts, which still owns the rights to the 40-year-old former league MVP.
The San Miguel Beermen came back strong following a disappointing semifinal opener, trouncing Sports Rev Thailand Slammers, 91-60, on May 25 in Game Two of the ASEAN Basketball League playoffs at the Philsports Arena in Pasig City.The Beermen walloped the Slammers with a strong start and got a big boost from the locals to tie the semifinal series at one game apiece before heading to Bangkok for the next two games.Game Three is set on Tuesday at the Nimibutr Stadium [read more]
The San Miguel Beermen came back strong following a disappointing semifinal opener, trouncing Sports Rev Thailand Slammers, 91-60, on May 25 in Game Two of the ASEAN Basketball League playoffs at the Philsports Arena in Pasig City.
The Beermen walloped the Slammers with a strong start and got a big boost from the locals to tie the semifinal series at one game apiece before heading to Bangkok for the next two games.
Game Three is set on Tuesday at the Nimibutr Stadium.
The ejection of import Justin Williams (206-F/C-84, college: Wyoming) in the third quarter due to a second unsportsmanlike foul hardly mattered as the Beermen already had a huge lead at that point.
The victory was the third largest winning margin in ABL playoff history since the Beermen and the Philippine Patriots posted 34-point victories against the Westports Malaysia Dragons in 2012 and 2010, respectively.
The Beermen raced to a 22-13 lead at the end of the first before a 7-0 run led to a 42-24 halftime advantage. SMB led by as many as 35 points.
The Slammers didnt have a fighting chance in Game Two as only Wutipong Dasom scored in double figures with 11 points.
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