Taiwan clinches 5th place in Ulaanbaatar of the 22nd Asia U18 Championship. The team outscored Philippines 89:85 in the game for the 5-6 places. It was the last game for both teams and they both tried hard to finish on a higher place. At first Taiwan won the first period 22-20, but then Philippines produced 14-13 in the second quarter. Taiwan had 25-14 in the third period for 12-point advantage with 10 minutes to go, however Philippines played tough until the end. They erupted with 37-29 surge in the last stanza and managed to reduce to final 4 points. Fang Shih-En (199-C-94) top-scored for the winners with 21 points and 11 rebounds, while Lin Kuan-Chun (184-G-95) collected 17 points and 10 rebounds. Wang Chih-Chun (180-G-82) notched 16 and Lu Kuan-Hsuan (180-G-95) brought 10. Rodolfo Alejandro (180-G-95) replied with 22 points in the losing effort and Mario Bonleon (183-F-94) as well as Jerie Pingoy (175-G-94) poured in 15 each. Rey Nambatac (179-G-94) delivered 7 in the losing case.
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.
LA Tenorio (177-PG-84) hit another big stride in his personal ride, winning the 2013 PBA Commissioners Cup Best Player of the Conference plum.The 5-foot-8 playmaker out of Ateneo, a seven-year PBA veteran, pocketed a first BPC award in his second conference with Barangay Ginebra San Miguel [read more]
LA Tenorio (177-PG-84) hit another big stride in his personal ride, winning the 2013 PBA Commissioners Cup Best Player of the Conference plum.
The 5-foot-8 playmaker out of Ateneo, a seven-year PBA veteran, pocketed a first BPC award in his second conference with Barangay Ginebra San Miguel.
Tenorio foiled Castro's bid for back-to-back BPC citations and Abueva's hopes to win it in his rookie year, adding the BPC plum to his 2010 Most Improved Player award, 2010 Mythical First Team membership, 2010 Fiesta Conference co-Finals MVP honors and 2012 Jones Cup MVP trophy.
Carrying Ginebra on his shoulders with Mark Caguioa (188-G-79, college: Glendale CC (AZ)) sidelined by an injury, Tenorio won the balloting among players, media and PBA officials by a landslide and thus pulled away from Abueva after a tight stats derby.
Tenorio totaled 1125 points to Abueva's 861, Casio's 514, Castro's 416 and David's 402 and thus became the fourth Ginebra player to win the BPC race after Eric Menk (199-F-74, college: L.Superior), JayJay Helterbrand (183-PG-76, college: Kentucky St.) and Caguioa.
The San Miguel Beermen continued their historic ABL run with close wins over the Thailand Slammers and the Malaysia Dragons, gaining significant momentum towards the semifinals, while the Indonesia Warriors also ended strong by beating the Singapore Slingers at home. In the meantime, the Saigon Heat continued to flounder, losing to Malaysia and Thailand before ending their campaign with an unexpected W over the Dragons yesterday [read more]
The San Miguel Beermen continued their historic ABL run with close wins over the Thailand Slammers and the Malaysia Dragons, gaining significant momentum towards the semifinals, while the Indonesia Warriors also ended strong by beating the Singapore Slingers at home. In the meantime, the Saigon Heat continued to flounder, losing to Malaysia and Thailand before ending their campaign with an unexpected W over the Dragons yesterday.
As a result the past week cemented the semifinal pairings and effectively eliminated the Slingers from the title race (Saigon was eliminated millennia ago). The Beermen go up against the Slammers in their best-of-five semis match-up, while the defending champion Indonesia Warriors roll out versus the Dragons in their own race-to-three affair.
The winners of the semis will advance to the Finals for another best-of-five for all the marbles.
The following are league leaders at elimination rounds end:
The top overall scorer is Saigons Justin Howard with 20.4ppg, while SMBs Chris Banchero is the best-scoring local with 16.4ppg.
The overall rebounding leader is Rashad Jones-Jennings of Singapore with 15.1rpg, while Asi Taulava of San Miguel led all local players with 7.1rpg.
In terms of assists, Filipino import Froilan Baguion of Thailad led the whole league with 9.2apg, while Banchero was the top local with 4.2apg.
For steals, Chris Daniels of Indonesia led the way with 2.7spg even as Banchero once again was the top local with 2.2spg.
Thailands Christien Charles is the best blocker with 4.1bpg, while Taulavas 0.7bpg was the best among locals.
Malaysias Guga Batumalai had the highest 3-point completion rate at 44.7%, while Indonesias Mario Wuysang had the highest amount of three-point conversions with a total of 58. Thats good for 2.6 threes per game for the Indon playmaker.
Heres my micro-preview for the 2013 ABL Playoffs:
1- San Miguel Beermen versus 4- Sports Rev Thailand Slammers The Beermen have been on a magnificent winning run lately, and its highly unlikely the inconsistent Slammers can stop it. Even with Chris Charles being one of the most productive imports in the league, I dont see Thailand winning more than one game against the well-oiled Beermen. Heck, one might even be a stretch.
The Beermen just have too many weapons. Brian Williams and Asi Taulava form maybe the best frontline in the league, while Chris Banchero has been enjoying a career season. Former Best Local awardee Leo Avenido is still solid, while other guys like Jeric Fortuna, JR Cawaling, and Val Acua can contribute at the drop of a hat. Justin Williams wont score in bunches, but his presence on the defensive end should stifle even Charles.
The x-factor here might just be the performance of Darius Brannon and local player Wuttipong Dasom. If they can put together a few awesome games, then maybe the Slammers can make a good series out of this, but, by all indications, this could be over in three games.
2- Indonesia Warriors versus 3- Westports Malaysia Dragons Now THIS is going to be a helluva wonderful series. The match-up between Mario Wuysang and Justin Melton at the point should be awesome, while I cannot wait to see how Stanley Pringle and Julius Armon butt heads at the wings. I believe the teams respective imports will eventually cancel each other out, which means my x-factors are going to be Jerick Caada and John Smith for Indonesia and Moala Tautuaa for Malaysia.
If Caada and Smith can produce big numbers to backstop Wuysang and Pringle in the backcourt, then the Indons will be plenty tough to beat, no other locals aside from Wuysang are actually expected to produce big. On the other end, if Tautuaa can assert himself inside against the smaller Indon frontliners, then the Dragons lives will be much easier.
This is going to be a close one. It will go five games, but, in the end, the experience of the Warriors might be the big difference that will carry them through to the Finals. Now, whether or not they will be able to defend their title is another thing altogether.
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