Coach Franz Pumaren finally tasted an All-Filipino victory in the PBA, while the Kings played headier in the dying moments of their game against the Painters to emerge victorious for the second time so far.
Two former NCAA players did well for Air 21. JRUs John Wilson top-scored for his club, while former Mapua Red Cardinal Yousef Taha grabbed a dozen boards. They could form a powerful young combo for years to come.
Gabe Norwood was tagged with a crucial loose-ball foul in the final minute of play, which paved the way for Ginebra to extend its slim lead and eventually solidify their second win in as many outings. Rain or Shine, in contrast, falls to 1-win and 1-loss.
AIR 21 EXPRESS over GLOBAL PORT BATANG PIER, 88-81
Air 21 and coach Franz Pumaren finally nailed its first win in the PBA Philippine Cup.
After going 0-14 in last seasons all-Filipino tournament when the franchise was still known as Shopinas.com, Pumaren and his Express finally experienced victory in the season-opening conference after beating GlobalPort, 88-81, Sunday at the SMART-Araneta Coliseum.
But Air 21 had to survive some scary moments before securing its first win in two games while handing the Batang Pier their second loss in a row.
We made a lot of mental lapses till the very end. Its a sign that were still in the stage where everybody is still adjusting to each other, said Express head coach Franz Pumaren.
This is entirely a new team. Were lucky that GlobalPort is also still in getting to know stage, he added.
John Wilson came off the bench and scored 17 points to lead Air 21, while Mark Isip and Nino Canaleta added 12 apiece.
Rookie Yousef Taha was also impressive for the Express with 12 rebounds and three steals in 29 minutes of play.
Two-time Most Valuable Willie Miller led all scorers with 22 points for GlobalPort while Gary David added 17. But Miller and David combined for 2-of-15 shooting behind the three-point line.
Batang Pier coach Glenn Capacio did not field in Rabeh Al-Hussaini in the game though the former Ateneo center was fit to play.
Air 21 threatened to pull away after Wynne Arboleda scored on a lay-up to give the Express a 77-65 spread with 5:43 remaining in the game.
But the Express stumbled to a series of turnovers that allowed GlobalPort to close the gap to just four points, 79-75, with 1:09 left.
The Express then sank the needed free throws while Miller and David misfired with their three-point attempts. This allowed Air 21 to escape with the shaky win and bounce back from a 90-87 loss to Barako Bull last Wednesday.
At least the players are getting used to playing close games, said Pumaren.
A21 88- Wilson 17, Isip 12, Canaleta 12, Arboleda 9, Custodio 8, Sena 7, Omolon 6, Atkins 5, Taha 4, Baclao 4, Ritualo 4 GLO 81- Miller 22, David 17, Deutchman 14, Manuel 9, Salvador 8, Lingganay 5, Mandani 2, Vanlandingham 2, Adducul 2, Raymundo 0, Guevarra 0 QS: 24-24, 41-39, 65-60, 88-81
BGY. GINEBRA KINGS over RAIN OR SHINE ELASTO-PAINTERS, 98-94
Barangay Ginebra San Miguel just had too many weapons in its arsenal.
The Gin Kings hit one big shot after another to come away with a thrilling 98-94 win over Rain or Shine to seize the solo lead of the 2013 PBA Philippine Cup Sunday at the SMART-Araneta Coliseum.
Kerby Raymundo, Mark Caguioa, and LA Tenorio took turns carrying the scoring load for Ginebra in the final quarter to deal the Elasto Painters their first loss in the tournament.
Caguioa finished with a team-high 22 points while Tenorio bounced back from a two-point game in his debut and tallied 20 points.
Raymundo had nine of his 12 points in the frenetic fourth period as both teams exchanged runs.
Were happy were able to squeeze the game. We didnt play well, said Ginebra coach Siot Tanquingcen.
But its a good win for us especially against one of the top teams like Rain or Shine na very fluid na maglaro.
Caguioa banged in a three-pointer to tie count at 90-all with 2:49 remaining. Rico Maierhofer then followed up an airball attempt by LA Tenorio, who later added a free throw to give Ginebra a 93-90 lead.
Rain or Shine scored four quick points on a drive by Ibanes and a follow-up by Norwood to take a slim 94-93 lead.
Tenorio again came to the rescue with a short jumper, before a questionable foul call on Norwood led to Tenorios two free throws gave Ginebra a 97-94 lead with 16.5 seconds left.
Chans three-pointer missed the target in the next play, allowing the Kings stayed unbeaten after two games.
Kailangan pa namin maging consistent and it will come. We have really not jelled as a team, said Tanquingcen.
Jeff Chan led all scorers with 25 points for the Elasto Painters.
Green Archers blast Warriors to stay unbeaten in 12 games - 1 day ago
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Rookie Ben Mbala and skipper Jeron Alvin Teng (181-G-94) went on a scoring rampage throughout the game delivering De La Salle University to another convincing victory to stay unbeaten in 12 games in the University Athletic Association of the Philippines Season 79 men's basketball tournament. The Green Archers, maximizing their height advantage to the fullest, routed the University of the East (UE) Red Warriors, 95-66, on Wednesday at the Araneta Coliseum to move closer to a sweet sweep of... [read more]
Rookie Ben Mbala and skipper Jeron Alvin Teng (181-G-94) went on a scoring rampage throughout the game delivering De La Salle University to another convincing victory to stay unbeaten in 12 games in the University Athletic Association of the Philippines Season 79 men's basketball tournament. The Green Archers, maximizing their height advantage to the fullest, routed the University of the East (UE) Red Warriors, 95-66, on Wednesday at the Araneta Coliseum to move closer to a sweet sweep of the two-round eliminations. Mbala piled up his 12th double-double by establishing 26 points on 7-of-13 shooting in the field plus 20 rebounds and four blocks. He also made 12-of-14 attempts in the free throw line to lead the Green Archers to a league-leading 12-0 win-loss record. 'The level of our game is now rising but there are some aspects that we still need to work on,' La Salle coach Aldin Ayo told reporters during the post game interview. 'Right now all I can say is we're playing as a team and we're sharing the basketball. The players are maturing also.' Teng sizzled 14 of his 20 points in the second half on 10-of-21 shooting in the field, while Tomas Torres posted 11 points and Aljun Melecio contributed nine points also for the Green Archers, who overpowered the Red Warriors in the rebounding department, 71-34. La Salle's big men Abu Tratter and Jason Perkins (193-F) grabbed 13 and 12 rebounds, respectively. The Green Archers also had 34 offensive rebounds compared to the Red Warriors' 13, giving them 30 second chance points over six of their opponent. The Green Archers also went to the foul line 40 times and converted 29 free throws against the Red Warriors' 7-of-15. UE committed 33 fouls while La Salle only had 23. Mbala performed well in the opening quarter, scoring 10 points in the early part of the game to provide the Green Archers a 24-15 lead entering the second period. They widened up the gap to more than 20 points in the next three quarters and didn't look back the rest of the way. Alvin Pasaol led UE with 17 points. The Red Warriors dropped to 2-9 win-loss record. In the second game, University of the Philippines stunned National University, 71-66, to stay alive in the Final Four race. The Fighting Maroons improved to 4-8 while the Bulldogs absorbed their sixth straight loss to share the fifth spot with UP with the same record. Courtesy of: manilatimes.com
Barangay Ginebra San Miguel veteran guard Jayjay Helterbrand is back for at least another year with the Gin Kings. The 40-year-old Helterbrand earlier mulled about retirement after this season, but was convinced by coach Tim Cone and the Ginebra management about returning for next season as they try to follow up their title success in the Oppo PBA Governors' Cup. In an earlier interview, Helterbrand revealed to InterAksyon.com that Cone had been convincing him to stay. 'I don't know, I... [read more]
Barangay Ginebra San Miguel veteran guard Jayjay Helterbrand is back for at least another year with the Gin Kings.
The 40-year-old Helterbrand earlier mulled about retirement after this season, but was convinced by coach Tim Cone and the Ginebra management about returning for next season as they try to follow up their title success in the Oppo PBA Governors' Cup.
In an earlier interview, Helterbrand revealed to InterAksyon.com that Cone had been convincing him to stay.
'I don't know, I'm not thinking about that,' Helterbrand said right after Ginebra's title-clinching Game Six win. 'Coach Tim's message to us is we're here not to win a championship, but we're here to win championships.'
Cone also shared to the media what he had told Helterbrand.
'Jay was telling me, you're one of the best coaches I had and I learned so much from you. I told him, 'Jay, enough of the speeches. We've got a lot more to win,'' said Cone.
'We want to come back and try to get to that elite level like some other teams did - San Miguel recently, Talk N Text, Purefoods. We would like to get to that level and that's something I'd like to work for. This is not our first championship.
'In our minds this is not just a championship. This is not the one we're gonna get. We're not aiming to win a championship, we're trying to win many championships.'
While he was reduced as a benchwarmer for the majority of the season, Helterbrand proved to be one of the vital cogs for Ginebra in the Governors' Cup finals.
In Game Four, he delivered a vintage performance by scoring 11 points in the fourth quarter in a win that tied the series and sparked Ginebra's run for the title.
Wayne Chism (ex Rain or Shine) is a newcomer at Garzas - 6 days ago
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LNBP newcomer Garzas de Plata Hidalgo strengthened their roster with addition of 29-year old American power forward Wayne Chism (206-111kg-87, college: Tennessee). He played last season at Rain or Shine in Filipino PBA league, but left. In two games he recorded 8.0ppg, 6.0rpg, 1.0spg and 1.5bpg. The last summer Chism was tested by Sagesse (Division A) in Lebanese league. The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others his team won PBA Commissioner's Cup Regular Season in 2... [read more]
LNBP newcomer Garzas de Plata Hidalgo strengthened their roster with addition of 29-year old American power forward Wayne Chism (206-111kg-87, college: Tennessee). He played last season at Rain or Shine in Filipino PBA league, but left. In two games he recorded 8.0ppg, 6.0rpg, 1.0spg and 1.5bpg. The last summer Chism was tested by Sagesse (Division A) in Lebanese league. The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others his team won PBA Commissioner's Cup Regular Season in 2015. Chism was also voted Asia-Basket.com All-PBA Commissioner's Cup Import Player of the Year in 2015. He is quite experienced player. Thanks to Chism's pro career he managed to play on three different continents (Europe, Asia and of course North America) in five different countries. Chism has played previously professionally in France (Aix-Maurienne), Hungary (Alba, Sopron KC and Kaposvari), Israel (Galil Gilboa), Turkey (Antalya Buyuksehir Belediye) and D-League (Fort Wayne Mad Ants). He attended University of Tennessee until 2010 and it will be his seventh season as a professional player.
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