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.
Crowds packed the Araneta Coliseum tonight for Manila Clasico in the 2016 PBA Governors' Cup. Alaska blew Blackwater out in the opener before Ginebra pounced on Star to close out the action-packed evening. Game Capsules (adapted from Interaksyon): ALASKA ACES over BLACKWATER ELITE, 107-87 The Alaska Aces pounced on an hobbled Blackwater Elite squad as they scored a comfortable 107-87 victory in the Oppo PBA Governors' Cup on Sunday at the SMART-Araneta Coliseum. LaDontae Henton scored... [read more]
Crowds packed the Araneta Coliseum tonight for Manila Clasico in the 2016 PBA Governors' Cup. Alaska blew Blackwater out in the opener before Ginebra pounced on Star to close out the action-packed evening.
Game Capsules (adapted from Interaksyon):
ALASKA ACES over BLACKWATER ELITE, 107-87 The Alaska Aces pounced on an hobbled Blackwater Elite squad as they scored a comfortable 107-87 victory in the Oppo PBA Governors' Cup on Sunday at the SMART-Araneta Coliseum.
LaDontae Henton scored 33 points and grabbed eight rebounds to lead Alaska, which led by as many 30 points in the second half.
Kevin Racal shot a perfect 4-for-4 from three-point range to finish with 12 points while Ping Exciminiano added 11 markers. Chris Banchero only scored eight points but dished out 12 assists in the game.
Alaska, which has struggled this conference, won for just the third time in eight games this conference. With the win, though, they are now just half a game behind sixth place with three teams tied at 3-4.
Blackwater (1-7) continued to languish at the bottom of the standings after dropping a sixth straight game. The Elite continued to miss the services of import Eric Dawson, out with back spasms, as well as Mike Cortez (strained calf) and JP Erram (ACL).
Lines of the Game: LaDontae Henton (ALA) - 33pts, 8rebs, 3asts, 1stl, 1blk, 2 trples, 14/21 FGs. Art Dela Cruz (BLA) - 23pts, 5rebs, 3asts, 4stls, 11/16 FGs.
BGY. GINEBRA GIN KINGS over STAR HOTSHOTS, 116-103 The Barangay Ginebra San Miguel Kings fell behind early but proved that 'never-say-die' is alive and well as they came back in a big way to put one over sister team and Manila Clasico rival Star, 116-103, in the Oppo PBA Governors' Cup on Sunday at the SMART-Araneta Coliseum.
Import Justin Brownlee led the Kings with 38 big points while Japeth Aguilar added 21 markers, including several dunks that pleased the crowd to no end.
Sol Mercado added 14 points and a game-high seven assists while LA Tenorio added 13.
Star opened the game with a huge run and took leads of as high as 17 but crumbled in the second half as Ginebra came charging back in the third and fourth quarters, where the Kings outscored them by 21 points.
Ginebra improved to 6-2 while adding to the woes of Star, which dropped down to 1-6 in a disappointing campaign this conference.
Lines of the Game: Justin Brownlee (GIN) - 38pts, 8rebs, 2asts, 1blk, 5 triples, 16/26 FGs. Joel Wright (STA) - 31pts, 13rebs, 3asts, 4stls, 12/22 FGs.
Meralco disposed of sister team NLEX and SMB survived Alaska sans an import two days ago in the 2016 PBA Governors' Cup. Game Capsules (adapted from Interaksyon): MERALCO BOLTS over NLEX ROAD WARRIORS, 101-95 The Meralco Bolts got a solid outing from import Allen Durham and a surprising boost from point guard Baser Amer late in the game as they hurdled sister team NLEX, 101-95, in the 2016 Oppo PBA Governors' Cup on Wednesday at the SMART-Araneta Coliseum. Durham finished with 31 poin... [read more]
Meralco disposed of sister team NLEX and SMB survived Alaska sans an import two days ago in the 2016 PBA Governors' Cup.
Game Capsules (adapted from Interaksyon):
MERALCO BOLTS over NLEX ROAD WARRIORS, 101-95 The Meralco Bolts got a solid outing from import Allen Durham and a surprising boost from point guard Baser Amer late in the game as they hurdled sister team NLEX, 101-95, in the 2016 Oppo PBA Governors' Cup on Wednesday at the SMART-Araneta Coliseum.
Durham finished with 31 points, 17 rebounds and five assists in another productive performance for Meralco, which improved to 5-3 for the conference after a second straight win.
Cliff Hodge added 17 points while four other Bolts - Jared Dillinger, Kelly Nabong, Chris Newsome and Bryan Faundo - all finished in double figures as well.
Amer, meanwhile, tallied seven points and seven assists. He started out 0-for-6 from the field before scoring seven straight points in the last minute and a half to help secure the win for the Bolts.
NLEX (3-4) was led by high-scoring import Henry Walker, who finished with 38 points and nine boards in a losing effort.
Lines of the Game: Allen Durham (MER) - 31pts, 17rebs, 5asts, 2 triples, 10/17 FGs. Henry Walker (NLX) - 38pts, 9rebs, 5asts, 2blks, 1stl, 8 triples, 14/26 FGs.
SAN MIGUEL BEERMEN over ALASKA ACES, 106-103 The San Miguel Beermen, playing without an import, leaned on two-time PBA MVP June Mar Fajardo to overcome the Alaska Aces, 106-103, and pick up a crucial win in the 2016 Oppo PBA Governors' Cup on Wednesday at the SMART-Araneta Coliseum.
Fajardo scored 37 points - including 16 in a dominant fourth quarter - and grabbed 14 rebounds to pace San Miguel, which played without injured import Arizona Reid.
Alex Cabagnot added 17 points and made two big three-pointers in the endgame while Marcio Lassiter and Arwind Santos chipped in with 12 and 11 points, respectively.
San Miguel moved up to 5-2 while the struggling Aces dropped down to 2-5.
Alaska import LaDontae Henton had a huge game with 45 points and 15 rebounds but could not make a winning shot in the end.
Lines of the Game: June Mar Fajardo (SMB) - 37pts, 14rebs, 3asts, 3blks, 1stl, 12/17 FGs. LaDontae Henton (ALA) - 45pts, 15rebs, 1stl, 1ast, 2 triples, 19/39 FGs.
Sanen Neophoenix (B League) strengthened their roster with addition of 31-year old American forward Robert Dozier (206-102kg-85, college: Memphis). He played most recently at Alaska Aces in Filipino PBA league. Dozier managed to play in three leagues in two countries last year. In 15 PBA games he recorded very impressive stats: 19.9ppg, 11.3rpg, 2.1apg and 1.9bpg. He also played that season for Le Mans in ProA where in 10 games he averaged 11.5ppg, 8.2rpg, 1.3spg and 1.3bpg. Dozier also p... [read more]
Sanen Neophoenix (B League) strengthened their roster with addition of 31-year old American forward Robert Dozier (206-102kg-85, college: Memphis). He played most recently at Alaska Aces in Filipino PBA league. Dozier managed to play in three leagues in two countries last year. In 15 PBA games he recorded very impressive stats: 19.9ppg, 11.3rpg, 2.1apg and 1.9bpg. He also played that season for Le Mans in ProA where in 10 games he averaged 11.5ppg, 8.2rpg, 1.3spg and 1.3bpg. Dozier also played 7 games in Eurocup where he had 8.9ppg, 5.1rpg and 1.0spg. He also spent pre-season at PAOK Thessaloniki (A1) in Greek league that year. In 2009 Dozier was drafted by Miami Heat (NBA) in second round (60th overall). He attended University of Memphis and it will be his eighth season in pro basketball. Dozier received Asia-Basket.com All-PBA Commissioner's Cup 2nd Team award in 2016. He is quite experienced player. Thanks to Dozier's pro career he managed to play on three different continents (Europe, Asia and of course North America) in four different countries. Dozier has played previously professionally in Spain (Sevilla), France (Cholet Basket), Greece (Kolossos) and United Arab Emirates (Al Shabab). The scouts decsribe him following way:
(by Adam Ganeles for NBADraft.net in 2009)
Has terrific hands and reads passing angles well, notching a theft a game for his collegiate career ... Lateral quickness is excellent. Has shown the ability to guard smaller defenders and pressure ball handlers.
Often overpowered at the defensive end but made up for it with movement and quick leaping ability ... Finishes adequately at the offensive end, but must add strength.
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