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.
June Mar Fajardo gets MVP of the Week award for Filipino PBA - 1 day ago
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June Mar Fajardo (210-C-89) had a great game in the last round for league's leader SM Beermen and that's him to receive a Asia-basket.com Player of the Week award for round 9. The 27-year old center had a double-double of 19 points and fifteen rebounds, while his team beat Globalport (#6, 5-4) 106-100. It allowed SM Beermen to consolidate first place in the Filipino PBA. SM Beermen has a very good season and are considered to have a run for the championship title. They improved their reco... [read more]
June Mar Fajardo (210-C-89) had a great game in the last round for league's leader SM Beermen and that's him to receive a Asia-basket.com Player of the Week award for round 9. The 27-year old center had a double-double of 19 points and fifteen rebounds, while his team beat Globalport (#6, 5-4) 106-100. It allowed SM Beermen to consolidate first place in the Filipino PBA. SM Beermen has a very good season and are considered to have a run for the championship title. They improved their record to 9-1. Fajardo has many years of experience at SM Beermen, through which he has constantly improved. Fajardo has impressive league stats. He is in league's top in points (2nd best: 20.0ppg) and averages solid 1.7bpg and 65.5% FGP.
The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was -year old Earl Thompson of B.Ginebra. Thompson impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 13 points and 15 rebounds. Of course B.Ginebra cruised to a 99-90 relatively comfortable win over Blackwater (5-5). Despite this victory B.Ginebra slide down in the standings to 7th position. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 5-5 record is not bad and everything may still change. Thompson is well-known by B.Ginebra fans and he already established his position as one of team's most reliable players.
The third best performed player last round was another SM Beermen's star - Arwind Santos (193-F-81). Santos got into 30-points club by scoring 31 points in the last round. He went also for ten rebounds . He was another key player of SM Beermen, helping his team with a 106-100 win against the lower-ranked Globalport (#6, 5-4). Many experts and fans count SM Beermen as a contender for championship title. Another victory and another confirmation that they may be right. Just look at their record: 9 victories and only one lost game. They are currently at the very top of the standings. Santos has a great season in Philippines. After only 9 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 8.2rpg (9th best).
Other top performing players last week: 4. Clifford Hodge (196-PF-88) of Meralco Bolts - 17 points and 16 rebounds 5. Jeth Troy Rosario (201-C-92) of TNT Ka Tropa - 18 points and 9 rebounds 6. Alex Mallari (193-G/F-87) of Mahindra - 23 points, 3 rebounds and 8 assists 7. Chris Newsome (187-G) of Meralco Bolts - 19 points, 4 rebounds and 6 assists 8. Joe Devance (201-C-82) of B.Ginebra - 13 points, 9 rebounds and 7 assists 9. Marcio Lassiter (190-G-87) of SM Beermen - 22 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists 10. Sean Anthony (193-F-86) of NLEX RW - 23 points, 8 rebounds and 3 assists
The Player of the week is chosen based on efficiency calculation, but also including game result, importance of the game, if played recorded double-double/triple-double, etc. The efficiency formula is a combination of various formulas used by different basketball organizations/leagues. We got involved many basketball scouts and journalists to assure it's accuracy. The formula: 1.5*PTS + 3* (REB+AST+ST+BL-TO) - 2*BSAG - 4*PF + 3*PFRV + 4* (2FGPM+3FGPM) + 1.5*FTM - 3* (2FGPA-2FGPM) - 3* (3FGPA-3FGPM) - (FTA-FTM)
Sunday gameday saw Alaska book a huge win over Mahindra, while Ginebra was upset by Phoenix in action from the 2016-2017 PBA Philippine Cup. Game Capsules: ALASKA ACES over MAHINDRA FLOOD BUSTER, 107-91 The Alaska Aces put together a strong finish as they went on a big closing run to turn away the Mahindra Floodbuster, 107-91, to notch a crucial Oppo PBA PhilippienCup victory on Sunday at the Philsports Arena. Alaska and Mahindra were tied at 76-all early in the fourth quarter before... [read more]
Sunday gameday saw Alaska book a huge win over Mahindra, while Ginebra was upset by Phoenix in action from the 2016-2017 PBA Philippine Cup.
ALASKA ACES over MAHINDRA FLOOD BUSTER, 107-91 The Alaska Aces put together a strong finish as they went on a big closing run to turn away the Mahindra Floodbuster, 107-91, to notch a crucial Oppo PBA PhilippienCup victory on Sunday at the Philsports Arena.
Alaska and Mahindra were tied at 76-all early in the fourth quarter before a 31-13 run by the Aces allowed them to run away with it in the end.
Vic Manuel scored 20 points on 9-for-13 shooting to lead Alaska while Calvin Abueva had a double-double of 18 points and 10 rebounds alongside three blocks for Alaska, which joined what is now a six-team logjam for a share of second place at 5 wins and 4 losses.
JVee Casio added 11 points while RJ Jazul and Kevin Racal each chipped in with nine markers. With the defeat, Mahindra dropped to 2-7 with only two games left on their schedule, eliminating them from contention. (Interaksyon.com)
Lines of the Game: Calvin Abueva (ALA) - 18pts, 10rebs, 3blks, 1ast, 1stl, 3 triples. Alex Mallari (MAH) - 23pts, 8asts, 3rebs, 3stls, 1blk.
PHOENIX FUEL MASTERS over BGY. GINEBRA GIN KINGS, 79-73 The Phoenix Fuel Masters placed themselves in strong position in the playoff race after downing Barangay Ginebra San Miguel, 79-73, in a crucial Oppo PBA Philippine Cup clash on Sunday at the Philsports Arena.
Phoenix and Ginebra entered the game in a six-way tie for second to seventh places behind only the San Miguel Beermen, which had already clinched the No. 1 spot.
With the win, though, the Fuel Masters improved to 6-4, staying just in front of the pack that includes Alaska, TNT, GlobalPort and Rain or Shine (5-4) while dropping the Kings down to 5-5.
Matthew Wright and JC Intal led Phoenix in the important win. The rookie Wright scored 18 points and dished out five assists - both game-highs. He scored all of his points in the second half, eight of those in the fourth quarter, including a crucial three-pointer at the 1:51 mark that turned out to be the Phoenix's last basket but proved enough of a buffer for the win.
Intal, the former Gilas Pilipinas member, had a double-double with 16 points and 10 rebounds while also tallying two steals and two blocks. He also hit a key triple in the fourth quarter less than a minute before Wright's big shot. (Interaksyon.com)
Lines of the Game: JC Intal (PHX) - 16pts, 10rebs, 1ast, 2stls, 2blks, 2 triples. LA Tenorio (GIN) - 15pts, 3rebs, 3asts, 2stls, 1 triple.
Maccabi Haifa inks Kevinn Pinkney, ex Phoenix - 1 day ago
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Maccabi Hunter Haifa (Winner League) signed experienced 34-year old American forward Kevinn Pinkney (207-111kg-83, college: Nevada). He played last season at Phoenix in Filipino PBA league. In 9 games he had very impressive stats: 23.4ppg, 13.0rpg, 2.1apg and 1.4bpg. The previous (2015) summer Pinkney played at Bucaneros in Venezuelan LPB where in 26 games he recorded 9.3ppg, 5.6rpg, 1.2apg and 1.3spg in 2015 season. In 2005 he was drafted by Sioux Falls Skyforce (CBA) in fifth round (48t... [read more]
Maccabi Hunter Haifa (Winner League) signed experienced 34-year old American forward Kevinn Pinkney (207-111kg-83, college: Nevada). He played last season at Phoenix in Filipino PBA league. In 9 games he had very impressive stats: 23.4ppg, 13.0rpg, 2.1apg and 1.4bpg. The previous (2015) summer Pinkney played at Bucaneros in Venezuelan LPB where in 26 games he recorded 9.3ppg, 5.6rpg, 1.2apg and 1.3spg in 2015 season. In 2005 he was drafted by Sioux Falls Skyforce (CBA) in fifth round (48th overall). Pinkney attended University of Nevada and it is his twelfth (!!!) season in pro basketball. He is quite experienced player. Pinkney has played in eleven different countries on four different continents (Europe, Asia, Latin America and of course North America). He has played previously professionally in China (Heilongjiang), France, Italy (AV Cantu and Angelico Biella), Lebanon (Champville), Poland, Puerto Rico (Atleticos), Russia (Enisey), Slovenia (Un.Olimpija), Turkey (Trabzonspor and Aliaga), Israel (Hapoel Jerusalem) and United Arab Emirates (Al Naser). Pinkney could be described:
Raw athlete with good size and good hands...Has skills and mobility to counter stronger power forwards... Possesses good shot blocking ability. Has displayed a good shooting touch from the 17- to 18-foot range. He gets good position inside and is quick to the ball. Made a huge work in bulking-up, because he weighed just 190 pounds when he entered Nevada. He's the typical late bloomer, who has yet upside.
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