For me, the biggest PBA story for the past few days has been the great play of Meralco rookie Cliff Hodge.
The #4 overall pick in the 2012 PBA Draft has proven to be Meralcos most consistent Bolt in its first two games. The former Hawaii Pacific Sea Warrior is currently averaging 19.5ppg, 9.5rpg, 1.0spg, and 1.0bpg in 39.0mpg for the Manny Pangilinan franchise.
In sum, he has been the most productive rookie thus far. Hes #8 in points, #9 in rebounds, and #2 in minutes for the whole league, and by far #1 among rookies in statistical points (37.5 SPs). The next closest freshie is Kelly Nabong with just 27.0 SPs.
Those stats are much better than those of the three guys taken before him in the draft. As of this writing, top pick June Mar Fajardo has accumulated only 20.0 SPs, while #3 pick Alex Mallari has just 13.0 SPs. Calvin Abueva, the #2 pick, has yet to play for the Alaska Aces because the NCAA wars are still ongoing.
Game Recaps: MERALCO BOLTS over ALASKA ACES, 93-86
Look whos taking up the scoring cudgels for the Meralco Bolts.
Rookie Cliff Hodge showed hes more than just an energy guy as he led the Bolts with a double-double performance and steered his squad to a 93-86 triumph over the Alaska Aces in the PBA Philippine Cup at the SMART-Araneta Coliseum on Wednesday night.
Hodge finished with 20 points and 11 rebounds, doing practically everything on the floor while fellow newcomer Kelly Nabong also stepped up, grabbing 11 boards on top of six markers.
Its unusual to have a rookie dictate our effort level, but were fortunate to draft Cliff Hodge, said Meralco coach Ryan Gregorio. We thought in the beginning, hes there to provide us excitement and do the dirty work, but hes been scoring as well and has been averaging close to 20 points in his first two games. Its a good relief to have him.
Hodge and Nabong, two hardworking forwards, provided plenty of the energy and rebounding that the team needed after losing stalwart Asi Taulava before the start of the season.
Were playing center by committee in the absence of Asi, said Gregorio. Sometimes its Jay-R Reyes, sometimes its Carlo Sharma or Nabong. Its a good thing we were able to pull it through.
Hodge pumped in 12 of his total output in the third period when the Bolts pulled away. The Bolts established their biggest lead, 63-48, on a putback by Sunday Salvacion with still 7:04 left in the third.
High-scoring guards Mac Cardona, Ronjay Buenafe and Sol Mercado took the backseat for the streaking Hodge.
Cardona made up for his sub-par performance against Talk N Text in their opener, tallying 16 points. Buenafe contributed 13 while Mercado and Sunday Salvacion added 10 apiece for the Bolts, who played minus injured starting guard Chris Ross.
He had a tear in his right meniscus, so hes day-to-day right now. Hopefully, he will recover sooner or later. The good thing is no surgeries needed. Just rehab. He wants to play, but if his future is in jeopardy, were not risking it, added Gregorio.
PETRON BLAZE BOOSTERS over BARAKO BULL ENERGY, 98-89
Petron Blaze banked on its run and gun game to notch its first win of the season.
The Boosters unleashed 30 fastbreak points to run roughshod over the Barako Bull Energy Colas, 98-89, in the PBA Philippine Cup on Wednesday night at the SMART-Araneta Coliseum.
Chris Lutz, still recuperating from his old injury, led the way for the Boosters with 22 points but it was Alex Cabagnots clutch performance that bailed Petron Blaze out of trouble as they withstood a late rally made by Barako Bull.
Cabagnot had two triples in the last six minutes, including his last one that gave the Boosters a 93-82 lead with only 2:40 left in the game.
We made adjustments on the transition, said rookie coach Olsen Racela, who picked up his first career win as coach in the PBA. Last game, we had difficult time with our halfcourt set and we felt that 102 points was too much to give to any team, so we also stepped up in defense.
Arwind Santos added 18 points while Cabagnot contributed 16.
Petrons fast-paced attack produced a positive result for the squad, but visibly affected the game of 6-foot-10 center June Mar Fajardo, who struggled for only three points and seven rebounds.
The top overall rookie pick attempted five times, missed four shots and split his two free throws.
But Racelas first victory was nearly threatened when the Energy Colas climbed back from 20 points down.
The lead was cut down to as low as five by Enrico Villanuevas split charities early in the fourth period, 82-77.
But Cabagnot kept things at hand for the Boosters as his two three-pointers touched off a crippling 13-5 spurts by Petron Blaze, which pulled away anew, 95-82, in the final two minutes.
Nag-relax kami. We have to play consistently for 48 minutes because any team in the PBA once given an opportunity can come back from big deficits, said Racela.
PET 98- Lutz 22, Santos 18, Cabagnot 16, Duncil 8, Miranda 8, Yeo 7, Mallari 4, Washington 4, Ildefonso 4, Pena 4, Fajardo 3 BAR 89- Urbiztondo 17, Pennisi 16, Villanueva 13, Anthony 10, Kramer 10, Tubid 10, Najorda 5, Seigle 4, Alvarez 2, Cruz 2, Yap 0 QS: 24-20, 53-40, 80-68, 98-89
TALK N TEXT TROPANG TEXTERS over GLOBAL PORT BATANG PIER, 108-104
Incoming Talk N Text coach Norman Black was in a jubilant mood, and his Tropang Texters didnt let the GlobalPort Batang Pier spoil the fun.
Ranidel De Ocampo banged in a three-pointer that put the game out of reach with 9.2 seconds left, allowing Talk N Text to escape with a thrilling 108-104 victory over GlobalPort in the Philippine Cup Friday at the SMART-Araneta Coliseum.
The Tropang Texters needed big baskets from Jayson Castro, who scored 30 points, to turn back the winless Batang Pier and give Black a triumphant welcome. The win comes a day after he piloted the Ateneo Blue Eagles to their fifth straight UAAP title.
The 10-time PBA champion coach said he had intended to leave interim coach Nash Racela at the helm, but couldnt resist taking a more active role as GlobalPort looked to steal a victory from Talk N Text.
The two teams battled in a tight first half, before a fiery third quarter had the defending champion Tropang Texters threatening to break the game wide open. A 12-2 run capped by a Larry Fonacier three-pointer gave Talk N Text an 86-70 advantage.
But GlobalPort battled back with its own 16-2 run to bridge the third and fourth quarters to cut the Talk N Text lead to just two points, 88-86. The two teams exchanged blows before a Vic Manuel jumper gave GlobalPort a one point lead, 94-93, with seven minutes left.
The Batang Pier were still up, 104-101, with less than three minutes remaining when Castro scored four straight points to give Talk N Text the lead for good. GlobalPort came up empty in its next possessions in the clutch, allowing De Ocampo to seal the game with his clutch hit.
Ryan Reyes and Larry Fonacier added 19 points apiece for Talk N Text, which won its second straight nailbiter. It defeated Meralco in overtime, 112-10, in its first assignment last Friday.
Willie Miller scored 22 points and rookie Vic Manuel added 21 to carry the fight for GlobalPort, which missed Gary David due to injury. Rabeh Al-Hussaini, a former Black protege at Ateneo who was benched in Batang Piers last game, added 17 points.
Black, who has been handling for a month, said Talk N Text is still a team in transition.
Its still a work in progress for me, said Black. Players are still learning my system offensively.
He noted that he had missed several Talk N Text practices over the past weeks as he concentrated on Ateneos playoff run, which would explain the Tropang Texters defensive struggles. Prior to taking over as coach, Black had served as Talk N Texts consultant, playing the role of defensive coordinator for the squad.
Black, who is making his return a decade after his last PBA head coaching gig, promised the best is yet to come for Talk N Text.
Its only a matter of time before I turn this into a smooth running machine, he said.
TNT 108 - Castro 30, Reyes 19, Fonacier 19, De Ocampo 15, Williams 11, Alapag 5, Peek 4, Carey 3, Gamalinda 3, Raymundo 0, Alvarez 0 GLO 104 - Miller 22, Manuel 21, Al-Hussaini 17, Salvador 9 Vanlandingham 8, Deutchman 7, Guevarra 6, Yee 6, Mandani 4, Cruz 2, Antonio 2, Lingganay 0 QS: 32-31; 57-52; 86-78; 108-104
RAIN OR SHINE ELASTO-PAINTERS over AIR21 EXPRESS, 99-98 (OT)
Jeff Chan scored a career-high 35 points, including the go-ahead basket with 15 seconds left, to lift Rain or Shine to a tense 99-98 overtime victory over Air 21 in the Philippine Cup Friday at the SMART-Araneta Coliseum.
With the shot clock winding down in extra period, Chan found himself against the smaller Wynne Arboleda. The southpaw hotshot drove right, sidestepped to his right, before fading away for a baby jumper that trickled in to give the Elasto Painters the victory.
Air 21 had one final opportunity to steal the win, but Rain or Shine hounded Arboleda into an airball on his attempt and stripped the ball from KG Canaleta off a rebound play to preserve the win.
Were lucky we got a good game from Jeff. His offense carried us for most of the game, said Rain or Shine coach Yeng Guiao of Chan, last years Most Improved Player who is off to a blistering start this season. Over his first three games, the sharpshooter from Bacolod City has averaged 26.7 points, despite getting little offseason rest after leading Rain or Shine to last seasons Governors Cup title and playing for SMART-Gilas Pilipinas in two international tournaments.
Chans brilliant performance bailed out the Elasto Painters, who looked like they had the game in the bag in regulation. Rain or Shine led Air 21, 93-88, with just 23 seconds remaining in the game. But it allowed Nelbert Omolon to score a three-point play with 10 seconds left to cut the Elasto Painters advantage to a single basket.
Air 21 sent Beau Belga to the free throw line in the ensuing possession, and the Rain or Shine center split his foul shots to give the Elasto Painters a three-point lead, 94-91. Arboleda raced down the court and shoveled a pass to Canaleta, who hit a 25-foot three-pointer at the buzzer to send the game into overtime.
Gabe Norwood and Jervy Cruz added 12 points apiece for Rain or Shine, which won its second game in three outings. Air 21, which lost for the second time in three games, was paced by John Wilson who scored 21 points.
Rain or Shine dedicated the game in honor of late assistant coach Roehl Nadurata, who succumbed to lung cancer last Tuesday. Nadurata, who has been part of Guiaos coach staff for 20 years, was a key member of the Rain or Shine brain trust during its Governors Cup title run.
Fajardo's double-double lands him Player of the Week award - 2 hours ago
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27-year old center June Mar Fajardo (210-C-89) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for SM Beermen and receives a Asia-basket.com Player of the Week award for round 3.
He had a double-double of 23 points and 22 rebounds, while his team beat Alaska Aces (#10, 0-2), the league's bottom-ranked team 93-88. SM Beermen is placed at 5th position in Filipino league. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost that single game earlier this season. SM Beermen will need mo... [read more]
27-year old center June Mar Fajardo (210-C-89) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for SM Beermen and receives a Asia-basket.com Player of the Week award for round 3. He had a double-double of 23 points and 22 rebounds, while his team beat Alaska Aces (#10, 0-2), the league's bottom-ranked team 93-88. SM Beermen is placed at 5th position in Filipino league. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost that single game earlier this season. SM Beermen will need more victories to improve their 2-1 record. 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 (3rd best: 22.0ppg) and averages solid 57.6% FGP.
Second best performed player last round was Chris Newsome (187-G) of Meralco Bolts. He is a guard in his 2nd season at Meralco Bolts. In the last game Newsome recorded impressive double-double of 28 points and 10 rebounds. Of course he led Meralco Bolts to another comfortable win 106-93 over NLEX RW (1-1) being unquestionably team leader. The season is still at the very beginning and this victory may help a lot. Let's wait for the next round. Newsome is well-known at Meralco Bolts and he already established his position as one of the team's leaders.
Third place about best performers goes to center Jean Marc Pingris (193-C-81) of Star Hotshots (#11). Pingris scored 19 points and grabbed ten rebounds. Despite Pingris' great performance Star Hotshots lost 84-91 to Globalport (#1, 2-0). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. Star Hotshots can only dream about fighting for top spots in the league. They have awful season losing so far all 2 games. Pingris has a very solid season. In 2 games in Philippines he scored 13.0ppg.
Other top performing players last week: 4. Stanley Pringle (184-PG-87) of Globalport - 24 points, 3 rebounds and 2 assists 5. Japeth Aguilar (206-C-85) of B.Ginebra - 23 points and 13 rebounds 6. Eduardo Daquioag (180-G-91) of Meralco Bolts - 23 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists 7. Ranidel deOcampo (197-F-81) of TNT Ka Tropa - 15 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists 8. JC Intal (193-C-83) of Phoenix - 24 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists 9. Jayvee Casio (178-PG-86) of Alaska Aces - 20 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists 10. Prince Caperal (197-PF-93) of Phoenix - 12 points and 17 rebounds
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)
Action in the 2016-2017 PBA Philippine Cup remained hot this weekend with Meralco downing NLEX, SMB surviving Alaska, Phoenix tripping Mahindra, and Ginebra handing ROS its first loss. Game Capsules (adapted from Interaksyon): MERALCO BOLTS over NLEX ROAD WARRIORS, 106-93 Chris Newsome and rookie Ed Daquioag led a big Meralco breakaway in the fourth quarter as the Bolts trumped the NLEX Road Warriors, 106-93, in the Oppo PBA Philippine Cup on Saturday at the SMART-Araneta Coliseum. Ne... [read more]
Action in the 2016-2017 PBA Philippine Cup remained hot this weekend with Meralco downing NLEX, SMB surviving Alaska, Phoenix tripping Mahindra, and Ginebra handing ROS its first loss.
Game Capsules (adapted from Interaksyon):
MERALCO BOLTS over NLEX ROAD WARRIORS, 106-93 Chris Newsome and rookie Ed Daquioag led a big Meralco breakaway in the fourth quarter as the Bolts trumped the NLEX Road Warriors, 106-93, in the Oppo PBA Philippine Cup on Saturday at the SMART-Araneta Coliseum.
Newsome and Daquioag each scored 10 points in the fourth period, where Meralco went on a decisive 24-5 run to turn a tight contest into a rout.
That run included a string of 11 unanswered points, capped by a big three-pointer from Daquioag with 46 seconds left that pushed the lead up to 16 points, 103-87.
Newsome finished with 28 points, 10 rebounds and five assists while Daquioag added 23 points, four boards and three assists in the win, Meralco's first in two Philippine Cup games.
NLEX coach Yeng Guiao's squad had six players in double figures scoring, led by Sean Anthony with 15 points and eight rebounds.
Lines of the Game: Chris Newsome (MER) - 28pts, 10rebs, 5asts, 2stls, 2 triples. Sean Anthony (NLX) - 15pts, 8rebs, 2asts, 2blks, 1stl.
SAN MIGUEL BEERMEN over ALASKA ACES, 93-88 June Mar Fajardo and the San Miguel Beermen did just enough to get past an admirable stand from a depleted Alaska Aces squad, 92-88, to score get back on the winning track in the Oppo PBA Philippine Cup on Saturday at the SMART-Araneta Coliseum.
Alaska missed the services of Calvin Abueva and Sonny Thoss due to injuries while Vic Manuel and Ping Exciminiano sat out on team suspensions for playing in an unsanctioned event.
But that didn't stop the gutsy Aces from taking leads of as high as 15 points in the first half before San Miguel stormed back in the second half to secure the win.
Fajardo dominated for 23 points - 17 of those in the second half - and 22 rebounds as he towed his Beermen to a second win in three games.
Arwind Santos added 16 points, including a clutch jumper that tied the game in the final minute, and eight rebounds while Marcio Lassiter added 14 markers. RR Garcia, meanwhile, chipped in with 13 from off the Beermen bench.
Lines of the Game: June Mar Fajardo (SMB) - 23pts, 22rebs, 1ast, 1blk. JV Casio (ALA) - 20pts, 5rebs, 4asts, 2stls, 3 triples.
PHOENIX FUEL MASTERS over MAHINDRA FLOODBUSTER, 114-104 JC Intal and Matthew Wright waxed hot from downtown to propel the Phoenix Fuel Masters to a 114-104 victory over the lowly Mahindra Floodbuster in the Oppo PBA Philippine Cup Sunday at Mall of Asia Arena.
Intal led all scorers with 24 points, seven rebounds and four assists off the bench while Wright followed it up with 21 points, four rebounds and four assists to lead the Fuel Masters (2-1) to their second straight win.
The two combined for 11 triples, six of which they hit in the first quarter where Phoenix began to run away before Mahindra gave them a very late scare.
Alex Mallari scored 19 points while Philip Paniamogan scored all of his 15 points in the first half for Mahindra. Ryan Arana and Joseph Eriobu added 12 markers apiece for Mahindra (0-3), which lost its first three games by an average margin of 18 points.
Lines of the Game: JC Intal (PHX) - 24pts, 7rebs, 4asts, 2blks, 6 triples. Alex Mallari (MAH) - 19pts, 4rebs, 2asts, 1stl, 2 triples.
BGY. GINEBRA GIN KINGS over RAIN OR SHINE ELASTO-PAINTERS, 81-74 Barangay Ginebra San Miguel launched a big 11-0 run in the fourth quarter to stifle the Rain or Shine Elasto Painters, 81-74, and pick up their first win in the Oppo PBA Philippine Cup on Sunday at Mall of Asia Arena.
Japeth Aguilar tallied 23 points and 13 boards to lead Ginebra (1-1) which spoiled the bid of Rain or Shine (2-1) for a 3-0 start.
Down by four, 74-70, with 4:08 remaining, Ginebra woke up starting with Aguilar's two free throws. Sol Mercado tied the score at 74-all on a jumper with 3:01 left.
Joe Devance then surprised his defender with a quick jumper, then Aguilar followed it with his own basket to give Ginebra a 78-74 lead with 1:05 left.
Devance added 13 points and eight boards for Ginebra which won the game despite missing all of its 14 three-point attempts.
Raymond Almazan scored 13 points while Yap chipped in 10 markers for Rain or Shine in the losing effort.
Lines of the Game: Japeth Aguilar (GIN) - 23pts, 13rebs, 1ast, 1blk. Raymond Almazan (ROS) - 13pts, 15rebs, 1blk.
The 2016-2017 PBA Philippine Cup continued to heat up this week. Phoenix had a big upset win over SMB last Wednesday, while Rain or Shine also throttled past Mahindra. Just last night, it was GlobalPort who prevailed over Star even as TNT handed Blackwater its first loss of the season. Game Capsules (adapted from Interaksyon): PHOENIX FUEL MASTERS over SAN MIGUEL BEERMEN, 92-85 The Phoenix Fuel Masters got a big game from JC Intal plus some key contributions from Simon Enciso and a few... [read more]
The 2016-2017 PBA Philippine Cup continued to heat up this week. Phoenix had a big upset win over SMB last Wednesday, while Rain or Shine also throttled past Mahindra. Just last night, it was GlobalPort who prevailed over Star even as TNT handed Blackwater its first loss of the season.
Game Capsules (adapted from Interaksyon):
PHOENIX FUEL MASTERS over SAN MIGUEL BEERMEN, 92-85 The Phoenix Fuel Masters got a big game from JC Intal plus some key contributions from Simon Enciso and a few others as they picked up a big win over the San Miguel Beermen, 92-85, in the Oppo PBA Philippine Cup on Wednesday at the Ynares Center.
Intal scored 22 points and made some clutch baskets while Enciso dominated in a red-hot stretch in the third quarter to finish with 15 points and nine assists.
Other strong performers included rookies Matthew Wright and Gelo Alolino, who scored 14 and 13 points respectively, and Willy Wilson, who only mustered six points but grabbed 18 big rebounds alongside four assists.
Reigning MVP June Mar Fajardo finished with 19 points and 24 rebounds to lead the Beermen.
Lines of the Game: Simon Enciso (PHX) - 15pts, 7rebs, 9asts, 5 triples. June Mar Fajardo (SMB) - 19pts, 24rebs.
RAIN OR SHINE ELASTO-PAINTERS over MAHINDRA FLOODBUSTER, 105-83 James Yap finally made his much-anticipated debut for the Rain or Shine Elasto Painters who put on an epic shooting display, pouring in a total of 18 three-pointers to drown the hapless Mahindra Floodbuster, 105-83, in the Oppo PBA Philippine Cup Wednesday at Ynares Center in Antipolo.
Yap, who missed Rain or Shine's season opener last week, contributed 10 points and achieved a career milestone by moving to fifth on the all-time three-pointers made list in his first game since being traded by his former long-time squad Star Hotshots in a blockbuster deal during the off-season.
Jericho Cruz scored 14 of his 15 points in the first half, spiked by four triples, as well as three rebounds and four assists to lead Rain or Shine's balanced attack that saw 14 of its 15 players make at least one field goal.
Alex Mallari had a double-double of 10 points and 10 boards to lead Mahindra which dropped its second straight game. Philip Paniamogan also had 10 points, while rookie Russell Escoto grabbed eight boards along with his 10 markers.
Lines of the Game: Maverick Ahanmisi (ROS) - 14pts, 4rebs, 4asts, 1stl. Alex Mallari (MAH) - 10pts, 10rebs, 1stl.
GLOBALPORT BATANG PIER over STAR HOTSHOTS, 91-84 The GlobalPort Batang Pier leapt out to a huge lead in the first quarter and did enough to protect it the rest of the way as they beat the Star Hotshots, 91-84, in the Oppo PBA Philippine Cup on Friday at the SMART-Araneta Coliseum.
Stanley Pringle scored 24 points - 12 of those in a blistering first quarter for the Batang Pier - while Terrence Romeo added 18 points and eight assists, though he did have seven turnovers.
KG Canaleta added 12 markers and seven boards while JR Quinahan scored just six points but grabbed 10 rebounds and dished out four assists in a solid performance.
Marc Pingris and Aldrech Ramos paired up for 37 points to pace Star.
Lines of the Game: Stanley Pringle (GLO) - 24pts, 3rebs, 2asts, 2stls, 1blk. Marc Pingris (STA) - 19pts, 8rebs, 2asts, 2stls, 1blk.
TNT KA TROPA over BLACKWATER ELITE, 99-92 Jayson Castro made a triumphant return for the TNT KaTropa as they slammed the erstwhile unbeaten Blackwater Elite, 99-92, for a second consecutive win in the Oppo PBA Philippine Cup on Friday at the SMART-Araneta Coliseum.
Mo Tautuaa and Castro each scored 20 points for TNT, which tied their victims in the standings at 2-1.
Tautuaa shot 8-for-12 from the field, including 2-for-3 from beyond the arc while Castro had five rebounds and five assists. Ranidel De Ocampo added 15 points, eight rebounds and four assists in a strong showing.
Blackwater's super rookie Mac Belo, who led them to two straight wins to open the season, finished with 21 points and nine rebounds for the Elite in the loss.
Lines of the Game: Jayson Castro (TNT) - 20pts, 5rebs, 5asts. Mac Belo (BLA) - 21pts, 9rebs, 2asts, 1stl.
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