Yes, the big man whos making most PBA headlines these days is top rookie draft pick June Mar Fajardo.
And, to be honest, deservingly so. The 22-year old former CESAFI behemoth is doing pretty well, averaging 9.3ppg, 10.7rpg, 1.7bpg, and 1.3spg for the Petron Blaze Boosters. Those wont really make him the best center in the land, but, given his youth, those numbers are quite impressive.
Right now, however, the guy who can lay a legitimate claim to be the best center, at least based on statistics, is none other than the big guy against whom June Mar played yesterday Yancy De Ocampo.
Yancy, himself a former #1 overall pick (back in 2002), seems to have newfound motivation as Fajardo, touted as someone destined to be the most dominant big man in the near future, enters the league. Yancy once held that label, back when he was dominating the collegiate circuit with the St. Francis of Assisi Doves.
When he entered the PBA 10 years ago, however, things didnt exactly pan out the way he envisioned them to. In his first season with the FedEx Express, Yancy played 21 minutes per game, averaging just under 7ppg, about 5.6 rpg, and only 0.6bpg. So much for the next big thing in the PBA.
Now he sees another guy in the same boat, and, consequently, Yancy probably feels that he has something to prove. Somewhere deep inside, he probably wants to show the nation that his time is not yet done. Instead, its still to come.
In two games so far for the San Mig Coffee Mixers, Yancy has averaged 33 minutes, and has put up career-high numbers. Hes norming 18.0ppg, 10.0rpg, 4.0apg, and 2.0bpg. He currently sits atop the league in terms of player efficiency, and he is also the leader in statistical points.
Clearly, while everyones eyes are focused on June Mar, Yancy is lurking in the periphery, ready to show everyone that he still has a lot to show.
Game Recaps: ALASKA ACES over BARAKO BULL ENERGY, 102-86
Alaska banked on a third quarter explosion to stun Barako Bull, 102-86, for its first win in the 2013 PBA Philippine Cup Sunday at the SMART-Araneta Coliseum.
JVee Casio, Cyrus Baguio, and Mac Baracael carried the scoring load for the ailing Aces to snap a two-game losing streak and hand the Energy Cola their second straight loss.
Casio, who suffered a cut on the head after a collision with teammate Sam Eman in the fourth quarter, hit a game-high 24 points, including 12 in the pivotal third period, while Baguio and Baracael contributed 23 and 21 respectively.
Tony dela Cruz added 10 points for coach Luigi Trillo, who tasted his first all-Filipino win. Sonny Thoss, who played despite LBM, contributed four blocks in 30 minutes.
We were punished in our first two games because we havent been playing good defense, said Trillo, whose team played minus Gabby Espinas who was hospitalized.
We brought energy to this game and its a joy to see them scratch and claw.
Trailing 62-52 with eight minutes left in the third quarter, the Aces unloaded a momentum-shifting 29-3 blast behind Casio and Baguio to end the period with an 81-65 lead.
But the Energy Colas threatened to within one point, 85-84, after Enrico Villanueva completed a three-point play with 5:46 left in the game.
But Baracael completed his own three-point play off Mick Pennisi and banged in a three-pointer to give Alaska a 91-84 cushion with 3:32 remaining.
After a split by Villaneuva, Baguio hit a three-pointer and Dela Cruz sealed the win with a pair of free throws push Alaskas lead back to 11 points, 96-85, with 2:40 left.
Barako Bull could not get closer to absorb its second straight defeat after beating Air 21 in its opening game.
Marami pa kaming kakainin. The other teams are super talented. We got some pieces, but overall, you want to come in and bring in the hard work, said Trillo, who is still waiting for the entry of San Sebastians Calvin Abueva, the Aces No. 2 overall pick. Abueva is still finishing his commitment with the Stags in the NCAA.
Villanueva led Barako Bull with 22 points and 17 rebounds while Ronald Tubid added 16 points.
ALA 102- Casio 24, Baguio 23, Baracael 21, Dela Cruz 10, Eman 9, Jazul 6, Reyes 5, Laure 2, Hontiveros 2, Bugia 0, Thoss 0, Belasco 0 BAR 86- Villanueva 22, Tubid 16, Urbiztondo 14, Pennisi 14, Anthony 10, Najorda 9, Yap 1, Marcelo 0, Alvarez 0, Kramer 0, Cruz 0 QS: 21-25, 48-48, 81-65, 102-86
SAN MIG COFFEE MIXERS over PETRON BLAZE BOOSTERS, 90-84
In a game where top rookie pick June Mar Fajardo showed his big presence, San Mig Coffee came away with even bigger shots.
The Coffee Mixers leaned on clutch baskets from Jonas Villanueva and Peter June Simon in the closing minute and escaped with a 90-84 win over Petron Blaze in the 2013 PBA Philippine Cup on Sunday at the SMART-Araneta Coliseum.
After controlling majority of the game, San Mig Coffee had to weather a Fajardo-led rally and needed a couple of stops to secure its second straight win, which put it in a tie with Talk N Text for the early lead in the standings.
James Yap finished with a team-high 18 points, and added six rebounds and four assists. Simon added 17 points, including a huge three-pointer that widened the Mixers lead to 87-80 with 1:31 remaining.
After Arwind Santos and Joseph Yeo pushed Petron to within three points, 87-84, Rafi Reavis sank one of two free throws and Yap sealed the win with a lay-up.
The win spoiled Fajardos impressive game as the Cebuano giant tallied 16 points and 13 rebounds in 30 solid minutes.
Everybody got a glimpse of what he can do, said Mixers coach Tim Cone. Hes battling our big guys well and his energy brought his team back.
We shouldnt let that game get close but thats really a good team. No doubt, that teams gonna get better.
Mixers veteran center Yancy de Ocampo chipped in 14 points, mostly on jump shots over Fajardo early in the game while Villanueva had 10.
The Boosters, whose win-loss record dropped to 1-2, threatened several times in the fourth period, but San Mig Coffee managed to hit the needed baskets to stay out of danger.
Santos paced Petron with 18 points while Alex Mallari and Chris Lutz tallied 13 apiece for coach Olsen Racela.
SMC 90- Yap 18, Simon 17, De Ocampo 14, Villanueva 10, Barroca 9, Pingris 7, Devance 5, Reavis 5, Gonzales 3, Ramos 2 PET 84- Santos 18, Fajardo 16, Mallari 13, Lutz 13, Yeo 10, Washington 9, Cabagnot 3, Pena 2, Duncil 0, Miranda 0, Ildefonso 0 QS: 24-21, 49-35, 70-57, 90-84
Source: Unless otherwise specified, game recaps were compressed and compiled from InterAKTV. (Writing credit to Rey Joble.)
Phelps number one in Philippines for round 6 - 2 days ago
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American Forward Eugene Phelps (198-F-90) had an amazing evening in the last round for Phoenix, receiving a Asia-basket.com Player of the Week award for round 6.
The 26-year old player had a double-double of 49 points and 18 rebounds, while his team Phoenix maintains the 8th position in Filipino PBA. Phoenix is rather a weak team placed in lower part in the standings. But it was their 4th lost game this season out of 6 games. In the team's last game Phelps had a remarkable 65.4% from 2-p... [read more]
American Forward Eugene Phelps (198-F-90) had an amazing evening in the last round for Phoenix, receiving a Asia-basket.com Player of the Week award for round 6. The 26-year old player had a double-double of 49 points and 18 rebounds, while his team Phoenix maintains the 8th position in Filipino PBA. Phoenix is rather a weak team placed in lower part in the standings. But it was their 4th lost game this season out of 6 games. In the team's last game Phelps had a remarkable 65.4% from 2-point range. He turned to be Phoenix's top player in his first season with the team. Eugene Phelps averages just after two games 37.5ppg, 18.5rpg and 4.5apg.
The second best player in last round's games was 28-year old American Justin Brownlee (197-F-88) of league's second-best Barangay Ginebra. Brownlee had a very good evening with a double-double of 31 points and 13 rebounds. Of course he led Barangay Ginebra to another comfortable win 101-87 over the lower-ranked Rain or Shine (#7, 3-3) being unquestionably team leader. This victory allowed Barangay Ginebra to move up to second position in the standings. His team's 5-2 record is not bad at all. Brownlee is a newcomer at Barangay Ginebra, but is already one of team's top players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 29.2ppg (#5). His other stats are also decent: 12.4rpg and 4.8apg. Former St.John's University star Brownlee is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market.
Third on the list of top players last round was American forward Allen Durham (198-F/C-88) of Meralco Bolts (#5). Durham got into 30-points club by scoring exactly 30 points in the last round. He went also for sixteen rebounds and seven assists. He was a key player of Meralco Bolts, leading his team to a 105-90 easy win against the lower-ranked Blackwater (#12, 1-6). Meralco Bolts needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 4 victories and 3 lost games. Durham has a great season in Philippines. After only 6 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 31.0ppg (3rd best), rebounds with 14.8rpg (4th best) and assists with 5.8apg (4th best). He also has 1.8bpg and FGP: 57.8%. Durham attended one of camps at Eurobasket Summer League on his way to pro basketball.
Other top performing players last week: 4. Arizona Reid (196-F-86) of San Miguel Beermen - 41 points and 15 rebounds 5. Henry Walker (198-G/F-87) of NLEX RW - 39 points and 13 rebounds 6. James White (203-F-93) of Mahindra E. - 23 points, 19 rebounds and 3 assists 7. Joel Wright (201-F-90) of Purefoods Star - 30 points and 22 rebounds 8. Mychal Ammons (198-F-92) of Talk N Text - 22 points, 18 rebounds and 3 assists 9. Arthur Dela Cruz) of Blackwater - 23 points, 4 rebounds and 2 assists 10. LaDontae Henton (198-F-92) of Alaska Aces - 27 points, 9 rebounds and 2 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)
Alaska came out of Davao with a victory, while Mahindra and Ginebra got back to the winning track in action from the 2016 PBA Governors' Cup this weekend. Game Capsules (adapted from Interaksyon): ALASKA ACES over STAR HOTSHOTS, 85-69 The Alaska Aces led by as many as 20 points before staving off a late charge by the Star Hotshots to notch an 85-69 win in an out-of-town Oppo PBA Governors' Cup clash on Saturday in Panabo City, Davao del Norte. Star came back to as close as three point... [read more]
Alaska came out of Davao with a victory, while Mahindra and Ginebra got back to the winning track in action from the 2016 PBA Governors' Cup this weekend.
Game Capsules (adapted from Interaksyon):
ALASKA ACES over STAR HOTSHOTS, 85-69 The Alaska Aces led by as many as 20 points before staving off a late charge by the Star Hotshots to notch an 85-69 win in an out-of-town Oppo PBA Governors' Cup clash on Saturday in Panabo City, Davao del Norte.
Star came back to as close as three points in the fourth quarter but Alaska closed the game out on a 10-1 run to seal the win.
Import LaDontae Henton led the way with 27 points, nine rebounds and four blocks, while Calvin Abueva had a double-double with 10 points and 10 boards.
With the victory, the Aces snapped a three-game losing streak and improved to 2-4. The Hotshots, who were paced by 30 points from Joel Wright, dropped to 1-5.
Lines of the Game: LaDontae Henton (ALA) - 27pts, 9rebs, 2asts, 4blks, 1stl, 3 triples. Joel Wright (STA) - 30pts, 22rebs, 1blk.
MAHINDRA ENFORCER over BLACKWATER ELITE, 97-88 The Mahindra Enforcer had a strong bounce back effort, routing the struggling Blackwater Elite, 97-88, in the 2016 Oppo PBA Governors' Cup on Sunday at the SMART-Araneta Coliseum.
Mahindra lost two consecutive games since their 4-0 start but showed just what they were capable of in an impressive showing, leading by as many as 16 points in the contest.
Import James White led the way with 23 points and 19 rebounds for Mahindra, which improved to 5-2. The Elite dropped down to 1-6.
Aldrech Ramos added 15 points and six rebounds while Paolo Taha chipped in with 13. Two other players - KG Canaleta and Mike Digregorio - scored eight each.
Carlo Lastimosa led Blackwater with 17 points.
Lines of the Game: James White (MAH) - 23pts, 19rebs, 3asts, 2blks, 1stl, 10/16 FGs. Eric Dawson (BLA) - 15pts, 10rebs, 4asts, 5stls, 1blk.
BGY. GINEBRA GIN KINGS over RAIN OR SHINE ELASTO-PAINTERS, 101-87 The Barangay Ginebra San Miguel Kings cruised to a 14-point victory over the Rain or Shine Elasto Painters, 101-87, after a big fourth quarter in their Oppo PBA Governors' Cup clash on Sunday at the SMART-Araneta Coliseum.
Justin Brownlee finished with 31 points and 13 rebounds while Sol Mercado exploded for 19 points from off the bench to lead Ginebra (5-2), which bounced back from a tough loss in their previous game.
LA Tenorio added 15 points and a game-high nine assists, while Japeth Aguilar chipped in with 14 as well.
Jeff Chan top-scored for ROS with 19 points and 3 triples off the bench.
Lines of the Game: Justin Brownlee (GIN) - 31pts, 13rebs, 7asts, 6stls, 2blks, 2 triples. Jeff Chan (ROS) - 19pts, 2rebs, 2asts, 3 triples, 7/11 FGs.
TNT continued to roll unscathed in the 2016 PBA Governors' Cup after beating Phoenix last night even as GlobalPort caught a big fish when they upset San Miguel Beer. Game Capsules (adapted from Interaksyon): TNT KA TROPA over PHOENIX FUEL MASTERS, 124-117 The TNT KaTropa continued to its terrific run in the 2016 Oppo PBA Governors' Cup, beating the Phoenix Fuel Masters, 124-117, to notch a sixth consecutive win to open the conference on Friday at the Ynares Center in Antipolo. Asian i... [read more]
TNT continued to roll unscathed in the 2016 PBA Governors' Cup after beating Phoenix last night even as GlobalPort caught a big fish when they upset San Miguel Beer.
Game Capsules (adapted from Interaksyon):
TNT KA TROPA over PHOENIX FUEL MASTERS, 124-117 The TNT KaTropa continued to its terrific run in the 2016 Oppo PBA Governors' Cup, beating the Phoenix Fuel Masters, 124-117, to notch a sixth consecutive win to open the conference on Friday at the Ynares Center in Antipolo.
Asian import Michael Madanly scored 30 points, including 8-for-13 (61%) shooting from three-point range to lead the way for TNT, which is now a perfect 6-0 in the standings.
Mychal Ammons turned in another solid outing with 22 points, 18 rebounds and three assists while the KaTropa locals contributed as well, paced by Ranidel De Ocampo, who hit three treys en route to 17 points.
Kris Rosales added 13 points in under 19 minutes of play while star point guard Jayson Castro tallied 11 points and eight assists.
TNT as a team shot 19-for-41 (46%) from beyond the arc. According to PBA head of statistics Fidel Mangonon, the KaTropa's total of 19 tied the season-high and equaled the sixth highest total all-time.
Eugene Phelps finished with 49 points and 18 rebounds but was far from enough for Phoenix in this one.
GLOBALPORT BATANG PIER over SAN MIGUEL BEERMEN, 98-92 The GlobalPort Batang Pier got off to a huge start but needed to make some clutch plays down the stretch to hold off San Miguel, 98-92, in the 2016 Oppo PBA Governors' Cup on Friday at the Ynares Center in Antipolo.
GlobalPort opened the game on a 21-3 run but saw their lead dissipate in the second quarter. Still, they got some key plays from stars Stanley Pringle and Terrence Romeo as they picked up their second straight win.
Pringle scored a team-high 25 points while Romeo added 18 markers and seven assists for the Batang Pier, which are now 2-4 for the conference.
Import Michael Glover posted a double-double with 15 points and 15 rebounds while three other players chipped in with eight points apiece.
They also spoiled a big night for San Miguel import Arizona Reid, who scored 41 points but pouted through his team's last possessions. The Beermen are now 4-2.
Lines of the Game: Mike Glover (GLO) - 15pts, 15rebs, 1ast, 3stls, 1blk. AZ Reid (SMB) - 41pts, 15rebs, 1ast, 1stl, 1 triple, 14/29 FGs.
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