In a draft filled with big names (June Mar Fajardo, Calvin Abueva, Chris Tiu, Cliff Hodge, and Chris Ellis among others), AJ Mandani and Jason Deutchman were just a couple of intriguing Fil-foreigners.
Deutchman, a 66 product of the San Diego State Aztec Warriors, was chosen by Global Port as the last pick of the first round, while Mandani, a 511 guard out of the Missouri S&T Joe Miners program, was chosen in the second round behind Yousef Taha, Dave Marcelo, and Jewel Ponferrada.
Before their game against the Meralco Bolts, Deutchman and Mandani averaged a combined 14.0ppg, 6.0rpg, 3.7apg, 1.0spg, and 1.0bpg in Global Ports first three games, which were all losses. Against the Bolts, Jason and AJ paired up for 32 points, 16 rebounds, 4 assists, 3 steals, and 2 blocks. Wow. Big diff right there.
With Gary David momentarily out, fellow rookie Vic Manuel a little inconsistent, and the enigmatic Rabeh Al-Hussaini remaining, well, enigmatic, the Batang Piers fortunes might rest on how well both Deutchman and Mandani can step up and produce.
As the tourney goes on, I have no doubt David and Willie Miller will still be the focal points of Global Ports play, but Im also sure Coach Glenn Capacio wouldnt mind seeing some of his young guns flash fine form.
Game Recaps: GLOBAL PORT BATANG PIER over MERALCO BOLTS, 105-104
Veteran Willie Miller had 33 points and 11 rebounds in GlobalPorts come-from-behind 105-104 victory over the Meralco Bolts Wednesday at the SM Mall of Asia Arena.
It was the first PBA victory for the franchise for the Batang Pier, who also relied on a strong finishing kick from rookies Jason Deutchman and AJ Mandani.
Akala ko hindi pa aabot ngayon, said GlobalPort rookie coach Glenn Capacio.
Siguro ako among the coaches ang ni-ni-nerbiyos dahil Im searching for my first win. Grabe mga teams sa PBA. Halos lahat malalakas. Mahirap yung first win, pero malaking bagay ito medyo down mag-iiba pakiramdam ng mga players.
Miller was a steady presence all game long, but it was rookies Deutchman and Mandani who delivered the most crucial baskets.
Deutchman scored 20 points, including three key three-pointers in the fourth quarter. His last three-pointer gave GlobalPort the lead for good, 100-99, with 1:13 left.
In the Batang Piers next offensive play, it was Mandani who rose to the challenge, completing a three-point play for a 103-99 tally.
After two missed attempts by Sunday Salvacion from beyond the arc, Ronjay Buenafe finally buried a three-pointer to put the Bolts within striking distance.
Rabeh Al-Hussaini, who scored 17 points, made two free throws for the Batang Pier, giving them a three-point lead with five seconds left.
Without a timeout left, Sol Mercado rushed to the other end, but surprisingly went coast-to-coast for a layup instead of a three-pointer to tie the game.
TALK N TEXT TROPANG TEXTERS over AIR21 EXPRESS, 96-89
Be it in the PBA or the UAAP, Norman Black wants to continue his winning reputation.
The multi-titled coach notched his first official win as coach of the Talk N Text Tropang Texters, leading his team to a 96-89 triumph over the Air 21 Express on Wednesday night at the SM Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City.
Black coached the team in their 108-104 win over GlobalPort just one day after leading the Ateneo Blue Eagles to its fifth consecutive UAAP championship but was unable to inform the PBA in time to be officially named head coach.
This was his first official game as coach of the Tropang Texters.
The win enabled the Tropang Texters to pick up their third win in as many games and climb into the solo lead in the team standings.
We played much better in the second half. We gave up too much in the post on KG (Canaleta) and (Bitoy) Omolon in the first half. We switched bigger players on them, said Black.
Ranidel de Ocampo finished with 19 points while Jimmy Alapag, who achieved a milestone by becoming the latest player to make at least 1,000 three-point shots, added 16 points on 4-for-6 shooting from beyond the arc.
Black admitted he tried to get out of their structured offense to get their latest victory.
Our offense is still a work in progress. But Im satisfied with the way we played defense, particularly in the second half. We implemented a free flowing offense, he added.
Phelps number one in Philippines for round 1 - 10 hours 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 1. The 26-year old player had a double-double of 53 points and 21 rebounds, while his team edged out Blackwater (#9, 0-1), the league's bottom-ranked team 118-116. Phoenix is placed at 4th position in Filipino PBA. But it's just the very beginning of the season and Phoenix won just one (their first) game. It's too early to say anyth... [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 1. The 26-year old player had a double-double of 53 points and 21 rebounds, while his team edged out Blackwater (#9, 0-1), the league's bottom-ranked team 118-116. Phoenix is placed at 4th position in Filipino PBA. But it's just the very beginning of the season and Phoenix won just one (their first) game. It's too early to say anything as the standings can be changed completely after next round. In the team's last game Phelps had a remarkable 61.3% from 2-point range. He just recently signed at Phoenix and it was his first game, where he immediately became new team's leader. Former Long Beach State University star has very solid stats this year. Phelps is league's best scorer averaging so far 53.0ppg. Phelps is in league's top in rebounds (3rd best: 21.0rpg) and averages impressive 5.0bpg and 61.3% FGP.
The second best player in last round's games was 25-year old American Greg Smith (198-F-91) of Blackwater. Smith had a very good evening with a double-double of 37 points and 30 rebounds. Bad luck as Blackwater was edged by Phoenix (1-0) 118-116. The season is still at the very beginning and this lost game may not be such crucial, of course if they start win the games. Let's wait for the next round. Smith is one of the most experienced players at Blackwater and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 37.0ppg (#2). He also registered 30.0 boards per game.
Third on the list of top players last round was American forward Cory Jefferson (206-F-90) of Alaska Aces (#3). Jefferson scored 28 points and grabbed fourteen rebounds (!!!). He was a key player of Alaska Aces, leading his team to a 107-79 easy win against Globalport (#10, 0-1). Alaska Aces has a very good start of the season. But there was just one game played, so it's too early to judge them at this stage. Jefferson also has a very good start of the season with very strong stats. The season just started for Jefferson as he played only first game. But it already looks like he can be team's leader.
Other top performing players last week: 4. James White (203-F-93) of Mahindra - 29 points, 21 rebounds and 2 assists 5. Wayne Chism (206-PF-87) of NLEX RW - 27 points, 21 rebounds and 3 assists 6. Shawn Taggart (207-F-85) of Rain or Shine - 29 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists 7. Alex Stepheson (208-F/C-87) of Meralco Bolts - 18 points and 24 rebounds 8. Stanley Pringle (184-PG-87) of Globalport - 27 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists 9. Alex Mallari (193-G/F-87) of Mahindra - 21 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists 10. Chris Newsome (187-G) of Meralco Bolts - 17 points, 7 rebounds and 7 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)
D-League: Tanduay shocks No.1 Cignal to take semis Game 1 - 1 day ago
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Banking on its veteran leaders, Tanduay pulled off a 66-55 stunner over Cignal-San Beda to claim Game 1 of their best-of-3 semifinals series in the 2017 PBA D-League Aspirants' Cup Tuesday at Marikina Sports Center. Ex-pros Jerwin Gaco (190-F-81) and Mark Cruz (165-PG) paired up to help the Rhum Masters silence the top-seed Hawkeyes in the middle quarters to move a win away from booking a return trip to the championship series. Gaco led Tanduay with 16 points, seven rebounds, and two assi... [read more]
Banking on its veteran leaders, Tanduay pulled off a 66-55 stunner over Cignal-San Beda to claim Game 1 of their best-of-3 semifinals series in the 2017 PBA D-League Aspirants' Cup Tuesday at Marikina Sports Center. Ex-pros Jerwin Gaco (190-F-81) and Mark Cruz (165-PG) paired up to help the Rhum Masters silence the top-seed Hawkeyes in the middle quarters to move a win away from booking a return trip to the championship series. Gaco led Tanduay with 16 points, seven rebounds, and two assists, while Cruz got 15 markers, four boards, and two dimes. Adrian Santos also helped in the paint, finishing with 11 points and eight rebounds, while Jaymo Eguilos (196-F-87) tallied five markers and grabbed 12 boards. The Rhum Masters didn't just snap Cignal-San Beda's eight-game winning streak, but they also dealt coach Boyet Fernandez his first ever semifinals loss in his D-League coaching career. This narrative, though, doesn't appeal that much to coach Lawrence Chongson, saying, 'It's not about cliches anymore. It's about us needing to win for ourselves, We'll do whatever it takes.' Clamping down on defense, Tanduay limited the high-scoring Cignal squad to just six points in the second quarter to grab a 28-20 halftime lead and further compounded the Hawkeyes' woes with 28-point third quarter explosion to lead by as much as 21, 56-35. Cignal had one last try to close the gap and got to as close as 12, 56-44, with 7:33 left, but Paul Varilla drained big baskets late to douse the rally for the Rhum Masters. Game 2 is on Thursday at Ynares Sports Arena. Raymundo Pamboy led Cignal with 13 points and three rebounds, while Javee Mocon got 11 markers and six boards. Courtesy of: inquirer.net
Louis Amundson could join TNT Ka Tropa - 3 days ago
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Talk N Text Ka Tropa (PBA) is close to sign experienced 35-year old American power forward Louis Amundson (206-104kg-82, college: UNLV) who played last time at New York Knicks in NBA. In 2006 Amundson was drafted by Great Falls Explorers (CBA) in third round (23rd overall). The former University of Nevada - Las Vegas standoutis in his eleventh (!!!) season in pro basketball. Amundson received All-D-League Rookie of the Year award back in 2007. He has played also professionally for other... [read more]
Talk N Text Ka Tropa (PBA) is close to sign experienced 35-year old American power forward Louis Amundson (206-104kg-82, college: UNLV) who played last time at New York Knicks in NBA. In 2006 Amundson was drafted by Great Falls Explorers (CBA) in third round (23rd overall). The former University of Nevada - Las Vegas standoutis in his eleventh (!!!) season in pro basketball. Amundson received All-D-League Rookie of the Year award back in 2007. He has played also professionally for other NBA teams like New Orleans Pelicans, Chicago Bulls, Cleveland Cavaliers, Golden State Warriors and Utah Jazz. Amundson is close to retirement age as a player. It may be one of last seasons in his extensive career, which he may end at TNT Ka Tropa. The scouts decsribe him following way:
A strong athlete who runs the floor well, crashes the boards, and plays with lots of energy. An explosive leaper, who can beat
taller players for putbacks.
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