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 6 - 1 day 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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