Its awesome when underdogs win. Its especially awesome when the underdog team has a rookie, whos fresh from losing in the NCAA semifinals by the way, who scores 12 points and grabs 16 rebounds, playing even better than some of the most seasoned players sharing the same court.
That rookie, of course, is none other than former San Sebastian Stag Calvin Abueva. Abueva, a native of Pampanga, outplayed his own kababayan, Arwind Santos. Santos, dubbed the Spiderman, scored 11 markers, collared 7 rebounds, had 2 assists, and blocked 3 shots, but it was Abueva who clearly stole the show. Nicknamed the Beast in college, Abueva played center for a good part of his stint on the floor despite being severely undersized at just 62.
In the second game, former Powerade Tiger Sean Anthony had another great outing, scoring 21 points on 9-of-16 shooting to lead the Energy Colas past the favored Ginebra Kings. He was ably supported by former B-Meg Llamado Josh Urbizrtondo, who netted 19 points on 10-of-17 shooting. He outplayed Smart Gilas 2.0 playmaker LA Tenorio, who recorded just 6 points on 2-of-11 shooting.
Both Alaska and Barako Bull move up, tied with Ginebra and Meralco, and now possess identical 2-win and 2-loss standings, while Petron sinks with just one win to show after 4 games.
Game Recaps: ALASKA ACES over PETRON BLAZE BOOSTERS, 88-86
Calvin Abueva came through with a beastly performance in his debut game, and the Alaska Aces relied on the hot shooting of Dondon Hontiveros down the stretch as they turned back the Petron Blaze Boosters, 88-86, in the PBA Philippine Cup on Friday night at the SMART-Araneta Coliseum.
It was the second straight win for the Aces, who drew a double-double performance from their prized newcomer.
Abueva, still smarting his alma maters NCAA final four loss to Letran last Monday, showed hes ready for the big leagues, finishing with 12 points and 16 rebounds a rookie-high this season in just 27 minutes.
What can I say? Its nice to have Calvin because he brings so much to our team energy wise. Hes going to be the backbone of this franchise. His energy is infectious and we were able to come back from 12 points down because of that, said a jubilant Alaska coach Luigi Trillo.
Once he started playing, he immediately became the energizer of our team. Were fortunate to pick him second in the draft.
While all eyes were focused on Abueva, Hontiveros stole the spotlight with his finest game in years.
Up against a team hes been associated with for a long time, Hontiveros drilled in 17 points on 4-for-7 three-point shooting. All of his four treys came in the fourth period, with his last one giving the Aces a 76-72 lead with 6:11 left.
With Abueva in the game, Trillo was able to play a small-ball lineup which brought the Aces back in the game.
Abueva, who stands just 6-foot-2, was tasked to man the center spot while Mac Baracael played power forward. The Aces found no trouble playing small, even beating the Boosters squad which played without rookie center June Mar Fajardo on second chance points, 17-16.
ALA 88- Baguio 21, Hontiveros 17, Abueva 12, Casio 9, Thoss 8, Jazul 6, Baracael 6, Espinas 3, Reyes 2, Eman 2, Dela Cruz 2 PET 86- Lutz 20, Washington 15, Cabagnot 12, Santos 11, Pena 11, Miranda 7, Yeo 4, Ildefonso 4, Mallari 2 QS: 17-18, 37-41, 57-65, 88-86
BARAKO BULL ENERGY COLAS over BGY. GINEBRA KINGS, 92-82
On a team full of veteran players, Sean Anthony figured out when to pick his spots.
The hardworking forward scored 11 of his 21 points in the fourth quarter, powering Barako Bull to a 92-82 triumph over Barangay Ginebra San Miguel Friday in the PBA Philippine Cup at the SMART-Araneta Coliseum.
Sometimes Sean Anthony knows his role and sometimes he doesnt. This team is full of veterans and he adjusted well tonight, said Barako Bull coach Junel Baculi.
The 6-foot-4 Anthony went 3-of-4 from beyond the arc and got plenty of help from Josh Urbiztondo, Mick Pennisi, Ronald Tubid and Enrico Villanueva.
Urbiztondo contributed 19 points, Pennisi added 11, and Tubid chipped in 10.
Vilanueva, who was acquired by Barako Bull before the tournament started, added nine points and eight rebounds.
The win enabled Barako Bull to snap a two-game slide. The Energy Colas win-loss record improved to 2-2 and forging a four-way tie for fourth to seventh places along with their victim and Alaska Milk and Meralco.
Before the game, we talked about the importance of playing together. If you work together, win or lose, something good will happen, said Baculi. We caught Ginebra on an off night and we pulled off this win.
PH-Mighty Sports through to Merlion Cup finals after escaping Singapore Slingers - 1 day ago
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Philippines-Mighty Sports pulled off a tough 72-70 semifinal victory over hometown team Singapore Slingers to advance to the Merlion Cup finals on Saturday at the OCBC Arena in the city-state. Dewarick Spencer (193-G-82, college: Arkansas St., agency: Higher Vision Sports) fired 17 of his 29 points in the third quarter to pump life into Mighty Sports which, after a strong start, trailed by nine points in the third quarter. Filipino guards Kiefer Isaac Ravena (181-G/F-93) and Joseph Yeo (1... [read more]
Philippines-Mighty Sports pulled off a tough 72-70 semifinal victory over hometown team Singapore Slingers to advance to the Merlion Cup finals on Saturday at the OCBC Arena in the city-state. Dewarick Spencer (193-G-82, college: Arkansas St., agency: Higher Vision Sports) fired 17 of his 29 points in the third quarter to pump life into Mighty Sports which, after a strong start, trailed by nine points in the third quarter. Filipino guards Kiefer Isaac Ravena (181-G/F-93) and Joseph Yeo (183-G-83) also combined for five crucial points down the stretch that gave the Philippine club the lead for good. PH-Mighty Sports will take on the Shanghai Sharks led by former NBA player Fredette Jimmer (188-PG-89, college: BYU) for the title on Sunday in a matchup between the tournament's two unbeaten teams. PH-Mighty Sports started the game on a hot 7-0 run powered by slam dunks from Hamady N'diaye (212-C-87, college: Rutgers).. They finished the first quarter with a 21-15 lead. But the Slingers put the clamps on PH-Mighty Sports, limiting the Filipino club to just 12 points in the second quarter. The Slingers took a 36-33 at the break which they expanded to nine points, 44-35, in the early goings of the third frame. But just as the Slingers were about to pull away, Spencer woke PH-Mighty Sports up. He suddenly waxed hot on the floor, burying three triples and converting tough baskets to score 17 of the team's first 18 points in the third quarter. Yeo then scored a layup to complete the turnaround for PH-Mighty Sports which took a 53-46 lead. But the Slingers made their way back and trimmed their deficit to just two, 56-54, heading into the last quarter. It was a nip-and-tuck affair in the fourth period, with the teams exchanging leads. Big man Justin Howard gave the Slingers a 68-67 lead with just a minute left after shooting a surprise three-pointer off an awkward release. But Ravena countered it with a reverse layup. After a miss by the Slingers, Yeo then pulled up for a triple to push PH-Mighty Sports' lead to four, 72-68, with 36 seconds left. But the Slingers converted two free throws in the next play. Spencer then made a huge blunder in the inbound for a huge turnover that gave the Slingers a chance to take the last shot with just nine ticks left. However, the Slingers' Filipino import Jeff Viernes was called for steps in his drive to the basket, allowing PH-Mighty Sports to escape with the victory. Courtesy of: interaksyon.com
Quarterfinal action from the 2016 PBA Governors' Cup tonight saw sister Meralco and TNT gain separate tickets to the semifinals. Game Capsules (adapted from Interaksyon): MERALCO BOLTS over MAHINDRA ENFORCER, 105-82 The Meralco Bolts continued their mastery of the Mahindra Enforcer, trouncing the playoff first-timers for the second time in three days, 105-82, to clinch a semifinals berth in the PBA Governors' Cup Saturday at Ynares Center in Antipolo. Import Allen Durham tallied 24 po... [read more]
Quarterfinal action from the 2016 PBA Governors' Cup tonight saw sister Meralco and TNT gain separate tickets to the semifinals.
Game Capsules (adapted from Interaksyon):
MERALCO BOLTS over MAHINDRA ENFORCER, 105-82 The Meralco Bolts continued their mastery of the Mahindra Enforcer, trouncing the playoff first-timers for the second time in three days, 105-82, to clinch a semifinals berth in the PBA Governors' Cup Saturday at Ynares Center in Antipolo.
Import Allen Durham tallied 24 points and 16 rebounds while Chris Newsome added 19 markers to lead the Bolts who rallied from a 15-point deficit to pull off the blowout.
Cliff Hodge scored 14 points and Jared Dillinger 12 markers to help Meralco which just last Wednesday also rallied past Mahindra to seize the twice-to-beat in their playoff for the No.4 spot.
The win was Meralco's third straight over Mahindra which missed out on clinching an outright twice-to-beat after falling to the Bolts in their elimination round duel last September 11.
In the semifinals, Meralco will face the winner of the TNT KaTropa-Phoenix Fuel Master quarterfinal matchup.
James White finished with 20 points and 10 rebounds to pace the Enforcer who, thanks to a 4-0 start, were able to appear in their first quarterfinals appearance in franchise history.
Lines of the Game: Allen Durham (MER) - 24pts, 16rebs, 6asts, 1blk, 3 triples, 7/14 FGs. James White (MAH) - 20pts, 10rebs, 1ast, 1stl, 1blk.
TNT KA TROPA over PHOENIX FUEL MASTERS, 136-124 Superstar guard Jayson Castro exploded for 42 points as he carried TNT KaTropa to the semifinals with a 136-124 win over the gutsy Phoenix Fuel Masters in the PBA Governors' Cup playoffs Saturday at Ynares Center in Antipolo.
Castro converted 14 out of 26 shots, made five out of 11 triples and sank nine out of 12 free throws. He also grabbed four rebounds and three assists-all in just 27 minutes of play.
The result booked TNT a semifinals date with sister team Meralco Bolts and completed the final four cast that will also see San Miguel and Ginebra battling in the other side of the bracket.
Castro was simply unstoppable on the floor, finishing daredevil drives to the basket and pulling up for jumpers when defenders fell asleep. He already had 29 points after the first two quarters.
Michael Madanly also had 17 points, while Ranidel De Ocampo and Ryan Reyes chipped in 16 apiece. Larry Fonacier had 13 and Kelly Williams contributed 12.
Eugene Phelps finished the game with 39 points and 17 boards for Phoenix.
Eric Dawson (ex Blackwater) agreed terms with Utah Jazz - 2 days ago
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Utah Jazz (NBA) inked 32-year old power forward Eric Dawson (206-116kg-84, college: Midwestern State, agency: Haylett Sports). He played in the summer at Blackwater in Filipino PBA league. In 6 games he recorded very impressive stats: 18.2ppg, 15.2rpg, 4.7apg, 2.3spg and 2.2bpg. The last season Dawson played at Paris-Levallois in ProA where in 22 games he averaged 10.8ppg, 6.4rpg, 2.4apg and 1.4spg. He has never been drafted by the NBA. Among other achievements Dawson received NBA D-Leagu... [read more]
Utah Jazz (NBA) inked 32-year old power forward Eric Dawson (206-116kg-84, college: Midwestern State, agency: Haylett Sports). He played in the summer at Blackwater in Filipino PBA league. In 6 games he recorded very impressive stats: 18.2ppg, 15.2rpg, 4.7apg, 2.3spg and 2.2bpg. The last season Dawson played at Paris-Levallois in ProA where in 22 games he averaged 10.8ppg, 6.4rpg, 2.4apg and 1.4spg. He has never been drafted by the NBA. Among other achievements Dawson received NBA D-League award and ALL NBA D-League Defensive 1st Team award back in 2012. He is a very experienced player. Dawson has quite traveled the world as his pro career brought him to eleven different countries on four different continents (Europe, Asia, Latin America and of course North America). Dawson has played previously professionally in China (Foshan and Heilongjiang), Dominican Rep., Iran (Petrochimi), Japan, Korea, Puerto Rico (Leones), NBA (Atlanta Hawks and San Antonio Spurs), France (Chalon/Saor), Philippines (Meralco Bolts), Dominican Republic (Metros de Santiago) and D-League (Austin Spurs). Worth to mention he played also at Eurobasket Summer League, which helped him to get the job in pro basketball. He attended Midwestern State until 2007 and it will be his tenth season in pro basketball.
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