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.
Kevinn Pinkney (ex Phoenix) may join Maccabi Haifa - 2 hours ago
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Maccabi Hunter Haifa (Winner League) is close to sign experienced 34-year old American forward Kevinn Pinkney (207-111kg-83, college: Nevada) who played last time at Phoenix Fuel Masters in Philippines. In 9 PBA games he recorded very impressive stats: 23.4ppg, 13.0rpg, 2.1apg and 1.4bpg last season. The previous (2015) summer Pinkney played at Bucaneros in Venezuelan LPB where in 26 games he averaged 9.3ppg, 5.6rpg, 1.2apg and 1.3spg in 2015 season. In 2005 he was drafted by Sioux Falls... [read more]
Maccabi Hunter Haifa (Winner League) is close to sign experienced 34-year old American forward Kevinn Pinkney (207-111kg-83, college: Nevada) who played last time at Phoenix Fuel Masters in Philippines. In 9 PBA games he recorded very impressive stats: 23.4ppg, 13.0rpg, 2.1apg and 1.4bpg last season. The previous (2015) summer Pinkney played at Bucaneros in Venezuelan LPB where in 26 games he averaged 9.3ppg, 5.6rpg, 1.2apg and 1.3spg in 2015 season. In 2005 he was drafted by Sioux Falls Skyforce (CBA) in fifth round (48th overall). Pinkney attended University of Nevada and it is his twelfth (!!!) season in pro basketball. He is a very experienced player. Thanks to Pinkney's pro career he managed to play on four different continents (Europe, Asia, Latin America and of course North America) in eleven different countries. Pinkney has played previously professionally in China (Heilongjiang), France, Italy (AV Cantu and Angelico Biella), Lebanon (Champville), Poland, Puerto Rico (Atleticos), Russia (Enisey), Slovenia (Un.Olimpija), Turkey (Trabzonspor and Aliaga), Israel (Hapoel Jerusalem) and United Arab Emirates (Al Naser). The scouts decsribe him following way:
Raw athlete with good size and good hands...Has skills and mobility to counter stronger power forwards... Possesses good shot blocking ability. Has displayed a good shooting touch from the 17- to 18-foot range. He gets good position inside and is quick to the ball. Made a huge work in bulking-up, because he weighed just 190 pounds when he entered Nevada. He's the typical late bloomer, who has yet upside.
Weekend action in the 2016-2017 PBA Philippine Cup reached fever pitch and was highlighted by wins from Meralco, Ginebra, and San Miguel Beer. Game Capsules: MERALCO BOLTS over RAIN OR SHINE ELASTO-PAINTERS, 82-72 The Meralco Bolts finally put an end to their miseries as they knocked off the Rain or Shine Elasto Painters, 82-72, to snap a six-game losing skid and remain in the hunt for a playoff spot in the Oppo PBA Philippine Cup Friday at Cuneta Astrodome. Chris Newsome paced the Bo... [read more]
Weekend action in the 2016-2017 PBA Philippine Cup reached fever pitch and was highlighted by wins from Meralco, Ginebra, and San Miguel Beer.
MERALCO BOLTS over RAIN OR SHINE ELASTO-PAINTERS, 82-72 The Meralco Bolts finally put an end to their miseries as they knocked off the Rain or Shine Elasto Painters, 82-72, to snap a six-game losing skid and remain in the hunt for a playoff spot in the Oppo PBA Philippine Cup Friday at Cuneta Astrodome.
Chris Newsome paced the Bolts with 19 points, 15 of which came in the second half, while Cliff Hodge collected 17 points and 16 boards for the Bolts (3-7) who pumped some life into their slim quarterfinal hopes.
With just one game left on its schedule, Meralco needs to win its remaining game and hope that other teams above them, namely Ginebra, Alaska and Star, drop some games for the Bolts to have a shot at a playoff ticket. Yap scored 17 points for Rain or Shine (5-4) which suffered its second straight defeat. (Interaksyon.com)
Lines of the Game: Cliff Hodge (MER) - 17pts, 16rebs, 4blks, 2 triples. James Yap (ROS) - 17pts, 4rebs, 3asts, 2 triples.
BGY. GINEBRA GIN KINGS over BLACKWATER ELITE, 99-90 Barangay Ginebra San Miguel withstood the early exit of star forward Japeth Aguilar due to injury, fending off the gutsy Blackwater Elite, 99-90, in the Oppo PBA Philippine Cup Friday at Cuneta Astrodome.
Aguilar, who already had 14 points in the first half, hurt himself in the second quarter after landing awkwardly following a dunk at the 3:55 mark of the second quarter. He never returned to the game and was feared to have suffered a hyperextended right elbow.
But his teammates stepped up in his absence. Scottie Thompson delivered an all-around performance of 13 points, 15 rebounds, seven assists and two steals. LA Tenorio top-scored with 15 points, while Joe Devance and Dave Marcelo each added 13 markers apiece.
They all helped Ginebra, which improved to 5-4 for a share of third place, weather a rally by Blackwater which came back from 15 points down. Sumang had 20 points while Raymond Aguilar buried four triples en route to 16 points. Mac Belo also had 16 points for the Elite which fell to 5-5. (Interaksyon.com)
Lines of the Game: Scottie Thompson (GIN) - 13pts, 15rebs, 7asts, 2stls. Roi Sumang (BLA) - 20pts, 4asts, 3rebs, 1stl, 2 triples.
SAN MIGUEL BEERMEN over GLOBALPORT BATANG PIER, 106-100 Box Scores. http://www.fibalivestats.com/u/PBA/448422/
The San Miguel Beermen clinched the No. 1 seed in the Oppo PBA Philippine Cup after defeating the GlobalPort Batang Pier, 106-100, behind the heroics of Arwind Santos in an out-of-town game on Saturday in Lapu-Lapu City, Cebu.
Santos had a huge night for SMB, scoring 31 points, including five three-pointers, and grabbing 10 rebounds as he led his team to an eighth consecutive victory. The Beermen, now at 9-1 for the conference, are now out of reach of their closest pursuers in the standings.
Marcio Lassiter added 22 points while June Mar Fajardo, the reigning three-peat PBA MVP who was celebrating his Cebu homecoming, chipped in with 19 points and 15 big rebounds in the win.
GlobalPort, which entered the game in solo second at 5-3, dropped into a five-way tie for second place (5-4) with only two games remaining in the elimination round. Pringle led GlobalPort with 21 points while Romeo, who was averaging 27 points per game this conference, finished with 16 points on 4-for-14 (28-percent) shooting. (Interaksyon.com)
Lines of the Game: Arwind Santos (SMB) - 31pts, 10rebs, 2asts, 5 triples. Stanley Pringle (GLO) - 21pts, 6rebs, 2asts, 3 triples.
TNT and Phoenix notched separate wins in the 2016-2017 PBA Philippine Cup, defeating Mahindra and NLEX respectively this past Wednesday. Game Capsules: TNT KA TROPA over MAHINDRA FLOODBUSTER, 104-92 TNT KaTropa woke up from a lethargic first half to stop the Mahindra Floodbuster, 104-92, and snap their own two-game skid in the Oppo PBA Philippine Cup Wednesday at Cuneta Astrodome. Troy Rosario top-scored for TNT with 18 points and nine rebounds while rookie Roger Pogoy tallied a caree... [read more]
TNT and Phoenix notched separate wins in the 2016-2017 PBA Philippine Cup, defeating Mahindra and NLEX respectively this past Wednesday.
TNT KA TROPA over MAHINDRA FLOODBUSTER, 104-92 TNT KaTropa woke up from a lethargic first half to stop the Mahindra Floodbuster, 104-92, and snap their own two-game skid in the Oppo PBA Philippine Cup Wednesday at Cuneta Astrodome.
Troy Rosario top-scored for TNT with 18 points and nine rebounds while rookie Roger Pogoy tallied a career-high 16 points together with four rebounds and four assists.
KaTropa improved to 5-4 to move up to a share of fourth place. Alex Mallari scored 19 points, seven rebounds and five assists to lead Mahindra which fell to 2-6. (Interaksyon.com)
Lines of the Game: Troy Rosario (TNT) - 18pts, 9rebs, 1ast, 1blk, 2 triples. Alex Mallari (MAH) - 19pts, 7rebs, 5asts.
PHOENIX FUEL MASTERS over NLEX ROAD WARRIORS, 102-91 The Phoenix Fuel Masters used a blistering third quarter run to dispatch the NLEX Road Warriors, 102-91, in the Oppo PBA Philippine Cup Wednesday at Cuneta Astrodome.
Simon Enciso finished with 21 points spiked by five triples to lead five Fuel Masters players who breached the double-digit mark in scoring.
JC Intal contributed 16 points, Cyrus Baguio had 13 and Willie Wilson and Matthew Wright each added 12 points apiece.
Wright fell one assist shy of a triple-double. He also grabbed 12 rebounds and dished nine dimes although he committed 10 turnovers.
With the win, Phoenix moved up to 5-4 and created a three-way tie with Blackwater and TNT for fourth place. Sean Anthony scored 23 points to pace NLEX, which fell to 2-7, in the losing effort. (Interaksyon.com)
Lines of the Game: Matthew Wright (PHX) - 12pts, 12asts, 9rebs, 9asts, 3 triples. Sean Anthony (NLX) - 23pts, 8rebs, 3asts, 1 triple.
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