At one point in their careers, Jervy Cruz and Larry Fonacier were two of the most feared amateurs in local basketball.
Cruz played for the UST Growling Tigers in the UAAP, leading the Espaa quintet to its last taste of championship glory in 2006.
Fonacier, for his part, was a vital cog in the 2002 edition of the Ateneo Blue Eagles. His key block at the end of Game 1 against Mac Cardona has been immortalized as one of the most memorable images in the history of the UAAP Finals.
When both guys went up to the pro ranks, they were highly touted, but neither has really reached the top level that many of their peers have.
Cruz has always been a blessed inside operator. His combination of footwork and positioning is something many other pro bigs havent been able to master. Despite this, his size has always hampered his potential. At a generous 64, Cruz is hardly the most imposing presence on the hardwood. When ranged against similarly-sized frontliners, Cruz can easily hold his own, but when measured up against much bigger foes, Cruz usually struggles.
It was good, then, that against the bigger Jason Deutchman and Rabeh Al-Hussaini, Cruz accounted well for himself. His double-double production helped the Painters win over Global Port in spite of ace gunner Jeff Chans anemic shooting night. Because of Cruzz heroics, Coach Yeng Guiaos squad is now at 3-1.
The only team the Painters trail is Talk N Text, which relied heavily on the hot hand of Fonacier to subdue the erstwhile unbeaten San Mig Coffee Mixers.
Fonacier led all scorers in the Texters fourth straight victory, waxing hot from long range as TNT remains the only undefeated team in the tournament. The Ateneo de Manila alum, fresh from his first tour of duty with the senior NT about a month ago, connected on four of his six trey attempts, while also grabbing 7 rebounds. Prior to this game, Fonacier averaged just 11.7ppg while shooting just 41% from the field. He was also making good on only 17% of his attempts from rainbow country. Needless to say, he picked a good time to get hot, and, because of it, the Texters remain flawless.
Game Recaps: RAIN OR SHINE ELASTO-PAINTERS over GLOBAL PORT BATANG PIER, 94-83
Jervy Cruz scored a career-high 22 points along with 16 rebounds to help Rain or Shine past GlobalPort, 94-83, in PBA Philippine Cup action Saturday at the Ynares Center in Antipolo City.
The Elasto Painters were holding a precarious 84-79 lead with three minutes left in the game before rattling off a 6-0 run to put the game away.
Cruz led seven players with at least eight points for Rain or Shine, which won its third game in four outings. GlobalPort suffered its fourth loss in five games, which relegated the Batang Pier to the bottom of the standings.
Rain or Shine won despite getting just 13 points from Jeff Chan, who had averaged 26.7 points coming into the game.
Si Jeff, hindi maganda yung laro ngayon, kaya isa-isa kaming nag-step up, said Cruz.
Willie Miller, who scored 33 points in GlobalPorts victory in its last outing, was limited to just 10 points.
GlobalPort rookies Jason Deutchman and AJ Mandani led the fight for the Batang Pier, scoring 18 and 17 points, respectively.
Rain or Shine coach Yeng Guiao pointed to the victory as a boost as the Elasto Painters head into one of the toughest stretches in their schedule. They face San Mig Coffee on Wednesday in a rematch of the last seasons Governors Cup Finals before taking on Talk N Text next Saturday in Victorias City, Negros Occidental.
This is a crucial eight-day stretch for us, said Guiao. How well we do in our next two games might well define how were going to fare in this conference.
TALK N TEXT TROPANG TEXTERS over SAN MIG COFFEE MIXERS, 85-74
And then there was one.
The Talk N Text Tropang Texters squandered an early 17-point lead before escaping the San Mig Coffee Mixers, 85-74, Saturday at the Ynares Center to remain the only undefeated team in the PBA Philippine Cup.
Larry Fonacier sizzled for 26 points, including a key three-pointer that kicked off a late 14-2 run that preserved the fourth straight victory for the Tropang Texters.
San Mig Coffee, which missed star forward Marc Pingris because of an ankle injury last Sunday against Petron, suffered its first loss in three games.
Fonacier, who also had seven rebounds, and led five Talk N Text players in double figures. Jayson Castro had 16 points, Ryan Reyes added 12, Kelly Williams chipped in 11, and Ranidel De Ocampo posted 10.
Talk N Text began the game with a 26-9 run midway through the first quarter en route to a 52-41 halftime lead.
But the Mixers fought back furiously after the break, and Mark Barrocas fastbreak layup gave San Mig Coffee a 65-64 lead to end the third quarter.
Another Barroca layup gave the Mixers a 67-64 lead to open the fourth period, and the two teams battled in a nip-and-tuck affair through most of the fourth quarter.
A three-pointer by James Yap, who scored 18 points, gave San Mig Coffee its last taste of the lead, 72-71, midway through the fourth quarter.
Two plays later, Fonacier hit his key three-pointer that started Talk N Texts game-ending run.
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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