A few days after they got robbed right inside the Mall of Asia Arena, the Meralco Bolts rebounded by finishing strong and beating the Air21 Express. Sol Mercado and Mac Cardona combined for 42 points to lead the Bolts, now at 3 wins and 2 losses, while Reynel Hugnatan and Jay-R Reyes paired up for 17 points and 24 rebounds down low.
Meralco employed great defense here, limiting all but one Express player to single digits (John Wilson netted 16 points), while also forcing 19 Air21 turnovers. Meralco coach Ryan Gregorios wards shot a blistering 41% from beyond the arc, highlighted by a combined 10 treys from Mercado, Cardona, and Ronjay Buenafe.
In the second game, the Boosters relied on steady execution in the second half to turn back the tough-fighting Ginebra Kings. Alex Cabagnot came through this time around, seemingly responding to the call-out made by teammate Arwind Santos after their previous loss, scoring 25 points while dishing out 9 assists. For his part, Santos recorded a monster double-double, scoring 22 markers, collaring 17 rebounds, and blocking 2 shots. Former Gilas standout Chris Lutz, who engaged Ginebra ace Mark Caguioa in a word war throughout the match, also did well, putting up 18 points. Former Green Archer Joseph Yeo, meanwhile, hit 4 triples on his way to finishing with 16 markers.
Caguioa led the Kings with 23 points, but he shot just 9-of-25 from the field. LA Tenorio also had a good game, bouncing back from his subpar performance last Friday by recording 15 points, 7 assists, and 6 rebounds. It was all for naught, however, as Ginebra fell for the third time in a row after winning its first two assignments.
Game Recaps: MERALCO BOLTS over AIR21 EXPRESS, 85-72
Meralco notched a win that somehow eased the pain on its horrific experience from its previous trip at the SM Mall of Asia Arena.
The Bolts vented their ire on the Air 21 Express for an 85-72 win in the 2013 PBA Philippine Cup, coming out winners this time at the state-of-the-art venue in Pasay City.
We defended well today. We defended our things well and the numbers put up by Air 21 are not so significant, said Meralco head coach Ryan Gregorio, who was among Bolts member victimized by thieves who ransacked their locker room last Wednesday, during halftime of their 105-104 loss to GlobalPort.
After that harrowing experience, we were able to bounce back strong, came out with better focus, competed and played good basketball.
Gregorio blamed himself on their one-point loss to Batang Pier but his players came out with better focus and determination for 48 minutes to claim their third win in five matches.
With Meralco management deploying its own security personnel for the locker room, the Bolts were able to concentrate on the battle on the court.
Solomon Mercado finished with a game-high 24 points spiked by five three-pointers, while Mark Cardona and Ronjay Buenafe contributed 18 and 13 points, respectively, for the Bolts
Reynel Hugnatan also came up huge for Meralco with 10 points and 10 rebounds.
John Wilson was the lone Air 21 player in double figures with 16 points. The Express win-loss record dropped to 1-4.
Air 21 was in the thick of things early in the fourth quarter, trailing 63-59, before Hugnatan and Cardona joined forces for a decisive 16-3 burst to pull away from a tight contest with 5:13 left in the game.
Were lacking consistency right now. We can compete in certain level but we cant execute down the stretch, said Express coach Franz Pumaren. I guess the players are still feeling each other.
PETRON BLAZE BOOSTERS over BGY. GINEBRA KINGS, 98-95
Arwind Santos scored 22 points and grabbed 17 rebounds, while Alex Cabagnot added 25 points as Petron snapped its two-game Philippine Cup losing streak with a 98-95 victory over Ginebra Sunday at the SM Mall of Asia Arena.
The victory came just two days after Santos called out his teammates for lacking heart. In earlier comments to InterAKTV, he specifically mentioned Cabagnots play.
After the game, Santos stood by his statements.
Alam niya naman kung bakit ako nagsalita ng ganoon. Alam niya naman ang pagkatao ko, said Santos.
Sana yung pagkakabitaw ko ng salitang yun, sana magtuloy-tuloy pa. Sana maintindihan nila ako. Sabi ko kay Alex, Prove it to me.
Petron was up in the fourth quarter, 89-80, on a layup by Joseph Yeo, before Ginebra rattled off an 11-2 run to come within two points. A putback by Willie Wilson a couple of plays later tied the game at 95-all.
Petron regained the lead on a layup by Joseph Yeo, before LA Tenorio threw the ball away in the ensuing possession with less than 10 seconds to go. Ginebra sent Cabagnot to the line, and the Boosters point guard split his free throws.
Mark Caguioa had one last shot to tie the game for Ginebra, but his three-point attempt hit the back of the iron, allowing Santos to collar the rebound to seal the win.
Cabagnot added eight assists, while Chris Lutz had 18 points. Yeo chipped in 16 points, including four three-pointers.
I think Petron plays better with an injured lineup, said Boosters coach Olsen Racela, who lost veteran Danny Ildefonso during the game due to a dislocated left shoulder. The team is already without top pick June Mar Fajardo, who underwent an operation for his swollen scrotum.
It really shows the character of the team. Everyone is helping out, added Racela.
It was Ginebras third consecutive loss after winning its first two Philippine Cup assignments. Petron moved into a tie with the Gin Kings in the standings with similar 2-3 win-loss records.
Big 2nd quarter leads Philippines to win over Sacramento State - 50 minutes ago
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The Philippines outscored Sacramento State in the second quarter, 31-12, and held a huge 48-6 advantage in free throw attempts on the way to an 88-69 victory over Sacramento State in the fourth round of the 38th-annual William Jones Cup in Taiwan. The Philippines, which has been among the best teams at the tournament thus far, improved to 3-0 at the eight-game, nine-day event, and is averaging 87.7 points per game. That includes comfortable victories over the Hornets, South Korea and Chin... [read more]
The Philippines outscored Sacramento State in the second quarter, 31-12, and held a huge 48-6 advantage in free throw attempts on the way to an 88-69 victory over Sacramento State in the fourth round of the 38th-annual William Jones Cup in Taiwan. The Philippines, which has been among the best teams at the tournament thus far, improved to 3-0 at the eight-game, nine-day event, and is averaging 87.7 points per game. That includes comfortable victories over the Hornets, South Korea and Chinese Taipei A. The Philippines is the only team the Hornets will play during the tournament that is not a national squad. The team plays in the Pilipinas Commercial Basketball League (PCBL) and has won championships in the Republica Cup three times in the last four years (2013, 2014, 2016). Sacramento State, which was playing its fourth game in four days, dropped to 1-3. After the Hornets defeated India in the tournament opener on Saturday, the Hornets have lost to South Korea, Iran and the Philippines, respectively. Iran and the Philippines are the lone undefeated teams remaining in the tournament and both have 3-0 records. Sacramento State will play its fifth game in as many days tomorrow when the Hornets take on Chinese Taipei B at 4 a.m. PDT. For the second straight game, the Hornets could not overcome a huge foul and free throw disparity. The Hornets were whistled for 22 more fouls than the Philippines (33-11) and went to the free throw line just six times. Conversely, the Philippines made a robust 48 trips to the charity stripe. Sacramento State actually converted on five more field goals in the game, but the Hornets went just 5-for-6 from the free throw line while the Philippines went 31-of-48 from the stripe. The Hornets' James Herrick (208-C), Joshua Patton (203-F), Justin Strings (201-F), Nick Hornsby (201-F) and Eric Stuteville (211-C) all had at least four fouls while Herrick fouled out in 11 minutes. Stuteville had three fouls during the game's first five minutes. Both teams played even in the first, third and fourth quarters, but the Philippines had a big second quarter. Sacramento State held its largest lead of the game at 19-12 with 4:35 remaining in the first quarter, and took its last lead of the contest at 29-28 on a turnaround jumper from Grant Dressler with 6:40 left in the second. However, the Philippines would close the final 6:31 of the second quarter on a 26-6 run to go into halftime with a 54-35 lead. Both teams scored 15 points in the third quarter and 19 points in the fourth quarter. Sacramento State outrebounded the Philippines, 46-40, while shooting .361 (30-83) from the field and .211 (4-19) from the 3-point line. Both teams combined for just 22 turnovers, and the Philippines shot .385 (25-65) from the field and .304 (7-23) from the 3-point line. For the Hornets, Dressler scored a game-high 16 points on 7-of-16 shooting from the field while also pulling seven rebounds. He was joined in double figures by guard Jeff Wu (188-G), who had 13 points on 5-of-8 shooting from the field. Strings, who had scored in double figures in each of the first three games of the tournament, was held scoreless but did have seven rebounds. Patton, who is a redshirt freshman, grabbed a game-high nine rebounds while also notching a team-best two blocked shots. Stuteville and guards Jiday Ugbaja (180-PG) and Matt Battaglia (183-PG) each scored eight points. Battaglia, a true freshman from El Dorado Hills, was a proficient 3-for-4 from the field, including a pair of 3-pointers. Ugbaja was 4-for-6 from the floor. Guard Marcus Graves (183-PG) added six points, five rebounds and a team-high tying three assists while Trevis Jackson (180-PG) had three rebounds and three assists. Hornsby had four points and three rebounds in 13 minutes. Sacramento State plays tomorrow against a Chinese Taipei B squad that is 1-2, but all three of its games have been decided by eight points or less. That includes an 81-80 victory today over the Chinese Taipei A team. Courtesy of: hornetsports.com
Al Thornton scores 24 points to lead PH-Mighty Sports' rout of South Korea - 1 day ago
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Al Thornton (203-F-83, college: Florida St.) scored 24 points as he carried Philippines-Mighty Sports pummeled South Korea, 86-65, to notch its second straight victory in the 2016 William Jones Cup Monday in Taiwan. Thornton also had seven boards as he sank crucial baskets to pace PH-Mighty Sports which is now 2-0 in the tournament. Zach Graham (198-G-89, college: Mississippi, agency: Pro Sports) added 13 points, while Dewarick Spencer(193-G-82, college: Arkansas St., agency: Higher Visio... [read more]
Al Thornton (203-F-83, college: Florida St.) scored 24 points as he carried Philippines-Mighty Sports pummeled South Korea, 86-65, to notch its second straight victory in the 2016 William Jones Cup Monday in Taiwan. Thornton also had seven boards as he sank crucial baskets to pace PH-Mighty Sports which is now 2-0 in the tournament. Zach Graham (198-G-89, college: Mississippi, agency: Pro Sports) added 13 points, while Dewarick Spencer (193-G-82, college: Arkansas St., agency: Higher Vision Sports) contributed 12 markers. PH-Mighty Sports got off to a 12-5 start, but Korea made a run and took the lead, 18-17. However, Thornton exploded for five straight points, including a buzzer-beating trey, to give his team a 22-17 edge after the opening quarter. PH-Mighty Sports pulled away in the second quarter thanks to a 19-7 run that handed them a 41-24 lead. Halftime ended at 45-31 with PH-Mighty Sports led by Spencer's 10 points and Thornton's nine markers. Korea tried several times to come back, trimming its deficit to eight, 51-43, in the third quarter. But Mike Singletary converted an and one to bring PH-Mighty Sports' lead to 11, 54-43. They took a 59-45 cushion entering the final frame. Korea once again threatened for a serious run after coming within eight, 65-57, early in the fourth quarter. However, PH-Mighty Sports had another answer, with Thornton draining a triple and completing an and one play to push their lead, 71-57, and keep the Koreans at bay. Courtesy of: interaksyon.com
White's double-double lands him Player of the Week award - 2 days ago
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23-year old forward James White (203-F-93) put on an amazing game in the last round for league's best team Mahindra E. and receives a Asia-basket.com Player of the Week award for round 2.
He had a double-double of 28 points and 20 rebounds, while his team beat Globalport (#11, 0-3), the league's bottom-ranked team 108-98. It allowed Mahindra E. to take over top position in the Filipino league. But it's just the very beginning of the season and Mahindra E. won both games without losing an... [read more]
23-year old forward James White (203-F-93) put on an amazing game in the last round for league's best team Mahindra E. and receives a Asia-basket.com Player of the Week award for round 2. He had a double-double of 28 points and 20 rebounds, while his team beat Globalport (#11, 0-3), the league's bottom-ranked team 108-98. It allowed Mahindra E. to take over top position in the Filipino league. But it's just the very beginning of the season and Mahindra E. won both games without losing any. It's too early to say anything as the standings can be changed completely after next round. In the team's last game White had a remarkable 56.3% from 2-point range. He has many years of experience at Mahindra E., through which he has constantly improved. Georgia Tech graduate has very impressive stats this year. White is in league's top in points (6th best: 25.0ppg), rebounds (3rd best: 14.0rpg) and averages solid 2.5bpg and 55.9% FGP.
Second best performed player last round was Marqus Blakely (201-F-88) of Purefoods Star. He is American forward in his first season at Purefoods Star. In the last game Blakely recorded impressive double-double of 24 points and 22 rebounds. It was enough for Purefoods Star to edge Globalport (0-3) by 3 points 105-102. The season is still at the very beginning and this victory may help a lot. Let's wait for the next round. Blakely is one of the most experienced players at Purefoods Star and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.
Third place about best performers goes to swingman Dominique Sutton (198-G/F-86) of Globalport (#11). Sutton got into 30-points club by scoring 34 points in the last round. He went also for thirteen rebounds and seven assists. Despite Sutton's great performance Globalport lost 98-108 to Mahindra E. (#1, 2-0). But his team cannot count on just a single shooter as he also needs help of the other teammates. Globalport can only dream about fighting for top spots in the league. They have awful season losing so far all 3 games. Sutton has individually a great season in Philippines. After only 2 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 26.0ppg (5th best), rebounds with 14.0rpg (2nd best) and assists with 5.0apg (8th best).
Other top performing players last week: 4. Justin Brownlee (197-F-88) of Barangay Ginebra - 31 points and 13 rebounds 5. Henry Walker (198-G/F-87) of NLEX RW - 33 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists 6. Dior Lowhorn (201-F-87) of Rain or Shine - 26 points and 14 rebounds 7. Michael Glover (203-F-87) of Globalport - 27 points, 12 rebounds and 5 assists 8. LaDontae Henton (198-F-92) of Alaska Aces - 29 points and 9 rebounds 9. Ian Paul Sangalang (201-F/C-91) of Purefoods Star - 18 points and 6 rebounds 10. Jayson Castro William (180-PG-86) of Talk N Text - 19 points, 6 rebounds and 10 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)
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