The Alaska Aces are now 3-0 (since October 14) thanks in no small part to Calvin Abueva suiting up and finally strutting his stuff in the pros. In his first two games, Abueva has averaged 14.0ppg and 14.0rpg. He has supplanted Cliff Hodge as the most efficient rookie in the Philippine Cup, and he seems to be the new it guy in the PBA.
It hasnt, however, been exclusively a Calvin Abueva show. JV Casio has also been doing well of late for Alaska. In the Aces current three-game winning run, the former Green Archer has normed 17.3ppg, 5.0apg, and 3.0rpg while shooting 40% from beyond the arc. Those numbers are up from the 7.5ppg and 17% 3-point shooting he registers in Alaskas first two games.
One cause for concern, though, is the injury that Cyrus Baguio sustained late in their win over Air21. Early signs point to a probable knee injury for the highflyer. If that turns out to be the case, then Alaskas run might come to a premature end.
Another team on a winning run is Petron. After losing 3 of their first 4 matches, the Boosters have won back-to-back games, the last one without former Smart-Gilas head coach Rajko Toroman.
Many have pointed to the peculiar bench set-up involving Toroman and current head tactician Olsen Racela as one of the big factors that affected Petrons lethargic start. Curiously enough, with Toroman out (he wasnt even present in the arena), the Boosters posted what was easily their most dominant game of the tournament so far.
Five guys finished in double-figures, with Arwind Santos and Jay Washington each registering double-doubles. The backcourt tandem of Chris Lutz and Alex Cabagnot also did well, combining for 31 points, 11 rebounds, and 15 assists.
Is this a sign that Toromans main contribution was plain distraction?
Game Recaps: ALASKA ACES over AIR21 EXPRESS, 92-81
Calvin Abueva posted another double-double performance in his second game in the PBA, and the Alaska Aces went on to win a third straight match.
Abueva picked up from where he left off in his debut, finishing with 16 points and 12 rebounds as he helped the Aces to a 92-81 triumph over the slumping Air21 Express Friday at the SMART-Araneta Coliseum.
Hindi ko nga napapansin yung stats niya, but he had another double-double performance. But I think there are better games out there for Calvin, said Alaska coach Luigi Trillo.
I cant remember the last time we won three, but I think that happened with Jason Forte as our import.
But Abueva wasnt the only one who came up with big plays.
JVee Casio, who missed the Aces last practice as he was not feeling well, stepped up and played steady basketball. He had 19 points on three three-pointers along with five assists.
Defensively, weve been working hard. In our last two games, we were down big, but defense brought us back. JVee made things difficult for Wynne Arboleda. He was able to wear the veteran down and that took its toll on Air 21, said Trillo.
With their defense working double time, the Aces were able to jump the gun on the Express en route to a 50-33 halftime lead.
Dondon Hontiveros and Cyrus Baguio finished with 15 points apiece. But Baguio suffered a knee injury late in the game that has Trillo worried.
Mukhang tuhod ang tama ni Cyrus. He cant even walk. Well have to get an MRI for him and hopefully its not serious, said Trillo
Sanen Neophoenix (B League) strengthened their roster with addition of 31-year old American forward Robert Dozier (206-102kg-85, college: Memphis). He played most recently at Alaska Aces in Filipino PBA league. Dozier managed to play in three leagues in two countries last year. In 15 PBA games he recorded very impressive stats: 19.9ppg, 11.3rpg, 2.1apg and 1.9bpg. He also played that season for Le Mans in ProA where in 10 games he averaged 11.5ppg, 8.2rpg, 1.3spg and 1.3bpg. Dozier also p... [read more]
Sanen Neophoenix (B League) strengthened their roster with addition of 31-year old American forward Robert Dozier (206-102kg-85, college: Memphis). He played most recently at Alaska Aces in Filipino PBA league. Dozier managed to play in three leagues in two countries last year. In 15 PBA games he recorded very impressive stats: 19.9ppg, 11.3rpg, 2.1apg and 1.9bpg. He also played that season for Le Mans in ProA where in 10 games he averaged 11.5ppg, 8.2rpg, 1.3spg and 1.3bpg. Dozier also played 7 games in Eurocup where he had 8.9ppg, 5.1rpg and 1.0spg. He also spent pre-season at PAOK Thessaloniki (A1) in Greek league that year. In 2009 Dozier was drafted by Miami Heat (NBA) in second round (60th overall). He attended University of Memphis and it will be his eighth season in pro basketball. Dozier received Asia-Basket.com All-PBA Commissioner's Cup 2nd Team award in 2016. He is quite experienced player. Thanks to Dozier's pro career he managed to play on three different continents (Europe, Asia and of course North America) in four different countries. Dozier has played previously professionally in Spain (Sevilla), France (Cholet Basket), Greece (Kolossos) and United Arab Emirates (Al Shabab). The scouts decsribe him following way:
(by Adam Ganeles for NBADraft.net in 2009)
Has terrific hands and reads passing angles well, notching a theft a game for his collegiate career ... Lateral quickness is excellent. Has shown the ability to guard smaller defenders and pressure ball handlers.
Often overpowered at the defensive end but made up for it with movement and quick leaping ability ... Finishes adequately at the offensive end, but must add strength.
Phelps number one in Philippines for round 6 - 4 days 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.
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