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
The 2016 PBA Governors' Cup kicked off last week with big wins from NLEX, Ginebra, Meralco, and Mahindra. Game Capsules (adapted from Interaksyon): NLEX ROAD WARRIORS over BLACKWATER ELITE, 96-90 NLEX import Henry Walker made a big impression in his PBA return, scoring 44 points to lead his Road Warriors past the gutsy Blackwater Elite, 96-90, in the PBA Governors' Cup on Saturday at the Mall of Asia Arena. Walker shot 15-for-25 (60-percent) from the field and 6-for-13 (46-percent) fr... [read more]
The 2016 PBA Governors' Cup kicked off last week with big wins from NLEX, Ginebra, Meralco, and Mahindra.
Game Capsules (adapted from Interaksyon):
NLEX ROAD WARRIORS over BLACKWATER ELITE, 96-90 NLEX import Henry Walker made a big impression in his PBA return, scoring 44 points to lead his Road Warriors past the gutsy Blackwater Elite, 96-90, in the PBA Governors' Cup on Saturday at the Mall of Asia Arena.
Walker shot 15-for-25 (60-percent) from the field and 6-for-13 (46-percent) from three-point range in an impressive offensive showing for NLEX.
Kevin Alas and Mac Baracael each added 12 markers for the Road Warriors, while Jonas Villanueva added 11.
Walker immediately put the league on notice after scoring an incredible 24 of his team's 31 points in the first quarter. He sizzled from beyond the arc, hitting his first four three-point attempts and finished the period shooting 5-for-7 from beyond the arc.
The NLEX import's explosive start allowed his Road Warriors to lead by as many as 17 points in the first stanza.
Lines of the Game: Henry Walker (NLX) - 44pts, 6rebs, 2asts, 2stls, 6 triples, 15/25 FGs Eric Dawson (BLA) - 27pts, 17rebs, 3asts, 2stls, 4blks, 11/18 FGs
BGY. GINEBRA GIN KINGS over GLOBALPORT BATANG PIER, 93-81 The Barangay Ginebra San Miguel Kings, already missing star center Greg Slaughter, overcame an injury to import Paul Harris as they downed the GlobalPort Batang Pier, 93-81, in the PBA Governors' Cup on Saturday at the Mall of Asia Arena.
Japeth Aguilar posted 21 points, six rebounds and two blocks to lead Ginebra while getting support from Sol Mercado (12 points), Chris Ellis (10 points), LA Tenorio (10 points) and Joe Devance (10 points).
Harris, who exited the game late in the third quarter with a broken right thumb, had 14 points, 10 rebounds, two assists and two blocks.
GlobalPort continued to battle throughout the game, but Tenorio proved steady from the free throw line as he helped Ginebra keep the margin up in the final minute.
Aguilar capped the victory with a big dunk in the endgame.
Pringle finished with 26 points, while Romeo added 15 markers.
MAHINDRA ENFORCERS over STAR HOTSHOTS, 100-92 The Mahindra Enforcers got off to a rousing start to their conference after outlasting the Star Hotshots in overtime, 100-92, in their PBA Governors' Cup opener last Friday at the SMART-Araneta Coliseum.
22-year-old import James White bucked a slow start by scoring 18 of his 22 points in the second half and overtime, while Aldrech Ramos chipped in with 17 points for Mahindra.
The Enforcers' Asian import, Iranian Iman Zandi, also played a key role, going a perfect 5-for-5 from beyond the arc to finish with 15 points. Two other local players - KG Canaleta and Paolo Taha - finished in double figures.
Star's balik-import Marqus Blakely finished with 21 points, 15 rebounds and five assists in the defeat.
Mahindra started strong, largely on the strength of the performances of Zandi, who hit four three-pointers in the first half, and Ramos, who scored 10 markers.
Revilla made a big triple to open overtime and Ramos made a pair of free throws. Star's RR Garcia responded with a trey of his own, though, to keep things close, 92-90.
White and Allein Maliksi then traded baskets before Canaleta made a tough bank shot from the midrange to put again put some distance, 96-92, with 42 seconds left.
After a huge stop of the defensive end, Revilla all but sealed it with two free throws, 98-92, leaving just 23 seconds remaining on the game clock.
Lines of the Game: James White (MAH) - 22pts, 8rebs, 1blk, 10/18 FGs. Marqus Blakely (STA) - 21pts, 15rebs, 5asts, 2blks, 1stl.
MERALCO BOLTS over PHOENIX FUEL MASTERS, 108-103 Allen Durham bullied his way to a dominant outing while veteran point guard Jimmy Alapag provided some excellent support as Meralco took their PBA Governors' Cup opener, 108-103, over Phoenix on Friday at the SMART-Araneta Coliseum.
Durham finished with 32 points and 22 rebounds while Alapag had 15 points and team-high six assists to lead Meralco.
Jared Dillinger also finished with 15 points while Chris Newsome added 13. Cliff Hodge had 12 markers.
Phoenix import Marcus Simmons had 21 points, 11 rebounds and seven assists to lead the Fuel Masters.
Phoenix's most recent acquisition, former Alaska guard Cyrus Baguio, was in uniform but did not play.
Lines of the Game: Allen Durham (MER) - 32pts, 22rebs, 5asts, 1stl, 1blk, 10/20 FGs. Marcus Simmons (PHX) - 21pts, 11rebs, 7asts, 3stls, 1blk.
Talk N Text adds Little to their roster, ex Anyang KGC - 2 days ago
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Talk N Text Tropang Texters (PBA) added to their roster 29-year old American swingman Mario Little (198-99kg-87, college: Kansas). He played last season at Anyang KGC in South Korean KBL league. In 62 games he had very impressive stats: 16.8ppg, 4.1rpg and 2.7apg. Little's team made it to the Korean KBL Semifinals. He has played also professionally in Spain (La ICL Manresa), Ukraine (DniproAzot) and D-League (Oklahoma City Blue). Little attended University of Kansas until 2011 and it will... [read more]
Talk N Text Tropang Texters (PBA) added to their roster 29-year old American swingman Mario Little (198-99kg-87, college: Kansas). He played last season at Anyang KGC in South Korean KBL league. In 62 games he had very impressive stats: 16.8ppg, 4.1rpg and 2.7apg. Little's team made it to the Korean KBL Semifinals. He has played also professionally in Spain (La ICL Manresa), Ukraine (DniproAzot) and D-League (Oklahoma City Blue). Little attended University of Kansas until 2011 and it will be his sixth season as a professional player.
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