To call the goaltend or not to call the goaltend. That was the question.
The refs didnt call it.
They didnt have to, at least thats what I think. If the PBA does, in general, follow FIBA rules, as they claim, then Rafi Reaviss tap of the basketball while it was still clearly within the imaginary cylinder was, indeed, fair.
No call had to be made. The FIBA rules state that the ball may be tapped or touched or grabbed right after it makes contact with the ring. For all intents and purposes, Reavis made a good play on a fair ball.
San Mig Coffee won.
In other games, the Alaska Aces and the Talk N Text Tropang Texters, the two hottest teams at the moment, won in contrasting fashion. Alaska leaned on yet another strong performance from rookie Calvin Abueva to dump the slumping GInebra Kings, while the Texters were led by Jimmy Alapag and Ranidel De Ocampo in ambushing the Rain or Shine Elasto-Painters in Victorias City. TNT remains unscathed at the top spot even as the Aces have won their fourth straight game.
Game Recaps: TALK N TEXT TROPANG TEXTERS over RAIN OR SHINE ELASTO-PAINTERS, 80-77
The Talk N Text Tropang Texters pulled out a thrilling 80-77 victory over the Rain or Shine Elasto Painters Saturday in Victorias City, Negros Occidental to remain undefeated in the Philippine Cup.
Talk N Text had to go through the eye of the needle to pull out its sixth win in as many games. Rain or Shine, which saw its three-game winning run end, suffered just its second loss against four wins.
Larry Fonacier posted 12 points, seven rebounds, and four assists, leading the Tropang Texters rally from a 13-point deficit early in the second half.
We played a good defense on Jeff Chan, said Talk N Text coach Norman Black. The Rain or Shine sharpshooter was hounded to just four points after coming into the game averaging better than 23 per game.
But we missed a lot of free throws. If we made our free throws, we could have won by a big margin, added Black.
Rain or Shine looked poised to run away with the game after taking 53-40 advantage in the third quarter, before Talk N Text steadily clawed back.
The Tropang Texters tied the game, 71-all, with six minutes left, before Jimmy Alapag, who led all scorers with 15 points, hit the go-ahead three-pointer a couple of plays later to give them a 74-73 advantage. Fonacier hit a runner to give the Tropang Texters more breathing space, 76-73, heading into the homestretch.
Talk N Text was still leading, 78-74, before Jeff Chan and TY Tang combined for three quick points to tow Rain or Shine to within one point. After a defensive stop, Gabe Norwood couldnt convert for the Elasto Painters, who sent Ranidel De Ocampo to the line for two free throws.
Down by three points, Rain or Shine tried to find Chan in the ensuing possession, but Tang could not find the open passing lane, instead back-rimming a three-pointer.
Talk N Text left the door open for the Elasto Painters after two missed free throws by Fonacier. But a final attempt by JR Quinahan clanged harmlessly off the rim at the buzzer, preserving the victory for Talk N Text.
SAN MIG COFFEE MIXERS over BARAKO BULL ENERGY COLAS, 92-91
Rafi Reavis made a heady play in the dying seconds to help San Mig Coffee preserve a 92-91 victory over Barako Bull in a thrilling finish in the 2013 PBA Philippine Cup Sunday at the SMART-Araneta Coliseum.
Reavis swatted the ball away from the cylinder on an attempt by Rico Villanueva with about two seconds remaining to secure the much-needed win for the Coffee Mixers.
I dont see any controversy there. Thats legal in our league, said San Mig Coffee coach Tim Cone.
Were using FIBA rule [on goaltending]. You can knock the ball on the rim. Its not the NBA rule anymore. And it was really a smart play by Rafi. He keeps on doing that since they changed the rule four or five years ago.
It was a sorry loss for the Energy Colas, who trailed by as much as 12 points in the third period before rallying back in the fourth quarter behind Ronald Tubid.
James Yap led all scorers with 21 points but missed a couple of shots in the closing minutes that allowed Barako Bull to get back in the contest.
Peter June Simon added 15 points, including the marginal basket, while rookie Aldrech Ramos had his best game with 10 for the Mixers, who snapped a two-game skid for a 3-2 win-loss mark.
Tubid had 17 points and was responsible for putting his team on top with back-to-back three-pointers and a feed to Villanueva to give Barako Bull 91-90 lead with 1:18 remaining.
Simon reclaimed the lead for San Mig Coffee after he followed up a Yaps missed jumper, 92-91, with just 19.4 seconds left on the clock.
Then came the controversial finish as Villanuevas attempt, which appeared to be trickling in, was denied by Reavis, who tapped the ball while on the rim as time expired.
Barako Bull players and officials vehemently protested the non-goal tending call.
They should let the players decide. If you asked my opinion, it was counted, said Barako Bull coach Junel Baculi, who will confer with the management about what steps to take. Sayang. We were robbed of the win.
Villanueva added 16 points for Barako Bull, whose record fell to 2-4.
SMC 92- Yap 21, Simon 15, Ramos 10, Barroca 9, Gonzales 9, Pingris 9, De Ocampo 8, Devance 5, Reavis 5, Villanueva 1 BAR 91- Tubid 17, Villanueva 16, Urbiztondo 14, Kramer 12, Pennisi 12, Najorda 9, Yap 5, Anthony 4, Cervantes 2, Alvarez 0, Ballesteros 0 QS: 17-24, 42-48, 66-61, 92-91
ALASKA ACES over BGY. GINEBRA KINGS, 87-69
Alaska delivered another ace of a game that led to one more Barangay Ginebra San Miguel checkmate.
The Aces stretched their winning streak to four matches after pulling off a masterful 87-69 victory against the skidding Gin Kings to grab a share of second spot in the 2013 PBA Philippine Cup on Sunday at the SMART-Araneta Coliseum.
Rookie Calvin Abueva fell a rebound short of notching his third straight double-double performance, but it was enough to lift Alaska to its fourth straight win to join Rain or Shine at the No. 2 spot with a 4-2 win-loss mark.
For Ginebra, it was the teams fourth loss in a row after a 2-0 start, leaving them sliding deeper in the team standings.
I think were lucky because Ginebra is not on its best now and probably with chemistry issue right now, said Aces coach Luigi Trillo, who drew 19 points and nine rebounds from Abueva.
But I thought the bottom line [was] in the first quarter Ginebra had 22, 16 in the second, 14 in the third and 17 in the fourth. Ginebra is a team that runs and its their strength. I think our defense did it today.
Jvee Casio chipped in 16 points for the Aces while Cyrus Baguio netted 14. RJ Jazul and Sonny Thoss contributed 12 apiece for Alaska, which led the game from start to finish.
Dylan Ababou had 14 points in his first game back with Ginebra this season, but others failed to contribute for the Kings who shot miserably from the field (22-of-61).
Ababous three-pointer put Ginebra within three points, 51-48, in the third quarter. But an 11-0 explosion by the Aces capped by Abuevas jumper pushed their lead back to 62-48, with 2:02 remaining in the period.
The lead ballooned to as high as 20 points, 81-61, after Baguio and Casio banged in a three-pointer each in a run that put the game away, silencing the dominant pro-Ginebra crowd.
It was Alaskas first four-game winning streak since the Aces swept Ginebra in the 2009-10 Philippine Cup semifinals under former coach Tim Cone. That was also the last time the Kings have lost four in a row.
Its nice to win four in a row. The last time we did this was coach Tims time, said Trillo who was then one of the assistants of Cone.
Beermen draw first blood versus Kings - 14 hours ago
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San Miguel Beer made a statement in the opener of the 2017 PBA Philippine Cup best-of-seven finals, jumping out of the starting block and roaring all the way to a 109-82 rout of Barangay Ginebra at the MOA Arena in Pasay City Wednesday. With a longer rest than Ginebra from their Final Four grinds, the Beermen made a conscious effort to push the tempo from the get-go, and got their desired results. SMB starters June Mar Fajardo (210-C-89), Chris Ross (185-G-85, college: Marshall), Arwind S... [read more]
San Miguel Beer made a statement in the opener of the 2017 PBA Philippine Cup best-of-seven finals, jumping out of the starting block and roaring all the way to a 109-82 rout of Barangay Ginebra at the MOA Arena in Pasay City Wednesday. With a longer rest than Ginebra from their Final Four grinds, the Beermen made a conscious effort to push the tempo from the get-go, and got their desired results. SMB starters June Mar Fajardo (210-C-89), Chris Ross (185-G-85, college: Marshall), Arwind Santos (193-F-81), Alex Cabagnot (183-G-82, college: Hawaii-Hilo) and Marcio Lassiter (190-G-87, college: CS Fullerton) smothered badly their Ginebra counterparts in the opening minutes and set the tone of the match early. With the SMB reserves also coming out smoking, the Beermen hardly allowed the Kings to get into the game and also kept the Ginebra throngs from getting involved in the duel. What was an expected battle turned to a rout. 'We knew they just had one practice going to this game. One-day preparation is tough. We jumped on them and made a statement early in the game,' said Ross. After taking an early 27-point bulge before closing the half at 60-39, the Beermen hardly slowed down and went on to deal the Kings their third biggest loss in PBA finals and coach Tim Cone his worst finals defeat in almost 20 years. For all intents and purposes, Game One was all over after the first three quarters with San Miguel leading by 33 points at 89-56. Ginebra coach Tim Cone opted to rest his top guns in the final quarter as they were visibly reeling from fatigue from the semis series versus Star. SMB coach Leo Austria said they have to be ready for a Ginebra fightback in Game Two set at 6:30 p.m. Sunday at the Quezon Convention Center in Lucena. Cabagnot, Ross and Fajardo collected double-digit outputs right in the first half in their early explosions powering SMB to a 21-point lead at the half. It was the most lopsided first half in PBA finals opener since Alaska enjoyed a 46-24 halftime lead over Ginebra in the 2013 Commissioner's Cup. Ross and Fajardo finished with 17 points apiece, Cabagnot and Gabby Espinas wound up with 16 each while Ronald Tubid came through with 11 markers. The powerhouse SMB starting unit clobbered its Ginebra counterpart, 45-9, in the first half, and they got welcome breather in the second half. Ginebra starters LA Tenorio, Japeth Aguilar (206-C-85, college: W.Kentucky), Joe Devance (201-C-82, college: UTEP), Solomon Mercado (185-PG-84, college: Biola, CA) and Aljun Mariano all came out flat. The Kings got some points on the board in the second period from second stringers Mark Caguioa, Jervy Cruz and Chris Ellis (196-F-88) with 10, eight and seven points, respectively. Cabagnot, Lassiter and Santos drained all their first four three-point shots while Fajardo converted his first pair of free throws and first post attack in a hot 17-2 opening attack in the first four minutes of the contest. Ginebra called two early timeouts but failed to stop San Miguel's jackrabbit start. Courtesy of: pba.ph
Ginebra crushes Star, sets duel of champs vs SMB - 4 days ago
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Barangay Ginebra reigned over Star in their do-or-die setto and set up an interesting battle of champs with San Miguel Beer in the 2017 PBA Philippine Cup finale. The Gin Kings stoked the fire of their 91-67 triumph over the Star Hotshots the last time and repeated with a wire-to-wire 89-76 win Tuesday night to claim the second berth in the best-of-seven title playoff. San Miguel secured the first finals berth early on in topping TNT KaTropa also in Game Seven of their own semis duel. Sol... [read more]
Barangay Ginebra reigned over Star in their do-or-die setto and set up an interesting battle of champs with San Miguel Beer in the 2017 PBA Philippine Cup finale. The Gin Kings stoked the fire of their 91-67 triumph over the Star Hotshots the last time and repeated with a wire-to-wire 89-76 win Tuesday night to claim the second berth in the best-of-seven title playoff. San Miguel secured the first finals berth early on in topping TNT KaTropa also in Game Seven of their own semis duel. Solomon Mercado (185-PG-84, college: Biola, CA), Lewis Tenorio (177-PG-84), Japeth Aguilar (206-C-85, college: W.Kentucky) and Scottie Thompson all dished out sterling games to lead the Kings in their Game Seven victory over the Hotshots to the delight of their huge cheering throng at the MOA Arena in Pasay City. Completing a comeback from 0-2 then 2-3 down in this Final Four, the Kings now have a chance to end a 10-year drought in the all-Filipino tourney. But Ginebra, the Governors Cup titlist, will have a tough roadblock to hurdle in reigning back-to-back Philippine Cup champion San Miguel. The duel of champs commences Friday at the same Pasay City playing venue. Quashed was Star's bid for a first finals stint since its 2014 grand slam run. 'It was a tough seven-game series but our guys just did a good job pushing and pushing, and battling and battling,' said Ginebra coach Tim Cone . 'We had to keep on pushing. I reminded the guys of Game Six where we fell behind. The guys accepted the warning and they kept battling,' Cone added. Mercado, Lewis Tenorio, Aguilar and Thompson took charge leading their rampage. Mercado and Lewis Tenorio scored 23 and 21 points, respectively, and delivered the clutch plays to quell the Hotshots' last stand in the payoff period. Aguilar provided the firepower early on and finished with 19 points and five rebounds while Thompson was a tremendous energy source, contributing 10 points, nine rebounds, two steals and one assist. Cone mentioned the key role played by Jervy Cruz (193-F/C-86) in the absence of the injury-hit Joe Devance (201-C-82, college: UTEP) as well as the boost they gained from their virtual sixth man - the crowd. A crowd of over 20,000 filled the MOA Arena in this deciding Game Seven, including a legendary personality, whose entry in the venue sparked thunderous chants of 'Ja-wors-ki! Ja-wors-ki!' Being the more aggressive team, the Kings enjoyed a big advantage in charities and led by nine, 45-36, at the half. Ginebra had 10-of-13 foul shots as against Star's 0-of-3. The Kings imposed themselves on the Hotshots from the get-go, opening the game with a 6-0 spurt on a long two and a jarring jam by Aguilar then a mid-range jumper by Devance. Star had its first basket on a 10-footer by Paul Lee with already over three minutes into the contest. Aguilar had 12 points, Mercado nine and Devance seven in their dominant run in the opening half. Courtesy of: pba.ph
Beermen crush Texters, clinch first finals berth - 5 days ago
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San Miguel Beer's Super Five all came through with super effort in near no-relief games as the Beermen crushed the Jason Castro-less TNT KaTropa side, 96-83, to nail the first berth in the PBA Philippine Cup Finals Monday night at the MOA Arena. June Mar Fajardo (210-C-89), Arwind Santos (193-F-81), Chris Ross (185-G-85, college: Marshall), Alex Cabagnot (183-G-82, college: Hawaii-Hilo) and Marcio Lassiter (190-G-87, college: CS Fullerton) were Iron Men powering SMB past TNT in their do-o... [read more]
San Miguel Beer's Super Five all came through with super effort in near no-relief games as the Beermen crushed the Jason Castro-less TNT KaTropa side, 96-83, to nail the first berth in the PBA Philippine Cup Finals Monday night at the MOA Arena. June Mar Fajardo (210-C-89), Arwind Santos (193-F-81), Chris Ross (185-G-85, college: Marshall), Alex Cabagnot (183-G-82, college: Hawaii-Hilo) and Marcio Lassiter (190-G-87, college: CS Fullerton) were Iron Men powering SMB past TNT in their do-or-die setto and into the best-of-seven finals versus the winner of the Barangay Ginebra-Star matchup. Fajardo churned out 22 points and 19 rebounds in his 15th double-double job in 19 games in the tourney, Santos came through with 20 markers and 12 boards in his own double-double effort while Ross (with 18 markers, 10 assists and six boards) had a close shave with a triple-double performance. Cabagnot and Lassiter came up with their double-digit productions with 14 and 12 points, respectively, as SMB completed a come-from-behind win versus TNT and earned a crack at an all-Filipino three-peat. 'I would like to congratulate the TNT organization especially coach Nash Racela . In Game Seven, Austria had to play all his starters almost without rest. Santos, Cabagnot, Ross and Lassiter all played over 40 minutes. Fajardo had the least playing time at 38:31. 'It's the last game of the series.' said Austria. Castro was helpless behind the TNT bench with a strained left hamstring suffered Saturday. Sans Castro, the Texters put up a decent stand in the first half before falling behind by 20 from which they failed to recover. The Beermen unleashed a 12-4 start in the final half to make their first major separation in the contest at 53-43. They then zoomed to a lead as big as 20 and held onto a safe margin all the way to the end. 'From the start, I knew this would be a tough series because the two teams have equal talents. We're a bit fortunate they missed Troy Rosario in Game Six then Jason Castro tonight,' Austria also said. Austria and his team advanced to the finale for the fourth time in the last seven conferences. The league's winningest ball club, San Miguel will be shooting for a seventh all-Filipino crown and 23rdoverall. The Beermen are on line to match the Texters' Philippine Cup three-peat set in 2011-13. Courtesy of: pba.ph
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