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.
TNT Ka Tropa lands Donte Greene, ex Arecibo - 3 days ago
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Talk N Text Ka Tropa (PBA) tabbed 29-year old American forward Donte Greene (206-103kg-88, college: Syracuse). He played recently at Capitanes de Arecibo.In three games he averaged impressive 17.0ppg, 5.0rpg and 1.0apg in Liga Americas this season. In 2008 Greene was drafted by Memphis Grizzlies (NBA) in first round (28th overall). The former Syracuse University standout is in his ninth season in pro basketball. Among other achievements Greene won Dominican Rep. LNB championship title in... [read more]
Talk N Text Ka Tropa (PBA) tabbed 29-year old American forward Donte Greene (206-103kg-88, college: Syracuse). He played recently at Capitanes de Arecibo. In three games he averaged impressive 17.0ppg, 5.0rpg and 1.0apg in Liga Americas this season. In 2008 Greene was drafted by Memphis Grizzlies (NBA) in first round (28th overall). The former Syracuse University standoutis in his ninth season in pro basketball. Among other achievements Greene won Dominican Rep. LNB championship title in 2016. He received also Big East All-Freshman Team award back in 2008 at his college time. Greene is a very experienced player. And here thanks to pro basketball he experienced life in six different countries playing on three different continents. He is familiar with Asian, Latin American and of course North American leagues. Greene has played previously professionally in China (Leopards), Saudi Arabia (Uhud), NBA (Boston Celtics, Brooklyn Nets and Sacramento Kings), Puerto Rico (Atleticos and Brujos), United Arab Emirates (Al Naser and Al Sharjah) and Dominican Republic (Leones de Santo Domingo).
James White gets MVP of the Week award for Filipino PBA - 3 days ago
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American James White (203-F-93, agency: Aspire Sports) put on an amazing game in the last round for Mahindra and that's him to receive a Asia-basket.com Player of the Week award for round 2. The 23-year old forward had a double-double of 30 points and twenty three rebounds, while his team beat NLEX RW (#12, 0-3), the league's bottom-ranked team 89-81. Mahindra is placed at 6th position in Filipino PBA. Mahindra is rather a weak team placed in lower part in the standings. They need more vi... [read more]
American James White (203-F-93, agency: Aspire Sports) put on an amazing game in the last round for Mahindra and that's him to receive a Asia-basket.com Player of the Week award for round 2. The 23-year old forward had a double-double of 30 points and twenty three rebounds, while his team beat NLEX RW (#12, 0-3), the league's bottom-ranked team 89-81. Mahindra is placed at 6th position in Filipino PBA. Mahindra is rather a weak team placed in lower part in the standings. They need more victories to improve their 1-2 record. In the team's last game White had a remarkable 70.6% from 2-point range. He turned to be Mahindra's top player in his first season with the team. Georgia Tech graduate has very impressive stats this year. White is in league's top in points (3rd best: 30.7ppg), rebounds (4th best: 20.0rpg) and averages solid 2.3bpg and 57.6% FGP.
The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 25-year old American forward Greg Smith (198-F-91) of Blackwater. Smith impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 34 points and 20 rebounds. Bad luck as Blackwater lost that game 88-95 to Rain or Shine (3-0). The season is still at the very beginning and this lost game may not be such crucial, of course if they start win the games. Let's wait for the next round. Smith is one of the most experienced players at Blackwater and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 28.3ppg (#4). His other stats are also decent: 22.0rpg and 3.7apg.
The third best performed player last round was American Jameel McKay (206-F/C-92) of Phoenix (#7). McKay got into 30-points club by scoring 34 points in the last round. He went also for twenty rebounds . Despite McKay's great performance Phoenix lost 82-101 to Star Hotshots (#4, 2-0). But his team cannot count on just a single shooter as he also needs help of the other teammates. The chances of Phoenix not to end season at such low position in the league, however are less than slim as they have already lost 2 games, recording just one victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, McKay could try to bring Phoenix's a little bit higher in the standings. McKay 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 32.5ppg (2nd best) and rebounds with 15.5rpg (8th best).
Other top performing players last week: 4. Wayne Chism (206-PF-87) of NLEX RW - 28 points, 21 rebounds and 2 assists 5. Alex Stepheson (208-F/C-87) of Meralco Bolts - 20 points and 27 rebounds 6. Tony Mitchell (203-F-92) of Star Hotshots - 22 points, 17 rebounds and 2 assists 7. Cory Jefferson (206-F-90) of Alaska Aces - 28 points, 15 rebounds and 2 assists 8. Louis Amundson (206-PF-82) of TNT Ka Tropa - 20 points and 8 rebounds 9. Shawn Taggart (207-F-85) of Rain or Shine - 26 points and 12 rebounds 10. Sean Williams (208-F-86) of Globalport - 20 points and 14 rebounds
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)
D-League: Jeruta sparks late rally as Cafe France extends semis - 5 days ago
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Aaron Jeruta (173-G) emerged as the spark Cafe France badly looked for, helping the Bakers nab an 86-75 Game 2 victory over Racal on Thursday at Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig and extend their 2017 PBA D-League Aspirants' Cup semifinals series. The veteran guard unloaded 10 of his 18 points in the fourth period as the Bakers fired a 16-4 finishing kick to steal the game from the Tile Masters. 'Aaron Jeruta stepped up. He's the only veteran in the team and this was his breakthrough game,' sa... [read more]
Aaron Jeruta (173-G) emerged as the spark Cafe France badly looked for, helping the Bakers nab an 86-75 Game 2 victory over Racal on Thursday at Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig and extend their 2017 PBA D-League Aspirants' Cup semifinals series. The veteran guard unloaded 10 of his 18 points in the fourth period as the Bakers fired a 16-4 finishing kick to steal the game from the Tile Masters. 'Aaron Jeruta stepped up. He's the only veteran in the team and this was his breakthrough game,' said coach Egay Macaraya. Jeruta also had six assists and four rebounds in the win, providing the help Macaraya begged from his locals for Congolese big man Rodrigue Ebondondo Tambwe (198-C/F). Ebondo paced Cafe France with 25 markers, 22 boards, and six blocks, while John Carlo Casino (178-G) added nine points. Paul Desiderio had a bad shooting night from the field, going on a 3-of-8 from the field, but drilled the pivotal trey with 1:07 left to push the Bakers to a comfortable 79-75 lead, after battling back from a 57-43 deficit in the third quarter. Game 3 is on Tuesday at the same venue. Rey Nambatac (179-G-94) topped Racal with 14 points, nine rebounds, and six assists, while Jackson Corpuz (193-F) and Allan Mangahas (180-PG) both had 12 in the loss. Courtesy of: inquirer.net
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