Say what you want about James Yap hes too showbiz, he doesnt play defense, he shoots way too much, hes overrated but this you have to admit when his team needs a win, theres nobody else theyd trust to deliver more than him.
In yet another close encounter of the PBA kind (hey, its Halloween, so allow me those campy references), the Mixers pulled out a big win with Yap unloading a huge fourth quarter. He scored all but 5 of his 16 points to help SMC come back from an 8-point hole to start the final frame.
Yap was helped by the herculean performance of Marc Pingris, who scored 17 points and grabbed 16 boards. PJ Simon, Mark Barroca, and Joe Devance all scored in double figures as the Mixers moved up to a tie for second place with 4 wins against 2 defeats.
Two-time MVP Willie Miller and rookie Vic Manuel led Global Port with a combined 36 points and 20 rebounds.
In the second game, the Meralco Bolts also climbed to 4-2 after beating the Barako Bull Energy Colas, 99-86. Sol Mercado led the Bolts with 22 markers, 6 boards, and 6 dimes, while Ronjay Buenafe and Mac Cardona dropped 16 points each.
Game Recaps: SAN MIG COFFEE MIXERS over GLOBAL PORT BATANG PIER, 82-78
When the game is on the line, expect big time players to take center stage.
In a battle of two-time Most Valuable Player winners, James Yap and Willie Miller found themselves in a scoring duel at the end of the game between San Mig Coffee and GlobalPort.
In the end, it was Yap who got the job done.
The San Mig Coffee superstar scored 11 of his 16 points in the fourth period, all of which came in a key juncture, as the Mixers survived a gritty challenge from the Batang Pier for a come-from-behind 82-78 triumph Wednesday night at the SMART-Araneta Coliseum.
Yap had back-to-back baskets at the low block against the tight defense of Mark Yee, including the go-ahead basket with 40 seconds left that pegged the score at 79-78.
San Mig Coffee forced a stop against Miller in the ensuing possession. Forced to give up a foul, GlobalPort sent Mark Barroca to the charity stripe, where the sophomore guard split his free throws, giving GlobalPort one last chance to win the game or send it into overtime.
GlobalPort rookie forward Vic Manuel had a chance to tie the count but flubbed his short stab, before Barroca was sent to the line anew.
This time, Barroca made both his charities to ensure the Mixers fourth win.
Cone wasnt completely satisfied with the win, but said he would take it.
You look at all our wins, they were tough. Right now, I wish we can be a lot smoother, move the ball better. In the meantime, we will take the ugly wins,but hopefully we can win pretty down the line, said Cone, who praised his counterpart.
Coach Glenn Capacio did a great job, particularly with his quick line up that took Yancy (De Ocampo) off the floor, we got to take him out of the floor because we cannot match up with them. Finally, we were forced to match up with them. But Ping did a great job defensively while James made some big shots down the stretch.
SMC 82- Pingris 17, Yap 16, Simon 15, Barroca 11, Devance 11, De Ocampo 4, Ramos 2, Villanueva 2, Gonzales 2, Reavis 2 GLO 78- Miller 19, Manuel 17, Deutchman 7, Antonio 7, Mandani 6, Guevarra 6, Vanlandingham 5, Adducul 4, Vergara 3, Al-Hussaini 2, Yee 2, Cruz 0 QS: 13-19; 30-38; 50-58; 82-78
MERALCO BOLTS over BARAKO BULL ENERGY COLAS, 99-86
Up against a team expected to play with a lot of emotion after losing a heartbreaking loss to San Mig Coffee, Ryan Gregorio knew how to motivate his squad.
We just have to make sure we will match the emotions of Barako Bull and the best way is to play good defense, said Gregorio.
The Bolts kept the taller Energy Cola out of their comfort zone all the way to winning 99-86 in the PBA Philippine Cup Wednesday night at the SMART-Araneta Coliseum.
Sol Mercado finished with 22 points, six rebounds and six assists while five other players finished with at least eight markers for the Bolts, who unloaded 34 second-quarter points to turn a once close encounter into a decisive victory.
Ronjay Buenafe and Mac Cardona contributed 16 points apiece, Reynel Hugnatan had 12 markers and Cliff Hodge and Sunday Salvacion had eight points each for the Bolts, who improved to 4-2 win-loss mark.
The best thing about our team now is that nobody cares who gets the credit for the win. Whatever we lacked with ceiling, we compensate with quickness. Were now 4-2 so we have the best six-game start of our young franchise, added Gregorio.
June Mar Fajardo gets MVP of the Week award for Filipino PBA - 14 hours ago
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June Mar Fajardo (210-C-89) had a great game in the last round for league's leader SM Beermen and that's him to receive a Asia-basket.com Player of the Week award for round 9. The 27-year old center had a double-double of 19 points and fifteen rebounds, while his team beat Globalport (#6, 5-4) 106-100. It allowed SM Beermen to consolidate first place in the Filipino PBA. SM Beermen has a very good season and are considered to have a run for the championship title. They improved their reco... [read more]
June Mar Fajardo (210-C-89) had a great game in the last round for league's leader SM Beermen and that's him to receive a Asia-basket.com Player of the Week award for round 9. The 27-year old center had a double-double of 19 points and fifteen rebounds, while his team beat Globalport (#6, 5-4) 106-100. It allowed SM Beermen to consolidate first place in the Filipino PBA. SM Beermen has a very good season and are considered to have a run for the championship title. They improved their record to 9-1. Fajardo has many years of experience at SM Beermen, through which he has constantly improved. Fajardo has impressive league stats. He is in league's top in points (2nd best: 20.0ppg) and averages solid 1.7bpg and 65.5% FGP.
The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was -year old Earl Thompson of B.Ginebra. Thompson impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 13 points and 15 rebounds. Of course B.Ginebra cruised to a 99-90 relatively comfortable win over Blackwater (5-5). Despite this victory B.Ginebra slide down in the standings to 7th position. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 5-5 record is not bad and everything may still change. Thompson is well-known by B.Ginebra fans and he already established his position as one of team's most reliable players.
The third best performed player last round was another SM Beermen's star - Arwind Santos (193-F-81). Santos got into 30-points club by scoring 31 points in the last round. He went also for ten rebounds . He was another key player of SM Beermen, helping his team with a 106-100 win against the lower-ranked Globalport (#6, 5-4). Many experts and fans count SM Beermen as a contender for championship title. Another victory and another confirmation that they may be right. Just look at their record: 9 victories and only one lost game. They are currently at the very top of the standings. Santos has a great season in Philippines. After only 9 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 8.2rpg (9th best).
Other top performing players last week: 4. Clifford Hodge (196-PF-88) of Meralco Bolts - 17 points and 16 rebounds 5. Jeth Troy Rosario (201-C-92) of TNT Ka Tropa - 18 points and 9 rebounds 6. Alex Mallari (193-G/F-87) of Mahindra - 23 points, 3 rebounds and 8 assists 7. Chris Newsome (187-G) of Meralco Bolts - 19 points, 4 rebounds and 6 assists 8. Joe Devance (201-C-82) of B.Ginebra - 13 points, 9 rebounds and 7 assists 9. Marcio Lassiter (190-G-87) of SM Beermen - 22 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists 10. Sean Anthony (193-F-86) of NLEX RW - 23 points, 8 rebounds and 3 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)
Sunday gameday saw Alaska book a huge win over Mahindra, while Ginebra was upset by Phoenix in action from the 2016-2017 PBA Philippine Cup. Game Capsules: ALASKA ACES over MAHINDRA FLOOD BUSTER, 107-91 The Alaska Aces put together a strong finish as they went on a big closing run to turn away the Mahindra Floodbuster, 107-91, to notch a crucial Oppo PBA PhilippienCup victory on Sunday at the Philsports Arena. Alaska and Mahindra were tied at 76-all early in the fourth quarter before... [read more]
Sunday gameday saw Alaska book a huge win over Mahindra, while Ginebra was upset by Phoenix in action from the 2016-2017 PBA Philippine Cup.
ALASKA ACES over MAHINDRA FLOOD BUSTER, 107-91 The Alaska Aces put together a strong finish as they went on a big closing run to turn away the Mahindra Floodbuster, 107-91, to notch a crucial Oppo PBA PhilippienCup victory on Sunday at the Philsports Arena.
Alaska and Mahindra were tied at 76-all early in the fourth quarter before a 31-13 run by the Aces allowed them to run away with it in the end.
Vic Manuel scored 20 points on 9-for-13 shooting to lead Alaska while Calvin Abueva had a double-double of 18 points and 10 rebounds alongside three blocks for Alaska, which joined what is now a six-team logjam for a share of second place at 5 wins and 4 losses.
JVee Casio added 11 points while RJ Jazul and Kevin Racal each chipped in with nine markers. With the defeat, Mahindra dropped to 2-7 with only two games left on their schedule, eliminating them from contention. (Interaksyon.com)
Lines of the Game: Calvin Abueva (ALA) - 18pts, 10rebs, 3blks, 1ast, 1stl, 3 triples. Alex Mallari (MAH) - 23pts, 8asts, 3rebs, 3stls, 1blk.
PHOENIX FUEL MASTERS over BGY. GINEBRA GIN KINGS, 79-73 The Phoenix Fuel Masters placed themselves in strong position in the playoff race after downing Barangay Ginebra San Miguel, 79-73, in a crucial Oppo PBA Philippine Cup clash on Sunday at the Philsports Arena.
Phoenix and Ginebra entered the game in a six-way tie for second to seventh places behind only the San Miguel Beermen, which had already clinched the No. 1 spot.
With the win, though, the Fuel Masters improved to 6-4, staying just in front of the pack that includes Alaska, TNT, GlobalPort and Rain or Shine (5-4) while dropping the Kings down to 5-5.
Matthew Wright and JC Intal led Phoenix in the important win. The rookie Wright scored 18 points and dished out five assists - both game-highs. He scored all of his points in the second half, eight of those in the fourth quarter, including a crucial three-pointer at the 1:51 mark that turned out to be the Phoenix's last basket but proved enough of a buffer for the win.
Intal, the former Gilas Pilipinas member, had a double-double with 16 points and 10 rebounds while also tallying two steals and two blocks. He also hit a key triple in the fourth quarter less than a minute before Wright's big shot. (Interaksyon.com)
Lines of the Game: JC Intal (PHX) - 16pts, 10rebs, 1ast, 2stls, 2blks, 2 triples. LA Tenorio (GIN) - 15pts, 3rebs, 3asts, 2stls, 1 triple.
Maccabi Haifa inks Kevinn Pinkney, ex Phoenix - 21 hours ago
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Maccabi Hunter Haifa (Winner League) signed experienced 34-year old American forward Kevinn Pinkney (207-111kg-83, college: Nevada). He played last season at Phoenix in Filipino PBA league. In 9 games he had very impressive stats: 23.4ppg, 13.0rpg, 2.1apg and 1.4bpg. The previous (2015) summer Pinkney played at Bucaneros in Venezuelan LPB where in 26 games he recorded 9.3ppg, 5.6rpg, 1.2apg and 1.3spg in 2015 season. In 2005 he was drafted by Sioux Falls Skyforce (CBA) in fifth round (48t... [read more]
Maccabi Hunter Haifa (Winner League) signed experienced 34-year old American forward Kevinn Pinkney (207-111kg-83, college: Nevada). He played last season at Phoenix in Filipino PBA league. In 9 games he had very impressive stats: 23.4ppg, 13.0rpg, 2.1apg and 1.4bpg. The previous (2015) summer Pinkney played at Bucaneros in Venezuelan LPB where in 26 games he recorded 9.3ppg, 5.6rpg, 1.2apg and 1.3spg in 2015 season. In 2005 he was drafted by Sioux Falls Skyforce (CBA) in fifth round (48th overall). Pinkney attended University of Nevada and it is his twelfth (!!!) season in pro basketball. He is quite experienced player. Pinkney has played in eleven different countries on four different continents (Europe, Asia, Latin America and of course North America). He has played previously professionally in China (Heilongjiang), France, Italy (AV Cantu and Angelico Biella), Lebanon (Champville), Poland, Puerto Rico (Atleticos), Russia (Enisey), Slovenia (Un.Olimpija), Turkey (Trabzonspor and Aliaga), Israel (Hapoel Jerusalem) and United Arab Emirates (Al Naser). Pinkney could be described:
Raw athlete with good size and good hands...Has skills and mobility to counter stronger power forwards... Possesses good shot blocking ability. Has displayed a good shooting touch from the 17- to 18-foot range. He gets good position inside and is quick to the ball. Made a huge work in bulking-up, because he weighed just 190 pounds when he entered Nevada. He's the typical late bloomer, who has yet upside.
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