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.
The 2016-2017 PBA Philippine Cup continued to heat up this week. Phoenix had a big upset win over SMB last Wednesday, while Rain or Shine also throttled past Mahindra. Just last night, it was GlobalPort who prevailed over Star even as TNT handed Blackwater its first loss of the season. Game Capsules (adapted from Interaksyon): PHOENIX FUEL MASTERS over SAN MIGUEL BEERMEN, 92-85 The Phoenix Fuel Masters got a big game from JC Intal plus some key contributions from Simon Enciso and a few... [read more]
The 2016-2017 PBA Philippine Cup continued to heat up this week. Phoenix had a big upset win over SMB last Wednesday, while Rain or Shine also throttled past Mahindra. Just last night, it was GlobalPort who prevailed over Star even as TNT handed Blackwater its first loss of the season.
Game Capsules (adapted from Interaksyon):
PHOENIX FUEL MASTERS over SAN MIGUEL BEERMEN, 92-85 The Phoenix Fuel Masters got a big game from JC Intal plus some key contributions from Simon Enciso and a few others as they picked up a big win over the San Miguel Beermen, 92-85, in the Oppo PBA Philippine Cup on Wednesday at the Ynares Center.
Intal scored 22 points and made some clutch baskets while Enciso dominated in a red-hot stretch in the third quarter to finish with 15 points and nine assists.
Other strong performers included rookies Matthew Wright and Gelo Alolino, who scored 14 and 13 points respectively, and Willy Wilson, who only mustered six points but grabbed 18 big rebounds alongside four assists.
Reigning MVP June Mar Fajardo finished with 19 points and 24 rebounds to lead the Beermen.
Lines of the Game: Simon Enciso (PHX) - 15pts, 7rebs, 9asts, 5 triples. June Mar Fajardo (SMB) - 19pts, 24rebs.
RAIN OR SHINE ELASTO-PAINTERS over MAHINDRA FLOODBUSTER, 105-83 James Yap finally made his much-anticipated debut for the Rain or Shine Elasto Painters who put on an epic shooting display, pouring in a total of 18 three-pointers to drown the hapless Mahindra Floodbuster, 105-83, in the Oppo PBA Philippine Cup Wednesday at Ynares Center in Antipolo.
Yap, who missed Rain or Shine's season opener last week, contributed 10 points and achieved a career milestone by moving to fifth on the all-time three-pointers made list in his first game since being traded by his former long-time squad Star Hotshots in a blockbuster deal during the off-season.
Jericho Cruz scored 14 of his 15 points in the first half, spiked by four triples, as well as three rebounds and four assists to lead Rain or Shine's balanced attack that saw 14 of its 15 players make at least one field goal.
Alex Mallari had a double-double of 10 points and 10 boards to lead Mahindra which dropped its second straight game. Philip Paniamogan also had 10 points, while rookie Russell Escoto grabbed eight boards along with his 10 markers.
Lines of the Game: Maverick Ahanmisi (ROS) - 14pts, 4rebs, 4asts, 1stl. Alex Mallari (MAH) - 10pts, 10rebs, 1stl.
GLOBALPORT BATANG PIER over STAR HOTSHOTS, 91-84 The GlobalPort Batang Pier leapt out to a huge lead in the first quarter and did enough to protect it the rest of the way as they beat the Star Hotshots, 91-84, in the Oppo PBA Philippine Cup on Friday at the SMART-Araneta Coliseum.
Stanley Pringle scored 24 points - 12 of those in a blistering first quarter for the Batang Pier - while Terrence Romeo added 18 points and eight assists, though he did have seven turnovers.
KG Canaleta added 12 markers and seven boards while JR Quinahan scored just six points but grabbed 10 rebounds and dished out four assists in a solid performance.
Marc Pingris and Aldrech Ramos paired up for 37 points to pace Star.
Lines of the Game: Stanley Pringle (GLO) - 24pts, 3rebs, 2asts, 2stls, 1blk. Marc Pingris (STA) - 19pts, 8rebs, 2asts, 2stls, 1blk.
TNT KA TROPA over BLACKWATER ELITE, 99-92 Jayson Castro made a triumphant return for the TNT KaTropa as they slammed the erstwhile unbeaten Blackwater Elite, 99-92, for a second consecutive win in the Oppo PBA Philippine Cup on Friday at the SMART-Araneta Coliseum.
Mo Tautuaa and Castro each scored 20 points for TNT, which tied their victims in the standings at 2-1.
Tautuaa shot 8-for-12 from the field, including 2-for-3 from beyond the arc while Castro had five rebounds and five assists. Ranidel De Ocampo added 15 points, eight rebounds and four assists in a strong showing.
Blackwater's super rookie Mac Belo, who led them to two straight wins to open the season, finished with 21 points and nine rebounds for the Elite in the loss.
Lines of the Game: Jayson Castro (TNT) - 20pts, 5rebs, 5asts. Mac Belo (BLA) - 21pts, 9rebs, 2asts, 1stl.
Mac Belo gets MVP of the Week award for Filipino PBA - 3 days ago
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Mac Belo (190-F-93) put on an amazing game in the last round for league's leader Blackwater and that's him to receive a Asia-basket.com Player of the Week award for round 2. The 23-year old forward had the game-high 25 points adding six rebounds for Blackwater in his team's victory, helping them to edge out Meralco Bolts (#10, 0-1), the league's bottom-ranked team 86-84. It allowed Blackwater to consolidate first place in the Filipino PBA. But it's just the very beginning of the season an... [read more]
Mac Belo (190-F-93) put on an amazing game in the last round for league's leader Blackwater and that's him to receive a Asia-basket.com Player of the Week award for round 2. The 23-year old forward had the game-high 25 points adding six rebounds for Blackwater in his team's victory, helping them to edge out Meralco Bolts (#10, 0-1), the league's bottom-ranked team 86-84. It allowed Blackwater to consolidate first place in the Filipino PBA. But it's just the very beginning of the season and Blackwater won both games without losing any. It's too early to say anything as the standings can be changed completely after next round. In the team's last game Belo had a remarkable 53.8% from 2-point range. He turned to be Blackwater's top player in his first season with the team. Belo has impressive league stats. He is in league's top in points (8th best: 21.0ppg) and averages solid 66.7% FGP.
The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 27-year old center June Mar Fajardo (210-C-89) of SM Beermen. Fajardo impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 19 points and 24 rebounds. Bad luck as SM Beermen lost that game 85-92 to Phoenix (1-1). 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. Fajardo is one of the most experienced players at SM Beermen and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 25.0ppg (#3). He also registered 16.0 boards per game.
The third best performed player last round was Lewis Tenorio (177-PG-84) of B.Ginebra (#9). Tenorio scored 27 points and passed six assists. Despite Tenorio's great performance B.Ginebra lost 103-108 to TNT Ka Tropa (#6, 1-1). But his team cannot count on just a single shooter as he also needs help of the other teammates. B.Ginebra can only dream about fighting for top spots in the league. They have awful season losing so far all 1 games. Too bad for Tenorio he does not play for a better team. But maybe if he did, his season stats would not be that high. The season just started for Tenorio as he played only first game. But it already looks like he can be team's leader.
Other top performing players last week: 4. Clifford Hodge (196-PF-88) of Meralco Bolts - 14 points, 9 rebounds and 8 assists 5. Willy Wilson (188-G/F-81) of Phoenix - 6 points, 18 rebounds and 4 assists 6. Maverick Ahanmisi (188-G-91) of Rain or Shine - 14 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists 7. Ranidel deOcampo (197-F-81) of TNT Ka Tropa - 22 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists 8. Joe Devance (201-C-82) of B.Ginebra - 15 points, 4 rebounds and 9 assists 9. Earl Thompson) of B.Ginebra - 13 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists 10. JC Intal (193-C-83) of Phoenix - 22 points and 4 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)
Blackwater Elite rookie Mac Belo (190-F-93) is turning out to be the real thing. The number one pick in the rookie draft scored 12 of his 25 points to lead a late comeback and win, 86-84, over the Meralco Bolts last Sunday (November 27, Manila time) in the first game of the double-header at the Smart Araneta Coliseum in Quezon City. The win notches the Elite's second victory in as many outings and best start in the franchise's young history. Belo, had an all-around effort adding six re... [read more]
The number one pick in the rookie draft scored 12 of his 25 points to lead a late comeback and win, 86-84, over the Meralco Bolts last Sunday (November 27, Manila time) in the first game of the double-header at the Smart Araneta Coliseum in Quezon City.
The win notches the Elite's second victory in as many outings and best start in the franchise's young history.
Belo, had an all-around effort adding six rebounds, three steals and two blocks, with the last from a Reynel Hugnatan's (193-F-78) layup attempt, in 36 minutes of play.
Denok Miranda (183-PG-82) added 11 points, capping the night with an off-balanced jumper in the ensuing play that broke the deadlock with 3.8 seconds left on the clock.
Ranidel de Ocampo (197-F-81) led the charge for TNT, who came down from 14 points in the payoff period to stun the Season 42 debuting Kings.
De Ocampo scored 15 of his 22 points in the comeback, rookie Roger Ray Pogoy (189-SG-92) and guard Larry Fonacier (185-F/G-82) added 15 points each.
TNT is still missing the services of top point guard Jayson Castro (180-PG-86).
Ginebra was led by LA Tenorio (177-PG-84) who registered 27 markers, six assists, three rebounds and two steals while Japeth Aguilar (206-C-85, college: W.Kentucky) and Joe Devance (201-C-82, college: UTEP) contributed 15 points each in a losing effort.
Aris Ignacio is from the Philippines and has always been a big fan of Philippine basketball. Aris' follows the Philippine Basketball Association since the late 80's and has learned the history and personalities of the PBA. He also has interest with other basketball tournaments in the Philippines and beyond most specifically college basketball (UAAP, NCAA), the Asian Basketball League (ABL), FIBA Asia and World Cup tournaments. Follow Aris Ignacio on Twitter at aris_ignacio.
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