Who is the best point guard in the Philippines today?
Anybody can make a good case about guys like Jimmy Alapag, Jayson Castro, LA Tenorio, and Alex Cabagnot, but the guy on whom Im putting my money (at least for now) is none other than former Gilas starting playmaker and current ace of Alaska, JV Casio.
Right now, hes the top point guard in the PBA in terms of player efficiency (as calculated in PBA-Online.net). Look at these numbers:
Jayson Castro is tops in scoring and three-point shooting.
Alex Cabagnot is tops in assists and steals.
LA Tenorio is tops in rebounds.
But JV Casio is the best, most polished, all-around playmaker.
And, yeah, he was the biggest reason the Aces climbed out of a double-digit hole in the fourth quarter against erstwhile unbeaten Talk N Text last night.
The big questions, of course, is can the former Green Archer keep up his high level of play?
Game Recaps: AIR21 EXPRESS over PETRON BLAZE BOOSTERS, 97-76
Air 21 resurrected its A-game on All Souls Day, spoiling what could have been a post-birthday celebration for Petron coach Olsen Racela.
Using a different starting unit, the Express grounded the Boosters for a surprisingly easy 97-76 triumph on Friday night at the SMART-Araneta Coliseum.
Its one of those games where certain teams will have this kind of game, but its a long season, said Air 21 coach Franz Pumaren.
Still, I have to give credit to my players as we were able to defend well against Petron.
Air 21 had only won one game coming into the match against the powerhouse Petron squad, which was on a two-game winning streak.
But the Express kept the Boosters at bay from start to finish, neutralizing Petrons running game which was on display in its previous outing against the GlobalPort Batang Pier last Friday.
I was watching Petron and I found out theyre good whenever they have the ball and they would continue pushing. But we paid extra attention on their running game, which they used against GlobalPort.
Mark Isip, playing the starting power forward role for the Express, finished with 22 points and seven rebounds while Rob Reyes, playing for the first time against the team that traded him in the offseason, came off the bench to score 17 points and grab six rebounds in what was easily his finest game of the season.
Weve finally found the right starting unit. Our coaching staff made very good preparation and scouted Petron pretty well. We were able to maximize some mismatches. Were also a different Air 21 today, playing more aggressive and outworking our opponents. We had an advantage as we had five days off, said Pumaren.
The Express were able to post leads of 25 points in the fourth quarter, as Petron simply had no answer against the energized Air 21 side.
The Boosters were led by Arwind Santos 15 points and 14 rebounds, but the team shot only 34.2% from the field (26-of-76), and were beaten by the Express on second chance points, 15 to six.
ALASKA ACES over TALK N TEXT TROPANG TEXTERS, 94-92
JVee Casio caught fire, and not even the vaunted Talk N Text Tropang Texters could stop him.
The sophomore guard played one of the finest games of his young career, scoring 12 points in the final three minutes including the go-ahead layup that propelled the Aces to a hard-earned 94-92 triumph over erstwhile unbeaten Talk N Text in their Philippine Cup match Friday night at the SMART-Araneta Coliseum.
Casios heroics came at a perfect time. In a minute-long stretch late in the game, he scored 10 straight points three three-pointers, including one four-point play to bring the Aces back against the Tropang Texters.
Alaska trailed by as much as 12 points, 83-71, in the fourth quarter, before Casio, Cyrus Baguio, and Calvin Abueva scored the final 23 points for the Aces.
Casios last basket, a driving scoop shot to elude the long arms of Kelly Williams put the Aces ahead, 94-92 with two seconds left in the game.
I have to give it to JVee. The game was out of hand, but he simply refused to lose, said Alaska coach Luigi Trillo, whose team notched its fifth straight victory to improve its win-loss record to 5-2.
He made us look good. Games like this one builds character.
The Aces still needed to make a stop in Talk N Texts final play. Jimmy Alapag, normally the teams go-to-guy at the clutch, was assigned to do the inbound from the sidelines. Larry Fonacier came off a screen and got the pass. He was perfectly squared for a short jumper but his shot went in and out as time expired. The Tropang Texters perfect record was finally blemished by the resilient Aces for the first time in seven games this conference.
It was the first win by Alaska over Talk N Text since the 2010 Fiesta Conference.
Action in the 2016-2017 PBA Philippine Cup remained hot this weekend with Meralco downing NLEX, SMB surviving Alaska, Phoenix tripping Mahindra, and Ginebra handing ROS its first loss. Game Capsules (adapted from Interaksyon): MERALCO BOLTS over NLEX ROAD WARRIORS, 106-93 Chris Newsome and rookie Ed Daquioag led a big Meralco breakaway in the fourth quarter as the Bolts trumped the NLEX Road Warriors, 106-93, in the Oppo PBA Philippine Cup on Saturday at the SMART-Araneta Coliseum. Ne... [read more]
Action in the 2016-2017 PBA Philippine Cup remained hot this weekend with Meralco downing NLEX, SMB surviving Alaska, Phoenix tripping Mahindra, and Ginebra handing ROS its first loss.
Game Capsules (adapted from Interaksyon):
MERALCO BOLTS over NLEX ROAD WARRIORS, 106-93 Chris Newsome and rookie Ed Daquioag led a big Meralco breakaway in the fourth quarter as the Bolts trumped the NLEX Road Warriors, 106-93, in the Oppo PBA Philippine Cup on Saturday at the SMART-Araneta Coliseum.
Newsome and Daquioag each scored 10 points in the fourth period, where Meralco went on a decisive 24-5 run to turn a tight contest into a rout.
That run included a string of 11 unanswered points, capped by a big three-pointer from Daquioag with 46 seconds left that pushed the lead up to 16 points, 103-87.
Newsome finished with 28 points, 10 rebounds and five assists while Daquioag added 23 points, four boards and three assists in the win, Meralco's first in two Philippine Cup games.
NLEX coach Yeng Guiao's squad had six players in double figures scoring, led by Sean Anthony with 15 points and eight rebounds.
Lines of the Game: Chris Newsome (MER) - 28pts, 10rebs, 5asts, 2stls, 2 triples. Sean Anthony (NLX) - 15pts, 8rebs, 2asts, 2blks, 1stl.
SAN MIGUEL BEERMEN over ALASKA ACES, 93-88 June Mar Fajardo and the San Miguel Beermen did just enough to get past an admirable stand from a depleted Alaska Aces squad, 92-88, to score get back on the winning track in the Oppo PBA Philippine Cup on Saturday at the SMART-Araneta Coliseum.
Alaska missed the services of Calvin Abueva and Sonny Thoss due to injuries while Vic Manuel and Ping Exciminiano sat out on team suspensions for playing in an unsanctioned event.
But that didn't stop the gutsy Aces from taking leads of as high as 15 points in the first half before San Miguel stormed back in the second half to secure the win.
Fajardo dominated for 23 points - 17 of those in the second half - and 22 rebounds as he towed his Beermen to a second win in three games.
Arwind Santos added 16 points, including a clutch jumper that tied the game in the final minute, and eight rebounds while Marcio Lassiter added 14 markers. RR Garcia, meanwhile, chipped in with 13 from off the Beermen bench.
Lines of the Game: June Mar Fajardo (SMB) - 23pts, 22rebs, 1ast, 1blk. JV Casio (ALA) - 20pts, 5rebs, 4asts, 2stls, 3 triples.
PHOENIX FUEL MASTERS over MAHINDRA FLOODBUSTER, 114-104 JC Intal and Matthew Wright waxed hot from downtown to propel the Phoenix Fuel Masters to a 114-104 victory over the lowly Mahindra Floodbuster in the Oppo PBA Philippine Cup Sunday at Mall of Asia Arena.
Intal led all scorers with 24 points, seven rebounds and four assists off the bench while Wright followed it up with 21 points, four rebounds and four assists to lead the Fuel Masters (2-1) to their second straight win.
The two combined for 11 triples, six of which they hit in the first quarter where Phoenix began to run away before Mahindra gave them a very late scare.
Alex Mallari scored 19 points while Philip Paniamogan scored all of his 15 points in the first half for Mahindra. Ryan Arana and Joseph Eriobu added 12 markers apiece for Mahindra (0-3), which lost its first three games by an average margin of 18 points.
Lines of the Game: JC Intal (PHX) - 24pts, 7rebs, 4asts, 2blks, 6 triples. Alex Mallari (MAH) - 19pts, 4rebs, 2asts, 1stl, 2 triples.
BGY. GINEBRA GIN KINGS over RAIN OR SHINE ELASTO-PAINTERS, 81-74 Barangay Ginebra San Miguel launched a big 11-0 run in the fourth quarter to stifle the Rain or Shine Elasto Painters, 81-74, and pick up their first win in the Oppo PBA Philippine Cup on Sunday at Mall of Asia Arena.
Japeth Aguilar tallied 23 points and 13 boards to lead Ginebra (1-1) which spoiled the bid of Rain or Shine (2-1) for a 3-0 start.
Down by four, 74-70, with 4:08 remaining, Ginebra woke up starting with Aguilar's two free throws. Sol Mercado tied the score at 74-all on a jumper with 3:01 left.
Joe Devance then surprised his defender with a quick jumper, then Aguilar followed it with his own basket to give Ginebra a 78-74 lead with 1:05 left.
Devance added 13 points and eight boards for Ginebra which won the game despite missing all of its 14 three-point attempts.
Raymond Almazan scored 13 points while Yap chipped in 10 markers for Rain or Shine in the losing effort.
Lines of the Game: Japeth Aguilar (GIN) - 23pts, 13rebs, 1ast, 1blk. Raymond Almazan (ROS) - 13pts, 15rebs, 1blk.
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)
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