Larry Fonacier came up big in the final frame for Coach Norman Black and the Tropang Texters, hitting several key jumpers that kept the fiery, if depleted, Petron Blaze Boosters at bay. The former King Eagle ended up with 21 points, 6 rebounds, 4 assists and 3 triples.
Fonacier, who suited up for the mens national team for the first time earlier this year, is having a banner season. In 8 games so far, hes averaging 14.0ppg, 5.3rpg, 2.9apg, and 1.4spg in 35.5 minutes per outing. All of those numbers are CAREER-HIGHS. Hes also second on the squad in terms of player efficiency, behind only Jayson Castro.
With the Texters remaining atop the standings and looking at another winning romp through the Philippine Cup, the spotlight will continue to fall on Larry Fonacier. His performance will be seen as a reliable barometer for just how far TNT can go.
Game Recaps: RAIN OR SHINE ELASTO-PAINTERS over ALASKA ACES, 101-93
Against the hottest team in the league, the Rain or Shine Elasto Painters rode the even hotter shooting of Jeff Chan to complete a come-from-behind 101-93 victory Wednesday night over the Alaska Aces at the SMART-Araneta Coliseum.
The Elasto Painters Negros Sniper sizzled for 12 of his 22 points in the fourth quarter to help his team snap the Aces five-game winning run.
Alaska is the hottest team, but the streak has to end somehow, said Rain or Shine coach Yeng Guiao. The law of averages is working for us in this game, pareho, yung Meralco and Alaska, two hot teams, na natyempuhan namin, but we have to grind it out.
Alaska looked poised to continue its streak, leading 57-47 early in the second half before taking a 77-71 heading into the fourth quarter. But Rain or Shine tightened up its defense in the pivotal period, outscoring Alaska 30-16, to notch its sixth win in eight games, which is good for solo second place.
It was only in the late stages of the fourth when we were able to breakaway, said Guiao.
JR Quinahan also had a great shooting game, scoring 20 points on 8-of-14 shooting from the field. The Rain or Shine frontline also helped hound Alaska star rookie Calvin Abueva into his worst game as a professional, with the ex-San Sebastian forward posting just seven points and six rebounds.
But Guiao said Abueva wasnt the focal point of Rain or Shines preparation for the game.
We didnt prepare for The Beast. Mas focused kami doon sa mga surot na pumepesta ng kalaban like [JVee] Casio and [Cyrus] Baguio, said Guiao.
Chan and Quinahan led a balanced Rain or Shine attack that saw seven players scoring at least seven points apiece.
JVee Casio and Cyrus Baguio carried the fight with 16 points each for Alaska, which saw its win-loss record to 5-3.
TALK N TEXT TROPANG TEXTERS over PETRON BLAZE BOOSTERS, 92-82
Talk N Text pounced on an undermanned Petron Blaze squad for a trouble-free 92-82 victory Wednesday night in the PBA Philippine Cup at the SMART-Araneta Coliseum.
The Boosters played with only eight men, but still stood toe-to-toe with the Tropang Texters in the first half. But the reigning Philippine Cup champions took care of business in the second half.
Talk N Text took advantage of injuries to Petrons top three centers June Mar Fajardo, Dorian Pea, and Danny Ildefonso to score 15 second chance points.
Fajardo (swollen scrotum) and Ildefonso (dislocated shoulder) were joined by Pea, the latest addition to the Boosters sick bay.
I hurt my knee, Pena told InterAKTV. Its not ACL though, but its hurting.
Petron also played minus Marcio Lassiter, who had a viral infection.
In a desperation move, the Boosters enlisted free agent center Brian Faundo, who played 20 minutes and produced four points.
The brunt of the work, however, fell on the shoulders of Arwind Santos and Jay Washington, who combined for 33 points and 17 rebounds. But Talk N Text was too much for the star duo.
We played a much better second half. In the first half we gave a lot of turnover and fastbreak points, said Talk N Text coach Norman Black. I told my players that we wont win a basketball game if we dont get back on defense.
Four players led by Larry Fonacier, finished in double figures for the Tropang Texters. He had 21 points, six rebounds and four assists in a solid all-around game.
TNT 92- Fonacier 21, Williams 16, De Ocampo 14, Alapag 13, Aban 9, Carey 6, Castro 5, Ferriols 4, Alvarez 2, Peek 2, Raymundo 0, Gamalinda 0 PET 82- Lutz 18, Santos 17, Washington 16, Yeo 10, Duncil 7, Miranda 6, Faundo 4, Cabagnot 4 QS: 17-23, 42-42, 69-60, 92-82
Source: Unless otherwise specified, game recaps were compressed and compiled from InterAKTV. (Writing credit to Rey Joble.)
Phelps number one in Philippines for round 6 - 2 days ago
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American Forward Eugene Phelps (198-F-90) had an amazing evening in the last round for Phoenix, receiving a Asia-basket.com Player of the Week award for round 6.
The 26-year old player had a double-double of 49 points and 18 rebounds, while his team Phoenix maintains the 8th position in Filipino PBA. Phoenix is rather a weak team placed in lower part in the standings. But it was their 4th lost game this season out of 6 games. In the team's last game Phelps had a remarkable 65.4% from 2-p... [read more]
American Forward Eugene Phelps (198-F-90) had an amazing evening in the last round for Phoenix, receiving a Asia-basket.com Player of the Week award for round 6. The 26-year old player had a double-double of 49 points and 18 rebounds, while his team Phoenix maintains the 8th position in Filipino PBA. Phoenix is rather a weak team placed in lower part in the standings. But it was their 4th lost game this season out of 6 games. In the team's last game Phelps had a remarkable 65.4% from 2-point range. He turned to be Phoenix's top player in his first season with the team. Eugene Phelps averages just after two games 37.5ppg, 18.5rpg and 4.5apg.
The second best player in last round's games was 28-year old American Justin Brownlee (197-F-88) of league's second-best Barangay Ginebra. Brownlee had a very good evening with a double-double of 31 points and 13 rebounds. Of course he led Barangay Ginebra to another comfortable win 101-87 over the lower-ranked Rain or Shine (#7, 3-3) being unquestionably team leader. This victory allowed Barangay Ginebra to move up to second position in the standings. His team's 5-2 record is not bad at all. Brownlee is a newcomer at Barangay Ginebra, but is already one of team's top players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 29.2ppg (#5). His other stats are also decent: 12.4rpg and 4.8apg. Former St.John's University star Brownlee is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market.
Third on the list of top players last round was American forward Allen Durham (198-F/C-88) of Meralco Bolts (#5). Durham got into 30-points club by scoring exactly 30 points in the last round. He went also for sixteen rebounds and seven assists. He was a key player of Meralco Bolts, leading his team to a 105-90 easy win against the lower-ranked Blackwater (#12, 1-6). Meralco Bolts needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 4 victories and 3 lost games. Durham has a great season in Philippines. After only 6 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 31.0ppg (3rd best), rebounds with 14.8rpg (4th best) and assists with 5.8apg (4th best). He also has 1.8bpg and FGP: 57.8%. Durham attended one of camps at Eurobasket Summer League on his way to pro basketball.
Other top performing players last week: 4. Arizona Reid (196-F-86) of San Miguel Beermen - 41 points and 15 rebounds 5. Henry Walker (198-G/F-87) of NLEX RW - 39 points and 13 rebounds 6. James White (203-F-93) of Mahindra E. - 23 points, 19 rebounds and 3 assists 7. Joel Wright (201-F-90) of Purefoods Star - 30 points and 22 rebounds 8. Mychal Ammons (198-F-92) of Talk N Text - 22 points, 18 rebounds and 3 assists 9. Arthur Dela Cruz) of Blackwater - 23 points, 4 rebounds and 2 assists 10. LaDontae Henton (198-F-92) of Alaska Aces - 27 points, 9 rebounds and 2 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)
Alaska came out of Davao with a victory, while Mahindra and Ginebra got back to the winning track in action from the 2016 PBA Governors' Cup this weekend. Game Capsules (adapted from Interaksyon): ALASKA ACES over STAR HOTSHOTS, 85-69 The Alaska Aces led by as many as 20 points before staving off a late charge by the Star Hotshots to notch an 85-69 win in an out-of-town Oppo PBA Governors' Cup clash on Saturday in Panabo City, Davao del Norte. Star came back to as close as three point... [read more]
Alaska came out of Davao with a victory, while Mahindra and Ginebra got back to the winning track in action from the 2016 PBA Governors' Cup this weekend.
Game Capsules (adapted from Interaksyon):
ALASKA ACES over STAR HOTSHOTS, 85-69 The Alaska Aces led by as many as 20 points before staving off a late charge by the Star Hotshots to notch an 85-69 win in an out-of-town Oppo PBA Governors' Cup clash on Saturday in Panabo City, Davao del Norte.
Star came back to as close as three points in the fourth quarter but Alaska closed the game out on a 10-1 run to seal the win.
Import LaDontae Henton led the way with 27 points, nine rebounds and four blocks, while Calvin Abueva had a double-double with 10 points and 10 boards.
With the victory, the Aces snapped a three-game losing streak and improved to 2-4. The Hotshots, who were paced by 30 points from Joel Wright, dropped to 1-5.
Lines of the Game: LaDontae Henton (ALA) - 27pts, 9rebs, 2asts, 4blks, 1stl, 3 triples. Joel Wright (STA) - 30pts, 22rebs, 1blk.
MAHINDRA ENFORCER over BLACKWATER ELITE, 97-88 The Mahindra Enforcer had a strong bounce back effort, routing the struggling Blackwater Elite, 97-88, in the 2016 Oppo PBA Governors' Cup on Sunday at the SMART-Araneta Coliseum.
Mahindra lost two consecutive games since their 4-0 start but showed just what they were capable of in an impressive showing, leading by as many as 16 points in the contest.
Import James White led the way with 23 points and 19 rebounds for Mahindra, which improved to 5-2. The Elite dropped down to 1-6.
Aldrech Ramos added 15 points and six rebounds while Paolo Taha chipped in with 13. Two other players - KG Canaleta and Mike Digregorio - scored eight each.
Carlo Lastimosa led Blackwater with 17 points.
Lines of the Game: James White (MAH) - 23pts, 19rebs, 3asts, 2blks, 1stl, 10/16 FGs. Eric Dawson (BLA) - 15pts, 10rebs, 4asts, 5stls, 1blk.
BGY. GINEBRA GIN KINGS over RAIN OR SHINE ELASTO-PAINTERS, 101-87 The Barangay Ginebra San Miguel Kings cruised to a 14-point victory over the Rain or Shine Elasto Painters, 101-87, after a big fourth quarter in their Oppo PBA Governors' Cup clash on Sunday at the SMART-Araneta Coliseum.
Justin Brownlee finished with 31 points and 13 rebounds while Sol Mercado exploded for 19 points from off the bench to lead Ginebra (5-2), which bounced back from a tough loss in their previous game.
LA Tenorio added 15 points and a game-high nine assists, while Japeth Aguilar chipped in with 14 as well.
Jeff Chan top-scored for ROS with 19 points and 3 triples off the bench.
Lines of the Game: Justin Brownlee (GIN) - 31pts, 13rebs, 7asts, 6stls, 2blks, 2 triples. Jeff Chan (ROS) - 19pts, 2rebs, 2asts, 3 triples, 7/11 FGs.
TNT continued to roll unscathed in the 2016 PBA Governors' Cup after beating Phoenix last night even as GlobalPort caught a big fish when they upset San Miguel Beer. Game Capsules (adapted from Interaksyon): TNT KA TROPA over PHOENIX FUEL MASTERS, 124-117 The TNT KaTropa continued to its terrific run in the 2016 Oppo PBA Governors' Cup, beating the Phoenix Fuel Masters, 124-117, to notch a sixth consecutive win to open the conference on Friday at the Ynares Center in Antipolo. Asian i... [read more]
TNT continued to roll unscathed in the 2016 PBA Governors' Cup after beating Phoenix last night even as GlobalPort caught a big fish when they upset San Miguel Beer.
Game Capsules (adapted from Interaksyon):
TNT KA TROPA over PHOENIX FUEL MASTERS, 124-117 The TNT KaTropa continued to its terrific run in the 2016 Oppo PBA Governors' Cup, beating the Phoenix Fuel Masters, 124-117, to notch a sixth consecutive win to open the conference on Friday at the Ynares Center in Antipolo.
Asian import Michael Madanly scored 30 points, including 8-for-13 (61%) shooting from three-point range to lead the way for TNT, which is now a perfect 6-0 in the standings.
Mychal Ammons turned in another solid outing with 22 points, 18 rebounds and three assists while the KaTropa locals contributed as well, paced by Ranidel De Ocampo, who hit three treys en route to 17 points.
Kris Rosales added 13 points in under 19 minutes of play while star point guard Jayson Castro tallied 11 points and eight assists.
TNT as a team shot 19-for-41 (46%) from beyond the arc. According to PBA head of statistics Fidel Mangonon, the KaTropa's total of 19 tied the season-high and equaled the sixth highest total all-time.
Eugene Phelps finished with 49 points and 18 rebounds but was far from enough for Phoenix in this one.
GLOBALPORT BATANG PIER over SAN MIGUEL BEERMEN, 98-92 The GlobalPort Batang Pier got off to a huge start but needed to make some clutch plays down the stretch to hold off San Miguel, 98-92, in the 2016 Oppo PBA Governors' Cup on Friday at the Ynares Center in Antipolo.
GlobalPort opened the game on a 21-3 run but saw their lead dissipate in the second quarter. Still, they got some key plays from stars Stanley Pringle and Terrence Romeo as they picked up their second straight win.
Pringle scored a team-high 25 points while Romeo added 18 markers and seven assists for the Batang Pier, which are now 2-4 for the conference.
Import Michael Glover posted a double-double with 15 points and 15 rebounds while three other players chipped in with eight points apiece.
They also spoiled a big night for San Miguel import Arizona Reid, who scored 41 points but pouted through his team's last possessions. The Beermen are now 4-2.
Lines of the Game: Mike Glover (GLO) - 15pts, 15rebs, 1ast, 3stls, 1blk. AZ Reid (SMB) - 41pts, 15rebs, 1ast, 1stl, 1 triple, 14/29 FGs.
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