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.)
TNT Ka Tropa lands Donte Greene, ex Arecibo - 15 hours 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 - 16 hours 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 - 3 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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