Coach Franz Pumaren was right on the money with Mike Cortez. The mentor and his former ward reunited and it was like old times again. Cortez orchestrated Pumarens offense with aplomb as the Air 21 Express escaped the Barako Bull Energy Colas.
Cortez was reminiscent of dominant college self here. The former Green Archer scorched the nets for 24 points to go along with 6 rebounds, 6 assists, and 5 steals in 24 minutes of play. Before this game, Cortez languished on the bench of the stacked Ginebra Gin Kings, averaging only 3.5ppg, 2.7rpg, in 1.5apg in under 15 minutes per outing (a career-low). Of course, it probably also didnt help that he was playing behind former UAAP rival LA Tenorio.
Now things should be on the up and up for Cortez, Pumaren, and the rest of the Express.
AIR 21 EXPRESS over BARAKO
BULL ENERGY COLAS, 86-85
with his old college coach, Mike Cortez looked like the player from a decade
ago who was picked first overall in the 2003 PBA draft.
In his first
game for Air 21, the Cool Cat dropped 24 points, six rebounds, six assists, and
five steals in just 24 minutes to lead the Express to a pulsating 86-85 victory
over Barako Bull Friday at the Cuneta Astrodome.
the best for last, scoring the final five points of the game to carry the
Express to their third victory in eight games.
still led, 85-81, with 1:16 left on a layup by Enrico Villanueva. But Cortez
responded with a three-pointer to cut the lead to a single point in the ensuing
drove to the basket in the next play, but turned the ball over after hurting his
knee. The Barako Bull center came out of the game nursing what looked like a
capped his brilliant performance with a stepback jumper with 58.1 seconds left
to give the lead to Air 21, which held its ground on defense in the next two
Barako Bull possessions to book the win.
players also finished in double figures for the Express. James Sena and Mark
isip contributed 12 points apiece John Wilson and KG Canaleta each tallied 11,
and Bonbon Custodio chipped in 10 in a display of balanced firepower by the
BAR 85 - Tubid 24, Pennisi 15,
Urbiztondo 14, Anthony 13, Villanueva 13, Najorda 3, Marcelo 2, Kramer 1,
Alvarez 0, Yap 0
QS: 18-19, 38-44, 67-67, 86-85
BGY. GINEBRA GIN KINGS over
GLOBAL PORT BATANG PIER, 81-79
Ginebra San Miguel finally snapped its five-game losing streak, but not before
weathering a 21-point fourth quarter explosion by the returning Gary David.
Kings went home victors for the first time in more than a month, defeating
GlobalPort, 81-79, Friday at the Cuneta Astrodome.
had 19 points, four assists, and three steals to lead Ginebra.
want the fans to be disappointed,' said Caguioa, who said he understood Ginebra
supporters' gripes in a halftime interview.
had two chances to tie the score late in the game. But the Gin Kings denied
David the ball in the last two possessions, and Willie Miller missed a shot and
committed a turnover to squander those opportunities.
grateful for this victory, but it's still a long way to go for us,' said
Ginebra coach Siot Tanquingcen. 'We hope to build on this hopefully. It's
really a process right now, admittedly after first two games, malaki yung hype,
somehow nawala kami sa focus. We want to regain it.'
plenty of help, as Tenorio and Elmer Espiritu added 14 and 12 points,
respectively. Tenorio and Helterbrand combined for nine points during a key
stretch in the fourth period to keep GlobalPort at bay.
finished with 27 points, all scored in the second half. Willie Miller added 18
rookie center Yousef Taha, who was acquired in a trade for Mike Cortez, did not
see action for the Gin Kings.
improved its win-loss record to 3-5, while GlobalPort remained in the cellar
with a 1-8 slate.
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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