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.
Al Thornton scores 24 points to lead PH-Mighty Sports' rout of South Korea - 14 minutes ago
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Al Thornton (203-F-83, college: Florida St.) scored 24 points as he carried Philippines-Mighty Sports pummeled South Korea, 86-65, to notch its second straight victory in the 2016 William Jones Cup Monday in Taiwan. Thornton also had seven boards as he sank crucial baskets to pace PH-Mighty Sports which is now 2-0 in the tournament. Zach Graham (198-G-89, college: Mississippi, agency: Pro Sports) added 13 points, while Dewarick Spencer(193-G-82, college: Arkansas St., agency: Higher Visio... [read more]
Al Thornton (203-F-83, college: Florida St.) scored 24 points as he carried Philippines-Mighty Sports pummeled South Korea, 86-65, to notch its second straight victory in the 2016 William Jones Cup Monday in Taiwan. Thornton also had seven boards as he sank crucial baskets to pace PH-Mighty Sports which is now 2-0 in the tournament. Zach Graham (198-G-89, college: Mississippi, agency: Pro Sports) added 13 points, while Dewarick Spencer (193-G-82, college: Arkansas St., agency: Higher Vision Sports) contributed 12 markers. PH-Mighty Sports got off to a 12-5 start, but Korea made a run and took the lead, 18-17. However, Thornton exploded for five straight points, including a buzzer-beating trey, to give his team a 22-17 edge after the opening quarter. PH-Mighty Sports pulled away in the second quarter thanks to a 19-7 run that handed them a 41-24 lead. Halftime ended at 45-31 with PH-Mighty Sports led by Spencer's 10 points and Thornton's nine markers. Korea tried several times to come back, trimming its deficit to eight, 51-43, in the third quarter. But Mike Singletary converted an and one to bring PH-Mighty Sports' lead to 11, 54-43. They took a 59-45 cushion entering the final frame. Korea once again threatened for a serious run after coming within eight, 65-57, early in the fourth quarter. However, PH-Mighty Sports had another answer, with Thornton draining a triple and completing an and one play to push their lead, 71-57, and keep the Koreans at bay. Courtesy of: interaksyon.com
White's double-double lands him Player of the Week award - 23 hours ago
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23-year old forward James White (203-F-93) put on an amazing game in the last round for league's best team Mahindra E. and receives a Asia-basket.com Player of the Week award for round 2.
He had a double-double of 28 points and 20 rebounds, while his team beat Globalport (#11, 0-3), the league's bottom-ranked team 108-98. It allowed Mahindra E. to take over top position in the Filipino league. But it's just the very beginning of the season and Mahindra E. won both games without losing an... [read more]
23-year old forward James White (203-F-93) put on an amazing game in the last round for league's best team Mahindra E. and receives a Asia-basket.com Player of the Week award for round 2. He had a double-double of 28 points and 20 rebounds, while his team beat Globalport (#11, 0-3), the league's bottom-ranked team 108-98. It allowed Mahindra E. to take over top position in the Filipino league. But it's just the very beginning of the season and Mahindra E. 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 White had a remarkable 56.3% from 2-point range. He has many years of experience at Mahindra E., through which he has constantly improved. Georgia Tech graduate has very impressive stats this year. White is in league's top in points (6th best: 25.0ppg), rebounds (3rd best: 14.0rpg) and averages solid 2.5bpg and 55.9% FGP.
Second best performed player last round was Marqus Blakely (201-F-88) of Purefoods Star. He is American forward in his first season at Purefoods Star. In the last game Blakely recorded impressive double-double of 24 points and 22 rebounds. It was enough for Purefoods Star to edge Globalport (0-3) by 3 points 105-102. The season is still at the very beginning and this victory may help a lot. Let's wait for the next round. Blakely is one of the most experienced players at Purefoods Star and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.
Third place about best performers goes to swingman Dominique Sutton (198-G/F-86) of Globalport (#11). Sutton got into 30-points club by scoring 34 points in the last round. He went also for thirteen rebounds and seven assists. Despite Sutton's great performance Globalport lost 98-108 to Mahindra E. (#1, 2-0). But his team cannot count on just a single shooter as he also needs help of the other teammates. Globalport can only dream about fighting for top spots in the league. They have awful season losing so far all 3 games. Sutton 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 26.0ppg (5th best), rebounds with 14.0rpg (2nd best) and assists with 5.0apg (8th best).
Other top performing players last week: 4. Justin Brownlee (197-F-88) of Barangay Ginebra - 31 points and 13 rebounds 5. Henry Walker (198-G/F-87) of NLEX RW - 33 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists 6. Dior Lowhorn (201-F-87) of Rain or Shine - 26 points and 14 rebounds 7. Michael Glover (203-F-87) of Globalport - 27 points, 12 rebounds and 5 assists 8. LaDontae Henton (198-F-92) of Alaska Aces - 29 points and 9 rebounds 9. Ian Paul Sangalang (201-F/C-91) of Purefoods Star - 18 points and 6 rebounds 10. Jayson Castro William (180-PG-86) of Talk N Text - 19 points, 6 rebounds and 10 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)
Globalport signs Michael Glover, ex Halifax H. - 23 hours ago
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Globalport Batang Pier (PBA) signed 29-year old American forward Michael Glover (203-98kg-87, college: Iona, agency: Duran International). He played last season at Halifax Hurricanes in Canadian NBL. In 53 NBL Canada games he had very impressive stats: 15.3ppg and 7.0rpg. Great season as he was voted NBL Canada Sixth Man of the Year, USBasket.com All-NBL Canada Sixt Man of the Year and named to 2nd Team. Glover is quite experienced player. He has played in five different countries on thre... [read more]
Globalport Batang Pier (PBA) signed 29-year old American forward Michael Glover (203-98kg-87, college: Iona, agency: Duran International). He played last season at Halifax Hurricanes in Canadian NBL. In 53 NBL Canada games he had very impressive stats: 15.3ppg and 7.0rpg. Great season as he was voted NBL Canada Sixth Man of the Year, USBasket.com All-NBL Canada Sixt Man of the Year and named to 2nd Team. Glover is quite experienced player. He has played in five different countries on three different continents (Europe, Latin America and of course North America). Glover has played previously professionally in Argentina (Estudiantes Concordia and Villa Angela), Dominican Rep., Mexico (Halcones UV Xalapa), Turkey (Hacettepe) and Dominican Republic (San Carlos, Metros de Santiago and Parque Hostos). He attended Iona College until 2012 and it will be his fifth season as a professional player. Glover could be described:
Extremely strong performer that also possesses great quickness in the post... Possesses good leaping ability and an excellent touch around the basket... Expanded his game in the offseason by working hard on his ball-handling and outside shooting ability.
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