When Mark Caguioa and LA Tenorio play well at the same time, not even the leagues top team stands a chance. This was the dream of Coach Siot Tangquincen when the Gin Kings pulled the trigger to get Gilas 2.0 starting guard Tenorio. They felt his versatility would be a good complement to Caguioas free-wheeling style.
Thats exactly what Ginebra got, at least in their last two games. In the Kings two wins (against Global Port and Talk N Text), the Caguioa-Tenorio pairing combined for the following averages: 38.0pp, 8.5rpg, 4.5apg, and 3.0 spg. Pretty impressive, huh?
Before this winning run, however, that dynamic duo normed just 29.0ppg, 8.9rpg, 6.6apg, and 2.1spg. The rebounding and assists went down simply because guys like Rudy Hatfield, Rico Maierhofer, Chris Ellis, and Billy Mamaril have stepped up, but the clear improvement has really been on scoring.
Its a no-brainer that Caguioa needs to score for Ginebra to win, but with a guy like Tenorio, thats not so apparent. Tenorio CAN score, but the expectations of him have focused more on his playmaking ability. Thats not wrong, of course, because the former Ateneo Blue Eagle is an awesome playmaker, but, at least for this observer, the thing he does best is really putting that ball in the hole.
I think him scoring in bunches alongside Mark The Spark will do more good than bad for Ginebra, especially considering the spate of injuries that has befallen the team.
Early on in the season, Coach Siot had this to say about LA, We need someone to take charge, take control, make plays and make it easier and LA did that for his teammates.
In plain-speak, that means LA needs to score more than defer.
Game Recaps: SAN MIG COFFEE MIXERS over ALASKA ACES, 77-68
San Mig Coffee coach Tim Cone continued his mastery over his former team Alaska.
For the fifth straight time, Cones new team, San Mig Coffee, defeated the Aces as the Mixers banked on their solid team defense en route to a convincing 77-68 victory on Saturday in the PBA Philippine Cup in a road game in Lapu-Lapu City.
The Aces have yet to win over Cones present team since the multi-titled mentor left Alaska last season.
The Mixers won in a game that they play best defense. The teams set a record for fewest combined points in a quarter (22 points combined), but Cone and his troops were able to take the ugly win with a strong third quarter anchored on Mark Barroca and James Yap.
Barroca came through with yet another productive game, finishing with 15 points, but it was former Alaska player Joe Devance who was steady all game long.
The 6-foot-7 Devance, back in harness after missing a large portion of last seasons campaign due to various injuries, is making a return to form. He finished with 18 points and was named back-to-back best player of the game for his squad.
The Mixers trailed the entire first half, but they didnt allow the Aces to pull away.
In the third, Barroca and Yap combined forces as San Mig Coffee started to gain the tempo of the match.
Barrocas baskets, including two free throws in the fourth period, gave the Mixers their biggest lead, 74-62, 1:28 left in the game.
SMC 77- Devance 18, Simon 15, Barroca 15, Yap 11, De Ocampo 8, Villanueva 4, Pingris 2, Gonzales 2, Reavis 2 ALA 68- Baguio 19, Casio 12, Thoss 11, Abueva 8, Baracael 5, Hontiveros 4, Jazul 3, Dela Cruz 3, Espinas 2, Eman 1, Laure 0, Belasco 0 QS: 12-14, 22-26, 47-43, 77-68
MERALCO BOLTS over PETRON BLAZE BOOSTERS, 95-81
Meralco put up an electrifying performance against Petron Blaze, 95-81, to bounce back from a forgettable 25-point loss in their previous game in the 2013 PBA Philippine Cup Sunday at the SM Mall of Asia Arena.
The Bolts played relentless basketball from the opening tip till the final buzzer to come away with the easy win and improve their win-loss mark to 5-3.
Sol Mercado unloaded 14 of his 22 points in the third period to help Meralco pull away, while Mac Cardona dished out a near triple-double performance for the Bolts with 16 points, nine rebounds and 10 assists.
Reynel Hugnatan also had 22 points on 10-of-12 shooting from the field for Meralco, which led by as much as 20 points in the game.
After a deflating defeat against Rain or Shine, we want to test our bounce-back genes and we did it, said Bolts coach Ryan Gregorio, who also drew 15 points from rookie Cliff Hodge.
Against Rain or Shine, complacency was the enemy. In this game, from the opening tip our lockdown defense was there and on offense, were hitting in all cylinders.
Mercado engineered the Bolts solid third quarter stint, scoring 11 straight points that highlighted their 17-4 run to turn a 52-45 lead into a 69-49 cushion with 1:36 left in that stage.
The Boosters trimmed the lead to 10 points at 80-70, but Cardona scored five straight and Hodge sealed the win with an emphatic two-hand slam to put the game out of reach, 87-70, with 3:37 remaining in the game.
This was an important win for us at this point of the conference. We still in the upper echelon of the standings and give us a clear shot at No. 4, said Gregorio.
Alex Cabagnot paced the undermanned Petron quintet with 19 points while Chriz Lutz and Arwind Santos netted 13 and 10 markers respectively.
It was the Boosters third straight loss to drop their record to 3-6 with five games left. They are now tied with Barako Bull for the No. 9 spot.
BGY. GINEBRA GIN KINGS over TALK N TEXT TROPANG TEXTERS, 104-101
Barangay Ginebra San Miguel notched its second pair of back-to-back wins in the 2013 PBA Philippine Cup with a 104-101 victory over defending champion Talk N Text Sunday at the SM Mall of Asia Arena.
The Gin Kings drew stellar games from LA Tenorio, Mark Caguioa and Rudy Hatfield to improve their win-loss mark to 4-5 and deal the Tropang Texters only their second loss.
But Ginebra had to secure one offensive rebound in the closing seconds to thwart the last-ditch stand of Talk N Text.
Caguioa, who was hit by wayward elbow of Ali Peek that resulted to a cut on his upper left eye, had 22 points and 11 rebounds. Tenorio added 22 points while Hatfield tallied 12 points and 13 rebounds, including seven on the offensive end, to lead Ginebra to the important win.
Good game from the players and its a good win for us, said Ginebra coach Siot Tanquingcen who also got 11 points apiece from Chris Ellis and Jayjay Helterbrand.
Somehow the guys are starting to understand they need to involve everybody. Alam na nila how the system goes. But its still a long way to go. Its still a work in progress.
Ranidel de Ocampo paced the Tropang Texters with 20 points and 10 rebounds while Jayson Castro added 18 points and eight assists.
Jimmy Alapag and Larry Fonacier netted 17 and 16 points, respectively, for Talk N Text, which stays at the top spot with a 7-2 record despite the loss.
Ginebra dominated the game from the get-go and threatened to pull away after taking an 85-72 lead early in the fourth quarter.
The Kings were still in control at 99-91 before the Tropang Texters threatened at 101-104 on Fonaciers triple with 5.6 seconds left.
Rob Labagala was sent to the 15-foo line but missed both bonus shots. Luckily for Ginebra, Labagal collared the offensive board to seal the win.
Phelps number one in Philippines for round 1 - 10 hours 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 1. The 26-year old player had a double-double of 53 points and 21 rebounds, while his team edged out Blackwater (#9, 0-1), the league's bottom-ranked team 118-116. Phoenix is placed at 4th position in Filipino PBA. But it's just the very beginning of the season and Phoenix won just one (their first) game. It's too early to say anyth... [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 1. The 26-year old player had a double-double of 53 points and 21 rebounds, while his team edged out Blackwater (#9, 0-1), the league's bottom-ranked team 118-116. Phoenix is placed at 4th position in Filipino PBA. But it's just the very beginning of the season and Phoenix won just one (their first) game. It's too early to say anything as the standings can be changed completely after next round. In the team's last game Phelps had a remarkable 61.3% from 2-point range. He just recently signed at Phoenix and it was his first game, where he immediately became new team's leader. Former Long Beach State University star has very solid stats this year. Phelps is league's best scorer averaging so far 53.0ppg. Phelps is in league's top in rebounds (3rd best: 21.0rpg) and averages impressive 5.0bpg and 61.3% FGP.
The second best player in last round's games was 25-year old American Greg Smith (198-F-91) of Blackwater. Smith had a very good evening with a double-double of 37 points and 30 rebounds. Bad luck as Blackwater was edged by Phoenix (1-0) 118-116. 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 37.0ppg (#2). He also registered 30.0 boards per game.
Third on the list of top players last round was American forward Cory Jefferson (206-F-90) of Alaska Aces (#3). Jefferson scored 28 points and grabbed fourteen rebounds (!!!). He was a key player of Alaska Aces, leading his team to a 107-79 easy win against Globalport (#10, 0-1). Alaska Aces has a very good start of the season. But there was just one game played, so it's too early to judge them at this stage. Jefferson also has a very good start of the season with very strong stats. The season just started for Jefferson as he played only first game. But it already looks like he can be team's leader.
Other top performing players last week: 4. James White (203-F-93) of Mahindra - 29 points, 21 rebounds and 2 assists 5. Wayne Chism (206-PF-87) of NLEX RW - 27 points, 21 rebounds and 3 assists 6. Shawn Taggart (207-F-85) of Rain or Shine - 29 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists 7. Alex Stepheson (208-F/C-87) of Meralco Bolts - 18 points and 24 rebounds 8. Stanley Pringle (184-PG-87) of Globalport - 27 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists 9. Alex Mallari (193-G/F-87) of Mahindra - 21 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists 10. Chris Newsome (187-G) of Meralco Bolts - 17 points, 7 rebounds and 7 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)
D-League: Tanduay shocks No.1 Cignal to take semis Game 1 - 1 day ago
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Banking on its veteran leaders, Tanduay pulled off a 66-55 stunner over Cignal-San Beda to claim Game 1 of their best-of-3 semifinals series in the 2017 PBA D-League Aspirants' Cup Tuesday at Marikina Sports Center. Ex-pros Jerwin Gaco (190-F-81) and Mark Cruz (165-PG) paired up to help the Rhum Masters silence the top-seed Hawkeyes in the middle quarters to move a win away from booking a return trip to the championship series. Gaco led Tanduay with 16 points, seven rebounds, and two assi... [read more]
Banking on its veteran leaders, Tanduay pulled off a 66-55 stunner over Cignal-San Beda to claim Game 1 of their best-of-3 semifinals series in the 2017 PBA D-League Aspirants' Cup Tuesday at Marikina Sports Center. Ex-pros Jerwin Gaco (190-F-81) and Mark Cruz (165-PG) paired up to help the Rhum Masters silence the top-seed Hawkeyes in the middle quarters to move a win away from booking a return trip to the championship series. Gaco led Tanduay with 16 points, seven rebounds, and two assists, while Cruz got 15 markers, four boards, and two dimes. Adrian Santos also helped in the paint, finishing with 11 points and eight rebounds, while Jaymo Eguilos (196-F-87) tallied five markers and grabbed 12 boards. The Rhum Masters didn't just snap Cignal-San Beda's eight-game winning streak, but they also dealt coach Boyet Fernandez his first ever semifinals loss in his D-League coaching career. This narrative, though, doesn't appeal that much to coach Lawrence Chongson, saying, 'It's not about cliches anymore. It's about us needing to win for ourselves, We'll do whatever it takes.' Clamping down on defense, Tanduay limited the high-scoring Cignal squad to just six points in the second quarter to grab a 28-20 halftime lead and further compounded the Hawkeyes' woes with 28-point third quarter explosion to lead by as much as 21, 56-35. Cignal had one last try to close the gap and got to as close as 12, 56-44, with 7:33 left, but Paul Varilla drained big baskets late to douse the rally for the Rhum Masters. Game 2 is on Thursday at Ynares Sports Arena. Raymundo Pamboy led Cignal with 13 points and three rebounds, while Javee Mocon got 11 markers and six boards. Courtesy of: inquirer.net
Louis Amundson could join TNT Ka Tropa - 3 days ago
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Talk N Text Ka Tropa (PBA) is close to sign experienced 35-year old American power forward Louis Amundson (206-104kg-82, college: UNLV) who played last time at New York Knicks in NBA. In 2006 Amundson was drafted by Great Falls Explorers (CBA) in third round (23rd overall). The former University of Nevada - Las Vegas standoutis in his eleventh (!!!) season in pro basketball. Amundson received All-D-League Rookie of the Year award back in 2007. He has played also professionally for other... [read more]
Talk N Text Ka Tropa (PBA) is close to sign experienced 35-year old American power forward Louis Amundson (206-104kg-82, college: UNLV) who played last time at New York Knicks in NBA. In 2006 Amundson was drafted by Great Falls Explorers (CBA) in third round (23rd overall). The former University of Nevada - Las Vegas standoutis in his eleventh (!!!) season in pro basketball. Amundson received All-D-League Rookie of the Year award back in 2007. He has played also professionally for other NBA teams like New Orleans Pelicans, Chicago Bulls, Cleveland Cavaliers, Golden State Warriors and Utah Jazz. Amundson is close to retirement age as a player. It may be one of last seasons in his extensive career, which he may end at TNT Ka Tropa. The scouts decsribe him following way:
A strong athlete who runs the floor well, crashes the boards, and plays with lots of energy. An explosive leaper, who can beat
taller players for putbacks.
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