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.
June Mar Fajardo gets MVP of the Week award for Filipino PBA - 2 hours ago
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June Mar Fajardo (210-C-89) had a great game in the last round for league's leader SM Beermen and that's him to receive a Asia-basket.com Player of the Week award for round 9. The 27-year old center had a double-double of 19 points and fifteen rebounds, while his team beat Globalport (#6, 5-4) 106-100. It allowed SM Beermen to consolidate first place in the Filipino PBA. SM Beermen has a very good season and are considered to have a run for the championship title. They improved their reco... [read more]
June Mar Fajardo (210-C-89) had a great game in the last round for league's leader SM Beermen and that's him to receive a Asia-basket.com Player of the Week award for round 9. The 27-year old center had a double-double of 19 points and fifteen rebounds, while his team beat Globalport (#6, 5-4) 106-100. It allowed SM Beermen to consolidate first place in the Filipino PBA. SM Beermen has a very good season and are considered to have a run for the championship title. They improved their record to 9-1. Fajardo has many years of experience at SM Beermen, through which he has constantly improved. Fajardo has impressive league stats. He is in league's top in points (2nd best: 20.0ppg) and averages solid 1.7bpg and 65.5% FGP.
The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was -year old Earl Thompson of B.Ginebra. Thompson impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 13 points and 15 rebounds. Of course B.Ginebra cruised to a 99-90 relatively comfortable win over Blackwater (5-5). Despite this victory B.Ginebra slide down in the standings to 7th position. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 5-5 record is not bad and everything may still change. Thompson is well-known by B.Ginebra fans and he already established his position as one of team's most reliable players.
The third best performed player last round was another SM Beermen's star - Arwind Santos (193-F-81). Santos got into 30-points club by scoring 31 points in the last round. He went also for ten rebounds . He was another key player of SM Beermen, helping his team with a 106-100 win against the lower-ranked Globalport (#6, 5-4). Many experts and fans count SM Beermen as a contender for championship title. Another victory and another confirmation that they may be right. Just look at their record: 9 victories and only one lost game. They are currently at the very top of the standings. Santos has a great season in Philippines. After only 9 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 8.2rpg (9th best).
Other top performing players last week: 4. Clifford Hodge (196-PF-88) of Meralco Bolts - 17 points and 16 rebounds 5. Jeth Troy Rosario (201-C-92) of TNT Ka Tropa - 18 points and 9 rebounds 6. Alex Mallari (193-G/F-87) of Mahindra - 23 points, 3 rebounds and 8 assists 7. Chris Newsome (187-G) of Meralco Bolts - 19 points, 4 rebounds and 6 assists 8. Joe Devance (201-C-82) of B.Ginebra - 13 points, 9 rebounds and 7 assists 9. Marcio Lassiter (190-G-87) of SM Beermen - 22 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists 10. Sean Anthony (193-F-86) of NLEX RW - 23 points, 8 rebounds and 3 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)
Sunday gameday saw Alaska book a huge win over Mahindra, while Ginebra was upset by Phoenix in action from the 2016-2017 PBA Philippine Cup. Game Capsules: ALASKA ACES over MAHINDRA FLOOD BUSTER, 107-91 The Alaska Aces put together a strong finish as they went on a big closing run to turn away the Mahindra Floodbuster, 107-91, to notch a crucial Oppo PBA PhilippienCup victory on Sunday at the Philsports Arena. Alaska and Mahindra were tied at 76-all early in the fourth quarter before... [read more]
Sunday gameday saw Alaska book a huge win over Mahindra, while Ginebra was upset by Phoenix in action from the 2016-2017 PBA Philippine Cup.
ALASKA ACES over MAHINDRA FLOOD BUSTER, 107-91 The Alaska Aces put together a strong finish as they went on a big closing run to turn away the Mahindra Floodbuster, 107-91, to notch a crucial Oppo PBA PhilippienCup victory on Sunday at the Philsports Arena.
Alaska and Mahindra were tied at 76-all early in the fourth quarter before a 31-13 run by the Aces allowed them to run away with it in the end.
Vic Manuel scored 20 points on 9-for-13 shooting to lead Alaska while Calvin Abueva had a double-double of 18 points and 10 rebounds alongside three blocks for Alaska, which joined what is now a six-team logjam for a share of second place at 5 wins and 4 losses.
JVee Casio added 11 points while RJ Jazul and Kevin Racal each chipped in with nine markers. With the defeat, Mahindra dropped to 2-7 with only two games left on their schedule, eliminating them from contention. (Interaksyon.com)
Lines of the Game: Calvin Abueva (ALA) - 18pts, 10rebs, 3blks, 1ast, 1stl, 3 triples. Alex Mallari (MAH) - 23pts, 8asts, 3rebs, 3stls, 1blk.
PHOENIX FUEL MASTERS over BGY. GINEBRA GIN KINGS, 79-73 The Phoenix Fuel Masters placed themselves in strong position in the playoff race after downing Barangay Ginebra San Miguel, 79-73, in a crucial Oppo PBA Philippine Cup clash on Sunday at the Philsports Arena.
Phoenix and Ginebra entered the game in a six-way tie for second to seventh places behind only the San Miguel Beermen, which had already clinched the No. 1 spot.
With the win, though, the Fuel Masters improved to 6-4, staying just in front of the pack that includes Alaska, TNT, GlobalPort and Rain or Shine (5-4) while dropping the Kings down to 5-5.
Matthew Wright and JC Intal led Phoenix in the important win. The rookie Wright scored 18 points and dished out five assists - both game-highs. He scored all of his points in the second half, eight of those in the fourth quarter, including a crucial three-pointer at the 1:51 mark that turned out to be the Phoenix's last basket but proved enough of a buffer for the win.
Intal, the former Gilas Pilipinas member, had a double-double with 16 points and 10 rebounds while also tallying two steals and two blocks. He also hit a key triple in the fourth quarter less than a minute before Wright's big shot. (Interaksyon.com)
Lines of the Game: JC Intal (PHX) - 16pts, 10rebs, 1ast, 2stls, 2blks, 2 triples. LA Tenorio (GIN) - 15pts, 3rebs, 3asts, 2stls, 1 triple.
Maccabi Haifa inks Kevinn Pinkney, ex Phoenix - 9 hours ago
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Maccabi Hunter Haifa (Winner League) signed experienced 34-year old American forward Kevinn Pinkney (207-111kg-83, college: Nevada). He played last season at Phoenix in Filipino PBA league. In 9 games he had very impressive stats: 23.4ppg, 13.0rpg, 2.1apg and 1.4bpg. The previous (2015) summer Pinkney played at Bucaneros in Venezuelan LPB where in 26 games he recorded 9.3ppg, 5.6rpg, 1.2apg and 1.3spg in 2015 season. In 2005 he was drafted by Sioux Falls Skyforce (CBA) in fifth round (48t... [read more]
Maccabi Hunter Haifa (Winner League) signed experienced 34-year old American forward Kevinn Pinkney (207-111kg-83, college: Nevada). He played last season at Phoenix in Filipino PBA league. In 9 games he had very impressive stats: 23.4ppg, 13.0rpg, 2.1apg and 1.4bpg. The previous (2015) summer Pinkney played at Bucaneros in Venezuelan LPB where in 26 games he recorded 9.3ppg, 5.6rpg, 1.2apg and 1.3spg in 2015 season. In 2005 he was drafted by Sioux Falls Skyforce (CBA) in fifth round (48th overall). Pinkney attended University of Nevada and it is his twelfth (!!!) season in pro basketball. He is quite experienced player. Pinkney has played in eleven different countries on four different continents (Europe, Asia, Latin America and of course North America). He has played previously professionally in China (Heilongjiang), France, Italy (AV Cantu and Angelico Biella), Lebanon (Champville), Poland, Puerto Rico (Atleticos), Russia (Enisey), Slovenia (Un.Olimpija), Turkey (Trabzonspor and Aliaga), Israel (Hapoel Jerusalem) and United Arab Emirates (Al Naser). Pinkney could be described:
Raw athlete with good size and good hands...Has skills and mobility to counter stronger power forwards... Possesses good shot blocking ability. Has displayed a good shooting touch from the 17- to 18-foot range. He gets good position inside and is quick to the ball. Made a huge work in bulking-up, because he weighed just 190 pounds when he entered Nevada. He's the typical late bloomer, who has yet upside.
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