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.
Robert Dozier is a newcomer at Sanen - 23 hours ago
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Sanen Neophoenix (B League) strengthened their roster with addition of 31-year old American forward Robert Dozier (206-102kg-85, college: Memphis). He played most recently at Alaska Aces in Filipino PBA league. Dozier managed to play in three leagues in two countries last year. In 15 PBA games he recorded very impressive stats: 19.9ppg, 11.3rpg, 2.1apg and 1.9bpg. He also played that season for Le Mans in ProA where in 10 games he averaged 11.5ppg, 8.2rpg, 1.3spg and 1.3bpg. Dozier also p... [read more]
Sanen Neophoenix (B League) strengthened their roster with addition of 31-year old American forward Robert Dozier (206-102kg-85, college: Memphis). He played most recently at Alaska Aces in Filipino PBA league. Dozier managed to play in three leagues in two countries last year. In 15 PBA games he recorded very impressive stats: 19.9ppg, 11.3rpg, 2.1apg and 1.9bpg. He also played that season for Le Mans in ProA where in 10 games he averaged 11.5ppg, 8.2rpg, 1.3spg and 1.3bpg. Dozier also played 7 games in Eurocup where he had 8.9ppg, 5.1rpg and 1.0spg. He also spent pre-season at PAOK Thessaloniki (A1) in Greek league that year. In 2009 Dozier was drafted by Miami Heat (NBA) in second round (60th overall). He attended University of Memphis and it will be his eighth season in pro basketball. Dozier received Asia-Basket.com All-PBA Commissioner's Cup 2nd Team award in 2016. He is quite experienced player. Thanks to Dozier's pro career he managed to play on three different continents (Europe, Asia and of course North America) in four different countries. Dozier has played previously professionally in Spain (Sevilla), France (Cholet Basket), Greece (Kolossos) and United Arab Emirates (Al Shabab). The scouts decsribe him following way:
(by Adam Ganeles for NBADraft.net in 2009)
Has terrific hands and reads passing angles well, notching a theft a game for his collegiate career ... Lateral quickness is excellent. Has shown the ability to guard smaller defenders and pressure ball handlers.
Often overpowered at the defensive end but made up for it with movement and quick leaping ability ... Finishes adequately at the offensive end, but must add strength.
Phelps number one in Philippines for round 6 - 4 days 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 6.
The 26-year old player had a double-double of 49 points and 18 rebounds, while his team Phoenix maintains the 8th position in Filipino PBA. Phoenix is rather a weak team placed in lower part in the standings. But it was their 4th lost game this season out of 6 games. In the team's last game Phelps had a remarkable 65.4% from 2-p... [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 6. The 26-year old player had a double-double of 49 points and 18 rebounds, while his team Phoenix maintains the 8th position in Filipino PBA. Phoenix is rather a weak team placed in lower part in the standings. But it was their 4th lost game this season out of 6 games. In the team's last game Phelps had a remarkable 65.4% from 2-point range. He turned to be Phoenix's top player in his first season with the team. Eugene Phelps averages just after two games 37.5ppg, 18.5rpg and 4.5apg.
The second best player in last round's games was 28-year old American Justin Brownlee (197-F-88) of league's second-best Barangay Ginebra. Brownlee had a very good evening with a double-double of 31 points and 13 rebounds. Of course he led Barangay Ginebra to another comfortable win 101-87 over the lower-ranked Rain or Shine (#7, 3-3) being unquestionably team leader. This victory allowed Barangay Ginebra to move up to second position in the standings. His team's 5-2 record is not bad at all. Brownlee is a newcomer at Barangay Ginebra, but is already one of team's top players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 29.2ppg (#5). His other stats are also decent: 12.4rpg and 4.8apg. Former St.John's University star Brownlee is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market.
Third on the list of top players last round was American forward Allen Durham (198-F/C-88) of Meralco Bolts (#5). Durham got into 30-points club by scoring exactly 30 points in the last round. He went also for sixteen rebounds and seven assists. He was a key player of Meralco Bolts, leading his team to a 105-90 easy win against the lower-ranked Blackwater (#12, 1-6). Meralco Bolts needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 4 victories and 3 lost games. Durham has a great season in Philippines. After only 6 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 31.0ppg (3rd best), rebounds with 14.8rpg (4th best) and assists with 5.8apg (4th best). He also has 1.8bpg and FGP: 57.8%. Durham attended one of camps at Eurobasket Summer League on his way to pro basketball.
Other top performing players last week: 4. Arizona Reid (196-F-86) of San Miguel Beermen - 41 points and 15 rebounds 5. Henry Walker (198-G/F-87) of NLEX RW - 39 points and 13 rebounds 6. James White (203-F-93) of Mahindra E. - 23 points, 19 rebounds and 3 assists 7. Joel Wright (201-F-90) of Purefoods Star - 30 points and 22 rebounds 8. Mychal Ammons (198-F-92) of Talk N Text - 22 points, 18 rebounds and 3 assists 9. Arthur Dela Cruz) of Blackwater - 23 points, 4 rebounds and 2 assists 10. LaDontae Henton (198-F-92) of Alaska Aces - 27 points, 9 rebounds and 2 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)
Alaska came out of Davao with a victory, while Mahindra and Ginebra got back to the winning track in action from the 2016 PBA Governors' Cup this weekend. Game Capsules (adapted from Interaksyon): ALASKA ACES over STAR HOTSHOTS, 85-69 The Alaska Aces led by as many as 20 points before staving off a late charge by the Star Hotshots to notch an 85-69 win in an out-of-town Oppo PBA Governors' Cup clash on Saturday in Panabo City, Davao del Norte. Star came back to as close as three point... [read more]
Alaska came out of Davao with a victory, while Mahindra and Ginebra got back to the winning track in action from the 2016 PBA Governors' Cup this weekend.
Game Capsules (adapted from Interaksyon):
ALASKA ACES over STAR HOTSHOTS, 85-69 The Alaska Aces led by as many as 20 points before staving off a late charge by the Star Hotshots to notch an 85-69 win in an out-of-town Oppo PBA Governors' Cup clash on Saturday in Panabo City, Davao del Norte.
Star came back to as close as three points in the fourth quarter but Alaska closed the game out on a 10-1 run to seal the win.
Import LaDontae Henton led the way with 27 points, nine rebounds and four blocks, while Calvin Abueva had a double-double with 10 points and 10 boards.
With the victory, the Aces snapped a three-game losing streak and improved to 2-4. The Hotshots, who were paced by 30 points from Joel Wright, dropped to 1-5.
Lines of the Game: LaDontae Henton (ALA) - 27pts, 9rebs, 2asts, 4blks, 1stl, 3 triples. Joel Wright (STA) - 30pts, 22rebs, 1blk.
MAHINDRA ENFORCER over BLACKWATER ELITE, 97-88 The Mahindra Enforcer had a strong bounce back effort, routing the struggling Blackwater Elite, 97-88, in the 2016 Oppo PBA Governors' Cup on Sunday at the SMART-Araneta Coliseum.
Mahindra lost two consecutive games since their 4-0 start but showed just what they were capable of in an impressive showing, leading by as many as 16 points in the contest.
Import James White led the way with 23 points and 19 rebounds for Mahindra, which improved to 5-2. The Elite dropped down to 1-6.
Aldrech Ramos added 15 points and six rebounds while Paolo Taha chipped in with 13. Two other players - KG Canaleta and Mike Digregorio - scored eight each.
Carlo Lastimosa led Blackwater with 17 points.
Lines of the Game: James White (MAH) - 23pts, 19rebs, 3asts, 2blks, 1stl, 10/16 FGs. Eric Dawson (BLA) - 15pts, 10rebs, 4asts, 5stls, 1blk.
BGY. GINEBRA GIN KINGS over RAIN OR SHINE ELASTO-PAINTERS, 101-87 The Barangay Ginebra San Miguel Kings cruised to a 14-point victory over the Rain or Shine Elasto Painters, 101-87, after a big fourth quarter in their Oppo PBA Governors' Cup clash on Sunday at the SMART-Araneta Coliseum.
Justin Brownlee finished with 31 points and 13 rebounds while Sol Mercado exploded for 19 points from off the bench to lead Ginebra (5-2), which bounced back from a tough loss in their previous game.
LA Tenorio added 15 points and a game-high nine assists, while Japeth Aguilar chipped in with 14 as well.
Jeff Chan top-scored for ROS with 19 points and 3 triples off the bench.
Lines of the Game: Justin Brownlee (GIN) - 31pts, 13rebs, 7asts, 6stls, 2blks, 2 triples. Jeff Chan (ROS) - 19pts, 2rebs, 2asts, 3 triples, 7/11 FGs.
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