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.
Green Archers blast Warriors to stay unbeaten in 12 games - 18 hours ago
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Rookie Ben Mbala and skipper Jeron Alvin Teng (181-G-94) went on a scoring rampage throughout the game delivering De La Salle University to another convincing victory to stay unbeaten in 12 games in the University Athletic Association of the Philippines Season 79 men's basketball tournament. The Green Archers, maximizing their height advantage to the fullest, routed the University of the East (UE) Red Warriors, 95-66, on Wednesday at the Araneta Coliseum to move closer to a sweet sweep of... [read more]
Rookie Ben Mbala and skipper Jeron Alvin Teng (181-G-94) went on a scoring rampage throughout the game delivering De La Salle University to another convincing victory to stay unbeaten in 12 games in the University Athletic Association of the Philippines Season 79 men's basketball tournament. The Green Archers, maximizing their height advantage to the fullest, routed the University of the East (UE) Red Warriors, 95-66, on Wednesday at the Araneta Coliseum to move closer to a sweet sweep of the two-round eliminations. Mbala piled up his 12th double-double by establishing 26 points on 7-of-13 shooting in the field plus 20 rebounds and four blocks. He also made 12-of-14 attempts in the free throw line to lead the Green Archers to a league-leading 12-0 win-loss record. 'The level of our game is now rising but there are some aspects that we still need to work on,' La Salle coach Aldin Ayo told reporters during the post game interview. 'Right now all I can say is we're playing as a team and we're sharing the basketball. The players are maturing also.' Teng sizzled 14 of his 20 points in the second half on 10-of-21 shooting in the field, while Tomas Torres posted 11 points and Aljun Melecio contributed nine points also for the Green Archers, who overpowered the Red Warriors in the rebounding department, 71-34. La Salle's big men Abu Tratter and Jason Perkins (193-F) grabbed 13 and 12 rebounds, respectively. The Green Archers also had 34 offensive rebounds compared to the Red Warriors' 13, giving them 30 second chance points over six of their opponent. The Green Archers also went to the foul line 40 times and converted 29 free throws against the Red Warriors' 7-of-15. UE committed 33 fouls while La Salle only had 23. Mbala performed well in the opening quarter, scoring 10 points in the early part of the game to provide the Green Archers a 24-15 lead entering the second period. They widened up the gap to more than 20 points in the next three quarters and didn't look back the rest of the way. Alvin Pasaol led UE with 17 points. The Red Warriors dropped to 2-9 win-loss record. In the second game, University of the Philippines stunned National University, 71-66, to stay alive in the Final Four race. The Fighting Maroons improved to 4-8 while the Bulldogs absorbed their sixth straight loss to share the fifth spot with UP with the same record. Courtesy of: manilatimes.com
Barangay Ginebra San Miguel veteran guard Jayjay Helterbrand is back for at least another year with the Gin Kings. The 40-year-old Helterbrand earlier mulled about retirement after this season, but was convinced by coach Tim Cone and the Ginebra management about returning for next season as they try to follow up their title success in the Oppo PBA Governors' Cup. In an earlier interview, Helterbrand revealed to InterAksyon.com that Cone had been convincing him to stay. 'I don't know, I... [read more]
Barangay Ginebra San Miguel veteran guard Jayjay Helterbrand is back for at least another year with the Gin Kings.
The 40-year-old Helterbrand earlier mulled about retirement after this season, but was convinced by coach Tim Cone and the Ginebra management about returning for next season as they try to follow up their title success in the Oppo PBA Governors' Cup.
In an earlier interview, Helterbrand revealed to InterAksyon.com that Cone had been convincing him to stay.
'I don't know, I'm not thinking about that,' Helterbrand said right after Ginebra's title-clinching Game Six win. 'Coach Tim's message to us is we're here not to win a championship, but we're here to win championships.'
Cone also shared to the media what he had told Helterbrand.
'Jay was telling me, you're one of the best coaches I had and I learned so much from you. I told him, 'Jay, enough of the speeches. We've got a lot more to win,'' said Cone.
'We want to come back and try to get to that elite level like some other teams did - San Miguel recently, Talk N Text, Purefoods. We would like to get to that level and that's something I'd like to work for. This is not our first championship.
'In our minds this is not just a championship. This is not the one we're gonna get. We're not aiming to win a championship, we're trying to win many championships.'
While he was reduced as a benchwarmer for the majority of the season, Helterbrand proved to be one of the vital cogs for Ginebra in the Governors' Cup finals.
In Game Four, he delivered a vintage performance by scoring 11 points in the fourth quarter in a win that tied the series and sparked Ginebra's run for the title.
Wayne Chism (ex Rain or Shine) is a newcomer at Garzas - 5 days ago
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LNBP newcomer Garzas de Plata Hidalgo strengthened their roster with addition of 29-year old American power forward Wayne Chism (206-111kg-87, college: Tennessee). He played last season at Rain or Shine in Filipino PBA league, but left. In two games he recorded 8.0ppg, 6.0rpg, 1.0spg and 1.5bpg. The last summer Chism was tested by Sagesse (Division A) in Lebanese league. The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others his team won PBA Commissioner's Cup Regular Season in 2... [read more]
LNBP newcomer Garzas de Plata Hidalgo strengthened their roster with addition of 29-year old American power forward Wayne Chism (206-111kg-87, college: Tennessee). He played last season at Rain or Shine in Filipino PBA league, but left. In two games he recorded 8.0ppg, 6.0rpg, 1.0spg and 1.5bpg. The last summer Chism was tested by Sagesse (Division A) in Lebanese league. The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others his team won PBA Commissioner's Cup Regular Season in 2015. Chism was also voted Asia-Basket.com All-PBA Commissioner's Cup Import Player of the Year in 2015. He is quite experienced player. Thanks to Chism's pro career he managed to play on three different continents (Europe, Asia and of course North America) in five different countries. Chism has played previously professionally in France (Aix-Maurienne), Hungary (Alba, Sopron KC and Kaposvari), Israel (Galil Gilboa), Turkey (Antalya Buyuksehir Belediye) and D-League (Fort Wayne Mad Ants). He attended University of Tennessee until 2010 and it will be his seventh season as a professional player.
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