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.
With the two conferences of the Philippine Basketball Association's (PBA) done with the San Miguel Beermen overcoming the odds from a 3-0 deficit in the finals to win the Philippine Cup title in seven games against the Alaska Aces and the Rain or Shine Elasto Painters ruling the Commissioner's Cup against the same Aces, another conference is shaping to be one of the most competitive tournaments in recent memory [read more]
With the two conferences of the Philippine Basketball Association's (PBA) done with the San Miguel Beermen overcoming the odds from a 3-0 deficit in the finals to win the Philippine Cup title in seven games against the Alaska Aces and the Rain or Shine Elasto Painters ruling the Commissioner's Cup against the same Aces, another conference is shaping to be one of the most competitive tournaments in recent memory.
Returning imports showcases the upcoming Governor's Cup which will have its tip-off on July 15.
The reinforcements either have played with their current team or have given a title to another. Among the names returning are Arizona Reid for the defending champion San Miguel Beermen, Allen Durham for the Meralco Bolts, Eric Dawson for Blackwater Elite, Paul Harris for Barangay Ginebra and Dominique Sutton for GlobalPort Batang Pier.
A big blow in the part of Tropang TNT and the Phoenix Fuel Masters as their original choices for imports, Jason Maxiell and DeAndre Liggins, did not materialized. National Basketball Association (NBA) journeyman Maxiell was measured higher than the required and Liggins pursued other opportunities.
Asian imports will also be featured in this conference led by the returning Michael Madanly for Tropang TNT. Phoenix had tapped the services of 6-foot-3 Korean Lee Kwan Hee to bolster its guard-forward rotation.
Here are the complete lineup of reinforcements for all contending teams:
NLEX Road Warriors Henry 'Bill' Walker Rodrigue Akl
Phoenix Fuel Masters
Lee Kwan Hee
Rain or Shine Elasto Painters Dior Lowhorn
San Miguel Beermen Arizona 'AZ' Reid
Star Hotshots Marqus Blakely
Aris Ignacio is from the Philippines and has always been a big fan of Philippine basketball. Aris' follows the Philippine Basketball Association since the late 80's and has learned the history and personalities of the PBA. He also has interest with other basketball tournaments in the Philippines and beyond most specifically college basketball (UAAP, NCAA), the Asian Basketball League (ABL), FIBA Asia and World Cup tournaments. Follow Aris Ignacio on Twitter at aris_ignacio.
Shej Roi Sumang agreed terms with Blackwater - 2 days ago
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Blackwater Elite (PBA) strengthened their roster with addition of 25-year old point guard Shej Roi Sumang (177-91). He played most recently at Globalport (PBA). In 18 games he recorded just 2.6ppg and 1.0rpg last season. Sumang helped them to make it to the PBA Philippine Cup Semis final in 2016. He has played previously for two other Philippines teams: Cebuana Lhuillier and Red Warriors. By Eurobasket Data Center Check also Complete Transfers List in Philippines [read more]
Blackwater Elite (PBA) strengthened their roster with addition of 25-year old point guard Shej Roi Sumang (177-91). He played most recently at Globalport (PBA). In 18 games he recorded just 2.6ppg and 1.0rpg last season. Sumang helped them to make it to the PBA Philippine Cup Semis final in 2016. He has played previously for two other Philippines teams: Cebuana Lhuillier and Red Warriors.
Turkey gave the visiting Gilas a rude welcome with a 103-68 beatdown in a tuneup game at Abdi Ipekci Arena in Istanbul. Gilas is in Europe for the last phase of its training camp for the upcoming Fiba Olympic Qualifying Tournament in July. Naturalized import Blatche Andray(211-F/C-86) led the Filipinos with 21 points while Jayson Castro had 15. Gilas had no answer for the Giant Men who immediately went to work and put up a 30-19 lead in the first quarter. Things then turned uglier by the... [read more]
Turkey gave the visiting Gilas a rude welcome with a 103-68 beatdown in a tuneup game at Abdi Ipekci Arena in Istanbul. Gilas is in Europe for the last phase of its training camp for the upcoming Fiba Olympic Qualifying Tournament in July. Naturalized import Blatche Andray (211-F/C-86) led the Filipinos with 21 points while Jayson Castro had 15. Gilas had no answer for the Giant Men who immediately went to work and put up a 30-19 lead in the first quarter. Things then turned uglier by the minute for the Filipinos as they stared at a 57-32 deficit at the end of the first half. Semih Erden (211-F/C-86) and Baris Hersek (207-PF-88) finished with 16 points each for the hosts. Samet Geyik (205-PF-93) added 13 points in the win. After a week in Greece, the Filipinos flew to Turkey for their first real test against the host's national team. They will also head Italy for a four-nation pocket tournament. Courtesy of: inquirer.net
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