Boy, when the Petron Blaze Boosters are on, they are ON.
They opened up a tight game in the third period, outscoring the Elasto-Painters, 33-12, and then cruised to an easy win only their fourth in ten games.
Former Smart-Gilas standout Chris Lutz was on fire here, hitting 7 of his 11 field goals, including 4 triples. He also grabbed 5 rebounds and dished out 5 assists to punctuate a good all-around performance. Arwind Santos had a monster double-double line consisting of 16 points and 15 boards while frontcourt mate Jay Washington, who has been the meat of recent trade rumors, had 14 markers and 6 caroms. Three other Boosters finished in double-digits.
Despite having a depleted frontline, the Boosters held their own against the vaunted Extra Rice Boys of Rain or Shine. Beau Belga, JR Quiahan, Jervy Cruz, and Larry Rodriguez all actually finished in double-figures, but this was offset by the Painters anemic outside shooting. They made good on just 18% of their threes and shot just 36% overall from the floor. This is only the third loss for the Painters, who are in solo third place behind Talk N Text and San Mig Coffee.
Game Recaps: AIR 21 EXPRESS over ALASKA ACES, 104-103
Mark Isip played an unfamiliar role Wednesday night, drilling in the game-winning basket and leading the Air 21 Express to their third straight victory of the season following a tense 104-103 squeaker over the hard-fighting Alaska Aces in the PBA Philippine Cup at the SMART-Araneta Coliseum.
The 6-foot-4 forward received a pass from Mike Cortez, who was double-teamed on his way to the basket. Isip unleashed a short jumper over the outstretched arms of Sonny Thoss and his shot bounced off the rim before going in, giving the Express the marginal basket.
Our play was for our guards to create something going to the basket. Good thing Mike had the presence of mind to pass it out to an open Mark Isip, said Air 21 coach Franz Pumaren, who posted the first three-game winning streak of his PBA coaching career.
More importantly, the Express victory put them into a tie for sixth to seventh spots of the team standings.
The Aces, on the other hand, absorbed their third straight loss after a string of five consecutive victories. They fell to an even 5-5 record.
Alaska, however, fought back from double-digit deficits in the second half and appeared to be headed to complete a come-from-behind behind the solid games of Mac Baracael and rookie Calvin Abueva, who had six straight points in the span of one minute.
Id like to give credit to Alaska. They refused to quit, but its a good thing we were able to keep our poise down the stretch, added Pumaren.
PETRON BLAZE BOOSTERS over RAIN OR SHINE ELASTO-PAINTERS, 96-86
Playing with a sense of urgency, Petron Blaze faced a real test against emerging contender Rain or Shine.
And the short-handed Boosters responded to the challenge.
The Boosters had six players that finished in double figures with Chris Lutz leading the way, but it was Petrons defense against one of the hottest teams in the tournament that proved to be the difference in their 96-86 triumph in the PBA Philippine Cup at the SMART-Araneta Coliseum on Wednesday.
Uso ang bull session sa mga teams na nag-struggle, said Petron coach Olsen Racela. We reminded each other to stop talking, but its time to start to play.
The key to this win is that we limit the No. 2 offensive team. We held them down tonight, he added.
The Boosters came out of the halftime break fresh and full of energy as they clamped down on the Elasto Painters big guns. Petron limited Rain or Shine to just 12 third-quarter points, while unloading 33 points at the other end to turn an expected tight struggle into a rout.
Rain or Shine trailed by 22 points, 57-79, entering the last quarter. They made a huge run in the fourth, but simply ran out of time.
We needed a win badly, not just for the team standings, but also to get our confidence back, said Racela. I was also having doubts myself after we lost three straight games, but the players helped me and I got my confidence back.
In snapping a three-game slide, the Boosters improved their record to 4-6.
Lutz finished with 19 points followed by Arwind Santos 16. Jay Washington contributed 14 markers while Marcio Lassiter chipped in 12.
Alex Cabagnot had 11 and Denok Miranda added 10 in a display of balanced firepower by the undermanned Petron squad.
Jones Cup: Mighty Sports quintet overwhelms India - 20 hours ago
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Philippine representative Mighty Sports Apparels survived an early scare and crushed India, 101-81, to remain unbeaten in the William Jones Cup yesterday at Xinzhuang gym here. Korean league veteran Dewarick Spencer (193-G-82, college: Arkansas St., agency: Higher Vision Sports) and former PBA import Al Thornton(203-F-83, college: Florida St.) starred for the team's fifth straight win as they sparked the team's furious third-quarter run to rip the game wide open and notch their fifth win... [read more]
Philippine representative Mighty Sports Apparels survived an early scare and crushed India, 101-81, to remain unbeaten in the William Jones Cup yesterday at Xinzhuang gym here. Korean league veteran Dewarick Spencer (193-G-82, college: Arkansas St., agency: Higher Vision Sports) and former PBA import Al Thornton (203-F-83, college: Florida St.) starred for the team's fifth straight win as they sparked the team's furious third-quarter run to rip the game wide open and notch their fifth win in the nine-team tournament. A 20-4 run gave the Manila team a 68-52 lead and a 11-4 salvo in the fourth period all but took the fight out of the Indians. That gave coach Bo Perasol the luxury of fielding his homegrown players. The victory pushed Mighty Sports within two wins of nailing the title trophy and match the feat of Gilas Pilipinas four years ago. Mighty Sports next clashes with defending champion Iran at 3 p.m. today. With a clean record, the squad can clinch the title with wins over Iran today and Egypt tomorrow. Iran, which fell to a 3-1 record following a shocking 67-50 loss to the Koreans (3-2) the other day, was playing Taiwan-A at press time. Courtesy of: inquirer.net
It was a wicked Wednesday in the 2016 PBA Governors' Cup as Mahindra booked a franchise record 3-0 conference start, while Ginebra notched win #2 at the expense of NLEX. Game Capsules (adapted from Interaksyon): MAHINDRA ENFORCER over SAN MIGUEL BEERMEN, 105-103 The Mahindra Enforcer survived a 43-point explosion from AZ Reid to notch a 105-103 win over defending champions San Miguel Beermen and get off to a 3-0 start in the PBA Governors' Cup Wednesday at SMART-Araneta Coliseum. Jame... [read more]
It was a wicked Wednesday in the 2016 PBA Governors' Cup as Mahindra booked a franchise record 3-0 conference start, while Ginebra notched win #2 at the expense of NLEX.
Game Capsules (adapted from Interaksyon):
MAHINDRA ENFORCER over SAN MIGUEL BEERMEN, 105-103 The Mahindra Enforcer survived a 43-point explosion from AZ Reid to notch a 105-103 win over defending champions San Miguel Beermen and get off to a 3-0 start in the PBA Governors' Cup Wednesday at SMART-Araneta Coliseum.
James White countered Reid's superb performance with 34 points and 11 rebounds, and he also defended the Beermen import's attempt on a game-winning triple which would have completed San Miguel's rally.
The Enforcer are now the solo leaders at 3-0, their best start in their young franchise.
KG Canaleta added 17 points for Mahindra, which also got 12 markers from Paulo Taha.
It was also fitting that the Enforcer nailed the big win in front of its listed head coach Manny Pacquiao, who attended his team's game live for the first time since the Philippine Cup.
Alex Cabagnot finished with 15 points, while June Mar Fajardo chipped in 13 points and 10 boards for San Miguel, which fell to 2-1.
Lines of the Game: James White (MAH) - 34pts, 11rebs, 2asts, 1stl, 15/25 FGs. AZ Reid (SMB) - 43pts, 11rebs, 3asts, 1stl, 5 triples, 17/33 FGs.
BGY. GINEBRA GIN KINGS over NLEX ROAD WARRIORS, 85-72 Barangay Ginebra San Miguel returned to the winning track, needing a fourth quarter rally to trounce the NLEX Road Warriors, 85-72, in the PBA Governors' Cup Wednesday at SMART-Araneta Coliseum.
Justin Brownlee scored 24 points and 14 rebounds to help Ginebra recover from its last loss and improve to 2-1.
Japeth Aguilar finished with 14 points and also contributed huge baskets down the stretch that ignited Ginebra's late rally.
Joe Devance and LA Tenorio also contributed 10 points apiece. Scottie Thompson, the only rookie to be named a PBA All-Star starter this year, collected eight points, 12 rebounds and four assists.
Henry Walker paced the Road Warriors with 18 points and 13 boards. Sean Anthony was the only other NLEX player in double digits with 14 markers.
NLEX, which missed the services of the suspended Asi Taulava, who got into a fight last outing, suffered its second straight loss to settle for a 1-2 slate.
Lines of the Game: Justin Brownlee (GIN) - 24pts, 15rebs, 4asts, 2blks, 1stl, 3 triples. Henry Walker (NLX) - 18pts, 13rebs, 1blk, 1ast, 2 triples.
Big 2nd quarter leads Philippines to win over Sacramento State - 3 days ago
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The Philippines outscored Sacramento State in the second quarter, 31-12, and held a huge 48-6 advantage in free throw attempts on the way to an 88-69 victory over Sacramento State in the fourth round of the 38th-annual William Jones Cup in Taiwan. The Philippines, which has been among the best teams at the tournament thus far, improved to 3-0 at the eight-game, nine-day event, and is averaging 87.7 points per game. That includes comfortable victories over the Hornets, South Korea and Chin... [read more]
The Philippines outscored Sacramento State in the second quarter, 31-12, and held a huge 48-6 advantage in free throw attempts on the way to an 88-69 victory over Sacramento State in the fourth round of the 38th-annual William Jones Cup in Taiwan. The Philippines, which has been among the best teams at the tournament thus far, improved to 3-0 at the eight-game, nine-day event, and is averaging 87.7 points per game. That includes comfortable victories over the Hornets, South Korea and Chinese Taipei A. The Philippines is the only team the Hornets will play during the tournament that is not a national squad. The team plays in the Pilipinas Commercial Basketball League (PCBL) and has won championships in the Republica Cup three times in the last four years (2013, 2014, 2016). Sacramento State, which was playing its fourth game in four days, dropped to 1-3. After the Hornets defeated India in the tournament opener on Saturday, the Hornets have lost to South Korea, Iran and the Philippines, respectively. Iran and the Philippines are the lone undefeated teams remaining in the tournament and both have 3-0 records. Sacramento State will play its fifth game in as many days tomorrow when the Hornets take on Chinese Taipei B at 4 a.m. PDT. For the second straight game, the Hornets could not overcome a huge foul and free throw disparity. The Hornets were whistled for 22 more fouls than the Philippines (33-11) and went to the free throw line just six times. Conversely, the Philippines made a robust 48 trips to the charity stripe. Sacramento State actually converted on five more field goals in the game, but the Hornets went just 5-for-6 from the free throw line while the Philippines went 31-of-48 from the stripe. The Hornets' James Herrick (208-C), Joshua Patton (203-F), Justin Strings (201-F), Nick Hornsby (201-F) and Eric Stuteville (211-C) all had at least four fouls while Herrick fouled out in 11 minutes. Stuteville had three fouls during the game's first five minutes. Both teams played even in the first, third and fourth quarters, but the Philippines had a big second quarter. Sacramento State held its largest lead of the game at 19-12 with 4:35 remaining in the first quarter, and took its last lead of the contest at 29-28 on a turnaround jumper from Grant Dressler with 6:40 left in the second. However, the Philippines would close the final 6:31 of the second quarter on a 26-6 run to go into halftime with a 54-35 lead. Both teams scored 15 points in the third quarter and 19 points in the fourth quarter. Sacramento State outrebounded the Philippines, 46-40, while shooting .361 (30-83) from the field and .211 (4-19) from the 3-point line. Both teams combined for just 22 turnovers, and the Philippines shot .385 (25-65) from the field and .304 (7-23) from the 3-point line. For the Hornets, Dressler scored a game-high 16 points on 7-of-16 shooting from the field while also pulling seven rebounds. He was joined in double figures by guard Jeff Wu (188-G), who had 13 points on 5-of-8 shooting from the field. Strings, who had scored in double figures in each of the first three games of the tournament, was held scoreless but did have seven rebounds. Patton, who is a redshirt freshman, grabbed a game-high nine rebounds while also notching a team-best two blocked shots. Stuteville and guards Jiday Ugbaja (180-PG) and Matt Battaglia (183-PG) each scored eight points. Battaglia, a true freshman from El Dorado Hills, was a proficient 3-for-4 from the field, including a pair of 3-pointers. Ugbaja was 4-for-6 from the floor. Guard Marcus Graves (183-PG) added six points, five rebounds and a team-high tying three assists while Trevis Jackson (180-PG) had three rebounds and three assists. Hornsby had four points and three rebounds in 13 minutes. Sacramento State plays tomorrow against a Chinese Taipei B squad that is 1-2, but all three of its games have been decided by eight points or less. That includes an 81-80 victory today over the Chinese Taipei A team. Courtesy of: hornetsports.com
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