Talk N Text and San Mig Coffee remained on top of the standings after they beat separate foes in the 2012 PBA Philippine Cup yesterday.
The San Mig Coffee Mixers relied on their hot shooting to overwhelm an ice cold Barako Bull side. Backcourt buddies James Yap and PJ Simon combined for 42 points and 16 rebounds for SMC, which shot 51% from the field. Rafi Reavis and JC Intal anchored the interior for the Mixers with 12 and 11 points respectively.
The Energy Colas shot just 38% from the floor, and they also got outplayed by SMCs point guards, Jonas Villanueva and Mark Barroca, both of whom combined for 10 assists. Ronald Tubid and Leo Najorda were the only bright spots for Barako Bull with 17 and 10 markers respectively.
In the other game, the Talk N Text Tropang Texters reasserted their mastery over sister squad Meralco, 109-98. Despite Sol Mercado exploding for 28 points and Reynel Hugnatan registering a double-double (17 points and 10 ribbies), the Texters were able to pull out the win. This was mainly due to a big fourth quarter, where TNT tossed in 30 markers.
Six Texters finished in double digits, led by Jayson Castros 23 points, 5 rebounds, and 4 assists, while Kelly Williams had 19 points and 6 boards. The other players who scored 10 or more for coach Norman Black were Ryan Reyes, Ranidel De Ocampo, Jared Dillinger, and Larry Fonacier.
Both teams shot well from the field, but TNTs 56% clip was just too much for Meralco, which fell to solo fourth in the standings.
Talk N Text is still number one with an 8-2 record, while San Mig Coffee is just a game behind them at 7-2.
Game Recaps: SAN MIG COFFEE MIXERS over BARAKO BULL ENERGY COLAS, 93-73
James Yap scored 22 points and grabbed nine rebounds to lead the piping hot San Mig Coffee to its fifth straight win at the expense of Barako Bull, 93-73, Friday at the Ynares Center in Antipolo City.
Peter June Simon added 20 points and seven rebounds for the rampaging Mixers, who improved their win-loss record to 7-2, moving into a tie for first place with the Talk N Text squad seeing action later in the evening.
Barako Bull, in disarray with the departure of former coach Junel Baculi and a knee injury to main man Enrico Villanueva, kept in step with San Mig Coffee in the first half to tie the game at 36-all.
With their top guns ablaze, the Mixers clamped down on Barako Bull, whom they defeated by just a single point in their first meeting on a game-saving swipe by Rafi Reavis.
We played our worst defensive game against Barako in our first meeting. We won by a skin of our teeth with Rafi knocking the ball out of the rim, said San Mig Coffee coach Tim Cone.
After Doug Kramer scored on a putback that gave Barako Bull its last taste of the lead at 55-54, San Mig Coffee held the Energy Colas without a field goal in the last four minutes.
Yap, who scored just four points before the break, exploded for 18 points in the second half. With the two-time Most Valuable Player leading the charge, San Mig Coffee broke loose for 31 third quarter points to take a 67-57 lead at the end of the period.
The Energy Colas were still in striking distance early in the fourth quarter, 69-63, before back-to-back three-pointers from Simon and Yap put the game away for the Mixers.
Those started a dizzying 14-0 run that gave the Mixers their biggest lead, 83-63, with still 5:32 remaining in the game.
The loss dropped Barako Bulls record to 3-7.
SMC 93- Yap 22, Simon 20, Reavis 12, Intal 11, Devance 7, Villanueva 5, Barroca 4, Gonzales 4, De Ocampo 4, Ramos 2, Ponferrada 2, Pacana 0, Pingris 0. BAR 73- Tubid 17, Najorda 10, Yap 9, Seigle 9, Anthony 8, Alvarez 6, Kramer 6, Ballesteros 4, Pennisi 4, Co 0, Marcelo 0, Cervantes 0. QS: 10-15, 36-36, 67-57, 93-73
TALK N TEXT TROPANG TEXTERS over MERALCO BOLTS, 109-98
With its offense in high gear, Talk N Text ripped Meralco, 109-98, Friday night at the Ynares Center to notch its eighth win of the PBA Philippine Cup.
Offense is good today, said Talk N Text coach Norman Black. We created opportunities finding the gaps. This is really a good game offensive game for us, probably the best for the year.
Six players finished in double figures for the Tropang Texters led by Jayson Castro, who unloaded 23 points, five rebounds and four assists.
Kelly Williams added 19 points and six rebounds, Ranidel de Ocampo made all but one attempt from the field for 16 points, while Ryan Reyes had 12 points and eight rebounds.
Meralco stayed within striking distance for most of the game, and were down by only three points, 88-85, early in the fourth quarter. But a Castro three-pointer kicked off an 11-4 run capped by a Larry Fonacier drive to put the game away for the Tropang Texters.
With the win, Talk N Text stayed in first place in the standings with an 8-2 win-loss record.
The loss was the fourth in nine games for the Bolts, who still stayed on fourth spot. The defeat also continued Meralcos losing streak at the venue, where the Bolts have lost their past six games.
I really dont have positive vibes playing in this venue, said Meralco coach Ryan Gregorio, who said he has had negative feelings about Ynares Center since his former player at Purefoods, Eugene Tejada, suffered a career-ending injury there.
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 - 4 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.
Barangay Ginebra San Miguel Kings import Justin Brownlee (197-F-88, college: St.John's) scored a buzzer-beating three-pointer that edged the Meralco Bolts, 91-88, in dramatic fashion to win the best-of-seven championship series for the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) Governors Cup crown in front of 22,000-plus spectators at the Smart Araneta Coliseum last Wednesday night (October 19, Manila time). The victory ended an eight-year title drought for the Kings, who last won in the 20... [read more]
Barangay Ginebra San Miguel Kings import Justin Brownlee (197-F-88, college: St.John's) scored a buzzer-beating three-pointer that edged the Meralco Bolts, 91-88, in dramatic fashion to win the best-of-seven championship series for the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) Governors Cup crown in front of 22,000-plus spectators at the Smart Araneta Coliseum last Wednesday night (October 19, Manila time).
The victory ended an eight-year title drought for the Kings, who last won in the 2008 Fiesta Conference.
A big uproar suddenly erupted when Brownlee took the matters in his own hands and swished a trey way beyond the top of the key with the defense of Bolts' counterpart Allen Durham (198-F/C-88, college: Grace Bible) all over him, coming from a timeout with the score knotted at 88-all.
Brownlee finished his heroics with a game-high 31 points, 12 in the final period where he was engaged in a basket-for-basket exchange with Meralco's Durham, Cliff Hodge (196-PF-88, college: Hawaii-Pacific) and Chris Newsome (187-G, college: N.Mexico Highlands) in the final minutes of the game.
LA Tenorio (177-PG-84), who was awarded the Finals Most Valuable Player (MVP), added 25 points, six assists, and five rebounds.
Tenorio was instrumental in the Kings fight back from the 15-point deficit in the first half.
PBA legend Robert Jaworski was at the Ginebra locker room during halftime and gave an inspirational talk and morale booster to the team.
Meralco was still in the lead, 88-86, after Hodge scored on two charities from a Tenorio foul. Brownlee scored on a tough fadeaway jumper to tie the score and setup his heroics in the end game.
The Bolts were led by Newsome who tallied 19 points.
The championship gave Tim Cone, the winningest coach in the league's history, his 19th PBA title.
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.
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