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.
Al Thornton scores 24 points to lead PH-Mighty Sports' rout of South Korea - 13 hours ago
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Al Thornton (203-F-83, college: Florida St.) scored 24 points as he carried Philippines-Mighty Sports pummeled South Korea, 86-65, to notch its second straight victory in the 2016 William Jones Cup Monday in Taiwan. Thornton also had seven boards as he sank crucial baskets to pace PH-Mighty Sports which is now 2-0 in the tournament. Zach Graham (198-G-89, college: Mississippi, agency: Pro Sports) added 13 points, while Dewarick Spencer(193-G-82, college: Arkansas St., agency: Higher Visio... [read more]
Al Thornton (203-F-83, college: Florida St.) scored 24 points as he carried Philippines-Mighty Sports pummeled South Korea, 86-65, to notch its second straight victory in the 2016 William Jones Cup Monday in Taiwan. Thornton also had seven boards as he sank crucial baskets to pace PH-Mighty Sports which is now 2-0 in the tournament. Zach Graham (198-G-89, college: Mississippi, agency: Pro Sports) added 13 points, while Dewarick Spencer (193-G-82, college: Arkansas St., agency: Higher Vision Sports) contributed 12 markers. PH-Mighty Sports got off to a 12-5 start, but Korea made a run and took the lead, 18-17. However, Thornton exploded for five straight points, including a buzzer-beating trey, to give his team a 22-17 edge after the opening quarter. PH-Mighty Sports pulled away in the second quarter thanks to a 19-7 run that handed them a 41-24 lead. Halftime ended at 45-31 with PH-Mighty Sports led by Spencer's 10 points and Thornton's nine markers. Korea tried several times to come back, trimming its deficit to eight, 51-43, in the third quarter. But Mike Singletary converted an and one to bring PH-Mighty Sports' lead to 11, 54-43. They took a 59-45 cushion entering the final frame. Korea once again threatened for a serious run after coming within eight, 65-57, early in the fourth quarter. However, PH-Mighty Sports had another answer, with Thornton draining a triple and completing an and one play to push their lead, 71-57, and keep the Koreans at bay. Courtesy of: interaksyon.com
White's double-double lands him Player of the Week award - 1 day ago
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23-year old forward James White (203-F-93) put on an amazing game in the last round for league's best team Mahindra E. and receives a Asia-basket.com Player of the Week award for round 2.
He had a double-double of 28 points and 20 rebounds, while his team beat Globalport (#11, 0-3), the league's bottom-ranked team 108-98. It allowed Mahindra E. to take over top position in the Filipino league. But it's just the very beginning of the season and Mahindra E. won both games without losing an... [read more]
23-year old forward James White (203-F-93) put on an amazing game in the last round for league's best team Mahindra E. and receives a Asia-basket.com Player of the Week award for round 2. He had a double-double of 28 points and 20 rebounds, while his team beat Globalport (#11, 0-3), the league's bottom-ranked team 108-98. It allowed Mahindra E. to take over top position in the Filipino league. But it's just the very beginning of the season and Mahindra E. won both games without losing any. It's too early to say anything as the standings can be changed completely after next round. In the team's last game White had a remarkable 56.3% from 2-point range. He has many years of experience at Mahindra E., through which he has constantly improved. Georgia Tech graduate has very impressive stats this year. White is in league's top in points (6th best: 25.0ppg), rebounds (3rd best: 14.0rpg) and averages solid 2.5bpg and 55.9% FGP.
Second best performed player last round was Marqus Blakely (201-F-88) of Purefoods Star. He is American forward in his first season at Purefoods Star. In the last game Blakely recorded impressive double-double of 24 points and 22 rebounds. It was enough for Purefoods Star to edge Globalport (0-3) by 3 points 105-102. The season is still at the very beginning and this victory may help a lot. Let's wait for the next round. Blakely is one of the most experienced players at Purefoods Star and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.
Third place about best performers goes to swingman Dominique Sutton (198-G/F-86) of Globalport (#11). Sutton got into 30-points club by scoring 34 points in the last round. He went also for thirteen rebounds and seven assists. Despite Sutton's great performance Globalport lost 98-108 to Mahindra E. (#1, 2-0). But his team cannot count on just a single shooter as he also needs help of the other teammates. Globalport can only dream about fighting for top spots in the league. They have awful season losing so far all 3 games. Sutton has individually a great season in Philippines. After only 2 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 26.0ppg (5th best), rebounds with 14.0rpg (2nd best) and assists with 5.0apg (8th best).
Other top performing players last week: 4. Justin Brownlee (197-F-88) of Barangay Ginebra - 31 points and 13 rebounds 5. Henry Walker (198-G/F-87) of NLEX RW - 33 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists 6. Dior Lowhorn (201-F-87) of Rain or Shine - 26 points and 14 rebounds 7. Michael Glover (203-F-87) of Globalport - 27 points, 12 rebounds and 5 assists 8. LaDontae Henton (198-F-92) of Alaska Aces - 29 points and 9 rebounds 9. Ian Paul Sangalang (201-F/C-91) of Purefoods Star - 18 points and 6 rebounds 10. Jayson Castro William (180-PG-86) of Talk N Text - 19 points, 6 rebounds and 10 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)
Globalport signs Michael Glover, ex Halifax H. - 1 day ago
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Globalport Batang Pier (PBA) signed 29-year old American forward Michael Glover (203-98kg-87, college: Iona, agency: Duran International). He played last season at Halifax Hurricanes in Canadian NBL. In 53 NBL Canada games he had very impressive stats: 15.3ppg and 7.0rpg. Great season as he was voted NBL Canada Sixth Man of the Year, USBasket.com All-NBL Canada Sixt Man of the Year and named to 2nd Team. Glover is quite experienced player. He has played in five different countries on thre... [read more]
Globalport Batang Pier (PBA) signed 29-year old American forward Michael Glover (203-98kg-87, college: Iona, agency: Duran International). He played last season at Halifax Hurricanes in Canadian NBL. In 53 NBL Canada games he had very impressive stats: 15.3ppg and 7.0rpg. Great season as he was voted NBL Canada Sixth Man of the Year, USBasket.com All-NBL Canada Sixt Man of the Year and named to 2nd Team. Glover is quite experienced player. He has played in five different countries on three different continents (Europe, Latin America and of course North America). Glover has played previously professionally in Argentina (Estudiantes Concordia and Villa Angela), Dominican Rep., Mexico (Halcones UV Xalapa), Turkey (Hacettepe) and Dominican Republic (San Carlos, Metros de Santiago and Parque Hostos). He attended Iona College until 2012 and it will be his fifth season as a professional player. Glover could be described:
Extremely strong performer that also possesses great quickness in the post... Possesses good leaping ability and an excellent touch around the basket... Expanded his game in the offseason by working hard on his ball-handling and outside shooting ability.
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