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.
Fredette breaks Mighty Sports-PH's hearts in Merlion Cup final - 12 hours ago
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Former NBA player Fredette Jimmer (188-PG-89, college: BYU) broke the hearts of Mighty Sports-Philippines in the Merlion Cup as he engineered a 78-77 victory for the Shanghai Sharks in the gold medal game of the tournament Sunday night at the OCBC Arena in Singapore. Fredette torched Mighty Sports-Philippines with 43 points, and hit three free throws with no time left to lift the Sharks to a come-from-behind victory. Mighty Sports, led by Al Thornton (203-F-83, college: Florida St.) and K... [read more]
Former NBA player Fredette Jimmer (188-PG-89, college: BYU) broke the hearts of Mighty Sports-Philippines in the Merlion Cup as he engineered a 78-77 victory for the Shanghai Sharks in the gold medal game of the tournament Sunday night at the OCBC Arena in Singapore. Fredette torched Mighty Sports-Philippines with 43 points, and hit three free throws with no time left to lift the Sharks to a come-from-behind victory. Mighty Sports, led by Al Thornton (203-F-83, college: Florida St.) and Kiefer Isaac Ravena (181-G/F-93), led by as much as 14 points, 69-55, in the fourth quarter before Fredette anchored Shanghai's comeback. Fredette sparked an 18-4 run, and assisted on the three-pointer that tied the game at 73 with still 3:52 left to play. Ravena handed Mighty Sports back the lead when he drained a three-pointer with 3:31 left while also drawing a foul from Fredette. He completed the four-point play to make it 77-73. Fredette cut the lead to two points with a lay-up in transition with 1:21 to go, and Ravena badly misfired on a triple that could have iced the game with still 40 seconds left. Needing to make one stop to seal the championship, Mighty Sports instead fouled Fredette as he was launching a three-pointer at the buzzer. The former Sacramento King coolly made all free throws to secure the victory. "We just wanted to get a good shot off, we wanted to get the last shot," said Fredette after the game. "My teammates did a great job of fighting hard tonight." "I had three (shots) to make two, that's the way I thought about it," he added. "Two puts us in overtime. My mentality was to go in there and that I had to make two." Thornton finished the game with 36 points for Mighty Sports. Courtesy of: abs-cbn.com
PH-Mighty Sports through to Merlion Cup finals after escaping Singapore Slingers - 1 day ago
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Philippines-Mighty Sports pulled off a tough 72-70 semifinal victory over hometown team Singapore Slingers to advance to the Merlion Cup finals on Saturday at the OCBC Arena in the city-state. Dewarick Spencer (193-G-82, college: Arkansas St., agency: Higher Vision Sports) fired 17 of his 29 points in the third quarter to pump life into Mighty Sports which, after a strong start, trailed by nine points in the third quarter. Filipino guards Kiefer Isaac Ravena (181-G/F-93) and Joseph Yeo (1... [read more]
Philippines-Mighty Sports pulled off a tough 72-70 semifinal victory over hometown team Singapore Slingers to advance to the Merlion Cup finals on Saturday at the OCBC Arena in the city-state. Dewarick Spencer (193-G-82, college: Arkansas St., agency: Higher Vision Sports) fired 17 of his 29 points in the third quarter to pump life into Mighty Sports which, after a strong start, trailed by nine points in the third quarter. Filipino guards Kiefer Isaac Ravena (181-G/F-93) and Joseph Yeo (183-G-83) also combined for five crucial points down the stretch that gave the Philippine club the lead for good. PH-Mighty Sports will take on the Shanghai Sharks led by former NBA player Fredette Jimmer (188-PG-89, college: BYU) for the title on Sunday in a matchup between the tournament's two unbeaten teams. PH-Mighty Sports started the game on a hot 7-0 run powered by slam dunks from Hamady N'diaye (212-C-87, college: Rutgers).. They finished the first quarter with a 21-15 lead. But the Slingers put the clamps on PH-Mighty Sports, limiting the Filipino club to just 12 points in the second quarter. The Slingers took a 36-33 at the break which they expanded to nine points, 44-35, in the early goings of the third frame. But just as the Slingers were about to pull away, Spencer woke PH-Mighty Sports up. He suddenly waxed hot on the floor, burying three triples and converting tough baskets to score 17 of the team's first 18 points in the third quarter. Yeo then scored a layup to complete the turnaround for PH-Mighty Sports which took a 53-46 lead. But the Slingers made their way back and trimmed their deficit to just two, 56-54, heading into the last quarter. It was a nip-and-tuck affair in the fourth period, with the teams exchanging leads. Big man Justin Howard gave the Slingers a 68-67 lead with just a minute left after shooting a surprise three-pointer off an awkward release. But Ravena countered it with a reverse layup. After a miss by the Slingers, Yeo then pulled up for a triple to push PH-Mighty Sports' lead to four, 72-68, with 36 seconds left. But the Slingers converted two free throws in the next play. Spencer then made a huge blunder in the inbound for a huge turnover that gave the Slingers a chance to take the last shot with just nine ticks left. However, the Slingers' Filipino import Jeff Viernes was called for steps in his drive to the basket, allowing PH-Mighty Sports to escape with the victory. Courtesy of: interaksyon.com
Quarterfinal action from the 2016 PBA Governors' Cup tonight saw sister Meralco and TNT gain separate tickets to the semifinals. Game Capsules (adapted from Interaksyon): MERALCO BOLTS over MAHINDRA ENFORCER, 105-82 The Meralco Bolts continued their mastery of the Mahindra Enforcer, trouncing the playoff first-timers for the second time in three days, 105-82, to clinch a semifinals berth in the PBA Governors' Cup Saturday at Ynares Center in Antipolo. Import Allen Durham tallied 24 po... [read more]
Quarterfinal action from the 2016 PBA Governors' Cup tonight saw sister Meralco and TNT gain separate tickets to the semifinals.
Game Capsules (adapted from Interaksyon):
MERALCO BOLTS over MAHINDRA ENFORCER, 105-82 The Meralco Bolts continued their mastery of the Mahindra Enforcer, trouncing the playoff first-timers for the second time in three days, 105-82, to clinch a semifinals berth in the PBA Governors' Cup Saturday at Ynares Center in Antipolo.
Import Allen Durham tallied 24 points and 16 rebounds while Chris Newsome added 19 markers to lead the Bolts who rallied from a 15-point deficit to pull off the blowout.
Cliff Hodge scored 14 points and Jared Dillinger 12 markers to help Meralco which just last Wednesday also rallied past Mahindra to seize the twice-to-beat in their playoff for the No.4 spot.
The win was Meralco's third straight over Mahindra which missed out on clinching an outright twice-to-beat after falling to the Bolts in their elimination round duel last September 11.
In the semifinals, Meralco will face the winner of the TNT KaTropa-Phoenix Fuel Master quarterfinal matchup.
James White finished with 20 points and 10 rebounds to pace the Enforcer who, thanks to a 4-0 start, were able to appear in their first quarterfinals appearance in franchise history.
Lines of the Game: Allen Durham (MER) - 24pts, 16rebs, 6asts, 1blk, 3 triples, 7/14 FGs. James White (MAH) - 20pts, 10rebs, 1ast, 1stl, 1blk.
TNT KA TROPA over PHOENIX FUEL MASTERS, 136-124 Superstar guard Jayson Castro exploded for 42 points as he carried TNT KaTropa to the semifinals with a 136-124 win over the gutsy Phoenix Fuel Masters in the PBA Governors' Cup playoffs Saturday at Ynares Center in Antipolo.
Castro converted 14 out of 26 shots, made five out of 11 triples and sank nine out of 12 free throws. He also grabbed four rebounds and three assists-all in just 27 minutes of play.
The result booked TNT a semifinals date with sister team Meralco Bolts and completed the final four cast that will also see San Miguel and Ginebra battling in the other side of the bracket.
Castro was simply unstoppable on the floor, finishing daredevil drives to the basket and pulling up for jumpers when defenders fell asleep. He already had 29 points after the first two quarters.
Michael Madanly also had 17 points, while Ranidel De Ocampo and Ryan Reyes chipped in 16 apiece. Larry Fonacier had 13 and Kelly Williams contributed 12.
Eugene Phelps finished the game with 39 points and 17 boards for Phoenix.
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