The high-scoring shooting guard, who was part of the Smart-Gilas 2.0 squad earlier this year, scored just 10 points on a miserable 1-of-8 shooting from the floor against the Petron Blaze Boosters yesterday. In this conference weve seen his play nosedive, which is strange when one considers his career-defining 2011-2012 season.
Last year, David averaged nearly 26.0 points per outing and made a career-best 3.0 triples per match in 49 games for Powerade. Now he has started really slowly, norming 10 points fewer than last year and making good on just 21% of his three-point tries.
Global Port team manager BJ Manalo had something say about the bewildering dip in Davids play.
Dito mo makikita yung pagiging tao nila na somehow na-apektuhan din sila sa mga ganitong balita, said Manalo.
Ganitong balita refers to swirling rumors that the new franchise is looking at the possibility of trading its cornerstone player. The most persistent trade gossip revolves around David playing musical chairs with Petrons Jay Washington and Ginebras Kerby Raymundo. If indeed something like that takes place, David understands why.
Kung ma-trade man ako, ready lang ako mag-adapt sa bagong sistema. Ganyan lang talaga ang buhay sa PBA. Tanggapin na lang natin yung ganun kasi trabaho iyan eh, said David.
Of course, the Batang Pier management are not keen on entertaining such thoughts, or so they say.
On our side, wala kaming balak talagang i-trade si Gary. We intend on keeping him and build the team around him, said Global Port Head for Basketball Operations Erick Arejola.
With many sides airing differing comments, it seems like we will all just have to wait how this telenovela-ish series of events unfolds. All the best, of course, to El Granada Gary David.
Game Recaps: RIAN OR SHINE ELASTO-PAINTERS over AIR 21 EXPRESS, 71-62
Up against a rejuvenated Air 21 squad, Rain or Shine turned to defense to get back to its winning ways.
The Elasto Painters put the clamps on the fast-paced, high-scoring Express to win, 71-62, in the PBA Philippine Cups road game at the Mindanao Civic Center in Tubod, Lanao del Norte.
We expected a hard game becuase they were coming from a winning momentum, so we just played a lot better defense today than our last game against petron. We resolved to bring back our defensive intensity for this game, said Rain or Shine coach Yeng Guiao.
The Express on a three-game winning run heading into the game, a streak anchored on their balanced scoring. But against the Elasto Painters, they had to bleed for every point.
We know Mike Cortez and KG Canaleta were their key guys and I have to give credit to the people who matched up against them, sina (Ronnie) Matias, sina Gabe (Norwood) and even si Chito Jaime for the few minutes I used him he did a really good job, said Guiao.
Jaime, a rarely-used wingman, was instrumental even on offense as he touched off his teams 7-0 spurt that gave the Elasto Painters a 61-49 lead early in the fourth period just as Air 21 was threatening to make it a close contest.
Jeff Chan paced the Elasto Painters with 15 points while Beau Belga and Jervy Cruz added 10 apiece.
Canaleta led all scorers with 18 points followed by Mark Isips 12, but Cortez struggled for just 11.
PETRON BLAZE BOOSTERS over GLOBAL PORT BATANG PIER, 110-81
Petron Blazes guns were blazing on Sunday and notched an easy 110-81 win over a listless GlobalPort squad for its second straight win in the 2013 PBA Philippine Cup at the SMART-Araneta Coliseum.
The Boosters jumped the gun early on Batang Pier and never looked back after a scintillating start to improve their mark to 5-6.
Chris Lutz had 22 points, six rebounds and six assists to lead Petron while Arwind Santos added 20 points and 13 rebounds.
June Mar Fajardo returned from injury and collected 14 points and seven rebounds in 25 minutes.
Its a combination of a lot of things. We caught GlobalPort on its worst game of the season. Nagkataon rin suwerte offensively, said Petron coach Olsen Racela who also drew 10 points each from Jay Washington and Marcio Lassiter.
I really expect a close fight especially Gary David coming off a 21-point fourth quarter. Im surprise with the big margin, he added.
Behind Santos double-double (14 points, 10 rebounds) output in the first half, the Boosters erected a 58-34 spread while shooting 55.6 percent from the field (20-of-36).
Their lead reached as high as 32 points, the last one at 97-65 on Washingtons alley-hoop slam off Alex Cabagnots pass midway in the fourth period.
Rey Guevarra paced Batang Pier with 14 points while David and Josh Vanlangdingham had 10 apiece for the erratic Batang Pier, who dropped to 1-9. Coach Glen Capacios team has now lost its last six outings.
Two-time MVP Willie Miller had only six points in 18 minutes and was sparingly used in the second half.
Right now our concentration is Barako Bull. If we beat them, we have a good chance na makapasok sa top eight, said Racela. Our last two, placings na lang.
PET 110 Lutz 22, Santos 20, Fajardo 14, Lassiter 10, Washington 10, Mallari 6, Duncil 6, Yeo 5, Cabagnot 5, Faundo 4, Lanete 4, Miranda 4. GLO 81 Guevarra 14, Vanlandingham 10, David 10, Mandani 8, Lingganay 6, Miller 6, Manuel 5, Al-Hussaini 5, Salvador 5, Antonio 5, Yee 4, Deutchman 3, Vergara 0, Adducul 0. QS: 27-15, 58-34, 81-53, 110-81.
BGY. GINEBRA GIN KINGS over ALASKA ACES, 96-93
On the eve of his birthday, reigning PBA Most Valuable Player Mark Caguioa scored 24 points, including the marginal baskets, to gift Barangay Ginebra San Miguel with a pulsating 96-93 victory over Alaska Sunday at the SMART-Araneta Coliseum.
Caguioas floater 43.4 seconds left gave the Gin Kings the lead for good. Alaska had a chance to tie the game, but JVee Casio turned the ball over.
Alaska opted not to foul in the ensuing possession, allowing LA Tenorio to put up a three-pointer. But Ginebra managed to grab the rebound off Tenorios miss, forcing Alaska to foul Caguioa with four seconds left.
The hotshot shooting guard split his free throws, but Alaska once again failed to clear the rebound with just a second left. Ginebra inbounded the ball to seal the victory, the Gin Kings third straight after five losses.
Billy Mamaril had his best scoring game in the last four seasons with 16 points to go along with his 12 rebounds, as well as a crucial save in the dying seconds to keep the ball alive for Ginebra.
I think were lucky were able to sneak out this win. Pahirapan talaga, said Kings coach Siot Tanquingcen.
Were blessed we were able to come out with a win tonight. Lumalamang na ang Alaska but we kept our composure and got back in the game.
It was a sorry loss for the Aces, who led 80-72 in the fourth quarter on RJ Jazuls three-pointer. They last took a 93-91 lead on Mac Baracaels jumper with 1:21 remaining.
Mamaril then tipped in Willy Wilsons attempt to tie the count at 93-all, before Casio committed two straight turnovers to set up Caguioas heroics.
Baracael finished with a team-high 21 points for the Aces, who missed the services of rookie Calvin Abueva due to sickness. Casio added 16 points but was held scoreless in the fourth period as Tanquingcen put the taller Ellis on the Alaska court general.
The victory moved Ginebra back to .500 with a 5-5 win-loss slate. Alaska lost its fourth straight match for a 5-6 card.
Caguioa, who turns 33 on Monday, dedicated the game to Ginebra fans, specially those who put together a celebration for him last Saturday.
The 2016-2017 PBA Philippine Cup continued to heat up this week. Phoenix had a big upset win over SMB last Wednesday, while Rain or Shine also throttled past Mahindra. Just last night, it was GlobalPort who prevailed over Star even as TNT handed Blackwater its first loss of the season. Game Capsules (adapted from Interaksyon): PHOENIX FUEL MASTERS over SAN MIGUEL BEERMEN, 92-85 The Phoenix Fuel Masters got a big game from JC Intal plus some key contributions from Simon Enciso and a few... [read more]
The 2016-2017 PBA Philippine Cup continued to heat up this week. Phoenix had a big upset win over SMB last Wednesday, while Rain or Shine also throttled past Mahindra. Just last night, it was GlobalPort who prevailed over Star even as TNT handed Blackwater its first loss of the season.
Game Capsules (adapted from Interaksyon):
PHOENIX FUEL MASTERS over SAN MIGUEL BEERMEN, 92-85 The Phoenix Fuel Masters got a big game from JC Intal plus some key contributions from Simon Enciso and a few others as they picked up a big win over the San Miguel Beermen, 92-85, in the Oppo PBA Philippine Cup on Wednesday at the Ynares Center.
Intal scored 22 points and made some clutch baskets while Enciso dominated in a red-hot stretch in the third quarter to finish with 15 points and nine assists.
Other strong performers included rookies Matthew Wright and Gelo Alolino, who scored 14 and 13 points respectively, and Willy Wilson, who only mustered six points but grabbed 18 big rebounds alongside four assists.
Reigning MVP June Mar Fajardo finished with 19 points and 24 rebounds to lead the Beermen.
Lines of the Game: Simon Enciso (PHX) - 15pts, 7rebs, 9asts, 5 triples. June Mar Fajardo (SMB) - 19pts, 24rebs.
RAIN OR SHINE ELASTO-PAINTERS over MAHINDRA FLOODBUSTER, 105-83 James Yap finally made his much-anticipated debut for the Rain or Shine Elasto Painters who put on an epic shooting display, pouring in a total of 18 three-pointers to drown the hapless Mahindra Floodbuster, 105-83, in the Oppo PBA Philippine Cup Wednesday at Ynares Center in Antipolo.
Yap, who missed Rain or Shine's season opener last week, contributed 10 points and achieved a career milestone by moving to fifth on the all-time three-pointers made list in his first game since being traded by his former long-time squad Star Hotshots in a blockbuster deal during the off-season.
Jericho Cruz scored 14 of his 15 points in the first half, spiked by four triples, as well as three rebounds and four assists to lead Rain or Shine's balanced attack that saw 14 of its 15 players make at least one field goal.
Alex Mallari had a double-double of 10 points and 10 boards to lead Mahindra which dropped its second straight game. Philip Paniamogan also had 10 points, while rookie Russell Escoto grabbed eight boards along with his 10 markers.
Lines of the Game: Maverick Ahanmisi (ROS) - 14pts, 4rebs, 4asts, 1stl. Alex Mallari (MAH) - 10pts, 10rebs, 1stl.
GLOBALPORT BATANG PIER over STAR HOTSHOTS, 91-84 The GlobalPort Batang Pier leapt out to a huge lead in the first quarter and did enough to protect it the rest of the way as they beat the Star Hotshots, 91-84, in the Oppo PBA Philippine Cup on Friday at the SMART-Araneta Coliseum.
Stanley Pringle scored 24 points - 12 of those in a blistering first quarter for the Batang Pier - while Terrence Romeo added 18 points and eight assists, though he did have seven turnovers.
KG Canaleta added 12 markers and seven boards while JR Quinahan scored just six points but grabbed 10 rebounds and dished out four assists in a solid performance.
Marc Pingris and Aldrech Ramos paired up for 37 points to pace Star.
Lines of the Game: Stanley Pringle (GLO) - 24pts, 3rebs, 2asts, 2stls, 1blk. Marc Pingris (STA) - 19pts, 8rebs, 2asts, 2stls, 1blk.
TNT KA TROPA over BLACKWATER ELITE, 99-92 Jayson Castro made a triumphant return for the TNT KaTropa as they slammed the erstwhile unbeaten Blackwater Elite, 99-92, for a second consecutive win in the Oppo PBA Philippine Cup on Friday at the SMART-Araneta Coliseum.
Mo Tautuaa and Castro each scored 20 points for TNT, which tied their victims in the standings at 2-1.
Tautuaa shot 8-for-12 from the field, including 2-for-3 from beyond the arc while Castro had five rebounds and five assists. Ranidel De Ocampo added 15 points, eight rebounds and four assists in a strong showing.
Blackwater's super rookie Mac Belo, who led them to two straight wins to open the season, finished with 21 points and nine rebounds for the Elite in the loss.
Lines of the Game: Jayson Castro (TNT) - 20pts, 5rebs, 5asts. Mac Belo (BLA) - 21pts, 9rebs, 2asts, 1stl.
Mac Belo gets MVP of the Week award for Filipino PBA - 2 days ago
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Mac Belo (190-F-93) put on an amazing game in the last round for league's leader Blackwater and that's him to receive a Asia-basket.com Player of the Week award for round 2. The 23-year old forward had the game-high 25 points adding six rebounds for Blackwater in his team's victory, helping them to edge out Meralco Bolts (#10, 0-1), the league's bottom-ranked team 86-84. It allowed Blackwater to consolidate first place in the Filipino PBA. But it's just the very beginning of the season an... [read more]
Mac Belo (190-F-93) put on an amazing game in the last round for league's leader Blackwater and that's him to receive a Asia-basket.com Player of the Week award for round 2. The 23-year old forward had the game-high 25 points adding six rebounds for Blackwater in his team's victory, helping them to edge out Meralco Bolts (#10, 0-1), the league's bottom-ranked team 86-84. It allowed Blackwater to consolidate first place in the Filipino PBA. But it's just the very beginning of the season and Blackwater 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 Belo had a remarkable 53.8% from 2-point range. He turned to be Blackwater's top player in his first season with the team. Belo has impressive league stats. He is in league's top in points (8th best: 21.0ppg) and averages solid 66.7% FGP.
The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 27-year old center June Mar Fajardo (210-C-89) of SM Beermen. Fajardo impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 19 points and 24 rebounds. Bad luck as SM Beermen lost that game 85-92 to Phoenix (1-1). The season is still at the very beginning and this lost game may not be such crucial, of course if they start win the games. Let's wait for the next round. Fajardo is one of the most experienced players at SM Beermen and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 25.0ppg (#3). He also registered 16.0 boards per game.
The third best performed player last round was Lewis Tenorio (177-PG-84) of B.Ginebra (#9). Tenorio scored 27 points and passed six assists. Despite Tenorio's great performance B.Ginebra lost 103-108 to TNT Ka Tropa (#6, 1-1). But his team cannot count on just a single shooter as he also needs help of the other teammates. B.Ginebra can only dream about fighting for top spots in the league. They have awful season losing so far all 1 games. Too bad for Tenorio he does not play for a better team. But maybe if he did, his season stats would not be that high. The season just started for Tenorio as he played only first game. But it already looks like he can be team's leader.
Other top performing players last week: 4. Clifford Hodge (196-PF-88) of Meralco Bolts - 14 points, 9 rebounds and 8 assists 5. Willy Wilson (188-G/F-81) of Phoenix - 6 points, 18 rebounds and 4 assists 6. Maverick Ahanmisi (188-G-91) of Rain or Shine - 14 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists 7. Ranidel deOcampo (197-F-81) of TNT Ka Tropa - 22 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists 8. Joe Devance (201-C-82) of B.Ginebra - 15 points, 4 rebounds and 9 assists 9. Earl Thompson) of B.Ginebra - 13 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists 10. JC Intal (193-C-83) of Phoenix - 22 points and 4 rebounds
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)
Blackwater Elite rookie Mac Belo (190-F-93) is turning out to be the real thing. The number one pick in the rookie draft scored 12 of his 25 points to lead a late comeback and win, 86-84, over the Meralco Bolts last Sunday (November 27, Manila time) in the first game of the double-header at the Smart Araneta Coliseum in Quezon City. The win notches the Elite's second victory in as many outings and best start in the franchise's young history. Belo, had an all-around effort adding six re... [read more]
The number one pick in the rookie draft scored 12 of his 25 points to lead a late comeback and win, 86-84, over the Meralco Bolts last Sunday (November 27, Manila time) in the first game of the double-header at the Smart Araneta Coliseum in Quezon City.
The win notches the Elite's second victory in as many outings and best start in the franchise's young history.
Belo, had an all-around effort adding six rebounds, three steals and two blocks, with the last from a Reynel Hugnatan's (193-F-78) layup attempt, in 36 minutes of play.
Denok Miranda (183-PG-82) added 11 points, capping the night with an off-balanced jumper in the ensuing play that broke the deadlock with 3.8 seconds left on the clock.
Ranidel de Ocampo (197-F-81) led the charge for TNT, who came down from 14 points in the payoff period to stun the Season 42 debuting Kings.
De Ocampo scored 15 of his 22 points in the comeback, rookie Roger Ray Pogoy (189-SG-92) and guard Larry Fonacier (185-F/G-82) added 15 points each.
TNT is still missing the services of top point guard Jayson Castro (180-PG-86).
Ginebra was led by LA Tenorio (177-PG-84) who registered 27 markers, six assists, three rebounds and two steals while Japeth Aguilar (206-C-85, college: W.Kentucky) and Joe Devance (201-C-82, college: UTEP) contributed 15 points each in a losing effort.
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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