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 Barako Bull Energy rammed into a brick wall as it absorbed an 80-91 loss to Hoops Club of Lebanon in the semifinals and ended its title hopes in the 2nd Al Shabab Dubai Basketball Championship last May 24 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.The Energy Cola entered the semifinals on a four-game winning streak behind an average winning margin of 16.5 points [read more]
The Barako Bull Energy rammed into a brick wall as it absorbed an 80-91 loss to Hoops Club of Lebanon in the semifinals and ended its title hopes in the 2nd Al Shabab Dubai Basketball Championship last May 24 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.
The Energy Cola entered the semifinals on a four-game winning streak behind an average winning margin of 16.5 points.
But against the Lebanese club team, they ran into serious trouble especially Barako Bull Energy's big men, according to assistant coach Charles Tiu .
Tiu, one of the trusted deputies of Barako Bull Energy coach Rajko Toroman, said foul trouble among the teams big men and some questionable calls contributed to the Energy Cola's sputtering end.
Barangay Ginebra San Miguel is keen to revive the aborted trade for big man Japeth Aguilar (208-C-85, college: W.Kentucky) as the Philippine Basketball Association's crowd darlings look for ways to shore up their frontline in time for the season-ending Governors' Cup [read more]
Barangay Ginebra San Miguel is keen to revive the aborted trade for big man Japeth Aguilar (208-C-85, college: W.Kentucky) as the Philippine Basketball Association's crowd darlings look for ways to shore up their frontline in time for the season-ending Governors' Cup.
A high-ranking team official who requested that he not be named pending a new round of talks for the athletic Global Port Batang Pier center stressing that they are very interested in acquiring the his services.
The team will also be pursuing other possible movements whose lack of depth in the frontline became exposed in a three-game loss to the Alaska Aces in the last Commissioner's Cup Finals.
Sources learned that just before the Commissioners Cup eliminations came to an end, Ginebra made a desperate effort to swing a trade for Aguilar, offering rookie Yousif Taha, Elmer Espiritu (193-F-85), and Robert Labagala (175-PG-84) for the 6-9 center and two-time Most Valuable Player Willie Miller (180-PG-77).
Even the name of Ginebra veteran Kerby Raymundo (199-C-81) was thrown into the mix at some point during the failed negotiations, sources added.
Aguilar, formerly of the Talk N Text Tropang Texters, was supposed to be shipped to Ginebra early in the season by way of a multi-player, multi-team trade that also involved Global Port guard Solomon Mercado (181-PG-84, college: Biola, CA) and Raymundo, but the deal fell through as a top SMC official pulled the plug on the transaction at the last minute.
Ginebra's shallow frontline was dominated by Joachim Thoss (201-C-81) and Company in the Finals, and the lack of depth is expected to be more pronounced in the Governors' Cup where the Kings cannot avail of the services of a legitimate center like Vernon Macklin (208-F/C-86, college: Florida).
Imports in the season-ending tournament will be no taller than 6-5.
There have also been talks that if the bid for Aguilar fails again, Ginebra may go for ABL's San Miguel Beermen Asi Taulava (206-C-73, college: BYU-Hawaii) and Eric Menk (199-F-74, college: L.Superior), both of whom should be available by the time the Governors' Cup starts in August.
However, any move for Taulava should go through the Meralco Bolts, which still owns the rights to the 40-year-old former league MVP.
The San Miguel Beermen came back strong following a disappointing semifinal opener, trouncing Sports Rev Thailand Slammers, 91-60, on May 25 in Game Two of the ASEAN Basketball League playoffs at the Philsports Arena in Pasig City.The Beermen walloped the Slammers with a strong start and got a big boost from the locals to tie the semifinal series at one game apiece before heading to Bangkok for the next two games.Game Three is set on Tuesday at the Nimibutr Stadium [read more]
The San Miguel Beermen came back strong following a disappointing semifinal opener, trouncing Sports Rev Thailand Slammers, 91-60, on May 25 in Game Two of the ASEAN Basketball League playoffs at the Philsports Arena in Pasig City.
The Beermen walloped the Slammers with a strong start and got a big boost from the locals to tie the semifinal series at one game apiece before heading to Bangkok for the next two games.
Game Three is set on Tuesday at the Nimibutr Stadium.
The ejection of import Justin Williams (206-F/C-84, college: Wyoming) in the third quarter due to a second unsportsmanlike foul hardly mattered as the Beermen already had a huge lead at that point.
The victory was the third largest winning margin in ABL playoff history since the Beermen and the Philippine Patriots posted 34-point victories against the Westports Malaysia Dragons in 2012 and 2010, respectively.
The Beermen raced to a 22-13 lead at the end of the first before a 7-0 run led to a 42-24 halftime advantage. SMB led by as many as 35 points.
The Slammers didnt have a fighting chance in Game Two as only Wutipong Dasom scored in double figures with 11 points.
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