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.
Fredette breaks Mighty Sports-PH's hearts in Merlion Cup final - 8 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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