The Rain or Shine Elasto-Painters are known for being one of the most physical teams in the league, but they found themselves on the receiving end of some roughhousing in their win against the Meralco Bolts last night.
Taken from InterAKTV.com: (Meralco rookie Cliff ) Hodge was called for a flagrant foul on a rebound play where he looked to have made a swinging motion at Arana after the Rain or Shine wingman made physical contact with the rookie.
Hodge was given a Flagrant 1 foul, but the Painters thought the punishment shouldve been a bit more severe. From the Painters perspective, the Bolt rookie threw a punch at Araa. Now THAT wouldve, categorically speaking, been enough for a Flagrant 2.
Weirdly enough, it was ROS that actually lost a couple of its key players throughout the game. Araa committed his own F2 foul while teammate JR Quiahan was ejected in the third period after he, likewise, was tagged with an F2 for hacking Sol Mercado. That was probably an act of retaliation as Meralcos Kelly Nabong, another rookie, roughed up Quiahan a few moments prior.
It was an intense game, to say the least, and the intensity didnt seem to dissipate even after the Painters rousing come-from-behind OT win.
Were dedicating this victory to Cliff Hodge and Kelly Nabong, Guiao said in a post-game interview. Coach Ryan said last week they were just complacent when they lost by 25 points against us. Baka complacent lang ulit sila.
Fighting words from the fighting coach of a fighting team. Then again, knowing its coach Yeng Guiao, are we even a wee bit surprised? Hes known for many things, but subtlety and timidity are certainly not any of them.
Its more fun in the PBA after all!
Game Recaps: RIAN OR SHINE ELASTO-PAINTERS over MERALCO BOLTS, 102-98
Already banged-up and frustrated by what they thought were calls not going their way, Rain or Shine appeared to be easy pickings for Meralco.
But instead of simply folding, the Elasto Painters displayed the heart of a champion, climbing back from a 23-point deficit to post a heated 102-98 victory over the Bolts Wednesday at the SMART-Araneta Coliseum.
With Paul Lee, Chris Tiu, and Jireh Ibaes in sick bay, Rain or Shine lost stalwarts JR Quiahan and Ryan Araa to ejection because of separate flagrant foul penalty two infractions.
The Elasto Painters, however, used Quiahans ejection as a flashpoint for their rally.
We got frustrated in the beginning and we couldnt get anything going from our offense. But we drew a lot of energy and motivation from the ejection of JR Quiahan, said Rain or Shine coach Yeng Guiao.
Quiahan was in an altercation in the early part of the third period after fouling Sol Mercado. Meralco rookie came over to give Quiahan a shove, leading to a near-melee.
Mercado (technical foul) and Nabong (flagrant foul penalty one) were penalized for their involvement in the scuffle, but it was Quiahan who bore the brunt of the punishment after being ejected.
But that seemed to fire up the lethargic Rain or Shine side, which outscored the Bolts 25-6 to end the third quarter with just a five-point lead after trailing by as much as 26 points.
In the fourth, Rain or Shines guns came ablaze as Beau Belga, Ryan Araa and TY Tang each nailed a three-pointer in a 20-7 spurt to give their team an 80-72 lead.
The Bolts didnt go down without a fight as Mercado scored his teams last nine points, all coming from the three-point region, to send the game into overtime.
But Gabe Norwood and Belga conspired in the extra five-minute stretch while Mercado missed a jumper and committed a crucial error in the Bolts last possession as the Elasto Painters held on to the win.
TALK N TEXT TROPANG TEXTERS over SAN MIG COFFEE MIXERS, 92-63
Against the No. 1 defensive team in the league, usually offensive-minded Talk N Text got out of its comfort zone and gave San Mig Coffee a dose of its own medicine on defense.
The Tropang Texters handed Tim Cone his worst beating since taking over the old Purefoods franchise, winning convincingly, 92-63, in the PBA Philippine Cup on Wednesday night at the SMART-Araneta Coliseum.
Talk N Text held San Mig Coffee below 32-percent shooting from the field and made life miserable for the Mixers top guns, James Yap and PJ Simon, who were grounded all game long.
Simon, the teams spark off the bench, was only 1-for-6 from the field and was limited to three points on 20 minutes of playing time. His points only came in the fourth period when the game was already decided.
Yap, the two-time Most Valuable Player, went 4-for-14 from the field, but was scoreless in the entire second half.
With Talk N Text doing a great job defensively against their two high-scoring guards, San Mig Coffees production was greatly affected as well their mindset of stopping their opponents.
We came with good defense against the No. 1 defensive team, said Talk N Text coach Norman Black. Our mindset is to match San Migs effort. With our defense clicking, we were able to get our rhythm offensively, knocking down our outside shots and we were able to make good spacing on the floor.
With the win, the Tropang Texters continued to stay on top and improved to 9-2 win-loss mark, bolstering their chances for one of two automatic berths for the semis.
We will try to get there, said Black, referring to the top two slots. Obviously, by beating san Mig Coffee, it gave us a better chance for the top two. But we cannot let our guard down. We still have tougher games ahead, including Sundays game against Air 21. We need to come out and win, otherwise, this victory against San Mig Coffee is nothing.
TNT Ka Tropa lands Donte Greene, ex Arecibo - 3 days ago
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Talk N Text Ka Tropa (PBA) tabbed 29-year old American forward Donte Greene (206-103kg-88, college: Syracuse). He played recently at Capitanes de Arecibo.In three games he averaged impressive 17.0ppg, 5.0rpg and 1.0apg in Liga Americas this season. In 2008 Greene was drafted by Memphis Grizzlies (NBA) in first round (28th overall). The former Syracuse University standout is in his ninth season in pro basketball. Among other achievements Greene won Dominican Rep. LNB championship title in... [read more]
Talk N Text Ka Tropa (PBA) tabbed 29-year old American forward Donte Greene (206-103kg-88, college: Syracuse). He played recently at Capitanes de Arecibo. In three games he averaged impressive 17.0ppg, 5.0rpg and 1.0apg in Liga Americas this season. In 2008 Greene was drafted by Memphis Grizzlies (NBA) in first round (28th overall). The former Syracuse University standoutis in his ninth season in pro basketball. Among other achievements Greene won Dominican Rep. LNB championship title in 2016. He received also Big East All-Freshman Team award back in 2008 at his college time. Greene is a very experienced player. And here thanks to pro basketball he experienced life in six different countries playing on three different continents. He is familiar with Asian, Latin American and of course North American leagues. Greene has played previously professionally in China (Leopards), Saudi Arabia (Uhud), NBA (Boston Celtics, Brooklyn Nets and Sacramento Kings), Puerto Rico (Atleticos and Brujos), United Arab Emirates (Al Naser and Al Sharjah) and Dominican Republic (Leones de Santo Domingo).
James White gets MVP of the Week award for Filipino PBA - 3 days ago
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American James White (203-F-93, agency: Aspire Sports) put on an amazing game in the last round for Mahindra and that's him to receive a Asia-basket.com Player of the Week award for round 2. The 23-year old forward had a double-double of 30 points and twenty three rebounds, while his team beat NLEX RW (#12, 0-3), the league's bottom-ranked team 89-81. Mahindra is placed at 6th position in Filipino PBA. Mahindra is rather a weak team placed in lower part in the standings. They need more vi... [read more]
American James White (203-F-93, agency: Aspire Sports) put on an amazing game in the last round for Mahindra and that's him to receive a Asia-basket.com Player of the Week award for round 2. The 23-year old forward had a double-double of 30 points and twenty three rebounds, while his team beat NLEX RW (#12, 0-3), the league's bottom-ranked team 89-81. Mahindra is placed at 6th position in Filipino PBA. Mahindra is rather a weak team placed in lower part in the standings. They need more victories to improve their 1-2 record. In the team's last game White had a remarkable 70.6% from 2-point range. He turned to be Mahindra's top player in his first season with the team. Georgia Tech graduate has very impressive stats this year. White is in league's top in points (3rd best: 30.7ppg), rebounds (4th best: 20.0rpg) and averages solid 2.3bpg and 57.6% FGP.
The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 25-year old American forward Greg Smith (198-F-91) of Blackwater. Smith impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 34 points and 20 rebounds. Bad luck as Blackwater lost that game 88-95 to Rain or Shine (3-0). 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. Smith is one of the most experienced players at Blackwater and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 28.3ppg (#4). His other stats are also decent: 22.0rpg and 3.7apg.
The third best performed player last round was American Jameel McKay (206-F/C-92) of Phoenix (#7). McKay got into 30-points club by scoring 34 points in the last round. He went also for twenty rebounds . Despite McKay's great performance Phoenix lost 82-101 to Star Hotshots (#4, 2-0). But his team cannot count on just a single shooter as he also needs help of the other teammates. The chances of Phoenix not to end season at such low position in the league, however are less than slim as they have already lost 2 games, recording just one victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, McKay could try to bring Phoenix's a little bit higher in the standings. McKay 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 32.5ppg (2nd best) and rebounds with 15.5rpg (8th best).
Other top performing players last week: 4. Wayne Chism (206-PF-87) of NLEX RW - 28 points, 21 rebounds and 2 assists 5. Alex Stepheson (208-F/C-87) of Meralco Bolts - 20 points and 27 rebounds 6. Tony Mitchell (203-F-92) of Star Hotshots - 22 points, 17 rebounds and 2 assists 7. Cory Jefferson (206-F-90) of Alaska Aces - 28 points, 15 rebounds and 2 assists 8. Louis Amundson (206-PF-82) of TNT Ka Tropa - 20 points and 8 rebounds 9. Shawn Taggart (207-F-85) of Rain or Shine - 26 points and 12 rebounds 10. Sean Williams (208-F-86) of Globalport - 20 points and 14 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)
D-League: Jeruta sparks late rally as Cafe France extends semis - 5 days ago
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Aaron Jeruta (173-G) emerged as the spark Cafe France badly looked for, helping the Bakers nab an 86-75 Game 2 victory over Racal on Thursday at Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig and extend their 2017 PBA D-League Aspirants' Cup semifinals series. The veteran guard unloaded 10 of his 18 points in the fourth period as the Bakers fired a 16-4 finishing kick to steal the game from the Tile Masters. 'Aaron Jeruta stepped up. He's the only veteran in the team and this was his breakthrough game,' sa... [read more]
Aaron Jeruta (173-G) emerged as the spark Cafe France badly looked for, helping the Bakers nab an 86-75 Game 2 victory over Racal on Thursday at Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig and extend their 2017 PBA D-League Aspirants' Cup semifinals series. The veteran guard unloaded 10 of his 18 points in the fourth period as the Bakers fired a 16-4 finishing kick to steal the game from the Tile Masters. 'Aaron Jeruta stepped up. He's the only veteran in the team and this was his breakthrough game,' said coach Egay Macaraya. Jeruta also had six assists and four rebounds in the win, providing the help Macaraya begged from his locals for Congolese big man Rodrigue Ebondondo Tambwe (198-C/F). Ebondo paced Cafe France with 25 markers, 22 boards, and six blocks, while John Carlo Casino (178-G) added nine points. Paul Desiderio had a bad shooting night from the field, going on a 3-of-8 from the field, but drilled the pivotal trey with 1:07 left to push the Bakers to a comfortable 79-75 lead, after battling back from a 57-43 deficit in the third quarter. Game 3 is on Tuesday at the same venue. Rey Nambatac (179-G-94) topped Racal with 14 points, nine rebounds, and six assists, while Jackson Corpuz (193-F) and Allan Mangahas (180-PG) both had 12 in the loss. Courtesy of: inquirer.net
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