Santa Cruz Warriors released 27-year old Filipino center Japeth Aguilar (208-102kg-85, college: W.Kentucky). This summer (three years after he left the college) Aguilar was drafted by Santa Cruz Warriors (D-League) in seventh round (109th overall). The former Western Kentucky University star is in his fourth season in pro basketball. Aguilar won PBA Philippine Cup championship title and made it to the cup final. He was voted Asia-Basket.com All-PBA Philippine Cup Center of the Year in 2012. Aguilar represented Philippines at the Asian Championships in Wuhan (China) last year. His team got to the Semifinals and his stats at that event were 5 games: 6.6ppg, 3.2rpg, FGP: 56.5%, FT: 70.0%. Aguilar has played also professionally in Philippines (Talk N Text, Air21 Express and Smart Gilas).
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#PBA2017 Philippine Cup Roundup: December 7-9, 2016 - 12 hours ago
The 2016-2017 PBA Philippine Cup continued to churn out great hardcourt action this past week with the Aces, Hotshots, Elasto-Painters, and Blots all notching victories. Game Capsules (adapted from Interaksyon): ALASKA ACES over GLOBALPORT BATANG PIER, 95-84 Calvin Abueva made sure his presence was felt in his season debut, dominating in the fourth quarter to dig his Alaska team back from a big deficit and clinch its first victory in the Oppo PBA Philippine Cup, 95-84, over erstwhile u... [read more]
The 2016-2017 PBA Philippine Cup continued to churn out great hardcourt action this past week with the Aces, Hotshots, Elasto-Painters, and Blots all notching victories.
Game Capsules (adapted from Interaksyon):
ALASKA ACES over GLOBALPORT BATANG PIER, 95-84 Calvin Abueva made sure his presence was felt in his season debut, dominating in the fourth quarter to dig his Alaska team back from a big deficit and clinch its first victory in the Oppo PBA Philippine Cup, 95-84, over erstwhile unbeaten GlobalPort on Wednesday at the Mall of Asia Arena.
With his team trailing by eight points with under seven minutes left in the game, Abueva scored the first 10 points in a 20-4 Alaska run that swung the game the other way.
'The Beast' finished with 22 points - 15 in the fourth quarter - alongside 11 rebounds to lead the Aces.
JVee Casio hit a perfect 3-for-3 from beyond the arc and finished with 15 points while Vic Manuel, back from serving a one-game team suspension, chipped in with 10 points and seven rebounds from off the bench.
It was Alaska's first win in three games this conference while GlobalPort, the last remaining unbeaten team heading into this contest, dropped to 2-1.
Lines of the Game: Calvin Abueva (ALA) - 22pts, 11rebs, 2stls, 1ast, 3 triples. Stanley Pringle (GLO) _ 23pts, 5rebs, 4asts, 1stl, 5 triples.
STAR HOTSHOTS over NLEX ROAD WARRIORS, 99-75 The Star Hotshots, led by some of their new acquisitions, dominated in the second half as they defeated NLEX, 99-75, to pick up their first win in the Oppo PBA Philippine Cup on Wednesday at the Mall of Asia Arena.
Star led by only three points at the half but outscored their opponents, 57-36, in the latter two periods to secure the victory.
Paul Lee led the way with 20 points alongside seven assists while rookie Jio Jalalon posted 17 points, five rebounds and five steals.
Jalalon did most of his damage in the third quarter, where he scored 11 points, while Lee torched NLEX for 13 points in the fourth period, including three triples.
Aldrech Ramos, another newcomer to the Star fold, scored 13 points to help the cause.
The Hotshots and the Road Warriors are now tied in the standings with identical 1-2 records.
Lines of the Game: Paul Lee (STA) - 20pts, 5rebs, 7asts, 4 triples. Jonas Villanueva (NLX) - 11pts, 2rebs, 2asts, 2stls, 3 triples.
RAIN OR SHINE ELASTO-PAINTERS over BLACKWATER ELITE, 107-93 The Rain or Shine Elasto Painters bounced back from a tough loss in their previous game after they dumped Blackwater, 107-93, in the Oppo PBA Philippine Cup on Friday at the SMART-Araneta Coliseum.
James Yap scored 15 points to lead Rain or Shine while Raymond Almazan tallied 14 points and 16 rebounds in a big double-double performance for the Elasto Painters, who have now won three of their four games this conference.
Three other players reached double figures in scoring as Jewel Ponferada added 13 and Jeff Chan and Don Trollano each chipped in 11 markers.
Blackwater, which started the conference with two consecutive wins, have now lost back-to-back games to crash down to 2-2. The Elite's super rookie Mac Belo, who had been averaging 21 points per game, only had 13 in this one - his lowest output so far.
Lines of the Game: Raymond Almazan (ROS) - 14pts, 16rebs, 2asts, 1blk. Mac Belo (BLA) - 13pts, 9rebs, 3asts, 1 triple.
MERALCO BOLTS over TNT KA TROPA, 98-87 Rookie Ed Daquioag scored 10 of Meralco's last 14 points as the Bolts ran away with the game late to beat TNT, 98-87, in the Oppo PBA Philippine Cup on Friday at the SMART-Araneta Coliseum.
Daquioag finished with 23 points for a second consecutive game as he helped lead Meralco to a second win in three games.
Rabeh Al-Hussaini added 14 points for the Bolts while Chris Newsome flirted with a triple-double as he tallied 11 points, 10 rebounds and eight assists in the victory.
TNT, which dropped down to 2-2, was led by Jayson Castro's 23 markers.
Lines of the Game: Chris Newsome (MER) - 11pts, 10rebs, 8asts, 2stls, 1blk. Jayson Castro (TNT) - 23pts, 3rebs, 7asts, 1stl, 3 triples.
Fajardo's double-double lands him Player of the Week award - 5 days ago
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27-year old center June Mar Fajardo (210-C-89) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for SM Beermen and receives a Asia-basket.com Player of the Week award for round 3.
He had a double-double of 23 points and 22 rebounds, while his team beat Alaska Aces (#10, 0-2), the league's bottom-ranked team 93-88. SM Beermen is placed at 5th position in Filipino league. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost that single game earlier this season. SM Beermen will need mo... [read more]
27-year old center June Mar Fajardo (210-C-89) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for SM Beermen and receives a Asia-basket.com Player of the Week award for round 3. He had a double-double of 23 points and 22 rebounds, while his team beat Alaska Aces (#10, 0-2), the league's bottom-ranked team 93-88. SM Beermen is placed at 5th position in Filipino league. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost that single game earlier this season. SM Beermen will need more victories to improve their 2-1 record. Fajardo has many years of experience at SM Beermen, through which he has constantly improved. Fajardo has impressive league stats. He is in league's top in points (3rd best: 22.0ppg) and averages solid 57.6% FGP.
Second best performed player last round was Chris Newsome (187-G) of Meralco Bolts. He is a guard in his 2nd season at Meralco Bolts. In the last game Newsome recorded impressive double-double of 28 points and 10 rebounds. Of course he led Meralco Bolts to another comfortable win 106-93 over NLEX RW (1-1) being unquestionably team leader. The season is still at the very beginning and this victory may help a lot. Let's wait for the next round. Newsome is well-known at Meralco Bolts and he already established his position as one of the team's leaders.
Third place about best performers goes to center Jean Marc Pingris (193-C-81) of Star Hotshots (#11). Pingris scored 19 points and grabbed ten rebounds. Despite Pingris' great performance Star Hotshots lost 84-91 to Globalport (#1, 2-0). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. Star Hotshots can only dream about fighting for top spots in the league. They have awful season losing so far all 2 games. Pingris has a very solid season. In 2 games in Philippines he scored 13.0ppg.
Other top performing players last week: 4. Stanley Pringle (184-PG-87) of Globalport - 24 points, 3 rebounds and 2 assists 5. Japeth Aguilar (206-C-85) of B.Ginebra - 23 points and 13 rebounds 6. Eduardo Daquioag (180-G-91) of Meralco Bolts - 23 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists 7. Ranidel deOcampo (197-F-81) of TNT Ka Tropa - 15 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists 8. JC Intal (193-C-83) of Phoenix - 24 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists 9. Jayvee Casio (178-PG-86) of Alaska Aces - 20 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists 10. Prince Caperal (197-PF-93) of Phoenix - 12 points and 17 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)
Action in the 2016-2017 PBA Philippine Cup remained hot this weekend with Meralco downing NLEX, SMB surviving Alaska, Phoenix tripping Mahindra, and Ginebra handing ROS its first loss. Game Capsules (adapted from Interaksyon): MERALCO BOLTS over NLEX ROAD WARRIORS, 106-93 Chris Newsome and rookie Ed Daquioag led a big Meralco breakaway in the fourth quarter as the Bolts trumped the NLEX Road Warriors, 106-93, in the Oppo PBA Philippine Cup on Saturday at the SMART-Araneta Coliseum. Ne... [read more]
Action in the 2016-2017 PBA Philippine Cup remained hot this weekend with Meralco downing NLEX, SMB surviving Alaska, Phoenix tripping Mahindra, and Ginebra handing ROS its first loss.
Game Capsules (adapted from Interaksyon):
MERALCO BOLTS over NLEX ROAD WARRIORS, 106-93 Chris Newsome and rookie Ed Daquioag led a big Meralco breakaway in the fourth quarter as the Bolts trumped the NLEX Road Warriors, 106-93, in the Oppo PBA Philippine Cup on Saturday at the SMART-Araneta Coliseum.
Newsome and Daquioag each scored 10 points in the fourth period, where Meralco went on a decisive 24-5 run to turn a tight contest into a rout.
That run included a string of 11 unanswered points, capped by a big three-pointer from Daquioag with 46 seconds left that pushed the lead up to 16 points, 103-87.
Newsome finished with 28 points, 10 rebounds and five assists while Daquioag added 23 points, four boards and three assists in the win, Meralco's first in two Philippine Cup games.
NLEX coach Yeng Guiao's squad had six players in double figures scoring, led by Sean Anthony with 15 points and eight rebounds.
Lines of the Game: Chris Newsome (MER) - 28pts, 10rebs, 5asts, 2stls, 2 triples. Sean Anthony (NLX) - 15pts, 8rebs, 2asts, 2blks, 1stl.
SAN MIGUEL BEERMEN over ALASKA ACES, 93-88 June Mar Fajardo and the San Miguel Beermen did just enough to get past an admirable stand from a depleted Alaska Aces squad, 92-88, to score get back on the winning track in the Oppo PBA Philippine Cup on Saturday at the SMART-Araneta Coliseum.
Alaska missed the services of Calvin Abueva and Sonny Thoss due to injuries while Vic Manuel and Ping Exciminiano sat out on team suspensions for playing in an unsanctioned event.
But that didn't stop the gutsy Aces from taking leads of as high as 15 points in the first half before San Miguel stormed back in the second half to secure the win.
Fajardo dominated for 23 points - 17 of those in the second half - and 22 rebounds as he towed his Beermen to a second win in three games.
Arwind Santos added 16 points, including a clutch jumper that tied the game in the final minute, and eight rebounds while Marcio Lassiter added 14 markers. RR Garcia, meanwhile, chipped in with 13 from off the Beermen bench.
Lines of the Game: June Mar Fajardo (SMB) - 23pts, 22rebs, 1ast, 1blk. JV Casio (ALA) - 20pts, 5rebs, 4asts, 2stls, 3 triples.
PHOENIX FUEL MASTERS over MAHINDRA FLOODBUSTER, 114-104 JC Intal and Matthew Wright waxed hot from downtown to propel the Phoenix Fuel Masters to a 114-104 victory over the lowly Mahindra Floodbuster in the Oppo PBA Philippine Cup Sunday at Mall of Asia Arena.
Intal led all scorers with 24 points, seven rebounds and four assists off the bench while Wright followed it up with 21 points, four rebounds and four assists to lead the Fuel Masters (2-1) to their second straight win.
The two combined for 11 triples, six of which they hit in the first quarter where Phoenix began to run away before Mahindra gave them a very late scare.
Alex Mallari scored 19 points while Philip Paniamogan scored all of his 15 points in the first half for Mahindra. Ryan Arana and Joseph Eriobu added 12 markers apiece for Mahindra (0-3), which lost its first three games by an average margin of 18 points.
Lines of the Game: JC Intal (PHX) - 24pts, 7rebs, 4asts, 2blks, 6 triples. Alex Mallari (MAH) - 19pts, 4rebs, 2asts, 1stl, 2 triples.
BGY. GINEBRA GIN KINGS over RAIN OR SHINE ELASTO-PAINTERS, 81-74 Barangay Ginebra San Miguel launched a big 11-0 run in the fourth quarter to stifle the Rain or Shine Elasto Painters, 81-74, and pick up their first win in the Oppo PBA Philippine Cup on Sunday at Mall of Asia Arena.
Japeth Aguilar tallied 23 points and 13 boards to lead Ginebra (1-1) which spoiled the bid of Rain or Shine (2-1) for a 3-0 start.
Down by four, 74-70, with 4:08 remaining, Ginebra woke up starting with Aguilar's two free throws. Sol Mercado tied the score at 74-all on a jumper with 3:01 left.
Joe Devance then surprised his defender with a quick jumper, then Aguilar followed it with his own basket to give Ginebra a 78-74 lead with 1:05 left.
Devance added 13 points and eight boards for Ginebra which won the game despite missing all of its 14 three-point attempts.
Raymond Almazan scored 13 points while Yap chipped in 10 markers for Rain or Shine in the losing effort.
Lines of the Game: Japeth Aguilar (GIN) - 23pts, 13rebs, 1ast, 1blk. Raymond Almazan (ROS) - 13pts, 15rebs, 1blk.
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