As Ginebra rookie Chris Ellis flew in the air and slammed home a reverse jam to end the Gin Kings comeback win over the Rain or Shine Elasto-Painters, I thought, Man, this kid is going to be awesome one day.
Right now, Ellis isnt really the best rookie out there (in terms of numbers at least). Heck, one might even argue hes not the most explosive (Calvin Abueva anyone?) or athletic (read: Cliff Hodge), but Ellis definitely has the tools to be a consistent impact-player in the future. Perhaps not even just for the Kings, but for the National Team, too.
After seeing the replay of his nifty reverse dunk, I went to PBA-Online and checked who, actually, the top rookies currently are.
Heres what I found:
The TOP FIVE ROOKIES of the 2012-2013 PBA Season (so far):
Calvin Abuevaof Alaska- 34.40 (7 games)13.3ppg, 9.0rpg, 1.7spg, 47.3 FG% Cliff Hodge of Meralco- 29.72 (11 games)11.3ppg, 7.4rpg, 1.ospg, 1.0bpg Vic Manuel of Global Port- 25.56 (11 games)10.5ppg, 4.5rpg, 48.0 FG% Jason Deutchman of Global Port- 25.43 (11 games)9.7ppg, 6.8rpg, 1.0spg Chris Ellis of Ginebra- 24.77 (11 games)9.8ppg, 4.8rpg, 47.2 FG%
Ellis is right up there, bunched up really close with Global Ports dynamic young duo of Vic Manuel and Jason Deutchman. Theyre a little behind Meralcos Cliff Hodge, who was Elliss teammate on the SInag Pilipinas team last year, but the current runaway leader is Alaskas Calvin Abueva.
Whats more impressive is Abueva playing just about as many minutes as Ellis. Of these five guys, Hodge logs in the most minutes with more than 31 per game, while Manuel plays the least at just a shade above 20.
One day Ellis might catch up with Abueva. He might even get ahead, but, right now, hes still some ways off. With a bit more playing time and a bit more touches, he should make the jump. In the meantime, we, along with the millions and millions of Ginebra fans, will just have to be content with his occasional high-flying act.
Game Recaps: PETRON BLAZE BOOSTERS over BARAKO BULL ENERGY COLAS, 93-83
Arwind Santos scored 21 points and grabbed 12 rebounds to lead the surging Petron Blaze Boosters to a road victory over the Barako Bull Energy Colas, 93-83, Saturday in Lucena City.
The Boosters annexed their third straight game to get back to an even .500 win-loss record at 6-6, good for a tie for sixth and seventh places with Ginebra.
Barako Bull was still up, 55-51, early in the third quarter when a three-pointer by Marcio Lassiter kicked off a 15-2 run that allowed Petron to take the lead for good.
The Boosters entered the fourth quarter with a 68-62 advantage and continued the onslaught, scoring the first 10 points of the payoff period to take a commanding 16-point lead.
Barako Bull cut the lead to just 10 points, 82-72, but Alex Cabagnot kept the Energy Colas at bay with a four-point play that broke the rally.
Doug Kramer carried the fight with 15 points and 21 rebounds for Barako Bull, which suffered its third straight loss to remain in ninth place in the standings with a 3-8 record.
TALK N TEXT TROPANG TEXTERS over AIR 21 EXPRESS, 100-94
Talk N Text assured itself of a playoff for an automatic semifinal seat after nipping Air21, 100-94, in the 2013 PBA Philippine Cup Sunday at the SMART-Araneta Coliseum.
The Tropang Texters needed big plays down the stretch to deny the Express from coming back in the game. They booked at least a tie for one of the top two spots with a league-leading 10-2 win-loss mark. The first and second place qualifiers enjoy twice-to-beat advantage in the quarterfinals.
Jimmy Alapag fired 18 points and dished out six assists while Jayson Castro and Ranidel de Ocampo each had 16 points for the defending champions, who were challenged by the pesky Air 21 side to the hilt.
Credit to Air21. They played us tough, said Talk N Text coach Norman Black, who sent the Express to their third straight loss for a 4-8 mark.
At the start of the season, the goal is to get into the top two spots and we accomplished that today at least for a playoff. Now the tough road begins. We play Petron next and Ginebra.
Mike Cortez paced Air 21 with 23 points to go along with his nine rebounds, while James Sena and Nino Canaleta added 18 and 13 points, respectively.
Cortez, Canaleta and Sena were responsible for keeping the Express in the game, combining for 19 points in the third quarter as they trailed by just one point, 70-69, entering the fourth quarter.
They even took the lead at 75-74 on Senas basket before Talk N Text responded with an 8-2 assault to take an 82-77 spread.
Renren Ritualos three-pointer pushed Air 21 within three points, 88-85. But Kelly Williams hit two free throws and Alapag hit a decisive three-poiinter for a 93-85 cushion with 3:47 remaining to take the game for good.
Jimmy came into the game with a lot of energy. Hes just being himself tonight, said Black.
TALK N TEXT 100- Alapag 18, Castro 16, De Ocampo 16, Fonacier 11, Williams 9, Peek 9, Dillinger 8, Carey 8, Reyes 2, Aban 2, Alvarez 1.
BGY. GINEBRA GIN KINGS over RAIN OR SHINE ELASTO-PAINTERS, 97-90
Barangay Ginebra San Miguel unleashed its never-say-die spirit and turned back Rain or Shine, 97-90, to extend its winning streak to four games in the 2013 PBA Philippine Cup Sunday at the SMART-Araneta Coliseum.
The Gin Kings crawled back from a 17-point deficit midway through the third quarter, holding the Elasto Painters to just one field goal in the final 2:33 to join Meralco in fourth place with a 6-5 win-loss mark.
LA Tenorio dished out a near triple-double performance with 20 points, seven rebounds and 10 assists and piloted Ginebras rally in the fourth quarter.
Mark Caguioa added 18 points, though he was not around when the Kings made the run. Rookie Chris Ellis chipped in 15 points and punctuated their teams victory with a reverse windmill dunk that pegged the final score.
We came out really flat. The good thing, we stuck together and got through this one, said Ginebra coach Siot Tanquingcen, who also drew 12 points from Billy Mamaril.
We really struggled. Other people just stepped up and its a good indication for our team.
Jayjay Helterbrand came off the bench and contributed six points, seven rebounds and five assists while rookie Yousef Taha also provided quality minutes in the fourth period with his hustle plays on defense.
Rain or Shine, which dropped to third place with a 8-4 mark, led by 15 at the half, 57-42, and was still in control after TY Tang hit a triple to start the final quarter for a 78-69 lead.
But Tenorio anchored a momentum-swinging 14-8 exchange he capped with a three-pointer to close in at 86-83 with 2:53 remaining.
Jeff Chan push the Rain or Shine to five points, 88-83, with a running jumper with 2:33 left in the game. But the Gin Kings unloaded 10-0 blast to take a 93-88 lead with just 16.7 seconds left.
JR Quinahan ended Rain or Shines drought with an undergoal stab but time was not on their side, allowing Ginebra to pull off another escape act.
Jervy Cruz led the Elasto Painters with 17 points and 12 rebounds and was 13-of-13 from the free throw line. Larry Rodriguez added 14 points, while rookie Chris Tiu returned from injury and contributed eight.
Beermen crush Texters, clinch first finals berth - 17 hours ago
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San Miguel Beer's Super Five all came through with super effort in near no-relief games as the Beermen crushed the Jason Castro-less TNT KaTropa side, 96-83, to nail the first berth in the PBA Philippine Cup Finals Monday night at the MOA Arena. June Mar Fajardo (210-C-89), Arwind Santos (193-F-81), Chris Ross (185-G-85, college: Marshall), Alex Cabagnot (183-G-82, college: Hawaii-Hilo) and Marcio Lassiter (190-G-87, college: CS Fullerton) were Iron Men powering SMB past TNT in their do-o... [read more]
San Miguel Beer's Super Five all came through with super effort in near no-relief games as the Beermen crushed the Jason Castro-less TNT KaTropa side, 96-83, to nail the first berth in the PBA Philippine Cup Finals Monday night at the MOA Arena. June Mar Fajardo (210-C-89), Arwind Santos (193-F-81), Chris Ross (185-G-85, college: Marshall), Alex Cabagnot (183-G-82, college: Hawaii-Hilo) and Marcio Lassiter (190-G-87, college: CS Fullerton) were Iron Men powering SMB past TNT in their do-or-die setto and into the best-of-seven finals versus the winner of the Barangay Ginebra-Star matchup. Fajardo churned out 22 points and 19 rebounds in his 15th double-double job in 19 games in the tourney, Santos came through with 20 markers and 12 boards in his own double-double effort while Ross (with 18 markers, 10 assists and six boards) had a close shave with a triple-double performance. Cabagnot and Lassiter came up with their double-digit productions with 14 and 12 points, respectively, as SMB completed a come-from-behind win versus TNT and earned a crack at an all-Filipino three-peat. 'I would like to congratulate the TNT organization especially coach Nash Racela . In Game Seven, Austria had to play all his starters almost without rest. Santos, Cabagnot, Ross and Lassiter all played over 40 minutes. Fajardo had the least playing time at 38:31. 'It's the last game of the series.' said Austria. Castro was helpless behind the TNT bench with a strained left hamstring suffered Saturday. Sans Castro, the Texters put up a decent stand in the first half before falling behind by 20 from which they failed to recover. The Beermen unleashed a 12-4 start in the final half to make their first major separation in the contest at 53-43. They then zoomed to a lead as big as 20 and held onto a safe margin all the way to the end. 'From the start, I knew this would be a tough series because the two teams have equal talents. We're a bit fortunate they missed Troy Rosario in Game Six then Jason Castro tonight,' Austria also said. Austria and his team advanced to the finale for the fourth time in the last seven conferences. The league's winningest ball club, San Miguel will be shooting for a seventh all-Filipino crown and 23rdoverall. The Beermen are on line to match the Texters' Philippine Cup three-peat set in 2011-13. Courtesy of: pba.ph
Danny Trapp left JNE BSC Bandung Utama - 3 days ago
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Experienced 34-year old American (has also Filipino passport) guard Danny Trapp (186-83, college: W.Oklahoma St. JC) left JNE BSC Bandung Utama (IBL). In three games in Indonesia he had 7.7ppg, 2.7rpg and 1.7apg this season. Trapp is quite experienced player. He has played on four different continents (Asia, Latin America, Africa and of course North America). Trapp has played previously professionally in China (Leopards and Changsha Bank), Mexico (Bufalos), Dominican Republic (Soles de Sa... [read more]
Experienced 34-year old American (has also Filipino passport) guard Danny Trapp (186-83, college: W.Oklahoma St. JC) left JNE BSC Bandung Utama (IBL). In three games in Indonesia he had 7.7ppg, 2.7rpg and 1.7apg this season. Trapp is quite experienced player. He has played on four different continents (Asia, Latin America, Africa and of course North America). Trapp has played previously professionally in China (Leopards and Changsha Bank), Mexico (Bufalos), Dominican Republic (Soles de Santo Domingo) and Egypt (Somouha). He attended Western Oklahoma St. JC until 2006 and it is his eleventh (!!!) season as a professional player. Trapp could be described:
Physical and mental: Consistently runs the floor and never a lapse and transition, Mentally focused and stays within the game. Finds the open seams and pockets and is great at recognizing double teams. Danny is very affective slashing to the basket both with and without the ball, he is a great outside shooter and stretches the defense with his ability to shoot the ball and does well by getting his teammates involved. On the defensive of end, Danny is a tremendous on and off the ball defender as he is very quick on his feet and will cut the floor off very well and rotate. Reminds many coaches of a Gary Paton type of player. He embodies what a scoring yet defensive point guard really is. Danny is very Exciting to watch has a way with the fans not to mention Danny also tried out with the New Jersey Nets in 2009 and was let go the last cut but continues to work hard. Overall he's a solid player with natural athleticism and doesn't show signs of emotions, Adapts to changing game situations, and always find away to win.
Star clobbers Ginebra in Game 5, nears Finals - 4 days ago
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The Star Hotshots whipped up a storm in the third quarter and clobbered the Barangay Ginebra Kings, 89-80, to move a win shy of wrapping up their PBA Philippine Cup Final Four face-off at the MOA Arena in Pasay City Friday night. The two teams engaged in close duel through the first half before the Hotshots really got their act together in the third, making the first major run in the game and holding on to gain the pivotal 3-2 lead in the best-of-seven semis series. The Hotshots pummeled... [read more]
The Star Hotshots whipped up a storm in the third quarter and clobbered the Barangay Ginebra Kings, 89-80, to move a win shy of wrapping up their PBA Philippine Cup Final Four face-off at the MOA Arena in Pasay City Friday night. The two teams engaged in close duel through the first half before the Hotshots really got their act together in the third, making the first major run in the game and holding on to gain the pivotal 3-2 lead in the best-of-seven semis series. The Hotshots pummeled the Kings, 22-10, to make a crucial separation in the third, 71-55, and refused to slow down to get into the doorstep of a first finals for the franchise since its grand slam run in the 2013-14 PBA season. Coach Chito Victolero and his troops take their first of two cracks at the titular playoff in Game Six Sundayover at the Smart Araneta Coliseum. Rafi Reavis (203-C-77, college: Coppin St.), with 17 points and 13 rebounds, upstaged Japeth Aguilar (206-C-85, college: W.Kentucky) with his best game in the season and the entire Star team seemed to be always a step ahead of Ginebra in this game -- a big key in stopping the Kings' two-game charge in the series. In the fateful third quarter, only three players - LA Tenorio, Jervy Cruz and Scottie Thompson - scored for the Kings. With the Hotshots keeping their domination of the Kings in the fourth quarter, coach Tim Cone rested Tenorio, Thompson, Sol Mercado, Joe Devance and Aguilar with still long minutes left to play. From 17 points down, the Kings managed to come within seven in the last two minutes on the energy and firepower provided by JayJay Helterbrand (180-PG-76, college: Kentucky St.), Mark Caguioa (185-G-79, college: Glendale CC, AZ), Paolo Taha (188-G-90), Chris Ellis and Dave Marcelo. But the Hotshots just won't be denied despite the flat start of Marc Pingris, Allein Maliksi (190-F-87) and Paul Lee. Pingris picked up three early fouls while Maliksi fired blanks but the Star reserves picked up the slack as the Hotshots led 49-45 at the turn. Right upon substituting Pingris, Rodney Brondial rattled in eight points then PJ Simon, Jio Jalalon, Justin Melton, Ian Sangalang, Aldrech Ramos and Rome dela Rosa also made buckets as the Star bench outscored its Ginebra counterpart, 29-14, in the first two quarters of play. Pingris incurred two fouls in the first four minutes of the game then drew a third one just 14 seconds after he checked back in the second quarter. Reavis helped hold the fort for Star in the first half with nine points and seven rebounds as against Aguilar's 13 markers and three boards. Courtesy of: pba.ph
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