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.
Jones Cup: Mighty Sports quintet overwhelms India - 1 day ago
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Philippine representative Mighty Sports Apparels survived an early scare and crushed India, 101-81, to remain unbeaten in the William Jones Cup yesterday at Xinzhuang gym here. Korean league veteran Dewarick Spencer (193-G-82, college: Arkansas St., agency: Higher Vision Sports) and former PBA import Al Thornton(203-F-83, college: Florida St.) starred for the team's fifth straight win as they sparked the team's furious third-quarter run to rip the game wide open and notch their fifth win... [read more]
Philippine representative Mighty Sports Apparels survived an early scare and crushed India, 101-81, to remain unbeaten in the William Jones Cup yesterday at Xinzhuang gym here. Korean league veteran Dewarick Spencer (193-G-82, college: Arkansas St., agency: Higher Vision Sports) and former PBA import Al Thornton (203-F-83, college: Florida St.) starred for the team's fifth straight win as they sparked the team's furious third-quarter run to rip the game wide open and notch their fifth win in the nine-team tournament. A 20-4 run gave the Manila team a 68-52 lead and a 11-4 salvo in the fourth period all but took the fight out of the Indians. That gave coach Bo Perasol the luxury of fielding his homegrown players. The victory pushed Mighty Sports within two wins of nailing the title trophy and match the feat of Gilas Pilipinas four years ago. Mighty Sports next clashes with defending champion Iran at 3 p.m. today. With a clean record, the squad can clinch the title with wins over Iran today and Egypt tomorrow. Iran, which fell to a 3-1 record following a shocking 67-50 loss to the Koreans (3-2) the other day, was playing Taiwan-A at press time. Courtesy of: inquirer.net
It was a wicked Wednesday in the 2016 PBA Governors' Cup as Mahindra booked a franchise record 3-0 conference start, while Ginebra notched win #2 at the expense of NLEX. Game Capsules (adapted from Interaksyon): MAHINDRA ENFORCER over SAN MIGUEL BEERMEN, 105-103 The Mahindra Enforcer survived a 43-point explosion from AZ Reid to notch a 105-103 win over defending champions San Miguel Beermen and get off to a 3-0 start in the PBA Governors' Cup Wednesday at SMART-Araneta Coliseum. Jame... [read more]
It was a wicked Wednesday in the 2016 PBA Governors' Cup as Mahindra booked a franchise record 3-0 conference start, while Ginebra notched win #2 at the expense of NLEX.
Game Capsules (adapted from Interaksyon):
MAHINDRA ENFORCER over SAN MIGUEL BEERMEN, 105-103 The Mahindra Enforcer survived a 43-point explosion from AZ Reid to notch a 105-103 win over defending champions San Miguel Beermen and get off to a 3-0 start in the PBA Governors' Cup Wednesday at SMART-Araneta Coliseum.
James White countered Reid's superb performance with 34 points and 11 rebounds, and he also defended the Beermen import's attempt on a game-winning triple which would have completed San Miguel's rally.
The Enforcer are now the solo leaders at 3-0, their best start in their young franchise.
KG Canaleta added 17 points for Mahindra, which also got 12 markers from Paulo Taha.
It was also fitting that the Enforcer nailed the big win in front of its listed head coach Manny Pacquiao, who attended his team's game live for the first time since the Philippine Cup.
Alex Cabagnot finished with 15 points, while June Mar Fajardo chipped in 13 points and 10 boards for San Miguel, which fell to 2-1.
Lines of the Game: James White (MAH) - 34pts, 11rebs, 2asts, 1stl, 15/25 FGs. AZ Reid (SMB) - 43pts, 11rebs, 3asts, 1stl, 5 triples, 17/33 FGs.
BGY. GINEBRA GIN KINGS over NLEX ROAD WARRIORS, 85-72 Barangay Ginebra San Miguel returned to the winning track, needing a fourth quarter rally to trounce the NLEX Road Warriors, 85-72, in the PBA Governors' Cup Wednesday at SMART-Araneta Coliseum.
Justin Brownlee scored 24 points and 14 rebounds to help Ginebra recover from its last loss and improve to 2-1.
Japeth Aguilar finished with 14 points and also contributed huge baskets down the stretch that ignited Ginebra's late rally.
Joe Devance and LA Tenorio also contributed 10 points apiece. Scottie Thompson, the only rookie to be named a PBA All-Star starter this year, collected eight points, 12 rebounds and four assists.
Henry Walker paced the Road Warriors with 18 points and 13 boards. Sean Anthony was the only other NLEX player in double digits with 14 markers.
NLEX, which missed the services of the suspended Asi Taulava, who got into a fight last outing, suffered its second straight loss to settle for a 1-2 slate.
Lines of the Game: Justin Brownlee (GIN) - 24pts, 15rebs, 4asts, 2blks, 1stl, 3 triples. Henry Walker (NLX) - 18pts, 13rebs, 1blk, 1ast, 2 triples.
Big 2nd quarter leads Philippines to win over Sacramento State - 3 days ago
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The Philippines outscored Sacramento State in the second quarter, 31-12, and held a huge 48-6 advantage in free throw attempts on the way to an 88-69 victory over Sacramento State in the fourth round of the 38th-annual William Jones Cup in Taiwan. The Philippines, which has been among the best teams at the tournament thus far, improved to 3-0 at the eight-game, nine-day event, and is averaging 87.7 points per game. That includes comfortable victories over the Hornets, South Korea and Chin... [read more]
The Philippines outscored Sacramento State in the second quarter, 31-12, and held a huge 48-6 advantage in free throw attempts on the way to an 88-69 victory over Sacramento State in the fourth round of the 38th-annual William Jones Cup in Taiwan. The Philippines, which has been among the best teams at the tournament thus far, improved to 3-0 at the eight-game, nine-day event, and is averaging 87.7 points per game. That includes comfortable victories over the Hornets, South Korea and Chinese Taipei A. The Philippines is the only team the Hornets will play during the tournament that is not a national squad. The team plays in the Pilipinas Commercial Basketball League (PCBL) and has won championships in the Republica Cup three times in the last four years (2013, 2014, 2016). Sacramento State, which was playing its fourth game in four days, dropped to 1-3. After the Hornets defeated India in the tournament opener on Saturday, the Hornets have lost to South Korea, Iran and the Philippines, respectively. Iran and the Philippines are the lone undefeated teams remaining in the tournament and both have 3-0 records. Sacramento State will play its fifth game in as many days tomorrow when the Hornets take on Chinese Taipei B at 4 a.m. PDT. For the second straight game, the Hornets could not overcome a huge foul and free throw disparity. The Hornets were whistled for 22 more fouls than the Philippines (33-11) and went to the free throw line just six times. Conversely, the Philippines made a robust 48 trips to the charity stripe. Sacramento State actually converted on five more field goals in the game, but the Hornets went just 5-for-6 from the free throw line while the Philippines went 31-of-48 from the stripe. The Hornets' James Herrick (208-C), Joshua Patton (203-F), Justin Strings (201-F), Nick Hornsby (201-F) and Eric Stuteville (211-C) all had at least four fouls while Herrick fouled out in 11 minutes. Stuteville had three fouls during the game's first five minutes. Both teams played even in the first, third and fourth quarters, but the Philippines had a big second quarter. Sacramento State held its largest lead of the game at 19-12 with 4:35 remaining in the first quarter, and took its last lead of the contest at 29-28 on a turnaround jumper from Grant Dressler with 6:40 left in the second. However, the Philippines would close the final 6:31 of the second quarter on a 26-6 run to go into halftime with a 54-35 lead. Both teams scored 15 points in the third quarter and 19 points in the fourth quarter. Sacramento State outrebounded the Philippines, 46-40, while shooting .361 (30-83) from the field and .211 (4-19) from the 3-point line. Both teams combined for just 22 turnovers, and the Philippines shot .385 (25-65) from the field and .304 (7-23) from the 3-point line. For the Hornets, Dressler scored a game-high 16 points on 7-of-16 shooting from the field while also pulling seven rebounds. He was joined in double figures by guard Jeff Wu (188-G), who had 13 points on 5-of-8 shooting from the field. Strings, who had scored in double figures in each of the first three games of the tournament, was held scoreless but did have seven rebounds. Patton, who is a redshirt freshman, grabbed a game-high nine rebounds while also notching a team-best two blocked shots. Stuteville and guards Jiday Ugbaja (180-PG) and Matt Battaglia (183-PG) each scored eight points. Battaglia, a true freshman from El Dorado Hills, was a proficient 3-for-4 from the field, including a pair of 3-pointers. Ugbaja was 4-for-6 from the floor. Guard Marcus Graves (183-PG) added six points, five rebounds and a team-high tying three assists while Trevis Jackson (180-PG) had three rebounds and three assists. Hornsby had four points and three rebounds in 13 minutes. Sacramento State plays tomorrow against a Chinese Taipei B squad that is 1-2, but all three of its games have been decided by eight points or less. That includes an 81-80 victory today over the Chinese Taipei A team. Courtesy of: hornetsports.com
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