Larry Fonaciers big three in the fourth quarter doused a fiery rally by the Elasto-Painters and sealed the 1-0 Championship series lead for the top-seeded Tropang Texters. That was Fonaciers second trey of the game, and it couldnt have come at a better time for coach Norman Blacks wards, who are seeking an unprecedented All-Filipino/Philippine Cup three-peat.
Old reliables Jayson Castro and Ranidel De Ocampo led the way for TNT with 16 points and 7 rebounds each, while Jared Dillinger outplayed Gabe Norwood by scoring 13 points on top of 4 rebounds, 3 assists, and 1 steal. Talk N Text limited ROS to just 35% FG shooting while also beating them on the boards, 56-51. The Texters also shot well from beyond the arc, connecting on 10 of their 27 attempts while the Painters converted just 4 of 21 tries.
Jervy Cruz, Paul Lee, and Jeff Chan all scored in double-digits for coach Yeng Guiaos crew, but they shot a combined 10-of-34 from the floor. Lee and Chan made just 1 of their combined 8 three-point attempts. The Elasto-Painters will try to even the series in Game 2 on Friday, January 11, 2013.
Meanwhile, Philippine Basketball received a SHOT IN THE ARM when FIBA Asias bigwigs came to their senses and FINALLY awarded the hosting of the 2013 FIBA Asia Mens Championships to the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP) something they already shouldve done late in 2012. In doing so, Manila will be the host city for the biennial meet. This means that the Philippines will be awarded an automatic slot in the tournament, and, as a consequence of SMART-Gilas placing in the top four of the 2012 FIBA Asia Cup, three other Southeast Asian teams will be guaranteed places in the tourney. Paging Thailand, Indonesia, Malaysia, and Singapore! Time to step up big time, folks!
Now, this should really shake things up in the local basketball landscape this year. Why? Because now that, AFTER FORTY FRIGGIN YEARS, Manila will host the tournament, it is IMPERATIVE that we send the BEST POSSIBLE NATIONAL TEAM. It would be a travesty, a terrible irony, a shameless act, a CRIME, if all stakeholders in Philippine basketball (the SBP, PBA, UAAP, NCAA, the MVP Group, the SMC Group EVERYONE!!!) do not gather and unite for this glorious, patriotic, and righteous cause.
This is the PERFECT time to show our countrymen, nay the WORLD, that Pinoys can set aside differences for a goal bigger than our fragmented selves. Destiny beckons and we must respond accordingly! Lets go Philippines!
Game Recaps: TALK N TEXT TROPANG TEXTERS over RAIN OR SHINE ELASTO-PAINTERS, 87-81
The Talk N Text Tropang Texters turned back a furious fourth quarter rally by the Rain or Shine Elasto Painters to win the first game of their Philippine Cup title series, 87-81, Wednesday at the SMART-Araneta Coliseum.
The two-time defending champions relied on balanced scoring attack featuring six players scoring at least eight points. But Talk N Text made hay on the defensive end, hounding Rain or Shine to below 35 percent shooting.
I was really happy with the way we played defense tonight, said Talk N Text coach Norman Black.
The Tropang Texters focused much of their effort on Rain or Shines top guns, Paul Lee and Jeff Chan. Lee scored 11 points but shot just 4-of-14 from the field, while Chan scored just two of his 10 points in the second half on 3-of-12 shooting, missing all four of his three-point attempts.
Rain or Shine trailed by as much as 16 points, looking dead in the water early in the fourth quarter. Talk N Text still led, 77-62, early in the final period before the Elasto Painters rattled off a 13-2 run to cut the lead to just three points.
But Larry Fonacier hit a three-pointer in the ensuing possession, to push the Talk N Text lead back to two possessions, 82-76, and the Tropang Texters kept steady in the clutch to seal the victory.
Jayson Castro and Ranidel De Ocampo paced Talk N Text with 16 points apiece, while Jared Dillinger added 13.
Game Two of best-of-seven series is set Friday at the SM Mall of Asia Arena.
Phelps number one in Philippines for round 1 - 1 day ago
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American Forward Eugene Phelps (198-F-90) had an amazing evening in the last round for Phoenix, receiving a Asia-basket.com Player of the Week award for round 1. The 26-year old player had a double-double of 53 points and 21 rebounds, while his team edged out Blackwater (#9, 0-1), the league's bottom-ranked team 118-116. Phoenix is placed at 4th position in Filipino PBA. But it's just the very beginning of the season and Phoenix won just one (their first) game. It's too early to say anyth... [read more]
American Forward Eugene Phelps (198-F-90) had an amazing evening in the last round for Phoenix, receiving a Asia-basket.com Player of the Week award for round 1. The 26-year old player had a double-double of 53 points and 21 rebounds, while his team edged out Blackwater (#9, 0-1), the league's bottom-ranked team 118-116. Phoenix is placed at 4th position in Filipino PBA. But it's just the very beginning of the season and Phoenix won just one (their first) game. It's too early to say anything as the standings can be changed completely after next round. In the team's last game Phelps had a remarkable 61.3% from 2-point range. He just recently signed at Phoenix and it was his first game, where he immediately became new team's leader. Former Long Beach State University star has very solid stats this year. Phelps is league's best scorer averaging so far 53.0ppg. Phelps is in league's top in rebounds (3rd best: 21.0rpg) and averages impressive 5.0bpg and 61.3% FGP.
The second best player in last round's games was 25-year old American Greg Smith (198-F-91) of Blackwater. Smith had a very good evening with a double-double of 37 points and 30 rebounds. Bad luck as Blackwater was edged by Phoenix (1-0) 118-116. 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 37.0ppg (#2). He also registered 30.0 boards per game.
Third on the list of top players last round was American forward Cory Jefferson (206-F-90) of Alaska Aces (#3). Jefferson scored 28 points and grabbed fourteen rebounds (!!!). He was a key player of Alaska Aces, leading his team to a 107-79 easy win against Globalport (#10, 0-1). Alaska Aces has a very good start of the season. But there was just one game played, so it's too early to judge them at this stage. Jefferson also has a very good start of the season with very strong stats. The season just started for Jefferson as he played only first game. But it already looks like he can be team's leader.
Other top performing players last week: 4. James White (203-F-93) of Mahindra - 29 points, 21 rebounds and 2 assists 5. Wayne Chism (206-PF-87) of NLEX RW - 27 points, 21 rebounds and 3 assists 6. Shawn Taggart (207-F-85) of Rain or Shine - 29 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists 7. Alex Stepheson (208-F/C-87) of Meralco Bolts - 18 points and 24 rebounds 8. Stanley Pringle (184-PG-87) of Globalport - 27 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists 9. Alex Mallari (193-G/F-87) of Mahindra - 21 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists 10. Chris Newsome (187-G) of Meralco Bolts - 17 points, 7 rebounds and 7 assists
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: Tanduay shocks No.1 Cignal to take semis Game 1 - 2 days ago
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Banking on its veteran leaders, Tanduay pulled off a 66-55 stunner over Cignal-San Beda to claim Game 1 of their best-of-3 semifinals series in the 2017 PBA D-League Aspirants' Cup Tuesday at Marikina Sports Center. Ex-pros Jerwin Gaco (190-F-81) and Mark Cruz (165-PG) paired up to help the Rhum Masters silence the top-seed Hawkeyes in the middle quarters to move a win away from booking a return trip to the championship series. Gaco led Tanduay with 16 points, seven rebounds, and two assi... [read more]
Banking on its veteran leaders, Tanduay pulled off a 66-55 stunner over Cignal-San Beda to claim Game 1 of their best-of-3 semifinals series in the 2017 PBA D-League Aspirants' Cup Tuesday at Marikina Sports Center. Ex-pros Jerwin Gaco (190-F-81) and Mark Cruz (165-PG) paired up to help the Rhum Masters silence the top-seed Hawkeyes in the middle quarters to move a win away from booking a return trip to the championship series. Gaco led Tanduay with 16 points, seven rebounds, and two assists, while Cruz got 15 markers, four boards, and two dimes. Adrian Santos also helped in the paint, finishing with 11 points and eight rebounds, while Jaymo Eguilos (196-F-87) tallied five markers and grabbed 12 boards. The Rhum Masters didn't just snap Cignal-San Beda's eight-game winning streak, but they also dealt coach Boyet Fernandez his first ever semifinals loss in his D-League coaching career. This narrative, though, doesn't appeal that much to coach Lawrence Chongson, saying, 'It's not about cliches anymore. It's about us needing to win for ourselves, We'll do whatever it takes.' Clamping down on defense, Tanduay limited the high-scoring Cignal squad to just six points in the second quarter to grab a 28-20 halftime lead and further compounded the Hawkeyes' woes with 28-point third quarter explosion to lead by as much as 21, 56-35. Cignal had one last try to close the gap and got to as close as 12, 56-44, with 7:33 left, but Paul Varilla drained big baskets late to douse the rally for the Rhum Masters. Game 2 is on Thursday at Ynares Sports Arena. Raymundo Pamboy led Cignal with 13 points and three rebounds, while Javee Mocon got 11 markers and six boards. Courtesy of: inquirer.net
Louis Amundson could join TNT Ka Tropa - 4 days ago
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Talk N Text Ka Tropa (PBA) is close to sign experienced 35-year old American power forward Louis Amundson (206-104kg-82, college: UNLV) who played last time at New York Knicks in NBA. In 2006 Amundson was drafted by Great Falls Explorers (CBA) in third round (23rd overall). The former University of Nevada - Las Vegas standoutis in his eleventh (!!!) season in pro basketball. Amundson received All-D-League Rookie of the Year award back in 2007. He has played also professionally for other... [read more]
Talk N Text Ka Tropa (PBA) is close to sign experienced 35-year old American power forward Louis Amundson (206-104kg-82, college: UNLV) who played last time at New York Knicks in NBA. In 2006 Amundson was drafted by Great Falls Explorers (CBA) in third round (23rd overall). The former University of Nevada - Las Vegas standoutis in his eleventh (!!!) season in pro basketball. Amundson received All-D-League Rookie of the Year award back in 2007. He has played also professionally for other NBA teams like New Orleans Pelicans, Chicago Bulls, Cleveland Cavaliers, Golden State Warriors and Utah Jazz. Amundson is close to retirement age as a player. It may be one of last seasons in his extensive career, which he may end at TNT Ka Tropa. The scouts decsribe him following way:
A strong athlete who runs the floor well, crashes the boards, and plays with lots of energy. An explosive leaper, who can beat
taller players for putbacks.
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