In a team chock-full of Fil-Ams, two locally bred stars have come to the fore to spearhead the Tropang Texters 2-0 series lead over the Elasto-Painters.
In Game One, it was Larry Fonaciers dagger trey that sent ROS packing, while here in Game Two it was the hot shooting of Ranidel De Ocampo that spotted the Texters with a commanding series advantage and got the defending Philippine Cup Champs within two wins of a three-peat.
De Ocampo shot 9-of-17 from the field to finish with a personal conference-high 24 points while also adding 9 rebounds, 4 assists, and 2 steals. He dominated from practically everywhere on the floor, hitting 3 triples in the process. Jayson Castro backed him up with 21 points while Kelly Williams finished with a dozen markers.
Once again, the TNT defense stifled the usually explosive shooting of the Painters, who were limited to just 36% FG shooting including just 6-of-23 from beyond the arc. Smart Gilas shooter Jeff Chan had another miserable outing, making just 3 of his 11 field goal attempts to end up with only 9 points. JR Quiahan and Paul Lee led ROSs losing cause with 16 and 15 points respectively. Coach Yeng Guiaos boys face a virtual must-win situation in Game Three if they want to really get back in this series.
Game Recaps: TALK N TEXT TROPANG TEXTERS over RAIN OR SHINE ELASTO-PAINTERS, 89-81
Ranidel de Ocampo was a one-man wrecking crew for Talk N Text in Game Two of the Philippine Cup finals.
The versatile forward finished with a season-high 24 points, grabbed nine rebounds, and made all but one of his three-point attempts, powering the Tropang Texters to an 89-81 triumph over the Rain or Shine Elasto Painters Friday night at the SM Mall of Asia Arena.
With the win, the Tropang Texters posted a 2-0 series lead, moving halfway to completing history by becoming the first team to win the Philippine Cup crown in three straight seasons.
But for Talk N Text coach Norman Black, going two up isnt an occasion to celebrate just yet.
Were up 2-0, but as far as Im, concerned, it takes four wins to win the championship, said Black, whose Tropang Texters know their lead isnt a safe one. In 2009, Talk N Text came back from the same deficit in their finals series against Alaska to win the Philippine Cup.
But the squad certainly looks poised to repeat if De Ocampo could keep up his performance. The former St. Francis of Assisi star did his damage from all over the court, posting up smaller defenders and drawing out Rain or Shines big men with 3-of-4 shooting from beyond the arc.
He scored six of the last nine points to preserve the win for Talk N Text, who could go up 3-0 in Game Three set Sunday at the SMART-Araneta Coliseum.
Ranidel is our best post-up player, our best three-point shooter and one of our best big men, said Black.
Hes been doing that the entire year. He gave us leadership, showed composure and played very physical. He made some big shots for us down the stretch.
Sanen Neophoenix (B League) strengthened their roster with addition of 31-year old American forward Robert Dozier (206-102kg-85, college: Memphis). He played most recently at Alaska Aces in Filipino PBA league. Dozier managed to play in three leagues in two countries last year. In 15 PBA games he recorded very impressive stats: 19.9ppg, 11.3rpg, 2.1apg and 1.9bpg. He also played that season for Le Mans in ProA where in 10 games he averaged 11.5ppg, 8.2rpg, 1.3spg and 1.3bpg. Dozier also p... [read more]
Sanen Neophoenix (B League) strengthened their roster with addition of 31-year old American forward Robert Dozier (206-102kg-85, college: Memphis). He played most recently at Alaska Aces in Filipino PBA league. Dozier managed to play in three leagues in two countries last year. In 15 PBA games he recorded very impressive stats: 19.9ppg, 11.3rpg, 2.1apg and 1.9bpg. He also played that season for Le Mans in ProA where in 10 games he averaged 11.5ppg, 8.2rpg, 1.3spg and 1.3bpg. Dozier also played 7 games in Eurocup where he had 8.9ppg, 5.1rpg and 1.0spg. He also spent pre-season at PAOK Thessaloniki (A1) in Greek league that year. In 2009 Dozier was drafted by Miami Heat (NBA) in second round (60th overall). He attended University of Memphis and it will be his eighth season in pro basketball. Dozier received Asia-Basket.com All-PBA Commissioner's Cup 2nd Team award in 2016. He is quite experienced player. Thanks to Dozier's pro career he managed to play on three different continents (Europe, Asia and of course North America) in four different countries. Dozier has played previously professionally in Spain (Sevilla), France (Cholet Basket), Greece (Kolossos) and United Arab Emirates (Al Shabab). The scouts decsribe him following way:
(by Adam Ganeles for NBADraft.net in 2009)
Has terrific hands and reads passing angles well, notching a theft a game for his collegiate career ... Lateral quickness is excellent. Has shown the ability to guard smaller defenders and pressure ball handlers.
Often overpowered at the defensive end but made up for it with movement and quick leaping ability ... Finishes adequately at the offensive end, but must add strength.
Phelps number one in Philippines for round 6 - 4 days 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 6.
The 26-year old player had a double-double of 49 points and 18 rebounds, while his team Phoenix maintains the 8th position in Filipino PBA. Phoenix is rather a weak team placed in lower part in the standings. But it was their 4th lost game this season out of 6 games. In the team's last game Phelps had a remarkable 65.4% from 2-p... [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 6. The 26-year old player had a double-double of 49 points and 18 rebounds, while his team Phoenix maintains the 8th position in Filipino PBA. Phoenix is rather a weak team placed in lower part in the standings. But it was their 4th lost game this season out of 6 games. In the team's last game Phelps had a remarkable 65.4% from 2-point range. He turned to be Phoenix's top player in his first season with the team. Eugene Phelps averages just after two games 37.5ppg, 18.5rpg and 4.5apg.
The second best player in last round's games was 28-year old American Justin Brownlee (197-F-88) of league's second-best Barangay Ginebra. Brownlee had a very good evening with a double-double of 31 points and 13 rebounds. Of course he led Barangay Ginebra to another comfortable win 101-87 over the lower-ranked Rain or Shine (#7, 3-3) being unquestionably team leader. This victory allowed Barangay Ginebra to move up to second position in the standings. His team's 5-2 record is not bad at all. Brownlee is a newcomer at Barangay Ginebra, but is already one of team's top players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 29.2ppg (#5). His other stats are also decent: 12.4rpg and 4.8apg. Former St.John's University star Brownlee is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market.
Third on the list of top players last round was American forward Allen Durham (198-F/C-88) of Meralco Bolts (#5). Durham got into 30-points club by scoring exactly 30 points in the last round. He went also for sixteen rebounds and seven assists. He was a key player of Meralco Bolts, leading his team to a 105-90 easy win against the lower-ranked Blackwater (#12, 1-6). Meralco Bolts needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 4 victories and 3 lost games. Durham has a great season in Philippines. After only 6 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 31.0ppg (3rd best), rebounds with 14.8rpg (4th best) and assists with 5.8apg (4th best). He also has 1.8bpg and FGP: 57.8%. Durham attended one of camps at Eurobasket Summer League on his way to pro basketball.
Other top performing players last week: 4. Arizona Reid (196-F-86) of San Miguel Beermen - 41 points and 15 rebounds 5. Henry Walker (198-G/F-87) of NLEX RW - 39 points and 13 rebounds 6. James White (203-F-93) of Mahindra E. - 23 points, 19 rebounds and 3 assists 7. Joel Wright (201-F-90) of Purefoods Star - 30 points and 22 rebounds 8. Mychal Ammons (198-F-92) of Talk N Text - 22 points, 18 rebounds and 3 assists 9. Arthur Dela Cruz) of Blackwater - 23 points, 4 rebounds and 2 assists 10. LaDontae Henton (198-F-92) of Alaska Aces - 27 points, 9 rebounds and 2 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)
Alaska came out of Davao with a victory, while Mahindra and Ginebra got back to the winning track in action from the 2016 PBA Governors' Cup this weekend. Game Capsules (adapted from Interaksyon): ALASKA ACES over STAR HOTSHOTS, 85-69 The Alaska Aces led by as many as 20 points before staving off a late charge by the Star Hotshots to notch an 85-69 win in an out-of-town Oppo PBA Governors' Cup clash on Saturday in Panabo City, Davao del Norte. Star came back to as close as three point... [read more]
Alaska came out of Davao with a victory, while Mahindra and Ginebra got back to the winning track in action from the 2016 PBA Governors' Cup this weekend.
Game Capsules (adapted from Interaksyon):
ALASKA ACES over STAR HOTSHOTS, 85-69 The Alaska Aces led by as many as 20 points before staving off a late charge by the Star Hotshots to notch an 85-69 win in an out-of-town Oppo PBA Governors' Cup clash on Saturday in Panabo City, Davao del Norte.
Star came back to as close as three points in the fourth quarter but Alaska closed the game out on a 10-1 run to seal the win.
Import LaDontae Henton led the way with 27 points, nine rebounds and four blocks, while Calvin Abueva had a double-double with 10 points and 10 boards.
With the victory, the Aces snapped a three-game losing streak and improved to 2-4. The Hotshots, who were paced by 30 points from Joel Wright, dropped to 1-5.
Lines of the Game: LaDontae Henton (ALA) - 27pts, 9rebs, 2asts, 4blks, 1stl, 3 triples. Joel Wright (STA) - 30pts, 22rebs, 1blk.
MAHINDRA ENFORCER over BLACKWATER ELITE, 97-88 The Mahindra Enforcer had a strong bounce back effort, routing the struggling Blackwater Elite, 97-88, in the 2016 Oppo PBA Governors' Cup on Sunday at the SMART-Araneta Coliseum.
Mahindra lost two consecutive games since their 4-0 start but showed just what they were capable of in an impressive showing, leading by as many as 16 points in the contest.
Import James White led the way with 23 points and 19 rebounds for Mahindra, which improved to 5-2. The Elite dropped down to 1-6.
Aldrech Ramos added 15 points and six rebounds while Paolo Taha chipped in with 13. Two other players - KG Canaleta and Mike Digregorio - scored eight each.
Carlo Lastimosa led Blackwater with 17 points.
Lines of the Game: James White (MAH) - 23pts, 19rebs, 3asts, 2blks, 1stl, 10/16 FGs. Eric Dawson (BLA) - 15pts, 10rebs, 4asts, 5stls, 1blk.
BGY. GINEBRA GIN KINGS over RAIN OR SHINE ELASTO-PAINTERS, 101-87 The Barangay Ginebra San Miguel Kings cruised to a 14-point victory over the Rain or Shine Elasto Painters, 101-87, after a big fourth quarter in their Oppo PBA Governors' Cup clash on Sunday at the SMART-Araneta Coliseum.
Justin Brownlee finished with 31 points and 13 rebounds while Sol Mercado exploded for 19 points from off the bench to lead Ginebra (5-2), which bounced back from a tough loss in their previous game.
LA Tenorio added 15 points and a game-high nine assists, while Japeth Aguilar chipped in with 14 as well.
Jeff Chan top-scored for ROS with 19 points and 3 triples off the bench.
Lines of the Game: Justin Brownlee (GIN) - 31pts, 13rebs, 7asts, 6stls, 2blks, 2 triples. Jeff Chan (ROS) - 19pts, 2rebs, 2asts, 3 triples, 7/11 FGs.
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