Barangay Ginebra reigned over Star in their do-or-die setto and set up an interesting battle of champs with San Miguel Beer in the 2017 PBA Philippine Cup finale. The Gin Kings stoked the fire of their 91-67 triumph over the Star Hotshots the last time and repeated with a wire-to-wire 89-76 win Tuesday night to claim the second berth in the best-of-seven title playoff. San Miguel secured the first finals berth early on in topping TNT KaTropa also in Game Seven of their own semis duel. Solomon Mercado (185-PG-84, college: Biola, CA), Lewis Tenorio (177-PG-84), Japeth Aguilar (206-C-85, college: W.Kentucky) and Scottie Thompson all dished out sterling games to lead the Kings in their Game Seven victory over the Hotshots to the delight of their huge cheering throng at the MOA Arena in Pasay City. Completing a comeback from 0-2 then 2-3 down in this Final Four, the Kings now have a chance to end a 10-year drought in the all-Filipino tourney. But Ginebra, the Governors Cup titlist, will have a tough roadblock to hurdle in reigning back-to-back Philippine Cup champion San Miguel. The duel of champs commences Friday at the same Pasay City playing venue. Quashed was Star's bid for a first finals stint since its 2014 grand slam run. 'It was a tough seven-game series but our guys just did a good job pushing and pushing, and battling and battling,' said Ginebra coach Tim Cone . 'We had to keep on pushing. I reminded the guys of Game Six where we fell behind. The guys accepted the warning and they kept battling,' Cone added. Mercado, Lewis Tenorio, Aguilar and Thompson took charge leading their rampage. Mercado and Lewis Tenorio scored 23 and 21 points, respectively, and delivered the clutch plays to quell the Hotshots' last stand in the payoff period. Aguilar provided the firepower early on and finished with 19 points and five rebounds while Thompson was a tremendous energy source, contributing 10 points, nine rebounds, two steals and one assist. Cone mentioned the key role played by Jervy Cruz (193-F/C-86) in the absence of the injury-hit Joe Devance (201-C-82, college: UTEP) as well as the boost they gained from their virtual sixth man - the crowd. A crowd of over 20,000 filled the MOA Arena in this deciding Game Seven, including a legendary personality, whose entry in the venue sparked thunderous chants of 'Ja-wors-ki! Ja-wors-ki!' Being the more aggressive team, the Kings enjoyed a big advantage in charities and led by nine, 45-36, at the half. Ginebra had 10-of-13 foul shots as against Star's 0-of-3. The Kings imposed themselves on the Hotshots from the get-go, opening the game with a 6-0 spurt on a long two and a jarring jam by Aguilar then a mid-range jumper by Devance. Star had its first basket on a 10-footer by Paul Lee with already over three minutes into the contest. Aguilar had 12 points, Mercado nine and Devance seven in their dominant run in the opening half. Courtesy of: pba.ph
Gilas Pilipinas Stuns Luzon All-Stars, 122-111 - 15 hours ago
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A resilient Gilas Pilipinas side battled its way back from a huge second half deficit to stun fancied Luzon All-Stars, 122-111, Friday night in the second leg of the PBA All-Star week at the Quezon Convention Center here. The nationals went on a 17-0 run to close out the game the game behind big men Troy Rosario, Carl Bryan Cruz, and Kevin Ferrer to clinch a second straight victory on the road in the mid-season spectacle [read more]
A resilient Gilas Pilipinas side battled its way back from a huge second half deficit to stun fancied Luzon All-Stars, 122-111, Friday night in the second leg of the PBA All-Star week at the Quezon Convention Center here. The nationals went on a 17-0 run to close out the game the game behind big men Troy Rosario, Carl Bryan Cruz, and Kevin Ferrer to clinch a second straight victory on the road in the mid-season spectacle. Rosario was later named by coach Chot Reyes as part of the 12-man roster to the Southeast Asian Basketball Association (SEABA) Championship. He was joined in the team by Calvin Abueva, Japeth Aguilar, Raymund Almazan, June Mar Fajardo, Jio Jalalon, Allein Maliksi, Roger Pogoy, Terrence Romeo, Jayson Castro, Matthew Wright, and Andray Blatche. 'We hope for your continuing prayers and support,' said Reyes afterwards. The trio of Rosario, Cruz, and Ferrer presided over the telling scoring binge in the final five minutes of the game to overcome a 111-105 deficit. Cruz's three-pointer gave Gilas the lead for good, 111-110, with 3:47 to go. The nationals trailed by as many as 81-64 in the third period on a Marcio Lassiter three-pointer. 'I'm proud of them. Grabe yung kalaban naming ang gagaling. We came back from almost 20-down,' stressed Reyes. 'I told them inside the dugout that this is what the Gilas program is all about, fighting, fighting, fighting.' Wright of Phoenix was voted Coloudfone MVP of the game, repeating the same honor he shared with Rosario during the opener of the three-leg series in Cagayan de Oro last Wednesday. Jonathan Grey was a surprise leading scorer for Gilas with 19 points, while Wright and Mike Tolomia had 15 each. Japeth Aguilar had 18 points for the All-Stars, who absorbed a first loss in the road series after its Mindanao counterpart drew with the national team last April 26, 114-114. Marcio Lassiter's snipings sparked a 16-7 run by the All-Stars to turn around seven-point lead at the break to a 78-62advantage. The lead ballooned to its biggest at 81-64 on another Lassiter trey. Earlier. Maverick Ahanmisi retained his title in the Cloudnine Obstacle Challenge, but new champions emerged in the Three-Point Shootout and the Slam Dunk contest. The Rain or Shine sophomore clocked 25.8 seconds to beat out Alex Cabagnot (26.7 seconds) to become the first back-to-back winner of the event since Jonas Villanueva won four straight from 2010 to 2013. In the most thrilling finish to the three side events of the mid-season spectacle, Allein Maliksi drained the final money ball just before the buzzer to claim the Three-Point shooting crown. The game-winner allowed the Star Hotshot gunner to edge out LA Tenorio in the three-man final, 20-18. Two-time defending champion Terrence Romeo made the championship round but finished with only 17 points. Three-time winner Rey Guevarra also fell by the wayside as Chris Newsome finally redeemed himself from last year's defeat by winning the Slam Dunk crown. The Meralco guard won over James Forrester in the final, 87-86, by repeating his signature 'three-ball juggle act' before slamming the leather off the backboard. In the Shooting Stars, the team of LA Tenorio, Julius Ayangco, and 'healing priest' Fr. Joey Faller run away with the title. Courtesy of: pba.ph
PBA Mindanao All-Stars, Gilas Pilipinas Battle To A 114 Deadlock - 3 days ago
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In one of the most exciting and well-fought PBA All-Star Games ever, the PBA Mindanao All Stars and Gilas Pilipinas failed to resolve what was there to resolve in a 48-minute showdown. The PBA team rallied from a 12-point deficit in the third quarter and banked on a big trey by Mark Barroca (178-PG-86) in the last 49 seconds in fighting Gilas Pilipinas to a 114-114 deadlock in the 2017 PBA All-Star Game at the Xavier University Gym here Wednesday night. The PBA Mindanao selection could ha... [read more]
In one of the most exciting and well-fought PBA All-Star Games ever, the PBA Mindanao All Stars and Gilas Pilipinas failed to resolve what was there to resolve in a 48-minute showdown. The PBA team rallied from a 12-point deficit in the third quarter and banked on a big trey by Mark Barroca (178-PG-86) in the last 49 seconds in fighting Gilas Pilipinas to a 114-114 deadlock in the 2017 PBA All-Star Game at the Xavier University Gym here Wednesday night. The PBA Mindanao selection could have even stolen the game in the end but Scottie Thompson failed to convert a drive off June Mar Fajardo (210-C-89). Troy Rosario, himself a Gilas aspirant playing for PBA Mindanao, led all scorers with 28 points while rookie All-Star player Matthew Wright top scored for Gilas with 22 markers including 4-of-5 three-pointers as they shared the Cloudfone All-Star MVP honors. Barroca, PJ Simon and Baser Amer were the others who ran a show for the Mindanaoans while Fajardo, Terrence Bill Romeo (180-PG-92), Roger Ray Pogoy (189-SG-92), Carl Bryan Cruz, LA Revilla (173-PG-89) and Mike Tolomia were the other national hopefuls who delivered significant numbers for coach Chot Reyes. It was a night to remember where Gilas also came out well prepared in the pre-game dance off and upstaged the PBA team for the P100,000 cash prize. Meanwhile, hometown player Glenn Khobuntin led his team to victory in the Shootings Stars event, beating the team of Cyrus Baguio and the quartet led by Jio Jalalon and Cagayan de Oro Mayor Oscar Moreno Jr. Rosario scattered 18 points as the PBA team led, 59-55, at the half. Courtesy of: pba.ph
McKay's double-double lands him Player of the Week award - 3 days ago
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24-year old power forward Jameel McKay (206-F/C-92) had an amazing evening in the last round for Phoenix and receives a Asia-basket.com Player of the Week award for round 6. He had a double-double of 42 points and 22 rebounds, while his team beat Alaska Aces (#6, 4-2) 94-86. Phoenix maintains the 8th position in Filipino league. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Phoenix will need more victories to improve their 4-3 record. McKay just rec... [read more]
24-year old power forward Jameel McKay (206-F/C-92) had an amazing evening in the last round for Phoenix and receives a Asia-basket.com Player of the Week award for round 6. He had a double-double of 42 points and 22 rebounds, while his team beat Alaska Aces (#6, 4-2) 94-86. Phoenix maintains the 8th position in Filipino league. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Phoenix will need more victories to improve their 4-3 record. McKay just recently signed at Phoenix, being already a very valuable addition to the team. Iowa State University graduate has very impressive stats this year. McKay is in league's top in points (3rd best: 28.3ppg), rebounds (3rd best: 19.2rpg) and averages solid 2.3bpg and 54.9% FGP.
Second best performed player last round was Justin Brownlee (197-F-88) of B.Ginebra. He is American forward in his first season at B.Ginebra. In the last game Brownlee recorded impressive double-double of 34 points and 15 rebounds. Of course he led B.Ginebra to another comfortable win 107-89 over slightly higher-ranked TNT Ka Tropa (#3, 5-2) being unquestionably team leader. It was definitely game of the week between two contenders to the title. B.Ginebra consolidated its place in top 4 of the standings. His team lost just one game this season, while they won 4 matches. Brownlee is a newcomer at B.Ginebra and quickly became one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 24.6ppg (#8). His other stats are also decent: 11.0rpg and 5.6apg. 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 place about best performers goes to center Greg Smith (208-C-91) of Blackwater (#10). Smith showcased his all-around game by recording 22 points, twenty nine rebounds (!!!) and six assists in the last round. Despite Smith's great performance Blackwater lost 90-96 to the higher-ranked Star Hotshots (#2, 5-2). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. Blackwater can only dream about fighting for top spots in the league. They have rather bad season and 1-6 record places them close to the bottom of the standings. Too bad for Smith he does not play for a better team. But maybe if he did, his season stats would not be that high. Smith has individually a great season in Philippines. After only 6 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 27.7ppg (4th best), rebounds with 21.3rpg (2nd best) and assists with 4.7apg (8th best).
Other top performing players last week: 4. Cory Jefferson (206-F-90) of Alaska Aces - 31 points and 17 rebounds 5. Donte Greene (206-F-88) of TNT Ka Tropa - 33 points and 10 rebounds 6. Japeth Aguilar (206-C-85) of B.Ginebra - 16 points and 14 rebounds 7. Charles Rhodes (203-F/C-85) of SM Beermen - 26 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists 8. Shawn Taggart (207-F-85) of Rain or Shine - 24 points and 10 rebounds 9. Alex Cabagnot (183-G-82) of SM Beermen - 14 points, 9 rebounds and 7 assists 10. Keith Wright (203-F-89) of Mahindra - 23 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)
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