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2015-16 PBA Philippine Cup QFs Survival Kit: Globalport vs. Barako Bull

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The Globalport Batang Pier made strides back in the 2015 Governors’ Cup, winning 7 out of a possible 11 games for their best elimination round record. With the help of import Marcus Cousin to patrol the paint, the Batang Pier looked like one of the better contenders in the league.

The story has been quite similar this conference, as the Batang Pier showed the league they are now one of the toughest teams to play against in the PBA. Globalport are the fourth-best offensive team, scoring 102 points per 100 possessions, and operate at a third-highest pace (97.5).

The crew open their playoff campaign against the Barako Bull Energy. While not as impressive as the Batang Pier, the Energy picked up a few good wins in the elimination round as they went to a new strength: three-point shooting.

The Energy attempt 34.9 triples/game, five more than the next team (Globalport), while draining 11.5/game. Six players have at least one three-point conversion per match.

However, the Energy are the worst defensive team in the league, allowing opponents 104.4 points per 100 possessions. While the series could turn into a shootout, Barako should get showcase better defense to improve their chances of extending the match-up to a decider.

Four things


1) Globalport a better teamPBAS41 Ph Cup - GP SH - Jarencio

While Terrence Romeo and Stanley Pringle — two of the best guards in the league today — are the main reasons for Globalport’s surge, the team also received plenty of help from a revitalized supporting crew.

The additions of Rico Maierhofer, Dorian Pena, and Jay Washington during the offseason made Globalport a better team in the interior. The Batang Pier are the top rebounding team with 51.6 boards/game. Maierhofer is averaging 6.8 rebounds/game with rebounding splits of 13/21.2/17.1, his best in over three years.

When it comes to the wings, Keith Jensen has also provided additional spark for Globalport. Jensen has attempted one more three-point field goal than last Philippine Cup, and has shot at 36.4 percent.

With a better supporting crew, Globalport have become a better contender this conference.

2) Barako’s new approachPBA - Koy Banal

Most of Barako’s threes are assisted as a result of the team’s aggressiveness. They let their playmakers facilitate well and attack the basket, while surrounding the shot-creators with able shooters. Willie Wilson, the team’s top scorer (17.7 PPG), rebounder (12 RPG), and assists maker (2.8 APG), has given the team a new edge by working outside, finding his teammates, and driving to the basket. He leads the team in free throw attempts/game with 5.9, and it has helped the team in huge ways.

However…

3) RR Garcia’s absence hurtsPBA41 PH Cup - BB TNT - Garcia

Barako Bull have lost two of three games minus Garcia, the Energy’s finest playmaker. Aside from a team second-best 17.1 PPG, Garcia averages 1.6 APG. His aggressiveness and ability to blitz past defenders and get to the rim spells the difference between a well-assisted basket and a bad offensive possession, as defenses collapse due to his speed. Without him, Barako must stay aggressive and have the other guards step up.

4) Two-headed dragon should show for Batang PierPBA41 PH Cup - GP NLEX - Pringle

Teams have figured stopping Stanley Pringle, Globalport’s top shot-creator, can change a lot. His initial penetrations result in good shots for the Batang Pier, and preventing him from getting any running start makes it tough for Globalport’s sets. For Globalport to become even more dangerous, both Pringle and Romeo should show up and try to make it a pick-your-poison affair for the other side.

X-Factors


Globalport: Jay WashingtonPBAS41 Ph Cup - GP SH - Washington

Washington is one of the multi-tooled bigs of the Batang Pier. He can score inside and outside, defend the paint, and rebound. He should be able to provide more impact for his team in this series.

Barako Bull: Josh UrbiztondoPBA41 PH CUP - ALA BB - Urbiztondo

Having averaged less than 10 points/game prior to Garcia’s injury, Urbiztondo exploded for 54 points in his next three games and made a total of 14 triples. The veteran guard must show the same tenacity to help Barako with its offense.

Prognosis


PBA41 PH Cup - GP NLEX - RomeoGlobalport in 1. The game could pretty much turn into a shootout as both teams love taking a ton of threes, but the Batang Pier are the better defensive crew. Globalport should be able to stop Barako Bull’s execution and play a finer game all-throughout.

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Christian Standhardinger goes perfect from stripe in Hong Kong’s rout of Formosa

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After going a horrid 5-for-17 from the stripe during their first loss of the season last January 9, Christian Standhardinger made sure to make good on his free throws to power the Hong Kong Eastern Basketball Club to a dominant 99-79 rout of the Formosa Dreamers, Thursday evening in Southorn Stadium.

The 6-foot-8 Filipino-German, who tallied 37 points and 19 rebounds in the overtime loss to Saigon, went a perfect 9-for-9 from the foul line. He finished with 25 points and 10 rebounds.

The contest itself was not close, as the defending champions were able to impose their will on the bottom-ranked squad, leading by as much as 23 points, 93-70, after two free throws by Standhardinger with 2:58 remaining.

If Standhardinger was having a good day with his free throws, the entire Formosa squad could not say the same, going 13-of-27 from the line.

Tyler Lamb had 25 markers as well for Hong Kong, while Ryan Moss grabbed a triple-double with 19 points, 11 rebounds, and 11 assists.

Lenny Daniel paced Formosa with 25 points and 11 rebounds. World Import Ronnie Aguilar had 14 points and 16 rebounds but went just 5-for-14 from the field.

With the win, Hong Kong goes to 8-1, while the Dreamers fell to 1-8.

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Chooks-to-Go President hopes 3×3 World Cup breaks Philippine Arena record

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Last October 27, 2017, Game Seven of the PBA Governors’ Cup Finals between heated rivals Barangay Ginebra San Miguel and Meralco Bolts saw 54,083 people troop to the Philippine Arena in Bocaue, Bulacan. The attendance broke all records for both the venue and the PBA.

Come June this year, the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas and Chooks-to-Go are hoping that the upcoming 2018 FIBA 3×3 World Cup will surpass that record.

“We look at 3×3 as our best hope, really, to get a medal in the Olympics. Kami naman sa Chooks, we are behind SBP realizing that dream. Kanina pinag-uusapan na, if we’re going to break the record in attendance,” said Bounty Agro Ventures Inc. president Ronald Mascariñas on Thursday afternoon during a press conference held at BGC High Street in Taguig.

“I think the question there is not if we’re going to break, but how many more times. Because FIBA should see how passionate the Filipinos are about basketball. That’s a given,” one of the patrons of Gilas Pilipinas added.

Besides the event itself, the local government of Bulacan has pledged to make the week of the tournament filled with activities to celebrate the Philippines’ 120th year of Independence.

For their part, Chooks-to-Go vowed to help out the SBP in organizing the event and in building the team.

“We are throwing our support not to improve on our finish, but we want to help SBP organize, to win the championship — not just to improve our ranking,” Mascariñas shared.

And the experience he and his company gained after backing the Pilipinas 3×3 team during last year’s tournament will only help.

“In past tournaments, we’ve lost some games na maninipis lang talaga,” he recalled about the team composed of Kobe Paras, Kiefer Ravena, Jeron Teng, and JR Quinahan that competed in Nantes, France.

“This time around, with five months to go, we need to organize and put in the best t

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Ilocos United takes leave from PFL

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Another one bites the dust

After months of speculation, Ilocos United has formally announced their absence from the Philippines Football League for the 2018 season.

A statement signed by Ilocos Chief Executive Officer Tony Lazaro and posted on the club’s Facebook page broke the big news.

“Unfortunately, after months of negotiation, efforts to attract a new naming sponsor for the Team were unsuccessful,” the statement opened. “Consequently, it has become financially prohibitive to continue participation in the PFL.

“Primarily, the lack of broadcasting exposure in 2017 created an apprehension in the corporate community, cascading into a series of afflictions that has ultimately led to our withdrawal from the competition.”

Ilocos finished last during the inaugural season, tallying 1 win, 6 draws, and 21 losses with a -49 goal differential.

Still, Ilocos gave their thanks to those who supported the club during the inaugural PFL season.

“We are cautiously optimistic of a potential return to the PFL for the 2019 season, whereby secured broadcasting exposure will hopefully lead to higher confidence from potential sponsorship partners.”

While their PFL operations will fold for the time being, Ilocos will continue the grassroots programs they have started within the area. ¨In the meantime, the foundation of football development we helped to build in Ilocos will continue, including grassroots initiatives at local schools, women’s futsal, Special Olympics, and, of course, the IUFC Academy.¨

The latest development will be another big blow for the young league. Meralco Manila pulled out of the competition beforehand, and now Ilocos´ absence leaves only six teams in the competition.

Now more than ever, something needs to be done by the PFL or even the Philippine Football Federation to ensure the feasibility of the clubs and the league itself for years to come.

Football is a hard sport to build in the Philippines despite its resurgence since 2010. There are limited corporate boosters for the sport which is in dire need of a financial push to sustain its growth.

Ilocos´ leave and Meralco´s folding now forces local football´s stakeholders to take a step back and examine the next moves to build the sport.

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CJ Perez, Jaycee Marcelino in unison: D-League is a whole other level

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After falling just two games short of copping Lyceum’s first-ever NCAA crown, the Pirates went to the PBA D-League to gain experience. However, in their first foray in the second league, the Lyceans realized that it was a whole different beast.

Going up against the veteran-laden Marinerong Pilipino Skippers, the Zark’s Burgers-backed squad suffered a slow start as they adjusted to the tougher calls of the league. The Jawbreakers were down by as much as 17 points early in the third frame, 37-54.

“Yung physicality hindi naman ako masyadong nagulat pero sa mental toughness, yung pagod ka na, tapos may babanggga pa sa ‘yo, ang iniisip ko kailangan mas maging tough,” admitted reigning NCAA Most Valuable Player CJ Perez.

“Nangangapa kami nung una lahat kasi first game namin ito, pati dito sa court na ‘to first game din namin,” added Jaycee Marcelino.

It served as a wake-up call. Adjusting on the fly, Perez and Marcelino rallied the Jawbreakers back — even fashioning multiple attempts to take over the contest late in the game. However, they fell short, 92-94.

“Binalik lang namin yung laro namin dati, pass the ball, hindi yung puro dribble, i-run lang namin yung plays,” shared Marcelino, as he and Perez combined to score 16 points in the final frame.

The 21-year-old Marcelino finished with a game-high 20 points on an efficient 7-of-9 shooting to go along with four rebounds, three assists, two steals, and a block. The 24-year-old Perez added 19 points, five assists, two steals, and a block.

With their first game in the bag, the duo — and the rest of the Jawbreakers — now have the experience under their belts. And they plan to put in the work to prove that they belong.

“Sa NC naman kasi puro ka-level namin kalaro namin, dito puro beterano ang naglalaro,” said Marcelino. “Hindi talaga namin masabi na yung ginawa namin sa NC magagawa din namin dito.

“Mageextra work pa kami para masustain namin kung ano kami sa Lyceum.”

“It’s a good experience. Ibang iba pala talaga yung laro ng D-League sa NCAA,” expressed Perez, who is a consensus top three pick for the upcoming PBA Rookie Draft.

“Sobrang grateful kami na nakalaro na rin kami sa D-League.”

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