Connect with us
[adinserter block="13"] [adinserter block="3"]

Basketball

Aces’ sights locked on playoffs, says Abueva

Published

on

It’s all about advancing to the playoffs, no matter how tough it will be

For Calvin Abueva and the Alaska Aces, it does not matter whether they’re at the upper echelons of the standings or not. All that matters is being in the Top 8 that will advance into the next round.

Wednesday evening, the Aces edged out the Star Hotshots in a thrilling overtime affair, 97-90, to return to the win column of the 2017 PBA Philippine Cup at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.

In the high-octane match-up that saw lots of comebacks and scoring runs, Abueva owned the spotlight once more for the Aces, scoring five of Alaska’s 11 points at the end of the match to tip it in their favor.

He finished the match with 23 markers off 8-for-16 from the field to go along with nine boards for a near double-double performance.

And Abueva did all of that effort while falling victim to the game’s high physicality.

First, the athletic wingman suffered a busted lip. Next, he then landed on his wrist during the closing sequences of the extra period, which sent him down to the floor reeling.

As tough as ever, Abueva braved all of those and helped Aces secure the needed victory — a moment that best exemplifies the grit and grind mentality of the storied franchise.

“Siguro na-tsambahan lang yung last play, part of the game eh di ba,” said the two-time Mythical Five team member of the pain he had felt.

“Ginawa ko naman kung ano yung trabaho ko, kung ano pinapagawa sa amin kaya nasustain namin hanggang overtime.”

Alaska’s victory, which sends their record to 4-3, has now propelled them to a share of the third spot with Globalport and TNT in the team standings. A few more wins might even send them in the top two.pba-season-42-philippine-cup-alaska-def-star-calvin-abueva

But for Abueva and the Aces, the possibility of being at a higher spot is far from their minds, as he points out that their focus is just the on playoffs.

“Siyempre malaking bagay, tumaas kami sa standing,” said Abueva regarding tonight’s gritty victory.

“May chance pa rin sa top two. [Pero] Hindi naman namin ina-ano yun. Ang goal namin makapasok sa playoffs.”

But for the Aces to be able to turn their hopes into reality, Abueva admits that the team, despite being in a good position, should not rest on their laurels especially at this point of the conference.

“Siyempre itong 2017 first game pa lang namin, first win, syempre marami pang makakalaban kaya di puwedeng magre-relax eh.

“Kailangan naming pumukpok kahit malayo pa yung game namin sa susunod,” vowed the four-year veteran.

Advertisements

Basketball

Abu Tratter plans to work his way to 2023 by continuing to do ‘the dirty work’

Published

on

Abu Tratter may have missed the jersey-giving ceremony that the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas held for the 23 for 2023 cadets last Monday but he made sure to help out when the current batch needed him the most.

After helping the Marinerong Pilipino Skippers win the Sinulog Cup in Cebu a week ago, the 6-foot-7 Filipino-American did not hesitate to heed Gilas’ call, as they were undermanned for their second session in preparation for the 2019 FIBA World Cup Asian Qualifiers.

“I think it’s just an honor to put on this jersey, to be able to represent our country, to possibly represent our country in the future. It’s an honor,” shared the Laguna-native.

The 25-year old, who just celebrated his birthday last January 9, admitted that he was in awe of the talent inside the Meralco Gym. Like a fan, he wanted to take a few photo ops with the senior team’s Gabe Norwood and June Mar Fajardo.

“Actually, at first I was just shocked to see June Mar and Gabe, just to be able to be in the midst of them,” gushed the former DLSU Green Archer, who will suit-up for Marinerong Pilipino in the D-League. “I even asked them for a picture, and hopefully they’ll still give me one.

“It’s just humbling, definitely.”

However, the work has only began for Tratter. With five years to go until the 2023 FIBA World Cup, the two-time UAAP champion plans to continue to do what he does best — be the same scrapper that he is and hopefully catch the eye of Gilas’ brass.

“I think just doing the dirty work, of course. Giving whatever the team needs, rebound or any steals, any thing a dirty player would need to pick up on,” he said.

“That’s how it is, garbage into gold. Get anything, sweep up anything and try to put it back.”

Moreover, he will continue answering the call when Gilas needs him, as he himself is learning a lot from being surrounded by the country’s topflight cagers.

“Whenever I can. I want to be able to absorb all the information coming from here and hopefully apply it in the D-League and hopefully apply it on future practices, future games.”

Advertisements
Continue Reading

2018 FIBA 3X3 World Cup

Terrence Romeo invited to join Pilipinas 3×3 for World Cup

Published

on

Stronger than ever

Scoring sensation Terrence Romeo has been invited by the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas to join the Philippine team in the upcoming FIBA 3X3 World Cup, according to Philippine Star columnist Quinito Henson.

Romeo, who is currently out due to a right knee injury, has been in rehabilitation and is expected to miss the entire Philippine Cup campaign of the Globalport Batang Pier and the second window of the 2019 FIBA World Cup Asian Qualifiers.

“Baka sa second conference na ko makabalik kasi talagang gusto ko malakas ako pagbalik ko,” the 25-year-old shared during Chooks-to-Go Live last January 2.

SBP Executive Director Sonny Barrios personally met with the 6-foot guard, inviting him to be part of the Philippine team.

Romeo has plenty of 3×3 basketball experience under his belt.

Back in 2014, Romeo was part of the Manila West 3×3 team during the Manila Masters. He was adjudged as the tournament Most Valuable Player.

The 2018 3X3 World Cup will take place from June 8-12 at the Philippine Arena in Bocaue, Bulacan.

Advertisements
Continue Reading

Basketball

23 for 2023 cadet CJ Perez honored to help out Gilas

Published

on

Having had the chance to represent the Philippines in FIBA-sanctioned cagefests such the Asia Challenge Cup and the 3X3 All-Stars back in 2016, Lyceum Pirates star CJ Perez is no stranger to the international stage.

But the 24-year-old do-it-all swingman admits that he still gets overwhelmed whenever he sees his seniors — the stars and pillars of the program — in the team. “Nasusurprise [pa rin] ako,” he said. “Mga professionals eh.

“Na-istarstruck pa rin ako sa kanila.”

Perez said so when he finally made his return within Gilas’ realms last Monday night. The last time he was with the National Team was in August 2016, when the SBP built an amateur-laden batch of Gilas cagers that served as the transition from the 2016 Olympic Qualifiers squad to the 2017 SEABA team.

“Sobrang grateful ako (sa invitation),” said the talented six-foot-two guard, after practice at the Meralco Gym.

The reigning NCAA Most Valuable Player is back in the fold for Gilas as his name, along with young, up-and-coming stars, was included in the 23 for 2023 pool — a list of cagers projected to be the contingent for the Manila-hosted World Cup.

“Iniisip ko yun (FIBA World Cup 2023) simula magtawag sila ng practice. Actually nandoon na yung utak ko eh,” the Lyceum Pirate ace bared. “Kailangan ko lang mag work hard pa para makapasok dun sa lineup na yun, kahit malayo pa.

“It’s an honor para ma-represent yung country.”

Unlike in 2016, Perez graced the court and took part in drills with the veterans such as Gabe Norwood, Japeth Aguilar, June Mar Fajardo, among others. With those type of players around him, he feels that the lessons he can get will be limitless.

“Oo sobra. Kahit kanino naman (matututo ka talaga),” Perez shared. “(At tsaka) Dito parang more on sa mental. ‘Di na iniisip yung conditioning kasi may ibang teams naman sila so about sa mental toughness [talaga].”

For now, the 23 for 2023 cadets are already working out not just for familiarity, but also to help the seniors in preparing for the 2019 FIBA World Cup Asian Qualifiers this February.

“Sobrang happy and grateful na nakakatulong ako sa kanila kahit sa simpleng practice lang.”

Advertisements
Continue Reading

ABL

Blistering Mikey Williams takes home Heritage Import of the Week honor

Published

on

Photo from ASEAN Basketball League

The resurgent Saigon Heat have been the thorn to topflight clubs teams Hong Kong Eastern Basketball Club and Nanhai Kung Fu, handing both squads their first losses in the eighth season of the ASEAN Basketball League. The Heat would not have done it without Filipino-American import Mikey Williams.

Williams, a 6-foot-2 guard out of Cal State Fullerton, dropped 39 points on 14-for-25 shooting to go along with seven rebounds and nine assists in Saigon’s 121-115 overtime win over Hong Kong.

The former NBA G-Leaguer followed it up with a sensational 24-point, five-rebound, and seven-assist outing in their 96-93 win over Kung Fu.

Overall, the 26-year-old guard averaged 31.5 points, 6.0 rebounds, 8.0 assists, and 1.0 steals to edge out fellow Filipino AJ Mandani of the Singapore Slingers for the weekly award.

For the Local Player of the Week, two Alab Pilipinas stalwarts were the runners-up for the crown.

Reigning local Most Valuable Player Bobby Ray Parks, Jr. and his floor general Josh Urbiztondo had stellar weeks that earned them honorable mentions.

Parks averaged 17.5 points, 6.0 rebounds, and 5.0 assists for the week that saw Alab lose to the Slingers at home last Wednesday before bouncing back on the road against the Mono Vampire last Sunday.

Urbiztondo, on the other hand, had norms of 14.5 points on a hot 9-for-17 clip from downtown.

Advertisements
Continue Reading

Trending