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

A Closer Look at Rain or Shine’s Reign from Deep

Published

on

In his piece “These days, more than ever, the best teams shoot the three”, NBA.com writer John Schuhmann examined the value of the three-point shot and how it has been a difference-maker in the NBA today:

“The 3-point shot has come a long way in its 35 years in the NBA. And it has changed the game dramatically,” Schuhmann wrote.

He added:

“The 3-point shot demoralizes an opponent; there is no question about that. You’re working hard on defense and all of a sudden there is a 3-pointer and you feel so deflated. If the deficit goes from two to five with a minute to go, you’re dead in the water. It’s really a killer.

Twenty-five years later, a guard or small forward who can’t shoot threes is an offensive liability. It’s preferred that even power forwards step out and shoot from the outside.

Just 10 years ago, NBA defenses focused on protecting the paint. Now they know that they have to defend the perimeter as much as they defend the basket. Teams with guards or forwards who can’t shoot make that job easier.

Golden State and Atlanta are no. 1 and no. 2 in three-point percentage, and they are the top teams in their respective conferences. In addition, they are in the top six of three-pointers made and attempted per game.

Rain or Shine torched Meralco on Sunday night with 19 three-pointers (league season-high) made on an impressive 50 percent clip to win 92-82 and move to a 2-0 advantage in their best-of-5 PBA Commissioner’s Cup semi-finals series. This included a 32-14 third quarter scoring advantage where the Elasto Painters made a furious run anchored by their three-point conversions as they nailed shot after shot from deep.

Paul Lee spearheaded the surge with 23 points, four rebounds, three assists in just 25 minutes and five-for-seven from downtown.pba9

“Maganda ang ball movement namin. Yun naman ang goal namin, keep looking for the open guy. Nakakuha lang (ng panalo) dahil nagco-convert,” Lee said.

It was not just luck. It was not totally a fluke. It was a combination of excellent ball movement and moving well without the ball to get open looks from deep.

“Basketball is all about unselfishness and moving the ball from one side to another is key to the offense,” Jonathan Uyloan, who made three triples in Game 2, shared.

People shouldn’t be surprised Rain or Shine is attacking opponents from three-point territory. It has been one of the team’s most effective weapons since Yeng Guiao took over the helm.

The top-seeded Elasto Painters have been in the finals of two of the last four conferences and made the semifinals of each of the last five. They are a win away from entering the finals, and three-point shooting has something to do with it.

2014 PBA Season3 PTM3 PTA3 PT%FINISH
Philippine Cup#3#2#4Runner-up
Commissioner’s Cup#4#3#4Semifinals
Governor’s Cup#4#2#7Runner-up

 

2015 PBA Season3 PTM3 PTA3 PT%FINISH
Philippine Cup#1#2#6Semifinals
Commissioner’s Cup#1#1#2???

Furthermore, there is something about Rain or Shine’s shot distribution that makes them a contender every time.

By league standards, 26 percent of teams’ total field goal attempts are from three-point land this conference. But for Guiao’s wards, 36 percent of their shots are from beyond the arc. They also take less shots from mid-range at only 12 percent compared to the league average of 18.

Why settle for a long two when you can move just a little farther and make an attempt that will have a chance to result to a point more?

“We were able to connect. In the first half we did not get the movement that we wanted to and got stagnant on offense,” Chris Tiu, who scored 10 points, said. “But when we started moving, and they were doubling on the post, they were making mistakes on the ball screens. Sometimes they go under, sometimes no communication sa switches, and that gave us opportunities.”

Going back to what Schuhmann said, teams nowadays are also concerned about protecting the perimeter and if your forwards can’t shoot, it would be a lot easier for the opposing team’s defense.

Guiao’s team is a floor-spacing team. They have a lot of shooters. Their bigs have an extended range. Anyone has the license to shoot from way out, and it has resulted to team success for the Elasto Painters. On the other hand, Meralco lacks perimeter defenders and it proved to be costly, as Rain or Shine kept hurting them from deep.

Now a loss away from elimination, the Bolts must find a way to stop the Rain or Shine avalanche.


MORE PBA Semifinals: Rain or Shine vs. Meralco Coverage

Elasto Painters rain threes on Meralco; one win away from Finals

Guiao slams PBA referee for ‘inventing calls

Painters show Bolts they’re on a different level

Advertisements
Advertisement
Click to comment

Basketball

Bonbon Batiller shows what he can bring to Letran in D-League debut

Published

on

Photo by PBA Images

Tuesday proved to be a double debut for Bonbon Batiller. Aside from beginning his first foray in the PBA D-League, it also marked his debut for the Letran Knights, who is carrying the Wang’s Basketball Couriers franchise.

And the 5-foot-11 guard unleashed what he can bring to the table. Batiller collected 15 points, five rebounds, and three assists to help the Knights raise the curtains of their campaign with a 93-75 rout of Batangas-EAC Generals.

“Nagworkout yung pinagpraktisan namin,” said Batiller. “Nagbunga rin yung tinuro samin ni Coach Jeff (Napa) lalo sa depensa. Tsaka siguro sa rebounds — laking lamang namin sa rebound. Nagsipag mga bigs namin.”

But what makes him beam even more is the warm reception and trust he’s had from the Knights, even if he has spent barely a year with them after transferring from University of the East last 2017.

“Masaya po kasi tinanggap nila ako sa Letran ng buong-buo,” said Batiller, who normed 10.5 points, 3.7 rebounds, 2.5 assists, and 1.6 steals with UE in two years. “Tsaka yung tiwala nila na makakatulong ako sa team nandoon.

“Kaya masaya ako sa pinakita nila sa akin.”

That is why the General Santos-native is hard-pressed to prove himself to Letran, saying that he’s all about giving back to the school that gave him another opportunity to resume his young, up-and-coming basketball career.

“Kailangan kong may mapatunayan na deserving ako sa binigay na second chance sa akin ni Letran,” said Batiller, who decided to switch schools partly due to academic reasons.

“Malaki ang utang ko sa Letran.”

Advertisements
Continue Reading

Football

Bienvenido Maranon scores brace as Ceres-Negros eliminates Brisbane Roar

Published

on

Photo from the-AFC.com

Philippine club football just achieved its biggest continental result yet

The inaugural Philippines Football League champions Ceres-Negros Football Club eliminated three-time Australian champions Brisbane Roar in the 2018 AFC Champions League’s second preliminary round with a 3-2 stunner away at the QSAC Stadium in Brisbane.

With the win, the 2017 AFC Cup ASEAN Zonal Champions are set to face Chinese Super League club Tianjin Quanjian next January 30, 2018 at the Haihe Educational Football Stadium in Tianjin, China to book a seat in the group stages.

Brisbane were the favorites for this tie and it showed as Ceres started the contest at the backfoot. Italian striker Massimo Maccarone handed the home side the lead at the 35th minute when he turned in Brett Holman’s pass.

Maccarone’s goal could have lowered the Busmen’s moral, but Risto Vidakovic’s men took it as a motivation rather than a downer. In fact, Ceres replied in the best way possible when Bienvenido Maranon scored his first goal of the match two minutes from halftime thanks to a scramble in the Brisbane box.

By all accounts, Ceres already made Philippine football proud at halftime. By this stage last year, Brisbane accrued a 4-0 halftime cushion against Global Cebu en route to a 6-0 rout.

Today, though, Brisbane faced tougher resistance at the hands of Ceres. This resistance turned into a full-fledged revolt at the 65th minute when Maranon directed the ball past a helpless Jamie Young to give the Busmen their first taste of the lead.

Maranon’s goal well and truly turned the tide in Ceres’ favor. Brisbane were stunned. The home side are the defending A-League champions, but are currently eighth in the table this season and would soon face elimination from Asia’s premier club competition.

Already up 2-1, the Busmen finally achieved some breathing space at the 75th minute when Omid Nazari scored from close range to give Ceres a two-goal cushion from Brisbane.

Nazari’s goal not only sealed the win for Ceres as it also propelled Philippine football into the big leagues. Not even a late goal from French midfielder Éric Bauthéac can prevent the Busmen’s victory.

After five minutes of stoppage time, Ceres emerged 3-2 winners against Brisbane Roar. Come what may against Tianjin seven days from now, the Busmen have already achieved Philippine football’s biggest result ever since their own achievement in last season’s AFC Cup.

Who knows? Maybe Ceres can pull off another upset?

Ceres-Negros XI: Doblas (GK), Super, Mike Ott, Ingreso, Maranon, Porteria, Schrock, De Murga (C), Munoz, Nazari, Christaens.

Brisbane Roar XI: Ingham, Bowles, Papadopoulos, Maccarone, Holman, Khalfallah, Oxborrow, McKay (C), Hingert, Young (GK), Franjic.

Advertisements
Continue Reading

EAC

CJ Perez, Zark’s-Lyceum vent ire on Batangas-EAC with 37-point romp

Published

on

Photo by PBA Images

CJ Perez and the Zark’s Burger-Lyceum Jawbreakers finally lived up to its hype as it clobbered the Batangas-EAC Generals to score a 37-point beatdown, 112-75 for its first win, Tuesday at the Pasig Sports Center.

It was an all-out attack from the Jawbreakers as they beat the Generals to the bite and took control of the game early with Mike Nzeusseu and Jaycee Marcelino guiding their side to the 48-33 lead at halftime which they will never surrender.

Perez paced Zark’s Burger-Lyceum with 21 points and 10 rebounds, while MJ Ayaay tallied a double-double with his 15 markers, 10 boards, and three assists.

Cameroonian student-athlete Nzeusseu also delivered 14 points, 11 rebounds, and two assists, while Marcelino had eight first half points and wound up with 12 off the bench as the reserves chipped in 56 huge points in the tussle.

Coach Topex Robinson lauded the Jawbreakers for quickly adjusting to the style of the PBA D-League just days after falling to Marinerong Pilipino, 92-94 back in opening day.

“Medyo adjusted na kami on everything — the calls and the teams were playing against with. But the things we want to mind are those things we control. We just have to keep on doing what we are doing. It’s more on replenishing na lang on our old ways,” he said.

Earvin Mendoza and Cedric de Joya both had 16 points for the Generals in the losing effort.

Zark’s-Lyceum looks to continue to roll when it faces the AMA Online Education Titans on Thursday, January 25. EAC-Batangas, on the other hand, takes on the Gamboa-St. Clare Coffee Lovers on Monday, January 29.

The Scores:

Zark’s-Lyceum 112 — Perez 21, Ayaay 15, Nzeusseu 14, Jc. Marcelino 12, Serrano 10, Baltazar 8, Santos 8, Jv. Marcelino 6, Tansingco 6, Marata 4, Liwag 4, Ibañez 2, Cinco 2, Pretta 0.

Batangas-EAC 75 — E. Mendoza 16, De Joya 16, Tampoc 12, Laude 9, Pate 8, Maguliano 6, Altamirano 5, Diego 3, Garcia 0, Dela Peña 0, Martin 0, J. Mendoza 0, Neri 0.

Quarterscores: 19-14, 48-33, 84-47, 112-75.

Advertisements
Continue Reading

Mixed Martial Arts

ONE Championship pledges to help Global Citizen in fight against poverty

Published

on

Contributed photo

During the pre-fight showdown between the fighters main evening ONE Championship: Global Superheroes, the biggest mixed martial arts promotion in Asia also forged a partnership, Monday afternoon.

ONE, through chief executive officer and chariman, Chatri Sityodtong vowed to help Global Citizen in its fight to end poverty.

“It is with great excitement that I announce ONE Championship’s partnership with Global Citizen, an NGO with the goal of ending extreme poverty across the world by the year 2030,” said Sityodtong. “Just like Global Citizen, ONE Championship aims to inspire the people of the world to come together to solve some of the world’s biggest challenges.”

“We are thrilled to be joining forces with ONE Championship to bring Global Citizen to Asia. ONE Championship reaches millions of young people around the region and together we will engage them on issues that impact the entire world,” expressed Global Citizen co-founder Wei Soo. “Since we launched Global Citizen in 2012, over 13 million actions have been taken, and we are excited to drive more actions and increase our impact for the world’s most marginalized people through this partnership.”

Headquartered in New York with offices in Canada, Australia, Germany, and the United Kingdom, Global Citizen was founded in 2012 with the goal of building the largest platform where people can learn about issues, take action on what matters most, and join a global movement working to end extreme poverty by 2030. Since then, millions of Global Citizens around the world have taken over ten million actions, which includes millions of emails, tweets, petition signatures, and phone calls targeting world leaders to end extreme poverty by 2030.

To date, the actions by Global Citizen’s global community, along with its high-level advocacy efforts and various partners, have resulted in 130 commitments and policy announcements from leaders, including financial aid valued at over US $35-billion, that is set to affect the lives of over 1.3 billion people.

Also present in the launch were ONE Heavyweight World Champion Brandon Vera, ONE Atomweight World Champion Angela Lee, and former ONE Lightweight World Champion Eduard Folayang.

The partnership launching at ONE’s upcoming event in Manila, Philippines on Friday, January 26, will harness the power of ONE’s platform to engage millions of martial arts fans around the world to support initiatives and find solutions to the issues associated with extreme poverty.

Global Citizen and ONE will collaborate across 24 live ONE events scheduled in 2018, and various outreach activations throughout Asia. Fans will have the opportunity to take action and engage with specific policy areas including, education, food security, hunger and nutrition, global health, gender equality and empowerment.

“Our ONE Championship athletes embody the spirit of perseverance and many have risen through poverty through martial arts, inspiring millions of people around the world with their journey,” Sityodtong added. “Through our collaboration across all 24 of our live events scheduled in 2018, ONE Championship and Global Citizen aim to affect positive movement in our society.”

The first action ONE fans can take will be centred on global education. Fans will be able to call on donor countries such as Australia, New Zealand, South Korea, Japan, Singapore, Malaysia, and India, to attend the Global Partnership for Education’s replenishment conference in Dakar, Senegal on February 2, 2018, and make a commitment to GPE to support better education for all. Currently, 264 million children around the world are missing out on an education.

Over half are girls, and over 75 million have had their schooling disrupted by conflict or natural disasters. At the replenishment conference, the GPE will raise much needed funds that will allow it to continue to support quality, inclusive education to hundreds of millions of children around the world.

Advertisements
Continue Reading

Trending