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Garcia heats up late to lift Barako Bull over Mahindra

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In the first game of a rare PBA Tuesday held at the Alonte Sports Complex in Biñan, Laguna, the Barako Bull Energy Cola notched their first win of the season at the expense of the Mahindra Enforcers, 93-85.

The Energy Cola and the Enforcers played a close affair, which featured five early lead changes in the opening frame. The game was knotted at 16-all before Barako closed the first quarter on a 6-2 mini-run through free throws by LA Revilla and a triple by Denok Miranda.

The bench players rallied Energy Cola to help them maintain their lead, as five fast points by Josh Urbiztondo gave his squad a 29-25 edge. However, Energy incurred the penalty situation with 7-minute mark of the second period. This led to five free throws in the middle of the quarter that gave Mahindra a brief hold of the lead. Afterwards, Barako responded with a 16-7 closeout to the first half, including triples by JC Intal and Mick Pennisi.

Energy’s balanced offense gave them their first double-digit lead of the match by the 8:40 mark of the third, 56-46. During the stretch, Barako countered Mahindra’s attempts at transition plays and another three-ball by the veteran Pennisi. Free throw hits by Mahindra sliced the lead to its lowest of the quarter at five. However, Baracael hit form at the tail-end of the period, scoring seven of his team’s last nine points to retain a 10-pt cushion heading into the fourth.

Barako lost the fourth period, scoring-wise, by two points, as the quarter went back-and-forth, favoring the Energy Cola. Former FEU guard RR Garcia tallied 15 points for his squad that anchored his team’s response to the Enforcers’ mini-rallies. For the entire fourth period, Barako maintained their comfortable cushion, while Mahindra struggled to put up successive baskets for a comeback.

RR Garcia had an excellent outing, scoring 26 points on a very efficient 10/14 shooting from the field. He was also able to grab three boards and dish out three dimes. JC Intal added 20 markers, while Willie Wilson notched a double-double with 11 points and 13 boards. All three played 40-plus minutes in the game as well.

For the Enforcers, only two cagers scored in double-figures. Mark Yee, coming off the bench, put up a huge double-double with 17 points and 20 boards, 12 coming from the offensive end. Yee was also able to block two Barako Bull shot attempts as well. LA Revilla tallied 12 points, five rebounds, four assists, and three steals in the loss.

As a team, the Red-and-Black shot 40% from the field compared to 36% by the Enforcers. Moreover, Barako were able to convert 12 triples in the game, nine more than their opponents – Barako Bull attempted 43 shots from downtown.

Barako Bull will next face the San Miguel Beermen while Mahindra square up against the Barangay Ginebra Kings. Both games will be played at 3pm and 5:15pm respectively on November 22 at the Ynares Center in Antipolo.

The Scores:
Barako Bull (93) – Garcia 26, Intal 20, Wilson 11, Baracael 9, Pennisi 6, Monfort 5, Lanete 4, Miranda 3, Urbiztondo 3, Andrada 2, Caperal 2, Sorongon 2, Fortuna 0.
Mahindra (85) – Yee 17, Revilla 14, Jaime 9, Dehesa 7, Hubalde 6, Pascual 6, Ramos 6, Webb 6, Canaleta 5, Guinto 4, Alvarez 2, Laure 2, Bagatsing 1, Pinto 0.
Quarterscores: 22-18, 48-41, 69-59, 93-85

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Calvin Abueva, Raymond Almazan cut from pool

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SMART Gilas Pilipinas’ third session for the second leg of the 2019 FIBA World Cup Asian Qualifiers ended early on Monday evening.

Prior to the end of the practice, head coach Chot Reyes talked to team veterans Jayson Castro, Gabe Norwood, and June Mar Fajardo. The outspoken mentor told the seniors of the team that he is cutting Calvin Abueva and Raymond Almazan from the pool.

“The reason why we’re dropping Abueva and Almazan for the second window is because they haven’t showed up,” lamented Reyes.

“It’s already our third practice at hindi pa sila nagpapakita. It’s simply a matter of disinterest.

“I guess they’re not interested so we have to move on we can’t wait for those guys,” he pointed out.

Both Abueva and Almazan were part of the teams that competed in the 2017 SEABA Championship, the 2017 FIBA Asia Cup, and the first window of the 2019 FIBA World Cup Asian Qualifiers.

Only 10 players from the pool showed up for the team’s third session. And with the second leg exactly one month away, Gilas cannot let a slip up happen especially against Australia.

“Aside from those two we don’t know where Matt Wright is, while Allein [Maliksi] is attending a wedding in Australia. Other than that it’s really just an issue of Calvin and Raymond if they don’t want to be a part of the pool.” expressed Reyes.

“That’s the reason we’re dropping them for the second window.”

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23 for 2023 cadets fill up Gilas practice

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With just 31 days until the second window of the 2019 FIBA World Cup Asian Qualifiers, only 10 players from the pool attended the team’s third session, Monday evening at the Meralco Gym.

Suiting up in the session presided over by Coach Chot Reyes were June Mar Fajardo, Gabe Norwood, Troy Rosario, Jio Jalalon, Mac Belo, Kiefer Ravena, Kevin Alas, and Roger Pogoy. Carl Cruz and Jayson Castro were in attendance but were in street clothes.

Not present were Matthew Wright, Japeth Aguilar, and Allein Maliksi. Calvin Abueva and Raymond Almazan have yet to attend practice.

Joining the seniors team to prep them up for the World Cup Qualifiers were 10 players from the 23 for 2023 pool.

Ateneo Blue Eagle Matt Nieto attended his first Gilas practice. Joining him were teammates Isaac Go and Thirdy Ravena.

Completing the night’s cast were CJ Perez, Abu Tratter, Will Gozum, J-jay Alejandro, Arvin Tolentino, and Juan Gomez de Liano. Joshua Sinclair watched from the sidelines as he is still recovering from an ACL injury.

Gilas will take on Australia in Melbourne on February 22. The Philippine will then host Japan three days later at the SM Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City.

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San Beda fends off Letran for back-to-back wins

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With seasoned setter John Carlo Desuyo steering the wheel to near perfection, the San Beda College romped to their second straight win.

The Red Spikers pulled double-digit outings from four players to upend archrival Colegio de San Juan de Letran Knights, 19-25, 25-13, 25-21, 25-22, and register their fourth win of the season, Monday early evening at the FilOil Flying V Centre.

It was the Knights, however, who started on the right foot, overhauling a 4-10 deficit to snag the first set. Better passing from liberos Aljune Centeno and Johnsen Timbreza resulted in kills from captain Bobby Gatdula.

Nonetheless, San Beda picked up the service game in the next three sets to ultimately finish off the blue-shirts.

Despite the win-loss record they currently sport, the Red Spiker playmaker admitted that t

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Michael Calisaan tows Che’lu-San Sebastian past Perpetual

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Michael Calisaan poured 20 points as he captained newcomer Che’Lu-San Sebastian Revellers to a decisive 83-70 win over the University of Perpetual Help System DALTA Altas to start their voyage, Monday evening at the Pasig City Sports Center.

Doing it all for the Revellers, the veteran forward provided the stability for his side as he shot 8-of-15 from the field while also hauling down nine rebounds, two assists, and two steals in the conference-opening win.

But it wasn’t all Calisaan as Che’Lu got contributions from all over its roster.

Samboy de Leon chimed in 16 markers and nine boards. RK Ilagan went 2-of-5 from threes to collect 13 points, eight dimes, and three rebounds, while big men Alfred Batino and Jeepy Faundo combined for 20 in the victory.

Despite the triumph, coach Stevenson Tiu gave all the praise to his players, noting the team’s lack of time preparing for the tourney.

“Nanalo kami dahil sa talent ng players. Medyo mali ko rin kasi nahirapan pa ako mag-adjust sa players. Hopefully, we play much better in the coming games,” he said.

The Revellers used a 16-4 run to finally break away from the Altas, taking a 77-60 lead with 4:03 to play as they punished their foes for their turnovers, turning Perpetual’s 30 miscues to 28 points in their favor.

Prince Eze anchored the Altas with 15 points, 11 rebounds, and seven blocks in their first game under new head coach Frankie Lim.

Che’lu-San Sebastian look to make it two in a row when they take on the Wangs-Letran Couriers on Monday, January 29 at 5:00pm. Perpetual, on the other hand, hope they can notch their first win when they take on Mila’s Lechon Mighty Roasters.

The Scores:

Che’lu-SSCR 83 — Calisaan 20, De Leon 16, Ilagan 13, Batino 10, Faundo 10, Bulanadi 6, Costelo 6, Calma 2, David 0, Lao 0, Santos 0, Valdez 0.

UPHSD 70 — Eze 15, Coronel 13, Villanueva 13, Jimenez 9, Charcos 7, Peralta 7, Gallardo 5, Pido 1, Antonio 0, Aurin 0, Tamayo 0, Tongco 0.

Quarterscores: 17-22, 34-38, 59-53, 83-70.

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