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Ginebra escapes GlobalPort in overtime thriller



The Brgy. Ginebra San Miguel had chances to ice the game in regulation, but needed extra time to score the 111-108 win against the pesky GlobalPort squad in a thrilling finish held at the Mall of Asia Arena.

After Orlando Johnson scored the game’s opening basket, GlobalPort answered with a 7-0 run sparked by their running game to hold the lead early. Jarrid Famous was an overpowering force against the smaller Dorian Peña, as he bullied his way down low with eight quick points in six minutes. Johnson responded to the reinforcement duel, as he also had the majority of the points of the Kings in the first minutes of the game.

Ginebra, meanwhile, paraded a new asian import in Jiwan Kim, the Korean scored his first basket off a catch and a pull up to trim the lead to 10-11. The Ginebra run was extended as they started to run down in transition, and Johnson completed a layup in the break to regain the lead at 18-17. However, it was GlobalPort who finished the opening quarter strong, as they outscored Ginebra 8-3 in the last two minutes, while also fishing for Greg Slaughter’s third personal foul.

Ginebra blasted an 8-0 run to start the second period and took the lead in the fast-paced ball game that signalled Batang Pier to call for a timeout. After beating the first quarter buzzer with a triple, LA Tenorio further increased their lead with another trey, while also finding his open teammates. On the other hand, Anthony Semerad broke the four-minute dry spell for GlobalPort with a three-point play of his own miss, but his squad was still down by seven at that point.

The reinsertion of Orlando Johnson was effective as the import anchored Ginebra’s offense to give them a double-digit lead in the middle of the second period. GlobalPort countered with their 12-0 run with Famous once again pouring in his dominance in the paint. Moreover, Famous tied the match at 45 points, but Ginebra outscored their opponents, 5-1 to enter the half up by four.

Ginebra maintained the lead at the start of the second half, but the duel between the imports continued as Famous and Johnson poured on the exchange of baskets particularly from the paint. Furthermore, GlobalPort had a hard time breaking into the four-point lead barrier as the Ginebra bigs played solid from the defensive end. LA Tenorio finished a break with less than three minutes to go in the third to make it 73-66. GlobalPort, however, finished on a 11-5 spree in the last two minutes of the frame to slice the lead to one heading to the payoff period.

After missing his first three attempts, Kim finally knocked down his first trey, but GlobalPort responded with four quick points to tie the game in the opening minutes of the fourth. The Batang Pier started to build on their rally as they led by three at one point with Famous banging down a mid range jumper at 93-90. After Ginebra build a 6-0 run, Stanley Pringle tied the game with a triple with 2:23 left in the ball game.

As the game was still tied at 98, Famous was thwarted by two Ginebra defenders that gave the possession back to the Kings. Japeth Aguilar would be fouled, then split his charities. Afterwards, Tenorio grabbed a crucial offensive rebound with 37 seconds left to play. In the next play, Johnson made one of two attempts from the foul stripe, but anchored the stop on the other end. The Ginebra reinforcement, once again, split his free throws that led to a Omar Krayem triple that tied the game at 101 with 5 ticks in regulation. Johnson then missed his potential game-winner that sent the game into overtime.

In the extension, the teams failed to score until the 2:30 mark, wherein Terrence Romeo and Johnson exchanged layups. After Krayem once again scored a triple from the same spot he hit during regulation, Caguioa answered back to give Ginebra the lead. On the ensuing play, Jensen was thwarted by Aguilar as the Ginebra big knocked down the game-sealing free throws en route to the win.

Ginebra improves to a 3-4 record while GlobalPort drops to 4-3. The Kings had more rebounds, 68-62, and assists, 21-12. Aguilar finished the game with 18 points, including 6-of-7 from the foul stripe, to go with his 13 rebounds and four rejections. Famous was also tremendous for the Batang Pier with 39 points and 28 rebounds in almost 50 minutes of playing time.

The Scores:

Ginebra(111) – Johnson 34, Aguilar 18, Helterbrand 13, Tenorio 12, Kim 11, Slaughter 7, Pena 2, Marcelo 2, Mercado 0, Brondial 0

GlobalPort(108) – Famous 39, Krayem 19, Romeo 18, Pringle 13, Jensen 5, Mamaril 4, Semerad 3, Buenafe 3, Hayes 2, Kramer 2, Isip 0, Miranda 0

Quarters: 21-25, 50-46, 78-77, 101-101, 111-108

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After getting first D-League experience, Zark’s-Lyceum ready to get loose



After a hesitant performance in their PBA D-League debut last Thursday that resulted in a loss to the Marinerong Pilipino Skippers, the Zark’s Burger-Lyceum Jawbreakers seemingly caught up with the league’s style of play on Tuesday.

Zark’s-Lyceum displayed their true form and stamped their class all over the Batangas-EAC Generals with a 37-point destruction, 112-75 — so far the biggest winning margin the franchise has ever had in its D-League history.

“Medyo adjusted na kami on everything — the calls and the teams we’re playing against with,” said Zark’s-Lyceum head coach Topex Robinson after the match at Pasig Sports Center. “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.”

Robinson’s claim was strongly backed up by the numbers that the Jawbreakers produced.

CJ Perez had 21 points and 10 rebounds. MJ Ayaay produced 15 points and 10 boards, and Mike Nzeusseu delivered 14 markers and 11 boards.

Even the bench made their presence felt in the victory. With guard Jaycee Marcelino spearheading the supporting cast’s charge with 12 markers, the bench contributed a remarkable 56 points to their total output.

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“Ano lang, cinontrol lang namin yung pace kasi yun naman talaga yung laro namin, yung mabilisan,” said the 24-year-old do-it-all forward, who also collected three steals.

“Kailangan talaga mabilisan para ma-execute namin yung mga ginagawa namin.”

This week will be a rough one for the Pirates, as they will play right away this Thursday against the AMA Online Education. And for Perez, he strongly believes that they will be able to carry over their momentum.

“Oo. Nandun pa. Energy talaga yung puhunan namin para makalaro ng maayos.”

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



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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 are carrying the Wang’s Basketball Couriers franchise.

And the 5-foot-11 guard showed 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 the 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 has him even more satisfied 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.”

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Bienvenido Maranon scores brace as Ceres-Negros eliminates Brisbane Roar



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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 on the back foot. Italian striker Massimo Maccarone handed the home side the lead in 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 had already made Philippine football proud at halftime. By this stage last year, Brisbane had accrued a 4-0 halftime cushion against Global Cebu en route to a 6-0 rout.

Today, though, Brisbane faced tougher resistance at Ceres’ hands. That resistance turned into a full-fledged revolt in 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 room in the 75th minute when Omid Nazari scored from close range to give Ceres a two-goal cushion over Brisbane.

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

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



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CJ Perez and the Zark’s Burger-Lyceum Jawbreakers finally lived up to their hype, as they clobbered the Batangas-EAC Generals to score a 37-point beatdown, 112-75 for their 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 would 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. 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 the 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 look to continue to roll when they face the AMA Online Education Titans on Thursday, January 25. EAC-Batangas, on the other hand, take 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.

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