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GlobalPort draws first blood behind Romeo’s career-high



Terrence Romeo steals the show once more.

Having finished the elimination phase of the PBA Philippine Cup at fifth, the GlobalPort Batang Pier took Game One of the best-of-seven semi-final series against the first-seeded Alaska Aces, 107-93, held at the SM Mall of Asia Monday evening.

GlobalPort surged ahead first to open final four action, as their fast-paced tempo led to an quick 14-2 start. Their defense also limited the Aces, who only made their first field goal after five minutes of shooting blanks.

Terrence Romeo was flawless in the first quarter, scoring 13 points on a perfect 4/4 clip to anchor the Batang Pier. On the other hand, Alaska struggled with their offense in the interior, but managed to erase an 18-point hole with a 10-3 closeout.

Despite committing a disappointing number of turnovers, Alaska managed to hang on with the help of their energetic second unit. Halfway through the second, Alaska sliced the lead down to three, 32-29, by extending their run with an 11-3 spurt.

The Batang Pier responded with their running game that led to rally-extinguishing layups. Chris Banchero and RJ Jazul led Alaska’s bench attack in the quarter, but Anthony Semerad scored five straight points late in the first half to restore GlobalPort’s advantage. At the break, GlobalPort reinstalled a double-digit lead, 52-42, capped by a Terrence Romeo putback off a free throw miss with 0.03 left.

Just like the first half, GlobalPort once again sizzled to a 10-2 blast powered by back-to-back threes by Romeo. The Aces had a tough time keeping in step with the Batang Pier backcourt, as the guards continued with their high-octane offense. However, an 8-0 mini-counter in the middle of the period by Alaska slowly shifted the momentum in their favor, as they once again cut the lead down to single digits entering the final period of play.

Billy Mamaril played huge down the stretch, scoring eight of his twelve points in the final frame. GlobalPort maintained the double-digit advantage, while Alaska struggled accumulating successive baskets. Alaska made it interesting with a couple of stops late, plus Dondon Hontiveros hitting a three. Unfortunately, Romeo banked in a three-ball to seal the deal.

Romeo stole the show in his first semifinal game with a brand new career-high of 41 points, on 12/21 shooting, six triples and two steals. Pringle added 14 markers and six rebounds.

After the game, Globalport head coach Pido Jarencio stated his belief that Alaska will come back stronger come Game Two. “Alaska is a strong team. This is going to be a long series for sure. We just played our game. Tonight was just our night,” Jarencio shared.

A sharp-shooter during his playing days, Jarencio commended the career-high statistics of his star player Terrence Romeo. He also praised the entire team, saying, “I just want Terrence to play his usual game. Full of confidence ako kay Terrence. Actually, sa buong team,” he added.

For Romeo, the most important thing was getting the win. “Hindi na mahalaga kung career-high or what. Importante lang yung panalo,” Romeo said. He then added that this is just Game One and they should continue to stick to the game plan in order for them to win this series.

“Tingin ko hindi pa puwede masabi dahil Game One pa lang ito. Maaga pa at mahaba pa ito. Sana lang maging consistent kami at sundan lang yung gameplan,” the quiet assassin closed.

For the Aces, they had 51 points from their bench, as Vic Manuel and RJ Jazul scored 14 points each. Baguio led the team’s scoring with 15 markers, including a 6/6 clip from inside the arc.

GlobalPort ended the game with a plus 18 scoring from three point territory. Additionally, they had more points off turnovers, 16-10 and shot 74% from the foul stripe, compared to Alaska’s 54%.

Game Two is set to played on Wednesday, January 6 at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.

The Scores:
GlobalPort (107) – Romeo 41, Pringle 14, Mamaril 12, Jensen 12, Kramer 6, Semerad 6, Washington 6, Yeo 5, Maierhofer 4, Sumang 1, Pena 0
Alaska (93) – Baguio 15, Manuel 14, Jazul 14, Abueva 12, Thoss 12, Menk 8, Banchero 8, Hontiveros 3, Baclao 2, Exciminiano 0, Dela Rosa 0
Quarterscores: 29-18, 52-42, 82-74, 107-93

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KIA holds on late against Rain or Shine to end 16-game losing skid



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The Kia Picanto’s months-long, 16-game losing skid had finally come to an end at the expense of the Rain or Shine Elasto Painters, 98-94, in a fight-marred affair, Saturday evening at the Cuneta Astrodome in Pasay City.

The Picanto, who lost an average of 35.7 points in their last three outings, is now 1-4 in the team standings. Meanwhile, the Elasto Painters, who were coming off a 120-99 victory over the Phoenix Fuel Masters last January 17, dropped to 2-3.

“Finally nasa press room ako hindi nasa corridor. I’m relieved more than tired. I’m more relieved than anything else,” said Kia head coach Ricky Dandan. “We finally broke that (skid) and this will go a long way in our rebuilding for our ball club.”

Rashawn McCarthy and Roider Cabrera scored 14 apiece to lead the Picanto, with the former adding four assists. Forward Mark Yee flirted with a double-double as he finished with 13 markers and eight rebounds.

Kia spent the majority of the final frame ahead, but RoS kept on fighting and stayed within distance. However, the Picanto built enough separation, 96-89, with 1:52 to go thanks to McCarthy and three-year pro Glenn Khobuntin.

But just as when the win was within their grasp, Rain or Shine imposed a serious threat. Behind an Ed Daquioag jumper and Chris Tiu’s visits to the foul line, the E-Painters managed to close within a field goal, 96-94, with 21.9 ticks left.

RoS had a chance to pull the rug underneath Kia after forcing McCarthy to a turnover off the inbound with less than 20 seconds left, but all the shots taken by Tiu, Daquiaog, and Maverick Ahanmisi did not find the mark.

Mark Yee was able to secure the miss but saw himself in a jump ball situation afterwards after a fight for the ball with Beua Belga. Yee won the tip, and Khobuntin was there to get the ball and ran it down for the game-sealing lay-up.

The six-foot-three Khobuntin, probably the star of the night for Kia as he steadied the Picanto’s ship in the end-game, contributed 11 markers on 5-of-7 shooting, scoring eight in the final frame.

RoS’ loss put in vain the breakout game of rookie Rey Nambatac as he had 12 points and 11 rebounds. James Yap scored 11 markers on 4-of-8 shooting, while Tiu and Jewel Ponferrada scored 10 apiece, with Tiu having six boards.

Ahanmisi nearly had a double-double as he had nine points and eight rebounds along with four dimes.

Moreover, this defeat of theirs was a sour welcome for Jericho Cruz, who is making his 2018 Philippine Cup debut after missing their first four games due to a knee injury. He only scored one point in the 10:32 minutes he played.

The crazy finish of the match somehow shadowed the brawl between Raymond Almazan and Eric Camson, which took place in the 3:01-mark of the second canto. Both were slapped with penalty two flagrant fouls and got ejected.

Almazan, who had just returned to RoS after being put under disciplinary actions after bumping heads with coach Caloy Garcia, finished with six markers and four rebounds. Camson had 10 points, five rebounds, and four assists.

Kia was not able to parade new acquisition Carlo Lastimosa. The scoring guard, whom they signed from the free agent market, was in street clothes on the sidelines after spraining his ankle during team practice.

Rain or Shine will look to book their third straight win against NLEX on January 26, Friday, while Kia will aim to end their historic skid versus Meralco on January 24, Wednesday. Both games are set at 4:30 PM at SMART Araneta Coliseum.

The Scores:

KIA 98 – McCarthy 14, Cabrera 14, Yee 13, Khobuntin 11, Camson 10, Celda 8, Galanza 8, Ababou 6, Sara 5, Tubid 5, Caperal 4.

Rain or Shine 94 – Nambatac 12, Yap 11, Tiu 10, Ponferada 10, Ahanmisi 9, Belga 8, Norwood 8, Borboran 7, Maiquez 6, Almazan 6, Daquioag 4, King 2, Cruz 1, Matias 0, Trollano 0.

Quarterscores: 13-18; 40-44: 72-68; 98-94.

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Raymond Almazan ejected in return



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It was supposed to be a redemption game for Raymond Almazan after he was benched last Wednesday for the Rain or Shine Elasto Painters against the Phoenix Fuel Masters, for disciplinary reasons. But unfortunately, it went the the other way around.

The six-foot-eight center was ejected in the Elasto Painters’ match versus Kia Picanto on Friday evening at the Cuneta Astrodome, following a near-brawl that took place between him and opposing big man Eric Camson.

The incident took place with 3:01 remaining in the second quarter, with the Picanto ahead 34-31. Almazan and Camson were both inside the paint looking for position to grab the missed three-pointer of Jeremy King.

Things then went chippy afterwards, as Camson elbowed Almazan. It did not sit well with the latter and he retaliated, leading to the near-brawl that saw both players swing their arms at each other.

Almazan and Camson had to be separated by their teammates and officials. Moments later, both of them were whistled for a flagrant foul penalty two and were ordered to leave the playing court for good.

Almazan finished with six points and three rebounds in six minutes and 10 seconds of action, while Camson exited the bout with 10 markers, five rebounds, and four assists in over 16 minutes of playing time.

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Fired-up Von Pessumal on Kiefer Ravena incident: ‘I’m not here to make any friends’



Will bridges be burned?

Von Pessumal was heavily-scrutinized Friday evening after an incident with fellow Ateneo lifer Kiefer Ravena.

It took place with 9:50 left in the final frame of the San Miguel Beermen’s highly-charged tilt against the NLEX Road Warriors. After Marcio Lassiter launched a trey, Pessumal looked like he was aiming for the rebound. Instead, he simply charged towards Ravena and pushed him down.

Lassiter’s three-pointer counted, while Pessumal, who was blocked by Ravena in a fastbreak and then received a staredown moments prior, was whistled for an unsportsmanlike foul.

It was a surprising sight to see considering the amount of time he and Ravena have spent together — a bond that started ever since they were in high school. Even the second-generation star admitted that he did not expect that from his former running buddy.

“I did not expect that at all,” said the NLEX rookie.

But Pessumal downplayed such incident despite attempts by scribes to make him elaborate what had really transpired during that moment.

“It’s part of the game. It’s part of the game,” the league sophomore said after the match which they won 109-98. “I don’t wanna say anything, I’m sorry.

“It’s part of the game. Whatever move on. Not a big deal.”

Asked if he was motivated to face Ravena, whom he had shared three UAAP juniors titles, two UAAP seniors crowns, and a SEA Games gold medal with, the 24-year-old shared that he approached Friday’s bout the way he usually does.

“I wouldn’t say motivated [versus Kiefer], I mean, it’s just like any other game. When I play, I don’t see who’s guarding me, I just play,” said the 6-foot-2 swingman.

“I play to win all the time.”

The incident he and Ravena figured in shadowed his performance of 10 points on 50 percent shooting off the bench — the second time he had scored in double figures this season. After Friday, Pessumal is averaging 8.25 points.

“We have to sustain the level of excellence that they (starters) have. Our job is — I wouldn’t say support, but — when we get in, we should bring the level higher so when they come back, the game is easier for them,” he said.

Pessumal was then asked if he and Ravena met each other after the buzzer sounded as the two did not even shake hands after the contest. But, through a short yet strong response, the 24-year-old said that they did not.

“I wouldn’t say anything. I don’t know, after the game?,” he expressed.

“I’m a professional basketball player, I’m not here to make any friends.”

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Yeng Guiao denies using racial slur against Chris Ross



During the post-game of the San Miguel Beermen’s victory over the NLEX Road Warriors, reigning Coach of the Year Leo Austria said that NLEX head coach Yeng Guiao had called Chris Ross the “N” word, which had caused the commotion.

According to Chris, tinawagan siya ng nigger or ganiyan,” said Austria. “I don’t know but that’s what he explained to me because I confronted Chris Ross because he’s one of the most important players in my team.

“But that’s the thing he doesn’t want to hear so nag-flare up yung bata so I cannot blame him.”

However, Guiao denied that he blurted out racial slurs against San Miguel’s Chris Ross.

“Hindi. Hindi ko tinawag na N-word. Ewan ko kung may nakarinig. Pero hindi,” clarified the fiery tactician moments after their 98-109 defeat, their third straight after starting the 2018 Philippine Cup with two straight wins.

That tussle, according to Guiao, was just filled with trash talking against each other, as he had felt the need to retaliate. In fact, Guiao was even caught by the TV camera saying “son of a bitch” towards the Filipino-American point guard.

“Daldal siya ng daldal eh. Eh sa akin naman kapag ganon, siguro respeto nalang. Lumayo ka nalang tutal mananalo naman na kayo,” he said. “I didn’t understand what he was saying, what he was talking about.

“Nakipagtrash-talking din ako sa kanya.”

Furthermore, the 58-year-old was also caught by the cameras flipping the bird — in one quick motion — also directed at Ross.

“Oo. Kasama na rin yun.

“Pero ano naman eh, it’s part of, siguro, psychological warfare. Malakas din siya mang-asar. Hindi lang naman sa amin. Everytime naman na mga ganoong skirmishes, he also knows what he’s capable of,” the seven-time champion coach furthered.

But more than this scuffle, it has been a stressful time for Guiao and the Road Warriors. They have now gone down to 2-3 in the team standings, and the mentor sees an urgent need to end this slump immediately.

“We have to arrest it very soon. Ang susunod na laro namin ay versus Rain or Shine sa Friday. So we need to go back to 50 percent win-loss level para at least may chance ka na maka-playoffs. That’s going to be a crucial game for us,” he stressed.

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