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McKines’ 53, Chan’s late-three spoil SMB’s berserk shooting to split series at one-all

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No lead is safe in this Governor’s Cup semis and Game 2 was not an exception. Now we have a series.

In a game of great offensive exchanges, the Rain or Shine completed a comeback in the dying seconds of the match, as a turnover by San Miguel caused them the game that led to a Jeff Chan three to ice a 113-110 Game 2 ending and yield the series at one game apiece held at the Smart Araneta Coliseum on Saturday evening.

From the get go, Wendell McKines was already bullying his way inside while the Beermen were starting to get their flow going from distance. An Arizona Reid three gave SMB the biggest lead of the first quarter at 17-9 despite Rain or Shine being active playing the passing lanes early. However, in the middle of the period, the Elasto Painters had a 13-4 run including triples from JR Quiñahan, Jireh Ibañes and McKines. Trading baskets towards the tail-end led to a tied game after 12 minutes of action.

Rain or Shine had some key baskets that looked to be a head start for the Painters to take over the game. Unfortunately, Reid and the rest of his crew were favored by the high-paced, offensive-filled tempo during the second quarter. An eight-point lead was erased by the Painters’ good shooting from the free-throw area but SMB’s bigs gave them a couple of baskets inside to help them lead by five heading into their respective dugouts at the half.

Then came the third quarter wherein Arizona Reid and Marcio Lassiter started to knock down shot after shot from the perimeter. San Miguel managed to score 36 points in the period and despite Rain or Shine going with the flow offensively, the Beermen restored their lead with every mini-rally put by the Painters. By the six-minute mark of the period, San Miguel erected their largest lead of the game at 76-56 but McKines was a force and led his team to slice the lead down to 13 heading to the fourth.

Lassiter was still red-hot in shooting but momentum was shifting slowly in favor of RoS in the final quarter of action. They broke the double-digit barrier by the five-minute mark with a Paul Lee triple to make it a 105-98 game. Possessions later, McKines continued to attack the inside notwithstanding the Beermen’s massive frontcourt. McKines scored two straight baskets with more than a minute to go while his counterpart Reid went isolation on the other end that led to unproductive trips for San Miguel.

With seconds remaining, McKines missed a shot from the inside but the Elasto Painters were lucky enough to secure an offensive rebound that eventually led to the game-tying jump shot by Gabe Norwood from the mid-range area. With about 25 ticks left, Lassiter tried to locate Reid in the high-post but a weak pass was intercepted by McKines. This resulted to a 3-on-2 fastbreak down on Rain or Shine’s end as Jireh Ibañes found a spotting Jeff Chan for the booming three to give them the lead and leave SMB stunned with three seconds left. After a timeout, Alex Cabagnot double-clutched a shot from the right corner but came short and thus sealed the deal for the Painters.

McKines scattered 53 humongous points on a decent 16-of-23 shooting from the field, to go with 17 rebounds and five blocks. The Painters inside game was evident with more points in the paint, 48-26.

After the game, McKines expressed the appreciation for his team with the tremendous comeback they displayed. Saying “I love this team. We gonna give credit to coach Yeng. We can control our effort and energy and look for me to provide the energy. Same approach to Game 3. Play hard and smart.”

Reid finished with 33 points, 11 rebounds and eight assists for the Beermen while Marcio Lassiter’s had a sizzling shooting display from three-point territory with 10 triples in his 31-point exertion. As a whole, San Miguel scored 21 times from downtown.

Game 3 of this series will be played on Monday, 7pm still at the Big Dome.

The Scores:

Rain or Shine (113) – McKines 53, Quiñahan 11, Ibañes 10, Norwood 9, Lee 8, Chan 6, Araña 6, Tiu 5, Uyloan 3, Almazan 2, Cruz 0

San Miguel (110) – Reid 33, Lassiter 31, Fajardo 15, Santos 11, Ross 7, Tubid 5, Cabagnot 4, Lutz 2, De Ocampo 2, Espinas 0

Quarters: 26-26, 48-53, 77-89, 113-110

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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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