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McKines leads Rain or Shine in dominating win over Star Hotshots



The Rain or Shine Elasto Painters continues their hot streak as they clinch their fourth straight victory, and improve their win-loss standing as they score a 103-88 victory over the Star Hotshots at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.

Wendell McKines had two turnovers to start the game that led to a 5-0 start for the Hotshots. The five-point lead was the largest lead by Star in the closely-contested first quarter of play. The first frame was a display of shooting exchange between the two teams, as the Elasto Painters did not lead the entire time but managed to tie the game a couple of times. The game slowed down in the last part of the quarter with free throws being shot by the two teams. Star scored seven of their last nine points from the 15-foot line and eventually ended the quarter with a slim lead.

With several second unit players fielded into the match for the Elasto Painters, they went on a 10-3 scoring run within the six-minute mark of the second quarter to have their first lead of the game. On the other hand, Star’s jump shots were not falling in that stretch while they were also having a hard time securing the rebounds. Fortunately for the Hotshots, Barroca and Pingris started to make noise in the middle of the quarter as they were able to keep on par with Rain or Shine’s offensive sets.

With three minutes to go in the first half, Rain or Shine extended their lead to eight, thanks to Jeff Chan and Ryan Araña’s timely baskets. The Painters managed to grab the lead at the half and were in front by five points against the Hotshots.

Several free throws kept the Painters afloat during the start of the second half while the Hotshots kept on hoisting up quick triples from their offense. Fortunately for Rain or Shine, the missed perimeter shots by Star enabled them to build their first double-digit lead,  62-52 at the 5:46 mark of the third. Star was able to slice the lead down to seven for several occasions but it would be the team’s last hurrah against Rain or Shine’s tremendous offense late in the game.

The Painters outscored their opponents 10-4 in the last moments of the third including two triples from Jeff Chan and Gabe Norwood in the dying seconds. Despite Joe Devance scoring the opening basket of the payoff period, the Painters once again cruised to build a 20-point cushion at 92-72 that served to be the dagger to shatter the comeback hopes of Star.

Marc Pingris led his crew to a mini late surge by the Hotshots as they were able to slice the lead down to 11 again, but with a little over two minutes to go, the run came in too late to overhaul the deficit. Meanwhile, Paul Lee and McKines shot the game’s finishing touches en route for their team’s fourth straight victory of the Governor’s Cup.

McKines tallied 28 points, 14 rebounds for his team. Chan added 16 points and four assists while Paul Lee chipped in 13. Pingris topscored for Star with 25 on an efficient 11-of-15 shooting from the field.

Star Hotshots is now tied with Brgy Ginebra with a 3-5 record while Rain or Shine improves to a 5-4 record.

Star will next face the Talk ‘N Text Tropang Texters on Tuesday, June 16 7pm at the Smart Araneta Coliseum. Rain or Shine’s next assignment will be against Kia the next day, still at the Big Dome.

The Scores:

Rain or Shine (103) – McKines 28, Chan 16, Lee 13, Cruz 10, Araña 9, Almazan 8, Uyloan 6, Norwood 6, Ibañes 5, Cruz 0

Star (88) – Pingris 25, Devance 15, Blakely 13, Barroca 12, Mallari 9, Yap 6, Melton 4, Reavis 3, Simon 1, Taha 0, Malliksi 0, Pennisi 0

Quarters: 22-25, 49-44, 76-63, 103-88

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Kent Salado re-injures MCL, out for Go for Gold campaign



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Kent Salado suffers a setback

The worst fear of the Go for Gold Scratchers came true Monday evening as all-around combo guard Kent Salado re-injured the medial cruciate ligament in his right knee.

The injury was confirmed by Kent Salado and the officials of Go for Gold and he will miss the entire 2018 PBA D-League Aspirants Cup.

With under three minutes left in the third quarter of Go for Gold’s opening game against the Gamboa-St. Clare Coffee Lovers Monday afternoon, the 5-foot-9 guard went for a drive but could not get the proper lift. He tried to walk it off but limped towards the audience section of the Pasig Sports Center.

“Parang may narinig nga siya na may tumunog daw,” shared Scratchers head coach Charles Tiu after their 75-68 win.

“We’re very worried.

“I think our PT said baka MCL ‘yun, so that might be a month or two, so that’s a big problem for us,” the youthful mentor added.

Salado finished the game with nine points, five rebounds, four assists, and three steals. He was immediately rushed to the Makati Medical Center afterwards. At around nine in the evening, the MRI showed that he tore his ACL as was initially reported by Tiebreaker Times. A second opinion, however, contradicted the initial diagnosis, showing only an MCL tear.

Prior to this, the native of Cagayan de Oro suffered a partial tear on medial collateral damage on the same knee last October 10, 2017 during Arellano’s 85-79 win over the San Sebastian Golden Stags.

With this setback, Salado was also advised to not play in the summer leagues to fully recover in time for the NCAA Season 94 Seniors Basketball tournament.

“Okay lang para NCAA na ko makapaglaro,” he said.

“Mas importante naman yun.”

The 23-year-old averaged 19.1 points, 5.0 assists, 3.8 rebounds, and 1.3 steals last season. He is eligible to enter the 2018 PBA Rookie Draft.

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San Beda overwhelmed by Sale, out of title contention



Against a taller Moroccan club team, the San Beda College Red Lions could not get the ball rolling against Al Sale, falling 77-104, early Tuesday morning (Manila time) at the Al Ahli Club in Dubai.

With the loss and the UAE National Team defeating Sagesse earlier in the day, the 0-3 Red Lions can no longer advance to the next stage of the 29th Dubai International Basketball Tournament.

San Beda ace Robert Bolick continued his string of sensational outings. After putting up 28 and 27 points respectively in their first two games, the 23 for 2023 Gilas cadet had 20 markers in this game to lead San Beda.

Bolick’s fellow 23 for 2023 teammate Javee Mocon had 10 points but shot just 4-for-14 from the field while NCAA Season 93 Seniors Basketball Finals Most Valuable Player Donald Tankoua had six points, eight rebounds, three steals, and two blocks.

Sale, a team that has three national team players including 6-foot-11 Soufiane Kourdou and two American reinforcements, imposed their will right from the get-go — leading 28-7 to end the first frame.

Sale led by as much as 37 points midway through the second quarter, 51-14. On the other hand, San Beda could not muster a strong run as their longest rally was just a 6-0 spurt late in the third canto.

Sniper AC Soberano and Jeramer Cabanag played their best games in the tournament so far, finishing with 11 and eight points respectively. Co-captain Joe Presbitero also had eight markers.

American Patrick Rembert led six Sale players in double-figures with 22 points. Abderrahim Najah went 7-for-8 from the field for 17 points while Kordou had 16 points, eight rebounds, and three blocks.

San Beda-Pilipinas ends its campaign against Sagesse on Wednesday, January 24 (Manila time).

The Scores:

San Beda 77 – Bolick 20, Soberano 11, Mocon 10, Presbitero 8, Cabanag 8, Tankoua 6, Noah 4, Oftana 4, Carino 3, Adamos 3, Toba 0, Tongco 0.

Sale 104 – Rembert 22, Najah 17, Kourdou 16, Baery 14, Cutis 14, Arnold 13, Almahini 4, Jaddi 4, Elmadini 0, Belhaddar 0.

Quarterscores: 7-28, 22-54, 53-82, 77-104.

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Calvin Abueva, Raymond Almazan cut from pool



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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2019 FIBA World Cup Qualifiers

23 for 2023 cadets fill up Gilas practice



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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