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Paul Lee’s game-winner powers ROS in dispatching Barako Bull’s comeback hopes in 2OT



Up by as much as 25 points in the first half, the Rain or Shine Elasto Painters took care of business after squandering the lead late in regulation as they eliminated the Barako Bull Energy Cola in double overtime, 134-132 and advance to the PBA Semis held at the Smart Araneta Coliseum on Saturday.

A contrasting start to the game as the third-seeded Elasto Painters team rushed to an 11-3 start with Wendell McKines accounting for all the points of his team in the stretch. Meanwhile, Barako Bull had a tough time finding the bottom of the rim as they only made one shot out of their first eight attempts from the field. This enabled the Painters to cruise to an early double-digit advantage thanks to the sizzling first period anchored by their reinforcement.

In the dying minutes of the quarter, the lead ballooned to as high as 21 at 35-14, with Paul Lee, Chris Tiu and JR Quiñahan providing the damage against the struggling Energy Cola. A 11-5 start by Energy Cola seemed to wake the squad up from their poor start but Ryan Araña drained in two triples to halt the run and put Rain or Shine in full control once again. With momentum still favoring the Painters, they erected a 25 point lead after Jericho Cruz’ jump shot.

After that point, the Energy Cola started to mount their comeback and close out the first half with a 19-4 rampage in the last 5 ½ minutes of the second quarter. They went almost exclusively to Liam McMorrow, and their behemoth import provided the baskets to slice the lead down to 10 entering halftime. With the headway they made in the second quarter, Barako flirted to break the nine-point barrier but failed to do as ROS made a good job maintaining the seemingly-comfortable cushion.

The offensive barrage continued in favor of Barako as they opened the final frame of action with a 13-6 run with McMorrow manning the paint and the other locals scoring from outside. Rain or Shine, on the other hand, struggled in containing their turnovers and fouls that led to quick points on the other end. Gabe Norwood and Chris Tiu punched in run-breaking fieldgoals to restore an eight point gap at 100-92. However in the next three minutes, Barako used an 11-3 counter to tie things up at 103 with Lanete scoring big in the pivotal period.

Barako even took the lead after a couple of possessions but McKines delivered in the dying seconds to give ROS a slim lead at 111-109. Barako extended the game with McMorrow providing the dunk to tie the game and force the first overtime. In the 1st OT, the Painters led again by six early with Paul Lee catching fire late but Lanete’s three free throws and a JC Intal triple tie things up at 122 once again.

In the last minute of the first overtime, McKines threw down a dunk but Joseph Yeo’s clutch charity shots tied it for yet another time. After Gabe Norwood threw a wasted possession away, RR Garcia missed a potential game-winning jumpshot at the buzzer. Fast forward to the second overtime, the game was still up for grabs with less than a minute to play as the scoreboard displayed a deadlocked game at 132. With gassed-looking players fighting down the stretch, Paul Lee knocked down the lead-giving jumper with 7 ticks to play. After giving their foul to give, ROS survived with one last stop on the other end as Chico Lanete missed his own jumper.

McKines scores 36 pts in the win while also grabbing 15 rebounds in 50 minutes of action. Lee added 23 points including six triples, eight boards and seven dimes. ROS was plus 15 from downtown while also dishing out more assists, 37-27 and shot the ball way better, 56% compared to Barako’s 44% clip.

Rain or Shine advances to semis and awaits the winner of the quarters match between the San Miguel Beermen and Meralco Bolts to be played right after this game.

The scores:

Rain or Shine (134) – McKines 36, Lee 23, Tiu 14, Arana 12, Chan 12, Belga 11, Norwood 8, Almazan 7, Quinahan 5, Tang 4, Cruz 2, Cruz 0, Ibanes 0, Uyloan 0, Teng 0

Barako Bull(132) – McMorrow 32, Garcia 25, Wilson 16, Intal 16, Yeo 16, Lanete 10, Pascual 8 Salva 4, Hubalde 2, Maierhofer 2, Hubalde 2, Chua 1, Salvador 0

Quarterscores: 35-16, 60-50, 86-73, 101-101, 124-124, 134-132

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Renzo Subido to bring Marinerong Pilipino experience to UST



When Renzo Subido decided to skip out the University of Santo Tomas Growling Tigers’ UAAP Season 80 campaign, he had only one thing in mind: to improve on his craft. And he was able to do so under coach Koy Banal in the Marinerong Pilipino Skippers.

After the AMA Online Education Titans had a quick end to their campaign during the 2017 Foundation Cup, the 5-foot-9 floor general was immediately picked up by Marinerong Pilipino for the playoffs. Liking his style of play, he was again tapped for the 2018 Aspirants Cup.

And he showed a lot of growth from then, leading the Skippers to a 94-92 victory over fellow contenders Zark’s Jawbreakers. The 21-year-old tallied 20 points, three rebounds, and five assists while knocking down the crucial free throws to seal off the Lyceum-backed team.

“It was a good win for us. We’re happy that we won the game because it’s a good way to start the conference,” beamed Subido. “I’ve played against Lyceum in the past so I had familiarity with how they play.

“It was a good experience for us.”

Expectations are high for Marinerong Pilipino this conference as they are pegged as their blend of veterans and young guns are seen too overwhelming for the rest of the field. Still, Subido knows that it will be a tough climb as the other teams, especially the collegiate-based squads, have familiarity on their side.

“We’re taking it one game at a time but the goal is to win the championship,” he said. “But we know that it’s not going to be easy since we are going up against the top collegiate teams.

“So we’re just going to go all out every game.”

Besides winning the championship, Subido is on a personal mission. Being one of the seniors for the Growling Tigers next season, he hopes to learn to become a better leader for next season.

“I want to become a better leader. I know that everything I can learn this conference, I can bring to UST,” Subido expressed.

“For all I can see, coach Aldin [Ayo] is a guard-oriented coach. So I’m using all the experience I get here in Marinero, I’ll bring it to UST.”

For sure, Subido wants to make up for lost time.

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KIA signs Carlo Lastimosa



After being released by the NLEX Road Warriors during the off-season, gunner Carlo Lastimosa has found a new home.

KIA Picanto team governor Bobby Rosales confirmed to Tiebreaker Times Thursday evening that they have tapped Carlo Lastimosa for the rest of the PBA Philippine Cup campaign.

“Yes,” Rosales confirmed in a text message.

Lastimosa, a two-time All-Star, averaged 8.8 points, 1.4 rebounds, and 1.7 assists in his one-year stay with the Road Warriors. Coach Yeng Guiao cited that NLEX already had too many guards that resulted to Lastimosa’s release.

The product of College of Saint Benilde was drafted as the 20th overall pick in the 2013 Rookie Draft by Barako Bull. A year later, he was traded to the Blackwater Elite for Brian Heruala.

The 27-year-old is set to make his debut on Saturday when the Picanto take on the Rain or Shine Elasto Painters.

The Kia Picanto are in the midst of a 16-game losing streak.

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Marinerong Pilipino withstands furious Zark’s rally to open season on high note



The Marinerong Pilipino Skippers averted a collapse and held off the Zark’s Burger-Lyceum Jawbreakers to come away with the 94-92 thriller to open the 2018 PBA D-League Aspirants’ Cup at Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig.

Losing hold of a 17-point edge, 56-39 with 7:57 left in the third frame, the Skippers survived the furious rally from the Jawbreakers in the clutch as Mike Nzeusseu and CJ Perez missed their three-pointers in the final minute before Rian Ayonayon and Renzo Subido sealed off the win for their side at the charity stripe

Subido topscored for Marinerong Pilipino with 20 points, five assists, and three rebounds, while Ayonayon unleashed 15 markers, three boards, and two dimes in the early battle between the two contenders.

Gab Banal also registered a double-double of 14 points, 14 rebounds, six assists, and four steals against his 10 turnovers in the win, while Papot Paredes got 12 of his 14 markers in the first half to help the Skippers establish control at halftime.

Victorious as Marinerong Pilipino maybe in the marquee matchup, coach Koy Banal refused to brand his side as the undisputed team-to-beat, noting: “This win means nothing. We need to keep on working get better every day because everybody will now prepare for us.”

Banal also lauded top rookie picks Alvin Pasaol and Abu Tratter, who were both fielded in the second half and stepped up to help the Skippers’ cause.

“Those guys have been with us since January 2 lang, and pretty much, medyo nangangapa pa sila sa sistema. But good thing is that they were able to deliver especially when their number were called,” he said.

The Skippers used a huge 12-0 run to end the second quarter to grab a 47-35 halftime lead, which further ballooned to 17, 56-39 in the third quarter.

Jaycee Marcelino paced Zark’s Burger-Lyceum with 20 points, four rebounds, and three assists in the loss, while Perez had 19 markers and five assists.

Earlier, PBA officer-in-charge Willie Marcial and PBA vice chairman Dickie Bachmann of Alaska graced the opening ceremonies, which was made special thanks to league newcomer Mila’s Lechon.

Marinerong Pilipino looks to sustain the momentum it gained in this game when it faces the Akari-Adamson Falcons on Thursday, January 25 at 5:00pm. Zark’s Burgers, on the other hand, takes on the Batangas-EAC Generals on Tuesday, January 23 at 4:00pm.

The Scores:

Marinerong Pilipino 94 – Subido 20, Ayonayon 15, Paredes 14, Banal 14, Robles 10, Tolentino 4, Tratter 4, Pasaol 4, Terso 3, Lopez 2, Inigo 2, Babilonia 2, Toth 0.

Zark’s 92 – Marcelino JC 20, Perez 19, Nzeusseu 18, Ayaay 11, Ibanez 6, Marcelino JV 6, Cinco 5, Tansingco 3, Santos 2, Pretta 2, Marata 0, Liwag 0

Quarterscores: 17-19, 47-34, 69-58, 94-92

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Pirates notch first win at struggling Knights’ expense



After floundering in their first three games, the Lyceum of the Philippines University Pirates broke into the win column after trouncing the Colegio San Juan de Letran Knights, 20-25, 27-25, 25-20, 25-22, at the FilOil Flying V Centre.

The Pirates, after a sluggish start, got the best of their Intramuros neighbors by limiting their miscues in the latter three sets. According to head coach Emil Lontoc, Lyceum needed every bit of momentum they gained in their rousing win in the second set.

“Nabuhayan sila (Pirates) ng loob noong makalusot kami noong second set,” Lontoc said. “Mababa ‘yung nilaro namin nung simula tapos medyo struggle pa din noong sumunod na set. Pero nakabangon din. Crucial ‘yun kasi baka hindi na kami naka-angat kung natalo pa kami noong second set.”

The Pirates delivered three of their four aces in the final set to close the match. They also shored up their reception, finishing at 38 percent, after an atrocious start.

Jhonel Badua topped the Pirates with 19 points while Joeward Presnede added 14.

Lyceum (1-3) takes on the undefeated Arellano University (4-0) on Sunday at the FilOil Flying V Centre.

Paul John Alilio and Bobby Gatdula each provided Letran with 19 points. Christopher Cistina managed 11 markers.

Letran (0-4) aims for their first win against rivals San Beda College (3-1) on Monday.

The Scores

LPU (3) – Badua 19, Presnede 14, Lajara 9, Ilano 7, Samonte 5, Uy 5, Rubio (L)

CSJL (1) – Alilio 19, Gatdula 19, Cistina 11, Almoguerra 3, Ladeon 3, Dizon 2, Domingo 2, Brioso 0, Tumbali 0, Centeno (L), Timbreza (L)

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