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Rain or Shine withstands SMB rally, knots up series 1-1



The Rain or Shine Elasto Painters held a 20-point lead in Game One but a furious San Miguel Beermen rally demolished the lead and steal the game.

Again, the Rain or Shine Elasto held a 21-point margin early in the fourth quarter in Game Two. With another meltdown threatening to put them on an 0-2 hole, Jeff Chan and the Elasto Painters were able to hold on in a 105-97 win against the Beermen to tie their semifinals series at 1-1 Thursday evening at the Smart Araneta Coliseum in Quezon City.

Both teams tweaked their starting lineups to shake things up in Game Two. However for the Beermen, their initial three-pointers were not falling consistently, while Rain or Shine played to be the aggressor in the early-goings of the game. The Elasto Painters pushed to an early 15-10 lead with all their initial men igniting the fast start.

Raymond Almazan and Gabe Norwood each had an open slam dunk in the first quarter that pushed the lead to double digits. In addition, already nine Painters entered the scoring column. This exposed SMB’s slow start, not only in the defensive, but also in the offensive end, as they had a five-minute drought that resulted to only 15 points with nine turnovers after 12 minutes of play.

A resurgent Jeff Chan also showed up, as he led the bench mob in increasing their lead in the second period. They opened it up with an 8-2 spurt to tie their largest lead of Game One at 22, 39-17.

San Miguel tried to assert June Mar Fajardo, as the center was able to fish for successive fouls that gave him a busy time from the foul stripe. As things get chippy in the near-end of the first half involving a handful of technical fouls called on multiple personnel, San Miguel was able to slice seven points before the break, while shooting a horrendous 28% clip.

Rain or Shine unleashed a 10-0 start in the new half, including back-to-back threes from rookie Maverick Ahanmisi. However, the Beermen countered with their intense defense that led to their own 10-1 in a small amount of time.

Momentum slowly shifted to the Beermen, as Fajardo and Alex Cabagnot asserted themselves to propel the Beermen to another seemingly second half fightback. On the other hand, Rain or Shine, who had a 6-minute silence without making a basket, was able to weather the storm behind key baskets by Paul Lee.

Good ball movement for the Elasto Painters extended their lead, 88-67 two minutes into the final frame. Behind the banged up Fajardo and a hot-handed Cabagnot, SMB managed to slice 10 points off in the next five minutes.

Jeff Chan then knocked down two pivotal threes to restore a baker’s dozen lead with 2:28 left. After a timeout, the Beermen put up seven fast points in the next 30 seconds. However, SMB failed to bolster their last stand, while Paul Lee, JR Quinahan, and Jeff Chan secured Game Two with free throws.

Rain or Shine had more rebounds, 61-49 and scored five more points from the foul stripe. They also had more second chance points after the game, 17-9.

Chan, who was scoreless in Game One, bounced back this time around with 16 points and four assists off the bench. After the match he opened up in saying that he needed to step-up after a disappointing Game One. “Naging aggressive ako,” the National Team sharpshooter said. “Pero kung lumamang kami, kailangan talaga ingatan, hindi puwede na yung ganun. Hindi kami puwede maging tentative.”

Five other Elasto Painters finished in double-figures with Don Trollano scoring 13 and JR Quinahan adding 12 markers. Paul Lee, Gabe Norwood, and Raymond Almazan also had excellent outings.

Fajardo had another monstrous game in putting up 38 points and 17 rebounds. However, the reigning MVP shot just 12/22 from the free throw area. Cabagnot also had a splendid outing in the loss, scoring 24 markers on 9/18 shooting.

The Scores:
Rain or Shine (105) – Chan 16, Trollano 13, Quinahan 12, Lee 11, Norwood 10, Almazan 10, Ahanmisi 9, Cruz 8. Belga 7, Ponferada 6, Tiu 3.
San Miguel Beer (97) – Fajardo 38, Cabagnot 24, Lassiter 13, Santos 10, Tubid 7, Lutz 3, Espinas 2, Omolon 0, De Ocampo 0, Ross 0, Arana 0, Heruela 0, Reyes 0.
Quarterscores: 31-15, 59-34, 75-66, 105-97.

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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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