Connect with us
[adinserter block="13"] [adinserter block="3"]

San Miguel still sizzling hot, gives skidding Blackwater fifth straight setback

Published

on

In a battle of the top and bottom seeded squads, the San Miguel Beermen pushed their winning run with a 115-83 victory over the struggling Blackwater Elites at the Smart Araneta Coliseum on Tuesday afternoon.

Looking as the tremendous team they were during their last seven games, the Beermen went jumping right from the get-go, as they built an early separation against Blackwater. While the Beermen crashed the rebounding battle in the opening minutes, they built a 10-2 lead on their strong frontcourt trio. Two baskets were countered quickly with a 6-0 response from the Beermen helped SMB build their first double-digit lead in the next three minutes of action with Arizona Reid bullying his way down low.

The strong start by San Miguel’s starters kept pounding on the cellar-dwelling Blackwater team as the latter had a tough time finding their groove offensively. Marcus Cousins tried to salvage up some points for the Elites but Reid kept the strong start on hold for the Beermen as he outscored the entire Blackwater squad during the majority of the first quarter. SMB shot close to 55% while Blackwater had seven early turnovers thus, the first quarter blowout.

Off the bench, Ronald Tubid knocked down a triple but was quickly answered by five straight points by Blackwater. Cousins made a jumper with over 8 minutes to go in the first half to trim the lead down to 15 at 38-23. However, this was as the Elites would get.. The Beermen would then go to a 19-6 berserk in the next five minutes with their good defense prevailing while balanced offense built the cushion. Despite Blackwater scoring their best quarter during the second with 28 points, SMB still went on cruising up by 17 entering the halftime break.

The Beermen kept on clinging with the double-digit lead they had as the guard duo of Marcio Lassiter and Chris Ross provided good on-ball defense that led to transition points on their end. A couple of turnovers on the Beermen’s end enabled the perimeter shooting of Blackwater to chip into the lead. The Elites were able to cut the lead down to 10, but the Beermen had far enough more firepower late in the period to once again build on their gap. Reid became the go-to-guy in the stretch as he scored and found his bigs for inside points.

Similar to how they opened up the ball game, the Beermen showcased an offensive-filled last quarter as they blew the game wide open and halted any chance of a Blackwater comeback. With still having majority of their starters on the floor, SMB outscored the Elites by 19, 35-16 in the payoff period to put the exclamation mark in the game. They also outscored their opponents 19-3 to put the icing in the cake as the fourth quarter proved to be a 12-minute frame of garbage time, just waiting for the final score to be settled.

The Beermen’s beyond-the-arc sniping was splendid as they shot 13-of-31, 42% clip compared to the Elites 2-of-16 subpar performance. SMB also took care of the ball with 12 less turnovers, 11-23.

Reid had a big game, finishing in triple-double with 39 points, 10 rebounds and 12 assists. Fajardo added 20 points and two steals. Cousin and Heruela combined for 40 points, nearly half the total output of the Elites.

The Beermen closes out their elimination round games against the Alaska Aces on Saturday, 5pm at Davao while Blackwater guns for to snap its cold streak versus NLEX on Friday at the Big Dome.

 

The Scores:

San Miguel (115) – Reid 39, Fajardo 20, Lassiter 17, Tubid 13, Santos 9, Lutz 6, Reyes 5, Ross 2, Fortuna 2, Omolon 2, Cabagnot 0, Espinas 0, Semerad 0

Blackwater(83) – Cousin 25, Heruela 15, Cervantes 11, Reyes 7, Erram 6, Faundo 6, Gamalinda 4, Bulawan 3, Ballesteros 2, Laure 2, Celiz 2, Timberlake 0, Acuna 0

Quarters: 32-14, 59-42, 80-67, 115-83

Advertisements
Advertisement
Click to comment

Basketball

Calvin Abueva rejuvenated with return of physical play: ‘Masarap maglaro’

Published

on

Photo by PBA Images

For Calvin Abueva, it feels great to play in the PBA nowadays.

The Beast, who has always been known as one of the league’s most physical players since entering in 2012, was all praises for the way the officiating has changed this 43rd season — by just letting all the players play.

“Mas gumanda yung tawagan ngayon, naging physical nga. Naging exciting para sa mga tao, mas marami na nanonood ngayon eh,” said Abueva moments after their 97-83 victory over the Barangay Ginebra San Miguel, Sunday night.

As has been said many times, physicality had become something controlled over the last two years. Abueva knows it too well, having been a casualty, as he has paid a bevy of penalties during that time.

And now that it is a thing of the past, the 6-foot-2 bruiser feels much better, knowing that he can display his brand of basketball once more.

“Masarap maglaro, talagang pisikalan,” said the 29-year-old forward from Angeles, Pampanga. “Siyempre makikita naman natin kung sinasadya o hindi, basta katawan lang.

“Pisikal. Yun yung magandang laro di ba?”

Aside from the comeback of physicality, what makes Abueva beam even more is the way the Aces have been playing in the 2018 Philippine Cup. After a 0-2 start in the tourney, they have now booked their third straight win.

“Nung 2017 parang nilubog na namin yung losing streak namin doon. Ito 2018 na at panibagong destination na naman yung ina-ano namin,” said Abueva, who had nine points, nine rebounds, and five assists against Ginebra.

“Sustain muna namin ‘to… Sana magtuloy-tuloy ‘tong winning streak namin.”

Advertisements
Continue Reading

Basketball

Alaska takes advantage of Greg Slaughter’s absence

Published

on

For the streaking Alaska Aces, their stunning 97-83 victory over the favored Barangay Ginebra San Miguel on Sunday night was partly made possible by the absence of one key player: seven-foot behemoth Greg Slaughter.

The 28-year-old center, who was averaging 20.67 points and 10.3 rebounds prior to Sunday, did not play against the Aces due to a hamstring injury. How he incurred the injury has yet to be determined.

“There’s a small person named Greg Slaughter who didn’t play; I think he has an impact on the game,” quipped coach Alex Compton after the match.

“[They missed] a guy who I think is gonna win an MVP soon in Greg Slaughter.

“Sometimes dito sa liga natin, you have to take advantage when opportunities come your way. You don’t want anybody to get hurt [though],” added Compton.

With Slaughter out of the way, the Aces’ big men feasted.

Vic Manuel top-billed with 18 points and five rebounds, and elder statesman Sonny Thoss turned back the clock with a 17-point, four-rebound outing.

“Malaking bonus na rin sa amin, kasi wala nga si Greg kaya nakuha namin yung panalo,” said Manuel.

“Yeah it definitely helped,” added the six-foot-seven Thoss, who shot 6-of-12 from the floor and made four of his freebies.

“He’s a big guy, he’s a big presence inside so it took one big guy off our shoulder.”

Slaughter was approached and asked by scribes regarding his injury, but he was not in the mood to comment. No one can blame him, though, since the Barangay have slipped to their second straight defeat after a 2-0 start.

“I’m always there in practice, going over our gameplans. But it’s better if you ask our PT,” he said.

Advertisements
Continue Reading

Basketball

Alaska completes turnaround at Greg Slaughter-less Ginebra’s expense

Published

on

Photo by PBA Images

A strong second half surge was all the Alaska Aces needed to turn back the heavily-favored Barangay Ginebra San Miguel, 97-83, and book their third straight victory, Sunday night at the Ynares Center in Antipolo City.

The Aces, who have yet to lose this 2018, have now improved to 3-2. Meanwhile, the Barangay absorbed their second straight loss and have dropped to 2-2.

“I was telling the guys na parang ang dami nating iniisip, hindi natin ginagawa yung ginagawa natin noong nakaraang dalawang linggo. Sabi ko relax lang tayo,” said coach Alex Compton, sharing what he told his wards that sparked the win.

Vic Manuel led the Milkmen with 18 points and five rebounds. Sonny Thoss turned back the clock as he made 17 markers on 6-of-12 shooting, while Chris Banchero supplied 14 points, six assists, and five rebounds.

The Aces were trailing by eight, 36-44 at the half, but it became a different ball game come the third chapter as they outscored the Gin Kings, 37 to 19, to erect a favorable 73-63 cushion heading into the game’s final 12 minutes.

From there, Alaska kept their foot on the gas to sustain their lead, which grew to as much as 18, 85-67, after their 6-0 spree — punctuated by Banchero’s lay-up plus a foul — with 6:14 remaining in the final frame.

Ginebra still tried to make one last push as they inched within 10, 75-85, but baskets by Thoss and Kevin Racal propelled Alaska to an 89-75 lead with 3:42 left to play — more than enough to knock out their counterparts.

“I was glad to come away with the win,” added Compton. “Sometimes, we have to take advantage of opportunities coming your way. You don’t want anybody to get hurt but when two number one picks on the other team aren’t playing… There.”

Jvee Casio had 13 markers for Alaska, while Calvin Abueva nearly had a double-double of nine points and nine boards along with five assists in 20 minutes.

Aljon Mariano had 15 points, nine rebounds, and three dimes for Ginebra, who — despite having Sol Mercado back in the fold after ankle issues — missed the services of Joe Devance and Greg Slaughter due to injuries.

Japeth Aguilar, Scottie Thompson, and Kevin Ferrer each scored 12 for the Barangay, with Thompson adding five assists. The trio combined for 15 of Ginebra’s 43 rebounds.

Alaska will aim to extend their streak versus the Blackwater Elite on Saturday, January 27 at 4:30 PM, while Ginebra will look to end their slump against the Phoenix Fuel Masters on Friday, January 26 at 7:00 PM. Both games are at SMART Araneta Coliseum.

The Scores:

Alaska 97 — Manuel 18, Thoss 17, Banchero 14, Casio 13, Abueva 9, Teng 9, Cruz 5, Enciso 3, Potts 3, Exciminiano 2, Magat 2, Racal 2, J. Pascual 0.

Ginebra 83 — Mariano 15, J. Aguilar 12, Ferrer 12, Thompson 12, Caguioa 8, Cruz 8, R. Aguilar 5, Tenorio 5, Mercado 2, Taha 2, Wilson 2, Jamito 0.

Quarterscores: 26-23, 36-44, 73-63, 97-83.

Advertisements
Continue Reading

Basketball

Frustrated Jared Dillinger admits ‘he’s getting sick’ of Meralco’s bad PH Cup runs

Published

on

It’s no secret that the Meralco Bolts have struggled in the Philippine Cup for the last three years. During the last two seasons, the eight-year-old franchise’s win-loss tally is four wins and 18 losses.

And in the 2018 edition, the narrative has been the same, with little to no hope of it turning the other way around.

The Bolts bowed to the TNT Katropa, 99-81, Sunday night — their third straight defeat after winning over Blackwater Elite in their opener last December. If things continue as they are, it looks like another poor all-Filipino tilt run is looming.

“We’re 1-3 and there’s nothing to be happy about,” said Jared Dillinger, who had 14 points and five caroms in the match at Ynares Center in Antipolo. “It’s a long season though… We [shouldn’t] panic but it’s not fun right now.

“The Philippine Cup has been our Achilles heel and every damn Philippine Cup we get our ass kicked. I’m getting sick of it.”

In this game, Meralco missed the services of top forwards Ranidel De Ocampo and Cliff Hodge due to injuries. But for Dillinger, those issues shouldn’t be excuses.

“When you get two guys like Ranidel and Cliff out, as a team, that’s the opportunity for the guys below them to step up,” asserted Dillinger, who has been with the franchise since 2013.

“It doesn’t have to mean scoring, getting the assists or rebound, it’s just making the right play, being smart.”

Asked what went wrong in this particular loss versus their sister team, where they shot just 39.2 percent from the floor and had committed 17 turnovers, the 10-year veteran lamented the poor effort that the Bolts put up.

“TNT didn’t do anything much, given that they played well. But they didn’t have any secret schemes against us. They just passed the ball around, and they got open shots,” added the 10-year pro, as TNT made 23 assists and shot 18 triples.

“Our effort wasn’t there. We got to put up the intensity cause it sucks right now.”

Meralco have a chance to end their slump against the Kia Picanto this Wednesday. Dillinger sees it as a do-or-die affair, warning that it will be a grind-out affair knowing that the Picanto is coming off a skid-ending win over Rain or Shine.

Do-or-die ’cause that’s gonna be a playoff game. Thank God they beat Rain or Shine ’cause you don’t want to be that one team that gives the win to a 0-16 [team]. You don’t want to play teams like that,” stressed the all-around forward.

“Nothing to take away from Kia though. It’s gonna be tough.”

Advertisements
Continue Reading

Trending