Thursday, 16 May 2013

PBA Commissioner’s Cup 2013 Best Player of the Conference - Poll

The PBA Commissioner’s Cup Best Player of the Conference (BPC) award will likewise be between LA Tenorio and rookie Calvin Abueva battling for the award.

The award is set to be decided by votes from the media, players and top PBA officials. The winner will be announced just before Game Three of the Finals on Sunday at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.

Calvin Abueva takes the no. 1 seed at the end of the semifinals with his 28.5-point average. Followed by LA Tenorio with his 28.3 average SPs. Gary David of Globalport came in third with his 26.0 average SPs, while Alaska’s starting point guard JV Casio is in fourth spot with 25.4. Castro is in fifth with 25.2.

The top five statistical leaders are the only candidates for the BPC award. Cast your votes!

Sunday, 12 May 2013

PBA Commissioner's Cup 2013 Best Import - Poll

Awarding of best import for PBA Commissioner's Cup 2013 is near. Who is your pick for Best Import award?

Michael Dunigan, Robert Dozier, Vernon Macklin, Denzel Bowles, and Eric Dawson. But out of those five, who was the one that stood out the most?

Robert Dozier – Alaska Aces
   21.8 points, 17.1 rebounds, 2.1 assists, 0.7 steals, 2.6 blocks in 17 games.

Vernon Macklin – Barangay Ginebra San Miguel
   23.4 points, 14.5 rebounds, 3.5 assists, 1 steal, 1.1 blocks in 15 games. 

Denzel Bowles – San Mig Coffee Mixers
    22.9 points, 14.8 rebounds, 2.5 assists, 0.7 steals, 2.2 blocks in 17 games.
Michael Dunigan – Air 21 Express
    28.9 points, 15.4 rebounds, 3.3 assists, 0.6 steals, and 2.4 blocks in 15 games.

Eric Dawson – Meralco Bolts
   29.6 points, 16 rebounds, 2.8 assists, 3.1 steals, 1.9 blocks in 17 games.


Ginebra beats Talk 'n Text to set Finals with Alaska

Barangay Ginebra San Miguel saw their 22-point lead reduced to seven before holding on in the endgame to outlast the Talk 'N Text Tropang Texters, 111-103, on Sunday at the Araneta Coliseum.

LA Tenorio was the best player of the game with 28 points, six rebounds, five assists and a 12-of-14 shooting clip from the freethrow stripe.

A Tony Mitchell three with 2:11 remaining cut the lead to ten after an LA Tenorio layup, before Vernon Macklin split from the line. Another Tenorio fastbreak layup made it a 13-point game with 1:33 to go, 102-89, as Mitchell made only one from the line at the other end.

A Ginebra turnover led to a Ryan Reyes steal and layup, cutting the lead to ten with a little over a minute left, but the Tropa sent Mac Baracael to the line for a split. The Texters called for time with 61 seconds left on the clock, which led to a quick bucket from Ali Peek.

Kerby Raymundo trooped to the line as TNT tried to stop the clock. Raymundo drained both, giving the Texters 56.2 seconds to deal with an 11-point lead. After Norman Black called for his final timeout, Mitchell rung in a quick three, but Tenorio hit both from the freethrow line.

TNT responded with a Ryan Reyes basket, while Tenorio sank two more from the strop. The Texters went to Fonacier for a three at the top of the key, as the former Ateneo Blue Eagle only made one. After a forced miss by Fonacier, Mitchell hit another three, 109-103.

With 34.5 seconds remaining, Mark Caguioa was sent in by Ginebra head coach Alfrancis Chua. WIth 25.5 remaining, "The Spark" sank two more from the line, making it an eight-point game.

After JJ Helterbrand missed two from the line, Ginebra collared the offensive board, with Tenorio giving Caguioa the ball to dribble off the time.

The scores:

GINEBRA 111 - Tenorio 28, Macklin 22, Baracael 21, Helterbrand 15, Raymundo 13, Hatfield 6, Urbiztondo 3, Caguioa 2, Ellis 1, Mamaril 0.

TALK N' TEXT 103 - Mitchell 42, Castro 15, Peek 11, Reyes 10, Ferriols 9, Aban 8, Fonacier 3, Al-Hussaini 2, Carey 2, Raymundo 1, Gamalinda 0, Alvarez 0, Alapag 0.

Quarters: 27-18, 61-41, 78-69, 111-103

Sunday, 28 April 2013

Jared Dillinger out for rest of the conference

The Talk ‘N Text Tropang Texters are going to miss yet another key piece of their rotation as they trudge ahead in the Commissioner’s Cup playoffs.

Daredevil forward Jared Dillinger will miss the rest of the tournament after being involved in a vehicular accident early Saturday.

Talk ‘N Text coach Norman Black revealed the development shortly after the Tropang Texters’ 85-79 victory in Game Two of the semifinals over Barangay Ginebra San Miguel Sunday night.

“He’s gonna be out a while, at least the rest of the conference, and possibly into the next conference,” said Black.

“I don’t know the extent, but he hurt his midsection, I think his pelvis.”

Talk ‘N Text earlier lost star forward Kelly Williams, who left the team indefinitely to battle a recurrent blood disorder. The Tropang Texters have also missed Ali Peek in the quarterfinals, though Black said he expects the veteran center back in time for Game Three.

With a growing list of walking wounded, Black said he expects the rest of his crew to step up.

“Everybody says we’re such a deep team,” said Black, “so now is the time for us to show it.”

Friday, 26 April 2013

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Monday, 22 April 2013

After flu James Yap suffers back injury

Nothing has been going right for James Yap in this conference. If it wasn't headline-hugging off-court issues, it was a battle with the flu and, now, a nagging back problem.

The San Mig superstar, though, is fighting on.

"Ganoon talaga, sana maging okay na," Yap said after once again playing limited minutes while scoring seven points in San Mig's 100-92 win over Meralco on Sunday night. "Pero laban lang ng laban, kaya yan."

Yap has been struggling in the entire PBA Commissioner's Cup and more so in his past seven games, with San Mig coach Tim Cone admitting the two-time league MVP wouldn't even be on the court if it weren't the playoffs.

"If this was a regular elimination game, he wouldn’t be playing," said the multi-titled mentor. "It just so happened it’s a playoff game so he had to fight through. He’s doing the best he can in the series."

His latest injury problem is, actually, an offshoot of his bout with the flu in the previous weeks. In his desire to get back in shape, Yap did extra practice and ended up hurting his back.

The back injury, in turn, has become a dilemma for Cone.

"(When) he’s had warm-up, he’s okay to start the game. But when he sits down, his back starts to stiffen up, then loosens up a little bit later, then tightens up again," said the San Mig coach.

"It’s constant management for him. I’m a little scared to play him in the fourth quarter."

Cone, however, is hoping that the two days between Game Two and the deciding match on Wednesday would give his top gun enough time to get himself in better shape. Yap is also set to undergo an MRI scan on his back on Tuesday.

"We’re hoping now we have two days for therapy for James," Cone said. "Hope he gets better and healthy."

Sunday, 14 April 2013

PBA Standings as of April 14, 2013

Alaska Aces1130.786-W4
Rain or Shine Elasto Painters940.6921.5W1
San Mig Coffee Mixers860.5713W3
Petron Blaze Boosters760.5383.5L1
Talk 'N Text Tropang Texters760.5383.5W2
Barangay Ginebra San Miguel770.5004L2
Meralco Bolts670.4624.5L2
Air 21 Express680.4295W1
Barako Bull Energy Colas590.3576W1
GlobalPort Batang Pier2120.1439L11
Thursday, 11 April 2013

PBA Standings as of April 10, 2013

Alaska Aces1030.769-W3
Rain or Shine Elasto Painters840.6671L1
Petron Blaze Boosters750.5832W1
Barangay Ginebra San Miguel760.5382L1
San Mig Coffee Mixers760.5383W2
Meralco Bolts660.5003L1
Talk 'N Text Tropang Texters660.5003W1
Air 21 Express580.3854L3
Barako Bull Energy Colas480.3335L1
GlobalPort Batang Pier2100.1677L9

Wasted Oppurtunity of Air21, Canaleta

What a difference a month can make.

After putting together a four-game winning streak over a two-week span, Air21 suddenly found itself on a three-game slide two weeks, seriously dampening the team’s bid for a quarterfinals berth in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup.

The latest Express setback came Wednesday night at the hands of defending champion San Mig Coffee, 66-80, in a game that put to naught the 14-point fourth-quarter explosion of hotshot forward KG Canaleta.

“Sayang `yung mga ganyang games,” said the many-time slam dunk champion who rued the Express’ failure to take care of business in their last three outings.

Canaleta finished with 26 points including four three-pointers, but sub-par performances from other locals and the calf muscle injury sustained by point guard Mike Cortez weighed down the Express.

The latest loss put the Express in a critical position of missing the playoffs, while giving closest pursuer Barako Energy Cola a new lease on life in the race for the final quarterfinals berth.

As things stand now, Air21 (5-8) holds a one game edge over Barako Bull (4-8). The Express have one game left against Petron, while the Energy Cola still have two remaining assignments in Rain or Shine and lowly Globalport.

It’s a situation Air21 coach Franz Pumaren hates.

“Ako, I’ve never been dependent on other teams. We just have to take care of our business. This (situation) is beyond our control right now. I’d rather be in a position where we can control (our situation),” he said.

Tuesday, 12 March 2013

‘I go to war with you anytime’ said Robin Padilla to commissioner Chito Salud

One day after PBA comissioner Chito Salud made the decision to hand Renaldo Balkman a lifetime ban from the league after his meltdown last Friday, actor Robin Padilla took to Instagram to express his support for the commissioner, whom he said he would go to war with anytime.

by: Mikkel Bolante
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