Gilas Pilipinas 3×3 promises to use youth, ‘puso’ against tough teams in FIBA Asia Cup

‘We’re not worried about Giannis’ – Milwaukee’s MVP has poor game as Totronto bounce back 1-2

Coach Ronnie Magsanoc and the rest of the Gilas Pilipinas 3×3 team are pumped to take on the challenge of competing against some of the best international teams in the upcoming FIBA 3×3 Asia Cup in Changsha, China.

The 15th-seeded team is grouped with the fourth-seeded Qatar, 16th-seeded Iran, 21st-seeded Samoa, and 22nd-seeded Thailand in the five-day tournament.

Ricci Rivero, who is currently the 178th-ranked player in the nation, is expected to do much of the heavy lifting for the young squad composing of Rhayyan Amsali, RJ Abarrientos, Prince Rivero, and Barkley Ebona.

The SBP-supported team is also expected to face international counterparts whose ages are around 25 to 35 years old, which will pose a different challenge altogether for the national squad.

Instead of seeing it as a hurdle, Coach Magsanoc would rather see it as a positive since it will hasten the development of his young wards.

“These are national players already even before if I was appointed as the head of the program. This is just a continuity of what the program is already before,” said Magsanoc in an exclusive interview with FOX PH.

“[Them] being young is not going to be a roadblock but rather it is an investment for the national pool of players. I put my trust dito sa mga players na magrerepresent ng ating bansa. I believe in them and lalaban sila,” he further mentioned.

Ricci Rivero and Barkley Ebona were quick to echo their mentor’s statement and they are relishing their chance to represent the Philippines while remaining focused at the task at hand.

“We feel blessed on having this opportunity to participate and represent our country. It’s not going to be easy for us kasi open age ito and sobrang bata ng lineup namin compared to other teams. We’ll give everything that we got and just play our game,” said Ricci Rivero.

“Expected naman na lahat ng makakalaban namin ay matatangkad pa sa amin at mas malalakas ‘yung pangangatawan. Maasahan mo ‘yung hustle and puso namin na hindi susuko kahit anong mangyari,” added Barkley Ebona.

 

 

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UST remains undefeated, Adamson edges La Salle

‘We’re not worried about Giannis’ – Milwaukee’s MVP has poor game as Totronto bounce back 1-2

Adamson University banked on crucial layups off steals to upend De La Salle, 64-61, in the women’s division of the 25th Fr. Martin’s Cup Summer League presented by Resorts World Manila, Bedans 62-66, and Cocolife Saturday at the San Beda Gymnasium in Manila.

Having to survive back-to-back triples from Bea Dalisay that cut a late nine-point cushion down to three, Natalia Prado kept the Lady Archers at bay as she scored a layup off a steal to give the Lady Falcons a 62-57 cushion with 50.3 seconds left.

La Salle quickly scored in the next play and had a chance to even force overtime, but another Adamson steal led to the dagger layup from Leslie Flor with 4.5 ticks to play.

The crucial baskets preserved a 25-point outburst from Prado for the Lady Falcons, who took the lead for good after limiting the Lady Archers to just 10 points in the second quarter.

Dalisay finished with 13 points for La Salle, which despite ending the first quarter ahead, 18-13, failed to sustain the said good start.

In the other women’s division play, University of Santo Tomas blew past University of the East, 73-62 to preserve their pristine record (4-0).

The Golden Tigresses pulled away from the Lady Warriors thanks to a 25-point third quarter showing.

Taki Tacatac made a game-high 24 markers for UST, while Christine Cortisiano fired 19 for UE.

In the lone juniors game, Treston International High School drubbed Diliman Preparatory School, 86-64.

The Golden Cubs stifled the Junior Dragons from the get-go, limiting them to just seven first quarter points and never looking back.

Charles Dela Cruz fired 30 points for Treston. Raven Bajar, on the other hand, put up 18 markers for DPU.

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Adamson Soaring Falcons notch 4th straight win, NU Bulldogs outlast Diliman College

‘We’re not worried about Giannis’ – Milwaukee’s MVP has poor game as Totronto bounce back 1-2

The Adamson Soaring Falcons used a strong third quarter rally to pull away from the AMA Titans, 77-64, in the on-going 25th Fr. Martin’s Cup Summer League presented by Resorts World Manila, San Bedans 62-66, and Cocolife Friday at the San Beda Gymnasium in Manila.

Aaron Fermin’s 14 markers paced the San Marcelino-based squad to improve their win-loss record to 5-1 in the Group A Division standings. He was helped by Joshua Yerro and JL Capulong who recorded 11 apiece.

After a nip-and-tuck affair in the first two quarters, the Soaring Falcons turned their defense up a notch in the second half by holding the Titans to only seven points in the third quarter to gain the sizeable advantage that went up to as high as 22 points.

AMA tried to make a comeback late in the final period by cutting the deficit to as low as 10 points, but back-to-back layups from JL Capulong and Wilfrey Magbuhos sealed the deal for Adamson.

JR Dela Rosa and Fran Asuncion scored 20 and 14 points for AMA, who remain winless in the Seniors Group A Division.

In what was the highlight of the day, it was the NU Bulldogs ekeing out a win against the tough Diliman College side, 89-87, in the other Seniors Division matchup that went down to the wire up until the last minute.

With NU clinging on to a three-point lead, Diliman’s Robbie Darang knocked down a right wing three-pointer to tie it up at 86-all with 47.4 seconds left.

Right after a timeout, Jayson Puray answered back with a trey of his own to give the lead back to the Bulldogs, 89-86.

The Blue Dragons failed to capitalize on their opportunities as John Mahari went 1-of-2 from the charity stripe and Kevine Gandjeto missed a short stab in the ensuing possessions.

Patrick Yu led the Jeff Napa-mentored squad with 12 points while Jayson Puray scored 11.

Kevine Gandjeto and Robbie Darang poured in 15 markers apiece for Diliman College and Abdulaye Niang chipped in 12.

The Adamson’s junior division squad also did their job by edging the AMA Junior Titans, 79-74, to remain unbeaten in the Group B standings.

The UAAP club heavily relied on Jake Figueroa who poured in 12 of his 24 points in the final frame, as they almost squandered their lead after leading for the most part of the game.

Bucking a slow first half, Christian Germino led the charge for AMA by sparking an 10-3 run towards the end of the third period to take the lead momentarily from Adamson, capped off by an Alec Catorce buzzer beater.

But the Baby Falcons answered back in the final frame by scoring eight unanswered points in a span of two minutes and they never looked back from there. It was their fifth straight win in the tournament.

Christian Germino led the scoring for AMA with 21 markers, while forwards Alec Catorce and Earl Ceniza tallied 14 and 12 respectively.

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Here come the PBA imports: Justin Brownlee to help maintain the winning tradition of Ginebra

‘We’re not worried about Giannis’ – Milwaukee’s MVP has poor game as Totronto bounce back 1-2

It’s that time of the year again, as each PBA team will welcome battle-tested reinforcements for the highly anticipated 2019 PBA Commissioner’s Cup, slated to begin on May 19.

These imports, who were first welcomed by the league in 1981, have brought world-class talent to the Philippine hardwood and have raised the level of play among locals.

FOX Sports Philippines presents our “Here come the Imports” series, where we profile each PBA team’s basketball mercenaries for the upcoming conference, continuing with Ginebra’s returning import, Justin Brownlee.

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Professional experience

After being left undrafted in the 2011 NBA Draft, Brownlee brought his wares in the NBA G-League playing for the Erie Bayhawks and Maine Red Claws. He is also well-traveled as he’s played also in countries like Italy, France, and most recently in Lebanon where he helped Al Riyadi Beirut win the 2019 Antoine Choueiri Cup.

Experience in the Philippines

Here’s a guy who no longer needs an introduction from PBA fans, given he’s one of the league’s most beloved resident reinforcements. Since coming in as a replacement import for Paul Harris in 2016, the former St. John’s standout has led Ginebra to three titles ever since.

Other than playing for Ginebra, the Georgia native has also played for San Miguel Alab Pilipinas and for Mighty Sports Philippines, having played with international stars in PJ Ramos, Renaldo Balkman, and Lamar Odom.

Fit with Ginebra?

The 2018 Best Import Awardee should be sharp and fit seamlessly with Ginebra coming into the Commissioner’s Cup. Also, he would be used at the forward spots where he could use his combination of perimeter prowess and power to complement their bigs in Japeth Aguilar and Greg Slaughter.

He may be only 6’5” and getting up there with age, but there’s no doubt that Justin Brownlee remains one of the league’s most dangerous imports especially when he gets hot.

 

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Here come the PBA imports: Kyle Barone eager to boost Columbian’s playoff hopes

‘We’re not worried about Giannis’ – Milwaukee’s MVP has poor game as Totronto bounce back 1-2

It’s that time of the year again, as each PBA team will welcome battle-tested reinforcements for the highly anticipated 2019 PBA Commissioner’s Cup, slated to begin on May 19.

These imports, who were first welcomed by the league in 1981, have brought world-class talent to the Philippine hardwood and have raised the level of play among locals.

FOX Sports Philippines presents our “Here come the Imports” series, where we profile each PBA team’s basketball mercenaries for the upcoming conference, continuing with the Dyip’s addition, Kyle Barone.

ALSO READ — Justin Brownlee to help maintain the winning tradition of Ginebra

ALSO READ — Northport rolls the dice with Prince Ibeh

Professional experience

At only 29-years-old, Kyle Barone brings a ton of international experience on his resume coming in as the Columbian Dyip’s import in the upcoming Commissioner’s Cup.

The California native has played in places like Poland, Hungary, Japan, Taiwan, and most recently in Vietnam, where he represented the Saigon Heat in the ASEAN Basketball League.

The former University of Idaho standout towed Saigon Heat to reach the ABL quarterfinals before losing to the CLS Knights.

Fit with Columbian?

With a team built on speed and youth, a guy like Barone fits the bill as the interior presence the team desperately needs. The former WAC Player of the Year is a double-double machine and is an efficient shooter from the field in his stint with the ABL.

He is also a mobile big man that can guard perimeter players from time to time and he would definitely come in handy in facing the likes of Greg Slaughter and June Mar Fajardo as the Dyip is trying to bounce from their subpar performance last All-Filipino Cup.

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Collin Sexton raves about the Cavaliers’ core, hopes for more wins next season

‘We’re not worried about Giannis’ – Milwaukee’s MVP has poor game as Totronto bounce back 1-2

Despite having a tumultuous 2019 season, the Cleveland Cavaliers have a lot to look forward to especially with their young core slowly coming together.

With a core composing of guys like Collin Sexton, Jordan Clarkson, Cedi Osman, and Kevin Love, they’re hoping that their camaraderie off the court would translate to more wins next season.

“With guys like Tristan, Cedi, Kevin and myself, we have a great group of guys and personalities and we pretty much get along, just having fun on and off the court,” said Sexton in an exclusive interview with FOX PH.

Cedi Osman has improved immensely during his sophomore year after seeing his scoring average jump from 3.9 to 13.0 points per game.

Kevin Love just became the eight player in NBA history to have piled up 12,000 points, 7,000 rebounds, and 1,000 three-pointers, joining the likes of LeBron James, Antawn Jamison, Jason Kidd, Kobe Bryant, Dirk Nowitzki, Paul Pierce, and Rasheed Wallace.

Another bright spot for the Cavaliers is Jordan Clarkson, who led the league in most double-digit scoring games as a sub with 72 games. Moreover, Collin Sexton raved about Jordan Clarkson’s leadership and ability to provide instant offense for the Cavaliers.

“JC is a bucket-getter. He comes in the game and you know he’s going to get us some buckets for sure,” described Sexton.

“He’s real good and it was great playing with him this season and I can’t wait to play with him again next season,” he added.

With the core intact and having new key pieces, expect the Cleveland Cavaliers to have a much-improved season next year.

ALSO READ — Collin Sexton reflects on his rookie season, expresses optimism for team’s future

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Collin Sexton reflects on his rookie season, expresses optimism for team’s future

‘We’re not worried about Giannis’ – Milwaukee’s MVP has poor game as Totronto bounce back 1-2

Collin Sexton has already made a name for himself as one of the NBA’s top rookies, and bigger things are expected from him and the Cleveland Cavaliers as they gear up for the 2020 NBA season.

Over this past week, the Dan Gilbert-owned squad hired one of the best collegiate coaches in John Beilein and they also struck gold in the draft lottery by snuffing out the fifth overall pick in this year’s draft.

ALSO READ — Collin Sexton raves about the Cavaliers’ core, hopes for more wins next season

Having heard about these recent developments, Sexton shared his positive outlook for the team moving forward.

“I feel that we can have a good one next season and I’m looking forward to it,” said Sexton, who is set to be part of the annual Jr. NBA Philippines training camp.

“We plan on just picking up guys who can fit in our system. We want guys who can come in and get ready to go to work,” he said to members of the local press inside Raffles Makati.

Sexton achieved much success in his rookie season, posting norms of 16.7 points, 2.9 rebounds, and 3.0 assists per contest. He started in 72 out of the 82 games, emerging as the de facto floor general for the Cavaliers.

When asked about his offseason plans, the former SEC Freshmen of the Year bared that he will continue to work on his leadership and conditioning in order to keep up with the grind of a long regular season.

“It’s about learning on and off the court and also making sure that I take care of my body, which is why I played the full 82 games this season. Taking care of my body was the biggest thing because it takes a toll especially with all the games played,” mentioned Sexton.

“I’m just trying to get better all around – making shots and trying to be consistent so that I can have [another] full 82 games again next season,” he ended.

 

 

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NU Bulldogs fends off PCU Dolphins to get back on track in 25th Fr. Martin’s Cup Summer League

‘We’re not worried about Giannis’ – Milwaukee’s MVP has poor game as Totronto bounce back 1-2

The National University Bulldogs used a third quarter rally to dispatch the PCU Dolphins, 88-70 in the continuing 25th Fr. Martin’s Cup Summer League presented by Resorts World Manila, Bedans 62-66, and Cocolife Wednesday at the SGS Gym in Quezon City.

The UAAP squad outscored the Dolphins, 25-8 in the third period, enabling themselves to pull away and book the win.

With the victory, the Bulldogs evened their record to 2-2 in Group B of the seniors division. The Dolphins dropped to 1-4.

Mansour Geno and Patrick Yu led NU scorers with 15 and 12 points, respectively.

Sharpshooter Yves Sazon dropped 27 points on eight triples for the Dolphins but it went to waste yet again even as big man Chris Okoronkwo scored 14 more points for PCU.

In the lone women’s division meeting, the UST Tigresses spoiled the debut of the Adamson Lady Falcons, 69-60 and improved their immaculate record to 3-0.

The Tigresses’ balanced scoring saw them have four players finish in double-digit scoring, led by center Grace Irebu’s 14 points. Taki Tacatac and Eka Soriano tallied 11 markers each while Steph Villapando contributed 10.

Nathalia Prado paced Adamson with 18 points while Noive Ornopia chipped in 15.

The Tigresses leaned on their outside shooting, making six throughout the game compared to only two from their fellow UAAP counterparts.

In Juniors B action last Tuesday at the San Beda Gym, the Adamson Baby Falcons dominated the San Beda Red Cubs Team B, 77-66 to stay undefeated, while La Consolacion of Manila edged the San Sebastian Golden Staglets, 87-79.

Adamson established a 20-point cushion at the end of the third quarter against San Beda, 66-46 to cruise to the finish line and make it four wins in a row. Justine Pugay had 20 points including five triples. Rojan Montemayor topscored for the still winless Red Cubs with 23 markers.

The LCCM Blue Royals outscored the Golden Staglets, 28-18 in the third frame to turn things around and prevail towards the end. Ymard Urbano and John Cerezo teamed up, scoring 23 and 15 points, respectively for the Blue Royals who are now in solo second with a 3-2 record.

Milo Janao was a one-man show for San Sebastian, firing 34 points as his team dropped to an even 2-2 slate.

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Raymond Almazan to bring much-needed size for the Bolts’ frontcourt

‘We’re not worried about Giannis’ – Milwaukee’s MVP has poor game as Totronto bounce back 1-2

With the recent acquisition of mercurial forward Raymond Almazan, the Meralco Bolts are hoping that he could be what the doctor ordered for their aging frontcourt.

The PBA trade committee has already approved of the trade where the Meralco Bolts shipped away their 2019 and 2021 first round picks to acquire Almazan from the Rain or Shine Elasto Painters.

Meralco will finally get a legitimate big man that they’re in dire need of and head coach Norman Black expressed his optimism on having him on board.

“We’ve gone quite a few years now without being able to man the paint, particularly in the All-Filipino (Cup). He is a good shot blocker and rebounder. He can score around the basket and he’ll provide all the things we need,” said Norman Black.

 

“He’ll definitely make us better,” he emphasized.

Raymond Almazan will surely bolster Meralco’s playoff hopes especially since he’ll fit right into their nucleus composing of young standouts like Chris Newsome and Baser Amer and cagey veterans in Ranidel De Ocampo, Nard Pinto, and Cliff Hodge.

Moreover, Coach Norman Black believes that having a big with Almazan’s caliber will give them a better chance of winning it all this time around, as they plan on consistently contending for titles soon.

“Almazan is one of the best bigs in the country. He’s a national team player and he’s 6’8’’, which means he’ll give us some size and hopefully he can come in and help us inside the paint,” explained Black.

 

“We’ve given up a premium for him obviously, but we want to win now. We want to bring in a guy who could help us win right now,” he concluded.

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Philam Life 7s Football League — Season 3 Finals: Ghana F.C. Edges Super Eagles To Get First Title

‘We want to create excitement among our fans’ – Zidane on future

After settling for a heart-breaking runner-up finish in Season 2, Ghana F.C. dominated and broke through against the Super Eagles in their Philam Life 7s Football League men’s final rematch, 3-1, to emerge as champions in Season 3 Sunday at the McKinley Hill Stadium.

The Ayi Bimbo-mentored squad shocked the packed venue by controlling possession and scoring two quick goals in the first half, coming from forwards Emmanuel Mbata and Daniel Ashley to go up 2-0 in a 10-minute span.

It left the Super Eagles flat and unable to dictate the pace throughout the match as the ousted champions played catch-up for the entire duration.

In the second half, Super Eagles tried to mount a comeback with Emmanuel Sylvernus converting a goal. However, the defense and crisp passing of Ghana F.C. were too much to handle for them, and striker Junior Sam chipped in another goal to secure the victory.

“When we scored 2-0 in the first half, Super Eagles’ confidence was really shut down and even if they scored a goal in the second half, we were not worried because I know we can score another goal to seal the win. I knew already that we will get another goal,” said Bimbo.

“It was really hard for us to keep it at a clean sheet because of their pressing but I was glad that after they scored their lone goal, my teammates tried their best to score another one to kill their momentum,” added Steve Waledji.

“When I said that we will go all the way, I meant it. We were not going to think about our opponent, and we just focused on winning. I told (my guys) that this is not a revenge game. I told them that let’s all have fun,” added Bimbo.

In the women’s division, it was Outkast F.C. prevailing over the tough Stallion-Hiraya side, coming from behind to bag home the inaugural Philam Life 7s Women’s Football League title via a 2-1 win.

Hiraya’s Aiza Mondero opened the scoring in the final, as her side kept pressing early on in the first half. Stallion-Hiraya looked good after 25 minutes, but Outkast relied on veterans Let Dimzon and Loreta Ladero to pour in two goals to complete their comeback.

Ladero’s go-ahead goal came in the second half as she volleyed a cross from Alesa Dolino that went past Hiraya coach-goal keeper Haya Ibarra.

Their defense also tightened in the second half, as Stallion-Hiraya had a difficult time on their counter attacks and the Keuts Smith-managed squad controlled the possessions just enough to preserve the win.

“Maganda ‘yung chemistry namin tsaka guided kami ni Coach Let. ‘Yung system na pinasa niya sa amin is maganda kasi siya ang nakakaalam ng lahat ng nangyayari sa loob. ‘Yun talaga nagdala sa amin sa laro na ito. Siya ‘yung utak namin kaya sa kanya kami kumukuha ng tips,” said Mea Bernal.

“It feels great. I think what made the victory even better is we first had a hard time in the league, we started at the bottom of the standings. Fast forward to now, we were trailing 0-1 at the half time and we won. (All those hardships) made the victory even better,” said team manager Keuts Smith.

In the Philam Life 7s Football League all-star game, Team Foreigner All-Stars, coached by Danny Kross, walloped Bimbo’s Team Filipino All-Stars, 5-nil in the seasonal centerpiece of the league.

Strikers Kathy Aihunu and David Asare sparked Team Foreigners’ torrid start on offense by converting two goals in the first half. Hamed Hajimehdi, Stacey Arthur, and Ebere Ogochukwu scored one goal each to add on to their goal total as they built an insurmountable lead against Team Philippines.

Having topnotch goal keepers like Dini Outtara and Abu Ibrahim also helped the squad maintain the clean sheet throughout the match. The Foreigner All-Stars had players like Gui Matsunaga, Joaco Canas, Otuyemi Emmanuel, Hideo Muraoka, Petar Sajko, and Tako Odawara.

The Filipino All-Stars were bannered by Daniel Matsunaga, Anton Del Rosario, Roberto Orlandez, Roberto Corsame, Cedric Hodreal, Rafael Halili, Mateo Yuhico, Amanda Fernandez, and Joyce Semacio, to name a few.

In the 7s Youth League, it was Sugod, Sugod A, and Bohemian who emerged as best teams in their respective age brackets.

Sugod posted huge wins against Kaya A (4-1) and Kaya B (6-0) in the U5 division, while Sugod A won over Sugod B (1-0) and G8 B (8-1) in the U7 division.

Bohemian dominated in the U9 division by posting clean sheets against Bannister (3-0) and San Lo F.C. (8-0).

 

Here are the complete results for Match Day 14:

Philam Life 7s Youth League:

U5:

Kaya A 3, Kaya B 3

Sugod 4, Kaya A 1

Kaya A 2, G8 1

Kaya B 5, Sugod 1

Sugod 6, Kaya B 0

Kaya B 3, G8 0

 

U7:

Mondo 3, G8 2

G8 4, G8 B 3

G8 B 3, Mondo 3

Sugod A 8, G8 B 1

Sugod B 5, Sugod A 0

Sugod B 3, Mondo 1

Sugod A 1, Sugod B 0

Sugod B 5, G8 1

 

U9:

Sugod B 1, San Lo F.C. 0

Bohemian 3, Bannister 0

San Lo F.C. 2, Marista 0

Bohemian 8, San Lo F.C. 0

Sugod A 2, Sugod B 0

Mondo 2, Marista 1

 

7s Football League All-Star Game:

Team World 5, Team Philippines 0

 

Women’s 7s Football League:

Outkast F.C. 2, Stallions-Hiraya F.C. 1

 

Philam Life 7s Football League Men

Ghana F.C. 3, Super Eagles 1

Takeaways from San Miguel’s bounce back Game 6 win against Magnolia

‘We’re not worried about Giannis’ – Milwaukee’s MVP has poor game as Totronto bounce back 1-2

The San Miguel kept its title hopes alive by bouncing back from their Game Five loss against the Magnolia Hotshots, 98-86, on Sunday night at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.

Marcio Lassiter turned in his best game of the series by pouring in 20 points, seven rebounds, and three assists. The frontcourt duo of June Mar Fajardo and Christian Standhardinger tallied 23 and 16 markers, dominating the interior against the smaller Hotshots.

READ — Lassiter, San Miguel shrug off Game 5 heartbreak to force winner-take-all final game

San Miguel used a strong first half to build a cushion that set the tone for the entire game. They raced to a 25-12 in the first canto using their torrid shooting from deep.

With the Hotshots threatening to come and take the lead, June Mar Fajardo assumed the role as a closer by scoring key baskets to secure the victory.

The do-or-die Game Seven will happen on Wednesday at the same venue.

FOX Sports Philippines gives you insights from San Miguel’s Game 6 win.

San Miguel’s interior mastery

The Beermen were able to fully maximize their frontcourt as they outrebounded (53 to 40) and outscored the Hotshots in second chance points (31 to 11).

The combination of June Mar Fajardo and Christian Standhardinger proved to be devastating for Magnolia as they combined for 39 markers and 23 boards.

Hot shooting from deep

San Miguel is bound to get hot sooner or later but most of their three-point makes came from an unlikely source in Chris Ross. The defensive stalwart made all five of his three pointers in the first half.

Marcio Lassiter, shot an efficient 3-of-6 from deep while Terrence Romeo chipped in three as well. Overall, the SMC-backed squad made 14 treys compared to Magnolia’s three.

Maximizing Magnolia’s miscues

Even of the Hotshots had only 10 turnovers, the Beermen were able to maximize those by scoring 20 points off them.

Chris Ross and Marcio Lassiter accounted for five out seven steals total for San Miguel.

(Images from PBA Media Group)

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Perpetual pulls away from UP; Adamson edge feisty Treston

‘We’re not worried about Giannis’ – Milwaukee’s MVP has poor game as Totronto bounce back 1-2

The University of Perpetual Help used a hot third quarter run to pull away and beat the University of the Philippines, 83-66 in the continuing 25th Fr. Martin’s Cup Summer League presented by Resorts World Manila, Bedans 62-66, and Cocolife Saturday at the San Beda Gym in Manila.

Tonton Peralta and Jielo Razon joined hands in a blazing 29-7 third quarter onslaught from the Altas as they accounted for 20 points in the period to break the game wide open.

Peralta fired 23 points while Razon added 15 points, all but two coming in the third frame. CJ Catapusan wounded up with 21 markers while Pio Longa ended with 15 points, all from three-point range.

It was the Fighting Maroons who gained the upperhand first behind Longa’s three long-range bombs in the first period, but the UAAP runners-up were unable to sustain their momentum.

The Altas improved to 3-1 in Group A of the seniors division while the Fighting Maroons stayed winless at 0-3.

In the first game, the Adamson Soaring Falcons overcame a deficit in the fourth quarter to prevail against a feisty TRESTON Golden Lions side, 81-73 and take solo second in Group A with a 4-1 record.

It was close from the get-go before the Golden Lions opened the final quarter with seven unanswered points to make it 64-55.

Later, JM Sicat hit back to back baskets to push Treston ahead, 73-69 in the final two minutes of regulation.

But the Soaring Falcons closed out strong, as AP Manlapaz hit five straight to make it 74-73 for Adamson before free throws from Andrew Velasco under the last minute made it 77-73.

An unsportsmanlike foul from Sicat made matters worse with only 15 seconds to go, as Michael Macion converted two more from the charity stripe to put the game away.

It was a balanced effort from Velasco, Manlapaz, and Aaron Fermin, who tallied 14, 13, and 12 points respectively.

Big man Leo Esguerra paced the Golden Stallions with a game-high 20 markers.

In the other Group A match-up, the Mapua Cardinals walloped the AMA University Titans, 100-69.

Powered by their three-point shooting, the NCAA stalwarts established a sizable margin in the second period and never looked back.

Warren Bonifacio asserted his might inside with 25 big points while Joaquin Garcia and JJ Pido contributed 11 and 10 markers, respectively.

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Takeaways from Magnolia’s nail-biting Game Five win over San Miguel

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The Magnolia Hotshots are now at the precipice of being called champions for the second straight conference as they defeated the San Miguel Beermen, 88-86, on Friday night at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.

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In what was a thrilling, yet bizarre affair, the Hotshots were able to execute just enough down the stretch, edging their counterparts thanks to a buzzer beater jumper by Mark Barroca.

The cagey veteran led all scorers with 22 markers while Ian Sangalang notched 18 of his own while corraling 14 boards.

Five-time PBA MVP June Mar Fajardo paced the Beermen with 21 points and 22 rebounds.

With the Hotshots threatening to pull away late, the Beermen mounted a furious rally via a Terrence Romeo trey and a June Mar Fajardo and-one play.

In the last play of the ball game, Magnolia was able to swing the ball fast enough where Barroca attacked a corner closeout to pull up from the baseline to ice the game.

Game Six of this best-of-seven series is slated on Sunday at the same venue.

FOX Sports Philippines gives you insights from Magnolia’s Game 5 win.

Spiderman is in the building

In what was a bizarre turn of events, a guy dressed in a Spiderman costume stormed into the court colliding with guys like June Mar Fajardo and Christian Standhardinger in the process during the fourth quarter.

The streaker was caught right after the incident and he is further questioned by the PBA brass and the police. While his intentions to “spread love” was clear, storming down the court in the middle of the game is not viable avenue for that.

Magnolia’s precise ball movement

One of the underrated keys to Magnolia’s win is their ball movement, as they dished out 21 assists compared to San Miguel’s 13.

Jio Jalalon led the way with nine dimes, while hero of the game Mark Barroca poured in five. No one from the Beermen had more than four assists.

Barroca’s heroics

Where would Magnolia be without Mark Barroca?

With Paul Lee out for the most part due to a lingering shoulder injury, it was Mark Barroca who stepped up in the scoring department for the Hotshots, but none of that could be more important than his game-winning midrange jumper at the end of the buzzer.

The Zamboanga native continues to show everyone as to why he is one of the league’s most dependable point guards as he make clutch plays on both ends when needed.

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Gani Lawal seeks to play as long as he can, keeps up with the current trends to stay fit

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If Gani Lawal would have his way, he would prefer to pull off a Vince Carter where he will play basketball for as long as he can.

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How does he plan on doing so? For him, it’s about getting leaner and staying healthy, which is a trend pro basketball players do nowadays, as opposed to getting bulkier and more muscular back in the day.

“My goal really is to play ‘til I’m 42. If I’m going to do that, my body has to be at a certain place,” said Lawal in an exclusive interview with FOX Sports PH.

Compared to almost a decade ago, Gani Lawal is leaner, stronger, and faster than he’s ever been, and he’s done so by eating healthier and being a gym rat.

In fact, he recalled on being thought to do such practices back in his rookie days with the Phoenix Suns.

“When I was in college, everything was about bigger, faster, and stronger. I was probably close to 260 lbs in college. Then I remember when I got to the NBA with the Phoenix Suns, they told me that I was too big,” narrated the defensive workhorse.

 

“Over the last few years in my career, I cut back on the meats just to make sure that I’m lean because I’m a leaper. The less weight that I have and the stronger my core is, it will give me a chance to prevent injuries,” he added.

While primarily known for his rebounding and defense, the Georgia Tech alum is also working on his outside shot with the game today predicated on pace and space.

When asked on whether he’ll attempt a lot of them come the Commissioner’s Cup, Lawal mentioned that he’ll take those when the opportunity arises to keep defenses honest.

“Something I’ve been working on is my three-point shot. I probably won’t shoot a lot of them this year,” bared Lawal.

 

“But other than that, I’ll probably just sharpen on the things that I can do well. Hopefully, when I shoot 20 or 30 in a season, I’ll knock down 15 of them,” he ended.

 

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