Alaska quickly put into good use the bitter lesson it learned the last time out. The same, however, could not be said of reeling Air21.
Preserving their best for last, the Aces outlasted the Express in overtime Wednesday night 97-91 to get their PLDT myDSL-PBA Philippine Cup campaign back on track at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum.
After falling short against three-time reigning titlist Talk 'N Text in a painful 111-114 defeat last week, Alaska found itself in nearly the same situation against a hard-fighting Air21 crew but made sure to get the job done this time behind a timely explosion led by do-it-all forward Calvin Abueva.
The 6-foot-2 Abueva spiked his 19-point, nine-rebound with a huge three-point play off a Vic Manuel at the 1:18 mark of the extended period for a 93-89 breather then the Aces held their own defensively in the crunch that enabled them to jack up their record to 2-3.
It was another heartbreaker for the Express, who controlled majority of the grit-and-grind match and even
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- Chris Lagunzad | Yahoo PH Sports – 15 hours ago
Alaska quickly put into good use the bitter lesson it learned the last time out. The same, however, could not be said of reeling Air21.Read More »from Aces prevail in overtime, keep Express winless
- Chris Lagunzad | Yahoo PH Sports – 18 hours ago
The injury bug continues to hound Petron Blaze but that doesn’t mean the Boosters will be slowing down.Read More »from Banged-up Petron stays unbeaten with win over Barako Bull
Getting a big lift from shock troopers Paolo Hubalde and Chico Lanete, the short-handed Boosters mustered enough offensive strength in the payoff canto to turn back upset-conscious Barako Bull Wednesday night 96-90 and stay unscathed in the PLDT myDSL PBA Philippine Cup at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum.
Still missing the services of ace playmaker Alex Cabagnot, Chris Ross, defender Ronald Tubid and big man Yousef Taha, Petron Blaze’s health woes turned from bad to worse as forward Chris Lutz sustained a tight hip flexor, leaving another big hole in the team’s offensive arsenal.
But Lanete and Hubalde responded to the challenge, delivering big buckets in the crunch while teaming up with usually reliables Marcio Lassiter, June Mar Fajardo and reigning league MVP Arwind Santos as the Boosters staved off the stubborn Energy Cola and notched their fourth straight victory.
The 6-foot-3 Lassiter
- Chris Lagunzad | Yahoo PH Sports – 23 hours ago
Being a naturalized Filipino, the Philippines will always have a special place in the heart of Gilas Pilipinas center Marcus Douthit.
The 6-foot-11 slotman offered further proof of that on Wednesday as he vowed to donate P500 for every point and rebound he would have for the victims of Super Typhoon “Yolanda” when he leads the Nationals’ title-retention bid in the upcoming 27th Southeast Asian Games in Naypyidaw, Myanmar.
I will donate 500 pesos every point and rebound I get in the sea games to Yolanda victims in tacloban !!!— marcus douthit (@DouthitMarcus) December 4, 2013
Shortly afterwards, one of his followers, identified as Austin Torres, also tweeted plans to donate P20 for every point and rebound the 33-year-old Douthit would collect.
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- Chris Lagunzad | Yahoo PH Sports – Tue, Dec 3, 2013 10:51 PM PHT
Although short-handed and relatively smaller, Meralco more than made up for it by combining its quickness and airtight 2-3 zone defense to topple favored Barangay Ginebra.Read More »from Hot-shooting Meralco stops Ginebra's unbeaten run
Despite losing veteran center Reynel Hugnatan early due to an ankle injury, the Bolts cut the erstwhile unbeaten Gin Kings down to size behind their desire on both ends and carved out a masterful 100-87 stunner Tuesday night in the PLDT myDSL PBA Philippine Cup at the Mall of Asia Arena.
Already missing energetic forward Cliff Hodge and veteran Kerby Raymundo due to separate injuries, Meralco suffered another blow when the 6-foot-4 Hugnatan stepped awkwardly on the foot of towering Ginebra rookie Greg Slaughter following a put-back attempt, leaving the Bolts without a needed defensive lynchpin down low.
But that development turned out to be a blessing in disguise as center Rabeh Al-Hussaini stepped up his game a notch higher notably on the defensive end and complemented the offensive brilliance of Jared Dillinger, Mike
- Chris Lagunzad | Yahoo PH Sports – Tue, Dec 3, 2013 9:29 PM PHT
Recharged and reloaded, three-time reigning titlist Talk ‘N Text proved too hot to handle on both ends for the suddenly slumping GlobalPort crew.Read More »from Talk 'N Text hammers GlobalPort on Alapag's special night
On-target offensively and unrelenting defensively, the Tropang Texters sauntered past the erratic Batang Pier Tuesday night 106-93 to gain a share of third spot in the PLDT myDSL PBA Philippine Cup at the Mall of Asia Arena.
Riding high on a morale-boosting 114-111 overtime victory against Alaska last Thursday, Talk ‘N Text immediately flaunted its dreaded offensive arsenal behind ace playmaker Jimmy Alapag, Larry Fonacier, rookie Eliud Poligrates and new recruit Danny Seigle then comfortably fended off the repeated rallies by GlobalPort to improve its record to 3-1, joining idle Rain or Shine in the process.
The 5-foot-9 Alapag, who became the 65th player in league history to play at least 500 games, finished with 19 points and also issued six assists to join eight other cagers with at least 3,000 dimes while five other teammates added at least
- Chris Lagunzad | Yahoo PH Sports – Sun, Dec 1, 2013 8:21 PM PHT
Barako Bull saw an end to its two-game winning streak, no thanks to Rain or Shine’s well-balanced offensive attack.Read More »from E-Painters deal Energy Cola their first loss
The Elasto Painters got off to a ferocious start then easily staved off the Energy Cola’s repeated fightbacks in eking out a 91-83 victory Sunday night to get back on track in the PLDT myDSL PBA Philippine Cup at the Mall of Asia Arena.
Eager to bounce back from a jolting 84-97 defeat inflicted by powerhouse Barangay Ginebra exactly a week ago, Rain or Shine came out of the gates smoking, racing to an early 25-10 cushion before methodically finishing off upset-conscious Barako Bull to improve to its record to 3-1.
The Energy Cola, despite their slow start, quickly recovered behind the exploits of former two-time league MVP Willie Miller and even pulled the closest at 48-49 early in the third canto but failed to gain any big surge from there, in the process absorbing their first loss after two impressive wins against slumping Air21 (88-75) and formidable Alaska (97-93).
- Chris Lagunzad | Yahoo PH Sports – Sun, Dec 1, 2013 7:54 PM PHT
The San Mig Super Coffee Mixers had to work overtime to snap out of an alarming funk. Actually, they had to work double overtime.Read More »from San Mig needs two overtimes to notch first win
With rookie Ian Sangalang coming up big just when he was needed the most, San Mig Super Coffee outlasted stubborn Air21, 92-83, in double overtime to snap a three-game losing skid while notching its first victory in the PLDT myDSL-PBA Philippine Cup at the Mall of Asia Arena.
Reeling from three straight setbacks including a 78-91 decision at the hands of pacesetting Petron Blaze last Wednesday, the Mixers had another sluggish start, trailing by as many as 14 points, but recovered their bearings behind guard Mark Barroca and forward Marc Pingris before scrambling anew to keep in step with the gritty Express crew in the first overtime.
The absence of veteran center Asi Taulava and forward Vic Manuel in the second extra period, however, took its toll on Air21 as the 6-foot-7 Sangalang teamed up with the diminutive Barroca and buckled down to work, scoring eight of
- Chris Lagunzad | Yahoo PH Sports – Thu, Nov 28, 2013 10:15 PM PHT
Tested to the hilt by the youthful GlobalPort duo of Terrence Romeo and RR Garcia, Barangay Ginebra ace Mark Caguioa accepted the challenge and made sure he had the last laugh.Read More »from Romeo shines but Caguioa takes charge as Ginebra spanks GlobalPort
The former league MVP turned back the hands of Father Time in the crunch, firing away 14 big points to help the Gin Kings dodge a bullet from the resilient Batang Pier to win, 109-104, and gain a share of the lead in the PLDT myDSL-PBA Philippine Cup at the Mall of Asia Arena.
After leading by as many as 19 in the second period, Ginebra still walked a tight rope as GlobalPort, mainly behind the exploits of standout rookies Romeo and Garcia, mightily charged back in the payoff canto and even took a 93-91 lead with 4:02 left to play.
That big run, however, just brought fire in the eyes of the 34-year-old Caguioa, who suddenly sizzled and accounted for all but four of the Gin Kings’ points in a ferocious 18-11 closeout that enabled them to notch their third straight victory, tying sister team and idle Petron Blaze at
- Chris Lagunzad | Yahoo PH Sports – Thu, Nov 28, 2013 8:46 PM PHT
Jayson Castro’s big offensive performance came in the most opportune time for defending champion Talk ‘N Text.Read More »from Castro sizzles as Talk 'N Text outlasts Alaska in overtime
The 5-foot-11 guard sizzled with a career-high 33 points, including a go-ahead three-point play in the stretch, as the Tropang Texters outlasted the stubborn Alaska Aces in overtime Thursday night 114-111 to get back on track in the PLDT myDSL-PBA Philippine Cup at the Mall of Asia Arena.
Held down to just 15 markers in their 63-77 setback at the hands of pace-setting Petron Blaze last Saturday, Castro came through with his finest offensive showing since joining the pro league in 2008, making half of his 22 attempts from the field including 14 huge points in the fourth and extended periods, capped by a gutsy lay-up plus a foul off Aldrech Ramos that put Talk ‘N Text up for good 109-108 with 2:11 left to play.
A huge triple by former league MVP Jimmy Alapag preserved Castro’s heroics before forwards Kelly Williams and Harvey Carey sealed the deal for the Texters with a pair of
- Chris Lagunzad | Yahoo PH Sports – Wed, Nov 27, 2013 10:37 PM PHT
Petron Blaze badly wanted to get back at San Mig Coffee, and June Mar Fajardo made sure it would happen.Read More »from Petron gets back at San Mig for third straight win
The 6-foot-10 Fajardo towered over the injury-plagued Super Coffee Mixers literally and figuratively, leading the Boosters to a 91-78 victory Wednesday night and into the solo leadership in the PLDT myDSL PBA Philippine Cup at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum.
Raring to get back at the same crew that dealt them a big stunner in the Governors' Cup finals that went the full seven-game route last month, the Boosters leaned heavily on Fajardo, who finished with 25 huge boards on top of 21 points and four blocks, while getting the usual numbers from reigning league MVP Arwind Santos, Marcio Lassiter and Chris Lutz to pile up more misery on the banged-up Mixers.
It was the third straight win for Petron Blaze while compounding the woes of San Mig Coffee, which remained winless after three starts.
Despite the continued absence of guards Alex Cabagnot and Chris Ross along with top defender Ronald