Blog Posts by Chris Lagunzad

  • Wayne Chism relishing second chance with Rain or Shine

    Given another chance to prove his worth, import Wayne Chism immediately repaid the trust given to him by Rain or Shine.

    The 6-foot-9 Chism celebrated a triumphant return on Friday night, dishing out an impressive 20-20 performance while leading the Elasto Painters to a convincing 99-89 victory over the Alaska Aces in the PBA Commissioner's Cup at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum.

    Fresh from a stint in Israel with the Hapoel Gilboa Galil, Chism visibly slimmed down but remained a potent force in the lane, coming through with a team-high of 24 points while hauling down 22 big rebounds on top of four assists and three blocks in nearly 38 minutes of action.

    Chism, who led the Painters to a semifinals finish in the same conference last season, is convinced he can lead to greater heights, thanks to the muuch-needed confidence given by Rain or Shine coach Yeng Guiao.

    “It feels good with the confidence the coach has in me in the last conference that I was here. Hopefully, it carries over to this

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  • Wayne Chism gets triumphant PBA return as Painters beat Alaska

    Even without top guard Paul Lee, Rain or Shine still had another Gilas Pilipinas standout to turn to in the stretch.

    Wingman Gabe Norwood came through with big buckets in the critical juncture as the Elasto Painters got back at the Alaska Aces on Friday night 99-89 to gain a share of third spot in the PBA Commissioners Cup at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum.

    In control of the majority of the match despite the absence of the 6-foot-1 Lee who was sidelined by an injured left elbow he sustained in their recent practice, Rain or Shine still needed seven big points from the 6-foot-5 Norwood and a couple of defensive stops that highlighted their blinding 13-4 windup to hold off the Aces.

    Import Wayne Chism, who replaced Richard Jackson, made a triumphant return with a dominant 24-point, 21-rebound outing while Jeff Chan added 16 markers for the Painters, who improved to 4-2 overall alongside defending champion but suddenly struggling Purefoods Star, which they also beat 78-71 in Dipolog City over

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  • Jayson Castro happy to play alongside a bad boy in Ivan Johnson

    Guard Jayson Castro was glad he was able to help Talk ’N Text avert a monumental collapse against sister team NLEX on Friday night, but readily admitted he was even happier with the entry of import Ivan Johnson to their fold, giving the Tropang Texters an enforcer they long lacked of.

    Castro came through with the game-winning 18-foot jumper at the buzzer, enabling the Tropang Texters survive the hard-fighting Road Warriors 98-96 and preserving the 6-foot-8 Johnson’s solid debut in the PBA Commissioner's Cup at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum.

    A former Atlanta Hawks forward who recently took over the spot from reigning Best Import awardee Richard Howell, Johnson proved he’s as good as advertised as he sizzled with a team-high 32 points, spiked by three triples, on top of 10 rebounds, three steals, and an assist against three turnovers while getting slowed down by foul woes late in the thrilling windup.

    But more than his offensive production, Johnson provides the Texters the needed “bad boy”

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  • Jayson Castro saves the day as TNT beats NLEX at the buzzer

    Import Ivan Johnson lived up to the hype but it was cerebral guard Jayson Castro who saved the day for Talk ’N Text.

    The 5-foot-11 Castro drilled in a cold blooded 18-footer at the buzzer, helping the Tropang Texters hold off the late-charging NLEX Road Warriors on Friday night 98-96—their third straight victory—in the PBA Commissioner's Cup at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum.

    After squandering a big 29-point lead and allowing NLEX to knot the count at 96-apiece following Larry Fonacier’s excessive call of timeout that led to Road Warriors import Al Thornton’s game-tying free throw with 8.8 seconds left, Castro rushed the leather from the other end then soared for the game-winning jumper over defenders Rudy Lingganay and Jonas Villanueva as time expired, sparking a wild jubilation from the Texters bench.

    The 6-foot-8 Johnson, who took over the spot from last year’s Best Import awardee Richard Howell, finished with a team-high 32 points, most of them coming in their dominant showing in the

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  • Call them giant slayers! KIA upsets defending champ Purefoods

    Playing coach Manny Pacquiao made his much-waited return to Kia Motors and the Carnival made sure it would be an unforgettable one.

    Puerto Rican giant PJ Ramos and pint-sized guard LA Revilla provided the end-game brilliance, Kia Motors cut defending champion Purefoods Star down to size on Wednesday night, carving out a stunning 95-84 victory to stop a two-game losing skid in the PBA Commissioners Cup at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum.

    With Pacquiao, an eight-division world champion, calling the shots for the first time this conference, the Carnival proved a tough nut to crack for the Hotshots majority of the way then unleashed a jarring 16-2 closeout anchored on the 7-foot-3 Ramos and Revilla, a 5-foot-8 playmaker, to complete another monumental upset.

    Ramos frolicked in the lane with 32 points, including nine in the payoff canto, while Revilla, a former La Salle standout, added 18 markers and issued seven assists, most of them given to the Puerto Rican native as the Carnival notched just

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  • Ginebra getting close to top form says LA Tenorio

    Barangay Ginebra guard LA Tenorio is convinced he and his fellow Gin Kings are starting to get their acts together with the run-and-gun system of returning coach Ato Agustin.

    “Siguro mga nasa 80 percent na kami going to the halfway of the conference,” said the 5-foot-8 Tenorio following their 100-92 victory over expansion club Kia Motors on Friday night in the PBA Commissioners Cup at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum. “‘Yun naman talaga ang laro namin. (I think) nakukuha na rin talaga namin.”

    After battling stomach flu that forced him to spend the past few days in the hospital, Tenorio still came through with a solid performance with a game-high seven assists aside from 11 points, five rebounds and two steals against a pair of errors in more than 30 minutes of play.

    But more than his individual exploits, the former Gilas Pilipinas playmaker also credited the Gin Kings’ collective desire to play lockdown defense, notably in their decisive surge in the payoff canto that allowed them to pull

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  • Willie Miller gets his revenge against Barako Bull

    Beating Barako Bull is certainly a personal mission for current Talk ’N Text guard Willie Miller.

    The former two-time pro league MVP earned some measure of revenge on Friday night when the Tropang Texters stopped the three-game winning streak of the Energy 80-75 in the PBA Commissioner's Cup at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum.

    Playing against his former teammates for the first time since being snubbed by Barako Bull team management at the start of the pro league’s 40th season, the 5-foot-11 Miller came through with a decent showing of 13 markers, seven of them—anchored on a pair of triples—coming in the third canto as helped Talk ’N Text keep Barako Bull at bay.

    Aside from providing instant offense on his new role as a back-up shooting guard, Miller also could not help but smile from ear-to-ear as he gained some measure of payback on the Energy, who dropped to 3-1 overall in the company of the Texters.

    “Syempre lahat naman gusto naming talunin. Pero sa akin, personal lang talaga na
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  • Ginebra Kings grab second straight win as KIA runs out of gas

    For 38 long minutes, KIA kept in step with Barangay Ginebra. But when the Gin Kings shifted into high gear, the Carnival were left eating the dust.

    Findings its usual groove just in time, Barangay Ginebra defeated upset-conscious KIA on Friday night 100-92 for its second straight victory in the PBA Commissioner's Cup at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum.

    After finding the Carnival a tough nut to crack and holding to just a precarious one-point lead early in the fourth quarter, the Gin Kings rediscovered their lethal offensive form anchored on import Michael Dunigan while their locals, notably forward Japeth Aguilar, also did their fair share defensively en route to gaining a fitting follow-up to an impressive 95-82 victory over struggling sister team San Miguel Beer last Sunday.

    The 6-foot-9 Dunigan pumped in 11 of his team-high 27 points in the payoff canto on top of 11 rebounds, four assists and two blocks while center Greg Slaughter, guards LA Tenorio, Joseph Yeo, and Mark Caguioa

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  • Talk 'N Text stops Barako Bull's unbeaten run

    Barako Bull finally found its match in the form of formidable Talk ’N Text.

    Locals Jayson Castro and Larry Fonacier delivered clutch buckets in the stretch as the Tropang Texters stopped the unbeaten run of the Energy on Friday night 80-75 and put their PBA Commissioners Cup campaign back on track at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum.

    With import Richard Howell slowed down by foul woes, Castro and Fonacier—a pair of Gilas Pilipinas standouts—stepped up to the challenge as they drilled in two triples each that served as timely extinguishers to keep the Solomon Alabi-led Barako Bull fightback.

    The 5-foot-11 Castro led four other locals in double figures with a team-high 16 markers, spiked by four treys, while the 6-foot-8 Howell hauled down 18 rebounds on top of 11 markers while trying to slow down the 7-foot-1 Alabi, who had a dominant 20-20 performance of 21 points and 24 rebounds—both game-highs.

    However, Alabi failed to get enough local support, with reserve guard Carlo Lastimosa scattering 16

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  • SMB to tap ex-Rain or Shine import AZ Reid

    Reigning Philippine Cup champion San Miguel Beer is off to a sluggish start in the PBA Commissioner's Cup and an import change could help the Beermen turn their fortunes around.

    Arizona Reid, a two-time pro league Best Import awardee with Rain or Shine, is set to arrive on Manila by Monday as he takes over the spot of current San Miguel Beer reinforcement Ronald Roberts Jr.

    A highly-placed source bared on Thursday afternoon that the 6-foot-4 Reid will most likely see action on Tuesday when the Beermen try to snap a three-game losing skid in the mid-season conference against the Alaska Aces.

    “Positive na ‘yun,” said the source, who is privy to the development but spoke on the condition of anonymity.

    The 6-foot-8 Roberts proved to be a solid import for the Beermen, piling up game-averages of 22.67 points, 17.67 rebounds, 3.0 blocks, 1.0 assist, and 1.0 steal, but still failed to help San Miguel Beer claim a victory in its first three outings, even absorbing a pair of shocking losses from

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