Blog Posts by Chris Lagunzad

  • Rain or Shine beats Meralco to force sudden death match

    Rain or Shine head coach Yeng Guiao challenged his wards to rise up to the challenge and the Elasto Painters certainly heeded the call.

    Falling back to its usual sharp form, Rain or Shine got back at Meralco Wednesday night 102-93 to take their best-of-three PBA Commissioners Cup quarterfinals series to a do-or-die showdown at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum.

    Smarting from a 91-94 setback in the series opener last Monday, the Painters displayed their potent offense from the get-go then fended off the Bolts last-ditch fightback behind their defense to force a decider on Saturday also at the Big Dome.

    Import Wayne Chism came through anew with solid numbers of 26 points, seven rebounds, six blocks and five blocks while four local teammates chipped in at least 10 markers for the Painters, who seized control late in the second canto where they uncorked a 14-2 closeout to take a 49-32 cushion at the break.

    Then they continued to pour it on in the third canto, leading by as many as 19 points, the

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  • Mixers give Alaska a dose of their own medicine to force knockout match

    San Mig Super Coffee simply refused to fade into the night.

    The Mixers gave defending champion Alaska a perfect dose of its own medicine in the payoff canto, grinding out a 70-65 victory Wednesday to forge a sudden-death match in their PBA Commissioners Cup quarterfinals series at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum.

    Reeling from two straight setbacks, including a 77-86 decision two days ago, against the defense-minded Aces, the Mixers turned the tables around and held their opponents to a decisive eight-minute drought while firing away 16 unanswered points in the payoff canto to drag the highly-physical series to a winner-take-all match either on Friday or Saturday.

    Down by as many as 13 points and staring at a 24-36 deficit at the break, San Mig Super Coffee started to get its usual groove in the third canto then even tightened up its defensive screws in the final canto to bring an erstwhile streaking Alaska back to earth.

    After Dondon Hontiveros restored the Aces lead back to 57-51 early in

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  • Talk 'N Text demolishes Ginebra, sends them to early vacation

    Talk ‘N Text wasted no little time in sending Barangay Ginebra packing.

    With returning import Richard Howell throwing his full weight in the lane, the top-seeded Tropang Texters hacked out a dominant 97-84 victory against eighth-ranked Gin Kings Tuesday night to storm into the PBA Commissioners Cup semifinals at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum.

    Showing he has indeed fully covered from a bruised right shoulder he sustained in their 85-82 win over Rain or Shine last April 9, the 6-foot-7 Howell immediately asserted himself in the lane and served as Talk ‘N Text’s uncontainable force notably in their merciless showing in the third canto that enabled them to break away for good from a lackluster Ginebra side.

    Howell went on to finish with  41 points, 14 of them coming in the third canto where Talk ‘N Text exploded for 37 points and turned an eight-point halftime lead into a whopping 79-53 bubble going to the last 12 minutes. He also added 22 rebounds.

    Conspiring with Howell in that decisive

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  • Air21 forces San Miguel Beer to a do-or-die game with bell-to-bell win

    With its back pushed against the wall, Air21 made sure it won’t commit a costly mistake that it made against favored San Miguel Beer the last time out.

    Getting a big lift from their locals throughout, the seventh-seeded Express staved off elimination with a wire-to-wire 92-79 victory over the second-ranked Beermen Tuesday night in their PBA Commissioners Cup quarterfinals battle at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum.

    Proving they have learned their bitter lesson in their 85-93 setback last Wednesday when they blew an 18-point lead, the Express jumped the gun on the flat-footed Beermen, scoring the first six points while leading by as many as 17, then found a timely offensive weapon in forward Sean Anthony in the second half to complete the stunner.

    The 6-foot-4 Anthony pumped in all but four of his team-high 25 markers in the pivotal half while fellow locals Asia Taulava, Eloy Poligrates and Joseph Yeo delivered ample goods to backstop the 18-point outing by import Wes Witherspoon.

    San Miguel

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  • Dan Palami named team manager of UP Fighting Maroons

    The man mainly credited with the revival of Philippine football will now take on an even more daunting challenge: manage the University of the Philippines men's basketball team.

    Yahoo Philippines Sports has learned that Dan Stephen Palami, the chief benefactor of the Azkals, the country's national football team, will now also serve as the team manager of the Fighting Maroons, bidding to inject life into the university's long-suffering basketball program.

    Palami, 43, earned his with degree in Business Administration and Accountancy at UP and is a Certified Public Accountant. He is considered one of the most successful businessmen in the country, and will try to inject into the Fighting Maroons the same winning formula he used on the Azkals.

    A source with knowledge of the situation told Yahoo Philippines that Palami will not be the sole financier of the Maroons, but rather will spearhead efforts to raise funds for the team and will act as the point person for the team's finances.

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  • Alaska pushes San Mig Super Coffee to the brink of elimination

    Recharged and all, San Mig Super Coffee still could not find a way to solve Alaska’s perplexing puzzle.

    Banking on a decisive six-minute wonder in the payoff canto, the defending champion Aces sustained their mastery over the Super Coffee Mixers Monday night with a convincing 87-77 victory to inch closer towards the semifinal round in the PBA Commissioners Cup at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum.

    Riding high on a five-game winning run including an equally impressive 85-66 victory in their previous meeting the night before, Alaska employed a suffocating defensive blanket that sparked a decisive 14-0 nothing in the payoff canto and enabled it to pull away for good from the retooled San Mig Super Coffee crew.

    Reigning Best Import Rob Dozier led all scorers with 24 points and served as the defensive anchor in the Aces’ strong surge in the fourth canto where they held the Mixers scoreless in a telling six-minute span while turning a precarious one-point lead into a commanding 84-69 spread going

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  • Jackson's crucial baskets help Bolts outlast weary Elasto Painters

    When the going gets tough, Meralco could now bank on its renewed defensive vigor.

    Proof to that was the Bolts’ unforgiving defense in the stretch that enabled them to turn back the hard-fighting Rain or Shine Elasto Painters Monday night 94-91 and take the opener of their best-of-three quarterfinals series in the PBA Commissioners Cup at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum.

    Import Darnell Jackson pumped in team-high 30 points, including the team’s last four points, while gunner Gary David sizzled with 27 markers, most of them coming in the second half, but it was Meralco’s willingness to play lockdown defense notably in the last three minutes that helped them rally past a pumped-up Rain or Shine crew.

    Completing the Bolts’ defensive job was do-it-all forward Cliff Hodge, who recovered himself and soared in time to block Painters guard Paul Lee’s potentially-tying triple as time expired.

    More than avenging a 79-96 setback dealt by third-ranked Rain or Shine in their previous meeting last March

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  • Rain or Shine sends Ginebra to the bottom with overtime win

    And the quarterfinal picture is now clear.

    Saving its best for last, Rain or Shine outlasted Barangay Ginebra in overtime Sunday night 105-101 to put itself in a better position in the upcoming PBA Commissioners Cup quarterfinal round at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum.

    After being down by as many as 13 points while struggling to put the cuffs on Gin Kings’ ‘balik’-import Gabe Freeman in the early goings, the Painters turned to import Wayne Chism and crafty guard Paul Lee in crucial stretches, notably in the extra five-minute period, to carve out the much-needed win that settled the final placings in the eight-team playoff cast.

    The 6-foot-8 Chism led all scorers with 30 points on top of 15 rebounds and five blocks while the 6-foot-1 Lee banged in 25 markers, most of them coming in the second half, as Rain or Shine gained a fitting follow-up to its 87-82 win over eliminated Air21 last week and improved to 5-4 overall, forcing a tie with Meralco from fifth to sixth spots.

    The Painters and

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  • Alaska blows out undermanned San Mig Super Coffee

    Alaska’s Aces appeared ready to conquer the tougher challenge ahead. The same, however, could not be said of the injury-plagued Mixers of San Mig Super Coffee.

    Unforgiving on defense throughout, the defending champions compounded the woes of the depleted Mixers with a dominant 85-66 victory Sunday afternoon to close out their PBA Commissioners Cup eliminations campaign on a strong note at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum.

    Fresh from a one-week respite, the Aces showed no signs of slowing down and even showed no mercy on a short-handed Mixers crew which sorely missed the presence of import James Mays (back), former two-time league MVP James Yap (Back), ace forward Marc Pingris (left rib cage) and key reserve Justin Melton (right middle finger) who are both nursing their respective injuries.

    The win was the fifth straight and sixth overall against three defeats for the surging Aces, who moved up to solo third and are now waiting for their rival in a best-of-three quarterfinals series that

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  • Meralco Bolts zap Pingris-less San Mig Super Coffee Mixers

    Meralco gave San Mig Super Coffee a perfect dose of its own medicine and earned a fitting reward.

    Working behind a dominant second half performance, the Bolts compounded the woes of the struggling Mixers with a convincing 88-78 victory Monday night to seize solo fourth spot in the PBA Commissioners Cup at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum.

    After losing momentum in the second canto while staring at a 39-41 deficit at the break, the Bolts unloaded a telling 18-2 onslaught to start the third canto then took control for good behind their sustained defensive stance to pile up more misery on the depleted Mixers side.

    Import Darnell Jackson banged in a double-double outing of 31 points and 18 rebounds while locals Jared Dillinger (21 markers) and Gary David (18) provided the usual numbers that enabled Meralco to gain a fitting follow-up to a 105-98 win over Barako Bull last Friday and finished its eliminations campaign with a 5-4 mark.

    With ace forward Marc Pingris and key reserve Justin Melton

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