Blog Posts by Chris Lagunzad

  • 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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  • Rain or Shine repels Air21's furious end game comeback bid

    Still in full control of its fate for the playoffs, Rain or Shine intends to make the most out of it.

    Leaning on the timely lift given by their locals coupled with a rejuvenated defensive stance, the Elasto Painters overcame the hard-fighting Air21 Express Monday night with an 87-82 victory to get back on track in the PBA Commissioners Cup at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum.

    Dragged into a tight finish after seeing its comfortable 13-point cushion trim down to just 78-80 with 1:14 left to play, Rain or Shine got clutch points from locals Paul Lee and Gabe Norwood while getting the job done collectively on the defensive end to survive the spirited fightback from Air21.

    Undersized forward Jervy Cruz helped filled up the slack of foul-hobbled import Wayne Chism by firing away a team-high 13 points but it was the 6-foot-1 Lee who restored order and fully helped the Painters bounced back from a painful 82-85 defeat inflicted by pace-setting Talk ‘N Text (9-0) last Wednesday.

    More importantly,

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  • Ginebra import lays an egg as Kings fall to surging Alaska Aces

    Defending champion Alaska utilized one potent weapon to send Barangay Ginebra crashing back to earth anew: Unforgiving defense.

    The Aces made life miserable for the Gin Kings throughout, turning their PBA Commissioners Cup finals rematch into a mismatch with an impressive 83-73 victory Sunday night at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum.

    Proving they indeed regained their championship form, the Aces buckled down defensively from the get-go and held the Gin Kings to repeated long scoring droughts to carve out their fourth straight win and fifth overall against three setbacks, moving up to solo third while keeping themselves in the hunt for the remaining twice-to-beat edge in the quarterfinals.

    Reigning Best Import awardee Rob Dozier served as the anchor anew with another double-double outing of 22 points and 16 rebounds while his local Alaska teammates, led by guards JVee Casio, made ample contributions to help stymie the lackluster Ginebra crew.

    With import Joshua Powell laying a big fat egg in

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  • GlobalPort finally wins one at Barako Bull's expense

    Finally!

    That practically summed up GlobalPort’s collective reaction after the Batang Pier overcame an end-game meltdown and a stubborn Barako Bull crew Sunday night 98-96 to finish their PBA Commissioners Cup campaign on a positive note at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum.

    Import Evan Brock (27 points) and sweet-shooting Mark Macapagal (21 points) came through with solid numbers on both ends but it was crafty playmaker Alex Cabagnot who stood tallest in the clutch and enabled GlobalPort to pull through against the hard-fighting Energy.

    After seeing Barako Bull erase what once a 21-point lead behind a strong fourth-quarter rally and tie the game at 93-apeice off a JC Intal at the top of the key with less than 30 seconds left, the 6-foot-11 Cabagnot took matters into his own hands and proved why he is called as “The Crunchman,” notably during his five-year stint with the Petron Blaze Boosters (now known as the San Miguel Beermen).

    Off a timeout sued by head coach Pido Jarencio, Cabagnot rose

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  • PBA, NBA players react to Manny Pacquiao's win

    Congratulatory words from several figures in sports and show business poured in for Filipino pride Manny Pacquiao following his impressive unanimous decision victory over American Timothy Bradley Jr. in their highly-anticipated rematch for the World Boxing Organization welterweight title Saturday night (Sunday afternoon, Manila time) at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada.

    Gilas Pilipinas standouts Gabe Norwood of Rain or Shine and Ginebra’s LA Tenorio, were the first ones to congratulate Pacquiao, who showed flashes of his old brilliance throughout that enabled him to get back at Bradley after absorbing a controversial split decision setback in June 2012.
     


     


     
    Even Brooklyn Nets star Paul Pierce took some time to send praises for Pacquiao, who once joined

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  • Without their import, Talk 'N Text squeaks past GlobalPort to sweep elims

    Even without the presence of import Richard Howell, Talk 'N Text found enough ways to survive hard-fighting GlobalPort.

    Digging deep into their vast reservoir of experience, the Tropang Texters held off the Batang Pier in a thrilling finish Friday night with a nail-biting 92-91 victory to complete a sweep of the PBA Commissioner’s Cup eliminations round at the Mall of Asia Arena.

    With the 6-foot-7 Howell sidelined with a right shoulder injury that he sustained in their  85-82 win over Rain or Shine last Wednesday, the Tropang Texters found the Batang Pier a tough nut to crack collectively but got clutch baskets from veterans Jayson Castro and Ranidel de Ocampo to become the first squad in the last 24 years to complete a sweep of an elimination round in a regular conference.

    Presto was the previous team to wield a big broom in the elimination round back in the 1990 All-Filipino Conference when it won its first 10 games.

    The 6-foot-6 De Ocampo led a balanced offensive attack with 17

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  • Meralco comes back from 22-point deficit to beat Barako Bull

    Meralco achieved what it failed to do last conference: Make it to the quarterfinal round.

    Coming through with another spirited fightback, the Bolts overcame an early 22-point deficit and a fast-starting Barako Bull Energy crew Friday night 105-98 to clinch a playoff berth in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup at the Mall of Asia Arena.

    After a sluggish start that saw them fall in a maze of turnovers and stare at a deficit as big as 22-44, the Bolts got their acts together late in the second canto then unleashed their full might in the pivotal half to complete another remarkable come-from-behind victory at the expense of the fading Energy.

    Import Darnell Jackson tallied a team-high 30 points, 17 of them coming in the second half, and got the needed support from locals Jared Dillinger, Gary David, Reynel Hugnatan and reserve guard Chris Timberlake as Meralco snapped a two-game losing skid, including a 78-88 setback dealt by Barangay Ginebra last April 2.

    More importantly, the Bolts improved to

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  • Derrick Pumaren replaces Boycie Zamar as UE Red Warriors head coach

    Sticking to its principle of tapping a homegrown head coach, University of the East selected former Red Warrior Derrick Pumaren to call the shots for its men's basketball team in lieu of the sacked Boycie Zamar.

    A member of UE's back-to-back championship teams in 1978 and 1979 in the UAAP men's cage wars, Pumaren has already hit the ground running Thursday by conducting the Red Warriors practice at the Tanduay gym in Manila along with his younger brother Dindo who will serve as his first assistant coach.

    Derrick Pumaren's appointment ended nearly two weeks of guessing game since Red Warriors team management gave Zamar and his coaching staff the pink slip last March 28.

    Yahoo Philippines previously reported former Letran coach Louie Alas had the inside track for the job and even "agreed in principle" to handle the Red Warriors after sitting down with Michael Tan, a son of business tycoon and top UE backer Lucio Tan.

    However, a group of "academicians" argued Alas has a concurrent

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  • Talk 'N Text bucks Howell's early exit to stay unbeaten against Rain or Shine

    Not even the absence of import Richard Howell in the second half and Rain or Shine’s last-ditch fightback could stop Talk ‘N Text’s surge to the top.

    Displaying steely nerves in the stretch, the Tropang Texters survived the Elasto Painters in a thrilling windup Wednesday night 85-82 to realize an immediate goal in the PBA Commissioners Cup at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum.

    After the hard-working 6-foot-7 Howell apparently injured his right shoulder following an awkward fall in the second canto and was taken to the hospital for precautionary measures at halftime, Talk ‘N Text utilized its roster depth and exhibited its vaunted firepower in the third canto where it nearly duplicated its 36-point output in the first canto and built a surprising 70-54 cushion going to the final 12 minutes.

    However, Rain or Shine mightily fought back and even pulled within 82-84 after guard Paul Lee drained a big triple off a timely kickout pass from import Wayne Chism, time down to just 61 seconds.

    But a

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  • San Mig Super Coffee snap out of skid against Air21

    Aware of the daunting task ahead, the Mixers of San Mig Super Coffee made sure they have gotten their usual bearings back.

    Banking on a decisive surge in the third canto, San Mig Super Coffee pulled away for a 97-84 victory over pesky Air21 Wednesday night to regain its winning form in the PBA Commissioners Cup at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum.

    Smarting from a pair of setbacks including a 75-81 defeat against streaking Talk ‘N Text last March 31, the Super Coffee Mixers found the Express a tough nut to crack in the early goings but dropped a telling 19-3 bomb anchored on their stingy defense in the third canto that turned a close contest into a cruise.

    Import James Mays delivered his usual numbers of 23 points and 15 rebounds but it was their collective defense that made things easier during that blinding run, with the Mixers holding down the Express to just a lone field goal in the last six minutes of the third canto that allowed them to turn a 53-all count into a 16-point lead and a

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