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Alaska pounces on hobbled Ginebra to book final four date with Rain or Shine

InterAksyon.com · Wednesday, June 18, 2014 · 10:11 pm
PBA/Nuki Sabio
PBA/Nuki Sabio

The Alaska Aces knocked out Barangay Ginebra San Miguel, 92-81, on Wednesday at SMART-Araneta Coliseum to advance to the PLDT Home Telpad Governors’ Cup semifinals against Rain or Shine.

With the win, the Aces advanced past the quarterfinals stage of a PBA tournament for the first time since they won the Commissioner’s Cup last season.

The Aces weathered a hot start from the Gin Kings in the first quarter before taking advantage of an injury to Ginebra import Zaccheus Mason.

Ginebra, which had to win twice to beat Alaska in the series, began the game on fire, scoring the first nine points.

The Gin Kings were still up, 21-14, early in the second period when disaster struck as Mason’s right knee buckled on a drive. The hulking Ginebra reinforcement crumpled to the floor and had to be helped back to the locker room.

With Ginebra hobbled, Alaska took advantage, outscoring Ginebra, 25-12, in the second quarter to take a 39-33 cushion at halftime.

Mason tried to play to start the third period, but soon had to be taken out. With him out for good, Alaska opened up its biggest lead, 54-38, midway through the third period.

Showing “Never Say Die” spirit, the Gin Kings fought back, chipping away at the lead. Ginebra came all the way to within four points, 81-77, after two free throws from Japeth Aguilar.

The Gin Kings seemed to have the Aces on the ropes, but JVee Casio hit a bailout three-pointer at the shotclock buzzer to give Alaska more breathing room, 84-77, with 3:11 remaining.

The Aces followed that up with a defensive stop and another three-pointer from Dondon Hontiveros that pushed the lead back to 10, 87-77.

Alaska held on the rest of the way to book its fourth straight win since an embarrassing 51-point defeat at the hands of the Elasto Painters two weeks ago.

The scores:

ALASKA 92 – Casio 15, Espinas 12, Hontiveros 12, Abueva 12, Manuel 12, Thoss 11, Walker 7, Jazul 7, Dela Cruz 2, Baguio 2, Belasco 0.

GINEBRA 81 – Aguilar 18, Slaughter 16, Baracael 10, Ababou 10, Helterbrand 7, Caguioa 7, Tenorio 6, Mamaril 3, Mason 2, Reyes 2, Ellis 0, Monfort 0.

Quarterscores: 14-21, 39-33, 64-54, 92-81

Source: http://www.interaksyon.com/interaktv/alaska-pounces-on-hobbled-ginebra-to-book-final-four-date-with-rain-or-shine

Talk ‘N Text clinches No. 1 seed, denies Ginebra twice-to-beat bonus

InterAksyon.com · Sunday, June 15, 2014 · 7:08 pm
PBA/Nuki Sabio
PBA/Nuki Sabio

Talk ‘N Text secured the No. 1 seed in the PLDT Home Telpad Governors’ Cup with a come-from-behind 96-92 victory over Barangay Ginebra San Miguel at SMART-Araneta Coliseum.

The Tropang Texters finished the elimination round at 7-2 to finish at the top of the standings for the second straight tournament. They also played the spoilers’ role, sending Ginebra to 5-4 to deny the Gin Kings a spot in the top four, which comes with twice-to-beat advantage in the quarterfinals.

Talk ‘N Text will begin its quarterfinals campaign on Tuesday against No. 8 seed Barako Bull. Ginebra could end up at either No. 5 or No. 6 depending on the result of Monday’s matchup between Rain or Shine and San Mig Coffee.

The Tropang Texters’ win also gave the Mixers one of the top four spots.

Back-to-back three-pointers from Mac Baracael gave Ginebra its biggest lead, 67-53, capping a 17-3 run for the Gin Kings late in the third quarter.

But Ginebra was dealt a tough blow after star center Greg Slaughter had to go out of the game after suffering a deep cut underneath his right eye after fouling Talk ‘N Text import Paul Harris. That came in the middle of a furious 21-6 run that pushed Talk ‘N Text ahead, 74-73, midway through the fourth quarter.

The lead seesawed between the two teams, before Ginebra import Zaccheus Mason tied the game at 83-all with two minutes to play.

“It felt like I was on a roller coaster today, both teams kept making runs,” said Talk ‘N Text coach Norman Black.

Talk ‘N Text showed its championship poise down the stretch, scoring the next seven points of the game, capped by a three-pointer from Harris with 35 seconds remaining.

“Paul Harris once again came up big in the end for us,” said Black.

Harris led Talk ‘N Text with 31 points and 16 rebounds.

The scores:

TALK N’ TEXT 96 – Harris 31, De Ocampo 18, Castro 18, Fonacier 12, Canaleta 8, Alapag 5, Williams 2, Baclao 2, Reyes Ryan 0, Reyes Rob 0, Carey 0.

GINEBRA 92 – Aguilar 18, Mason 15, Slaughter 15, Baracael 14, Tanorio 14, Ababou 7, Helterbrand 3, Knuttel 2, Reyes 2, Monfort 2, Ellis 0, Caguioa 0.

Quarters: 19-20, 40-46, 55-67, 96-92

Source: http://www.interaksyon.com/interaktv/talk-n-text-clinches-no-1-seed-denies-ginebra-twice-to-beat-bonus

Alaska crushes Ginebra to punch ticket to Governors’ Cup playoffs

InterAksyon.com · Friday, June 13, 2014 · 7:48 pm
PBA/Nuki Sabio
PBA/Nuki Sabio

The Alaska Aces booked a seat in the PLDT Home Telpad Governors’ Cup quarterfinals with an impressive 79-66 rout of Barangay Ginebra San Miguel on Friday at Mall of Asia Arena.

The win formally eliminated the Meralco Bolts from playoff contention, completing the eight-team cast for the playoffs with only the seeds yet to be determined.

“Sa tingin ko, medyo pagod na sila. Intense night last Wednesday,” said Alaska coach Alex Compton, referring to Ginebra’s win two nights ago over San Miguel Beer. In contrast, the Aces were coming off a week-long break.

“The longer rest we had showed today.”

It was Alaska’s second straight win after an embarrassing 51-point beatdown at the hands of Rain or Shine two weeks ago. The Aces did it by taking control early, opening up a 17-4 lead in the first quarter.

Alaska was firmly in control until the third quarter, when the Gin Kings made their move. Ginebra took the lead momentarily, 44-42, after a fastbreak layup by Mark Caguioa.

But the Aces replied with a 10-2 run to take a 52-46 advantage that they didn’t give up the rest of the way.

“Credit to Ginebra, sa second half, ganda ng run nila, but I’m really proud of my guys. They came back on their own. Ganda ng bounce-back namin. My players didn’t give up.”

The Gin Kings were still in striking distance, 55-51, before Calvin Abueva sparked a 9-1 run to open the fourth period, giving Alaska a 12-point bubble.

Alaska dominated the rest of the way to improve its record to 4-4.

Ginebra lost its third game in eight outings.

The scores:

ALASKA 79 – Walker 16, Abueva 14, Espinas 13, Casio 8, Thoss 8, Manuel 8, Baguio 6, Jazul 5, Hontiveros 1, Reyes 0, Belasco 0, Dela Cruz 0.

GINEBRA 66 – Mason 21, Caguioa 10, Slaughter 7, Baracael 6, Aguilar 6, Tenorio 4, Urbiztondo 3, Knuttel 2, Ababou 2, Helterbrand 2, Mamaril 2, Ellis 1, Monfort 0.

Quarterscores: 20-11, 36-25, 55-51, 79-66

Pint-sized LA Tenorio steals show from giants as Ginebra turns back San Miguel Beer

Richard Dy, Spin.ph · Wednesday, June 11, 2014 · 10:09 pm
Pint-sized LA Tenorio steals show from giants as Ginebra turns back San Miguel Beer
Greg Slaughter of Ginebra in his first showdown with longtime Cebu rival June Mar Fajardo of San Miguel Beer. Jerome Ascano

IN a game that featured the first showdown between emerging giants Greg Slaughter and June Mar Fajardo in a PBA game, little man LA Tenorio came out and stole the show.

Coming out of nowhere after two misses from the free-throw line by Chris Ellis, the 5-7 Tenorio came up with the offfensive rebound and two free free throws that stopped short a San Miguel Beer comeback as Ginebra pulled off a 105-98 victory on Wednesday night.

Tenorio, who finished with 16 points, came to Ginebra's rescue at the most critical time, just as the Beermen were breathing down Ginebra's neck by cutting down what once stood as a 19-point Ginebra lead, 92-73, to four points, 95-99, inside the final minute.

Worse, Ellis missed two free throws that could have given Ginebra a little more breathing room.

But with Tenorio beating everybody for the rebound and hitting the two free throws with 29.8 seconds left, Ginebra finally put away its fifth win in seven games to tie rival San Mig and Talk 'N Text for the lead in the PBA Governors Cup eliminations.

Ginebra rookie coach Jeffrey Cariaso said losing a huge lead is part of the team’s learning curve in its first conference under him.

“I guess it’s part of the learning curve right now. You have to learn not only to start strong, but we have to end quarters strong,” said Cariaso, whose team is coming off a 108-117 loss to Rain or Shine in Binan, Laguna on Sunday.

Cariaso explained that prior to the game, he already reminded his players to treat each of their last four games for the week as playoff matches.

“It’s just how you approach the game. I just told them to approach it like a playoff (game) because we came up short against Rain or Shine, but good thing we were able to bounce back against a tough team like San Miguel,” he added.

Mason finished the game 30 points, 26 in the second half, to go along with 18 rebounds while longtime Cebu college rivals Slaughter and Fajardo more or less cancelled each other out.

Rookie Slaughter finished with 19 points and 11 rebounds, compared to Fajardo’s 23 points and 14 boards.

Reggie Williams led the way with 37 points for the 4-4 Beermen.

The scores:

Ginebra 105 - Mason 30, Slaughter 19, Tenorio 16, Aguilar 15, Baracael 7, Ellis 6, Caguioa 6, Helterbrand 4, Mamaril 2, Monfort 0.

San Miguel Beer 98 - Williams 37, Fajardo 23, Mercado 14, Santos 8, Tubid 7, Lutz 6, Maierhofer 2, Kramer 1, Duncil 0, Lassiter 0, Chua 0.

Quarterscores: 25-16, 49-41, 84-65, 105-98

Source: http://www.spin.ph/sports/basketball/news/pint-sized-la-tenorio-steals-show-from-giants-as-ginebra-turns-back-san-miguel-beer-v02

Cebu rivals Greg Slaughter and June Mar Fajardo clash in long-awaited PBA showdown

Karlo Sacamos, Spin.ph · Tuesday, June 10, 2014 · 6:35 pm
Cebu rivals Greg Slaughter and June Mar Fajardo clash in long-awaited PBA showdown
Junemar Fajardo and Greg Slaughter finally meet while playing for their mother clubs in the PBA. Jerome Ascano

JUNE Mar Fajardo and Greg Slaughter look to steal the spotlight away from their respective imports as they rekindle their old rivalry when San Miguel Beer and Barangay Ginebra collide on Wednesday in the PBA Governors’ Cup at the Philsports Arena in Pasig.

The gigantic matchup is set at 8 p.m. in their first meeting playing for their respective pro ballclubs. The two Cebuanos first faced off in April, when Slaughter suited up for the PBA All Stars and Fajardo saw action for Gilas Pilipinas.

The longtime rivals were supposed to meet as early as the Philippine Cup but Fajardo missed both meetings with Ginebra after suffering an MCL sprain on his knee in the All-Filipino conference and a sprained ankle in the Commissioner’s Cup.

The long wait is finally over and it seems nothing is going to stop Fajardo — an MVP candidate, and Slaughter — a Rookie of the Year candidate, from facing off this time.

They actually managed to meet in a tune-up match in the offseason before the season-ending conference.

Now, they meet officialy for the first time as their teams battle for playoff positioning, with Slaughter trying to keep the third-running Kings in the top four and Fajardo seeking to help the Beermen, tied with Air21 and Rain or Shine in fourth spot, stay where they are.

Slaughter, though, is playing down his personal matchup with Fajardo as his main focus is to help the Kings (4-2) avoid a losing streak as they try to gain a share of second spot with idle San Mig Super Coffee.

“We made it a rule that we wouldn’t lose two in a row,” said Slaughter, whose team absorbed only its second loss in six games with a 108-117 decision to Rain or Shine last Sunday. “These last three games are very crucial for us and we are looking to gain ground in the top four.”

It was only the second time the Kings allowed a team to score more than 100 points this conference as they had limited their opponents to just 80.2 points in their first five games before letting the Elasto Painters score 117 points — 27 on fastbreaks and 23 off turnovers.

“The key is our defense again,” Kings star point guard LA Tenorio said. “We can’t afford to give them easy baskets especially June Mar, Reggie Williams, and Arwind Santos. We have to be more aggressive defensively. Offensively, we need to be aggressive as well and lessen our turnovers.”

The Beermen (4-3) are also coming off a 74-90 loss to Meralco where their defense left much to be desired.

“Our focus is majorly on our defense, our transition defense, and we can’t allow easy points,” said Beermen coach Biboy Ravanes, whose squad allowed the Bolts to score 15 fastbreak points and 12 points off turnovers.

“I can only expect an intense and hard-fought battle,” Kings coach Jeff Cariaso said. “We need to play with a bigger sense of urgency.”

Earlier, Air21 takes on cellar-dwelling Globalport in the curtain raiser at 5:45 p.m.

Source: http://www.spin.ph/sports/basketball/news/cebu-rivals-greg-slaughter-and-june-mar-fajardo-clash-in-long-awaited-pba-showdown

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