Sunday, March 29, 2015

Hoop Nut #VLog Episode 3: The One Where We Remember Steve Nash

In continuing our efforts to break new ground, Rollz and I have decided to push on with this Video Log thingy until we get tired of it or, as is more probable, until we just cannot find the time to do it anymore.




In Episode 3, we discuss Kevin Durant's season-ending injury, Steve Nash's retirement, and the Beijing Ducks' big CBA title run!
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#PBA2015 Commish Cup Roundup: March 29, 2015

The 2015 PBA Commissioner’s Cup semifinal cast is complete. Purefoods Star and Meralco disposed of their respective foes to punch the last two tickets to the conference’s final four.




Game recap (adapted from Interkasyon):

PUREFOODS STAR HOTSHOTS over ALASKA ACES, 96-89
Box scores.
The Purefoods Star Hotshots looked like they would blow Alaska out for a second straight game, but they needed to survive a wild finish, 96-89, to ensure their entry into the PBA Commissioner’s Cup semifinals.

Denzel Bowles had 32 points and 10 rebounds to lead Purefoods, which also got big contributions from the locals.

Joe Devance scored 16, Mark Barroca added 14 off the bench, and James Yap finished with 11 in the victory.
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Saturday, March 28, 2015

Hoop Nut #VLog Episode 2: The One Where We Pick Our 2015 PBA Commish Cup Favorites

In continuing our efforts to break new ground, Rollz and I have decided to push on with this Video Log thingy until we get tired of it or, as is more probable, until we just cannot find the time to do it anymore.



In Episode 2, we pick our favorites for the 2015 PBA Commissioner’s Cup Playoffs, talk about Beau Belga’s bad boy ways, and discuss Roi Sumang’s decision to join the 2015 PBA Draft.
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#PBA2015 Commish Cup Roundup: March 28, 2015

The 2015 PBA Commissioner’s Cup playoffs sent two teams packing as top seeds ROS and TNT wasted no time in disposing of their quarterfinals foes.



Game recap (adapted from Interkasyon):

TALK N TEXT TROPANG TEXTERS over BARAKO BULL ENERGY, 127-97
Box scores.
The No. 2 seed Talk ‘N Text Tropang Texters rode an utterly dominant first half to a one-sided victory over Barako Bull, 127-97, to breeze into the PBA Commissioner’s Cup semifinals on Saturday at the Mall of Asia Arena.

Import Ivan Johnson scored 30 of his game-high 35 points in the first half, while Jayson Castro hit his first seven shots, including four threes, to finish with 18 points and 7 assists for the Tropang Texters.
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Friday, March 27, 2015

#PBA2015 Commish Cup Roundup: March 27, 2015

The 2015 PBA Commissioner’s Cup playoffs kicked off tonight with Meralco and Purefoods Star gaining big wins over their foes. The Bolts rode the hot hand of Mark Macapagal to beat NLEX, while the Hotshots completely devoured the Alaska Aces.




Game recap (adapted from Interkasyon):

MERALCO BOLTS over NLEX ROAD WARRIORS, 97-82
Box scores.
Meralco reserve Mark Macapagal erupted for 22 points, including five three-pointers, as he helped his Bolts draw first blood in their PBA Commissioner’s Cup quarterfinals series against NLEX, 97-82, on Friday at the SMART-Araneta Coliseum.

Meralco took a 1-0 lead over NLEX in their best-of-three series, with the winner advancing into the semifinals opposite the winner of the series between No. 1 Rain or Shine and eighth seed Barangay Ginebra.

Macapagal shot 6-for-11 from the field and 5-for-10 from beyond the arc. He also shot 5-for-7 from the free throw line as he led the Bolts in scoring despite playing in just 19 minutes for the game.
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Thursday, March 26, 2015

PR: 2ND ANNUAL SLAM RISING STARS CLASSIC TIPS OFF MARCH 29, 2015



High-School All Star Game to be telecast LIVE on Fox Sports Asia



MARCH 3, 2015 (Manila) – SLAM PHILIPPINES, the #1 ‘in your face’ basketball magazine, is bringing together once again Metro Manila’s top 24 high school basketball players for the second annual SLAM Rising Stars Classic, happening this Sunday, March 29, 2015.  

The country’s premier high school all-star game will return once again to the Gatorade Hoops Center, the official venue of this annual event, in Shaw Boulevard, Mandaluyong City, and will be carried LIVE on Fox Sports Asia, with coverage starting at 7PM.

“Dreams are strongest among the young. As such, SLAM Philippines believes in continuing to help young dreamers chase their big dreams. For the 2015 SLAM Rising Stars Classic, our commitment to highlight the future of Philippine hoops grows even stronger,” said Mico Halili, SLAM Philippines’ Editor-in-Chief. We're gathering the best high school players. We're placing them on the biggest stage. We continue to believe in the power of their basketball dreams. ”
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Wednesday, March 25, 2015

#PBA2015 Commish Cup Roundup: March 25, 2015

The 2015 PBA Commissioner’s Cup’s playoff picture was completed after the Alaska Aces dropped the Bgy. Ginebra Gin Kings in a crucial match. In the other game, Blackwater ended its conference on a high note by beating the Meralco Bolts for their third franchise win in a row.




Game recap (adapted from Interkasyon):

BLACKWATER ELITE over MERALCO BOLTS, 84-72
Box scores.
The Blackwater Elite closed out their PBA Commissioner’s Cup campaign on a high note after defeating Meralco, 84-72, in a game that held no bearing for either team save for bragging rights on Wednesday at the SMART-Araneta Coliseum.

Import Marcus Douthit had 27 points and 14 rebounds, while fellow starter JP Erram posted impressive numbers as well with 21 points, 8 boards, and 4 blocks to lead the Elite.

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Tuesday, March 24, 2015

#PBA2015 Commish Cup Roundup: March 24, 2015

The San Miguel Beermen beat GlobalPort, but they still bowed out of contention in the 2015 PBA Commissioner’s Cup, while the Barako Bull Energy stayed alive after upending the 
NLEX Road Warriors.




Game recap (adapted from Interkasyon):

BARAKO BULL ENERGY over NLEX ROAD WARRIORS, 91-85
Box scores.
The Barako Bull Energy, with the PBA Commissioner’s Cup playoffs in their minds, mounted a furious rally late as they snapped red-hot NLEX’s five-game winning streak after a 91-85 decision on Tuesday at the SMART-Araneta Coliseum.

With the victory, Barako Bull, which had lost four straight games, boosted its chances to make the postseason after clinching a fifth win in 11 games. They stand in seventh place with only eight qualifying for the quarterfinal round.
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Monday, March 23, 2015

Asian Basketball Journal - March 23, 2015

Here in the Philippines there really is no site (or person) really dedicated to the Asian hoops scene, which is why this series exists. Through this series of Asian Basketball Journals, I hope to address just that void. I believe that Asian basketball is such a vibrant source of stories, and I think this should be shared with hoop nuts here in the Philippines and beyond.

Like in previous posts, I won’t be going into a lot of detail. I’ll use mostly images and then just add captions to each one that will, hopefully, capture the essence of the latest developments in Asian hoops.



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Sunday, March 22, 2015

#PBA2015 Commish Cup Roundup: March 22, 2015

The top two spots in the 2015 PBA Commissioner’s Cup were set in stone after ROS and TNT booked separate wins tonight over Kia and Alaska respectively.



Game recap (adapted from Interkasyon):

RAIN OR SHINE ELASTO-PAINTERS over KIA CARNIVAL, 119-99
Box scores.
The Rain or Shine Elasto-Painters used a blistering second period run to hammer Kia by 20 points, 119-99, and secure the No.1 seed in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup Sunday at SMART-Araneta Coliseum.

Import Wayne Chism scored 28 points and 12 rebounds while also burying 6 of 12 three-pointers to pace the Painters, especially in the second quarter where they scored 41 points, taking the fight out of the Carnival.
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