Tuesday, March 3, 2015

#PBA2015 Commish Cup Roundup: March 3, 2015

The final playdate before the 2015 All-Star Weekend saw the Kia Carnival record another big upset, while the Beermen finally got their second win at the expense of Barako Bull. 




Game recap (adapted from Interkasyon):

KIA CARNIVAL over ALASKA ACES, 103-89
Box scores.
The Kia Carnival, behind a phenomenal 30-30 performance from its hulking import PJ Ramos, scored another big win over an established franchise as it frustrated Alaska for a 103-89 victory in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup on Tuesday at the SMART Araneta-Coliseum.

Kia had a dominant stretch in the fourth quarter where they outscored Alaska, 21-7, to blow the game wide open.
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Sunday, March 1, 2015

Asian Basketball Journal - March 2, 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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#PBA2015 Commish Cup Roundup: March 1, 2015

The Tropang Texters withstood a tough stand from GlobalPort, while Purefoods outlasted SMB in overtime in the 2015 PBA Commissioner’s Cup. 




Game recap (adapted from Interkasyon):

TALK N TEXT TROPANG TEXTERS over GLOBALPORT BATANG PIER, 96-88
Box scores.
Talk ‘N Text import Ivan Johnson scored his team’s last 11 points as the Tropang Texters booked a 96-88 victory and moved to the top of the PBA Commissioner’s Cup standings on Sunday at the SMART-Araneta Coliseum.

Johnson finished with 35 points and 20 rebounds as Talk ‘N Text improved to 6-2 for the current conference while knocking their opponents down to 4-4.

Ranidel De Ocampo added 25 points, including 6-for-9 shooting from beyond the arc.
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Saturday, February 28, 2015

#PBA2015 Commish Cup Roundup: February 28, 2015

The Kia Carnival were probably counting on an easy time against the Elite, but the tables were turned as Blackwater notched its second franchise win in the 2015 PBA Commissioner’s Cup.


Marcus Douthit pulls up for two of his 24 points over PJ Ramos.
(image by Nuki Sabio/PBA)

Game recap (adapted from Interkasyon):

BLACKWATER ELITE over KIA CARNIVAL, 115-104
Box scores.
The Blackwater Elite picked up only their second ever win in franchise history after outlasting Kia, 115-104, in a battle of the PBA’s newest franchises on Saturday at the Arena in San Juan.

With the win, Blackwater improved to 2-6 in the Commissioner’s Cup while Kia dropped to 3-5.

Brian Heruela led the way with a career-high 27 points, import Marcus Douthit had an all-around line of 24 points, 13 rebounds, 6 assists, and 5 blocks, while Sunday Salvacion chipped in with 22 off the bench as the Elite gained some measure of revenge against the Carnival.
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Friday, February 27, 2015

#PBA2015 Commish Cup Roundup: February 27, 2015

The 2015 PBA Commissioner’s Cup saw the NLEX Road Warriors and Rain or Shine Elasto-Painters continue to roll at the expense of the Meralco Bolts and Barako Bull Energy respectively.




Game recap (adapted from Interkasyon):

RAIN OR SHINE ELASTO-PAINTERS over BARAKO BULL ENERGY, 103-91
Box scores.
The Rain or Shine Elasto Painters moved into a tie for second play after defeating Barako Bull, 103-91, to leapfrog past their victims in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup standings on Friday at the SMART-Araneta Coliseum.

Import Wayne Chism scored 32 points, while Paul Lee added 16 points, 6 rebounds, and 6 assists off the bench as Rain or Shine, which entered the game tied with Barako in third place, improved to 5-2.
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The Top Five NBA Shooting Guards Right Now in the 2014-2015 Season

It’s crazy as hell that James Harden wasn’t voted as an All-Star starter this season. Crazy. As. Hell. But all is good now because The Beard is draining buckets, taking names, and, get this, playing D!!! His Rockets? Fifth overall in the league. Boom. And how about the other guys on this list? They’re pretty good, too, but, by far, there’s just no SG on the planet who can lay a hand on James effin’ Harden.

And who are those “other” SGs? Let’s see.

Here they are – the top five shooting guards RIGHT NOW in the 2014-2015 NBA regular season (this is based on the Player Efficiency ratings as calculated by HoopsStats.com as of the evening of February 27, 2015 – Manila time):


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Wednesday, February 25, 2015

#PBA2015 Commish Cup Roundup: February 25, 2015

The 2015 PBA Commissioner’s Cup got rocked again after Kia Carnival scalped the TNT Tropang Texters. In the second game, meanwhile, Ginebra turned back Blackwater.




Game recap (adapted from Interkasyon):

KIA CARNIVAL over TALK N TEXT TROPANG TEXTERS, 106-103
Box scores.
The Kia Carnival upset tour continued on Wednesday after they claimed another victim in the Talk ‘N Text Tropang Texters, 106-103 in a PBA Commissioner’s Cup clash at the SMART-Araneta Coliseum.

With their monster import PJ Ramos dominating the paint and his wide-open shooters knocking down long range bombs from afar, Kia picked up a third victory in seven games in the current conference while snapping the Talk ‘N Text’s three-game winning streak.

It was the second straight win for the Carnival – the first back-to-back wins in Kia’s franchise history.
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Tuesday, February 24, 2015

#PBA2015 Commish Cup Roundup: February 24, 2015

A pair of upsets rocked the the 2015 PBA Commissioner’s Cup last night as NLEX pulled the rug from under SMB and Barako Bull stunned Alaska.




Game recap (adapted from Interkasyon):

NLEX ROAD WARRIORS over SAN MIGUEL BEERMEN, 100-93
Box scores.
The NLEX Road Warriors shrugged off a slow start, mounting a big fourth quarter comeback to down the San Miguel Beermen, 100-93, in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup on Tuesday at the Cuneta Astrodome.

NLEX trailed by 17 points at the end of the third but outscored their opponents, 42-18, in the fourth quarter to steal the victory.

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Sunday, February 22, 2015

Asian Basketball Journal - February 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.




Here are the highlights of this past week in Asian basketball:
- The playoff race is heating up in the KBL as only 6 teams will advance to the next round. As of now, Ulsan Mobis Phoebus, Wonju Dongbu Promy, and the Seoul SK Knights are the only ones assured of postseason tickets, while as many as five other clubs are vying for the last three slots.
- The NBL top two teams Hitachi Sunrockers and Aisin Seahorses tussle this past week, with the latter gaining the victory and staying as the league’s #1 team. The Chiba Jets also sank a big one by beating the Mitsubishi Diamond Dolphins.
- The Lebanese Basketball League continued htaing up, with favorites Sagesse, Al Riyadi, and Champville getting Ws.
- Over in Iran, the Superleague’s reinforced conference/cup has started, with top teams Mahram-Tehran and Petrochimi Bandar Imam predictably leading the way again.
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The Top Five NBA Point Guards Right Now in the 2014-2015 Season


The All-Star Weekend has been etched in memory and the craziest trade deadline in recent memory has just passed. Goran Dragic got his wish to bolt Phoenix along with every other point guard the Suns had, while the Bucks did the smartest thing ever by trading away their best player for a former Rookie of the Year who hasn’t really done much since. OKC may have just become the league’s most dangerous team, while, sadly, we might have seen the last of Chris Bosh this season after he was diagnosed with a blood clot in his lungs.

It’s been a crazy past week or so in the NBA, but here we are now, with only about 27-30 games to go per team and the Playoff race reaching fever pitch. By all indications, it looks like things are going to get even crazier.

And with that backdrop, here they are – the top five point guards RIGHT NOW in the 2014-2015 NBA regular season (this is based on the Player Efficiency ratings as calculated by HoopsStats.com as of the evening of February 21, 2015 – Manila time):


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