Monday, December 22, 2014

#PBA2015 Philippine Cup Playoffs Roundup: December 22, 2014

Alaska regained control of its 2014 PBA Philippine Cup semifinals series against Rain or Shine thanks to a convincing win in Game 3. Not surprisingly, it was Calvin Abueva again who carried the Aces past the seemingly lethargic Elasto-Painters.

Calvin Abueva was at his beastly self in Game 3.

Game Capsules (adapted from InterAKTV):

ALASKA ACES over RAIN OR SHINE ELASTO-PAINTERS, 94-78
Calvin Abueva posted a career-high 28 points and 14 rebounds as he led his Alaska Aces past Rain or Shine, 94-78, in Game Three of the PBA Philippine Cup semifinals on Monday at the Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City.

Abueva scored 12 points in the fourth quarter as the Aces took a 2-1 series lead in their best-of-seven clash.
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Sunday, December 21, 2014

#PBA2015 Philippine Cup Playoffs Roundup: December 21, 2014

The San Miguel Beermen took command of their 2014 PBA Philippine Cup semifinals series against the Talk N Text Tropang Texters after winning Game 2. SMB leaned on the heroics of returnee Alex Cabagnot to frustrate TNT for the second game in a row.

Alex Cabagnot came up big as SMB beat TNT for the second straight game.

Game Capsules (adapted from InterAKTV):

SAN MIGUEL BEERMEN over TALK N TEXT TROPANG TEXTERS, 87-81
San Miguel had a harder outing this time around, but it was the same result for the No. 1-ranked Beermen as they squeaked past Talk ‘N Text, 87-81, to take a 2-0 lead in the PBA Philippine Cup semifinals on Sunday at the Mall of Asia Arena.
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Saturday, December 20, 2014

My Early Season #PBA2015 MVP Is…

We’re down to the last four teams in the #PBA2015 Philippine Cup. As of this writing, the Elasto-Painters just squared their semis series with the Alaska Aces, and I’ve been impressed with a lot of players stepping up so far. 

That brings me to an interesting questions at this point in the season — who is the early season Most Valuable Player?

I’ll put on my English Teacher cap on and construct a multiple choice item to try and answer this.

My early season #PBA2015 MVP is
A. Paul Lee.
B. Arwind Santos.
C. Calvin Abueva.
D. Jayson Castro.
E. June Mar Fajardo.

My top 5 choices for early season MVP. Who's your pick?
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#PBA2015 Philippine Cup Playoffs Roundup: December 20, 2014

The 2014 PBA Philippine Cup semifinals series between Alaska and Rain or Shine was leveled earlier tonight after the Elasto-Painters turned back the Aces in Game 2. Undersized big man Jervy Cruz and unheralded guard Jonathan Uyloan were huge, leading ROS in the critical victory.

Jervy Cruz was a pillar of strength for ROS in Game 2.

Game Capsules (adapted from InterAKTV):

RAIN OR SHINE ELASTO-PAINTERS over ALASKA ACES, 102-95
The Rain or Shine Elasto Painters once again saw a large margin slip away against Alaska but did enough this time to preserve the victory, 102-95, and level their PBA Philippine Cup semifinal series at 1-all.
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Friday, December 19, 2014

#PBA2015 Philippine Cup Playoffs Roundup: December 19, 2014

The much-awaited 2014 PBA Philippine Cup semifinals between the Beermen and the Tropang Texters turned into a snoozefest as San Miguel was relentless on both ends of the floor, continuously frustrating Talk N Text en route to a 1-0 series lead.

Alex Cabagnot had a triumphant return to SMB.
(image by Paul Ryan Tan/Sports5)

Game Capsules (adapted from InterAKTV):

SAN MIGUEL BEERMEN over TALK N TEXT TROPANG TEXTERS, 109-86
The top-seeded San Miguel Beermen were merciless against Talk ‘N Text on Friday, demolishing their rivals, 109-86, to take an early lead in their PBA Philippine Cup semifinal series at the Mall of Asia Arena.

San Miguel, led by reigning MVP June Mar Fajardo and former MVP Arwind Santos, imposed its hulking size advantage in the interior as they crushed the fourth seed in a lopsided series opener. Fajardo posted 23 points, 10 rebounds, 3 assists, and 2 blocks while Santos finished with 21 points and 8 boards in strong showings for the Beermen.
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Thursday, December 18, 2014

#PBA2015 SEMIS RIVALRY PREVIEW: BEERMEN vs TEXTERS

The Tropang Texters just humbled the Ginebrs Gin Kings in their KO match, and now coach Jong Uichico’s wards are going up against a familiar foe for the right to advance to the championship series. On the other end, we have top elims team San Miguel Beer wanting to reclaim the All-Filipino title it last held more than a decade ago. The Beermen have had the privilege of having the last two PBA MVPs, but they haven’t won a conference crown since the 2011 Govs Cup. 

Ranidel De Ocampo will hope to contain behemoth June Mar Fajardo in their semifinal series.
(image by Paul Mata/Sports5)

Some background: 
- Both of these teams are really thirsting to claim the Philippine Cup title.
- SMB last won a title in the 2011 Govs Cup, beating TNT in seven games, but the franchise last won an All-Filipino title waaay back in 2001, while TNT last won it in 2013. 
- TNT has been one of the most dominant All-Filipino teams in recent memory, claiming 4 of the last 6 titles, but they lost unceremoniously in the quarterfinals last season, and they want to redeem themselves.
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#PBA2015 Philippine Cup Playoffs Roundup: December 18, 2014

The 2014 PBA Philippine Cup Playoffs semifinals kicked off last night with the Alaska Aces rallying in the second half to upend second-seeded Rain or Shine and gain an important 1-0 lead in their best-of-seven series.

Sonny Thoss came up big as the Aces trumped the Painters in Game 1.

Game Capsules (adapted from InterAKTV):

ALASKA ACES over RAIN OR SHINE ELASTO-PAINTERS, 87-80
The Alaska Aces drew first blood in their PBA Philippine Cup semifinal series against Rain or Shine after coming back from 17 points down to win 87-80 in Game One of their best-of-seven series on Thursday at the Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City.
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Tuesday, December 16, 2014

#PBA2015 Philippine Cup Playoffs Roundup: December 16, 2014

The 2014 PBA Philippine Cup Playoffs semifinal cast is now complete. The Talk N Text Tropang Texters formalized their entry to the next round of the conference after routing the fancied Ginebra Gin Kings, effectively booting out the “people’s team” from contention.

Ranidel De Ocampo and the rest of TNT plastered the Gin Kings en route to the 2014-2015 Philippine Cup semifinals!
(image by Nuki Sabio/PBA)

Game Capsules (adapted from InterAKTV):

TALK N TEXT TROPANG TEXTERS over BGY. GINEBRA GIN KINGS, 83-67
The Talk ‘N Text Tropang Texters shackled Barangay Ginebra San Miguel in the fourth quarter as they ensured their entry into the PBA Philippine Cup semifinals after an 83-67 dismantling of the Kings at the SMART-Araneta Coliseum. Talk ‘N Text held their opponents to a measly 9-point output in the fourth quarter and closed the game out with an 8-0 run that sealed the game. Jayson Castro scored 23 points and dished out five assists to lead the Tropang Texters. Ranidel De Ocampo chipped in with 17 points off the bench, while rookie Matt Ganuelas-Rosser had 13 points, 4 rebounds, 3 steals, and 4 blocks in a well-rounded effort. With the win, Talk ‘N Text advanced to a best-of-seven semis series with the San Miguel Beermen.
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Monday, December 15, 2014

Asian Basketball Journal - December 14, 2014

Here in the Philippines there 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.


The Lebanese league finally opened this week, and hoops action continued to heat up all over Asia!
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Sunday, December 14, 2014

#PBA2015 Philippine Cup Playoffs Roundup: December 14, 2014

The 2014 PBA Philippine Cup Playoffs saw a third team barge into the semifinals after the Alaska Aces’ masterful triumph over the Meralco Bolts. Alaska now squares off against Rain or Shine for the a ticket to the Philippine Cup Finals.

"The Muscle Man" Vic Manuel came through as Alaska dominated Meralco in their knockout affair.

Game Capsules (adapted from InterAKTV):

ALASKA ACES over MERALCO BOLTS, 87-69
The Alaska Aces advanced to the semifinal round of the PBA Philippine Cup after an 87-69 rout of Meralco in a knockout game in the second phase of the quarterfinals at the SMART-Araneta Coliseum. Vic Manuel had 17 points and 9 rebounds to lead the Aces, who set a date with the Rain or Shine Elasto-Painters in the Best-of-7 semis, which begins Thursday. Cyrus Baguio added 15, Dondon Hontiveros added 13, and JVee Casio 11 markers in the victory.
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