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Jeff Chan Accel PBA PC Player of the week

Jeff Chan’s take-charge mentality was evident on Holy Wednesday when defending champion Rain or Shine registered a grind-out 96-94 come-from-behind win over Phoenix.

With his team down by as many as 17 points, Chan willed Rain or Shine back to life with baskets from inside and outside, the last, a three-point play off Mark Borboran with 7.7 seconds to go to push the Elasto Painters ahead for good, 95-94.

The left-handed sniper from Bacolod finished with 24 points, 12 coming inside the final six minutes as Rain or Shine snapped a two-game skid to improve to 4-2 overall.

The 34-year-old Chan’s hot-shooting performance earned him the Accel-PBA Press Corps Player of the Week for the period of April 10-16, besting a tough host of candidates led by San Miguel Beer’s Chris Ross, Meralco big man Kelly Nabong and wingman Jared Dillinger and GlobalPort Fil-American guard Stanley Pringle.

Rain or Shine took a long break during the Holy Week but is expected to go all-out in practice as the Elasto Painters gear up for their much-awaited clash with unbeaten San Miguel Beer (3-0) on April 22 at the Mall of Asia Arena. (pr)

Cruz delivers goods for Tanduay

Standings W L

^ Cignal 8 1

^ Racal 7 2

* Cafe France 6 3

* Tanduay 6 3

AMA 5 4

JRU 4 5

x Batangas 4 5

x Wangs 3 6

x Victoria 2 7

x Blustar 0 9

^ – outright semis

* – twice-to-beat

x – eliminated

Games Thursday

(Ynares Sports Arena, Pasig)

* – twice-to-beat

3 p.m. JRU vs Cafe France*

5 p.m. Tanduay* vs AMA

Mark Cruz delivered the goods for Tanduay, dropping 20 points to help his side score the slim 73-69 win over Jose Rizal University Tuesday at JSCGO Gym in Cubao and go on to the 2017 PBA D-League Aspirants’ Cup quarterfinals as the fourth seed.

The diminutive playmaker fired 12 of his team’s final 14 markers, while also adding seven assists, and two rebounds to keep the Rhum Masters’ winning streak alive at three and close the eliminations out with a 6-3 record.

“Live and die ako sa kanya,” said coach Lawrence Chongson of Cruz. “Maybe it’s also a good thing that I don’t have other playmakers and his minutes are getting extended.”

The former Letran star carried Tanduay in the fourth quarter as it shrugged off its early struggles in the second half and fought back from a nine-point hole, 38-29, early in the third period.

Jaymo Eguilos registered 14 markers and nine rebounds, Jerwin Gaco added a double-double of 12 points and 10 boards, and Bong Quinto got 11 markers and five rebounds for the Rhum Masters.

Tanduay will now meet AMA Online Education in the quarterfinals, with the former enjoying the twice-to-beat edge.

JRU, meanwhile, will be at sixth, bracing for the threat of three-seed Cafe France in their own series.

Joseph Marquez paced the Heavy Bombers (4-5) with 15 points and 10 rebounds, while Tey Teodoro and Jhaps Bautista both got 15 markers in the loss.

In the first game, Victoria Sports-MLQU got itself the silver lining it hoped for, turning back Blustar Detergent, 85-76.

Fighting for pride, Victoria banked on Robbie Herndon to carry the load, finishing with 19 points and 13 rebounds to snap its three-game losing skid and finish the conference with a 2-7 record.

“Sabi ko sa players na tapusin namin ng maganda yung liga. Kahit na winless yung kalaban, hindi namin sila dapat binabalewala,” said coach Jinino Manansala.

Michael Ayonayon chimed in 14 markers and 10 rebounds, Ryusei Koga added 11 points and four assists, and Jayson Grimaldo had 10 markers and nine rebounds for Victoria, which missed the services of Aris Dionisio who was out due to personal reasons.

Already eliminated from the playoff race, Victoria stamped its class over the Dragons, slowly pulling away before establishing a 17-point edge, 65-48 with 8:17 remaining in the fourth quarter.

Despite the exit, Manansala can take pride knowing that his players made the most of their experience.

“This was really a good experience for us. Mahirap tanggapin yung laging talo, pero malaking bagay na yung experience na nakuha namin dito,” he said.

Tristan Perez wound up with 19 points and nine rebounds for the Blustar squad, which went winless in its nine games this conference.

The Scores:

First Game:

VICTORIA 85 – Herndon 19, Ayonayon 14, Koga 11, Grimaldo 10, Lao 9, Nicholls 9, Ragasa 7, Bitoon 6, Baliday 0, Cariaga 0, Dela Cruz 0, Puspus 0, Rivera 0.

BLUSTAR 76 – Perez 19, Ang 12, Choong 11, Mak 10. Melano 10, Kwaan 7, Heng 3, Liaw 2, Chin 2, Ong 0.

Quarters: 20-15, 42-31, 61-48, 85-76.

Second Game:

TANDUAY 73 – Cruz 20, Eguilos 14, Gaco 12, Quinto 11, Sanga 10, Santos 5, Sollano 1, Stevens 0, Varilla 0, Vigil 0, Villamor 0.

JRU 69 – Bautista 15, Marquez 15, Teodoro 15, Amboludto 9, Grospe 8, Poutouochi 5, Lasquety 2, Dela Virgen 0, Publico 0.

Quarters: 16-14, 29-35, 56-57, 73-69.

Mac Belo Accel-PBAPC Player of the Week

Rookie forward Mac Belo underscored his readiness in the pro level after leading Blackwater to a franchise-best 2-0 start in the season-opening PBA Philippine Cup.

Playing like a grizzled veteran, the 6-foot-4 Belo averaged 21 points, 7.5 rebounds and 1.5 steals in the Elite’s back-to-back victories over Phoenix and 2016 Governors’ Cup runner-up Meralco to start the season.

His sterling effort made him the hands-down choice for the Accel-PBA Press Corps Player of the Week for the league’s 42nd season.

The former Far Eastern University standout bested a bevy of candidates for the weekly award led by three-time PBA MVP June Mar Fajardo and Alex Cabagnot of San Miguel Beer, GlobalPort’s high-scoring guard Terrence Romeo, TNT’s Ranidel de Ocampo, sophomore big man Bradwyn Guinto and Sean Anthony, both of NLEX.

Snagged by Blackwater during the special draft for Gilas players, Belo wasted no time proving his worth after debuting with a near double-double effort of 17 points and nine rebounds to help Blackwater register a 94-87 win over Phoenix last Wednesday.

Four days later, the pride of Midsayap, Cotabato up the ante of his game by banging 25 points, to go along with six boards, three steals and two blocks as the Elite scraped past the Bolts, 86-84.

Belo though insists they are still far from their goal for the season.

“Kailangan lang patuloy yung pag-improve namin. Kailangan din patuloy lang magpakundisyon kasi mai-scout din tayo ng ibang teams,” said the 23-year-old Belo.

PBA marks grand milestone with fitting season of celebrations

SEOUL, Korea – With a performance to remember in the World Cup, entry of three new teams and a slew of promising rookies, the Philippine Basketball Association marks a grand milestone – Year 40 – with a fitting season of celebrations starting Oct. 19 at the Philippine Arena in Bocaue, Bulacan.

It’s a 10-month season calendar kicked off by an exciting double-header on opening day pitting expansion teams Kia Motors versus Blackwater Sports and old rivals Barangay Ginebra and Talk n Text.

The season proper will be ushered in by the Chairman’s Ball on Oct. 14 at the Resorts World Manila – a blue-ribbon affair gathering together PBA officials, players and their families.

Coinciding the event is the premier showing of the PBA documentary titled “A Nation’s Passion.”

PBA board chairman Patrick Gregorio and commissioner Chito Salud announced the season calendar after Day One of their planning session at the Novotel Ambassador Gangnam Hotel here.

“It’s an exciting season,” said Gregorio presiding the summit also attended by vice chairman Robert Non of San Miguel Beer, San Mig Coffee’s Rene Pardo, Ginebra’s Alfrancis Chua, Meralco’s Al Panlilio and Ryan Gregorio, Globalport’s Erick Arejola, Alaska’s Dickie Bachmann, Barako Bull’s Manny Alvarez, Rain or Shine’s Mert Mondragon, NLEX’s Ramon Fernandez, Kia’s Ginia Domingo and Blackwater’s Dioceldo Sy, Silliman Sy and Wilbert Loa.

In the sideline of their planning session, the PBA officials watch some of the 17th Asian Games competitions participated in by Filipino athletes.

On Tuesday night, they were to cheer for Filipino boxers under the Amateur Boxing Association of the Philippines where Gregorio serves as secretary general.

Upon their return to Manila, the PBA board faces the sports media in the media launch of PBA Season 40 at Shangri-La Edsa Hotel on Oct. 7.

And on Oct. 19, the much-awaited PBA Season 40 finally gets underway, a yearlong celebration also highlighted by grand festivities on April 8 where the league honors its 40 greatest players of all time.

The league is sticking with its three-conference format starting with the Philippine Cup followed by two import-laced tourneys.

A new innovation is a handicapping system for imports in the Commissioner’s Cup and in the Governors Cup.

The top eight after the elimination round of the Philippine Cup will be playing with imports with a height limit of 6-foot-9 in the second conference. The bottom four will be allowed imports of unlimited height.

For the Governors Cup, the handicapping will be based on the performances of the teams in the first two conferences. The top eight will play with imports with a height ceiling of 6-foot-5. The bottom four are allowed imports of unlimited height.(pr)

PBA Press Corps holds Willie Caballes Sportswriting Contest for students

PBA Press Corps holds Willie Caballes Sportswriting Contest for students

College students looking to embark a career in sportswriting will have the perfect avenue this school year as the PBA Press Corps hold the “2014 Willie Caballes PBA Sportswriting Contest” on June 15 and 16, the last two play dates of the elimination round of the PLDT Home Telpad Governors’ Cup.

The PBA Press Corps, which is currently being headed this year by its president Barry Pascua of Bandera, is inviting all college students and campus journalists to take part in this two-day event being supported by the Office of Senator Sonny Angara, sports agent Charlie Dy and the PBA Commissioner’s Office.

Participants will be tested in doing actual coverage of a PBA game live. They will be allowed to watch a scheduled game and attend the post-game interview. The second part of their test is to showcase their abilities in deadline writing as they will be tasked to write their stories based on the actual coverage under a prescribed time limit.

After the two-day competition, the PBA Press Corps’ panel of judges will select the top three winners, who might be given a chance to work in major print publications or online media in the future.

The champion will receive P7,000. Second placer will get P5,000 while the third placer will be given P3,000. All top three winners will likewise get gift certificates from the PBA. They will be honored during the annual PBA Press Corps Awards Night.

Registration for the “2014 Willie Caballes PBA Sportswriting Contest” is now ongoing. Interested participants can call Hazel Ancheta, PR/Liason Officer of the Philippine Basketball Association, at tel. no. 470-2768 to 70 loc. 110.

The PBA Press Corps will accommodate only the first 40 participants. Deadline for registration is until June 11.(pr)

Player of the Week: Jason Castro

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The road to a fourth straight Philippine Cup crown won’t be easy, but cat-quick guard Jason Castro is ready to face the challenge.

Dishing off the gutsy all-around performance he’s known for amid some injuries to key personnel, the 5’8” Castro stood tallest despite the opposition to tow the Texters to three straight victories in a span of six days.

The former Philippine Christian University standout said playing without the team’s top defensive player Ryan Reyes for much of the conference has served as a motivation for him to level his game up further in what coach Norman Black labeled as “hell week”.

Castro, last season’s Philippine Cup Best Player of the Conference tallied 13 points, grabbed three rebounds and dished off three assists combining with fellow Gilas Pilipinas stalwart Ranidel de Ocampo in the second half to turn back Rain or Shine, 90-87.

The 27-year-old Castro then exploded for 23 points, six rebounds and nine assists three days later, in the absence of backcourt mate Jimmy Alapag, leading Talk ‘N Text to an 87-80 overtime victory over a tough Barako Bull side.

On Sunday, Castro remained in command, using his quickness to outwit his defenders en route to the Texters’ 87-82 win over the Air21 Express.

Castro’s 21-point, six-rebound effort against the Express completed Talk ‘N Text’s tough but gratifying week that saw the three-time all-Filipino conference champion improve its record to 6-2.

“Sinabi ni coach na kailangan ko mag-step up every game. Wala kasi si Ryan since the start of the conference so kailangan every game, nandun ako lagi,” said a soft-spoken Talk ‘N Text guard, whose sterling performance earned him the Accel-PBA Press Corps. Player of the Week for the period of December 15-22, edging out Barangay Ginebra’s athletic forward Japeth Aguilar.

Castro said despite their three-game winning roll, the Texters will have to guard themselves from complacency as they continue in  their quest for a league record fourth straight all-Filipino title this season.(pr/photo by kc cruz)

Go-to guys, Alex and James as Accel-PBA Press Corps Co-Players of the Week

EVERY team needs somebody to take charge in the games that mattered most and Petron Blaze and San Mig Coffee certainly had plenty willing to don said mantle of responsibility.
None more so than Alex Cabagnot and James Yap, who were adjudged the Accel-PBA Press Corps Co-Players of the Week for the period Sept. 30 to Oct. 7 after leading their respective teams to the finals of the PBA Governors Cup.
Cabagnot was the most consistent for the Boosters in the week that was with four-game averages of 15.5 points, 5.25 rebounds and 4.25 assists, including 23 markers and eight dimes in a deciding 110-89 victory over last year’s champion Rain or Shine last Monday.
Yap, who was similarly cited by the scribes for the period Sept. 2 to 8, was not too far behind with three-game averages of 15.0 points and 5.3 rebounds, including 19 points in the finals seat-clinching 79-73 win over Meralco last Sunday.
Mixers guard Alex Mallari also came up big by coming off the bench and scattering 23 points in a 94-87 victory last Friday that put the Bolts’ back against the wall and Boosters counterpart Marcio Lassiter torched the Elasto Painters for 27 points and 12 rebounds also last Monday.
It is undeniable, however, that Cabagnot and Yap left their own indelible prints throughout the tough semifinals series, enabling their respective teams to close out the best-of-five matchups on identical 3-1 counts.
Their latest performances did not go unnoticed by their coaches. 
Especially San Mig tactician Tim Cone, who continues to marvel at the steady evolution of Yap from being a mere scorer into a more all-around player. 
“I think everyone rates James’ game based on whether he is scoring, but he is bringing a lot more to the table than just that,” contended Cone. 
“His devotion to the defensive side and on the boards has really taken our ‘team’ basketball to another level. His mindset right now is doing whatever it takes for us to win, whether it be to score or take on the tough defensive assignment or whatever.”
Ditto for Cabagnot, whose game has taken an upward turn in the playoffs, especially at times when import Elijah Millsap struggled.
“Alex has taken it upon himself to be the leader of this team and I’m happy for him,” said Petron coach Gee Abanilla.
“He’s now more of a table-setter for his teammates, picking his spots and basically becoming more efficient as a result.”(pr)