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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)


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)

Cagayan edges Army, completes V-League sweep

Air Foce’s Joy Cases bangs away a kill against PNP’s Janine Marciano, Michelle Datuin and Ana Concepcion during their Shakey’s V-League Open Conference duel yesterday.(PR photo)
Cagayan Province put on a strong finishing kick to thwart Army in a power-game, 25-15, 20-25, 19-25, 25-18, 15-9, and complete an amazing sweep of the elims and the quarters in the Shakey’s V-League Season 10 Open Conference before a big Sunday crowd at The Arena in San Juan City.
The Rising Suns fought back from 1-2 set down by taking the last two, breaking away from a tight 8-7 count in the decider behind its fancied troika of Thai ace Kannika Thipachot, Aiza Maizo and Angeli Tabaquero en route to the 1:50-hour victory, their 12th straight, and formalizing their claim on the top seeding in the Final Four.
Cagayan will take on No. 4 Air Force in the best-of-three semis beginning tomorrow with the No. 2 Army and the third seeded Smart-Maynilad clashing for the other finals berth.
The Rising Suns won four of next five points after changing court in the fifth to turn a shaky 8-7 margin into a 12-8 lead then took three of the next four points to wrap up the match and re-assert their mastery over the Army Women, whom they swept in the elims.
The five-setter was also Cagayan and Army’s third straight game that went the distance, underscoring the level playing field in the league sponsored by Shakey’s.
Thipachot finished with 24 hits while Tabaquero and Maizo dished out a 17-point game each as the Rising Suns head to their duel with the Air Women oozing with confidence following a 12-game run.
In contrast, Army goes to its keenly awaited showdown with a souped-up Smart-Maynilad squad reeling from back-to-back setbacks.
Rachel Anne Daquis fired 20 hits while Jovelyn Gonzaga added 15 for the Army Women, who seized control after three sets but lost steam in the face of the Rising Suns’ mighty comeback.
Earlier, Air Force, behind Joy Cases and Judy Caballejo, subdued Phl National Police, 25-16, 26-22, 14-25, 25-17, to finish with a 7-5 card.
Cases unloaded 22 kills for a 24-point game while Caballejo added 17 hits as the Air Women recovered from a third set defeat to finish off the Patrolers with a strong fourth-set performance.
Maika Ortiz tossed in eight markers while skipper Liza de Ramos and Wendy Semana added seven points apiece for Air Force, which will face powerhouse Cagayan Province in tomorrow’s Final Four.

Thai Sangmuang Patcharee came through with 17 hits while Frances Molina and Janine Marciano combined for 29 points for PNP which closed out their stint in the season-ending conference of the league backed by Mikasa and Accel with a 2-10 mark.(pr)

PBA-Accel POTW: L.A. Tenorio

THEY don’t call LA Tenorio “Showtime” for nothing.

The heady point guard was unanimously chosen as the Accel-PBA Press Corps Player of the Week after consistently stepping up when needed, enabling Barangay Ginebra to overcome the odds against a very formidable foe and advance to the PBA Commissioner’s Cup Finals.
In back-to-back wins over Talk N Text in the week that was, Tenorio averaged 22.0 points, 7.0 rebounds and 6.5 assists, propping the Kings’ charge from a 1-2 deficit in the best-of-five semifinals duel which only three teams have previously come back from in league history.
What makes Tenorio’s performances more noteworthy is the fact he dished those off despite a sore right elbow and being under the weather at times.
“The last two games talagang naka-focus ako,” said the 28-year-old. “I motivated myself in a lot of ways para lang talaga makatulong ako sa team na manalo. Kasi wala pa akong nilalarong maganda sa semis. Hindi ko iniisip na may injury ako o may sakit, basta focus ako to get Games 4 and 5.
“S’werte naman and God is good talaga dahil he gave me strength and wisdom nitong last two games. Credit also to my teammates and coaching staff sa tiwalang ibinigay nila sa akin. Kaya I want to share this citation with my team.”
Ginebra coach Alfrancis Chua said Tenorio picking up the cudgels for the team that is sorely missing the services of injured reigning MVP Mark Caguioa is astounding in itself. 
“Siya talaga ang nagdadala ng team. Parang siya ang naging heart and soul ng team nu’ng mawala si Mark,” said the pony-tailed strategist. 
“Ang maganda nito, nire-respeto siya ng mga teammates niya at siya din ganu’n. At Iba talaga ang kinikilos niya, especially kapag crucial na.”
Tenorio showcased that most in the deciding match last Sunday, when he scored 12 of his teamhigh 28 points in the fourth quarter to prop Ginebra’s stand against repeated fightbacks by TNT and into a 111-103 victory.
In what would be his best game yet in the team which acquired him from Alaska only before the season started, Tenorio also finished with six rebounds and five assists despite being in foul trouble from the third quarter on.
Tenorio already gave a glimpse of what was to come right in Game 4, when he notched 16 points, eight rebounds and as many assists for a 104-101 nail-biter of a win that tied the Cebuana Lhuillier-sponsored series at two games apiece.
Prior to that game, Tenorio was averaging just 8.6 points, 3.0 rebounds and 3.6 assists, and those were jacked only by his 10, 4 and 5 in an 80-98 game 3 loss last Wednesday.
Those victories gave Ginebra the right to face Tenorio’s former team in the best-of-five title duel starting Wednesday and Chua can’t help but make another pitch for the man also dubbed “The Lieutenant.”
“Malaking plus talaga iyung may LA ka sa team,” said Chua. “Kaya nga para sa akin hindi lang siya pang-Player of the Week. Pang-Best Player of the Conference siya.”(pr)

Accel-PBA POTW: Ranidel de Ocampo

WHEN Talk N Text coach Norman Black was talking about his team being made up of experienced players, ones who know when to turn their game up a notch in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup.

“They know if we’re going to have to make a run we have to make it now,” said Black.
He might as well have been specifically talking about Ranidel de Ocampo.
The 31-year-old led the Tropang Texters’ locals who willingly stepped up the most, enabling them to take the short route to the semifinals and earn for himself the Accel-PBA Press Corps Player of the Week honors for the period April 15 to 21.
The Philippine Cup Finals MVP spearheaded TNT’s charge over Petron Blaze in their quarterfinals duel with averages of 19.5 points and 5.5 rebounds, while helping out in defending Petron’s imposing frontline headlined by Henry Sims and June Mar Fajardo.
In TNT’s back-to-back 100-93 and 96-86 victories in the best-of-three series, De Ocampo  averaged 19.5 points and 5.5 rebounds, more than making up for the absence of Kelly Williams and import Jerome Jordan’s lackluster performance thus far. 
Williams has been indefinitely sidelined by his old blood disorder while Jordan has averaged only 11 points and 5.0 rebounds in those two games.
“No question, Ranidel was solid as a rock for us in the series versus Petron,” said Black of his 6-foot-5 forward-center, who shot 15-for-23 from the field, including 4-for-9 from beyond the arc. 
“His performance inside the lane and beyond the three-point line was the key,” noted Black.
Indeed, De Ocampo’s recent efforts saw his stats line rise from a three-point shooting of 37 percent and an average of 10.9 points in the 14-game eliminations.
“At this point of the conference he seems fresh and energetic and he recognizes that he really needs to be consistent in the absence of Kelly Williams,” said Black.
The Texters now await the winner of the Barangay Ginebra-Rain or Shine as opponent in the best-of-five semis, where De Ocampo is again expected to play a vital role.
For sure, he will not disappoint.(pr)

Accel-PBA POTW: Mick Pennisi

MICK Pennisi can strike you when you least expect it.

The veteran center-forward stressed this with an abrupt, albeit timely, explosion that acted as a big boost for Barako Bull last Sunday to earn for himself the Accel-PBA Press Corps Player of the Week honors for the period March 25 to 31.
Pennisi’s 19 points and seven rebounds helped spell the difference in the Energy Cola’s 105-100 repeat victory over defending champion San Mig Coffee.
It marked only the fourth time in the mid-season conference that the 38-year-old wound up in double figures but this one is made extra special by the fact the win snapped Barako out of a six-game slide and kept it in the hunt for a spot in the Commissioner’s Cup playoffs.
None is happier for the 6-foot-9 grizzled campaigner than Energy Cola active consultant Rajko Toroman. “Mick is a European-type of a player, tall who can shoot the ball from the outside,” he said.
“At the start of the conference he was not playing very well. But lately his game has picked up and that is good for he is a big part of our team, our system,” added the Serbian.
Pennisi showed that to the hilt against a team they beat, 79-75, the first time they met Feb. 8. That was the time San Mig played minus an import and last Sunday the Mixers were led by Denzel Bowles.
It hardly mattered as Pennisi went 7-for-8 from the field, including 5-for-6 from beyond the arc.
What makes the performance stand out more is the fact Pennisi scored all his points and hauled down six of his seven rebounds in the second half.
Pennisi’s two triples started stirring Barako to life from a 60-70 deficit and his 13 fourth quarter points all came during a 19-3 surge that staked the Energy Cola to an 87-78 spread, a lead they would later stretch to 13 and hold on to until the end.
It was only the fourth win in 11 games overall for Barako and although it stayed at ninth spot it now only lies just a game behind the eighth and last spot for the ensuing quarterfinals.
With three more games left in their elimination round campaign Toroman believes their goal of making it to the playoffs is a very realizable one. “We’ll take it one game at a time,” he said. “One more win and we could close in.”
For sure, Pennisi would be an integral part of that drive.(pr)

Accel-PBA POTW: Mike Cortez

WEARING two hats in a game may befuddle some players, but not Mike Cortez.

Air21’s premier guard even appeared to be entirely comfortable in his dual roles as facilitator and scorer, helping power the Express to back-to-back wins in the week that was and earning for himself the Accel-PBA Press Corps Player of the Week for the period March 18 to 24.
In victories over defending champion San Mig Coffee and GlobalPort, the man dubbed as “Cool Cat” was the most consistent backup to superlative import Michael Dunigan with averages of 13.5 points and 6.0 assists while playing both guard positions.
Foremost among those glad for Cortez is Air21 coach Franz Pumaren.
“Right now we are not only asking him to run the team but to score also,” related Pumaren of the 32-year-old, the top pick overall in the 2003 draft. “That’s why once in a while we are using him as a 2-guard.”
More proof is the fact Cortez has laced his recent performances with 6.5 rebounds, 3.5 steals and 1.0 block with only 2.0 turnovers in just a little over 35 minutes of action.
The former De La Salle U star displayed his versatility in an 87-82 victory over the Mixers, when he backstopped Dunigan’s 25 points and 20 rebounds with 13 points, six rebounds, as many assists and three steals.
In the course of a come-from-behind 87-72 victory over the Batang Pier last Saturday, Cortez tallied 14 points, seven rebounds and six assists to help prop Dunigan’s 22 points, 15 rebounds and eight assists and point the Express to their fourth straight win.
Those all-around games fashioned over tough opponents prompted the scribes to choose him over fellow playmaker LA Tenorio, who clipped 16.5 points, 7.0 rebounds and 5.0 assists as Barangay Ginebra also notched two wins to stretch its own streak to four.
Air21 now has an even 5-5 slate and, helped along by recent developments, is lodged in a tie for fourth-running spot and closer to a second straight playoffs appearance.
Cortez is sure to point the way.(pr)