Asian Games 2018:

China narrowly escapes Gilas Pilipinas, 82-80

August 21, 2018 – GBK Hall Palembang

Asian Games News 2018: China narrowly escaped Gilas Pilipinas, 82-80, to conclude their Group D battle in the Palembang Asian Games 2018 this Tuesday in Jakarta Indonesia. Zhou Qi led China with 25 points, 12 rebounds and 7 blocks, while Wang Zhelin added 13 buckets and 7 boards.


Jordan Clarkson led the mighty Filipino offensive but fell short due to cramps in the waning seconds. He finished with 28 monstrous markers, 8 caroms and 4 assists. Clarkson also made 5 of 13 three point shots.

Christian Stanhardinger also contributed 18 points and 8 caroms, while Stanley Pringle made 14 buckets and 4 rebounds.

China out-rebounded the Philippines, 35 boards against 31. However, the Pinoys shot better from the rainbow country making 11 of 34 (32%) three point bombs, against the Great Wall’s 7 of 29 (24%) treys.

The Philippine basketball team will next face South Korea in the upcoming Quarterfinal round.

Game Scores:
Quarters: 20-12, 36-31, 59-57, 82-80.

china: 82

Zhou 25, Wang 13, Abudurexiti 12, Zhao 11, Ding 7, Sun 6, Liu 5, Fang 2, Dong 1.

gilas pilipinas: 80

Clarkson 28, Stanhardinger 18, Pringle 14, Dalistan Lee 10, Erram 6, Almazan 2, Belga 2, Taulava 0, Yap 0, Norwood 0, Ahanmisi 0.

Posted on August 21, 2018 - GBK Hall Palembang Jakarta Indonesia

Written by Rock Punzalan for Philippine Basketball News Team

PBA 2018:

Import-less Talk 'N Text dumps Meralco, 92-90

August 20, 2018 – Ynares

PBA 2018: Talk ‘N Text KaTropa shocked sister team the Meralco Bolts, 92-90, in a come-from-behind win in the 2018 PBA Governor’s Cup eliminations this Sunday at the Ynares Center. Terrence Romeo led TNT with his 23 points, 10 assists and 8 rebounds, while RR Pogoy chipped-in 19 buckets.


➤ National mainstay Jayson Castro also added 16 buckets and 6 assists for the KaTropa.

➤ TNT won the game despite having no reinforcement. They let go of import Mike Glover after a dismal performance against the NLEX Road Warriors, who had import Olu Ashaolu playing with almost one leg due to patellar injury.

Allen Durham paced the losing Bolts with his 27 points, 22 boards and 8 dishes, while local Baser Amer contributed 18 markers.

Both TNT and Meralco sport identical 1-1 win-loss slate in the PBA Governors’ Cup.

Game Scores:
Quarters: 23-23, 43-41, 68-61, 92-90.

Talk 'n text: 92

Romeo 23, Pogoy 19, Castro 16, Rosario 13, Williams 7, Garcia 7, Semerad 3, Golla 2, Tamsi 2, Paredes 0, Carey 0.

meralco: 90

Durham 27, Amer 18, Newsome 10, Hodge 9, Canaleta 9, Tolomia 8, Caram 6, de Ocampo 2, Hugnata 1, Salva 0, Sedurifa 0, Lanete 0.

Posted on August 20, 2018 - Ynares Center

Written by Rock Punzalan for Philippine Basketball News Team

PBA 2018:

NLEX decks NorthPort, 123-107

August 19, 2018 – Ynares Center

PBA 2018: Olu Ashaolu once again lifted the NLEX Road Warriors, this time over NorthPort Batang Pier, 123-107, this Sunday evening at the Ynares Center. Ashaolu paced NLEX with 27 points and 13 rebounds, while veteran marksman Larry Fonacier and former SWU star Mark Tallo contributed 14 markers apiece.


➤ Despite the monstrous offense of Ashaolu, the rest of NLEX provided the necessary firepower as six players also finished in double figures.

➤ NorthPort import Rashad Woods delivered the goods for the losing NorthPort with 42 buckets, 12 boards and 8 assists. However, his awesome effort fell short as NorthPort lost by 16 points opposite a team with an injured reinforcement. Mo Tautuaa led the Batang Pier locals with 20 points, 12 caroms and 4 dimes contribution.

Batang Pier is missing the services of Stanley Pringle who’s presently playing in the Asian Games, and also Sean Anthony. NLEX, meanwhile, did not have Asi Taulava and coach Yeng Guiao who are also in Jakarta for the Asiad.

Game Scores:
Quarters: 34-19, 61-58, 84-78, 123-107.

nlex: 123

Ashaolu 27, Fonacier 14, Tallo 14, Quinahan 12, Ighalo 12, Mallari 10, Baguio 8, Paniamogan 5, Galanza 4, Marcelo 4, Miranda 4.

northport: 107

Woods 42, Tautuaa 20, Taha 15, Grey 13, Javelona 8, Teng 5, Guinto 3, Elorde 1, Espinas 0, Gabayni 0.

Posted August 20, 2018 - Ynares Center

Written by Rock Punzalan for Philippine Basketball News Team

PBA 2018:

Ashaolu leads NLEX over TNT, 103-90

August 17, 2018 – Ynares Arena

PBA News 2018: Olu Ashaolu led the NLEX Road Warriors over sister team TNT KaTropa, 103-90, to start their eliminations stint in the 2018 PBA Governors’ Cup this Friday at the Ynares Arena in Pasig. The NLEX import exploded with big 33 points, 23 rebounds and 3 assists, while Mark Tallo did not disappoint with his 16 buckets.


➤ NLEX veteran Larry Fonacier meanwhile dropped 14 goals and 4 boards, while new Road Warrior Philip Paniamogan impressed with 11 markers.

➤ Talk ‘N Text relied mainly on Terrence Romeo who made 27 points, 5 caroms and 3 dishes, while Jayson Castro chipped-in 15 points, 5 assists and 2 steals.

➤ KaTropa import Michael Glover was limited to a forgettable 11 markers and 15 boards.

NLEX won the court-side battle sans coach Yeng Guiao who’s currently preoccupied with the Gilas Pilipinas in the Jakarta Asian Games.

Game Scores:
Quarters: 23-17, 54-45, 78-74, 103-90.

NLEX: 103

Ashaolu 33, Tallo 16, Fonacier 14, Paniamogan 11, Galanza 9, Quinahan 5, Mallari 5, Tiongson 5, Baguio 3, Miranda 2, Marcelo 0.

TNT: 90

Romeo 27, Castro 15, Pogoy 13, Glover 11, Semerad 10, Rosario 5, Williams 4, Garcia 3, Tamsi 2, Golla 0.

Posted on August 18, 2018 - Ynares Arena Pasig

Written by Rock Punzalan for Philippine Basketball News Team

PBA 2018:

Durham lifts Meralco past Columbian Dyip, 109-106

August 17, 2018 – Ynares Arena

PBA News 2018: Allen Durham lifted the Meralco Bolts over Columbian Dyip, 109-106, to begin it’s campaign in the 2018 PBA Governors’ Cup eliminations this Friday at Ynares Arena in Pasig. Durham registered monstrous numbers to lead the Bolts with 26 points, 20 rebounds and 9 assists, while guard Baser Amer added 23 buckets, 8 boards, and 6 assists.


Mike Tolomia also added 14 points for Meralco, while Cliff Hodge made 11 points, 4 rebounds and 2 blocks.

➤ Import Akeem Wright paced the defeated Dyip with a double-double of 30 markers, 14 caroms and 4 assists, while Jerramy King contributed 24 points, 8 rebounds and 5 dimes.

Wright appeared to be injured in the closing seconds of the court skirmish as he was replaced abruptly with two ticks left in the game.

Game Scores:
Quarters: 26-25, 53-43, 85-76, 109-106.

meralco: 109

Durham 26, Amer 23, Tolomia 14, Hodge 11, Caram 10, de Ocampo 10, Canaleta 9, Salva 4, Newsome 2, Hugnatan 0, Laneta 0, Bono 0.

columbian: 106

Wright 30, King 24, Khobuntin 10, Corpuz 10, Escoto 8, Camson 8, McCarthy 5, Celda 5, Tubid 2, Cahilig 2, Cabrera 2, Lastimosa 0.

Posted on August 18, 2018 - Ynares Arena Pasig

Written by Rock Punzalan for Philippine Basketball News Team

UAAP 2018:

Paras and Bartlett win big in UAAP preseason kickoff

August 17, 2018 – Mall of Asia Atrium

UAAP 2018: Kobe Paras and Jordan Bartlett weaved magic to win indiviual events to open 2018 UAAP Season 81 Last Man Standing event at Mall of Asia Atrium this Friday. Paras lorded it over in the UAAP Slam Dunk Contest, while Bartlett reigned supreme in the UAAP 1 on 1 tourney.


➤ Paras grabbed the Slam Dunk title over David Carlos, after a double-overtime dunkfest. Carlos is also a pro dunk artist.

➤ Kobe gassed, fatigued and all after six hours coming from the rim jamming tilt joined the 1 on 1 tournament. He reached the Finals but fell short against ball handling wizard Bartlett with scores 11-8.

Kobe represented the UP Fighting Maroons, while Jordan is a newcomer recruit of De La Salle Green Archers. Paras was a former player of the US NCAA Creighton University and Northridge, while Bartlett was a former reserve of the NU Bulldogs. Both will not play the regular UAAP season to serve residency requirements.

➤ Meanwhile, Jerom Lastimosa wowed in the Skill’s Challenge, while Jerrick Ahanmisi sniped his way to victory in the 3-Point Shootout. Both hails from Adamson University.

➤ On the other hand, the Women’s department had Ria Nabalan winning the 1 on 1 event, Camille Claro and Anna Castillo of DLSU bagged the Skills Challenge and 3-Point Shootout respectively.

Posted August 17, 2018 - Mall of Asia Atrium Pasay

Written by Rock Punzalan for Philippine Basketball News Team

D-League Finals 2018:

Go for Gold beats Che'Lu, 98-96

August 16, 2018 – Ynares Sports

D-League Finals 2018: Go for Gold Scratchers beat Che’Lu Bar and Grill, 98-96, to lead 2-1 in Game 3 of the PBA D-League Foundation Cup Finals 2018 this Thursday at the Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig. Paul Desiderio powered the Scratchers with his 28 points and 5 rebounds, while Gab Banal dropped 11 markers, 8 boards and 6 dishes.


➤ It was Desiderio’s last shot that sealed the victory for the Scratchers. With three ticks left in the ballgame, he drove hard to the basket to beat the 96-all deadlock.

➤ Jeff Viernes led the losing Che’Lu with 23 buckets and 6 dimes. Meanwhile, Levi Hernandez and Christopher Bitoon also contributed with 19 points apiece.

 Go for Gold and Che’Lu will once again duke it out for Game Four of the Developmental League Finals this Tuesday, August 21.

Game Scores:
Quarters: 22-21, 38-52, 63-71, 98-96.

go for gold: 98

Desiderio 28, Banal 11, Tolentino 10, Reyes 9, Publico 9, Dennison 8, Wong 8, Porter 7, Salem 5, Canada 3, Gaco 0.

che'lu: 96

Viernes 23, Hernandez 17, Bitoon 17, Collado 12, Melano 11, Taganas 5, de Joya 4, Siruma 3, Ochea 2, Ruaya 2, Sta. Ana 0.

Posted on August 16, 2018 - Ynares Sports Pasig

Written by Rock Punzalan for Philippine Basketball News Team

Asian Games 2018:

Gilas Pilipinas wallops Kazakhstan, 96-59

August 16, 2018 – Jakarta

Pilipinas Basketball News 2018: Gilas Pilipinas walloped Kazakhstan, 96-59, to begin it’s campaign in the Asian Games 2018 this Thursday at GBK Hall in Jakarta. Stanley Pringle led the merciless Filipino assault with his 18 points and 4 rebounds, while Christian Stanhardinger added 15 markers and 5 boards.


James Yap also added 13 buckets and 6 caroms, while Paul Lee Dalistan made 10 points.

Anton Bykov led the losing Kazakhstan with 13 points and 5 rebounds.

➤ The Philippine basketball team stole the ball 16 times and caused 22 turnovers to the former Soviet Union country. RP Five also shot better with 23 of 39 (59%) fieldgoal clip versus 13 of 32 (41%) of the Central Asian nation, and shot the threes at 12 of 39 (31%) to Kazakhstan’s 5 of 28 (18%).

Jordan Clarkson just arrived in time to watch the Filipino game courtside, but did not suit-up as he just barely arrived in Indonesia by plane.

Gilas Pilipinas next campaign will be opposite a powerhouse China squad led by Guo Ailun, Zhou Qi and Ding Yanyuhang this Tuesday August 21.

Posted August 16, 2018 - Jakarta, Indonesia

Written by Rock Punzalan for Philippine Basketball News Team

MPBL 2018:

Banal powers Bacoor Strikers over Laguna Heroes, 91-86

August 15, 2018 – Strike Gymnasium

MPBL News 2018: Gab Banal powered the Bacoor Strikers over Laguna Heroes, 91-86, in the ongoing Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League Datu Cup this Tuesday at Strike Gymnasium in Bacoor. Banal fired 25 points, 12 rebounds and 6 assists, while Mark Montuano added 20 buckets, 9 boards and 2 steals.


Banal, who came-off a grueling game earlier in the day at the PBA D-League Finals, dropped 10 buckets all in the fourth quarter.

Leonardo de Vera also contributed 17 points, while Chris Sumalinog had 15 goals.

Former PBA star Denok Meranda paced the losing Heroes with 29 markers on tournament record 13 three point bombs. 

Bacoor is now 4-2 in the Datu Cup, while Laguna fell to a 2-4 win-loss slate.

Posted August 15, 2018 - Strike Gymnasium Bacoor

Written by Rock Punzalan for Philippine Basketball News Team

Pilipinas Basketball:

NBA changes mind, allows Clarkson stint to Asiad

August 14, 2018 – Manila

Pilipinas Basketball News 2018: The National Basketball Association finally heeded the massive call for reconsideration of its earlier decision to bar Filipino American Jordan Clarkson from playing for the Philippine basketball team. In a surprise twist, Clarkson is now officially part of the 12-man Gilas Pilipinas line-up, and will fly as early as Thursday for the battle against Kazakhstan.


Clarkson will also be tasked as the flag-bearer for the Philippines delegation during the opening of the Asian Games this coming Saturday.

Don Trollano, who’s been in and out of the Filipino line-up will again be replaced by Clarkson this after the surprise announcement by the American professional basketball league.

The Philippines Asian Games chef de mission Richard Gomez and Coach Yeng Guiao both confirmed the developments to Rappler and Inquirer.

Gomez also intimated to Rappler that they made multiple appeals to the NBA to change their decision on Clarkson.

Gilas Pilipinas will now play with a core of Rain or Shine players and select PBA cagers along with Cleveland Cavalier’s Clarkson.

Posted August 15, 2018 - Manila Time

Written by Rock Punzalan for Philippine Basketball News Team