UAAP Final Four 2018:

Unstoppable Ateneo smashes FEU, enters Finals

November 25, 2018 – Mall of Asia Arena
UAAP Finals 2017: Ateneo draws first blood, defeats DLSU 76-70
Ateneo Blue Eagles

UAAP Final Four News 2018: Unstoppable Ateneo Blue Eagles smashed the FEU Tamaraws, 80-61 to enter the Finals of the 2018 UAAP Season 81 Men’s basketball this Sunday at the Araneta Coliseum. Thirdy Ravena led the Eagles hot offense with 22 buckets, 7 caroms, and 4 dimes, while import Angelo Kouame dominated with his 18 markers, 11 rebounds, and 4 swats.

Notes:

➤ The Blue Eagles clamped down on defense as they limited all FEU players from scoring in double digits. They also blitzed to an early lead as they registered an 8-0 offensive blast over the Tamaraws.

➤ Barkley Eboña had the highest output for FEU with nine buckets, while Prince Orizu and RJ Ramirez had 7 points apiece. Arvin Tolentino was a non-factor the whole game as he was held to only five points.

➤ Ateneo will have a long rest as they await the victor between Adamson and UP in the last Semis pairing this Wednesday at the Araneta Coliseum.

Game Scores:
Quarters: 17-9, 38-24, 59-36, 80-61.

ateneo: 80

Ravena 22, Kouame 18, Verano 7, Go 6, Nieto Ma 6, Nieto Mi 5, Belangel 4, Asistio 3, Mamuyac 3, Mendoza 3, Black 2, Tio 1, Andrade 0, Daves 0, Wong 0, Navarro 0.

feu: 63

Ebona 9, Ramirez 7, Orizu 7, Gonzales 6, Tolentino 5, Inigo 5, Stockton 5, Escoto 4, Tuffin 4, Parker 4, Comboy 3, Cani 2, Nunag 0, Bayquin 0, Bienes 0, Jopia 0.

Posted on November 25, 2018 - Mall of Asia Arena

Written by Rock Punzalan for Philippine Basketball News Team

UAAP Final Four 2018:

UP Maroons stuns Adamson, 73-71

November 24, 2018 – Mall of Asia Arena

UAAP Final Four 2018 News: University of the Philippines stunned second-seeded Adamson University, 73-71 to take Game 1 of their Best-of-Three series in the 2018 UAAP Season 81 Final Four Semifinals this Saturday at the Mall of Asia Arena. Import Bright Akhuetie converted the game-winner for the Fighting Maroons with 2.6 ticks remaining in the game. He finished with 6 buckets, while Paul Desiderio and Juan Gomez de Liaño led UP with 19 points apiece each.

Notes:

➤ UAAP MVP Akhuetie made the go-ahead shot after an inbound play by UP to break the deadlock at 71-all.

➤ The Maroons made a historic run by gaining entry to the Final Four after 21 years and may have the chance to reach the UAAP Season 81 Finals if they beat Adamson once more in Game 2.

➤ Meanwhile, reinforcement Papi Sarr backstopped the losing Falcons with 23 markers and 9 rebounds, as Sean Manganti made 15 buckets. Ace sniper Jerrick Ahanmisi was limited to only 9 points after a 1-of-8 three-point shooting total.

➤ UP and Adamson will duke it out again on at the Araneta Coliseum this Wednesday, November 28.

Game Scores:
Quarters: 17-16, 28-29, 54-43, 73-71.

up: 73

Desiderio 19, Gomez de Liaño Ju 19, Gomez de Liaño Ja 9, Manzo 9, Akhuetie 6, Prado 4, Dario 3, Vito 2, Jaboneta 2, Tungcab 0, Gozum 0, Murrell 0, Lim 0.

adamson: 71

Sarr 23, Manganti 15, Ahanmisi 9, Camacho 8, Lastimosa 7, Espeleta 5, Magbuhos V 4, Mojica 0, Bernardo 0, Pingoy 0, Catapusan 0.

Posted on November 25, 2018 - Mall of Asia Arena

Written by Rock Punzalan for Philippine Basketball News Team

Philippine Basketball 2018:

Lebanon subdues Gilas, 74-68

November 23, 2018 – Epsilon Chi Center, UP Diliman

Philippine Basketball News 2018: Lebanon national team subdued Gilas Pilipinas, 74-68 to take Game 1 of their tuneup game for the FIBA World Qualifiers this Friday at Epsilon Chi Center in UP Diliman. Ali Haidar led the Lebanese side with his 20 buckets, while Ater Majok had 13 markers.

Notes:

➤ Pilipinas basketball team managed to trim the gap from 19 points deficit to a single digit at 59-60, courtesy of an Arwind Santos layup, but the Lebanese side kept their composure en route to victory.

➤ Japeth Aguilar led the Filipinos with his 16 points as San Miguel duo of Marcio Lassiter and Junemar Fajardo also finished with 13 and 9 points each.

➤ Missing from the action are the other members of Gilas pool which includes Christian Stanhardinger, Kai Sotto, Scottie Thompson, Alex Cabagnot and Beau Belga.

➤ Gilas and Lebanon will face each other once more for Game 2 this Sunday.

Game Scores:
Quarters: 20-16, 44-28, 57-55, 74-68

lebanon: 74

Haidar 20, Majok 13, Saoud 10, Abdel Nour 9, Bawji 6, Mehzer 5, Rustom 4, Akl 3, Ibrahim 2, Fares 0, Khalil 0, Tabet 0.

gilas pilipinas: 68

Aguilar 16, Lassiter 11, Fajardo 9, Santos 6, Rosario 5, Tenorio 4, Slaughter 4, Pringle 4, Lee 3, Wright 3, Rivero 2, Thompson 1, Erram 0, Castro 0.

Posted on November 24, 2018 - Epsilon Chi Center, UP Diliman

Written by Rock Punzalan for Philippine Basketball News Team

Philippine Basketball 2018:

Gilas blasts Jordan in Game 2, 82-73

November 21, 2018 – Meralco Gym

Philippine Basketball News 2018: Gilas Pilipinas blasted Jordan national team 82-73, in Game 2 of their exhibition game as buildup for the FIBA World Qualifying Tournament this Wednesday at the Meralco Gym. The game was unceremoniously ended as Jordan walked out of the playing court after a verbal altercation between coach Yeng Guiao and Jordan mentor Joey Steibing.

Notes:

➤ A near brawl was triggered after a Jordanian cager threw a ball at Scottie Thompson during a dead ball. Poy Erram also had an altercation with another Jordanian after a rebound play.

➤ Tempers flared for Jordan after the Philippine basketball team rallied from a 19 point deficit, and continued by mounting a double-digit lead thanks to a 31-4 unanswered blast.

➤ The game was halted with 6:23 remaining in the fourth quarter as entire Jordan basketball team headed straight into the locker room. Gilas was officially awarded the game by default.

➤ Gilas will play Lebanon NT this Friday and on Saturday to continue their buildup for the upcoming FIBA qualifiers.

Posted on November 21, 2018 - Meralco Gym

Written by Rock Punzalan for Philippine Basketball News Team

UAAP 2018:

FEU trounces La Salle, 71-70

November 21, 2018 – Araneta Coliseum

UAAP 2018 News: FEU Tamaraws trounced the La Salle Green Archers, 71-70 to book the last UAAP Final Four ticket in the 2018 UAAP Season 81 men’s basketball this Wednesday at the Araneta Coliseum. Arvin Tolentino sank the game-winning trey and led the Tamaraws with 15 markers total, while Kevin Ebona also finished with 12 points and 16 boards.

Notes:

Tolentino converted the clutch three-point bomb for FEU with 3.1 seconds remaining in crunch time. Santi Santillan had a chance to steal the game for DLSU but failed to drain the shot due to FEU’s stifling defense.

➤ The Far Eastern University is now on their sixth straight Final Four appearance in the UAAP.

➤ Meanwhile, Santillan paced the eliminated La Salle with his 20 buckets and 6 caroms, while Aljun Melecio had 9 points and 6 assists.

➤ The FEU Tamaraws will next battle the number one Ateneo Blue Eagles for the UAAP Final Four this Sunday, November 25. Defending champion Ateneo will have the twice-to-beat advantage in their semifinals showdown.

Game Scores:
Quarters: 22-21, 36-38, 54-51, 71-70.

feu: 71

Tolentino 15, Ebona 12, Tuffin 11, Escoto 10, Comboy 8, Parker 7, Inigo 5, Cani 2, Orizu 1, Bienes 0, Stockton 0, Gonzales 0.

la salle: 70

Santillan 20, Caracut 9, Melecio 9, Montalbo 7, Baltazar 6, Manuel 5, Samuel 4, Go 3, Dyke 3, Serrano 2, Bates 2.

Posted on November 21, 2018 - Araneta Coliseum

Written by Rock Punzalan for Philippine Basketball News Team

Philippine Basketball 2018:

Gilas falls to Jordan quintet, 92-98

November 19, 2018 – Meralco Gym

Philippine Basketball News 2018: Gilas Pilipinas fell to Jordan national team, 92-98 in a tuneup game for the FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournament this Monday at the Meralco Gym. Veteran Zaid Abbas led the Jordanians with 24 buckets, while Mousa Al Awadi and Abu Hawwas Amin chipped-in 18 and 16 points each.

Notes:

Christian Standhardinger dropped 21 points for the Philippine Basketball Team, while hitman Marcio Lassiter made 14. Coming back from injury, Jayson Castro also added 13 points for the Filipinos. It was also the first game as a Gilas senior for Ricci Rivero, who chimed-in four buckets total.

➤ Coach Yeng Guiao fielded in 12 players out of the 20-man pool total as the majority of the Nationals are still playing in the PBA Governors’ Cup playoffs. Missing out from the pool were Paul Lee, Ian Sangalang, Scottie Thompson, Japeth Aguilar, Greg Slaughter, LA Tenorio, Stanley Pringle, and Kai Sotto.

➤ The 7-foot-1 Sotto did not suit for the game due to academic responsibilities.

Gilas and Jordan will resume hostilities on Wednesday, November 21 for their second exhibition game.

Game Scores:
Quarters: 25-13, 46-44, 70-67, 98-82.

jordan: 98

Abbas 24, Al Awadi 18, Amin 16, Dentmon 11, Hussein 10, Yousef 8, Obeid 8, Kanaan 3, Sinan 0, Abdeen 0, Dasuq 0, Ahmad 0, Hasoneh 0.

gilas pilipinas: 92

Standhardinger 21, Lassiter 14, Castro 13, Wright 7, Belga 7, Rosario 7, Fajardo 6, Santos 5, Cabagnot 5, Rivero 4, Erram 4, Norwood 0.

Posted on November 19, 2018 - Meralco Gym

Written by Rock Punzalan for Philippine Basketball News Team

PBA Semifinals 2018:

Alaska KOs Meralco, enters Finals anew

November 17, 2018 – Cuneta Astrodome

PBA Semifinals News 2018: Alaska Aces knocked out the Meralco Bolts, 99-92 to enter the Finals of the 2018 PBA Governors’ Cup this Saturday at the Cuneta Astrodome. Reinforcement Mike Harris starred for Alaska with his 27 buckets and 14 rebounds, while JVee Casio made 14 points.

Notes:

➤ It was an all-around team effort for the Aces as Vic Manuel, Jeron Teng, and Kevin Racal all made 10 buckets apiece. Alaska is poised to reenter the PBA Finals after missing the cut for two years straight.

➤ Import Allen Durham powered the Bolts with his 31 points and 14 rebounds but fell short of leading them to a third straight Governors’ Cup championship appearance. Veteran Reynel Hugnatan also added 13 markers for Meralco.

Alaska and Magnolia will battle for Game 1 of the best-of-seven PBA Finals series on December 5.

Game Scores:
Quarters: 21-28, 47-48, 68-60, 99-92.

alaska: 99

Harris 27, Casio 14, Manuel 10, Teng 10, Racal 10, Banchero 9, Enciso 7, Baclao 4, Thoss 4, Pascual 4, Potts 0, Exciminiano 0.

meralco: 92

Durham 31, Hugnatan 13, Newsome 12, Amer 10, Salva 10, Lanete 7, Caram 7, Hodge 2, Tolomia 0, Faundo 0, Canaleta 0, Dillinger 0.

Posted on November 17, 2018 - Cuneta Astrodome

Written by Rock Punzalan for Philippine Basketball News Team

PBA Semifinals 2018:

Magnolia boots out Ginebra, 112-108

November 16, 2018 – Ynares Center

PBA Semifinals News 2018: Magnolia Hotshots booted out Barangay Ginebra, 112-108 to book a Finals ticket in the 2018 PBA Governors’ Cup this Friday at the Ynares Center. Import Romeo Travis bucked a hamstring injury to lead the Hotshots with 50 points and 13 boards, while Ian Sangalang made 14 points and 6 rebounds.

Notes:

➤ With 10 ticks remaining in regulation, both Scottie Thompson and Joe Devance miffed their clutch trey attempts and failed to salvage Ginebra in crunch time. The Gin Kings were effectively eliminated from campaigning for a third straight title this season.

Justin Brownlee backstopped the losing Gin Kings with 32 points, 9 caroms and 7 dimes, while Japeth Aguilar chipped-in 25 buckets and 14 rebounds.

Magnolia will get a long rest as they await the other finalist between the Meralco Bolts and the Alaska Aces, who will battle in Game 4 of their semifinals series on Saturday, November 17, at the Cuneta Astrodome.

Game Scores:
Quarters: 20-27, 51-53, 81-79, 112-108.

magnolia: 112

Travis 50, Sangalang 14, Lee 11, Jalalon 9, Barroca 8, Herndon 8, Simon 6, Dela Rosa 4, Reavis 2, Brondial 0, Melton 0.

ginebra: 108

Brownlee 32, Aguilar 25, Tenorio 12, Thompson 12, Devance 11, Slaughter 7, Mercado 5, Mariano 2, Chan 2, Ferrer 0.

Posted on November 16, 2018 - Ynares Center

Written by Rock Punzalan for Philippine Basketball News Team

PBA Semifinals 2018:

Alaska stops Meralco, 104-102

PBA Semifinals 2018: Alaska stops Meralco, 104-102

November 15, 2018 – Cuneta Astrodome

PBA Semifinals 2018: Alaska Aces stopped Meralco Bolts, 104-102 to lead 2-1 in Game 3 of their Semifinals tiff in the 2018 PBA Governors’ Cup this Thursday at the Cuneta Astrodome. Import Mike Harris powered the Aces with his double-double of 31 markers, 24 boards, and 7 dimes. Simon Enciso and Chris Banchero also made waves by scoring 17 buckets each respectively.

Notes:

➤ The Aces survived the potential game-winners from import Allen Durham who missed an uncontested layup, and Reynel Hugnatan who botched a put-back with the Aces leading 103-102 before the end of regulation.

Alaska shot marginally better than Meralco from the trey territory, making 10 of 23 treys at 43%, against the Bolts 8 of 24 total (33%). Alaska also had better opportunities at the charity lane, converting 22 of 24 foul throws (91%), to Meralco’s 12 of 19 freebies at 63% free-throws total.

 Durham had a monstrous 37 points, 13 caroms, and 8 assists performance, but it was not enough as the Bolts have now lost twice in a row to the Aces. Meanwhile, power veteran Hugnatan also finished with 19 points and 5 rebounds.

➤ The Bolts and the Aces will resume battle for Game 4 of their Semis showdown on Saturday, November 16 at the Cuneta Astrodome.

Game Scores:
Quarters: 25-22, 47-53, 75-74, 104-102.

alaska: 104

Harris 31, Banchero 17, Enciso 17, Baclao 11, Manuel 8, Casio 7, Thoss 6, Cruz 4, Racal 3, Potts 0, Exciminiano 0.

meralco: 102

Durham 37, Hugnatan 19, Newsome 18, Amer 11, Faundo 4, Caram 4, Lanete 3, Salva 3, Dillinger 3, Tolomia 0, Canaleta 0.

Posted on November 16, 2018 - Cuneta Astrodome

Written by Rock Punzalan for Philippine Basketball News Team

PBA Semifinals 2018:

Ginebra stays alive, decks Magnolia, 107-103

November 14, 2018 – Araneta Coliseum

PBA Semifinals News 2018: Barangay Ginebra stayed alive, after defeating the Magnolia Hotshots, 107-103 in Game 3 of their 2018 PBA Governors’ Cup Semifinals tiff this Wednesday at the Araneta Coliseum. Star import Justin Brownlee wowed with career-high 46 points and 19 boards for Ginebra.

Notes:

LA Tenorio finished with 14 points and 5 rebounds. He also shot the clutch floater off Paul Lee’s turnover, with 14 seconds left to lift the Gin Kings, 105-103.

Scottie Thompson also added 15 buckets and 7 caroms, while Japeth Aguilar finished with 11 markers and 7 rebounds.

Ginebra bucked an 18 point Magnolia half-time lead and survived another day in their Semifinals series. Magnolia led the Gin Kings in most of the game stats, but Ginebra outpaced the Hotshots in charities, hitting 32 of 45 foul throws at 71 percent, compared to Magnolia’s 11 of 18 free-throw shots made at 61%. 11/18 (61%).

Mark Barroca led the Hotshots with 19 points and 5 rebounds, while Lee made 17 points. Import Romeo Travis was the missing link for Magnolia, who managed to register only 12 points and 12 boards total.

Magnolia is still leading the series at 2-1, and Barangay is in a must-win situation in their upcoming face-off this Friday, November 16 for Game 4 of their Semifinals showdown at the Ynares Center.

Game Scores:
Quarters: 23-22, 41-58, 79-81, 107-103.

ginebra: 107

Brownlee 46, Thompson 15, Tenorio 14, Aguilar 11, Devance 8, Chan 5, Slaughter 3, Mercado 3, Caperal 0, Ferrer 0.

magnolia: 103

Barroca 19, Lee 17, Sangalang 16, Travis 12, Brondial 10, Jalalon 10, Dela Rosa 8, Simon 5, Reavis 3, Melton 3, Herndon 0, Gamalinda 0.

Posted on November 15, 2018 - Araneta Coliseum

Written by Rock Punzalan for Philippine Basketball News Team