PBA 2018:

Meralco mauls San Miguel, 111-81

November 3, 2018 – Araneta Coliseum

PBA News 2018: Meralco Bolts mauled the San Miguel Beermen, 111-81 in the 2018 PBA Governors’ Cup this Saturday at the Araneta Coliseum. Import Allen Durham led the Bolts with freakish 35 points, 26 boards, and 7 dimes, while power veteran Reynel Hugnatan turned back father time to contribute 19 points and 6 caroms.


Chris Newsome also chipped-in 14 points and 12 assists, while diminutive point guard Baser Amer added 12 buckets and 10 assists.

➤ Import Kevin Murphy starred for the losing Beermen with his 32 points and 10 rebounds, while Alex Cabagnot had 16 points for SMB who saw their four-game winning streak unceremoniously halted.

➤ The Bolts are now in the hunt for the last quarterfinals slot as they await the outcome of the last game of Talk ‘ N Text KaTropa who’s now at 4-6. Meralco won its’ last 4 games and is holding a 5-6 win-loss slate. San Miguel dropped to a 6-5 record but is assured of a quarterfinals slot despite the loss.

Game Scores:
Quarters: 26-25, 44-49, 78-66, 111-81.

meralco: 111

Durham 35, Hugnatan 19, Newsome 14, Amer 12, Hodge 9, Canaleta 8, Salva 6, Faundo 2, Jamito 0, Tolomia 0, Bono 0.

san miguel: 81

Murphy 32, Cabagnot 16, Santos 11, Lassiter 8, Standhardinger 6, Pessumal 5, Nabong 2, Fajardo 1, Rosser 0, Ross 0, Vigil 0, Heruela 0.

Posted on November 4, 2018 - Araneta Coliseum - Quezon City

Written by Rock Punzalan for Philippine Basketball News Team

Asian Qualifiers 2018:

Gilas survives trey barrage, decks Qatar NT, 92-81

September 17, 2018 – Araneta Coliseum

Asian Qualifiers 2018 News: Gilas Pilipinas survived a first-half scare as it defeated a determined Qatar NT in the FIBA World Cup 2019 Asian Qualifiers this Monday evening at the Araneta Coliseum. Japeth Aguilar led the Gilas fightback with his 16 points and 8 rebounds, while Alex Cabagnot made-up for his lackluster performance in his game against Iran, and ended-up with 16 markers as well.


Stanley Pringle also contributed 13 points for Gilas Pilipinas, while “Big” Beau Belga chipped-in 11 points.

➤ Pilipinas outrebounded Qatar as they hauled 54 caroms to 40, while also maximizing bench scoring at 66 to 8.

➤ Qatar NT led by as much 17 points in the first half, 20-37, as they shot an unbelievable 7 of 13 (54%) three-point shooting barrage. The Filipinos turned the tide in the third quarter as they wrestled the lead 59-58, courtesy of a 20-6 run, as they made crucial defensive stops to stifle the pesky Qataris.

➤The Filipinos played minus their home-crowd as they are serving their first game of two suspensions to play home games without an audience. FIBA served the penalty due to the infamous Australia-Philippines brawl last July in Bulacan’s Philippine Arena.

➤ The losing Qataris were led by big man Mohd Yousuf Mohammed who scored 26 points and 7 rebounds, while Tanguy Ngombo and Nasser Al-Reyes both finished with 17 buckets.

Aguilar and Matthew Wright replaced Allein Maliksi and Raymond Almazan for the Qatar joust, while Pringle was chosen as the naturalized player instead of Christian Stanhardinger for this game.

Greg Slaughter did not suit-up due to his ankle injury.

➤ The Philippine basketball team will next face Kazakhstan NT on November 30 to continue their Asian Qualifiers joruney.

Game Scores:
Quarters: 15-26, 39-52, 67-64, 92-81.

gilas pilipinas: 92

Aguilar 16, Cabagnot 16, Pringle 13, Belga 11, Lee 8, Wright 6, Sangalang 5, Lassiter 5, Erram 4, Taulava 3, Thompson 3, Norwood 2.

qatar nt: 81

Mohammed Mohd 26, Ngombo 17, Al-Rayes 17, Khalid 10, Mohammed Hassan 4, Gueye 3, Abdelbaset 3, Abdelhaleem 1, Lashin 0, Avdic 0.

Posted on September 18, 2018 - Araneta Coliseum, Quezon City

Written by Rock Punzalan for Philippine Basketball News Team

Asian Qualifiers:

Gilas Pilipinas stumbles to Iran NT

September 13, 2018 – Tehran

Philippine Basketball News 2018: Gilas Pilipinas failed to conquer the Iran NT which played almost the entire game without Hamed Haddadi this Thursday in the FIBA World Cup 2019 Asian Qualifiers in Tehran. Gilas threw away the impeccable game of Christian Stanhardinger who dropped 30 points and 12 rebounds. He was nearly unstoppable inside the paint against Iran’s other bigs.


➤ Veteran gunner Samad Nikkah Bahrami hit clutch baskets and finished with 21 markers and 8 boards to lead Iran with an 81-73 win, while quick guard Sajjad Mashayekhi contributed 19 buckets and 4 dimes.

Haddadi did not play the whole three quarters, except in the fourth with 56 seconds left, when they were away big and assured of a victory. It was reported that Haddadi was actually nursing a groin injury.

➤ The Filipinos fought tooth and nail against the Iranians up until the final three minutes when Iran registered an 11 point lead, 77-66, courtesy of Bahrami dagger shots.

➤ Gilas failed to capitalize on the absence of Haddadi on the floor as they shot a dismal 5 of 28 (17.9%) clip from the rainbow country. Both Alex Cabagnot and Marcio Lassiter shot a woeful 1 of 7 threes from the arc, while Paul Lee Dalistan shot blanks on 0 of 2 treys.

➤ The game also got physical on two instances as Beau Belga was hit in the kisser with an elbow by Bahrami, and later a bloodied Lassiter was clipped in the face by Arsalan Kazemi.

➤ The Philippine basketball team is in a must-win situation against Qatar NT this Monday, September 17 at the Araneta Coliseum.

➤ Gilas is now third (4-3) in their FIBA grouping followed by Japan and Kazakhstan who are at 4th with a 3-4 slate. Only the top three from Group F will go ahead to play in the upcoming FIBA World Cup 2019 in China.

Game Scores:
Quarters: 21-22, 40-38, 63-59, 81-73.

iran: 81

Bahrami 21, Mashayekhi 19, Kazemi 11, Arghavan 8, Yakhchali 7, Jamshidi 6, Mirza 5, Hassanzadeh 4, Davoudichegani 0, Haddadi 0, Mozafarivanani 0.


Standhardinger 30, Cabagnot 9, Belga 7, Lee 6, Thompson 5, Almazan 5, Lassiter 4, Taulava 3, Norwood 2, Sangalang 2, Maliksi 0, Erram 0.

Posted on September 14, 2018 - Tehran

Written by Rock Punzalan for Philippine Basketball News Team

Philippine Basketball:

Gilas Pilipinas chooses Stanhardinger over injured Slaughter

September 12, 2018 – Manila Time

Philippine Basketball News 2018: Gilas Pilipinas will battle Iran NT in the fourth window of the 2019 FIBA World Cup Asian Qualifiers tomorrow Thursday (September 13) sans injured Greg Slaughter and Stanley Pringle. Coach Yeng Guiao chose to field-in Christian Stanhardinger as the naturalized player to have a better match-up against Iran led by behemoth Hamed Haddadi at center position.


Slaughter had the greenlight of FIBA to play as local, but his ankle injury sustained from his last game with Barangay Ginebra in the PBA, sidelined him from practicing with the Gilas’ crew. It was questionable if he could play at 100% against Haddadi given his injury.

Pringle would have also been a shoo-in in the line-up but being restricted as a naturalized player meant that it was either him or Stanhardinger who will be chosen for the post.

➤ Also cut from the line-up were Japeth Aguilar and Matthew Wright, who are both serving a one-game FIBA suspension.

➤ The final line-up includes Stanhardinger, Poy Erram, Asi Taulava, Beau Belga, Raymond Almazan, Ian Sangalang, Allein Maliksi, Alex Cabagnot, Scottie Thompson, Paul Lee, Gabe Norwood and Marcio Lassiter.

➤ SBP president Al Panlilio announced the final roster this Wednesday morning.

➤ After the game against Iran, Gilas will then face Qatar on September 17 in a closed-door matchup at the Araneta Coliseum.

Posted September 12, 2018 - Manila Time

Written by Rock Punzalan for Philippine Basketball News Team

PBA Finals 2018:

San Miguel pulverizes Ginebra, evens series 1-1

July 29, 2018 – Araneta Coliseum

PBA Finals 2018 News: San Miguel Bermen pulverized Barangay Ginebra Gin Kings to even their series to 1-1, 134-109 in the 2018 PBA Commissioner’s Cup Finals this Sunday at the Araneta Coliseum. Alex Cabagnot waxed hot for SMB and dropped 33 explosive points, 9 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals. Junemar Fajardo also added 25 markers and 8 boards.


➤ Five Beermen scored 20 points and more with Marcio Lassiter, Renaldo Balkman and Christian Stanhardinger also scoring 20 points each.

Justin Brownlee again led Ginebra with 29 buckets, 6 rebounds and 5 assists, while Joe Devance and Scottie Thompson also contributed 16 points each respectively.

San Miguel effectively avenged their 28-point Game 1 loss to Barangay Ginebra and answered back with their own 25 points lopsided victory this time around.

➤15,000 fans were in attendance for the game.

Ginebra and San Miguel will meet again for Game 3 this Wednesday, August 1 at the Araneta Coliseum.

Game Scores:
Quarters: 34-23, 75-46, 99-79, 134-109.

san miguel: 134

Cabagnot 33, Fajardo 25, Lassiter 20, Balkman 20, Standhardinger 20, Santos 14, Mamaril 2, Ross 0, Lanete 0, Ganuelas-Rosser 0, Pessumal 0, Vigil 0.

ginebra: 109

Brownlee 29, Devance 16, Thompson 16, Slaughter 15, Tenorio 13, Mercado 11, Chan 4, R. Aguilar 2, Manuel 2, J. Aguilar 1, Ferrer 0, Caguioa 0, Cruz 0, Caperal 0, Mariano 0, Jamito 0.

July 29, 2018 - Araneta Coliseum, Quezon City

Written by Rock Punzalan for Philippine Basketball News Team

PBA News:

San Miguel enters finals, eliminates Alaska, 104-99

July 22, 2018 – Araneta Coliseum

PBA News 2018: San Miguel Beermen entered the Finals as it eliminated the Alaska Aces, 104-99, in the 2018 PBA Commissioner’s Cup this Sunday at the Araneta Coliseum. “The Kraken” Junemar Fajardo powered SMB with his 26 points, 12 rebounds and 2 blocks, while import Renaldo Balkman also chipped-in 23 buckets, 16 caroms and 5 assists. Meanwhile, Alex Cabagnot‘s trey shot with 34 seconds remaining sealed the game for the Beermen, 100-92.


Cabagnot ended-up with 18 markers, 9 assists and 5 rebounds.

➤ Diamon Simpson led the losing Aces with 24 markers, 21 caroms and 4 dishes, while Vic Manuel also contributed 20 points and 4 steals.

Manuel is now out of the PBA BPC – Best Player of the Conference contention as they bowed out of the Semifinals. He is currently at second place with 37.58 statistical points, while Fajardo leads with 38.77 SPs.

➤ San Miguel will next face in the FInals the winner of the ongoing Semifinals war between Rain or Shine and Ginebra.


Game Scores:
Quarters: 20-23, 43-44, 76-69, 104-99.

san miguel: 104

Fajardo 26, Balkman 23, Cabagnot 18, Ross 17, Lassiter 8, Nabong 6, Santos 4, Standhardinger 2, Heruela 0.

alaska: 99

Simpson 24, Manuel 20, Enciso 19, Casio 15, Teng 6, Racal 4, Exciminiano 4, Magat 3, Thoss 2, Baclao 2, Galliguez 0.

July 22, 2018 - Araneta Coliseum, Quezon City

Written by Rock Punzalan for Philippine Basketball News Team

PBA News:

San Miguel cracks Alaska, 92-79, bags Game 1

July 14, 2018 – MOA Arena

PBA News 2018: San Miguel Beermen cracked the Alaska Aces, 92-79, and bagged Game 1 of their Best-of-Five duel in the 2018 PBA Commissioner’s Cup Semifinals this Saturday at the MOA Arena. Four time PBA MVP Junemar Fajardo carried the Beermen storm with his 17 points, 9 rebounds and 2 steals.


➤ Alex Cabagnot also added 15 buckets and 5 assists for the Beermen, while Renaldo Balkman managed to chip-in a double-double of 13 points and 11 caroms.

Alaska big man Diamon Simpson led the defeated Aces with gargantuan 31 points, 24 rebounds, 5 assists and 3 blocks while Vic Manuel dropped 16 points and 6 boards. Manuel’s 20 points-a-game streak was halted today (11 games total).

➤ SMB now leads the Milkmen 1-0 in their Semifinals battle. They will resume court hostilities on Monday July 16 at the Araneta Coliseum.

Game Scores:
Quarters: 25-24, 52-41, 75-65, 92-79.

san miguel: 92

Fajardo 17, Cabagnot 15, Balkman 13, Lassiter 12, Nabong 11, Standhardinger 9, Ross 3, Heruela 0.

alaska: 79

Simpson 31, Manuel 16, Enciso 7, Racal 7, Casio 6, Teng 4, Exciminiano 4, Thoss 2, Cruz 2, Pascual 0, Baclao 0, Galliguez 0.

July 14, 2018 - MOA Arena, Pasay

Written by Rock Punzalan for Philippine Basketball News Team

PBA News:

San Miguel stops TNT, barges into Semis

July 11, 2018 – Araneta Coliseum

PBA News 2018: San Miguel Beermen stopped Talk ‘N Text KaTropa, 106-102, to barge into the Semifinal round of the 2018 PBA Commissioner’s Cup this Wednesday at the Araneta Coliseum. Import Renaldo Balkman delivered the goods for the Beermen with his 25 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists. Alex Cabagnot meanwhile whipped 21 markers, 6 boards and 6 dishes for SMB.


SMB big man June Mar Fajardo also contributed a double-double of 19 points and 12 rebounds.

The Bro” Terrence Romeo led the TNT pack with his 28 buckets, 8 assists and 5 steals. It wasn’t enough though, as the KaTropa lost another opportunity to book a Semis ticket, after he air-balled his clutch shot in the final 28 seconds of the game.

➤Talk ‘N Text import Joshua Smith also chipped-in 21 markers and 18 rebounds, while Anthony Semerad added 19 points and 5 caroms.

➤ San Miguel will next face the Alaska Aces in a Best-of-Five Semifinal skirmish.

Game Scores:
Quarters: 27-32, 55-56, 80-77, 106-102.

san miguel: 106

Balkman 25, Cabagnot 21, Fajardo 19, Lassiter 13, Ross 11, Nabong 9, Santos 8, Ganuelas-Rosser 0, Heruela 0.

talk 'n text: 102

Romeo 28, Smith 21, Semerad 19, Rosario 11, Castro 7, Pogoy 6, Williams 6, Trollano 3, Taha 1, Carey 0, Reyes 0.

July 11, 2018 - Araneta Coliseum, Quezon City

Written by Rock Punzalan for Philippine Basketball News Team