Pilipinas Basketball:

SBP opts to rejoin Asiad 2018 amid public clamor

August 5, 2018 – Manila

Pilipinas Basketball News 2018: SBP or Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas opted to rejoin the Asian Games 2018 Basketball amid public clamor. Initially deciding to forego the quadrennial event due to multiple factors such as regrouping after the FIBA suspension, player availability and miscommunication on PBA teams lending of players, SBP had a change of heart and decided to send a national team instead.


➤ As initially agreed upon, the nucleus of the team will have core players from PBA team Rain or Shine with the addition of some choice cagers from Coach Yeng Guiao.

Gilas Pilipinas will have ROS players such as Maverick Ahinmisi, Raymund Almazan, Chris Tiu, Beau Belga, Gabe Norwood and James Yap.

➤ Other PBA players requested by Guiao include San Miguel’s Christian Stanhardinger, Magnolia’s Paul Lee, GlobalPort’s Stanley Pringle, TNT’s Don Trollano, NLEX’s Asi Taulava and BlackWater’s Poy Erram.

➤ Also for consideration were Gilas Cadet players Kobe Paras and Ricci Rivero.

➤ Only Ahinmisi, Erram, Trollano and Pringle are players who had not represented the national team as a Pro player. Pringle, however, was part of the recent FIBA 3 on 3 tournament.

➤ It will be a second national tour of duty for Chris Tiu who was a member of Rajko Toroman’s Smart Gilas in his amateur days. James Yap, meanwhile, will have another crack at an international cage tournament as he was also a member of Guiao’s 2009 FIBA Asia squad.
Guiao will also be hard-pressed to better his 2009 FIBA Asia coaching stint after then Pilipinas Basketball team ended-up with a dismal 8th place in Tianjin.

Posted August 6, 2018 - Manila

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 Finals 2018:

Ginebra scores first blood, smites SMB, 127-99

July 27, 2018 – Araneta Coliseum

PBA Finals 2018 News: Barangay Ginebra Gin Kings scored first blood as it smote San Miguel Beermen, 127-99, in Game 1 of the 2018 PBA Commissioner’s Cup Finals this rainy Friday at the Araneta Coliseum. Justin Brownlee donned his superman cape anew as he powered the Gin Kings with his 42 points, 9 assists and 7 rebounds, while Joe Devance also contributed 20 markers, 4 assists and 3 rebounds.


➤ Brownlee also hauled 17 of 19 in field goals made.

Renaldo Balkman fought for the losing SMB with his 27 buckets, 13 boards and 2 blocks, while Christian Stanhardinger also added 26 points.

➤ Both gigantic centers of the rival teams nullified their presence as San Miguel’s Junemar Fajardo was limited to only 13 buckets and 12 boards, while Ginebra big man Greg Slaughter added 11 points

Barangay Ginebra had five players in double figures.

Ginebra netted 35 points in the first canto – courtesy of Brownlee’s 18 – to cushion by 15 at the beginning of the 2nd quarter. The start of the second half also saw the Gin Kings pummel SMB with a 19 point lead and they never looked back.

➤ The Gin Kings made 51 of 83 shots for a 61.4% field goal percentage, and dropped in 13 of 25 three-point bombs for a 52% clip. Meanwhile, the Beermen shot only 39% from the field.

Ginebra will again battle the San Miguel Beermen this Sunday, July 29 for Finals Game 2 at the same venue.

Game Scores:
Quarters: 35-20, 69-50, 94-75, 127-99.

ginebra: 127

Brownlee 42, Devance 20, Slaughter 11, Caguioa 11, Mercado 10, Tenorio 9, Thompson 7, Ferrer 7, Mariano 4, Chan 2, Cruz 2, J. Aguilar 2, Manuel 2.

san miguel: 99

Balkman 27, Standhardinger 26, Fajardo 13, Santos 8, Lassiter 6, Cabagnot 5, Nabong 5, Ross 4, Lanete 3, Ganuelas-Rosser 2, Pessumal 0.

July 27, 2018 - Araneta Coliseum, Quezon City

Written by Rock Punzalan for Philippine Basketball News Team