of Barangay Ginebra San Miguel vs Rain or Shine Elasto Painters Witness how Barangay Ginebra San Miguel barged into the win column with a win over Rain or Shine Elasto Painters.
of Barangay Ginebra San Miguel vs Rain or Shine Elasto Painters Witness how Barangay Ginebra San Miguel barged into the win column with a win over Rain or Shine Elasto Painters.
High Leaping forward, Japeth Aguilar was sent to Ginebra in 5 man trade that involves Jay Washington moving to Global Port.
Japeth Aguilar landed with the Commissioner’s Cup finalists in a trade approved by the league on Tuesday, in exchange for Yousef Taha. At the same time, Barako Bull Energy Cola acquired forward Elmer Espiritu, also from Ginebra, while the Petron Blaze Boosters sent Jay Washington to GlobalPort, getting back Jason Deutchman in return.
After Japeth Aguilar was traded from the Talk ‘N Text Tropang Texters to GlobalPort, there were already rumors that being a member of the Batang Pier would be temporary, a stopover as he was really headed to Ginebra.
However, GlobalPort stuck with Aguilar throughout the Commissioner’s Cup, a disastrous campaign that saw the club finish with just two wins, before deciding to make alterations to their roster anew
Alaska Aces defeated Barangay Ginebra San Miguel and sweep their series to bag the Commissioner’s Cup Title.
The Alaska Aces got really going as the game progressed, resulting in a 104-80 victory over the Barangay Ginebra Kings Sunday to complete a sweep of their PBA Commissioner’s Cup championship series before an all-time record crowd of 23,436 at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
Rob Dozier validated his being adjudged the Best Import earlier with gamehighs of 27 points and 20 rebounds while Calvin Abueva, Jayvee Casio and Sonny Thoss also came up with big performances in the game they wanted most to win.
In the end, the Alaska Aces took just the first three games in the best-of-five duel to nab their 14th franchise title in all and the first one without former coach Tim Cone.
“We were a bit lucky,” said Luigi Trillo, assistant for 14 years before assuming the helm, initially in an interim capacity, only three conferences ago.
“They have injuries over there and this is a different Ginebra team we played. I think they were a bit tired,” added Trillo. “But we have built a good foundation for this team and our new additions were the pieces we needed. These are good guys, character guys.”
The 36-year-old also admitted he didn’t imagine it would take this quick for him to win one. “Sa totoo lang hindi,” he said.
“If anybody had asked me kung tatalunin namin ang Ginebra in just three games, I would have said no. If we are better than Ginebra by 30 points coming into the series, I would have said no.”
The victory also made owner Uytengsu feel like he was when the team won its first championship in 1991, five years after joining the league.
“This makes me feel like I’m 24 again,” said Uytengsu, before giving Ginebra praise. “They’re worthy opponents,” he stated.
The loss is not as bitter for Ginebra as some may think.
“Classic iyung dinaanan namin,” said Kings coach Alfrancis Chua, whose team got off to a 0-4 start before hurdling second-seed Rain or Shine in the quarterfinals and powerhouse Talk N Text in the semifinals, both with twice-to-win handicaps.
“Masarap pa rin ang feeling,” added Chua. “Hindi ko inakalang makakapasok kami sa championship. I know it’s 3-0, pero sa dami ng injuries, siguro nga para sa kanila (Alaska).”
When the Uytengsu franchise won its last four titles under Cone, the last the 2010 Fiesta Conference.
Diamon Simpson was the Best Import then and Dozier showed he is a worthy recipient of the first-ever Bobby Parks Trophy.
Dozier also had gamehighs of seven assists and six blocked shots, leading a balanced charge that had Abueva notching 22 points and 10 rebounds, Casio 18 points, including eight points in the fourth, and Thoss 13 points and 14 rebounds.
In all, Thoss averaged 13.7 points and 10 rebounds for the series. But more than those numbers it was his excellent defense on Vernon Macklin throughout the series that made him the unanimous choice as the Papa John’s-PBA Press Corps Finals MVP.
Even Ginebra’s best effort in the series, coming off 70-87 and 90-104 losses in the first two games, was not enough.
It was just the eighth sweep in a best-of-five since the format was first adopted in 1993 and all because of a determined crew not wanting another game.
It showed in the way Alaska Aces held Ginebra to just eight points in the fourth period while scattering 33 of its own.
The Aces’ defense was at its stingiest in the final 6:15, when it held the Kings to just two free throws and broke them away for good from an 84-79 count.
Ginebra was a sorry sight then, going 0-for-4 from the field and committing the last of its 13 turnovers, with the split charities by Kerby Raymundo and Jayjay Helterbrand the only ones that prevented them from a complete shutout.
Seemingly running on fumes, Best Player of the Conference awardee LA Tenorio still managed 18 points with Chris Ellis, Mark Caguioa and Helterbrand leading Ginebra’s one last fight. Hobbled by a badly bruised right thigh, Macklin was held to only 12 points although he did finish with 14 rebounds.
ALASKA 104 – Dozier 27, Abueva 22, Casio 18, Thoss 13, Baguio 7, Jazul 6, Hontiveros 5, Reys 3, Espinas 2, Belasco 1, Ramos 0, Eman 0, Bugia 0, Laure 0, Dela Cruz 0.
GINEBRA 80 – Tenorio 18, Ellis 14, Macklin 12, Caguioa 12, Helterbrand 11, Baracael 5, Raymundo 4, Urbiztondo 2, Mamaril 2, Taha 0, Labagala 0, Espiritu 0, Hatfield 0.
Quarters: 23-20, 44-48, 71-72, 104-80
Alaska Aces import, Robert Dozier gets first ever Bobby Parks Trophy after winning in statistics as well as media, players, and PBA votes.
With 1233 points, Robert Dozier became the first recipient of the Bobby Parks Trophy, topping Ginebra’s Vernon Macklin (926), San Mig Coffee’s Denzel Bowles (644) and Talk n Text’s Tony Mitchell (515).
“It’s a nice individual award,” said Dozier. “It’s a great feeling to win this one, but my priority is really winning the championship.”
Sheryl Reyes, the agent who represents both Dozier and Macklin, said the Alaska import deserves the plum.
“Among the imports I sent, it’s him whom I don’t have any problem dealing with,” said Reyes.
Tenorio and Robert Dozier were awarded their trophies moments before Game Three of the Alaska-Ginebra finale at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
Tenorio and Abueva ended in a virtual dead heat in the statistical points derby, averaging 28.3 and 28.5 statistical points a game.
The Ginebra sentinel finished with the highest SP total of 480 points but the Alaska top freshman got a slightly better SP average on the strength of a high 150 won-game bonus points.
Tenorio averaged 13.8 points, 5.0 rebounds, 5.1 assists, 1.9 steals and 0.1 block while Abueva normed 11.7 points, 8.9 rebounds, 1.3 assists, 0.7 steal and 0.7 block through the semis.
In good sportsmanship gesture, Abueva gave Tenorio an applause after the announcement of the BPC winner. (SB)
Barangay Ginebra San Miguel’s playmaker LA Tenorio named Best Player of the Conference, edging Alaska’s top rookie Calvin Abueva.
The 5-foot-8 playmaker out of Ateneo, a seven-year PBA veteran, pocketed a first BPC award in his second conference with Barangay Ginebra.
He became the fourth Ginebra player to win a BPC trophy as he topped Alaska players Calvin Abueva and Jayvee Casio, Globalport’s Gary David and Talk n Text’s Jayson Castro for the coveted award.
LA Tenorio foiled Castro’s bid for back-to-back BPC citations and Abueva’s hopes to win it in his rookie year, adding the BPC plum to his 2010 Most Improved Player award, 2010 Mythical First Team membership, 2010 Fiesta Conference co-Finals MVP honors and 2012 Jones Cup MVP trophy.
Carrying Ginebra on his shoulders with Mark Caguioa sidelined by an injury, Tenorio won the balloting among players, media and PBA officials by a landslide and thus pulled away from Abueva after a tight stats derby.
LA Tenorio totaled 1125 points to Abueva’s 861, Casio’s 514, Castro’s 416 and David’s 402 and thus became the fourth Ginebra player to win the BPC race after Eric Menk, Jayjay Helterbrand and Caguioa.
Veteran Alaska guard Dondon Hontiveros had been getting chippy with Barangay Ginebra San Miguel center Billy Mamaril during Game Two of the Commissioner’s Cup finals Friday night.
So when Dondon Hontiveros drew a charging foul on Mamaril early in the fourth quarter, he couldn’t help but clap in the face of the Gin Kings big man, earning him a reprimand from people on the Ginebra bench for his taunting.
Later, Mamaril was seen exchanging heated words with Dondon Hontiveros from the Ginebra bench.
After the game, Dondon Hontiveros admitted that the incident provoked his late explosion. The Cebuano hotshot drilled four three-pointers in the fourth quarter to douse cold water on Ginebra’s rally attempts.
“Isa rin yun sa nag-trigger sa magandang laro ko. It looked like I played good defense doon sa incident na yun. I was able to draw an offensive foul sa kanya and was able to stop LA from penetrating the lane sa screen ni Billy. Kaya parang nagkaroon naman ako ng kumpiyansa,” Hontiveros told InterAKTV.
But he said that he regretted his actions taunting Mamaril, who he called a friend.
“I’d like to apologize to Billy and the Ginebra fans. Friend ko si Billy pero I was just carried away by the physicality,” he said.
“Kami ni Billy nag-uusap talaga kami. Kahit nga magkalaban kami, sinasabihan pa ako niyan kung may screen para hindi ako masyadong masaktan sa bangga. Kaya nung sinasabi ni Coach Juno Sauler na nag-taunt ako, I apologized quickly because I was just carried away.”
Alaska Aces moves one step closer to their goal and possibly from sweeping the Commissioner’s Cup Finals against Barangay Ginebra San Miguel.
The Alaska Aces took Barangay Ginebra San Miguel’s best punch before unleashing its own body blow in the second quarter to pull off 104-90 decision in Game Two of the Commissioner’s Cup finals Friday at the SM Mall of Asia Arena.
Alaska Aces took a 2-0 lead in the best-of-five series, moving one win away from the 14th PBA championship in franchise history.
Unlike in the first game that saw them concede a 22-point deficit in the first quarter, the Gin Kings battled the Aces from the very start, trailing by just two points after the opening period, 25-23.
“We had to weather that first quarter storm,” said Alaska Aces coach Luigi Trillo. “We knew they were gonna come out with a lot of energy.”
But Alaska Aces turned things up a notch in the second quarter, and Ginebra seemed to lose its poise as things got heated. The Alaska Aces outscored the Gin Kings, 29-14, in the second period and nursed that advantage for the rest of the game.
Ginebra made a late run in the fourth quarter, cutting the deficit to just eight points, 94-86, on a three-pointer by Mac Baracael. But Alaska quickly answered back with a three-point play from Sonny Thoss to put the game out of reach with 49.8 seconds left in the game.
Alaska once again drew balanced scoring from its troops, with seven players scoring at least 13 points, led by Thoss’ 16. Import Robert Dozier was once again a major presence on the defensive end, pulling down 20 rebounds and blocking three shots apart from scoring 15 points.
LA Tenorio tried to carry the fight for Ginebra, nearly posting a triple-double with 16 points, nine rebounds, and nine assists. But Alaska Aces held the former Ace to another miserable shooting night, as Tenorio shot just 6-of-19 (31.5 percent) from the field.
“He’s their life,” said Trillo.
The Alaska Aces were once again able to contain explosive Ginebra import Vernon Macklin, who scored eight points on just six shot attempts from the field.
“You can’t stop Macklin one-on-one,” said Trillo. “You’ve got to wear down Macklin collectively.”
Alaska Aces has a chance to close out the series in Game Three on Sunday at the SMART-Araneta Coliseum.
ALASKA 104 – Thoss 16, Dozier 15, Abueva 15, Baguio 15, Hontiveros 15, Casio 13, Espinas 8, Jazul 4, Belasco 3, Dela Cruz 0.
GINEBRA 90 – Helterbrand 17, Tenorio 16, Baracael 11, Raymundo 10, Macklin 8, Ellis 8, Labgala 5, Urbiztondo 5, Mamaril 4, Hatfield 4, Caguioa 2, Maierhofer 0.
Quarters: 25-23, 54-37, 74-56, 104-90
Barangay Ginebra San Miguel playmaker, LA Tenorio more focused on tying the series than winning the Best Player of the Conference award.
hat’s the only thing on the mind of Barangay Ginebra San Miguel star guard LA Tenorio.
This is despite the fact that the Gin Kings court general is one of two top contenders for the Best Player of the Conference award, along with Alaska rookie Calvin Abueva.
“Game Two lang ang nasa isip ko now dahil kailangan namin itong makuha,” LA Tenorio told InterAKTV in a telephone interview a day after the Aces spanked the Gin Kings, 87-70, in Game One.
“If makukuha namin ito, malaki laban namin na mag-champion dahil ito naman talaga goal naming lahat lalo pa nasa finals na kami.”
LA Tenorio admits that like any other player, he would cherish an individual award, but added his only focus right now is the championship series.
“Ibibigay naman yun sa deserving na player. If people think na deserve ko manalo hindi ko na iisipin na makuha yun. Kusa itong ibibigay sa akin,” he said.
The award will be given on Sunday’s Game Three at the SMART-Araneta Coliseum.
Barangay Ginebra San Miguel, playmaker, LA Tenorio and Alaska Aces sensational rookie Calvin Abueva leads Best Player of the Conference Award.
LA Tenorio and Alaska super rookie Calvin Abueva.
Who outperforms who in the first two games of the Ginebra-Alaska finale could be it with Tenorio and Abueva finishing in a dead heat in the stats race through the semifinals.
They break the virtual tie through the balloting among fellow players, the media and top PBA officials. The verdict will be known before Game Three of the Alaska-Ginebra Finals Sunday at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
The Ginebra sentinel finished with the highest SP total of 480 points but the Alaska top freshman got the highest SP average of 28.5 points on the strength of a high 150 won-game bonus points.
With averages of 11.7 points, 8.9 rebounds, 1.3 assists, 0.7 steals and 0.7 blocks, Calvin Abueva accumulated a total of 401 statistical points or an average of 28.5 a game.
Tenorio, meanwhile, submitted 28.3 SPs a game with his norms of 13.8 points, 5.0 rebounds, 5.1 assists, 1.9 steals and 0.1 block.
GlobalPort’s Gary David came in third with 26.0 an outing, followed by another Alaska player Jayvee Casio (25.4) and Talk n Text stalwart and Philippine Cup BPC winner Jayson Castro (25.2).
The five stats leaders made it as the official candidates for the BPC award.
The Best Import, who’s to win the Bobby Parks Trophy, could only be either Alaska’s Rob Dozier or Ginebra’s Vernon Macklin although Meralco’s Eric Dawson topped the stats race with 53.9 SPs a game.
The Tenorio-Abueva duel and the Dozier-Macklin showdown are among the rich subplots of the Alaska-Ginebra finale.
If ever, Tenorio will add the BPC plum to his 2010 Most Improved Player award, 2010 Mythical First Team citation, 2010 Fiesta Conference Finals co-MVP honors and the 2010 Williams Jones Cup MVP trophy.
Or Calvin Abueva will become the first rookie to win a BPC award after Eric Menk and Danny Seigle in 1999.
Menk was the best of the best in the 1999 Philippine Cup while Seigle was the top player in the 1999 Governors’ Cup. Seigle subsequently bagged the Rookie of the Year award.
Calvin Abueva looks a cinch to win the top rookie honors this season after contending for the BPC awards in the Philippine Cup and in the Commissioner’s Cup.
Through the elims, Tenorio was the stats leader (28.6) with Abueva right behind with 28.2.
David was at third, followed by Air21’s KG Canaleta and Rain or Shine’s Paul Lee.
Tenorio and Calvin Abueva kept their positions in the Top Two going into the Finals since both sustained a searing pace, playing key roles for their teams in the quarters and in the semis. (SB)
Alaska Aces used a blitzkrieg attack in the first quarter and just limit Barangay Ginebra San Miguel to just 6 points.
The Alaska Aces got to a strong start that proved to be the turning point of the game. They held Barangay Ginebra San Miguel to the lowest output made in first quarter.
The Alaska Aces were quick in pouncing on the opportunity for an 87-70 victory Wednesday and the headstart in their PBA Commissioner’s Cup championship duel before a boisterous crowd of 19,678 paying fans at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
Ginebra had a listless start and Alaska used in to control the majority of the contest, post as much as a 54-24 lead and take the opener of the best-of-five series sponsored by Cebuana Lhuillier.
“This is huge,” said Alaska Aces coach Luigi Trillo of the confidence-boost gained from the win that is his team’s third straight over Ginebra in the mid-season tourney.
“When you look at it, the games are set every other day,” he added. “We took care of business today. This is a short series. They have to figure (things) out for Friday and turn around and do it again Sunday.”
There’s little tinkering to be done on Alaska’s game, which is anchored on making stops.
Ginebra felt it right away in the first quarter, when it scored just six points that still made it to the record books and from which Alaska built on.
The six points in the first quarter is the lowest in any opening period and equals the third lowest all-time score in any canto in PBA finals history.
“We need to play to our identity. They run-and-gun, get a lot of energy from the crowd when they do certain things,” said Trillo. (But) we gave them six points in the first quarter. I think that’s our identity, defense.”
RJ Jazul scored 16 points to lead Alaska Aces and spearhead the 37-28 difference in bench scoring while Rob Dozier had 14 points on top of 22 rebounds.
Sonny Thoss, Calvin Abueva, Jayvee Casio and Cyrus Baguio each scored at least 10 points for the Alaska Aces, who try to make it a more daunting 2-0 lead through Game 2 set Friday at the Mall of Asia Arena.
Ginebra needs to do a better job on the offensive end.
The Kings went 26-for-84 from the field to the Aces’ 32-for-70 clip. In fact, the perennial crowd favorites did not shoot better than 38 percent from the floor, although they did manage to trim the deficit to just 68-79.
By then, however, there were only 2:51 left and Alaska had little trouble fending off the threat.
Vernon Macklin’s 16 points and 14 rebounds paced Ginebra, which drew only 14 points from LA Tenorio after the playmaker, steady in the thrilling 3-2 semifinals duel with Talk N Text, missed his first eight attempts.
Tenorio did come alive in the fourth period with nine of his points as he joined hands with Macklin in whittling what stood as a 48-70 hole.
“I thought we did a fairly good job on Vernon. We were able to control him,” said Trillo. “You can’t stop him but you can control him. I also thought LA struggled a little bit. We knew he’d come out aggressive, try and take over the game.”
The uprising, plainly put, was too little too late and Alaska had the comfortable cushion when Thoss’ charities capped the Aces’ 8-0 surge and pegged a 54-24 count, barely two minutes into the second half.
The difference got down to 48-64, but Abueva strung up four straight points to make it a 67-48 count going to the fourth.
Ginebra started the game poorly before finding its touch in the second period. But Alaska has gained enough of a momentum by then to erect as much as a 38-13 lead before settling for a 46-24 cushion at the turn.
Jazul had 10 points at the half to lead all scorers while Dozier only had seven but was already sitting on 11 boards.
So seemingly desperate has the situation become for Ginebra coach Alfrancis Chua that he was forced to field Mark Caguioa for five minutes starting at the 10:34 mark of the second before going deeper in his bench.
That move paid some as the deficit was whittled to 24-42, off Rico Maierhofer’s two charities, but that was the closest the Kings would come.
The Kings dug themselves the deep hole by missing their first 12 shots from the field and going just 2-for-24 in the opening period to trail 28-6.
Alaska helped Ginebra along with a balanced offensive that saw its relievers scoring as many as their starters. (NC)