VANCOUVER, CANADA- One of the Filipinos’ favorite sports is basketball. And Filipinos in Canada are no different.
In the recently concluded ICSA Filipino Basketball League in Vancouver, the Sto. Nino team successfully defended their title against Ron’s team 47-40, cementing their legacy as one of the most successful Filipino basketball teams in Vancouver.
“It is a satisfying victory,” said team manager and coach Michael Castro.
These two teams are making a habit of playing memorable games. After late three point shots from C.J. McCollum forced both overtime and then a second overtime, it was a three point shot from Kentavious Caldwell-Pope that had the final word.
Detroit Pistons point guard Reggie Jackson could miss 6-8 weeks due to knee tendonitis that has bothered him for years, coach Stan Van Gundy told assembled media.
The Pistons are exploring their options to find short-term help at the position while Jackson heals, according to ESPN’s Marc Stein. Offseason signee Ish Smith will step in as the starting point guard, but Detroit could now use a backup.
The Portland Trail Blazers held Russell Westbrook to his least productive performance in weeks en route to a 114-95 victory over the Oklahoma City Thunder
The Portland Trail Blazers woke up from a nearly season-long malaise tonight and stomped Russell Westbrook and the Oklahoma City Thunder at the Moda Center, 114-95. The Blazers desperately needed this win after losing four consecutive games, including a 121-120 heartbreaker to the Los Angeles Clippers last night.
The Blazers jumped out to a 16-point lead, squandered the lead in the third quarter, but managed to pull away down the stretch.
The Portland Trail Blazers have not been good enough to “flip a switch” and pull away from lesser opponents this season, in general, but they managed the feat tonight against the lowly Phoenix Suns. The Blazers held the Suns to only 8 points over the final 6:37 and sprinted away with a 110-101 win.
The new season of the National Basketball Association is still two weeks away but for fans like me who engage in fantasy leagues, the “work” has started.
If experience is to be used as an indicator, I am pretty sure that the pre-draft rankings section of fantasy league pages is very busy now.
THE San Miguel Beermen punctuated their standing as the most successful franchise in the Philippine Basketball Association with their 24th title following their annexing of the 2017 Commissioner’s Cup title recently. It is something stakeholders said is a product, in large part, of the culture fostered within the organization, particularly those of striving for excellence and a sense of family.
In celebration of their second straight PBA title this season, which put them in great position for another PBA grand slam after that of 1989, the Beermen held a victory party with their fans and San Miguel employees on Wednesday at the conglomerate’s head office in Ortigas.
THE Rain or Shine Elastopainters play their former coach Yeng Guiao and the NLEX Road Warriors in the PBA Philippine Cup main game today set for 7 p.m. at the Philsports Arena in Pasig City.
It will mark the first time that the E-Painters will face their erstwhile head bench tactician after Mr. Guiao left the team to take the helm over at NLEX.
For Rain or Shine, their debut match against Mr. Guiao will be an emotional game and they are expecting it to be a big challenge since the veteran coach is “familiar” with the kind of system it runs.
Rondo finally finds a home in New Orleans.
Rajon Rondo has agreed to a one-year deal with the New Orleans Pelicans, according to the Vertical’s Shams Charania. The financial terms of the deal have not yet been reported.
Rondo had taken a backseat as point guard free agency mostly sorted itself out, and the Pelicans and Lakers were the only teams who reportedly had serious conversations with the veteran.
Free agency is all but over, so we are looking ahead to the 2016-17 season.
Let's start with the mandatory disclaimer at this time of year: it's just pre-season. It's just pre-season. It's just pre-season. Okay, we're good? Moving on.
The Raptors had a rusty start to the pre-season, with many players struggling offensively and defensively, but overall they looked okay in a 97-93 win over Golden State. The standout main rotation players in this one were probably Jared Sullinger and DeMarre Carroll.
In a game of runs showcasing two of the best teams in the Eastern Conference, the Toronto Raptors prevailed with an exciting 113 - 111 win over the Charlotte Hornets.
With stalwart defender Michael Kidd-Gilchrist out for the game, DeMar continued his hot start to the season scoring 14 of his team high 34 points in the opening frame. While Pascam Siakam struggled from the tip, the strong play of DeRozan and Jonas to start the game was enough to overcome a torrid start by Kemba Walker as the Raptors took a 1 point lead heading into the second quarter.
The Raptors started Monday’s game in Portland a little slow, sputtered a bit in the fourth quarter, but managed to come out of it with a 95-91 win over a short-handed Blazers team without starting point guard Damian Lillard to improve to 22-8 on the season and 11-3 on the road.
The Raptors have now one five games in a row and continue to look sharp.
Coming off of a big win against Miami, the Raptors took on the Mavericks in Dallas looking to extend their four-game winning streak. Playing without DeMarre Carroll, new fan favourite P.J. Tucker got his second start for the Raptors this season. Behind a well rounded 18 points, 6 assists, and 3 rebounds from DeMar DeRozan, and 18 points and 8 rebounds by Serge Ibaka, Toronto lead the entire way and beat the Mavericks 94-86, securing their fifth win in a row.
The start wasn’t pretty, but it became apparent which team has an offense.
So far this season, the Raptors’ offense has overwhelmed the need for defense on most nights. Friday’s loss to Atlanta, though, was a bellwether moment — the team was slipping from a mediocre defense to a dirt poor one, relying on their offense to scrape by. It didn’t work against the Hawks, and that effort carried over into Sunday’s game.
Early on against the Orlando Magic, the Raptors were allowing a 27th ranked offense to dictate. Orlando had 30 points in the first frame, with old pal Bismack Biyombo scoring the first four and Evan Fournier dropping in nine to lead the team.
Ray Allen is still interested in playing in the NBA next season, and the 41-year-old says the perception that he would only want to join the Golden State Warriors or Cleveland Cavaliers is wrong.
Despite the fact that Ray Allen hasn't played in an NBA game in two NBA seasons, he officially announced his retirement in The Players Tribune earlier this morning. Ray Allen played for four teams throughout his NBA career, but his time with the Miami Heat was unforgettable.
Hassan Whiteside made his way into the Heat record books and the Heat got the win in the process.
The Miami Heat used a 21-3 run the in the second quarter to create a lot of space from the Phoenix Suns and never looked back. The Heat out scored the Suns 36-20 in that quarter and it propelled them to an easy double digit win, 112-97
May 17, 2017 (CEBU CITY, Philippines) – 31 teams went head-to-head this past Saturday, May 13th 2017, at the Red Bull Reign Cebu Qualifier with two teams prevailing, Team Chan and San Remegio Properties, who will now advance to the National Finals in Manila.
THE Philippine National Police, Armed Forces of the Philippines and Department of Justice clinched important wins on opening day of the UNTV Cup Executive Faceoff last Sunday at the Pasig Sports Center.
In the curtain raiser, the PNP Responders continued their dominant performance from the Season 5 finals series as they crushed the Bureau of Customs Transformers, 82-37.
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