by Marlon BernardinoSINGAPORE---NAGKAMPEON si Arena Grandmaster at Fide Master elect Robert Suelo Jr. ng Pilipinas sa katatapos na Asean Chess Academy (ACA) Rapid Open Chess Championships nitong Linggo, Setyembre 2, 2018 na ginanap sa Bukit Timah Shopping Centre dito sa Singapore.
NOW with a complete line-up in tow, Alaska showed everyone that it is back in full strength.
The Aces finally listed their first victory of the season, coming from behind in the last few minutes and taking a hard-fought 95-84 victory over erstwhile league-leading GlobalPort in the 2016-17 Philippine Basketball Association Philippine Cup at the Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City last night.
In his first game of the season after missing his team’s first two due to an injury, Calvin Abueva went right back to work with a vengeance, leading his team to triumph with a solid game with a double-double of 22 points and 11 boards to lead the Aces’ charge.
THE Alaska Aces padded their push for a top eight spot in the elimination round of the PBA Philippine Cup yesterday with a 107-91 victory over the Mahindra Floodbuster in a key match at the PhilSports Arena in Pasig City.
Needing to win to keep in step with the pack racing to avoid being lumped in the bottom four teams that will be eliminated at the end of the classification phase, the Aces delivered accordingly, banking on their depth and experience when pushed to the wall by the resilient Floodbuster.
GAINING some steam, Alaska kept its momentum going as it routed GlobalPort, 101-88, for its second straight win to keep its sagging hopes of making the Top 8 alive in the 2017 Philippine Basketball Association Governors’ Cup yesterday at the Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City.
Buck Henton continued his tear, producing game-highs of 36 points and 21 rebounds on top of four assists to spearhead the Aces.
THE battle for the No. 2 seed is bound to further intensify as Alaska Aces and the Phoenix Petroleum Fuel Masters figure in a crucial tussle in the homestretch of the elimination round of the 2017 Philippine Basketball Association.
With several teams still in the running for the No. 2 ranking and the twice-to-beat incentive that comes with it, the battle between the Fuel Masters (6-4) and the Aces (5-4) at 7 p.m. at the Cuneta Astrodome in Pasay City tonight will have a lot at stake.
THE Alaska Aces and the Phoenix Petroleum Fuel Masters aim to gain a share of early tournament lead when they shoot for a second straight win against separate foes in the 2017 Philippine Basketball Association Philippine Cup.
Following a very impressive showing in their opening game win, the Aces (1-0) are looking for a follow-up as they take on Blackwater Elite (0-1) this time around at 4:15 p.m. in the first game at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
THE Alaska Aces and the Star Hotshots, tied at seventh, battle out of their deadlock while cellar dwelling teams Meralco Bolts and Mahindra FloodBuster fight for survival.
These four teams in the lower half of the team standings plunge into action with a sense of urgency as the homestretch of the elimination round in the 2017 Philippine Basketball Association Philippine Cup approaches.
The Spurs won their fifth Christmas Day game (out of 11 in franchise history) and their first since 2008 (over the Phoenix Suns) as they took care of the Chicago Bulls on Sunday afternoon in the AT&T Center.
The two biggest stars on the team carried the bulk of the load for San Antonio as Kawhi Leonard and LaMarcus Aldridge had efficient nights while the team as a whole played well and shared the ball. The team finished with 30 assists on their 48 buckets.
Meralco is bringing in the big guns for the 2017 PBA Commissioner’s Cup.
The Bolts signed 6-foot-10 Alex Stepheson to reinforce the squad for the second conference as they seek to exceed last year’s semifinal finish.
Manu Ginobili has retired from the NBA after 16 incredible seasons with the San Antonio Spurs. While Ginobili flirted with retirement for years, it didn’t seem the day would ever actually come. And even as his career reached it’s final stage, he had fleeting moments of success making it still beautiful watching him play.
Why do we love watching Ginobili? Some of it is nostalgia, of course. He’s 40 years old and has amassed a large number of accolades and highlight reels, so half of the joy of watching him now is recollecting those glory days. It’s not that the Ginobili of today lives in the shadow of his former self. He is more of an afterimage that we use to access the emotions that the younger Ginobili made us feel.
Russell Westbrook edged out Stephen Curry for first-team honors after a record-breaking season. Meanwhile, Paul George missed out.
The NBA announced its All-NBA first team on Thursday, and it features the players you’d expect to stand atop the league’s totem pole.
On the eve of the announcement, Boston Celtics point guard Isaiah Thomas has a fresh batch of motivation after missing out on a starting spot with the Eastern Conference All-Star team when he lost a tie-breaker to DeMar DeRozan.
Thomas wasn’t bashful when asked if he liked his chances to earn a starting role. “I should be a starter,” Thomas said. “But I can’t control that.”
Thomas leads the East in scoring and is fourth in the NBA, averaging 28.7 points per game. Thirteen times this season he has scored at least 30 points. Not only is he leading the NBA in fourth-quarter scoring, but his average of 10.1 points per game in that frame is the best mark in the NBA over the past two decades.
Transferee Kim Aurin struggled all afternoon with his accuracy.
But the 6'1" Aurin, who moved from Jose Rizal University, made up for this in the closing seconds and lifted the University of Perpetual Help Altas to a 76-74 triumph over the Emilio Aguinaldo College Generals at their own homecourt at the EAC gymnasium in Manila.
LOOKING to further promote its brand and showcase the kind of institution it is, AMA Education System (AMAES) has made a conscious effort to try out various activities and explore partnerships, including joining the Philippine Basketball Association Developmental League (PBA D-League), which officials said has been an “effective” venture for them.
Optimism is really on a high that this will finally be the conference Baser Amer takes the lead playmaking responsibility to his own.
And after his stellar showing in Meralco’s 94-86 victory over Mahindra on Friday, where he poured 19 points on a 3-of-7 shooting from threes, on top of three rebounds and three assists, that prediction may truly become a reality this time out.
The Oklahoma City guard had 24 points, 16 assists and 10 rebounds for his 34th triple double of the season, as the Thunder roared past the Raptors 123-102 for their fourth straight win.
Westbrook, who took less than three quarters to notch his triple-double, now needs just seven more to beat Oscar Robertson's single-season record.
Iguodala played hard to get, but he’s back like we all thought he would be.
Andre Iguodala will end back up with the Golden State Warriors after all. After several weeks where Iguodala drops not-so-subtle hints that he might leave the team, Iguodala has agreed to a three-year deal worth $48 million, according to The Vertical’s Shams Charania.
Lakers add another rim protector in Bogut after his recovery from a broken tibia.
Veteran center Andrew Bogut has signed a one-year deal at the veterans minimum with the Los Angeles Lakers, according to The Vertical’s Shams Charania. He joins Brook Lopez, Ivica Zubac and rookie Thomas Bryant to form a deep cast of Lakers big men.
Minnesota is moving to lock up Wiggins long-term.
The Minnesota Timberwolves and Andrew Wiggins are expected to finalize a five-year, $148 million extension by Saturday, Timberwolves owner Glen Taylor has told Minnesota-based ABC5’s Darren Wolfson. The extension would begin next season in 2018, since Wiggins has one year remaining on his rookie deal.
It’s possible that Taylor is being overly optimistic, but this report appears to be as sound as they come. The Timberwolves begin training camp on Saturday, meaning both sides have incentives to finalize an extension by then.
Waiters injured Rudy Gobert on what the Utah big man called a “dirty” play Friday
If Dion Waiters isn’t dirty, then the only players with worse luck than him the past two games are the guys on the receiving end of his fouls.
A game after sidelining Utah’s Rudy Gobert on what Gobert said was a “dirty play,” Waiters found himself on the giving end of a questionable foul on another big man -- Detroit’s Andre Drummond.
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