Meralco coach Norman Black offered no excuses following his side’s 101-86 loss to San Miguel on Wednesday.
“Bad game. That’s all I can really tell you. We got off to a horrible start. We couldn’t defend the perimeter. We couldn’t defend the paint. We got down by 30,” he said.
THE Blackwater Elite stopped their losing skid yesterday, beating the Alaska Aces, 103-100, but not after having made to labor in the PBA Philippine Cup opening match at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
Playing catch-up for much of the contest, the Elite turned to a collective effort to rally back and win their first game in three outings to pad their record to 5-4 and fortify their place for a quarterfinal spot in the season-opening conference of the Philippine Basketball Association.
BLACKWATER has joined the list of teams with an import for the upcoming 2017 Philippine Basketball Association Commissioner’s Cup, choosing to tap NBA veteran Greg Smith for the mid-season tournament.
The Dioceldo Sy-owned franchise is hoping that the 6’10” Smith can be the answer that the team has been searching for and help it rise to even greater heights after showing signs of improvement in the Philippine Cup.
THE quarterfinals cast is complete.
Blackwater clinched the last berth in the quarterfinals after putting down GlobalPort, 118-107, in a critical game in the homestretch of the 2017 Philippine Basketball Association Governors’ Cup at the Ynares Center in Antipolo City yesterday.
A week after surprisingly being shipped, Allein Maliksi immediately made his presence felt, leading the Elite’s attack and scoring 22 points right away to go with five rebounds.
FOLLOWING a slow start to the season-ending Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) Governors’ Cup that had them losing their first three games, the Blackwater Elite have since turned things around with back-to-back wins and look to extend it some more when they play anew today.
Set to take on the still-winless Alaska Aces in the 4:15 p.m. curtain-raiser at the Mall of Asia Arena, the Elite (2-3), boosted by the arrival of replacement import Henry Walker, go for a conference-high third straight win and pull even in the standings where they have been making steady ascent.
By Michael Angelo S. Murillo
BLACKWATER Elite improved to 2-0 in the Philippine Basketball Association Governors’ Cup after topping the San Miguel Beermen, 103-100, on Wednesday at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
Stayed resilient amid a steady rebuffing from San Miguel for much of the contest, Blackwater flipped things up late in the game and pulled off the victory.
By Michael Angelo S. Murillo
THE Blackwater Elite sustained their solid form in the Philippine Basketball Association Governors’ Cup, adding the Rain or Shine Elasto Painters to their list of victims, 99-93, at the Sta. Rosa Multi-Purpose Complex in Laguna on Sunday.
THE Blackwater Elite continued to pile up the wins in the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) Governors’ Cup yesterday just as they kept the Alaska Aces winless and reeling following a 111-106 double overtime (OT) victory in midweek action at the Mall of Asia Arena.
Despite Matthew Wright’s scoring outburst, the Meralco Bolts hung tough late and prevailed over the Phoenix Fuel Masters in overtime, 103-100, in their 2018 PBA Commissioner’s Cup encounter, on Friday evening at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum.
The Bolts thus earned their fifth victory in seven outings, while the Fuel Masters fell to 3-4 win-loss card.
PBA Governors Cup campaign following the acquisition of Mike Tolomia in a trade with Rain or Shine on Monday.
“We thought the trade for Tolomia would help us strengthen our point guard position moving forward,” said Black of the trade.
DESPERATE times call for desperate measures.
Meralco showed its survival skills as it staved off elimination, upsetting Rain or Shine, 82-72, in a dominant win to snap its six-game losing streak and stayed alive in the 2017 Philippine Basketball Association Philippine Cup last night at the Cuneta Astrodome in Pasay City.
Three starters led the charge for the Bolts, with Chris Newsome grabbing a game-high 19 points, four rebounds and six assists, while Cliff Hodge had a monster double-double of 17 points and 16 rebounds and Jonathan Uyloan also had a splendid game of 14 points, six rebounds and five assists.
BEFORE yet another lengthy break, the 2017 Philippine Basketball Association Commissioner’s Cup hosts two critical games expected to affect the wild race to the quarterfinals.
Already through to the next round, league-leading Meralco (7-1) now looks at improving its chances of finishing in the top two as it plays unpredictable GlobalPort (2-6) at 4:15 p.m. at the Mall of Asia Arena.
The Meralco Bolts ratcheted up their defensive intensity in crunch time to keep their 3rd winning streak intact against a Rain or shine team that is at the same stage of its development curve.
SOLO leadership will be up for grabs as co-league leaders Rain or Shine and Meralco dispute first place in the 2017 Philippine Basketball Association Commissioner’s Cup.
Both enjoying early success, the Elasto Painters and the Bolts, both sitting at the top with 3-0 starts, go there separate ways when they meet at 7 p.m. at the Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City.
THE rampage continues.
League-leading San Miguel cruised to yet another victory, annihilating Mahindra, 109-80, this time around to stretch its winning run to four and remain unscathed in the 2017 Philippine Basketball Association Commissioner’s Cup at the Cuneta Astrodome in Pasay City last night.
IN a bid to change its recent mediocre fortunes in the Philippine Basketball Association, Rain or Shine made waves yesterday.
After a longtime partnership, the Elasto Painters surprisingly traded veteran gunner Jeff Chan to go in a new direction.
Rain or Shine shipped Chan, one of its main players in its two league championships, to Phoenix in exchange for forward Mark Borboran and a second-round pick in the coming draft Monday afternoon.
THE San Miguel Beermen get to parade their version of the twin towers while the NLEX Road Warriors were able to pluck arguably the best homegrown talent there is in a while. This, after the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) held its annual rookie draft yesterday.
Held at the Robinsons Place Manila, San Miguel and NLEX, which selected first and second, respectively, as expected chose Christian Standhardinger and Kiefer Ravena in the first two picks.
Fresh from a run in the finals of the Governor’s Cup last year, the disappointment of the recent Philippine Cup campaign came as quite a surprise for many. But while the recent struggles have cast a shadow on last season’s breakthrough, co-captain Cliff Hodge is confident that there’s light at the end of the tunnel. Selected fourth overall in the 2012 draft, the do-it-all forward is one of a few with the unique perspective of seeing exactly how the franchise has evolved over the years.
Moving up to 4-0 in the 2017 PBA Commissioner’s Cup might have come with a cost for Meralco.
Cliff Hodge suffered an apparent calf injury late in the Bolts’ 89-83 victory over Rain or Shine on Wednesday, and coach Norman Black is wishing that the injury won’t be anything grave.
Jericho Cruz earned his first Accel-PBA Press Corps Player of the Week award following his heads-up play in Rain or Shine’s come-from-behind 118-112 win over Barangay Ginebra last week.
Cruz fired 11 of his 19 points in the final period in a dominant offensive display to underscore his status as one of the league’s fastest rising gunners.
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