PBA: Air 21 run out of air against Alaska Aces

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by: powsalud|powcast.net

Air 21 tried their best to keep up against the Alaska Aces in their elimination game of the PBA Governors Cup at the San Juan Arena (June 26) but could not catch up against the sharp shooting Aces. Although import Bangura of Air 21 had a stellar night at 20 points it was not enough to keep the avenging the Alaska Aces from getting the victory. The Alaska aces back to back win is credited to the team good shooting percentage and the fourth quarter rally of Cyrus Baguio who scored the team high at 19 points. Alaska Aces now goes up in ranking with 2 wins and 2 loss while the Air 21 still having a hard time to breath suffering their fourth loss with no win at last place.
Alaska 98Baguio 19, Forte 18, Thoss 15, Gonzales 13, Borboran 8, Dela Cruz 8, Tenorio 7, Reyes 6, Custodio 2, Cabalay 2.

Air 21 84 – Bangura 20, Canaleta 16, Sharma 16, Seigle 10, Artadi 5, Arboleda 5, Espiritu 4, Hontiveros 4, Urbiztondo 2, Juntilla 2, Salvador 0, Avenido 0.

Quarters: 24-19, 37-33, 68-55, 98-84

Painters overpower Kings to extend best-of-three series

source: gmanews.tv

Barangay Ginebra’s celebrated never-say-die spirit didn’t quite make it all the way this time against Rain or Shine, as the Painters held fast for a rousing 113-97 win Sunday at the Astrodome to extend their PBA Commissioner’s Cup quarterfinals series to a deciding Game 3.


The sixth-seeded team never lost its composure even at the height of a big rally by the Kings from a 32-62 deficit late in the second period to within 78-85 going into the final 12 minutes of Game 2.

Instead of self-destructing, the Painters — featuring five players off the bench — answered back by scoring the first six points of the fourth period behind Larry Rodriguez and Jeff Chan to take control of the match again, 91-78 and keep the Kings at bay.

Ginebra couldn’t recover after that, paving the way for Rain or Shine to level the best-of-three series at one game apiece.

Game 3 will be played on Wednesday at the Araneta Coliseum.

Ronjay Buenafe exploded for 20 points, going 6-of-11 from the three-point region in leading the Elasto Painters’ strong start off the gates that saw them top the first period with a 31-14 lead.

Rodriguez added 17, Ryan Arana 16 and Gabe Norwood and Doug Kramer 11 each for Rain or Shine, which shot 15-of-32 from long range.

Import Hassan Adams was held to a conference-low nine points and saw action for only 25 minutes as he sat out the entire fourth period.

But Rain or Shine’s platoon of role players led by Rodriguez and Kramer took care of business down the stretch. A completed three-point play by Kramer with 6:55 to go gave the Painters a 103-82 lead, before Rodriguez’ soft jumper from 18 feet made it 111-88 with four minutes left.

Nate Brumfield led Ginebra with 28 points, but it was the pair of rookies in John Wilson and Rob Labagala who ignited the Kings’ big offensive explosion in the third quarter when the league’s most popular ball club scored 41 points.

Labagala’s lay-up off a transition just before the third quarter buzzer cut that erstwhile 30-point deficit to only seven, sparking a wild celebration among the pro-Ginebra crowd inside the playing venue. – KY, RCJ, GMA News

The scores:

Rain or Shine 113 – Buenafe 20, Rodriguez 17, Arana 16, Norwood 11, Kramer 11, Adams 9, Vanlandingham 9, Tang 8, Belga 6, Chan 6, Ibanes 0.

Ginebra 97 – Brumfield 28, Cortez 13, Wilson J. 12, Miller 12, Labagala 11, Hatfield 7, Tubid 6, Caguioa 5, Intal 2, Menk 1, Aquino 0, Mamaril 0.

Quarters: 31-14, 62-37, 85-78, 113-97

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Tenorio saves Alaska anew, Aces escape past Air21 Express

source: gmanews.tv

On the brink of defeat, Alaska leaned on L.A. Tenorio once again to save the day.

The wily point guard rallied the Aces back from eight points down in the final four minutes, before Sonny Thoss’ one-handed tip-in off a Tenorio miss allowed the Aces to escape with a thrilling 91-89 win over the Air21 Express in the opener of their PBA Commissioner’s Cup quarterfinals series Friday night at the Astrodome.


Tenorio nailed three baskets from downtown in the final 2:35 of the highly-emotional and physical game, sparking a 15-5 closing run by Alaska for a 1-0 lead in the short best-of-three series.

The Aces can wrap it all up on Sunday when Game 2 is played at the same venue in Pasay City, for a chance to face top-seeded Talk `N Text in the best-of-five semifinals.

Tenorio finished with 19 points, including nine from three-point range, the last of which tied the game at 89 in the final 36.3 seconds.

Incidentally, the Alaska playmaker came to life shortly after being elbowed in the eye by Dorian Pena as he tried to get past the screen of the Air21 big man, with the Express protecting an 84-76 lead with 2:52 left.

“In a short series, it’s really important to win Game 1,” said Tenorio, who also had three assists.

Joe Devance and import LD Williams finished with 18 and 17 points, respectively, while Thoss had 11, including the winning basket with four-tenths of a second left.

The Express still had one chance to win the game, but Alpha Bangura’s fadeway jumper at the buzzer bounced hard off the rim, signaling a wild celebration at mid-court among Alaska players.

Bangura led Air21 with 20 points, Hontiveros had 18, and Seigle 17.

The Express, the last team to make the playoffs after beating the Aces in their final outing in the eliminations, 92-83, appeared on the verge of another upset after a three-pointer from the left corner by Wynne Arboleda pushed them in front, 84-76.

But banking behind their vast experience, the Aces slowly clawed their way back, as Tenorio hit the first three of his nine points from long range. – KY, RCJ, GMA News


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SMB experiencing "Turbulence"

Source: mb.com.ph
MANILA, Philippines – The celebrated PBA trade that San Miguel Beer made was supposed to be an investment in the future.
With the acquisition of top rookies Rabeh Al-Hussaini, Nonoy Baclao and Rey Guevarra to go with the likes of Jay Washington, Arwind Santos and Alex Cabagnot, a new SMB squad of the future does loom.

But with youth comes loss of experience, something the team gave up when they let go of Danny Seigle, Dondon Hontiveros, Paul Artadi and Dorian Pena. And that seems to be the price to pay at the moment.
Coupled with a shorter PBA elimination round, the trade seems to have been made a wrong time as per critics.
Indeed, with only 9 games and four teams being taken out after the elimination round, the Beermen may find themselves in troubled waters unless they find a recipe to win.
Expectations are high for the Beermen. With a winning tradition and a lineup that is obviously competitive enough, fresh legs for experience will indeed be costly.
And now at 1-3, it seems that the team is experiencing turbulence from its young jets even with a seasoned reinforcement in Danny Young.
Of course being an import-laden conference, the reinforcements are expected to make the difference.
In fact, no current PBA import could be classified as a one-man wrecking crew meaning that it all boils down to coaching strategy and teamwork.
Coach Ato Agustin is no stranger to such a scenario. He led a virtually unknown San Sebastian squad back in 2009 which was a prime reason on why San Miguel chose him as their new PBA head coach.
San Miguel obviously sacrificed a lot with the departure of the four veterans, all with championship experience. The impact of the four rookies will not be felt immediately but the fans are obviously not used to seeing their team on the losing end.

In fact, seeing San Miguel lose to a team by more than 30 points is devastating as seen via leading social media networks and forums.
Will the SMB squad make it? Now midway to the PBA elimination round games, the Beermen can still ably pull it off.
However, adjustments and the jelling of players should be in place. If they continue to lose games, it may very well be an early vacation for the multi-titled PBA ballclub…something any SMB fan is not used to.



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Air21 stuns SMB, 92-87

By MANILA BULLETIN ONLINE
MANILA, Philippines – Josh Urbiztondo chose a good night to wax hot, firing 31 points and thus leading the Air21 Express to a stunning 92-87 win over the fancied San Miguel Beermen in the main game of today’s PBA Commissioners Cup offering held at the Ynares Center in Antipolo City.

Urbiztondo made 7 three point shots in the game paired with 6 assists and three rebounds.
The win was also a fitting gift for new head coach Bong Ramos who recorded his first victory against the SMB franchise after two attempts before with Air21 as well.
Also, Coach Bong Ramos denied the spreading rumors that Noy Baclao, Rabeh Al-Hussaini and Rey Guevarra were set to be traded to San Miguel for San Miguel’s Danny Seigle, Mick Pennisi and Joseph Yeo.
Box Scores:
Air21 92- Urbiztondo 31, Robinson 14, Al-Hussaini 14, Reyes 11, Avenido 9, Baclao 4, Juntilla 4, Gonzales 3, Najorda 2, Arboleda 0
San Miguel 87- Brown 30, Washington 15, Santos 11, Cabagnot 7, Yeo 6, Salvacion 5, Miranda 4, Ildefonso 4, Pena 3, Hontiveros 2, Artadi 0
Quarterscores: 20-18; 50-40; 70-67; 92-87

                              

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Draft stellar haul boosts Air21 cast

source: Joaquin Henson | philstar.com

With six draft picks in tow, Air21 brought in three players and used two slots to trade for future considerations as the Express solidified its lineup for the coming PBA season.

Team management was clearly satisfied with the haul that Air 21 passed on its sixth choice – No. 20 in the second round – in Sunday’s rookie sweepstakes at the Market! Market! in Taguig.

Air 21 team manager Allan Gregorio said yesterday selecting Nonoy Baclao, Rabeh Al-Hussaini and Rey Guevarra in 1-2-3 order was just what the doctor ordered for the team that posted an 11-27 overall record last season. Additionally, the Express dealt its No. 6 pick Sean Anthony to Powerade for RenRen Ritualo and a future choice to be determined in a meeting at noon today. It is likely the slot will be for 2011. Air 21 also traded its No. 18 pick to Powerade for the Tigers’ first round slot in 2012.

Before the draft, we studied our situation very carefully,” said Gregorio who was appointed team manager last month. “We looked at our salary level and where we were in relation to the cap. We looked at our 16 players and determined where we needed to cut or shore up.”

Gregorio explained that picking Baclao over Al-Hussaini was a calculated, psychological ploy to deliver a strong message that nobody is bigger than the organization. There was no intention to slight Al-Hussaini, widely considered the best player in the draft.

“In our mind, Rabeh was the No. 1 pick, no question,” said Gregorio. “But since we had the first three picks, it really didn’t matter who came ahead. We had spoken with Rabeh during his Smart-Gilas days and he told us as long as he was picked, he would be happy. So we thought of testing him, to give him a lesson in life. Now, we know he felt hurt. We’ll just have to manage his attitude. I don’t think it’s a big problem. It’s getting to know Rabeh a little more because he’s that special to us. We wanted to find out how he’ll react to this management decision.”

Gregorio said fans can expect a revitalized Air21 this coming season after a major facelift from top to bottom. Gone is the franchise’s long-time PBA governor Lito Alvarez who is now Customs commissioner. In Alvarez’ place is 33-year-old Johan Ramos whose father Lambert was a candidate as PBA commissioner in 2007. Ramos once played for the Ateneo junior varsity and is in charge of the business operations of the Lina group of companies. He joined the Lina conglomerate in 2003 and made his mark as president of Mail and More.

Recruited in recent trades were J. R. Quinahan from Talk ‘N’ Text, Marcy Arellano from Rain Or Shine and Josh Urbiztondo from Meralco. Gone are Ritualo (to Powerade), Beau Belga (to Meralco), Doug Kramer (to Rain Or Shine), Billy Mamaril (to Ginebra), Richard Yee (to Barako), Ramsey Williams (free agent) and Egay Billones (free agent). Holdovers are Ronjay Buenafe, Ronnie Matias, Carlo Sharma, Rich Alvarez, Wesley Gonzales, Erick Rodriguez, Leo Najorda and Wynne Arboleda.

The Express, playing as Burger King, was knocked out in the first game of the wildcards by Coca-Cola in the last Philippine Cup and also eliminated in the first game of the wildcards by Rain Or Shine in the Fiesta Conference.

Choosing Baclao ahead of Al-Hussaini was as unpredictable as Air 21 coach Yeng Guiao’s tactic of surprising opposing teams by using unconventional starting lineups. As a psychological ploy, it will relieve Al-Hussaini of the pressure of proving himself as the top rookie. Al-Hussaini, the tallest among 60 draft candidates at 6-7, was easily the most outstanding player in the recent five-day rookie camp, averaging 14.8 points and firing 28 to power the Whites to an 80-78 win over the Yellows in the finals.

If there are cracks in Rabeh’s attitude, we want to deal with the problem right away and arrest the skid,” said Gregorio. “This wasn’t just a test or a gamble but a lesson in life for Rabeh. He will come out of this a better person, a better player and a better teammate.”

New franchise Meralco came away with four rookies in the draft – Shawn Weinstein, Bam-Bam Gamalinda, Ford Arao and Khasim Mirza. Ginebra picked up three guards – John Wilson, Jimbo Aquino and Robert Labagala. Kings coach Joseph Uichico jokingly threatened to play “five small” with his overcrowded guard corps. The speculation is Ginebra will unload several of its veteran backcourt men. B-Meg, Alaska and Rain Or Shine chose two each with the Llamados tapping Pari Llagas and Val Acuna, the Aces naming Elmer Espiritu and Marvin Hayes and the Elasto Painters selecting Josh Vanlandingham and R. J. Jazul. Barako and Powerade settled for a pick apiece with the Energy Coffee taking Borgie Hermida and the Tigers, Jai Reyes.

San Miguel Beer and Talk ‘N’ Text had no picks.

by Joaquin Henson | philstar.com

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