Chris Newsome and company have lost two straight games
They got Murdered Inside
Defensive Lapses. And More
Alaska’s Bench produced 50 Points
Alex Compton has nothing but praises for his prized rookie.
The guys with the perfect balance will always be the powerforwards. In all aspects they come in midway of Centers and Guards. But what makes some of them standout?
We’ll find out as we run down the 5 best power forwards we have in the Filipino Basketball.
1. Ranidel De Ocampo
A.K.A RDO, he is one of the finest forwards any team would want to have. Ranidel’s got the size to match even with centers in rebounding and post up plays. What makes him special? With his size, he could impeccably deliver from beyond the arc. A dangerous weapon for guys with the size advantage. R.D.O can take all sorts of shots depending on his defender.
2. Marc Pingris
3. Calvin Abueva
4. Japeth Aguilar
5. Rafi Reavis
Highlights of the number one forward on our list ( Ranidel De Ocampo)
Jayson Castro and company look to get over their opening day loss.
Yep! The Lee-thal Weapon still has it
The Chickens Started Flying in the Second Quarter
The Beast got Unleashed Early in the Third. BUT
The Aces Tried to Come Back. Tried
The Numbers: The Good and the Ugly
MAGNOLIA 108 – Lee 30, Gamalinda 15, Sangalang 13, Dela Rosa 10, Simon 9, Herndon 9, K. Pascual 9, Barroca 6, Melton 3, Ramos 2, Brondial 2.
ALASKA 95 – Abueva 20, Manuel 20, Teng 16, Casio 10, R. Pascual 7, Enciso 5, Exciminiano 5, Banchero 4, Thoss 3, J. Pascual 2, Cruz 2, Magat 1, Racal 0.
21-26, 57-47, 87-74, 108-95.
The former King Archer scored 15 points against Rain or Shine
Is the beast on the move?!
That’s the kind of game Abueva has been playing ever since he came to the PBA since he was drafted by the Alaska Aces back in 2012. Even back in his college days with the San Sebastian Stags in the NCAA where he also won an MVP award, the Beast was already dominant on both ends of the court.
This is despite the mere fact that both Alaska and Abueva himself, have agreed to a 15.1 million Peso, 3-year deal back in 2015- a deal that will be ending this season. Should Abueva wants to remain with the Aces, it should be easy especially considering the fact that he was considered to be a part of the Aces’ core back in 2015. Was.
If Abueva will be playing for another team come the next season, the Aces will lose a big part of themselves and the Aces themselves know that. But, Abueva wasn’t even in uniform during the Aces’ latest defeat and he has been missing tons of games this season due to personal reasons and his stint with the Gilas Pilipinas.
Should the Beast make a move, which team would be the best destination?
The answer to that question is simple: Ginebra. As mentioned by Abueva himself in the past and earlier this season, he wanted to play for the fan-favorite Gin Kings. In fact, photos of Calvin Abueva in a Ginebra uniform have been circulating in the social media as of late and apparently, fans are clamoring for it to happen- fans of the Gin Kings and the Beast to say the least.
Here’s the question, folks, let’s say Abueva does go on to sign with the Gin Kings, will he fit in the already crowded and talented line-up of Coach Tim Cone? The answer would be a BIG YES. Why? Ginebra is known as the team who lives and dies by their “Never Say Die” mantra and when it comes to never quitting no matter the odds are, we all know that the Beast can live up to that reputation and will stand up against opposing players no matter how big they are- something that we all saw during his stint with Gilas that played in the FIBA Asia Cup in Lebanon earlier this year.
If ever Ginebra gets to sign the Beast, that alone, could change the balance in the PBA because imagine a team that has a healthy Greg Slaughter, Japeth Aguilar, Scottie Thompson who is making a name for himself too, an always reliable LA Tenorio and, the Beast, that’s a scary team. It’s like giving a monster another claw for himself.
Bounces back from a Sorry Loss to Ginebra
|Gabe Norwood and Chris Tiu had 8 rebounds each in the win (Photo by PBA Media Bureau)|
Rain or Shine
Bullock 14, Cruz 12, Belga 12, Trollano 11, Tiu 9, Robles 9, Borboran 9, Almazan 7, Yap 6, Ahanmisi 5, Matias 4, King 4, Daquioag 4, Norwood 3, Maiquez 3, Ponferada 0
Henton 20, dela Cruz 12, Encisco 9, Manuel 9, Pascual 8, Casio 5, Exciminiano 5, Baclao 4, Galinguez 3, Cruz 3, Mendoza 2, Hontiveros 2, Abuev 0, Banchero 0, Thoss 0, Racal 0
29-23, 63-41, 92-61, 112-82
Calvin Abueva Struggles at the 2017 FIBA Asia Cup
What happened to Calvin Abueva?
A chance to still salvage his game
Performance is okay
He should have been removed in the first place
he is out of focus
I will support Calvin
Not enough playing time
Calvin Abueva got Injured
Calvin Abueva’s first game in the 2017 FIBA Asia Cup was short-lived after he lost his cool and headbutted a Chinese player.
|Calvin Abueva teasing our photographer|
Meanwhile, we won’t see much of Calvin Abueva as the Alaska Aces have made their exit when they lost to Ginebra last Tuesday. At least not until the next Commisioners Cup.
“Calvin is the one who you don’t want to be enemies with but who you want to be teammates with. He has the type of presence that brings out the best in his teammates and the worst in his opponents”. – teammates
A long break always brings out hopes and unrestrained optimism from the fans, players, coaches and management. In a few days, the final conference of the 2016 PBA season will begin and those hopes and aspirations will diminish for a lot of teams.
Only few of those expectations will be reached and fulfilled during the conference. Before we go to that agonizing process, let us run down the biggest question that hangs on each team.
Alaska Aces – what was the effect of the Gilas cut to Calvin Abueva?
I think the whole PBA universe will watch Calvin this conference. They want to see his response on the controversial Gilas cut. They want to see him proved to coach Tab that he should have been there. But, it can also go the other way. That can lead him to be wilder that will result to more mistakes and fouls
Brgy. Ginebra San Miguel – Who can they trust to get the minutes of Slaughter during his absence?
Every game is important in an 11-games elimination round. Remember, only eight teams will survived the elimination round and the 5th to 8th will have twice-to-beat disadvantage. With the early exit of Gilas and with little playing time there, I expect Japeth to play right away and hold the center position.
Now, the PF position will be interesting. I think Joe Devance will be the frontrunner to take it but Dave Marcelo and a small line-up with Paul Harris getting the PF spot are interesting options too.
Blackwater Elite – Will Carlo Lastimosa and Roi Sumang fit beside each other?
I am pretty sure that one of the vision of the Elite is Sumang and Lastimosa playing well together and creating one of the best scoring backcourt in the league. Both need to improved their defense and playmaking to be a better player and a better fit to each other.
Globalport Batang Pier – How to divide the minutes to their loaded backcourt rotation?
Terrence Romeo, Stanley Pringle, Karl Dehesa, Joseph Yeo and now Omar Krayem, that is the depth of the backcourt of Globalport! Unfortunately, they only have 96 minutes to divide between those five. Maybe Coach Franz will try to play a super small line-up by giving minutes to Dehesa or Yeo or Krayem in the 3. That is possible, but will it work?
Mahindra Enforcers – Can Canaleta and Ramos proved that their performance last conference were not flukes?
Nino Canaleta and Aldrech Ramos risen and exhibited last conference that they can be the main players with their 14.6 points, 4.8 rebounds and 42.2% 3FG and 12.1 points, 6.1 rebounds and 41.7% 3FG, respectively. Now, the jury is still out for the two of them. Can they do it again?
Meralco Bolts – Who will get more minutes, Amer or Alapag?
The Bolts is in a very weird situation. They want to develop their young players and contend in the same time. That is not the easiest path to take but they managed to reached semis, last conference, and still give Baser 17.8 minutes a game. Will coach Norman give the bigger chunk to Jimmy once again, or will he commit more on giving experience to Baser?
NLEX Road Warriors – is Garvo Lanete an elite shooter?
He finally got the minutes last conference and he did well enough to merit those minutes again this conference. It is very clear that Coach Boyet wants him to be their catch and shoot sniper and his 33.7% efficiency last conference is very promising. If he can put up a better mark, I am pretty sure their opponent will start to respect him.
Phoenix Fuel Masters – Who will they trade next?
Phoenix is on a total rebuild of the franchise. JC Intal and Willy Wilson still reminds the people about the Barako franchise so I expect them to be traded soon. Will they go together or one of them will be dealt much earlier?
Rain or Shine Elasto Painters – Will Dior Lowhorn be a good fit?
Dior will bring the same body type as Pierre Henderson-Niles and more scoring punch to the Rain or Shine Elasto Painters. The history of Coach Yeng has taught us that the fit to his team is more important than the talent of an import. Will Rain or Shine benefits with the superb scoring ability of Dior, or will it hurt the team?
San Miguel Beermen – Can Arwind keeps up with his younger elite teammates?
We have been spoiled by the durability of Santos in his whole career that we forget that he is already 35. In short, he is not already on his prime and it will only be a matter of time before father time forced him to be part of bench. Will it happen this conference?
Star Hotshots – Can James Yap complete a kind-of renaissance season?
James Yap is averaging more points this season than the last two seasons. He is contributing 13.3 points in 37.4% FG and 3.4 rebounds per game this season. Last conference, he was already getting his rhythm but he was hit by an injury. Can he pushed his scoring average to 14, one last time?
TNT Tropang Texters – Is Moala Tautuaa the real deal?
I was one of those who salivated to see him play in the PBA. Unfortunately, the depth of the frontline of TNT and his fit to the team has forced him to take time to learn how to play with TNT and in the PBA. 10.0 points, 4.3 rebounds, 1.3 assists and 53.3% FG will not be acceptable for a 27 years old #1 pick.
We rank the TOP 5 local players in the league so far this commissioner’s cup
5. Sean Anthony (Last Week: #4)
Sean Anthony is averaging double-double with 15.60 points, 10.40 rebounds along with 3.60 assists (SPs: 31.40) in 25.80 minutes per game this conference. The energetic power forward is the team’s top local scorer this conference.
4. Calvin Abueva (Last Week: No Rank)
Calvin Abueva is our newcomer on our TOP 5 local players this conference. “The Beast”and the Aces are on a four game winning skid. Abueva is averaging 14.40 points, 7.60 rebounds, 3.40 assists, 1 steal and .60 blocks in just 25.80 minutes per game (SPs: 31.80).
3. Terrence Romeo (Last Week: #2)
Terrence Romeo is averaging 25.33 points, 3.5 rebounds and 3 assists in 33.67 minutes of action (SPs: 32). He is just averaging 17.5 points a game in two losses of Batang Pier this week. Still, he is the top scorer among locals this conference with an average of 25.33 points.
2. Carlo Lastimosa (Last Week: #1)
Carlo Lastimosa has slow down this week averaging just 14 points a game after a hot start. But he is still at no. 2 spot in our BPC race this conference. The Elite Guard is averaging 22.83 points per game along with 4.67 rebounds and 2.17 assists (EFF: 33.83).
1. Greg Slaughter (Last Week: #3)
Greg Slaughter is a monster double double machine for Ginebra. He led the Kings with a 3-3 record so far this conference and he is the leading local scorer and rebounder for the team. He is averaging 18 points, 10 rebounds, 1 assist and .8 block in 32 minutes per game (SPs: 36). He is also at no. 1 in MVP race this season.