Ginebra is Over the Stunning Loss to Blackwater- Tim Cone Hopes so

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9 days should be enough for the Gin Kings to get over the trauma

Whenever the Barangay Ginebra Gin Kings lose a game in the PBA whether it’s in the Finals or in the elimination rounds, almost the whole of the venue is quiet. Why? Ginebra is the crowd darlings that’s why it’s extremely painful and maddening for their fans to see their beloved Gin Kings go down. But perhaps, one guy on the Ginebra bench is absorbing all of the pain and disappointment every time his team loses a game and that guy is none other than Coach Tim Cone, winner of 20 PBA championships.
Against the Blackwater Elites who handed Ginebra their first defeat in three games, Tim Cone has all the reasons to be disappointed with the performance of his players. They were limited to 77 points including 14 points 16 points in the 2nd and 4th quarters respectively. They shot 36% from the field and 15% from the three-point territory. They had 21 turnovers and their bench got outscored by Blackwater’s bench, 34-13.
9 days after their horrible game, Tim Cone is hoping that the Gin Kings have already put the Blackwater game behind them as they are up against the Alaska Aces who are coming into this game, riding on their 2-game winning streak. They destroyed the Kia Picanto in their last game when they limited Kia to only 65 points including only 5 points in the third quarter.
While Alaska is leaning on the confidence of Jeron Teng plus the presence of Calvin Abueva, the Aces are still up for an uphill battle against the Gin Kings because we all know that Ginebra could only get meaner and tougher to play against coming off a defeat.


Despite their shakiness which can be associated with the fact that they were still intoxicated by their championship run during the Governors’ Cup, the Gin Kings are still among this conference’s title contenders.

Prediction: Ginebra will win. 

What Doomed Meralco against the Aces?

Chris Newsome
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Chris Newsome and company have lost two straight games

Over the course of the last two seasons, the Meralco Bolts have been dealing with their own inconsistencies. Sure, they have been to the Governors’ Cup Finals for two consecutive seasons but they haven’t cracked the code just yet they have lost twice in the Finals against the same team, the Barangay Ginebra Gin Kings. And their inconsistencies have appeared to be holding them down again in the Philippine Cup.
After winning their first game to open the 43rd season of the PBA, the Bolts are now on a 2-game losing streak after losing to the lowly Alaska Aces, 103-98. That, by the way, was the Aces’ first win in 3 games. And frankly, it wasn’t an upset win either because Meralco wasn’t playing the same way they did in the Finals against Ginebra. Not even close.
So what exactly doomed the Bolts this time?

They got Murdered Inside

The Bolts got dominated from the inside as they allowed Calvin Abueva and company to outscore them 54-20 in points in the paint. Their shooting from the 2-point area also doomed the Bolts as they only 35% of their attempts from the 2-point territory. On the other hand, Alaska went 31 for 66 from the 2-point area, a 46% shooting. 

Defensive Lapses. And More

Meralco was known as a defensive-minded team over the two seasons but their defense against the Aces was simply acceptable. Sure, the Bolts were able to shut down Jeron Teng who was held to 8 points on 2 for 8 shooting from the field but for the rest of the Aces? Meralco’s defense just vanished. 
Another proof that Meralco’s defense wasn’t working at all was the fact that they got outscored in points off fast break opportunities: 14-4. The Aces were also the better team in terms of getting more points off their missed opportunities as they held an 11-9 edge in second-chance points.

Alaska’s Bench produced 50 Points

As mentioned above, Meralco did contain Jeron Teng but forgot about Calvin Abueva who led Alaska with 19 points on 7 for 10 shooting. Aside from that, the bench of Norman Black failed to match the intensity of the Aces’ bench troopers who combined for 50 of the Aces’ 103 points. Vic Manuel also had 19 points while coming off the bench.


Norman Black is one of the league’s greatest coaches and it’s only a matter of time until he figures things out with his players. Having a 1-2 record this early doesn’t necessarily mean that Meralco is a bad team and so is Alaska. However, the Bolts need to speed their improvements soon because their schedule isn’t about to get easier. Why? the Talk N Text KaTropa are up next on the Bolts’ schedule. 

Jeron Teng: A Gem for the Aces

Alex Compton has nothing but praises for his prized rookie.

The name Jeron Teng isn’t new in basketball. The last name Teng isn’t either. Before Jeron and his older brother, Jeric came into the PBA, there was another Teng in the PBA whose career lasted for 14 years. So it’s no surprise that Jeron Teng is becoming one of the league’s popular players even though he is still a rookie.
And he’s not just an ordinary rookie. Not even close. You see, his own coach with the Alaska Aces, Alex Compton considers Jeron Teng as one of the few bright spots in the new season which saw the Aces failing to 0-2 to open the Philippine Cup.
As Alex Compton said it, Jeron Teng serves as the gem for the struggling Aces. After dropping 16 points on his first game against the Magnolia Hotshots, Jeron Teng exploded for 28 points against the Talk N Text KaTropa when he went 10 for 18 in the field and also grabbed 10 rebounds. He entered 2018 with 22 points and 6 rebounds per game averages- both are team-highs.
While he is definitely one of the promising young stars who will dominate the PBA in the future, you can say nothing negative about Jeron Teng’s work ethic and Alex Compton has been both a witness and a fan of it. According to the American coach, Teng is the team’s gym rat who would stay late in the gym, working on his game despite being told to go home. 
Another key feature of Jeron Teng that Alex Compton liked to point out is that Teng is humble and is always willing to learn unlike other rookies in the past who think of themselves as the bet there were just because they had a stellar collegiate career. 


Don’t be fooled by the Aces’ struggles and their 0-2 record. And don’t forget that the Aces still have Calvin Abueva and JVee Casio on board. Like it or not, it’s only a matter of time until they become a formidable team with Jeron Teng. After all, it has been expected that Jeron Teng will slug it out against Kiefer Ravena in the race for the Rookie of the Year. 
And who knows? Teng might be the missing piece for the Aces to make a return to their winning ways. 

Balls-Eye: 5 Best Power Forwards in the PBA

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

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

Of course the Pinoy Sakuragi would never go out of sight when talking about some of the best power forwards. Despite having a relatively small size, he is a huge defensive obstacle. It is proven. Even the mighty Japeth Aguilar gets blocked and is having a hard time during post up matches.

3. Calvin Abueva

Calvin Abueva
The beast would be considered the player with an extra impact on the floor. He’s got the intensity. He even gained prominence with the ‘Calvin Crush’ wherein he goes full speed against any defender and bangs it with his full body strength, not caring whoit is in front whether a center or a guard. He just hustles on both ends.
Another good thing about Calvin is his presence which irritates opponents and somehow gets them out of focus.

4. Japeth Aguilar

Japeth Aguilar against Marc Pingris
A 6 foot 9 inch gut with incredible jumping power? It is non other than Japeth Aguilar. Japeth’s got the length and the strength to go all out.
Another good thing in Japeth is that his size does not hinder his speed. He frequently finishes fast break attacks in a spectacular alley oop jams. An excellent finisher and hype provider for the team and for audiences of course.

5. Rafi Reavis

Rafi Reavis

Reavis could match Aguilar’s length but he is an even better player when talking about the battle under the rim. Aguilar could shoot from the perimeter but Reavis is more efficient when cleaning up missed shots and scoring in the shaded area. Reavis is a perfect match against this era’s twin towers.

Highlights of the number one forward on our list ( Ranidel De Ocampo)

TNT Hopes to Get Win #1 Against Alaska

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Jayson Castro and company look to get over their opening day loss.

Coming off a rather disappointing end to their Governors’ Cup campaign which resulted in another semifinal exit, many fans began to question the ability of the Talk N Text KaTropa to compete against the league’s elite teams. After all, they have the best point guard in Asia in Jayson Castro and another big man in Troy Rosario who continues to improve every single game. 
However, the KaTropa started the Philippine Cup the same way they ended the previous conference, in a defeat as they dropped their opening game against the Rain or Shine Elasto Painters, 82-79. That is despite Jayson Castro’s near triple-double performance which included 18 points, 10 assists, and 9 rebounds. What happened? As Nash Racela said it, the KaTropa weren’t making their shots as they only made 30% out of their 102 ATTEMPTS. They were shooting horribly that they only made 8 out of their 38 shots from deep while only making 47% of their free throw attempts. Nash Racela admitted that Jayson Castro was the lone bright spot in that horrible defeat as he was the only one who was making the right decisions.
Heading into tonight’s game against the Alaska Aces who are also gunning for their first win in the Philippine Cup, the KaTropa only need to do one thing if they are to get their first win: MAKE MORE SHOTS
In addition to this, Nash Racela stated that the rest of his team should learn to make better decisions with the ball as they can’t always rely on the Blur to bail them out every single game. Jayson Castro may have shot 42% from the field against the Elasto Painters but the problem was, his teammates weren’t doing any better as Anthony Semerad was only one aside from Castro who shot above 40%.


Beating the Alaska Aces who have a talented rookie in Jeron Teng is no walk in the park for the KaTropa. Aside from Jeron Teng, Jayson Castro and company will also have to worry about the explosiveness of the Beast, Calvin Abueva. Fortunately for the Blur, he has teammates who are known scorers. They just need to score MORE than they did against Rain or Shine. 

Lee Explodes for 30 Points in Magnolia’s Debut Win

Yep! The Lee-thal Weapon still has it

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One team is entering the new season under a new team with the hopes of bringing something new to the league. The other team is hoping to begin anew as they were coming off one of their worst seasons in recent memory.
Despite missing key players to injury, the Magnolia Hotshots were able to rely on their defense to win their first game of the season against the Alaska Aces, 108-95.

Slow Start

The game started off slow for both teams as the Alaska Aces held a 6-5 edge with 3 minutes into the game.A few possessions and fouls later, the Magnolia Hotshots were already down 17-8 as Jvee Casio knocked down a three-pointer, forcing Chito Victolero to call a timeout with under 6 minutes left in the first quarter.
After a Mark Barroca basket. Jeron Teng completed a three-point play on the other end to give the Aces a 10-point lead. The Hotshots were visibly struggling as they were also dealing with the absences of their key players due to injury. Despite their sluggish start, Magnolia was able to stay close after Paul Lee drained a buzzer-beating trey to make it 26-21 at the end of the first quarter.

The Chickens Started Flying in the Second Quarter

After all, the Magnolia Hotshots are the “Pambansang Manok”, right? Just when the Aces were beginning to re-establish a double-digit lead, the Hotshots clamped down on D and went on a scoring run to make 35-30 with 9 minutes to play in the first half. Two consecutive inside baskets have finally enabled the Hotshots to take the lead, 36-35. 
Magnolia was able to slash into the sloppy defense of Alaska as their lead extended to 8 points, at 50-42 with under 3 minutes to play in the quarter. Kyle Pascual nailed a free throw later to give the Hotshots a 10-point lead as he added another lay-up to make it 56-44. The Hotshots walked into their locker with a 10-point advantage, at 57-47- thanks to their improved field goal shooting which was 55% for the first half and their defense which limited Alaska to only 2 for 10 shooting from the three-point line. 

The Beast got Unleashed Early in the Third. BUT

Calvin Abueva scored 8 points in the opening minutes of the second quarter to bring down the deficit to 6 points only for Magnolia to bring it back to 9 on a three-point shot. An offensive putback by Ian Sangalang put the Hotshots at 70-59 with under 7 minutes to play as the Aces were slowly fading anew.
As turnovers and defensive lapses began to pile up, the Aces saw themselves down by 14 points after Mark Barroca added another inside shot. Add Alaska’s inability to get the defensive rebounds to their woes plus an injury on the big man, Vic Manuel.  Paul Lee later drained a long bomb to put Magnolia by 15 points as PJ Simon added another trey to make it 87-671 heading into the final two minutes of the third quarter.  Both teams entered the final quarter with Magnolia holding an 87-74 lead.

The Aces Tried to Come Back. Tried

The Aces got within 11 points in the first 2 minutes of the 4th quarter thanks to their aggressiveness. Carl Cruz’s basket pushed the lead down to  9 only to watch Robert Herdon complete a 3-point play to stop the Hotshots’ bleeding. Another three, this time from Justin Melton brought the lead back up to 16, at 97-81.
The lead went down to as low as 8 points with under 4 minutes to play as Alaska forced Magnolia to difficult shots and took advantage of their opportunities on the break. That was before Paul Lee hit another three to make it a double-digit lead again. From that point on, Magnolia slowly wasted away the clock as Robert Herndon added another basket to put the game away.

The Numbers: The Good and the Ugly

Paul Lee scored 30 points off the bench to go along with 7 rebounds and 6 assists. Riego Gamalinda added 15 points while Ian Sangalang chipped in 13. Magnolia shot better from the field all game long, making 51% of their shot attempts while limiting Alaska to only 46% field goal shooting. Magnolia also forced 22  turnovers.
Calvin Abueva had 20 points, 15 rebounds and 5 assists for the Aces but also had 5 of the 22 turnovers of Alaska. Vic Manuel also had 20 points while Jeron Teng added 16 points in his debut. 

The scores:

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.

Quarter Scores:

21-26, 57-47, 87-74, 108-95.

Why is Jeron Teng the Perfect Pick for the Aces?

The former King Archer scored 15 points against Rain or Shine

The Alaska Aces were used to be among the elite teams in the PBA during the past few seasons. This is the same franchise which Tim Cone led to multiple championships when he was still at the helm of the team. However, injuries to key players plus personal issues surrounding Calvin Abueva have struck the Aces during the last season as they ended Governors’ Cup near the bottom of the standings as they ended the closing conference with a 3-8 record. 
Alex Compton and the rest of the Alaska Aces may have missed the playoffs but we all know that Calvin Abueva and company are more than capable of achieving more than just a slot in the semifinals. All they need are two things: Consistency and Health.
When the Aces drafted Jeron Teng, a champion during his last season with the De La Salle Green Archers in the UAAP, there were a few basketball pundits who questioned this move by the Aces. Sure, Jeron Teng is a legitimate scorer as proven by his performances during his stint with the Archers but the Aces are already loaded with scorers and energetic players, to begin with. 

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However, the Aces are also faced with painful realities: Calvin Abueva can’t carry the team on his own. Jvee Casio isn’t the same player as he was during his early years. Vic Manuel, the team’s muscles, has fully recovered from his injury but given his age, he can try but he won’t be the same kind of player that he was once. These realities may require a complete overhaul from top to bottom but given the situation, an overhaul can wait. For now. 


The good news is: Jeron Teng is still young at the age of 23 years-old. He has shown glimpses of what he can do for the Aces during the pre-season games and even scored 15 points to compliment Calvin Abueva’s efforts- leading Alaska to a victory over the Rain or Shine Elasto Painters. If anything, Jeron Teng can definitely contribute more to Alaska given the opportunity. But then again, that’s if he’s consistent. And healthy. 

Back in 2013, Abueva Said he Wants to Play for Ginebra…Someday

Is the beast on the move?!

Where will the Beast go from here? (Photo by the PBA Media Bureau)
Over the years, Calvin Abueva has been known, loved and even hated for his aggressiveness as well as for his defensive antics that have one primary purpose: to make any player he is guarding at any given moment lose his focus, his cool and eventually, that player’s offensive game will be ruined.

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.

As the Alaska Aces ended their miserable 2017 PBA Governors’ Cup campaign with a 3-8  slate after another embarrassing defeat at the hands of the Rain or Shine Elasto Painters, nagging whispers regarding Abueva’s future with the team have been making the rounds anew. Even though it has been continuously denied by the Alaska management namely, by Head Coach Alex Compton, circulating rumors has it that Abueva may be on the move come next season.

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.

Whether or not Calvin Abueva will play for Ginebra, it’s all up to the Beast himself and, to the Alaska management, too. Abueva may have been tamed down a bit but we all know what he’s capable of. The Aces can drop him but they too, themselves know that replacing a player of Calvin’s caliber is a monstrous task for any team for that matter.

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.

Rain or Shine Dismantles Abueva-less Aces

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)
Coming off a defeat, the Rain or Shine knew exactly what they needed to do for them to avoid facing complication come playoff time and they did it right and they did it now. The Elasto Painters immediately returned to their winning form after dominating the Alaska Aces who was missing the services of Calvin Abueva, 112-82 at the Ynares Sports Center in Antipolo City.
Knowing that the importance of this game with regards to their playoffs positioning, the Elasto Painters went back to work after wasting an opportunity against the Barangay Ginebra Gin Kings. They continuously frustrated the offense of the Aces, a team who were hoping to finish an unforgettable conference on a high note. Rain or Shine, despite the struggles of import, J’Nathan Bullock during the early stages of the game, managed to hold a double-digit lead during the first half alone.
To give credit to the players of Alex Compton, the Aces were able to keep within striking distance during the first quarter and they even managed to take the lead before the Elasto Painters strengthened their defense and the Aces started to miss shots that they normally make. And true to form, the Elasto Painters’ defense limited the Aces to make only 36% of their shots in the first half alone while they made the most of their opportunity, shooting 46% in the field. Even as the Aces sliced up the lead to 16 points during the early stages of the 3rd quarter, Raymund Amazan, Jericho Cruz and the rest of the Elasto Painters continued to pound on the points to bring the lead up to 24 again with 6:43 left in the 3rd. That lead eventually ballooned to 31 points heading into the 4th quarter.
To sum it up, Rain or Shine did everything that Coach Caloy Garcia wanted them to do. In fact, Bullock didn’t have to produce big numbers in this particular game. Beau Belga for one, scored points off thebench. Chris Tiu played one of his best games this conference to finish with 9 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists. For the Aces on the other hand, the absence of Abueva was proven to be too much to handle as LaDontae Henton led all scorers with 20 points on 8 of 17 shooting night including 1 out of 5 from the three-point line. Only Henton and Tony dela Cruz scored in double figures as the latter finished with 12 points. Bullock, for his part, led Rain or Shine with 14 points and 4 rebounds but had some reinforcements this time around.


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

Quarter scoring:

29-23, 63-41, 92-61, 112-82

The Absence of the Beast: Did Calvin Abueva Carry His Personal Issues to FIBA Asia?

Calvin Abueva Struggles at the 2017 FIBA Asia Cup

One of the players who we were expecting a lot from was Calvin Abueva. The main gunner of the Alaska Aces was a veteran Gilas Player. He has helped the team in all of its previous outings and has been known for his offensive and defensive tenacity.

What happened to Calvin Abueva?

Against South Korea, Calvin scored only 2 points in 1/ 4 shooting which is not beastly at all. It was the same scene every game for Calvin as he never found the right rhythm to at least contribute as expected. It was a very disappointing stint for him to say the least.
Calvin showed signs of things to come since the start of FIBA Asia Cup when he lost his cool and head butted a Chinese player in his very first game which led to his rejection in the first quarter.
Calvin Abueva, who was trying really hard on all of the games of Gilas, didn’t look good at all and often seemed worried and frustrated. If you’d remember, Calvin had been a no-show in Gilas practices and had to be given a warning if he continues to be missing. He said that he has personal issues and he had to settle them first before re-joining the team.

A chance to still salvage his game

Gilas Pilipinas still has games to play and although the team has lost its chance to win the tournament, Calvin still got some opportunity to bounce back from a horrific tournament performance so far.
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Video: Calvin Abueva Scares us Again

Calvin Abueva got Injured

Calvin Abueva have not had any good game since the ugly incident over the very first game of the Gilas Pilipinas against China. During the game, the Alaska star player lost his cool and retaliated with a headbutt from a push he received from a big guy from China that put down the Chinese for a long minute after which led Abueva to be kicked out of the game for good.
Calvin haven’t had much luck since then and his playing time was drastically reduced. Against Qatar, Calvin played 12 minutes and scored 2 points in 0/4 shooting from the field but that ain’t the scary part. The already incomplete Gilas Pilipinas played without two of their biggest players in JunMar Fajardo and Christian Standhardinger against Qatar, so guys like Calvin Abueva needs to step up. Unfortunately though, and aside from already having a rough game, he also slipped and injured his foot. 
Calvin was carried out from the court by his teammates and although he was seen lacing up his shoe, he was never called back in to play again.

Watch the Disqualifying Foul of Calvin Abueva That Resulted to his Ejection

Calvin Abueva’s first game in the 2017 FIBA Asia Cup was short-lived after he lost his cool and headbutted a Chinese player. 

Exactly 1:31, that’s how long Calvin Abueva played in the very first game of Gilas Pilipinas after an ugly incident that threw him out of the game for good.
Calvin plays with emotion and a lot of bravado and tonight it did not work out in his favor.  It was a good thing that his teammates were having a great night of shooting. There is also no reason he should act the way he did moving forward as it may result, not only to his ejection but can also cause them the game. He is a critical part of the Gilas Pilipinas roster and losing him will take a big hit against an already undermanned Gilas Pilipinas.
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On the Brink of Being Replaced Calvin Abueva Showed Up in Practice

The 29-year-old Clavin Abueva was on the verge of being replaced after not showing up for four practices in a row for Gilas Pilipinas.
The National team is bound for Lebanon for the FIBA Asia Cup which will take place and start on August 15. Abueva is one of the veteran players of the Gilas Pilipinas and has served the country a number of times. His energetic style is his biggest asset and to lose him from the line up will be a big blow as no one else plays like him in the current roster.

Abueva has been dealing with family matters and was not also able to also for his mother team. Yesterday, coach Chot Reyes was growing impatient as he is yet to see his star guard in practice and issued a warning that he will be forced to drop him if he doesn’t show up.
We can all take a breather because Calvin Abueva appeared at practice today.

Watch: Calvin Abueva and Christian Standhardinger Talks About their Altercation

Heated tune-up game between Calvin Abueva’s Alaska and Christian Standhardinger of Gilas Pilipinas turned to an altercation as the veteran Abueva showed the newbie a bit of his feisty personality.
After the game reporters talked to both players.
Calvin Abueva jokingly said that he is just introducing himself as Abueva but gives credit to Standhardinger as being a tough person.  He wanted to prepare the newbie for more potential incidents like this and the type of play of the Philippines. But it was nothing personal.
Christian Standhardinger was also cool during the interview and downplayed the incident. He mentioned that it was all emotion.
Watch below.

Abueva: The Man We Love to Hate and Hate to Love and His Never Say Die Attitude

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. 

But why do we hate and love Calvin Abueva? How can two such divergent attitudes be directed to a person at the same time? And yes, I believe Calvin Abueva often leisurely wander through that thin line between love and hate. 
He was already very much loathed even when he was just a rookie. He was a newcomer and yet he instantly threw himself as a bad guy with his physicality and foolery. He mocks, taunts and makes fun of opposing teams and can immediately hush fans while raising a finger. Name it, you got it. 
But when did we truly appreciate him? Yes, we loved him at the time he wore the Philippine colors and became our country’s self sacrificing ally playing for the Gilas. And if you searchingly look at him, you will realize that he just does his job on the court and couldn’t be bothered with what other people say or think of him. His coaches and teammates are quick to say that he is an initiator, the only one who you will see play with so much energy. And with each passing season, Calvin has worked hard and has matured in his character and his abilities.

“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
At the end of the day, when you really look at it, he actually is also an epitome of the Never Say Die attitude. He has a warrior’s spirit and puts his heart to the game. 
Glory to The Beast!
Sa mga Kabarangays: Good luck on the Manila Clasico Semis  and “Never Say Die”! Walang nga-nganga!
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The Biggest Question for Each PBA Team Entering the Gov. Cup

(c) PBA Media Bureau

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. 

Powcast gilas Pilipinas Player Card: Calvin Abueva

Calvin Abueva

Nicknamed The Beast due to the all-around threat he brings at both ends of the court. Despite standing only at 6’2″, he outplayed taller opponents in the frontline with his unmatched energy, motor and hustle that made him one of the Gilas Pilipinas Key Player.

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PBA: Best Player of the Conference Race

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.