Meralco continues to fight for 8th spot after win against Elasto Painters

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After being on the losing column a couple of times, Meralco finally found their way into the winning track after beating the talented guard loaded roster of Globalport Batang Pier on Friday at the Cuneta Astrodome.

Right after a disappointing conference finals against the Barangay Ginebra San Miguel, Meralco just had a 6 straight losing skid prior to the 82-72 win against the Batang Pier.

Meralco bursted with 35 points in the first quarter against the 20 points production of Globalport and eventually got their 3rd win in this season opening conference after 10 games, it has been tough for the squad to gain back their composure after their finals series.

Newsome led the Bolts  with 19 points, 4 boards and 6 assists. This win doesn’t guarantee them a spot in the playoffs but they admit that this win boosts their morale after losing most of their games out of the 10 recorded.

Another game left for the Bolts against Star on January 28, a game that will not also guarantee them any spot in the quarter finals but also one of the must win games left in the elimination round.

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Malacañang welcomes Manny Pacquiao

By Norman Bordadora | Philippine Daily Inquirer

MANILA, Philippines – Malacañang on Saturday welcomed home world champion Manny Pacquiao and expressed eagerness to see the Saranggani lawmaker’s next fight.

“Welcome home Congressman Manny Pacquiao. We are very happy to have you back and we look forward to your next fight,” deputy presidential spokesperson Abigail Valte said in a news briefing aired on radio. “And I know the rest of the country will be eagerly awaiting another spectacular match from the Pacman.”
In a text message, Valte said there was no scheduled courtesy call on President Benigno Aquino III by Pacquiao. She said Mr. Aquino had an engagement outside Malacañang until 2 p.m.

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Pacquiao arrives in Manila, shrugs off steroid rumors


The Philippines‘ boxing sensation Manny Pacquiao returned to Manila on Saturday following his successful World Boxing Organization (WBO) title defense last May 7.


The Fighter of the Decade, accompanied by his wife Jinkee and several members of his team, arrived at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport at 6:35 a.m.

He was given a grand welcome at the airport by his family and supporters.

Pacquiao, who retained his WBO welterweight crown by beating former world champion Shane Mosley, was happy to be back in the Philippines to be with his children.

Pacquiao and his family proceeded to a hotel in Makati City for a few hours of rest.

Pacquiao’s chief of staff, Jake Joson, said the boxing champion and Sarangani representative will be attending Mass at the Quiapo Church in Manila on Saturday.

The pound-for-pound champion is also scheduled to pay a courtesy call on President Benigno Aquino III in Malacañang.

Pacquiao said he will give the yellow gloves he used in the Mosley bout to President Aquino.

Pacquiao is expected to go to General Santos City this weekend for his mother’s 62nd birthday celebration.

Steroid use

Pacquiao also shrugged off rumors spreading in the internet about his supposed “steroid use.”

“Hindi totoo iyan. May drug test naman before at after ng laban. Patunayan nila muna,” Pacquiao told radio dzMM on Saturday.

Pacquiao‘s adviser Michael Koncz earlier branded the rumor as absurd, citing the fact that the boxing champion hasn’t had a Filipino sparring partner since he started fighting in the US.

If you can show me a Filipino sparring partner we had, then it would put some credence to the story, but we’ve never had one. It’s totally absurd story, we’re not even going to respond,” said Koncz.

The rumor started from an internet report quoting an alleged “Filipino sparring partner” who claimed to have injected Pacquiao with steroids before his fight against Oscar de la Hoya.

The rumor was picked up by Shane Mosley, who spread the news through his Twitter account.

Pacquiao, however, had only kind words for Mosley.

Si Mosley may pinag-aralan at mabait na tao. Bilib ako kay Mosley,” he said.

Pacquiao said the rumored fight against Juan Manuel Marquez will be interesting. However, Pacquiao said details of the match have not yet been finalized. — With a report from Rod Izon, radio dzMM

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Tenorio saves Alaska anew, Aces escape past Air21 Express


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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FEU sweeps 1st round

By Alder T. Almo |

MANILA, Philippines (UPDATE) – The Far Eastern University (FEU) Tamaraws completed a sweep of the first round rallying past the gritty University of Sto. Tomas (UST) Growling Tigers, 65-57, on Saturday in the UAAP Season 73 men’s basketball at The Arena.

RR Garcia presided over FEU’s closing run in the 4th period as the Tamaraws duplicated their first round sweep during their last title run in 2005.

Garcia exploded for 10 points in the payoff period, igniting a 10-0 run at the onset of the quarter to break away from a 45-all standoff.

Garcia also sealed the victory with a difficult drive in the last 46.7 seconds to push FEU’s lead to 63-54.

“Kampante ako kapag nasa loob si RR (Garcia). Para kasi para siyang coach sa loob ng court. Siya ang pinakamagaling na point guard sa collegiate ngayon,” said FEU coach Glen Capacio of his prized ward.

Garcia, who hails from Zamboanga, made a team-high 22 points and added 4 rebounds and 3 steals.

UST, which led by as much as 11, 25-14, early in the game, could not buy a basket until midway in the 4th period.

UST’s Clark Bautista fell silent while Jeric Teng and Jeric Fortuna could only score two points each during the height of FEU’s scorching run in the final quarter.

Chris Camus led UST with a huge double-double with 16 points and 14 rebounds that went down the drain.

“Defense did it for us. Masaya ako na na-duplicate naming ‘yung first round sweep noong 2005. Pero ‘di pa tapos. Dodoblehin pa naming sa second round,” Capacio said.

The Tigers though still managed to sink 9 three-pointers, but the Tamaraws held them down to only two free throws and forced them to 17 turnovers that led to 18 turnover points.

The Scores:

FEU 65 – Garcia 22, Ramos 12, Noundou 12, Cawaling 6, Exciminiano 4, Cervantes 3, Romeo 2, Mendoza 2, Cruz 2, Bringas 0, Sanga 0, Knuttel 0.

UST 57 – Camus 16, Bautista 12, Teng 11 Afuang 10, Mariano 4, Pe 2, Fortuna 2, Wong 0, Mamaril 0, Daquioag 0, Aytona 0.

Quarters: 10-15, 26-30, 45-45, 65-57.


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Marata 3-pointers help Archers slip past Eagles

source: JVP, GMANews.TV

The late Ric-Ric Marata must be smiling, perhaps very proud of the heroics made by his nephew, La Salle’s Sam Marata.

The 6-foot-2 Marata, a sophomore guard, fired back-to-back three-pointers to help La Salle escape with a 66-63 win over fierce rival Ateneo in the second game of the 73rd UAAP men’s basketball tournament on Saturday at the packed Araneta Coliseum.

The Green Archers relied on Marata’s outside bombs to improve to a 3-1 record behind the immaculate slate of title favorite Far Eastern University (3-0). His triples highlighted La Salle’s closing 13-1 run to end a six-game losing skid against Ateneo.

The Taft-based squad trailed 62-53 with 3:57 left on a shot clock-beating jumper by the Blue Eagles’ Nico Salva as the Green Archers appeared headed for a seventh straight loss against the boys from Katipunan.

But out of nowhere, the young La Salle crew of coach Dindo Pumaren came back strong with Marata coming through in the clutch.

Rookie Jarelan Tampus, the Green Archers’ recruit from the Letran Squires, converted two baskets off transition to cut the Blue Eagles’ lead to three points with about two minutes left.

A Salva split free extended Ateneo’s lead to 63-59 then Marata, coming from a fastbreak play, drained his third triple that trimmed the deficit to one (63-62) with 1:58 remaining.

Marata’s last shot from downtown pushed La Salle to a 65-63 lead entering the final one-minute of the tightly-fought contest.

And this one was big. Off the screen, Marata received a pass from the top of the key. He stepped on the three-point arc and when the shot found its mark half of the 16,566 fans that packed the Big Dome cheered in unison for the Men in Green.

Ateneo had several chances to either win it or send the game into overtime but missed several shots then blew another opportunity when an Eric Salamat steal resulted in a scramble for the looseball. Referees called it a jumpball and possession went to La Salle.

Simon Atkins, who was fouled by Bacon Austria, then split his charities to extend La Salle’s lead to three 17.6 ticks to go.

The Eagles had a chance to send the game into overtime with a three-pointer but Justin Chua, the hero of Ateneo’s 68-56 win over University of Santo Tomas on Sunday and again delivered big shots in the fourth period, muffed an open triple try.

He managed to grab the looseball after his miss but once again missed a desperation shot from about 30 feet that virtually decided the outcome of the game.

“I don’t know what to say, I’m so happy. We were down nine points but the boys showed their heart. It’s been two years already (since we haven’t won a game),” said Pumaren.

La Salle’s last win came on September 30, 2007 when Cholo Villanueva spearheaded the team’s 65-60 victory in a do-or-die Final Four game held in front of 23,000 spectators.

The younger Marata made time to reflect on his uncle, who etched his name in Philippine basketball with his trademark three-point shots that earned him a spot in the National team and in several PBA ballclubs in the late-80’s and for most of the 1990’s.

“Yeah. I think he was guiding those shots,” said Marata, whose uncle passed away in April this year at the age of 45.

He and Joshua Webb paced La Salle’s scoring with 12 points. He went perfect, 4-of-4, from beyond the arc.

While Pumaren, a former teammate of Ricric with the RP squad in 1987, credited the former UAAP Juniors MVP he was also thankful of Tampus.

“We owed it to Tampus. It was a gamble that paid off,” Pumaren said, who beat Ateneo for the first time since 2007 when he guided University of the East to a 14-game sweep of the elimination round en route to an outright finals berth.

La Salle ended the third period with a 46-42 lead behind the likes of Joel Tolentino and lanky center Yutien Andrada.

But the Eagles entered the final canto hitting eight consecutive shots, primarily led by the lefty Chua.

After Salva’s basket, off a last-second pass from Kirk Long, Tampus scored on a layup, then added another twinner and suddenly it was 62-57 with 2:39 to go, setting up a thrilling finish that will perhaps go down as one of the memorable games in the history of this epic rivalry.

Atkins delivered nine points, three rebounds and three assists, Tampus had six points in just six minutes. Yutien Andrada tallied six points and seven boards while Joel Tolentino made five points, four rebounds and five assists.

Chua led the Eagles with 16 points and eight rebounds while point guard Eman Monfort added 11 markers and five rebounds but failed to finish the game after suffering from cramps in the dying seconds

Coach Norman Black also lost Long, who had nine points with a few tough shots off the break, to fouls with two minutes remaining.

“We didn’t finish strong,” said Black. “And it didn’t help that Kirk Long fouled out and Eman Monfort went down with cramps in the end.”

“But it was the defense that let us down. Things such as not picking up their man on fastbreak, giving up three-point shots and not following around screens,” he said, adding that La Salle played scrappier than them.

The more experienced Eagles crumbled and could not match the end-game heroics of Marata, who went berserk in homestretch. – JVP, GMANews.TV


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Rested Texters, Beermen face hot Aces, Llamados

By Olmin Leyba (The Philippine Star)  

MANILA, Philippines

Who’s afraid of powerhouse Talk ‘N Text?

Certainly not coach Tim Cone and the Alaska Aces, who despite being the underdog, feel good about their chances against the team that dominated the field in the preliminaries.

“We’re a little banged up, and we still got guys coming back from injuries but we’re excited about going to the next level. We realize we’re now the unquestionable underdogs, but we feel we can match up well with Talk ‘N Text and we like our chances,” said Cone on the eve of Game 1 of their PBA Fiesta Conference Final Four best-of-seven series with the Tropang Texters.

The multi-titled mentor draws confidence from how the Aces kept in pace with Talk ‘N Text in a 75-76 losing effort back in the eliminations.

“Talk ‘N Text is formidable but we’re not afraid of them,” said Cone, whose wards showed a lot of poise in disposing of the Gin Kings in an epic rubber match, 93-91, before reaching the semis.

“I really thought we played them (TNT) well the last time we met and if we play that way, we’re gonna have a chance in the series,” he added.

The Tropang Texters own the best record in the tournament – a 15-3 card spiked by a 13-game streak. However, as early semifinalist, TNT took a long respite from competitive PBA action, something that coach Chot Reyes feels could work against them in the 7:30 p.m game.

“This will be a tough series between two evenly matched teams. Period,” said Reyes.

The Texters have not seen action since beating lowly Barako Energy Coffee, 112-101, last June 23, although they tried to keep in shape via tuneup games in Hong Kong and China and participating in the Smart Philippine Invitational Challenge.

Like TNT, No. 2 semis qualifier San Miguel is concerned about possible rust when the Beermen begin their own best-of-seven duel with B-Meg Derby Ace at 5 p.m.

“Yes, we have an advantage of being rested. But you can only do so much in practice to simulate actual games. Nothing beats real competition and that is where Derby Ace has an advantage of playing five playoff games,” said SMB mentor Siot Tanquingcen.

The Llamados had to overhaul a 1-2 quarterfinal deficit against Rain or Shine with two hard-earned wins before forging a Final Four dance with the Beermen.

The reigning Philippine Cup boss, tactician Ryan Gregorio noted, has got a new lease on life with import Tony Washam, who bailed B-Meg out with a pair of explosive performance in their two do-or-die outings against ROS, including a 49-point blast Sunday.

“Washam has given us a lift. With his arrival, James (Yap) is not the sole target on defense. We have become more potent offensively,” Gregorio said.

“SMB looks invincible, but we are convinced that we can compete for as long as we play as a team and figure out their weaknesses early in the series,” he added.

Interestingly, sister teams B-Meg, formerly Purefoods, and San Miguel are facing off in the semis for the second straight conference. The two also figured in a playoff for the second and last outright semis berth of the Fiesta tourney, which the Beermen won, 88-83.


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Derby Ace, Alaska finalize semis cast

By Musong R. Castillo
Philippine Daily Inquirer

MANILA, Philippines—Imports Diamon Simpson and Tony Washam delivered Sunday night as Alaska and Derby Ace prevailed in memorable Game 5s to complete the Final Four cast in the PBA Fiesta Conference at the Araneta Coliseum in Quezon City.
The Alaska Aces nipped the Barangay Ginebra Gin Kings, 93-91, after Simpson laid in the go-ahead basket with five seconds left while the Llamados downed the Rain or Shine Elasto Painters in overtime, 105-100, behind a 49-point job by Washam.

Simpson made up for two crucial errors as the Gin Kings wiped out a four-point Alaska lead in a three-second span that had the pro-Ginebra crowd of more than 21,000 up on its feet.
In winning what coach Tim Cone said was a “most even (playoff) series,” the Aces sealed a best-of-seven semifinal series with elimination-round topnotcher Talk ‘N Text starting Wednesday, also at the Big Dome in Cubao.

“You can’t find a series this tight,” Cone later said. “It’s tough that someone has to lose this game and this series. My heart goes out to them (Gin Kings). I don’t think you could have a more even series.”
Washam displayed his wide offensive arsenal by scoring in twin digits in each of the four quarters of regulation before brandishing the other facets of his game in extra time.
“He came to us at the right place at the right time,” Derby Ace coach Ryan Gregorio said. “This is just his third day in the country and what we saw out there tonight was just the tip of the iceberg, as far as his talents are concerned.

We had a new lease on life with Tony coming over,” added Gregorio.

Derby Ace, which remains on course to sweeping both PBA jewels staked for the year, next clashes with a well-rested San Miguel Beer crew in the other best-of-seven semifinal series this Wednesday.

Simpson finished with 24 points and 22 rebounds, but he almost played goat when he accidentally tapped in a Jay-Jay Helterbrand miss that shoved Ginebra within 88-90 with 31.8 seconds left.
Simpson later threw a careless inbounds pass that was intercepted at midcourt by Eric Menk, who found Helterbrand for a triple that ushered the Kings to a 91-90 lead, time down to 28.5 seconds.
“Yeah, it happens,” Cone said of Simpson’s “own goal” that actually gave the Kings the chance to steal the game after trailing, 84-90, with 2:14 left on an LA Tenorio triple.
Tenorio led the Aces with 25 points and five assists, while Willie Miller scattered 19 points and Menk chipped in 15 for the Kings.

When Washam couldn’t finish off the Elasto Painters offensively in overtime, he turned to playing defense and let his teammates do the scoring.

James Yap made all six free throws in that stretch to help put Rain or Shine away.

Regulation ended at 90-all after Sol Mercado made one of two free throws off Niño Canaleta with 37.7 seconds left, then missed a long jumper at the buzzer.

Rafi Reavis put the Llamados on the board first in the extension after getting a nice assist from Washam, who earlier foiled a Mercado layup on the other end.

After Roger Yap scored on a drive, Washam picked up a charging foul on Ryan Araña, resulting in the first pair of James Yap free throws that made it 96-90, with barely two minutes gone in overtime.
And that proved enough buffer for the Llamados, who were threatened last at 100-102 on two Gabriel Norwood free throws, before Yap put the game to bed with two more charities in the final 10.1 ticks off a duty foul by Araña.

It was a perfect ending to a well-fought series, and Gregorio heaped praises on his conquered foes for a job well done.

The scores:
First Game
DERBY ACE 105—Washam 49, Maierhofer 17, Yap R. 14, Yap J. 13, Reavis 8, Canaleta 3, Aratadi 1, Simon 0, Pingris 0, Allado 0.
RAIN OR SHINE 100—Norwood 25, Mercado 23, Nealy 12, Laure 12, Cruz 8, Arellano 6, Arana 5, Chan 3, Hrabak 3, Telan 2, Salangsang 1, Ibanes 0.
Quarters: 29-14, 58-40, 72-69, 90-90, 105-100
Second Game
ALASKA 93—Tenorio 25, Simpson 24, Baguio 22, De Vance 10, Thoss 4, Hugnatan 4, Cablay 2, Cariaso 2.
GINEBRA 91—Miller 19, Menk 15, Daniels 14, Intal 11, Tubid 9,Hatfield 9, Salvacion 6, Helterbrand 6, Villanueva 2, Wilson 0, Cruz 0, Cortez 0.
Quarters: 17-28, 40-44, 68-65, 93-91


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Ateneo dumps UST for second UAAP victory

BACK-TO-BACK champions Ateneo de Manila University Blue Eagles are slowly rounding into form as they took care of business in the fourth period to down the University of Sto. Tomas Growling Tigers, 68-56, in the 73rd UAAP basketball tournament yesterday at the Philsports Arena.

The victory was Ateneo’s second in a row after losing their opening day assignment last weekend and it pushed their record to 2-1 (win-loss), good for a tie for second place in the standings behind the undefeated Far Eastern University (FEU) Tamaraws.

It was a tight game all throughout that saw 11 lead changes. But the Eagles showed the heart of a champion as they persevered and rallied behind the efforts of sophomore big man Justin Chua, who anchored a defensive stand that shut down the Tigers in the final half of the fourth period.

Chua scored 17 points, hauled down 11 rebounds, and made 4 blocks to power the Eagles and send the Tigers to their first loss of the tournament.

In the second game, the La Salle Green Archers carved out a masterful 82-63 win over last year’s runners-up, the University of the East Red Warriors.

The win was La Salle’s second win against a loss while UE suffered their second straight defeat. /Correspondent Jonas Panerio

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