Highlights: Star Hotshots’ Impressive Win Against Mighty SMB, Coach Victolero Gives Credit to Team Effort

SMB not so mighty without JunMar Fajardo,  suffers first loss in the 2017 PBA Governors Cup 


Team work and game plan – Coach Chito Victolero

After a well-deserved win, Coach Chito Victolero gives credit to team effort, team work and game plan as his Star Hotshots endured the challenge of the Beermen and won with the score of 104-98.
SMB looked great as usual and was really giving the Hotshots a tough time but Star Hotshots came in prepared and rose to the occasion.  SMB was playing without JunMar who suffered an injury in their last game. In the absence of JunMar, other players did step up. Lassiter led the scoring for the locals with 24 points followed by Arwind Santos who were both shooting at 50%.
Import Mckines also contributed a game high of 27 points while grabbing 22 rebounds.

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The young import of Star Malcolm Hill produced 20 points but he was only shooting at 7/18(38%). It was Ian Sangalang who bucketed 18 points (50% FG) and Reavis who scored 13 points on a hundred percent shooting made the difference for Star Hotshots.
This is very important, in our mindset, that we can beat SMB – Coach Victolero
Star Hotshots lorded over team rebound with 49 against 46 of  SMB. Star also moved the ball better having 25 assists compared with 19 of SMB.
Star is still undefeated with 3 wins while SMB dropped their first ever game in the conference.
The scores:
STAR 104 – Hill 20, Sangalang 18, Reavis 13, Brondial 10, Maliksi 8, Barroca 8, Lee 7, Dela Rosa 7, Melton 6, Ramos 5, Jalalon 2, Javier 0, Simon 0.
SAN MIGUEL 98 – McKines 27, Lassiter 24, Santos 19, Cabagnot 12, Ross 10, Rosser 4, Espinas 2, Heruela 0, Tubid 0, Pessumal 0.
Quarters: 24-21, 50-55, 76-77, 104-98.

Amazing Unseen Footage of the 2017 Philippine Cup SMB Championship Celebration

San Miguel Beermen may be getting to comfortable winning championships. They certainly know how to celebrate!
San Miguel beermen ended their historic run by defeating Ginebra in game 5 and winning the prestigious perpetual trophy. A recognition which is only given to a team with 3 consecutive championships in the Philippine Cup Conference.
Check out Pow as he follows the Beermen in their celebration.

Chris Ross Leaked Their Strategy on Game 1 and His Excitement Going to Game 2

After a surprisingly dominant performance in game 1 against the crowd favorite Ginebra, the best player of the game Chris Ross shared their strategy coming into the game.
Chris talks to the courtside reporter and discusses the plans to go at it right away and make a statement against Ginebra. The plan was to take out the crowd and showed force and they did just that ultimately making it look easy.

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But the success of SMB will not come easy on the second game as they recognized that Tim Cone and the rest of the Ginebra players will sure bounce back and adjust.
Chris Ross is excited for the out of town game but before they travel to Lucena for game 2 they have to once again hit the gym.
SMB has shown over and over why they are the best team in the PBA right now and in the game 2 of the Finals they certainly won’t back down and give it away to Ginebra and tie the series.
Which team will take Game 2?

SMB’s June Mar Fajardo’s Monster Game Put Winless Mahindra further down the Abyss

SMB's June Mar Fajardo's Monster Game Put Win-less Mahindra further down the Abyss

Christmas came early for the Beermen as they got lucky to have escaped the desperate Mahindra Floodbusters Team. Mahindra is now 0-4.

Alex Mallari who had the game high for Mahindra with 21 points almost put the game into overtime but fell short and Mahindra had to suffer another heart crunching loss to the Beerman lead by the current MVP JunMar Fajardo.

The scores:

SAN MIGUEL 94 – Fajardo 28, Santos 18, Cabagnot 15, Tubid 10, Garcia 9, Lassiter 8, Ross 4, Espinas 2, Agovida 0, Reyes 0, McCarthy 0, De Ocampo 0.

MAHINDRA 91 – Mallari 21, Eriobu 17, Revilla 15, Escoto 10, Yee 8, Ballesteros 5, Digregorio 3, Guevarra 3, Teng 3, Paniamogan 2, Salva 2, Arana 2, Celda 0, Webb 0.

Quarterscores: 26-15, 47-49, 71-66, 94-91

Best Player : June Mar Fajardo with 28 points and 15 rebounds 


Video courtesy of TV5

Video and Analysis: What you did not see from SMB vs Star Game. How was Paul Lee’s first game?

San Miguel Beermen Takes First win against valiant Star Hotshots.

Paul Lee Looks Nervous on the Photo
Paul Lee Looking Nervous

The game was closely contested as both teams wanted to start with a win in the 42nd season of the PBA Philippine Cup.  Star Hotshots new coach Chito Victolero wanted to make a statement and pulled off a surprising move by letting the newest member of the team play. Newly acquired Paul Lee with the longest playing time of 33 minutes. Also unexpected was Rookie Jalalon playing longer minutes than old timers Justin Melton and Peter Jun Simon.

Watch SMB vs Star unseen on TV Video Highlights at the bottom. 

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Here are some of our notes/analysis:

Team:

– SMB took 12 more shots than Star Hotshots
– Surprisingly Star got more rebounds at 52 compared with 46 of SMB
– Star Hotshots was ultimately defeated because they got 30 Turnovers compare to only 16 of SMB
– Points from turnovers 29 points for SMB
– On a positive note, Star Hotshots bench players scored 42 points.

Players:

–  June Mar Fajardo double-double game with 25 points and 16 rebounds. This could be the same story all conference long as nobody big enough can match up against the Kraken. His FG% is 73%.
–  Cabagnot and Santos was their usual self, contributing a combined score of 39
– Rookie Jio Jalalon played total of 21:55 minutes, scored 11points on 4/6 shooting
– Mark Barroca was the highest scorer of Star with 13 points
– Paul Lee in his first game scored 12 points at 33% , He also got the most turnover of the game at 9

Final Score : 96-88 for SMB

The scores:
SAN MIGUEL 96 – Fajardo 25, Cabagnot 22, Santos 17, Lassiter 11, Ross 7, Tubid 6, Espinas 5, Reyes 3, Garcia 1, Agovida 0.
STAR 88 – Barroca 13, Lee 12, Jalalon 11, Maliksi 10, Simon 9, Sangalang 8, Pingris 7, Ramos 6, Melton 6, Reavis 2, Pascual 2, Brondial 2.
Quarters: 26-24, 51-43, 75-79, 96-88
Best Players : June Mar Fajardo (25 pts, 16rebs) and Alex Cabagnot (22pts, 8 asts) 

PHOTOS: SMB draws first blood, def. Star Hotshots

Scores:
SAN MIGUEL 96 – Fajardo 25, Cabagnot 22, Santos 17, Lassiter 11, Ross 7, Tubid 6, Espinas 5, Reyes 3, Garcia 1, Agovida 0.
STAR 88 – Barroca 13, Lee 12, Jalalon 11, Maliksi 10, Simon 9, Sangalang 8, Pingris 7, Ramos 6, Melton 6, Reavis 2, Pascual 2, Brondial 2.
Quarters: 26-24, 51-43, 75-79, 96-88
Photos by Aldrin Alejo
Selfie! – Ms. International 2016 Kylie Verzosa & Star Hotshots’ PJ Simon

Groupie! – Ms. International 2016 Kylie Verzosa & the Star Hotshots 

SMB and Ginebra clashes again in game 3 for semifinals edge.

Photo By Aldrin Alejo

Ginebra San Miguel and San Miguel Beermen will again face each other this Friday at 7pm in Araneta Coliseum to get ahead of their best of five series. The battle has been witnessed to be a close one between these sister teams as they exhibit a very tight kind of basketball. San Miguel Beermen dominated their previous match up despite Junmar’s absence on the court for a couple of minutes due to a cut on his head due to a collision between him and his teammate. Ginebra was down by double digits in the fourth quarter but lived their Never Say Die spirit by getting an inch closer to their sister team opponent by a precarious one point lead. After a time out called by the SMB bench with a few seconds left on the clock, SMB somehow managed to crack a successful play lead by Alex Cabagnot while Ginebra did a great job on the defensive end, making it hard for the Beermen to execute the play drawn by Leo Austria but still found an open guy through Elijah Millsap who scored two points on a penetration drive and a slam.

These two teams will again be tested and will be expected to show a very close game again as Ginebra tries to get back on track and beat their sister franchise while SMB promises to keep their eyes open to every Ginebra execution knowing that this team has this kind of tradition and reputation when it comes to coming back from various huge deficits in the past which left a mark in the PBA history since the Jaworski era.

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Allan Vito Flores Caidic is a retired Filipino professional basketball player in the PBA. He is considered by many to be the greatest shooter the country has ever produced, thus, earning the moniker, “The Triggerman”. That is how wikipedia describes him, you don’t beleive it, watch this video.