Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Air 21 Outlasts Meralco

Behind a mighty windup, Air21 topped Meralco, 110-101, Wednesday to catch up with Rain or Shine at sixth place with four play dates left in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup elimination phase.

The Express broke away at the finish and scored their first back-to-back wins that boosted their chance to make the playoffs.

The Bolts practically kissed their own playoff hopes goodbye with a sixth loss against only two wins.

A win by Rain or Shine over Alaska Milk Friday at the Araneta Coliseum will render non-bearing the Meralco-Smart Gilas match in Tacloban, Leyte Saturday.\

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Smart GIlas Won Over Brangay Ginebra

SMART-Gilas had shown it could win without Marcus Douthit. With him back, there was simply no way to stop the Nationals.

Gilas buckled down to work early and banked on its 6-foot-10 center in the endgame to beat Barangay Ginebra, 111-104, Wednesday and earn the first automatic semifinals berths in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup at the Araneta Coliseum.

Marcio Lassiter went near-perfect from the field in the opening quarter to provide the Nationals with the spark before Douthit took over in the fourth period after Ginebra rallied back from several
18-point deficits to within five.

Douthit, who missed a 98-97 win over Powerade last Sunday to rest a sprain, scored 14 of his conference-high-tying 30 points in the final canto, including seven straight that plucked Gilas for
good from a 97-91 count inside the last 2:00.

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Texters One Win Away For The Championship

TALK N Text is set to reclaim its PBA Philippine Cup crown and all because of a collective determined mindset.

“Everybody in our locker room understand there’s one more step to take and we’re 48 minutes away,” related Jimmy Alapag after playing a key role in the Tropang Texters’ 99-77 win over the San Miguel Beermen Wednesday at the Araneta Coliseum.

“Before the game we were ready to play 96 minutes of great basketball,” TNT coach Chot Reyes said after his team broke out of a 2-2 tie in the series and moved within another win away of wrapping up the best-of-seven duel and recapturing the crown the Texters last held in the 2008-09 season.

Game 6 is set Friday, also at the Big Dome.

Sunday, January 30, 2011



OLSEN Racela is determined to go end his PBA career on a blaze of glory.The 40-year-old guard sank four crucial free throws inside the final 52 seconds to lift San Miguel Beer to a pulsating 91-87 win over Talk N Text Sunday, leveling their PBA Philippine Cup championship series at the Araneta Coliseum.


JAY Washington has just joined an elite company, but refuses to rank himself among his new companions. At least not yet.

The do-it-all forward of San Miguel Beer was named the PBA Philippine Cup Best Player of the Conference Sunday, putting him alongside some very notable Most Valuable Players.

Washington emerged as the runaway winner in votes by the PBA, television coveror Solar and the media to amass a total of 1,393 equivalent points.

“It’s a great individual accomplishment but my goal remains to win the championship,” said Washington after being awarded the handsome plaque by PBA commissioner Chito Salud and chairman Rene Pardo.

The award was given before Game 4 of the championship duel between SMB and Talk N Text at the Araneta Coliseum.

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Monday, October 11, 2010

Beermen cruise past Air 21

San Miguel's veteran line-up proved no match against Air21's rookie-laden roster.

With Dondon Hontiveros and Arwind Santos combining for 43 points, the Beermen cruised past Rabeh Al-Hussaini and the Express, 100-86, for a rousing debut in the PBA Philippine Cup Friday night at the Araneta Coliseum.

Hontiveros exploded for 24 points on 7-of-12 shooting from the floor, while Santos added 19 in a fiery display of firepower for a San Miguel team that dominated the game from start to finish.

"We just used our experience against them," said Hontiveros, 32. "Alam namin may mga rookie players sila, so we just took advantage of our strength against them which is experience."

Al-Hussaini, the former RP-Smart Gilas team member selected No. 2 overall in the Rookie Draft, accounted for 16 points in his debut game in Asia's first ever play-for-pay league, but not good enough to give Air21 the win.

Fellow rookie Rey Guevarra, the third overall pick behind Al-Hussaini, finished with only a point, while the top rookie pick, Nonoy Baclao, didn't play as he showed up in street clothes after hyper-extending his knee in a tune-up game against Alaska.