Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Magkaalaman Na

January 18, Wednesday
Cuneta Astrodome

Two Semifinal Game 7s in One Night

- Pusong Powerade -

Newlywed J.R. Quinahan shooting 80% from 2-point range,
leads his team with 16 points and 8 boards.

Sweet shooting Jeffrei Chan, as expected,
puts in double figures with 14. Paul Lee also scores 14.

 This is one of two alley-oops which Gabe Norwood does to try to bring 
the Painters to the Championship round. 

But, alas, it is simply not enough.

Ronnie Matias, along with bruise brother Beau Belga,
chip in 10 points each.

- A Cut Above the Rest -
Not surprisingly, Gary David combines with JV Casio for 49 points.
Gary scores 25, JV scores 24.

 Marcio, The Man, puts in 17 hard earned points.

 Mr. Cheska Garcia, a.k.a. Doug Kramer -
Powerade's Chairman of the Boards, scores 12.

Will Antonio's 5-8 shooting from 2-point range
is a HUGE factor in Powerade's win.
Antonio, along with Celino Cruz total 20 for the Tigers.
Each one contributes 10 points.

Doug Kramer takes care of business, leads ALL rebounders again
with 15 big ones.  Here, he contorts to convert a twinner off a GREAT
"threading-the-needle" assist pass from Josh Vanlandingham.
[This one's a helluva move. Great athleticism!]

The Blue Tigers lead the Painters by 13 at the Half [52-39] and by 19 [84-65] at the end of the 3rd, but as expected, Rain or Shine makes a run  - but the confident Tigers manage to keep the Elasto Painters at bay. Powerade eventually prevails.

[First it was B-Meg, now it's Rain or Shine - -Who's next in line ??]

Powerade - 107     Rain or Shine - 98


- Comeback Kings -

 Some game photos follow :

 Cabagnot [#5] is doubled by Alapag and Peek.

As expected, Alex Cabagnot leads Petron in assists, with 7. Unfortunately, Game 7 turns out to be a bad day at the office for Alex - he manages only 8 markers.  Jimmy Alapag [#3] leads his Texters with 7 assists too while team mate Ali Peek [#34] leads ALL rebounders with 11.

 Denok Miranda [#2 in white] is the fifth, and last,
Blaze Booster to score double figures [11 pts].
Dennis also hauls down 3 boards and dishes out 5 assists.

 - The Ninja Strikes -
Joseph Yeo has decent numbers - 14 points, 3 rebounds, 6 assists.

{Jayson Castro, seen on the floor, combines with Ranidel de Ocampo and Jimmy Alapag for 54 points [Castro-21 / de Ocampo-19 / Alapag-14] -
more than half of Talk n Text's game total of 92} 

 After the 4-frame sequence below, Petron's Rob Reyes [#24] ends up 
having to pick up his contact lens from the hardcourt and having 
to put it back on, on court. A tenacious rebounder, Rob leads Petron with 8. 
Team mate Danny Ildefonso, follows with 7 of his own.

 - Danny Drives and Draws -
After making Ali Peek [#34] commit, Danny I. shovels the ball to Chris Lutz, 
who comes in from the right to score an easy pair.
[photo above and 2 below]

 Chris Lutz leads Petron with 23 points.
Danny Ildefonso pitches in 13.

 Cabagnot fakes out Alapag.

-The Ninja strikes again -

Petron dominates the First half, leading by 9 after the 1st Qtr [28-19] and 6 after the 2nd [57-51].  Talk N Text surprises Petron by scoring 30 points in the 3rd while limiting the Blaze to only 14. But in the first four minutes of the 4th the Texters are held scoreless.  Petron puts in 8 unanswered points.  Now, the Astrodome crowd knows that they're about to witness a real basketball classic.

At the height of the Petron rally [8 minutes left in the 4th] a Talk n Text turnover allows Arwind Santos to break away for a slamma  jamma
to finally tie the game at 81 all. 
[12-frame sequence below]

 Now, we have One-for-the-Books in the making.

- - -

After 48 minutes of great basketball, the outcome is still undecided.
 - It all boils down to a jumpball in front of the Petron basket -

 Alex Cabagnot misses a desperation trey with .8 ticks left.
Talk N Text wins, completing a most dramatic come-from-behind [down 3-1] 
campaign to enter the Championship Round.


Talk N Text - 92     Petron -91

It's always pleasant to see opposing players show true sportsmanship after a hard fought series of games.

Team Petron graciously exits with their players wholeheartedly congratulating Team Talk N Text.  Now, That's what I call ---> CLASS.

And - Please correct me if I am wrong - To my recollection, not a single Elasto Painter approaches to congratulate any Powerade Tiger on court after the final buzzer.
Why am I not surprised ??

brosi gonzales

D-League Monday

Checking Out The D-League

January 17, Tuesday
Arena, San Juan

I don't really follow the PBA D-League Aspirants Cup but whenever I have a little free time, watching a D-League game or two is fine by me.  Last Jan.17, Tuesday, I caught the tail end of the NLEX vs Cafe France match and was able to watch the Blackwater vs Big Chill game which followed.  [Both games being critical quarterfinals matches]

 Chris Ellis - 16 points

Calvin Abueva -  9 points, 10 boards

RR Garcia - 25 big ones

 Tata Bautista [Blackwater], hounds RNW's de la Cruz [4].
Clark, Bautista's real name, leads ALL scorers with 13 points.

 Bautista, who did not play for UST in the last
UAAP Basketball Tournament will be back this July.

Chris Camus [left], now with Balckwater,
might or might not suit up for the UST Growling Tigers  this July. 
[I hear conflicting reports]

 Kevin Racal drives while Camus defends.
Racal leads, along with Zulueta, RNW with 8 markers.

I saw Kevin Racal [#16] in a 2011 Letran-DLSU match.
This guy's a daredevil.

 That's UST's ceredral guard, Jercic Fortuna, [in black, #25]
trying to make a move on Delgado.
Fortuna follows Bautista with 11 markers.

Delgado, this time with a getaway lay up.

Sanvictores [#34] and Racal [#16] double an unidentified Blackwater player

Both NLEX and Blackwater carve out convincing wins over
Cafe France and RNW respectively.

[NLEX - 107      Cafe France - 89]

[Blackwater - 65             RNW - 48]

 I just took photos of the stats.

brosi gonzales