Wednesday, May 15, 2019

5th All Filipino Champions History Made by the Beermen

June Mar Fajardo won Most Valuable Player honors in the PBA Philippine Cup finals on Wednesday night, after leading San Miguel Beer to a fifth straight title.

Fajardo set a new PBA record for locals with 31 rebounds in San Miguel's 72-71 victory over Magnolia, breaking the mark by a local set by Jinkee Simbulan in 1975. It also tied the tally of Filipino-American forward Jeff Moore with amateur guest team Northern Consolidated in 1985.

San Miguel, which rallied from a 17-point deficit in the third quarter, from needed each monster rebound from the five-time season MVP to outlast the Hotshots down the stretch.

Magnolia still led, 71-70, on a basket by Ian Sangalang with two minutes remaining in the game. After an exchange of fruitless attempts by both teams, Cabagnot scored on a tough fadeaway over Paul Lee to put San Miguel up, 72-71, with 57 seconds remaining.

Jio Jalalon missed on the potential go-ahead basket, giving Fajardo, his 30th rebound with less than 20 seconds remaining. San Miguel, however, turned the ball over on its inbound, giving the Hotshots another chance.

The Beermen foiled another attempt by Jalalon inside, allowing Fajardo to grab his 31st rebound with 4.8 seconds left.

The Cebuano big man missed both free throws, but Lee was unable to get a good attempt from the backcourt as the final buzzer sounded.

"Salamat sa mga players ko, you made me look like a great coach," said Austria.

After allowing the Beermen to score the game's first seven points, the Hotshots cranked up, storming ahead, 24-20, at the end of the opening quarter before stepping it up even more in the second period to take the half at 38-25.

Mind-boggling was the second quarter where the Hotshots opened with double-digit spreads in pouncing on the Beermen's score of turnovers.

The Beermen turned the ball over 11 times and put in just five points, tying a PBA finals record belonging to Alaska Milk.

But there's no stopping the Beermen from stretching their reign in the end.

The scores: 

San Miguel 72 - Cabagnot 18, Santos 17, Fajardo 17, Ross 7, Lassiter 5, Romeo 4, Standhardinger 4, Rosser 0, Pessumal 0.

Magnolia 71 - Sangalang 18, Reavis 11, Lee 11, Jalalon 8, Barroca 7, Ramos 6, Melton 5, Dela Rosa 3, Brondial 2, Herndon 0.

Quarters: 20-24, 25-38, 50-58, 72-71.

Monday, May 13, 2019

Pustahan na !

Para kanino ang baloon sa May 15?

Ang San Miguel Beermen ay Naghahangad na maging 
unang koponan sa kasaysayan ng PBA
 upang manalo ng 5 straight All-Filipino crowns,
 ang Beermen ay nakahanap ng paraan sa pamamagitan ng
 pagtatanggol sa Hotshots sa nakaraang Game 6 at naitabla ang serye sa 3-3.

Ito ang unang pagkakataon na nanalo ang Beermen ng laro sa serye
 sa kabila ng pagmamarka ng mas mababa sa 100 puntos.

"Maaari mong makita mula sa mga manlalaro na hindi nila nais na mawala.
 Mayroon na tayong magandang pagkakataon upang makuha ito muli," 
 sabi ni winning coach Leo Austria."

Samantala si June Mar Fajardo ay karaniwang kanyang sarili 
 na may 23 puntos, 18 rebounds at 2 blocks 
habang muling natuklasan ni Marcio Lassiter ang kanyang lethal form
 na may 20 points, 17 rebounds, 3 assists, at 2 steals sa panalo.
Sinubukan ni Chris Ross na ipagtanggol ang Beermen sa Hotshots 
 na may 5 triple upang tapusin ang 17 points, 6 assists,
 at 5 rebounds habang si Christian Standhardinger ay nagbigay ng
 solidong kontribusyon mula sa bench na may 15 puntos.

The Scores

San Miguel 98 - Fajardo 23, Lassiter 20, Ross 17, Standhardinger 16, Romeo 9, Santos 8, Cabagnot 3, Rosser 0, Pessumal 0.

Magnolia 86 - Jalalon 17, Reavis 16, Sangalang 14, Brondial 12, Lee 10, Barroca 6, Dela Rosa 5, Herndon 5, Melton 4, Simon 0, Pascual 0.

Quarters: 25-12, 50-36, 68-62, 98-86.

Game 7 is on Wednesday, 2019 May 15, at the same venue @ Araneta Colisium.

Friday, September 21, 2018

Friday, July 27, 2018

It's show time

Both with a good amount of rest and preparation after the semi-finals, the San Miguel Beermen and the Barangay Ginebra Kings are expected to be at their best as they start their PBA Commissioner's Cup best-of-seven title showdown at the Smart Araneta Coliseum Friday.

Tipoff is at 7 p.m. after the traditional callout ceremony to start a PBA finale.

A matchup made in heaven, the Beermen and the Kings could well engage in a fierce showdown right in the series opener.

"As I always say, Game One is important in any series. We coaches prepare hard for this game. So this game will be very exciting," said SMB coach Leo Austria.

"I appreciate the extra time after the semis. We got time to rest and prepare, and this makes it a quality Game One," said Ginebra coach Tim Cone.

"The three days of rest for us and four days for them will be beneficial to both teams. I'm not sure if there's an edge. They have a great momentum and we have a great momentum. It would be a great Game One," Cone added.

For most coaches, it's anybody's game. Not a few call it fight for the ages with a matchup pitting great champion teams, two imposing big men, two explosive imports and two brilliant minds.

San Miguel is up 4-1 in championship face-offs with Ginebra. But the Beermen still ache to beat the Kings in chase of a possible second jewel to a possible grand slam.

It would be remembered that the Beermen were also on course for a Triple Crown last year when dealt a painful loss by the Kings in their Governors Cup quarterfinals matchup last year.

June Mar Fajardo has an old score to settle with Greg Slaughter.

"Nagharap kami sa finals noon sa Cebu, talo kami. Sana ngayon, ako naman ang manalo," said Fajardo.

By the numbers, it's a series of offense versus defense.

The Beermen are No. 2 in the tourney on offense, averaging 106.35 points a game as against the Kings' 98.82. But Ginebra is No. 3 on defense, giving away only 93.5 points as against SMB's 103.

San Miguel has the edge on rebounds, 53.3-52.8, but Ginebra is up on assists, 26.1-24.2. SMB does better in blocking shots, 5.8-3.7, but Ginebra gets more steals, 9.1-8.8. The Beermen score more fastbreak points, 16.1-11, but the Kings hit better from beyond the arc with their 33.2-percent clip as against SMB's 31.7 percent.

Justin Brownlee and Renaldo Balkman themselves sport almost identical numbers.

Brownlee averages 28.08 points, 12.5 rebounds, 6.6 assists, 2.1 steals and 1.2 blocks while Balkman norms 28.07 points, 12.7 rebounds, 4.3 assists, 1.7 steals and 2.2 blocks.(SB)

source: PBA.PH