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

Sunday, July 22, 2018

The Beermen are going to the FInals 2018 Commissioners Cup

The San Miguel Beermen booked a return trip to the finals after finishing off the Alaska Aces, 104-99, in Game 4 of the semifinals of the 2018 PBA Commissioner's Cup on Sunday at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum.

June Mar Fajardo topped with 26 points and 12 rebounds while reinforcement Renaldo Balkman also had a double-double outing of 23 markers and 16 boards.

Alex Cabagnot delivered in the clutch en route to 18 points, to go with five rebounds, nine assists, and three steals. Chris Ross contributed 17 markers including four three-pointers.



"I know that since three years ago, Alaska is one of the toughest teams in the league," said SMB coach Leo Austria about the win. "Even though they're down 0-2, they're fighting back. But what we learned in our last game when they beat us by 24 points, that's an embarrassment for us. The players' pride was hurt. They stepped up tonight, they're so focused in this game."

After a tight exchange in the first 24 minutes, the Beermen came out firing after the halftime break. A huge 14-4 rally allowed them to turn a one-point deficit into a 57-48 lead. Behind Diamon Simpson's efforts, the Aces inched within a single possession before Balkman and Cabagnot conspired to end the third period on top by seven.


Christian Standhardinger gave San Miguel a ten-point cushion, 80-70, early in the final frame. Simon Enciso heated up from beyond the arc to give Alaska a fighting chance but Cabagnot was there to counter his long bombs.

With 34 ticks left on the clock, Cabagnot unleashed a dagger step-back 3-pointer that made it 100-92 in favor of the Beermen. Vic Manuel and Enciso hit more late buckets but time was no longer on their side as they bowed out of the conference.

Simpson put up a 24-point, 21-rebound performance in the loss. Manuel chipped in with 20 markers while Enciso nailed five 3s en route to 19 points.

THE SCORES

San Miguel (104): Fajardo 26, Balkman 23, Cabagnot 18, Ross 17, Lassiter 8, Nabong 6, Santos 4, Standhardinger 2, Heruela 0

Alaska (99): Simpson 24, Manuel 20, Enciso 19, Casio 15, Teng 6, Racal 4, Exciminiano 4, Magat 3, Thoss 2, Baclao 2, Galliguez 0

Quarter scores: 20-23, 43-44, 76-69, 104-99

EXTRA DRIBBLES

-- Cabagnot dropped 11 of his 18 points in the second half, seven of which were scored in the final two and a half minutes.

-- According to PBA statistician Fidel Mangonon, the sixth-seeded Beermen are the lowest-seeded defending champions that made it back to the finals.

-- This is Leo Austria's seventh finals appearance since taking over the San Miguel franchise in 2014. He has a 6-0 record in the championship stage.

Source: ESPN 5

Sunday, March 11, 2018

Lassiter Follow-up WIN

In less than 12 seconds in Overtime, Marcio pass the ball to June Mar which is open but he missed his shot, but Lassiter came up and jump, behind him is Thompson which is powerful in rebound and follow-up the ball and SMB wins.  "Isa lang masasabi ko - eto eh tsamba,  Kung hindi nai-shoot ni Arwind yung three-point shot, 1-1 na ang series... Dahil naging 2-0, malaking morale-booster ito sa amin, "Credit to their coaching staff, they made a good adjustment, including the game played by Caperal. But my players just wouldn't lose the game and I salute them," said Austria.