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Will the ‘walis’ come out on Sunday?
The Alaska Aces gun for the 14th PBA championship in franchise history when they try to sweep Barangay Ginebra San Miguel in Game Three of the Commissioner’s Cup finals at the SMART-Araneta Coliseum.
Tipoff is set at 7:30 p.m. with the Aces, who nurse a 2-0 lead in the best-of-five series, needing just one more win to clinch the title. The game will be broadcast live over TV5.
Mike Krzyzewski is in discussions to return as the United States Olympic men's basketball coach through the Rio 2016 Olympics, according to SI.com.
The Duke coach said during and after the 2012 London Olympics that he didn't plan to come back to the U.S. team after guiding it to a second straight gold medal.
However, Krzyzewski told SI.com on Saturday that he and USA Basketball chairman Jerry Colangelo have been talking about his return "quite a bit."
It has been a challenging season for the Saigon Heat and they cap it off Sunday night when they take on the Westports Malaysia Dragons at Tan Binh Stadium, Vietnam without Jai Reyes.
Reyes suffered a relapse of his left foot injury with 1:24 left in the third quarter during the Heat’s 71-63 loss to the Sports Rev Thailand Slammers on Wednesday night. Reyes tried to give it a go in the fourth quarter, but only lasted for a minute and 25 seconds before he had to head back to the bench. Reyes has been a key member of this Heat team this season with an average of 13.8 points and just a little under 6 assists per game.
Saigon had a 15-point lead after the first period and were able to keep with the Slammers until midway through the fourth quarter. Slammers then finished the game on an 11-2 run and denied the Heat from winning the game.
MANILA, Philippines - It’s just hard to count Barangay Ginebra out even in a tight situation it is in right now, but it’riskier not to anticipate another storm comng from the Alaska front.
Already on the doorstep of the PBA Commissioner’s Cup championship, the Aces will be giving their best shot for a possible sweep of their best-of-five title playoff and complete one of the most dominant runs in PBA history when they clash in Game 3 tonight at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
The Aces have been relentless and merciless, completely outclassing the Kings in the first two games of the series to move on the brink of a first title in their post-Tim Cone era.
team that possesses just enough ceiling, a lot of speed and flexibility and an abundance of outside shooters is what national coach Chot Reyes wants in the soon-to-be formed Gilas-Filipinas which will carry the country’s colors in the coming FIBA-Asia Championship the Philippines is hosting three months from now.
“Our main opponents like China, Iran, Lebanon and Qatar are, no doubt taller than us, so we’ll just have to approximate their advantage in the department,” Reyes said. “But, surely, speed, flexibility and outside shooting are areas we can be at par with them and that’s where we plan to concentrate in the very short time left to form the team.”
“Our target is a modest third place finish to advance to the world championship set next year in Spain,” the 49-year-old mentor of Team Philippines squad that ended up ninth in the 2007 Asian championship said. “Winning the championship though is our dream.”
PBA veteran Gerard Francisco will coach the Philippine team at the first FIBA-Asia U-18 girls 3x3 tournament in Bangkok on May 22-24 and said yesterday he’s more nervous calling the shots from the sidelines than playing because of the pressure to win abroad in his first-ever head coaching assignment.
Francisco, 35, said he got the job by default as the other choices were committed to several obligations like Discovery Perlas national coach Haydee Ong, assistant coach Gina Francisco and Adamson University varsity coach Emelia Vera. Discovery Perlas team manager Cynthia Tiu designated Francisco for the job with clearance from the SBP.
Francisco, now coach Caloy Garcia’s assistant with the Letran senior men’s varsity, chose four players for the national team after tryouts that involved over 20 hopefuls since last month. Chosen to comprise the 3x3 squad were 6-2 Jackdaniel Amimam, 14, of Adamson, 5-7 Nicole Cancio, 16, of Poveda, 5-8 Afril Bernardino, 17, of National University and 5-6 Alyana Ong, 18, of La Salle.
Game Two of the Commissioner’s Cup finals between the Alaska Aces and Barangay Ginebra San Miguel saw physicality turn up a notch as the two teams engaged in a heated battle.
Things got chippy in the second quarter, as the teams exchange several hard fouls, including a flagrant foul on Ginebra forward Mac Baracael for hitting Alaska rookie Calvin Abueva.
The Aces had the last laugh, however, as they outscored Ginebra, 29-14, in that second period, when the Gin Kings seemed to lose poise as the game started getting more physical.
THE Gilas Pilipinas will embark on a national tour together with the PBA Selection starting July 19.
The national tour will serve as the final stage of the national team’s build-up for the 2013 FIBA Asia Championship that the Philippines will host on Aug. 1-11 at the Mall of Asia.
The Nationals will play three games with the PBA stars, the same team they fought to a draw during the PBA All-Star Weekend in Digos City last May 5.
The Bobcats have started the process of changing their name back to the Charlotte Hornets, according to a report by CBSSports.com.
According to the report, a source told CBS Sports the Bobcats hope to acquire digital assets to allow a return to their old nickname.
While there is no timetable for the switch, commissioner-in-waiting Adam Silver told Bobcats season ticket holders in April that any change to the Hornets would take 18 months.
MANILA, Philippines - Ginebra San Miguel has survived four do-or-die playoff games so far in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup and to clinch the title, must do it thrice more as the Barangay battles to stay alive from a 0-2 hole against Alaska in the best-of-five Finals. It’s a thrice-to-beat advantage for the Aces who are itching to close out the series in Game 3 at the Smart Araneta Coliseum tonight.
Despite the odds, Ginebra coach Alfrancis Chua isn’t giving up. “We’re battling the fatigue factor,” he said. “Vernon (Macklin) is hurting. His right thigh was banged up in a collision with Jayson Castro in Game 5 of the Talk ‘N’ Text series. It’s swollen. He’s getting all kinds of treatment to relieve the pain but you can see, his mobility is limited and he has little lift. No matter what happens, I’m proud of my team. I told (Alaska coach) Luigi (Trillo) when we shook hands after Game 2, we’ll fight it out, at least we’re in the Finals and we deserve to be.”
Chua said Ginebra made a push late in Game 2 last Friday without Macklin. “We’ll pace Vernon in Game 3, maybe play him hard for five minutes then rest then back again,” he said. “It’s the same thing with L. A. (Tenorio). Everyone’s tired after surviving four do-or-die playoffs but we’re still alive. We’re not quitting.”