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|Eliminations, Today - 12:00nn - San Juan Arena|
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TNT KaTropa stake their flawless record against the Mahindra Enforcer in PBA Governors’ Cup action Friday at SMART-Araneta Coliseum.
TNT and Mahindra tangle at 4:15 before the nightcap between the NLEX Road Warriors and the Phoenix Fuel Masters at 7 p.m. Both games will be aired live on TV5.
So far, no one has been able to stop KaTropa (6-0) which sits atop the team standings thanks to their unbeaten record. TNT added Phoenix to its list of victims, 124-117, last week.
NEW FACES pack the sidelines as four of five new coaches debut right on opening day of the UAAP Season 79 men’s basketball tournament on Sept. 4 at Smart Araneta Coliseum.
Host University of Santo Tomas, with new mentor Boy Sablan, takes on an Ateneo side that tapped no less than national team coach Tab Baldwin at 4 p.m.
University of the Philippines, which signed up Bo Perasol right after his three-year stint with Ateneo, heads into a 2 p.m. duel versus an Adamson squad that hopes to turn its fate around with former champion La Salle coach Franz Pumaren.
Meralco rookie Baser Amer missed his first six shots, but his early struggles didn’t keep him from stepping up when it mattered most.
It also helps that he has one of greatest PBA point guards in Jimmy Alapag as his mentor.
“Before kasi ng game nalaman namin na hindi maglalaro si Jimmy, so kami ni Anjo, sinabihan niya kami na mag-step up at mag-double effort,” said Amer after helping the Bolts beat the NLEX Road Warriors, 101-95, on Wednesday.
MANILA -- The fact that San Miguel Beer is looking for a replacement import doesn’t seem to bother Arizona Reid.
The former High Point standout said he is willing to step aside for a temporary replacement while he waits for his Achilles heel injury to heal.
“I don’t wish nothing bad on our next import,” Reid told Fox Sports shortly after San Miguel beat Alaska, 106-103, on Wednesday.
With Team USA's victory in the Olympics, and news that Carmelo Anthony is now the first men's basketball player to win three gold medals, I am still holding out hope that someone (anyone) in the mainstream global sports media will acknowledge that Melo is not just a successful African-American athlete, but also a proud Afro-Latino of Puerto Rican descent.
You would think such a fact would be common knowledge, especially since news of Anthony's boricua roots isn't a shocking new discovery. Fans of Puerto Rican basketball have wanted Anthony to play for Puerto Rico ever since his Syracuse days. That dream is even making a comeback after Anthony's gold medal trifecta with USA Basketball.
For those who don't know, Anthony's dad, Carmelo Iriarte, who died when Melo was only 2, was a member of the Young Lords, the Puerto Rican group of the 1960s and '70s that pushed for social justice.
MANILA, Philippines - Star guard Jayson Castro’s contract with TNT KaTropa has been extended up to the end of the PBA Governors Cup and it’s unlikely he’ll move to the Chinese Basketball Association (CBA) next season despite speculation an offer to play as an Asian import may be tendered.
Castro’s agent Danny Espiritu said the other day no offer has been made by any CBA team. Under CBA rules, only the last five finishers are allowed to enlist an Asian import aside from two “regular” out-of-Asia reinforcements. There are 20 teams in the CBA and last season, the last five clubs were Jiangsu, Jilin, Tianjin, Bayi and Foshan. Since Bayi plays without imports as the military entry of the People’s Liberation Army, the sixth to the last finisher – Beikong – will be given the privilege of signing an Asian import in the Rockets place.
Former Gilas head coach Rajko Toroman of Serbia was recently hired to call the shots for Tianjin so he could make a bid for Castro. Last campaign, the CBA started its regular season Oct. 31 and ended Feb. 5 with the playoffs beginning Feb. 15 and ending March 20. Every season, eight teams qualify for the playoffs. The quarterfinals and semifinals are best-of-five series while the finals is a best-of-seven affair.
Mark Cardona was battling personal and professional problems when he apparently tried to end his life Sunday by taking an overdose of pills.
Cardona was rushed to the hospital and doctors said he is now recovering although a television footage showed him in a wheelchair and then lying on the bed with a tube attached to his nostril last Tuesday.
A prolific scorer over the years, Cardona saw his star fade after injuries pulled him to the sidelines. He is now on the reserve list with NLEX and his return, already under a cloud, is even more uncertain.
Five names who served as key cogs for the most recent champions in the UAAP will now wear the flag with the hopes of capturing glory in the international stage.
Finals MVP Mac Belo along with Far Eastern University teammates Russel Escoto, RR Pogoy, and Mike Tolomia will lead the latest iteration of the Philippine national basketball team in the 2016 FIBA Asia Challenge Cup.
Calling the shots for Gilas Pilipinas 5.0 in the regional tournament in early September will be Josh Reyes, an assistant coach for the Tamaraws. There, they will compete with 10 other teams to determine the qualifiers for the 2017 FIBA Asia Cup.
MANILA -- Asi Taulava and the rest of the NLEX Road Warriors are praying for the speedy recovery of their teammate Mac Cardona, who was hospitalized over the weekend after an apparent suicide attempt.
Taulava assured Cardona of their support, especially during these difficult times.
“We’re all praying for him that he pushes through. It’s a tough time for him but you know, we will support him,” the Fil-Tongan told the PBA website.
Consider Raymar Jose as Phoenix’s biggest trump card.
Injected to the Accelerators lineup for the first time this conference, the 6-foot-4 bruiser proved to be the missing piece as he helped the team snare the 2016 PBA D-League Foundation Cup title against Tanduay on Thursday.
“Sobrang big factor sya at kita mo naman yung outcome,” said coach Eric Gonzales.