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After seeing their two-game streak snapped, the Meralco Bolts will try to get their PLDT MyDSL Philippine Cup campaign back on track when they take on the San Mig Coffee Mixers on Wednesday at the SMART-Araneta Coliseum.
The Bolts-Mixers duel tips off at 8 p.m. live on TV5 after the opening match between Petron and Air 21 at 5:45, which will air live over AksyonTV.
Meralco was coming off two impressive victories over Ginebra and Air 21 before being ambushed by the GlobalPort Batang Pier last Friday. The Bolts will face a San Mig Coffee squad struggling to get out from near the bottom of the standings with a 1-4 win-loss record.
EL SEGUNDO, Calif. -- After Kobe Bryant downplayed the Los Angeles Lakers' modest success in going 10-9 without him, saying Monday, "It's not like we were gangbusters before," coach Mike D'Antoni came to the defense of Bryant's teammates.
"I have to disagree with that," D'Antoni said after Tuesday's shootaround in advance of the Lakers' game against the Phoenix Suns. "We were 6-2 in the last eight [games before Bryant's return] and I thought we played extremely well, winning three [in a row] on the road. ... So, that's not quite right. I'm really proud of what the guys did."
Whether the difference in opinion has more to do with Bryant's elevated standards as a five-time champion than it does with him disparaging his teammates is open to interpretation. But even D'Antoni had some critical remarks for the team Tuesday.
OKLAHOMA CITY -- A college basketball player who won $20,000 by hitting a half-court shot in a promotion at an Oklahoma City Thunder game can keep the money for use as a scholarship, the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics announced Tuesday.
Cameron Rodriguez nailed the shot Nov. 18 during the Thunder's game against the Denver Nuggets. The jubilation was short-lived after the NAIA informed Rodriguez that if he kept the money, he would lose his amateur status at Southwestern College in Winfield, Kan.
The college appealed, and the NAIA said Tuesday that Rodriguez could use the half-court winnings as scholarship money.
MANILA, Philippines - With Alex Cabagnot and Chris Ross ready to get back into action, unbeaten Petron Blaze now looks more formidable as the Boosters take on the Air21 Express in a faceoff between the pacesetters versus tail-enders in the PLDT MyDSL PBA Philippine Cup at the Smart Araneta Coliseum tonight.
The Boosters are way ahead in team standings with a 5-0 card but they are not to take the Express lightly considering the latter’s huge improvement at least in their last three games.
Petron and Air21 play at 8 p.m. after the 5:45 p.m. duel between Meralco and San Mig Coffee.
INDIANAPOLIS -- Danny Granger has played in only five games over the past two seasons for the Indiana Pacers, but he's hoping to make his return this week.
Granger said he won't play in Tuesday's game against the Miami Heat and instead is targeting Friday's home game with the Charlotte Bobcats as he recovers from a calf injury that's kept him out of the team's first 21 games. He was limited to five games last season because of a knee injury.
"There's a very good chance, hopefully on Friday," Granger said. "I'm conditioning my legs, getting my wind. The knee is not an issue at all. The calf is pretty good now."
It is often said that the measure of a man lies on the choices that he makes and the results of those said decisions. For Cebuano guard Mark Jayven Tallo, he faces the challenges of living up to and standing by the result of his controversial and unpopular moves from not just one, but two of the country’s pre-eminent collegiate basketball programs, Ateneo and La Salle, and back to his hometown, with the chance to resurrect his fledgling career.
From the outside looking in, conventional wisdom tells you that the 6'0" lead guard erred in shunning the Blue Eagles in favor of their hated rivals, the Green Archers. To take it another step further, common sense tells you that leaving behind the bright lights of Manila in exchange for the muted exposure of the Cebu basketball scene might not be the brightest idea.
But then again, Tallo is not conventional, nor does he play with the same motor that guards employ, both here in Cebu or in Manila. Equal parts fast and furious, Tallo was the toast of the town back in 2009 when, as a junior, he led a bunch of no-names from the Cebu Institute of Technology-University all the way to the juniors title in the Cebu Schools Athletic Foundation Inc (Cesafi). That magical run was capped off with him being named as the season, All-Star and Finals MVP.
MANILA, Philippines – GlobalPort guard Solomon Mercado nabbed the PBA Player of the Week plum for the period of December 2-8 after helping lead the Batang Pier to back-to-back victories for the first time in the history of the franchise.
Mercado came alive in GlobalPort’s past two games, scoring 33 points to power his team to a 93-89 win over Meralco, then scoring 20 points to push the Batang Pier past Rain or Shine, 90-88.
“(The back-to-back wins) are a confidence-booster for us,” said Mercado. “The stuff that we do together off the court translates on the court.”
MANILA, Philippines — Hog’s Breath Café had a sloppy start but still hammered out an 86-72 drubbing of Derulo Accelero in the PBA D-League Aspirants’ Cup Tuesday at the Blue Eagle Gym.
Jose Rizal University hotshot Philip Paniamogan scored 24 points built on four triples and Letran forward Kevin Racal had 20 points for the Razorbacks, who stayed unbeaten at 7-0.
Hog’s Breath shot just four-of-20 from the field before getting into the flow of things as the game progressed.
MANILA, Philippines — Big Chill went on a late run that kept Arellano University at bay, 70-63, in the PBA D-League Aspirants’ Cup Tuesday at the Blue Eagle Gym.
The Superchargers used a 9-2 surge capped by a Janus Lozada triple that made it, 67-61, with 18 seconds remaining — sealing the team’s seventh win in eight stints after losing to defending champion NLEX last week.
“We had a good run in the first quarter but we somehow lost our momentum when our second unit came in. Arellano capitalized on it, kept the game close and gained some confidence but I thought we did a good job closing out the game,” said Big Chill coach Robert Sison, whose squad seemed on its way to an early rout after leading, 20-11, at the end of the first quarter.
MANILA, Philippines – The Petron Blaze Boosters have opened the PBA Philippine Cup with five consecutive victories despite dealing with injuries to its backcourt players.
But for head coach Gee Abanilla, the team is still working towards building an identity.
Petron’s most recent win came at the expense of the Alaska Aces, when they escaped with an 86-85 victory behind another strong performance from JunMar Fajardo.