Arizona Reid had 29 points and 11 rebounds, while June Mar Fajardo tallied 21 points and 20 boards as the San Miguel Beermen leaned on a strong first half to defeat the Star Hotshots, 100-89, on Sunday.
"From the start we knew this will be a tough game for us coz both teams need to win," said SMB head coach Leo Austria. "We're lucky to pull up a win. I'm happy to see my players na ineexecute yung mga plays namin. We're on one direction."
Chris Ross was active on point, filling up the stat sheet with 14 points, six boards, three assists and three steals, while Arwind Santos posted 12 markers in 24 minutes. Alex Cabagnot also added 13 points, seven boards, three assists and two blocks off the bench.
The Beermen had an efficient first half, putting up 46 points while limiting the Hotshots to just 29 points after two. The Star Hotshots tried to turn things around by outscoring San Miguel 35-25 in the third, but the Beermen recovered in the fourth to take home the victory....
The Philippine Cup champion Beermen and the defending Governors’ Cup titlist Hotshots face off at 5:15 p.m. after the unbeaten Barako Bull Energy faces off with the Meralco Bolts at 3 p.m. in the league’s first playdate since flying to Dubai last week for a two-game tour.
Sunday’s games will be aired live on TV5....
MANILA, Philippines - Chito Narvasa will become the PBA’s ninth commissioner on Aug. 1 and said yesterday he’s looking forward to improving the game with officiating his priority in making sure the 40-year-old league’s future is secure.
Narvasa, 58, has been involved in basketball from when he began to play the sport as a 10-year-old boy. He saw action for the Ateneo varsity, became a PBA head coach with Purefoods and Shell, served as UAAP and NCAA commissioner for a season each and is the president of the Basketball Coaches Association of the Philippines (BCAP). It’s an enduring love affair that will now reach a pinnacle with the dream job of PBA commissioner.
Because the work is full-time, Narvasa will give up all his current positions, including Vice Chairman/CEO of City State Savings Bank which is owned by Ambassador Antonio Cabangon-Chua. “I’ll be watching games five days a week,” he said. “It’s a full-time commitment. Besides, the Central Bank won’t allow staying with City State anyway. When I was considered for the job, I informed the Ambassador of the possibility of joining the PBA. He knows basketball has always been my love and promised to support and help me in any way he could. I wanted the Ambassador to know about it before he heard it from somebody else. It’s this transparency that I’ll bring to the PBA. That’s how I work. If you’re open with what you’re doing, the work becomes easier. I never hide anything from anyone. What I’ll do as commissioner is for the benefit of the league, nothing else.”...
The Hotshots, last year’s Grand Slam champions, have lost two games in a row, the latest of which was against Meralco last Sunday.
To stop the slide, Blakely said they will have to bring the fire that won them the Grand Slam....
IT WILL be hard to determine this early how the presence of Asian imports would impact on the team they’re playing for as well as the league itself.
This is what newly appointed PBA commissioner Chito Narvasa told the Inquirer, a couple of weeks before he was voted into office.
A quick glance at the current team standings of the ongoing PBA Governors’ Cup should confirm Narvasa’s observation....
|Team History (Last 10 Conferences)|
|2014-2015 Governors' Cup||1||3||0.250|
|2014-2015 Commissioners' Cup||11||6||0.647||3rd|
|2014-2015 Philippine Cup||6||6||0.500||7th|
|2013-2014 Governors' Cup||12||8||0.600||Champions|
|2013-2014 Commissioners' Cup||12||9||0.571||Champions|
|2013-2014 Philippine Cup||17||13||0.567||Champions|
|2012-2013 Governors' Cup||14||8||0.636||Champions|
|2012-2013 Commissioners' Cup||11||10||0.524||3rd|
|2012-2013 Philippine Cup||13||8||0.619||3rd|
|2011-2012 Governors' Cup||13||9||0.591||Runner-up|