Barako Bull is finding that out it in the ongoing PLDT Home TVolution Commissioner’s Cup by finding a gem of an import in Joshua Dollard, who is making quite an impact in the PBA.
Dollard, a veteran of the Finnish league, scored 44 points and grabbed 19 rebounds in Barako Bull’s win over Rain or Shine on Sunday at the SMART-Araneta Coliseum, days after he debuted with 45 points and 18 rebounds in the team’s opener against Ginebra.
Not bad, considering he wasn’t even the team’s first choice of import this conference....
Josh Dollard lit up with 44 points and 19 rebounds, including 17 points in the fourth quarter, to tow the Energy to the finish line. Willie Miller had 19 points, eight rebounds and five assists. Denok Miranda added 13 markers, while Ronjay Buenafe scored all of his 11 in the third quarter.
Up by 101-91 after Dollard's fourth quarter rampage, Paul Lee and Jeff Chan hit clutch buckets in the last four minutes to get within two, 108-106, with 3.6 seconds left. Willie Wilson hit two charities to stretch it to a two-possession lead, though, keeping Barako Bull safe from the recent Philippine Cup finalists....
Leon Rodgers and Chris Ellis combined for 48 points as Barangay Ginebra San Miguel pulled one over Barako Bull Energy Cola in overtime, 108-104, in the 2014 PBA Commissioner's Cup, Friday at the SMART-Araneta Coliseum.
Leon Rodgers had 31 points, eight rebounds and four assists playing both forward positions for Ginebra. Chris Ellis scored 17 points, making 3-of-4 from the arc, to go with seven rebounds. Japeth Aguilar and Mark Caguioa each had 12 points and combined for 13 rebounds. LA Tenorio had a near-triple double, tallying nine points, nine rebounds, and 14 assists to tie his career high.
"Yung breaks went to our side, especially yung sa overtime," said head coach Ato Agustin. He credited his team for adjusting their play, admitting that their team were making some changes on offense....
The Gin Kings, who made an unceremonious exit in the Final Four of the Philippine Cup after losing Game 7 horribly to eventual champion San Mig Coffee, battle Barako Bull.
“The team is doing okay, that (Final Four exit) is behind us now,” Ginebra guard LA Tenorio said. “We have a great team and we are raring to make a run for another title again.”
All eyes though are on the Gin Kings who will parade Leon Rodgers as they take on Barako Bull in the main game at 8 p.m....
Columbian Autocar Corporation, Ever Bilena Cosmetics, Inc. and Metro Pacific, three companies who have expressed intention of joining the PBA, will have to wait until April to know whether or not they will be accepted as new members in Asia’s pioneering professional league.
PBA commissioner Chito Salud said in an informal press conference on Thursday that the three companies, whose teams are applying to become expansion ball clubs in the league, have already submitted their letter of intent to join.
“The PBA Office, as of yesterday (Wednesday), has received three formal letters of intent to join the PBA next season as expansion teams, meaning new franchises, namely in order of their submission, first, Columbian Autocar Corporation, which is Kia Team, number two is the Ever Bilena Cosmetics, Inc., which is known as Blackwater Sports and number three, just yesterday, the Metro Pacific Investments Corporation, which will be using NLEX Road Warriors as its team name,” said Salud....
|Team History (Last 10 Conferences)|
|2013-2014 Commissioners' Cup||1||1||0.500|
|2013-2014 Philippine Cup||5||11||0.312||6th|
|2012-2013 Governors' Cup||4||6||0.400||6th|
|2012-2013 Commissioners' Cup||5||9||0.357||9th|
|2012-2013 Philippine Cup||4||10||0.286||9th|
|2011-2012 Governors' Cup||4||6||0.400||8th|
|2011-2012 Commissioners' Cup||8||9||0.471||4th|
|2011-2012 Philippine Cup||6||9||0.400||8th|
|2010-2011 Governors' Cup||0||8||0.000||9th|
|2010-2011 Commissioners' Cup||7||8||0.467||4th|