2012 PBA Philippine Cup Roundup: September 30, 2012

Mark Caguioa led the Gin Kings past the Batang Pier
on the first day of the 2012 Philippine Cup.

The 2012-2013 Philippine Basketball Association season opened with aplomb yesterday at the SMART-Araneta Coliseum, with nearly 19,000 screaming fans in attendance.

The 10 PBA clubs, some old, some borrowed, some new, paraded their respective refurbished rosters and their inspiring muses to the delight of the crowd.

It was a grandiose opening ceremony that was followed by the much-anticipated match-up between perpetual home team, the Ginebra Gin Kings, and the team formerly know as the Powerade Tigers, the Global Port Batang Pier.


LA Tenorio scored just two points, but dazzled with 10 assists and 9 rebounds, while Mark Caguioa led six players in double figures as Barangay Ginebra San Miguel cruised to an opening night victory over Global Port in the 2012 PBA Philippine Cup’s first playdate.

The Gin Kings gave the sellout crowd of 18,901 plenty to cheer for with Tenorio orchestrating the show. Ginebra dished out 32 assists en route to 53 percent shooting from the field.

“Malaking bagay talaga si LA. He gives a lot of intangibles. He provides poise in the end. That’s why we got him,” said Ginebra head coach Siot Tanquingcen.

“We need someone to take charge, take control, make plays and make it easier and LA did that for his teammates.”

Global Port was able to slice a 24-point Ginebra lead to just eight, 94-86, with 5:18 remaining in the game, but Tenorio, who was acquired in a five-team trade in the offseason, anchored an 11-2 blitz capped by Caguioa’s three-point play for a 105-88 advantage to put the game away with just 1:27 left in the match.

Rookies Keith Jensen and Chris Ellis gave a good account of themselves, scoring 13 and 12 points, respectively.

Two-time Most Valuable Player Willie Miller paced all scorers with 26 points for the Batang Pier, but the squad’s other superstar, Gary David, was held to just nine. The league’s top local scorer for the past three seasons shot miserably (1-of-10) from the field and committed six of his team’s 21 turnovers. Global Port rookie AJ Mandani had an impressive 13-point performance.

GIN 110 - Caguioa 18, Maierhofer 14, Mamaril 14, Jensen 13, Ellis 12, Hatfield 11, Raymundo 8, Maliksi 7, Helterbrand 5, Cortez 4, Tenorio 2, Wilson 2.
GLO 90 - Miller 26, Lingganay 14, Mandani 13, David 9, Vanlandingham 7, Salvador 7,
Al-Hussaini 4, Raymundo 2, Manuel 2, Deutchman 2, Guevarra 2, Yee 2, Adducul 0, Cruz 0
QS: 26-20, 55-39, 86-64, 110-90

Rookie Chris Ellis scored a dozen points in his
first official PBA game.

Willie Miller tries to drive hard against Ginebra
rookie Keith Jensen.

The PBA muses were able to stun the
throngs with their beauty and grace.

Source: Unless otherwise specified, game recaps were compressed and compiled from InterAKTV.

Images: All images are from InterAKTV. (Photo credit to Paolo Papa) 
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