2013 PBA Commissioner’s Cup Roundup: February 16-17 2013

The Bgy. Ginebra Gin Kings have the Commish Cup’s best local player, at least in terms of PBA-Online’s player efficiency rating, in Mark Caguioa, but they also have the league’s worst record at 0-3. It’s easy to blame import Herbert Hill for not being the most dominant guy on the floor, but we have to look past him and look at what is plaguing Ginebra – the lack of chemistry and consistent production beyond The Spark.

Right now (stats based on PBA-Online’s compilation after 2 games), Caguioa leads all locals with a 38.6 EFF rating with Hill actually not bad at 46.0 EFF. Of course, only Matt Rogers of San Mig Coffee is doing worse than Hill in terms of import EFFs, and we all know Rogers is on his way out with last year’s Commish Cup Best Import Denzel Bowles back in town. Still, a quick look at all the other stats reveals that after Caguioa and Hill, there’s hardly anyone else helping out Ginebra’s cause.

Mark Caguioa has been sparking the Gin Kings
all by his lonesome.

Nobody averages double-figure scoring outside of those two guys, and the closest guy in terms of EFF is Willie Wilson at 24.5 EFF – norming 7 points and 4 rebounds per game. Where are the other big names?

LA Tenorio is in a slump with just 5.5ppg, 4.0rpg, and 3.5apg, though he is registering 3.0 steals per outing. Jayjay Helterband is also “just okay” with 7.5ppg, 4.0rpg, and 3.5apg. New acquisition Mac Baracael isn’t turning a lot of heads with his 5.0ppg, and 2.5rpg numbers, too. Redundant wingmen Chris Ellis, Elmer Espiritu, and Keith Jensen have also not been up to snuff.

Here’s the thing – even if new import Vernon Macklin turns out to be manna from heaven, coach Alfrancis Chua will still need A LOT more from his locals if the Kings are to make any noise this conference. Caguioa will be the constant, but guys like Tenorio, Helterbrand, and Ellis have to step up big time.

It’s time for the Kings to play like kings instead of jesters.

Game Recaps:

Rain or Shine preserved it’s A-grade game in the final three minutes to outlast Meralco, 91-82, in the Phoenix PBA On Tour at the Puerto Princesa Coliseum in Palawan on Saturday night.

The Elasto Painters held the Bolts to just a single field goal in nearly five minutes then unloaded 17 straight points to turn a tight outing into a surprising rout.

Paul Lee scored five points, Beau Belga had a triple and import Bruno Sundov had a short bank shot as the Elasto Painters established an 87-79 lead. A Ryan Arana basket finally put away the Bolts for good, 91-79, with only a minute left in the game.

It was the first win in two games for the Elasto Painters, who lost in a controversial tightly-fought encounter with the Alaska Aces last week.

The loss was the second straight for the Bolts, who got 23 points form Eric Dawson.

ROS 91 — Sundov 20, Arana 20, Norwood 10, Lee 9, Matias 9, Quinahan 7, Cruz 5, Belga 5, Tiu 4, Tang 2, Ibanes 0, Rodriguez 0.
MER 82 — Dawson 23, Cardona 21, Guevarra 8, Reyes 6, Ross 6, Buenafe 6, Manuel 6, Hodge 2, Hugnatan 2, Sharma 2, Artadi 0.
QS: 22-23, 43-45, 66-65, 91-82.


The Alaska Aces used a balanced attack to defeat a hard-fighting Barako Bull side, 77-73, and grab the solo lead in the Commissioner’s Cup Sunday at the SMART-Araneta Coliseum.

Robert Dozier scored 19 points to lead six players with at least eight points for Alaska, which improved its win-loss mark to 3-0. Barako Bull, which was tied atop the leaderboard with the Aces prior to the game, suffered its first loss to see its record drop to 2-1.

Dozier added 20 rebounds for the Aces, which won the battle of the boards, 50-43.

Alaska led by as much as 17 points in the first half, before Barako Bull steadily chopped down the deficit to just six points at the break, 42-36. The Energy Colas took control in the second half and looked poised to cruise to victory after taking a 67-61 lead early in the fourth quarter, before the Aces scored nine straight points to take the driver’s seat anew.

A basket by Calvin Abueva gave the Aces a 75-70 lead, but the Energy Colas refused to quit as Macapagal buried a trey with over a minute left.

In the next play, Dozier was fouled and split his charities for a 76-73 lead by Alaska.

With still 16 seconds left, the Energy Colas ran a play to free up their three-point shooters, but couldn’t get a good shot as the Aces’ defenders were able to switch quickly with the man on the ball.

That left Evan Brock no other choice but to take a three-pointer at the corner, but his shot barely hit the rim with 3.3 seconds left.

Cyrus Baguio, who led the Aces’ locals in scoring with 11 points, split his charities for the final tally.

“Cyrus is our most consistent guy. He’s so easy to coach. He just works hard every game,” said Alaska coach Luigi Trillo. “I thought it’s a hard matchup for him since he’s being guarded by Jonas Villanueva, but he was able to play another steady game.”

Anchoring the Aces’ defense was Sonny Thoss, who has the difficult task of guarding bigger imports in the tournament.

“He’s a pillar for us at the post,” said Trillo on Thoss, who chipped in eight points while also holding his own against Brock, who had 12 points and 15 rebounds.

Josh Urbiztondo led the way for Barako Bull with 15 points, but was scoreless in the fourth quarter.

“We did a good job on Josh Urbiztondo. He’s averaging 40 minutes a game and he’s playing like an import. He’s one of the best shooters in the squad. Barako Bull attempted 32 times and got 10 of them from the three-point area, but we were able to hold down Josh,” said Trillo.

ALA 77 – Dozier 19, Baguio 11, Casio 9, Jazul 8, Espinas 8, Thoss 8, Abueva 4, Dela Cruz 4, Hontiveros 4, Reyes 2, Ramos 0.
BAR 73 – Urbiztondo 15, Brock 12, Villanueva 10, Macapagal 9, Seigle 9, Maliksi 4, Kramer 4, Allado 4, Intal 3, Pennisi 3.
QS: 23-17, 42-36, 59-60, 77-73

The members of Gatas Republik cheer their idols on!

Alaska and Barako locked horns this past weekend!

Coach Rajko Toroman is his usual animated
self from the sidelines.


Renaldo Balkman scored 17 of his game-high 34 points in a furious third quarter run as the Petron Blaze Boosters cruised to an easy victory over Barangay Ginebra San Miguel, 105-90, Sunday at the SMART-Araneta Coliseum.

“The team talked about consistency. We were up and down last conference. This time, we started with a loss, but we came out with a lot of intensity and played with more energy in our last two games. We need to continue to show our intense defensive effort every single game,” said Petron Blaze coach Olsen Racela.

“It’s about time they see the good happenings in this team. Madalas, nakikita ng mga tao yung mga adversities sa team naming kaya nga mayroong Petronovela.”

Petron outscored Ginebra, 35-19, in a third period that saw the Boosters form a layup line to the basket.

The Gin Kings opened the fourth quarter with eight straight points to cut the lead to 15 points, 86-71, but the Boosters held steady the rest of the way for their second win in three games.

Balkman stuffed the stat sheet with 10 rebounds, three assists, three steals, and two blocks, apart from providing boundless energy for Petron.

June Mar Fajardo added 18 points and seven rebounds, while Jay Washington and Arwind Santos added 14 and 11 points apiece for the Boosters.

Despite the win, Racela warned that things are still about to get tougher for Petron.

“It’s still a long way. It’s a process, we’re getting there, but it’s a process. We’re getting our confidence because we’re winning, but once you go through adversity, dyan mo makikita kung gaano kabuo yung team. Matagal pa giyera,” said Racela.

Mark Caguioa once again top-scored for Ginebra, which lost its third straight game to open the tournament. LA Tenorio broke out of a shooting slump to score 19 points, while import Herbert Hill, who is about to be replaced by Vernon Macklin, chipped in 16 points and 11 rebounds but did not see action in the fourth quarter.

PET 105 – Balkman 34, Fajardo 18, Washington 14, Santos 11, Lassiter 8, Miranda 7, Yeo 5, Cabagnot 5, Tubid 3, Sison 0, Faundo 0, Pena 0.
GIN 90 – Caguioa 24, Tenorio 19, Hill 16, Maierhofer 10, Baracael 7, Taha 6, Ellis 2, Labagala 2, Mamaril 2, Raymundo 2, Espiritu 0, Helterbrand 0, Hatfield 0.
QS: 24-20, 51-44, 86-63, 105-90

Renaldo Balkman has time to sit in mid-air
after jamming this one home.

Herbert Hill (L) bids farewell to the PBA
after just three games.

Source: Unless otherwise specified, game recaps were compressed and compiled from InterAKTV. (Writing credit to Rey Joble)

Images: All images are from InterAKTV. (Photo credit to Pranz Kaeno Billones) 
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