2013 PBA Governors’ Cup Roundup: August 18, 2013

Ateneo alumni Emman Monfort and Doug Kramer came up big in their respective PBA games last night. Monfort drained all but one of his three-point bombs to lead Barako Bull past Meralco, even as Kramer came up with a huge double-double to help lead the Boosters over the Gin Kings.

Emman Monfort delivered big time as Barako Bull
rallied past the Meralco Bolts.

In the curtain-raiser, Barako Bull beat Meralco, 90-89, after utilizing some awesome rebounding.  The Energy outhustled the Bolts on the glass, 61-45, with Mike Singletary's 14 rebounds leading the way. The guy with the second-highest rebound total? Why, none other than recent-butt-of-jokes-on-ESPN-and-YouTube Mick Pennisi, who hauled down 13 ribbies. The star of the show, however, was small-but-terrible playmaker Emman Monfort. Right now, he may be a walking, talking, and three-point shooting cliche, but, hey, I am pretty sure Barako Bull manager/consultant Rajko Torman doesn't mind one bit. The pint-sized Blue Eagle alum canned 4 of his 5 trey attempts to finish with 22pts in 29 minutes. Here's one for the all the minions out there!

On the other end, I loved Chris Ross's 7 assists, but I HATED his 6 turnovers. Oh, and remember when we were all thinking that maybe Cliff Hodge was a dark horse ROY candidate? Yeah, those days are LONG gone (4pts & 2rebs in 22 minutes).

In the main game, Petron overcame Ginebra, 101-95, with the backcourt combo of Alex Cabagnot and Marcio Lassiter registering impressive numbers. In this game, that duo produced 41pts, 6rebs, 6asts, and 4stls on top of 5 threes and 15/27 FG shooting. Could this signal a renaissance for those two and for Petron?

Ginebra actually shot the ball better, rebounded better, and had more assists. So why did they lose? How about turning the ball over TWENTY TWO TIMES?! And how about Dior Lowhorn and Mark Caguioa contributing 9 of those TOs?

Here’s another cliché for you – who let this Doug out? Cut me some slack with the cliches, please. It's not everyday, after all, that Doug Kramer actually registers a 17-10 game. The not-so-big man came up big in the clutch to help lift the Boosters to a much-needed win after their opening loss. Whether this sets the team back on-track for the season is still a big question mark, but, hey, beggars cannot afford to be choosy.

Game Recaps:
Emman Monfort, the smallest man in the PBA, played the biggest game of his career Sunday as he helped Barako Bull to a 90-89 squeaker of Meralco in the Governors’ Cup elimination round Sunday at the SMART-Araneta Coliseum.

The pint-sized guard from Ateneo finished with 22 points, 17 of which came in the second half, as he led the Energy Colas’ comeback from an eight-point halftime deficit.

Mike Singletary led the Energy Colas with 28 points, including a big defensive stop in the last seven seconds to prevent Meralco’s Mario West from coming up with a game-winning bucket.

The Bolts had two chances to snatch the win but on both occasions, West came up with same result — missing a short banked shot off a drive.

“Very tough game for us because we were coming off a tough loss against Talk ‘N Text,” said Barako Bull coaching consultant Rajko Toroman. “We were not lucky against Talk ‘N Text. We had a controversial technical foul at the end of the game.

“The first half we didn’t play good because our point guard didn’t play good. We had 15 turnovers in the first half that killed the team. Our starting guard Emman didn’t play much in the first half because of three fouls and the other point guards were not able to organize our offense well.”

But for Toroman, the biggest adjustment he made was putting in Dorian Pena, a veteran player reacquired by the Energy Colas for Doug Kramer.

Pena didn’t produce a single point, but he had seven rebounds and his defense inside was big for Barako Bull.

“Dorian changed everything. His toughness defensively gave us special strength even when he was not making any point,” added Toroman.

BAR 90 – Singletary 28, Monfort 22, Seigle 12, Buenafe 7, Jensen 6, Pennisi 5, Intal 4, Marcelo 2, Macapagal 2, Cruz 2, Weinstein 0, Yap 0, Pena 0.
MER 89 – West 33, Hugnatan 16, Salvacion 12, Wilson 9, Hodge 4, Guevarra 4, Ross 4, Allado 4, Vanlandingham 3, Mangahaas 0.
QS: 22-21; 41-49; 66-67; 90-89.

Mario West skies for a dunk!

Keith Jensen obliges with a slam of his own!

Wow. 44-year old Alice Dixon still has it.

PETRON over BGY. GINEBRA, 101-95
Gee Abanilla didn’t have to wait long to get his first official PBA win as head coach of Petron.

On Sunday against crowd favorite Barangay Ginebra San Miguel, Abanilla booked the first victory of his PBA head coaching career with a 101-95 result for the Boosters in the PBA Governors’ Cup at the SMART-Araneta Coliseum.

Marcio Lassiter scored eight of his 23 points in the fourth quarter while new recruit Doug Kramer contributed 17, 11 of which came in the second half, to help the Boosters get into the win column.

“Doug really played good defense against Dior Lowhorn. Lowhorn is really a big boy inside. He can really post up and he’s really strong, so we had a hard time against him, but Doug did a pretty decent job stopping him,” said Abanilla during the postgame interview.

Kramer’s defense held Lowhorn scoreless the whole third period, before the import flexed his muscles anew in the fourth period, when he scored 11 of his 29 points.

But it was in the fourth period when the Petron locals struck hardest as Lassiter, Arwind Santos, and Kramer conspired, scoring a combined 19 points out of the team’s 22.

“Transition offense worked for us today. Drag screens, the shooters coming off for open shots. Marcio played well and also our import, Elijah Millsap,” added Abanilla.

Petron Blaze outscored the usually faster Gin Kings in transition, 17-6.

PET 101 – Millsap 24, Lassiter 23, Cabagnot 18, Kramer 17, Santos 12, Tubid 5, Fajardo 2, Deutchman 0, Lutz 0, Lanete 0.
GIN 95 – Lowhorn 29, Caguioa 15, Ellis 12, Tenorio 9, Aguilar 8, Wilson 7, Mamaril 6, Helterbrand 5, Baracael 4, Urbiztondo 0.
QS: 26-29; 45-52; 79-71; 101-95.

Doug Kramer is all smiles after towing
his new team to a big win.

Elijah Millsap goes up and pulls back for
the huge slamma jamma.

LA Tenorio returned to PBA action after helping Gilas Pilipinas book
a ticket to the 2014 FIBA World Cup.

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

Images: Images are from InterAKTV. (Photo credit to Paolo Papa and Pranz Kaeno Billones)
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