#PBA2015 Philippine Cup Roundup: November 15-16, 2014

Jake Pascual broke out in a big way to help Barako Bull earn win #1, and June Mar Fajardo came up big in SMB’s win over Ginebra in 2014-2015 PBA Philippine Cup action last night. Also, the Elasto-Painters frustrated the Meralco Bolts in Davao this past Saturday.

Top: June Mar Fajardo carried the Beermen past the Kings.
Bottom: Jake Pascual stepped up big time for the Energy.
Game Capsules (adapted from InterAKTV):


The Rain or Shine Elasto Painters cruised to a 107-79 victory over the Meralco Bolts, but not before the two sides engaged in a heated, physical battle all throughout their PBA Philippine Cup matchup at the University of Southeastern Philippines gym in Davao City. As Rain or Shine held a commanding 87-56 lead early in the fourth quarter, tempers flared between the two teams when big man Raymond Almazan of the Elasto Painters was pushed down to the floor by John Ferriols of the Bolts during a rebound play. A fight between the two almost ensued before officials and their teammates were able to pacify them. Ferriols got a flagrant foul one, while Almazan was handed a technical foul after the incident. In the third quarter, Gary David suffered a bloodied nose after being fouled in a drive attempt. Teammate Jared Dillinger took the free throws for him as “El Granada” never returned to the game. Rain or Shine coach Yeng Guiao was also ejected early after being handed with two straight technical fouls at the 10:31 mark of the second period due to complaining. Elasto Painters big man Beau Belga also lost his teeth after a hard hit in the first period. Paul Lee finished with 20 points, 10 assists and three steals to lead Rain or Shine which booked its third straight win for a 5-2 card. The Bolts, meanwhile, fell to 3-3. Jeff Chan and Jericho Cruz scored well here with 16 and 15 markers respectively, while Almazan added 14 points on top of 10 rebounds. On the other end, Mark Macapagal had 16 to pace Meralco.

Line of the Game: Asi Taulava - 21 points, 16 rebounds, 2 assists, 6/10 FGs.

Rookie Jake Pascual scored 16 of his 22 points in the first half as he led Barako Bull past expansion team Kia, 87-71, and to the team’s first win in the PBA Philippine Cup. Pascual, the No. 8 pick of the 2014 PBA Draft, shot 9/13 from the field and grabbed 12 rebounds in a breakout performance for the Energy Cola. He had not scored more than five points or grabbed more than seven rebounds in any of their first five games. Teammate  Willy Wilson added 11 points in the victory. With the win, Barako Bull finally entered the win column after starting the season with five straight defeats. Kia, meanwhile, lost a sixth consecutive game after opening the season with a win. LA Revilla dropped 21 markers to pace the Sorento, while Reil Cervantes added 15.

Line of the Game: Jake Pascual - 22 points, 12 rebounds, 3 assists, 3 steals, 9/13 FGs.

Jake Pascual had a very impressive double-double against the Sorento.

Husband-to-be JC Intal weaves his way through the Kia defense.

Former #1 overall pick Rich Alvarez tries an undergoal stab against Barako Bull.

The San Miguel Beermen had to weather a big, late rally from never-say-die Barangay Ginebra but came away with a tight 79-77 victory to move into solo second place in the PBA Philippine Cup. Reigning PBA MVP June Mar Fajardo finished with 21 points, 15 rebounds, and 4 blocks, while Arwind Santos led the way with 22 points as San Miguel improved to 5-1 for the season. The Beermen saw their 15-point, fourth quarter lead wiped out by the comebacking Kings, but they made enough clutch baskets and free throws down the stretch to escape with the win. Chris Lutz added 10 points, while rookie Ronald Pascual had seven, including a big three-pointer in the last two minutes that helped stem the Ginebra rally. Ginebra slipped down to third place with 5 wins agaisnt 2 defeats. The Kings were led by Greg Slaughter, who had 16 points and 17 big rebounds, and Japeth Aguilar, who scored 9 of his 15 points in the fourth quarter but blew a potential game-tying alley-oop in the final minute.

Line of the Game: June Mar Fajardo - 21 points, 15 rebounds, 4 blocks, 1 assist, 1 steal.

June Mar Fajardo had a memorable duel with Greg Slaughter down low.

Pint-sized LA Tenorio tries to fashion something against the tall trees of SMB.

Sol Mercado penetrates against the stingy Ginebra D.

All images are by Nuki Sabio/PBA.

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