#PBA2015 Philippine Cup Roundup: November 8-9, 2014

San Miguel Beer bounced back by beating NLEX in an out-of-towner, GlobalPort outclassed Blackwater, and the Gin Kings completely dominated Purefoods in the first Manila Clasico meeting of the 2014-2015 PBA Philippine Cup.

The Beermen, Batang Pier, and Gin Kings were the big winners this past weekend in the PBA.
Game Capsules (adapted from InterAKTV):

The San Miguel Beermen endured miserable free throw shooting in the endgame to escape with a 79-76 win over the NLEX Road Warriors at the Mindanao Civic Center gym in Tubod, Lanao del Norte. Arwind Santos posted 12 points and 11 rebounds to lead the Beermen, who almost allowed NLEX to steal the victory after missing four of their six free throws down the stretch that could have sealed the game earlier for San Miguel Beer. The vistors improved to a 4-1 record, while NLEX settled for a 2-3 slate. Former Gilas shooting guard Marcio Lassiter led the Beermen with 22 points on the strength of 4 triples, while fellow perimeter player Chris Lutz pumped in 13 markers. The power pairing of June Mar Fajardo and Arwind Santos clicked anew, combining for 23 points, 24 rebounds, and 4 blocked shots. On the other end, the Road Warriors drew 19 markers from Mac Cardona, who shot 7/11 from the field. Meanwhile, Asi Taulava and Aldrech Ramos tried to hold the fort in the middle with 13 and 11 points respectively.
Line of the Game: June Mar Fajardo - 11 points, 13 rebounds, 2 assists, 3 blocks.

Chris Lutz has formed a dangerous duo with Marcio Lassiter on the wings for SMB.
(image by Paul Ryan Tan/Sports 5)

The GlobalPort Batang Pier, again playing without one-third of their ‘three-headed monster’, crushed expansion team Blackwater behind a big third quarter run to grab an 87-72 victory. Ronjay Buenafe led GlobalPort, which climbed to 3-2 in the team standings, with 17 points, while rookie Anthony Semerad had a stellar showing, scoring 16 points on 6/7 FG shooting. Sophomore guard Terrence Romeo missed the game, but his fellow star guards Alex Cabagnot and Stanley Pringle both had solid performances for the Batang Pier. Pringle had 14 points, 5 rebounds, 5 assists and 3 steals, while Cabagnot flirted with a triple-double, finishing with 9 points, 11 rebounds and 9 assists in the contest. Keith Jensen also impressed with 14 points for GlobalPort. Bam Gamalinda actually had a hot start for Blackwater in this one, scoring 13 first quarter points, but he only tallied two more the rest of the way. Bryan Faundo came off the pine with 16 points and 10 boards to pace the Elite, which dropped its fifth game in a row.

Line of the Game: Alex Cabagnot - 9 points, 11 rebounds, 9 assists, 2 steals.

Alex Cabagnot had a near-triple-double for the Batang Pier.

Bam Gamalinda started like a house on fire, but he cooled off after the first period.

Ronjay Buenafe gave GlobalPort a big lift off the bench.

Barangay Ginebra San Miguel came out victorious in the first ‘Manila Clasico’ duel of the 40th PBA season after a 23-point win over Purefoods, 89-66. Joseph Yeo came up big in his first Ginebra-Purefoods clash, scoring a game-high 17 points, including five three-pointers, and dishing out five assists to lead Ginebra to a 4-1 record. Greg Slaughter and Billy Mamaril backed him up as both had double-doubles in the game. Slaughter finished with 14 points and 13 rebounds, while Mamaril chipped in 12 and 13. In the meantime, Mac Baracael scored 13 points and Japeth Aguilar added 11 points and 8 boards for Ginebra. The Ginebra starting unit of LA Tenorio, Yeo, Aguilar, Baracael, and Mamaril got the Kings off to a great start, as they scored the first 10 points of the game, all of which came from jumpers. Purefoods tightened up on the defensive end after those first four minutes, but the entry of Slaughter and Mark Caguioa off the bench pushed Ginebra to clos the quarter on a 7-1 run to lead, 19-10. The Gin Kings never looked back after that. PJ Simon paced the Hotshots with 15 points here, but he shot just 5/14 from the field. James Yap returned to action from injury, but he, too, struggled, missing all but two of his fourteen attempts. He scored only 7 markers as Purefoods Star tumbled to 1-2.

Line of the Game: Billy Mamaril - 12 points, 13 rebounds, 3 assists, 2 blocks, 6/11 FGs.

Greg Slaughter was hardly stoppable as Ginebra dominated Purefoods.

James Yap, sporting a throwback jersey, struggled big time in his first game of the season.

Joseph Yeo caught fire from downtown, draining five three-point bombs.

Unless otherwise specified, all images are by Nuki Sabio/PBA.

Next Post »
0 Comment