#PBA2016 Philippine Cup Roundup: November 24-25, 2015

Results from the past couple of playdates in the 2015-2016 PBA Philippine Cup affected our team standings in a significant way, with Alaska moving up to second behind San Miguel Beer and NLEX, Talk N Text, and Ginebra all bunched up in the middle of the table.


Images are from the PBA/Inquirer.

Game Capsules (adapted from Interaksyon): 

NLEX ROAD WARRIORS over MERALCO BOLTS, 93-91
Box Scores. 
Veteran center Asi Taulava turned in a huge 20-20 performance as he led his NLEX Road Warriors to a tough 93-91 squeaker over sister team Meralco in SMART BRO PBA Philippine Cup action on Tuesday at the SMART-Araneta Coliseum.

Taulava, who is still going strong at 42 years old, finished with 22 points and 21 rebounds to lead the Road Warriors. He shot 9-for-14 from the field and grabbed seven offensive boards alongside one assist and one block.

Jonas Villanueva scored 19 points – 12 in the fourth quarter – to back up the ageless Taulava, while Sean Anthony and Kevin Alas added 17 and 16 respectively for the Road Warriors.

With the win, NLEX improved to 4-2, good for fourth place, while sinking Meralco deeper into the bottom of the standings at 1-6.

Meralco rookie Chris Newsome had a huge game with 21 points, four rebounds and four assists but it was not enough to lift the Bolts, who were seeking a second straight win after starting the conference with five consecutive losses.

David finished with 19 points for Meralco, while Cliff Hodge added 14 markers.

HIGHLIGHTS:


Lines of the Game: 
Asi Taulava (NLX) - 22pts, 21rebs, 1ast, 1blk, 9/14 FGs.
Chris Newsome (MER) - 21pts, 4rebs, 4asts, 8/13 FGs.


ALASKA ACES over STAR HOTSHOTS, 107-102
Box scores. 
The Alaska Aces got some big plays down the stretch as they hurdled the Star Hotshots, 107-102, to keep pace atop the SMART BRO PBA Philippine Cup standings on Tuesday at the SMART-Araneta Coliseum.

JVee Casio scored 24 points, including a perfect 4-for-4 clip from beyond the arc, to lead Alaska, which improved to 5-1, tying San Miguel for the No. 1 spot.

The Aces also got 17 points and nine rebounds from Vic Manuel while Cyrus Baguio added 14 markers. Calvin Abueva and Sonny Thoss added 13 and 12 points respectively.

James Yap scored 20 to lead Star, which dropped down to 2-5.

HIGHLIGHTS:


Lines of the Game: 
JV Casio (ALA) - 24pts, 3rebs, 4asts, 1stl, 4 triples, 8/11 FGs. 
James Yap (STA) - 20pts, 8rebs, 2asts, 3 triples.


TALK N TEXT TROPANG TEXTERS over BLACKWATER ELITE, 109-98
Box Scores. 
The Talk ‘N Text Tropang Texters used a huge second half surge to sink Blackwater, 109-98, in the SMART BRO PBA Philippine Cup Wednesday at SMART-Araneta Coliseum.

Jayson Castro led the way with 26 points as the Tropang Texters improved to 4-2.

Troy Rosario added 17 points, while Moala Tautuaa and Larry Fonacier each chipped in 16 in the win.

It wasn’t the best of starts for Talk ‘N Text which fought toe-to-toe against Blackwater in the first half. The Elite even came away with a 51-50 halftime lead as JP Erram and Carlo Lastimosa, who both top-scored for them with 18 points apiece, carried the cudgels for the Elite.

But the Tropang Texters suddenly woke up in the third quarter. After a 61-all tie, a 13-2 run gave them the game’s first double-digit spread, 74-63, which Talk ‘N Text never relinquished.

Blackwater slid to 1-5 as it suffered its third straight defeat of the season. Carlo Lastimosa and JP Erram each tallied 18 points to pace the Elite.

HIGHLIGHTS:


Lines of the Game: 
Jayson Castro (TNT) - 26pts, 1reb, 6asts, 3stls, 8/16 FGs.
JP Erram (BLA) - 18pts, 7rebs, 1blk, 8/9 FGs.


BGY. GINEBRA GIN KINGS over GLOBALPORT BATANG PIER, 85-70
Box scores. 
Mark Caguioa put up his best performance yet this season while Greg Slaughter continued his impressive form as they led the streaking Barangay Ginebra San Miguel to an 85-70 victory over the GlobalPort Batang Pier in the SMART BRO PBA Philippine Cup Wednesday at SMART-Araneta Coliseum.

Caguioa scored 22 points and also had five steals as “The Spark” finally registered an explosive game after a quiet start this conference.

Slaughter was in his usual business, compiling 22 points and 21 rebounds for another monster outing as Ginebra (4-3) notched its third straight win — a feat the Gin Kings had not done for more than a year.

LA Tenorio also had 18 points as he stood his ground against GlobalPort’s young but explosive guards in Stanley Pringle and Terrence Romeo.

Jay Washington made 18 markers for GlobalPort (3-3), which got 13 from Pringle and only 10 from Romeo, who only made two of his 10 shots from the field as they suffered their second straight loss.

HIGHLIGHTS:


Lines of the Game: 
Greg Slaughter (GIN) - 22pts, 21rebs, 3asts, 1blk.
Jay Washington (GLO) - 18pts, 9rebs, 2asts, 3blks, 2stls, 2 triples. 

Images are from the PBA/Inquirer.


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