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GOVERNORS CUP: CAN KIM SAVE GINEBRA?


JUNE 17 ---Jiwan Kim of Brgy. Ginebra. Sports5/Paul Ryan Tan Ginebra San Miguel has two games left in its PBA Governors Cup elimination schedule and with a 3-6 record, can’t afford to lose one more or else it could mean the end of the Barangay’s season. The last two contests are against Barako Bull tonight and NLEX on June 24. It’s been a rough debut for coach Frankie Lim as Ginebra got off to a 1-4 start with Greg Slaughter, Japeth Aguilar and Chris Ellis out of commission. Aguilar returned to action after four games and Slaughter after five. The Twin Towers combined for 39 points and 18 rebounds against Meralco last Sunday but the effort wasn’t enough to derail the Bolts who won, 102-99. To shore up its crippled lineup, Ginebra brought in an Asian import for the third conference. Mongolia’s Sanchir Tungalag, however, turned out to be a dud. He played in four games and scored a total of 18 points before receiving the pink slip. His replacement Korea’s Kim Ji Wan could be the key to advancing Ginebra as Mark Caguioa is out for the rest of the season with a fractured finger in his left hand, Mac Baracael has back issues and Ellis is recovering from right ankle surgery. Kim, 25, is averaging 10.3 points, 2.7 rebounds, 3.7 assists and 31.5 minutes in three Ginebra games so far. The 6-1 1/2 combo guard hasn’t started for Lim but his minutes show the coach’s confidence in what he can produce. Ginebra is 1-2 since Kim’s arrival. Against Meralco, he had 12 points, including 2-of-4 triples, and seven assists in 30:37 minutes. READ MORE...

ALSO: All of us are focused: Yap on Hotshots


JUNE 21 ---James Yap came out of his shooting slump to finish with 23 points in Star Hotshots' 89-80 win over KIA Carnival in Angeles City. Jerome Ascano SPIN.PH FILE PHOTO STAR Hotshots’ win over Barako Bull Energy not only put another mark on their win column but also landed them on a familiar place- the playoff tree. As expected, import Marqus Blakely was at the helm as he finished with 33 points but it was James Yap who made the glitz and made his team glamor in the 117-89 victory. Yap finished with 17 points on 7-of-11 field goals, three field goals came off three-pointers. READ MORE...

ALSO: Aces ward off Beermen, gain top seeding


JUNE 21---Import Romeo Travis Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.net FILE PHOTO
Just as they looked headed for a sorry downfall, the Alaska Milk Aces regained their bearing and fended off the San Miguel Beermen, 82-77, to claim playoffs top seeding in the PBA Governors Cup at the Panabo City Multi-Purpose Center in Panabo, Davao del Norte last night. Import Romeo Travis and playmaker Jvee Casio rose to the occasion at endgame in this Petron Blaze Saturday Special, teaming up for an eight-to-nothing windup that carried the Aces to an eighth win in 10 games. The Aces zoomed to the top, assured of No. 1 finish in the elimination round as they halted the Beermen’s eight-game romp and dragged SMB down to second place with a closing 8-3 win-loss mark. READ MORE...

ALSO: SMB, Alaska eye No. 1


JUNE 20 ---Arwind Santos and the San Miguel Beermen look to seal the No. 1 spot in the playoffs when they face the Alaska Aces in Davao del Norte today. (Ernie Sarmiento)
San Miguel and Alaska eye the No. 1 seed in the playoffs when they meet in last out-of-town game of the PBA Governors’ Cup today at the Panabo City Coliseum in Davao del Norte. The Petron Saturday Special game at 5 p.m. will witness the Beermen attempting to end the elimination round with a nine-game winning streak after starting the season-ending conference with a 0-2 start. Out to spoil that bid are the Aces, whose consistency since the start of the tournament have put them in a good position to steal the top spot from the surging Beermen. READ MORE...

ALSO: Lee lifts Painters past Carnival


JUNE 18 ---RAIN or Shine’s Raymond Almazan dunks off KIA’s Hamady N’Diyae and Mark Yee in their PBA game last night. AUGUST DELA CRUZ
Paul Lee hit the last eight Rain or Shine points from the free throw line and keyed a 94-90 win over KIA Motors Wednesday night that kept the Elasto Painters’ top four bid in the PBA Governors’ Cup playoffs alive at Smart Araneta Coliseum in Cubao. The 6-foot Lee went 10-for-10 from the stripe as the Painters won a fifth straight game in rising to 6-4 that allowed them to stay on track of a twice-to-beat privilege in the first round of the playoffs. Behind the 7-foot-2 Hamady N’Diyae, the Carnival gave the Painters a great fight before going down to 4-5 that ruined their own twice-to-beat bid but kept them in the fight for a first ever playoff appearance.
Barangay Ginebra stayed in the running for a quarterfinal berth later in the night after breaking away in the fourth period for a 120-98 win over Barako Bull. READ MORE...

ALSO: TnT, Kia clash in survival duel


JUNE 19 --KIA CARNIVAL FIRST GAME IN GOVERNORS CUP" KIA STUNS SMB ANEW 10:20 PM | Wednesday, May 6th, 2015 --Wanting to give playing coach Manny Pacquiao something to be happy about, the Kia Carnival grinded out a winning effort in their first game in the PBA Governors’ Cup.
JUNE 18 -- - Talk N’ Text and Kia, two teams with their backs against the wall, square off today as the elimination round of the PBA Governors’ Cup enters its most crucial stage at the Smart Araneta Coliseum. Talk N’ Text has lost five of its last six games and is in danger of missing the quarterfinals just over a month after winning the Commissioner’s Cup crown in a tough seven-game series over Rain or Shine. With its 4-6 record, Talk N’ Text must win against Kia, its last assignment in the elims, and hope that a 5-6 slate can carry the team to the next round. Kia, on the other hand, looked steady at the start of the tournament but has dropped two games in a row to GlobalPort and Rain or Shine to drop to 4-5. Gametime is at 4:15 p.m. Kia is tied with Star while Talk N’ Text is in the company of crowd-favorite Ginebra. Any of these teams may or may not reach the quarters. READ MORE...

ALSO: Barako Bull’s Yeo extra motivated against former team Ginebra


JUNE 18 ---Joseph Yeo. PBA IMAGES
Barako Bull guard Joseph Yeo said he has nothing against his former team Barangay Ginebra for trading him before the start of the 2015 PBA Governors’ Cup. Yeo was a key contributor for the Kings but following a coaching change at the end of the Commissioner’s Cup, he was sent to the Energy in exchange for Sol Mercado. READ: PBA: Ginebra pulls away, beats Barako Bull to stay in playoff hunt
“Actually, I have nothing against them,” said Yeo. “I was even talking to some of my teammates before and earlier, nothing against them. I don’t hold any grudges against coach Al (Chua).” What Yeo has, though, is that “extra” fire when playing against the popular team in the league. “Extra motivation every time you play against Ginebra. I think every player playing against Ginebra have that. Teams are pumped up because there’s a huge crowd but I don’t have any grudges.” READ MORE...

ALSO: Talk ‘N Text keeps playoffs hopes alive, survives Kia


JUNE 18 ---Photo by Tristan Rafael Tamayo/INQUIRER.net
Talk ‘N Text remained in the playoff picture as it trumped Kia, 94-85, moving up to seventh place in the PBA Governor’s Cup on Friday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.
Finishing the eliminations with a 5-6 win-loss record, the Texters are momentarily in the safe zone and can be assured of a playoffs spot if Star, Kia and Ginebra lose their remaining games. Talk ‘N Text squandered a 28-point lead, 51-23, when the Carnival cut it to four, 69-65, in the third quarter behind the play of Karl Dehesa and Hamady N’Diaye. Texters head coach Jong Uichico was unhappy with his team’s lax play when Kia stormed right back as his team lost steam on both ends of the floor.READ MORE...

ALSO: Mayweather challenges De La Hoya for September fight


JUNE 18 ---Floyd Mayweather Jr. (R) and Oscar De la Hoya exchange blows in their WBC Super Welterweight world championship boxing match 05 May 2007 in Las Vegas, Nevada. AFP FILE PHOTO
Floyd Mayweather Jr., has chosen a potential opponent for his final fight in September. He wants another fight with Oscar De La Hoya. Yahoo’s Kevin Iole tweeted on Thursday (Manila time) that Mayweather will stake his 48-0 record against De La Hoya if the Golden Boy comes out of retirement. “Oscar, if he wants to, we can rock and roll this September,” Mayweather told reporters.
Mayweather and De La Hoya fought in 2007 where Money won the bout and the WBC Light Middleweight title in one of the closest wins in his career when he settled for a split decision from the judges. De La Hoya has not fought since Manny Pacquiao bludgeoned him to retirement in 2008. READ MORE...

ALSO: After Mayweather’s challenge, Dela Hoya says he’s ‘never coming back’ to boxing


JUNE 18 ---DE LA HOYA After Floyd Mayweather Jr. issued a challenge to Oscar De La Hoya, the Golden Boy was quick to reject the idea. De La Hoya in an Instagram video said he will not come out of retirement to fulfill Mayweather’s desire to fight him in September. READ: Mayweather challenges De La Hoya for September fight “Look, I’m retired, I’m happy, I’m content. I’m never coming back. I’m gonna continue growing Golden Boy,” De La Hoya said in the video Thursday (Manila time). Mayweather earlier said he wants to fight De La Hoya if the boxing promoter comes out of retirement. Back in 2007, De La Hoya fought Mayweather and lost in a close split decision. They had a rematch clause in the contract that would expire within a year, but Mayweather retired in 2008 which nulled the clause. Mayweather came out of retirement to continue his career with his last fight a win over Manny Pacquiao. CFC THE FULL REPORT

ALSO FLASHBACK: De La Hoya on Pacquiao, Manny is on a different level


NOV 8, 2011 PHOTO --DE LA HOYA AND MANNY
LAS VEGAS—For eight rounds, he stood at the receiving end of a brutal, relentless beating so that when the bell rang for the ninth, he remained in his stool, unable to go any further. Oscar De La Hoya, therefore, knows perfectly what he’s talking about. The Golden Boy, rebuilding a life that spiraled to drug-tainted depths after a thorough defeat at the hands of Manny Pacquiao, dropped by the Wild Card Gym Monday and said the Filipino star has a huge edge going into his showdown with Mexican Juan Manuel Marquez on November 12. “Manny is on a whole different level,” the 38-year-old former boxing poster boy said. “Manny has been fighting [the likes of] Shane Mosley, myself [and] Miguel Cotto. Marquez has been fighting ordinary fighters [and] that could be the difference.” READ MORE...


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Can Kim save Ginebra?


Jiwan Kim of Brgy. Ginebra. Sports5/Paul Ryan Tan

MANILA, JUNE 22, 2015 (PHILSTAR) Joaquin Henson June 17, 2015 -Ginebra San Miguel has two games left in its PBA Governors Cup elimination schedule and with a 3-6 record, can’t afford to lose one more or else it could mean the end of the Barangay’s season.

The last two contests are against Barako Bull tonight and NLEX on June 24.

It’s been a rough debut for coach Frankie Lim as Ginebra got off to a 1-4 start with Greg Slaughter, Japeth Aguilar and Chris Ellis out of commission. Aguilar returned to action after four games and Slaughter after five.

The Twin Towers combined for 39 points and 18 rebounds against Meralco last Sunday but the effort wasn’t enough to derail the Bolts who won, 102-99.

To shore up its crippled lineup, Ginebra brought in an Asian import for the third conference. Mongolia’s Sanchir Tungalag, however, turned out to be a dud. He played in four games and scored a total of 18 points before receiving the pink slip.

His replacement Korea’s Kim Ji Wan could be the key to advancing Ginebra as Mark Caguioa is out for the rest of the season with a fractured finger in his left hand, Mac Baracael has back issues and Ellis is recovering from right ankle surgery.

Kim, 25, is averaging 10.3 points, 2.7 rebounds, 3.7 assists and 31.5 minutes in three Ginebra games so far. The 6-1 1/2 combo guard hasn’t started for Lim but his minutes show the coach’s confidence in what he can produce. Ginebra is 1-2 since Kim’s arrival. Against Meralco, he had 12 points, including 2-of-4 triples, and seven assists in 30:37 minutes.

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Ginebra team manager and governor Alfrancis Chua said with L. A. Tenorio a lock at point guard, Kim fits in at two or three. With Caguioa gone, Kim will try to fill in the gap but Chua said, “Mark is Mark,” meaning there’s really nobody who can take his spot.

“Kim is a very skilled and consistent guard who’s also a very good defender,” said Son Dae Bum, editor of the Korean monthly basketball magazine Jumpball, in a message to The Star. “He’s from Song Do High School which is famous for its guards like Lee Chung Hee, one of the best shooters in Asian basketball history, Kang Dong Hee and Kim Seung Hyun, a veteran of the South Korean team that won the gold medal at the 2002 Asian Games.”

Son said Kim attended Yonsei University, legendary rifleman Shin Dong Pa’s alma mater. “When Kim was in college, his position was a combo guard,” said Son. “Sometimes, he played shooting guard and sometimes, point guard. His main role was to drive.”

Kim, a bachelor, was the sixth overall pick in the 2012 Korean league draft and joined the ET Land squad. “His rookie season was good but he finished so early after injuring his knee in the playoff semifinals,” said Son. “His athletic ability isn’t highly rated but he’s a good defender and slasher.

His shooting is getting better and better after becoming a pro player. He has the advantage of being a people person, a sociable person. Many players think he has a positive attitude. He played for the Korean U18 team at the Universiade but wasn’t picked for the senior national team. I hope this will mean more opportunities for Koreans to play in the PBA.”

This past season, Kim averaged 5.1 points, shooting 48.5% from the field, 35.9 percent from beyond the arc and 82.4% from the line in 55 games on his third year with the ET Land Elephants. He scored a season-high 21 points on 8-of-10 field goals, including 2-of-3 triples, and 3-of-3 free throws in a win over Samsung. In 2011, he saw action at the World University Games in Shenzhen, averaging two points in six outings.


INQUIRER

All of us are focused: Yap on Hotshots SHARES: 134 VIEW COMMENTS By: Bong Lozada @BLozadaINQ INQUIRER.net 07:29 PM June 21st, 2015


James Yap came out of his shooting slump to finish with 23 points in Star Hotshots' 89-80 win over KIA Carnival in Angeles City. Jerome Ascano SPIN.PH FILE PHOTO

STAR Hotshots’ win over Barako Bull Energy not only put another mark on their win column but also landed them on a familiar place- the playoff tree.

As expected, import Marqus Blakely was at the helm as he finished with 33 points but it was James Yap who made the glitz and made his team glamor in the 117-89 victory.

Yap finished with 17 points on 7-of-11 field goals, three field goals came off three-pointers.

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Star currently sit at seventh seed with a 5-5 record and are assured of a playoff spot after starting the Governor’s Cup with a 1-4 disaster.

Yap said all of them are focused, but the term “focused” is an understatement for them. “Every single one of us is focused, but I don’t think ‘focused’ is the right word because we all know what to do this time. The playoffs are very near,” Yap said.

“Everyone is helping each other to win.” Yap shook off a terrible campaign, where he was pedestrian figure in the Hotshots campaign, one of his best games giving them a much-needed win.

“This game is very important,” Yap said. “It would be very dangerous if we lose.”


PHILSTAR

Aces ward off Beermen, gain top seeding By Nelson Beltran (The Philippine Star) | Updated June 21, 2015 - 12:00am 0 0 googleplus0 0


Romeo Travis Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.net FILE PHOTO

MANILA, Philippines - Just as they looked headed for a sorry downfall, the Alaska Milk Aces regained their bearing and fended off the San Miguel Beermen, 82-77, to claim playoffs top seeding in the PBA Governors Cup at the Panabo City Multi-Purpose Center in Panabo, Davao del Norte last night.

Import Romeo Travis and playmaker Jvee Casio rose to the occasion at endgame in this Petron Blaze Saturday Special, teaming up for an eight-to-nothing windup that carried the Aces to an eighth win in 10 games.

The Aces zoomed to the top, assured of No. 1 finish in the elimination round as they halted the Beermen’s eight-game romp and dragged SMB down to second place with a closing 8-3 win-loss mark.

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Meanwhile, Rain or Shine and Barako Bull try to join Alaska and San Miguel in the Top Four as they take on Meralco and Star, respectively, at the resumption of play at the Smart Araneta Coliseum today.

It’s a crucial twinbill with the Elasto Painters (6-4) and the Energy Cola (6-4) eyeing spots in the Magic Four for a twice-to-beat advantage in the quarterfinals.

The Bolts (5-4) look to stay in contention for the Top Four while the Hotshots fight for berth in the Top Eight.

The Aces pulled off a near coast-to-coast win over the Beermen, opening a 13-point spread right in the first quarter and leading by as many as 21 in the third before facing a fourth-quarter chase by Arizona Reid and his SMB teammates.

The Beermen surged ahead at 77-74 with 2:47 left, but the Aces recovered and salvaged the game that assured them of postseason top seeding even if they lose their last game in the elims against the Globalport Batang Pier on Wednesday.

Travis scored on a drive then nailed two charities as Alaska regained the lead at 79-77 with 51 ticks left.

In two loose ball battles in closing seconds, Travis made good taps to open teammates.

Casio then knocked in three charities in the last 13 seconds to seal their key victory watched by a sellout crowd in Panabo.

Travis collected all-around numbers of 32 points, 10 rebounds, two steals and two blocks.

From a six-all count, the Aces made their initial blast, opening a 13-point lead at 21-8.

Alaska kept a 13-point margin, 23-10, through the first quarter and stepped up its attack to enjoy a pair of 19-point spreads before taking the half at 47-31.


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SMB, Alaska eye No. 1 by Waylon Galvez June 20, 2015 Share0 Tweet1 Share0 Email0 Share11 Game Today (Panabo City Coliseum, Davao del Norte) 5 p.m. – Alaska vs San Miguel


Arwind Santos and the San Miguel Beermen look to seal the No. 1 spot in the playoffs when they face the Alaska Aces in Davao del Norte today. (Ernie Sarmiento)

San Miguel and Alaska eye the No. 1 seed in the playoffs when they meet in last out-of-town game of the PBA Governors’ Cup today at the Panabo City Coliseum in Davao del Norte.

The Petron Saturday Special game at 5 p.m. will witness the Beermen attempting to end the elimination round with a nine-game winning streak after starting the season-ending conference with a 0-2 start.

Out to spoil that bid are the Aces, whose consistency since the start of the tournament have put them in a good position to steal the top spot from the surging Beermen.

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SMB currently leads the league with an 8-2 record following a convincing 115-83 victory over Blackwater last Tuesday, while Alaska is in second place at 7-2 and is coming off a come-from-behind 101-95 win over Barako Bull a week ago.

“If we can get the top spot, it would be good confidence-booster for our team,” said SMB coach Leo Austria.

“But our primary concern is to get a win, finish strong and bring that winning attitude in the playoffs. Mas maganda yung pakiramdam siyempre na galing ka sa panalo going to the playoffs.”

Alaska will claim the No. 1 seed with a victory even if it loses its last elims outing against Globalport on Tuesday due to winner-over-the-other rule that will determine the tiebreaker.

But a loss will put the Aces in a must-win situation against the Batang Pier to avoid the prospect of ending the elims tied with the latter, Rain or Shine Elasto Painters, Barako Bull Energy Cola and Meralco Bolts.

ROS, Globalport and Barako are tied for third with identical 6-4 slates while Meralco is in sixth at 5-4.

The eight best teams will advance to the playoffs, with the top four earning twice-to-beat incentives.

San Miguel’s success will depend heavily on import Arizona Reid and June Mar Fajardo, who have been the cornerstones of the team this conference.

Reid is averaging 28.3 points, 10.3 rebounds and 5.1 assists and is one of the strong candidates to win his third Best Import award while the reigning Most Valuable Player Fajardo has 15.9 points and 12.9 rebounds.

Alaska Coach Alex Compton said his team faces a difficult task to hurdle SMB, saying: “They are playing championship basketball again this conference. They are obviously the hottest team in the league.”

“With that team, I don’t really see too many weaknesses. So we will just have to come out and play as hard as we can.”

Import Romeo Travis and the all-around Calvin Abueva lead Alaska’s bid to end up victorious down south


INQUIRER

Lee lifts Painters past Carnival SHARES: 4 VIEW COMMENTS By: Musong R. Castillo @inquirerdotnet Philippine Daily Inquirer 01:44 AM June 18th, 2015


RAIN or Shine’s Raymond Almazan dunks off KIA’s Hamady N’Diyae and Mark Yee in their PBA game last night. AUGUST DELA CRUZ

Paul Lee hit the last eight Rain or Shine points from the free throw line and keyed a 94-90 win over KIA Motors Wednesday night that kept the Elasto Painters’ top four bid in the PBA Governors’ Cup playoffs alive at Smart Araneta Coliseum in Cubao.

The 6-foot Lee went 10-for-10 from the stripe as the Painters won a fifth straight game in rising to 6-4 that allowed them to stay on track of a twice-to-beat privilege in the first round of the playoffs.

Behind the 7-foot-2 Hamady N’Diyae, the Carnival gave the Painters a great fight before going down to 4-5 that ruined their own twice-to-beat bid but kept them in the fight for a first ever playoff appearance.

Barangay Ginebra stayed in the running for a quarterfinal berth later in the night after breaking away in the fourth period for a 120-98 win over Barako Bull.

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Orlando Johnson scored 41 points and five others tossed in 10 or better as the Gin Kings improved to 4-6 and could claim a berth in the bottom half of the draw with a win over NLEX later this week. With their third straight loss, the Energy fell to 6-4.

THE SCORES:

RAIN OR SHINE 94—McKines 24, Lee 20, Uyloan 8, Cruz 8, Ibanes 7, Belga 7, Almazan 6, Quinahan 5, Norwood 3, Tiu 3, J. Cruz 2, Chan 1, Teng 0, Tang 0.

KIA 90—N’Diaye 31, Dehesa 19, Buensuceso 7, Nuyles 6, Chang 6, Yee 6, Bagatsing 6, Revilla 4, Avenido 3, Alvarez 2, Webb 0, Pascual 0. Quarters: 12-15, 43-40, 68-66, 94-90

Second Game

BARANGAY GINEBRA 120—Johnson 41, Mercado 14, Monfort 12, Aguilar 12, Kim 12, Brondial 10, Slaughter 9, Marcelo 5, Tenorio 3, Pena 2, Baracael 0.

BARAKO BULL 98—McMorrow 32, Yeo 18, Pascual 14, Intal 13, Garcia 10, Lanete 8, Hubalde 2, Sorongon 1, Forrester 0, Ababou 0, Salvador 0, Salva 0, Chua 0, Wilson 0, Maierhofer 0.

Quarters: 31-28, 49-49, 81-77, 120-98


PHILSTAR

TnT, Kia clash in survival duel (The Philippine Star) | Updated June 19, 2015 - 12:00am 0 0 googleplus0 0


MAY 16 --KIA CARNIVAL FIRST GAME IN GOVERNORS CUP" KIA STUNS SMB ANEW 10:20 PM | Wednesday, May 6th, 2015 --Wanting to give playing coach Manny Pacquiao something to be happy about, the Kia Carnival grinded out a winning effort in their first game in the PBA Governors’ Cup.

MANILA, Philippines - Talk N’ Text and Kia, two teams with their backs against the wall, square off today as the elimination round of the PBA Governors’ Cup enters its most crucial stage at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.

Talk N’ Text has lost five of its last six games and is in danger of missing the quarterfinals just over a month after winning the Commissioner’s Cup crown in a tough seven-game series over Rain or Shine.

With its 4-6 record, Talk N’ Text must win against Kia, its last assignment in the elims, and hope that a 5-6 slate can carry the team to the next round.

Kia, on the other hand, looked steady at the start of the tournament but has dropped two games in a row to GlobalPort and Rain or Shine to drop to 4-5.

Gametime is at 4:15 p.m.

Kia is tied with Star while Talk N’ Text is in the company of crowd-favorite Ginebra. Any of these teams may or may not reach the quarters.

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In the other game, NLEX (2-7) and Blackwater (1-8) will collide in a battle between the tournament’s tail-enders. Nothing but pride will be at stake in the 7 p.m. encounter.

Talks moved around yesterday that Talk N’ Text is bringing in former Air21 import Dominique Sutton to replace Steffphon Pettigrew who can’t seem to deliver the needed numbers.

But Talk N’ Text coach Jong Uichico said there’s no such plan.

“We don’t have a change of import,” said Uichico, who refused to put the blame on Pettigrew for the team’s lackluster stint.

“It’s hard to pinpoint it solely on the import,” said Uichico.

As of 4 p.m. yesterday, PBA media bureau chief Willie Marcial said there was no advice from Talk N’ Text to bring in Sutton for their game against Kia.

San Miguel, riding high on an eight-game winning streak, is on top of the standings and with its 8-3 record is already assured of a top four slot and a twice-to-beat advantage in the quarterfinals.

The three other slots in the Magic Four remain a tossup among Alaska, GlobalPort, Rain or Shine and Barako Bull, which is on a three-game slump.

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FLASHBACK APRIL 10, 2015

KIA BRINGS BACK RAMOS Team’s eyes on Governor’s Cup playoffs
April 10, 2015 By ADRIAN STEWART CO


Kia Carnival reinforcement Peter John Ramos (right) is set to play alongside playing-coach Manny Pacquiao again in the 2015 PBA Governor’s Cup.
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MANILA – After turning things around for Kia Carnival during the 2015 PBA Commissioner’s Cup, 7-foot-3 Puerto Rican center Peter John Ramos is set for a return trip with the Manny Pacquiao-mentored squad for the Governor’s Cup.

Interim coach Chito Victolero said the Carnival is expected to tap Ramos anew for the season-ending conference after helping the team to a franchise-best 4-7 record in the Commissioner’s Cup.

“I think PJ is our import again,” said Victolero. “Nagkausap na sila (Ramos and management), most probably siya na ’yong choice namin as import for the third conference.”

In his 11 games with the Carnival, the former Washington Wizards slotman averaged 35 points and 21.20 rebounds (both league bests). He also had 3.0 assists and 1.3 blocks per outing.

The Puerto Rico National team mainstay was also a big help during the Carnival’s upset win over powerhouse teams Talk ’N Text Tropang Texters, Alaska Aces, San Miguel Beermen, and Purefoods Star Hotshots.

The Carnival was again given an incentive to tap an import with unlimited height after finishing the Commissioner’s Cup on the bottom four. The eight best teams, on the other hand, can only acquire imports with a height 6-foot-5 or below.

Meanwhile, the Carnival is also searching for an Asian import from Korean Basketball League (KBL) that can help Ramos as the team aims to enter the playoffs round of the Governor’s Cup.

According to Carnival team manager Eric Pineda, the team is looking for the availability of Incheon ET Lang Elephants guard Park Sungjin, who averaged 4.7 points, 2.2 assists and 1.3 rebounds in 57 games.

Aside from Park, the Carnival is also considering at South Korean national team members Yang Dong Geun and Goo Young Park, who both play for the newly crowned KBL champions Ulsan Mobis Phoebus
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INQUIRER

Barako Bull’s Yeo extra motivated against former team Ginebra SHARES: 136 VIEW COMMENTS By: Mark Giongco @MGiongcoINQ INQUIRER.net 05:10 PM June 18th, 2015


Joseph Yeo. PBA IMAGES

Barako Bull guard Joseph Yeo said he has nothing against his former team Barangay Ginebra for trading him before the start of the 2015 PBA Governors’ Cup. Yeo was a key contributor for the Kings but following a coaching change at the end of the Commissioner’s Cup, he was sent to the Energy in exchange for Sol Mercado.

READ: PBA: Ginebra pulls away, beats Barako Bull to stay in playoff hunt

“Actually, I have nothing against them,” said Yeo. “I was even talking to some of my teammates before and earlier, nothing against them. I don’t hold any grudges against coach Al (Chua).”

What Yeo has, though, is that “extra” fire when playing against the popular team in the league. “Extra motivation every time you play against Ginebra. I think every player playing against Ginebra have that. Teams are pumped up because there’s a huge crowd but I don’t have any grudges.”

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Yeo has emerged as Barako Bull’s best local player averaging nearly 15 points and 5 assists per game.

On Wednesday night against the Kings, Yeo got hot early with 16 points in the first half but turned cold the rest of the way with just two points in the final two quarters.

The former De La Salle standout also had four rebounds and seven assists but committed five turnovers as the Kings collapsed on him en route to a 120-98 win. Yeo said after the game that Ginebra’s small lineup consisting of its second group led by Rodney Brondial and Emman Monfort with the exception of Mercado caught Barako Bull off guard.

“We got tired. I think they wanted to win more than we did because their backs are against the wall.” CFC


INQUIRER

Talk ‘N Text keeps playoffs hopes alive, survives Kia SHARES: 5 VIEW COMMENTS By: Bong Lozada @BLozadaINQ INQUIRER.net 06:58 PM June 19th, 2015


Photo by Tristan Rafael Tamayo/INQUIRER.net Talk ‘N Text remained in the playoff picture as it trumped Kia, 94-85, moving up to seventh place in the PBA Governor’s Cup on Friday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.

Finishing the eliminations with a 5-6 win-loss record, the Texters are momentarily in the safe zone and can be assured of a playoffs spot if Star, Kia and Ginebra lose their remaining games.

Talk ‘N Text squandered a 28-point lead, 51-23, when the Carnival cut it to four, 69-65, in the third quarter behind the play of Karl Dehesa and Hamady N’Diaye.

Texters head coach Jong Uichico was unhappy with his team’s lax play when Kia stormed right back as his team lost steam on both ends of the floor.

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 “Complacent? Maybe, it’s the only reason,” Uichico said.

“It’s not like Kia changed their game in the third quarter. We lost discipline on both defense and offense.”

A 16-4 run in the fourth put everything back to normalcy as Kelly Williams hit back-to-back triples that sparked the Texters to an 86-69 lead early in the quarter.

Kia trimmed the lead to seven, 89-82, with a 6-0 run late in the final period but time was not on their side.

Talk ‘N Text relied on a well-balanced offense with five players finishing in double-figures. Jayson Castro led the team with 19 points while Williams and Ranidel de Ocampo each had 14 points.

Imports Steffphon Pettigrew and Sam Daghles added 11 points apiece for the Texters. Dehesa led the 4-6 Carnival with 19 points while Asian import Jeff Chang had 17.

The scores: TALK N’ TEXT 94—Castro 19, Williams 14, De Ocampo 14, Daghles 11, Pettigrew 11, Fonacier 7, Rosser 7, Washington 5, Aban 3, Seigle 2, Reyes R. 1, Carey 0 KIA 85—Dehesa 19, Chang 17, N’Diaye 9, Deutchman 8, Webb 8, Revilla 5, Bagatsing 5, Yee 4, Cawaling 3, Buensuceso 3, Nuyles 2, Alvarez 2, Avenido 0

Quarters: 32-17, 57-38, 70-65, 94-85


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Team Manager: Mr. Gelacio Abanilla
Head Coach: Mr. Leo Austria
Assistant coaches: Mr. Peter Martin/Mr. Dayong Mendoza/Mr. Boysie Zamar/Mr. Biboy Ravanes/Jorge Gallent/Renato Agustin
Company address: 6/F SMPC No. 7 St. Francis Ave. Ortigas Center, Mandaluyong City

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Head Coach: Mr. Alex Compton
Assistant coaches: Mr. Topex Robinson/Mr. Louie Alas/Mr. Monch Gavieres/Mr. Franco Atienza
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Mayweather challenges De La Hoya for September fight SHARES: 1759 VIEW COMMENTS By: Bong Lozada @BLozadaINQ INQUIRER.net 10:42 AM June 18th, 2015


Floyd Mayweather Jr. (R) and Oscar De la Hoya exchange blows in their WBC Super Welterweight world championship boxing match 05 May 2007 in Las Vegas, Nevada. AFP FILE PHOTO

Floyd Mayweather Jr., has chosen a potential opponent for his final fight in September. He wants another fight with Oscar De La Hoya.

Yahoo’s Kevin Iole tweeted on Thursday (Manila time) that Mayweather will stake his 48-0 record against De La Hoya if the Golden Boy comes out of retirement.

“Oscar, if he wants to, we can rock and roll this September,” Mayweather told reporters.

Mayweather and De La Hoya fought in 2007 where Money won the bout and the WBC Light Middleweight title in one of the closest wins in his career when he settled for a split decision from the judges.

De La Hoya has not fought since Manny Pacquiao bludgeoned him to retirement in 2008.

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While Golden Boy was removed from fighting for seven years, Mayweather was fresh off a win against Pacquiao with a little more than a month.

A potential fight between the two boxing superstars could be a fitting end to Mayweather’s career with De La Hoya being vocal, in Twitter at least, about Money’s performance against Pacquiao in the dud known as “The Fight of the Century.”

“I’m just not into the boxing, running style. I like jumping out of my seat because a fight was existing and the fans got their money’s worth,” De La Hoya posted after the Pacquiao-Mayweather fight on May 2. IDL


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After Mayweather’s challenge, Dela Hoya says he’s ‘never coming back’ to boxing SHARES: 29 VIEW COMMENTS By: Bong Lozada @BLozadaINQ INQUIRER.net 05:39 PM June 18th, 2015


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After Floyd Mayweather Jr. issued a challenge to Oscar De La Hoya, the Golden Boy was quick to reject the idea. De La Hoya in an Instagram video said he will not come out of retirement to fulfill Mayweather’s desire to fight him in September. READ: Mayweather challenges De La Hoya for September fight “Look, I’m retired, I’m happy, I’m content. I’m never coming back. I’m gonna continue growing Golden Boy,” De La Hoya said in the video Thursday (Manila time). Mayweather earlier said he wants to fight De La Hoya if the boxing promoter comes out of retirement. Back in 2007, De La Hoya fought Mayweather and lost in a close split decision. They had a rematch clause in the contract that would expire within a year, but Mayweather retired in 2008 which nulled the clause. READ: Mayweather, Pacquiao are highest paid athletes Mayweather came out of retirement to continue his career with his last fight a win over Manny Pacquiao. CFC


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De La Hoya: Manny Pacquiao on a different level SHARES: 263 VIEW COMMENTS By: Francis T.J. Ochoa @inquirerdotnet Philippine Daily Inquirer 09:51 PM November 8th, 2011


NOV 8, 2011 PHOTO --DE LA HOYA AND MANNY

LAS VEGAS—For eight rounds, he stood at the receiving end of a brutal, relentless beating so that when the bell rang for the ninth, he remained in his stool, unable to go any further.

Oscar De La Hoya, therefore, knows perfectly what he’s talking about.

The Golden Boy, rebuilding a life that spiraled to drug-tainted depths after a thorough defeat at the hands of Manny Pacquiao, dropped by the Wild Card Gym Monday and said the Filipino star has a huge edge going into his showdown with Mexican Juan Manuel Marquez on November 12.

“Manny is on a whole different level,” the 38-year-old former boxing poster boy said. “Manny has been fighting [the likes of] Shane Mosley, myself [and] Miguel Cotto. Marquez has been fighting ordinary fighters [and] that could be the difference.”

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De La Hoya, who actually visited the Wild Card Gym to check on his ward, Amir Khan, who trains there, fought Pacquiao in 2008 in what was initially pegged as a mismatch in favor of the American.

But Pacquiao snatched those odds and ran them through a shredder, pummeling De La Hoya with a dizzying combination of speed and power for eight rounds until the latter quit in the ninth.

De La Hoya hasn’t fought since and his life took a turn for the worse when he made public a drug problem that forced him into rehab. He told journalists Saturday that he is slowly turning his life around.

“I’m turning my life around,” he said, adding jokingly “but there will be no more comebacks for me.”

De La Hoya called Pacquiao a special boxer who is “good for the sport” and said the reigning pound-for-pound king will enter his third bout against his arch-nemesis faster and stronger than in their two previous encounters.

“Manny is faster, stronger and Marquez is 38 years old,” said De La Hoya. “But Manny has to be careful with his style. Marquez’ style can be complicated for Manny.”
 



De La Hoya knows Marquez’ ploy of bulking up for the fight won’t pose a problem to the eight-division champion. After all, the Golden Boy was also the bigger guy against Pacquiao during their 2008 bout.

In fact, De La Hoya said, the added pounds may pose more of a problem to Marquez than to Pacquiao when fight night arrives.

“Marquez is 38 and he came up in weight too fast,” De La Hoya said. “You can’t do that in one fight and face Manny.”

Pacquiao-Marquez III, which will be for the Pacman’s WBO welterweight crown, will be fought at a catch weight of 144 pounds.

Since turning back Marquez by a narrow split decision in 2008 for the super featherweight crown, Pacquiao has scaled the next three higher divisions, winning titles in each of them.

The Filipino continues to sport overwhelming odds in the fight that will be held at the MGM Grand, with Vegas bookies putting him a -950 favorite against Marquez (+650).

Almost all betting lines have Pacquiao favored, with oddsmakers leaning toward a knockout by the Pacman. A huge reason for this is the fact that Pacquiao has floored Marquez four times in two previous encounters.

Pacquiao knocked down Marquez three times in the first round before the Mexican counterpuncher rallied to forge a draw in their first bout.

In the second meeting between the two, Pacquiao’s third-round flooring of Marquez has been fingered as the crucial factor in the close decision.


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