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PBA CUP: CAN TIM CONE SAVE GINEBRA?


Tim Cone
- Is Tim Cone the savior for the Ginebra franchise?
Talks are rife that it is just a matter of time before Cone, the winningest PBA coach with two grand slams with different teams under his belt, takes on a new challenge. Cone hinted on Thursday that there's a big possibility that he will move to the Gin Kings' camp after a title-less season with the Star Hotshots. "I serve at the pleasure of the (SMC) president, Mr. Ramon S. Ang, and I’ll follow whatever direction he chooses," said Cone on Thursday as quoted by PBA chief statistician Fidel Mangonon III. The Kings have yet to win a championship since the 2008 Fiesta Conference. They have gone through seven coaching changes in the past six seasons. Not even Cone's triangle disciple Jeff Cariaso could change Ginebra's misfortunes. THIS IS THE FULL REPORT...

ALSO: Abueva guarantees all-out effort from Aces in Game 4


Alaska Aces forward Calvin Abueva (middle) says it will take a collective effort from them to keep a stacked-up San Miguel Beermen from sweeping them. File Photo
Hopes of winning a PBA championship practically vanished in thin air when Alaska suffered an 89-95 loss to the rampaging San Miguel Beer side to go down, 0-3 on Wednesday in the PBA Governors Cup Finals.
No team in the PBA's 40-year history has ever come back from a 0-3 deficit to win a championship. Alaska's enigmatic forward Calvin Abueva said he's well aware of the overwhelming odds that are stacked up against them. "Mabigat, siyempre, wala pang naka-straight ng apat na panalo na galing 0-3, so kailangan paghirapan iyan," said Abueva on the eve of Game Four. But the 'Beast' is guaranteeing one thing come Friday. "Hindi naman nila (Beermen) madaling makukuha ang Game Four. Sisiguraduhin naming mahihirapan sila bago makuha (ang championship)," vowed the flamboyant Alaska wingman. Abueva said his injured left thumb is much better, a reason why he was able to contribute 15 points, four rebounds, three steals and two assists in 27 minutes of action, the most he's had in the championship series so far. READ MORE...

ALSO: Austria praises Compton for making Aces a 'No-Quit' team


San Miguel Beermen coach Leo Austria praises counterpart Alex Compton for making them work hard in every possession against the Alaska Aces. File Photo
MANILA, Philippines -- San Miguel Beer coach Leo Austria was all praises for Alaska mentor Alex Compton, whom he credited for the Aces’ transformation into a disciplined, defense-first squad in the just-concluded 40th PBA season. The Beermen swept the Aces, 4-0 in their PBA Governors Cup Finals series on Friday, but Austria admitted that the road to his second league championship as a coach didn’t come easy. “I think makikita mo iyung transformation ng (Alaska) team and nagre-reflect iyan sa coach because their team became very competitive,” a beaming Austria said during the post-game chat with media men after San Miguel’s title-clinching 91-81 win over Alaska. Though tagged as the favorites in the Finals, the Beermen obviously had to work for every possession in the title series, overcoming deficits in the last three games behind import Arizona Reid, big man June Mar Fajardo, Arwind Santos, Alex Cabagnot and Marcio Lassiter to complete a rare Finals sweep. “Iyan (no-quit attitude) ang naging nature ng (Alaska) team this season, which is reflective of the character of coach Alex,” he said. READ MORE...

ALSO: San Miguel Beermen sweep Alaska Aces to win Governors’ Cup title


San Miguel Beer players celebrate after winning its second championship of the season. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.NET
San Miguel Beer pulled off a rare four-game sweep after outclassing Alaska, 91-81, in the 2015 PBA Governors’ Cup Finals Friday night at Smart Araneta Coliseum. The Beermen, the winningest PBA franchise, became just the fifth team in league history to complete a 4-0 shutout in the championship. SMB won its second championship of the season after conquering the Philippine Cup also at the expense of Alaska. The Beermen added championship No.21 to their collection.
Beermen center June Mar Fajardo recorded 19 points, 21 rebounds and three blocks on the same night where he received his second consecutive MVP award while import Arizona Reid had 33 points built on six 3-pointers in his final game as a PBA import. “We won the championship because of the help of so many people. The hero here are the players, but the biggest hero are our fans,” said SMB head coach Leo Austria. READ MORE...

ALSO HIGHLIGHTS: San Miguel vs Alaska – PBA Finals Game 3
[Relive all the action in Game 3 of the 2015 PBA Governors' Cup Finals through Rappler's highlights]


Arizona Reid dropped 41 points on 17-of-26 field goals and grabbed 12 rebounds as the San Miguel Beermen moved one win away from their second title this season with a 96-89 win over the Alaska Aces in the 2015 PBA Governors' Cup on Wednesday, July 15 at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
No team has ever come back from a 3-0 hole to win a best-of-7 series, putting Alaska in immense pressure come Game 4 on Friday, July 17. Relive the intense blow-by-blow action through Rappler's highlights! WATCH

ALSO IN VINES: Beermen come from behind to beat Aces, lead Finals 2-0


CLUTCH. Marcio Lassiter celebrates after hitting the clutch go-ahead three-pointer for the win in Game 2. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler
– The San Miguel Beermen proved they can win via blowout and via clutch performance. The Beermen escaped the Alaska Aces, 103-95, for a 2-0 lead in the best-of-7 Finals of the 2015 PBA Governors’ Cup on Sunday, July 12 at the Smart Araneta Coliseum. As San Miguel went on a scoring rampage in the final 7:07 of the game, it was veteran shooter Marcio Lassiter who hit the biggest shot with the go-ahead three-pointer from the corner that shoved his team ahead for good, 98-95, with a minute remaining. READ MORE...


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Can Tim Cone save Ginebra?


Tim Cone

MANILA, JULY 20, 2015 (PHILSTAR) July 17, 2015 - Is Tim Cone the savior for the Ginebra franchise?

Talks are rife that it is just a matter of time before Cone, the winningest PBA coach with two grand slams with different teams under his belt, takes on a new challenge.

Cone hinted on Thursday that there's a big possibility that he will move to the Gin Kings' camp after a title-less season with the Star Hotshots.

"I serve at the pleasure of the (SMC) president, Mr. Ramon S. Ang, and I’ll follow whatever direction he chooses," said Cone on Thursday as quoted by PBA chief statistician Fidel Mangonon III.

The Kings have yet to win a championship since the 2008 Fiesta Conference. They have gone through seven coaching changes in the past six seasons. Not even Cone's triangle disciple Jeff Cariaso could change Ginebra's misfortunes.

Is Cone really the answer to the Kings' title drought? Answer our poll and give your two cents worth on the comment box below.


PHILSTAR

Abueva guarantees all-out effort from Aces in Game 4 By Richard Dy, contributor (philstar.com) | Updated July 17, 2015 - 10:00am 15 0 googleplus0 0


Alaska Aces forward Calvin Abueva (middle) says it will take a collective effort from them to keep a stacked-up San Miguel Beermen from sweeping them. File Photo

MANILA, Philippines -- Hopes of winning a PBA championship practically vanished in thin air when Alaska suffered an 89-95 loss to the rampaging San Miguel Beer side to go down, 0-3 on Wednesday in the PBA Governors Cup Finals.

No team in the PBA's 40-year history has ever come back from a 0-3 deficit to win a championship.

Alaska's enigmatic forward Calvin Abueva said he's well aware of the overwhelming odds that are stacked up against them.

"Mabigat, siyempre, wala pang naka-straight ng apat na panalo na galing 0-3, so kailangan paghirapan iyan," said Abueva on the eve of Game Four.

But the 'Beast' is guaranteeing one thing come Friday.

"Hindi naman nila (Beermen) madaling makukuha ang Game Four. Sisiguraduhin naming mahihirapan sila bago makuha (ang championship)," vowed the flamboyant Alaska wingman.

Abueva said his injured left thumb is much better, a reason why he was able to contribute 15 points, four rebounds, three steals and two assists in 27 minutes of action, the most he's had in the championship series so far.

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But the former PBA Rookie of the Year said beating a stacked-up San Miguel side requires the effort of more than just one player.

"Okay na yung nagagawa ko ngayon eh, pero di ko naman kakayanin kung ako lang gagawa, kailangan ko run yung tulong ng mga teammates ko," he added.

But the outspoken Abueva isn't pinning the blame on anybody.

"Siyempre, di lang siguro nako-convert yung nagagawa naming opensa, tao lang naman, lahat tayo nagkakamali," said the 26-year-old Abueva.

Though basketball fans are anticipating the championship balloons to all from the rafters at the end of Game Four, Abueva said as long as they win on Friday, they could possibly generate the much-needed momentum to turn the one-sided series into a grind-it-out one.

"Mas aggressive sila dahil siguro mas gusto nila makuha itong championship pero, kung makuha namin ito (Game Four), siguro madi-diretso namin ito," he said.


PHILSTAR

Austria praises Compton for making Aces a 'No-Quit' team By Richard Dy, contributor (philstar.com) | Updated July 18, 2015 - 9:00am 0 0 googleplus0 0


San Miguel Beermen coach Leo Austria praises counterpart Alex Compton for making them work hard in every possession against the Alaska Aces. File Photo

MANILA, Philippines -- San Miguel Beer coach Leo Austria was all praises for Alaska mentor Alex Compton, whom he credited for the Aces’ transformation into a disciplined, defense-first squad in the just-concluded 40th PBA season.

The Beermen swept the Aces, 4-0 in their PBA Governors Cup Finals series on Friday, but Austria admitted that the road to his second league championship as a coach didn’t come easy.

“I think makikita mo iyung transformation ng (Alaska) team and nagre-reflect iyan sa coach because their team became very competitive,” a beaming Austria said during the post-game chat with media men after San Miguel’s title-clinching 91-81 win over Alaska.

Though tagged as the favorites in the Finals, the Beermen obviously had to work for every possession in the title series, overcoming deficits in the last three games behind import Arizona Reid, big man June Mar Fajardo, Arwind Santos, Alex Cabagnot and Marcio Lassiter to complete a rare Finals sweep.

“Iyan (no-quit attitude) ang naging nature ng (Alaska) team this season, which is reflective of the character of coach Alex,” he said.

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Unknown to many, Compton was part of Austria’s coaching staff in the 2007 and 2008 PBA season, during the early years of Welcoat (now Rain or Shine).

The American coach even played briefly as Welcoat’s second import during the Fiesta Conference.

Austria said the brief time they had at Welcoat gave him a better look Compton’s attitude to the game.

“He’s (Compton) a hardworking guy because every possession is important sa kanya. You can see that in the game. Very intense siya saka yung kanyang passion sa basketball pinapakita niya,” noted the 57-year-old San Miguel coach.

San Miguel capped the 40th season with championships in the Philippine Cup and Governors Cup, respectively.

The Beermen have won their 21st league title overall.


INQUIRER

San Miguel Beermen sweep Alaska Aces to win Governors’ Cup title SHARES: 1269 VIEW COMMENTS @inquirerdotnet INQUIRER.net 09:33 PM July 17th, 2015


San Miguel Beer players celebrate after winning its second championship of the season. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.NET

San Miguel Beer pulled off a rare four-game sweep after outclassing Alaska, 91-81, in the 2015 PBA Governors’ Cup Finals Friday night at Smart Araneta Coliseum.

The Beermen, the winningest PBA franchise, became just the fifth team in league history to complete a 4-0 shutout in the championship.

SMB won its second championship of the season after conquering the Philippine Cup also at the expense of Alaska. The Beermen added championship No.21 to their collection.

Beermen center June Mar Fajardo recorded 19 points, 21 rebounds and three blocks on the same night where he received his second consecutive MVP award while import Arizona Reid had 33 points built on six 3-pointers in his final game as a PBA import.

“We won the championship because of the help of so many people. The hero here are the players, but the biggest hero are our fans,” said SMB head coach Leo Austria.

READ MORE...

The Beermen bucked a sluggish first half and got into their groove in the second half. They took control in the fourth quarter where they led, 81-65, with 7:05 left.

The Aces were primed to at least postpone the Beermen’s celebration after leading by as much as 14 points in the first half. But San Miguel, behind Reid, got back into it and even took the lead, 70-65, entering the fourth quarter after a 33-point third period.

Fajardo bagged the Holcim-PBA Press Corps Finals MVP plum.

Alaska, a team known for its ability to comeback from deep holes, tried to mount one last rally down the stretch in an attempt to at least extend the series to a fifth game. Calvin Abueva pulled the Aces to within single digits, 90-81, with 1:29 left but his team couldn’t buy a bucket when it needed it most – missing three attempts in the final minute to yield the championship to San Miguel.

Abueva led the Aces with 22 points and 17 rebounds while Romeo Travis, whose game took a plunge coincidentally after winning the Best Import of the Conference award, wound up with 15 markers and seven boards.

The Scores:
SAN MIGUEL 91 – Reid 33, Fajardo 19, Lassiter 12, Espinas 8, Santos 6, Cabagnot 5, Ross 3, Semerad 3, Lutz 2, Tubid 0.
ALASKA 81 – Abueva 22, Travis 15, Thoss 13, Baguio 7, Exciminiano 7, Casio 5, Menk 4, Banchero 3, Jazul 3, Dela Rosa 2, Manuel 0, Hontiveros 0.
Quarters: 18-17, 37-49, 70-65, 91-81.


RAPPLER.COM

HIGHLIGHTS: San Miguel vs Alaska – PBA Finals Game 3 Rappler.com Published 12:49 PM, July 15, 2015 Updated 10:25 PM, July 15, 2015

Relive all the action in Game 3 of the 2015 PBA Governors' Cup Finals through Rappler's highlights

MANILA, Philippines – Arizona Reid dropped 41 points on 17-of-26 field goals and grabbed 12 rebounds as the San Miguel Beermen moved one win away from their second title this season with a 96-89 win over the Alaska Aces in the 2015 PBA Governors' Cup on Wednesday, July 15 at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.

No team has ever come back from a 3-0 hole to win a best-of-7 series, putting Alaska in immense pressure come Game 4 on Friday, July 17.

Marcio Lassiter's go-ahead 3-pointer with a minute left to play turns the tide for good as San Miguel Beer takes a commanding series lead

Arizona Reid led the San Miguel Beermen to a 2-0 finals lead over the Alaska Aces and showed why he is the best import in the Governors' Cup

“Congratulations to Travis. It’s tough, real tough,” says AZ Reid. “I don’t understand it, but he deserved it. It is what it is.”


The reigning league MVP Fajardo is Best Player once more as Alaska's Romeo Travis wins Best Import for the Governors' Cup Share

Relive the intense blow-by-blow action through Rappler's highlights!

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IN VINES: Beermen come from behind to beat Aces, lead Finals 2-0 Jane Bracher @janebracher Published 9:14 PM, July 12, 2015 Updated 9:14 PM, July 12, 2015

Watch Vines of the big plays, including Marcio Lassiter's game-winning 3, from Game 2 of the 2015 PBA Governors' Cup Finals between San Miguel and Alaska


CLUTCH. Marcio Lassiter celebrates after hitting the clutch go-ahead three-pointer for the win in Game 2. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

MANILA, Philippines – The San Miguel Beermen proved they can win via blowout and via clutch performance.

The Beermen escaped the Alaska Aces, 103-95, for a 2-0 lead in the best-of-7 Finals of the 2015 PBA Governors’ Cup on Sunday, July 12 at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.

As San Miguel went on a scoring rampage in the final 7:07 of the game, it was veteran shooter Marcio Lassiter who hit the biggest shot with the go-ahead three-pointer from the corner that shoved his team ahead for good, 98-95, with a minute remaining.

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Import Arizona Reid, who lost the Best Import plum to Romeo Travis just before the game, put on a statement game with his 37 points, 7 assists and 5 steals, including key baskets down the stretch.

Travis scored the last two points for Alaska with 2:39 remaining as the went scoreless the rest of the way.

Alex Cabagnot was also part of the scoring party in the fourth with a couple of timely three-pointers that cut the Aces once 9-point lead.

Calvin Abueva made a triple early in the fourth during the Aces' rally from a 73-all deadlock at the end of the third. In the end, San Miguel's overflowing offensive weapons proved too much once more for the wounded Aces.

San Miguel defeated Alaska in Game 1 by 30 points and is eyeing a dangerous 3-0 lead on Wednesday, July 15.

– Rappler.com


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