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DLSU relishes ‘first win’ vs. NU… Ginebra path to title a tough one… Millsap fills up stat sheet



AFTER hurdling one of the biggest obstacles of the season, La Salle coach Aldin Ayo still refuses to entertain the possibility of a first-round sweep. “We expect a tough game against them (Adamson),” said Ayo after the Archers pulled off a 75-66 win over the NU Bulldogs in UAAP Season 79 men’s basketball yesterday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.  “They have the materials and a great coach who has a good system.” “This is our first win against them the entire season,” said Ayo. “But we’re not thinking of a sweep. We just take this one game at a time.” Sports Inquirer


DE La Salle turned to its trapping defense to dodge the upset axe wielded by National University yesterday, scoring a 75-66 victory in what could be a preview of the finals showdown in the UAAP Season 79 seniors basketball tournament at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum. “We’re expecting this,” La Salle coach Aldin Ayo said. “It’s our first win against them (NU). They beat us thrice in the preseason and in our tune-up game and kahit gaano kahirap, with the support that we have and if we will just play our game, hopefully sana ganito lagi mangyari.” “We were physically and mentally ready for the grind of the game,” Ayo said. “Ganun palagi, ubusan, survival of the fittest. Kung sino ang pinakamaganda ang conditioning, kung sino ‘yung mas mentally and physically tough with the system that we have, ‘yun ang mananalo.” Malaya


LA Salle continued its unbeaten run and the Archers get another UAAP Player of the Week citation, with Jeron Teng getting the award this time. Teng, looking to finish his college career with another title, gets the vote of scribes covering the league after Cameroonian import Ben Mbala was given the award last week.


Alfred Aroga downplayed his duel against Ben Mbala and said that his focus was on the teams rather than the individuals “Basketball is not one versus five,” Aroga said after NU fell to La Salle, 75-66 on Sunday. “There’s no matchup in this league. People always talk about match-up. It’s La Salle versus NU. I don’t really care about that.” Sports Inquirer


MATTHEW Aquino said he was surprised to be fielded by National University in its match against La Salle where he played quality minutes on Sunday in his UAAP Season 79 debut. The son of former PBA star Marlou Aquino contributed three points and three rebounds in 14 minutes in the Bulldogs’ loss to the Green Archers, a week after being declared ineligible by the UAAP board. “Tinawag lang ako ni coach Eric (Altamirano). Nag-dress-up lang ako to support the team tapos binunot ako,” he said. “Wala talaga akong alam,” he added. “Management at si Daddy ang nag-uusap. Ako nagte-training lang talaga ako Hindi ko alam ‘yung problema kung bakit ako dineclare na ineligible.”


No matter how hard they try, Ginebra import Justin Brownlee insisted TNT came out the better team in their battle for the top seed.  Despite the usual backing of their legion of fans, the Gin Kings failed to finish their elimination round on a winning note as the Texters kept on sinking their morale. “We just tried to rally and win the basketball. But Talk ‘N Text had an answer for everything we brought tonight, so hats off to them,” said Brownlee after leaving the losing dugout on Sunday at the Alonte Sports Center. Fox Sports Asia


BIÑAN – Justin Brownlee conceded that TNT Katropa was simply the better team in its matchup against Barangay Ginebra in the last day of the PBA Governors’ Cup elimination round on Sunday night. “It’s not a reality check. We knew how good Talk ‘N Text was,” Brownlee said. “Coming into this game, in order to beat those guys, we knew we had to play very well. But they brought their A-game tonight.” “We just tried to rally and win the basketball game,” Brownlee said. “But Talk ‘N Text had an answer for everything we brought tonight, so I take my hat off to them.”


BINAN, LAGUNA – Mike Madanly was like an assassin who came out of nowhere and hit Barangay Ginebra with one dagger three after another in TNT Katropa’s rousing 104-92 win in the PBA Governors Cup. Madanly later shrugged off his performance. “This is part of my job. I have to make those shots that’s why I”m here,” said the Texters’ Asian import after the team formally claimed the top seeding entering the playoffs..


Talk N’ Text repelled Brgy. Ginebra’s repeated rallies to hang on to a 104-92 victory and more importantly clinched the top seeding in the last game day of the PBA Governors’ Cup eliminations at the Alonte Sports Center in Binan, Laguna. Protecting a huge 87-66 lead early in the payoff period, TNT saw their big advantage trimmed to just 10 as Ginebra import Justin Brownlee went supernova – scoring 18 of his 34 points in the stretch – but Castro took over down the wire. The former Gilas guard sank a cold-blooded trey in the last two minutes to extend the lead to 98-85 which pretty much sealed the game. Fox Sports Asia



Ka-Tropa import Mychal Ammons pounced a double-double of 24 points and 16 rebounds while Castro continued his playmaking brilliance issuing 10 dimes to go along with 19 markers. TNT will face the winner of the Phoenix-Rain or Shine playoff match. Meanwhile, with the loss, Ginebra slid down to 8-3 – good enough for the third spot and a grueling quarterfinal series with rival Alaska which finished at 6th seed. Fox Sports Asia


BIÑAN CITY—Mychal Ammons had been silent practically all conference long for TNT KaTropa—until Sunday night, when the stakes were quite high for the Texters. Coming into the game averaging just 15 points an outing, Ammons was at the firing end of several highlight plays for the Texters, who broke away in the fourth quarter to post yet another impressive win and close out the eliminations with a 10-1 card. “We just played a little bit better today,” TNT coach Jong Uichico said. “Both teams came out to win [even if it is a no-bearing game].” Sports Inquirer



After sealing the top spot in the PBA Governors’ Cup quarterfinals, TNT KaTropa import Mychal Ammons believes his team has enough ammunition heading to the playoffs war.  TNT walloped Barangay Ginebra in their Sunday night clash in Laguna to finish the elimination round with a near-immaculate 10-1 record. “I feel like we always stick with our guns, we have a lot of weapons in this team. We just keep rolling and everybody’s doing their jobs and running, we are pretty tough team to beat,” he said. Fox Sports Asia


“I feel like we always stick with our guns, we have a lot of weapons in this team. We just keep rolling and everybody’s doing their jobs and running, we are pretty tough team to beat,” he said. “A lot of coaches have been working with me, everyday at practice I’ve been putting a lot of work,” he said. “It’s finally showing up.” Fox Sports Asia


Biñan, Laguna — Different coach, same mission. Comebacking reinforcement Elijah Millsap relished playing for the San Miguel franchise anew to complete his unfinished business, this time under the tutelage of veteran mentor Leo Austria. “(We are also doing) some of the same things that we did under coach Gee. He was here also back then so it was a lot more comfortable playing with San Miguel,” said Millsap after his debut game where the Beermen escaped then lowly Blackwater, 107-101, on Sunday at Alonte Sports Center. Fox Sports Asia


Comebacking import Elijah Millsap proved he hasn’t lost his fiery form as he towed San Miguel to a good close out of  the PBA Governor’s Cup elims at the expense of already eliminated Blackwater, 107-101, on Sunday night at the Alonte Sports Center in Biñan, Laguna. Millsap had a solid outing back in his first PBA game since 2013, finishing with a game-high 25 points to go along with 14 rebounds and 4 assists. Arwind Santos also added 19 markers and 7 boards for the Beermen who ended their elimination round campaign with an 8-3 slate. Fox Sports Asia


BINAN, LAGUNA – June Mar Fajardo likes what he saw from comebacking import Elijah Millsap which he hopes would translate into a PBA championship this time for San Miguel. Fajardo was glad to see Millsap producing the same kind of numbers he did the first time he played for the team in 2013 when San Miguel reached the finals of this same season-ending conference. “Kundisyob siya ngayon,” said Fajardo of Millsap, who made his first tour of duty with the Beermen during the two-time MVP’s rookie year. “Sana yung leadership nya at experience sa NBA ay madala niya ulit sa team.”


SAN Miguel Beer struck when it mattered most to hold off Blackwater 106-101 last night and prime itself up for what should be a tough quarterfinals duel in the PBA Governors Cup at the Alonte Sports Complex in Binan, Laguna. Elijah Millsap marked his return with game-highs of 25 points and 14 rebounds while Arwind Santos, June Mar Fajardo, Alex Cabagnot and Ronald Tubid made significant contributions for the Beermen in a match that had little bearing for the protagonists. Beermen coach Leo Austria believes either Alaska or NLEX will be a handful. “We beat NLEX by just a point in the eliminations and Alaska by just three, so kahit sino sa kanila we know it’s going to be tough,” he said. “That’s why we really have to prepare hard, kahit may twice-to-beat advantage kami it would mean nothing if we allow them any opening.” Malaya


BINAN, LAGUNA – Beating TNT Katropa is a must if Barangay Ginebra is to emerge champion in the PBA Governors Cup. Veteran guard LA Tenorio said teams such as TNT Katropa and San Miguel are among the elite ones which serve as roadblocks in the Kings’ bid to end an eight-year title drought. It’s essential, therefore, for them to get past both powerhouse squads if Ginebra is to reach the top. “Yang ang mga teams talaga na kailangan naming talunin for us to be successful,” said Tenorio following the loss. “Obviously, marami pa kaming kailangan na i-polish, offensively and defensively.”