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Frankie Lim needs complete line-up…Tungalag still finding his way in Ginebra…Clippers win ugly game


0fe824381642d496dc16992049bc6c5f“He was so frustrated. He even asked: ‘Why is coach not using me?’ Wala akong naisagot sa kanya, because it’s the prerogative of the coach,” said the team insider. Sanchir had nothing much to say when he was besieged with questions by reporters after the game, but found comfort and solace in the positive comments and encouragement of fans sent to his @SanchirT141 Twitter account. Some enraged fans even went to the extent of writing open letters to Ginebra coach Frankie Lim over what they claimed was ‘unfair treatment’ of the Mongolian basketball star. |

Barako Bull import Liam McMorrow, a Canadian native, told media James Forrester was able to ease his transition from his previous league to the PBA as they were both from Toronto, Canada. “Me and James were from the same city. It is nice because we have the same city,” he said. | Tiebreakertimes

What bothered him more were the “bad decisions” they committed down the wire which he feels took a lot of fight out of the team. Still, Lim is hopeful that his wards could slowly pick their spots as his sidelined players begin to heal from their injuries. “Magiging comfortable lang yung team when we’re complete,” he said. Inquirer


DeAndre Jordan pushes Clippers closer to first Western final

Jordan made only 10 of 28 foul shot attempts in the first half and 14 of 34 overall.His 28 first-half attempts were the most in a half of a playoff game for a Clippers player, breaking the record set by Doc Rivers, now the team’s coach, against the Utah Jazz in 1992. Jordan also broke his own mark of 17 attempts in a game, recorded in last year’s first-round series against the Golden State Warriors. | GMANews


Especially when coach Frankie Lim played him for only 13 minutes in the first game and then benched him for the entirety of the next contest. Lim made himself unavailable for interviews after Ginebra suffered its second straight loss last Sunday, but in his first post-game interview last Friday, said about the Mongolian, “Obviously, nangangapa pa siya. We’ll try to help him. We’ll see what we can do.”Aside from not being fielded in last Sunday, Tungalag was also seen during timeouts to remain at rest a few seats away from the rest of the Barangay who were huddled around Lim. | Sports-ABS-CBN


Mendoza made this surprising statement during a post-game interview following a Red Lions win in the 2015 FilOil Flying-V Premier Cup. As a coach, on one of the country’s most dominant collegiate basketball programs no less, it may come as a surprise as to why Mendoza rarely follows the NBA or PBA aside from barely knowing any players from both leagues, but the former Red Lion himself had a good explanation. “As a coach, philosophy ko [yun] gusto ko maging virgin yun mind ko,” Mendoza explained, emphasizing that it is his own way of focusing towards the team he is coaching. “Gusto ko may sariling style ako sa coaching,” Mendoza further added. | Sports-ABS-CBN


And so they Hacked-A-DeAndre all through the first half of Game Four and surrendered a playoff-record 28 free throw attempts to DeAndre Jordan. The Rockets’ ploy was pretty much on point as Jordan only converted 10 of those attempts for a miserable 35 percent clip. | Sports-ABS-CBN


Bolts team manager Paolo Trillo said Koochoie had some unresolved issues with his Iranian team Gorgan that has kept him from suiting up in the ballclub’s first two games. His spot has now been taken up by Ando, a cat-quick guard out of Meiji University who was the teammate of Barako Bull big import Liam McMorrow in the National Basketball League-Canada, where they helped Halifax Rainmen to a runner-up finish. The boyish-looking Ando averaged 10.2 points, 3.9 assists and 3.2 rebounds in 30 games for the Rainmen, including an NBL-Canada career-high 27 points in Game Six of the Finals. |

The 31-year-old Intal came up with 17 points, going 7-of-10 from the field and three-of-four from three-point zone in an efficient 19-minute effort against teh Elite. Intal’s fiery start this conference earned him the first Accel-PBA Press Corps Player of the Week, beating GlobalPort sophomore guard Terrence Romeo. “Buo yung loob niya saka d ecisive siya sa gagawin niya,” added Banal. |

The Hotshots also struggled in their initial game but rode the exploits of their do-it-all import to pull through against the Road Warriors. “We’re not playing the way we should be. But we should be better as we get along,” said Purefoods coach Tim Cone. “It’s been a struggle for us. I don’t think we’re doing good since winning the grand slam. But we should start picking it up – the desire, the hunger.” | Philstar

The Batang Pier, meanwhile, looked promising with their 2-0 start, blasting the Meralco Bolts, 92-73, in the tournament opener then routing the Blackwater Elite, 100-76, also Friday.  Before this, Globalport had never got to a triumphant debut in all its previous eight conferences in the pro league. But import Patrick O’Bryant and his teammates could face an acid test versus Blakely and the Hotshots in their 4:15 p.m. tussle to be followed by the 7 p.m. tiff between Rain or Shine and San Miguel Beer. | Philstar

Narvasa reportedly got 10 votes, Santos six, Vince Hizon five and Jay Adalem three with the 12 PBA governors casting two votes each. But the board deferred making the final decision, opting to go back to the team owners first. The verdict of Smart/PLDT chairman Manny V. Pangilinan, San Miguel Corp. top boss Ramon S. Ang, Alaska Milk’s Wilfred Uytengsu, Globalport’s Mikee Romero, Barako Bull’s George Chua, Blackwater’s Dioceldo Sy, Kia’s Pepito Alvarez and Rain or Shine’s Raymond Yu and Terry Que will be known Thursday.  “It should be only between Narvasa and Santos now,” The STAR source said. | Philstar

The athletic Intal, who is expecting his first baby with wife Bianca, averaged career-high numbers of 20.5 points and 9.0 rebounds during the Energy’s 2-0 start for the Governors’ Cup. Energy coach Koy Banal believes Intal’s energetic start has a lot to do with his commitment to improve his game this season. “Ibang iba ang mindset niya (Intal) coming to this conference kasi even sa practice, he’s going hard,” said Banal, whose team whipped NLEX, 101-96, to kick off its Governors’ Cup campaign, before waylaying Blackwater, 105-90, on Sunday. | Inquirer
“The GlobalPort management and its coaches have decided to let the interim import Steve Thomas assume Patrick O’Bryant’s position while waiting for the team’s first option Jarrid Famous. “Despite his well executed plays that brought GlobalPort its 2-0 lead, he does not fit with the team’s system and intensity of play. We are appreciative of Patrick’s contribution thus far, but a long term vision for the betterment of the team takes precedence.” Thomas has suited up in the ABL with Hi-Tech Bangkok City and with the Indonesia Warriors, where he teamed up with top rookie pick Stanley Pringle.

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