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IT TOOK some doing, but GlobalPort finally got a victory in the PBA Governors Cup. “There were a lot of adjustments (made), a new system, kaya parang ngayon lang nag-work,” said rookie coach Johnedel Cardel, an assistant to former head coach Pido Jarencio who was tapped to assume the post only just before the tourney unfolded last month. “Hopefully, mag-sunod-sunod na panalo namin.” “I’m just happy we finally got that win,” said Semerad, who also did his part in alternating the defense on Durham. “We just didn’t want to break under pressure. We just wanted to get the job done tonight and we did.”

In a game that took more than two hours to finish, the GlobalPort Batang Pier had to go through two extensions to finally come up with their first win in the Governor’s Cup against the Meralco Bolts, 126-123, at the SM Mall of Asia Arena on a thrilling Sunday evening. Jimmy Alapag missed his attempt, while Pringle passed the ball this time, locating a wide-open Semerad in the right corner for the game-winning triple. Meralco had one last shot to extend the game for the third time but Jonathan Uyloan clanked his last attempt from beyond the arc. “I’m just happy we got finally our first win. We played good,we moved the ball well and we just got back on defense and stop their fast breaks,” a delighted Semerad shared after the game. “We just didn’t wanna break under pressure. We slipped a few games already and we just didn’t give up.”

THE will to win was so much for Terrence Romeo that he didn’t mind playing extended minutes for GlobalPort in its thrilling PBA Governors Cup game against Meralco Sunday. “May time ( na napapagod) ka, pero dahil gusto mong manalo, hindi mo na iniisip yun,” said Romeo. “Basta compete lang ng compete.”

ANTHONY Semerad simply considered himself an accidental hero in GlobalPort’s dramatic double overtime victory over Meralco in Sunday’s PBA Governors Cup. “I was just in the right spot at the right time,” said Semerad, one of the last two players to go out of the Batang Pier dugout along with big man Yousef Taha. “I guess I like to run back and get in that corner every time in the sideline, in the three-point line,” he added.

Allen Durham demands total focus from Meralco after 55-point effort goes for naught

NOT even import Allen Durham’s spectacular 55-point effort could save the Meralco Bolts in a PBA Governors’ Cup thriller against GlobalPort at the Mall of Asia Arena on Sunday. “We started off slow in the first half and that’s what really held us back in this game,” said Durham, who also collared 14 rebounds. “I think our focus got to be there. Every team in this league can beat anybody on any night and whether you’re 0-4 or 4-4 or whatever, you gotta be ready to play,” he added.

Allen Durham could say that he gave his all for Meralco in a 126-123 defeat to GlobalPort in double overtime on Sunday. “I think our focus has got to be there. Every team in this league can beat anybody on any night and you got to be ready to play. In the first half, we weren’t ready to play,” he said.
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Durham noted that the huge second half fightback was truly something to build on for the Bolts.
“If we would have played both halves that way, maybe the outcome would have been different,” he said. “But the outcome is what it is. We know we got to put 48 minutes together and not just in the second half.” “It’s a tough loss. This is a game that we had to have to try to move up in the standings but we started off slow and that’s what really held us back in this game.”
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Fighting back from 24 points down, Ginebra almost made a comeback to remember after Japeth Aguilar blocked June Mar Fajardo with less than 10 seconds left in regulation. “It’s a good sign for us na we can go back, pero in the first place hindi dapat mangyari yung ganoong kalaki na lamang. Naubos talaga kami doon sa double overtime,” he said. “Masyadong malaki yung hinabol namin. Hindi dapat mangyari yun. Kung all the way na dikdikan yun, baka iba ang istorya pero ang laki ng hinabol namin eh. Ang dami naming chances and yung games like this, kailangan naming ipanalo. We need to start strong all the time kasi yung games like this ang kailangan naming ipanalo sa playoffs.”
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LA Tenorio admitted Barangay Ginebra could have called for a timeout after import Justin Brownlee secured the rebound in the dying seconds of regulation in a match against San Miguel Beermen on Sunday. “It was a second pass na sa akin e, hindi ko rin narinig kasi syempre from the rebound going to the frontcourt,” explained Tenorio after Ginebra’s 111-105 double-overtime loss to the Beermen at the Mall of Asia Arena.

Cone said the league’s most popular franchise should already be beyond notching moral victories, and instead learn to win the kind of games like it had against the Beermen. “We need to get beyond that and just reward our fans with wins,” said the 58-year-old mentor.

GINEBRA coach Tim Cone insisted it was partly his fault that his team didn’t use one of its two timeouts late in regulation of their PBA Governors’ Cup loss to San Miguel Beer on Sunday night. “Those were my fault. I didn’t remind the guys during the timeout, and I even told LA that if we got a rebound to push it and get a screen, so that was his mindset,” Cone admitted in a text message a day after loss.

“We still have to find a way to win,” he said. “San Miguel is really a good team and they’re the defending champion.” “It’s their defense. Ang ganda ng defense nila,” noted Aguilar. “June Mar is controlling the paint kanina, and for us, kinakapos kami ng overtime.” “Last game na nag-overtime, ganoon din ang nangyari eh. Kinapos kami,” he said. But Aguilar knows that in due time, these lessons would serve Ginebra well. “Sabi nga ni coach Tim (Cone), we got to find ways in these kind of games because we battle hard,” he said.
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IN the absence of injured slotman Greg Slaughter, Japeth Aguilar holding the fort on defense for Ginebra. June Mar Fajardo is impressed. “Maganda ang depensa sa akin,” said the reigning league MVP, who had to work for his 17 points against Aguilar in San Miguel’s double-overtime 111-105 win over Ginebra. “Grabe siya tumalon at lagi niya ako naba-block.”

Inactive for three and a half months, Arwind Santos savored every moment of his return for San Miguel on Sunday. “Na-miss ko nga eh. Passion ko na yung basketball kaya nakakamiss pag nawawala ako sa paglalaro,” Santos said. “Di pa ako 100-percent, pero konting konti na lang,” he said. “Ang goal ko naman makatulong at maka-contribute sa team. Nafi-feel ko na tuloy-tuloy na ito.”
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SAN Miguel steadied in the second overtime to pull off a 101-95 win over Ginebra on Sunday night to move up the leaderboard in the PBA Governors Cup at the Mall of Asia Arena. “Wala na ako masabi sa mga players from both teams, talagang ginawa nila lahat para manalo,” said SMB coach Leo Austria at the end of a much-hyped match that lived up to its billing.

AZ Reid and June Mar Fajardo both had massive double-doubles to lead the way for the Beermen. Reid posted 26 points and 15 rebounds, while Fajardo shrugged off a slow start and finished the night with 17 points and 17 boards. In the first overtime, San Miguel used a 9-0 start to seemingly finish the deal for good. Unfortunately, four triples by Ginebra continued the ‘Never say die’ rally that was crucial in extending the match again. As fatigue started to kick in, former best import Reid took control in second OT, as he made necessary free throws and a putback to lift his Beermen late. SMB held a six-point lead with a minute left, that was well enough for the win.

Chris Ross hopes that his right knee injury won’t be a serious one. “I stopped and I felt something on my knee, so it kind of hurt. Any movement was hurting. I wanted to go back out there, but I wouldn’t have been a positive for my team. I would have been a liability, so the trainer decided to shut it down,” Ross said.
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“I probably could have returned but I wouldn’t have been of any help for my team. We got a lot of guys on the bench that are ready to step up. Luckily today, it was Ronald and he stepped up and played well,” he said. “I wanted to go back out, but my knee wasn’t really feeling right, so hopefully, Lord willing, nothing’s wrong and I’ll be ready to go for practice on Tuesday and play on Friday.”
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IT’S not a matter of Chris Ross not having the heart to play through injury. It’s more of him fearing he’d be a liability to San Miguel Beer had he forced himself to come back despite nursing a hurting knee in the team’s PBA Governors Cup game against Barangay Ginebra. “I wanted to go back out there, but I wouldn’t be a positive for my team,” said the Fil-Am guard as he walked out of the Mall of Asia Arena with a limp at the end of the Beermen’s 111-105 victory over the Kings in double overtime. “So my trainer just decided to shut it down.”

Gilas Pilipinas has been slotted in Group B of the 2016 Fiba Asia Challenge Cup set in Iran from Sept. 9 to 18. The Filipinos, who will be bringing in a team that consists of the best amateur standouts in the country, will be facing Chinese Taipei and India in the group stages. All three teams will move on to the next round, where Group A teams China, Jordan, and Kazakhstan await them.
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The new era of Gilas Pilipinas basketball begins this September. The drawing of groups for the 2016 FIBA Asia Challenge Cup was released Monday afternoon with Gilas Pilipinas being drawn to Group B together with India and Chinese-Taipei. The tournament starts on September 9 and Tehran, Iran will host the tournament.

VETERAN Denok Miranda is not about to go away quietly from the PBA. Two months after TNT Katropa bought out the remainder of his contract that left him out of the league and facing retirement, the 34-year-old guard suddenly found an interested taker in Blackwater. Miranda agreed to sign a short-term contract with the Elite in an effort to help the franchise in its playoff bid in the season-ending Governors Cup.