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Lim hates Yeo…Mamaril thinks Globalport will go deep…Complacency is SMB’s problem


fb7fa3994abe9d55ce2bc76ab5410383“Unang una, si coach Frankie talaga ang nag-ano (trade) sa akin. Ayaw niya sa akin dahil sabi niya, di daw ako makakakita ng basketball court this conference so might as well go to Barako,” Yeo confided to, just before his first official game in a Barako Bull uniform on Wednesday against NLEX.

“I told them since this is an import conference and for us, especially since they finished in the bottom four (in the first two conferences), we have a big import. So if there’s any conference we can win, it’s this one because we have a big import,” Mamaril said. “We’re pretty talented. As far as size, we’re big because we have Keith and Semerad and the only one really small is Terrence and Stanley. Then, we have two imports, so we just have to complement them,” added the 34-year-old.

“I don’t want us to be complacent, but I know this team is capable of winning another championship,” Austria declared. “It depends on how we perform. It’s fortunate nagka-time kami magkasama-sama at na-address namin yung kakulangan sa conditioning so right now, everyone’s on the same page,” he added.

“Sinunod ko lang yung sinabi ni coach (Pido Jarencio) na i-limit ‘yung touches niya at pagurin siya,” Taha told after the game.


This is where third-year guard Edgar Charcos willed his team as he scored six straight points to tie the game at 75-all with 55.6 seconds remaining. RR de Leon, who freely roamed the point with Oraeme out of the game, tipped a missed shot to give UE a 77-75 lead with 31.9 ticks remaining. However, Stephen Que answered back with a high-looping lay-up to tie the game at 77-all with 17.4 remaining. After a timeout by UE coach Derick Pumaren, Charcos drove hard to the hoop to get a foul on big man Justin Serrano. Charcos was able to convert on both free throws to regain the lead with 2.6 seconds remaining. Amidst no timeouts remaining, Que was able to put up a shot that was could have tied the game but was waved off as the shot came after the horns sounded. TieBreakertimes


“I’m just going to try the best that I can to help my team win. That’s all that I can try to do here,” he said. Inquirer


USJR could no longer find answers to CSB’s fast-paced offense and stifling defense, as they lagged behind the Blazers 82-65 with 6:26 left in the game, their biggest deficit. CSB, on the other hand, shut down USJR’s attempts of catalyzing a comeback, sending the game out of reach for the latter, 93-77, with 1:15 remaining. The Jaguars scored back-to-back layups from Miguel Gastador and Iron Suano, but time was not on their side anymore when the buzzer sounded with the win in CSB’s hands, 93-81. TieBreakertimes

The Wizards, who rallied for a 104-98 victory in Sunday’s opener, had guard John Wall sidelined by an injured left wrist and his replacement Ramon Sessions scored 21 points but Washington only led once, 7-6 early in the contest. GMANews

Mike Conley returned just eight days after having facial surgery to score 22 points, and the Grizzlies used a smothering defensive effort to beat the Golden State Warriors 97-90 on Wednesday, evening the Western Conference semifinals 1-1. ”It felt like I played 50 minutes,” Conley, who played 27 minutes, said with a weary grin after the game. ”I was a liability on defense there for a while, but my teammates lifted me up.” Philstar


The MVP duo of June Mar Fajardo and Arwind Santos together with import AZ Reid are surely raring to have a fresh start, but they need to do it against a Kia squad which stunned them last conference.The Carnival are aiming to continue their decent showing in the Commissioner’s Cup where they posted four wins that came at the expense of the league’s former champions. Kia is bringing in Senegalese seven-footer Hamady Barro N’Diaye and Taiwanese Chang Tsung-Hsien together with new recruit Alex Nuyles whom the squad traded for. In the first game, Barako Bull and NLEX also try to have a winning start to their respective campaigns. Interaksyon

“I’ve tasted it, that feeling of being so close to winning a championship that when I don’t get there it’s like my whole world ends,” he said. “I’ve lost in the playoffs and I just felt like I could have died. Even just watching somebody else hold the trophy or talking about somebody else holding the trophy it just causes me to get emotional.”

“That guy, he got big heart. He’s little, but he got big heart,” Krayem told a group of sportswriters. Interaksyon

“I’ve never went into a game saying, ‘OK I’m going to be ultra-aggressive,'” he said. “I’ve always had to feel out things, but last night it was a little bit too much feel out. I only had two shots at one point. I was just not as aggressive offensively as I was defensively. We’ll see. I think I may have to change my mindset a little bit with Kev being out.”


Romeo attempted 24 shots, scoring 27 points off them, to grant Jarencio a triumphant return as the Globalport Batang Pier’s coach last Tuesday at the Araneta Coliseum.It looked like a typical output for the former Globalport guard, but the stat sheet showed he also added seven rebounds and, more importantly, five assists. Romeo could have had even more dimes as his teammates missed several shots coming from his setups, but nonetheless, that was the difference Jarencio harped on. “na si Terrence,” the Batang Pier mentor said. Sports ABS-CBN


He’s the main guy in Jordan and he’s very experienced,” the naturalized Filipino said. “Besides him, I don’t think there’s another Asian import that’s going to really make an impact that a local guy can’t do.” “So just keep the guys here,” he added. “If they bring somebody in, that gives them (locals) less experience. So a lot of players are going to have to wait next conference to play again.”


If there was one new Batang Pier who had to more personal adjustments to make, it’s Mamaril. After nine years playing for crowd darlings Ginebra, the big man admitted he was still getting used to the Globalport crowd. “The only difference is the crowd. The Globalport crowd after the game. “Team basketball ‘yan. Hindi ko gagawing excuse dahil ganun laro ko.” “Andre is a good player. Nakita naman namin sa practice ‘yun (na kaya namin mag-co-exist),” he added. “Kailangan lang namin mag-adjust at kailangan namin siya tulungan.”


Meralco outscored GlobalPort, 9-5 in the fourth quarter to trim the gap down to eight at 74-66. After minutes of inconsistent scoring for GlobalPort, they halted their fourth quarter slump with a fast break layup by Terrence Romeo from a long outlet pass by O’Bryant. They reestablished a 79-66 lead with 5:55 to play. As fatigue and frustration began to settle in, Andre Emmett muffed two potential lead-slicing free throws while hitting nothing but air on his next attempt. Afterwhich, Romeo knocked down a floater to make it a 14-point game, providing the dagger to the ball game. Romeo had 27 points despite needing 24 shots for it. However, he shot a stellar 5 out of 7 from downtown while also grabbing six boards and dishing out five dimes. Krayem added 18 points and eight rebounds for GlobalPort. Tiebreakertimes


Jarencio reinstated to head coach after giving way to Eric Gonzales during the Commissioner’s Cup, won a grand total of six games (6-21) in his previous two-and-a-half conference stint with the team. “I give credit kay coach Eric, sa game plan namin on defense, dahil yung pagbalik ko, sinuportahan nila ako kaya positive yun sa team,” said a beaming Jarencio.


Nandito na lahat sa Alaska. Maganda samahan ng mga teammates ko, magaling na coach saka ang kumpiyansa ko nandun. So ngayon, mas i-improve ko pa sarili ko para mas maging maganda pa ipapakita ko para sa team,” said the 27-year-old guard out of San Sebastian.


Zobel and two other squads stayed unbeaten in the Pilipinas Chinese Amateur Basketball League-Smart 8th Freego Cup at the Philippine Buddhacare Academy Gym. SJ Belangel had 16 points and seven assists as the Blue Eaglets downed University of the Philippines Integrated School, 85-79, recently for their third win in as many outings. Marvin Sario had 20 points and four assists as the Junior Archers beat Letran, 94-57, to also claim their third victory. Sario was named Freego Best Player of the game.


The Aces continued to pour on the scoring as they scored 12 points in the first 100 seconds of the third quarter to extend their lead to 26 capped by three free throws by Baguio. The pressure defense sucked the offensive air out of the Elites as Blackwater had a hard time finding their rhythm and getting good looks in the basket. Two more free throws by Travis made it a 73-43 game with still six minutes to play in the third. Player rotation came freely for Alaska as whoever was put on in the playing five contributed both in the offensive and defensive end. The unfortunate Blackwater squad kept missing perimeter jumpers including wide-open ones that led to easy transition baskets on Alaska’s end. The Aces scored 30 points in the third compared to Blackwater’s silent 17 that somewhat already decided the match heading into the final canto. Tiebreakertimes


Starting point guard JV Casio tossed in 13 like reliever Chris Banchero for the Aces, who got off to a rip-roaring start this time.Marcus Douthit fired 28 points and plucked down 16 boards for the Elite. Globalport, getting 27 points, seven rebounds and five assists from Terrence Romeo, also opened up strong, scoring a 92-73 victory over Meralco in the nightcap. Sport Inquirer


Romeo Travis paced Alaska with 18 points and 12 rebounds while hitting 63 percent of his shots. Jayvee Casio also had a solid outing, hitting 13 points off a perfect clip. Cyrus Baguio rounded up the starters in double figures with 12 markers. The Aces went up 14 at the half, 55-41, before unloading 30 in the third while limiting the Elite to just 17. At the final turn, Alaska found themselves comfortably ahead, 85-58. Blackwater offered little resistance in the payoff period, virtually matching their opponent’s output for the final score. GMANews


Pacquiao said in an interview for “Balitanghali” the recovery will take around four to six months, making him miss PBA’s season-ending conference which starts on Tuesday. “Bawal pa [mag-basketball],” he said. “Kailangan nating pagalingin muna ‘yung katawan.”  GMANews


We’re very different players. LeBron (James) is the best player in the world. I’m just pretty good. I’m just trying to help my team the best I can,” Travis told reporters after his tis team’s conference-opening victory on Tuesday at the Araneta Coliseum.Sports ABS-CBN


Playing-coach Manny Pacquiao may still be healing up from his megabout with Floyd Mayweather Jr., but that won’t stop Kia from continuing its giant-slaying ways in the 2015 PBA Governor’s Cup. Hoping to give their playing-coach a morale-boosting victory, the Carnival aim to upset powerhouse San Miguel Beermen for the second time in a row on Wednesday at the Araneta Coliseum. Sports ABS-CBN


Sanay na sanay na ako ‘dun eh,” Tenorio told


Wall initially thought he had broken his wrist, having had the same injury before his sophomore year of high school. But X-rays were negative, the hand was taped, and Wall seemed confident that he wouldn’t miss any playing time. “I’m all right. My hand hurts. Real painful. Swollen,” he said Monday. “We’ll get the swelling down before tomorrow’s game.”


Without  Chris everybody has to step up,” Griffin said. “But it’s not one person’s job, it’s everybody’s job. And if you look at the stat sheet tonight, it was everybody.” Sport Inquirer