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Loss shows TNT’s over-reliance on Castro… Kelly Williams unlocks achievement… Near double-double for Belo in debut

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“Sanay naman lahat playing with Jayson (Castro), but it shouldn’t be an excuse for everybody including myself,” stressed Reyes, whose team shot just 37 percent from the field in the game. “We should’ve done a better job defensively because I felt that if we could’ve made enough stops, enough defensive rebounds, the result could be different,” he said. “It’s only him who knows what’s happening sa katawan niya, so he told me after two games, he’ll be ready,” shared Reyes. Fox Sports Asia

 

“It’s really an adjustment. Everybody is used to playing with Jayson, but it shouldn’t be an excuse for everybody including myself,” said Reyes. “We should’ve done a better job defensively because I felt that if we could’ve made enough stops, enough defensive rebounds, the result could be different.” “We should’ve done a better job defensively because I felt that if we could’ve made enough stops, enough defensive rebounds, the result could be different.” Inquirer.net

 

“Adjustment talaga,” said Reyes, who himself is filling in for new coach Nash Racela until the concurrent Far Eastern University coach finishes his business in the UAAP. “Sanay naman lahat playing with Jayson, but it shouldn’t be an excuse for everybody including myself. We should’ve done a better job defensively because I felt that if we could’ve made enough stops, enough defensive rebounds, the result could be different.” “We can’t rely on Jayson to save our season,” he added. “Everybody from the team, we have to do our part to make this conference a successful one.” Spin.ph

 

TNT forward Kelly Williams added another feather on his cap. Despite the Katropa’s 87-101 loss to Rain or Shine on Wednesday night in their PBA Philippine Cup encounter at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum, the 6-foot-6 Williams earned some sort of consolation as he became the 77th local member of the pro league’s 5,000-point club. According to resident PBA chief statistician Fidel Mangonon III, Williams achieved the feat behind a perimeter jumper off a Kris Rosales assist at the 4:01 mark of the first canto, pulling TNT within 10-12 against Rain or Shine. Fox Sports Asia

 

“Before the game started I just reminded the players that coach Yeng is not arriving tonight,” said ROS coach Caloy Garcia. “Like I said, we’re gonna miss him (Guiao) but we have to move on and this game showed our character.” “At least we know that we can still win.” Inquirer.net

 

“Yung pagiging leader siguro and yung tiwala na binibigay ni coach Caloy (Garcia) it-take advantage ko. Di ko dapat hahayaan at babalewain ko yun,” said Belga after the game. “Tumatanda na ako and may mga mas bata sa team so hindi siguro pwedeng ako yung pasaway kasi mas magiging panget siguro na in a way na baka gayahin ng bata,” he added. Fox Sports Asia

 

“In-advice niya sa akin na pagbutihin ko lagi, lalong lalo na nandito na ako sa PBA,” said the 23-year-old guard. “Siya (Chester) yung kumbaga nauna sa akin dito sa PBA and yun ang nag-lead ng way para sa akin na mag-pursigi ako,” shared Tolomia, who capped his PBA D-League career with a championship with the Phoenix Accelerators. Fox Sports Asia

 

“Malayo, malayo tayo kay Paul Lee,” said the soft-spoken member of the Gilas cadet training pool after finally making his PBA debut on Wednesday night in a 101-87 win by the Elasto Painters against TNT Katropa at the Smart Araneta Coliseum. “Alam naman natin kung gaano kagaling si Paul Lee.” Spin.ph

 

Usually calm and collected, Mac Belo admitted he was anxious on the eve of his keenly-awaited PBA debut. Belo was so nervous he barely slept. But it hardly showed on Wednesday night when he put up 17 points and nine rebounds to help Blackwater hold off Phoenix, 94-87, in the 2017 Philippine Cup. Inquirer.net

 

“May potential ‘yung bata, but you have to guide him,” said Blackwater coach Leo Isaac. “Meron pa rin siyang maliit na pagkakamali and that’s where the coaches should step in, to guide him para iyung tools niya would be properly sharpened and he would turn out to be the player he is projected to be.” The victory also marked the first time Blackwater beat Phoenix, which took over the Barako Bull franchise middle of last season.“Best start for Blackwater in any conference,” he said. “As I’ve said, it’s a new season for us. We’ve got some players who we really wanted. We’ve got renewed energy and new hope.” Malaya

 

Lack of sleep did not prevent Blackwater rookie Mac Belo from making a smashing PBA debut on Wednesday night. ”Actually, kinakabahan talaga,” Belo told media men. “Buti na lang maaga din ako nagising kanina kaya medyo sarap pala maglaro kapag puyat.” Fox Sports Asia

 

With a lot of expectations from him, top rookie Mac Belo rose to the occasion and debuted with a bang, topscoring for Blackwater with 17 points, on 77 percent shooting (7-of-9), on top of nine rebounds for a near double-double performance. It was a hard-fought contest but Blackwater proved to be the better team at the clutch to claim victory. Manila Standard

 

“It’s tough. We didn’t do a pretty good job of taking care of our possessions. That was the biggest thing for us. We had a lot of turnovers,” said Vanguardia following Phoenix’s 94-87 defeat. “We weren’t executing well. Credit also to Blackwater’s defense.” “We cannot play defense by spurts, there were a few defensive possessions but we weren’t able to sustain it.” Inquirer.net

 

Wright, a highly-touted three-point shooter, was downed by food poisoning on Wednesday morning after eating lechon in a mall. “We were caught by surprise.  He (Wright) was playing major minutes in the offseason for us,” said Vanguardia, who won the 2016 Asean Basketball League with Wright as his top gunner last March. The rookie PBA coach, however, blamed the team’s failure to control the basketball, which hastened the Fuel Masters’ downfall against the Mac Belo-led Elite. Inquirer.net

 

“They found a congenital hole in my heart, so I had it close, it’s already been six weeks,” Kramer confirmed to FOX Sports after he watched over his new team Fuel Masters loss their opener against Blackwater. “It was frustration then gratitude. Without a doubt, it was a blessing in disguise,” Kramer wrote on his post.“It’s sort of an awareness for the PBA players and the teams na let’s do the mandatory 2D echo for the players. Some players have already asked me about the procedure, but are just afraid to know,” he said, before heading to the exit with his celebrity wife Cheska Garcia. Fox Sports Asia

 

“They (Adamson) played excellent defense, taking care of the small details and they were pressuring our ball handers that’s why we had a hard time crossing the midcourt,” La Salle coach Aldin Ayo, visibly upset, said. “Nahirapan kaming mag-execute. “I told them to play our game and take care of the basketball and keep on executing.” Malaya

 

La Salle’s import Ben Mbala got his usual numbers after finishing with 21 points, 16 rebounds and 4 blocks in the Green Archers’ Final Four round win over Adamson on Wednesday. “As a player, you always have to find a way to get your usual numbers and stick to the game plan. I found my way, get offensive rebound and take advantage of the rebound,” said the 6-foot-7 Mbala, whose team endured a scary ending before prevailing, 69-64 against a scrappy Adamson squad. “Our defense was really poor, our decision making. We can’t keep playing like that,” said Mbala, the hands-down choice to win the MVP this season. Fox Sports Asia

 

“In our team, whoever is the hottest gets the ball. In this game, I thought everything was going my way. So I kept on asking for the ball in the last two plays,” said Teng. With their victory, the top seeded Green Archers are now back in the best-of-three finals after three years. Manila Standard

 

“We’re now in the Finals but we cannot play like this,” said Ayo, visibly dismayed despite shooting down the Adamson Falcons with a 69-64 win in the Final Four at Mall of Asia Arena last night. “We just really wanted this game badly and we don’t want to prolong it anymore,” said Teng on his final year with the Archers. “We just really wanted this game badly and we don’t want to prolong it anymore,” said Teng on his final year with the Archers. Inquirer.net

 

“Whether it’s Ateneo or FEU, I don’t really care. All I know is that we have to be ready in the Finals,” said Ayo. “It was a great run for us. Even if we didn’t make it all the way, I can say it’s a magical run for us,” said Adamson coach Franz Pumaren. “For a young team, who would ever imagine or expect us to be in this situation?” Inquirer.net

 

The top-seeded Green Archers had to cling to a precarious lead late in the game before finally overcoming the Falcons, 69-64, on Wednesday and sealing a place in the championship series. “I’m hesitant to congratulate them because it was a horrible game for us,” said Ayo. The Green Archers, who lost just one of 14 games in the two-round eliminations, only had three assists the entire game and committed 26 turnovers against the Falcons. “Pare, nakaka-bad trip,” Ayo told one of the reporters during the interview. “I was very disappointed with the way we played. Eto ‘yung sinasabi ko na marami pa kaming tatrabahuin.” Spin.ph

 

From a dismal 3-11 record last season, the Falcons flipped the script after Franz Pumaren took over the coaching reins and soared to the fourth seed with an 8-5 record. Though the Falcons fell back to earth in their lone game in the Final Four, Pumaren was proud of what his bunch has done. Inquirer.net

 

“I think next season, we’re gonna be even more hungrier than we were this season,” Ahanmisi said. “Now that we know the feeling, the playoffs and knowing that we were so close to getting to the Finals, we’re gonna be even more hungrier.” Fox Sports Asia

 

The Falcons, after all, weren’t supposed to giving a powerhouse side like La Salle all that it could handle in the playoffs. Heck, they weren’t supposed to be in the Final Four at all. “I think it was a pretty good game for us to show that everyone in the whole tournament that we’re a different Adamson team, that we can actually compete with other teams especially with big name team like La Salle,” said Ahanmisi moments after the 64-69 loss to the Green Archers. Spin.ph