Pacquiao calls first triple ‘tsamba’… Guiao notes ‘urgency’ of ROS woes… Asi not going anywhere
Apart from the win, Pacquiao also buried his first 3-pointer, knocking it down over the outstretched arms of Blackwater big man Kyle Pascual, to finish with a career-best four points. “Tsambahan lang yun,” said a laughing Pacquiao. “Masaya naman kami kasi nanalo after dalawang sunod na talo.”
Mahindra is on track to make its first appearance in the playoffs after improving to 5-2 with a win over Blackwater on Sunday. But for Enforcer playing-coach Manny Pacquiao said the team won’t be contented by just making the playoffs. “Hindi lang sa playoffs, siyempre ang goal namin is mag champion,” said Pacquiao after Mahindra’s 97-88 victory.
“I’m not really sure but we’re way off our game from last conference,” admitted Guaio following their 101-87 defeat at the hands of the surging Brgy. Ginebra on Sunday at the Big Dome. “I’m a little worried because by this time, our 6th game in the eliminations, we should be peaking up,” he said, noting that wingman Jireh Ibanez is the only player in their injured list.
Not leaving anything to chance despite a good footing in the playoffs, Guiao stressed he will be taking the issue as an urgent matter for the coaching staff to resolve in the coming days. “Our import had been consistent, so we cannot pin this down on the import, our locals have to take some of the responsibility, but ang tingin kong wala sa amin, we’re not as cohesive as last conference,” he said.
Rain or Shine is not the premier model of consistency in the 2016 PBA Governors’ Cup. “I’m a little worried because it’s our sixth game in the eliminations and by this time, we should be peaking,” said Guiao on Sunday at Smart Araneta Coliseum. “Ang nangyayari nagsa-slide kami, so this will require urgent measures.” “I will talk to the coaching staff on Tuesday, next game is on Sunday, and we will deliberate about the team’s situation.”
“We’re not as cohesive as last conference, we don’t have the chemistry,” said Guiao. Rain or Shine had lowest-scoring import in Pierre Henderson-Niles in the Commissioner’s Cup and the unlike its current reinforcement Dior Lowhorn, who is averaging close 20 points a game this conference. “Last conference we have the lowest-scoring import, but we did not have problems with our offense, we found a way to produce the points,” said Guiao. “Ngayon yung import namin who is averaging 20-plus points but we can’t produce enough numbers on offense for us to keep winning.”
Multi-titled Rain or Shine coach Yeng Guiao credited his drive for basketball excellence to the late legendary coach Baby Dalupan. “Pag si coach Baby yung nagsalita, bow ka na lang sa kanya and siguro to a certain extent, yun din yung nag-influence sa akin,” shared the mercurial coach on the night the PBA gave a special tribute to the respected former PBA coach.
“Being with the younger guys in our team, it makes me push myself because I have to keep in step with their pace, and I have to put in the extra hours, do whatever I have to do to keep myself in shape and have the stamina to run around,” said Taulava. “I know my extra responsibility, not only as player, but as captain of NLEX that I have to carry myself in a certain way because if these guys see me slouching around, hanging out and not doing what I have to do, they’re gonna lose motivation,” he added. “But when they see me work hard, they come in and work hard, too.”
Proving that age is just a number, Asi Taulava struck a fresh two-year deal on Monday to stay with the NLEX Road Warriors. The 43-year-old Taulava broke the news through his social media account, posting a photo of himself signing the contract with NLEX team manager Ronald Dulatre on his Instagram. “Thank you Heavenly Father! Just signed my new deal to stay home with NLEX! #blessed,” Taulava wrote.
NLEX’s evergreen slotman Asi Taulava expressed his gratitude to the Road Warriors management for giving him a fresh two-year extension deal that would mean seeing him play in the PBA till he’s 45 years old. “We all came to terms and I feel grateful because I still had this chance to play especially with what is going on, they still trust me and want to keep me around for 2 years and all the hardwork paid off,” Taulava told FOX Sports on Monday night.“It’s like a miracle right now. I never thought about this (playing in the PBA through his 40s) when I was in my 30s because the door was closing in my late 30s,” explained Taulava, who came into the PBA as a direct-hired player by Mobiline in 1998. “But I think time has been flying by and I’m still playing. And now I can get to see young guys come.”
The six-foot Fil-American guard was at his element against the Beermen, pumping a team-high 25 points, four assists and two rebounds for the Batang Pier’s second straight win in the season-ending conference. Pringle beat a strong cast of candidates for the weekly citation led by Barangay Ginebra’s LA Tenorio and Sol Mercado, Meralco’s Jared Dillinger and Mahindra forward Aldrech Ramos. Last season’s Rookie of the Year scored six crucial points inside the final 5 minutes of the fourth period to keep the Beermen from regaining the lead.
Mike Tolomia could go home with two hardwares on Tuesday.The FEU guard isn’t just a win away from giving Phoenix another D-League championship in the 2016 Foundation Cup, but he could also end up with the conference MVP award. Consistent all conference long, Tolomia is the favorite to snare the plum after averaging 19.9 points, 4.9 rebounds, and 4.7 assists while also helping the Accelerators book a return trip to the Finals.
PHOENIX goes for the jugular when it collides anew with Tanduay today in Game 2 of their best-of-three finals showdown for the PBA D-League Foundation Cup at the Strike Gym in Bacoor, Cavite. “Pinaka-mahalaga talaga ay we sprint back. They took a lot of layups, especially in the third, medyo naging negligent kami roon,” Gonzales said, adding his charges can’t let their guard down especially against Tanduay big man Jaymo Eguilos, who scored 10 points against Phoenix’s interior defense. “We’ve got to play decent defense kay Eguilos. Sabi ko nga sa kanila don’t underestimate Eguilos. Eguilos with FEU and Eguilos with Tanduay, big difference na. Dapat lahat respetuhin namin,” Gonzales said.
The 2016 PBA DLeague Foundation Cup Most Valuable Player is soon to be crowned. The announcement for this conference’s MVP is set to take place this Tuesday, August 23, before Game 2 of the Finals series between Phoenix Accelerators and Tanduay Rhum Masters. And the race for the coveted award is a tight one among three amateurs that stood out for their respective teams — Mike Tolomia, Carl Cruz, and Jonathan Grey.
AS if its hot start in the PBA Governors Cup is not enough, TNT Katropa continues to upgrade its personnel, this time at the coaching level. As expected, dela Cruz will handle the side of TNT Katropa which has been his forte during his playing years – defense. “I know he can help the team with his defensive knowledge,” said Uichico of dela Cruz, with whom he previously worked as deputy with San Miguel, and later, Barangay Ginebra.