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Tenorio can’t be guarded.. Devance rues lack of ‘puso’… Baldwin takes UP loss in stride



“Nobody can guard Tenorio,” Black said. “Anjo (Caram) somehow gave us a lift defensively. He helped slow down LA a little bit.”


“Kung di tinawagan yun, di ko rin alam,” Hugnatan said, scratching his head while asking the press what they thought of the play. The 37-year-old said he even asked Devance about the call while the referees were discussing the play: “Sabi ko sa kanya, ‘What do you think, Joe?’ Di sya nagsalita.” “Sabi nga namin, kung ano yung tawag ng referee, di na namin pinapansin. Focus lang kami sa game,” he said. “Ang hirap kalaban ng Ginebra kasi yung crowd talaga sobrang ingay. Minsan, di na namin naririnig yung sinasabi ni coach kaya naguusap-usap talaga kami kung ano ang dapat gawin.”


“I think it was a lack of experience, I mean not knowing how it takes to win, but Coach Tim [Cone] was pretty upset,” said Devance. “Hopefully we cane learn from this, see the tape and check what we did wrong.” “Honestly, it was not about the X’s and O’s, it was something about heart, we kinda lacked… I think there was no passion out there for whatever reason.” “That lack of experience we didn’t know how to take it, and with him [Cone] being upset, I hope it kinda would kick us in the butt and get us going and fired up.”


Yet it was the first timers Meralco who would spoil Ginebra’s return with a 114-109 stunner in overtime. Allen Durham led the Bolts with an impressive line of 46 points, 13 rebounds, and seven assists, while his Ginebra counterpart Justin Brownlee did not fare so well.


“We have to learn the game. We are short of experience and short of basketball knowledge on this team and we are trying to progress that as quickly as we can… We weren’t trying to make adjustments and with such a young team, we want timeouts to be five minutes long instead of one. It’s hard to get cohesion unless we are doing what we are exactly doing in practice with this team. But they are learning,” said Baldwin. “We are going to have games where we will surprise people like FEU in the first round, We will get wins that is probably unexpected, and we may have tough nights like tonight where we don’t find solutions and we end up at the wrong side of the ledger,” said Baldwin.


“The main thing we discussed looking at the second, we really believe that we’re better than 1-6,” said UP head coach Bo Perasol. “I believe that if we’re just able to close out games, we could’ve won a couple more games.” “I was telling the players most specially Jett and the other graduating players that we’re not going to wait another seven years to beat Ateneo again,” added Perasol, who was the coach of the Blue Eagles last season.


“Credit really goes to my players. They really displayed great determination especially in the endgame. They just did it,” said Perasol. “It was a good team win. Before this game, I told the team it can’t be just two, three, four players to win the ball game,” Manuel said. “I stressed to the team that someone has to step up and I’m happy that Gelo stepped up big time but everyone coach put into the game stepped up.”


It was just the Fighting Maroons’ second victory in UAAP Season 79, but Perasol knew it was more than that. UP finally beat Ateneo after seven years and to him, that’s what made the moment special and nothing more.


“Technically, may chance pa. Magtatatalo lang din yung ibang teams. Magkaroon lang kami ng confidence, magkaroon lang kami ng winning streak, makakabalik din kami, pero yung nilalaro namin ngayon, feeling ko kulang pa talaga e. Sana ma-resolve namin hanggat hindi pa huli ang lahat,” Vigil told reporters after UST’s loss to University of the East, 71-61.


“I was blessed because of sports and I just want to give something back,” says Crisano, whose torso is a living canvas of his trusted tattoo artist. “I did a lot of nasty things, but it’s all in the past,” says the still fighting-fit Filipino-American, who wound up his PBA career in 2013 with GlobalPort with averages of five points and four rebounds a game. “I’m a changed man and I’m willing to create change through sports.” “I’m passionate with what I do,” he says. “It became intense out there because of my love for the game. That’s how I give my 100 percent on the court.”


“We know we’re better than 1-6 and we could have won more games,” said Perasol. “[FEU is] a big team, a very experienced and well-coached team, so we’ve got to be ready,” said Pumaren.


“That’s the sweetest thing na mangyayari sa teammates ko kasi di natin alam kung ano ang nasa isip nila after ng championship. Baka ito na lang din ang hinihintay nila,” he said. “Sobrang happy ako para sa kanila kasi ako personally, yung last game ko yung championship namin but we fell short,” he said, reflecting on the Gin Kings’ runner-up finish to Alaska back in the 2013 Commissioner’s Cup.


“This time, it’s not really (on running for POC presidency). Ang dami kong trabaho,di ba?” he said when asked about the matter during Game One of the PBA Governors Cup finals between Meralco and Barangay Ginebra at the Smart Araneta Coliseum. “Tsaka ayoko, political yun, e,” he added. “(I was) not approached, but some people suggested it,” said the man they call MVP. “Di ba years ago, that was also raised. Hindi naman nangyari yun.” “Siguro we’ll deal with it when we get there, kung mangyari man yun,” he stressed.


“NU made good adjustments for today’s game. They made it really hard for us to execute. They made adjustments na nahirapan kami to defend them,” said FEU coach Nash Racela.


“Makikita mo na kapag lahat naka-focus, lalabas talaga ang laro nila. Maganda itong tournament na preparasyon para sa next season namin,” Blackwater coach Leo Isaac said after the game. The Elite wound up with a 2-2 record overall.  Their other victory came at the expense of Australia Perth Cockburn Cougars, 73-64 at the close of the preliminary round on Friday night. Fox Sports Asia


“We’ve been meeting on it (draft process). It’s been a collaborative effort between the PBA and the SBP and I think it’s a great signal to the fans that both institutions are working together,”  Panlilio told FOX Sports. Fox Sports Asia


Explosive young guard Jericho Cruz decided to stick with Rain or Shine, which just last Wednesday lost fiery mentor Yeng Guiao, who decided to move over to NLEX. The former Adamson firebrand guard concluded his second year in the PBA with career-high numbers of 12.49 points, 3.19 rebounds and 2.04 assists, while playing a vital role in Rain or Shine’s Commissioner’s Cup title conquest this season. Fox Sports Asia