2012 PBA Commissioner’s Cup: Championship down to 6 teams

31 03 2012

It took an extra game day for the 2012 PBA Commissioner’s Cup‘s playoff picture to finalized. The Meralco Bolts eliminated Philippine Cup surprise finalist Powerade Tigers in their do or die battle for the 6th and final slot in the quarterfinals. In the main game today, the Barangay Ginebra Kings toppled sister team B-Meg Derby Ace Llamados to secure the No.2 seeding and outright semifinal seat.

Eliminated Teams:

Rain or Shine Elasto Painters (3-6)

Petron Blaze Boosters (3-6)

Air 21 Express (3-6)

Powerade Tigers (4-5)

Quarterfinal Match-ups:

QF 1: B-Meg Llamados vs. Meralco Bolts

QF 2: Alaska Aces vs. Barako Bull

Final 4 Teams:

1. Talk ‘N Text

2. Ginebra

Winners of the QF match-ups

caloycomment: With 3 Philippine Cup semifinalists ousted, the PBA has achieved some sort of parity between teams… MORE





Philippine Basketball: Chot Reyes bares National Team shortlist

28 03 2012

Coach Chot Reyes, who will be taking over as head coach of the Philippine Men’s Basketball National Team after the current Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) season, has bared his wish list among the PBA players that he wants to participate national team training pool. He announced the following players made the shortlist via a twitter post:

Guards

  1. Jimmy Alapag (Talk ‘N Text)
  2. Alex Cabagbot (Petron)
  3. Jason Castro (Talk ‘N Text)
  4. LA Tenorio (Alaska)
  5. Gary David (Powerade)
  6. Ryan Reyes (Talk ‘N Text)
  7. James Yap (B-Meg)
  8. Marcio Lassiter (Powerade)
  9. Larry Fonacier (Talk ‘N Text)

Big Men

  1. Gabe Norwood (Rain or Shine)
  2. Arwind Santos (Petron)
  3. Ranidel De Ocampo (Talk ‘N Text)
  4. Marc Pingris (Ginebra)
  5. Kelly Williams (Talk ‘N Text)
  6. Sonny Thoss (Alaska)
  7. Enrico Villanueva (B-Meg)

 

The pool is also expected to invite some amateur players specially the members of the 2011 SEA Games Gold Medal team. Marcus Douthit will be joining team but NBA player Javale McGee is being groomed to be the next naturalized center for the Philippines. The chosen players has not signify yet if they are joining the pool. The mother teams also will be consulted before the final line-ups will be determined.





March Madness 2012: Final 4 Preview

26 03 2012

There are only 4 teams left in the 2012 NCAA Tournament. Among the 4 teams, only one is No.1 seed (Kentucky). Two No.2 seed (Kansas and Ohio St.) are there while Louisville is the lowest seed at No.4. Here are the match-ups of this year’s Final Four.

Kansas Jayhawks (31-6) vs. Ohio State Buckeyes (31-7)

Road to Final 4:

Kansas won over:

No.15 Detroit 65-50

No.10 Purdue 63-60

No.11 North Carolina St. 60-57

No.1 North Carolina 80-67 to win the Midwest Region

Ohio State won over:

No.15 Loyola (MD) 78-59

No.7 Gonzaga 73-66

No.6 Cincinnati 81-66

No.1 Syracuse 77-70 to win the East Region

Key Players:

Kansas

Thomas Robinson, Junior /Forward/6’10” (17.7 ppg 11.9 rpg .517 FG%)

Tyshawn Taylor, Senior /Guard/6’3″ (16.6 ppg 4.7 apg 1.3 spg)

Jeff Withey, Junior /Center/7’0″ (9.5 ppg, 6.2 rpg, 3.5 bpg)

Ohio State

Jared Sullinger, Sophomore /Forward/6’9″ (17.6 ppg 9.1 rpg .531 FG%)

Deshaun Thomas, Sophomore /Forward/6’7″ (16.1 ppg 5.4 rpg .531 FG%)

William Buford, Senior /Guard/6’6″ (14.4 ppg, 4.9 rpg 2.7 apg)

Previous Encounter:

(13) Kansas 78 – 67 (2) Ohio State (December 10, 2011 at Phog Allen Fieldhouse, Lawrence, KS)

Kansas gave Ohio State their first defeat of the 2011-12 season. Jared Sullinger did not play for the Buckeyes due to injury. The match was played in Kansas.

Players of the match:

Thomas Robinson (Kansas) 21 points 7 rebounds

Tyshawn Taylor (Kansas) 9 points 13 assists

William Buford (Ohio State) 21 points

Post-season history:

Kansas: 14th Final Four appearance; Last Title Match: 2008 (won the national title)

Ohio State: 11th Final Four appearance; Last Title Match: 2007 (lost to Florida)

Game Outlook:

It will be an exciting battle of the big men as Jared Sullinger will match up against Tomas Robinson. This will be one of the first battles between the two as they will soon embark strut their stuff in the NBA. Jeff Withey will also play a critical role in clogging the lane for Jaywalks. The Buckeyes’ wingmen cannot be taken for granted in this game. Prediction 71-69 for the Jayhawks ;)

Kentucky Wildcats (36-2) vs. Louisville Cardinals (30-9)

Road to Final 4:

Kentucky won over:

No.16 Western Kentucky 81-66

No. 8 Iowa St. 87-71

No.4 Indiana 104-90

No.3 Baylor 82-70 to win the South Region

Louisville  won over:

No.13 Davidson 69-62

No.5 New Mexico 59-56

No. 1 Michigan State 57-44

No.7 Florida 72-68 to win the West Region

Key Players:

Kentucky

Anthony Davis, Freshman /Forward/6’10” (14.2 ppg 10.1 rpg 4.6 bpg)

Doron Lamb, Sophomore /Guard/6’4″ (13.6 ppg 1.5 apg .474 3FG%)

Terence Jones, Sophomore /Forward/6’9″ (12.6 ppg 7.1 rpg 1.7bpg)

Louisville

Kyle Kuric, Senior /Guard-Forward/6’4″ (12.7 ppg, 4.2 rpg, 1.2 apg)

Russ Smith, Sophomore /Guard/6’0″ (11.6 ppg, 2.0 apg, 2.2 spg)

Gorgui Deng, Sophomore/Center/6’11” (9.2 ppg 9.0 rpg 3.2 bpg)

Previous Encounter:

(3) Kentucky 69 – 62 (4) Louisville (December 31, 2011 at Rupp Arena, Lexington, KY)

Freshman Michael Kidd-Gilchrist exploded with 24 points and 19 rebounds to lead Kentucky to a victory at home. The Wildcats outscored the Cardinals 28-22 in the last 14 minutes of the game to pull-away from a slim 41-40 lead. Russ Smith scored 30 points off the bench for Louisville.

Post-season history:

Kentucky: 15th Final Four appearance; Made it also to last year’s Final 4

Louisville: 9th Final Four appearance, last time was in 1995

Game Outlook:

Kentucky last won a title under Coach Rick Pitino who is now mentoring the surprising Cardinals. Kentucky’s John Calipari has been to many Final Fours but he has never won a title yet. The big men of the Wildcats could dominate but Deng has been a rock for the Cardinals under the basket. The one who can dictate the tempo will win. Prediction: Kentucky 74-65 ;)





Tiger Woods captures first title after divorce

26 03 2012
Tiger Woods

Tiger Woods (Photo credit: Richard Carter)

It has been almost 3 years since a sex scandal broke out involving Tiger Woods. The scandal affected his marriage and eventually to a divorce. Woods has never won a PGA Tour tournament since the scandal broke out. The drought ended today as Tiger Woods won the Arnold Palmer Invitational at Bay Hill. Woods was leading after 54 holes and finished with a 70 today for a 5 shot victory over Graeme McDowell.

Woods joined 26 PGA Tour events in the span of the drought. He came close several times and many times he also got derailed by injuries.  He won the the Chevron World Challenge last December which had a field of 18 top players in the world.

The victory at Bayhill is the 72nd PGA title for  the former No.1 player. He is now 1 behind the legendary Jack Niklaus in PGA Tour wins. With the win, Woods will be ranked No.6 in the next world golf rankings.

Top 10 at Bay Hill:

1 Tiger Woods -13 69 65 71 70 275 $1,080,000 500
2 Graeme McDowell -8 72 63 71 74 280 $648,000 300
3 Ian Poulter -6 71 69 68 74 282 $408,000 190
T4 Kevin Na -5 73 68 69 73 283 $209,571 96
T4 Bubba Watson -5 69 70 72 72 283 $209,571 96
T4 Ryan Moore -5 71 71 71 70 283 $209,571 96
T4 Johnson Wagner -5 71 69 69 74 283 $209,571 96
T4 Ernie Els -5 71 70 67 75 283 $209,571 96
T4 Brian Davis -5 70 73 70 70 283 $209,571 96
T4 Bud Cauley -5 70 73 68 72 283 $209,571 96




PBA play makes it to ESPN Sportscenter

24 03 2012
ESPN

ESPN (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

A PBA play made it to ESPN’s top plays of the day. It was not a spectacular dunk or pass but it was a “funny” performance by PBA veteran Mick Pennisi. The Pennisi flop became viral as the Barako Bull player was shown having a delayed reaction after being hit by a ball. While the play was amusing, the flop was actually instrumental in Barako Bull’s victory over the slumping Petron Blaze Boosters. Will McDonald replaced highly efficient Nick Fazekas. McDonald was supposed to help salvage the season of Petron but because he threw the ball to Pennisi’s head, he got ejected and Barako just toyed with the import-less Boosters to coast to a victory. McDonald was also fined P20,000 for the act.





2012 AFC Challenge Cup: Philippines beats Palestine 4-3 in the battle for 3rd

20 03 2012

Playing without star keeper Neil Etheridge, the Azkals scored enough goals to survive and win against the Al Fursan despite conceding 3 goals. Etheridge was suspended in the 3rd place match after getting a red card in the Philippine‘s heartbreaking semifinal loss to Turkmenistan. In for the Fullham goalkeeper is Philippine Army‘s Eduard Sacapaño. Sacapaño made enough saves to help Philippines win the high scoring match.

Phil Younghusband had a brace to up his total to six goals in tournament. He was awarded the golden booth after the tournament. The goal scores for the Philippines were the Guirado brothers. Angel Guirado scored his second goal in the tournament for a 3-1 lead at the half. Brother Juan Luis scored his first ever as an Azkal in the second half. Juan Luis’ goal turned to be the game winner.

Abdulhamid had 2 goals for Palestine. The third goal of Al Fursan was courtesy of Fahed attal in the 78th minute.

The third place finish in the AFC Challenge Cup is  big achievement for the Philippines where football lags in popularity to basketball and boxing. The good finish in this recent tournament will surely improve the country’s standings in the FIFA World Rankings where it is ranked 155th.

Azkals Celebrate (from goalnepal.com)





NCAA March Madness 2012 upsets: Round of 32- NC State eliminates Georgetown

19 03 2012

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Columbus, Ohio- The North Carolina State Wolfpack (24-12) ended the hopes of No.3 seeded Georgetown Hoya’s dream of going to the Final 4 this year with a 66-63 upset win. The 11th seeded Wolfpack controlled the 2nd period and survived the late game rally of Georgetown (24-9).

Lorenzo Brown made 3 free throws in the last 10 seconds of the game to clinch the win for NC State. Jason Clark missed a potential game-tying three at the buzzer for the Hoyas. Scott Wood, C.J. Williams, and C.J. Leslie scored 14 points a piece to lead the 11th seeded Wolfpack in scoring. Hollis Thompson exploded for 23 points for the losing 5.

It is the third straight year that Georgetown was sent packing by a double digit seed. In the previous 2 years, Georgetown went home after their first game. NC State is back in the Sweet 16 and they are hoping to reach to get their 3rd NCAA title. The Wolfpack won in 1974 and 1983.








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