Stats Streaks: 20 Straight! Rondo extends double digit assists streak!!

14 04 2012
Rondo Explosion

Rondo Explosion (Photo credit: Digital Dustin)

Rajon Rondo of the Boston Celtics has extended his amazing streak of issuing double digit assists to 20 games.  His efforts though were not enough to propel the Celtics to a road victory against the lowly Toronto Raptors.  Rondo tied legendary Magic Johnson at 2nd longest streak behind All-time great John Stockton’s 29.

His streak started in March 11 and it came at a good time as the Celtics are battling playoff seeding.  After starting the season at 15-17, the Boston Celtics have won 19 of its 26 games after the All-Star break.  Boston is currently battling the Atlanta Hawks, and the Orlando Magic for the 4th seed in the Eastern Conference.

The streak helped Rajon Rondo to overtake Steve Nash as the top NBA player when it comes to passing. Rondo (11.4) is now .3 apg clear of Nash (11.1) in the assists race for the season.

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AIBA Asian Olympic Qualification Tournament Day 4: 8 Boxers claim Olympic Spots

9 04 2012

Astana, Kazakhstan – With 4 slots each allocated for Asia in the Light Welterweight and Middleweight divisions, the quarterfinal bouts became olympic eliminators for the boxers in these weight classes. Here are the results in the quarterfinal matches of both divisions:

Light Welterweight:

 KAWACHI Masatsugu
 RAHMONOV Uktamjon    RSC

 YELEUSSINOV Daniyar    17
 KIM Chol Song                    6

 SHIM Hyun Young              16
 TOLOUTIBANDPI Mehdi    22

 HUDAYBERDIYEV Serdar    12
 SAKENOV Ermek                   9

Middleweight:

 YANG Yu-Ting                  11
 NAZAROV Sobirdzhon    16

 HARON Muhamad    
 ATOEV Abbos           RSC

 TUMURKHUYAG Chuluuntumur    17
 Vijender                                            27

 WAHEED Waheed      8
 PAZZIYEV Nursaat    15

The blog will would like to congratulate, the following boxers for bagging an Olympic slot for their respective countries:

  1. Uktamjon Rahmonov of Uzbekistan – Rahmonov is silver medallist in the  2010 Asian Games in Welterweight  and a bronze medallist in the 1st AIBA Youth World Championships (2008).
  2. Daniyar Yeleussinov of Kazahkstan – The host nation’s representative in the Olympics is an Asian Games Gold Medallist (-64 kg division) and a silver medal winner in the  1st AIBA Youth World Championships.
  3. Mehdi Toloutibandpi of Iran – Toloutibandpi reached the Round of 16 in the 2011 World Boxing Championships. He defeated Filipino Rolando Tacuyan in his first round bout of the said tournament. He got eliminated by Mongolian Uranchimeg Munkh-Erdene.
  4. Serdar Hudayberdiyev of Turkmenistan – Hudayberdiyev will finally be in the Olympics. He got a bronze medal in the 2nd Asian Olympic Qualification event in 2008 but failed to qualify for Athens.
  5. Sobirdzhon Nazarov of Tajikistan – Another nation from Central Asia has gained a spot in the Olympic boxing competition for the 2012 London Games as Tajikistan’s Nazarov defeated Taipei’s Yang.
  6. Abbos Atoev of Uzbekistan – Atoev will have a chance to redeem his early exit in Athens 2008. The 2010 Asian Games Silver medallist and 2009 World boxing championship gold medal winner is out to prove that he still have it despite a disappointing result in the 2011 AIBA World Championships.
  7. Vijender Singh of India – Vijender is also back in the Olympics. He got a bronze medal for India in Athens after losing to Emilio Correa Bayeux of Cuba in the semifinals.
  8. Nursaat Pazziyev of Turkmenistan – The 2011 Asian Confederation Boxing Championships Bronze medallist will be representing Turkmenistan in London 2012.

The 8 new qualifiers are composed mostly of boxers from Central Asia and former Russian States. The former Soviet states have slowly dominated the heavier weight categories in the Asian region.  These boxers are expected to represent their countries and Asia well in the Olympics a few months from now.





2012 PBA Commissioner’s Cup: Final 4 starts tomorrow

9 04 2012

The quarterfinals ended on Easter Sunday with Barako Bull and B-Meg Llamados carving out victories in their do or die battles with Alaka Aces and Meralco Bolts respectively. Barako Bull will face top seed Talk ‘N Text Tropang Texters in a best of five series for a spot in the finals.  The other match-up will be between sister teams B-Meg Llamados and Barangay Ginebra Kings.

Game Recap: Barako Bull 106-85 Alaska Aces

Undersized Gabe Freeeman showed that he is capable of leading any team to a PBA championship by giving the Barako Bull a 34 point-19 rebound boost to propel the lower seeded Barako Bull to an upset victory over Alaska Aces. Freeman outplayed Alaska import Adam Parada who finished his Commissioner’s Cup campaign with 18 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists. The Barako Bull made their move in the second quarter to pull away from a tight first period. By halftime, they led 55-42 and they never look back en route to another semifinal stint in the Commissioner’s Cup. Veteran guards Ronald Tubid and Willie Miller each contributed 20 points to give Freeman the scoring support that he needed.

Game Recap: B-Meg Llamados 86-76 Meralco Bolts

In the main game, the B-Meg Llamados and Tim Cone resurrected their hopes for a PBA title by rallying against the youthful Meralco Bolts. B-Meg needed a 25-9 wind-up to earn the right to face the Barangay Ginebra Kings in the semifinals. Denzel Bowles had a very productive game finishing with 28 points, 11 rebounds, 5 assists, and 3 blocks. He got scoring support from Joe DeVance  and Peter Jun Simon who scored 15 and 16 markers respectively. It was a sorry loss for Meralco who had monster games from Solomon Mercado (27 pts 5 rebs) and import Earl Barron (23 pts 11 rebs 4 blks). The victory is Tim Cone’s first series victory over former B-Meg coach Ryan Gregorio.

The semifinals will start tomorrow with Barako Bull battling the Talk ‘N Text Tropang Texters at the Ynares Center in Antipolo City. Tip off will be at 6:45 pm.





MLB 2012: Undefeated Teams after the first weekend of play

9 04 2012

The new Major League Baseball (MLB) season has started and a few teams started red hot to remain undefeated after the first weekend of action. Here are the undefeated teams after Easter Sunday action:

  1. Baltimore Orioles (3-0) – The Orioles started the new season at Camden yards by sweeping the Minnesota Twins. In the 3-game sweep, Baltimore only gave up 5 runs while the offense scored 15 runs. Nick Markakis is batting .556 and has 2 home runs already.
  2. Tampa Bay Rays (3-0) – The Rays tied the Orioles for the early AL East lead as they swept perennial division champs New York Yankees at home. The team is hitting at .333 and have an on-base percentage of .443.  The Rays will visit Detroit for their next series. Carlos Pena has 7 RBIs in their 3 game romp.
  3. Detroit Tigers (3-0) – The Tigers opened the Prince Fielder era with a sweep of Boston Red Sox. In 3 games, the Tigers scored 26 runs.  Lead off hitter Austin Jackson is batting .571 while Miguel Cabrera has 3 homers and 8 RBIs so far. The early series with the similarly undefeated Rays is a series to watch.
  4. New York Mets (3-0) – The Mets took an  early lead in the NL East standings as they beat the Atlanta Braves in 3 straight games. It is the first time in 5 years that NY Mets opened the season with a sweep. In the opening series, they only gave up 7 runs while scoring 15. The bullpen just gave up 1 run in 10 innings so far this season.
  5. Arizona Diamondbacks (3-0) –  The DBacks scored 3 1-run wins over the 2010 Champs San Francisco Giants. They rallied from being 6 runs down to complete the sweep. They won the first 2 games via a 5-4 score.

It is still early in the season but these 5 teams are making a statement that they want to contend this season. Most likely, at least 3 teams from this bunch will figure in their respective divisions races.





Stats Streaks: Boston’s Rajon Rondo has double digit assists for 16 straight games

8 04 2012

 

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Rajon Rondo issued 12 assists in Boston’s 86-72 over the Indiana Pacer. The Boston Celtic guard has 10  or more assists in 16 straight games. He is the 4th player in NBA history to have 16 straight double digit assist games. The other 3 were John Stockton, Magic Johnson and  Kevin Porter. The NBA record is at 29 held by legendary Utah Jazz point guard John Stockton.

In those 16 games, Boston has won 10 games. Rondo made a total of 210 assists in that span for a 13.1 apg clip. He is currently second in NBA assists per game averages trailing Phoenix’s Steve Nash by .1 assist per game.





AIBA Asian Olympic Qualification Tournament Day 3: Ladon loses

8 04 2012

Astana, Kazakhstan – Filipino bantamweight hopeful Joegin Ladon lost to 2010 Asian Games Silver Medallist Zhang Jiawei, 13-8, to be eliminated in the 2012 AIBA Asian Olympic Qualification Tournament in men’s boxing. Ladon’s exit follows the elimination of Rey Saludar and Wilfredo Lopez. Here are the other results of the bouts in Day 3:

Flyweight:

 FAISAL Ajmal        8
 PAK Jong Chol    20

 BRIA Julio                      21
 AL-SUDANI Murtadha    9

 YUSUFI Safoviddin    13
 CHANG Yong              17

 USENALIEV Azat        16
 SULEIMENOV Ilyas    19
 SUSA Katsuaki                     22
 PATTIARACHCHI Dilanka    10

 ALMATBOULI Adel    25
 LIN Yu-Che                 21

 WASEEM Muhammad    15
 JUMAYEV Zarip                9

 MAYENGBAM Suranjoy    10
 NYAMBAYAR Tugstsogt    30

 

Bantamweight:

 KIM Myong Il    17
 LATT Kyaw       7

 SHIMIZU Satoshi    26

 KAO Chih-Yuan      14


 THAPA Shiva              15
 NOORISTANI Mohd    7

 PETCHKOON Worapoj    15
 NAIMATULLAH                  6
 LEE Dojae                 11
 AMJADIAN Armin    17

 SALAMANA Wessam    19
 MEREDOV Yakub           7

 HASAN Ammar                  15
 MALABEKOV Omurbek    14

 ZHANG Jiawei    13 
 LADON Joegin    8

 





AIBA Asian Olympic Qualification Tournament: Suarez, Ladon win but 2 PHL pugs are eliminated

6 04 2012

Astana, KazakhstanAIBA Asian Olympic Qualification Tournament for Men’s Boxing is under way.   The tournament will determine the final set of participants for Asia in the 2012 London Olympics later this year. There are 4 slots to be filled in the flyweight, light welterweight, and middleweight divisions. The top 3 finishers in the bantamweight, welterweight, and light heavyweight categories will also get an Olympic slot.  Only the first placer for light flyweight, lightweight, heavyweight, and super heavyweight will be going to London.

The only Filipino qualifier so far is light flyweight Mark Anthony Barriga who got his slot from last year’s world championship. Here are the results so far:

Flyweight (4 slots):

 JUMAYEV Zarip    18
 TAYEBI Iman         16

 MAYENGBAM Suranjoy    16
 SHIN Dongmyung             14

 NYAMBAYAR Tugstsogt    RSC

 SALUDAR Rey

Bantamweight (3 slots):

 NGUYEN Van Hai    5
 HASAN Ammar       15

 MALABEKOV Omurbek    22
 WATTHE Damith                 9

 DORJNYAMBUU Otgondalai    12
 ZHANG Jiawei                           13

 QRAISH Seif        7
 LADON Joegin    17

Welterweight (3 slots):

 KIM Joungwon        14
 SAENSIT Apichet    11

 MAMADJANOV Ahmad    17
 MASHARIPOV Bahtiyar    6

 GHASEMI Amin    19
 AHMED Ahmed    12

 ASSI Mohammad    14
 BIN AZMI Khir           9

 LOPEZ Wilfredo               10
 MAITITUERSUN Qiong    20

 JAFOEV Navruz                   13
 BOIMURODOV Asadullo    +13  

Lightweight (1 slot):

 SUAREZ Charly              14
 NAGZIBEKOV Madadi    11

Light welterweight (4 slots):

 MASUK Wuttichai    17
 CHANG Wei-Jen       9

 HOSSAIN Arif            1

 SAKENOV Ermek    17

Middleweight (4 slots):
 YANG Yu-Ting         19
 ALHINDAWI Odai    12 NAZAROV Sobirdzhon    16
 SUKKHUM Kriangkai       11
 HARON Muhamad    15
 TATONTOS Alex        6 ATOEV Abbos    21
 WOO Sungjae    6
Light Heavyweight (3 slots):
 SANGWAN Sumit    14
 LUONG Van Toan     2 ASAAD Manaf       13
 KIM Hyeongkyu    16
 SADQ Davar                 9
 YULDASHEV Rasul    29

 MAHARJAN Deepak    
 ALMATBOULI Ihab        RSC
Heavyweight (1 slot):
 TULYEK Yerbolat
 SINGH Manpreet     RSC

 TULAGANOV Rustam    11
 BORBASHEV Chingis    13
PHL Results:
Asian Games Gold medallist Rey Saludar was outclassed by 2009 AIBA World Championship silver medallist Tugstsogt Nyambayar of Mongolia in a referee-stopped bout. Joegin Ladon got a 17-7 win over Jordanian bantamweight Seif Qraish. Welterweight bet Wilfredo Lopez was booted out by Chinese Qiong Maimaititue via a 10-20 score. WSB fighter Charly Suarez beat Madadi Nagzibekov of Tajikistan, 14-11.




MLB Opening Day: Tiger’s Valverde finally blew a save but got the win

6 04 2012
2010-02-20 #68a Jose Valverde

2010-02-20 #68a Jose Valverde (Photo credit: lakelandlocal)

579 days. That is how long has it been since closer Jose Valverde last blew a save. In Detroit Tiger’s season opener against the Boston Red Sox, Valverde blew a 2-0 lead handed by reigning Cy Young winner Justin Verlander in the 9th inning. His save streak ends at 51, the third highest total ever in Major League Baseball history. As a consolation, he was credited the win as the Tigers scored at the bottom of the nine behind a bases loaded single by leadoff man Austin Jackson.

Longest Save streaks in MLB History:

  1. Eric Gagne, 84
  2. Tom Gordon, 54
  3. Jose Valverde, 51




NCAA Basketball: Kentucky is King, Baylor is Queen

6 04 2012

The NCAA Basketball Tournament has ended and this year’s Men’s division champion is the Kentucky Wildcats while the Baylor Bears went undefeated in the Women’s division.

Kentucky gave John Calipari his first ever NCAA title. The team was composed of outstanding underclassmen led by super freshman Anthony Davis. The Wildcats which has a starting line-up composed of 3 freshmen and 2 sophomores beat the Kansas Jayhawks in the finals. Kentucky will be in rebuilding mode once again as their starting five will enter the NBA draft. It will not be as hard as one thinks as Coach Calipari is a master builder of one and done teams.

The women’s side had the Baylor Bears as No.1 from start to finish. The Lady Bears ended the season with an 80-61 beating against Notre Dame.  The team went 40-0 in the 2011-12 season, the first ever team to finish the season with 40 wins. Unlike the Wildcats, the Lady  Bears is expecting to have its 5 starters back led by Brittney Griner. The title was the second for Coach Kim Mulkey and Baylor.

The madness ends for the historic 2011-12 season. Congratulations to all champions and student athletes for a very good season.





March Madness Final 4 Results and Finals preview

1 04 2012

It is going to be a Finals match between the seemingly invincible Kentucky Wildcats against a Kansas Jayhawks that knows how to win from behind, for 2012 NCAA Tournament crown.

Kentucky Wildcats (37-2) 69 vs. 61 Louisville Cardinals (30-10)

AP Player of the Year Anthony Davis had a monstrous 18 points 14 rebounds 5 blocks performance to lead the loaded Kentucky Wildcats to a 69-61 win over Louisville in their Final 4 match-up.  The win brings the school back to the NCAA title game after a 14 year wait. Coach John Calipari will have another shot of a title that has eluded him in his illustrious coaching career.

Guards Darius Miller and Doron Lamb had 13 and 10 points respectively to support Davis.  Kentucky only scored 69 points their lowest output in this year’s NCAA tournament.  Their second lowest score was 81 in their first tournament match against Western Kentucky. It was also their first win in single digits in the tournament.  The Cardinals even tied the match at 49 with 9:13 to go. The Wildcats were only up by 5, 63-58, with 1:23 to go.  They held on and they beat the team that was coached by the last title winning Wildcats team in Rick Pitino.  Gorgui Deng played the whole game for the Cardinals and finished with 7 points, 12 rebounds and 4 blocked shots.

Kansas Jayhawks (32-6) 64 vs. 62 Ohio State Buckeyes (31-8)

Tyshawn Taylor made two pressure packed free throws with 7 seconds left in the game to catapult back to the title game which they last won in 2008. Tomas Robinson finished 19 points and 8 rebounds. His Ohio State counterpart  Jared Sullinger had 13 points and 11 rebounds but he only made  5 of 19 shot attempts.

The loss was a heartbreaker for the Buckeyes as they controlled the game in the first half and even leading in double figures several times in the half. The first half ended 34-25 in favor of Ohio State. Kansas started the second half with 13-4 run to tie game at 38-all. The Buckeyes responded with an 8-2 run but the Jayhawks will not be denied as they took a 62-59 lead with a 1:08 left. Taylor then did the rest.

Finals preview:

Kansas Jayhawks (32-6) vs.  Kentucky Wildcats (37-2)

John Calipari will be facing Bill Self and Kansas once again. Calipari lost the 2008 finals to the Jaywalks while he was still coaching Memphis that blew a 9 point lead only to lose the championship.  Will it be de ja vu or will be sweet revenge?

Road to Finals

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

No.2 Ohio State 64-62

entucky won over:

No.16 Western Kentucky 81-66

No. 8 Iowa St. 87-71

No.4 Indiana 104-90

No.3 Baylor 82-70

No.4 Louisville 69-61

Previous Encounter:

(2) Kentucky 75 – 65 (11) Kansas (November 15, 2011 Madison Square Garden, NY)

Kentucky won the State Farm Champions Classic with Doron Lamb, Terence Jones, and Anthony Davis combined 46 points as they pulled away from a 28-all first half to hand the Jayhawks its first loss of the season.  Tyshawn Taylor had 22 points to pace Kansas.

Game Outlook:

It is a game between two of the winningest schools in the NCAA history. Kansas won in 1922, 1923, 1952, 1988, and 2008. Kentucky won in 1948, 1949, 1951, 1958, 1978, 1996, and 1998 . Kentucky has won 20 of the 26 meetings between the two programs. In their last tournament meeting, Kansas won 88-71 in the  second round of the 2007 NCAA Tournament. It was the last game for UK coach Tubby Smith (coach of the 1998 champion team).

The match-up has a lot of history and even some sort of bad blood. It will definitely be one of the most watched college games in recent history. The game will feature several future NBA lottery picks and some of the best big men in college this year. It is expected to be a close game and the one who will in the last 5 minutes of the game will be crowned as the 2012 champions. Prediction 70-67 for Kansas ;)








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