2012 PBA Governor’s Cup Finals: RoS takes 2-1 lead sans Paul Lee

28 07 2012

Smart Araneta Coliseum – With their top scorer watching in the sidelines wearing a sling, the Rain or Shine Elasto Painters gave their top rookie Paul Lee a reason to enjoy the ringside seats as they delivered a stunning performance and won 93-84 over the B-Meg Llamados.

Coach Yeng Guiao backed his guarantee that the Painters can win without Lee. Lee injured his shoulder while attempting to slap the ball away from Peter June Simon‘s hand in the 4th quarter of Game 2. In Game 3, the Painters actually started tentatively as they allowed the Llamados to open the game with 7-0 blast. They managed to bring down the lead to four at 19-23 at the end of the first quarter.

The Elasto Painters controlled the second quarter to emerge with a 2-point lead going to the halftime break. The floodgates opened for Rain or Shine in the 3rd canto as they poured it on and outscored B-Meg 30-20 to extend their lead to 12. The Elasto Painters hit 5 three point shots in the crucial quarter.  They manage to increase the lead to 21 early in the final period before the shock troopers of the Llamados brought the lead back to 7 with under a minute left.  Jeff Chan was steady on the line to ice the game for the Rain or Shine Elasto Painters.

Cornley outplays Blakely in Game 3

Jamelle Cornley had a monster game with 26 points, 15 rebounds, and five assists.  He outscored the combined 24-point output of B-Meg counterpart Marcus Blakely, James Yap, and Simon. Jeff Chan contributed 18 big points all scored in the second half. Jireh Ibanes was hot in the first period and ended up with 12.  B-Meg was top scored by Jonas Villanueva‘s 18 markers.

In the post-game interview, Cornley reiterated that he came to the Philippines not to become the best import but to win the championship.  He even quipped that he vote for Blakely as best import and he can keep the trophy if he wants to. Cornley is showing the PBA and RoS fans that he is committed to a championship with or without star rookie Paul Lee.


The Scores:

RAIN OR SHINE 93 – Cornley 26, Chan 18, Ibanes 12, Buenafe 11, Norwood 10, Tang 6, Arana 6, Belga 4, Cruz 0, Quinahan 0

B-MEG 84 – Villanueva 18, Blakely 13, De Ocampo 13, Pingris 9, Yap 7, Barroca 6, Reavis 6, Gaco 4, Urbiztondo 4, Simon 4, Acuna 0

Quarters: 19-23, 40-38, 70-52, 93-84

2012 PBA Governor’s Cup Finals: Yap and B-Meg equalize

26 07 2012



SMART-Araneta Coliseum, Cubao, Quezon City – After being outmuscled and pushed in Game 1, the B-Meg Llamados showed more poise in Game 2 to level the 2012 PBA Governor’s Cup Finals best of seven series.  The Llamados hit timely baskets in free throws in the final minutes of Game 2 to pull off an 85-80 victory over the Rain or Shine Elasto Painters.

After trailing in the first period, B-Meg took control in the final few minutes of the first half to take the lead for good.  The last deadlock of the game was 74-all before B-Meg unleashed an 11-6 finishing kick. James Yap hit an impressive fall away shot that took the fight from the pesky Elasto Painters. Yap and import Marcus Blakely combined for 50 of B-Meg’s 85 points. Peter June Simon added 16 markers.

2012 PBA Governor’s Cup Best Import Awardee Jamelle Cornley led the Painters with 18 points and 14 rebounds.  The Elasto Painters lost rookie Paul Lee to injury in the 4th quarter.  Lee re-injured his shoulder after trying to tap the ball from Simon.  A stretcher was needed to bring him to a nearby hospital.  The extent of the injury has not yet been determined. There is a chance that he will miss some games in the series.

Earlier in the evening, Mark Caguioa was awarded the Best Player of the Conference trophy. He and Cornley were the major individual awardees of the final conference of the 2011-12 season.


The scores:

B-MEG 85 – Blakely 26, Yap 24, Simon 16, Barroca 8, De Ocampo 6, Villanueva 2, Pingris 2, Reavis 1, Urbiztondo 0.

RAIN OR SHINE 80 – Cornley 18, Chan 12, Lee 11, Cruz 10, Norwood 9, Buenafe 7, Ibanes 7, Belga 4, Arana 2, Tang 0, Quinahan 0.

Quarters: 21-26, 44-41, 65-60, 85-80.

2012 PBA Governor’s Cup Finals: RoS storms to a 1-0 lead

23 07 2012

Manila, Philippines – In its first finals appearance ever, the Rain or Shine Elasto (RoS) Painters played like savvy veterans as they beat the Tim Cone-mentored B-Meg Llamados, 91-90, in Game 1 of the Best of Seven Finals for the 2012 PBA Governor’s Cup title.

It was a highly physical battle from the start as the first half of Game 1 will be remembered for the hard fouls, technical fouls, and the difficulty of both teams to pull away. The Painters held a 2 point lead after 12 minutes by getting a big contribution from rookie Paul Lee who had 8 points coming off the bench. The Llamados was able to grab a 4 point lead at half time after a buzzer-beater 3-point basket by Jonas Villanueva.  JR Quinahan was charge with a technical foul in the first half after giving Marc Pingris a hard foul. Yancy de Ocampo and RoS import Jamelle Cornley were also assessed with technical fouls after a shoving incident in the 2nd quarter.

Rain or Shine coach Yeng Guiao used a rotation of Cornley, Quinahan, Paul Lee, Jireh Ibanes, Ryan Arana, Gabe Norwood, and Ronjay Buenafe in the third period to take control of the game. The Painters were able to outscore the Llamados by 11 in the crucial quarter to turn a 4-point deficit into a comfortable 7-point lead. It became difficult for the Llamados as their import Marcus Blakely got his 5th foul with still a few minutes left in the quarter.

RoS did not let up in the 4th period as they continued to add on the lead which led to Tim Cone throwing a monoblock chair on the playing court in frustration. Cone was apparently miffed at a no-call on a drive by James Yap.  The Painters held on to double digit leads for the rest of the way to grab the important win in Game 1.

Cornley had 25 points, 11 rebounds, 4 assist, and a steal.  He only missed 3 of his 14 shot attempts.  Lee, Norwood, and Buenafe combined for 34 points. B-Meg was led James Yap’s 19 points, 11 of which were scored in the 3rd period. Marcus Blakely had an anemic 12 points and 7 rebounds as he was limited due to foul trouble.

Game 2 will be played on Wednesday July 25, 2012 at the Araneta Coliseum in Cubao, Quezon City.

The scores:

RAIN OR SHINE 91 – Cornley 25, Lee 14, Norwood 10, Buenafe 10, Belga 8, Ibanes 8, Chan 7, Arana 4, Quinahan 4, Cruz 1.

B-MEG 80 – Yap 19, Blakely 12, Pingris 12, Simon 9, Gaco 8, Barroca 6, Villanueva 5, Reavis 4, Urbiztondo 3, De Ocampo 2.

Quarters: 18-16, 35-39, 66-59, 91-80

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2012 PBA Governor’s Cup Semifinals: Kings eliminates Tropang Texters

19 07 2012

The Barangay Ginebra Kings‘ championship hopes are alive as they ended the 5-conference finals streak of Coach Chot Reyes and the Talk ‘N Text Tropang Texters, 73-71.  The Texters have won 3 of the last 5 PBA conference titles. The loss was a sad farewell for Coach Chot who will be leaving the storied Manny V. Pangilinan-owned franchise for a stint as men’s National team head coach. He will be replaced by Norman Black at the helm of the Tropang Texters in the 2012-13 season.

Last night’s game was close all-throughout.  The first period was a bit high scoring before the game turned into a defensive battle. Ginebra was only leading by 2 at the end of the second, and third quarters. Talk and Text grabbed the lead in the 4th canto at 68-66 after a basket by import Paul Harris. Ginebra fought back with a 7-1 run capped by a Kerby Raymundo three-pointer to grab a 4 point lead at 73-69 with 2:56 left in regulation.  The game went scoreless for over 2 minutes after both teams tightened up their defense. Harris broke the lull by scoring on a drive with 39.9 seconds left to bring the Tropang Texters closer at 73-71.  In the ensuing possession, the Barangay Kings could not make a decent attempt at the basket resulting to a shot clock violation giving the Talk ‘N Text 15.3 seconds to design a play to tie or grab the lead. Harris, however, stepped on the baseline after being hounded by Ginebra import Cedric Bozeman resulting to turnover with 3.9 seconds left.  In the next inbound play, Bozeman was able to find Willy Wilson who ran out the clock by throwing the ball in the air and clinching the win for the crowd favorites.

Mark Caguioa top scored for the Kings with 18 points, a stark contrast to his 3 point performance against B-Meg last Sunday. Raymundo, Bozeman, and Mike Cortez scored in double figures for Ginebra. Harris had a monster 25-point 18-rebound performance for the Texters. No other Talk ‘N Text player scored more than 8 points.

Ginebra will battle B-Meg Llamados for the chance to fight for the championships against the Rain or Shine Elasto Painters. The do or die battle will be played on Friday while Game One of the finals will be Sunday.

The scores:

Barangay Ginebra 73 – Caguioa 18, Raymundo 15, Bozeman 14, Cortez 11, Maierhofer 4, Mamaril 4, Hatfield 4, W. Wilson 2, Villanueva 1, Ababou 0, Helterbrand 0.

Talk ‘N Text 71 – Harris 25, Reyes 8, De Ocampo 8, Castro 7, Alapag 7, Peek 7, Williams 3, Aguilar 2, Fonacier 2, Carey 2, Aban 0.

Quarter scoring: 27-21, 42-40, 61-59, 73-71

2012 PBA Governor’s Cup Semifinals: Talk ‘N Text wins over Rain or Shine to set up do or die with Ginebra

18 07 2012



Talk ‘N Text Import Paul Harris is starting to show his real worth by leading the Tropang Texters to a 98-90 win over the reeling Rain or Shine Elasto Painters.  Harris sent a strong message to other teams as he finished with 34 points and 16 boards in a game where Talk ‘N Text cannot afford to lose.  A loss would have ended the string of Finals appearances of the MVP-owned franchise.

The Texters were in control in the first half as they led by 13 going to the half-time break. They started the 3rd period with a 5-0 run to push the lead to 18 at 62-44. A 20-3 run by Rain or Shine capped by a triple by big man Beau Belga cut the Texters lead just one at 65-64.  The game was close from then on as the Texters managed to keep a one point lead going to the final quarter. Talk ‘n Text took control in the middle of the 4th period to win with an 8 point margin.

Aside from Harris, Ranidel de Ocampo and Jimmy Alapag finished in double figures for Talk ‘N Text. Five players scored more than 10 points for RoS led by import Jamelle Cornley’s 27.

Talk ‘N Text (8-5) will face Barangay Ginebra for a right to play for a spot in the Governor’s Cup Finals and Rain or Shine will face B-Meg Llamados for a guaranteed slot in the Finals.  Both games will be  played today.

The scores:

Talk ‘N Text 98 – Harris 34, De Ocampo 17, Alapag 10, Fonacier 9, Castro 8, Williams 6, Peek 6, Aguilar 5, Aban 3, Raymundo 0, Reyes 0.

Rain or Shine 90 – Cornley 27, Chan 15, Quinahan 14, Lee 13, Belga 11, Norwood 6, Buenafe 4, Matias 0, Tang 0, Arana 0, Ibanes 0.

Quarter scoring: 30-21, 57-44, 80-79, 98-90

2012 PBA Governor’s Cup Semifinals: B-Meg gains finals playoff berth

17 07 2012



The B-Meg Llamados ended Barangay Ginebra‘s semifinal winning run by beating their sister team, 82-70, in the main game last Sunday.  The win moved B-Meg to nine wins and just needs just one more victory for an automatic spot in the finals.

B-Meg was able to limit Ginebra’s main scorer, Mark Caguioa to an anemic 3 points. Coach Tim Cone made Peter June Simon Caguioa’s primary defender and his moved proved effective. B-Meg’s big men took over the second half to help the 2012 Commissioner’s Cup Champions move closer to shot for back to back titles.

Marc Pingris led all scorers with 24 points. Marcis Blakely and Rafi Reavis had double-doubles while James Yap finished with 11 markers.  Cedric Bozeman had 22 points for the Gin Kings who will still be able to earn a playoff for the 2nd finals slot if they win their last semifinals assignment against Talk ‘N Text Tropang Texters.


The scores:

B-MEG 82 - Pingris 24, Blakely 17, Yap 11, Reavis 11, Urbiztondo 9, Simon 4, De Ocampo 4, Villanueva
2, Barroca 0.

GINEBRA 70 - Bozeman 22, Helterbrand 16, Raymundo 14, Mamaril 4, Cortez 4, Caguioa 3, Maierhofer 2,
W. Wilson 2, Hatfield 2, Villanueva 1, Maliksi 0, Ababou 0, Canaleta 0, Menk 0.Quarters: 19-16, 32-25, 62-51, 82-70

2012 PBA Governor’s Cup Semifinals: Talk ‘N Text still in the running for a Finals spot

14 07 2012

Earlier today, there were four teams left with a chance to grab the 2 final spots for the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) Governor’s Cup. After the Friday the 13th games, nothing has changed as Talk N’ Text beat the Petron Blaze Boosters in a rematch of last year’s finals, 103-94.

The Texter controlled the first half of play as they led by 11 at 49-38 when the half time buzzer sounded. The third period, however, belonged to the eliminated Petron Boosters that outscored the Texters 34-21 that allowed them to take a two point lead going to the final period. The game was tight early in the 4th and the score was knotted at 81-all at one point.  That was the last deadlock of the game as the Texters made a 20-12 windup to win the game.

Paul Harris got the game honors in scoring by finishing with 31.  Jimmy Alapag and Ranidel de Ocampo supported their import with 21 and 19 markers respectively. Rookie Chris Lutz had 23 to lead Petron in scoring while Danny Ildefonso continued his strong renaissance this season with 17.

The win upped the record of TNT to 7-5 (2-1 in the semis). They need to sweep their final 2 matches to gain a playoff of the second finals slot. Petron dropped to 6-7 and will close their disappointing semifinal campaign this Sunday against the Meralco Bolts.

The scores:

Talk ‘N Text (103) – Harris 31, Alapag 21, De Ocampo 19, Castro 10, fonacier 8, Williams 7, Aguilar 4, Peek 3, Reyes 0, Aban 0, Alvarez 0.

Petron (94) – Lutz 23, Ildefonso 17, Faison 10, Santos 10, Washington 10, Cabagnot 9, Yeo 7, Lanete 4, Pena 4, Hontiveros 0.

Quarters: 28-19; 49-38; 70-72; 103-94

2012 PBA Governor’s Cup Semifinals: Meralco suprises B-Meg

14 07 2012



After being ousted with their loss to Rain or Shine, the Meralco Bolts played their best game in the semis to spoil B-Meg’s bid to tie Rain or Shine at the top of the standings.  The Bolt‘s blitzkrieg started in the first quarter where they led by 14 by the end of the first period.  They continued to hold on to the lead for three quarters before surviving a serious rally by the B-Meg Llamados in the final period and win 104-101.

With a less than a minute left and trailing 89-96, the Llamados unleashed a 9-3 onslaught to cut down the lead to a solitary point at 98-99.  Asi Taulava surprised B-Meg, who were expecting their opponents to call a time bout, by issuing an excellent outlet pass to Chris Ross that resulted to a completed three point play off a Josh Urbiztondo foul. The lead was at four 102-98 when James Yap banked a three point shot with 3.9 seconds left and once again cut down the lead to just 1 point.  B-Meg immediately fouled Taulava in the ensuing play.  The Meralco big men split his charities for a 103-101 lead. Without a time out left, Coach Tim Cone paid with a technical foul to be able to draw up a final play. Meralco made the technical free throw for the final margin as B-Meg’s gamble did not payoff as Ross disrupted their final play.

Solomon Mercado top scored for the winners with 30 points along with five assists, and three steals.  Import Mario West played above the rim and made several dunks to end up with 29 points. Marcus Blakely and James Yap combined 52 points to lead the Llamados.

The win was the first for the Bolts in the semifinals, they now sport a 5-8 record. The loss was B-Meg’s first in the semis and they are now level with the streaking Barangay Ginebra Kings at 8-4, a game behind Rain or Shine.  B-Meg will battle Ginebra on Sunday to earn at least a playoff for a finals spot.

The scores:

MERALCO 104 – Mercado 30, West 29, Ross 18, Cardona 11, Taulava 9, Macapagal 3, Timberlake 2, Reyes 2.

B-MEG 101 – Blakely 30, Yap 22, Simon 13, Barroca 11, De Ocampo 11, Urbiztondo 6, Pingris 5, Villanueva 3, Reavis 0.

Quarters: 31-17, 54-43, 77-63, 104-101

2012 PBA Governor’s Cup Semifinals: Ginebra now 3-0 in the semis

12 07 2012


Inspired.  Probably that is the best way to describe the Barangay Ginebra Kings in the semifinals of the 2012 PBA Governor’s Cup. A few days after doing a miraculous comeback in the night that the legendary Robert Jaworski retires, Ginebra defeated the current league leader Rain or Shine Elasto Painters via a 95-86 score.

The Gin Kings started the game as they trailed the Painters by 10 after the first quarter. They however owned the last 3 to win their 3rd game in the semis for an 8-4 overall record. One more win means that they have at least a playoff for a finals berth.  The win also eliminated sister team and defending champions Petron Blaze Boosters from the race for a finals spot.  Ginebra’s last two opponents in the semis will be B-Meg Llamados and Talk ‘N Text Tropang Texters.  Rain or Shine fell to 9-3 overall and 1-2 in the semis.  The Painters need to win one more to assure itself of at least a playoffs for spot in the finals.

In its latest victory, Mark “The Spark” Caguioa exploded for 29 points buoyed by 5 long range bombs.  He scored 20 points in the middle periods to help Ginebra turn a 10 point deficit to a 5 point lead going to the final period.  Import Cedric Bozeman was assigned by coach Siot Tanquincen to hound Paul Lee scored 19 same as the output of the RoS rookie. Jamelle Cornley was limited to 13 points behind the efforts of Ginebra big men Kerby Raymundo and Rudy Hatfield.  If Ginebra continues it marvelous form then they will be the favored to win the season’s last conference’s crown.


The scores:

Ginebra (95) – Caguioa 29, Bozeman 19, Raymundo 15, Helterbrand 11, Hatfield 8, W. Wilson 5, Villanueva 4, Maliksi 2, Cortez 2, Wilson 0, Ababou 0, Maierhofer 0.

Rain or Shine (86) – Lee 19, Chan 14, Cornley 13, Norwood 11, Ibanes 9, Cruz 6, Quinahan 5, Arana 4, Belga 3, Buenafe 2.

Quarters: 18-28, 45-45, 70-65, 95-86

2012 PBA Governor’s Cup Semifinals: Petron collapses again, B-Meg gains

11 07 2012

SMART-Araneta Coliseum – For the second straight game day, the Petron Blaze Boosters faced a sister team and for the second straight time, the Boosters lost the game in the fourth quarter after controlling most of the game.  Reminiscent to their loss to Ginebra last Sunday, Petron was beaten by a B-Meg who was at point down by 19 and playing in the second half without their head coach.

The Booster were still leading by 13 at the half and by 7 going to the final 12 minutes of play.  The 4th quarter, however, was owned by the B-Meg Llamados.  The streaking Llamados outscored Petron 37-19 in the pivotal quarter.  Import Marcus Blakely scored 15 of his 35 points.  He got great support from James Yap and Marc Pingris who combined for 38 points.  Petron were led by Alex Cabagnot ‘s 22 points.

The win raised B-Meg’s record to 8-3 and 2-0 in the semis. Petron fell to 6-6 and 1-2.  The Blaze Boosters only chance to be in the finals is for them to sweep their last 2 assignments and hope that Ginebra, Talk ‘N Text, and B-Meg will not have more than 8 wins after all the semifinal games.


The scores:

B-MEG (104) – Blakely 35, Yap 20, Pingris 18, Simon 10, Villanueva 8, Reavis 4, De Ocampo 4, Urbiztondo 3, Barroca 2.

Petron (93) – Cabagnot 22, Washington 15, Santos 14, Ildefonso 14, Faison 12, Lutz 6, Hontiveros 5, Yeo 2, Miranda 2, Pena 1.

Quarters: 19-32, 44-57, 67-74, 104-93