2013 PBA Governor’s Cup Semi-Finals Recap: San Mig, Petron book seats in the Finals

8 10 2013

It is going to be a battle between sister teams as two teams from the San Miguel Corporation group made it to the finals of the 2013 PBA Governor’s Cup. San Mig Coffee eliminated the Meralco Bolts, 3-1 while the Petron Blaze Boosters crushed the hopes of the Rain or Shine Elasto Painters for a repeat with a similar 3-1 series win.

San Mig Coffee Mixers 3 – 1 Meralco Bolts

The main factor in the series was the ability of the San Mig defenders to limit Bolts import Mario West.  West was limited to a pedestrian 15.25 points per game and 28% shooting percentage.  West averaged 28.33 ppg and a decent 43% shooting in the eliminations.  James Yap, meanwhile raised his scoring average to 15 ppg from just 11.6 ppg in the eliminations. Big Game James capped his brilliant semifinal series with a 19 point performance in the deciding game.

Petron Blaza Booster 3 -1 Rain or Shine Elasto Painters

The streaking Petron Blaze Boosters somehow caught a lucky but could have been unnecessary break as they faced a depleted Rain or Shine Elasto Painters. The Painters were not the type that would just roll over but they just cannot match the intensity and the star power of the No.1 seeded Petron. June Mar Fajardo asserted his dominance in the inside as he dominated the first two games of the series with a massive double-double of 15 points and 17 rebounds in Game 1 and a more impressive 26 points and 14 rebounds  performance in Game 2.  RoS saved some pride by winning Game 3 behind the efforts of Arizona Reid and Jeffrei Chan who combined for 43 points and 22 rebounds.  Petron however, finished them off in Game 4 with a 21-point rout.  Elijah Millsap, Marcio Lassiter, Alex Cabagnot and Fajardo combined for 93 points to outscore the all the players of RoS who just finished with 89 points.


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: Texters rout Bolts

11 07 2012



The battle between the two MVP (Manny V. Pangilinan)- owned squads turned out to be a rout as the Talk ‘N Text Tropang Texters easily beat the eliminated Meralco Bolts, 108-84.  The Texters who need to sweep all its remaining matches to have a shot for a finals berth, got hot from the the get go and simply overwhelmed the Bolts.  Talk ‘N Text were already leading by 15 after 12 minutes.

The lead ballooned to 21 at the half and 26 by the end of the third period.  In the end, it was a 24 point margin of victory for the Tropang Texters. Ranidel de Ocampo had 24 points and Japeth Aguilar played one of his best scoring games in the PBA with a double-double performance by scoring 20 points and grabbing 10 boards.  Mario West led the Bolts with 21 points.  The Texters raised their record to 6-5 (1-1 semifinals).  Their last 3 opponents would be Petron, Ginebra, and Rain or Shine.


The scores:

Talk ‘N Text (108) – De Ocampo 24, Aguilar 20, Alapag 12, Williams 11, Harris 10, Peek 8, Castro 7, Fonacier 5, Alvarez 5, Raymundo 4, Gamalinda 2, Aban 0, Lao 0.

Meralco (84) – West 21, Cardona 13, Daa 11, Mercado 9, Bulawan 8, Taulava 6, Hugnatan 5, Ballesteros 4, Reyes 4, Borboran 3, Ross 0, Timberlake 0, Artadi 0.

Quarters: 31-16, 64-43, 89-63, 108-84

2012 PBA Governor’s Cup Semifinals: Rain or Shine eliminates Meralco from contention

10 07 2012
Rain or Shine Elasto Painters logo

Rain or Shine Elasto Painters logo (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

After losing their first semifinal game to Barangay Ginebra, the Meralco Bolts needed to win all their remaining games in order to force a playoff for the second finals berth.  It was a tall order for a team that has lost 6 of its 10 games in the 2012 Philippine Basketball Association Governor’s Cup.  The semifinals cellar dweller was not up to the task as they were beaten by the Rain or Shine Elasto Painters who are currently at the top of the standings.

It was a tough loss for the Bolt as they were leading up to the 3rd quarter at 71-68. They were, however, outscored in the final canto 15-31 en route to their second loss in the semifinals and virtually eliminating from the race for spots in the finals.  The loss wasted the marvelous games of Mario West and Mac Cardona who combined for 52 points and 18 rebounds.  Jamelle Cornley paced the winners 21 points, 14 boards, and 4 dishes.  Paul Lee, Ronjay Buenafe, and big man Beau Belga had 8 three-pointers among them.  Rain or Shine raises their record to 9-2 and they evened their semis record to 1-1.


he scores:

RAIN OR SHINE 99 – Cornley 21, Lee 16, Buenafe 10, Belga 8, Chan 8, Ibanes 8, Norwood 7, Arana 7, Quinahan 6, Cruz 5, Rodriguez 3.

MERALCO 86 – West 33, Cardona 19, Ross 15, Reyes 11, Hugnatan 4, Bulawan 2, Mercado 2, Macapagal0, Taulava 0.

Quarter scoring: 26-13, 45-44, 68-71, 99-86

2012 PBA Governor’s Cup Semifinals: Ginebra and Petron win first matches

7 07 2012

Ynares Center, Antipolo City – Sister teams Barangay Ginebra Kings and Petron Blaze Boosters started off their respective semifinal campaigns with wins over the Meralco Bolts and the  league-leading Rain or Shine Elasto Painters.  Both teams raised their records to 6-4 with the wins.

The great night for the San Miguel Corporation-owned teams was started by Ginebra’s win in the opening game.  The Gin Kings took advantage of the Meralco 5 that has to play its second game in 3 nights. They blitzed the Bolts 25-10 after the opening quarter and cruised to an 89-76 victory.  Kerby Raymundo played one of his best games in Ginebra uniform by scoring 16 points, grabbing 13 rebounds, dishing out 4 assists along with making 1 steal and a block.  Ginebra import Cedric Bozeman had a double-double as well with 13 points and 16 rebounds. Twelve Ginebra players scored in the win. The losing team were led by import Mario West and Asi Taulava who combined for 39 points and 20 rebounds.  The win was Barangay Ginebra King’s second consecutive going back to the elimination round.

In the nightcap, sister team Petron Blaze Boostes completed the San Miguel sweep by edging out the Rain or Shine Elasto Painters. Petron stepped on the gas early and took a 56-39 lead at the end of the first half.  Petron was so hot in the first half that they even took a 23 point lead at one point. In the second half, it was different story as Rain or Shine woke up from its slumber and started chipping away from Petron’s lead.  They, however, ran out of time and conceded an 88-90 game to Petron. Rain or Shine just lost for the second time in this year’s Governor’s Cup.  New import Marcus Faison paced Petron by scoring 20 points.  He got great support from the locals with Joseph Yeo (14), Arwind Santos (12), and Jay Washington (11) all finishing in double figures. Jamelle Cornley lead the Painters with 36 points along with 10 caroms and 4 dishes.

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2012 PBA Governor’s Cup Semifinal Cast Complete: Powerade’s season ends on a sour note

4 07 2012
Meralco Bolts logo

Meralco Bolts logo (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The semifinal cast of the 2012 Philippine Basketball Association Governor’s Cup is complete after the Meralco Bolts eliminated the hard-fighting Powerade Tigers tonight with a score of 94-86.

After being down by a solitary point at half-time, the Bolts took advantage of the fatigue factor by blitzing the Tigers at the start of the second half.  The Tigers were playing in back to back nights after eliminating the Red Bull Barako last night.  Meralco outscored Powerade 25-15 in the 3rd period to built a 9-point cushion going to the final 12 minutes of the game.  Meralco Import Mario West negated the explosive performance of Powerade counterpart Omar Sneed by scoring 26 points. Sneed finished with a double-double by scoring 29 points and grabbing 15 rebounds.  From a 63-76 deficit, the Tigers were able tighten up the score at 86-90 after Sneed hit a three-point shot with 1:32 left in the game.  Mario West, however, scored in the other end to bring back the lead to 6 at 92-86 in favor of the Bolts. A miss by Sneed at the next possession sealed Powerade’s fate as Mac Cardona scored the final basket in the game for the final count.

The loss ended the season of Powerade who had a magical run in this season’s All-Filipino Cup. They finished 2nd to the Talk ‘N Text Tropang Texters in the first conference but they failed to advance in the final 2 conferences of the year. Gary David was a revelation this year as he was practically on fire all throughout the season.  Top pick Jayvee Casio will be a fixture at PG in the years to come.  Powerade traded explosive rookie Marcio Lassiter before the Governor’s Cup started. It was a challenging season for the team management as rumors were spread the team is for sale.  Coach Bo Perasol has been offered to coach the Ateneo Blue Eagles. It will be an interesting offseason for the Tigers.  If they will still remain next year, they will have a good young core composed of Casio, Sean Anthony, James Martinez, Rey Guevarra, and Rabeh Al-Husseinei.

As for Meralco (4-5), they will join early qualifiers Rain or Shine Elasto Painters (8-1), B-Meg Llamados (6-3), Talk ‘N Text (5-4), Barangay Ginebra Kings (5-4), and Petron Blaze Boosters (5-4).  The teams will carry over their elimination round records in the semifinals.  They will play each other once and top 2 teams will battle for the championship. If a team wins 4 of its 5 semifinal matches yet fail to land in the top 2, they will play the No.2 team in a knockout match for the second finals slot.  This incentive means that teams at the bottom of the standings will have a chance to catch up and the set-up assures that there will be no “no-bearing” games in the semis.

The scores:

Meralco 94 – West 26, Cardona 24, Hugnatan 14, Mercado 10, Reyes 6, Taulava 6, Macapagal 4, Ross 2, Artadi 2, Bulawan 0.

Powerade 86 – Sneed 29, David 22, Casio 9, Salvador 7, Anthony 6, Guevarra 4, Tugade 4, Adducul 3, Belasco 2, Martinez 0, Lingganay 0, Vanlandingham 0.

Quarter scoring: 18-25, 44-45, 69-60, 94-86

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

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