PSL VBall Grand Prix: F2 Cargo Movers sweep the Cignal HD Spikers; 3 sets to none

Photos by Winston Baltasar / Write-ups by Noel Zarate

 

 

 

After the horrific scene at the tail end of Cignal HD’s loss to unblemished F2 Logistics in the ongoing Chooks-to-Go Philippine Super Liga (PSL) Grand Prix 2017 that saw national team stalwart Jovelyn Gonzaga stretchered off the floor at the FilOil Flying-V Center last Tuesday (November 21st), the “Bionic Ilongga” herself has indicated that all tests on her injured knee have come back negative.

Read more: http://sports.tv5.com.ph/volleyball/psl/article/no-structural-damage-found-on-jovelyn-gonzagas-knee#ixzz4zVH6MKDL

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UAAP Bball Finals Game 2: DLSU comes back from 21-point deficit to stun Ateneo; 92-83

Photos by Winston Baltasar / Write-ups by Yoyo Sarmenta (more photos on http://winstonbphoto.com)

La Salle evens series with impressive comeback win over Ateneo by Yoyo Sarmenta

“They were down, but certainly not out.

The La Salle Green Archers showed poise and resiliency as they completed a 92-83 come-from-behind win over the Ateneo Blue Eagles to level the UAAP Season 80 finals series at 1-1 on Wednesday at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum.”
Read more: http://sports.tv5.com.ph/basketball/collegehoops/article/la-salle-evens-series-with-impressive-comeback-win-over-ateneo#ixzz4zrwr6lVS

 

Emotional Ricci Rivero overcomes foul trouble to play hero for La Salle by Yoyo Sarmenta

“Ricci Rivero was called for his fourth foul with roughly three minutes remaining in Game 2 of the UAAP Season 80 finals series between the La Salle Green Archers and Ateneo Blue Eagles.

The defending champions were down 20 points, 48-28, and were on the verge of surrendering the title to their archrivals.”

Read more: http://sports.tv5.com.ph/basketball/collegehoops/article/emotional-ricci-rivero-overcomes-foul-trouble-to-play-hero-for-la-salle#ixzz4zrwPuoYz

_S1A9361 Ricci Rivero blocks Chiz Ikeh's shot

 

Separate category for MVP? Ben Mbala says otherwise: ‘If you’re good, you’ll get it’ by Yoyo Sarmenta

Read more: http://sports.tv5.com.ph/basketball/collegehoops/article/separate-category-for-mvp-ben-mbala-says-otherwise-if-youre-good-youll-get-it#ixzz4zuImBG36

_S1A9381 Isaac Go and Ben Mbala jockeying for the rebound
Isaac Go and Ben Mbala fight for the rebound

 

Tab Baldwin credits La Salle’s championship experience after Game 2 debacle by Yoyo Sarmenta

Read more: http://sports.tv5.com.ph/basketball/collegehoops/article/tab-baldwin-credits-la-salles-championship-experience-after-game-2-debacle#ixzz4zuLkplRz

_S1A9342 Coach Tab Baldwin gives instructions to Thirdy Ravena
Coach Tab Baldwin gestures to Thirdy Ravena

 

UAAP: Mbala receives second MVP award; Ravena, Rivero part of Mythical Five by Yoyo Sarmenta

Read more: http://sports.tv5.com.ph/basketball/collegehoops/article/uaap-mbala-receives-second-mvp-award-ravena-rivero-part-of-mythical-five#ixzz4zrxkcAJH
_P2A0033 Mythical 5 less Desiderio with ROY

 

FIBA World Cup: Gilas comes from behind to beat Chinese Taipei, 90-83

Photos by Winston Baltasar / Write-ups by Sid Ventura and Carlo Pamintuan

For more photos and features, please go to: https://winstonbphoto.com/

 

Gilas pulls away late to fend off hard-fighting Chinese Taipei by Sid Ventura

Gilas Pilipinas found itself in an early hole and in a dogfight for most of the game before finally putting away a pesky Chinese Taipei side, 90-83, in the 2019 FIBA World Cup Asian Qualifiers at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum.

Jayson Castro again led the way for gilas with 20 points, while June Mar Fajardo added 17. Naturalized player Quincy Davis III had 20 for the visitors, but only four in the second half.

http://sports.tv5.com.ph/labanpilipinas/article/gilas-pulls-away-late-to-fend-off-hard-fighting-chinese-taipei

 

Jayson Castro is still the stabilizing force behind Gilas Pilipinas by Carlo Pamintuan
_P2A9862 Jayson Castro with a short stab

“Jayson Castro was the last player to get dressed after Smart Gilas Pilipinas defeated Chinese Taipei, 90-83, inside the Smart-Araneta Coliseum on Monday to close the first window of the 2019 FIBA World Cup Asian Qualifiers.

Many of his teammates have already left the dugout, but June Mar Fajardo and Matthew Wright waited for their team’s leader. Castro massaged his legs and looked to Fajardo…”

http://sports.tv5.com.ph/labanpilipinas/article/jayson-castro-is-still-the-stabilizing-force-behind-gilas-pilipinas

UAAP BBall Finals Game 1: Ateneo holds of La Salle, 76-70

Write-ups by Yoyo Sarmenta; Photos by Winston Baltasar

“The Ateneo Blue Eagles have drawn first blood in the UAAP Season 80 Finals.

Ateneo was able to outlast the defending champions De La Salle Green Archers, 76-70, on Saturday, at the SM Mall of Asia Arena to take Game 1 of the Finals. They are now one win away from being crowned UAAP champions.”

http://sports.tv5.com.ph/basketball/collegehoops/article/ateneo-clamps-down-on-mbala-takes-game-1-victory-over-la-salle

 

Brothers in arms: Nieto twins fuel the Ateneo Blue Eagles by Yoyo Sarmenta

“Game 1 of the UAAP Season 80 finals belonged to the Ateneo Blue Eagles after they secured a 76-70 over the De La Salle Green Archers on Saturday night. Ateneo used a late push in the fourth quarter to now give them a 1-0 series lead in the best-of-three series.

There was a critical moment, however, that proved to be the difference for the Blue Eagles. In the closing moments of the second quarter, Ben Mbala inadvertently elbowed Matt Nieto in the face as he was spinning to the basket…”

_S1A8579 Matt Nieto grimaces in pain after an elbow to the head
Matt Nieto bloody after an accidental hit by Ben Mbala

Ben Mbala after Game 1 loss: ‘Expect me to be more aggressive offensively’ by Yoyo Sarmenta

Read more: http://sports.tv5.com.ph/basketball/collegehoops/article/ben-mbala-after-game-1-loss-expect-me-to-be-more-aggressive-offensively#ixzz4zWq2ToHV

_S1A8124 Ben Mbala dominates the rebound
Ben Mbala with the rebound

Down, but not out: La Salle Green Archers determined to even series by Yoyo Sarmenta

_S1A8150 DLSU's Aljun Melecio drives against AdMU's Matt Nieto
Aljun Melecio drives on Matt Nieto

The De La Salle Green Archers find themselves in unfamiliar territory as they head towards Game 2 of the UAAP Season 80 finals. For the first time under head coach Aldin Ayo, they are on the brink of elimination. As talented and as star-studded they may seem to be, they faltered in Game 1, losing 76-70, to the Ateneo Blue Eagles.

Read more: http://sports.tv5.com.ph/basketball/collegehoops/article/down-but-not-out-la-salle-green-archers-determined-to-even-series#ixzz4zjlXV2JH

 

Tab Baldwin anticipates tougher Game 2: ‘It’s the second battle of a long war’ by Yoyo Sarmenta

_S1A8265 Coach Tab Baldwin disagrees with the referee
Coach Tab Baldwin does not agree with the call

“The Ateneo Blue Eagles aren’t gonna let their guard down just because they struck first in the best-of-three UAAP Season 80 finals series against the De La Salle Green Archers.

Like all great teams, they know that closing out a team can be a tedious and arduous task. Plus, when you consider facing a squad like the Archers, it may even seem like you’re not ahead 1-0.”

Read more: http://sports.tv5.com.ph/basketball/collegehoops/article/tab-baldwin-anticipates-tougher-game-2-its-the-second-battle-of-a-long-war#ixzz4zjsFIUJeead more: http://sports.tv5.com.ph/basketball/collegehoops/article/tab-baldwin-anticipates-tougher-game-2-its-the-second-battle-of-a-long-war#ixzz4zjrRhQA0

PSL Volleyball: Cignal vs. Iriga – 20171111

It was the first time I rode a shuttle with PSL Volleyball players to an out-of-town venue. Cignal contracted me to shoot their team, the Cignal HD Spikers, so off we went to the Malolos Sports and Convention Center in Bulacan.

The first two games were tight with the fighting Iriga City Oragons taking advantage of the missing Cignal star Rachel Ann Daquis, who was nursing an injury. But Cignal swept the game, 3 sets to none. The photos tell the story.

Cignal Bounce Back With Win Against Iriga

Posted: 12 Nov 2017 03:35 AM PST

MALOLOS CITY — Cignal banked on its rock-solid defense to dominate Iriga City, 26-24, 25-23, 25-17, in the Chooks to Go-Philippine Superliga Grand Prix Saturday at the Malolos Sports and Convention Center.

Jovelyn Gonzaga provided the spark but it was the imposing defensive presence of imports Beth Carey of Australia, Alexis Matthews of United States and Paneng Mercado that did the damage for the HD Spikers in this prestigious club league bankrolled by Mikasa, Senoh, Mueller, Grand Sport, Rebisco, Island Rose, Cloudfone and UCPB Gen.

Gonzaga fired 15 kills while Carey and Matthews delivered 10 markers apiece as the HD Spikers controlled the blocking department, 8-1, in this battle that also has Gold’s Gym and Gerflor as technical sponsors and ESPN5 as official broadcast partner.

With the win, the HD Spikers shared the fourth spot with idle Generika-Ayala with a 2-3 win-loss card and stepped back on the winning track following a pair of setbacks to Petron and Cocolife, respectively.

“We all know that we came from back-to-back losses so we wanted to come back stronger,” said Gonzaga, who stepped up in the absence of star spiker Rachel Anne Daquis who was nursing a bruised knee.

“Rachel is not here, so I needed to step up for the team. We’re also coming from a loss and get this victory. We’re focusing more on our training and improving our weaknesses. I hope our streak continues.”

Despite losing Grethcel Soltones to a one-year suspension, the Lady Oragons came out firing early on.

Serbian import Tamara Kmezic waxed hot at the attack zone, towing the Lady Oragons to a 21-19 lead in the crucial stretch of the first set.

But Gonzaga delivered back-to-back hits followed by an attack error by the 6-foot-7 Serbian opposite that gave the first set victory and the momentum to the HD Spikers, much to the delight of a massive weekend crowd in this historic city.

Cignal coach George Pascua said they badly needed this victory to somehow boost their morale entering a crucial match against unbeaten F2 Logistics on Nov. 21.

“This is an overwhelming win for us because we came from two losses,” said Pascua. “Hopefully we can sustain the winning character of the players. We need to overcome the pressure because we’re a champion team in the Invitationals.”

Kmezic spewed fire offensively with 22 kills while Saama Miyagawa of Japan chipped in 12 kills and a pair of aces for 14 points for the Lady Oragons, who absorbed their third consecutive setback after opening their bid with an impressive win over Sta. Lucia Realty.

PBA Draft 2017 – 20171029

Photos by Winston Baltasar / Write-ups by Noel Zarate, Carlo Pamintuan, Charmie Lising, Chuck Araneta, Sid Ventura

 

Grading the 2017 PBA Draft (Part 1 of 2) by Noel Zarate

“Actually, ALL applicants to the 2017 PBA Draft were selected.

There were officially 44 entrants to this batch, but it was later determined that Jeremiah de la Peña (6’1” listed from “San Beda”) was deemed to have gotten through the screening process and was stricken from the official just after the PBA Draft Combine went underway.”
Read more: http://sports.tv5.com.ph/basketball/pba/article/grading-the-2017-pba-draft-part-1-of-2#ixzz4x9DhdntR

Grading the 2017 PBA Draft (Part 2 of 2) by Noel Zarate

_S1A4470 PBA Season 43 Draft Picks

“Continuing with how our twelve PBA teams fared in the recently concluded 2017 Annual Draft, here’s the report card so far:

San Miguel: A+
NLEX: B+
Blackwater: A
Phoenix: A-
Alaska: B-
GlobalPort: A-“Read more: http://sports.tv5.com.ph/basketball/pba/article/grading-the-2017-pba-draft-part-2-of-2#ixzz4x9FT0GAn

 

SMB raring to pair first overall pick Standhardinger with Fajardo by Carlo Pamintuan

_S1A4569 Number one draft pick Christian Standhardinger with the San Miguel Beermen

“There was much talk surrounding San Miguel Beer’s acquisition of the top pick overall in the 2017 PBA Rookie Draft from the Kia Picanto. There were negative comments on social media and even from other teams in the PBA as they felt that adding the number one pick overall to a team that is already loaded with the reigning four-time PBA Most Valuable Player and his three other fellow Beermen who are also part of the Mythical First Team would hurt the parity of the league.”

 

Phenom to NLEX: Kiefer Ravena begins PBA career with the Road Warriors by Charmie Lising

_S1A4591 Coach Yeng Guiao with his prized draft pick Kiefer Ravena

“The PBA journey of Kiefer Ravena has finally started.

It took quite some time before the Phenom decided to make the jump to the pros. But the moment he decided to submit his name to the pool of rookie applicants this year, everybody knew that he’d be among the first lucky ones to be called on stage.”

Read more: http://sports.tv5.com.ph/basketball/pba/article/phenom-to-nlex-kiefer-ravena-begins-pba-career-with-the-road-warriors#ixzz4x9K3HZZS

_S1A5135 The Kia brainthrust with third round pick Chris de Chavez

Kia looks to move on and embrace the challenges of the upcoming season by Chuck Araneta

_S1A5135 The Kia brainthrust with third round pick Chris de Chavez_S1A5135 The Kia brainthrust with third round pick Chris de Chavez

“The Kia Picanto coaching staff and players sat quietly during the 2017 PBA Draft at Robinsons Place Manila. Their seats were was further away from the stage, towards the middle. They made headlines heading into the draft after trading away their number one pick for the second time in three years, and they watched as Christian Standhardinger happily walked up the stage to meet the San Miguel Beermen, owners of the number one pick.”
Read more: http://sports.tv5.com.ph/basketball/pba/article/kia-looks-to-move-on-and-embrace-the-challenges-of-the-upcoming-season#ixzz4x9LEnCO8

 

The engineer is now a King: ‘Ginhinyero’ Jett Manuel joins the Barangay by Sid Ventura

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“This time last year, Jett Manuel was winding down his collegiate playing career with the UP Fighting Maroons and was set to prepare for the civil engineering board exams. He had planned on joining the 2016 PBA Rookie Draft, and the Fighting Maroons had even requested a special exemption for their team captain to allow him to join the draft even while he was still playing in the UAAP.”

Read more: http://sports.tv5.com.ph/basketball/pba/article/the-engineer-is-now-a-king-ginhinyero-jett-manuel-joins-the-barangay#ixzz4x9OLiLKU

PBA Governor’s Cup Finals Game 7: The Ginebra Kings are Champions again!

Photos by Winston Baltasar / Write-ups by JC Ansis, Charmie Lising, Sid Ventura

Repeat! Barangay Ginebra claims Govs’ Cup title for second year in a row by JC Ansis

“Champions again.

The Barangay Ginebra Kings successfully defended their crown after defeating the Meralco Bolts, 101-96, in Game 7 of the 2017 Oppo PBA Governors’ Cup finals on Friday at the Philippine Arena in Bulacan.”
Read more: http://sports.tv5.com.ph/basketball/pba/article/repeat-barangay-ginebra-claims-govs-cup-title-for-second-year-in-a-row#ixzz4wlwhIl9K

 

Finals MVP LA Tenorio is Ginebra’s resident superhero by Charmie Lising

_P2A8574 LA Tenorio wins back-to-back MVPs

“In every PBA crown that LA Tenorio has won, he emerged as the Finals MVP.

It began in the 2010 Fiesta Cup when he was still with the Alaska Aces, and then he continued the Finals MVP tradition now that the Barangay Ginebra Kings have reigned supreme in back-to-back Governors’ Cup.”

Read more: http://sports.tv5.com.ph/basketball/pba/article/finals-mvp-la-tenorio-is-ginebras-resident-superhero#ixzz4wlrIRCsZ

 

Tim Cone wins his 20th PBA title in front of 54,000 and he can’t wait to tell Erik Spoelstra  about it by Sid Ventura

_P2A8539 zoomed Tim Cone celebrating
“Tim Cone is the winningest coach in Philippine Basketball Association history. His latest – the 20th now for those keeping count – came Friday night at the Philippine Arena when the Barangay Ginebra Kings took Game 7 of the 2017 Oppo PBA Governors’ Cup at the expense of the Meralco Bolts.”

Read more: http://sports.tv5.com.ph/basketball/pba/article/tim-cone-wins-his-20th-pba-title-in-front-of-54000-and-he-cant-wait-to-tell-erik-spoelstra-about-it#ixzz4wlvcEBZv

 

Durham fails to accomplish mission, hopes to try again next year by Charmie Lising
_S1A3450 Allen Durham with an up and under past Greg Slaughter

“’It’s tough, it hurts.’

These were the sentiments of a visibly frustrated Allen Durham after the Meralco Bolts suffered another PBA finals loss at the hands of the Barangay Ginebra Kings.”

Read more: http://sports.tv5.com.ph/basketball/pba/article/durham-fails-to-accomplish-mission-hopes-to-try-again-next-year#ixzz4wlwNMd4j

PBA Finals Game 6: Meralco Bolts stave off the Ginebra Kings, 98-91

Photos by Winston Baltasar / Write-ups by Chuck Araneta, Charmie Lising, Sid Ventura

Meralco hangs tough down the stretch, forces Game 7 vs. Barangay Ginebra by Chuck Araneta

“When it looked liked Barangay Ginebra would rewind the tape and conjure up memories of a thrilling fourth-quarter finish, the Meralco Bolts slammed the door shut on them.

The result? A Game 7 for the ages.”
Read more: http://sports.tv5.com.ph/basketball/pba/article/meralco-hangs-tough-down-the-stretch-forces-game-7-vs-barangay-ginebra#ixzz4waPhfGjk

 

Collective effort: Meralco’s local crew shine in Game 6 – by Charmie Lising

_S1A2172 Reynel Hugnatan beats Scottie Thompson for the rebound

“Much has been said about Allen Durham’s extraordinary strength and awe-inspiring talent as he continues to be the most vital cog for the Meralco Bolts in the ongoing 2017 Oppo PBA Governors’ Cup finals.

The back-to-back Best Import of the Conference, however, cannot do it on his own. He can turn supernova at any moment and score most of the points, but against a very tough champion team like Barangay Ginebra, a one-man show is simply not bound to work. Significant and consistent contributions from his teammates are badly needed.”

Read more: http://sports.tv5.com.ph/basketball/pba/article/collective-effort-meralcos-local-crew-shine-in-game-6#ixzz4waRNekws

 

Black after Meralco forces Game 7: ‘These moments are where heroes are made’ by Charmie Lising

_S1A2273 Jared Dillinger with an uncontested three

“The battlecry for my team tonight was just to play on Friday. We just wanted to do whatever we had to do tonight to win this game to give ourselves a chance to do that,” the Meralco mentor said. “To be quite honest with you, this is where we wanted to be the entire conference. We wanted to put ourselves in a situation where we could win this championship.”

Read more: http://sports.tv5.com.ph/basketball/pba/article/black-after-meralco-forces-game-7-these-moments-are-where-heroes-are-made#ixzz4waVvOnrA

 

Cone readies Ginebra for ‘best two words in sports: Game 7’ by Sid Ventura

_S1A1091 Tim Cone

“There was no repeat of last year’s Game 6 comeback as the Barangay Ginebra Kings fell to the Meralco Bolts, 98-91, in this year’s Game 6 of the Governors’ Cup Finals Wednesday night at the Philippine Arena. And while Tim Cone laments the wasted opportunity to finish off the Bolts and celebrate another championship, he’s been around long enough to know that the last win in a series is always the toughest.”

Read more: http://sports.tv5.com.ph/basketball/pba/article/cone-readies-ginebra-for-best-two-words-in-sports-game-7#ixzz4waZ6Tzdn

PBA Finals Game 2: Ginebra defeats Meralco, 86-76, with a thrilling 4th quarter comeback – 20171015

“Ice-cold all game long, LA Tenorio struggled to make an impact on a game that seemed to be swinging their opponents’ way.

But when Barangay Ginebra needed him the most, the reigning Finals MVP responded and dealt a knockout blow to the Bolts.”

 

All photos by Winston Baltasar

Recap by Chuck Araneta 
Read more: http://sports.tv5.com.ph/basketball/pba/article/tenorios-heroics-deliver-game-2-win-for-barangay-ginebra#ixzz4vpcydRRh

 

_S1A8763 Ginebra's Greg Slaughter battles for the rebound with Meralco's Allen Durham

Feature on Greg Slaughter by Carlo Pamintuan  http://sports.tv5.com.ph/basketball/pba/article/winning-title-is-only-goal-for-newly-crowned-bpc-greg-slaughter

 

_S1A8730 Former Ateneans LA Tenorio and Chris Newsome on the different sides now

Feature on LA Tenorio by Charmie Lising http://sports.tv5.com.ph/basketball/pba/article/the-hero-ginebra-deserves-tenorio-bails-out-the-kings-in-game-2

 

_S1A8548 Ginebra's Greg Slaughter wins Best Player of the Conference and Allen Durham wins Best Import

Write-up by JC Ansis                                      http://sports.tv5.com.ph/basketball/pba/article/ginebras-slaughter-wins-first-bpc-plum-meralcos-durham-named-best-import-anew

 

_S1A8870 Basketball legend Bobby Jaworksi talks with fans while Toyota teammate Francis Arnaiz watches the game

Feature on Bobby Jaworski and Francis Arnaiz by Charmie Lising  http://sports.tv5.com.ph/basketball/pba/article/iconic-duo-jaworski-arnaiz-show-up-as-ginebra-wins-game-2

PBA Semis G1: Barangay Ginebra overwhelms TNT KaTropa – 20171002

Recap by Carlo Pamintuan / Photos by Winston Baltasar

“Two playoff games. Two beatdowns.

The Barangay Ginebra Kings are now two wins away from getting a chance at defending their title after they took a 1-0 lead in their semifinal series against TNT in the 2017 Oppo PBA Governors’ Cup with a comfortable 121-84 victory, Monday night at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum.”

Read more: http://sports.tv5.com.ph/basketball/pba/article/barangay-ginebra-draws-first-blood-with-rout-of-tnt-in-game-1#ixzz4uMSX0Prp

http://sports.tv5.com.ph/basketball/pba/article/cone-pleased-with-performance-of-ginebras-bench-mob-in-game-1-rout