Friday, October 20, 2017
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Aces rout Elasto Painters

The Alaska Aces bounced back in a big way from a sorry loss against Global Port by manhandling the Rain or Shine Elasto Painters, 94-79, in the PBA Governor’s Cup at the MOA Arena in Pasay City last night.

Aces import Wendell McKines led the way with 31 points and pulling down 13 rebounds while guard JV Casio added 21 points, five rebounds and three assists to even their win-loss record to 1-1.

Arizona Reid meanwhile fired 22 points on a 15 or 23 shooting clip. (Luisito Antonio Santos)


Pacquio set for training

Though Manny Pacquiao sprained his ankle he incurred in a basketball tournament over the weekend, the boxing icon trained for two hours at the MP Tower on Tuesday afternoon as part of his training camp for his November 24 fight against Brandon Rios.

In fact, Coach Freddie Roach will be arriving on October 7 to monitor Pacquiao at the start of his training camp in General Santos City.

According to assistant trainer Marvin Somodio, the last leg of Pacquiao’s training will be in Macau, though he’s schedule can be tweaked based on Roach’s estimate.

Pacquiao also has chosen his sparring mates in the personalities of Liam Vuaghan from Great Britain and Lian Hui of China. (Rommel Fuertes)


Petron, ROS gun for lead

Defending Governor’s Cup champion Rain or Shine Elasto Painters and Petron Blaze Boosters both gun for the lead in the season ending tournament as they battle different foes at the Mall of Asia Arena today.

The Elasto Painters will battle the Alaska Aces at the 7:30 p.m. main game while the Boosters will test the Air21 Express at the 5:15 p.m. curtain raiser.

Both ROS and Alaska are coming off losses. The Painters were handed by the Boosters quite a beating while the Aces lost to the GlobalPort Batang Pier by a Gary David game-winner, 91-88. (Rommel Fuertes)


Romeo heroics lift FEU

Terrence Romeo atoned for his subpar performance for two games while also bucking the absence of backcourt partner RR Garcia with a 30-point effort and a huge trey with two minutes remaining in 2OT to lift the Far Eastern U Tamaraws, 98-94, over the University of the East Warriors yesterday in the UAAP men’s basketball tournament at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.

FEU seemed on the way to rout the Warriors but Roi Sumang went on a scoring tear in the fourth quarter to put the Warriors ahead of the Tams behind a 22-5 run.

The Warriors have a 84-77 cushion in the first overtime with 23 seconds remaining but the Tams wouldn’t give up as Romeo scored on a layup and free throws to put the Tams within three.

Michael Tolomia then hit the game-tying three pointer with 3.1 seconds left.

The Tamaraws played without star guard RR Garcia due to suspension after incurring his second unsportsmanlike foul.

The scores

FEU (98) -- Romeo 30, Mendoza 15, Tolomia 13, Hargrove 12, Cruz 9, Inigo 6, Belo 6, Pogoy 5, Sentcheu 2, Lee Yu 0, Delfinado 0, Aguilon 0.

UE (94) -- Sumang 25, Olivares 21, Mammie 17, Noble 11, Santos 6, Jumao-as 5, Casajeros 4, Galanza 3, Javier 2, Olayon 0, Sumido 0, Hernandez 0, Guion 0, Flores 0, Alberto 0.

Quarterscores: 25-13; 42-31; 59-46; 70-70 (reg); 85-85 (1st OT); 98-94.

(Rommel Fuertes)


ROS tries to solidify top spot

Rain or Shine will try to solidify its top seeding in the standings against Petron Blaze Boosters in their 7:30 encounter today of the PBA Governor’s Cup at the Araneta Coliseum.

Both teams are coming off wins but bad news for the Boosters as Gabe Norwood and Jeff Chan will be coming back from their Gilas stint.

Norwood and Chan are expected to add firepower to the team especially that both players are emotionally high after grabbing a spot in the FIBA World Championships in Spain next year.

Petron, however, is also on a high after their win against Barangay Ginebra San Miguel on Sunday.

Meanwhile, the Alaska Aces and Global Port Batang Pier will battle at 5:15 pm. (Rommel Fuertes)


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