AN undermanned Phoenix showed grace under pressure to survive NorthPort’s three-point shooting spree in the stretch, 97-87, and bolster its playoff bid in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup on Wednesday at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
Mario Barasi Jr., a 6-foot-7 rookie center from Far Eastern University-Diliman, will be Adamos' back-up in the middle, while Perpetual Help's prized recruits Jeff Egan from Bukidnon and Ramlee Lanoy from St. Francis of Assisi, are also expected to contribute.
SAN Miguel Beer meets today a Magnolia team it defeated in Philippine Cup finals more than a month ago, while NorthPort tries to wrest the lead anew as the PBA Commissioner’s Cup enters the crucial stage in the elimination.
As the Blue Eagles go for the kill, deputy coach Sandy Arespacochaga is bracing for what resistance Centro Escolar University can offer to save its inspiring campaign in Game 4 of the PBA D-League Finals today at the Ynares Sports Arena.
The Beermen banked heavily on the troika of two-time MVP Danny Ildefonso, Kiko Adriano and Dondon Hontiveros to outlast the Purefoods Hotdogs of four-time MVP Alvin Patrimonio, 79-70, while the Alaska Milkmen demolished the Ginebra Kings, 84-69, through another solid effort from Willie Miller and Jeff Cariano.
Denzel Bowles came through with a triple-double performance as he scored 29 points, grabbed 14 rebounds and issued 10 assists, but it was Rey Nambatac and Beau Belga who delivered the big plays to help the Elasto Painters wrap up the win before a sellout crowd at the Batangas City Sports Coliseum.
Top seed San Miguel Beer and second seeded Alaska try to forge a title showdown when they battle their respective semis rivals tomorrow in the UNTV Cup PBA Legends Faceoff at the Pasig City Sports Center.
Dave Bernabe completed a three-point play to keep CEU in the game, 33-36, at the 7:22 mark of the third period when Cignal-Ateneo unloaded a telling 9-0 run capped by Mike Nieto's three free throws for a 45-33 advantage.
"I'm not here to just come for a day or two and leave. I understand it's a process. We gotta trust our process," said Prosper, a product of the State University of New York College at Old Westbury who scored 26 points and grabbed 14 rebounds in a 42-minute stint inside with the Dyip.
Memphis has the No. 2 pick and an apparent opening at point guard for Murray State's Ja Morant after agreeing to trade Mike Conley to Utah on Wednesday. Barrett is hoping he'll go to the New York Knicks with the third pick, and whoever lands at No. 4 is set to be Williamson's teammate because the Lakers included the pick in the package for Davis.
Senegalese big man Maodo Malick Diouf remained solid upfront in the series-tying win with 23 points, 16 boards, four steals, two assists, and two blocks, while Rich Guinitaran chipped in 13 points, two assists, and two blocks for the Scorpions.
The Batang Pier routed Philippine Cup titlist San Miguel Beer on June 5, 121-80, in a game that saw Robert Bolick, Jonathan Grey, Sean Anthony, import Prince Ibeh, Garvo Lanete, Nico Elorde, and Mo Tautuaa—did their share in scoring. .