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Cyrus Baguio hit a fastbreak layup in transition to beat the buzzer and give the Alaska Aces an 83-81 victory over the Rain or Shine Elasto Painters Saturday night at the SMART-Araneta Coliseum.
Baguio’s basket capped a thrilling endgame comeback for the Aces, who needed a desperation 25-foot three-pointer from Calvin Abueva to tie the game at 81-all with 10 seconds left in the game.
Rain or Shine set up a play for import Bruno Sundov for its final possession. But the attempt of the 7-foot-3 Croatian was foiled at the basket by Abueva, leading to a loose ball.
Alaska made the loose ball recovery and got the ball to Baguio, who raced downcourt past three Elasto Painters to score the game-winning layup.
Eric Dawson has served notice.
The Meralco import scored 16 of his 37 points in the fourth quarter to lead the Bolts to an impressive 99-92 victory over the Talk ‘N Text Tropang Texters in the Commissioner’s Cup Saturday night at the SMART-Araneta Coliseum.
Dawson added 14 rebounds and four blocks for the Bolts, who squandered an 18-point first half lead before recovering in time to turn back the Tropang Texters.
“We played Talk N Text at the right time. They didn’t have extensive practice together and they have two new guys on their roster,” said Ryan Gregorio.
“We, on the other hand, were practicing a long time. Eric has been practicing for us for the past three weeks.”
The Philippines is became known for boxing because of our fighters making it to the international stage... but then, only a handfull of people in the nation actually box.
If the Philippines finally gets to FIBA World Cup... we become known for BASKETBALL, then that would finally achieve what Rafe Bartholomew has been trying to do... to show the WORLD that the Philippines's "unlikely affair with basketball" has actually turned out to be a "Match Made in Heaven".
Yesterday, the pool of 17 that will be taking on that extra burden of carrying the nation.
The next 6 months are critical. In the next 3 months, while the Commissioner's Cup is going on, this group will only be meeting once a week. Its a good thing that they have 15 guys who are familiar with of Coach Chot's system, (7 of which play it all year round). Only 2 need to learn it, within the next 3 months, before they go to training camp in Lithuania.
In Lithuania, they are isolated... they are focused... it's their training camp. After this, they go on and spar.
Then they come back and play in the PBA All Star Weekend... going against team who we could almost be sure, would feature other more popular PBA stars. They also play Yao Ming's Shanghai Sharks. They would also invite teams from other middle eastern countries...And finally, they defend the Jones Cup title... before coming back home for the ULTIMATE BATTLE here on our own turf. As it gets closer, I'm sure the pressure will mount... but unlike preparing for a Championship in the PBA... a loss here will be heartbreaking, not just for them... but for the whole nation. Because this is the LAST CHANCE... to finally break out of Asia, and into the World Stage.
The hardest part of the climb is the push to the summit... where you have to find that extra ounce of energy and drive to overcome all obstacles and get to the top. You are at that part. And when the Final Battle comes... you'll be playing in at atmosphere unlike never before. This time, the WHOLE CROWD will be cheering for you... and unlike a Ginebra vs BMEG in the PBA or an ADMU vs DLSU in the UAAP where half is for, and half is against... this time... EVERYONE - the bands, the streamers, the tshirts, the screams... will all be for you.
We're in this together... We're supporting all the way... Go Gilas! Go Pilipinas!
It's no longer PARA SA BAYAN... it should be LABAN NG BAYAN... #PUSO
Team Jao, composed of Enrique Gil, Khalil Ramos, Young JV and UAAP's Bobby Ray Parks Jr and Jeric Teng, dominated the 1st half of the game with a score of 47-43 after the second quarter. However, Team Gino led by Daniel Padilla with Joseph Marco and UAAP's Ryan Buenafe and Jeron Teng played hard on the second half, making 57 points versus 47 of Team Jao, enough for them to be declared champions of the royal basketball game.
UAAP's Jeron Teng and Daniel Padilla were named Best Players of the game but Daniel's journey to the trophy did not go smoothly. After making a crucial shot, Daniel was accidentally hit by Bobby Ray Parks when he tried to block the latter from taking a jumper, resulting to extensive bleeding of his lower lip.
Daniel Padilla was rushed to the hospital after the game and reports said that his lower lip got stitched. Meanwhile, Kathryn Bernardo, in an interview said she was worried about what happened expressing concern on her love team partner.
Princess and I is now on its last 2 weeks, with the finale episode airing this February 1 on ABS-CBN Primetime Bida.