Tiongson gets limelight, finds home with NLEX

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Juami Tiongson has found a home with the NLEX Road Warriors.

After spending much of his first 2 PBA seasons on the bench at Blackwater, followed by a stint in the PBA D-League last year, Tiongson is now making the most of his return to the pro league.

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Rookie RR Pogoy playing like a veteran for TNT

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Roger Pogoy may only be a rookie, but the young TNT wingman plays with the confidence of a veteran this season.

The 6-2 former Far Eastern University showed just that on Sunday, firing 17 points, none bigger than his three-point shot with under two minutes left to help TNT beat a rallying Barangay Ginebra side, 100-94 in the opening game of their PBA Commissioner’s Cup semifinal series.

A deadly gunner, whose confidence grew further with his recent stints at Gilas, Pogoy’s heads-up play earned him the PBA Press Corps Player of the Week for the period of June 6-11.

Pogoy, who will only turn 25 this coming Friday defeated TNT teammate Ranidel de Ocampo and Star forwards Allein Maliksi and Aldrech Ramos for the weekly citation.

The Cebuano shooter’s transition to the pros is seamless considering that he is now playing under Nash Racela, his coach back in college where they won a UAAP men’s championship in 2015.

TNT now holds a 2-0 lead over Barangay Ginebra San Miguel after escaping with a 107-103 win in Game 2 on Tuesday at the Mall of Asia Arena.

Pogoy finished with 14 points on 6-of-9 shooting, to go along with four rebounds, two assists and one steal.

Meralco’s Baser Amer continues to elevate his game in Commissioner’s Cup

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In just his second season as a pro, Baser Amer has showed the maturity of a veteran as evidenced by his latest performance last Wednesday.

The former San Beda star fired 20 points on 8-of-11 shooting, to go along with 3 assists, leading the Bolts to an 81-66 thumping of Phoenix.

Ginebra stays hot as LA Tenorio earns second PBA Player of the Week nod

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LA Tenorio captured his second Accel-PBA Press Corps Player of Week citation following another stellar performance for the red-hot Barangay Ginebra.

The Ginebra top playmaker played a significant role in the Kings’ current four-game winning streak after rapping winless NLEX Road Warriors, 101-92, last Wednesday, before humbling powerhouse TNT, 101-82, in the battle of streaking squads on Sunday.

PBA Player of the Week: Allein Maliksi is Star’s newest hotshot

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The departure of James Yap in the offseason gave athletic wingman Allein Maliksi an opportunity to blossom into a legitimate superstar under new Star coach Chito Victolero.

Getting the green light to shoot, the 6-foot-3 Maliksi didn’t disappoint, delivering for a Star quintet that has learned to win big games in the post-James Yap era.

In fact, Maliksi stood at the forefront of Star’s two-game win streak this past week after averaging 25.5 points and 5.0 rebounds to help his team secure a quarterfinal spot in the Philippine Cup.

Maliksi’s leadership and growing confidence earned him his first Accel-PBA Press Corps Player of the Week award for the period of Jan. 22-28. He beat former Star teammate and now Mahindra’s go-to-guy Alex Mallari, Alaska’s young forward Kevin Racal, three-time league MVP June Mar Fajardo, GlobalPort gunner Terrence Romeo and TNT’s rookie Roger Pogoy.

The former University of Santo Tomas went scoreless during the first period, before finding his stroke in the last three quarters in Star’s 111-95 rout of Blackwater last Wednesday.

He went on to finish with a personal season-high 26 points, built around five triples.

Three days later, the eighth overall pick of Barako Bull in the 2011 PBA Draft, presided over Star’s merciless 120-73 annihilation of Meralco.

The 29-year-old Maliksi knocked in 17 of his 25 points in the Hotshots’ whirlwind first-half scoring attack on the way to the Star’s second lopsided victory for the conference.

With the all-Filipino conference heading to the final week of the single-round eliminations phase, Star has a chance to snare the no. 2 seed and the twice-to-beat incentive if it beats Mahindra coupled by a Rain or Shine victory over Alaska on Wednesday.

The Wright guy: Phoenix rookie produces big games, gets PBA Player of the Week nod

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Rookie Matthew Wright is playing like a veteran in his initial conference in the PBA.

Flashing his all-around game, the 6-foot-4 Wright stepped up big-time to help Phoenix beat NLEX and Barangay Ginebra, respectively last week to clinch at least a playoff berth for a quarterfinal seat in the 2017 PBA Philippine Cup.

The Fil-Canadian wingman averaged all-around numbers of 15.0 points, 8.5 rebounds and 7.0 assists for Phoenix to earn the Accel-PBA Press Corps Player of the Week for the period of January 16-22.

The former St. Bonaventure U standout missed just one assist of registering his first triple-double as a pro, tallying 12 points, 12 rebounds and 9 dimes to steer Phoenix past NLEX, 102-91 last Wednesday.

Four days later, the sweet-shooting Wright banged in eight of his team-high 18 points as Phoenix completed a 79-73 escape act against a Japeth Aguilar-less Barangay Ginebra side.

The 25-year-old Wright, who won an Asean Basketball League title with the KL Dragons last year, before joining the PBA, beat his Phoenix teammates JC Intal, Simon Enciso and Willy Wilson for the weekly citation, along with San Miguel Beer’s Arwind Santos, Meralco’s Cliff Hodge, Troy Rosario and Roger Pogoy of TNT, Alaska’s Vic Manuel and Calvin Abueva as well as Scottie Thompson of Ginebra.

Phoenix looks to close out its elimination round campaign against Alaska on Friday at the Cuneta Astrodome.

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Nose injury doesn’t stop Cabagnot to earn PBA Player of the Week nod

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It seems like there’s no stopping San Miguel Beer playmaker Alex Cabagnot these days, not even a depressed nasal fracture.

Though advised by doctors to undergo surgery, Cabagnot managed to still get a green light to play, provided he wears a facial mask to protect his injured nose.

Except for that mask, nothing has changed for the left-handed guard, who averaged 15.0 points, 4.5 rebounds and 3.0 assists as the Beermen went 2-0 in a span of three days to become the first Accel-PBA Press Corps Player of the Week awardee in 2017.

The 34-year-old Cabagnot beat the likes of SMB teammates Arwind Santos and June Mar Fajardo, Rain or Shine’s Jericho Cruz, NLEX guard Carlo Lastimosa and GlobalPort’s high-scoring gunner Terrence Romeo for the citation for the period of December 28, 2016-January 8, 2017.

Although he felt uncomfortable to play with the facial mask the first time he wore it last Friday, Cabagnot managed to heat up fast, firing 10 points in the opening period to set the tone for San Miguel, which went on to clobber Blackwater, 118-93.

The win helped San Miguel gain the first playoff spot in the 2017 PBA Philippine Cup.
The University of Hawaii-Hilo standout finished the game with a near double-double output of 14 points and 9 rebounds against the Elite.

Two days later, Cabagnot helped San Miguel get the upper hand after banging nine of his 16 points in the third period as the Beermen scraped past Barangay Ginebra, 72-70 as they improved to a tournament-best 7-1.

Opting for surgery would have forced Cabagnot to miss the rest of the PBA Philippine Cup, a scenario that the SMB guard wouldn’t want to happen.

“And I’ll miss part of the Commissioner’s Cup (if he underwent surgery), but we’re in the middle of the season now and there are certain things you gotta do and you gotta take care of. Put the priorities at hand first,” he said.

PBA names Alaska’s Vic Manuel as Player of the Week

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It looks like Vic Manuel isn’t having issues with his right calf anymore.

The Alaska forward was awarded PBA Player of the Week honors after the Aces won two straight games in the PBA Philippine Cup.

In the comeback win over the Meralco Bolts last week, Manuel had a double double of 22 points and 10 rebounds. In Sunday’s victory against Barangay Ginebra, he came off the pine and managed to contribute 10 points, 5 rebounds, 2 steals and a block.

Manuel beat out SMB’s Junemar Fajardo and Alex Cabagnot, Star’s Paul Lee, TNT’s Kelly Williams and Blackwater’s Art dela Cruz for the Accel-PBA Press Corps Player of the Week plum for the week of December 12-18.

Alaska is currently tied in third place with Star, TNT, Blackwater and Rain or Shine with a 3-2 card.