More injured players in PBA seek medical attention; referee tests positive in bubble

By Tracy Cabrera

A GROWING list of injured players in the Philippine Basketball Association’s Philippine Cup, has prompted the PBA to ease its rules on injured players seeking medical attention.
Meanwhile, the league announced Wednesday that a referee has tested positive for the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) in the PBA bubble in Clark City, Pampanga.
The referee is now under quarantine at the Athlete’s Village in Clark while those he had contact with are under strict isolation. The patient is asymptomatic and will be tested once again today while those who made contact with him, meanwhile, will be retested on Saturday, October 24.
In a statement, PBA commissioner Willie Marcial announced that the country’s premier league will allow players seeking medical attention to go outside the bubble—but only if they cannot be treated in Clark, Pampanga, where the PBA has resumed games under strict quarantine measures and minimum health safety protocols.
Marcial explained that injured players must first seek the advice of the league’s official medical expert, Dr. George Canlas, who will verify if the treatment could not be done at a nearby medical facility before they can leave and return with the approval of the Clark Development Corporation (CDC).
Marcial added that all players returning to the bubble must strictly follow testing protocols that have been approved by the PBA Board of Governors.
The PBA only allows players or staff members to leave the bubble for personal reasons or matters concerning injury. A previous guideline prevents anyone from returning once the person has exited the premises.
The number of injured players has been piling up since the season restart last October 11.
One of them is Alaska Ace shooting guard Kevin Racal who suffered a tear in the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) on his right knee while San Miguel Beermen defense ace Terrence Romeo dislocated his right shoulder. The two are out of the bubble.
Other players who were injured in the first few games are TNT Tropang Giga rookie Kib Montalbo (plantar fasciitis) and his teammate RR Pogoy (sprained ankle), NLEX Road Warriors’ Jericho Cruz (sprained ankle), and Northport Batang Pier’s Kevin Ferrer (sore foot).

Alaska smothers Blackwater via early beating

MANILA – The Alaska Aces banked on an early blitz to cripple the Blackwater Elite, 120-82, in their Philippine Basketball Association meeting at the Angeles University Foundation Sports and Cultural Center on Tuesday night.

Alaska outscored Blackwater, 38-17, in the first quarter and never looked back.

Barkley Ebona played his best game so far in his young PBA career with 24 points on 10-of-11 field goals, two rebounds, two assists, two blocks, and one steal to lead the Aces, who now won back-to-back games after a 0-2 start and tied their victims.

Robbie Herndon added 21 points on 5-of-7 shooting from three-point range, three rebounds, and three assists.

Ed Daquioag made 18 markers, two boards, two dimes, and one steal off the bench for the Elite. (PNA) 

Ginebra nips Meralco in Finals rematch

MANILA – Barangay Ginebra zapped Meralco Bolts, 105-91, in the rematch of last year’s Philippine Basketball Association Governors’ Cup Finals at the Angeles University Sports and Cultural Center on Sunday night.

The Barangay broke out in the second quarter, outscoring the Bolts, 31-19, to turn a 20-all first quarter deadlock to a 51-39 halftime lead and never looked back from there.

Japeth Aguilar led Ginebra, which moved up to 3-0, with 20 points on 8-of-11 shooting, four rebounds, one assist, and two blocks.

The team is now tied with Rain Or Shine and TNT on top of the team standings, although the latter can reclaim solo first place with a win on Monday night against fellow unbeaten squad Phoenix.

Stanley Pringle added 16 points, seven rebounds, and three assists.

Allein Maliksi put up 18 markers, four boards, two dimes, and one swipe for Meralco, which slipped to 1-2. (PNA)

Nambatac free throws lift ROS over NorthPort

MANILA – Rey Nambatac proved vital again in the endgame as Rain Or Shine Elasto Painters upended NorthPort Batang Pier, 70-68, in their Sunday night Philippine Basketball Association affair at the Angeles UnivNambatacersity Sports and Cultural Center.

Nambatac hit two free throws with just 1.3 seconds left as the Elasto Painters escaped despite the Batang Pier climbing back from 11 points down to nearly force overtime.

Sean Manganti had a shot at even stealing the win for NorthPort, but Javee Mocon blocked his tough three-pointer at the final buzzer.

Rookie Adrian Wong was the high-point man for ROS, which moved up to 3-0, tying TNT at the top of the standings, with 15 markers alongside two rebounds, two assists, and one steal off the bench.

Sidney Onwubere added 11 points and five rebounds off the bench as well.

Sean Anthony, Chris Standhardinger, and Garvo Lanete each tallied 13 markers for NorthPort, which was held to just two points in the third quarter and slid to 0-3, tying NLEX at the cellar. (PNA)

Alaska scores 1st win of PBA season

FIRST WIN. Jvee Casio hits a jumper as he scored 17 points for Alaska Aces’ 87-81 win against Magnolia in the ongoing PBA Philippine Cup at the Angeles University Foundation Sports Arena and Cultural Center on Saturday night (Oct. 17, 2020). It was Alaska’s first win following two frustrating defeats. (Courtesy of PBA Images)

MANILA – Alaska posted its first win of the Philippine Basketball Association season after edging Magnolia, 87-81, on Saturday night at the Angeles University Foundation Sports and Cultural Center.

Key baskets from Jvee Casio and Mike Digregorio kept the Hotshots at bay, while Casio’s defensive gem eventually sealed the victory for the Aces.

Just as Magnolia, which led by as many as 11 points in the middle of the second quarter, was threatening to reclaim the advantage, Casio scored on a layup and a three-pointer to keep a four-point lead for Alaska, 79-75, with 2:41 left.

The Hotshots came close to retaking the lead as back-to-back baskets from Mark Barroca and Jio Jalalon pulled them to within one anew, 79-80, with 1:47 to play.

They even got a chance to go on top anew after Vic Manuel, who split his charities in the Aces’ last offensive, missed on a layup, but Ian Sangalang misfired a tough jumper and Digregorio shot a huge trey to up the Aces’ lead to four, 83-79, with 54.2 seconds remaining.

Manuel then blocked Barroca’s shot with Abu Tratter reclaiming possession for Alaska, but off a timeout, Jeron Teng lost the ball, leading to a Barroca fastbreak layup off a Tratter goaltend with 35 seconds remaining.

With Magnolia not needing a foul to stop the clock, Barroca hacked Digregorio in the defensive play, and the latter made two free throws to put Alaska up by four again, 85-81, with 25 seconds remaining.

The Aces’ defense then forced Jack Corpuz to a wild three-point attempt that was blocked by Casio, and Teng made up for his costly turnover with two free throws that iced the game.

Teng finished with 19 points on 6-of-11 shooting, six rebounds, and one assist for Alaska, which tied its victim at 1-2.

Casio added 17 points on 7-of-13 shooting, two rebounds, two assists, and the lone block on Corpuz.

Mark Barroca posted 16 markers, three boards, five dimes, and two swipes for Magnolia.

Box Scores:

Alaska 87– Teng 19, Casio 17, Tratter 10, Digregorio 10, Manuel 9, Herndon 7, Galliguez 6, Ebona 5, Brondial 4, Ayaay 0, Marcelino 0, Publico 0

Magnolia 81– Barroca 16, Lee 14, Banchero 13, Jalalon 11, Dionisio 10, Sangalang 8, Dela Rosa 7, Corpuz 2, Reavis 0, Melton 0, Abundo 0

Quarterscores: 21-29, 43-45, 62-64, 87-81 (PNA)

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