PBA approves series of trades; Phoenix, TNT wins

Teams in the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) became busy a week after the All-Star break.

The Office of the PBA, led by Commissioner Chito Narvasa, approved series of trades that will might shift balance of power within the teams during the ongoing Commissioner’s Cup.

Larry Fonacier and Alex Mallari were highlights of the trades executed last week. (Photo courtesy of: news.abs-cbn.com)

First, the San Miguel Beermen acquired the services of TNT KaTropa’s forward Matt Ganuelas Rosser in exchange for guard RR Garcia.

With the trade, the Beermen will be adding a top-notch wing defender and a stable scorer off the bench while TNT will be reuniting Garcia with former college coach Nash Racela.

Alex Mallari of the Mahindra Floodbuster was sent to the NLEX Road Warriors where in return giving up frontliners Eric Camson and Glenn Khobuntin.

NLEX will be obtaining a rising star in Mallari, who had his breakout conference during the Philippine Cup averaging 17.8 points, 7.1 rebounds, 4.9 assists and 1.7 steals while playing in 34.5 minutes per game under the guidance of coach Chris Gavina.

However, that emergence took a stall as the 30-year-old combo guard has been called out by Gavina in the ongoing conference due to maturity and leadership issues as his production took a drop to 12 points, 5.3 rebounds, 3.4 assists and 0.9 steals in 27.7 minutes.

On the other hand, the Floodbuster will be getting the needed additional ceiling that the team is looking for after the injury to Gilas cadet Russel Escoto.

The Road Warriors continue its trading spree by engaging with another set of transactions with the GlobalPort Batang Pier, the Meralco Bolts and TNT as trade partners.

NLEX attained the services of burly forward JR Quinahan by sending guard Garvo Lanete to GlobalPort, which sent Lanete to Meralco for another guard in Jonathan Grey and a 2017 second-round pick currently owned by Mahindra.

The Batang Pier then sent forward Anthony Semerad and a 2017 first-round pick to TNT for shooting guard Larry Fonacier then sending Fonacier, a 2019 second-round pick, and the 2017 second-round pick of Mahindra to NLEX for forward Sean Anthony and center Bradwyn Guinto.

In other news, RJ Jazul and import Jameel Mckay joined forces to catapult the Phoenix Fuel Masters to an 84-72 victory over GlobalPort to improve to 4-5 win-loss record last May 5 (Manila time).

Phoenix overcame an early 15-point deficit and overturn things around after the halftime break.

Jazul tallied 21 points in 50% shooting from the field, four rebounds, two steals and a steal in 40 minutes.

Mckay paced the team with another monster 20-20 game, registering 22 points and 20 rebounds while adding two assists and a block in 42 minutes.

Stanley Pringle led all scorers with 25 points while adding nine rebounds and six assists while single-handedly carrying GlobalPort with the absence of backcourt partner Terrence Romeo.

Josh Urbiztondo, who had a homecoming in the PBA after playing in the ASEAN Basketball League with the Singapore Slingers, played sparingly and went scoreless.

Playing without Gilas players Jayson Castro, Troy Rosario and Roger Pogoy, reinforcement Donte Greene exploded for 41 points and 21 rebounds to lead the TNT to a win, a 112-103 conquest of erstwhile undefeated Beermen.

Larry Fonacier knocked down two crucial three-pointers that doused SMB rallies while RR Garcia also proved to be a villain against the Beermen in his first game against his former team as they also filled the void for the Texters, who registered a sixth victory in eight games.

San Miguel was led by Charles Rhodes registering 43 points, eight rebounds, two assists, two steals and one block in a losing effort.

The loss broke the Beermen’s five-game winning streak.


The scores:

Phoenix (84) – McKay 22, Jazul 21, Baguio 8, Lanete 6, Eriobu 6, Torres 5, Borboran 4, Alolino 4, Dehesa 4, Kramer 2, W. Wilson 2, Intal 0, J. Wilson 0.

GlobalPort (72) – Pringle 25, White 16, Cortez 12, Aban 7, Quinahan 4, Forrester 3, Pessumal 3, Mamaril 2, Maierhofer 0, Ababou 0, Urbiztondo 0.

Quarterscores: 14-28, 27-36, 57-55, 84-72.


The scores:

TNT (112) – Greene 41, Williams 15, Fonacier 14, Garcia 12, Tautuaa 11, Carey 6, Reyes 5, Rosales 4, De Ocampo 4.

San Miguel (103) – Rhodes 43, Ross 17, Lassiter 17, Santos 11, Cabagnot 7, Espinas 6, De Ocampo 2, Heruela 0, Tubid 0.

Quarterscores: 27-16, 53-42, 79-70, 112-103.


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Aris Ignacio is from the Philippines and has always been a big fan of Philippine basketball. Aris’ follows the Philippine Basketball Association since the late 80’s and has learned the history and personalities of the PBA. He also has interest with other basketball tournaments in the Philippines and beyond most specifically college basketball (UAAP, NCAA), the Asian Basketball League (ABL), FIBA Asia and World Cup tournaments. Global Basketball is Aris’ second writing assignment besides Asia-basket.com. Follow Aris Ignacio on Twitter at aris_ignacio.

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