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EVERY team needs somebody to take charge in the games that mattered most and Petron Blaze and San Mig Coffee certainly had plenty willing to don said mantle of responsibility.

None more so than Alex Cabagnot and James Yap, who were adjudged the Accel-PBA Press Corps Co-Players of the Week for the period Sept. 30 to Oct. 7 after leading their respective teams to the Finals of the PBA Governors’ Cup.

Cabagnot was the most consistent for the Boosters in the week that was with four-game averages of 15.5 points, 5.25 rebounds and 4.25 assists, including 23 markers and eight dimes in a deciding 110-89 victory over last year’s champion Rain or Shine last Monday.

Yap, who was similarly cited by the scribes for the period Sept. 2 to 8, was not too far behind with three-game averages of 15.0 points and 5.3 rebounds, including 19 points in the Finals seat-clinching 79-73 win over Meralco last Sunday.

Mixers guard Alex Mallari also came up big by coming off the bench and scattering 23 points in a 94-87 victory last Friday that put the Bolts’ back against the wall and Boosters counterpart Marcio Lassiter torched the Elasto Painters for 27 points and 12 rebounds also last Monday.

It is undeniable, however, that Cabagnot and Yap left their own indelible prints throughout the tough semifinal series, enabling their respective teams to close out the best-of-five matchups on identical 3-1 counts.

Their latest performances did not go unnoticed by their coaches.

Especially San Mig tactician Tim Cone, who continues to marvel at the steady evolution of Yap from being a mere scorer into a more all-around player.

“I think everyone rates James’ game based on whether he is scoring, but he is bringing a lot more to the table than just that,” contended Cone.

“His devotion to the defensive side and on the boards has really taken our ‘team’ basketball to another level. His mindset right now is doing whatever it takes for us to win, whether it be to score or take on the tough defensive assignment or whatever.”

Ditto for Cabagnot, whose game has taken an upward turn in the playoffs, especially at times when import Elijah Millsap struggled.

“Alex has taken it upon himself to be the leader of this team and I’m happy for him,” said Petron coach Gee Abanilla.

“He’s now more of a table-setter for his teammates, picking his spots and basically becoming more efficient as a result.” (NC)

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  • nothin’elsematters

    Oh yeah!!!
    Go PETRON for the 20th Championship!

  • pj

    Offense vs Defense . . . Defense converting to offense . . . SanMig yan!

    • hardol

      tama tama… magandang laban ito……

    • JC

      Offense converting to error

      • pj

        That’s a fact, offensive plays disrupted were errors :-) offensive plays succeeded, it’s a SCORE. More score, it’s a Win.

    • NGA-NGA ANG MGA BADING NA SMC

      UL0L BOB0 NMN SA FREE THROW IMPORT NYO HAHAHA

      • smc 2

        cnv n rin yan ni trillo dati….anu ngyari sa knila tlo bobobbobobobobobo ka tangina mo gago….lols…..

        • NGA-NGA ANG MGA BADING NA SMC

          NGA NGA HAHAHA… 16 POINTS LNG NMN LAMANG HAHAHA

      • margz

        bakit magaling kba maglaro!? payabang k puro kau daldal! watch and learn nalng SMC na yan…mas mabuti pang manahimik k!

  • bhong biona

    san mig for the crown wewhhhhhhhhh

    • JC

      Miss World Philippines

      • bhong biona

        wala ka kc common sense in short slow slow slow

        • NGA-NGA ANG MGA BADING NA SMC

          MS. GAY PHILIPPINES

          • smc 2

            oo bgay sau ms. gay philippines bka nga khit dun d kpa tnggapin…..baho mo….

  • lolo rebrab

    GO GINEBRA!!!!

    • amoyalak

      tang ina.. samahan mo nalang si caguiao sa bundok..

  • Mark Louie Huang

    Petron for the 20th Championship.. :)

    • MC47@JY18 senator@congressman

      klaro na yan, may buwaya kasi sa san mig….

      • smc 2

        bka kainin kau ng buwaya…wahahahah

        • NGA-NGA ANG MGA BADING NA SMC

          UL0L BAKLA KA

          • smc 2

            tangina mo mas bakla ka…..baho nio pa….

          • smc 2

            kaw ung k2lad ng haters ni yap kc d nio matikman c yap…gusto mo subo mo nlng etits q…

          • mark11

            subo mo etits ni yap bakla!!!

          • smc 2

            sos mukhng mas gusto mo pa nga eh…..barangay gay…mark supsop11 wahahahah..pulpol…

          • Meldwin Tanaliga

            anong sav mo baka ikaw

  • jack94

    go go ginebra!!!! never say die

    • smc 2

      oo…gogogoggogoogonggong tlga ginebra wag mo msyado isigaw……..parang ikaw gunggong……

  • Cute Anzai

    ANONG SABI NG ARTICLE? GO TO GUYS?

    e ung mga imports naman ang totoong go to guys nila e… hehehe
    bagamat wala na ang paborito kong team na alaska, masyado kong mamimis ang PBA kung wala akong pipiliing team para lumaban ng pustahan sa mga tropa ko… For now PETRON AKO win or lose! Sayang walang GINEBRA masarap kalaban ang fans ng GAYNEBRA eh madaling yumaman pag ginebra fans ang kapustahan kasi ang dami nila.. hahaha

    • jett

      Weh? Bat andito ka? Fan ka pala ng alaska, dinadamay mo pa ginebra? Di ka yayaman sa dami ng fans ng ginebra kasi wala kang pamusta.

      • smc 2

        ou nga nman mlamang alaska 2 kc d n mkapgybng eh,,,,thimik cla kc SMC nkapsok n sa finals….

        • mark11

          baka C lanete lng katapat yang james yap mo11

          • smc 2

            lol asa kpa lanete anu un….tgnan nio nlng kung pnu kau pdapain ng smc m2ya….

          • smc 2

            ginebra mo bkasyon na bkit ikaw ndi pa….bsta tlga ginebra never say die,,,khit mga mukhang patay na gnun p din…tlo na nga tnggal pa,,,my pinagl2ban p din uwi kna lng ng probinsya nyo tangina mo…

          • mark11

            talo nga smc mo bading ka!!!

  • breakablejason

    Petron will get their 2nd Champion this Conference..

    • marlon

      ha, 2nd champion, kailan sila last ng champiom, taga ibang planeta kb,,

      • smc 2

        tga universe yan wahahahah….kea nga d alam ngga2ling sa planeta,,,wahhahahahaha…..

    • amoyalak

      tang inang english yan

      • smc 2

        ah 2nd champion did they enter in finals last conference….english pa mali nman and only 1 for every conference bka petron will get their 2nd championship for governors cup championship since 2011….bobobobobobobobobobboboboboobobobobo

  • jimmy alapag

    Defense? It was actually Petron who has the upperhand in defense against SanMig Coffee that won the game in their only match up in the elims, and allowed them to win 8 straight games after losing the first game

    • NGA-NGA ANG MGA BADING NA SMC

      That was when SMC was struggling (that defeat led to their 1-3 start). However, after that, the Mixers went on a 5-game winning streak and a playoff run for the finals. In other words, that game you’re pointing to is ancient history, so your point is invalid LOLOLOLOL

      If we go by the stats, San Mig clearly is the better defensive team. Pero finals na ‘to so throw everything out the window na. It’s a whole new series.

      • alapag#3

        May point naman si pare ko ah..
        Pero para fair sau, tingnan na lang natin ang laban..

  • bhong biona

    million moves para sa san mig

  • JC

    Go Go Gilas

  • Penemuel

    I guess it will boil down to the frontline.
    The perimeter guys can cancel each other out. The guys on the frontline will always have to be there to crash the boards every game.

  • wils

    masyado kaung maingay hintayin nyo nlng kaya matapos ang laban bago kayo magyabangan ok……

    • smc 2

      ou nga nman tama un,,ms mgaling p kau sa mga player ah…

  • renrats

    whatever!!!!

    let’s see until the series end… GO SMC!!!

    LOL

  • KHIDLHAT

    PETRON N YAN

    • jett

      Go SMCM!

      • KHIDLHAT

        anu ka ngaun nilampaso lng smc mu hahahaha

        • jett

          Ganyan talaga basketball, may nanalo may natatalo. Talo talaga eh. Hehehe… ang saya mo ah, bwahahaha

  • JBOI

    WALANG GANA MANUOD PAG HINDI ALASKA ANG MAGLARO

    • smc 2

      oo parehas kc kaung bobobooboboboboracay kna din….bakasyon bkasyon din pg my tym/…..

      • amoyalak

        baka sa banyo lang yan magbabate..

        • smc 2

          oo pasyal pasyal lng muna kau sa cebu o kea sa bohol…mga bisakolers….

      • mark11

        parang kaw boibobobobo

  • MC47@JY18 senator@congressman

    maka score kaya idol ko sa salpukan nato??? mukha kasing mag kalat lang sya rito…si PJ nalang ang gamitin ni cone para naman maganda tingnan ang championship game na to….

  • MC47@JY18 senator@congressman

    lumilipad ang idol ko….one hand lang, iwan ko lang kung maka shot sya ngayong friday….

    • smc 2

      bka naiwan sa ere bisaya….

      • amoyalak

        haha iwan? tang ina,, taga san ka ba pre? hee

        • smc 2

          tga cavite aq bkit kea d aq bisaya ikaw tga bisaya k din iwan din…anu iwan bola ba….hahahahahha…..tang ena ka den besaya ka olol wahahahah kopalokuys kayu……huhuhuhuhuh

  • NGA-NGA ANG MGA BADING NA SMC

    PETRON NA TO SURE NA SURE NA TO….. PULPOL NMN MGA TGA SANMIG HAHAHAHA TUBID LNG KATAPAT NG JAMES YAP NYO HAHAHA… MGA UNGGOY HAHAHA

    • smc 2

      anu ngyri kay tubid…

  • smc 2

    20th champion,,,daw nla…bkit kelan p b last champion nio…hahahahah….mukha nung kay danny ildelfonso pa……..ngaun plng kau nkapsok ulit champion n agad anu wla kaung klban….mniwla p q kung nkalbn nio alaska o ginebra….wahahahhaha asa pa kau mga lol…..

  • dodong

    champion na air 21 jan 4 sure!haha

    • amoyalak

      tang ina corny mo.. uwi ka na nga sa inyo. haha

  • amoyalak

    pag pumutok si james yap. olats petron. sure ako jan

    • smc 2

      SMC ka pla akala q tga pekotong ka eh….

  • Marx Pabiona

    OFFENSE & BIG DEFENSE….WITH 2nd CHANCE PTS….

    Sa Three towers palang na cla Ping, JDV, Blakely…Tapos ang laban…
    SMC yan!!!!!!

  • Miel Ochia

    James yap go to guy I don’t tink so

  • BAGTITTTTTTTTTTTT

    MAGALING LNG ANGH PWETRON KUNG LLAMADO PERO NGAYON DEHADO N CLA MATATARANTA NA NAMAN CLA TALO NA PWETRON HA HA HA””””””

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