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Star extends Alaska’s misery

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ANTIPOLO CITY—Star didn’t have any problem prolonging another team’s misery as it frustrated Alaska, 101-92, in the PBA Governors’ Cup Friday at Ynares Sports Center here in Antipolo. The Hotshots improved to 2-0 while extending Alaska’s losing streak to 11 games dating back to the Commissioner’s Cup. Import Malcolm Hill was Star’s messiah as his […]

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TNT sends Kia to 3rd straight loss in its Govs’ Cup opener

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ANTIPOLO CITY—TNT didn’t begin the PBA Governors’ Cup as early as the other teams but it went straight to work turning back Kia, 106-96, Friday at Ynares Sports Centre here in Antipolo. The KaTropa started their conference more than a week after the Governors’ Cup opened and immediately tacked on a 1-0 card while the […]

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Santos denies flopping ala Pennisi, insists Smith hit him above shoulder

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The PBA Commissioner’s Cup finals series between San Miguel and TNT has certainly produced memorable moments that don’t involve shooting the leather ball through the steel hoop. There was the tunnel altercation in Game 3, Roger Pogoy’s hit on Arwind Santos’ family jewels, and KaTropa import Joshua Smith’s verbal jabs against Gabby Espinas. In Game […]

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Garcia shines as backup to Castro

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RR Garcia proved Friday he can hold down the fort for TNT in the absence of the Best Point Guard in Asia. During the moments where Castro sat on the bench to rest, Garcia took command and ran the KaTropa’s show as an effective floor general to help TNT get a 122-109 Game 4 victory over Barangay […]

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TNT barges into PBA Finals, knocks out Ginebra

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TNT survived a tough contest against Ginebra, 122-109, to complete the Finals cast in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup Saturday at Cuneta Astrodome. Jayson Castro came through in the clutch to cap off his outstanding performance with 38 points, seven rebounds, and 11 assists. The KaTropa upended Barangay Ginebra in four games and will meet San […]

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San Miguel ousts Star, advances to PBA Finals anew

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San Miguel took another step in its conquest of the PBA Commissioner’s Cup and eliminated Star with a 109-102 win in Game 4 of their semifinals series Friday at Mall of Asia Arena. The Beermen now await the victor between Ginebra and TNT in another finals return after they dispatched the Hotshots, 3-1. San Miguel […]

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Meralco import Stepheson sets sight on playoffs after loss to Ginebra

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ANTIPOLO—Meralco’s hulking import Alex Stepheson definitely felt the sting of dropping their final game in the eliminations of the PBA Commissioner’s Cup, but he knows that all he has to do is look ahead and and focus on the quarterfinals. The Bolts settled for a 7-4 record after losing to Ginebra, 90-89, their third straight […]

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Brownlee on missed free throws: It happens

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ANTIPOLO—Ginebra import Justin Brownlee had a chance to ultimately seal the win for his team Sunday against Meralco in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup. All he had to do was hit his two free throws to give his team a three-point lead with six seconds remaining with the Gin Kings up, 90-89. Brownlee, however, uncharacteristically came […]

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Black preparing Meralco for ‘likely’ quarterfinals duel vs TNT

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ANTIPOLO—The PBA Commissioner’s Cup standings may not yet be finalized with more than half the league still yet to play their last elimination games, but Meralco head coach Norman Black is almost certain they’ll face TNT. Black and the Bolts finished their elimination round schedule with a 7-4 record after losing to Ginebra, 90-89, Sunday […]

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Gin Kings earn share of top spot, edge Bolts

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ANTIPOLO—Barangay Ginebra gained a share of the top seed after clipping Meralco, 90-89, in the 2017 PBA Commissioner’s Cup Sunday at Ynares Sports Center here. The Gin Kings improved to 8-2 and tied the Star Hotshots at the helm while the Bolts ended their elimination round schedule with a 7-4 card. It was a game where […]

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ROS looks at positives heading into quarterfinals

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ANTIPOLO—Rain or Shine didn’t end its campaign in the elimination round the way it wanted to on Sunday. The Elasto Painters had to rally from a 41-25 deficit in the first half only to see its comeback bid end in disappointment following a 105-102 defeat at the hands of TNT. Heading into the quarterfinals with […]

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Yap owns up to muffed free throws in ROS loss to TNT

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ANTIPOLO—Rain or Shine swingman James Yap took full responsibility of his late-game blunders that allowed TNT to take a 105-102 victory in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup Sunday at Ynares Sports Center here. Those mistakes included three straight missed free throws in the final minute of the game that could’ve tilted the game into the Elasto Painters’ favor. […]

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KaTropa overcome Painters for 8-3 record

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ANTIPOLO—TNT survived Rain or Shine, 105-102, to finish off its elimination round campaign on a high note in the 2017 PBA Commissioner’s Cup Sunday at Ynares Sports Center here. The KaTropa head to the playoffs with an 8-3 record but will still await the final games of Star, San Miguel, Ginebra, and Meralco to determine their seed. […]

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Ross on costly technical foul: ‘I don’t think I deserved it’

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San Miguel point guard Chris Ross said he didn’t deserve to get hit with a costly technical foul late in the Beermen’s loss to the Barangay Ginebra Gin Kings Sunday night. Ross was slapped with a technical foul after complaining on a personal foul called against him while trying to stop Ginebra import Justin Brownlee’s layup […]

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Brownlee on win over SMB: ‘Ginebra showed great character’

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Just two nights after absorbing a debilitating loss to Rain or Shine, Barangay Ginebra faced mighty San Miguel in a game the Gin Kings were raring to bounce back.  Ginebra was up to the task as it came away with a 107-99 win and it was import Justin Brownlee, who led the way. Brownlee had his […]

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Gin Kings clinch quarterfinals spot, fend off Beermen

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Barangay Ginebra clinched a spot in the 2017 PBA Commissioner’s Cup quarterfinals after scoring a 107-99 victory over San Miguel Sunday night at Mall of Asia Arena. The Gin Kings rose to 6-2 while the Beermen, who have already booked a quarterfinals ticket coming into the game, slid to the same record. Barangay Ginebra clinched […]

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Vanguardia wants consistency from Phoenix after OT loss to Mahindra

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Phoenix head coach Ariel Vanguardia said his team blew a golden opportunity to climb up the standings in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup after a narrow loss to Mahindra in overtime at Mall of Asia Arena. The Fuel Masters had a chance to contend for the sixth seed had they won, but instead, they slipped to […]

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Mahindra stays in playoff race, edges Phoenix in OT

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Mahindra remained in the playoff race after pulling off a 122-121 stunner over Phoenix in the 2017 PBA Commissioner’s Cup Sunday at Mall of Asia Arena. The Floodbuster improved to 3-7 with one more game left and held on to the 10th spot in the standings while the Fuel Masters slid to 4-6. Mahindra remained […]

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TNT uses late run to stun skidding Alaska

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TNT used a late-game push to stun Alaska, 119-110, and gain its seventh win in the 2017 PBA Commissioner’s Cup Saturday at Ibalong Centrum for Recreation in Legazpi City, Albay.  The KaTropa, who trailed by as many as 17 early, were down 101-105 midway through the fourth period before mounting an 18-5 run to close the game […]

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Hotshots post 3rd straight win, beat KaTropa

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Star bolstered its bid for a top four finish in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup after fending off TNT, 107-97, Wednesday at Mall of Asia Arena.   The Hotshots are now on a three-game winning streak and improved to a 7-2 card behind leaders San Miguel and Ginebra, which have identical 5-1 records, while the KaTropa slipped to 6-3. […]

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Black: Bolts ‘deserved to be beaten’ by Batang Pier

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Meralco head coach Norman Black admitted the Bolts really didn’t deserve to win in a stunning 94-86 loss to the GlobalPort Batang Pier on Wednesday. “I give them (GlobalPort) credit, they played hard, and they played well, and they rebounded the ball well tonight which was something we didn’t do,” said Black at Mall of Asia Arena […]

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Harper overcomes jet lag, leads GlobalPort upset of Meralco

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Justin Harper arrived in the Philippines on Wednesday, the same day GlobalPort played against Meralco in the 2017 PBA Commissioner’s Cup, and he immediately went to work. Harper wasted no time in introducing himself to the rest of the league as he put up a game-high 30 points and pulled down nine rebounds to lead the Batang […]

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GlobalPort shocks Meralco behind new import Harper

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GlobalPort kept its playoff hopes alive after scoring a 94-86 upset victory over league-leader Meralco in the 2017 PBA Commissioner’s Cup Wednesday at Mall of Asia Arena. The Batang Pier climbed to 3-6 to create some distance between Mahindra and Blackwater, who are sitting at the 10th and 11th spots with 2-7 cards. Meralco, which […]

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NLEX sets out to accomplish ‘humble objectives’

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NLEX head coach Yeng Guiao on Friday said the Road Warriors are not immediately vying for the PBA Commissioner’s Cup, instead they will just have to focus on trying to improve from their dismal Philippine Cup. The Road Warriors finished last in the All-Filipino Conference with a 2-9 record and Guiao said they just have […]

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Chism eager to work with Guiao once more

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For the fourth time in his career, Wayne Chism will be working with head coach Yeng Guiao. The two’s partnership started in 2014 when the former Tennessee Volunteer was hired as Rain or Shine’s import and now that he’ll be back as Guiao’s foreign reinforcement, Chism said nothing’s changed since the first time he’s worked […]

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‘Focused’ Ferrer shrugs off brush with Santos

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Ginebra rookie Kevin Ferrer would rather focus on his role rather than dwell on his brush with San Miguel forward Arwind Santos in Game 4 of the 2017 PBA Philippine Cup Finals on Friday. Santos threw the ball at Ferrer’s head as he tried to save the ball out of bounds and later blocked the […]

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San Miguel can’t be complacent despite 3-1 lead, says Fajardo

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San Miguel just notched a 3-1 series lead against Ginebra in the Philippine Cup Finals, but three-time MVP June Mar Fajardo knows they can never be complacent as they get closer to the championship. “Yes, it’s just one more game but we can’t relax,” said Fajardo Friday at Smart Araneta Coliseum. “We’ll let our guards […]

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Despite big win, there’s room for improvement for Beermen

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San Miguel swingman Marcio Lassiter can see things the final score doesn’t show. Despite the Beermen bludgeoning Barangay San Miguel into submission, 109-82, in the Game 1 of the PBA Philippine Cup Finals on Friday, Lassiter said there are still things they have to improve on. READ: San Miguel crushes Ginebra to draw first blood in […]

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Ginebra can’t waste opportunity, says Tenorio

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Barangay Ginebra has went through hell and back just to reach the PBA Philippine Cup Finals. But facing two-time defending champion San Miguel could just mean the Gin Kings just entered a deeper circle. The crowd darlings faced four do-or-die games en route to the PBA Philippine Cup Finals and LA Tenorio knows they’ve come […]

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Tubid: My heart is still Ginebra but San Miguel is my home

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Ronald Tubid is in an awkward situation. For one he’s been an integral part of San Miguel’s current dominance in the PBA Philippine Cup, and another he’s been part of the Ginebra squad that last won a Philippine Cup. But Tubid knows his allegiance is with the Beermen but his five years as a Gin […]

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San Miguel, Ginebra promises ‘tough battle’ in PBA Finals

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Both teams are attached by name and have established a defining mystique. San Miguel is the winningest team in PBA history with 22 titles and while Barangay Ginebra San Miguel’s nine championships pale in comparison, it has the captured the hearts of the Filipino masses with its “never-say-die” spirit. And on Friday the sister teams will […]

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Tenorio understands Cone’s 4th quarter benching

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With Ginebra staring at a big lead coming into the fourth quarter, head coach Tim Cone did something out of the ordinary—-he benched his starting five. The team’s starters are usually expected to also be the closers with only one or two guys from the bench replacing some, but Cone’s tactics didn’t seem to puzzle […]

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Tenorio: We were not there mentally

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Just like that Ginebra’s momentum in its semifinal series against Star came to a halt. After two straight wins to even the series, the Gin Kings faltered, 89-80, allowing the Hotshots to take 3-2 series lead and point guard LA Tenorio knows just what happened. “We were there physically but not mentally,” said Tenorio Friday […]

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Star takes pivotal Game 5 from Ginebra

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Star broke the series deadlock with an 89-80 victory over Ginebra Game 5 of its semifinal series in the PBA Philippine Cup Friday at Mall of Asia Arena. The Hotshots are now on the cusp of clinching a Finals berth with a 3-2 lead after the Gin Kings won back-to-back to tie the series at […]

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Maliksi, Hotshots doubling efforts amid tight playoff race

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Star has found itself in a situation where one slip could prove fatal. The Hotshots may look safe at 5-4, but considering the tight playoff race in the PBA Philippine Cup with only San Miguel being the lone team with a cushion, one loss could mean a playoff spot or a spectator’s seat. The Hotshots […]

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Star stays alive in playoff hunt, dumps Blackwater

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Star kept its flames alive and stayed in the hunt for a spot in the playoffs in the PBA Philippine Cup after humbling Blackwater, 119-95, Wednesday at Cuneta Astrodome. The Hotshots improved to 5-4 after a second straight win, joining Alaska, TNT, Globalport, and Rain or Shine at third seed, while while Blackwater slipped to […]

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Lee wants no letup from Hotshots

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Star couldn’t have landed in a more complicated spot in the 2017 PBA Philippine Cup standings. After a resounding 88-77 victory over TNT Sunday, the Hotshots lodged themselves in a five-way tie with Ginebra, Alaska, Phoenix, and the KaTropa, who all have 4-4 records. And to get out of the logjam, shooting guard Paul Lee […]

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Jalalon embraces challenge playing vs ‘idol’ Castro

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Idol or not, Jio Jalalon isn’t backing down from Jayson Castro. In his fist matchup against Asia’s best point guard, Jalalon managed to stand his ground and eventually helped Star get an 88-77 win over TNT in the 2017 PBA Philippine Cup Sunday at Smart Araneta Coliseum. Jalalon had nine points and four rebounds in […]

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‘Careless’ Aces shot self in foot with 26 turnovers in loss to Elite

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It wasn’t the best of Sundays for Alaska head coach Alex Compton.  He walked in the hallway of Smart Araneta Coliseum with his lovely wife and two young boys, but there was no cause for celebration after another sorry loss. Alaska blew a chance, and it proved costly. The Aces were on the verge of […]

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Fajardo focused on winning, not BPC award

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June Mar Fajardo has extended his PBA reign into the new year as he is on his way to winning another Best Player of the Conference award. But the three-time MVP said his focus is solely on winning games for San Miguel Beer, which is currently on top of the standings midway through the 2017 […]

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STANDINGS
GAMES TIME
Star Hotshots VS Phoenix 07:00 PM
Alaska VS Blackwater 04:15 PM
AUGUST 23 WEDNESDAY MALL OF ASIA ARENA
San Miguel Beer VS GlobalPort 07:00 PM
Phoenix VS TNT KaTropa 04:15 PM
AUGUST 25 FRIDAY SMART ARANETA COLISEUM
Alaska VS Barangay Ginebra 05:00 PM
AUGUST 26 SATURDAY HOOPS DOME