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PBA Finals: Durham tows Meralco past Ginebra to avoid 0-3 hole

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Allen Durham did a little bit of everything and Meralco needed all of it to finally beat Barangay Ginebra, 94-81, and avoid a 0-3 hole in the 2017 PBA Governors Cup Finals Wednesday night at Smart Araneta Coliseum. Durham scored in a variety of ways no matter who he was up against or how many […]

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Saddled with foul trouble, Rice had no doubt TNT locals could get job done

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Glen Rice Jr. bobbed his head and bust out some dance moves as loudspeakers blared hip-hop music throughout the arena during a timeout late in the fourth quarter. Rice had just picked up his fifth foul at the 4:58 mark of the fourth quarter with TNT protecting a 95-83 lead against a Barangay Ginebra team […]

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TNT pulls even, turns back Ginebra in semis game 2

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BATANGAS CITY — TNT overcame early foul trouble by import Glen Rice Jr. and held off Barangay Ginebra, 103-96, to tie their 2017 Governors’ Cup semifinals series at 1-1 Wednesday night at Batangas City Coliseum. Rice picked up his fourth foul with still 3:00 left in the first half that kept him out until the […]

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Paul Lee ‘day-to-day’ after knee injury resurfaces

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STA. ROSA — Paul Lee slogged his way out of Santa Rosa Multipurpose Complex Tuesday night. His head was slightly down, his gloomy face barely seen as he wore a black cap tilted downward. Star is one game away from getting swept by Meralco, which looked every bit of a top-seeded team, and the Hotshots […]

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Meralco zaps lackluster Star, nears PBA semis sweep

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STA. ROSA — Meralco dominated Star from start to finish, 98-74, to gain a 2-0 lead in their 2017 PBA Governors’ Cup semifinals series Tuesday night at Santa Rosa Multipurpose Complex here. The Bolts showed no signs of slowing down after racing to splitting start, 36-13, early in the second quarter and even led by […]

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Ginebra thwarts San Miguel’s grand slam bid, enters semis

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Barangay Ginebra booked a trip to the semifinals and ended San Miguel Beer’s Grand Slam bid in stunning fashion, 104-84, in the 2017 PBA Governors’ Cup quarterfinals Wednesday night at Mall of Asia Arena. Justin Brownlee was a handful with 37 points and 12 rebounds with four blocks while also getting a lot of help […]

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Rain or Shine nips TNT, forces do-or-die for semis slot

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Rain or Shine blew a big fourth quarter lead before holding off TNT, 106-102, to setup a rubber match for a slot in the 2017 PBA Governors’ Cup semifinals Wednesday at Mall of Asia Arena. J’Nathan Bullock had game-highs 31 points and 15 rebounds while Gabe Norwood made his presence felt on both ends of […]

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Star ousts NLEX, enters semis

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Star knocked off NLEX, 89-77, to clinch the first semifinals slot in the 2017 PBA Governors’ Cup Tuesday night at Mall of Asia Arena. Kristofer Acox had 21 points and 12 rebounds for the Hotshots, who will face the winner between the top-seeded Meralco Bolts and No. 8 Blackwater Elite matchup in a best-of-5 semis […]

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Elite topple No. 1 Bolts in thriller, force decider for semis spot

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Allein Maliksi continued to prove why Blackwater made a good move in trading for him late in the season. Maliksi came up clutch as the Elite took down the top-seeded Meralco Bolts, 92-91, Wednesday to pave way for a do-or-die for a slot in the 2017 PBA Governors’ Cup semifinals at Mall of Asia Arena. […]

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Phoenix open to more trades after failed PBA Govs’ Cup bid

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ANTIPOLO — Phoenix has had a busy season after being involved in several trade deals. The Fuel Masters, however, aren’t done yet in revamping their roster especially after a failed campaign in the 2017 Governors’ Cup. “Obviously, [we have] a need for additional big man in the draft. We don’t need just one, we need […]

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Rain or Shine fends off Wright, Phoenix

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ANTIPOLO — Rain or Shine overcame a big second half by Matthew Wright and Phoenix to win, 116-111, in the 2017 PBA Governors’ Cup Wednesday at Ynares Center here. The Elasto Painters blew an 18-point lead before holding off the Fuel Masters thanks to timely plays from Raymond Almazan, Jericho Cruz and Gabe Norwood down […]

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TNT snaps Blackwater’s three-win run

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TNT continued to have Blackwater’s number after taking a 117-96 win in the 2017 PBA Governors’ Cup Wednesday at Mall of Asia Arena. Glen Rice Jr. had an all-around effort with 31 points, six rebounds, four assists and seven steals through three quarters for the KaTropa, who notched their first back-to-back wins this conference. “Our […]

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Ginebra rips Kia for back-to-back wins

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Barangay Ginebra didn’t even need its import Justin Brownlee to play in the fourth quarter on Wednesday. Brownlee had already done his work through three quarters and the Gin Kings outclassed an overmatched Kia Picanto side, 120-99, in the 2017 PBA Governors’ Cup at Smart Araneta Coliseum. The versatile forward had his fingerprints all over […]

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Bolts beat Painters, spoil Yap’s historic night

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ANTIPOLO—Meralco shook off its early struggles to rally past Rain or Shine, 89-73, and stay undefeated in the 2017 PBA Governors’ Cup Saturday night at Ynares Center here. Allen Durham scored 23 points and coralled 23 rebounds with eight assists to boot for the Bolts, who went on a 30-point turnaround after falling behind by […]

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‘Sharp’ Beermen get Grand Slam bid going with rout of Elite

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ANTIPOLO — There wasn’t a hint of championship hangover and not a stain of rust. San Miguel Beer wasted no time in getting its Grand Slam bid rolling after pounding Blackwater from the get-go en route to a 118-93 thumping Saturday inn the 2017 PBA Governors’ Cup at Ynares Center here. Marcio Lassiter set the […]

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Three points away from 10k, Yap rues missed 3-pointer in ROS loss

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It would’ve been a double celebration for James Yap on Wednesday night. Not only did Yap have a golden opportunity to win the game for Rain or Shine against NLEX at the buzzer in the first overtime, his 3-pointer that nearly went it would’ve also given him 10,000 career points. Instead, the Elasto Painters dropped […]

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Bolts use big 2nd half in rout of Gin Kings

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Allen Durham had another dominating outing and Meralco shook off a slow start to rip debuting Barangay Ginebra, 93-78, in the 2017 PBA Governors’ Cup Sunday night at Smart Araneta Coliseum. Durham bullied his way to 30 points and 24 rebounds with nine assists to power the Bolts, who trailed by as much as 11 […]

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Ross knows what new import McKines is made of: ‘He wants to win’

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As a five-time PBA champion, Chris Ross has been through a lot of playoff games and yet he could still remember that particular Saturday night when his San Miguel Beermen lost to the Rain or Shine Elasto Painters in Game 2 of the Governors’ Cup semifinals two years ago. The game was forgettable for the […]

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Beermen celebrate with fans as Grand Slam talks continue

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San Miguel Beer’s championship celebration continued on Wednesday night as the winningest PBA franchise held a victory party for its employees and fans at SMC head office in Pasig City. The booze kept flowing three days after the Beermen ended their 17-year title drought in the midseason conference. San Miguel chalked up its fifth championship […]

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Pogoy shrugs off nerves to get career best in first PBA Finals trip

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Roger Pogoy was a bundle of nerves heading into his first finals game in the PBA. After all, despite his reputation as big-time shotmaker, he’s just a 24-year-old rookie playing in the grandest stage against the most dominant team in the league today. “Honestly, I was really nervous,” the TNT swingman Pogoy told INQUIRER.net in […]

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Smith game-winner lifts TNT past San Miguel for 1-0 lead

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Joshua Smith came up with the game-winning basket despite playing through a foot injury to lift TNT over San Miguel Beer, 104-102, for a 1-0 headstart in the 2017 PBA Commissioner’s Cup Finals Wednesday night at Smart Araneta Coliseum. Smith, who was noticeably limping, hit a hook shot over the Beermen’s three-time PBA MVP June […]

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He called bank: Lassiter clutch 3 one of biggest shots of his career

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With the pivotal Game 3 in the semifinals on the line, Marcio Lassiter just wanted to give San Miguel Beer a chance to win by attempting a shot before the buzzer sounded. “I looked up and I saw we had about six seconds left so I knew I had some time to kind of get […]

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Lassiter nails clutch 3 as Beermen slip past Hotshots

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Marcio Lassiter banked in a last-second 3-pointer and San Miguel Beer escaped Star, 111-110, to take a 2-1 semifinals lead in the 2017 PBA Commissioner’s Cup Wednesday night at Smart Araneta Coliseum. Lassiter buried the clutch triple over the defense of Justin Melton with 1.6 seconds left and was mobbed by his teammates after the […]

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Aguilar says he stuck to Ginebra’s defensive plan

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With the naked eye, it was easy to pinpoint Japeth Aguilar as the scapegoat in Barangay Ginebra’s loss to TNT in Game 2 of the PBA Commissioner’s Cup semifinals. Aguilar was supposed to cover TNT forward Anthony Semerad, who torched Ginebra with four 3-pointers inside the last six minutes of the KaTropa’s 107-103 victory. During […]

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On brink of elimination, Ginebra’s mettle gets tested anew

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Barangay Ginebra’s never-say-die mantra will be put to the test anew in the coming days. After another loss to the TNT KaTropa on Tuesday, the Gin Kings are now on the brink of elimination facing a 2-0 hellhole in their best-of-five semifinals series. But make no mistake, Ginebra is far from waving the white flag. […]

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Semerad’s hot shooting lifts TNT past Ginebra for 2-0 lead

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Anthony Semerad gave TNT a big lift late and the KaTropa stunned the top-seeded Barangay Ginebra Gin Kings, 107-103, for a 2-0 semifinals lead in the 2017 PBA Commissioner’s Cup Tuesday at Mall of Asia Arena. Semerad sank four 3-pointers in the fourth quarter, including a right corner triple that put TNT ahead for good, […]

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Smith unstoppable as TNT clips Ginebra, takes Game 1

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Joshua Smith threw his weight around and TNT held off top seed Barangay Ginebra, 100-94, to take Game 1 of the 2017 PBA Commissioner’s Cup semifinals Sunday night at Mall of Asia Arena. The 6-foot-8, 300-pound Smith scored 29 of his 35 points in the second half including an 18-point third quarter as the KaTropa […]

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Brownlee tows streaking Ginebra past Alaska

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Justin Brownlee capped his stellar night with the game-winning play and Barangay Ginebra escaped Alaska, 103-102, in the 2017 PBA Commissioner’s Cup Sunday at Smart Araneta Coliseum. Brownlee unloaded 37 points, including a three-point play with 7.2 seconds left to lead the Gin Kings to their fifth straight victory after starting the conference with a […]

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Mahindra gets boost from new recruits in win over Blackwater

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Mahindra drew immediate impact from its new acquisitions to hammer out a morale-boosting win over Blackwater, 96-87, in the 2017 PBA Commissioner’s Cup Sunday at Smart Araneta Coliseum. Glenn Khobuntin and Eric Camson, who were brought in on Friday via trade from NLEX in exchange for the embattled Alex Mallari, combined for 24 points and […]

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Brownlee third-quarter burst lifts Ginebra to first win

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Justin Brownlee erupted in the third quarter and Barangay Ginebra rallied past GlobalPort, 113-96, for its first win in the 2017 PBA Commissioner’s Cup Wednesday night at Smart Araneta Coliseum. Brownlee came alive in the pivotal third period, where the Gin Kings rose from 13 points down after outscoring the Batang Pier, 34-17. The explosive […]

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Star improves to 4-0, thumps Mahindra

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Star kept its record clean after hammering out a 97-83 win over Mahindra in the 2017 PBA Commissioner’s Cup Wednesday at Smart Araneta Coliseum. Tony Mitchell shone on both ends of the floor, finishing with 19 points, 14 rebounds and six blocks as the Hotshots gained a share of the lead with the Alaska Aces […]

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Star guards ‘much better than my guards,’ says Phoenix coach

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Phoenix head coach Ariel Vanguardia said poor guard play coupled with a bad shooting night from the outside made it difficult for the Fuel Masters to beat the Star Hotshots on Wednesday night. Vanguardia admitted the Hotshots’ guards outplayed his backcourt and shooting just 8% from long range obviously didn’t help. “Their guards are much […]

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Hotshots rout Fuel Masters anew

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Star reasserted its mastery over Phoenix with a 101-82 win in the 2017 PBA Commissioner’s Cup Wednesday night at Smart Araneta Coliseum. With the latest double-digit victory, the Hotshots have now beaten the Fuel Masters by an average of 28.5 points in their last four meetings including a 44-point whipping back in the Philippine Cup. […]

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Thoss on defending Elite import: ‘My teammates also deserve credit’

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Sonny Thoss nearly had a double-double in Alaska’s win over Blackwater on Wednesday but his 10 points and seven rebounds aren’t even his biggest contributions. With Blackwater pulling within single digits after being down by as much as 21 points, Alaska got a big break with Thoss drawing Smith’s last foul that left the Elite […]

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Alaska downs Blackwater behind Jefferson’s double-double

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Cory Jefferson notched his second straight double-double and Alaska beat Blackwater, 109-95, in the 2017 PBA Commissioner’s Cup Wednesday at Smart Araneta Coliseum. Jefferson posted 28 points and 15 rebounds, putting up nearly the same numbers he produced when he made his PBA debut in a 107-79 drubbing of GlobalPort four days ago. “We really […]

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Phoenix taps ‘rim protector’ McKay in place of Puerto Rico-bound Phelps

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With explosive import Eugene Phelps bound for Puerto Rico, Phoenix has tapped the services of defensive stalwart Jameel McKay when it faces Star Wednesday. Phoenix had to let go of Phelps, who left after leading the Fuel Masters to a 118-116 double overtime win over the Blackwater Elite on Saturday to prepare himself for his […]

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Fernandez believes Fajardo still has ‘secret weapon’ to unleash

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Mon Fernandez holds the PBA record for the most number of MVP awards, but he knows it’s only a matter of time before another center takes his place. Fernandez, who has four MVPs along with Alvin Patrimonio, feels San Miguel Beer’s June Mar Fajardo will eventually take his place in the record books. “I wouldn’t […]

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Alaska clobbers Romeo-less GlobalPort

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Cory Jefferson had a rousing PBA debut and Alaska whipped a GlobalPort side missing its best player in Terrence Romeo, 107-79, in the 2017 PBA Commissioner’s Cup Saturday night at Cuneta Astrodome in Pasay City. Jefferson was just brought in on Thursday but he didn’t seem to need much time to get himself accustomed to […]

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Aces tap new import days before first game as Ellis flies home

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Alaska will be bringing in a new import just days away from its opening game in the Commissioner’s Cup after Octavius Ellis had to head home due to a family emergency. Although the Aces have already secured a backup to replace Ellis, head coach Alex Compton said the real challenge is getting enough time for […]

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‘Ferocious’ Rhodes ready for challenge with Beermen

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Charles Rhodes visited the Philippines last year for vacation and he knew he had to return. Rhodes was back in Manila early Wednesday morning and he intends to stay long as San Miguel’s import in the 2017 PBA Commissioner’s Cup. “I came here on a vacation last year and I watched a few games and […]

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