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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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Beermen get moment with fans after another title conquest

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Throughout the 2017 PBA Philippine Cup Finals, San Miguel Beer was outnumbered against fan favorite Barangay Ginebra. Every game day was packed with predominantly Ginebra crowd, but San Miguel’s legion remained unwavered and on Wednesday, the diehard SMB fans were rewarded during a victory party that in a way served as a continuation of the […]

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Beermen 3rd straight PH Cup title ‘all about sacrifice,’ says Ross

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Instrumental on both ends of the floor, Chris Ross was named Finals MVP after leading San Miguel Beer to its third straight PBA Philippine Cup title following a pulsating win over Barangay Ginebra in Game 5 on Sunday night. Ross displayed his all-around game as he averaged 12.7 points, 5.2 rebounds, 9.2 assists and 1.8 steals […]

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Thompson expected tougher challenge after Game 2 brilliance

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Scottie Thompson feels he doesn’t need to make any adjustments heading into Game 4 after being held to a subpar outing on Wednesday night. Three nights after a herculean effort in Barangay Ginebra’s overtime win in Game 2 where he collected 18 points, 18 rebounds and eight assists, Thompson was limited to just eight points […]

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After run-in, Santos asks rookie Ferrer: What have you proven?

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Describing Game 3 of the 2017 PBA Philippine Cup Finals between San Miguel Beer and Barangay Ginebra as heated would be an understatement. Aside from San Miguel guard Chris Ross and Ginebra head coach Tim Cone engaging in a shouting match along the Smart Araneta Coliseum hallway shortly after the game, Beermen forward Arwind Santos […]

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Cone livid over Ross’ late-game 3, Austria defends SMB guard

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San Miguel Beer and Barangay Ginebra had another intense battle in Game 3 of the 2017 PBA Philippine Cup Finals Wednesday night. The intensity, however, spilled over to the Smart Araneta Coliseum hallway with Gin Kings head coach Tim Cone and Beermen guard Chris Ross getting into a heated argument just shortly after the final […]

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Beermen pull ahead late to beat Kings, get 2-1 lead

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San Miguel banked on a late rally to turn back Ginebra, 99-88, for a 2-1 lead in the best-of-seven PBA Philippine Cup Finals Wednesday. The Beermen put the Gin Kings away with a furious 17-2 finishing kick in the final five minutes that turned an 86-82 deficit into a double-digit lead. June Mar Fajardo led […]

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Pingris proud of Star’s effort in Game 7 defeat

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Star forward Marc Pingris had nothing to be ashamed of despite the Hotshots losing Game 7 of their semifinals series against the Barangay Ginebra Gin Kings on Tuesday night. Star dropped an 89-76 decision to Ginebra, but Pingris kept his head high. “I’m proud, really proud of the team and really proud of my teammates,” […]

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Mercado, Cruz shine for Kings, earn Cone’s praise

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If an MVP award is to be handed out in the Barangay Ginebra-Star semifinals series, Sol Mercado and Jervy Cruz would be sharing the plum on Tuesday night. Mercado and Cruz were instrumental in helping the Gin Kings overcome a 0-2 series hole and outlast the Hotshots in Game 7 and their huge efforts certainly […]

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Ginebra makes PH Cup Finals, beats Star in Game 7

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Sol Mercado capped off his superb semifinals stint with a sterling Game 7 and Barangay Ginebra knocked off Star, 89-76, in their 2017 PBA Philippine Cup semifinals showdown Tuesday night at Mall of Asia Arena. Mercado led all scorers with 23 points to go along with four rebounds and five assists for the Gin Kings, […]

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Ross, SMB no letup in Game 7 win over TNT

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Heading into Game 7 of the PBA Philippine Cup semifinals against TNT, San Miguel Beer guard Chris Ross had no intentions of taking a breather, not even for a second. It’s do-or-die and Ross doesn’t plan on having an early vacation. “It’s Game 7. It’s Game 7. You gotta keep your horses out there. I […]

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Injured Castro regrets blown chance to make finals

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Jayson Castro led TNT to within a win away from the PBA Philippine Cup Finals but in the KaTropa’s biggest game of the conference, the superstar point guard could only watch helplessly behind his team’s bench as it yielded Game 7 of the semifinals to the San Miguel Beermen on Monday. Castro was forced to […]

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Beermen stay alive, force Game 7 vs KaTropa

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June Mar Fajardo had a huge double-double and San Miguel Beer staved off elimination after beating TNT, 104-88, to force a Game 7 in the 2017 PBA Philippine Cup semifinals Saturday night at Mall of Asia Arena. Fajardo, the three-time PBA MVP, posted 23 points, 21 rebounds and four blocks to notch his 11th career […]

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Pingris promises different Hotshots in Game 5

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Star forward Marc Pingris vowed a different Hotshots team will show up in Game 5 of their semifinals series against the Barangay Ginebra Kings on Friday. Star hasn’t been the same team that won Games 1 and 2 after suffering back-to-back losses in the semis, but Pingris, who has been the team’s heart and soul for a […]

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Desire to win drives Cruz to season best

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Barangay Ginebra forward Jervy Cruz just wanted contribute in any way he can. And he did, in a big way, scoring a season-high 21 points to propel the Gin Kings past the Star Hotshots in Game 4 of their PBA Philippine Cup semifinals series Wednesday night. “My mentality is just to be aggressive inside the […]

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Ginebra frustrates Star to knot series

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Barangay Ginebra got a huge lift from Jervy Cruz to frustrate Star, 93-86, Wednesday night at Smart Araneta Coliseum and tie their 2017 PBA Philippine Cup semifinals at 2-2. Cruz pumped in a season-high 21 points, including a three-point play with 20.2 seconds left, to seal the game. “All we did is just tie the […]

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Career-high 31 points just a bonus for defensive specialist Ross

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The last time Chris Ross had an offensive explosion, it was in February of last year in Game 7 of the 2016 Philippine Cup Finals when the San Miguel Beermen completed their historic comeback from 0-3 down to stun the Alaska Aces. Ross had another one coming and unfortunately for the TNT KaTropa, it came […]

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Devance returns to give Ginebra lift in Game 3

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Joe Devance only had six points and six rebounds but his impact in Barangay Ginebra’s win over Star in Game 3 of the 2017 PBA Philippine Cup semifinals goes beyond his numbers. Devance returned after missing three games due to plantar fasciitis in his left foot and though, his injury is still very much bothering […]

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Lee on subpar Game 3 showing: ‘Credit to Ginebra defense’

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Star guard Paul Lee has been super the first two games of the semifinals series but in Game 3, he found his kryptonite in Barangay Ginebra’s defense. Lee is averaging 17.5 points in the semis but on Monday night, he was held to just seven points on 3-of-13 shooting from the field. “It’s not our […]

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Ginebra in tight spot, but Helterbrand says ‘it’s not over’

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Jayjay Helterbrand didn’t look like he came out of the losing locker room at Mall of Asia Arena on Saturday night. Helterbrand still managed to break a smile and chuckle during an interview with reporters but that doesn’t mean he couldn’t care any less after Barangay Ginebra dropped Game 2 of its semifinals showdown with […]

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Ginebra sorely missing ‘glue guy’ Devance

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Joe Devance can do a lot of things on the basketball court and with the versatile guard/forward out with an injury, Barangay Ginebra is paying the price for his absence. Somehow, the Gin Kings survived the loss of Devance in both of their do-or-die games against the Alaska Aces in the quarterfinals, but it hasn’t […]

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Lee deflects credit for Star’s 2-0 semis edge

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Paul Lee has been Star’s unquestioned go-to guy down the stretch and he has delivered so far to lead the Hotshots to a 2-0 lead in their best-of-seven showdown with the Barangay Ginebra Gin Kings. Lee, however, doesn’t see himself as the sole reason for Star’s success. Despite his clutch shots in Games 1 and […]

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Racela says KaTropa will find way to stop lethal Beermen

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TNT had a game plan prepared for June Mar Fajardo heading into its semifinals showdown with San Miguel on Wednesday night. But the KaTropa was never ready for the Beermen’s outside shooting. “They came out firing on all cylinders,” said TNT head coach Nash Racela. “It was hard because I think in the first half […]

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Aggressiveness leads to another hot shooting night for Lassiter

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Marcio Lassiter hit his first shot of the night just 27 seconds into the game, and that 3-pointer turned out to be a sign of things to come. Lassiter, one of the deadliest shooters in the PBA today, set the tone for San Miguel by pouring 12 of his team-high 22 points in the first […]

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Beermen drub KaTropa for 1-0 lead in semis

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Top seed San Miguel Beer unleashed a deadly inside and out game for a masterful win over TNT, 111-98, and take a 1-0 lead in their best-of-7 semifinals series in the 2017 PBA Philippine Cup Wednesday night at Smart Araneta Coliseum. The Beermen shot the lights out, making 16 out of their 26 three-point attempts […]

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San Miguel goes hard in no-bearing game to develop winning habit

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If there’s one team that’s so used to winning, it’s San Miguel Beer, which has ruled three of the last six conferences. And the Beermen hope the winning doesn’t end there as they gun for a third straight Philippine Cup title. “We really need to win, we need to have that winning habit entering the […]

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Cabagnot’s heroics lift SMB past TNT for 9th straight win

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ANTIPOLO — San Miguel Beer uncorked an 8-0 closing run in the last 1:26 of play and salvaged a 98-94 win over TNT KaTropa that derailed the Texters’ twice-to-beat aspiration in the PBA Philippine Cup at the Ynares Sports Center here Saturday night. June Mar Fajardo, Alex Cabagnot and Arwind Santos combined for that endgame […]

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Bolts left to reflect on ‘unacceptable’ end to dismal conference

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ANTIPOLO — Meralco captain Jared Dillinger didn’t hold anything back after the Bolts suffered their worst loss in franchise history at hands of the Star Hotshots on Saturday. Already out of playoff contention, Meralco capped its nightmarish campaign in the 2017 PBA Philippine Cup with a 47-point loss to Star, a beatdown that left Dillinger […]

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Star dismantles Meralco by 47 points to move closer to no. 2

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ANTIPOLO — Merciless from the get-go, Star handed Meralco its worst loss in franchise history with a 120-73 whipping and bolstered its bid for the last twice-to-beat bonus in the 2017 PBA Philippine Cup Saturday at Ynares Sports Center here. Allein Maliksi led the Hotshots with 25 points built on five 3-pointers in just three […]

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Changes ahead for Road Warriors

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It was another long night for NLEX. After being pounded by Phoenix on Wednesday, the Road Warriors spent the next couple of hours in the dugout getting a tongue-lashing from their head coach Yeng Guiao. “Of course, I’m disappointed. I think that practically eliminates us out of the conference. In a way that’s going to […]

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Enciso rebounds from worst offensive game with 21-point night

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Coming off his worst offensive game in his young PBA career, Simon Enciso knew he had to redeem himself the next time he hits the court. True enough, Enciso bounced back with a game-high 21 points to lead Phoenix over NLEX Wednesday night, 10 days after making only one field goal in a blowout loss […]

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On brink of elimination, Mahindra with ‘nothing to lose, everything to gain’

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Mahindra coach Chris Gavina questioned his team’s desire following a 104-92 loss to TNT on Wednesday. At 2-6, the Floodbuster are now on the verge of elimination and with only three games left to make a playoff run, their will to win will be tested yet again. “I give a lot of credit to Talk […]

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GAMES TIME
TNT KaTropa VS Phoenix 06:45 PM
Blackwater VS Rain or Shine 04:30 PM
MARCH 26 SUNDAY YNARES CENTER-ANTIPOLO
Alaska VS Mahindra 04:15 PM
Rain or Shine VS Meralco 07:00 PM
MARCH 29 WEDNESDAY MALL OF ASIA ARENA
NLEX VS Star Hotshots 07:00 PM
Blackwater VS TNT KaTropa 04:15 PM
MARCH 31 FRIDAY SMART ARANETA COLISEUM