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Hurting Devance steps up anew for Ginebra: ‘I do whatever it takes’

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LUCENA–When Barangay Ginebra needed it most, a wounded soldier in Joe Devance came to the rescue. The veteran forward fought through an injured foot and made the biggest basket for the Gin Kings, nailing the game-tying basket to force overtime with 3.2 seconds remaining. Devance went hard against the defense of San Miguel forward Arwind […]

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San Miguel aims to quiet Ginebra crowd in Game 2

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San Miguel is well aware of how Ginebra is fueled by the rowdy crowd. That’s why Beermen wasted no time in taking the life out of the Gin Kings faithful from the 14,026 inside Mall of Asia Arena in Game 1 of the Philippine Cup Finals. From the tip off, San Miguel thoroughly outplayed Ginebra […]

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Tenorio puts Ginebra’s Game 1 loss behind: ‘We cannot change it’

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LA Tenorio refused to dwell on Ginebra’s humiliating 27-point beatdown from San Miguel in Game 1 of the 2017 PBA Philippine Cup Finals on Friday. “We cannot change it. We just have to move forward and prepare for the game on Sunday,” Tenorio said after the Gin Kings’ 109-82 loss. Shooting 4-of-21 in the first […]

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Ginebra played ‘horrible from start to finish,’ admits Cone

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Coach Tim Cone couldn’t hide his disappointment following Ginebra’s humiliating 109-82 Game 1 loss to San Miguel in the 2017 PBA Philippine Cup Finals on Friday. “We were horrible all the way. We were horrible through the game, from start to finish,” he said. Not only did the 27-point rout put the Gin Kings at […]

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San Miguel crushes Ginebra to draw first blood in PBA Finals

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Showing why it is the two-time defending champion, San Miguel stepped on the gas pedal early and destroyed Ginebra, 105-74, to draw first blood in the 2017 PBA Philippine Cup Finals Friday at Mall of Asia Arena. Chris Ross orchestrated the early attack for the Beermen and finished the game with 17 points, eight assists, […]

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Caguioa has a message to all Ginebra haters

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No caption needed! A post shared by Mark Caguioa (@47markcaguioa) on Feb 21, 2017 at 6:40am PST After Ginebra entered the 2017 PBA Philippine Cup Finals with a Game 7 ouster of Star on Tuesday, Mark Caguioa only had one thing to say to the squad’s naysayers. “Kung sino man yung mga (haters), kangkungin niyo […]

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Maliksi hopes Star capitalizes on surprising semis run

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Allein Maliksi hopes that Star’s surprising run to the semifinals of the 2017 PBA Philippine Cup marks the beginning of the team’s resurgence. The Hotshots, armed with a new coach and key players, pushed Tim Cone and Ginebra to the limit in the semis before bowing out in Game 7 after a 89-76 defeat Tuesday. “I […]

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Jaworski reminds Ginebra: ‘You haven’t achieved anything yet’

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After Ginebra advanced to the 2017 PBA Philippine Cup Finals, PBA legend Robert “Sonny” Jaworksi was quick to put the Gin Kings’ feet back on the ground. “I congratulated them, but they haven’t achieved anything yet. You got to work hard, prepare, think of who your opponent is, and analyze whatever you’re lacking, look at […]

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Bench production key to Game 6 win, says Ginebra guard Tenorio

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After exploding for a series-best 19 points on Sunday, LA Tenorio couldn’t care any less of his scoring as long as Ginebra gets the win. “It’s just a bonus for me. What’s important is I involve my teammates on our offense,” he said. Averaging just 7.2 points on 27 percent shooting from the field, 3.2 […]

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Devance difference maker for Ginebra in Game 6

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Star guards Paul Lee and Mark Barroca agreed Joe Devance caught the Hotshots off guard in a 91-67 loss in Game 6 on Sunday. “Joe stepped up. We weren’t ready for that,” said Lee, who finished the game with eight points and three rebounds. “We were surprised by Joe. He gave them quality minutes,” said […]

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Ginebra has advantage in Game 7 because of Cone, says Pingris

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With the Star-Ginebra semifinals series going the distance, Marc Pingris admits the Hotshots will be the underdogs in their do-or-die. “They have the advantage because they have coach Tim (Cone),” Pingris said in Filipino. “He has a lot of experience in these situations compared to coach Chito (Victolero).” Pingris should know, given that Cone previously […]

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Hurting Devance plays key role for Ginebra in Game 6

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Joe Devance expects a painful and possibly sleepless night to celebrate his 35th birthday on Sunday. But at the end of the day, he knows that all of those pain will be worth it. “I’d be crying later, but I’ll be all right,” Devance said. Devance has every reason to feel such as he provided […]

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Ginebra extends semis vs Star to Game 7 behind Devance

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Joe Devance celebrated his birthday in style, providing the boost Barangay Ginebra needed in its 91-67 victory over Star on Sunday at Smart Araneta Coliseum. The win allowed the Gin Kings to force a winner-take-all Game 7 in their 2017 PBA Philippine Cup semifinals series, slated on Tuesday at Mall of Asia Arena. The 35-year-old […]

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TNT veterans get old groove back

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Nash Racela knows he’s no Gregg Popovich, but that can’t stop him trying out tried and tested formula of the San Antonio Spurs on his TNT KaTropa. “Our model is the Spurs. You review the lineups in the PBA and we have the most number of (veterans),” he said. And in the all-important Game 5 of […]

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Down but not out: Santos believes Beermen can still make it

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With TNT on the verge of making it to the 2017 PBA Philippine Cup, San Miguel is well aware that its title retention chances are getting slimmer. But as veteran crew which have been in this place before, the Beermen know they just need to keep the faith. “Our road is getting slimmer, but at […]

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TNT trumps San Miguel, moves a win away from Finals

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Kelly Williams scored eight of TNT’s last 12 points and the Texters pulled off a 101-94 Game 5 victory over San Miguel to move a win away from the 2017 PBA Philippine Cup Finals Thursday at Smart Araneta Coliseum. The former PBA Most Valuable Player took advantage of the Beermen’s creases on defense to finish […]

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Fajardo: Game 4 a ‘must-win’ for Beermen

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Foul-plagued all game long, June Mar Fajardo admits TNT’s defense did its work following the San Miguel’s 98-92 Game 3 loss on Sunday. “I can feel that their defense is tightening up on me,” Fajardo said in Filipino. Though the three-time PBA Most Valuable Player still normed decent numbers with 16 points, nine rebounds, and three […]

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Veteran Seigle earns milestone in TNT’s Game 3 win

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Talk about turning back the hands of time. Danny Seigle showed that he can still hang with the big boys, blocking three-time PBA Most Valuable Player June Mar Fajardo twice in TNT’s 98-92 Game 3 victory over San Miguel on Sunday. “I guess it gives me a little more special because June Mar is the biggest […]

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Trailing in series nothing new to SMB, says Ross

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San Miguel Beer guard Chris Ross remained defiant despite the Beermen losing to the TNT KaTropa in Game 3 on Sunday. With the Beermen down, 2-1, in their best-of-7 semifinals series, the defensive-minded guard shared that he’s not all too worried with his squad’s position as of the moment. “We’ve been in every situation. We’ve been […]

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Pogoy showing worth with TNT in big stage

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Roger Pogoy and Nash Racela have been in numerous wars before that it shouldn’t come as a surprise that the rookie has been starting for TNT in the 2017 PBA Philippine Cup semifinals series against San Miguel. And on Sunday, the sniper out of Far Eastern University showed what he’s capable of, lighting it up from […]

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With better execution, Fajardo confident Beermen can bounce back

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June Mar Fajardo isn’t losing sleep over San Miguel’s 87-85 loss to TNT on Friday. The three-time PBA Most Valuable Player was still satisfied with the way the Beermen defended the KaTropa although their shooting was a far cry from Game 1. “We just missed our shots and had some minor lapses. We played the […]

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With streak over, real test is how Beermen recover

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Despite an off shooting night for San Miguel, the Beermen actually had a chance to steal the win in the end game. With 6.2 seconds remaining and possession with San Miguel, Alex Cabagnot and Arwind Santos tried to make a something happen but were both denied by the TNT defense en route to the 87-85 […]

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Texters parry Cabagnot’s ‘arrow’

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TNT still remembers how Alex Cabagnot celebrated a big shot that lifted San Miguel Beer past the Texters in the elimination round. Cabagnot mimicked an archer and pantomimed shooting an arrow at the bench in celebration of the victory. “You have to give credit to him because he [buried a clutch shot] against or defense,” […]

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TNT escapes SMB, ties series at one apiece

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TNT pulled off a huge escape act, coming away with an 87-85 Game 2 victory over San Miguel to even their 2017 PBA Philippine Cup semifinals series at one apiece Friday at Mall of Asia Arena. Jayson Castro took charge for the KaTropa, stabilizing their end as they survived the Beermen’s furious rally late. The […]

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Star’s defense fueling its playoff run

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He may sound like a broken record, but Marc Pingris truly believes the recipe to Star’s string of success will always be the defense. “Our investment will always be our defense,” he said. And the Hotshots proved that anew in their 78-74 victory over Ginebra in Game 1 of the 2017 PBA Philippine Cup semifinals […]

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Lee, Star bracing for tougher defensive battle vs Ginebra

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Paul Lee cemented his new status as Star’s go-to-guy, again saving his team in the clutch on Thursday night. With the Hotshots in desperate need of a basket in the final minute, Lee took matters into his own hands and delivered. He took the leather from Rafi Reavis with five seconds remaining on the shot […]

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Star nips Ginebra, grabs 1-0 lead

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Paul Lee buried a floater late in the game to deliver Star to a 78-74 victory over Barangay Ginebra Thursday night in Game 1 of their PBA Philippine Cup semifinals series at Smart Araneta Coliseum. Lee spun past two Ginebra’s defender to ice the final score and Star’s defense held on from there as the […]

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Ginebra’s young stars step up to the plate

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Coach Tim Cone surprised a lot when he allowed his young starts to take charge in Ginebra’s do-or-die tiff against Alaska on Tuesday. And he didn’t end up disappointed as Aljon Mariano, Kevin Ferrer, and Scottie Thompson all made the Grand Slam-winning mentor look like a genius with their stellar individual performances in the Gin […]

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Tenorio’s aggressiveness rubs off on teammates

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With Joe Devance out with a plantar fasciitis injury, LA Tenorio knew that Ginebra’s resolve will be tested in its win-or-go home duel against Alaska on Tuesday. “I wanted to be aggressive. I expected everyone to step up,” he said. Much to Tenorio’s delight, the Gin Kings picked up the slack and pulled off a […]

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Well-oiled Beermen getting more from second group

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June Mar Fajardo is satisfied with the way San Miguel is rolling this 2017 PBA Philippine Cup. Though he is still a rock for the Beermen down low, the Cebuano giant’s burden has been seemingly lessened thanks to the stellar play of his teammates. “Now, we have balanced scoring. Every one who coach puts in […]

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Tenorio stars as Ginebra upends no. 2 Alaska

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Ginebra charged in the second half and pulled off a 108-97 victory over Alaska to advance to the 2017 PBA Philippine Cup semifinals Tuesday at Smart Araneta Coliseum. LA Tenorio took the responsibility of taking the life out of the Aces, unleashing 31 points, three assists, and two rebounds, including the dagger floater to put […]

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Pumaren admits Globalport has ‘very shallow bench’

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Though coach Franz Pumaren is happy with how GlobalPort fared in the 2017 PBA Philippine Cup, he acknowledged that the team’s biggest weakness is definitely depth. “I think overall we did pretty well considering our lineup. But I guess in this game, it showed the depth of our opponent and the experience of our opponent,” […]

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Yap admits he’s still adjusting as ROS looks ahead to next conference

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Disappointing as Rain or Shine’s campaign in the 2017 PBA Philippine Cup may have been, James Yap is hopeful that the team has learned its lessons going forward. “Actually, we played well but we just fell short. Here is when we’ll be stronger, when you’re in this situation that you’re out of the conference. Here […]

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Compton, Aces look to avoid breakdowns in another ‘tough’ duel vs Gins

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After suffering a 17-point meltdown on Sunday, Alaska is hoping to pick up the pieces when it fights Ginebra anew on Tuesday. Aces head coach Alex Compton said that rather than being down following a 85-81 loss to the Gin Kings, the Aces must learn their lessons from the collapse as they eye a spot in […]

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Mercado on Ginebra comeback: ‘We gave it all’

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With its back against the wall, Ginebra knew it had no choice but to pull off a win against Alaska on Saturday. But extending the Gin Kings season seemed like a tall task, especially after the Aces erected a 53-37 lead early in the third quarter. “There was no tomorrow. If we lost, it will be a […]

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Pingris attributes Hotshots’ rise to defense

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Entering the semifinals for the first time since coach Tim Cone’s departure, Star is looking like a contender once again after last season’s disastrous run. And Marc Pingris knows where to attribute the Hotshots’ turnaround. “Kaya kami nandito ngayon sa semis dahil sa defense namin. Ganoon kami ka-confident na bumabalik yung dating team namin dahil sa […]

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Kramer grateful to be back after health scare

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Call it a triumph of God’s grace for Doug Kramer. After suffering from a heart ailment back in November, Kramer made his return on Saturday in Game 1 of Phoenix’s quarterfinals duel against Star. The 33-year-old Kramer played 22 minutes off the bench did his best in his first game since he returned from a […]

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Pumaren seek more production from GlobalPort bench

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GlobalPort head coach Franz Pumaren couldn’t hide his disappointment following his team’s 109-101 loss to TNT in Game 1 of their best-of-3 quarterfinals series on Saturday. “I guess that this is our worst game of the conference,” Pumaren said. Without much help from the bench, the Batang Pier coughed up an early 12-point lead, 29-17, […]

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Fajardo on track to win 5th BPC plum

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History beckons for three-time PBA Most Valuable Player June Mar Fajardo as he continues to rack up accolades. If things stay as they are, the Cebuano giant is bound to win his fifth Best Player of the Conference award this 2017 PBA Philippine Cup. Fajardo is currently leading the statistical points (SPs) race after the […]

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San Miguel gets boost from RR Garcia

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With a chance to make his first trip to the PBA semifinals, RR Garcia took matters to his own hands as he lifted San Miguel to a 98-91 conquest of Rain or Shine in their 2017 PBA Philippine Cup quarterfinal tiff on Sunday. Garcia seemed hesitant at first, opting to pass up an open three […]

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