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Ginebra nears finals, nips TNT in game 3

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Ginebra took the driver’s seat again in its series against TNT after taking a close 106-103 win in Game 3 of the PBA Governors’ Cup semifinals Friday at Smart Araneta Coliseum. The Gin Kings are a win away from a finals return and could close things out on Sunday. TNT had a chance to send […]

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Racela, Chua engage in shouting match at halftime

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TNT head coach Nash Racela and Ginebra governor Alfrancis Chua exchanged heated words during the halftime break of Game 3 of the PBA Governors’ Cup semifinals Friday at Smart Araneta Coliseum. Racela had been complaining about the officiating especially when his team got called for five straight fouls in the duration of three minutes at […]

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Cone fined P5k for entering court during Aguilar-Espinas scuffle in quarters

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Ginebra head coach Tim Cone was on the playing floor for just a short time in his attempt to separate Japeth Aguilar and San Miguel forward Gabby Espinas but his entrance cost him P5,000. The PBA slapped a P5,000 fine on Cone for the technical foul he incurred when he attempted to play peacemaker between […]

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Rice, Castro deliver as TNT survives Rain or Shine for semis berth

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Glen Rice Jr. and Jayson Castro made the biggest plays down the stretch to tow TNT past Rain or Shine, 118-114, and into the semifinals in the PBA Governors’ Cup Friday at Smart Araneta Coliseum. The second seed KaTropa, who had a twice-to-beat edge, lost the first game to the pesky Elasto Painters, 106-102, and […]

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Maliksi regrets early exit after tough stand against Meralco

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Blackwater was 12 minutes away from history. After a forcing top seeded Meralco into a do-or-die with a 92-91 stunner in Game 1, the no. 8 Elite had a real chance to advance to the PBA Governors’ Cup semifinals against Star. All Blackwater needed was one more strong quarter to prove that a small franchise […]

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Durham ready to play in semis despite sprained ankle

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Alen Durham limped his way to help Meralco close out Blackwater 104-96 in the quarterfinals of PBA Governors’ Cup, but he vowed he would be up and running against Star in the semifinals. The Bolts’ import sprained his right ankle with 7:05 left in the do-or-die game against the Elite, but he knows he will […]

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Aces Hontiveros, dela Cruz retire from PBA

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ANTIPOLO CITY—Dondon Hontiveros and Tony Dela Cruz didn’t have the kind of exit they had in mind after Alaska ended its season with a blowout loss to Rain or Shine Wednesday. But the two veterans will always look back at the fond memories they’ve made throughout their colorful careers. “I learned so many things. Coach […]

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San Miguel overcomes Phoenix, gains share of 3rd place

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ANTIPOLO—San Miguel held off a tough endgame from Phoenix to escape with a 109-107 victory in the PBA Governors’ Cup Wednesday at Ynares Sports Center here. The Beermen improved to 7-3 and created a logjam at third place with TNT and NLEX while the Fuel Masters, who failed to qualify for the quarterfinals, slipped to […]

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Painters rip Aces in Hontiveros, dela Cruz farewell

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ANTIPOLO—Rain or Shine put a damper on a couple of retirements after thrashing Alaska, 112-82, in the 2017 PBA Governors’ Cup Wednesday at Ynares Sports Center here. The Elasto Painters improved to 6-4 to strengthened their bid for the fourth spot in the standings while the Aces, who saw Dondon Hontiveros and Tony Dela Cruz play their […]

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TNT rolls to 3rd straight win, beats Star

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TNT chalked up its third straight win in the PBA Governors’ Cup at the expense of Star, 104-99, Sunday at Ynares Sports Center in Antipolo. The KaTropa improved to 7-3 to overtake defending champion San Miguel, which has a 6-3 card, for the fourth spot while the Hotshots stayed in sixth place.  TNT head coach Nash Racela […]

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Elite nail last quarterfinals slot, beat Batang Pier

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Blackwater took the last quarterfinals spot in the 2017 PBA Governors’ Cup after turning back Globalport, 118-107, Sunday at Ynares Sports Center in Antipolo. The Elite remained at the eighth spot with a 5-5 record to clinch the last playoff seat while the Batang Pier dipped to 3-7. Blackwater had a 21-point lead, 90-69, at […]

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Barangay Ginebra wins seventh straight

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Working extra hard against an enemy that has made turns in the PBA Governors’ Cup, Barangay Ginebra on Friday night got the perfect reward for its effort and got ready for a bigger battle that’s just around the corner. “It was important to get this win because we turn around and play San Miguel Beer,” […]

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PBA: Alaska staves off elimination, shackles Globalport

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Alaska remained in the hunt for a playoff spot in the PBA Governors’ Cup after taking down Globalport, 101-88, Friday at Mall of Asia Arena. The Aces, who lost the first six games of the conference, won its second straight to improve to 2-6 and climbed to the 10th spot while the Batang Pier slipped […]

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Gin Kings roll, extend Aces’ misery

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Barangay Ginebra kept Alaska’s struggles going after coming away with a 94-80 victory in the PBA Governors’ Cup Saturday at Hoops Dome in Lapu-Lapu City, Cebu. As the Gin Kings improve to 4-1, and a fourth consecutive win, the Aces dropped to 0-6 and continued their downward spiral losing their 14th straight game overall. This […]

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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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