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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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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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