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Ginebra’s Mercado to miss Game 5 of PBA Finals due to ankle injury

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Barangay Ginebra will miss a key cog in Sol Mercado in Game 5 of the 2017 PBA Governors’ Cup Finals set on Sunday at Philippine Arena in Bocaue, Bulacan. The Gin Kings and the Meralco Bolts eye a pivotal 3-2 lead in their best-of-seven series. “Sol will not play Sunday, so it’s next man up for us,” […]

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Kia set to trade top pick to San Miguel Beer

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The rich are about to get richer. San Miguel is set to acquire Kia’s top overall pick in exchange for JayR Reyes, Rashawn McCarthy, Keith Agovida, a future first rounder, and cash considerations, sources told INQUIRER on Saturday. The deal, which has already been agreed upon by both sides, will hand the Beermen the top […]

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Dillinger fighting, but struggling against ‘big boys’ at Ginebra

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Outspoken against Ginebra going to the 2017 PBA Governors’ Cup Finals, Jared Dillinger seems to have bit more than he can chew as Meralco stares at a 0-2 deficit in the championship series. But the Fil-Am forward is man enough to admit that the Bolts, especially the locals, have their work cut out for them […]

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Tenorio thriving in PBA Finals despite playing through injury

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LA Tenorio was the first to admit that his shot clock-beating triple in the clutch was nothing but a stroke of luck. “It was a hail mary shot,” Tenorio proudly said. Tenorio drilled the miraculous triple with 1:07 remaining to give Ginebra a commanding 84-76 lead. The shot turned out to be the dagger as […]

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Brownlee, Tenorio lift Ginebra over Meralco for 2-0 finals lead

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Barangay Ginebra leaned on the duo of Justin Brownlee and LA Tenorio to beat Meralco, 86-76, for a 2-0 lead in the 2017 PBA Governors’ Cup Finals Sunday at Smart Araneta Coliseum. Once again, the runner-up in the Best Import race, Brownlee showed that no award snub can deter him from his quest of giving […]

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After Game 1 struggles, Cone expecting huge fightback from Meralco

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LUCENA — Coach Tim Cone admitted that even he was surprised with how flawless Ginebra played in its 102-87 Game 1 win against Meralco to begin the 2017 PBA Governors’ Cup Finals. “Not at all,” he said when asked if he expected this kind of game from his wards on Friday. “I thought we’ll struggle […]

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Brownlee happy with Ginebra’s aggressive start in PBA Finals

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LUCENA — Justin Brownlee was relieved to get the series opener out of the way and in the bag for Ginebra. He didn’t want a repeat of last year when the Gin Kings trailed 0-1, and later on 1-2 in the series winning the next three games to win the PBA Governors’ Cup championship. “Last […]

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Brownlee fires 32 as Ginebra draws first blood in PBA Finals

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LUCENA — Clicking on both ends of the floor, Ginebra gained a head start in the 2017 PBA Governors’ Cup Finals with a 102-87 beatdown of Meralco on Friday to take Game 1 at Quezon Convention Center here. The Gin Kings exploited their advantage in the frontcourt and pounded the ball in the paint as […]

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Kiefer Ravena applies for 2017 PBA Draft

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Kiefer Ravena has finally made the jump to the pros. The two-time UAAP Most Valuable Player has decided to face a new challenge as he declared himself eligible for the 2017 PBA Rookie Draft. In a post on his Twitter account, Ravena made the announcement short and sweet. “#PBADraft. Here we go,” he wrote The […]

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Jeron Teng enters 2017 PBA Draft

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Opening a new chapter in his basketball career, Jeron Teng has declared himself eligible for the 2017 PBA Rookie Draft. The 23-year-old swingman submitted his application on Monday, three days before the deadline. He is expected to be a top five pick. Teng sees the draft as his chance to make his dream a reality […]

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Gin Kings knock off KaTropa, set finals rematch vs Bolts

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Defending champion Barangay Ginebra gets a shot to defend its crown after dispatching TNT, 115-105, in Game 4 of their best-of-5 semifinals series in the PBA Governors’ Cup Sunday at Smart Araneta Coliseum. The Gin Kings arranged a finals rematch with Meralco starting on Friday at Quezon Convention Center in Lucena. Justin Brownlee anchored Ginebra’s […]

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Brownlee, Ginebra trounce TNT in semis opener

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Barangay Ginebra displayed its full strength as it clobbered TNT, 121-94, to gain a 1-0 lead in their best-of-5 semifinals series in the 2017 PBA Governors’ Cup Monday night at Smart Araneta Coliseum. Justin Brownlee opened the floodgates for the Gin Kings in the first quarter as he anchored a 14-2 blast to turn a […]

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Dillinger leads Bolts’ late rally past Hotshots in Game 1

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BIÑAN — Defense once again did the trick for Meralco as it drew first blood with a 72-66 comeback win over Star in the 2017 PBA Governors’ Cup semifinals Sunday night at Alonte Sports Arena here. The Bolts locked down on defense down the stretch, forcing the Hotshots to commit six turnovers inside the last […]

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Meralco earns No. 1 spot, comes back to beat SMB

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Allen Durham scored the go-ahead basket and Meralco clinched the top spot with a 104-101 comeback win over San Miguel Beer Sunday night at Smart Araneta Coliseum. Durham made the game-winning shot with 27.1 seconds left that capped off Meralco’s 16-5 finishing kick. He finished with 35 points and 13 rebounds. “It’s a big win […]

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Lee, Hotshots stop Road Warriors to stay in top 4 contention

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Star turned back NLEX, 101-93, Sunday in the 2017 PBA Governors’ Cup at Smart Araneta Coliseum. The Hotshots leaned on the trio of Paul Lee, Kristofer Acox and Mark Barroca to keep themselves in the hunt for a top four seat. Lee poured in seven of his 15 points in the payoff period, Acox tallied a […]

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Beermen snap Gin Kings’ 7-game streak

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San Miguel caught fire early and built enough cushion to hold off Barangay Ginebra, 107-103, in the 2017 PBA Governors’ Cup Sunday at Smart Araneta Coliseum. Terrence Watson impressed in his debut as he unloaded 28 points, 17 rebounds, four assists, two blocks, and a steal. Watson, the Beermen’s third import this conference, replaced the underwhelming Terik […]

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Hotshots send Maliksi to Elite in 4-player trade

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In an interesting turn of events, Star is sending sweet-shooting swingman Allein Maliksi to Blackwater in a four-player trade. Sources close to the situation bared that the Hotshots are shipping Maliksi and rookie big man Chris Javier to Blackwater for hardworking forward Bambam Gamalinda and promising big man Kyle Pascual. Trade papers have already been […]

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Surging Kings clip Hotshots in overtime

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Barangay Ginebra overcame its poor free throw shooting late and a gallant stand by Star to win, 105-101, in overtime Sunday night in the 2017 PBA Governors’ Cup at Smart Araneta Coliseum. Justin Brownlee collected 33 points, 10 rebounds, five assists and two steals for the Gin Kings, who extended their winning streak to six […]

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NLEX fends off Pringle-less GlobalPort, inches closer to Top Four

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Juami Tiongson caught fire late while JR Quiñahan did the dirty work as NLEX repulsed GlobalPort, 109-99, Sunday in the 2017 PBA Governors’ Cup at Smart Araneta Coliseum.  The pint-sized playmaker dropped 14 points in the payoff period, 12 of which coming from beyond-the-arc, as he triggered the Road Warriors’ early fourth quarter blast. Tiongson wound up […]

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NLEX coach Guiao focused on winning, not getting top draft pick

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NLEX continued its dream run in the 2017 PBA Governors’ Cup, this time stunning San Miguel with a 103-100 thriller on Sunday. That victory gave the Road Warriors their sixth win in eight games, enough to assure themselves a seat in the quarterfinals. However, as morale boosting as the stretch is, NLEX’s wins may come […]

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Fonacier hits big shots late as NLEX squeaks past SMB

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Larry Fonacier drilled the two clutch 3-pointers in the last two minutes to help NLEX escape Grand Slam-seeking San Miguel Beer, 103-100, in the 2017 PBA Governors’ Cup Sunday at Smart Araneta Coliseum. The veteran marksman drained the go-ahead triple with 1:46 to play and followed it up with another three from the top of […]

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Rain or Shine’s Yap finally beats his former team Star

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It’s not everyday that you see James Yap go scoreless in a game. Rain or Shine’s game against Star on Sunday marked the first time Yap didn’t hit a single point since July 24 last year when he was still with the Hotshots. But the two-time PBA Most Valuable Player couldn’t care any less as […]

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Victolero liked how Hotshots fought in loss to Painters

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Despite losing for the first time this 2017 PBA Governors’ Cup, Star coach Chito Victolero remains upbeat seeing how his team fought back from a large deficit. “We’re okay. You can see that the players gave their best effort. Even if Rain or Shine led by 20, we still came back. It just so happened […]

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Almazan hospitalized due to dehydration after playing through illness

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Not even a bad case of flu could stop Raymond Almazan from playing. Fresh from his Gilas Pilipinas duty in the 2017 Fiba Asia Cup, the lanky big man gave it his all and delivered for the Elasto Painters in their 92-88 win over Star on Sunday. Almazan overcame his sickness and churned out 13 […]

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Cruz, Painters take down Hotshots

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Jericho Cruz took charge late for Rain or Shine as it dealt Star its first loss in the 2017 PBA Governors’ Cup with a 92-88 squeaker Sunday at Smart Araneta Coliseum. The energetic guard fired 10 of the Elasto Painters’ final 17 points as they doused the Hotshots’ rally in the fourth quarter and stretch their winning […]

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Mild-mannered Belga helps Painters in rout of KaTropa

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Beau Belga seemed to have taken a 180-degree turn after his ejection last week, exuding poise in Rain or Shine’s 105-73 rout of TNT on Sunday. Keeping his temper in check, the burly big man had the most impact for his team in his time on the floor, garnering a team-best plus-28 as he racked […]

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Bullock bounces back, leads ROS rout of TNT

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Motivated to rebound from his underwhelming debut, J’Nathan Bullock responded to coach Caloy Garcia’s demands to lead Rain or Shine to a 105-73 blowout of TNT Sunday in the 2017 PBA Governors’ Cup at Smart Araneta Coliseum. The 30-year-old reinforcement made sure the Elasto Painters didn’t make a mistake tapping him as replacement, as he […]

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GlobalPort climbs to 2-2, deals Kia another loss

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GlobalPort continued its up-and-down ride in the 2017 PBA Governors’ Cup, holding off Kia, 102-90, Sunday at Smart Araneta Coliseum. Murphy Holloway unfurled 29 points, 18 rebounds, three assists, and three blocks, while Stanley Pringle commandeered the offense and finished with 21 markers, seven boards, and four dimes as the Batang Pier evened their standing […]

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Meralco gets Tolomia, Rain or Shine acquires Daquioag

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Rain or Shine continued to shake up its roster as it acquired Ed Daquioag from Meralco in exchange for Mike Tolomia. The Office of the Commissioner approved the deal on Monday afternoon as Gilas cadets swapped places for the second time this conference. Tolomia and Daquioag have had similar fortunes in the Elasto Painters and the Bolts […]

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Rain or Shine trades Chan to Phoenix for Borboran, future pick

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Jeff Chan will be the next player to leave Rain or Shine. Sources bared to the INQUIRER that the Elasto Painters are set to trade the 33-year-old gunslinger to Phoenix in exchange for Mark Borboran and the Fuel Masters’ 2020 second round pick. The trade papers have already been submitted to the Office of the Commissioner […]

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Ginebra routs GlobalPort behind Slaughter, Tenorio

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Greg Slaughter imposed his presence down low and helped Ginebra claim its first victory in the 2017 PBA Governors’ Cup with a 124-108 hammering of GlobalPort Sunday at Smart Araneta Coliseum. Only in his second game since returning from an ACL injury, the Cebuano giant came off the bench and put his foot down in […]

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Mallari playing vital role for streaking NLEX

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Almost three months since Kia traded Alex Mallari away, the 30-year-old swingman is making his old team look like fools as he has found a home in NLEX. Averaging 7.3 points, 3.3 rebounds, and 2.7 assists in the Road Warriors’ first three games this 2017 PBA Governors’ Cup, the Fil-Am forward has found his niche […]

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At 4-0, NLEX far from satisfied, says Lastimosa

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Coach Yeng Guiao may have his reservations when it comes to NLEX’s 4-0 start, but Carlo Lastimosa is convinced that the Road Warriors are no fluke. But he wouldn’t deny that even he is surprised with how cohesive NLEX has been so far in the 2017 PBA Governors’ Cup. “Of course, I think all of […]

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NLEX comes back to beat Phoenix for 4-0 start

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Carlo Lastimosa and Alex Mallari took matters into their own hands as NLEX stayed unscathed through four games in the 2017 PBA Governors’ Cup with a 95-91 win over Phoenix Sunday at Smart Araneta Coliseum. Down 10, 78-68 with 8:58 to play, Lastimosa sparked a 13-2 run to get the Road Warriors back in the […]

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Tanduay stretches win streak to five, dispatches Racal

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Tanduay continued to gain steam going into the 2017 PBA D-League Foundation Cup quarterfinals, nipping Racal Motors, 81-72 Thursday at Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig. With their fifth straight victory, the Rhum Masters ended their eliminations campaign with an 8-2 slate, while also giving team owner Bong Tan, who was in the audience, a win. “Every […]

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Hotshots replace import Cinmeon Bowers with Malcolm Hill

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Star is leaving no stone unturned this 2017 PBA Governors’ Cup as the team decided to replace Cinmeon Bowers with Malcolm Hill on Monday. Coach Chito Victolero confirmed the news as the Hotshots are set to parade the 21-year-old Hill after just one game with Bowers. “Yes, nagpalit na po kami (Yes, we’ve already changed our […]

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San Miguel acquires Pessumal, trades Van Opstal to GlobalPort

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With the rare Grand Slam feat on its mind, San Miguel fortified its roster as it acquired Von Pessumal from GlobalPort in exchange for seldom-used big man Arnold Van Opstal. The deal, which was the first involving two rookies part of the Gilas pool in the past 2016 PBA Rookie Draft, was approved on Monday […]

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Hizon joins Elite as team consultant

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Ginebra’s old never say die spirit is coming to Blackwater. In hopes of instilling the winning attitude to the upstart Elite squad, coach Leo Isaac has enlisted the services of his former teammate Vince Hizon to be a team consultant starting on the 2017 PBA Governors’ Cup. “He can inject more on individual progress ng […]

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Rosser raring to get back into action to help Beermen

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Matt Ganuelas-Rosser has spent the last several months in the sidelines due to various injuries. But his agonizing wait to return could be over soon as he expects to make a comeback when San Miguel Beer plays its first game in the 2017 PBA Governors’ Cup. The season-ending conference starts on July 19 but the […]

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Castro pounces on open looks to keep TNT in the fight

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After committing 10 turnovers in Game 3, Jayson Castro knew he had to make changes. Instead of trying to set everyone up, he came out a little more selfish on offense and it worked. “The more I think about the assists, the more I commit turnovers,” the TNT slasher said in Filipino. “I have wide […]

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