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PBA board opts not to renew Narvasa’s term as commissioner

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Chito Narvasa’s days as the PBA commissioner are coming to an end. Seven PBA governors convened on a special board meeting Thursday morning at the league office in Libis and agreed to no longer endorse the renewal of term of the beleaguered executive. Incoming PBA chairman Ramoncito Fernandez of NLEX led the symposium with the […]

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Coaches admit jobs get tougher after Beermen nab Standhardinger

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a Already with formidable starting five bannered by four-time PBA MVP June Mar Fajardo, San Miguel just got a lot  stronger after it traded for the number one pick in the 2017 PBA Rookie Draft and selected Christian Standhardinger. Now the onus on the rest league to figure out how to stop the three-time defending Philippine […]

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Drop in draft blessing in disguise for Davon Potts as he joins Aces

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Projected to be picked in the first round in the 2017 PBA Rookie Draft, Davon Potts shockingly fell to sixth place in second round into Alaska’s lap. Instead of sulk, the San Beda sniper is taking his drop in the draft in stride and looks at joining the Aces as a blessing in disguise. “It […]

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Alas satisfied with Phoenix’s ‘aggressive’ rookie picks

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For new Phoenix coach Louie Alas, his first day on the job couldn’t get any better. The seasoned mentor was satisfied with the Fuel Masters’ haul in the 2017 PBA Rookie Draft on Sunday. “Everyone who we projected and expected to fall on us, we got all of them,” he said. Alas tapped Jason Perkins […]

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Caguiao, Helterbrand close ‘Fast and Furious’ chapter of their careers

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Jayjay Helterbrand, who is capping off a triumphant 17-year career, has asked the Ginebra brass to hold off on any retirement ceremony for him until Mark Caguioa decides to hang up his sneakers too. “I told them that I want to wait until Mark retires and we’ll do it together. I think it will be […]

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2017 PBA Draft: San Miguel picks Standhardinger 1st; NLEX selects Ravena at 2nd

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Reigning three-time Philippine Cup champion San Miguel bolstered its already formidable roster after selecting Christian Standhardinger as the top pick in the 2017 PBA Rookie Draft Sunday at Robinsons Place Manila in Ermita. There was no surprise as the highly-touted Fil-German forward was chosen first in the 44-man pool following his impressive showing for Gilas […]

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Good fight: Durham, Meralco come up short anew but with their head held high

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BOCAUE — Eventually, something’s got to give. That was how Allen Durham described  Meralco’s 101-96 Game 7 defeat to Ginebra as the Bolts finished as bridesmaids anew for the second straight PBA Governors’ Cup Finals. “Last year, we lost in Game 6. This year, we pushed it to Game 7,” said Durham, putting spotlight on […]

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Brownlee proud of Ginebra’s response after test of character in crunch time

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BOCAUE—It’s been said that winning Game 7s boils down to sheer attitude and that rang true for Barangay Ginebra and Justin Brownlee. With a record 54,086 fans shouting and jeering at every conceivable moment, the Gin Kings managed to shout the loudest of shouts at Philippine Arena when they survived Meralco, 101-96, in the clincher […]

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LA Tenorio named PBA Finals MVP

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BOCAUE — LA Tenorio has countlessly bailed out Ginebra in tight situations before, may it be dropping his signature baseline reverse or drilling a gutsy three whenever his team needs him the most. But more than his heroics, what makes the 33-year-old important for the Gin Kings has always been his stability, emerging as the […]

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Game 7 breaks PBA attendance record anew

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BOCAUE — For the third straight time, the 2017 PBA Governors’ Cup Finals broke the record books. Game 7 between Ginebra and Meralco on Friday once set a new league attendance record, attracting 54,086 fans to the Philippine Arena here. Fans packed the world’s largest indoor arena to the rafters and eclipsed the previous marks […]

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Ginebra escapes Meralco in Game 7, completes title repeat

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BOCAUE — Ginebra didn’t disappoint its legion of fans this time. With another record crowd trooping to the colossal Philippine Arena here, the Gin Kings completed their quest for back-to-back titles, routing Meralco, 101-96, in Game 7 to win the 2017 PBA Governors’ Cup Friday. Delighting the 54,068 in attendance, Ginebra finally showed the hunger […]

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PBA approves Kia-San Miguel trade

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BOCAUE— PBA Commissioner Chito Narvasa has approved the trade that wound send the 2017 PBA Draft first overall pick belonging Kia to San Miguel. Narvasa announced the deal Friday, an hour before Game 7 between Barangay Ginebra and Meralco at Philippine Arena. San Miguel will get the rights to no. 1 pick, which is likely […]

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After nearly giving up on basketball, Herndon is ready to chase his dream

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In just a span of two years, Robbie Herndon went from dousing flames as an aspiring fireman in San Francisco to torching hoops here in the Philippines. And as the Fil-Am swingman embarks on this new chapter of his life as he enters the 2017 PBA Rookie Draft, he hopes to get the chance to showcase […]

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PBA Board to back Narvasa on controversial SMB-Kia trade

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The ball is now on the commissioner’s court. The PBA Board of Governors agreed to back commissioner Chito Narvasa on whatever his decision will be regarding the controversial trade involving Kia’s number one pick in the 2017 PBA Rookie Draft and San Miguel. “The Board has agreed that it will have an all-out support to […]

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Durham on Game 7: This is why I came back

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BOCAUE — As the 2017 PBA Governors’ Cup Finals goes to a Game 7, Allen Durham could only look back on the decision he made to return to the country to once again play for Meralco and complete what he regarded as unfinished business. “This is why I came back. I came back to have […]

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Doesn’t matter how it’s done, Brownlee just wants to win title for Ginebra

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BOCAUE —Even with Ginebra failing to close out the 2017 PBA Governors’ Cup Finals in six games, Justin Brownlee couldn’t help but feel excited over what comes next. “Man, you got to love it as a basketball player. This is the thing you grow up and you dream of,” he said of the winner-take-all Game 7 […]

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Vanguardia steps down, Alas appointed as new Phoenix coach

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Phoenix is off to a new path. Louie Alas has been installed as the new head coach for the Fuel Masters, days before the 2017 PBA Rookie Draft. Team governor Raymond Zorilla announced the news on Thursday after coach Ariel Vanguardia and lead deputy Justino Pinat resigned from their duties. “After evaluating the performance of […]

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Meralco frustrates Ginebra, forces Game 7

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BOCAUE — With Meralco’s back against the wall, the local crew finally woke up from its slumber and led the Bolts to a 98-91 victory over Ginebra on Wednesday at Philippine Arena here to force a winner-take-all Game 7 in the 2017 PBA Governors’ Cup Finals. Allen Durham didn’t have to carry much of the […]

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More than 50k fans attend Ginebra-Meralco Finals Game 6

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BOCAUE – The fans came in troves at Philippine Arena here as the all-time crowd attendance record was smashed on Wednesday for Game six of the 2017 PBA Governors’ Cup Finals. Followers of both Ginebra and Meralco trooped to the world’s largest indoor arena and became a part of the 53,642-strong crowd as the Gin […]

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Inquirer 7: Hopefuls who stood out in the 2017 PBA Draft Combine

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Less than a week before the 2017 PBA Rookie Draft, 43 of the 44 applicants were given a chance to make last ditch efforts to impress scouts and coaches in the two-day 2017 Gatorade PBA Draft Combine. As expected, cream always rises to the top and top-flight aspirants were able to standout from their peers. […]

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Ravena hopes to play for Guiao at NLEX: ‘I’m very excited’

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After giving it much thought, Kiefer Ravena feels that the timing is just right for him to enter the PBA. “I really thought about this with my family and a decision that really took so much time. Once I submitted my papers, I knew my future is already here,” Ravena said. One of the most […]

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Ravena shines in PBA Draft Combine

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Kiefer Ravena didn’t shy away from showing his athleticism after topping three of the five performance tests in the morning session of the 2017 Gatorade PBA Draft Combine Monday at Gatorade Hoops Center. The 23-year-old playmaker, who is believed to be a top two selection in the coming draft, set the standard in the anthropometry […]

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Slaughter gets starting role, boosts Ginebra in Game 5

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BOCAUE — Since winning the Best Player of the Conference award, Greg Slaughter has yet to churn out a good showing as Ginebra saw their 2-0 lead dissipate and allow Meralco level the series. But on Sunday, the 6-foot-11 center knew he had to show up when coach Tim Cone inserted him into the starting lineup […]

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Gin Kings on cusp of title repeat, shut down Bolts in Game 5

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BOCAUE – Barangay Ginebra clamped down on defense late and slammed Meralco, 85-74, to move on the cusp of winning the 2017 PBA Governors’ Cup Finals Sunday at Philippine Arena here. Leading 3-2 in the best-of-seven series, the Gin Kings shoot for their second straight title with a victory on Wednesday, with Game 6 slated still at the world’s […]

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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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PBA Finals: Durham tows Meralco past Ginebra to avoid 0-3 hole

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Allen Durham did a little bit of everything and Meralco needed all of it to finally beat Barangay Ginebra, 94-81, and avoid a 0-3 hole in the 2017 PBA Governors Cup Finals Wednesday night at Smart Araneta Coliseum. Durham scored in a variety of ways no matter who he was up against or how many […]

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‘Not about numbers’: Slaughter looking to help Ginebra in any way he can

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Don’t tell Greg Slaughter that he had a bad game because all that matters for him is the victory. Despite shooting 1-of-6 from the field to finish with only three points in Game 2, the Cebuano giant had no regrets over his performance in Ginebra’s 86-76 win over Meralco on Sunday. “It was just how […]

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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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Durham admits Bolts came out ‘lazy’ in Game 1 loss

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LUCENA — “We’re just kinda lazy.” That was Allen Durham’s simple explanation on the heels of Meralco’s disappointing 87-102 defeat to Ginebra in Game 1 of the 2017 PBA Governors’ Cup Finals here. The Bolts struggles were seen all over, from their unusually low 23-percent shooting from three and 39-percent field goal clip, to their […]

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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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Slaughter the difference maker in Ginebra’s game 1 win

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LUCENA — Anticipating the nerves to come on Friday, Greg Slaughter was as cool as ever when he played his first championship game in his professional career. “I didn’t feel too much pressure,” he admitted. Slaughter settling down really was instrumental in Ginebra’s 102-87 Game 1 victory over Meralco, as the former Rookie of the […]

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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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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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