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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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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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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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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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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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Soon-to-be dad Smith gets added inspiration to go home a champ

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After losing two straight games in the 2017 PBA Commissioner’s Cup Finals, TNT was in dire need of an inspiration. Little do they know that it would come all the way from Seattle, Washington, where Joshua Smith’s girlfriend is due to give birth within the next 24 hours. “The team know what I’m sacrificing outside […]

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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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Turnovers spelled doom for KaTropa in Game 3, says Smith

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There’s no need for an expert to explain how San Miguel Beer beat TNT in Game 3 of the 2017 PBA Commissioner’s Cup Finals on Sunday night. The numbers tell the whole story as far as KaTropa import Joshua Smith is concerned. “We turned the ball over 23 times and they got 26 points off […]

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Heruela steps up in pivotal Game 3 for SMB

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Brian Heruela may be San Miguel’s third-string point guard, but for the second straight game, he has proven that he’s just as good as any starting playmaker in the league today. Starting in place of Chris Ross in the second half, the stocky guard filled the role admirably in Game 3 of the 2017 PBA Commissioner’s […]

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TNT’s Pogoy silenced after Game 1 explosion

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Much-maligned after his apparent low-blow against Arwind Santos in Game 2, Roger Pogoy shared that he has already extended his apologies to his fellow Tamaraw. “That’s over with. I don’t have any comment on that. I already apologized to kuya Arwind,” he said in Filipino. The TNT rookie has put the incident behind him but […]

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Lassiter ends 3-point dry spell

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Marcio Lassiter just told himself to keep on shooting the way elite shooters do. After misfiring in the first two games of the 2017 PBA Commissioner’s Cup Finals, the 30-year-old sniper finally halted his struggles and found the bottom of the net. Shooting 0-of-11 from downtown in Games 1 and 2, Lassiter finally drilled his […]

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Birthday boy Rhodes leads Beermen to victory

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It was indeed a happy birthday for Charles Rhodes. Turning 32 on Sunday, the mercurial reinforcement trotted out a performance to remember, doing it all for San Miguel in a 109-97 Game 3 win over TNT. “I just wanted to come out and work hard, just try to help my team and I did that. My […]

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TNT’s stand-in import Myers raring to play after fiery Game 3

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Emotions got heated three games into the 2017 PBA Commissioner’s Cup Finals as the on-court drama spilled into the Smart Araneta Coliseum tunnel when San Miguel and TNT met on Sunday night. First, Chris Ross engaged in a verbal war with KaTropa’s stand-in import Mike Myers and Governors’ Cup reinforcement Michael Craig near the end of […]

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San Miguel pulls away late, beats TNT for 2-1 finals edge

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San Miguel did just enough to hold off TNT, 109-97, and gain a 2-1 edge in the 2017 PBA Commissioner’s Cup Finals Sunday at Smart Araneta Coliseum. Charles Rhodes celebrated his 32nd birthday in style, carrying the load for the Beermen with 25 points, 20 rebounds, two assists, and two steals, while Best Player of the Conference […]

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Rhodes admits TNT defense slowed him down, but fouls threw him off rhythm

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Charles Rhodes took full responsibility for his failure to sustain his hot start in Game 1 of the 2017 PBA Commissioner’s Cup Finals on Wednesday. After dropping 21 points in the first quarter for San Miguel, the mercurial reinforcement found himself scoreless in the next two periods, where TNT capitalized and took the lead. “I […]

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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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TNT brings in Myers as possible replacement for injured Smith

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Uncertainty still looms over the TNT camp regarding which import the team is fielding in for Game 1 of the 2017 PBA Commissioner’s Cup Finals. Though Joshua Smith showed signs of promise days before Game 1, the KaTropa have left no stones unturned as they flew in a possible replacement import in Mike Myers. “He’s […]

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Austria, Racela renew coaching battle in Commissioner’s Cup Finals

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Four years ago, Leo Austria and Nash Racela were coaches in the collegiate scene, leading their respective teams to the championship. Fast forward to now, both mentors, who are armed with more experience and a handful of championships to boot, are set on a collision course as they are tasked to steer two proud franchises […]

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SMB’s Cabagnot, Ross pace BPC stats race

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San Miguel Beer’s star backcourt of Alex Cabagnot and Chris Ross suddenly find themselves tied for the top spot in the Best Player of the Conference statistical race through the 2017 PBA Commissioner’s Cup semifinals. The tabulation released early Monday saw pacesetter Cabagnot now at joint first place with Ross, who jumped from eighth place after the […]

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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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Sense of urgency unleashes intensity out of Castro

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Jayson Castro has played poorly for the duration of TNT semifinals campaign against Barangay Ginebra in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup, but that ended Saturday when Asia’s Best Point Guard showed his mettle. In the first three games of the series, Castro only averaged just 7.7 points, 3.0 rebounds, and 5.7 assists. He was abysmal from […]

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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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Ratliffe says Fajardo ‘best Asian player’ he’s ever faced

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June Mar Fajardo is a man of many achievements having amassed three MVPs, five Best Player of the Conference trophies and countless other accolades. On Friday, the jovial giant may have gotten one more, though this time it didn’t come with a piece of hardware. Fajardo has earned the admiration and respect of Star’s bruising […]

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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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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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Victolero, Star still positive despite another frustrating loss

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Star head coach Chito Victolero said frustrations have piled up on the Hotshots, who lost to the San Miguel Beermen by the slightest of margin for the second straight game in their PBA Commissioner’s Cup semifinals duel. The Hotshots dropped a 111-110 decision in Game 3 on Wednesday, just two nights after absorbing a 77-76 […]

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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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San Miguel ties semis series, survives Star

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San Miguel Beer escaped Star, 77-76, to even their semifinals series at 1-1 in the 2017 PBA Commissioner’s Cup Monday night at Mall of Asia Arena. Charles Rhodes finished with 21 points on 9-of-14 shooting from the field and 10 rebounds for the Beermen, who bounced back from a 109-105 defeat in Game 1. Hotshots’ […]

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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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Star douses late San Miguel rally, grabs 1-0 semis lead

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Star fended off a late rally from San Miguel for a 109-105 win to get a headstart in their best-of-five PBA Commissioner’s Cup semifinals series Saturday. The Hotshots, who were in control for majority of the game, were enjoying a 14-point lead over three minutes to play before Marcio Lassiter and Arwind Santos sparked a […]

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After gruelling duel, Castro believes Amer will be one of top PBA guards

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There’s not a lot of guards in the PBA who can step toe-to-toe with Jayson Castro. But after TNT’s quarterfinals series against Meralco in the 2017 PBA Commissioner’s Cup, the veteran guard didn’t deny that sophomore playmaker Baser Amer pushed him to his limit. “[Amer] didn’t just challenge me. He really pushed me. I studied […]

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Bad breaks doomed Bolts, says Newsome

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Holding to a precarious 89-88 lead with 7.1 seconds left in regulation, Meralco only needed to make an inbounds play to book its ticket to the 2017 PBA Commissioner’s Cup semifinals. Chris Newsome surveyed the floor and tried to get the leather to one of his teammates against the suffocating defense of TNT import Joshua […]

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Joshua Smith drops big game Racela is expecting from him

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Joshua Smith knows that his hefty size is seen as a defensive liability at times for TNT, so when coach Nash Racela called his number in the final 7.1 seconds of regulation on Friday, even he was surprised. “It’s weird because in those situations, I’m [usually] out off the floor. The fact that they put […]

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With no chance for revenge, Dillinger tells TNT: Beat Ginebra

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Jared Dillinger won’t deny that he wanted Meralco to gain retribution against Ginebra after their classic encounter in the 2016 PBA Governors’ Cup Finals. “I want that so bad since we played them in the Finals before. I was ready to whoop their ass if I had the chance,” he said. In a tweet, Dillinger […]

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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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