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Cone confident Jeffers can bring ‘great versatility’ to Ginebra

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Tim Cone admits Ginebra is still in the middle of the process. But with the first conference out of the way, the two-time Grand Slam-winning coach can say that the Gins Kings have shown significant improvements. “We’re trying to grow from where we ended, not from the start again,” said Cone. “Guys are in shape, […]

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All-Filipino glory still evades Baguio, Hontiveros

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Alaska teammates Cyrus Baguio and Dondon Hontiveros has won every possible title in the PBA. There are six titles between the two wingmen–two Commissioner’s Cups and four Fiesta Cups—but in the near three decades combined they have been in the PBA–16 and 13 years for Hontiveros and Baguio, respectively– neither have won the coveted Philippine […]

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Manuel looks ahead after Game 7 heartbreak: ‘Kalimutan na lang, bubuno uli kami’

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In the middle of Alaska’s “we not me” mantra, one name stood out as the best of the group in the PBA Philippine Cup Finals, and it read Vic Manuel. Through Games 1 to 3, it was the “Muscle Man” who steered Alaska as the Aces looked to topple the mighty San Miguel Beermen but […]

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Slaughter could miss Ginebra’s opening game due to measles

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Ginebra center Greg Slaughter could miss his team’s opening game in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup against NLEX on Friday due to measles. The Kings’ center, who was diagnosed of the viral infection on Thursday, could also miss their second game depending on his progress, according to Ginebra head coach Tim Cone. “He’s out five to […]

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SMB deserved to win title, says Baguio

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Alaska almost had the championship in game 4, which turned out to be the start of the Aces’ downfall. After the heartbreak of losing four straight, not to mention almost closing out the fourth game after his buzzer-beating three to force overtime, Cyrus Baguio said the Beermen deserved the title as a 3-0 start was […]

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Compton admits no game plan for Ross 3-point outburst

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Alex Compton was at it again, PBA Philippine Cup Finals Game 7 against the San Miguel Beermen. When Compton thought there was finally a way to slay the red beast, San Miguel and Chris Ross were there to spoil Alaska’s Game 7 plans. “We didn’t have a game plan for Chris Ross hitting four threes […]

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Come-from-behind PH Cup win ‘sweetest’ of all for Santos

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After San Miguel completed the mother of all comebacks on Wednesday, winning the 2016 Smart Bro PBA Philippine Cup in a grueling seven-game series, Arwind Santos still could not believe the way the Finals transpired for the Beermen. “Ito na yung pinakamatamis sa lahat ng bunga na natikman ko mula ng ako’y natuto maglaro ng […]

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Phoenix taps 6’9″ Adeleke

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Phoenix Petroleum is providing a Nigerian flavor in the roster of imports for the PBA Commissioner’s Cup, having tapped Lagos native Andrew Kehinde “Kenny” Adeleke as reinforcement for its PBA debut in the mid-season tourney that fires off Wednesday at the Smart Araneta Coliseum. Adeleke, listed as a 6-foot-9, 240-pound forward/center from University of Hartford, […]

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Austria amazed by SMB’s ‘Beeracle’ run to PH Cup crown

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“Miracles are just around the corner.” Coach Leo Austria still could not believe the way things worked out for San Miguel in the 2016 Smart Bro PBA Philippine Cup Finals. Down 0-3 in the series, the Beermen came back from the dead and made history, copping their 22nd franchise title in the most bizarre way […]

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Compton on three early timeouts: I just didn’t feel like playing yet

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Amid a do-or-die game, Alaska head coach Alex Compton committed a move that left onlookers inside Mall of Asia Arena and fans watching from their television sets dumbfounded—-burn three timeouts in the first second of Game 7. A devastated Compton later didn’t disclose the exact reason behind the move, which saw his players just do […]

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Finals MVP Ross on SMB comeback: ‘There was never any doubt’

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When everyone doubted, Chris Ross remained defiant. “There was never any doubt,” he said. “Even when we were down 0-3, I couldn’t picture those guys celebrating the championship, not on our expense. I just knew the type of guys that we have in the locker room that we could win.” Pressed to defend its Philippine […]

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Hontiveros thinking of retiring at the end of 2016 season

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One of the deadliest gunslingers in the league could soon shelve his holster for good. This year could be Dondon Hontiveros’ last after Alaska’s veteran swingman revealed he’s been contemplating retirement at the end of the 2016 PBA Season. “Emotionally, I’m drained,” Hontiveros said on Wednesday night after the Aces lost in Game 7 of […]

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SMB guard Chris Ross named Finals MVP

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Chris Ross, San Miguel Beer’s starting point guard, was named Finals MVP of the 2016 Philippine Cup Finals after leading the Beermen’s historic comeback in becoming the first team in the league to win a best-of-seven series despite losing the first three games. Known for his defense, Ross hit 4-of-6 3-pointers en route to a […]

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Beermen make history, survive Aces in Game 7

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For all their previous championships, the San Miguel Beermen weren’t done breaking new ground. The Beermen wrote a new chapter in PBA history and redefined their legacy with a 96-89 win over the Alaska Milk Aces Wednesday night that completed their epic come-from-behind triumph in the Smart Bro PBA Philippine Cup titular series. June Mar Fajardo […]

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A second into Game 7, Aces call 3 quick timeouts in strange start

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It was one of the most bizarre ways to start the final game of the 2016 Philippine Cup. Alaska head coach Alex Compton burned three timeouts with just a second gone by following the opening tip in Game 7 Wednesday night before a sellout crowd at Mall of Asia Arena. Compton had Cyrus Baguio, Dondon Hontiveros, […]

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‘Motivated’ Hontiveros given another chance to win his 1st PH Cup crown

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Dondon Hontiveros has won a lot of games and earned a handful of awards and trophies throughout his 15-year PBA career. But despite all he has done, he’s never experienced what its like to win the most prestigious of them all.

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Lassiter says pressure, momentum on Beermen

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As San Miguel tries to complete a comeback for the ages, swingman Marcio Lassiter won’t guarantee anything except that the Beermen will leave everything on the floor on Wednesday. The Beermen aim to make history as the first team in the league to come back from a 3-0 deficit and win when they face the […]

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Aces, Beermen clash one last time in Game 7

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After a four-day breather, Alaska and San Miguel Beer clash for one last time in a Game 7 like no other where the winner claims a special place in PBA history.

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Back in full force, TNT ready to defend Commissioner’s Cup crown

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Ranidel de Ocampo has recovered from a spine injury and is now trying to catch up with his TNT teammates in practice, hoping to be back in top shape by the start of the mid-season PBA Commissioner’s Cup on Feb. 10. Meanwhile, Ivan Johnson is back in town, set for another tour of duty with the […]

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2015-16 PBA PH Cup Finals Game 7 Preview: San Miguel Beermen vs Alaska Aces

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Having Game 7 alone is enough for any basketball fan to be extremely excited, but this Game 7 is going to be one for the books. The Alaska Aces have never won the Philippine Cup since 2000, have never won it since coach Tim Cone bolted for B-Meg years ago. They have a chance to […]

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After losing twice before, Manuel feels it’s Alaska’s time

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Vic Manuel feels Alaska has had enough heartbreaks. From losing a Game 7 on a winning shot in the 2015 Philippine Cup Finals to getting swept two conferences after by the same team, the Aces have gone through so much pain. “Tama na,” the brawny forward Manuel said. “Third time na namin nagharap. Iniisip namin […]

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Meralco rookie Amer aims for better showing in second conference

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After a dismal first conference, Meralco rookie Baser Amer is raring to perform better when the 2016 PBA Commissioner’s Cup tips off on February 10. “I feel comfortable na this conference. Yung hiya at ilang, wala na,” said Amer, who was picked seventh overall in the Rookie Draft. Amer experienced the worst showing for Meralco with […]

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Compton sees ‘prophetic’ sign ahead of Game 7

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It has been a tough week for Alaska head coach Alex Compton. In just a span of seven days, Compton’s Aces went from a win a way to a championship to one loss shy of completing the biggest collapse in PBA history. And just when it seem that it couldn’t get any worse for Compton, he […]

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Fajardo shrugs off injury, vows to give all in Game 7

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Just two weeks ago, June Mar Fajardo feared for the worst. The San Miguel Beer center went down with a left knee injury that cost him to miss four games in the finals. Fajardo’s grew more as his team kept losing to the Alaska Aces until the Beermen stared at a 0-3 hole. “Sa first three […]

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Down 0-3, Santos says SMB didn’t see a Game 7 coming

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Arwind Santos will be the first to admit that no one from the San Miguel Beermen, who had fallen three games to none, expected the 2016 Smart Bro PBA Philippine Cup Finals series to go the distance.

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Compton has no excuses, says pressure is on SMB in Game 7

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Despite blowing a 3-0 series lead in the 2016 Smart Bro PBA Philippine Cup Finals, Alaska head coach Alex Compton still believes the pressure is on San Miguel Beer to complete the unbelievable comeback.

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After being down 0-3, San Miguel forces Game 7 vs Alaska

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And the saga in the Smart Bro PBA Philippine Cup finals lives on. San Miguel Beer went through a tough grind in the first three quarters then came through with one big, lethal run at the start of the final quarter en route to a 100-89 victory over a badly stunned Alaska Milk side that […]

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PBA Fan of the day: Eduard Pamplona

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Name: Eduard Pamplona Age: 32 Hails from: Davao Favorite PBA team: San Miguel Beermen How long have you been supporting the team: 21 years na Favorite PBA player: June Mar Fajardo Why are you a fan of San Miguel: “Kasi nag-Grand Slam sila nung 1989. Fan na ako noon.”

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PBA Commissioner’s Cup tips off Feb. 10

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With Ivan Johnson back in the fort, TNT Tropang Texters begin their title defense when the 2016 PBA Commissioner’s Cup tips off on February 10 at Smart Araneta Coliseum. TNT kicks off the tournament when it goes up against the resurgent Blackwater at 4:15 p.m., followed by the duel between rebuilding squads Star and Meralco […]

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Beermen out to stretch finals, Aces take another crack at crown

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The Smart Bro PBA Philippine Cup Finals is virtually a brand new series. The San Miguel Beermen have got into the fight and are pumped up by the return of 6-foot-10 Cebuano behemoth June Mar Fajardo as they square off with the Alaska Milk Aces in Game Six at the Smart Araneta Coliseum Friday. Halfway […]

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Ross vows to ‘leave everything on the floor’ as Beermen try to extend series

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Despite the limited minutes played by June Mar Fajardo, San Miguel coach Leo Austria can take solace in Chris Ross’ performance in the 2016 Smart Bro PBA Philippine Cup Finals series. Ross has been doing the little things—intercepting passing lanes, hounding playmakers, and providing the spark to lift the desperate Beermen squad keep their title […]

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Returning Fajardo shrugs off negative thoughts

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It wasn’t the start San Miguel wanted, but at this point in the PBA Philippine Cup finals, it’s something the Beermen had to live through. Down 3-1 in the series, after a thrilling Game 4 overtime victory, the Beermen once more needed a miracle and they got one—in the form of a 6-foot-10 giant who […]

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PBA coaches Cone, Austria remember PH basketball ‘trailblazer’ Loyzaga

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It’s the present day honoring the man of the past. Multi-titled coaches Tim Cone and Leo Austria gave their respects to Caloy Loyzaga, arguably the greatest Filipino basketball player of all time, on Wednesday saying it was “The Big Difference” who paved the way for the development of Philippine basketball into what it is today. […]

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Fan slips, injures knee but promises to still watch finals Game 6

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Just like his favorite team, John-John Aragones refused to go down without a fight. Aragones, 29, is the the San Miguel booster who hurt his knee while cheering for Beermen in the intense overtime period Wednesday night. Watching from the Upper Box A area of Smart Araneta Coliseum, the super fan was dancing on the […]

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Beermen survive Aces in OT anew in Fajardo’s return

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June Mar Fajardo electrified the crowd instantly just as he headed to the officials’ table late in the opening quarter. Drawing inspiration on Fajardo’s surprise comeback, San Miguel Beer sustained its fightback and stretched the Smart Bro PBA Philippine Cup finals to another game with an 86-73 drubbing of Alaska Milk in overtime Wednesday night […]

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PBA honors Caloy Loyzaga

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The Philippine Basketball Association on Wednesday paid tribute to Caloy Loyzaga, one of the country’s greatest basketball players ever, during halftime of Game 5 of the 2016 PBA Philippine Cup Finals between San Miguel Beer and Alaska at Smart Araneta Coliseum. Loyzaga passed away Wednesday morning. He was 85. The league offered a moment of […]

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PBA Fan of the day: Juan Miguel Dapo

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Name: Juan Miguel Dapo Age: 18 Hails from: Bulacan Favorite PBA team: Alaska Favorite PBA player: Calvin Abueva How long have you been supporting the team: Matagal na, simula pa nung time ni Willie Miller Why are you a fan of San Miguel: “Dahil kay Calvin.”

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Fajardo makes surprise return in PBA Finals game 5

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Surprise, surprise. June Mar Fajardo, who missed the first four games of the 2016 PBA Philippine Cup Finals, made his return from a knee injury late in the first quarter of Game 5 on Wednesday night. Wearing a knee brace to protect his left knee, which he hurt in Game 6 of the semifinals, Fajardo […]

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2015-16 PBA PH Cup Finals G5 Preview: San Miguel Beermen vs Alaska Aces

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The San Miguel Beermen looked dead in the water after trailing by 11 points with less than 4 minutes to go in Game 4, but they somehow found a way to rally, force overtime, trail again in the extra period, and rally again to finally put Alaska’s brooms back in the closet and push the […]

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PH basketball legend Caloy Loyzaga passes away

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Philippine basketball icon Caloy Loyzaga has passed away. He was 85. Loyzaga died of cardiac arrest at Cardinal Santos Medical Center Wednesday morning, his son Chito confirmed. He suffered a massive stroke back in 2011 when he was still living in Australia and has settled in the Philippines for good since 2013. Arguably the best Filipino basketball […]

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