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Lee, Hotshots rout Road Warriors for back-to-back wins

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Magnolia registered back-to-back wins after a wire-to-wire victory over NLEX, 105-94, in the 2018 PBA Philippine Cup Sunday at Smart Araneta Coliseum. Paul Lee unloaded 21 points, three rebounds and four assists to lead the Hotshots to a 3-1 slate. Rome dela Rosa also contributed in the payoff period, pouring in seven of his 14 markers. […]

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Teng, Aces dump Picanto for 2nd straight win

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Playing its finest basketball to date, Alaska bulldozed Kia, 102-65, Sunday for its second straight win in the 2018 PBA Philippine Cup at Smart Araneta Coliseum. The Aces surged ahead in the third quarter where they turned a tight 39-34 halftime lead to a decisive 75-39 at the end of the period. “Our defensive energy […]

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Erram, Belo team up as Blackwater deals Ginebra’s 1st loss

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Blackwater started the new year just like how it ended last year: with a win. The Elite proved that they belong with the big boys, toppling one of the 2018 PBA Philippine Cup powerhouses in Ginebra, 94-77, Friday at Mall of Asia Arena. JP Erram  unloaded 22 points, 11 rebounds, and four blocks, while Mac […]

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Pringle’s 29 lifts GlobalPort to 1st win

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Stanley Pringle’s herculean effort did not go to waste this time as he lead GlobalPort to a 78-70 victory over Rain or Shine for its first win in the 2018 PBA Philippine Cup Friday at Smart Araneta Coliseum. The former Rookie of the Year made most of his damage in the first half where he […]

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Gin Kings rally in 4th to beat Batang Pier

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Barangay Ginebra showed its never say die spirit, rallying back to beat GlobalPort, 104-97, Sunday in the 2018 PBA Philippine Cup at Smart Araneta Coliseum. The Gin Kings staged a 16-point turnaround in the final frame as they chipped away the Batang Pier’s 68-77 deficit and banked on LA Tenorio, Japeth Aguilar, and Greg Slaughter […]

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Wright, Chan lift Phoenix over NLEX

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Matthew Wright helped Phoenix welcome the new year on a good note after fending off NLEX, 102-95, Sunday in the 2018 PBA Philippine Cup Sunday at Smart Araneta Coliseum. The Fil-Canadian sniper went 4-of-8 from downtown, three of which coming in the third quarter pullaway. He wound up with 19 points, seven assists, five rebounds, […]

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Beermen overcome Bolts rally

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ANTIPOLO — Coach Leo Austria described Meralco as San Miguel’s first test in the 2018 PBA Philippine Cup. He was right as the Beermen barely escaped the Bolts, 103-97, Wednesday night at Ynares Center here. June Mar Fajardo was in his usual dominant self, unloading 26 points and nine rebounds while the guards, led by Alex […]

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Phoenix uses strong 2nd half to whip Kia

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ANTIPOLO — Phoenix delivered a sensational showing in a physical second half to dump Kia, 125-102, for its first win in the 2018 PBA Philippine Cup at Ynares Center here. Wealth was spread throughout the Fuel Masters roster as seven players logged double-digits in scoring led by Matthew Wright and JC Intal. Wright and Intal […]

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Slaughter, Gin Kings pound Hotshots in Christmas duel

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BOCAUE — Ginebra once again, had Magnolia’s number after coming out with an 89-78 win in their Christmas Clasico clash Monday night at Philippine Arena here. The Gin Kings went to their strengths late as Greg Slaughter and Japeth Aguilar sealed the deal to lead their squad to a triumphant debut. Slaughter fired 24 points […]

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Road Warriors beat Batang Pier, improve to 2-0

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BOCAUE — NLEX shared the blessings and in turn, went on to have a merry Christmas after a 115-104 win over GlobalPort to stay unbeaten in the 2018 PBA Philippine Cup Monday at Philippine Arena here. Leaning on a balanced attack, the Road Warriors negated the 33-point outing from Stanley Pringle to improve to 2-0 […]

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Road Warriors scrape past Picanto

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NLEX needed a four-point play by Larry Fonacier down the stretch to survive the unconventional ways of Kia, 119-115, Wednesday in the 2018 PBA Philippine Cup at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan. The veteran sharpshooter got hit and still converted on a right wing trey before completing the bonus off a foul from […]

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Beermen beat Fuel Masters in season opener

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With a fourth straight all-Filipino title in mind, San Miguel opened its 2018 PBA Philippine Cup campaign with a gritty 104-96 victory over Phoenix Sunday at Smart Araneta Coliseum. Proving why they have been the benchmark in the first conference over the past three seasons, the Beermen drew huge contributions from their fancied starting five […]

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Meralco look to be competitive in PH cup despite lack of bigs

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If Meralco has been nothing short of consistent in the import conferences, the same cannot be said in the opening cup of the PBA. It’s been two years since the Bolts played in the playoffs of the All-Filipino Conference, but head coach Norman Black is hoping things would turn around in the 2017-2018 season despite […]

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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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