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Beermen get moment with fans after another title conquest

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Throughout the 2017 PBA Philippine Cup Finals, San Miguel Beer was outnumbered against fan favorite Barangay Ginebra. Every game day was packed with predominantly Ginebra crowd, but San Miguel’s legion remained unwavered and on Wednesday, the diehard SMB fans were rewarded during a victory party that in a way served as a continuation of the […]

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Back to normal sleeping hours for Fajardo

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June Mar Fajardo tossed and turned in bed the night before San Miguel went for the clincher against Ginebra in the PBA Philippine Cup Finals. And after the Beermen closed the deal out with a 91-85 Game 5 triumph on Sunday to win their third straight All-Filipino crown, you bet the first thing on Fajardo’s mind was finally […]

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Playing through injury ‘all worth’ it for Devance despite loss

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It was a perfect embodiment of the never-say-die spirit. At any point in the series, or before it even started, Joe Devance could have opted to shut his conference down and proceed to heal a plantar fasciitis injury in his left foot. Instead, Devance plodded on. And when the sacrifice amounted to nothing, when all […]

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Lassiter brings out inner ‘Salt Bae’ anew after clinching title

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If Marcio Lassiter’s shirt could talk, it would have said that the gunslinger wanted nothing but a knockout. But Lassiter insists that he meant nothing else with the clothes he wore on Sunday for Game 5 of the 2017 PBA Philippine Cup Finals. “This shirt is just one of my favorites. It just gets me […]

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After Perpetual Trophy, San Miguel sets sights on Grand Slam

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Head coach Leo Austria admitted that steering San Miguel to a third straight PBA Philippine Cup title is his biggest achievement so far in his coaching career. “This is the highlight of my career. I’ve won a lot of championships before going to the PBA, but all the great players, the great coaches are here,” Austria […]

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‘Tougher’ Finals had Slaughter played for Ginebra, says Fajardo

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San Miguel Beer center June Mar Fajardo said things would have been more interesting had Greg Slaughter played for Barangay Ginebra in the 2017 PBA Philippine Cup Finals. “Maybe if Greg was there, it would’ve been tougher. I already had a hard time with Japeth (Aguilar) there because he’s so athletic. He blocked me a […]

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Chris Ross shares Finals limelight with teammates

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After delivering another noteworthy performance in the PBA Philippine Cup Finals, Chris Ross could’ve basked in the glory alone had he wanted to. But the do-it-all guard would rather share the spotlight with his teammates. “I was hoping they’d give out five [Finals] MVPs. Our starters did so much, we played so many minutes,  and I […]

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Austria answers critics with another title for SMB

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San Miguel Beer head coach Leo Austria had seen it all from his Beermen and throughout their finals series against Barangay Ginebra, he was never in doubt. After all, Austria and the Beermen won the Philippine Cup championship last season despite facing a 0-3 series deficit. “I’m confident with my players because they’ve shown the […]

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Beermen 3rd straight PH Cup title ‘all about sacrifice,’ says Ross

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Instrumental on both ends of the floor, Chris Ross was named Finals MVP after leading San Miguel Beer to its third straight PBA Philippine Cup title following a pulsating win over Barangay Ginebra in Game 5 on Sunday night. Ross displayed his all-around game as he averaged 12.7 points, 5.2 rebounds, 9.2 assists and 1.8 steals […]

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Beermen win 3rd straight PH Cup crown, beat Gin Kings

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San Miguel Beer held off Barangay Ginebra, 91-85, in Game 5 of their best-of-seven championship series to win its third straight PBA Philippine Cup title Sunday night at Smart Araneta Coliseum. Three-time MVP June Mar Fajardo and Arwind Santos each scored 21 points while Chris Ross was again spectacular on both ends of the floor […]

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‘Focused’ Ferrer shrugs off brush with Santos

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Ginebra rookie Kevin Ferrer would rather focus on his role rather than dwell on his brush with San Miguel forward Arwind Santos in Game 4 of the 2017 PBA Philippine Cup Finals on Friday. Santos threw the ball at Ferrer’s head as he tried to save the ball out of bounds and later blocked the […]

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San Miguel can’t be complacent despite 3-1 lead, says Fajardo

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San Miguel just notched a 3-1 series lead against Ginebra in the Philippine Cup Finals, but three-time MVP June Mar Fajardo knows they can never be complacent as they get closer to the championship. “Yes, it’s just one more game but we can’t relax,” said Fajardo Friday at Smart Araneta Coliseum. “We’ll let our guards […]

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Ross shows range in Game 4 win: ‘I’ll just keep shooting’

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If there’s something Game 4 had taught Ginebra, it’s that you can leave no one from San Miguel open beyond the arc. Not even Chris Ross. Seen as the Beermen’s weakest shooter from the outside, the defensive-minded guard silenced the critics by going  5-of-10 from three to wind up with 17 points, nine assists, and four […]

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San Miguel fends off Ginebra, closes in on PBA PH Cup crown

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San Miguel caught fire early and fended off Ginebra’s late rally to pull off the 94-85 victory and move a win away from snaring the 2017 PBA Philippine Cup Friday at Smart Araneta Coliseum. The Beermen on fire from the get-go, starting the game on an 11-0 run and nailing 11 triples in the first […]

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Thompson expected tougher challenge after Game 2 brilliance

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Scottie Thompson feels he doesn’t need to make any adjustments heading into Game 4 after being held to a subpar outing on Wednesday night. Three nights after a herculean effort in Barangay Ginebra’s overtime win in Game 2 where he collected 18 points, 18 rebounds and eight assists, Thompson was limited to just eight points […]

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After run-in, Santos asks rookie Ferrer: What have you proven?

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Describing Game 3 of the 2017 PBA Philippine Cup Finals between San Miguel Beer and Barangay Ginebra as heated would be an understatement. Aside from San Miguel guard Chris Ross and Ginebra head coach Tim Cone engaging in a shouting match along the Smart Araneta Coliseum hallway shortly after the game, Beermen forward Arwind Santos […]

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Cone livid over Ross’ late-game 3, Austria defends SMB guard

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San Miguel Beer and Barangay Ginebra had another intense battle in Game 3 of the 2017 PBA Philippine Cup Finals Wednesday night. The intensity, however, spilled over to the Smart Araneta Coliseum hallway with Gin Kings head coach Tim Cone and Beermen guard Chris Ross getting into a heated argument just shortly after the final […]

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Beermen pull ahead late to beat Kings, get 2-1 lead

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San Miguel banked on a late rally to turn back Ginebra, 99-88, for a 2-1 lead in the best-of-seven PBA Philippine Cup Finals Wednesday. The Beermen put the Gin Kings away with a furious 17-2 finishing kick in the final five minutes that turned an 86-82 deficit into a double-digit lead. June Mar Fajardo led […]

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Thompson gets Fajardo, SMB’s attention

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Scottie Thompson’s scintillating near triple-double performance on Sunday definitely didn’t go unnoticed. After seeing Thompson rack up jaw-dropping numbers of 18 points, 18 rebounds and eight assists in the Gin Kings’ 124-118 overtime Game 2 victory, San Miguel Beermen center June Mar Fajardo thinks their main focus for the rest of the series will have to be keeping […]

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San Miguel’s Garcia hopes to play in Game 3 of PH Cup Finals

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San Miguel is set to get a much-needed boost with guard RR Garcia already cleared to play for Game 3 of the 2017 PBA Philippine Cup Finals. The fourth-year guard, who has been out since Game 6 of the Beermen’s semifinals conquest of TNT KaTropa due to an injured right shoulder, is looking forward to hit […]

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Cone: ‘Fresh’ Caguioa, Helterbrand set to play after grueling Game 2

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LUCENA—After surviving a 124-119 overtime Game 2 thriller on Sunday, Ginebra knows that for it to snare the 2017 PBA Philippine Cup title, it has to play excellent basketball from the opening tip. “This team is incredibly versatile, they can go in, they can go out, they can penetrate, they can defend you. They have incredible […]

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Ginebra’s Thompson stars in Game 2 thriller

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LUCENA—Joe Devance may have sent Game 2 into overtime but Barangay Ginebra’s win had Scottie Thompson’s fingerprints all over it. Thompson posted jaw-dropping numbers Sunday night with 18 points, career-high 18 rebounds and eight assists as the Gin Kings evened the 2017 PBA Philippine Cup Finals at 1-1. “I just didn’t stop. I was thinking that […]

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Hurting Devance steps up anew for Ginebra: ‘I do whatever it takes’

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LUCENA–When Barangay Ginebra needed it most, a wounded soldier in Joe Devance came to the rescue. The veteran forward fought through an injured foot and made the biggest basket for the Gin Kings, nailing the game-tying basket to force overtime with 3.2 seconds remaining. Devance went hard against the defense of San Miguel forward Arwind […]

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Gin Kings even series, outlast Beermen in OT

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LUCENA—Barangay Ginebra outlasted San Miguel Beer, 124-118, in overtime to even the 2017 PBA Philippine Cup Finals at 1-1 Sunday night at Quezon Convention Center here. Ginebra forward Joe Devance sent the game into overtime, 110-all, after following up his own miss at the end of regulation. Scottie Thompson flirted with a triple-double, collecting 18 […]

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San Miguel aims to quiet Ginebra crowd in Game 2

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San Miguel is well aware of how Ginebra is fueled by the rowdy crowd. That’s why Beermen wasted no time in taking the life out of the Gin Kings faithful from the 14,026 inside Mall of Asia Arena in Game 1 of the Philippine Cup Finals. From the tip off, San Miguel thoroughly outplayed Ginebra […]

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Tenorio puts Ginebra’s Game 1 loss behind: ‘We cannot change it’

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LA Tenorio refused to dwell on Ginebra’s humiliating 27-point beatdown from San Miguel in Game 1 of the 2017 PBA Philippine Cup Finals on Friday. “We cannot change it. We just have to move forward and prepare for the game on Sunday,” Tenorio said after the Gin Kings’ 109-82 loss. Shooting 4-of-21 in the first […]

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Despite big win, there’s room for improvement for Beermen

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San Miguel swingman Marcio Lassiter can see things the final score doesn’t show. Despite the Beermen bludgeoning Barangay San Miguel into submission, 109-82, in the Game 1 of the PBA Philippine Cup Finals on Friday, Lassiter said there are still things they have to improve on. READ: San Miguel crushes Ginebra to draw first blood in […]

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Ginebra played ‘horrible from start to finish,’ admits Cone

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Coach Tim Cone couldn’t hide his disappointment following Ginebra’s humiliating 109-82 Game 1 loss to San Miguel in the 2017 PBA Philippine Cup Finals on Friday. “We were horrible all the way. We were horrible through the game, from start to finish,” he said. Not only did the 27-point rout put the Gin Kings at […]

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San Miguel crushes Ginebra to draw first blood in PBA Finals

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Showing why it is the two-time defending champion, San Miguel stepped on the gas pedal early and destroyed Ginebra, 105-74, to draw first blood in the 2017 PBA Philippine Cup Finals Friday at Mall of Asia Arena. Chris Ross orchestrated the early attack for the Beermen and finished the game with 17 points, eight assists, […]

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Ginebra can’t waste opportunity, says Tenorio

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Barangay Ginebra has went through hell and back just to reach the PBA Philippine Cup Finals. But facing two-time defending champion San Miguel could just mean the Gin Kings just entered a deeper circle. The crowd darlings faced four do-or-die games en route to the PBA Philippine Cup Finals and LA Tenorio knows they’ve come […]

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Pingris proud of Star’s effort in Game 7 defeat

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Star forward Marc Pingris had nothing to be ashamed of despite the Hotshots losing Game 7 of their semifinals series against the Barangay Ginebra Gin Kings on Tuesday night. Star dropped an 89-76 decision to Ginebra, but Pingris kept his head high. “I’m proud, really proud of the team and really proud of my teammates,” […]

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Tubid: My heart is still Ginebra but San Miguel is my home

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Ronald Tubid is in an awkward situation. For one he’s been an integral part of San Miguel’s current dominance in the PBA Philippine Cup, and another he’s been part of the Ginebra squad that last won a Philippine Cup. But Tubid knows his allegiance is with the Beermen but his five years as a Gin […]

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Caguioa has a message to all Ginebra haters

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No caption needed! A post shared by Mark Caguioa (@47markcaguioa) on Feb 21, 2017 at 6:40am PST After Ginebra entered the 2017 PBA Philippine Cup Finals with a Game 7 ouster of Star on Tuesday, Mark Caguioa only had one thing to say to the squad’s naysayers. “Kung sino man yung mga (haters), kangkungin niyo […]

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San Miguel, Ginebra promises ‘tough battle’ in PBA Finals

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Both teams are attached by name and have established a defining mystique. San Miguel is the winningest team in PBA history with 22 titles and while Barangay Ginebra San Miguel’s nine championships pale in comparison, it has the captured the hearts of the Filipino masses with its “never-say-die” spirit. And on Friday the sister teams will […]

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Maliksi hopes Star capitalizes on surprising semis run

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Allein Maliksi hopes that Star’s surprising run to the semifinals of the 2017 PBA Philippine Cup marks the beginning of the team’s resurgence. The Hotshots, armed with a new coach and key players, pushed Tim Cone and Ginebra to the limit in the semis before bowing out in Game 7 after a 89-76 defeat Tuesday. “I […]

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Mercado, Cruz shine for Kings, earn Cone’s praise

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If an MVP award is to be handed out in the Barangay Ginebra-Star semifinals series, Sol Mercado and Jervy Cruz would be sharing the plum on Tuesday night. Mercado and Cruz were instrumental in helping the Gin Kings overcome a 0-2 series hole and outlast the Hotshots in Game 7 and their huge efforts certainly […]

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Jaworski reminds Ginebra: ‘You haven’t achieved anything yet’

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After Ginebra advanced to the 2017 PBA Philippine Cup Finals, PBA legend Robert “Sonny” Jaworksi was quick to put the Gin Kings’ feet back on the ground. “I congratulated them, but they haven’t achieved anything yet. You got to work hard, prepare, think of who your opponent is, and analyze whatever you’re lacking, look at […]

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Ginebra makes PH Cup Finals, beats Star in Game 7

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Sol Mercado capped off his superb semifinals stint with a sterling Game 7 and Barangay Ginebra knocked off Star, 89-76, in their 2017 PBA Philippine Cup semifinals showdown Tuesday night at Mall of Asia Arena. Mercado led all scorers with 23 points to go along with four rebounds and five assists for the Gin Kings, […]

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Ross, SMB no letup in Game 7 win over TNT

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Heading into Game 7 of the PBA Philippine Cup semifinals against TNT, San Miguel Beer guard Chris Ross had no intentions of taking a breather, not even for a second. It’s do-or-die and Ross doesn’t plan on having an early vacation. “It’s Game 7. It’s Game 7. You gotta keep your horses out there. I […]

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Injured Castro regrets blown chance to make finals

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Jayson Castro led TNT to within a win away from the PBA Philippine Cup Finals but in the KaTropa’s biggest game of the conference, the superstar point guard could only watch helplessly behind his team’s bench as it yielded Game 7 of the semifinals to the San Miguel Beermen on Monday. Castro was forced to […]

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STANDINGS
GAMES TIME
NLEX VS Star Hotshots 07:00 PM
Blackwater VS TNT KaTropa 04:15 PM
MARCH 31 FRIDAY SMART ARANETA COLISEUM
Barangay Ginebra VS Phoenix 05:00 PM
APRIL 01 SATURDAY UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHEASTERN PHILIPPINES GYM
San Miguel Beer VS Meralco 06:45 PM
Rain or Shine VS Alaska 04:30 PM
APRIL 02 SUNDAY SMART ARANETA COLISEUM