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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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Meralco completes sweep of Star with OT win, returns to Finals

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Meralco completed its dominance of Star in the PBA Governors’ Cup semifinals with a 91-88 overtime win in Game 3 Thursday at Smart Araneta Coliseum. The Bolts zoomed to an early lead in overtime with five unanswered points, holding the Hotshots scoreless for close to four minutes But just when Meralco seemed poised to put […]

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Cone fined P5k for entering court during Aguilar-Espinas scuffle in quarters

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Ginebra head coach Tim Cone was on the playing floor for just a short time in his attempt to separate Japeth Aguilar and San Miguel forward Gabby Espinas but his entrance cost him P5,000. The PBA slapped a P5,000 fine on Cone for the technical foul he incurred when he attempted to play peacemaker between […]

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Saddled with foul trouble, Rice had no doubt TNT locals could get job done

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Glen Rice Jr. bobbed his head and bust out some dance moves as loudspeakers blared hip-hop music throughout the arena during a timeout late in the fourth quarter. Rice had just picked up his fifth foul at the 4:58 mark of the fourth quarter with TNT protecting a 95-83 lead against a Barangay Ginebra team […]

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TNT pulls even, turns back Ginebra in semis game 2

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BATANGAS CITY — TNT overcame early foul trouble by import Glen Rice Jr. and held off Barangay Ginebra, 103-96, to tie their 2017 Governors’ Cup semifinals series at 1-1 Wednesday night at Batangas City Coliseum. Rice picked up his fourth foul with still 3:00 left in the first half that kept him out until the […]

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Paul Lee ‘day-to-day’ after knee injury resurfaces

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STA. ROSA — Paul Lee slogged his way out of Santa Rosa Multipurpose Complex Tuesday night. His head was slightly down, his gloomy face barely seen as he wore a black cap tilted downward. Star is one game away from getting swept by Meralco, which looked every bit of a top-seeded team, and the Hotshots […]

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Meralco zaps lackluster Star, nears PBA semis sweep

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STA. ROSA — Meralco dominated Star from start to finish, 98-74, to gain a 2-0 lead in their 2017 PBA Governors’ Cup semifinals series Tuesday night at Santa Rosa Multipurpose Complex here. The Bolts showed no signs of slowing down after racing to splitting start, 36-13, early in the second quarter and even led by […]

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Brownlee, Ginebra trounce TNT in semis opener

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Barangay Ginebra displayed its full strength as it clobbered TNT, 121-94, to gain a 1-0 lead in their best-of-5 semifinals series in the 2017 PBA Governors’ Cup Monday night at Smart Araneta Coliseum. Justin Brownlee opened the floodgates for the Gin Kings in the first quarter as he anchored a 14-2 blast to turn a […]

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Dillinger leads Bolts’ late rally past Hotshots in Game 1

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BIÑAN — Defense once again did the trick for Meralco as it drew first blood with a 72-66 comeback win over Star in the 2017 PBA Governors’ Cup semifinals Sunday night at Alonte Sports Arena here. The Bolts locked down on defense down the stretch, forcing the Hotshots to commit six turnovers inside the last […]

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Rice, Castro deliver as TNT survives Rain or Shine for semis berth

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Glen Rice Jr. and Jayson Castro made the biggest plays down the stretch to tow TNT past Rain or Shine, 118-114, and into the semifinals in the PBA Governors’ Cup Friday at Smart Araneta Coliseum. The second seed KaTropa, who had a twice-to-beat edge, lost the first game to the pesky Elasto Painters, 106-102, and […]

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Guiao has eyes on Standhardinger, Ravena as NLEX’s draft pick

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NLEX will most likely pick second overall in the 2017 PBA Draft that has head coach Yeng Guiao licking his chops given the potential of talents that would be available. So far, only Christian Standhardinger has officially applied for the draft among the highly-touted prospects eyeing to make the jump to the pros this year. […]

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Tasked to guide the Bolts, Amer drops 31 in crucial game

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When Meralco needed someone to take over and lead by example against Blackwater, it found Baser Amer. The 24-year-old led the Bolts with 31 points in their 104-96 win over the Elite in the PBA Governors’ Cup quarterfinals that set up a semifinals matchup against Star. Amer, who is celebrating his birthday on Friday, averaged […]

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Maliksi regrets early exit after tough stand against Meralco

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Blackwater was 12 minutes away from history. After a forcing top seeded Meralco into a do-or-die with a 92-91 stunner in Game 1, the no. 8 Elite had a real chance to advance to the PBA Governors’ Cup semifinals against Star. All Blackwater needed was one more strong quarter to prove that a small franchise […]

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Fajardo’s chances for BPC plum slim but still a solid pick for MVP

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June Mar Fajardo, who was a one-man juggernaut in San Miguel Beer’s duel against Barangay Ginebra, may have seen his chances of winning a second PBA Best Player of the Conference award this season slip away. But he sure has a solid claim for this year’s Most Valuable Player plum. Fajardo, an unstoppable force never […]

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Cone: We still have work to do

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Yes, admitted Barangay Ginebra coach Tim Cone, there was in fact “a championship feel” to beating fallen Grand Slam-aspirant San Miguel Beer. “But we gotta make sure we won’t have a ‘championship hangover’ going to the next series,” said Cone. “It’s easy to have one.” On point as always, Cone said the Gin Kings are […]

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Durham ready to play in semis despite sprained ankle

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Alen Durham limped his way to help Meralco close out Blackwater 104-96 in the quarterfinals of PBA Governors’ Cup, but he vowed he would be up and running against Star in the semifinals. The Bolts’ import sprained his right ankle with 7:05 left in the do-or-die game against the Elite, but he knows he will […]

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Ginebra thwarts San Miguel’s grand slam bid, enters semis

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Barangay Ginebra booked a trip to the semifinals and ended San Miguel Beer’s Grand Slam bid in stunning fashion, 104-84, in the 2017 PBA Governors’ Cup quarterfinals Wednesday night at Mall of Asia Arena. Justin Brownlee was a handful with 37 points and 12 rebounds with four blocks while also getting a lot of help […]

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Rain or Shine nips TNT, forces do-or-die for semis slot

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Rain or Shine blew a big fourth quarter lead before holding off TNT, 106-102, to setup a rubber match for a slot in the 2017 PBA Governors’ Cup semifinals Wednesday at Mall of Asia Arena. J’Nathan Bullock had game-highs 31 points and 15 rebounds while Gabe Norwood made his presence felt on both ends of […]

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Durham says Bolts ‘didn’t play like ourselves’ in upset loss to Elite

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Meralco was the No. 1 team coming into the playoffs but played nothing like it, at least on the defensive end on Wednesday. Import Allen Durham said the Bolts didn’t play defense the way they had been defending in the elimination round where they wound up at the helm in a tight race for the […]

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Star ousts NLEX, enters semis

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Star knocked off NLEX, 89-77, to clinch the first semifinals slot in the 2017 PBA Governors’ Cup Tuesday night at Mall of Asia Arena. Kristofer Acox had 21 points and 12 rebounds for the Hotshots, who will face the winner between the top-seeded Meralco Bolts and No. 8 Blackwater Elite matchup in a best-of-5 semis […]

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Elite topple No. 1 Bolts in thriller, force decider for semis spot

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Allein Maliksi continued to prove why Blackwater made a good move in trading for him late in the season. Maliksi came up clutch as the Elite took down the top-seeded Meralco Bolts, 92-91, Wednesday to pave way for a do-or-die for a slot in the 2017 PBA Governors’ Cup semifinals at Mall of Asia Arena. […]

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Meralco earns No. 1 spot, comes back to beat SMB

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Allen Durham scored the go-ahead basket and Meralco clinched the top spot with a 104-101 comeback win over San Miguel Beer Sunday night at Smart Araneta Coliseum. Durham made the game-winning shot with 27.1 seconds left that capped off Meralco’s 16-5 finishing kick. He finished with 35 points and 13 rebounds. “It’s a big win […]

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Lee, Hotshots stop Road Warriors to stay in top 4 contention

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Star turned back NLEX, 101-93, Sunday in the 2017 PBA Governors’ Cup at Smart Araneta Coliseum. The Hotshots leaned on the trio of Paul Lee, Kristofer Acox and Mark Barroca to keep themselves in the hunt for a top four seat. Lee poured in seven of his 15 points in the payoff period, Acox tallied a […]

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Aces Hontiveros, dela Cruz retire from PBA

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ANTIPOLO CITY—Dondon Hontiveros and Tony Dela Cruz didn’t have the kind of exit they had in mind after Alaska ended its season with a blowout loss to Rain or Shine Wednesday. But the two veterans will always look back at the fond memories they’ve made throughout their colorful careers. “I learned so many things. Coach […]

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