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Trailing in series nothing new to SMB, says Ross

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San Miguel Beer guard Chris Ross remained defiant despite the Beermen losing to the TNT KaTropa in Game 3 on Sunday. With the Beermen down, 2-1, in their best-of-7 semifinals series, the defensive-minded guard shared that he’s not all too worried with his squad’s position as of the moment. “We’ve been in every situation. We’ve been […]

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Pogoy showing worth with TNT in big stage

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Roger Pogoy and Nash Racela have been in numerous wars before that it shouldn’t come as a surprise that the rookie has been starting for TNT in the 2017 PBA Philippine Cup semifinals series against San Miguel. And on Sunday, the sniper out of Far Eastern University showed what he’s capable of, lighting it up from […]

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Cone hints at Devance return as Ginebra tries to avoid 0-3 hole vs Star

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After barely squeezing through in Games 1 and 2, the Star Hotshots hardly take comfort in their 2-0 lead versus the ever-dangerous Barangay Ginebra Kings in their side of the 2017 PBA Philippine Cup semifinals. Star coach Cito Victolero said they would keep their cautious stand as they take on the Gin Kings in Game […]

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TNT stops SMB anew for 2-1 semis lead

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Rookie Roger Pogoy caught fire and carried TNT to a 98-92 victory over San Miguel in Game 3 of the 2017 PBA Philippine Cup semifinals Sunday at Smart Araneta Coliseum. Pogo unleashed a career-high 22 points on 6-of-11 shooting from threes that went with seven rebounds as the KaTropa took a 2-1 lead in their best-of-seven series. “I think […]

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Ginebra in tight spot, but Helterbrand says ‘it’s not over’

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Jayjay Helterbrand didn’t look like he came out of the losing locker room at Mall of Asia Arena on Saturday night. Helterbrand still managed to break a smile and chuckle during an interview with reporters but that doesn’t mean he couldn’t care any less after Barangay Ginebra dropped Game 2 of its semifinals showdown with […]

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Ginebra sorely missing ‘glue guy’ Devance

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Joe Devance can do a lot of things on the basketball court and with the versatile guard/forward out with an injury, Barangay Ginebra is paying the price for his absence. Somehow, the Gin Kings survived the loss of Devance in both of their do-or-die games against the Alaska Aces in the quarterfinals, but it hasn’t […]

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With better execution, Fajardo confident Beermen can bounce back

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June Mar Fajardo isn’t losing sleep over San Miguel’s 87-85 loss to TNT on Friday. The three-time PBA Most Valuable Player was still satisfied with the way the Beermen defended the KaTropa although their shooting was a far cry from Game 1. “We just missed our shots and had some minor lapses. We played the […]

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Lee deflects credit for Star’s 2-0 semis edge

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Paul Lee has been Star’s unquestioned go-to guy down the stretch and he has delivered so far to lead the Hotshots to a 2-0 lead in their best-of-seven showdown with the Barangay Ginebra Gin Kings. Lee, however, doesn’t see himself as the sole reason for Star’s success. Despite his clutch shots in Games 1 and […]

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TNT gets confidence back with game 2 win, says Castro

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After three tries, TNT was finally able to solve the puzzle that was San Miguel. The KaTropa escaped with an 87-85 victory over the Beermen to level the best-of-7 semifinals series at 1-1 on Friday, giving them the confidence against the defending champions with still a long series ahead. “At least, our confidence is there […]

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Hotshots slip past Gin Kings for 2-0 lead

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The Star Hotshots scored a virtual repeat of their grind-out win in Game One, toiling all throughout and squeezing out a 91-89 decision over the Barangay Ginebra Kings in Game Two of their PBA Philippine Cup Final Four matchup at the MOA Arena in Pasay City Saturday night. Paul Lee reprised his role the last […]

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With streak over, real test is how Beermen recover

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Despite an off shooting night for San Miguel, the Beermen actually had a chance to steal the win in the end game. With 6.2 seconds remaining and possession with San Miguel, Alex Cabagnot and Arwind Santos tried to make a something happen but were both denied by the TNT defense en route to the 87-85 […]

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Texters parry Cabagnot’s ‘arrow’

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TNT still remembers how Alex Cabagnot celebrated a big shot that lifted San Miguel Beer past the Texters in the elimination round. Cabagnot mimicked an archer and pantomimed shooting an arrow at the bench in celebration of the victory. “You have to give credit to him because he [buried a clutch shot] against or defense,” […]

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TNT escapes SMB, ties series at one apiece

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TNT pulled off a huge escape act, coming away with an 87-85 Game 2 victory over San Miguel to even their 2017 PBA Philippine Cup semifinals series at one apiece Friday at Mall of Asia Arena. Jayson Castro took charge for the KaTropa, stabilizing their end as they survived the Beermen’s furious rally late. The […]

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Star’s defense fueling its playoff run

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He may sound like a broken record, but Marc Pingris truly believes the recipe to Star’s string of success will always be the defense. “Our investment will always be our defense,” he said. And the Hotshots proved that anew in their 78-74 victory over Ginebra in Game 1 of the 2017 PBA Philippine Cup semifinals […]

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Lee, Star bracing for tougher defensive battle vs Ginebra

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Paul Lee cemented his new status as Star’s go-to-guy, again saving his team in the clutch on Thursday night. With the Hotshots in desperate need of a basket in the final minute, Lee took matters into his own hands and delivered. He took the leather from Rafi Reavis with five seconds remaining on the shot […]

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Star nips Ginebra, grabs 1-0 lead

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Paul Lee buried a floater late in the game to deliver Star to a 78-74 victory over Barangay Ginebra Thursday night in Game 1 of their PBA Philippine Cup semifinals series at Smart Araneta Coliseum. Lee spun past two Ginebra’s defender to ice the final score and Star’s defense held on from there as the […]

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Racela says KaTropa will find way to stop lethal Beermen

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TNT had a game plan prepared for June Mar Fajardo heading into its semifinals showdown with San Miguel on Wednesday night. But the KaTropa was never ready for the Beermen’s outside shooting. “They came out firing on all cylinders,” said TNT head coach Nash Racela. “It was hard because I think in the first half […]

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Aggressiveness leads to another hot shooting night for Lassiter

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Marcio Lassiter hit his first shot of the night just 27 seconds into the game, and that 3-pointer turned out to be a sign of things to come. Lassiter, one of the deadliest shooters in the PBA today, set the tone for San Miguel by pouring 12 of his team-high 22 points in the first […]

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Beermen drub KaTropa for 1-0 lead in semis

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Top seed San Miguel Beer unleashed a deadly inside and out game for a masterful win over TNT, 111-98, and take a 1-0 lead in their best-of-7 semifinals series in the 2017 PBA Philippine Cup Wednesday night at Smart Araneta Coliseum. The Beermen shot the lights out, making 16 out of their 26 three-point attempts […]

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Ginebra’s young stars step up to the plate

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Coach Tim Cone surprised a lot when he allowed his young starts to take charge in Ginebra’s do-or-die tiff against Alaska on Tuesday. And he didn’t end up disappointed as Aljon Mariano, Kevin Ferrer, and Scottie Thompson all made the Grand Slam-winning mentor look like a genius with their stellar individual performances in the Gin […]

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Tenorio’s aggressiveness rubs off on teammates

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With Joe Devance out with a plantar fasciitis injury, LA Tenorio knew that Ginebra’s resolve will be tested in its win-or-go home duel against Alaska on Tuesday. “I wanted to be aggressive. I expected everyone to step up,” he said. Much to Tenorio’s delight, the Gin Kings picked up the slack and pulled off a […]

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SMB, TNT star semis series

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San Miguel Beer and TNT KaTropa engage in a colossal Final Four matchup pitting a team chasing a Philippine Cup three-peat versus a squad that is the lone holder of that particular feat with its reign from 2011 to 2013. With hardly a rest from their quarterfinals chores, the Beermen and the Texters begin a […]

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Well-oiled Beermen getting more from second group

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June Mar Fajardo is satisfied with the way San Miguel is rolling this 2017 PBA Philippine Cup. Though he is still a rock for the Beermen down low, the Cebuano giant’s burden has been seemingly lessened thanks to the stellar play of his teammates. “Now, we have balanced scoring. Every one who coach puts in […]

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Tenorio stars as Ginebra upends no. 2 Alaska

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Ginebra charged in the second half and pulled off a 108-97 victory over Alaska to advance to the 2017 PBA Philippine Cup semifinals Tuesday at Smart Araneta Coliseum. LA Tenorio took the responsibility of taking the life out of the Aces, unleashing 31 points, three assists, and two rebounds, including the dagger floater to put […]

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Pumaren admits Globalport has ‘very shallow bench’

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Though coach Franz Pumaren is happy with how GlobalPort fared in the 2017 PBA Philippine Cup, he acknowledged that the team’s biggest weakness is definitely depth. “I think overall we did pretty well considering our lineup. But I guess in this game, it showed the depth of our opponent and the experience of our opponent,” […]

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Alaska, Ginebra in do-or-die for last semis slot

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Barangay Ginebra and Alaska Milk slug it out for one last time at Smart Araneta Coliseum Tuesday night, both determined to step up their game even more to have a chance at winning what could well be a slam-bang KO setto.         The two teams are expected to go hammer and tongs at each other in their 7 p.m. do-or-die […]

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Yap admits he’s still adjusting as ROS looks ahead to next conference

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Disappointing as Rain or Shine’s campaign in the 2017 PBA Philippine Cup may have been, James Yap is hopeful that the team has learned its lessons going forward. “Actually, we played well but we just fell short. Here is when we’ll be stronger, when you’re in this situation that you’re out of the conference. Here […]

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TNT holds off GlobalPort, arranges semis clash with SMB

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TNT used a strong defensive stance in the final minute to escape with a 95-90 victory over GlobalPort and sweep their 2017 PBA Philippine Cup quarterfinals series Monday at Smart Araneta Coliseum. Ranidel de Ocampo scored six of the KaTropa’s last eight points as they fended off the pesky Batang Pier late and arrange a semifinals date […]

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Compton, Aces look to avoid breakdowns in another ‘tough’ duel vs Gins

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After suffering a 17-point meltdown on Sunday, Alaska is hoping to pick up the pieces when it fights Ginebra anew on Tuesday. Aces head coach Alex Compton said that rather than being down following a 85-81 loss to the Gin Kings, the Aces must learn their lessons from the collapse as they eye a spot in […]

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Mercado on Ginebra comeback: ‘We gave it all’

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With its back against the wall, Ginebra knew it had no choice but to pull off a win against Alaska on Saturday. But extending the Gin Kings season seemed like a tall task, especially after the Aces erected a 53-37 lead early in the third quarter. “There was no tomorrow. If we lost, it will be a […]

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Lee on Star’s recent success: ‘We commit to each other’

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Looking like a well-oiled machine, Star has been on a roll late in the 2017 PBA Philippine Cup. With everything clicking, the Hotshots racked six straight victories, their last being a 91-71 win over Phoenix to book a spot in the semifinals. And for Paul Lee, the team’s chemistry has truly been evident in this […]

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Pingris attributes Hotshots’ rise to defense

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Entering the semifinals for the first time since coach Tim Cone’s departure, Star is looking like a contender once again after last season’s disastrous run. And Marc Pingris knows where to attribute the Hotshots’ turnaround. “Kaya kami nandito ngayon sa semis dahil sa defense namin. Ganoon kami ka-confident na bumabalik yung dating team namin dahil sa […]

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Hotshots nail semis berth, roll past Fuel Masters

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Star continued its dominance over Phoenix, sweeping their best-of-3 quarterfinals series with a 91-71 rout Monday at Smart Araneta Coliseum. The Hotshots booked the second semifinals ticket in the 2017 PBA Philippine Cup and will now await the winner of the Ginebra-Alaska series. Paul Lee and Marc Pingris teamed up to help Star secure another rout, […]

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Player of the Week: Healthy Lee leading Star in playoffs

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With Paul Lee now playing without any health issues, the Star Hotshots are assured of a steady and lethal scoring weapon in the 2017 PBA Philippine Cup playoffs. The 6-foot Lee, hampered by knee problems in his final season with Rain or Shine, is now showing what he can really do for a Star side […]

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Kramer grateful to be back after health scare

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Call it a triumph of God’s grace for Doug Kramer. After suffering from a heart ailment back in November, Kramer made his return on Saturday in Game 1 of Phoenix’s quarterfinals duel against Star. The 33-year-old Kramer played 22 minutes off the bench did his best in his first game since he returned from a […]

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Pumaren seek more production from GlobalPort bench

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GlobalPort head coach Franz Pumaren couldn’t hide his disappointment following his team’s 109-101 loss to TNT in Game 1 of their best-of-3 quarterfinals series on Saturday. “I guess that this is our worst game of the conference,” Pumaren said. Without much help from the bench, the Batang Pier coughed up an early 12-point lead, 29-17, […]

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Phoenix fights for survival vs Star

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Star has been waylaying Phoenix for their past two meetings that a Hotshots sweep of their best-of-3 quarterfinals series is inevitable. Fuel Masters coach Ariel Vanguardia agrees that his team is definitely the underdog, but that doesn’t mean that they’re just going to roll over and die. “You can’t find a way to score against […]

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TNT goes for sweep vs ‘dangerous’ GlobalPort

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The TNT KaTropa have yet to find ways to stop the dynamic duo of Terrence Romeo and Stanley Pringle. But they’ve been finding ways to hurdle the whole GlobalPort team. The KaTropa look to make it 3-0 over the Batang Pier in the conference, going for the kill in their PBA Philippine Cup best-of-three quarterfinals […]

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Fajardo on track to win 5th BPC plum

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History beckons for three-time PBA Most Valuable Player June Mar Fajardo as he continues to rack up accolades. If things stay as they are, the Cebuano giant is bound to win his fifth Best Player of the Conference award this 2017 PBA Philippine Cup. Fajardo is currently leading the statistical points (SPs) race after the […]

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Ginebra rallies past Alaska, forces do-or-die for semis slot

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ANTIPOLO — Ginebra battled back from 17 points down and pulled off an 85-81 victory over Alaska on Sunday to force a do-or-die for a semifinals in the 2017 PBA Philippine Cup at Ynares Center here. The Gin Kings fought back from a 50-37 deficit and unleashed a jaw-dropping 21-1 run to close the third frame […]

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GAMES TIME
San Miguel Beer VS Barangay Ginebra 06:30 PM
FEBRUARY 26 SUNDAY QUEZON CONVENTION CENTER
San Miguel Beer VS Barangay Ginebra 07:00 PM
MARCH 01 WEDNESDAY SMART ARANETA COLISEUM
San Miguel Beer VS Barangay Ginebra 07:00 PM
MARCH 03 FRIDAY SMART ARANETA COLISEUM