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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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San Miguel overcomes Phoenix, gains share of 3rd place

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ANTIPOLO—San Miguel held off a tough endgame from Phoenix to escape with a 109-107 victory in the PBA Governors’ Cup Wednesday at Ynares Sports Center here. The Beermen improved to 7-3 and created a logjam at third place with TNT and NLEX while the Fuel Masters, who failed to qualify for the quarterfinals, slipped to […]

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Painters rip Aces in Hontiveros, dela Cruz farewell

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ANTIPOLO—Rain or Shine put a damper on a couple of retirements after thrashing Alaska, 112-82, in the 2017 PBA Governors’ Cup Wednesday at Ynares Sports Center here. The Elasto Painters improved to 6-4 to strengthened their bid for the fourth spot in the standings while the Aces, who saw Dondon Hontiveros and Tony Dela Cruz play their […]

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TNT rolls to 3rd straight win, beats Star

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TNT chalked up its third straight win in the PBA Governors’ Cup at the expense of Star, 104-99, Sunday at Ynares Sports Center in Antipolo. The KaTropa improved to 7-3 to overtake defending champion San Miguel, which has a 6-3 card, for the fourth spot while the Hotshots stayed in sixth place.  TNT head coach Nash Racela […]

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Elite nail last quarterfinals slot, beat Batang Pier

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Blackwater took the last quarterfinals spot in the 2017 PBA Governors’ Cup after turning back Globalport, 118-107, Sunday at Ynares Sports Center in Antipolo. The Elite remained at the eighth spot with a 5-5 record to clinch the last playoff seat while the Batang Pier dipped to 3-7. Blackwater had a 21-point lead, 90-69, at […]

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Gin Kings down Painters, move closer to top four

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Barangay Ginebra regained its winning ways after scraping past Rain or Shine, 89-82, to inch closer to a top four finish in the 2017 PBA Governors’ Cup Saturday night at Mall of Asia Arena. The Gin Kings, again, claimed solo leadership at 8-2 but not after withstanding a fight from the Elasto Painters, who rallied […]

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Fajardo hits 41 points, Beermen keep Picanto winless

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June Mar Fajardo was unstoppable in the fourth quarter and San Miguel Beer edged Kia, 118-112, in the 2017 PBA Governors’ Cup Saturday at Mall of Asia Arena. The reigning three-time MVP scored 20 of his 41 points in the final frame as the Beermen bolstered their bid for a top four finish after climbing […]

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Phoenix open to more trades after failed PBA Govs’ Cup bid

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ANTIPOLO — Phoenix has had a busy season after being involved in several trade deals. The Fuel Masters, however, aren’t done yet in revamping their roster especially after a failed campaign in the 2017 Governors’ Cup. “Obviously, [we have] a need for additional big man in the draft. We don’t need just one, we need […]

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Rain or Shine fends off Wright, Phoenix

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ANTIPOLO — Rain or Shine overcame a big second half by Matthew Wright and Phoenix to win, 116-111, in the 2017 PBA Governors’ Cup Wednesday at Ynares Center here. The Elasto Painters blew an 18-point lead before holding off the Fuel Masters thanks to timely plays from Raymond Almazan, Jericho Cruz and Gabe Norwood down […]

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Beermen snap Gin Kings’ 7-game streak

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San Miguel caught fire early and built enough cushion to hold off Barangay Ginebra, 107-103, in the 2017 PBA Governors’ Cup Sunday at Smart Araneta Coliseum. Terrence Watson impressed in his debut as he unloaded 28 points, 17 rebounds, four assists, two blocks, and a steal. Watson, the Beermen’s third import this conference, replaced the underwhelming Terik […]

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Hotshots send Maliksi to Elite in 4-player trade

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In an interesting turn of events, Star is sending sweet-shooting swingman Allein Maliksi to Blackwater in a four-player trade. Sources close to the situation bared that the Hotshots are shipping Maliksi and rookie big man Chris Javier to Blackwater for hardworking forward Bambam Gamalinda and promising big man Kyle Pascual. Trade papers have already been […]

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Meralco nips Star to clinch playoff berth

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STA. Rosa, Laguna – Allan Durham scored 29 points, had 27 rebounds and missed a triple double by just three assists in leading Meralco to a 96-90 decision of Star in a Petron Saturday Special Game that sealed a playoff berth in the PBA Governors’ Cup at Sta. Rosa Multipurpose Complex here. The Bolts built […]

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Barangay Ginebra wins seventh straight

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Working extra hard against an enemy that has made turns in the PBA Governors’ Cup, Barangay Ginebra on Friday night got the perfect reward for its effort and got ready for a bigger battle that’s just around the corner. “It was important to get this win because we turn around and play San Miguel Beer,” […]

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PBA: Alaska staves off elimination, shackles Globalport

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Alaska remained in the hunt for a playoff spot in the PBA Governors’ Cup after taking down Globalport, 101-88, Friday at Mall of Asia Arena. The Aces, who lost the first six games of the conference, won its second straight to improve to 2-6 and climbed to the 10th spot while the Batang Pier slipped […]

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Surging Kings clip Hotshots in overtime

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Barangay Ginebra overcame its poor free throw shooting late and a gallant stand by Star to win, 105-101, in overtime Sunday night in the 2017 PBA Governors’ Cup at Smart Araneta Coliseum. Justin Brownlee collected 33 points, 10 rebounds, five assists and two steals for the Gin Kings, who extended their winning streak to six […]

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NLEX fends off Pringle-less GlobalPort, inches closer to Top Four

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Juami Tiongson caught fire late while JR Quiñahan did the dirty work as NLEX repulsed GlobalPort, 109-99, Sunday in the 2017 PBA Governors’ Cup at Smart Araneta Coliseum.  The pint-sized playmaker dropped 14 points in the payoff period, 12 of which coming from beyond-the-arc, as he triggered the Road Warriors’ early fourth quarter blast. Tiongson wound up […]

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Gin Kings crush Fuel Masters for fifth consecutive win

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Defending champion Barangay Ginebra steamrolled skidding Phoenix, 105-92, to regain a share of the top spot in the 2017 PBA Governors’ Cup Wednesday night at Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City. The surging Gin Kings turned a close duel into a blowout in the third quarter, where outscored the Fuel Masters, 32-18. “We’re a […]

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Ray Allen watches PBA game, catches up with ex-teammate Bill Walker

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NBA legend Ray Allen surprised Filipino fans at Mall of Asia Arena as he showed up during a PBA game between TNT and Blackwater Wednesday. Allen, who is a two-time NBA champion with the Boston Celtics in 2008 and the Miami Heat five years later, flew to Manina from Hong Kong on Tuesday. In an […]

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