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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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PBA Philippine Cup Finals Game 1

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PBA Philippine Cup Finals Game 1 San Miguel Beermen vs Ginebra Gin Kings February 24, 2017 Mall of Asia Arena ALL PHOTOS BY TRISTAN TAMAYO/INQUIRER.net

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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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Beermen return to finals, overcome KaTropa in Game 7

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Defending champion San Miguel Beer needed a big third quarter to overcome a TNT side without its best player, 96-83, in Game 7 of their 2017 PBA Philippine Cup semifinals Monday at Mall of Asia Arena. Chris Ross fired 11 of his 18 points in the pivotal third period, where the Beermen outscored the KaTropa, […]

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Bench production key to Game 6 win, says Ginebra guard Tenorio

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After exploding for a series-best 19 points on Sunday, LA Tenorio couldn’t care any less of his scoring as long as Ginebra gets the win. “It’s just a bonus for me. What’s important is I involve my teammates on our offense,” he said. Averaging just 7.2 points on 27 percent shooting from the field, 3.2 […]

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Devance difference maker for Ginebra in Game 6

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Star guards Paul Lee and Mark Barroca agreed Joe Devance caught the Hotshots off guard in a 91-67 loss in Game 6 on Sunday. “Joe stepped up. We weren’t ready for that,” said Lee, who finished the game with eight points and three rebounds. “We were surprised by Joe. He gave them quality minutes,” said […]

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Ginebra has advantage in Game 7 because of Cone, says Pingris

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With the Star-Ginebra semifinals series going the distance, Marc Pingris admits the Hotshots will be the underdogs in their do-or-die. “They have the advantage because they have coach Tim (Cone),” Pingris said in Filipino. “He has a lot of experience in these situations compared to coach Chito (Victolero).” Pingris should know, given that Cone previously […]

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Hurting Devance plays key role for Ginebra in Game 6

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Joe Devance expects a painful and possibly sleepless night to celebrate his 35th birthday on Sunday. But at the end of the day, he knows that all of those pain will be worth it. “I’d be crying later, but I’ll be all right,” Devance said. Devance has every reason to feel such as he provided […]

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Ginebra extends semis vs Star to Game 7 behind Devance

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Joe Devance celebrated his birthday in style, providing the boost Barangay Ginebra needed in its 91-67 victory over Star on Sunday at Smart Araneta Coliseum. The win allowed the Gin Kings to force a winner-take-all Game 7 in their 2017 PBA Philippine Cup semifinals series, slated on Tuesday at Mall of Asia Arena. The 35-year-old […]

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Beermen stay alive, force Game 7 vs KaTropa

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June Mar Fajardo had a huge double-double and San Miguel Beer staved off elimination after beating TNT, 104-88, to force a Game 7 in the 2017 PBA Philippine Cup semifinals Saturday night at Mall of Asia Arena. Fajardo, the three-time PBA MVP, posted 23 points, 21 rebounds and four blocks to notch his 11th career […]

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Tenorio understands Cone’s 4th quarter benching

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With Ginebra staring at a big lead coming into the fourth quarter, head coach Tim Cone did something out of the ordinary—-he benched his starting five. The team’s starters are usually expected to also be the closers with only one or two guys from the bench replacing some, but Cone’s tactics didn’t seem to puzzle […]

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Tenorio: We were not there mentally

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Just like that Ginebra’s momentum in its semifinal series against Star came to a halt. After two straight wins to even the series, the Gin Kings faltered, 89-80, allowing the Hotshots to take 3-2 series lead and point guard LA Tenorio knows just what happened. “We were there physically but not mentally,” said Tenorio Friday […]

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Star takes pivotal Game 5 from Ginebra

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Star broke the series deadlock with an 89-80 victory over Ginebra Game 5 of its semifinal series in the PBA Philippine Cup Friday at Mall of Asia Arena. The Hotshots are now on the cusp of clinching a Finals berth with a 3-2 lead after the Gin Kings won back-to-back to tie the series at […]

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TNT veterans get old groove back

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Nash Racela knows he’s no Gregg Popovich, but that can’t stop him trying out tried and tested formula of the San Antonio Spurs on his TNT KaTropa. “Our model is the Spurs. You review the lineups in the PBA and we have the most number of (veterans),” he said. And in the all-important Game 5 of […]

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Down but not out: Santos believes Beermen can still make it

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With TNT on the verge of making it to the 2017 PBA Philippine Cup, San Miguel is well aware that its title retention chances are getting slimmer. But as veteran crew which have been in this place before, the Beermen know they just need to keep the faith. “Our road is getting slimmer, but at […]

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TNT trumps San Miguel, moves a win away from Finals

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Kelly Williams scored eight of TNT’s last 12 points and the Texters pulled off a 101-94 Game 5 victory over San Miguel to move a win away from the 2017 PBA Philippine Cup Finals Thursday at Smart Araneta Coliseum. The former PBA Most Valuable Player took advantage of the Beermen’s creases on defense to finish […]

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PhilCup17Semis Game 5 – San Miguel Beermen vs TNT KaTropa

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Pingris promises different Hotshots in Game 5

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Star forward Marc Pingris vowed a different Hotshots team will show up in Game 5 of their semifinals series against the Barangay Ginebra Kings on Friday. Star hasn’t been the same team that won Games 1 and 2 after suffering back-to-back losses in the semis, but Pingris, who has been the team’s heart and soul for a […]

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Desire to win drives Cruz to season best

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Barangay Ginebra forward Jervy Cruz just wanted contribute in any way he can. And he did, in a big way, scoring a season-high 21 points to propel the Gin Kings past the Star Hotshots in Game 4 of their PBA Philippine Cup semifinals series Wednesday night. “My mentality is just to be aggressive inside the […]

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Ginebra frustrates Star to knot series

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Barangay Ginebra got a huge lift from Jervy Cruz to frustrate Star, 93-86, Wednesday night at Smart Araneta Coliseum and tie their 2017 PBA Philippine Cup semifinals at 2-2. Cruz pumped in a season-high 21 points, including a three-point play with 20.2 seconds left, to seal the game. “All we did is just tie the […]

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