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‘Sharp’ Beermen get Grand Slam bid going with rout of Elite

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ANTIPOLO — There wasn’t a hint of championship hangover and not a stain of rust. San Miguel Beer wasted no time in getting its Grand Slam bid rolling after pounding Blackwater from the get-go en route to a 118-93 thumping Saturday inn the 2017 PBA Governors’ Cup at Ynares Center here. Marcio Lassiter set the […]

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Tanduay stretches win streak to five, dispatches Racal

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Tanduay continued to gain steam going into the 2017 PBA D-League Foundation Cup quarterfinals, nipping Racal Motors, 81-72 Thursday at Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig. With their fifth straight victory, the Rhum Masters ended their eliminations campaign with an 8-2 slate, while also giving team owner Bong Tan, who was in the audience, a win. “Every […]

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San Miguel bucks slow start, equalizes Finals with TNT demolition

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San Miguel bucked an early attack from TNT and leveled the 2017 PBA Commissioner’s Cup Finals with a dominant 102-88 Game 2 victory Friday at Smart Araneta Coliseum. The Beermen weathered an early 17-0 storm from the KaTropa and broke the game wide open in the second half, leading by as much as 23 points, 94-62, […]

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San Miguel ousts Star, advances to PBA Finals anew

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San Miguel took another step in its conquest of the PBA Commissioner’s Cup and eliminated Star with a 109-102 win in Game 4 of their semifinals series Friday at Mall of Asia Arena. The Beermen now await the victor between Ginebra and TNT in another finals return after they dispatched the Hotshots, 3-1. San Miguel […]

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Star improves to 4-0, thumps Mahindra

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Star kept its record clean after hammering out a 97-83 win over Mahindra in the 2017 PBA Commissioner’s Cup Wednesday at Smart Araneta Coliseum. Tony Mitchell shone on both ends of the floor, finishing with 19 points, 14 rebounds and six blocks as the Hotshots gained a share of the lead with the Alaska Aces […]

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TNT pulls rug from under Blackwater

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Banking on its tested core, TNT upended upset-seeking Blackwater, 92-89, Friday in the 2017 PBA Commissioner’s Cup at Smart Araneta Coliseum. Roger Pogoy came up big late, scoring the go-ahead tip with 1:48 to play before Larry Fonacier drained a huge three with 1:15 remaining to push the KaTropa ahead, 92-87. The rookie out of […]

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Hodge hoping for the best on bruised calf

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Meralco’s fourth victory was dampened by Cliff Hodge’s apparent calf injury late in the 89-83 win over Rain or Shine Wednesday night. Hodge said he took a knee to the calf in the third quarter, hampering his mobility so he had to sub out at the 8:20 mark of the fourth period. “I got kneed […]

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Canaleta goes to Blackwater in three-player swap

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With Art dela Cruz out due to a ruptured Achilles, Blackwater bolstered its line-up by acquiring the services of veteran gunner Nino Canaleta in a two-team, three-player trade approved on Wednesday. The Elite sent swingmen Dylan Ababou and James Forrester to the Batang Pier in the deal. Canaleta has averaged 11.6 points, 7.6 rebounds, 1.8 […]

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After stellar D-League stint, Cruz joins Blackwater

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After reviving his career with Tanduay this past 2017 PBA D-League Aspirants’ Cup, Mark Cruz gets another shot in the PBA as Blackwater plucked him from the free agent pool on Wednesday. The diminutive guard from Letran impressed in his stint with the Rhum Masters, averaging 16.1 points, a league-best 4.1 assists, and 3.6 rebounds. […]

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Fernandez believes Fajardo still has ‘secret weapon’ to unleash

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Mon Fernandez holds the PBA record for the most number of MVP awards, but he knows it’s only a matter of time before another center takes his place. Fernandez, who has four MVPs along with Alvin Patrimonio, feels San Miguel Beer’s June Mar Fajardo will eventually take his place in the record books. “I wouldn’t […]

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Alaska clobbers Romeo-less GlobalPort

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Cory Jefferson had a rousing PBA debut and Alaska whipped a GlobalPort side missing its best player in Terrence Romeo, 107-79, in the 2017 PBA Commissioner’s Cup Saturday night at Cuneta Astrodome in Pasay City. Jefferson was just brought in on Thursday but he didn’t seem to need much time to get himself accustomed to […]

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Yap’s 26-point burst lifts Rain or Shine past NLEX

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James Yap took matters into his own hands in the clutch as he carried Rain or Shine to a 113-105 victory over NLEX in the conference opener Friday in the 2017 PBA Commissioner’s Cup at Smart Araneta Coliseum. Yap waxed hot from beyond the arc, shooting 5-of-11 from three, none bigger than his trey after […]

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Meralco edges Mahindra to open PBA Commissioner’s Cup

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Meralco started its 2017 PBA Commissioner’s Cup campaign on the right track, outlasting Mahindra, 94-86, Friday at Smart Araneta Coliseum. Baser Amer topped the Bolts with 19 points on a 3-of-7 shooting from three, to go with three rebounds, and three assists, while Chris Newsome added 17 markers, seven boards, and seven dimes. “We needed […]

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Aces tap new import days before first game as Ellis flies home

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Alaska will be bringing in a new import just days away from its opening game in the Commissioner’s Cup after Octavius Ellis had to head home due to a family emergency. Although the Aces have already secured a backup to replace Ellis, head coach Alex Compton said the real challenge is getting enough time for […]

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Dela Cruz tears Achilles, out for four months

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Blackwater forward Art dela Cruz will be out of action for at least four months after suffering a torn Achilles tendon on Tuesday. The hardworking stalwart injured his ankle in the first day of Gilas Pilipinas’ three-day training camp in Tagaytay, where he is a part of the 25-man national team pool. Sources close to […]

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Chism eager to work with Guiao once more

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For the fourth time in his career, Wayne Chism will be working with head coach Yeng Guiao. The two’s partnership started in 2014 when the former Tennessee Volunteer was hired as Rain or Shine’s import and now that he’ll be back as Guiao’s foreign reinforcement, Chism said nothing’s changed since the first time he’s worked […]

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‘Ferocious’ Rhodes ready for challenge with Beermen

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Charles Rhodes visited the Philippines last year for vacation and he knew he had to return. Rhodes was back in Manila early Wednesday morning and he intends to stay long as San Miguel’s import in the 2017 PBA Commissioner’s Cup. “I came here on a vacation last year and I watched a few games and […]

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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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‘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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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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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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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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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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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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Mahindra orders second MRI on Escoto’s knee

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Mahindra is keeping its hopes up that Russel Escoto’s injury isn’t as serious as it looks. The Floodbuster camp said that they’re still awaiting for the swelling on Escoto’s left knee to go down for further evaluation. “We’re just waiting for the inflammation to go down, and then we’ll have him undergo a second MRI,” […]

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Great team effort carries Bolts to morale-boosting win

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Meralco finally got a breakthrough after nabbing an 82-72 win over Rain or Shine that ended its six-game tailspin on Friday. And for Chris Newsome, the victory did more than just fan the Bolts’ slim playoff chances. “It’s really big for us because the mood in the locker room is pretty heavy whenever you’re losing, […]

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Quinahan tells NLEX players: Tough love from Guiao is normal

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JR Quinahan admits he felt weird playing against coach Yeng Guiao on Friday. “Nakakapanibago lang na nasa kabila si coach,” he said. Their new teams battled for the first time with GlobalPort topping NLEX, 110-96. Quinahan’s squad improved to a joint second place and pushed Guiao’s side down the cellar anew. The Cebuano big man […]

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PBA Fan of the Day: Cyrine Romero

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Name: Cyrine Romero Age: 17 From: Caloocan Favorite PBA team: Global Port Favorite Player: Terence Romeo How long have you been a fan of the Globalport: One year. Why are you a fan of Globalport: “I enjoy watching Terrence Romeo.”

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Masked Cabagnot shrugs off pain to help Beermen

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Much to the surprise of everyone inside Mall of Asia Arena, Alex Cabagnot defied a broken nose to play a key role in San Miguel’s dominant 118-93 win over Blackwater on Friday. Coach Leo Austria shared that it was Cabagnot himself who insisted in playing as the Beermen started their toughest stretch yet in the […]

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Romeo ends GlobalPort’s two-game slide

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Learning its lesson from last game’s meltdown, GlobalPort staved off Meralco with a 97-89 victory Wednesday in the 2017 PBA Philippine Cup at Mall of Asia Arena. Terrence Romeo took charge in the fourth and unloaded 12 of his 27 points, on top of five rebounds and five assists, to quash the Bolts’ late rally […]

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Beermen brace for toughest stretch yet in PH Cup

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The Beermen faces an upstart Blackwater on Friday, followed by Ginebra on Sunday and Rain or Shine next Friday before wrapping it up against GlobalPort and TNT. And coach Leo Austria is challenging his crew to come out of the span victorious with the Beermen seeking to nab one of the top two spots to […]

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Cabagnot broken nose still swollen, to miss SMB’s first game of 2017

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Still nursing his depressed nasal fracture, Alex Cabagnot said he may miss San Miguel’s game against Blackwater on Friday, but will be ready in time for the team’s duel against Ginebra this Sunday. “My expected time to play will be on Sunday. Friday is a little bit too premature because the swelling still hasn’t subsided,” […]

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STANDINGS
GAMES TIME
GlobalPort VS San Miguel Beer 07:00 PM
TNT KaTropa VS Phoenix 04:15 PM
AUGUST 25 FRIDAY SMART ARANETA COLISEUM
Alaska VS Barangay Ginebra 05:00 PM
AUGUST 26 SATURDAY HOOPS DOME
San Miguel Beer VS NLEX 06:45 PM
Rain or Shine VS Star Hotshots 04:30 PM
AUGUST 27 SUNDAY SMART ARANETA COLISEUM