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Finals MVP Ross on SMB comeback: ‘There was never any doubt’

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When everyone doubted, Chris Ross remained defiant. “There was never any doubt,” he said. “Even when we were down 0-3, I couldn’t picture those guys celebrating the championship, not on our expense. I just knew the type of guys that we have in the locker room that we could win.” Pressed to defend its Philippine […]

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Hontiveros thinking of retiring at the end of 2016 season

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One of the deadliest gunslingers in the league could soon shelve his holster for good. This year could be Dondon Hontiveros’ last after Alaska’s veteran swingman revealed he’s been contemplating retirement at the end of the 2016 PBA Season. “Emotionally, I’m drained,” Hontiveros said on Wednesday night after the Aces lost in Game 7 of […]

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SMB guard Chris Ross named Finals MVP

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Chris Ross, San Miguel Beer’s starting point guard, was named Finals MVP of the 2016 Philippine Cup Finals after leading the Beermen’s historic comeback in becoming the first team in the league to win a best-of-seven series despite losing the first three games. Known for his defense, Ross hit 4-of-6 3-pointers en route to a […]

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Beermen make history, survive Aces in Game 7

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For all their previous championships, the San Miguel Beermen weren’t done breaking new ground. The Beermen wrote a new chapter in PBA history and redefined their legacy with a 96-89 win over the Alaska Milk Aces Wednesday night that completed their epic come-from-behind triumph in the Smart Bro PBA Philippine Cup titular series. June Mar Fajardo […]

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A second into Game 7, Aces call 3 quick timeouts in strange start

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It was one of the most bizarre ways to start the final game of the 2016 Philippine Cup. Alaska head coach Alex Compton burned three timeouts with just a second gone by following the opening tip in Game 7 Wednesday night before a sellout crowd at Mall of Asia Arena. Compton had Cyrus Baguio, Dondon Hontiveros, […]

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‘Motivated’ Hontiveros given another chance to win his 1st PH Cup crown

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Dondon Hontiveros has won a lot of games and earned a handful of awards and trophies throughout his 15-year PBA career. But despite all he has done, he’s never experienced what its like to win the most prestigious of them all.

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Lassiter says pressure, momentum on Beermen

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As San Miguel tries to complete a comeback for the ages, swingman Marcio Lassiter won’t guarantee anything except that the Beermen will leave everything on the floor on Wednesday. The Beermen aim to make history as the first team in the league to come back from a 3-0 deficit and win when they face the […]

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Aces, Beermen clash one last time in Game 7

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After a four-day breather, Alaska and San Miguel Beer clash for one last time in a Game 7 like no other where the winner claims a special place in PBA history.

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2015-16 PBA PH Cup Finals Game 7 Preview: San Miguel Beermen vs Alaska Aces

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Having Game 7 alone is enough for any basketball fan to be extremely excited, but this Game 7 is going to be one for the books. The Alaska Aces have never won the Philippine Cup since 2000, have never won it since coach Tim Cone bolted for B-Meg years ago. They have a chance to […]

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After losing twice before, Manuel feels it’s Alaska’s time

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Vic Manuel feels Alaska has had enough heartbreaks. From losing a Game 7 on a winning shot in the 2015 Philippine Cup Finals to getting swept two conferences after by the same team, the Aces have gone through so much pain. “Tama na,” the brawny forward Manuel said. “Third time na namin nagharap. Iniisip namin […]

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Compton sees ‘prophetic’ sign ahead of Game 7

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It has been a tough week for Alaska head coach Alex Compton. In just a span of seven days, Compton’s Aces went from a win a way to a championship to one loss shy of completing the biggest collapse in PBA history. And just when it seem that it couldn’t get any worse for Compton, he […]

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Fajardo shrugs off injury, vows to give all in Game 7

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Just two weeks ago, June Mar Fajardo feared for the worst. The San Miguel Beer center went down with a left knee injury that cost him to miss four games in the finals. Fajardo’s grew more as his team kept losing to the Alaska Aces until the Beermen stared at a 0-3 hole. “Sa first three […]

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Down 0-3, Santos says SMB didn’t see a Game 7 coming

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Arwind Santos will be the first to admit that no one from the San Miguel Beermen, who had fallen three games to none, expected the 2016 Smart Bro PBA Philippine Cup Finals series to go the distance.

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Beermen survive Aces in OT anew in Fajardo’s return

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June Mar Fajardo electrified the crowd instantly just as he headed to the officials’ table late in the opening quarter. Drawing inspiration on Fajardo’s surprise comeback, San Miguel Beer sustained its fightback and stretched the Smart Bro PBA Philippine Cup finals to another game with an 86-73 drubbing of Alaska Milk in overtime Wednesday night […]

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Struggling Santos comes through for Beermen in Game 4

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Arwind Santos has had two PBA Philippine Cup Finals of different proportions.

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‘Motivated’ Espinas steps up for injured Fajardo

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Facing elimination and still without its best player for the fourth straight game, San Miguel Beer needed someone to step up. Gabby Espinas was that player for the Beermen, who got a huge lift from their backup center in Game 4 of the 2016 PBA Philippine Cup Finals. “Ako lang, nasa utak ko lang mahirap […]

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Compton: SMB’s character showed in Game 4

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Alex Compton’s fears came into fruition on Sunday night.

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Fajardo will play if there’s a Game 7, says Austria

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San Miguel Beer head coach Leo Austria was finally precise on the date when his star center June Mar Fajardo could make his return from injury. Austria specified that Fajardo, who has missed four games due to a left knee injury, will return on Feb. 3 — that’s if the Beermen will continue to survive […]

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Beermen extend finals, beat Aces in OT

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San Miguel Beer foiled Alaska Milk’s sweep bid as the Beermen fashioning a dramatic, 110-104, overtime win in Game Four of the Smart Bro PBA Philippine Cup Finals before a roaring capacity crowd at the Philsports Arena Sunday night. The Beermen bungled a chance at a stirring win in regulation play but lived on in extension play, […]

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Fajardo wins fourth BPC award

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JUNE Mar Fajardo missed out on the chance to help San Miguel Beer retain a cherished crown and now has to console himself with a record-setting plum. The Beermen’s do-it-all center copped a record third straight Best Player of the Conference award in the Smart Bro-PBA Philippine Cup Sunday in the awarding ceremonies prior to […]

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Aces nip Beermen, go up 2-0 in finals

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Alaska Milk played tough every inch of the game as in Game One and beat out San Miguel Beer in a helter-skelter finish, squeezing out an 83-80 win for a 2-0 lead in the Smart Bro PBA Philippine Cup best-of-seven finals at the Smart Araneta Coliseum Tuesday night. Dondon Hontiveros and Vic Manuel made the […]

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Drawing inspiration from daughter, Manuel has career game for Aces

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Vic Manuel makes sure he’s always at his best on the basketball court. Or else, he’d end up disappointing his biggest fan, which also happens to be his five-year-old daughter Keisha.

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Aces go for 2-0 lead vs Beermen

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Alaska won’t be lulled to complacency by its Game 1 win.          Barely pulling off a come-from-behind 100-91 win Sunday, the Aces are convinced they have to work harder and play tougher as they try to make it two in a row versus the San Miguel Beermen in their Smart Bro PBA Philippine Cup best-of-seven titular […]

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SMB capable of winning title even without Fajardo, says Cabagnot

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Alex Cabagnot believes the San Miguel Beermen are capable of winning the 2016 Smart Bro PBA Philippine Cup finals even without the injured Jun Mar Fajardo.

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Fajardo doubtful for Game 2

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If June Mar Fajardo isn’t healthy, San Miguel Beer coach Leo Austria won’t play him with the risk of aggravating his injury.

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Sans Fajardo, SMB records franchise-low rebounds in Game 1 loss

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San Miguel Beer didn’t seem to have missed June Mar Fajardo after nearly pulling an upset against Alaska in Game 1 of the 2016 PBA Philippine Cup Finals.

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Austria taking wait-and-see approach on Fajardo

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San Miguel Beer head coach Leo Austria is sure that June Mar Fajardo will play in the finals, but as to what game in the best-of-seven the star center will show up remains uncertain.

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Aces survive Fajardo-less Beermen in finals opener

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Alaska escaped a shorthanded San Miguel Beer side, 100-91, to take Game 1 of the 2016 Smart Bro PBA Philippine Cup Finals Sunday night at Smart Araneta Coliseum. Vic Manuel scored 14 of his playoff career-high 24 points in the fourth quarter, where the Aces came back from 12 points down. The Beermen, who didn’t […]

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Beermen beat Painters, take 3-2 semis lead

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San Miguel Beer is now just one step away from a return trip to the finals. With June Mar Fajardo collecting 27 points and 12 rebounds and Arwind Santos keying a crucial breakaway the Beermen triumphed over Rain or Shine 103-94 Wednesday to go up 3-2 in their Smart Bro-PBA Philippine Cup semifinals series at […]

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Alaska back in the finals after ripping GlobalPort

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Playoff top seed Alaska Milk simply outclassed Final Four neophyte Globalport yet again Tuesday night, hacking out a 118-89 win to secure the first berth in the Smart Bro PBA Philippine Cup Finals at the Smart Araneta Coliseum. With hardly any difference from the previous games, the Aces overwhelmed the Batang Pier on both ends […]

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Aces look to finish off Batang Pier in Game 5

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Alaska seeks to put an end on Globalport’s breakthrough run and nurture its own bid for a first crownin three years as the Aces go for the kill versus the beleaguered Batang Pier in Game 5 of their Smart Bro PBA Philippine Cup Final Four face-off at the Smart Araneta Coliseum Tuesday.

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Injuries take toll on Painters in Game 4; Cruz may return in Game 5

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Rain or Shine can breathe that sigh of relief. Jericho Cruz, who was stretchered off in the waning seconds of Game 3 after hurting his left knee, could suit up on Wednesday in the pivotal Game 5 of the best-of-seven semifinals series between the Elasto Painters and the San Miguel Beermen. “Ready ako next game […]

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Lassiter on Game 4 win: ‘This is what we’re capable of doing’

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San Miguel Beer finally found what it had been missing through the first three games of its semifinals series against Rain or Shine.

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Beermen beat Painters in Game 4, level semis series

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Defending champion San Miguel Beer banked on a blistering third quarter run to put away a shorthanded Rain or Shine side, 105-92, and level their 2016 Smart Bro PBA Philippine Cup best-of-seven semifinals series at 2-2 Monday night at Smart Araneta Coliseum. Believe it or not, June Mar Fajardo, the reigning back-to-back MVP, had his […]

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2015-16 PBA PH Cup Semis Preview: GlobalPort Batang Pier vs Alaska Aces – ON THE VERGE!

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The Alaska Aces made short work of GlobalPort in Game 3, leading wire to wire and effectively exploiting the Batang Pier’s collective inexperience. Alaska is now on the verge of returning to the Philippine Cup Finals, where they narrowly lost to San Miguel Beer last season in seven hard-fought games. Without a doubt, the Aces […]

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Pringle rues poor shooting in Game 4 loss to Aces

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Stanley Pringle didn’t guarantee a bounce back win for GlobalPort in Game 5, but the second-year guard is sure of one thing: The Batang Pier are far from giving up.

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Belga, Painters step up for injured Almazan

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June Mar Fajardo may be putting up monster numbers, but Rain or Shine has gotten better of its semifinals duel with San Miguel Beer so far.

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Yeo on Game 4 loss: ‘We couldn’t deliver’

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GlobalPort owns arguably the best backcourt duo in the league in Terrence Romeo and Stanley Pringle.

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Romeo, GlobalPort not giving up after another loss

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Terrence Romeo hasn’t been as effective as he was when he torched Alaska with 41 points in Game 1 largely because Alaska has played him and GlobalPort differently since then.

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Fajardo, Beermen stay positive despite facing 2-1 deficit

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Despite the sheer dominance of June Mar Fajardo, defending champion San Miguel Beer is trailing Rain or Shine in their best-of-seven semifinals series.

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