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After Perpetual Trophy, San Miguel sets sights on Grand Slam

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Head coach Leo Austria admitted that steering San Miguel to a third straight PBA Philippine Cup title is his biggest achievement so far in his coaching career. “This is the highlight of my career. I’ve won a lot of championships before going to the PBA, but all the great players, the great coaches are here,” Austria […]

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‘Tougher’ Finals had Slaughter played for Ginebra, says Fajardo

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San Miguel Beer center June Mar Fajardo said things would have been more interesting had Greg Slaughter played for Barangay Ginebra in the 2017 PBA Philippine Cup Finals. “Maybe if Greg was there, it would’ve been tougher. I already had a hard time with Japeth (Aguilar) there because he’s so athletic. He blocked me a […]

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Chris Ross shares Finals limelight with teammates

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After delivering another noteworthy performance in the PBA Philippine Cup Finals, Chris Ross could’ve basked in the glory alone had he wanted to. But the do-it-all guard would rather share the spotlight with his teammates. “I was hoping they’d give out five [Finals] MVPs. Our starters did so much, we played so many minutes,  and I […]

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Austria answers critics with another title for SMB

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San Miguel Beer head coach Leo Austria had seen it all from his Beermen and throughout their finals series against Barangay Ginebra, he was never in doubt. After all, Austria and the Beermen won the Philippine Cup championship last season despite facing a 0-3 series deficit. “I’m confident with my players because they’ve shown the […]

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Beermen 3rd straight PH Cup title ‘all about sacrifice,’ says Ross

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Instrumental on both ends of the floor, Chris Ross was named Finals MVP after leading San Miguel Beer to its third straight PBA Philippine Cup title following a pulsating win over Barangay Ginebra in Game 5 on Sunday night. Ross displayed his all-around game as he averaged 12.7 points, 5.2 rebounds, 9.2 assists and 1.8 steals […]

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Beermen win 3rd straight PH Cup crown, beat Gin Kings

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San Miguel Beer center June Mar Fajardo lifts the Perpetual Trophy after the Beermen beat the Barangay Ginebra Gin Kings in Game 5 of the 2017 PBA Philippine Cup Finals on Sunday, March 5, 2017, at Smart Araneta Coliseum. Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.net

San Miguel Beer held off Barangay Ginebra, 91-85, in Game 5 of their best-of-seven championship series to win its third straight PBA Philippine Cup title Sunday night at Smart Araneta Coliseum. Three-time MVP June Mar Fajardo and Arwind Santos each scored 21 points while Chris Ross was again spectacular on both ends of the floor […]

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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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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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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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Career-high 31 points just a bonus for defensive specialist Ross

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The last time Chris Ross had an offensive explosion, it was in February of last year in Game 7 of the 2016 Philippine Cup Finals when the San Miguel Beermen completed their historic comeback from 0-3 down to stun the Alaska Aces. Ross had another one coming and unfortunately for the TNT KaTropa, it came […]

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Gin Kings eye equalizer in close semis series vs Hotshots

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The Star Hotshots are still in the lead at 2-1 but the Barangay Ginebra Kings are back on the warpath promising an even more furious battle in Game 4 of their PBA Philippine Cup best-of-seven semifinals series at Smart Araneta Coliseum Wednesday night. The two teams engaged in a slam-bang duel in each of their first three […]

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San Miguel levels semis series, blasts TNT

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Playing with a sense of urgency, San Miguel Beer bounced back from back-to-back losses after hammering out a 97-86 drubbing of TNT to even their 2017 PBA Philippine Cup semifinals at 2-2 Tuesday night at Mall of Asia Arena. Chris Ross exploded for a career-high 31 points built on five 3-pointers on top of five […]

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Devance returns to give Ginebra lift in Game 3

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Joe Devance only had six points and six rebounds but his impact in Barangay Ginebra’s win over Star in Game 3 of the 2017 PBA Philippine Cup semifinals goes beyond his numbers. Devance returned after missing three games due to plantar fasciitis in his left foot and though, his injury is still very much bothering […]

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Lee on subpar Game 3 showing: ‘Credit to Ginebra defense’

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Star guard Paul Lee has been super the first two games of the semifinals series but in Game 3, he found his kryptonite in Barangay Ginebra’s defense. Lee is averaging 17.5 points in the semis but on Monday night, he was held to just seven points on 3-of-13 shooting from the field. “It’s not our […]

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Gin Kings avoid 0-3 hole, down Hotshots

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Barangay Ginebra beat out Star in a tough defensive battle, holding the Hotshots down to two points in the last 5:51 of play to pull off a 73-62 win in Game 3 of their PBA Philippine Cup best-of-seven semifinal showdown at Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City Monday night.          Offensively, Sol Mercado, Japeth Aguilar […]

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Fajardo: Game 4 a ‘must-win’ for Beermen

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Foul-plagued all game long, June Mar Fajardo admits TNT’s defense did its work following the San Miguel’s 98-92 Game 3 loss on Sunday. “I can feel that their defense is tightening up on me,” Fajardo said in Filipino. Though the three-time PBA Most Valuable Player still normed decent numbers with 16 points, nine rebounds, and three […]

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Veteran Seigle earns milestone in TNT’s Game 3 win

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Talk about turning back the hands of time. Danny Seigle showed that he can still hang with the big boys, blocking three-time PBA Most Valuable Player June Mar Fajardo twice in TNT’s 98-92 Game 3 victory over San Miguel on Sunday. “I guess it gives me a little more special because June Mar is the biggest […]

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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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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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STANDINGS
GAMES TIME
Meralco VS Phoenix 07:00 PM
NLEX VS Blackwater 04:15 PM
MAY 03 WEDNESDAY SMART ARANETA COLISEUM
San Miguel Beer VS TNT KaTropa 07:00 PM
GlobalPort VS Phoenix 04:15 PM
MAY 05 FRIDAY SMART ARANETA COLISEUM
Rain or Shine VS Star Hotshots 05:00 PM
MAY 06 SATURDAY BATANGAS CITY COLISEUM