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Heruela steps up in pivotal Game 3 for SMB

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Brian Heruela may be San Miguel’s third-string point guard, but for the second straight game, he has proven that he’s just as good as any starting playmaker in the league today. Starting in place of Chris Ross in the second half, the stocky guard filled the role admirably in Game 3 of the 2017 PBA Commissioner’s […]

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TNT’s stand-in import Myers raring to play after fiery Game 3

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Emotions got heated three games into the 2017 PBA Commissioner’s Cup Finals as the on-court drama spilled into the Smart Araneta Coliseum tunnel when San Miguel and TNT met on Sunday night. First, Chris Ross engaged in a verbal war with KaTropa’s stand-in import Mike Myers and Governors’ Cup reinforcement Michael Craig near the end of […]

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SMB’s Cabagnot, Ross pace BPC stats race

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San Miguel Beer’s star backcourt of Alex Cabagnot and Chris Ross suddenly find themselves tied for the top spot in the Best Player of the Conference statistical race through the 2017 PBA Commissioner’s Cup semifinals. The tabulation released early Monday saw pacesetter Cabagnot now at joint first place with Ross, who jumped from eighth place after the […]

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Ross on costly technical foul: ‘I don’t think I deserved it’

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San Miguel point guard Chris Ross said he didn’t deserve to get hit with a costly technical foul late in the Beermen’s loss to the Barangay Ginebra Gin Kings Sunday night. Ross was slapped with a technical foul after complaining on a personal foul called against him while trying to stop Ginebra import Justin Brownlee’s layup […]

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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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Beermen bank on defense in squeaker over Gin Kings

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Known for its formidable offense, the two-time defending Philippine Cup champion San Miguel Beer proved that it can also pull off gritty wins through defense. And that’s exactly how the Beermen did it in turning back Barangay Ginebra in a close 72-70 decision on Sunday in front of a loud Big Dome crowd. Though the Beermen squandered […]

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Streaking Beermen still not in peak form, says Chris Ross

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Defending champion San Miguel is primed, yet again, for another title run in the PBA Philippine Cup as evident by its four-game win streak, which right now is the longest one in the league. The Beermen’s 5-1 record is also the best in the league with TNT and Rain or Shine both a game behind […]

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Black sees no positives in Bolts loss to Beermen

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Meralco head coach Norman Black wasn’t in the mood to look at any bright moments in his team’s 101-86 loss to defending champion San Miguel in the 2017 PBA Philippine Cup Wednesday at Cuneta Astrodome.  “Bad game, that’s all I can really tell you,” said Black as the Bolts dropped to 2-4 and absorbed their third straight […]

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San Miguel fends off Meralco, improves to 5-1

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San Miguel Beer was a firecracker crackling and spitting sparks all game long in a 101-86 demolition of Meralco in a PBA Philippine Cup pre-New Year presentation at Cuneta Astrodome in Pasay City Wednesday night. The Beermen torched the Bolts right in the opening quarter and lit the board all throughout in a relatively easy victory that kept the […]

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Ross hopes his knee injury is nothing serious

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Chris Ross hopes that his right knee injury won’t be a serious one. Ross felt a  tweak in his knee in the third quarter of San Miguel’s 111-105 double overtime win over Ginebra and the defensive-minded guard was immediately subbed out and did not return. “I stopped and I felt something on my knee, so […]

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Defense powered San Miguel to semis, says Wilkerson

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Though more known for its offensive arsenal, San Miguel turned on its defense to wrest top seed, advancing to the 2016 Oppo PBA Commissioner’s Cup semifinals with a hard fought 103-99 Game 2 victory over Star on Wednesday. “Defense was a big part in that game. We’re playing hard D pretty much the whole game,” […]

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Hotshots scare brought back memories of historic Finals, says SMB’s Ross

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With San Miguel pushed to a deciding Game in its quarterfinals duel against Star, Chris Ross had flashbacks of the Beermen’s previous elimination games. “It kind of reminded me of the Finals where our backs were against the wall in the last four games,” he said, reminiscing the Beermen’s historic comeback from 0-3 down against […]

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Beermen escape Hotshots, make semis

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San Miguel Beer stayed in the hunt for a third straight championship as the Beermen overcame a tough stand by the Star Hotshots, eking out a pulsating 103-99 win in their do-or-die duel in the Oppo PBA Commissioner’s Cup quarterfinals at Smart Araneta Coliseum Wednesday night. The Beermen played catch-up basketball almost throughout before seizing the moment […]

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Player of the Week: Ross gives shorthanded SMB lift anew

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San Miguel Beer Fil-Am guard Chris Ross outstanding plays against arch rival Alaska recently earned him his first Accel-PBA Press Corps Player of the Week for the period of March 15-20. The six-foot playmaker was at his element last Friday, finishing with all-around numbers of 14 points, 12 assists and six rebounds as the Beermen […]

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Ross causes problems for Aces anew, credits teammates

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Playing against Alaska does seem to bring out the best in Chris Ross. The San Miguel Beer point guard, however, begs to disagree. Facing their fierce rivals for the first time since the Philippine Cup Finals, the do-it-all guard said it doesn’t really matter who he and the Beermen take on. “I always play the […]

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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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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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STANDINGS
GAMES TIME
Star Hotshots VS Phoenix 07:00 PM
Alaska VS Blackwater 04:15 PM
AUGUST 23 WEDNESDAY MALL OF ASIA ARENA
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