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Turnovers spelled doom for KaTropa in Game 3, says Smith

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There’s no need for an expert to explain how San Miguel Beer beat TNT in Game 3 of the 2017 PBA Commissioner’s Cup Finals on Sunday night. The numbers tell the whole story as far as KaTropa import Joshua Smith is concerned. “We turned the ball over 23 times and they got 26 points off […]

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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 Pogoy silenced after Game 1 explosion

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Much-maligned after his apparent low-blow against Arwind Santos in Game 2, Roger Pogoy shared that he has already extended his apologies to his fellow Tamaraw. “That’s over with. I don’t have any comment on that. I already apologized to kuya Arwind,” he said in Filipino. The TNT rookie has put the incident behind him but […]

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Lassiter ends 3-point dry spell

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Marcio Lassiter just told himself to keep on shooting the way elite shooters do. After misfiring in the first two games of the 2017 PBA Commissioner’s Cup Finals, the 30-year-old sniper finally halted his struggles and found the bottom of the net. Shooting 0-of-11 from downtown in Games 1 and 2, Lassiter finally drilled his […]

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Birthday boy Rhodes leads Beermen to victory

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It was indeed a happy birthday for Charles Rhodes. Turning 32 on Sunday, the mercurial reinforcement trotted out a performance to remember, doing it all for San Miguel in a 109-97 Game 3 win over TNT. “I just wanted to come out and work hard, just try to help my team and I did that. My […]

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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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San Miguel pulls away late, beats TNT for 2-1 finals edge

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San Miguel did just enough to hold off TNT, 109-97, and gain a 2-1 edge in the 2017 PBA Commissioner’s Cup Finals Sunday at Smart Araneta Coliseum. Charles Rhodes celebrated his 32nd birthday in style, carrying the load for the Beermen with 25 points, 20 rebounds, two assists, and two steals, while Best Player of the Conference […]

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TNT brings in Myers as possible replacement for injured Smith

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Uncertainty still looms over the TNT camp regarding which import the team is fielding in for Game 1 of the 2017 PBA Commissioner’s Cup Finals. Though Joshua Smith showed signs of promise days before Game 1, the KaTropa have left no stones unturned as they flew in a possible replacement import in Mike Myers. “He’s […]

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Austria, Racela renew coaching battle in Commissioner’s Cup Finals

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Four years ago, Leo Austria and Nash Racela were coaches in the collegiate scene, leading their respective teams to the championship. Fast forward to now, both mentors, who are armed with more experience and a handful of championships to boot, are set on a collision course as they are tasked to steer two proud franchises […]

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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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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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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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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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Hodge delivers ‘best game ever’ to push Bolts into first finals

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Hours before tipoff, Cliff Hodge already had an idea of what kind of game he was going to have. He just didn’t know he was going to have the game of his life. And what a time for the Meralco forward to have the best game of his career with the Bolts playing the most […]

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Meralco enters first finals, takes down top seed TNT

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MERALCO is in the promised land and it took the unlikeliest guy to do a Moses and get the Bolts there. Cliff Hodge scored a career-high 32 points to lead a bunch of gritty Meralco players who completed a gigantic upset of TNT Ka Tropa with a 94-88 win Monday to advance to PBA Governors Cup finals […]

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Aces’ Baguio has high praise for former coach Yeng Guiao

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Rain or Shine head coach Yeng Guiao captured his seventh PBA title and in the process derailed his former player’s bid for a fourth championship. Cyrus Baguio was a vital member of the 2006 Red Bull team that won the Fiesta Cup crown with Guiao at the helm.  On Wednesday, however, the two were on opposing […]

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Cruz helps Painters win title after getting nearly traded

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Looking back, Rain or Shine head coach Yeng Guiao could only smile as he reminisced what could’ve been had things worked out differently. “During draft day, tine-trade pa namin siya eh,” Guiao said on Cruz, whom the Elasto Painters selected as the ninth overall pick in the 2014 PBA Draft. “Walang gustong kumuha. Naghahanap kami ng […]

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Rain or Shine wins crown with lowest-scoring import

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He may not score a lot, but for Rain or Shine’s Pierre Henderson-Niles, he was the import celebrating a championship when the final buzzer sounded on Wednesday night. The lowest scoring PBA import won a title and it’s something that can’t be taken away from him. “Everybody who scored 20, 30, 40 points, where they […]

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Compton, Alaska come up short in title bid again

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For four Finals appearances, Alaska head coach Alex Compton has seen the confetti drop and the balloons fall. But not one celebration was for him. First three was for San Miguel Beer, including the so-called “beer-acle” when the Beermen won four straight after being down, 0-3, and the latest was Rain or Shine’s championship on Wednesday […]

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Players-only lunch allows Painters to regroup, clinch crown

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Jeff Chan knew exactly what Rain or Shine needed after losing back-to-back games in the 2016 PBA Commissioner’s Cup Finals. Chan initiated a lunch-meeting at a restaurant in Greenhills on Monday, a day after the Elasto Painters got blown out in Game 5 by the resurgent Alaska Aces and that get-together was meant for the players […]

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Ahanmisi: Aces now have momentum

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Rain or Shine’s Maverick Ahanmisi attributed his poor showing in Game 5 to Alaska’s defense. From a career-high 30 points in Game 4, the rookie was limited to just one point in Game 5, rendering him ineffective as Rain or Shine failed to close the series out for the second time with an 86-78 defeat on Sunday. […]

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Defense leading Aces rally, says Hontiveros

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Alaska’s vaunted defense is back and one of its best offensive players can attest to that. Veteran swingman Dondon Hontiveros said to play good defense has always been the Aces’ priority. It didn’t show in the first three games of the Finals especially in Game 3 but it certainly did in Games 4 and 5. […]

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Rain or Shine keeps faith with import Henderson-Niles

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Rain or Shine knows the game would be a lot easier if only import Pierre Henderson-Niles could provide more lift on the offensive end. Averaging measly 4.5 points and 6.5 rebounds in the Elasto Painters’ last two games — both losses — the consensus has been for the burly import to impose himself more to finally […]

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Jazul, Alaska hoping to survive two more games

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Down 0-3 in a seven-game series almost looks like a death sentence but if there’s a team that knows an improbable comeback is possible it’s the Alaska Aces. Alaska was down three games to nothing on Friday and a loss would send the Aces into oblivion, but just as they witnessed San Miguel do the […]

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Guiao still confident Rain or Shine will win title

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Last Wednesday, Rain or Shine head coach Yeng Guiao refused to guarantee a victory even after his Elasto Painters had taken a comfortable 3-0 lead in their 2016 PBA Commissioner’s Cup Finals duel with the Alaska Aces. But just when the Aces have won two in a row to make the series interesting, Guiao couldn’t […]

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Belga puts ROS loss on himself: ‘Too much stupidity’

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Failing to close out the series for the second straight time, a teary-eyed Beau Belga expressed his frustrations following Rain or Shine’s 86-78 Game 5 defeat on Sunday. “Bine-blame ko yung sarili ko today,” Belga said. “Too much stupidity. Kailangan lang i-carve out itong series na ito. Masyadong masakit kapag natalo pa.” The burly big […]

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Effort has been the difference for resurgent Alaska, says Dozier

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An old basketball credo goes “defense wins championships” and Alaska couldn’t have followed it better. Fighting for their lives, the Aces cranked up their defensive intensity and limited Rain or Shine to its lowest output in the seven-game series. Alaska beat the Painters 86-78 in Game 5 on Sunday at Smart Araneta Coliseum to put the […]

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Abueva vows rallying Aces won’t letup

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Back in the PBA Philippine Cup, Alaska was part of history when a team down 0-3 in a seven-game series came back and won the title. Unfortunately for the Aces, they were on the other side and the victor was the San Miugel Beermen. This Commissioner’s Cup Finals the Aces are looking to make their […]

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Alaska extends Finals series, frustrates Rain or Shine

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Rain or Shine and Alaska Milk head for another battle Wednesday. The Aces still refused to quit, beating out the Elasto Painters, 86-78, in a gripping duel Sunday to further cut their deficit to 2-3 in the Oppo PBA Commissioner’s Cup best-of-seven titular series at the Smart Araneta Coliseum. Surviving a fifth do-or-die in the […]

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Painters go for crown vs Aces in Game 5

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Hardly shaken by their Game 4 defeat, the Rain or Shine Elasto Painters vow to come back in their Sunday best, looking to deliver the Sunday punch on the Alaska Milk Aces in Game 5 of the Oppo PBA Commissioner’s Cup Finals. Their marching order as they set out for the match set at 5 […]

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Aces get boost from rookie Kevin Racal

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With Alaska left with no more tomorrow, head coach Alex Compton knew he had to come up with something different to keep the Aces’ season alive. And with gritty guard Ping Exciminiano down with an injury, he found a temporary remedy in rookie Kevin Racal, whom he started in Game 4 of the 2016 PBA […]

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Rain or Shine draws career game from Ahanmisi in Game 4 loss

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Maverick Ahanmisi almost had the perfect narrative. With Rain or Shine gunning for a Finals sweep, the rookie, who has been consistently delivering good performances throughout the series, had his best game yet with 30 points. Unfortunately for Ahanmisi, his efforts still weren’t enough as the Elasto Painters fell to Alaska, 111-99, on Friday. “I’d rather have […]

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Banchero, Aces have ‘no doubts’ they can come back vs ROS

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The real Alaska showed up on Friday. Lackadaisical all series long, the Aces dug deep and averted a sweep, dealing Rain or Shine a 111-99 Game 4 defeat. “We showed up and I really like to commend our players. We challenged them, talked a lot, and contrary to perhaps popular belief, we didn’t make many […]

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Painters hold on, beat Aces for 3-0 Finals lead

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Rain or Shine blew a big lead before salvaging a 112-108 victory over Alaska on Wednesday night to move within a win away from clinching the 2016 PBA Commissioner’s Cup title at Smart Araneta Coliseum.. The Elasto Painters lost a 27-point lead they built in the third quarter as the Aces threatened to within five, 110-105, […]

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Paul Lee reprises role as Rain or Shine savior

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Paul Lee could’ve been anywhere on the floor in the waning seconds of Game 2 of the 2016 Commissioner’s Cup Finals on Sunday. But as his Rain or Shine teammate Beau Belga fired a triple from the left corner and missed, Lee was all alone under the basket watching where the ball might end up. […]

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Compton: Playing minus key players not an excuse for Aces

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Despite dealing with injuries to its key players, Alaska has been good enough to beat quality teams in TNT and Meralco in playoff series’ and make the 2016 Commissioner’s Cup Finals. And even minus Vic Manuel, JVee Casio and Eric Menk, head coach Alex Compton believes the Aces are still more than capable of defeating […]

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