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Brownlee, Ginebra trounce TNT in semis opener

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Barangay Ginebra displayed its full strength as it clobbered TNT, 121-94, to gain a 1-0 lead in their best-of-5 semifinals series in the 2017 PBA Governors’ Cup Monday night at Smart Araneta Coliseum. Justin Brownlee opened the floodgates for the Gin Kings in the first quarter as he anchored a 14-2 blast to turn a […]

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Dillinger leads Bolts’ late rally past Hotshots in Game 1

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BIÑAN — Defense once again did the trick for Meralco as it drew first blood with a 72-66 comeback win over Star in the 2017 PBA Governors’ Cup semifinals Sunday night at Alonte Sports Arena here. The Bolts locked down on defense down the stretch, forcing the Hotshots to commit six turnovers inside the last […]

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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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Known for offense, Castro says defense will carry TNT to semis

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TNT is known for its offensive firepower but Jayson Castro knows that what will propel TNT into the 2017 PBA Philippine Cup semifinals is its defense. On Saturday, TNT showed what it can accomplish on the defensive end of the floor in a 109-101 win over GlobalPort in Game 1 of their best-of-three quarterfinals series. […]

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TNT takes 1-0 lead, beats GlobalPort

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TNT surged ahead in the second half to beat GlobalPort, 109-101, to gain headway in Game 1 of their 2017 PBA Philippine Cup quarterfinals Saturday at Mall of Asia Arena. Jayson Castro paced the KaTropa with 20 on an efficient 7-of-11 shooting from the field, that went with four rebounds, while Larry Fonacier went 5-of-9 from long […]

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Tenorio doesn’t mind going scoreless as long as Ginebra wins

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LA Tenorio isn’t losing sleep for his scoreless performance against San Miguel on Monday. “Mukha ba akong concerned?” Tenorio said smiling. “Hindi naman ako concerned. It’s not about me, it’s not about our import. it’s about the team.” Following his 32-point performance in Ginebra’s quarterfinal tiff against Alaska, Tenorio went 0-of-9 from the field in […]

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Austria looking to extend Beermen rotation in Game 2

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San Miguel coach Leo Austria admitted it was a miscue on his part that he failed to make the most of his bench. Fielding only eight players on Monday, a fatigued Beermen crew was dragged to a 115-108 defeat at the hands of Ginebra in Game 1 of their best-of-5 semifinals series in the 2016 […]

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Thompson, Ginebra not satisfied with Game 1 win

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With Ginebra’s three-guard combo terrorizing the open court, Scottie Thompson was once again front and center in the rally, orchestrating the Gin Kings’ huge 115-108 victory over the San Miguel Beermen in Game 1 of their best-of-5 semifinals series in the 2016 PBA Governors’ Cup. But the rookie guard shared that just like his head […]

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Millsap takes blame for Beermen loss in Game 1

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Not even a late surge and a triple-double from Elijah Millsap could carry San Miguel past Ginebra in Game 1 of its best-of-five semifinals in the 2016 PBA Governors’ Cup. But the returning import made it clear the Beermen are not pressing the panic button yet. “It’s a series,” he said, as he finished with […]

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Meralco, TNT open semis series

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For quite a while now, Meralco has long been on the fringes of success. Bolts coach Norman Black believes the time is ripe for his Meralco crew to gain inclusion among the PBA’s elite, notwithstanding the awe-inspiring task of taking on the Governors Cup’s best team, led by arguably the conference’s top player. “We look […]

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Ginebra rallies, beats San Miguel in semis opener

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Barangay Ginebra worked on a wondrous effort versus San Miguel Beer in the opener of their PBA Governors Cup best-of-five semifinal series, fashioning out a come-from-behind 115-108 win before a good Monday crowd at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.         Justin Brownlee and Japeth Aguilar played solid games all night long while Sol Mercado, Scottie Thompson and Joe Devance […]

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2016 PBA Commissioner’s Cup semifinals preview: Meralco Bolts vs Alaska Aces

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– This will be a very interesting series. It pits the team that topped the elims of the 2015-2016 Philippine Cup with a 9-2 record (Alaska) against the team that finished at the very bottom with a 1-10 slate (Meralco). In this conference, though, both teams have enjoyed a good measure of success. Meralco finished […]

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Austria: Lassiter ‘was the missing link’ in Beermen’s Game 1 loss

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San Miguel head coach Leo Austria admitted the team missed the outside shooting of Marcio Lassiter as the Beermen faltered in the end and fell to Rain or Shine, 98-94, in Game 1 of their best-of-five semifinals series. “He was the missing link,” Austria said. “I missed tonight yung outside shooting ni Marcio and yung […]

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Aces, Bolts open semis series

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Meralco, a team chasing a breakthrough win, and Alaska Milk, a side pursuing the road to redemption, slug it out in the opener of their Oppo PBA Commissioner’s Cup best-of-five semifinal face-off at the Smart Araneta Coliseum Monday night. Odds are about even between the two teams which break the ice in their Final Four showdown at 7 […]

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Rain or Shine rallies, stuns SMB in semis opener

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Trailing by as many as 18 points against powerhouse San Miguel Beer early and getting little from his own charges, Rain or Shine coach Yeng Guiao almost gave up. Jeff Chan and Maverick Ahanmisi were quick to change his mind, however. Chan and Ahanmisi came up with the crucial plays in the stretch, enabling the […]

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Beermen, Painters clash in semis Game 1

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Only four teams remain in chase of the coveted PBA Commissioner’s Cup crown.         With a lofty goal of a third straight crown, San Miguel Beer is one of the remaining contenders. Standing on its way to the finals is an old rival that is a tough threat as always.         The Beermen and the Rain or […]

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Abueva, Alaska falls short in Game 1 loss to TNT

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Despite all of the things he did, Calvin Abueva’s efforts still weren’t enough to lift Alaska over TNT in Game 1 of their best-of-three quarterfinals series. Taking matters into his own hands, the Aces’ energizer bunny did it all, carrying the bulk of the load to pull his team back from a 15-point hole and […]

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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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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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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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Paul Lee tastes bitter loss in first game back

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It wasn’t the kind of comeback Paul Lee had in mind.

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Guiao stays positive after Rain or Shine collapse

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Rain or Shine had the lead for the most part of its semifinals opener against defending champion San Miguel Beer before collapsing when it mattered most.

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Beermen rally, beat Painters in Game 1 of semis

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For quite a while, it seemed June Mar Fajardo was about to do all the work for San Miguel Beer against Rain or Shine Tuesday.

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‘Disappointed’ Compton rues Alaska’s defensive effort on Romeo

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Terrence Romeo may have had a sleepless night as he approached his and GlobalPort’s first semifinals game against Alaska, but after his 41-point explosion in Game 1, it will be Aces head coach Alex Compton’s turn to be up all night.

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