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Ginebra’s Mercado to miss Game 5 of PBA Finals due to ankle injury

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Barangay Ginebra will miss a key cog in Sol Mercado in Game 5 of the 2017 PBA Governors’ Cup Finals set on Sunday at Philippine Arena in Bocaue, Bulacan. The Gin Kings and the Meralco Bolts eye a pivotal 3-2 lead in their best-of-seven series. “Sol will not play Sunday, so it’s next man up for us,” […]

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Gin Kings knock off KaTropa, set finals rematch vs Bolts

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Defending champion Barangay Ginebra gets a shot to defend its crown after dispatching TNT, 115-105, in Game 4 of their best-of-5 semifinals series in the PBA Governors’ Cup Sunday at Smart Araneta Coliseum. The Gin Kings arranged a finals rematch with Meralco starting on Friday at Quezon Convention Center in Lucena. Justin Brownlee anchored Ginebra’s […]

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Garcia shines as backup to Castro

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RR Garcia proved Friday he can hold down the fort for TNT in the absence of the Best Point Guard in Asia. During the moments where Castro sat on the bench to rest, Garcia took command and ran the KaTropa’s show as an effective floor general to help TNT get a 122-109 Game 4 victory over Barangay […]

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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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Thompson turns into fan seeing vintage Caguioa, Helterbrand

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When Jayjay Helterbrand started his career in the PBA, his now teammate Scottie Thompson was just entering first grade. And 16 years later, the two are now sharing the court with Thompson appearing to be the heir apparent. On Friday, however, Helterbrand gave a performance that left his young ward at awe. “Pagpasok nila (Helterbrand […]

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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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Facing elimination, Beermen avoid early vacation

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Barangay Ginebra came into Sunday’s game eyeing to clinch a seat in the finals. San Miguel Beer, however, had other plans in mind and it was certainly not about taking a vacation. “Kailangan talaga manalo, ayaw pa namin mag bakasyon,” said SMB center June Mar Fajardo Sunday after bludgeoning Ginebra, 101-72.  San Miguel was pushed […]

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Cone: ‘We never had an answer’

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San Miguel Beer came out firing on all cylinders from the get-go and Barangay Ginebra didn’t know what hit them. That was how Gin Kings head coach Tim Cone summed up his team’s blowout loss in Game 4 of their best-of-five semifinals series on Sunday. “They came out firing and just never let up, we […]

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Meralco goes for first finals berth vs TNT in Game 4

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TNT KaTropa may have its back on the wall, but the fight remains for the proud franchise. No less than Texters star Jayson Castro was foremost among those who has not thrown in the towel, vowing his team will come back tonight against Meralco in their PBA Governors Cup semifinals duel at the Smart Araneta […]

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In-rhythm Lassiter shoots SMB into Game 5

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If there’s one thing Marcio Lassiter did to ease the pain of their Game 3 loss to Ginebra, it was shoot the lights out. Lassiter scored 25 points, a team-high for the Beermen, and 21 of those came from the three-point line as he led San Miguel to a 101-72 win over the Gin Kings […]

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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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Bolts atone for ‘lazy’ showing with Game 4 rout of Aces

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Meralco head coach Norman Black was disappointed with the way his team played in the second half of Game 3. “Lazy” was how Black described Meralco’s Game 3 showing as it fell, 92-72, and dropped to a 2-1 series deficit in a best-of-five semifinals duel against Alaska. The Bolts heard their coach’s grievances loud and clear […]

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Abueva vows Aces will do whatever it takes in Game 5

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Despite losing its first crack at booking a return trip to the Finals, Calvin Abueva is still confident Alaska won’t let the opportunity slip away again come Game 5. “Makakabawi tayo sa Wednesday,” Abueva guaranteed after the Aces’ 86-70 defeat to Meralco in Game 4 Monday night. “Do-or-die. Para mag-Finals talagang ibibigay na namin lahat.” Aces […]

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Faundo makes most of rare start, helps Meralco stay alive

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In what could be seen as a gambit, Meralco head coach Norman Black inserted backup center Bryan Faundo to the starting lineup in all-important Game 4 against Alaska. And Faundo didn’t disappoint as he did what Black expected of him in a crucial game. “Nung sinabi sa akin ni coach na magsa-start ako, sabi nya […]

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Meralco forces Game 5, beats Alaska

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Meralco made a giant turnaround from a lopsided loss the last time, going on an amazing breakaway from a two-point edge late in the third period on the way to a decisive 86-70 triumph over Alaska Milk that forced a do-or-die Game 5 in their Oppo PBA Commissioner’s Cup Final Four duel at Smart Araneta Coliseum […]

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Player of the Week: Healthy Paul Lee leads way for Finals-bound ROS

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With his knee problem now well behind him, combo guard Paul Lee recaptured his old form to lead Rain or Shine back to the Oppo-PBA Commissioner’s Cup Finals. The six-foot guard out of the University of the East banged in 18 points, issued five assists and added two rebounds, instigating Rain or Shine’s 124-99 rout […]

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Fajardo says fatigue a factor as Beermen bow out

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June Mar Fajardo knows that in the end, one team can’t win everything. “Ganun talaga. Gusto rin nila manalo,” the two-time MVP Fajardo said after San Miguel bowed out of the 2016 Oppo PBA Commissioner’s Cup following a blowout loss to Rain or Shine on Sunday. “Gusto namin manalo pero ganun talaga, talo eh. Di […]

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Rain or Shine routs San Miguel, enters finals

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Rain or Shine now has a clear shot at redemption. Clicking on all cylinders as the game wore on the Elasto Painters fashioned out a 124-99 drubbing of the San Miguel Beermen Sunday to realize a second straight finals stint in the 2016 PBA Commissioner’s Cup at Smart Araneta Coliseum. In-form Paul Lee finished with 18 points […]

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Healthy Dozier determined to lead Alaska anew

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Alaska import Rob Dozier admitted he did not expect to be in a position where he’s just a win away from a trip back to the Finals. Saddled with a plantar fasciitis injury coupled with the stellar showing of replacement import Shane Edwards, the former Best Import sat out the first 10 games and wondered […]

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2016 PBA Commissioner’s Cup semifinals Game 4 preview: Meralco Bolts vs Alaska Aces

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It’s Game 4 of the Commissioner’s Cup Finals and Alaska is on the verge of barging into their third straight Final appearance. Meralco, after a very commendable performance in the elims, is now on the edge and is in danger of missing the bus to their first ever Finals appearance. Will the Bolts push back […]

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Aces go for series clincher vs Bolts in Game 4

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Alaska Milk coach Alex Compton was thankful for an extra day rest, seeing it as an opportunity for his players to refresh and be ready for a cutthroat approach in trying to finish off Meralco in their semis battle. Compton just had the Aces walking through their plays and patterns on Saturday. The next day, they […]

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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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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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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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Aces rout Batang Pier, take 3-1 semis lead

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Alaska jumped to an early lead and never looked back to crush GlobalPort anew, 109-84, for a 3-1 lead in their best-of-seven semifinals series in the 2016 Smart Bro PBA Philippine Cup Sunday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.

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Shorthanded Painters go for 3-1 lead vs Beermen

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Rain or Shine coach Yeng Guiao and San Miguel Beer counterpart Leo Austria are unabashed movie buffs and listening to them evoke memories of some films like “Last Man Standing” and ones made by the late Action King, Fernando Poe Jr.

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Beermen sweep Aces, seize Governors’ Cup crown

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San Miguel Beer pulled off a rare four-game sweep after outclassing Alaska, 91-81, in the 2015 PBA Governors’ Cup Finals Friday night at Smart Araneta Coliseum.

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San Miguel Beermen go for rare PBA Finals sweep

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Only four ball clubs in the long history of the PBA have scored a 4-0 finals sweep.

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