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Slaughter gets starting role, boosts Ginebra in Game 5

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BOCAUE — Since winning the Best Player of the Conference award, Greg Slaughter has yet to churn out a good showing as Ginebra saw their 2-0 lead dissipate and allow Meralco level the series. But on Sunday, the 6-foot-11 center knew he had to show up when coach Tim Cone inserted him into the starting lineup […]

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Gin Kings on cusp of title repeat, shut down Bolts in Game 5

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BOCAUE – Barangay Ginebra clamped down on defense late and slammed Meralco, 85-74, to move on the cusp of winning the 2017 PBA Governors’ Cup Finals Sunday at Philippine Arena here. Leading 3-2 in the best-of-seven series, the Gin Kings shoot for their second straight title with a victory on Wednesday, with Game 6 slated still at the world’s […]

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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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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 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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Bolts played bad from opening tip of Game 5, says Black

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For Meralco head coach Norman Black, the Bolts were not able to put themselves in a position to win Sunday night. “It’s not just about the bad start, I thought we played bad the whole game from start to finish,” he said after the Bolts’ 92-81 defeat to Barangay Ginebra in Game 5 of the 2016 […]

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Brownlee: Ginebra not done with title a win away

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Justin Brownlee had a mediocre offensive output in Ginebra’s Game 4, and even though it came off in a 88-86 win for the Gin Kings, the import knows he could’ve done better. And he did just that in Game 5 as the Gin Kings trumped Ginebra, 92-81, to take a 3-2 series lead in the […]

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Durham confident Meralco can pull off two straight vs Ginebra

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Allen Durham admitted he was thrown off his game by Ginebra’s defense in Meralco’s 92-81 Game 5 defeat Sunday in the 2016 PBA Governors’ Cup Finals. “They did some different things defensively and they did where they put the ball out of my hands. They haven’t done that the whole series,” he said. Not helping was his […]

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Thompson braces for tough Meralco stand in Game 6

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Scottie Thompson may be a rookie in the PBA but when it comes to pressure, the youngster is well aware of how to push through it.  Ginebra was clinging to an 87-81 lead with less than a minute remaining, and with the shot clock winding down on the Gin Kings’ Thompson made the big basket […]

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Ginebra nears title, holds off Meralco in Game 5

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Barangay Ginebra San Miguel withstood a late Meralco charge to win, 92-81, and seize a 3-2 lead in the 2016 PBA Governors’ Cup Finals Sunday night before a boisterous crowd at Smart Araneta Coliseum. Justin Brownlee came up big with 29 points and 10 rebounds two nights after a subpar showing in the Gin Kings’ […]

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PBA Governors’ Cup Game 5 Preview: Danger Zone

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After four amazing games, we’re back in square one, with Ginebra slipping past Meralco in Game 4, 88-86. Much like Game 2, the Kings made the bigger plays down the stretch, though they had to mount one final defensive stand to stave off the Bolts. Chris Newsome was shadowed well by Justin Brownlee in the […]

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Ginebra, Meralco shoot for 3-2 lead

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Weather-permitting, Barangay Ginebra and Meralco continue their title showdown Sunday at the Smart Araneta Coliseum. Amid the expected surge of tropical storm Karen, the Kings and the Bolts both try to wage their own storms inside the Big Dome as they dispute the pivotal 3-2 lead in the PBA Governors Cup Finals. As in their […]

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San Miguel, Ginebra dispute finals slot in Game 5

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After splitting the first four games, titleholder San Miguel Beer and people’s champ Barangay Ginebra clash for one last time Tuesday, engaging in a royal knockout playoff for a spot in the 2016 PBA Governors Cup Finals.     Just like in any do-or-die match, it’s now more of a question of will and determination as the […]

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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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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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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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Alaska, Meralco dispute last Finals berth

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Alaska Milk and Meralco go through one final grind Wednesday, disputing in a do-or-die setto for the right to battle Rain or Shine in the Oppo PBA Commissioner’s Cup best-of-seven Finals. The no-tomorrow match is set at 7 p.m. at the Smart Araneta Coliseum, and the question is how well the fortitude of the two […]

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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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Beermen survive Aces in OT anew in Fajardo’s return

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June Mar Fajardo electrified the crowd instantly just as he headed to the officials’ table late in the opening quarter. Drawing inspiration on Fajardo’s surprise comeback, San Miguel Beer sustained its fightback and stretched the Smart Bro PBA Philippine Cup finals to another game with an 86-73 drubbing of Alaska Milk in overtime Wednesday night […]

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Beermen beat Painters, take 3-2 semis lead

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San Miguel Beer is now just one step away from a return trip to the finals. With June Mar Fajardo collecting 27 points and 12 rebounds and Arwind Santos keying a crucial breakaway the Beermen triumphed over Rain or Shine 103-94 Wednesday to go up 3-2 in their Smart Bro-PBA Philippine Cup semifinals series at […]

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Alaska back in the finals after ripping GlobalPort

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Playoff top seed Alaska Milk simply outclassed Final Four neophyte Globalport yet again Tuesday night, hacking out a 118-89 win to secure the first berth in the Smart Bro PBA Philippine Cup Finals at the Smart Araneta Coliseum. With hardly any difference from the previous games, the Aces overwhelmed the Batang Pier on both ends […]

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Aces look to finish off Batang Pier in Game 5

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Alaska seeks to put an end on Globalport’s breakthrough run and nurture its own bid for a first crownin three years as the Aces go for the kill versus the beleaguered Batang Pier in Game 5 of their Smart Bro PBA Philippine Cup Final Four face-off at the Smart Araneta Coliseum Tuesday.

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2015-16 PBA PH Cup Semis Preview: GlobalPort Batang Pier vs Alaska Aces – ON THE VERGE!

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The Alaska Aces made short work of GlobalPort in Game 3, leading wire to wire and effectively exploiting the Batang Pier’s collective inexperience. Alaska is now on the verge of returning to the Philippine Cup Finals, where they narrowly lost to San Miguel Beer last season in seven hard-fought games. Without a doubt, the Aces […]

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