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San Miguel acquires Pessumal, trades Van Opstal to GlobalPort

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With the rare Grand Slam feat on its mind, San Miguel fortified its roster as it acquired Von Pessumal from GlobalPort in exchange for seldom-used big man Arnold Van Opstal. The deal, which was the first involving two rookies part of the Gilas pool in the past 2016 PBA Rookie Draft, was approved on Monday […]

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Black: Bolts ‘deserved to be beaten’ by Batang Pier

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Meralco head coach Norman Black admitted the Bolts really didn’t deserve to win in a stunning 94-86 loss to the GlobalPort Batang Pier on Wednesday. “I give them (GlobalPort) credit, they played hard, and they played well, and they rebounded the ball well tonight which was something we didn’t do,” said Black at Mall of Asia Arena […]

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Harper overcomes jet lag, leads GlobalPort upset of Meralco

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Justin Harper arrived in the Philippines on Wednesday, the same day GlobalPort played against Meralco in the 2017 PBA Commissioner’s Cup, and he immediately went to work. Harper wasted no time in introducing himself to the rest of the league as he put up a game-high 30 points and pulled down nine rebounds to lead the Batang […]

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GlobalPort shocks Meralco behind new import Harper

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GlobalPort kept its playoff hopes alive after scoring a 94-86 upset victory over league-leader Meralco in the 2017 PBA Commissioner’s Cup Wednesday at Mall of Asia Arena. The Batang Pier climbed to 3-6 to create some distance between Mahindra and Blackwater, who are sitting at the 10th and 11th spots with 2-7 cards. Meralco, which […]

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Quinahan fills in for injured Ramos in Cebu All-Star

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JR Quiñahan gets a chance to give his hometown fans a treat as he joins the Visayas All-Stars in Cebu for the final leg of the 2017 PBA All-Star Week on Sunday. The slimmed-down GlobalPort slotman has been chosen as replacement for Aldrech Ramos, who is nursing a fractured nose. Quiñahan is just overwhelmed with […]

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Gavina blasts Mallari anew: ‘Sometimes he’s a detriment’

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Following another devastating loss, Mahindra coach Chris Gavina pulled no punches again as he called out players whom he felt were just playing for their own interest and not for the team. “We got a lot of guys who are willing to put it all on the line and they show it to me in […]

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Pumaren says recuperating Romeo’s mere presence gave GlobalPort boost

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GlobalPort coach Franz Pumaren praised his star guard Terrence Romeo for showing his willingness to be with the team despite recovering from his sickness. The super scorer has been on the recovery from his typhoid fever last week and has been dealing with a bum stomach since Saturday but still showed up in his uniform […]

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Minus Romeo, GlobalPort gets lift from rookie Pessumal

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GlobalPort head coach Franz Pumaren knows he has to get something from his bench players if the team aspires to advance to the 2017 PBA Commissioner’s Cup playoffs. The Batang Pier ranks dead last in the league with only 23.2 bench points per game. But on Sunday, without Terrence Romeo to lean on, the reserves […]

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TNT holds off GlobalPort, arranges semis clash with SMB

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TNT used a strong defensive stance in the final minute to escape with a 95-90 victory over GlobalPort and sweep their 2017 PBA Philippine Cup quarterfinals series Monday at Smart Araneta Coliseum. Ranidel de Ocampo scored six of the KaTropa’s last eight points as they fended off the pesky Batang Pier late and arrange a semifinals date […]

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Pumaren seek more production from GlobalPort bench

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GlobalPort head coach Franz Pumaren couldn’t hide his disappointment following his team’s 109-101 loss to TNT in Game 1 of their best-of-3 quarterfinals series on Saturday. “I guess that this is our worst game of the conference,” Pumaren said. Without much help from the bench, the Batang Pier coughed up an early 12-point lead, 29-17, […]

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TNT goes for sweep vs ‘dangerous’ GlobalPort

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The TNT KaTropa have yet to find ways to stop the dynamic duo of Terrence Romeo and Stanley Pringle. But they’ve been finding ways to hurdle the whole GlobalPort team. The KaTropa look to make it 3-0 over the Batang Pier in the conference, going for the kill in their PBA Philippine Cup best-of-three quarterfinals […]

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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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TNT, GlobalPort begin quarterfinals duel

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Coaches Nash Racela and Franz Pumaren engage in a chess match anew, this time steering TNT and GlobalPort, respectively, at the start of their best-of-three quarterfinals duel in the 2017 PBA Philippine Cup on Saturday at Mall of Asia Arena. The KaTropa may have lost their last eliminations assignment, a 98-94 defeat to top-seed San Miguel […]

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Terrence Romeo is the future of PBA, says James Yap

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There’s no doubt in James Yap’s mind that Terrence Romeo is the future of the PBA. “Sa nilalaro ni Terrence ngayon, I think future siya. Alam ko yung feeling na ganoon, na sobrang taas ang kumpiyansa niya,” Yap said. Yap had a first hand look on how deadly the two-time Scoring Champion can be as […]

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Quinahan gets win over Belga as former teammates face off

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GlobalPort big man JR Quinahan expected a tough time heading into a duel with Rain or Shine on Sunday. Bracing for a tight battle against his old team, he told his former teammate Beau Belga to take it easy. “Sinabi ko lang kay Beau kanina bago mag-start na dahan-dahan lang,” Quinahan said with a chuckle. […]

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Norwood on guarding Romeo: ‘It’s frustrating’

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Terrence Romeo was so slick on Sunday that he even managed to evade reporters after GlobalPort’s 117-99 win over Rain or Shine. Minutes after setting a career-high 44 points, the super scorer’s impact was still felt inside Cuneta Astrodome. “I can’t lie, It’s frustrating, especially in a game that we need to win and the situation that […]

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GlobalPort makes quarters, downs ROS behind Romeo’s career-high

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Terrence Romeo exploded for a career-high 44 points to carry GlobalPort over Rain or Shine, 117-99, and clinch a seat in the 2017 PBA Philippine Cup quarterfinals Sunday at Cuneta Astrodome. The Batang Pier’s super scorer caught fire with a 20-point second quarter. He finished what he started, pouring 19 more points in the payoff period to […]

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Streaking Beermen seize No. 1 spot, beat Batang Pier

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LAPU LAPU CITY — June Mar Fajardo made a worthy homecoming in his home province, teaming up with Arwind Santos and Marcio Lassiter to power San Miguel Beer past GlobalPort and into an outright top finish in the 2017 PBA Philippine Cup elims here Saturday night. Before an impressive crowd at the Hoops Dome here, […]

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Player of the Week: Resurgent Sumang steps up for Elite

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Roi Sumang is starting to show his true potential after spending much of his rookie season in obscurity. Selected 27th overall by GlobalPort in 2015, the pint-sized Sumang only played 27 games in 8.4 minutes, producing underwhelming numbers of 3.4 points, 0.7 rebound and 0.7 assist with the GlobalPort Batang Pier and late in his […]

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Romeo now a ‘willing passer,’ says Newsome

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As hard as it is to defend Terrence Romeo, the job gets tougher now as the scorer slowly evolves into a playmaking guard. That’s what Chris Newsome observed following Meralco’s 97-89 defeat to GlobalPort on Friday. “It keeps you on your toes a lot more,” he said. “You can’t just hard show or you can’t double-team […]

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No holiday break pays off for Quiñahan, GlobalPort

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GlobalPort’s JR Quiñahan felt relieved that all the sacrifices they made during the holidays earned them a win in their first game of the year in the 2017 PBA Philippine Cup. Coming off a 26-point meltdown against Phoenix last Dec. 28, the Batang Pier opted to spend the holidays at the gym rather than staying […]

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Grey rues another missed chance for struggling Bolts

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Consider it another wasted game for Meralco. Though the Bolts still had silver linings in their 97-89 loss to Blackwater on Friday, what lingers in the players’ minds will be the defeat, which was the squad’s fourth straight. And for rookie Jonathan Grey, he couldn’t help but feel disappointed for the missed opportunity for a […]

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Coming off collapse, Batang Pier survive meltdown

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Finally, GlobalPort can turn over a new leaf. Haunted by their monumental collapse last week, the Batang Pier exorcised their demons and came away with a 97-89 victory over the Meralco Bolts on Friday. Taking notes from its heartbreaking 101-99 loss to Phoenix last Dec. 28 where it squandered a 26-point lead in the fourth quarter, […]

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GlobalPort deputy on meltdown: ‘We stopped playing defense’

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Christmas may be over but GlobalPort experienced what it’s like getting a visit from the Grinch.  On Wednesday, the Batang Pier was having their way against Phoenix but nothing would have prepared them against the Fuel Masters’ furious fourth-quarter fightback. Globalport assistant coach Cholo Villanueva said it was his team’s lackadaisical defensive effort in the […]

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Borboran in right place at right time for game-winning tip

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When Phoenix needed a hero in its late-game rally against GlobalPort, one unassuming veteran stepped up from seemingly out of nowhere. Mark Borboran, has never been the guy to stand out in a PBA game, but on Wednesday he made sure his presence, though quiet, would ring out in the Fuel Masters’ 101-99 victory over […]

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Communication vital in Phoenix comeback win, says Baguio

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With Phoenix once again on the verge of a humiliating defeat, a veteran voice made sure the Fuel Masters would not go down as afterthoughts. Cyrus Baguio, despite playing horribly in the first three quarters, played a huge role not only on the stat sheets but also in the Fuel Masters’ intangibles in their 101-99 […]

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Phoenix rallies from 26 down, stuns GlobalPort

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True to its name, Phoenix rose from the ashes and shone in the end. Mark Borboran came up big in the fourth, including the game-winning tip with 2.4 seconds remaining as the Fuel Masters completed the 26-point comeback to stun GlobalPort, 101-99, Wednesday in the 2017 PBA Philippine Cup at Cuneta Astrodome in Pasay. “We didn’t quit. […]

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Ginebra dealt with ‘frustrating loss’ by GlobalPort

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Still on a high after last week’s 81-74 victory over Rain or Shine, Ginebra was brought back down to earth with a 91-84 loss to GlobalPort on Sunday. And the Gin Kings didn’t fail to recognize the reality check they were dealt with as they suffered their second defeat in three games. “Coach Tim (Cone) told […]

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Urbiztondo happy to be back in PBA with GlobalPort

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Left unsigned in the offseason, Josh Urbiztondo faced a familiar scenario. After all, he went undrafted in the 2009 PBA Draft. But it didn’t take long as GlobalPort came calling two weeks ago and wanted the 33-year-old to report to practice. Without any assurance of being fielded, Urbiztondo went. And on Sunday, he made his PBA […]

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Tenorio on Romeo: ‘He’s hard to stop’

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LA Tenorio admits it’s just hard defending a locked in Terrence Romeo. “It’s hard to stop a scorer who’s already got a rhythm,” Tenorio said as Romeo torched Ginebra with 35 points to lead GlobalPort, 91-84, on Sunday. “From the start of the game, every one of them already has a rhythm. It’s hard to stop […]

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GlobalPort riding on ‘new’ Romeo

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Terrence Romeo said GlobalPort has yet to prove anything even after its impressive victory over Barangay Ginebra, 91-84. The Batang Pier hiked their record to 3-1, joining the San Miguel Beermen and the Rain or Shine Elasto Painters atop the standings. “Wala pa kaming napapatunayan. Challenge para sa amin na makita kami ng mga tao […]

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Romeo too much as GlobalPort beats Ginebra

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Terrence Romeo, the PBA scoring champion the last two seasons, was at it Sunday night, firing away a season-high 35 points to power GlobalPort to a 91-84 win over Barangay Ginebra and back to joint lead in the PBA Philippine Cup at Smart Araneta Coliseum. Romeo waxed hottest when needed the most, scattering 15 markers in the fourth quarter after Ginebra […]

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Pingris: ‘We have to trust each other’

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No more excuses. With Star dropping its second game in the 2017 PBA Philippine Cup, Marc Pingris shared the reason why the team has been struggling early. “We’re not following coach’s instructions,” Pingris said. The Hotshots had a monumental collapse in their season opener against San Miguel, 96-88, and was unable to recover from their […]

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GlobalPort needs to stay focused after 2-0 start, says Pringle

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GlobalPort may be on cloud nine after huge victories in its first two outings in the 2017 PBA Philippine Cup, but Stanley Pringle knows the true tests are yet to come. The 2015 Rookie of the Year warned his fellow Batang Pier to not be blinded by their recent success, especially after their 91-84 win […]

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Star rookie Jalalon gets reality check defending Romeo, Pringle

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Facing one of the best backcourt tandems in the PBA, Jiovani Jalalon feels like he was dealt with the reality check he was bracing for when he started his professional career. “I had a difficult time with Terrence (Romeo) and Stanley (Pringle),” Jalalon said following Star’s 91-84 loss to GlobalPort on Friday. An elite defender […]

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Romeo on GlobalPort’s start: ‘We have to forget that we’re 2-0’

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With GlobalPort winning its first two games in lopsided fashion, Terrence Romeo doesn’t want his team to feel overconfident early in the 2017 PBA Philippine Cup. “We have to forget that we’re 2-0,” Romeo said after the Batang Pier’s 91-84 win over Star on Friday. Romeo has undoubtedly taken the leadership role for his crew, […]

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Hot start propels GlobalPort past winless Star

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GlobalPort built enough cushion to survive Star’s late fightback, 91-84, in the 2017 PBA Philippine Cup Friday at Smart Araneta Coliseum. Banking on a 29-8 first quarter, the Batang Pier established enough breathing room with Stanley Pringle leading their side to their second win. “I guess the key here was we set the tempo from […]

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PBA Season 42 Preview: GlobalPort Batang Pier

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After struggling in the import-laden conferences, GlobalPort is eyeing to recapture its lost thunder in the Philippine Cup where it had its breakthrough run last season. And in doing so, the Batang Pier are entrusting their future under the guidance of team consultant Franz Pumaren. “We just want to better our standing this coming conference,” Pumaren […]

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4 GlobalPort picks can make lineup, says Pumaren

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GlobalPort have stockpiled on four picks in the draft and consultant Franz Pumaren said all four will have a chance to make the lineup. “Right now, everyone has a chance to make it to the regular lineup,” Pumaren said. The Batang Pier plucked shooter Von Pessumal in the Gilas round while also selecting guard Alfrancis Tamsi, […]

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