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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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Tenorio thriving in PBA Finals despite playing through injury

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LA Tenorio was the first to admit that his shot clock-beating triple in the clutch was nothing but a stroke of luck. “It was a hail mary shot,” Tenorio proudly said. Tenorio drilled the miraculous triple with 1:07 remaining to give Ginebra a commanding 84-76 lead. The shot turned out to be the dagger as […]

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Brownlee, Tenorio lift Ginebra over Meralco for 2-0 finals lead

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Barangay Ginebra leaned on the duo of Justin Brownlee and LA Tenorio to beat Meralco, 86-76, for a 2-0 lead in the 2017 PBA Governors’ Cup Finals Sunday at Smart Araneta Coliseum. Once again, the runner-up in the Best Import race, Brownlee showed that no award snub can deter him from his quest of giving […]

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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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Meralco earns No. 1 spot, comes back to beat SMB

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Allen Durham scored the go-ahead basket and Meralco clinched the top spot with a 104-101 comeback win over San Miguel Beer Sunday night at Smart Araneta Coliseum. Durham made the game-winning shot with 27.1 seconds left that capped off Meralco’s 16-5 finishing kick. He finished with 35 points and 13 rebounds. “It’s a big win […]

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Meralco gets Tolomia, Rain or Shine acquires Daquioag

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Rain or Shine continued to shake up its roster as it acquired Ed Daquioag from Meralco in exchange for Mike Tolomia. The Office of the Commissioner approved the deal on Monday afternoon as Gilas cadets swapped places for the second time this conference. Tolomia and Daquioag have had similar fortunes in the Elasto Painters and the Bolts […]

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Durham posts triple-double, Meralco gains solo lead with rout of Kia

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Allen Durham posted a triple-double and Meralco dumped Kia, 112-97, to gain solo lead in the 2017 PBA Governors’ Cup Sunday night at Smart Araneta Coliseum. Durham collected 25 points, 11 rebounds and 13 assists to lead the Bolts, who upped their mark to 4-0. “I thought it was a very good effort from my […]

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Bolts use big 2nd half in rout of Gin Kings

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Allen Durham had another dominating outing and Meralco shook off a slow start to rip debuting Barangay Ginebra, 93-78, in the 2017 PBA Governors’ Cup Sunday night at Smart Araneta Coliseum. Durham bullied his way to 30 points and 24 rebounds with nine assists to power the Bolts, who trailed by as much as 11 […]

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Meralco import Stepheson sets sight on playoffs after loss to Ginebra

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ANTIPOLO—Meralco’s hulking import Alex Stepheson definitely felt the sting of dropping their final game in the eliminations of the PBA Commissioner’s Cup, but he knows that all he has to do is look ahead and and focus on the quarterfinals. The Bolts settled for a 7-4 record after losing to Ginebra, 90-89, their third straight […]

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Brownlee on missed free throws: It happens

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ANTIPOLO—Ginebra import Justin Brownlee had a chance to ultimately seal the win for his team Sunday against Meralco in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup. All he had to do was hit his two free throws to give his team a three-point lead with six seconds remaining with the Gin Kings up, 90-89. Brownlee, however, uncharacteristically came […]

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Black preparing Meralco for ‘likely’ quarterfinals duel vs TNT

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ANTIPOLO—The PBA Commissioner’s Cup standings may not yet be finalized with more than half the league still yet to play their last elimination games, but Meralco head coach Norman Black is almost certain they’ll face TNT. Black and the Bolts finished their elimination round schedule with a 7-4 record after losing to Ginebra, 90-89, Sunday […]

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Gin Kings earn share of top spot, edge Bolts

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ANTIPOLO—Barangay Ginebra gained a share of the top seed after clipping Meralco, 90-89, in the 2017 PBA Commissioner’s Cup Sunday at Ynares Sports Center here. The Gin Kings improved to 8-2 and tied the Star Hotshots at the helm while the Bolts ended their elimination round schedule with a 7-4 card. It was a game where […]

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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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Momentum on their side, Bolts go on 17-day break

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Racking up six wins in seven games, Meralco faces its toughest challenge yet midway through the 2017 PBA Commissioner’s Cup. With momentum on their side, the Bolts will be tested as they go on a 17-day break. “I have no clue what we’re gonna do with 17 days off,” lamented coach Norman Black after a […]

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Arwind Santos sparks Beermen bench in win over Bolts

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The San Miguel Beermen may have just found the spark they have been looking for, and he was under their nose all this time. With import Charles Rhodes in tow, the Beermen opted to slide Arwind Santos down to the bench and in the team’s conference-opening 99-92 win over Meralco, the early results look promising. Santos […]

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Beermen import Charles Rhodes shines in PBA debut

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Joining a star-studded team like San Miguel, not much is expected from import Charles Rhodes aside from blending in well with the locals and providing ample help on the defensive end. But in his first game on Sunday, the 31-year-old reinforcement showed that he’s more than capable on meshing with the crew. Known as a […]

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Well-rested Beermen end Bolts’ unbeaten start

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San Miguel continued to be Meralco’s bane in the second conference. The Bolts came into Sunday’s game having won their first four games before running into a brick wall in the Beermen. “They’re the best team in the league. They just won the all-Filipino title, so I can’t really be surprised with the way they […]

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SMB’s Fajardo gets praise from Bolts import Stepheson

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It may be a new conference, but it’s still the same old, dominant June Mar Fajardo. Matched up against the hulking Alex Stepheson, the Cebuano giant proved that he’s more than ready to battle as he carried San Miguel to a 99-92 victory over Meralco on Sunday. The three-time PBA Most Valuable Player collected 24 […]

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Debuting Beermen deal Bolts their first loss

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San Miguel continued to assert its dominance this season, dealing Meralco its first loss with a 99-92 thumping Sunday in the 2017 PBA Commissioner’s Cup at Smart Araneta Coliseum. Bucking a poor start, the Beermen leaned on their starters, sending a statement as they fought back from a 15-point deficit and used a strong second half […]

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Stepheson shrugs off dust-up with NLEX: ‘It’s nothing personal’

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Alex Stepheson heard how physical the game is in the PBA so when Meralco faced off against NLEX on Sunday, he was prepared for a bruising night. “It’s physical. I mean, I like it though,” he said. And the burly Stepheson got what he wanted. He inadvertently elbowed Bradwyn Guinto on a rebound play in […]

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Guiao on NLEX’s 0-2 start: ‘Maybe we need drastic measures’

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It wasn’t the way coach Yeng Guiao wanted to celebrate his 58th birthday. After a promising first showing two days ago, the Road Warriors took a step back on Sunday, falling to Meralco, 91-84, on Sunday with them failing to keep up with the Bolts in the fourth quarter. “Nobody stepped up for us today. […]

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Bolts use big 4th quarter to beat Road Warriors

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Meralco unleashed a killer fourth quarter to beat NLEX, 91-84, Sunday to nab its second victory in the 2017 PBA Commissioner’s Cup at Smart Araneta Coliseum. The Bolts used a 19-4 tear to break the game open in the fourth, turning a slim 69-67 lead to a commanding 88-71 advantage with 5:25 left as the […]

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Garcia: Rain or Shine played ‘terrible’ in loss to Meralco

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Rain or Shine head coach Caloy Garcia expressed his displeasure over the Elasto Painters’ 82-72 loss to the Meralco Bolts on Friday. “We played a terrible game, offensively and defensively. The players on the court weren’t playing well together,” Garcia said. Falling behind by as much as 15 early, the Elasto Painters had a tough time […]

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Lutz bolts into Meralco’s lineup

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The Meralco Bolts beefed up their lineup by signing San Miguel Beermen free agent Chris Lutz. The former Gilas Pilipinas standout, on Monday, agreed to join the Bolts after sitting out for almost a season due to a hip injury. After a bridesmaid finish in the Governors’ Cup, Meralco has only 2 games remaining this […]

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Thompson, Gin Kings down skidding Bolts

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ILOILO CITY – Joe Devance achieved a personal milestone and the whole Barangay Ginebra team celebrated a crucial win over Meralco that got the team back in the thick of the fight for the playoffs in the PBA Philippine Cup at the University of San Agustin Gym here Saturday night. Devance, Japeth Aguilar, Scottie Thompson […]

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Bottom teams Meralco, Mahindra aim for crucial win

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Mahinrda has snapped out of a disquieting skid in a big way and is now eyeing a second straight win that would push it back in the hunt for a playoff slot in the PBA Philippine Cup. Meralco coach Norman Black hopes it would not be at his team’s expense when the Bolts and Floodbuster […]

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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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Hodge says Castro ‘toughest guy I’ve ever guarded’

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From the time he set foot in the league five years ago, Meralco forward Cliff Hodge has been one of the Bolts most reliable defender. Hodge, the fourth overall pick by Meralco in the 2012 PBA Draft, has been locking down opposing teams’ best players from Alaska’s Calvin Abueva to GlobalPort’s Terrence Romeo to name a […]

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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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Newsome hopes to limit errors after committing 11 turnovers in loss to SMB

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Chris Newsome, the PBA’s reigning Rookie of the Year, had a line to forget in Meralco’s 101-86 loss to defending Philippine Cup champions San Miguel as he put up a triple-double with one glaring statistical anomaly. He had 16 points, 12 rebounds, but turned the ball over 11 times as the Bolts dropped their third […]

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Black sees no positives in Bolts loss to Beermen

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Meralco head coach Norman Black wasn’t in the mood to look at any bright moments in his team’s 101-86 loss to defending champion San Miguel in the 2017 PBA Philippine Cup Wednesday at Cuneta Astrodome.  “Bad game, that’s all I can really tell you,” said Black as the Bolts dropped to 2-4 and absorbed their third straight […]

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Cabagnot taken to hospital with apparent broken nose

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San Miguel rolled to its fifth victory on Wednesday but it wasn’t all fun and games when its starting point guard Alex Cabagnot had to be rushed to the hospital after suffering a broken nose following the Beermen’s win over the Meralco Bolts. Cabagnot suffered the injury after colliding with Meralco forward Cliff Hodge at […]

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Fajardo not concerned over lack of production with SMB winning

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June Mar Fajardo has been the PBA’s consistent dominant force, but the gentle giant of San Miguel doesn’t mind playing a lesser role especially with his team chalking up wins. In the Beermen’s convincing 101-86 drubbing of Meralco, Fajardo produced pedestrian numbers by his standards with an 11-point, 14-rebound line as Marcio Lassiter and Alex […]

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San Miguel fends off Meralco, improves to 5-1

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San Miguel Beer was a firecracker crackling and spitting sparks all game long in a 101-86 demolition of Meralco in a PBA Philippine Cup pre-New Year presentation at Cuneta Astrodome in Pasay City Wednesday night. The Beermen torched the Bolts right in the opening quarter and lit the board all throughout in a relatively easy victory that kept the […]

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