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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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Rookie Daquioag ‘played like a veteran’ in Meralco win over NLEX, says Black

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This time, it was the other rookie who lit a fire for Meralco. Ed Daquioag provided the spark for the Bolts as they pulled off a 106-93 win over NLEX on Saturday. The former Santo Tomas stud went to work late, firing 10 of his 23 points in the fourth period, along with four rebounds […]

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Newsome, Daquioag spark Meralco win over NLEX

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Meralco stepped on the gas pedal late, turning back NLEX, 106-93 to notch its first win in Petron Saturday Special of the 2017 PBA Philippine Cup at Smart Araneta Coliseum. Chris Newsome and rookie Ed Daquioag paired up in the fourth quarter as the Bolts went on a decisive 16-3 tear to turn a close […]

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Ferrer vows to work harder: ‘It’s not easy to earn coach Tim’s trust’

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Barangay Ginebra rookie Kevin Ferrer may not have had an impressive PBA debut but he promises to work on his game and get the attention of his head coach Tim Cone. The former University of Santo Tomas standout turned in three points, three rebounds and had a turnover in 11 minutes, subpar numbers as Barangay […]

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Returning Dillinger still groping for form

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Jared Dillinger was still far from his old form when he made his return from injury on Sunday. The Meralco swingman played just nine minutes in the Bolts’ 86-84 loss to the Blackwater Elite in the 2017 PBA Philippine Cup. The 32-year-old, a major piece in the Bolts’ rotation, is coming off a hamstring injury he sustained […]

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Grey has solid PBA debut in Bolts loss to Elite

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As promising as his first game was, Jonathan Grey’s focus is on Meralco’s success. That’s why he doesn’t want to put too much on the 11 points and four rebounds he posted in his PBA debut, but rather rue the Bolts’ 86-84 defeat to the Blackwater Elite on Sunday. “It’s a learning process, but we lost, so […]

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Miranda proves he still has it, hits game winner for Elite

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When everyone was looking at Mac Belo to bail Blackwater out, another Tamaraw stepped up to the plate and drilled the dagger. Denok Miranda hit the biggest shot of the night, draining the game-winning basket on a tough drive for an 86-84 win by the Elite over the Meralco Bolts on Sunday. “I still have […]

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Elite rookie Belo aims to keep getting better

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Mac Belo proved his first PBA game was no fluke on Sunday. Helping Blackwater in his own unassuming way, the prized rookie let his game do the talking, pouring 12 of his 25 points in the fourth quarter, to go with six rebounds, three steals, and two blocks for an 86-84 win over Meralco on Sunday. […]

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Belo, Miranda lift Elite over Bolts for 2-0 start

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Rookie Mac Belo followed up his impressive debut with another sterling performance while veteran guard Denok Miranda made the go-ahead play and Blackwater upset Meralco, 86-84, in the 2017 PBA Philippine Cup Sunday at Smart Araneta Coliseum. Belo led all scorers with 25 points while Miranda hit the game-winning basket on a tough drive with […]

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Elite eye 2-0 start vs debuting Bolts

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After finally winning its first-ever opener, Blackwater looks to continue its winning ways early in the season. The Elite gun for their first-ever 2-0 start and solo leadership when they tangle with the debuting Meralco Bolts in the PBA Philippine Cup at the Smart Araneta Coliseum. Blackwater’s 94-87 victory over Phoenix last Wednesday marked the […]

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Bolts bolster backcourt with Ed Daquioag

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There’s still much more Ed Daquioag has to do before he makes his mark in the PBA, but the former University of Santo Tomas slotman, who was drafted by Meralco, sees a potential a partnership with reigning Rookie of the Year Chris Newsome. With Daquioag, the Bolts got another versatile and athletic guard, joining the […]

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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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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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STANDINGS
GAMES TIME
Meralco VS Phoenix 07:00 PM
NLEX VS Blackwater 04:15 PM
MAY 03 WEDNESDAY SMART ARANETA COLISEUM
San Miguel Beer VS TNT KaTropa 07:00 PM
GlobalPort VS Phoenix 04:15 PM
MAY 05 FRIDAY SMART ARANETA COLISEUM
Rain or Shine VS Star Hotshots 05:00 PM
MAY 06 SATURDAY BATANGAS CITY COLISEUM