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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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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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Ginebra made the hustle plays in Game 2 win, says Brownlee

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Talk about a change of fortune. A couple of nights after Meralco bullied Ginebra, it was the Gin Kings turn to impose their will on the Bolts in Game 2, beating them to the much-important hustle points as their import Justin Brownlee put it. Ginebra evened the best-of-seven series of the PBA Governors’ Cup Finals […]

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Mercado shares success with teammates in limiting Durham

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Sol Mercado may have found a new niche as part of the vaunted three-guard lineup of Barangay Ginebra. Playing the small forward position, the veteran guard has been making the Gin Kings’ small ball run look good against Meralco as it knotted their Finals series at 1-1. Mercado’s shift also changed his responsibility. From running […]

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Ginebra evens series at 1-1, escapes Meralco

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Barangay Ginebra San Miguel avoided what could have been another collapse as it held off Meralco, 82-79, to level their 2016 PBA Governors’ Cup Finals series at 1-1 Sunday night at Smart Araneta Coliseum. Sol Mercado made the go-ahead basket, a putback off an LA Tenorio miss, 81-79, with 28.2 seconds left before holding his […]

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Alapag is new all-time 3-point leader, eclipses Caidic

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Jimmy Alapag let it fly and just like over a thousand times before, his 3-pointer swished through the bottom of the net. Only this time, his latest one meant more than just three points. Playing in his 597th PBA game, Alapag shattered Allan Caidic’s all-time record for most 3-pointers made after burying his 1,243rd on […]

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Castro wins BPC; Durham is Best Import

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TNT guard Jayson Castro was named Best Player of the Conference in the 2016 PBA Governors’ Cup on Sunday before Game 2 of the Finals between Barangay Ginebra and Meralco tipped off at Smart Araneta Coliseum. Castro took home his fourth BPC award. He led all locals with an average Statistical Points of 38.3, edging […]

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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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Player of the Week: Meralco’s Hugnatan lights up TNT in semis

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Veteran forward Reynel Hugnatan has always been known for his mid-range game and excellent footwork at the post. But in Game 3 of Meralco’s PBA Governors Cup best-of-five semifinal series against top seed TNT, the 6-foot-4 Hugnatan unveiled his new weapon from the three-point zone. The ninth overall pick in the 2003 PBA Draft went […]

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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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2016 Governors’ Cup Semis Preview: TNT KaTropa vs Meralco Bolts

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Sister teams TNT and Meralco are on a collision course, and we’ll see just much glory is thicker than blood between these two clubs. TNT and Meralco have players and coaches who have played on both sides, and that adds a lot of potentially dramatic flavor to this match up. Among these are Jimmy Alapag, […]

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Meralco, TNT open semis series

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For quite a while now, Meralco has long been on the fringes of success. Bolts coach Norman Black believes the time is ripe for his Meralco crew to gain inclusion among the PBA’s elite, notwithstanding the awe-inspiring task of taking on the Governors Cup’s best team, led by arguably the conference’s top player. “We look […]

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2016 Govs’ Cup semis begins Monday

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There were no surprises at the end of the 2016 PBA Governors’ Cup quarterfinals as the top four teams went on to the next round. And it isn’t a bad thing with each of the semifinal match-ups having the potential to be a classic duel. The Final Four begins on Monday with crowd-drawers San Miguel […]

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Meralco seals playoff for 4th spot, beats Mahindra

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MERALCO finally got to win a close one and got amply rewarded as a result. The Bolts came through with the clutch plays in the stretch to fashion an 86-83 escape over MahindraSunday and secure a playoff spot for a twice-to-beat advantage in the PBA Governors Cup quarterfinals at the Mall of Asia Arena. Allen Durham […]

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Mahindra, Meralco aim to end skids

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Down to their last games in the eliminations, both Meralco and Mahindra aren’t treating this last assignment as any tuneup of sorts. For the Enforcer, win would secure the franchise their best finish in any conference as they can still snare one of the top four spots at 6-4. The Bolts, meanwhile, wants to avoid […]

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Wright credits teammates for first PBA win

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Whether Star makes it to the playoffs or not, import Joel Wright won’t be winless in his first PBA stint after all. Wright made the game-winning play as his baseline drive with 0.7 tenths of a second left lifted Star over Meralco, a victory that not only snapped the Hotshots’ five-game tailspin but more importantly, […]

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Wright saves the day as Hotshots escape elimination, Bolts

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Joel Wright knocked in a one-hand looper in the last two seconds and the Star Hotshots kept their flickering playoff hopes alive with a 104-103 nail-biter over the Meralco Bolts in the PBA Governors Cup at Mall of Asia Arena Sunday night. With no more timeout left, the Bolts could only make a long desperation throw-in […]

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Durham’s 55 not enough to save Bolts

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Allen Durham could say that he gave his all for Meralco in a 126-123 defeat to GlobalPort in double overtime on Sunday. After all, his 55 points, 14 rebounds and six assists gave the Bolts a golden opportunity to steal the game despite the team’s poor effort in the first half against the Batang Pier […]

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Player of the Week: Semerad steps up with career game for GlobalPort

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Anthony Semerad earned his very first Accel-PBA Press Corps Player of the Week following his career game on Sunday in GlobalPort’s thrilling 126-123 double overtime win against Meralco. The 6-foot-4 Semerad, an underrated shooter, became the unlikely hero after burying a corner go-ahead, three-point shot off a Stanley Pringle pass with 14 seconds left to play. […]

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Black: Players’ lack of preparedness factor in Bolts 2OT loss

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There was no doubt in coach Norman Black’s mind that the root of Meralco’s downfall on Sunday boiled down to some of his key players being unprepared in its game against GlobalPort. “Some guys were a little bit listless tonight. There’s no question some guys didn’t come to play tonight as far as their effort and production in the first […]

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Pringle atones for late misses with key assist

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Stanley Pringle enjoys having the full trust of the GlobalPort coaching staff that even if he muffed two potential game-winners in their duel against Meralco, he still kept finding the ball in his hands in their double-overtime victory. The 2015 PBA Rookie of the Year orchestrating the offense for the Batang Pier in the clutch […]

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Semerad plays best game, gets GlobalPort into win column

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Known as a deadly outside shooter, Anthony Semerad made Meralco pay for keeping him uncovered as he drained the go-ahead triple with 14.9 seconds to spare to give GlobalPort its first win in a dramatic 126-123 double overtime win over Meralco on Sunday. “I guess I like to run back and get in that corner every […]

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