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Lee, Hotshots rout Road Warriors for back-to-back wins

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Magnolia registered back-to-back wins after a wire-to-wire victory over NLEX, 105-94, in the 2018 PBA Philippine Cup Sunday at Smart Araneta Coliseum. Paul Lee unloaded 21 points, three rebounds and four assists to lead the Hotshots to a 3-1 slate. Rome dela Rosa also contributed in the payoff period, pouring in seven of his 14 markers. […]

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Teng, Aces dump Picanto for 2nd straight win

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Playing its finest basketball to date, Alaska bulldozed Kia, 102-65, Sunday for its second straight win in the 2018 PBA Philippine Cup at Smart Araneta Coliseum. The Aces surged ahead in the third quarter where they turned a tight 39-34 halftime lead to a decisive 75-39 at the end of the period. “Our defensive energy […]

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Gin Kings rally in 4th to beat Batang Pier

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Barangay Ginebra showed its never say die spirit, rallying back to beat GlobalPort, 104-97, Sunday in the 2018 PBA Philippine Cup at Smart Araneta Coliseum. The Gin Kings staged a 16-point turnaround in the final frame as they chipped away the Batang Pier’s 68-77 deficit and banked on LA Tenorio, Japeth Aguilar, and Greg Slaughter […]

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Wright, Chan lift Phoenix over NLEX

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Matthew Wright helped Phoenix welcome the new year on a good note after fending off NLEX, 102-95, Sunday in the 2018 PBA Philippine Cup Sunday at Smart Araneta Coliseum. The Fil-Canadian sniper went 4-of-8 from downtown, three of which coming in the third quarter pullaway. He wound up with 19 points, seven assists, five rebounds, […]

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Beermen overcome Bolts rally

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ANTIPOLO — Coach Leo Austria described Meralco as San Miguel’s first test in the 2018 PBA Philippine Cup. He was right as the Beermen barely escaped the Bolts, 103-97, Wednesday night at Ynares Center here. June Mar Fajardo was in his usual dominant self, unloading 26 points and nine rebounds while the guards, led by Alex […]

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Phoenix uses strong 2nd half to whip Kia

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ANTIPOLO — Phoenix delivered a sensational showing in a physical second half to dump Kia, 125-102, for its first win in the 2018 PBA Philippine Cup at Ynares Center here. Wealth was spread throughout the Fuel Masters roster as seven players logged double-digits in scoring led by Matthew Wright and JC Intal. Wright and Intal […]

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Slaughter, Gin Kings pound Hotshots in Christmas duel

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BOCAUE — Ginebra once again, had Magnolia’s number after coming out with an 89-78 win in their Christmas Clasico clash Monday night at Philippine Arena here. The Gin Kings went to their strengths late as Greg Slaughter and Japeth Aguilar sealed the deal to lead their squad to a triumphant debut. Slaughter fired 24 points […]

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Road Warriors beat Batang Pier, improve to 2-0

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BOCAUE — NLEX shared the blessings and in turn, went on to have a merry Christmas after a 115-104 win over GlobalPort to stay unbeaten in the 2018 PBA Philippine Cup Monday at Philippine Arena here. Leaning on a balanced attack, the Road Warriors negated the 33-point outing from Stanley Pringle to improve to 2-0 […]

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Road Warriors scrape past Picanto

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NLEX needed a four-point play by Larry Fonacier down the stretch to survive the unconventional ways of Kia, 119-115, Wednesday in the 2018 PBA Philippine Cup at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan. The veteran sharpshooter got hit and still converted on a right wing trey before completing the bonus off a foul from […]

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Beermen beat Fuel Masters in season opener

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With a fourth straight all-Filipino title in mind, San Miguel opened its 2018 PBA Philippine Cup campaign with a gritty 104-96 victory over Phoenix Sunday at Smart Araneta Coliseum. Proving why they have been the benchmark in the first conference over the past three seasons, the Beermen drew huge contributions from their fancied starting five […]

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Ravena shines in PBA Draft Combine

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Kiefer Ravena didn’t shy away from showing his athleticism after topping three of the five performance tests in the morning session of the 2017 Gatorade PBA Draft Combine Monday at Gatorade Hoops Center. The 23-year-old playmaker, who is believed to be a top two selection in the coming draft, set the standard in the anthropometry […]

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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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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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Gin Kings knock off KaTropa, set finals rematch vs Bolts

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Defending champion Barangay Ginebra gets a shot to defend its crown after dispatching TNT, 115-105, in Game 4 of their best-of-5 semifinals series in the PBA Governors’ Cup Sunday at Smart Araneta Coliseum. The Gin Kings arranged a finals rematch with Meralco starting on Friday at Quezon Convention Center in Lucena. Justin Brownlee anchored Ginebra’s […]

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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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Lee, Hotshots stop Road Warriors to stay in top 4 contention

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Star turned back NLEX, 101-93, Sunday in the 2017 PBA Governors’ Cup at Smart Araneta Coliseum. The Hotshots leaned on the trio of Paul Lee, Kristofer Acox and Mark Barroca to keep themselves in the hunt for a top four seat. Lee poured in seven of his 15 points in the payoff period, Acox tallied a […]

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Aces Hontiveros, dela Cruz retire from PBA

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ANTIPOLO CITY—Dondon Hontiveros and Tony Dela Cruz didn’t have the kind of exit they had in mind after Alaska ended its season with a blowout loss to Rain or Shine Wednesday. But the two veterans will always look back at the fond memories they’ve made throughout their colorful careers. “I learned so many things. Coach […]

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San Miguel overcomes Phoenix, gains share of 3rd place

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ANTIPOLO—San Miguel held off a tough endgame from Phoenix to escape with a 109-107 victory in the PBA Governors’ Cup Wednesday at Ynares Sports Center here. The Beermen improved to 7-3 and created a logjam at third place with TNT and NLEX while the Fuel Masters, who failed to qualify for the quarterfinals, slipped to […]

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Painters rip Aces in Hontiveros, dela Cruz farewell

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ANTIPOLO—Rain or Shine put a damper on a couple of retirements after thrashing Alaska, 112-82, in the 2017 PBA Governors’ Cup Wednesday at Ynares Sports Center here. The Elasto Painters improved to 6-4 to strengthened their bid for the fourth spot in the standings while the Aces, who saw Dondon Hontiveros and Tony Dela Cruz play their […]

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TNT rolls to 3rd straight win, beats Star

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TNT chalked up its third straight win in the PBA Governors’ Cup at the expense of Star, 104-99, Sunday at Ynares Sports Center in Antipolo. The KaTropa improved to 7-3 to overtake defending champion San Miguel, which has a 6-3 card, for the fourth spot while the Hotshots stayed in sixth place.  TNT head coach Nash Racela […]

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Elite nail last quarterfinals slot, beat Batang Pier

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Blackwater took the last quarterfinals spot in the 2017 PBA Governors’ Cup after turning back Globalport, 118-107, Sunday at Ynares Sports Center in Antipolo. The Elite remained at the eighth spot with a 5-5 record to clinch the last playoff seat while the Batang Pier dipped to 3-7. Blackwater had a 21-point lead, 90-69, at […]

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Gin Kings down Painters, move closer to top four

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Barangay Ginebra regained its winning ways after scraping past Rain or Shine, 89-82, to inch closer to a top four finish in the 2017 PBA Governors’ Cup Saturday night at Mall of Asia Arena. The Gin Kings, again, claimed solo leadership at 8-2 but not after withstanding a fight from the Elasto Painters, who rallied […]

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Fajardo hits 41 points, Beermen keep Picanto winless

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June Mar Fajardo was unstoppable in the fourth quarter and San Miguel Beer edged Kia, 118-112, in the 2017 PBA Governors’ Cup Saturday at Mall of Asia Arena. The reigning three-time MVP scored 20 of his 41 points in the final frame as the Beermen bolstered their bid for a top four finish after climbing […]

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Beermen snap Gin Kings’ 7-game streak

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San Miguel caught fire early and built enough cushion to hold off Barangay Ginebra, 107-103, in the 2017 PBA Governors’ Cup Sunday at Smart Araneta Coliseum. Terrence Watson impressed in his debut as he unloaded 28 points, 17 rebounds, four assists, two blocks, and a steal. Watson, the Beermen’s third import this conference, replaced the underwhelming Terik […]

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Hotshots send Maliksi to Elite in 4-player trade

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In an interesting turn of events, Star is sending sweet-shooting swingman Allein Maliksi to Blackwater in a four-player trade. Sources close to the situation bared that the Hotshots are shipping Maliksi and rookie big man Chris Javier to Blackwater for hardworking forward Bambam Gamalinda and promising big man Kyle Pascual. Trade papers have already been […]

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Surging Kings clip Hotshots in overtime

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Barangay Ginebra overcame its poor free throw shooting late and a gallant stand by Star to win, 105-101, in overtime Sunday night in the 2017 PBA Governors’ Cup at Smart Araneta Coliseum. Justin Brownlee collected 33 points, 10 rebounds, five assists and two steals for the Gin Kings, who extended their winning streak to six […]

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NLEX fends off Pringle-less GlobalPort, inches closer to Top Four

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Juami Tiongson caught fire late while JR Quiñahan did the dirty work as NLEX repulsed GlobalPort, 109-99, Sunday in the 2017 PBA Governors’ Cup at Smart Araneta Coliseum.  The pint-sized playmaker dropped 14 points in the payoff period, 12 of which coming from beyond-the-arc, as he triggered the Road Warriors’ early fourth quarter blast. Tiongson wound up […]

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Fonacier hits big shots late as NLEX squeaks past SMB

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Larry Fonacier drilled the two clutch 3-pointers in the last two minutes to help NLEX escape Grand Slam-seeking San Miguel Beer, 103-100, in the 2017 PBA Governors’ Cup Sunday at Smart Araneta Coliseum. The veteran marksman drained the go-ahead triple with 1:46 to play and followed it up with another three from the top of […]

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Rain or Shine’s Yap finally beats his former team Star

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It’s not everyday that you see James Yap go scoreless in a game. Rain or Shine’s game against Star on Sunday marked the first time Yap didn’t hit a single point since July 24 last year when he was still with the Hotshots. But the two-time PBA Most Valuable Player couldn’t care any less as […]

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Victolero liked how Hotshots fought in loss to Painters

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Despite losing for the first time this 2017 PBA Governors’ Cup, Star coach Chito Victolero remains upbeat seeing how his team fought back from a large deficit. “We’re okay. You can see that the players gave their best effort. Even if Rain or Shine led by 20, we still came back. It just so happened […]

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Almazan hospitalized due to dehydration after playing through illness

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Not even a bad case of flu could stop Raymond Almazan from playing. Fresh from his Gilas Pilipinas duty in the 2017 Fiba Asia Cup, the lanky big man gave it his all and delivered for the Elasto Painters in their 92-88 win over Star on Sunday. Almazan overcame his sickness and churned out 13 […]

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Cruz, Painters take down Hotshots

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Jericho Cruz took charge late for Rain or Shine as it dealt Star its first loss in the 2017 PBA Governors’ Cup with a 92-88 squeaker Sunday at Smart Araneta Coliseum. The energetic guard fired 10 of the Elasto Painters’ final 17 points as they doused the Hotshots’ rally in the fourth quarter and stretch their winning […]

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Gin Kings roll, extend Aces’ misery

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Barangay Ginebra kept Alaska’s struggles going after coming away with a 94-80 victory in the PBA Governors’ Cup Saturday at Hoops Dome in Lapu-Lapu City, Cebu. As the Gin Kings improve to 4-1, and a fourth consecutive win, the Aces dropped to 0-6 and continued their downward spiral losing their 14th straight game overall. This […]

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Mild-mannered Belga helps Painters in rout of KaTropa

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Beau Belga seemed to have taken a 180-degree turn after his ejection last week, exuding poise in Rain or Shine’s 105-73 rout of TNT on Sunday. Keeping his temper in check, the burly big man had the most impact for his team in his time on the floor, garnering a team-best plus-28 as he racked […]

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Bullock bounces back, leads ROS rout of TNT

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Motivated to rebound from his underwhelming debut, J’Nathan Bullock responded to coach Caloy Garcia’s demands to lead Rain or Shine to a 105-73 blowout of TNT Sunday in the 2017 PBA Governors’ Cup at Smart Araneta Coliseum. The 30-year-old reinforcement made sure the Elasto Painters didn’t make a mistake tapping him as replacement, as he […]

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GlobalPort climbs to 2-2, deals Kia another loss

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GlobalPort continued its up-and-down ride in the 2017 PBA Governors’ Cup, holding off Kia, 102-90, Sunday at Smart Araneta Coliseum. Murphy Holloway unfurled 29 points, 18 rebounds, three assists, and three blocks, while Stanley Pringle commandeered the offense and finished with 21 markers, seven boards, and four dimes as the Batang Pier evened their standing […]

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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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