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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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Self discipline key to keep career going for Yancy de Ocampo

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To maintain his tip-top shape, San Miguel Beer veteran center Nancy De Ocampo said he sees to it that he has self-discipline as far as taking care of his body is concerned. De Ocampo, whose yunger brother Ranidel plays for TNT, is now in his 15th season in the PBA starting career with the defunct Fedex Express, […]

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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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With help from veteran teammates, Agovida aims to become two-way player

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With reminders from his veteran teammates, San Miguel Beer’s Keith Agovida is evolving more into a two-dimensional player now that he is on the defending champions’ side. Known for his offensive prowess in his former teams Blackwater and Mahindra, the 6-foot-2 Agovida revealed that he continuing to learn from his experienced teammates especially on the […]

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Player of the Week: Cabagnot shows way for red-hot Beermen

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It seems like there’s no stopping San Miguel Beer playmaker Alex Cabagnot these days, not even a depressed nasal fracture. Though advised by doctors to undergo surgery, Cabagnot managed to still get a green light to play, provided he wears a facial mask to protect his injured nose. Except for that mask, nothing has changed […]

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Up-and-down trend continues for Ginebra after loss to San Miguel

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Barangay Ginebra’s roller coaster ride this 2017 PBA Philippine Cup continues. Alternating wins and losses through their first seven games, the Gin Kings have struggled to consistently churn out performances worthy of a winning streak. Though there were positives like the way it performed against San Miguel on Sunday, the team still drew the short […]

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Beermen bank on defense in squeaker over Gin Kings

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Known for its formidable offense, the two-time defending Philippine Cup champion San Miguel Beer proved that it can also pull off gritty wins through defense. And that’s exactly how the Beermen did it in turning back Barangay Ginebra in a close 72-70 decision on Sunday in front of a loud Big Dome crowd. Though the Beermen squandered […]

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Lassiter escapes bad shooting night, missed free throws with SMB win

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Marcio Lassiter almost took the brunt of the blame had San Miguel lost to Barangay Ginebra on Sunday. Fouled with the Beermen holding a slim 72-70 lead, the marksman shockingly muffed two charities and gave the Gin Kings one last shot with 11 seconds left. “I left it short. I can’t blame no one but myself,” […]

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Fajardo hopes Beermen will stay healthy the rest of the way

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June Mar Fajardo expected a tough outing with San Miguel going up against Ginebra on Sunday. With his paltry seven-point outing in Game 5 of last season’s Governors’ Cup semifinals still lingering in his mind, the three-time PBA Most Valuable Player fell once again to coach Tim Cone’s trap as he was saddled with four […]

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Tenorio stays positive despite Ginebra loss to SMB

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Despite being on the losing end of a 72-70 heartbreaker against San Miguel, Barangay Ginebra point guard LA Tenorio still believes the Kings have a lot to learn from the loss. “We fought even though we’re struggling offensively. We didn’t quit. I think that’s the positive side. We did a good job defending San Miguel,” […]

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Santos’ timely rebounds, defense help Beermen win

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Defense did it for San Miguel. Squandering a 10-point lead, 72-62, with 2:25 left in Sunday’s tiff against Barangay Ginebra, it was the Beermen’s defense which helped them secure a 72-70 thriller. And at the center of that victory was Arwind Santos, who hauled down three crucial rebounds as well as contesting LA Tenorio’s potential […]

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Beermen survive Gin Kings, extend run to 6 games

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San Miguel Beer closed in on a Top Two finish in the 2017 PBA Philippine Cup eliminations as it survived Barangay Ginebra in a slow-scoring, defensive battle, grinding out a 72-70 decision before a crowd of over 10,000 at Smart Araneta Coliseum Sunday night. The Gin Kings neutralized June Mar Fajardo, holding the 6-foot-10 SMB behemoth to his lowest output (nine […]

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PBA Fan of the Day: Kheynhel Balucan

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Name: Kheynhel Balucan Age: 28 From: Davao Fan of which team: San Miguel Beermen Favorite Player: June Mar Fajardo Why are you a fan of the team: June Mar Fajardo is a monster in the game. How long have you been a fan of  the team: Since 2000

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Elite’s Aguilar rues ‘sloppy’ start in blowout loss to Beermen

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Already against a fancied foe, Blackwater made its predicament harder by coming out slow in its 118-93 loss to San Miguel on Friday. That lackluster showing was further put in the spotlight as the Beermen took turns in eviscerating the Elite en route to a 29-point edge at one point in the first half. And […]

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Fajardo: Beermen can still improve

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His minutes may have dwindled, but there’s no denying that June Mar Fajardo is helping his team more with the way he’s playing in the homestretch of the 2017 PBA Philippine Cup. Seeing action for only a conference-low 28 minutes in their 118-93 win over Blackwater on Friday, the three-time PBA MVP was nothing but […]

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Espinas gives San Miguel big lift vs Blackwater

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Gabby Espinas had a game to remember just three days after celebrating his 35th birthday. The veteran forward provided San Miguel a big lift off the bench with a conference-high 22 points and six rebounds in the Beermen’s dominant 118-93 victory over the Blackwater Elite on Friday. But Espinas didn’t want to attribute his good […]

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‘Patient’ Van Opstal finally gets break in Beermen win over Elite

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San Miguel and Blackwater’s tiff on Friday may be forgettable to some, but for Arnold Van Opstal, he will always remember the day as a huge part of his young professional career. Reminded by his head coach Leo Austria to “be patient,” the former La Salle stud did and kept waiting for his chance. And […]

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Red-hot Beermen face tough test vs Gin Kings

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Unbeaten in their last five games and completely dominant in their last three outings, San Miguel Beer could finally be in for a hard grind versus Barangay Ginebra in a crucial setto to mark the return of the PBA Philippine Cup at Smart Araneta Coliseum Sunday.          Anticipating a tough test against the Kings, the Beermen have […]

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Santos says Belo didn’t get enough touches in SMB rout of Elite

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Arwind Santos thinks Mac Belo’s woeful performance against San Miguel is just a blip in his promising rookie year. Belo was limited to just four points on 1-of-5 shooting from the field and Santos feels Blackwater was unable to get the most out of its forward on Friday. “Ok naman si Mac pero kanina, parang […]

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Fajardo focused on winning, not BPC award

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June Mar Fajardo has extended his PBA reign into the new year as he is on his way to winning another Best Player of the Conference award. But the three-time MVP said his focus is solely on winning games for San Miguel Beer, which is currently on top of the standings midway through the 2017 […]

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San Miguel’s Fajardo leads BPC race

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June Mar Fajardo is primed for another historic year as 2017 begins. The three-time MVP is on the right track to win his fifth Best Player of the Conference as he leads all players in Statistical Points midway through the Philippine Cup. Fajardo needs only one more Best Player of the Conference plum to match his […]

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Santos says gift from mom-in-law his best Christmas present this year

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San Miguel’s Arwind Santos received a simple yet the most special gift on Christmas Day.  Of all the presents he received from his wife, siblings and relatives, the 6-foot-4 Pampanga native said that the one he holds dearest was the gift given to him by his mother-in-law. “‘Yung kumot kasi para sa’kin matagal ko magagamit. […]

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Streaking Beermen still not in peak form, says Chris Ross

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Defending champion San Miguel is primed, yet again, for another title run in the PBA Philippine Cup as evident by its four-game win streak, which right now is the longest one in the league. The Beermen’s 5-1 record is also the best in the league with TNT and Rain or Shine both a game behind […]

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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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Austria makes use of deeper rotation in win over NLEX

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San Miguel head coach Leo Austria has often been criticized for not using his deep lineup to its maximum capacity, well on Saturday he did just that. With an early offensive onslaught, Austria was able to build a stable lead and allowed him to stretch his rotation to 14 men. Austria often employs a 10-man […]

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Mahindra suffers another setback with David injury

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Mahindra coach Chris Gavina is hopeful his team’s revolving door of players will finally stop. “I really hope so,” he said. Still at the cellar after four games, the Floodbuster have already fielded in 19 players in the 2017 PBA Philippine Cup, all of whom have yet to yield a win for the squad. Not […]

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Van Opstal on silver hair: ‘They call me Jack Frost now’

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He may not have played in San Miguel’s 94-91 win over Mahindra on Sunday, but Arnold Van Opstal still turned heads while sitting on the bench with his peculiar new hairdo. Sporting a silverish purple mane that resembles that of Olympic swimmer Ryan Lochte, the rookie didn’t escape the ribbing of his teammates. “They all like […]

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Jeric Teng ready to prove worth with Mahindra

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Jeric Teng found himself in an unfamiliar territory after being signed up by Mahindra a few days ago. But for the former University of Santo Tomas standout, it was an opportunity to underscore his talents to a team still searching for its first win. The 6-foot-2 shooting guard made a quiet debut after scoring just […]

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Gavina: Mahindra took a step forward in loss to SMB

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Losing by an average margin of 18 points in its first three games, Mahindra coach Chris Gavina said his team took a step forward with its narrow loss to San Miguel on Sunday. “This is definitely a moral victory,” Gavina said. “Going into this game, our focus and our energy and our effort really moved towards […]

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Santos reaches milestones in SMB win over Mahindra

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Reaching personal milestones in his 500th career game, Arwind Santos is grateful he’s able to join some of the league’s greats in San Miguel’s 94-91 win over Mahindra on Sunday. “Masaya ako dahil umabot ako sa ganoon. Hindi ko naman akalain na makukuha ko yun,” he said. “Kumbaga, kahit wala ka na sa mundo, nakaukit na […]

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Fajardo on Mahindra scare: ‘You can’t take them for granted’

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San Miguel struggled anew against Mahindra on Sunday, and even three-time PBA MVP June Mar Fajardo has no clue why that’s the case. “I don’t know,” Fajardo said in Filipino. Contrary to the Beermen’s defeats in the import-laden conferences, they were able to pull this win off, 94-91, for their third victory in four games. […]

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Fajardo, Santos help Beermen escape Floodbuster

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San Miguel needed to survive winless Mahindra in a 94-91 thriller to grab a share of the top spot in the 2017 PBA Philippine Cup Sunday at Smart Araneta Coliseum. Still struggling to find their old form, the Beermen had to battle back from an early 13-point deficit, 24-11, before Arwind Santos and June Mar Fajardo teamed […]

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Beermen got complacent vs depleted Aces, admits Santos

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Arwind Santos didn’t hide his disappointment with the way San Miguel has been playing this 2017 PBA Philippine Cup. Seemingly losing their dominance, the Beermen looked so vulnerable on Saturday when they needed to gut out a close 93-88 victory over an undermanned Alaska crew for their second win in three games. “Parang lumaban ka […]

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Fajardo, Beermen escape shorthanded Aces

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San Miguel Beer bucked a tough, tough challenge by a badly crippled but fierce-fighting Alaska side Saturday night, squeezing out a 93-88 win to move up to joint third place in the 2017 PBA Philippine Cup at Smart Araneta Coliseum. Despite a huge double-double game from June Mar Fajardo, the Beermen played catch-up basketball most of the […]

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Intal comes off the bench, boosts Phoenix in win over SMB

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ANTIPOLO—Phoenix’s biggest contributor during its upset of defending Philippine Cup champion San Miguel Beer wasn’t even part of the starting five. Fuel Masters head coach Ariel Vanguardia had JC Intal come off the bench and the move did wonders for Phoenix.  Intal had a limited yet quality, 24-minute playing time and still led all scorers […]

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Intal leads Phoenix upset of SMB

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ANTIPOLO – JC Intal, a regular starter from their Barako Bull days, was surprised when told he’s playing off the bench.         He took that as a challenge, responding big time to lead Phoenix Petroleum to a first-ever win over San Miguel Beer. The 2015 FIBA Asia veteran churned out a big game in a relief […]

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GAMES TIME
Alaska Aces VS Mahindra Flood Buster 4:30 PM Game #55
Barangay Ginebra San Miguel VS Phoenix Petroleum Fuel Masters 6:45 PM Game #56
SUNDAY, JAN 22 PHILSPORTS ARENA
Star Hotshots VS Blackwater Elite 4:15 PM Game #57
TNT Ka Tropa VS Global Port Batang Pier 7:00 PM Game #58
WEDNESDAY, JAN 25 CUNETA ASTRODOME
Mahindra Flood Buster VS NLEX Road Warriors 4:15 PM Game #59
Phoenix Petroleum Fuel Masters VS Alaska Aces 7:00 PM Game #60
FRIDAY, JAN 27 CUNETA ASTRODOME
Meralco Bolts VS Star Hotshots 3:00 PM Game #61
San Miguel Beermen VS TNT Ka Tropa 5:15 PM Game #62
SATURDAY, JAN 28 PHILSPORTS ARENA