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After Perpetual Trophy, San Miguel sets sights on Grand Slam

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Head coach Leo Austria admitted that steering San Miguel to a third straight PBA Philippine Cup title is his biggest achievement so far in his coaching career. “This is the highlight of my career. I’ve won a lot of championships before going to the PBA, but all the great players, the great coaches are here,” Austria […]

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‘Tougher’ Finals had Slaughter played for Ginebra, says Fajardo

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San Miguel Beer center June Mar Fajardo said things would have been more interesting had Greg Slaughter played for Barangay Ginebra in the 2017 PBA Philippine Cup Finals. “Maybe if Greg was there, it would’ve been tougher. I already had a hard time with Japeth (Aguilar) there because he’s so athletic. He blocked me a […]

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Chris Ross shares Finals limelight with teammates

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After delivering another noteworthy performance in the PBA Philippine Cup Finals, Chris Ross could’ve basked in the glory alone had he wanted to. But the do-it-all guard would rather share the spotlight with his teammates. “I was hoping they’d give out five [Finals] MVPs. Our starters did so much, we played so many minutes,  and I […]

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Austria answers critics with another title for SMB

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San Miguel Beer head coach Leo Austria had seen it all from his Beermen and throughout their finals series against Barangay Ginebra, he was never in doubt. After all, Austria and the Beermen won the Philippine Cup championship last season despite facing a 0-3 series deficit. “I’m confident with my players because they’ve shown the […]

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Beermen 3rd straight PH Cup title ‘all about sacrifice,’ says Ross

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Instrumental on both ends of the floor, Chris Ross was named Finals MVP after leading San Miguel Beer to its third straight PBA Philippine Cup title following a pulsating win over Barangay Ginebra in Game 5 on Sunday night. Ross displayed his all-around game as he averaged 12.7 points, 5.2 rebounds, 9.2 assists and 1.8 steals […]

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Beermen win 3rd straight PH Cup crown, beat Gin Kings

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San Miguel Beer held off Barangay Ginebra, 91-85, in Game 5 of their best-of-seven championship series to win its third straight PBA Philippine Cup title Sunday night at Smart Araneta Coliseum. Three-time MVP June Mar Fajardo and Arwind Santos each scored 21 points while Chris Ross was again spectacular on both ends of the floor […]

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Thompson gets Fajardo, SMB’s attention

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Scottie Thompson’s scintillating near triple-double performance on Sunday definitely didn’t go unnoticed. After seeing Thompson rack up jaw-dropping numbers of 18 points, 18 rebounds and eight assists in the Gin Kings’ 124-118 overtime Game 2 victory, San Miguel Beermen center June Mar Fajardo thinks their main focus for the rest of the series will have to be keeping […]

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San Miguel’s Garcia hopes to play in Game 3 of PH Cup Finals

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San Miguel is set to get a much-needed boost with guard RR Garcia already cleared to play for Game 3 of the 2017 PBA Philippine Cup Finals. The fourth-year guard, who has been out since Game 6 of the Beermen’s semifinals conquest of TNT KaTropa due to an injured right shoulder, is looking forward to hit […]

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Cone: ‘Fresh’ Caguioa, Helterbrand set to play after grueling Game 2

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LUCENA—After surviving a 124-119 overtime Game 2 thriller on Sunday, Ginebra knows that for it to snare the 2017 PBA Philippine Cup title, it has to play excellent basketball from the opening tip. “This team is incredibly versatile, they can go in, they can go out, they can penetrate, they can defend you. They have incredible […]

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Ginebra’s Thompson stars in Game 2 thriller

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LUCENA—Joe Devance may have sent Game 2 into overtime but Barangay Ginebra’s win had Scottie Thompson’s fingerprints all over it. Thompson posted jaw-dropping numbers Sunday night with 18 points, career-high 18 rebounds and eight assists as the Gin Kings evened the 2017 PBA Philippine Cup Finals at 1-1. “I just didn’t stop. I was thinking that […]

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Hurting Devance steps up anew for Ginebra: ‘I do whatever it takes’

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LUCENA–When Barangay Ginebra needed it most, a wounded soldier in Joe Devance came to the rescue. The veteran forward fought through an injured foot and made the biggest basket for the Gin Kings, nailing the game-tying basket to force overtime with 3.2 seconds remaining. Devance went hard against the defense of San Miguel forward Arwind […]

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Gin Kings even series, outlast Beermen in OT

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LUCENA—Barangay Ginebra outlasted San Miguel Beer, 124-118, in overtime to even the 2017 PBA Philippine Cup Finals at 1-1 Sunday night at Quezon Convention Center here. Ginebra forward Joe Devance sent the game into overtime, 110-all, after following up his own miss at the end of regulation. Scottie Thompson flirted with a triple-double, collecting 18 […]

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San Miguel aims to quiet Ginebra crowd in Game 2

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San Miguel is well aware of how Ginebra is fueled by the rowdy crowd. That’s why Beermen wasted no time in taking the life out of the Gin Kings faithful from the 14,026 inside Mall of Asia Arena in Game 1 of the Philippine Cup Finals. From the tip off, San Miguel thoroughly outplayed Ginebra […]

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Tenorio puts Ginebra’s Game 1 loss behind: ‘We cannot change it’

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LA Tenorio refused to dwell on Ginebra’s humiliating 27-point beatdown from San Miguel in Game 1 of the 2017 PBA Philippine Cup Finals on Friday. “We cannot change it. We just have to move forward and prepare for the game on Sunday,” Tenorio said after the Gin Kings’ 109-82 loss. Shooting 4-of-21 in the first […]

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Ross, SMB no letup in Game 7 win over TNT

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Heading into Game 7 of the PBA Philippine Cup semifinals against TNT, San Miguel Beer guard Chris Ross had no intentions of taking a breather, not even for a second. It’s do-or-die and Ross doesn’t plan on having an early vacation. “It’s Game 7. It’s Game 7. You gotta keep your horses out there. I […]

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Injured Castro regrets blown chance to make finals

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Jayson Castro led TNT to within a win away from the PBA Philippine Cup Finals but in the KaTropa’s biggest game of the conference, the superstar point guard could only watch helplessly behind his team’s bench as it yielded Game 7 of the semifinals to the San Miguel Beermen on Monday. Castro was forced to […]

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Beermen return to finals, overcome KaTropa in Game 7

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Defending champion San Miguel Beer needed a big third quarter to overcome a TNT side without its best player, 96-83, in Game 7 of their 2017 PBA Philippine Cup semifinals Monday at Mall of Asia Arena. Chris Ross fired 11 of his 18 points in the pivotal third period, where the Beermen outscored the KaTropa, […]

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Career-high 31 points just a bonus for defensive specialist Ross

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The last time Chris Ross had an offensive explosion, it was in February of last year in Game 7 of the 2016 Philippine Cup Finals when the San Miguel Beermen completed their historic comeback from 0-3 down to stun the Alaska Aces. Ross had another one coming and unfortunately for the TNT KaTropa, it came […]

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San Miguel levels semis series, blasts TNT

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Playing with a sense of urgency, San Miguel Beer bounced back from back-to-back losses after hammering out a 97-86 drubbing of TNT to even their 2017 PBA Philippine Cup semifinals at 2-2 Tuesday night at Mall of Asia Arena. Chris Ross exploded for a career-high 31 points built on five 3-pointers on top of five […]

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Fajardo: Game 4 a ‘must-win’ for Beermen

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Foul-plagued all game long, June Mar Fajardo admits TNT’s defense did its work following the San Miguel’s 98-92 Game 3 loss on Sunday. “I can feel that their defense is tightening up on me,” Fajardo said in Filipino. Though the three-time PBA Most Valuable Player still normed decent numbers with 16 points, nine rebounds, and three […]

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Veteran Seigle earns milestone in TNT’s Game 3 win

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Talk about turning back the hands of time. Danny Seigle showed that he can still hang with the big boys, blocking three-time PBA Most Valuable Player June Mar Fajardo twice in TNT’s 98-92 Game 3 victory over San Miguel on Sunday. “I guess it gives me a little more special because June Mar is the biggest […]

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Trailing in series nothing new to SMB, says Ross

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San Miguel Beer guard Chris Ross remained defiant despite the Beermen losing to the TNT KaTropa in Game 3 on Sunday. With the Beermen down, 2-1, in their best-of-7 semifinals series, the defensive-minded guard shared that he’s not all too worried with his squad’s position as of the moment. “We’ve been in every situation. We’ve been […]

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Pogoy showing worth with TNT in big stage

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Roger Pogoy and Nash Racela have been in numerous wars before that it shouldn’t come as a surprise that the rookie has been starting for TNT in the 2017 PBA Philippine Cup semifinals series against San Miguel. And on Sunday, the sniper out of Far Eastern University showed what he’s capable of, lighting it up from […]

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TNT stops SMB anew for 2-1 semis lead

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Rookie Roger Pogoy caught fire and carried TNT to a 98-92 victory over San Miguel in Game 3 of the 2017 PBA Philippine Cup semifinals Sunday at Smart Araneta Coliseum. Pogo unleashed a career-high 22 points on 6-of-11 shooting from threes that went with seven rebounds as the KaTropa took a 2-1 lead in their best-of-seven series. “I think […]

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San Miguel gets boost from RR Garcia

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With a chance to make his first trip to the PBA semifinals, RR Garcia took matters to his own hands as he lifted San Miguel to a 98-91 conquest of Rain or Shine in their 2017 PBA Philippine Cup quarterfinal tiff on Sunday. Garcia seemed hesitant at first, opting to pass up an open three […]

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Beermen make semis, hold off Painters

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ANTIPOLO – RR Garcia waxed hot and carried San Miguel over Rain or Shine, 98-91, to advance to the 2017 PBA Philippine Cup semifinals Sunday at Ynares Center here. The 5-foot-11 guard came off the bench and fired 25 points on  5-of-7 shooting from threes, to go along with four rebounds and three assists as the Beermen […]

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Tolomia’s patience pays off

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Mike Tolomia waited for his turn and his patience paid off on Friday. After playing sparingly in Rain or Shine’s last four games, the rookie stepped out of the veterans’ shadows and unleashed a career-best 14 points, all of which came in the second half, to help the Elasto Painters blast the Blackwater Elite in […]

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Austria wary of dangerous Rain or Shine

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Despite San Miguel enjoying a twice-to-beat advantage in the 2017 PBA Philippine Cup quarterfinals, coach Leo Austria is fully aware that every team in the top eight is capable of upending the higher seeds. “We have the twice-to-beat, but it’s not really a big advantage,” he said. And Austria has every reason to feel so. […]

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Belga: ‘No room for mistakes’ vs Beermen

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Rain or Shine didn’t just get a new lease on life with its 103-80 win over Blackwater on Friday. It also gave itself a chance to atone for its toughest loss this 2017 PBA Philippine Cup after arranging a quarterfinals date with San Miguel. Though the Elasto Painters are the heavy underdogs especially with Raymond […]

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Cruz says ROS has chance to upset top seed SMB

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After Rain or Shine finally ended a four-game slump with a 103-80 victory over Blackwater on Friday, Jericho Cruz is convinced that the team has gotten its old groove back just in time for the playoffs.  “You don’t know who will catch fire for our team. Anybody can get off. I’m excited to play San Miguel […]

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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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GAMES TIME
Alaska VS Mahindra 04:15 PM
Rain or Shine VS Meralco 07:00 PM
MARCH 29 WEDNESDAY MALL OF ASIA ARENA
NLEX VS Star Hotshots 07:00 PM
Blackwater VS TNT KaTropa 04:15 PM
MARCH 31 FRIDAY SMART ARANETA COLISEUM
Barangay Ginebra VS Phoenix 05:00 PM
APRIL 01 SATURDAY UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHEASTERN PHILIPPINES GYM